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Alcon Entertainment to Reduce Operations, Cutting Jobs

Alcon Entertainment, which has seen mixed box office performance in recent years, has announced that it’s streamlining and consolidating its operations in order to capitalize on new opportunities for content providers.

The company was founded in 1997 and produced “The Blind Side,” “P.S., I Love You,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The 33,” “Point Break,” “Prisoners,” “Transcendence,” “Father Figures,” “12 Strong,” and “Blade Runner 2049.” “The Blind Side” was a major hit in 2009 with more than $300 million in worldwide box office. “Blade Runner 2049,” which was also financed by Sony, grossed $260 million worldwide.

Co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove did not disclose how many jobs would be cut. The company has a long-standing output deal with Warner Bros. for its movies.

“We look forward to Alcon’s third decade of supporting artists in the creation of content not only for the theatrical marketplace, but also for the linear, and the quickly emerging digital platforms,” the duo said
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Jay Russell To Direct His Script ‘You’re Not Real’ For Akiva Goldsman & Paramount Pics

Jay Russell To Direct His Script ‘You’re Not Real’ For Akiva Goldsman & Paramount Pics
Exclusive: Just in time for Halloween, Jay Russell has sold an original horror thriller to Paramount Pictures and Akiva Goldsman. In a twist for the director of the beloved family film My Dog Skip and the heroic Ladder 49, Russell now has an an eye to direct the creepy You’re Not Real. The story follows a young school teacher who reunites with her reclusive, scientific genius grandfather for the first time at his isolated country estate, uncovering disturbing truths about…
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Authorized Lou Gehrig Biopic ‘The Luckiest Man’ in Development

Authorized Lou Gehrig Biopic ‘The Luckiest Man’ in Development
An authorized biopic of iconic baseball player Lou Gehrig was announced Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of Gehrig’s retirement from the New York Yankees.

The baseball team has given its endorsement to the new project “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth.” The film will be directed by Jay Russell (“My Dog Skip” “Ladder 49”) and based on the biography “Luckiest Man” by Jonathan Eig, with a screenplay adaptation by Dan Kay.

The movie will focus on Gehrig’s playing career from 1923 to 1939, when it was cut short by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and his relationship with his wife Eleanor. Gehrig died in 1941 and his life was recounted in 1942’s “Pride of the Yankees,” which starred Gary Cooper and received 11 Oscar nominations.

The title is taken from a speech Gehrig gave at Yankee Stadium two weeks after his retirement. The speech began, “Fans, for the past two weeks, you’ve been reading about a bad break. Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.”

Producers are Branded Entertainment’s Michael Uslan and David Uslan, Kingsway Productions’ Robert Molloy and Conglomerate Media’s Armando Gutierrez. Barrie Osborne and Jeff Steen will serve as executive producers. Principal casting will begin this month.

“Lou Gehrig is an iconic character, not just in baseball, but as a true American hero, a man who faced his intense, personal battles with quiet bravery,” Russell said. “While Gehrig’s story has previously been told in the beloved ‘Pride of the Yankees’, this will be a new depiction with a more contemporary style and approach.”

David Uslan said, “This is the story of how a shy, quiet man, at the moment in life that tests him to the absolute extreme, can step up to the plate and deliver extemporaneously, and from the heart, arguably one of the greatest speeches in American history. It can’t help but rekindle our belief in the best of humanity during today’s polarizing and dispirited times.”

Michael and David Uslan are represented by Wme and Manatt Phelps & Phillips. Russell is represented by Apa, Zero Gravity Management and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown. Kay is represented by Apa, Circle of Confusion and Myman, Greenspan, Fineman, Fox, Rosenberg & Light. Osborne is represented by Gersh and Stankevich Law. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
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Jay Russell To Helm Yankees-Blessed Lou Gehrig Pic ‘The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth’

Jay Russell To Helm Yankees-Blessed Lou Gehrig Pic ‘The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth’
Exclusive: On the anniversary of his 1939 retirement from baseball, late great New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig will be the subject of a new feature that has gotten a rare endorsement from the Yankees, the only team for which he played. The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth will be directed by Jay Russell, the helmer behind My Dog Skip and Ladder 49. Based on the Jonathan Eig biography Luckiest Man, the film has a script by Dan Kay. Branded Entertainment’s…
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Frankie Muniz to Star in Indie Drama ‘Black String’ (Exclusive)

Frankie Muniz will star in the upcoming independent drama “The Black String,” with filming starting next month in Los Angeles.

