Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick follows the true story of a blue-collar father (Matthew McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sent to prison.
Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, Rj Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie co-star in the pic directed by Yann Demange from a
Pastore’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, fills the void left since the departure of Greg Lipstone from the top job at All3 America in late January after two years in the role.
All3Media America is the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based production group that is home to more than two dozen banners, most of them focused on unscripted programming. All3Media is jointly owned by Discovery Inc. and Liberty Global.
“Tim’s reputation as a business leader and his track record as the creator and producer of high quality and popular TV is incredibly impressive,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media. “I’m really excited at the prospect of working with such a talented executive.”
Based in Los Angeles, All3Media America is producer of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” CNN’s “United Shades of America,
Vr is now luring topnotch talent. “Spheres,” an interactive journey inspired by the iconic “pale blue dot” image of planet Earth, is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and is narrated by Jessica Chastain, Patti Smith and Millie Bobby Brown, while “Crow: The Legend,” an animated piece inspired by a Native American tale, is narrated by John Legend, Diego Luna and Oprah Winfrey, among others.
“We’re seeing that alongside the more experimental Vr experiences, there is a building trend towards experiences with
“I thought, give this a few years and people are really going to be embracing this as a new medium for storytelling,” recalls McNitt.
Five years later, many filmmakers have tried their hand at Vr, from big name directors such as Doug Liman (“American Made”), who released the five-part Vr series “Invisible” in 2016, to relative unknowns like McNitt, whose Vr docuseries “Spheres” will be among the more than two dozen works presented as part of the Venice Film Festival’s virtual reality section. But they’re still working out the bugs, both technological and narrative.
When writer-director Eric Darnell first took the plunge into Vr with his Emmy-winning short “Invasion!
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After debuting at Sundance earlier this year (where it became the first Vr experience to be acquired in a seven-figure deal), “Spheres” will screen at Telluride in three parts, including “Pale Blue Dot” (narrated by Patti Smith), “Songs of Spacetime” (narrated by Jessica Chastain), and “Chorus of the Cosmos” (narrated by Millie Bobby Brown). The full program will screen, free of charge, at the Sheridan Opera House Gallery, this weekend.
McNitt recently spoke with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, the project’s executive producer, about roller coasters, “spaghettification,” the cosmos, the future of Vr, and much more. A shorter version of the interview (also attached) will run in The Film Watch,
Disobedience (Sebastían Lelio)
It starts with a London-based rabbi speaking from his heart about the complexities of life. He stammers through — obviously ailing — until collapse. Suddenly we’re in New York City watching a photographer in-session with tattooed seniors. The phone rings and we know. She (Rachel Weisz’s Ronit Krushka) is the daughter of that rabbi and he has passed away. The assumption is that both these worlds will subsequently collide in reunion. Tears will be shed and hugs had. But that’s not quite the case with Sebastían Lelio’s Disobedience. Ronit has been gone for some time and the leaving wasn’t under good terms.
The project was executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures, and produced by Jess Engel, Dylan Golden and Arnaud Colinart.
The film is split into three parts, with the ...
A cosmic trip produced by Darren Aronofsky and an immersive Lancaster bombing raid were highlights of the film festival’s virtual reality strand
The virtual reality section at Venice is growing at an almost exponential rate: two years ago it was low-key, notable mainly for a demure Sunday-school retelling of the life of Jesus. In 2018, it is a substantial exhibition featuring state-of-the-art tech and an almost overwhelming range of entries, some of them “full body” concepts in which audience members suit up for a complete immersion. Interestingly, the vocabulary is still in a state of flux: are they “projects”, “installations”, “films”? The festival has intriguingly repurposed a building on a once deserted island to house the event: the Lazzaretto Vecchio, home to a 16th-century plague hospital which has now been imaginatively converted into an exhibition space.
Perhaps the biggest film in the competition is Spheres, written and directed by artist
Directed by Gaspar Noé.
Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull, Giselle Palmer, and Taylor Kastle.
When a contemporary dance troupe have wrapped rehearsal for their 90s infused choreographed set-piece, they decide to throw a party to celebrate. What they don’t know is that someone has spiked the punch, and what starts out as a good natured boogie to the likes of Daft Punk and Soft Cell, soon descends into bloody hedonism.
Gaspar Noé is all up in your grill again with ninety minutes of garish excess that might as well be called “Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight”, although you can add self-mutilation, flaming scalps, and suicide to that heady concoction. Whether you walk to its beat or not is another question altogether.
Setting his stall out from the off, Noé hints that this particular party
The Oscar-winning actress, 28, was photographed kissing Maroney, 34, outside of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Thursday.
The Lawrence kept things casual as she wore a black jacket, cropped jeans, a white T-shirt and black flip-flops as she kissed the art gallery director.
The sweet moment between the two comes after they spent time together on a romantic European vacation. They were spotted in Paris earlier this month.
A source told People at the time the two “seemed happy, occasionally holding hands” while in the French capital.
Early reactions on Twitter can have a strong impact on a film, as last year's critical pan of Mother! caused Darren Aronofsky to be overly defensive of his film at the ensuing press conference.
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The 28-year-old actress, who celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, was photographed holding hands with boyfriend Cooke Maroney in Rome on Thursday.
The couple took in the sights of the historic city as they walked alongside each other.
Lawrence wore a black loose-fitting dress with straps around her neck, black sunglasses and a pink sun hat while wearing her short blonde hair in gentle waves.
Maroney looked relaxed in a white T-shirt, khaki colored pants and black sunglasses.
The duo was last spotted in Paris enjoying a stroll a week ago.
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Hollywood has been courting British TV vet Yann Demange ever since Film Four’s war drama ”’71,” which broke out Jack O’Connell at Berlin 2014 (and went on to play some 33 festivals). Some wondered if Demange was having way too much fun to get serious, as he flirted, took meetings, hung out. Finally after four years of false starts at the likes of Annapurna,
Aronofsky revealed that Brown had joined the voice cast of the three-part series “Spheres” on his Instagram account Wednesday.
The young actress, who plays Eleven in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Stranger Things,” follows in the footsteps of Jessica Chastain and Patti Smith, who narrated the first and third episodes, respectively. Directed by Eliza McNitt, the series’ third episode was showcased at Tribeca, and the first installment was shown at Sundance.
All three episodes will be shown together for the first time in Venice as part of the festival’s Vr section.
“Spheres” is an interactive journey inspired by the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” image of planet Earth. Antoine Cayrol, Pierre Zandrowicz, Arnaud Colinart and Fred Volhuer at Paris-based outfit
Brown, who received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Eleven on the Netflix series Stranger Things, lends her voice to the actual first installment in the trilogy, Spheres: Chorus of the Cosmos, which explores the sounds of the universe from the vantage point of earth.
Spheres made history as the first Vr project to land a seven-figure deal at the Sundance Film Festival, where it screened Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, a journey into a black hole that’s narrated by Jessica Chastain. That second chapter in the series is an Emmy finalist in the 2018 jury category “Innovation in Interactive Media.”
Patti Smith narrated the third installment (and second to screen), Spheres: Pale Blue Dot,
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