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Celluloid Dreams picks up Soldini, Tullio Giordana titles

Exclusive: Celluloid sets down at Efm with biggest slate in years, adding two new Italian productions.

Paris-based sales agent Celluloid Dreams, at the European Film Market (Efm) this week with one of its biggest slates in recent years, has boarded sales on two high-profile Italian titles, Silvio Soldini’s [pictured] Emma and Marco Tullio Giordana’s Nome Di Donna.

Soldini’s Emma stars Adriano Giannini as a womanising creative director at a trendy ad agency who falls under the spell of a beautiful, married and blind osteopath. It is now in post-production. Videa has acquired Italian rights.

Tullio Giordana’s Nome Di Donne stars Cristiana Capotondi as a single mother who works at an old people’s home, where she discovers that the manager is sexually abusing the staff and she sets out to bring him to justice.

Celluloid Dreams president and head of acquisitions Hengameh Panahi acquired the films through her long-time contact, Lionello Cerri at Lumière
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‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Premiere: Theme Finally Revealed

‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Premiere: Theme Finally Revealed
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on unless you’re seen the premiere of “American Horror Story” Season 6.

FX did not make it easy to figure out the theme of “American Horror Story” Season 6 even after releasing 24(!) teasers. But during Wednesday’s highly anticipated premiere, we finally learned the theme, and got a glimpse into the latest twisted world of “Ahs.”

The theme of Season 6 is “My Roanoke Nightmare,” and will likely reference the Mystery of Roanoke aka the Lost Colony, which saw 117 people disappear in 1590. It became a popular fan theory after set photos leaked on TMZ, with one showing the word “Croatoan,” the name of a nearby Native tribe, carved into a tree. The premiere, simply titled “Chapter 1,” takes a true-crime documentary format, featuring interviews with a couple (“Ahs” vet Lily Rabe returns!) that moves to a secluded North Carolina home to find — what else? — horror in their own home.

Rabe
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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Set Visit: Witnessing the Beginning of a Clash of Superheroes

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Set Visit: Witnessing the Beginning of a Clash of Superheroes
On June 10th, 2015, in the sweltering heat of Atlanta, Georgia, I found myself on the set of Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the patriotic superhero’s Marvel Studios franchise that began with Captain America: The First Avenger and continued with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the middle of nowhere lies Pinewood […]

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San Francisco Film Festival Sets 2015 Competition Lineup

Spring is coming and the race is set for the Golden Gate Awards at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival this year. Nine films will vie for the Gga Directors Prize for narrative feature: Iris Elezi's Bota, Juan Francisco Olea's El Cordero, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court, Jamshid Mahmoudi's A Few Cubic Meters Of Love (right), Diep Hoang Nguyen's Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere, Philippe Lacôte's Run, Laura Bispuri's Sworn Virgin, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Trib…
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Docs dominate When East Meets West winners

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Docs dominate When East Meets West winners
Projects from Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Poland were the winners at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (Wemw) co-production market.

The market featured 22 international projects, comprising 12 fiction feature films and 10 documentaries from 29 countries.

Carlo Zoratti’s La Vita Nuova, a mix between documentary and fiction about a group of people re-enacting their dreams as a form of spiritual healing, received the Wemw Development Award at an awards ceremony in Trieste’s Palazzo del Governo on Tuesday evening (Jan 20).

The €1.4m production by Zoratti’s own Udine-based production outfit Alpis has Germany’s DETAiLFILM onboard as a co-producer again after they worked together on Zoratti’s previous film, the feature documentary debut The Special Need.

A documentary was also the winner of the new Egg Digital Cinema Award which was given to Dublin-based Jeremiah Cullinane of Planet Korda Pictures for his production of Lithuanian-born writer director Olga Cernovaite’s Butterfly City.

This creative
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AFI Fest unveils New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents

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AFI Fest unveils New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents
Güeros, 10,000 Km and Happy Valley will screen at the festival as top brass announced programming in three sections.

The New Auteurs and shorts sections showcase filmmakers from around the world. Both strands are juried and selections are eligible for grand jury awards.

New Auteurs selections include Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros (Mexico, pictured) and the North American premiere of Bas DevosViolet (Netherlands-Belgium).

There are Us premieres for Park Jungbum’s Alive (Sanda, South Korea) and Nguyen Hoang Diep’s Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere (Ðap Cánh Giua Không Trung, Vietnam-France-Norway-Germany.)

Screen International critic Tim Grierson is on the jury alongside Alonso Duralde, Tim Grierson, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson.

Shorts include 130919 • A Portrait Of Marina Abramović by Matthu Placek and Scott CummingsBuffalo Juggalos.

The shorts jurors are Kahlil Joseph, Sara Murphy, Mike Ott, Matthew Takata and Brian Udovich.

