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‘Curious George’ Documentary Traces the Origins of the Beloved Children’s Classic

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‘Curious George’ Documentary Traces the Origins of the Beloved Children’s Classic
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — 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.

Curious George Documentary

Logline: “Curious George Documentary” explores the extraordinary lives of “Curious George” creators Hans & Margret Rey and how their narrow WWII escape brought us the world’s most beloved monkey.

Elevator Pitch:

We all know Curious George. But what about his creators, Hans and Margret Rey? From fleeing Nazi-occupied France on handmade bicycles to encounters with exotic animals in Brazil, this mixed-media documentary explores the untold story of “Curious George” – the life-long journey of Hans and Margret Rey, whose creation continues to touch the hearts and minds of children around the world today.

Production Team:

Ema Ryan Yamazaki – Director
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Prince's Former Music Publicist Is 'Stunned' by Death: 'It's Hard Not to Feel Like Something Has Been Taken from You'

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Prince's Former Music Publicist Is 'Stunned' by Death: 'It's Hard Not to Feel Like Something Has Been Taken from You'
At some point on Thursday afternoon, fabled music publicist Mitch Schneider says he just stopped receiving new emails. His inbox went stagnant soon after news of iconic musician Prince's death broke online. "My email has completely stopped, which hasn't actually happened since 9/11," Schneider tells People. "I think folks throughout the music industry are simply stunned right now. It's hard not to feel like something has been taken from you, and taken without warning." Schneider, the president and CEO for the Los Angeles-based Mitch Schneider Organization, says he represented Prince during the early to mid-1990s, when the music legend released three separate LPs.
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Prince's Former Music Publicist Is 'Stunned' by Death: 'It's Hard Not to Feel Like Something Has Been Taken from You'

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Prince's Former Music Publicist Is 'Stunned' by Death: 'It's Hard Not to Feel Like Something Has Been Taken from You'
At some point on Thursday afternoon, fabled music publicist Mitch Schneider says he just stopped receiving new emails. His inbox went stagnant soon after news of iconic musician Prince's death broke online. "My email has completely stopped, which hasn't actually happened since 9/11," Schneider tells People. "I think folks throughout the music industry are simply stunned right now. It's hard not to feel like something has been taken from you, and taken without warning." Schneider, the president and CEO for the Los Angeles-based Mitch Schneider Organization, says he represented Prince during the early to mid-1990s, when the music legend released three separate LPs.
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Texas' Legal Ecstasy Period Gets A Film

Dori Oskowitz has signed on to direct an untitled indie film about the origins of the global rave movement in 1980s Dallas.

It was a time when the drug ecstasy, then known as 'Molly,' was legal and fueled a social phenomenon across all demographics from gay discos to yuppy dinner parties to college frat parties. The movement then vanished after ecstasy became illegal in 1985.

Richard Stratton ("Slam," "Street Time") will pen the script while Braxton Pope will produce. Also involved are former NBA player Steve Nash and Dallas-based music producer Wade Randolph Hampton (aka DJ WishFM).

Source: Variety
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Steve Nash to Produce Movie About the Origin of Ecstasy (Exclusive)

Steve Nash to Produce Movie About the Origin of Ecstasy (Exclusive)
Dori Oskowitz has signed on to direct an untitled independent film exploring the origins of the global rave movement in 1980s Dallas during the era of legal ecstasy, known as “Molly,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Richard Stratton has come aboard to write the screenplay. He co-wrote and produced “Slam,” which won both the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and Camera d’Or Award at Cannes, and was the showrunner of the Showtime series “Street Time.”

Braxton Pope will produce in the wake of producing “The Trust,” starring Nicolas Cage. Former NBA player Steve Nash and Ezra Holland of Meathawk Productions will executive produce along with Prettybird Pictures.

Dallas-based music producer Wade Randolph Hampton (known as DJ WishFM) will be involved in the project.

“I am excited to bring this remarkable story and piece of cultural anthropology to the screen with my partners at Meathawk and Prettybird,” said Pope. “Dori is
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Awesome Mix Tape #6: Best Soundtracks / Scores of 2015 Pt 1

It’s that time once again! For the unfamiliar, every year I make two mix tapes sampling the best music from the best movies released. The first mix is usually released in the summertime, about halfway through the year – and I release the second tape in late December. Below is the first half of the best movie scores/soundtracks of 2015. Take a listen and please remember, sharing is caring so don’t be shy to like it on Facebook or tweet it to your friends. Cheers!

