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‘Hide and Seek’ DVD Review

Stars: Rachel Dipillo, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Samuel Larsen, James Landry Hébert, Sandy Valles, Alex Shaffer, Michael Filipowich, Joey Abril, Juliana A. Morgan | Written by Darrell Wheat, Kyle Arrington | Directed by Darrell Wheat

Originally titled Recovery (which makes sense given that a key plot point in the film involves recovering a phone), Hide and Seek is one of those movies that made a splash online when first announced and then seemigly died a death – sneaking out onto DVD and VOD this week without any fanfare. Which, given how mundane this film is, may be the best possible outcome for the movie… For without the negativity of reviews, Darrell Wheat’s modern-day slasher movie may just find an audience.

Hide and Seek opens on a creepy family who, it turns out, have a girl trapped in a trunk in the basement! From what I can gather in the all-too-brief intro, is that
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‘Youth in Oregon’ Trailer: Frank Langella and Billy Crudup Take a Life-Changing Road Trip in Family Drama

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‘Youth in Oregon’ Trailer: Frank Langella and Billy Crudup Take a Life-Changing Road Trip in Family Drama
Frank Langella’s latest film, “Youth in Oregon,” premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Now, the family dramedy is headed to theaters after it was acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The touching story, directed by Joel David Moore, follows the actor as Raymond Engersol, an 80-year-old who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, a decision his family refuses to accept. When another emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) turns to her husband Brian (Billy Crudup), asking him to drive her father across the country to the Beaver State. Along the way, his loved ones try to help him rediscover a reason for living.

Nicola Peltz, Josh Lucas, Mary Kay Place and Alex Shaffer also co-star.

Read More: Tribeca Review: Frank Langella Can’t Save ‘Youth in Oregon

While the movie received mixed reviews, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich mentioned in his critique that
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up ‘Youth in Oregon,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Monkey Business’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquireed “Youth in Oregon,” directed by Joel David Moore and written by Andrew Eisen. The film stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer. “Youth in Oregon” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. The movie will be released theatrically and on demand in the U.S. on February 3, 2017.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “When 79-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Langella) makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, his family refuses to accept his decision. But when another family emergency arises, Raymond’s daughter Kate (Applegate) turns to her husband
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Joel David Moore’s ‘Youth in Oregon’ Lands Us Distributor in Orion, Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Joel David Moore’s ‘Youth in Oregon’ Lands Us Distributor in Orion, Samuel Goldwyn Films
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired the domestic rights to “Youth in Oregon,” directed by “Avatar” star Joel David Moore. “Youth” was a Tribeca premiere that will also screen at the forthcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer star in the drama. Also Read: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Michael Haneke's 'Happy End' “This beautiful film tackles one of humanity’s most universal dilemmas, told through the lens of an estranged, intimacy-parched family that has to bear the burden of a
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‘Youth In Oregon’ Lands Deal At Orion & Samuel Goldwyn For February Bow

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Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired rights to Youth in Oregon, the Joel David Moore-directed drama starring Frank Langella along with Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer. It will get a U.S. theatrical and on-demand release February 3. The Andrew Eisen-scripted pic centers on Raymond (Langella), a 79-year-old curmudgeon who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon. His family refuses to accept…
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Frank Langella’s Drama ‘Youth in Oregon’ Gets February Release

Frank Langella’s Drama ‘Youth in Oregon’ Gets February Release
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films bought the U.S. rights to Frank Langella’s drama “Youth in Oregon” and will release the movie theatrically and on demand on Feb. 3

Youth in Oregon” is directed by Joel David Moore from a script by Andrew Eisen. The film also stars Billy Crudup and Christina Applegate with Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz, and Alex Shaffer.

The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will screen at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Langella stars as a 79-year-old curmudgeon who makes arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon, but his family refuses to accept his decision. Crudup plays the son-in-law who reluctantly volunteers to drive Langella’s character and his wine-loving wife 3,000 miles to Oregon — and discovers that convincing his father-in-law to keep living when he’s ready to check out is no simple task.

“Overall, this beautiful film tackles
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Us Briefs: Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films buy 'Youth In Oregon'

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Us Briefs: Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films buy 'Youth In Oregon'
The partners plan to release Joel David Moore’s drama theatrically and on demand in the Us on February 3.

Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, with Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer star in the road movie about a curmudgeon who travels cross-country with his family to be euthanized.

Youth In Oregon premiered at Tribeca and will screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. The distributors brokered the deal with Ben Weiss and Meghan Oliver of Paradigm.

Shooting has begun in Toronto on the dance drama Becoming Burlesque starring Shiva Negar. Writer-director Jackie English makes her feature debut.
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Poster and trailer for thriller Recovery

With just a week to go until its release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Darrell Wheat’s upcoming thriller Recovery which stars Kirby Bliss Blanton, Rachel Dipillo, Samuel Larsen, Alex Shaffer and James Landry Hébert; take a look below…

The night before their high-school graduation, Jessie and her friends are guided to recover her lost device from a house whose demented tenants are hellbent on making her a flesh-and-blood member of the family.

