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Taye Diggs Begins Performances Tonight in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

22 July 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Taye Diggs begins performances tonight in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival. Diggs will play the title role for a limited 12-week engagement at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). "Hedwig" marks Diggs’ first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of "A Soldier’s Play." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer, also stars Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak. The production has received rave reviews and is winner of four 2014 »

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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquires Cyber-Thriller 'Ratter'

12 June 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Ashley Benson's Been Hacked in Exclusive 'Ratter' Clip Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) has picked up distribution rights to Branden Kramer's horror-thriller, "Ratter." The film is based on the 2012 viral short "Webcam," which has been viewed more than six million times on Vimeo.  "Ratter" explores the detrimental effects of our technological obsessions. Benson stars as Emma, a New York City graduate student being watched by a cyber-stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology -- laptop, cell phone and other web connected devices -- to record her most intimate moments. Eventually the video feeds aren't enough and the stalker moves from the virtual to the physical with disturbing consequences.  Matt McGorry ("Orange is the New Black") and Rebecca Naomi Jones ("The Switch") co-star. The film premiered in competition at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. It will make »

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Spwa acquires Slamdance thriller ‘Ratter’

11 June 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) has confirmed to Screen its rights to first-time feature filmmaker Branden Kramer’s cyberthriller starring Ashley Benson.

Ratter will receive its Los Angeles premiere on June 14 at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It premiered in Park City last January and centres on a graduate student in New York who is menaced by a cyber stalker.

Matt McGorry and Rebecca Naomi Jones also star. Start Media financed the project and David Bausch, Jamie Zelermyer and Ben Browning served as producers.  

The executive producer roster includes Michael Maher, Sarah Shepard, Matt Levin, Evelynda Rivera, Stefan Haverkamp, Jan Jaworski and Thomas Kropp.

Preferred Content, Xyz Films and Sloss Eckhouse LawCo brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.


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Ashley Benson Thriller ‘Ratter’ Bought by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

11 June 2015 11:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights to Branden Kramer’s cyber-suspense thriller “Ratter,” which stars Ashley Benson (“Pretty Little Liars”).

Ratter” debuted at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and will screen Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the Nightfall section.

Kramer directed from his own script, based on the short film “Webcam,” which has been viewed more than 6 million times on Vimeo. Benson stars as a graduate student living alone in New York City, where she’s watched by a “ratter” who stalks her by hacking into all of her personal technology, eventually going from virtual stalking to physical stalking.

The film also stars Matt McGorry (“Orange is the New Black”) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (“The Switch”).

Ratter” is financed by Start Media and produced by David Bausch, Jamie Zelermyer and Ben Browning.  Executive producers are Michael Maher, Sarah Shepard, Matt Levin, Evelynda Rivera, Stefan Haverkamp, Jan Jaworski and Thomas Kropp. »

- Dave McNary

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The L.A. Film Fest to Screen The Final Girls

19 May 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.

The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:

"Gala Screenings:

The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere

Scream – USA (Showrunners Jill Blotevogel, Jaime Paglia Writers Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin Executive Producers Harvey Weinstein, »

- Derek Anderson

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Slamdance Film Festival Selects Jury Members (Exclusive)

19 January 2015 6:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 21st Slamdance Film Festival has selected  jury members for its documentary, narrative and shorts competitions at the festival, which runs Jan. 23-29.

Narrative feature jury members: Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber; Todd Looby and Emily Upzcak. Documentary just members are Paige Williams, Josh Leake and Bryan Storkel.

Narrative and animation shorts jury members are Sarah Cornell, Rory Haines and Elle Schneider. Experimental and anarchy shorts jury members: Eve Cohen, Laura Merians and Dan Brawley.

Members for the micro short films competitition are Amber Benson (actress, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and writer, “The Witches of Echo Park”), Todd Berger (director, ” It’s A Disaster”), Laura Merians (cinematographer for “Björk,” “Atoms For Peace”), Kent Osborne (writer, “Adventure Time,” “Spongebob Squarepants”) and Damon Russell (producer, “Curfew” and director, “Snow On Tha Bluff”).

The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U. »

- Dave McNary

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