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Mary-Louise Parker's latest film role looks like one emotional performance. In a just-released clip from Parker's upcoming indie crime drama Jamesy Boy, Parker plays the mother of a troubled teen (played by newcomer Spencer Lofranco) who is rejected admission from a public school because of his sordid crime history. "Miss Burns, let me be frank with you. We have some concerns," the admissions officer says to Parker's character as her son sits next to her. "We've read your son's record and we're not convinced that our school is the right place for a student with his particular history." She goes on, "Obviously we're sensitive to the experiences of abuse that »
“We have some concerns,” an admissions officer tells Tracey (Mary-Louise Parker). It's a prelude to the administration's lengthy list of reasons why her son James (Spencer Lofranco) won't be attending high school. In fact, maybe he belongs in a prison. Based on the true story of James Burns, Jamesy Boy is the story of a teenager who drifts from life in a street gang to a maximum-security institution, surrounded by convicts. What James can't find in schools, he discovers in jail. While incarcerated, he bonds with a convicted murderer (Ving Rhames), who becomes a much needed mentor in
- Matt Patches
First time writer and director Trevor White offers a shocking look at a life lost to crime for his impressively cast crime biopic Jamesy Boy. Newcomer Spencer Lofranco plays the young title character, who fell in with the wrong street gangs and eventually landed a long stint a top maximum security prison. However, he went on to form a strong friendship with a fellow inmate – a convicted murderer – who took the youngster under his wing as a father figure and mentor. Showing James a positive way to live his life and ultimately change the path he was destined for.
We’ve the first trailer and poster for the film co-starring Mary Louise Parker, James Woods, Ving Rhames and Taissa Farmiga. It’s released on VOD in the Us on the 3rd January 2014, with a limited cinema release on the 17th January. No release dates as yet for the UK.
- Craig Hunter
Jamesy Boy is based on the true story of teenager James Burns (Spencer Lofranco) who goes from a suburban street gang to a maximum-security prison cell surrounded by hardened criminals. He turns his life around in prison thanks to the unexpected friendship he forms with a convicted murderer (Ving Rhames) who becomes his mentor. We have your exclusive first look at the poster for Jamesy Boy, as well as the photo gallery. This drama is in select theaters this January from Phase 4 Films & XLrator Media.
Jamesy Boy: Movie Pictures GallerySee All 15 Photos »
Jamesy Boy comes to theaters January 17th, 2014 and stars Spencer Lofranco, Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Taissa Farmiga, Taboo, Rosa Salazar, Michael Trotter. The film is directed by Trevor White. »
Annecy — In the second U.S. deal to be announced at the 37th Annecy Animation Festival, which kicked off Monday, Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Nancy Florence Savard’s “The Legend of Sarila,” which plays out of competition at Annecy from Wednesday.
“Sarila” is the first 3D stereoscopic animated feature made out of Quebec. Brokered by Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group, “Sarila’s” sales agent, the Phase 4 deal includes a U.S. theatrical bow for “Sarila.” Phase 4 will put through a 10-market platform release this fall.
A 100% Canadian movie, “Sarila” is produced by Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Normand Thauvette and Paul Risacher at Carpediem Film & TV, a Montreal-based shingle focusing on family entertainment, and Savard via her label 10th Ave Productions.
A coming-of-age adventure, it turns on three intrepid young Inuits who set off in search of a promised land to save their clan from starvation. »
- John Hopewell
2 Autumns, 3 Winters
Film Movement has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Sebastien Betbeder's "2 Autumns, 3 Winters." The story follows two friends in their early-thirties over two falls and three winters, as one falls in love while the other has a stroke.
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Guillaume Canet’s English-language directorial debut "Blood Ties" in a $2 million deal. Lionsgate's Roadside Attractions will release the film, a remake of "Les Liens Du Sang," which follows two brothers, one a cop and one an ex-con. Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoé Saldana, James Caan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Mila Kunis star.
Blue Is The Warmest Color
Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Abdellatif Kechiche's French-language drama "Blue Is the Warmest Color" starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. The story deals with a young girl's first love and includes explicit lesbian sex scenes. It has also drawn rave reviews at Cannes. »
- Garth Franklin
Deal was announced Saturday at Cannes, where Atlas International is handling international sales.
The movie is directed by Trevor White and written by White and Lane Shadgett. It’s based on a true story of a teenage James Burns (played by Lofranco) who goes from the suburban street gangs to a maximum-security prison, where he forms a friendship with a convicted murderer (portrayed by Rhames) who helps him turn his life around.
- Dave McNary
"The Wire" actor Robert F. Chew, who played Proposition Joe on the critically acclaimed HBO drama, has died. According to the Associated Press, Chew was found dead in his Baltimore home after suffering a heart attack. He was just 52 years old.
Chew studied music at Morgan State University and worked as the music director for the Arena Players community theater. In addition to playing the diplomatic Baltimore drug boss on "The Wire," Chew appeared on "Homicide: Life On the Streets" and the TV movie "Something The Lord Made." He has a role in the upcoming film "Jamesy Boy."
Watch a scene from "The Wire" with Chew below. Beware of rough language.
Chew was a Baltimore actor and teacher who played the Eastside drug boss throughout the HBO drama’s five-season run.
Wire creator David Simon told the Sun Chew was “an exceptional actor” and “an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore. »
- Kimberly Roots
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