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Exclusive: director Shawn Levy on the Starman movie remake

23 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Sony’s Starman remake will have a younger cast than the original and a contemporary setting confirms director Shawn Levy

The news broke this April that a remake of John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi Starman is currently being worked up at Sony. Real Steel and Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy is to direct and produce, joined by original producer Michael Douglas and Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel on scripting duties.

While chatting to Levy about terrific new Netflix series Stranger Things, he gave us an update on Starman’s progress and confirmed that the new film will indeed have a contemporary setting:

Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. »

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Nostalgic 80’s Amblin-esque Stranger Things Trailer is a Must See!

9 June 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Personally, it’s odd that I hear about this show today. I just got my 3 12-packs of Hi-c’s Ecto Cooler in the mail from Amazon Pantry in my house today (couldn’t find it locally) and from my first sip, I remembered all the things I did in the 90’s. 6 VHS tape From Dusk ‘Til Dawn Marathons in my room of my parent’s house. Eating pizza from a plate while sitting on the floor so I could be closer to my tube television and Vcr so I could quickly rewind the tape of the film I just watched and put in the next one to keep the movie marathon going. Then, this trailer comes across my inbox and it hits all the right chords. I’ll admit, that maybe it hit me at a nostalgic time but I think this series looks amazing. Check out the trailer below. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New Supernatural Series Stranger Things

9 June 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Looking like a long-lost onscreen adventure from the decade of boom boxes and arcade games, Netflix’s series Stranger Things (coming out on July 15th) is teased in a new trailer that has an atmosphere akin to a Stephen King story or Steven Spielberg film.

“A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and »

- Derek Anderson

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The Avengers Composer Alan Silvestri Returning To Marvel Studios To Score Infinity War Part I And II

6 June 2016 7:38 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Captain America: Civil War's score was a little forgettable, so you can understand why Marvel Studios is turning to composer Alan Silvestri for the soon to be retitled Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II. He worked on Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, while other non-Marvel credits include Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Night at the Museum, Flight, The Croods, and The Walk. The news of his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was made official by Silvestri's website where they announced: "We are pleased to announce that Alan is slated to score the Marvel films "Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II." These films are scheduled for release in May of 2018 and May of 2019." It will now be up to the composer to handle such huge moment as The Avengers teaming up with Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos finally wielding the Infinity Gauntlet! »

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The Conjuring 2 review

1 June 2016 6:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




James Wan's Conjuring sequel has its moments, but it also points at a format that's coming to the end of its time...

The Conjuring felt like a breath of fresh air in 2013. Although similarly plotted to a glut of other ghost films and old-fashioned to the point of being simple, it had energy, style and jump-scares as huge as the box office receipts, perpetuating the idea that director James Wan had a golden touch. Three years and a spin-off later, its official sequel (also helmed by Wan) continues to plunder the case files of celebrated paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (played again by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), albeit to far less exciting effect.

After a confusing and unnecessary prologue in the Amityville house, the action cuts to Enfield in 1977, where the inhabitants of a damp and dingy - yet abnormally spacious - council house are being troubled by a poltergeist whose aim is to "hear them scream". Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor with a Dick Van Dyke accent) is a long-suffering single mum with four kids who’ve been recently abandoned by their deadbeat dad. With no money to even buy biscuits, the last thing she needs to deal with is the ghost of a nasty old man who likes moving her furniture in an inconsiderate manner (more often than not, it breaks before reaching its destination) and possessing her youngest daughter Janet. The police, a group of psychical researchers and even some TV reporters all take a look inside the Hodgson house and raise the haunting's profile, so eventually the church calls in the Warrens in from America to stay at the house and find out if the it's real or not...

The Enfield Poltergeist is, of course, a well-documented case that's already had its share of books, documentaries and films written about it (including, loosely, Stephen Volk's immaculate Ghostwatch). It is widely believed to be a hoax but this is a studio horror picture so obviously it's going to play fast and loose with the truth and opt for a supernatural explanation. Fine in theory but it's a shame that the one it goes for is so flavourless because it actually winds up being somehow less interesting than the real story. Despite a noisy torrent of house-trashing visual FX it's an indulgent, overlong half-plot with very little meat on its bones.

