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LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment Sets Basketball Docuseries at YouTube

YouTube is going into business with LeBron James

The Google-owned streamer has ordered basketball-centric docuseries Best Shot from James' SpringHill Entertainment, Boardwalk Pictures and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital arm of Warner Bros. Television Group.  

The eight-episode series, which will debut on YouTube's Red subscription service in 2018, will follow a group of high school basketball players. Former NBA player and Espn analyst Jay Williams will work with the team to reach its goals. 

Best Shot will be directed by Michael John Warren, who is known for his work on Netflix series Fearless and documentary Jay-z Fade to Black

James and business...
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Making Rent in Bed-Stuy at the Metrograph

Brandon Harris — whose insightful, politically sagacious and ruefully funny blend of memoir and criticism has graced the pages of the New Yorker, n+1 and Filmmaker, where you’ll recognize him as a Contributing Editor — has just released his debut book, Making Rent in Bed-Stuy, a cultural memoir on neighborhoods, race, millennial culture and filmmaking. Appropriately, he has also programmed a series of relevant films this weekend at New York’s Metrograph Theater. Running through the 12th, the films include Spike Lee’s Crooklyn (next to Do the Right Thing my favorite 40 Acres joint, actually), Jay-z: Fade to Black, and Sebastián Silva’s […]
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‘Hillsong — Let Hope Rise’ Review: Popular Christian Band Delivers Winning Musical Experience

  • The Wrap
‘Hillsong — Let Hope Rise’ Review: Popular Christian Band Delivers Winning Musical Experience
It’s highly possible that you don’t know that Hillsong United exists. The band members themselves confess this in “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” — a new concert-based documentary from director Michael John Warren (“Jay-z: Fade To Black”) — when guitarist Jad Gillies explains, “We’re the biggest band you’ve never heard of. My own neighbors have no idea what I did last night.” What Gillies “did last night,” to be clear, is sell out an arena like The Forum in Los Angeles. And before that, the Hollywood Bowl. And before that, the O2 Arena in London and other very large concert.
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The Weekend Warrior 9/16/16: Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room
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Relativity to Release Hillsong Christian Music Documentary

Relativity will release Christian music documentary “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” on May 29.

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. pulled the movie from its April 1 slot after Alcon Entertainment was unable to close the deal for the rights.

The movie is directed by Michael John Warren (Jay-z’s “Fade to Black”) and focuses on the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong United. The band has sold more than 16 million albums.

The film follows the band as they labor to record their next album and explores the 30-year history of Hillsong from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to an international ministry. It culminates in a concert.

Hillsong United is led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston. Hillsong Church has 12 locations with more than 100,000 weekly attendees.

The news about Relativity was first reported by Deadline.com.
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Relativity To Release Faith-Based Film ‘Hillsong–Let Hope Rise’

  • Deadline
Relativity To Release Faith-Based Film ‘Hillsong–Let Hope Rise’
Exclusive: Relativity Studios will distribute the currently titled Hillsong–Let Hope Rise, a film that will be released nationwide May 29. It’s a co-production between Cantinas Entertainment, Grace Hill Media and MediaWeaver Entertainment. Directed by Michael John Warren (helmed Jay-z's Fade To Black) chronicles the unlikely rise of the Australian-based Christian band, Hillsong United, which originated in the Hillsong Church. The music is so popular it is estimated that…
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Hillsong Christian Music Documentary Pulled From Warner Bros. Schedule

Warner Bros. has pulled the Christian music documentary “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” from its April 1 slot.

The movie has been scheduled to open wordlwide on the pre-Easter date since last July, when Alcon Entertainment bought rights to movie. Easter Sunday is on April 5.

Warner Bros. distributes Alcon’s motion pictures through the companies’ long-term output distribution agreement. The studio and Alcon had no immediate comment.

The movie is directed by Michael John Warren (Jay-z’s “Fade to Black”) and focuses on the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong United. The band has sold more than 16 million albums.

