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The Turkish film industry, buoyed by the Palme d’Or win for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, dominates Sarajevo Film Festival’s upcoming co-production market, CineLink (Aug 20-23).
The selection committee has shortlisted a total of 14 projects from over 200 submissions from 18 countries across South-Eastern Europe. These have been split between the CineLink and CineLink Plus sections.
Turkey has four projects across the two strands included Hilal, Feza And Other Planets by Kutlug Ataman (The Lamb) and producer Emre Yeksan’s directing debut The Gulf.
Romania has three projects including In Between by Bogdan Mustata (last year in Sff competition with Wolf) and Lemonade, produced by Cristian Mungiu and directed by Ioana Uricaru (Tales From The Golden Age).
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Multicast digital channel Bounce TV, which targets African-American viewers, has unveiled two new original series for the upcoming season and handed renewals to two others.
David Mann (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”) and Tamela Mann (“Sparkle”) will star in the new show, “Mann & Wife.” Series creator and director Roger Bobb (“The Rickey Smiley Show”) describes the comedy as “a black Brady Bunch.” “Mann & Wife” will debut winter 2015.
“Sisters,” the second new original series, centers around a once-famous R&B group called the “Ladies of Essence” who, after life has thrown each of them a few curve balls, find themselves forced to live under the same roof. The series will premiere summer 2015.
Bounce TV has renewed “Family Time,” which will return for a second season, and “Off the Chain,” which will enter its third season.
Bounce TV also announced Monday that showrunner Ri-Karlo Handy has joined the Atlanta-based operation as veep of original programming. »
- Francesca Bacardi
As told to Jennifer Vineyard My dad is a massive music fan, so even just growing up in the house, he was buying new cool music, up through when I was born. So I was very familiar with the Ramones, Run Dmc, Blondie—core New York music. My parents would often play the Ramones song “We’re a Happy Family,” so I remember when I was 9 or 10, learning the lyrics and trying to understand. At first I didn’t grasp the irony of the song, but then I got it. When you’re a little kid, you just remember the “We’re a happy family / me, mom, and daddy” part, and then when you’re older, you get how sarcastic it is. By the time I got to high school, I had some older friends who were really obsessed with hip-hop, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest. There’s something »
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Ahead of the release of The Single Moms Club, a film written, directed, produced by and starring Tyler Perry, we thought it was worthwhile looking back on all the Tyler Perry Productions (Tpp) that came before it. In total, Perry has produced 16 films (including Smc) from the ongoing Madea franchise to stand-alones, such as Temptation and Why Did I Get Married? All of the films have been met with varying degrees of praise and success. But who has actually sat down and watched all of them? Inspired by that question, I decided to review all of Perry’s film in order to grade and rank each film.
To see how they fall in order (from worst to best), flip through the gallery above. For a more in-depth, critical analysis keep on reading!
(Warning: The films were not watched in order of release. In fact, if watched in »
- Stacy Lambe
Tyler Perry is now on the market.
The multi-hyphenate has parted ways with Lionsgate after working with the studio for nine years on theatrical releases. He’d been under a first-look deal with the studio since 2008. Perry has been approached by many distribs over the years after demonstrating the value of his B.O. brand, but he was never able to pursue other options — until now.
The end of the Lionsgate deal coincides with Perry’s decision to close the Los Angeles office of his 34th Street Films banner and consolidate operations at his Atlanta headquarters. Perry owns studio facilities there that are home to his four TV series, among other projects.
Several sources indicated the non-renewal was a mutual decision. But it’s no secret that Perry had been frustrated at times by the marketing of his movies, and by the limits of Lionsgate’s international reach. Now that he’s unencumbered, »
- Dave McNary
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