While the first film was hardly subtle, it knew where to draw a line to keep its scares the right side of effective. This one, however, overplays everything and not in a fun audacious way either. It just takes its good ideas and drives them off a cliff, time and time again. For example, the Crooked Man zoetrope (this film's obligatory yet inexplicable Victorian-style toy) and the dog bell both seem like strong setups for the kind of inventive scares The Conjuring pulled off so well but the payoff is bewildering; a Burton-esque CGI dogman hybrid in a candy striped suit that stomps all over the screen like it's escaped from Night At The Museum.

Likewise, the characterisation takes a similar trajectory. There's a scene where Ed sings an Elvis song with the Hodgsons to bring everyone together and, when it starts, it's a rare moment of levity; warm, funny and tender. Then it's smothered with a string section that swells and swells until any emotion is lost beneath the heavy-handed soundtrack schmaltz. Joseph Bishara's score is irrationally bombastic throughout in fact, and the use of use of contemporary (or thereabouts!) music is so hysterically on-the-nose it's hard not to laugh. There is an opening montage of the local tourist sights set to The Clash's London Calling and then – with just a few cor blimeys in between - it cuts straight to a bus stop, while playing Bus Stop by The Hollies, in case we still weren't sure we were in Britain.

The worst offence, however, is the runtime. 133 minutes! Only the most ambitious genre films should dare to go over 90 and a simple one like this, focused as it is on scares, finds it impossible to sustain that much tension. Far too many of the shocks fall flat. At their best, the long takes of characters staring into darkness channel our universal fears of being alone in the house at night, uncertain of what we've just seen or heard. At their worst, it's literally just someone staring into space. I'd estimate there’s somewhere in the region of 40 minutes worth of staring into space in this film.

Ultimately, between the first Conjuring, the Annabelle film and three Insidious chapters (also Wan-directed or produced), this format seems exhausted. There's nothing here we've not seen done before and better. From the possessed kids to the pale-faced demons to the creepy use of a corny old vaudeville tune, what once was fresh now feels stock and predictable. Even the way that Lorraine is investigating one haunting (the Enfield Poltergeist) while having ominous visions of a different one (some kind of demon nun that looks like Marilyn Manson) is exactly what happens with Lin Shaye's character in Insidious 3. I hate to make the obvious gag but if there's going to be another Conjuring, it may be time they learned a few new tricks...

The Conjuring 2 is in UK cinemas now.

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First look at new Netflix original series ‘Stranger Things’

19 May 2016 3:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have revealed a first look at their upcoming original TV series Stranger Things, which hits the streaming service on July 15th.

The series boasts quite the cast, including Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, and Millie Brown.

Here’s the plot.

Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980’s, Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is a coming of age story for three boys that draws this quaint community into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.

Stranger Things is executive produced by The Duffer Brothers »

- Paul Heath

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7 Spotlight-Stealing Animal Actors

13 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Are you an animal-loving actor? Then you know that even in movies starring the likes of Ben Stiller, Ian McKellen, or Jim Carrey, a talented dolphin, horse, dog, or monkey can run away with the show. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite animal actors in everything from “Mr. Poppers Penguins” to “The Lord of the Rings.” Now who’s a good boy? Crystal the MonkeyThere’s no monkeying around when this little lady hits the set—she’s a professional! Named in 2012 as one of television’s highest paid actors, audiences know Crystal from feature comedies like the “Night at the Museum” franchise and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as television series “Community” and “Animal Practice.” Cosmo the DogThis talented Jack Russell terrier made such an impact on set that “Beginners” star Ewan McGregor wrapped shooting and adopted a dog of his own. Cosmo has also had »

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ABC Orders Comedies ‘Downward Dog,’ ‘Imaginary Mary’ and ‘Second Fattest Housewife’

12 May 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has ordered three new comedies to series, “Imaginary Mary,” “Downward Dog,” and the project formerly known as “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport,” now known as Untitled Sarah Dunn.

The live action/CGI hybrid “Imaginary Mary” centers around Alice (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg”) a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

The series also stars Stephen Schneider as Ben, Rachel Dratch as the titular imaginary friend Mary, Nicholas Coombe as Andy, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora and Erica Trembay as Bunny.

