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Additional casting details unveiled for Cartel thriller 'California Dreaming'

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New casting details have been released for the upcoming feature thriller California Dreaming.

Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 1-2/ Code Of Honor), Johnathan Goldstein (Drake & Josh) and Noel Gugliemi (The Fast and the Furious/ Training Day) have been added to the cast.

About California Dreaming

From the newly formed Jaguar Motion Pictures, "California Dreaming" is an upcoming feature length action-filled crime thriller projected to release in early 2017.

Directed by Brandon Slagle (House of Manson) and written by Robert Thompson. Newcomer Bronwyn Carrie-Wilson stars alongside scream queen Devanny Pinn (The Black Dahlia Haunting) with Jacqui Holland (Limelight), Eric Etebari (2 Fast 2 Furious/ The Lincoln Lawyer) Jose Rosete (Inferno By Dante), Victor Boneva (The Bridge/ Constantine), Sarah French, Michelle Romano, Kevin Caliber (Supergirl) and Telenovela starlet Adriana Fonseca (Corazon Valiente) are among those cast thus far with fight choreography by Black Belt Magazine contributor Jason McNeil.

Produced by Alexis Iacono, Donna Kopp and John Kopp,
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Peter Gatien On Michael Alig's Murder Of Angel Melendez: He Was The Last Person I Thought Could Commit Murder

Michael Alig, the subject of Party Monster who murdered his roommate Angel Melendez in 1996, was one of the last people that former Limelight owner Peter Gatien would have imagined killing and butchering someone.

Peter Gatien On Michael Alig

“When I heard about it, if someone came up to me and was like listen Peter one of your staff killed somebody in their apartment last night, who do you think it is? Michael Alig might have been the 995th person on my list,” Gatien, who employed about 1000 people at the time, told uInterview exclusively in 2011. “I mean he was small, non violent. It's not like he carried a knife or a gun, or ever gotten into a fight.”

When Alig killed Melendez, who had been hitting him up for drug debts, with the help of fellow scenester Robert “Freeze” Riggs, he was at the height of his drug use. By his own account,
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Michael Alig, Subject Of 'Party Monster,' Released From Prison

Michael Alig, the infamous Club Kids killer, was released from prison on Monday, May 5, after serving 17 years behind bars for manslaughter.

Michael Alig Released From Prison After 17 Years

Alig, 47, plead guilty to the manslaughter of Andre “Angel” Melendez in 1997. Angel had been a regular at Alig’s famous New York City parties – Alig worked as a party promoter for nightclubs, attracting thousands to the New York City nightlife. His drug fueled lifestyle made him a legend. Alig was convicted of Melendez’s murder alongside Robert Riggs, who was released from prison in 2010, and the two of them admitted to killing Melendez during an argument and then chopping up the body and throwing it into the Hudson River.

Alig was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison and has reportedly been up for parole since 2007. During his time in prison, Alig kept up his cultural presence with a blog and an active
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Peter Gatien, a striking man made slightly more intimidating by an eye patch he sports after losing an eye playing hockey in his youth, is the subject of Billy Corben's (Square Grouper) warts-and-all documentary Limelight, produced in part by Gatien's daughter Jen. Gatien masterminded several famous nightclubs, though the doc takes a look at Limelight, built on the site of a former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. Sold off to a drug rehab program and then to Gatien, Limelight blossomed into one of the hottest spots in town. The founder overlooked the introduction of new musical styles into the mainstream and the rise of the club kids, one whom happened to be Michael Alig. Alig's murder of Andre Melendez cast media attention on the club and certainly aided its final shuttering, one of several attempts to close down the spot in the 1990s.

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DVD Release: Limelight

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DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Price: DVD $26.98

Studio: Magnolia

New York City nights come alive in Limelight.

The 2011 documentary film Limelight chronicles the career of Peter Gatien, the undisputed king of the 1980s New York club scene and owner of such famed Gotham hotspots as Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA.

At the pinnacle of Gatien’s success, thousands of partygoers lined up each night outside the doors of his venues hoping for entry. Influencing such future icons as Madonna, The Beastie Boys and Moby, Gatien’s clubs engendered such influential musical genres as pop, punk, techno and acid house.

