Monday, November 26, 2018

Local author Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism could be headed to the big screen

The horror!

Posted by Kevin Young on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Grady Hendrix has penned horror novels like 'Horrorstor,' 'Paperbacks from Hell,' and 'My Best Friend's Exorcism' - FILE
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We at the Charleston City Paper love it when Christmas comes early. Why the other day one of us was checking the mail and got a host of things — not only the entire Critters series on Blu-Ray but the new 4K remaster of Lucio Fulci's Zombie and the Blu-Ray release of Stephen King's coke-fueled killer trucks opus, Maximum Overdrive! That's one heckofa early Christmas gift ... kinda.

Anyway, the point is everyone loves an early surprise, even fans of depraved horror authors that grew up in Mt. Pleasant. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter had news involving the Lowcountry's own Grady Hendrix — the man behind the IKEA-set Horrorstor, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Paperbacks from Hell and most recently, We Sold Our Souls.

According to the Reporter, the film rights for his horrific and humorous novel, My Best Friend's Exorcism, have been picked up by Endeavor Content, the shop behind such films as The Front Runner, Suspiria, and Colette. Christopher Landon, the writer-director of Scout's Guide to the Apocalypse and Happy Death Day movies (Happy Death Day 2U coming soon!), producing the flick along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of Gotham Group (The Maze Runner).

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The novel, which accomplishes the rare feat of eliciting tears, follows two high school sophomores, Abby and Gretchen, who, despite being from opposite sides of the tracks, both share a love for music, E.T. , tripping on acid, and skinny dipping. After one night of skinny dipping and LSD, Gretchen undergoes an unsettling change in behavior that convinces Abby that her friend may be a bit on the possessed side. What follows is a struggle between the dark forces of Lucifer and the tight bond that holds the girls together.

As of this moment, you have to wonder what this will mean for the film adaptation of the novel? Is it just using the title as the framework for the movie? Probably not, since Hendrix will be co-writing the script with Jenna Lamia, best known for her acting/producing/writing work on MTV's Awkward and to Strangers with Candy fans as the tragic Glint-addicted Poppy Downes.

Will it lean toward a Beaches-meets-The Exorcist vibe by peppering the '80s pop song soundtrack with Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" or Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells?" We'll see.

Will Gretchen be played by Linda Blair? Will Abby be played by Heather Langenkamp? More than likely not since it's 2018 and both those legends would stick out in a Lowcountry high school.

Will it take place or be filmed in 1988 Lowcountry locales since it takes place in this fair city? That'd be cool.

Regardless of what happens, we can't wait to see the results.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Aubrey Plaza posts cryptic Instagram about Terrace screening on Saturday with "special guests"

Will Plaza be in Chs?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Yesterday, actress Aubrey Plaza, star of the new movie An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, posted a cryptic Instagram saying that special guests will join film's director David Gordon Green for a Q&A following a screening this weekend at the Terrace.

Is Plaza the special guest? Will she be there in person? Will she Skype in? Hologram? We can't say for sure.
But, if hanging with the director of Halloween and seeing a flick that our theater critic Kevin Young says "channels the weirdness of David Lynch and John Waters," is your cup of tea, head to the Terrace tomorrow, Sat. Nov. 10 at 9:10 p.m.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday night: Charleston JCC Filmfest showing doc examining early Jewish genocide following WWI

"Marked the beginning of the near-obliteration of Jewish life"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Feiga Shamis sent two of her children away to protect them from pogroms following WWI. - SCREENSHOT/YOUTUBE
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  • Feiga Shamis sent two of her children away to protect them from pogroms following WWI.
In light of this weekend's tragic mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue, it feels more critical than ever to shine a light on the history of Jewish oppression both abroad and at home.

Tonight the Charleston JCC Filmfest, College of Charleston Jewish Studies Program, and the Charleston Jewish Federation REMEMBER program for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness, hosts a free screening of My Dear Children at Arnold Hall at 7 p.m.

My Dear Children is based on a letter that Feiga Shamis sent two of her children — 20 years after sending them to an orphanage a continent away. The 174 page letter explains why Shamis made the decision she did; the letter describes the anti-Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe following WWI.

