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'Almost Friends': Film Review

'Almost Friends': Film Review
In its meandering way, Almost Friends touches on serious coming-of-age themes. Parental dysfunction, teen pregnancy and emotional trauma are some of the plot points in writer-director Jake Goldberger's third feature (after Don McKay and Life of a King), a comic drama that's sometimes appealingly gentle but more often frustratingly amorphous. There are instances of wit and sensitivity scattered through the screenplay, but they have no cumulative impact amid the lackluster direction and general dearth of urgency.

Though the actors create persuasive moments, there's plenty that's unconvincing in this story of Charlie (Freddie Highmore), a twentysomething who's stuck in neutral and gradually...
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‘Almost Friends’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures; Grasshopper Picks Up Iranian Drama ‘Ava’

‘Almost Friends’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures; Grasshopper Picks Up Iranian Drama ‘Ava’
There were a couple of acquisitions announced this Am. Gravitas Ventures has partnered to acquire U.S. and Canadian rights to Almost Friends, a romantic comedy from writer-director Jake Goldberger (Life of a King). And Grasshopper Film acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ava, the drama from debut Iranian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on…
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‘Famous In Love’ Drama Pilot Rounds Out Cast

Georgie Flores (CSI), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Pepi Sonuga (Life Of A King) and Mark Valley (Human Target) have rounded out the cast of ABC Family drama pilot Famous In Love. The project, based on Rebecca Serle's romantic novel, was written by Serle and I. Marlene King, executive producer/co-showrunner of ABC Family's flagship drama series Pretty Little Liars. Famous In Love centers on Paige (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student who gets her big break after…
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Christopher Meloni Joins Holding Patterns

It was recently announced that Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) signed on to star in the upcoming "Holding Patterns" comedy/drama. And now, Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel, "Law and Order") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") have joined the cast. The film follows a young man (Highmore) still living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his sight on a girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. The problem — she has a serious boyfriend. As the two become closer, the line between friendship and romance becomes blurred and they're forced to examine where their lives are going. The new movie is directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore) and Jim Young (The Words). It co-stars Jake Abel (The Host), Rita Volk ("Faking It") and Taylor John Smith (Wolves
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Freddie Highmore and Odeya Rush Join Holding Patterns

Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel") and Odeya Rush (The Giver, Goosebumps) signed on for the upcoming "Holding Patterns" drama, which co-stars Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Rita Volk ("Faking It"), Taylor John Smith (Wolves) and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson). The story centers on Charlie (Highmore), who's in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather. Dealing with a lack of motivation, he has put all his eggs in one basket: Amber (Rush), the girl who works at his local coffee shop. The problem is, Amber has a serious boyfriend. As Amber and Charlie become closer, the line between friendship and intimacy is blurred, and the situation forces both of them to examine where they are in their lives. The new film is written and directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore), Tony Lee (Geezer) and Jim Young (The Words,
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‘Bates Motel’s’ Freddie Highmore Starring in Romance ‘Holding Patterns’

‘Bates Motel’s’ Freddie Highmore Starring in Romance ‘Holding Patterns’
Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), Haley Joel Osment and Odeya Rush (“The Giver”) are starring in the coming-of-age dramatic comedy “Holding Patterns.”

The movie has started shooting in Mobile, Ala., with Jake Goldberger directing from his own script. Rita Volk (“Faking It”), Jake Abel and Taylor John Smith (“Insidious: Chapter 3”) are also starring.

Producers are Alex Ginzburg and Tony Lee (“Geezer”) for their Let It Play banner and Jim Young (“The Words”) for Animus Films.

Highmore portrays an unmotivated man in his mid 20s still living at home with his mother and stepfather who falls for a young woman who has a serious boyfriend.

Highmore stars as Norman Bates in A&E’s “Bates Motel” and will next be seen in the upcoming miniseries “Close to the Enemy.” Rush will co-star in Jack Black’s “Goosebumps” and Osment was most recently seen in “Entourage.”

Goldberger’s directing credits include “Don McKay,
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Freddie Highmore joins 'Holding Patterns'

New young cast members include Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment on Animus Films’ coming-of-age film.

Holding Patterns is currently shooting on location in Mobile, Alabama, and centres on a young man living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his heart on the girl at the local coffee shop.

Jake Goldberger directs from his screenplay and Rita Volk, Jake Abel and Taylor John Smith co-star.

Alex Ginzburg and Tony Lee produce for Let It Play alongside Jim Young for Animus Films.

