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Saturday, February 17, 2018

MICHAEL IRONSIDE in JON KEEYES' "THE HARROWING" - Berlin World Premiere




Film Mode Entertainment’s

THE HARROWING

Makes 2018 World Premiere Screening in Berlin

World Premiere Screening and EFM Market Debut of New, Mind-bending Horror/Thriller Stars Screen Legend MICHAEL IRONSIDE and is Directed by Horror Legend JON KEEYES


BERLIN (February 17, 2018) -- Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment presents the World Market Premiere screening and EFM debut of their newest thriller THE HARROWING in Berlin. The world premiere screening will take place on Friday, February 18th at 11:05 AM at dffb-Kino.

Written and directed by veteran horror director JON KEEYES (AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, FALL DOWN DEAD), the film stars the legendary MICHAEL IRONSIDE (TOTAL RECALL, SCANNERS), who among being nominated for almost a dozen awards, has become widely known for his depiction of fearsome villains in this genre.

The cast is further bolstered by MATTHEW TOMPKINS (SICARIO), and ARNOLD VOSLOO (THE MUMMY, G.I. JOE). The premiere screening in Berlin takes place on February 18th.

“We’re thrilled to screen THE HARROWING to distributors and audiences for the very first time in Berlin.” Said Epstein. “Horror and thriller fans are in for the ride of their lives with THE HARROWING - a gripping, mind-bending, nail-biter of a film that has a great deal of worldwide commercial appeal with the recent success of the genre.” 

Garnering over $733 million in ticket sales in 2017, the biggest box office year ever for horror, THE HARROWING is a perfect addition to the marketplace.

The horror/thriller follows a Vice Detective (TOMPKINS), who is wrongly accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend.  Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers the truth behind a demonic myth.

Jon Keeyes, Director: "As a life long genre fan, The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world. We've carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence, and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this - that is both entertaining and thought provoking - has been a joy."

Matthew Tompkins, Producer: "The Harrowing is carefully constructed to be a powerful synergy of elements that make it one of those rare 'elevated' genre films with true crossover appeal to a wide variety of hardcore fans...The film is a potent mix of horror and supernatural elements that underpin a very smart, disturbing, and complicated psychological thriller...the idea of being able to drive the narrative utilizing all of these things, to truly pull that off, from both a commercial and artistic perspective, was a fantastic opportunity for us as Filmmakers."

The world premiere screening will take place on Friday, February 18th at 11:05 AM at dffb-Kino.

Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights on the film.

Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent successes include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee, James Caan and GANGSTER LAND starring Sean Faris, Milo Gibson, Jason Patric, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Peter Facinelli.  Upcoming releases include THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614 starring Golden Globe winner Ron Pearlman and VIKING DESTINY starring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp. Additional titles include TIFF official selection HUMAN TRACES with Mark Mitchinson and Sophie Henderson and THE GIRL WHO INVENTED KISSING, starring Luke Wilson, Abbie Cornish and Suki Waterhouse.  DocMode, Film Mode’s Documentary label was launched to focus on award-winning Documentaries that impact the world.  BALLERINA, the first film under the label will have its American debut in 2018.   Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, California.



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"INTERCHANGE" Mystical Malaysian Supernatural Thriller Set For Digital Release Feb. 20



Terror Films' Sister Company Global Digital Releasing Takes on Mystical Malaysian Supernatural Thriller INTERCHANGE

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16th, 2018) Global Digital Releasing has acquired North American rights to the award winning, Malaysian fantasy, crime-thriller Interchange. GDR has set the digital release date for Tuesday, February 20th, for this exciting supernatural thriller.

The film was written and directed by Dain Iskandar Said ("Bunahon"). The film stars: Ledil Putra, Prisia Nasution, Shaheizy Sam and Nicholas Saputra. Interchange made its North American premiere at TIFF in 2016. Since then, Interchange has made appearances at: L’Etrange Film Festival (Paris, 2016), BFI London International Film Festival (Thrill, 2016), Singapore International Film Festival (Opening Film, 2016) and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Belgium, 2016). The film has met with critical claim, at many of these prestigious appearances.


