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Filmmaking in Jail: How Director Madeleine Sackler Shot Two Movies in a Maximum-Security Prison

Five years ago, documentary filmmaker Madeleine Sackler started the process of making “O.G.” and “It’s A Hard Truth Ain’t It” – both feature-length films premiering at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival – with the goal of capturing the experience of living in a prison. While there are millions of people incarcerated throughout the U.S., gaining access to a group of prisoners (and a prison) would prove extremely difficult. The only state Sackler was even able to engage in conversation about her films, after numerous inquiries, was Indiana.

“In certain ways, what I learned was that the walls are there to keep us out more than to the keep [the prisoners] in,” said Sackler in an interview with IndieWire.

Yet once Sackler finally was able to visit the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Indiana, and sat down to interview dozens of the inmates and staff, she discovered nearly all
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’

In the ’60s and (especially) the ’70s, it became a cliché to say “sex sells.” But the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders were one of the prime examples of how sex didn’t just sell luxury cars or shampoo or entertainment — it sold itself. “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” is an engaging, once-over-lightly documentary that takes you back to the moment when women, in a public way, were throwing off the last shackles of having to behave themselves. Sure, the counterculture kicked open the door, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, in their bait-and-switch, girls-next-door-gone-wild way, pretended to be “wholesomely” all-American.

The joke of their appeal, though — and the whole charge of their act — is that they came on as grinning erotic hellions, like Rockettes for the age of porn. They made their debut (during the Cowboys’ 13th season) in the fall of 1972, just a
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Nat Wolff Joins Sam Claflin in Henry-Alex Rubin’s Crime-Thriller ‘Semper Fi’

Nat Wolff Joins Sam Claflin in Henry-Alex Rubin’s Crime-Thriller ‘Semper Fi’
Nat Wolff (“Fault in our Stars,” “Death Note”) has been cast in Academy Award-nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin’s (“Murderball”) crime-thriller “Semper Fi.”

The script was written by Rubin and Sean Mullin and will be produced by Academy Award-nominated David Lancaster (“Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler”) of Rumble Films and Karina Miller (“To the Bone”) from Sparkhouse Media. Cornerstone Films is shopping the project to buyers in Cannes and CAA co-represents the U.S. rights.

Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”) leads the cast as Hopper, and Wolff joins as his younger brother Oyster.

Hopper is “a straitlaced cop who fills his downtime as a sergeant in the Marine Corps reservists alongside a close-knit team of life-long friends,” according to a statement. “A rowdy but inseparable bunch of guys, they look out for each other no matter what, including keeping an eye out for Hopper’s younger, reckless brother Oyster.”

When Oyster accidentally kills a
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Cannes: Sam Claflin to Star in Crime-Thriller 'Semper Fi'

Cannes: Sam Claflin to Star in Crime-Thriller 'Semper Fi'
Hunger Games grad Sam Claflin is set to star in upcoming crime-thriller Semper Fi from Oscar-nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect).

Claflin, recently seen in Me Before You and Their Finest and set to star in Babadook follow-up The Nightingale, will take the lead as a straight-laced cop who resolves to help his brother – found guilty of killing a man in a bar-room fight – by breaking him out of prison with his life-long friends and fellow Marine Corps reservists.

Cornerstone Films will commence sales in Cannes and co-represent the U.S. rights with CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for...
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Sam Claflin to star in crime thriller Semper Fi

Kayti Burt May 4, 2017

Sam Claflin is set to play a Marine sergeant with a plan to break his brother out of prison in the crime thriller Semper Fi...

Sam Claflin has been making a tidy little Hollywood career for himself over the last few years, starring in everything from Hunger Games: Catching Fire to Me Before You to Our Finest Hour. What's next for him? A crime thriller called Semper Fi.

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According to Variety, Claflin will star in Semper Fi as a straight-laced Marine Corps sergeant who convinces his brother to own up to a bar brawl that ends with a man dead. After coming back from Iraq to find his brother's final court appeal rejected, he comes up with a plan to break his brother out of prison.

There's a lot going on in that premise,
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Sam Claflin to star in 'Semper Fi' from 'Whiplash' producer

Cornerstone Films to launch sales on crime thriller in Cannes.

Sam Claflin (Me Before You) will lead the cast of Henry-Alex Rubin’s crime thriller Semper Fi.

London-based sales agent Cornerstone Films has boarded the title and will launch sales at Cannes this month. Cornerstone Films co-representing Us rights with CAA, which packaged the film.

Henry-Alex Rubin is the Oscar-nominated director of 2005 sports documentary Murderball.

Semper Fi will be produced by Oscar-nominated Whiplash producer David Lancaster of Rumble Films, and Karina Miller (To The Bone) of Sparkhouse Media, which is also financing.

Claflin plays Hopper, a straight-laced cop and Marine Corps reservist. When his younger brother accidentally kills a man in a bar-room brawl and tries to flee town, Hopper stops him and forces him to face the music. Sean Mullin co-wrote the screenplay.

