‘Movies’

Miami Film Festival GEMS “CAPERNAUM” Wins Audience Award

Monday, October 15th, 2018

After four days of amazing films, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival audiences have voted CAPERNAUM as the winner of the GEMS 2018 Gigi Guermont Audience Award.

Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film’s politically-fueled drama has a unique storyline that brings attention to the issues of children in Beirut’s slums.

The film was also winner of the Jury Prize at 2018 Cannes Film Festival and is Lebanon’s official entry for the 2019 Academy Awards.

The Miami Film Festival GEMS Audience Award is dedicated to the loving memory of Genevieve “Gigi” Guermont, who battled Cystic Fibrosis throughout her young life. Cherished by all who knew her, Gigi’s indomitable spirit was matched only by her deep love for the arts. Gigi was a passionate supporter of Miami’s cultural institutions, and was an especially dedicated friend to the Festival, serving actively on our Host Committee. No matter where she was in her journey battling Cystic Fibrosis, we could always count on Gigi’s support. We are grateful for each moment we were able to share with Gigi, and will continue to remember her fondly and frequently.

A DOG’S WAY HOME Trailer

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “A DOG’S WAY HOME.” The film is directed by Charles Martin Smith. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, with Wes Studi, and Edward James Olmos.

Family Adventure
In Theaters January 11, 2019

A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.



Slamdance Announces 2018 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Winners

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Slamdance today announced the winners of its 2018 screenwriting competition, awarding its Grand Prize to writer Jessica Sinyard for her television pilot “The Peak.” Additional prizes were awarded during a ceremony hosted by Writers Guild of America West across feature film, horror, TV pilot and short film categories. Upwards of 3,000 submissions were received for this year’s contest, and more than $16,000 was awarded to 2018 winners across all categories.

“The Peak” is a psychological survival thriller that follows a team of eight overachievers in their attempt to climb Mount Everest. When a team member goes missing on the peak, paranoia and altitude sickness corrodes the reliability of survivor accounts. With a dual narrative that interweaves both the team’s ascent and descent, “The Peak” reveals a complex central mystery that explores the choices people make when they believe no one is watching.

“This year’s competition proved that wherever you come from in this world our judges are waiting to discover and honor great new writing talent, especially if you are Jessica Sinyard from All Saints Saxby village in the north of England, “ says Slamdance President, Peter Baxter. “We are proud to award Jessica Slamdance’s 2018 Screenplay Competition Grand Prize for her pilot ‘The Peak,’ a pulsating psychological survival thriller that is primed for production.”

“Slamdance is such a vivacious, distinctive and inimitable festival, it is such as honor to be selected,” says writer Jessica Sinyard.

Slamdance recognizes four categories in its Writing Competition and congratulates the top three screenplays in each category. The top three 2018 Slamdance screenplays in each prize category are as follows:

Feature

1st place: The Innocent and the Vicious by Dominique Genest & Nick Kreiss

2nd place: Cancuncito by Carlos Alejandro Marulanda

3rd place: Girls In Trouble by Brenna Perez

Horror

1st place: Candle by Jonathan Redding

2nd place: Wendigo by Mike Langer

3rd place: Causeway by Stanley Wong & Patrick Dorsey

TV Pilot

1st place: The Peak by Jessica Sinyard

2nd place: Darkened Room by Tamara Maloney & Maeve McQuillan

3rd place: The Red by John Whitcher

Short

1st place: Ami by Matt O’Connor

2nd place: The Settlement by Nikolas Benn

3rd place: Sundown County by Victor Ridaura

Over the past 23 years, the success of the Slamdance Screenplay Competition and its winning writers continues to attract the attention of industry professionals searching for the best new independent writing talent. Slamdance Screenplay Competition winners that have gone to production include Maria Full of Grace from writer Joshua Marston and The Woodsman co-written by Nicole Kassel and Steven Fechter. Recent competition winners that have gone on to be produced include 100 Bloody Acres from co-writers Colin and Cameron Cairn and Jug Face written by Chad Crawford Kinkle.

The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering emerging writing talent. Since 1995 the organization has established a strong track record for identifying and supporting new screenwriters, and they welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world.

In addition to cash prizes, the top three screenwriters in each category receive prize packages that include Festival Passes good for all screenings and parties at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (January 25-31 2019). Winners in the Feature and Horror categories are eligible for membership in the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus and also receive $2,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group, LLP. All winners also receive a collection of Slamdance merchandise and will be included in the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival program which is distributed to industry professionals in Park City and year round.

