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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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10th Anniversary of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Comes with Latino & Hispanic Cinema Film Festival…

10th Anniversary of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Comes with Latino & Hispanic Cinema Film Festival, September 16Ficg in L.A. is not the only Latino Film Festival in Los Angeles, a city populated almost 50% by Latinos. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spotlight emerging global filmmakers at the Annual Latino & Hispanic Cinema Film Festival honoring Hispanic Heritage Month this September.

Celebrating 10 Years, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles continues to champion and promote the works of global emerging filmmakers. With the goal of showcasing, supporting and connecting emerging filmmakers, Nfmla has rapidly expanded to become much more than a monthly film festival for shorts.

As a monthly event, founder Larry Laboe and Susie Kim consistently support emerging filmmakers in much the same way as NewFilmmakers New York does on a weekly basis. In New York, NewFilmmakers New York is a part of the Anthology Film Archives founded in 1998 by Jonas Mekas.
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Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster Renew Wedding Vows 10 Years After Tying the Knot

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster Renew Wedding Vows 10 Years After Tying the Knot
Every beat of Rod Stewart‘s heart still belongs to his wife Penny Lancaster.

The lovebirds marked 10 years of marriage recently with a vow renewal at their Essex, England, home, Hello! magazine reports, sharing photos from the event. According to the publication, the ceremony took place under an aged beech tree on the couple’s 45-acre property.

In attendance were the spouses’ sons Aiden, 6, and Alastair Wallace, 11, plus Stewart’s daughters Renée, 25, and Kimberly, 37, his sons Liam, 22, and Sean, 36, as well as Kimberly’s daughter Delilah, 5½. Another special guest? Lancaster’s pup Bubbles, who reportedly “walked” her up the aisle
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Scream’s Carlson Young and Foster the People’s Isom Innis Are Married!

Scream’s Carlson Young and Foster the People’s Isom Innis Are Married!
Carlson Young and Isom Innis are married, People can exclusively confirm.

The Scream actress and the Foster the People’s artist tied the knot on Saturday in Young’s hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. Surrounded by 350 guests, the two lovebirds said their vows at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where Young frequented as a child.

Innis’ bandmates Mark Foster, Sean Cimino and Mark Pontius served as groomsmen in the large wedding party. While Young’s sister Griffin Young served as her maid-of-honor.

“This has been by far the best weekend of our lives,” the couple tells People. “Getting to have
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Iwan Thomas vowed never to dance live on TV again after voguing to Madonna

After giving his best Madonna impression during Sport Relief, former Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas swore he would never dance on TV again.

However, the experience can't have been that traumatic as he's admitted he's looking forward to putting on the glittery lycra to face his fears on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

He said: "The last time I danced was for Let's Dance for Sport Relief with a team of Olympians and we danced to Madonna's 'Vogue'. After that, I vowed I would never dance live on TV again because it was so scary!

"But here I am now on the biggest dance show on TV and will be facing my fears live every Saturday night, I can't wait."

When asked if he is competitive, Thomas admitted he's trying to avoid thinking about it too
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Arts Alliance staffs Us office

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Execs from AMC, Deluxe and Sony join La operation.

UK event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has opened an office in La in a bid to grow its stateside footprint.

Heading the Studio City-based distribution outfit, which also comprises a Us outpost for subsidiary Park Circus, will be MD Brad Carroll, formerly of Miramax and AMC Theatres.

Cyndi Ex, formerly of Deluxe and Ets joins the company as director of finance and operations, while

Former Sony Pictures exec Chris Lane joins the company as sales manager.

Chris Chouinard continues in his role as sales manager for Park Circus.

Mark Foster, CEO of Arts Alliance, said: “Establishing a North American centre in Los Angeles will enable us to maintain and develop our already-strong relationships with key partners from film studios, to exhibitors, to management companies, record labels, and arts institutions.”

Key clients for Arts Alliance include The Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Foster The People

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Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009, Foster the People are an Indie/electronic band known for their hit song ‘Pumped Up Kicks’. In 2011, they released their debut album Torches, touring it extensively all over the world. The album would receive platinum certifications in the Us, Canada and Australia. But, it’s main selling point was still Pumped Up Kicks.

The song has gone on to sell, as of August 2013, 5.17 million copies in the Us alone. But the band would return to the studio and write their next album Supermodel, released in 2014. The album would not chart or sell as well as Torches, but saw them take on a darker, more mature sound.

From humble beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, Mark Foster (singer/founder/multi-instrumentalist) would move to L.A. in an attempt to make it in the music industry. Out there, he would form the band with friends
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Madeon – Adventure Review

Adventure, the debut album for French Wunderkind Madeon, takes listeners on a colourful and whimsical musical journey. It represents three years of hard work on the producer’s part, and it certainly shows. Every single note and vocal is crafted to orchestrate a soundtrack to an imaginary world. One which is filled with good vibes, catchy pop sounds, and a lasting state of euphoria.

