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“Gypsy” Actress Poorna Jagannathan to Topline Pippa Bianco’s Feature Directorial Debut

Jagannathan in “The Night Of

“Gypsy” and “The Night Of” actress Poorna Jagannathan has been tapped to lead Pippa Bianco’s first feature film. She will portray a mother seeking justice after an explicit video of her teen daughter is spread across town, Variety writes.

The untitled project will be adapted from Bianco’s 2015 award-winning short “Share.” Not many other details are known at the moment, but the source describes Jagannathan’s role as “tough, spirited, and active but relaxed.”

A24 will distribute the project. Carly Hugo, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Matt Parker, Tyler Byrne are producing.

Bianco received Cannes’ Cinefondation Award and SXSW’s Special Jury Award for Narrative Short for “Share.” She also directed the documentary short “Picturing Barbara Kruger,” has a story credit on “Bleed for This,” and worked on Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette” and Vera Farmiga’s “Higher Ground.”

Susan Johnson’s “Carrie Pilby,” “The Blacklist,” “Room 104,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” are among Jagannathan’s screen credits.

“Gypsy” Actress Poorna Jagannathan to Topline Pippa Bianco’s Feature Directorial Debut was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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"Godzilla: King Of The Monsters" - Enter Vera Farmiga

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Sneak Peek footage and images of Emmy nominated actress Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"), now attached to co-star in director Michael Dougherty's upcoming feature "Godzilla: King Of The Monsters":

Farmiga's breakout film work was in "Down To The Bone" (2004), followed by "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004), fan-favorite "The Departed" (2006), "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" (2008), "Nothing But the Truth" (2008) and an Oscar-nominated best Supporting actress role in "Up In The Air" (2009).

This was followed by work in Orphan (2009), "Source Code" (2011) and "Safe House" (2012). 

Farmiga also starred in and directed the feature "Higher Ground" (2011).

She played paranormal investigator 'Lorraine Warren' in the horror feature "The Conjuring" and the 2016 sequel "The Conjuring 2".

Since 2013, Farmiga has starred as 'Norma Louise Bates' in the A&E drama-thriller series "Bates Motel".

Farmiga is now set to star in Shana Feste's "Boundaries" (2017) followed by "The Commuter" (2018), Rupert Wyatt's "Captive State"(2018) and "Godzilla:
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Berlinale: Voltage Pictures Launching Teen Drama ‘Departures’

Voltage Pictures is to fully finance and co-produce “Departures,” a drama featuring a teenager with a terminal illness who is helped by a geeky friend to gamely embark on a list of final things to do.

Co-produced with Bcdf Pictures, the film will start production April 24 in New York with Peter Hutchings (“The Outskirts,” “Rhymes with Banana”) directing from a script written by Fergal Rock.

Production is by Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady for Bcdf and Nicolas Chartier and Alissa Phillips for Voltage. Voltage is handling international sales. U.S. rights are handled jointly by CAA and Voltage.

Asa Butterfield (“The Space Between Us”) stars alongside Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”,) with cast also including Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Flatliners”,) and Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf,” “Fifty Shades Freed”.)

Voltage is pitching the project as a sweet, uplifting tale in the vein of “The Fault in Our Stars.
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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back

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Original 'Blair Witch' star Joshua Leonard: People still tell me they want their money back
17 years ago, The Blair Witch Project burst into theaters on a massive wave of hype and made instant stars out of its directors, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, and its trio of lead actors: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, who made the cover of Newsweek magazine that same August. It was an unprecedented success that paved the way for the "found footage" genre that would explode over the subsequent decade, with films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield successfully exploiting the format's potential. None of these, though, would haunt viewers in quite the same way as Blair Witch, whose grainy, pre-smartphone aesthetic and terrifying denouement would stick with us long after the film's pop-cultural moment had passed. Of the film's three lead actors, Leonard has undoubtedly enjoyed the greatest run of Hollywood success post-Blair Witch, though it's worth noting that his career didn't really begin to heat
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Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant Starring in ‘Behold My Heart’

Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant Starring in ‘Behold My Heart’
Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant, Charlie Plummer and Mireille Enos are starring in independent drama “Behold My Heart.”

Producers are Mary Pat Bentel, David Hansen and Johnny Mac (through Autumn Productions), Tomei (through her Bella Vida Productions), Marcus Cox and Karrie Cox (Through Films). Heywood Wilansky, Hao Pham-Wilansky and Justin Williams are executive producing.

