Entertainment New film follows 2 zombie moviemakers with Down syndrome
Netflix acquires gender-flipped remake He's All That
TikTok star Addison Rae's first feature film, a gender-flipped remake of She's All That entitled He's All That, is making a big splash this year on Netflix. The Netflix streaming service announced today that it has acquired the remake from Miramax, starring Rae and directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), while revealing the first two photos with stars Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan.The streaming service revealed it would release the film later this year, with Deadline reporting Netflix shelled out a whopping $20 million for the film.
Two best friends with Down syndrome who caused a sensation four years ago when they created their own gory zombie movie are back, this time in a documentary championed by a Hollywood luminary.
“Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie,” released Tuesday on Apple TV, follows Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt on their tenacious 10-year quest to storyboard, script, produce, cast and star in 2016′s “Spring Break Zombie Massacre,” a comedy slasher movie complete with severed heads and spurting arteries.
and an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show for the two Rhode Island natives.
Raya And The Last Dragon leads the box office for the third weekend
By Rebecca RubinLOS ANGELES, March 21 (Variety.com) - Disney's animated adventure "Raya and the Last Dragon" led the domestic box office in its third weekend, illustrating the appeal of family films as Hollywood attempts to mount a moviegoing revival.Raya and the Last Dragon collected $5.2 million from 2,261 theaters through Sunday, representing a scant 5% decline, according to Variety.Disney can thank the reopening of Los Angeles movie theaters for the stellar hold in ticket sales.
both 25, loved the attention then — and they're loving it again now.
“I’ve always been the shy guy,” Suchmann said. “Now I’m experiencing what the cool kids are experiencing.”
But talk to anyone who knows them, and it’s not overcoming a disability that makes their story remarkable — it’s the sheer determination they showed in getting the movie made.
“They’re a whirlwind of energy and happiness,” Peter Farrelly, a fellow Rhode Islander and executive producer of the documentary, said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “These guys are really sharp and they knew what they wanted. Our job was to help them but not get in their way.”
Farrelly, producer of the Oscar-winning film “Green Book,” and his brother, Bobby,and pushed for other Hollywood powerbrokers to do the same. Their 2005 movie “The Ringer,” about someone pretending to have a disability and competing in the Special Olympics, had about 150 extras with Down syndrome.
After You Die, Zombie Genes in Your Brain Come to Life
So you have that to look forward to.How do these“zombie genes” still hang around, exactly? The answer is a combination of common sense and surprise.
Gallery: 25 hilarious pieces of movie trivia (Espresso)
The Farrellys were named the 2020 recipients of the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, given by the Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation for demonstrating outstanding accomplishment in the field of disability inclusion.
The documentary doesn’t even mention Down syndrome, said Sam’s brother, Jesse Suchmann, who along with friend Robert Carnevale codirected the original movie, enlisting friends in the industry to help out with their time, expertise and equipment.
The hope is that the film inspires others to put neurodivergent minds in charge of the creative process, like Sam and Mattie were, instead of simply writing them into a script in the name of inclusion, Jesse Suchmann said.
Suchmann, of Providence, and Zufelt, of Bristol, have been best friends since they met participating in the Special Olympics during elementary school. They found they had a mutual love of horror movies.
Berlin: Wowow Exec on Why Japan’s Leading Pay TV Company Is Championing Moviegoing
Veteran exec Kayo Washio explains the strategy behind the company’s surprise moves into theatrical distribution and co-producing high-end scripted television, including Michael Mann’s forthcoming HBO Max series ‘Tokyo Vice.’Early in her career she was an on-camera interviewer for the company’s flagship movie channel, hosting sit-downs with A-list Hollywood stars and directors as they introduced their projects to Japan — from Steven Spielberg to Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and hundreds of others.
“We’ve always been into horror movie and zombie movies,” Zufelt said. ”‘Saw’ and ‘Purge’ were always my favorites.”
They thought they could put something together as good as what they saw coming out of Hollywood. The result was “Spring Break Zombie Massacre,” a 45-minute film in which they play brothers who save the world from a zombie apocalypse spawned by the devil himself.
Farrelly, who has become a mentor and friend to the pair, said he's watched it maybe 10 times — and it never fails to make him smile.
“This is about what anybody has to do in life to get a movie made, or do anything in life that is hard to do,” he said. “People shouldn’t see their movie because two kids with Down syndrome made it. They should see it because it’s a damn good movie.”
Zufelt and Suchmann aren’t done either: They're planning a sequel.
Suchmann promises it will be “epic.”
Appeals court upholds Ohio's Down syndrome abortion law .
A US appellate court decision on Tuesday upholding an Ohio law that prohibits abortions because of fetal Down syndrome evades major Supreme Court precedent and is certain to reverberate in cases nationwide. © Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer/USA Today Network Jan 18, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Demonstrators gather to pray and protest during a local gathering in support of the national March for Life event in front of the Planned Parenthood office in the Mt. Auburn neighborhood of Cincinnati on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.