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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

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- 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 | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com 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 | Cinemaretro.com | 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, »

- nospam@example.com (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.

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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 »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (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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Video: Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon Master the History of Duets

3 March 2015 5:03 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Move over, Justin Timberlake. Jimmy Fallon has a new musical partner-in-crime.

Having already mastered the history of rap, the Tonight Show host tackled his next feat: a history of duets with America’s first Idol, Kelly Clarkson.

RelatedVideo: Taylor Swift and Fallon Dance It Out for Tonight Show Anniversary

The duo sang their hearts out – and tickled many funny bones – on such beloved numbers as Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” (complete with hair-flips), Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” and Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville’s “Don’t Know Much.” Dumb and Dumber fans, meanwhile, »

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Kelly Clarkson Does Jumpy Duet Covers With Jimmy Fallon

2 March 2015 10:39 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Because of a weird joke, there's this misconception that people won't perform duets with Kelly Clarkson. Jimmy Fallon put that malarkey out to pasture by performing not one duet, but a medley of rambunctious covers with the singer. There's a little bit of everything here, including Sonny and Cher, Paula Abdul and the Wild Pair, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, and Aaron Neville's mole. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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10 Things WWE Did Right At Fastlane

24 February 2015 12:29 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE.com

The first edition of WWE Fastlane is history and it was a show featuring some pretty good matches although the entire thing was only average at best. It’s one of those things where WWE didn’t really need a PPV this month, but they have an obligation to fill so they put it out there as best they could.

It was a show without the WWE Champion Brock Lesnar while Roman Reigns beat Daniel Bryan for the right to face Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. Reigns already earned that right by winning the Royal Rumble, but WWE needed a main event this show so they tried to put some doubt in there.

What was really noticeable during the show was the crowd was dead for much of it. In the last hour when Rusev beat Cena and Reigns beat Bryan the crowd came alive a bit more, but for »

- John Canton

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Madrid Launches Co-prod Meeting

2 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — The first edition of Spain’s film co-production meeting Ventana del Cine Madrileño, which runs Feb. 12-14, will focus on the joint search for business opportunities by Madrid-based producers with film companies in Bogotá and Stockholm.

Launched by Madrid’s regional government and film /TV producers org Ama, event aims to become a yearly meeting that boosts international film co-productions involving Madrid companies, while luring potential foreign movie investors to shoot in the region.

Of the total 29 film projects to be pitched during the three-day meeting, 15 will come from Madrid, nine from Bogota and five from Stockholm.

A key hub for Spain’s film and TV industry, the Madrid region hosts 455 companies linked to contents production, repping 49% of the country’s audiovisual sector production.

Ventana comes at a time when Spanish production companies either have to look to international for a significant chunk of films’ funding or go drastically down on budget with, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Marco Mueller takes Beijing role

25 January 2015 3:17 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.

Mueller will advise the fifth edition of the festival on programming and operations, while his team of consultants will also work on various strands of the programming.

The fifth edition of Bjiff will run April 16-23.

Mueller stepped down from Rome Film Festival at the end of his three-year term on December 31.

He previously headed International Film Festival Rotterdam from 1989 to 1991, Locarno from 1991 to 2000 and Venice from 2004 to 2011.

A long-time champion of Chinese and Asian cinema, Mueller speaks fluent Mandarin after studying in China in the 1970s.

He was invited to the first Bjiff in 2011 as a special guest and made a keynote speech at the opening ceremony.

It is understood that he was also recently in talks with Shanghai International Film Festival about a similar position.

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- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Marco Müller takes Beijing role

25 January 2015 3:17 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Müller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.

Müller will advise the fifth edition of the festival on programming and operations, while his team of consultants will also work on various strands of the programming.

The fifth edition of Bjiff will run April 16-23.

Müller stepped down from Rome Film Festival at the end of his three-year term on December 31.

He previously headed International Film Festival Rotterdam from 1989 to 1991, Locarno from 1991 to 2000 and Venice from 2004 to 2011.

A long-time champion of Chinese and Asian cinema, Müller speaks fluent Mandarin after studying in China in the 1970s.

He was invited to the first Bjiff in 2011 as a special guest and made a keynote speech at the opening ceremony.

It is understood that he was also recently in talks with Shanghai International Film Festival about a similar position.

Organised »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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"We Are the World" on Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know

25 January 2015 12:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa. The song was called "We Are the World" and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night. "We Are the World" sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammys - but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid. »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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"We Are the World" on Its 30th Anniversary: 5 Things to Know

25 January 2015 12:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thirty years ago, 45 of the biggest (and most diverse) names in American pop music came together on Jan. 28 to record a song with one purpose: ending famine in Africa. The song was called "We Are the World" and megastars like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and many more gathered together to record the track in one legendary night. "We Are the World" sold over 20 million copies and won numerous awards, including three Grammys - but the most important number is the money it raised: an unprecedented $63 million for humanitarian aid. »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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