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‘Best Shot’ Singer Jimmie Allen on Why More Black Artists Should Enter Country Music

‘Best Shot’ Singer Jimmie Allen on Why More Black Artists Should Enter Country Music
When Jimmie Allen first began writing and singing songs after moving to Nashville, his main goal was to impress his peers. But a decade later, when it came to recording his debut album, Mercury Lane, Allen had a realization: “I used to be like, ‘Man, I wonder if this songwriter or producer would like this?’” says the 32-year-old singer. “But all respect to them, it’s not about them. When making this record, I wasn’t thinking about creating songs that I feel like other songwriters or artists or producers will approve of,
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Caitlyn Smith, Cody Johnson

Maggie Rose’s buoyant “Hey Blondie,” Travis Meadows’ inspirational “Underdogs” and Logan Brill’s clever “Good Story” are among the 10 country and Americana tracks you must hear right now.

Chase Rice, “Eyes on You”

The country songwriter who professed his faith in “Three Chords and the Truth” takes a joyride here, heading from the beaches of Big Sur to the streets of Paris with an unnamed lover on his arm. Blindsided by her beauty, he winds up missing most of the scenery unfolding in the background. “Don’t matter where we’ve been.
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See Songwriter Travis Meadows’ Gritty ‘Underdogs’ Video

Since releasing his latest album First Cigarette last year, Travis Meadows has slowly caught the attention of listeners with his sharp and personal lyricism. While already known in Nashville circles for writing anthems for Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney, Meadows recently made a fan of sportscaster Dan Patrick, who invited the Mississippi native onto his talk show for an interview about his song “Underdogs.”

An inspiring highlight off First Cigarette, “Underdogs” receives an appropriately gritty and authentic representation in a new music video. Filmed in Philadelphia — perhaps the
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Annecy: India’s Green Gold Boards Gastón Gorali’s ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)

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Annecy, France — India’s Green Gold Animation has boarded 3D animated musical comedy “Escape to India,” it was announced at Annecy’s Mifa. The company will co-produce alongside Gastón Gorali of Argentina’s Mundoloco, who’s producing his first feature.

“When Gastón told me about the idea and showed me the character sketches, I immediately fell in love with the project. We felt emotionally connected with the storyline, and more importantly, we loved all the talent involved in ‘Underdogs’,” said Green Gold Animation CEO Rajiv Chilaka, referring to the 2013 animated feature directed by Mundoloco co-founder Juan José Campanella.

Based in Hyderabad, Green Gold Animation also has offices in L.A. and Singapore. The studio specializes in animation for TV, with two of its three toon features ready for release: “Hanuman vs. Mahiravana,” which is based on an untold myth from the ancient Indian epic poem “Ramayana,” and “Kung Fu Dhamaka,
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Annecy: ‘Small Town,’ ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ to Unspool at Mifa’s Animation! Focus

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Annecy, France—Walter Tournier’ “Small Town,” TV series “What Would Jesus Do?” and Gastón Gorali’s “Escape to India” are among five projects to be pitched on Wednesday June 13 at Mifa’s Animation!, a selection of winners at November’s Latin American animation co-production-sales market, held as part of Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur.

In an alliance between Ventana Sur’s animation mini-mart and the Annecy festival, a showcase of Latin American animated features and TV projects were pitched in Buenos Aires last November. A jury selected four projects for the Animation! Focus @Mifa. A fifth –”Escape to India– has been added as a guest project.

In family comedy “Small Town,” Uruguayan stop-motion pioneer Tournier (“Selkirk”) directs a story set in a small town where its inhabitants have managed to combine the amount of methane expelled by the cows with porous stones in order to produce renewable energy. This implies a
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Juan José Campanella’s MundoLoco Launches ‘Ian’ at Cannes

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Juan José Campanella’s MundoLoco Launches ‘Ian’ at Cannes
Cannes — Could “The Secret of Their Eyes’” Juan José Campanella have another break-out hit on his hands?