But Gatien’s phenomenal success put his venues on the radar of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s infamous crackdown on drugs and crime in the 1990s, and Gatien and his clubs soon became law enforcement’s number one target. Years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Giuliani
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Interview: Billy Corben Talks Limelight

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Interview: Billy Corben Talks Limelight
Read our exclusive interview with director Billy Corben, whose newest documentary, ‘Limelight.’ is set to hit theaters on September 23, 2011. The film tells the story of legendary nightclub owner Peter Gatien, who rose to fame with his New York City nightclubs Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA in the 1980s and ’90s. While Gatien initially served as the figurehead for New York nightlife for a generation and defined the image of an era, he was eventually brought down during Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s determined crackdown on clubs. ‘Limelight’ features interviews with notorious players of the 1980s and ’90s club era, key informants in Gatien’s tax evasion trials and the nightclub...
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Interview: Jen Gatien Talks Limelight

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Interview: Jen Gatien Talks Limelight
Read our exclusive interview with Jen Gatien, who served as one of the producers on the new documentary ‘Limelight.’ The film, which was directed by Billy Corben, chronicles the rise and fall of the nightclub career of Gatien’s father, Peter. Known as the king of the 1980s New York City club scene, Peter built and oversaw an empire and helped create the culture that defined an era. However, his club empire declined in the late ’90s after Mayor Rudy Giuliani cracked down on nightclubs. After pleading guilty to a tax evasion charge, Peter was deported back to his native Canada. ‘Limelight’ also features interviews with some of the government officials,...
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Docs. "Thunder Soul," "The Man Nobody Knew," More

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"For a decade starting in the late 60s, the Kashmere Stage Band — a funk-infused outfit rooted in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in northeast Houston — built a reputation as the most formidable high school band in the country." Scott Tobias for NPR: "Under the leadership of Conrad O Johnson Sr, a prodigious musician in his own right (he once played with Count Basie), the band zigged where others zagged, embracing the sounds (and moves) of James Brown and Otis Redding while its peers were mimicking the ossified standards of 40s big bands. In competition — and on recordings — the contrast was clear: The Kashmere Stage Band was lively, exuberant, spontaneous and contemporary, and the also-rans were square nostalgists."

"Three decades after graduation, members reunite to honor their beloved 93-year-old bandleader, teacher and role model," writes Eric Hynes in Time Out New York. "Amid its celebrations of black power, ambitious Afros and fly female trombonists,
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"Limelight" Director Billy Corben: "We didn't compromise."

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Documentary filmmaker Billy Corben and his films talk a mile a minute. He's prone to running off on tangents, and it's hard to keep up, but luckily, that's not the case with his new film "Limelight," a slick, fast-paced and intelligent documentary on the rise and fall of Peter Gatien, the legendary New York nightclub owner. The director behind "Cocaine Cowboys" sat down with indieWIRE to discuss the new project. ...
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'Limelight' Producer Reveals How to Make a Documentary About Your Controversial Father

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Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Documentaries, Movie News, New Releases

In the 1980s and 90s, metropolitan club owner Peter Gatien was such an influential taste-maker that he was once dubbed "the king of New York City nightclubs." His crown jewel was Limelight, a midnight haven that welcomed thousands of enthusiastic patrons -- celebrities, drag queens, dancers -- and blasted innovative electronic tunes until sunrise. All walks of life were welcome in the Studio 54 of the 1990s, until Mayor Rudolph Guliani's crime crackdown descended onto Gatien. His clubs were raided, he was arrested on tax evasion charges and deported to Canada.

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Review: Limelight

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Limelight Click here to read the review! "Even those ‘90s New Yorkers who kept their distance from the club scene might remember journalist Frank Owen’s seemingly weekly exposés in the Village Voice on Gatien and the nightlife world at large. Owen was a great read then, and he’s by far the most engaging talking head in Limelight, handy with an outrageous anecdote, eager to burst the bubble of a ludicrous lie, bereft of an agenda. If only Corben’s movie had emulated Owen’s admirable mixture of candor and circumspection."
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Limelight Movie Review

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Limelight Movie Review
Title: Limelight Directed by: Billy Corben Starring: Peter Gatien, Moby and Michael Alig People’s views and opinions on controversial subjects often are linked to their experiences. This is certainly seen in the new Magnolia Pictures documentary ‘Limelight,’ which tells the story of well-known New York City nightclub owner Peter Gatien. The film’s director, veteran documentary helmer Billy Corben decided not to focus solely on Gatien’s side of why he was ultimately charged with tax evasion; he also featured account of events from witnesses and government officials to explain why the former King of New York Clubs was targeted. ‘Limelight’ chronicles the rise and fall of Gatien, one of the city’s...
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Limelight: That Was Old New York

Billy Corben's documentary Limelight, about the rise and fall of Peter Gatien's empire, also illuminates the shopping mall-ification of NYC over the last decade. The best documentaries work in roundabout fashion; they seem to be about subject A, and very directly so - but in their depiction of subject A, what you really learn about is subject B, of which subject A is one small piece. We saw it earlier this year with Cindy Meehl's Buck, a documentary about psychologically damaged horses and the horse whisperer who heals them; in actuality, the film is about how to deal with psychologically damaged people. Limelight (which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival) is another such film. Directed by Billy Corben, who documented Colombian cocaine dealers in Cocaine Cowboys, Limelight is ostensibly about the rise and fall of New York nightlife king Peter Gatien. Gatien, who at one point ran
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Film: Movie Review: Limelight

