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Johnny Depp, David Lynch, J.K. Simmons Join Zombie Film Made by Teen Cancer Patient

20 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With a little help from friends, Make a Film Foundation has brought a 16-year-old cancer patient’s zombie thriller to life. Johnny Depp, David Lynch, J.K. Simmons and Laura Dern are among the stars of Anthony Conti’s “The Black Ghiandola,” a short film directed by the trio of Sam Raimi, Catherine Hardwicke and Ted Melfi; Conti (who also stars) wrote the project alongside Scott Kosar (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”).

Read More: ‘Spectral’ Trailer: Delta Force Become Ghostbusters in New Netflix Film

“Anthony is an alchemist — there was magic happening all around the set,” Tamika Lamison, who founded Make a Film Foundation in 2007, told the Hollywood Reporter. “It was like a magnet that kept attracting the best in so many people and attracting the extraordinary ‘yes’ at every turn.” Conti is living with stage IV adrenal cortical cancer.

Read More: Johnny Depp To Star As Investigator »

- Michael Nordine

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Johnny Depp, Sam Raimi & Others Contribute To Film By 16-Year Old Cancer Patient

2 December 2016 6:58 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A group of A-list talent came together in November to help 16-year old cancer patient Anthony Jonathan Conti fulfill his dream of writing and starring in his own film. Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Chad Coleman, and Richard Chamberlain were joined by David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, Sam Raimi, Peter Farrelly, and Sean Furst for The Black Ghiandola, a post-apocalyptic zombie story about a young man whose family has been… »

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Johnny Depp Joins Terminally Ill Teen's Film Project

2 December 2016 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Some A-list Hollywood talent didn't wait until Thanksgiving to give back.

Filmmakers Sam Raimi, Catherine Hardwicke and Ted Melfi joined Johnny Depp, David Lynch, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Chamberlain, Jade Pettyjohn, Chad Coleman, Pritesh Shah and Keith Allan to help make a dream film project come alive for Anthony Conti, a 16-year-old who is facing down stage IV adrenal cortical cancer.

Make a Film Foundation — a nonprofit launched in 2007 by Tamika Lamison (who also works as a researcher/consultant in the Education Department at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) that »

- Chris Gardner

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10 Surprises and Hidden Gems from the 2017 Sundance Lineup

30 November 2016 2:08 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

2016 is nearly over and most people can’t wait to reach the finish line, so the Sundance Film Festival lineup couldn’t arrive at a better moment to give us something to anticipate for the new year.

Read More: Sundance 2017 Announces Competition and Next Lineups, Including Returning Favorites and Major Contenders

With the announcement of the U.S. and World Competition sections as well as the ever-tantalizing Next category of edgier fare, the first set of Sundance announcements kick off a wave of expectations from new talent and veterans alike. There will be much to dig through, from potential sales titles to breakthrough talent, and more announcements to come (the midnight section, short films, and forward-thinking New Frontiers section are all around the corner). In the meantime, we’ve dug through the initial Sundance blast to unearth a few standouts worthy of anticipation.

David Lowery’s Secret Movie Isn’t »

- Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Set for Advance Screening at Vatican

22 November 2016 5:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Martin Scorsese’s passion project “Silence,” about Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, is set to be screened at the Vatican this month for an audience comprising several hundred Jesuit priests, ahead of its initial U.S. release via Paramount on Dec. 23.

The Vatican screening, which is the long-gestating film’s de facto world premiere, is likely to have been sought, and certain to be welcomed, by Paramount. News of the Vatican “Silence” screening was first reported by The New York Times, based on an interview with Scorsese.

Variety has learned that the screening is almost certainly scheduled for Nov. 29. Scorsese has said he will attend. It is considered unlikely, though not impossible, that Pope Francis, a Jesuit himself, will be in the audience.

The Vatican is known to promote faith-based films in various ways. In 2003 Pope John Paul endorsed Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” after »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Half the Picture’ Exclusive Clips: New Documentary Examines Hollywood’s Discriminatory Hiring Practices

17 November 2016 12:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The new feature documentary “Half the Picture” explores gender equality, discriminatory hiring practices and the struggle for female creatives in Hollywood through conversations with dozens of top female film and TV directors. The film has spent over nine months in production and features over 40 interviews, and now director Amy Adrion and the rest of her team have turned to the Seed&Spark crowdfunding community to raise $30,000 to complete the principal photography. Watch a series of brief clips from the film below.