CAA will represent the film’s North American rights. Joshua Leonard (“The Lie”) is directing from a script be wrote with Rebecca Lowman.

The film centers on a woman and her teenage son — played by Tomei and Plummer — in the aftermath of tragedy who must forge into uncharted territory in order to move on with their lives. Olyphant (“Justified”) and Enos (“The Catch”) also star with David Call, Emily Robinson, Nik Dodani and Sakina Jaffrey rounding out the supporting cast.

Leonard broke into the business as an actor in “The Blair Witch project.” Other notable acting roles include “Humday,
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The Final Girls | Review

Spoofaway Camp: Strauss-Schulson’s Playful Mash-up Takes a Tumble On You

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson, whose last feature was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) returns with The Final Girls, an entertaining surprise of sorts as a playful riff on early 80s slasher tropes as it borrows the cosmic charms at play in classic titles like Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (1984) and The Wizard of Oz (1939).

With a talented young cast and plenty of boisterous energy, Strauss-Schulson manages to instill a thread of sentimentality in this generally comedic feature, and ironically makes us care more for its characters than the films it pays homage to actually manage. Those looking for genre thrills will most likely be disappointed, and its eventual outcome is a bit too hoary despite its enjoyable cuteness from screenwriters M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller (the team who wrote Rose McGowan’s 2014 short film Dawn,
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Vera Farmiga, Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin Talk Bates Motel Season 3

Ready to check back into A&E's Bates Motel? With the season three premiere airing tonight, you don't have to wait long. After the tense ending to season two, writers/executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have plenty of suspense (both psychological and palpable) in the pipeline for the 10-episode third season, and coming off another Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series, Vera Farmiga looks to bring Norma to life once again with a multifaceted flair. We recently had the chance to take part in an interview call with Farmiga, Cuse, and Ehrin, who discussed what's in store for Norma and Norman's strained relationship in season three, new cast members, learning Slipknot songs on guitar in between scenes, the number of seasons planned for Bates Motel, and more.

The picturesque Northwest United States settings of both Bates Motel and A&E's The Returned remake:

Carlton Cuse
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Blair Witch Actor Scares Up Bates Motel Arc — What Does He Want With Norma?

Blair Witch Actor Scares Up Bates Motel Arc — What Does He Want With Norma?
Bates Motel is still accepting reservations for its upcoming third season.

Joshua Leonard of Blair Witch Project fame is the latest guest to check into the A&E drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actor — whose TV credits include arcs on Hung, CSI: Miami and The Mob Doctor — will play the recurring role of James Finnigan, a community college psych professor whose pull towards Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away at his carefully constructed house of cards.

The gig marks a reunion for Leonard and Farmiga; the two played husband and wife in the 2011 indie Higher Ground (which Farmiga directed
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Madbrook Films Launches With Boyd Holbrook Debut ‘Peacock Killer’

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Madbrook Films Launches With Boyd Holbrook Debut ‘Peacock Killer’
Exclusive: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.

Adapted from Sam Shepard’s story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook’s debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham and True Grit‘s Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.

Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam,
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Win Great ‘If I Stay’ Goodies!

To celebrate this Friday’s release of If I Stay, we’ve got three fun merchandise packs to give away. Each winner will receive an If I Stay backpack, notebook, chalkboard, charm bracelet, and a copy of Gayle Forman’s novel!

Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the big screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”); Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”); Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsman”); and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance.
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Win great If I Stay goodies!

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To celebrate this Friday’s release of If I Stay, we’ve got three fun merchandise packs to give away. Each winner will receive an If I Stay backpack, notebook, chalkboard, charm bracelet, and a copy of Gayle Forman’s novel!

Gayle Forman’s best-selling novel comes to the big screen in New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ drama If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“Carrie,” the “Kick-Ass” films), Mireille Enos (TV’s “The Killing,” “World War Z”); Joshua Leonard (“Higher Ground”); Jamie Blackley (“Snow White and the Huntsman”); and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”).

Mia Hall (Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance.
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Enter Our 'If I Stay' Giveaway

In anticipation of the film's release, Latino-Review is givinging away a few "If I Stay"-related items to some lucky readers, including a "If I Stay" Light Blue Backpack, "If I Stay" Metal Cello Bookmark on Card, and more.

In order to enter the contest, email Latinoreviewmail@gmail.com with your name and address and include "If I Stay" Giveaway in the subject headline.

