SXSW Film Review: ‘Shotgun’

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Cancer is contagious in Hannah Marks and Joey Power’s intelligent romance “Shotgun.” Not literally, of course. Only 23-year-old Elliot (Jeremy Allen White) is at risk of dying from the tumor on his pelvic bone. But his new girlfriend Mia (Maika Monroe), who luckily or unluckily had her first date with Elliot days after his diagnosis, […]

‘Shotgun’ Filmmakers: “We Really Wanted It To Not Feel Like A Cancer Movie” – SXSW

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Ahead of the SXSW premiere for the dramatic comedy, Shotgun, co-writers and co-directors Hannah Marks and Joey Power, along with stars Jeremy Allen White and Maika Monroe, made a stop at Deadline’s Studio to speak on the film’s origins and its love story.
The story follows Elliot (White), a 23-year-old living in New York and has no real responsibility. Shortly after meeting Mia (Monroe), Elliot is diagnosed with cancer. They fall in love under the cloud of his illness…

‘Shotgun’ Clip: A Couple Has Crazy Fun While Battling A Life-Threatening Illness In SXSW Dramedy

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EXCLUSIVE: In a new clip from Shotgun from the writing-directing duo of Hannah Marks and Joey Power, we see Elliot (Jeremy Allen White, Shameless) and Mia (Maika Monroe, It Follows) recklessly demolish random stuff on a roof and then “roll hard” on MDMA. They are just young people living their best life — until we find out one of them is battling cancer.
Flowing in the same vein as the drama Like Crazy and the romantic comedy The Big Sick, Shotgun marks the feature debut…

Former Miami Dolphins Player Jonathan Martin Forces School to Close by Posting Shotgun Photo

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Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin sent a Los Angeles-area high school into a panic by posting an Instagram story suggesting it could be the target of a shooting.

The photo featured a shotgun and the names of former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, and renowned preparatory school Harvard-Westlake in Studio City, Calif., which Martin attended.

Incognito, who is now with the Buffalo Bills, was the player at the heart of the bullying scandal against Martin in 2013, with Pouncey also accused. Incognito was later released from the Dolphins for harassing Martin, voluntarily checked himself into an Arizona treatment facility and sat out the 2014 season.

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Martin’s Instagram post included a caption reading: “When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge.” His account is verified.

Jonathan Martin with some seriously disturbing stuff here…

– 12up (@12upSport) February 23, 2018

The message led to the school being closed on Friday, which came just over a week after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead.

BREAKING: Harvard-Westlake school CLOSED today for security risk.

– Aaron Park (@aaronparkchron) February 23, 2018

“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. So, out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to close school today,” the school said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“The school’s private security team is working with the Los Angeles Police Department, which is present on both campuses. With these precautions in place, we believe there is no imminent threat to our campuses or our school community.” The school has now reopened.

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The LAPD confirmed to TheWrap that the “person who had posted the image” has been detained, although they could not specify that it was Martin.

An NFL’s independent report conducted by Ted Wells after the bullying accusations stated that Martin had been receiving treatment for depression since he was a teenager.

BREAKING: @ABC confirms: Former Dolphins OL Jonathan Martin has been taken into custody

– Matt Stone (@MattStoneABC) February 23, 2018

Martin graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2008 and joined the Dolphins in 2012. He has not played in the NFL since 2014.

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Studio 8’s ‘White Boy Rick’ Adds Rapper YG; DeRon Horton Set For ‘Shotgun’

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Rap artist YG has been added to the cast of Studio 8’s upcoming crime drama White Boy Rick, from director Yann Demange. It stars teenage newcomer Richie Merritt and Matthew McConaughey as a blue-collar father and son, who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. YG will play Leo Curry in the film set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs. Leo…