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Trans Atlantic Partners (Tap), the intensive training and networking programme for European Canadian and American producers, has announced the 26 participants selected for this year’s programme.
Partners on the initiative, which is now four years old, are the Erich Pommer Institut in Potsdam, Germany (the creator of Tap), Strategic Partners in Halifax, Canada and Ifp in New York. The scheme also includes observer producers from India and Mexico.
Tap is supported by the Media Mundus Programme of the European Union, by Telefilm Canada, and Vff (Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH) Germany.
The three training modules are taking place in Berlin, Halifax and New York City between June and September 2013. The selected producers also participate in the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners and the Ifp’s Independent Film Week in New York.
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, Ok, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch »
- Gary Susman
Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith will star in the Paris-set dramedy "My Old Lady," the feature directorial debut of Israel Horovitz, who adapted the film from his play. Protagonist Pictures will take the film to international buyers at Cannes next week. In "My Old Lady," French-speaker Kevin Kline (last seen in "Darling Companion" and heard as a voice on Fox's animated series "Bob's Burgers") will play Mathias, a New Yorker who goes to Paris to deal with his estranged father's assets. But he finds old lady Mathilde (Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey") living in dad's apartment with her daughter (Jane Birkin) and learns he must wait until she dies to gain possession of the apartment. Horovitz's screenwriting credits include Istvan Szabo's "Sunshine" (1999), which won a European Film Award for best screenplay, and "The Strawberry Statement," winner of the 1970 Jury Prize at Cannes. Principal photography for "My Old Lady" begins in Paris on September 9th. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Oscars may be right around the corner, but awards season in Hollywood never really ends. On Friday, the Humane Society of the United States announced nominations for its Genesis Awards, which will see Universal Pictures’ whale-centric Big Miracle compete for feature film honors with Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion, about the search for a lost dog, Fantastic Films’ Dehli Safari and Imax/Warners’ To the Arctic 3D. Film Review: Big Miracle The awards, which honor news and entertainment media for raising awareness of animal issues, will be presented at the Hsus’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, hosted by Dancing With the
- Gregg Kilday
Universal’s Big Miracle, Sony’s Darling Companion, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and FX’s Sons Of Anarchy are among the film and television programs nominated for the 2013 Genesis Awards. The annual honors from the Humane Society of the United States recognize news and entertainment media in 15 categories for helping raise awareness of animal issues and animal protection. This year’s awards gala will be held March 23 at the Beverly Hilton, where the Hsus Wyler Award will go to pop star Ke$ha. Feature Film Big Miracle Universal Pictures Darling Companion Kasdan Films / Sony Delhi Safari Fantastic Films International, LLC To The Arctic Imax /Warner Bros. Dramatic Series Grey’S Anatomy “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” ABC Harry’S Law “Gorilla My Dreams” NBC Sons Of Anarchy “J’ai Obtenu Cette” FX Sid Caesar Comedy Award The Colbert Report Representative Steve King on dogfighting Comedy Central Futurama “31st Century »
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Freeway is a very special dog to Beth and her family. She and daughter Grace found him wounded and abandoned by the side of a motorway at a time when both their identities were in flux. On the day he came into their lives he united Grace with the vet who became the love of her life and gave Beth a new reason to awaken to each day in a home now empty of the family she had raised. The dog came to be a symbol of the family’s unity and a bond between them as their lives took different paths.
Now Freeway is missing, lost in the woods that surround the family cabin on the day that Gracie married. Family members old and new unite in the search to find the irreplaceable pet and embark on an emotional journey that will help them each to embrace the next chapter in their lives. »
- Emily Breen
Darling Companion, 2012.
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
Mother and daughter, Beth and Grace, find a bedraggled dog on the side of the freeway. Taking it home and rescuing it, the dog helps Grace meet a man - but Beth's husband hates the dog and it just might cause even more friction within the family...
Darling Companion represents one of the biggest wastes of talent, either on or off screen, to ever get together and make a film.
There’s too many people involved here to write it off as a minor blip. The main offender is writer/director Lawrence Kasdan for writing a 100 minute script about the wealthy people looking for a dog one of them found abandoned next to the freeway. The lost dog becomes a crass metaphor for love and »
- Flickering Myth
"There was a chance to capture some of the spirit of the original trilogy that I'd worked on. I thought there's an audience out there -- my grandchildren, lots of original Star Wars people -- and there always will be. It's only good that we try to do some more great ones." After all the news about Star Wars recently, I'm glad we get to hear some updates directly from the people involved. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, it was IGN who was lucky enough to catch both Star Wars screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg at the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards and get some interesting, if not vague, quotes out of them. Up first, while IGN spoke with legendary Lucasfilm screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Bodyguard, Darling Companion), not much was »
- Alex Billington
Nearly 30 years after its inception, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival finds itself at a crossroads. Having wrapped its 11-day run last weekend, the 28th edition of the Sbiff presented a characteristically eclectic assortment of nearly 200 films, a half-dozen movie star tributes and a quartet of industry-heavy panels. But can it remain relevant in a changing and increasingly competitive festival landscape? “Any successful film festival needs an identity,” notes Sbiff executive director Roger Durling. Although Santa Barbara programmers routinely seek out quality work by rising directors, recent years have also seen their share of merely serviceable items more noteworthy for the marquee value of their talent. Last year’s opener “Darling Companion,” for instance, was a meandering comedy that would surely have been overlooked but for its director (Lawrence Kasdan) and a cast that included Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. As a result of »
- Lael Loewenstein
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