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‘Lost’ Alum Elizabeth Mitchell, ‘Hunger Games’ Actress Willow Shields Star In ‘When Time Got Louder’

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‘Lost’ Alum Elizabeth Mitchell, ‘Hunger Games’ Actress Willow Shields Star In ‘When Time Got Louder’
Exclusive: Emmy-nominee Elizabeth Mitchell, Willow Shields, and Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale) have signed on to star in When Time Got Louder, a coming-of-age indie drama from first-time feature director Connie Cocchia.

Piper Curda, Ava Capri (Blast Beat) and newcomer Jonathan Michael Simao also co-star in the film which was written by Cocchia.

It follows Abbie (Shields) as she departs for college, leaving her parents Mark (Munro) and Tish (Mitchell), and her brother Kayden (Simao) who has autism and is non-verbal. As she explores her newfound independence with her roommate Jen (Curda) and falls in love with a girl named Karly (Capri), Abbie is torn between her new life and the guilt of leaving her brother as her family struggles to care for him in her absence.

Cocchia, who has a brother impacted by autism,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Roma’ Becomes First Netflix Film With DVD Release

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Film News Roundup: ‘Roma’ Becomes First Netflix Film With DVD Release
In today’s film news roundup, “Roma” is getting a DVD release, Joaquin Phoenix backs an animal rights documentary, Humanitas announces nominations and “The Wretched” finds a home.

Roma DVD

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” has become the first Netflix movie to get a Blu-Ray and DVD release, thanks to the Criterion Collection launching a special edition in February.

The release will include five separate documentaries about the creation of the film, and will feature the same 4K master and Dolby Atmos sound that were in the theatrical release. The movie won Academy Awards for Cuaron’s directing and cinematography along with the foreign-language film Oscar.

Roma” follows Yalitza Aparicio, who plays a live-in housekeeper in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. It became Mexico’s first winner of the Oscar for foreign-language feature. The pic, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, joined foreign-language movies “Life Is Beautiful,
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IFC Midnight Takes North American Rights To Fantasia Horror ‘The Wretched’

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IFC Midnight Takes North American Rights To Fantasia Horror ‘The Wretched’
Exclusive: IFC Midnight has picked up North American rights to Fantasia premiere The Wretched, written and directed by Brett and Drew Pierce (Deadheads).

The horror stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, and Jamison Jones, with special effects by Erik Porn (Fear The Walking Dead). Producing are Chang Tseng and Ed Polgardy. Release is set for 2020.

The Wretched follows a defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, who faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of the woman next door.

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Aijah Keith of IFC Films with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.

Bocco, Evp of Acquisitions and Productions for IFC Films, said, “The Wretched is sure to hit the right nerve for genre fans and mainstream audiences flocking to embrace stories with dark folkloric origins, and we
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Frightfest 2019: ‘The Wretched’ Review

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Stars: John-Paul Howard, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Quezada Bloomgarden, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Richard Ellis, Blane Crockarell, Judah Abner Paul, Ja’layah Washington, Amy Waller | Written and Directed by Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

A film by the brothers Pierce (Bret and Drew), The Wretched is a horror flick about a teenage kid named Ben who goes to battle with an ancient witch who is living beneath the skin of the woman next door. That’s the summary, the plot synopsis, the nut-shell on the back of the VHS cover (erm… Blu-ray case) but there’s much more to The Wretched than that.

Ben (John-Paul Howard) is struggling with dealing with his parents’ divorce, and is staying with his Dad in a seaside town for the summer. Their relationship is strained and Ben is doing his best to mingle with the locals in order to get through his time away from home.
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‘The Wretched’ Review: Dir. Brett Pierce & Drew T. Pierce (2019) [Fantasia]

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A horror movie, no matter how big or small, can die on the strength of its monster/ghoul/masked killer you name it. If your central boogey figure just doesn’t leave a lasting impression, your flick can be pretty dead in the water. In the case of The Wretched, that chief nasty comes in the form of a witch, ready to feast on the on the souls of forgotten children. And thankfully for the film, she’s a creepy, gory success.

