International Industry Elite Heads for Los Cabos (Exclusive)

International Industry Elite Heads for Los Cabos (Exclusive)
CAA’s Micah Green and Roeg Sutherland, Im Global’s Stuart Ford and Wild Bunch-InsidersVincent Maraval and, straddling the Mexico-Los Angeles axis, Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich and Ag Studios’ Alex Garcia, are all confirmed for the inaugural Los Cabos Festival Meet-Mart, the Mexican festival’s first official market.

Bloom’s Alex Walton, Good Universe’s Helen Lee-Kim, Imr International’s Kimberly Fox, Gaumont’s Cecile Gaget and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier are also firmed up, among sales agents. Of digital platforms, Netflix’s Matt Brodlie and Amazon StudiosMichael Chong will also roll into Los Cabos.

Running Nov. 9-13 and also hosting the inaugural Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, produced by Winston Baker, the 5th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival looks to have come of age in 2016.

It welcomes, all in, about 400 market delegates, up from about 300 in 2016. “It is a historic year for us.
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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season

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2016 Fall Movie Preview: 12 Breakout Talents to Look Forward to This Season
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including offerings that span genres, a close examination of some of the year’s biggest breakouts, all the awards contenders you need to know about now and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

White Girl,” September 2 – Elizabeth Wood, Writer and Director

Elizabeth Wood’s feature film debut was almost immediately deemed “shocking!” and “racy!” and “wild!” as soon as it debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but underneath a film about throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of both terrible decisions and the capricious joys of youth beats a big, honest heart. Wood’s
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Shawn Levy Boards ‘Minecraft’ Movie

Exclusive: Warner Bros is in talks with Shawn Levy to develop to direct Minecraft, the hot video game franchise that Warner Bros acquired in February on the heels of the studio’s success with The Lego Movie. The game was created by Swedish indie developer Mojang Ab (mojang means “gadget” in Swedish), and the film is being produced by Roy Lee through his Vertigo banner along with Jill Messick. Lee produced The Lego Movie with Dan Lin, which has sequels and spinoffs planned. Like that film, Minecraft provides a brand name and a blank canvas on which to launch a multiple audience quadrant film franchise. The Xbox version of the game has already sold well over 10 million copies.

In the actual game, players create their own avatar and are dropped into a blank world filled with nocturnal monsters. Players use cubes to create, build, and destroy structures and other forms
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Ice Cube Pitch ‘Rocky Mountain High’ To Universal After 5-Studio Bidding Battle

Ice Cube Pitch ‘Rocky Mountain High’ To Universal After 5-Studio Bidding Battle
Exclusive Update: A spirited bidding battle has concluded with a deal for Universal Pictures to acquire the Ice Cube comic vehicle Rocky Mountain High. They got this done right before Yom Kippur, and it’s an aggressive deal with progress-to-production language. They are keeping the logline under wraps, but it is a high-concept, big-idea comedy set in Colorado. They’ll hire a writer immediately and will shoot the film by the middle of 2015, with Cube starring and producing with his longtime manager Jeff Kwatinetz and Beau Flynn. Just as I reported yesterday, this went down to the wire with Relativity, Paramount, MGM and New Line all bidding.

Cube has history with most of those studios, but weighing in favor on behalf of Donna Langley is that she took on Ride Along after it was dropped by New Line, and she also greenlit Cube’s passion biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which
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Jenna Elfman Inks Development Deal with 20th Century Fox Television

Jenna Elfman Inks Development Deal with 20th Century Fox Television
Actress Jenna Elfman has signed a development and talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Elfman has already started meeting with writers on prospective development projects, keeping her options open for comedy and drama.

The move reunites the actress with the studio, where she headlined and produced “Dharma and Greg,” and more recently starred in “1600 Penn.”

“She is both a brilliant comedic leading lady and a stunning dramatic actress; she quite frankly can do everything,” said Sharon Klein, exec VP of casting at Twentieth. “Audiences love her and so do we, as our relationship spans from ‘Dharma’ all the way to ‘1600 Penn.’ We could not be more excited to be back in business developing something just for her.”

Elfman is repped by Wme, Brillstein Entertainment, Pj Shapiro and Matt Johnson.
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Xyz spins Master Cleanse sales

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Exclusive: Xyz Films has reported a strong response from Cannes buyers to The Master Cleanse, the fantasy horror that launched on the Croisette and will star Johnny Galecki, Chloë Sevigny and Anjelica Huston.

Production is set to kick off in Vancouver on the Bron Studios / Gilbert Films / Alcide Bava Pictures project, in association with MastersFX, Xyz Films and Creative Wealth Media Finance.

