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'Before The Plate' joins 'Aftermath' on Motion Picture Exchange Toronto sales slate (exclusive)

'Before The Plate' joins 'Aftermath' on Motion Picture Exchange Toronto sales slate (exclusive)
Roster includes Karen Allen drama Colewell, A Thousand Miles Behind.

James Andrew Felts’ Los Angeles-based Motion Picture Exchange (Mpx) has added the food documentary Before The Plate to its Toronto sales slate alongside thriller Aftermath.

The film follows renowned chef John Horne as he reveals the source farm of every key ingredient from one of his entrée dishes at his Toronto restaurant Canoe.

Sagi Kahane-Rapport directed Before The Plate and Dylan Sher produced. Mpx will host a food tasting and trailer premiere event for a select group of distributors at Canoe during Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Aftermath stars Ashley Greene
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What Makes a Successful Stephen King Movie Adaptation?

Becky Lea Aug 12, 2019

Stephen King has inspired some great (and not great) movie adaptations. We look at what works on screen.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Stephen King is one of our most prolific authors dabbling predominantly in both horror and crime genres with near-equal success. With any successful novelist comes the inevitable film adaptations of their work. From debut wonders to slowburn success stories, Hollywood will sniff out the ones they think will make it on the silver screen. King is no exception.

There are the classic adaptations such as Carrie and The Shining or the infamous adaptations of Maximum Overdrive and The Lawnmower Man. There is a frankly ludicrous number of Children of the Corn films.

Over the course of my odyssey through the adaptations of his work, I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about what makes an adaptation of a King novel successful.
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Phil Hymes, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director, Dies at 96

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Phil Hymes, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director, Dies at 96
Longtime “Saturday Night Live” director Phil Hymes died Monday, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to Variety. He was 96.

Hymes, who began his career at NBC in 1951, starting work at “SNL” during its second season in 1976. He worked on more than 500 episodes of NBC’s venerable sketch comedy program and served as its lighting director until last year. In addition to his technical work, Hymes appeared in sketches during episodes hosted by Ralph Nader in 1977, Christopher Walken in 2000, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2006.

He broke records during his extensive career, becoming the oldest person to win an Emmy in 2018 for outstanding lighting design and lighting direction for a variety series for his work on Kevin Hart’s “SNL” episode. He also won an Emmy for Hallmark Hall of Fame television film “The Magnificent Yankee” in 1965 for outstanding individual achievements in entertainment centered on lighting design. Over the span of his career, he earned a total of 10 Emmy nominations,
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Phil Hymes Dies: Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director Was 96

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Phil Hymes Dies: Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lighting Director Was 96
Updated throughout: Phil Hymes, longtime Emmy-winning lighting director for Saturday Night Live, who joined the show in 1976, died this week of complications from cancer, NBC confirmed. He was 96.

Hymes, who began his career at NBC in 1951, worked on more than 500 episodes of the iconic late-night program until his most recent episode in January 2018. He was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards over the course of his career, winning twice 53 years apart, the first for Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Magnificent Yankee in 1965, and just this past September for the Kevin Hart-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live.

Shows Hymes worked on over his 68-year career include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Kids in the Hall and The Miss Teen USA Pageant.

Earlier in his career, he worked on such iconic classics as Bell Telephone Hour,
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‘Euphoria’: How the Casting Directors Discovered So Many Blazing Breakout Talents

One after the other, HBO’s incendiary new series “Euphoria” unveils acting discoveries. Exciting ones. Plus-size model and Instagram phenomenon Barbie Ferreira sizzles as zaftig Kat, who prefers controlling her virtual online sex partners to the vulnerability of building an intimate rapport with a real boy (Austin Abrams). “I don’t do virgins,” she tells him, not long after painfully losing her own maidenhead at a blowout party.

She is among several breakouts in this series created by showrunner Sam Levinson (the ex-addict scion of Hollywood royalty Barry), who wowed Sundance 2018 with hacking thriller “Assassination Nation,” which Neon picked up for $10 million (it grossed $2.5 million domestic). For “Euphoria,” Levinson hired again his “Assassination Nation” casting team of veteran Mary Vernieu and Jessica Kelly (Chrystie Street Casting).

