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How To Create A Profitable VOD Strategy

This distribution case study of American: The Bill Hicks Story has been previously posted at Indiewire, and when it went up, I quickly scanned it and tweeted their link. But now I’ve actually had time to read it carefully, and it’s a very useful document that deserves its own place on the blog. A Powerpoint presentation prepared for a panel at this year’s SXSW moderated by Orly Ravid, the document walks you through the filmmaker’s Diy theatrical and various VOD and digital distribution deals. There are revenue numbers here, and not just for American, but also other movies released by the panel’s participants, who include Magnolia’s Eammon Bowles, Gravitas’s Nolan Gallagher and Variance’s Dylan Marchetti. And that’s not all: there’s a discussion of the film’s marketing and publicity, selection of poster and ad slick design, and a stern set
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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

This documentary examines the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of real life superheroes who continue to fight the good fight both on and off the screen.

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Who’S It For?: All movie fans, and comic book fans. You don’t have to be a big Wonder Woman fan before going in.


This documentary has a great structure, in which it uses the DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman as its central example of how important heroines can be to their followers, and also how said heroines are still powerless to image-conscious writers who manipulate their creations to better align with current cultural images. First and foremost, it provides a thoughtful background on the surprising history of Wonder Woman,
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Blu-ray Feature: The 10 Best Blu-rays of 2011

Chicago – Does it say something about the current market of Blu-rays that nine of our top ten releases of the year (and, honestly, most of the runner-ups considered) are for catalog releases and special editions instead of films produced in the current era? More and more often, modern releases seem kind of lackluster. Throw on a featurette, maybe a deleted scene or two, and put it on the shelf.

More often, it is the anniversary editions, special release, and, of course, The Criterion Collection that lives up to the true potential of the format. Critics Matt Fagerholm and Brian Tallerico have assembled their ten best of 2011, all of which should be added to your collection as soon as possible. Or ask Santa if you think you’ve been good enough this year.

Matt Fagerholm’s Five Best Blu-rays of 2011

5. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Contest Round-Up: 2011-07-14

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Welcome to our weekly round-up of featured giveaways here at Fred. Every week, we’ll present a new clutch of DVDs, books, and other cool stuff you can take a shot at winning. All you have to do is click on the graphics below to be taken to their respective contest pages. And good luck!

In conjunction with Adult Swim Home Video, we’re giving away two (2) copies each of Robot Chicken Star Wars: Episode 3 on both Blu-Ray & DVD.

In conjunction with BBC Home Video, we’re giving away two (2) copies each of American: The Bill Hicks Story on both Blu-Ray & DVD.

In conjunction with BBC Home Video, we’re giving away two (2) copies each of Madagascar on both Blu-Ray & DVD.

In conjunction with BBC Home Video, we’re giving away two (2) copies of Doctor Who: The Gunfighters on DVD.

In conjunction with BBC Home Video, we’re giving
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Win American: The Bill Hicks Story on DVD & Blu-Ray!

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In conjunction with BBC Home Video, we’re giving away two (2) copies each of American: The Bill Hicks Story on both Blu-Ray & DVD.

Contest ends at 11:59pm Est on Wednesday, August 10th.

Enter the contest! Email: First name: Last name: Street Address: Address Line 2 (if needed): City: State/Province/Whatever: Zip Code/Postal Code: Country: Birth Month: JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember Birth Day: 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031 Birth Year:

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No member of Fred Entertainment or their immediate families may enter.

No Purchase necessary to win.

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

One entry per day, per person.

All submitted entries must be received by 11:59pm Est on Wednesday, August 10th.

The winner must allow 4-6 weeks after notification of win to receive the product.
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Blu-ray Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

In life, there are figures that are underappreciated legends, and all too often it is those who are most underappreciated who are taken from us far too soon. Comedian Bill Hicks was one of those figures. He died at the young age of 32 from pancreatic cancer, and it wasn’t until years after his death that his brand of comedy truly became appreciated. American: The Bill Hicks Story details his incredibly compelling, yet far too brief life.

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2011 Plastic Paper: Official Lineup

Plastic Paper is Winnipeg’s celebration of animation, illustration and puppet films, organized by the Big Smash! filmmaking collective. Their second annual event will be held on May 4-8 at the Park Theatre.

The big score for this year’s edition is a special screening of Ralph Bakshi’s 1981 feature-length musical opus American Pop with the filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. For this groundbreaking work, Bakshi utilized the innovative technique of mixing rotoscoping, water colors, computer graphics, live action shots, and archival footage. This screening and discussion will be a real treat for animation junkies.

