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Will Jim Carrey (‘Kidding’) be latest movie star to crack the Emmy race for Best Comedy Actor?

Will Jim Carrey (‘Kidding’) be latest movie star to crack the Emmy race for Best Comedy Actor?
After racking up big box office for nearly three decades, funnyman Jim Carrey could crack the Emmy race this year with his starring role in the new Showtime series “Kidding.” Carrey has already earned a Golden Globe nomination for his series, which casts him as a popular children’s puppet show host trying to piece his life back together after the sudden death of his son. That was his seventh career bid from the HFPA; he previously won prizes for his dramatic performances in “The Truman Show” and “Man on the Moon” and competed for his comedic roles in “The Mask,” “Liar Liar,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

See Jim Carrey red carpet interview: ‘Kidding’

On the TV side, Carrey earned his first Emmy nomination last year for producing the documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which delved into his transformation into
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Echo Lake Leaders Reflect on 20 Years of Indie Film: "The Best Stories Are Going to Rise to the Top"

Echo Lake Leaders Reflect on 20 Years of Indie Film:
When Doug Mankoff started Echo Lake Entertainment 20 years ago he knew that, for an independent producer-financier, it would be easy to miss the mark. “The bull’s-eye was always really hard to hit, and it’s just gotten smaller and smaller,” says Mankoff of the indie film space, where one failure could mean financial ruin.

After building up clout in the festival markets and with titles like 2001’s Peabody-winning Things Behind the Sun, the financier and production company found itself at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival with three titles (Tsotsi, Water and 12 and Holding). President Andrew Spaulding,...
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Watch the Exclusive Trailer for Tribeca, Series Mania Player ‘On the Spectrum’

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Yes Studios has granted Variety exclusive access to the international trailer for the Sumayoko-produced series “On the Spectrum,” set to world premiere at Tribeca and Series Mania in the coming weeks.

Yes Studios is the new sales, distribution and production arm of Israeli multi-channel broadcaster Yes TV, where the series will broadcast. They are currently looking for international broadcasters or platforms for the series.

The series follows three close friends, each on the autistic spectrum. The 20-somethings share a sheltered apartment where they learn to cope with the larger world around them.

Ron is a computer genius who earned his degree online and prefers to work from home; Amit is a constantly-smiling creature of habit that visits the same café every day and eats round after round of chocolate croissants; and Zohar, perhaps the most social of the three, is constantly looking for love.

In the trailer, we meet the three,
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Film Independent Directing Lab Now Accepting Submissions

Film Independent Artist Development is design to empower diverse and visionary artists to tell authentic and meaningful stories. One of their most comprehensive initiatives is the Film Independent Directing Lab. This is an intensive eight-week program that runs in Los Angeles in February and March. Under the guidance of established industry professionals who serve as Creative Advisors, Directing Lab Fellows receive script feedback, discuss their visions, and select short scenes from their screenplays to workshop.

Each director then casts actors and rehearses their scenes in the Lab before undertaking a mini-production: Film Independent provides Fellows with digital camera, lighting and sound packages and small stipends to shoot their scenes, and offers access to experienced casting directors, cinematographers, and editors with whom to collaborate and consult.

The process creates an opportunity to see the work through from pre- to post-production, and culminates in a group screening for fellow Lab participants and Advisors. Directors developing a narrative fiction feature film are invited to apply by Monday, September 14.

In addition to the Lab benefits, Directing Fellows will receive:

• a pass to the Directors Close-Up series

• a pass to the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

• inclusion in the Film Independent Talent Guide

• a community of fellow filmmakers

• Grant, funding and resource opportunities from Film Independent

Past Lab Advisors include Allison Anders ("Gas, Food Lodging," "Things Behind the Sun"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Mother and Child," "Albert Nobbs"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen") Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said," "Lovely and Amazing"), Karyn Kusama ("Girlfight," "Jennifer's Body"), James Ponsoldt ("The End of the Tour," "The Spectacular Now") and Jeremy Podeswa ("Game of Thrones," "The Newsroom").

Learn more about the Directing Lab and Apply by Monday, September 14
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What happened to the cast of The Blair Witch Project? 15 years later

What happened to the cast of The Blair Witch Project? 15 years later
The Blair Witch Project celebrates its 15th anniversary in the UK today (October 22).

The frightening, low-budget, found-footage horror movie was written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, and featured an unknown cast who used their own names in the film.

The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything

It became the first of its kind in Hollywood due to its commercial success and viral online campaign, which was created to make the production look like a real documentary. The Blair Witch website with details on the made-up mythology still exists.

And the clever campaign worked on some gullible and vulnerable viewers. We remember witnessing real tears of fear being shed by some audience members in the cinema (and definitely not ours...).

It purports to be a documentary shot by three inquisitive, daring, and at times daft students investigating the local Blair Witch legend in the Maryland forest.
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Exclusive Media Acquires International Rights To Ramin Bahrani.s At Any Price; Stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens And Heather Graham

Exclusive Media has acquired international rights in all media to the feature film At Any Price, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop) and starring Dennis Quaid (What To Expect When You.Re Expecting), Zac Efron (The Lucky One), Kim Dickens (Footloose) and Heather Graham (The Hangover), it was announced today by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media.s President of International Sales and Distribution, who will be presenting the film to international buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.

