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Thursday, 25 February 2016

New Book "Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion" Coming Soon!

New from Arrow Video US
Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion
Limited Edition Hardback Book
246 pages - Dimension: 22 x 2.8 x 28 cm

Available on March 29th via MVD Entertainment Group

Arrow Video is one of the foremost distributors of cult cinema on DVD and Blu-ray. From the classic to the obscure, the Arrow Video collection encompasses all styles and genres: horror films and Westerns, science fiction and sex comedies, yakuza epics and neo-noirs, the subversive, the transgressive and the unclassifiable. This hardback volume brings together 25 of the world's leading genre experts and critics to guide you through the multi-faceted beast that is cult cinema.

Exploring the stars, the filmmakers and the trends, Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion approaches its subject from five angles. Each section is devoted to a different facet of cult filmmaking - the opening chapter features seven essays devoted to key cult movies, and is followed by those on directors, actors, genres (and sub-genres), and finally distribution, which examines how different methods of seeing a film, from travelling shows to DVDs, has allowed cult films and their audiences to flourish.
The aim is not to provide a definitive guide to cult cinema but rather, as the subtitle proclaims, a companion. Cult movies means many things to many people - Ben Wheatley's introduction touches on the manner in which he discovered the underbelly of cinema, but it won't be shared by everyone, of course - and everyone will have their own favorites.

Consider this book as a look at cult cinema through the lens of Arrow Video, a pretty broad view: Tinto Brass, Joe Dante, science fiction, super 8, Suzuki Seijun, Boris Karloff, Battle Royale, horror all-nighters, video nasties and much more besides. Something familiar, something fresh, something that might just introduce you to a whole new world of filmmaking and its enthusiastic fandom.
Complete list or writers: Robin Bougie, Michael Brooke, Paul Corupe, David Del Valle, David Flint, Cullen Gallagher, Kevin Gilvear, Joel Harley, David Hayles, Pasquale Iannone, Alan Jones, Tim Lucas, Michael Mackenzie, Maitland McDonagh, Tom Mes, John Kenneth Muir, Kim Newman, James Oliver, Vic Pratt, Jasper Sharp, Kenneth J. Souza, Mike Sutton, Stephen Thrower, Caelum Vatnsdal, and Douglas Weir.

Introduction by filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise, Free Fire)
Cover Illustration by Graham Humphreys
Edited by Anthony Nield

Pre-order: HERE


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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

LEE MAJORS and TED RAIMI announced as cast members for Season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead

Well this is certainly some awesome and exciting news to drop this Ash Wednesday!
As a massive fan of the original films, Bruce Campbell's career and Ash Vs Evil Dead, I was waiting for some sort of Ted Raimi based announcement. He is, in a role mirroring real life, to play Ash's childhood best friend. Then when you add to that the wonderful Lee Majors, being perfectly cast as, none-other-than, Ash's Dad, well then, that is an announcement that raises the bar.
The casting is, of course perfect, but beyond that the introduction of these two characters means that Starz, show runner Craig DiGregorio, Exec producers Campbell, Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are set to continue to expand Ash's life and character and I, for one, couldn't be more thrilled.

I was already watching Season 2, now I am giddy to watch it right now!

 Here is the official press release:

Beverly Hills, Calif., February 10, 2016 - STARZ has announced today that Lee Majors (Do You Believe) will play the role of Brock Williams, Ash’s father, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man) will play the role of Ash’s childhood best friend, Chet Kaminski, in the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series was previously renewed for a second season and will return in 2016.

Majors started his television career in “The Big Valley,” going on to “The Men from Shiloh,” to “Owen Marshall Counselor at Law,” to “The Six Million Dollar Man,” to “The Fall Guy,” to “Tour of Duty,” to “Raven” and countless television appearances on many series, specials, award shows and movies. He began his film career with Will Penny and Charlton Heston. Majors recently completed filming two movies Almosting It and Do You Believe. Majors will start filming on two feature films this summer, plus he has a lineup of several other feature films and television shows to be filmed in 2015/2016.

Cult horror movie favorite, Ted Raimi has appeared in all three original Evil Dead movies. His additional feature film credits include Midnight Meat Train, Shocker, Born Yesterday, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Grudge, Oz the Great and Powerful as well as the Spider-Man series of films. Television credits include “Supernatural,” “Twin Peaks,” “CSI: NY,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” as well as “SeaQuest DSV” among many others.

The second season of the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Check Out The First Clip For OUTLAWS AND ANGELS

On behalf of Momentum Pictures, we are pleased to share the first clip for OUTLAWS AND ANGELS. Featuring an all-star cast, OUTLAWS AND ANGELS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2016.

The film stars Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “Agent Carter”), Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl), Madisen Beaty (Other People, “The Fosters”), Ben Browder (Bad Kids Go To Hell, “Stargate SG-1"), Keith Loneker (Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou), and Frances Fisher (“Resurrection,” The Lincoln Lawyer) and is directed by JT Mollner.