(Check out Awesome Mix Tape #5: Best soundtracks/scores 0f 2014)

Playlist:

Eden movie clip

Daft Punk – “One More Time” (Eden)

DJ Light – “Team Gotti Anthem” (Tangerine)

Black Ox Orkestar – “Skocne” (What We Do In the Shadows)

Spring Movie Clip

Elias Rahbani – “Dance of Maria” (What We Do In The Shadows)

Dope movie clip

Tribe Called Quest – “Scenario” (Dope)

Onyx – “Slam Harder” / “Slam” Mix (Dope
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'Loudmouth' Confronts Coming of Age in the Face of Violence and Loss

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'Loudmouth' Confronts Coming of Age in the Face of Violence and Loss
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Loudmouth Logline: Marcus comes to terms with his brother's death over the course of a tumultuous summer weekend and finds comfort in a local street gang. Elevator Pitch: "Loudmouth" is a story about Marcus Webb, a twelve year old boy who is coming to terms with the death of his older brother. Torn between a loving sister who has become his sole caretaker and the sense of camaraderie offered by his local gang, Marcus is forced to make decisions that threaten to rob him of his innocence. Production Team: Amman Abbasi - Director (first feature)Steven Reneau - ProducerMarc Levin & Daphne Pinkerson - Executive Producers (Chicagoland, Slam
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Cannes Update: Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries

Cannes Update: Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries
One of the key awards at Cannes is the Camera d'Or, launched in 1978, which goes to the best film from a first-time filmmaker in the Official Selection, La Semaine de la Critique and Directors’ Fortnight. Past winners include Benh Zeitlin, whose 2012 "Beast of the Southern Wild" went on to nab Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Actress, as well as Jim Jarmusch ("Stranger than Paradise," 1984), Mira Nair ("Salaam Bombay!", 1988), John Turturro ("Mac," 1992), Marc Levin ("Slam," 1998), Miranda July ("Me, You and Everyone We Know," 2005), and Steve McQueen ("Hunger," 2008). It's a career launch prize. In 2014, fifteen films will be vying for the Camera d'Or award to be presented during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 24th. French director Nicole Garcia will preside. Here's the jury: Nicole Garcia, President, actress and director Richard Anconina, actor Gilles Gaillard, technician Sophie Grassin, journalist and critic Héléna...
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Saul Williams to Star in Tupac Musical, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'

Saul Williams to Star in Tupac Musical, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'
New York -- Casting is in place for the world premiere of Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical about the struggle of inner-city lives, inspired by and set to the music and lyrics of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Story: Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Sets Broadway Plans Heading the cast of the non-biographical musical drama is Saul Williams, the recording artist and leading figure in the slam poetry movement who turned heads as star and co-writer of Marc Levin's Slam. That 1998 film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d'Or award for

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‘Bachelor’ Recap: AshLee Frazier Calls Sean Lowe A Liar

Sean came face to face with all the women he dumped like bad trash on the ‘Women Tell All’ special, and things got heated! Tierra LiCausi finally got her comeuppance, while AshLee dropped a bomb on Sean. Yikes!

Revenge dressing has suddenly got a whole new meaning to it, as Sean Lowe‘s ex’s dressed to kill on The Bachelor: Women Tell All! Chris Harrison had to navigate the treacherous waters that is bitter Bachelor beauties, and AshLee Frazier and Tierra LiCausi definitely caused the most drama. You know what they say — hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

The Girls Slam Tierra LiCausi

The show began with Chris and Sean visiting a bunch of Bachelor viewing parties, and things got really crazy when they went to a sorority house! Chris brought in the girls, who clearly dressed to impress their former flame. Sexy Selma Alameri began
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Tna Review 24/2/12 – Sting is Done?

Impact Wrestling – Feb 24th 2012

The “Insane Icon,” is “Done.”