Deals have closed in Japan (Kadokawa), Italy (Movies Inspired), Taiwan (MovieCloud), Indonesia (Queen), India (Pictureworks) and the Middle East (Falcon).

As Screendaily reported exclusively in Cannes, The Master Cleanse marks the feature debut of writer-director Bobby Miller.

Galecki, famous for his role in The Big Bang Theory is one of the producers on the story about a heartbroken man who attends a spiritual retreat, only to discover that the course releases more than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences.

The producer roster includes Jordan Horowitz for Gilbert Films, Aaron L Gilbert for Bron Studios and Galecki
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Negative emotions in youth can affect relationships later in life

Washington, May 8: A recent research has revealed that depression and anger among young adults has a negative impact on their love life even when they reach middle age.

The study shows that it's not only your partner's current behaviour or your current behaviour that is responsible in shaping your relationship, but earlier chapters of life also have a huge role to play.

Matthew Johnson, researcher from University of Alberta, said that we assume our high school experiences cannot influence our future, but sometimes problems don't just dissipate.

In the situation, people can help themselves by recognizing the fact that where they are in their couple relationship now is likely shaped by their past experiences.

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Ice Cube Returning for New ‘Barbershop’ Movie

Ice Cube Returning for New ‘Barbershop’ Movie
MGM is in talks with Ice Cube to star in and produce a third “Barbershop” movie after a decade-long hiatus.

The project will also be produced by Cube’s producing partner Matt Alvarez, Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr.

The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” featured the same cast with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing.

The two “Barbershop” films combined for about $140 million in worldwide box office.

Cube was most recently seen in “Ride Along” and will star in “22 Jump Street.” He is repped by UTA, Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and attorney Matt Johnson.

News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.
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Rocky relations with parents can ruin your current romantic partnerships

Washington, Feb 7: As the Valentines' Day is approaching, a relationship researcher has revealed that the love between parents and teens- however stormy or peaceful- may influence whether those children are successful in romance, even up to 15 years later.

Therefore, Matt Johnson from University of Alberta has advised anybody who's had rocky relations with their parents while growing up, not to let it spill over into their current romantic partnership this Valentine's Day.

The study was co-authored by Johnson, whose work explores the complexities of the romantic ties that bind.

Being aware of that connection may.
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Made in Chelsea's Cheska 'vomited on' by 'penguin' for Fake Reaction

Made in Chelsea star Cheska Hull gets 'vomited on' by a 'penguin' in a bizarre new video from ITV2's Fake Reaction.

The socialite and PR expert is hit with a gush of mush expelled by three 'penguins' in the Digital Spy clip, and must try not to give away which substance is made up of guts and innards.

Dressed in a penguin costume of her own, Hull claims: "It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," but grimaces and shouts throughout the entire sequence.

Kerry Katona, comedian and Splash! contestant Patrick Monahan, and presenter Matt Johnson are the other guests joining team captains Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor, and host Matt Edmondson on the latest edition of Fake Reaction.

The episode airs tonight (January 30) at 10pm on ITV2.
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2013 Satellite Award Nominations Topped by '12 Years a Slave' with 10 Noms

12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (Ipa) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations. The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each. The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was
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ParisFX to spotlight Gravity, Wwz, Spivet

ParisFX to spotlight Gravity, Wwz, Spivet
Ile de France Film Commission unveils ParisFX line-up. Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Dreamworks animation chief Kristof Serrand among speakers.

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and his longtime visual effects expert Alain Carsoux will be among the top speakers at the Ile De France Film Commission’s annual ParisFX conference running Dec 4-5.

Carsoux, whose career kicked off as a digital compositor on Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children, now has more than 100 films credits to his name, including most recently Grace of Monaco and Turning Tide.

He will discuss his recent work on Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, which hit screens in France in October, and will also participate in a conversation with the director on their 20-year collaboration, which also included working together on the worldwide hit Amélie.

Other key speakers in the two-day conference devoted to the special effects industry, the programme of which was unveiled by the Ile de France
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World War Z: First Look At Russian Zombie; Plus VFX Breakdown With Digital Zombies

Andrea Leanza is a makeup artist, applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, and film. Recently, Andrea worked on Brad Pitt's zombie pandemic, World War Z. Below, you will see an actor having prosthetics and makeup applied so that he appears to be a zombie during a harsh winter environment. What is most interesting is that this our first look at one of the Russian zombies from the original Moscow ending, that was shot but later scrapped. To read about that ending clicking here. Did you know that the whole Philadelphia traffic jam sequence from World War Z was actually filmed in Glasgow? This, and other key sequences in the film, used environments created by Cinesite. Cinesite’s environment team decided that to give the “realest” look they would base the CG as much as possible on photographed reality. Cinesite VFX supervisor Matt Johnson and VFX photographer Aviv Yaron
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Dirties, The | Review - Slamdance 2013

