Thursday, April 19, 2018

We have a first look at a poster for Halloween, filmed in Charleston

The Shape returns on October 19

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Six months from today, the latest incarnation of the Halloween series hits the silver screen. And today, we have a first look at a poster for the film. Filmed in Charleston earlier this year, the new sequel simply titled Halloween brings back the franchise's seminal star Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The flick is written and directed by David Gordon Green with another writing credit for actor Danny McBride, whose also credited as a producer. Halloween debuts October 19, 2018. Blumhouse Productions, which also produced Get Out, is helping finance the new Halloween.

Until now mostly known for his comedy work in Eastbound and Down, McBride says he keeps a house in the Charleston area and has set up a production shop here with friends Green and Jody Hill. McBride and Hill have worked together on several projects including Eastbound and Down and HBO's Vice Principals, which was also filmed locally. McBride, Curtis, and the official Halloween account all shared what looks like the new poster today on IG.

The Shape is coming in six months! #halloweenmovie

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Terrace screens 'The Room' on 4/20 with $4.20 tickets

The one time you may want to see "the worst movie ever made"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 1:54 PM

No matter how you choose to celebrate 4/20 — hint, hint, wink, wink — you're gonna want to swing by the Terrace for a screening of the "worst movie ever made." That's right, Tommy Wiseau's 2003 unlikely cult classic, The Room is playing at the Terrace this Fri. April 20 at 9:49 p.m. and tickets appropriately cost only $4.20.

In case you're new to the phenomenon of The Room, it's a terrible, horrible, hilariously bad film, and the inspiration for The Disaster Artist, last year's James Franco flick that earned him a Golden Globe for best actor. The Music Hall screened the film earlier this year, and now the Terrace is getting in on the beautifully bad action.

Event Details The Room
@ Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Highway
James Island
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., April 20, 9:49 p.m.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

'Mr. Mercedes' season 2 will debut in August

And we can't even wait

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Your mind is not your own. 8.22.18 #MrMercedesTV

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Yesterday Mr. Mercedes, the TV show based on a Stephen King trilogy, announced the premiere date for its second season — Aug. 22, 2018.

If you're like me, you're a super fan of this locally-shot show, and this is very exciting news. And if you've never seen Mr. Mercedes, well, then check out the first two episodes of season one for free, online.

Featuring Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, Mr. Mercedes season two promises that "your mind is not your own." For a quick recap: Gleeson plays detective Bill Hodges and Treadaway is Brady Hartsfield, a.k.a. murderer Mr. Mercedes. From checking out shots of local spots like Little Jack's Tavern and Prohibition to watching some weird incest, this show has it all.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Southern Charm Newbie: The disaster cookout continues

Season 5, Episode 2 recap

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM

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Welcome back, everyone. If you'll recall, last week's season premiere of Southern Charm ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. And by that I mean everyone was trapped in a social prison of their own making.

When we last left our cast of characters, Shep and Craig were preparing for their big cookout by asking everyone if they liked their chicken rare. Meanwhile, Kathryn, Naomie, Chelsea, and Danni gathered to have a few (dozen) pre-party drinks and talk about their recent breakups. So basically, it was an hour of people willfully holding their forearm over a red-hot stove, while talking aloud about how much they like the kitchen remodel. Never forget, everyone decided to go to this cookout of their own free will.

Leading up to a night of firsts, Kathryn prepares to meet Thomas' new girlfriend, Naomie prepares to see Craig for the first time since their relationship ended, and Chelsea readies herself to see former flame Austen. Together, the Four Horsewomen of the Winepocalypse set out for the party. While en route, they decide to go all “Harper Valley PTA” on anyone who dares cross their path. Should be great.

Back at Shep's cookout, he, Craig, and Austen continue to shuffle various meats between random heat sources in hopes that through sheer probability they'll manage to not give everyone food poisoning. I've taken it upon myself to write a brief scene of this comedy of errors in the style of the Marx Brothers.

Shep: [Holding up raw slab of meat] “Does this look done to you?”

Craig: “Well, if it's not done soon, we're finished.”

Shep: “You got that right. Hey, are you looking to rekindle things with Naomie tonight?”

