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In an ever-more crowded calendar of summer film festivals, the Maui event stands out for its popularity. It celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and offers both casual fans and ardent cineastes from around the world a compelling mixture of sun, sand and cinema.
“What sets us apart from other film festivals is location, location, location,” says festival founder and director Barry Rivers. “We have the incredible natural beauty of Maui, ranging from mountains to jungle to beaches, and the spectacular ocean. All that serves as a backdrop to the festival. And most of the venues are outside, including our Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, and our Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema on Wailea Beach at the Four Seasons.”
The latter venue will host this year’s Short Film Showcase. “It’s free,” adds Rivers. “Where else can you sit under the stars on a balmy night on a beautiful beach and watch a great movie for free?”
Rivers says he’s particularly thrilled with this year’s film program. “We’ve got a great collection of indie films, including our opening night dramedy ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton, and directed by Miguel Arteta, which has been getting great reviews.”
The festival will close with a diverse slate, including “Holy [un]Holy River,” about India’s Ganges, and “The Trip to Spain,” the third in the popular road trip series featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, again directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Adds Rivers, “We’ll also show some terrific surf films, which people really love out here, including ‘The Big Wave Project — A Band of Brothers.’”
Screening on the second night, and five years in the making, the film was directed by Tim Boynton and features many of the biggest names in the big-wave surfing world.
Also screening is “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which profiles the local surfing legend, and “Proximity” which features eight of the world’s best surfers.
“We’ve also got a few films that speak to matters of the spirit, and address how people spend their time on the planet, such as ‘Given’ and ‘Heal,’” he says.
Other highlights include various filmmaker panels, Q&A sessions, honoree events and private VIP soirees, as well as open-to-all themed culinary celebrations. “We have three taste events, starting on opening night with a Taste of Summer, and our launch party, with cocktails, dinner and live music. On Friday we do Taste of Chocolate, and on Saturday we do Taste of Wailea, which will feature about 13 local chefs from all the local resorts and hotels.”
While the festival has come a very long way since the early days, Rivers says, it hasn’t been without challenges. “We’re so far from the mainland, it’s a bit like the early space shots – you need double or triple redundancies built in, just in case.”
Pictured above: “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which profiles the surfing legend who grew up in Hawaii.
Mauii Film Festival Honorees:
The Scottish actress’ big breakthrough came in 2009 when she landed the role of Amy Pond in “Doctor Who.” She then snagged the role of Nebula in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and stars in Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” out in December. She has also completed production on her feature film directorial debut, “The Party’s Just Beginning,” which she also wrote and in which she stars.
Since arriving on the international scene in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” the Indian actress has successfully fought typecasting. She’s currently playing a radical activist opposite Idris Elba in Showtime’s limited series “Guerrilla,” set in1970s London and directed by John Ridley. Pinto also stars in Warners Bros.’ “Jungle Book,” out in 2018.
The four-time Emmy nominee and star of “Beatriz at Dinner,” which is screening at the Maui fest, is supremely versatile, with credits including “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville,” “American Horror Story” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Britton recently shot “Land of Steady Habits,” written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, and “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”
The Irish-born star got his big break in the 1980s TV hit “Remington Steele” before moving into films and showcasing his range in both spy thrillers (“The Fourth Protocol”) and comedies (“Mrs. Doubtfire”). But Brosnan also played the iconic James Bond in four films, and his resume is eclectic: “Dante’s Peak,” “The Matador,” “Mamma Mia!” and his current project, AMC’s “The Son.”
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- Iain Blair
“It was the best joke of the series,” Simien told IndieWire on a recent panel at the Atx Television Festival. “It was a play on the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ song. Because there’s a character [on the show] that thinks he can fly. Guys, it was hilarious.”
The song, however, came with a hefty pricetag. But “on top of that, R. Kelly was like, ‘also, no,'” Simien said. He added, clearly joking, “It was the worst day of my life!”
Clearing music for TV and music may be one of the most time-consuming and frustrating aspects of production. Music supervisors have to balance the desire of showrunners who might have an idea for a song – even if the track might not actually fit – with songwriters who may turn the show down. Or perhaps the copyright holder can’t be found. And even if all of that is cleared, a song may be too expensive for the production.
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“It’s not just picking music, it’s the clearance process, it’s all the paperwork,” said Liza Richardson, who has served as a music supervisor on shows such as “Friday Night Lights,” “The Leftovers” and “Hawaii Five-0.” “It’s dealing with the budget. It’s all of the personalities.”
Added Maggie Phillips, whose credits include “Fargo,” “Legion” and FX’s upcoming “Snowfall”: “It’s studios, it’s managing expectations. Having to talk to a certain rights owner for an hour once a week so that they will give us their song for a certain price.”
Music supervision, in other words, is a craft. And that’s why it’s finally being honored with its own category at this year’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Series episodes and specials will compete in the brand new Outstanding Music Supervision category, which honors “exceptional creative contributions to a program through the use of music including the narrative impact of lyric-based songs, both original or pre-existing, the use of instrumental source music, and on-camera musical performances.”
