Lionel Richie Secures Rights for Curtis Mayfield Biopic

New American Idol judge Lionel Richie has been granted the rights to produce a feature based on the life of legendary songwriter and musician Curtis Mayfield. Richie, who acquired the rights from the Curtis Mayfield Estate, is mounting the project via his RichLion Productions.

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Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium Announces Complete Film Lineup, Expands Programming With World, U.S., and Washington, D.C. Premieres

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium announced the complete film program of its third edition today, featuring world, U.S., and Washington, DC premieres of new documentary films that go beyond the headlines to capture riveting stories and confront matters that have been hidden from the public, until now.

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Academy Museum Receives Landmark $50-Million Gift From Cheryl and Haim Saban; Ron Meyer To Lead Museum Board Of Trustees

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment, the largest of the Academy Museum Campaign, brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal.

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The Academy To Honor Charles Burnett, Owen Roizman, Donald Sutherland And Agnès Varda With Oscars® At 2017 Governors Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted at the most recent meeting to present Honorary Awards to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland and director Agnès Varda. 

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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Plays San Francisco's The Roxy with Special Angie Bowie Q & A September 4/5

With exclusive voice-over contributions from David Bowie, this film is a celebration of the life and works of guitar virtuoso Mick Ronson, a rock hero virtually uncelebrated despite his direct contribution and involvement in countless compositions, lyrics and recordings that changed the face of music forever.

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Coming-Of-Age Drama Boy Erased Attracts All Star Cast Along with Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges With Director Joel Edgerton

Emmy and Tony Award winner Cherry Jones (“Transparent”, “24”)and Grammy Award winner Michael “Flea” Balzary, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, join the cast of Boy Erased, the coming-of-age and coming-out drama from writer/director Joel Edgerton.

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Amazon Studios Greenlights Fifth Season of Jill Soloway’s Award Winning Series Transparent

Amazon Studios today announced it has greenlit a fifth season of Jill Soloway's Golden Globe Award and multi-Emmy Award winning series Transparent. The fifth season will begin production next year and is anticipated to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2018 exclusively for Prime Members.

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The Academy Delves Into Latin American Film With Expansive Project "From Latin America To Hollywood: Latino Film Culture In Los Angeles, 1967–2017"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967–2017, a series of film screenings, live conversations and dedicated to the influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers.

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John Bailey Elected Academy President

John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 8) by the organization's Board of Governors marking Bailey first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor. 

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Upcoming Original Motion Picture Detroit Release Full Soundtrack; Film Opens In Theaters August 4, 2017

Motown Records revealed the full track listing for the upcoming original motion picture, DETROIT. The record features original architects of the immortal 'Motown Sound' as well as a new song from GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum hip-hop icons The Roots entitled "It Ain't Fair (feat. Bilal)."

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Haute Tease

  • The Academy To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of "Do The Right Thing" With Spike Lee

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    LOS ANGELES, CA –The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the seminal film "Do the Right Thing" with writer-director Spike Lee and members of the film's cast and crew at two special screening events: on June 27 in Los Angeles at the Bing Theater, and on June 29 in Brooklyn at the BAM Harvey Theater.

     
  • Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply World Premiere To Open 30th Edition Of AFI Fest 2016 Presented By Audi

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    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of New Regency and 20th Century Fox's RULES DON'T APPLY, written, directed, produced by and starring AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty, will open AFI 2016.

     
  • China Movie Channel Announces “Transformers 4” Chinese Actor Talent Search with Hollywood Heavyweight Judges

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    Beijing, China (April 18, 2013) – During the 3rd Beijing International Film Festival, China Movie Channel and its movie internet site, m1905, announced the kickoff of the “’Transformers 4’ Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show.”

     
  • Yamashiro Launches Sunday Brunch Series Starting Mother's Day 2017

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    Los Angeles' beloved Yamashiro Hollywood restaurant is launching a new Sunday Brunch buffet starting Mother's Day, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The iconic restaurant, which had exclusively served dinner only, will continue brunch service every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

  • The Desert is Heating Up With Sin City Justice

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    Sin City Justice is taking the court system to a whole new level bringing the prosecution system into living rooms on a weekly basis as the star and D.A. Steven Wolfson and his powerhouse team prepare major criminal cases.

Crime

  • James Eagan Holmes Found Guilty in Aurora Shooting; Hank Brennan Explains Sentencing Phase

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    James Eagan Holmes, former doctoral student, has been found guilty in the Aurora movie theater attack that left 12 dead and more than 58 injured as he stormed, in paramilitary fashion, the midnight showing of the film, The Dark Knight Rises.

     
  • Michael Skakel, Kennedy Cousin, Set To Be Released

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    Michael Skakel, nephew to the late Robert F. Kennedy, is set to be released from the Connecticut prison where he has spent the last 11years for the 1975 bludgeoning death of neighbor Martha Moxley.

     
  • Facebook LIVE Torture Kidnappers Caught; Charges Include Hate Crimes

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    Two women and two men all hailing from Chicago's inner city's crime filled neighborhoods were charged with the kidnap and torture, which they broadcast on Facebook Live, of a mentally challenged white male adult.

     
  • Murder Suspect James DiMaggio Killed in FBI Shootout

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    James Lee DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping Hannah Anderson and murdering her mother and brother has been killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers in the Cascade Mountains of Idaho.

     
  • People Exclusive: Inside the Leadership of the Word of Life Church: Is Tiffanie Irwin Running a Killer Cult

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    The residents of the sleepy hamlet of Chadwicks, New York, had long suspected there was something different about the Word of Life Christian Church – even before two teenage brothers were savagely beaten after over a dozen hours inside the church's sanctuary room, according to police.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • Ten Top Gourmet Food Shops and Eating Establishments in the Latin Quarter Revealed

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    Stepping into a Paris restaurant can be a formidable experience for any traveler. Not only do you have to make your wishes understood by a waiter who may or may not speak your language, but you must quickly learn how to adapt to local dining customs as well.

     
  • Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War – Finish The Summer with A Real Political Thriller

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    Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War, a novel by Brian McCracken, the first volume of a trilogy,  is the story of family, loyalty to country, changing times and the damage, devastation and alienation polarized thinking produces.

     
  • NYPD Green Book Review - Page Turning Detective Thriller

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    NYPD Green, a memoir from Luke Waters, details his life from undocumented Irish immigrant to ranking detective in one of the largest police departments in the world solving horrendous cases and the interactions and working with other judicial agencies.

     
  • Plug Research Releases the Highly Anticipated Coultrains Jungle Mumbo Jumbo Project

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    On April 23rd, appreciators of soul, jazz & beat music alike rejoice as Coultrain releases his long-awaited new project, Jungle Mumbo Jumbo. Perhaps best known for his work as one half of Hawthorne Headhunters (alongside Black Spade), or as the once lead singer of Waajeed's Platinum Pied Pipers - this release marks Train's first proper solo album on a label

     
  • HL London: Paul McCartney's LIPA Channels the Spirit of John Peel in Weekly New Music Event

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    Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, co-founded by one of the city's most celebrated sons Paul McCartney, is launching The 2Ube, an eclectic showcase of musical talent from across the north west.