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A Boy Called Po Movie Review

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A Boy Called Po Movie Review
A Boy Called Po Freestyle Digital Media Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: John Asher Written by: Colin Goldman from his story Cast: Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, Kaitlin Doubleday, Andrew Bowen, Sean Gunn, Caitlin Carmichael Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/10/17 Opens: September 1, 2017 John Asher is known for a wealth of […]

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Rhea Seehorn & Rachel Boston Board Comedy ‘I Hate Kids’

Rhea Seehorn & Rachel Boston Board Comedy ‘I Hate Kids’
Exclusive: John Asher’s comedy I Hate Kids has added Better Call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn and Witches of East End‘s Rachel Boston to its cast that already includes Tituss Burgess, Tom Everett Scott and Beth Riesgraf. The film, which started production on July 10, follows Scott as Nick Pearson, a successful author who always has hated kids and is about to finally settle down with the perfect match. However, on the night of his wedding rehearsal dinner, 13-year old Mason (Julian…
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Christopher Gorham’s ‘A Boy Called Po’ Lands September Release

Christopher Gorham’s ‘A Boy Called Po’ Lands September Release
Freestyle Digital Media has acquired the North American rights to John Asher’s family drama “A Boy Called Po,” starring Christopher Gorham, Julian Feder, and Kaitlin Doubleday, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will be released in domestic theaters and on digital platforms on Sept. 1. It has been honored as the 2016 breakthrough feature at the San Diego International Film Festival and best feature film at Palm Beach International Film Festival.

Double Dutch International, headed by Jason Moring, is handling international sales rights and will introduce the title to international buyers during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Inspired by true events, “A Boy Called Po” tells the story of a recently widowed father (Gorham) struggling to raise his sixth-grade son (Feder) who has autism. The pressure of work, school, and coping with the loss of wife and mom push the two nearly to the point of breaking.

Asher directed from a script by Colin Goldman who
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Tituss Burgess & Tom Everett Scott Board Road Trip Comedy ‘I Hate Kids’

Tituss Burgess & Tom Everett Scott Board Road Trip Comedy ‘I Hate Kids’
Exclusive: Emmy-nominated Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor Tituss Burgess and La La Land‘s Tom Everett Scott have signed on to John Asher’s comedy I Hate Kids which starts production in July. Scott plays Nick Pearson, a successful author, who has always hated kids and is about to finally settle down with the perfect match. However, on the night of his rehearsal dinner, 13-year old Mason (newcomer Julian Feder), shows up claiming to be his son. What makes Mason, Nick’s…
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Jenny McCarthy Discusses a Previous ‘Dark, Abusive’ Relationship that ‘Could Have Easily Killed’ Her

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Jenny McCarthy Discusses a Previous ‘Dark, Abusive’ Relationship that ‘Could Have Easily Killed’ Her
Before Jenny McCarthy found love with her husband Donnie Wahlberg, the actress was at one point in a “very dark, abusive” relationship.

Speaking with E! News, the former The View co-host shared about being in an unhealthy four-year romance with a former ex-boyfriend (she did not reveal his identity).

“What I thought was gonna be a typical relationship, turned into a relationship that you would never think you would get yourself into. Especially me. I mean, I really consider myself to be pretty strong-willed and confident, even back then,” McCarthy, 44, told E! News. “But I did find myself being slowly manipulated in to a very,
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Burt Bacharach (‘Po’)

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Burt Bacharach (Courtesy: Michael Kovac/FilmMagic)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s sort of what I’m supposed to do,” says the legendary songwriter/composer Burt Bacharach — a man who has written the music for 48 Top 10 hits, including nine that reached the top of the charts, and who has won eight Grammys, three Oscars and the Library of Congress’ 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song — as we sit down in his Pacific Palisades piano room to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, and I ask him what keeps him working at the age of 88. “Sometimes I have to force it,” he admits. “But it’s what I’ve done. Even if I don’t write anything any good, just let me keep my fingers wet.”

Bacharach certainly has kept his fingers wet, of late: in 2016, for John Asher’s Po, an indie drama about
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Burt Bacharach Writes From the Heart for ‘Po’ Score

Burt Bacharach Writes From the Heart for ‘Po’ Score
Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, now 88, has written the song and score for a little movie called “Po”: his first such efforts in 16 years.

The Oscar-winning composer of “Alfie,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Arthur” has a special connection to the project.

Po” is about a single father raising a child with autism. Bacharach’s daughter Nikki, born in 1966, was not diagnosed until late in life with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. She committed suicide in 2007.

“I loved this kid from the time she was born,” Bacharach told Variety.”We thought we were dealing with adolescent behavioral problems. Had I understood what it was, and what she was dealing with, if somebody had told me, I wish it could have been better,” he said.

