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‘It: Chapter Two’ First Reactions: Critics Call Bill Hader Scene-Stealing and Oscar-Worthy

‘It: Chapter Two’ First Reactions: Critics Call Bill Hader Scene-Stealing and Oscar-Worthy
Though humble peons will have to wait until September 6 to see the final installment of the smash hit Stephen King horror saga, a select group of film critics and lucky audiences have already been treated to an early screening of “It: Chapter Two.” While some say the follow-up to last year’s box-office sweeper pales in comparison to the first, calling it a “tough act to follow,” many praise the movie as “creepy,” and singled out Bill Hader’s performance as scene-stealing and Oscar worthy.

“It: Chapter 2” picks up 27 years after the events of the first movie. The story centers around the grown members of the Losers’ Club returning to their hometown of Derry, Maine, after It/Pennywise comes back stronger and crueler than ever. In addition to Hader in his scene-stealing role, “It: Chapter 2” also stars Jessica Chastain, Xavier Dolan, Jake Weary, and Jess Weixler.

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Dark comedy The Death of Dick Long gets a trailer from A24

Ahead of its theatrical release next month, A24 has debuted a new trailer and a poster for director Daniel Schienert’s (Swiss Army Man) upcoming comedy crime drama The Death of Dick Long which stars Michael Abbott Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Andre Hyland, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler, Sunita Mani, Roy Wood Jr., Poppi Cunningham, and Janelle Cochrane; check them out below…

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Holy Crap. Dick is dead. Died last night after band practice, and his bandmates, Zeke & Earl, don’t want anybody finding out how. That’s too bad though, ‘cause news travels fast in small town Alabama, and these guys suck at covering their tracks. The authorities haven’t ID’d the body just yet, but Zeke’s wife (Virginia Newcomb) and his daughter are suspicious already.

From a screenplay by Billy Chew, director Daniel Scheinert (one half of the
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The Death of Dick Long Trailer: Things Go South in This Twisted Tale of Murder

The Death of Dick Long Trailer: Things Go South in This Twisted Tale of Murder
A24 has unveiled the first trailer for The Death of Dick Long. This comes from director Daniel Scheinert, one half of the duo behind Swiss Army Man, the "farting corpse" movie starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano that went on to become something of an indie hit. Scheinert co-directed that effort with Dan Kwan, but is flying solo this time around. Scheinert's latest is a bit different, though it still involves a dead body that is central to the plot, and is said to explore the "heartache of what happens when dark secrets are dragged kicking and screaming into the light." Based on this first trailer, we're in for a pretty unique ride.

The trailer kicks off by not wasting any time. We see a trio of bandmates getting "weird" after practice one day. Chugging Natty Ice, shooting guns and setting off fireworks. Things take an ugly turn as one member of the trio,
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Wild Trailer for Daniel Scheinert's 'The Death of Dick Long' from A24

"Did you hear about the murder?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for a wacky, hilarious, extra weird indie dark comedy called The Death of Dick Long. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to some divisive reviews, but that's what makes it so good. From director Daniel Scheinert (of Swiss Army Man), the film is about Zeke, played by Michael Abbott Jr., and Earl, played by Andre Hyland, two friends who are just too dumb to figure out how to cover up for their other friend's accidental death. The cast includes Virginia Newcomb, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler, Sunita Mani, Roy Wood Jr., Poppi Cunningham, and Janelle Cochrane. It's some sort of wild, redneck dark comedy, that some will find hilarious, others will find too dumb. Up to you to decide? At least the poster is amazing. Have fun. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Daniel
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Official Trailer for 'Chained for Life' with Adam Pearson & Jess Weixler

"The first trick to learning your lines is to stop worrying." Kino Lorber has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Chained for Life, the latest film made by indie filmmaker Aaron Schimberg (Go Down Death). This premiered at BAMcinemaFest last year, and it also played at Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, as well as the Mill Valley, New Hampshire, London, Thessaloniki, Bucheon, and Cork Film Festivals. "Building on the promise of his hallucinogenic debut Go Down Death, Brooklyn filmmaker Aaron Schimberg delivers another brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism." The film is about a young actress making a low budget horror film, who is cast alongside a man with a deformity, and a number of other actors with physical differences. Jess Weixler co-stars with Adam Pearson playing Rosenthal, and a cast including Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo, Sari Lennick, and Rayvin Disla. It's an odd, melancholic film. Here's
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'Come Home' Featurette Takes Us Back to Derry for 'It: Chapter Two'

