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Cursed Films, Shudder’s new series about the urban legends surrounding classic horror films, is a must-watch. They’ve already debuted an episode on The Exorcist, and this week they’ll be premiering a new ep devoted to Richard Donner’s 1976 classic, The Omen. We’re debuting an exclusive Cursed Films clip that features Donner and more talking about some of the spooky happenings that surrounded The Omen‘s production.Cursed Films Clip
Do you believe in curses? I don’t, but I sure love hearing about them. Especially when they’re curses associated with classic horror films. Shudder’s new series Cursed Films covers this very topic, and it’s a wonderful show. Rather than just sensationalize the material, the series – directed by Jay Cheel – actually takes the time to dig for the truth, and get to the bottom of it all.
One of this week’s new Cursed Films episodes focuses on The Omen, and in the clip above, you can hear all about the admittedly alarming amount of plane-related mishaps surrounding the pic. We learn that star Gregory Peck’s plane was struck by lightning when he was flying to England to shoot the film. Then, just a few days later, screenwriter David Seltzer was also flying to England and his plane was also struck by lightning. Lastly, we learn that still another plane Peck was supposed to be on actually crashed. And not just crashed, but crashed into a car carrying the wife and child of the plane’s pilot. Is that extremely bad luck…or the work of a sinister, supernatural curse? Cue the spooky Jerry Goldsmith music.
Cursed Films is a “five-part documentary series that explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions. From plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen, to the rumored use of real human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. But where does the truth lie? Cursed Films reveals the events that haunted these productions through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?”
The episode devoted to The Omen and another episode focusing on Poltergeist premieres on Shudder April 9.Source: Slashfilm.com
Have you ever wanted to go to a movie premiere? Well, even in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, you can finally attend one, all from the comfort of your home. Indie distributor Gunpowder & Sky and their sci-fi label DUST will be hosting the first-ever live stream movie premiere for the film Sea Fever. The event will allow viewers to watch the movie from their couch, and they’ll even have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the film’s cast and director. Don’t know what Sea Fever is? Find out everything you need to know below.Sea Fever Trailer
Siobhán’s a marine biology student Hermione Corfield who prefers spending her days alone in a lab. She has to endure a week on a ragged fishing trawler, where she’s miserably at odds with the close-knit crew. But out in the deep Atlantic, an unfathomable life form ensnares the boat. When members of the crew succumb to a strange infection, Siobhán must overcome her alienation and anxiety to win the crew’s trust, before everyone is lost.
Sea Fever has drawn comparisons to thrilling classics like Alien and The Thing, with /Film critic Jason Gorber calling it “a cerebral and emotionally rich film that still provides a genre kick, resulting in something quite extraordinary by being both respectful of classics past and feeling very much its own film.” It’s just a shame that audiences won’t be able to experience that kind of movie in theaters with a crowd. But Gunpowder & Sky is making the best of the situation. Janet Brown, the company’s EVP of Acquisitions and Global Distribution, said in a statement:
“Like everyone else, we are adjusting to life’s new challenges on a daily basis and feel Sea Fever is more relevant than ever. We are psyched to host the first-ever live experience of a film screening, and can’t wait to share it with audiences!”
The live streamed premiere for Sea Fever will take place on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 P.M. PST. To purchase access, you can head over to the DUST website to get an online ticket for $4.99. Hermione Corfield Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Connie Nielsen Wonder Woman 1984, Gladiator and BAFTA award-winning director Neasa Hardiman Happy Valley, Jessica Jones will participate in a Q&A after the credits roll, and you’ll be able to ask questions. Hopefully the portal for streaming the premiere will allow for access that isn’t glitchy when the event starts.
Sea Fever was intended to be released in theaters on April 10, 2020 in a partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest, but now, after the live stream premiere, it will arrive on VOD on that date instead.
Starz has greenlit “Black Mafia Family,” the latest project from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson for the premium cabler.
Per Starz, “Black Mafia Family” is inspired by the true story of two brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in this country. Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory's charismatic leadership, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory's business acumen, and the fraternal partnership's vision beyond the drug trade and into the world of hip-hop would render the brothers iconic on a global level. Their unwavering belief in family loyalty would be the cornerstone of their partnership and the crux of their eventual estrangement. This is a story about love, family, and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.
“I told you 'Black Mafia Family' was coming, and it's going to be the biggest show on television,” Jackson said in a statement. “Meech and Terry are legends and I am excited to bring their story to Starz.”
Jackson will executive produce the series alongside Randy Huggins “Power”, who will also serve as writer. The series will be produced through Jackson's G-Unit Film and Television in association with Starz and Lionsgate Television. Terri Kopp and Anthony Wilson also serve as executive producers on the series. Kathryn Tyus-Adair is the Starz executive overseeing “Black Mafia Family” on behalf of Starz.
The series will mark the latest in Jackson's string of Starz series. Jackson, who signed a lucrative four-year, multi-series overall deal with Starz in 2018, executive produces and stars in the popular “Power,” which aired its series finale in February. Jackson is also working on four “Power” spinoffs.
“This is a project Curtis has always been incredibly passionate about and we are excited to have him as our partner in bringing it to life,” Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said in a statement. “'Black Mafia Family' has all the hallmarks of a great drama, from the larger-than-life Flenory brothers to the deadly, high-stakes world they inhabited. This series is going to be an incredible ride for audiences around the world.”
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...