Kicking off the 12-track LP is a prelude titled “Isometric.” Winding scales prepare the listener for the adventure ahead, progressing towards a sneak peak of the signature Madeon break. While brief in length, it creates anticipation and a yearning for what’s to come. Following that is “You’re On,” which was also the second release from the album. It highlights the soothing R&B vocals of Kyan, which ride a 100 bpm wave of pop melodies and synths.

“Ok” is up next and it’s a
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Madeon To Release Debut Album Adventure On March 31

Though we already knew that French wunderkind Madeon was planning to release his debut album this year, we now know exactly when it will drop. Titled Adventure, the 20-year-old producer will release the disc on March 31st and along with familiar tracks like “You’re On” and “The City,” the album will bring with it exciting collaborations from artists like Bastille and Passion Pit.

“With Adventure, I wanted to capture the feeling and sensibility of my teenage years. I wanted the album to start very vibrant and pop and end with a more contemplative tone,” said Madeon.

“In making the record I both collaborated in the studio with some of my favourite musicians, and wrote and performed vocals on songs myself, two things I hadn’t really done before with my own music.”

Available to pre-order on iTunes from today, those who place an order for Adventure will receive instant
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Arts Alliance buys Park Circus

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Exclusive: Event cinema specialist acquires classics distributor.

Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has acquired Scottish-based classic film distributor Park Circus.

Park Circus, established in 2003, reps theatrical rights to more than 20,000 Us and international titles.

The company has re-issued classics including Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather, Brief Encounter, Heaven’s Gate, Casablanca and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Upcoming releases from Park Circus include Jacques Tati’s Playtime, sci-fi ‘B’ picture Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Samuel Goldwyn’s Guys and Dolls.

Arts Alliance’s event cinema output includes the Royal Opera House opera and ballet, theatre from Shakespeare’s Globe and a new series of original commissions focused on arts events, including the recent Matisse exhibition event from Tate Modern.

Next month it will distribute the anticipated One Direction – Where We Are concert into more than 3,000 screens worldwide.

Mark Foster, CEO of Arts Alliance, said: “Park Circus are passionate about cinema and its rich heritage and now
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Abramorama, Arts Alliance

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Richard Abramowitz’s distribution company Abramorama has partnered with Arts Alliance to theatrically release a slate of titles including live events.

Highlights include live and as-live broadcasts of the Royal Opera House’s I Due Foscari starring Placido Domingo, La Bohème, Swan Lake and Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen production of Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance.

“With opera and ballet from Covent Garden, Shakespeare from the Globe Theatre, and art exhibits of the highest quality from the best museums around the world, North American audiences will now experience what the rest of the world has long appreciated,” said Abramowitz (pictured).

“Arts Alliance has been a premier content producer and distributor for years and we’re delighted to be working with them to bring this great programming to the North American market. This kind of alternative content is a true growth area in our business and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”

“This is an exciting
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Abramorama, Arts Alliance form pact

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Richard Abramowitz’s distribution company Abramorama has partnered with Arts Alliance to theatrically release a slate of titles including live events.

Highlights include live and as-live broadcasts of the Royal Opera House’s I Due Foscari starring Placido Domingo, La Bohème, Swan Lake and Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen production of Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance.

“With opera and ballet from Covent Garden, Shakespeare from the Globe Theatre, and art exhibits of the highest quality from the best museums around the world, North American audiences will now experience what the rest of the world has long appreciated,” said Abramowitz (pictured).

“Arts Alliance has been a premier content producer and distributor for years and we’re delighted to be working with them to bring this great programming to the North American market. This kind of alternative content is a true growth area in our business and we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”

“This is an exciting
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One Direction Concert Movie to Be Released on 3,000 Screens Worldwide

Event cinema distributor Arts Alliance has inked a pact with Simon Cowell’s Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment to release pop band One Direction’s latest concert movie in theaters worldwide.

Arts Alliance plans a release of more than 10,000 screenings in over 3,000 screens across 50 or more territories, which it claims to be the biggest global “event cinema” release ever.

“Where We Are — The Concert Film” will play for one weekend, Oct. 11-12. The movie, recorded at the San Siro stadium in Milan, includes all of One Direction’s biggest hits, plus a 15-minute interview cut with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. The band is on a 69-date global tour.

Tickets for the screenings will go on sale from July 28. More information including locations of the screenings will be released in the coming weeks via the film website at http://www.1Dconcertfilm.com.

The pic is produced by Fullwell 73 and re-unites producing
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One Direction film sets date

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Arts Alliance strikes deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment.

Arts Alliance announce a deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment to bring the One Direction ‘Where We Are’ tour to cinemas worldwide on Oct 11 and 12.

Event cinema distributor Arts Alliance plans more than 10,000 screenings on 3000+ screens across 50+ territories making this the biggest global event cinema release.