It’s been a long time coming. Music supervisors, led by Guild of Music Supervisors president John Houlihan, have spent years lobbying the Television Academy to create the category. They were first admitted into the organization in 2015, which was the beginning step. Then last fall, the Guild pitched its case for an Emmy category to the TV Academy’s board of governors.
“The central argument was that music supervision is a creative endeavor that significantly contributes to Television storytelling but, up until that point, they were not eligible for any award,” said TV Academy music governor Michael Levine. “The criteria – which emphasize creative as opposed to administrative contributions – were shaped by input from music supervisors, other music peer group members, governors from other peer groups, awards committee members, and the experience of Television Academy staff.”
The recognition is also heartening for a group that has to juggle multiple shows and projects at once in order to make a living. “We’re not exclusive to shows and we don’t get paid the way exclusive people get paid,” Phillips noted. “We’re paid per episode. And there’s no union that represents music supervisors. The pay is a little low, so we have to do multiple projects. It’s hard. I love it though and it’s what I do.”
Up next: Why the Rolling Stones didn’t want their drug song in a show about drugs
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- Michael Schneider
Author: Zehra Phelan
Holy Monsters! With production officially underway in Atlanta, Georgia on Godzilla King of the Monsters, a full cast list and synopsis has been revealed for the follow-up to the 2014 outing in which Gareth Edwards took the helm.
Although Edwards was lined up to direct the sequel, which now falls into the Kong, Godzilla monster universe after last year’s arrival of Kong: Skull Island, he gave up his throne to Michael Dougherty to pursue other projects.
Within the newly revealed synopsis, we are given an insight to the monsters we can expect to see this time around. Currently, the confirmed list of Monsters to be featured are Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah! Three of Toho’s most iconic Kaiju have been secured by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures to star in the follow-up and will do battle with their revised Hollywood Godzilla which debuted in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 blockbuster. »
- Zehra Phelan
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have announced that filming is underway on the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, the third instalment of the shared MonsterVerse, which had been going by the title of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick R Treat, Krampus).
Accompanying the official announcement is a synopsis which confirms that Godzilla will do battle with iconic foes Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah – which won’t come as too much of a surprise to anyone who’s seen this year’s Kong: Skull Island.
“The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s »
- Gary Collinson
Daniella Alonso was a model who went on to become a successful actress on the TV screen. She is known for her appearances on NBC TV shows Revolution and Friday Night Lights, but it should be noted that her career has seen her in more than a few movie roles as well. More recently, Alonso had the chance to be one of the main cast members on the first season of The Night Shift, which was also on NBC. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Daniella Alonso: Grew Up in New York
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Daniella Alonso »
- Nat Berman
"Father's Day is this weekend, but every year, one subset of fathers is desperately overlooked," Ventimiglia explains in a new clip from the late-night show. Adds Colbert, "We're talking about hot TV dads."
"People like me, who play dads on TV — and are hot," the actor jokes.
The duo then proceed to honor "hot TV dads," including Coach Taylor (portrayed by Kyle Chandler) from Friday Night Lights, Dr. Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs) from Private Practice, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) from Game »
- Lauren Huff
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Orange Is the New Black, So You Think You Can Dance, Animal Kingdom and The Carmichael Show!
1 | Orange Is the New Black bingers, what from Episodes 7-10 made you queasier: Piscatella ripping the hair out of Red’s scalp with a knife, breaking Alex’s arm with his own bare hands, or seeing that Red had cut off a piece of Humphrey’s thumb?
After producing hit movies for a decade, Brian Grazer got his first blue-chip TV credit in 1998 on HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon.” On the heels of Grazer and partner Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated “Apollo 13,” the show offered a finely detailed look at the early space program. It had the trappings of a big-budget film and a cast headed by Tom Hanks — novelties at a time when the big and small screens seldom mixed. The show’s win for miniseries kicked off a fertile TV phase for Grazer, who went on to produce such shows as “24,” “Arrested Development” and “Friday Night Lights.” This year, he and Howard are back in the hunt with National Geographic’s Albert Einstein limited series “Genius.”
Because you produced some television early on, did you go to the Emmys before 1998?
I did, but not as a nominee. I was way out there in the peripheral seats.
- Dade Hayes
Actors usually fit into fairly simple categories like action, romance, or comedy. Some, however, manage to transition from one type of acting into another. Such was the case for the highly talented Jesse Plemons. While he is now known as an accomplished dramatic actor, this was not always the case. Fans likely know him best for his performances on the critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights and more recently Fargo. His background and personal life are highly interesting and have many surprising connections to the roles he plays on screen. For those wondering who Plemons is as a person, here
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jesse Plemons »
- Nat Berman
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Way back before Friday Night Lights put him on the map as a writer-director, Peter Berg made a deservedly forgotten black comedy called Very Bad Things, about a debauched Las Vegas bachelor party cut short by the buzzkill of a prostitute getting impaled on a coat hook. Oops. That film at least committed to its sourness, whereas Rough Night, which derails the revelry of a Miami bachelorette weekend by similar means, evinces little conviction of any kind. Mostly, it's a flavorless stew of elements from other, not necessarily better, movies that starts dying around the same time as the unintended »
- David Rooney
A new addition to The Hardy Boyz has made his debut!
