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Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis Drama ‘A Country Called Home’ Lands Theatrical Distribution

10 February 2016 10:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alchemy and Arc Entertainment have acquired worldwide rights to the coming-of-age drama “A Country Called Home,” which stars Imogen Poots (“Green Room”) and Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), the companies announced on Wednesday. The film serves as the directorial debut of Anna Axster, who co-wrote the script with Jim Beggarly. Arc Entertainment and Alchemy will be releasing “A Country Called Home” in theaters on Feb. 26 and VOD on March 1. The movie first premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Also Read: Mackenzie Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in 'Black Mirror' Episode for Netflix (Exclusive) Mary McCormack (“The West Wing »

- Jeff Sneider

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Spin – it's the West Wing, with added sex

10 February 2016 4:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Perfect for TV politicoholics, this French drama has murder, sex and poetry – and the politicians play second fiddle to the beautiful spin doctors and speechwriters

Since The West Wing ended a decade ago, TV politicoholics have used House of Cards as an American replacement and enjoyed an audacious Danish import, Borgen. But one of the best stand-ins has turned out to be an obscure French vintage: the 2012 drama Les hommes de l’ombre, which, anglicised as Spin, reached the end of its six-part first series last week (still available on All4’s enticing archive of foreign-language box sets, Walter Presents) – and the second series starts on Friday (More4).

The first series of Spin takes place during an election that follows the murder of the French president during a campaign photo-op. As in The West Wing, the politicians are a secondary focus: the original French title, which translates as the more poetic Men in the Shadows, »

- Mark Lawson

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14 (Fictional) Film and TV Presidents

9 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The 2016 presidential race may have some real-life characters of its own, but some of our favorite politicians have been created by actors. Before you gear up to elect the 45th president of the United States (and celebrate Presidents Day on Feb. 15), remember these 14 great— and not-so-great—film and TV presidents. President Josiah Edward Bartlet (Martin Sheen, “The West Wing”)Leave it to Aaron Sorkin to create one of television’s greatest presidents. A main focus of long-running series “The West Wing,” Josiah “Jed” Bartlet was portrayed by Sheen with a stately blend of honesty, humor, intelligence, and strength. This Democratic president served two terms (with a brief break due to the kidnapping of a relative), and faced many political, personal, and physical battles with the help of his staff. President James Marshall (Harrison Ford, “Air Force One”)Shortly after working with Russian Special Forces to capture and detain a high-powered terrorist, »

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Paris Barclay: DGA Is ‘Continuing to Heat Up on Diversity on Studios and Producers’

4 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris Barclay, now serving his second term as the president of the Directors Guild of America, has been very much at the front of the current push for diversity.

“We are continuing to turn the heat up on diversity on studios and producers,” says Barclay, who was voted to a two-year term in 2013 as the openly first gay and first African-American president of the DGA, then re-elected last year. “We are continuing to push for our members getting into the mainstream. The studios are well aware that we are clanging that bell.”

Barclay also issued a strong statement on Jan. 25 that took Hollywood executives to task for failing to take enough action to address the lack of employment for women and minorities.

“The current Oscar controversy has put a spotlight on a condition that has long shamed this industry: the lack of women and people of color across all aspects of opportunity and employment, »

- Dave McNary

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No one can agree on the top 5 greatest Coen Brothers films

4 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As we began talking about editorial content we could publish to celebrate the release of Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, we realized that none of us had the same top five lists, and that it seems unusual for that to be the case. The Coens have had such a rich and varied career that it is impossible to pin them down to one style or one theme or one type of storytelling. Some people love their comedies. Some people love it when they get dark. Some people love the underdogs, the least-liked of their films. But what's clear is that every film they've made has its fans, and even their worst films are beloved by someone. There are few artists like the Coen Brothers, and we were delighted to get lists from each of our special guest contributors this time. The diversity of the replies »

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Rochant’s ‘The Bureau’ Wins Best TV Series From French Cinema Critics

3 February 2016 5:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris— Eric Rochant’s spy thriller series “The Bureau,” produced by Alex Berger and Eric Rochant’s The Oligarchs Productions, in conjunction with Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment, has won Best TV Series from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

The prize ceremony was held at the French Cinemathèque on Monday Feb. 1. Other awards included Best French Film, which went to Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” and Best Foreign Film to László Nemes’ “Son of Saul.”

The French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinema) is the prestigious film critics’ guild that organizes the Critics Week sidebar at Cannes.