Recovery is set for release on October 27th.
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Be Careful What You Share in Recovery [Trailer]

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Vertical Entertainment will release the new cyber horror flick, Recovery, directed by Darrell Wheat. The film will be hitting theaters with sneak peak screenings on Thursday, October 27th ahead of its October 28th day and date release in theaters and on VOD.

Recovery stars Kirby Bliss Blanton, Rachel Dipillo, Samuel Larsen, Alex Shaffer, James Landry Hébert.

synopsis:

In Recovery, on the night before their high school graduation, Jessie and her friends are guided by a 'Find My iPhone' app to recover her lost device from a house whose demented tenants are hell bent on maki [Continued ...]
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‘American Wrestler’ Tops Boston’s Film Festival Awards

‘American Wrestler’ Tops Boston’s Film Festival Awards
Boston’s Film Festival handed out its awards, crowning “American Wrestler: The Wizard” the big winner.

The 80s-set drama — which stars Jon Voight and William Fichtner in the true story of a teen who escaped Iran only to face hostility in America — claimed four major awards, including Best Film, Screenplay, Best Ensemble Cast and Breakout performance. “Finding Oscar” won Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Editing. Three local films also received high praise; “Delinquent,” “SearchDog,” and “Unforgotten: The Story of Paul Pender.” The Mass Impact award went to Participant Media’s “Midsummer in Newtown.”

The festival — which recognizes filmmakers with New England origins — was held last month at theaters throughout the Boston area.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: “American Wrestler: The Wizard” (Esx Entertainment)

Best Actress: Angela Pierce, “Delinquent

Best Actor: Alex Shaffer, “Delinquent

Best Ensemble Cast: “American Wrestler: The WizardJon Voight, William Fichtner, Ali Afshar Kevin G. Schmidt,
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‘Harley and the Davidsons’ Races to Ratings Highs for Discovery

‘Harley and the Davidsons’ Races to Ratings Highs for Discovery
Discovery miniseries “Harley and the Davidsons” crossed the finish line with an average of 4.4 million viewers across its three nights, once live +3 day viewership is factored in, making the motorcycle drama the most watched single-network cable miniseries in more than three years, since History’s “The Bible.”

According to the cable network, “Harley” was Discovery’s most-watched series ever, excluding documentaries, and the highest rated freshman series among men aged 25-54. The project was the first miniseries commissioned by Rich Ross in his role as Group President for Discovery, Animal Planet and Science, emphasizing a push towards more scripted fare on the traditionally reality-driven network.

“We are really pleased that so many shared the wild ride of ‘Harley and the Davidsons.’ I can’t thank Raw Television and John Goldwyn enough for bringing this story roaring to life,” Ross said.

Harley and the Davidsons” aired over three consecutive nights and stood as the top cable program in
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2016 Brooklyn Film Festival – Report

With filmmaking and digital technology being so ubiquitous today, it becomes almost difficult to decide the difference between amateur stuff and real aspiring artists. Those budding filmmakers need not look further than the Brooklyn Film Festival, a festival founded in 1998 as a way to bring independent and ambitious filmmakers into the limelight. With the opportunity of having their work shown to an audience filled with movie lovers, critics, and anything in between, the Brooklyn Film Fest offers a once in a lifetime shot for those artists to truly make a mark on society and leave people yearning for more.

The 18th Brooklyn Film Festival took place from June 3 to 12 in Brooklyn (duh), sharing multiple venues between the Wythe Hotel and Windmill Studios. Of the festival’s “quirks,” one such innovative idea is the theme that goes along with each year’s entries. This year’s theme was Experiment, claiming that
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Youth In Oregon Review [Tribeca 2016]

Youth In Oregon tells the story of Raymond Engersoll (Frank Langella), a former doctor who lives with his wife Estelle (Mary Kay Place) in the home of their daughter Kate Gleason (Christina Applegate) and her family. On the day of his eightieth birthday, Raymond receives the news that he will have to undergo another heart operation, one from which he’s unlikely to emerge, but without the operation, he will certainly die.

So, Raymond makes a decision: he’ll go back to his home in Oregon, where he can commit legal suicide with the assistance of a doctor. He doesn’t tell his family about the prognosis, but simply announces to them that he’s tired of living and has made arrangements. Circumstances collide so that Kate’s long-suffering husband Brian (Billy Crudup) ends up volunteering to drive Raymond and Estelle from New York to Oregon, under the mistaken belief
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Youth in Oregon’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Youth in Oregon’
Rarely has euthanasia seemed more desirable than it’s made to appear in “Youth in Oregon,” a torturous saga about a man dying of an incurable heart condition who sets out on a cross-country journey to Oregon, where killing oneself is legal. Maudlin and mannered, this contrived indie squanders another fine late-career performance from Frank Langella, dousing its treatment of the subject in affectations until it’s snuffed out any trace of genuine life. While it fits comfortably into the fragmented-family drama subgenre prized each year at the Tribeca Film Festival, its groan-worthiness is apt to get it buried at the box office.

