TIFF 2017 Review: Let the Corpses Tan

Let the Corpses Tan

Let the Corpses Tan: Kinetic style-soaked thriller from the makers of Amer

Let the Corpses Tan, the latest style overload immersion into Eurotrash fetish excess from husband and wife filmmaker Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet is, aesthetically, more of the same sort of stuff they’ve been supplying fans for almost a decade. If you’ve seen their breakthrough film Amer and its follow-up The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, you know what we mean. Taking the motifs and moments and rhythms and iconography from European genre films of the 1970s and literally remixing them with new narratives and subtext, Cattet and Forzani are at this point untouchable. It’s not fair to lump them in with other filmmakers who mine and mimic the same period, people like Quentin Tarantino or Rob Zombie; because this duo are artists doing something different, something far more abstract, more elemental and organic and avant garde. Their films are admirably dedicated to being so focused on style over story that they often become a challenge to stick with, especially for the average viewer simply seeking a bit of escapism. But like their first films, if you do stick with Let the Corpses Tan, you probably won’t ever forget it.

While Cattet And Forzani have previously exclusively mined the giallo style of Italian genre picture, Let the Corpses Tan is a wild riff on the poliziotteschi, the Mediterranean police thriller and the traditional, sun-baked Spaghetti Western with more than a dash of Alejandro Jodorowsky weirdness. The push to place the action outside of the urgent and claustrophobic interior worlds of the giallo pays off as this is probably the most delirious and earthy film of the trio.The film, based on the 1971 French pulp novel, sees a writer and artist (Marc Barbe) living in a beautifully ruined home in Corsica with his craggy-face girlfriend (Elina Lownesjohn). Soon, a tribe of gangsters shows up to wreck their boozy zen, along with a pair of bikers and later, the writer’s wife, nanny and young son. Tensions mount and soon, everyone is shooting each other. And scene.

But it’s not the plot one should focus on when absorbing this madcap orgy of gunshots, paint explosions, surrealism (love the Bondian gold girl at the header), Jess Franco-worthy hyper zooms and sweat and blood and fluids. No, the only hope you’ll have of truly embracing the film is to take it as a moving comic book, with each panel an explosion of fetishized, switchblade-edited violence and exaggerated cool. Of course, this is a comic book with a soundtrack and, like Cattet and Forzani’s other movies, the music is a melange of music, much of it from other films and at least one track composed by the secret handshake of the Italian genre movie, Ennio Morricone.

Is Let the Corpses Tan a good movie? That’s a stupid question. It defies such facile classifications. It’s a Cattet and Forzani film, a perverse, kinetic shot of celluloid psychosis that doesn’t give a damn what your expectations are or what popular tastes demand. It just exists to kick you in the teeth. We suggest you let it do just that. Thank us later.

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Dunkirk Tops The Emoji Movie in Tight Domestic Box Office Race

Dunkirk Tops The Emoji Movie in Tight Domestic Box Office Race

Dunkirk tops The Emoji Movie in tight domestic box office race

Christopher Nolan got a nice birthday present today, as his film, Dunkirk (Warner Bros. Pictures), held on to the top spot at the domestic box office a second straight weekend with $28.1 million, for a total of $102.8 million. Internationally, Dunkirk added another strong $45.6 million from 12,600 screens in 63 markets. The film has now earned $131.3 million overseas and $234.1 million worldwide, with markets like Italy (Aug. 31), China (Sept. 1), and Japan (Sept. 9) still a ways off. Made for $100 million, Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.

Sony Pictures Animation‘s The Emoji Movie opened in second place with an estimated $25.7 million from 4,075 theaters, an average of $6,294 per theater. Directed by Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie features the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara and Sir Patrick Stewart. The film, which received a B CinemaScore from audiences, cost $50 million to make.

Universal’s Girls Trip dropped one spot to third and only 36% in ticket sales with another $20.1 million and has now grossed $65.5 million after two weeks. Internationally, the film is only playing in the U.K. and Ireland and has earned $2 million there. Directed by Malcolm Lee on a budget of just $19 million, Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.

