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‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’ Review

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‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’ Review
Stars: Bruce Willis, Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch, Colson Baker, Caitlin Carmichael | Written by Alan Horsnail | Directed by Randall Emmett

Midnight in the Switchgrass presented me with a bit of a dilemma. After Cosmic Sin and Out of Death you can imagine the last thing I wanted to watch was another Bruce Willis film. But Megan Fox had impressed me in Till Death which made me want to see it. That and the fact it claimed to have a budget of $15,000,000 which should buy some decent production values convinced me to watch it.

Karl Helter (Bruce Willis; Die Hard) and Rebecca Lombardi (Megan Fox; Transformers) are FBI agents trying to crack a human trafficking ring. Things become complicated when they find that their case may be related to another investigation. Byron Crawford has been tracking the serial murderer who would become known as “The Truck Stop Killer” for years. But his
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Midnight in the Switchgrass review – Bruce Willis and Megan Fox firmly in 90s mode

Midnight in the Switchgrass review – Bruce Willis and Megan Fox firmly in 90s mode
The flashy editing and schlock-by-numbers plot leave not much to like here, including an uncomfortably exploitative element

Everything about this tawdry thriller feels dated, from the serial-killer premise that was all the rage back in the 1990s, to the mannerist editing that keeps inexplicably flashing back to earlier scenes in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bursts, like some early 2000s film trying to ape the staccato style of 1970s indie cinema. Even the lead performers – Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis – were all big names a while ago and have slipped out of the limelight for different reasons. If there were still shops around where one could rent or buy videos or DVDs, this is the sort of movie you’d expect to see in the straight-to-retail bargain bin.

The plot, strictly by-numbers-schlock, revolves around the murder and disappearance of young women, several of them prostitutes, in Florida’s super-skeevy panhandle region.
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Movie Review – Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021)

Movie Review – Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021)
Midnight in the Switchgrass, 2021. Directed by Randall Emmett. Starring Bruce Willis, Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly, Emile Hirsch, Michael Beach, Jackie Cruz, Lukas Haas, Caitlin Carmichael, Sistine Rose Stallone, Welker White, Sergio Rizzuto, Tyler Jon Olson, Olive Elise Abercrombie, and Katalina Viteri. Synopsis: An FBI agent and Florida State officer team up to investigate […]

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Midnight in the Switchgrass Review: Megan Fox Navigates a Generic Crime Drama

Midnight in the Switchgrass Review: Megan Fox Navigates a Generic Crime Drama
I think Bruce Willis’ agent needs a raise—they are going above and beyond to make sure their client gets A-list billing no matter what project he takes. I’d estimate the actor has about five total minutes of screen-time in Midnight in the Switchgrass, a majority of which is his FBI agent (Karl Helter) being a tired and soon-to-be-retired mother hen for his much younger and more driven partner (Megan Fox’s Rebecca Lombardo). It’s a cushy gig that probably put a few bucks in his pocket while somehow also earning him second-billing and foreground placement on the poster despite the real lead (Emile Hirsch’s state cop Byron Crawford) barely receiving his name at the top. Temper your expectations, Willis fans. It’s a glorified cameo.

What about the film, though? Written by Alan Horsnail and helmed by long-time producer and first-time director Randall Emmett, its story
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Director Randall Emmett on Season 9 of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ And How Martin Scorsese Inspired ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’

Director Randall Emmett on Season 9 of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ And How Martin Scorsese Inspired ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’
Stepping into the director’s chair for the first time is always a challenge, but for veteran TV and movie producer Randall Emmett that challenge was amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic. What was planned as an 18-day shoot, ultimately took a year thanks to shutdowns in various filming locales.

But launching the true crime thriller “Midnight in the Switchgrass” — starring Bruce Willis, Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch and Lukas Haas — has proven to be just as nerve-wracking, particularly due to the continued uncertainty around Covid.

“Considering what the world is still in, and now that things are escalating, I didn’t even think we were going to be able to have this [premiere], so that’s an amazing thing,” Emmett told Variety, Monday night, outside the Regal L.A. Live theater in downtown Los Angeles.

“The movie took a year to make through a lot of Covid shutdowns,” he added, “So it
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Megan Fox Bails on Midnight in the Switchgrass Premiere Because of Rising Covid Cases

Megan Fox Bails on Midnight in the Switchgrass Premiere Because of Rising Covid Cases
Citing Covid concerns, Megan Fox opted out of the premiere of her upcoming thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass. The film was screened as per schedule at Regal L.A. Live but without its lead actors. For undisclosed reasons, Bruce Willis too didn't attend the premiere. Megan Fox's boyfriend, Machine Gun Kelly, who has a small role in the film, was absent as well. The 35-year-old actress had planned to make an appearance but pulled out of the event at the last moment. A Lionsgate representative broke the news to the paparazzi and fans. Here is what the statement read.

