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Let’s Scare Bryan to Death: Taneli Mustonen’s Lake Bodom with Nolan McBride

  • DailyDead
Welcome back to Let’s Scare Bryan to Death, where this month we’re talking to Nolan McBride, founder of the Dead Ringers podcast. On Dead Ringers, McBride brings together a panel of co-hosts to dissect “horror movie double features that share similar DNA, yet still have distinct personalities.” Past pairings have included May/Eyes Without a Face, Starry Eyes/The Neon Demon, Halloween/The Terminator, and other films that have some similar narrative elements, but take very different approaches to their respective material (they had a particularly charismatic guest for an episode that covered Bug/A Dark Song).

For our discussion, McBride nominated Taneli Mustonen’s 2016 slasher movie Lake Bodom. The film follows four teens as they return to the site of the real-life 1960 Lake Bodom murders, where a group of campers were brutally attacked, leaving only one survivor. Atte (Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä) and Elias (Mikael Gabriel) seem obsessed
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‘Watchmen’ Ep & Director Nicole Kassell On Building A Post-Squid World [Interview]

Nicole Kassell may not be the first director you’d think of to helm the first two episodes of the HBO series “Watchmen,” but that’s probably why she was the right choice. Best known on the film side for her directorial debut, 2004’s “The Woodsman,” she has a long list of impressive television credits since including “The Americans,” “Rectify,” “Westworld” and “The Leftovers.” The latter forged a creative bond with Damon Lindelof, who is the maestro behind this contemporary sequel to the highly acclaimed Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel.

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‘The Fall’ Wins Slamdance Screenwriting Grand Prize

  • Variety
Slamdance has awarded its grand prize for screenwriting to Tamra Teig and Michael Lipoma for their feature screenplay “The Fall.”

The festival announced a dozen prizes Thursday night during a ceremony hosted by Writers Guild of America West across feature film, horror/thriller, TV pilot and short film categories. Slamdance awarded more than $16,000 to winners across all categories.

The Fall” is a historical drama set in East Berlin in 1989, where a single mother is forced to become a spy to save her son after he’s framed for murder. Her act of revenge, woven into historic events, leads to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“With over 4,200 submissions this year, our judges were challenged by a wealth of exciting new writers to choose from,” said Slamdance president Peter Baxter. “Many plugged into the passion and concern around socially conscious themes our world is currently dealing with in raw, fun and unique ways.
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Joker Trailer Teases Unsettling Origin Story

Kirsten Howard John Saavedra Apr 3, 2019

The first teaser trailer for Todd Phillips’ Joker confirms that this will be a very different DC film.

Warner Bros.' forthcoming Joker origin tale has been a very weird project from the get-go, but that approach has served in its favor when it comes to audience expectation levels. The last two big-screen iterations of the Clown Prince of Crime were like chalk and cheese - Heath Ledger's phenomenal portrayal of the character in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight blew everyone away, whereas Jared Leto's tattooed Suicide Squad villain ...er, didn't.

The Hangover director Todd Phillips was certainly an interesting choice to helm the project, but he's been frustrated by the lack of accuracy in the coverage of his Joker solo outing so far, which he concedes is to be expected “when you set out to make an origin story about a
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Lee Daniels Signs With Wme

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Wme has signed Lee Daniels, who directed the films Precious and The Butler, and co-created the hit Fox drama Empire.

Daniels had been at CAA. He started as a casting assistant on the groundbreaking Prince film Purple Rain, and then became a producer of films that included Monster’s Ball and The Woodsman, before moving up to director on Shadowboxer. His breakout as director was Precious, the 2009 searing drama that got him Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. He followed with The Paperboy and then directed Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a $30 million budget film that grossed $176 million worldwide and led the weekend grosses for three weeks.

Daniels got into the TV game when he teamed with Danny Strong to co-create Empire, writing, directing and exec producing episodes of the record industry drama that stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. That series is in its fifth season.
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Columbus Short, Dame Dash Partnering on Film, TV Projects (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Columbus Short’s Great Picture Show is partnering with Dame Dash Studios to develop, produce and promote film and TV projects, Variety has learned exclusively.

Current projects include “The List,” “A Shot For Justice” and “Black Dots,” a story written by Short and the late Lee Thompson Young about a group of high school outcasts who take their school hostage. Short and Dash are also collaborating on “Ellis D,” a biopic on Major League baseball player Dock Ellis, who’s best remembered for pitching a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD.

“We’re excited to join forces and use our own content and platform to set new trends,” said Dash. “Our partnership is backed by a mission to highlight new and honest stories that haven’t yet been told.”

