Aug 21, 2020

Press/Video: Walton Stars as John Bronco in New Mockumentary

Aug 21, 2020

Press/Video: Walton Stars as John Bronco in New Mockumentary

Driving.ca — If you’ve never heard of John Bronco, the legendary ’60s ad pitchman whose name Ford borrowed for its iconic off-roader, maybe its because he slipped completely under the radar after 1996 when the SUV was discontinued.

Or maybe it’s because humour website Funny or Die completely invented the fictional character and that back story for its new short film, a mockumentary called John Bronco.

The teaser trailer for the flick explains almost nothing, but that’s kind of a good thing. The producers were hoping to create some mystery around their protagonist, and the best way to do that is to say almost nothing at all.

What we do know is the full version of the film is 36 minutes long and stars Django Unchained actor Walton Goggins as John Bronco, with Tim Meadows, Bo Derek, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar making cameos.

The plot centers around John Bronco, who allegedly disappeared in 1996, and his being hired by Ford, first to race its “prototype SUV” in the 1966 Baja 1000, and then as a pitchman who would become the face of the new truck.

The film was supposed to be unveiled at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival in April, though for obvious reasons that never happened. The distributor, Imagine Documentaries, may still roll it out later this year, though.

Aug 4, 2020

Press/Video: ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ Adaptation Official Trailer + Release Date

Aug 4, 2020

Press/Video: ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ Adaptation Official Trailer + Release Date

Deadline.com — LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have reteamed to release of the feature adaptation of Julia Walton’s YA Novel Words on Bathroom Walls. The teen drama is set to debut nationwide August 7 and marks the first theatrical release for both companies since the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Thor Freudenthal (Carnival Row, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and adapted by Nick Naveda, Words on Bathroom Walls follows Adam (Charlie Plummer), a young adult with raging hormones that has dreams of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year, Adam is diagnosed with mental illness that he keeps secret at his new school. Living in constant fear of being exposed, Adam finds a connection with Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With the love and support of his newfound romance and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead.

“We are extremely proud to be telling this timely story about finding connectedness in the people who lift us up and accept us for who we are,” said LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon in a join statement. “We love this movie, beautifully adapted from Julia Walton’s YA novel, with magnetic chemistry between Charlie Plummer and Taylor Russell that will be remembered for years to come. We were thrilled to have The Chainsmokers come on board after they connected with the story, and their original score brings a deeply personal and elevated touch. We shared the finished film with our friends at Roadside Attractions to see if it was time to get back to business. We both agreed it was and have committed to the August 7th release date!”

Roadside Attractions’ Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff added, “It’s an emotional film that appeals to the YA audience. And that audience is the demo that will return first to theatres. So, when LD Entertainment came to us to discuss releasing the film theatrically in less than two months’ time, we were up for the challenge. Under the right conditions, moviegoers have indicated their desire to return to the theatres in July. Exhibition has listened and committed the resources to ensure a safe experience. At this specific point in time, we have hit the Trifecta — a great film, a great partnership and great industry indicators. No one can predict the future, but we are all-in to make it a success in this current environment.”

The film also stars Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devon Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, with Molly Parker and Walton Goggins. Freudenthal produces with Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Executive producers are Jennifer Monroe, Scott Holroyd, Alison Semenza King, Michael Glassman, and Kick the Habit Productions’ Alexander Pall, Andrew Taggart, Adam Alpert, and Dan Marcus. The film marks the first original score by The Chainsmokers who worked with Andrew Hollander.

Dec 8, 2019

Video: ‘Three Christs’ Official Trailer

Dec 8, 2019

Video: ‘Three Christs’ Official Trailer

HeyYouGuys.com — IFC films have launched a rather compelling trailer for Jon Avnet’s real-life story ‘Three Christs featuring Richard Gere.

Based on a remarkable true story, ‘Three Christs’ is a look at one man’s journey into the deepest mysteries of the human mind.

Directed by Avnet from a script he co-wrote alongside Eric Nazarian, the film stars Peter Dinklage, Walter Goggins and Bradley Whitford who all believe they are Jesus Christ.

The film hits US cinemas and On Demand January 10th 2020.

In 1959, psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan armed with the radical belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated not with confinement and electroshock therapy but with empathy and understanding.

As his first study, he takes on the particularly challenging case of three men—Joseph (Peter Dinklage), Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford)—each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. Hoping that by getting them together in the same room to confront their delusions he can break through to them.

Dr. Stone begins a risky, unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved—including Dr. Stone himself— profoundly changed.

Aug 12, 2019

Video: Walton Goggins had to overcome his greatest fear for his role in ‘Them That Follow’

Aug 12, 2019

Video: Walton Goggins had to overcome his greatest fear for his role in ‘Them That Follow’

When Walton Goggins signed on to play Them That Follow’s Lemuel, the snake-handling pastor of a devout Pentecostal sect deep in Appalachia, you would think he’d have been okay with handling a snake or two. That was not the case. Ahead of the film’s release, we sat down with Goggins to discuss why he took the role anyway, what happened when his greatest fear came true, and why every role he takes feels like a profound privilege.