Hillsong United is led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston. Hillsong Church has 12 locations with more than 100,000 weekly attendees.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2015 Preview Includes New Images From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. And Pan

For the second consecutive year, Warner Bros. Pictures International has exceeded the coveted $3 billion mark at the international box office. This benchmark comes on the heels of the release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, which surpassed $400 million at the international box office this weekend and is still going strong.

Nine Warner Bros. Pictures films have exceeded $100 million internationally, topped by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (with Paramount Pictures), which has taken in an astounding $467 million outside of the U.S. to date, and Godzilla (with Legendary Pictures), which has earned $327 million overseas.

Four titles – Doug Liman’s Edge Of Tomorrow (with Village Roadshow Pictures), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller’s The Lego Movie (also with Village Roadshow Pictures), and Noam Murro and Zack Snyder’s 300: Rise Of An Empire (with Legendary), along with the 2014 spillover grosses from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
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Hillsong Christian Music Documentary Picked Up for Worldwide Release by Warner Bros.

Hillsong Christian Music Documentary Picked Up for Worldwide Release by Warner Bros.
Alcon Entertainment has acquired the Christian music documentary “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” for worldwide release by Warner Bros. Pictures on the April 3-5 Easter weekend.

The deal comes amid solid performances this year by faith-based films such as “Heaven Is for Real,” “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead.”

The movie is directed by Michael John Warren (Jay-z’s “Fade to Black”) and focuses on the Australia-based Christian worship band Hillsong United. The band has sold more than 16 million albums.

Matt Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment and Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media are producing. B. Wayne Hughes, Jr. and Greg Campbell of Cantinas Entertainment, which is financing, are exec producing.

Hillsong is led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong Church founders Brian and Bobbie Houston. All 11 members of the band band are volunteers or employees of the church. The filmmakers will follow the band as it completes its current
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Alcon Acquires Hillsong United Documentary; Warner Bros To Release

Alcon Acquires Hillsong United Documentary; Warner Bros To Release
Alcon Entertainment has acquired the feature documentary Hillsong – Let Hope Rise, which Warner Bros will release in April. The film revolves around the popular faith-based Australian band Hillsong United, which began as an 11-member youth band and has now sells out and concerts worldwide and has sold more than 16M albums. The documentary, which will include concert footage, is being directed by Michael John Warren, who helmed the 2004 feature docu Fade To Black about rapper-producer Jay-z. Matt Weaver of MediaWeaver Entertainment and Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media are producing. B. Wayne Hughes Jr. and Greg Campbell of […]
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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 3.11 Review: Toil, Tone and Trouble

  • BuzzFocus.com
American Horror Story: Coven Season 3 Episode 11: Protect The Coven

The battle between the witches and the witch hunters shook down in “Protect the Coven” and it was over before it started. Fiona (Jessica Lange) and Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) managed to arrange a meeting with Harrison Renard (Michael Cristopher) and his firm at a posh executive conference room. Sitting across from Renard and flanked by four of his goons, they offered the witches a 100-year truce with no hunting during that time – a laughable insult to the Supreme and her new bestie.

Their counter-offer of an indefinite cease-fire, plus mansion and private jet service were disregarded quicker than you can peel-and-eat a Louisiana crawfish, prompting the Axeman (Danny Huston) to make short work of the conference room. It was one of the goriest scenes you’ll see this winter–and it was such a guilty pleasure play out. Seriously,
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'Nashville' Recap: Crazy Town

'Nashville' Recap: Crazy Town
Usually weddings are the stuff of sweeps weeks and seasons finales. Not on last night's Nashville, where Teddy taking Peggy's hand in marriage was about as sentimental as Trace Adkins' hick-hop hit "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," probably because Teddy is a terrible mealy-mouthed bore and Peggy is an unsympathetic kook.

