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Kenny Rogers Announces Retirement After 76 Albums!

25 September 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

He knows when to fold ‘em. Country music legend Kenny Rogers announced his retirement during an interview on the Today show on Friday, Sept. 25. After six decades in the business and 76 albums, “The Gambler” crooner, 77, announced that he will do one last worldwide tour before hanging up his cowboy hat and boots.  “I’m going to say goodbye at that point,” Rogers, who has sold more than 120 million albums, told Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly. “I’ve done this long enough. I wrote [...] »

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Malcolm in the Middle Used Mood Setting Music In Lieu of Canned Laughter

8 September 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Recently Frankie Muniz has suggested a Malcolm in the Middle “mid life crisis” reboot.  Given all the reboots that have been sprouting up and the long-time cult following the show had, it’s not a horrible ideas.   Personally I think it’s because Muniz has disappeared from the planet ever since the show ended.  Even so, there are worse ideas out there.  But that’s not the story we’re following today. In a stunning “Today I Learned” post on Reddit, it turns out if you check out Malcolm in the Middle’s wikipedia page you see a tasty little nugget about the show. Turns out the show used mood-setting music in lieu of canned laughter. Artists used included Abba, They Might Be Giants, Kenny Rogers, Elo & the Getaway People. I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the show but I will say this. If it weren’t for »

- Nat Berman

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Rome’s New Mia Market Targets Co-Productions (Exclusive)

6 September 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first edition of the new Italian market, called Mia, will run Oct. 16-20 during the Rome Film Festival.

The market will be dedicated to feature films, TV series, documentaries and video games, and will be launching Make It With Italy, a co-production forum for international projects seeking an Italian minority co-production partner. The move is part of the mart’s stated mission to make the Italian film industry more international.

Make It With Italy will be for films from outside Italy with elements that can have particular appeal for Italian producers to come on board as  minority co-production partners. Projects must be budgeted at more than Euros 1.5 million, and have 30% of financing in place.

Mia topper Lucia Milazzotto (pictured) said that the idea is not to generate “exclusively financial co-productions.” That said, “they don’t all have to come shoot in Italy,” she added. “But they should involve some »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘No Escape’ worthy of ridicule, praise

25 August 2015 10:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

No Escape

Written by John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle

Directed by John Erick Dowdle

USA, 2015

How many foreign lives does it take to save a white American family? Thanks to the new chase-yarn, No Escape, we now have an answer. The guiltiest of guilty pleasures, director John Erick Dowdle has expertly crafted a taut action-thriller crammed with enough white privilege to make The Donald blush. Surprisingly, it’s the intense performance of Owen Wilson that might allow you to curb your conscience and go along for the ride. It’s undeniably fun… if you don’t think about it too much.

Watching No Escape is a decidedly schizophrenic experience. On the one hand, John Erick Dowdle and his brother, Drew, have written an earnest script that takes its peril very seriously. All of the primary characters (who just happen to be Westerners) are constructed with the utmost care; giving each »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Italian film and TV industry launches Rome-based market

10 July 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

International audiovisual market Mia to to held during Rome Film Festival.

The Italian film and television industry has launched Mia, a new international market that will span cinema, TV, documentaries and videogames, to be held during the Rome Film Festival.

The first edition of Mia (Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo, which translates as International Audiovisual Market) will run from October 16-20, 2015.

Associations involved in organising the market include for film, Anica (National Association of Cinema and Audiovisual Industries) and the Fondazione Cinema per Roma; for TV, including Agorà’s activities, the Apt (Association of Television Producers); and for documentaries, the Doc/it association.

At a press conference today, it was revealed that Mia will offer film industry professionals networking opportunities, screenings, panels, lectures, workshops, co-production meetings, roundtables, as well as focuses on the latest market trends, on co-production and distribution at the global scale, paying particular attention to new platforms, transmedia storytelling and gaming with the participation of Aesvi »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Sdcc 15: Activision Shows Off Call of Duty Shadows of Evil (Zombies) And Collectors Editions

9 July 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Come check out the latest trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 featuring zombies! Plus see all the cool collectors editions you can grab this Fall!

Today during San Diego Comic Con Treyarch and Activision revealed the latest edition to the zombie mode featured in Black Ops 3. The trailer does a good job of setting everything up and showing off some key game features.

The mode will be ready when the game launches on November 6th and the cast behind the characters include Jeff Goldblum, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman and Robert Picardo.

"Treyarch has crafted a totally unique and face-melting gameplay experience for our loyal Zombies community, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Zombies - Shadows of Evil" said Mark Lamia, Studio Head, Treyarch. "The development team has packed Shadows of Evil with more gameplay and fun than any other experience before it, and has an appropriately twisted and deep narrative, »

- (Dustin Spino)

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Armani's Films Of City Frames partners with BFI London Film Festival

9 July 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Project supports new film talent from leading international film schools.

Giorgio Armani’s Films of City Frames project has joined forces with the BFI London Film Festival for its second edition and will showcase titles to audiences at the festival in October.

