Indie Short ‘Heat Wave’ with Twilight’s Kiowa Gordon and Catch Hell’s Russ Russo, Photos


Film Picks: Just released today (January 26, 2015) is the independent short film Heat Wave with Twilight’s Kiowa Gordon and Catch Hell’s Russ Russo (making his directorial debut). The film has been released digitally on VHXKiowa Gordon (Twilight Saga’s Embry Call, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) stars in this tale of four friends who awaken to find that their reality may not be what they expected in the midst of a 2015 heat wave in LA. Also starring Aaron Jaeger (TV’s Youthful Daze), Wolfgang Weber (The Magician’s Son), Jessica Andres (TV’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) & Russ Russo (An Act of […]


Winners of the 2013 – 2014 International Online Film Critics’ Poll Announced


Today the International Online Film Critics’ Poll announced its winners for the 4th biannual awards for excellence in film. Founded in 2007, the IOFCP is the only biannual poll of film critics from all around the world (over one hundred critics from USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Canada, France, Mexico, Australia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Serbia, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Pakistan, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden). The awards are biannual to allow the comparison of different film seasons.I was thrilled to be asked to participate.The IOFCP voted the coming-of-age drama Boyhood as Best Film, according to the results of its biannual critics’ poll […]


Santa Barbara Film Festival Brings ‘Desert Dancer’ Premiere, Jan. 27


The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.“Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the freedom that comes from following your passions,” stated Roger Durling, SBIFF Executive Director. “What better way to kick off our 30th anniversary!” For the […]


Amr Waked Steps into Geostorm

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Egyptian Amr Waked has been cast in the forthcoming sci-fi action thriller Geostorm.According to The Hollywood Reporter Waked will play the head of security on the international space station.Geostorm’s plot centres around catastrophic climate change that threatens to destroy life on Earth as climate control satellites look set to cause a massive storm.Waked is a big star in Egypt and was seen in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and more recently in Luc Besson’s Lucy. Geostorm stars Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.The movie is currently filming in New Orleans with Dean Devlin (who was a producer on […]


American Sniper Continues Run Top of Box Office

American Sniper is on course to become the biggest earning war movie of all time. Though audiences outside the US are less eager.

American Sniper, the controversial Clint Eastwood movie, has been reaping big rewards at the US box office as it pulled in over $64 million in its second week, bringing its US total to over $200 million.The movie stars Bradley Cooper and is about Iraq veteran and sniper Chris Kyle. Kyle did four tours of Iraq and wrote a book about his experiences, you can read our review here.The second spot was taken by The Boy Next Door, the Jennifer Lopez thriller which opened for $15 million.In third place was everyone’s favorite lost bear Paddington who put over $12 million under […]


ChefDance Media Lounge Day Two At Sundance Film Festival


The ChefDance Media Lounge welcomed day two of the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 24, hosting top tier-casts at the Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop and the Indiegogo Lounge, where live-streaming interviews were conducted with Sundance films including:• “A Walk In The Woods” starring Robert Redford• “Z For Zachariah” starring Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor • “The Overnight ” starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche​​• “Knock Knock” starring Keanu Reeves, with director Eli Roth.• “Glassland” starring Toni Collette• “The Bronze” starring Gary Cole, Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch, Bryan Buckley, Thomas Middleditch and Haley Lu• […]


Grey Goose Blue Door Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival – Day 2

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Wht did Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Zachary Quinto, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Connie Britton. Molly Shannon, Bel Powley, Alia Shawkat, Marielle Heller, and many others do on the second day of Sundance? Drink Grey Goose and chit chat about the films on parade.From the press release:Earlier this evening, Grey Goose Vodka kicked off the second evening of the Blue Door Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival. As part of a six-night series of cocktail parties and private dinners GREY GOOSE Vodka will continue to host the festival’s top talent who share a passion to achieve the […]


Cinderella Character Posters and New Stills

Cate Blanchett is the Stepmother and Lily James is Cinderella in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale CINDERELLA, which is directed by Kenneth Branagh and opens in theaters nationwide on March 13, 2014.

We have added some new stills and character posters from Disney’s forthcoming live-action version of the classic Cinderella. Kenneth Branagh is directing Lily James as Cinderella, Cate Blanchet the Stepmother and Richard Madden is the Prince. You can read more about the movie and watch the trailer here.


