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Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At Robert F. Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Awards

The Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards will take place on December 13, and celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.

Honorees reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights and his belief that we all must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”

The 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner will honor Harry Belafonte (singer, songwriter, actor & activist); Alex Gorsky Chairman of the Board and CEO Johnson & Johnson); Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder, Chairman and CEO Chobani, LLC). Master of Ceremonies: Alec Baldwin and hosts: Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Tim Cook, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto. Special guests to include: Tony Bennett, Trevor Donovan, Kathryn Erbe, Susie Essman, Peter Frampton, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Lo Bianco, Matthew Modine, Lena Olin,
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Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama

Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama
In today’s film news roundup, Louis Gossett Jr. replaces James Earl Jones in “Foster Boy,” David Wojnarowicz is the subject of a documentary and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” gets a Norwegian director.

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Louis Gossett Jr. is replacing James Earl Jones as a judge in the reality-inspired feature film “Foster Boy,” currently in production.

Jones departed due to a competing commitment. Matthew Modine and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie star in “Foster Boy,” a legal drama about a high-powered litigator who takes on the case of a disadvantaged African-American young man. They uncover the abuses of the for-profit foster care system.

Other cast members include Julie Benz, Amy Brenneman, Greg Germann, Evan Handler, Jordan Belfi, Lex Scott Davis and Krystian Lyttle.

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. “Foster Boy,” which is shooting in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara.
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John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Looking for a New Home

John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ Looking for a New Home
Producers of John Travolta’s “Gotti” have bought back the movie from Lionsgate, which had planned to release the mob biopic on Dec. 15 through its Lionsgate Premiere specialty division.

Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is expected to begin meeting with other distributors about “Gotti.” The company, which produced the film with Highland Film Group and Fiore Films, exercised a provision in its deal allowing it to buy back the movie from Lionsgate in the hope of getting “Gotti” a wide theatrical release. The Lionsgate Premiere release would have been day-and-date for theatrical, VOD and streaming.

Gotti” is directed by “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly from a script by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi. “Gotti” also stars Travolta’s wife Kelly Prestor, their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Stacy Keach, Chris Mulkey, Lydia Hull and Spencer Lofranco.

Travolta portrays John Gotti, the flaboyant head of the Gambino crime family who spent the last decade of his life in
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Stranger Things on Netflix: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

Vulture Watch What lies in wait for the fine folks of Hawkins, Indiana? Has the Stranger Things TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Stranger Things, season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? A period horror drama streaming on the Netflix paid subscription platform, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Linnea Berthelsen, Brett Gelman, and Will Chase. In 1983, a young boy goes missing from Hawkins, Indiana. When
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Stranger Things: Season Three Renewal Issued by Netflix

While you shouldn't talk to strangers, you can keep watching them on TV. As expected, Netflix has renewed its Stranger Things TV show for a third season. The Duffer Brothers (i.e. Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer) were already working on Stranger Things season three, and they talk about seeing it go for a total of four seasons. A Netflix 1980s-period horror drama, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Linnea Berthelsen, Brett Gelman, and Will Chase. Read More…
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The Top Five Matthew Modine Movie Roles of His Career

Matthew Modine is a good actor, and I’ll tell you why. A good actor is someone that can make you love or hate them. Anytime you feel just ‘meh’ about them it usually means that they’re not that important of a character or they’re just not standing out enough in an attempt to really get a reaction. Modine is able to make you believe in him, like him, hate him, or absolutely despise him. He’s a very underrated actor that doesn’t usually get enough credit but then he doesn’t always play in the big, mainstream films that get that much

The Top Five Matthew Modine Movie Roles of His Career
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’47 Metres Down’ DVD Review

Stars: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Chris Johnson, Yani Gellman, Santiago Segura | Written by Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera | Directed by Johannes Roberts

Directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door), this ladies-in-peril shark thriller might lack the bite of last year’s The Shallows, but it delivers enough of the requisite suspense moments to ensure that it succeeds on its own B-movie terms.

Mandy Moore (TV’s This Is Us) and Claire Holt (TV’s The Vampire Diaries) play Lisa and Kate, two vacationing sisters who have come to Mexico to help Lisa get over being recently dumped by her boyfriend. (In an unexpected echo of Amy Schumer’s Snatched, Kate is a last-minute replacement for the now ex-boyfriend, which kind of makes you wish Schumer and Hawn had thrown in some sharks to liven things up a bit).

Down in the dumps because her boyfriend had said she was boring,
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Could This Power Rangers Star Play The New Wolverine?

If you’ve seen Stranger Things, which, let’s face it, you likely have, you’ve probably had the thought: “Hey, this is a bit like X-Men.” Apparently, that’s something which digital artist/uberfan Boss Logic seems to have thought of as well, as he’s now taken the similarity and run with it, creating a bunch of images that reimagine the cast of Netflix’s hit sci-fi show as Marvel heroes.

