7 items from 2016
Kirsten Howard Jul 19, 2016
So far in this series of pieces that look at the straight-to-dvd or VOD movies of some of our favourite actors who have fallen on hard times, we’ve only looked at men (to date: Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Travolta). That’s because, mostly, actresses find themselves almost completely out of the game once they hit 30ish – an unnecessary full stop that a lot of us would like to see removed in the future.
Denise Richards, sadly, is no different. After marrying a man she found herself in an abusive relationship with, her career climb stumbled and she was forced back down into TV roles, where she’s currently still putting in the hours.
Richards had a sparkling, American Dream-like start in life. »
In “Viral,” a mysterious virus called Worm Flu strikes the human population, infecting large swaths of people and making them aggressive and violent. In a suburban neighborhood, two teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-d’Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) struggle in quarantine as the infection spreads around the town. But when the virus enters their home, the sisters must choose between protecting each other or surviving the virus. Watch the film’s trailer below.
“Viral” is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The duo previously directed the acclaimed 2010 documentary “Catfish,” about a young man who builds a romantic relationship with a young woman online only to discover the numerous lies therein; it led to a MTV reality TV show of the same name that’s executive produced by Joost and Schulman. The two also directed “Paranormal Activity 3” and “Paranormal Activity 4. »
- Vikram Murthi
We’ve had a lengthy run of Young Adult fiction adaptations, and almost all of them have fallen into one of two categories: ‘young adult bucks the system, finds themselves, and saves the world’ (The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Fifth Wave), or ‘young adult finds tragic love’ (If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, any movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel). But, this year brings us Nerve, which is potentially something quite different from the usual Young Adult adaptations that flow relentlessly into movie theatres.
Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan, this film takes a large swipe at the current culture of reality shows, YouTube stars and gaming. Nerve is the name of a fictional online game that allows anonymous viewers to manipulate the actions of players for their own entertainment. High school senior Vee (Emma Roberts »
- Sarah Myles
Not content with stepping into the shoes of one of pop culture’s greatest psychopaths with her upcoming turn as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie took some time out to shoot a pitch perfect parody of American Psycho, pimping her upcoming cover for Vogue magazine. Shot by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 4), it’s almost a shot for shot re-imagining of Patrick Bateman’s morning routine, with some really funny touches thrown in, such as Hamilton replacing Les Miserables and a fake script for a movie called Harley Quinn v Harley Davidson. Check it out below. »
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Boasting a plot that reads as though David Fincher’s The Game had been retooled for the Snapchat generation, Emma Roberts and Dave Franco become prey to a series of truth-or-dare challenges, becoming little more than entertainment for viewers at home.
Themes of surveillance and George Orwell’s Big Brother are somewhat lost amid the garish style and frenetic editing, but we remain cautiously optimistic that Liongate’s viral-friendly thriller can carve out an audience. Guiding Ryan’s novel from page to screen are co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, best known for their work on Paranormal Activity 4 and, more appropriately, Catfish.
Here’s a synopsis pulled from the author’s source material:
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had »
- Michael Briers
This week sees two Fright At Home articles because, to be honest, we’ve seen quite a few films lately, ones that have stayed in our heads. This one also sees a documentary about one of the greatest writers of all time, William S. Burroughs. We’ve got quite a few films to cover in this one, and we’re excited to tell you Fright Fanatics all about them. Read on!
Sonny Boy (Dir. Robert Martin Carroll)
One of the craziest films I’ve ever seen, Robert martin Carroll’s Sonny Boy is like a coked-up look at family and insanity. Revolving around a very unconventional family full of colorful characters, the film follows “Sonny Boy”, a kind-napped baby who over the years, grows up and is stored in a cage. Beaten and having his tongue cut out by the demented Slue (Midnight Express) , Sonny Boy years for an escape »
- Jerry Smith
“Heroes” alum Santiago Cabrera has been cast opposite Reese Witherspoon in HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” TheWrap has learned. Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star alongside Witherspoon in the project, which also features Adam Scott, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Kathryn Newton and Hong Chau. Witherspoon’s “Wild” collaborator Jean-Marc Vallee is directing “Big Little Lies,” which is based on Liane Moriarty‘s bestselling book of the same name. Also Read: 'Paranormal Activity 4's' Kathryn Newton Joins Reese Witherspoon in HBO's 'Big Little Lies' (Exclusive) David E. Kelley wrote the script, which follows three mothers of first »
- Jeff Sneider
7 items from 2016
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