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'Napoleon Dynamite' Star Says Ice is Screwing Ex-ms-13 Member, 'He Will Be Murdered'

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"Napoleon Dynamite" star Efren Ramirez says Ice and the Trump Administration are hanging an ex-gang member out to dry, and essentially signing the death warrant of the 19-year-old kid. Efren is fired up about "Henry" ... the former Ms-13 member whose story is now getting national attention. Quick backstory -- "Henry" fled El Salvador and sought asylum in the U.S. to escape his life in the international crime organization. He turned informant, in exchange for
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HollyShorts Offers Oscar-Qualifying Home to New Films From Bill Plympton, Matthew Modine, and Jenn Shaw

HollyShorts Offers Oscar-Qualifying Home to New Films From Bill Plympton, Matthew Modine, and Jenn Shaw
The HollyShorts Film Festival has today unveiled its official lineup of in-competition short films for its 13th edition. As La’s biggest shorts film festival, HollyShorts routinely screens exciting new work from big names, while also offering a glimpse at the short film stars of tomorrow, all with the added sweetener of being an Oscar-qualifying festival.

This year’s festival received an all-time record of 4,000 submissions from 65 countries. This year’s lineup include 400 shorts, which will compete for the Best Short Film Prize and Grand Jury Prize, Best Director, among other top categories. The 2017 official selections have been rolled out via posts on the HollyShorts official Instagram, and all of the 400 officially accepted short films that will screen at the festival can be found by visiting here.

Read More‘Full Metal Jacket’ Set for Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration at HollyShorts — Exclusive

Highlights from this year’s selection include films that offer
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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have
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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners
This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have
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Video: 6 Unexpected, Yet Awesome Dance Scenes

Dancing in movies is nothing new, since the early days of cinema dancing has been a great way to perform a scene. However, most of these routines, as you’d expect, are in musicals. Yet there are a few non-musical films that throw in the odd surprising dance scene to great effect. Here are 6 unexpected yet awesome dance scenes.

6. Club Cringe – The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

For some dancing isn’t easy, but in this case these guys make it look almost impossible. With the juxtaposition of Neil (Blake Harrison) flailing his limbs with some sort of rhythm next to Simon (Joe Thomas) jittering nervously and Will (Simon Bird) galloping his way to sheer embarrassment, this one hits the list for cringe factor alone. The final stage in this act results in Simon and Will choosing to copy Neil and if you ever think that Neil is the one to follow, you’re in the shit.
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Palm Springs Short Film Fest Features Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen

Palm Springs Short Film Fest Features Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen
The Palm Springs International ShortFest has announced its program of 338 films with directing and acting talent including Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, and Kate Winslet.

The festival, which runs June 20-26, will feature 46 world premieres, 12 international premieres, 42 North American premieres and 16 U.S. premieres from 60 countries.

“Each year, the quality of films we watch for ShortFest keeps getting stronger,” said festival director Lili Rodriguez. “It makes our job of narrowing down the final selection that much harder, but also incredibly rewarding. There are so many unique and strong voices and we’re really proud to champion these films at the festival.”

This year’s selections include Maslany in “Apart From Everything,” “The Dark of Night,” directed by Wright and starring Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell; McKellen in “Edmund the Magnificent,” Toby Jones in “The Entertainer,” Elba in “Five by Five,” Carrie Coon in “Great Choice,”Winslet in “The Lost Letter,
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Ed Asner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at L.A. Jewish Film Festival

Ed Asner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at L.A. Jewish Film Festival
Ed Asner has been selected to receive a lifetime achievement award at Wedensday’s opening night of the 12th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.

Asner has won seven Emmy Awards for performing — more than any other male actor. He received five of the awards for the role as Lou Grant in the two series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant.”

Asner served as the 18th SAG president for two terms from 1981 to 1985. He received SAG’s Life Achievement Award in 2002, two years after winning the guild’s Ralph Morgan Award for service to the guild. He was also the lead plaintiff in a 2013 lawsuit against SAG-aftra alleging mishandling of $130 million in royalties and residuals.

