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Latin Heat Media LLC and non-profit org American Latino Theatre (Alt) have joined forces to launch LatinHeat Cinema, a streaming service aimed at both the 54 million-strong U.S. Latino market as well as international auds. The new platform addresses the paucity of distribution opportunities for indie Latino filmmakers, and invites them to submit their works to the site.
LatinHeat Cinema is powered by dotstudioPRO, a streaming platform that provides management, monetization, distribution and tracking tools to content creators.
Filmmakers will have full control of their market, said Alt founder-filmmaker David Llauger-Mieselman, who was born in New York City of Puerto Rican-Russian parents. “They will know, through our metrics, who their audience is and how viewers are responding to their product,” he said. They can opt to market their films themselves or tap LatinHeat Cinema’s marketing services, he added.
LatinHeat Cinema launches on September 17, the same day urban drama “Strike One »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
London/La-based The Little Film Company has added three titles to its international sales slate for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).
The film’s plot follows a man with a three-year gap in his memory who tries to protect his family from his mysterious, forgotten past.
The third title is Bad Blood, a suspense thriller from director David Pulbook (Last Dance). Produced by Anthony I. Ginnane (Patrick), the film will star Xavier Samuel (Fury) and Dennis Haysbert ([link »
Read More: Cannes Review: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' is a Masterful Lesbian Romance Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara The Middleburg Film Festival has announced that composer Carter Burwell ("Mr. Holmes," "Fargo") and cinematographer Dante Spinotti ("Heat," "L.A. Confidential") will receive the 2015 Distinguished Film Composer and Distinguished Cinematographer awards, respectively. Both Burwell and Spinotti will be in attendance to accept their awards, and their latest films, the Cannes darling "Carol" and the highly anticipated "I Saw the Light," will be screened in their honor. "Carol" marks Burwell's second collaboration with director Todd Haynes after his previous work on "Velvet Goldmine." The festival hit depicts the relationship between a married woman (Cate Blanchett) and a young clerk (Rooney Mara) in 1950's New York. The award presentation will be followed by a conversation between Burwell and »
- Tarek Shoukri
While the Toronto International Film Festival looks around the world and in all genres to find features for its annual incarnation, one area that receives focus is films aimed at children. With the understanding both that quality cinema is not dependent on its target audience, and that cinephiles can begin at any age, the festival’s Kids Programme highlights such features.
The Discovery Programme, on the other hand, brings together films from first and second time directors, with an eye on emerging talent. The festival has now announced the lineups for both Programmes in the 2015 incarnation of the event, along with further additions to the Cinematheque and Vanguard lineup. The Discovery lineup joins previously announced Canadian features. The films, with their official synopses, can be seen below.
A young boy in modern-day Tokyo stumbles into »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has completed its line-up with the Discovery, New Wave Tiff Kids and In Conversation With… strands and has confirmed the return of Festival Street.
Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman and Matthew Weiner will take place in separate on-stage conversations as part of the In Conversation With… series, which replaces the Mavericks programme.
For the second year, the Festival Street initiative will see the closure of King Street West between Peter and University Streets, from Sept 10-13.
Events will include Questival, a walking interactive quiz designed by Frontier Design & Innovation; the NewCanadianMusic.ca music stage featuring the world premiere of Titicut Follies – The Ballet inspired by Frederick Wiseman’s 1967 documentary; cinema-inspired installations; magicians; the Slaight Family Zone; and food trucks.
In total, the festival will screen 399 films, of which 289 are features and 110 shorts. Last year’s festival screened 392 in total comprising 284 features and 108 shorts.
Programmers sifted »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival completed its 40th anniversary slate on Tuesday, adding 31 features to various programs, as well as announcing the stars set to dig deep in its new In Conversation With series, and the impressive array of entertainment lined up for its free, four-day Festival Street bash.
The festival’s official screening schedule was also released Tuesday.
Icw, which replaces the former Mavericks program, will present intimate onstage conversations with Julianne Moore (starring opposite Ellen Page in Peter Sollett’s Toronto world-premiering “Freeheld”), Salma Hayek (starring opposite Adrien Brody in Matteo Garrone’s Toronto world-premiering “Septembers of Shiraz”), Sarah Silverman (starring in Adam Salky’s Canadian-premiering “I Smile Back”) and “Mad Man” creator Matthew Weiner.
