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We return with the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Repentance and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, details on the Sundance Next Fest Lineup, Eat Men Like Air, Mindless, and much more:
First Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Trailer: “When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a new feature length horror thriller with a rocking twist on the modern zombie film. It’s currently being released on DVD on July 1st, 2014 through Green Apple Entertainment. The film (as well as other merchandise) can »
- Tamika Jones
Psychological thriller "Repentance" stars Forest Whitaker as a mentally unstable man whose delusions target his spiritual advisor. Co-starring Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps, the film opened to a limited theatrical release in Spring and as of today, is available on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. The full synopsis reads: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a »
- Jai Tiggett
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Masters of Sex: Season One"
Why We're In: There's a fair amount of onscreen sexiness, but the nuanced look at humanity and sexuality is what has made this a must-see cable drama.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"A Hard Day's Night (Criterion)"
What's It About? This movie musical stars the Beatles as goofier versions of themselves, just as they're becoming the legendary band we all know and love.
Why We're In: Fancy digital restoration, fancy audio updates, interviews, a making-of doc, and more make this a must-have for fans of the Beatles or musicals or anything that's fun and cool.
New on DVD & Blu-ray
"300: Rise of An Empire"
What's It About? Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, this »
- Jenni Miller
Forest Whitaker is feeling ‘Repentance’ as the horror thriller is now available on Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View. The film is also set to be released on DVD and Digital UltraViolet on June 24 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. The DVD, which will retail for $26.98, includes a “Making Of” featurette. ‘Repentance’ was directed by Philippe Caland, and written by Shintaro Shimosawa. The thriller also stars ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie, as well as Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker and Sanaa Lathan. Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films have released the following synopsis for ‘Repentance’: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (action; Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner; rated PG-13) Non-Stop (high-altitude thriller with an extraneous titular hyphen; Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o; rated PG-13) Repentance (thriller; Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie; rated R) Tim's Vermeer (documentary; Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Teller; rated PG -13) Hellion (drama; Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis Premieres; premieres 6/13 on Mod...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:
Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »
- Tamika Jones
The story, written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, follows a boxer who wins the welterweight title, but soon thereafter, his life is shattered due to a tragedy, forcing him to get back on the right track to earn his young daughter's respect. Forest Whitaker is in talks to play the boxing trainer who helps this fighter mount a comeback, with Rachel McAdams being offered the female lead by The Weinstein Company.
Deadline also reports that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) is being courted to play a social worker, looking out for the best interests of the boxer's young daughter.
The thriller Repentance boasts a strong cast of big name stars, led by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker; yet, even that didn't help it get a theatrical release. Don't worry, though; we'll all be able to dig it from the comforts of our own home soon enough!
From the Press Release
Buried secrets are painfully revealed in the disturbing thriller Repentance, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) on June 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Codeblack Films. The film will be available two weeks earlier on Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View on June 10.
Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker (Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland, 2006) leads an all-star cast as a mentally unstable man whose delusions target his spiritual advisor. The film also stars Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), Mike Epps (The Hangover Part III, upcoming Nina), Nicole Ari Parker (TV's "Revolution," TV's "Real Husbands of Hollywood »
- Steve Barton
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama “Southpaw,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. A representative for The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gyllenhaal is set to play Billy “The Great” Hope, a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter. Also read: Forest Whitaker Goes Psycho on Anthony Mackie in ‘Repentance’ Trailer (Video) Whitaker is making a deal to play the other lead of Titus. »
- Jeff Sneider
February has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and once again the month exhibited one of the most peculiar phenomena in the world – no, not a leap year, but cramming the the largest number of terrible movies into the shortest month possible. Peter Travers is, of course, on the case, breaking out his prized scum bucket to dispose of the worst of the worst, and for everyone's sake he's limited himself to just ten awful February films.
First into the scum bucket is Vampire Academy, which Travers »
An addendum to Sergio's box office post... The psychological thriller, Repentance (previously titled Vipaka), which stars Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker and Mike Epps, opened in a limited theatrical release over the weekend, and managed to earn a respectable $530,000, playing on 152 screens, for an average of $3,487 per screen. The per-screen average is typically more indicative of box office strength, especially for opening weekend, when per-screen averages are expected to be strongest. Expanding to even more theaters, as should be expected during the second week of release, will probably dilute earnings »
- Tambay A. Obenson
As an action star, Liam Neeson can do no wrong.
The actor’s latest pic, Universal’s “Non-Stop,” estimated $30 million in its opening frame, enough to beat Fox’s overperformer “Son of God,” with $26.5 million, and Warner Bros.’ former box office champ “The Lego Movie,” which grossed $21 million through Sunday.
Making global headlines in the run-up to Sunday’s Oscarcast, Disney’s two-time nominated toon “Frozen” crossed the $1 billion mark, making it only the second 2013 release to do so — coincidentally, the Mouse had the other: “Iron Man 3.”
Another Oscar-nominated film to hit a milestone this weekend, Fox Searchlight’s best picture hopeful “12 Years a Slave” crossed the $50 million domestic mark after more than four months in theaters.
In limited release, Lionsgate-CodeBlack Films’ urban-targeted Forest Whitaker pic “Repentance” failed to attract much of its core demo, grossing just $530,000 from 152 locations, averaging $3,487 per screen.
