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Round-Up: Officer Downe, Dead State: Reanimated, Planetarium, Creep

The first look at Kim Coates as the titular character in the Officer Downe feature film is showcased in our latest round-up. Also: details on Dead State: Reanimated, Creep, and Planetarium.

Officer Downe: Press Release -- "Officer Downe co-creator/screenwriter/producer Joe Casey (Ben 10/Marvel's Avengers Assemble), director/producer Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Slipknot), and producers Man of Action Entertainment (I Kill Giants, The Great Unknown, Big Hero 6 character/team creators from Marvel Comics "Alpha Flight"), Skip Williamson (Underworld), Mark Neveldine (Crank), Cole Payne (Downloading Nancy) and Cory Brennan (Slipknot manager) have cast Tyler Ross (Zombieland, American Milkshake) as Officer Gable opposite previously announced lead, Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), in the independent film that began principal photography this week in Los Angeles. Lauren Velez (Dexter) has come aboard as Police Chief Berringer, Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly) and Bruno Gunn (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will portray Officers Carter and Fritch.
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Round-Up: Officer Downe Casting Update, I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine, Freddy Krueger-Inspired Dessert Print

With several new members added to its cast, cameras are now rolling on Officer Downe, the feature film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name from Man of Action/Image Comics. Also included in our latest round-up are details on Anchor Bay Entertainment's I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine and a look at a new Freddy Krueger-inspired ice cream cone print from Cavity Colors.

Officer Downe: Press Release - "Officer Downe co-creator/screenwriter/producer Joe Casey (Ben 10/Marvel's Avengers Assemble), director/producer Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Slipknot), and producers Man of Action Entertainment (I Kill Giants, The Great Unknown, Big Hero 6 character/team creators), Skip Williamson (Underworld), Mark Neveldine (Crank), Cole Payne (Downloading Nancy) and Cory Brennan (Slipknot manager) have cast Tyler Ross (Zombieland, American Milkshake) as Officer Gable opposite previously announced lead, Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), in the independent film that
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Things get intense in the trailer for The Killing season 4

The Killing has had a tough go of it over the course of its four seasons. The AMC crime drama was cancelled after its second season, but was eventually picked up again after some negotiating with other networks like Netflix. The third season aired on AMC, but the show was then cancelled again, before promptly being picked up by Netflix for a fourth and final season.

The fourth season may only consist of six episodes, but judging by this new, intense trailer, that doesn’t mean it’s going to suffer. Check out the trailer here:

Detectives Sarah Linden (World War Z‘s Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Robocop‘s Joel Kinnaman) return to investigate the murder of a family whose only survivor is a member of an all-boys military academy, while dealing with covering up a mysterious disappearance within their own Seattle Police Department.

The show will be available
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‘The Killing’ Adds Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon & Levi Meaden

Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden have been cast as series regulars on the six-episode fourth and final season of The Killing on Netflix. The next installment will follow a new murder investigation led by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). Fox TV Studios is producing. Ross will play Cameron Stanton, the black sheep of his wealthy, well-connected family. Beaumon takes on the role of Lincoln Knopf, a deeply troubled boy who wears his anger and instability on his sleeve and Meaden will play Aj Fielding, a charismatic, over-achieving student. Ross was featured in pic American Milkshake and Amazon’s Zombieland pilot. Beaumon appeared most recently on ABC’s drama Red Widow and Meaden currently recurs on CW’s The Hundred. Ross is repped by Paradigm, Jason Kendziera at New Wave and attorneys Peikoff/Mahan; Beaumon is with Apa, Vanguard Management, and attorney Tara
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Festival Focus: American Film Festival in Wrocław and U.S. in Progress Projects

Opening with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive the latest edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland (22-27 October 2013) has screened some of the most important American independent films of the year. Being the only festival of its class in Eastern and Central Europe the festival has become the most important venue to connect American filmmakers with European buyers and audiences through programs like U.S. in Progress Wrocław (23-25 October 2013).