Produced by the Argentine Academy Award winner and Gastón Gorali at their Buenos Aires-based MundoLoco Animation Studios and Fundación Ian, and directed by Abel Goldfarb, “Ian” world premiered in Cannes Monday at a special market presentation.

An animated short, it embodies the large creativity of current animation in Latin America, using what Goldfarb, as supervising editor on “Underdogs,” describes as a “mixed” technique of stop-motion techniques for its background, and CGI for characters and the objects they touch. Normally, the mix would be the other way around, he added.

Set in a fenced-off playground, “Ian’s” objects use recycled materials: a lamp light filament is made from an old guitar string; a swing is fixed in the ground by two screws.

“Ian” turns on a young boy who watches from a wheel-chair on
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Bryan Cranston Shares Chilling Charles Manson Story: ‘I Was Within His Grasp’

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Bryan Cranston Shares Chilling Charles Manson Story: ‘I Was Within His Grasp’
Charles Manson is dead, and everyone who’s never carved a swastika into their forehead is relieved. Bryan Cranston would appear to be among them, despite his initial reaction to the news — the former Walter White says he “shuddered” when he heard of the cult leader’s death, as it reminded him of an encounter he had with Manson not long before the Tate-labianca murders.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino on His Upcoming Film: ‘It’s not Charles Manson, It’s 1969’

“Hearing Charles Manson is dead, I shuddered,” Cranston tweeted. “I was within his grasp just one year before he committed brutal murder in 1969. Luck was with me when a cousin and I went horseback riding at the Span [sic] Ranch, and saw the little man with crazy eyes whom the other hippies called Charlie.” The actor didn’t elaborate on his story, but the Spahn Ranch is where the Manson Family
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New Animation Film Festival Hopes to Impact Oscar Race

With this weekend’s launch in Hollywood of the Animation Is Film Festival at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater, there’s an opportunity to expand industry tastes while influencing the Oscar race. “It’s for film people to find a highly curated selection of the best feature filmmaking from around the world [for that particular year] in one place,” said Aif founder Eric Beckman, the co-founder and president of GKids, which organized the festival in collaboration with the Annecy International Animation Festival, Variety, and Acifa-Hollywood.

After 20 years of success with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, Beckman thought it was time to broaden the appeal in Hollywood with an emphasis on global production and distribution.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

Why launch a new festival?

The timing couldn’t be better: New Academy rules now allow all eligible members to vote for animated features, using preferential voting. However, it remains to
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Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race

Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race
Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.

Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which not only scooped up
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A24’s Oscar Blitz: How The Studio is Positioning 9 Contenders After ‘Moonlight’s Best Picture Win

A24’s Oscar Blitz: How The Studio is Positioning 9 Contenders After ‘Moonlight’s Best Picture Win
After last year’s three-Oscar haul for “Moonlight,” including Best Picture, A24 wants to prove that was no anomaly. Here’s what the rising young distributor will push this awards season. (Remember: A year ago, “Moonlight” wasn’t viewed as a likely Best Picture contender — much less the big winner.)

Co-founded by David Fenkel, John Hodges, and Daniel Katz, A24 is known for edgy arthouse pleasers that eschew conventional storytelling. “Moonlight” was the company’s first original production; its other box office players include Oscar-winners “Ex Machina,” “Room,” and “Amy,” and smart horror flick “The Witch.” But none have passed the $27 million box office earned by “Moonlight.”

Read More:Why Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Is a Serious Oscar Contender

After the fall trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the company has three bonafide awards contenders: SXSW’s well-reviewed true story “The Disaster Artist” (December 1), director James Franco’s 14th
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Kubrick Moon landing conspiracy film Moonwalkers set for DVD release this May

If you a fan of a) Stanley Kubrick and b) all things astronomical then you’ve possibly come across the conspiracy theory that Stanley Kubrick was rumoured to have faked the Apollo 11 moon landings for the Us Government.