The film follows teenager Ben (John-Paul Howard), who is struggling with his parents impending divorce. When he goes to stay with his Dad in a sleepy harbour town, he soon begins to suspect that something may not be quite right with the neighbours. Sure enough, he finds himself facing off with an ancient witch who has inhabited the body of the woman next door,
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Fantasia Film Review: ‘The Wretched’

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Fantasia Film Review: ‘The Wretched’
While vampires and zombies are evergreen horror movie favorites, the motion picture arts have not been particularly kind to that bush-league cousin, the killer tree-spirit. Two of the better-known among relatively few examples are esteemed by bad movie aficionados: There was 1957’s drive-in special “From Hell It Came,” in which an actor lumbering around in a large tree-stump costume squeezed victims to death with his branches; and 1990’s “The Guardian,” a homicidal-wood-nymph thriller that flopped so badly director William Friedkin omitted any mention of it from his otherwise comprehensive career memoir.

There will, happily, be no such cringing required by either makers or viewers of “The Wretched,” an accomplished second feature by Brett and Drew T. Pierce (billed as “the Pierce Brothers”) that is good fun in a vaguely retro, “Lost Boys”-type teen horror way. The absence of marquee value in cast or franchise terms may relegate it to home formats.
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Fantasia '19: The Wretched Gets Under the Skin: A Film Review

Directors/writers: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce. Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai and Zarah Mahler. The Wretched is the latest horror film from the Pierce Bros.. Recently completed, the film had its World Premiere in Montreal. At Fantasia, the cast and crew were in attendance to give a behind-the-scenes point-of-view on the film's production and story. Based on the Boo Hag, a witch has come to town and protagonist Ben (John-Paul Howard) has some strange, new neighbours. Meanwhile, there is lots of action on-screen to keep the film moving along at a quick clip. Not to be missed, The Wretched provides lots of chills and a great story to entertain film fans. The film begins with Ben. Ben is not happy with his parent's recent divorce. But, he is even less happy when his new neighbours begin to act strangely. One mother, Abbie (Zarah Mahler), is inhabited by a creature,
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Fantasia Review: Body Count and Identity Have No Limits in ‘The Wretched’

A witch that feeds on forgotten children has taken hold of a sleepy lakeside village in Michigan. It’s because its victims are “forgotten,” however, that nobody ever seems to notice. Not only do the adults assist it by either providing themselves as vessel (it steps into the skin of women) or servant (men are turned to drones with a whisper), they have no reason to fight back since what they would be fighting for no longer exists to them. Maybe this “dark mother” will infiltrate a target’s home and steal away control from within or perhaps it will lure in unsuspecting bystanders who still remember and thus have become liabilities. We can never know how long it’s been happening and ultimately must assume it’s never stopped.

As a result, writers/directors Brett and Drew T. Pierce don’t have to pretend this supernatural creature isn’t real.
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Fantasia 2019: Evil Moves in Next Door in the Teaser Trailer & Poster for The Wretched

The Wretched was included in Sara Clements' list of "Five Female-Centric Films We Can’t Wait to See" at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, and ahead of its world premiere at the fest, we've been provided with the film's teaser trailer to share with Daily Dead readers, offering an eerie look at an ancient evil that moves in next door to a teenager one fateful summer.

Written and directed by Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce, The Wretched stars John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water), Piper Curda (I Didn’t Do It), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl), and Kevin Bigley (Netflix’s Upload).

The Wretched will make its world premiere at Fantasia on Friday, July 19th. To learn more, visit the film's official page on Fantasia's website, check out the teaser trailer (following its premiere on Bloody Disgusting) and poster below, and go here to catch up on
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Liam Hemsworth, Richard Dreyfuss Films Join Fantasia Fest Lineup

Liam Hemsworth, Richard Dreyfuss Films Join Fantasia Fest Lineup
The Fantasia International Film Festival, North America’s largest genre film event, on Wednesday released the first wave of titles for its upcoming 23rd edition.

The fest, which is set to run July 11-Aug. 1 in Montreal, will feature world premieres for the Liam Hemsworth-starring action thriller Killerman, directed by Malik Bader; Bobby Miller's Critters Attack!, starring Dee Wallace and Tashiana Washington; Harold Holscher's 8, a horror film that hinges on African folklore and mythology; and Brett and Drew Pierce's witchcraft drama The Wretched, starring John-Paul Howard and Piper Curda.

Fantasia also has booked North American premieres for Shelagh McLeod'...
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Rowan Blanchard Blogs Behind the Scenes at Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Photo Shoot

Rowan Blanchard Blogs Behind the Scenes at Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Photo Shoot
Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at a photo shoot? Well, wonder no more! We tapped Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard to share the scoop. Earlier this week, Rowan and fellow Disney stars Olivia Holt, Piper Curda, Skai Jackson, Kelli Berglund and G. Hannelius headed to San Francisco for a Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion-themed photo shoot. The girls had a great time shooting at Lucasfilm, where they even got to take some time out and tour the historic studio—shout out to Boba Fett! Rowan is sharing her diary of the shoot exclusively with us. Read on for all the inside dish straight from Rowan! — Sunday, Sept. 28 12:15 p.m.: The beginning of the trip...
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Exclusive! 26 Disney Channel Stars Team Up For the Best 'Frozen' Cover Ever—First Look!