This year's program taking place at the New Horizons cinema presented 80 movies out of which 42 are Polish premieres, 3 are European premieres and 1 is a World Premiere. Among them 10 documentaries and 17 feature films competed for cash prizes in the audience-vote competitions.

The first competitive section - Spectrum ($10,000 audience award for the Best Narrative Feature) included films that have been well-received here in the U.S such as A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, and Bluebird by Lance Edmands. The second competition - American Docs ($5,000 audience award for Best Documentary Feature) had a selection of films depicting varied current issues in American society including Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, Our Nixon by Penny Lane, Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade and Stephen Silha and Before You Know It by Pj Raval.

The American Film Festival also ran a retrospective of Shirley Clarke and presented Polish premieres of high-profile films such as As I Lay Dying by James Franco, Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein’s Lovelace, Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon, Touchy Feely by Lynn Shelton, At Any Price by Ramin Bahrani, and Maladies by Carter. The festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sundance hit Don Jon along several U.S. in Progress participants and festival hits like I Used to be Darker by Matt Porterfier and Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Patrick Carbone. Lastly, a special section titled 'Masterpieces of American Cinema 90 Years of Warner Bros." showed 14 digitally-remastered productions by the studio from The Jazz Singer by Alan Crosland (1927) through A Clockwork Orange ,The Exorcist and Christopher Nolan’s Inception

The festival will close on October 27th with Steven Soderbergh's Emmy Award-winning film Behind the Candelabra.

All competitions titles:

Spectrum

American Milkshake by David Andalman, Mariko Munro, USA 2012, 82'

Blue Highway by Kyle Smith, USA 2013, 70'

Coldwater by Vincent Grashaw, USA 2013, 104'

The Spectacular Now by James Ponsoldt, USA 2013, 95'

Drinking Buddies by Joe Swanberg, USA 2013, 90'

Lily by Matt Creed, USA 2013, 85'

A Teacher by Hannah Fidell, USA 2013, 75'

Blue Caprice by Alexandre Moors, USA 2013, 93'

Pearblossom Hwy by Mike Ott, USA 2012, 78'

Afternoon Delight by Jill Soloway, USA 2013, 105'

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors by Sam Fleischner, USA 2013, 102'

Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, USA 2013, 96'

The Cold Lands by Tom Gilroy, USA 2013, 100'

In a World... by Lake Bell, USA 2013, 93'

A Song Still Inside by Gregory Collins, USA 2013, 82'

Bluebird by Lance Edmands, USA 2013, 90'

American Docs

Big Easy Express by Emmett Malloy, USA 2012

Off Label by Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, USA 2012

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia by Nicholas Wrathall, USA, Italy 2013

Fall and Winter by Matt Anderson, USA 2013

The Armstrong Lie by Alex Gibney, USA 2013

Lenny Cooke by Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie, USA 2012

Our Nixon by Penny Lane, USA 2013

Northern Light by Nick Bentgen, USA 2013

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton by Eric Slade, Stephen Silha, USA 2013

Before You Know It by Pj Raval, USA 2012

U.S. Progress Projects

This year 6 projects in the final production stages were chosen to take part in the two-day workshop knows as U.S. in Progress Wroclaw (23-25 October, 2013). The event presents the American independent projects to European buyers, post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of these films in Europe.

Selected from over 40 submission the chosen projects are the dramas Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott (produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari), Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott (produced by Jessica Caldwell ) and Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson (produced by Ashley Maynor and Courtney Ware), crime story Wild Canaries by Lawrence Michael Levine (produced by Sophia Takal, Kim Sherman and McCabe Walsh), frontier black comedy Sun Belt Express by Evan Wolf Buxbaum (producers: Noah Lang and Iyabo Boyd) and Summer of Blood – a New York vampire comedy by director-producer Onur Tukel.

