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Cinepocalypse 2018 Programming Announced, Including Boogeyman Pop, Malicious, and Lifetime Achievement Award for Ernest R. Dickerson

Chicago's Cinepocalypse is quickly becoming one of the most exciting genre film festivals in North America, and they look to continue their streak of exciting programming celebrating movies from the past and present with their full 2018 programming slate that includes the world premiere of Boogeyman Pop (starring James Paxton), a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation for director Ernest R. Dickerson, and much more:

Press Release: May 17, 2018 - The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce their full slate of 2018 programming and guests for the sophomore year of Cinepocalypse, which will take place June 21 - 28 at Chicago’s majestic Music Box Theatre. The Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and fans, the festival’s organizers are proud to have Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill as Co-Presidents of their 2018 Feature Film Jury.

Alongside the previously-announced Derrickson and Cargill, the festival is deeply proud to welcome writer-director Lana Wachowski,
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Horror Highlights: Painkillers Character Posters, Behind-the-Scenes Video for Venom #1, The Night Of The Virgin Release Details

In today’s Horror Highlights, we have five new character posters for a film currently showing at Cannes, Painkillers. Also: a look at a behind-the-scenes video for Venom #1, and The Night of the Virgin trailer and release details.

Painkillers Character Posters Revealed: Press Release: Press Release: "May 14th, 2018 – Title Media, Lone Suspect and Kew Media have released the first round of artwork for Painkillers, a dramatic horror thriller from director Roxy Shih. Kew is currently selling the film at Cannes.

The set of character poster features stars Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima, Grant Bowler, Debra Wilson, and Mischa Barton.

This marks the second feature from director Roxy Shih (The Tribe). Giles Daoust wrote the script, which received several awards and nominations in festivals and screenwriting competitions.

Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale produced the film under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust for Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise
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Horror Highlights: Keep The Gaslight Burning Clip, Let It Die Short Film, Images from Painkillers

Headlining today's Horror Highlights is a clip from Dave and Lou Elsey's haunting short film Keep the Gaslight Burning. Co-starring critically acclaimed makeup artist Rick Baker and Markie Post, the short film's fire will burn brightly this summer. We also have a look at the short film Let it Die and eight images from the new movie Painkillers.

Keep the Gaslight Burning Clip Revealed: "A brutal murder, a grand and gothic house, a vengeful ghost ... they're the elements that Oscar®-winning director Dave Elsey (Best Achievement in Makeup: The Wolfman) and co-director Lou Elsey combine in the brand-new short film Keep The Gaslight Burning --and they're joined by another film makeup legend, seven-time Oscar® winner Rick Baker, who plays a pivotal role, as well as acclaimed actress Markie Post (above).

Keep The Gaslight Burning will make its official public debut this summer ... but for now, we wanted to share
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Ron Medico, Film Editor on 'The Lady in Red' and 'Alligator,' Dies at 71

Ron Medico, a film editor who worked on reality TV series, documentaries and the features The Lady in Red and Alligator, has died. He was 71.

Medico died April 12 after suffering a heart attack in Jacksonville, Florida, his husband, Kevin Cooke, said.

Early in his career, Medico edited the gangster film The Lady in Red (1979) and the cult horror classic Alligator (1980) — two films written by John Sayles and directed by Lewis Teague — then worked on TV's Unsolved Mysteries and American Playhouse.

He also helped put together...
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Ron Medico, Film Editor on 'The Lady in Red' and 'Alligator,' Dies at 71

Ron Medico, Film Editor on 'The Lady in Red' and 'Alligator,' Dies at 71
Ron Medico, a film editor who worked on reality TV series, documentaries and the features The Lady in Red and Alligator, has died. He was 71.

Medico died April 12 after suffering a heart attack in Jacksonville, Florida, his husband, Kevin Cooke, said.

Early in his career, Medico edited the gangster film The Lady in Red (1979) and the cult horror classic Alligator (1980) — two films written by John Sayles and directed by Lewis Teague — then worked on TV's Unsolved Mysteries and American Playhouse.

He also helped put together...
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Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’

Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’
As the thorny matter of eminent domain — the power of the government to seize private property for debatably public use — continues to flare up in American headlines, Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” arrives on screens as an earnest, adamant statement of opposition. Revisiting the Supreme Court’s famously contentious decision in the 2005 case of Kelo vs. City of New London, which ruled against a Connecticut homeowner standing her ground in the face of redevelopment by the Pfizer Corporation, Balaker’s heartfelt film holds attention as a straightforward account of a complicated case, and benefits from the intelligent, careworn presence of Catherine Keener as its human anchor amid all the procedural to-and-fro. If the story’s political and personal nuances have been a bit flattened in Balaker’s script, keeping proceedings in a movie-of-the-week register, this “Little Pink House” nonetheless retains what property developers would call good bones.

As it stands,
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Emmy spotlight: Will ‘The Alienist’ repeat the success of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s last murder mystery ‘True Detective’?

