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MipCancun: 15 Takes on 2017’s Edition

Cancun, Mexico — The 4th MipCancun unspooled Nov. 15-17 in the Sunrise quarter of a beachside hotel. That name could stand metaphor for the Latin America’s independent TV production sector at large and for MipCancun itself, as attendance soared to over 700 delegates, boosted by a co-production strand which looks like representing much of the meeting’s future. 15 points on this year’s meet, which caught the industry on a dramatic upturn.

1.Viva La Revolucion, And Yes, It’S Quite A Revolucion

MipCancun’s defining energy, playing out in multiple iterations and sweeping MipCancun, was Hollywood – studios, big and boutique indies – and Latin America’s top TV players – broadcasters, producers – thrashing out the co-production, co-financing and distribution, here by the former, of ambitious TV dramas, rooted in Latin American realities but made for the world. Just two-or-three examples: “Narcos” producer Gaumont TV started “at the beginning of the year” to become co-producers and partners of series from Latin
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Ringo Starr Spreads the Love at New York City’s Beacon Theater—With a Little Help from Radiohead’s Phil Selway

Ringo Starr Spreads the Love at New York City’s Beacon Theater—With a Little Help from Radiohead’s Phil Selway
The holiday season is nearly upon us, and anyone with a yen to perform should seriously consider asking Santa for a fraction of Ringo Starr‘s musicianship, stamina and stage presence. The 77-year-old rock icon commanded the stage at Manhattan’s opulent Beacon Theater Wednesday night, spoiling a sold-out crowd of New Yorkers with over two hours of peace, love and music.

He was flanked by the longest incarnation of his ever-evolving All-Starr Band, featuring luminaries like power-pop wizard Todd Rundgren, Toto guitar great Steve Lukather, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, and Gregg Rolie, who recently reunited with his former colleagues in Santana.
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Bloom/Spiegel Partnership Unveils Participants at Tribeca Film Festival (Exclusive)

A program aimed at connecting promising American and Israeli filmmakers, the inaugural edition of the Bloom/Spiegel Partnership is set to introduce its eight fellows at Tribeca Film Festival.

The Bloom/Spiegel Partnership, an alliance between New York’s Ifp Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film and Jerusalem’s prestigious Sam Spiegel Film School, selected Albert Tholen, Antoneta Kusijanovic, Elianette Foumbi, Richard Miron, Ariel Richter, Benjamin Domenech, Eitan Mansuri and Stav Meron to participate in the five-day program.

As part of the initiative, the four Sam Spiegel film grads (Richter, Domenech, Mansuri and Meron) traveled to New York to meet with their American counterparts (Tholen, Kusijanovic, Foumbi, Miron), as well as participate in Tribeca festivities. Hosted at the New York offices of production/financing banner Tadmor, the program allows its participants to meet with several professionals, including Anthony Bregman, Nick Britell, Tristine Skyler, Sarna Lapine, David Kaplan, Alysia Reiner, Sonia Hines,
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Airheart’s second update ‘Fishing for Giants’ now live on Steam

For those that have been following Airheart on Blindflug’s main website – and also on Steam – then you’ll be both happy and pleased to know that today, Blindflug Studios, the Swiss independent developer have announced that Airheart – Tales of Broken Wings Update II, entitled ‘Fishing for Giants’ is now available to play on Steam.

Airheart is a dieselpunk action game about a young woman, who flies her aeroplane and catches skyfish among beautiful sky islands. Amelia’s biggest dream is to reach the stratosphere and to bring down the legendary Skywhale, which promises riches and fame for a lifetime.

Airheart allows players to advance ever upwards, whilst building-up their aeroplane in the workshop before heading once more into the stratosphere to take on powerful bosses. Featuring sumptuous graphics and memorable music, the game encompasses a dynamic gameplay model and fascinating core messaging in which Blindflug Studios touch upon real-world
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‘Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings’ Early Access Preview (PC)

While October and November tends to be the time the big Triple A games start to bite at our wallets and steal all our cash, that doesn’t mean that Early Access on Steam doesn’t hold a few decent finds. One of these is Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings. A fishing and combat battle game that may be frustrating, but is also a hell of a lot of fun.

Airheart is a dieselpunk action game that puts you into the role of Amelia, a young woman with big dreams. Flying her plane through the skies doing battle against space pirates, she makes money from catching fish and salvaging parts from the wreckage of defeated opponents.

