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Netflix Hires DreamWorks Vet Melissa Cobb as Vice President of Kids and Family

Netflix has hired Melissa Cobb as its new vice president of kids and family, the streaming service announced Thursday.

Cobb, who most recently served as chief creative officer and head of studio for Oriental DreamWorks, will be based in the Los Angeles office, reporting to chief content officer Ted Sarandos. In her role, she will lead the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles to Netflix members, with an expanded focus on high quality series and event programming across the spectrum of kids and family entertainment, including both animation and live action.

“Melissa brings a wealth of experience creating and overseeing series and feature films that resonate with kids and families across the globe,” said Sarandos. “No matter where they live, our members find tremendous enjoyment in our kids and family content, and I couldn’t be happier to have Melissa on board to continue expanding into new and exciting areas.”

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The 20 Best Podcast Episodes from Summer 2017

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The 20 Best Podcast Episodes from Summer 2017
When the calendar turned from June, we counted down our list of the best podcast episodes of 2017 to that point. Now that fall is on our doorstep, there’s nearly an entire summer’s worth of fresh shows to listen to and appreciate.

From Memorial Day onward, the nonstop flow of audio entertainment kept up at breakneck pace. (Think of how many sunlit jogs, outdoor yardwork sessions and scorching commutes they had to fill!) With plenty of other events and sources of information vying for attention between the end of May and the beginning of September, a few of the best episodes may have slipped through the cracks.

Read More:The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2017 (So Far)

So here to provide a handy roundup of new and returning favorites are some quality podcasts episodes to add to the fall catch-up queue: the funny, fascinating and solemn installments from this year’s summer months.
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‘The Tick’ Actor Griffin Newman Takes Over IndieWire’s Instagram Account at Comic-Con

‘The Tick’ Actor Griffin Newman Takes Over IndieWire’s Instagram Account at Comic-Con
Every year, Comic-Con brings in actors from all over the world of obsessive fandoms. So we asked one of them to take a bunch of pictures for us.

When “The Tick” lands on Amazon next month, Griffin Newman co-stars as Arthur, the title hero’s sidekick. (Podcast fans: In addition to his work on “The Tick,” Newman also hosts the excellent “Blank Check” with David Sims.) Before his character makes his full-season debut, Newman is documenting his Comic-Con experience on the official IndieWire Instagram account.

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Here’s what he posted this morning to kick off the day:

Just look how excited he is!

The Tick” takes over Room 6A late Saturday afternoon, where Newman will be joined onstage by fellow cast members Peter Serafinowicz, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser and Michael Cerveris,
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Today in Movie Culture: Tom Cruise Performs Kids' 'Mummy' Plays, 'Wonder Woman' Meets 'Moana' and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Talk Show Appearance of the Day: Watch Tom Cruise and Jimmy Fallon act out mummy stories written by kids in this Tonight Show appearance promoting The Mummy:   Supercut of the Day: Since Tom Cruise runs in a lot of his films, including The Mummy, here's an IMDb supercut of people (Cruise included) running in movies:   Mashup of the Day: Follow the entire thread that begins with the below tweet from the Blank Check podcast putting lyrics to "How Far I'll Go" from Moana to images from Wonder Woman: I know everybody on this island Seems so happy on this island Everything is by design...

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10 Must-Listen Film Podcasts for Beginners and Fans Alike

10 Must-Listen Film Podcasts for Beginners and Fans Alike
One thing that’s easy for podcast fans to forget: There are people who don’t listen to podcasts. For the newly initiated, it’s hard to figure out where to look first. No fear: we’ve gathered a few of our favorite film-related shows. Some are hundreds of episodes deep into their runs, so we’ve also provided some good places to start. Enjoy.

