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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 ...

Leslie Zemeckis: On Making Emojis From Her Film, Plus A Lady & A Tiger

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It’s fitting that Leslie Zemeckis is in Italy when we decide to do an interview, because the word burlesque is derived from Italian roots in “burla,” meaning mockery, to poke fun yet shine a spotlight on sexuality. Actor, writer, documentarian Zemeckis has just come out with a line of burlesque emojis inspired by a project she did on Lili St Cyr, among other performers, but the line from her Showtime documentary BEHIND THE BUR...

Actor Martin Landau dies

Martin Landau  (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017) was an American film and television actor. His career began in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award) and Space: 1999.   Landau received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – ...

Locarno Talks la Mobiliare: the visionary power of words

        Locarno Talks     What happens when people try to shape the future? This is the underlying question for the concept behind Locarno Talks, a new platform for discussion and exchange set up by the Locarno Festival together with its Main partner la Mobiliare and featuring guests from the world of politics, economics and the arts. For the first run of the event, which will be held from 6 thr...

Pardo d’onore Manor for Jean-Marie Straub

Pardo d’onore Manor for Jean-Marie Straub  Born in France in 1933, with a career that stretches back over sixty years and that plowed a distinct furrow across the field of 20th century cinema. The Pardo d’onore Manor of the 70th Locarno Festival will be given to Jean Marie Straub on August the 11th 2017. Benchmark auteur for generations of moviegoers and directors, Straub spent much of his lifetime with his partner in art and life, Danièle Huillet (1936 – 2006) ...

RIP George A. Romero, father of the zombie apocalypse

"It is with great sadness that Famous Monsters acknowledges the death of a horror great: George A. Romero, father of the zombie apocalypse, visionary filmmaker and master of social commentary. The NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD writer and director was 77 and, according to reports, passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer. Romero’s influence on the pop culture world is nearly incalculable. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and DAY OF THE DEAD are unique and unch...

Rob Stewart's motivations for Revolution

MAKE A DONATION IN MEMORY OF ROB STEWART Rob Stewart accomplished so much in his life, but there’s still more to do. To honour Rob’s memory, the Stewart family is collecting donations through WWF-Canada in order to continue his conservation work. You can help by visiting wwf.ca/robstewartfund and WWF-Canada will hold the proceeds in a fund to help carry on Rob’s legacy. A tax receipt will be issued. Make A Donation   ...

DARKEST HOUR Has Gary Oldman as Churchill Looking Like an Awards Contender

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Nothing like a rousing World War II “never surrender” movie to lift the spirits from current political events; thus comes DARKEST HOUR, set for release from Focus Features on Nov. 22, the day US President John F. Kennedy was shot, not a coincidence one guesses. “You can’t reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth,” bellows Gary Oldman as a very convincing and Oscar buzzy Winston Churchill. And he is backed u...

Amy Landecker will join Jim Parsons and Claire Danes in the drama A Kid Like Jake

AMY LANDECKER JOINS JIM PARSONS and CLAIRE DANES IN A KID LIKE JAKE That’s Wonderful Productions announced today that Amy Landecker will join Jim Parsons and Claire Danes in the drama A Kid Like Jake.  Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra and Ann Dowd co-star.  Based on Daniel Pearle’s celebrated Lincoln Center play, A Kid Like Jake was adapted for the big screen by Daniel Pearle and is being directed by Silas Howard, an award-winning feature film, documentary, music...

Adrien Brody to receive 2017 Leopard Club Award

  The 70th Locarno Festival will pay tribute to Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. The American star will receive the 2017 Leopard Club Award in Piazza Grande on 4 August.   In bestowing the Leopard Club Award on Adrien Brody, the Locarno Festival will recognize one of the most brilliant figures in American film, an Academy Award winner at the age of only 29. Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagi...

Olivier Assayas, Yousry Nasrallah and Sabine Azéma will be the jury presidents at the 70th Locarno Festival.

Assayas, Nasrallah, Azéma       The President of the International Competition jury will be French film critic, screenwriter and director Olivier Assayas, who already made his mark at the Festival in 2014 with the acclaimed Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche. Being one of the most highly regarded contemporary filmmakers, Assayas has made several full-length features, ranging across a variety of subjects, places and genres. As an auteur for whom fo...

Malcolm McDowell of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE at Famous Monsters Halloween Bash! 

  Legendary British actor Malcolm McDowell has been announced for the Famous Monsters Halloween Bash! Perhaps most well known for his starring roles in the super-edgy films A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and CALIGULA, McDowell began acting in 1964 and to date has credits in over 250 films. He appeared alongside fellow guests Richard Brake and Jeff Daniel Phillips in Rob Zombie’s 31, as well as both of Zombie’s HALLOWEEN films.  ...

Grossmann Jury announced

Juries   VICIOUS CAT KRISTIJAN MILIĆ Director from Zagreb, Croatia. In 2008 his debut feature The Living and the Dead won the Vicious Cat award, while his second film opened the 11th edition of Grossmann in 2015. At our past editions we have also screened his short films, and he has also directed some of the episodes for the first season of acclaimed TV crime series Rest in Peace. His new feature Dead Fish will have its p...

Ken Loach and Małgorzata Szumowska Act As Patrons of young filmmakers recruitment at EFA

At the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival the European Film Academy (EFA) has launched a campaign to invite young filmmakers to become voting members of the EFA. „We want to encourage our young colleagues to actively take part in our Academy community and activities. We need their inspiration and expertise to bring the Academy into the next decade,“ says Agnieszka Holland, Chairwoman of the EFA Board. „The future is theirs and they are the future – only t...
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