Matt (Matthew Johnson) and Owen (Owen Williams) are two high school kids making a movie about two high school kids making a movie about two high school kids making a movie... Wait. Are there two levels of reality or three? I get dizzy just thinking about it, so for now I will just stick with three...or two. Anyways... The movie that Matt and Owen are making is precisely what we might expect from high school boys nowadays. The dialogue is riddled with profanity and -- like most of the YouTube generation -- they have a bloody fascination with bodily injuries. As if the characters within the film cannot think of anything original to say, their dialogue is chock full of cinematic quotations and references (appropriately enough, several chunks of Quentin Tarantino dialogue is cleverly re-appropriated). Oh, and the production value is low enough to deter some viewers...but they do use wireless mics!
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Matt Johnson: Ant & Dec should have their own National TV Award

This Morning presenter Matt Johnson has joked that Ant & Dec should have their own special National Television Award to stop them hogging the 'Entertainment Presenter' gong at the annual ceremony. The Geordie duo have taken home the prize for 11 consecutive years and will be aiming for a 12th on Wednesday night, but Johnson suggested that the pair could perhaps take a break from the NTAs in 2014. "Ant and Dec definitely deserve all the awards that they've been picking up down the years. If the NTAs were coming from their peers and critics they'd be getting all the same awards as well, I reckon," Johnson told Digital Spy. "They're just the best at what they do. "But come on guys, 11 years in a row. They should just win one more award, name it the Ant & Dec Award and let someone have a chance. "Poor Dermot [O'Leary], (more)
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Slamdance Embraces Controversy With First Trailer For The Dirties

If there is a more controversial topic right now than schoolyard violence I don't know what it is. And the Slamdance Film Festival is sure to rile some feathers and provoke some conversation with Matt Johnson's debut feature The Dirties.The creator of web series Nirvana The Band The Show, Johnson costars here with Owen Williams as a pair of movie obsessed high schoolers trying to cope with a gang of bullies - who they've dubbed The Dirties. The pair fantasize about revenge in in a film project but when one wants to take it further things get disturbing.The first trailer arrived earlier this week via The Playlist, check it below....

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Exclusive: Edgy, Unnerving Red Band Trailer For Slamdance Entry 'The Dirties'

Throught the years, the Sundance Film Festival and its more irreverant cousin, the Slamdance Film Festival have played host to no shortage of films about adolescents and high school. But we're willing to bet there are few as potentially eye-opening as "The Dirties." Set to premiere at Slamdance in a just a short while, we have the exclusive red band trailer for the film, and it's definitely worth a look. Marking the feature directorial debut of Matt Johnson (the man behind the web series "Nirvana The Band The Show"), he also co-stars (with Owen Williams) in, and co-wrote (with Evan Morgan), the tale of two cinema-loving high school friends, who are tormented by bullies. They decide to make a movie about exacting revenge on their tormentors, but it turns out, one of the friends isn't joking about getting justice. And as you'll see below in the trailer, what starts with
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Ignoring doubts about tying the knot 'may lead to troubled married life'

Washington, November 3: Couples about to get married should not ignore nagging doubts about walking down the aisle, experts have warned.

"If you are having doubts about the relationship, just ignoring them may make a difference years down the road," Matthew Johnson, co-author of the study while at Kansas State University, said.

The study by researchers from the University of Alberta found that couples who were more confident as they exchanged vows also spent more time together 18 months into the marriage, and were still happy sharing life with their spouses at the three-year mark.

The study used existing research data to weigh the marital confidence of 610 newlywed couples over a period of four years. Those who were.
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Is Drought Hurting Your Movie Snacks?

(Repeats Sept 2 story without changes to headline or text)

* Popcorn companies concerned as yield forecasts shrink

* Wholesale prices grow, grocery stores may follow

* Suppliers look to the U.S. South, South America to boost supplies

By P.J. Huffstutter

Chicago, Sept 2 (Reuters) - For more than half a century, the Shew family has harvested mountains of popcorn kernels to be buttered, salted and munched by movie fans.

But as a crippling Midwestern drought sends commodity soybean and grain prices soaring, the family's farmland in west-central Indiana is suffering. Plants are listing, stalks are spindly and corn ears small.

It's an ill portent for the snack food world. All across the Midwest, where rows of popcorn normally thrive alongside fields of soybeans, U.S. popcorn farmers have watched in horror as stifling, triple-digit temperatures and weeks without rain withered crops.

"This is the worst season we've ever had," said third-generation popcorn purveyor Mark Shew,
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