Muniz is best known for playing the title character in Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” for seven seasons. Following the final season in 2006, he has only taken a handful of roles in TV shows and movies in order to pursue his passion for race cars and real estate.

Brian Hanson is directing “The Black String” from his own script, co-written with Richard Handley, who also serves as producer. The story centers on a lonely art school dropout named Jonathan whose life begins to unravel after a reckless sexual encounter with a mysterious woman — and while friends and family believe he’s losing his mind, Jonathan is convinced something far more sinister is at hand.

Muniz’ feature credits include “My Dog Skip” and the two “Agent Cody Banks” movies. He also starred in Shawn Levy’s cult
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Frankie Muniz to Star in Indie Drama ‘Black String’ (Exclusive)

Frankie Muniz to Star in Indie Drama ‘Black String’ (Exclusive)
Frankie Muniz will star in the upcoming independent drama “The Black String,” with filming starting next month in Los Angeles.

Muniz is best known for playing the title character in Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” for seven seasons. Following the final season in 2006, he has only taken a handful of roles in TV shows and movies in order to pursue his passion for race cars and real estate.

Brian Hanson is directing “The Black String” from his own script, co-written with Richard Handley, who also serves as producer. The story centers on a lonely art school dropout named Jonathan whose life begins to unravel after a reckless sexual encounter with a mysterious woman — and while friends and family believe he’s losing his mind, Jonathan is convinced something far more sinister is at hand.

Muniz’ feature credits include “My Dog Skip” and the two “Agent Cody Banks” movies. Muniz
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Giveaway – Win The Blind Side on DVD

We’re giving you the chance to relive the extraordinary true story of “The Blind Side” this Mother’s Day! Enter now to be in with a chance of winning the DVD.

Golden Globe nominee Sandra Bullock, Oscar winner Kathy Bates and country singing star Tim McGraw headline this deeply moving adaptation of the Michael Lewis bestseller about a young man whose size and prowess playing American-style football help him attain an education in school and in life.

Quinton Aaron portrays the oversized teenager transformed from a homeless street kid to a star athlete through the kindness and charity of a dynamic woman (Bullock – Infamous) who offers him a stable home, a caring family and the opportunity to follow his dreams. Tim McGraw takes the role of the husband who discovers the boy’s talent, and Kathy Bates (Misery) plays the young man’s strict tutor in this riveting, heartfelt
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Kevin Bacon Wants More Male Nudity in Hilarious PSA -- See Why He Wants To 'Free The Bacon'

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Kevin Bacon has a very important message! The actor is the new face of one hilarious mock PSA, titled "#FreetheBacon," for Mashable. In the spoof, the 57-year-old actor addresses a growing "problem" in Hollywood: The lack of male nudity in television and film. Check out the hilarious video above to see why the "Wild Things" star wants you to help him "free the bacon." "In so many films and TV shows, we see gratuitous female nudity, and that's not Ok. Well, it's Ok, but it's not fair to actresses, and it's not fair to actors, because we want to be naked too. Gentlemen, it's time to free the bacon," he explains in the video. "And by bacon, of course, I mean your wiener, your balls and your butt." The actor is no stranger to on-screen nudity, either. He's bared his bod in flicks like "Wild Things" and even says he
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Ryan Gosling Sets Sights on Blade Runner Sequel

When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:

Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.

Principal photography is set to start in summer of
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Blade Runner Sequel Director Announced, Harrison Ford’s Return Confirmed

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After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:

Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the
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Blade Runner Sequel Confirmed, Harrison Ford To Return

Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.

The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most
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Alcon Hires Angela and Catherine Paura as Co-Presidents of Worldwide Marketing

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Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of Worldwide Marketing, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The sisters will report directly to Kosove and Johnson.

The Pauras join Alcon from their partnership in Capstone Global Marketing & Research Group, Inc., a marketing research and consulting firm. Prior to Capstone, Catherine co-founded the National Research Group, Inc. (Nrg) with Joseph Farrell in 1978 and served as its Chief Executive Officer for fifteen years. During her time at Nrg, Catherine worked with every major studio on the design and strategy of their marketing campaigns.
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Catherine and Angela Paura Hired as Alcon Marketing Chiefs (Exclusive)

Alcon Entertainment has hired Catherine Paura and Angela Paura as co-heads of marketing.

