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Disney Channel’s Skai Jackson Inks With Lighthouse; Donna Murphy To Industry

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Disney Channel’s Skai Jackson Inks With Lighthouse; Donna Murphy To Industry
Skai Jackson, whose just wrapped the final season of her Disney Channel series Bunk’d, has signed with Lighthouse Management & Media. She is also repped by Paradigm, Abrams Artists and Artist & Brand Management. Bunk’d was the spinoff series of Disney Channel’s hit Jessie, in which Jackson starred alongside Debby Ryan, Cameron Boyce, Payton List and Karan Brar. The role earned Jackson an Image Award nomination in 2016, and she reprised in other Dis Channel franchises including Austin & Ally, Good Luck Charlie and K.C. Undercover. Most recently, Jackson was Teen Vogue’s ambassador at New York’s Fashion week and has developed her own clothing line.

Donna Murphy, the two-time Tony winner for the musicals Passion and The King & I, has inked with Industry Entertainment for management. The move comes after she just completed her run as Dolly Levi in Broadway’s Hello, Dolly revival. Her film credits include The Bourne Legacy,
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Cinedigm Recruits Max Martini, Omari Hardwick, Gary Sinise Military Drama ‘Sgt. Will Gardner’

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Exclusive: Cinedigm has obtained the North American distribution rights to Sgt. Will Gardner, written and directed by Max Martini, who also stars in the drama alongside Power‘s Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Elisabeth Röhm (Law & Order), JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist) and Gary Sinise (CBS’s CSI: NY). The pic will get a day-and-date theatrical and digital release in January.

Highlighting the post-war obstacles veterans face, the film follows Iraq War vet Will Gardner (Martini) who suffers from severe Ptsd and a traumatic brain injury (Tbi), which he sustained when he and his platoon, led by his fellow soldier and best friend, Tops (Hardwick), came under attack. Enduring painful flashbacks and humiliating setbacks in the present, Will sets out on a journey to reconcile with his young son and ex-wife (Röhm). Along the way, he encounters other veterans and
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Authentic Talent & Literary And Propagate Team On Content Venture, Hire Galt Niederhoffer To Run It

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Authentic Talent & Literary And Propagate Team On Content Venture, Hire Galt Niederhoffer To Run It
Authentic Talent & Literary Management and indie studio Propagate Content have set a partnership to create content, with a focus on developing and producing scripted drama for network, premium cable and streaming services, as well as non-scripted TV series. Under terms of the deal, Ben Silverman and Howard T Owens’ Propagate will finance the slate.

The venture will be led by writer-producer Galt Niederhoffer, who now becomes head of production for Authentic, the Jon Rubinstein-led company whose credits include the Vera Farmiga-helmed Sundance pic Higher Ground, a CBS pilot in the works from Chris Distefano, Comedy Central specials, Msg Networks’ Four Courses With Jb Smoove and Fusion’s Shade: Queens of NYC.

The first project under the agreement will be Reciprocity, a dramatic thriller from music biz veteran Drew Dixon and Christopher Cherot. Other projects in the works include Dysphoria, a queer coming-of-age pic set in a society that has outlawed gender,
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Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Propagate Partner, Name Galt Niederhoffer Head of Production

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Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Propagate Partner, Name Galt Niederhoffer Head of Production
Authentic Talent & Literary Management and Propagate Content have entered into a new development and producing partnership and named Galt Niederhoffer head of production.

The two companies will work together to focus on scripted dramas for network, premium cable and streaming, as well as non-scripted television. Propagate is financing the development slate, and writer/producer Niederhoffer will oversee the new division.

“Over the past three years, Propagate has formed development partnerships with leading production and broadcast companies and executives around the world with an eye to developing world-class content,” Ben Silverman, Propagate’s chairman and co-ceo, and Howard T. Owens, Propagate’s co-ceo, said in a joint statement.