Debuting in fourth place was Atomic Blonde (Focus Features) with $18.6 million from 3,304 theaters, an average of $5,616 per location. Starring Charlize Theron, the action film received a B CinemaScore. Directed by David Leitch and made for $30 million, Atomic Blonde also features James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming rounded out the top five, taking in $13.5 million domestically its fourth weekend. The superhero film has grossed $278.4 million in North America. Spider-Man: Homecoming netted another $19.7 million this weekend from 11,900 screens in 64 international markets, bringing its overseas total to $355.4 million. The worldwide total now stands at $633.8 million. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. The film was made for about $175 million.

War for the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox) brought in $10.4 million in sixth place this weekend and has earned $118.7 million after three weeks. Internationally, the third film added $20.5 million from 61 markets to push its total to $105.9 million. The worldwide total is at $224.6 million. Made for about $150 million, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary.

Universal Pictures and Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 grossed $7.7 million in the seventh spot its fifth weekend, for a total of $230.4 million. Internationally, the third installment has reached $588.8 million, which means that the worldwide total has crossed the $800 million mark with $819.2 million. Despicable Me 3 was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and co-directed by Eric Guillon. The $80 million film features the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, and Julie Andrews.

In eighth place, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets collected $6.8 million its second weekend and has earned $30.6 million after two weeks. Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the $150 million film is distributed domestically by STXfilms on behalf of EuropaCorp.

Also in limited release, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit (Annapurna Pictures) earned $365,455 from 20 theaters, an average of $18,273, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount) grossed $130,000 from four theaters, an average of $32,500, A24’s Menashe received $61,409 from three theaters, an average of $20,740, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Brigsby Bear grossed $45,060 from three theaters, an average of $15,020.


Marti Noxon to Adapt Sarai Walker’s Dietland at AMC

Marti Noxon to Adapt Sarai Walker's Dietland at AMC

Marti Noxon to adapt Sarai Walker’s Dietland at AMC

Today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2017 Press Tour, AMC announced that it had greenlit a new dramatic series Dietland, from Marti Noxon (Mad Men, UnREAL, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sharp Objects, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name. Set against the backdrop of the beauty industry, this part-character drama and part-revenge fantasy will explore society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty in a bold, original and funny way.

A co-production between AMC Studios and Skydance Television, Dietland will premiere on AMC with 10 episodes in 2018. Noxon is executive producer, writer and showrunner. Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross are executive producers, along with Maria Grasso of Tiny Pyro, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Jackie Hoyt. AMC opened a writers’ room for Dietland late last year under the network’s “scripts-to-series” development model, which spends several months exploring a potential series before a greenlight.

“Day in and day out, we work to refine our search for unique voices and never-before-seen worlds. It is in that context that we proudly bring Marti Noxon back to AMC for the first time since her work on ‘Mad Men,’ as the executive producer, writer and showrunner of ‘Dietland,’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “This series, populated by unforgettable characters and unique storytelling approaches, will focus a wickedly entertaining lens on issues as diverse and divisive as dieting, dating, beauty and the many societal expectations that continue to dominate our culture and consciousness. We are so proud to be working with Marti, her team and Skydance on this topical, funny, relevant and poignant story. Welcome back to AMC, Marti!”

“This show is like nothing else I’ve ever worked on before, and I have such great partners in AMC. I’ve admired their programming taste since Mad Men and I’m incredibly honored to be working with them again on my own project. I can’t wait for people to see what we’re cooking up.”

“‘Dietland’ is a wildly inventive and funny story that boasts powerful female characters against a backdrop of provocative social commentary,” said Marcy Ross, President of Skydance Television. “We are so fortunate to have Marti Noxon at the helm of this incredible new series and to have AMC as its ideal home.”


