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How Big Studios Began Making Indie-Style Movies

  • Variety
How Big Studios Began Making Indie-Style Movies
Our all-encompassing cinematic landscape has evolved over the decades, but within the past few years, something startling has occurred within the realm of independent cinema. Not only do the major studios have their own well-funded artfilm divisions that are in the business of making movies that feel independent, but the truly indie studios and distributors are having a tougher and tougher time staying afloat and remaining visible, as they face opposition from streaming services and an unpredictable ticket-buying populace. During the indie-explosion of the mid-1990s, audiences were introduced to fresher modes of storytelling, featuring edgier characters with a scrappier aesthetic. This led to a glut of product with multiple distributor casualties. And because of the high cost of getting any film of any size made and released, the independent outfits seem to be hurting as a unit, making it increasingly harder to get the bulk of their films noticed.
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Alexander Skarsgard To Star in Godzilla Vs. Kong

Alexander Skarsgard is in negotiations to star in Legendary Picture’s Godzilla vs. Kong. He will join the previously cast Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), and Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2). Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) is also in talks to star.

Adam Wingard is directing the film and although we don’t have any plot details, we know that the Godzilla and King Kong will face off with each other. Variety also reports that Skarsgard is expected to play the leader of a military unit.

Skarsgard is a great actor and he was was most recently seen in Netflix’s Hold the Dark and The Hummingbird Project. He is also set to co-star with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen in the comedy Flarsky, as well as The Kill Team. The actor will also be seen in the upcoming AMC limited series The Little Drummer Girl.

Godzilla vs. Kong
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Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

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Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’
Alexander Skarsgard is in negotiations to join Millie Bobby Brown and Brian Tyree Henry in Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” sources tell Variety.

Adam Wingard is directing the film, which also stars “Deadpool 2” actor Julian Dennison.

Plot details are vague, but the actioner will feature the two titular classic monsters squaring off in some form. Skarsgard is expected to play the leader of a military unit.

This marks the fourth movie in the cinematic universe featuring the two famous creatures. The first installment of Legendary’s MonsterVerse was 2014’s “Godzilla,” followed by 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” which grossed more than $566 million worldwide. A sequel to “Godzilla,” titled “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Brown, is now in production.

Godzilla vs. Kong” hits theaters on May 22, 2020.

The former “True Blood” star has had a busy year in both film and TV. On the movie side,
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Alexander Skarsgard Has Joined the Cast of Adam Wingard’s ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

In 2020, Legendary’s rebooted versions of King Kong and Godzilla will do battle on the big screen in Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong, and Deadline reports today that Alexander Skarsgard (“True Blood,” Hold the Dark) is the latest actor join the mashup fight flick’s cast. The cast also includes Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Demián Bichir (The Nun) and Brian Tyree […]
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‘Hold the Dark’ Review (Netflix)

Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Beckam Crawford, Riley Keough, Michael Tayles, Julian Black Antelope, Conor Boru | Written by Macon Blair | Directed by Jeremy Saulnier

In the grim Alaskan winter, a naturalist hunts for wolves blamed for killing a local boy, but he soon finds himself swept into a chilling mystery.

Jeremy Saulnier returns with his fourth feature with the Netflix exclusive Hold the Dark. After a string of critically acclaimed features in the indie market in the likes of Blue Ruin and Green Room. Two incredibly glib, morbid and frightful thrillers that question the limits of individual heroism and morality.

Hold the Dark has been described by director Saulnier as containing his highest body count to date on screen. Fans of nihilistic tendencies rejoice but if that’s the only thing what Hold the Dark offers it’s a fair assessment that Saulnier doesn’t understand or
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The Casual Cinecast Dives into A Star Is Born

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Does Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's remake of A Star is Born live up to the hype? Plus a mini-review of Venom and much more in the latest episode of The Casual Cinecast

The Casual Cinecast starts out each week with their "What's On Our Minds" segment where they discuss the recent film and television they've been watching. Justin got into the October horror spirit by revisiting a 2009 throwback to the 1980s called The House of the Devil directed by Ti West which features an early role for Greta Gerwig! Mike checked out the new Netflix Original film Hold The Dark from director Jeremy Saulnier which stars Jeffrey Wright and Alexander Skarsgard. Mike and Chris both went to the theaters to check out Venom starring Tom Hardy and offer a spoiler-free mini review of the film! 

Then they jump into their feature length review of A Star is Born.
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HBO Films Acquires Jeffrey Wright Prison Movie ‘O.G.’

  • The Wrap
HBO announced on Friday that it has acquired the Jeffrey Wright-led film “O.G.

The film was directed by Emmy-winner Madeleine Sackler (“Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus”) from a script penned by Stephen Belber, who won an Emmy for HBO’s “The Laramie Project.”

O.G.,” which was filmed entirely at an Indiana max security prison, follows Louis (Wright), once the head of a prominent prison gang, in the final weeks of his 24-year sentence. His impending release is upended when he takes new arrival Beecher (Theothus Carter), who is being courted by gang leadership, under his wing. Coming to grips with the indelibility of his crime and the challenge of reentering society, Louis finds his freedom hanging in the balance as he struggles to save Beecher.

