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Interview: Sierra Leonean Writer/Producer Victoria Thomas Talks Internet Platforms & Crowdfunding

13 December 2013 10:02 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As curator of the director’s eye project for lettera27 Foundation, I spoke with director and producer Victoria Thomas about internet platforms and crowdfunding. Victoria is from Sierra Leone and was raised in the UK, where she now lives and works. She is currently working on a new feature script, called "Kiloshe," and is also developing and launching a new internet platform called The interview is the second part of a series of discussions with female African directors that focuses on funding and production strategies for contemporary cinema.Vanessa Lanari: Victoria, you are developing and launching a new film platform on the internet called What is Trigah and »

- Vanessa Lanari

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'Hangover III' CD and Others Set for SAG Foundation Talk

9 July 2013 11:14 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Getting in the room with top casting directors ranks as an achievement for many actors. Now it's only a mouse click away. As part of its LifeRaft series, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is livestreaming a panel of four prominent casting directors Tuesday night.  TV and features casting director Ronna Kress ("Without a Trace," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid") and Jeanne McCarthy ("The Mindy Project," "21 Jump Street") and the feature-focused Mindy Marin ("Hangover III") and Victoria Thomas ("Django Unchained") will "share stories and anecdotes as they reflect over their careers and help provide a big picture perspective of what it is like to work with agents, managers, directors, producers, studio executives and actors," according to a release. The event will be livestreamed here starting at 7 p.m. Pacific. Questions can be emailed to or tweeted to #Sagf. The video will be archived immediately after the event at youtube. »

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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Treats Cult Hit ‘Repo Man’ Like Classic Film

29 April 2013 3:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – One of the many things I love about The Criterion Collection is the even battlefield that it creates within its own archives. A film by Alfred Hitchcock or Akira Kurosawa or Charles Chaplin can sit next to a cult hit like “Repo Man.” I grew up in the era of “Repo Man“‘s growing cult status and it’s amazing to me to see this midnight movie given the same level of respect as films widely recognized as classics. “Repo Man” is a classic in its own way and the people at Criterion recognize that. Fans of the movie, and there are Many, will be more than satisfied.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Repo Man” is such a defiantly weird, punk rock movie that its unique nature has made it timeless. The film would be a cult hit if it came out today, nearly three decades after its release. Do you know how few ’80s films, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Repo Man

28 January 2013 2:39 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterino

Emilio Estevez is the nihilistic Otto in Alex Cox's Repo Man.

Alex Cox’s (Searchers 2.0) singular science fiction comedy Repo Man remains the quintessential cult comedy film of the 1980s.

The 1984 movie stars the always captivating Harry Dean Stanton (Seven Psychopaths) as a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) as the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious—and otherworldly—Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it.

Featuring an ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack featuring music from Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, The Circle Jerks, Fear and other, the grungily hilarious R-rated  Repo Man still rules (while being a  politically trenchant take on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policy)!

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- Laurence

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See What The Criterion Collection Has Scheduled for the Blu-ray of ‘Repo Man’

17 January 2013 10:35 PM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

“Let’s go get sushi and not pay.”  Many films would kill to have as many quotable lines and memorable scenes as Repo Man has during its 92 minute running time.  The 1984 cult classic may not have as large of a following as other cult films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Harold and Maude, and Heathers, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t.  In fact, The Criterion Collection is here to remind us why we should pay more attention to this unique film that deftly blends 80′s punk culture, sci-fi weirdness, and Reagan-era politics.  Director Alex Cox is most known for his following film Sid and Nancy – a film that documents the ups and down of the real-life rock and roll couple.  However, the Oxford law student (yes, you read that correctly) released Repo Man two years prior as his feature length film debut.  Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton »

- Michael Haffner

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Casting Directors: When Will Oscars Recognize the Impact We Have on Films?

14 January 2013 6:59 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar nominations are out, the Golden Globes are done. But long before the cameras roll, some of the most important work -- that isn't eligible for awards -- is done. TheWrap gathered the casting directors on some of the season's leading films to talk about their work, why it can be emotionally draining and whether it ought to be recognized with its own Oscar. Gathered around a table at the Montage hotel recently were, from left above: Terri Taylor ("Hitchcock"), Vicki Thomas ("Django Unchained"), John Papsidera ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Mary Vernieu »

- Sharon Waxman

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