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The Weekend Warrior 9/9/16: Sully, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Labor Day weekend wasn’t good for the two new wide releases at all, although the romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks), starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, ended up doing far better of the two. Also as expected, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems) won the weekend with a four-day total of $19.7 million, a little less than I predicted. The Light Between Oceans ended up with slightly over $6 million, roughly the same as my original prediction but 20th Century Fox’s thriller Morgan, starring Kate Mara, bomb-bomb-bombed with a ridiculously bad four-day opening of just $2.5 million in its first four days. The Mexican comedy No Manches Frida (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ended up faring better in just 362 theaters,
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‘Diamond on Vinyl’ offers a distant and lonely look at how the socially inept live

Diamond on Vinyl

Directed by J.R. Hughto

USA, 2013

When Beth (Nina Millin) discovers that her fiancé Henry (Brian McGuire) has been secretly recording themselves having sex, and more disputably, rehearsing his marriage proposal, she storms out of their celebratory hotel room and emotionally stays dominant in her car at a nearby parking lot. When a mysterious passerby named Charlie (Sonja Kinski, granddaughter of Klaus Kinski) takes interest in her ordeal, a seemingly romantic triangle emerges testing the plight of the couple’s meaning of love.

Beth takes a friendly liking to Charlie, possibly because of how distraught she is, and asks Charlie to return her key to the hotel front desk. Charlie’s curiosity leads her to their hotel room, introducing herself to Henry. After a brief confrontation, Henry and Charlie agree to meet up again for private recordings. As platonic and romantic intentions compete with one another, the film
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Diamond on Vinyl | Review

Sound Off: Hughto’s Film Explores Artificiality of Performance and Interaction to Varying Effect

It’s unfortunate that director J.R. Hughto’s sophomore effort, Diamond on Vinyl never quite keeps up the eerie tone it subtly cues for us. A metaphor that uses voyeurism to explore the artificiality of our interactions with those around us and the performances we play on a daily basis has the slight narrative asking questions too large to grapple with for its own purposes. An intricate sound design clues us in to the chronological time line, and we have to piece together the puzzle of events. If only some kind of discernible pay off by the final frame could have been created, then perhaps the ends would justify the means. Instead, we’re left wondering if maybe this shouldn’t have been a short film.

Celebrating their engagement by checking into a romantic hotel, Henry
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Director John Asher shoots entire Somebody Marry Me comedy with one shot

Helmer John Asher has managed to shoot Somebody Marry me, a feature-length comedy with just one shot. Apparently the historic 98 minute film took 18 days to write and 3 weeks of rehearsal with the cast prior to shooting the whole pic without a single cut. That's quite impressive. The Kimberly Stuckwisch and Ben Milliken-produced film which was funded and produced by independent film financier Lamar Billups, is a heartwarming romantic comedy with a twist. Starring is Oscar-nominated Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) and The Soprano’s Ray Abruzzo, with a supporting cast including Annie Burgstede, Jeff Doucette and Leslie Murphy, among others. In Somebody Marry Me, David Rosenberg has just a few hours to find a woman to marry before his wealthy father gives his entire inheritance to his young spoiled stepmother. After losing his girlfriend, David posts an ad online looking for a wife and quickly finds himself in over his head.
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Director John Asher shoots entire Somebody Marry Me comedy with one shot

Helmer John Asher has managed to shoot Somebody Marry me, a feature-length comedy with just one shot. Apparently the historic 98 minute film took 18 days to write and 3 weeks of rehearsal with the cast prior to shooting the whole pic without a single cut. That's quite impressive. The Kimberly Stuckwisch and Ben Milliken-produced film which was funded and produced by independent film financier Lamar Billups, is a heartwarming romantic comedy with a twist. Starring is Oscar-nominated Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) and The Soprano’s Ray Abruzzo, with a supporting cast including Annie Burgstede, Jeff Doucette and Leslie Murphy, among others. In Somebody Marry Me, David Rosenberg has just a few hours to find a woman to marry before his wealthy father gives his entire inheritance to his young spoiled stepmother. After losing his girlfriend, David posts an ad online looking for a wife and quickly finds himself in over his head.
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Episode Recap: Castle - 2.05: "When the Bough Breaks"