Discovery — showcasing new directors from around world — added 25 titles, including notable feature bows: Maris Curran’s “Five Nights in Maine,” starring David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as a recently widowed man seeking out his estranged »
- Jennie Punter
While the focus of festival announcements are understandably on the new films that will be unveiled, organizers always make room for retrospective screenings. And this morning, along with strong batch of even more World Premieres of movies from around the world, it's some vintage titles that grabbed our attention from Tiff's latest additions. Michael Mann's "Heat" and Brad Bird's "The Iron Giant: Signature Edition" will both hit the big screen in Toronto. The Robert De Niro and Al Pacino crime saga celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and what better way to blow out the candles than with a slot in the Cinematheque Programme. Meanwhile, Bird's contemporary animated classic will show for all ages as part of the Kids Programme, with this new edition of the movie featuring two all-new sequences. It will hit Tiff before arriving for a limited run in cinemas at the end of September. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By the spring of 1988, several high-profile cases had brought the gang violence in Los Angeles to national attention. The fatal shootings of an 18-year-old college student and her 12-year-old neighbour were, according to a newspaper report, the 113th and 114th gang-related murders to have occurred in La County since the start of the beginning of 1988. The previous year saw 387 people killed in gang-related incidents.
Against this backdrop came Colors, Dennis Hopper’s unflinching and disturbingly authentic crime drama starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn. Some of the film’s harshest critics called it exploitative and voyeuristic - a calculated attempt to cash in on the real violence that was regularly making headlines. Colors’ detractors were given further fuel when reports began to circulate of violent incidents occurring in »
Ian McGinty is a talented comics artist known for his animation style work on licensed properties, like Bravest Warriors, Munchkin, and Adventure Time Candy Capers featuring the Peppermint Butler. But this fall, he jumps into the driver’s seat as both writer and artist of the upcoming, creator owned Welcome to Showside all ages comics from Z2 Comics.
Welcome to Showside follows the story of Kit, a cute kid who loves to skateboard and eat food with his friends Moon and Belle. But he has a big secret. His dad is the Great Shadow King, an evil villain from your worst Lovecraftian nightmares. The series will focus on Kit, Moon, and Belle defending the once happy town of Showside from demons, monsters, and all sorts of ghoulies.
Welcome to Showside also got picked up as an animated pilot, which will be released towards the end of 2015 from the new production company Modern Prometheus. »
- Logan Dalton
Michael Mann's extraordinary film Heat turns twenty this year, that's crazy. Blackhat, the directors most recent film, didn't fare nearly as well as Heat did as it failed to generate any real commercial or critical interest. Mann isn't letting that set him back however as Deadline reports that Michael Mann is moving forward on his Enzo Ferrari biopic and that he's... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
According to Deadline, Christian Bale has closed a deal to play Enzo Ferrari in a film set to be directed by Michael Mann. Currently going under the title Ferrari, the project is still in the very early stages of being set up and won’t go in front of the camera until next summer. However, Mann has been hard at work on it for a while, close to 15 years, in fact.
The film is set to take place in 1957, “a year where passion, failure, success and death and life all collided.” Deadline also reports that a big part of Ferrari will be the love story, and several high profile actresses are circling the female lead role. With Bale now on board, expect a co-star to join him soon.
- James Garcia
Who is Keyser Soze?
20 years ago this week (August 16, 1995), audiences uncovered the answer to that question -- and they're still reeling from it two decades later.
"The Usual Suspects" is an intricately plotted crime thriller that, despite the big twist at the end, never feels convoluted but rather like a puzzle we're putting together along with its nefarious main characters -- B-level criminals who find themselves under the shadow (and gun) of the crime lord equivalent of the devil incarnate.
The film won Kevin Spacey and writer Christopher McQuarrie ("Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") Oscars, and put director Bryan Singer on the path to make the "X-Men" films. In honor of the film's 20th anniversary, here are 20 facts you need to know about this modern classic.