"The evil in Derry is lurking, so they have no choice but to finish what was started..." Warner Bros has released a new making of featurette for horror movie It: Chapter Two, the highly anticipated sequel to the first It movie from 2017. We also featured the full-length official trailer just a few weeks ago, and it looks horrifyingly awesome. The "Losers Club" from Derry, Maine, returns home after 27 years to the confront the creepy clown from their past. This featurette includes interviews with Stephen King and most of the cast. Starring James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Jay Ryan as Ben, Bill Hader as Richie, James Ransone as Eddie, Andy Bean as Stanley, and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike; with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, plus Jess Weixler, Teach Grant, Jake Weary, & Xavier Dolan. The more they show from this sequel, the more excited I am. It's looking good,
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It Chapter Two Gets Rated R for All the Bloody Right Reasons

It Chapter Two Gets Rated R for All the Bloody Right Reasons
For all of you guys out there worrying that It and Mama director Andy Muschietti was going to go soft on his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's It Chapter Two, no worries. Today we have official word from the MPAA that the sequel has been slapped with a pretty hard R-rating. Here's why.

"Disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material."

And this rating seems to be keeping in line with not only the first film - which was rated R for "violence/horror, bloody images, and for language." But also some recent comments director Andy Muschietti made regarding Bill Skarsgard's return as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, saying this.

"Bill and I talked for hours to discuss the character. One, in a larger, bigger plan for Pennywise on this one. Make sure that he came with a very specific and focused feeling of
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Full Trailer for Horror Sequel 'It: Chapter Two' Will Scare You to Pieces

"You know what they say about Derry. No one who dies here ever really dies." Warner Bros debuted the full-length official trailer for It: Chapter Two, the highly anticipated sequel to the new It movie released in 2017. This continues that story, now 27 years later, re-uniting the "Losers Club" of Derry and bringing back the insanely creepy clown. They've all grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. Starring James McAvoy as Bill (played by Jaeden Lieberher originally), Jessica Chastain as Beverly (played by Sophia Lillis originally), Jay Ryan as Ben (played by Jeremy Ray Taylor originally), Bill Hader as Richie (played by Finn Wolfhard originally), James Ransone as Eddie (played by Jack Dylan Grazer originally), Andy Bean as Stanley (played by Wyatt Oleff originally), and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike (played by Chosen Jacobs originally); along with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, plus Jess Weixler, Teach Grant,
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‘It Chapter Two’ Official Trailer: Pennywise Is Bloodier and More Brutal

If the first trailer for “It: Chapter 2” didn’t freak you out, then Warner Bros. official trailer has arrived to do the trick. The upcoming sequel to the $700 million horror hit “It” brings Pennywise face to face with some star power, as the adult members of the Losers’ Club are played by the likes of Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy. The rest of the group is played by Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, and Andy Bean.

“It: Chapter 2” picks up 27 years after the events of the first movie. The story centers around the grown members of the Losers’ Club returning to their hometown of Derry, Maine, after It/Pennywise comes back stronger and crueler than ever. Aside from the Losers Club members, “It: Chapter 2” also stars Xavier Dolan, Jake Weary, and Jess Weixler.

For Skarsgård, returning to his iconic role of Pennywise the Clown proved harder than expected.
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‘Chained for Life’: Kino Lorber Picks Up Offbeat Hollywood Dramedy Starring ‘Under the Skin’ Breakout

‘Chained for Life’: Kino Lorber Picks Up Offbeat Hollywood Dramedy Starring ‘Under the Skin’ Breakout
Kino Lorber has picked up the North American rights to Aaron Schimberg’s offbeat second feature “Chained for Life,” which premiered at the 2018 BAMcinemaFest. The film has enjoyed a robust festival run in the year since debuting, including screenings at the BFI London Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival, in addition to picking up a number of awards at other festivals, including Florida, New Orleans, Knoxville, and New Hampshire.