The Propagate duo has worked closely with Authentic’s CEO Jon Rubinstein for the past decade, and they expressed excitement about the new venture by adding that they “have admired Galt’s vision and sensibility, and believe she is the perfect choice to lead this new enterprise.
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‘The Nun’ and ‘American Horror Story’ Star Taissa Farmiga On Why She Doesn’t Like Horror Movies

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‘The Nun’ and ‘American Horror Story’ Star Taissa Farmiga On Why She Doesn’t Like Horror Movies
In 2013, James Wan’s “The Conjuring” took the horror world and the box office by storm, with a terrifying possession film allegedly based on the real-life experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), demonology experts called in by the Catholic Church. In the 2016 “The Conjuring 2,” Lorraine is haunted by a truly horrific vision of a demonic nun, later revealed to be the demon Valek. The demon nun was one of the film’s scariest creations, and it wasn’t long before an origin-story spinoff was in the works.

In “The Nun,” Taissa Farmiga stars as Sister Irene, a young novice who experiences holy visions and has yet to take her final vows. After the mysterious death of a young nun at an isolated Romanian Abbey, the Vatican sends Sister Irene along with Father Burke (Demian Bichir) to seek answers. There, they uncover a sinister evil
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Eric Church, Jillian Jacqueline

10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Eric Church, Jillian Jacqueline
Eric Church’s soulful “Heart Like a Wheel,” Jillian Jacqueline’s riveting duet with Keith Urban and Aaron Watson’s uplifting “Higher Ground” are among the 10 country and Americana tracks you must hear this week.

Eric Church, “Heart Like a Wheel

For all its talk about wheels, Eric Church’s newest release from Desperate Man rolls forward at a deliberately relaxed pace. The song’s cruising speed is set by its drumbeat, whose casual swing is reminiscent of old Stax Records. Gospel harmonies, church organ and a cyclical, soul-inspired melody only strengthen those comparisons,
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Authentic Talent & Literary Management Bringing Magnet Management Into Fold

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Exclusive: Authentic Talent and Literary Management is absorbing Magnet Management, with the Hollywood companies to join forces officially next month under the Authentic banner. As part of the deal, Magnet’s co-founders Zach Tann, Jennie Frankel Frisbie and Bob Sobhani will take on oversight of Authentic’s literary division, joined by their Magnet cohorts Chris Mills, Mitch Solomon and Chris Emerson. The entire Magnet team is making the move.

They join Authentic’s team of more than 35 managers and execs in the Brooklyn and Los Angeles offices and and bring into the fold screenwriter, producer and director clients including Brett Conrad, Christian Taylor (Luke Cage), Craig Titley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Elliott Owen (King Julien), Jacque Cofer (Superior Donuts), Jeff Davis, Julie Durk (Grace and Frankie), Sal Calleros, Steven D. Binder
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‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Film Review: Chloë Grace Moretz Plays a Rebellious Lesbian Teen

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‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Film Review: Chloë Grace Moretz Plays a Rebellious Lesbian Teen
In “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” gay Montana teens are forced into conversion therapy. And it’s likely that arthouse audiences inclined to seek out a Sundance-approved indie about Red State religious dogma will find some of its more brimstoney bits outdated or exaggerated.

But then — and perhaps you’ve also seen “The Handmaid’s Tale”? — reminders of reality will intrude.

Director Desiree Akhavan’s source material (the Ya novel by Emily Danforth) was inspired by the very true story of Zach Stark, who was sent to a Love in Action camp much like the one we see in the movie. Akhavan understands that there’s no need to amplify authenticity, and grounds her story with an admirable, if ultimately frustrating, subtlety.

Also Read: 2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards: The Complete Winners List

Here the camp is called God’s Promise, which is the last thing Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is
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Exclusive Interview – Costume Designer Amela Baksic talks The First Purge, inspirations, and the effects of violence on clothing

Red Stewart chats with costume designer Amela Baksic

Amela Baksic is a costume designer who has been working in the film and television industry since the early-2000s. She is best known for her contributions to projects like Conviction, A Kid like Jake, and Higher Ground. Her latest costume design was for the horror film The First Purge, which came out July 4th, 2018.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview her, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

Ms. Baksic, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to speak with me. What made you want to pursue costume designing as a career?

