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2017 Overlook Film Festival Announces Inaugural Lineup, Including a Tribute to Roger Corman

11 April 2017 11:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”

The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel. »

- Kate Erbland

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Why NuStar’s CEO Let an Employee Use the Corporate Jet — For His Dogs!

31 March 2017 6:54 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When Chris Butler decided to accept his company’s offer to be general manager of a facility at a remote, undeveloped Caribbean island in the summer of 2013, he had a dilemma on his hands.

His wife, Erin, and kids Tatum and Coede were all for the move, but they wanted to make sure their dogs, Gretta, then 4, and Jo Boxer,  could come too.

“Jo Boxer was about 14 years old,” Butler, now 51, tells People. “We’d had her since she was a puppy. She was my father’s and mother’s dog until they passed away, then she became our dog. »

- Nicole Weisensee Egan

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Nick Viall Is Launching a Beauty Line (and Joining a Club that Includes Ryan Seacrest and Rob Lowe)

3 March 2017 10:08 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Bachelor star Nick Viall has even bigger plans for his post-Bachelor life than heading to the ballroom for season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. The 36-year-old reality star just revealed he’s embarking on a new business venture: men’s skincare!

Viall revealed during the Women Tell All taping that while his controversial season of The Bachelor‘s been airing, he’s been heading down the entrepreneurial road to create a men’s grooming line (appropriately) called The Polished Gent. And apparently, this dream’s been a long time coming for the former software sales executive.

“Since my mid- »

- Kaitlyn Frey

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Sex Offender Arrested after Florida Boy, 8, Accidentally Shoots and Kills Little Sister: Reports

6 February 2017 11:08 AM, PST | | See recent news »

A Florida felon is behind bars after authorities allege his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son found his gun and accidentally fired it this weekend — killing the boy’s younger sister — according to multiple reports.

Maurice Mobley, 34, was arrested Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to jail records.

According to First Coast News, Wjxt and Wokv, Mobley brought a handgun into his girlfriend’s Jacksonville apartment and her son got access to it on Saturday and unintentionally shot his sister and a 4-year-old neighbor boy.

The girl, identified in local reports as Serenity Allen, »

- Adam Carlson

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Animated Fare Like ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Red Turtle’ Toon Into Heavy Issues

6 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The maxim that good scripts are essential to making good movies is especially true in animation.  In this medium, scripts and storyboards provide blueprints for completely invented worlds, and dialogue is recorded before the animation is done.

There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. Prior to that, animated movies typically were likelier to be recognized for song. Thus far, writer-director Andrew Stanton tops the list of Oscar-nominated animation screenwriters with four to his name (including “Toy Story,” “Wall-e,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story 3”), and he could compete again this year with the Disney/Pixar billion-dollar winner “Finding Dory.”

There’s another billion-dollar baby attracting awards buzz this season, too.  Disney’s computer-animated “Zootopia” nabbed 11 Annie Award nominations (including writing) and a Golden Globe nod for animated film.  It’s also the only animated feature among AFI’s 2016 honorees. »

- Ellen Wolff

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