CAA is representing the domestic rights to the film.

The drama, currently in post-production, is written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton who co-writes with Ramin Bahrani.

The film is produced by Black Bear Pictures, TreeHouse Pictures, Killer Films and Noruz Films. Producers are Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon and co-writer/ director Ramin Bahrani. Ron Curtis, Mo Al Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young serve as Executive Producers.
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Don Cheadle: 'Acting can be such a grind'

Ten years after his breakthrough, Don Cheadle has changed gears. He tells John Patterson about pranks, poker and that infamous 'London' accent

This is not the first time I've met Don Cheadle. That was 10 years ago, and I remind him of this when we meet again at his office in a fancy part of Santa Monica, about five blocks from the ocean. He told me back then to meet him in a public park in Santa Monica at 8am (thanks a bunch, Don) where I duly fetched up 10 minutes early. After about 20 minutes' wait, I noticed a young man lying spreadeagled under a tree 50ft away, looking hungover or derelict. After another 10 minutes, I started getting paranoid, as I remembered that Cheadle had spent time recently with master-prankster George Clooney on Ocean's Eleven. The more my thoughts ran this way, the more the man under the tree began vaguely to resemble the lean,
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Don Cheadle to Head Up Showtime’s “House of Lies” Drama

Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) has signed on to star in the pilot for House of Lies, a half-hour, dark comedy created and written by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) from the hit tell-all book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn, which will go into production in February 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Jessica Borsicsky (Flash Forward) will serve as executive producer, and Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (Californication, 24) will direct. “Don Cheadle is one of the great dramatic actors of our generation,” said Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins. “He also happens to be an extremely funny man. House of Lies is the perfect show to take advantage of both sides of him. Honestly, I would have been happy just to get his autograph.” House of Lies is a subversive, scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm.
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Showtime Picks Up Don Cheadle Comedy

It seems as if it's not just middle aged actresses who are seeing the potential benefits of a jump to television. As reported on deadline.com, Don Cheadle's comedy House of Lies has received a pick up from Showtime, joining the Mandy Patinkin/Claire Danes terrorism drama Homeland as the first two major moves of the David Nevins administration.

I'm quite surprised that someone of Cheadle's caliber has made the transition to television at this stage of his career, as he's still getting regular work in quality projects, but it must say something about the project he chose to make his return with. Cheadle has previously starred in Picket Fences for two seasons and has had assorted guest starring roles, including an Emmy nominated turn on ER. This is a project that I have a feeling we'll be talking about in decidedly glowing terms come this time next year
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Allison Anders' Non Britpop Movie

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Allison Anders' Non Britpop Movie
Music has always been a major element of Allison Anders' films. "Border Radio," "Grace of My Heart" and "Sugar Town" are actually about musicians. "Sugar Town" is named after a Nancy Sinatra song and features John Taylor of Duran Duran, Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet and John Doe of X in major roles. The lead character of "Things Behind the Sun" (named after a Nick Drake song) is about a music journalist who tracks down a childhood friend turned rising rock star.

"Things Behind the Sun" came out in 2001, and Anders hasn't done a film since, directed instead episodes of "The L Word" and "What About Brian" and founding the Don't Knock The Rock Film And Music Festival. But she has a new project with longtime collaborator Kurt Voss up on Kickstarter:

"Strutter" tells the story of 22 year old Brett (Flannery Lunsford), a singer for a Los Angeles rock
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Point Park's Conservatory Dance Company Presents Pittsburgh Connections 11/13-22

Point Park University's Conservatory Dance Company presents Pittsburgh Connections Nov. 13 - 15 and 20-22 at the George Rowland White Performance Studio on the downtown campus. The program features the work of Marissa Balzer, Jeffrey Bullock, Patrick Frantz and Kristofer Storey; all four are seasoned artists with Pittsburgh roots.

Things Behind the Sun was choreographed by Marissa Balzer. Balzer, a Point Park alumna, is founder and artistic director of rEvolve Dance Theater, a contemporary company that debuted in the winter of 2006. Previously in 2002, she was named an "Outstanding Choreographer" by the American College Dance Festival for her work Beautiful... Still. She is also an instructor for Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and Abbey Lee Dance Company.

Trio for Four, a neoclassical ballet piece, is choreographed by Jeffrey Bullock, a former dancer for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He has also performed with the North Carolina Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Bullock's
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Patsy Works To Forget Her Troubles

Patsy Works To Forget Her Troubles
Actress Patsy Kensit is putting her marriage woes behind her by throwing herself back into work. The troubled wife of Oasis hellraiser Liam Gallagher flies to Florida this weekend to start work on Things Behind the Sun (2001). The movie, directed by Allison Anders who worked with Patsy in Grace of My Heart (1996), and sees the blonde Best (2000) star play a nightclub boss. Patsy recently checked herself into a clinic as she tried to battle depression and the stress of her stormy marriage to. But friends of the actress say getting back to work is the perfect tonic for her. One says, "She is now looking forward to going back to work and getting on with her career. "This is the first work Patsy has done since being admitted to the clinic. She landed the part before receiving the treatment and therefore there was never any question she would drop out. The film is being directed by Allison Anders, who Patsy adores, having worked with her before." Patsy's agent Steve Dagger confirms, "She is flying out to Florida this weekend. She has a lot of other offers in the pipeline and a number of scripts are being considered."

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