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Black List Table Reads

Scripted podcasts come in all kinds; sci-fi, alternate history, period piece, and superhero shows only beginning to crack the list. Franklin Leonard and the team behind the Black List Table Reads have found a way to combine the appeal of those shows with the script-based hook of the site that gives the show its name. Producing feature-length scripts with an impressive roster of actors, the show has evolved to become something more than
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Awfully Good: Blank Check

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Veteran character actor Miguel Ferrer passed away last week. While he's perhaps best known for roles in Robocop, Twin Peaks and other films, I'll always remember him as the bad guy in. Blank Check (1994) Director: Rupert Wainwright Stars: Brian Bonsall, Miguel Ferrer, Karen Duffy, Tone Loc A child learns that crime literally pays. Blank Check is like porn for kids.a fantasy where a... Read More...
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Miguel Ferrer, Twin Peaks and RoboCop Star, Passes Away at 61

Miguel Ferrer, Twin Peaks and RoboCop Star, Passes Away at 61
Another Hollywood great passed away today, as the entertainment community mourns the loss of Miguel Ferrer. The character actor was best known for his roles on Twin Peaks, Crossing Jordan and, most recently, NCIS: Los Angeles. He died today at the age of 61. The actor had been battling cancer for quite some time before succumbing to the disease. We have gathered a number of tweets sent out in tribute to the late actor, plus a statement from his cousin, George Clooney.

Miguel Ferrer was born February 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA, the son of two famous actors, Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney, and cousin to George Clooney. Miguel and his cousin George Clooney were very close, and received a statement from George Clooney, in regards to the late actor's passing. Here's what George Cloone had to say about his cousin's untimely death.

"Today history will mark giant changes in our world,
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The Best Podcasts of 2016: A Tribute

The Best Podcasts of 2016: A Tribute
More than any other art form, podcasts are intrinsically linked to passion. The most niche programs and wildly popular shows come from a place of devotion to a particular topic. Wrangle a few microphones together and whether you’re a solitary fan of an under-discussed subject or a dedicated team of highly trained storytellers, a podcast offers the chance to connect with those who can share your enthusiasm with you.

In a year when love and empathy were in constant demand, podcasts became a place for understanding, discovery and commiseration. Each of the year’s landmarks, milestones and tragedies brought with them a show that could help give a voice to those affected the most. Above, we’ve gathered picks for 50 of the best individual episodes from 2016. Some of these are ideal starting points to understanding what makes these shows great. Others are oddities that managed to harness a special moment of audio magic.
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10 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes from 2016 So Far

10 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes from 2016 So Far
Maybe you’re a podcast obsessive, filling every spare moment of your commute to catch up on your favorites. Or a single-subject listener, only keeping up with a subject or issue that means most to you. The beauty of podcasts is that they can cater to completists and dabblers alike.

Regardless of your preferred way to enjoy these stories and conversations, it can be daunting to track the latest from every show. To highlight some of the year’s best, here are 10 quality episodes we suggest adding to your listening queue.

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – 1. Ron Paul’s Baby

Airdate: March 15th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: In all its various broadcast homes, “The Chris Gethard Show” has been one of the most thrilling weekly experiments on TV. So it makes sense that a Gethard-hosted podcast would have the same comedic blend of empathy and honesty. The show is built on conversations between Gethard and anonymous callers, governed only by two rules: the phone line closes after an hour, but Gethard can’t hang up before then. The host has a keen sense for the unspoken questions, the topics that each caller wants to discuss but can’t quite figure out how to broach. Not afraid to let callers turn the questions onto him, these talks have a way of culminating in a common understanding between strangers, which can be as therapeutic for a listener as it is for the two parties involved. And there’s no better place to start than the premiere, which ends with a moment so cathartic, it’ll make you an instant fan of both the individuals involved.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “2. Passport, Exodus,” “4. The Most Amazing Destruction”

Embedded – The House

Airdate: March 30th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: As an NPR production, Kelly McEvers and the staff of “Embedded” demonstrate one of the essential values of great journalism: the power to use specific stories to generate empathy for groups of people often discussed in the abstract. “Embedded” is a ground-up approach to documenting various cross-sections of communities, highlighting the individuals to present an alternative to the group characterization that often befalls them. The premiere episode finds McEvers profiling the residents of a shared home in Austin, Indiana, where opioids have become an inescapable addiction for its residence. The details are stark, unsettling and unadorned. Perhaps the best proof of the value of a show like “Embedded” is that the people at the center of these stories don’t end after a half hour: an Austin resident was the subject of their first follow-up story.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “The League”

