Michael C. Hall to Star in Stanley Kubrick’s Unproduced Miniseries GOD FEARING MAN

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Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick left behind a few unproduced projects when he passed, but now one of them appears to be finally moving forward.  THR reports that Michael C. Hall will star in the Kubrick-penned God Fearing Man, which is being shopped to networks as a miniseries.  Entertainment One is producing the mini, which tells the true story of Canadian minister turned safecracker Herbert Emerson Wilson, who stole nearly $16,000,000 as an American bank robber in the early 20th Century.  Hall will play Wilson and also executive produce the project alongside Steve Lanning and Philip Hobbs of Philco Films.  Hobbs was a frequent collaborator of Kubrick’s, having worked on a number of projects including Full Metal Jacket.

Since the dreadful ending of Dexter, Hall has sought out work in more independent fare as of late.  He had a memorable turn in last year’s Kill Your Darlings and fronted the genre bending Cold in July earlier this summer.

COLD IN JULY Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Cold in July opens today in limited release.]

Genre is a lifeline. We cling to it in order to guide our expectations of a film, and while genres can be blended, we expect them to remain consistent. But just because a clearly stated genre is conventional, that doesn’t mean it’s unshakable. Jim Mickle’s Cold in July pulls its audience into one tone, and then explodes it over halfway through the picture only to blow it up yet again. It can be categorized as a “crime” film, but that doesn’t really do it justice as Mickle constantly shakes up the tone to where the picture can be jarring and schizophrenic. But this approach also makes Cold in July thrillingly unpredictable.

Trailer and Poster for COLD IN JULY Starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson

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IFC Films has released the Cold in July trailer and poster.  The film stars Michael C. Hall as an mild-mannered family man who kills a home intruder, but events take a bizarre twist when the intruder’s father (Sam Shepard) begins stalking around, and an even larger conspiracy is around the corner.  I saw the film at Sundance, and even though the tone is erratic, it’s also electrifying.  This trailer provides a good sense of the movie without giving too much away, or at least not so much that you can piece together the entire story.  This is an indie flick you should definitely keep on your radar.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film also stars Don Johnson and Vinessa ShawCold in July opens May 23rd.

KILL YOUR DARLINGS Blu-ray Review

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Telling the true story of someone’s life in a film is a difficult task.  The trappings of the biopic genre become glaringly apparent when filmmakers try to chronicle an entire life in a two-hour film.  There are innumerable events over the course of a person’s lifespan that alter him or her, for better or worse, and humans are always undergoing change.  Trying to discern which events are most important is a futile effort, and more often than not, the cradle-to-grave biopic results in a droll feature.  However, when the filmmaker focuses on a constrained period of time in a person’s life and frames an entire film around that, the results can be fascinating.  Such is the case with writer/director John Krokidas’ drama Kill Your Darlings, which chronicles the early college years of poet Allen Ginsberg and the beginnings of the Beat movement, using that as a springboard to explore themes of rebellion, obsession, and self-discovery.

The result is an ambitious, bombastic debut feature for Krokidas, buoyed by a pair of fearless performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.  My full Kill Your Darlings Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

Michael C. Hall and Vinessa Shaw Talk COLD IN JULY, the Film’s Multiple Tones, the Script, and More at Sundance 2014

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When you see a lot of movies, it’s always refreshing when you come across one that is thrillingly unpredictable.  That definitely describes Jim Mickle’s Cold in July, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  While most movies follow a certain trajectory, Cold in July pulls its audience into one tone, and then explodes it over halfway through the picture only to blow it up yet again.  If you not familiar with the film, the one line synopsis from Sundance is, “after killing a home intruder, a small town Texas man’s life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence.”  The film stars Michael C. HallDon JohnsonSam ShepardVinessa ShawNick Damici, and Wyatt Russell.  For more on the movie, read Matt’s review.

While at Sundance, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael C. Hall and Vinessa Shaw.   They talked about the experience of reading the script for the first time, what the story is about, what it means to be part of Sundance, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sundance 2014: COLD IN JULY Review

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Genre is a lifeline.  We cling to it in order to guide our expectations of a film, and while genres can be blended, we expect them to remain consistent.  But just because a clearly stated genre is conventional, that doesn’t mean it’s unshakable.  Jim Mickle’s Cold in July pulls its audience into one tone, and then explodes it over halfway through the picture only to blow it up yet again.  It can be categorized as a “crime” film, but that doesn’t really do it justice as Mickle constantly shakes up the tone to where the picture can be jarring and schizophrenic.  But this approach also makes Cold in July thrillingly unpredictable.

DEXTER Prop Auction Features over 400 Props from the Hit Showtime Series

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No matter how you feel about the controversial finale of Showtime’s Dexter, it remains one of the most popular shows in television history.  Now, you can get your hands on some actual props used on the set of the thrilling series in an upcoming auction.  Want to bring Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Rita’s (Julie Benz) couch home with you?  Want a prop from Miami Metro, or Deb’s (Jennifer Carpenter) apartment?  Maybe you’d like to peruse a 49-page forensic report signed by Dexter himself?  Whatever you want, it’s probably up for auction.  The auction will be split into two days: January 11th and January 12th.  Hit the jump for more.

