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Visit films to sell Berlinale selections 'the bomb', 'Dayveon'

8 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ryan Kampe arrives at the Efm with a sales roster that includes Sundance premieres Family Life and Columbus, Rotterdam entries X500 and Rat Film, and Oscar-nominated Tanna.

Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari, and Eric Schlosser’s Berlinale Special selection documentary the bomb screens on Friday and explores the power and fascination of nuclear weapons. the bomb premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year as a multimedia installation.

Amman Abbasi’s feature directorial debut Dayveon premiered at Sundance last month and screens in Forum on Friday. Newcomer Devin Blackmon plays the eponymous 13-year-old grieving the loss of his older brother who falls in with a local gang. FilmRise acquired North American rights after the premiere in Park City.

Alicia Scherson and Cristián Jiménez’s Family Life premiered at Sundance before going to the Rotterdam Film Festival. Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Blanca Lewin and Cristián Carvajal star in the story of a lonely fabulist who concocts a tale »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Skylanders Academy’ Gets Season 3 Early Renewal; Felicia Day Joins Season 2

2 February 2017 11:48 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Activision Blizzard Studios wasted little time ordering up a third season of Skylanders Academy despite the second season having yet to premiere. Production on Season 3 begins in earnest this month at TeamTO studio in France.

The Skylanders Academy Season 3 renewal announcement also provided some new details about Season 2. Felicia Day will voice new cadet Cynder, a popular dragon Skylander whose past is mysterious. She joins the core cast including Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks.

Returning in Season 2 after brief Season 1 appearances are Cy the Imaginator (Daniel Middleton aka The Diamond Minecart) and Sensei King Pen (Daniel Wu).

Other voice talent confirmed for Season 2 includes Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz as Kaos. Sorry, no sign of Patrick Warburton as Flynn.

“Response to the show has been incredibly enthusiastic, »

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Sundance Film Festival Movies

31 January 2017 7:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Generally speaking, this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a very healthy marketplace that guaranteed many of its highlights will make it to audiences beyond the festival circuit soon. From heavy hitters like “The Big Sick” and “Mudbound” to discoveries like “Thoroughbred,” there was plenty of buyer interest spread throughout the lineup. As usual, though, plenty of worthy titles ended the festival with uncertain futures.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Here are a few memorable ones that deserve distribution.

Bitch

There are plenty of stories about domestic housewives who grow tired of their oppressive routines, but none quite like Marianna Palka’s vicious feminist satire “Bitch,” in which the writer-director-star plays a woman who assumes the identity of a wild dog. It’s a blunt metaphor, but Palka transforms the absurd premise into a chilling look at the destruction »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Columbus’

29 January 2017 4:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s an old saying, often attributed to Martin Mull, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” In many ways first-time writer-director Kogonada’s “Columbus” treats architecture like music, as its protagonists write, talk, bicker, and dance about an extraordinary collection of modernist structures in the unassuming Midwest town of Columbus, Indiana. The hypnotically paced drama carried by the serendipitous odd couple pairing of John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson is lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch.

A film critic and video essayist with evident affection for the work of Asian masters ranging from Yasujirō Ozu to Hirokazu Koreeda, Kogonada examines the relationships between his characters and their environment with an architect’s attention to detail. That he also trains his lens on a place and people rarely explored on film, and provides a quintet of terrific performers with the opportunity to stretch and showcase their skills, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Peak TV Treasure: Search Party

25 January 2017 5:10 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Do you feel like you’ve been Peak TV’d? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems amid the current embarrassment of small-screen riches.

Series | Search Party

Network | TBS

Created By | Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers

Number Of Episodes | 10

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Related Cable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

Premise | When a young woman named Chantal goes missing, one of her college acquaintances, »

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Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide

18 January 2017 1:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.

In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.

An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.

The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 20

Village at the Lift

AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet. »

- Mannie Holmes

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Win Cafe Society on Blu-ray

4 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To celebrate the release of Woody Allen’s Café Society starring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download, out now, we are giving you the chance to bring home the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and win a copy of the film on Blu-ray.

Starring stellar cast members Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”, “Batman V Superman”) as Bronx born Bobby Dorfman who moves to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Steve Carell (“The Office”, “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) as Bobby’s uncle Phil, a high powered Hollywood agent. With Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”, “Snow White and The Huntsman”) as Vonnie, Phil’s charming assistant, and Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”, “The Shallows”) as Veronica Hayes, »

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