We talked to producer and Horizon Pictures studio head Brianc2008 about his new movie, Death By Debt.

Alex Gibney is directing the movie. It stars Kevin Spacey as the Narrator, Hilary Swank as a GAO Auditor and Ty Burrell as an economics professor. Due to Spacey’s work on House of Cards, he made an excellent choice as narrator.

The story is about our growing federal debt and what happens if we cannot pay back what we owe. Let’s just say the consequences will not only affect America, but the global economy as well.

It takes place partly in Washington DC and partly in a soundstage where Spacey interviewed Swank and Burrell. For some scenes, we had to shoot in and around Washington DC.

It was made in August 2014. It’s set in present day.

I was intrigued by the idea of doing a documentary. And was very concerned about the 17.7 trillion dollar federal debt. So combining the two ideas made for an interesting, different challenge. As a GAO Auditor, Swank had to look at where the US spent all their expenses and earned all their income to give us insight into the federal budget. As a professor, Burrell explains the economic portions such as why the US government can make money while we, as citizens, cannot and the history of the federal debt (let’s just say that there’s some historical context for that).

It came together for three reasons. One, Horizon Pictures needed a new release which hasn’t happened in over a month. Two, I wanted to do a film that had only a handful of characters. And three, I wanted to work with Kevin Spacey. Being able to add Yoda Winner Hilary Swank was a nice bonus.

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! TCW 85 (the latest movie in the famed wrestling series, as we reported on last week) has an all new contest on the MB!

The movie is the debut from HTG Hollywood’s newest studio, Possum Lodge Studios, which was started by veteran studio head and producer Lucian. Well, the new studio is pulling out all the stops with their new “Who Needs a Hug” contest.

The prize? Hugging Day Award – In honor of Jan. 21, National Hugging Day, Tigger and Eeyore would like to offer you something special. This award allows you to release an Animation film for just $10 million. However, it must not be based on a franchise. Woo hoo!

You can’t beat those saving for an animated film (not even with your own Animation Studio!). How do you enter. Very easy, you just need to head over to this MB post about the contest and guess the winning time of the Beat the Clock challenge at TCW 85. That is it. Who ever gets closest to the actual time wins. The contest closes on Friday, so head on over and enter today!

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The debut release from Possum Lodge Studios is the 100th total release in the TCW franchise. With TV on a long break, the regular scheduled shows have gone to the theaters. Hence, TCW 85 the 85th episode of the regular series, which is building up to the two-part “Hotter than Hell.” TCW 85 is directed by Paul Heyman.

A three match Beat the Clock Challenge will take up all the in-ring action of the show. The winner of the challenge will face World champion Tommy Cornell for the big belt at Hotter than Hell (part II). Additionally, the champion joins the regular announce team of Jason Azaria and Raven. Jason Azaria holds the distinction of being the only person to appear in every single TCW project thus far.

This show takes place in the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

TCW was shot about a month before it aired. It’s very much in the moment. While some of TCW’s wrestlers are retired in real life many are either active in Adam Ryland’s Total Extreme Wrestling franchise or the real world.

I often contemplate ending the TCW franchise; however, I find it helps keep me writing and inspires me to write other material as well.

I always plan the TCW franchise out well in advance. When I sit down to prep for a major event I plot out all the lead up shows as well as the card for the big one. This makes writing much easier. I also have plans for the next major show after “Hotter than Hell”, which will be “TCW Goes to Eleven”, as well as an as yet untitled follow up. At a rate of six shows a year this will take us into 2016 at least.

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With the all new Foreign Box Offices numbers posted for all of 2013 and current through all of the movies out of theaters in 2014 we have some big shakeups on the Top Lists over on the HTGMDB!

Four films between 2013 and 2014 have made it onto the Top 20 Films of All Time list, with Poop: The Third Strike from Marlowe breaking the top 5 and over taking the 4th spot. The Flip Brothers Studio has two new movies in the top 20, both of which co-studio head RS had a hand in. DC Showcase: Light and Dark, which RS co-produced with Krisgreet, is at number 7, while RS’ solo superhero origin tale A Bigger World is in the 12th spot. Lastly, Lucian was shocked to hear that his movie, The Red Devil, made over 775 million dollars and is the new number 9 film of all time. Check out the new Top 20 list…

Top 20 All Time
There are shakeups across genres and the top five films of 2013 have been revealed! You can check out all the changes on the HTDMDB top lists.