The band, currently in the midst of the 69-date tour, announced the news via video and a trailer for the concert film was also released today.

The concert film, offered in HD and 5.1 surround sound, was recorded at Milan’s San Siro stadium and will also feature a new 15-minute inteview edited with exclusive behind the scenes footage.

Fulwell 73 produces and the producers are reunited from the band’s previous concert film, This Is Us, Ben Winston and executive producers Simon Cowell, Sonny Takhar, Richard Griffiths, Harry Magee and Will Bloomfield.

Yogita Puri, director
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Arts Alliance combines event cinema businesses

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Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.

Former Deezer MD of UK and Ireland Mark Foster appointed as CEO of the company, which works across financing, distribution and marketing of event cinema titles. Foster starts his post immediately.

Operating under the consumer-facing brand of Arts Alliance, the new business will absorb the music and arts-focused production and production finance company Mr Wolf Presents, in addition to taking on board the cinema booking, content distribution and marketing services operation which previously were run by sister company Arts Alliance Media.

John Woodward, chairman of Arts Alliance, said: “The arrival of Mark Foster as the CEO of the newly integrated business is a watershed moment for us. Mark’s expertise and experience developing new business and marketing models for the content sector makes him the ideal person to lead the business. In addition
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Review: Foster the People expands its sound on 'Supermodel' with mixed results

After breaking through with”Torches’” hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” the most uplifting infectious song ever about a serial killer, Foster the People returns three years later with its second album, “Supermodel.” “Supermodel” relies on synthesizers and electronics as “Torches” did, but also brings in other elements: lead singer and band namesake Mark Foster traveled to Morocco, as well as wrote an orchestral score for the film, “Bella,” and both of these experiences inform “Supermodel”: it is much more expansive in its musicality than “Torches.” For example, an African flair flavors opening track “Are You What You Want To Be,” after it kicks off with a straight-ahead guitar rock riff. Foster the People aren’t veering into “Graceland” territory by any means (or even Vampire Weekend’s “Contra”), but it’s nice to hear the trio stretching a little. Also added here are more acoustic elements: a lovely piano line runs through first single,
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Foster the People's 'Supermodel': What the Critics Are Saying

Foster the People was mostly absent from the music scene after touring to support their 2011 debut album, Torches, and taking over radio waves with the dark earworm, "Pumped Up Kicks." But the trio is back on the scene with Supermodel, complete with nods to The Clash, David Bowie and even West African music.  Video: Foster the People Releases Teaser for 2014 Return Read what top critics are saying about Supermodel below: Billboard's Kenneth Partridge noted that Mark Foster "has neither gone punk nor embarked on a world music odyssey, and while there are touches of righteous anger and non-Western

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Frank Ocean, Diplo and the Clash collaborate on new song ‘Hero’

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Frank Ocean, Diplo and the Clash collaborate on new song ‘Hero’
R&B singer Frank Ocean, producer Diplo and the Clash’s guitarist Mick Jones and bassist Paul Simonon have combined their various talents into a new track for Converse's "Three Artists, One Song" series. Listen to and download "Hero" and watch a behind the scenes video below. According to Rolling Stone, Diplo led the charge, recruiting the musicians and managing production. Diplo famously sampled the Clash’s song "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A.’s 2007 hit "Paper Planes." "For me, the Clash represented really unexpected things with a garage attitude, so that’s where I was going with 'Hero,'" Diplo said. Ocean’s first new song in two years, "Hero" gains a heavy dose of soul from his vocals, which seamlessly blend with Diplo’s dub and electronic samples and the Clash’s dirty guitar riffs. The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir adds a gospel touch. Geoff Cottrill,
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Album 'Supermodel' set to release on March 18

Los Angeles, Jan 16: American indie pop band Foster The People will release their second album "Supermodel" on March 18.

The band will release it via Columbia Records,

which is the follow up of their 2011 debut album "Torches".

It has a total of 12 tracks including "Coming of age", the first single that was released Monday.

The new album is recorded in various locations around the world, with frontman Mark Foster and producer Paul Epworth setting up a writing studio in Morocco at the end of 2012.

"We didn't have any rules. We just created as much as we could in seven days. And in the spirit of wanderlust.
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Foster the People return with dreamy 'Coming of Age': Listen

It’s been more than a minute since Foster the People broke through in 2011 with “Pumped Up Kicks” from its major label debut, “Torches.” The trio, led by Mark Foster, returns with a new album, the Paul Epworth-produced “Supermodel,” on March 18. First single, “Coming of Age,” hits airwaves today. Foster the People have shifted slightly away from their Beach Boys obsession (although only slightly given how the tune ends) and moved on to new wave and late-‘80s Brit Pop for “Coming of Age,” a shimmering, yet propulsive guitar-and-synth driven track. “I try to live without regrets,” Mark Foster sings, though...
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