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‘The Oath’ Review: What’s Worse, Hellish Dystopias or Family Holiday Dinners?

It’s called the Patriot’s Oath, a loyalty pledge that requires U.S. citizens to declare allegiance to their country, their government, their President. People do not have to sign it, says a press secretary, but their are “perks” if they do. Like, for example, they won’t be audited on their taxes, or deemed traitors, or mysteriously “disappear” after being visited the C.P.U. (Citizens Protection Unit), an Nsa-sponsored militia in khakis. All the protests and violent clashes reported by TV anchors have turned Chris (writer-director
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The Changeling

The Changeling

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Severin Films

1980/ 1.85:1 / Street Date August 7, 2018

Starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas

Cinematography by John Coquillion

Directed by Peter Medak

The success of 70’s shockers like The Devils, The Exorcist and Alien – grindhouse films in big budget drag – opened the door to increasingly explicit studio fare – moviemakers were happy to accommodate and upped the ante in the bargain.

1980 alone saw the release of Sean Cunningham’s seminal slasher Friday the 13th, Ken Russell’s evolutionary freak out Altered States and, infamously, the unvarnished (and x-rated) depredations of Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust.

But it was The Shining, with its rotting ghosts, blood-soaked hallways and promise of never-ending horror that personified Reagan era fright films.

Into this heavy atmosphere ambled Peter Medak’s The Changeling, an unassuming murder mystery disguised as a ghost story. Compared to its over the top contemporaries, Medak’s film seemed
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Forgotten Sam Peckinpah Project 'Castaway' Resurrected

Forgotten Sam Peckinpah Project 'Castaway' Resurrected
Serbian producer Milos Antic has acquired the film rights to late director Sam Peckinpah’s screenplay Castaway from the Peckinpah Estate, Antic has announced, and is planning to produce a feature based on the script alongside Los Angeles-based producers Katy Haber and Benni Korzen.

Castaway, based on the 1934 novella of the same name by James Gould Cozzens, is a parable of about a man who survives an unnamed catastrophe by hiding in a department store.

In the late 1960s, Peckinpah, best known for films like The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs, bought the movie rights to the tale and ...
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Eiff 2018: Calibre Review

Writer/director Matt Palmer’s debut feature is an intense thriller set in the highlands of Scotland. Part character study, part revenge thriller, it draws inspiration from Straw Dogs and Deliverance in its tale of two city dwellers on a hunting trip who must contend with vengeful locals following a terrible accident in the wilderness. The film won the Eiff’s 2018 Michael Powell Award – its highest accolade – and deservedly so.

Vaughn (Jack Lowden - Dunkirk) is a good-natured but timid father-to-be, who sets off on a shooting holiday to the Highlands with his old sch
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‘Calibre’ Review: Dir. Matt Palmer (2018)

Calibre Review: Receiving its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival ahead of its release on Netflix is Matt Palmer’s feature debut, a taut, very impressing feature that might just be one of the best low-budget British genre pieces of the year.

Calibre review by Paul Heath.

Calibre review

As I type this, Calibre has just gone live after Netflix just hours after winning the prestigious Michael Powell Award, which is awarded to an outstanding British feature fiction. Outstanding is certainly one adjective you could describe this film with, but it doesn’t come close to doing this movie justice.

Not knowing what happens is best for this taut thriller, one that obviously draws its influences from the like of Straw Dogs, and Deliverance, the film is far from an easy watch. It’s shocking, violent and tense from the outset, but it is also supremely constructed, stage and,
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‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama

‘Dogman’ Film Review: Good Man Goes Bad in Muscular Italian Drama
There’s a common screenwriter trick called “saving the cat” — a well-trodden shortcut to build instant sympathy for your protagonist by having them show kindness to an animal. Pay attention and you’ll see it everywhere, but nowhere more audaciously than in Italian director Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” which premiered Wednesday night at the Cannes Film Festival.

Early in the film, small-town dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte) learns of an animal in dire straits, a poor dog stuffed into a freezer by pair of nervous house burglars. How does Marcello learn this distressing information? Why, he’s the burglar’s getaway driver, and once he drops them off he turns right around to break into the house anew in order to save the pooch.

(Fret not, he succeeds.)

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It’s a daring move that
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Rod Lurie to direct Westboro Baptist Church film Hate (A Love Story)

According to Variety, Branded Pictures Entertainment has tapped Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle, Straw Dogs) to direct Hate (A Love Story), which will tell the true story of Al Snyder, a man who sued the Westboro Baptist Church after members of the hate group protested the funeral of his son, a marine killed in Iraq. He ultimately lost the case, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the church and its founders, the Phelps family, on the grounds of freedom of speech.