Short’s credits include “Scandal,” “Stomp the Yard,” “Cadillac Records,” “Armored,” “True To The Game,” and “Armed.” Producing credits include Bet’s “Mr.
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Brian A. Kates (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ editor) on capturing the ‘wild’ style of great stand-up comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]

Brian A. Kates (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ editor) on capturing the ‘wild’ style of great stand-up comedy [Exclusive Video Interview]
Brian A. Kates‘s main focus when editing the pilot for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was on “not screwing up what was given to me.” Creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino have “a very strong sensibility, sense of style, [and] sense of musicality,” all of which needed to be conveyed in the premiere episode. Kates pulled off the task and scored an Emmy nomination for Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Comedy) for the Amazon series. It was one of 14 overall bids the freshman show received. Watch our exclusive video interview with Kates above.

See Bill Groom (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ production designer) used his memories to recreate 1950s New York City [Exclusive Video Interview]

Rachel Brosnahan stars as Midge Maisel, a 1950s New York City housewife who pursues a stand-up career after her husband (Michael Zegen) leaves her for his secretary. The biggest challenge, Kates admits, came in the climactic stand-up scene where Midge discovers
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HBO has “very, very high hopes” for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot

HBO’s Television Critics Association presentation has taken place this week, and it has offered up some snippets of information on the current state of Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel, Watchmen.

Deadline is reporting that the network’s programming president, Casey Bloys, discussed the pilot, which has been directed by Nicole Kassell, stating that he had “very, very high hopes”.

The pilot – which tells an original story set in the Watchmen universe – is yet to be given the green-light to go to series, but Bloys went on to say: “They did a great job. Damon wrote a phenomenal script, and Nikki Kassell did an amazing job shooting the show. I think we see it in a few weeks. So, we’ll see.”

With a star studded cast featuring Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Regina King (Seven Seconds), Don Johnson (Django Unchained
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Watchemen: Nicole Kassell Will Direct the Pilot Episode of HBO’s TV Series

Nicole Kassell Will Direct the Watchmen’s Pilot Episode Nicole Kassell has been selected to direct the pilot episode of HBO‘s Watchmen. Nicole Kassell is no neophyte when it comes to directing. Kassell directed Kevin Bacon in well-received The Woodsman. Kassell has also directed episodes of Westworld, The Leftovers, and will direct as least one episode of [...]

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The Leftovers’ Nicole Kassell to direct Watchmen pilot

Since HBO and Damon Lindelof announced their Watchmen TV series, we haven’t been given much information regarding the show beyond Lindelof acting as the showrunner. Now, per Deadline, we finally have some concrete information regarding the project as Lindelof is working once again with his The Leftovers director Nicole Kassell, as she is set to direct the series’ pilot.

Kassell will also serve as an executive producer for Watchmen alongside Lindelof. In addition to her work on The Leftovers, she has directed episodes of HBO’s Westworld, Vinyl, AMC’s Better Call Saul and the upcoming Amazon series Castle Rock, based on the works of Stephen King. She is also known for her first feature, The Woodsman.

Written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, Watchmen told a story of a group of retired heroes who suddenly begin getting murdered one by one. Trying to solve the mystery,
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‘The Leftovers’ Director Nicole Kassell to Helm Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Pilot

HBO is getting The Leftovers gang back together for their new Watchmen series adaptation. Showrunner Damon Lindelof was recruited to create a pilot based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' iconic graphic novel, and now, THR reports that Lindeloff has tapped director Nicole Kassell to helm the pilot. Kassell made her directorial debut with the bracing, Spirit Award-nominated 2004 drama The Woodsman and went on to direct two of The Leftovers' most critically acclaimed episodes; Season 2's "No Room at the Inn" and Season 3's "It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World," both of which dug …
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32 Underrated Movies You Need to Watch

Simon Brew Jan 15, 2019

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about; that you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around.

That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals...

The Brady Bunch Movie

No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into the 1990s, with no change made to them at all. It makes for quite brilliant comedy,
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
See full article at Den of Geek »

‘The Leftovers’: The 7 Filmmakers That Made It One of Television’s Best Directed Series

‘The Leftovers’: The 7 Filmmakers That Made It One of Television’s Best Directed Series
The end is finally upon us. “The Leftovers” airs its final episode this Sunday on HBO, and with it comes the close of one of television’s all-time great drama series. Over the course of its three-season run, “The Leftovers” has earned acclaim for Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, as well as the ensemble cast, but it would be a shame to say goodbye to this series without spotlighting the men and women behind the camera.

The Leftovers” and its point-of-view storytelling always allowed different directors to leave their mark on the series. Through memorable sequences and shots, these seven directors made “The Leftovers” an emotionally visceral and downright spiritual experience. It’s safe to say there won’t be another series like it for some time, but television is in good hands as long as these filmmakers are guiding it.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’ Is the Best Show on
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Eiff announces full programme by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-05-31 12:44:18

Kyra Sedgwick's Story Of A Girl, which features her husband Kevin Bacon Photo: Courtesy of Eiff

Edinburgh International Film Festival launched its full programme this morning for its 71st edition, which will run from June 21 to July 2.

Among the star names attending the festival are Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who will be bringing her directorial debut Story Of A Girl, with The Woodsman also screening in their honour. Stanley Tucci will attend with his film Final Portrait. The trio will also take part in In Person events at the festival, as will actor Richard E Grant, composer David Arnold and writer/director Lizzie Borden.

