Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires The Worldwide Rights To “48 Meters Down” From The Fyzz Facility

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures (ESMP), the theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen's global media company Entertainment Studios, is proud to announce it has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the suspense thriller 48 Meters Down from The Fyzz Facility.  

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The Academy’s Board Of Governors Awards An Oscar® To Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Carne Y Arena” Virtual Reality Installation

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a Special Award to director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality installation, “CARNE y ARENA (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible),” in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.

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"All The Money In The World" To Close AFI Fest 2017 Presented By Audi With World Premiere Gala Screening at the Historic TCL Chinese Theatre

Academy Award®-nominated director and producer Ridley Scott will be honored by AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi with a Tribute and World Premiere Closing Night Gala screening of TriStar Pictures' ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD on Thursday, November 16, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

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Lionel Richie Secures Rights for Curtis Mayfield Biopic

New American Idol judge Lionel Richie has been granted the rights to produce a feature based on the life of legendary songwriter and musician Curtis Mayfield. Richie, who acquired the rights from the Curtis Mayfield Estate, is mounting the project via his RichLion Productions.

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Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium Announces Complete Film Lineup, Expands Programming With World, U.S., and Washington, D.C. Premieres

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium announced the complete film program of its third edition today, featuring world, U.S., and Washington, DC premieres of new documentary films that go beyond the headlines to capture riveting stories and confront matters that have been hidden from the public, until now.

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Academy Museum Receives Landmark $50-Million Gift From Cheryl and Haim Saban; Ron Meyer To Lead Museum Board Of Trustees

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment, the largest of the Academy Museum Campaign, brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal.

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Haute Tease

  • Celebrity Interview: Florence Hartigan Talks on Her Role in Ridley Scott’s Phoenix Forgotten, Upcoming Projects and Life in the Business

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    Florence Hartigan, the New York born and New Zealand-bred actress talks about her starring role in Phoenix Forgotten, the science-fiction independent film produced by Ridley Scott, now streaming on Amazon, the biz and her upcoming projects.

     
  • Disney Board of Directors Extend Bob Iger’s Contract Through 2016

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    BURBANK, Calif., July 1, 2013—The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) Board of Directors announced today that it has extended Robert A. Iger’s tenure as CEO and Chairman through the expiration of his contract on June 30, 2016 under his existing contractual terms as CEO.

     
  • Coming-Of-Age Drama Boy Erased Attracts All Star Cast Along with Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges With Director Joel Edgerton

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    Emmy and Tony Award winner Cherry Jones (“Transparent”, “24”)and Grammy Award winner Michael “Flea” Balzary, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, join the cast of Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton.  

  • 2017 Film Independent Fast Track Projects Announced; $20k Alfred P. Sloan Fast Track Grant Awarded To Radiant

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    Film Independent announced the ten projects and 24 filmmakers selected for the 14th annual Fast Track film finance market. Held during the LA Film Festival, Fast Track helps producer-director teams advance their projects through meetings with top industry executives.  

  • 19 Animated Features Submitted For 2013 Oscar® Race

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards® to be televised Sunday, March 2, 2014 from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Crime

  • Ariel Castro Accepts Plea Deal; Sentencing Hearing Scheduled

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    Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three women captive in his East side residence for over a decade, has accepted a plea deal arrangement sentencing him to life in prison plus 1000 years. 

     
  • Breaking: Judge Orders All Cash Bonds on New Mexico Child Killers

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    In the first court appearance since their arrest on the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, a New Mexico Judge has ordered bond set on all three at 1M all cash for Michelle Marten, Fabian Gonzales and Jessica Kelly.

     
  • Shooting Erupts at LAX Airport; TSA Officer Killed

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    A Transportation Security Agency agent was shot and killed when a single suspect opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, firing as many as 20 rounds with a high powered assault weapon.

     
  • UPDATED:Three Dead, Nine Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting

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    Three are dead and at least nine injured, including the shooter, as a lone white man opened fire in a crowded Lafayette, Louisiana, Theater about twenty minutes into the screening of the Amy Schumer comedy TrainWreck.

     
  • Jealousy Alleged Motive in Houston Family Massacre

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    A jealous former lover entered the Houston suburb home of his former girlfriend, through an unlocked window Saturday night, and proceeded to restrain and systemically execute every member of the family, including his own biological son.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • LA Lakers Great Tommy Hawkins Pens Reflections from the Soul

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    Tommy Hawkins, former Los Angeles Lakers legend who helped shape the dynasty of today, recently launched his first ever narrative book of poetry.

     
  • Judi Dench's Exits & Entrances: A Celebration Of Shakespeare

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    A Shakespearean celebration, with readings by Dame Judi Dench, David Suchet, Emilia Fox and the late Jeffery Dench. Exits and Entrances commemorates the 400th anniversary on April 23rd 2017 of the death of the world's most celebrated playwright William Shakespeare.

     
  • Something Rotten Review – Raucous Surprises, a Roaring Good Time

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    Something Rotten!, Broadway’s newest musical, is so fun it's hard to say for sure who was having a better time at the St. James Theater the other night, the audience or the actors and musicians on stage.  

     
  • BACKSTAGE PAST: The High Times of Legendary Rock Promoter Barry Fey

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    BACKSTAGE PAST, the auto bio road trip from legendary promoter Barry Fey, reveals the dressing room romps of Rock n' Roll royalty from a career that spans forty years of music madness.

     
  • Jayne Avaunt, Canada's Newest Pop Sensation, Hits U.S. Airwaves

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    Jayne Avaunt, Canada’s newest pop sensation, is now blazing the Americans musical charts with her hit single, Hear Me. Hear Jayne out with Hear Me,and see what bloggers are talking about.