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With Prisoner's Daughter, Catherine Hardwicke Is Still Making Gritty Films About Independent Women [Exclusive Interview]

With Prisoner's Daughter, Catherine Hardwicke Is Still Making Gritty Films About Independent Women [Exclusive Interview]
Hearing Catherine Hardwicke's name may make you think of the 2000s. Back when only one woman had ever won an Academy Award for Best Director and only two or three had ever been nominated, Hardwicke's output of independent, idiosyncratic films put her in a rare category: female directors with household names. The Texas-born writer/director rose to notoriety in 2003 with "Thirteen," a ferocious, verite account of life on the bleeding edge of Los Angeles co-written by a then unknown Nikki Reed, who herself was only thirteen. After 2005's excellent follow-up "Lords of Dogtown," a slinky portrait of the surf and skateboarding culture in 1970s Venice, Hardwicke rocketed to superstardom with the first installment in the "Twilight" franchise.

Hardwicke has spoken about how painful it was that so little changed for her after "Twilight," a film virtually every producer warned her would go down in flames at the box office,
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TIFF 2022: Prisoner’s Daughter Movie Review

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TIFF 2022: Prisoner’s Daughter Movie Review
Prisoner’s Daughter TIFF Gala Presentations Section Reviewed for Shockya.com by Abe Friedtanzer Director: Catherine Hardwicke Writer: Mark Bacci Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Brian Cox, Christopher Convery, Tyson Ritter, Jon Huertas Screened at: Scotiabank Theatre, Ontario, 9/15/22 Opens: September 14th, 2022 (Toronto International Film Festival) An older man, no longer the same hardened criminal he once was, […]

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Prisoner’s Daughter Review (TIFF)

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Prisoner’s Daughter Review (TIFF)
Plot: Newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a convicted murderer (Brian Cox) is given a supervised, compassionate release under the supervision of his long-estranged daughter (Kate Beckinsale).

Review: Prisoner’s Daughter is a return to director Catherine Hardwick’s indie roots. In recent years she’s been known chiefly for larger movies like the recent Miss Bala remake, Twilight, and Red Riding Hood. Before those, she directed Thirteen and the underrated Lords of Dogtown, and Prisoner’s Daughter feels like a throwback to those kinds of movies. It’s a low-key character drama with a good moral message at its core and sports typically excellent performances from the two leads, Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale.

Cox is an interesting choice to play Max, a brutal former boxer turned debt collector who’s been in prison for killing someone. We’re used to seeing him play patriarchs, most famously on Succession, and based on that role,
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TIFF Review: Prisoner’s Daughter Finds Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale Attempting to Reconcile

TIFF Review: Prisoner’s Daughter Finds Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale Attempting to Reconcile
Maxine (Kate Beckinsale) isn’t having a good day. She’s barely slept after working the nightshift cleaning the place where she used to pole dance and hopes to earn enough tips at her waitressing day job to pay for her son Ezra’s (Christopher Convery) epilepsy medication when her ex (his father) Tyler (Tyson Ritter) causes a scene that ultimately gets her fired. Then the school calls to say the boys who assaulted her son were suspended as though it would soften the blow that he’s being punished with detention for getting beat up (I see protocols haven’t changed in over two decades). And to top everything off, she also gets a phone call from her father (Brian Cox’s Max). From jail. After twelve years. Asking to live with her.

Welcome to director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter Mark Bacci’s Prisoner’s Daughter, a film that seeks
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Paradigm Signs Pasaca Entertainment, Finance & Production Company Behind TIFF Drama ‘Prisoner’s Daughter’

Paradigm Signs Pasaca Entertainment, Finance & Production Company Behind TIFF Drama ‘Prisoner’s Daughter’
Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Pasaca Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based media finance and production company behind the TIFF 2022 family drama, Prisoner’s Daughter.

Pasaca’s first feature follows a a dying convict (Brian Cox) as he tries to reconnect with his daughter (Kate Beckinsale) and the grandson (Christopher Convery) he’s never known, with his violent past then coming back to haunt them all. Also starring Jon Huertas, Ernie Hudson and Tyson Ritter, the film from director Catherine Hardwicke world premieres tonight at Roy Thomson Hall, as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival. Pasaca co-financed the pic alongside Capstone Studios.

