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The Renee Question: ‘The Americans’ Cast Shares Their Thoughts on the Finale Cliffhanger

The Renee Question: ‘The Americans’ Cast Shares Their Thoughts on the Finale Cliffhanger
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Americans” series finale.]

The Americans” finale is chock full of ambiguity. There’s the question of what happens to the Jennings once the Ussr dissolves. There’s the question of why Stan (Noah Emmerich) lets his neighbors walk away. There’s a bunch of questions surrounding Paige (Holly Taylor), including why she gets off the train and what she does after pounding that vodka.

But one question reigns supreme: Is Renee (Laurie Holden) a Russian spy or just a good wife who’s interested in being closer to her husband?

Last week, before a screening of the series finale held for Emmys voters, IndieWire caught up to the cast to ask them that very question, and during the panel, they actually asked the crowd the same question. Creator Joe Weisberg estimated about “80 percent” of the crowd believed she was a spy, and most of the cast agrees. A few are certain of it.
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‘The Americans’ Finale Was Surprising and Brilliant for What It Didn’t Do (Spoilers)

‘The Americans’ Finale Was Surprising and Brilliant for What It Didn’t Do (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen the May 30 series finale episode of “The Americans.”

No one had to die for “The Americans” to be devastating.

Throughout the show’s stellar sixth season, the walls seemed to be caving in on everyone with alarming speed. Knowing that the endgame was in sight, it seemed inevitable that someone we cared about was going to meet a nasty end, maybe even (probably?) at another’s hand. Was there any way that Oleg (Costa Ronin) could live through his double-crossing mission? Would Philip (Matthew Rhys) have to kill his FBI
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‘The Americans’ Finale: That Ending Was 4 Years in the Making

‘The Americans’ Finale: That Ending Was 4 Years in the Making
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s finale of “The Americans”)

FX’s Cold War spy drama “The Americans” wrapped its six season run on Wednesday with a gut-wrenching finale that left viewers with one final surprise.

Both Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) Jennings made it out alive, with the show ending with both them back home in Mother Russia. For showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, that was always the plan. “We came up with this ending a long time ago, back in the beginning of the second season,” Weisberg told TheWrap.

He said the past four seasons was a matter of filling in the gaps to get to that point. “It’s a little bit of a minor miracle that ending is still the one that we used.”

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‘The Americans’ series finale: Was the farewell episode ‘Start’ a worthy finish for FX spy drama? [Poll]

FX‘s “The Americans” came to a close on Wednesday night, May 30, after six seasons of espionage. But what did you think of the ending? The series finale, titled “Start,” was written by showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and directed by Chris Long. Do they deserve Emmys? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. (Spoilers Follow)

By the end of the series the walls were closing in on Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), two Kgb spies who have been working undercover in the United States for decades as mild-mannered travel agents. Their neighbor and friend, FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), finally deduced that they were the Russian “illegals” he had been investigating for years, leading to a confrontation between Stan and the Jennings clan as they prepared to escape to Russia with their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor).

But
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‘The Americans’ Review: Ambiguous Endings Prove Immensely Satisfying in a Standout Series Finale — Spoilers

‘The Americans’ Review: Ambiguous Endings Prove Immensely Satisfying in a Standout Series Finale — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Americans” Season 6, Episode 10, “Start” — the series finale.]

And so “The Americans” ends, not with a bang, but two parents’ whimpers. In a surprisingly peaceful series finale, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields’ exquisite FX drama wrapped up by completing the metaphor for American family life it began six seasons prior. Yes, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) fled to Russia to avoid being tried for espionage in the United States, but the final hour wasn’t really about their national identity; it was about a mother and father saying goodbye to children who’ve grown into adults.

“They’re not kids anymore. We raised them,” Philip said, staring out at the dimly lit city of Moscow.

“Yes,” Elizabeth responded.

“It feels strange,” Philip said, to which Elizabeth eventually replied in Russian, “We’ll get used to it.”

Was Philip talking about being back in Russia? Perhaps, but it feels
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Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket Hits Blu-ray This August

One of my favorite films thus far this year has been director Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket starring Nicole Muñoz and Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead). The film is a mindfuck and a half and should be firmly placed on your must-see list as soon as possible. If you were waiting for Blu-ray to check out the film, […]

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'The Dam Busters' director Michael Anderson dies aged 98

'The Dam Busters' director Michael Anderson dies aged 98
Restored 4K version of war epic to be presented at Royal Albert Hall and simulcast into 400 theatres on May 17.

Michael Anderson, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker who directed Dam Busters, Around The World In 80 Days, and Logan’s Run, died peacefully at his home on the Sunshine Coast of Canada from heart disease on April 25. He was 98.

The London-born filmmaker is best known for The Dam Busters, which the British Film Institute named one of the best British films of the 20th century; sci fi classic Logan’s Run; and Around The World In 80 Days, which was nominated for eight Oscars
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‘Pyewacket’ Review

Stars: Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne, Romeo Carere, James McGowan, Bianca Melchior | Written and Directed by Adam MacDonald

The unusual title wasn’t the only reason I have been interested in watching Pyewacket for a while now. Everything I have read about the movie on social media, from people I trust the opinion of, has been positive, so I was very much looking forward to it.

