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Film Review: 'The Dead Don't Die' Offers Full-On Horror Homage But Little Else

Chicago – Before Jordan Peele, before Mike Flanagan, before James Wan, and especially before all of Blumhouse, there were other masters of horror who paved the way for the filmmakers we know today. The Carpenters, the Cravens, and the Argentos of the world helped turn horror into the thriving genre it is today. Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” openly acknowledges this with their love letter approach to the genre itself.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Any person who sees horror films regularly will notice a few commonalities in themes or even become aware of tropes. There’s nothing wrong with a trope or two as long as there is something else of substance to go with them. Sometimes they’re inevitable, which is fine because they tend to feel like a personal signature reminding us of the rich history of the origins. There’s a fine line that needs to be walked
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Ghostbusters 3 Connects to Original Better Than Anything Else Says Dan Aykroyd

Ghostbusters 3 Connects to Original Better Than Anything Else Says Dan Aykroyd
As all of us are more aware at this point in time, Juno and Thank You For Smoking director Jason Reitman has Ghostbusters 3 headed our way in 2020. We already know that this new film will see the return of original Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts (though that hasn't been confirmed in an official capacity). And today we have word from Aykroyd that the flick will connect to the first movie better than any other sequel yet and in a way that hasn't been done before.

Dan Aykroyd specifically says this.

"Jason [Reitman] came up with this idea, which is just so good, everybody got it right away and understood. It will connect, better than anything, to the first movie. That's about all I can say about it, but the two movies will connect, in a way that hasn't been done before."

On a fun side note,
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Ghostbusters 3 Will Connect To The Original Film In A Unique Way

While fans have been clamoring for a proper Ghostbusters follow up since its 1989 sequel belly flopped into theaters, no one on earth has probably been more vocal about it than star Dan Aykroyd. The SNL alum has been trying to get a Ghostbusters 3 off the ground for decades, a movie that just seemed impossible to make until Jason Reitman announced his involvement earlier this year.

In a brand new interview with Gamespot, detailing the long and troubled production history of a proper Ghostbusters 3, Aykroyd teased a major connection between the upcoming sequel and the 1984 original:

“Jason came up with this idea, which is just so good, everybody got it right away and understood. It will connect, better than anything, to the first movie. That’s about all I can say about it, but the two movies will connect, in a way that hasn’t been done before.”

Admittedly, this is
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The Dead Don't Die Original Soundtrack Gets Vinyl Release in September

The Dead Don't Die Original Soundtrack Gets Vinyl Release in September
The Dead Don't Die is writer/director Jim Jarmusch's unique, semi-comic take on the zombie apocalypse genre. As with his recent efforts Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, the film's score was composed and performed by Sq&#220Rl, the band Jarmusch and producer Carter Logan founded in 2009. Sacred Bones Records, the same label that released the band's Ep #260 in 2017, is releasing the LP edition of the score.

The score to the The Dead Don't Die is a true expression of where Sq&#220Rl stand at the center of a decade of sonic exploration. It is the culmination of their passion for analog synths, with guitar violence reverberating from the darker corners of Americana. It is at once a tribute to the classic sounds of horror and sci-fi, as well as a decapitation of traditional film scores. It is naturally supernatural.

From their arsenal of tools, Jim Jarmusch and Logan
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Focus Features Announces Sweepstakes for Coffee & Conversation with The Dead Don’T Die Writer/Director Jim Jarmusch

After taking a unique storytelling angle on vampires with Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch turns his attention to zombies in The Dead Don't Die, and with the horror comedy now in theaters, Focus Features is giving one lucky person the chance to have a coffee and a conversation with writer/director Jim Jarmusch.