THE BEST OF ENEMIES Trailer

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Here is the trailer from the upcoming film “THE BEST OF ENEMIES.” The film is directed by Robin Bissell. Starring Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche.

In Theaters from STXfilms April 5, 2019

Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.



Lucky Brand Launches Queen Capsule Collection in Celebration of Twentieth Century Fox Film’s new movie, Bohemian Rhapsody

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Lucky Brand announces their collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Film and Bravado with a collection of seven vintage-inspired men’s and women’s Queen concert tees to celebrate the release of the new film, Bohemian Rhapsody, in theaters November 2nd.

The capsule, which launches on October 4th, will include four different Queen graphics for women on t-shirts including one long sleeve, crewneck sweatshirt. Men’s options will feature an additional three Queen graphics, one featuring Queen frontman and basis of the film, Freddie Mercury. Ranging from $39.50 to $79.50, the collection will be carried at select department stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor and others, including specialty boutiques and online retailers such as Amazon and Zappos. The capsule will also be available at 156 Lucky Brand retail stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as LuckyBrand.com.

In support of the movie release, Lucky Brand is partnering with Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen on store window takeovers across 135 retail doors. In six top door locations, Lucky Brand windows will display iconic costume replicas as seen in the film. The costumes will be featured in an online silent auction, with all proceeds going to our charity partner Communities in Schools. In addition to the store presence, Lucky Brand will host an ultimate “We Will Rock You” Las Vegas trip sweepstakes, and feature exclusive archival Queen content as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie.

“We are thrilled to launch this capsule collection with Queen, celebrating and honoring one of the most iconic bands of all time, which launches concurrently with the release of the new film, and in partnership with FOX and Bravado. Music has always been one of the pillars of our brand and Queen is one of those bands that every generation can enjoy. The timing is perfect as we are celebrating ‘Icons’ within our own collection, honoring iconic pieces from Lucky Brand’s history,”said Carlos Alberini, CEO of Lucky Brand.

“Lucky Brand’s irreverent heritage and rock & roll roots are a perfect fit for Bohemian Rhapsody and we’re excited to bring the film to Lucky Brand’s customer,” said Chris Cerbo, Senior Vice President, Marketing Partnerships at Twentieth Century Fox.

“Queen is one of the most iconic bands of all time, not only for their illustrious catalog of music, but for their seminal influence on fashion and style,” said Frank Bartolotta, SVP Sales of Bravado. “We’re honored to put together a program with Lucky Brand that supports Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a film that celebrates this incredible band and the impact they had, and continue to have on culture around the world.”

The collection solidifies Lucky Brand’s connection to music by honoring a legendary artist and giving new fans the opportunity to carry on Queen and Freddie Mercury’s legacy.

PGA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PRODUCED BY: NEW YORK PROGRAMMING & SPEAKERS

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today additional programming and speakers added to the line-up for the for the 5th edition of Produced By: New York. Film producer and PGA co-president Lucy Fisher has also been added to the growing list of renowned speakers, as well as Kevin Feige, Joi McMillon, John Penotti, Becky Read, Adele Romanski, and Tim Wardle, who will be joining the previously announced session series “Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations.” This year’s program will include a new session, “Late-Night Laughs,” which represents Produced By: New York’s first delve into the city’s robust world of late-night. Produced By: New York 2018 will be held on Saturday, November 10 at One Time Warner Center in New York.

“Producing Masterclass: The Creative Collaborations” is a popular feature of Produced By: New York and spotlights a producer from each film taking the stage with a key collaborator–– director, writer, actor, cinematographer, production designer, editor or composer––to discuss how their partnerships provided defining elements of their memorable films, setting them on course for the awards season. New additions to the session include: “Black Panther” producer Kevin Feige; “Crazy Rich Asians” producer John Penotti; “If Beale Street Could Talk” producer Adele Romanski and editor Joi McMillon; and “Three Identical Strangers” producer Becky Read and director Tim Wardle. They will join previously announced panelists: “The Favourite” director and producer Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Tony McNamara; “A Quiet Place” director, writer, and executive producer John Krasinski and producer Andrew Form; “RBG” producers and directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West; “Widows” director, writer, and producer Steve McQueen and producer Iain Canning; and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” director and producer Morgan Neville and producer Caryn Capotosto. Academy Award®-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) and Mimi Valdés (“Hidden Figures”) will lead the discussions.

