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Update from Mike Flanagan on His Latest Stephen King Adaptation REVIVAL

On a recent episode of KINGCAST Mike Flanagan announced the screenplay for his adaptation of King's REVIVAL is complete and "Steve loves it." He went on to say "so that's one less sleepless night behind me."

Flanagan has knocked it out of the park with his two previous King adaptations. GERALD'S GAME a book considered widely to be un-adaptable and DOCTOR SLEEP, a film that managed to extend an olive branch between the film and novelization of THE SHINING. King has a legendary distaste for Kubrick's film. Neither of these are small accomplishments and speak to how well Flanagan's sensibilities align with Kings.

Flanagan always manages to craft deeply human stories in the most horrific situations imaginable. The gut punch at the end of THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL has nothing to do with a ghost or jump scare, its the connection he draws between regret and mortality. I haven't cried like that since the finale of SIX FEET UNDER.

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Interview with Sherri Crichton on THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION

Written by Daniel H. Wilson, The Andromeda Evolution picks up the story established by Michael Crichton in his beloved novel The Andromeda Strain.

Set decades later as a team of scientists continue to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. They embark on a quest to reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop the potentially apocalyptic threat before the Andromeda Evolution annihilates all life as we know it.

I had the chance to speak with Sherri Crichton about The Andromeda Evolution and continuing her late husbands work.

Sherri, thank you for taking time to do this. How are you holding up?

Thanks so much for your interest!  We are doing fine and thinking of all the people who have not been as fortunate.  It’s also been such an inspiring moment for big changes in our world and society at large.

It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say “The Andromeda Strain” has become prophetic in recent months. How do you feel about continuing this particula…

New Images of Jennifer Hudson Staring as Aretha Franklin in RESPECT

Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an Associate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.



With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar ® winner for Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as Emmy and WGA Award nominations.

Do you Love FULL METAL JACKET? Do you have an iPad? Want a Free Book/App Hybrid?

Are you a fan of FULL METAL JACKET? Do you have an iPad? Are you broke? Well if you happen to sit in middle of that Venn diagram, Mathew Modine has you covered!!!
FULL METAL JACKET DIARY (FMJD) has been called an "appumentary" by Entertainment Weekly, “something Stanley Kubrick would be proud of" by Wired Magazine, and named "iPad App of the Week” by Gizmodo. It was selected as one of the "Best Book Apps of 2012" by Kirkus Book Reviews, won the "Best App" award at the 2013 New Media Film Festival, and received the "Best Mobile Media Programming" Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition.




"In 1985, Stanley Kubrick encouraged me to take photos and keep a journal while playing the lead role of Pvt. Joker on the set of FULL METAL JACKET. In 2005, I published a limited edition book of my photos and diary. This app is based on that book; enriched and reimagined as an interactive, audiovisual experience. I hope you enjoy it!" 
This …

Kristen Stewart to Play Princess Diana in SPENCER

File this one under interesting casting news. 
NEON and Topic Studios announced they have co-acquired U.S. rights to Pablo LarraΓ­n’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga franchise) as Princess Diana. Written by Steven Knight, the drama covers a critical weekend in the early ‘90s, when Diana decided her marriage to Prince Charles wasn’t working, and that she needed to veer from a path that put her in line to one day be queen. The drama takes place over three days, in one of her final Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor in their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.
Spencer will be produced by LarraΓ­n (Jackie, Neruda), along with Fabula partner Juan de Dios LarraΓ­n, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski and Paul Webster. Production is slated to start in early 2021.
Spencer will be released by NEON, with plans to be announced at a later date.

L'INNOCENTE Coming to Blu-ray for the Very First Time in North America on 7/14

Gabriele d'Annunzio's passionate novel is brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti. In late-nineteenth century Italy, Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) and neglects her for his mistress, the wealthy widow Countess Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O'Neill). After learning that Giuliana is having a torrid affair of her own, he becomes tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness.

Visconti directed L'INNOCENTE from a wheelchair, following two strokes and a broken leg. He remained as painstaking as ever, spending hours getting Antonelli's veil just so, and getting a bitingly effective performance from Jennifer O'Neill (Summer of '42) as the cast-off mistress. The screenplay was written by Visconti, Enrico Medioli and the legendary Suso Cecchi d'Amico, and masterfully edited by Ruggero Mastroianni, brother of Marcello, longtime Visconti co…

What's Coming to Shudder this July

The fine folks over at Shudder were kind enough to give me the scoop on all the new titles they will be releasing next month,  so I thought I'd take a minute to go through some of the highlights with you.

Sound good? Let's do it!

It's an impressive slate of original programming, world premier exclusives, and genre classics. 

If you don't already subscribe, THE BEACH HOUSE is worth the monthly subscription charge on its own.

Let's take a look at all the new films coming to Shudder next month, starting with some of the premiers.

METAMORPHOSIS (premieres Thursday, July 2)
In this fresh spin on a demonic possession story, Joong-Su, an exorcist, must face a demon he tragically failed to defeat in the past when it targets his brother’s family next. The demon assumes the form of different family members to sow confusion and distrust, destroying the unit from within. With his loved ones in peril, Joong-Su must face the demon again, at the risk of his own life.  Starring B…

Yellow Veil Pictures Snags the Rights to Lost George A. Romero Film THE AMUSEMENT PARK

File this one under, holy shit, yes, thank god some good news today!!!!

NY/LA-based arthouse/genre sales company Yellow Veil Pictures have acquired the worldwide sales rights for THE AMUSEMENT PARK, the formerly lost film from iconic filmmaker George A. Romero.

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Romero it was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York, THE AMUSEMENT PARK is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker's early artistic capacity and style, and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The film was originally commissioned by the Lutheran Society to raise awareness about ageism and elder abuse. Romero, however, conceived of what was perhaps his wildest, most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older. THE AMUSEMENT PARK stars MARTIN’s Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, …

Listen up 90's Kids, THE INCOHERENTS is Now on VOD!!!

Bruce Flansburgh is a bored, 40-something New York paralegal who hasn’t let go of his dream of rock stardom. While slogging through an increasingly unbearable day to day existence, it dawns on him that the reunions of The Pixies, Soundgarden and other alternative/indie rock bands from the 90’s could inspire his former group, THE INCOHERENTS, to reform. The group, each mired in some sort of midlife malaise, reunite their 90's indie rock band for one last shot at stardom.

The film is now available on iTunes and all major VOD platforms courtesy Gravitas Ventures, check out the trailer below.

DEANY BEAN IS DEAD - Opening July 10th

A down-on-her-luck woman (Allison Marie Volk, “The Lone Ranger”, “Anya”)  tries to win back her ex-boyfriend at his engagement party without revealing that her recently strangled boss is in the trunk of her car.

Mikael Kreuzriegler’s black comedy DEANY BEAN IS DEAD premieres on digital July 10, 2020 from Global Digital Releasing.