Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother; ‘Tis the season of Jeffrey Dahmer content; Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s extremely surreal Bardo trailer is out. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
But First: “Why shouldn’t an 11-year-old girl want to sail the open seas hunting monsters?” That’s what line producer and SCAD alum Steven Schweickart said of Maisie Brumble, the main character in Netflix’s animated movie The Sea Beast, in a conversation at SCAD Animation Fest in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday. He was joined by animation director Zach Parrish. Our own Tim Molloy is posted up in Atlanta this week for the festival — read his report about the exciting young cartoon heroine here.
Season of Dahmer: As Joe Berlinger hinted to me back in April, “Milwaukee Cannibal” Jeffrey Dahmer is the subject of his latest Conversations With a Killer series. Netflix released the trailer on Thursday. That’s coming out on Oct. 7, following this week’s release of Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix drama series, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story starring Evan Peters. I started watching it yesterday and HOO boy, it’s a doozy. I highly recommend it. I also look forward to Berlinger’s docuseries, because he’s basically the king of true crime. Here’s an interview I did with him for his last Conversations season about killer clown John Wayne Gacy.
Banshees of Inisherin Oscars Debate: The Oscars debate around The Banshees of Inisherin has been settled. The film’s two lead actors, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, will be campaigning for two separate acting categories — Farrell for best lead actor and Gleeson for best supporting actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will avoid competition between them for the same award should they get nominated. Also, Brendan Gleeson is going to host Saturday Night Live for the first time ever on Oct. 8 ahead of the movie’s theatrical release on Oct. 21! Can’t wait for that.
Actor Murders Mother: Ryan Grantham, a film and television actor who has appeared in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jumper, and Riverdale, has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his mother. The murder, to which he confessed in a GoPro video shown in court, occurred in March of 2020 when Grantham shot his mother in the back of the head with a .22 rifle while she was playing the piano in their home in Squamish, British Columbia, according to Variety — head over there for all the details, because it gets a whole lot wilder.
Bardo: The trailer for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is out, and it’s quite a surreal experience. “With both emotion and abundant laughter, Silverio [Daniel Giménez Cacho] grapples with universal yet intimate questions about identity, success, mortality, the history of Mexico and the deeply emotional familial bonds he shares with his wife and children. Indeed, what it means to be human in these very peculiar times,” reads the description from Netflix. Bardo will be out in theaters on Oct. 27 and streaming on Netflix on Dec. 16. Watch the trailer below.
Montclair: The Montclair Film Festival has released the rest of the lineup for its 11th annual festival, with Maria Schrader’s She Said as the closing night film, Tobias Lindholm and Netflix’s The Good Nurse and Mark Fletcher’s Patrick and the Whale as centerpieces, and Elegance Bratton’s The Inspection as the breakthrough film. As previously announced, Stephen Colbert will host a tribute to Daniel Craig. Today, Montclair announced that Colbert will also host the post-screening Q&A with Brendan Fraser for The Whale. Find out more about Montclair here.
Main Image: Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (2022). Daniel GimÈnez Cacho as Silverio. Photo Credit: SeoJu Park/Netflix