TNT’s “The Alienist” follows the investigation into a series of grisly murders that haunt a team of investigators. In that sense it’s not unlike HBO’s anthology “True Detective.” The first season of that drama won 5 Emmys out of 12 nominations in 2014, including one for Cary Joji Fukunaga‘s direction. Now Fukunaga is an executive producer and writer for “The Alienist,” so will he return to the Emmy race? If so he’ll be migrating to new categories: his season of “True Detective” was entered as a drama at the Emmys, but “The Alienist” is expected to compete as a limited series.

Apart from Fukunaga’s participation and similarities in tone, “The Alienist” is a quite different series, but it might appeal to many of the same television academy members who voted for “True Detective” or other crime series like “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Night Of.” Where season one
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Film News Roundup: John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Mob Biopic Sets June Release

Film News Roundup: John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Mob Biopic Sets June Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Gotti” gets a release date, Sony buys rights to “Where the Devil Hides,” and Loyola Marymount hires an Oscar winner to be its film school dean.

Release Date

Kevin Connolly, director of John Travolta’s “Gotti,” has announced that the delayed mob biopic will be out on June 15.

Connolly made the announcement Monday on his Instagram account. He did not say which distributor would be handling the release. Producers of “Gotti” decided in December to buy the movie back from Lionsgate, which had planned a release through its Lionsgate Premiere specialty division in hopes of getting “Gotti” a wide theatrical release.

Connolly directed from a script by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi. “Gotti” also stars Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston, their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Stacy Keach, Chris Mulkey, Lydia Hull and Spencer Lofranco.

Travolta portrays John Gotti, the flamboyant head
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Frances McDormand movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Almost Famous’

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Frances McDormand movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Almost Famous’
The 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” has now placed its star Frances McDormand back on the in-demand list for actresses over a certain age. Long before this comeback, McDormand won the 1996 Best Actress award for her role in “Fargo” and also had supporting nominations for “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Almost Famous” (2000), and “North Country” (2005). A second Academy Award could be hers on March 4, especially since she has already won at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice and more.

McDormand is also part of an elite group of actors who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting.” That distinction is given to actors who have won all three of the major acting awards given: the Oscar, Emmy and Tony. McDormand won her Emmy for the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” in 2015. She was also nominated for another Emmy for her supporting role in the TV movie “Hidden in America” in 1997.

SEE2018 Oscars:
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A scary monster movie comes to Key West just as a nuclear crisis breaks out! Joe Dante’s incomparable paean to monster kid culture has finally arrived on Region A Blu-ray, with the great extras we expect from every Dante-involved home video offering. The picture only gets more charming and funny with time, from its great cast of teens to the perfect pitch of John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty’s bigger-than-life characters.



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1993 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date January 16, 2018 / 34.93

Starring John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin, Jesse Lee, Lucinda Jenney, James Villemaire, Robert Picardo, Jesse White, Dick Miller, John Sayles, David Clennon, Belinda Balaski, Naomi Watts, Robert Cornthwaite, Kevin McCarthy, William Schallert.

Cinematography John Hora

Film Editor Marshall Harvey

Original Music Jerry Goldsmith

Written by Charles S. Haas, story by Haas & Jerico.

Produced by Michael Finnell

Directed by Joe Dante
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"The Alienist"

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the period drama series "The Alienist", based on the novel, starring Daniel Brühl ("Captain America: Civil War") , Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Robert Wisdom, Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Brian Geraghty and Q'orianka Kilcher, with John Sayles as a consulting producer, airing January 22, 2018 on TNT:

"...the psychological thriller, circa 1896, begins when a series of killings grip New York City.

"Newly appointed police commissioner 'Teddy Roosevelt' calls upon 'Dr. Laszlo Kreizler', a criminal psychologist – aka an 'alienist' – and newspaper illustrator 'John Moore' to conduct an investigation.

Joining them in the probe is 'Sara Howard', a headstrong secretary at police headquarters..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Alienist"...
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Wolf (All-Region)

Aooowww — Woo! Jack Nicholson summons his inner dog — and dons the makeup and scary contact lenses — to go the Larry Talbot route. Unfortunately, his moon-howling nighttime life isn’t as interesting as the dog-eat-dog infighting in the publishing house where he works – where feral instincts and sharp lupine senses are a major aid to ‘getting a leg up’ on the competition. I know, cheap metaphors are the ruin of promising writers.


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1994 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 125 min. / Street Date November 20, 2017 / £14.99

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan, Christopher Plummer, Richard Jenkins, Eileen Atkins, David Hyde Pierce, Om Puri, Ron Rifkin, Prunella Scales, David Schwimmer, Michael Raynor.

Cinematography: Giuseppe Rotunno

Film Editor: Sam O’Steen

Production Design: Bo Welch, Jim Dultz

Makeup Effects: Rick Baker

Original Music: Ennio Morricone

Written by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick

Produced by Douglas Wick

Directed by Mike Nichols

I think my mother
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A Look Back: The American New Wave 1958-1967

In 1983, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with Media Study/Buffalo, created a touring retrospective of avant-garde films, primarily feature-length ones and a few shorts, which they called “The American New Wave 1958-1967.” To accompany the tour, a hefty catalog was produced that included notes on the films, essays by film historians and critics, writings by major underground film figures and more.