With its top-down view, there is an old school feel to Airheart, and the combat system does tend to back this up too. With the game also being a rougelike, expect a fairly frustrating
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Exclusive: Anthony Edwards on the Challenges of Directing and Playing Around on the ‘ER’ Set

Exclusive: Anthony Edwards on the Challenges of Directing and Playing Around on the ‘ER’ Set
With his feature directorial debut, My Dead Boyfriend, Anthony Edwards is enjoying life behind the camera -- something he appreciated long before becoming known as Goose in Top Gun or Mark Greene on NBC’s long-running medical drama, ER. “It goes all the way back to when I was 16,” he tells Et. “I always loved the technical side of film.”

And having acted for a decade before even joining ER, it was only natural for Edwards to take on the opportunity to direct an episode of the series, “Take These Broken Wings,” in the second season. “ER was a great place for my debut because I had the familiarity of all the crew and everybody,” Edwards says. “I could play and experiment with the ideas that I had of how to visualize it.”

The season’s penultimate episode, which aired on May 9, 1996, was a heavy one, with Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) consulting a therapist to cope with
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Nir Bergman’s 'Saving Neta' scores world sales deal

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Nir Bergman’s 'Saving Neta' scores world sales deal
Exclusive: Israeli drama from In Treatment writer-director picked up by WestEnd; first image revealed.

WestEnd has boarded world sales rights to Nir Bergman’s (Broken Wings, In Treatment) upcoming drama Saving Neta.

The Isreali feature, in post-production, tells the stories of four women whose lives change after their brief encounter with a man called Neta.

The film is written by Eran Bar-Gil and Nir Bergman and stars Benny Avni, Neta Riskin (A Tale of Love and Darkness), Rotem Abuhab, Irit Kaplan and Naama Arlaky.

Producers are Tami Leon, Avraham Pirchi and Chilik Michaeli (Big Bad Wolves) and executive producer is Rina Schneur.

The film’s crew includes DoP Lutz Reitemeier (Wadjda) and composer Asher Goldschmidt (White God).

The film’s first image shows Avni (as Neta) and Riskin (as Sharona).

Bergman said: “At some time in our lives we’ve all made a wrong turn which brought about a sudden change. This is Neta
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The X Factor series 1: Rowetta Satchell, Tabby Callaghan, Steve Brookstein - Where are they now?

Saturday nights are no longer for going out - The X Factor is finally returning to our small screens this weekend with new hosts, a fresh judging panel and a fair few format shake-ups.

But whatever happened to the finalists of the first ever series - "barking bloody mad" Rowetta Satchell, red-haired wannabe rocker Tabby Callaghan, cheesy best friend duo 2 to Go and eventual winner Steve Brookstein?

Roberta Howett

Roberta Howett went from unhappy telecommunications worker to Louis Walsh's Dublin darling after her successful X Factor audition. But perhaps it was the curse of the Walsh that resulted in her early exit from the series when she became the first act to be eliminated.

Now 33, Roberta appeared on the debut album of Spanish composer Toni Castells in 2007. She finally released her debut album in 2010, its lead single 'Beautiful Lies' became her first Top 40 single in the Irish Singles Chart,
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United Channels Movies Completes ‘Atomic Falafel’

Producer of some of the highest-profile films coming out of Israel – “A Borrowed Identity,” “Big Bad Wolves,” “A Matter of Size” Israel’s United Channels Movies (Ucm) has just completed “Atomic Falafel,” A madcap comedy about a serious issue, a preemptive Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, it is directed by Dror Shaul whose semi-autobiographical kibbutz-set debut, “Sweet Mud,” won a 2007 Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize.

Starring Germany’s Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds”), and a potential late summer/fall fest candidate, “Atomic” is co-produced by New Zealand’s General Film Corporation and Germany’s Arden Film, Getaway Pictures and Jooyaa Film.

Also written by Shaul, “Atomic Falafel” turns on two girls from nuclear towns in Israel and Iran who leak state secrets to thwart an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear plant. Doing so, it posits a Middle East where a young, Internet-connected generation, in order to be on the same wavelength,
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Glee Recap: Soar, Losers!

Glee Recap: Soar, Losers!
A long-awaited lip-lock, a fierce Sectionals face-off and a flock of falcons — yes, falcons! — came together in bizarre, beautiful harmony on Friday for Glee‘s penultimate outing.