“Late-Night Laughs” features a discussion with executive producers and showrunners from established and upcoming shows about the unique challenges of producing the funny on different platforms. Chris Licht (Executive Producer and Showrunner, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”) will moderate the discussion, which to date includes: Jen Flanz (Executive Producer and Showrunner, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”), Mike Shoemaker (Producer, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”) and Prashanth Venkataramanujam (Co-Creator and Executive Producer, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”).

Reaching across film, television and new media, Produced By is an educational forum conducted by acclaimed producers, including numerous Oscar and Emmy award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. It is specifically created by producers, for producers and features a broad range of programming, including workshops and networking events. No other event gives producers so many opportunities to network with and learn from top storytellers and decision-makers in the entertainment industry. Discounted early bird registration available now at ProducedByConference.com.

HBO and WarnerMedia are Hosting Sponsors, Delta is the Official Airline Partner and General Motors: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC are the Official Automotive Partners of the conference. Other sponsors to date include: BEN, Branded Entertainment Network; Buffalo Niagara Film Office; Experient; Film in Florida; Film US Virgin Islands; Final Draft; GreenSlate; Honolulu Film Office; Media Central; Panasonic; Produce Iowa; SAG-AFTRA; Sagafilm Iceland; Savannah Film Office; Suffolk County Film Commission / Discover Long Island; and The Molecule.

For the first time, programming for Produced By: New York will be curated by a team of PGA members, including: Bruce Cohen, Dana Kuznetzkoff, Chris Licht, Debbie Myers, Kristine Pregot, Matteo Stanzani and Mimi Valdés, all of whom are working very closely with PGA East Chairs William Horberg and Kay Rothman. The team also includes Supervising Producer Liz Hart (Liz Hart Events & Design), Sponsorship Director Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global), and Marketing Consultant Julie Giles (greenHAT digital).

The 2018 Produced By: New York conference is made possible by The PGA Foundation, The Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity. The Produced By conferences are the cornerstone events that epitomize the Foundation’s core mission, to educate and inspire those working in the producing profession. To review highlights from previous conferences and receive news and the latest programming updates for Produced By: New York 2018, please visit the Guild’s official website and follow its social media channels for the event:

JANELLE MONÁE JOINS FOCUS FEATURES’ HARRIET

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

The multi-talented, Grammy Award®-nominated artist Janelle Monáe joins the cast of Focus Features’ Harriet, the new feature chronicling the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Monáe joins the previously announced cast including Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award®-winner Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, along with Tony and Grammy Award®-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award®-winner Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, and Vondie Curtis-Hall. Awarding winning director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) is set to direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember the Titans). Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg (Beasts of No Nation, The Kids are All Right) with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce. The film is set to begin filming this October in Virginia.

Monáe will soon be seen on screen in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen co-starring Academy Award®-nominee Steve Carrell, Emmy Award®-winner Merritt Wever, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza González, and Gwendoline Christie. Her previous acting credits include the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture Moonlight and Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures.

She recently released her critically-acclaimed third solo album, “Dirty Computer” and the accompanying Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture by Janelle Monáe. Immersed in the performing arts at a young age, Monáe founded her record label the Wondaland Arts Society releasing the EP “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase).” Monáe previously released critically acclaimed albums “ArchAndroid” and “The Electric Lady.”

In 2016 Monáe launched Fem the Future, an initiative to create more opportunities to advance the awareness, inclusion and opportunities for women and those who identify as women through music, arts, mentorship and education.

Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, Harriet follows Tubman on her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

BECK BENNETT, NEIL CASEY, AND D’ARCY CARDEN JOIN THE CAST OF INDEPENDENT FEATURE “GREENER GRASS”

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Writing and directing team Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe (Upright Citizens Brigade) have completed casting on their independent feature GREENER GRASS, based on the duo’s SXSW award-winning short of the same name. Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), Neil Casey (GHOSTBUSTERS), D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Janicza Bravo (Camping), and others join co-stars DeBoer, Luebbe, and the previously announced Mary Holland (Veep) in the dark comedy.

Produced by Natalie Metzger, GREENER GRASS is currently in production in Atlanta. The film is executive produced by Gulp Splash Productions and Vanishing Angle. Producers Metzger’s and Matt Miller’s most recent project is THUNDER ROAD, which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2018 and had its international premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

GREENER GRASS is set in a timeless suburbia and tells the story of soccer moms Jill (DeBoer) and Lisa (Luebbe). While their children compete on the soccer field, the pair competes in the bleachers in this dark comedy where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members become pawns in the ultimate competition for acceptance.