Not even Teddy seems excited about his nuptials. Making this even more of a headache for Nashville's fine mayor, he has to twist his own "daughter's" arm into providing musical entertainment at the reception (because it's hard to find musicians
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10 lost endings of blockbuster movies

  • Den of Geek
Feature Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 16 Jul 2013 - 07:16

World War Z. Jurassic Park III. Seven. The Lion King. How were these and others originally planned to end?

The path from screenplay page to cinema screen is seldom a straight one, and it's frequently the case that a movie can change quite a lot during the process of production. Now and again, though, history throws out examples of movies that could have ended very differently.

For numerous reasons, the films featured here were all rewritten or reworked before they arrived in cinemas. Some endings were changed due to budget constraints. Others were down to the concerns of studio bosses.

In this selection, we've gone for endings that were written or storyboarded, but never shot in their entirety - last year, Nick brought us an exhaustive tour through 50 alternate endings, many of which were actually put before a camera.

With this in mind,
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Ron Howard, Brian Grazer To Film Jay-z’s ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Music Festival

  • Deadline
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer To Film Jay-z’s ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Music Festival
As was rumored, Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will film Jay-z’s Budweiser Made In America music festival, September 1-2 in Philadelphia. The feature will be released next year. Translation CEO Steve Stoute will be co-producing alongside Grazer and @radical.media, and Howard will direct. Jay-z headlines the festival and will share exec producer role with Paul Chibe, Anheuser–Busch’s U.S. Marketing vice president. The two-day festival will feature artists such as Pearl Jam, Run-dmc, Drake, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future, and Janelle Monáe, all who speak to a new generation of fans. “This will not be a concert film; it’s a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made In America – what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist,” Howard said in a statement. Grazer and Stoute previously collaborated in
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Ron Howard’s Jay-z Documentary Will Also Tell Personal Journey of the Hip-Hop Icon

  • The Film Stage
Although they are linked with Ridley Scott‘s American Gangster, the news that Ron Howardwould be directing a documentary on Jay-z was a bit peculiar. Nonetheless, things are moving ahead to capture the hip-hop icon at his Made in America music festival, which kicks off on September 1st in Philadelphia and includes acts like Pearl Jam, Passion Pit, Dirty Projects, Odd Future, Drake, Run-dmc, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Janelle Monáe, Chris Cornell and more.

More details are now coming together thanks to producer Brian Grazer. Speaking with Rolling Stone he added that the film will include may elements of the star’s personal journey, from “overcoming a rough upbringing” to “transforming himself into a successful rapper and businessman.” He said, “I think that’s what I’m gonna do. There’s sort of a creation element.” But it will still focus heavily on the music and the specific event, saying he
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Blu Monday: Tarantino Paradiso & The Animation Factory

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas: 2-Disc Deluxe Edition (1974)

Synopsis: For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick by calling him “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjures of Rankin/bass studios. The voice talents of Joel grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun. (highdefdigest.com)

Special Features:

Tba

The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (2005)

Synopsis: A girl who uses dogs to
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This Week in Comics

Another week, another This Week in Comics, where we bring you a breakdown of some of the comics that are out to buy, or just read off the shelf, in your local comic store each and every week. And don’t forget to check out Pull List feature every fortnight where we take a closer look at some of the comics worth buying, and some not.

Note: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores due to shipping and fulfillment issues, etc.

Gn = Graphic Novel; Hc = HardCover; Tp = Trade Paperback

Aspen

Executive Assistant Iris #5 (Joe Benitez Cover)(resolicited)

Executive Assistant Iris #5 (Eduardo Francisco Cover)(resolicited)

Executive Assistant Iris #5 (Ale Garza Cover)(resolicited)

Avatar Press

Crossed Family Values #2 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Regular Cover)

Crossed Family Values #2 (of 6)(Red Crossed Retailer Incentive Cover)

Crossed Family Values #2 (of 6)(Paul Duffield Torture Cover)

Crossed Family Values #2 (of 6)(Jacen Burrows Wraparound Cover
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