The production company recently wrapped historical drama and upcoming Toronto world premiere The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Goldberger made his feature debut on the darkly comic thriller Don McKay starring Thomas Haden Church, Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo and Animus FilmsLife Of A King starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
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Cuba Gooding Jr is Oj Simpson in First Season of American Crime Story

Ryan Murphy, the award-winning writer/producer/director of the hit series "Glee," "Nip/Tuck" and "American Horror Story," is developing a new FX anthology miniseries for FX, called "American Crime Story." Each season will focus on a different true crime story which made headlines. Murphy will direct the first installment, called "American Crime Story: The People v. Oj Simpson," which is based on the book "The Run of His Life: The People v. Oj Simpson" by Jeffrey Toobin. Simpson will be played by Cuba Gooding Jr (Jerry Maguire, Life of a King) and prosecutor Marcia Clark will be played by Sarah Paulson. Production begins early next year in Los Angeles.
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Your Full 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominees!

Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:


Outstanding Comedy Series

. "black-ish" (ABC)

. "House of Lies" (Showtime)

. "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)

. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)

. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

. Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)

. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)

. Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)

. Keegan-Michael Key - "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)

. Kevin Hart
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Chris Rock, Beyoncé, 'Selma' and more pick up NAACP Image Awards nominations

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Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights
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46th NAACP Image Awards Announces Nominees

Gearing up for another year of excitement, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards just unveiled the first round of hopefuls and there are plenty of worthy contenders.

In the television categories, Shonda Rhimes’ series “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” are among the most nominated, though “Black-ish” is also up there. Meanwhile, “Selma” and “Get on Up” are the top two movies on the docket, ahead of the big event on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Per the official website, “The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“black-ish” (ABC)

House of Lies” (Showtime)

Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Real Husbands of Hollywood” (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Anthony Anderson
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‘Selma’ & ‘Get On Up’ Lead NAACP Image Awards Nominations

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Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:


Outstanding Motion Picture

Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Quvenzhané Wallis
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‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)

‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)
Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People,” “Get On Up” and “Selma” have grabbed top film nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards.

Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.

In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees.

(Pictured: “Dear White People”)

Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures
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'Selma,' 'Scandal,' 'black-ish' Lead 2015 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

  • Moviefone
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.

"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.

On the television front, "Scandal" and "Orange Is the New Black" tied with six nominations apiece, while fellow freshman series "black-ish" and "How to Get Away with Murder" each received five nods.

A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.

The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
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Afm Isa of the Day: Tannaz Anisi of 13 Films

Coverage of Isa’s (international sales agents) resumed for The American Film Market. This segment follows leaders and innovation in the world of international film sales and distribution.

Sales veteran and President of 13 Films Tannaz Anisi launched her Los Angeles based distribution and finance company just a year ago at The American Film Market. Her expertise, honest work ethic, and keen sensibilities are widely respected in the industry and have helped her to start 13 Films with strong financial backing.

One year later, Tannaz shares the latest progress on this exciting venture:

I launched 13 Films a year ago, so this Afm marks my one year anniversary. It’s very exciting to see how far the company has come since its inception, as we continue to grow and build a full slate of films.

Given my background as a foreign sales agent, the timing was right to start my own company and I was able to secure strong investors to back my vision.

My aim is to seek cast-driven, commercial films with theatrical potential across all genres. Our eclectic state includes romantic comedies, action films, thrillers and family films.

We’re looking for about eight to ten films a year in pre-sales, peppered with a few finished films.

What is your background in sales?

For the last seven years, I was a freelance sales consultant and had the opportunity to work for some of the leading companies in the business - Voltage Pictures and Sierra/Affinity, to name a few.

Over the years, I developed great relationships and relished being able to work on high profile projects. However, I felt I was ready to make the transition from freelance consultant to having my own company and being able to immerse myself in my own projects.

Once I secured the financial investment, it was time to move forward with full force and determination.

How did you first get involved in the business?

I’ve been in the industry for about 18 years.

My very first job in the industry was working in production actually. I worked for PentAmerica Pictures, which was a partnership between Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Silvio Berlusconi.

Way back when I got the chance to work as an assistant at Afm, I fell in love with foreign sales from the very first moment. Since then, I was determined to succeed in the field and started from the ground up. I sought out the right opportunities to learn and absorb as much possible to reach the level where I’m at today.

My sales background started in television sales – I was fortunate enough to work for some of the bigger independent companies such as Win, Kushner-Locke and 20th Century Fox before moving into film.

What inspires you in your work?

What I love most is the face-to-face interaction with people from all over the world.

It’s truly fascinating and what drives me to continue doing this every day. The world is such a melting pot of different cultures, and being able to constantly meet and do business with buyers from across the globe is very rewarding. There’s never a dull moment.

Please talk about the 13 Films Slate.

We just announced our big, new project - "Voice From The Stone", which is a supernatural thriller starring Emilia Clarke from “Game of Thrones.”

It’s a haunting script produced by Dean Zanuck who also produced "The Road to Perdition". The film is currently shooting in Italy which is very exciting.

