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Let Her Be Horny: Talking Cinema with Amy Heckerling

Amy HeckerlingThe films of Amy Heckerling reveal a heart guarded and tender, a penchant for the past without a whiff of the maudlin. Who could forget her debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Directed from Cameron Crowe's script, the 1982 film gave us frank portrayals of sexuality and the detailed minutiae of growing up, suspended in the hazy tedium of high school, all without condescension or patronizing. Totally righteous. Heckerling proved attuned to the particulars of comedy with her next feature Johnny Dangerously (1984), a waggish send-up of the 1930s gangster comedy. In its cheeky beginning, a 1935 title card reveals itself to be a real material object that crumbles when car crash obliterates its façade. With a darkened lash line, a young Michael Keaton puts forth his best James Cagney as the titular mobster whose identity and status are known to all but his ailing ma and brother, a rising assistant Da.
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Women to Watch: Anna Różalska of Match&Spark Management

During the American Film Festival in Wroclaw Poland in November, I met someone at a party. The Polish parties, at least at the American Film Festival, are always very friendly. The American Film Festival and U.S. in Progress late night party is held in the same venue every night with free drinks. Later in the night all those still standing go to a Soviet-style diner and eat the best pierogis I have ever had in my life.

After attending this festival every year since 2008, you would think I knew everyone, but in fact, I often stay by those I know or don’t go to such late high energy parties. However, one night I did go and at the bar, I met a woman named Anna Różalska who looked so familiar that I was sure she was an American I knew from home.

And as we talked, as if we had known each other for all our lives, I realized that even though she was not American, she would fit perfectly among my colleagues in “Hollywood” should she ever decide to give it a try.

Anna was heading the production and development department at Alvernia Studios where she coproduced the Golden Globe nominated “Arbitrage” directed by Nick Jarecki (USA, 2012) starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, the film that Roadside Attractions did so well with on VoD as well as theatrically. She coproduced “Vamps” by Amy Heckerling (USA, 2012) starring Sigourney Weaver. Later Anna exec produced “Sweet Home” (Spain, 2014) produced by Filmax and a short movie “ Ambition” directed by Oscar Nominee Tomek Baginski and starring Aidan Gillen from the “Game of Thrones” for Platige Image and I Exec.

Over the years Anna has built strong relationshops with major Polish producers, TV stations and filmmakers both in Poland and internationally. In 2015 she co-founded Match&Spark Management, a talent management company representing and promoting directors, DOPs and music composers in Poland and outside of the country. The idea is to match filmmakers who have been working in commercials, television and film to broader relationships in the areas they want to develop.

M&S aims to help find Polish talent representation in other markets such as U.S., U.K., France, etc. and to manage them by building long term relationships with other international agents and managers.

M&S also represents Polish talents based outside of Poland in the local markets. Lucas Zal (Oscar-nominee for cinematography on “Ida” by director Pawel Pawlikowski) is one of the most notable clients of M&S.

M&S aims to package the projects in Poland and in the European market using the models of the largest agencies and management companies in Hollywood.

Currently M&S is in post-production on its first U.S. coproduction, a documentary with RatPac, “In The Name Of Honor”, directed by Pawel Gula. More local and international projects, both films and television series are in the pipeline.

Anna graduated from Warsaw Business School, went on to the Polish National Film, Theatre and TV School in Lodz and received her Cems Masters Degree in International Management (Esade / Barcelona). She also had a scholarship to attend Haute Ecole de Commerce in Montreal.

She speaks English, Spanish, French and Polish.

www.matchandspark.com

Poland is very U.S.-friendly and has liberal film laws favoring coproductions. We have recently seen two of their films at Sundance, Anne Fontaine's "Agnus Dei" in the Premieres section, a French-Polish coproduction being sold internationally by Films Distribution and the 100% original Polish mermaid vampire lesbian musical, "The Lure" directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska in the World Cinema Section.