How the Grammy-winning writer of such hits as “Walk on By,” “The Look of Love” and “What the World Needs Now Is
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How Sheryl Crow Helped Birth a Burt Bacharach Anthem for Autistic Children

How Sheryl Crow Helped Birth a Burt Bacharach Anthem for Autistic Children
Sometimes you merely ask for the moon and end up getting the stars. That's what happened to director John Asher, who saw Burt Bacharach on a plane and inquired about licensing the master's song "Close to You" for Po, a drama about a boy with autism and his newly widowed dad. The composer had a better idea. "The more I looked at the film, the more I kept getting drawn into it," says Bacharach. "I started to think, 'Maybe I'd like to score it for you.' "

The result was the Oscar winner's first score in 16 years, and a...
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Film Review: ‘Po’

Film Review: ‘Po’
Noble intentions alone do not a great movie make, as evidenced by “Po,” whose heart is in the right place but whose drama is woefully lacking in momentum. Written by Colin Goldman and directed by John Asher (both of whom have autistic children), this low-key feature concerns a single father trying to care for his sixth-grade son, who suffers from a severe case of autism. Considering its characters’ plights with respect and empathy, the film — embellished by a graceful Burt Bacharach score — is well-meaning but, on the whole, intensely inert, and should generate little interest in a heavily crowded award-season indie marketplace.

Bacharach’s “Close to You” cascades over the opening sequence of “Po,” which cross-cuts between David Wilson (Christopher Gorham) grieving at his wife’s funeral, and David’s autistic son Po (Julian Feder) being bullied, and then sitting alone, on the school playground. Despite their kindred unhappiness, the two are a close pair,
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Sliff 2016 – Po Screens November 13th

Po screens Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director John Asher and actor Julian Feder will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here. Based on a true story, Po tests the bonds of love between a grieving father and son. When David Wilson’s young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his autistic son. Patrick (Julian Feder), who prefers to be called Po, is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw. David (Christopher Gorham) is consumed by the high-pressure job he’s close to losing, and Po copes with the bullying
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Golden Door International Film Festival Announces 2016 Lineup, Hosts ‘Another You’ As Opening Night Film

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Golden Door International Film Festival Announces 2016 Lineup, Hosts ‘Another You’ As Opening Night Film
The Golden Door International Film Festival has announced its 2016 lineup today. The New Jersey festival features a mix of indie winners and mainstream majors. It runs from September 22nd through the 25th and it’s held at the beautiful Landmark Loews, Beacon Paramount theatre, and Rialto-Capital.

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The festival will host the world premiere of Chris Robert’s film “Another You,” which follows young and ambitious science major Sydney Jameson who finds love and refuses to let it go, turning an ordinary relationship into a dangerous fixation. Sydney soon loses herself in a scientific break through, finding a way to use the theory of De Ja Vu to explore her past mistakes. It stars Ksenia Solo (“Black Swan), Kris Holden-Ried (“K-19: The Widowmaker”), Diego Boneta (“Scream Queens”), and Richard T. Jones (“Judging Amy”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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"Tooken" - Restricted Comedy Trailer

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From RedBand.Ca, take a look @ the R-rated, restricted trailer supporting director John Mallory Asher's "Taken" movie parody "Tooken", now available on DVD:

"...an ex-'cia' agent who is now a mall- security guard discovers that things are being taken from him.

"He must now team up with his mom, also an ex-cia agent, to defeat his rival and save his family..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Tooken"...
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Exclusive Q&A: Andrew Bowen on Playing a Quirky Killer in the Horror Anthology Holidays

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Some of the biggest days on the calendar are viewed through a dark lens in the new horror anthology Holidays. Featuring a plethora of intriguing characters, one of the film’s standouts is Andrew Bowen’s performance as Reggie: an unconventional serial killer looking for his next victim on New Year’s Eve. Following Holidays’ world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival (and VOD debut) and ahead of its April 22nd theatrical release, we caught up with Bowen for our latest Q&A feature.

Andrew, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, and congratulations on your excellent work in Holidays. What attracted you to this film and the role of Reggie in the “New Year’s Eve” segment?

Andrew Bowen: Thank you so much! It was such a cool project to work on. I got involved after my friend and producer Gabriella Lugo (who produced [the] “Christmas
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5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup

5th Panama International Film Festival Builds in Industry Events, Regional Lineup
Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.

Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.

“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”

In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out
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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016

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'Land And Shade', 'From Afar' to screen at Iff Panama 2016
Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and César Augusto Acevedo’s Cannes Critics Week France 4 Visionary Award winner Land And Shade will screen at the International Film Festival of Panama.

Both selections will play in the Ibero American Showcase under the auspices of Iff Panama 2016, which runs from April 7-13.

