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Slaves Of Hollywood - A 1993 film about Hollywood Assistants ripped from today's headlines, sort of.

by Terry Keefe

Back in the mid-90s, Michael Wechsler, Brian Grossman, and myself collaborated with a bunch of great young actors and crew for this micro-budgeted feature film about tortured Hollywood assistants. Alex Simon makes a few cameos also!

As we were going for "theater of the absurd," and (mostly) dark laughs, it isn't the perfect companion to today's headlines, but some of the milieu will be familiar. The stories about Harvey Weinstein abounded even then. In total honesty, I had great bosses in Hollywood, and the film is all based on stories we had heard about Other bosses. The ones you didn't want to work for. There but for the grace of God went we. But Meryl Streep did later call Harvey "God," so it all gets confusing.

We shot this two years before Kevin Spacey tore up the screen as the abusive producer in Swimming With Sharks,
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Past Winners and Nominees Back in Contention: 88th Academy Awards' Best Score

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in the Academy's press release, “a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.” The release adds that “to be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must
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112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar

112 Film Scores Declared Eligible for Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled 112 scores from 2015 films that are in contention for original-score nominations for the 88th Academy Awards.

Among the eligible feature-film titles are the final three scores from the late James Horner: “The 33” (in photo), “Wolf Totem” and “Southpaw.” And the exec committee Ok’d the Ennio Morricone score for “Hateful Eight,” which includes about 30 minutes of new material along with several minutes of old scores written by him. Notable exclusions include “Love & Mercy” (Atticus Ross), “Crimson Peak” (Fernando Velázquez), “The Revenant” (Alva Noto and Ryûichi Sakamoto) and “Youth” (David Lang).

The eligible scores and their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,
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112 Original Scores Advance In The 88th Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Adult Beginners,” Marcelo Zarvos, composer

The Age of Adaline,” Rob Simonsen, composer

Altered Minds,” Edmund Choi, composer

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” Mark Mothersbaugh, composer

Anomalisa,” Carter Burwell, composer

Ant-Man,” Christophe Beck, composer

Beasts of No Nation,” Dan Romer, composer

The Big Short,” Nicholas Britell, composer

Black Mass,” Tom Holkenborg, composer

Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman, composer

Brooklyn,” Michael Brook, composer

Burnt,” Rob Simonsen, composer

By the Sea,” Gabriel Yared, composer

Carol,” Carter Burwell, composer

Cartel Land,” H. Scott Salinas and Jackson Greenberg, composers

Chi-Raq,” Terence Blanchard, composer

Cinderella,” Patrick Doyle, composer

Coming Home,” Qigang Chen, composer

Concussion,
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Few Top Oscar Contenders on Academy's 2016 Best Song Longlist

Best Song Oscar 2016 contender 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. 74 entries in contention for 2016 Best Song Academy Award 'Tis the season for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce the semi-finalists – in some instances, the semi-semi-finalists – for the Academy Awards. Today, the Academy released the list of songs eligible for the 2016 Best Song – or rather, Best Original Song – Oscar. There are 74 contenders, with titles ranging from “Happy” and “I'll See You in My Dreams” to “Hypnosis” and “Bhoomiyilenghanumundo.” Curiously, apart from the inevitable animated and/or kiddie flicks (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Anomalisa, Pan, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Home, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, etc.) most of this year's contenders are songs from smaller movies and Bollywood/South Asian releases. Exceptions include Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, Ryan Coogler's Creed, Kenneth Branagh's
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Shaun The Sheep Movie “Feels Like Summer,” Youth’s “Simple Song #3,” Spectre’s “Writing’s On The Wall” Among 74 Songs Eligible For 88th Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 74 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds

“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”

“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof

“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”

“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”

“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”

“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”

“Strong” from “Cinderella

“So Long” from “Concussion”

“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed”

“Grip” from “Creed”

“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed”

“Don’t Look Down” from “Danny Collins

“Hey Baby Doll” from “Danny Collins

“Dreamsong” from “The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song

Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song
The Academy has revealed the list of 74 tunes eligible for the best original song Oscar this year.

Films with multiple contenders include “Chi-Raq,” “Creed,” “Danny Collins,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Home,” “Jalam,” “Jenny’s Wedding,” “Miss You Already,” “Pan,” “Salt Bridge” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.”

The surprise exclusion from the list was Brian Wilson’s Golden Globe-nominated “One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy,” which I’m told simply did not qualify.