The best horror movies, in fact the best movies, create characters and relationships that you care about, relate to and want to watch unfold. Pyewacket does all of this. The main relationship is between Leah, played by Nicole Munoz, and her mother, played by Laurie Holden. Like many mother/daughter relationships it is a very love/hate one. After the death of their father and husband, both women are dealing with the situation in different ways. Leah is listening to angry
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DVD Review – Pyewacket (2017)

Pyewacket, 2017.

Directed by Adam MacDonald.

Starring Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne, James McGowan, Bianca Melchior, and Neil Whitely.

Synopsis:

A teenage girl summons a witch to kill her unstable mother after the death of her father.

The proverb that begins ‘Be careful what you wish for…’ has been the basis for many a horror movie over the years and because of this Pyewacket, the second directorial feature from actor-turned-director/writer Adam MacDonald, treads some familiar ground as it sets up its terrors but, to use another overused phrase, the devil is in the detail.

Angst-ridden teenager Leah (Nicole Muñoz – The Last Mimzy) is having a tough time growing up as she has recently lost her father and her mother (Laurie Holden – The Walking Dead) seems to be spiralling out of control, drinking heavily and generally being all over the place mentally. Finding comfort in the occult and
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Competition: Win horror ‘Pyewacket’ on DVD

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Pyewacket available now on Digital HD and on DVD from the 23rd April 2018, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

Forget teen-friendly jump scares and Ouija board pranks – this the real deal, that goes deep into the dark heart of the occult. From the producer of cult hits The Void and The Witch, Pyewacket can take its place alongside those other-wordly modern horror classics.

Adam MacDonald, who directed the impressive killer bear thriller Backcountry, has crafted a deliciously taut slow burner, with outstanding central performances from Nicole Munoz as witchcraft-obsessed teenager Leah, and The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden as her mother. As surprising as it is inventive, the film plants a seed of dread from the moment teenager Leah performs an occult ritual in the woods, building to an excruciating climax that will do for
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Giveaway – Win Pyewacket on DVD

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Pyewacket available now on Digital HD and on DVD from the 23rd April 2018, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

Forget teen-friendly jump scares and Ouija board pranks – this the real deal, that goes deep into the dark heart of the occult. From the producer of cult hits The Void and The Witch, Pyewacket can take its place alongside those other-wordly modern horror classics.

Adam MacDonald, who directed the impressive killer bear thriller Backcountry, has crafted a deliciously taut slow burner, with outstanding central performances from Nicole Munoz as witchcraft-obsessed teenager Leah, and The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden as her mother. As surprising as it is inventive, the film plants a seed of dread from the moment teenager Leah performs an occult ritual in the woods, building to an excruciating climax that will do for
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Movie Review – Pyewacket (2017)

Pyewacket, 2017.

Directed by Adam MacDonald.

Starring Nicole Munoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose and Eric Osborne.

Synopsis:

After the death of her father, teenager Leah becomes fascinated by the occult but her relationship with her mother becomes strained. She is increasingly resentful when her mother decides they need a fresh start in a new home and the possibility looms of changing school and losing her friends. In a fit of anger, she takes matters into her own hands and conjures up a malevolent spirit to get her own back on her mother.

Definition first. Pyewacket is a malevolent spirit, originally identified by the Witchfinder General in 17th century England but, for the purposes of Adam MacDonald’s horror, it’s crossed the Atlantic and is conjured up by unhappy teenager Leah (Nicole Munoz). Because she wants to teach her mom a lesson.

That’s simplifying matters. As Leah discovers from an obliging expert on the occult,
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Exclusive Interview: Laurie Holden Talks ‘Pyewacket’ & The Importance Of Charity Work

Interview with Laurie Holden for Pyewacket

Known for her work on The X-Files, The Walking Dead, The Mist, Silent Hill and The Shield, actor Laurie Holden is next on screen in Pyewacket. Directed by Adam MacDonald, the film tells the sinister story of a teenage girl whom after a heated argument with her mother performs an occult ritual to dispose of her. She soon has a change of heart, however, and must race to save the life of her mother before the summoned entity – Pyewacket – gets there.

Whilst on paper the film might scream horror, it’s actually more of a dark twisted version of Lady Bird with a Hell of a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for. With such an interesting premise we were itching to speak with Holden about the project; here’s what she had to say:

A lot of people will read the synopsis,
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‘The Americans’ Review: A Crafty New Episode All But Confirms a Rousing Fan Theory

‘The Americans’ Review: A Crafty New Episode All But Confirms a Rousing Fan Theory
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Americans” Season 6, Episode 3, “Urban Transport Planning.”]

Welp, it looks like Phillip’s (Matthew Rhys) long vacation from spycraft is about to come to an end — and not just because his travel agency isn’t paying the bills anymore. “Urban Transport Planning” wraps up with the retired Russian spy donning his old blonde wig and meeting with Oleg (Costa Ronin), presumably to continue the conversation about spying on his wife.

