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Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory

“The Tiger Company”

Lena Khan’s feature directorial debut has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Shout! Factory has acquired all of the North American rights to “The Tiger Hunter,” a timely comedy about a young immigrant’s life in the U.S.

Set in the 1970s, “The Tiger Hunter” follows Sami Malik (Danny Pudi, “Community”), a young Indian man who travels to to the U.S. with the hopes of becoming an an engineer, a job that will help him live up to the legacy of his father, who is a legendary tiger hunter, and impress his childhood crush. “When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is … or perhaps ever could be,” the project’s logline reads.

The supporting cast includes Karen David (“Once Upon a Time”) Rizwan Manji (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”).

Khan co-wrote the script with Sameer Gardezi (“Mr. Sunshine,” “Aliens in America”). The film was produced by Khan, Megha Kadakia, and Nazia Khan.

The Tiger Hunter” was partly “inspired both by my grandfather, who was a larger than life tiger hunter in India, and also from growing up hearing so much about what it was like for so many young immigrants like my father to come to America in the 1970s,” Khan has explained in an interview. “My dad, for example, once told me how he stole a stool sample from some Europeans in order to get an expedited Visa to America! And from there, I interviewed dozens of immigrants who came at the same time, and they had tons of heartfelt and hilarious stories that worked with the narrative I wanted to tell.” Since launching her career in the film industry, her goal has been “to make entertainment that calls attention to some of the more salient and overlooked social issues of our society.

Khan has previously directed three shorts: “A Land Called Paradise,” “The Sleeper Cell,” and “Circumstance.”

Lena Khan’s “The Tiger Hunter” Picked Up by Shout! Factory was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Interview: Amy Pietz of ‘Halfway’ to Appear at Midwest Independent Film Festival on Feb. 7, 2017

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – Amy Pietz is a Midwesterner made good in her primary role as a working actor. And what better performer to appear at the kick-off of the 2017 Midwest Independent Film Festival, as Pietz’s new film takes place in her native Wisconsin.

Halfway” tells the story of a hulking African American ex-convict (Quinton Aaron of “The Blind Side”) as he tries to rebuild his life on a dairy farm, managed with difficulty by a widowed mother named Beth (Pietz). The new year of the Midwest Independent Film Festival starts Tuesday, Feb. 7th, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago.

Amy Pietz was born in Wisconsin, from modest circumstances, and was determined at an early age to be a performer. After a background in dance, she graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bfa in Acting. She headed to Los Angeles shortly thereafter, and landed roles in TV shows like “Star Trek,
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Budding Prospects: Adam Rose (Aliens in America) Cast in Pot Comedy Pilot

  • TVSeriesFinale
Adam Rose is heading to Amazon. Deadline reports the Aliens in America star has joined the streaming service's upcoming pilot Budding Prospects.Based on the Tc Boyle novel, the comedy is set in the 1980s and follows three brothers who move from San Francisco to the country to grow marijuana. Melissa Axelrod is writing the series and Terry Zwigoff will direct.Read More…
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‘Lord Jones Is Dead’ Trailer: Two Rival Journalists & a Photographer Take a Story Into Their Own Hands

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‘Lord Jones Is Dead’ Trailer: Two Rival Journalists & a Photographer Take a Story Into Their Own Hands
Lord Jones Is Dead” follows rival journalists Samuel (Chad Krowchuk) and Vincent (Daniel Janks), and photographer Clive (Jonathan Pienaar) as they stake out a dead-end assignment. Waiting outside of a suburban house for a woman who is alleged to have had an affair with a government minister, all three soon realize they don’t know if they’re in front of the right house or if they have even identified the right girl. Since Samuel is told by his editors not to leave without a story, and Vincent and Clive are told not to leave before Samuel does, the three settle in for a long waiting period until they decide to make the story up themselves. Watch the trailer for the film below.

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The film is directed by Austin Andrews and Andrew Holmes. Andrews has previously worked as an editor and
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Sam Laybourne Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Sam Laybourne has closed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, where he will supervise and develop new projects for the studio. Laybourne co-created, wrote and executive produced NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show, which aired last year. His other credits include ABC’s Cougar Town, Fox’s Arrested Development, The CW’s Aliens In America and NBC’s Animal Practice. Laybourne also sold comedy project Juvie to ABC last year. He is repped by UTA and Myman…
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Fox Pilot News: Frankenstein Doc to Be Played By Rules of Engagement Alum

Fox Pilot News: Frankenstein Doc to Be Played By Rules of Engagement Alum
Rules of Engagement‘s Adhir Kalyan will help bring Fox’s Frankenstein pilot to life.

