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Joe Bang Gives Up James Bond for Channing Tatum in Tenn., LOL, for LOGAN LUCKY

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Some good news Down South as Channing Tatum, who stars in LOGAN LUCKY directed by Steven Soderbergh, has gotten James Bond to dye his hair blonde — "Dye Another Day" would be a great 007 title -- wait, that's not real news. Even though Daniel Craig’s surprise Hillbilly-meets-Okie mega-cameo as Joe Bang in this movie is quite a towhead, the real news? Well, over a ways yonder in Tennessee the cast of LOGAN, which will b...

You Think Google Has Issues: Rachel Feldman Has Something To Say About Women & Directing, Okay?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One hot week in August leading up to a full moon, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7, there was a kind of ground zero for the D-word from Hollywood to Silicon Valley. We’re talking hot-button issues inclusion, fairness, and equity under the heading of Diversity. If you haven’t heard what happened, a recap is in order. Here’s a timeline: on July 31 “CBS This Morning” covers a new USC Annenberg study that cites “inclusion c...

Elizabeth Sheldon has launched a new film distribution and sales company, Juno Films

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  Licinio Azevedo’s Train of Salt and Sugar and Cahier Africain Are Lead Acquisitions   Elizabeth Sheldon has launched a new film distribution and sales company, Juno Films, to partner with agents, producers and filmmakers to execute bespoke investment, sponsorship and distribution strategies in North America. Sheldon brings two decades of experience in film distribution and international sales, with a specialty in distribution to the educational and non-profit market, to he...

Beth Barrett Named Seattle Fest Artistic Director

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 assumed the mantle of Interim Artistic Director last October, leading the organization though a very successful 43rd Seattle International Film Festival.    Barrett began her career at SIFF i...

Directors statement on making DOA

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why you decided to make DOA? We thought that it has been a while since a good Noir film has been made and we were very much attracted to the concept of a man being poisoned with less than 24 hours to live!  The idea of what you would do if you are caught in a small town where you cannot trust anyone and your clock is ticking was pretty intriguing.  This concept was very exciting for me as a director.    Our film is inspired by the 1950 DOA, but it is certainly not...

GoodBye Sam Sheppard RIP

Known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director whose body of work spanned over half a century. He was the author of forty-four plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Righ...

Vanessa Paradis and Jeanne Moreau duo in Cannes

Sad news of the loss of Singer Actress Jeanne Moreau who passed away aged 89 at her home in Paris 17th area.   Happy to share this unforgettable magic moment in Cannes where Jeanne Moreau sang a duo with Dame Moreau "Le Tourbillon de la vie", title song from Jules et Jim de by  François Truffaut. ...

French star Jeanne Moreau no more

French star Jeanne Moreau no more Jeanne Moreau has died at her Paris home today, aged 89. She leaves behind a legacy of memorable films, including classic vehicles of Louis Malle and François Truffaut. Born to a French restaurateur father (Anatole Moreau) and English cabaret dancer mother (Katherine Buckley) on 23 January 1928 at Paris, she studied at Collège Edgar-Quinet and Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique. In 1948, she became an actress with Comédie Fran&...

Rory Fradella Producer of Dead on Arrival DOA

Tyson Sullivan and Rory Fradella in Dead on Arrival (2017) Rory Fradella is an actor and writer, known for Law of the Fish and Dead on Arrival(2017) ...

Stephen Sepher The Director of Dead on Arrival DOA

Stephen C. Sepher Stephen's passion is to tell stories that move the audience as a writer, actor, and director. In 2015, he starred alongside Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Dave Bautista in the action thriller Heist, which he also wrote and produced. His latest project is Dead on Arrival, which he wrote and directed. Stephen C. Sepher is an accomplished filmmaker/actor who has a passion for telling stories. He is the creative force behind the Lionsgate Thriller Heist, known in...

The Cast of Dead on Arrival - DOA

Billy Flynn Emmy nominated Billy Flynn got his big break in 2014, when he signed a contract with the NBC drama series, Days of Our Lives. Billy has a worldwide following with millions of fans for the role of Chad DiMera. Dead on Arrival marks his first starring role in a feature film. Christa B. Allen Christa B. Allen is an actress known for her role as Charlotte Clarke in over 70 episodes of ABC’s TV series Revenge, 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Youth in Revolt (2009). Chris Mulkey ...