Annashe is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Polish and is in a perfect position to bridge future developments between the two countries and other countries as well.
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Alienated PSYOPs appeal: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by One Way or Another Productions/George Katt Director/writer: Brian Ackley. Cast: George Katt, Jen Burry and Taylor Negron. Alien encounter/abduction scenarios are sometimes tough to play out on screen. In this day and age where interest in UFOs is at an all time high due to TV shows like "Hangar 1: The UFO Files" and fangled conspiracies through "Ancient Aliens," just what does not often get explored are the existential issues witnesses feel when they realize how insignificant they are in a greater, cosmic sense. Alienated is an aptly titled independent movie that delves into the psychological domain where Nate (George Katt, In the Gray) finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place. After sighting an unidentified flying object, he has relationship issues with his wife Paige (Jen Burry, Land of Smiles) and existential woes whom Griffin (Taylor Negron,
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Larry Wilmore is the Next Stephen Colbert, But Better

-Aly Semigran

Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.

The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.

While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late,
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Larry Wilmore is the Next Stephen Colbert, But Better

-Aly Semigran

Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.

The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.

While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late,
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R.I.P. Taylor Negron & Anita Ekberg

The world lost two famous supporting screen talents this weekend. Firstly, comedian and famed character actor Taylor Negron died at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer. You may not recognise the name, but his deadpan delivery and complete lack of fear about tackling all sorts of topics will long be remembered.

Negron is best known for numerous bit roles in various films and TV shows including "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Easy Money," "River's Edge," "Punchline," "Angels in the Outfield," "Spy Hard," "Bio-Dome," Chairman of the Board," "The Thin Pink Line," "Stuart Little," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas ," "The In Crowd," "Loser," "The Hughleys," "So Little Time," "Funky Monkey," "The Aristocrats," "Three Days to Vegas," "Vamps" and more.

Sadly he isn't the only one to have passed on though as screen actress Anita Ekberg also died over the weekend at the age
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Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' Netflix Series Casts Krysten Ritter

Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' Netflix Series Casts Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter has reportedly landed the title role for Marvel and Netflix's new TV show Jessica Jones. Marvel has yet to confirm the report from Deadline, but the site reveals that she beat out the other front runner, Teresa Palmer, for the role. We reported last month that Krysten Ritter and Teresa Palmer were among the five finalists for the role, along with Alexandra Daddario, Jessica De Gouw and Marin Ireland.

Both Krysten Ritter and Teresa Palmer performed in chemistry reads with Mike Colter, who is believed to be the studio's top choice to play Luke Cage. Lance Gross was also a top contender for the role, but it isn't known if Marvel has issued a formal offer to Mike Colter for the Luke Cage role or not. Our report from November revealed that Jessica Jones will be the next Marvel/Netflix series to debut after Marvel's Daredevil, which is currently in production,
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Dan Stevens Talks About Being The Guest

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Actor Dan Stevens is busy these days making a name for himself in the world of movies and television. In his ten years onscreen, he's already made an impact on audiences all across the world through commanding performances in British favorites like Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and The Turn of the Screw. He's also proved to be a force to reckon with in several genre projects such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Vamps, and The Tomorrow People. Stevens will soon be seen in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

In the same weekend, Stevens has two features premiering that couldn't be further apart in the industry of filmmaking. He'll be seen opposite Liam Neeson in the mainstream action vehicle A Walk Among the Tombstones. In some theaters, he'll be right across the halls in another auditorium terrorizing moviegoers in Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett's indie thriller The Guest.
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Alicia Silverstone Draws Criticism for New Book

She's raised some eyebrows in the past with her different approach to parenting, but now Alicia Silverstone is drawing criticism for the advice she gives in her new book.

Joining the ranks of other celeb moms, the "Vamps" star penned "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning."

Among the thing sin the book drawing ire are Silverstone's implications that vaccines are dangerous, that tampons cause infertility and that diet is the cause of post-partum depression. She also advocates getting rid of diapers.

Her detractors claim that her tips can be medically dangerous and are not practical for the average family.
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Indian comedy to shoot in Poland

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Karan Anshuman’s upcoming comedy Bangistan to be filmed in Krakow

Poland’s Alvernia Studios is to partner with Indian producer Excel Entertainment to bring Karan Anshuman’s upcoming comedy Bangistan to Krakow. Filming will begin in Krakow this July, with the Polish studio taking on line production responsibilities.

The comedy about two rival terrorists who meet by chance on the streets of Krakow, stars Bollywood actors Ritesh Deshmuks and Pulkit Samrat, alongside a host of Polish supporting talent. The shoot is anticipated to take 40 days in Krakow and its surrondings.

