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11 items from 2017


Premiere picks up UFO thriller 'Encounter'

16 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sci-fi directed by Fulvio Sestito will be sold to international buyers at Cannes.

Premiere Entertainment Group has added the sci-fi thriller Encounter starring Peter Stormare to its slate and will commence talks with worldwide buyers on the Croisette.

The film screens tomorrow [May 18] and centres on a documentary filmmaker who travels to a UFO convention in New Mexico where he meets a local artist with a dark secret.

As they follow a trail of clues they discover disturbing sightings and question all they believe when they become immersed in the enigmatic culture of the pueblo Indians.

Ryan Carnes, Jordan Hinson, Dee Wallace, and Martin Sensmeier star alongside Stormare.

Effects artist Fulvio Sestito wrote the screenplay and makes his feature directorial debut.

Rebecca Berrih and Martine Melloul of Elysian Fields Entertainment produced with Evan Cholfin.

Encounter will screen in 4K and joins a Premiere slate that includes the Scott Adkins thriller Incoming; thriller You Were Never Here starring »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Pretty Woman’: Looking Back at Julia Roberts’ Star-Making Role

24 March 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On March 21, 1990, Touchstone Pictures previewed “Pretty Woman” at the Avco Westwood near UCLA, two days before its national launch. Variety columnist Army Archerd reported that laughter drowned out much of the dialogue and young Julia Roberts “is headed for heavy stardom.” In retrospect, that seems like a pretty safe prediction, but Roberts was not well known when she was cast in the film. (She had completed her role as Sally Fields’ daughter in “Steel Magnolias,” but the film hadn’t been released yet). Roberts was only cast in “Pretty Woman” after numerous other actresses had passed on the role, including Meg Ryan, Karen Allen, Molly Ringwald, Diane Lane and Michelle Pfeiffer.

And the project began with a much darker tone; in J.F. Lawton’s original screenplay, streetwalker Vivian (Roberts) agrees to give up cocaine for her week with banker Edward (Richard Gere), but at the end he dumps her back »

- Tim Gray

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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

26 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. At this year's ceremony, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won for their supporting roles, adding to a pretty short list. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Sixteen. A whopping sixteen distinguished, talented people in 89 years. Scroll through to see who they are and learn about the records they've broken. »

- Brittney Stephens

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’: How to Watch ‘American Masters’ Special Live Event, Featuring Hillary and Bill Clinton

16 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As February comes to a close, PBS intends to conclude their month-long programming of Black History celebrating African-American experience with various documentaries and specials, with the nationwide premiere of “American MastersMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise” directed and produced by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, on Tuesday, February 21 on PBS. The film will also be available on DVD through PBS Distribution.

The film discusses Dr. Maya Angelou’s working relationships with Malcolm X and James Baldwin along with new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and many others.

Read More: ‘Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ Review: Comprehensive Documentary Lacks the Spark of Its Subject

Preceding next week’s airing of the documentary, tonight at approximately 6:05 p.m. E.T., “American Masters” in affiliation with Facebook and Instagram, will live stream a special preview event »

- Kerry Levielle

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Premiere picks up dance drama 'Breaking Brooklyn'

9 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paul Becker directs the story of a homeless dancer and his brother.

Premiere Entertainment Group (Peg) has acquired international sales rights to the family holiday film Breaking Brooklyn.

Louis Gossett Jr and newcomer Colin Critchley, Nathan Kress and Madeleine Mantock star in the story about a homeless young dancer and his brother who are taken in by an old Broadway showman when their father is arrested.

When one of the young men learns that their new guardian could lose his theatre, they enter a dance contest to save it.

Paul Becker directs and Elie Samaha, Donald Kushner and Missy Valdez are the producers.

Peg CEO Elias Axume launches sales in Berlin at the European Film Market (Efm) this week and brokered the rights acquisition with Samaha.

The sales slate includes psychological thriller You Were Never Here starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard; crime drama The Preppie Connection; and family drama We Don’t Belong Here with Catherine Keener »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Exclusive: 'The Good Fight' Creators Reveal Three New Guest Stars

9 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The countdown to The Good Fight has begun.

