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Kat Dennings In "Byrdie"

Sneak Peek new images of actress Kat Dennings ("Thor The Dark World"), in the July 2015 edition of "Byrdie" :

"...with the help of hairstylist Gregory Russell and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, Dennings seamlessly transformed into her favorite sources of inspiration, from screen siren Sophia Loren to grunge rocker Eddie Vedder..."

A child actress, Dennings career took off after an appearance in the HBO series "Sex and the City", followed by roles in the features "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Big Momma's House 2", "Charlie Bartlett", "Raise Your Voice", "The House Bunny", "Defendor", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", "Thor" and "Thor The Dark World".

Dennings currently co-stars in the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls".

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Wff 2013: Defendor Director Returns With Heartfelt Drama Empire Of Dirt [Review]

A few years ago actor Peter Stebbings took a shot at directing and produced the hugely enjoyable quasi-superhero movie Defendor (review). Stebbings has been busy working in front of the camera for the last few years but recently he also managed some time to return to the director's chair with a very different drama, one that doesn't include masked heroes but rather a different type of hero.

Empire of Dirt stars newcomer Cara Gee as Lena, a hardworking single mother trying to deal with her rebellious teen daughter Peeka (Shay Eyre). Lena loses her job, she follows up on an opportunity that leads her to a strip club but she finally gives up on big city life when Peeka sniffs glue and lands her [Continued ...]
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'Empire of Dirt' Poster: Fighting the Cycle of Native Poverty (Exclusive)

  • Moviefone
Remember Peter Stebbings' last film, "Defendor"? Featuring Woody Harrelson in a wacky costume, the movie won people's hearts and was a smash hit at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

Vancouver-born Stebbings is back with "Empire of Dirt," which is set to premiere at this year's Tiff.

"Empire of Dirt" focuses on an impoverished single mother who's trying to save her teenage daughter from the streets. Also, the mother returns home and attempts to reconcile with her own mother.It's an interesting tri-level generational story, full of heartbreak and poignant moments.

Three native female protagonists -- Jennifer Podemski ("Take This Waltz"), Luke Kirby ("Take This Waltz") and fresh faces Cara Gee and Shahiyela Pourier-Eyre -- take on the lead roles.

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Podemski, who also produced the film, brought the script to Stebbings while he was editing "Defendor."

You can check out "Empire of Dirt" at Tiff.
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Kick-Ass: a violently weird cult favourite

With Kick-Ass 2 rolling into theatres, Stuart Heritage looks back at the original c-word sporting superhero comedy

Spoiler Alert: This blog is published ahead of the screening on Channel 4 tomorrow (Saturday) at 10pm. Do not read if you have not seen the film and don't want to know anything about it.

"With no power, comes no responsibility." – Dave Lizewski

It isn't out for another fortnight, but Kick-Ass 2 already has a fight on its hands. It's being released in the middle of a summer notable for its expensive flops, star Jim Carrey has publicly distanced himself from the film and some of the online clips are either disappointingly soggy or too full of regrettable bumfluff to be taken seriously.

But even if Kick-Ass 2 is a dog's dinner, at least we've still got the original. Released in 2010 on a wave of controversy – largely thanks to the 11-year-old girl who
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New trailer for The Colony

A new trailer for horror movie The Colony has emerged, revealing more of the film’s monsters.

Set in a ruined future caused by burning all our fossil fuels and tampering with nature (subtle message there maybe?), all humans are living in colonies under the snow. Colony 7 is lead by Briggs (Laurence Fishburne; Man of Steel) and after receiving a distress signal from Colony 5, decides to investigate. This uncovers a monstrous threat to their very existence.

It’s not clear yet, but extreme hunger plus, perhaps, some virus created by the changed earth, has caused the inhabitants of Colony 5 to become cannibals. In the trailer, the cannibals look and act seem to be a cross between the vampires from 30 Days of Night and the zombies from 28 Days Later. The trailer reminds me of both of those movies, as well as the 1982 classic, The Thing.

