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Heart-Pounding Trailer for Scout Taylor-Compton Led ‘Diverted Eden’

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Heart-Pounding Trailer for Scout Taylor-Compton Led ‘Diverted Eden’
The first trailer has been released for Diverted Eden, a crime thriller from writer-director Prince Bagdasarian (Abstraction). Halloween native, Scout Taylor-Compton leads the cast as Detective Fini, investigating the kidnapping of 7-year old, Eden. The ensemble cast includes Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Najarra Townsend (Contracted), Jason Stuart (Birth of a Nation), Ken Davitian (Borat), Manu […]

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Voltage Pictures Hires Lotus Production President Ara Keshishian

Voltage Pictures Hires Lotus Production President Ara Keshishian
Voltage Pictures has hired Ara Keshishian — who was Lotus Entertainment’s president of production — to produce feature films and television series for the company.

At Lotus, Keshishian produced the Lionsgate/Roadside release “Maggie,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the upcoming “November Criminals,” starring Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz.

He has also overseen production and executive produced the Roadside Attractions release “Z for Zachariah,” starring Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the upcoming thriller “Kidnap,” starring Halle Berry, and the science fiction thriller “Replicas,” with Keanu Reeves for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

“I have known Ara for many years since his days as an agent,” said CEO Nicolas Chartier. “We are incredibly excited to have him join the team. His taste, track record and relationships will be a great compliment to our existing team.”

Voltage handles production, financing and sales with credits including “The Hurt Locker” and “Dallas Buyers Club.
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Hot property is a killer deal in trailer for crime thriller Pocket Listing

Ahead of its Us release in December, a new trailer has arrived online for the satirical crime thriller Pocket Listing which stars Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds, James Jurdi, Jessica Clark and Ken Davitian; check it out below after the official synopsis…

A darkly comic, modern-day film noir set in glamorous Los Angeles, follow the rise and fall of a hot-shot broker named Jack, as he starts off at the top of his game but winds up as a downtrodden slumlord of a poorly maintained tenement. His only saving grace is a friendship he develops with a young teenager named Billy, who helps him manage the place, keeps him company, and still makes him feel worthwhile. After a lien is set on the Downtown building and Jack is given a 30 day deadline, he springs back into action and tries to land an under-the-table, fast-paying gig. In comes Lana, a seductive mystery
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Film Review: Zoe Saldana in ‘Nina’

Film Review: Zoe Saldana in ‘Nina’
Nina Simone lived many lives in her 70 years on the planet, and for a filmmaker looking to dramatize the iconic singer-pianist’s story on screen, the potential entry points are almost endless. Considering the range of possibilities, and the continuing relevance of Simone’s music in an era of renewed racial tensions, “Nina’s” decision to frame her story through a “Sunset Blvd.”-style narrative is truly a head-scratcher. Focusing on Simone’s late-life relationship with a younger nurse-turned-manager provides a perilously shaky foundation from which to consider her legacy, and that’s just the first of many major miscalculations made by writer-director Cynthia Mort’s long-gestating biopic, which meanders into theaters and VOD this month after years of pitched controversy. Interest in Simone will be evergreen as long as recorded music exists, but arriving just a year after Liz Garbus’ Oscar-nominated doc “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” superior competition and
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Sacha Baron Cohen Revives Borat to Mock Trump, Show 'Grimsby' Trailer

Sacha Baron Cohen Revives Borat to Mock Trump, Show 'Grimsby' Trailer
Sacha Baron Cohen revived his "Borat" persona Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with Kazakhstan's greatest comedic export making a surprise Hanukkah appearance to blast Donald Trump and debut the trailer for The Brothers Grimsby.

Things got meta quickly when Borat told Kimmel that he's visiting the show to call for a boycott of Cohen's upcoming film The Brothers Grimsby."I have come very serious, I come to make warning to U.S. and A., the frivolous nincompoops Sacha Cohen has returned. This man is a real pain in my exit holes,
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Sundance Institute names Episodic Story Lab Fellows

Sundance Institute names Episodic Story Lab Fellows
Matt Berninger of band The National, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim from Academy-nominated The Square and Blue Valentine co-writer Cami Delavigne are among participants selected for Sundance Institute’s second Episodic Story Lab.

