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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

The Movie Report

#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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Friday, January 18, 2019

The Movie Report #1003, January 18, 2019

The Movie Report

#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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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

The Movie Report

#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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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New in Stores on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital: January 8, 2019

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Movie Music Monday: Barry Jenkins, Nicholas Britell, Joi McMillon, James Laxton could talk Beale Street

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It may be a new calendar year, but campaigning for Academy Awards® hits a fever pitch the first two weeks of the new year, as nomination voting hits its home stretch. Despite winning numerous honors and accolades already, Annapurna Pictures is taking nothing for granted for its celebrated adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk, as screenwriter/director Barry Jenkins was joined by a few of the creative collaborators responsible for the film's distinctive audiovisual spell, score composer Nicholas Britell, film co-editor Joi McMillon, and cinematographer James Laxton, for a discussion following a special screening event at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills this past Friday, January 4.



If Beale Street Could Talk is now playing in cinemas nationwide, from Annapurna Pictures.

Buy the If Beale Street Could Talk movie poster here.
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Buy the If Beale Street Could Talk novel here.
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Barry Jenkins, Nicholas Britell, Joi McMillon, James Laxton
(photo by Michael Dequina)

(Special thanks to Annapurna Pictures, Nicholas Britell, James Laxton, and Barry Jenkins)


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Sunday, January 6, 2019

F3TV: The Fosters make way for a young, new life of Good Trouble

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The long-running ABC Family/Freeform drama series The Fosters may have ended its popular and groundbreaking five-season run this past summer, but the beloved family still lives on in the upcoming spin-off Good Trouble. As two of the young Foster siblings, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Callie (Maia Mitchell), move from San Diego to Los Angeles to begin new careers and lives, no doubt the title will come to play in many forms along the way. Ramirez was joined by co-star Zuri Adele, writer/executive producer/series creator Joanna Johnson, and writer Cristian Martinez for a special discussion about the show and the relevant issues it tackles at a special screening event African-American Film Critics Association this past Saturday, January 5, at the Los Angeles Central Library.



Good Trouble premieres this Tuesday, January 8, on Freeform.

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Buy The Fosters season 4 here.
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Zuri Adele, Cierra Ramirez
(photo by Michael Dequina)

(Special thanks to the African-American Film Critics Association)

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

F3PR: 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards grant winners announced by Brian Tyree Henry & Lena Waithe

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2019 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
FILMMAKER GRANT WINNERS ANNOUNCED
BY BRIAN TYREE HENRY & LENA WAITHE

Spirit Awards Winners To Be Revealed
on Saturday, February 23
Broadcast Live on IFC at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET


LOS ANGELES (January 5, 2019) – Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, announced the winners of its four filmmaker grants today at its annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Emmy and Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk, Widows, Atlanta) and Emmy award winner and Spirit Award nominee Lena Waithe (The Chi, Masters of None, Ready Player One) co-hosted the event and handed out the honors. Winners for the remaining categories will be revealed at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. The awards ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 5:00 pm ET / 2:00 pm PT.

Previous Spirit Awards grant winners include Effie T. Brown (Producers Award), Justin Chon (Someone To Watch Award), Elizabeth Chai Vaserhelyi (Truer Than Fiction Award), Lynn Shelton (Someone To Watch Award), Nanfu Wang (Truer Than Fiction Award) and Chloé Zhao (Bonnie Award).

“The Spirit Awards grants provide direct, unrestricted and needed support to remarkably talented filmmakers, both emerging and mid-career,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We’re so proud of this year’s filmmakers and look forward to seeing their new work in years to come.”

Debra Granik received the second Bonnie Award. Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the Bonnie Award recognizes a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant sponsored by American Airlines. Finalists for the award were Tamara Jenkins and Karyn Kusama.

Shrihari Sathe received the Producers Award. The award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The annual award, in its 22nd year, includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. Finalists for the award were Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams and Gabrielle Nadig.

Alex Moratto, director of Sócrates, received the Someone to Watch Award. The award recognizes talented filmmakers of singular vision who have not yet received appropriate recognition. The award is in its 25th year and includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. Finalists for the award were Ioana Uricaru, director of Lemonade; and Jeremiah Zagar, director of We The Animals.

Bing Liu, director of Minding yhe Gap, received the Truer Than Fiction Award. The award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not received significant recognition. The award is in its 24th year and includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. Finalists for the award were Alexandria Bombach, director of On Her Shoulders and Ramell Ross, director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show that celebrates the best of independent film. Aubrey Plaza will host the show and Lena Waithe is the 2019 Spirit Awards Honorary Chair.

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Now in its 34th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors American Airlines, AT&T, IFC and Subaru of America, Inc. FIJI Water is the Official Water. Getty Images is the Official Photographer. TOWN & COUNTRY EVENT RENTALS is the Exclusive Rental Company.

Click here to see the list of this year’s nominees.

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a Member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover.

In addition to producing the Spirit Awards, Film Independent produces Film Independent Presents, a year-round screening series for its members that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

For more information or to become a Member, visit filmindependent.org/membership.

About IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Series Brockmire, Stan Against Evil, Baroness von Sketch Show, and Documentary Now! air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.


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Friday, January 4, 2019

The Movie Report #1001, January 4, 2019

The Movie Report

#1001, January 4, 2019


MOVIES:

  • Escape Room *** interview video with Jay Ellis interview video with Deborah Ann Woll
  • Holmes & Watson * 1/2
  • Maari 2 ** 1/2
  • Simmba ** 1/2
  • Stan & Ollie *** 1/2
  • Swing Kids *** 1/2
  • They Shall Not Grow Old *** 1/2
  • Zero **

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