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            Do not heistate to contact me with questions, I will be happy to brainstorm with you. We are the leading network for film and festivals, established in 1995, with 380 000 unique visitors every month, a subscribers base of 161 000 registered users. Furthermore my experience in marketing film (200 film launched wordwide) can be of some assistance. Check the online store for Pro Services for the Film Festival Community. Promote your Fe...

BOY ERASED acquired by Focus Features

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Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton based on Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley. Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) will star opposite Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. The movie will be produced by Anonymous Content and will begin production this fall for a 2018 theatrical release. Focus chairman Peter Kujawski made the...

Hey, FROM HOLLYWOOD TO ROSE Is an Insider Film Fan Anthem, Take That THR

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Who doesn’t love The Hollywood Reporter, a trade paper of record since 1930 at the dawn of American Cinema? So what do you do when THR lukewarmly reviews a film that is a fantastically written exploration of the interplay between fans and films, between human superpowers and caped crusaders? You write a counter-review, and here it is: this is about co-director Liz Graham and Matt Jacobs’ freshly screened FROM HOLLYWOOD ...

The Best Gambling Scenes In Movie History

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It's no secret that Hollywood has always loved the casino. There's simply few better locations for a thrill seeking scene than in the pit, backrooms or more often than not the bar of a casino. While there's plenty of movies specifically about casinos and gambling (The Ocean's series, The Gambler) in this article we'll look at specific scenes which set the tone of the story rather than the overall theme. So put down your 7 Sultans for a little while and enjoy a trip through mo...

Route One Entertainment has announced that Director Benny Boom has signed on to direct the LAPD thriller The Shave.

    DIRECTOR BENNY BOOM Fresh off the box office hit All Eyez on Me, director Benny Boom has signed on to direct the police thriller The Shave written by newcomers Thomas White and Miles Hubley, it was announced today by Route One Entertainment CEO Russell Levine and Lost City President John Finemore, who are producers on the project.  The Blacklist Script tells the story of an LAPD officer, recently exonerated in the murder of a high school honor stu...

Oceanside Media announced The action-packed ONE IN THE CHAMBER from David Gordon Green

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Independent film producer Scott Clayton and his production company Oceanside Media (“Oceanside”) has come on board to produce and fully finance the action-packed adventure film One in the Chamber written by David Gordon Green (upcoming Stronger, Pineapple Express) and his frequent collaborator Darius Shahmir, who will make his feature film directorial debut with this project.   Green will also serve as a producer of the film alongside Clayton.  Casting is underway.  ...

Radiant Films International has sold multi-territories to the delightful comedy Handsome Devil

Radiant Films International has sold multi-territories to the delightful comedy Handsome Devil starring Fionn O’Shea (Netflix’s Jadotville), Nicholas Galitzine (upcoming The Changeover), Moe Dunford (History Channel’s “Vikings”), and Andrew Scott (BBC’s “Sherlock”), it was announced today by President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.   Written and directed by John Butler, key international sales have been completed with Rialto for Australia and N...

SAINTLAURENT AT SODANKYLÄ and Sô förth ßßß

Hyvä päiva good böddy --  Mais oui-- filmnüttöö certainly qualifies as a new Finnish neolojism -- redundancy intentiönnäl -- as long as you döbble dot every väwel in sight except I and E it can päss för finnisch -- Fünn länguägge --actually you don't needa dot the û because /y/ is already pronounced /ü/ but  this language is actually derived frôm Raindeer squawking...

WAJDA'S Swansong, POWIDOKI at Sodankylä 32

by Alexei Deleon   The first film I saw on day one of five at Sodankyla was Wajda's final film, made when he was ninety and released last year just before his death. It paints an incredibly bleak picture of artistic life in Poland under the Stalinist regime just after the war when the Communist ideal of "social realism" reigned supreme. Gracefully aging Polish superstar, Boguslaw Linda, 64, delivers a towering performance as the crippled avant garde master ...

Abramorama Acquires Scott Rosenbaum's SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY and Sam Pollard's TWO TRAINS RUNNIN'

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Abramorama announced today the acquisition of two upcoming music-themed films: Scott Rosenbaum’s Sidemen: Long Road To Glory and Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’. Abramorama will release the films theatrically in August 2017.  Two Trains Runnin’, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, had a very successful qualifying run at the Metrograph in NYC in December.  Coming off their recent success with Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of E...

You Can Choose Your Family locks casting with Anna Gunn,Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky, Logan Miller and Jim Gaffigan

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Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn (Sully, AMC’s “Breaking Bad”), Samantha Mathis (American Pastoral, FX’s “The Strain”), Alex Karpovsky (Hail, Caesar!, HBO’s “Girls”) and Logan Miller (A Dog’s Purpose, AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) have joined Emmy Award nominee Jim Gaffigan in Miranda Bailey’s upcoming comedy You Can Choose Your Family.   Frank (Gaffigan) is a seemingly normal father of a loving family.  Howev...

Evolutionary Films group, has announced a unique communication partnership with Feref

Evolutionary Film Distribution, the specialist film marketing company, which is part of the Evolutionary Films group, has announced a unique partnership with Feref to create campaigns for its growing distribution slate of quality independent films. Founded in 1968, Feref is the award-winning fully integrated creative agency based in Soho, London and has created campaigns for some of the world's biggest entertainment brands and for movies such as Star Wars, Deadpool, James Bond, Frozen, Ma...