This giveaway will be open until August 25th at noon Pst and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries and randomly draw winners that day. Winners will be advised via email.

Here is what we got.

1 Alternative Apparel Farra Inside Out French Terry Hoodie in Pink1 Light Blue Backpack1 Metal Cello Bookmark on Card1 Set of Three 3.5" x 5" Notebooks with Custom Paper Wrap1 Silver Plated Charm Bracelet1 10" x
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Isa of the Day: Brian O'Shea of The Exchange

Our International Sales Agent (Isa) of the Day coverage resumed for this year's Cannes Film Festival. We feature successful, upcoming, innovative and trailblazing agents from around the world (during and after the festival) and cover the latest trends in sales and distribution. Beyond the numbers and deals, this segment will also share inspirational and unique stories of how these individuals have evolved and paved their way in the industry, and what they envision for the new waves in global cinema.

The Exchange is an international sales and finance company based in Los Angeles and was created by Brian O'Shea who has nearly twenty years of experience in the film industry. The Exchange has an impressive record, and has acquired, financed, produced and/or sold over 140 films (with budgets spanning from five to 90 million) just over the past two years.

Recent success includes the June release of "Obvious Child" and "Supremacy" with Danny Glover, which was picked up for U.S. Distribution following this year's L.A. Film Festival. The Exchange recently acquired worldwide rights to "Ithaca", which will be Meg Ryan's directorial debut and is being executive produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

CEO of The Exchange Brian O'Shea talks about an evolving industry, his unexpected entry into sales and distribution, and what inspires him to stay in it.

What is The Exchange focused on?

I've been doing this for 19 years. We started this company three years ago, and I own it myself. There are nine of us. The slate is very eclectic, and we're very filmmaker driven. We also focus on American films that have domestic theatrical releases. It's not to say anything less of direct video films or TV movies. There's a business there too, but it's not what I focus on. I focus on the film markets and festivals. That's where I need to have the product to be consistent with what my business model is.

To spend money to go to Cannes, I need to have films that are complimentary to the buyers that come here. We vary in size of budgets. We've worked on things as big as "2 Guns", which was a 70 million film, to things as small as "Obvious Child" which was a micro budget film that was released on June 6th. We also like to see these films with a domestic component, because it allows my buyers to know that they can position their film in their territory as a theatrical movie. It's important, because it's all interconnected.

What are some recently successful films from The Exchange?

I did "The Spectacular Now". It wasn't a big budget, or a manipulative film. It was an honest, authentic slice of life, and it worked both domestically and internationally. We just released "Obvious Child" internationally, and the response to that film has been outstanding. Those are two very strong filmmakers that have something to say through art, and they said it authentically. Both of these films came out of Sundance.

What changes are you noticing in the film business?

The financial model is changing to support more quality films, as opposed to simply marketing, and there's a reason for that - it's the Internet. It's this transactional, new technology that is allowing for opinions to matter more than the physical experience of walking through a store and seeing box art. It's the reviews, the over arching word of mouth that comes through the Internet, that allows a business man like myself to focus on sales and moving quality films that matter.

Technology is bringing about a new age of stronger, more authentic filmmaking. The glitz and the glamour of the 80's and 90's, and the over saturation of CGI during the 2000's, have actually dulled the senses. Now, what people are responding to is truth, and strong voices.

You can choose your own information, and you're not manipulated through advertising or posters. Your phone allows you to find anything at any time in the world from an information standpoint. If a friend tells you, "Wow, "Obvious Child" is really good", you can Google "Obvious Child" and there will be reviews, tweets and Facebook posts about it. These things can be bought and manipulated, don't get me wrong... but they're focused on that review and the consensus of whether it's good or bad. I think it's good, and it's why filmmaking is getting better.

Sundance and Cannes were both strong this year. I think the films were good, and it's bringing about a market need for strong voices and good filmmaking. Selling a film that only has a famous actor doesn't work as easily as it did in the past.

Please talk about your entry into the film business.

I'm from Lubbock Texas, and went to college in Worcester Mass. I knew I wanted to be in the arts in some capacity, but I didn't have it in me to be in front of the camera. I knew that for various reasons that I needed to be behind the camera. That was always on my mind in college.