Speaking of, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) was asked to bring her husband to her next meeting with her private Kgb contact, further implicating Philip in the life he wanted to leave behind. But the episode also illustrated why their professional separation has damaged their personal one: The couple can’t talk like they used to, and it’s created an expansive divide. Could Philip getting back in the game help them, or will his mission as a double agent irreversibly shatter what the couple has left?
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Movie Review – Pyewacket (2018)

Pyewacket, 2018.

Directed by Adam MacDonald.

Starring Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose and Eric Osborne.

Synopsis:

A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

What if Lady Bird decided not to move to New York, but instead performed a demonic ritual to kill her mother in a moment of rage? That is the issue at the heart of Adam MacDonald’s sophomore feature, Pyewacket.

Fifteen-year-old Leah (Nicole Muñoz) is still grieving over the death of her father, but has found solace in death metal and occultism as she tries to deal with her inconsolable mother (played by The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden) who’s becoming more abusive and has been drinking more and more to cope with her grief and finally snaps and decides to escape the constant reminders of her husband
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Film Review: ‘Pyewacket’

Film Review: ‘Pyewacket’
Intriguing Canadian horror pic “Pyewacket” is sort of “Lady Bird” in extremis: Its heroine is a teen caught in an antagonistic relationship with her single mum who becomes so unhappy that she casts an occult spell, to everyone’s eventual grief. A sinister mix of dysfunctional-adolescent drama and horror-movie elements, Adam MacDonald’s sophomore feature is perhaps ultimately more successful in the former terms than the latter — some genre fans may find there’s not quite enough conventional payoff. It’s the rare horror film that’s actually more effective in psychological terms than in suspense ones.

Fifteen-year-old Leah (Nicole Munoz) is furious and miserable when her combative if well-meaning, recently-widowed mother (“The Walking Dead’s” Laurie Holden) relocates them both to a house in the woods, isolating her already conspicuously disgruntled only child from the few friends she has, notably bestie Janice (Chloe Rose) and almost-boyfriend Aaron (Eric Osbourn).

Goth-styled lass that she is,
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Interview: Talking Pyewacket with Writer/Director Adam MacDonald and Co-Stars Nicole Muñoz and Laurie Holden

Out today in limited theaters and on various VOD platforms is writer/director Adam MacDonald’s stunning occult-fueled thriller, Pyewacket, which is centered on a teenager named Leah (Nicole Muñoz) and her mom (Laurie Holden), who have been coping with a recent family tragedy in very different ways. Their inability to communicate drives a wedge between them, with Leah utilizing the dark arts as a coping mechanism, and as you can probably guess, no good can come from the angsty teen summoning demons to do her bidding.

Daily Dead recently spoke to MacDonald, Muñoz, and Holden about their experiences collaborating together on Pyewacket, and the trio also discussed the real-life inspirations behind the project, how they were able to inject a bit of their own experiences into their performances, and how much they enjoyed collaborating on Pyewacket as well.

Laurie Holden: Hi, Heather. Before we start, I wanted to thank
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Watch a Heartbreaking, Heated Conversation Between Mother and Daughter in our Exclusive Clip from Pyewacket

"Be careful what you wish for, someone might be listening." An occult death curse threatens to destroy a mother and daughter in the new horror movie Pyewacket (read Heather Wixson's 4-star review here), and with Adam MacDonald's new horror film out today in theaters and on VOD platforms from IFC Midnight, we've been provided with an exclusive clip to share with Daily Dead readers.

Written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Pyewacket stars Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, and Eric Osborne. Check out an intense conversation between mother and daughter in our exclusive clip below, and read on for the official synopsis:

Synopsis: "When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for… In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father—and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden)—by dabbling in the dark arts.
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Review: Pyewacket is a Devastating and Merciless Reminder of the Dangers of Wish Fulfillment

If you’ve ever been a teenage girl (like this writer once was a long time ago), then you probably know all too well that there may not be a more tumultuous relationship during those formative years than the one you share with your mother. It’s a dynamic we’ve seen explored many times in genre cinema (Carrie, Excision, and Stoker being prime examples), and it’s the theme at the core of Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket, a supernatural shocker that is a frightening reminder that you should always be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. And in this case, “it” happens to be a manipulative demonic force with a nasty sense of humor.

Pyewacket follows struggling teen Leah (Nicole Muñoz), whose ability to connect with her mom (Laurie Holden) has been beyond strained after her father’s untimely death, especially since her mother
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'Pyewacket': Film Review

'Pyewacket': Film Review
Teen angst feels almost redundant in horror films, but the condition provides a strong emotional center to the sophomore feature from Canadian director Adam MacDonald (Backcountry). The story of a teenager who summons a demonic figure to kill her mother, Pyewacket is a slow-burn chiller that is all the more impressive for its subtlety.

The central characters are Leah (Nicole Munoz), a Goth teen with a strong interest in the occult, and her mother (Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead), who have both been on emotional shaky ground since the recent death of Leah's father. Mother and daughter are perpetually at...
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