The retrospective was created at a time when financially viable independent filmmaking was on the rise, such as films made by John Sayles, Wayne Wang and Susan Seidelman. According to the co-curators of the retrospective, Melinda Ward and Bruce Jenkins, the objective of the tour was to:

provide a more adequate picture than conventional history affords us of a rare period of American cinematic invention and thereby prepare a coherent critical and historical context for the reception of the new work by the current generation of independent filmmakers.
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Desert Hearts

By 1985 Hollywood had still only dabbled in movies about the ‘shame that cannot speak its name,’ and in every case the verdict for the transgressors was regret and misery, if not death. Donna Deitch’s brilliant drama achieves exactly what she wanted, to do make a movie about a lesbian relationship that doesn’t end in a tragedy.

Desert Hearts


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1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 96 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 14, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles, Dean Butler, James Staley, Katie La Bourdette, Alex McArthur, Tyler Tyhurst, Denise Crosby, Antony Ponzini, Brenda Beck, Jeffrey Tambor.

Cinematography: Robert Elswit

Film Editor: Robert Estrin

Production Design: Jeannine Oppewall

Written by Natalie Cooper from the novel by Jane Rule

Produced and Directed by Donna Deitch

Desert Hearts is a fine movie that’s also one of the first features ever about a lesbian romance,
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Richard Linklater on ‘Last Flag Flying,’ Confidence, and the Film That Launched His Career

Richard Linklater on ‘Last Flag Flying,’ Confidence, and the Film That Launched His Career
Richard Linklater has returned to his roots — specifically, his hometown of Houston, just a week or so before that World Series thing — to conduct a series of interviews for his latest film, “Last Flag Flying.” But he’s easily distracted by twinges of nostalgia as he settles in at the Hotel ZaZa for a late-afternoon chat.

Back when he was in his early 20s and working on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, Linklater would spend much of his downtime in H-Town educating himself in movie history by attending screenings just across the street, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Or at the nearby Rice University Media Center. Or at art houses like the River Oaks Theatre — back when it screened repertory double bills — and the long-shuttered Greenway 3. He has spent most of his life and career in and around Austin, where he shot his breakthrough indie feature, “Slacker,” in 1989. But
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For The Postseason: Joe E. Brown As Alibi Ike

If you’re a baseball fan, particularly if you’re a Dodgers, Astros, Cubs or Yankees fan, the real baseball season started this past Friday with the inauguration of the American and National League Championship Series. I’m a Dodgers fan, which means I’m among that group who, arguably, have gone the longest without the satisfaction/excitement/nail-biting terror of seeing their team in the World Series, the next step for whoever wins in the Nlcs. The Dodgers last appeared in the World Series in 1988, capping a memorable run with a championship by beating the Oakland A’s. That was 29 years ago. The Cubs are the reigning Mlb champions, having won last year’s World Series after a 107-year drought. And the Yankees, a mainstay of the World Series around the turn of this century, last appeared in an October championship series in 2009.

The only team to come close
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Battle Beyond the Stars

This quintessential New World picture from producer Roger Corman features a jaw-dropping array of behind-the-scenes talent including a score from James Horner, a script from John Sayles and art direction from James Cameron. Starring Richard Thomas, the supporting cast is equally impressive, including turns from Sam Jaffe, George Peppard, John Saxon and Robert Vaughn. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami who went on to helm animated classics like When the Wind Blows and The Snowman.
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Director/writer John Sayles continued on his fiercely independent path with this critically acclaimed but audience-dividing 1999 drama starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as a star-crossed lounge singer and David Strathairn as a handy man with a mysterious past. Sayles uses his formidable talents as a novelist to fashion an unpredictable storyline fleshed out with memorably intriguing characters including Kris Kristofferson as a sinister small-time criminal, “Smilin Jack” Johannson. The film won several festival awards and was nominated for Palme d’Or at 1999’s Cannes Film Festival.
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Win The Howling on Blu-ray

The darkly comic horror classic The Howling – the film which changed the look and feel of werewolf movies for years to come when it first released back in 1981 – gnaws its way onto newly restored edition DVD, Digital Download and, for the first time in the UK, Blu Ray on 9th October 2017. Along with the film, the release also features an hour of brand new extra features and special content. Pre-order now:

Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins) with a screenplay by John Sayles (Lone Star) and groundbreaking special effects by Rob Bottin (The Thing, The Fog, Total Recall), The Howling has been stunningly restored for a new generation of horror fans. Graphically violent, sexually explicit and nightmarishly intense, it remains one of the most original werewolf movies of the eighties, spawning seven follow-up films and three novels, and sits firmly alongside An American Werewolf In London and
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