RelatedPilot Season 2015: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The contemporary retelling of the Gothic tale follows Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt cop who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.

Per our sister site Deadline, Kalyan will play Otto Goodwin, a brilliant Internet billionaire who, with his bioengineer twin sister Mary,
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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Sets Sci-Fi ‘Slingshot’

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Sets Sci-Fi ‘Slingshot’
Exclusive: After directing Fox’s Let’s Be Cops to a $122 million worldwide take, Luke Greenfield is setting up original sci-fier Slingshot at Gulfstream Pictures. Deal comes as Greenfield signs with Paradigm. The filmmaker is in negotiations to develop, produce, and direct the Amblin-esque story he conceived of with scribe and producing partner Trevor Sands (Hyperion, Resurrection).

Gulfstream’s Mike Karz and Bill Bindley will produce Slingshot through their Warner Bros-based shingle alongside Greenfield and Sands. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but story is said to follow in the style of ’80s classics like E.T. and Back To The Future that first sparked Greenfield and Sands to want to make films for a living.

Greenfield’s directing credits include the Elisha Cuthbert-Emile Hirsch comedy The Girl Next Door, and he developed and produced the David Wain-directed Role Models. He directed the pilot for the acclaimed
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Roopa Jeevaji On Her Upcoming Film "In Search of America, Inshallah"

  • Sydney's Buzz
Roopa Jeevaji is the producer of the film "In Search of America, Inshallah.” The film tells the story of a young Pakistani woman who comes to America in search of her husband but finds her emancipation instead. This film also emphasizes on the importance of women's education.

Many women in India, Pakistan, Africa and many other remote villages/ places are deprived of education and are also not aware of its importance. The film hopes to help these woman understand that empowerment through education is vital. It also hopes to be the voice of every woman in these villages/ countries.

The film is being edited by Deepa Bhatia, one of Bollywood's, Mumbai's top editors (“My Name is Khan", "Taare Zameen Par”). Sonu Nigam, composer ("Slumdog Millionaire") is on board as the composer.

Here is a brief interview with producer Roopa Jeevaji

Are you in charge of the marketing and distribution of the film?

I am the actor/ producer of the film. Since this is an independent short film, our producers are working and addressing all tasks on all fronts including marketing and distribution.

When will it be finished?

The film is currently being edited in Mumbai and will be finished by the first week of November.

Do you have a distribution plan?

Basira Cinema which specializes in films about women will screen our film in selected theaters in London.

Talha Hussien who is a well known editor / distributor has agreed to support our film and screen it in Pakistan.

Also the Ep Arati Misro on our project who also heads the Women in Film International has confirmed the screening at Women In Film L.A.

Is there an international sales agent?

Not yet.

What is the marketing strategy?

“Women's Voices Now" has come on board as coproducer and will also screen the film at various avenues.

Deana from Mpac (Muslim Public Affairs Council ) is on board and will help us with the screening at Arclight, Hollywood.

Zainab Zeb from the documentary “Honor Diaries” has come on board as a co-producer and has a large following on social media.

Is there an online/ social networking strategy in place or being planned?

We have been very active on our Facebook page and Twitter with posts and blogs about related stories of women, the importance of education and lastly an updated production status of our film. Several of our actors have a large following from India on Facebook and Twitter. That will help get the word out as well.

How do film festivals fit into your marketing strategy?

Kimberley Browning from ‘Hollywood Shorts’ will strategize with us for festival packages once the film is complete.

We hosted an event in L.A. at the Levantine Cultural Center on Aug 23rd. The Center champions a greater understanding by presenting artistic and educational programs that bridge political and religious divides. The chief guest Consul General of Pakistan unveiled the trailer. Amie Williams, the co-founder of 'Global Girl Media' was one of the guest speakers and writer Sameer Asad Gardez (“Aliens in America”, “Modern Family”, “Mr. Sunshine”, “Outsourced”) who recently won the WGA 'versatile comedy writer' award attended the event.

It has been a team effort with the director Danish Renzu and myself . Since it is his directorial debut (he has directed two other short films prior to this) and since this is my first time producing honestly, (I am an actor primarily) we have wanted to create content that is inspiring and with a message. Hence we have invested a lot of time and effort to get this right and have strategically planned this through . Marketing wise, we just have reached out to all avenues that we thought would like the story and the message we have to deliver. Danish also has many contacts in London and Pakistan and that has helped.

