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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

F3PR: John D. Loeks to receive 2019 NATO Marquee Award at CinemaCon

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CELEBRATION CINEMA'S JOHN D. LOEKS TO RECEIVE
2019 NATO MARQUEE AWARD AT CINEMACON®

CinemaCon® to take place April 1-4, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. (January 29, 2019) – The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will honor John D. Loeks, Chairman of Studio C, with the 2019 NATO Marquee Award during this year’s CinemaCon. It was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mr. Loeks is being recognized by NATO for his unequalled dedication, commitment and service to the motion picture theater industry. He will receive his industry tribute as part of CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future" presentation on Tuesday morning, April 2.

“John Loeks’ role in the exhibition industry defines leadership. This humble gentleman from Michigan had the vision to create the Global Cinema Federation and unite exhibitors around the world, while never forgetting the role of the independent theater operators,” said John Fithian, President and CEO of NATO. “All of us at NATO could not be more grateful for this wonderful man’s leadership.”

After initially practicing law for 20 years, John Loeks joined the family business, Loeks Theatres, in 1990. In 1997, he founded Celebration Cinema, building six megaplexes and purchasing two more. Loeks Theatres currently has 11 theaters operating in Michigan, and their 12th megaplex is set to open in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The building will serve as a mixed use complex of retail, housing, and parking, with a music venue, office space and a nine-screen theater. Loeks has been a member of the board of the National Association of Theatre Owners since 1992. In that time, he has served in many different capacities including NATO Chairman from 2015-2017.

In addition to his work in the cinema, Loeks has served as owner and president of ShowSpan, Inc., a company that produces 13 major annual consumer shows in Michigan and Wisconsin. He is the founder and former chairman of AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies, which provides a wide variety of environmental science courses to students from nearly 60 participating colleges. In 2009, he founded Schools for Sierra Leone, a foundation that builds and supports schools in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 6,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry--from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas--all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 33,393 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 94 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.


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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Movie Report #1004, January 25, 2019

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#1004, January 25, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Antiquities ** 1/2
  • Canal Street ** 1/2
  • The Kid Who Would Be King ***
  • Serenity **
  • Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation *** Q&A video with Carsten Peter

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New in Stores on DVD, Blu-ray, & Digital: January 22, 2019

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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Movie Report #1003, January 18, 2019

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#1003, January 18, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Glass ***
  • NTR: Kathanayakudu (NTR: The Legendary Hero) **
  • Petta ***
  • Uri: The Surgical Strike ***

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

F3PR: 27th annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival to Screen Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace on opening night

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Pan African Film & Arts Festival

27th ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL
TO SCREEN ARETHA FRANKLIN’S AMAZING GRACE
AT DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA ON
OPENING NIGHT FEBRUARY 7

America's Largest Black Film Festival To Exhibit
Over 170 Black Films and 100 Fine Artists
From February 7 Through February 18 at the
Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres and
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles

Festival Reflects on 27-Year Journey of Storytelling
with 'AmPAFFify' Campaign


January 15, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) -- The Pan African Film & Arts Festival announced that it will celebrate its 27th Annual Opening Night with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s cherished Amazing Grace concert documentary at the Directors Guild of America. The festival, which presents an impressive slate of over 170 new Black films from the US and around the world and exhibits more than 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople, starts on Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California. Aretha Franklin’s spine-tingling and uplifting Amazing Grace, produced by Alan Elliott, was originally directed by Sydney Pollack in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. The film, a rare gem in the crown of the late musical genius, has not been seen before now due to technical and rights issues.

 “It’s such a blessing to open the festival this year with Amazing Grace,” expressed PAFF Co-Founder and Actor Danny Glover. “Aretha Franklin is a rare treasure. To be graced with this film is an honor and a testament to the perseverance and long-standing prominence of the festival’s impact.”

Over the past 26 years, The Pan African Film & Arts Festival has sought to increase cultural awareness and bridge diverse communities from the African diaspora by providing a creative safe space for the development and expression of the Black narrative through film, poetry, art and music. This year, PAFF will “amPAFFify” amplify and ignite the Pan-African experience through next generation storytelling.

“27 years ago, we made a political, cultural, social and intellectual decision to get involved in film festivals as it became clear that a platform to showcase Black films was needed,” shared Ayuko Babu, Executive Director and Co-Founder of PAFF. “It’s been a privilege to be a platform for many filmmakers and talent to share their unique stories through the lens of their own experiences, visions and creative artistry. The on-going challenge is... who’s story gets told on the small screen and big screen? The Pan African Film Festival is a way of showing distributors the stories that matter to people of color.”

PAFF’s legacy is evidenced by the success of storytellers and talent who’ve contributed works to the festival such as Will Packer, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Coogler, Berry Jenkins, Taraji P. Henson, Ava DuVernay, and countless others. The program’s platform exists proudly as a conduit for the careers of thousands of talented actors, directors, producers and executives; many of which have gone on to win the industry’s top honors including the Golden Globes, Emmy’s and Oscars®. As an official Oscar®-qualifying festival, many of PAFF’s short and live-action films will be up for consideration for an Academy Award®.

To further “amPAFFify” PAFF’s proud history, the organization recently launched an “#IAMPAFF” Meme Generator, designed to allow festival supporters to share their own stories on social media. Festival supporters can join in the fun by creating a meme to tell their story at paff.org/iampaff.

This year’s program features a robust schedule including the Filmmakers Brunch, ARTFest, PAFF Institute Panels, StudentFest, LOL Comedy Series, Children’s Fest, SpokenWord Fest, Seniors’ Connection and much more. Individual screening tickets and all festival passes can be purchased at paff.org/tickets. Group sales discounts are also available. For more information, visit the PAFF website at paff.org or call 310-337-4737.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New in Stores on DVD, Blu-ray, & Digital: January 15, 2019

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Movie Music Monday: Rami Malek, Graham King, John Ottman, Jan Sewell, Paul Massey sing Bohemian Rhapsody

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Even after winning two major Golden Globe Awards in a somewhat upset dual victory mere days ago, Rami Malek, 20th Century Fox, and the other champions behind Queen and Freddie Mercury music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are not resting on their global blockbuster box office-anointed laurels, continuing the Academy Awards® campaign for the film as if it just begun. This past Thursday, January 11, star Malek joined producer Graham King and a trio of key figures on the technical crew, film editor John Ottman, hair and makeup designer Jan Sewell, and sound re-recording mixer Paul Massey for a spirited discussion following a special awards consideration screening at the Zanuck Theatre on the Fox studio lot in Century City.


Bohemian Rhapsody is now playing in cinemas nationwide, from 20th Century Fox.

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Rami Malek, Graham King, John Ottman, Jan Sewell, Paul Massey
(photo by Michael Dequina)

(Special thanks to 20th Century Fox and John Ottman)


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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Movie Report #1002, January 11, 2019

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#1002, January 11, 2019


MOVIES:

  • A Dog's Way Home ** 1/2
  • Kill Mobile ***
  • Perfect Strangers (Perfectos Desconocidos) ***
  • Replicas * 1/2
  • Take Point ***
  • The Upside *** interview video with Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Neil Burger

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