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ATX Television Festival Teams With Southwest Airlines For Pitch Competition

ATX Television Festival

ATX Television Festival's seventh annual Pitch Competition has issued a call for submissions, and has a new wrinkle – sponsored transportation and accommodations for its Top 10 finalists. The event, being held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, provides an opportunity for undiscovered writers to showcase their talent, along with providing access to TV's top decision-makers. ATX's focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and… Read

Fusing High Art With Compelling Genre Package, ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ Helmer Makes His Own Reality — Awardsline Screening Series

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,” writer/director Milorad Krstić said, greeting an audience last night, following a screening of his first full-length animated film. “I do hope the movie wasn't boring.” To be sure, it wasn’t. For the entirety of the evening’s panel on Ruben Brandt, Collector—his Hungarian Oscar entry in the category of Best Animated Feature—this suggestion of candor and self-effacing humor proved defining, to the Landmark audience’s… Read

Peter Farrelly On Why He Knew ‘Green Book’ Was An Instant “Home Run” And How It Launched A New Career Direction – Behind The Lens

Peter Farrelly

As one half of the Farrelly Brothers filmmaking team, Peter Farrelly has been responsible for the likes of such broadly entertaining comedies as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and many more. That makes it all the more surprising that his latest film is Green Book, a dramedy that is definitely sending him into unexpected directions — as well as into the heart of this awards season with a movie that is the toast of… Read

‘Be Natural’ Acquired By Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber; Docu About Alice Guy-Blaché Screened At Cannes & Telluride

EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announced today that it has acquired North American rights for Pamela B. Green's documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film centers on the life and accomplishments of the world's first female filmmaker and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section, and also screened at the Telluride, New York, Deauville, BFI London film… Read

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek To Receive Breakthrough Performance Award At 30th Palm Springs Film Festival

Bohemian Rhapsody

EXCLUSIVE: Rami Malek has been chosen for this year’s Breakthrough Performance Award at the 30th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival for his acclaimed performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The honor will be presented at the Film Awards Gala on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 3-14. "In the film Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek fully brings to life and embodies musical legend Freddie Mercury, in what is truly an… Read

The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Oscar Season Is Upon Us

The Bart & Fleming Podcast

As the awards season picks up steam, stars and star filmmakers face a great opportunity to reach voters in the Q&A sessions, but also must tread a careful path because of heightened sensitivities. Some filmmakers already have run into problems with #MeToo and N-word issues. This all comes as many industry jobs are in jeopardy as Disney implements its acquisition of Fox. It's the dawn of a new corporate giant, but also the demise of many Hollywood positions. Listen to our… Read

2019 Spirit Award Nominations: ‘We The Animals’ Tops With Five, A24 Leads All Distributors, Studio Classic Labels Come Up Short

Spirit Awards 2018 nominations announcement

For the third year in a row, New York-based distributor A24 led at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations counting a total 12 noms versus last year’s 17. A24’s nom count this year doubled up on  Amazon Studios, Netflix and The Orchard which all tied for six. Annapurna Pictures followed with five noms: Three for Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk (best feature, director, and supporting female Regina King and two for their Boots Riley Sundance pick-up Sorr… Read

As A Producer Of ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Looking For A Fresh Western, John C. Reilly Gave Jacques Audiard Free Rein

As a producer-actor, giving carte blanche to an auteur can be a dangerous thing, as John C. Reilly found when he and his wife Alison Dickey began shopping their passion project, and Reilly's first producorial feature outing—an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt's 2012 novel The Sisters Brothers—to some of the world's most respected directors. Luckily, after bracing himself to give up on his dream of playing Eli Sisters, one of the film's two leads, Reilly found himself back on… Read

Reality TV Wins Its Own Critics’ Choice Awards Show

Reality TV is getting it’s own awards show, for real. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association and NPACT, the trade organization serving producers of nonfiction entertainment content, will spin off the “reality show” category of the Critics’ Choice Awards into its own standalone show, the groups announced today. The inaugural Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards are set for Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Bob Bain and Joey Berlin will… Read

Art For Money’s Sake: Documentary ‘The Price Of Everything’ Takes Wary Look At Billion Dollar Commerce in Canvases

The new documentary The Price of Everything is nothing if not layered—kind of like an onion. And like an onion, the more you peel into it, the more it makes you want to cry. Nathaniel Kahn's complex film explores the dynamics of the contemporary art world where individual works regularly fetch astronomical amounts at auction: $91.9 million earlier this week for Edward Hopper's canvas "Chop Suey," and $110.4 million last year for an untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat painting… Read

TV Academy Elects Frank Scherma As New Chairman & CEO

Frank Scherma Television Academy

The Television Academy’s board of governors has voted vice chairman Frank Scherma to become its new chairman and CEO, a post he will take over from the outgoing Hayma Washington. The election was held Thursday night at a board meeting at which the TV Academy’s annual officer elections were also held. Scherma, the president of RadicalMedia whose producer credits include music documentaries, Errol Morris' The Fog of War, Broadway's Shrek the Musical and IFC TV's Stan Against… Read

‘Capernaum’ Director On The High Price Children Are Paying For Society’s Mistakes — Awardsline Screening Series

Watching Capernaum, Lebanon’s entry in 2018 for Best Foreign Language Film, one point becomes immediately clear: Only a truly dedicated, humanistic director could make such a film, experiencing first-hand so many sorrows so that others around the world might understand. In the case of the Cannes title, which won the fest’s Jury Prize, that director is Nadine Labaki, an esteemed Lebanese filmmaker who had already made her way down the Croisette a number of times before… Read