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Exclusive: Listen to Composer Gregory Tripi “I Am Not My Mother” From Ma

Next Friday, Blumhouse will see the release of Ma, the latest from director Tate Taylor (The Girl on the Train), and what a party we’re expecting it to be! C’mon, when you’ve got Octavia Spencer offering her place up, you know it’s going to be a damn good time…right? If you’re having a party, you’re […] The post Exclusive: Listen to Composer Gregory Tripi “I Am Not My Mother” From Ma appeared first on Dread Central.
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Exclusive: Octavia Spencer Faces Off Against Luke Evans in This Chilling Clip From Ma

In the upcoming Blumhouse horror film Ma, directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays Sue Ann, a loner who longs for companionship in her small Ohio town. And, as Spencer herself says in an introduction of our exclusive clip above, you've "never seen" her in a role like this before.

Things start to go awry for Sue Ann when she crosses paths with a group of teens in town, who she buys alcohol for. Despite their age gap, Sue Ann - who instructs Maggie and her friends to call her "Ma" - leaps at the opportunity to be social and invites the group back to party in the basement of her home. Of course, because this is a scary movie, this isn't a touching story about a kindhearted group of teenagers bringing a lonely older woman out of her shell. Instead, things quickly get sinister as
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Exclusive: Octavia Spencer Faces Off Against Luke Evans in This Chilling Clip From Ma

In the upcoming Blumhouse horror film Ma, directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays Sue Ann, a loner who longs for companionship in her small Ohio town. And, as Spencer herself says in an introduction of our exclusive clip above, you've "never seen" her in a role like this before.

Things start to go awry for Sue Ann when she crosses paths with a group of teens in town, who she buys alcohol for. Despite their age gap, Sue Ann - who instructs Maggie and her friends to call her "Ma" - leaps at the opportunity to be social and invites the group back to party in the basement of her home. Of course, because this is a scary movie, this isn't a touching story about a kindhearted group of teenagers bringing a lonely older woman out of her shell. Instead, things quickly get sinister as
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Octavia Spencer Thinks ‘Ma’ Will Live With You For A While

Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor have been close ever since acting together in a 2000 short film, and that partnership has proven to be a fruitful one for both. Since becoming a director, Taylor has cast Spencer in five of his movies, including The Help, which won Spencer an Academy Award in 2012. It would [...]

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Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: ‘These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color’

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Octavia Spencer on ‘Ma’: ‘These Types of Roles Haven’t Really Been Available to Women of Color’
Octavia Spencer is taking control.

While it sounds strange to presume that the career of an Oscar-winning actress and producer with over 125 credits is somehow outside of her control, Spencer is taking her sweet-as-pie image and burning it with “Ma.” Well, she’s actually getting it drunk, stalking it, sewing up its lips, and generally terrorizing it, but that’s beside the point.

In the horror thriller, Spencer plays a lonely veterinary aide named Sue Anne who starts partying with a group of high schoolers after they ask her to buy them booze. Sue Anne invites them over to her home, and Ma’s basement quickly becomes the hotspot for teens looking to drink. But as quickly as the fun begins, everything — including Ma — starts to unravel, and eventually the party is over, for everyone.

Spencer, at the film’s premiere in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night, highlighted the
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Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes

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Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes
Exclusive: Tate Taylor (The Help) has gathered an all-star cast for his upcoming comedy-drama Breaking News In Yuba County, including Allison Janney, Mila Kunis (Bad Moms), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black).

Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$), Jimmi Simpson (Date Night) and Keong Sim (Dead To Me) will also star while Oscar-nominee Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County), Golden Globe nominee Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom) and Emmy-winner Wanda Sykes (Bad Moms) are in advanced negotiations to join. Like Taylor’s Oscar-nominated box office hit The Help, this is a cast packed with girl power. Additional names are also expected to join the impressive ensemble.

Shoot is due to get underway in Mississippi next month. Laura Dern was previously aboard but had to drop off for scheduling reasons. Script comes from Amanda Idoko.

Recent Oscar-winner Janney will portray a pencil pusher
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Octavia Spencer on Horror Film 'Ma': "It's Definitely a Cautionary Tale"

Octavia Spencer on Horror Film 'Ma':
Octavia Spencer and director Tate Taylor premiered Ma, their first horror film Thursday evening at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. The two joined the rest of the Ma cast on the red carpet along with producers Jason Blum and John Norris of Blumhouse Productions.

"For [Spencer and I] to drive out here so long ago with no clue and then be here tonight — with her as the lead of a movie — it’s pretty mind-blowing," Taylor told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet.

Spencer and Taylor met in 1995 as production assistants on director Joel Schumacher’...
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Come To Daddy Acquired by Saban Films for Us Distribution

A potential bonding opportunity between estranged father (Stephen McHattie) and son (Elijah Wood) takes a demented turn when some surprise visitors show up in Ant Timpson's feature-length directorial debut, Come to Daddy. Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and ahead of its screening at the Overlook Film Festival, Come to Daddy has been acquired by Saban Films for Us distribution.