The story follows Adam (Putra), a forensics photographer. He has become emotionally distraught and suffers from strange hallucinations, since witnessing the aftermath of a bizarre murder; he has retreated from the world. Then, a detective arrives at his doorstep informing him that another murder has occurred - one with undeniable similarities to the one that pushed him over the edge. Adam's help is requested to unravel the mystery - one involving: corpses drained of blood, unusual feathers and antique photographs that appear to capture Adam's beautiful new neighbor Iva (Prisia Nasution).

Adam is drawn further into Iva's mysterious world, while the detective delves deeper into his investigation. They discover the city's mystical underbelly of shamans and supernatural beings as century-old superstitions come to life.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


The film, which was acquired from XYZ Films. Interchange was written by: Redza Minhat, Dain Said, June Tan and Nandita Solomon (who also produced the film). The film will debut on: Amazon Instant, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Xbox and Google Play - on the 16th. This release will be followed by another on  iTunes, this March 3rd, 2018. More platforms will follow, including a VOD and DVD release.

Global Digital Releasing is sharing the official trailer, poster and some stills in anticipation of the film’s expansive North American debut.

The film’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalDigitalReleasing



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Insane Car Jump Ruined in "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN" (James Bond, 1974)




This James Bond film features one of the greatest car stunts ever.

The technical preparations for the "corkscrew" jump had to be precise. With several cameras rolling, the skilled driver pulled it off in one take.

And then they went and ruined it by adding... ...a cartoon slide-whistle sound effect. 

Composer John Barry later regretted adding the mood-killing sound effect.

Bond fans still cringe...and wonder what the moment would've been like without it.

(Let's find out!)


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Bond Girl Falls Flat in "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN" (1974)




Britt Eklund signed on to the ninth Bond picture as a featured actress, not a stuntwoman.

Yet during the traditional "exploding of the bad guy's base" finale...

...she takes a rather impressive (and unscripted) header.

And Bond comes tumbling after.

Flat on their coup de grâce!


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"SAMSON" From Pure Flix -- Opens Nationwide in Theaters Today




OPENING DAY ALERT--FRIDAY, FEB. 16 FROM PURE FLIX

'SAMSON'

BRINGS EPIC BIBLICAL STORY TO LIFE ON SCREEN NATIONWIDE

It’s one of the Bible’s best-known stories. Or is it? There’s more to Samson than muscles and a haircut.

Official Website

WATCH THE TRAILER:


From Pure Flix, creators of GOD’S NOT DEAD, comes SAMSON, the action-packed biblical epic starring Billy Zane, Golden GlobeÆ winner Rutger Hauer, Jackson Rathbone, EmmyÆ winner Lindsay Wagner, Caitlin Leahy and Taylor James in the title role.

SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire.

After betrayal by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory.

A HERO OF OLD IS RELEVANT NOW
Pure Flix is a faith-film studio taking on contemporary issues in movies such as the hit GOD’S NOT DEAD. Now comes a page from ancient history. Samson’s journey of passion, betrayal and redemption reminds audiences that our failures do not define our future.

Pure Fix is the No. 1 independent producer of faith films, responsible for the phenomenally successful GOD’S NOT DEAD, among other well-known productions.


DIRECTOR
Bruce Macdonald

SCREENPLAY
Jason Baumgardner
Galen Gilbert
Timothy Ratajczak
Zach Smith

FEATURING
Billy Zane (TITANIC) as King Balek
Rutger Hauer (BLADE RUNNER) as Manoah, Samson’s father
Jackson Rathbone (The Last Ship, TWILIGHT) as King Balek’s son, Rallah
Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) as Samson’s mother, Zealphonis
Caitlin Leahy (Black-ish) as Delilah
Taylor James (JUSTICE LEAGUE) as Samson

About Pure Flix
Founded in 2005, led by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Elizabeth Travis and Alysoun Wolfe, Pure Flix is the leading independent faith-and-family studio in the world. Recent releases include: The Case for Christ, God’s Not Dead 2, God’s Not Dead, Do You Believe?, Woodlawn, A Question of Faith and Same Kind of Different as Me. With offices in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Pure Flix has produced, acquired, marketed, and distributed more than 100 faith and family-friendly films. Aiming to influence the global culture for Christ through media, Pure Flix is the industry leader in creating high-quality inspirational feature film content. The studio’s official website is Pureflixstudio.com.  The company also features a leading streaming video on demand service, with thousands of movies, originals, TV shows and more emphasizing faith, family and fun. For more information, go to Pureflix.com.