The film also stars Bill Paxton (Twister,
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Rupert Grint To Suit Up As Super Clyde

Rupert Grint is to star in the pilot for new comedy, Super Clyde.

Grint is, of course, best known for playing Ron Weasley, the faithful best friend of Harry Potter and has become one of the most famous faces in the world. Despite his megastardom, Grint has chosen to work on smaller projects since the franchise ended in 2011.

Super Clyde is one of two upcoming comedy pilots for CBS from Greg Garcia, who is best known for devising the superb (and under rated) My Name Is Earl. While there are few details about his other project (its a family comedy), Super Clyde has a very clear, if somewhat familiar plot;

‘Grint will play the title role of Clyde, the well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never feels like he really fits in. The avid comic book reader considers himself a borderline agoraphobic with mild to severe anxiety issues
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More Festival Dates Announced for The Last Will And Testament of Rosalind Leigh

Six more festival dates have been announced for Rodrigo Gudiño's The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (review here) along with an appearance by the director in Mexico City! Read on for details.

From the Press Release:

Rue Morgue Cinema, Raven Banner Entertainment, and Anchor Bay Entertainment are proud to announce the Swedish, Mexican, and Canadian premieres of The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh along with three other festival screenings this November. The premieres follow in the wake of a ten-city European festival run in October that saw premieres in Siena, Italy (where the film took the Audience Jury Prize) and the 45th Annual Sitges Fantatic Film Festival, among many others.

Confirmed November screenings with director Gudiño in attendance include:

Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden (Nov 7-18) Swedish premiere

St. Louis International Film Festival, Missouri (Nov 8-18)

Morbido Film Fest Patzcuaro, Michoacan (Nov 14-18) Mexican premiere

Morbido Film Fest Tijuana,
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Casting News: Kirby, Bruckner, Hunter

Empire of Dirt

Jennifer Podemski and Luke Kirby are set to star in "Defendor" director Peter Stebbings’ second feature "Empire of Dirt".

The story follows a single mother (Cara Gee) struggling to make ends meet as she tries to save her teenage daughter (Shahiyela Pourier-Eyre) from the streets. Podemski plays the single mom's mother, while Kirby is an ex-boyfriend. [Source: THR]

The Anna Nicole Smith Story

Agnes Bruckner ("Private Practice") will play former Playboy pinup Anna Nicole Smith in Lifetime's telemovie "The Anna Nicole Smith Story".

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the true story tale of the small town Texan girl who transforms herself into Anna Nicole Smith. [Source: The Live Feed]

Terrence Malick's Next

Set photos have revealed Holly Hunter can be spotted sharing a scene with Natalie Portman in Terrence Malick's currently shooting latest project.

Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale also star in the film about
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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Gets Distro

All you fans of Rue Morgue and its founding editor Rodrigo Gudiño will be happy to hear that his feature directorial debut will soon be available as The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh has two companies teaming up to distribute the movie.

Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Raven Banner Entertainment are working together to release the film. Look for the picture to drop in early 2013. For more check out the official Facebook page for The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. We also have the latest trailer for the film below.

From the Press Release

Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Raven Banner Entertainment are set to release Rue Morgue magazine publisher-turned-filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño's spooky first feature The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh in 2013. The film that Clive Barker called “a whole new direction in which to take the narrative experience in filmmaking” celebrated its
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Jolting Second Trailer for The Last Will And Testament of Rosalind Leigh; Festival Run Continues

Fans of Rue Morgue, rejoice! On tap for you right now are a new still, a new trailer, and news of a continued festival run for Rodrigo Gudiño's The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. Read on for the eye candy and updates!

