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A Brief History of the Janis Joplin Biopic

24 November 2014 11:52 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For a performer whose career was so short-lived, Janis Joplin has been hugely influential and such a largely contentious figure in the world of music. We’ve recently gotten a Jimi Hendrix biopic, along with music stories about everyone from the short lived (Ian Curtis, Jim Morrison, John Lennon) to the long-living legends (Johnny Cash, Ray Charles), so it makes sense that a Joplin biopic is long past due.

Late last week, Deadline was breaking news that Jean-Marc Vallee had signed on to direct Get it While You Can, the working title for a Janis Joplin film with Amy Adams attached to star and sing in the film. This would be Vallee’s fourth film following Dallas Buyers Club, the upcoming Wild, and the just-wrapped Demolition.

Adams is terrific casting, and Vallee is promising, but we’ve been down this road before, and a new director attached is no closer »

- Brian Welk

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The Fear Monger: The Shining Is Getting A Musical

23 November 2014 3:35 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Good day, horror fans. This week.s new releases are pretty limited, though each has its own rewards if near where playing. First is the anthology horror V/H/S: Viral, a predictably scattershot affair that features a stellar short from Open Windows director Nacho Vigalondo (you can find this one on VOD if your local big screens aren.t showing it). The second one, a NYC exclusive for this week, is the Iranian vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, which our own Kristy called "a seductive journey that defies convention" in her review. Here.s hoping that flick gets enough buzz to go wide in the future. In smaller news, Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz will direct You.ll Be the Death of Me, a comedy horror that sees two New Yorkers. impending romance interrupted by a mask-wearing lunatic. Spike Lee. »

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‘Wild’ Director Jean-Marc Vallee Boarding Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic

22 November 2014 9:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jean-Marc Vallée, director of “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” is in talks to direct Amy Adams in the long-in-development Janis Joplin biopic.

Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross told Variety that the movie will shoot during the summer and fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Joplin began recording songs in 1964. She broke out in 1967 as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Adams has been attached to play the late rock singer for several years. Lee Daniels emerged last year as a candidate to direct.

Ron Terry is producing with Ross, who has executive producer credits on “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Wild” and Vallée’s upcoming “Demolition.”

Dallas Buyers Club” screenwriters Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack have been hired to write the script. Ron Terry and Theresa Kounin-Terry wrote an earlier draft.

Journal Du Quebec was the first to report on Vallée’s attachment.

Joplin died »

- Dave McNary

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Review: Late Phases

21 November 2014 6:52 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

2014 has ended up being a record breaking year in horror, with so many quality films being put out for genre fans. It’s a time and era that is completely full of creativity, from cults to parenting to everything in between, the genre has put out film after film, releasing something for everyone. A subgenre that has been lacking in recent years though, is that of the werewolf film. We’ve been given countless bad CGI werewolf films, and even action films disguised as horror films (I’m looking at you Underworld), but as far as a good, practical effects-heavy werewolf film goes, there really hasn’t been much…until now. Here Comes The Devil director Adrián García Bogliano’s Late Phases is not only the movie that fans of werewolves have been waiting a good while for, it’s also an emotionally charged drama, packed to the gills with excellent performances. »

- Jerry Smith

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Cheap Thrills Director E.L. Katz to Take on ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’

21 November 2014 11:59 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

E.L. Katz showed how much pain people were willing to endure to bring home a big paycheck in Cheap Thrills and also helmed the segment “A is for Amateur” in ABCs of Death 2. Horror hounds now have a new E.L. Katz-helmed project to look forward to, as it’s been revealed that he is set to direct the comedy-thriller, You’ll Be the Death of Me.

Variety reports that E.L. Katz is set to helm You’ll Be the Death of Me, a Mandeville Pictures movie that will be distributed by Lionsgate. Katz will direct off a script by Mark Hammer (Two Night Stand). The film will be produced by Todd Lieberman. No casting or release details are known at this time, but the film will follow “two single New Yorkers who find their budding romance complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath.”