Read More: Female Directors in Hollywood Share Their Stories in ‘Half the Picture

“‘Half the Picture’ is the culmination of my lifetime as a film lover,” says director Amy Adrion, “and is a tribute to the women who inspired me to make films. Also, it was important to me that we ‘be the change’ women filmmakers and film lovers want to see in the world. On the production, I »

- Vikram Murthi

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Celebs Issue Call To Resist Trump At Aclu Bill of Rights Dinner

13 November 2016 8:22 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Liberal Hollywood came out in force tonight at the Southern California Aclu’s 93rd annual Bill of Rights awards dinner honoring legendary producer Norman Lear, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, BuzzFeed COO Frank Cooper III, and gold star parents Khizr and Ghazala Kahn. It was supposed to be a victory celebration for the nation’s first woman president, but for one star-studded night, became the frontline in Hollywood’s opposition to… »

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Celebs Issue Call To Resist Trump At Aclu Bill of Rights Dinner

13 November 2016 8:22 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Liberal Hollywood came out in force tonight at the Southern California Aclu’s 93rd annual Bill of Rights awards dinner honoring legendary producer Norman Lear, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, BuzzFeed COO Frank Cooper III, and gold star parents Khizr and Ghazala Kahn. It was supposed to be a victory celebration for the nation’s first woman president, but for one star-studded night, became the frontline in Hollywood’s opposition to… »

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Female Directors in Hollywood Share Their Stories in ‘Half the Picture’

10 November 2016 7:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Half the Picture

Logline: A feature length documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood.

Elevator Pitch:

Half the Picture” is a feature length documentary about women directors in Hollywood, using the current Eeoc investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework for conversations with successful women directors about their paths, their struggles, their inspiration and their hopes for the future.

After 11 months of shooting, we’ve completed over 40 interviews with Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke, Miranda July, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kimberly Peirce, Karyn Kusama, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mary Harron, Kasi Lemmons, Chris Hegedus, »

- Steve Greene

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Afm: Salt boards sci-fi 'Peripheral' starring Hannah Arterton

5 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sales deal for Paul Hyett’s recently wrapped sci-fi produced by Bill Kenwright.

UK sales outfit The Salt Company has boarded sales on sci-fi conspiracy thriller Peripheral from director Paul Hyett (Howl).

Hannah Arterton (Burn Burn Burn) stars as a young writer who enters into a Faustian pact with her publisher. Convinced to use a new smart editing software she stumbles upon a conspiracy of social control. As her mind unravels she finds herself going head to head with an artificial intelligence that is determined to write her book for her.

Producers on the feature, which wrapped in the UK this week, are UK theatre mogul Bill Kenwright and Craig Tuohy of Bill Kenwright Productions.

Co-starring are Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero), Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Elliott James Langridge (Northen Soul). The writer is Dan Schaffer (Doghouse).

The Salt Company, which is handling world sales for the film, is also at the Afm with Miss You Already starring »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Aclu to Honor Norman Lear, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Catherine Hardwicke

4 November 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Norman Lear, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Catherine Hardwicke will be among those honored at the SoCal Aclu's annual Bill of Rights Dinner. Others being feted at the event November 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel include Buzzfeed COO Frank Cooper III and Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan. Lear, the legendary producer of such shows as All In The Family and Archie Bunker's Place, is the founder of People for the American Way, which… »

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Aclu to Honor Norman Lear, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Catherine Hardwicke

4 November 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Norman Lear, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Catherine Hardwicke will be among those honored at the SoCal Aclu's annual Bill of Rights Dinner. Others being feted at the event November 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel include Buzzfeed COO Frank Cooper III and Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan. Lear, the legendary producer of such shows as All In The Family and Archie Bunker's Place, is the founder of People for the American Way, which… »

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Hillary Clinton for President: 37 Filmmakers Reveal Why She’s the Best Choice

4 November 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It came as no surprise in October that Michael Moore’s secret documentary “Michael Moore in Trumpland” was a pro-Hillary Clinton film urging Americans to vote for the democratic presidential nominee on November 8. Moore has been one of the most vocal and politically active filmmakers of his generation, if not the most active, and he felt that too much of the election conversation was dominated by negativity.

Read More: Michael Moore’s Plan to Show ‘TrumpLand’ to ‘Millions of People’ Before the Election

“I just thought, I’m going to do something here and give people positive reasons to think about voting for her,” Moore said at the film’s premiere in New York on October 18. “What the country doesn’t need is to be told that Trump is crazy, dangerous, a psychopath and sociopath. He has written and produced that movie, and it appears daily.”

While most filmmakers »

- Graham Winfrey

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Prominent Female Filmmakers Line Up for Tribeca’s ‘Through Her Lens’ Program

20 October 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tribeca Enterprises and fashion house Chanel have reteamed for the second annual “Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program,” featuring a leadership committee that includes Shari Springer Berman, Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones, Jenni Konner, and Catherine Hardwicke, among others.