“The Bureau” was backed by the Ile de France Region, and was lensed in various locations in the Paris Region, as well as at Luc Besson’s Les Studios de Paris in La Cité du Cinéma.

Starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and  Lea Drucker, it provides an inside view into the Dgsc, »

- Martin Dale

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Netflix Renews 'House of Cards' for a Fifth Season, Without Creator and Showrunner Beau Willimon

29 January 2016 10:33 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Netflix and producers Media Rights Capital have renewed the streaming giant's breakthrough original series for a fifth season (the fourth debuts March 4), but the show must go on without creator and showrunner Beau Willimon. The question now is whether the popular political melodrama, starring Kevin Spacey as conniving politician Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his icy, ambitious wife, Claire, can sustain critics' and viewers' interest without him. Read More: "Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'"  The most obvious precedent for an acclaimed series tanking after the departure of its leading creative force is "The West Wing," which lost both writer/creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme after its fourth season. The strain of producing 22 episodes of broadcast drama year after year had already become apparent by the time Sorkin and Schlamme left in the spring of 2003, with a dreadful cliffhanger. »

- Matt Brennan

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Netflix Renews 'House of Cards' for a Fifth Season, Without Creator and Showrunner Beau Willimon

29 January 2016 10:33 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix and producers Media Rights Capital have renewed the streaming giant's breakthrough original series for a fifth season (the fourth debuts March 4), but the show must go on without creator and showrunner Beau Willimon. The question now is whether the popular political melodrama, starring Kevin Spacey as conniving politician Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his icy, ambitious wife, Claire, can sustain critics' and viewers' interest without him. Read More: "Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'"  The most obvious precedent for an acclaimed series tanking after the departure of its leading creative force is "The West Wing," which lost both writer/creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme after its fourth season. The strain of producing 22 episodes of broadcast drama year after year had already become apparent by the time Sorkin and Schlamme left in the spring of 2003, with a dreadful cliffhanger. »

- Matt Brennan

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What Political TV Shows Should I Watch? Your Pressing TV Questions, Answered

27 January 2016 12:03 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email staytuned@nymag.com, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. I love political TV shows and since this is an election year and the news coverage is non-stop I have turned into a political junkie. I need more. Are there are fictional political shows you can recommend? Aside from The West Wing (obvi) or current shows like Veep, Alpha House, and House of Cards, are there any overlooked series or TV movies I should be watching? I'm a Huge Jack & Bobby fan but it is so hard to find, so any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated! — ChrisOh, Jack & Bobby — that was a fun one. If you like that mid-2000s vibe, »

- Margaret Lyons

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Jesse Stern to speak at National Screenwriters Conference

26 January 2016 4:15 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us writer and producer, Jesse Stern.

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NCIS co-executive producer and writer Jesse Stern has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference.

Stern's credits include five seasons as a co-executive producer and writer of NCIS, writer of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.

Stern works across independent features, network television and video games and is currently the lead writer for studio Respawn Entertainment on their hit game Titanfall and its forthcoming sequel Titanfall 2..

Over the course of his career Jesse has sold comedy and drama television pilots to CBS, NBC and Fox..

Stern joins international guests including Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Michael Petroni (Backtrack, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Till Human Voices Wake Us), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine) as the industry discusses creating »

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Michael Petroni to speak at 2016 National Screenwriters' Conference

20 January 2016 2:44 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Michael Petroni with Adrien Brody on the set of Backtrack.

Australian writer Michael Petroni has been confirmed as a speaker at this year's National Screenwriters' Conference in March.

Petroni, whose writing credits include The Book Thief, The Rite and The Chronicles of Narnia, has joined this year's lineup of speakers strong lineup of speakers at the conference which is being held from March 9-11 at the Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island, Victoria.

He is also the writer of the upcoming Adrien Brody starrer Backtrack, as well as Dawn Trader.

With Masterclasses, Discussions and In Conversations, the National Screenwriters Conference has gathered leading international industry authorities including the previously announced Shane Brennan (show runner NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles), Alexa Junge (Sex and The City, Friends, The West Wing), Douglas Petrie (American Horror Story, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil) and Jan Sardi (The Notebook, Shine).

Petroni started his career in the »

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Jews in the News: Washington Jewish Film Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up

15 January 2016 12:21 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Now in its 26th year, Washington Jewish Film Festival (February 24 – March 6) explores gender, migration, the supernatural, Arab citizens of Israel, artists’ lives, and Lgbtq themes. In addition to the groundbreaking lineup of films, the Festival will host talkbacks and panel discussions with over 50 domestic and international filmmaker guests. The Festival is one of the region’s preeminent showcases for international and independent cinema.

