Child of God: Scott Haze Coming To Miami To Discuss His Intense Film Role

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Scott Haze in Child of God
Let's face it, James Franco's Child of God, a movie about a lonely man living in the Tennessee wilderness who takes up necrophilia and murder, is a difficult movie to enjoy. However, that does not make it a film to be reviled. The film, based on an early Cormac McCarthy novel, has had a difficult time finding appreciation from most critics (including one of our own). At best, it has divided critics, but some of the best films often do that.

Cultist called up the film's star, Scott Haze, to explore why the film has not received a fair shake from critics and his method to prepare for the role, which included making his own version of the film while living in caves in Tennessee. Speaking from Hollywood, just a few days before he visits Miami Beach to present the film and talk about it on a panel with two other film critics, he shared his gratitude about the interest in the film by some critics while trying to come to terms with other critics' disdain for the work.

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Tusk Star Genesis Rodriguez Talks Johnny Depp and Her Miami Swagger

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Kevin Smith has made some unique, cult-embraced films in his day: Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy to name a few. After a brief hiatus from the filmmaking world, the jersey-wearing mega-geek is back with a dark comedy about a walrus, Tusk.

The plotline is a tad more complicated than just a man who gets violently turned into a walrus in Canada and the dialogue is so rich it'll have you craving a nice, thick Mark Twain novel when you leave the theater.

"It's not like a normal creepy movie," says Miami native and star of Tusk, Genesis Rodriguez. "With all the delicious dialogue, it's more like an actors' movie."

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Billy Corben on Cocaine Cowboys Based TV Show: "More Tony Soprano Than Tony Montana"

Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben of Rakontur as Crockett and Tubbs.
Is America ready for a ski trip to Miami? Fresh powder is about in hit TNT like a brick to the face.

The TV show based on the movie Cocaine Cowboys, currently being called "Untitled Cocaine Pilot" has officially been greenlit for a pilot by the network. It's being brought to life by none other than Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Rakontur, Michael Bay of Transformers, and Jerry Bruckheimer, who's had more hits than Tim Leary in a bathtub full of LSD.

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The Guest Cast Talk Dark Humor and '80s Nostalgia (Video)

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There's no sense denying it: The 1980s was the heyday for horror movies -- the decade even had its very own scream queen (Jamie Lee Curtis, for you '90s babies). Present day thrillers are arguably lagging behind; that is, unless someone brilliantly concocts a film that fits right in with both modern cinema and the original Friday the 13th and Halloween. (Yes, both those films have been shamefully remade in the last decade, so the originality must be noted).

Enter the filmmaking team of Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett: one directs and the other writes. Their latest collaboration stars Downton Abbey alum, Dan Stevens, as the world's worst (and creepiest) houseguest in the appropriately titled The Guest.

The film centers on Stevens' character, David, who returns home from war and goes to visit the family of a fellow soldier. What follows is plenty of violence, some mysterious deaths, and a whole lotta '80s music. Everything from the soundtrack, to the close-up shots, to the font used evokes the yearning for that decade.

The starting point for Wingard was essentially a back-to-basics, nostalgic inspiration: "I wanted to do a film that encapsulated sort of why I became a filmmaker to begin with."

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Miami Vice: 30 Years of Crockett, Tubbs, and Pastels

On September 16, 1984, two dreamy gelled-up cops came to our rescue. Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, members of Metro-Dade Police vice squad, vowed to rid Miami of its criminal ills, taking on pimps, cokeheads, and mob bosses with bad ass moves and bad pastel suits.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Miami Vice, the NBC '80s hit that made Don Johnson a superstar (once upon a time) and forever cemented Miami as the capital of neon, kick ass cars, and bromance. Who didn't want to be besties with Crockett, living on a sailboat guarded by his alligator, Elvis? Good times.

Rightfully so, the Internet is happily traveling down memory lane. Here's a collection of
some righteous pics from some Vice forever fans.

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Married at First Sight: Valid Social Experiment or Vapid Reality Garbage?