The 10 Fellows are:

Michael Krikorian for 12 Miles South;

John Lopez for Crude;

Christianne Hedtke for Degenerates;

Maria Melnik for Hell or High Water;

Mishna Wolff for I’m Down;

Matt Berninger and Carin Besser for Mistaken For Strangers;

Mac Smullen for Mk-ultra;

Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim for Radicals;

Cami Delavigne for The Sleep; and

Akilah Hughes and Lyle Friedman for Unlikely.

Fellows will receive yer-rund support and will work under creative advisors Rich Appel from Family Guy, Mara Brock Akil from Being Mary Jane, Howard Gordon from Homeland and Jenni Konner from Girls, among others.

The 2015 Episodic Story Lab is one of the 24 workshops the Institute hosts each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content.

“By offering
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Adam Goldberg Joins New Bruce Willis Action Comedy

Adam Goldberg Joins New Bruce Willis Action Comedy
The present-day Bruce Willis trying his hand at blending comedy with other genres hasn’t really been working out as well as we might hope, but he’s keeping at it. And with an already impressive cast aboard, his new, untitled project has added Adam Goldberg, Ken Davitian, Victor Ortiz, Tyga and David Arquette. Mark and Robb Cullen, whose last attempt to blend Willis and wackiness was Cop Out (red flag? We’re going to call it more sort of maroon) are also directing this one, which had been filming under the title Going Under, but is now, according to Variety, without a name. Willis is playing an La gumshoe whose prized pet pooch Buddy is pet-napped by a notorious gang. He’ll have to do the gang’s bidding while they have the animal hostage, his life complicated further by two vengeful Samoan brothers and a loan shark’s henchmen.
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Tyga, Adam Goldberg, Ken Davitian Join Bruce Willis Detective Comedy

Tyga, Adam Goldberg, Ken Davitian Join Bruce Willis Detective Comedy
Tyga, Adam Goldberg, Ken Davitian, David Arquette and Victor Ortiz are joining Bruce Willisuntitled action comedy, which is currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The cast already includes John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Stephanie Sigman, Thomas Middleditch, Adrian Martinez and Kal Penn.

Willis plays a Los Angeles-based private investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his pet dog Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. He winds up doing the gang’s bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers and a loan shark’s goons.

Brothers Mark and Robb Cullen, who also wrote Willis’ “Cop Out,” are directing. Nicolas Chartier, Zev Foreman, Laura Ford and the Cullens are producing. Patrick Newall, Jonathan Deckter and Stephen Eads are executive producing.

Voltage began selling the project at Cannes.

Tyga is repped by Paradigm. Goldberg is repped by UTA. Davitian is repped by 369 Universal Artists. Arquette is repped by Apa.
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Bruce Willis’ Detective Comedy Adds Four More

Bruce Willis’ Detective Comedy Adds Four More
Tyga, Ken Davitian, David Arquette and Victor Ortiz are joining Voltage Pictures’ untitled detective comedy starring Bruce Willis. They round out a cast that already includes John Goodman, Jason Momoa, Famke Janssen, Stephanie Sigman, Thomas Middleditch, Adrian Martinez, Kal Penn and Adam Goldberg. Production began last month in Venice Beach on the pic, which stars Willis as a down but not out L.A. private investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after…
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Abstraction, Starring Eric Roberts and Ken Davitian, Coming to DVD and VOD in January

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Abstraction, Starring Eric Roberts and Ken Davitian, Coming to DVD and VOD in January
Breaking Glass Picture’s latest thriller, “Abstraction,” is set for release on DVD and VOD Jan. 27, 2015! The film is directed by Prince Bagdasarian and stars Eric Roberts (“The Expendables”), Ken Davitian (“Borat”) and Hunter Ives in a story about two criminals who take on the plan of a lifetime in order to erase their money troubles forever. “Abstraction is the story of Tommy and Gary, two criminals engaging in grand thefts in order to make ends meet. After a routine robbery goes wrong, the friends are forced to put their criminal activity behind them. But as their economic hardships become obvious, Tommy’s new girlfriend, Scarlet, soon proposes a notion [ Read More ]

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Crime Thriller Abstraction Under Acquisition Breaking Glass Pictures

Breaking Glass Pictures is releasing Prince Bagdasarian’s crime-thriller Abstraction starring Eric Roberts and Ken Davitian on DVD and VOD January 27, 2014.