The opening night activities will include the screening of the short film “Super Sex,” directed by actor Matthew Modine and starring Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins,
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Lauren Graham Misses the Mark in Middle School Gag Reel | Exclusive

Lauren Graham Misses the Mark in Middle School Gag Reel | Exclusive
Making movies is definitely a serious business, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun on the set as well. We get a small glimpse at some of the on-set shenanigans in a new gag reel from the Lionsgate comedy Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. This video features Andy Daly as Principal Dwight showing Adam Pally's Mr. Teller the various contraband students have in their lockers, although he opens the wrong locker in this sequence, forcing him to start over. We also get a glimpse at Lauren Graham, as she knocks over a house of cards, and Griffin Gluck goofing around with Efren Ramirez.

The New York Times best-selling series by James Patterson breaks all the rules when Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life arrives on Digital HD December 20 and Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand January 3 from Lionsgate and CBS Films.
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Watch Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Cheesy Tots

2004's Napoleon Dynamite was one of the biggest success stories out of the Sundance Film Festival, launching careers for Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and writer-director Jared Hess. It's also one of those rare hits that permeated popular culture in a huge way and yet they never produced a sequel... until now... ... kind of. Heder and Ramirez reunited for a new Burger King campaign tied to the return of their cheesy tots, an amusing reference to the tots-related moment in the film itself. Neither actor looks like they are completely reprising their individual roles -- Heder seems reluctant to fully go there -- it's like Napoleon gew up and just became your average dude -- but those hankering to see Napoleon and Pedro back again talking about the...

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Watch Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite for Cheesy Tots

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2004's Napoleon Dynamite was one of the biggest success stories out of the Sundance Film Festival, launching careers for Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and writer-director Jared Hess. It's also one of those rare hits that permeated popular culture in a huge way and yet they never produced a sequel... until now... ... kind of. Heder and Ramirez reunited for a new Burger King campaign tied to the return of their cheesy tots, an amusing reference to the tots-related...

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‘Napoleon Dynamite': Where Are They Now? (Photos)

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‘Napoleon Dynamite': Where Are They Now? (Photos)
Burger King Ad Jon Heder, who played the quirky character in 2004 hit indie comedy of the same name, reunited with actor Efren Ramirez, who played his faithful sidekick Pedro, to shoot a commercial for the fast food chain. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) After what many call his breakout role in “Napoleon Dynamite,” Heder has starred in comedies like “The Benchwarmers” and “Blades of Glory.” And who could forget the “Napoleon Dynamite” TV series? He just finished filming a short titled “When Jef Tried to Save the World.” Efren Ramirez (Pedro) The audience favorite has had a good career since “Napoleon Dynamite” — he’s.
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Cool Videos: Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro return for some cheesy tots

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It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since writer/director Jared Hess brought Napoleon Dynamite to audiences, thus forever cementing the characters of Napoleon and Pedro into the annals of cinema. Even That sounds like a weird statement to say, but it's true! Well, there's certainly no official sequel on the way, but Burger King, of all places, gives us the next best thing: Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez... Read More...
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Napoleon Dynamite Reunites With Pedro to Sell Tater Tots for Burger King (Video)

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Napoleon Dynamite Reunites With Pedro to Sell Tater Tots for Burger King (Video)
Burger King’s new cheesy tots have been deemed pretty dang good by Napoleon Dynamite. Jon Heder, who played the quirky character in 2004 hit indie comedy of the same name, reunited with actor Efren Ramirez, who played his faithful sidekick Pedro, to shoot a commercial for the fast food chain. “Dang it, these are good,” Heder says after yanking his friend’s entire order of tots. Also Read: 'Napoleon Dynamite': Where Are They Now? (Photos) 12 years ago, Pedro and Napoleon were part of a similar scene: The two buds sat in the cafeteria while Pedro was eating tots,
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You Gonna Eat Your Tots? Burger King Recreated Your Favorite Napoleon Dynamite Scene

You Gonna Eat Your Tots? Burger King Recreated Your Favorite Napoleon Dynamite Scene
An iconic moment from 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite from is making an on-screen comeback thanks to Burger King.