The Paura sisters are taking over the marketing duties for Richard Ingber, who announced in October that he was departing.

The due have been hired as co-presidents of worldwide marketing and will report to co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

The Pauras join Alcon from their partnership in Capstone Global Marketing & Research Group, a marketing research and consulting firm.

Prior to Capstone, Catherine co-founded the National Research Group with Joseph Farrell in 1978 and served as its CEO for 15 years.

Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of Worldwide Marketing, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. The sisters will report directly to Kosove and Johnson.

Angela Paura has worked with Alcon on “The Blind Side,” “Dolphon Tale” and “My Dog Skip.”
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Paura sisters assume marketing reins at Alcon

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Angela and Catherine Paura have joined Alcon Entertainment as co-presidents of worldwide marketing.

Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, to whom the sisters report, made the announcement on Monday (December 22).

The Pauras join Alcon from their marketing research and consulting firm Capstone Global Marketing & Research Group.

Prior to Capstone Catherine Paura co-founded the National Research Group (Nrg) with Joseph Farrell in 1978 and served as its CEO for 15 years.

During her time at Nrg she worked with every major studio on the design and strategy of their marketing campaigns. She has also consulted for television companies and home entertainment products.

Angela Paura has a long working relationship with Alcon, including on such releases as The Blind Side (pictured), Dolphin Tale and Alcon’s first hit film, My Dog Skip.

Angela served as Cmo of Nrg and has held senior executive marketing positions at Viacom and Jp Morgan Chase.

“We are thrilled
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Alcon Marketing Chief Richard Ingber Steps Down

Alcon Entertainment’s Richard Ingber, the company’s longtime president of worldwide marketing and distribution, will leave at the end of the year.

He will resume his Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm and will consult on Alcon’s upcoming “Hillsong — Let Hope Rise,” opening April 1, and the rebooted “Point Break,” which opens July 31.

Ingber joined Alcon in 2000 as a consultant on “My Dog Skip” and became head of marketing and distribution in 2007. He worked with Warner Bros., which releases all Alcon titles, on campaigns for “The Blind Side,” the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, “The Book of Eli,” the two “Dolphin Tale” films, “P.S. I Love You,” “Prisoners” and “Insomnia.”

“Richard has been instrumental in our company’s history from almost the very beginning,” said Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “He’s been more than a creative marketing executive, he’s been a tremendous collaborator and true friend.
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Third Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Line-Up of Films

Marc and Brenda Lhormer are the Founders and current Heads of this wonderful event which we have attended, and worked at in various roles, since its beginning.

I always use this Fest when speaking as the best model of a regional Film Festival that I know. In other words I find it a perfect blending of high current level film culture, works and people from the biz and film production world with a community that is film centric, loyal and always hospitable to us 'outsiders'.

May I also add that personally the Northern California Wine Country (which the Fest uses superbly!!) is one of my favorite places anywhere for many years now.

I look forward to attending and supporting this great event this coming up version, November 13 – 17.

From their official announcement -

Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are proud to announce several of the festival’s star-studded headlining films, as well as the first set of honorees to be feted at the Celebrity Tribute Program, hosted by Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush. Showcasing the year’s best new independent films in 12 uniquely designed screening venues along with Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality, Nvff returns in full force with a five-day Festival spanning Napa Valley’s four postcard-perfect towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga, November 13 – 17.

On Opening Night, Wednesday, November 13, the Festival will present August: Osage County, based on the award winning play, and directed by John Wells, one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers for television, film and stage. The film stars the legendary Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, as part of a dysfunctional family returning to their home in Oklahoma. Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Abigail Breslin round out the stellar supporting cast. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks will “wow” audiences with a Gala Presentation, on Thursday, November 14, of Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock and inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of the long road Disney’s classic Mary Poppins took to make it to the big screen. The terrific supporting cast includes Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffith, Kathy Baker and Paul Giamatti. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

