10 items from 2016
John Williams is the composer behind some of the most iconic music in movie history, so it’s hardly surprising that his fans would want to honor him and the impact his work has had on their lives. However, the way a pair of young musicians named Bryce Hayashi and Michael “Mickle” Miller decided to show their love of Williams’ music is a little surprising. Recently, Hayashi grabbed his trumpet and Miller grabbed his flugelhorn, and the two of them stood right outside of John Williams’ house and played Star Wars music while someone stood off to the side and filmed it.
The whole thing seems like a nerdier take on the “In Your Eyes” scene from Say Anything, but with two teenagers playing Star Wars music for an old man instead of John Cusack declaring his love for Ione Skye. There’s a slight twist, though: It turns out »
- Sam Barsanti
Netflix has announced that its original ensemble comedy Xoxo will premiere on the streaming service on August 26th.
An ensemble comedy about a group of 20-somethings on a crazy adventure to the biggest Edm festival in America, Xoxo follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night. At the center is Ethan, a young DJ who gets a last minute slot to perform after his tracks go viral online days before the festival. This is a huge opportunity… if he can just make it there in one piece.
Xoxo is directed by Christopher Louie and stars Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Graham Phillips (The Good Wife), Brett DelBuono, Chris D’Elia (Undateable), Haley Kiyoko (Jem & The Holograms), Colin Woodell (Masters of Sex), Ryan Hansen (Party Down, 2 Broke Girls), Ian Anthony Dale (Hawaii Five-0) and Ione Skye (Say Anything).
- Gary Collinson
The original ensemble comedy about a group of 20-somethings on a crazy adventure to the biggest Edm festival in America will debut on August 26.
Xoxo follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic night, one of whom, a young DJ called Ethan, gets a last-minute slot to perform after his tracks go viral online before the festival.
Tong also acted as the film’s music supervisor. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Netflix’s ever-expanding slate of original movies continues to grow with “Xoxo,” the story of six strangers whose lives intersect at at an electronic-music festival. (Timely!) With Dylan Meyer and Christopher Louie already announced as writer and director, respectively, the Edm drama has just tapped Pete Tong to oversee the music lest the bass not get dropped properly. Where was he when “We Are Your Friends” needed him?
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A multi-multi-hyphenate — DJ, artist, BBC1 radio host, founder of the Ffrr record label, executive, co-founder of the International Music Summit, MBE — Tong is also co-producing “Xoxo.” His previous credits in capacity of music supervisor include “Harry Brown,” “The Beach,” “24 Hour Party People” and “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.”
- Michael Nordine
Veteran Diy Fest Dances With Films shuffles out on the stage today the full narrative feature and short film lineup for their 19th edition, which bows June 2 - 12 at the Tcl Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. This year's theme falls under the banner of "Declaring Independents", and that is backed up with a multitude of world premieres from a diverse group of indie upstarts and eclectic casts, including Ione Skye (Say Anything), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) and Lucy Russell (Following). Features include Jenna St. John and Kevin Good's New Orleans set supernatural thriller Dinner With The Alchemist, Kordo Doski's Kurdish-American soccer drama Mikhael (pictured), and Ryan Gregory Philips' chamber science fiction Shortwave. For more information and the complete narrative lineup check out...
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Disney and LucasFilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII officially began shooting this morning. And along with this came the news that three new actors have been added to the cast. We've long known that Benicio Del Toro is playing a yet unrevealed role, perhaps the new villain. And it was announced that Jurassic Park star Laura Dern is joining this sci-fi universe. But the most surprising moment came when Kelly Marie Tran was confirmed as part of the new Star Wars cast. Mainly because most fans have never heard her name before.
Like Daisy Ridley before she was cast as the lead Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, most people don't know Kelly Marie Tran. But she's done a little more work than Daisy Ridley, and will be instantly recognizable to those who follow viral videos on the Internet.
Kelly Marie Tran is a native of San Diego »
Digital-media company Refinery29 is launching ShatterBox Anthology, a short-film series dedicated to emerging female filmmakers, with Chloe Sevigny’s directorial debut “Kitty” headlining the new effort.
Refinery29 announced the series at the Sundance Film Festival. ShatterBox, which it is producing with creative support from Sundance Institute, is set to comprise 12 shorts from women directors, writers and animators. The series will run monthly on Refinery29, a femme-focused lifestyle brand, beginning this spring.
Sevigny’s “Kitty,” adapted from Paul Bowles’ short story of the same name, follows a little girl who dreams of becoming a kitten and finds herself transformed into one. The short film stars Ione Skye (“Say Anything,” “Arrested Development”) and Lee Meriwether (“Barnaby Jones”). Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement,” “The Avengers”) is cinematographer. The film is produced by Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, and Lizzie Nastro, in collaboration with executive producers Tidal and Refinery29.
In addition, independent producers Christine Vachon »
- Todd Spangler
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
Chloe Sevigny has started shooting the short film “Kitty” in Los Angeles, marking her directorial debut.
Producers are Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films and Lizzie Nastro. “Kitty” has been adapted by Sevigny from Paul Bowles’ short story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a kitten and finds herself transformed into one.
Sevigny’s acting credits include “Kids,” “The Last Days of Disco,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “American Psycho.” She won a Golden Globe for her role in HBO’s “Big Love” and has starred in the Netflix series “Bloodline” and Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story.”
- Dave McNary
Principal photography began in Los Angeles today on Kitty, a short film that will mark the directorial debut of actress Chloë Sevigny. She also wrote the adaptation of the Paul Bowles short story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a kitten and transforms into one. The veteran actress has compiled a strong cast and crew as she makes her foray behind the camera. Ione Skye, Lee Meriwether and Edie Yvonne star, and also in the mix are Dp Seamus McGarvey (Atonement, The… »
10 items from 2016
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