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Health Care Plan Problems Take Center Stage in Writers Guild-Studios’ Contract Talks

The halls of Congress aren’t the only place where a strenuous debate over the fate of health care has taken place this week.

The financial strain on the Writers Guild of America’s health care plan has been a central issue during the past two weeks of master contract negotiations between the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The guild is seeking a significant step-up in AMPTP funding for the plan, which is calculated as a percentage of WGA member earnings. The WGA plan, like SAG-aftra’s and the DGA’s, is administered by a joint committee of guild and management reps, and is known for offering generous coverage with little out-of-pocket expense from members who earn enough annually to qualify for coverage.

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Writers Guild Contract Talks Begin Amid Anxiety

At present, that health care qualifying earnings threshold stands at a minimum of $38,302 within four consecutive quarters.
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Amazon Acquires Alberto Barboza’s Debut Feature ‘Cry Now’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Acquires Alberto Barboza’s Debut Feature ‘Cry Now’ (Exclusive)
Amazon has acquired “Cry Now,” a lyrical love story steeped in Chicano rockabilly culture which mark the feature debut of Alberto Barboza a consulting producer and dialogue coach on five-time Daytime Emmy nominated Hulu series “East Lost High.”

The Amazon acquisition, made via Princ Films, is for all platforms, including Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video.

An ode to Los Angeles street art scene, “Cry Now” stars Miguel Angel Caballero as Vincent, a street poster artist, who falls head over heels for a muse Luzy, played by Illiana Carter (“Walkout,’ “Primo”), a tattoo designer he meets at a backstreet boogey. But Sofia (Mina Olivera, “Shrink”), Vincent’s ex-girlfriend, is not ready to let go and engineers revenge. Accused of vandalism, Vincent takes off, with the Lapd in hot pursuit.

In “Cry Now,” “we follow our protagonist from one vibrant Los Angeles subculture to another,” said Barboza, who was born and bred in South Gate.
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Jessabelle Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Jessabelle just wants to heal, but she’ll get hell for her efforts. Wheelchair-bound as she recovers from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Jessabelle returns home to be near her father, but ends up getting too close to a malevolent spirit in Saw VI director Kevin Greutert’s Jessabelle, a Southern gothic film with a supernatural streak that Lionsgate is releasing to home media this winter:

Press Release – “From the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on January 13, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Jessabelle Blu-ray and DVD, including audio commentary with the filmmakers,
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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The Stars – September 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September
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10 Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen (Featuring Breaking Bad Cast Members)

With Breaking Bad now at an end, you may need something to fill that meth-shaped hole in your life. To accompany the recent WhatCulture list which gave you 10 Ways To Get Your Breaking Bad Fix Now It’s Over, this one has 10 lesser-seen movies featuring 10 of the most featured cast members in the show. Some of the movies feature them in minor roles, while others have them standing front and centre. Also: the films range from being made prior to Breaking Bad, whilst others were made whilst they were cast members.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find suitable movies for two of the main actors. Both Rj Mitte, who plays Walt Jr., and Betsy Brandt, who plays Marie – these two had been involved in little film work prior to Breaking Bad and the show might be considered to contain their break-out roles. Instead, I opted to include two other notable
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Celebrities are increasingly turning to their fans to fund creative projects

New Zach Braff and Spike Lee films have some wondering why the rich and famous turn to crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter

Crowd-funding sites have helped pay fora new video game console, a customizable watch and a copy of Lionel Richie's head, bringing the dreams of many creative individuals to life. They have also become a resource for creative-types who do not fit the struggling artist mold.

Actor and director Zach Braff and the film-makers behind Veronica Mars raised more than $2m for their respective projects this year. Last Saturday, Spike Lee reached his $1.25m goal to fund a new film. Their success has rankled those who believe it is unfair for celebrities who already have the backing of major studios to ask fans to pay for their projects.

Kickstarter, the more popular crowd-funding site for celebrities, said its job is to bring creative projects to life and that these
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Indie Horror Month Exclusive: Writer/Director Matthew Arnold on the Real-Life Terrors of Shadow People

This week Anchor Bay released writer/director Matthew Arnold's indie thriller Shadow People, and to mark the occasion, Dread Central caught up with the filmmaker to talk about the project, the real-life inspiration behind the story, and lots more.

The film stars Dallas Roberts ("The Walking Dead") as a small town radio personality named Charlie Crowe, who unravels a conspiracy about encounters with the mysterious shadowy figures that happen to be the cause of hundreds of unexplained deaths over hundreds of years in many different cultures throughout the world. Through his own investigations, Charlie (Roberts) encounters Cdc Epidemic Intelligence Agent Sophie Lancombe (Alison Eastwood), whose discoveries end up leading them both into a dark world and a decades old cover-up.

Read on for our exclusive Indie Horror Month interview with Arnold for Shadow People (review), and make sure to check out the film now that it's available everywhere!