Wracked with guilt at leaving his brother locked up in jail, Hopper and his buddies are deployed to Iraq. Battle-weary, he returns
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Sam Claflin to Star in Crime-Thriller ‘Semper Fi’

Sam Claflin to Star in Crime-Thriller ‘Semper Fi’
Sam Claflin has come on board to star in the crime-thriller “Semper Fi.”

Production is planned for Vancouver this summer with Henry-Alex Rubin directing from his own script co-written by Sean Mullin.

Cornerstone Films has acquired international rights and will commence sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Cornerstone will co-represent the U.S. rights with CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for the movie.

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Producers are David Lancaster (“Whiplash”) of Rumble Films and Karina Miller (“To the Bone”) from Sparkhouse Media, which is also financing.

Claflin will play a straight-laced cop who fills his downtime as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve alongside a close-knit team of lifelong friends. When his younger, reckless brother accidentally kills a man in a bar-room brawl and tries to flee town, Claflin’s character stops him and forces him to face the music.
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Sam Claflin To Star In Henry-Alex Rubin Crime Thriller ‘Semper Fi’ – Cannes

Sam Claflin To Star In Henry-Alex Rubin Crime Thriller ‘Semper Fi’ – Cannes
Sam Claflin is set to star in the upcoming crime thriller Semper Fi, directed by Murderball's Henry-Alex Rubin. David Lancaster (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) of Rumble Films and Karina Miller (To The Bone) from Sparkhouse Media are producing, with Sparkhouse also financing. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales rights for the title, and co-repping U.S. rights with CAA, which packaged and financed the film. Project will be launched to buyers at the Cannes Film Festiv…
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Top 50 modern movie documentaries

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50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.

I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.

50. McConkey (2013)

d. Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full.
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Sam Claflin cast in Robin Friday biopic and returning to The Hunstman

Sam Claflin cast in Robin Friday biopic and returning to The Hunstman
Sam Claflin has signed up to two new films, but the roles he's playing couldn't be more different.

One is a hard-smoking and volatile football player and the other is essentially Prince Charming.

Claflin will play Reading and Cardiff striker Robin Friday in the long-developing biopic of the footballer, according to Empire.

Friday died tragically young at the age of 38 after four years playing professional football - he was as known for his skills on the pitch as off of it for his hard drinking, smoking and womanising.

His other role is a return as Snow White's love interest William in The Hunstman - the sequel to Snow White and the Hunstman, .

Kristen Stewart won't be returning but Charlize Theron is coming back as Queen Ravenna, along with cast additions Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.

Robin Friday will be directed by Murderball's Henry-Alex Rubin with production starting in the UK later this year.
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Sam Claflin To Star In Soccer Legend Biopic Robin Friday

Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, The Riot Club, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to star in the soccer legend biopic Robin Friday, to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect), it was announced today by producers Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions Ltd. Financing partners include Global Film PartnersDaniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta.

Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine de Barros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights and will present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. De Barros will be supported by her sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of International and Samantha Peel, Director of International Sales and Marketing.

CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film’s North American rights.

Based on the biography
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'Robin Friday' Biopic Casts Sam Claflin as the Lead

'Robin Friday' Biopic Casts Sam Claflin as the Lead
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, Sam Claflin, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to star in the soccer legend biopic Robin Friday, to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect), it was announced today by producers Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions Ltd. Financing partners include Global Film Partners' Daniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael's Paul Cummings and 9Magnan's Meghana Gupta.

Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine DeBarros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights and will present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. will be supported by her sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of International and Samantha Peel, Director of International Sales and Marketing. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film's North American rights.

Based on the biography The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw
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Fortitude lines up football biopic ‘Robin Friday’

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Cannes: Nadine de Barros and her team will kick off talks on the Croisette on the upcoming Sam Claflin starrer about one of the great cult heroes of English football.

Murderball director Henry-Alex Rubin will helm Robin Friday, which North American rights holder CAA packaged and arranged financing.

Global Film PartnersDaniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta are among the financiers.

Robin Friday will chart the short-lived career of the hard-partying 1970s player whose on-field brilliance ensured lowly Reading got promoted to the Third Division in the 1975-76 season.

Friday was named “all-time cult hero” for Reading and Cardiff in a 2004 BBC poll and died of a heart attack in 1990 aged 38.

Paolo Hewitt and Julian Stone adapted the screenplay from Hewitt’s book The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story.

Production is set for this autumn in the UK. The project
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Fortitude to sell ‘Robin Friday’

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Nadine de Barros and her team will kick off talks on the Croisette on the upcoming Sam Claflin starrer about one of the great cult heroes of English football.

Murderball director Henry-Alex Rubin will helm Robin Friday which North American rights holder CAA packaged and arranged financing..

Global Film PartnersDaniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta are among the financiers.

