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Against a background of economic crisis, climatic catastrophes and the cancer of corruption, journalist Juliet Palmer, of Profiles magazine, is given an unusual assignment, a “..so not me” project that she initially refuses to accept but is coaxed into doing, by her boss at the magazine. It involves visiting a spiritual community in northern California interviewing its visionary founder: Swami Kriyananda and his Ananda World Brotherhood Village. Kriyananda had fo...
It's now a 7 day event and will showcase over 100 films in 2015! Join the hottest new film festival in the greater Los Angeles area! Located in the heart of the North Hollywood (NoHo) Arts District, this festival is a must-go! All films are played in a real digital movie theater (not a screening room) and it offers a red carpet event, a party, and a number of symposiums talking about financing, distribution and new media. Look out for celebrities here! Last year...
Minneapolis (May 2-4, 2014 Mpls Convention Center)
MINNEAPOLIS-- the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival teams up with Wizard World Comic Con, the world's largest pop culture convention, for a 90 minute film presentation from it's festival archives.
The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival promises to continue to wow audiences with innovative underground horror and sci-fi films along with music videos by award winning independent direc...
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), a scientist and leading researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He is working to create a machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known, with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists, belonging to a secret society named RIFT, who will do whatever it takes to stop him. RIFT beli...
by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent
Saturday night, April 19, 2014, Quentin Tarantino will unleash his "'leaked" (and possibly "shelved") new screenplay "The Hateful Eight" in a staged table reading for charity. Hosted by Film Independent at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and sponsored by The New York Times, the event was scheduled for the the 24th, but there was a venue change. Slated for The Bing Theater at LACMA, a last-...
Daily Film Forum Exclusive::
Worldwide standup Comedian
from national tours and the hit documentary
"Just Like Us" join us for a moment with
DFF: A few of your films, recently “How to Be A Terrorist: In Hollywood with Abu Nazir” and the very noteworthy “Just like Us” – Tell us about them, and how you prepared for them?
Eman – How to be a Terrorist in Hollywood was a sketch we shot m...
Divergent is set in a world that has been reduced to a city, Chicago, due a conflict that destroyed the rest of the planet. There has been peace for the last 100 years, an achievement mainly attributed to the principle of dividing people factions, based on human virtues: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (kindness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), and Erudite (intelligence). Anyone who does not conform to one of these five is banished to the city outskirts, as "fa...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, and following on from The Avengers. It is the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers/Captain America is taken by Natasha Romanoff on a mission-- to rescue the hostages of a hijacked S.H.I.E.L.D ship. But there are two parallel secret agendas behind this apparently purposeless crime that will reveal sho...
Divergent is an action-adventure film set in a not-too-distant world where people are divided into distinct factions, based on human virtues: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (kindness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), and Erudite (intelligence). Anyone who does not conform is banished to the city outskirts, as "factionless." A person who values all five virtues equally, and who has the ability to do so, is known as "Divergent." Beatrice ‘Tr...
Whenever a film is attempted on a religious/mythological/historical premise, there are bound to be objections to its content, or form, or both. Even fiction and biographical movies face this hostility, and have learnt to live with it. Orthodox believers might find it difficult to watch Noah objectively and avoid comparison to the holy text. Liberals and other film-buffs are more likely to detach themselves (or not to attach themselves in the first place) from the words of the Book, and r...
Former New York Yankee star Joe Pepitone has optioned the rights to his best-selling book “Joe, You Coulda Made us Proud” to Miami based Magic City Pictures. The proposed feature film will be co-produced by Alexia Melocci and Alexandra Yacovlef of Little Studio Films and writer / producer A.J. Ferrara’s Magic City Pictures.
The story follows Pepitone’s search for the love and acceptance he never received from a nurturing yet abusive father and down a path of self destruc...
Exciting, but not the most appropriate title for the story. Sabotage was called Ten, before they settled on Sabotage. Apparently, the subject has had title issues right from 1943, a few years after Dame Agatha Christie wrote the multiple murder mystery novel. It is, after all, her most adapted piece. In '43, it was staged as a play under the book’s original UK title, Ten Little Niggers, but only after changing the ending. In 2005, Kevin Elyot, screenwriter for man...
Need for Speed
Steven Spielberg/DreamWorks SKG Pictures’ production Need for Speed is a rivetting car racing thriller, which, though inspired by a video-game, is compelling viewing, even as a stand-alone brand. It justifies the add-on 3D after-thought as a wise decision. Stunts that were confined to clever use of the principle of ‘persistence of vision’, and created by smart editing, in films of the 60s and 70s, like Bullitt and French Connection, come-off spectacularly smooth...
