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Buddy Holly Movie ‘Clear Lake’ in Development

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Buddy Holly Movie ‘Clear Lake’ in Development
Veteran creative executives Rick French and Patrick Shanahan are partnering with Buddy Holly’s widow on “Clear Lake,” depicting Holly’s 1958 music tour with Clarence Collins, Variety has learned exclusively.

French is the chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based marketing firm French/West/Vaughan and Shanahan is the founder and president of Denim Buffalo Films. They have teamed to form Prix Productions, with French serving as managing partner focused on IP acquisition, financing, and production, and Shanahan focused on writing and directing.

“Clear Lake” is being produced in association with Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly; the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation; and BMG, which manages the Holly Estate intellectual property and U.S. music publishing rights. The film will follow Holly and Collins, founder of Little Anthony & the Imperials, as they tour together in the racially charged days of 1958 as part of the “Biggest Show of Stars Tour.” Shanahan and
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Reece Thompson interview for ‘Final Girl’

Offbeat horror flick Final Girl is out to own this week following its UK premiere at FrightFest. Photographer Tyler Shields helms this unsettling and worryingly stylish thriller about a seemingly-innocent young woman (Abigail Breslin) turning the tables on a gang of debonair murderers (led by Alexander Ludwig).

Among these besuited beasts is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower star Reece Thompson, who plays baseball bat-wielding Mommy’s boy Nelson. I sat down with him for a chat about working with Shields, getting his take on what exactly was going on out there in the woods…

The film is kind of unique compared to today’s horror movies. How did you come to be involved?

I became involved because there was another actor that was actually in my role and then he couldn’t do it because he was on a show. They were scrambling looking for people at the last minute,
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Final Girl DVD Review

Director: Tyler Shields

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Alexander Ludwig, Cameron Bright, Logan Huffman, Reece Thompson, Francesca Eastwood

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 90 mins

Tyler Shields has made a splash over the years as a Hollywood photographer, so it makes perfect sense his directorial debut would be a horror movie. Having said that, the crowd at FrightFest may well be divided over Final Girl, which sits as a curate’s egg amongst today’s crop of cinematic nightmares.

The convoluted story opens with a sinister scene where a young girl is interrogated by a shadowy, suited type (Wes Bentley) in sparse, concrete surroundings. Flash forward to over a decade later and Bentley has trained the girl – Veronica (Abigail Breslin) – as a party-dress-wearing death machine, programmed as bait for a group of psychotic teenage boys who get their kicks hunting and killing women. Once she agrees to accompany them to a remote woodland location,
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Film4 FrightFest 2015 Review – Final Girl (2015)

Final Girl, 2015

Directed by Tyler Shields

Starring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Cameron Bright, Alexander Ludqig, Reece Thompson, Emma Paetz

Synopsis:

A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. Later she is approached by a group of sadistic teens who kill blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins.

Tyler Shields makes his directorial debut here with Final Girl, a movie that blends the Scream aesthetic of post-modern slashers with La Femme Nikita in an almost arthouse stylised mould.

Abigail Breslin plays Veronica, a young girl who was taken in by mentor William (Wes Bently) after her parents were murdered. Over the next twelve years, William teaches Veronica to be a lethal assassin that will attack, hunt and kill predatory men. Her first target? A Riot Club-esque group of White Privileged Males who take innocent girls out into the woods to hunt for fun.
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Milkshakes & Murderers: Tyler Shields interview for Final Girl [FrightFest 2015]

Tyler Shields interview for Final Girl Tyler Shields interview for Final Girl: Former photographer makes his directorial debut with the movie.

Notorious snapper Tyler Shields has made his directorial debut with horror film Final Girl. It’s safe to say when Shields puts his name to something it isn’t going to be run of the mill, and that’s certainly the case here.

A tense, atmospheric and above all strange tale of revenge, it stars Abigail Breslin as a young assassin charged with wiping out a group of teen psychopaths and Wes Bentley as her grizzled mentor. I got on the Fifties-style phone for a look past the movie’s Americana exterior and into the bloody, beating heart beneath…

The film is arguably quite unusual. What drew you to this story?