"Due to the recent California mask mandate and rise of Covid cases, Megan Fox will no longer be attending the premiere tonight. We appreciate your understanding."

Midnight in the Switchgrass had a troublesome production courtesy of the global health crisis, and maybe that's why Fox is being too careful. But anyways,
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Megan Fox Skipping ‘Midnight In The Switchgrass’ L.A. Screening Because Of Covid Concerns

Megan Fox Skipping ‘Midnight In The Switchgrass’ L.A. Screening Because Of Covid Concerns
A Los Angeles special screening of Lionsgate’s crime thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass will not include star Megan Fox, who is pulling out of Monday evening’s planned red-carpet event at Regal L.A. Live because of concerns over the rise in Covid cases.

“Due to the recent California mask mandate and rise of Covid cases, Megan Fox will no longer be attending the premiere tonight,” a rep for the film said. “We appreciate your understanding.”

Fox stars alongside Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis, Colson Baker (aka musician Machine Gun Kelly), Lukas Haas, Caitlin Carmichael, Sistine Stallone and Olive Abercrombie. Hirsch, Haas, Carmichael, Stallone and Abercrombie were expected to attend tonight along with director Randall Emmett. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Pt with a red carpet ahead of the screening.

Switchgrass centers on FBI partners (Fox and Willis) and a Florida state detective (Hirsch) on the hunt of
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Megan Fox Cancels Appearance at ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’ Premiere Due to ‘Rise of Covid Cases’

Megan Fox Cancels Appearance at ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass’ Premiere Due to ‘Rise of Covid Cases’
Megan Fox has pulled out of tonight’s Los Angeles premiere of her new movie “Midnight in the Switchgrass” because of the ongoing concern over Covid in Los Angeles.

“Due to the recent California mask mandate and rise of Covid cases, Megan Fox will no longer be attending the premiere tonight,” a rep for the premiere wrote in an email to press covering the event just a couple of hours before the red carpet. “We appreciate your understanding.”

The premiere is set to take place at Regal LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The hour-long red carpet, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., is outdoors followed by an indoor screening. The guest list also includes director Randall Emmett and cast members Lukas Haas, Caitlin Carmichael, Sistine Stallone and Olive Abercrombie.

On Friday, reporters and photographers were informed that they were no longer allowed to cover the after-party in order
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Midnight in the Switchgrass Trailer Hunts a Serial Killer with Megan Fox, Mgk and Bruce Willis

Midnight in the Switchgrass Trailer Hunts a Serial Killer with Megan Fox, Mgk and Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis and Megan Fox are teaming up and on the hunt for a serial killer in the official red band trailer for Lionsgate's upcoming thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass. So, could this be the comeback that Willis fans have been waiting for? Probably not...but let's at least try and stay positive.

Based on the true story of Texas' most dangerous serial killer, Midnight in the Switchgrass follows FBI agent Karl Helter (Bruce Willis) and his partner Rebecca Lombardi (Megan Fox) as they draw very close to busting a sex-trafficking ring. When they realize their investigation has crossed the path of a brutal serial killer, they team up with Texas Ranger Byron Crawford (Emile Hirsch) who has years on this case. When Rebecca herself is abducted by their target and her life hangs in the balance, Karl and Byron have precious few hours to piece together the last
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Here’s the Red Band Trailer for Midnight In The Switchgrass starring Megan Fox and Bruce Willis

Here’s the Red Band Trailer for Midnight In The Switchgrass starring Megan Fox and Bruce Willis
Midnight In The Switchgrass directed by Randall Emmett and stars Megan Fox, Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch, Lukas Haas and Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly). The film will open in select theaters and will also be available on-demand July 23rd!

Here’s the Red Band Trailer:

Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise) and Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen) lead a powerful cast including Emile Hirsch (Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Lukas Haas (Inception), and Colson Baker (Bird Box) in this gritty and intense crime-thriller. While in Florida on another case, FBI agents Helter (Willis) and Lombardo (Fox) cross paths with state cop Crawford (Hirsch), who’s investigating a string of female murders that appear to be related. Lombardo and Crawford team up for an undercover sting, but it goes horribly wrong, plunging Lombardo into grave danger and pitting Crawford against a serial killer in a twisted game of cat and mouse.
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Bruce Willis & Megan Fox in Trailer for 'Midnight in the Switchgrass'

