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Hollywood’s “Disgrace Insurance” On The Rise To Cover Productions’ Sins And Losses – Produced By

For TV producers who lose their shows because their stars are racist trolls zonked out on Ambien, they have insurance for that now. It’s called “disgrace insurance,” and it covers production losses due to a wide range of disgraceful and illegal behavior by members of the cast and crew.

The ins and outs of disgrace insurance was the subject of a panel discussion today at the PGA’s 10th annual Produced By Conference, which is being held on the Paramount lot.

Bob Jellen, managing director of Hub Entertainment Insurance and the guru of disgrace insurance policies, said he’s written more than 4,000 of them, but noted that they’ve only been invoked five or six times. They cover loses due to sexual harassment, assault, drug arrests and even murder by a cast and crew member.

He noted, however, that Rosanne Barr’s Twitter meltdown that caused ABC to cancel
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Produced By Conference Adds Stephanie Allain, Paul Feig & Others As Speakers

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Produced By Conference Adds Stephanie Allain, Paul Feig & Others As Speakers
The Producers Guild of America unveiled a new wave of participants for its 10th annual Produced By Conference next month. Among those added to the lineup are Dear White People producer Stephanie Allain, Bridesmaids director-producer Paul Feig, Fast and the Furious producer Neal H. Moritz along with Ian Bryce, Donald DeLine, Tracey Edmonds, Lucy Fisher, Lynette Howell Taylor, James F. Lopez, Chris Moore, Ronald D. Moore, Mary Parent, Stacy Rukeyser, Doug Wick and more.

The event is set for June 9-10 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

In addition to a roster of speakers, the event will include Mentor Roundtables on June 9 which allow attendees a chance to ask questions about their own projects in development and learn in a more personalized, intimate setting with real one-on-one feedback (side note: no pitching allowed in these roundtables). The event will also feature the second annual “Producers Mashup” on June 10. The session
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Myriad Pictures starts Tiff sales on 'Touched With Fire'

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Myriad Pictures starts Tiff sales on 'Touched With Fire'
Exclusive: The Santa Monica-based financing, production and distribution company is in Toronto handling international sales on the SXSW selection starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby.

Touched With Fire centres on a pair of manic depressives in a psychiatric hospital who fall into an intense romance. Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman also star.

Roadside Attractions has set a February Us theatrical release on the film from Moonstruck Productions and 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.

Paul Dalio wrote and directed and Jeremy Alter and Kristina Nikolova produced the film and Spike Lee served as executive producer.

Paul Dalio has crafted a unique love story with a real roller coaster of emotions,” said Myriad president and CEO Kirk D’Amico.

“Katie and Luke have given truly extraordinary performances. We feel so proud to have the opportunity to bring this film to international distributors and audiences.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Kirk and the entire team at Myriad
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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool

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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool
The first and most important thing that happened as a result of the staging of "Sticks and Stones" at the Met Theater as part of the Act One Festival was that Scott Swan and I got our first agent. Barbara Baruch worked for Ambrosio/Mortimer, a smaller boutique agency at the time, and from the moment we met her, she seemed like what I imagined an agent to be. She was nurturing, she was a cheerleader, she was a ballbuster, and she was always, always, always in our corner. Our time with her was unfortunately too short, and by the time the agency imploded in accusations of embezzlement, we were already repped by Gersh out of New York. Barbara was first, though, and she was the first one to start pushing people to come see our show and to read our work. The strangest thing about those early days is
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Roadside Attractions Acquires U.S. Rights to Paul Dalio’s Touched With Fire Starring Katie Holmes

Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Paul Dalio’s debut feature Touched With Fire (formerly titled Mania Days) starring Katie Holmes.

A critical and audience favorite at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Touched With Fire “boasts Katie Holmes’ best performance in years,” according to the Huffington Post, and is the story of two bipolar poets whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes.

When they meet in a psychiatric hospital their romance brings out all the beauty and darkness of their condition until they have to choose between sanity and love.

Holmes and Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz) star, and are joined by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman. The film is looking to be released in early 2016.

Drawing inspiration from his own life experience and journey with bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored Touched With Fire. The film is produced by Jeremy Alter and Kristina Nikolova Dalio,
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Juliet Landau ('Take Flight', The Yellow Wallpaper')

Juliet Landau has now released her second film (her first was the dark music video Hero) Take Flight – a documentary focusing on actor Gary Oldman making a music video for the Jewish hip hop band 'Chutzpah'. Landau, who has appeared on the Tv series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood, was asked to shoot a ‘making of’ for Oldman, a friend of hers, and the resulting footage became an experience all its own. Over 50 hours of footage, from a cell phone with Pov shots to 3 cameras at once, were cut into this short.

We're happy to have Landau back with us again, discussing Take Flight along with her upcoming films The Yellow Wallpaper and Haunted Echoes...

With complete free reign, Landau pieced together a film that

“Shows a very light, playful, childlike, fluid, free, funny side to Gary... It’s like being inside his head,
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[Movie Review] The Perfect Sleep

The Perfect Sleep’s official synopsis bills it as the world of Dashiell Hammett populated by the characters of Dostoevsky, mixed in with martial arts. Tall order. Naturally, I assumed that the prevailing portion of the three would be the Hammett, given the noir-tinged visuals. Imagine my surprise, both in bemusement and amusement, that the Dostoevsky reigns in this independent production. The Perfect Sleep is existential and dense, with a sharp moral core and family schisms recalling The Brothers Karamazov.

