Rich Ross Departs; DISNEY Announces Two Year Slate

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Preceding the departure of DISNEY Studio Chairman Rich Ross, Walt Disney Pictures Studios along with Partners, Jerry Bruckheimer and Marvel Entertainment, recently announced three upcoming projects slated for release over the next two years. 

Although Ross’ approved film slate has yet to see the light of day, he admitted in his departing email to staff, leading the DISNEY film studio “wasn’t the right professional fit.” Picked by WALT DISNEY/President CEO, Bob Iger, Ross’ success with the WALT DISNEY Company were primarily on the television side and included managing the global children’s division with over ninety exclusive family oriented channels in almost two hundred countries. No successor has been named.

THE LONE RANGER will be released in May 2013.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes Disney/Bruckheimer Films' THE LONE RANGER. Starring Johnny Depp, as Tonto, a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid portrayed by Armie Hammer, a lawman who has become a masked avenger.

Maleficent To Hit Theatres on March 14, 2014

The Walt Disney Studios has announced a U.S. release date of March 14, 2014, for Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villain. The live-action film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty.

Leading a team of visionary filmmakers known for creating and transporting audiences to new and exciting worlds, Academy Award®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) will direct with a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland). Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth (Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful).

CAPTAIN AMERICA SEQUEL TO HIT THEATRES ON APRIL 4, 2014

The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger on April 4, 2014.  The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.

For a taste of what’s to come don’t miss MARVEL’s THE AVENGERS exploding into theaters May 4th!

And from DreamWorks Pictures presents People Like Us – Slated for June 29, 2012!

From DreamWorks Pictures comes PEOPLE LIKE US a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process

In a story inspired by true events, Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, is tasked with fulfilling his estranged father’s last wishes—delivering an inheritance to a sister he never knew he had.

PEOPLE LIKE US stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer and is directed by Alex Kurtzman. PEOPLE LIKE US is produced by  Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen, Clayton Townsend  and is written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert.                                            

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Haute Tease

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    (Los Angeles, CA) The 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) produced by Visual Communications celebrated the closing night of their 30th Anniversary edition on Thursday night with a private awards ceremony for the competition films, and the US premiere screening of FINAL RECIPE; a foodie romantic drama from Thailand, directed by Sundance alum Gina Kim and starring Michelle Yeoh (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) and Henry Lau (of noted K-pop group Super Junior M).

     
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    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, unable to shake the Bear chase, suffered massive triple digit losses, losing in one week an entire years gain, closed down as the top three world market indicators took a hit signaling a down turn.

     
  • Academy Award®-Winner Alex Gibney’s FINDING FELA Nominated For Outstanding Documentary NAACP Image Award

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    New York, NY – Knitting Factory Entertainment is proud to announce that Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney's (Taxi to the Dark Side) critically-lauded documentary on visionary and revolutionary Afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Kuti received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical).

     
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    PENFOLDS launched its latest collection of wines at the China pavilion in Shanghai, giving a strong indication of where the iconic winemaker believes the market has shifted for luxury products.

Crime

  • LAX Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

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    Paul Anthony Ciancia, the accused LAX shooter, has pled not guilty to murdering a TSA Agent and 10 other related federal charges in his second court appearance since the November 1, 2013 shooting.

     
  • Eight Dead, including Six Children, in Texas Home Invasion Mass Murder

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    Six children and two adults have been found shot to death, execution style, inside a Harris County, Texas home after a twelve hour standoff that ended after hostage negotiators talked the suspect into surrendering.

     
  • PA Mom, Lover Held In Torture Murder of Toddler

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    Scott McMillan, 3, according to the Chester County Township District Attorney Tom Hogan, was the victim of sadistic torture and repeated beatings, of which killed him after a beating spree that began after he refused to eat breakfast.

     
  • Justice Watch: Cold Case Murder of San Diego Family Solved

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    Charles McStay, his wife and two small children disappeared four years ago, vanished is the better word, snatched from their suburban home. Today authorities arrested Charles Merritt, a business colleague, for the four murders.

     
  • Michael Skakel, Kennedy Cousin, Set To Be Released

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    Michael Skakel, nephew to the late Robert F. Kennedy, is set to be released from the Connecticut prison where he has spent the last 11years for the 1975 bludgeoning death of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Theatre, Music, Books

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    Blondie & Garbage announced their North American tour will kick off on July 5th in Saratoga, CA and wrap on August 12th in Dallas, TX. John Doe & Exene Cervenka will provide support on the first leg of the tour and Deap Vally for the second.

     
  • San Diego Jazz Fest Features Traditional Jazz, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Rockabilly, Gospel, and Ragtime

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    San Diego, California, For Immedite Release - The San Diego Jazz Fest takes place November 26-November 30 and will feature over thirty bands and guest artists from across the U.S. playing for dancing and listening in seven venues.

     
  • 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.  

     
  • Coffee Table Art For the Intellectually Promiscuous

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    Coffee Table Art, considered the staple for the difficult on our Christmas list, has changed over the years and with the internet bookstore finding that perfect tome, a keepsake, a DIY guide, the best images of seven continents has never been easier.

     
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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.