Bruce Willis & Megan Fox in Trailer for 'Midnight in the Switchgrass'
"I can set him up again." Lionsgate has unveiled an official trailer for a Florida serial killer thriller titled Midnight in the Switchgrass, the directorial debut of a veteran producer named Randall Emmett. An FBI agent and Florida State officer team up to investigate a string of unsolved murder cases. Bruce Willis stars as FBI agent Karl Helter, with Megan Fox as FBI agent Rebecca Lombardi. They team up with a cop for an undercover sting, but it goes horribly wrong, putting Lombardo in grave danger and pitting Crawford against a serial killer in a twisted game of cat and mouse. Also starring Lukas Haas, Machine Gun Kelly (aka Colson Baker), Caitlin Carmichael, and Sistine Stallone. This looks like it's straight out of the 90s, with that chat screen and everything about the plot, another "gotta catch that serial killer" story. Meh. Next. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Randall Emmett's Midnight in the Switchgrass,
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Indie ‘Midnight In The Switchgrass’ Postpones Puerto Rico Shoot Over Coronavirus Scare

Indie ‘Midnight In The Switchgrass’ Postpones Puerto Rico Shoot Over Coronavirus Scare
Exclusive: One week into production, the Randall Emmett-directed serial killer thriller Midnight In The Switchgrass has halted production in Puerto Rico, with cast and crew due to be flown home this afternoon. This becomes the third indie film this morning to halt because of the coronavirus scare, after the Paul Schrader-directed The Card Counter in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the Agc Studios thriller Geechee that was set to shoot this week in the Dominican Republic.

Emmett confirmed the postponement. The first time director said that the cast very much wanted to be there, but that the safety-first decision was made, because of the uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic. He was particularly upset to leave behind the crews in Puerto Rico which he said were first rate. He vowed that they will return once the scare is over, and continue the film. The pic stars Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis,
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Machine Gun Kelly, Lukas Haas, Sistine Stallone Join Randall Emmett-Helmed ‘Midnight In The Switchgrass’

Machine Gun Kelly, Lukas Haas, Sistine Stallone Join Randall Emmett-Helmed ‘Midnight In The Switchgrass’
Exclusive: As the Randall Emmett-directed serial killer thriller Midnight In The Switchgrass began production this week in Puerto Rico, Colson Baker (aka the musician Machine Gun Kelly), Lukas Haas and Sistine Stallone have joined the robust cast. The film stars Megan Fox, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Willis, Caitlin Carmichael, Michael Beach, and Welker White. The film is being produced by Emmett, George Furla, Luillo Ruiz, Tim Sullivan, Alex Eckert, and Nick Koskoff, with Lydia Hull and Ceasar Richbow serving as executive producers.

With a string of murders left unsolved, a local Florida detective (Hirsch) teams up with a resilient FBI agent (Fox) to find the man responsible and stop him before he claims another victim.

More from DeadlineColson Baker Joins Sam Worthington Black List Western 'The Last Son Of Isaac LeMay'Megan Fox & Bruce Willis Join Randall Emmett's Directorial Debut 'Midnight In The Switchgrass', Highland To Sell At EFMProducer Randall Emmett
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Jason Priestley & Caitlin Carmichael To Topline Female-Focused Car Racing Drama ‘Speedway’ From Meritage Pictures

Jason Priestley & Caitlin Carmichael To Topline Female-Focused Car Racing Drama ‘Speedway’ From Meritage Pictures
Exclusive: Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jason Priestley and Caitlin Carmichael (Dwight in Shining Armor) will star in Speedway, a female-focused car-racing drama currently in development from Jane Kelly Kosek’s Meritage Pictures. Priestley, a former race car driver himself, will also serve as executive producer and is set to direct a number of episodes in the potential series, which is being pitched to broadcast and streaming networks.

Created and written by Kosek with a story from Kosek, Penny Edmiston and Chelsey Neders, Speedway follows 15-year-old Jordy (Carmichael) through her journey to become a race car champion. The series takes a fresh look at the race car industry through the eyes of a young, talented race car driver from a small town, who experiences many obstacles in her journey, including being taken seriously as a professional driver. Priestley will play a top race car driver who oversees one of the last remaining family-owned race tracks in America.
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Dress for Success Kicks Off a Month of Shopping for Good

This year’s Dress for Success event saw actress and model Garcelle Beauvais, celebrity designer Michael Costello, and actresses Perrey Reeves and Katheryn Winnick looking happy and glamorous as they raised awareness on the red carpet.

Garcelle Beauvais co-hosts the Shop for Success VIP Opening, benefitting Dress For Success Worldwide West La

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The Shop For Success Event is a charitable celebration that invites Los Angeles to shop guiltlessly and give back stylishly. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Garcelle Beauvais, Michael Costello, Lesley Brillhart, Perrey Reeves, and Katheryn Winnick co-host the Shop for Success VIP Opening, benefitting Dress For Success Worldwide West La

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The Annual Shop For Success Event commences every fall and starts off with a star-studded VIP reception.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 Sets AMC Premiere Date

In today’s roundup, AMC releases first look images at “Better Call Saul” and “Lodge 49,” while Netflix taps the second half of the fourth season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” for a 2019 launch date.