The program, in collaboration with Pulse Films and facilitated by Tribeca Film Institute, balances industry support and artistic development in order to provide funding for five new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films. Each participant will take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions. Additionally, each filmmaker will pitch their project to a jury of industry experts at the conclusion of the program.

Participants will also engage in script-to-screen development, story structure, casting, finding collaborators, and will work with music composers, costume designers, and editors, as well as festival strategy and distribution. Other leadership committee members of this year »

- Arya Roshanian

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‘Through Her Lens’ 2016: Tribeca and Chanel Announce Participants in Second Annual Women’s Filmmaker Program

20 October 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel have announced today the second annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, which brings together industry support, artistic development and funding to assist and help new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.

The program has selected five emerging female filmmakers to receive project support, and take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions during a three-day session at the end of this month. At the end of the program, each of the filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts, and one filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film. The four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.

Read More: Filmmaker Anna Martemucci Wins First-Ever Female-Focused ‘Through Her Lens’ Grant

“We share with Chanel the goal to bring »

- Kate Erbland

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Eyewitness Season 1 Review

16 October 2016 4:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

All ten episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Rural, small town crime dramas have become a genre unto themselves over the past few years, recently epitomized in the largely flawless second season of FX’s adaptation of Fargo. Although the beats remain the same, it’s hard to argue against the viewer satisfaction that comes from witnessing cataclysmic events ravaging a traditionally pristine, podunk town in some godforsaken stretch of the country.

In adapting the Norwegian drama “Øyevitne” into its own small town crime spree serial, USA ends up with Eyewitness, a show about a big city cop (Buffalo, New York being the big city) who decides to wind down the rest of her career in the middle of nowhere (Tivoli, New York being the middle of nowhere). It’s languid and gloomy and so clearly attempting to do effortless noir on the level of AMC’s The Killing that it hurts the show, »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Director Sean Durkin’s Janis Joplin Biopic

12 October 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Janis Joplin biopic has drawn interest from plenty of talent over the years, including actresses Amy Adams, Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, the late Brittany Murphy, and filmmakers Lee Daniels (The Butler), Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild), and Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown). Another name to go on that list is Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), who’s currently in talks to […]

The post Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Director Sean Durkin’s Janis Joplin Biopic appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Wonder Woman at 75: How the Superhero Icon Inspired a Generation of Feminists

11 October 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first time Gal Gadot appeared on the set of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in her full Wonder Woman regalia — eagle-encrusted body armor, knee-high boots, and golden belt and bracelets, her raven hair swept back under a tiara — she was approached by a little girl.

The niece of one of the crew members, the girl wanted to hand-deliver to the Israeli actress a picture she had drawn of Wonder Woman, along with a note.

“She wrote that she wished me luck and she was Wonder Woman’s No. 1 fan,” recalls Gadot. “I keep it with me.”

That encounter during last year’s production of “Batman v Superman,” which marked the movie debut of the decades-old female superhero, was a poignant reminder of Wonder Woman’s enduring prominence in the comic-book canon.

It also underscores the stakes that Gadot, Warner Bros., and DC Comics face as they ready the »

- Brent Lang

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TV Review: ‘Eyewitness’

9 October 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The modest drama “Eyewitness” fits comfortably into the rural-crime subgenre that has flourished in recent years. It’s no surprise to discover that the new USA program is based on a Norwegian series: Given how masterfully a number of Scandinavian and U.K. series have explored this niche in recent years, adaptations and updates of those series have understandably proliferated. 

The American version of “Eyewitness” takes place in upstate New York, where former city cop Helen (Julianne Nicholson) has a new job as a small-town sheriff and is hoping for a quiet life with her new husband and their foster son. The catch is, she’s not really yearning for peace and quiet, at least not all the time: Though she’s trying to fit in with the locals, she clearly misses the adrenaline highs of her old job.

When a triple homicide takes place in a remote cabin within her jurisdiction and she comes into contact »

- Maureen Ryan

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10 Highest Grossing Christian-Themed Movies, From ‘Passion of the Christ’ to ‘War Room’ (Photos)

13 September 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation. “The Nativity Story” (2006) Catherine Hardwicke directed the movie starring Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes. With a budget of $35 million, the film grossed $37.6 million in 2006, which would be $44.8 million today in inflation-adjusted dollars. “Son of God” (2014) The 20th Century Fox film retells the life of Jesus and grossed a domestic total of $59.7 million in 2014, which would be $60.7 million today. “Miracles From Heaven” (2016) The Jennifer Garner film made $61.7 million this year on a budget of $13 million, good for »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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