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Movie Review – The Strike (2016)

The Strike, 2016

Directors: Guillermo Iván and Ben Loggins

Starring: Bronson Pinchot, Erin Fogel, Guillermo Iván, Christopher Marquez, Lara Goldie and Paul Calderon

Synopsis:

After years of missed opportunities, criticism, and bad first impressions, 3 less than talented NYC actors take fate into their own hands when they devise a half-baked theatrical “siege” in order to prove they have what it takes.

The Strike follows a group of wannabe actors in New York City – Molly (Fogel), Alberto (Ivan) and Richard (Marquez) – as they continue to follow their dreams of “making it” in the Big Apple. Down but not quite out, the trio concoct quite the scheme to help them give it one more go: when they hear that supreme talent agent Carlo Lombardi (Bronson Pinochet) is part of Molly’s yoga class, they decide to perform an audition, of sorts, at one of the classes by staging a fake “siege” where they will capture Carlo,
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Comedy-drama The Strike hitting VOD next week

Gravitas Ventures has announced that the award-winning comedy drama The Strike is set for release worldwide on all major digital platforms on December 13th.

The Strike is based around three, less than talented, New York actors who after years of missed opportunities, criticism, and bad first impressions, take fate into their own hands when they devise a hilarious half-baked theatrical “siege” in order to prove they have what it takes to make their mark in the film business.

The Strike is written and directed by Guillermo Ivan, and stars Erin Fogel (27 Dresses), Bronson Pinchot (Perfect Strangers), Paul Calderon (Pulp Fiction), Guillermo Ivan (Vantage Point) and Christopher Marquez (Habana Instant).
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Fear The Walking Dead: Season 2.14: Wrath: Trailer & Clip [AMC]

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Fear the Walking Dead: Wrath Trailer & Clip AMC‘s Fear the Walking Dead ‘Wrath’ trailer & clip stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Colman Domingo, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie, Danay Garcia, Karen Bethzabe, Paul Calderon, Alejandro Edda, Kelly Blatz, Kenny Wormald, Raul Casso, Andres Londono, and Brenda Strong. The second season of Ftwd goes out with a double episode – which […]
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Fear The Walking Dead: Season 2.13: Date of Death: Trailer & Clip [AMC]

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Fear the Walking Dead: Date of Death Trailer & Clip AMC‘s Fear the Walking Dead ‘Date of Death’ trailer & clip stars Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Colman Domingo, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie, Danay Garcia, Karen Bethzabe, Paul Calderon, Israel Broussard, Kelly Blatz, Andres Londono, Kenny Wormald, and Brenda Strong. The ‘grown ups’ are confronted by their decisions & […]
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10 Great Boxing Movies to Watch After Seeing ‘Creed’

The life of a professional boxer can be desperate and toilsome. Unless you’re a marquee prizefighter, there’s little money to be made, leaving many fighters stricken by poverty. Yet, few professions are so straightforward. Almost disturbing in its simplicity, you punch your opponent until they fall down, whilst they try to do the same to you.

In cinema, the boxer is an ever-present figure, often solitary and driven to succeed by demons from the past. Creed, Ryan Coogler‘s new addition to the Rocky series is out this week in a wide release, and garnering some very positive reviews (including our own). There’s no better time to brush up on your boxing movies, as it’s an enthralling little sub-genre, ripe for explosive violence and drama.

We compiled ten of the best boxing movies below, so check them out, and let us know your favorites.

Ali (Michael Mann
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The Chelsea Film Festival Partners with Bow Tie Cinemas

The Chelsea Film Festival (Cff) has announced its official partnership with Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea. The Festival will host its brand new program, Kino & Vino Series®, on the second Monday of each month, followed by a Q&A and networking reception at the Theater.

The First Screening will start on November 9th, 2015 at 7pm with the 2015 Chelsea Film Festival Grand Prix Winner.

Calendar and Ticket details can be found here.

Cff was founded by actresses Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste to give voices to the unheard by providing a platform to independent films and discovering new talents. Chelsea Film Festival Board of Directors includes renowned industry insiders: Paul Calderon, Elizabeth Kemp, and John Patrick Shanley.