RelatedGlee Series Finale Photos: Klaine’s Future, Rachel’s Big Win and More

Let’s start with that first one: Jesse St. James surprised Rachel at McKinley — the air traffic between New York City and Lima, Ohio, has been unreal this season — to persuade her to accept the role in Russell Simmons’ new musical, in which he just so happens to be playing the lead. In his quest to convince her, Mr.
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Sam Spiegel School launches $500,000 fund

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Sam Spiegel School launches $500,000 fund
School teams with Arp Selection for award; Cameron Bailey, Alberto Barbera among jury.

A $500,000 film fund for first-time filmmakers has been launched in Israel for graduates of Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film School.

The school has teamed up with French producer and distributor Arp Selection to invest $100,000 in one feature project a year for five years. Both partners will contribute $50,000 a year, with Arp taking French distribution rights to the project.

The winning script will be selected by an international jury comprised of Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice Film Festival, Michèle Halberstadt of Arp Sélection, France), and Renen Schorr, founding director of the Sam Spiegel Film School, in the first year.

They will announce their decision on March 24, 2015, as part of the School’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

“Initiating a platform like this for our alumni is an exciting and special moment for us,” said Schorr
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Nils, Neta and Situation win Jerusalem's Pitch Point

Winning film-makers are Ram Nehari, Nir Bergman and Elad Keidan.

Ram Nehari’s [pictured] “eccentric” romantic comedy Nils, a youthful tale about a gifted, mentally ill classical musician, Nir Bergman’s drama Saving Neta and Elad Keidan’s Our Economic Situation have won the top prizes at the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point event.

The event aimed at connecting Israeli feature projects with international producers unfolded on the fringes of the festival on Monday and Tuesday.

Nehari’s Nils clinched the €7,000 Cnc Award sponsored by France’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc). Produced by Yifat Prestelnik, the film revolves around romance between two young patients of a mental hospital who escape together.

Director Nehari, who has made several successful romantic comedy series for Israeli television, said the work was inspired by his work mentoring and directing short films by mentally ill people. He said the key characters would be “chemically and emotionally unbalanced.”

“They don’t undergo
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“The Carrie Diaries” Walt Recap: Broken Wings

When we last checked in on Walt Reynolds (Brendan Dooling) on The Carrie Diaries, things were not going well. He survived a mid-80′s AIDS scare, but it drove him back in the closet, where he broke up with boyfriend Bennet, and begged his disapproving parents for another chance. Oh Walt.

Prom, 1986. The world is about to bear witness to the awesome debacle known as … Hands Across America! It was a resounding success in NYC, with Carrie, Walt, and Samantha providing three of the links … until Samantha realized it was not Handjobs Across America, and lost interest.

Blair, Jo, Tootie, Natalie, and George The Gay Handyman (I’ll let you decide who is who) decide to screw protocol and attend the prom as a team, which has Walt excited, until he learns that it’s going to held in NYC, which he hasn’t visited since his vomit meltdown.

In a sweet scene,
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Sundance 2014: 'Ping Pong Summer' parties like it's 1985

Sundance 2014: 'Ping Pong Summer' parties like it's 1985
The mid-’80s are an easy source of comedy. Boomboxes the size of Samsonites. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Pac Man Fever. White teens trying to moonwalk. All of these sonic and visual punchlines get a workout in writer-director Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer — a fun-but-slight coming-of-age story about an awkward Maryland teenager who becomes, well, not a man exactly, but a slightly more comfortable teenager, on a family vacation during the magical summer of 1985.

If that description sounds familiar, that’s probably because Ping Pong Summer has the misfortune of coming after two similar — and better
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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Talk Photograph, Their Upcoming Latin American Tour, How They Select Their Songs, and More

Last week, at Sir Studios in Hollywood, Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band launched the kickoff of their Latin American tour with an awesome mini-concert for the press. They’re heading down to South America and Mexico for 14 shows (Oct. 29 – Nov. 18), that will conclude with two dates Stateside at The Palms in Las Vegas (Nov. 22-23). The All Starr Band features guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), bassist Richard Page (Mr. Mister), keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana), multi-instrumentalist genius and Tame Impala remixer Todd Rundgren, saxophonist Mark Rivera (Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel) and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth). Each band member performed short versions of hits from their own career including "I Saw the Light", "Oye Como Va", "Rosanna", and "Broken Wings (Until the End of Time)". Ringo opened the set with "Boys" and concluded it with a heartfelt rendition of "With A Little Help from My Friends". Their riveting performance
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Alter Bridge’s Fortress: All 13 Tracks Reviewed & Analysed

Alter Bridge are fast becoming a household name due in no small part to the angelic tones of lead vocalist Myles Kennedy’s stint as Slash’s frontman.

