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Unity Documentary Opens Worldwide Beginning August 12; Features 100 Celebrity Narrators

22 April 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.

Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson’s Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.

Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity’s impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation.  Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope.  Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience. »

- Melissa Thompson

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Documentary ‘Unity’ Set for Aug. 12 Release with 100 Star Narrators

22 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shaun Monson’s documentary “Unity,” featuring 100 celebrity narrators, will be distributed by SpectiCast at 1,000 to 1,200 screens worldwide beginning Aug. 12, Variety has learned exclusively.

The  film comes a decade after Monson’s documentary “Earthlings,” which explored humanity’s relationships with other animals. Produced by Melissa Danis and Monson through Nation Earth, “Unity” explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and hope.

SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. The deal was announced Wednesday at CinemaCon.

Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, »

- Dave McNary

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The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

9 April 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're just a week away from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday April 15th and runs until the 26th. As ever, the lineup is skewed toward U.S. productions, though not exclusively so, ranging from higher-profile projects with starry casts and broad ensembles to smaller, more under the radar titles from first-time directors. While the festival overall can't claim equivalent prestige with the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Tribeca is positioned between either, both in geographic and chronological senses, and has carved out a solid niche for itself as an independent-leaning festival with a laudable agenda to foster new talent in both feature and shorts filmmaking. And this year, in addition to attracting an eclectic top-shelf jury including Dylan McDermott, Cobie Smulders, Steve Buscemi, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Vanessa Williams, Sheila Nevins, Debi Mazar, Minnie Driver, Andre Holland, Hank Azaria, Mamie Gummer, Mark Boal, Burr Steers, David »

- The Playlist Staff

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Sony, Spain’s Atresmedia Pact for Pics

31 March 2015 4:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Madrid — Sony Pictures Television has inked an exclusive, free-to-air first-run feature film deal with powerful Spanish media conglom Atresmedia.

Kicking-off in March, the volume deal will last two years, marking the renewal of a previous agreement both companies closed in 2014. The about-30 movie pact means that the DeAPlaneta-controlled company maintains its longstanding and stable appetite for U.S. fare.

Deal encompasses newest Sony theatrical releases, such as 2015’s robot-themed “Chappie,” or, from 2014, Oscar-winning music drama “Whiplash,” Marvel-produced “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” action-thriller “The Equalizer” and war drama “Fury.”

Under the agreement, Sony will also allow Atresmedia’s channel bouquet to air feature films that bowed in 2013, such as futuristic adventure “After Earth,” hybrid movie “The Smurfs 2,” sci-fi actioner “Elysium,” Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” crime actioner “2 Guns” and Tom Hanks vehicle “Captain Phillips,” plus the Minnie Driver-starring mini-series “The Red Tent.”

It continues Atresmedia group’s long-term relationship with Sony, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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The Late Late Show With James Corden Premiere: Glad You Stayed Awake?

23 March 2015 11:36 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“I know what you’re thinking: Oh look, Andy Richter’s got his own show!” giggled James Corden, kicking off his stint as host of The Late Late Show in utterly self-deprecating fashion.

And throughout his mild-mannered opening monologue, the British comic repeatedly referenced his surprise at being chosen to succeed Craig Ferguson in CBS’ 12:37/11:37c weeknight slot and his belief that most Americans have no idea who he is.

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If I’m being honest, though, I wish Corden — who’ll always be »

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One on One: Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Love & Basketball” and “Beyond the Lights”

23 March 2015 5:33 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Beyond the Lights“Cupid draw back your bow…And let your arrow go…Straight to my lover’s heart…for me…nobody but me…”Love is easily definable when refracted through the lens of Hollywood cinema or a great pop song like Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.” A couple meet-cute, their attraction grows, heartache eventually rears its ugly head, then epiphany strikes and one person does everything they can to get the other back. It’s a rigged game of sorts; togetherness is almost always guaranteed once things fades to black. The studios are so good at reducing complex emotional experiences into easily digestible packages that one tends to forget the messiness of romance, the time it takes to develop, and the confusion it brings to a person’s life. “Happily ever after” tends to earn more at the box office than “it’s complicated.”Instead of reinforcing this mainstream narrative, »

- Glenn Heath Jr.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Star on How Transgender Twist 'Connects Dots'

23 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

For the last two years, The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Karla Mosley has played homeless-woman-turned-aspiring-fashion-mogul Maya Avant. Maya is plucky, beautiful and driven, but she’s hardly a newsmaker.