According to the film's website, "The pogroms in the years following the Russian Revolution of 1917 killed tens of thousands of Jews and marked the beginning of the near-obliteration of Jewish life from an area of the world to which nearly 80 percent of the world's Jewry can trace its roots."
In the documentary, Shamis' granddaughter Judy Favish travels to Poland and Ukraine to try to understand the grandmother she never met. A trailer of the film shows Favish traveling to small towns throughout Eastern Europe and meeting with modern residents; when asked how many Jewish citizens remain, the answer is often, "None."

The film's co-producer/director LeeAnn Dance will offer a talkback following the screening. A television producer and investigative reporter, Dance owns a boutique production company outside of Washington, D.C.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Now playing: Joel Hamilton on a Shem Creek float, Graham Whorley on a pedicab, and more during 'Live in the Streets' screening

The sounds of Charleston

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Joel Hamilton performs live on Shem Creek. Like, on, Shem Creek. - SCREENSHOT
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From the folks at Murias Entertainment (a.k.a. Charleston Music Hall manager Charles Carmody and concert promoter Austin Poisson), Terrace Theater, and filmmaker Andy Coon, comes the screening of a web series, Live in the Streets. Held at the Terrace on Wed. Nov. 14, this screening features local musicians performing at well-known locations in Charleston — as well as real, live performances from some of those very musicians. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are just $8.

Live in the Streets is a compilation of six performances — which you can check out individually on Coon's website — from Joel Hamilton (Mechanical River), Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band, Graham Whorley, Lindsay Holler, Katie Small, and mayor John Tecklenburg. Hamilton, Holler, and Small will perform live at the screening.
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From an air mattress on Shem Creek (seriously, check out Hamilton's video, it's amazing) to a pedicab (again, really cool Whorley, really cool), Coon captures the sounds of Charleston — the music and the shore birds and the traffic all together.

The beautifully produced videos are the work of creator and director Coon, Audio Recording/Grip from Rich Green and Jody Terzo, photography from Tara Reynolds and Douglas Panzone, and music mixdown courtesy of Michael Vignola.

In addition to Live in the Streets — a series that Coon has recently expanded to Nashville, Atlanta, and Kansas City — Coon is the creator of the web series Often Awesome, a depiction of a friend's battle with ALS, and Talent Freaks, which portrays the creative processes of Lowcountry artists.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Charleston-filmed 'Halloween' may slash October debut box office record, which could mean windfall for Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis reportedly taking modest sum plus percent of box office sales

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Jamie Lee Curtis pictured at the L.A. opening of 'Halloween' on Oct. 18, 2018 - HALLOWEEN FACEBOOK
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  • Jamie Lee Curtis pictured at the L.A. opening of 'Halloween' on Oct. 18, 2018
Happy Halloween, Charleston!

If the horror world buzz around the newest Halloween flick is any indication, it could be on its way to breaking box office records this weekend as it opens in theaters nationwide.

Box Office Pro says it is "bullishly" confident that the Charleston-filmed sequel could surpass the recent October opening weekend record, $80.3 million, set by Venom on its release earlier this month.

The Thursday night figures came in around $7.7 million, the strongest opening night for a horror movie this year and the biggest for any R-rated movie since Deadpool 2 in May.
Either way, a successful box office run for Halloween could mean a big payday for its star, Jamie Lee Curtis. For reprising her role as the franchise protagonist Laurie Strode, Curtis reportedly took a modest salary in exchange for a share of the box office take, according to an iHorror report last year. iHorror cites a similar arrangement for Ethan Hawke for his efforts in The Purge and Sinister, which reportedly earned him $10 million for the $112 million combined box office revenue.

It's worth noting that Blumhouse, the horror specialists behind those films, which is known for parlaying huge success with low-budgets, is also involved in Halloween. The film is written, directed, and produced by Charleston-based Rough House Pictures, which includes director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride.

With Curtis' previous work earning her $2-3 million per film, iHorror says, Halloween could mean the biggest take-home in her career.

Halloween officially opens nationwide today.

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