This year’s Festival will showcase a total of 151 features from 46 countries including: 17 world premieres, 12 international premieres, nine European Premieres and 69 UK Premieres.

Centre for the Moving Image CEO nm5904922 autoKen HayKen Hay[/link][/link] was keen to stress the festival's international credentials.

He said: "Film is special,
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‘I Love Dick’ Review: Jill Soloway Messes with Texas in the Most Confident Television Experiment of the Year

‘I Love Dick’ Review: Jill Soloway Messes with Texas in the Most Confident Television Experiment of the Year
“What if we all started writing you letters?”

So states Chris Kraus, played by the extraordinary Kathryn Hahn in “I Love Dick,” the new Amazon comedy from Sarah Gubbins and Jill Soloway about a woman who movies to Marfa, Texas, and falls head over high heels for a local artist named Dick (Kevin Bacon). Her infatuation is evident immediately and explored thoroughly in the eight-episode first season, as Chris, Dick, and her husband, Sylvere (Griffin Dunne) — yup, she’s married — enter into a sexually charged emotional gambit none of them fully understand.

Read More: ‘I Love Dick’: Jill Soloway Loves The Theatrical Experience, But Thinks Binge Viewing Is the New Film Premiere

Chris tries to capture her complex and expansive feelings by writing letters to Dick, first as an exercise, then as an epistle, and eventually as an art form unto itself. These letters made up the memoir written by Kraus,
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Lee Daniels at SXSW: 'I don't understand #OscarsSoWhite'

Lee Daniels at SXSW: 'I don't understand #OscarsSoWhite'
Filmmaker tells Austin audience about his difficult childhood and how Donald Trump has improved his writing.

Lee Daniels said he doesn’t understand the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in a keynote speech at SXSW on Sunday in which his Precious and Empire star Gabourey Sidibe made a surprise appearance.

Difficult childhood

Daniels began by recounting the much-publicised story of his difficult youth.

He grew up in the projects in southwest Philadelphia where he witnessed friends getting shot, was raised in a family that dealt drugs to earn a living and by a father who hit him in an attempt to make him “a man”, and realised at a young age he was gay.

“That’s the America I knew [in the 1960s],” Daniels said. “My mom knew something was going to happen to me if I didn’t leave.”

With a small pot of money raised by his family, Daniels went to college for one year in Missouri before he started a nursing
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Corrie Chen, Neil Triffett on 'Leftovers', 'Newton's Law' attachments

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Neil Triffett on the set of 'Newton's Law'.

Emo the Musical director Neil Triffett spent the tail-end of 2016 as an attachment on TV series Newton.s Law, starring Claudia Karvan and produced by Miss Fisher.s Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger..

Triffett.s placement was organised through Film Vic.s attachment scheme.

.He.s had a smorgasbord,. says Eagger, talking to If mid-shoot last year. .He sat in a lot of meetings. Because he's around for the whole shoot and he's been doing some behind the scenes for us, he's sort of become part of the furniture and as a consequence I think got great access..

.The production pays for part of his wage, and he has days where he does behind the scenes and days where he's purely a director's attachment. He also gets the opportunity to direct — he's just shot a scene for us...

Eagger is no stranger to the scheme,
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Neil Triffett and Corrie Chen talk Film Victoria's attachment scheme

Neil Triffett on the set of 'Newton's Law'..

Film Vic.s attachment scheme aims to facilitate skills development among emerging practitioners. If talks to two of them, Neil Triffett and Corrie Chen, about their experiences.

Emo the Musical director Neil Triffett has spent the tail-end of 2016 as an attachment on TV series Newton.s Law, starring Claudia Karvan and produced by Miss Fisher.s Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger.

Triffett.s placement was organised through Film Vic.s attachment scheme.

.He.s had a smorgasbord,. says Eagger, talking to If mid-shoot. .He sat in a lot of meetings. Because he's around for the whole shoot and he's been doing some behind the scenes for us, he's sort of become part of the furniture and as a consequence I think got great access.

"The production pays for part of his wage, and he has days where he does behind
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Neil Triffett and Corrie Chen on Film Victoria's attachment scheme

Neil Triffett on the set of 'Newton's Law'..

Emo the Musical director Neil Triffett has spent the tail-end of 2016 as an attachment on TV series Newton.s Law, starring Claudia Karvan and produced by Miss Fisher.s Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger.

Triffett.s placement was organised through Film Vic.s attachment scheme.

.He.s had a smorgasbord,. says Eagger, talking to If mid-shoot. .He sat in a lot of meetings. Because he's around for the whole shoot and he's been doing some behind the scenes for us, he's sort of become part of the furniture and as a consequence I think got great access.

"The production pays for part of his wage, and he has days where he does behind the scenes and days where he's purely a director's attachment. He also gets the opportunity to direct — he's just shot a scene for us..

Eagger is no stranger to the scheme,
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