DeBoer and Luebbe’s short film GREENER GRASS premiered in the U.S. at SXSW 2016 where Jocelyn and Dawn won the Special Jury Recognition for Writing. The short also won the Canal + Award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, resulting in a distribution deal with Canal + in France, Spain, and Africa. Their previous short THE ARRIVAL won several festival awards including Best Direction at Funcinema Crítica de Cine in Argentina, the Audience Award at the Chicago Critics Film Festival, Best Comedy at the Way Down Festival in Georgia, and Best Short Film in the Lounge Comedy Shorts program at the the Napa Valley Film Festival. In 2017, the pair sold a television pilot to IFC.

Rounding out the cast of GREENER GRASS are Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), Lauren Adams (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Asher Miles Fallica (Ozark), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House), and John Milhiser (Saturday Night Live).

DeBoer and Luebbe are represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Mary Holland is represented by ICM and Atlas Artists. Beck Bennett is represented by UTA. Neil Casey and D’Arcy Carden are represented by UTA and Rise Management. Dot-Marie Jones is represented by TCA Management. Janicza Bravo is represented by UTA and Kevin Rowe.

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON SCOTT COOPER’S “ANTLERS”

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents of Production, Film and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum announced today that principal photography has commenced in Vancouver, British Columbia for the horror thriller ANTLERS. Directed by Scott Cooper (BLACK MASS, CRAZY HEART), the film is written by Henry Chaisson (OPEN 24 HOURS) & Nick Antosca (THE FOREST, CHANNEL ZERO) with revisions by Scott Cooper, from the short story The Quiet Boy by Antosca. In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Starring in ANTLERS are Keri Russell (STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, FX’s “The Americans”), Jesse Plemons (HOSTILES, FX’s “Fargo”), Jeremy T. Thomas (“Lore”), Graham Greene (MOLLY’S GAME, WIND RIVER), Scott Haze (THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, VENOM), Rory Cochrane (WHITE BOY RICK, HOSTILES) and Amy Madigan (TWICE IN A LIFETIME, FIELD OF DREAMS).

The film’s producers are Guillermo del Toro (THE SHAPE OF WATER, PAN’S LABRYINTH), J. Miles Dale (THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE VOW), David S. Goyer (ASSASSINATION NATION, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE), and Kevin Turen (ALL IS LOST, 99 HOMES) serving as executive producer. ANTLERS is the first project between Fox Searchlight Pictures and Guillermo del Toro following the announcement of a deal between Searchlight and del Toro that covers live action feature film projects to be written, produced and/or directed by del Toro.

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin production on ANTLERS with Guillermo Del Toro, and reunite with my dear friends at Fox Searchlight,” said Cooper, adding, “They’re incredible filmmakers – not to mention necessary filmmakers – and are extremely passionate and supportive of my vision as I venture into yet another genre, and delve into the unnerving world of ancestral spirits.”

“We are delighted to be back in business with Scott Cooper, with whom we had an incredible journey on the Oscar-winning CRAZY HEART, and Guillermo Del Toro, fresh off THE SHAPE OF WATER,” said Fox Searchlight Chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula.

Added Greenfield and Greenbaum, “Scott is a master of creating human dramas with unforgettable performances. ANTLERS will allow him to bring his unique gifts to the horror genre. We could not be more thrilled.”

Joining Cooper on the film is director of photography Florian Hoffmeister (THE DEEP BLUE SEA, A QUIET PASSION), production designer Tim Grimes (THE WRESTLER, WAR OF THE WORLDS), editor Dylan Tichenor (PHANTOM THREAD, ZERO DARK THIRTY), costume designer Karin Nosella (INSOMNIA, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL), creature effects supervisor Shane Mahan (THE SHAPE OF WATER, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR) and special effects make-up artists Lindala Schminken (GODZILLA, THE FOG) and Toby Lindala (THE REVENANT, GODZILLA).

The film will be overseen by Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum and SVP of Production DanTram Nguyen and Coordinator Cornelia Burleigh.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film.

ANNAPURNA ANNOUNCES NEW TITLE, TRAILER AND RELEASE DATE FOR ADAM MCKAY’S VICE

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Academy Award-winner Adam McKay’s latest film, formerly referred to as UNTITLED DICK CHENEY PROJECT, is now titled VICE, Annapurna Pictures announced today. VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. The film’s ensemble cast includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, Lisagay Hamilton, Shea Whigham and Eddie Marsan.

An official first trailer for the film will be released on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. VICE, the highly anticipated follow up to McKay’s Academy Award-winning THE BIG SHORT, will open wide on Christmas Day 2018. The film is produced by Annapurna Pictures, Gary Sanchez and Plan B.