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July 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include We Have Always Lived In The Castle, Deadsight, Night Owl

For our first week of home media releases for the month of July, we are starting things off with a modest assortment of titles making their way to both Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Vinegar Syndrome is showing some love to the gritty vampire flick Night Owl this week, and Rlje Films is unleashing Deadsight on both formats as well.

For those of you who dig action flicks, Escape Plan: The Extractors hits both Blu and DVD on Tuesday, and be sure to check out We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which is an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s haunting novel.

Other releases for July 12th include Robert Reborn, High Moon, Soul Reaper, and Nightmare Shark.


Mara Madigan is a pregnant police officer about to go on maternity leave. But on her last day on the job, she wakes up to a world ravaged by a nightmarish and
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Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’

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Shanghai Film Review: ‘The Wolf Hour’
Run a finger along any of the surfaces in Alistair Banks Griffin’s sophomore feature “The Wolf Hour,” and it will come up slicked with sweat, grime and the residual soot of the city. It is the summer of 1977, and it’s hotter than hell. June Leigh (Naomi Watts) perches on the window sill of the squalid Bronx apartment she dares not leave, facing right into a lethargic fan that scarcely even stirs the wavy brown hair off her sticky shoulders. Outside, little blisters of violence and intimidation erupt on the tinder-box streets, and somewhere nearby, Son of Sam is murdering women with wavy brown hair. “Hello from the gutters of New York City,” the serial killer writes in letters to the papers, and though Griffin’s heavy-on-atmosphere, light-on-plot film takes place almost exclusively five floors up from ground level, those gutters feel palpably, oppressively close.

The Wolf Hour” is a peculiar film,
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The Wolf Hour | 2019 Sundance Film Festival Review

Watts the Matter with Naomi?: Griffin Mines Madness in All-Consuming Character Study

Director Alistair Banks Griffin revisits one helluva hot summer in the city with his highly anticipated sophomore feature The Wolf Hour, arriving nearly a decade after his lauded 2010 debut Two Gates of Sleep. A woman named June seems to be dying a slow death in a dirty hovel during July of 1977 in the South Bronx. A staggering heat wave aggravates a city already ill at ease, violent tendencies birthing the onslaught of serial killer David Berkowitz’s infamous Summer of Sam, and we’re introduced to an unrelentingly grim landscape which seems to be absorbing its protagonist, a troubled woman suffering from agoraphobia while a decade-old trauma continues to haunt her.…
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'The Wolf Hour': Film Review | Sundance 2019

'The Wolf Hour': Film Review | Sundance 2019
A deglammed Naomi Watts puts herself through the wringer as a paranoid agoraphobic, holed up in the South Bronx apartment of her late grandmother on a diet of cigarettes and booze while New York shudders, sweats and burns in The Wolf Hour. It's 1977, the Summer of Sam, and the escalating murder count is spreading panic through the city. But the condition of Watts' character June Leigh, a counterculture novelist whose first book was a sensation, is of her own making. Or is it? Those are the basics of writer-director Alistair Banks Griffin's claustrophobic psychological thriller, a showy acting ...
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Spike Lee: Oscar Saga Links ‘Do The Right Thing’ & ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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Spike Lee: Oscar Saga Links ‘Do The Right Thing’ & ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Thirty years after Do the Right Thing, Spike Lee is finally an Oscar-nominated director. The 61-year-old firebrand filmmaker from Brooklyn also has a film nominated in the best picture category for the first time, all thanks to BlacKkKlansman, the screen adaptation of a memoir by a black Colorado police detective who successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

Lee was ebullient Tuesday about the nominations and said he was being inundated by messages from well-wishers and longtime collaborators. Many of those well-wishers mentioned Do the Right Thing, a title that has a wry irony for followers of Oscar history. The film is regarded as a classic but it didn’t make it into the best picture race. The trophy that year went instead to Driving Miss Daisy, a far gentler tale of American race relations.

The déjà vu aspect of Lee’s odyssey is enhanced by the fact that BlacKkKlansman is
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Riveting Teaser Scene for Impuratus is Already Stunning Film Audiences

By: Debra Wallace

Jody Quigley truly embodies the suspenseful characters that he portrays, and as a result, his latest horror movie, Impuratus, is no exception. In fact, he spent hours in a make-up chair where an expert make-up artist worked to turn him into a 90-year old man.

The 38-year-old actor, best known for the suspense thriller, Apparition, portrays two stages in the life of Daniel Glassman in Impuratus; a young Civil War soldier, and a much older version of the man on his deathbed grappling with demons.

