Paul Raschid’s “The Complex” Available Today On Digital Gaming Platforms

THE COMPLEX is a completely live action, interactive sci-fi thriller filmed in the UK will be released worldwide through PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on 31st March 2020, brought by Wales Interactive, Red and Black Films, Good Gate Media and Little Jade Productions.

Following Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’ and BAFTA-winning game Late Shift – THE COMPLEX is written by Lynn Renee Maxcy, part of the Emmy award-winning writing team from The Handmaid’s Tale and is the very first live interactive Science Fiction film and one of only a small number of interactive films in existence.

THE COMPLEX is directed by visionary new talent Paul Raschid (White Chamber) and stars Michelle Mylett (Letterkenny, Bad Blood), Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones, The Witch), Al Weaver (Grantchester) and Twitch streamer and former Xbox UK presenter, Leah Viathan. The film’s award-winning team includes Oscar-nominated Production Designer Guy Thompson (Black Sheep) and internationally acclaimed DOP Matthias Pilz (Top Boy).

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

After a major bio-weapon attack on London, two scientists find themselves in a locked-down laboratory with time, and air, running out. With choose-your-own-adventure style gameplay, your
actions and your relationship with other characters will lead you to one of eight suspenseful endings.

Having treated the victims of a chemical attack in the totalitarian state of Kindar, Dr Amy Tenant (Michelle Mylett) is a leader in the advancement of Nanocell Technology. Now, in London, news breaks of a blood-vomiting civilian whose identity is far from coincidental. Reunited with an old friend, Amy is trapped in an impenetrable HQ of laboratories-a womb of scientific advancement with a perilous secret.

The interactive film is highly unique in that it offers multi-optional storytelling with 8 different outcomes; a real-time Relationship Status Tracking that influences the story as you play and a real-time Personality Trait Tracking that evolves based on your choices.

“The High Note” Trailer Released

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Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, known for her roles in the the comedy television series Girlfriends and Black-ish is taking on the music industry in “The High Note.” The film marks her first big-screen role since comedy-drama Daddy’s Little Girls (2007).

Directed by Nisha Ganatra, the film features Ross as Grace Davis, a middle-aged musical superstar in a crossroads in her career.This is Ganatra’s follow-up to the Mindy Kaling-starrer comedy-drama “Late Night” from last year.

The film also stars Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Bill Pullman, Zoe Chao, Eddie Izzard and Ice Cube. The movie is written by Flora Greeson.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.

“The High Note” is set to be released on May 8, 2020, by Focus Features.

Chris Evans In Talks To Play The Dentist In Little Shop Of Horrors Remake

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Chris Evans may be appearing in a musical adaptation soon. According to Hollywood Reporter, the Captain America actor is in talks to play the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s abusive boyfriend in a remake of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Steve Martin once portrayed the nitrous oxide-addicted dentist in the 1986 Frank Oz directed horror comedy musical. That film was also an adaptation of the 1982 Off Broadway musical, which itself was based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film of the same name.

Scarlett Johansson is also in talks for the role of Audrey, per THR, while Taron Egerton is in talks to play Seymour, a nerdy florist who loves strange and interesting plants.

Last year, in an interview with the publication, Evans has stated his interest in doing a musical. “I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re [remaking] Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?’”

After playing Captain America in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s series of films and Human Torch in two “Fantastic Four” films, actor is definitely showing a lot interest less heroic roles lately. Last year, he played a more roguish character Hugh Ransom Drysdale in Rian Johnson’s critical and commercial hit “Knives Out.”

Dark Sky Films Brings “The Dark Red” to Theaters + Digital March 6th

Written and directed by Dan Bush, The Dark Red is ranked the #1 movie at FrightFest Film Festival by Entertainment Focus.

The film is a sophisticated, supernatural revenge thriller that will appeal to fans of Unsane and The Uninvited.

The film stars April Billingsley (The Walking Dead, Last Vegas), Kelsey Scott (How to Get Away with Murder), and Rhoda Griffis (Parental Guidance, The Blind Side)

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital claiming that her newborn has been abducted by a secret society called the Dark Red — an ancient, underground cult that harvests and controls an incredibly rare blood type that gives one the power to hear and guide another person’s thoughts. She says that she is special: that she carries a pure and powerful strain of the blood like nothing seen before, and that the society sees her and her child as its next evolution or perhaps its greatest threat, should she turn against them.

Is the Dark Red entirely a figment of her imagination a complex coping mechanism to overcome a terrible personal tragedy or is there some truth behind her story?

2020 Oscars: “Parasite” Wins Best Picture

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Still from “Parasite”
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It was a big night on Sunday for South Korean dark comedy thriller film “Parasite”, winning an unprecedented Best Picture and Best Original Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards held last night. The film mades history by being the first film to receive both accolades at the Oscars.

The film, which tells the story of an impoverished family who infiltrate the home of a wealthy family, also won best director for Bong Joon-ho, who also won best original screenplay with co-writer Han Jin Won.

Sam Mendes’s war film “1917”, which many predicted to win win top awards after its wins at the Baftas, Golden Globes and the Producers Guild Awards, won for its visual effects, sound mixing and cinematography.

Joker, which received the most nominations with 11, won two, including an expected Best Lead Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir.

The Academy Awards ceremony was once again conducted without a host. It was held at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Here at the complete list of winners:

Best Picture
Parasite

Best Director
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho

Best International Feature
Parasite – South Korea

Best Actress
Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
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“Knives Out” Sequel Officially Happening

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Private detective Benoit Blanc is set to return to the case for a sequel to last year’s boxoffice and critical hit “Knives Out”, this according to Deadline.

