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Beyond Fest 2018 boasts killer genre programming lineup that includes ‘Halloween’ and ‘Suspiria’

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Ahead of its September 26 launch date later this month, Beyond Fest has announced the full lineup for their upcoming genre film festival, which runs through October 9 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, and, by the looks of their programming, it looks like they’ll bringing a little something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to the previously announced 13-film David Cronenberg retrospective, this year’s festival will include David Gordon Green’s upcoming sequel Halloween, Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria, Drew Goddard’s neo-noir mystery thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, Steven McQueen’s star-studded heist thriller Widows, Gaspar Noé’s French horror musical Climax, and S. Craig Zahler’s brutal crime thriller Dragged Across Concrete.

If classic genre programming is more your groove, the festival will be screening a number of excellent titles in that category including John Carpenter’s 1978 original Halloween, a 4K restoration of William Lustig’s 1980 slasher film Maniac, Fred Dekker’s 1987 horror comedy The Monster Squad, and Robin Hardy’s 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man.

You can check out the full lineup for Beyond Fest 2018 below.

HULU THEATRE

AKIRA in 35mm

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Country: Japan

Runtime: 124 min.

Year: 1988

AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF LINN

West Coast Premiere

Director: Jim Hosking

Country: USA

Runtime: 108 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Aubrey Plaza, Craig Robinson, Jim Hosking in Person

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

West Coast Premiere

Director: Drew Goddard

Country: USA

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Drew Goddard and Jeremy Latchman in Person

BEST F(R)IENDS: VOLUME TWO

World Premiere

Director: Justin MacGregor

Country: USA

Runtime: 120 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero and Justin MacGregor in Person

BLACK CHRISTMAS

Director: Bob Clark

Country: Canada

Runtime: 98 min.

Year: 1974

BUBBA HO-TEP in 35mm (Free Screening)

Director: Don Coscarelli

Country: USA

Runtime: 92 min.

Year: 2002

GUESTS: Don Coscarelli and Reggie Bannister in Person

CLIMAX

West Coast Premiere

Director: Gaspar Noé

Country: France

Runtime: 96 min

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Sofia Boutella in Person

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE

West Coast Premiere

Director: S. Craig Zahler

Country: USA

Runtime: 159 min.

Year: 2018im

GUESTS: S. Craig Zahler, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Dallas Sonnier in person

DOBERMAN COP
Director: Kinji FukasakuIT
Country: Japan
Runtime: 90 min.
Year: 1977
Guests: Sonny Chiba in person

THE WICKER MAN in 35mm

Director: Robin Hardy

Country: UK

Runtime: 88 min.

Year: 1973

ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR

Co-presented with Cinematic Void + Friday Night Frights

World Premiere

Country: USA

Runtime: 42 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: William Lustig and Eli Roth in Person

FLASH GORDON in 35mm

Director: Mike Hodges

Country: USA

Runtime: 111 min.

Year: 1980

GUESTS: Lisa Downs, Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson in person

HALLOWEEN

West Coast Premiere

Director: David Gordon Green

Country: USA

Runtime: 109 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Malek Akkad in person

HALLOWEEN

Director: John Carpenter

Country: USA

Runtime: 91 min.

Year: 1978

GUESTS: Malek Akkad in person

LIFE AFTER FLASH

West Coast Premiere

Director: Lisa Downs

Country: UK

Runtime: 94 min.

Year: 2017

GUESTS: Lisa Downs, Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson in person

LIQUID SKY – 4K Restoration

Director: Slava Tsukerman

Country: USA

Runtime: 112 min.

Year: 1982

GUESTS: Slava Tsukerman in Person

LORDS OF CHAOS

West Coast Premiere

Director: Jonas Åkerlund

Country: UK, Sweden

Runtime: 112 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Jonas Åkerlund in Person

MANIAC – 4K Digital Restoration

West Coast Premiere

Director: William Lustig

Country: USA

Runtime: 87 min.

Year: 1980

GUESTS: Bill Lustig and Eli Roth in Person

THE MONSTER SQUAD

Director: Fred Dekker

Country: USA

Runtime: 79 min.

Year: 1987

GUESTS: Andre Gower, Ashley Bank, Ryan Lambert, Duncan Regehr, Stephen Macht, Lisa Fuller, Adam Carl, Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael MacKay, Fred Dekker

SHADOW

West Coast Premiere

Director: Zhang Yimou

Country: China

Runtime: 116 min.

Year: 2018

WIDOWS

West Coast Premiere

Director: Steve McQueen

Country: USA, UK

Runtime: 128 min.

Year: 2018

WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS

Director: Andre Gower

Country: USA

Runtime: 91 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Andre Gower, Ashley Bank, Ryan Lambert, Duncan Regehr, Stephen Macht, Lisa Fuller, Adam Carl, Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael MacKay, Fred Dekker

SHUDDER THEATRE

A BLUEBIRD IN MY HEART (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Jérémie Guez

Country: Belgium, France

Runtime: 85 min.

Year: 2018

ABSURD presented by Rendezvous (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere – New 4K Scan

Director: Joe D’Amato

Country: Italy

Runtime: 89 min.

