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Joe Corallo: Amazing Grace

  • Comicmix
Okay, let me clear up a couple of things first.

One: This is not about the song “Amazing Grace” by poet John Newton. It’s about comic book professional Sina Grace.

Two: I shamelessly took the concept of this column title from Christmas at Pee Wee’s Playhouse when Globey says that in reference to Grace Jones’ performance of Little Drummer Boy.

Now then, if you aren’t familiar with Sina Grace I’m here to help change that. Especially since Sina has a few new comics hitting the shelves on Wednesday.

He’s someone entirely unique in comics. He’s worn nearly every hat you can in comics as a self-publisher, imprint editor, writer, and artist. His skills have graced most of the comics publishers here in the States that you can name, he’s edited The Walking Dead, put out deeply personal memoir comics, and is most recently
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New TV spot lands for Robert Zemeckis’ Allied starring Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard

  • HeyUGuys
Here a brand new look at the Allied, the new movie directed by the wonderful Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Castaway, Flight, Forrest Gump – the list goes on) with screenwriting duties falling to the equally wonderful Steven Knight (Amazing Grace, Locke). The film has a fantastic cast including Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey […]

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‘War Room,’ ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Take Top Prizes at Movieguide Awards

‘War Room,’ ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Take Top Prizes at Movieguide Awards
War Room” and “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” were named the most inspiring movie and TV program, respectively, of 2015 at the 24th annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards.

Each won an Epiphany Prize, which includes a $100,000 honorarium, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The awards are sponsored by the Christian Film & Television Commission and recognize uplifting and inspiring movie-television work.

Other winners include Kairos Prizes for spiritually uplifting screenplays by first-time and beginning screenwriters, with the grand prize (worth $25,000) going to Wayne Sable and Christopher Lovick for “Heaven’s Messenger.” First runner-up (worth $15,000) was Harry Keinman for “Wind and a Prayer”; second runner-up (worth $10,000) was Birgit Myaard for “The Hands of a Woman.”

The Chronos Prize for inspiring screenplay by established artists went to Katherine Craddock for “American Exodus.”

Fox’s “Joy” took home the Bradley Foundation faith and freedom award for movies. Also on the film side,
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‘War Room,’ ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Take Top Prizes at Movieguide Awards

‘War Room,’ ‘Coat of Many Colors’ Take Top Prizes at Movieguide Awards
War Room” and “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” were named the most inspiring movie and TV program, respectively, of 2015 at the 24th annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards.

Each won an Epiphany Prize, which includes a $100,000 honorarium, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The awards are sponsored by the Christian Film & Television Commission and recognize uplifting and inspiring movie-television work.

Other winners include Kairos Prizes for spiritually uplifting screenplays by first-time and beginning screenwriters, with the grand prize (worth $25,000) going to Wayne Sable and Christopher Lovick for “Heaven’s Messenger.” First runner-up (worth $15,000) was Harry Keinman for “Wind and a Prayer”; second runner-up (worth $10,000) was Birgit Myaard for “The Hands of a Woman.”

The Chronos Prize for inspiring screenplay by established artists went to Katherine Craddock for “American Exodus.”

Fox’s “Joy” took home the Bradley Foundation faith and freedom award for movies. Also on the film side,
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Film Review: ‘She Who Must Burn’

Film Review: ‘She Who Must Burn’
More than a half-century has passed since Larry Kent’s pioneering Canadian indie drama “The Bitter Ash,” but he’s still rubbing salt in societal wounds with “She Who Must Burn.” Roughly comparable to such recent Stateside indie horror films about religious cults as “The Sacrament” and “Holy Ghost People,” but ultimately punchier in narrative terms, this fictive sketch of fanatical Christian anti-abortion activists terrorizing a rural community makes up in brute power whatever it lacks in subtlety. It stands a good chance of reaching genre audiences (and possibly a few open-minded fans of topically themed drama) in home-format sales, with niche theatrical placements not out of the question.