The conspiracy has spiraled so far out of control that the documentary Room 237 at one point brings up the theory that the late director actually gave clues to the gigantic cover up within The Shining.

And now we have Moonwalkers, a high-concept, action comedy based around this conspiracy theory and starring Ron Perlman and Rupert Grint, which is set to arrive on DVD on May 30th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

See Also: Watch the red band trailer for Moonwalkers

Directed by the ad world’s boy genius Antoine Bardou-Jacquet (holder of the Guinness World Record for “Most Awarded Commercial), Moonwalkers asks the question, ‘what if Apollo 11 never actually made it?
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LatinoBuzz: Argentine Animator Nicolas Villarreal Returns with New Short 'The House of Colors'

As the recent Academy Award nominations for Brazilian masterpiece "Boy and the World" and Chilean CG short "Bear Story" have proven, Latin American animation is booming and beginning to earn attention internationally. With prolific studios like Anima in Mexico, Filme de Papel in Brazil, or Red Post Studio in Peru, and artists like Uruguayan filmmaker Alfredo Soderguit ("Anina"), María Verónica Ramírez ("Anima Buenos Aires"), and even Oscar-winner Juan José Campanella ("Underdogs"), the landscape of the medium in the region looks promising.

Among these emerging talents, Argentine animator Nicolás Villarreal is one of the most achieved. His first short "Pasteurized"

(Pasteurizado) premiered in the Shorts Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 where it got a great reception. His follow-up "Nieta" (Granddaughter), inspired by his relationship with his grandmother, also premiered at Cannes and won an award at Tiff Kids International Film Festival. "Nieta" was among the most talked about short films during the 2014-2015 awards season. Villarreal's new project, "The House of Colors" (La Casa de Colores), showcases the eclectic styles the artist embeds in his character design and backgrounds, as none of his shorts thus far follow a distinct visual pattern. Instead, they all explore diverse possibilities within the medium. This is the filmmaker's third animated short with Red Clover Studios.

Read More: Dazzling Simplicity: Dir. Nicolas Villareal on His Awards Hopeful Animated Short 'Nieta'

This new short is inspired by an original story from the mind of the filmmaker's sister, Justina. Both siblings co-wrote the screenplay. The story takes place in the city of La Plata, Villarreal's hometown in Argentina, during the 1970s. The narrative centers on a young girl who believes she is being followed by trees after watching a particular TV show. She becomes fascinated with the house she's seen on screen and tells her mother she wants to live there. Once they arrive, the girl realizes it's nothing like she imagined it. However, she will discover the reason why she felt the trees where following her.

Here is the first teaser trailer for the upcoming animated short:
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David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss drama 'Mad To Be Normal' underway

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David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss drama 'Mad To Be Normal' underway
Former Doctor Who star plays psychiatrist R. D. Laing.

Production is underway on R. D. Laing biopic Mad To Be Normal with David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) heading up the cast.

Shooting has begun in the UK on the project which charts the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist Laing and his acolytes at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960s.

Additional cast includes Michael Gambon (Gosford Park) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects).

Screen first announced the project last Cannes.

The film will be produced by London-based Gizmo Films, in collaboration with Gsp studios and Bad Penny Productions, the production company led by Phin Glynn (The Unbeatables).

It marks the fourth feature for Gizmo Films writer and director Robert Mullan, who is also the author of three books about Laing.

Tenant previously said about the film: “I have long been fascinated by the life and work of R. D. Laing
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Likely Story bulks up

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Anthony Bregman is expanding his bicoastal production company with hires in the feature and television divisions.

Peter Cron has joined from The Weinstein Company as vp of production in film, while Jeff Stern arrives from Fair Harbor Productions as vp of scripted television. Likely Story has promoted Ryan Featherman to story editor.

“2015 is turning into a busy year for us, with three films coming out in theatres, four films in production, and the start of a TV division,” said Bregman (pictured).