I went to NY after college and worked as a page at the NBC page program. I went on to be an extras casting director for a woman named Joy Todd, and then I realized how hard it was to live in NY with no money, so I followed my father's footsteps and went to law school. I then decided to go to Los Angeles and be an entertainment lawyer, which seemed ridiculous at the time. I went there, passed the bar, and started working for Roger Corman. I was in the entertainment business! I was a lawyer and making movies. It was so exciting! I felt great, but I wasn't really good at it, because I wasn't very detail oriented. I was doing things like closing deals without paper, but Roger liked me and said, "You're going to stop being a lawyer, and now you're going to do sales for me." That was 19 Cannes Festivals ago, and I've never missed one since.

What keeps you going in the industry?

The people in the business keep me in it. It's conversations like this. My job is to talk about art, about a group of people, to understand how hard it is to make a movie, and to see it come out the other side. It feels good to be a part of the process, and to experience the end product. It's really difficult, but the people I work with are fantastic. They're from many different cultures. We share story ideas, and it's great to spend time with people from the international film community. Even if you don't share the same language, you can still connect with them when you both see one film and react to it the same way - it's a bonding experience.

These festivals feel like a high school reunion. In general, people are great, and I always love coming back to see them to see how their lives have changed. Some people just have tremendous success. Some people start as being an assistant, or being an executive, and then move on to start their own company. It's exciting to see them succeed, and it's good for business too. When other people succeed and make money in the independent film distribution space, they put the money back into the system to make more films. They have a machine that they have to feed; it's changing because of the Internet, but everyone is trying to feed the machine.

For example, so many movies have been bought because of the incredible success of the "Lord of the Rings". I'm sure the success of the "Hunger Games" has supported many buyers in their various forays into different sales companies to buy movies. They made money on "Hunger Games", and therefore they're reinvesting it into other companies. In general, it just puts more money back into the system. That's why you always want to see your competitors do well with good movies, because then it just comes back into the system.

Please talk about the landscape of distributors for those who are new to this world or aren't working in it.

There's a finite list of distributors, and it's changing because of the collapse of video. In our business, there are business-to-business transactions, and we talk to local distributors in various territories about a transaction. The local distributor then looks to the distribution to the consumer. In each territory, whether it's France, Italy, Germany, Spain, they all have different focuses, whether it's TV or Theatrical. Within each country, there are different numbers and types of buyers, because each place is developing and contracting. For example, there are many buyers in the USA, because there are many different opportunities for films. It can sound overwhelming to someone who's not in sales, but a knowledgeable sales agent can quickly narrow it down to the right buyers for a film.

A big budget picture is only going to six to eight buyers. If you're looking for a smaller budget film, you cross off looking for the studios like Warner Bros, Paramount and so forth. If it's not a big theatrical film, maybe it's something for A24, Fox Searchlight, or Sony Classics that might have a smaller theatrical release or go straight to video; then you don't think of any of the studios, but just their video divisions. This is when you don't worry about Fox Searchlight or Sony Classics, and focus more on companies like Image. It gets complicated, because the video companies (like Radius, Image, Magnolia, and IFC) are using theatrical platforms to profile the pictures, primarily for video and VOD distribution. There are numerous buyers, but you just have to know, based on the product you have, which group to focus on. And then you never know what can happen, but you just have certain companies that you really focus on, depending on what type of film you have.

Learn more about The Exchange slate here.

Collaborative and transparent, The Exchange is a leading international sales and finance company committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financiers and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. Created by veteran sales executive Brian O’Shea, the company specializes in high quality, commercial films that appeal to North American audiences and the ever-evolving global film market. In less than two years, The Exchange has acquired, financed, produced and/or sold over 140 films ranging in budgets from $5 million to $90 million, including studio films from Disney, Sony, Fox, and Universal. Such films include Universal’s 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg (sold in collaboration with the exclusive sales agent, Foresight Unlimited); 2013 Sundance Award Winner The Spectacular Now starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley; The Last Five Years, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard Lagravenese; Higher Ground, starring and directed by Vera Farmiga; and Young Ones, starring Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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Taissa Farmiga & Ben Rosenfield Find Common Ground in Hannah Fidell’s Latest