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Michael Fassbender in "KUNG FURY" for BLOOM




ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER JOINS MICHAEL FASSBENDER IN DAVID SANDBERG’S ACTION-COMEDY “KUNG FURY”

BLOOM Handling International Sales Which Commenced in Berlin Earlier This Week


BERLIN, GERMANY (February 15, 2018) – BLOOM announced today that Golden Globe® Winner Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator, The Expendables) will join Academy Award® Nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Alien: Covenant, Steve Jobs) and David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”, “Knight Rider”) in David Sandberg’s action-comedy Kung Fury, which Sandberg will also star in and produce under his Laser Unicorns’ banner, alongside Fassbender. David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith and Aaron Schmidt will produce under their KatzSmith Productions banner, following their enormous success with IT, which grossed over $700 million worldwide, becoming the largest grossing horror film of all time as of last year. Philip Westgren of B-Reel Films and Conor McCaughan will also produce. Pelle Strandberg is executive producing on behalf of Laser Unicorns.

Endeavor Content and CAA will handle North American sales. BLOOM is handling international sales and introduced the film to buyers at the EFM earlier this week.

It’s 1985, the best year ever. Miami is kept safe under the watchful eye of Kung Fury, the greatest damn cop of all time. Kung Fury’s Thundercops are the ultimate police force assembled from across history to defeat the villainous Kung Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. After the tragic death of a Thundercop causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon. Kung Fury must travel space and time itself to save his friends, defend the prestigious Miami Kung Fu Academy, and defeat evil once and for all.

The original short film Kung Fury, which Hasselhoff also starred in, was a Kickstarter record-breaking success and was selected for Cannes Directors Fortnight and has gained over 40 million views worldwide.  The feature, which will be a sequel to the original short, is lensing this summer.

Schwarzenegger is a Golden Globe® Winning actor known for roles in franchises including Terminator and The Expendables. He will next star in the new Terminatior film from director Tim Miller for Paramount Pictures and most recently can be seen starring in Killing Gunther directed by Taran Killam.

Schwarzenegger is represented by CAA.

BLOOM’s diversified slate includes: Scott Cooper’s Hostiles which is currently in theaters and starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi; Bill Holderman’s Book Club starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, and Candice Bergen which Paramount Pictures will release; Paul Weitz’s Bel Canto starring Julianne Moore; Jake Scott’s The Burning Woman, starring Christina Hendricks and Sienna Miller; Zhang Yimou’s Shadow; Matthew Heineman’s A Private War starring Rosamund Pike; Craig S. Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn which will be released by Lionsgate; Strangers: Prey at Night from Johnannes Roberts; Andrea Di Stefano’s Three Seconds, starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, and Clive Owen; and Victor Levin’s Destination Wedding starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.

BLOOM recently entered into a first-look deal with filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross’ Crazyrose banner, where they will partner on film, TV and documentaries. This deal gives BLOOM a strategic film & TV partner to enter into the original content and production space.  In Berlin, BLOOM will also be selling Yuval Adler’s The Operative and Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation.

About BLOOM
BLOOM is a sales, production and financing outfit. The company represents and curates a diversified slate of films ranging from commercial, talent-driven, wide release movies, to specialty films from proven and trusted filmmakers, all the while keeping an eye towards fresh and emerging talent. In 2017, BLOOM was acquired by Endeavor Content (formerly WME | IMG).



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BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME UP -- Movie Review by Porfle




Two chick-flick reviews in one month?  I think my masochistic tendencies have become inflamed by the dreaded inevitability of spring or something.  Good thing I watched the cannibal epic EATEN ALIVE between the two to help retain a semblance of (in)sanity. 

Still, BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME UP (2013) is amiably tolerable as an example of its genre, at least enough for me to get through it without actually jumping off a roof or anything.

Its male protagonist, former rock idol Ben Nelson (Ryan Schwartzman), is, on the other hand, so distraught that such a self-destructive course of action would come as no surprise.  (How's that for a segue?) 


Believed dead by his fans after some horrific accident, Ben has made the full slide into Skidsville to the point of selling both his super-strong pain meds and his prized guitar.

So what's left for him to do than move back in with his aspiring-actress sister Sam (Vanessa Rose Parker), with whom he has a volatile relationship, and her roommate, Ben's former lover Casey (real-life wife Jennica Schwartzman, RIDGE RUNNERS, PARKER'S ANCHOR) who still carries a torch for him despite having a boyfriend? 

Nothing potentially awkward about that--oh wait, yes there is.  In fact, the potential awkwardness of this arrangement will fuel the film's dramatic momentum like a speed freak on an exercise bike until the eventual fadeout. 

What happens in between is your usual romantic drama stuff, smartly directed (by Marc Hampson) and edited with a lean, flowing storytelling style that holds our interest throughout--visually anyway. 


The story itself is replete with moody passages, heart-to-heart talks, meaningful silences, cleansing outbursts of anger and frustration (along with bouts of big acting), bacon, purse pilfering, and lots of contemplation, all carried along by gentle acoustic music.

The seemingly idyllic, hugs 'n' empathy roommate relationship between Sam and Casey (who live in an impossibly luxurious house for women of their limited means) starts to erode in ways both predictable and unexpected, notably when Sam seethes with jealousy after Casey stumbles easily into an acting role that she herself has been working her rear end off to get.

Ben's arrival comes with a certain amount of suspense since we aren't even sure what's going on with him yet ourselves.  He remains closed off and distant at first, a mystery man whose past injuries and present emotional pain must be either dislodged or allowed to boil over on their own. 


Desperation, along with whatever all those brain scan flashbacks signify, have turned Ben into an unknown and quite probably unstable commodity.  All we know is that he's messed up, opaquely enigmatic, and wracked with fleeting flashbacks of those pesky brain scans and other bad things.

Will Ben ruin Casey's relationship with her current boyfriend? (She assures "Greg" he doesn't have anything to worry about, which means he definitely has something to worry about.)  Will Casey and Sam's "perfect roommates" status withstand the strain?

The characters look like real people, have first-world problems, and rarely get overly melodramatic about anything, which is good since some of the bigger acting scenes might've benefitted from one more take.


Funnily enough, the dialogue sounds most realistic when Sam's nagging Ben and Ben snaps back at her.  Things get amusingly awkward when the three of them are together, trying to be casually civil to  each other.  My favorite line is when Casey asks Ben, "Can we just skip the part about us being awkward about us, and just be friends?"

After all of this conflict and uncertainty simmers for about an hour and a half, the meandering storyline finally starts to draw itself together down the homestretch for a fairly interesting and somewhat trippy finale. 

BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME UP may not send everyone into paroxysms of rapture, but those who find emotional sustenance in this particular sort of storytelling should derive a generous dose of it here. 

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Michael Corleone Realizes He Has Nerves of Steel in "THE GODFATHER" (Paramount, 1972)




Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) goes to the hospital to check on his father after an assassination attempt.

He finds the Don's armed guards have all been banished by a crooked police captain.

Michael moves his father to safety, then enlists the aid of Enzo the baker, a family friend.

They pretend to be armed in order to ward off a gang of hitmen.

Enzo is so shaken and scared that Michael must light his cigarette.

That's when Michael notices that his own hands aren't shaking at all.

We're allowed to notice it, too.  Important as it is, it's a very subtle moment.


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tom Hagen Chows Down As Jack Woltz Rants in "THE GODFATHER" (Paramount, 1972)




Corleone family lawyer Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) gets sent to Hollywood to negotiate with a stubborn film producer, Jack Woltz (John Marley).

Tom's been up all night, on the go all day, and hasn't had a decent meal for several hours. 
So when Woltz invites Tom to a lavish dinner, he makes the most of it.

As they dine, Woltz becomes increasingly incensed. He works himself into a rage. 
Knowing this is the last decent meal he'll have for a while, Tom continues to eat.

His bites get bigger.  He's wolfing that elegant meal down.
Nom nom nom...

Fully sated, Tom makes his exit.
But although he must skip dessert...

...Mr. Woltz later gets served the deluxe Horse Head Surprise. 


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dog Lifts Leg in "THUNDERBALL" (United Artists, 1965): James Bond




Bond's in trouble...

Wounded, and chased by armed thugs...
...led by lovely but deadly Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi).

And as if that weren't enough...
Could that be Agent 00-K9, providing a distraction for Bond?

Oh well, they did say "Thunderball" would be Bond's wettest adventure yet.


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