Also Read: Jeffrey Wright Hunts Wolves in 'Incredibly Tight' Thriller 'Hold the Dark' (Video)

“Over the past four years,
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Back to Black: Three Faces of Karen in Curtis’ Delightful Cult Anthology … Trilogy of Terror | Blu-ray Review

One of the greatest unsung cult anthology treasures is the 1975 television omnibus Trilogy of Terror, which famously featured New American Cinema maven Karen Black in four different roles within three different, delightfully bizarre segments of stories/scenarios from Twilight Zone alum Richard Matheson. Genre enthusiasts have long been aware of Matheson’s considerable contributions and influence, though he’s perhaps most revered for his novel I Am Legend, remade three different times under three different titles starring the likes of Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, and Will Smith.…
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Auteurs On Netflix: ‘Maniac’ & ‘Hold The Dark’ [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I eschew the theatrical route for a discussion on two recent high profile Netflix releases. With the streaming service’s current release mode set to full-on tidal wave, it can be overwhelming just thinking about what to watch and even keeping up on what’s new and worth your time. Hopefully, we can be of service, as both items on this show’s talk sheet are worth your time.

Continue reading Auteurs On Netflix: ‘Maniac’ & ‘Hold The Dark’ [Ayt Podcast] at The Playlist.
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Hold The Dark – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Behind every bloodsoaked frame of the four features of Jeremy Saulnier there’s something deeper, darker to be explored. Saulnier, the man behind Murder Party (2007), Blue Ruin (2013), and Green Room (2015), has become an extremely reliable and continually interesting source for genre entertainment. He makes gore films that analyze the trappings of gore films, how the power fantasies of our innate desire for bloodshed can be contrasted with the cultural myths that we somehow believe. His first feature Murder Party explored the way that cultural elitism in itself is a type of violence towards people, Blue Ruin explored the way that cycles of violence prompted by murder and revenge can only lead to darker more desolate outcomes, and Green Room explored the purity of the artistic endeavour contrasted with the violent, hypocritical, masochistic ideology of Neo-Nazism. Now, Hold the Dark has appeared on Netflix to provide a
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Fantastic Fest 2018 Review Round-Up: Hold The Dark, Luz, and An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

  • DailyDead
Over the course of its eight-day run, Fantastic Fest 2018 played host to over 100 feature and short films, and Daily Dead had the opportunity to screen numerous titles while in Austin for all the festivities. Here are my thoughts on three wildly different films I had the opportunity of seeing: Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark, Luz from up-and-coming director Tilman Singer, and the latest from The Greasy Strangler’s Jim Hosking, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn.

Hold the Dark: For his latest movie, Jeremy Saulnier re-teams with Macon Blair to bring William Giraldi’s novel Hold the Dark to life, and while the adaptation features strong performances, stunning cinematography, and perfectly showcases Saulnier’s keen abilities as a storyteller who never shies away from provocative and challenging material, as a whole, I just never really connected with Hold the Dark as a viewer, and its rumination on the
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The Netflix Original Hold The Dark Is A Thrilling Ultra-Violent Revenge Film - One Minute Movie Review

Hold The Dark is the latest mystery-thriller from Netflix and is based on the popular novel by William Giraldi. Starring Alexander Skarsgard and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), the mysterious disappearance of three children in a small rural Alaskan village goes from Wolf hunt to human slaughter. This is the latest film from director Jeremy Saulnier but is this Netflix original a solid addition to the streaming service’s mediocre library of originals or does it stand above the rest?

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Halloween (2018), Overlord, and Suspiria (2018) Live from Fantastic Fest on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

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Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson was in Austin, Texas for the Fantastic Fest film festival, and she was joined by two special guests from the Dead Ringers podcast for a new episode of Corpse Club!

Live from Fantastic Fest, it's our first film festival episode of Corpse Club! Co-host Heather Wixson is joined by fellow Daily Dead contributing writers and Dead Ringers podcast co-hosts Nolan McBride and Emily von Seele to discuss some of the highly anticipated movies that screened at the festival, including Laurie Strode's return in Halloween (2018), the mutated WWII mayhem of Overlord, the deadly dance school in the new Suspiria, and more! The co-hosts also discuss a wide range of other movies they saw at the festival, including The Night Comes For Us, Apostle, Hold the Dark, Cam, and Between Worlds. So, if you couldn't make it down to Austin for the cinematic celebration, don't despair!
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‘Hold the Dark’ Director Jeremy Saulnier on ‘True Detective,’ the Upside of Netflix, and the Power of Hyper-Violence in Movies

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Five years after he maxed out some credit cards and asked strangers for money on Kickstarter to make “Blue Ruin,” Jeremy Saulnier has leveraged the success of that tense, violent thriller into a formidable career. First, there was the punk death match of “Green Room,” a $5 million Cannes sensation that pitted a cast of young stars against Patrick Stewart and his fortress of pissed off neo-Nazis. As turns out, he was just getting started.



Now, after a curtailed stint behind the camera on the new season of “True Detective,” he’s back with “Hold the Dark,” a murder-mystery so beguiling and ambitious that it became too risky for any traditional production company to finance. Lucky for Saulnier, Netflix was willing to foot the bill.