Of course, their job is to give the showrunner options to choose from before HBO finally approves. But it’s unusual for casting directors
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‘Euphoria’: How the Casting Directors Discovered So Many Blazing Breakout Talents

One after the other, HBO’s incendiary new series “Euphoria” unveils acting discoveries. Exciting ones. Plus-size model and Instagram phenomenon Barbie Ferreira sizzles as zaftig Kat, who prefers controlling her virtual online sex partners to the vulnerability of building an intimate rapport with a real boy (Austin Abrams). “I don’t do virgins,” she tells him, not long after painfully losing her own maidenhead at a blowout party.

She is among several breakouts in this series created by showrunner Sam Levinson (the ex-addict scion of Hollywood royalty Barry), who wowed Sundance 2018 with hacking thriller “Assassination Nation,” which Neon picked up for $10 million (it grossed $2.5 million domestic). For “Euphoria,” Levinson hired again his “Assassination Nation” casting team of veteran Mary Vernieu and Jessica Kelly (Chrystie Street Casting).

Of course, their job is to give the showrunner options to choose from before HBO finally approves. But it’s unusual for casting directors
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A Beginner’s Guide to Quentin Tarantino

In our latest beginner’s guide, Tom Jolliffe looks back at the films of Quentin Tarantino

With the recent Cannes premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s latest magnus opus, I thought it high time that the latest directors beginners guide focused on the cinematic legend. An auteur of invigorating flair upon breaking in, with an unconventional approach to the system, Tarantino appears to have had carte blanche since his debut. Such was the strength of his Reservoir Dogs screenplay, he managed to convince heavy hitters like Harvey Keitel to come on board, and despite the low budget, find a large audience. It was a long way from the days of working in a video store, or picking up dog shit off the beach whilst working as a production assistant on a Dolph Lundgren workout video called Maximum Potential. It didn’t take long for Tarantino to realise his maximum potential.

Reservoir Dogs,
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Mick Jagger's Acting Comeback to Close Venice Film Fest

Tony Sokol Jul 25, 2019

Art heist film The Burnt Orange Heresy features Donald Sutherland catching rye and a Rolling Stone gathering moss.

Mick Jagger is making his movie comeback.

The lead singer of the Rolling Stones hasn't acted since 2001's The Man from Elysian Fields. He turned down the booty from a part in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise but couldn't turn away from an erotic neo-noir art heist thriller. The Burnt Orange Heresy, which also stars Donald Sutherland as a reclusive artist in the Jd Salinger mold, will have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 7, 2019, according to Variety. The film will close out the festival in with an out-of-competition screening in the Sala Grande after the awards ceremony.

Based on Charles Willeford's 1971 novel The Burnt Orange Heresy, the film was directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. When the movie was first announced, Christopher Walken was
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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Splendor in the Grass,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Splendor in the Grass,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Rebel Without a Cause’
Natalie Wood would’ve celebrated her 81st birthday on July 20, 2019. A former child actress who racked up three Oscar nominations before she was 25, Wood’s life ended in a tragedy that often overshadows her movie career. Yet many of her titles remain classics, so in honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1938 in San Francisco, Wood snagged her first starring role when she was just nine years old in the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), playing a precocious girl who tugs on Santa Claus’ beard. She earned her first Oscar nomination when she was 17 for the juvenile delinquent drama “Rebel Without a Cause” (Best Supporting Actress in 1955), which made an icon out of James Dean, who died before its release. Wood added two more Best Actress bids to her resume with the romantic melodramas “Splendor in the Grass
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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Natalie Wood movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Natalie Wood would’ve celebrated her 81st birthday on July 20, 2019. A former child actress who racked up three Oscar nominations before she was 25, Wood’s life ended in a tragedy that often overshadows her movie career. Yet many of her titles remain classics, so in honor of her birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of her greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1938 in San Francisco, Wood snagged her first starring role when she was just nine years old in the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), playing a precocious girl who tugs on Santa Claus’ beard. She earned her first Oscar nomination when she was 17 for the juvenile delinquent drama “Rebel Without a Cause” (Best Supporting Actress in 1955), which made an icon out of James Dean, who died before its release. Wood added two more Best Actress bids to her resume with the romantic melodramas “Splendor in the Grass
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Storyboard Art For J.J. Abrams' Scrapped Superman: Flyby Film