The film is being edited now in Mumbai and will be done in November . Here the trailer.

Here are other relevant articles about the project:

http://womensvoicesnow.org/wvoice/in_search_of_freedom_inshallah

http://www.indiewire.com/article/project-of-the-day-in-search-of-america-inshallah

http://pakistantimesusa.net/epaper/2013/26-12-2013/14.php

http://pakistanlink.org/Community/2014/Jan14/10/06.Htm

http://www.pakistanvoice.net/newissue/newspaper13.html

http://www.apnahub.ca/entertainment-detail/in-search-of-america-inshallah-coming-soon/
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Yahoo Screen Turns Community Into The First Bionic Show

“Ratings? Where we’re going, we don’t need ratings.” There was a collective cry of joy from Community‘s passionate fanbase at the end of May, when Yahoo Screen saved the show from cancellation with an eleventh-hour pick-up. Suddenly, the darkest timeline fans had been living in since the beloved cult comedy got the axe from NBC had been averted.

Since that incredible day, news about Yahoo Screen’s upcoming 13-episode sixth season of the show has just been getting better and better. We now know that showrunner Dan Harmon is planning to take full advantage of the reduced creative controls over at Yahoo, and that most of the main cast will be returning (unfortunately, John Oliver’s commitment to Last Week Tonight means his Professor Duncan will likely not be appearing, and still no word on whether Donald Glover will return). Additionally, discussions about a movie have been happening,
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Community Star Joel McHale Talks Yahoo Screen, “Epic” Movie Plans

All of Community‘s rabid fans (myself included) were absolutely ecstatic when the cult comedy, cancelled by NBC back in May after five low-rated but critically-adored seasons, found a new lease on life at the absolute last moment when Yahoo Screen swooped in to pick up the show for its long-anticipated sixth season. The darkest timeline, which once seemed like the one we’d have to live with, had been averted – and the good news just kept coming, with word that Dan Harmon and the whole main cast would be returning, and that “early and preliminary talks” were happening about the “movie” part of “#sixseasonsandamovie,” Community fans’ long-time rallying cry.

Now, star Joel McHale is speaking up about his hopes for Community‘s future on Yahoo Screen, where it will begin to air this fall. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about the show’s new home online, McHale expressed incredible
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New Suits Season 4 New SEC Investigator To Arrive For Action,New Details

  • OnTheFlix
According to a recent report from TV Line, the "Suits" season 4 folks have hired veteran actor, Neal McDonough (left), to come on and play a new SEC investigator, named Sean Cahill. He'll be a recurring fixture on the show. Sean Cahill is described as being a bulldog who goes toe-to-toe with everyone at Pearson Specter when Eric Woodall (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) tasks him with uncovering wrongdoing at the firm. Neal McDonough's acting credits includes previous roles in Justified, Mob City ,and Desperate Housewives. He joins other new cast additions: Michael Gross (Family Ties), Brendan Hines (Lie to Me), Db Woodside (24) ,and Melanie Papalia (The Newsroom, Aliens in America). Season 4 is set to debut on Wednesday night, June 11th at 9pm on the USA network. Stay tuned.
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New Suits Season 4 New Hot Secretary Arriving For Mike,New Spoiler

  • OnTheFlix
According to a recent report from TV Line, the Suits season 4 peeps have decided to bring on a new, hot secretary, named Amy, to service Mike Ross, and she'll be played by hottie actress Melanie Papalia (left). Her role will be recurring, so we'll get to see her beautiful face from time to time, which will always be welcomed over here. Amy is going to be Mike’s executive secretary at the investment job he accepted in the season 3 finale, and she's described as being bright, quick-witted ,and develops a nearly instant rapport with Mike, aiding him in both personal and professional matters. Melanie Papalia joins other new cast additions: Db Woodside, Brendan Hines ,and Michael Gross. Melanie's acting credits includes previous roles in The Newsroom and Aliens In America. Season 4 makes its big premiere on Wednesday night,June 11th at 9pm on the USA Network.
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'Twisted' Star Avan Jogia Signs With ICM (Exclusive)

'Twisted' Star Avan Jogia Signs With ICM (Exclusive)
Twisted star Avan Jogia has signed with ICM, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Indian-Canadian actor, 21, plays the protagonist Danny Desai, a teen recently released from juvenile detention for killing his aunt, on the ABC Family thriller. The drama resumes the second part of its rookie season on Feb. 11. Story: Complete Guide to 2014 TV Premiere Dates Jogia previously was a series regular on the Nickelodeon comedy Victorious, and recurred on the series Caprica and Aliens in America. He made his professional acting debut in the 2006 Lifetime telepic A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story.   