Documentary filmmaker Billy Corben kicked off his career with 2001’s Raw Deal: A Question Of Consent, a provocative (and risible) Sundance conversation-starter that used real footage to determine the verity of a rape charge at a University Of Florida fraternity. From there, Corben firmly established himself as a chronicler—and even champion—of outlaws, from the drug smugglers of Cocaine Cowboys, Cocaine Cowboys II, and Square Grouper: The Godfathers Of Ganja to the notorious Miami Hurricanes football teams of the ’80s in the 30 For 30 doc “The U.” His latest effort, Limelight, extends some more sympathy to the ...
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Nightclub King Peter Gatien Opens Up About New Documentary 'Limelight'

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Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Documentaries

Peter Gatien has been no stranger to media coverage over the years, but he has become notoriously shy since his infamous ouster from the United States earlier this decade. He opens up about his complex battle with New York City politicians for the first time in the new documentary 'Limelight,' which hits select theaters this week.

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"Limelight": A Coke And Dagger Story- September 23, 2011

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Sneak Peek a new poster supporting the documentary "Limelight", directed by Billy Corben.

Opening in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, September 23, 2011, from Video Services Corp. (Vsc), "Limelight", is the 'coke-and-dagger' feature, documenting the rise and fall of New York's greatest nightclub empire, founded by Canadian-born Peter Gatien:

"...As the owner of legendary drugs and sex dance hotspots like 'Limelight', 'Tunnel', 'Palladium' and 'Club USA', Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1980's New York City club scene.

"The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by New York Mayor Giuliani’s determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-’90s led to Gatien’s eventual deportation to Canada,
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"Limelight," reviewed

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A version of this review ran as part of our coverage of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Billy Corben is the drug documentary kingpin of indie film. He's made two docs about cocaine, one about marijuana, and now "Limelight," about New York City's ecstasy soaked club scene in the 1990s. His particular specialty are films that ape their subject's pharmacological effects: "Cocaine Cowboys" is twitchy and paranoid; "Square Grouper" is mellow and easygoing to a fault. "Limelight" sends us tripping on a relentless 100-minute roll.

The man who leads us on this journey is Peter Gatien, a one-eyed club empresario from Canada who moved to the Us and started opening upscale discos all along the Eastern seaboard. New York, Miami, Atlanta, and then back to New York where he created his crown jewel: Limelight, a massive dance complex housed in a former Episcopal church. The AIDS epidemic of the mid-1980s nearly killed his business,
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Billy Corben's "Limelight" -September 23, 2011

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Video Services Corp. (Vsc) presents "Limelight", the 'coke-and-dagger' film from director Billy Corben ("Cocaine Cowboys"), documenting the rise and fall of New York's greatest nightclub empire, founded by Canadian-born Peter Gatien:

"...As the owner of legendary drugs and sex dance hotspots like 'Limelight', 'Tunnel', 'Palladium' and 'Club USA', Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1980's New York City club scene.

"The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by New York Mayor Giuliani’s determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-’90s led to Gatien’s eventual deportation to Canada, and the shuttering of his glitzy kingdom..."

"Limelight", acquired by Vsc from Magnolia Pictures,
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Trailer and Poster for Director Billy Corben’s Limelight

A trailer and poster for director Billy Corben's (Cocaine Cowboys) documentary Limelight have landed online. The film centers on club owner Peter Gatien and his culturally significant Manhattan nightclub for which the pic is titled. As the story goes, his businesses ruled the NYC club scene of the '80s, but by the mid-'90s Gatien had become the poster boy for Mayor Rudy Giuliani's plot to essentially destroy all fun within city limits after dark. Outside of what I've already written, I can't claim to know any more about Gatien and the history of New York City's nightlife. That said, the trailer on display here features Moby talking about how much fun he had at the Limelight which makes me think I didn't miss a whole lot by not being there. Check out the trailer, poster, and an official synopsis for the film after the jump. Magnolia Pictures
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‘Limelight’ Trailer: Billy Corben Chronicles The Rise and Fall of NYC’s Club Scene

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You may be familiar with Billy Corben. The prolific Cocaine Cowboys director premiered his marijuana doc Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja at SXSW and has Dawg Fight coming later in the year, but in between he premiered Limelight at the fitting Tribeca Film Festival. His latest documentary follows Peter Gatien, better known as the “King of New York Clubs.”

In our Tribeca review I praised the film for its “exhilarating Goodfellas-esque approach on the fame, money, and lifestyle that came with opening the four biggest clubs in NYC.” Our director introduces a set of “real-life eclectic characters that could easily be found in Scorsese’s masterpiece. With a focus on the 80s and 90s club scene, specifically Limelight, we learn how Gatien climbed the ladder and was then hit with legal trouble due to the drug-fueled frenzy in the clubs.” We can now get a glimpse at the madness
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