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    “ANTIVIRAL” Trailer: The diseased side of fame and glamour

    ANTIVIRAL is a strange, surreal beast. The debut feature from Brandon Cronenberg is a clinical, frightening sci-fi tale of achieving something kindred with those we admire, through illness.

    Set in a future that finds celebrity culture at its sickening peak, the film follows “Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones) who works at the Lucas Clinic, which has an unusual and highly profitable line of business: deliberately infecting paying customers with diseases harvested from top celebrities, thus providing a “biological communion” between stars and fans.”

    “Though his work environment is tightly monitored, Syd manages to sneak viruses out of the office and retool them on his personal console for his lucrative sideline supplying the black-market disease trade. When Syd is tasked by his employer to collect a virus from starlet Hannah Geist (Sarah Gadon), he is unable to resist the temptation to get closer to one of his own personal celebrity obsessions. Injecting the virus into his own bloodstream, Syd is launched down a dangerous path—and the stakes are raised even higher when he learns that Hannah’s illness is potentially fatal.”

    The journey Syd finds himself on is an often dizzying, original one that certainly recalls the best of the director’s father’s work, and introduces a stylistic new voice interested in going way-out places. For more on the film, read Chris Alexander’s review and look out for Fango #323 (on sale next month) for an exclusive talk with Cronenberg. ANTIVIRAL hits VOD and limited theatrical release April 12, 2013

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    Tribeca announces Midnight Slate; EXCL Programmer Comments

    The latest from French provocateur Marina de Van, the second feature from RABIES duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Neil Jordan’s new vampire tale, festival favorite V/H/S 2 and the long-awaited FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY lead the Spotlight and Midnight sections of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. Fango reveals the slate and speaks with programmer Cara Cusumano.

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    Where is Joe Lynch’s “KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM”?

    Nearly two years ago, director Joe Lynch arrived with cast in tow to the now legendary Hall H of San Diego Comic Con where annually, films begin to bang the drum of anticipation. Joined by actors beloved by genre fans—GAME OF THRONES’ Peter Dinklage and FIREFLY’s Summer Glau—the filmmaker presented the trailer for a picture entrenched in Live Action Role Playing, metal and monsters: KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM. After an undeniably positive response, the question remains in March 2013; where is it?

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