But that’s not to say that the rest of the festival isn’t also filled with other amazing films.

Because, speaking of groundbreaking work, the fest kicks off with Brent Green’s simply astounding film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, the first full-length film utilizing real-life actors in amazing stop-motion animation.
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Bill Hicks is back!

Ok, so Bill Hicks isn’t exactly back – though if he were, he would have a lot of big game to go after.

Unfortunately, the great comic, social commentator and sane man Bill Hicks is still dead. But the definitive Bill Hicks movie, American: The Bill Hicks Story is here at last, playing select showtimes at the Alamo South Lamar and Village. No matter how giant a Bill Hicks fan you may be, you have never seen his words and art presented in such scope before. American was three years in the making and draws upon a large variety of primary source material in making Hicks (nearly) come to life again. Through a judicious use of animation (the Austin Chronicle called it “Ken Burns by way of Terry Gilliam”), it all flows together beautifully to create a brilliantly detailed portrait of a man who’s been a hero to many of us.
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American: The Bill Hicks Story – The Review

American: The Bill Hicks Story is a documentary along the lines of Richard Pryor: I Ain.T Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! or Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? All three films take a look at great comics, travelling back in time to try and better understand the life of the artist, what made them tick and why their brand of humor was so well received by audiences.

Bill Hicks was just a kid from Houston who, like so many teenagers, felt the need to rebel and do something different. So, instead of going to college like the rest of his family, Hicks knew at an early age he wanted to be a comedian. His career started at the tender age of 15 when he performed with popularity at a comedy club in Houston, Texas.

Before long, Bill Hicks found himself becoming a potential star, but that.s also about the time
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Exclusive: Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas Talk American: The Bill Hicks Story

The directing duo takes us behind-the-scenes of this groundbreaking new documentary, in theaters now

Utilizing an array of animation, archival photographs, and a stockpile of never-before-scene video footage, directors Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock have crafted one of the most intriguing documentaries of the year with American: The Bill Hicks Story. Thicker than any biography could ever hope to be, we get a true sense of this groundbreaking comedian in ways we've never heard or seen before.

Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock track Bill Hicks from his meager beginnings, to his drug addiction and alcoholism, through his second coming as a clean comedian, and into his untimely death at the age of 33. This is a must-see documentary for anyone interested in the art of stand-up comedy, or the history of American originals.

We caught up with Paul Thomas and Matt Harlock as American: The Bill Hicks Story opens throughout the country.
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Episode 55: Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider – ‘Scream 4,’ ‘Super’ and more

This week on “Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider,” Jeff Bayer is still wherever the hell he is, but he and Eric D. Snider pre-taped reviews of “Super” and “Rubber” for your listening pleasure, along with a round of Pitch Me. So there’s plenty of Bayer! Eric also talks about “Rio,” “The Conspirator,” and “American: The BIll Hicks Story.” And then, live via satellite, horror maven Scott Weinberg talks to Eric about the “Scream” series, including a review of “Scream 4.” Scott’s cat Jones makes a silent cameo.

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider

Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider are movie critics, but not the stuffy,

elitist kind. They’re not the idiotic fanboy kind either.
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Chicks Don't Dig the Sword and Actors Sh*t On their Own Flicks

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[Review] American: The Bill Hicks Story

How does one document a legend, especially one as controversial and influential as comedian Bill Hicks? Throughout his career, he was labeled a rebel, a saint, someone who looked out for the best of America, and someone who was the embodiment of everything wrong with America. Instead of making the film an indictment or tribute to a comic that transcended telling jokes, directors Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas use their film American: The Bill Hicks Story to simply tell the story of the man himself.

There doesn’t seem to be anything revolutionary in the idea, but the truly riveting aspect is how the filmmakers tell the story through animating a wealth of photos accompanied with current voice over of the people who knew his story the best, including his family, his closest friends, and fellow comedians. This style, somewhere between cut-out dolls and Pixar movies, allows us to see
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American: The Bill Hicks Story Review: "'Freebird!' The Mantra of the Moron"

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There's not a lot to say about this documentary ,which is now available on iTunes (it's also in limited release). If you liked Bill Hicks, you'll like the documentary. If you didn't like Bill Hicks, kill yourself (also, you won't like this documentary). And if you have no idea who Bill Hicks is, check out these clips (no, really, they are fucking hilarious and true and awesome in every sense of the word). If you like them, I'd recommend American: The Bill Hicks Story as a decent primer on his material, since half of the documentary consists of clips of his stand-up routine:

On Rick Astley:

Rick Astley? Have you seen this banal incubus at work? Boy, if this guy isn't heralding Satan's imminent approach to Earth, huh. "Don't ever wanna make you cry, never wanna make you sigh ... never gonna break your heart" ... oh, I wouldn't worry about that without a dick,
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Arthouse Audit: 'Jane Eyre,' 'Win Win' Level Out... >

Arthouse Audit: 'Jane Eyre,' 'Win Win' Level Out... >
After numerous weekends of consistent growth, things began to slow down for Jane Eyre and Win Win. Playing at 247 locations (up 67 from last weekend), Jane Eyre was down five percent to $1.16 million, while Win Win inched up a percent to $1.15 million at 226 locations (an increase of 77 over last weekend). The movies have so far made $5.15 million and $3.43 million, respectively, and their chances of reaching nationwide release dimmed.Warner Bros.'s latest IMAX movie Born to Be Wild opened to $856,133 at 206 locations. That's over twice as much as the studio's previous IMAX release, Hubble 3D, though that only debuted at 39 theaters. No Eres Tu, Soy Yo, Lionsgate's latest attempt to reach out to Hispanic audiences, grossed $588,938 at 226 theaters in its first weekend. That's way off from their last Latino-focused movie, From Prada to Nada, which opened to $1.12 million in January. Prada had more recognizable leads, a (mostly) English-language title and a wide-reaching marketing campaign,
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Box Office: "Meek's Cutoff," "Blank City" Top Limited Debuts; "Hanna" Goes Wide and Scores

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Coming off a disappointing frame last weekend , the specialty box office also didn't have any significant breakouts debut this weekend. A slew of limited openings included Kelly Reichardt epic indie Western "Meek's Cutoff," Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas' doc "American: The Bill Hicks Story," Keanu Reeves-Vera Farmiga starrer, "Henry's Crime," "No Wave" documentary, "Blank City," and "Meet Monica Velour," which features Kim Cattrall as an aging porn star. Among ...
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New to Theatres This Weekend: Arthur, Hanna, Your Highness

Russell Brand stars in a new movie for the second weekend in a row as the remake of Arthur hits theatres and goes up against last weekend's box office winner Hop. There are plenty of other major releases in the hunt as well, including the fantasy comedy Your Highness starring James Franco and Danny McBride, Soul Surfer starring AnnaSophia Robb, and Joe Wright's spy thriller Hanna. We also have quite a few interesting movies hitting select theatres including Meek's Cutoff starring Michelle Williams, Max Winkler's Ceremony, and the IMAX 3-D documentary Born to Be Wild narrated by (who else?) Morgan Freeman. What will you be watching this weekend? Arthur [1] Hanna [2] Your Highness [3] Soul Surfer [4] Born to Be Wild (IMAX) [5] (limited) Meek's Cutoff [6] (limited) Henry's Crime [7] (limited) Ceremony [8] (limited) American: The Bill Hicks Story [9] (limited) Blank City [10] (limited) Meet Monica Velour [11] (limited) Meeting Spencer [12] (limited Evil Bong 3-D [13] (limited) [1] http://www.
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American: The Bill Hicks Story

Some say that real humor is usually fueled by strong emotions. That may help explain why Bill Hicks was one of the best comedians our country’s ever seen, since at his best his comedy was fueled by his rage, ripping apart a world he saw as full of inescapable stupidity and laziness. One of the main questions being asked by American: The Bill Hicks Story is how exactly Hicks became so angry, not to mention how much of the anger was an act and how much was genuinely who he was.
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Film: Movie Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

Bill Hicks used to be considered merely one of the greatest stand-up comics in the world. That was a long time ago. After his death in 1994 at age 32, he became a comedy martyr. Then he became a comedy saint. That wasn’t enough posthumous validation, however, so the new documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story essentially posits Hicks as a comedy messiah who died for our sins and will someday return to save us from Carlos Mencia, Gallagher, and Dane Cook. American represents the height of the posthumous deification of Hicks, which has transformed him into a principled ...
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Ology Exclusive: Interview with the Directors of 'American: The Bill Hicks Story'

Even if you don't know who Bill Hicks is (technically a dead comedian), American: The Bill Hicks Story is as good of a place to start as any. British filmmakers Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas have painstakingly assembled a loving portrait of a man who was too smart, too funny and too completely ahead of his time to make a solid impact in his country of origin, the good old U.S. of A. Matt and Paul were kind enough to give me a slice of their time on Monday, and the ensuing dialogue was nothing short of fascinating. Matt actually took charge and asked me the first question for a change.

Matt - Did you know Bill quite well before hand?

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