The festival's program will highlight international feature-length, short films and documentaries from independent or emerging filmmakers. The Third Edition of the Chelsea Film Festival will focus on "Women in Film & Media", and will introduce foreign films to the public. As Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Founder of The Chelsea Film Festival, stated, “Making the World a Better Place by Giving a Voice to the Unheard.”

The Chelsea Film Festival (Cff) will hold its third edition in New York from October 15-18th, 2015 at the Sva Theatre and other locations.

The Chelsea Film Institute is a non-profit cultural organization that helps expose the underprivileged youth in Chelsea, NYC to the arts. Throughout the year, Cfi offers free Arts classes to these economically disadvantaged children. Chelsea Film Festival (Cff) is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers, and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as shorts, documentaries, and feature-length pieces. It empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences around the world.
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Watch: Official Us Trailer for Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome to New York'

"It's a crime... that I want to feel young?" Ah, mais oui, Gérard Depardieu! We've seen a UK trailer for this previously, but another one should be more than enough to satisfy. IFC Films has debuted the official Us (meaning MPAA-approved) trailer for one of Abel Ferrara's latest films, Welcome to New York, starring Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset and Paul Calderon. Depardieu plays a billionaire with ultimate money and power, who is driven by a "frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger". I'm not sure if I'm that into this film's lavishness, but that is quite a way to sell it. The trailer is barely Sfw, but I'm sure the film is not. Here's the official Us trailer for Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York direct from IFC Films: Welcome to New York is directed by Abel Ferrara (King of New York, Chelsea on the Rocks, 4:44 Last Day
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Birdman and Eddie Redmayne take home SAG Awards

Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.

Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.

Unsurprisingly it was Julianne Moore who took the award for best female leading role for her performance as an aging academic experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer disease in Still Alice.

It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble
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2015 SAG Awards winners and nominees

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The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl
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21st Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can
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Screen Actors Guild Awards recognize ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’, ‘Modern Family’

  • SoundOnSight
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, serving as yet another precursor on the long road to the Oscars.

In the film categories, Birdman was the big winner, scoring four nominations, including for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, as well as the collective ensemble cast. Boyhood followed right in its footsteps with three nods for Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and another ensemble nomination.

The big surprises of the morning’s nominations started with Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler, a bubble contender in a crowded Best Actor race, Jennifer Aniston for Cake, a bubble contender in a disappointingly less crowded Best Actress race, Robert Duvall in the poorly reviewed The Judge and Naomi Watts for St. Vincent (Watts was in Birdman as well, but that must’ve slipped SAG’s minds).

Rounding out the prize for Outstanding Cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game,
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Nominations for the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards revealed

The Screen Actors Guild has announced the nominations for the 21st SAG Awards, with Alexander Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman leading the pack with four nods, including the most prestigious, Outstanding Cast, where it will compete with Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

On the television front, HBO racked up 14 nominations in total, including mentions for True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Veep and Game of Thrones. Meanwhile Modern Family is gunning for a record fifth consecutive win in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Check out the full list of nominations here…

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell / John du Pont – “Foxcatcher” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – “The Imitation Game” (The Weinstein Company)

Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – “Nightcrawler” (Open Road Films)

Michael Keaton / Riggan – “Birdman” (Fox Searchlight Pictures
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SAG Nominations and Announcement of A New Feature

  • LRM Online
As some of you may know, I'm a bit of a jack(ass) of all trades. I follow the film industry for Lr, and critique films. But I'm also an actor, I front a rock band, I'm a DJ, film editor, and director as well. Basically, when it comes to entertainment, there's nothing I don't do. For some time now, I've been mulling over bringing some of my other interests to Lr, and I'll be starting with the SAG Awards. How? Well, I've been a member of SAG for 6 years now and I also am part of the voting process. That means every year I am sent screeners of all the films being considered for awards.

Here's where a new running feature comes into play:

As I start receiving these screeners, I will write special reviews for each one and publish them here. Then, as we near the voting deadline,
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SAG Awards Nominations: ‘Birdman’ & ‘Boyhood’ Lead Film Side, HBO & ‘Modern Family’ Rule TV – Full List

  • Deadline
Here is the full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards, which were announced this morning at La’s Pacific Design Center.