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Jason and Cortney pose for their wedding photos on Married at First Sight.
First comes love and then comes marriage? Not necessarily. And especially not when there are reality TV cameras. We have been on this wild ride since we were first taken to Temptation Island, then the endless vicious cycle of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Now we at are the point of Dating Naked and the most extreme, Married at First Sight. The latter just had its finale last Tuesday with the reunion special tonight and we need to just exhale, contemplate, and take in what happened and what our culture is coming to.

Married is on a network you probably have never heard of, FYI, and is based on a hit Danish show that sought to conduct an "extreme social experiment." A sexologist, a sociologist, a psychologist and a spiritualist (not the start of a joke) poured over a slew of singles who agreed and applied to be married blindly, based solely on the decision of these specialist.

Six brave desperate people had their so-called "perfect match" chosen and at the end of the first episode and on the second episode they met the other name on the marriage certificate at the altar. For the first time!

We were hooked and extremely stressed out.

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David Bowie Is: Taking A Close Look at the Pop Icon's Many Personas

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David Bowie circa 1965.
Filmmaker John Landis who worked with David Bowie on Into the Night, in the mid '80s, once recounted seeing the so-called "Chameleon of Rock 'n' Roll" turn his persona on and off in the streets of New York.

Bowie and the director were having a stroll, and Landis, who recalled this anecdote while speaking at the University of Miami during a double feature of his films a few years ago, said he was surprised no one was recognizing Bowie. He asked the rock star how this could be possible, and Bowie said, it's simple, he could turn the pop star image off and on at will. Landis said that with a subtle shift in posture, Bowie began attracting people who would ask for autographs, and then he could disappear again in plain sight.

You see, David Bowie is not a human being. He has always been an ever-shifting amalgam of persona. To know the man behind Bowie is to know David Robert Jones, a person only really known by his family. Most know Bowie for his orange-haired, jumpsuit-clad rock 'n' roll extraterrestrial messiah Ziggy Stardust or even his starkly-dressed Thin White Duke. And who can forget the David Bowie of the early-80s, dominating MTV with hits like "China Girl" and "Let's Dance," and selling out stadiums as a bleached blond, powder-blue suit-clad pop star?

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Borscht 2014: Behind the Scenes of Stripper Wars at King of Diamonds (Photos)

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Getting naked for money is coming to a silver screen near you. Stripper Wars is a new Miami film that explores the world of poledancing at one of the world's premier gentlemen's clubs.

Directed by Giancarlo Loffredo, the short flick calls itself "the first art movie ever shot at King of Diamonds," and it will debut this December at Borscht Film Festival 2014.

We stopped by the set to check out the action and caught up with real-life KOD dancer Kayoz as she talked about overcoming obstacles in her first starring role in a movie.

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Young Stars of The Maze Runner Bring Dystopian Tale to Life

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Darkness. Vision is consumed by darkness and the sound of knobs turning and metal clashing. Light flickers in, and things start to come into perspective. It's a lift; something is being carried up -- but to where? The screeching of a pulley is joined by the panting of a young boy, distraught and confused.

Suddenly, the doors open and a group of kids stands awaiting the nameless boy and the lot of supplies that come with him. One from the group, Gally, jumps into the container to welcome the new arrival: "Day one, Greenie, rise and shine."

A few panning shots of the scene and things become clear: The boys are trapped in the middle of an ever-changing maze.

"We wanted to set out for that to be the end result: the experience," says Dylan O'Brien, who plays the nameless, hyperventilating boy we later learn is called Thomas in The Maze Runner.

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Miami Fashion Film Festival: Three Must-See Shorts To Catch This Weekend

Back for a second year at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the Miami Fashion Film Festival (MIAFFF) is killing it on the big screen, delivering the kind of inventive styles that one would expect from the people who live here. Instead of just feature-length works, like the documentary Advanced Style which premieres in Miami this weekend, the fest also highlights the beauty of the short film. And getting hit with all kinds of fashion statements in short bursts is the kind of thing that makes for good viewing.

While you might have sadly missed the documentary shorts program last night, there's still a bundle of options available that might satisfy whatever you're looking for. Now, even though we haven't seen all of them, we can certainly say we're looking forward to quite a few. It's only a small taste of what's available, because there's so much to choose from over the weekend, but here's our top picks of what shorts to check out.

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