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BINGE ACQUIRES COMPELLING DOCUMENTARY BEYOND BITCOIN

Marks First Acquisition of the Market for Blockchain Powered Streaming Platform in a 7 Figure Deal with Fulwell 73 and Conch Studios CANNES (May XX, 2018) – In its first acquisition of the market, Slate Entertainment Group (SEG) has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the much-anticipated cryptocurrency documentary Beyond Bitcoin, directed by Jake Witzenfeld, for is a blockchain video on…

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EDGAR RAMIREZ AND PEDRO PASCAL TO STAR IN OLIVER ASSAYAS’ “WASP NETWORK” FOR RT FEATURES AND CG CINEMA

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2018) – RT Features announced today that Golden Globe® and Emmy® Nominee Edgar Ramirez (The Girl on the Train, Hands of Stone) and Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star in Wasp Network. Oliver Assayas (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria) wrote and will also direct the film, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book, The…

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RT FEATURES AND MARTIN SCORSESE’S SIKELIA PRODUCTIONS BOARD DANIELLE LESSOVITZ’S“PORT AUTHORITY” AND ANTONETA ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIC’S “MURINA”

    Films Follow Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra” which was the First Film out of the Joint Venture   CANNES (May 9, 2018) – RT Features and Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions announced today that they have signed on to produce and finance Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority and Croatian writer-director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s Murina, a tense coming-of-age drama.  Both films come out of RT Features joint venture…

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Brooklyn Film Festival Announces Lineup for 2018 Edition

Brooklyn, NY (May 9, 2018) – Bad times make great art, so this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) should be amazing! And so BFF announces today the film lineup for its 21st edition: THRESHOLD. Like an aircraft entering the threshold on runway “21,” BFF takes off on Friday, June 1st at returning venue: Wythe Hotel…

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Nominees For 19th Annual Golden Trailer Awards Named

  Netflix and Warner Bros. Earn Most Nominations By Studio With 61 Nominations As 21st Century Fox Rounds Out Top 3 with 53 Nominations; Top Nominations by Vendors Include Buddha Jones with 30 Nominations, Trailer Park with 29 and Mark Woollen & Associates with 23 (Beverly Hills, CA, May 9, 2018) — The Golden Trailer Awards, the entertainment…

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FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES CANNES OPENING NIGHT FILM EVERYBODY KNOWS STARRING PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND JAVIER BARDEM

[pr] [Focus comcast zoomed logo] FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES CANNES OPENING NIGHT FILM EVERYBODY KNOWS STARRING PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND JAVIER BARDEM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CANNES, May 9th, 2018– Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has acquired the Cannes Film Festival’s opening night film Everybody Knows (Todos Los Saben).  Focus Features will distribute the film…

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DIRECTOR RENNY HARLIN & PRODUCER DALJIT DJ PARMAR LAUNCH BEIJING BASED EXTRAORDINARY ENTERTAINMENT LIMIT

  First Film from Extraordinary is Sci-Fi tentpole Solara   CANNES –– Director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) and Producer Daljit DJ Parmar (Kung Fu Yoga) have launched Extraordinary Entertainment Limited 鼎趣影业, a production and finance company based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Parmar will serve as CEO and Harlin as Chief Creative Officer. The company will focus on…

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KEANU REEVES AND ALEX WINTER REUNITE FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD INSTALLMENT “BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC” DIRECTED BY DEAN PARISOT 

  BLOOM to Introduce to international Buyers in Cannes; MGM’s Orion Pictures to release in the US   Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2018) – BLOOM announced today that Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix) and Alex Winter (Deep Web; Downloaded) will officially be reuniting on screen after 27 years as the legendary Ted “Theodore” Logan (Reeves)…

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Founder/CEO Of Chicago In’tl Film Fest Michael Kutza To Step Down After 55 Years

FOUNDER AND CEO OF CINEMA/CHICAGO MICHAEL KUTZA TO STEP DOWN AT THE END OF 2018 Kutza’s 55 Years of Service to Chicago International Film Festival to be Celebrated at July 14 Gala at Loews Chicago CHICAGO – Michael Kutza, Founder and CEO of Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, today announced that he will…

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MGM and Lionsgate/Pantelion Films Analyze Their Weekend Success

[pr] Overboard, from MGM and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films, successfully set sail this weekend over performing pre-release expectations and taking in an estimated $14.750 million on 1,623 screens, making it the highest grossing opening in Pantelion’s history. Receiving an A- CinemaScore and driven by exceptionally strong word of mouth and audience recommendations, Overboard is well positioned to continue its…