Led by CEO Jason Duan and Executive Producer Wen-Chia Chang, Pasaca Entertainment’s aim is to reinvent traditional genres and support underrepresented groups in entertainment. It plans to become a global content provider and studio with services including single project or slate development and production, with an eye toward company and library acquisitions,
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Kate Beckinsale on Giggling With Brian Cox While Making Toronto Drama ‘Prisoner’s Daughter’

Kate Beckinsale on Giggling With Brian Cox While Making Toronto Drama ‘Prisoner’s Daughter’
For Kate Beckinsale, the most challenging aspect of working with “Succession” star Brian Cox was having to loathe him. “If Brian and I were at school, we’d be separated instantly,” Beckinsale says. “We’re quite naughty and make each other laugh and we’d sit there, giggling, so we did have to get ourselves together a bit for the movie.”

Beckinsale stars opposite Cox in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Prisoner’s Daughter,” which bows Sept. 9 as a Toronto Intl. Film Festival Gala presentation. The gritty family drama follows Max (Cox), a dying convict who tries to make amends with his estranged daughter Maxine (Beckinsale) and grandson. However, his violent past threatens to come between their reconciliation.

Why were you drawn to “Prisoner’s Daughter”?

I found the script really emotional. It’s got a lot of difficult family things in it, which I feel is relatable to everybody. There’s estrangement between the father and the daughter,
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‘Prisoner’s Daughter’: Christopher Convery Joins Family Drama From Director Catherine Hardwicke

‘Prisoner’s Daughter’: Christopher Convery Joins Family Drama From Director Catherine Hardwicke
Exclusive: Christopher Convery (On the Verge) has joined the cast of the upcoming Catherine Hardwicke film, Prisoner’s Daughter. He’ll appear in the family drama alongside previously announced cast members Brian Cox, Kate Beckinsale and Tyson Ritter.

The film penned by Mark Bacci tells the story of Max (Cox), a tough but proud ex-con who’s struggling to find a way to reconnect with his only daughter Maxine (Beckinsale), as well as his grandson; once he begins an attempt at reconciliation, his violent past once again catches up to him.

Convery will play Ezra, Maxine’s sharp-witted pre-teen son who struggles with epilepsy and bullying at school.

Sam Okun is producing for Sam Okun Productions, with Marina Grasic of Oakhurst Entertainment. Robert E. Morgan, Chris Rasmussen, Guy Moshe, and Jai Khanna will exec produce, with Lachlan Towle and Bill Yates serving as co-producers.

Capstone Pictures is co-financing and commenced sales at TIFF.
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‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ Blu-ray Review

‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ Blu-ray Review
Stars: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Anjali Jay, Oliver Rice, Natalie Moon, Daphne Hoskins, Joely Collins | Written by Stacey Menear | Directed by William Brent Bell

Katie Holmes stars in this sequel to 2016’s little-seen creepy doll horror The Boy. It’s directed by William Brent Bell, who clearly has an affinity for this sort of thing, because in addition to helming the original film, he’s just signed on to direct Esther, a prequel to 2009’s superficially similar Orphan.

Brahms begins with a poorly staged prologue in which Liza (Holmes) and her young son Jude (Christopher Convery) are traumatised by a home invasion. The attack leaves Jude unable to speak, so Liza and husband Sean (Owain Yeoman) decide to get away from it all and holiday in the guest house of a mansion in the north of England. They’re there all of five minutes before Jude
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Unseen Brahms: The Boy 2 Alternate Ending Gives The Killer Doll a Fiery Finale [Exclusive]

Unseen Brahms: The Boy 2 Alternate Ending Gives The Killer Doll a Fiery Finale [Exclusive]
Stx Films has given us an exclusive look at an alternate ending included on the blu-ray release of Brahms: The Boy II. The supernatural horror movie hit theaters in February, gaining praise from critics and horror fans. While the movie wasn't a box office smash (more on that later), it was still a huge success for SFX, making over $20 million globally from an initial budget of $10 million. Now, the terror is getting ready to come to your home. Brahms: The Boy II is all set to hit Blu-ray and VOD starting on May 19th.

Our exclusive clip from Brahms: The Boy II is an alternate ending in which Jude (Christopher Convery) puts what's left of Brahms into the fireplace, ending Brahms' reign of terror. But is it really the end? The clip also features Katie Holmes (Liza), Owain Yeoman (Sean), and Ralph Ineson (Joseph). The way the fire takes over
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Brahms: The Boy II Arrives on VOD April 3rd and Blu-ray and DVD on May 19th

Brahms: The Boy II Arrives on VOD April 3rd and Blu-ray and DVD on May 19th
If you missed it in theaters, you can return to Heelshire Mansion when Brahms: The Boy II is released on VOD on April 3rd ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on May 19th.