Oh Steve, I wouldn’t say it’s arguably unusual, I’d say it’s very unusual!
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11 Things We Learned From York City Vs Newcastle

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Well that’s another game and another loss for Newcastle United in pre-season. The 2-1 defeat to York City at Bootham Crescent means that, with just one fixture left against Borussia Mönchengladbach at St James’ Park on Saturday, the Magpies have lost three, drawn one and won just two of their pre-season matches to date.

New signing Aleksandar Mitrovic may have made his Magpies debut, but it was one to forget as the Magpies succumbed to their third pre-season loss in six matches in front of 2,048 travelling supporters – and that despite birthday boy Ayoze Perez grabbing his first goal of pre-season.

Strikes from Anthony Straker and trialist Reece Thompson were enough to hand York City a 2-1 victory and leave Steve McClaren scratching his head and continuing to search for a formula to resolve the defensive deficiencies that are still all too prevalent in his side.
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York City 2-1 Newcastle United – Player Ratings

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It’s been the same old story every match for Newcastle United this season – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, this one was no different.

New signing Aleksandar Mitrovic may have made his Magpies debut at Bootham Crescent, but it was one to forget as the Magpies succumbed to their third pre-season loss in six matches in front of 2,048 travelling supporters – and that despite birthday boy Ayoze Perez grabbing his first goal of pre-season.

Strikes from Anthony Straker and trialist Reece Thompson were enough to hand York City a 2-1 victory and leave Steve McClaren scratching his head and continuing to search for a formula to resolve the defensive deficiencies that are still all too prevalent in his side.

Strangely, McClaren named just four substitutes at Bootham Crescent – with 17-year-old forward Louis Johnson and defender Lewis Suddick, grandson of former Magpie Alan, among them – possibly sending out a message
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York City 2-1 Newcastle United – Magpies’ Defensive Woes Continue Despite Mitrovic Debut

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The opposition may have been different but Newcastle United were very much the same as they have been defensively all throughout the pre-season campaign – woeful.

New signing Aleksandar Mitrovic may have made his Magpies debut at Bootham Crescent, but it was one to forget as the Magpies succumbed to their third pre-season loss in six matches in front of 2,048 travelling supporters – and that despite birthday boy Ayoze Perez grabbing his first goal of pre-season.

Strikes from Anthony Straker and trialist Reece Thompson were enough to hand York City a 2-1 victory and leave Steve McClaren scratching his head and continuing to search for a formula to resolve the defensive deficiencies that are still all too prevalent in his side.

Lynne Cameron/Pa Wire

Strangely, McClaren named just four substitutes at Bootham Crescent – with 17-year-old forward Louis Johnson and defender Lewis Suddick, grandson of former Magpie Alan,
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eOne finds Hunted, Apocalypse

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eOne finds Hunted, Apocalypse
eOne Films Us has pounced on North American rights to horror thriller The Hunted and zombie comedy April Apocalypse.

Josh Stewart wrote, directed and stars in The Hunted and Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti produced through Fortress Features and Cinema Management Group handles international sales.

The story follows two hunters bidding for their own reality TV show who encounter trouble in the West Virginia mountains. Wme Global negotiated the deal.

Jarret Tarnol directed April Apocalypse, about a loser who becomes a ferocious zombie slayer.

Brent Tarnol wrote the screenplay and the pair produced through Tarnol Group. Reece Thompson, Rebekah Brandes and Brent Tarnol star. Preferred Content’s Zac Bright negotiated the deal.

Dan Fisher represented eOne for both films.
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Afm 2013: eOne Entertainment Takes Home The Hunted Just in Time for the April Apocalypse

Two new flicks have found themselves a new home with eOne Entertainment - the zombie comedy April Apocalypse and Josh Stewart's (The Collector, The Collection) new film entitled The Hunted. Read on for details.

April Apocalypse was directed by Jarret Tarnol from a script by Brent Tarnol, who both produced the film via their Tarnol Group Pictures banner. The film stars Reece Thompson and Rebekah Brandes with Brent Tarnol, Stephanie Hunt, Todd Stashwick, Mark Rolston, Sarah Hyland, Roger Bart, and George Lopez.