The most hyped story this week was Sting saying On Twitter that he was “Done.” Not via Tna TV or anything, Via Twitter. Because that’s how professionals deal with major announcements these days. Robert Roode announced early in the show that Sting was going to appear. Thing is that since they announced Roode’s title match against Storm was going to be at the PPV in April rather than the next one in March, they made it a bit obvious that something was going to go down at Victory Road in March. Otherwise why wouldn’t the title match just happen at Victory Road?

In the closing segment Sting came out as promised to address the Tweet that shook the world. Roode made his second appearance of the night to interrupt. Sting immediately converted over to Whacky Insane Icon Sting
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Tna Impact Wrestling 26/1/12 Review – Bully Ray Destroys Jeff Hardy

Tna Impact Wrestling! 26th January 2011

As always, last week gets recapped. But you read that last week right? Right!?

We pick up backstage where Jeff Hardy is beating down Bully Ray in that are that they always seem to be taking photos. They brawl past that with some terribly unrealistic punches and out to another backstage area. Just in time, Roode pulls up in his beautiful white truck and jumps Hardy with Bully. Bully drops a piece of wood on Jeff’s leg that looks like it weighs less than a sponge. They throw him in the back of the truck, but then James Storm comes out of nowhere and gets involved. He throws Storm through a barricade then smacks Bully with a Plastic bottle. I should note there’s a lot of needless grunting going on. Then, Sting comes into the picture and takes a bat to Roode’s stomach.
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Tna Impact Wrestling Review 12/1/12 – Jeff Hardy vs. Robert Roode

Tna Impact Wrestling!

12/1/11

Bobby Roode is still your Tna Champion after Genesis, and he’s gracing us with his presence. As the fans chant “Hardy,” Roode tells us he’s the most dominant champion in the history of Impact! Roode says he’s not going to embarrass him anymore, and brings him out to “humbly accept his defeat” and shake Roode’s hand. Instead it’s Sting’s music that plays and out comes the Icon. Sting and Roode share some weird caveman insults which somehow garners a “Spank his butt” chant from the crowd. Sting calls Roode out for getting intentionally disqualified and tells him tonight he defends again against Jeff Hardy! Sting is out, and Roode throws a tantrum.

Earlier today, Matt Morgan met Crimson coming out of Direct Insurance and they gave him a Great Deal. Morgan says they’ve been amazing with his family for years.
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Tna Impact Wrestling Review 15/12/2012 – Jeff Hardy vs Bully Ray

Tna Impact Wrestling. 15th December 2012

Back from a short hiatus with this Impact recap and Tonight Sting has given us a World Heavyweight Title Rematch to open the show!

Tna World Title Match

Five Minute Overtime Rematch from Final Resolution

Aj Styles vs. Robert Roode (Champion)

Is it just me or does everyone’s entrance in Tna start with that tilted camera long shot? Here’s our five minutes on the clock and Roode immediately tries to run down the clock by getting out of there. Styles follows him out and rolls him back in, covering him with a cross body. Hard whips and a back body drop. This match is One fall, not Iron Man like at the PPV. They exchange side headlocks and kick outs. Aj Rolls him up for two. We’re at three minutes left and Roode wants a time out. Ref for some reason holds Aj back,
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Insane Clown Posse Unveil (Sort Of Amazing) Lineup For 2011 Gathering Of The Juggalos

By Zachary Swickey

Great news, cultural anthropologists: The 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos is just around the corner, and this year, it looks like it's going to be bigger (and slightly more terrifying) than ever!

Or at least that's what we're gathering from the epic infomercial the Insane Clown Posse just unveiled for this year's Gathering, a "Star-Wars" themed mini-movie that features "Hatchet Happenings" correspondents Sweet Sugar Slam, DJ Clay and, uh, Vanilla Ice wearing alien makeup and shouting a lot (and, it should be noted, when he's screaming lines like "We talkin' about good times and hard rhymes, motherf----!" Ice's commitment to the role approaches Daniel Day-Lewis levels of intensity), not to mention the lineup itself, which, no lie, is actually pretty amazing.

