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ABC Pilots ‘Exposed’, ‘Irreversible’ & ‘Saint Francis’ Add Cast

Brian F. O’Byrne (Prime Suspect, FlashForward) has nabbed a lead role in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, and Universal TV. It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. O’Byrne, repped by Gersh and Lisa Richards Agency, will play Quigg, a very powerful, mysterious man who works for the Pentagon. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots British actress Jessica Knappett (The Inbetweeners Movie) and Iris Bahr (The Last Exorcism) are set as female leads opposite David Schwimmer in ABC comedy pilot Irreversible, from Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Schwimmer also serves as a producer on the project, based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich. It centers on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Knappett, repped
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Books: Book Review: Iris Bahr: Machu My Picchu: Searching For Sex, Sanity, And A Soul Mate In South America

Amid scattered bit parts in episodes of Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and other sitcoms, multi-hyphenate talent Iris Bahr distinguished herself in one unforgettable scene during season five of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David’s Orthodox Jewish nemesis, Rachel Heineman. After being stuck on a faulty ski lift for hours with her agnostic opposite, who’s taken to eating edible underwear for sustenance, Rachel suggests they leap to safety before the holy Sabbath sundown, to which Larry cocks his head and replies, “What are you, fuckin’ nuts?” As it happens, Bahr has more in common with David’s fussy ...
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An Actor is Inexplicably Returning for ‘The Last Exorcism 2′

Given the nature of the film, and the nature of a sequel that makes no sense given its title, the news that one of the actors from The Last Exorcism is coming back for the next installment could be considered spoiler-ish, so proceed with caution. The first film was a mixed bag that erred on the good side with strong performances from Patrick Fabian (who finally broke out of his Saved By the Bell: The College Years pigeonhole), the newcomer Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Tony Bentley as a calm-headed pastor, and Caleb Landry Jones and Louis Herthum in hard-wrought roles as the only family of the affected girl. The strangeness of making The Next Last Exorcism aside, especially considering the ending, Bloody Disgusting is reporting that (at least) one of these actors will be back. That actor is Ashely Bell, who was hellacious as the young woman stricken by the devil. It
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Blu-Ray Review: Riveting ‘The Last Exorcism’ Gets Great HD Release

Chicago – Lionsgate may have somewhat poisoned the horror genre by milking every drop of financial blood from the “Saw” franchise but they are still easily one of the best studios out there in terms of Blu-ray product for those who love their movies scary. Look no further than the excellent release of Daniel Stamm’s riveting “The Last Exorcism,” a very-promising genre debut with a weak final act but more than enough to warrant to a rental.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Previews for “The Last Exorcism” linked it to Eli Roth’s career to try and draw on his name value but it is not the gore-fest that connections to “Hostel” might have you believe. “The Last Exorcism” is much more subdued, intellectual, and clever than you might think. In fact, it’s very low on actually horror set-pieces, playing like something closer to the work of Lars Von Trier (who Stamm
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The Last Exorcism (Review)

2010 - 87 mins. - Rated PG-13

D: Daniel Stamm

C: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Caleb Landry Jones, Tony Bentley, John Wright Jr., Shanna Forrestall, Justin Shafer, Carol Sutton

Priest who has been doubting the relevancy of exorcism heads out to a small town farm to help a supposedly possessed teenage girl rid herself of the demons that plague her, but the priest becomes too involved with the family and in over his head.

In "The Last Exorcism" the characters involved in the film are being filmed by a documentary film crew. The film is aiming to be a realistic portrait of a series of events. Too often does the film feel hokey or unconvincing. For the most part these is no intimacy in relation to the connection between viewer and character. Again for the most part there is no immediacy to the series of events in the film as they are unfolding.
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The Last Exorcism - Blu-ray Review

The Catholics got it so good since they have .that. movie. Now faltering fundamentalists can revel that getting their own exorcism film showing the fakery of their ways (more on that later) or does it? What the audience gets is a harrowing journey that ends in a pretty tired way. Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is an exorcist with a big grin, charisma, and a seeming sincerity. As we soon learn, Cotton is a man in a crisis of faith . meaning he.s lost his. He just continues to preach because that is his chosen profession and he needs to put food on the table. Hence his joining up with documentarian Iris (Iris Bahr) and cameraman Daniel
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[DVD Review] The Last Exorcism

The problem with the ‘faux-documentary’ model for horror film-making is that, at some point, they tend to have to break the natural mood and deliver the shocks that your audience came to see. There are obvious advantages to framing a film like this as ‘found footage’, (it makes the exposition that much easier and the motivation for encountering supernatural beings that much more believable), but it’s the rare filmmaker who sets up a compelling argument that these are events that would later be edited and then released as a theatrical feature film. For the majority of its running time, The Last Exorcism is a surprisingly sensitive and intelligent portrait of religious doubt and family dissolution. But like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield before it, Exorcism doesn’t trust its premise to be scary enough, and bends it so far that it throws the whole thing into question. (Note: Though I
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New this Week: ‘Country Strong,’ ‘Season of the Witch’ and ‘Howl (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Country StrongGarrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester

Season of the WitchNicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy

Movie of the Week

Country Strong

The Stars: Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester

The Plot: A rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) unites with a fallen country singer (Paltrow), and together they mount his ascent and her comeback.