Created in collaboration with Luxottica and Rai Cinema, the project involves promising students from a selection of international film schools, who will be asked to create a series of short films.

The schools for the second edition are:

Scuola Holden – TorinoAcademia Internacional de Cinema – São PauloSydney Film School – SydneySeoul Institute of the Arts – Seoul

Students will be given the task of making short films inspired by real lives – tales told through the eyes and emotions of characters filmed in the context of their daily lives.

Glasses from the Giorgio Armani Frames of Life collection will be the element that unites the stories, and will play a narrative role - not one that is purely aesthetic »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Venezuela first lady's reality show: just another reason no one watches state TV

5 May 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Cilia Flores’s quaint new show does little to improve President Nicolás Maduro’s floundering image, as nation longs for telenovela heyday

Venezuela’s first lady Cilia Flores has been drafted into the battle to reverse her husband’s dismal approval ratings, but her dowdily wholesome new TV show looks more likely to reinforce perceptions that Chavismo is losing its charisma – as well as its audience.

The first edition of Flores’s show – Con Cilia en Familia or With Cilia in the Family – featured the once-fiery lawyer in decidedly demure mode. “Blessings for all these beautiful children,” she said as the cameras followed her around a paediatric hospital in the opening sequence. This was followed by a trip to an old people’s home, then videotaped reminiscences with cabinet ministers about key moments in the history of the Bolivarian socialist revolution.

Related: Aló Presidente - episode 291: When Chávez reclaimed Las Malvinas

Continue reading. »

- Catalina Lobo-Guerrero in Caracas and Jonathan Watts

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The Return of Page 2: Why We’ve Been Gone And Help Change The Future

29 April 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Note from Editor Peter Sciretta: I’ve gotten a ton of e-mails, tweets and comments over the last month asking me what happened to Page 2. When I first started the column in February 2007, I never anticipated it would grow into what it would become. The first edition didn’t even feature images, it was just […]

The post The Return of Page 2: Why We’ve Been Gone And Help Change The Future appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Nintendo E3 predictions courtesy of Ricky D

28 April 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Every year E3, brings us the biggest gaming news of the year, as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo drop their biggest announcements about upcoming games, release dates and new consoles. With the three day conference fast approaching, I figured it would be a good time to release my 2015 predictions. With so many recent developments happening over at Nintendo headquarters, I believe, there is reason to be optimistic about Nintendo’s presence at the event this year – even, if the new Legend of Zelda game doesn’t make an appearance. It’s always hard to guess what Nintendo will announce since the company has always been so unpredictable, but I have high hopes for what could happen during Nintendo’s live-stream presentation. So what surprises are in store this year? Here’s my best guesses.

Note: This is a list of predictions, and not things we already know to expect such as »

- Ricky

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The Voice Top 8 Performance Recap: No Good Note Goes Unpunished

27 April 2015 7:19 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I wasn’t planning on watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match this weekend — I’m more of a Kentucky Derby kinda guy, to be honest — but I can’t imagine it being much bloodier than Top 8 Performance Night on The Voice.

Look, there’s no denying that Season 8 of NBC’s reality singing competition is as jam-packed with talent as Kim Kardashian’s pencil skirts are heaving with badonkadonk. It’s just that, with two more performers headed for a dinner date at The Rancor‘s basement apartment on Tuesday night, it seemed like nearly everyone was swinging hickory bats at melodies requiring butterfly-wing delicacy. »

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Producer Mark Gordon to Be Honored at Fulfillment Fund Stars Gala

13 April 2015 5:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film and TV producer Mark Gordon will be recognized with the Tom Sherak Award at the Fulfillment Fund’s Stars 2015 benefit gala on October 14. The nonprofit is devoted to helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education. The 21st edition of the event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Gordon is the founder of Citizens of the World charter schools and the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles. He was honored in January with the PGA’s Norman Lear Achievement Award. Gordon, who produced such films and TV shows as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” recently launched an independent company with Entertainment One to finance and produce films and TV shows.

Mark Gordon is an exemplary philanthropist in the world of education,” said Fulfillment Fund CEO Kenny Rogers. “He is a fervent supporter of youth in Los Angeles who utilizes his »

- Variety Staff

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The Elephant in the Room: Interview with Eléphant ClassiQ’s Gérald Duchaussoy

1 April 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Everything old is new again. Berthed from the initial goal to both restore and digitize over 200+ films in Quebec’s rich cinema of the past (e.g: Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Léolo – see pic above), Quebecor’s Éléphant ClassiQ is now moving into larger steel-trap memories of French film history and culture. I spoke to Gérald Duchaussoy, Project Manager for a new film fest initiative/event that’ll take place in Montreal in mid November, one that serves up a plate of restored classic French films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Quebec — all with English subtitles.

