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'Halloween' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical White Boy Rick Night School   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite...
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Exclusive interview with White Boy Rick director Yann Demange

Director Yann Demange’s new film White Boy Rick is set for release in the UK this week, and Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris got to sit down with the filmmaker to discuss the acclaimed crime drama, the casting of newcomer Richie Merritt, and Merritt’s chemistry with co-star Matthew McConaughey. Watch the interview in the player below, or check it out over on our YouTube channel…

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Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

White Boy Rick is set for release on December 7th and features a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey,
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Movie Review – White Boy Rick (2018)

White Boy Rick, 2018.

Directed by Yann Demange.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, and Eddie Marsan.

Synopsis:

Chronicling the remarkable true story of Richard Wershe Jr (Richie Merritt), the titular ‘White Boy Rick’, who before the age of sixteen had inherited his father’s (Matthew McConaughey) knack for making a dollar from low-key criminal activity, only to create a small empire that had him embroiled in a tangled web of federal agents and gang members in 1980s Detroit.

From the outside, ’71 director Yann Demange’s baby faced Scarface looks like it’ll be a fascinating true-crime drama that’s spun for laughs, shock-factor, and the skate-disco nostalgia of Run-d.M.C. and Afrika Bambaataa. It’s undeniably those things, in all the best ways possible, but scratch beneath the surface of the bleak underbelly in poverty line Detroit,
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Matthew McConaughey in ‘White Boy Rick’ Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Dates

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has unveiled the home video release dates for White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey.

The Digital version of White Boy Rick will be available to purchase and watch beginning December 11th. Look for the White Boy Rick Blu-ray and DVD editions in stores beginning Christmas Day.

White Boy Rick also stars Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, and Piper Laurie.

Bonus features include the following:

6 Deleted Scenes

Featurettes:

“The Unknown True Story of Rick Wershe Jr.”

“The Three Tribes of Detroit: The Cast”

“The Making of White Boy Rick”

Feature Trivia Track

Pre-order White Boy Rick on Blu-ray and Digital combo for a discounted price at Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qns48PtK2io
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Hustler. Dealer. Kingpin. Informant. new trailer for ‘White Boy Rick’ strolls in

  • HeyUGuys
With just one month until Yann Damage’s ‘White By Rick’ hits UK cinemas, Sony Pictures has released a new trailer and poster.

Directed by Yann Damage, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie.

Also in trailers – New trailer launched for The Coen Brother’s ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

The film hits UK cinemas December 7th

White Boy Rick Official Synopsis

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

(l to r) “Lil Man” (Jonathan
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New Trailer For Matthew McConaughey Starrer ‘White Boy Rick’

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures/ Sony

A new trailer has arrived for the upcoming White Boy Rick ahead of its release on December 7th. As well as the new promo, we also have a brand new poster featuring all of the primary cast.

Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie lead the film, which is based on true events back in the 1980s. Yann Demange directs.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

Watch the new trailer below.

Credit:
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Whitey Bulger’s Brutal Death Assessed By Scott Cooper, Who Captured The Boston Gangster & FBI Informant In ‘Black Mass’

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Whitey Bulger’s Brutal Death Assessed By Scott Cooper, Who Captured The Boston Gangster & FBI Informant In ‘Black Mass’
Exclusive: A day after 89-year old iconic South Boston mob boss James (Whitey) Bulger was beaten to death — his face reportedly pummeled beyond recognition by prisoners with mob ties and a grudge — in a West Virginia prison, I asked Scott Cooper how he would script Bulger’s headstone.

While several major movies and TV productions were built around composites of Bulger – Jack Nicholson’s performance in Best Picture winner The Departed and the James Woods arc in Ray Donovan come to mind — Cooper was the one who actually took the elusive subject head on when he wrote and directed Black Mass and cast Johnny Depp to play the feared mobster and FBI informant who held South Boston in his iron grip and enjoyed a second act by hiding from authorities nearly two decades as the second Most Wanted Fugitive behind Osama Bin Laden after being tipped to an imminent indictment for his role in 19 murders.
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Guillermo Del Toro Produced Antlers Begins Shooting with Keri Russell

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents of Production, Film and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum announced today that principal photography has commenced in Vancouver, British Columbia for the horror thriller Antlers. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film is written by Henry Chaisson (Open 24 Hours) & Nick Antosca with revisions by Scott Cooper, from the short story The Quiet Boy by Antosca. In Amtlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Starring in Antlers are Keri Russell (Star Wars 9 FX's The Americans), Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas (Lore), Graham Greene (Molly's Game), Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane and Amy Madigan.

