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Elementary School Volunteer Allegedly Filmed Child Pornography with Students as Young as 9

15 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A 22-year-old Maryland elementary school volunteer has confessed to making child pornography involving at least 10 students as young as 9 years old, People confirms. On Feb. 5, Deonte Carraway, 22, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second degree sexual offense after allegedly admitting to police that he made videos and solicited photos of at least 10 students, according to a police report obtained by People. Carraway was a volunteer teacher's assistant at Judge Sylvian Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland during the current school year. Before he worked as a volunteer, Carraway was a »

- Harriet Sokmensuer, @HGSokmensuer

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Elementary School Volunteer Allegedly Filmed Child Pornography with Students as Young as 9

15 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A 22-year-old Maryland elementary school volunteer has confessed to making child pornography involving at least 10 students as young as 9 years old, People confirms. On Feb. 5, Deonte Carraway, 22, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second degree sexual offense after allegedly admitting to police that he made videos and solicited photos of at least 10 students, according to a police report obtained by People. Carraway was a volunteer teacher's assistant at Judge Sylvian Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland during the current school year. Before he worked as a volunteer, Carraway was a »

- Harriet Sokmensuer, @HGSokmensuer

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dawson’s Creek

9 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

If you grew up in the ’90s, you probably remember the popular television series Dawson’s Creek, which premiered on January 20, 1998 on the now defunct WB network. Dawson’s Creek helped pave the way for young adult dramas. Had the series not been successful, we may not have had the pleasure of watching series like One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, or The O.C. The drama, which starred James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, and Michelle Williams, aired for six seasons, totaling 128 episodes. Though the series has been off the air for almost 12 years, the cast continues to be in high demand. James Van

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dawson’s Creek »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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Film Review: Manchester By The Sea: Affleck and Williams Haunt with Career-Bests [Sundance 2016]

6 February 2016 4:11 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Manchester By The Sea (2016) Film Review from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, and Kyle Chandler. From writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me) comes his third feature film in sixteen years, a heartwarming observation about family, fatherhood, manhood, and coming-of-age. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) returns to his hometown following […] »

- Drew Stelter

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Manchester by the Sea | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

5 February 2016 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Fire Last Time: Lonergan’s Austere Portrait of Razed Emotions in Chilly New England

Kenneth Lonergan musters yet another masterful portrait of pervasive trauma with his third feature, Manchester by the Sea, a muted New England melodrama which feels like a brotherly companion piece to the director’s feature debut sixteen years prior, You Can Count on Me (2000). Considering the dramatic development of his sophomore feature, the superb Margaret (which filmed in 2005, and after several publicized edits, at last received a release in 2011), we should be thankful his latest hasn’t been subjected to similar agitation. Commanded by a profound, melancholy performance from Casey Affleck, this latest is a subdued, languorous drama exploring the troubled future of a Boston family when a recent death in the family causes floundering skeletons to surface. Though this isn’t nearly as emotionally thorough or ambitiously monumental as either of the auteur’s first two titles, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2016’s Top 10 New Faces

5 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Yesterday, Nicholas Bell and I issued our Top 10 New Voices, and now we launch into our New Faces. They range in age, amount of screen time, and in this year’s batch of New Faces made memorable turns in supporting or principle character roles. Narrowly breaking into our top ten list we have names such as Sand Storm‘s Lammis Ammar and Spa Night‘s Haerry Kim. Here is our top ten countdown.

#10. Royalty HightowerThe Fits.

Move over Creed. The youngest featured actress to be profiled in our ten set was embraced in Park City as the next “it” personality and for good reason. In Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, Royalty Hightower’s Toni has a lot of volume – she physically inhabits a character who is at odds with her burgeoning teenagehood (a transition that is not always welcomed) in a performance that empathically comes across as non-actingly natural. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Colette vs. Mary Magdalene

5 February 2016 8:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Here's Murtada speculating very early on the 2017 Oscar race.

There’s usually a real life person in the best actress lineup. It’s not as prevalent as it is in best actor - 4 this year. But we do have Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence). Last year there were Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) and Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon). Recently we got everyone from Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) and most famously The Queen (Helen Mirren) and her 80s nemesis Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep). Now we have two more possible candidates for the 2017 Oscar race as two interesting biopics were announced this week with two actresses well known to the Academy. French writer Colette (to be played by Keira Knightley) and Jesus disciple Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara). 

Colette in 1920s

Colette is the more intriguing figure, at least to this non-believer. Born in 1873 she was a journalist, »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Casey Affleck’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Closes International Sales

3 February 2016 4:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sierra/Affinity has completed sales of worldwide rights outside of North America to Sundance hit “Manchester by the Sea,” starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams with Kenneth Lonergan directing.

Amazon acquired the North America distribution rights to the film, which were represented by Wme Global, and will release it with an Oscar campaign in the fall.

Universal acquired the rights in Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. Studio Canal bought the U.K. rights.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired Latin America, Scandinavia, Iceland, Baltics, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Able Entertainment took South Korea and Golden Scene bought Hong Kong.

