“Dead Rising: Watchtower” Meet Maggie

“Dead Rising: Watchtower” Meet Maggie

•• New clips are available for Crackle’s Dead Rising: Watchtower, a feature film adaptation of the hit video game franchise.  It is available now via the Crackle app on Xbox 360 and Xbox One and is launching everywhere on March 27th.

The cast includes Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children), comic actor Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops), Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time”), Keegan Connor Tracey (“Bates Motel,” “Once Upon A Time”), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War).

A distraught mother (Virginia Madsen, Sideways) refuses to leave her daughter’s side while Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas) and Meghan Ory (Intelligence) urge her to flee the approaching zombies. Dead Rising: Watchtower also stars Rob Riggle (The Daily Show) and Dennis Haysbert (Ted 2).


Crackle will give the 90-minute feature, directed by Leprechaun: Origins’ Zach Lipovsky, an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV. The script was written by Tim Carter, who also produces alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) is the executive producer.

Synopsis:
As in the video game, Dead Rising: Watchtower is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.

Virginia Madsen talks Walter and looks back at Sideways

Virginia Madsen talks Walter and looks back at Sideways

•• Virginia Madsen is one classy lady! The veteran actress made her film debut in the early ‘80s movie Class, and went on to work with such iconic directors as David Lynch (Dune), Rob Reiner (Ghosts of Mississippi), and Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker). But it was her role in Alexander Payne’s Sideways that earned her an Academy Award-nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Madsen would eventually work with legendary director Robert Altman on A Prairie Home Companion, and then appear in a string of high profile films including Firewall, The Astronaut Farmer, and The Number 23. Her latest film entitled Walter will open in theaters on March 13th.

Walter stars Andrew J. West (TV’s The Walking Dead) as the title character, a ticket-taker at the local cinema that believes he is the Son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with. But when a ghost in purgatory (Justin Kirk) starts to haunt him, Walter begins to question everything he thought he understood about his world. Madsen plays Karen, Walter’s brokenhearted mother. In addition to West, Kirk and Madsen, the movie also features performances from Milo Ventimiglia (WildCard), NeveCampbell (WildThings), PeterFacinelli (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Jim Gaffigan (ThreeKings), and William H. Macy (Rudderless), and was directed by first time feature filmmaker AnnaMastro.

I recently had the honor of speaking with the absolutely delightful Virginia Madsen about her work on Walter, as well as her memories of making Sideways and A Prairie Home Companion. The Oscar-nominated actress discussed Walter, how a first time filmmaker gets an Oscar-nominee to be in their movie, what she looks for when she is choosing projects, shooting her scenes with Andrew J. West, our shared experience on Sideways, working with the great Robert Altman on A Prairie Home Companion, and the truth about director Paul Thomas Anderson’s contributions to that film.

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New Poster of “Dead Rising: Watchtower” with Virginia Madsen

New Poster of “Dead Rising: Watchtower” with Virginia Madsen

•• “Dead Rising: Watchtower” follows Chase Carter (Jesse Metcalfe) as he journeys into the heart of a zombie-infested warzone. Carter hopes to get a career-defining scoop to help him make the jump from small-time online reporter to the big leagues. He is joined by Maggie (Virginia Madsen), a brave mother torn from her child.

“Dead Rising: Watchtower” is directed by Zach Lipovsky and written and produced by Tim Carter. The movie will be available for streaming on Sony’s Crackle network on March, 27, 2015.

Virginia Madsen Interview: Offbeat Comedy “Walter”

•• Virginia Madsen is best known for her role as Helen Lyle in Candyman (1992) and for her performance as Maya in Alexander Payne’s film Sideways (2004) for which she received numerous awards and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other film appearances include Long Gone, Ghosts of Mississippi, Gotham, The Rainmaker, A Prairie Home Companion, Red Riding Hood, Firewall and The Astronaut Farmer.

Madsen has appeared on television in Moonlighting, Star Trek: Voyager, Frasier, The Practice, Dawson’s Creek, CSI: Miami, Monk, Scoundrels, The Event and Witches of East End. She is the sister of storied actor Michael Madsen and the daughter of author and filmmaker Elaine Madsen.

“I think he has the plague, and I kind of spiral into my own ridiculous insanity. Then the strange way it all unravels with this ghost, whether you think it’s real or in his mind, I found so fascinating. God, Justin did such a great job as the ghost. I thought he was wonderful.”

Walter, the feature film directorial debut for Anna Mastro, opens March 13, 2015 at select theaters and will also be available that day on all major VOD providers including iTunes, Microsoft Xbox, Google, Sony, M-GO, Blockbuster, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu. The gentle, absurdist comedy stars Madsen, Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia, Peter Facinelli and William H. Macy.

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“Walter” Production Stills & US Release Date

“Walter” Production Stills & US Release Date

•• So happy to announce the film “Walter” opens in Los Angeles, New York and On Demand everywhere this Friday, March 13!! Also three new production stills have been added to the photo gallery. You can watch the trailer below, enjoy!

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Excl. to Crackle on March 27th!

Dead Rising: Watchtower Excl. to Crackle on March 27th!

•• DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER, Centers on a freelance journalist who gets trapped inside a shopping mall in a small town that’s overrun by zombies and has to use all his limited resources to find a way to escape and learn the truth of what’s causing the horrible epidemic.

– Director: Zach Lipovsky
– Writer: Tim Carter
– Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Virginia Madsen, Dennis Haysbert, Keagan Connor Tracy, Rob Riggle

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