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Jared Leto Is The New Chief Creative Officer of Streaming Service Fandor

Jared Leto Is The New Chief Creative Officer of Streaming Service Fandor
Jared Leto has accepted a new role as Chief Creative Officer for the niche subscription streaming service Fandor. The company offers cinephiles a carefully curated selection not found on bigger streamers like Netflix or Hulu, with a focus on indies, genre classics, documentaries, and foreign films. In addition to the streaming platform, Fandor also maintains an editorial side to the site, offering critical analyses and video essays. The announcement comes after a concerted effort by the site to shift towards the mainstream that began with closing down Keyframe, Fandor’s 5-year-old online magazine.

Read More: Fandor Is Moving Toward the Mainstream, and Bracing for the Backlash — Exclusive

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news, reporting that the Oscar winner will be “the creative voice of the company,” contributing original programming and hosting live-streaming events. Fandor will also use Leto’s on-demand media streaming and social media platform, VyRT.

“As a longtime Fandor subscriber,
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Fandor Is Moving Toward the Mainstream, and Bracing for the Backlash — Exclusive

Fandor Is Moving Toward the Mainstream, and Bracing for the Backlash — Exclusive
Fandor, the indie and international cinema streaming platform, is turning a new page — and “for better or worse, the new strategy is not for everyone,” admitted Fandor CEO Larry Aidem.

Earlier this week, the company closed Keyframe, its 5-year-old digital magazine, and two of its longtime staffers left the company: editorial director Jonathan Kiefer and David Hudson, who ran Keyframe Daily and whom, in his recent New York Times profile of Fandor, Glenn Kenny praised as a “great asset.”

“When I started at Fandor in 2012, and for several years afterwards, we were a good match, what with our shared sense of cinephilia and appreciation for timeliness,” Hudson said. “As Fandor evolves, its editorial focus is changing, and at this point, it’s best for me and the company to amicably part ways. I truly wish them well and hope that they achieve the growth they’re after.”

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How to Cook Pasta the ‘Goodfellas’ Way (And What Food Reveals About The Scorsese Classic) — Watch

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How to Cook Pasta the ‘Goodfellas’ Way (And What Food Reveals About The Scorsese Classic) — Watch
“Film to Table” has been journeying through some of the great culinary dishes in film the last few weeks, recreating dishes from “Tompopo” and Jon Favreau’s “Chef.” This week, host and chef Jason Roberts is joined by comedian Brian Unger, as they cook up an Italian pasta dish made famous by Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

Read More: ‘Chef’s’ Cuban Sandwiches Come to Life in ‘Film to Table’ — Watch

Goodfellas” is considered by many to not only be one of Scorsese’s best films, but also one of the great cinematic achievements of all time. While cooking the meal, consisting of spaghetti and meatballs, Roberts and Unger discuss how food becomes such a pivotal element of the film, becoming a dual symbol representing two of the biggest themes found in Henry Hill’s (Ray Liotta) tale: family and power.

Aside from explaining exactly how to cook the savory pasta dish,
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‘Chef’s’ Cuban Sandwiches Come to Life in ‘Film to Table’ — Watch

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‘Chef’s’ Cuban Sandwiches Come to Life in ‘Film to Table’ — Watch
It’s physically impossible to watch Jon Favreau’s 2014 film “Chef” and not want to immediately want to eat every single meal shown on screen. Thanks to L/Studio’s new show “Film to Table,” you can learn exactly how to make the Cubano Sandwich Favreau’s food truck cooks up in the movie.

Read More: ‘Film to Table’: See ‘Tampopo’s’ Ramen Get Cooked Up by Chef Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts, joined by chef Travis Flood, recreates the delicious film meal in the short five minute episode. Obviously “Chef” shows Favreau and John Leguizamo cooking up the dish fast, but Roberts and Flood slow it down to show exactly how to make the mouth-watering meal.

