FUN SIZE HORROR Film #7: Josh C. Waller’s “The Collection”

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This is it, our very last Fun Size Horror short film.  We’ve caught a late-night sacred ceremony, heard voices, seen what happens when you pop in the Ninja Masters IV: The Possession VHS, watched two zombie apocalypse survivors go head-to-head, seen a hand with a face on it puke up bad eggs and experienced the wrath of Mr. Hendrix, but now it’s time to find out what horrors Lance Reddick is capable of in “The Collection,” a short about a young woman who’s thrilled to do a modeling session with a famous photographer (Reddick).

This one comes from Josh C. Waller who made his feature directorial debut with Raze starring Zoe Bell.  He’s also behind the crime drama McCanick with David Morse, Cory Monteith and Mike Vogel and is also busy developing three new projects – a genre-bending action film, another about what it takes to save a crumbling marriage and an action-comedy within a formerly exploitative sub-genre as well.  Hit the jump to check out what Waller’s capable of in his Fun Size Horror segment, “The Collection.”

FUN SIZE HORROR Trailer Teases 31 Unique Halloween Shorts

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This seems like a really cool idea for burgeoning filmmakers and I’m glad we’re one of the participating sites.  It’s a nice low stakes way to experiment with the genre and take risks, and there’s some really good talent behind it.  Fun Size Horror is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween.  The shorts will be distributed across five sites –  Dread CentralBloody-Disgusting, ShockTilyYouDrop, HitFix and Collider during the week leading up to Halloween!

All of the Fun Size Horror short films have been independently produced by a wide range of filmmakers including Josh Waller, Glen Murakami, Mali Elfman, with participating actors Lance Reddick, Rose McIver, Tracie Thoms, Brea Grant, Amy DallenVictor Webster, and Diva Zappa.  Each short will only be up for 24 hours before being replace by the next so you have to act quick!

JOHN WICK Trailer: Keanu Reeves Seeks Revenge in Incredibly Violent Fashion

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Summit Entertainment has released the first John Wick trailer for the upcoming revenge actioner, and it’s actually kind of great.  The film marks the directorial debut of veteran stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski and stars Keanu Reeves as a former hit man who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters who took everything from him.  This trailer is incredibly promising, as the film looks to have the right balance of absurdity and action.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s not overly campy either.  And Reeves looks to be having a blast as he’s surrounded by a diverse, impressive supporting cast.  Add in the fact that John Wick has been chosen to screen at Fantastic Fest next month, and this could prove to be one of the fall’s bigger pleasant surprises.

Watch the John Wick trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Jason Isaacs, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, John Leguizamo, and Michael NyqvistJohn Wick opens in theaters on October 24th.

New THE GUEST Trailer and Poster Show off Dan Stevens’ Charming, Unnerving Visitor

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Icon has released a new trailer and poster for The Guest.  The film stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a mysterious figure who comes to say with a small, Midwestern family under the auspices of being their dead son’s war buddy.  However, his charming demeanor belies a far more dangerous, unpredictable personality.  I really dug the film when I saw it at Sundance, and like the U.S. trailer, this U.K. version does a good job of selling the mystery, the action, and the comedy without giving away too much.

Hit the jump to check out The Guest trailer and poster.  The film also stars Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Sheila Kelley, Brendan Meyer, and Lance ReddickThe Guest opens in the U.K. on September 5th and in the U.S. on September 17th.

DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens Is Creepy Company in THE GUEST Teaser Trailer

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Picturehouse has released The Guest teaser trailer online.  The film stars Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as a soldier who befriends the family of a fallen comrade and becomes a threat to everyone around him when it turns out he may not be who he says he is.  The Guest is from You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett, and they’ve delivered another terrific movie.  I caught the flick at Sundance, and it felt like lost John Carpenter film from the 1980s.  Plus, it has an amazing performance from Stevens.  Seek this one out.

Hit the jump to check out The Guest teaser trailer.  The film opens in September, and also stars Maika MonroeLeland OrserLance ReddickChase Williamson, and Brendan Meyer.

New Trailer and Images for OLDBOY; Josh Brolin Prefers 3-Hour Director’s Cut

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FilmDistrict has released a green-band trailer and new images for Spike Lee‘s Oldboy.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation.  Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge.  The new trailer is mostly the same as the red-band trailer but with a few bits of new footage.  I keep forgetting this movie is coming out, and then I get interested again once I remember.  There are definitely going to be some new twists and turns, but I’m still curious how far it will veer away from Park Chan-wook‘s excellent 2003 adaptation of the graphic novel.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, images, and comments from Brolin on why he prefers the director’s cut.  The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto CopleyLance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and James RansoneOldboy opens on November 27th.

First Red-Band Trailer for Spike Lee’s OLDBOY Starring Josh Brolin

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FilmDistrict has released the first red-band trailer for director Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation.  Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge.  Lee’s fingerprints are all over this trailer, and the film looks to have a rather sinister tone despite its gorgeous cinematography courtesy of Sean Bobbitt.  There are a couple of interesting deviations from Park Chan-wook‘s original film that are glimpsed, but there are also a few moments that are shot-for-shot recreations from the 2003 South Korean thriller.  Samuel L. Jackson is a welcome presence towards the end of the trailer, and it’s clear that Lee has no intention of toning down any of the story’s violence.  This is promising stuff indeed, and I’m really looking forward to checking out the full film in a couple of months.

Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer.  The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto CopleyLance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and James RansoneOldboy opens on October 25th.

Four-Minute Trailer for WHITE HOUSE DOWN Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s new action film, White House Down.  The story follows a rejected Secret Service applicant (Channing Tatum) who must save the President (Jamie Foxx) when a heavily-armed paramilitary group takes over the White House.  I haven’t watched this four-minute trailer because the previous trailer already sold me on the movie.  It looks like loads of fun by setting up one of most unlikely buddy-cop-esque partnerships, and then blowing up Washington, but not in an uncomfortable, far-too-serious, Olympus Has Fallen way.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.  The film also stars Maggie GyllenhaalJames Woods, Richard Jenkins, Joey King, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick, and Jason ClarkeWhite House Down opens June 28th.

Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline Star in MY OLD LADY, Benjamin Walker in Talks for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, Lance Reddick Joins SEARCH PARTY

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Here’s today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. 

First Trailer and New Poster for WHITE HOUSE DOWN Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx

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The first trailer for director Roland Emmerich’s presidential thriller White House Down has been released.  While the trailer (and plot) have lots of elements in common with Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen, our first introduction to White House Down comes through the lens of various news outlets reporting an attack on Washington, D.C. rather than centering on the heroic lead; we don’t even seen Channing Tatum until about half-way through.  Emmerich’s usual flare for the dramatic is evident, but then he goes and does something interesting by allowing silence to fill a good portion of the trailer.  It also looks like the danger will come not from an outside enemy, but from within.  There are moments that appear to be more Die Hard in nature (and a few glimpses that could be considered spoilers), but there’s just enough here to warrant some interest even after a movie with the exact same plot was just released.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods, Richard Jenkins, Jason Clarke, Jake Weber, Lance Reddick and Joey KingWhite House Down opens on June 28th, 2013.

Two-Hour FRINGE Series Finale and 100th Episode to Air Friday, January 18th on FOX

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All good things must come to an end and so it is with FOX’s spectacular sci-fi series, Fringe, which will conclude its fifth and final season in a two-hour finale on Friday, January 18th starting at 8PM ET/PT.  Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto OrciFringe was an X-Files for a new generation, as it followed a team of specialized investigators into all things paranormal and supernatural.  Though it’s struggled with ratings throughout the years, the show’s smart writing, impressive cast and dark humor have earned Fringe a rabid fan base, one that sadly will not get to see the cast and crew return to Comic-Con any longer.

Starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole and Blair Brown, the two-hour series finale of Fringe will also celebrate its 100th episode.  Your guess is as good as mine as to what the final episode code word will be.  Hit the jump for the full press release. 

Lance Reddick in Talks for WHITE HOUSE DOWN, Gus Van Sant Appears in THE CANYONS and Could Dolph Lundgren Appear in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE?

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This may be the strangest casting article ever written, but here it goes:

Hit the jump to get this sorted out.

Lance Reddick Talks the Final Season of FRINGE, Comic-Con, Getting to Meet Robert Kirkman and More

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I love Fringe.  If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out on a great sci-fi series that’s definitely worth your time.  And unlike The X-Files, which didn’t know how to end a storyline, every season of Fringe has focused on new ideas and mysteries.  It’s been a great ride that ends with a final 13-episode season this fall.

Last night at the Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with Lance Reddick on the red carpet.  We talked about the final season and what it’s about, his feelings on the show ending, what this year’s Comic-Con was like, the Saturn Awards, and how happy he was to meet Robert Kirkman as he’s a big Walking Dead fan.  Hit the jump to watch.

Seasoned: Matt Reviews THE WIRE – Season 4

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Up until the past 15 years or so, television series were firmly episodic.  Serialized TV (outside of mini-series) risked alienating viewers since it stopped anyone from coming in mid-season.  However, with the rise of DVDs, OnDemand, and digital downloads, serialized TV series have become firmly established.  Some shows still retain an episodic nature, but some series—particularly dramas—have been built around telling one long story over the course of an entire season.  Our new feature, Seasoned, will review a TV series by season rather than by episode.

Hit the jump for my review of the fourth season of The Wire.  Click on the corresponding links for my reviews of Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3.

Production Wraps on Danny DeVito’s Untitled Apocalyptic Thriller, Starring William Fichtner

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It was announced today that production has wrapped on an apocalyptic thriller directed by Danny DeVito.  The currently untitled project stars William Fichtner (Black Hawk Down), Lance Reddick (Fringe), and Constance Zimmerman (Entourage) as three strangers who must band together in an apocalyptic environment.  The logline is as follows:

The film revolves around a wounded cop, a wounded murderer and a sultry nurse. The three are thrust together, as war rages outside the only possible safe house, an abandoned City Hospital. With no doctors and only a few poor decrepit souls as witnesses, it becomes a rats’ maze as the antagonistic trio get separated, and we find out the real reason they are there.

Rights to the pic will be shopped at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.  Directing-wise, DeVito has been behind the camera on such varied fare as Matilda, Death to Smoochy, and Throw Momma from the Train.  Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding his latest effort.

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