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AmericanaFest’s ‘Show Up and Sing!’ Party Thrills With Protest Songs, Collabs

AmericanaFest’s ‘Show Up and Sing!’ Party Thrills With Protest Songs, Collabs
The timing was appropriate: The opening night of AmericanaFest, landing on Patriot Day, with a who’s who of Americana music gathered together at the Basement East in Nashville to sing songs of protest and political discontent. Mostly, though, they were all there to have fun.

An unofficial kickoff to the week’s festivities, the Tuesday night party has become an annual tradition for the Music City festival, but this year’s event — with Whiskey Wolves of the West, Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys, and Andrew Leahey and
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Can Country Music and ‘Message Songs’ Get Along? Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan and Others Make Their Case

  • Variety
Can Country Music and ‘Message Songs’ Get Along? Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan and Others Make Their Case
A sense of inclusion in Nashville occasionally manifests in a socially conscious single. This is nothing new for country music, which has a long history of “message songs,” some forward leaning (Loretta Lynn’s feminist “The Pill”), some arguably not so much (Merle Haggard’s “Fightin’ Side of Me”). In the 2010s, a song like Kacey Musgraves’ openly pro-lgbt “Follow Your Arrow” can move the genre’s needle in a significant way even without becoming a radio hit, while a more vaguely worded statement from a major artist, like Luke Bryan’s “Most People Are Good,” hits No. 1 — an indication that, as Variety further explores in this week’s issue, Nashville has a growing thirst for diversity, on and off the record.

“Whenever somebody tries to force something down someone else’s throat, it’s always ill-received,” says radio personality Blair Garner. “The ones that really excite me are the
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Loretta Lynn In 'Great Spirits' After Breaking Hip at Home — as Family Jokingly Blames New Puppy for Fall

  • PEOPLE.com
Loretta Lynn In 'Great Spirits' After Breaking Hip at Home — as Family Jokingly Blames New Puppy for Fall
Loretta Lynn is recovering after breaking her hip in a fall at her home on Jan. 1.

“She had an accident on New Year’s Day and fractured her hip,” Lynn’s daughter Patsy tells People exclusively. “At my mom’s age it’s so dangerous when it comes to the hip, so we’re all just grateful she seems to be okay. She’s up putting weight on it and starting her rehab now.”

A furry new friend may have been the cause of the 85-year-old country legend’s fall, her daughter reveals.

“She has a new puppy — we don
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Larry Clark’s ‘Marfa Girl’ Heads To Theaters; FilmBuff Snags Rom-Com ‘All Relative’

Larry Clark’s ‘Marfa Girl’ Heads To Theaters; FilmBuff Snags Rom-Com ‘All Relative’
Kids helmer Larry Clark circumvented traditional distribution when he put his latest film, Marfa Girl, online for fans to stream on his own website for $5.99 a pop. Thanks to Breaking Glass Pictures, he’ll see the sexually charged West Texas-set drama hit theaters in limited release next year. Marfa Girl revolves around Adam (Adam Mediano), a directionless 16-year-old living in Marfa, and his relationships with his girlfriend, his neighbor, his teacher, a newly arrived local artist, and a local Border Patrol officer. The film won top honors at the 2012 Rome Film Festival and will open in a 10- to 15-theater run in the spring. “I think Marfa Girl is my best film or at least as good as any film I’ve made,” said Clark in a statement. Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with Ryan McCombs of Spotlight Pictures.

FilmBuff has acquired writer-director J.C. Khoury’s romantic comedy All Relative,
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It’s A Disaster Movie Review 2

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It’s A Disaster Movie Review 2
Director: Todd Berger Title: It’s A Disaster Starring: Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, David Cross (TV’s ‘Arrested Development’), Rachel Boston (‘The Pill’), Blaise Miller (‘The Scencesters’), Erinn Hayes (TV’s ‘Children’s Hospital’), Jeff Grace (‘Super Zeroes’) and Kevin Brennan (‘The Lake House’) Maintaining the perfect public image, particularly with long-term friends who believe you have the perfect life, is an important goal many people set to maintain. Often times it takes a life altering, catastrophe event that forces people to publicly face the inevitable and admit their mistakes and shortcomings. Struggling to cope with such an sudden and unexpected change is the emotional conflict in the new comedy ‘It’s A Disaster.’ The [ Read More ]

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[Interview] ‘The Pill’ Director Jc Khoury On Creating Romance & Comedy The Morning After

For some, making their first feature is a long and drawn out process, featuring years and years of meticulous screenplay editing, an arduous casting process, another year in post, all to beget a film that is as personal as a hermetically-sealed bag. Jc Khoury, the writer/director of The Pill didn’t have time for that. Mixing personal aspirations with game shows, he came up with the idea for his debut feature and gave himself a ticking clock before he had to put it all on film.