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(In no particular order)

Title Studio Producer Foreign BO Total Box Office
WWE Presents: The Greatest HTG Movie Ever Sold HP Lucian $117,673,676 $252,685,517
Drugged 3 AL Pedro $26,966,414 $128,090,467
Lockdown BAP Blacksmith $127,843,999 $231,976,617
S***Ball AL Pedro $49,150,202 $120,643,233
Lexx HP Lucian $130,100,041 $264,097,687
Bitter Honey and Other Sweet Things WI Aurora $112,651,878 $209,361,390
Bargain HP Lucian $30,482,718 $70,011,910
Return to Dead Island AL Pedro $120,869,307 $248,060,994
Measure of a Man, The HP Diamond $42,003,450 $89,058,023
Homecoming, The LHF Kaven $82,858,939 $162,925,636
Butcher Cuts Loose, The 21CC MadShangi $82,101,892 $168,777,642
Big Brother 2 AL Pedro $46,925,900 $131,044,590
Voice of the Night BAP Brianc2008 $106,816,218 $210,789,640
Purging, The HP Kaven $120,534,419 $232,524,809
Drugged 4 AL Pedro $104,985,924 $227,167,818
Slave, The WI Dark Horizon $114,764,248 $224,926,318
Chains of Youth AL Mad Scientist $105,470,103 $203,188,801
Lollipop Chainsaw 2 AL Pedro $107,071,184 $256,233,084
Charnel House LHF Aurora $230,075,379 $422,594,217
Hybrid: Phoenix Rising LHF drejr29 $196,362,747 $349,711,697
Drugged: The End AL Pedro $116,240,092 $266,537,446
TCW Total Mayhem 2 HP Lucian $181,885,807 $344,508,376
Grim and Scooby HP Pedro $196,506,997 $436,992,730
Silent Hill: Broken Memories WI Aurora $209,314,866 $471,691,482
Society of Thieves: Lawless LHF Lightning $31,127,331 $84,568,664
Serial Killing For Dummies 6 AL Pedro $71,027,013 $337,378,311
Rebirth LHF Kailyn $227,095,790 $441,632,507
Big Brother 3 AL Pedro $56,242,737 $267,153,002
Purging 2: Threshold, The HP Kaven $217,745,429 $434,131,264
Killing Blues CS Mad Scientist $118,716,458 $221,544,429
Tortoise and Hare HP Brianc2008 $80,882,871 $169,239,931
Dead Rising: Cataclysm AL KillerCroc $74,651,135 $193,457,190
Escaping Dead Island AL Pedro $276,425,324 $588,831,351
Grumpy Cat and Boo AL Pedro $225,895,436 $543,050,166
Barton Hollow HP Drejr29 $128,250,201 $257,391,660
Grassman AL Pedro $213,770,489 $480,372,827
DC Showcase: Light and Dark FB RS/Krisgreet $474,425,508 $862,986,593
I Know What You Did Last Summer 3 AL Pedro $156,025,928 $351,470,669
Grave Robbers MP Marlowe $339,072,693 $613,898,126
Son’s Revenge, A HP Brianc2008 $135,057,997 $323,739,391
Diplomat’s Son HP EricM $313,684,966 $592,743,387
How to Sit in a La-Z-Boy Recliner MP Marlowe $328,812,510 $636,882,873
Wall, The CS Quantum $237,251,644 $469,463,086
TCW XV HP Lucian $305,982,673 $557,071,657
I Am Harmer MP Marlowe $84,130,154 $402,804,979
Squatters FB Ed $177,427,947 $337,532,309
Becoming Joan FB Lucian $90,211,007 $189,304,975
Busted HP Brianc2008 $211,075,624 $403,799,639
Red Devil, The HP Lucian $456,798,509 $779,968,158
Nova HP Scott Lyon $31,558,354 $209,185,112
Blood in the Suburbs MP Mad Scientist $246,079,018 $447,601,410
Big Brother Killer Part One AL Pedro $29,384,400 $90,489,280
You are not alone MP Kailyn $132,339,981 $265,173,800
A Bigger World FB RS $372,524,845 $682,908,414
Poop Third Strike MP Marlowe $529,499,631 $942,005,946