It marks the first production to be shot in Poland by Excel Entertainment, which is owned by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, and has produced 12 feature films with total budget of around $55m in recent years.

Sidhwani said: “We aim to capture the city’s serenity and energy in a manner that best suits our film and enhances the movie watching experience for our audiences.”

Alveria
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Only Lovers Left Alive | Review

Eternity and a Day: Jim Jarmusch’s Vampire Flick Is Typically Jarmuschian

After his droll yet audience-friendly quirkfest Broken Flowers took home the Grand Prix at Cannes ’05 hit, Jim Jarmusch returns to the Croisette (after his sharply divisive The Limits of Control eluded the festival circuit) with another quintessentially Jarmuschian affair – this time about vampires. Typically shapeless, loquacious, and deeply concerned with artifacts of yester-generations’ hip kids (viz., wicked guitars and an eclectic record collection), this notably un-horrific take on the genre comes on the heels of Amy Heckerling’s under-appreciated comedy Vamps to form a unique diptych of films more concerned with certain basic ideas of immortality than in generating jump scares.

Featuring a pair of rather sophisticated undead named Adam and Eve (Tim Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton), the Detroit-set Only Lovers Left Alive is propelled, ever so deliberately, by the two leads’ recollections and souvenirs, their personal
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Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy

Clueless: What the cast did after hit teen comedy
Iggy Azalea paid tribute to cult teen classic Clueless in her recent music video for 'Fancy'.

The Australian rapper appears as Alicia Silverstone's iconic character Cher in the video, which was released online last week.

As stars continue to be inspired by the movie almost 20 years on, we take a fond look back at the cast and what they went on to do after Clueless:

Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz)

Alicia Silverstone played seemingly shallow socialite Cher - famously branded "a virgin who can't drive" and "hymenally challenged" - in the high-school adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma.

Prior to Clueless, Silverstone's credits included ABC comedy-drama The Wonder Years and a number of Aerosmith videos. The film propelled her to further fame, and she went on to star in Joel Schumacher's 1997 movie Batman & Robin, crime-comedy Excess Baggage (1997) with Benicio Del Toro and Christopher Walken, and romantic drama Blast from the Past (1999) opposite Brendan Fraser.
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Alvernia pacts with San Fu Maltha

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Studio looks to ramp production activities, pacts with Dutch producer.

Polish studio Alvernia is to collaborate with Dutch producer San Fu Maltha on an initiative to bring more independent productions to the studio.

Alvernia plans to invite independent producers to co-produce two to three projects a year with budgets of up to €3m, with Alvernia and Maltha coming up with 50% of the budgets.

Eligible projects for the scheme must be English-language, of a “mainstream genre” and pre-production must be completed with director and lead cast secured.

The duo will consider European locations for shoot, but stipulate that post-production must be completed at the Polish studio.

Alvernia’s head of production Anna Rozalska has been splitting time between La and Poland in recent months in a bid to build production partnerships for the studio.

During Toronto, the studio announced a partnership with Brett Ratner to produce Magnitude 9, Agnieszka Vosloo’s updated version of Madame Butterfly.

Industry veteran
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Blu-ray Release: Weeds Complete Collection

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $119.97

Studio: Showtime/Lionsgate

All eight seasons of Showtime’s much loved TV series are together in Weeds: The Complete Collection.

Created by Jenji Kohan (episodic Orange is the New Black), the comedy show stars Mary-Louise Parker (Red) as housewife turned pot dealer Nancy Botwin.

Over the course of the series, Nancy learns the business, protects her children (It’s Complicated‘s Hunter Parrish and How to Eat Fried WormsAlexander Gould), deals with nosy neighbors (Must Love DogsElizabeth Perkins and Aliens in the Attic‘s Kevin Nealon) and a demanding brother-in-law (Justin Kirk, Vamps), almost marries a DEA agent and runs from the drug cartel and the FBI.

The Golden Globe-winning show (for star Parker’s Best Performance in 2009) is rated Ma for mature and garnered lots of fans, especially in its early years.

The Weeds: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box
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'Asthma': Krysten Ritter to Rock Out in Dustin Hoffman's Son's Directorial Debut

It hasn't taken Krysten Ritter long to bounce back from the cancellation of her sharp show "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."