The American Independents section features the programmers’ picks of the best of the year’s independent films, including
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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks
Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

The Discovery section includes the upcoming world premiere of Stories Of Our Lives, a portmanteau of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex testimonies by anonymous filmmakers from Kenya.

Selections include first-looks of Ross Katz’s Us comedy Adult Beginners, Sarah Leonor’s French Legion drama The Great Man, Isidora Marras’ Chile-Argentinian psychothriller I Am Not Lorena and UK drama X + Y.

Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Tiff artistic director Cameron Bailey. “It’s a great place to spot new talent first.”

Besides St. Vincent, Festival Additions includes concert film cum road movie Roger Waters The Wall, while the world premiere of Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body takes its place among the Masters strand.

Tiff Docs arrivals
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‘Tourist Trap’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller

The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they run for their lives but never quite manage to escape. This is of course unless they are pure and virginal deeming them the one to survive for moralistic value. I find that it’s quite rare to find a truly creepy slasher, which is why it was so nice to finally discover Tourist Trap.

In the middle of nowhere on a road that has been made redundant by a new highway is a little museum made up of mannequins and run by a seemingly nice man known as Mr. Slausen. When tourists turn up he
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Wolf Creek 2 Review

Just when you thought it was safe to traverse the Outback, filmmaker Greg Mclean returns with another anti-tourism ad that surely has the Australian travel board squirming in their seats. Yup, that bad-to-the-bone Aussie murderer Mick Taylor is back to his old tricks, slicing his way through a new batch of visitors while singing the praises of his majestic country. Taylor is a beacon of hope during this tired time of “found footage” horror and mass zombie hypnosis, returning slasher villains to their rightful place in current genre times. That’s right, you might rather a dingo eat your baby than Mick Taylor get his hands on it, because where Wolf Creek introduced the world to Australia’s answer to Charles Manson, Wolf Creek 2 establishes Taylor as a ferocious horror icon.

If you saw Wolf Creek, you’d know that psychotic pig-killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) has a thing
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William H. Macy on 'A Single Shot,' 'Fargo,' and the 'Baffling' Rewrite of 'Jurassic Park III'

William H. Macy is one of those actors who you can't help but be in awe of. In everything from "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" to his career-defining performance in "Fargo" and his current role as the hapless drunkard in the beloved Showtime series "Shameless," he exudes a steely professionalism, along with a sense of fatherly warmth that is more than just an impressive combination of skills; it's a talent that seems downright magical.

This week, Macy has a small role in a small movie called "A Single Shot." The film, about a man (Sam Rockwell) who accidentally murders a woman while out hunting, features Macy as a shady small town lawyer, who wears a floppy wig that hangs limply over his forehead, and has an off putting demeanor that makes you want to take a shower immediately after watching him.

We got a chance to talk to the actor about
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Sundance 2013: ‘May in the Summer’ illuminates the beauty and fear of decisiveness

May in the Summer

Directed by Cherien Dabis

Screenplay by Cherien Dabis

2013, USA

May in the Summer is a strong second feature from writer/director Cherien Dabis, whose Amreeka debuted at Sundance in 2009. After an uneasy and clunky start, the second half effectively blends the desperation of decision with a spectacular visual sense of discovery.

May (Dabis) is a successful writer with one book under her belt who journeys from New York to her family home in Amman, Jordan for her imminent wedding. Her long divorced parents (Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman) and her two sisters (Nadine Malouf and Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat) must come together to support her. May’s mother is still wounded 8 years after being abandoned by her husband and has retreated into Christianity for respite. So it comes as no surprise to May that she is vehemently opposed to her marrying a man of Muslim descent.
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TV Recap: 'Fringe' Episode 503 - 'The Recordist'

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TV Recap: 'Fringe' Episode 503 - 'The Recordist'
Fringe Episode 503

“The Recordist”

Written By: Graham Roland

Directed By: Jeff T. Thomas

Original Airdate: 12 October 2012

In This Episode...

Astrid digs the first tape out of the amber - which is actually tape three. No one is really surprised that Walter would hide them out of order. The tape is a little warped, but they get coordinates that send them out to rural Pennsylvania. In the middle of nowhere, they are “captured” by tree people - humans who live in the forest and have a creeping bark-like fungus on their skin. Walter, Olivia, Peter, and Etta are brought to the tree people’s encampment, where the “leader,” Edwin, recognizes Walter.

This encampment is where the history lives. When the invasion started, Edwin and a clan of followers headed into the forest to live off the grid and record every major event since - all on super high-tech glowy cubes. Fringe
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DVD Review: Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller

The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they run for their lives but never quite manage to escape. This is of course unless they are pure and virginal deeming them the one to survive for moralistic value. I find that it’s quite rare to find a truly creepy slasher, which is why it was so nice to finally discover Tourist Trap.