A theatrical release for Come to Daddy is being planned, but an exact release date has yet to be announced. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed.

In the meantime, we have the full press release and previously released clip below, and in case you missed it, read Heather's Tribeca interview with Timpson and Wood.

From the Press Release: Los Angeles – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired Us rights to producer Ant Timpson’s directorial debut Come to Daddy,
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‘Black Sails’ Executive Producers Sign Fox 21 Television Studios Deal

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‘Black Sails’ Executive Producers Sign Fox 21 Television Studios Deal
Black Sails’ co-creator Jon Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Schotz have signed an overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios.

Under the three-year deal, the pair will develop and run series for the studio. The deal is the twelfth such agreement that the combined Fox 21 TV and 20th Fox TV have signed since the Disney takeover.

Other creatives who have signed with Disney’s new TV acquisition include Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux, Drew Goddard, Jason Winer, Octavia Spencer, Nora Smith, Jake Kasdan & Melvin Mar, Marlene King, Liz Meriwether, Amy Holden Jones, Dan Fogelman and Jon M. Chu.

“Jon is both an incredibly talented creator and a force of nature as a showrunner. He’s one of the best multi-takers we’ve ever worked with. Together with his producing partner Dan Shotz, we have every belief that he’ll be a major supplier to the Disney platforms and a big presence
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Jon Steinberg & Dan Shotz Sign Overall Deal With Fox 21 TV Studios

Black Sails co-creator Jon Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz have signed a three-year overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios to develop and run series for the studio.

Steinberg and Shotz were most recently executive producers on the Apple streaming series, See. Prior to that, Steinberg executive produced and co-created three-time Emmy winner Black Sails, which ran for four seasons, and on which Shotz served as executive producer and writer. Steinberg was the executive producer and creator of Human Target, which he developed along with Wonderland Sound and Vision, DC Comics, Warner Bros. and Fox. Steinberg also co-created and produced the CBS series Jericho.

“Jon is both an incredibly talented creator and a force of nature as a showrunner,” said Bert Salke, President of Fox 21 Television Studios. He’s one of the best multi-takers we’ve ever worked with. Together with his producing partner Dan Shotz, we have
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‘Secret Life Of Pets 2’ To Have Upper Paw Over ‘Dark Phoenix’ – Early B.O. Projections

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In the weekend showdown on June 7-9 between Illumination/Universal’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Fox/Disney’s X-Men finale Dark Phoenix, the household critters are poised to beat the mutants in their openings, $63M+ to $50M.

Some B.O. analysts think Pets 2 could even do more, maybe as high as $70M. The first 2016 movie opened to a massive $104.3M in U.S./Canada and amassed $368.3M stateside and over $875M worldwide.

Uni will bet on the longer leg potential of Pets 2 given the flood of event pics in the late May corridor including Aladdin, Warner Bros./Legendary’s Godzilla King of Monsters, and of course Dark Phoenix. The first Pets had the weekend all to itself.

Pets 2 has a full Symphony campaign to come over the next few weeks where all areas of Comcast, NBCU and Sky will activate across the entire portfolio to amplify promotional materials surrounding the film,
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Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election As SAG-aftra President

Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election As SAG-aftra President
Gabrielle Carteris is seeking re-election as president of SAG-aftra, a post she’s held since 2016. She’ll be running at the top the union’s majority party, Unite for Strength.

Matthew Modine, running at the top of the union’s opposition party, Membership First, was the first to announce that he will challenge her for the presidency. Ballots will be mailed to members on July 29 and tabulated August 28.

“While our employers are consolidating and attempting to squeeze our earnings,” Carteris said, “we have proven that a united front is our best weapon in fighting for fair wages, safety on sets and protection of all our members — especially those who are most vulnerable. As SAG-AFTRA President, I’ve seen firsthand the power of our members. With fierce determination we won the Interactive strike, revolutionized the Commercials contract, and transformed High Budget Streaming residuals. We’ve set the stage for
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Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election as SAG-AFTRA President

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SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will seek re-election as the union’s top national officer and the head of the ticket for the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide factions.

Carteris made the announcement on Thursday, two weeks after actor Matthew Modine said he was running as the lead candidate for Membership First, the self-styled progressive faction of the performers union. Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on Aug. 28.

Carteris has been president since 2016, when she was voted in by the national board to replace Ken Howard following his death. Carteris headed the Unite for Strength ticket two years ago, fending off challenges from Membership First’s Esai Morales, and independents Peter Antico and Robert B. Martin, Jr. SAG-aftra’s 80-member national board is the key ruling body for the union, which has about 160,000 members.