Time will tell how »

- Derek Anderson

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Cheap Thrills’ E.L. Katz Set to Direct You’LL Be The Death Of Me for Lionsgate

21 November 2014 9:33 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Don’t know who E.L. Katz is?  It’s probably because you haven’t seen the movie Cheap Thrills and if that’s the case, you’re missing out on one of the best horror movies of the year.  The film didn’t get much of a theatrical run, but apparently someone noticed Katz is top-notch talent because he just scored a new directing gig, a comedy thriller called You’ll Be the Death of Me. Lionsgate and Mandeville Films are behind the endeavor with Two Night Stand’s Mark Hammer set to pen the script.  Hit the jump for more on You’ll Be the Death of Me and to check out what Katz is capable of. According to THR, You’ll Be the Death of Me is about two single New Yorkers and follows what happens when “a masked knife-wielding psychopath” complicates their budding romance.  Considering what goes down in Cheap Thrills, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Exclusive: Nick Damici Discusses Late Phases, Upcoming Hap and Leonard TV Adaptation

21 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In Late Phases, versatile actor Nick Damici (Stake Land, Cold in July) portrays a blind Vietnam vet who has recently moved into a senior living community that’s harboring a deadly secret- werewolves- and he must find a way to put an end to the beastly killings before it’s too late for everyone.

Daily Dead recently chatted with Damici about his experiences collaborating on Late Phases with director Bogliano and his co-stars as well as what initially drew him to the project and the challenges of playing a visually-impaired character. Damici also discussed his next project which has him re-teaming with Jim Mickle for a new television series on the Sundance Channel.

Written by Eric Stolze (Under the Bed) and helmed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Here Comes the Devil), Late Phases also stars Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills), Tom Noonan (The House of the Devil, Manhunter), Erin Cummings »

- Heather Wixson

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I Swear, E.L. Katz. You'll Be The Death Of Me!

21 November 2014 6:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

See what I did there? Clever. E.L. Katz, director of the breakout hit Cheap Thrills, will direct a comedy thriller You'll Be The Death Of Me for Lionsgate. According to a report at THR Katz will direct a script written by Mark Hammer.The comedy thriller follows two single New Yorkers as their budding romance is complicated by a masked knife-wielding psychopath.There is no news on cast or an expected release date....

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‘Cheap Thrills’ Director to Make ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’ for Lionsgate

21 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Cheap Thrills was one of the films on the massive list of 50 great films to see in 2014, and the director of that movie is now signed to do a new film with Lionsgate. E.L. Katz (center, above, with his Cheap Thrills cast) who also did the first entry in The ABCs of Death 2, […]

The post ‘Cheap Thrills’ Director to Make ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’ for Lionsgate appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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E.L. Katz Knows You’ll Be the Death of Me

20 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Word of a new flick from director E.L Katz (Cheap Thrills) has hit the Interwebs, and we have the skinny for you right here… Variety is reporting that Katz will direct comedy-thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me for Mandeville… Continue Reading →

The post E.L. Katz Knows You’ll Be the Death of Me appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Cheap Thrills Helmer to Direct ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’

20 November 2014 3:58 PM, PST | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Cheap Thrills' E.L. Katz has lined up his next feature film: You'll Be the Death of Me.

Variety says Lionsgate is already on board to distribute the comedy-thriller that Mandeville Pictures is producing. Following the release and festival success of Cheap Thrills - a dark, bloody and very funny tale...

The post Cheap Thrills Helmer to Direct ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Evan Katz to direct You’ll Be The Death Of Me

20 November 2014 1:50 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.

You’ll Be The Death Of Me centres on two single New Yorkers whose romance is complicated by the intervention of a masked psychopath with a knife. Mark Hammer wrote the screenplay.

Katz is represented by Gersh, manager Jeremy Platt and attorney Kim Stenton.

His credits include SXSW 2013 premiere Cheap Thrills and the first segment in horror anthology The ABCs Of Death 2.

Photo credit: Randy Perry


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‘You’ll Be The Death Of Me’ Hooks Evan Katz As Director

20 November 2014 1:45 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

E.L. “Evan” Katz has signed on to direct You’ll Be The Death Of Me for Lionsgate. Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Alex Young at Mandeville are producing from a script by Mark Hammer. The comedy thriller follows two single New Yorkers whose budding romance is complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath. Katz is repped by Gersh, manager Jeremy Platt and attorney Kim Stenton. The director’s film Cheap Thrills, about a scheming couple who put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of twisted dares one evening, bowed at SXSW and stars Pat Healy, David Koechner, Ethan Embry and Sara Paxton. Pic sold to Drafthouse Films, won the Audience Award and was the critic’s pick for Best First Feature.

Photo Credit: Randy Perry


- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Lionsgate Taps Evan Katz to Direct Comedy-Thriller ‘You’ll Be the Death of Me’

20 November 2014 1:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

E.L. “Evan” Katz will direct comedy-thriller “You’ll Be the Death of Me” for Mandeville Pictures with Lionsgate distributing.