The 74 contenders are:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds

“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”

“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof

“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”

“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”

“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”

“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”

“Strong” from “Cinderella

“So Long” from “Concussion”

“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed

“Grip” from “Creed

“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed

“Don’t
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Us Briefs: Ifp unveils first serialised TV and web content nominees; Dan Stevens joins 'Colossal'

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Us Briefs: Ifp unveils first serialised TV and web content nominees; Dan Stevens joins 'Colossal'
Plus… Film Indpendent announces 2015 Producing Lab filmmakers, Rowish launches Kickstarter campaign and more.The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced on Tuesday the Breakthrough Series nominees for the 25th Gothams on November 20 in New York. This marks the first time the awards will honour serialised TV and web content. Click here for full details.

Film Independent has unveiled its 2015 Producing Lab filmmakers and their projects: The Dust by Sarah Dorman; Farewell Tour by Frederick Thornton; Give Me Liberty by Drew Houpt; Manuscript by Alejandro De Leon; Moxie by Christina Sibul; Wannabe by John Ramos; and You And Me Both by Carolyn Mao. Click here for more information.

Dan Stevens has joined the cast of Colossal starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Principal photography continues this week in Vancouver via Brightlight Pictures. Voltage Pictures handles international sales.

Rowish Productions is to launch a Kickstarter campaign to support the November 20 theatrical and day-and-date release of Altered Minds, distributed worldwide
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IFC scores North American deal on 'Pele'

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IFC scores North American deal on 'Pele'
IFC has struck a deal with CAA and Wme Global for North American rights to Pele: Birth Of A Legend.

Michael and Jeffrey Zimbalist wrote and directed the biopic about the legendary Brazilian footballer and World Cup winner and Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures produced. IFC will release in 2016.

Vincent D’Onofrio stars alongside Brazilian musician Seu Jorge, rising Mexican star Diego Boneta and Colm Meaney Rodrigo Santoro. Additional cast includes local talents Mariana Nunes, Milton Gonçalves, Rafael Henrique, Marcus Vinicius, Julio Levy, Thelmo Fernandes, Felipe Simas, Charles Myara, Jerome Franz and Roger Haag.

Bloom handles international sales and has concluded deals in the UK (Signature), France (Wild Bunch), Greece (Odeon), Italy, (M2), Portugal (Lusomundo), Spain (Flins y Piniculas), Hong Kong (intercontinental), Iceland (Sam Film), Indonesia (Pt Amero) and Israel (United King).

Rights have also gone in Japan (Asmik Ace), the Middle East (Front Row), the Philippines (Pt Parkit), SouthEastern Asia Television (Star/Fox), South Africa (Times
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'Project Runway' winner: 'It's just sinking in now'

'Project Runway' winner: 'It's just sinking in now'
Last night the final four contestants of Project Runway "lucky season 13″ battled it out with runway shows at New York Fashion Week. The designers had very different design "voices," which led to four incredibly varied final collections—boho elegant vs. street style vs. editorial vs. elevated denim. It was one of the best final shows in the show's history, according to Heidi Klum, which made the judges' job even harder. But they finally did decide on a winner: Sean Kelly. EW caught up with him to talk about his thoughts on the season looking back, his plans for the future
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Cinemavault bulks up Efm slate

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Cinemavault bulks up Efm slate
Toronto-based sales agent heads to the Efm with slate led by four StudioVault titles.

The Toronto-based sales agent heads into Berlin with a robust slate led by the StudioVault roster of Side By Side, The Red Robin, The Moment and Heartland.

Jane Weinstock’s thriller The Moment [pictured] from producer Allan Jones stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Meat Loaf and screens today (Feb 6), as does Fred Holmes comedy Heartland starring Frank Ahearn and Prem Chopra and produced by Sunny Virmani.

Michael Z Wechsler’s psychological thriller The Red Robin starring Judd Hirsch and produced by Shawn Singh screens in the market tomorrow (Feb 7).

Buyers can watch family adventure Side By Side from first-timer Arthur Landon and starring Bel Powley and Alfie Field on Feb 9. Sarah Giles produced.

Director of acquisitions Michael Da Silva and managing director John Dunstan negotiated the deals with the producers of each film.

Cinemavault’s World division has acquired the culinary comedy Brasserie Romantique
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The Red Robin New Feature Film Trailer:

Just in time for Halloween, the chilling new trailer for The Red Robin has arrived. The film stars Judd Hirsch, Ryan O'Nan (The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best), Jaime Ray Newman (Red Widow and Supernatural), C.S. Lee (Dexter), Caroline Lagerfelt (Gossip Girl), and Joseph Lyle Taylor. A hit at this year's Montreal World Film Festival, the film centers around an ill-fated family reunion where a famous psychiatrist (Judd Hirsch), who once did secretive work for the CIA, is accused of adopting his children so he could use them as guinea pigs for sinister experiments in mind control.
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The Red Robin Premieres at the Hollywood Film Festival

From Terry Keefe

(C.S. Lee, above, in The Red Robin).

