The It List: Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton celebrate with holiday TV specials, David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ debuts, ‘Y&R’ soap airs 12,000th episode and the best in pop culture the week of Nov. 30, 2020
Yahoo Entertainment Staff Mon, November 30, 2020, 2:00 PM EST
The It List is Yahoo’s weekly look at the best in pop culture, including movies, music, TV, streaming, games, books, podcasts and more. During the coronavirus pandemic, when most of us are staying at home, we’re going to spotlight things you can enjoy from your couch, whether solo or in small groups, and leave out the rest. With that in mind, here are our picks for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, including the best deals we could find for each.
STREAM IT: Mena Suvari is friends with a monster and her kid thinks she’s crazy in the new horror movie What Lies Below
Meeting your mom’s new boyfriend is never easy, but it’s even more of a challenge when said boyfriend isn’t what he seems. That’s the set-up for Braden R. Duemmler’s debut creature feature, What Lies Below, starring American Beauty’s Mena Suvari as a single mom who thinks she’s won the boyfriend lottery when she falls for the strapping John Smith (Trey Tucker). But her teenage daughter, Liberty (Ema Horvath), just knows there’s something off about the guy… if only she could prove it. Take a look at this exclusive clip to get a sense of why exactly she’s so suspicious about John — let’s just say it’s in his eyes. Duemmler’s slow-burn script does a nice job balancing ordinary domestic drama with supernatural flourishes, building to a third act that’s got several big twists up its sleeve. — Ethan Alter
What Lies Below premieres on digital and on demand Friday, Dec. 4 on FandangoNOW.
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EXCLUSIVE: Vertical Entertainment has picked up North American rights to mystery-thriller Viscous, starring Mena Suvari (American Beauty). XYZ is selling the completed movie at the Cannes virtual market.
Producers are Abel Vang, Stephen Stanley (p.g.a.), and Kristina Esposito. Executive producer is Linus Hume and co-producer is Panda Lord.
Debut writer-director Braden R. Duemmler’s film follows a socially awkward teenager who is blindsided when her mother introduces her to her new fiancée. At first, his charm, intelligence, and beauty seem too good to be true, and after a series of strange occurrences the teenage daughter realizes that this new member of their family is not exactly who he seems.
Also starring are Trey Tucker (The Space Between Us) and newcomer Ema Horvath who is set to star in the upcoming Amazon Lord Of The Rings series. Vertical plans to release the film in U.S. theaters and on VOD in December this year.
The North American deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector from Vertical Entertainment with Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.
Director Braden Duemmler said: “When we are young, our curiosity propels us. Viscous exploits that drive to reconnect us with the anxiety, uncertainty, and fears of adolescence – we indulge the curiosity, until it’s too late. This is my first feature film and I’m incredibly excited to work with Vertical and XYZ on its release.”
A career in the arts isn’t out of reach, three Maryville High School alumni told today’s students, encouraging them to say yes to opportunities.
When Steve Stanley graduated in 1990 and headed to Rhodes College in Memphis, he studied mathematics and religion before settling on French.
“I was going to be a French teacher,” he told Maryville students gathered in the high school theater Wednesday morning, Nov. 20.
But first he wrote “one fairly mediocre novel” with a friend before they decided their style was better suited for screenplays and began making their own movies.
A master’s degree in film and television from Savannah (Georgia) College of Art and Design (SCAD) led to an internship at a Los Angeles talent agency that Stanley said changed his life.
He intended to write and direct films but ended up working on financing projects for clients such as David Schwimmer. Then he ran a distribution company and started producing films and directing documentaries.
“A career in the arts is fantastic,” Stanley told the teens. But he encouraged them to figure out whether their passion will be a hobby or a job.
“There’s something beautiful about doing it as a hobby and just doing it for the love of it,” he said. “Doing it as a job changes your relationship with it. For me, it was worth doing full time, but I kind of had to constantly renew my joy about it, because sometimes you become jaded.”
Currently he’s a professor at the SCAD, which also gives him time to write and direct films, such as the documentary short “Conway Pride.”
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Ken Kirby (Good Trouble) and Michelle Krusiec are set to star in the supernatural thriller The Uncanny from Abel Vang and Burlee Vang, writes Deadline.
The feature, which is a follow up to the Vang Brothers’ 2016 feature Bedeviled (pictured), will be produced by Carr Lee and Stephen Stanley and also feature Ellen Wroe (Final Destination 5).ADVERTISING
The story follows social worker Claire Yang, who has been haunted for years by visions that she is only just beginning to understand as a connection to the spirit world. When she is assigned a new domestic abuse case, she discovers that the problem is being caused by a supernatural entity and must use her clairvoyance to help save the family.