Sure, there's the usual assortment of creatively-named Psychopathic Records acts on the bill (Twiztid, Boondox, Blaze Ya Dead Homie) and a weekend-capping performance from Icp themselves, but
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DGA: The Documentarian as Game-Changer

The Directors Guild of America has been celebrating their 75th anniversary with a series of panels and events at the DGA Theater on West 57th Street called 'Game Changers.' Last Thursday, they presented a fascinating master class on documentary filmmaking, with doc A-listers sharing clips from their filmographies and engaging in two terrific panel discussions. First up, DGA President Michael Apted - himself an acclaimed documentarian, with the seven films (to date) in his 7 Up series complementing his narrative film career - welcomed the audience, celebrating the documentary films that 'inform, illuminate, and influence' audiences. Director Marc Levin (Slam) introduced the first panel with a clip reel, highlighting films from filmmakers whose work might be categorized as observational documentary - 'directors [who are] defenders of the very idea of creative rights and visions' in this era where such visions can be stifled. The very entertaining and thought-provoking clip reel included the
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'Def Jam Rapstar' Offers Up Free Lil Wayne Album

"Def Jam Rapstar" is a big release for hip-hop fans, a long-ignored group when it comes to video games. In an effort to make the release an even bigger deal, Def Jam has teamed up Cash Money Records to offer a special bonus to early adopters of the game. Anyone who purchases "Def Jam Rapstar" at a Best Buy between October 12 and October 19 will also receive a free copy of Lil Wayne's ninth album, entitled "I Am Not A Human Being."

Despite Lil Wayne's current incarceration, "I Am Not A Human Being" will be his second album released in less than a year, and fans of hip-hop will undoubtedly appreciate the two-for-one deal they're getting with the game and the album.

In addition to the album, followers of Lil Wayne can attempt his lyrical style in one of his songs, "A Milli," which is included in the game.

For those unfamiliar,
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Full track listing for ‘Def Jam Rapstar’ revealed

4mm Games, Def Jam Interactive, Konami and Terminal Reality have revealed the Full line up of tracks and instrumental beats that will be available in Def Jam Rapstar, the first interactive hip hop music game coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii on November 5th.

Complete Track List:

2 Pac – I Get Around

50 Cent – I Get Money

A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario

Bashy – Black Boys *UK Exclusive

Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey

Biz Markie – Just A Friend

Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hand’s Where My Eyes Can See

Chipmunk – Chip Diddy Chip *UK Exclusive

Devlin – Giant *UK Exclusive

Diddy featuring The Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim & The Lox – It’s All About The Benjamins (Remix)

Dizzee Rascal -Fix Up, Look Sharp *UK Exclusive

Dmx – Ruff Ryder’s Anthem

Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang

Drake -Best I Ever Had

Fat Joe featuring Terror Squad – Lean Back

Ja Rule featuring
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News: Move in to Co-op Of The Damned... if you dare.

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There's a new horror/comedy web series, Co-op Of The Damned, winging it's way to you, with the launch of its online presence series trailer and the premiere of its newly designed web portal (www.coopofthedamned.com). This announcement comes as the creative team gears up for the release of the first episode on Monday, October 4th, 2010. Three subsequent episodes will debut every Monday during the month of October.

Co-op Of The Damned marks the directorial debut for series creator Ned Ehrbar (Hitler Vs. Lincoln) who collaborated with entertainment executive Chad Steers (The Spiderwick Chronicles). The pair filmed the episodes along with cinematographer, Rudy Valdez (Brick City), and noted makeup artist and stunt coordinator Ian Marshal Hicks (The Green Hornet).

Additional members of the ensemble include Liz Bohnsack (Conan), Steve Cell (24), Jake Fleisher (Intercourse With A Vampire), Marcus Jones (The Scenesters), Grace Para (Jonas La) and newcomer Melissa Cueva.

”Co-op
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The 11th Annual Gathering Of The Juggalos Infomercial: The Live Blog

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Last year, the Insane Clown Posse took the Internet by storm when they released an informercial advertising the Gathering, the annual festival curated and hosted by Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. In the year that followed, Icp stayed on the minds of Web surfers everywhere with their much-talked-about music video for "Miracles." Now the clowns are back with another infomercial advertising this year's Gathering (the 11th annual!), which will go down August 12-15 once again in Cave In Rock, Illinois.

The new commercial kicks it up a notch, presenting the lineup and features of this year's event with a new video that is 17 minutes long. So just in case you're not like us and totally willing to watch it over and over again, here's the breakdown of the highlights.

00:08 The narrator describes the Gathering as "the nation's only truly underground music festival, with no corporate sponsorship." The guys
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