The ticking clock idea translates directly into The Pill where a one night stand could quickly turn into a life-long problem if not for these two little miracle pills (my review). In this extended interview, discover the films that helped shape this frank and funny little film, what line makes people yell at the screen in horror, whether or not it’s a good date flick,
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Interview: Rachel Boston Talks The Pill

Interview: Rachel Boston Talks The Pill
Read our exclusive interview with actress Rachel Boston, who portrays the free-spirited New Yorker Mindy in the comedy-drama ‘The Pill.’ In the film, which is scheduled to be released on VOD and Broadband on February 28, 2012, Mindy has a one-night stand with Fred, played by Noah Bean. After learning that Mindy isn’t on birth control, Fred spends the following day with her, pretending that he wants a serious relationship, to make sure she takes both doses of the morning after pill. Boston, who is also known for portraying Detective Abigail Chaffee on the USA series ‘In Plain Sight,’ discusses why she decided to take on the role of Mindy...
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[Review] The Pill

  • The Film Stage
One of the greatest lessons I received from my film school education was a tossaway bon mot from a faculty advise, upset that I didn’t have time to take a 17th century sculpture class. Seeing my confused expression, she shared, “you can’t break the form until you learn it.” With The Pill, first-time writer/director J.C. Khoury manages to somehow do both and still create a fun, entertaining, and surprisingly effective film.

Not since the western has a genre been so dominated by X’s and O’s than romantic comedies. Rom-coms follow a certain formula, replicated over and over again, mainly because they work. Guy and girl can’t possibly be together until they inevitably are. If websites and newspapers didn’t demand a word count, a perfectly suitable review of New Years Eve would read, “it’s exactly what you think it is.” The Pill takes
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Swallow The Trailer For ‘The Pill’

  • The Film Stage
I know what you’re thinking. “Another romantic comedy,” right? Guy meets girl, goofy things happen, it looks like they’ll never get together, then in the end (big surprise), they do. You don’t even have to watch the trailer to figure out where most new rom-coms are going.

Judging by the new trailer, J.C. Khoury‘s The Pill is a far cry from most rom-coms. The film stars Noah Bean (Damages) and Rachel Boston ((500) Days of Summer) as Fred and Mindy, two attractive young people who, after a night of heavy drinking, get busy on an unprotected one-night stand. When Fred realizes Mindy isn’t on the pill, he freaks out and convinces her to take a morning after pill. Then he learns the morning after pill actually comes in two doses 12 hours apart and decides his best course of action is to pretend to be romantically interested
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'The Pill' Trailer Premiere: The Most Refreshingly Honest Rom-Com You'll See This Year (Exclusive)

One thing that's missing in our romantic comedies these days is honesty. Instead, lame, tame cartoonish premises have turned into lame, foul-mouthed cartoonish premises -- and though many of our more recent romantic comedies have been of the R-rated, get-drunk-and-this-is-actually-pretty-hilarious variety, there's still a raw, uncomfortable honesty that's absent in so many films. That's why it was pretty awesome earlier this year when I happened upon The Pill at the Gen Art Film Festival. Here's a film that takes a somewhat uncomfortable (but damn catchy) premise and injects it with such a dose of reality that it truly challenges its audience and takes them on a great ride at the same time. Directed by J.C. Khoury and starring Noah Bean and Rachel Boston...

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Dialogue: 'The Pill' Director J.C. Khoury on Redefining the Rom-Com and Creating a Festival Hit

What happens when a one-night-stand turns into your worst nightmare? When strangers Fred (Noah Bean) and Mindy (Rachel Boston) drink themselves into a booze-fueled night of passion, things get complicated when Fred realizes he didn't wear a condom and she's not using any birth control. Freaked out and afraid she might be pregnant, Fred convinces Mindy to take the Morning After pill. However, he soon realizes that she has to take two pills, 12 hours apart, which means Fred must spend the entire day pretending to like a girl he doesn't know or want to know just so he can get her to take the other pill. Last month The Pill enjoyed its world premiere at the Gen Art Film Festival, capturing the fest's all-too-important audience award, while at the same time...