The stunning Teaser/Promo/Scene for Impuratus — an actual scene from the movie — complete with haunting music and special effects, has already won more than 20 festival awards around the world.

Now, the producers are seeking to attain the funding needed for a green light on the production. With expert writing, a talented cast, high production values, and many twists and turns, Impuratus clearly leaves us wanting more…
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Spike Lee’s Secret Weapon For 30 Years: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Composer Terence Blanchard

Spike Lee’s Secret Weapon For 30 Years: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Composer Terence Blanchard
For three decades, Spike Lee has been one of the most reliable figures in American cinema, but one of his regular collaborators often hides in the credits: Composer Terence Blanchard has been a major part of Lee’s work since “School Daze” in 1988. Blanchard, who currently serves as the frontman for New Orleans-based jazz band The E-Collective, has been the source of emotionally resonant scores on many of Lee’s best works, from “Summer of Sam” to “25th Hour” and “Inside Man.”

For the latest Spike Lee joint, “BlacKkKlansman,” Blanchard and his band composed the catchy electric guitar lick that imbues 1970s drama with countercultural attitude. The story of black police officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan by using a “white voice” on the phone, expands into a complex meditation on America’s torturous racial divide through the ages, and Blanchard’s music imbues
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John Travolta in Speed Kills Available on Blu-ray and DVD January 15th

Legendary two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta leads the way when Speed Kills arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and Digital January 15 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Based upon the true-crime book of the same name, the film also stars Katheryn Winnick and Jennifer Esposito. This action-packed thrill ride is full of explosive special effects and its high-stakes game of cat and mouse will leave you on the edge of your seat. The Speed Kills Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99 and $19.98, respectively.

John Travolta commands the screen as Ben Aronoff, a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire living the American Dream. But Ben hides a dangerous secret life: His boats are being used to move cocaine through Miami. Suddenly caught in a crossfire between DEA agents and the mob, Ben makes a desperate stand to save
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Spike Lee Set For Career Honor From Palm Springs Film Festival

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Spike Lee Set For Career Honor From Palm Springs Film Festival
Spike Lee, who’s in this year’s awards race with BlackKklansman, is set to receive the the Career Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival during its Awards Gala on January 3.

The outspoken filmmaker’s long career ranges from such 1980s fare as She’s Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing through Malcom X, Get on the Bus and Summer of Sam to the more recent OldBoy, Inside Man and Chi-Raq. BlackKklansman stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

“Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” Psiff Chairman Harold Matzner said. “In BlacKkKlansman, Lee
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Spike Lee to receive Palm Springs fest career honour

Spike Lee to receive Palm Springs fest career honour
Regina King to collect Psiff Chairman’s Award.

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (Psiff) film awards gala on January 3.

Lee’s honour follows the announcement earlier this week that If Beale Street Could Talk star Regina King will receive the Chairman’s Award at the show.

Lee joins previously announced honourees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, King, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the film Green Book.

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood,
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Notes On The Season: New York Contenders Come Out; Branagh Sneaks Shakespeare Into Race; Bertolucci’s Memorable Oscar Night

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.

The Big Apple, where I am this week, has put itself at the center of the awardsverse in the past few days as three early groups try to put their mark on the race and act as influencers. But for Deadline the really big event is happening all day Saturday as we launch the first ever Deadline’s The Contenders New York at the DGA Theatre, where an impressive group of stars and filmmakers will gather to discuss and show previews of their Oscar-worthy work in front an invited audience of NY Academy and key guild members. Starting off at 10 a.m. with Rob Marshall and the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, and wrapping at 4 p.m. with Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek, we will present New Yorkers with their own taste of what Deadline already has done this season in London,
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Lincoln: NBC's Bone Collector TV Series Cast and Details

Joseph Baxter Mar 14, 2019

NBC's Lincoln will adapt The Bone Collector, the 1999 crime thriller based on the novel by Jeffery Deaver.

The Bone Collector is about to be collected by NBC. The Peacock Network is moving forward with a serial television adaptation of the Jeffery Deaver crime novel-turned 1999 movie, which starred Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. However, the small screen adaptation will brandish the title, Lincoln, named after investigator main character Lincoln Rhyme.

Last November, NBC committed to bringing the murky murder mystery of The Bone Collector to television with a premium script – adapting Deaver’s original 1997 novel of the same name – by the duo of VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli. The series – a production of Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television in association with Keshet Studios – will see the scribes joined by executive producers in Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, and Rachel Kaplan.