Extra Hot Great – 114: Blindly Watching Game of Thrones

Airdate: April 26th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Extra Hot Great has been offering its special brand of TV observations over multiple podcast feed and co-host roster iterations. Now well past 100 episodes into its resurrection, the television discussion show has refined its dependable format, complete with a weekly consideration of a TV episode for induction in their Canon (spoiler alert: they don’t always make it, as is the case with the “30 Rock” episode discussed here). But what sets #114 apart is the episode’s installment of the weekly Game Time feature. The gang plays an round of a listener-submitted game called TV Typos (basically, the round-robin game show version of #ChangeALetterRuinATVShow). What follows is 25 minutes of brilliant, dumb wordplay with enough built-in momentum to have each co-host sobbing by the end. It’s a testament to the co-host’s deep bench of TV minutiae that they’re able to anticipate some of these before they come. The seconds between when you can tell they have the answers and the moment they give them are some of the simplest joys you’ll find anywhere.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “75: Ew Detective,” “103: The People Vs. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “105: Ringing in a New Season of Better Call Saul

I Was There Too – Raiders of the Lost Ark with Martin Casella

Airdate: February 16th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Matt Gourley’s interview show takes a biweekly look at the actors on the periphery of some of most beloved films of the past few decades. While the actor interviews give some choice fly-on-the-wall observations from set, the show’s most compelling episode this year is the talk with Martin Casella, who served as Steven Spielberg’s assistant during the production of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” From impromptu costume decisions to the director’s TV viewing and nutritional regimens, this firsthand account adds a new angle to an established classic. (And for anyone who’s ever obsessed over an Indiana Jones costume, Jeremy Carter’s post-interview discussion of the search for the perfect Indy leather jacket might do the same.)

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Field of Dreams with Dwier Brown,” “Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried

Keepin’ It 1600 – Ep. 7: Cruz-Kasich Alliance and Special Guest Jon Lovett

Airdate: May 6th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amidst an election season that’s alternated between chaotic and soul-crushing in equal measure, it’s been fascinating to filter each week’s craziness through the perspective of two individuals who’ve been buried deep within the past two major presidential cycles. Former speechwriter Jon Favreau and Strategy and Communications Advisor Dan Pfeiffer (both of whom worked on President Obama’s national campaigns and in the White House) are each invested insiders and passionate outside observers of 2016’s descent into madness. A weekly look at the current state of political media, it’s also a dependable repository for great White House anecdotes. Alongside fellow former speechwriter Jon Lovett, the show’s seventh episode featured the trio recounting the choicest lines from the President’s various Correspondents Dinner appearances (particularly those delivered in the immediate wake of ordering the Bin Laden compound strike).

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Ep. 1: Drumpf and the Media and Rubio’s Missteps,” “Ep. 5: Bill Clinton’s Finger-Wagging and Special Guest Kal Penn,” “Ep. 9: ‘Meet the Press’ Host Chuck Todd, Drumpf’s ‘Pivot,’ Polling Mayhem, and More”

Modern Love – 3: Not So Simple Math

Airdate: January 28th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Sarah Paulson’s central role as Marcia Clark was one of the main reasons the “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” grabbed the public’s attention in the year’s early months. But Paulson also gave another 2016-best performance in a venue where no one could see her face. Wbur’s Modern Love enlists notable performers like Paulson to perform entries from the regular New York Times column that highlights love in all its forms. Paulson reads Amy Seek’s story of navigating an open adoption with a gentleness that conveys the underlying heartbreak without being manipulative. While other episodes usually succeed on the strength of the performance, this one features a conversation with Seek herself, whose recollection of the events she details in her piece and the six years since is a powerful addendum to a story beautifully told.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “7: In Darkness and In Light,” “9: Seesawing Libidos”

More Perfect – Cruel and Unusual

Airdate: June 1st

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Some of the best new podcasts of the year have focused on institutions, whether they’re more abstract (American Public Media’s The Uncertain Hour focuses on policies and practice within America’s welfare system) or more defined, as with More Perfect’s close examination of the Supreme Court. In its pilot episode, this Radiolab presentation trains its microphones on the pivotal individuals at the center of multiple states’ capital punishment programs. Layered with the trademark attention to atmospheric sound design that makes its parent podcast such a reliable listen, More Perfect should provide a healthy perspective amidst a judicial branch currently in flux.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Once you’ve listened to this and Episode 2, “The Political Thicket,” go back and listen to the Podcast Hall-of-Fame-worthy Radiolab episode “Stochasticity.”