Before J.J. Abrams became an A-list director in Hollywood, he wrote a script for a Superman film in 2002 called Superman: Flyby. He was still working on the TV series Felicity when he wrote the script. His concept for it was off the wall! It would’ve been unlike anything anyone had ever seen from a Superman movie before.

Here’s a previously released synopsis for the film:

Superman: Flyby was an origin story that included Krypton besieged by a civil war between Jor-El and his corrupt brother, Kata-Zor. Before Kata-Zor sentences Jor-El to prison, Kal-El is launched to Earth to fulfill a prophecy. Adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, he forms a romance with Lois Lane in the Daily Planet. However, Lois is more concerned with exposing Lex Luthor, written as a government agent obsessed with UFO phenomena. Clark reveals himself to the world as Superman, bringing Kata-Zor’s son,
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Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson to Star in Amazon’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘Bliss’

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Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson to Star in Amazon’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘Bliss’
Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson have signed on to star in Amazon’s science-fiction drama “Bliss,” with Mike Cahill directing from his own script.

Wilson portrays a recently divorced man whose life is falling apart when he meets Hayek’s character, a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh simulated world inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss.

Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern is producing, with the company’s Lucas Smith serving as executive producer. Marsha Swinton will also executive produce. Production began this week in Los Angeles.

Cahill directed “Another Earth” and “I Origins,” which were released by Fox Searchlight. Both films won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival where they premiered.

Hayek will next star alongside Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne
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Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson to Star in Mind-Bending Love Story ‘Bliss’ at Amazon

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Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson to Star in Mind-Bending Love Story ‘Bliss’ at Amazon
Academy Award-nominees Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson are coming together for a mind-bending love story in “Bliss” from Amazon Studios.

The sci-fi drama was written — and will be directed — by Mike Cahill. Cahill was nominated for two Independent Spirit Award’s for best first feature film and best screenplay for his film “Another Earth,” which he wrote with Brit Marling (“The Oa”).

Bliss” follows recently divorced Greg (Wilson), whose life is falling apart when he meets the enchanting Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. Isabel believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy theory.

Also Read: Adam Driver Political Thriller 'The Report' Gets September Theatrical
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Amazon Studios, Endgame start shoot on sci-fi drama ‘Bliss’ starring Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson

Amazon Studios, Endgame start shoot on sci-fi drama ‘Bliss’ starring Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson
Sci-fi double Alfred P. Sloan Prize Sundance winner Mike Cahill directs.

Amazon Studios has come on board to produce alongside Endgame Entertainment Mike Cahill’s sci-fi drama Bliss starring Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson.

Endgame’s Jim Stern serves as producer and the company’s Lucas Smith is executive producer alongside Marsha Swinton (Hala). Amazon Studios is financing the project and holds worldwide rights.

Described as a mind-bending love story, Bliss centres on recently divorced Greg (Wilson) whose life is falling apart when he meets the enchanting Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted,
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Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere

Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere
Debra Messing will return to Broadway next year in a spring production of playwright Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles. The Roundabout Theatre Company production will mark the New York premiere of the play.

Directed by Vivienne Benesch, Birthday Candles will begin previews April 2, with an opening on April 21 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. The limited engagement will run through June 21, 2020.

The Will and Grace and Smash star previously appeared on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar opposite Brían F. O’Byrne in 2014.

In the new production, Messing will play Ernestine Ashworth, described by producers as, at first, a young woman who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. “Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What
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Zach Braff Joins Robert De Niro Pic ‘The Comeback Trail’ — Cannes

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Zach Braff Joins Robert De Niro Pic ‘The Comeback Trail’ — Cannes
Exclusive: Zach Braff is joining Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman in writer-director George Gallo’s action-comedy The Comeback Trail.