The Metropolitan Opera celebrated its 75th live transmission this weekend, »
- Andrew Stewart
Repentance is not your typical revenge film. Anthony Mackie and Mike Epps play Tommy and Ben, brothers whose lives take very different directions after a car accident nearly kills both of them. Tommy becomes a self-help guru and best-selling author, while Ben is in and out of jail and deeply in debt to some unsavory characters. To help his brother and make some fast cash, Tommy agrees to take on a private client, Angel (played by Forest Whitaker), who is having a hard time getting over the sudden death of his mother.
The film, directed by Philippe Caland, is a loose “remake” of Caland’s own film, The Guru & the Gypsy. Whitaker, who starred in Caland’s The Ripple Effect, describes it as a “re-envisioning” of that early film. “It deals with karma and people’s subconscious.” But he also believes that there is a touch of the supernatural in Repentance. »
- Alyse Wax
Editor's Note: We saw the film when it made its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2013, when it was titled "Vipaka," which is the print that the below review is based on. The film has since been picked up by Codeblack Films (via Lionsgate), retitled "Repentance," and will be released in theaters, in a limited opening, starting tomorrow, Friday, February 28. Directed by French/Lebanese filmmaker Philippe Caland (Boxing Helena), the psychological thriller Vipaka, which is set in New Orleans, take its title from a Buddhist term meaning Karma, a major theme in the film, which comes with a few thrills and a twist, but unfortunately fell short of our »
- Shadow And Act
After three weeks of Lego dominance, first place will go to a new movie this weekend. Liam Neeson action flick Non-Stop has received the broader marketing push, though Son of God has been generating the type of presales that suggest it could be a breakout hit with underserved Christian moviegoers.At 3,090 locations, Non-Stop reteams Neeson with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. Since Taken became a surprise hit in 2009, it feels like Neeson has been everywhere; however, the only movies since then that have been sold primarily on Neeson's appeal are Unknown and The Grey. Those opened to $21.9 million and $19.7 million, respectively, and distributor Universal is expecting a similar result for Non-Stop this weekend.There are reasons to think that Non-Stop could open a bit higher than those movies. Marketing has smartly highlighted the movie's intriguing, appealing set-up: can Neeson's beleaguered air marshall solve a whodunit before more airline passengers die? It »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A pair of saviors battle for box office glory during Oscar weekend, with Universal’s Liam Neeson action-hero pic “Non-Stop” expected to gross in the mid-$20 millions, ahead of Fox’s Biblical drama “Son of God,” tracking in the mid-to-high teens.
“Non-Stop” should knock “The Lego Movie” from its three-week winning streak. The Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow hit toon is expected to land around $20 million (down around 35%) through Sunday; domestic cume is nearing $190 million.
Expectations for both wide new entries are difficult to nail down, however.
“Non-Stop,” for instance, battles comparisons to past Neeson action pics: “Taken” bowed to $24 million over Super Bowl weekend in 2008, while its sequel earned more than twice that during opening weekend in 2012.
“Son of God,” on the other hand, has seen sizable online ticket sales, according to both Fandango and Movietickets.com, though pre-sold tickets for the film weren’t necessarily for this weekend. So far, »
- Andrew Stewart
This weekend is a box office wild card.
Liam Neeson is an earnings force unto himself, and his latest turn as an air marshal on a hijacked transatlantic flight in Non-Stop should evict The Lego Movie from its three-weekend stronghold on the No. 1 spot. But the big, looming unknown is Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God. Its weekend prospects have analysts stumped, with estimates ranging anywhere from $12 million to $30 million. And even the high end of that could be wildly off.
With that said, here’s how things might play out. And, to change things up a bit, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Check out 4 clips from Codeblack Films' "Repentance" which hits theaters on February 28th, 2014. Starring in the Phillippe Caland film are Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Sanaa Lathan and Nicole Ari Parker. Caland also produces "Repentance" with Whitaker. Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez »
This weekend, Liam Neeson attempts to save his fellow passengers from a hijacked plane in "Non-Stop," the life story of Jesus comes to the big screen in "Son of God," and many more new releases make their way to select theaters.
"Non-Stop" stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal caught in a game of cat-and-mouse with a hijacker during a transatlantic flight. After receiving threatening text messages, the marshal springs into action to find the person responsible for holding the passengers hostage 10,000 feet in the air. Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), and Michelle Dockery ("Downtown Abbey") star in supporting roles.
From the makers of hit "The Bible" mini-series comes the inspirational "Son of God." The biblical film brings the biographical story of Jesus, from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, and ultimate resurrection, to the big screen.
Also in theaters this weekend: Nominated for Best Animated Feature, »
- Jonny Black
Mike Epps is a comedian at heart and one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene, but in his latest film, Repentance, he undertakes a serious role as Ben, the loyal brother of Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie), a spiritual therapist whose successful book attracts the attention of a profoundly disturbed man (Forest Whitaker). Opening in select theaters on February 28th, the horror-thriller directed by Philippe Caland also stars Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Ari Parker, and Ariana Neal. I recently landed an exclusive interview with Epps who talked about how the project came together, what drew him to the role, why the spiritual undertone of the film appealed to him, the easy directing process with Caland, how he stepped up his acting game opposite Mackie, what it was like shooting on location in New Orleans, and how he escapes boredom by pursuing a multi-faceted career. He also discussed his upcoming live comedy show, »
- Sheila Roberts
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