Reply All – #64-67: On the Inside

Airdate: May 11th-June 9th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: This Gimlet show has been the best podcast in existence for the better part of a year now, so to pick just one standout episode is particularly difficult. But the edge goes to the four-episode arc centered on Paul Modrowski, whose blog written from inside prison (where he’s currently serving a life sentence) first attracted the attention of producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni last year. What begins as an investigation of the logistics behind the posting of Modrowski’s expansive online diary eventually uncovers questions surrounding his incarceration. Like the best true crime stories, it balances the details of the central murder cases with a careful consideration of the individuals who allegedly inhabited its timeline. Most popular true crime podcasts keep the perspective of a single narrator, but Pinnamaneni sprinkles in just enough input from regular hosts Alex Goldman and Pj Vogt to add a conversational, illustrative layer to Modrowski’s story. Pinnamaneni’s reporting is extensive and forthright, the kind that will make you want to do your own outside research as soon as the last chapter ends.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “#3 We Know What You Did,” “#44 Shine on You Crazy Goldman,” “#56 Zardulu”

Skillset – #3: This is Bringing Up Weird Feelings for Me

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amy Nicholson’s first-person podcast for MTV News is an intriguing blend of below-the-line education and critical insight. Between her forgotten film history written intros and the specificity of her interview subjects, Nicholson helps Skillset feel more like a series of audio profiles than regular taped conversations. These episodes highlight movies not just as a vital art form, but a gateway to the rest of what the world has to offer. (How many other film podcasts would have jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire as their inaugural guest?) This particular episode features a window into the practical, unenhanced feline training that let the cats of “Keanu” steal the spotlight against some comedic heavyweights. And if you’re wondering what a real punk band thought of Jeremy Saulnier’s latest genre triumph “Green Room,” Nicholson enlists The Muffs for some authentic opinions. It’s this kind of extra-layer digging that has this fresh batch of MTV shows (“The Stakes” takes a similarly fascinating route to addressing the unspoken side of politics) already off and running at full speed.

Listen to These Episodes Next: All six episodes so far all have quality hooks, but the Sharlto Copley episode from the pilot is particularly worth a listen.

Start Up – Season 3, Episode 4: Dear Music Fans…

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Season 1 of Start Up was a rare glimpse inside the creation of its podcasting parent company Gimlet Media, right as the medium was becoming mainstream. Season 2 stayed nested inside a company’s origin story, this time as an outside observer of a dating site’s early months. For their most recent set of episodes, Start Up managed to compress the roller coaster of entrepreneurship in a more compact form. Profiling the unexpected rise and publicly unceremonious end of Grooveshark, Eric Mennel reports on the music streaming site’s early troubles, serendipitous success and eventual replacement in the entrepreneurial space. It’s a familiar arc for the biographies of these kinds of businesses, but through the Start Up lens, these triumphs and tragedies reach further toward each pole than you might expect.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Season 1 launched the entire company, but Season 2’s 10-episode arc on Dating Ring is still great.