The article says the original’s director, Rian Johnson is already developing the sequel, which could potentially lead into a franchise for distributor Lionsgate. The studio has clearly been searching for its next major franchise after The Hunger Games ended, and it certainly looks like the Daniel Craig starrer fits the bill.

The star-studded film was a big success for the studio, grossing $300 million worldwide against a relatively modest budget of $40 million, becoming of the surprise hits last year.

The film went on to receive plenty of award nominations, including Golden Globe noms for a Musical or Comedy category, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor for lead star Daniel Craig, and Best Actress for Ana de Armas.

“1917” Wins Best Film At 2020 BAFTA Awards

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Sam Mendes’ “1917” was the big winner at the recently concluded British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA), winning seven awards including Best Film and Best Director. The win also put the film in a strong position to win big at the upcoming Oscar awards, where the film is nominated in 10 categories.

“In the midst of all this hoopla, it’s sometimes easy to forget the actual experience of shooting a movie,” Mendes said. “I had a kind of director’s paradise in this film that I think I’ll never, ever have again.”

“1917,” which came into the night as the big favorite with nine nominations total, also won outstanding British film, beating nominees “Bait,” “Rocketman,” “For Sama,” “Sorry We Missed You,” and “The Two Popes.”

Another multiple winner is the blockbuster hit Joker, which won three awards including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, as well as South Korean film Parasite which won two, including original screenplay and film not in the English language.

Read the complete list of BAFTA winners below.

BEST FILM
1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho

DOCUMENTARY
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

ANIMATED FILM
KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh

DIRECTOR
1917 Sam Mendes
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Mel Gibson And Donald Glover To Return For Lethal Weapon 5

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Producer Dan Lin has stated recently that Lethal Weapon 5 may in fact come to fruition, with original cast duo Mel Gibson and Danny Glover returning.

The statement came from Lin during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable discussion. “We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

Lin has produced “Lethal Weapon” TV series which run for three seasons on Fox, from 2016 to 2019, as well as films “The Two Popes” and “The Lego Movie.”

Gibson and Glover recently appeared in Daddy’s Home 2 and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, respectively.

Lethal Weapon 5 has been mentioned by series director Richard Donner a few times since the release of Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998. But in 2008, Donner expressed skepticism about the fifth film and the difficulties to get it made.

“I’m ready to do 5. It’s called Lethal Finale. It’s very dark. And we were all set to go and now Warner Bros. is doing their old-fashioned tricks,” Donner said during the interview. I wanted to end it on an emotional note, and I don’t think it’s gonna happen.” Donner has not directed a film since 2006’s “16 Blocks”.

There’s no official confirmation nor release date at the moment for Lethal Weapon 5.

The hugely successful buddy cop film series begun in 1987 featuring LAPD detectives Martin Riggs (played by Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (played by Glover). The series was created by screenwriter Shane Black who went on to direct Iron Man 3 and 2018’s The Predator.

Sam Mendes Wins 2020 DGA Award for “1917”

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The Directors Guild of America has weighed in on the race for best director, and giving 1917’s Sam Mendes the top honor for best feature film.

“I was fortunate enough to win this award two decades ago,” Mendes recalling his DGA Awards win for “American Beauty” in 2000. “And I think if I’m honest with myself, I didn’t feel ultimately like I really knew what I was doing. I feel a little bit more like I do now.”

The win is Mendes’ second major guild win of the awards season, making him a solid frontrunner for best director at next month’s Academy Awards. The DGA Awards are often a strong bellwether for the Academy Awards: since DGA started handing out trophies in 1949, the winner has only lost seven times at the Oscars. Additionally, Mendes won best director at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

Other nominees for feature film were Bong Joon Ho for Parasite, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit.

See below for the full list of winners:

Film

Feature Film
Sam Mendes – 1917

Documentaries
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert – American Factory

First-Time Feature Film
Alma Har’el – Honey Boy
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Dark Sky Films Set “Killer Weekend” Digital Release

The comedy thriller about a guys’ getaway gone bad is set for release to digital platforms and dvd on February 18, 2020.

Co-starring in Ben Kent’s adrenaline-fueled debut feature are Mark Heap (Upstart Crow), Danny Kirrane (Don’t Forget the Driver) and Ewen MacIntosh (Shed of the Dead).

Critic Anton Bitel, writing at SciFi Now, said, “Pitched somewhere between television’s The Inbetweeners and David Bruckner’s The Ritual, this is an epic weekender comedy of boys hoping to become men, and men hoping forever to stay boys.”Pip Ellwood-Hughes of Entertainment Focus said KILLER WEEKEND is “packed with laugh-out-loud moments, plenty of surprises and a stellar ensemble.” “Part Tucker and Dale Vs Evil, part Severance, KILLER WEEKEND is really entertaining and deserves to sit alongside the British horror comedies,”said Nerdly’s Alain Elliott.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
A groom-to-be and his buddies go on a paintball battle that turns horribly, and hilariously, wrong in KILLER WEEKEND. The zombie horror comedy arrives on digital platforms and on DVD February 18, 2020.

When Sam (Sean Verey, The Hot Potato, EastEnders) discovers that his stag weekend not only is a mock zombie survival experience, but that his disapproving father-in-law-to-be has also been invited, he couldn’t be more annoyed. But when the bachelor party arrives to find the “zombies” are in fact a bunch of psychotic ex-soldiers, their fantasy weekend quickly starts to look like a nightmare.

After a series of unfortunate mishaps finds the group trapped in a disused nuclear bunker besieged by the bloodthirsty troops, Sam must ask himself: Is it all still just a game, or is it actually game over?

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