The two chefs also aren’t shy about expressing their love for the film, which follows Favreau’s character attempting to make it on his own in the food truck business after he quits his restaurant job.
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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures Launches New Video Game Division

Production company Annapurna Pictures announced on Thursday, December 1, that it is expanding its operations with the addition of the division Annapurna Interactive, which will be devoted to producing and publishing video games.

“I’ve had a great passion for video games for as long as I can remember. Growing up, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ was one of my all-time favorites. My brother and I ran up quite a bill calling the 1-900 numbers for tips on those games, before the internet provided game-guides,” said Megan Ellison, Annapurna’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming. We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home and I believe we’ve assembled the perfect team to make that happen.”

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Annapurna Interactive launches to produce, publish video games

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Annapurna Interactive launches to produce, publish video games
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures announced the development on Thursday.

Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing “personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring new visions to the medium.”

The company is lining up to publish two games in spring: Jason Roberts’ Gorogoa is a hand-illustrated story suspended inside a puzzle that requires the player to move panels on a grid as though arranging framed drawings on a wall.

What Remains Of Edith Finch, developed by Giant Sparrow, is a playable collection of short stories, each with different artistic styles and gameplay centred on the cursed Finch family.

Annapurna Interactive will also release games from acclaimed industry talents including San Francisco-based developer Funomena and creative director Keita Takahashi, creator of the Katamari Damacy franchise, and Mountains, which is led by Ken Wong, best known for his work on Monument Valley.

Leading the new company will be a team
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Annapurna Pictures Announces New Video Game Division

Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind Zero Dark Thirty, Her and Sausage Party, has expanded its operations with the creation of Annapurna Interactive, a division entirely dedicated to producing and publishing video games. Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring new visions to the medium.

"We believe video games have a powerful ability to stir emotion. We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with the artists who inspire us in order to bring memorable experiences to all players, whether experienced or first-time gamers."

Annapurna Interactive is set to publish two games targeting Spring 2017 release dates: Jason Roberts' Gorogoa and Giant Sparrow's What Remains of Edith Finch. Gorogoa, by Jason Roberts, is a beautifully hand-illustrated story suspended inside a puzzle with a unique mechanic where the player moves panels on a grid as
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Annapurna Pictures Launches Interactive Video Game Division

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Annapurna Pictures Launches Interactive Video Game Division
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind “Sausage Party,” has launched Annapurna Interactive, a division which will produce and publish video games. Annapurna Interactive will publish two games targeting Spring 2017 release dates: Jason Roberts’ “Gorogoa” and Giant Sparrow’s “What Remains of Edith Finch.” “Gorogoa” is a story within a puzzle where the player moves panels on a grid. “Edith Finch” is a collection of short stories centered around the cursed Finch family. Annapurna Interactive will also release games from other developers like Funomena and Creative Director Keita Takahashi, creator of the “Katamari Damacy” franchise. Also Read: Erik Lomis to Exit.
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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures Launches Video-Game Division

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures Launches Video-Game Division
Annapurna Pictures has created a new division devoted to producing and publishing video games. The production company has hired a staff of game-industry vets for the new Annapurna Interactive group and has several deals already in the works.

Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing “personal, emotional and original games” that will push the boundaries of interactive content, according to the production house. Megan Ellison, Annapurna’s founder and CEO, said she’s long had a passion for video games and cited Nintendo’s 1998 “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” as one of her all-time favorites.