“The spiritual medium, often a female, is a horror archetype that has appeared in almost every film where a family is faced with a supernatural haunting and she usually enters the story in the third act to save that hopeless family,” said the Vang brothers in a joint statement. “It is never about her story – she is simply reduced to a plot device. In our film, we’re re-inventing this character as if we’re telling an origin story. We explore her backstory, and all the barriers she must struggle through in order for her to find her place in the world.”
It is slated to shoot in Los Angeles and Orange County.
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Savannah College of Art film professor Steve Stanley and his husband, shopSCAD director Joe Bush who both graduated from SCAD, live in a 1957 midcentury home in the Sylvan Terrace neighborhood of Savannah brought beautifully back to life with the help of the team at Hallett & Co. which oversaw the restoration.
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Newcomer Trey Tucker Joins Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom in ‘Outpost’ (Exclusive)
The up-and-comer also nabbed a lead role opposite Mena Suvari in indie thriller ‘Viscous.’ See full article here.
Up-and-coming actor Trey Tucker has nabbed back-to-back roles, one a lead, another a key supporting part.
Tucker, who appeared in The Space Between Us, is starring opposite Mena Suvari in Viscous, a dramatic thriller indie from writer-director Braden R. Duemmler.
The story tells of the co-dependent and imperfect love between a mother (Suvari) and her daughter, which is tested when the “perfect” man, played by Tucker, enters their lives.
Abel Vang, Kristina Esposito and Stephen Stanley are producing.
Tucker is also shooting The Outpost, a military action movie from Millennium that tells the true story of a team of U.S. soldiers that faced an army of hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Tucker will play a member of the team.
The movie also stars Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom and Cory Hardrict and is directed by Rod Lurie (The Contender). Marc Frydman and Paul Tamasy are producing.
Tucker made his feature debut with The Space Between Us, the sci-fi drama that starred Asa Butterfield and Gary Oldman. He also co-starred in indie The Matchmaker’s Playbook.
He is repped by APA and Douglas Management Group.
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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced the award winners for its 21st celebration of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival.
The honors were revealed during an awards brunch held at local restaurant The Olde Pink House. A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, this year’s SCAD Savannah Film Festival screened a total of 164 films, including 33 narrative films, 16 documentary films and 115 shorts, more than any year before.
Twenty-seven awards were announced from the 105 films that competed in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts, and student shorts selections.
- Best Narrative Feature – Tomorrow
- Best Documentary Feature – The Human Element
- Best Narrative Short – Geoff
- Best Directing – Will Kenning & Michael Rouse – Geoff
- Best Editing – Hold The Night
- Jury Award for Acting – Skyler Samuels – Spare Room
- Jury Award for Screenwriting – One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure
- Jury Award, Unheard Voices – Facing The Dragon
STUDENT & ANIMATION
- Best Animated Short – Grands Canons
- Animation Jury Award – The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley
- Best Student Short – Blue Christmas
- Best Student Animation – Creature From The Lake
- Silver Screen Society – Best Short Film by a SCAD Student – $30 To Antarctica
- Student Jury Award – Cinematographer
GLOBAL SHORTS FORUM
- Best Global Short Overall – Period. End of Sentence.
- Best Global Short: Narrative – Believe Her
- Best Global Short: Documentary – Period. End of Sentence.
- Best Global Short: LGBTQ & You – Conway Pride
- Best Global Short: Woman Walks Ahead – Period. End of Sentence.
- Best Global Short: Don’t Dis My Ability – Take Me To The Waves
- Best Global Short: A Sporting Chance – The Conqueror
- Global Shorts: Jury Award – Boy Saint
- Global Shorts Jury Award – Marie’s Crisis
- Shorts Spotlight: Best of Show – My Indiana Muse
- Shorts Spotlight: Best Animated Delight – One Small Step
- Shorts Spotlight: Best LOLz Short – Bertie
- Shorts Spotlight: Best Bump in the Night Short – Other Side of the Box
Professional jury members were Laura Berwick (Berwick & Kovacik), Kevin Fallon (The Daily Beast), Amy Kaufman (LA Times), Bill Keith (Entertainment Weekly), Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair), Elise Pearlstein (Participant Media), David Westhead (actor/produce) and Alison Willmore (Buzzfeed).
From the Memphis Flyer:
Ouflix season officially begins tonight with a preview party at Crosstown Arts’ 430 N. Cleveland space. They’ll be previewing this year’s lineup and presenting three works for their new short film competition. One of the shorts, “Conway Pride”, is by filmmaker Stephen Stanley, who made his first films in Memphis before embarking on a career that has taken him to Hollywood and, currently, France. He made “Conway Pride” while teaching film at the University of Central Arkansas. It tells the history of a colorful LBGT couple who organized the first gay pride march in the rural college town, and the fight to save their house after they passed away. The free party begins at 6:30 PM tonight, but bring your dollars to buy passes for the main Outflix festival September 7-13.