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First Word on Riddick Sequel. Watch Vin Diesel Dance!

Right now Riddick (Blu-ray review) is number one on the home video charts, and you know what that means... Sequel talk! Such is the case today, and star Vin Diesel was so excited by the news, he decided to start dancing! But wait! There's more!

If you watch the video below, which features Diesel dancing(!) to both Katy Perry and Beyonce (seriously, you have to watch this), in between shaking his ass to their two songs, he mentions that Universal called him directly to give him the good news about the home video release and to inquire about the possibility of a sequel.

Post by Vin Diesel.

Riddick Synopsis

Global action superstar Vin Diesel reprises his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much anticipated new chapter in the epic adventures of the most wanted man in the universe. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and
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New Riddick Viral Offers a Map to the Stars

With Riddick (Blu-ray review) now available in stores, we've gotten hold of an imagining of our favorite Furyan's universe in an easy to use, interactive star map. Each of the planets on the map has hotspots that contain facts, images, and other content that gives fans a more in-depth look at the setting of the trilogy.

While the map doesn't reflect every aspect of the Riddick universe - and we certainly wouldn't advise it as a navigational tool - it definitely presents a jumping-off point for fans to discuss their favorite characters, scenes, and moments from the action-packed sci-fi franchise!

Blu-ray Combo Pack Description

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew, and cutthroat characters. In addition,
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Win the Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack of Riddick

  • Comicmix
In an electrifying return to his signature role, Vin Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters.

The Riddick Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes a Digital HD Copy of the film available on UltraViolet. UltraVioletis the revolutionary new way
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Riddick : The Giveaway

Vin Diesel returns as the most wanted man in the universe in Riddick on Blu-ray & DVD on January 14th, and Wamg is giving you a chance to win the never-before seen Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack of the stunning new chapter of the explosive sci-fi adventure franchise!

In an electrifying return to his signature role, Diesel heads up an internationally acclaimed cast that includes Karl Urban (Star Trek franchise), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Jordi Mollà (Columbiana), WWE superstar Dave Bautista (upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy), Noah Danby (“Defiance”), Danny Blanco Hall (Immortals), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Neil Napier (White House Down), Nolan Gerard Funk (“Aliens in America”) and two-time Grammy Award nominee Keri Lynn Hilson.

For your chance of winning a Riddick Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Combo Pack:

1. You Must Be A U.S. Resident With A U.
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Dig on 10 Minutes of Riddick

Vin Diesel's Riddick is slashing his way to home video on the 14th, and right now you... yes, You... have the opportunity to check out the film's opening here! Got a few minutes to kill? This is a damned fine way to do so!

From the Press Release

Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role that made him a global superstar as Riddick blasts its way onto Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on January 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD December 17, 2013. The third feature film installment of the blockbuster series returns to its hardcore action roots with an all-new, no-holds-barred adventure from writer and director David Twohy, creator of the hit franchise.

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo
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Watch the First 10 Minutes of Riddick

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With Riddick heading to Blu-ray and DVD next week, Universal Home Entertainment has released the first ten minutes of the movie online and we have it for you to watch right now:

Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role that made him a global superstar as Riddick blasts its way onto Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on January 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD December 17, 2013. The third feature film installment of the blockbuster series returns to its hardcore action roots with an all-new, no-holds-barred adventure from writer and director David Twohy, creator of the hit franchise.

Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters.
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Community Season Premiere Review: “Repilot”/”Introduction to Teaching” (Season 5, Episodes 1&2)

Community season five never should have happened. Don’t take that the wrong way – I’m very happy that it did. But that doesn’t change how highly the odds were stacked against it. As I watched the first and second episodes of the new season last night, I couldn’t escape a feeling somewhere between elation and disbelief at the simple fact that I was still watching Community – the eternal underdog, somehow the show had evaded the NBC cancellation axe once again. After all, shows that lack huge stars, draw small ratings and experiment with formula rarely make it past one season. Certainly none of them make it to five.

Community has travelled a particular bumpy road to this season. After three seasons of subversive, innovative oversight, showrunner Dan Harmon was sacked by NBC in 2012 and replaced by Aliens in America co-creators Moses Port and David Guarascio. The only problem was,
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