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Syfy Sets a Premiere Date for 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'

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Syfy Sets a Premiere Date for 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," a prequel to Ronald D. Moore's hit reimagining of the 1978 sci-fi drama, was made into a pilot but never ordered to series by Syfy. Instead, the 90-minute episode, created by Michael Taylor and David Eick ("Caprica") and directed by Jonas Pate ("Shrink"), headed to YouTube channel Machinima Prime, where it aired in 10 webisodes and attracted over 8 million total views. Read More: With No Pick-Up From Syfy, 'Battlestar Galactica' Prequel 'Blood & Chrome' Heads to YouTube Now Syfy's announced an air date for "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," which will premiere on the network as a standalone TV movie on Sunday, February 10 at 9pm, featuring additional scenes that weren't in the online release, before heading to DVD. Like "Caprica," Syfy's fascinating and flawed earlier "Battlestar Galactica"...
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Syfy Sets a Premiere Date for 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'

Syfy Sets a Premiere Date for 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," a prequel to Ronald D. Moore's hit reimagining of the 1978 sci-fi drama, was made into a pilot but never ordered to series by Syfy. Instead, the 90-minute episode, created by Michael Taylor and David Eick ("Caprica") and directed by Jonas Pate ("Shrink"), headed to YouTube channel Machinima Prime, where it aired in 10 webisodes and attracted over 8 million total views. Read More: With No Pick-Up From Syfy, 'Battlestar Galactica' Prequel 'Blood & Chrome' Heads to YouTube Now Syfy's announced an air date for "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," which will premiere on the network as a standalone TV movie on Sunday, February 10 at 9pm, featuring additional scenes that weren't in the online release, before heading to DVD. Like "Caprica," Syfy's fascinating and flawed earlier "Battlestar Galactica"...

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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Paul Schrader’s The Canyons

If my predictions come out right, this year’s Sundance will be heavy on the porn thematic. Couple of Sundance editions back Soderbergh pulled out The Girlfriend Experience as the fest’s secret/surprise film and that was when several folks discovered starlet Sasha Grey. This year, we could find James Deen (that is Lohan’s bed-partner in the pic above) make the jump with Paul Schrader’s The Canyons. Schrader has been at the fest twice before with 92′s Light Sleeper and who could forget 98′s Affliction, but this Kickstarter funded item is perhaps part of a new wave of future Sundance entries – trending crowd-sourcing films from established auteurs. Production began in July, post-prod in September and we’ve witnessed a slew of media items since. The Lindsay Lohan vehicle/Bret Easton Ellis (The Informers cracked the fest line-up in 2008) could spill the most ink in Park City and
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Downey and Burton's 'Pinocchio' Finds Writer, Derrickson to Adapt 'Deus Ex' and Weinsteins Brew a Starbucks Movie

1.) Jane Goldman, known for co-writing Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, is in talks to write a live-action version of Pinocchio, which would be directed by Tim Burton and star Robert Downey, Jr. An initial draft of the script was written by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"). The Warner Bros. project would star Downey as Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates a Pinocchio. When the puppet goes missing, Geppetto goes on a journey to find him. So while the initial logline sounds just like the classic Disney tale, I'm sure the involved talent will make it anything but. THR 2.) Scoot McNairy's career has understandably taken off since starring in the well-reviewed cheapie Monsters in 2010. He can now be seen in Argo and will also appear in Killing Them Softly and Gus Van Sant's Promised Land in the coming months. He picked up another big role this week, this one coming in The Rover,
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Kevin Spacey in David Fincher’s House Of Cards First Look

House of Cards – familiar with that one? Well, add David Fincher, Netflix, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright to the list, and there you go – you have a new pilot with some great cast on board! Today we’re here to have a little chat about this political thriller and to share the first image [...]

Continue reading Kevin Spacey in David Fincher’s House Of Cards First Look on FilmoFilia.

Related posts: Kevin Spacey – Interview David Fincher to Direct Cleopatra Starring Angelina Jolie? Kevin Spacey in “Shrink
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Wrekin Hill Releasing Mark Webber's 'End of Love' Sundance Fave

Another one of my favorite films from Sundance this year has been acquired for distribution. And it's one that really needed a good distributor, too. Variety reports that Wrekin Hill (Hesher, The Flowers of War, Comic-Con: Episode IV doc) has acquired Mark Webber's The End of Love, his film starring Mark and his 2-year-old son that he wrote and directed. It's a raw, but intimate and captivating look at a relationship between a baby boy and his father, and I highly suggest seeing it when it comes out. Which, the good news is, this film will get a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release this year, so everyone will be able to watch it. Mark Webber's The End of Love premiered at Sundance 2012 and stars Webber (who you might recognize from Scott Pilgrim, Shrink or The Lie), Shannyn Sossamon, even Michael Cera briefly, but primarily his 2-year-old son, Isaac Love.
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Sundance 2012 Interview: Mark Webber - 'The End of Love' Director

One of my favorite late-fest discoveries at Sundance 2012 was The End of Love, a film directed/written by, and starring, Mark Webber and his 2-year-old son. It's a beautiful film about a single father trying to raise a son, and the way Webber captures the connection and dialogue he has with his real boy is incredible. You may recognize Webber from any number of acting roles, as the "Talent" in Scott Pilgrim, or indies ranging from Explicit Ills to Shrink to Weapons, but he's as talented behind the screen as he is on it. Luckily, Ethan and I were able to meet up with Mark at Sundance for a fantastic interview about making The End of Love. Here's our interview with Mark Webber talking about his excellent Sundance 2012 film The End of Love: (We shot at a cafe at Sundance, our apologies for the background noise and framing -
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Ice Age: Continental Drift cast announced