The film's producers are Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), J. Miles Dale, David S. Goyer, and Kevin Turen serving as executive producer. Antlers is the first project
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‘White Boy Rick’ Review

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Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Taylour Paige, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie, Raekwon Haynes, Ishmael Ali, James Howard, Kyanna Simone Simpson | Written by Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller | Directed by Yann Demange

White Boy Rick is the tough rugged and gritty gangster affair in typical conventional style, albeit endorsed with a series of fabulous performances with sufficient twists and turns that save this venture from becoming an average biopic of sorts. The film tells the real-life story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Yann Demange’s film has a frighteningly chaotic and nightmarish story. It is bizarre and shocking as it unfolds in quite unbelievable circumstances that are incredibly engaging with the
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White Boy Rick – Review

Richie Merritt (l) as Richard Wershe Jr., aka White Boy Rick, and Matthew McConaughey as his father Richard Wershe Sr., star in Columbia Pictures’ and Studio 8’s White Boy Rick. Photo by Scott Garfield. © 2018 Ctmg, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Property of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (c)

White Boy Rick tells the true story of Richard Wershe Jr., a teen in 1980s Detroit also known as White Boy Rick,recruited by the FBI as the youngest informant ever at 15-years-old. The trailer makes this film look like some wild adventure in the vein of Blow but White Boy Rick is a sad and frightening tale, as well as a portrait of economic decline of a working class inner city neighborhood, now gripped by drugs and violence. It is also a story about a boy buffeted by the bad choices of adults, and the terrible environment in which he lives.

When
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White Boy Rick Review: Stylish and Well Acted, But Not Gangster Enough

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White Boy Rick Review: Stylish and Well Acted, But Not Gangster Enough
White Boy Rick is a fascinating character drama that doesn't quite work as a gangster film. The wardrobe, production design, and ensemble cast are exceptional in portraying crack-infested, eighties Detroit. The period setting is well done. The problem is that the criminal elements to the story are glossed over. They are highly stylized, but not substantive. The attention given to character development needed to be spread more evenly.

Richie Merritt stars as Richard Wershe Jr. In 1984 Detroit, he was a fourteen year old kid hustling guns on the street for his father (Matthew McConaughey). The Wershe family lived in a predominantly black neighborhood; riddled with drugs and violence. Rick was part of a local crew, affectionately called White Boy Rick for obvious reasons. FBI agents had their sights on Rick's father, but came to realize his teenage son's value. White Boy Rick was a player, absolutely trusted by the crack-peddling gangs.
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“White Boy Rick” is a compelling character study and period piece

True crime stories usually like to focus on the rise and fall of someone we know in our hearts is due justice. We may like him or her, but there’s never a doubt that prison is deserved. With the new film White Boy Rick, opening in theaters this weekend, things are different. Watching a teenager be set up and then go down is not what you normally get. And yet, that’s the story being depicted here. It isn’t always particularly easy to watch, but the heft of the tale is never lost on you. Especially in the final scenes, the cost stays with you. The movie is a biographical drama/crime story, though one more focused on characters. This is the official synopsis on IMDb for the film: “The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and
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‘White Boy Rick’ Review: True Story of 1980s Informant Talks Loud, Says Little

‘White Boy Rick’ Review: True Story of 1980s Informant Talks Loud, Says Little
By 14, Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) could tell a real Russian Kalashnikov assault rifle from an Ak-47 knock-off, courtesy of his firearms-hustling dad, Richie Sr. (Matthew McConaughey). At that age, he also hung with the African-American gangs who ran the drug trade in Detroit in 1984, earning a reputation and a nickname. By 15, he’d been recruited by two feds (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane) and a local narcotics cop (Brian Tyree Henry, now officially costarring in every fourth movie being released this year) to do “buys” for them, so they
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‘White Boy Rick’ Film Review: Real-Life Drug Saga Bolstered by Strong Performances

  • The Wrap
‘White Boy Rick’ Film Review: Real-Life Drug Saga Bolstered by Strong Performances
There are times when you watch a newcomer in a role and know, just know, that they’ll go on to tackle great, eclectic challenges; with “Call Me By Your Name” still in moviegoers’ rearview mirrors, Timothee Chalamet, for example, is already proving himself an enormous, versatile talent. But other times, such as with Richie Merritt, the star of “White Boy Rick,” you’re no less transfixed, but you wonder: Is this young actor simply perfect in this one role? Or can he countenance others with that beautifully, ordinarily dull expression? While there isn’t a single moment in his performance that doesn’t feel utterly believable, it also seems singularly engineered for this character and this one alone.