Then, Wednesday’s episode revealed that Maya used to be a man named Myron. All of a sudden, the CBS soap’s willingness to explore a transgender character — which other daytime dramas have tried (and failed at) in the past — has more than just B&B diehards waiting for today’s episode.

What will the new development mean for Maya and Rick’s relationship? What about that baby Dayzee helped her have adopted? »

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The Good Wife Recap: Poll Dancing

22 March 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Alicia Florrick loses, then wins, then loses again in this week’s episode of The Good Wife — though only one of those outcomes pertains to her run for State’s Attorney.

Then again, the way showrunners Robert and Michelle King keep twisting the narrative in Season 6 — and playing with our protagonist’s drifting desires (i.e. “the thing is, losing is actually a relief”) — the results may, in fact, be too early to call.

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Heck, when Diane Lockhart is gunning down Bambi’s mother and sharing cocktails with call girls — and loving it! »

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Pilot Scoop: Maggie Lawson Joins CBS' Angel From Hell, Opposite Jane Lynch

21 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maggie Lawson can now consider Jane Lynch her own Angel From Hell.

RelatedPilot Season: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows and Stars

TVLine has learned that the Psych alumna has landed the second lead role in the single-camera CBS comedy pilot, as Allison, a multi-tasker and perfectionist who is leery when a woman named Amy (Glee grad Lynch) shows up claiming to be her “guardian angel” and new best friend.

Allison is inclined to believe that Amy is just a nutjob — except that every last one of the stranger’s pronouncements comes true.

Angel From Hell is penned by Scrubs alum Tad Quill. »

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This week in TV news: The Academy hands down rulings on hourlong comedies

21 March 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Following a ruling last month that the Television Academy would only consider half hour shows eligible for the comedy category at the Emmys, a panel of nine analysts have now begun handing down the rulings for exemptions in the selection process. The panel, which was set up to determine the category assignment of hour-long shows that appealed their placement in drama, has now ruled, as per Variety, that the Fox show Glee, the Showtime series Shameless, and the CW series Jane The Virgin can compete as comedies at the upcoming primetime Emmys. The decision will apply to all categories, from Acting to Directing, and so on.

One show that notably wasn’t granted a waiver, however, is the Netflix serial Orange Is The New Black. The series, which revolves around the inhabitants of a women’s prison, was categorised as a comedy at last year’s Primetime Emmys, where it picked up three wins. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Pilots: About a Boy's Minnie Driver Lands Female Lead on CBS' Happy Life

20 March 2015 6:18 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Minnie Driver has landed the female lead on the CBS comedy pilot Happy Life (fka Joe Time).

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Penned by Bill Wrubel (Modern Family), the project follows a family man (Wings‘ Steven Weber) who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.

PhotosKeep or Cut? Vote on the Fate of About a Boy, Marry Me and Other ‘Bubble’ Shows

Driver will play Weber’s TV wife. The role is technically “second position” to her About a Boy commitment, »

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Minnie Driver Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Happy Life’

20 March 2015 5:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

About A Boy star Minnie Driver is set as the female lead opposite Steven Weber in Happy Life, CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot from former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel and Warner Bros TV. Driver has been cast as a guest star in the pilot as she is in second position to her sophomore NBC comedy series About A Boy, which is heavily on the bubble, with its renewal chances considered slim. Happy Life has a series regular option on Driver should the pilot go to… »

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Stars Sing Broadway Tunes for Alzheimer’s at Sardi’s Benefit

19 March 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“We’re very happy to be here tonight,” said “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki, sandwiched on the Beverly Hilton stage between co-stars Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting at Wednesday’s A Night at Sardi’s benefit, an annual ode to Broadway for the Alzheimer’s Association — where the actors were honored for their unwavering support last year. “And we’re happy that we’re not singing,” added Nayyar.

“I thought you liked singing,” Helberg bantered back, to which Nayyar responded, “I mean, yeah, I like singing, except it gives me months and months of anxiety.”

“I’m sad that we’re not singing,” Cuoco-Sweeting attested. “It’s the one chance we get to work in complete unison. I think we make beautiful music together, guys.” And they weren’t alone.

