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Exclusive Trailer for ‘A Thousand Junkies’ Captures the All-Consuming Search for the Next Fix

The screenwriter behind such family fare as Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs, Tommy Swerdlow spent nearly two decades addicted to heroin and methadone, and with any addiction also comes the unceasing search for the next fix. He’s now channeled these experiences for his directorial debut, A Thousand Junkies, and we’re pleased to premiere the trailer today courtesy of The Orchard. Starring alongside co-writer Tj Bowen and the late Blake Heron–both of whom Swerdlow met in AA–one can’t imagine a more authentic rendering of such a life-consuming addiction than what this pitch-black buddy comedy captures.

“The film embodies a statement made by Jerry Stahl, writer of Permanent Midnight: a good friend who is a junkie will do all of your drugs and then spend the day helping you look for them,” John Fink said in our Tribeca Film Festival review. “A Thousand Junkies
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2017’s Must Watch Christmas TV

Work has finished, the office party embarrassment is starting to subside and you’re ready to collapse into the hibernation period before your New Year’s Resolutions promise to make yourself a better person. Christmas TV can be a minefield of shows we would never see any other time of year and, for some, with good reason. Thankfully, we are here to take your alcohol-shaking hand and lead you through the chaos to some of the best options on your box this Christmas.

Cool Runnings (1993) – BBC 1 – 23rd December – 1:15 Pm

It’s important to lower yourself slowly into Christmas TV and whilst Cool Runnings is not your archetypal Christmas film, the heart-warming tale of a Jamaican bobsleigh team making it to the Winter Olympics is a great nostalgic throwback. Whilst the PG comedy may not have people laughing like it did 20 years ago, the overlying themes of teamwork and friendship
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Lights, Camera, Christmas

With X-Factor, Strictly and BBC Sports Personality of the Year all done and dusted, it’s time to shine the limelight on movies once again. That’s right, it’s the return of Roobla’s festive film guide! As with last year, we’ll just be looking at channels 1-5 (as we don’t want to be here until next Christmas) and, also like last year, Harry Potter fans look away now…

Saturday, December 23

Easy to forget that it’s not just Christmas round the corner, but the Winter Olympics too. So to remind us of this fact, the BBC have decided to christen the day with factual comedy Cool Runnings. If snow isn’t your bag, there’s always Despicable Me, Crocodile Dundee and Gladiator to get you going.

Top of the Tree: Crocodile Dundee (1986) C4, 6.10pm – Paul Hogan scored one of the most impressive debuts in history with this comedy gem.
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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True Stories

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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesTop 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesAmanda Wood and Jenny Bullough12/18/2017 10:00:00 Am

Sports movies are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are able to claim the highly-coveted title of true stories. Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

There are plenty of other sports movies based on true stories that we love, and we’ve made a list to put all of our faves in one place. A wide variety of sports are represented here, with movies about baseball,
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Donald Sutherland in The Leisure Seeker and more of our top Canadian actors

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Donald Sutherland in The Leisure Seeker and more of our top Canadian actorsDonald Sutherland in The Leisure Seeker and more of our top Canadian actorsZachary Dent12/13/2017 9:29:00 Am

With Donald Sutherland starring in The Leisure Seeker, we have the perfect excuse to countdown our favourite Canadian actors. Sutherland is a Canadian legend who to this day keeps making great films. In The Leisure Seeker, he stars alongside Helen Mirren as a couple who go on an unforgettable journey from Boston to Key West in their old Rv that they call "The Leisure Seeker".

Check out our list of our favourite Canadian actors below!

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds is another great Canadian actor who has become a household name around the world. Most would know him fromthe recent hit Deadpool. His role as the fast-talking antihero was well-received by critics and audiences alike. He can also be found starring in romantic comedies such as Definitely,
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The Last Word on ‘Sing’

You know, I don’t exactly go after him as much as I should, but, yeah, there’s a segment of Hell out there somewhere waiting for Chris Meladandri. For those who aren’t 100% familiar with him, he’s somewhat of an allusive figure, there’s actually not a lot of material out there on him, but I think I’m not gonna disappoint too many people by saying in animation terms at least, he’s probably the biggest hack out there. Well, I should say that he’s most known for animation, but honestly, he doesn’t have much of an animation background; he’s spent his whole career producing in fact, and his career didn’t start in animation. He’s not illustrious as a producer; the pre-Disney movies he made, range from the forgotten to the forgettable, until he had relatively minor hit with ‘Cool Runnings’. He
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Meet the Nigerian Bobsledders Who Are Africa’s First-Ever Winter Olympic Athletes in the Sport

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A trio of Nigerian women are making history as the continent’s first-ever bobsled team to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are expected to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next year as the first-ever African representatives — male or female — to qualify for the Winter Games in the sport of bobsled.

