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Filmmakers - Want a First Look Deal with Matador Pictures via Screamfest?LA’s venerated Screamfest film festival has announced the Screamfest Launchpad Award, which will offer this year’s winning short-form filmmaker a “first look” deal with the UK’s Matador Pictures. Read on for details (but be quick; the submission cut-off is this Thursday, August 15).

Screamfest, which runs October 8-17, 2013, at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 (located at 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA), has added an additional prize award for the director of this year’s winning submission in their short film category. Sponsored by the UK’s Matador Pictures, the Launchpad Award will be bestowed upon the director who, in Matador’s opinion, shows the most promise for the next step up into feature films. The award consists of the following: an exclusive “first look” deal with Matador Pictures for the director’s next feature project pitch with the opportunity for the project to be commissioned for Matador’s development slate, the opportunity to work with Matador’s story and marketing teams to hone the development project into a viable feature film to be financed and produced by Matador, and the opportunity to be attached, as a director, to an existing project on Matador’s production slate.

Speaking exclusively with Dread Central, Screamfest creator and festival head Rachel Belofsky stated of the Launchpad Award, “We are very excited to offer this great opportunity to help further the careers of directors of short films this year.”

The Screamfest short film submission deadline has been extended until August 15th so don’t delay in submitting your short for consideration.

For ticketing information and more on Screamfest, visit the official Screamfest website, “like” Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter.

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Zac Efron Looks Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Ted Bundy



We told you a while back that Zac Efron would be assuming the role of charismatic serial killer Ted Bundy in Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (that title is a wondrous mouthful); and today Efron himself took to Twitter to share the first image of himself as Bundy. Check it out!

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

Principal photography began back in October 2017.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 – Get Your First Look at the Bride of the Chin!



Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is nothing short of a friggin’ gift for fans; and if you aren’t watching it, you need to fix that like yesterday. Teally… you don’t have much of an excuse. It’s on DVD. Blu-ray. Digital. Netflix. You name it!

Season 3 is just around the corner, and the good folks over at Arrow in the Head got themselves the first look at Ash and his bride-to-be, Candy, played by Katrina Hobbs.

Look for Season 3 to premiere on February 25th at 9PM ET/PT.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell co-star alongside newcomers Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Lindsay Ferris. Lee Majors returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan, has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs. Evil Dead!

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Make a Date With The Devil and Father Amorth



Well, that headline’s not entirely accurate… you wouldn’t want to be a third wheel now, would you? What we’re talking about here is William Friedkin’s new documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. In it Friedkin witnesses first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist; and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!

Deadline is reporting today that we can expect to see the flick sometime this spring in theaters via The Orchard.

Known as the “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Amorth (who turned 92 not so long ago) has performed thousands of exorcism rituals to rid evil from the human body.

In the early 1970s when I directed The Exorcist, I had not witnessed an exorcism; but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin tells the site. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years; and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.



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