Adapted from William Giraldi’s novel of the same name, “Hold the Dark” tells the story of a retired and withdrawn nature writer named Russell
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Jeremy Saulnier on the Catharsis of Making ‘Hold the Dark’ and Creating Conflict Through Performance

After his first feature Murder Party did not attract the attention it deserved, Jeremy Saulnier spent time away from the director’s chair, spending seven years as a cinematographer. For his next film, Blue Ruin, he took a big and quite literal gamble: he and his wife mortgaged their home to fund the subversive, stripped-down take on the revenge thriller. Unlike the bumbling, all-too-human characters at the center of his work, Saulnier came out of the experience on top, with the film premiering at Cannes and taking home the Fipresci Prize. With a newfound momentum, he followed up Blue Ruin with Green Room, a savage and barebones thriller which carried over his love of very human characters who are very out of their element–along with further exploring his gag-inducing special effects, coal-black humor, and tension.

With Hold the Dark, Saulnier widens his canvas in exciting ways, tackling his first
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Fantastic Fest 2018 Interview: Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair Talk Adapting Hold The Dark

  • DailyDead
Over the last few years, we’ve seen an incredible progression for cinematic collaborators Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair, from Blue Ruin to Green Room to their latest, Hold the Dark, which ambitiously adapts William Giraldi’s grisly and haunting novel set against the backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness. Starring Jeffrey Wright, Riley Keough, Alexander Skarsgård, and James Badge Dale, Hold the Dark is easily the biggest and boldest offering we’ve seen from Saulnier and Blair yet, delivering up a chilling psychological thriller unlike anything I’ve seen thus far this year.

Hold the Dark recently celebrated its Us premiere at Fantastic Fest 2018, and while in attendance, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with both Blair and Saulnier about why they chose to adapt Giraldi’s novel for their latest project, challenging themselves as filmmakers throughout their careers, how essential Netflix was to getting the film made, and more.
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Director Jeremy Saulnier Talks ‘Hold The Dark,’ Netflix, & What He Gained From Leaving ‘True Detective’ [Interview]

If you haven’t seen any films by filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier, then you’re missing out. He’s one of the very best up-and-coming directors around. His 2014 film “Blue Ruin” is a crime-thriller masterpiece and 2016’s “Green Room” was such a dark and nasty neo-Nazi revenge thriller that it felt like an avant-garde horror movie.

Read More: Jeremy Saulnier Says Anyone Who Believes His Upcoming Netflix Movie Isn’t A Real Movie Should “Stab Themselves In The Face”

Saulnier’s latest venture into the dark abyss, “Hold the Dark,” has him teaming up with Netflix.

Continue reading Director Jeremy Saulnier Talks ‘Hold The Dark,’ Netflix, & What He Gained From Leaving ‘True Detective’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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‘Hold the Dark’ Review: Blood, Snow and Wolves Are Just the Tip of Thriller’s Iceberg

‘Hold the Dark’ Review: Blood, Snow and Wolves Are Just the Tip of Thriller’s Iceberg
Some filmmakers excel in telling stories; Jeremy Saulnier is better at setting moods. Oh, his movies have narratives: man wants revenge recently-released-from-prison killer of his family (Blue Ruin); punk rock band must get out of neo-Nazi stronghold or die tryin’ (Green Room). But what you tend to remember more than the A-to-b particulars of this 42-year-old Virginia native’s thrillers are the vibes that he marinates his tales of murder and mayhem and vengeance in — all variations of a sort of sickened, curdled sense of dread. He’s also remarkably good at staging moments,
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‘Hold the Dark’ Film Review: Frigid Missing-Child Thriller Disappoints

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‘Hold the Dark’ Film Review: Frigid Missing-Child Thriller Disappoints
Hold the Dark” is a perfectly adequate film made by an especially talented director, Jeremy Saulnier. Alternately pulse-racing and somnambulant, it’s a thriller that starts strong before running out of gas.

It begins in the Alaskan wilderness, where three children have recently been killed. The locals suspect the culprit is a pack of vicious wolves. Medora Slone (Riley Keough) has a similar hunch after the disappearance of her son, Bailey (Beckam Crawford).

Enraged and scared, she enlists author Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright) to fly cross-country and help track down her missing child. Russell has experience with locating (and terminating) wolves. His acclaimed book details his grisly entanglements.

Also Read: HBO Greenlights 'True Detective' Season 3 With Mahershala Ali and Director Jeremy Saulnier

There’s more: Once Russell arrives in Alaska, Medora explains her situation: That she and her boy were left alone while her husband Vernon (Alexander Skarsgård) fought in the Middle East.
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

James Badge Dale had one hell of a Tiff 2018 experience premiering Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark, Tim Sutton’s Donnybrook and toplining Henry Dunham‘s directorial debut in the Midnight Madness selected The Standoff at Sparrow Creek. Set in a warehouse with plenty of figure pointing, the thriller was quickly picked up at the fest by Rlje Films for North American rights. Here is our photo session with the filmmaker and his star.…
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