1. Writer Chris McQuarrie got the title for his film from an article in Spy Magazine.
2. The film's most iconic image -- the titular characters »
- Phil Pirrello
The Director's Chair is currently the best show on TV about filmmaking. It's a very cool, candid series on El Rey Network where Robert Rodriguez interviews some of the greatest directors of our time. In the past he's done John Carpenter, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, and Francis Ford Coppola, just to name a few. And for his next episode he'll sit down with none other than Heat, Miami Vice, and The Insider director Michael Mann. Mann's episode of The Director's Chair, which is a must-watch for anyone who has been a fan of Mann's over the years, airs Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9Pm Est, so set your Dvrs now. And if you're a Miami Vice fan, set it to record even earlier in the day. Starting at 5Pm, El Rey will air four episodes of Miami...
- Peter Hall
Robert Rodriguez hosted two panels for the Television Critics Awards today on behalf of his El Rey Network, speaking about his interview series The Director’s Chair and season two of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. He even showed a clip of his chat with Michael Mann about Heat. After the panel, Rodriguez stayed to […]
- Fred Topel
Heat waves are baring down on both the east and west coasts this week — but instead of pushing our exhausted air-conditioning unit to the breaking point, we’re waving the white flag and giving in to the swelter of it all.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Who’s In? Who’s Out? Your Guide to 75+ Casting Moves
That’s right — Team TVLine is contributing to record high temps by recollecting the 26 steamiest, sweatiest, blush-inducingest sex scenes ever to grace our TV screens. Don’t come here looking for flowery declarations of love and Victorian-era wrist-grazing. To paraphrase a really terrible Limp Bizkit song, »
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
True Detective season 2 has frequently been criticized for slower pacing, but this week’s episode, “Down Will Come” decides not to go so quietly into the night. The Cast Beyond Carcosa is here to talk about a couple of pivotal developments in the show before exploring the consequences of this week’s climatic shootout.
The case picks up some steam when Ani and Ray decide to visit Elliot Bezzerides to find out how he might have known Caspere and his associate Irving Pitlor. It looks like Vinci’s crooked mayor has hidden ties to everyone involved, which is more than a little suspicious. Our main duo also decide to take a detour to the bit of spoiled land we saw in the opening moments of the show. The clues are slowly starting to come together, and we discuss all of of the new possibilities that are now on the table. »
- Caleb Masters
Recovering from the utter madness of Comic-Con 2015, which this writer just returned to some 11 hours ago, made the uptick in potent, rousing moments in True Detective Season 2’s fourth episode all the more disorienting. “Down Will Come” ends with the sort of visceral, bloody tragedy that actually matches Season 2’s lugubrious tone, whereas the rest of the season thus far (including a large amount of this episode) has simply felt portentous. The attempted taking of Ledo Amarilla (Cesar Garcia), the first strong suspect in the murder of Vinci’s city manager, ends with dozens of casualties, as well as the death of Detective Dixon (W. Earl Brown), one of this season’s more intriguing characters; that’s not even mentioning that the extended shoot-out ends with the shooting of Amarilla himself. Credit the talented television director Jeremy Podeswa, a veteran of Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, for giving the »
- Chris Cabin
Having started his career as both a music video director (his video for Atreyu’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” is a fave of mine) and a storyboard artist on films like Amazing Spiderman 2 and Constantine, Jay Martin’s directorial feature debut 7 Minutes is a heist gone wrong film full of tension and suspense. Dealing with jumping timelines, and a lot of energy, the Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell and Zane Holtz-led crime thriller is now in theaters and is one wild ride.
Martin was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about his inspiration with the film, the transition of going from music videos to films and some awesome wardrobe choices for Zane Holtz’s character in the film. Read on!
I have always been interested in the heist gone wrong kinds of films, like Dog Day Afternoon. Those are my favorite movies, so your movie had me at the very beginning. »
- Jerry Smith
Directed by Michael Mann.
After a Hong Kong nuclear plant and the Mercantile Trade Exchange in Chicago are hacked by unknown perpetrators, a federal agent proposes that the FBI work with China to find the cyber-criminals. The leader of the Chinese team, Chen Dawai, insists that convicted hacker Nick Hathaway be released from prison to help with the investigation. As Nick and his comrades chase their quarry, it becomes evident that the hackers have a sinister motive for their actions.
How can I put this.
I found my discovery that the Blu-ray itself was transparent far more interesting than anything its contents had to offer. That sums it really.
- Chris Cooper
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