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Castle's (Nathan Fillion) publisher, Paula (Debi Mazar) tells him about a new three book publishing deal to write about a 'British secret agent.' Castle has just launched his own character so why would he get involved with someone else's character? Then he realizes who that is and claims his entire reason for becoming a writer was this agent. His phone rings, Castle: "Another body must have dropped." Aptly put, seeing as the Db is found in a manhole. Perlmutter (Ayre Gross) puts Cod as blunt force trauma and she was killed two days ago. Ryan (Seamus Dever) asks if he can narrow it down. Castle arrives at the scene late and they tease him about the weird CODs he's just missed. Beckett (Stana Katic) joins in too, continuing on from last episode where she called him a pushover and seems he hasn't got the hint here either.
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Hisss (2010)

Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch

Written by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch

Starring: Mallika Sherawat, Irrfan Khan, Jeff Doucette, Divya Dutta

If Boxing Helena felt like a feminist parable conceived by a pretentious 19-year-old (which it actually was), Hisss feels like a 2nd attempt at a similar parable after the first one was laughed out of a creative writing class. Her confidence shaken, she opts not to attempt to bare her soul, but instead goes the safer route of updating a cultural fable to modern day, one which carries with it ripe material for ideas about gender dynamics and what not. After all, if you’re pretentious, you can’t just come out and tell a story about a snake lady eating people without at least the pretense that there is some subtext going on.

The basic plot is that an Indian snake woman (she can change from human form to snake
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Hear That Hisss? It's Coming from Your Redbox

Remember back when a movie going direct-to-dvd usually meant it was going to suck? Well then ... what does it mean when a movie goes direct-to-Redbox? Pretty scary, huh?

For you curiosity seekers out there, yes, you can head to your local Redbox and find Jennifer Lynch's latest film, Hisss, sitting there waiting for your attention.

The flick star Mallika Sherawat, Irrfan Khan, Jeff Douchette, Divya Dutta, and Raman Trikha.

If you remember right, things did not go well on this flick at all...

"Hisss was taken away from me in the edit," said Lynch during an update from a few months ago. "I have no idea what the film looks like. I came close to a director’s cut, which Mallika, Venus and producers (Govind Menon and Vikram Singh) referred to as ‘European, languid and sensual’, all the things I thought were compliments. Apparently, that did not make them happy.
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Radhika Chaudhari wins Silver Ace at Las Vegas Film Festival

A debutante director of Indian origin, Radhika Chaudhari from Los Angeles, has bagged the prestigious Silver Ace Award for Best Short Film at the Las Vegas Film Festival, for her critically acclaimed short film Orange Blossom.Shot in L.A. in a span of four days , the 17-minute film is the story of a single mother going through the pangs of separation from her husband; while making the folly of passing on too much information about herself and her family to a few strangers.While an American-Indian Usha Kokotay plays the protagonist, other key roles are deftly portrayed by seasoned Hollywood actors such as Jeff Doucette (of Bedazzled and Desperate Housewives fame) and John Paul Ouvrier..The award is a big high for me, especially as I am a first-time director,. says Radhika Chaudhari. .Its put me on this pedestal from where the whole world looks like an unconquered challenge about to be discovered,
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Hisss Review; Aka Mea Culpa

[Last night I went out to see Hisss, starring Mallika Sherawat.  Despite what the local theater's website indicated, there were no English subtitles.  I did, however, sit through the whole film, and I know that I picked up on it enough to make some remarks, though this should in no way be considered a comprehensive review.]

First thing's first, I owe this to you:

I am sorry.  Mea Culpa.