After years of playing the snarky sidekick, she's started snagging bigger roles in upcoming films like Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" and the adaptation of "Veronica Mars." The latest movie she's signed on for is the curiously named indie "Asthma."

"Asthma" marks the directorial debut of Jake Hoffman, son of Dustin. The younger Hoffman is turning his lens on "the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC's indie rock scene," which doesn't give us a whole lot of information (especially since it's debatable what constitutes the "indie rock scene" in New York City these days). Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes will be appearing as himself, so we could guess "Asthma" takes place in the early '00s.

Ritter's a delight as an undead
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Alicia Silverstone starts breast milk-sharing program for mums

Alicia Silverstone starts breast milk-sharing program for mums
New York, July 02: Alicia Silverstone is urging mothers to share their milk through a new program.

She announced the programme 'Kind Mama Milk Share' on her blog and described it as a community service to support those mothers and babies who need help, the New York Daily News reported.

The 36-year-old urged the women to post on the blog if they need or want to share milk.

She also advised them to think about all the unprivileged babies and help them to rise together.

The 'Vamps' star wrote that a friend, who couldn't produce enough milk because of a prior breast reduction surgery, inspired her to come.
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Krysten Ritter Joins Big Eyes for Director Tim Burton

Krysten Ritter Joins Big Eyes for Director Tim Burton
Krysten Ritter has signed on to star in Big Eyes for The Weinstein Company and director Tim Burton.

The drama is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), whose paintings of large-eyed children were incredibly popular throughout the 1950s and 1960s. While Margaret Keane actually created the paintings, her husband Walter was the marketing genius who also claimed to be responsible for the artwork himself.

Krysten Ritter is playing DeeAnn, a free-spirited friend of Margaret, who tries to convince the introverted artist to stand up for herself and claim the credit she truly deserved. Danny Huston also stars as an alcoholic gossip reporter.

Tim Burton is directing from a screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously wrote the critically-acclaimed biopics The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
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Jada Pinkett Smith to 'Salsa' With William Levy in New Amy Heckerling Movie

Jada Pinkett Smith is putting on her dancing and producing shoes for "Salsa," a new romantic comedy with William Levy. Levy has appeared on a number of Spanish-language TV shows, but his star has been rising in the States because of a smoldering season on "Dancing With the Stars." Naturally, he plays a salsa teacher who helps Pinkett Smith's character get her groove back. Whether that's metaphorical or the more old-fashioned way has yet to be seen, but with romcom expert Amy Heckerling writing and directing, all signs point to a love connection. Levy's got a number of projects coming up, including Tyler Perry's "Single Moms Club" and the drama "Addicted." There's also buzz that the up-and-comer really wants to hit up Broadway. He's hoping for a chance to play Emilio Estefan in the singer's autobiographical Broadway musical. He's also been busy with a new Pepsi campaign. Unfortunately for everyone ever,
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Amy Heckerling Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)

Amy Heckerling Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)
Amy Heckerling has signed with Paradigm. She made her feature directorial debut with Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982 and followed up with National Lampoon’s European Vacation three years later. After writing and directing the first two films in the Look Who’s Talking series, Heckerling made another teen classic, 1995’s Clueless, and developed the television adaptation, which ran on Upn for three seasons. Last year, she reunited with the movie’s star, Alicia Silverstone, for the horror comedy Vamps. Heckerling has continued to work in the world of teen dramedy by directing episodes of Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries.

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Alicia Silverstone Not Clueless About Lifetime’s Hr Pilot

Okay, Silverstone fans, cross your fingers, because you all are very close to getting a wish come true. Alicia Silverstone is very close to starring in a new Lifetime series. She’ll lead the pilot, but the waters are murky. There’s no telling whether this one will make it to a full series order or not. The new drama pilot is called Hr.

I just saw Silverstone in 2012′s Butter. It took me a moment to recognize her, but that voice of her and twisted mouth is very recognizable. Not only is it good to read about her landing a starring role, but it seems like Hr has a solid chance at becoming a Lifetime series and I’ll tell you why.

The network ordered the pilot last summer, along with Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives Of Wives and Witches Of East End, according to the Deadline report, but
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