The prizes are awarded by a jury of professionals and include post-production services from European partner companies worth almost $60.000 and promotional services from other partners. Us in Progress’ partners are: Platige Image (Warsaw), Di Factory (Warsaw), Alvernia Studios (Krakow), composer Maciej Zielinski of Soundflower Studio (Warsaw), Soundplace (Warsaw), DCinex (Belgium), Vsi (Paris), Europa Distribution, Cicae and Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers Network.

U.S. in Progress Wrocław (formerly Gotham in Progress) was started in 2011 by the New Horizons Association and Black Rabbit Film. Previous films presented at the event included, among others: I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield, American Milkshake by David Andalman (both shown at Sundance Ff in 2013), Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (Berlinale Generation, Tribeca), Bluebird by Lance Edmands (Tribeca, Karlovy Vary), Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin’s Now, Forager: a Film About Love and Fungi (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Gotham Awards nominee), Amy Seimetz’s Sun Don’t Shine (SXSW, Edinburgh Iff, Gotham Awards nominee) and Devyn Waitt’s Not Waving But Drowning (Sarasota Ff).

U.S. in Progress Wrocław is supported by the City of Wrocław, American Embassy in Warsaw and Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

For more information on the American Film Festival and the U.S. in Progress projects visit Here
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'Only Lovers' to open Aff Wroclaw

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'Only Lovers' to open Aff Wroclaw
American Film Festival in Wroclaw to close with Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra; competition and programme highlights announced.Scroll down for competition titles

The fourth American Film Festival (Aff) in Wrocław, Poland is to feature 80 films comprising 42 Polish premieres; three European premieres and one world premiere.

The event, which is focused on independent Us cinema, will run from Oct 22-27.

It will open with Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and close with Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, both of which played in competition at Cannes.

Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra recently picked up 11 Emmy awards, including best television movie, best leading actor for Michael Douglas and best director.

Dutch experimental lutenist Jozef van Wissem will conduct a live performance of the soundtrack for Only Lovers Left Alive, which won the Cannes Soundtrack Award, on Oct 23 - the day after its opening night screening.

Competitions

A total of 10 documentaries and 16 narrative feature films will compete
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Wroclaw's Us in Progress titles revealed

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Wroclaw's Us in Progress titles revealed
Six projects selected for this year’s works-in-progress event targeted at Us independent filmmakers and European buyers.

Poland’s Us in Progress Wrocław event has announced the six projects that will feature in its 2013 edition.

The two-day works-in-progress event presents Us films in the final stages of production stages to European buyers, post-production houses and festivals in order to help them achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of Us indie films in Europe.

The invite-only screenings and one-to-one meetings will take place as part of of the 4th American Film Festival in Wrocław, Poland (Oct 23-25).

The films, selected from around 40 submissions, include:

Lake Los Angeles by Mike Ott (produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari),

Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott (produced by Jessica Caldwell )

Some Beasts by Cameron Nelson (produced by Ashley Maynor and Courtney Ware)

Wild Canaries by Lawrence Michael Levine (produced by Sophia Takal, Kim Sherman and McCabe Walsh)

Sun Belt Express by [link
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Exclusive Interview with ‘American Milkshake’ Directors David Andalman and Mariko Munro

The 1990s was a great transition period for African-Americans that influenced and mold today’s culture. In the music world, it gave us gangster rap from Tupac, Biggie and Snoop Dog. In the sports world, Michael Jordan became a basketball legend with a three-peat with the Chicago Bulls. And for civil rights, there were debates raging on with the Million Man March, O.J. Simpson trial and Rodney King.

In “American Milkshake,” it is a coming of age story about a white teen Jolie attempting to fit into his mostly African-American high school culture by signing up for the basketball team in the 1990s. The dark comedy film explores the various issues of high school pressure, African-American culture, and teen issues.

Latino-Review had the opportunity to exclusively interview the “American Milkshake” writers and directors David Andalman and Mariko Munro late last month. We discussed several issues with filming a dark comedy,
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Exclusive Interview with Tyler Ross for ‘American Milkshake’

Oh, the 90s.