Yvonne Strahovski Talks DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION Blu-ray, Starring in the Show’s Final Two Seasons & Reactions to Her Character’s Fate

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The Showtime series Dexter was always a difficult show to do interviews for because secrecy was key and the cast and creative team did their best to keep things under wraps.  Now that the series is done, The Complete Series Collection is available in an ultra cool Blu-ray set that includes all eight seasons, an exclusive art book and a bonus disc with three hours of special features (made up of behind-the-scenes cast interviews, featurettes and promos, the all-new The Evolution of Dexter Morgan documentary and the all-new The Code documentary), in a collectible slide box inspired by the one Dexter himself uses on the show to catalog his kills.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Yvonne Strahovski opened up about her time on the show and what it was like to play Hannah McKay on the final two seasons.  She talked about how much she was told about her character’s journey ahead of time, her reaction to her character’s fate, what she thinks might have happened to Hannah next, what stands out most about the time she spent on the show, what her last scene with Michael C. Hall was like, how the support of the Chuck fans compared to the support of the Dexter fans, and where she’d like her career to go next.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.  

TOP 5: CARRIE, First Trailer for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, STAR WARS Editorial, THE FIFTH ESTATE

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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Michael C. Hall Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, His Early Fascination with the Beats, a Documentary Series on Climate Change for Showtime, and Much More

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Michael C. Hall.  He talked about working within the constraints of a smaller budget, his early fascination with the Beats, the way he prepares for a role, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, his excitement now that he can make choices that aren’t dependent on the Dexter schedule, is he interested in being in a superhero movie, and more.  In addition, Hall talked about some of his future projects like Jim Mickle’s Cold in July, a documentary series for Showtime called The Years of Living Dangerously that focuses on climate change (he filmed a segment in Bangladesh), and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

KILL YOUR DARLINGS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Kill Your Darlings opens today in limited release.]

If poetry doesn’t broaden our view of our world and force us to push the boundaries of our lives, then it’s pointless. Poetry cannot always tap into the chaos and beauty of life if it must be constrained by meter, verse, and rules set down centuries ago. Poetry, when wielded by genius, can seduce, defend, condemn, and most importantly, transform. Words are powerful enough to change the world, but even in the hands of the most gifted writers, they can be futile against our frailties, insecurities, and desires. In his magnificent debut feature, director and co-writer John Krokidas has created a moving, exhilarating, and heartbreaking film in Kill Your Darlings. Led by breathtaking performances by stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster, Kill Your Darlings watches the greatest writers of a generation push the boundaries of modern American culture only to find that even the best words, the most well-spoken words, the most honest words, can fail when spoken to a shattered heart.

Geek Gifts: DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION on Blu-ray

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The finale of Showtime’s award-winning drama series Dexter is now in the books, but you can have all eight seasons together on Blu-ray/DVD in just a few weeks.  Dexter: The Complete Series Collection will be released on Blu-ray/DVD in two collectible gift sets starting November 12th.  The cheaper collection will run you $259.99 (43% off), and the deluxe edition will be $380.99 (30% off).

Hit the jump for more details and images for Dexter: The Complete Series Collection.  In addition, Amazon is offering up to 60% off Dexter Seasons One Through Seven on Blu-ray. 

Watch: DEXTER Retrospective Revisits 8 Seasons of Murder Ahead of Series Finale

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Showtime’s Dexter finally comes to an end this Sunday with the show’s long-overdue series finale, and to mark the event Showtime has a released a pretty great retrospective video that runs down the past eight seasons of serial killer goodness.  The show has been a bit of a slog over the last few years—season six was damn-near unwatchable—but this video is a nice reminder of just how good Dexter can be when it’s firing on all cylinders.  It’s also a swell showcase of the consistently great work that Michael C. Hall has done in the title role.

Hit the jump to take a stroll down memory lane.  The Dexter series finale airs on Showtime this coming Sunday, September 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

First Trailer for KILL YOUR DARLINGS Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, and Michael C. Hall

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Earlier this month, a teaser trailer was released for Kill Your Darlings, and now the full version has gone online.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines.  I caught the film at Sundance, and it’s one of my favorite films of the year thus farJohn Krokidas‘ direction is electric, and the performances are extraordinary, especially from Radcliffe and DeHaan.  The trailer does a good job of conveying the tone and story, but it only scratches the surface.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth OlsenKill Your Darlings will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

First Clip and New Images from KILL YOUR DARLINGS Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, and David Cross

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While some awards hopefuls are just beginning their festival runs with Venice-Telluride-Toronto, John Krokidas‘ excellent Kill Your Darlings began its journey way back in January at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  I thought the movie was terrific, and while it may not have enough awards fire to shine through a crowded field, I still hope it finds a receptive audience when it opens in general release.  The first clip has been released, and it not only shows the first meeting between Ginsberg and Carr, but just how damn good Dehaan is in this movie.  He and Krokidas perfectly set up how literature will become an act of rebellion for these young men.

Hit the jump to check out the clip along with four new images.  The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth OlsenKill Your Darlings will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

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