From my earliest childhood in Dubrovnik, I loved to go the theater to see stories acted out on stage. I also loved to read, and I majored in English literature at university. Designing costumes for the actor is a wonderful
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Christopher Plummer Crosses ‘Boundaries’; Eugene Jarecki Drives ‘The King’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Christopher Plummer Crosses ‘Boundaries’; Eugene Jarecki Drives ‘The King’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Two very different road trip movies are among this weekend’s Specialty theatrical debuts. After its world premiere at SXSW and later festival showings in Seattle as well as Nantucket this weekend, Sony Pictures Classics is opening father-daughter journey, Boundaries by Shana Feste in New York and L.A. Oscilloscope, meanwhile, is bowing doc, The King by Eugene Jarecki in Manhattan. Jarecki takes to the road in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America, painting a portrait of the current state of the ‘American Dream.’ Cohen Media Group spearheaded fellow non-fiction title Spiral, which examines the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and the world, opening in two locations in New York and L.A. And Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska star in the Zellner brothers’ comedic Western, Damsel.

Other limited releases headed to theaters this weekend include IFC FilmsThe Catcher Was a Spy with Paul Rudd,
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Barbra Streisand Netflix concert special celebrating #1 albums could set Emmys record

Barbra Streisand Netflix concert special celebrating #1 albums could set Emmys record
Two years ago, Barbra Streisand celebrated becoming the only artist to score #1 albums in six consecutive decades with a rare concert tour. The video version of that, “Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!,” streamed on Netflix last fall and is a strong contender at the upcoming Emmys. Over the years, Streisand has headlined two Emmy-winning variety specials (as did Bob Hope) and she’d set a new record with another victory.

Among the highlights of the concert, which was filmed in Miami, is her soaring duet with fellow Oscar winner Jamie Foxx on “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” There is a certain irony that Streisand chose to record this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic for her chart-topping 2016 album “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.” As a teenager, she’d auditioned to play eldest daughter Liesl in the national company of this Tony winner but couldn’t get past the casting director.
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“Gypsy” Actress Poorna Jagannathan to Topline Pippa Bianco’s Feature Directorial Debut

Jagannathan in “The Night Of

“Gypsy” and “The Night Of” actress Poorna Jagannathan has been tapped to lead Pippa Bianco’s first feature film. She will portray a mother seeking justice after an explicit video of her teen daughter is spread across town, Variety writes.

The untitled project will be adapted from Bianco’s 2015 award-winning short “Share.” Not many other details are known at the moment, but the source describes Jagannathan’s role as “tough, spirited, and active but relaxed.”

A24 will distribute the project. Carly Hugo, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Matt Parker, Tyler Byrne are producing.

Bianco received Cannes’ Cinefondation Award and SXSW’s Special Jury Award for Narrative Short for “Share.” She also directed the documentary short “Picturing Barbara Kruger,” has a story credit on “Bleed for This,” and worked on Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette” and Vera Farmiga’s “Higher Ground.”

Susan Johnson’s “Carrie Pilby,” “The Blacklist,” “Room 104,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” are among Jagannathan’s screen credits.

“Gypsy” Actress Poorna Jagannathan to Topline Pippa Bianco’s Feature Directorial Debut was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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"Godzilla: King Of The Monsters" - Enter Vera Farmiga

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Sneak Peek footage and images of Emmy nominated actress Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"), now attached to co-star in director Michael Dougherty's upcoming feature "Godzilla: King Of The Monsters":

Farmiga's breakout film work was in "Down To The Bone" (2004), followed by "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004), fan-favorite "The Departed" (2006), "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" (2008), "Nothing But the Truth" (2008) and an Oscar-nominated best Supporting actress role in "Up In The Air" (2009).

This was followed by work in Orphan (2009), "Source Code" (2011) and "Safe House" (2012). 

Farmiga also starred in and directed the feature "Higher Ground" (2011).

She played paranormal investigator 'Lorraine Warren' in the horror feature "The Conjuring" and the 2016 sequel "The Conjuring 2".