A project of the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center (Dcjcc), the Washington Jewish Film Festival (Wjff) is the largest Jewish cultural event in the greater Washington, D.C. area. This year’s Festival includes 69 films and over 150 screenings at the AFI Silver Theatre, the Avalon Theatre, Bethesda Row Cinema, E Street Cinema, the Jcc of Greater Washington, the National Gallery of Art, West End Cinema, and the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Dcjcc.

“We are excited to present our most ambitious Festival yet,” said Ilya Tovbis, Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. “The Washington Jewish Film Festival is a highlight on our city’s cultural calendar. This has been a banner year for original cinematic visions hitting the screen. It is a genuine pleasure to share this crop of bold, independent, film voices that have been garnering praise at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and elsewhere, with DC audiences. This year’s Festival simultaneously challenges and expands on our understanding of Jewish identity.”

The lineup includes new and classic films, encompassing a wide range of Jewish perspectives from the United States, Israel, Europe, Asia, and Africa. While the Festival touches a broad set of themes, this year’s lineup offers two programmatic focuses – one on the lives of artists (“Re-framing the Artists”) and the other on Lgbtq individuals (“Rated Lgbtq”). “Reframing the Artist” features an in-depth exploration of artists’ lives, accomplishments, and inspiration. The seven-film “Rated Lgbtq” series explores sexuality, gender, and identity on screen.

The Festival will also engage attendees with off-screen programming including “Story District Presents: God Loves You? True Stories about Faith and Sexuality,” an evening of true stories presented in partnership with Story District, and the 6th Annual Community Education Day on Arab Citizens of Israel. Kicked off by a screening of "Women in Sink," this day features in-depth conversations with Reem Younis, co-founder of Nazareth-based global high-tech company Alpha Omega, and Tziona Koenig-Yair, Israel’s first Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner.

A full Festival schedule can be found at www.wjff.org . Select highlights are included below:

Opening Night: "Baba Joon"

Opening Night features Israel’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award®, "Baba Joon," a tender tale of a generational divide and the immigrant experience. Yitzhak (Navid Negahban of Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning original series “Homeland”) runs the turkey farm his father built after they emigrated from Iran to Israel.

When his son Moti turns 13, Yitzhak teaches him the trade in hopes that he will take over the family business — but Moti’s dreams lie elsewhere. The arrival of an uncle from America further ratchets up the tension and the family’s tight bonds are put to the test. Opening Night will be held at the AFI Silver Theatre on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Opening Night Party, with DirectorYuval Delshad, will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza immediately following the screening. 

Closing Night : "A Tale of Love and Darkness"

Closing Night centers on Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman in her debut as a director (and screenwriter) in a hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Amos Oz’s best-selling memoir, "A Tale of Love and Darkness." In this dream-like tale, Portman inhabits Fania—Oz’s mother—who brings up her son in Jerusalem during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. Dissatisfied with her marriage, and disoriented by the foreign land surrounding her, Fania escapes into elaborate, fanciful stories of make-believe — bringing her adoring, wide-eyed son along. Closing Night will be held at the Dcjcc on Sunday, March 6 at 6:45 p.m. Followed by a Closing Night Reception and the Audience Award Ceremony.

Wjff Visionary Award Presented to Armin Mueller-Stahl

The Wjff’s Annual Visionary Award recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through moving image. The 2016 honoree is Armin Mueller-Stahl, who will join us for a special extended Q&A and the presentation of the Wjff Visionary Award. The award will be presented alongside a screening of Barry Levinson’s 1990 film "Avalon," an evocative, nostalgic film that celebrates the virtues of family life. “Avalon” begins with Jewish immigrant Sam Krichinsky (portrayed by Armin Mueller-Stahl) arriving in America on July 4th. He settles in Baltimore with his brothers and raises a family. Director Barry Levinson traces various transitions within the Krichinsky family and conveys his appreciation for the anxieties that afflict the suburban middle-class – and multiple generations of immigrants in particular.