“The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting, and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming,” said Ellison, who is the daughter of Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison. “We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home, and I believe we’ve assembled
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NBC4 Dominates Los Angeles Area Emmys 2016: Complete Winners List

NBC4 was the big winner at the 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on Saturday, picking up eight awards total, including for best evening newscast. The awards were presented by the Television Academy at its new Saban Media Center. Los Angeles icon and Emmy-winning television host Stephanie Edwards was the recipient of this year’s Los Angeles Area Governors Award, presented to her by Ktla’s Sam Rubin. Also Read: Peter Scolari's Late Emmy Nomination Scores 'Girls' Its Only Nod This Year Here’s a complete list of winners: Light News Story – Single Report Homeless Headshots, Ktla
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Below the Line Bookings

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. has booked d.p. Sean Bobbit (“12 Years a Slave”) (pictured middle) on Steve McQueen’s untitled HBO pilot; costume designer Sharen Davis (”Get On Up”) on J Blakeson’s “The Fifth Wave”; production designers William O. Hunter (art director on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) on Michael Carney’s “Same Kind of Different as Me” and Charles Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) on Scott Derrickson’s “Dr. Strange” for Marvel Studios; special effects supervisor Chris Reynolds (“The World’s End”) on Burr Steers’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”; and assistant director Steve Andrews (“The Bourne Legacy) on James Vanderbilt’s “Truth.”

Dattner Dispoto has booked d.p.’s Robert Gantz (“White Collar”) on Jean-Francois Richet’s “Un moment d’egarement,” David Moxness (“Graceland”) on ABC’s “Forever,” Jim Hawkinson (“Hannibal”) on SyFy’s “The Man in the High Castle” pilot and
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BBC boss reveals diversity plans

Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.

The director general unveiled the package of measures in a speech at Elstree Studios on Friday, where he said “it’s time for action” on diversity. It follows the issue being thrust to the forefront of the broadcasting agenda over the past 12 months.

As well as the £2.1m Diversity Creative Talent Fund, the BBC has created two leadership development programmes, introduced new staff diversity targets and an intern scheme. Hall will also create an independent board to keep the BBC’s progress in check.

Hall’s measures at a glance

£2.1m diversity fundCreation of independent diversity boardLeadership and commissioning development schemesFresh diversity targets

He has stopped short of introducing Lenny Henry’s proposal to ring-fence a percentage of the BBC’s annual commissioning budget for programmes
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BBC's Tony Hall announces new diversity strategy: "We need to do more"

The BBC has announced a new strategy to improve the representation of ethnic minorities at the corporation.

Director general Tony Hall unveiled the proposals at the set of EastEnders in Elstree on Friday (June 20).

The plans include a new executive development scheme and a commissioning fund, while more training internships for black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) graduate trainees will be introduced.

Lenny Henry - an outspoken critic of organisations including the BBC over Bame diversity - will be among a panel of experts on a new independent action group to advise the corporation.

Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, broadcaster Baroness Floella Benjamin and footballer Jason Roberts will also be on the panel.

"The BBC gets much right on diversity, but the simple fact is that we need to do more. I am not content for the BBC to be merely good or above average," Hall said.

"I want
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BBC pundits World Cup Guide: Who will win? Are England doomed?

With a festival of football about to take over your TV screens for the summer, we caught up with the BBC pundits and presenters heading out to Brazil to ask the big questions.

Who is going to win it? Are England doomed? And what on earth do we do if it goes to penalties?

England's chances?

Things don't look too cheery for Roy's boys. Getting out of the group stage is being treated as a major achievement, and even getting that far is being too optimistic for some of the pundits.

Mark Chapman: "I can't see them getting out of the group. I don't know if that makes me pessimistic, realistic or what. I just can't seem them getting past Uruguay. Thankfully, I think fans are more realistic and the media are being more realistic this time. We haven't seen any England players wrapped in the St George's flag saying
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Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet with Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons & More at the Roundabout Spring Gala

Last night, Roundabout Theatre Company honored Sam Mendes with the Jason Roberts Award for Excellence in Theatre. The criterion for this award is to have made an 'indelible impact on the theatre world.' The award was named after the founder of Roundabout and is given each year in remembrance of his own impact on the theatre world.BroadwayWorld wa sthere for the special night and you can check out photos from the star-studded red carpet arrivals below
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Finalists Announced for the 2014 Independent Games Festival, Plenty of Indie Games That I Now Need to Play

Every year, the Independent Games Festival gathers hundreds of indie games to play, judge, and recognize. Not only are they providing gamers the invaluable service of finding the hidden masterpieces that are released every year, but they also bring awareness to the gems that deserve to be played.