Honorable Listens also highly worthy of your time: the aforementioned The Uncertain Hour and The Stakes; 99% Invisible’s ode to trash truck tunes; Mortified’s tale of pining after the vice principal; Lauren Lapkus helps to tackle kids’ impossible questions on The Longest Shortest Time; Candidate Confessional talks to the recipient of one of local politics’ most infamous viral booing sessions; Five Thirty Eight Politics’ audio doc on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright week of the ’08 presidential campaign; the episode of the Washington Post’s Presidential that proves James Monroe was everywhere in early American history; Making the Sausage’s in-depth conversation about music licensing; The First Annual Blank Check Awards (one of the best 2015 year-end wrap-ups you’ll hear); the ongoing You Must Remember This series chronicling the Hollywood Blacklist is a given for a list like this; The Dollop’s overview of the truly unbelievable Fed Ex Flight 705; Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer compendium of workplace email/chat catastrophes; You’re the Expert’s hilarious panel show with a leading psychologist who studies nightmares; the Planet Money profile of an infuriating-yet-textbook Internet scamming scheme; The Memory Palace’s cryptic look at an American pariah-turned-wrestler; a careful consideration of the future of animation/CGI via Fighting in the War Room; The Gist and Chris Molanphy remember Prince.

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Superherostuff: 9 Dollar T-Shirt Sale Just Got Even Better

You guys liked really liked it! Who knew that you people would be such fans of a 9 dollar t-shirt sale. It's like you can't get enough of sweet deals and a blank check to one of the world's largest internet superhero stores! Not Blank Check staring Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, Miguel Ferrer, James Rebhorn, Tone Lōc, Jayne Atkinson and Michael Lerner though...even though if we had our own roller coaster in the back it would be pretty sweet. Say, maybe if you guys get enough 9 dollar t-shirts I'll be able to convince them to allow me to do that and then I'll totally invite you guys over and we can party and eat pizza! Oh, and we can get one of those giant moon bounce things too! So we started a 9 dollar t-shirt and you guys couldn't get enough of it so as a way of saying thank you,
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Rick Ducommun, Star of 'The 'Burbs' and 'Die Hard,' Dies at 62

Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.

Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.

"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."

In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout,
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'Entourage's' Adrian Grenier Strikes His Best 'Blue Steel' in New Ad

Adrian Greiner can check model off his bucket list!

The Entourage star is the new face of Buffalo David Bitton’s Spring 2015 fashion campaign and we have your first look.

“This is my first fashion campaign, so when Buffalo approached me I was really excited to work with them,” said Grenier about the experience.

Grenier, who is a self-proclaimed “denim guy,” describes his personal style as, “keep it simple.”

Buffalo Jeans

The 38-year-old actor poses alongside supermodel Amber Arbucci in some of the latest trends for spring, such as doubling up on denim. The key to pulling off the trend is balance — mix the weights and the washes of the denim to help show off the contrast of textures. The actor is styled perfectly with a light washed chambray shirt paired with dark denim jeans and black combat boots.

Buffalo Jeans

Another big trend for spring will be tangerine. Grenier sports the bright hue with a crew
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Adrian Grenier Works His Magic in Buffalo David Bitton’s Spring/Summer 2015 Spread

It’s no secret that the ladies love him and Adrian Grenier is the face of the Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign for the Buffalo David Bitton brand.

The “Entourage” hunk makes his fashion debut for the boutique label, joined by model and wildlife photographer Amber Arbucci at an old mansion in Old Westbury, New York.

Additionally, Adrian and Buffalo are joining forces for the “Blank Check Series” in order to support Grenier’s forthcoming “52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale” documentary.
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PopWatch Confessional: The worst movie a kid has made you sit through

PopWatch Confessional: The worst movie a kid has made you sit through
For a pop-culture obsessive, watching the kids you love morph into mini-movie hounds is a beautiful thing. At least, until those kids seize on a movie they can't get enough of, and insist on watching it again... and again... and again. Or they become cinematic aficionados, but only for the types of films that tend to make anyone over the age of 10 cringe. (Have you ever attempted to rewatch, say, Blank Check? That stuff does not hold up.) Thus this week's PopWatch Confessional question: What's the worst, most grating, or otherwise unpleasant children's movie you've been forced to sit through by an actual kid,
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Inside World Cup 2018's Makeover: How Director Rupert Wainwright Is Fixing Russia's Image Problem

British filmmaker Rupert Wainwright has directed features ranging from Disney's “Blank Check” to the horror movies “Stigmata” and “The Fog,” but he's currently tackling a very different assignment — selling Russia to the rest of the world for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As founder of Los Angeles-based advertising agency Adore Creative, Wainwright developed and produced a series of short films that helped Russia win its bid to host the World Cup in 2018. Adore also created and produced several TV commercials and promotional films that helped Russia land this year's Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the 2013 University Games (the...
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Kristen Stewart Tries Her Hand at Directing in Sage + The Saints Music Video

She’s definitely proven herself on the silver screen, and now Kristen Stewart has stepped behind the camera as a music video director.