The Buzz: When I first saw this trailer, I sighed and thought, “here come the Crazy Heart clones.” But after learning a bit more about this film, my interest in it has grown. For many, Gwyneth Paltrow will be the main attraction, but for me, Garrett Hedlund is the film’s main draw — I’ve been a big fan of his ever since Tron:Legacy hit (way back two weeks ago). Hedlund is cast appropriately here as a rising star, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can pull off the whole singing bit.
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Interview: Patrick Fabian Conducts ‘The Last Exorcism’

Chicago – His face is inviting, but his intentions are ambiguous and perhaps somewhat devious. That’s precisely the type of character that Patrick Fabian has mastered. He’s lent disarming charisma to a variety of characters, from the self-righteously scheming man of faith in “Big Love” to the flamboyantly sleazy car company executive in “Pushing Daisies.”

Though he’s been delivering memorable work in film and television since 1992, Daniel Stamm’s documentary-style horror flick “The Last Exorcism” marks Fabian’s first major film role. As Cotton Marcus, a redemption-seeking minister taping his own faux-exorcisms, Fabian goes toe-to-toe with Ashley Bell, who’s eerily convincing as the seemingly possessed farm girl, Nell Sweetzer. In light of the film’s Jan. 4 release on Blu-Ray and DVD, Fabian spoke with Hollywood Chicago about the spooky side of religion, experimenting on camera and his opinion about the film’s much-debated ending. What
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The Last Exorcism

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Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr

Director: Daniel Stamm

The Scoop: The devil scores another starring role in this “Blair Witch”-tinged thriller. Priest Cotton Marcus (Fabian) hires a documentary film crew to follow him as he performs his final “exorcism” and comes clean about his deceitful ways. But when Marcus arrives on the blood-ravaged family farm where he’ll be working with Nell, he realizes he’s facing much more than just another religious fanatic.

Special Features: Commentary, featurettes, trailer

Rated PG-13, 90 min. | Watch the trailer
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Horror Features Bitter Feast, The Last Exorcism and Case 39 Releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray This Week (Jan. 4th, 2011)

There are at least three major horror releases coming out this week, with Bitter Feast, The Last Exorcism and Case 39. Some will cringe at these titles, while others will jump in horrific delight. The independent feature Bitter Feast from director Joe Maggio releases January 4th on DVD and Blu-Ray. This is a tale of revenge, as one chef gives a scathing food critic and blogger his just desserts. This film will release through Dark Sky Films. Other films also release January 4th.

The Eli Roth (Hostel) produced The Last Exorcism did very well at the box office considering its meager $2 million price tag. Yet, movie critics have been ambivalent, with comments like "a nice surprise" (San Francisco Chronicle), "[the film] is thoroughly engrossing until it loses its way about three-quarters in" (USA Today), and "the film’s docu-style and credible improv acting lay the foundation for an eerie and believable horror movie" (Chicago Tribune). So,
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Patrick Fabian Gives His Last Exorcism

As horror archetypes go, the “demonic possession” subgenre is one that didn’t really hit its stride until the 1973 release of the William Friedkin production of William Peter Blatty’s bestselling novel The Exorcist. Before that there were sporadic cinematic mentions of demons taking over the bodies of the living, but it was The Exorcist and the cultural phenomena it created that set the tone from then on.

After reports of people literally throwing up in theaters, passing out in their seats, and – most importantly – record box office numbers being tallied, the list of films that wanted a piece of the demonic action came fast and furious with titles such as Ovidio G. Assonitis and Robert Barrett’s Beyond The Door, aka The Devil Within Her (1974); the great Mario Bava’s La Casa Dell’Esorcismo, aka House of Exorcism, aka Lisa and the Devil (1974); and on through the years until
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DVD Review: The Last Exorcism

The Last Exorcism

Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Iris Bahr | Written by Hugh Botko & Andrew Gurland | Directed by Daniel Stamm

I like it when horror movies surprise me, and The Last Exorcism managed to, despite being potentially hamstrung by its “found footage” premise focusing on an exorcist operating in the Bible Belt.

The faux documentary follows preacher Cotton Marcus (an excellently charismatic Patrick Fabian) who has been preaching since he was 10, following in the footsteps of his father. The family deal in making money, saving souls and exorcising demons. He talks about how “every faith has exorcists, but all you hear about is the Catholic church, you know, because they’ve got that (movie)…”

Marcus is immediately likeable, a true showman, who recognises the frenzy his congregation gets into, but ultimately wants to ensure that his wife and son have the best life possible. He asks the crew to document an exorcism,
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A Legacy of His Own: A Doug Liman Profile (Part 2)

With his latest film Fair Game released later this year, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Doug Liman in the second of a two part feature... read part one.