“Stefanie [Azpiazu] and I are lucky to have found in Peter, Jeff and Ryan the perfect matrix of sophisticated taste, business savvy, boundless energy and the good hygiene that has become the hallmark of Likely Story’s contribution to the entertainment world.”

Cron spent the last two years at The Weinstein Company as a creative executive and worked on the upcoming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 as well as Juan José Campanella’s animation Underdogs. Prior to that
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Bella Thorne Talks Her Role In Underdogs Featurette

Bella Throne discusses her role as “Young Laura” in the latest featurette from Underdogs.

Get to know the rest of cast and characters in the other featurettes here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWeinsteinCompany

From Academy Awardwinning director Juan Jose Campanella comes Underdogs, an animated comedy with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of heart. Jake (Matthew Morrison) is a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande).

With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process.

Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life.
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Ariana Grande is "just the sassiest" in behind-the-scenes look at animation Underdogs

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Ariana Grande takes you behind the scenes of the Us version of Argentine animated comedy Underdogs.

A new version of the Roberto Fontanarrosa adaptation features a cast of Us stars lending their voices, including Bobby Moynihan, Matthew Morrison and Katie Holmes.

Underdogs tells the story of a young soccer player named Amadeo (Matthew Morrison) who sets out on a quest to defeat the evil Grosso (Nicholas Hoult).

The star-studded voice cast also includes SNL's Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam, John Leguizamo and Bella Thorne.

A previously-released UK version of the animated film featured Rupert Grint, Anthony Head and Peter Serafinowicz.

The original Argentine film was a smash hit in its native country, besting the box office totals of international hits Monsters University and Despicable Me 2.

Underdogs opens on August 14 in the Us.
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Ariana Grande Battles Vain Jerk in ‘Underdogs’ Behind-the-Scenes Clip (Video)

Ariana Grande Battles Vain Jerk in ‘Underdogs’ Behind-the-Scenes Clip (Video)
The Weinstein Company released a new behind-the-scenes clip of Ariana Grande from the upcoming animated film “Underdogs” on Friday. The film follows Jake (Matthew Morrison) is a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. See photos: 42 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From 'Avengers,' 'Jurassic World' to 'Magic Mike Xxl' He.
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David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss check into R.D. Laing biopic

David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss check into R.D. Laing biopic
Exclusive: Former Doctor Who star Tennant to play renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the ‘Acid-Marxist’.

Doctor Who and Broadchurch star David Tennant and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss are to star in a biopic of renowned Scottish psychiatrist R.D.Laing.

Metanoia, a UK/Germany co-production will chart the story of Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960’s.

London-based Gizmo Films produces in collaboration with Mmc studios in Germany (Only Lovers Left Alive, Rush) and Bad Penny Productions, the production company led by Phin Glynn (The Unbeatables). Peter Dunphy is among executive producers.

It marks the fourth feature for Gizmo Films writer and director, Robert Mullan, who is also the author of three books about Laing.

Shooting will take place in the first quarter of 2016 at Mmc’s studios in Cologne and on location in London.

Tennant, who is currently in production on the Marvel and Netflix collaboration of Jessica Jones during
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Hot projects on Screenbase

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Hot projects on Screenbase
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote and Jena Malone have signed on to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature.

“After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon,” Winding Refn said.

Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.

Wim WendersLes Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez

This adaptation of the play by Peter Handke was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Wenders is expected to shoot in June.

Brady Corbet’s [link
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TWC dates Underdogs, No Escape

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TWC dates Underdogs, No Escape
The Weinstein Company has announced a pair of scheduling changes, moving Underdogs back by four months and renaming The Coup as No Escape.

Underdogs (pictured) moves from April 10 to August 14. Juan Jose Campanella’s animation follows a foosball character’s quest to save the village from a rival who kidnaps his girlfriend.

John Leguizamo, Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan and Chazz Palminteri are among the voice cast.

No Escape, formerly known as The Coup, moves back from March 6 to September 9.

Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan star in the tale of a couple caught up in a coup in a southeast Asian country. John Erick Dowdle directs.
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