Craig: “Find love at a barbecue? Talk about a meat cute.”

Austen: [honks bicycle horn]

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  • No one is getting out of this party alive

Guests slowly trickle in and everyone attempts to top each other for most uncomfortable meeting. Kathryn and Thomas' new girlfriend Ashley shake hands. Craig and Naomie hug. Chelsea and Austin chat. Shep unwraps his birthday gifts. Most notable of which is a shadow box containing a bottle of Fireball, a condom, and a cigar along with the words “In case of emergency, break glass.”

I want you to imagine for a second that you're caught up in the heat of passion with someone. Suddenly, they rush out of the room. You hear the shatter of glass. Then, wild eyed, they re-enter the room, smelling of hot cinnamon whisky and clutching a single condom in their bloodied hand. Teeth clenched tightly around a lit cigar, they say, “This was my birthday present.” How do you not stick around?

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Anyway, back at the party, Kathryn is drinking Red Bull out of a large wine glass. Standing a few feet away in the kitchen, Thomas aggressively gropes his girlfriend with all the grace and maturity of a teen buying his first pack of condoms at a gas station. Thomas Ravenel is every saxophone solo that's ever ruined a good rock song.

The best part of this is when Ashley tells Thomas to cool down and quit playing with her bellybutton. What is it with guys and the bellybutton? It always seems like that bellybutton play is going to really pay off. Who is that good for?

JD then arrives and greets a very pregnant Cameran. Learning that she is in her third trimester, JD tells Cameran that she is at the point in her pregnancy where she can enjoy a glass of wine every night. This is very bad advice. The scene should come with a medical disclaimer. Next time, just offer her a cigarette and some lead paint for the nursery, JD.

Finally, dinner is served. At first, Cameran sits alone at a picnic table with her meal before everyone else slowly files in. While Shep and Craig offer barbecue to their guests, Kathryn, Naomie, and Danni huddle outside and continue shit-talking everyone, serving up cold shoulder and hot tongue.

Kathryn soon approaches an isolated Thomas. Thomas compliments Kathryn's new hair color before telling a blonde joke comparing women to dogs. Thomas remains about as funny as a fart at a funeral.

During this exchange, Kathryn learns that Thomas has left her out of the decision to hire a new nanny. They manage to quickly work through this, but then Ashley sidles up to reintroduce herself to Kathryn.

As Ashley explains that she moved to Charleston to be with Thomas, Kathryn explains that Thomas never told her — the mother of his children — that he had a new girlfriend.

With that, the misery trio joins the rest of the party guests at the table as Shep gives a toast. Digging into his messy meal, Shep jokes that ribs are the worst thing to eat on a first date. Craig begs to differ, saying that spaghetti is the worst because no one knows how to eat it.

Having seen Lady and the Tramp, we all know that the most romantic way to eat spaghetti is to bite at mounds of pasta in a back alley until you both clamp down on opposite ends of the same noodle, eventually meeting at the middle for a greasy kiss. If you can't win someone over by nudging a meatball in their direction with only your nose, they aren't worth having.

Soon everyone's attention is directed to the full moon. Austen jokes that this means that all the women are currently fertile, by which I think he means ovulating. Ashley asks if this is true, saying that she is very superstitious. Thus far, Ashley seems nice, but she also comes across as someone who has a vision board that consists of nothing but pictures of pricier and pricier salads.

Ashley later leaves the table, asking Thomas to help her find the bathroom. This is odd because Ashley is an adult and should really have the solo bathroom trip in her repertoire. The couple meanders inside Shep's house, and as Ashley enters the bathroom, she asks Thomas if he wants to join her inside. Gross.

Shep suggests that they are going to have intercourse, which raises a few questions. Did Ashley really need to use the bathroom? Is Thomas just waiting idly by while she makes before they resume that sweet bellybutton action? Also, why would a just and loving God allow such a thing to happen?

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  • Stop. Just stop.

While this latest atrocity is carried out, Naomie takes her opportunity to call out JD for being a bad husband. According to Naomie, she has been looking after JD's soon-to-be ex-wife, while he goes out every night tomcatting. JD argues that is not the case, but Naomie says she has proof. Chelsea joins in to call JD a conman because it is time to just burn this dinner to the ground. After his dressing down, JD departs, and we cut back to Thomas and Ashley leaving the bathroom. Everything in your body asks to see them washing their hands before they leave, but no such comfort is given.