I am sorry if my continuing and enthusiastic coverage of Hisss actually inspired anyone to make the trip out to the theater and spend their hard earned money.  I would offer to refund it myself, but I'm not financially able to do that right now.  First, a quick synopsis:

As the story goes, the movie is about the Vengeance of Naagin, the Snake Woman when the legend of the Naagin has been spreading for over 4000 years ago. Finally in 2009 George States (Jeff Douchette), a ruthless American travels to the jungles of India and captures her mate. She transforms into a stunningly attractive woman (Mallika Sherawat) with absolutely no clue about contemporary civilization or the ways of mankind, and ventures into the city in desperate search for her lover with vengeance on her mind and venom in her fangs.
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Review 3: Hisss (2010)

Review 3: Hisss (2010)
October 23, 2010: Film: Hisss

Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Divya Dutta, Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Rawat, Jeff Doucette

Director: Jennifer Lynch

Genre: Supernatural/Horror

Mallika Sherawat is all set to sizzle the screen in the iteration of a snake goddess. Most Indians are well acquainted with a ‘nagin’ in films, but Hisss promises Mallika is going to change the audience’s perception about the genre. The new movie provides a unique take on the story of the ‘Ichhadhari Nagin’.

The film is set at the backdrop of an island in the Malabar coast and this is where the snake goddess, played by Mallika Sherawat, resides along with the King Cobra inside a temple. The legend goes.
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Hisss Review 2: A Supernatural Horror Flick

Hisss Review 2: A Supernatural Horror Flick
October 22, 2010: Director: Jennifer Lynch

Starring: Mallika Sherawat, Divya Dutta, Priyanka Rawat, Irrfan Khan, Jeff Doucette

Rating: **

Mallika Sherawat is all set to sizzle the screen in the iteration a snake goddess. Most Indians have grown up on a large overdose of ‘nagin’ films but ‘Hisss’ is going to change the audience’s perception about the much explored genre. The new movie provides a unique take on the story of the ‘ichhadhari nagin’ (played by mallika Sherawat).

The story goes like this; in a forbidden forest inland from the Malabar Coast there is a mysterious temple dedicated to the snake goddess. Legend goes that villagers.
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Review Of Hisss: Mallika, The Sexiest ‘Ichchadhari Naagin’

Review Of Hisss: Mallika, The Sexiest ‘Ichchadhari Naagin’
October 22, 2010: Film: Hisss

Cast: Malika Sherawat, Divya Dutta, Priyanka Rawat, Irrfan Khan, Jeff Doucette

Director: Jennifer Lynch

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Mallika Sherawat has sizzled on screen again with her ‘naagin’ avatar in Hisss, which got released today both in India as well as in other counties. The movie is all about the usual revenge taking story of a female snake, played by the sexy Mallika. Her partner was taken away from her by an American scientist when they were in the most pleasant situation of mating.

Jeff Douchette plays the scientist, George States, who dares to enter this forbidden jungle in the Malabar Coast. Unable to gauge the result of his.
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Mallika Sherawat Hisss Movie Review

Mallika Sherawat Hisss   Movie Review
Starring Mallika Sherawat, Irrfan Khan, Divya Dutta, Jeff Douchette and others.DIRECTIONJennifer LynchSTORYThe plot of the flick revolves around the revenge of an Ichchadhari Nagin (Mallika Sherawat). Though stories have been circulated about snakes from the time of Indus valley civilization, but its dark side really begins when an American George States (Jeff Douchette) travels to jungles of Kerala and captures male snake when he was mating.
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"Hisss is wonderful and creepy" - Jeff Doucette

Hisss has been in the news for a while now courtesy Mallika Sherawat who cannot stop gushing and publicizing the film nonstop. Needless to say, by now we all know that the film is about a snake played by the actress. BollySpice had the unique chance of catching up with the villain of the film, Jeff Doucette. The Hollywood actor is well-known in Los Angeles but is also the only American in the Jennifer Lynch directed film. The actor plays a rich American who is looking to find his mojo and finds it in India. Read on to find out more about the upcoming film as BollySpice chats with the bad man of Hisss.

You've been in a number of popular shows including Desperate Housewives and That 70's Show. How did Hisss happen?