From the Press Release

Rue Morgue Cinema and Raven Banner Entertainment are proud to announce the world premiere of The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh in competition at the 16th Annual Terra di Siena Film Festival in Italy (screening October 1) to be followed by its Spanish premiere at the 45th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (screening October 11), also in competition (Official Panorama). Written and directed by Rodrigo Gudiño, Rue Morgue president turned award-winning filmmaker, The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh will continue to premiere across the continent.

Confirmed festival dates include:

Terra Di Siena Film Festival, Italy (Oct 1) Sitges Fantastic Film Festival,
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Below Zero to Freeze DVD Shelves August 28th: Official Artwork

Screen Media Films is set to release Justin Thomas Ostensen's thriller, Below Zero. The DVD artwork is not that exciting. However, the film's trailer mixes a writer's imagination with an isolated locale. In a meat locker, Jack (Edward Furlong) hopes to clear up his writer's block. The trailer will clue viewers into the the fact that Jack went a little too far. Below Zero is set to release on DVD August 28th. No special features have been attached to this titled at this time. As well, Michael Berryman stars as a stalking serial killer while Kristin Booth (Defendor) has dreams of writing her own haunting stories. Revisit the film's trailer below and prepare for a blend of madness and reality August 28th. Release Date: August 28th, 2012 (DVD). Director: Justin Thomas Ostensen. Writer: Signe Olynyk. Cast: Edward Furlong, Michael Berryman, and Kristin Booth. The trailer for Below Zero is posted
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Rodrigo Gudino's Feature Debut The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh to Screen at Cannes 2012

Rue Morgue fans, the wait is almost over. Written and directed by the Morgue's Rodrigo Gudino, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh has a premiere screening date.

The Cannes Film Festival 2012 will be the place for the screening, with one show on May 19 and another on May 23. The film stars Aaron Poole (Small Town Murder Songs, Gangster Exchange), with Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Wrong Turn, Cube), Stephen Eric McIntyre (High Life, Fear X, The Lookout), Genie award winner Charlotte Sullivan (Population 436, Defendor, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster) and cult television icon Mitch Markowitz ("The Hilarious House of Frightenstein") rounding out the cast.

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From the Press Release

Producer Marco Pecota and writer/director Rodrigo Gudino of Rue Morgue Cinema announced their feature film debut The Last Will and Testament of
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Rampart Review

Director: Oren Moveman

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Foster

Running Time: 108 mins


Synopsis: Tough Cop Dave Brown is not your friendly neighbourhood bobby; he’s a world-weary ‘fascist’ who becomes embroiled in scandal after being caught on camera brutalising a criminal. Rampart follows Dave as his life unravels amidst the chaos of his controversies, his dubious brand of law enforcement and a complicated home life.

Woody Harrelson is one of Thn’s favourite actors; a man whose body of work and acting prowess is frequently downplayed or merely overlooked. Sure we all know the parts he’s played in Cheers, Natural Born Killers and more recently the brilliant Zombieland – but what about his show-stealing performances in the likes of Wag The Dog, The People Versus Larry Flint and Defendor? Seriously, the man is amazing and his performance in Rampart is another tick on long list of successes.
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Interview: Rampart Star Woody Harrelson!

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Woody Harrelson commanded the screen in such films as Natural Born Killers, No Country For Old Men, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Zombieland, Defendor and so much more. In Rampart, his latest feature directed by Oren Moverman, he gives one of his most impressive performances to date. This is the second film that Harrelson, Moverman and Ben Foster have worked on together, the first being the Academy Award nominated The Messenger. There is no surprise at the level of talent behind this real life...
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‘Rampart’ Trailer & Clips: Woody Harrelson Is A Really Bad Cop

Two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson has never been wary of tackling controversial roles, with a resume that includes memorable turns as a psychopathic serial killer (Natural Born Killers), “Hustler” founder Larry Flynt (The People vs. Larry Flynt), a drag queen (Anger Management), a costumed vigilante (Defendor), and an officer who spends his days meeting the families of recently-deceased soldiers (The Messenger), among many others.

