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Writers Guild President Howard Rodman Remarks On Writing And Responsibility; Calls For Trump Resignation

  August 16, 2017 Dear fellow Guild members, Writing in 1915, Theodore Roosevelt reminded us that Dante “reserved a special place of infamy in the inferno for those base angels who dared side neither with evil nor with good.”  It’s a caution that hits with shocking immediacy when the President of the United States can…

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NEON Launches New Label, Super LTD, With Anthony Bourdain-Produced Doc

  Super LTD, the newly announced boutique division and incubator from NEON headed by industry veterans Dan O’Meara and Darcy Heusel, officially opened for business with the acquisition of Anna Chai and Nari Kye’s WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE executive produced by Anthony Bourdain who makes several cameos in the film.  The documentary, which had its…

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Lalo Schifrin Gets An 85th Birthday Concert

Musicians at Play, Musicians Fund Los Angeles, in association with Varese Sarabande present Mission: Impossible’ Composer Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert October 7 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, CA Legendary composer, musician, conductor and six-time Oscar nominee Lalo Schifrin (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert in his honor Oct. 7 at the Alex, 216 North…

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Sony Pictures Classics Takes EON Int’l’s Latest, Slated For Toronto

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES PAUL MCGUIGAN’S FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Sony Pictures Classics announced that they have acquired all rights in North America, Eastern Europe, Germany and Asia Pay Television to Paul McGuigan’s FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL. The film is premiering in Gala Presentations at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. FILM STARS DON’T…

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Seattle’s SIFF Names Beth Barrett Artistic Director

Beth Barrett Named SIFF’s Artistic Director SEATTLE – August 2, 2017 – Beth Barrett, former Director of Programming, has been named SIFF’s new Artistic Director. With her advancement, Barrett becomes SIFF’s first female Artistic Director, one of only a select few women in the United States holding this position for a major film festival. Barrett…

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Plan B, MACRO And Annapurna Producing Coming Of Age Drama On Black, Queer Debate Champion Ryan Wash

PLAN B, MACRO AND ANNAPURNA PARTNER ON UNTITLED RYAN WASH PROJECT The new project tracks the remarkable journey of black, queer debater Wash Los Angeles, CA (August 1, 2017) – Plan B Entertainment has partnered with Annapurna and MACRO to tell the true-life story of unlikely debate champion Ryan Wash, it was announced today. Annapurna will…

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Traverse City Film Fest At 13 Has Over 120,000 Admissions

The 2017 Traverse City Film Festival(TCFF), founded by Michael Moore in 2005, offered 229 screenings of 115 feature films and 66 shorts in its 13th year. The annual celebration of film welcomed over 120,000 admissions across 12 different venues, including 12 film school classes, six free filmmaker panels, seven parties, two live podcasts, and a gaming…

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Next HBO Series From Showrunners Of “Game On Thrones,” Will Build “A Third American Civil War” In A Parallel Timeline Where The Confederacy Won

Series Will Be Executive Produced And Written By David Benioff And D.B. Weiss; Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Malcolm Spellman, Carolyn Strauss And Bernadette Caulfield Will Also Executive Produce “Game of Thrones” creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will return to HBO with their new original series CONFEDERATE, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO…

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GKIDS To Reissue Studio Ghibli Catalog

[pr] KIDS IN DEAL FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS TO STUDIO GHIBLI CATALOG  BLU-RAY AND DVD REISSUES BEGIN WITH 8 CLASSIC TITLES IN OCTOBER 2017 GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced that it is partnering with Studio Ghibli to handle the famed Japanese animation studio’s catalog in North…

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THE BLACK LIST AND WOMEN IN FILM LOS ANGELES LAUNCH INAUGURAL FEATURE FILM LAB FOR FEMALE WRITERS AND ANNOUNCE SECOND-ANNUAL EPISODIC TV LAB

(Los Angeles, CA, July 17, 2017) – The Black List and Women In Film (WIF), LA announced today that they will again partner on an episodic TV lab for women writers, now in its second year, and will join forces for a newly inaugurated Film Feature Lab for women screenwriters. The Black List/Women In Film Episodic Lab will…

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Outfest Los Angeles Fetes Winners

 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL  ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD WINNERS Los Angeles, July 16, 2017 – Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – has announced the award winners of its 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, presented by HBO. The nation’s leading LGBT…

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Academy Sets Year-Long Exhibition Residency At Metrograph

THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES ANNOUNCES YEAR-LONG RESIDENCY AT METROGRAPH THEATER NEW YORK NEW YORK, NY – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a yearlong residency at Metrograph Theaters in New York City, beginning July 24, that will showcase high quality film prints from the Academy Film Archive, home…

