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Berlin Film Review: ‘Spoor’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Spoor’
The central character of Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” is a lonely, moon-faced schoolteacher who lives in mountain village near the border of Poland and the Czech Republic and insists on being called by her last name: Duszejko. Each morning, she rises in the country and greets the sun with her two dogs, then whiles away the day. It’s a quiet life, in the kind of setting where not much happens. Or, at least, that’s how it seems until Duszejko learns that her canine companions have gone missing, at which point the film starts to introduce its assaultively colorful cast of characters.

There’s the grizzled poacher next door who keeps his own dog locked in a shed. There’s the swank girl who works in a local boutique and moonlights at a sex club. There’s the baby-faced epileptic computer wizard. There’s the sadistic priest who tells
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Agnieszka Holland’s Stalin-Era Film ‘Gareth Jones’ Boarded by WestEnd (Exclusive)

WestEnd Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to politically charged project “Gareth Jones,” the next film from twice-Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland, whose latest movie “Spoor” is in competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Gareth Jones” tells the real-life story of the eponymous Welsh journalist who exposed the Holodomor, Stalin’s 1933 genocide-famine in Ukraine. Research suggests that the reporter was murdered with the help of Soviet agents the day before he turned 30. His reporting of the famine was said to have inspired George Orwell to write “Animal Farm.”

Scriptwriter Andrea Serdaru-Barbul first approached Holland, who is the daughter of journalists, with her script two years ago. “Since then the story has become even more relevant,” Holland told Variety. “The situation around us has change, and you can find some similarities with the 1930s.”

Holland says she receives many scripts with political themes, but this one stood out. “I am always interested in politically charged subjects,
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'American Honey', 'Rams' execs among Efp Producers On The Move

The UK’s Lucas Ochoa and Poland’s Klaudia Smieja are among upcoming European producers set for neworking initiative in Cannes.Scroll down for the full list

European Film Promotion (Efp) has selected 20 emerging European producers for the 17th edition of its Producers on the Move networking initiative, which will be held during the Cannes Film Festival between May 14-17.

The participating producers will take part in a programme of round-table project presentations, one-on-one speed dating pitches and case studies of successful projects.

The 2016 selection includes the UK’s Lucas Ochoa, producer on Andrea Arnold’s Cannes competition entry American Honey. Ochoa has had winning films at the Sundance Film Festival for four years in a row including Robert Egger’s multi-award winning The Witch and this year’s Michal Marczak documentary All These Sleepless Night.

Poland’s Klaudia Smieja, an executive producer on Icelandic hit Rams, has also been selected. Her additional
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Deathgasm Blu-ray / DVD Slated for January 5th Release

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Heavy metal horror hits home media early next year, as Dark Sky Films has announced a January 5th Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release for Jason Lei Howden's Deathgasm:

Press Release: Dark Sky Films announces the digital, DVD & Blu-ray release of the festival and theatrical hit, Deathgasm. The crowd-pleasing heavy metal horror comedy comes to Digital Download, Blu-ray and DVD on January 5, 2016.

High school is truly hell in Deathgasm. Metal-thrashing Brodie (Milo Cawthorne, Blood Punch) is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders in a suburban wasteland until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk (James Blake). After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk's come upon a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant ultimate power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, which threatens to tear apart existence itself.

The
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TV review: Storyville: Hitler, Stalin and Mr Jones; Michael Johnson: Survival of the Fastest

From Stalin's Russia to Hitler's Germany – the adventures of the brave boy from Barry

His mother wanted Gareth Jones to take a nice safe job in academia. "Why," he wrote to her, baffled, "do you want a son of yours to have no courage?"

Storyville: Hitler, Stalin and Mr Jones (BBC4) was a dense, powerful and moving film (marred only by a bizarrely dramatic voiceover that persisted throughout) that pieced together the extraordinary and almost forgotten story of an extraordinary and almost forgotten boy from Barry.

Jones was a brilliant student who won a scholarship to Cambridge to study Russian. Fascinated by Stalin, he went to the Soviet Union in 1930 and glimpsed the shadows beneath the dictator's shining Five Year Plan. When he returned to England he was invited to one of David Lloyd George's country house parties in Churt, Surrey (think of it as the Chipping Norton of its day but less,
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TV highlights 05/07/2012

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Let's Get Gold | Michael Johnson: Survival Of The Fastest | The Hotel Inspector | Storyville: Hitler, Stalin And Mr Jones | Dynamo: Magician Impossible | The Midnight Beast

Let's Get Gold

9pm, ITV1

A vague attempt at an Olympic Games tie-in, this three-parter sees 15 sports teams competing for £100,000. Vernon Kay is the host, while Rio Ferdinand and Andrew Flintoff are on the judging panel. An indication that the winning factor may be down to more than fitness and technique is that the other two judges are entertainers: actor Martine McCutcheon and Una Healy from the Saturdays, who can at least lay claim to having a competitive swimming background, having represented Ireland at schools level. Martin Skegg

Michael Johnson: Survival Of The Fastest

9pm, Channel 4

A little over 15 years ago, Michael Johnson was the Man With The Golden Shoes, the fastest long sprinter on Earth. In the years since, he's done a lot of
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Dread Central Turns Six!

Six years ago Dread Central opened its doors on July 4th, declaring our independence from those who were holding us back, and the lunatics have been running the asylum ever since. The road thus far has been winding and unpredictable, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

As always, I'd like to take this time to acknowledge the folks who keep the spooky coming by the bucketful. First, our foundation ... The Foywonder, Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, Scott Johnson, Mr. Dark, Nomad, and Rick Trembles. These cats have been here since Day One and helped build this nuthouse brick by brick. Words alone cannot express how lucky we are to have each and every one of you. Your loyalty and support are proof positive it takes more than just blood to become family.

Then there are the cats who have been soldiering for several years - Heather Wixson, Brian Smith,
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Kate Joins the Queen - and 8,000 Others - for Tea

The Duchess of Cambridge navigated another royal first Tuesday when she joined Queen Elizabeth - and 8,000 other people - at a garden tea party at Buckingham Palace. Under sunny skies and an uncharacteristically warm 77 degrees, she wore a familiar outfit: a hat by Jane Corbett and the same $2,000 pink Emilia Wickstead coat dress first seen 11 days ago at the Windsor Castle lunch the Queen gave for visiting royals. Led by the Queen and Prince Philip, the royal party, including Kate, stood to attention for the national anthem before stepping down onto the garden's lawns. Husband William, 29, was not able to
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TV highlights 13/04/2012

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Unreported World: Terror In Sudan | BBC Young Musician 2012: Keyboard Category Final | Sweet Home Alabama: The Southern Rock Saga | Not Going Out | 30 Rock | The Graham Norton Show

Unreported World: Terror In Sudan

7.30pm, Channel 4

What the world's media saw: photos of George Clooney in handcuffs outside the Sudan embassy. What Unreported World saw: caves in the Nuba Mountains teeming with thousands of black African Christians, made homeless by constant aerial bombardments from Omar al-Bashir's forces, during a civil war stretching back to the 1980s. In the first of a new series, reporter Aidan Hartley and director Daniel Bogado place themselves squarely in the war zone, among doctors working without anaesthetic, and civilians facing yet another man-made famine. Ali Catterall

BBC Young Musician 2012: Keyboard Category Final

7.30pm, BBC4

The posh Britain's Got Talent reaches the category finals. Of the 404 precocious piano-ticklers, violin-scrapers, oboe-blowers and timpani-thwackers who auditioned,
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2011

Well, folks, 2011 is officially in the can, and surprisingly it wasn't such a horrendous year. It was definitely better than 2010, which was a huge step up from the putrid 2009. We laughed, we applauded, we were left dumbstruck, and of course we were infuriated. Read on for our cheers and jeers!

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Get off of your asses and give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you if only to compare notes. Lots and lots of notes.

Speaking of notes, the most common complaint we've heard over the years is that we don't have one definitive list representing Dread Central as a whole so for 2011 we dropped everyone's choices in the blender, hit puree,
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The Night Crew Returns!

Yes, those enigmatic cinematics are back with the launch of Season 2 of their popular podcast. So far this season the Crew has release three episodes as well as a Halloween Music Special, and there’s no stopping them now.

Here’s what’s been unleashed so far…

Episode 1

Well, they’re back… with a whole new look, a streamlined format, and a bunch of new contributors… all designed to slap your face and call you “Shirley.”

Ok, so… Season 2 Episode 1. First off, as always, there’s the Mighty Canuck Andrew Mack bringing you all the news that fit to cruise in his Twitch News of the Week. Next up, Sean and Thom go over a few of the films they’ve watched (and these by no means even scratch the surface of the amount of cinema these guys watch) over the break. After that, there’s Jonathan Lloyd Walker fresh
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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2010

Well, folks, 2010 is officially in the can, and unlike 2009 horror movie fans took it in the can a lot less this year. Sure the last twelve months had its fair share of lows, but it also brought us a couple of new classics. As always we covered every single one of them mostly in great detail for you.

Now, with a fresh movie-watching start before us, we're taking our usual yearly look back at the good, the bad, the Wtf, and everything in between.

Don't just read along, though ... give us your lists in the comments section below. We wanna hear from you regarding what we nailed and what we dropped the ball on, so let the games begin!

Dig on our Best of and Worst of lists for 2010 by following the links below!

[The Buz]

[Thom Carnell]

[The Foywonder]

[Heather Wixson]

[Gareth Jones]

[MattFini]

[Nomad]

[The Woman in Black]

[Uncle Creepy]

[Andrew Kasch]

The Buz's Picks

As per usual I failed this year as a horror fan and a movie fan in general.
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