Paladin Acquires "Shot" For Fall Release; Noah Wyle Returns to the E.R. as Victim in Gun Violence Drama

Paladin has acquired domestic theatrical rights to SHOT, a gripping drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street. Directed and produced by veteran filmmaker Jeremy Paul Kagan SHOT is being targeted for a Fall release.

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Vertical Entertainment Acquires “Never Here” On the Eve of Los Angeles FF Premiere; Licenses to Starz Exclusive Premium Pay TV Rights

Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Camille Thoman's "Never Here" starring Mireille Enos, Sam Shepard, Goran Visnjic, Vincent Piazza, Nina Arianda, Ana Nogueira, and Desmin Borges.  The suspense thriller will premiere June 18, 2017.

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Saban Films Takes North American Distribution Rights to Simon West’s “Gun Shy” Starring Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko

Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Simon West’s (The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) Gun Shy (formerly Salty), starring Golden Globe Nominee Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace).

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Guy Laliberté And Alexandre Amancio Launch Multiplatform Creation, Production, and Distribution Company “Reflector Entertainment”

Guy Laliberté and Alexandre Amancio announced today the launch of Reflector Entertainment, a Lune Rouge company. Co-founded by Cirque du Soleil creator Laliberté and video game developer, producer/writer/director Amancio, Reflector Entertainment is a multi-platform business that develops intellectual property.

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“The Angry Birds Movie 2” Takes Flight As Columbia Pictures And Rovio Entertainment Set Creative Team; Release Date

Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie, which slingshot to $350 million in worldwide box office and launched a global movie brand, Columbia Pictures in association with Rovio Entertainment Ltd. are once again joining forces on the next high-velocity adventure.

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ROSKINO To Launch First Moscow Film Commission

Russia's cinema promotion body, ROSKINO, is set to announce the creation of the capital's first Moscow Film Commission (MFC). The agency offers filmmakers new streamlined permit, production and marketing services for those looking to shoot in Moscow.

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Golden Globe Winner® Julian Schnabel To Direct “At Eternity's Gate” Starring Willem Dafoe; Rocket Science Begins International Sales at Cannes

Rocket Science announced today that Golden Globe Winner® Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls) will direct At Eternity's Gate, which will star Academy Award Nominee® Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, John Wick) as Vincent van Gogh. 

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Fox Searchlight Pictures Acquires North American And UK Rights To David Lowery’s “OLD MAN AND THE GUN”

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American and UK rights to Endgame Entertainment's financed and produced true story OLD MAN AND THE GUN, starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.

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Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common and Clive Owen To Star In Andrea Di Stefano’s “Three Seconds”

BLOOM announced today that Joel Kinnaman, Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, Academy Award winner Common, and Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen will star in Andrea Di Stefano’s (Escobar: Paradise Lost) much-anticipated feature adaptation Three Seconds.

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“XY Chelsea” Documentary Announced by Pulse Films, the British Film Institute, and First Look Media; Worldwide Sales Launch at Cannes

In tandem with the historic release of Chelsea Manning from a maximum-security U.S. military prison, Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benski announces the production of XY CHELSEA. With exclusive rights to her story, global content studio Pulse has had unique access to her team for two years to make the film. 

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Kering and The Festival De Cannes Will Present The 2017 Women In Motion Award To Isabelle Huppert; The Young Talents Award Will Be Presented To Maysaloun Hamoud

International film icon Isabelle Huppert will receive the third Women in Motion Award presented by Kering and the Festival de Cannes. Isabelle Huppert has chosen director and scriptwriter Maysaloun Hamoud to receive the Young Talents Award.

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Dances With Films 2017 Line-Up Announced

The fiercely independent film festival Dances With Films (DWF) announced today its 2017 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for its 20th annual edition held June 1-11 in Los Angeles, California.

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Mr. & Mrs. Adelman, A Woman’s Life, A Bag of Marbles, Call My Agent, Thank You Mister Imada All Win at COLCOA French Film Festival

The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a partnership of the DGA, MPA, WGAW, and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM), announced today that Mr. & Mrs. Adelman, written by Nicolas Bedos and Dora Tillier, and directed by Nicolas Bedos, won the distinguished COLCOA Audience Award.

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Fandango Teams with Paramount Pictures And Participant Media To Host Exclusive Advance Screening Of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”

Fandango is teaming up with Paramount Pictures and Participant Media to host an exclusive advance screening of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," the much-anticipated follow-up to two-time Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on May 6.