Dear L.A. Friends, The Red Robin, the film that I co-produced and worked for a few years on is having its U.S. Premiere tonight at the Hollywood Film Festival. The screening is at 7 and is at my favorite theater in town, the Arclight Hollywood.

The Red Robin was written and directed by Michael Z. Wechsler, who will be in attendance to introduce the film and do a Q & A afterwards with the cast. I believe that C.S. Lee of Dexter, as well as Caroline Lagerfelt of Gossip Girl, will be there as well. The film also stars Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Independence Day), Ryan O'Nan (The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best), Jaime Ray Newman (Red Widow, Supernatural), and Joseph Lyle Taylor (not sure who is coming from the rest of the cast).

The Red Robin was originally pitched by
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Hollywood Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Burton and Taylor,’ Starring Helena Bonham Carter

Hollywood Film Festival Lineup Includes ‘Burton and Taylor,’ Starring Helena Bonham Carter
The Hollywood Film Festival has unveiled the 25 films chosen for its narrative and documentary feature competitions.

The three-day fest kicks off on Oct. 18 at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinemas. The festival will screen “Burton and Taylor,” the BBC TV movie starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, “The Red Robin,” starring Judd Hirsch, and “Drew: The Man Behind the Poster,” a doc about movie poster artist Drew Struzan.

Unlike most festivals, Hff will not spotlight an opening or closing night film, but will introduce a Celebrating Hollywood segment featuring films either shot in Hollywood or about the film biz. Titles include the world preems of Daniel Yost’s “A Star for Rose” and Jill D’Agnenica’s “Life Inside Out.”

Fest director Jon Fitzgerald is also introducing another new program, CineCause Spotlight, highlighting social impact movies such as the documentaries “Friends of Mine” (Matthew Palmer), “Tiny” (Christopher Smith,
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Cinemavault takes Montreal pair

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Cinemavault takes Montreal pair
Exclusive: Cinemavault has acquired Montreal World Film Festival selections Brasserie Romantique and The Red Robin and will introduce sales in Toronto.

Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie is a culinary rom-com set in a busy restaurant on Valentine’s Day.

Michael Z Wechsler’s psychological thriller The Red Robin from Rowish Pictures stars Judd Hirsch and tells of a family of adopted children who challenge their ailing father about suspected psychological experiments.
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Montreal World Fest Includes 113 Int’l Premieres

Montreal World Fest Includes 113 Int’l Premieres
The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full slate of 432 films from around the globe on Tuesday, including 113 world or international feature preems. From the U.S. “The Red Robin” by Michael Z. Wechsler competes in the World section while Adam Rodgers’ “At Middleton” will unspool in the First World competition and Sam Fleischner’s “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” plays in Focus on World Cinema.

This year’s world competition features 20 features and 11 shorts from 18 different countries. In all there are 113 world premieres, 39 North American preems and 41 Canadian bows.

Twenty helmers will screen their pics in a separate competition for first-time feature filmmakers. Organizers of the sprocket opera attribute the maelstrom of fresh talent to the industry’s digital evolution. Not a single 35 mm print was submitted for competition, and the increasing popularity of digital submissions invited more low-budget productions to toss their hat in the ring.

Other
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Montreal Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

Toronto -- The French equestrian drama Jappeloup from Quebec director Christian Duguay has been added to the competition lineup at the Montreal World Film Festival, which includes the previously announced U.S. title The Red Robin. Written by and starring Guillaume Canet, the French-Canadian period drama and Pathe release joins 19 other features in the world competition and festival lineup in Montreal, unveiled Tuesday. These include a slew of European films, including Gregor Schnitz' Spieltrieb, from Germany, and Westen, a Cold War drama by Christian Schwochow. Story: Montreal Festival Adds Judd Hirsch's 'The Red Robin' to Competition Slate France is

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The Red Robin starring Judd Hirsch and C.S. Lee to debut at Montreal World Film Festival

by Terry Keefe

Hi folks: I'm not usually one for blatant self-promotion, but a feature I co-produced and helped develop over a number of years is premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival in August, and I'm very proud of it so you're getting a post. It's called The Red Robin and stars Judd Hirsch (Taxi, Damages, Maron, Independence Day), C.S. Lee (Dexter), Ryan O'Nan (The Iceman, the Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best), Jaime Ray Newman (Red Widow, Supernatural), Caroline Lagerfelt (Gossip Girl), and Joseph Lyle Taylor. It was written and directed by an old friend and creative collaborator, Michael Z. Wechsler. The story is a psychological thriller which can be best be described as The Celebration meets The Manchurian Candidate, about a dying, famed psychiatrist (Hirsch), who also did mysterious work for the CIA during the Cold War. On his deathbed, his youngest adopted son (O'Nan) accuses his father
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