The series hails from “The Goldbergs” writers and exec producers Adam F. Goldberg and David Guarascio, and exec producer Doug Robinson. »

- Laura Prudom

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Ricky Gervais: 'Most People Know Me as That Guy Who Insulted Mel Gibson'

4 May 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

He's a star who's created television shows including The Office and Extras, but Ricky Gervais says he's most often recognized for the provocative punch lines he's delivered as host of the Golden Globes. "Most people in America seem to know me best as that guy who insulted Mel Gibson," Gervais, 53, tells People. Gervais, who stars in the Netflix original comedy Special Correspondents alongside Eric Bana, also says young fans recognize him for some of his kid-friendly films. "If a six-year-old kid is looking at me, it's probably for Night at the Museum or The Muppets," he says. Overall, he says »

- Mia McNiece

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Ricky Gervais: 'Most People Know Me as That Guy Who Insulted Mel Gibson'

4 May 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

He's a star who's created television shows including The Office and Extras, but Ricky Gervais says he's most often recognized for the provocative punch lines he's delivered as host of the Golden Globes. "Most people in America seem to know me best as that guy who insulted Mel Gibson," Gervais, 53, tells People. Gervais, who stars in the Netflix original comedy Special Correspondents alongside Eric Bana, also says young fans recognize him for some of his kid-friendly films. "If a six-year-old kid is looking at me, it's probably for Night at the Museum or The Muppets," he says. Overall, he says »

- Mia McNiece

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The Jungle Book – Highest Grossing Hollywood film in India

27 April 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Disney’s The Jungle Book holds its throne at the top in its second weekend after already swinging in £21 million at the UK box office and taking a hugely impressive 10 times more than any other film on Saturday. The Jungle Book has already surpassed the lifetime takings ofMaleficent, Oz The Great and Powerful, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Night at the Museum and Snow White and the Huntsman.

In India the film is now the biggest Hollywood film of all time having earned over Rs.190 crore since its release.

The film also remains number one at the Us box office taking a total of $191 million to date and globally it is already the 4th biggest movie of the year with $528m.

The critically acclaimed film is being called out by critics as a cinematic experience not to be missed and is already in the Top 25 of films of all time released in IMAX. »

- Press Releases

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"Night at the Museum" Gets A Chinese Remake

26 April 2016 6:57 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Chinese film studio Alibaba Pictures has acquired the rights to remake 20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum" franchise for the local market.

The plans, first briefly mentioned the other week during a panel discussion with Fox Filmed Entertainment, have since been confirmed to THR which reveals the project is still in early stages, with casting and a director yet to be secured.

Alibaba Pictures has invested in three Hollywood films from Paramount, but this will be its first remake of a major U.S. studio film. That first film grossed $250 million in North America and $575 million worldwide.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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China's Alibaba Pictures to Remake 'Night at the Museum'

25 April 2016 10:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alibaba Pictures, the Chinese film studio established by Jack Ma's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has acquired the rights to remake 20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum franchise. The plans for a Chinese remake were mentioned in passing by Jim Gianopulos, CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, during a panel discussion at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on April 16. A source in China with knowledge of the plans confirmed the agreement to THR. The project is understood to be in the early stages, with casting and a director yet to be secured.  Alibaba Pictures Group declined to comment.

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- Rebecca Sun, Patrick Brzeski

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Iff Panama: Get to Know Seasoned Filmmaker and Educator Jorge Ameer

25 April 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

While in Panama for the film festival, one of the notable people I met was Jorge Ameer.

Jorge left his home in Panama at age 16 in the late 1980s due to political unrest and civil instability.  The country’s dictator and drug king Noriega was recruiting young men to fight in his military army as the looming confrontation with the United States approached. In 1989, the United States invaded Panama under the name of “Just Cause” ousted the Panamanian dictator.

Living in Los Angeles, at the age of 18, he was selected to participate in the Walt Disney College Program. He worked in the marketing departments of New Line Cinema, Paramount and Columbia Pictures. In motion picture development, Jorge worked as a story analyst for Richard Gere's production company and Wendy Finerman's productions at Tri Star Pictures in the early nineties and the now defunct Fries Entertainment.

He also tried his hand at acting and was in Gramercy's "Panther" and "Tales from the Hood", HBO's "Social Friction Fables" New Line's "Friday" along with other cameos and supporting roles. He co-starred opposite award winning actor Matthew Leitch (Star of “Aka”) in the carnival romp "Sabor Tropical".

Ameer served as the coordinator for the 1988 Latino Entertainment Industry Conference and as a member of the advisory board of the Methodfest Film Festival. He was also the U.S. representative for the Barcelona G & L Film Festival and a film programmer for the Palm Springs G & L Film Festival.

In October 1997, he founded and executive directed The Continental Film Festival, better known as the first American Independent film festival held overseas on the island of Contadora, off the Gulf of Panama. There is where his film career actually began. He served as a festival coordinator during the very beginnings of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival founded by Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dehmer.