Eric Lavallée: Film preservation and restoration is a serious business and now we have several silent film festivals, Il Cinema Ritrovato, TCM, Grand Lyon joining the ranks Cannes Classics in serving a public need. I was wondering what kind of recent trends you’ve notice and what is your take on why this has »

- Eric Lavallee

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Éléphant ClassiQ New Film Event, Montréal, November 19-22

29 March 2015 7:12 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

New film event

Éléphant ClassiQ: Movies that have marked the history of cinema In Montréal from November 19 to 22

Montréal, March 18, 2015 — Quebecor and Éléphant: The memory of Québec cinema are pleased to announce a new event: Éléphant ClassiQ, the only festival of its kind in Canada, will screen classic films from around the world on the big screen. Its theme will be les films qui ont fait le cinéma (movies that have marked the history of cinema).

The first edition of Éléphant ClassiQ was held last year as part of the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma. This year’s edition will be held as a separate event on November 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2015 at three theatres: the Imperial Cinema, Salle Claude-Jutra at the Cinémathèque québécoise and Salle Pierre-Bourgault at Uqam. It will give film buffs an opportunity to experience great films of the past from Québec and elsewhere.

“Repertory films are a fabulous window on the past, »

- (Cinema Retro)

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New Film Event Éléphant ClassiQ will Screen Classic Films from Around the World

25 March 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 5 Must-See New French Films From Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Quebecor and "Éléphant: The memory of Québec cinema" have announced a new event: Éléphant ClassiQ, which will screen classic films from around the world on the big screen. The first edition of Éléphant ClassiQ was held last year as a part of Montreal's "Festival du nouveau cinéma." This year, its theme will be, "les films qui ont fait le cinéma," or movies that have marked the history of cinema. The 2015 edition of Éléphant ClassiQ will feature films from the French-speaking world, and restored classic films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Québec, which will be shown with English subtitles. The festival will also offer master classes and opportunities to meet distinguished people in the film industry. "Quebecor is proud to help bring our cinema to a wider audience," stated »

- Jena Keahon

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Dolly Parton Sings Her Classic Hits to Boy With Down Syndrome

23 March 2015 5:55 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Gage Blackwell is fulfilling the dreams of so many as he got to sing with Dolly Parton!

The country artist sang some of her best ballads to the boy with down syndrome. The videos are posted on his Facebook page and are bringing smiles to more than just Gage.

When the 69-year-old singer first meets Gage, she jokes, "Is that Kenny Rogers? You look like Kenny Rogers! Did anybody ever tell you that?" She also gives him the nickname of Gage Rogers and sings her hit that she sang with Kenny, "Island in the Stream."

Post by Gage Blackwell.

Photos: Country Stars Then and Now

She sings "Ring of Fire," "9 to 5," "Coat of Many Colors" and "Jolene" to Gage as he knows all her songs.

Post by Gage Blackwell.

"We might be going on the road before you know it," Dolly says to the happy boy and then signs an autograph for him.

Post by Gage »

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Film funders warn against copyright changes

17 March 2015 5:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

European film funders warn EU from making “big bang” policy changes to copyright, authors call for fair remuneration

European film funders from 31 countries including the UK’s BFI, Germany’s Ffa and France’s Cnc have warned the European Union (EU) to avoid making any “big bang” policy changes to copyright rules.

The Association of the European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) issued a resolution today (March 17) declaring that it considered the current EU copyright framework to be “fit for purpose” as “it provides a strong basis for current business models to evolve in response to people’s changing preferences as to how they access films and other audiovisual works.”

The film agency directors suggested that “the priority of the EU should be the establishment of a level playing field ensuring equel treatment between all operators, a commitment to economic sustainability and engagement in the creation of local works.”

However, they stressed that “improving online cross-border access to European »

- (Martin Blaney)

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Imbibe! by David Wondrich Updated & Revised Edition to be Released April 7th

11 March 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little-known history of classic American drinks–and the ultimate mixologist’s guide–in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar. Wondrich reveals never-before-published details and stories about this larger-than-life nineteenth-century figure, along with definitive recipes for more than 100 punches, cocktails, sours, fizzes, toddies, slings, and other essential drinks, along with detailed historical and mixological notes. The first edition, published in 2007, won a James Beard Award. Now updated with newly discovered recipes and historical information, this new edition includes the origins of the first American drink, the Mint Julep (which Wondrich places before the American Revolution), and those »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Doha Film Institute Recruits High-Caliber Industry Roster For Inaugural Qumra Event

3 March 2015 7:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Doha Film Institute has recruited a high-caliber roster of industry reps, including Toronto topper Cameron Bailey, Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval, and prominent British indie producer Mike Downey, for the imminent first edition of its Qumra event dedicated to fostering new Arab cinema which blends creative workshop, industry networking, and festival elements.

More than 100 industryites, some from leading European and Asian fests, including Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo and Busan are heading for Qumra, along with sales company execs from outfits including Elle Driver, Fortissimo Films, Memento Films, Wide, and Danny Glover’s New York-based Louverture Films, repped by COO Joslyn Barnes. Also making the trek from New York will be Joana Vicente, head of the Independent Filmmmakers Project (Ifp).

The innovative shindig is named after the Arabic word “qumra,” from which the word “camera” is believed to have originated.

As previously announced, Gael Garcia Bernal; Mauritanian director »

- Nick Vivarelli

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