Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) - News Poster

News

Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner Tell Sundance Producers to Look ‘Beyond Dollars and Cents’ (Exclusive)

  • Indiewire
Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner Tell Sundance Producers to Look ‘Beyond Dollars and Cents’ (Exclusive)
[Editors’s Note: Earlier today, producers and Plan B co-presidents Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner were honored at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Producers Lunch. Below is Kleiner’s keynote speech in its entirety.]

Dede Gardner and I want to thank Michelle Satter and Anne Lai. It is extremely humbling to have this opportunity and to follow in a tradition of producers we respect and admire, speaking to their peers in a spirit of solidarity – producers being the boundary-less, restless misfits who clearly do not fit into any other facet of civilized society.

Read More: How ‘Moonlight’ Beat the Odds to Reach Theaters In African-American Neighborhoods

We want to thank Sundance Institute. Standing on the precipice of mass conglomeration, the disruption of the theatrical distribution business, and peak television, all this uncertainty, it is very hard to overstate what Sundance Institute, and the Sundance Film Festival, have given all of us all of these years.

I remember January 1999 like it was yesterday. This is the height of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. I was working an assistant job fresh out of college. I was very passionate about film,
See full article at Indiewire »

Alan Cumming To Star In ‘Dr. Death’ CBS Crime Drama From James Patterson, Michael Rauch & Alex Kurtzman

Exclusive: Another fan favorite from a long-running CBS series is back at the network as star of a new project. CBS is developing Dr. Death, a drama series starring and executive produced The Good Wife standout Alan Cumming. It is based on the upcoming book of the same name by James Patterson who is executive producing with former Royal Pains executive producer/showrunner Michael Rauch and Alex Kurtzman. Written by Rauch, Mr. Death centers on a former CIA operative…
See full article at Deadline TV »

‘Denial’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson & Timothy Spall Have Their Day in Court in Holocaust-Denial Drama

‘Denial’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson & Timothy Spall Have Their Day in Court in Holocaust-Denial Drama
Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ documentary “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.” knows that the bizarre phenomenon of Holocaust denial can make for a strange, compelling movie. Mick Jackson’s “Denial” looks to be considerably more straightforward, but the prestige-picture-in-waiting does have the benefit of a standout cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall headline the drama arriving this fall. The first trailer is available now.

Read More: Interview: Rachel Weisz Talks ‘Youth,’ Assembling A Character, Derek Cianfrance’s ‘The Light Between Oceans’ & More

An adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” the film stars Weisz as the author herself, who was accused of libel by David Irving (Spall) for calling out his views on the Holocaust; what follows is a legal battle in the English court system, where the burden of proof is on Lipstadt rather than Irving.

Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’ Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux & Ben Whishaw

Hilary Swank was previously attached to star before Weisz stepped in. Bleecker Street will release “Denial” on September 30.

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

Related storiesJoseph Gordon-Levitt Is Edward 'Snowden' In Full Length Trailer For Oliver Stone's FilmWatch: New U.S. Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux & Ben WhishawWatch The First Trailer For 'The Light Between Oceans' With Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander
See full article at Indiewire »

Doctor Who blogging: “Heaven Sent”

[previous: “Face the Raven”]

warning: spoilers!

Well, that was awesome, right? The Doctor runs around a castle that’s really a constantly shifting maze, pursed by a Mr. Death who’s come about the reaping, sometimes going to his mind palace that is the Tardis to mope about Clara. It’s like It Follows meets Cube on whatever planet Myst was supposed to be happening on.

That mind-blowing moment when the Doctor realizes that he’s done this all before! Many times. It’s like he’s playing a game and dying and rebooting and trying to get a little further each time. It’s like Edge of Tomorrow except without the remembering on each go-round.

And then it all falls apart. It starts falling apart the moment the Doctor says to “Clara,” “I can remember it all — every time.” It keeps falling apart as you poke at the notion a bit more.

Because
See full article at FlickFilosopher »

Errol Morris's 10 Documentaries to Watch List: Have You Seen Them All?