Synopsis

After finally building the courage to sweep his dream girl April off her feet, hopeless Artie crashes his car and wakes up in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. With more power and courage than ever before, Artie’s love for April transforms him into a badass zombie slayer taking down everything that steps in his path. With an infected bite on Artie’s hand, time is
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Josh Stewart's The Hunted & April Apocalypse Acquired for U.S. Release

eOne Films has picked up the North American distribution rights to The Hunted, directed and starring Josh Stewart (The Collector, The Dark Knight Rises) and the zom-com April Apocalypse.

In The Hunted, chasing their dream of landing their own hunting show, two hunters head into the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia only to realize they are not alone.  Watch the trailer here.

April Apocalypse stars Reece Thompson and Rebekah Brandes, with Brent Tarnol, Stephanie Hunt, Todd Stashwick, Mark Rolston, Sarah Hyland, Roger Bart and George Lopez

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First Details, Images for Zombie Film April Apocalypse

April Apocalypse, a film from director Jarret Tarnol, has landed on our radar with a few images. The film stars Rebekah Brandes (Nothing Left to Fear, Midnight Movie) and Reece Thompson. George Lopez also makes an appearance, likely for a cameo of some sort. Head inside for the pics!

After finally building the courage to sweep his dream girl April off her feet, hopeless Artie crashes his car and wakes up in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse. With more power and courage then ever before, Artie’s love for April transforms him into a bad-ass zombie slayer taking down everything that steps in his path. With an infected bite on Artie’s hand, time is of the essence as he must save April before he turns into a flesh eater himself.

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Lost Love in the Tarnol Brother's April Apocalypse

It seems that zombies will never die. Director Jarret Tarnol (Barrio Tales) has completed production on a comedy, set in a zombie apocalypse. An early concept poster for the film has been released and horror fans can preview the film here. In the story, Artie (Reece Thompson) is lovestruck by his next door neighbour (Rebekah Brandes), who is moving away. He goes in pursuit of her, but something gets in the way. Artie crashes his car and he wakes up a week later, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse! Now, Artie will have to overcome all odds to win April over. April Apocalypse is being produced by the Tarnol Group Pictures. As well, a release date for the film will be announced shortly. Director: Jarret Tarnol. Writer: Brent Tarnol. Cast: Reece Thompson, Rebekah Brandes, Brent Tarnol, Stephanie Hunt and Todd Stashwick. The film's fan page is here: April Apocalypse
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DVD Review - The Assassination (2008)

The Assassination (aka Assassination of a High School President), 2008.

Directed by Brett Simon.

Starring Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson, Patrick Taylor, Michael Rapaport, Melonie Diaz and Zoë Kravitz.

Synopsis:

At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen Sat exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed.

There is something, or someone, rotten to the core at St. Donavan’s High School. School newspaper journalist Bobby Funke is determined to uncover the truth and his conspiracy theories threaten to escalate into an obsession that will perhaps lead him to somewhere he shouldn’t go.

Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson) is searching for an exclusive scoop for the school newspaper which he hopes will be his golden ticket to an exclusive journalism course that takes place during the school summer break. He discovers something that
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‘The Assassination’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport, Melonie Diaz | Written by Kevin Jakubowski, Tim Calpin | Directed by Brett Simon

Boy, that cover is misleading. Full disclosure: The Assassination – originally Assassination of a High School President - isn’t a Bruce Willis actioner, he gets about ten minutes of screentime and the gun on the DVD is the only one in the film. It doesn’t actually fire bullets. But I suppose that’s the kind of marketing you can expect from a movie that bowed at festivals in 2008 and is only just getting a home video release.

Set an assignment to profile his school’s class president, intrepid/lazy reporter Bobby Funke (no relation to Arrested Development’s Tobias, though I suspect Bobby may once have been a never-nude) played by Reece Thompson unwittingly sets off a plot involving stolen exam papers, suspended students, Mischa Barton as
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Win a Mini PC, an external DVD drive + The Assassination on DVD with Dino PC & Signature Entertainment

We’ve teamed up with the guys from Signature Entertainment and award-winning PC manufacturer DinoPC to give one lucky winner an amazing media package including the brand new Nanosaur E350, an Asus portable DVD drive and a DVD copy of The Assassination.