Check out first look photos of Girl Meets World's Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter singing "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

Grab a jacket and cozy up with a cup of cocoa—it's about to get pretty chilly on Disney Channel this weekend!

26 of Disney Channel's biggest and brightest stars are coming together to celebrate en entire weekend dedicated to Frozen, Disney's Academy Award winning film and pop culture phenomenon. That's right, cancel all of your plans from July 18-20 because Olaf is gifting fans with brand new episodes of your favorite Disney Channel hits, as well as a special Saturday Sing-Along to six songs from Frozen's flawless soundtrack.

As for the main event? Disney darlings such as Girl Meets World's Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter, and I Didn't Do It's Olivia Holt and Piper Curda, took time out of their beyond busy schedules to come together and sing a live rendition
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I Didn't Do It: Season Two for Disney Channel Series

Disney Channel has renewed their comedy series I Didn't Do It for a second season. Starring Olivia Holt, Austin North, Piper Curda, Peyton Clark, and Sarah Gilman, the sitcom follows a group of teen friends as they try to explain strange happenings.

Here's the press release:

Disney Channel orders second season of its Comedy Series "I Didn't Do It"

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the comedy series "I Didn't Do It," starring popular actress and recording artist Olivia Holt (Disney Xd's "Kickin' It"), Austin North, Piper Curda, Peyton Clark, and Sarah Gilman. It was announced today by Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. The series premiered in January and season to date is Disney Channel’s #1 series among Tweens 9-14 (a tie) and ranks among the network’s Top 5 series with both Kids 2-11
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'I Didn't Do It': Trendy or original, designing teen fashion is always fun

Even in high schools where uniforms are not required, students tend to dress alike, usually in jeans. Kids on teams tend to wear their sport uniforms, and there are always the few Goths in black.

But most high schools do not have students dressing up as much as they do in Disney Channel's new comedy "I Didn't Do It." The half-hour series follows twins Logan and Lindy (Austin North, Olivia Holt) and their pals in their freshman year of high school. The pilot had them throwing a party when the parents were away.

Sure, the parents hired someone they thought would be a responsible adult to watch the kids. The parents returned to find their home trashed -- a goat munching on mom's wedding gown, a pizza on the ceiling, a pregnant boa in the couch cushions and a baby sitter in her 90s passed out in the hot tub.
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Disney Channels Orders Olivia Holt’s Flashback Comedy

Tagging along with the news of Girl Meets World being picked up, the Disney Channel has also ordered a series starring Kickin’ It’s Olivia Holt that will be a riskier sell to audiences, but sounds like it could be a fun, gimmicky show. If paired with Girl Meets World, I think the two could do well together. However, because the new show, I Didn’t Do It, so heavily relies on its gimmick, it could turn stale quickly. But that’s the risk of running a show with a central concept that isn’t likely to waver. It comes down to the writers finding unique ways to tell different stories every week.

In a nutshell, I Didn’t Do It centers on fraternal twins Lindy (Holt) and Logan Watson (Austin North) and their friends as freshmen in high school. Each episode will, according to THR, have a “What just happened?
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Comedy ‘I Didn’t Do It’ Gets Series Order At Disney Channel

Disney Channel has picked up to series comedy pilot I Didn’t Do It starring Olivia Holt (Disney Xd’s Kickin’ It, Disney Channel’s Girl Vs. Monster) and newcomer Austin North (Kickin’ It). Created by Tod Himmel (90210) and Josh Silverstein (So Random!), I Didn’t Do It centers on ultra-competitive fraternal twins Lindy and Logan Watson (Holt, North), who, together with their best friends (Piper Curda, Sarah Gilman, Peyton Clark), navigate their freshman year of high school. Each episode begins with a comedic “what just happened?” situation as Lindy and Logan each spin their own accounts in the form of flashbacks. Production will begin this summer in Los Angeles for a scheduled early 2014 premiere. Himmel and Judd Pillot executive produce, with Silverstein serving as supervising producer. The pickup comes on the heels of Disney Channel’s series order earlier this week to Boy Meets World sequel Girl Meets World.
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