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One of February’s most anticipated releases is the horror/thriller The Witch, a project which first gained momentum at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Writer/director Robert Eggers won the Best Director Prize at the fest, this 92 minute film, set in 1630 New England, should garner a solid audience with its compelling tale.

When an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation to set up stakes on a plot of land on the edges of a forest, an evil force may have descended upon one of his children. Teenage girl Thomasin (newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy) is accused of witchcraft, and though she denies the charges, members of her family are questioning her assertions.

With the overlooked Western Slow West and the New York drama A Most Violent Year under their belt, A24 has churned out first rate cinematic fare, and hopefully The Witch continues their hot streak (A24’s sunshine noir Cut Bank, starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich, is also worth a look).

With pinpoint editing, haunting images, and memorable lines (”You reek of evil!”), the teaser trailer is simply fantastic. Check out the teaser trailer below to The Witch and tell us what you think!



The Witch opens nationwide February 19.

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moonwalkers2On our second episode of CinemAddicts, we review two films that are worth checking out when they come out this Friday - Moonwalkers and Band of Robbers.

Moonwalkers centers on Kidman (Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman), a mentally unstable CIA agent who travels to London to find director Stanley Kubrick. The government wants Kubrick to shoot film footage of a faked moon landing just in case their astronauts do the job, but thanks to a misstep by Kidman, everything goes awry. Now it’s up to him and an inept (but well meaning) band manager named Jonny (Rupert Grint) to make sure the operation gets back on track.

Band of Robbers, directed by Aaron and Adam Nee, is an inventive and engaging re-imagining of the Huckleberry Finn (Kyle Gallner) and Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee) story. Fresh out of jail, Huck (Gallner) simply wants to find a family and lead a normal life, but Tom’s (Nee) continued insistence of finding a long lost treasure entices Huck back into the “band of robbers” fold. Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) and Hannibal Burress also star as part of Tom Sawyer’s crew, with Eric Christian Olsen playing Sid Sawyer (both Tom and Sid are police officers).

This week’s CinemAddicts also features my take on the new film Ride Along 2, Anderson Cowan reviews the Bobcat Goldthwait directed documentary Call Me Lucky, and I offer up my thoughts on the Blu-ray release of Straight Outta Compton.

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ncis-weatherly-leaving-2015-e1452082948778-496x3461NCIS, the number one show on all of television, has had its share of cast changes over the years, which the show and the fans have adjusted to. However, it has been announced that beloved NCIS star Michael Weatherly, who plays Anthony DiNozzo, is leaving the series. Many are shocked and sad at Weatherly’s departure. Speaking at the Television Critics Association Tour, CBS president Glenn Geller says the writers are working on how Weatherly will leave the show, and how he and the rest of the NCIS fans will miss his presence. (Click on the media bar below to hear Glenn Geller)
NCIS fans - can the show survive without Weatherly? Let us know!

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140493_0131r1Dominic Sherwood takes on his biggest role to date with the new series Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. For pop culture enthusiasts who haven’t seen the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones or checked out Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series, Shadowhunters centers on Clary Fray, an 18-year-olds girl who discovers that she is descended from a long line of demon hunters.

Sherwood is Jace, a brave shadowhunter who shows Clary an entirely new world as they search for her kidnapped mother (Jocelyn Roy).

During the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour, Sherwood, who was born in Kent, South England, admitted that he and the show’s producers “toyed” with giving Jace a British accent (he also briefly mentions having heterochromia in the clip, which also features comments from producer McG):


To check out McNamara’s explanation on why Shadowhunters is an intriguing series, check out Deepest Dream. Shadowhunters premieres tonight on Freeform (9/8c).


Are you excited for Shadowhunters and did you see the original film? Feel free to comment below!


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Leonardo DiCaprio has had an excellent weekend career wise, as he nabbed a Best Actor Golden Globe for his work in The Revenant, a film which took in over $38 million after its January 8 nationwide release.

“We really submerged ourselves in the elements with (director) Alejandro González Iñárritu and our cinematographer Chivo (Emmuanuel Lubezki) shot this whole film in natural light in nine months in very rough conditions,” said DiCaprio during the backstage interviews at the Golden Globes. “I think people honestly want to see that type of cinema.”

During the backstage interviews at the Golden Globes, DiCaprio talked about an important part in his career when he took an extremely huge gamble with What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Already a star on the rise, DiCaprio had a more lucrative offer on the table but chose a different path. It’s a choice which DiCaprio sees as one of his biggest and most fruitful gambles to date. (Click on the media bar below to hear DiCaprio talk about his What’s Eating Gilbert Grape gamble)





To check out why we think Leonardo DiCaprio will win the Oscar for The Revenant, listen to CinemAddicts, a movie review show which will be featured each week on Hollywood Outbreak. DiCaprio’s acceptance speech is below:

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2016wintertcatourday5ychbl3jytz3lNow that it’s shattered box-office records and become the top-grossing movie of all time, the talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens turns to whether the film will garner any Academy Award nominations next Thursday morning.  With positive critical response and audience raves, it would seem like a no-brainer for the Academy to show Star Wars some Oscar love, but there’s always the possibility of “blockbuster backlash” with voters.

When we spoke to director J.J. Abrams this morning during his promo blitz for new Hulu series 11.22.63, he told us he isn’t concerned about winning any Academy Awards for his efforts, but there are people who worked on the film who are definitely worthy of Oscar consideration.   (Click on the media bar below to hear J.J. Abrams)

This weekend, it appears that Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant will end Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ reign as the nation’s Number 1 movie, but Abrams isn’t concerned about losing the top spot.  (Click on the media bar below to hear J.J. Abrams)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still playing in theaters throughout the galaxy, and Abrams new series, 11.22.63, premieres February 15 on Hulu.