At these festivals, Ameer helped in the selection of many foreign features. After noticing a lack of recognition of foreign and independent gay themed films released theatrically, he founded the International Gay Film Awards, the Glitter Awards (2001-2008), at that time the only award show of its kind.

In 1997, Ameer also started Hollywood Independents, a distribution company which launched with the theatrical release of "California Myth" starring Tyron Powers Jr.

Thereafter, the company has released such titles as the Jamaican/American co-production "Klash" starring Jazmine Guy, "Eastside" starring Mario Lopez, "Tequila Body Shots" starring Joey Lawrence, "Poor White Trash" starring Jamie Pressley, Jason London, William Devane and Sean Young, Spain's Academy Awards Winning film (Goya Winner) "I will Survive" (Sobrevivire), and "Hotel Room" from the director of "Nico & Dani". Other releases include his film "The Singing Forest", and "Junked" starring Thomas Jane (star of "The Mist", "Punisher" and the popular HBO series "Hung") and Jordan Ladd (star of "Cabin Fever", "Hostel 2").

Jorge Ameer's theatrical distribution company Hollywood Independents International opened its theatrical distribution operations in Central and South America in 2006 with the theatrical release of "Grande Ecole" a film by Robert Salis. The French film was censored and banned in Panama due to its explicit sexual content

Ameer took a trip to Panama to denounce the banning of this film. After outrage was expressed by the Panamanian press, the film opened successfully in Panama. It opened number one at the Alhambra-Plus Transistmica beating studio films "Night at the Museum" and "Deja Vu". It broke box office records locally, playing in theaters for eight weeks.

On January 26, 2009 the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture study invited Mr. Ameer's to have his screenplays be a permanent part of "The Core Collection". The screenplays in this collection are made accessible for research purposes; students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among the patrons.

In April 2011, Mr. Ameer started his own film series in Panama called Jorge Ameer presents Cine Serie Independiente, a showcase to promote and exhibit high profile award winning independent and foreign films in Panama.

He brought in Aluzio Abranche's controversial incestuous drama of brotherly love "From Beginning to End" (“Do Comeco ao Fim”), Andre Shortell's "Psych 9" starring Sara Foster & Cary Elwes and Karee Andrew's "Altitude".

During the film presentations, directors presented their work to Panamanian audiences in person and live via skype. This is the first time in Panama's cinema history technology has allowed local cinephiles the opportunity to interact with award winning filmmakers virally before and after their film presentations.

Unfortunately, the presenting cinema and only theatre exhibitor to support independent films - the Alhambra Theatres- closed the following year, 2012, due to financial troubles. It was the last of a series of vintage stand-alone cinemas constructed during the boom of single screen theatres and drive-ins in Panama.

There are currently only two theatre chain exhibitors (Cinepolis & Cinemark) operating in Panama. Both chains have their multiplex cinemas located throughout today's popular mega malls.

Several months after his film series, Mr. Ameer produced the opening night after-party to the October 2011 edition of Screamfest, the world's premiere horror film festival based in Hollywood, California. The event was held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel. The event brought luminaries of the genre such as Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli, "Saw" and "Insidious" director James Wan, as well as "Grease", "Summer Lovers", "Blue Lagoon" director Randal Kleiser and "Firestarters", "Class of 1984" director Mark Lester to name a few celebrity attendees. With a seance theme, over 400 votive candles were used to create the atmosphere. In addition over one hundred skulls, the Screamfest symbol, were featured as centerpieces and part of the morbid "look" throughout the event. A well-lit coffin surrounded by neon lights was featured in the gift room where guests retrieved their gift bags from the open casket.

Mr. Ameer has authored, produced, and directed the theatrical features "The Truth Within", "Strippers","The Singing Forest", "Contadora is for lovers", "The House of Adam", "The Dark Side of Love","Sabor Tropical", "D'Agostino". All projects released theatrically through Hollywood Independents.

Ameer has produced, written and directed countless 35mm comedic shorts films to name a few "My Straight Boyfriend", "Popcorn & Coke", "Uninhibited", "Midnight Snack", "Tease" now available on DVD as a compilation of shorts called “Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them”.

This collection has been so successful that he has executive produced, programmed and curated two more such programs “Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them 2” and the upcoming “Straight Men & the Men Who Love Them 3”. The latest compilation of shorts is a collection of international shorts curated from the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

Ameer made a documentary "Classic Hollywood Cinemas" an in depth look at the old Hollywood movie palaces, their historic and preservation value and impact.