Aug 12, 2019

Walton Talks with Collider on Playing a Snake-Handling Preacher in ‘Them That Follow’

Aug 12, 2019

Walton Talks with Collider on Playing a Snake-Handling Preacher in ‘Them That Follow’

Collider.com — From writer/directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage, the indie drama Them That Follow is set deep in Appalachia, where Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over a Pentecostal sect of serpent handlers. At the same time, his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert), is preparing for her wedding day while also being forced to confront the fact that a dangerous secret could put her directly at odds with the traditions of her family and community.

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down and chat 1-on-1 with actor Walton Goggins about why he wanted to be a part of telling this story, the appeal of playing this character, the mysteries of different types of religion, why people tend to be afraid of snakes, and faith vs. family for his character. He also talked about his role in the outrageous new HBO series The Righteous Gemstones, and why he wanted to play the lead role in the upcoming CBS comedy series The Unicorn.

Collider:  Watching this, it seems obvious why you would want to play the character like this and be a part of telling a story like this, but was it apparent, on the page, the first time that you read the script? Were there conversations about who this guy would be?

WALTON GOGGINS:  Yeah, that’s how I saw it, when I read it, the first time. What I was so blown away by were the words on the page, and the conflict and struggle that the lead character, Mara, played by Alice Englert, has in this story. It is very of this moment, the decision that she has to make and the journey that she’s on, and yet it’s also, simultaneously, from another time. I suppose what I try to do is to make her decision to ultimately leave this community as difficult as possible, and I try to do that through love. This practice, that they have in this community, is misunderstood and misaligned, on a number of levels, of course, but you should at least understand it to disagree with it. But what is undeniable is the love that this man has for his daughter.

For me and for everyone involved, especially for the writer/directors, Britt and Daniel, it was important not to take sides, and to just show the stakes that are involved with living a life, or making a decision, that runs contrary to what all of these people believe, spiritually. It wouldn’t be a big deal in a lot of other communities. It just wouldn’t be. But for these people, it’s life or death. Humans are incapable of passing judgment. That has to come from God, and the vehicle through which that atonement is made, in this particular circumstance, is through handling deadly snakes. We didn’t make this up. Britt and Daniel didn’t make this up. This practice has been going on for 125 years, in America. The first Pentecostal church in America was here in California, believe it or not, at least as far as I understand, in the 1920s, and it proliferated from here. This is just a way that a very small group of people, in this country, show their devotion and worthiness in God’s eyes. It’s something I’m very proud of. I think it says a lot about a lot.

People find snakes so mysterious, in general, because they don’t quite understand them, and then when you add that to religion, it’s something that’s even more difficult to understand for some people.

GOGGINS:  My wife and I found an article about why snakes are so scary, or at the center of fears that people have. For a number of people, snakes are always a part of that list. For me, it’s number one on that list. It’s not sharks, and it’s not spiders. Heights is on there, on some level, but it’s really snakes. And we both found this article that talked about snakes, from the point of view of just their movement. I’m sure there is a survival instinct, with things that can hurt you, and that’s a part of our DNA for thousands of years. We can’t make sense of their movement. There is no way in which to predict what they will do, and things that are unpredictable are anathema to surviving, as a human being, and that’s what this article was all about. It was extraordinary, really, because I had never thought about it in that way. In some ways, you can see other animals movements or the unknown coming, as a threat from a hurricane or tornado, even though that’s a bit unpredictable, too. But snakes, it’s up close and it’s intimate. It’s personal, and you just can’t make sense of what they’re doing. The snake has been cast in the role of the villain, since the very beginning. That is the Christian origin story. So, it represents things that are nefarious and harmful to us, in story, since the very beginning. Why is that the case?

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Aug 3, 2019

Video: Walton Stops by KTLA 5 Morning News to Talk ‘The Unicorn’ & ‘Them That Follow’

Aug 3, 2019

Video: Walton Stops by KTLA 5 Morning News to Talk ‘The Unicorn’ & ‘Them That Follow’

Walton appeared on KTLA 5 Morning News this past Tuesday (July 30th) where he discussed his upcoming film Them That Follow and his new CBS sitcom The Unicorn. You can watch it out below:

Aug 3, 2019

Photos: ‘Them That Follow’ Los Angeles Premiere

Aug 3, 2019

Photos: ‘Them That Follow’ Los Angeles Premiere

On July 30th, Walton joined his fellow cast at the premiere of Them That Follow in Los Angeles, California. You can check out photos from the event in the gallery.

Jan 30, 2019

Photos: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Portraits

Jan 30, 2019

Photos: 2019 Sundance Film Festival Portraits

Check out these wonderful portraits of Walton with his Them That Follow castmates taken during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.


Jan 30, 2019

Photos: Deadline Live Q&A with the cast of ‘Them That Follow’, The Vulture Spot, and Variety Sundance Studio at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Jan 30, 2019

Photos: Deadline Live Q&A with the cast of ‘Them That Follow’, The Vulture Spot, and Variety Sundance Studio at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

On January 28th, Walton attended a handful of events with the cast of his film Them That Follow while attending the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. You can view the photos in the gallery now.


Jan 28, 2019

Photos: ‘Them That Follow’ Premiere & DIRECTV Lodge Party at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Jan 28, 2019

Photos: ‘Them That Follow’ Premiere & DIRECTV Lodge Party at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

On January 27th, Walton attended the premiere of his film Them That Follow along with many of the films cast. Walton also attended the DIRECTV Lodge Presented By AT&T Hosted ‘Them That Follow’ Party the same day.