Year: 1981

ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK – Restoration (Free Screening)

Presented by CInematic Void

Director: Sergio Martino

Country: Italy, Spain

Runtime: 88 min

Year: 1972

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: John McPhail

Country: USA, UK

Runtime: 92 min.

Year: 2017

THE BOAT (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Winston Azzopardi

Country: UK

Runtime: 100 min.

Year: 2018

BORDER (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Ali Abbasi

Country: Sweden

Runtime: 101 min.

Year: 2018

DJANGO – Restoration (Free Screening)

Presented by CInematic Void

Director: Sergio Corbucci

Country: Italy, Spain

Runtime: 91 min

Year: 1966

THE GUILTY (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Gustav Möller

Country: Denmark

Runtime: 85 min.

Year: 2018

LUZ (Free Screening)

Director: Tilman Singer

Country: Germany

Runtime: 70 min.

Year: 2018

MONSTER PARTY (Free Screening)

World Premiere

Director: Chris von Hoffmann

Country: USA

Runtime: 90 min.

Year: 2018

THE NIGHTSHIFTER (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Dennison Ramalho

Country: Brazil

Runtime: 110 min.

Year: 2018

THE QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD BLVD. (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Orson Oblowitz

Country: USA

Runtime: 90 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Orson Oblowitz

THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Henry Dunham

Country: USA

Runtime: 88 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Henry Dunham, Dallas Sonnier and cast and crew in person

TERRIFIED (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Demián Rugna

Country: Argentina

Runtime: 87 min.

Year: 2017

THE WIND (Free Screening)

West Coast Premiere

Director: Emma Tammi

Country: USA

Runtime: 89 min.

Year: 2018

GUESTS: Emma Tammi and cast and crew in person

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Nicolas Cage to play Nicolas Cage in meta drama ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’

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In a rather extremely unexpected development, Lionsgate is close to nearing a deal to acquire the rights to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a film that will find Nicolas Cage playing none other than Nicolas Cage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten, centers on a fictionalized version of Cage who “is desperate to get a role in a new Tarantino movie while also dealing with a strained relationship with his teenage daughter.”

The plot only gets more bizarre from there, however, as Cage “is also under a mountain of debt and finds himself forced to make an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire, who happens to be a fan of Cage’s work.”

It isn’t long, though, before Cage finds out that the billionaire “is actually a drug cartel kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of a Mexican presidential nominee,” and that he will need to go undercover for the United States government to gather intelligence.

Gormican and Etten’s script reportedly features references to Cage classics such as Face-Off, Leaving Las Vegas, and Gone in 60 Seconds, and is tonally similar to JCVD starring John Claude Van Damme and Get Shorty starring John Travolta.

Cage is currently in talks to join the meta movie project, which has Gromican attached to direct and Kevin Turen to produce along with Cage and Mike Nilon.

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ rounds out its cast as production gets underway in Hawaii

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Fox Searchlight announced Wednesday that it has acquired worldwide rights to Next Goal Wins, writer-director Taika Waititi’s follow-up to his World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, which opened in theaters last month.

Production is currently underway in Honolulu, Hawaii on the film, which stars Michael Fassbender and Elisabeth Moss and tells the story of the American Samoa soccer team, who suffered the most devastating loss in World Cup history, losing to Australia 31-0 in 2001. With the 2014 World Cup approaching, the team recruits a down on his luck, maverick coach (Fassbender) to help turn their fate around.

In addition to Fassbender and Moss, the film’s cast also includes the likes of Oscar Kightley, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, and Kaimana in their debut role.

“I’ve just started production on my next film Next Goal Wins,” Waititi said in a statement. “We have such an amazing cast and crew behind this film, and I’m stoked to be partnering once again with the lovely people at Fox Searchlight Pictures.”

Waititi wrote the script for Next Goal Wins along with Iain Morris, based on the 2014 documentary of the same name. Jonathan Cavendish, Garrett Basch, and Waititi are producers, with Andy Serkis, Will Tennant, and Kathryn Dean executive producing.

“Taika is an incredible talent and master at bringing honesty and humanity to the surface in any story. We are thrilled to be working with him again on such an extraordinary true story of perseverance in the face of defeat. He has brought together a terrific group of actors, craftspeople and sports players to bring this unique story to life,” said Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum, presidents of production at Fox Searchlight.

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Ben Affleck struggles with alcohol addiction, recovery in Gavin O’Connor’s ‘The Way Back’ trailer

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The Way Back, which finds director Gavin O’Connor reuniting with his The Accountant star Ben Affleck for what appears to be a heavier sort of sports drama that explores alcohol addiction and recovery.

Affleck stars here as Jack Cunningham, a one-time high school sports prodigy whose life is spiraling downward due to the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life for himself.

However, Jack’s opportunity for a better life eventually comes when he’s asked to go back to his alma mater to coach the basketball team, which has been underperforming and desperately needs new leadership in order to succeed this season.

Slowly but surely, the team starts to get their act together and manages to start winning some games, proving Jack’s ability to coach, but whether that’s enough to help him cope with his addiction and set him on the road to redemption remains to be seen.

Brad Ingelsby scripted the film, which is produced by O’Connor along with Gordon Gray, Jennifer Todd, and Ravi Mehta. Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman also star alongside Affleck.

The Way Back opens in theaters March 6, 2020.

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