Starring Eric Roberts (“The Expendables”), Ken Davitian (“Borat”), Korrina Rico (“Horrible Bosses 2″) and Hunter Ives, Abstraction is the story of Tommy and Gary, two criminals engaging in grand thefts in order to make ends meet. After a routine robbery goes wrong, the friends are forced to put their criminal activity … Continue reading →

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Sundance Selects goes for Do I Sound Gay?

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Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.

The documentary about sexuality, speech and personal identity premiered in Toronto and features such Lgbt luminaries as Margaret Cho, David Sedaris and George Takei.

Howard Gertler, Jenny Raskin and Thorpe produced while Dan Cogan served as executive producer.

The film will receive its Us premiere on November 13 as the opening night film of the fifth Doc NYC festival and will open theatrically next summer.

Sundance Selects brokered the deal with Cinetic Media.

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Prince Bagdasarian’s heist thriller Abstraction about starring Eric Roberts, Ken Davitian, Korrina Rico and Hunter Ives. The film will open on DVD and VOD on January 27.Gravitas Ventures has set a December 2 release for Charles Maxwell’s crop circles documentary A Field Full Of Secrets.
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Required Reading: An Expanding Coenverse and Making Movies in 2014

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “After Barton Fink 2: A Proposed Nine-Year Franchise Plan for the Coenverse” — John Lopez at Grantland goes Marvel on The Coen Brothers. “Year 2 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Live! Since we’re talking about the Coens, there’s no reason not to take chances right off the bat. How about a faux–concert film following the reunited Soggy Bottom Boys, who go on tour in the Deep South at the height of the civil rights movement? Social progress and hilarity ensue.” “Why We’re Nowhere Near Reaching ‘Peak Zombie’” — Ria Misra at io9 speaks with author M.R. Carey who postulates that dead people trying to ear our brains are going to be entertaining us for a long time to come. “From box-office bomb to cult favorite in the making : Classic MacGruber
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Required Reading: Hollywood Before Censorship and ‘Blended’ Tears

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors” — Mike Mashon and James Bell at Sight and Sound go longform to celebrate the sexy, gangster-y glory of a storytelling system before the ethical handcuffs were slapped on. “Even when prostitution isn’t obviously suggested, the pursuit of other vices could bring women characters low. Among the rawest of all the pre-Code pictures, Mervyn LeRoy’s Three on a Match (1932), about the varying fortunes of three women (Ann Dvorak, Joan Blondell and Bette Davis), crams a roll-call of forbidden themes into little more than an hour: infidelity, alcoholism, child abuse, gangsterism, undressing, drug use… The magnificent Dvorak steals the show as the lawyer’s tragic wife who sinks into a life of vice and crime.” “Adam Sandler’s Bad New Movie Made Me Cry Like Nothing Else Before
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NBC Tops Sports Emmys, Extends ‘Sunday Night Football’ Streak

NBC led the field Tuesday with six wins at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Gotham.

The Peacock’s “Sunday Night Football” (pictured) extended its streak in the live sports series category to a sixth consecutive year. NBC’s other wins included Bob Costas for sports personality in studio, Michele Tafoya for sports reporter and Cris Collinsworth for sports event analyst.

NBC sibling Telemundo also nabbed two trophies, including Andres Cantor’s win for on-air personality in Spanish.

Fox Sports ran a close second to NBC with five nods, including the prize for live sports special for last year’s World Series coverage.