Last week, he began with the obvious mash-up of Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven and Jean Grey Aka Phoenix, two hugely powerful telepaths. Other efforts are slightly more out there, but no less fun. In the gallery down below you’ll see, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) as Cyclops, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) as Beast, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) as Cable, Bob (Sean Astin) as Colossus, Joyce (Winona Ryder) as Mystique, Max (Sadie Sink) as Emma Frost, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) as
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Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones join Foster Boy

Variety is reporting that Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), James Earl Jones (The Lion King) and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie are set to star in the indie drama Foster Boy, which is being directed by Youssef Delara (The Bounce Back) from a script by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany.

Foster Boy is based on Deratany’s own experiences as a litigator in Chicago, and sees Modine playing a character at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results.

“There are an estimated 400,000 children in foster care in America,” said Deratany. “They are basically unrepresented, with few ways to shape their destinies. Why? One simple reason: they are children. They have no money and they have no voice. It’s not that they are bad kids.
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Evan Handler Cast In ‘Foster Boy’; Alan Aisenberg Joins ‘Second Act’; Nicholas Galitzine Boards Pippa Bianco film

Evan Handler Cast In ‘Foster Boy’; Alan Aisenberg Joins ‘Second Act’; Nicholas Galitzine Boards Pippa Bianco film
Sex and the City and Californication alum Evan Handler has joined Foster Boy, the Youssef Delara-directed indie drama based on a script by Jay Paul Deratany. The film stars Matthew Modine as Michael Trainer, whose life as a condescending, elitist corporate attorney is turned upside down when he's ordered to take on a pro bono case representing a 19-year-old African-American youth who was victimized when a known sexual predator was placed into his foster home. Handler will…
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Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones to Star in Drama ‘Foster Boy’ (Exclusive)
Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie will star in the independent drama “Foster Boy.”

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. The film follows Modine’s character, who’s at the center of a trial revolving around a for-profit corporation, contracted by the state to provide foster children safe homes, that places a known sex offender into a foster home with other clients — with catastrophic results. Jones plays the judge and McGhie portrays the defendant.

Foster Boy,” which begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara, whose credits include “Filly Brown,” “The Bounce Back,” and “English as a Second Language.” It’s produced by Deratany, Michael Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, and Andrew Sugerman. John Schimmel, and Thom and Matt Lipari are the executive producers. “Foster Boy” has been entirely financed by equity investment.

Deratany and Samuelson
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The Duffer Brothers on whether we will see Dr. Brenner return in future seasons of Stranger Things

There’s an old rule in television stating that if you don’t see someone die on screen, then they aren’t dead. Now, there are always examples to the contrary, but still, this is a pretty safe bet when it comes to TV. Take Matthew Modine’s Dr. Brenner from Season 1 of Stranger Things, for example. We can assume that he’s dead, but we did not explicitly see it. In fact, if you have finished Season 2 of the hit Netflix series, you will know that his fate is very much up in the air.

So what do Stranger Things creators Matt, and Ross Duffer have to say on the matter? While attending a master-class event at Chapman University, The Duffer Brothers were asked about the fate of the Season 1 antagonist, to which they replied (via Cinemablend):

“I think we’ll leave Brenner’s fate, you know…We wanted to hint at that,
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Rebecca Damon Replaces Mike Hodge as New York SAG-aftra President

Rebecca Damon Replaces Mike Hodge as New York SAG-aftra President
Rebecca Damon has been appointed SAG-aftra’s New York president, replacing the late Mike Hodge in the post.

Damon has been acting president of the union’s second-largest local since Hodge died on Sept. 9. The New York Local Board unanimously approved Damon’s appointment, which was announced Tuesday by SAG-aftra. Hodge was elected to serve a two-year term on Aug. 24.

Damon was also re-elected over Matthew Modine on Oct. 6 as executive vice president, the union’s second-highest office, at its biennial convention.

Damon was part of the successful efforts to merge SAG with AFTRA in 2012, which brought in broadcasters and recording artists into what had been an actors union. SAG-aftra has about 160,000 members.

Damon has credits on “The Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” and “One Life to Live” in addition to working as a voiceover performer. She is a SAG-aftra National Board member and chair of the national Government Review Committee and Move NY Committee. She is
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Stay Relevant Productions to Launch With Blake Jenner’s ‘Juvenile’ (Exclusive)

Stay Relevant Productions to Launch With Blake Jenner’s ‘Juvenile’ (Exclusive)
Casting director Robert J. Ulrich is partnering with producer Mike Jenner to launch Stay Relevant Productions as a film and television production company based in Los Angeles.

Stay Relevant Prods. is will be unveiled at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. The first feature project produced under the banner is “Juvenile,” starring Mike Jenner’s brother Blake, Melissa Benoist, Andre Royo and Grant Harvey. The film recently premiered at Fantastic Fest and the San Diego Intl. Film Festival, where Jenner won the Rising Star Award. “Juvenile” is on the festival circuit and will be released next year.

Stay Relevant will next co-produce the courtroom drama “Foster Boy,” starring Matthew Modine and focused on corruption in the foster care system. Youssef Delara, best known for the Sundance title “Filly Brown,” will direct, with shooting starting Nov. 13 in Los Angeles.