“I basically got into the sport of bobsledding in 2015 after a little bit of a hiatus from athletics,” Adigun tells People, noting that the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, the governing body for the sport, was looking to grow
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Newswire: Our hearts will go on throughout The A.V. Club’s 1997 week

For the past few summers here at The A.V. Club, we have taken a week to look back at the corresponding year from 20 years ago. Who could forget the fun of David Anthony talking about his favorite movie Cool Runnings for 1993 week, the detailed description of Josh Modell’s 1994 mixtape, Erik Adams’ ode to his beloved issue of Entertainment Weekly from 1995, and Sean O’Neal’s eulogy for the death of alternative rock in 1996?

Not to disparage those other ’90s years or anything, but 1997 week is going to be off the hook. Honestly, even we can’t believe how much stuff we have lined up. And it’s not all just about Titanic, we promise (only about 30 percent or so). Today, we kick off with an Inventory featuring all of 1997’s highlights and lowlights, as well as a Very Special Episode ...
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Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard and more of our top Canadian actors

Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard and more of our top Canadian actorsRyan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard and more of our top Canadian actorsZachary Dent7/20/2017 9:29:00 Am

With Ryan Reynolds starring in The Hitman's Bodyguard, we have the perfect excuse to countdown our favourite Canadian actors. Reynolds stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson as the world's top bodyguard who must protect an assassin who must testify at the International Court of Justice. We're excited for this interesting pairing of two actors we love.

Check out our list of our favourite Canadian actors below!

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds is another great Canadian actor who has become a household name around the world. Most would know him fromthe recent hit Deadpool. His role as the fast-talking antihero was well-received by critics and audiences alike. He can also be found starring in romantic comedies such as Definitely, Maybe and Just Friends. This B.
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Paramount Taps Mireille Soria to Run Animation Division

Paramount Taps Mireille Soria to Run Animation Division
Paramount Pictures has tapped Mireille Soria to be president of its animation division.

Soria previously served as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation, working on the likes of “Trolls” and “Boss Baby.” Her appointment comes as Paramount is in rebuilding mode. Viacom, Paramount’s parent company, tapped Jim Gianopulos, the former Fox film chief, to be its chairman. He has been tasked with restocking the studio’s cupboard of franchises. Animation will be central to that effort, as it is a genre that continues to perform well at the box office and boasts kiddie friendly characters that are ripe for merchandising and toy licensing.

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Viacom has said it wants Paramount to make movies that use characters from its Nickelodeon cable channel and to create franchises that will also inspire television programming. The studio is having a rough year at the box office. It
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Top Canadian actors to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!

Top Canadian actors to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!Top Canadian actors to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday!Zachary Dent6/29/2017 2:29:00 Pm

This Canada Day our fine country turns 150 years old! A lot has happened in 150 years, including the rise to stardom of scores of talented Canadian actors and actresses.

In fact, some might say that movie-making is in our DNA. Mary Pickford, an ambitious young woman from Toronto, is largely considered to be the first-ever global movie star. She may have earned a name for herself while in Hollywood, but she got her start right here at home. Countless Canadian actors have followed in her footsteps, representing Canadian talent on the world’s biggest stage. Comedy, drama, romance, you name it – Canadian actors have done it all.

Check out our list of our favourite Canadian actors below!

Ryan Gosling



Ryan Gosling really does it all: romance (The Notebook, Blue Valentine), comedy (Crazy Stupid Love,
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Susan B. Landau Dies: ‘Cool Runnings’ Producer Was 65

Susan B. Landau, a producer whose credits include 1993’s Cool Runnings, the 2000 TV-movie reunion Mary and Rhoda, and 1999’s An Ideal Husband, died May 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a brief illness. She was 65. Her death was confirmed by her twin brother Paul Landau. Landau, who also managed (Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, Wayne’s World 2 director Stephen Surjik, The Originals co-executive producer Christopher Hollier), was the…
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Susan B. Landau Dies: ‘Cool Runnings’ Producer Was 65

Susan B. Landau, a producer whose credits include 1993’s Cool Runnings, the 2000 TV-movie reunion Mary and Rhoda, and 1999’s An Ideal Husband, died May 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a brief illness. She was 65. Her death was confirmed by her twin brother Paul Landau. Landau, who also managed (Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, Wayne’s World 2 director Stephen Surjik, The Originals co-executive producer Christopher Hollier), was the…
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Producer and Manager Susan Landau Dies at 65

Producer and Manager Susan Landau Dies at 65
Producer and manager Susan B. Landau, whose clients included writer Simon Beaufoy and director Stephen Surjik, died May 31 in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to her family. She was 65.

Landau managed creatives including “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar winner Beaufoy, “Wayne’s World 2” director Surjik, and “The Originals” co-executive producer Christopher Hollier.

Her own producing credits included the 1990 film “Mr. Destiny,” the 1993 “Cool Runnings,” and the 1999 “An Ideal Husband.”

She earned an Emmy nomination for “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Young Harry Houdini,” and an Ace Award for the 1993 “Tiger Town.”