Skrull Concept Art for Captain Marvel Movie Revealed

Skrull Concept Art for Captain Marvel Movie Revealed

Skrull concept art for Captain Marvel movie revealed

Last week at the San Diego Comic-Con, the first details on the Captain Marvel movie were revealed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and among them was confirmation that the infamous Skrulls would be the film’s villains. Concept artist Jerad S.Marantz has taken to Instagram to show off the art he produced for the film and for its villains. Check out the Skrull concept art below!

It’s worth noting that Marantz specifically mentions the Super-Skrull in his post, a character that is noted for having the combined powers of the Fantastic Four, but since Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to those characters, it remains to be seen what abilities that character will have should they appear in the film.

Additional story details for the Captain Marvel include that Samuel L. Jackson will appear in the film as Nick Fury, but he will instead have both of his eyes this time because the film will be set in the early ’90s! Captain Marvel will begin production next year in Los Angeles, California.

RELATED: Brie Larson Shares Her Thoughts About the Captain Marvel Film

The directing pair of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) have signed on to direct the film, starring Brie Larson in the title role. Kevin Feige will produce the film, written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. Marvel Studios’ Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz serve as Executive Producers alongside Stan Lee.

In the regular Marvel Comics continuity, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in 1968’s Marvel Super-Heroes #13. A Security Chief in the US air force, Danvers would later be transformed into the superhero Ms. Marvel following an explosion involving Kree technology. More recently, Danvers took on the identity of Captain Marvel after being “promoted” to the moniker of the former Kree superhero.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.


Exclusive Phoenix Forgotten Blu-ray Clip

Phoenix Forgotten

Phoenix Forgotten: found footage chiller hits DVD and Blu-ray on August 1st

From legendary producer Ridley Scott Phoenix Forgotten is based on the shocking, true events of March 13,1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as “The Phoenix Lights,” and remains the most famous and widely-viewed UFO sighting in history. We really enjoyed the intense found footage horror film (read our review here) and you’ll have the chance to see it too, when Phoenix Forgotten hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 1st (the film is currently on Digital HD).

Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed…

Directed by Barber (Beginners) and co-written by Barber and T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner movies, Pacific Rim: Uprising), Phoenix Forgotten stars Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez, Justin Matthews and Luke Spencer Roberts.

PHOENIX FORGOTTEN Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD Special Features Include:

  • Sophie’s Story 
  • Phoenix Found 
  • Audio Commentary with: Justin Barber, Florence Hartigan, Chelsea Lopez and Justin Matthews

We have an exclusive clip from the “Sophie’s Story” feature to share below. Will you be picking up this intense chiller when it hits the streets?


UnREAL Renewed for Season 4 Ahead of Season 3 Premiere

UnREAL renewed for a fourth season before season 3 premieres and more news from Lifetime

UnREAL renewed for a fourth season before season 3 premieres and more news from Lifetime

Lifetime has renewed their hit series UnREAL for a fourth season before season 3 has even premiered. They also announced a season 2 pickup of Mary Kills People and the beginning of production on the new series You.

UnREAL gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a hit dating competition program, Everlasting. UnREAL is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), renowned for her skills manipulating her relationships with, and among, the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King (Emmy(R)-nominated Constance Zimmer), demands. Season three features Everlasting’s new feminist “suitress,” Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald, Masters of Sex), who is determined to have her pick of eager male suitors. Co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and produced by A+E Studios, seasons three and four are helmed by showrunner and executive producer Stacy Rukeyser. UnREAL season three is also executive produced by Shapiro, Robert M. Sertner, Sally DeSipio, Peter O’Fallon and David Solomon.

In Mary Kills People, single mother Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) is an ER doctor by day, but by night, she and her partner Des (Richard Short), a former plastic surgeon, moonlight as underground angels of death helping terminally ill patients slip away on their own terms. So far Mary has managed to stay under the radar; but death is hot, business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated. When her world starts to unravel, Mary realizes she’s going to have to fight dirty if she’s going to stay in the killing game. Jay Ryan returns as Ben Wesley. Mary Kills People is executive produced by Tassie Cameron, Amy Cameron, Jocelyn Hamilton and Tecca Crosby. The series will be directed by Kelly Makin, Norma Bailey and David Wellington with Holly Dale as Co-Executive Producer. Tara Armstrong created the series and is Executive Producer and writer. Additional writers include Tassie Cameron, Morwyn Brebner, Lara Azzopardi and Marsha Greene.