When Outlaws on the lam invade the home of an unsuspecting, seemingly innocent, frontier family to hide out for the night, an unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues, leading to seduction, role reversal, and ultimately, bloody revenge.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Creative Control Gets a Poster



Starring Benjamin Dickinson, Reggie Watts, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen and Nora Zehetner 
Directed by Benjamin Dickinson 
Written by Benjamin Dickinson & Micah Bloomberg

Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures will release CREATIVE CONTROL in theaters March 11, 2016

About Creative Control:
The setting is New York, 5 minutes in the future. The glorious technological advances and communication devices of the near future meant to increase connectivity and alleviate boredom are only increasing the anxiety level of the insecure New Yorkers who've inherited them. David (writer/director Benjamin Dickinson) is an overworked, tech-addled advertising executive developing a high-profile marketing campaign for a new generation of Augmented Reality glasses. Feeling stuck in his relationship with yoga teacher Juliette (Nora Zehetner, BRICK, IFC's "Maron"), he envies the charmed life of his best friend, fashion photographer Wim (Dan Gill, THE WEDDING RINGER) and his entrancing girlfriend Sophie (Alexia Rasmussen, CALIFORNIA SOLO) - so he uses the glasses to develop a life-like avatar of her. Unwittingly, fantasy and reality begin to blur. As passions escalate and things get increasingly out of hand, the friends are forced to deal with the impending collision between their public, private and imaginary lives.

Rated R | 97 minutes

Thursday, 28 January 2016

MAGNOLIA PICTURES Acquires Worldwide Rights To Werner Herzog’s Internet Documentary ‘LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD’

Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, a playful and intellectually searching new documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (GRIZZLY MAN, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS) that offers a bold exploration of the past, present and constantly evolving future of the Internet. Praised by critics after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week, the film features interviews (conducted by Herzog) with a diverse array of tech pioneers including PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and famed hacker Kevin Mitnick. Magnolia is targeting a 2016 theatrical release.

In LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, the Oscar-nominated Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback.
Working with NetScout, a world leader in real time service assurance and cybersecurity, Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

“As only he can do, Werner Herzog has crafted an endlessly entertaining and thought-provoking analysis of modern technology,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Through his unique and inquisitive vision, LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD allows audiences to experience the Internet in new ways.”

“My dream at Sundance to take off from the Olympic ramp on skis remains unfulfilled, but I am even more exhilarated by the fact that my film now is taking flight through Magnolia,” said Herzog.

"Our vision for this project has always been to inform as many people as possible about the perils and the possibilities of the connected world,” said Executive Producer Jim McNiel. “We could not have chosen a more capable partner than Magnolia to get the story out."

Written and directed by Werner Herzog and presented by NetScout in association with Saville Productions, Pereira & O’Dell Entertainment and Skellig Rock, LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD was produced by Rupert Maconick and Herzog. Executive Producers are Jim McNiel of NetScout, Dave Arnold, Tennille Teague and David Moore.

After Movie Diner Editor's comments:
If the trailer below is anything to go by this is going to be another engaging, humourous, sweet and weird Herzog film that I, for one, can't wait to see. I am a huge fan of Herzog's stuff and his documentaries remain the films of his I can watch over and over. I don't see this one being any different.

Teaser Trailer:

Amazon presents Complete Unknown - Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival ‘Premiere’ Category


A mysterious woman with a remarkable past revisits a former lover, complicating the settled life he has built for himself and his wife in Complete Unknown, an unsettling exploration of identity from acclaimed filmmaker Joshua Marston.

As Tom (Michael Shannon) celebrates his birthday with a group of close friends in Brooklyn, he is startled to see a woman from his distant past at the party. Jenny — or Alice (Rachel Weisz), as she now calls herself — first denies even knowing Tom, but as the evening progresses, she reveals a shocking secret. After disappearing from Tom’s life 20 years earlier, she began to reinvent herself every few years, taking on a new name, a new career and a new life each time. After giving Tom a glimpse of what life could be like if he lets go of the safety and security he has so carefully created, Alice asks him to make a choice that will change everything.

Directed by Joshua Marston from a script he co-wrote with Julian Sheppard (stage play “Buicks,” web series “Mayne Street”),  
Complete Unknown stars Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, “Boardwalk Empire”), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, Youth), Kathy Bates (Titanic, Misery) and Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Beloved).

Producers are Lucas Joaquin (Love is Strange, Beasts of the Southern Wild), Lars Knudsen (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Love is Strange) and Jay Van Hoy (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Frank & Lola). 
Director of photography is Christos Voudouris (Love is Strange, Before Midnight). 

XLRATOR MEDIA Acquires “SUN CHOKE” for North American Distribution on its Acclaimed MACABRE Label

XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the thriller SUN CHOKE and will release the film this Summer on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label. The film has played over a dozen festivals including FrightFest and the Stanley Film Festival.

Written and directed by Ben Cresciman (Negative Space), SUN CHOKE stars iconic horror film actress Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator, Lords of Salem), Sarah Hagan (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & Life: Jailbait, the upcoming Kickboxer: Vengeance) along with Evan Jones, Joe Nieves and Jim Boeven. The film features a haunting score by noted musician/producer Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon).

SUN CHOKE is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion that will leave audiences emotionally shaken and questioning the line between reality and nightmare. It’s an impressive, assured work that marks Ben Cresciman as an important filmmaker to watch,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Janie (Sarah Hagan) is just trying to get well. As Janie recovers from a recent violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker, Irma (Barbara Crampton). Janie begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman, Savannah (Sarah Malakul Lane), whom Janie feels an inexplicable yet profound connection to. The obsession turns increasingly invasive and wedges all three women into an ever-tightening and terrifying struggle for control. Will Janie pull herself back from the precipice of insanity? Or will she go over head-first, taking everyone down with her?

SUN CHOKE is produced by George Kallert, Rob Schroeder and Peter J. Nieves of Lodger Films with Wandie Kabule, Leigh Jones and Ian Keiser.
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