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Interactive Storytelling in Eko Studio’s The Garage Sale

From the folks at Eko Studio, director J.M. Logan (The Disunited States of America) and writer Molly Hagan comes a new interactive film for the web, The Garage Sale. It’s about three couples who descend on a suburban garage sale with different aspirations and behaviorsl the film, viewable through a web browser, allows viewers to live-switch through their different stories. “The viewer is able to navigate between stories to get a different perspective, learn new information, and follow which of the couples they are most curious about,” says the press release. “While their choices will not impact the final outcome […]
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Sheila Bond, Tony Winner and 'Marrying Kind' Actress, Dies at 90

Sheila Bond, the actress and dancer who won a Tony Award in 1953 for her performance in the Josh Logan musical Wish You Were Here, which featured a swimming pool built into the stage, has died. She was 90.

Bond died March 25, a few days after her birthday at her home in Manhattan, her niece, Sheri Smith, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Bond also played Judy Holliday's sister in George Cukor's The Marrying Kind (1952), appeared on Broadway opposite Sid Caesar in 1948's Make Mine Manhattan and stepped in as Lola for Gwen Verdon in the original 1955-57 staging of...
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Attention, Filmmakers: Here Are 5 SXSW Panels You Can't Miss

Attention, Filmmakers: Here Are 5 SXSW Panels You Can't Miss
Let's be real. Parties aside, you're at SXSW to learn how to be a better filmmaker. These panels will help you do that. We've got the basic details below, but you can click on the panel names  for more information. The panels are listed in chronological order: Read More: 10 Cool and Crazy Must-See Films at SXSW 2015 1. Cinematography of Comedy When: Monday, March 16, 11 a..m - 12:00 p.m. Why: Though the focus here will obviously be on cinematography (and since the panel is sponsored by Canon, there will be a focus on Canon Cinema Eos cameras), the panelists alone make this one a must-attend. Joining award-winning director/producer Ondi Timoner (whose latest documentary "Brand: A Second Coming" will world premiere at SXSW) will be producer J.M. Logan ("The Manson Family Vacation," also set to world premiere at SXSW), cinematographer and director Abe Epperson (Cracked.com) and Tim Smith, Senior Advisor,
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: J. Davis’ Manson Family Vacation

With only hope, a dream and one writing credit to his name (SXSW short film Kevin), J. Davis lassoed fellow low-budget filmmakers Linas Phillips (Bass Ackwards) and Jay Duplass (Baghead) and placed them in brotherly love roles. A family reunion type pic with a set of backdrops like no other, having raised a successful round of startup funds in late 2013 via Kickstarter, Manson Family Vacation didn’t drop in ’14, so we’re expecting this low-budget laugher to easily squeeze into the early ’15 fest circuit . It’ll need major funny bone to go with the freaky title to convince Sundance programmers.

Gist: Nick Morgan is a successful lawyer who’s devoted to his wife and young son. His adopted brother Conrad is a wayward soul who shows up in Los Angeles unannounced. Although the brothers have never gotten along too well, Nick decides to show his brother around town. But as it turns out,
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #183. J. Davis’ Manson Family Vacation

Manson Family Vacation

Director: J. Davis

Writer(s): J. Davis

Producer(s): Steve Bannatyne, Eric Blyler, J. Davis, J.M. Logan, Josh Polon, Alexandra Sandler

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts

Among the newbie additions to the extended family of collaborators and conspirators related to the Duplass Bros., J. Davis’ previous cred was as the Kevin – the Jay Duplass directed short docu project. Davis and Duplass re-team on a funny bone project that could easily target next year’s Sundance-sxsw festivals as it has the girth of a film that was helped out with kickstarter coin and without much else (see co-star Bass Ackwards‘ creator Linas Phillips speak from the heart). on paper, the sharply titled Manson Family Vacation is the sort of perfect trifecta indie comedy as it includes: a. modes of transportation, b. confused souls in unique backdrops and c. family bonding.
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'The Voice' Recap: Big Notes and Ballads Rock Top 12

'The Voice' Recap: Big Notes and Ballads Rock Top 12
With double eliminations each week, the remaining singers push their vocal boundaries to make it through to the top 10.

The Voice has always been a show of upsets -- not necessarily because the wrong singers are eliminated too early, but because so many singers are sent home every week in general. America said goodbye to a whopping eight singers on Thursday night, and nearly every upcoming week until the finals will rid the competition of two singers, regardless of whose team they’re from. That means any of the coaches -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine – could be out of the running as early as next week.

