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Veteran distributor Susan Jackson, who co-founded indie film distribution label Freestyle Releasing in 2004, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. The UK-born Jackson dove into the distribution game after serving in exec positions in sales, acquisitions and marketing at the Samuel Goldwyn Co, Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. She headed BMG Independents, snagging rights to indie titles for BMG’s North American Video and DVD collection.
In 1999, she founded independent sales company Turtles Crossing in Los Angeles. Three years later, she became more directly involved in filmmaking as executive producer of Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, which she helped finance and sold to Lionsgate out of the Toronto Film Festival. Similarly, she helped finance, co-produce and sold the Juno Temple starrer Dirty Girl in 2010 out of Tiff.
- The Deadline Team
Jackson worked in film distribution for 20 years, holding executive positions at the Samuel Goldwyn Co., Vestron, Goodtimes, BMG/Bertelsmann, Sony and the BBC. Her last job before launching her own company was heading up BMG Independents in New York.
Born in the U.K., she moved to Los Angeles in 1999, she launched sales company Turtles Crossing. She came on to “Cabin Fever” at script stage, brought in investors and sold it to Lionsgate at the Toronto Film Festival. She was sales agent and co-producer of “Dirty Girl,” starring Juno Temple.
She is survived by her husband, »
- Pat Saperstein
Life Coach: Mills’ Debut a Showcase for Own Multi-talents
Toronto based filmmaker Pat Mills makes his directorial debut with Guidance, a dark hearted comedy that gets a lot of traction from exaggerated, inappropriate behavior draping its endearing core. Aping the hook of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Mills manages to surpass David Spade’s limitations with a basic premise that has a myriad of possibilities, and, as far as comedies hinged on adults behaving badly goes, Mills’ film works on a variety of entertaining levels. Director, screenwriter, and star, his strongest asset happens to be himself in an entertaining performance that is as unabashedly off-putting as it is strangely empathetic. His onscreen persona manages to help us overlook some of the film’s minor sleights to the development of supporting characters necessary for the attempted third act pathos. Nevertheless, this is an impressionable first feature, one deserving of attention as »
- Nicholas Bell
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: June 24, 2014
Price: DVD $55.99, Blu-ray $65.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Showtime TV show Masters of Sex looks at the beginning of the sexual revolution.
Michael Sheen (Beautiful Boy) stars as real-life Dr. William Masters, a 1950s gynocologist who started a study of human sexuality along with secretary and former nightclub singer Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan, Frankie Go Boom). Their research impacted their private lives, their family and colleagues and ignited a sexual revolution that took them from a St. Louis teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine.
Masters of Sex garnered much critical acclaim, earning 90% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The show was nominated for two Golden Globe awards in its debut season, for Best Television Series — Drama and Michael Sheen’s performance for Best Actor. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.95
Hahn is Rachel, a depressed thirty-something in a sexless marriage, who find an unexpected friendship in an unlikely place. During a night out with her husband Jeff (Josh Radnor, Happythankyoumoreplease), she meets McKenna (Juno Temple, Dirty Girl), a stripper down on her luck. After encountering her again soon afterwards, Rachel invites McKenna to become the family’s live-in nanny in the hopes of helping her get back on her feet, and soon finds that McKenna’s influence makes waves throughout her life.
Oh, and it also features Jane Lynch »
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