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Movie theaters are constantly trying to come up with new tricks to make the theatrical experience special again. The screens keep getting bigger, the sound keeps getting louder, and the dimensions keep getting dimensionier (we're up to 4D!). Pretty soon theaters will have to integrate some kind of live experience as well, and when they do, we hope they take a queue from our pals behind the Old Murder House Theatre, who offer up one of the most unique celebrations of movies you're ever going to find. We've featured Old Murder House, which is the brainchild of Zero Charisma star Sam Eidson, a few times over the years thanks to their performances of Robocop Live, Aliens on Ice, and Jurassic Live, and now they're back again with another Spielberg classic: Jaws: Live...
- Peter Hall
Nerdist Industries, which began as a single podcast hosted by Chris Hardwick, has since expanded to include a popular online video destination, a handful of TV projects, and now, a growing film business. As first reported by Deadline, Nerdist has acquired the distribution rights to The Hive, a sci-fi horror movie.
The Hive premiered at the 2014 edition of Fantastic Fest, an annual film festival in Austin. Its protagonist is a summer camp counselor who must piece his life together after he wakes up in a cabin with total amnesia. Hardwick saw the film and was immediately drawn to it. “This movie is so much damn fun,” he said. “The first time I saw it, I was blown away by how fresh and inventive the story was, which is no small feat in horror. I knew right away I wanted to help get this movie into the eyes and earholes of horror fans. »
- Sam Gutelle
Layla (newcomer Devon Keller) is a high-school senior shacking up with her dropout boyfriend Danny (Kiowa Tucker). An honor student, she gets a scholarship to Ut Austin and then finds out she's pregnant. Given her predicament, what can she do? Petting Zoo, from director Micah Magee (see my interview with her), thrusts the viewer into several months of Layla's life.
One notable facet to the main character is that she is working poor. Layla refuses to live with her financially stable but abusive father, so has to move in with her elderly grandmother (Adrienne Harrell, Zero Charisma) and share a bed. Magee perfectly conveys the utter vulnerability of her situation. We see Layla sleeping many times -- through loud parties in Danny's apartment, in a friend's car after seeing Girl in a Coma, on her grandmother's couch after hearing bad news. Such sequences illustrate the precariousness of her life, and »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
“A Song of Ice and Fire” books are long, they’re laboriously detailed, and if George R. R. Martin dies before the series is finished, it will be the greatest tragedy of modern fantasy storytelling. It is known. In fact, it’s so widely known that putting pressure on Martin to stop doing any activities other than ones that lead to the completion of the books has become a loud, necessary cri de coeur for fans. Not only is it accepted, it’s a fan’s duty — when he or she sees Martin at a Game of Thrones red carpet or at a signing event — to tell him to get the fuck back to work. Fortunately, a filmmaking team headed by Andy Young (of Keith and Heath fame) has taken inspiration from Multiplicity to toy with the cultural frustration in a fun, inventive way. As a bonus, Zero Charisma‘s Sam Eidson plays Martin (and all of »
- Scott Beggs
4 items from 2015
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