Anton Pardoe is both the writer and the brooding star of the film, a Sam Spade type fella known to us only by his nickname The Mad Monk. He returns to a timeless city (old clothes, old cars, but new guns and gadgets) after a long exile, to help his object of affection Porphyria (a voluptuous and affecting Roselyn Sanchez), no doubt named so for the pain she causes the men who fight over her.
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The Perfect Sleep - Trailer

Trailer for Jeremy Alter's The Perfect Sleep which is set "against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman he has always loved yet can never have"

The screeplay is by Anton Pardoe who also stars along with Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Patrick Bauchau (Chrysalis, Carnivàle), Peter J. Lucas (Inland Empire)

www.theperfectsleep.com

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tags: action, drama, film noir, martial arts, thriller
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Why do Gary Oldman and Bono hate 'The Perfect Sleep'?

The first time I saw "The Perfect Sleep," it was just Gary Oldman and I sitting together to watch it.  I knew his reaction to the film was terse and perhaps even abrupt, but I had no idea he and Bono and Bas Rutten all felt this strongly about it:     Now, come on... to be fair... "The Perfect Sleep" is a lovely update of the style of film noir, as filtered through a jet black sense of humor and a martial arts junkie's wet dreams.  And Jeremy Alter?  The director of the film?  Not just a good guy but...
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Gary Oldman, Bas Rutten and Bono Agree: The Perfect Sleep Is Crap.

This may very well be the one and only time that you’ll find a highly acclaimed actor, a mixed martial artist and one of the world’s biggest rock stars all in one place and agreeing on one thing. But it’s happened. Gary Oldman, Bas Rutten and Bono have all seen Jeremy Alter’s The Perfect Sleep and they all agree: it’s crap.

Heh ... this is one clever bit of viral marketing and I find it more than a little amusing that someone was actually able to get all three of these guys to do it. Check it out below the break where you’ll find the video along with the (very definitely not crap) trailer.
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Creating a Unique Thematic and Visual World: “The Perfect Sleep” Director Jeremy Alter

In director Jeremy Alter’s film, “The Perfect Sleep,” a man with no name returns to the violent, brutal domain of assassins he left ten years before - back when they dubbed him The Mad Monk for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria; a beautiful, luminescent woman; the girl he grew up with; the love of his life; the one thing he has ever …
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Interview | “The Perfect Sleep” Director Jeremy Alter

In director Jeremy Alter’s film, “The Perfect Sleep,” a man with no name returns to the violent, brutal domain of assassins he left ten years before - back when they dubbed him The Mad Monk for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria; a beautiful, luminescent woman; the girl he grew up with; the love of his life; the one thing he has ever …
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Martial Arts Meets Noir in "The Perfect Sleep"

One year ago, I posted the trailer for a really cool looking indie film called The Perfect Sleep. It's a hard boiled noir mystery that features plenty of action and martial arts in it. I hyped it up when it was still touring the festival circuit, but then didn't really hear about it again until recently when the director Jeremy Alter got in touch to let me know that they finally have distribution.

Not only that, they also have a new site up and a new trailer. I urge you guys to take a looksie.

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Synopsis:

Think of the hard-boiled world of film noir: the world of Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade, a world of femme fatales, a world of shadows. Now imagine this world populated with characters from tragic Russian novels like those by Dostoevsky: tormented figures suffering through harsh circumstance.
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Film Noir is dead! Long live Film Noir! Review of The Perfect Sleep

Year: 2009

Directors: Jeremy Alter

Writers: Anton Pardoe

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: agentorange

Rating: 5.8 out of 10

It's strange to think that we live in a world where such a great American genre like Film Noir is dead. Not buried yet mind you, just dead. Some of the genre's iconography still exists here and there, like in the visual aesthetics of modern thrillers, but true Film Noir can't seem to exist on its own anymore without some kind of post-modern crutch to prop it up and give it relevance. It seems to Need the high school hallways of Rian Johnson's Brick, the animated landscape of D. Jud Jones' Film Noir, or the over-the-top parody of The Spirit to exist anymore. I find it interesting that a criticism that's often thrown at modern Film Noirs that try to play it straight is that they're too "cliched." Well duh, that's
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Action-Packed The Perfect Sleep Trailer

Unified Pictures has just sent the trailer for their upcoming action/thriller "The Perfect Sleep," starring Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2, The Game Plan) and Anton Pardoe. Click on the link below to check it out. Plot: Set against the backdrop of a noirish dreamscape, a tortured man (Pardoe) returns to the city he swore he would never return to, in order to save the woman (Sanchez) he has always loved yet can never have. "The Perfect Sleep" is Jeremy Alter's directorial debut. Last we heard of Alter, he was producing David Lynch's "Inland Empire" and was one of the helmers (including Brett Ratner and Len Wiseman) attached to direct the "Escape from New York" remake. Alter's "Sleep" is getting a limited release and will first appear at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood next Friday (March 13th), before spreading to NY the following week. If anyone lives in
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Hard Boiled Action-Noir The Perfect Sleep Hits Screens March 13th!

We’ve got a swarm of noir fans here at Twitch and this post goes out to all of you. Got a love for femmes fatales and tougher than nails anti-heroes? The starting on March 13th, get yourself to the Sunset Laemmle Theatre in Los Angeles. Why? Because that’s when Jeremy Alter’s The Perfect Sleep begins its limited theatrical run before heading to New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Portland.

In a timeless city, a man with no name returns to the violent, brutal domain of assassins he left ten years before – back when they dubbed him The Mad Monk for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria; a beautiful, luminescent woman; the girl he grew up with; the love of his life; the one thing he has ever wanted; the one thing he can never have.

There is no discernible reason
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