Set in the north shore of Massachusetts, “Manchester by the Sea” tells the story of a working class family in which Affleck’s brother (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies and he is made the legal guardian of his nephew — and forced to deal »

- Dave McNary

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Sierra/Affinity closes international sales on 'Manchester By The Sea'

3 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed Sundance Premieres selection has sold out around the world as Nick Meyer and his team concluded a string of deals including a multi-territory pact with Universal Pictures International Productions.

After Amazon Studios stumped up $10m for North American rights following the drama’s world premiere in Park City, Universal has acquired rights for Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Middle East, and Cis.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions got behind Manchester By The Sea when Sierra/Affinity commenced pre-sales at the Efm in 2015 and will distribute in Latin America, Scandinavia, Iceland, Asian pay TV, Baltics, Czech/Slovak, former-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.

Manchester By The Sea: Screen’s Sundance review

Kenneth Lonergan interview

UK rights have gone to Studio Canal, South Africa to Ster Kinekor, South Korea to Able Entertainment, Taiwan to Caichange International, Hong Kong to Golden Scene, Thailand to M Pictures »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sierra/Affinity closes international sales on 'Manchester'

3 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed Sundance Premieres selection has sold out around the world as Nick Meyer and his team concluded a string of deals including a multi-territory pact with Universal Pictures International Production.

After Amazon Studios stumped up $10m for North American rights following the drama’s world premiere in Park City, Universal has acquired rights for Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Middle East, and Cis.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions got behind Manchester By The Sea when Sierra/Affinity commenced pre-sales at the Efm in 2015 and will distribute in Latin America, Scandinavia, Iceland, Asian pay TV, Baltics, Czech/Slovak, former-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.

UK rights have gone to Studio Canal, South Africa to Ster Kinekor, South Korea to Able Entertainment, Taiwan to Caichange International, Hong Kong to Golden Scene, Thailand to M Pictures, Portugal to Lusomundo, Switzerland to Ascot Elite, Israel to United »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sundance: Looking Beyond the Winners’ Circle

2 February 2016 9:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Chang: Well, I called it. Then again, who didn’t? Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” cemented its standing as the sensation of Sundance 2016 by winning the grand jury prize and audience award on Saturday night — an outcome that was hardly surprising, in light of recent double winners like “Precious,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Whiplash” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” as well as the undeniable cultural weight that a film about slavery, featuring a black hero and told from a black filmmaker’s perspective, now carries. Later this year, when Fox Searchlight launches its not-so-secret weapon to prevent another #OscarsSoWhite, there will be plenty of opining (as there is already) that “The Birth of a Nation” is a cultural landmark but a far-from-great movie, one whose import and relevance overshadow some of its artistic shortcomings.

I’ve written plenty about Parker’s film, which strikes me »

- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge

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8 Likely 2017 Awards Contenders

2 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

With Sundance having just wrapped, here are the films—from a new Todd Solondz to another outing from Michelle Williams and Kelly Reichardt—that will likely be in the awards running later this year. “The Birth of a Nation”“The Birth of a Nation” is the true story of Nat Turner, an African-American slave who leads the most successful slave rebellion in American history. Nate Parker writes and directs himself as Turner—and may very well establish himself as one of Hollywood’s must-watch triple threats upon the film’s premiere. Parker leads an ensemble cast that includes Aunjanue Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King, and Gabrielle Union.  “Captain FantasticViggo Mortensen stars as Ben, a dedicated father of six secluded from society in the Pacific Northwest. Tragic circumstances force him and his children to say goodbye to their utopia and enter a world »

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Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women Leads Nicholas Bell’s 2016 Sundance Film Fest Top Ten

1 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sundance 2016 has come to a close, once more showcasing a lack of differentiation based on what constitutes the Audience and the Grand Jury. All in all, it was a favorable line-up of films, with some significant offerings in the Us Dramatic line-up, many of which were overshadowed by Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. Likewise, a bevy of wonderful films in the Premieres and Next sections added to this festival’s enjoyable experience.

10. Kiki – Dir. Sara Jordeno

9. Goat – Dir. Andrew Neel

8. Wiener Dog – Dir. Todd Solondz

7. Mammal – Dir. Rebecca Daly

6. Manchester by the Sea – Dir. Kenneth Lonergan

5. Love and Friendship – Dir. Whit Stillman

4. The Eyes of My Mother – Dir. Nicolas Pesce

3. The Birth of a Nation – Dir. Nate Parker

At number three Parker’s directorial debut (review) represents the ultimate success story, a seven year labor of love which seems to have pushed all the right buttons. With superb performances and troubling material, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The 21 Best Films of Sundance 2016

1 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety film critics Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Geoff Berkshire and Dennis Harvey weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films that world-premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The full list follows (in alphabetical order):

1. “Agnus Dei.” Set in a Polish convent ravaged by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII, Anne Fontaine’s finest film in years explores every aspect of an unthinkable situation with tact, intelligence and fine-grained character detail. Beautifully acted by a strong female ensemble, especially the great Agata Kulesza (“Ida”), the film achieves a grace that transcends even its cloistered surroundings. (Justin Chang)