Errol Morris's 10 Documentaries to Watch List: Have You Seen Them All?
Every year the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Nov 18-29) invites a key documentarian to make a list of non-fiction films to screen in the festival. In the past they've gone to the likes of Werner Herzog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Ulrich Seidl, Heddy Honigmann and Rithy Panh. Morris’s Top 10 picks, below, include films by Herzog and Luis Bunuel. Morris will also conduct a Master Class moderated by doc maven Bill Nichols. And Idfa will also show six Morris films starting with his first, "Gates of Heaven" (1978), and running through "The Thin Blue Line," "Fast Cheap And Out Of Control," "Mr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.," his Oscar-winning "The Fog Of War," the hilarious "Tabloid" and confounding "The Unknown Known." Morris's full list goes back in time and does not include all usual suspects; it leans toward the avant-garde. I share his love...
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Errol Morris reveals Idfa top 10

Errol Morris reveals Idfa top 10
The festival will screen ten films picked by the Us filmmaker, who will also take part in a masterclass.

Errol Morris, the reverred documentary filmmaker, has revealed his top 10 programme for this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Nov 18-29).

Each year, the festival invites an important figure in the world of documentary to compile a list of ten important works of factual film, all of which will be screened as part of the programme.

Morris’ selections include Werner Herzog’s surreal Fata Morgana, which is set in the Sahara Desert and features an exclusively Leonard Cohen soundtrack, and Dziga Vertov’s experimental early film Man With A Movie Camera.

Idfa will also show six of Morris’ films including his 1978 debut Gates of Heaven and his seminal investigative piece The Thin Blue Line.

Further screenings of his films will be: Fast Cheap And Out Of Control; Mr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Cinereach Welcomes Caroline Kaplan as Head of Creative Initiatives

Caroline Kaplan has joined the Cinereach staff as the Head of Creative Initiatives. A well-known figure throughout the indie film community, Kaplan was a key architect of IFC Productions ("Monsoon Wedding," "Me and You and Everyone We Know") as well as the digital company InDigEnt ("Tadpole," "Pieces of April"). Her work as a producer has spanned Errol Morris' "Mr. Death" to the upcoming Richard Gere-starring "Time Out of Mind." In her new role, Kaplan will oversee filmmaker support and strategic partnerships. "Each film we support faces unique creative and financial challenges," said Cinereach Founder and Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn. "Our approach is to tailor our support to those challenges and Caroline's experience and perspective will greatly expand what we can offer in terms of resources for filmmakers. She will also be a major influence on how Cinereach responds to the evolving independent film...
See full article at Indiewire »

Release Details & Cover Art for October Dreams II, Featuring Stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch & More

  • DailyDead
As another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, and essays now has a sequel on the way.

Featuring an abundance of short pieces by a wide range of authors, October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to come out soon in a hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance. The tome of terror includes stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, and many more. We have the official release details and cover art below. To learn more or pre-order a copy, visit:

http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/Cdp/Prod/chizmar18

“October
See full article at DailyDead »

The Unknown Known documentary review: let Rumsfeld tell you his evil plan

This documentary interview with Bush-era insider Donald Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Errol Morris

I’m “biast” (con): …but not a fan of Donald Rumsfeld

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

As Iraq disintegrates before our eyes, it’s suddenly even more vital to listen to what Donald Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the mess in the Middle East, has to say for himself. It’s pretty ugly… not that Rumsfeld sees that, of course. This feature-length interview with documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.) is horrifying for how it demonstrates Rumsfeld’s complete lack of awareness of the enormity of his own actions.