Photos: 'The Voice' Teams: Meet Season 5's Finalists

With no more saves and steals left to fall back on, here’s how the top 12 performed on Monday night:

Green’s super-sweet Caroline Pennell kicked off the
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‘The Voice’: Christina Aguilera’s Team Will Win Season 5

Sorry Blake — as a country girl, I’ve always been a supporter. However, now that the top 12 has been officially revealed, it’s no secret that Team XTina is going to take home the W on season five, and I’m on board.

Christina Aguilera seriously keeps getting better. She returned to The Voice season five ready to win — and she definitely has the team to do it.

Team Christina Will Win ‘The Voice

After three seasons (and a season off) Christina is back and ready to fight for her first ever win — and she’s going to get it. On Nov. 7, the top 12 were revealed leaving Christina with three team members, who just happen to be the three strongest in the competition.

Jacquie Lee, 16, has the strongest voice on the show, hands down — and yes, she’s only 16. On Nov. 5, she took on an extremely challenging song, “I Put A Spell On You.
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‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 12 Revealed After Eliminations

The Voice’ is slimming down their teams Fast! On Nov. 7, they went from 20 to 12, when each team eliminated two singers each.

Season five of The Voice is definitely full of a great amount of talent. After all four teams took the stage for live performances, eight people still had to go home! While your votes saved two people from each team, each judge had to choose the third person to take to the final 12.

The Voice’: Top 12 Revealed

The show opened with Team Blake Shelton taking the stage for an amazing performance of “Free Ride.” Unfortunately, we knew that no one is getting one! The results for Blake’s team were quickly announced, as his team went from five to three.

While Cole Vosbury and Austin Jenckes were the first two saved, Blake left Ray Boudreaux, Nic Hawk and Shelbie Z waiting for the results! Ultimately he eliminated both Shelbie and Nick.
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'The Voice' Recap: Christina Aguilera's Team Soars

'The Voice' Recap: Christina Aguilera's Team Soars
It was ladies' night on The Voice last night, as seven out of 10 performers were female when Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green went head-to-head with the second half of the top 20 artists competing for America's vote.

In the same way Adam Levine’s team dominated the first night, part two of the three-night event – which concludes on Thursday when the top 12 is revealed during a special elimination episode – found Christina's team coming out on top. Even so, the morning after the second show, Team Adam's James Wolpert still
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‘The Voice’: Matt Schuler Tackles Miley Cyrus, Jacquie Lee Puts A Spell On Us

While Matt Schuler came in like a wrecking ball with his performance, 16-year-old Jacquie Lee also blew everyone away! Read on to hear which acts brought down the stage … and which just brought us down!

Night two of the live performances on The Voice definitely brought on the competition! While Cee-Lo Green‘s team definitely impressed with classics, Christina Aguilera‘s team took risks by taking on the most popular songs of the year — including hits by Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus!

Team Cee-Lo Plays It Safe, Still Impresses

Amber Nicole opened the show, after Cee-Lo stole her from Team Christina, and she took on “Wasting All These Tears,” by season three winner Cassadee Pope! While Adam Levine did let her know that the one big note was a little off, he applauded her for trying something new by rocking a country song. “Country suits you,” Christina added!

The ex-soldier
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The Voice Recap: Louder Than a Lion [Updated]

The Voice Recap: Louder Than a Lion [Updated]
Did you ever get so excited by a primetime network broadcast that you wanted to pick up your TV set and hurl it against a wall* — the way a heavy-metal guitarist in the throes of an arena encore might destroy his instrument to the cheers and whistles of the crowd? (*If your answer is “no,” just ride this recap out till the end of the next paragraph, Ok?)

That insane urge swelled up inside me during tonight’s installment of The Voice‘s Season 5 Live Playoffs, prompted by the perfect storm of a fine but somewhat sleepy opening 100 minutes, followed
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'The Voice' live blog: Team Christina and Team CeeLo sing live for the first time in Season 5

On Tuesday (Nov. 5), "The Voice" continues its first week of live shows with Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green's teams taking the stage to sing live for the first time. Hoping to earn a spot in the Top 12, the ten artists must follow Monday's strong showing from Blake Shelton and Adam Levine's teams to fight for America's vote. Will your favorite artist rise to the occasion? Let's find out!

Before any of the finalists can take the stage, we're treated to a second performance from Xtina, who's teaming with A Great Big World on their single "Say Something." It's a remarkably emotional song. Not exactly the sort of thing that says "Tonight's going to be a blast!" But it's a nice contrast to last night's Flo Rida extravaganza.

First up: Team CeeLo's Amber Nicole

For her first live performance, Amber taking on "Wasting All These Tears" by Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope.
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