“The first amendment is the First amendment for a reason — our most cherished right,” said Lurie. “But it often creates muddy and uncomfortable situations, ones that are the source of great drama and national self-reflection.”

“This story makes allies out of the gay and military communities, as the Westboro Baptist Church’s assault on the First Amendment turns out to be an attack on both,
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Exclusive ‘Dead Ant’ Images Hit the Road to Screamfest

Exclusive ‘Dead Ant’ Images Hit the Road to Screamfest
When the “one-hit-wonder” glam-metal band “Sonic Grave” embark on a trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an “unworldly” vicious attack, and they must “rock” themselves out of harm’s way. Cabin Fever: Patent Zero‘s Sean Astin,, True LiesTom Arnold, The FrightenersJake Busey and Straw DogsRhys Coiro are starring in Dead Ant, an […]
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‘Dead Ant’ Trailer Pits Metal Band Against Enormous Ants

‘Dead Ant’ Trailer Pits Metal Band Against Enormous Ants
When the “one-hit-wonder” glam-metal band “Sonic Grave” embark on a trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an “unworldly” vicious attack, and they must “rock” themselves out of harm’s way. Cabin Fever: Patent Zero‘s Sean Astin,, True LiesTom Arnold, The FrightenersJake Busey and Straw DogsRhys Coiro are starring in Dead Ant, an […]
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Drew Powell

Drew Powell is an American actor from the state of Indiana. Over the course of his career, he has appeared in a fair number of movies and TV shows, with examples ranging from Straw Dogs to Malcolm in the Middle. However, he might be most familiar to most people as Butch Gilzean on Gotham, which is a character that has received some attention in recent times because of some surprising revelations. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Drew Powell: Set a Record When He Was Born When Powell was born, it is interesting

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Drew Powell
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Costume Designer Lynn Falconer Discusses Creating the Perfect 60’s La Look for “Ouija: Origin of Evil”

Costume designer Lynn Falconer has many credits under her fashionable brown leather belt, having worked on such movies as Oculus, Straw Dogs, Before I Wake, The Alphabet Killer and Silent House. Lynn’s latest film, currently still in theaters, Ouija: Origin of Evil presented a new challenge though, as she was given the task of recreating the style of characters living in Los Angeles in 1967. To do this as authentically as possible, while adding her own flare, she visited numerous costume houses, estate sales and flea markets choosing to go down the more classic avenue rather than florals, which didn’t fit the dark vibe of the film. She also drew on inspiration from her own childhood, picking pieces she wore during that time. We spoke...

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Newswire: Kate Bosworth to star as Sharon Tate in new biopic

Although she was one of the most famous women in the world in the mid-’60s, today Sharon Tate is best remembered for her murder—and that of her unborn child—at the hands of the Manson Family on August 9, 1969. But there’s more to Tate’s life than her death, a point that Kate Bosworth is hoping to make in an upcoming biopic about the fallen star.

The as-yet0untitled film, described as a “look at Tate’s career, marriage and other relationships she had in Hollywood,” was announced earlier this afternoon. It’s based on a book called Sharon Tate And The Manson Murders, although producer Nick Phillips, who worked with Bosworth on the 2011 remake of Straw Dogs, says that the murders won’t be the main focus of the film. “There has been so much said and written about all of the other players in ...
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Sharon Tate Biopic In Works With Kate Bosworth To Star

Sharon Tate Biopic In Works With Kate Bosworth To Star
Exclusive: Kate Bosworth is attached to star in a film based on the Greg King book Sharon Tate And The Manson Murders for filmmaker-husband Michael Polish. They have worked together several times before in such films as 90 Minutes In Heaven and the psychological thriller Amnesiac. Polish will adapt and direct, while Nick Phillips — who worked with Bosworth on the Straw Dogs remake while an exec at Screen Gems — will produce. Word of the project comes a day after parole…
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Commander in Chief (2005)

Commander in Chief

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Created by Rod Lurie

Produced by Battleplan Productions, Stephen Bochco Productions, Touchstone Television

Aired on ABC for 1 season (18 episodes) from September 27, 2005 – June 14, 2006

Cast

Geena Davis as Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Allen

Kyle Secor as Rod Calloway

Donald Sutherland as Nathan Templeton

Harry J. Lennix as Jim Gardner

Show Premise

After beloved President Teddy Bridges falls fatally ill from a cerebral aneurysm, the protocol of replacing him brings forth Vice President Mackenzie Allen to take over his presidency, marking a landmark moment in history, as the United States pronounces their first female Potus to preside over the White House. Manning the helm of Commander in Chief is never an easy task for anyone coming in unplanned, but much less so when stepping into the oval office as a woman; getting doubly criticized, undermined, and penalized by a governmental system that had been primarily patriarchal. Controversy stirs from the day she takes the oath,
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Rod Lurie Options Crime Novel ‘Black-Eyed Susans’

