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10 items from 2016


Slideshow: ‘Southside With You’ Red Carpet, Press Conference featuring John Legend

30 August 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 5 | NextJohn Legend, Executive Producer of ‘Southside with You.’

Chicago – There are previous examples of films that were made with a president as a character while he was in office, including “P.T. 109” (John F. Kennedy, war story), “W.” (George W. Bush, Oliver Stone biography) and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, cameo). President Barack Obama has joined their ranks, but the subject matter of “Southside With You” is decidedly different. The film chronicles his first date with Michelle Robinson, now the First Lady.

Conceived, written and directed by Richard Tanne, “Southside With You” is a charming day-in-the-life first date that pairs the young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) – ex-Chicago community organizer and freshly minted Harvard Law School grad – with Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter). There are glimpses of Michelle’s home life, with her mother Marian (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and father Fraser (Phillip Edward Van Lear). Filmed on location in Chicago, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Godless' triumphs in Locarno

13 August 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bulgarian drama won the Golden Leopard as well as Best Actress for star Irena Ivanova.

Bulgarian director Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless has won the top prize, the Golden Leopard, at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The drama also took the Best Actress award for Irena Ivanova’s performance as a nurse looking after elderly patients with dementia in a remote Bulgarian town.

In addition, the production by Klas Film’s Rossitsa Valkanova with Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Alcatraz Films and Film Factory, received the Ecumenical Jury’s Prize, which comes with a cash award of $20,500 (CHF20,000).

The screenplay for Godless  - which is being handled internationally by Greek-based Heretic Outreach - had been supported by Torino FilmLab’s FrameWork, Sarajevo’s CineLink and the Women in Film Finishing Fund in Los Angeles.

“This prize was unusual among juries because it was a unanimous decision between all the members of our team,” the International »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Independence Day in Movie Culture: Patriotism From Patrick Stewart, Deadpool, Captain America and More

4 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for Fourth of July movie culture:   Movie Promo of the Day: The upcoming animated movie Sausage Party has a very special Fourth of July-themed PSA this holiday weekend:   Musical Melody of the Day: It doesn't get much more American than a beloved British actor, such as Patrick Stewart, dressed up as a cowboy and singing country and western classics (via Live for Films):   Fake Movie of the Day: Michael Bay already depicted a heroic Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Pearl Harbor. But this fake Michael Bay movie focused on Fdr would be much more entertaining (via BuzzFeed):   Supercut of the Day: For Fandor Keyframe, Nelson Carvajal compiles the greatest Fourth of July and...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Memorial Music

29 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Paul Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: A Requiem for Those We Love Jan De Gaetani/William Stone/Atlanta Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Robert Shaw (Telarc)

Memorial Day started spontaneously and independently in several towns and cities in 1866 as a way of honoring soldiers who died in the Civil War by placing flowers on their graves -- thus the holiday's old name, Decoration Day.

At first there was not a specific date, but observation was made more uniform starting in 1868; May 30 was chosen, supposedly because it was not the anniversary of a specific battle and because by then flowers would be in bloom throughout the country. 

After World War I, the observances were expanded to include the deceased of that fresh conflict, and in the decades since, the holiday has come to honor all fallen servicemen. A century after its start, the observance was changed to the last »

- SteveHoltje

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Canada's New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Is Basically a Canadian Kennedy

22 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you've been wondering why some people on your social media feeds have been more excited about the upcoming White House state dinner than the Oscars, the answer is pretty simple: Justin Trudeau. On March 10, the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, will be hosted by President Obama and the First Lady for the evening, which will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that the White House has hosted a Canadian Prime Minister. Since ousting longtime Pm Stephen Harper of the Conservative party in October, Trudeau has earned a lot of attention for welcoming Syrian refugees, »

- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm

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Canada's New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Is Basically a Canadian Kennedy

22 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you've been wondering why some people on your social media feeds have been more excited about the upcoming White House state dinner than the Oscars, the answer is pretty simple: Justin Trudeau. On March 10, the Canadian Prime Minister and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, will be hosted by President Obama and the First Lady for the evening, which will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that the White House has hosted a Canadian Prime Minister. Since ousting longtime Pm Stephen Harper of the Conservative party in October, Trudeau has earned a lot of attention for welcoming Syrian refugees, »

- Julia Emmanuele, @julesemm

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It's National Brotherhood Week: Celebrate with Tom Lehrer's Classic Parody Song

22 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In 1934, the National Conference for Christians and Jews - a real organization founded in 1927 and dedicated to "bringing diverse people together to address interfaith divisions - came up with the idea for National Brotherhood Week. In an official declaration proclaiming "Brotherhood Week," President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote "We are fighting for the right of men to live together as members of one family rather than as masters and slaves. We are fighting that the spirit of brotherhood which we prize in this country may be practiced here and by free men everywhere." This all brings us to Tom Lehrer. Lehrer »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Phobia Fest Announces New Guests & Screenings

25 January 2016 6:29 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The 32nd president Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Face your fears with Phobia Fest 2016, kicking off on March 12th in Michigan courtesy of the creators of Detroit Zombie Con, who have just announced new guests and screenings for the event.

Press Release: The team behind Detroit Zombie Con plan a bolder and bloodier return this March with Phobiafest. Phobia is a two day and night horror-themed experience that focuses on all that we fear.

Zombies, Clowns, Serial Killers and more will converge upon Mpi studios in Troy, Michigan Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th for a round-the-clock fright fest. Phobia will feature a film festival with 12 Midwest premieres, live role playing events, special guests, and even a Miss Phobia pageant.

Thus far Phobia can announce special guests Meg Foster star of Rob Zombie’s upcoming 31 as well as John Carpenter’s classic They Live. »

- Tamika Jones

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PBS Teams With NPR for 2016 Election Programming

18 January 2016 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and NPR are teaming up for programming centering around the 2016 presidential election, dubbed “PBS Election 2016.” The partnership was announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

“PBS Election 2016” will include new and returning series, specials, documentaries and digital content with a mix of investigative reports, educational opportunities and local and national stories. With PBS and NPR joining forces, the programming will result in shared digital, video and audio content between the two organizations, covering everything from the primary debates to election night and beyond.

As part of the collaboration, PBS will launch an election-focused digital platform on PBS.org in February that will include content from NPR. Likewise, NPR will integrate PBS content into its politics section on NPR.org with both companies cross-promoting.

“In this election year, PBS promises viewers extensive, in-depth and thoughtful coverage across all platforms,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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The Beginning or the End

4 January 2016 3:43 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Stop! Don't touch that dial... if you like your atom-age propaganda straight up, MGM has the movie for you, an expensive 1946 docu-drama that became 'the official story' for the making of the bomb. The huge cast includes Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake, Audrey Totter, Hume Cronyn, Hurd Hatfield, and Joseph Calleia. How trustworthy is the movie? It begins by showing footage of a time capsule being buried -- that supposedly contains the film we are watching. Think about that. Mom, Apple Pie, the Flag and God are enlisted to argume that we should stop worrying and love the fact that bombs are just peachy-keen dandy. The Beginning or the End DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1947 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 112 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler, Audrey Totter, Hume Cronyn, Hurd Hatfield, Joseph Calleia, Godfrey Tearle, Victor Francen, »

- Glenn Erickson

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