Fox Searchlight topped the film studios with six nominations, led by Alexander Gonzales Inarritu’s Birdman, which nabbed four total nominations: for Outstanding Cast, which is the closest thing the guild has to a Best Picture category; and for star Michael Keaton and supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone. It was joined in the top cast category by IFC FilmsBoyhood, which also got nods for its co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette; Searchlight’s Wes Anderson pic The Grand Budapest Hotel; the Weinstein Co’s The Imitation Game; and Focus FeaturesThe Theory Of Everything. The latter two biopics landed lead noms for Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

On The TV side, HBO led all networks with 14 noms, thanks to multiple acting
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‘Birdman’ Leads SAG Awards Nominations with Four

‘Birdman’ Leads SAG Awards Nominations with Four
Birdman” led the way in SAG nominations with four, followed by “Boyhood,” “Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” with three each.

Birdman” snagged nominations for Michael Keaton for lead actor, Edward Norton for supporting actor, Emma Stone for supporting actress and for the ensemble cast.

Ansel Elgort and Eva Longoria made the announcements at the Pacific Design Center.

The winners will be announced in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 25.

Here’s the entire nominations list –

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell / John du Pont – “Foxcatcher” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – “The Imitation Game” (The Weinstein Company)

Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – “Nightcrawler” (Open Road Films)

Michael Keaton / Riggan – “Birdman” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – “The Theory Of Everything” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – “Cake
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2015 SAG Awards nominations - complete list

  • Hitfix
The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 25. The nominees are as follows... Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics) Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl" (20th Century Fox) Reese Witherspoon / Cheryl Strayed – "Wild" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in
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‘Welcome to New York’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Paul Calderon, Paul Hipp, Shanyn Leigh, Amy Ferguson, Drena De Niro, Ronald Guttman | Written by Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois | Directed by Abel Ferrara

Review by Andrew McArthur

Abel Ferrara‘s latest work Welcome to New York is a film so unflinching in its portrait of excess and moral-corruption that it makes The Wolf of Wall Street look like it was produced by Cbeebies.

Devereaux (Gerard Depardieu), one of the world’s most powerful businessmen is filled with a gratuitous sexual hunger – a man so entangled in his lifestyle of power, sex and money that he believes everything is his. This is until Deveraux sexually assaults a hotel maid in New York and finds himself arrested, on the verge of being stripped of this power. Ferrara uses the high-profile case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as his factual basis for this slow-burning piece filled with excess and debauchery.
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Six Surprising Facts About "Pulp Fiction" -- See the Cast 20 Years Later!

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"Pulp Fiction" resurrected John Travolta's career, made Uma Thurman a star and established Quentin Taratino as the most daring director in Hollywood.October 14, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the film's release -- and we've gleaned six surprising facts from the filmmaking from a recent Vanity Fair retrospective.Check out the gallery above to see how the stars have all aged in the past two decades. Plus, find out who was hiding underneath all that leather as The Gimp!Now, onto the fun facts!1. The now infamous Gimp scene was Uma's main hesitation with the film, over the obscenity or drug use. "[Quentin] wasn’t this revered demigod auteur that he has grown into" the actress explained. "And I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it, because I was worried about the Gimp stuff."2. As for the scenes she was actually in, Uma was most nervous about doing the Twist with John.
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Season premiere review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Golden Days for Boys and Girls'

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Season premiere review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Golden Days for Boys and Girls'
"Boardwalk Empire" is back for its final season. I interviewed Terence Winter about the decision to end the show (and to move the action forward to 1931), and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I sail away on a turtle... "They're not so special. All they have is money. Ways to find that, I reckon." -Nucky Winter told me he wanted to bring the story of both Nucky and the series full circle, and "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" begins that process in more ways than one. Not only do we leap forward to 1931 to see Nucky preparing for the potential end of Prohibition (just as the series began in the hours leading up to the implementation of the Volstead Act), but we jump back in time to 1884, to the beginning of Nucky's apprenticeship with the Commodore. Now, the issue with "Boardwalk" has
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Nsfw Footage From "Welcome To New York"

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Sneak Peek the official UK trailer revealing Nsfw footage from the drama "Welcome To New York", co-written/directed by Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant"), starring Oscar-nominated Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Drena De Niro, Natasha Romanova and Paul Calderon:

"...'Mr. Devereaux' is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreams of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man. Watch him fall..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Welcome To New York"...
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