In addition to August: Osage County and Saving Mr. Banks, Nvff will unspool the following new films: The Immigrant, Directed by James Gray, this emotional film brings to life his obsession with social class, in particular the immigrant experience that relates to his Russian Jewish heritage. In search of a new start, Ewa Cybulski and her sister sail to New York from Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Alone and desperate to unite with Madga, Ewa falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando the Magician restores her hopes for a brighter future. Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. Courtesy of RADiUS – TWC.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be the Festival's Closing Night Film, Sunday, November 17. Directed by British filmmaker Justin Chadwick, this powerful film depicts the tumultuous history of Nelson Mandela and his harrowing life journey from rural childhood to anti-apartheid crusader to President of South Africa. Starring Idris Elba (The Wire) and Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean; Skyfall). Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

Nebraska: Yet another remarkable film directed by Alexander Payne, Nebraska captures the effortless acting of an aging man (Bruce Dern) who is convinced he has won one million dollars and travels across two states with his estranged son (Will Forte) to claim his winnings. Payne captures real-life love and heartache through his breathtaking sceneries and script. Dern has already won the best acting prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Nebraska will screen as a Sneak Preview on Tuesday, November 12 at the Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

One Chance :starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Colm Meaney and Julie Walters, and produced by Simon Cowell, this is David Frankel’s sixth feature film. One Chance tells the remarkable true story of aspiring opera singer Paul Potts. Frankel’s previous work includes The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, Marley & Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Anniston, The Big Year, starring Jack Black, Steve Martin and Wilson, and Hope Springs, starring Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

Philomena: The Festival is proud to screen Philomena as its Centerpiece Presentation. Celebrated Director Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. Philomena, based on the book 'The Lost Child Of Philomena' Lee by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, is the true story of an Irish woman who was taken in by nuns as a pregnant teenager. Condemned to a slavish life at the abbey, she is forced to give up her four-year-old boy to an American couple she never meets. Late in life, aided by a journalist, she sets out to find her son. Starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (playing Sixsmith). Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

“We are truly humbled and honored to be presenting these outstanding films prior to their end-of-year theatrical releases,” said Nvff Executive & Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. “These star-studded movies are a nice complement to the over 100 new independent narrative and documentary features and shorts that comprise the main body of our film program. We invite everyone to join us in Napa Valley for a magical celebration at the most perfect time of year.” This year’s Celebrity Tribute Program on Friday, November 15 will be hosted by Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush who will take the stage at Lincoln Theatre in Yountville for the third year, and once again amuse and delight audiences while interviewing the talented honorees and sharing stories.

2013 Nvff Rising Stars: Miles Teller had the distinct honor and privilege of making his feature screen debut opposite Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in the film Rabbit Hole based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. In this tragic family drama, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Miles played ‘Jason Willette’, a bit of a loner teen who escapes into a world of comic books and science fiction but whose solitary life comes crashing into the couple played by Kidman and Eckhart. Miles’s career is really taking off.

He can currently be seen in theaters in the Sundance hit The Spectacular Now, opposite Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). Other recent film credits include 21 & Over, Project X, and Footloose. Next up are the comedy Get A Job and the fantasy action film Divergent.

Dianna Agron is on her way to becoming one of the most versatile, talented and sought-after young actresses in Hollywood. She is most widely known for playing Quinn Fabray on Fox’s hit television series “Glee” for which she has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards. The “Glee” cast also won ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble’ at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for ‘Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.’ Agron will next be seen in Luc Besson’s The Family, which follows the notorious Manzoni family when they relocate to Normandy under the witness protection program, where fitting in becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. Distributed by Relativity Media, the film also stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released on September 13, 2013.

Director Tribute: John Lee Hancock is a Director, writer and producer, and has established himself as a distinctive voice in filmmaking. His work on The Blind Side led to two Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Actress) and garnered Sandra Bullock her very first Oscar. Previous film credits include: The Alamo, which he directed and co-wrote; The Rookie which he directed; My Dog Skip which he co-produced; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and A Perfect World both of which he wrote with Clint Eastwood directing. Hancock also serves as an advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab. Additional Tribute Honorees, special events and the full film lineup for the third annual Napa Valley Film Festival will be announced in late September and early October.

