Director Joe Dante Takes On Producing Duties With Supernatural Suspenser ‘Camp Cold Brook’

Directed by Andy Palmer, Camp Cold Brook centers on a reality show host named Jack Wilson (Chad Michael Murray) who, along with his crew (Danielle Harris co-stars as his producer), investigate a camp that is reportedly haunted. Campers were drowned in a nearby creek some 20 years ago, and Jack is determined to uncover this mystery (or at least revive his soon to be canceled show).

Palmer  had the benefit of collaborating with filmmaker Joe Dante (Gremlins, The ‘Burbs) for Camp Cold Brook, as Dante served as an executive producer on the project. During his early years in the industry, Dante worked with producer Roger Corman, and that mentorship has had a marked influence on his respective career. Thus, helping independent movies is a passion of Dante’s.

“At my company Renfield, we’ve been on occasion, getting involved with backing independent pictures that are made by people who can use a little help trying to get them set up,” said Dante. “When this script came along, my partner Mark Alan and I thought that this was probably a pretty good bet as something we understand and could contribute to and hopefully get made. The whole business now is about trying to get your picture made.”

Click on the media bar to hear Dante talk about how he appreciated the steady and suspenseful approach to Camp Cold Brook’s narrative.

Camp Cold Brook is now playing in select theaters and is available On Demand and Digital.

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Alex Kurtzman: ‘Picard’ Had To Show A Different Side Of ‘Star Trek’

As the Star Trek universe continues to expand, the producers and writers have been very aware of one basic rule — if they cannot boldly go where no Trek show or movie has gone before, well, that starship won’t fly. That was especially true when they were developing Star Trek: Picard, since they were already bringing back a beloved character who’d already had seven seasons on television and four films. Co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman told us that, as they worked on the premise and plot of Picard, everybody involved — especially star Patrick Stewart — wanted the show to be radically different from The Next Generation. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alex Kurtzman)

Star Trek: Picard is streaming now on CBS All Access, with new episodes available every Thursday.

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‘Camp Cold Brook’ Director Andy Palmer Flips The Script With Suspense Filled Thriller

Camp Cold Brook centers on Jack (Chad Michael Murray), a reality host who, along with his crew (horror favorite Danielle Harris, Candice De Visser, MIchael Eric Reid), investigate a summer camp that may be haunted. A group of young campers were drowned in a nearby creek 20 years ago, and these content producers are desperately looking for a good story to shoot (their program is on its last legs).

One of Camp Cold Brook’s strengths lies in its focus on the suspense and mystery elements of horror, so gore and excessive violence are missing from this feature.

“I love that idea of pulling the slasher out of the camp and making the camp haunted with these creepy kids running around,” said Palmer. “I like this idea of this witch that lived on the outskirts. It just had a good mythos to it. It was just a matter of working with (screenwriter) Alex Carl and crafting what we thought were really good scare moments.”

Click on the media bar to hear director Andy Palmer discuss how he wanted to visually flip the script with Camp Cold Brook:

Camp Cold Brook, executive produced by filmmaker Joe Dante, hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on February 14.

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Jesse Eisenberg Inhabits French Mime Marcel Marceau In WWII Drama ‘Resistance’

Jesse Eisenberg, seen last year in The Art of Self Defense and Zombieland: Double Tap, will play French mime Marcel Marceau in the WWII drama Resistance. The narrative centers on the true story in which a group of Girls and Boy Scouts created a network that saved the lives of ten thousand orphans during the wear.  Marceau, an aspiring Jewish actor at the time, was among the individuals who aided the French Resistance in helping save these children from the Holocaust.

The picture, which also stars Ed Harris and Edgar Ramirez, is directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz, the filmmaker behind the underrated boxing feature Hands of Stone (which featured Ramirez as pugilist Roberto Duran). Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

Resistance hits theaters March 27.

 

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Screenwriter Lucy Alibar Aims For A Deeper Connection With ‘Troop Zero’

Set in 1977 Georgia, Troop Zero centers on Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace), an eccentric and strong willed girl who is determined to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record. Becoming the de facto leader of a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts has its share of challenges, as they need to work together as a team to ensure that their voices (literally and figuratively) will finally be heard.

Screenwriter Lucy Alibar has witnessed her share of praise of Troop Zero, but for her the most important aspect comes from actually starting a dialogue with fellow moviegoers. “I think everybody likes to know that their work made a positive difference for somebody,” said Alibar, who previously penned the acclaimed Beasts of the Southern Wild. “It’s not as simple as they liked it – (maybe) it made you think about something or it made you think about your childhood friends or maybe it encouraged you to write. Maybe if it encourages you to want to make a better movie, I love the idea of connecting with people on the level that they are willing to connect.”

Click on the media bar to hear Alibar talk about why she thinks Mckenna Grace is a transcendent actress:

Troop Zero, co-starring Jim Gaffigan and Viola Davis, is now streaming on Prime Video.

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Ben Platt Is Looking For A Big Scoop In Upcoming Political Thriller ‘Run This Town’

In Run This Town, Tony award winning actor Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) plays Bram, a journalist who is tired of penning puff pieces and is focused on doing more serious investigative work. Upon accidentally discovering scandalous details on Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford (Damian Lewis), Bram may have the story that could put his career literally and figuratively on the front page.

NIna Dobrev, seen last year in the underrated Lucky Day, and Mena Massoud star as Ford’s aides, with vets Jennifer Ehle and Scott Speedman rounding out the ensemble as Bram’s editors. Ford, who was elected mayor in 2010, passed in 2016 after a bout with cancer.

The subtle trailer plays into the fictionalized tale’s thriller elements sans giving away explicit details of the narrative.

Run This Town, penned and directed by Ricky Tollman, hits theaters, On Demand, and Digital on March 6. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

 

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