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‘Lucky Grandma’ Wins Napa Valley Film Festival Narrative Feature Prize

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‘Lucky Grandma’ Wins Napa Valley Film Festival Narrative Feature Prize
Lucky Grandma,” “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion” and “The Nomads” were among the winners of the Napa Valley Film Festival, which ran Nov. 13-17 in various towns in the valley.

The winner of the narrative feature was “Lucky Grandma,” presented by Zd Wines, which won a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley. Shadybrook Estate presented doc “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion” with the best documentary feature award along with a similar amount from Meadowood Napa Valley, while “The Nomads” took the audience award.

The festival screened more than 80 films, including the 16 in Nvff’s core competition categories.

“The Nvff mission is to reward such films that connect and celebrate the art and passion of our culture and our life,” said festival CEO Tom Tardio. “Receiving such recognition from our esteemed selection of filmmakers, writers and industry professionals is a true acknowledgement of the filmmakers highly creative and extremely authentic storytelling skills.
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Jonathan Barker Dies: Producer & Sk Films Co-Founder/CEO Was 67

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Jonathan Barker Dies: Producer & Sk Films Co-Founder/CEO Was 67
Jonathan Barker, a producer and executive who co-founded the giant-screen producer-distributor Sk Films and was its CEO, died Thursday morning of cancer in Toronto. He was 67.

Also a board member of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, Barker launched Sk Films two decades ago with Bob Kerr, who had co-founded Imax Corp in 1968. Sk went on to produce more than a dozen projects that combine human drama and natural history discoveries. Among them was the eco-adventure series The Water Brothers, which Barker executive produced and starred his environmentalist sons Alex and Tyler.

Other titles produced and/or distirubted by Sk Films include the Oscar-shortlisted 2003 docu short Bugs! and 2012’s Flight of the Butterflies, the only film to sweep the Gsca Awards. Barker was executive producer of those films, along with other Sk titles such as 1997’s Mission to Mir, 2009’s Journey to Mecca and its 2010 follow-up Roads to Mecca, and this year’s Backyard Wilderness.
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‘Looney Tunes’ Getting Short-Form Revival At WB Animation

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Warner Bros Animation is creating a new series of short-form cartoons based on the studio’s iconic Looney Tunes Cartoons franchise featuring the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the gang that will harken to the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts. The studio said today multiple artists will produce 1-6 minute shorts “written” and drawn by the cartoonists allowing their own personality and style to come through.

The plan is to produce 1,000 minutes each season, with the content to be distributed across multiple platforms including digital, mobile and broadcast.

“The Looney Tunes are one of the most beloved group of animated characters in the world,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Looney Tunes Cartoons places these characters into the hands of some of the best artists in the business and into an animated shorts format that will remind many of the time when
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Bugs: remembering an ahead-of-its-time tech TV thriller

Alastair Stewart Mar 2, 2017

Arguably, British tech ensemble Bugs paved the way for the likes of Spooks, Sherlock, Torchwood and more...

It feels a long time ago that watching Saturday night TV with the family was the norm, but back in the 1990s, millions crowded around the box for the likes of Noel's House PartyDue SouthThe Generation Game, and of course, Bugs. The latter ran for four series between 1995 and 1999 and arguably holds the distinction of being embryonic of later, more intensive, tech-heavy UK shows including Spooks and Sherlock.

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The general Bugs premise involved a team of crime-fighting gadget experts facing a range of modern (now charmingly redundant), technology-centred threats. The main triptych of regulars included Nick Beckett (Jesse Birdsall), Ros Henderson (Jaye Griffiths) and Ed (Neighbours alumnus Craig McLachlan in series
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'Space Jam': THR's 1996 Review

On Nov. 15, 1996, Warner Bros. teamed with Michael Jordan to launch Space Jam in theaters, eventually grossing more than $230 million worldwide. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Michael Jordan proves here that Dennis Rodman is not the only Looney Tune he can play with.

Taking the cinematic court with Warner Bros.' vaunted lineup of Looney Tune characters, including Bugs, Daffy, Elmer et al., Jordan and his new cartoon teammates scores some fast-breaking laughs in this animation/live action teaming. 

Kids who want to be "just like Mike," as well as we bigger ...
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Doctor Who: geeky spots in The Magician's Apprentice

Spoilers: here are our viewing notes for Doctor Who series 9 episode 1, The Magician's Apprentice. There's a lot to spot...

When a show has over 50 years of history, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with all the continuity, callbacks and generally geeky references. Which is why, for series 9 (or series 35), we're trying this extra weekly feature of, effectively, viewing notes.

Which is fortunate because, as you might expect, The Magician’s Apprentice contained more than its fair share of these. Here are the ones we found; if you noticed something we haven’t, feel free to add it in the comments!