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Maryland Film Festival Premieres Stark, Realistic, Uncompromising Narratives with WEREWOLF, PRINCESS CYD, THE STAIRS; Closes with THE HERO

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) announced the complete guide for the opening night short films and closing night film for the 19th annual Maryland Film Festival, taking place May 3-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. The complete festival program, schedule and tickets for all screenings are now available online at http://mdfilmfest.com/film-guide/.

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Justin Foia’s DOE Begins Production In Los Angeles

Double El Productions, Sigil, and Room in the Sky Films in association with Lexicon announced the start of production on DOE, the sophomore feature-length film for writer-director Justin Foia, who directs from a screenplay co-written with his brother Timothy from a story by Landon Reagan.

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Haute Tease

  • Academy To Announce Oscar® Nominations in All 24 Categories Live; First Time in History

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    Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

     
  • James Whitey Bulger Denied New Trial

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    James Whitey Bulger, the onetime leader of Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, has been denied a new trial by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a recent decision that held scathing remarks for Bulger Attorney Hank Brennan.

     
  • HL Cable, TV, Streaming: Best HBO Shows

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    HBO has offered top-notch television for decades, bringing audiences into stories of everything from romantic escapades in New York City to mobsters in New Jersey.  

  • AFI Conservatory Thesis Film Wins Gold at 2016 Student Academy Awards

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    At the Student Academy Awards ceremony Thursday night in Los Angeles, AFI Conservatory thesis film ALL THESE VOICES was selected as the Gold winner in the Alternative category making the film eligible for Best Live Action Short Oscar.  

  • Spectacular 17-Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring Achieves $1,447,500 At Bonhams New York

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    An important diamond solitaire ring, weighing 17.97 carats realized $1,447,500 at the Fine Jewelry auction at Bonhams on Dec. 6 in New York, NY. The sale, which featured a strong group of sapphires and emeralds made a total of $6,381,000.00.

Crime

  • Two Majors Cities Hit With Mass Shooting Scares in One Day

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    Three days after a TSA agent was killed at LAX during a Mass Shooting, the Westfield Garden State Mall in Paramus, New Jersey and Central Connecticut State University Campus were both targeted by deranged individuals.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Remains of Two Missing Pulled From Manhattan Gas Explosion Site

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    The final two missing from last week’s gas explosion on Manhattan’s Lower East Side have been pulled from the rubble days after an alleged illegal gas tap set off a massive seven alarm inferno that killed two and injured 25.

     
  • Hank Brennan, James “Whitey” Bulger Lawyer, Set to Argue Appeal

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    Hank Brennan, lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger the mobster convicted of leading Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, is preparing to argue why the court should reverse its original verdict and allow the aging mobster a second chance.  

     
  • Chattanooga Bus Driver Has Court Appearance; Employer Knew of Complaints

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    Johnthony Walker, 24, the bus driver that intentionally crashed his vehicle filled with children, had a brief court hearing Tuesday where he learned his preliminary hearing was postponed until December 15, 2017. His bail remains at $107,500.00.

Auto, Yachts, Jets, Real Estate

  • Ziff Publishing Family Lists Florida Mansion; Asking Tops All Markets

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    America’s elite homes get more elaborate and expensive every year. The mansion that was at the top of the price list in 2015 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida at $159 million came with its own IMAX theater, a $2 million staircase and an entry gate decorated with 22-karat gold leaf. 

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate: Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin Lists South of France Retreat; Asking Tops All European Markets

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    Pierre Cardin, the French fashion designer, known for his unusual designs, geometric shapes and a departure from feminine couture, was considered avant-garde inventing a bubble dress which he introduced in 1954, a decade before the modern cultural revolution.

     
  • Celebrity Real State News: Enrique’s Former Miami Mansion, with Prime Bay and Skyline Views, On Market

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    The Iglesias men cover a wide range of music genres.  Father Julio, now 73, with his chiseled features, deeply romantic songs, and smooth bedroom voice, with a law degree on the side, has sold over 120 million records.  

     
  • Los Feliz Property of Drake Bell Hits The Market

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    The Los Feliz home of actor and singer Drake Bell, better known for his recent gigs in "Superhero Movie" and "The Ultimate Spider Man," who lost the property during bankruptcy proceedings, has hit the market at just over 1.5million.