In his standalone behind-the-camera debut (he co-directed 2007’s “Spiral” with frequent “Hachett” collaborator Adam Green), Joel David Moore stages “Youth in Oregon” like an excuse to try out every potential directorial trick he can imagine. An endless array of lens flares, fuzzy-cornered close-ups, mirror-reflected portraits and overly
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TV News Roundup: Rainn Wilson to Guest Star on ‘Roadies,’ Jack Griffo on ‘NCIS: L.A.’

In today’s TV news round-up, there is new casting for Starz’s “American Gods,” Showtime’s “Roadies” and “NCIS: L.A.,” plus HBO has announced the premiere date for their movie “All the Way,” starring Bryan Cranston.

Casting News:

Jack Griffo will have a guest appearance in “NCIS: L.A.” The Nickelodeon star, who posted the news on Twitter, will be playing a military cadet named McKenna. His storyline will revolve around him sneaking out to meet up with his girlfriend, but when they’re interrupted by intruders, he has to sacrifice his own life so that his girlfriend can escape. Griffo will appear in episode No. 22 of the current season, which will air in April.

Griffo, who stars in “The Thundermans” on Nick, is repped by Amsel, Eisenstadt , Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency and Alchemy Entertainment.

Starz has cast Emily Browning in their hotly anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.
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‘Harley And The Davidsons’ Gets September Airdate, Adds To Cast – Update

Updated, 3:30 Pm: Discovery Channel said today that Harley and the Davidsons, its six-hour miniseries about the birth of the iconic motorcycle brand, will air over in two-hour blocks over three consecutive nights starting Monday, September 5. The cable net also added a trio of actors to the cast: Gabe Luna (Matador) as Eddie Hasha, the bike racer nicknamed "the Texas Cyclone”; Alex Shaffer (We Are Your Friends) as Shrimp Burns, a top dirt and board track racers of the…
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Curator Films Efm-bound with 'Runoff'

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Curator Films Efm-bound with 'Runoff'
Exclusive: Heading into Efm Andrew Gallagher has picked up international rights to Kimberly Levin’s Us thriller.

The Cantuckee Pictures film marks Levin’s feature directorial debut that earned positive reviews after Monterey media release it in North America last summer.

Joanne Kelly stars in Runoff as a farm-dweller who faces a tough decision as she fights to save her family from a peril that threatens their land.

Neal Huff, Tom Bower, Alex Shaffer, and Kivlighan De Montebello and round out the key cast.

Gallagher brokered the deal with Kurt Pitzer of Cantuckee Pictures.
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Paradigm Parts Ways with Shailene Woodley’s Agent Ryan Bartlett

Paradigm Talent Agency has parted ways with talent agent Ryan Bartlett after eight years at the agency, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bartlett represents actress Shailene Woodley, star of the “Divergent” franchise and “The Fault in Our Stars,” along with David Dastmalchian, Alex Shaffer, Jonny Pasvolsky and Jake T. Austin.

Paradigm informed their agents of the move at an internal staff meeting on Monday. The agency would not comment.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 10 Pairs of Guaranteed Passes to ‘We Are Your Friends’ With Zac Efron

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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 10 pairs of guaranteed anytime movie tickets up for grabs to the new electronic music film “We Are Your Friends” starring Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski! Pick your own theatre and time!

We Are Your Friends,” which opened on Aug. 28, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Wes Bentley, Alex Shaffer and Shiloh Fernandez from writer and director Max Joseph (“Catfish: The TV Show”) and writer Meaghan Oppenheimer. Note: You must be 17+ to win these “R”-rated tickets.

These guaranteed anytime passes are valid now throughout Chicago/land through Sept. 17, 2015. They are valid at most major movie chains (excluding AMC) and some independent theaters. There is a locator code on the back of the passes where holders can search online to find valid local theaters. These passes will be snail mailed to our winners.

To win your free “We Are Your Friends” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.
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Content adds 'Youth In Oregon' to Toronto slate

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Content adds 'Youth In Oregon' to Toronto slate
President of film Jamie Carmichael and head of sales Harry White will debut footage from the road trip comedy in Toronto after coming on to handle international sales.

Youth In Oregon stars Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz and Alex Shaffer in the story of a man who must help his embittered father-in-law rekindle his will to live.

Paradigm handles Us sales for the film, which is in post-production.

Joel David Moore directed from a screenplay by Andrew Eisen and the producers are Stefan Nowicki, Morgan White and Joey Carey of Sundial Pictures. Ross M Dinerstein of Campfire serves as executive producer.

Youth in Oregon reminds us of the importance of family, free-will, and forgiveness – with incredible performances from its stellar cast – that will have audiences laughing through their tears,” said Carmichael.

Content Media’s slate includes Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir Too Late starring John Hawkes; Venice and Toronto selection Janis: Little Girl Blue from Amy Berg
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