Or else — this is worse, and I suspect it’s closer to the truth — we
See full article at FlickFilosopher »

Director Errol Morris Talks The Unknown Known, the “Horrifying” Truth to Donald Rumsfeld, the Construction of False Narratives, and More

How does one interview perhaps the greatest interviewer of our time? Errol Morris, a titan of documentary filmmaking, has elicited introspective confessions from both a former Us Secretary of Defense and a death-row inmate. He’s a man that can interview a self-avowed Holocaust denier (as he did with Fred Leuchter in Mr. Death) -- and somehow make you, the viewer, understand where this misguided man is coming from. In Morris’s latest, The Unknown Known, the great interviewer meets his match in the gobbledygook and aphorisms of two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The film (a sequel of sorts to Morris’s Academy Award winning The Fog of War) is pretty much just two men in a room – one asking questions, the other finding ways to shy away from answering. But this isn’t a film necessarily about Iraq or Abu Ghraib or any other political lightening-rod; instead it
See full article at Collider.com »

The Book Thief Review

Director: Brian Percival.

Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer.

Running Time: 131 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

Synopsis: While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

The Book Thief is adapted from the best-selling novel by Markus Zusak, but this process isn’t something unusual these days. The success of Life Of Pi has most probably spiked the realisation in the general consciousness that it can be done successfully – massively in Pi’s regard – and the best ones don’t deviate too much from the original story to keep the heart and soul. What’s slightly ironic is when we speak of The Book Thief, there will always be Death at the centre. Yes, Mr. Death himself,
See full article at The Hollywood News »

The Following, Ep. 2.02, “For Joe”: A certain helplessness

The Following, Season 2, Episode 2

Written by Vincent Angell

Directed by Joshua Butler

Airs Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

Here’s the thing- The Following is crazy. Like eye-rolling, “you have got to be kidding me, did that just happen?” crazy. But for all the craziness and terrible law enforcement techniques, The Following is really, really fun. Last week’s premiere, “Resurrection”, was a great reintroduction to the show and a way to meet the new characters, but far and away the best moment was Joe’s reappearance at the end of the episode. “For Joe”, the second episode, is even better.

“Resurrection” was slightly confusing, because there was so much ground to cover and so many people to introduce, but “For Joe” is more tightly constructed, exciting, and it manages to answer a few more questions, chief among them, where exactly Joe (James Purefoy) has been hiding out for the last year.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

'There Will Be No Stay' Trailer Reveals a Rare Look Inside the Lives of Modern-Day Executioners

There have been eternal arguments surrounding the pros and cons of the death penalty in the American justice system, but apart from the fascinating documentary Mr. Death (about American execution-device designer and Holocaust denier Fred A. Leuchter Jr. — which is somewhat relevant, here), there have been few cinematic accounts of the people actually pulling the switch. Enter There Will Be No Stay — a film co-produced by our own Senior Editor Peter Hall and his Arcanum Pictures. Writer-director Patty Ann Dillon offers a look at the executioners (many of them speaking publicly for the first time) who are tasked with carrying out the death penalty, and the “unbearable toll the act of taking another’s life has on their own.” The Kickstarter trailer is...

Read More
See full article at Movies.com »

'There Will Be No Stay' Trailer Reveals a Rare Look Inside the Lives of Modern-Day Executioners

There have been eternal arguments surrounding the pros and cons of the death penalty in the American justice system, but apart from the fascinating documentary Mr. Death (about American execution-device designer and Holocaust denier Fred A. Leuchter Jr. — which is somewhat relevant, here), there have been few cinematic accounts of the people actually pulling the switch. Enter There Will Be No Stay — a film co-produced by our own Senior Editor Peter Hall and his Arcanum Pictures. Writer-director Patty Ann Dillon offers a look at the executioners (many of them speaking publicly for the first time) who are tasked with carrying out the death penalty, and the “unbearable toll the act of taking another’s life has on their own.” The Kickstarter...

Read More
See full article at Movies.com »

No Wiimote Controls For Resident Evil: Revelations

Gamers with superior intellect have always considered the Wii port of Resident Evil 4 to be the definitive version of Capcom’s classic game. Not only does it contain all of extras found in both GameCube and PS2 releases, but it also supports the Wii Remote’s Ir Pointer for quick and precise aiming/shooting. With Resident Evil: Revelations headed to the Wii U this May, some of these right-thinking individuals recently asked Capcom if the 3Ds port would also include an option to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk combo. Sadly, it does not appear that the developer is planning to make the right call.