According to Blu-ray.com, the Blu-ray/DVD release of Brahms: The Boy II will include an "alternate ending" and "deleted and alternate scenes."

We have a look at the cover art below (via Amazon), as well as pricing details for the VOD release of the film, and in case you missed it, check out our Q&a with co-star Christopher Convery.

"STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment will release Brahms: The Boy II on Friday, April 3 for (Est) electronic sell thru on all premium platforms at the suggested retail price of only $9.99.

In Brahms: The Boy II, unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their
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Christopher Convery to work alongside Katie Holmes, in the summer horror offering 'Brahms The Boy 2'

Christopher Convery to work alongside Katie Holmes, in the summer horror offering 'Brahms The Boy 2'
The second instalment of the 2017 horror film ?The Boy? has already hit the screens and has kept up to the tone and the setting of the series. The director and the screenwriter of the franchise had already promised for a creepier experience with the film. ?

Acclaimed actress Katie Holmes will be seen playing the lead role as the mother, Liza. Interestingly, Christopher Convery who we have seen playing ?Young Billy? in the popular series ?The Stranger Things? will be seen in the lead role alongside Katie Holmes.?

Katie sharing her experience of returning to the big screen after a break and her views on the films, says, ?It ?is great returning and doing a film and specially a character like Liza, I am really happy.? She adds ?It's a very scary movie. ?It gets in your bones which I think every good horror movie does. It sneaks up on you,
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Christopher Convery talks about working with William Brent and Katie Holmes

Christopher Convery talks about working with William Brent and Katie Holmes
Brahms: The Boy II? is plotted around a family of three that decides to move into the guest house on the estate that?s featured in ?The Boy.? There, the family?s young son, Jude, played by Christopher finds Brahms and brings the doll into the new home. As the pages turn, the doll turns their lives into a living nightmare.?

Christopher talks about working with the director William Brent and the development of his character through the shoot. He says, ? Working with him on the script was really cool. Sometimes, even on the set, we?d talk about a scene, and further develop the character of Jude.

After doing Stranger Things, this intrigued me even more. I love how spooky the bond between me and my character was, the genre in itself is something that I really love and enjoy. There is a sense of intensity that I
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Katie Holmes talks about her nerve-racking experience in her forthcoming film ? Brahms: The Boy II

Katie Holmes talks about her nerve-racking experience in her forthcoming film ? Brahms: The Boy II
How terrifying is it when your child befriends a possessed doll! Actress Katie Holmes who plays Liza talks about how unique and daunting it was to play the role of a mother in the much-awaited sequel of The Boy.

She says,??Liza is such a universal character, she is a loving mother who is very protective because she was so vulnerable and ready to be scared. It was a fun role to play and be in a hyped state of emotions.?

I'm such a big fan of this genre. I love working with Stacey Menear, I was really excited to be making this movie with them. I feel like it is very terrifying and it has many elements of classic movies, so I'm very excited. We just finished it about 3 weeks ago.??

The movie is?plotted around a family that moves into a new house with no knowledge of its dark past.
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Sonic the Hedgehog Wins Second Weekend Box Office with $26.3 Million

Sonic the Hedgehog Wins Second Weekend Box Office with $26.3 Million
Sonic the Hedgehog was narrowly able to defeat The Call of the Wild this weekend at the box office. The big screen adaptation of the iconic video game has been earning more than most people originally anticipated, thanks, in part, to the hefty redesign process. The Sonic movie took in $26.3 million, which was more than enough to take the top spot this weekend. To date, Sonic the Hedgehog has earned over $203.1 million globally and it shows no signs of slowing down.