Et was on the scene at The Good Wife spinoff’s official premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City on Wednesday, where we caught up with the creators and stars of the anticipated CBS All Access drama series.

Though audiences will have to wait a little over a week for the exciting return of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) to the small screen, creators Robert and Michelle King revealed a trio of new guest stars who will be joining the fight.

Related: 'The Good Fight' Creators Originally Planned Episode About Nate Parker Controversy

Veteran actors Andrea Martin, Fisher Stevens and Louis Gossett Jr. will make their splashy debuts on The Good Fight, the Kings revealed exclusively to Et. The three will all appear in the eighth episode.

“One of the problems with being connected to The Good Wife is you »

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“Television Has Been Good in That It’s Paid the Bills”: Ernest Dickerson on Double Play, The Wire and Spike Lee

7 February 2017 12:13 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Ernest Dickerson’s new film Double Play, an adaptation of the acclaimed Dutch-language Caribbean textbook standard by Curacaoan author Frank Martinus Arion, received its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival. The novel uses a game of dominoes as a framework to look at the unrest on the Caribbean island during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to independence. The film adaptation stars Lennie James, Colin Salmon and Louis Gossett Jr. as men with different personalities but an all too similar interest in women. Director Dickerson rose to fame for his glorious cinematography. He will forever be associated with Spike Lee, with whom he began […] »

- Kaleem Aftab

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Rotterdam ‘17: World premiere of Ernest Dickerson’s ‘Double Play’

31 January 2017 6:15 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Ernest Dickerson is a client of manager Jennifer Levine who told me about this film in Sundance!

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) presented the world premiere of “Double Play” with the King of Netherlands attending along with the cast and crew. American filmmaker Ernest Dickerson (“Juice”, “The Wire”) directed the film version of the internationally lauded novel Double Play by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion. The film features a host of Caribbean, American and European actors including Brit Lennie James, the Tony Award nominated Saycon Sengbloh and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.

An ostensibly simple game of dominoes unfurls a portrait of Antillean society in Double Play. In 1973, Frank Martinus Arion (1936–2015) provided a unique insight into culture and society on Curaçao during the tumultuous transition from Dutch colonial rule to autonomy in his successful novel Double Play. The film adds a contemporary perspective. The audience sees what lay behind the »

- Sydney Levine

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YouTube Red Picks Up Nick Cannon’s Feature Film ‘King Of The Dancehall’

23 January 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The latest celebrity from the world of traditional media who has linked up with YouTube is Nick Cannon. The actor, rapper, and TV host is the main creative force behind King of the Dancehall, a feature film that has been picked up by YouTube Red.

In King of the Dancehall, Cannon (who also serves as the film’s writer and director) stars as a young man from Brooklyn who heads to Jamaica in order to integrate himself into the local dancing scene. Once there, he’ll lead a fish-out-of-water story in which he must win a prestigious dance contest. The supporting cast will include a number of Hollywood notables, including Whoopi Goldberg, Busta Rhymes, and Louis Gossett Jr.

Cannon produced King of the Dancehall through his Ncredible Productions studio and premiered it at the Toronto International Film Festival. From there, it has gone to YouTube Red, where it will join »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube Red Acquires Nick Cannon's 'King of the Dancehall' (Exclusive)

23 January 2017 12:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nick Cannon is dancing his way to YouTube. 

The singer and actor's Ncredible Productions has partnered with YouTube Red, the streamer's $10-per-month subscription service, to release his musical drama King of the Dancehall later this year. 

King of the Dancehall, which Cannon wrote, directed, executive produced and stars in, had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In the film, Cannon plays a Brooklynite who moves to Jamaica and falls for a local girl who introduces him to the world of Jamaican dancehall. Whoopi Goldberg, Busta Rhymes, Louis Gossett Jr., Kreesha Turner and newcomer Kimberly Patterson »

- Natalie Jarvey

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