A strange man parking himself in a doctor’s office turns out to be Abraham Baarker (James Wilson), who announces, “This is the vengeance of the Lord,” and shoots the doc point-blank before getting down on his knees to await police
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What’s Up Doc?: Pennebaker/Hegedus & Malick Voyage to the Top in November

  • ioncinema
It’s been a couple months since the last edition of What’s Up Doc? placed Michael Moore’s surprise world premiere of Where To Invade Next at the top of this list and in the meantime much shuffling has taken place and much time has been spent on various new endeavors (namely my Buffalo-based film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle). Finally taking its rightful place at the top, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hagedus’ Unlocking the Cage is in the midst of being scored by composer James Lavino, according to Lavino’s own personal site. Though the project has been taking shape at its own leisurely pace, I’d expect to see the film making its festival debut in early 2016.

Right behind, the American direct cinema masters is a Texan soon to make his non-fiction debut with Voyage of Time. Just two weeks ago indieWIRE reported that Ennio Morricone, who scored
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Toronto: At Age 40, Festival Unleashes a Fountain of Youth

Toronto: At Age 40, Festival Unleashes a Fountain of Youth
Justin Chang: And so ends another edition of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival — the 40th edition, as it happens, which organizers chose to commemorate in part by unveiling a competition slate (Platform) and a sidebar devoted to episodic TV premieres (Primetime). Not all that transpired here, of course, has been quite so celebratory. Market activity has been on the slow side, and there were two controversial last-minute withdrawals from the lineup — Sydney Pollack’s “Amazing Grace” (which was also yanked a week earlier from Telluride) and Mathew Cullen’s “London Fields” — due to creative differences and behind-the-scenes legal wrangling. Worst of all was the sad news from abroad that the Polish director Marcin Wrona, having just attended the well-received world premiere of his Discovery entry “Demon” at Toronto, had died shortly before his film was about to be unveiled at the Gdynia Film Festival.

There’s no appropriate segue from
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Theater Review: Amazing Grace, Too Sweet, Unsound

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Theater Review: Amazing Grace, Too Sweet, Unsound
There’s a scene in Fun Home — both the book and the musical — in which a 9-year-old girl shows her father a fanciful map she’s drawn for school. As the father grows more agitated trying to correct and improve it (“This is visually confusing,” he complains), the girl grows more defensive about preserving her vision. (“This is a cartoon!”) For the audience, the scene is a wrenching demonstration of the father’s controlling nature; by the time he explodes in frustration (“You cannot do it like that unless you want to ruin it!”), you are cringing over the mistaken application of his high standards, and his insensitivity to a budding artist’s feelings. Welcome to my dilemma. Amazing Grace, a new musical purporting to tell the story of the 18th-century British abolitionist John Newton, is the “first work of professional writing” by Christopher Smith, a 45-year-old former police officer from suburban Philadelphia.
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‘Amazing Grace’ Broadway Review: Famous Hymn’s Backstory Doesn’t Sing in New Musical

  • The Wrap
‘Amazing Grace’ Broadway Review: Famous Hymn’s Backstory Doesn’t Sing in New Musical
In Hollywood parlance, they call it “medicine”: a movie or TV show that’s good for you, that teaches you something, that hopefully leaves you inspired. “Amazing Grace,” which opened Thursday at the Nederlander Theatre, is definitely medicine — and it will teach you something about abolitionist history in 18th-century England, which makes it much more educational than any other musical now on Broadway with the possible exception of the soon-to-open “Hamilton.” Most theatergoers have heard of Alexander Hamilton but not John Newton, the subject of “Amazing Grace.” Newton’s is a very different and much more arcane story. Who knew that in.
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

  • Hitfix
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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The Voice Recap: Pumped-Up Six

The Voice Recap: Pumped-Up Six
We all know who’s going to win Season 8 of The Voice — even though his coach semi-sabotaged him tonight with an unspeakable army of Ariana Grande clones.

Still, the identities of the four artists who’ll join preternaturally talented Sawyer Fredericks (Aka He Whose Recorded Burps Would Crack the iTunes Top 10) in next week’s semifinals are far less of a certainty — especially after a mixed showing on Top 6 performance night.

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Will viewers bow down to Kimberly Nichole’s epic “Dirty Diana,” or crinkle their nose
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Is Amazing Grace's take on the slave trade historically accurate?