This is a very spoiler-heavy article. Thus, we've deployed our spoiler squirrel - Daphne - to stop your eyes accidentally drifting to the text of the article if you want to be spoiler-free. Scroll below Daphne at your peril...

Back to Skaro

It may surprise you to learn
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Brian Clemens: an appreciation of The Avengers and The Professionals writer

We pay tribute to Brian Clemens, a screenwriter and producer whose work lit up 1970s cult TV and beyond...

Brian Clemens, who died earlier this week aged 83, was a highly respected screenwriter and producer both for TV and Film. He will chiefly be remembered for his work on The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals but his credits were numerous and encapsulated a real golden age of cult, escapist television from the 1950s onwards.

Clemens was born in Croydon in July 1931. He spent his National Service as a Weapons Training Instructor. After spending time as a copywriter, he established himself as a scriptwriter - sometimes using the pseudonym "Tony O'Grady" - O'Grady being his mother's maiden name. He received his first commission from the BBC at the age of 24 - a thriller called Valid For Single Journey Only. He went on to write for many of the big TV
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Brian Clemens: 1931 – 2015

Brian Clemens, one of the defining writers of British television in the 20th century, has passed away aged 83. Best known for his work on The Avengers and numerous other cult series of the telefantasy genre, he also scripted shows across the pond such as Diagnosis: Murder and created my own personal favourite The Professionals. Still shown on ITV4 to this day, it concerned the adventures of a pair of laddish hard men operating for fictional government department CI5, and put stars Martin Shaw and the late Lewis Collins on the map.

Born in Croydon, Clemens had his first short story published before hitting his teens and went on to write for television and film full time after a stint in advertising. He performed scribbling duties on a wide variety of programmes including Danger Man and Richard The Lionheart, but it was delivering the pilot episode of The Avengers that made his name.
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'Doctor Who' at 50: 5 shows that tried to fill the sci-fi's slot

It's pretty hard to fathom now that BBC One is on the verge of celebrating the show's 50th anniversary in spectacular fashion, but there was a time when (whisper it) Doctor Who wasn't on television.

If you ignore that one night in May 1996 when Paul McGann lit up our screens, Who was in absentia for 16 years, but that doesn't mean that the BBC weren't looking for another sci-fi or fantasy hit to replicate the show's success...

This week's Friday Fiver takes a look at a few such attempts - not programmes like The Tomorrow People inspired by the show's original run, or series like Primeval and Merlin which launched in the wake of the new show's success.

These are the shows that tried - with varying degrees of success - to fill that Doctor Who-shaped hole in our hearts between 1989 and 2005.

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'Game of Thrones' adds Fintan McKeown, Ian Whyte to cast

'Game of Thrones' adds Fintan McKeown, Ian Whyte to cast
Fintan McKeown has joined the cast of HBO's Game of Thrones. The actor will play Amory Lorch in the fantasy drama's second season, according to Winter Is Coming. A landed knight of House Lorch, the character faithfully serves Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). McKeown has previously appeared in episodes of Merlin, Star Trek: Voyager and Bugs. Ian Whyte, who is 7ft tall, has also reportedly replaced Conan Stevens in the role of Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane. Whyte appeared in the first season of Game of Thrones as a White Walker and has also featured in such films as 2004's Avp: Alien vs. Predator, 2009's Solomon (more)
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From Chimera to Crusoe – The Stephen Gallagher Interview

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Eleventh Hour

Salford born writer Stephen Gallagher first came to prominence with the release of his novel Chimera. The book became a hit TV show and Stephen has since gone on to enjoy huge success as a TV writer on both sides of the Atlantic. In Britain, he wrote the hit drama Eleventh Hour, as well as Oktober and Life Line. He also wrote for Doctor Who and the sci-fi cult classic Bugs. An American version of Eleventh Hour was produced in 2008 and Stephen’s other Us credits include NBC’s Crusoe and ABC’s The Forgotten.

Kieran Kinsella recently caught up with Stephen and began by asking him about Chimera.

The book Chimera was one of your first hits and it was later made into a TV show. Which version of Chimera best stands the test of time?

“I’ll be perverse and say the 90-minute radio adaptation that
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Paul (2011)

Directed by: Greg Mottola

Written by: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig

Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are two UK nerds on tour of the geekier side of the United States. They start with what is arguably the country's nerd Mecca - the San Diego Comic Con - and then begin a tour across the country visiting various UFO tourist spots of legend.