The Hollywood-centric dramedy both sends up and dives deep into questions about representation, diversity, and inclusion in a clever way. Bolstered by an aces cast, including indie darling Jess Weixler and “Under the Skin” breakout Adam Pearson, the film is both totally unique and incredibly necessary.

Per the film’s official synopsis, it stars “Jess Weixler as Mabel, a beautiful actress working on the set of an arthouse horror film being shot in an abandoned hospital that presents its able-bodied
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The Son

Network: AMC

Episodes: 20 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: April 8, 2017 — June 29, 2019

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Sydney Lucas, Carlos Bardem, Jacob Lofland, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Núñez, David Wilson Barnes, Jess Weixler, and Elizabeth Frances.

TV show description:

A TV show adaptation of the Philipp Meyer novel of the same name, The Son is a Texas period drama that follows three generations of the McCullough family. The series features the metamorphosis of Eli McCullough (Brosnan).

The family patriarch, Eli, changes over the years from an affable innocent into a conniving killer. After losing everything on the wild frontier, Eli resolves to build a lasting ranching and oil dynasty and, in time, grows exceedingly wealthy.
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The Son Season 2 Episode 9: The Bear

Eli McCullough moves all the pieces into place as The Son prepares for the conclusion of the series end game.

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The Son Season 2 Episode 9

The penultimate installment of The Son, season 2, episode 9, "The Bear," readies the series for a somewhat forgone conclusion. But the closure is coming like a set of pincers squeezing several wounds at once, and not all of them healing. All three generations of McCullough are in danger of facing change and loss of fortune.  All three face choices which alter their comfort, even as they move out of their comfort zones.

The episode centers, emotionally, on Jeannie McCullough (Sydney Lucas). Last week, she witnessed her mother cheating on her father with their son's music teacher. The young McCullough ran away from home to escape a lying family only to barely escape a back road rape from a travelling salesman.
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The Son Season 2 Episode 8 Review: All Their Guilty Stains

Lies have consequences as The Son season 2, episode 8 exposes "All Their Guilty Sins."

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The Son Season 2 Episode 8

The Son, season 2, episode 8, "All Their Guilty Stains," gives us something of a breather after a run of intensely perilous episodes. This is not to say it is lacking in danger or intensity, but it doesn't have the immediacy of the running buildup. The series loses a major character, which we knew was coming, but even this is something of a respite from the intensity of the past few weeks.

The episode opens on Sally McCullough (Jess Weixler) humming to herself while her son takes a piano lesson in another room. She loses patience and tells her son, out of the blue, to clean his room because the lesson is over. This has been building over the past few episodes. Sally's under a lot of stress,
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Sundance London 2019 Review – The Death of Dick Long

The Death of Dick Long, 2019.

Directed by Daniel Scheinert.

Starring Michael Abbott Jr, Andre Hyland, Virginia Newcomb, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler, Poppy Cunningham and Roy Wood Jr.

Synopsis:

Two friends scramble to hide the truth from their families and the authorities after a raucous night together leads to the hospitalisation of their fellow band member, Dick Long.

Zeke and Earl clumsily carry a limp body towards the entrance to a hospital, cursing and desperately reassuring themselves and each other. Daniel Scheinert’s second film after impressive debut Swiss Army Man (co-directed by Daniel Kwan) trades fantasy for homegrown American crime, albeit the accidental kind. It all started with a harmless band practice shared between three friends; drunk and loud but somewhat tame nonetheless. “Wanna get weird?” one of them says, holding up a bag of drugs and ruining the already strained sense of composure. From this introduction, it probably isn
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The Son Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Somebody Get a Shovel

Eli McCullough scalps the competition as the west gets wilder on The Son, Season 2, Episode 7, "Somebody Get a Shovel."

