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‘Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop’ Wants to Bring a Viral Twitter Story to Life

‘Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop’ Wants to Bring a Viral Twitter Story to Life
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop

Logline: A woman finds herself trapped in the closet when her lover’s lover comes home.

Elevator Pitch:

“Tina and The Gucci Flip Flop” follows a woman named Tina, who finds herself trapped in the closet when her lover’s lover comes home. It’s a tale of betrayal, cheating, sexuality, closet hiding, and big, wet farts. It’s based on the twitter story of the same name, that sent me from 8,000 followers, to 25,000 overnight on twitter, helped me become verified, win Project Greenlight, and ultimately, become a fellow of the Sundance Labs.
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‘Littlest Bigfoot’ Animated Movie in the Works at Fox Based on Jennifer Weiner’s Book

‘Littlest Bigfoot’ Animated Movie in the Works at Fox Based on Jennifer Weiner’s Book
Twentieth Century Fox Animation is developing Jennifer Weiner’s children’s book “The Littlest Bigfoot” as a movie, with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner producing through Good Fear Film.

“The Littlest Bigfoot” center on a pair of 12-year-old girls — one human, one Bigfoot — both desperately out of place in their own worlds, but who find each other and fight to keep the hidden Bigfoot world safe. The book — the first in a trilogy — was published earlier this week by Aladdin Books (a division of Simon & Schuster).

Weiner is currently writing the next installment, “Little Bigfoot, Big City,” coming November of 2017.

“I loved writing this book, and spending time with these three misfit kids who discover their own worth,” Weiner said. “I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Fox in bringing their story to the big screen.”

Andrea Miloro will oversee the project for Fox Animation. Weiner’s “In Her Shoes
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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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Doc specialist Autlook moves into narrative features

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Documentary specialists launches new label with Fly Away Home [pictured].

Austrian docs specialist Autlook Filmsales is to take the plunge into handling dramatic features.

Here in Cannes, company CEO Salma Abdalla has confirmed that the company is launching a new boutique label for Austrian narrative features.

The new label is launching in Cannes with the market release of the adaption Fly Away Home by Mirjam Unger, produced by Gabriele Kranzelbinder of Kgp Filmproduction (We Come As Friends).

Gabriele Kranzelbinder is one of Autlook´s founding partners.

The film is adapted from the best-selling autobiographical novel by Christine Nöstlinger about her childhood experience in war torn Vienna. Bombed out and penniless, she and her family are put up in a fancy villa in the outskirts of the city, a moment when class differences get cracky and all families in the house just want to survive.

The drama is set during the last days of the Nazi regime and then
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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels on Tackling Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jeff Daniels on Tackling Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'
Chiwetel Ejiofor was on hand in Toronto in 2013 – for “Half of a Yellow Sun” and his Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave.” Scott is here for what he said was his fourth time "and this is the biggest reaction I’ve ever had." Jeff Daniels, who plays the head of Nasa in Scott’s bring-Matt-back-from-Mars adventure, has been here so many times he’s lost count (“The Squid and the Whale," "Fly Away Home," "something else”). “The reaction for me, compared to those other three movies was a sense of relief that it worked,” Daniels said. “It’s all guesswork, even with someone as great as Ridley a portion of what we’re throwing up there, we’re crossing our fingers, hoping an audience takes to it. That’s the payoff for us.” What audiences often forget is that what the performers are putting on screen, they executed a year or more before.
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The Black Stallion

It was a winner right out of the starting gate, an instant classic that's still a pleasure for the eyes and ears. Carroll Ballard and Caleb Deschanel's marvel of a storybook movie has yet to be surpassed, with a boy-horse story that seems to be taking place in The Garden of Eden. The Black Stallion Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 765 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 14, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, John Karlsen, Leopoldo Trieste, Marne Maitland, Cass-Olé. Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Film Editor Robert Dalva Supervising Sound Editor Alan Splet Original Music Carmine Coppola Written by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff from the novel by Walter Farley Produced by Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg Directed by Carroll Ballard

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Francis Coppola divided audiences with his war epic Apocalypse Now, but in the same
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Cinematography Legend Caleb Deschanel Gets AFI Alumni Medal

Cinematography Legend Caleb Deschanel Gets AFI Alumni Medal
Master cinematographer and television director Caleb Deschanel will receive AFI's 25th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which has previously gone to the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Wally Pfister and fellow Dp Janusz Kaminski. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI Conservatory alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner, the Oscar-winning director of 1970's "Patton." An AFI grad from the class of 1969, Deschanel is a five-time Oscar nominee for "The Passion of the Christ," "The Patriot," "Fly Away Home," "The Natural" and "The Right Stuff." AFI cinematography alumni have been nominated 17 times across the past 12 years — winning five times. Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award for "The Patriot" and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asc in 2010. His directing credits...
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Caleb Deschanel in AFI honour

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Caleb Deschanel in AFI honour
American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.