To enter for a chance to win a coffee and conversation with Jim Jarmusch (including roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights), fill out the form at the link below before 3:00pm Pst on June 21st:

The coffee and conversation is expected to take place in New York, New York, although the city is subject to change. For the full list of rules for this sweepstakes, visit:

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and produced by Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan,
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Apple Wants to Rival Netflix at the Oscars With Six Films for Awards Season Each Year — Report

Apple is already set to challenge Netflix later this year when it launches Apple TV+, the company’s new streaming platform for original television series and movies, but a new report from the New York Post says Apple is also gearing up to take on Netflix in the Oscar race. Sources tell The Post that Apple has plans to produce “six small-budget movies a year with an eye toward stories that could win Academy Awards.” Apple is reportedly looking to spend $5 million to $30 million on each project.

According to The Post’s source, Apple’s Oscar season plan is independent from its multiyear agreement with A24. The two companies announced last November an agreement in which A24 would produce “multiple features for Apple over the course of several years.” The first project under the agreement is Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks,” starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Whether or
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Annie Potts Plans to Return for Ghostbusters Sequel

News about the next installment in the Ghostbusters movie franchise has been slowly trickling out, and everything we have heard so far has been pretty exciting! We already know the movie will star Carrie Coon (Fargo), McKenna Grace (Gifted), and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), and now we know Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd will be back, and rumors are pointing to Bill Murray and Annie Potts as well!

In a recent interview on Ktla 5, Potts was promoting her latest film, Toy Story 4, in which she plays the returning star character, Bo Peep. And when asked if she could confirm anything about the upcoming Ghostbusters film, she stated:

“I have heard some things. If it’s true, what I’ve heard — yeah, I think it’s gonna happen.”

Then when asked directly if she will be “happening with it,” Potts replied, “I think I will.”

This is so awesome. It
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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Shows Life; ‘Late Night’ Resembles ‘Booksmart’

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Shows Life; ‘Late Night’ Resembles ‘Booksmart’
The specialty box office is following two paths. High-profile narrative festival premieres such as “The Dead Don’t Die” (Focus), “Late Night” (Amazon) and “Booksmart” (United Artists) play wide quickly. And documentaries like “Pavarotti” (CBS), “Echo in the Canyon” (Greenwich), and “The Biggest Little Farm” (Neon) catch a wave and ride success as they widen.

The old-fashioned arthouse platform release is a challenge but it can work: A24’s acclaimed Sundance debut “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is showing rare strength among more limited specialized narrative titles. It remains a sign that careful handling of a critically praised film can still find an audience.

How to assess “Late Night” and “Booksmart”? Amazon’s second weekend expansion — similar to the “Booksmart” opening– yielded a disappointing result a little below the latter title. But it’s too early to predict how audiences are reacting as it propels ahead.

No question,
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Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Comes to Life With $2.3 Million Indie Box Office Debut

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Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Comes to Life With $2.3 Million Indie Box Office Debut
The indie box office took a notable change of pace this weekend with the release of Focus Features’ “The Dead Don’t Die.” While indie releases are typically thought of as quiet dramas in a handful of theaters, the bloody, deadpan snark-filled zombie film that kicked off this year’s Cannes got the widest release in the directorial career of Jim Jarmusch.

Hitting 613 screens this weekend, “The Dead Don’t Die” opened to $2.35 million for a per screen average of $3,834. That total eclipsed the entire theatrical run of Jarmusch’s previous film, “Paterson,” which grossed $2.1 million in early 2017.

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However, it appears unlikely that the film will top Jarmusch’s highest grossing film, “Broken Flowers,” which opened to a limited release in 2005 and legged out solidly to gross $13.7 million domestic and $46.7 million worldwide. The bone dry humor and bleak
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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Rests; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Strong in 2nd Frame: Specialty Box Office

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Rests; ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’ Strong in 2nd Frame: Specialty Box Office
Cannes opener The Dead Don’t Die from Jim Jarmusch bowed in fairly wide 613 theaters Fathers Day weekend, featuring a pack of big named stars turned zombie. The title sauntered to a $2.35M gross in 613 theaters for a $3,827 per theater average.