Harrelson has been earning a good deal of buzz during the early stages of the 2011 Oscar season for his performance in Rampart, a “dirty cop” drama that reunites the actor with his Messenger director, Oren Moverman, and features a script co-penned by James Ellroy, a celebrated crime drama author/screenwriter whose credits include the original L.A. Confidential novel and the movie Street Kings.

Here is the plot setup for Rampart:

Los Angeles, 1999. Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) ...

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‘Rampart’ starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver – trailer review


Directed by: Oren Moverman

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright

Rating: R

Release Date: January 27, 2012

Trailer Score: 8/10

Thoughts by Tsr: Early on, the trailer promises Harrelson plays “the most corrupt cop you’ve ever seen on screen.” Hopefully the reviewer knows I’ve seen Bad Lieutenant and Werner Herzog’s crazier Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans.

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Tiff 2011 Adds Another Canadian Film to its Line-Up

The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which will be held between September 8 and 18, announced that another Canadian film called Winnie will be added to the Tiff's 2011 line-up.

Winnie, which is a co-production between Canada and South Africa, is a biographic drama about Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson), the wife of black South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). This film, which is based on the biography written by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, will follow Winnie Mandela during her childhood, her marriage with Nelson Mandela and her husband's life-sentence in the slammers.

The film Winnie will be included in the Gala category. It will accompany three other Canadian films that are very anticipated: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Ken Scott's Starbuck and Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz.

With the addition of Winnie, Canada will be represented at the 2011 Tiff with twenty-five films.

Let's notice that last year,
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Review: ‘Griff the Invisible’ Is an Oddly Sweet Look At the Heroics Of the Heart

Everyone’s familiar with the glut of comic book superhero films filling the multiplexes for better or worse, but the genre has a little bastard brother that continues to fly beneath the radar. This sub-genre shares a common theme in its placement of real people in the real world who only believe that they’re superheroes. Special with Michael Rapaport, Defendor with Woody Harrelson, and Super with Rainn Wilson are just a few examples, and one of the many elements they’ve shared is their American origin. But now Australia has found its own make believe superhero. And his name is Griff. A young man in a bathrobe stands watch over the city streets with the aid of a telescope and a high tech wall of monitors. He’s watching for criminals, scoundrels, and other evil doers in need of a good beat down and innocent civilians in need of saving. Say
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Superheroes Movie Review

Superheroes Movie Review
Title: Superheroes Directors: Michael Barnett and Theodore James There’s an odd and easygoing charm to Superheroes, a colorful new documentary which enjoys its world broadcast premiere on HBO on Monday, August 8. While in the narrative realm James Gunn’s “Super”, Peter Stebbings’ “Defendor” and Matthew Vaughn’s ultra-stylized Kick-Ass, among others, have examined the worlds and worldviews of those who take on a superhero guise without any particular special powers, “Superheroes” is a nonfiction look at those who don self-made spandex costumes along with alter egos, patrolling city streets at night to stop evildoers and protect the innocent. An engaging if ultimately intellectually lightweight sub-cultural safari, the movie offers up something for...
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Exclusive: Michael Kelly Talks The Adjustment Bureau

Exclusive: Michael Kelly Talks The Adjustment Bureau
Actor Michael Kelly discusses his role in The Adjustment Bureau, working with Matt Damon, The Firm TV series, and more

Michael Kelly is one of those actors you practically have to take notice of, not just because of his chops, but because he keeps popping up in high-profile projects. He portrayed Andy Kaufman's brother in Man on the Moon, but I first noticed him in one of the most memorable episodes of my favorite TV show, The Shield, in a Season One episode where he played a serial killer. Most will recognize him as the hardened Cj in the Dawn Of The Dead along with the many roles that followed in movies such as Invincible, Changeling, Defendor, and Law Abiding Citizen, just to name a few. His latest movie is The Adjustment Bureau, where he plays Charlie Traynor, the campaign manager of Matt Damon's David Norris.

The Adjustment Bureau
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