Directing the Lincoln pilot will be Seth Gordon,
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Doc Corner: 'Studio 54'

By Glenn Dunks

The most famous nightclub of the 20th century ran for only 33 months, but has gifted us with decades worth of memories. Studio 54, inarguably the pinnacle of 1970s disco decadence was a home for reckless hedonistic abandon and affected sexual liberation all under the appropriately throbbing beat of Donna Summer, Sylvester and Thelma Houston. A celebrity haunt and a genuine phenomenon with girls in fur coats and boys in short shorts and Cadillacs circling the block, it was the place to be even if you couldn't get in.

Studio 54 has played a good sized role in movies, too, so it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to get a comprehensive documentary about it. There have been movies like 54 (recommended in Director’s Cut format and nothing else) and others like Summer of Sam set against Studio’s influential disco beat. And, of course, any documentary about the 1970s,
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Spike Lee movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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Spike Lee movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’
After more than 30 years behind the camera, Spike Lee remains one of the most provocative filmmakers working. His latest examination of American racism, “BlacKkKlansman,” has gotten some of the best reviews of his career. How does it compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of Lee’s 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best.

Lee debuted with the independent breakout hit “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), made when he was just 29 years old. The film helped usher in a new era of black cinema, paving the way for the likes of John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”), Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Lee Daniels (“Precious”), Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), and Dee Rees (“Mudbound”) to make a variety of films about the African American experience.

He earned his first Oscar nomination three years later:
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Soundtracking: "Chi-Raq"

by Chris Feil

Few filmmakers understand the power of the soundtrack as well as Spike Lee. The full force iconography of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” in Do the Right Thing is an integral part of the American cinematic lexicon. But there’s also the era authenticity of Summer of Sam, the haze of jazz over Mo Better Blues, and the largely undiscovered but brilliantly precise filming he did of Broadway’s Passing Strange. It’s a wonder that the closest he’s come to a true musical is Chi-Raq.
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The Link Next Door

• Brain Pickings Marilyn Monroe's unpublished poems on the anniversary of her death

• Vulture Every Tom Cruise performance ranked. Interesting and sound choices mostly though I don't understand the #1 choice at all.

• TV Line The Americans wins big at the Television Critics Awards while Killing Eve is named best new series

• Salon has a piece on MoviePass troubles that is the most sane and balanced I've read. (I'm so sick of the disdain most articles have for a subscription that has meant so much to so many people and convinced them to see more movies - only a good thing!)

• Coming Soon Patrick Stewart to lead Star Trek again

EW Lance Bass is buying the Brady Bunch house. Wha?

• Variety... spoke too soon. Lance Bass lost the house again. And it upset about the shady dealings!

Heated Discussion Point

As you may have heard by now Chloe Moretz has dissed
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Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman Gets a Late Summer 2018 Release Date

Focus Features has announced that Academy Award winning director Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman will open in theaters later this summer on August 10, 2018 starring previously announced John David Washington, Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Topher Grace (Traffic, Spider-Man 3).

From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth's real life as Colorado Springs's first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the Kkk at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award&#174 winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.

BlacKkKlansman is being produced by Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield for QC Entertainment,
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Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts In ‘The Wolf Hour’

Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Emory Cohen Join Naomi Watts In ‘The Wolf Hour’
Exclusive: Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Mudbound), Emory Cohen (War Machine) Brennan Brown (Focus), and Jeremy Bobb (Going in Style) round out the cast of the Alistair Banks Griffin-directed psychological thriller, The Wolf Hour, starring Naomi Watts as June Leigh (Watts), a cultural icon and activist during the 1960s, now fallen from grace and a shell of her former self. It's the notorious "Summer of Sam" and June only has to look out of her…
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Naomi Watts to star in psychological thriller The Wolf Hour

Variety is reporting that Naomi Watts has signed on to star in The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller from director Alistair Banks Griffin, which is being supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Project.

The film will see Watts as “a woman who was once a celebrated counter-culture figure who now lives alone in her Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world during the notorious “Summer of Sam” in 1977. As she retreats further into isolation, an unseen tormentor begins exploiting her weaknesses. Watts will also executive produce.”

The Wolf Hour delivers Hitchcockian tension in a densely layered world with a role that will exploit every fibre of Academy Award nominee Naomi Watt’s emotional range as an actor,” said Gabrielle Stewart, managing director of HanWay Films. “Director Alistair Banks Griffin has a clear vision of the world he is enveloping Watts in: all of our
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Summer of Sam Thriller The Wolf Hour Scores Naomi Watts

Variety has just announced that Naomi Watts will star in and executive produce the upcoming Summer of Sam-based psychological thriller The Wolf Hour. The film will be directed by Alistair Banks Griffin with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Bailey Conway Anglewicz producing… Continue Reading →

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