This is a back to back Cannes opening release for Focus. The company launched the festival’s 2018 starter, Everybody Knows starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, which had a comparatively higher PTA in its first weekend, albeit in far fewer theaters. The drama grossed over $71K in just four locations, averaging $17,802. Everybody Knows was in fewer than half of The Dead Don’t Die’s location count at its peak. Everybody Knows eventually cumed $2.66M domestically.

The Dead Don’t Die is Jarmusch’s widest opener. Noted Focus president of Distribution when reporting numbers Sunday: “We’re thrilled to see Jim’s biggest opening and his top grossing weekend ever with this film.
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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue

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‘Men In Black: International’ Taking in $26 Million Amid Franchise Fatigue
North American moviegoers spurned sequels this weekend with Sony’s “Men in Black: International” heading for a modest $26 million debut while “Shaft” will finish with a dismal $7.3 million in seventh place.

Men in Black: International,” the fourth iteration of the sci-fi comedy franchise, is performing under expectations, which had been in the $30 million range at 4,224 locations. The three previous “Men In Black” films, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, all scored North American debut weekends of more than $50 million in 1997, 2002 and 2012.

Men in Black: International” stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the black-suited agents dealing with a baffling series of alien attacks against Earth. Reviewers have been unimpressed, giving the film a 25% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Should the Saturday morning estimates hold, “Men in Black: International” will have the lowest gross of a first-place title since the second weekend of “Shazam!” led the April 12-14 chart with $24.5 million.
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Bill Murray Explains Why He Did A Cameo In The Ghostbusters Reboot

There are plenty of reasons to explain its middling critical reception and poor box office performance, but it doesn’t change the basic facts – 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot failed to capture the attention of longtime fans and series newcomers, and any hope of a follow-up was quickly dashed when the numbers started trickling in. The Paul Feig-directed action flick had a $144 million production budget, and even though it ultimately brought in close to $230 million, it’s likely that Columbia Pictures took a loss once you factor in advertising and other miscellaneous costs.

Ever since it was first announced, the reboot drew ire and criticism from all over, with some taking aim at the new, female team of Ghostbusters. A few of the film’s cast members weighed in on the negative attention, and a couple celebs attributed the poor box office run to internet trolls and haters. Recently though, Bill Murray
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Bill Murray Loves Selena Gomez but It’s Truly Awesome and Not Creepy

When looking at a picture like this one might assume that Bill Murray might have been kind of pervy and like it or not there are a lot of folks that probably drew conclusions about the legendary comedian that simply aren’t true. Despite focusing intently on the outfits of both Murray and Selena Gomez, Joelle Goldstein and Maggie Parker of People did present a rather fair article on what Murray feels about his The Dead Don’t Die costar. While some might think that his comment about how he would have brought her home to his mother if she was alive,

Bill Murray Loves Selena Gomez but It’s Truly Awesome and Not Creepy
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For Bill Murray, Zombies Are A Killer Subject

Bill Murray’s dealt with the dead before — after all, he’s busted plenty of ghosts. His latest project is a “zombie horror comedy” called The Dead Don’t Die. Of course, it wouldn’t be Bill Murray if he didn’t have a unique perspective on the project, and when it co mes to zombies, he thinks the [...]

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Why Bill Murray Created his Own 1-800 Number

If you look up the term “eccentric” in a dictionary, Bill Murray’s picture should be there. It’s not, but it still ought to be, given that no other person we can think of embodies the spirit of this word so wholly and delightfully. Truly, if you think his characters are hilarious oddballs, it’s only because he typecasts himself so wonderfully. Agency For those who were paying attention, we did say he ‘casts himself.’ This is perhaps not entirely accurate, though only because it isn’t the full story. You see, Bill Murray has no agent or representative manager. Though we don’t

Why Bill Murray Created his Own 1-800 Number
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The Dead Don’t Die Review: The Worst Bill Murray Zombie Movie

The Dead Don't Die, but this lifeless movie with Bill Murray and Adam Driver certainly does.