The Assassination stars Bruce Willis and is joined by a hot young cast including Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Reece Thompson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower). The film which has earned rave reviews is dark, edgy and suspenseful and the story is set in a volatile private high school where a sordid obsession about sex, suspicion, drugs and politics create a satire of unfortunate sequences. Sundance Film Festival raves “The Assassination is full of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat.”

DinoPC’s Nanosaur E350 allows you to stream videos and films whilst still being able to access your emails and do pretty much
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"Zeroes" Adds Up To Nothing

Sci-fi comedies these days are a tricky thing to pull off. Filmmaking conventions such as story and direction are what truly make any film either a success or a failure. The lackluster indie comedy Super Zeroes tries to be quirky and fun but sadly does not compare to other supernatural comedies of today. It’s just 90 minutes of failed jokes and an uninteresting plot. This lame film has now been released along with its equally lame soundtrack.

Ty (Reece Thompson) and Cody (Blaise Miller) own a Porta Potty business in a small country town. They are considered losers by most of the town and their lives are literally in the crapper. That is until an asteroid crashes into their house one night and they start to develop strange superpowers like turning water into beer. Their dopey friend Teet (Travis Nicholson) is also affected and the three of them must deal
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'Twilight' star Cameron Bright appears in Tyler Shield's movie 'Final Girl'

'Twilight' star Cameron Bright appears in Tyler Shield's movie 'Final Girl'
Cameron Bright (Alec of the Volturi in the Twilight Saga) is featured in the so-called first film by famed photographer Tyler Shields titled "Final Girl." Bright is the latest in a string of Twilight stars who've appeared in Shield's vids, including Edi Gathegi (Laurent in Twilight), Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) and Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), and just like the videos they've all appeared in, the movie is incredibly bizarre. That's Tyler Shield's thing, though. The Hunger Games stars Wes Bentley and Alexander Ludwig along with Abigail Breslin, Logan Huffman, Reece Thompson and Francesca Eastwood also appear in the video. 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Photo credit: Summit Ent. Take a look and see if you can figure out what's going on in it. Bright is currently featured on the new Canadian television drama Motive which has recently been picked up for distribution in the U.
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Why 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Isn't A Usual Teen Comedy

Why 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' Isn't A Usual Teen Comedy
Mae Whitman is more than just plant ... uh ... Ann.

The 24-year-old actress was working long before playing Michael Cera's hilariously forgettable onscreen girlfriend in "Arrested Development." As a child, she appeared in films like "When a Man Loves a Woman," "One Fine Day" and "Independence Day." In recent years, Whitman has carved a niche playing complicated young adults in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," the television series "Parenthood" and, most recently, the new film "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

Adapted by Stephen Chbosky from his seminal teen novel of the same name, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" follows a group of friends as they navigate the turbulent waters of high school and young adulthood. What sets the film apart from nominal coming-of-age films -- besides the early '90s setting and resulting killer soundtrack -- is that none of the characters in "Perks" are traditional high school
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Tiff Fashion 2012: Day 3

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With two stellar days already on the books, one might have expected Day 3 of Tiff’s red carpet watch to slow down, take a breather. You know, pace itself. Hellz no! The fashion output only continued to snowball with major stars and major style out on the town. The ladies made the strongest showing on the best-dressed side of things. We witnessed jaw-dropping choices that embraced traditional ladylike tricks (i.e. curve-hugging dresses on The Reluctant Fundamentalist’s Kate Hudson and End of Watch’s America Ferrera) as well as a fully feminine twist on menswear-inspired dressing from stunning Cloud Atlas star Halle Berry.

And there were a few memorably dressed fellas’ who stepped out, too. Some memorable-good, like Cloud AtlasDavid Gyasi. And some memorable-not-so-good, like Reece Thompson and Landon Place from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Whether good or bad, as you’ll see for yourself, the night didn’t disappoint.
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