Technically her sophomore point fifth of a feature (65-minuter We’re Glad You’re Here precedes A Teacher) which has amusingly gone by a vast array of titles (follow the social media folks for a visual clapboard round-up), Hannah Fidell (featured Ioncinephile of the month) has been cooking up her latest since the spring and now we’ve got official word on the make-up of the cast in the currently untitled project — a drama which will surely hit Sundance next year. Deadline reports that Taissa Farmiga (of Higher Ground fame) and Ben Rosenfield share the lead, while Joshua Leonard, Peter Vack, Jennifer Lafleur and three times a charm Lindsay Burdge are part of the supporting cast in what sounds like a psychological roller-coaster ride for a couple that are nearing the end of college — sort of the anthesis of the grown up portion in Linklater’s Boyhood. Kelly Williams and
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Cannes: Victoria Justice Starring in High-School Comedy

Victoria Justice (“Victorious”) and Eden Sher (“The Middle”) will star in high-school comedy “The Outskirts” with shooting starting in New York this summer.

The film was developed by New York-based Bcdf Pictures, with Brice and Claude Dal Farra producing; exec producers are Lauren Munsch and Brian Keady from Bcdf Pictures, and Victoria Bousis from Bousis Films.

Red Granite International is handling international sales at Cannes under the title “Cool Girls.”

Ashley Rickards, Peyton List, Avan Jogia, Claudia Lee, Katie Chang and William Peltz are also starring. Peter Hutchings (“Rhymes with Banana”) will direct the film from a Blacklist screenplay written by Dominique Ferrari and Suzanne Wrubel.

Justice and Sher play best friends who have suffered years of torment under the thumb of the school’s alpha female and hatch a plan to unite the outcasts of the school.

Bcdf’s previous films include “Higher Ground,” “Liberal Arts” and “Bachelorette,” starring Kirsten Dunst,
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‘Girls’ Ebon Moss-Bachrach Signs With UTA

Exclusive: Actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Lake House, Mona Lisa Smile, Stealth) has signed with UTA. He stars on the current season of HBO’s Girls as Desi Harperin and starred in Simon Helberg’s SXSW directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris. His recent screen credits include Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, Lola Versus with Greta Gerwig, the horror pic Come Out And Play, FX’s Damages, and HBO’s John Adams. Moss-Bachrach is also repped by Sue Leibman and Peikoff Mahan Law Office.
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The Definitive Religious Movies: 50-41

As we are full-on in the Lent season, our definitive list will focus on films about religion or some aspect of it. The #1 qualification to be on this list is to deliberately focus on religion, a religious figure, or have the presence of a religion/faith as an integral plot point. For example, most of Luis Bunuel’s films can be viewed as attacks on the church, but they aren’t literally about Christianity; therefore, they won’t be included. So, on this list, we’ll look at as many different faiths as possible (though, there are obviously a lot more movies about Christianity than any other religion). We’ll even dabble into cults and sects that don’t really exist. Final rule: no documentaries. We’re keeping this fictional.

courtesy of salon.com

50. Sound of My Voice (2011)

Directed by Zal Batmanglij

Sound of My Voice stars Brit Marling (also co-writer) as Maggie,
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Bates Motel Q&A: Vera Farmiga & Kerry Ehrin Talk Norma's Love Life, Multiple Tones, Season 3 Possibilities & More

"Bates Motel" Season 2 kicks off in just one more week, and here are the highlights of a recent Q&A with star Vera Farmiga and exec producer Kerry Ehrin. They discuss Norma's mothering techniques, what's ahead for the character, and Lots more.

Q: Obviously, "Bates Motel" is based on a movie. But going into Season 2, how much does the film affect the way that you make the show? Or is it now its own entity?

Kerry Ehrin: From the very beginning [co-creator] Carlton [Cuse] and I wanted to honor the movie but not be beholden to it. So I think at this point the world of "Bates Motel" has definitely become its own organic world. So while we’re still conscious of the film, and obviously there’s certain tent poles let’s say that the film suggests... it kind of has become its own beast at this point...

Q: Vera,
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Sundance Institute Announces 2014 Short Film Award Winners

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Jury prizes and and honorable mentions were presented to short films at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, The Sundance Institute announced. Of 8,161 submissions, 66 were chosen to part of this year's Short Film program, presented by YouTube. The short films jury was comprised of writer-producer-voice actor Vernon Chatman ("Wonder Showzen"), actor Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project" and "Higher Ground") and Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema. Short Film Award Winners (Descriptions provided by Sundance Institute): Short Film Grand Jury Prize: "Of God and Dogs"/Syrian Arab Republic (Director: Abounaddara Collective) — A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder. Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction: "Gregory Go Boom"/U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Janicza...
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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
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