This year the over 650 entrants were distributed to 375 judges to be evaluated for each category like Excellence in Visual Art, Narrative, or Design. 650 is far more entries than they have had in years past, showing the obvious growth of the “indie gaming market” in recent years.

The winners will be announced on March 19th at the Game Developers Conference 2014, where the winners of each category will receive prize moneys (up to $30k for the grand prize), an immense amount of recognition, and even a deal with Valve for Steam distribution (if they wish). The Steam distribution deal may end up being the
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Nottingham Forest vs Reading: Team News, Preview And Likely Line-Ups

Nottingham Forest vs Reading

Friday, 29 November 2013

City Ground, Nottingham

Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Reading travel to Nottingham Forest on Friday knowing a win would take them above their opponents and into the SkyBet Championship playoff places ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

The Royals come to the City Ground without a win in four matches and an away record of just two points from their last 12, however. Nigel Adkins’s outfit have only gone back to Berkshire with all three points from one of their last five visits to Nottingham.

Hosts Forest meanwhile can temporarily climb a place to fourth with a point or better. Billy Davies’s side are buoyed by a recent victory at East Midlands rivals Leicester City and a battling draw with table toppers Burnley last time out.

Team News

Forest captain Chris Cohen is out for the rest of the season after damaging
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Premier League: Were Reading Always Doomed To Be Relegated?

When the 2012/2013 Premier League season fixtures were announced, many fans started their careers as Mystic Meg replacements. Who would win the League? Who would go down? Many said Reading were in there ‘doomed’ three. Written off before the season had been played out and I’m sorry to say to Reading fans for good reason. I have nothing against Reading and I really enjoyed watching their run in the Championship under Brian McDermott, whom I respect as a Manager; although I do believe they were doomed from the outset.

When Reading were promoted from the Championship, it’d be fair to say that a surge of wins got them there. They were rated at 12/1 to be promoted, not win the Championship but for promotion. The Bookies thought that West Ham, Leicester & Birmingham were better bets for promotion. So in reality, they were outside the ‘main’ three teams of who the bookies thought would go up.
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Reading vs Southampton – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Madejski Stadium Date: Saturday, 6th April K/o: 12:45 Team News

New Reading manager Nigel Adkins has a near-full strength squad at his disposal as he prepares to take on former club Southampton.

Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts, who are out for the remainder of the season, are the only notable absentees.

Southampton duo Artur Boruc and Adam Lallana should be fit in time for the lunch time kick off; Boruc was substituted in the win over Chelsea due to complaints of dizziness, while Lallana missed out entirely with a groin injury.

Match Preview

Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins locks horns with former club Southampton in this weekend’s bottom of the table clash, and though his former employers are currently 12th in the table, they are by no means clear of the dreaded drop zone.

But it is Reading who are in dire straits at present and Adkins
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Man Utd vs Reading: Team News & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Old Trafford Date: Saturday 16th March Kick-Off: 5.30pm TV: Live on Espn from 4.30pm Match Preview

Read our full match preview here.

Team News

Sir Alex Ferguson will be without Nani for Reading’s visit to Old Trafford, who joins Phil Jones and Paul Scholes on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury.

Both Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie are expected to return to the first eleven for United, after starting last weekend’s Fa Cup draw against Chelsea on the bench.

Reading duo Jimmy Kebe and Adam Federici are unavailable for caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan, while Jason Roberts also misses out with a hip injury, and fellow striker Pavel Pogrebnyak serves the last of his three-game ban.

Past meetings

United boast an unbeaten record against Reading in their last five previous league games, having won three and drawn two against the Royals.

The reverse fixture at
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