The voice cast for the fourth entry in the Ice Age animated series, Ice Age: Continental Drift has been announced. Along with the return of series centrepiece, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary, Blue Sky Studios has introduced the new additional cast. According to Deadline, the new film will include, among others, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Aziz Ansari (Parks And Recreation), Keke Palmer (Shrink), J B Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Nick Frost (Attack The Block), Wanda Sykes (Rio) and Jennifer Lopez (The Back Up Plan).

Also returning is everybody’s favourite destructive sabre-toothed squirrel, Scrat, who is set to be reunited with his cursed acorn, if only for a few seconds.

Ice Age: Continental Drift is due for release in 3D on 13th July 2012.
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'Taxi Driver' Scribe Set to Direct 'Bait' from Writer Bret Easton Ellis

Towards the end of last year we heard that director Jonas Pate, the man behind episodes of TV shows like "Battlestar Galactica" and the 2009 festival film Shrink would take on the psychological horror thriller Bait, the second film written by American Psycho and Rules of Attraction author Bret Easton Ellis who made his screenwriting debut with The Informers. However, it looks like there's been a change behind the camera as Heat Vision reports Taxi Driver and Raging Bull writer Paul Schrader is stepping up to direct the film and he'll also work with Ellis on the latest draft of the script. Sounds like quite the collaboration. Schrader is also the writer/director behind the Richard Gere film American Gigolo, and this new film seems to be something different for both he and Ellis. The story follows a young man itching to take his revenge against the wealthy. And what better
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Bret Easton Ellis goes from American Psycho to killer shark

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Though he's notorious for the satire and excess of stories like American Psycho, Less Than Zero and Rules Of Attraction, writer Bret Easton Ellis apparently also likes a good shark movie. Ellis' horror-thriller script Bait is getting made by Picture Machine and Galavis Films, with Jonas Pate (Shrink, "Caprica") directing. The story, set in Spain, is only described as being about "a disturbed woman who holds a group of American students hostage in shark-infested waters."...
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Jack Huston (Royce King) Visits St. Louis for ‘Celebrate Twilight Night: Eclipse.

Summit Entertainment Celebrates The Lunar Eclipse With .Twilight Night. At St. Louis Union Station On June 26th

Twilight Night at St. Louis Union Station to Provide Families, Friends and Fans the Opportunity to See the Twilight Saga: New Moon Under the Stars with special cast appearance by Jack Huston (Royce King)!

St. Louis, Mo June 18, 2010 . In celebration of the lunar eclipse on the evening of June 26th, Summit Entertainment is inviting St. Louis to Twilight Night, a free event at St. Louis Union Station in the South Plaza which will include a special cast appearance from Jack Huston (Royce King) from Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Doors will open at 6pm with an outdoor screening of New Moon to begin at 9pm (event will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather). Prior to the film, fans can engage in Twilight-filled fun with a Cullen Make-Up Booth, Twilight Tarot Card Readings, Twilight
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The 10 best screen psychoanalysts

From Hannibal Lecter to Frasier Crane, psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose chooses her 10 favourite celluloid shrinks

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

Dr Melfi (played by Lorraine Bracco) is the shrink most beloved of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Unlike so many of her made-up colleagues, she's consistently kind and professional. At least she was until the penultimate episode, where she ditched Tony after reading a study on the negative impact of therapy on the sociopath. Still, for the most part, she managed to remain a "broad, generic, sympathetic woman", to borrow the words she used to describe herself when Tony suddenly declared his love for her.

Shrink (2010)

Kevin Spacey's new movie sees him playing a compelling celluloid psychologist. He goes into meltdowns on chat shows, "self-medicates" with street drugs, and punches people in the face. While the point of most fictional therapists is to show the public that shrinks are generally flakier than they look,
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This week's new films

The Killer Inside Me (18)

(Michael Winterbottom, 2010, Us/UK) Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty. 109 mins

After Bad Lieutenant, meet Worse Lieutenant. Whereas Nic Cage's corrupt cop was operatically depraved, Affleck's 1950s Texan lawman hides his psychosis beneath a veneer of southern gentility, which is much creepier. He takes out his anger on various women in a few horribly violent scenes that have raised accusations of misogyny (blame Jim Thompson's source material), but the real challenge is whether Affleck and the stylish visuals are enough to hold the attention between these moments.

4.3.2.1 (15)

(Noel Clarke, 2010, UK) Tamsin Egerton, Emma Roberts, Ophelia Lovibond. 117 mins

With its zippy, attention-deficit plotting, quartet of men's-mag-friendly female leads, and servings of sex and violence, Clarke's frothy transatlantic heist movie aims for the unthinking end of the "male interest" market – what a waste.

Brothers Bloom (12A)

(Rian Johnson, 2008, Us) Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo.
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