Speech by Alberto Barbera, Director of the 74th Venice International Film Festival

    In the light of the latest developments in the revolution that is changing the audiovisual experience as conceived since the invention of the cinematograph, one might respectfully toy with Hegel's maxim, according to which everything that is rational is real, updating it to everything that is virtual is real. How else might we approach a phenomenon that until just a few months ago was considered little more than the latest technological gimmick, but that now seems destined ...

Fien Troch juror of the Orizzonti jury at the 74th Venice International Film Festival 

Belgian director Fien Troch is a juror of the Orizzonti section at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, which will be held from August 30 to September 9, 2017. This annual event at the Lido is one of the most prestigious platforms for the promotion of cinematographic art for more than half a century. Last year Fien Troch won the award for Best Director of the Orizzonti section herself with her fourth feature film HOME.       ...

The four International Juries of the 74th Venice International Film Festival

      The selection is complete for the members of the four international Juries (Venezia 74, Orizzonti, “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for Best Debut Film, Venice Virtual Reality) of the 74th Venice International Film Festival (30 August-9 September 2017), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.   The personalities convened as members of the Jury for the Venezia 74 Competition, in addition to the pre...

Before Kevin Spacey Locks the Gore Vidal Script for Netflix, A True Story

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Everyone from Iran to Serbia seems to be bent on letting me know there’s a Gore Vidal biopic in the works starring Kevin Spacey. And while Gore would definitely think Kevin Spacey is hot, one wonders what he would make of another *damnable biopic,* especially about himself now dead since July 31, 2012. He died on my birthday, in keeping with his sour and sweet tone since we met at an event in Beverly Hills.   We had collaborated on a...

Fox Star India CEO Vijay Singh calls films a ‘recession proof’ industry: FICCI Conference on Copyright and the Creative Economy

Fox Star India CEO Vijay Singh calls films a ‘recession proof’ industry: FICCI Conference on Copyright and the Creative Economy A day-long conference was held on 21 July, Friday, on the subject of Copyright and the Creative Economy, at the Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai. It was organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), a Delhi-based apex body, in association with Government of India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). Singh ...

Jane Fonda and Robert Redford to receive Lifetime Achievement at the 74th Venice Festival

  The decision was made by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, upon recommendation of the Director Alberto Barbera   Fonda and Redford perform together in "Our Souls at Night", which will be screened after the Award Ceremony Iconic American actors Jane Fonda and Robert Redford have each been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 74th Venice International Film Festival (30 August ...

Carlos Muguiro will be the director of the new Film School promoted by the Provincial Government

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  He designed the teaching curriculum of the Film School of the Community of Madrid (ECAM), and currently he is the head of the specialty Documentary Cinema in the same school. He has an accredited experience in the world of cinema as programmer, creator, teacher and researcher. Itxaso has said that “the winning project, The hypothesis of cinema, with a brilliant development, proposes a model of School which fully concurs with the idea outlined in this project”. Carlos Muguir...

Pardo d’onore Manor for Todd Haynes

  On Monday 7th August the Festival will pay homage to U.S. director, screenwriter and producer Todd Haynes. His latest film Wonderstruck will be screened in company with Poison, one of the featured titles in Locarno70, the sidebar dedicated to celebrating the Festival’s 70th anniversary.   The Locarno Festival offers tribute with the Pardo d’onore Manor to American director, screenwriter and producer Todd Haynes. At the 1991 Locarno Festival there were 19 movies contend...

Iconic horror film-maker, of the Living Dead fame, Romero dies at 77

Iconic horror film-maker, of the Living Dead fame, Romero dies at 77 Often called the father or progenitor of the modern zombie movie, American film director George A. Romero has died of lung cancer, in Toronto. He was 77. George A. Romero passed away on Sunday July 16, listening to the score of The Quiet Man, one of his all-time favorite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero at his side. He died peacefully in his sleep. Born in The Bronx, to a Cuban-born ...

Actor Martin Landau, Oscar-winner at 66, dies, aged 89

Actor Martin Landau, Oscar-winner at 66, dies, aged 89 Martin Landau, who landed his first and only Oscar in 1994, at age 66, playing Bela Lugosi in the Ed Wood biopic, has died, aged 89. He is also well-remembered as the star of the Mission: Impossible TV series (1966-69). Starting his career in 1959, he had been nominated for the Academy Award twice before, for Tucker: The Man and His Dream (Francis Ford Coppola, 1988) and Crimes and Misdemeanours (Woody Allen, 1989). Brooklyn-born Landau ...
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