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Chris Hardwick is truly the man with many talk shows! Soon, AMC will introduce viewers to Talking with Chris Hardwick, which premieres on Sunday, April 9th! The lineup of guests is pretty interesting and includes Bryan Cranston and Elijah Wood. Also: details on screenings of Larry Cohen's films at The Quad and release details for Teenage Ghost Punk.

Talking With Chris Hardwick's First Lineup of Guests Revealed: Press Release: "NEW YORK, NY – March 30, 2017 – AMC announced today an initial lineup of guests set to appear on “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” an extension of the #1 talk show on television, “Talking Dead.”  Guests include (not in air order): Michelle MonaghanCharlie HunnamConnie BrittonJustin TherouxBryan CranstonElijah WoodDamon Lindelof, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the cast of “Silicon Valley. Additional guests will be announced soon. “Talking with Chris Hardwick” premieres on Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m.

Produced by Embassy Row, each episode of “Talking with Chris Hardwick” features an in-depth conversation between Hardwick and a single guest or cast, highlighting Hardwick’s singularly irreverent and authentic take on today’s pop culture landscape. Compared with a typical 5 or 10-minute talk show interview, “Talking with Chris Hardwick” will leverage the host’s gift for deep conversation, on display in his popular podcast. The show will also have a strong social media presence and live audience interactivity, giving fans a new destination to celebrate their favorite pop culture icons.

“Talking with Chris Hardwick” airs at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights when “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” are not in season. The series is executive produced by Hardwick, Michael Davies, Brandon Monk, Jen Patton and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray."

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Larry Cohen Retrospective Screenings: "Larry Cohen's New York May 6 & 7!

The Quad's pocket retrospective celebrates genre master Larry Cohen's homegrown films with Cohen in person at select screenings.

Series includes the director's "Whisper" cut of his warped 1976 sci-fi oddity, God Told Me To.

Irrepressible and prolific, writer-producer-director and native New Yorker Larry Cohen is a true original. Over the course of 60 years in film and television, he has become a master at taking ingenious premises and using them to playfully subvert and rethink genre movies of all stripes, with mischievous social commentary always in the mix. Here we focus on seven films shot on his home turf, in which the city becomes a playground for his idiosyncratic cinematic genius and outrageous high-concept imagination.

The Ambulance

Larry Cohen, 1990, U.S., 95m, 35mm

Sunday, May 7

Cohen once again imbues the benign and everyday things with menace as Eric Roberts gives new meaning to the term “ambulance chaser” when he tries to find out why Janine Turner never made it to the emergency room after she’s whisked away by ambulance following a collapse. James Earl Jones is on hand as the requisite skeptical cop. Print courtesy of The Academy Film Archive

Black Caesar

Larry Cohen, 1973, U.S., 87m, 35mm

Saturday, May 6

Football star turned blaxploitation fixture Fred Williamson stars in Cohen’s inspired remake of Little Caesar, in which a Harlem youth ascends from shoeshine to mob overlord, with the action set to an irresistible original soundtrack by James Brown. As brutal a work of social realism as it is a cracking entertainment.

God Told Me To

Larry Cohen, 1976, U.S., 96m, 35mm

Saturday, May 6

A way-out mash-up of detective mystery, horror and science fiction elements, with a twist that gives new meaning to the word transgender. With panic in the streets, guilt-ridden Catholic cop Tony LoBianco goes down a rabbit hole investigating a series of mass killings whose culprits (including kill-crazy cop Andy Kaufman!) share only one motive: we refer you to the title. Print courtesy of The Academy Film Archive

Legend has it, God Told Me To was originally to be titled Whisper, with Bernard Herrmann set to compose the score. Cohen produced and screened an advance cut of the film (for one week only at a theater in Oregon) as a means of getting a tax credit. Herrmann passed away shortly following and the film was recut for its theatrical release. This original print, the Whisper cut, has never been seen in New York before.

New York premiere of director’s “Whisper” cut.

With Larry Cohen in person.

Perfect Strangers

Larry Cohen, 1984, U.S., 91m, 35mm

Saturday, May 6

Liquid Sky star Anne Carlisle becomes romantically involved with a hitman intent on murdering her son, witness to a contract killing. Made back to back with Special Effects and similarly drawing on the ambiance of mid-’80s downtown, Cohen’s film is a typically efficient thriller with a feminist bent and his customary gallery of sharply drawn side characters. Print courtesy of The Academy Film Archive.

With Larry Cohen in person.

Q

Larry Cohen, 1982, U.S., 93m, 35mm

Sunday, May 7

Death from above! New York is terrorized by a flying menace and jittery thief Michael Moriarty knows where it nests. Meanwhile, cop David Carradine suspects the man-eater is the reincarnation of Mexican god Quetzalcoatl, summoned by a spate of sacrificial murders. An old school monster movie with a modern sense of humor and amazing aerial shots of early ’80s Manhattan. Print courtesy of The Academy Film Archive.

With Larry Cohen in person.

The Stuff

Larry Cohen, 1985, U.S., 87m, 35mm

Sunday, May 7

“Are you eating it or is it eating you?” went the tagline to Cohen’s satiric takedown of junk-food culture and Corporate America. Industrial spy Michael Moriarty is hired by ice cream manufacturers to discover the secret of an addictive new dessert that’s putting them out of business and discovers that… it’s alive! Print courtesy of The Academy Film Archive.

With Larry Cohen in person.”

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Teenage Ghost Punk Release Details and Trailer: Press Release: "Life changes for a high school cheerleader named Amanda when she and her family move from a small town in Michigan to a Victorian house near Chicago. While her newly-divorced mom struggles with a new job and her eccentric little brother seems to fit in effortlessly, Amanda tries to find her way in her daunting new high school. Meanwhile, weird things happen in the family’s new house. Knocking sounds. Strange guitar riffs during rainstorms. Unexplained household messes.

A quirky medium and a bumbling young paranormal investigation team search for answers but add little clarity before an unseen force meting out rough power chords scares them away.

Amanda soon discovers that her house is haunted … by Brian, the ghost of a teenage punk rock guitarist who has been jamming on the roof during rainstorms since the 1980s. He enjoys spirited poker nights with a neighborhood quintet of teen ghosts from different eras – the 1960s, 1950s, 1910s, 1870s, and 1700s. Amanda and Brian forge an unlikely friendship, but tension arises when Amanda asks him to her school’s Homecoming dance.

Amanda hosts a Halloween party and invites her new school friends and Brian’s teenage ghost pals. When uninvited guests arrive, paranormal investigators clash with Chicago’s most badass spirit, and the neighborhood’s past collides with its present. How will Amanda solve her future?

Teenage Ghost Punk was shot just outside Chicago, primarily in a 126-year-old house in Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. The owner says it really is haunted. And we can’t argue with that!

Introducing: Grace Madigan & Jack Cramer

Available April 4th, 2017 on: Amazon, Itunes, Google Play, Vimeo, Xbox, Flix Fling, Vudu, Youtube, and Cable VOD.

DVD Available on Amazon MOD April 4th, 2017."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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