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therevenant144I’ve been covering movies and press junkets since my UCLA Daily Bruin days in 1991, and one of my greatest pleasures has been working here at Hollywood Outbreak as a co-editor and writer. We’ll be expanding our coverage of the film and television world this year, and one of the ways we’re branching out comes with our collaboration with Anderson Cowan on a new show called CinemAddicts.

Each week we will review two upcoming films, and since our personal tastes are as different as night and day, this clash will hopefully engender good conversation. Anderson, an avid Netflix and Amazon viewer, will also give a weekly streaming pick, and I’ll have a DVD/Blu-ray recommendation.

Friends for 20 years, Anderson and I have consistently talked about our respective love for movies (he’s a diehard Stanley Kubrick enthusiast while my personal favorite is Brian De Palma), and this show will help us continue that tradition while also connecting with other “cinemaddicts” across the world. Though I’m a neophyte in the podcast universe, Anderson is also a host on The Film Vault and the no-holds barred program The After Disaster. Along with working on this site and Deepest Dream, I’ve also set a seemingly impossible goal of watching 1,000 movies by the end of 2016. Hopefully this new show will help steady that course. That’s the goal, anyway.

To download and review our podcast on iTunes, click here.

Our first episode debuted this week, and we reviewed The Revenant, Anomalisa, and The Abandoned. I picked the evocative romantic drama 5 to 7 as my DVD/Blu-ray pick and Anderson went with Tangerine for his streaming choice. Check out our new show, and if you’ve seen any of these movies and want to chime in, feel free to comment below!



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ANOMALISAAmidst the surreal, intentionally disjointed landscapes of writer Charlie Kaufman’s world lies an innate search for belonging, and the stop motion animated tale Anomalisa seamlessly fits into that journey. Although clocking in at a brisk 90 minutes, the film is often painful to watch as witnessing a man slowly crumble into existential oblivion is a total downer.

Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) is a self-help author who travels to Cincinnati for a speaking engagement. His job is to inspire and advise customer service professionals on how to successfully communicate and sell products to their clients.

Michael’s innate problem is that everyone person who crosses his path, even his beloved family and an ex-lover he reunites with during his trip, sound exactly the same (they’re all voiced by Tom Noonan, who previously worked on Kaufman’s directing debut Synecdoche, New York). Desperately looking for some individual to bring a spark into his existence, Michael immediately is stricken by Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a baked good sales rep who might be his saving grace. Over the course of an evening, Michael and Lisa have a storybook encounter, and their awkward interactions with one another convey their mutual attraction.

If you’ve witnessed Kaufman’s deliriously compelling and heartrending narratives (including Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), then you already know Anomalisa isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Though the stop motion animation is a beautiful sight to behold, the storyline, upon first glance, can be a downright dreary affair. Michael Stone, at his core, is a total malcontent whose selfishness and narrow mindedness is simply hard to stomach. The true power of Anomalisa lies in the feelings that are generated as you leave the theater and fully digest this seemingly hard to devour meal.

“Say who you are, really say it in your life and in your work,” said Kaufman during an impassioned and inspiring BAFTA speech on screenwriting. “Tell someone out there who is lost. Someone not yet born. Someone who won’t be for 500 years. Your writing will be a record of your time.”

With Anomalisa, what truly resonates isn’t the morose behavior of Michael, but rather Lisa’s insatiable curiosity and resilience. Sometimes there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully for many of us, it won’t be an anomaly.

Hollywood Outbreak recently teamed up with Anderson Cowan on the new show CinemAddicts. To check out our Anomalisa discussion, check out our podcast on iTunes.


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We’re offering up two (2) Blu-rays of Skin Trade, a Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa action flick that was released by Magnolia Home Entertainment. The picture also stars Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman and Michael Jai White (Spawn).

Special features on the Blu-ray include the featurettes “Behind the Action: Fighting You Can Believe,” and the “Making of Skin Trade.” A profile on director Ekachai Uekrongtham, audio commentary with Dolph Lundgren, an interview with Dolph Lundgren (he also produced the film), and deleted scenes round out the special features.

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2. Listen to the opening moments of CinemAddicts Episode One, and tell us what “instrument” is mentioned at the top of the show. Email us the answer at hollywoodoutbreak@gmail.com

3. Entrants must live in the United States.

4. Winners are chosen at random and we will announce the winners on our Facebook page. The contest ends Friday, January 29 at 5 pm pt. Good luck!

**Magnolia Home Entertainment was gracious enough to send us two Blu-rays of the Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper film Serena. If you want to enter that Giveaway as well, check out our sister site Deepest Dream for that info.

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aenetworks2016wintertcabaecrf5d1y8l1One of the most highly anticipated miniseries of the year is The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which premieres on FX February 2. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which delves into many aspects of the famous case, stars John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Courtney B Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Selma Blair as Kris Kardashian and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian.

In the series, the Kardashians are featured in the film, as Kris and Robert Kardashian were close friends of both O.J. and Nicole Simpson, and Robert was not only Simpson’s best friend but he was also a part of Simpson’s legal team. The miniseries also features Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian as small children. We caught up with Khloe Kardashian today at the Television Critics Association as she was promoting her upcoming A&E talk show Kocktails with Khloé. During the panels, she said she was interested in watching the FX series and added that her mom assisted in the series and even befriended Selma Blair!

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs February 2 on FX.

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