He's also produced and arranged the publishing of the historical and award winning first ever "Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film which has won many book awards for its detail, educational and historical contribution to independent gay and lesbian films released in theaters.

In addition to filmmaking, within the exhibition industry, Jorge Ameer was the last person to re-open the historic Vogue theatre in Hollywood as a movie theatre to showcase independent films. Films such as "Nico and Dani" (Tla Releasing) and "Just one time" from the now defunct Cowboy Releasing played at this theatre. The resurgence of film exhibition at the Vogue was short lived due to alleged hauntings at the venue where a paranormal research group leased the theatre from Mann theaters to set up shop as headquarters for their research group.

Jorge Ameer's "The Dark Side of Love " was the last film to shoot at the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood prior to its closing. "The Regent Showcase Theatre, originally the Gordon Theatre (1938), is one of the older art houses in Los Angeles until its closing in May 2009.

A human rights activist, Ameer has spent most of his career creating controversial, cutting edge trivial stories with thought provoking subject matters to challenge audiences from the stereotypical social conventions and outdated traditional values which detract from enhancing the global human experience.

He is currently working on his latest film project “Oasis” to be shot in Panama during the month of August.  Oasis”  is a twisted thriller set in the backdrop of Panama's paradise its about a newlywed American who decides to visit a friend while in Panama on business, to rekindle their friendship to prove his love to his wife  by killing him. 

Also, on the current issue of Scream Magazine issue # 35, the worlds largest horror film magazine, his “Medusa” has received with extensive coverage. The film is currently playing in theaters in the U.S. through Regal Cinemas after having its world premiere at the Cannes Film Market.  

Medusa” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival Marche along with a horror short he starred in called "Find Pauletta" in the Short Film Corner.  This was the first time a Panamanian has had two films in two different programs of the Cannes Film Festival.   

VFX for “Medusa” was by Jeremy Vanneman who has worked on many studio films including the upcoming “Ghostbusters”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “San Andreas”, etc. “Medusa” also has a celebrity cameo by 80's hearthrob William McNamara.

Jorge is the only Panamanian filmmaker who writes, direct, produces and own his own production and distribution company in Hollywood.

Jorge Ameer has also pioneered and procured the opening of the first high school film program at one of the oldest (110 years) and most prestigious private high schools in Panama, the Pan American Institute (Instituto Panamericano) in Panama City.

The film program curriculum was designed by Ameer and approved by the Ministry of Education.

It launched in 2015 with the first class schedule to graduate in 2017.

In his own words:

The high school film program was an idea that started because of the lack of opportunity and education in film that I myself had when growing up.  I loved film so much; film was my babysitter during my childhood years.  Whenever I wasn't in school I was at the movie theatre watching several films a day until my mom picked me up from the theatre.  I attended the Pan American Institute (Instituto Panamericano) from kindergarten through graduation 1989.  

Decades later as a filmmaker, distributor and film buyer, I approached the principal of the high school with the high risk idea of starting a film school program for an industry that even though in its infancy I knew it would grow leaps and bounds if those who pushed hard enough would stick with it to create some semblance of film opportunities and production here in Panama.  Ten years later after designing a very thorough program that includes script writing, production, distribution, film marketing, campaign strategy, film fund and grant writing as well as crowdfunding to use donors as ambassadors to promote the film, the Ministry of Education approved the program.

Last year, the first students, approximately 27 brave souls, risking the uncertainty the entertainment field has to offer, weathered the scrutiny of their parents to become the pioneering and prototype Class of 2017.  This Class, now in the 11th grade, is gearing up to produce its first set of shorts for the Ipa Student Film Festival.  The first film festival of its kind, it showcases the works of these film students with the goal of creating filmmakers from an early stage who will graduate with films reels in their areas of interest which will show their talents to prospective universities, scholarship programs and other international student competitions. 

I got the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Film Department called Di Cine in conjunction with the Panama Film Commission to fund the projections of these works which will take place as an outdoor cinema event on the school grounds. on Friday, August 5 at 7pm.  Provided the students meet the minimum Gpa, they will be required to do internships placed and provided through the Film Commission in conjunction with other private film entities such as the Tvn Channel 2, one of Panama's major television networks as well as The Panama Canal Chanel among other companies offering opportunities for these students to practice their craft prior to graduating. 

Currently, under construction, is an upcoming state of the art film lab studio facility providing students with the opportunity to develop their talents.  Also a new auditorium will host film events and eventually the high school graduation ceremony. »

- Sydney Levine

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Thomas Lennon joins cast of Netflix’s National Lampoon movie

7 April 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that comedy actor and writer Thomas Lennon is set to join the cast of the upcoming National Lampoon origins film.

The new film, titled A Futile and Stupid Gesture, will tell the story of National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney who died in 1980. Lennon is set to play Michael O’Donoghue, “one of the first writers at the magazine who later became an editor. He was the first head writer on Saturday Night Live and appeared in the first-ever skit on the show.”

Lennon, who co-wrote the Night at the Museum films as well as featuring in such films as I Love You, Man, The Dark Knight Rises and comedy show Reno 911!, joins an already stellar cast which includes Will Forte (Nebraska) as Kenny and Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Yesterday it was announced that in a strange turn of casting Joel McHale (Ted »

- Scott J. Davis

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Mark O’Connor Joins Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as Exec VP

4 April 2016 2:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Veteran film production executive Mark O’Connor is joining Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as the executive VP of production.

He will report to Ske production president Carla Hacken, who noted that the company is in the midst of increasing production.

“Mark is an incredibly smart, creative, and passionate executive that I have known and admired for years,” Hacken said. “His creative insights and eye for material and talent are why he is one of the most respected people in the industry and we are thrilled that he’s joining us at this exciting time at Ske, as we expand our production slate in both film and television.”

O’Connor most recently served as a senior executive at Todd Phillips’ Warner Bros.-based production company Green Hat Films, which he joined in 2009. He’s worked on the comedies “Project X” and the upcoming Warner Bros. release “War Dogs,” directed by Phillips and »

- Dave McNary

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Shawn Levy to remake Starman

3 April 2016 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) has signed on to direct a remake of the 1984 sci-fi romance Starman, which will be scripted by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco).

Directed by John Carpenter, the original movie starred Jeff Bridges as an alien who comes to Earth and assumes the identity of a woman’s (Karen Allen) dead husband in an effort to evade capture by the government. Coercing the woman into driving him cross country to a rendezvous point, a romance then blossoms between the two.

Levy, whose last directorial efforts were 2014’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and This Is Where I Leave You, will also serve as a producer on the remake alongside Michael Douglas, who produced the original.


- Amie Cranswick

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John Carpenter's Starman is next for the remake treatment

2 April 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




The director of Night At The Museum, Shawn Levy, is tackling a remake of John Carpenter's Starman...

The cinema of John Carpenter has already been heavily pillaged for remakes over the past decade or so, but up until now, Starman has been excused. However, plans are now afoot to revisit the 1984 sci-fi flick, that originally starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen.

The original Starman saw an alien visit Earth in response to a message from Nasa. He then takes on the body of Bridges, and a chase ensues. The new Starman is being panned by Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) with Michael Douglas reprising his position as producer.

Directing this time will be Shawn Levy, best known for the likes of Real Steel and the Night At The Museum trilogy. We're promised that the new film will be set in the 21st century, and thus brought up to date. »

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Shawn Levy To Spearhead Columbia’s Starman Remake

1 April 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is on the verge of helming Columbia PicturesStarman remake, based on the John Carpenter sci-fi classic of the same name.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, it’s understood that the studio has drafted in Arash Amel (Erased, Grace of Monaco) to pen the screenplay, shifting the tale into the modern era. Michael Douglas, meanwhile, is attached to produce alongside Levy after working on the original more than three decades ago.

First released in 1984, Starman orbited around the story of a mysterious alien that responds to Nasa’s far-flung spacecraft Voyager II. After careering into Earth with the intention of paying a visit, the extra-terrestrial assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband, eventually directing her toward a strange rendezvous site before it perishes. Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen anchored the ’80s feature, with the former earning an Oscar nomination at the time »

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Shawn Levy will direct the ‘Starman’ remake

1 April 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Night At The Museum helmer Shawn Levy is all set to direct and produce a new remake of the classic 1980s movie Starman. The original movie starred Jeff Bridges and was directed by John Carpenter, and has developed a cult following in the thirty years following its release. The remake is set up with original producer Michael Douglas set to return, while Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) is writing the screenplay.

The original told the story of an humanoid alien (Jeff Bridges) who came to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold phonograph record installed on the Voyager 2 space probe. Bridges was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.

The remake, like the original, is set up at Columbia Pictures.

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