The baby boy, delivered at the couple’s home with the help of professional midwives and doulas, weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz., and measured 21½ inches in length.
“I will always protect you,” the legendary pro wrestler, 42, captioned a black-and-white Sunday Instagram snap of himself holding his new son close.
Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? »
- Jen Juneau
Catharsis was the word of the day yesterday, at least for an hour at the Atx Television Festival. In the ‘Too Close to Home’ panel four writer-producers talked about how they took their personal (often painful) experiences, bounced them around the writers room and turned them into scenes, subplots or episodes. Natalie Abrams from Entertainment Weekly moderated the panel consisting of Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected), David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), Robia Rachid (Atypical). Ms Tigelaar discussed her experience growing up adopted in Dallas, TX in the 1980s. When she realized she’d been adopted, her parents told her
Writing from Pain and Joy, ‘Too Close to Home’ Panel, Atx Festival »
- Chris St Martin
Parenthood fans, even though it's been three years since the show's finale, I'm sure it's easy to think of a scene that made you cry. The notoriously tear-jerking show is still so impactful that at Atx this weekend, one of its writers teared up just talking about one of the scenes. On a panel about TV dramas, David Hudgins, a writer on Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, was asked if he'd written any scenes from his own life onto a show. Hudgins talked about a season five episode of Parenthood in which Max Braverman (Max Burkholder) is bullied on a camping trip and another kid pees in his canteen. As Hudgins described what Max's mother, Kristina, does - she climbs into the backseat to comfort Max - Hudgins's voice broke. "I had seen my wife do that," he explained, totally overcome with emotion. No, there was not a dry eye in the house, »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Image Source: Getty / Vince Bucci Hey, you know how you look at Coach and Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and instantly think to yourself, 'relationship goals'? Well, it turns out that the Fnl writers room was constantly trying to mess that up, and the only reason they didn't is because of the actors themselves, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. At Atx this year, Friday Night Lights writer David Hudgins was speaking at a panel about family dramas on TV, and he expounded on why the Taylors were so solid. Well, it's all thanks to the actors who played them, because the showrunners wanted to throw some drama in the mix. Thankfully, they were given a very firm 'no' from both stars. Hudgins said that over the course of the show, the writers pitched stories "where they got a divorce, or one of them cheated, or whatever, and they very plainly said, »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Although specific details are being kept under wraps, her character is said to be a significant figure within the covert Monarch organisation. Given that it’s said to be a major franchise role, she’ll presumably also be returning for 2020’s epic monster showdown Godzilla vs. Kong.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set for release on March 22nd, 2019 and sees Michael Dougherty (Krampus) directing returning Godzilla stars Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham) and Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), and new additions Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster) and »
- Gary Collinson
Despite her iconic role as country superstar Rayna Jaymes in the ABC–turned–Cmt series Nashville, the 50-year-old actress says she’s not the biggest country music fan.
“I’ve actually never been a country girl at heart,” Britton told People Now’s Jeremy Parsons. “I’m more a country girl now than I was because I’ve learned so much about the music and really learned to appreciate it.”
What genre does fill out her playlist? “There might be some rock ‘n’ roll in there too, »
- Benjamin VanHoose
Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Get Out) has become the latest addition to the cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Variety has revealed. As with other additions to the cast, details of his role are being kept under wraps.
Emmy-winner Whitford joins a cast that includes returning Godzilla stars Sally Hawkins (Dr. Vivienne Graham) and Ken Watanabe (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), and new additions Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Randy Havens (Stranger Things).
- Gary Collinson
Adapted from Justin Cronin’s popular book series, The Passage envisions a post-apocalyptic future where virus-infected vampires roam the earth, with human colonies banding together to survive. (That book was followed by 2012’s The Twelve and this year’s The City of Mirrors.) Fox bought the film rights to The Passage before it was even published, and a Twilight-like film series was planned for years, but now they’re opting to bring it to the small screen. »
Casting is really starting to pick up steam on the sequel to Godzilla. A couple of days ago we heard that Stranger Things‘ Randy Havens had joined Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and now Variety is reporting Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch is the latest addition to the film.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set for release on March 22nd, 2019 and is building to a crossover with this year’s Kong: Skull Island in 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong, for which Adam Wingard has just been hired to helm. Director Michael Dougherty is taking over from Gareth Edwards for King of the Monsters, directing from a script he wrote with Zach Shields.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters features a cast that includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), Charles Dance »
- Ricky Church
The end is finally upon us. “The Leftovers” airs its final episode this Sunday on HBO, and with it comes the close of one of television’s all-time great drama series. Over the course of its three-season run, “The Leftovers” has earned acclaim for Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, as well as the ensemble cast, but it would be a shame to say goodbye to this series without spotlighting the men and women behind the camera.
“The Leftovers” and its point-of-view storytelling always allowed different directors to leave their mark on the series. Through memorable sequences and shots, these seven directors made “The Leftovers” an emotionally visceral and downright spiritual experience. It’s safe to say there won’t be another series like it for some time, but television is in good hands as long as these filmmakers are guiding it.
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- Zack Sharf
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