2. “Audrie & Daisy.” Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s documentary was among the festival’s most potent social-issue indictments, delving into two recent high-profile cases underline the high risk of sexual assault among American teens, as well as the “slut-shaming” culture that often exacerbates the trauma such crimes create. (Dennis »

- Variety Staff

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'Manchester by the Sea': The Story Behind Sundance 2016's Best Movie

1 February 2016 6:48 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

If you've seen writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's work before — the handful of films and half-dozen one-acts and plays he's penned to date — you understand why he's racked up numerous theater awards, Oscar nods and a Pulitzer nomination. And if you're lucky enough to meet Lonergan, you'll understand where that singular voice comes from. Sitting in a crowded Sundance Film Festival lodge off of Main Street, the shaggy, bespectacled 53-year-old director of You Can Count on Me and Margaret acts like a Kenneth Lonergan character.acts like a Kenneth Lonergan character. »

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Oscars 2017: Sundance Launches Strong Contenders Like ‘Birth of a Nation,’ ‘Weiner’

31 January 2016 9:31 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may seem nuts to start handicapping next year’s Oscars race before this year’s ceremony has even aired, but Sundance has proven that it’s now a launching pad for awards season contenders.

After January 2014’s debut of “Boyhood” and January 2015’s premiere of “Brooklyn” (both at the Eccles Theater), Sundance may have doubled up and unveiled two best picture nominees in 2016. Those would be “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Birth of a Nation.”

Let’s start with the second title. Nate Parker’s retelling of the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner is a one-man tour-de-force: starring Parker, directed by Parker, produced by Parker and written by the actor best known until now as the star of “Beyond the Lights.” “The Birth of a Nation” will change that. Not only did the historical epic receive the most prolonged standing ovation at this year’s Sundance, it »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Certain Women | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

30 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

All I Desire: Reichardt’s Exceptional Triptych of Tenacious Women

Though she’s already touted as one of the most talented American contemporary directors, Kelly Reichardt accomplishes an unassuming masterpiece with her latest feature, Certain Women. Based on short stories by Maile Meloy, Reichardt adopts a conversational tone in this trio of narratives focused on three women living within the same vicinity in Montana. Commanding an impressive cast, Reichardt’s lost none of her touch for skillful portrayals of subtle emotion, painting complex characters with rich, visual detail. Reuniting with Dp Christopher Blauvelt (Night Moves), Reichardt constructs an elliptical narrative concerned with three distinct women attempting to pursue desired objectives. Observant, heartfelt, and incredibly eloquent, Reichardt’s latest unfolds with poetic finesse, building to a powerful crescendo of sublimated emotion.

A variety of intersections transpire across a vaguely defined radius in Montana, some with more conflict and consequence than others. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Scott Reviews Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea [Sundance 2016]

27 January 2016 1:17 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

A note for readers – although I will attempt not to reveal crucial plot details that don’t fall under the general umbrella of the film’s premise (and which will certainly be incorporated into future trailers and the like), everyone has their own definitions of these things, so consider this fair warning.

All three of Kenneth Lonergan’s films deal with how people cope after tragedies. In You Can Count on Me, it was the past – two siblings who lost their parents in a car accident at a young age develop different ways of surviving that. In Margaret, the present; a teenager witnesses a horrific bus accident that leaves a woman dead in her arms. Manchester by the Sea folds a tragedy of the past into one of the present.

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a handyman for a block of Boston apartments.. He’s stuck in mundanity – shoveling snow, »

- Scott Nye

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Review: Casey Affleck's amazing work anchors fest best 'Manchester By The Sea'

27 January 2016 12:20 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Grief is a terrible animal, red of claw and tooth, and once it gets hold of you, there is no way of knowing what it will do to you. Over the last year, I've watched a dear friend of mine struggle with back to back losses of two of the most important people in her life, and at times, I've genuinely worried that it would be too much for her to take. This is a strong, vibrant person, and grief landed on her in a way that very nearly crushed all of that joy and vitality right out of her. I've had my own bouts with profound sorrow over the last year as a result of the end of my marriage, and while I feel like I've reached the other side of all of that, I remain shaken by just how damaged I was by things. For the first time in my adult life, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Now and Then: Sundance’s Biggest Breakouts

27 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Park City may be icy cold, but the film acquisitions are piping hot at this year Sundance Film Festival. Fox Searchlight secured world rights to “The Birth of a Nation” in a record-breaking deal totaling $17.5 million. Actor-writer Nate Parker’s (“Beyond the Lights”) directorial debut is one of the festival’s most acclaimed films to play the fest this year. This purchase rivals the $10.5 million paid out for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006 and the $10 million sum for “Hamlet 2” in 2008. Parker portrays former slave Nat Turner, who led one of the biggest slave rebellions in United States history. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature, “Manchester by the Sea,” also lit Park City up this week. Amazon acquired the drama for $10 million. The pic stars Casey Affleck as a man who returns to his »

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