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CHARLIE SHEEN’S “9/11” ACQUIRED BY ATLAS DISTRIBUTION

CHARLIE SHEEN’S “9/11” ACQUIRED BY ATLAS DISTRIBUTION  U.S. THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 8, 2017  (Los Angeles, July 11, 2017) Atlas Distribution Company announced today that they have acquired the theatrical distribution rights to Charlie Sheen’s new dramatic film, 9/11. A wide US theatrical release date for 9/11 has been set for September 8, 2017. Fox Home Entertainment will be handling the home video release including VOD, Digital HD, and DVD. The film features an award winning cast led by Golden GlobeR winner Charlie Sheen and Academy AwardR winnerWhoopi Goldberg, along with Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris(Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries)and Bruce Davison (ABC TV’s The Fosters). Atlas’ President, Harmon Kaslow, stated, “9/11 is an inspiring story told with the sincerest of intent, and we’re very proud to help usher in Charlie Sheen’s return to dramatic roles.”   9/11 was directed by award winning filmmaker and Grammy nominated Music Producer/Engineer MartinGuigui, written by Martin Guigui and Steven Golebiowski, produced by Dahlia Waingort, WarrenOstergard, and Martin Sprock, and executive produced by David Cuddy, Rodric David, Mark Burg, andRyan Johnson. “We’re extremely pleased to have Atlas Distribution and Fox on board and are very much looking forward to the thefilm’s release this Fall.” said Producer Dahlia Waingort. Based on actual events and voicemail messages, 9/11 tells the story of five people trapped in an elevatorin the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11th, 2001. Having no comprehension of what has…

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Annapurna Pictures Will Be Released By Fox Home Entertainment

[PR]  Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT to be First Film Released Under New Agreement Annapurna and Twentieth Century Fox Film announced a multi-year home entertainment deal. Under the terms of the new partnership, Fox will service the U.S. home entertainment rights for all Annapurna-produced pictures across physical, Digital HD and TVOD platforms. Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT will be…

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Barry Jenkins To Adapt James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk”

[PR] On the heels of Barry Jenkins’ Academy Award Best Picture Moonlight, Jenkins is set to start production of If Beale Street Could Talk in October 2017. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk, is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying…

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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Fest Will Close With Detroit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2017 WILL CLOSE WITH KATHRYN BIGELOW’S “DETROIT” TRAVERSE CITY, MI July 5, 2017 — The 13th annual Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF) is proud to announce as its Closing Night Film “Detroit,” the highly anticipated new film by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, one of the greatest directors working today. Following…

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY GOES ATOMIC AT COMIC-CON 2017

For Immediate Release ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY GOES ATOMIC AT COMIC-CON 2017 Atomic Blonde Star and Producer Charlize Theron to Debut EW’s First-Ever Icon Edition of “Women Who Kick Ass” Panel   NEW YORK, NY (July 5, 2017) – Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY plans to raise the bar even higher at Comic-Con 2017 by presenting…

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SAG-AFTRA And AMPTP Reach Tentative Agreement

SAG-AFTRA REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH AMPTP ON SUCCESSOR CONTRACTS COVERING MOTION PICTURES, TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA LOS ANGELES (July 4, 2017) — Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) today announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on successor agreements covering motion pictures, scripted…

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22nd Nantucket Film Fest Announces Winners

22nd ANNUAL NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS FOR NARRATIVE, DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS  SHOWTIME TONY COX SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS INCLUDE JOHNNY ACE, THE LINE, CASEY CAN’T & THE YAO OF TAO WIND RIVER AND BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY ANNOUNCED AS BEST OF FEST Nantucket, MA (June 26, 2017) – The 22nd annual Nantucket…

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Palm Springs Shortfest Announces Winners

The 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  338 short films screened throughout the Festival along with more than 4,200 filmmaker submissions available in the film market.  More than $115,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash…

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“Most of these women were in their early twenties. Most of them refused to go any further with him, but a few went to dinner, or to some sort of casting situation, or to someplace private… if the stories were just about some crazed sex addict who approaches thousands of women on the street trying to get laid, I wouldn’t be posting this now. I don’t want to be attacking every Hollywood douchebag who hits on countless women. That type of behavior isn’t cool, but I think it’s important to separate douchebaggery from any kind of sexual coercion. But the women I talked to who DID go someplace private with Toback, told stories that were worse than the women only accosted on the street… So I did what I could do in my impotent state – for over twenty years now, I’ve been bringing up James Toback every chance I could in groups of people. I couldn’t stop him, but I could warn people about him… I’ve been hoping the Weinstein/O’Reilly stuff would bring this vampire into the light (him and a couple others, frankly). So I was happy today to wake up to this story in the L. A. Times.”
~ James Gunn

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner