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1 February 2016 8:47 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

George Miller

Australian director George Miller has been selected to head the jury at the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival running from May 11th to 22nd. Miller was at Cannes last May when Fury Road screened as an official out-of-competition selection.

In a statement, Miller says: "What an unmitigated delight. To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I'll be there with bells on!" [Source: THR]

John Carpenter

Rare is the chance one gets to talk about the work of their heroes, rarer still does one get to do it with the help of some great people. Earlier this week I got to do that, discussing all things John Carpenter with the wonderful Lee Zachariah and Sophie Mayer for their prestigious podcast Hell is for Hyphenates, »

- Garth Franklin

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Warner Bros. Developing Zach Sobiech ‘Fly a Little Higher’ Movie

1 February 2016 5:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights to Laura Sobiech’s inspirational book “Fly a Little Higher,” which focuses on her late son Zach Sobiech.

Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni is attached to direct and produce and Casey Lascala will adapt with Patrick Kopka and co-produce. Cate Adams overseeing for Warner Bros., which has titled the film “Clouds” after Zach Sobiech’s farewell song.

Zach Sobiech, who had a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, wrote “Clouds” to his family and friends before he died in May 2013, shortly after turning 18. The funds generated by sales of his music went to fund research of osteosarcoma, which occurs mainly in teens and adolescents.

“Maybe someday I’ll see you again,” he sang. “We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.”

Sobiech recorded “Clouds” and released it as a YouTube video in December 2012. It had surpassed »

- Dave McNary

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