Starring Penn Badgley, You is a 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way. You will also star Elizabeth Lail, Zach Cherry and Luca Padovan. You is from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and A+E Studios. You is written by executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble and based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name.

Are you guys interested in the news that UnREAL was renewed for a fourth season? Are you excited for the other shows? Let us know in the or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.


New Pics and Premiere Date for The Girlfriend Experience from Starz

Starz has released new pics, teaser art and a premiere date for The Girlfriend Experience season 2

Starz has released new pics, teaser art and a premiere date for The Girlfriend Experience season 2

At the Television Critics Association (TCA) press day, Starz announced The Girlfriend Experience season 2 premiere date. They also released new pics, which you can see in the gallery below. The show will return to the cable network on Sunday, November 5 at 9pm ET/PT. They also announced that the show will have a different format this season, following two parallel stories focusing on new characters, relationships and plot lines. One storyline for Steven Soderbergh-produced The Girlfriend Experience will be set in Washington, D.C. and one will be set in New Mexico. Anna Friel, (Pushing Daisies) will play Erica Myles and Louisa Krause (Billions) will play Anna Garner. Each of the two parallel storylines is written, directed and executive produced by Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz.

Kerrigan’s storyline is set against the backdrop of the corrupting influence of dark money in the upcoming 2018 U.S. mid-term elections, where everything and everyone has a price, the second season tracks an unexpected and complex relationship between Erica Myles, a commanding and strong-willed finance director of a Republican super PAC, and Anna Garner, a confident and intelligent GFE provider at the top of her game. Under intense pressure to deliver on her super PAC fundraising goals, Erica meets Anna and enlists her help in blackmailing a high-powered dark money fundraiser, in order to gain access to his secret donor network. After their initial exchange, Erica and Anna fall into a complicated sexual relationship, marked by an exploration of vulnerability, dominance and submission. A relationship that changes the trajectory of Erica’s personal and professional lives and takes Anna into new emotional territory.

Seimetz’s storyline follows Bria Jones, a former high-end escort who enters the Witness Protection Program in order to escape her abusive relationship. After being torn from her upscale lifestyle, Bria and her estranged step-daughter are relocated to New Mexico where they are overseen by a commanding US Marshal, Ian Olsen. Despite orders to stay low, Bria begins to revive her career as a sex worker, still enraptured by the allure of precarious relationships and lavish gifts. Bria’s moonlighting only becomes more complicated when it threatens to ensnare her new identity, her step-daughter, and the government official put in charge of her well-being. Bria quickly realizes she not only has to protect herself from her domineering ex but the very people who are supposed to be protecting her. Bria is forced to take matters into her own hands as she gambles not only her own safety but the people around her in a bid to regain the life she once had.

The cast of The Girlfriend Experience also includes Narges Rashidi (Under the Shadow), Michael Cram (Shadowhunters) and Emily Piggford (Hemlock Grove).

Are you guys excited for The Girlfriend Experience season 2? Let us know in the or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.


Starz Releases New Outlander Video and Howards End Pics

Howards End pics and a new Outlander video featurette released by Starz

Howards End pics and a new Outlander video featurette released by Starz

At the TCA (Television Critics Association) press event today, Starz premiered a brand-new Outlander video featurette, which gives us a look into the time jump we’re going to see, now that Claire is back in England in the present day. We’re also getting a peek at the oft-talked-about battle of Culloden and what happens to Jamie. In addition, the cable network released a series of photos for Howards End, which you can see in our gallery and you can watch the Outlander video featurette in the player below.

The third season of Outlander picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

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In Howards End, Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox(Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Tracey Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) on the straight and narrow.

What did you guys think of the Outlander video featurette and Howards End? Let us know in the or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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