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Amber Heard Takes a Double Dip, George Clooney Runs and Guns and More New DVDs

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“And Soon the Darkness”
Directed by Marcus Efron
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment

A remake of the 1970 British thriller of the same name, director Marcos Efron transplants the story from France to Argentina where two friends’ bike ride across the mountains takes a turn for the disastrous when one mysteriously disappears. “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” star Amber Heard and “The Unborn”‘s Odette Yustman bring their collected screaming ability to this horror film. Karl Urban and “Babel”‘s Adrianna Barraza co-star.

“The American”
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Released by Universal Home Video

Ahh, Focus might’ve suckered unsuspecting moviegoers at the multiplex with an amped-up action ad campaign for this elegaic account of the last assignment of a hit man (George Clooney) – “The American” scored an impressive D- from Cinemascore as it became the number one film at the box office for a week – yet it’s bound to find a greater appreciation by true cinephiles as the years wear on for “Control” director Anton Corbijn’s relatively quiet little film. (Alison Willmore’s review of the film is here.)

“Boiler Maker”
Directed by Paul T. Murray
Released by Hannover House

John Savage stars in this thriller where an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is invaded by two bank robbers who take the group hostage.

“The Boy Next Door”
Directed by Neill Fearnley
Released by Millenium Entertainment

“Glee” star Cory Monteith stars as the shadowy neighbor who inspires a novel for a mystery writer (Dina Meyer), but when he dies unexpectedly, she must use her insight into the mind of a killer to defend herself from charges she was responsible for his murder.

“Cyborg Conquest”
Directed by Leigh Scott
Released by Millenium Media Services

Stacey Dash accidentally leads a group of bank-robbing biker girls into an android bar where the robots disguised as humans kidnap them and plot a takeover of earth in this sci-fi flick costarring Paul LeMat.

12192010_DyingGod.jpg“Dying God”
Directed by Jean Depelley
Released by Green Apple

How do you chase a serial killer that may or may not be human? “Flags of Our Fathers” star James Horan finds out in this sci-fi tinged thriller about a cop who must conquer his own problems before solving a series of murders, though he has the help of a local pimp (Lance Henriksen).

“The Films of Helma Sanders-Brahms”
Released by Facets Multimedia

Facets is releasing this six-pack of films from the German multihyphenate spanning 1974 to 1997, including the dramas “Earthquake in Chile,” “Germany, Pale Mother,” “The Future of Emily,” “My Heart is Mine Alone,” “No Mercy, No Future,” and “Under the Pavement Lies the Strand.”

“Germany in Autumn”
Directed by Alexander Kluge
Released by Facets Multimedia

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is just one of the 11 filmmakers who were involved in this film from Alexander Kluge that is a mix of fact and fiction surrounding the death of businessman and public official Hanns Martin Schleyer who was kidnapped and killed at the hands of the Baader-Meinhof group.

“Handsome Harry”
Directed by Bette Gordon
Released by Screen Media Films

“Variety” director Gordon returns from an 11-year hiatus to helm this drama starring Sheridan as a Vietnam vet who is called upon by one of his war buddies (Steve Buscemi) from his deathbed to help absolve him of the betrayal of their brother-in-arms (Campbell Scott) by reaching out to the fellow members of their crew.

“The Haunting of Amelia”
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Released by MTI Home Video

Originally called “The Other Side of the Tracks,” A.D. Calvo’s drama follows “Roswell” star Brendan Fehr as a man who has trouble letting go of the death of his girlfriend after she was killed by a train a decade earlier. Sam Robards and Tania Raymonde co-star.

12192010_IdrisElbaLegacy.jpg“Legacy”
Directed by Thomas Ikimi
Released by Code Black Entertainment

In this 2010 Tribeca Film Fest selection, “The Wire”‘s Idris Elba stars as a former member of an elite Black Ops team whose last job leaves him haunted as he sets up in a Brooklyn apartment where he seeks to unravel a government conspiracy.

“Legendary”
Directed by Mel Damski
Released by Vivendi Entertainment

WWE superstar John Cena gets a more prestigious supporting cast than usual with Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover starring alongside him in this story of a teen struggling through high school and the death of his father when he hopes to reconnect with his older brother (Cena) by training to join the wrestling team.

“Legendary Assassin”
Directed by Chung Chi Li
Released by Lionsgate

Courtesy of Lionsgate, this 2008 Hong Kong action flick is finally getting a U.S. release, starring Wu Jing as the titular assassin who is marooned on a desert island with a police officer (Celina Jade) where the two strike up an unusual friendship that serves them well when the murder of a mob boss unleashes a bevy of trouble for them both.

“Made in Romania”
Directed by Guy J. Louthan
Released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Jennifer Tilly, Elizabeth Hurley and Jason Flemyng play versions of themselves in this mockumnetary that documents the making of Tilly’s “dream project,” a Victorian drama called “The Tides of Reason” that is quickly beset by a bipolar director, disastrous auditions and all sorts of other on-set shenanigans.

“Menschenfrauen”
Directed by Valie Export
Released by Facets Multimedia

German helmer Valie Export’s drama follows a journalist and his relationships to the four women in his life.

12192010_Merantau.jpg“Merantau”
Directed by Gareth Evans
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment

A Fantastic Fest favorite back in 2009, Gareth Evans helms this Indonesian martial arts flick starring Iko Uwais as a man from a small town who moves to the big city and finds himself defending a woman from the danger of a sex trafficking ring.

“Resident Evil: Afterlife”
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Paul W.S. Anderson returned to the zombie franchise he helped to create in order to play around with the same 3D cameras used for “Avatar” for the fourth installment of “Resident Evil.” Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice, the security operative who presses forward in her fight against the Umbrella Corporation and leads a group of fellow survivors Ali Larter and Boris Kodjoe to safety.

“Spin”
Directed by Henry Pincus
Released by Blowtorch Entertainment

Bijou Phillips, Katie Cassidy, Lauren German, Amber Heard and Michael Biehn try to remember what happened the night before at the clubs in Henry Pincus’ ensemble drama originally called “You Are Here” from 2007.

“Twelve”
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Released by Hannover House

Despite one of the worst receptions in recent memory at Sundance — James Rocchi, writing for IFC.com, called it “unquestionably the funniest film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival; if only it had been made with that intention” — the latest from “Batman and Robin” director Schumacher got one of the festival’s richest deals from startup Hannover House for this adaptation of Nick McDonell’s novel about a 17-year-old drug dealer named White Mike (Chace Crawford), whose spring break of selling pot to privileged prep schoolers is interrupted by the murder of his cousin, allegedly at the hands of his best friend. Emma Roberts, Emily Meade, Rory Culkin and Zoe Kravitz play the rich kids in White Mike’s orbit as a new drug called “Twelve” hits the streets.

[Additional photos: “Dying God,” Green Apple Entertainment, 2010; “Legacy,” Code Black Entertainment, 2010; “Merantau,” Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2010]

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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