Movie Review: THE HARVEST

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Leslie Lyles, Peter Fonda, Meadow Williams, Nolan Lyons Writer: Stephen Lancellotti Director: John McNaughton Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: New York theatrical and VOD, April 10, 2015; Los Angeles theatrical, April 24, 2015 Too often, thrillers with child/young adult protagonists are either BAD SEED/THE OMEN-esque – nothing wrong with these, except that they tend toward the predictable – or the cleaned-up-to-the-point-of-anemia PG-13 model. THE HARVEST is neither. There are several points where we get a little ahead of where writer Stephen Lancelotti and director John McNaughton are leading […]Read On »

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THE HARVEST: HENRY director John McNaughton returns to feature horror with a fairy tale twist – Exclusive Interview

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Chicago-born director John McNaughton has had a way of memorably provoking audiences, starting his feature career off with a shocking bang with 1986’s HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Launching the careers of Michael Rooker and the late Tom Towles, McNaughton’s you-are-there look at the thrill-kill adventures of a somehow empathetic murderer redefined realism in indie horror. But if his next underseen, alien-head changing movie THE BORROWER might have gone even further into gonzo fear, McNaughton would soon prove that his talents went far outside the genre. Showing a talent for raw characters, McNaughton’s versatility veered from the Eric Bogosian […]Read On »

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Theatre Review: DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

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Stars: Juliet Landau, Matthew J. Williamson Writer: John Patrick Shanley Director: John McNaughton   Company: The Crown Theatre Company, 11031 Camarillo St./North Hollywood, CA 91602 Performance Dates:  Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays . October 21,2011- January 29, 2012 So every once in a while I get to review live theatre for this site. Since theatre is my background and the world that I come from, I love seeing it, and love supporting it even more. Especially when it’s GOOD live theatre. DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA is a play that is written by John Patrick Shanley who is more noted […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Juliet Landau on DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Juliet Landau in the stage production of DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Anyone who has been part of an acting class in the last three decades has probably encountered at least sections of John Patrick Shanley’s play DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Its emotion-filled confrontations and small cast make it ideal for scene study. Originally produced off-Broadway in 1984, the two-character drama concerns Danny and Roberta, two lonely and troubled people who meet in a bar in the Bronx, hook up and spend the next twenty-four hours deciding if they’d rather get closer, run away, or beat the hell out of each other. Actors Juliet Landau and Matthew J. Williamson and […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Juliet Landau stars in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE play on June 4 & 5

Juliet Landau as Blanche Dubois in the play A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Juliet Landau has found a wonderful way to honor women’s rights worldwide and the legacy of playwright Tennessee Williams. To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Williams’ birth, Landau is producing and playing Blanche DuBois in a staged reading of Williams’ landmark A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, with the proceeds going to the organization Equality Now. The production is directed by John McNaughton (MAD DOG AND GLORY, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER) and also features Matt Williamson as Stanley Kowalski, Tara Platt as Stella and Yuri Lowenthal as Mitch, with Cyrus Farmer, Seidy Lopez, Amy Jennings, Angel Fajardo and Cody Bushee […]Read On »

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