The generation that grew up in the 1990s may remember grunge, parachute pants or the expansion of the Internet. But, in the urban settings, some young teens grew up with racial tensions and gangster rapper.

In the dark comedy “American Milkshake,” it is about a white high school student Jolie Jolson trying to fit in a mostly black high school by joining the varsity basketball team. He makes the team, but tries to fit in a sub-culture that he is not—being black.

Latino-Review had the opportunity to have a conversation with the main star Tyler Ross over a phone interview late last month. We discussed about basketball, preparing for this tough role and the 1990s.

American Milkshake” is in limited theater release in Los Angeles and New York. It is also available on VOD.

Read or listen to the phone interview below.

Latino-Review: Could you tell
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Sept. 2-6, 2013)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Sept. 2-6, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.

Riddick

Distributor: Universal

Having been left for dead in more ways than one after the critical and commercial failure of 2004’s “The Chronicles of Riddick,” Vin Diesel’s futuristic fugitive Richard B. Riddick gets his lean, mean, R-rated mojo back for “Riddick,” an improbable but very enjoyable sequel that recaptures much of the stripped-down intensity of Diesel and director David Twohy’s franchise starter “Pitch Black” (while treating “Chronicles” like the dream season of “Dallas”). Once again pitting Diesel’s eponymous anti-hero against human and alien adversaries on a rugged desert planet, this exuberantly gory chase pic won’t orbit the same box office galaxy as the star’s “Fast & Furious” series, but will have no trouble recouping its reported $38 million budget (one-third the cost of “Chronicles”).

— Scott Foundas
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American Milkshake | Review

It’s Better Than Yours: Andalman & Munro’s Vanilla Debut

While attempting to earnestly engage us with a depiction of mid-90s urban envy from the privileged point of view, whilst subtlety (at least as much as it probably can be) conveying an ignorant and racist streak lurking behind the naive intentions of its protagonist, American Milkshake, the directorial debut of David Andalman and Mariko Munro, fails to consistently engage us with its anemic narrative. While on paper, the directors, expanding from a short film, potentially have a daringly unique project on their hands, the end product reveals itself to be merely another depiction of the white heterosexual male reinventing himself by mimicking prized attributes of his black male peers and exploiting women for his own sexual needs and/or social status.

It’s 1995 in the suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., and high school senior Jolie Jolson (Tyler Ross
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Exclusive Clip From American Milkshake

ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a clip from American Milkshake , opening in in La, NY and select cities and on VOD this Friday, September 6th. Written and directed by David Andalman and Mariko Munro, the film stars Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick and Danny Burstein. In mid-90's America, bookish high-school student Jolie Jolson knows the only way to get in with the gangsta crowd is to make the varsity basketball team. Making the team not only means approval from the inner-city crew of Maple Avenue, but also gets him a step closer to being the one thing he is not . black.
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Exclusive: Jolie Jolson Makes The Team In Exclusive Clip From Kevin Smith Movie Club Entry 'American Milkshake'

Longing for the '90s? Looking for a movie that understands why you still have Tupac and Biggie rockin' your playlist? Well writer and directors David Andalman and Mariko Munro may have what you're seeking with "American Milkshake," a teen comedy that doesn't mind throwing back to the days when the West and East sides where still beefing. Starring Tyler Ross, "Half Nelson" star Shareeka Epps, Harrison's daughter Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick and Danny Burstein, the movie follows bookish nerd and high-school student Jolie Jolson who is looking to get into the gangsta crowd at his school by making the varsity basketball team. This will give him a street cred, a new rep and importantly, only requires him to reinvent himself. In this exclusive clip, we see Jolie make the team and celebrate with the enthusiasm you might expect from someone who didn't think he stood a chance.
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New American Milkshake clip - Arius Tore a Ligament

