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On This Day: Basquiat, Last Temptation, Cleopatra

12 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

on this day in history as it relates to showbiz

30 BC  Cleopatra commits suicide, allegedly by purposeful snake bite. I don't remember that scene in Liz Taylor's Cleopatra but it might have been at the four hour mark and t'was possibly asleep

How to honor this day: play with someone's snake. In the absence of a suitable one, wink at someone as saucily as Liz

← 1915  "Of Human Bondage" by W Somerset Maugham published. 19 years later it becomes a movie and marks Bette Davis's ascent to superstar actress

How to honor this day: Let it all out like Bette in that performance that's pure »


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How One Sundance Short Led to a $150,000 Production Deal (and Much More)

14 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The music hasn’t stopped playing for Jim Cummings. The 30-year-old writer-director-actor who won Sundance’s short film grand jury prize in 2016 seems to have found the holy grail for up-and-coming filmmakers: steady work. A former freelance line producer for College Humor in Los Angeles, Cummings recently transitioned into writing, directing and acting full time, and now has so many projects going simultaneousy that it’s hard to believe he was an unknown filmmaker just 18 months ago.

Read More‘Valerian’: How Luc Besson Made a $180 Million Indie That Can’t Fail

Shortly after winning Sundance with the 12-minute comedic drama “Thunder Road,” which takes place at a funeral and was shot in just one take, Cummings signed with Wme and landed a deal with subscription streaming company Fullscreen to shoot six additional shorts, all of which would be also shot in a single take, for $150,000. The money covered a »

- Graham Winfrey

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Bening to Lead Venice Film Festival Jury

5 July 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Chris here. It may not make up for missing out on an Oscar nomination for some of her best work in 20th Century Women, but Annette Bening is getting a global cinema honor of a different sort. The legendary actress will be president of this year's Venice Film Festival competition slate.

Bening will be the first woman to serve over the Venice jury in over a decade, the last being Catherine Deneuve's jury awarded Jia Zhangke's Still Life in 2006. What's heartening is that it was a conscious choice from festival director Alberto Barbera to represent female voices in film, one that rival festivals have struggled to achieve. He states:

It was time to break with a long list of male presidents and invite a brilliant talented and inspiring woman to chair our International competition jury. I am extremely happy that Annette Bening has accepted this role, which she will »

- Chris Feil

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L.A. Now Casting: Play Yourself in Horror Short ‘Still Life’ + More Gigs

13 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

If you’ve ever watched a horror movie and thought, “I could survive,” today’s casting notice is for you.   Casting is underway for “Still Life,” an indie horror film that uses found footage of male actors murdered at a film audition. The cast will be playing themselves in this improvised film.   Union and non-union male talent aged 18 and older is needed to play the five lead roles. The actors will play themselves auditioning in a film and must be able to use their real names. Ability or training in improvisation a plus.   The production shoots over one day in Los Angeles in September based on individual actor availability. The pay is $600, with travel, lodging, and meals covered.   Heart racing? Apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Los Angeles audition listings! Save Save »

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Cannes: ‘Clementina,’ ‘Necromicon,’ ’Our Evil’ Set For Cannes’ 2017 Blood Window

19 May 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — “Clementina,” “Necromicon” and “Our Evil” have made the cut for the Cannes Festival’s 2017 Blood Window showcase of the best and most promising in Latino – Latin American, Spanish, Italian –  fantastic cinema. Departing from its prior format, the 4th Blood Window Cannes spread will offer 10-minute sneak previews of seven pix-in-post, plus the screening of three complete films endorsed by international fantastic film festivals.

Of completed movies, “Clementina,” the solo feature debut of Argentina’s Jimena Monteoliva,turns on a woman who’s in shock at the loss of her baby after being ferociously beaten by her husband. Clementina’s trauma causes her to see ghosts. Monteoliva served as a production manager on Pablo Trapero’s “Lion’s Den” and a producer on Nicanor Loreti’s cult Argentine superhero movie “Kryptonite” and co-directed with Tamae GarateguyAll Night Long,” a Mar del Plata’s Midnight Screamings standout in 2015. She also produced Garateguy’s “She Love. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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