Their vacation goes a little crazy when they bumble into Paul; an actual bona fide alien from outer space who crashed in Roswell in 1947, has been kept prisoner by the government for decades, and who has just finally escaped. Paul is desperate to get to the rendezvous point with his mothership so he can get off of this planet. He manages to charm the two UK nerds into taking him along in their Rv
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The Apparition to Materialize in 2012

Looks like we're going to be waiting a bit longer than first anticipated for Dark Castle's next ghostly cinematic gathering for Warner Bros.

The studio that Bugs built has pulled Todd Lincoln's The Apparition from its 2011 release slate and bumped it to the more frightening time (just in case the Mayans were right) of 2012. The exact date remains undetermined, but hopefully we'll see it before the impending apocalypse.

The flick stars Ashley Greene (Twilight), Sebastian Stan (Black Swan, The Covenant), Luke Pasqualino, Julianna Guill (Friday the 13th, Altitude), and Tom Felton (Rise of the Apes, 13 Hrs, The Disappeared).

Synopsis

"When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run.
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Win And Soon the Darkness on DVD

And Soon the Darkness is released today, 7th March on DVD and Blu-ray and to celebrate, Optimum Home Entertainment have given us three copies of the movie to give away. And Soon the Darkness stars Amber Heard and Karl Urban.

You can order the movie here or scroll down to enter.

A contemporary remake of the cult 1970 British thriller directed by Robert Fuest (The Devil’s Rain; The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and written by Brian Clemens (Bugs; TheAvengers; creator of The Professionals) and Terry Nation (Dr. Who; creator of the Daleks; creator of Blake’s 7), And Soon The Darkness, director Marcos Efron’s debut feature, stars Amber Heard (John Carpenter’s The Ward; The Stepfather; Zombieland; All The Boys Love Mandy Lane), Odette Yustman (The Unborn; Cloverfield; Transformers) and Karl Urban (Star Trek; The Bourne Supremacy; The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King).

“A tight, well-executed suspense film” (BeyondHollywood.
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The forgotten films of James Franco

James Franco’s performance in 127 Hours was rightly praised, but what of his earlier, less prominent roles? Ti takes a look back…

James Franco has just been nominated for Best Actor for his role as Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, a film for which he is receiving high praise. Not just that, but he's co-hosting the Academy Awards ceremony (alongside Anne Hathaway) and is rapidly becoming Hollywood's leading man of choice, thanks to his comedic and dramatic acting chops.

He will soon be seen in Your Highness ("Handle your shit, Fabius, please.") and Rise Of The Apes, all while finishing a PhD in English Literature at Yale.

Clearly, his star wattage is at its zenith, but it wasn't always so.

Fresh off his success as Harry Osborn in the Spider-man movies, Franco was cast as the lead in a number of films, many of which failed spectacularly at the box office
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DVD Playhouse: June 2010

DVD Playhouse—June 2010

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Allen Gardner

The White Ribbon (Sony) On the eve of Ww I, a small village in Germany is struck by a series of tragic, seemingly unconnected events until the townspeople, and the audience, start to connect the dots. Shot in stark, beautiful black & white, director Michael Haneke has fashioned a haunting metaphorical drama that is as coldly chilling as anything made by Ingmar Bergman, and darkly unsettling as anything from the canon of David Lynch. A rich, tough, brilliant cinematic experience you’re not likely to forget. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bd bonuses: Interviews with cast and crew; featurettes. Widescreen Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Alice In Wonderland (Disney) Tim Burton’s take on the Lewis Carroll classic finds young Alice (Mia Wasikowska), a 19th century girl who finds herself in an unhappy engagement to a boorish suitor, tumbling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she encounters magical cakes,
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Entertainer Travalena Dead At 66

Entertainer Travalena Dead At 66
Entertainer Fred Travalena has become the latest star to pass away in a week of tragic celebrity deaths.

The impressionist and singer was 66 when he died at his home in Encino, California on Sunday.

Travalena fought non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002 and the disease returned last summer after going into remission.

Dubbed 'The Man of a Thousand Faces' for his ability to mimic stars like Jack Nicholson, Sammy Davis, Jr. and even Bugs Bunny, Travalena became a big name in America in the early 1970s.

He went on to become a mainstay headliner in Las Vegas, Reno, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey - and was a regular on the U.S. chat show circuit.

In one part of his beloved act, Travalena mimicked all the U.S. presidents, from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.

He was also famous for singing signature tune Have I Told You Lately as Kermit the Frog, Frank Sinatra and Katharine Hepburn, according to the Los Angeles Times. He even wowed fans with a routine, in which he played Sinatra imitating Boy George.

Flowers have been placed on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is awash with tributes to those stars who have passed away in the last seven days, like Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Gale Storm and Ed McMahon.

DVD Playhouse: April 2009

DVD Playhouse—April 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.

Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles
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