In the middle of nowhere on a road that has been made redundant by a new highway is a little museum made up of mannequins and run by a seemingly nice man known as Mr. Slausen. When tourists turn
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Comic-Con 2012: Interview with Jamie Bradshaw on “Branded”

Comic-Con 2012: Interview with Jamie Bradshaw on “Branded”
Dread Central got an interview with Branded director Jamie Bradshaw at the Comic-Con, and because the film features monsters and the evils of advertising, I thought I’d share it with you.

You used to work in marketing. Was there something about your job that disenfranchised you and inspired the critique in Branded?

“I wouldn’t call it a critique of marketing. I would call it a mind bending journey through our very dark and hallucinatory world. It’s a dark place but it’s the world we live in. I’m not criticizing it. To criticize marketing is to criticize the world. I feel you like you don’t criticize the fundamentals of the world you live in. You express the way it is. It’s the way we’ve chosen to live our lives.”

Everyone is complicit in it.

“We live in an era defined by that complicity.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Jamie Bradshaw Talks Branded

The roving man on the scene Evan Dickson caught up with director Jamie Bradshaw to shed some light on the giant sized creature feature Branded. Read on for all the latest details.

Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dabkunaite and Max Von Sydow star. Check out the goods, which have a very distinct They Live kind of flavor to them. Look for more on this flick, which was co-written, produced and directed by marketing executives Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain, very soon!

You used to work in marketing. Was there something about your job that disenfranchised you and inspired the critique in Branded?

"I wouldn’t call it a critique of marketing. I would call it a mind bending journey through our very dark and hallucinatory world. It’s a dark place but it’s the world we live in. I’m not criticizing it. To criticize marketing is to criticize the world.
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DVD Review: Rogue River

DVD Review: Rogue River
Title: Rogue River Directed by: Jourdan McClure Starring: Michelle Page, Bill Moseley, Lucinda Jenney and Chris Coy Running time: 81 minutes, Rated R Mara drives to Rogue River after the death of her father to scatter his ashes. While grieving at the riverbank, a man named Jon greets her and offers to walk her to her car which has disappeared. In the middle of nowhere with no cell reception, she accepts a ride to civilization only to be taken hostage and subjected to horrors no sane person could imagine. After watching the trailer, I felt really sick and extremely hesitant about watching this film. Some of the torture scenes are  [ Read More ]
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New key art for unofficial Streets of Fire sequel ‘Road to Hell’

Road to Hell is the unofficial sequel to the well-regarded 80s cult classic Streets of Fire, which once again stars Michael Pare as Tom Cody, alongside Clare Kramer and Courtney Peldon in a film directed by Albert Pyun and written by Cynthia Curnan. We’ve already brought you the a couple of posters, along with the trailer and now, thanks to Albert Pyun’s official Facebook page, we have some new key art for the film.

In the middle of nowhere, between Hell and Purgatory, a cruel twist of fate fall between a tortured serial killer and a pair of beautiful spree killers.
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‘Road To Hell’ – New one-sheet poster

Road to Hell is the unofficial sequel to the well-regarded 80s cult classic Streets of Fire, which once again stars Michael Pare as Tom Cody, alongside Clare Kramer and Courtney Peldon in a film directed by Albert Pyun and written by Cynthia Curnan. We brought you the first poster, along with the trailer a couple of weeks ago and now, thanks to Albert Pyun’s official Facebook page, we have the latest poster.

In the middle of nowhere, between Hell and Purgatory, a cruel twist of fate fall between a tortured serial killer and a pair of beautiful spree killers.
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Trailer and poster for unofficial Streets of Fire sequel ‘Road to Hell’

Road to Hell is the unofficial sequel to the well-regarded 80s cult classic Streets of Fire, which once again stars Michael Pare as Tom Cody, alongside Clare Kramer and Courtney Peldon in a film directed by Albert Pyun and written by Cynthia Curnan.

In the middle of nowhere, between Hell and Purgatory, a cruel twist of fate fall between a tortured serial killer and a pair of beautiful spree killers.

Road to Hell – Exclusive 2011 Trailer from Daniel Ray Gutierrez on Vimeo.
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A Lonely Place to Die – review

A tense, well-made mountaineering thriller with some spectacular effects that could finally make director Julian Gilbey's name

British director Julian Gilbey, often working with his screenwriter brother Will Gilbey, has made some commercially successful pictures over the last decade, including the geezer-thriller Rise of the Footsoldier. But this looks like his best yet: an impressively realistic-looking jeopardy nightmare that dovetails with a tense thriller plot. Australian actor Melissa George plays a tough mountaineer who goes hiking with four others in the Scottish Highlands. In the middle of nowhere, they are astonished to hear the crying of a young girl somewhere under the heather. I feared a flabby supernatural outcome – something like The Descent. But no: it keeps on the side of realism, and stays more or less plausible right to the end. There are some tremendous free-climbing stunts, and breathtaking moments in which people fall, very realistically, from great heights.
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