The Call of the Wild took the second position this weekend after earning $24.8 million. The movie, which stars Harrison Ford, has been receiving mixed reviews all week, with many wondering why the dog had to be CGI. Birds of Prey took the third spot after bringing in an additional $7 million. The Margot Robbie-starring movie has been underperforming at the box office, despite critical and fan praise. The movie
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Movie Review – Brahms: The Boy II (2020)

Movie Review – Brahms: The Boy II (2020)
Brahms: The Boy II, 2020. Directed by William Brent Bell. Starring Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, and Christopher Convery. Synopsis: After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms. The grand tradition of horror movie sequels dictates that, more often than not, they […]

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Brahms The Boy II Movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Brahms The Boy II Movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew
"Brahms: The Boy II" is a hastily and lazily-crafted sequel of the 2016-released horror film, "The Boy". It brings back the creepy doll who ended up having a twisted secret in the earlier edition.

The narrative begins in staccato manner. After an untoward incident that affects Liza (Katie Holmes) and her young son Jude (Christopher Convery), Sean (Owain Yeoman) decides to give his disturbed family a well-deserved break. They move into the guest house of the erstwhile Heelshire Mansion, unaware of its terrifying history.

It is only after Jude gets attached to the eerily life-like doll he finds half buried on the estate that his behaviour changes drastically. The doll, who calls himself Brahms, communicates with "the damaged ones," in this case - Jude. And, like in the previous edition, the doll relays a list of rules to be followed, failing which the obvious would occur.

Worried about the wellbeing of her son,
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‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Review: A Sequel No One Needed Inside a Thriller No One Will Understand

‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Review: A Sequel No One Needed Inside a Thriller No One Will Understand
Confusion is baked right into the title. Four years after “The Boy” scared up a few bucks at the box office, director William Brent Bell and screenwriter Stacey Menear return with a new vision of what fresh terrors said boy will enact on yet another unsuspecting family. Why “Brahms”? That’s the doll’s name, or the boy’s name, which might remind moviegoers of the nutso line-blurring in “The Boy.” However, “Brahms” also indicates what Bell and Menear really hope to accomplish: and the possibility of continuing a franchise for a film that never expected have one.

There wasn’t much original in Bell and Menear’s first crack at the creepy-doll horror genre, but “The Boy” had a sense of humor and a grasp on its wackily warped mythology that earned a few real chills and a couple of genuine laughs. None of that for “Brahms: The Boy II”; instead,
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‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Film Review: A Horror Sequel So Bad, It Drags Down Its Predecessor

‘Brahms: The Boy II’ Film Review: A Horror Sequel So Bad, It Drags Down Its Predecessor
It’s a hard to believe that several millennia after the invention of the written word, there are still some sentences that have never been put in print. Case in point: “Brahms: The Boy II” is the “Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker” of horror.

Those are words that were probably not designed to go together, and yet here we are, in the year 2020, and the comparison seems weirdly apt. Much like the latest “Star Wars,” William Brent Bell’s sequel to his unexpectedly successful — and genuinely scary — 2016 horror-thriller seems determined to undermine all smart storytelling of the film that preceded it, to the detriment of both.

Brahms: The Boy II” takes the best elements from “The Boy” and reverses course so abruptly, it practically leaves skidmarks on the screen. It’s not just a subpar sequel; it retroactively injures an otherwise superior film.

Also Read: 'Orphan' Prequel
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Brahms: The Boy II Review

Brahms: The Boy II Review
Brahms: The Boy II favors a benefit not all sequels can boast: the retaining of original creative parties. Writer Stacey Menear and director William Brent Bell both return in their respective roles after 2016’s The Boy, yet I’m not positive their initial cinematic experience left a lasting impression. Granted, Brahms’ second familial infiltration does dare to be different – by completely retconning The Boy’s canonical third act. Please, weaponize creativity, but ensure continuity flows between franchise entries. We’re not even on “Part Iiv” where Brahms blasts into space or the prequel where Brahms goes to old-timey English college. You can’t even keep your storytelling straight for two consecutive films?

Brahms’ newest targets are city folk looking to escape metropolitan hustles and recent traumas. One night while Sean (Owain Yeoman) worked late, wife Liza (Katie Holmes) and son Jude (Christopher Convery) found themselves victims of a violent break-in.
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Interview: Christopher Convery Talks Brahms: The Boy II (Exclusive)

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Interview: Christopher Convery Talks Brahms: The Boy II (Exclusive)
Parents will often do whatever it takes, no matter what harm it may pose to themselves, to protect their children from experiencing pain. But sometimes life’s more sinister intentions can overtake a family’s protective nature. That’s certainly the case for the new supernatural horror movie, ‘Brahms: The Boy II.’ The mystery-thriller, which stars up-and-coming young […]

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