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NBC Announces Semi-Finalists For 12th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival has announced 16 original short films and webisodes as semi-finalists for its 12th annual event. The festival, which includes notable alumni Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) and Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers. This year, there were more than 4200 submissions, which doubled from 2016’s entries, making it the most in the festival’s history. The collection of… Read

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‘Detroit’ Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s Unrelenting Drama Packs A Wallop But Is A Tough Sit

Norman Jewison’s Best Picture Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night, a searing and sadly timeless study of race relations through the prism of a murder investigation in a small Southern town, had its New York premiere August 2, 1967 — about the same time the infamous Detroit riots took place. It also was during the same exact week where, 50 years later, a new movie putting the spotlight on that time is set to open. I have seen Jewison’s powerful and enlightening movie… Read

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Donald Trump: Obamacare Wreaked Havoc On America For “17 Years”

President Donald Trump is still working on his teleprompter skills, mistakenly saying Obamacare has been wreaking havoc “on the lives of innocent, hardworking Americans" for “the past 17 years,” during a prepared White House address this afternoon. Stand with him or face the consequences, Trump warned GOP senators in a “damn the details, give me a win” speech demanding they vote to move forward their Trumpcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which was signed into… Read

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Broadway Box Office: Brendon Urie Kicks ‘Kinky Boots’ To $1.4M; Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Up $207K

A steady mid-summer on Broadway overall reflects a decent, tourist-driven mean but not the roller-coaster ride some shows are on, especially those that are star-driven. Kinky Boots, in its fifth year at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Hirschfeld, has enjoyed a big shot in the arm from Brendon Urie on the marquee; the show was up $60K last week to $1.4 million thanks to the Panic! At The Disco frontman’s fan base. That was more than 15 per cent above the show’s gross potential, with an… Read

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New James Bond Movie Sets 2019 Release Date, But Not Much Else

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The next installment of the James Bond film franchise now has a release date. The untitled Bond 25 movie has been slotted for November 8, 2019, the producers said today, with a traditional earlier release in the UK and rest of the world. That takes care of one part of the future of James Bond on the big screen. There was no word in the announcement today from producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions and MGM’s Gary Barber about a distributor, cast… Read

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Jake Paul Sets New Gig Post ‘Bizvaardvark’

Former Bizvaardvark star Jake Paul is moving on quickly following his exit from the Disney Channel series. Paul has joined Loton Corp’s LiveXLive Studios as a contributing social editor, joining Andrew B. Bachelor, aka "King Bach," and inaugural contributor Amanda Cerny. “Individually, and as a team, the trio will create original short-form content and viral promotions on the LiveXLive platform for their massive millennial audiences,” LiveXLive said in a statement. "I… Read

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Fox Names Netflix & HBO Alum Pia Chaozon As SVP Worldwide Theatrical Marketing

Pia Chaozon, who spent the past three years as a marketing exec at Netflix, has joined Twentieth Century Fox Film as SVP of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, effective immediately. The company said she will play a leading role in strategy development and execution for marketing initiatives across all Fox films on a global basis. "From both a strategic and execution standpoint, Pia's innovative thinking and proven track record will be invaluable assets for our entire… Read

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John Wells To Helm Vietnam Drama ‘Khe Sanh’

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EXCLUSIVEJohn Wells has come attached to direct the Vietnam War drama Khe Sanh. The script is being witten by Jason Horwitch, whose credits include the YouTube Red series Impulse, Luke Cage and Southland. Pic tells the story of the last great, unsung battle of the 20th century, the Siege of Khe Sanh. Five thousand young Marines were surrounded and attacked by 20,000 battle-hardened North Vietnamese Army veterans for 77 nonstop days of rocket and mortar fire, as the… Read

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Cable Cooperative Agrees To Offer Sony’s PlayStation Vue Video Service

Video streaming providers were originally known as “over-the-top” services because they gave viewers an alternative to cable and satellite. But today one of those services, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, is going back through the middle: It agreed to to offer its channel packages directly to about 9 million mostly rural cable subscribers. Sony says it will offer the service to more than 850 cable and broadband providers who belong to the National Cable Television… Read

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Apple TV Launches ‘Brown Sugar’ VOD Service That Includes ‘Jackie Brown,’ ‘Car Wash,’ & Other African-American Films

Apple TV continues to expand their video-on-demand game with with Brown Sugar. Their latest venture, which launches today,  is a new subscription service that features the biggest collection of iconic African-American films of all time. Some of the titles included on the service include Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, the classic comedy Car Wash, and the critically acclaimed stand-up feature Richard Pryor: Live On The Sunset Strip. Other films available through the… Read

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal & Thomas Haden Church Board ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and hip hop artist Yelawolf have been added to the cast of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s upcoming adventure film The Peanut Butter Falcon for Armory Films. Zachary Gottsagen, who is the inspiration behind the film, stars along with Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern. Gottsagen stars as Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life. One day he… Read

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Univision Promotes Tonia O’Conner To Chief Revenue Officer, A New Position

Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco has promoted Tonia O’Conner from Chief Commercial Officer and President of Content Distribution to a newly created job: Chief Revenue Officer. And he has given her an important first assignment. She will pick a President of Advertising Sales & Marketing to replace Keith Turner, who said this month that he plans to retire by year end. Univision says that the CRO position should help the Spanish language broadcaster and digital… Read