The honour recognises the creativity of an AFI Conservatory alumnus “who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality filmmaking.”

The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin in Hollywood on June 4.

Deschanel’s credits include The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot and The Passion Of The Christ.

Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Wally Pfister
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AFI to Honor Cinematograher Caleb Deschanel

AFI to Honor Cinematograher Caleb Deschanel
The American Film Institute has selected Caleb Deschanel to receive its Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Deschanel is a 1969 alumnus of the AFI Conservatory. He’s been nominated for best cinematographer Oscars for “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Patriot” and “The Passion of the Christ.”

Other film credits include “The Black Stallion,” “Escape Artist,” “Jack Reacher” and “Winter’s Tale.” TV credits include “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” “Bones” and “Twin Peaks.”

The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin on June 4. Past recipients of the medal include cinematographers Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.

Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for “The Patriot” and was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the Asc in 2010. He was also in the first class of the AFI Conservatory,
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Caleb Deschanel to Receive Camerimage 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Caleb Deschanel to Receive Camerimage 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel will be honored at the annual Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with the fest’s lifetime achievement award, which recognizes “exceptional filmmakers… who changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills and passion for their craft.”

The event, now in its 22nd year, will be held on November 15 – 22.

Deschanel has been nominated for five Academy Awards over a career during which he helped shape the look of such films as Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,: Barry Levinson’s “The Natural,” Carroll Ballard’s “Fly Away Home,” Roland Emmerich’s “The Patriot,” Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

In 2010, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the American Society of Cinematographers.

In a statement, Camerimage praised Deschanel for his pioneering work with the Steadicam,
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Camerimage to honour Caleb Deschanel

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Camerimage to honour Caleb Deschanel
Oscar-nominated cinematographer of The Passion of the Christ and The Right Stuff to accept lifetime achievement award at cinematography festival in Poland.

Caleb Deschanel is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 15-22).

Deschanel will also present screenings of his films at the 22nd edition of the festival followed by Q&A’s with the audience.

His five Oscar nominations in the Best Cinematography category were for The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ.

Other notable credits include Being There, National Treasure, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Jack Reacher.

Deschanel was also involved in creating one of the essential tools of modern cinematographers, the Steadicam.

He directed his first feature film The Escape Artist in 1982, and later Crusoe in 1989. Deschanel has also directed episodes for TV shows including David Lynch’s Twin Peaks as well
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John Ostrander: That Time of Year

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The other night, My Mary and I were looking for something to watch on the tube. She had recorded Fly Away Home, the 1996 film by Carroll Ballard, starring Jeff Daniels, Dana Delaney, Anna Pacquin and Terry Kinney. We’ve watched it many times and I think we even own a copy of it. It’s wonderfully acted and beautifully shot; if you ever watch it, try to see it in wide screen. Some of the shots of Canadian Geese flying are breathtaking.

One of the things that struck me (again) was Mark Isham’s soundtrack and the haunting song that opens and closes the film, 10,000 Miles, sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter. (You can find it on YouTube, along with the lyrics.) It was one of the pieces of music that I played over and over again during that year of grieving after my wife, Kim Yale, died. Music was, and is,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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Robert Rodat Re-Writing Thor 2

Robert Rodat Re-Writing Thor 2
Now that Thor 2 has finally found a director in Game Of Thrones workhorse Alan Taylor (who is busy stapling his trousers to the folding chair so he can’t be dumped off the project), it would appear that Marvel is bringing in a big gun to re-write the script, with Robert Rodat as the man for the job.Rodat, of course, is probably still best known for scripting Saving Private Ryan and scoring an Oscar nomination for his work. But he also has credits on films such as Fly Away Home and The Patriot. More recently, he created and oversaw alien invasion TV drama Falling Skies.While Don Payne, one of the original Thor writers, has already cranked out at least one draft, Marvel always ends up bringing in new writers to take a look, whether credited (as with Rodat) or just for some quiet polishing.The sequel has
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Jennifer Weiner Talks ‘Good in Bed,’ Chick Lit and Cheating Husbands

Jennifer Weiner Talks ‘Good in Bed,’ Chick Lit and Cheating Husbands
Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Jennifer Weiner