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The Son Season 2 Episode 7

Everything I wrote in my review of last week's episode was wrong. I don't regret it. I take nothing back. It appeared Eli McCullough was losing his grip on a situation we know should never have spiraled away as it did into the very steering wheel which drove it. But the very opening scene of tonight's episode shows he hasn't lost his grip on anything, especially the scalp of the businessman he only moments before praised with a well-placed "well played." I was equally wrong about the episode from two weeks ago being the best of the season. The Son, season 2, episode 7, "Somebody Get a Shovel," is a new high. Scene after scene builds tension on top of tension,
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The Son Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The Blue Light

The McCullough family band together as Phineas is robbed of influence and Eli goes chasing The Blue Light on The Son season 2, episode 6.

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The Son Season 2 Episode 6

In The Son, season 2, episode 6, "The Blue Light," flirts with surrealism as legal woes and societal norms take their toll on the usually steadfast First Son of Texas. Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan) shows the first cracks in the armor which has protected him his whole life. His many lives, if you count how many times he's survived seemingly insurmountable wounds. The episode shows he's not as self-sufficient as he's let on. A stronger force has been propping him up since his days as a Comanche, and it is sobering to see Eli so nakedly needy. Although, not quite sobering enough.

In the newest timeline, Ulises Gonzales (Alex Hernandez) finds the last remnants of
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The Son: Season Two Ratings

Although the first season of The Son TV show did all right for a non-zombie AMC TV series, it was followed by a two-year hiatus. When the long-awaited second season premiere was finally announced, the cable network also revealed this was the end of the hunt -- there would be no season three. Since viewers already know it is effectively cancelled (i.e. ending), will that affection Nielsen ratings for The Son? Stay tuned.

An AMC Western drama based on the Philipp Meyer novel, The Son stars Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Sydney Lucas, Jacob Lofland, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Núñez, David Wilson Barnes, Jess Weixler, Shane Graham, Zach McClarnon, Caleb Burgess, and Elizabeth Frances. The Texas tale follows three generations of the McCullough family and features the rise of the McCullough family empire, as well as the metamorphosis of patriarch Eli McCullough (Brosnan) from an affable
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The Son on AMC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch

Is it the end of the line for Eli McCullough? Has the The Son TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on AMC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Son season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

An AMC Western drama based on the Philipp Meyer novel, The Son stars Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Sydney Lucas, Jacob Lofland, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Núñez, David Wilson Barnes, Jess Weixler, Shane Graham, Zach McClarnon, Caleb Burgess, and Elizabeth Frances. The Texas tale follows three generations of the McCullough family and features the rise of the McCullough family empire, as well as the metamorphosis of patriarch Eli McCullough (Brosnan)
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The Son Season 2 Episode 5 Review: Hot Oil

The McCulloughs get caught in a strangulated impasse on The Son, season 2, episode 5, "Hot Oil."

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The Son Season 2 Episode 5

In The Son, season 2, episode 5, "Hot Oil," may be the best of the year. It is the most enjoyable so far. It is also the most suspenseful. We can tell we're on the verge of a catharsis we're relieved to sidestep. The episode opens in a dream sequence Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan) is having where his young self (Jacob Lofland) is being successfully strangled by his current rival, María García (Paola Núñez). This is the first fantasia we've witnessed from Eli where imagines himself as the victim. Usually when the patriarch of the McCullough family is fantasizing, he is the victimizer. This dream is the first to shake that faith. It is also prophetic, as the first thing Eli has to deal
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Pennywise is Back! First Full Trailer for Horror Sequel 'It: Chapter Two'

"We can do this, but we have to stick together." Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for It: Chapter Two, the highly anticipated sequel to the new It movie first released in 2017. This sequel continues that story, now 27 years later, re-uniting the "Losers Club" of Derry and bringing back the creepy clown again. They have all grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. The cast includes James McAvoy as Bill (played by Jaeden Lieberher originally), Jessica Chastain as Beverly (played by Sophia Lillis originally), Jay Ryan as Ben (played by Jeremy Ray Taylor originally), Bill Hader as Richie (played by Finn Wolfhard originally), James Ransone as Eddie (played by Jack Dylan Grazer originally), Andy Bean as Stanley (played by Wyatt Oleff originally), and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike (played by Chosen Jacobs originally); with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, plus Jess Weixler, Teach Grant, Jake Weary,
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