Mandeville’s Todd Lieberman will produce. Katz will direct from a script by Mark Hammer that tells the story of two single New Yorkers who find their budding romance complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath.

Katz directed 2013′s “Cheap Thrills,” starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner and Sara Paxton, as his first feature. It sold to Drafthouse Films and won the audience award at South by Southwest.

Katz also directed a segment in the recent “ABCs of Death 2″ horror anthology.

Katz is repped by Gersh, manager Jeremy Platt and attorney Kim Stenton.

Correction: A previous version of this story conflated E.L. Katz with Evan Katz, a producer on “24.” We regret the error.


- Dave McNary

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Bj Colangelo’s Horror Movie Guide to Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

11 November 2014 12:07 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Happy November, Icons of Fright readers!  As you all recover from the Breast Cancer Awareness pink washed items at your local grocery store fighting with the Halloween themed goodies, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to paint the world purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.  Boasting a 4% survival rate after five years, Pancreatic Cancer has quickly become one of the deadliest cancers in existence and is posed to be the most deadly cancer in just a few years.  For those that are unaware, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 23, which is extremely rare.  I’m one of the youngest people on record to be diagnosed with the disease, and more importantly, one of the youngest people on record to beat it.  As of right now, I’m 24 and have been in remission for almost 9 months.  They won’t consider me out of the woods for another four years or so, »

- BJ Colangelo

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jonathan Keevil’s Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins

11 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Park City might get a blast of 1979′s The Warriors if filmmaker Jonathan Keevil and his clan manage to do what Bellflower (2011′s Next section selected item) did before them. Once again featuring Tyler Dawson and Evan Glodell, Keevil’s Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins appears to be unapologetically trashy, but kudos are in order for spending a good amount of time finessing the film’s final cut, for adding value supporting players in David Arquette and Paz de la Huerta, and for making a kick ass crowdfunding plea (see below).

Gist: A turf war has been raging in Oldtown for generations. On one side, The Syndicate – an evil gang of crank-head misfits, who has been set on muscling the San Diego family out of the parcel of land they own in the center of town. On the other side, the San Diego family: Tony and Johnny – twin brothers, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Review: Starry Eyes

8 November 2014 2:24 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

We’ve all made sacrifices to be able to do whatever it is that we want to do. Some more than others, but it’s just a fact that in life, there are moments and opportunities that present themselves and we’re faced with the question of “how far will you go?”, a question that based on the situation, could lead decent people to become either a different person or bring out who they were all along. Some films address that question and challenge their viewers to ask themselves that same question, how far would You go to attain that goal, that dream that you’ve always had? Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s brilliantly haunting film, Starry Eyes, brings that question to its audience, and gives them a film that like most Great films, plants a seed in your head, one that opens up into a film that can »

- Jerry Smith

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'ABCs of Death 2' animated opening is absolutely killer

29 October 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Horror anthology sequel ABCs of Death 2 delivers a second slate of 26 fatality-featuring short films overseen by an array of directors, which, this time around, includes Evan Katz (Cheap Thrills), Larry Fessenden (Beneath), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, See No Evil 2), Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), and Julian Barratt, from cult British comedy duo The Mighty Boosh. But one of the film's highlights comes very early with its opening credit sequence, an animated riff on the children's books which inspired the franchise in the first place. ABCs of Death 2 is now available on VOD »

- Clark Collis

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The ABCs of Death 2 | Review

27 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Same Old Song: Scant Few Highlights Justify Lengthy Omnibus

Well, alphabet soup horror is back with The ABCs of Death 2, a follow-up to the first installment (The ABCs of Death) which had twenty six different directors helming a short film based on a word starting with each letter. Now, twenty six more directors try their hand at this formula, which is generally hit and miss, a complaint launched the first time around. With short films of such meager running time amidst a sea of similarly constructed items, most of these tend to cancel each other out. A struggle to remain vibrantly memorable also hobbles a sequence or two. And yet, there are a few little masterful strokes here, though enjoying them feels a bit like trudging through a bargain bin.

E.L. Katz of Cheap Thrills gets things off to an amusing start with his A is for Amateur segment, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Top 5 Craziest Movie Death Scenes, According to 'ABCs of Death 2' Director E.L. Katz

24 October 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

  You will not see another horror movie like ABCs of Death 2 this year, that's guaranteed: 26 different directors tasked with creating a short film about death that's based on a letter from the alphabet. The first short, "A Is for Amateur," is directed by a guy named E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), and it happens to be one of our favorites. Previously we debuted an exclusive image from the short and spoke to Katz about what it's like sharing a film with 25 other...

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