Italian actress Lucía Bosé will be guest of honour at the festival’s fifth edition when three of films will screen — Death Of A Cyclist, Story Of A Love Affair, and No Peace Under The Olive Tree. High Heels will screen in special presentation.

Ibero American Showcase entries include Anna Muylaert’s Brazilian foreign language Oscar submission My Second Mother, Álex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night (Spain), 3 Beauties (Venezuela) by Carlos Caridad-Montero, and Spy Time (Spain) by Javier Ruiz Caldera.

Rounding out the section are: The Apostate (Spain-France-Uruguay) by Federico Veiroj; Road To La Paz (Argentina) by Francisco Varone; Semana Santa (Mexico) by [link
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Jenny McCarthy Dishes on First Year of Marriage with Donnie Walhberg - and Raising a Teen (It's 'Amazing and Scary'!)

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Jenny McCarthy Dishes on First Year of Marriage with Donnie Walhberg - and Raising a Teen (It's 'Amazing and Scary'!)
Jenny McCarthy may be returning to ring in 2016 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Thursday night, but People caught up with the SiriusXM personality to dish on some of her 2015 highlights. First, she welcomed a teen into her household when son Evan turned 13 in May. So how is life with a teenager suiting the star? "Amazing and scary," McCarthy, 43, says in the new issue of People of her son, who was diagnosed with autism in 2005. "He's turning into the most amazing human. He's always been the most amazing human being, but the teenage years, you never know what's gonna happen.
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Jenny McCarthy Dishes on First Year of Marriage with Donnie Walhberg - and Raising a Teen (It's 'Amazing and Scary'!)

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Jenny McCarthy Dishes on First Year of Marriage with Donnie Walhberg - and Raising a Teen (It's 'Amazing and Scary'!)
Jenny McCarthy may be returning to ring in 2016 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Thursday night, but People caught up with the SiriusXM personality to dish on some of her 2015 highlights. First, she welcomed a teen into her household when son Evan turned 13 in May. So how is life with a teenager suiting the star? "Amazing and scary," McCarthy, 43, says in the new issue of People of her son, who was diagnosed with autism in 2005. "He's turning into the most amazing human. He's always been the most amazing human being, but the teenage years, you never know what's gonna happen.
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Thn exclusive: Sean Gunn reveals he hasn’t read ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ script yet

Sean Gunn at London Film and Comic Con. Photo Credit: Kat Smith

Sean Gunn will be familiar to many for his role as village eccentric Kirk in television series The Gilmore Girls. What some might not realise is that he is indeed the brother of James Gunn, the director of the fantastic Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

Gunn has been appearing in his brother’s projects for years, is featured in Super, and even turned up for an episode or two of reality competition Scream Queens on which James was a judge. He also starred as not one but two characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, the first was Kraglin, one of Yondu’s henchmen, the second was Rocket Raccoon.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bradley Cooper played the part, but in actuality he only voiced the character and there were several other key members that bought
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‘Double Dragon’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Robert Patrick, Kristina Wagner, Julia Nickson, Nils Allen Stewart, Henry Kingi, John Asher, Leon Russom, Al Leong, Michael Berryman, Vanna White, Andy Dick, Deanthony Langston, John T. Grantham, Ed Feldman, Roger Yuan, Ron Yuan | Written by Michael Davis, Peter Gould | Directed by James Yukich

There is a dark place in movie hell reserved for the beast known as the “video game movie”. There have been some that really aren’t that bad, take Doa: Dead or Alive as an example or Silent Hill. They knew how to keep things fun without being too cheesy in the process. Double Dragon has been released on Blu-ray, and thankfully when it was first released I managed to miss it. Given enough time for nineties cheese to become funny and for bad B-movies to become popular, can it be redeemed as an eccentric cult-hit?

Set in the
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'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'

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'Tooken' Trailer Spoofs Liam Neeson in 'Taken'
Lee Tergesen, Reno Wilson, Laura-Leigh, Margaret Cho and Michael Blackson headline the star-studded, hilarious spoof Tooken, seeking revenge on Digital HD and Video on Demand May 26. A satire based on the popular thriller Taken and its many sequels, the outrageous comedy will also steal some laughs on DVD July 7 from Cinedigm. We have the hilarious trailer and poster for you to check out!

In this spoof film on the Taken action-film franchise, Bryan Mills (Lee Tergesen) is an ex-cia agent now working as a mall security guard. He keeps finding his things are being taken from him-his wife, his dog...his daughter's virginity. With the help of his ex-cia elderly mother, Bryan battles his nemesis BrownFinger (Margaret Cho) to free his family and a pound of dogs in danger of exploding.

Featuring special appearances by real-life couple, Emmy nominated actor Donnie Wahlberg and hilarious talk show host Jenny McCarthy, along with celebrated musician Akon,
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