Since 2013, Farmiga has starred as 'Norma Louise Bates' in the A&E drama-thriller series "Bates Motel".

Farmiga is now set to star in Shana Feste's "Boundaries" (2017) followed by "The Commuter" (2018), Rupert Wyatt's "Captive State"(2018) and "Godzilla:
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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back

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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back
17 years ago, The Blair Witch Project burst into theaters on a massive wave of hype and made instant stars out of its directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, and its trio of lead actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who made the cover of Newsweek magazine that same August. It was an unprecedented success that paved the way for the "found footage" genre that would explode over the subsequent decade, with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield successfully exploiting the format's potential. None of these, though, would haunt viewers in quite the same way as Blair Witch, whose grainy, pre-smartphone aesthetic and terrifying denouement would stick with us long after the film's pop-cultural moment had passed. Of the film's three lead actors, Leonard has undoubtedly enjoyed the greatest run of Hollywood success post-Blair Witch, though it's worth noting that his career didn't really begin to heat
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The Final Girls | Review

Spoofaway Camp: Strauss-Schulson’s Playful Mash-up Takes a Tumble On You

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson, whose last feature was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) returns with The Final Girls, an entertaining surprise of sorts as a playful riff on early 80s slasher tropes as it borrows the cosmic charms at play in classic titles like Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1984) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).

With a talented young cast and plenty of boisterous energy, Strauss-Schulson manages to instill a thread of sentimentality in this generally comedic feature, and ironically makes us care more for its characters than the films it pays homage to actually manage. Those looking for genre thrills will most likely be disappointed, and its eventual outcome is a bit too hoary despite its enjoyable cuteness from screenwriters M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (the team who wrote Rose McGowan’s 2014 short film Dawn,
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Vera Farmiga, Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin Talk Bates Motel Season 3

Ready to check back into A&E's Bates Motel? With the season three premiere airing tonight, you don't have to wait long. After the tense ending to season two, writers/executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have plenty of suspense (both psychological and palpable) in the pipeline for the 10-episode third season, and coming off another Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series, Vera Farmiga looks to bring Norma to life once again with a multifaceted flair. We recently had the chance to take part in an interview call with Farmiga, Cuse, and Ehrin, who discussed what's in store for Norma and Norman's strained relationship in season three, new cast members, learning Slipknot songs on guitar in between scenes, the number of seasons planned for Bates Motel, and more.

The picturesque Northwest United States settings of both Bates Motel and A&E's The Returned remake:

Carlton Cuse
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Blair Witch Actor Scares Up Bates Motel Arc — What Does He Want With Norma?

Blair Witch Actor Scares Up Bates Motel Arc — What Does He Want With Norma?
Bates Motel is still accepting reservations for its upcoming third season.

Joshua Leonard of Blair Witch Project fame is the latest guest to check into the A&E drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actor — whose TV credits include arcs on Hung, CSI: Miami and The Mob Doctor — will play the recurring role of James Finnigan, a community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards.

The gig marks a reunion for Leonard and Farmiga; the two played husband and wife in the 2011 indie Higher Ground (which Farmiga directed
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Madbrook Films Launches With Boyd Holbrook Debut ‘Peacock Killer’

Madbrook Films Launches With Boyd Holbrook Debut ‘Peacock Killer’
Exclusive: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.

Adapted from Sam Shepard’s story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook’s debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham and True Grit‘s Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.

Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam,
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Win Great ‘If I Stay’ Goodies!

To celebrate this Friday’s release of If I Stay, we’ve got three fun merchandise packs to give away. Each winner will receive an If I Stay backpack, notebook, chalkboard, charm bracelet, and a copy of Gayle Forman’s novel!

Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the big screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”); Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”); Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsman”); and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance.
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Win great If I Stay goodies!

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To celebrate this Friday’s release of If I Stay, we’ve got three fun merchandise packs to give away. Each winner will receive an If I Stay backpack, notebook, chalkboard, charm bracelet, and a copy of Gayle Forman’s novel!

Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the big screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”); Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”); Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsman”); and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance.
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