I have two other new projects too – an action film called "Extortion", which is a very fun project with Frank Grillo attached and set to start shooting by the end of November.

Another key title for us is the comedy "Loitering With Intent", which was well received at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and stars Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei. We showed the film for the first time to buyers here at Afm, and were thrilled with the response. It will be released theatrically in the Us by The Orchard, a Sony Pictures company.

Learn about the 13 Films slate here.

More About 13 Films:

13 Films is an international distribution and finance company based in Los Angeles founded by Tannaz Anisi. The company launched at Afm 2013 with a slate of films that included Very Good Girls starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen and Life Of A King starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Dennis Haysbert.

The company’s current slate of titles includes three films either shooting or about to start principal photography: the supernatural thriller Voice From The Stone starring Emilia Clarke and Marton Csokas (currently shooting in Italy), actioner Extortion with Frank Grillo and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, and crime thriller Manhattan Nocturne set to star Oscar winner Adrien Brody.

13 Films had 2 films make their market premieres at Afm: Loitering With Intent with Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei which world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released by The Orchard stateside and the romantic comedy Take Care starring Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski with a theatrical release via Phase 4 Films in December.
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Best Man Holiday,' 'All is Lost,' 'The Jungle Book'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week


What's It About? Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, desperately wants a bike of her own, and after a bunch of her own money-making schemes fail, she enters her school's Koran memorization contest for the prize money.

Why We're In: Writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour has crafted an excellent movie, but in addition to that, "Wadjda" is the first feature-length film made entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film written and directed by a Saudi woman.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition"

What's It About? Mowgli is a human child who's most literally raised by wolves, but as he grows up it becomes clear to his buddies Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther that it's time for him to go live with other people.

Why We're In: It's a Disney classic with all the trimmings.
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10 Top Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'Enough Said' and 'The Spectacular Now' Top the List

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10 Top Indies in the iTunes Store This Week: 'Enough Said' and 'The Spectacular Now' Top the List
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, "Enough Said" and "The Spectacular Now" top the list. The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 2. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 3. Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company, $16,101,339) 4. Reasonable Doubt (Lionsgate, N/A) 5. Closed Circuit (Focus Features, $5,750,401) 6. Short Term 12 (Cinedigm, $1,008,984) 7. The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight, $21,506,546) 8. Life of a King (Millennium Entertainment, $4,300) 9. G.B.F. (Vertical Entertainment, N/A) 10. Thanks for Sharing (Roadside Attractions, $1,065,881)
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Yahoo Sportswriter Dan Wetzel’s ‘Life of a King’ Tells True Tale of Bank Robber Turned Chess Mentor

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Yahoo Sportswriter Dan Wetzel’s ‘Life of a King’ Tells True Tale of Bank Robber Turned Chess Mentor
“Just keep your eye on the end game — everything will fall into place,” Dennis Haysbert tells Cuba Gooding Jr. from a prison yard in the trailer for “Life of a King.” The independent film, which comes out in 16 theaters, on iTunes, Amazon and on-demand on Friday, tells the real story of Eugene Brown (Gooding Jr.), an ex-con who started a Washington D.C. chess club for underprivileged youth. But the making of the project tells a similarly interesting tale of popular Yahoo sports columnist-turned-screenwriter Dan Wetzel. Also read: NBC and Time Inc. Team Up for ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue Special The script.
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Video: Where's Cuba Gooding Jr.? He's on TV Dropping Trou!

Video: Where's Cuba Gooding Jr.? He's on TV Dropping Trou!
var brightcovevideoid = '3065695027001'; Cuba Gooding Jr. shocked viewers on Thursday's episode of Watch What Happens Live when he stripped off his pants without provocation - though the show's open bar probably helped. The Academy Award-winning actor joined host Andy Cohen and fellow guest Queen Latifah on the Bravo show to talk about his new film Life of a King. The conversation soon transitioned from mild to wild once the guests were presented with free robes. Eager to try on his new gift, Gooding enthusiastically dropped his slacks and wrapped himself in the fluffy present. "I am in robe!" the
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Life Of A King Review

You have seen this story before, ad nausea. A gutsy yet compassionate teacher takes a job working at an inner-city school and inspires a cast of potential addicts and dealers into model students. He or she equips them with the tools to combat the danger in their lives through some sort of reformation, like poetry, sports or a spelling bee. We have seen these tales told on the big and small screens so often that we know their didactic formula by heart. And therein lies the problem. If we know exactly what a story is going to provide, there must be a hook to engage us in the plight of the characters – both the educator and his or her pupils.

There is nothing wrong with watching a group of misfits find purpose and overcome adversity, unless the writer and director does little to differentiate their story from better works that have come before.
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