It’s been ten years since Jennifer Weiner released “Good in Bed,” the book that launched both her career as a novelist and her status as a staunch defender of chick lit. Over the past decade, Weiner has emerged as the conscience of modern fiction, intent on minimizing the disparity between the reception commercial male fiction gets (think Stephen King) and the reception commercial female fiction receives (think Weiner and Jodi Picoult). She also recently
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This week's new film events

Outdoor cinema, London

Let the open-air cinema season commence (and all the traditional meteorological uncertainties that go with it). The British summer now has its regular outdoor cinema fixtures, most of which get going in July and August, but some new additions to the calendar kick off this week. Best of the bunch is the Nomad pop-up cinema, which roams across London's royal parks, and occasionally beyond, from now until September. And it's not just endless reruns of Dirty Dancing; this one has some quality cinema. On Sunday, it's got Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert under a big top in Mile End Park – not technically outdoors, admittedly – then next Saturday it's Casablanca in Dulwich park, and over the coming months it's showing choice titles such as The Life Aquatic, The Wicker Man, Black Cat White Cat and kids' films Wall-e and The Goonies. There's also a pop-up cinema in Ravenscourt
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News: Buy a DVD/Blu-ray, see Soul Surfer in theaters

Just like it did with Battle: Los Angeles, Sony Pictures is offering movie cash for its upcoming film Soul Surfer with the purchase of certain DVD and Blu-ray discs through Amazon.

PG-rated Soul Surfer tells the true story of surfer girl Bethany Hamilton, played by AnnaSohpia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain), who lost her arm in a shark attack but found the courage to start surfing again. Dennis Quaid (Legion) portrays Bethany’s father and Helen Hunt (Every Day) her mother. The movie also stars Jeremy Sumpter (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Craig T. Nelson (TV’s Parenthood) singer Carrie Underwood in her film debut.

Judging by the trailer (see below), it looks like a fun, inspirational movie in the vein of The Rookie and Invincible.

Amazon has a special page listing 56 movies on DVD and Blu-ray that are part of the Soul Surfer promotion. Consumers who purchase a disc
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Jeff Daniels Orbits Aaron Sorkin’s New HBO Pilot

Jeff Daniels is currently in talks to take the lead male part in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama pilot, Deadline are reporting. The as-yet-unnamed pilot would see Daniels playing news anchor Will McCallister,

“who has his own cable show, his female executive producer and his staff. Will is described as a famous cable newsman of the Anderson Cooper/Brian Williams mold [sic] who is smart and talented guy but just a pain in the ass to work with and for.”

The plot reminds me of last year’s Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford, with Ford’s role being similar to what Daniels would play here. The film was a modest success at the box office, though I personally felt it deserved more attention than it received. Because of this, I must admit I am a little sceptical of how well a similar plot could work for Sorkin and Daniels.
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‘Fly Away Home’ Author Jennifer Weiner Shakes a Tambourine for ‘Wordstock 2010′

Andrea Cipriani Mecchi

Jennifer Weiner may have hit the top of the book lists with her best-selling novels, including “Good In Bed” and “In Her Shoes.” But she’s trading in her pen (okay, laptop) for a microphone and hitting the stage with fellow authors Amy Tan, Dave Barry and Mitch Albom as part of the Rock Bottom Remainders‘ “Wordstock 2010″ tour. Starting in D.C., the writers then head to Philly, New York and Boston, with all the concert proceeds going toward Haitian relief and local non-profit organizations.

Weiner, who is only appearing at Thursday’s Philly stop, spoke to Speakeasy about bringing out her inner rock star, her new love of running (Ok, love might be a reach) and her upcoming book “Fly Away Home,” headed for stores this July. (Yes, it’s about the wife of a philandering politician; No, she hasn’t watched “The Good Wife” for
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Paper Man Trailer, Posters and Photos

Check out the trailer and new poster for the upcoming indie comedy Paperman which stars Ryan Reynolds (Wolverine, Green Lantern), Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale, Fly Away Home, Grand Tour: Disaster in Time), Emma Stone, Lisa Kudrow, Kieran Culkin, Hunter Parrish, and directed by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney.

Paper Man is an inspirational comedic drama about an unlikely friendship between Richard (Jeff Daniels), a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby (Emma Stone), a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Both are unsure, both are afraid to take firm steps forward, and both are looking for that special friend—that connection—to help guide them into the future. Since his childhood, Richard has mostly relied on the imaginary one that resides in his head—a costumed superhero known as Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds).

Paper Man
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