Carteris unveiled high-profile endorsements on Thursday from Octavia Spencer,
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‘Snowpiercer’ Lives: TBS Revives Long-Delayed TV Adaptation, But It Won’t Premiere For Another Year

The long-in-the-works “Snowpiercer” television series will live to see another day. TBS has announced it is reviving the dropped TNT adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 science-fiction action film of the same name. The series stars Jennifer Connelly opposite “Hamilton” and “Blindspotting” breakout Daveed Diggs. In a sign of confidence, TBS has renewed “Snowpiercer” for a second season. The show’s debut run will kickoff next year.

Snowpiercer” has been in development for four years. The series was originally announced in 2015 with “Sarah Connor Chronicles” creator Josh Friedman attached as showrunner. TNT picked up the pilot in November 2016 but the project got stalled over creative differences between the network and Friedman. The showrunner left the series just as TNT announced in January 2018 it was picking up “Snowpiercer” straight to series. “Orphan Black” co-creator Graeme Manson replaced Friedman, but the hire led to drama as Friedman publicly bashed Manson for taking over without consulting him first.
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Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches adds Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock as filming begins

With principal photography now underway, director Robert ZemeckisRoald Dahl adaptation The Witches has made two new additions to its cast in Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones) and Chris Rock (Grown Ups), joining the previously announced Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Octavia Spencer (The Help) and newcomers Jahzir Kadeem Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick.

The official synopsis for the reimagining of the classic children’s book reads:

The Witches tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. The boy and his grandmother come across some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, so Grandma wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe
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Stanley Tucci joins the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’

Stanley Tucci has been added to the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.

Also joining Tucci on the cast is comedian Chris Rock. Both Tucci and Rock join the already cast Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, the role previously played by Angelica Houston in the 1990 classic, and Octavia Spencer who will play the role of the grandmother of the main character Bruno.

It has been reported that the new version will be staying closer to the novel than the 1990 offering which was merely a loose adaptation. The film follows a seven-year-old boy (Bruno) who has a run-in with real-life witches.

Zemeckis, as well as directing, will also pen the script. He will also serve as producer with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.

Also in news – Mackenzie Foy and Kate Winslet to star
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Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield to Star in Tammy Faye Pic for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)

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Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield to Star in Tammy Faye Pic for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield are on board to star in the Fox Searchlight biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” with “The Big Sick” director Michael Showalter on board to helm.

Based on the documentary “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato from World of Wonder, the film tells the extraordinary and outlandish rise, fall and redemption of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, played by Garfield and Chastain. In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and sexual scandal tore their marriage apart
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Top Female Duos In Film and TV

When professional con artist Josephine is impressed by Penny’s small-time con skills, she takes Penny under her wing and attempts to train her to become a skilled pro. Hilarity ensues as Penny fails to live up to Josephine’s classy and crafty standards.

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson utilise their expansive comedic experience to deliver a hilarious story of two very different women coming together to shake up the system. To celebrate The Hustle’s release on May 10th, we’re taking a look at some of the best female duos in film and TV.

Thelma and Louise – Thelma and Louise

Perhaps the most iconic female duo of all time, Thelma and Louise stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as the films follows the two best friends in their journey on the run from the police. Whilst on a weekend holiday together, Thelma and Louise are provoked to shoot and kill an attempted rapist,
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‘Bob’s Burgers’ EPs Lizzie & Wendy Molyneux Ink Multi-Year Overall Deal With 20th TV

Bob’s Burgers executive producers Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux have signed a three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind Fox’s hit animated series. Under the pact, the duo will continue to work on Bob’s Burgers, which has been renewed for a 10th season, as well as their animated series in development at Fox, The Great North, and will develop additional projects.

Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux have worked on the past nine seasons of Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive’s critically acclaimed series Bob’s Burgers. On the film side, they recently finished writing The People We Hate at the Wedding for FilmNation and Michael DeLuca.

“We’re really grateful and excited to remain here at our creative home and to keep working with Jonnie, Dana, Peter and Howard,” said Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux. “They’ve always been incredibly supportive even though we’ve been perfectly
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Indie Film Producers Fight Series in Battle for Talent, Learn to Adapt

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Indie Film Producers Fight Series in Battle for Talent, Learn to Adapt
Just a few years ago, it would’ve been tough to imagine bankable movie stars such as Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep booking lead roles on TV series. Yet dealmakers arriving in Cannes looking to assemble indie features, while buoyed by a robust economy, are saddled with a painful Achilles’ heel: dozens upon dozens of streaming services, cable and pay TV channels are competing for the same top talent, both behind and in front of the camera. While independents are strategizing ways to fill their pipelines with quality content and recognizable faces, it’s a tough battle.

Even once-reliable supporting actors in features, like Cannes vet Margo Martindale (who stars with Melissa McCarthy in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Kitchen” and toplines the CAA/Secret Engine-repped acquisition title “Blow the Man Down”), feels “where movies are being made now are on 10-episode or streaming shows” like her Amazon series, “Sneaky Pete.
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