When the smoke clears and the very last episodes of The Walking Dead finally air, it might be a prudent idea for filmmakers and TV creatives out there to call a halt on anything related to zombies, walkers, wights, ghouls, and whatever other names they’ve come up in the last decade and a half. Horror’s most popular modern subgenre has almost certainly run its course, with the living dead having used up and burnt out every possible scenario and metaphor thrown at them.

Into this creative rut comes Jim Jarmusch and The Dead Don’t Die, the iconoclastic director’s attempt to both play around in and satirize the concept of the reanimated dead and what they could mean to us today. But one thing is for sure: They
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Posterized: Jim Jarmusch

by Nathaniel R

The Ohio-born indie auteur Jim Jarmusch first made waves in the cinematic landscape with his black and white sophomore feature Stranger Than Paradise in the mid 80s . It was a big critical success and arthouse sleeper hit. He was suddenly the "cool" new director. His career since then has been, like most critical darling careers, full of small waves of audience popularity versus indifference, sometimes not in relation to the critical fates of whichever film arrived. For example, Paterson (2016), his most recent picture prior to the brand new zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die (opening today) was a huge critical succcess in its year, but grossed just $2 million at the Us box office.

Through it all critics have mostly been loyal and actors with more eclectic taste have become his regulars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, and Bill Murray have all made 4 pictures with him.

How many of his pictures have you seen?
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Exclusive 'The Dead Don't Die' Clip: I'm Thinking Zombies -- What?!

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When strange, deadly things begin happening in the quiet, peaceful community of Centerville in Jim Jarmusch's horror-comedy The Dead Don't Die, local law enforcement officials are flummoxed, to say the least. Sheriff Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and his deputies, including the loyal Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver), can clearly see that abnormal, disturbing things are happening - things they could never have imagined before, especially in their quiet little town. So, in our exclusive...

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Stars Turn Zombie In ‘The Dead Don’t Die’; Sienna Miller Is  ‘American Woman’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Stars Turn Zombie In ‘The Dead Don’t Die’; Sienna Miller Is  ‘American Woman’ – Specialty Box Office Preview
Hot off the Cannes Film Festival, Focus Features is wasting little time to get Jim Jarmusch’s latest The Dead Don’t Die in theaters this weekend. The comedy-thriller which features Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Iggy Pop and more will be in about six hundred theaters starting Friday. The Dead Don’t Die is one of a fairly sizable crowd of Specialty newcomers headed to theaters. Sienna Miller stars in American Woman from Roadside Attractions/Vertical Entertainment. Directed by Jake Scott, the drama will also have a good number of runs in its first frame in about 117 locations. Jim Gaffigan, meanwhile, stars in comedy, Being Frank, by director Miranda Bailey in a much more traditional three locations in New York and L.A. its first weekend via The Film Arcade. And nearly three decades after its first release, the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning
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The Dead Don't Die Review: A Yawn Inducing Zombie Apocalypse

The Dead Don't Die Review: A Yawn Inducing Zombie Apocalypse
Indie film auteur Jim Jarmusch returns to theaters with a star-studded zombie apocalypse. The Dead Don't Die is a horror comedy that satirizes the genre, unbridled capitalism, and Donald Trump supporters. The cast of Jarmusch regulars and younger newbies also poke fun of themselves. The characters acknowledge they're in a zombie movie in continuous deadpan dialogue. There are bits of sharp humor, but the pacing is dreadfully slow. I can appreciate the film's message, but it needed to be far more engaging.

The Dead Don't Die takes place in the bucolic small town of Centerville. Bill Murray stars as Cliff, the Chief of Police. He and his deputy, Ronnie (Adam Driver), notice bizarre occurrences on their usual patrol. Cell phones and watches have stopped working. The sun has lingered far beyond sunset. At the local diner, Hank (Danny Glover) and the racist Farmer Miller (Steve Buscemi) wonder where the animals have vanished.
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