De Niro will play Max Barber, a man in debt to a mob boss (played by Freeman), who creates an insurance fraud by casting washed-up, suicidal cowboy/movie star Duke Montana (Jones) in a poorly written Western with the intention of killing him during the first days of filming. Duke somehow rises to the occasion, redeems his past misdeeds and brings Max and others along on the same journey.

Braff will play Max’s producing partner. The film will reunite him with Freeman whom he directed in the 2017 Warner Brothers feature Going In Style.

Josh Posner co-wrote the film’s screenplay, which is based on the 1970s film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the late Harry Hurwitz. Lensing is due to begin in June in New Mexico.
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‘Scotland, Pa’ 2001 Cult Film Set For Off Broadway Musical Adaptation

‘Scotland, Pa’ 2001 Cult Film Set For Off Broadway Musical Adaptation
A new musical based on the 2001 cult film Scotland, Pa will get its world premiere in September at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway stage, the company announced today.

Directed by Lonny Price (Master Harold and the Boys), Scotland, Pa will feature a book by Michael Mitnick, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, and choreography by Josh Rhodes. The limited engagement will begin on Saturday, September 14, with an opening night on Thursday, October 15, at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre.

Cast and the full creative team will be announced later.

The 2001 dark comedy film (see poster above), directed and written by William Morrissette, starred James Le Gros, Maura Tierney and Christopher Walken in a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (LeGros played Joe ‘Mac’ McBeth). Set in 1975, the movie placed the Scottish Play’s doings in a small cafe in Scotland, Pennsylvania.

Roundabout’s description of the musical reads: “In Scotland,
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Concourse Media Cannes-bound with 'Edge Of Dawn', 'Find Your Groove'

Company launches tech division Concourse Xr Studios.

Matthew Shreder’s Concourse Media has boarded two new titles for Cannes and launches sales next week on the Jai Courtney crime thriller Edge Of Dawn and music documentary Find Your Groove.

Henry-Alex Rubin directs Edge Of Dawn (formerly Semper Fi) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Mullin. Courtney and Nat Wolff star in the story of a police officer and his friends who must break out his younger brother from prison after a bar fight. The cast includes Finn Whitrock, Beau Knapp, and Arturo Castro.

Karina Miller (To The Bone) of
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Adam Sandler Pushes the Nostalgia Button Too Many Times

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Adam Sandler Pushes the Nostalgia Button Too Many Times
In case you missed it, Adam Sandler and “Saturday Night Live” have a bit of history. Sandler, of course, goes more into detail about this in his monologue, but he was a cast member on the show. 24 years later, though, Sandler has never hosted “SNL” — until now, that is. It’s certainly one of the more fascinating first-time hosting gigs of this season.

Host: Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler gets musical twice in this episode, and the first time — in his opening monologue, where he also gets in a nice age joke about Norm Macdonald — is a quite funny explanation about why he “left” “SNL” despite it being the best time of his life. And while the same thing happened to his buddy Chris Rock, but they both seem to be doing fine now. (Not sure how fine Rock was doing when he joined “‘In Living Color'” and it got canceled three weeks later.
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Concourse Media co-founder James Andrew Felts launches Motion Picture Exchange (exclusive)

Concourse Media co-founder James Andrew Felts launches Motion Picture Exchange (exclusive)
Ryan Bury joins as senior vice-president, acquisitions and sales.

Heading into Cannes, Concourse Media co-founder James Andrew Felts has left the company to launch Los Angeles-based films sales company Motion Picture Exchange (Mpx).

Felts plans to announce initial titles imminently and will represent both Us and international sales rights on acquisitions, and support each title with a customised creative marketing and distribution strategy. The plan is for Mpx to deliver at every major market one cast-driven theatrical title, one new documentary, and a curated selection of completed independent films with strong marketing hooks.

“The business of feature film distribution is evolving rapidly,
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