Well I've done movies all the way along in my career. I've done about 35 to 40 films. But
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Hisss Star Mallika Sherawat Wriggles Her Snake Booty in New Video

Remember the Indian snakeish horror flick 'Hisss' from writer director Jennifer Chambers Lynch ('Surveillance')? Of course you do sunbeam, she's sexy...venomous...and she'll swallow you whole! The slithery flick has been sliding in and out of various festivals of late but still hasn't managed to secure that elusive Us deal as yet. Sexy Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat (below) plays the snake woman role and she can be seen in a new music video promoting the scale-laden movie (last snake pun I promise). Actors Irrfan Khan, Jeff Doucette and Divya Dutta round of the cast. Check out the new video, entitled 'Sway', below. ''Hisss' is based on the Far Eastern myth of the snake woman who is able to take on human form, a creature known as the Nagin.' 'Hisss' slithers into Indian theatres this Friday (22 October)...
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Even newer 'Hissss' trailer reveals that the film doesn't suck

Jennifer Chambers Lynch's eagerly-awaited horror film has a new new trailer, with more snake goddess and even more snakey goodness from FX guy Robert Kurtzman.

Mallika Sherawat, Irrfan Khan, Jeff Douchette, Divya Dutta, and Raman Trikha star in this set-in-India mythological horror with no release dates as-of-yet.

Synposis:

The Curse of the Cobra Goddess - anytime man desecrates or violates the cobra, they are doomed to suffer the petrifying curse of the snake woman, of death and infertility. Only respect and worship can keep the population safe and the women fertile.

Over 4000 years ago the inhabitants of the Indus Valley sculpted the image of the shape shifting snake. These half cobras, half human creatures were said to inhabit an awesome, mysterious temple, made of material unknown to mankind, deep within the jungles, far, far away in the legendary spice forests of the Malabar Coast. Children grew up hearing about
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Mallika prays at snake temple ahead of Hisss release

Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat who plays a naagin (snake woman) in her upcoming film 'Hisss', offered prayers at the famous Sree Nagaraja temple at Mannarasala in Alappuzha district, seeking divine blessings for the success of the project.Sherawat, who reached here this morning from Mumbai, drove straight to the temple, which was one of the principal locations of the multi-lingual film 'which is to be released on October 22.She was accompanied by producer Govind Menon.Menon said that 'Hisss' produced under the banner of Split Image Pictures at a cost of Rs 30 crores, would be released worldwide in 2,200 screens on October 22.In India, the English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions of the film would be released on that day, while the Malayalam version would be released in Kerala on October 29.Besides Sherawat, American actor Jeff Douchette, Irfan Khan, Divya Dutta and Raman Trikka also play important roles in the film,
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Jennifer Chamber Lynch's Hisss Has a New International Trailer

Hiss Alt' PosterJennifer Chambers Lynch's film Hisss only has a release date for India scheduled (October 22nd). Lynch is of course the daughter of David Lynch, who is the master of the surreal. Jennifer Lynch's previous feature was Surveillance and this next film is set in India, where the myth of the "Cobra Goddess" (Trailer) comes to life. The international trailer for the film is inside and there is strong likelihood that Hisss will show in North America at a later date. If not, the 10 million price tag for the picture will loom large for production company Split Image Pictures. All the details on this thriller are below.

A partial synopsis for Hisss here:

"The Curse of the Cobra Goddess - anytime man desecrates or violates the cobra, they are doomed to suffer the petrifying curse of the snake woman, of death and infertility. Only respect and worship can
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Hisss Villain Talks the Making

A film like Hisss filled with special effects and a rather situational plot cannot be easy to make. Hisss villain Jeff Doucette, who found himself a part of many stunts found himself challenging himself during the shooting of the film. "The hardest thing was the physicality of my character. I had to beat people up, get stuffed into a harness and I had to walk around for almost two weeks covered in blood- sticky nasty fake blood. I had to literally peel my clothes off at the end of the day," he revealed.

Divulging scene details, he explained how he had to push himself to certain limits while working on Hisss. "During one scene Irrfan Khan and I were fighting, and he had to grab my lapels and pull me up. In take after take he grabbed my lapels, but he also grabbed a fistful of my chest hair. Five
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