White Boy Rick,” director Yann Demange’s account of the young, wasted life of real-life teen drug dealer and FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., is punctuated by surprising verisimilitude that uplifts
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Tiff Review: ‘White Boy Rick’ Cuts Through the Bullshit of the American Dream

The pitch is as follows: Ricky Wershe Jr. (newcomer Richie Merritt) was a street hustler, drug kingpin, and FBI informant by the age of seventeen. If that doesn’t hook you, the added bonus of it all being real should. Welcome to White Boy Rick, a look at the American Dream that cuts through the bullshit to show what the term truly means outside of false promises. Ricky isn’t some hotshot who worked through the ranks and got too close to the sun. The order of those labels in the trailer isn’t even correct, a difference with dire consequences. He was simply the kid of a shady gun reseller (Matthew McConaughey’s Rick Sr.) whose best friend (Rj Cyler’s Boo) had family in the game. He was a product of his circumstances with a mind, ambition, and heart to break free.

Just as the marketing materials fudge the timeline for additional drama,
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‘White Boy Rick’ Clip: Exclusive Look At Matthew McConaughey & Family – Toronto

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‘White Boy Rick’ Clip: Exclusive Look At Matthew McConaughey & Family – Toronto
Exclusive: A rifle, a screaming and half-dressed young woman, squealing tires and a near-miss car incident — it’s just your typical family spat in this clip from White Boy Rick, which is having its international premiere tonight at the Toronto Film Festival after bowing at Telluride last week. Typical, that is, for the Wershe clan. Check it out above.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick follows the true story of a blue-collar father (Matthew McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sent to prison.

Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie co-star in the pic directed by Yann Demange from a
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‘White Boy Rick’ Review: Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt Can’t Salvage Bland Tale of Teen FBI Informant

The tragic saga of Richard “Ricky” Wershe Jr. is readymade for the movies. In 1987, the Detroit teenager was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 17 for cocaine possession, even though he had been working as an FBI informant since he was 14. Unfortunately, in Yann Demange’s bland retelling, the kid’s downward spiral has been reduced to a series of crude, unremarkable encounters and the very thing this true story shouldn’t be: poverty porn.

Nevertheless, Demange manages to stitch together a number of involving scenes that track Ricky’s harsh upbringing and the events that precipitated his downfall. From the first scene, it’s clear that he’s been raised under dangerous circumstances. His single father, Richard Wershe Sr. is an illegal arms dealer who brings his son to gun shows where they team up to gather weapons at a bargain; Merritt, a confident newcomer, sports the
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Telluride Film Review: ‘White Boy Rick’

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Telluride Film Review: ‘White Boy Rick’
Everybody in “White Boy Rick” seems to be running some kind of scam. The title character (newcomer Richie Merritt), né Richard Wershe Jr., and his huckster dad have some kind of borderline-illegal gun business going. His sister’s a teenage drug addict dating a shady dude who offers her a ticket out of their sad Detroit home. Then there are the cops, who are recruiting suckers to go undercover, making the rules up as they go along. Every other speaking character — including Rick’s own grandparents (an opportunity for the inspired casting of Bruce Dern as McConaughey’s dad) — is a drug dealer or in some way associated with the crack epidemic.

Even director Yann Demange appears to be hustling here. On the strength of his blistering Ira thriller “’71,” he’s desperate to make the transition to Hollywood, who was equally excited to work with him, although it took no
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Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, Rory Cochrane Join Family Drama ‘Tyson’s Run’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, Rory Cochrane Join Family Drama ‘Tyson’s Run’ (Exclusive)
Planet 9 Productions has hired Barkhad Abdi, Amy Smart, and Rory Cochrane to star in the family drama “Tyson’s Run,” Variety has learned.

“Tyson’s Run” started principal photography in Atlanta on July 9. Kim Bass is directing from his own script. The story centers on a 15-year-old boy, living with autism, who tries to heal the rift between his parents and the emotional distance from his father by pursuing an athletic dream.

Bass, a former staff writer on “In Living Color” and creator of primetime family series “Sister, Sister” and “Kenan & Kel,” is also producing with Deanna Shapiro, Eric Upshur, and Asante White. Planet 9 chief John Cappetta will serve as executive producer.

“We look forward to bringing this meaningful, heartfelt story to fruition,” Bass said. “I’m enthusiastic about the wonderful cast and crew we’ve assembled and eager to work with these phenomenal professionals.”

Abdi received an
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Tim Robbins; adds Terry Gilliam, Caleb Landry Jones

Karlovy Vary Film Festival to honour Tim Robbins; adds Terry Gilliam, Caleb Landry Jones
The festival has also unveiled its international juries.

Tim Robbins will receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema at the 53rd edition of Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The actor, director, producer and screenwriter will also present two of his films at the festival – Bob Roberts (1992) and Cradle Will Rock (1999), both of which take in the crossover of politics and music in the United States.

Robbins will also give a concert at the festival, as part of his group Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band.

Kviff has also announced the international juries for this year’s event.
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