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LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL MAKES INITIAL PROGRAMMING LINEUP

LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL MAKES INITIAL PROGRAMMING LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 11th ANNUAL FESTIVAL 2018 Las Vegas Film Festival and CineVegas Partner on Presenting Films, Live Comedy, and More June 6 – 10 At Brenden Theatres and Palms Casino Resort Passes on sale now at lvff.com LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2018) – The 11th Annual Las Vegas Film Festival, partnered with CineVegas,announced…

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Academy Expels Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct. The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect…

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MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations

“BLACK PANTHER” AND “STRANGER THINGS” LEAD NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 “MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS” HOSTED BY TIFFANY HADDISH NETWORK WILL ONCE AGAIN FEATURE ALL GENDER-NEUTRAL CATEGORIES New York, NY (May 3, 2018) – MTV today announced the categories and nominees for the 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards,” hosted by Tiffany Haddish, that celebrate the…

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AGC STUDIOS PICKS UP ROLAND EMMERICH’S MIDWAY

AGC STUDIOS PICKS UP ROLAND EMMERICH’S MIDWAY  Starlight Culture Entertainment Group and Providence Entertainment Limited To Fully Finance The WWII Epic LOS ANGELES (May 2, 2018) – Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has acquired the international rights to Midway, to be directed by iconic filmmaker Roland Emmerich (Independence Day franchise, The Day After Tomorrow) from a script by Wes Tooke, and will introduce…

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SLATE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP BRINGS TRANSPARENCY TO THE FILM INDUSTRY WITH DISRUPTIVE BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

[pr] The Company Introduces BINGE, a Blockchain Video-On-Demand Platform; SLATIX, a Blockchain Electronic Ticketing Application; and SLATE, a Digital Token LOS ANGELES and TORONTO (May 1, 2018) – Slate Entertainment Group (SEG) has announced the development of its new multi-layered entertainment ecosystem powered by advanced blockchain technology. SEG is a highly-skilled amalgamation of entertainment, business and technical expertise…

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IMR INTERNATIONAL TO LAUNCH FOREIGN SALES ON SCOTT Z. BURNS’ ‘THE TORTURE REPORT’ FOR VICE STUDIOS, STARRING ADAM DRIVER, ANNETTE BENING AND JON HAMM

IMR INTERNATIONAL TO LAUNCH FOREIGN SALES ON SCOTT Z. BURNS’ ‘THE TORTURE REPORT’ FOR VICE STUDIOS, STARRING ADAM DRIVER, ANNETTE BENING AND JON HAMM  Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Ben McKenzie & Matthew Rhys round-out the cast with sales commencing in Cannes  LOS ANGELES (May 1, 2018) – IMR announced that they will be introducing Scott…

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star as Leonard Bernstein in “The American” with Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct. BRON Studios comes aboard.

Sierra/Affinity to commence international sales at the 2018 Cannes Film Market New York, NY (May 1, 2018) – Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in “The American,” with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing. BRON Studios will produce and back the film, which begins principal photography in the fall. Sierra/Affinity commences…

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Saudi Arabia’s First Full-Service Production Studio Launches as Its First Int’l Co-Prod Wraps

[pr] FIRST FULL-SERVICE PRODUCTION STUDIO “NEBRAS FILMS” LAUNCHED IN SAUDI ARABIA Production Wraps on the Facility’s First International Co-Production “Born a King”  LOS ANGELES / SAUDI ARABIA:  In advance of the Cannes Film Festival, Mr. Abdullah Al Nafisah today announced the launch of Saudi Arabia’s first full-service production studio Nebras Films. Setting out to develop and produce a…

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SAG-AFTRA on Unanimous Passage of the Music Modernization Act by the U.S. House of Representatives

SAG-AFTRA Statement on Unanimous Passage of the Music Modernization Act by the U.S. House of Representatives    LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2018) – SAG-AFTRA commends the U.S. House of Representatives for unanimously passing the Music Modernization Act [H.R. 5447] today.   SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White said the following:   “Today’s vote by the House is an…

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“I’m not sure anybody has ever seen DETOUR looking so good, and it’s still one of the most revered and beloved noir classics.”

THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE AND THE FILM FOUNDATION PRESENT NEW 4K RESTORATION OF EDGAR G. ULMER’S DETOUR (1945) RESTORATION TO PREMIERE AT TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL JANUS FILMS TO RELEASE THEATRICALLY IN FALL 2018 New York, NY. (April 25, 2018) – The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique,…

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain