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Horror Highlights: The Ice Cream Truck, Camp Cold Brook, The Lift Blu-ray / DVD, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Red Christmas, Wtf!

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The ’burbs can be one spooky place to live. Megan Freels Johnston's The Ice Cream Truck release details, trailer, and poster leads today's Horror Highlights! Also: Camp Cold Brook casting details, Blu-ray / DVD release details for The Lift, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride announcement, Red Christmas theatrical info, and the new Wtf! trailer.

The Ice Cream Truck Trailer and Release Details: Press Release: "Writer-director Megan Freels Johnston’s suburban nightmare The Ice Cream Truck will hit theaters August 18 and be released day-and-date on VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment. A new trailer and poster have been released to coincide with the release.

The provocative psychological thriller stars Deanna Russo (Being Human, Gossip Girl) as Mary, who moves back to her suburban hometown after her husband gets relocated for work. As her family ties up loose ends back home, she moves into their new house alone. And although the move makes Mary nostalgic for her youth,
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Round-Up: Turbo Kid Clips, Garm Wars: The Last Druid, Unnatural Release Details, Rebound World Premiere

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Two new clips have been revealed for a favorite of SXSW, Turbo Kid. Also in this morning's round-up: U.S. distribution for Garm Wars: The Last Druid, release details for Unnatural, and the Rebound premiere at The Downtown Independent.

Turbo Kid: Released by Epic Pictures Group, Turbo Kid will have its official theatrical and VOD release next Friday on August 28th.

"In a post-apocalyptic future a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl. From horror masterminds Ant Timpson (The ABCs Of Death 1 & 2, Housebound) and Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun)."

Directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, Turbo Kid stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Aaron Jeffery, and Michael Ironside.

To read Heather's review of Turbo Kid and her interview with directors François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell, and Anouk Whissell, visit the following:

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Nyff ’15: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ among main slate schedule

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will make its World Premiere at the 53rd New York International Film Festival, running from September 25 to October 11. The film was one of 26 announced as part of the festival’s main slate, along with one of four World Premieres.

Some of the main slate highlights include Todd Haynes’s Carol, featuring Cannes Best Actress Winner Rooney Mara alongside Cate Blanchett, Miguel Gomes’s three part saga Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, the Us premiere of Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Michel Gondry’s French film Microbe et Gasoil, and the World Premiere of the documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the life of the fames photographer and filmmaker.

Previously announced films include the World Premiere of The Walk, Robert Zemeckis’s Philippe Petit biopic serving as the opening night film, the World Premiere of
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Dennis Farina: From 'Crime Story' to 'New Girl,' his 10 greatest roles

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Fans of veteran character actor Dennis Farina were shocked on Monday (July 22) to learn that he had suddenly passed away at the age of 69 after suffering a blood clot in his lung. Luckily for us, Farina, a former Chicago police officer who commonly played cops on screen, will live on in the performances he brought to life in both TV and film.

Here's a look back at the 10 roles that defined Farina's long career in show business.

1. "Thief" - 1981

Farina may have only appeared briefly as Carl, a henchman, but this was the film role that started it all. Director Michael Mann cast him in the film after Farina had worked his his police consultant, beginning a working relationship that would span the actor's career

2. "Manhunter" - 1986

When Mann adapted Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" (the first cinematic appearance of Hannibal Lecter), he turned to Farina to bring FBI agent Jack Crawford to life.
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New Indie Flick Finds Terror on the Rebound

Sometimes life doesn't leave you alone. How far would you go to escape your reality? Get away from it all? There's no doubt the prospect of doing so can be riddled with tough choices. Sometimes though... sometimes escaping can be far, far worse.

From the Press Release

Look At Me Films has announced the completion of the psychological horror film Rebound. Reminiscent of the “slow burn” horror films of 70s, Rebound uses foreboding mood and misdirection to build relentless suspense, culminating in terrifying scenes and shocking twists.

Emotionally tormented after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Claire abandons her life in Los Angeles to move home to Chicago and escape her reality. Shortly after beginning her long journey across the country, she discovers another reality that is far worse.

Rebound marks longtime producer Megan Freels’ first feature as writer/director. Freels previously produced Sparks, the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
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SXSW 2013: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tells Us Why Film Is Easier

Joseph Gordon-Levitt made bold choices with his feature debut, Don Jon, previously titled as the misleading Don Jon’s Addiction. Sure, he made a crowd-pleaser out of a potentially dark concept – something we don’t see often from the indie film world – but, as a filmmaker, Levitt took some chances. Not only did go about doing so by shooting on 35mm, but also with a few broad, committed stylistic flourishes. We see the world through Jon’s eyes — who is a self-centered, narcissistic Jersey boy — so at first the film is shot like the most expensive, high-production value porno you’ve ever seen. Once the character’s journey comes to an end, gone is all the cheesy club music and camera whips. It’s a heightened aesthetic that lets an audience know exactly what Don Jon is from the beginning. We spoke with Levitt here about Don Jon‘s style, along
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Sundance 2013: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host Awards Ceremony

Sundance 2013: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host Awards Ceremony
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been tapped to host this year’s Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Jan. 26 in Park City. As an Artist Trustee of the Sundance Institute, Gordon-Levitt has a long history with the annual festival. He has appeared in seven films at the fest, and his directing debut, the short film Sparks, premiered there in 2009. This year, Gordon-Levitt will make his feature directorial debut at Sundance with Don Jon’s Addiction, which will screen in the out-of-competition Premieres section. Photos: The Scene at Sundance Film Festival 2012 “Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s accomplished and original

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to host Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to host Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to host the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

The Looper star, who made his directing debut at the 2009 Festival with the short film Sparks, will take the stage on Jan. 26 in Park City to headline the feature film ceremony (the prizes for short films will be distributed at a separate event). The entire ceremony will be live-streamed on the Sundance website.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s accomplished and original artistic perspectives have contributed greatly to Sundance Institute and the independent film community,” John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said in a statement. “As host, he is
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction

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Over the past decade he has been a mainstay at the fest – his burgeoning film career as an indie actor can be cited with these showings: Manic (2001), Rian Johnson’s Brick (2005), Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin (2004), (500) Days of Summer (2009), and Hesher (2010). On the creative side, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s short Sparks (Sundance ’09) and his hitRECord project have been unveiled as well. Logically his feature film directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction should receive a huge Eccles premiere. Gordon-Levitt plays the lead (see set pic above) while Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson co-star.

Gist: This is the journey of a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type (Gordon-Levitt) as he attempts to become less selfish.

Production Co./Producers: Ram Bergman and Voltage PicturesNicolas Chartier

Prediction: Premieres

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
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Scarlett Johansson Makes For “Sexy Comedy”

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Child actor turned Hollywood A-Lister, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will make his directorial debut on a yet untitled feature-film comedy. Not only is Gordon-Levitt directing, he wrote the script and will also be starring in the comedy alongside Scarlett Johansson.

Gordon-Levitt has not given too many details regarding the film other than a brief description of it. The film is described as a sexy comedy about a modern-day Don Juan who is on a quest to become less of a “selfish dick.” Gordon-Levitt will be playing the role of the modern day Don Juan reports Johansson will be playing one of the female leads in the movie, however there is a second female lead which has not been filled as of yet.

After enjoying success as a child actor, Gordon-Levitt, mostly known for the television series 3rd Rock From the Sun, decided to take a breaking after 3rd Rock wrapped,
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to make feature directing debut in comedy co-starring Scarlett Johansson

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to make feature directing debut in comedy co-starring Scarlett Johansson
As years go, 2012 is shaping up to be The Best Ever for at least one Hollywood multi-hyphenate. In April, EW has confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will step behind the camera for his feature directing debut in an untitled comedy starring Gordon-Levitt as a ladies man attempting to reform himself. The actor also penned the original screenplay, and will co-star with Scarlett Johansson. (Deadline first reported the story.)

The news comes as Gordon-Levitt is set to star in four high profile feature films this year: The Dark Knight Rises, the Manhattan bike messenger thriller Premium Rush, the sci-fi thriller Looper, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
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Morning Meme: Cher Comes Out Swinging For Chaz, Auditioning For the "Wonder Twins" Movie, and Nph Gets Animated - Again

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Cher is in full Mama Grizzly mode over the haters who are trashing Chaz on the message boards for Dancing With the Stars. She's taken to Twitter to rally her followers and to talk about how brave it was for Chaz to put himself out there like that. Incidentally, here are the pairings for the celebrities and the professional dancers.

Speaking of hateful things, Rep. Michele Bachmann will publish a memoir about "her roles as a tax attorney, a wife, a mother of five and a foster mother of 23." Just in time for the Christmas shopping season we get an alternative to the lump of coal for kids who have been naughty!

Wall Street trader Scott Redler is making news after hiring a helicopter for $7,000 to bring him and his family out of a damaged area of Vermont back to New Jersey, and then telling the media he did it
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10 Reasons to love Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt might only be 30 years old, but he has already distinguished himself as an actor with a wide range. Beginning in commercials as a young child, he made his film debut in 1992′s Beethoven, but it wasn’t until 1996 that he became a household name, co-starring in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. After a hiatus during which he attended Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt left television for film acting, and ever since, his career has continued to grow year after year. Levitt has been one of my favourite upcoming actors of the past decade, starring in some of my favourite indie films. Of course there are many reasons to love Jgl. I could mention his gorgeous slanted smile, his dark wavy hair or his noirish and intense eyes – I mean, this dude even looks hot in drag (see above photo). But with that said, lets instead focus on his film career.
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Shooting Underway For 'The Dark Knight Rises' In Los Angeles