“My friend Jason Alexander’s opening the show,” noted Lea Thompson in »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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SXSW: Gina Prince-Bythewood's 6 Inspirational Tips for Filmmakers

18 March 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As a graduate of the UCLA Film School, award-winning writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood might seem to have taken a traditional path in her filmmaking career, but it wasn't always so straightforward. Her first film "Love and Basketball" premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and also won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Prince-Bythewood also directed HBO Films "Disappearing Acts" and "The Secret Life of Bees" which was adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel and released by Fox Searchlight. Her latest feature film "Beyond the Lights," now out on VOD, stars Gugu Mbatha-RawNate Parker and Minnie Driver. In a conversation hosted by social media celebrity and writer Kimberly "Dr. Goddess" Ellis at the SXSW Film Festival this week, filmmaker Prince-Bythewood revealed the personal and professional experiences that shaped her career in the hope of inspiring others to overcome their own »

- Debbie Cerda

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SXSW: Gina Prince-Blythewood's 6 Inspirational Tips for Filmmakers

18 March 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As a graduate of the UCLA Film School, award-winning writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood might seem to have taken a traditional path in her filmmaking career, but it wasn't always so straightforward. Her first film "Love and Basketball" premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and also won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Prince-Bythewood also directed HBO Films "Disappearing Acts" and "The Secret Life of Bees" which was adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel and released by Fox Searchlight. Her latest feature film "Beyond the Lights," now out on VOD, stars Gugu Mbatha-RawNate Parker and Minnie Driver. In a conversation hosted by social media celebrity and writer Kimberly "Dr. Goddess" Ellis at the SXSW Film Festival this week, filmmaker Prince-Bythewood revealed the personal and professional experiences that shaped her career in the hope of inspiring others to overcome their own »

- Debbie Cerda

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'Circle of Friends' Cast: Where Are They Now? (Photos)

16 March 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Circle of Friends" -- based on the Maeve Binchy novel about a group of university students' complicated love lives in 1950s Dublin -- debuted in limited release on March 17, 1995. Its stars have gone on to much bigger things but, like them, we're still very fond of the film that helped launch many of their careers.

Minnie Driver, who played plainspoken Irish lass Bernadette "Benny" Hogan in her first major film role, recently told EW, "It gave me my whole career, that movie." Just two years later, she was an Oscar nominee for "Good Will Hunting."

Where is the cast now? Over the past two decades, they've collected awards (including an Oscar and a Tony), headlined TV series, and more than one has ended up on "Game of Thrones." »

- Sharon Knolle

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Beyond the Lights movie review: blitz the glitz

28 February 2015 1:06 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is a sign of how broken Hollywood is that the smart, stylish and passionate Beyond the Lights didn’t get the studio support it needed to make the kind of splash it deserved at the U.S. box office last fall. It didn’t open very wide, and it disappeared from screens almost instantly afterward. There is no excuse for this.

This is mainstream filmmaking at its very best. This is a believable romance between adult characters played by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. This is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies. This is a movie about the entertainment industry — specifically, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Beyond the Lights,' 'Whiplash,' and 'Big Hero 6' Shine

24 February 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Beyond the Lights - 20th Century Fox - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Cast: Gugu Mbatha-RawDanny GloverMinnie DriverNate ParkerDarryl Stephens. Full cast + crew A few big Oscar winners hit shelves this week, but there's one nominee that was probably never even on your radar but absolutely should be: Beyond the Lights. This is the kind old school, tempered, meaningful adult love story that people complain Hollywood doesn't make any more. It's about a rising hip hop star (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who is being ground down by her exploitative industry and the Boy Scout of a cop (Nate Parker) who happens to save her life one day. Their relationship plays out in unsurprising ways, but what makes Beyond the Lights stand...

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- Peter Hall

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash' at Home Now

24 February 2015 5:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Beyond the Lights (drama; Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver; rated PG-13) Big Hero 6 (Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature; voices: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter; also available in 3D; rated PG) Horrible Bosses 2 (comedy sequel; Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine, Jennifer Aniston; rated R) Whiplash (music drama; Miles Teller, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons; rated R) Serena (drama; Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Time to Make Amends for Missing Beyond the Lights In Theaters By Checking It Out On Blu-ray/DVD

24 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Beyond the Lights Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a rising R&B star on he verge of making a splash at #1 on the album charts, but the pressure of it all is too much. She crosses paths with a young police officer named Kaz (Nate Parker), and an honest love grows between them, but fame and the people around her (including label executives and mom Minnie Driver) threaten to overshadow their relationship. Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood‘s feature is the Notting Hill remake you didn’t know you wanted, but it’s also its own smartly entertaining creation. The two leads have strong chemistry together, and even as the story hits some familiar beats it maintains an engaging energy and heart. It’s a sexy, funny, heartfelt look at dreaming big and recognizing the fine line »

- Rob Hunter

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