Watch a fresh clip from American Milkshake, starring Tyler Ross and Shareeka Epps. Presented by Kevin Smith, the comedy directed as well as written by David Andalman and Mariko Munro, has a September 6th, 2013 release date on VOD and select theaters. Unsurprisingly this one is rated R for sexual content, language and a brief nude image. In mid-90's America, bookish high-school student Jolie Jolson knows the only way to get in with the gangsta crowd is to make the varsity basketball team. Making the team not only means approval from the inner-city crew of Maple Avenue, but also gets him a step closer to being the one thing he is not – black. The cast also includes Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick and Danny Burstein.
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American Milkshake blends new trailer

Catch the trailer for Phase 4 Films' American Milkshake. The comedy stars Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick and Danny Burstein, and is directed and screenwritten by David Andalman and Mariko Munro. Film opens in select theaters and VOD from Friday, September 6, 2013 In mid-90's America, bookish high-school student Jolie Jolson knows the only way to get in with the gangsta crowd is to make the varsity basketball team. Making the team not only means approval from the inner-city crew of Maple Avenue, but also gets him a step closer to being the one thing he is not – black.
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Zombieland Series Dropped by Amazon Studios After Negative Reaction to Pilot

"Zombieland" is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The "Zombieland" pilot comes from the feature film's original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, "The Joe Schmo Show"), and producer Gavin Polone ("Gilmore Girls," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot. The part of Tallahassee will be played by Kirk Ward (The Island), Maiara Walsh ("Desperate Housewives," "Switched at Birth") is cast as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic has the role of Little Rock. Although Zombieland the webseries may live on in a different venue, it won't be Amazon as originally planned...
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Amazon Passes on Zombieland Series

Amazon.com released a Zombieland pilot episode over their instant video service last month, but it has been revealed that they will not move forward with an order of additional episodes. The pilot was released along with a number of original pilots in April, but reaction to the episode was less than positive from many of those who had seen it.

While this is likely the end for Zombieland: The Series, it is possible that another company could pick up the show. If we hear anything else about the project moving forward, we’ll be sure to let readers know. If you’d like a preview of the pilot, we’ve included the official trailer below. Here’s the original pilot announcement from Amazon:

Seattle—March 25, 2013—Amazon Studios, the original movie and series production arm of Amazon.com, today announced it will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of
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First trailer for Zombieland: The Series

Amazon (yes, that Amazon) has released a trailer for its TV pilot for a potential series based upon Ruben Fleischer's 2009 hit comedy Zombieland, which has been developed for Amazon Prime Instant Video by original Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and producer Gavin Polone.

Zombieland: The Series picks up after the events of the movie, but of course there's a new cast in the main roles, with Tyler Ross (Milkshake) as Columbus (played by Jesse Eisenberg in the film), Maiara Walsh (Switched at Birth) as Wichita (Emma Stone in the film), Izabela Vidovic (Help for the Holidays) as Little Rock (Abigail Breslin in the film) and Kirk Ward (Fully Loaded) as Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson in the film).

You can watch the Zomebieland pilot for free on Amazon Prime.
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Watch All 14 Amazon Pilots Online Now

AmazonStudios is taking a more unusual approach by letting viewers decide what they want to keep watching. The company has kicked off its screening process this weekend by unveiling its inaugural slate of 14 pilots — eight comedies and six kids shows, all made available for free on AmazonInstant Video, LoveFilm UK and LoveFilm Germany. Viewers are being invited to watch the pilots and Amazon is welcoming feedback from its audience. According to Deadline, the company will evaluate feedback from an online panel recruited on Amazon preview as well as traditional offline focus groups to decide if they greenlight a series or not. The highest-profile series is Zombieland, but the two that look most interesting are Alpha House, starring John Goodman with cameos by Bill Murray and Stephen Colbert; and Onion News Empire. Amazon has not yet decided how many of the shows will make the cut, nor when they will premiere.
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