The adverse effects of the slave trade on white people is the slightly off-kilter payoff of Michael Apted’s stodgy, old-fashioned drama

Peter Bradshaw’s review of Amazing Grace: ‘dull and naive’

Amazing Grace (2006)

Director: Michael Apted

Entertainment grade: C–

History grade: A–

William Wilberforce was a leading figure in the political campaign to abolish the slave trade in Britain in the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

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Is Amazing Grace's take on the slave trade historically accurate?

The adverse effects of the slave trade on white people is the slightly off-kilter payoff of Michael Apted’s stodgy, old-fashioned drama

Peter Bradshaw’s review of Amazing Grace: ‘dull and naive’

Amazing Grace (2006)

Director: Michael Apted

Entertainment grade: C–

History grade: A–

William Wilberforce was a leading figure in the political campaign to abolish the slave trade in Britain in the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

Continue reading...

5 Benedict Cumberbatch Biopics That Don't Exist (But Really Should)

5 Benedict Cumberbatch Biopics That Don't Exist (But Really Should)
Let's just say that Benedict Cumberbatch has a knack for bringing history to life. The actor, who rose to fame as the star of Sherlock, has played no shortage of real-life characters, including (deep breath!) Stephen Hawking in a 2004 BBC film, William Pitt the Younger in 2006 indie film Amazing Grace, William Carey in The Other Boleyn Girl, Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate and now Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, currently in theaters.  So why should the man stop there? Indeed, here are five more famous folks, all of whom have biopics about them currently in varying

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Ingenious trio depart, James Clayton to Xix Entertainment

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Exclusive: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s Xix Entertainment.

Media financier Ingenious has seen three senior members of its film and media team depart in recent weeks.

Former Ingenious Media Investments chief executive James Clayton has left the company to become president of Simon Fuller’s production and management powerhouse Xix Entertainment, which handles the likes of David Beckham and The Spice Girls.

Clayton will report directly to Fuller, creator of the Idol franchise, and be based in La and London.

During his tenure at Avatar-backers Ingenious Clayton was key to securing the private equity firm’s lucrative production and finance relationship with Fox Searchlight from 2011 and ensuring its successful investment relationship with Pathe through the Ingenious Pathe Eis Film Fund.

He was executive producer on Matthew Warchus’ well-received Cannes debut Pride as well as films including Happy-Go-Lucky, Amazing Grace and Hannibal Rising.

Also to recently depart Ingenious are former managing director of the
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Ingenious trio depart, James Clayton to Entertainment Xix

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Exclusive: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s Xix Entertainment.

Media financier Ingenious has seen three senior members of its film and media team depart in recent weeks.

Former Ingenious Media Investments chief executive James Clayton has left the company to become president of Simon Fuller’s production and management powerhouse Xix Entertainment, which handles the likes of David Beckham and The Spice Girls.

Clayton will report directly to Fuller, creator of the Idol franchise, and be based in La and London.

During his tenure at Ingenious Clayton was key to securing the private equity firm’s lucrative production and finance relationship with Fox Searchlight from 2011 and ensuring its successful investment relationship with Pathe through the Ingenious Pathe Eis Film Fund.

He was executive producer on Matthew Warchus’ well-received Cannes debut Pride as well as films including Happy-Go-Lucky, Amazing Grace and Hannibal Rising.

Also to recently depart Ingenious are former managing director of the media
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Thn Attend BAFTA’s International Screenwriters’ Lecture With Steven Knight

BAFTA are very well known for their extravagant award ceremonies, but did you also know that they have an entire network committed to helping new film-making enthusiasts break into the industry of their dreams? The website ‘BAFTA Guru’ is full to bursting with information from those in the business giving advice on how to get into the business. To go along with this the company also host several events throughout the year which feature a prominent figure giving an intimate Q and A.

We were lucky enough to attend the third and final lecture in their screenwriters season, with the fantastic Steven Knight. The previous two talks were with James Schamus and Emma Thompson. Knight started his career writing for comedians Frankie Howard and Ken Dodd, before moving into television and helping create Who Wants to be a Millionaire. In his spare time he wrote several novels, seeing television as
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