To announce the return of its cheesy tater tots, the fast food chain has released a commercial featuring Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez (who played Dynamite’s sidekick Pedro), in which the pair reenacts everyone’s favorite scene from the high school cafeteria.

Even without his curly red hair and oversized glasses, Heder falls right back into character, stealing his friend’s tots.

“Whoa, are those cheesy tots?” Heder asks in the commercial, followed by him taking a handful (and the one out
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Watch Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite Over Burger King Tots

Watch Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro Reunite Over Burger King Tots
More than 12 years after their Napoleon Dynamite took the box office by storm, the stars of the hit indie comedy are reuniting in an unconventional way. The fast food chain Burger King brought back Jon Heder (Napoleon) and Efren Ramirez (Pedro) for a new commercial, promoting the return of their Cheesy Tots. The ad puts a new twist on the now-infamous tots scene from the original comedy.

Burger King's Cheesy Tots were once a staple of the fast food chain's menu, before they were discontinued in 2009, just five years after director Jared Hess' Napoleon Dynamite hit theaters. The fast food recently resurrected another previously-discontinued menu item, the Chicken Fries, and now fans can enjoy the Cheesy Tots along with the Chicken Fries. Here's what Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America, had to say in a statement.

"Fans have been craving the return of cheesy tots for some time now.
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'Napoleon Dynamite' Stars Reunite ... Share Some Tots (Photo Gallery + Videos)

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"Napoleon Dynamite" fans rejoice -- Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez are back together for a sequel ... of sorts. Napoleon and Pedro's reunion is kinda perfect because they did it for Tots! But mostly for money ... they're doing a spot for a Burger King product. It's like 2004 all over again -- awkward and hilarious, but they really should've gotten that fat lard, Tina, to show up. [[tmz:video id="0_cq218i4r"]] [[tmz:video id="0_xq7dh1aq"]] Read more
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Jim True-Frost, Alicia Sixtos & Efren Ramirez Join Rod Lurie’s TNT Drama Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’

The Wire alum Jim True-Frost, Alicia Sixtos (East Los High) and Efren Ramirez (Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life) have signed on as series regulars opposite Garret Dillahunt in Rod Lurie's post-Civil War drama pilot Monsters of God for TNT, from Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment. In Monsters of God, written and to be directed by Lurie, savagery and violence are the cornerstones of Colonel "Terrible" Bill Lancaster (Dillahunt)'s holy war against the Comanche in…
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Election Movies To Watch

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness,
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Girl on the Train Beats Birth of a Nation at the Box Office with $24.6M

Girl on the Train Beats Birth of a Nation at the Box Office with $24.6M
Three newcomers kicked off the month of October vying for the box office win, with Universal's harrowing thriller The Girl On the Train squaring off against Fox Searchlight's indie sensation Birth of a Nation and Lionsgate's family comedy Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life. We predicted earlier this week that The Girl On the Train would win with $24.5 million, which turned out to be quite the accurate prediction. The Girl On the Train ended up winning with an estimated take of $24.6 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that The Girl On the Train pulled in an impressive $7,844 per-screen average from 3,144 theaters, easily overtaking last weekend's winner, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which dropped to second place with $15 million, followed by Deepwater Horizon with $11.7 million, The Magnificent Seven with $9.1 million and Storks rounding out the top 5 with $8.4 million. The week's other two new releases didn't fare nearly as well as predicted,
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Film Review: ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’

Film Review: ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’
As Francois Truffaut sagely noted, adolescence leaves pleasant memories only for adults who cannot remember. So it’s entirely possible that even the folks who made “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” will be pleasantly surprised by the cross-generational appeal of their spirited comedy about a sixth-grader’s antiauthoritarian campaign of rule-breaking mischief. To be sure, every generation is entitled to its own revenge fantasy, and this particular wishdream — inspired by the series-spawning novel by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets — is aimed primarily at viewers who might not yet have a firm grasp on puberty. But “Middle School” also may resonate with older viewers who most certainly do remember adolescent angst.

Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck), the protagonist of the piece, is a semi-introverted but fancifully imaginative youngster who, for reasons left teasingly unclear, already has been kicked out of two schools before his single mom (Lauren Graham) enrolls
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