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Seville International strikes sales on 'Pecking Order'

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Seville International strikes sales on 'Pecking Order'
Exclusive: North American deal among those concluded.

Montreal-based Seville International has licensed territory rights to Slavko Martinov’s feelgood documentary Pecking Order, which premiered at Hot Docs in May and will screen in competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival later this month.

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired North America, while Lemon Tree will distribute in China, and Discovery Film releases in the former Yugoslavia.

Pecking Order trains its sights on the competitive poultry pageantry scene as a group of chicken enthusiasts vie for the crown at the New Zealand National Poultry Show.

The film follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club as they bid to win the nationals despite decades of infighting that threatens to tear the 148-year old club apart.

“It’s great to have Freestyle Digital Media take the film under its wing – they will get flying results I am sure,” Seville International senior vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier said. “We
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Jawbreaker: TV Series Based on 1999 Film in Development at E!

Jawbreaker is coming to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, E! is developing a new TV series based on the 1999 film.From writer and director Darren Stein, the dark comedy follows a clique of popular high school girls who accidentally kill their friend during a birthday prank. The film's cast includes Rose McGowan, Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, Judy Greer, and Charlotte Ayanna.Read More…
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These Details Will Actually Make You Excited About the Jawbreaker TV Reboot

Behold, the next reboot in the entertainment industry's tireless attempts to revive old classics! This week, E! confirmed a TV reboot of 1999's Jawbreaker, the cheeky cult phenomenon that is in the same vein as Heathers and other similar dark high school comedies. While it's natural to be reticent about such a development, the Jawbreakers reboot has an ace in the hole: one of the original minds behind the film is already on board. Here's all the information you'll need about the upcoming project. 1. The Story The story follows a popular clique of high school girls known as the "Flawless Four." In the original film, Rose McGowan plays ringleader Courtney, while Julie Benz, Rebecca Gayheart, and Charlotte Ayanna play her three lackeys. Three of the girls surprise Liz (Ayanna) on the morning of her 17th birthday. They shove a jawbreaker in her mouth and kidnap her as part of a
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Dancing at the Blue Iguana: DVD review

Directed by Michael Radford, Dancing at the Blue Iguana tells the stories of five women who work as pole dancers at the ‘Blue Iguana’ club in Los Angeles. Played by Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Sheila Kelley, Charlotte Ayanna and Sandra Oh, the women all have complex, issue-ridden lives beyond their status as exotic dancers. The two-hour long film was developed from a series of improvisation workshops and it is the reliance on improvisation, rather than a strong script and firm sense of direction, that is the crux of the problems with this film.

The use of improvisation is not new, with the British director Mike Leigh as perhaps the best known for its use. Leigh’s use of improvisation, however, works because he uses it sparingly and at the rehearsal stage in order to allow his cast to develop their characters. Leigh says, “That last scene in Secrets and Lies,
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Exclusive: Darren Stein Talks Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker director Darren Stein talks about the origins of his dark comedy, the casting process, his Jawbreaker Broadway musical, new movie projects, and more.

Back in 1999, writer-director Darren Stein released his second full-length feature, Jawbreaker, which starred four up and coming young actresses: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer. As the years went on after the initial release, not only did the actresses' careers begin to take off more and more, but the movie itself gained a cult following as well.

Jawbreaker was recently released on Blu-ray for the first time last month, and I recently had the chance to speak with writer-director Darren Stein about the making of his dark teen comedy, the Blu-ray release, and his plans for an upcoming Broadway musical, which may just enhance that cult following even more. Here's what he had to say below.

Can you start off by talking about
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Jawbreaker Set to Get Blu-ray Release

Jawbreaker Set to Get Blu-ray Release
The 1999 cult classic ‘Jawbreaker’ is set to be released on Blu-ray by Image Entertainment. The black comedy high school satire, which was in part based on ‘Heathers,’ follows the four popular female characters, Courtney Shayne (played by Rose McGowan), Marcie Fox (portrayed by Julie Benz), Julie Freedman (played by Rebecca Gayheart) and Elizabeth Purr (portrayed by Charlotte Ayanna), as they get ready for their senior prom. After Julie is accidentally killed during a prank in which she gagged on a jawbreaker, the remaining three girls try to cover up the murder. They even accept the unpopular Fern (played by Judy Greer), who discovered Elizabeth’s death, into their clique to...
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Stealing Time

Stealing Time
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"Stealing Time" suffers from an identity crisis. Is it a story about the entertainment industry's underbelly of underappreciated drones and wannabe stars? Is it a heist movie? Or is it what it feels like much of the time -- a calling card to the industry from young, connected filmmakers and several actors?

If the latter is the case, then "Stealing Time" achieves modest success. There is certainly talent on display here, but their work fails to come together into a coherent entertainment. The lead actors are all attractive and charismatic. Just their characters are a drag: A year out of college, no one has achieved instant success, which leaves everyone quite bitter.

So these grads, who have a hard time coping with real life, decide to take a short cut: They plan a bank robbery. The instigator, Alex (Peter Facinelli), an assistant to a Hollywood agent from hell, learns that a brain tumor will cut his life short, so he has little to lose. Those with more at stake include Trevor (Ethan Embry), an actor who blows every audition; Sam (Charlotte Ayanna), who wants to be a social worker; and Casey (Scott Foley), an emotional basket case when he learns of his young son's death.

Director Marc Fusco, who wrote the script with co-producer Michael Garrity, proves better at delineating the ups and downs of young people struggling to achieve their goals than the details of a heist. The bank robbery is never convincing, especially since it features costumes more suitable to a junior high school play than a dangerous holdup.

Major contributions come from Stephen Sheridan's sharp, inventive cinematography and Joey Newman's lively musical score.

Trio takes cruise to 'Isla' adventure

Trio takes cruise to 'Isla' adventure
NYPD Blue's Esai Morales, Santa Barbara's A. Martinez and La Bamba's Rosanna DeSoto lead the ensemble cast of the Cinematropical Pictures romantic comedy Isla Bella. Being directed by Matia Karrell, Isla Bella is set on an island paradise and revolves around a dictator whose daughter is a week away from marriage when she injures a villager with her car. As she helps nurse the man back to health, he begins to give her second thoughts about her upcoming marriage. Rounding out the film's ensemble cast are Charlotte Ayanna (Training Day), Valeria (Just Married), Michael Irby (Pinero), Kuno Becker and Cristian de la Fuente (Basic). Based on a Reuben Gonzalez script, Bella is being produced by Scott Rosenfelt, with Ande Hecht Endewardt and Stacia Sekuler Miehe of Trailopolis Entertainment serving as co-executive producers. The film will shoot this month in Miami.

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