Turner Broadcasting pioneer and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was feted with the org’s life achievement award.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Outstanding Live Sports Special

The 109th World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals Fox

Executive Producers

John Entz,
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Elizabeth Banks Gets Testy in 2 'Walk of Shame' Clips

Elizabeth Banks Gets Testy in 2 'Walk of Shame' Clips
Celebrate opening day with two clips and a quiz from Focus World's Walk of Shame! The new comedy starring Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs & Sarah Wright opens in select theaters and VOD today! The story centers on a news reporter (Elizabeth Banks) who has a one-night stand with a stranger (James Marsden) the night before her big job interview. The first clip features James Marsden being given "the douche test" by Sarah Wright, while the second shows Elizabeth Banks interacting with a cranky cop (Bill Burr). Take a look at these scenes, then check out the infographic below to see if you pass "the douche test."

The outrageous comedy Walk of Shame stars Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) as a resourceful reporter whose one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) leaves her stranded the next morning in downtown Los Angeles without a phone,
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Film Review: ‘Walk of Shame’

Film Review: ‘Walk of Shame’
Watching the redoubtable Elizabeth Banks try to breathe life into the stillborn farce “Walk of Shame” is like watching a team of paramedics perform CPR on the corpse of Ulysses S. Grant. Indeed, it’s an ill-tempered housecat who elicits just about the only real laugh in writer-director Steven Brill’s hapless mash-up of “The Hangover” and “After Hours,” an erstwhile FilmDistrict title (originally slated for release last September) being dumped by Focus into a handful of theaters concurrent with its VOD debut. Banks deserves far better, to say nothing of the audience.

As she ably demonstrated in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Role Models” and “Slither,” Banks is a first-rate comedienne with real screwball elan, which makes it all the more disappointing that this seemingly tailor-made star vehicle is such a bust. You can’t blame the actress, who gives it her all (and then some) as Los Angeles newscaster Meghan Miles,
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Film Review: ‘Small Time’

Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24,” steps away from guiding Jack Bauer in saving the country to examine one tiny corner of it in “Small Time,” his aptly named bigscreen directorial debut, featuring a fine cast that’s logged plenty time on the TV beat. A warm-hearted coming-of-age family drama grafted onto a comic buddy pic, the film focuses on a used-car dealer whose son joins him on the lot after graduating from high school, to the dismay of the ex-wife he still has feelings for. Hamstrung narratively by third-act longueurs and limited theatrically by a bizarre R rating that shuts out its natural family audience, the movie will find customers on the smallscreen, where Starz-owned distributor Anchor Bay figures to have a ready customer.

A pre-credits sequence establishes Al Klein (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as a caring father, while defining the relationship between Al and business partner Ash Martini (Dean Norris,
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Best TV Episodes of 2013, Part Three: July – December

Moone Boy, “Godfellas”

Written by Chris O’Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy

Directed by Declan Lowney

Aired July 10th, 2013 on Hulu

In a year full of fantastic imports, Moone Boy seems to have slipped through the cracks. This Irish series, which was picked up in July by Hulu, was created by Chris O’Dowd and stars youngster David Rawle as 12 year old Martin Moone and O’Dowd as his imaginary friend, Seán Murphy. The series follows Martin’s exploits growing up in a small Irish town in the late eighties and early nineties and is based on O’Dowd’s childhood experiences. “Godfellas”, the fifth of the first season’s six episodes, centers on Martin’s newfound desire to become an altar boy. He’s immediately taken with the idea upon seeing a group of them process in at his confirmation, “You Can’t Touch This” playing in his head as
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Elizabeth Banks Stops Traffic in Walk of Shame Set Photo

Elizabeth Banks Stops Traffic in Walk of Shame Set Photo
Movie productions can often cause some chaos for the surrounding neighborhoods they are shooting in, which can sometimes lead to entire streets or highways being shut down. If you've spent any time in Los Angeles, you'll know that traffic is bad enough as is, even if a movie crew isn't occupying a particular street. Over the weekend, the upcoming comedy Walk of Shame was shooting in Los Angeles, closing down 10 miles of the 710 freeway for more than six hours, inspiring the term "Shameageddon." A new set photo has been released that captures some of the madness over the weekend, featuring star Elizabeth Banks bringing traffic to a halt. Take a look at this set photo, then read the official press release for more details.

This weekend Hollywood was responsible for Los Angeles' recent major road closure as the production of Walk of Shame stopped traffic - literally! - inspiring the term Shameaggedon.
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