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‘Heavy Trip’ Producer & Cast Map Out Music Fronted Comedy Film

Heavy Trip, the story of big dreamers from a small town, had its world premiere last month at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. In the film, Turo, with his band Impaled Rektum, steal a van, a corpse and a coffin from the local cemetery, a new drummer from the local mental hospital and flee to Norway. As they are escaping Finnish police, they have to face the Norwegian Army in order to get to play their first real gig. “Two directors from very high up in the North came to… Read


‘Hereditary’ Helmer: “The Film Is A Meditation On Grief And Trauma” – SXSW

Writer/director Ari Aster has seemingly hit a home run with his directorial debut film, Hereditary, which is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. After the film’s late night screening at SXSW, Aster, along with cast members, Milly Shapiro and Alex Wolff, paid a visit to Deadline’s Austin Studio. “The film is a meditation on grief and trauma,” said Aster when describing the inspiration behind the concept. Starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, the pic… Read


‘Number 37’ Helmer On Paying Homage To Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ – SXSW

Director/Writer Nosipho Dumisa made a trip to Austin with her first feature, Number 37, which she describes as a nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Rear Window. It follows Randall, a recently wheelchair-bound criminal cooped up in his apartment in a rough Cape Town neighborhood. Randall is heavily indebted to a sociopathic loan shark and with no means to play up, despairs for himself and his devoted girlfriend, Pam. The Gift of a pair of binoculars presents him with an… Read


‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ Director On Why It Was Important To Cast Former Thailand Prisoners – SXSW

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s prison drama, A Prayer Before Dawn, is based on the true-life account of troubled British boxer, Billy Moore, which he detailed in his bestselling novel of the same title. Moore was sent to two of Thailand’s most notorious jails and became immersed in a world of drugs and gang violence.  Refusing to die in prison, Billy becomes a student of the lethal art of Muay Thai Boxing, and in the process, finds a brotherhood that will guide him on an… Read


Adam Pally Breaks Down Who Is ‘Most Likely to Murder’ – SXSW

Described as Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window for stoners, Most Likely to Murder follows Billy (Adam Pally), who comes back to his hometown expecting a prodigal son type of welcome but instead he finds his ex (Rachel Bloom) is dating the former high school outcast (Vincent Kartheiser). On a drunk and high binger, Billy becomes obsessed with proving the outcast is actually the killer behind a mysterious local death. Similar to Rear Window, per co-writer and director Dan Grego… Read


Tracy Morgan On How ‘The Last O.G’ Is An Ode To His Background – SXSW

Tracy Morgan is making his sitcom comeback since his 2014 New Jersey car accident with his latest series, The Last O.G., starring alongside Tiffany Haddish and Cedric The Entertainer. Before the SXSW premiere, Morgan, Haddish, and The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone, who directed the pilot, stopped by the Deadline Studio. “The origins are my life, my background. These are people that I have known,” said Morgan on what inspired the show’s premise. “It’s a story that’s never… Read


‘Elizabeth Harvest’ Helmer: “If The Woman Gains Knowledge Men Go Crazy” – SXSW

When coming up with the concept for his latest film writer/director Sebastian Guitierrez turned to a 17th-century French folktale. Elizabeth Harvest follows newlywed Elizabeth, who arrives with her scientist husband Henry (Ciaran Hinds) to his magnificent estate. Henry explains that everything in his world now belongs to her, all is for her to play in — all except for a locked-off room he forbids her from entering. When he goes away for business Elizabeth decides to… Read


‘Cloak & Dagger Stars: Audience Will Fall For The Characters “Before They Fall In Love With Them As Superheroes” – SXSW

Before stepping out for the SXSW world premiere watch party of Marvel's Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph made their way to the Deadline Studio to offer some tidbits on what’s to come in forthcoming new Freeform series. The show follows Tandy Bowen (Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. They… Read


‘Upgrade’ Helmer Leigh Whannell: “Computers Being Part Of Our Bodies Is Right Around The Corner” – SXSW

“I just had an idea about a computer that was controlling a human, puppeteering them but the human was still in there and was involuntarily having to do these things,” shared Upgrade‘s writer and director Leigh Whannell during his stop at the Deadline Studio at SXSW. Ahead of its June 1 theatrical release, the Blumhouse thriller screened at the annual Austin-based confab. The pic follows Grey Trace, a technophobe in a utopian near-future when computers control nearly… Read


Wikipedia: “We Were Not Given Advance Notice” Of YouTube’s SXSW Announcement

When YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki unveiled the company’s latest initiative to combat misinformation on the platform at SXSW, it didn’t clue in one of the third parties that would help in the myth-busting — Wikipedia. Wojcicki said YouTube would display “information clues” from independent sources, including Wikipedia, to provide facts around widely accepted events, like the moon landing, and debunk conspiracy theories. Some news outlets characterized the announcement as a… Read


‘Jinn’ Director Gets Personal With Teenage Identity Defining Film – SXSW

Writer and director Nijla Mu’min tells a personal story through her film Jinn, which follows Summer, a carefree teenage girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate, crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety. “It’s urgent and very necessary to tell these stories,” said… Read


‘Sorry To Bother You’s Boots Riley On Bending The Storytelling Structure – SXSW

“I think I broke some of the structure that we’re told to put narrative film into,” said Boots Riley, writer and director of the much buzzed about film, Sorry To Bother You, which screened at SXSW. Before the screening, Riley, along with some of the cast — Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Armie Hammer, and Jermaine Fowler — dropped by the Deadline Studio to talk about his approach to the dark satiric comedy. Set in an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer… Read