‘New Frontier’ Line-Up Sets The Pace For Innovation At Sundance Film Festival


‘New Frontier’ Line-Up Sets The Pace For Innovation At Sundance Film Festival Jenni Olsen’s ‘The Royal Road’ Embodies Sundance’s Experimental ArmBy: Greg Ptacek and Carolyn Schroeder There are many ways to define an independent film. For Hollywood studios these days, it pretty much constitutes anything that they distribute that doesn’t involve comic book characters. For producers, an independent film is one that is financed without studio involvement. Here at Sundance and almost all other film festivals, it refers to a certain aesthetic sensibility, mostly dramas and off-beat comedies.But if independent film still means pushing the boundaries of creative content, then […]


Cake Review


Jennifer Aniston does something completely different in this potboiler of a psychodrama and succeeds marvelously.From the opening shot of Jennifer Aniston in Daniel Barnz’ simmering psycho-drama you know you are not watching “Friends” anymore. Aniston is made up to the hilt with the best prosthetics since Steve Carell’s nose in “Foxcatcher” and when it comes to the acting she is load for bear.She plays Claire Bennett, a woman traumatized beyond belief by a devastating recent loss. It is to the credit of director Daniel Barnz and screenwriter Patrick Tobin that the reason for her trauma is not made immediately clear. […]


A Most Violent Year Review


Not as violent as the title would imply, this is a sterling essay in inner strength.The story is set in New York City in 1981, in what we are told is the most violent year in the city’s history. Before we go any further, it should be noted that J.C. Chandor’s wonderfully transporting story is not a particularly violent one. His previous hit “Margin Call” was much more violent, at least emotionally violent and his recent “All is Lost” is just a violent as is this movie.In fact, “A Most Violent Year” has much in common with “All is Lost.” […]


‘Boyhood’ Richard Linklater & Ellar Coltrane’s Ira Glass Interview VIDEO


IFC Films has shared a special Q&A with Oscar contender film “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater and star Ellar Coltrane in conversation with Ira Glass.Written and directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood – now nominated for 6 Academy Awards – has appeared on more “best of 2014″ lists than any other film released last year.The award-winning film continues to win best picture awards from numerous film critic circles – including New York, Los Angeles, DC, Boston, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and more. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013 with the same cast – Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei […]


Surprise Musical Talent And New Events Added To Sundance 2015 Line-Up

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With last minute announcements of musical talent, including John Legend and Mel DeBarge, the appearance by California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (oft-mentioned as the Golden State’s next governor and possibly 2016 Vice Presidential candidate), and events including the Horizon Award for women filmmakers, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 22-Feb. 1 is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in recent history. The film line-up for Sundance has been carved in stone for weeks, with lots of buzz about a short list of films. But the events side of the annual wintertime entertainment destination keeps evolving with just hours […]


George Lucas And Music Producer Marius de Vries’ ‘Strange Magic’ VIDEOS


Movie picks: George Lucas and world-renowned music producer Marius de Vries consider six decades of music’s best for the soundtrack to Strange MagicMarius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) has been involved in some of the most culture-defining recordings and soundtracks of the past two decades. In his latest project, he serves as musical director and composer for George Lucas’ new animated film, “Strange Magic.” “Strange Magic” is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, […]


Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014 Outstanding Directors of the Year

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year.The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg.Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the director who guides the cast and crew in creating a cohesive visual narrative. Each of the talented individuals will be awarded for their exceptional vision in bringing together every element of filmmaking, from acting and […]


The SpongeBob Movie The Day of Positivity Promo Pictures


We have added some artwork from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water promotion for The Day of Positivity on March 16th, in the UK. The movie is set for release on 6th February in the US and the 27th of March in the UK. In Sponge Out of Water our hero is seeking lost recipe and ends up in our world…


Selma Pictures

Left to right: Andr? Holland plays Andrew Young, Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Omar Dorsey plays James Orange in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Path?, and Harpo Films..SEL-17904

We have added a set of pictures from the forthcoming drama Selma. The movie follows the story of Martin Luther King’s campaign to get equal voting rights with a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Ava DuVernay directs from a script by Paul Webb with David Oyelowo as Dr. King. Also starring are  Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Check out the pictures below:


Amazon Studios Enters Theatrical Film Market


It’s not enough that Amazon is one of the best places to shop online, now they seemed poised to corner the entertainment market in TV and quite possibly film.Amazon Studios, who brought you the poignant, multi-Golden Globe winner Transparent, Annie-nominated Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, today announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video.Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just […]


15 Must-Sees At Sundance Film Festival ‘15


For M&C by Greg Ptacek and Carolyn SchroederWith the 2014 Oscar nominations still ringing in our ears, the question on everyone lips about the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which begins next week, is which of the 200+ films screening there will be the next “Whiplash” and Boyhood”?We refer, of course, to the two breakout films from last year’s Sundance that went onto to earn no less than 11 Academy Awards nominations between them, including notable nods for Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) for “Boyhood” and Best Supporting Actor (J K. Simmons) for “Whiplash.”To be completely […]


Pop-Up World Class Entertainment In Park City – The Sundance List


Compiled by M&C’s Greg Ptacek and Carolyn SchroederHot parties, beautiful people, killer cocktails, great music and celebrities galore. Even the perfunctory traffic jam with limos on the main strip on Saturday night. Vegas, right? Well, no, at least not literally. The dirty little secret of Sundance Film Festival is you can have an awfully good time and never see a film.During the festival each year, some of the biggest brands in everything from cars to cameras roll out the red carpets and hoist the velvet ropes to make Park City a world-class entertainment destination. This is the ultimate wintertime pop-up […]


Blackhat Review


James Bond grows a brain but the audience is not buying it.Although “Blackhat” is a fun romp into a fantasy world of explicitly bloody, violent international espionage, director Michael Mann (written by Morgan Davis Foehl) has created a work of sound and fury that signifies nothing.The film gets off to a good start with Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) being rousted out of his high security prison cell to answer a charge of hacking into the prison’s accounting system to add $900 to each prisoner’s bank account. He may be a punk but he is certainly a popular punk. Not only […]


American Sniper Review

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Although the book paints a better picture of Chris Kyle as a man, this is one RPG of a war story.Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial effort is an entertaining combination of war movie and biopic. The book by the subject, Chris Kyle (co-written with Scott McEwen and James Defelice), contains a much better description of his life. The film is a much better war story. For those who are more interested in the life and times of a war hero, read the book. For those who want a rambunctious, no holds barred war flick, see the movie. For the best results, […]


Independent Film & Television Alliance Excited Over 58 Oscar Noms, List


Indie films are taking the lead for the coming Oscar awards!From the press release:The Independent Film & Television Alliance announces that independents captured 58 nominations in this morning’s announcement of contenders for the 87th Academy Awards, thus showing independent films are continuing to thrive and bring compelling stories to audiences around the world. Since 1980, independent films have taken home 21 Best Picture Oscars®.IFTA Members continue to make their mark on the industry with their films earning 25 total nominations. Members’ films including The Imitation Game and Foxcatcher scored nominations for both Best Director and Actor in a Leading Role, […]


Boyhood, Grand Budapest, Birdman Top Oscars for 2015 Awards, List


The award nominations are in, and it’s a Boyhood kind of year for us as Oscar noms indicate the small but poignant film will take some categories.Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director along with Boyhood. The Imitation Game had eight nominations. American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s movie about Chris Kyle. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood nabbed six nominations—and Selma‘s David Oyelowo and Nightcrawler‘s Jake Gyllenhaal being noticeable snubs.Enough with Meryl Streep already, yes we said it. She got her 19th Oscar nomination for her Supporting Actress work in the musical […]


South African Actress Kayleigh Gilbert Cast In “Red Winter” And “The End”


South African actress Kayleigh Gilbert is attacking the film world with a vengeance. Born in the quaint town of Ermelo in South Africa, Kayleigh, the youngest of eight children, knew from a young age that performing was her calling. While her friends would change their minds with the seasons, Kayleigh never did. She always knew that she was to be an actress – there was and is no doubt in her mind that this would be her life’s work.Drama was Kayleigh’s main subject in high school and she partook in all school productions. Any chance she got she was on […]