The “Twilight Saga: New Moon” star worked with the band Sage + The Saints on a project for their single “Take Me to the South,” and it turned out amazing.

Stewart explained, "Working with Sage + The Saints for my directorial debut was a fantastic and rewarding experience.”

“I'm extremely proud of what I and my co-creators at Starlight Studios have accomplished, and grateful for the Buffalo Blank Check Series for facilitating our creativity and artistic vision."
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Kristen Stewart Makes Directorial Debut with Sage + The Saints Video

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Kristen Stewart Makes Directorial Debut with Sage + The Saints Video
Actress Kristen Stewart made her directorial debut with the music video ‘Take Me To The South’ by the country band, Sage + The Saints. The video features lead singer Sage Galesi, who’s friends with the ‘Camp X-Ray’ star. The ‘Take Me To The South’ video was shot in Nashville and Los Angeles. It was funded by clothing retailer Buffalo David Bitton, as part of Buffalo’s Blank Check Series. Of helming her first project and working with Galesi and his band, the former ‘Twilight Saga’ actress said: “Working with Sage + The Saints for my directorial debut was a fantastic and rewarding experience. I’m extremely proud of what I and my [ Read More ]

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Watch Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut

Watch Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut
Kristen Stewart stepped behind the camera for the first time in February for her friend's band Sage + The Saints, and the video for "Take Me to the South" is finally here. Stewart directed lead singer Sage Galesi in Nashville and Los Angeles, capturing her performing and having fun with friends. "Working with Sage + The Saints for my directorial debut was a fantastic and rewarding experience," she said of her time behind the camera. "I'm extremely proud of what I and my cocreators at Starlight Studios have accomplished, and grateful for the Buffalo Blank Check Series for facilitating our creativity and artistic vision." This big news comes on the heels of Stewart's successful trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where her new film, Clouds of Sils Maria, already has been generating big buzz. Check out her directorial debut above. Front page image source: Buffalo David Bitton
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Watch Kristen Stewart's Directorial Debut

Kristen Stewart stepped behind the camera for the first time in February for her friend's band Sage + The Saints, and the video for "Take Me to the South" is finally here. Stewart directed lead singer Sage Galesi in Nashville and Los Angeles, capturing her performing and having fun with friends. "Working with Sage + The Saints for my directorial debut was a fantastic and rewarding experience," she said of her time behind the camera. "I'm extremely proud of what I and my cocreators at Starlight Studios have accomplished, and grateful for the Buffalo Blank Check Series for facilitating our creativity and artistic vision." This big news comes on the heels of Stewart's successful trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where her new film, Clouds of Sils Maria, already has been generating big buzz. Check out her directorial debut above. Front page image source: Buffalo David Bitton
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Kristen Stewart Talks Directorial Debut in Rolling Stone: I Had to Stop Being a "Pu**y"

Sitting down with Rolling Stone, Kristen Stewart opened up about her directorial debut for Sage + the Saints' new music video.

The "Twilight" actress co-directed the clip for "Take Me To The South" with David Ethan Shapiro, using funds obtained with a grant from Buffalo David Bitton’s Blank Check Series.

“I’ve been saying I want to direct movies since I was 10 years old,” Stewart told the mag. “And then I started making movies and working with such incredible people that I realized what I was up against.”

“Basically, I’m grateful to Sage,” she explained, “because she was like, ‘I have this little thing, no one could tell the story better than you… Just do it and stop being such a p*ssy.’”

Kristen and Shapiro directed the clip for five days in Tennessee back in February, and created Sage's journey from Los Angeles to Nashville before launching her country music career.
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