By Adrienne Papp
I get invited to a lot of social events as a journalist / publicist, but there is nothing quite like the Oscars. Excitement is in the air, everyone is full of wonder, looking forward to this fairytale-like evening with its never ending magic. The unexpected always happens just to keep things fresh year after year ( just likeU2 performing live on stage.) The 86th Oscars was really by far one of the best ever produced in Ho...
Daily Film Forum Exclusive::
From National Lampoons Dorm Daze 2, Army of the Damned and her upcoming project Blue Suede join us for A moment with
Jasmin St. Claire
DFF: Your new project, Blue Suede - what’s it about, and tell us about your character in it and how you brought it to life?
My character is Angie Pizzano. I play a very power driven/hungry bad ass woman with a take no prisoners attitude. It's a mob movie. We're filming during the summer..t...
Opie & Anthony on Steroids, Xtreme Radio Shockin’ & Rockin’
First impressions are lasting ones. So when my friend Keith Collins put me up to listening to this podcast he was on, I went into it with some serious doubt. Sure, he may be an award-winning actor and filmmaker, but he also was bias because the co-hosts invited him on and one of them played roles in two of his movies. But I was sold after the first five minutes – even before Collins came on.
Keith Collins & Rony Seikaly
Saturday night at legendary worldwide venue & NYC ultra-club Sankeys easily became the “IT” spot. With a lineup of celebrity DJ’s, looking down on the dance floor in the VIP mezzanine was easily stapled as the spot to be. Actor Keith Collins was celebrating his recent comedy film “The Jersey Devil” which he plays the lead role of the new devil taking over NJ, while Former NBA Star & now A-list DJ Rony Seikaly spun beat...
By Adrienne Papp
Most of us have heard about the possible cancer-causing properties of plastic water bottles. As the sun heats up the plastic, it releases toxins into the pure, natural water that otherwise would be healthy for you. Our body also retains water, which shows up as extra pounds, but for the purpose of hydrating the cells and removing toxicity that is stored mainly in fat cells. However, regular water molecules do not have an easy time penetrating th...
300: Rise of an Empire ...
By Adrienne Papp
Beyoncé’s stunning new body and erotic opening number, Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl, Pop maven Katy Perry bursting into fire with her performance of “Darkhorse,” with Juicy J., mass gay marriage, Pink suspended in air, Pharrell’s hat, R&B singer Robin Thicke and Chicago performing a medley of “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”/”Beginnings”/...
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
High-grade animation in 3D, endearing characters, a smart role-reversal (man>dog<man) and large doses of language-based humour make Mr. Peabody and Sherman a thoroughly enjoyable experience, for both children and adults.
Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC (pronounced ‘wayback’) time machine, ‘Mr.’ Peabody, the most decorated and famous dog in the world, and his adopted abandoned baby-boy Sherman, hurtle back in time to exp...
The history of money is strewn with hoaxes and the anti-heroes who rise and fall by them. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street sends up an especially bracing example based on the bestselling memoir of Jordan Belfort, played with Oscar-nominated flair by Leonardo DiCaprio.
To convey the debauched life and times of this high-rolling shyster who conned unsuspecting investors into forking over $100 million plus in the late '80s and '90s, the filmtakes us deep into the lairs ...
Catch me if you can!
One more aeroplane thriller? Indeed! Non-Stop offers a few new twists but fails to explain apparently illogical and far-fetched premises. Some rapid-fire technical jargon, and the villain’s motivation, would even qualify as ‘flights of fancy’.
An alcoholic Federal Air Marshal (whose duty is to escort US flights, to prevent terrorist attacks and hijacking attempts) Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) has to identify and pre-empt an on-board bad-man, who threatens t...
Dallas Buyers Club
A bargain, at any price!
It’s not often that film scripts take 21 years to reach screens. It’s not often, in these multi-million dollar budget times that a Hollywood film is made in just $5-8million, shot in 25 days. It’s not often that you sit through a docu-feature/biopoc 117 minutes long and feel every minute was worth it. It’s not often that you get to see a film as rivetting as Dallas Buyers Club.
Back in 1992, an aspiring film-maker named Craig...
Love and Lava
As you watch Pompeii, the elements of its screenplay start breaking down: rebellion, sadistic massacre, gladiators and arenas, quest for revenge, love between high and low, white-black man bonding, a villain who will stop at nothing to get the heroine, divine intervention to cleanse the earth of a (debauch) whole city, lovers who are eventually ready to die for each other.
Comparison with Titanic is only natural. Director Paul William Scott Anderson (Shopping, Mortal Kom...
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