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Dialogue: 'The Pill' Director J.C. Khoury on Redefining the Rom-Com and Creating a Festival Hit

What happens when a one-night-stand turns into your worst nightmare? When strangers Fred (Noah Bean) and Mindy (Rachel Boston) drink themselves into a booze-fueled night of passion, things get complicated when Fred realizes he didn't wear a condom and she's not using any birth control. Freaked out and afraid she might be pregnant, Fred convinces Mindy to take the Morning After pill. However, he soon realizes that she has to take two pills, 12 hours apart, which means Fred must spend the entire day pretending to like a girl he doesn't know or want to know just so he can get her to take the other pill. Last month The Pill enjoyed its world premiere at the Gen Art Film Festival, capturing the fest's all-too-important audience award, while at the same time...

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The Pill Movie Review - Dances With Films

The Pill Movie Review - Dances With Films
Title: The Pill Writer-director: J.C. Khoury Starring: Noah Bean, Rachel Boston, Anna Chlumsky, Dreama Walker, Al Thompson, Jean Brassard, Lue McWilliams A lot of Hollywood romantic comedies unfold in worlds that are virtually unrecognizable from the real one, where couples meet in strange fashion and relationships often overlap in messy ways. Writer-director J.C. Khoury’s engaging The Pill, which just enjoyed its world premiere at the 14th annual Dances With Films festival, is thankfully not one of those efforts. The movie centers around Fred (Noah Bean, Rose Byrne’s murdered fiance on Damages), a New Yorker who hooks up with the free-spirited Mindy (Rachel Boston), has pleasantly drunken but unfortunately unprotected sex, wakes up, and...
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J.C. Khoury: The Pill

The Pill, a romantic comedy about a one-night stand and an ensuing pregnancy scare, stars Noah Bean, Rachel Boston, and Anna Chlumsky. The film had its East Coast premiere at the Gen Art Film Festival on Sunday, and, with any luck, will soon be available for your viewing pleasure... Director J.C. Khoury opens up about his inspiration - mainly, his experience as a "professional hypochondriac." I have always believed, more so recently than ever, that mainstream films lack verisimilitude. They are generally dishonest in their interpretations of character and everyday life. This is why I have gravitated to the filmmaking of the Duplass brothers, Woody Allen, Larry David, and Julie Delpy. These filmmakers create and mine awkward social situations for nuggets of human pathos and humor, and they do so with truth and integrity. In The Pill, I strive to do the same. Until a year ago, I had never
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MP Festival Focus: Dances with Films (June 2-9)

Taking place from June 2-9, 2011 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Hollywood, “Dances with Films” bills itself as “The Last Independent Independent Film Festival.”

The festival opens with the world premiere of James Hacking’s “Love’s Kitchen,” starring Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani, Simon Callow and Gordon Ramsay, in which the British chef with the potty mouth plays himself. Closing the festival is Michael Madison’s “Delivered,” which, by its own promotion, is inspired by “True Romance” and “Vanishing Point.”

Among the two-dozen features in the line-up, the films that have been best brought to our attention are “10 Years Later,” a film by first-time filmmaker Aaron Metchik in which Dustin Hoffman’s son Jake gets to show off his chops alongside Rachel Boston; “Letting Go,” in which the “Brady Bunch’s” Christopher Knight stars; and Rachel Boston’s second film in the festival, “The Pill,” in which the actress co-stars with Noah Bean and Anna Chlumsky.
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MP Festival Focus: Dances with Films (June 2-9)

Taking place from June 2-9, 2011 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Hollywood, “Dances with Films” bills itself as “The Last Independent Independent Film Festival.”

The festival opens with the world premiere of James Hacking’s “Love’s Kitchen,” starring Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani, Simon Callow and Gordon Ramsay, in which the British chef with the potty mouth plays himself. Closing the festival is Michael Madison’s “Delivered,” which, by its own promotion, is inspired by “True Romance” and “Vanishing Point.”

Among the two-dozen features in the line-up, the films that have been best brought to our attention are “10 Years Later,” a film by first-time filmmaker Aaron Metchik in which Dustin Hoffman’s son Jake gets to show off his chops alongside Rachel Boston; “Letting Go,” in which the “Brady Bunch’s” Christopher Knight stars; and Rachel Boston’s second film in the festival, “The Pill,” in which the actress co-stars with Noah Bean and Anna Chlumsky.
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Gen Art Film Festival Announces Lineup

Gen Art Film Festival Announces Lineup
Gen Art Harvey Keitel in “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings”

Although Gen Art’s future was uncertain earlier this year, the experimental marketing organization has reemerged, announcing the lineup for their 16th Anniversary Film Festival. Known as an organization that nurtures and promotes emerging talent, Gen Art’s festival will run June 8 – 14 and open with “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” the first film by 35-year-old Jonathan Sobol.

“It’s tough to be emerging at 35,” Sobol said. “But Gen
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