Take three of the four guys from one of the most (unnecessarily) hated bands in history; Creed, replace that bands’ Achilles heel with Mr Kennedy, coupled with the want to break away from all that’s gone before, and you have Alter Bridge.

Whilst their first album still appeared to be leaning on some subtle Creedian tropes with the likes of Broken Wings and Down To My Last, sophomore effort Blackbird was a knock on the door of the all-time greats, instantly propelling the band into their own category of melodic hard rock.

Kennedy was now fully on-board, contributing phenomenal melodies and a twin-guitar attack that would come to define them. Blackbird offered his genuinely jaw-dropping range powered by a technical beast
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2013 Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Fest: Full 85-Film Lineup Announced; Albert Pyun to Receive Indie Genre Spirit Award

When Buffalo Screams expanded and re-branded as the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, we knew they had big ambitions. With a whopping 85 films on their slate for 2013, we'd say they're well on their way!

From the Press Release:

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival has announced an ambitious slate of 85 films which will screen between Friday, November 8th, and Thursday, November 14th, at the Dipson Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, New York.

Several distinguished genre filmmakers are scheduled to attend:

- Lloyd Kaufman, who will receive the Dedication to Filmmaking Excellence Award, is screening Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, billed as a Sneak Preview, as a fundraiser for the Niagara Arts & Culture Center (Nacc) in Niagara Falls;

- Roy Frumkes will screen Animosity, which he executive produced for writer-director Brendan Steere; and

- Brett Kelly will screen the horror comedy musical My Fair Zombie.

Albert Pyun receives the Indie Genre Spirit
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The James Clayton Column: Welcome to the punchy title

Feature James Clayton 15 Mar 2013 - 06:38

With Welcome To The Punch's striking title in mind, James offers some more interesting film names for recent hits...

Welcome To The Punch. Boom. That is a brilliant film title. It hits you and it hits you hard. It’s an inviting knuckle sandwich to your conscious awareness and its five syllables sucker punch you and say, “Yeah, now you know me. You are watching this film, sunshine.”

Imprinted indelibly on my memory right from the first mention, how could I not follow it up and discover what mysteries lie behind the bombastic moniker? It immediately impresses me with its shocking violence and promises brutal action, intense energy and all the other sadomasochistic kicks I crave in my cinema trips. Welcome To The Punch speaks directly to my psyche and is sold to my subconscious in only four words.

Getting beyond the gut-busting first impression,
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Celebrate Valentine's With The Best Baby-Making Movie Music

Celebrate Valentine's With The Best Baby-Making Movie Music
What would Valentine's Day be without the proper soundtrack? Imagine you're setting the mood, making sure everything is in place for your perfect evening, and the only music to put on is that Taylor Swift album you have queue up on your iPod. Could anything be less sexy?

No, what you need is MTV Movies Blog's patented baby-making movie music playlist. Picking from any of these beautiful songs, and you will definitely set the right mood.

Check out our list after the jump!

"East Harlem Shakedown in E Flat" by Ron Burgundy in "Anchorman"

"Endless Love" by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross in "Happy Gilmore"

"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green in "Pulp Fiction" (Nsfw)

"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers in "Ghost"

"These Eyes" by Jimmy's Brother, the Guy with the Beautiful Voice in "Superbad" (Nsfw)

"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister in "MacGruber" (Nsfw)

"Nobody Does It Better" by
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The Voice's Terry McDermott on Major-Label Past, Journey Covers and Paul McCartney's Approval

The Voice's Terry McDermott on Major-Label Past, Journey Covers and Paul McCartney's Approval
Glint in their eyes notwithstanding, Terry McDermott says he and his mentor Blake Shelton never had a “devious master plan” for choosing songs to cover during his tenure on NBC’s The Voice.

“We tried not to overthink it,” says the man who would eventually become the Season 3 runner-up. “We just tried to be faithful to my artistry and to the people who were supporting me through the show. I didn’t want to have them all excited about classic rock of the ’70s and ’80s, and then suddenly change it up so much that I disappointed them.”

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