As all of this is going on, I want to remind you that there is a bartender at this party who has had to stand silently by for the duration of the party. If this was a fair world, he would be the highest paid man in America.This epitome of perseverance can be seen in the background as Craig and Naomie gather at the bar to work through their breakup. Naomie cries as the two debate who is saddest before finally hugging it out. Just off camera, the bartender lobotomizes himself with a corkscrew to escape the cruel circumstance in which he has found himself.

Flash-forward to the morning after, Shep awakes to find that he has left out enough food to feed a hungry family for a week and now there are flies everywhere. Kathryn and Naomie share a moment together over tea or coffee or whatever and discuss the events of the night before.

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  • All this food is ruined now and it’s hilarious

As night falls, Thomas and Ashley meet for dinner. Thomas is definitely the uncle who talks way too loudly to waitresses and makes awkward jokes at restaurant employees. I don't know what it is, but if someone told me that Thomas Ravenel hatched from a peanut, I'd believe it.

Anyway, Ashley says she wants to be attractive to Thomas, and he blames estrogen for all of life's problems. Whatever. Gross. But let me leave you with this.

There is no easy way to get to know someone, especially in the context of a reality show. Lines are cut. Edits are made. Call it the observer effect, but you are probably not going to be your true self when you know people are watching, especially through a camera lens. But remember that the modern assumption is that you are aware that you are always being watched. So with that in mind, consider that you aren't so much seeing someone as who they are, but rather how they want to be seen — how they chose to present themselves. And that makes a lot of this so much worse.

See you all next week.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Charleston Civil Rights Film Fest includes a short on Muhiyidin d'Baha

"Civil rights and equality is not something trapped in the past"

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 4:28 PM

  • Screenshot from 'Standing at the Scratch Line'

The second annual Charleston Civil Rights Film Fest begins Wed. April 25 and runs through April 26 with four film screenings, awards presentations, a shorts program, and panel discussions. Founded last year, the fest was created by locals Jon Hale, a professor of education and history at College of Charleston, and Benjamin Hedin, an accomplished scholar of the civil rights movement.


“One of the things we’re trying to accomplish with this festival is to show how the crusade for civil rights and equality is not something trapped in the past, but very much an ongoing and continuous presence in American life,” said Hedin in a press release. “The opening night’s films vividly demonstrate this and also complement each other in unusual and dynamic ways.”

The opening night films start at 7 p.m. with Vesey, a film by Black Collective co-founder Jason Gourdine, about Denmark Vesey's 1822 plotted slave uprising. Vesey is followed by the Charleston premiere of '63 Boycott, described as a "dynamic documentary about the forgotten story of youth protests in Chicago in 1963 that resonates profoundly with current issues around race, protest, and youth activism." One of the film's producers, Rachel Dickson, will be in attendance.
Thursday's shorts program kicks off at 1 p.m., emceed by Hedin. The shorts include Muhiyidin, another film by Gourdine about the life and death of Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin d'Baha; Catherine Murphy's Teach, about the Freedom Schools, which were originally formed in the '60s to instill in African-American students the power of learning and civic activism; and Julie Dash's Standing at the Scratch Line: An Elegy for the Great Migration. One of the Scratch Line's producers, Daron Calhoun, will join Gourdine, Murphy, and Hedin for a panel discussion of making a film about civil rights.

The fest's grand finale will be the Charleston premiere of Human Flow, an-award winning documentary that "viscerally exposes the human cost of immigration" and the contemporary immigration and refugee crisis. College of Charleston prof. Mari Crabtree will lead a panel discussion after the film with local experts on ICE, immigration, and those with firsthand experience of immigration policy in the Lowcountry. 

Check out the film fest's full schedule here.

Event Details 2018 Charleston Civil Rights Film Fest
@ CofC Education Alumni Center
86 Wentworth St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Wed., April 25, 7-8:30 p.m. and Thu., April 26, 1-10 p.m.
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