Capcom’s product marketing coordinator, Mike Lunn, broke the disappointing news on the Capcom-Unity forums, saying:

“Unfortunately Revs is only supported by the Wii-u gamepad at the moment. We’re doing what we can to get the new classic controller compatibility, but the game
See full article at We Got This Covered »

10 Classic Movies That Taught Us Terrible Lessons

Not everyone thinks about it this way, but movies educate us about life better than any school or religion.

Why? Because our brains trick our bodies into thinking that we are the ones experiencing the events on the screen.

And this is scientifically verified fact. Your mouth waters when you watch Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. Your heart palpitates when Ethan Hunt makes impossible missions doable through technology, acrobatics and bombs. And your … well, let’s just say certain things happen to your body when James Bond and one of his lady friends start making out.

Although none of us will probably have such adventures, we’d sure like to.

The best part about movies is that they can teach us how not to live. Ancient tragedies like Oedipus Rex taught hard lessons to the Greeks about what not to do, and a sufficient number of those folks

2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld

After a trio of titles (92′s A Brief History of Time ,97′s Fast Cheap & Out of Control, 99′s Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.) Errol Morris hasn’t presented a docu at the fest in some time. A promo reel was shown in Cannes and at Tiff, RADiUS-twc picked up the rights and mention that a 2013 release is planned for The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld. Logically they might want to lock the helmer down before it conflicts with the production of Freezing People Is Easy – Morris’ feature debut.

Gist: Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Production Co./Producers: Errol Morris, History Films, Radius-twc and Participant Media

Prediction: U.S. Documentary Competition or Spotlight Documentary

U.
See full article at IONCINEMA.com »

Lawsuit Against Filmmaker Errol Morris Raises Interesting, Bizarre Questions

Lawsuit Against Filmmaker Errol Morris Raises Interesting, Bizarre Questions
In such films as The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War and Mr. Death, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has won acclaim for his attention to detail in challenging conventional wisdom on historical subjects. Then last year, Morris was sued by Joyce McKinney, the central figure in his documentary, Tabloid, for allegedly tricking her into appearing in the film. Photos: Top 10 Legal Disclaimers in Hollywood Since first being filed, the lawsuit has taken some twists and turns, with some parts being dismissed and others being allowed to continue. If the dispute gets to trial, the case could

read more
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Video Game Review: ‘Darksiders II’ Offers Death-Dealing Destruction

Chicago – I’ll get right to it. Overall this is one of the best games of 2012. “Darksiders II” has already gotten some very good marks from reviewers and I can’t say I found much to challenge their observations. This is a hugely involving game that offers a massive geography, a whopping 20-hour completion cycle and another few dozen hours for those who want to chase all the side quests. The bottom line is that you will find yourself sinking into this world, involved with the story, and looking forward to the next quest.

Video Game Rating: 4.5/5.0

Taking place in the same timeframe as it’s predecessor, “Darksiders II” picks up as War has been convicted of kickstarting the apocalypse ahead of schedule and sent back to Earth as punishment. When the Charred Council tells his brothers Death, Strife, and Fury, Mr. Death becomes determined to prove War’s innocence.
See full article at HollywoodChicago.com »

10 Best Documentaries of 2011

Documentaries have come a long way in the past twenty years, especially in the past decade. Ten years ago, I would have been at a loss for words had you asked me to name ten “great” documentaries released in a single year. Documentary film has developed into a popular and visible form of entertainment, while having a bigger effect on society, usually addressing important issues with the goal of informing the public and pushing for social change.

The shortlist of documentary nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced recently. As expected, many bloggers have commented on their disappointment with the number of misfires. I doubt that these same bloggers have seen the majority of the films listed, so it is a bit unfair that they presume these 15 titles aren’t worthy of consideration. With that said, I can say that two of the best films I’ve seen
See full article at SoundOnSight »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites