wes-cravenAll of show biz is mourning the news of the passing of writer/director/producer WES CRAVEN, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 76. The man behind some of the most successful contemporary horror franchises in film history, CRAVEN left his mark in the history books beginning with the shockingly exploitive LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (which was released in theaters exactly 43 years ago today on 8/30/72) through such landmark series as THE HILLS HAVE EYES, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM.

A former university professor, CRAVEN left the world of academia for a job directing theatrical porn (using pseudonyms) before moving on to more ‘acceptable’ work.

The undisputed king of the horror game, CRAVEN worked outside of the genre a few times (MUSIC OF THE HEART, PARIS, J’TAIME) but always returned to the material he felt most comfortable with.

Over the years, we sat down with WES CRAVEN many times but it was during an interview in 1990 that he confided that, even though he wanted to try other things, horror films allowed him the elasticity to do almost anything. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

WES CRAVEN 1939 - 2015

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99 HOMES

Whether it’s his Oscar nominated work in Revolution Road or his scene stealing performance as General Zod in Man of Steel, Michael Shannon is definitely a forced to be reckoned with. That “force” is in full form in 99 Homes, which has Shannon playing an unscrupulous, Florida real estate magnate named Rick Carver. Andrew Garfield is Dennis Nash, a single dad and recently evicted home owner who gets seduced by Carver’s shady and highly lucrative business dealings.

Though the movie touches on the mortgage crisis and its effects on hard working families, 99 Homes isn’t a preachy social drama. Instead, the feature uses this intriguing subject as the backdrop for a propulsive thriller which centers on the battle of wills between Carver and Nash.

In the clip below, Michael Shannon talks about following the lead of director Ramin Bahrani in crafting his colorful and intimidating character from 99 Homes.

99 Homes opens September 25. To check out Andrew Garfield’s thoughts on making the film and why he is a fan of “instability,” go to Find Your Seen.


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malala2 Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) focuses on the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai in the documentary He Named Me Malala. Severely wounded after being shot in the head while heading home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala was just 15 during this life shaping incident. Singled out for advocating the importance of education for girls, Malala survived the attack and continues to promote this universal cause as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

The movie documents Malala’s journey into worldwide prominence while also giving an inside look at her daily life. Whether it’s giving rousing speeches at the UN and inspiring millions or seeking the comforts of home, Malala is an inspiring individual whose voice continues to resonate on an international level.

He Named Me Malala opens October 2 in select theaters via Fox Searchlight. Check out the trailer and tell us if you got a bit misty-eyed watching the preview of Malala’s story!

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narcos_ver2Making its debut in its entirety on NETFLIX this weekend, NARCOS is a ten episode original series detailing the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar (a.k.a. ‘The King of Cocaine’) and the extremely bloody battle that took place between the U.S. DEA and Columbia’s ruthless Medellin Cartel. Executive produced and directed by the renowned JOSE PADILHA (ELITE SQUAD), the series is a sweeping epic that takes an unflinching look at a devastating chapter that had a global reach in the war on drugs.

Mixing actual newsreel footage with scripted drama, the film paints a vivid portrait of ESCOBAR as a supervillain who was both terrifying and charming, saint and sinner.

The international cast includes WAGNER MOURA, STEPHANIE SIGMAN, BOYD HOLBROOK, JOANNA CHRISTIE, LUIS GUZMAN and MAURICE COMPTE and the final outcome is a series that NETFLIX should be proud of and can expect to see mentioned come awards season.

Facing reporters at a recent TCA press conference to promote the series, filmmaker JOSE PADILHA admitted that the cocaine issue is still as big as ever and, while his series makes no attempt to offer a solution to the problem, NARCOS makes it very clear that ‘demand’ is as much at fault as ’supply’. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

The entire 10-episode series NARCOS is streaming now on NETFLIX.

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remington-steele-remington-steele-38617520-323-480Pierce Brosnan is one of the most liked actors working in films in today. The charming Irishman has been part of the entertainment landscape for over 30 years.

Long before he was James Bond and charming audiences from all over the world, he won many hearts playing the titular suave private detective on the 80’s hit romantic comedy Remington Steele.

Remington Steele ran from 1982-1987, turning Brosnan a worldwide television star. Thanks to solid work in The Fourth Protocol, the underrated The Deceivers and the cult hit The Lawnmower Man, Brosnan has also embarked on a successful film career. Twenty eight years since the series left the air, Brosnan told us that the series still has a very special place in his heart (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)

Pierce Brosnan stars with Owen Wilson and Lake Bell in No Escape, which is in theaters now.

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heroesrb_firstlook_wcastOne on the most anticipated television events if the new fall season is the event series Heroes Reborn.

Since the original series concluded its run in 2010, has lived on in many different variations and is still very much beloved. When NBC announced the show would return for a limited run, the loyal fan base were in heaven and ready to speculate on which “heroes” (and for that matter, villains) will steal the show.

Jack Coleman, who played conflicted agent Noah Bennet, returns for Heroes Reborn, and he told us it’s an incredible feeling to know that Heroes has transcended time and weather. (Click on the video to see Jack Coleman talk about the lasting impact of Heroes)

Heroes Reborn premieres September 24 on NBC.

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Z for Zachariah - Roadside Attracitions

Based on the posthumous novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah presents a post apocalyptic world sans zombies or a rubble filled metropolis. Instead, we are introduced to Ann Burden (Margot Robbie), a young woman who lives in a verdant valley sans any family members or friends (they’ve all moved on to greener pastures). With just a loyal dog in tow, Ann farms her land and occasionally travels into town for sustenance, and though she may be the last living person on Earth, she’s determined to survive.

Her solitary existence is thrown for a loop with John Loomis (an unnerved yet always arresting Chiwetel Ejiofor), an understandably paranoid scientist who enters her sphere and accidentally skinny dips in radiation drenched waters. Ann saves and nurses John back to health, and the pair gradually grow a bond which could eventually lead to intimacy (and thus, the continuation of the human race).

Their “Adam and Eve” existence is threatened (or in Ann’s case, expanded) with the discovery of a charming stranger named Caleb (Chris Pine) who inevitably puts a wedge between Ann and Loomis. The oft-used phrase “three’s a crowd” applies to this collection of survivors, and although they team up to build a proper irrigation system that will immensely enhance their sustainability, living in peace may be far out of reach.

Z for Zachariah is a beautifully mounted production, as the wide open and picaresque spaces of New Zealand serves as the perfect backdrop for this intimately told and finely acted drama. Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) doesn’t fashion this universe with zombies, end of the world conflicts or philosophical treatises on humanity. The lack of operatic and thematic fireworks may turn off viewers who were expecting a more action driven, fantastical narrative, but for viewers searching for a nuance rich experience, Z for Zachariah should fit the bill.

Though both Ejiofor and Pine are actors of import, Z for Zachariah is Margot Robbie’s show. This three-hander is actually Ann’s story, as she learns how to navigate and possibly compromise her own values for the greater good. Her love for Loomis, though based on trust and friendship, also exists out of mutual necessity, while her animal attraction to Caleb (whose affections are more forthright than John’s) is also understandable. We see the world through Ann’s prism, and though Robbie stole the show with her colorful work in Focus and The Wolf of Wall Street, she’s also adept at dialing things down. Z for Zachariah proves Robbie can easily lead the show, and it’s safe to assume she’ll be spearheading even more A-list projects.

Huge credit also goes to Zobel for leaving any kind of histrionics or showy visual theatrics at home. Though such end of the world type narratives could easily summon such viscerally thrilling fireworks, Zobel takes an entirely different path. During the story’s final moments, there are still questions that maybe only the viewer can answer, and though this may prove frustrating to some, it’s a creatively courageous move for the filmmaker.

Survival, as well as finding our way in this life, is paramount whether or not it’s the end of the world. Powered by a standout performance by Robbie and solid supporting work from Pine and Ejiofor, Z for Zachariah is first-rate storytelling which, amidst its intricate subtleties, packs a powerful punch.

Z for Zachariah is now playing in select theaters (New York & Los Angeles) and On Demand.

**For information on Chiwetel Ejiofor’s upcoming movie Secret In Their Eyes, go to Deepest Dream.


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mi953Tom Cruise has proven once again why he is one of the Hollywood’s biggest stars as Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has been one of the top movies for the past month.

Over the span of over three decades. Cruise’s films have grossed over $5 billion at the box office. One of the main reasons why Cruise has been one of the most bankable stars in movie history is because he cares about the audience and when he makes a movie Cruise he takes every element seriously and is very hands on. Whether it’s climbing the side of a mountain or hanging off a plane, Cruise is ready for the challenge.

(Click on the media below to hear Tom Cruise discuss his dedication to film-making)

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flash-plastique-firstOne of the most entertaining new series of last season was the CW’s The Flash. The program certainly made an impact for The CW being the top rated show for the network in its freshman season. Along with its top notch writing, The Flash has been blessed with a career making performance from lead actor Grant Gustin. The 25-year-old Glee veteran recently took home a Teen Choice Award in the “Breakout Star” category, beating out The Flash co-star Candice Patton in the process.

Along with a new costume and the addition of Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West (who in the DC Comics universe also became The Flash), the series is moving forward with some highly anticipated changes.

Flash fans can’t to see what in season 2 and The Flash himself Grant Gustin gives a preview what to expect when it returns October 6. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)


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knockknock1Keanu Reeves was last seen kicking major you know what in John Wick, but this time he’s a family man who has definitely met his match in the Eli Roth (Hostel, upcoming The Green Inferno) directed Knock Knock.

Left alone for the weekend, Evan Webber (Reeves) plays the Good Samaritan by letting two stranded young women (Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas) into his domicile. His kindness leads to their eventual seduction, and while a one night tryst with two youths may seem like the dream fantasy for a middle-aged dude, Evan’s adultery turns into a karmic nightmare.

Whether he’s being tied to a bed or about to be thrown into a makeshift grave in his backyard, Evan is definitely in over his head. Will our hapless protagonist survive from this ordeal and can he outwit these young ladies and beat them at their own game? Since this is an Eli Roth movie, we’re guessing the villains come out on top.

Shot for under $10 million, Knock Knock screened earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and it hits theaters and On Demand October 9.

For insight on why Eli Roth loves infusing humor with his thriller and horror driven narratives, check out Deepest Dream.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!



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