Robin Friday will chart the short-lived career of the hard-partying 1970s player whose on-field brilliance ensured lowly Reading got promoted to the Third Division in the 1975-76 season.

Friday was named “all-time cult hero” for Reading and Cardiff in a 2004 BBC poll and died of a heart attack in 1990 aged 38.

Paolo Hewitt and Julian Stone adapted the screenplay from Hewitt’s book The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story.

Production is set for this autumn in the UK. The project
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‘Hunger Games’ Star Sam Claflin to Play Soccer Legend Robin Friday in Biopic

‘Hunger Games’ Star Sam Claflin to Play Soccer Legend Robin Friday in Biopic
With “The Hunger Games” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises under his belt, Sam Claflin has set his sights on a new challenge — starring in “Robin Friday,” a biopic of the soccer legend. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Henry-Alex Rubin (“Murderball”) will direct from a script by Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions. Stone and Hewitt will also produce with Mike Yiung. Financing partners include Global Film PartnersDaniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta. Scheduled for a fall shoot in the U.K., the feature film was developed with funding and support from Film.
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Cannes: Sam Claflin to Star as Soccer Legend Robin Friday in Biopic

Cannes: Sam Claflin to Star as Soccer Legend Robin Friday in Biopic
“Hunger Games” star Sam Claflin will topline “Robin Friday,” a biopic about the British soccer legend that’s scheduled for a fall shoot in the U.K.

Henry-Alex Rubin (“Murderball”) will direct. Fortitude International will launch international sales at Cannes. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, will represent the film’s North American rights.

Producers are Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions. Financing partners include Global Film PartnersDaniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta.

The film will be based on the biography “The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story,” co-written by Paul McGuigan and Paolo Hewitt. Julian Stone and Hewitt wrote the screenplay.

The feature film was developed with funding and support from Film Cymru Wales. Additional casting is under way to bring an authentic soccer presence, including real-life professional soccer players.
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“D-Day Of The B-Movies” Event Returns To Burbank’s Dark Delicacies; Impressive List of Attendees

Delirium Magazine #4

The last time Charles Band and co. brought their “D-Day of the B-Movies” signing to Burbank’s Dark Delicacies, fans showing up to snag a signed copy of the then newly released third issue of Delirium Magazine (a joint collaboration between band and Fangoria Editor Chris Alexander), were treated to appearances by Trancers stars Tim Thomerson and Megan Ward, as well as writers/actors/directors like C. Courtney Joyner (Trancers III, Lurking Fear), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) and many others.

The event is headed back to Dark Delicacies on September 27th for the release of Delirium Magazine #4, and this time, Band is bringing along some new faces!

Appearing: Nivek Ogre (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Murderball, singer of Skinny Puppy), Mindy Robinson (King Of The Nerds, V/H/S 2 , Gingerdeadman Vs. Evil Bong), Mick Garris (Hocus Pocus (Writer), Masters Of Horror (Writer/ Creator), Stephen King’S Sleepwalkers
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Cannes Check 2014: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'

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Cannes Check 2014: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher'
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, a film we've been waiting to see for some time now: Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The director: Bennett Miller (American, 47 years old). The film may be one of the biggest-name selections in Competition, but in festival auteur terms, Miller is one of its least seasoned entrants -- "Foxcatcher" is only his third narrative feature, and his first to appear at one of the European majors. That said, he's certainly made the other two count. Born and raised in New York, he attended high school with future collaborator Dan Futterman; together with Philip Seymour Hoffman, they
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Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgwick and Frank Grillo Join Big Sky

Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgwick and Frank Grillo Join Big Sky
Manis Film announced that production started on Big Sky, the English-language debut of Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau (the original We Are What We Are). The film will star Bella Thorne (upcoming The Familymoon with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner for The Closer; The Possession; upcoming films Kill Your Darlings and Reach Me), Frank Grillo (The Grey; End of Watch; Zero Dark Thirty; upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables; Howl; USA's Graceland). Principal photography commenced this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Here's what producer Randy Manis had to say about the production.

"Big Sky is a suspenseful and thrilling story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as our troubled characters tumble further into peril. We are very
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Bling Ring,' 'World War Z,' 'Behind the Candelabra'

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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Bling Ring"

What's It About? Based on the real-life Bling Ring crew, Sofia Coppola's film tells the story of the Los Angeles teens whose claim to infamy was robbing the homes of celebrities. The teens who used the internet to track the whereabouts of rich celebs are portrayed by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien.

Watch: Go behind-the-scenes with Taissa Farmiga (Video)

Why We're In: Coppola's approach to the tabloid-heavy story is one of the most compelling aspects of "The Bling Ring"," as she neither praises the characters, criticizes, or satirizes them. We get to watch the teens from an honest perspective and arrive at our own deduction of how technology and youth obsession with fame impact contemporary culture. "The Bling Ring" was also one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).

Rt & Follow to win #TheBlingRing
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