About the Napa Valley Film Festival and Cinema Napa Valley: The Napa Valley Film Festival is produced by Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Napa, California. The Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking and cinematic story-telling; enhance and diversify Napa Valley’s cultural landscape, and to provide educational opportunities in and out of the classroom for local students. The ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, Nvff, November 13-17, lights up the picturesque towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga at the most colorful time of year. Nvff features over 100 new independent films and studio sneak previews screening in 12 beautiful venues throughout the 4 walkable villages, as 300 visiting filmmakers interact with audiences at screenings and intimate events. Attendees enjoy film panels & culinary demonstrations, wine tasting pavilions, the spectacular Festival Gala, Celebrity Tributes, Awards Ceremony, and an array of parties, VIP receptions and winemaker dinners and more. For information or to buy passes, visit NapaValleyFilmFest.org or call 707-226-7500.

Major 2013 Sponsors include Cadillac (Official Automobile Sponsor), Amazon Web Services and Intel (Animated Short Film Category) and Sony Electronics. Leading Sponsors include Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Stella Artois, Meadowood Napa Valley (Artists-in-Residence Program), Terlato Family Wineries, ColorZone and Avms. Supporting Sponsors include V Estates, Sterling Vineyards, Domaine Chandon/Newton Vineyards, Union Bank, Delta Airlines and Classic Party Rentals. Top Media and Marketing Partners include: Traditional Home Magazine (Napa Valley Showhouse), More Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle/ sfgate.com, The Hollywood Reporter, Winecountry.com, Wine Spectator, Food Arts, NBC Bay Area, Mutineer Magazine, Brkly, and Comcast/Xfinity.
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Remembering Free Willy And 8 Other Famed Animal Actors

Remembering Free Willy And 8 Other Famed Animal Actors
July 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of "Free Willy," the emotional family film which stole the hearts of viewers. Starring Jason James Richter as a young man who becomes friends with an Orca whale named Willy (played by famous whale Keiko), "Free Willy" brought in $77.69 million at the box office and was followed by two sequels: "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" and "Free Willy 3: The Rescue."

In celebration of the anniversary of "Free Willy," remember Keiko the Orca Whale and eight other famed animal actors.

Keiko the Orca Whale: Fans fell in love with Keiko when he starred in "Free Willy."

Buddy the Golden Retriever: Buddy starred as the family dog Comet in "Full House," as well as the athletic pup in the "Air Bud" movies.

Uggie the Jack Russell Terrier: A campaign was launched after Uggie starred in the Oscar-winning film "The Artist" to give the dog an Academy Award.
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William Ross to conduct the Oscar Orchestra

William Ross will conduct the Oscar orchestra for the Academy Awards®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. “We are happy to have Bill Ross conduct the Oscar orchestra,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “With a show so rich with music, we are so pleased to have someone as talented as Bill on our team.” Ross, who conducted for the 79th and 83rd Academy Awards®, is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry. He has arranged music for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, Seal, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. The records on which he has worked have sold a total of over 250 million copies in the United States. Ross has written original scores for such films as “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Ladder 49,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “My Dog Skip.
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Award-Winning Composer William Ross To Conduct Oscar Orchestra At 85th Academy Awards

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William Ross will conduct the Oscar orchestra for the Academy Awards®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are happy to have Bill Ross conduct the Oscar orchestra,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “With a show so rich with music, we are so pleased to have someone as talented as Bill on our team.”

Ross, who conducted for the 79th and 83rd Academy Awards®, is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry. He has arranged music for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, Seal, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. The records on which he has worked have sold a total of over 250 million copies in the United States.

Ross has written original scores for such films as “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Ladder 49,
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Frankie Muniz Suffers A Stroke – Let’s Check Up On The Rest Of The Malcolm In The Middle Cast

When we found out that Frankie Muniz had suffered a stroke, we made a pained and confused face very similar to his trademark expression on Malcolm In The Middle. Because last time we checked, isn’t this dude, like, nine years old? Ok, it’s been a long time since he’s played the precocious pre-teen on the long running show. But he’s still wayyy too young to be having strokes. He turns 27 tomorrow for goodness sake. Let’s hope he’s well enough for some cake.

The former child star posted his health update to his twitter early this morning. “I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a “Mini Stroke”, which was not fun at all,” he wrote. “Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!” Awww, be careful Frankie! If anything happens to you, we’ll be bawling harder than we were at
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