Armin Mueller-Stahl is a German actor, painter, writer and musician. He began acting in East Berlin in 1950, winning the Gdr State Prize for his film work. By 1977, however, he was blacklisted by the communist regime due to his persistent activism in protesting government suppression of the arts. After relocating to the West in 1980, he starred in groundbreaking independent European films, such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Lola” and “Veronika Voss” and Agnieszka Holland’s “Angry Harvest.” He gained major recognition stateside with two radically different characterizations: an aging Nazi war criminal in Costa-Gavras’ “The Music Box” and Jewish grandpa Sam Krischinsky in Barry Levinson’s “Avalon.” He went on to earn an Oscar® nomination for his role in Scott HicksShine and appeared in such varied work as “Eastern Promises,” “The Game,” “The West Wing,” “The X Files” and “Knight of Cups.”

The Wjff Visionary Award program will take place at the AFI Silver Theatre on Thursday, March 3 at 6:45 p.m.

Spotlight Evening:

Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank 

A polarizing, revolutionary, effective and a most-singular figure in American politics, Barney Frank shaped the debate around progressive values and gay rights in the U.S. Congress for over 40 years. A fresh and contemporary political drama with unparalleled access to one of Congress’ first openly gay Representatives and easily one of the most captivating public figures in recent memory.

Born Jewish, and a longtime friend to the Jewish community and supporter of Israel, Frank is refreshingly honest, likeable and passionate – a beacon of statesmanship that politicians and citizens alike, can look to for inspiration.

Screenings will take place on Tuesday, March 1st at the Avalon Theatre at 6:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 2 at the Dcjcc at 6:15 p.m. Both screenings followed by a discussion with Barney Frank, husband Jim Ready and filmmakers Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler.

Spotlight Evening: 

Gary Lucas’ Fleischerei: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons 

Celebrating the release of the titular album—on Silver Spring-based label Cuneiform—legendary guitarist Gary Lucas joins forces with Tony®-nominated singer and actress Sarah Stiles (Q Street,Hand to God) for a loving musical tribute to the swinging, jazzy soundtracks that adorned master animator Max Fleischer’s surreal, wacky and Yiddish-inflected "Betty Boop" and "Popeye" cartoons of the 1930’s.

Backed by the cartoons themselves, and the cream of NYC’s jazz performers (Jeff Lederer on reeds, Michael Bates on bass, Rob Garcia on drums and Mingus Big Band’s Joe Fiedler on trombone), Lucas and Stiles have a rare evening in store. Get ready for a swirling melting-pot of jungle-band jazz, Tin Pan Alley torch songs, raucous vaudeville turns, and Dixieland mixed with a pinch of Klezmer.

This event will take place at AFI Silver Theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m.

Additional Films of Note 

The Wjff will present the mid-Atlantic premiere of "Barash." In the film, seventeen-year-old Naama Barash enjoys drugs, alcohol and hanging out with like-minded friends. Her activities are an escape from a strained home life where her parents fight and her rebellious, army-enrolled sister wreaks havoc by dating a Palestinian before going Awol all together. As her parents fret about their older daughter’s disappearance, Naama meets a wild girl in school and discovers the intoxicating rush of first love. “Barash” will be screened three times during the festival, on February 27 at 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema, on March 2 at 8:45 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre and on March 3 at 6:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema.

"Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree" will have its World Premiere at Wjff. The documentary offers a fascinating exploration of African tribes with Jewish roots – in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon. Some claim to be descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes; others believe their ancestors were Jews who immigrated from Judea to Yemen. Far from a dry archaeological account, the film focuses on the modern-day personal and institutional practice of Judaism throughout Africa, as well as of recent African immigrants in Israel. This film will be screened on March 2 at 6:45 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and on March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema.

The mid-Atlantic premiere of "Demon," from director Marcin Wrona, features a chilling, modern interpretation of the Dybbuk legend. Piotr’s joy at visiting his bride-to-be at her Polish home is quickly upended by his discovery of human bones on the property. Since his future father-in-law plans to gift the newlyweds the land, Piotr at first overlooks this ominous find. The disturbed spirit inhabiting these remains isn’t willing to let him off so easily however. Marcin Wrona’s wickedly sharp and creepy story of possession is set against a bacchanal celebration of blissful union. “Demon” will be screened on February 25th at 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema and on March 1 at 9:15 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.

From Spain, the mid-Atlantic premiere of "Dirty Wolves" is a WWII thriller imbued with notes of magical realism. Director Simón Casal  works in the Wolfram (aka tungsten) mines in rural Galicia. A ruthless Nazi brigade, intent on harvesting the rare metal to feed the Third Reich’s war machine, has captured the mines. When Manuela’s sister helps a Jewish prisoner cross the border to Portugal, they are unwittingly forced into a desperate test, which puts their survival squarely at odds with their sense of justice. “Dirty Wolves” will be screened on February 27 at 6:15 p.m. at West End Cinema, on March 1 at 8:45 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre and on March 2 at 6:45 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.