“I’ve always been a huge action film fan and a couple of friends of mine were in marriage therapy,” explained screenwriter Simon Kingberg as to the origins of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). “The way they were talking about it sounded kind of aggressive and mercenary. I just thought it would make an interesting template for a relationship inside of an action film.” Mayhem and chaos ensues when two married assassins are contracted to kill each other. “One of the ways that you write it is that all of the action sequences in the film have to be, in some form, expressions of where these characters are in their marriage… Instead of two people having a fight at the dinner table about the salt,
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Review: The Last Exorcism

This is the review for The Last Exorcism, directed by Daniel Stamm and starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Iris Bahr, Caleb Landry Jones and Tony Bentley. Written by Pure Movies writer Suki Ferguson. This slightly tongue-in-cheek horror takes us modern cynics at our word, and presents us with an exorcist who no more believes in demons than Richard Dawkins believes in deities. In deepest Louisiana, we meet the Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) - a genial fraud who charms believers as thoroughly as he cons them. It’s not that he’s lost faith in what he does; he simply never believed to begin with. Imagine, if you can, a handsome American version of our beloved Jeremy Kyle, working his magical bulls*** on unsuspecting Deep South hicks. You get the drift.
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Interview: Eli Roth and Daniel Stamm

Listen to an exclusive interview and podcast of Eli Roth and Daniel Stamm talking about The Last Exorcism, starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Iris Bahr, Caleb Landry Jones and Tony Bentley. The Last Exorcism follows Reverend Cotton Marcus as he makes a documentary designed to reveal the fraudulent nature of exorcisms. On a Lousiana farm, in the Deep South of America, Reverend Cotton meets a sixteen year old who defies his conclusions. Pure Movies catches up with Eli Roth and Daniel Stamm to talk mockumentaries, the religious backlash and The Last Exorcism.
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Quick Movie Review: “The Last Exorcism”

Seen on: August 28, 2010

The players: Director: Daniel Stamm, Writers: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland, Cast: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Tony Bentley

Facts of interest: Produced by Eli Roth.

The plot: A minister trying to expose exorcism as a fraud is followed by a documentary crew while he heads out to perform one final exorcism.

Our thoughts: Yes, I finally found the time to check out Daniel Stamm’s box office hit “The Last Exorcism,” and no, the film didn’t disappoint. Okay, it didn’t exactly win me over either, but I admit I mostly enjoyed watching this low-budget horror thriller about a minister who heads to a spooky farm to perform his final exorcism.
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Exclusive: The Last Exorcism Video Interviews!

The current king of horror, Eli Roth, is back with a creepy new film! Roth, the man who brought us seminal modern day scare-fests like Hostel and Cabin Fever is now presenting a new chapter of horror with the documentary-style film The Last Exorcism, which opened last Friday.

We recently had a chance to speak with the film's producer Eli Roth as well as actors Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell about the new film, it's scary documentary style and Bell's star-making performance. Take a look below!

Exclusive: Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell

Exclusive: Producer Eli Roth

When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer (Louis Herthum), the Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell (Ashley Bell) is possessed by
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Update: Box Office Beat Down: Takers Earns the Top Spot with $20.5 Million

Weekend Box Office

1Takers$20.5 million2The Last Exorcism$20.3 million3The Expendables$9.5 million4Eat, Pray, Love$7 million5The Other Guys$6.6 million6Vampires Suck$5.3 million7Inception$5.1 million8Nanny McPhee Returns$4.7 million9The Switch$4.6 million10Piranha 3D$4.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

Last week, Sylvester Stallone's testosterone-filled action movie The Expendables took siege of the box office for a second week in a row despite tough competition from new entries like Vampires Suck, Piranha 3D, Nanny McPhee Returns and The Switch. But this weekend Stallone's comeback movie was no match for the debut of the hip-hop heist flick Takers.

The movie boasts an all-star cast, which includes Paul Walker (Fast & Furious), Idris Elba(The Losers), Matt Dillon (Armored), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Michael Ealy (Miracle at St. Anna), Jay Hernandez (Quarantine), Chris Brown (Stomp the Yard), T.I. (American Gangster), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar). The movie made $9,298 on each of
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Film Review: Riveting ‘The Last Exorcism’ Burns Its Way Under Your Skin

Chicago – Working from inspirations as diverse as “The Exorcist” and Lars Von Trier, Daniel Stamm’s “The Last Exorcism” is one of the most interesting and accomplished horror debuts of the last few years. The final act gets a bit predictably messy but the fascinating slow burn of the first two more than makes up for any stumbling near the finish line.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The first thing horror fans should know is that “The Last Exorcism” is not quite what you think it is from the previews. Lionsgate has been pushing the action of the piece along with Executive Producer Eli Roth’s involvement to try and bring viewers in on opening weekend who might be looking for a “Saw”-esque gore-fest. The vast majority of “The Last Exorcism” is more of a mystery or even a character drama than what you might expect. It’s a subdued, intellectual study of
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