Srp will also partner with Kurt Yaeger’s production company, Artist Film, on
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Sliff 2017 Review – The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus screens as part of the 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 5 at 1 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. Click Here for ticket information. It also screens there on Sunday, November 12 at 9:15 Pm. Click Here for ticket information for that day.

From across the pond comes a pitch black comedy set amongst the veddy, veddy upper classes. Proving that Larry David doesn’t have a monopoly in the Us as an ill-tempered cranky curmudgeon, celebrated actor/ writer Stephen Fry gives us a most unlikely screen hero, middle-aged failed poet, reviled theatre critic, and “boozehound” Ted Wallace. He’s played with swaggering bravado by Roger Allam, an actor known for his deep baritone, who has amassed a long list of supporting roles (The Queen, The Book Thief) and now proves that he’s more than ready for a leading role. After being canned from
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‘Stranger Things’ is Best When Using its Movie Homages as Red Herrings

Paul Reiser isn’t the most identifiable ’80s figure in “Stranger Things.” The future “Mad About You” star saw solid hits during the decade in “Diner,” “My Two Dads,” and two “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, and he has been headlining another ’80s-set modern TV series for the past three years (the criminally under-appreciated “Red Oaks”). But he’s no Winona Ryder. He might even slip behind “Goonies” star Sean Astin in the Reagan-era power rankings. It’s doubtful fans were as excited about seeing Reiser as they were when his character, Dr. Sam Owens, offers Will Byers Reese’s Pieces.

Yet when it comes to homages within “Stranger Things,” few are as integral to the story as recognizing Paul Reiser as the bad guy from “Aliens.” Many have noted the superficial similarities between the characters, but it’s important to note why this casting works beyond a fun homage. It’s beneficial to the story,
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‘Stranger Things’ is Best When Using its Movie Homages as Red Herrings

Paul Reiser isn’t the most identifiable ’80s figure in “Stranger Things.” The future “Mad About You” star saw solid hits during the decade in “Diner,” “My Two Dads,” and two “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, and he has been headlining another ’80s-set modern TV series for the past three years (the criminally under-appreciated “Red Oaks”). But he’s no Winona Ryder. He might even slip behind “Goonies” star Sean Astin in the Reagan-era power rankings. It’s doubtful fans were as excited about seeing Reiser as they were when his character, Dr. Sam Owens, offers Will Byers Reese’s Pieces.

Yet when it comes to homages within “Stranger Things,” few are as integral to the story as recognizing Paul Reiser as the bad guy from “Aliens.” Many have noted the superficial similarities between the characters, but it’s important to note why this casting works beyond a fun homage. It’s beneficial to the story,
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Stranger Things: Everything We Know About Eleven's Possible Parents

Spoilers for Stranger Things season two below! About halfway through Stranger Things season two, Eleven takes off from Chief Hopper's cabin because she learns the truth about her mother still being alive and wants more answers. Unfortunately, when Eleven arrives at her mama's house, she finds out that her mother, Terry Ives, is in what Eleven dubs a "dream circle." Eleven meets her Aunt Becky, who tells her that while Terry always believed her baby girl was alive out there somewhere, Becky always thought Eleven died in utero. RelatedHold the Phone: Stranger Things Is Already Prepping a Third Season What viewers started to learn in season one (and now get more information about) is that as a young woman, Terry was involved in Dr. Martin Brenner's Project MKUltra, during which she took psychedelic drugs and was put into sensory deprivation in order to experiment with her powers. During the project,
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Stranger Things Season 2 Confirms a Vital Detail About Eleven: Her Real Name!

Warning: Big ol' Stranger Things spoilers below! The second season of Stranger Things has arrived, and with it? Oh, yeah - 9 million bombshells about our favorite characters. While it's exciting to find out who Dustin's mom is and to get the low-down on Murray the Conspiracy Theorist, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is the one person who really gets a chance to evolve in the new episodes. After she escapes the Upside Down, Eleven is seen wandering the woods for a few months before she thankfully bumps into Chief Hopper (David Harbour). He fixes up his grandfather's old, abandoned hunting cabin deep in the woods outside of Hawkins, where Eleven hides out for an entire year. (Is Dr. Brenner gone for good? You can't be too sure.) Although the arrangement works well at first, the young telepath quickly tires of her isolated situation. Naturally, this leads to a little digging around
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Stranger Things 2: complete Easter Egg and reference guide

Michael Ahr Oct 30, 2017

Stranger Things season 2 is filled with pop culture references and other goodies you may have missed. Here's what our Us chums found...

Warning: contains episode-by-episode spoilers.

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With a series like Stranger Things, which places a lot of weight behind its nostalgia for 80s pop culture, any hidden references, allusions, and homages become key for audience enjoyment, especially for those who were the same age back then as the kids are in the show. Whether it be a song choice with particularly appropriate lyrics, a recognisable image meant to invoke an 80s movie or TV show, or a detail harkening back to season 1, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the easter eggs and references here.

Did we miss any? Let us know
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