Evolutionary Films picked up horror thriller Out of the Shadows in Cannes

  Horror thriller Out of the Shadows has been picked-up for international sales by Evolutionary Films.   The atmospheric chiller is directed by Dee McLachlan (The Wheel, 10Terrorists) and produced by Tim Maddocks, Blake Northfield and Jim Robison and is A Bronte Pictures and Lunar Pictures Production.   Evolutionary Films will be commencing sales for Out of the Shadows this week in Cannes and the film is also available in 3D.   Out of the Shadows&...

Tiberius Film acquires LIES WE TELL with Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel

At the Marché du Film of the International Film Festival Cannes 2017 the German independent film distributor Tiberius Film secured the rights to the thriller LIES WE TELL with an excellent cast including Gabriel Bryne and Harvey Keitel. Tiberius Film also acquired THE CRUCIFIXION, the new horror movie of the French director Xavier Gens and the action film FEMALE FIGHT CLUB featuring stunt star Amy Johnston and Dolph Lundgren. LIES WE TELL is the feature film debut of director Mitu Misra,...

The Evil Within selected to screen at the Calgary Horror Con June 10

The Calgary Horror Con is the first and largest Convention in Canada dedicated to Horror.   The Convention is a gathering for the community of fans who love all forms of horror; be it cinema, literature, live performance, or art.     From the initial idea sprung a grassroots movement by a group of volunteers, and the support of amazing local Alberta talent.  The convention consists of celebrity guests, vendors, panels and an international film festival. ...

Indie Horror Festival had two nominations for The Unwilling

2017 Award Nominees   BEST FEATURE THE NIGHT WATCHMEN INSOMNIUM TALES OF FEAR BEST SHORT BLURRED VISION SMALL TALK BURLAP BEST DIRECTOR SCOTT POWERS - INSOMNIUM DEAN WHITNEY - ABERRANT MITCHELL ALTIERI - THE NIGHT WATCHMEN BEST ACTOR BRENDON KRICK - THE BACKPAGE JUSTIN GORDON - GEHENNA: WHERE DEATH LIVES BRAD PENNINGTON - INSOMNIUM BEST ACTRESS DINA MEYER - THE UNWILLING BRANDI ALYSSA YOUNG - EVIL RISING NICOLE MARK JOHNSON - QUA...

HANSEL & GRETEL: A Fairy Tale with Refugee Children

In October 2016, the EFA Project FREMDE WELTEN - NEUE FREUNDE, realised in co-operation with the agency Berliner Wohnplattform which operates various housing projects for refugees and homeless people,and supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, brought together around 500 residents, EFA Members, neighbours and friends at a shelter in Berlin-Charlottenburg for a special celebration. Being part of this encounter gave EFA Member and costume designer Stefanie Bruhn t...

Edge signs Cannes buzz title The Villainess

Edge Entertainment is proud to present the high profile acquisition of this year’s Cannes Midnight success entry The Villainess. Additionally, Edge Entertainment has picked up the Australian success Red Dog: True Blue.  The Villainess by Jung Byung-gil had its world premiere in the Cannes Official Midnight Selection; where Edge’s previous acquisition Train to Busan world premiered in 2016.  Byung-gil’s The Villainess is a captivat...

Protagonist Pictures Closes Major Sales In Cannes On Award Winner ‘The Rider’ And Breakout 'The Florida Project'

Protagonist Pictures has almost sold out on the 2017 Directors’ Fortnight selections The Florida Project from Sean Baker and The Rider from Chloé Zhao during the Cannes Film Festival, announced CEO Mike Goodridge. Both films played to packed theatres and to high critical praise in their eagerly anticipated premiere screenings at this year’s festival. The Rider was awarded the 2017 top prize of Directors’ Fortnight, The Art Cinema Award.   The Florida Project was...

Oscar Buzz Rises for Foreign Language Films

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Distributors at Cannes Film Festival reveal the genre is more in demand than ever before. It’s only the darling month of May and yet foreign films are attracting a lot of Oscar buzz. Excitement is beginning to mount after a large number of standing ovations were giving at private screenings during Cannes Film Festival which opened up a dialogue about films that are due for release in the genre. Filmmakers from all around the world attend film festivals each year, with their latest movies,...

Irish Production Company, Nantosuelta Entertainment, Attracting Hollywood with Upfront Tax Incentives

  In 2013, I covered an Irish actress/ producer that was making waves in the industry. This was the story at the bottom of the post. Today she launches a new Irish production company, Nantosuelta Entertainment has opened its doors in Dublin. The company funds Ireland’s tax incentive of 32% upfront which does not require recoupment or back end points. The company also offers private equity financing. The incentive is set to attract filmmakers and...

Cannes. Or Can't.

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Ex-patriate Novelist and discriminating Cinephile P. Lipari comments on Cannes and overrated directors from the backwoods of Brittany Sounds like the usual Cannes dreariness.  Do you think they do it deliberately?  Go out of their way to pick the "winners" that will piss off as many people as possible?  I have never followed Cannes with any assiduity, but my impression is that its "winners"--for example, of the Golden Masturbation Palm--are even more pathetic ...

Animation Nights New York

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Siraj Syed covers CommunicAsia 2017, Post-event reportage, 03: Brightcove Unveils Ground-breaking Technology

Siraj Syed covers CommunicAsia 2017, Post-event reportage, 03: Brightcove Unveils Ground-breaking Technology Brightcove (NASDAQ: BCOV) announced at BroadcastAsia2017 (held in conjunction with CommunicAsia in Singapore, May 2017), the beta availability of Context Aware Encoding, a new video compression technology that lowers the total cost of ownership and improves video quality. Context Aware Encoding uses machine learning and deep video analysis to achieve optimum quality for each video wit...
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