First Looks

AMC‘s “Better Call Saul” is slated to return for its fourth season on Monday, August 6 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. The series premiere of “Lodge 49” will air immediately after at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Both series will appear at the Atx Television Festival from June 7-10 in Austin, Texas, including a panel with “Better Call Saul” executive producer Vince Gilligan and star Bob Odenkirk as well as a sneak peek screening of the “Lodge 49” premiere followed by a panel with stars Wyatt Russell and Brent Jennings and executive producers Peter Ocko and Dan Carey. AMC released first look images for both shows featured below.

Casting

Sloane Morgan Siegel (“Gortimer Gibbon’s
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Caitlin Carmichael Scores Lead In BYUtv’s ‘Dwight In Shining Armor’

Caitlin Carmichael Scores Lead In BYUtv’s ‘Dwight In Shining Armor’
Actress Caitlin Carmichael has landed the female lead in the new series Dwight in Shining Armor, set for the BYUtv network.

The series is a contemporary fish out of water original scripted comedy with Carmichael as “Gretta,” a young warrior princess who has been sleeping for a thousand years and wakes up in the 21st century with no understanding of the world around her.

Carmichael was recently seen in a recurring role on Fox’s The Mick, and next up plays a young Olivia Wilde in the Amazon film Life Itself, which will be released in September. She has also appeared on Young Sheldon and in the film Wheelman.

She is repped by Paradigm, Link Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

Dwight In Shining Armor will premiere in 2019. Sloane Morgan Siegel (Amazon Studio’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street) and Joel McCrary (The Princess Diaries 1 & 2) star in
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Buchwald Hires Jeremy Apody As West Coast Head Of Emerging Talent

Jeremy Apody has joined Buchwald as the new West Coast Head of Emerging Talent Commercial & Branding.

Apody spent the previous 14 years at Abrams Artists Agency where he built and headed a highly successful youth commercial department, having taken over that division in 2007. Some of his best known ad campaign bookings include Geico’s “Peter Pan”, Progressive’s “Young Flo,” Toyota Highlander’s “Nathan James” and Verizon’s “Fios Football Girl”.

Apody has helped develop and groom some of the biggest, up and coming youth actors in the business. Joining him at Buchwald are many of his commercial clientele including Ella Anderson, Thomas Barbusca (The Mick), Nicolas Bechtel (Stuck In The Middle), Lulu Wilson (Annabelle: Creation), Daniel Dimaggio (American Housewife), Trinitee Stokes (K.C. Undercover), Chloe Coleman (Big Little Lies), Caitlin Carmichael (300: Rise of An Empire), Lauren Donzis (Liv & Maddie) and Madeleine McGraw (Outcast), and Francesca Capaldi (Dog With A Blog
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Interview, Audio: Actor Frank Grillo is ‘Wheelman’ on Netflix

Chicago – Actor Frank Grillo is on the rise, as evidenced from his high profile supporting role in Marvel StudiosCaptain America: Civil War” and portraying Sgt. Barnes in “The Purge” series of horror films. He recently has partnered in a production company (WarParty Films) and is the title character in their debut movie “Wheelman,” which is distributed and available now on Netflix, as part of their film group.

The “Wheelman” is also the debut film for writer/director Jeremy Rush, and currently has an 88% favorability rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In this tense thriller, Grillo portrays a getaway driver who is double crossed, and suddenly has to protect his family from retribution. The film’s scenes takes place mostly in the vehicles that the Wheelman drives – similar to the movie “Locke” from 2013 – and features Grillo at his action star best.

Frank Grillo is the ‘Wheelman

Photo credit: Netflix

Frank Grillo was born in New York City,
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‘Wheelman’: How Netflix’s Thrilling New Film Proves That Frank Grillo Is The Perfect Leading Man

‘Wheelman’: How Netflix’s Thrilling New Film Proves That Frank Grillo Is The Perfect Leading Man
[Editors Note: This article is presented in partnership with Netflix’s original film “Wheelman”– now streaming exclusively on Netflix.]

Frank Grillo is the kind of guy you would trust with your life — or at least he seems like it.

The 52-year-old New York City native has cultivated a career out of playing someone you’d want in your corner — a small-town police chief, a commanding officer in the Army, and even a Marvel super villain — on screens both big and small. (For what it’s worth, his character in “Purge 3: Election Year” also passionately dedicated his life to protecting the first female president. Do with that what you will.)

But the secret to Grillo’s success goes beyond mastering the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold act. There’s an authentic vulnerability to the characters he brings to life on screen, most recently Mma fighter-turned-trainer Alvey Kulina in the critically acclaimed DirecTV drama “Kingdom,” which concluded its four-season run earlier this year.

Grillo’s next project — the action-thriller “Wheelman,” coming to Netflix on Friday,
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