“In a town sometimes overrun with sequels and reruns, Susan was a true original,” Beaufoy said in a statement. “To be represented by Susan was to become family. And as part of Susan’s family, there was nothing on earth she would not do for you. Fiercely loyal, paint-strippingly honest, she was also the kindest, most generous
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‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Producer Jorge Vergara Boards ‘Bonded’ from Lucas Akoskin’s Aliwen Entertainment (Exclusive)

‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Producer Jorge Vergara Boards ‘Bonded’ from Lucas Akoskin’s Aliwen Entertainment (Exclusive)
Y Tu Mama tambien” producer Jorge Vergara, who co-founded Anhelo Prods. with Alfonso Cuaron, is boarding the drama “Bonded” from Aliwen Entertainment, the new Santa Monica-based shingle founded by Lucas Akoskin (“Nightingale,” “Captive,” “Desierto”) last year.

“Bonded” marks the return to film producing of Vergara who last backed the 2004 crime drama “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”

Shooting this fall in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Los Angeles, “Bonded” is based on true events about the sweatshops of Los Angeles. Casting is underway for the mostly English-language drama about a Mexican teenager whose dreams of becoming a soccer star are disrupted when his mother dies. He’s smuggled across the border with the promise of a better life but is instead sold to a sweatshop in downtown La.

With a budget projected for under $5 million, “Bonded” is the directorial debut of producer-scribe Mohit Ramchandani. Project was previously set up at Irish Dreamtime,
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Matisyahu feature in the works at Aliwen Entertainment

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Matisyahu feature in the works at Aliwen Entertainment
Exclusive: Lucas Akoskin’s new venture lines up story of Hasidic musician superstar.

Santa Monica-based Aliwen Entertainment has signed Holy Rollers director Kevin Asch to King Without A Crown, based on the story of the Jewish American reggae singer, rapper and beatbox performer Matisyahu.

Aliwen Entertainment founder Lukas Akoskin is producing with Bonnie Timmerman and Jonathan Gray. The project is a collaboration between Aliwen, Bonnie Timmerman Productions and Big Jack Productions.

Tommy Swerdlow, whose screenplay credits include Cool Runnings, wrote the script that recounts key episodes in the life of Matisyahu from the ages of 17 to 27.

The film will chronicle Matisyahu’s remarkable transformation from his secular origins as Matthew Miller to becoming a rabbi and Hasidic Jewish rock star. Matisyahu himself is creatively and musically involved in the project.

The producers anticipate an autumn start in New York and Israel and are out to casting for a star capable of portraying a “spiritually transformative one-of-a-kind
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‘A Thousand Junkies’ Stars On Rehashing A Painful Period In Their Lives And The AA Meeting Where They Met — Tribeca Studio

‘A Thousand Junkies’ Stars On Rehashing A Painful Period In Their Lives And The AA Meeting Where They Met — Tribeca Studio
The feature directorial debut of screenwriter Tommy Swerdlow, A Thousand Junkies strikes a nerve and strikes a delicate tonal balance, often making the viewer laugh and cringe from painful identification within a matter of seconds. Boasting a successful career in the ’90s as the writer of a number of beloved family films—including Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs—Swerdlow was, at the same time, a full-blown heroin addict. And Swerdlow wasn’t alone—his co-stars B…
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'A Thousand Junkies': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

'A Thousand Junkies': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
It’s not surprising that Tommy Swerdlow’s helming debut about three heroin addicts in desperate search of a fix reeks with authenticity. The film’s director/co-writer was an addict himself for nearly two decades, suffering open-heart surgery and a near-fatal bleeding ulcer as a result. Known for his screenplays for such family-oriented comedies as Cool Runnings and Snow Dogs, Swerdlow has now turned his experiences into A Thousand Junkies, a film geared to a decidedly different demographic. It recently made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Swerdlow also assumes a lead role as Tommy, who in the opening scene sits...
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16 Good Movie Pick-Me-Ups on Netflix Right Now

Why so glum, chum? Movies are fun and they need watching.

In the immortal words of Shane Black via Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight, “Life is pain. Get used to it.” These days life has been really painful though, and it’s not so easy to get used to it. Thankfully movies are always here to pick us up when we need it, or bring us down if we’re looking to wallow. This month we’ve made a list of movies that will leave you smiling and feeling good about humanity after you watch them — at least for a little while. Click on their titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

It’s possible that Big Trouble in Little China might be the stupidest movie ever made. It’s about a fast-talking, rock-stupid, man-child truck driver battling Asian mystics over the fate of his
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival: 23 Can't-Miss Movie Premieres, Talks and Gala Events

2017 Tribeca Film Festival: 23 Can't-Miss Movie Premieres, Talks and Gala Events
Every year, celebrities, filmmakers, journalists and movie fans flock to the Tribeca neighborhood in lower Manhattan for the Tribeca Film Festival, an illustrious celebration of film and television that features some of the most exciting projects and panel discussions of any media festival in the country.

Founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the festival has helped revitalize the city and remind both filmmakers and fans alike of New York City’s valued place in film and TV while becoming a welcoming community for voices and perspectives from all over the world. “It’s also a fabric of our city. So whether or not it’s a film from Israel or Palestine or something for kids, our festival was about community and it still is,” Rosenthal tells Et. “It’s about bringing community together.”

The 2017 festival, which runs April 19-30, continues to expand beyond film and TV with
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