In "The Hebrew Superhero," directors Saul Betser and Asaf Galay examine how Israelis long shunned comics as something on the cultural fringe – they were deemed childish, trivial and, perhaps most cuttingly, un-Israeli. Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay (“The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer”) outline the medium’s origins, tracing its evolution from quirky upstart to an indelible reflection on the various forms of Israeli heroes. Featuring gorgeous animation and interviews with Daniella London Dekel, Etgar Keret and Dudu Geva, Wjff is presenting the mid-Atlantic premiere of this documentary, which will be screened on February 25 at 7:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 3 at 8:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema.

Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is brilliantly brought to life in "The Law." In 1974, Veil was charged with decriminalizing abortion and easing access to contraceptives. Facing strong opposition from politicians, an enraged public and the Catholic Church, Veil— an Auschwitz survivor—refused to give up. Fighting for justice amidst a swirl of anti-Semitic sentiment, sexism and personal attacks, her perseverance struck at the heart of national bigotry in a rallying cry for a woman’s right to choose. Wjff will present the D.C. premiere of this French film. It will be screened on February 25 at 8:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema, on February 29 at 8:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema and on March 5 at 4:45 p.m. at the Dcjcc.

At 90, Miriam Beerman is a survivor. This groundbreaking artist and Potomac, Maryland resident has overcome personal tragedy to inspire friends, family, peers, patrons and students about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam has struggled with her artistic demons to create haunting images that evoke the suffering of generations of victims. "Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaosis" a memorable profile of an artist who has elevated her empathy for the plight of the world’s cast-offs into powerful portrayals of dignity. The Wjff is hosting the mid-Atlantic premiere of this documentary. Screenings will take place on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 3 at 6:15 p.m. at the Dcjcc.

Author and director David Bezmozgis brings his film "Natasha" to Wjff for its D.C. premiere. Adapting his prize-winning story collection,Natasha and Other Stories, to screen, Bezmogis delivers a tragic story of young love. Sixteen-year-old Mark Berman, the son of Latvian-Jewish immigrants, wiles away his hours reading Nietzsche, smoking pot and watching porn. His slacker lifestyle is upended when a 14-year-old hurricane, named Natasha, enters the picture. Drawn to her reckless ways and whispers of her promiscuous past, Mark enters an illicit romance with calamitous consequences. Screenings will take place on February 28 at 5:00 p.m. at West End Cinema, March 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 5 at 6:15 p.m. at AFI Silver Theatre.

If you believe the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" offers a delectable, eye-popping culinary journey through Israel is your personal valentine. Weaving through bustling markets, restaurants, kitchens and farms, we meet cooks, vintners and cheese makers drawn from the wide gamut of cultures making up Israel today — Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian and Druze. With James Beard award-winning chef Michael Solomonov as your guide, get ready for a cinematic buffet that’s humorous, heady, and of course, delicious! Wjff will be showing the mid-Atlantic premiere of this new documentary. Screenings will take place on February 28 at 5:15 p.m. at E Street Cinema, March 1 at 8:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema and March 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the Dcjcc.

A complete festival schedule can be found online at www.wjff.org »

- Sydney Levine

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Ioan Gruffudd’s Forever: The Complete Series Arrives Tuesday

14 January 2016 11:49 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Once again, Warner Archive Collection rewards fan loyalty with the release of a much-beloved series – Forever: The Complete Series comes to DVD on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

Fresh off its single-season run on ABC in 2014-2015, Forever: The Complete Series includes all 22 episodes as well as additional never-before-seen deleted scenes from many of the episodes on a 5-disc DVD set. Creator and Executive Producer Matthew Miller (Chuck, Human Target, The 100) is thrilled the series will live on through its DVD release.

“We’re so proud of this series and the way it resonated with fans,” Miller says. “I’m excited for the fans that we’re not only able to release all 22 episodes on DVD, but include previously unseen footage. It’s another chance to breathe new life into the show for both devoted fans and new viewers.”