'The Dark Knight Rises' has moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, and shooting has gotten underway sooner than expected. It was thought that production would take a break until September, but a reader of SuperHero Hype has shown that it actually begins today. The person wrote:  "The Dark Night Rises is being filmed at El Camino College between Redondo Beach Blvd. and Manhattan Beach Blvd. Torrance/Lawndale, CA." The scene description is as follows:  "Explosions, Sparks & Atmospheric Smoke Effects. Explosion of prop wall on 8/28 7am - Midnight & 8/31 7am - 10pm (2) propane poppers. Handheld equipment, Camera on sticks, Equipment on Property, Exterior dialogue, Wetdown, 2 min itc on N/S Redondo Beach Bl, Building and filming in set piece in Flood Control channel. Simulated flood scenes with Tip Tanks and Water Cannons, Condors, cranes and scissor lifts. Picture vehicles." Check out the rest of the notice below. Maybe some more
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Five Essential... Misfit Movies

Simon Moore selects his Five Essential Misfit Movies...

So called because they feature (and appeal to) misfits of all ages. Why not ‘Teen Movies’? Reeks a bit of Disneyfication to me. Brings to mind the ruthless, sickeningly effective demographic hunting tactics of High School Musical or the Twilight saga. There’s no place for such non-smutty nonsense here. No cool kids allowed. This list is all about the films that chronicle and champion our geeks and freaks, full of beans and pent-up bluster. You know, the interesting kids.

You may have noticed that John Hughes is taking a back seat on this list. Why? Well, consider that Hughesy could easily populate this list all by himself; it wouldn’t allow for much in the way of variety. In fact, he already has a list to himself, compiled by my colleague Alex Williams elsewhere in the “Essentials...” archives. Look it up.
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Killshot (Blu-ray)

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Starring: Thomas Jane, Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Director: John Madden

The Scoop: (2008) You'd think a big budget adaptation of a novel by Hollywood favorite Elmore Leonard would get the red carpet treatment, especially when it features such a great cast, but after being shelved in 2006, "Killshot" languished for three years before a limited run in theaters. Worth the time for Elmore fans and also for the excellent short film directed by "Inception" star Gordon-Levitt. 

Special Features: "Sparks" short film by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Rated R, 95 min. | Watch the trailer
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Charles Matthau to Direct Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky

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There have been quite a few adaptations of Elmore Leonard's novels over the years, but there was a particularly noteworthy run in the mid to late-'90s (thanks largely to Quentin Tarantino) that included Jackie Brown, Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Now Leonard's work is coming back yet again with such recent endeavours as John Madden's Killshot, the FX series Justified and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's short film Sparks. We've also got another one of his books heading to the big screen soon courtesy of writer/director/actor Charles Matthau. As you can probably tell from the picture, he is the son of the great Walter Matthau, and the book he has chosen to adapt is the 1988 bomb revenge caper Freaky Deaky. According to Variety [1], Matthau will direct from his own script with William H. Macy attached to star. The plot revolves around a young couple who were
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Above Average Joe

Because Joseph Gordon-Levitt was only 14 when he first sprang to prominence as the alien trapped in a teenager's body on the NBC comedy "3rd Rock From the Sun," it's easy for audiences to feel familiar with him. Still, few could have predicted that the engaging young actor would soon be turning in complex, nuanced performances like the violent mental patient in the 2001 indie "Manic" or the homosexual prostitute in 2004's "Mysterious Skin." And certainly no one expected it to happen so fast; by his mid-20s, Gordon-Levitt had become the go-to actor of his generation for demanding portrayals of troubled young men. He slipped right into the heightened style of Rian Johnson's modern-day film noir "Brick," as a high school student investigating the death of a girlfriend, and won raves for his portrait of a brain-damaged would-be bank robber in "The Lookout." He lightened up considerably in last year's action hit "G.
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The CW Network Unveils Its 2010-2011 Schedule

The CW Network unveils its 2010-2011 schedule The CW Network unveiled the schedule for its 2010-2011 season today at a presentation for advertisers, affiliates and national media in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, where singer Katy Perry rocked the house to open the show. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW.

"After just four short years as a network, The CW will premiere our strongest schedule ever this fall, with a combination of hit shows and exciting new series giving us all-original programming five nights a week for the first time," said Ostroff. "We've been growing this network one hit at a time and we're poised for a great 2010-11 season. This year The Vampire Diaries was a smash out of the box for us, and another freshman show, 'Life UneXpected,' also opened strong and began building an intense, loyal following. On
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Video Of The Week: Final Version of Channing Tatum’s ‘Morgan & Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date’

Channing Tatum’s comedic short premiered to a packed house at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival last week.

For those who don’t know, is a site that was started by Chan’s longtime friend Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s a place where artists and filmmakers can post their work and then collaborate with a community of users who can contribute to the work by adding their own tweaks.

The new film short is a sequel to ‘Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date – The Zeppelin Zoo‘, was written by Hit Recorder Metaphorest, and stars Chan, Lexy Hulme (aka Lula) and Joe as Lionel, Destiny, and Morgan.

Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date – The Zeppelin Zoo‘ is a collaboration that includes work from over 300 writers, actors, editors, musicians, and artists from the community. Fans can check out a great bumper one of the community members
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