Rod Lurie Options Crime Novel ‘Black-Eyed Susans’
Exclusive: Writer-director Rod Lurie has optioned Julia Heaberlin's bestselling crime novel Black-Eyed Susans and is adapting the screenplay with his wife, author Kyra Davis. The book tells the story of the lone survivor of a serial killer who launches her own investigation after she begins having doubts about the guilt of man convicted of the crime. Lurie, whose films include The Last Castle, The Contender, Straw Dogs and Nothing But The Truth, says his Battleplan…
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Actor Woods Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Targets Twitter Users: Slander Case or Attack on Freedom of Speech Online?

James Woods in 'Videodrome.' James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the potentially dangerous precedent of a $10 million lawsuit the 68-year-old entertainer filed against a Twitter user last July. The lawsuit was followed by a subpoena demanding that the social media giant reveal the user's identity and that of another user with whom Woods has been embroiled in the (generally) no-holds-barred Twitterverse. In case you're unfamiliar with the name, these days the two-time Oscar-nominated Woods is best known for a supporting role as a right-wing sociopath in Roland Emmerich's thriller White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (as a liberal-minded U.S. president despised by Woods' character), and for his relentless,
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Objects Of 'Desire'

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Sneak Peek new revealing images of "Mad Men" actress January Jones and "Blue Crush" star Kate Bosworth in the September 'Desire' issue of "Vs Magazine", with alternate covers featuring "The Giver" actress Odeya Rush, photographed by Francesco Carrozzi and Ellen von Unwerth:

January Jones, best known for playing 'Betty Draper' in the AMC TV series "Mad Men" (2007–2015), is also noted for roles in "American Wedding" (2003), "Unknown" (2011) and "X-Men: First Class" (2011). She currently stars as 'Melissa Shart' in the Fox series "The Last Man on Earth".

Kate Bosworth made her film debut in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998) before landing a lead role as a teenage surfer in "Blue Crush" (2002). She also appeared in the features "Wonderland" (2003), "Beyond the Sea" (2004), "Superman Returns" (2006), "Straw Dogs" (2011) and "Still Alice" (2014).

Odeya Rush is noted for her lead role in the 2014 film "The Giver", earning her a 'Teen Choice Award' as a 'Breakout Star'.

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Exclusive Amnesiac Clip with Kate Bosworth and Wes Bentley

First look at a new Amnesiac clip Ahead of the film’s release tomorrow, we’ve got an exclusive new Amnesiac clip featuring Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (“American Horror Story,” Final Girl, P2). Check it out in the player below! Amnesiac tells the story of a man who wakes up in bed suffering from…

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TWC signs first look with Alik Sakharov

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TWC signs first look with Alik Sakharov
Sakharov has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has closed a first look deal with director Alik Sakharov. Under the first look agreement Sakharov will develop original ideas for television to both direct and produce.

He will also continue to be involved in The Weinstein Company and Netflix series Marco Polo, returning to direct additional episodes in the second season.

Sakharov has most recently directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo. He was also the co-executive producer on Black Sails for Starz.

“I spent a great deal of time with Alik on the set of Marco Polo and watched him work closely with the actors,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company.

“He is incredibly talented, has a unique vision and we are thrilled to keep him in the TWC family for both our television division and potentially for feature films.”

Sakharov said: “Having
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DVD Review – The Loft (2015)

The Loft, 2015.

Directed by Erik Van Looy.

Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Valerie Cruz, Isabel Lucas, Elaine Cassidy, Matthias Schoenaerts and Rachael Taylor.

Synopsis:

A group of married men rent a city penthouse to indulge in extra marital affairs but it all goes disastrously wrong when a dead body is discovered.

The Loft is an English language remake of Loft, a 2008 thriller from Belgium directed by Erik Van Looy, who also directs this version. The story concerns five married men – Vincent (Karl UrbanDredd), Chris (James MarsdenStraw Dogs), Marty (Eric StonestreetModern Family), Luke (Wentworth MillerThe Flash) and Chris’ half-brother Phil (Matthias SchoenaertsThe Drop) – who all have the use of the titular loft, a city centre apartment designed and built by architect Vincent. Each man has a key to the loft and is able to use the apartment to carry out any extra
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