The series’ premise struck an »

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Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies: Veteran Character Actress Was 76

13 January 2016 8:34 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Barbara Allyne Bennet, a veteran character actress and former SAG board member, has died January 9. She was 76. A Cleveland native, Bennet moved to New York and landed theater roles in shows including Gorilla Queen and Boy On The Straight-Back Chair. She relocated to Hollywood in the 1970s and went on to amass more than three dozen film and TV credits. She appeared in the 1988 feature Mac And Me and guested on TV series as The West Wing, The Office, Brothers & Sisters, Sha… »

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Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies: Veteran Character Actress Was 76

13 January 2016 8:34 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Barbara Allyne Bennet, a veteran character actress and former SAG board member, has died January 9. She was 76. A Cleveland native, Bennet moved to New York and landed theater roles in shows including Gorilla Queen and Boy On The Straight-Back Chair. She relocated to Hollywood in the 1970s and went on to amass more than three dozen film and TV credits. She appeared in the 1988 feature Mac And Me and guested on TV series as The West Wing, The Office, Brothers & Sisters, Sha… »

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Veteran Actress Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies at 76

13 January 2016 6:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Veteran actress Barbara Allyne Bennet has died, her rep confirms to People. She was 76. The actress died Saturday at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, California. Bennet spent her career in film and television, appearing in the 1988 movie Mac and Me and moving on to have roles on The West Wing, The Office and NYPD Blue. The industry veteran also did voice work in commercials for brands such as Hyundai, Ford and Tide. The actress also worked as a production assistant, production coordinator and a casting coordinator. In addition to her acting, the Cleveland, Ohio native was actively involved in »

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Veteran Actress Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies at 76

13 January 2016 6:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Veteran actress Barbara Allyne Bennet has died, her rep confirms to People. She was 76. The actress died Saturday at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, California. Bennet spent her career in film and television, appearing in the 1988 movie Mac and Me and moving on to have roles on The West Wing, The Office and NYPD Blue. The industry veteran also did voice work in commercials for brands such as Hyundai, Ford and Tide. The actress also worked as a production assistant, production coordinator and a casting coordinator. In addition to her acting, the Cleveland, Ohio native was actively involved in »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Actress Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies at 76

13 January 2016 5:04 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actress Barbara Allyne Bennet died at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, Calif., on Jan. 9. She was 76.

During a career that spanned more than five decades, Bennet worked in front of and behind the camera. She appeared in the 1988 feature “Mac and Me” and found steady work in TV series such as “The West Wing,” “The Office,” Brothers & Sisters,” “Shameless,” “Chicago Hope” and “NYPD Blue.”

She also lent her voice to national commercials for brands like Hyundai, Ford and Tide Laundry Detergent. Bennet worked as a production assistant on “The Rose,” production coordinator on “Flying High” and a casting coordinator on “A Killer in the Family.”

She performed in many productions as a member of Actors Alley Workshops in Los Angeles, including starring roles in “The Trolls” and “The Long Goodbye.”

Bennet served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 2005-07, chaired the SAG Casting Committee and »

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Actress Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies at 76

13 January 2016 5:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actress Barbara Allyne Bennet died at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, Calif., on Jan. 9. She was 76.

During a career that spanned more than five decades, Bennet worked in front of and behind the camera. She appeared in the 1988 feature “Mac and Me” and found steady work in TV series such as “The West Wing,” “The Office,” Brothers & Sisters,” “Shameless,” “Chicago Hope” and “NYPD Blue.”

She also lent her voice to national commercials for brands like Hyundai, Ford and Tide Laundry Detergent. Bennet worked as a production assistant on “The Rose,” production coordinator on “Flying High” and a casting coordinator on “A Killer in the Family.”

She performed in many productions as a member of Actors Alley Workshops in Los Angeles, including starring roles in “The Trolls” and “The Long Goodbye.”

Bennet served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 2005-07, chaired the SAG Casting Committee and »

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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Iowa Caucus in ‘Courting Des Moines’ Trailer (Video)

13 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the Iowa Caucuses less than a year away, writer-director Brent Roske has released the first official trailer for “Courting Des Moines,” a political drama about a woman running for president — which debuts exclusively on TheWrap. “Courting Des Moines,” is a sequel to Roske’s 2012 web series “Chasing the Hill,” which chronicled a fictional California Congressional campaign. The sequel features many of the same characters — now seeking higher office — including Samantha Clemons, played by “The West Wing” actress Melissa Fitzgerald. “Pretty Little Liars” star Brandon Jones co-stars in “Courting Des Moines” alongside Steve Lewis, Carolyn Hennesy, Gina Belafonte and Catherine Urbanek. »

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