It’s been 40 years and the Xenomorph keeps stealing our hearts! 

ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION LAUNCHES WITH SIX NEW TERRIFYING TALES FROM TONGAL’S EMERGING FAN FILMMAKERS

2019 is the 40thAnniversary of the suspenful horror film that created a genre I had never seen before with acid-bleeding Aliens and a strong female hero. 

Twentieth Century Fox Film partnered with the global creative community of Tongal for die-hard talented fans to develop and produce an original short set in the world of ALIEN. 

Over 550 pitches from filmmakers were submitted and six final stories were selected to bring their stories to life. The selected filmmakers had unfettered access to the franchise from storytelling elements, creatures, and characters that could be used to enrich their vision. 

The six shorts pay homage to the original film but allow the directors to put a personal ‘stamp’ vision to terrify horror fans. The first four were screened for fans at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on Friday, March 15th, and than C2E2 in Chicago on Saturday, March 23rd. The final two shorts both directed by women filmmakers were screened at Wondercon on Saturday, March 30thfollowed by a moderated panel with the directors Kelsey Taylor, Kailey  &Sam Spear. All six are available on IGN for Alien and horror fans. Starting May 3rdall six shorts and exclusive behind-the-scene content will be available on the official @AlienAnthology social channels and AlienUniverse.com.

Fox continues the celebration of the 40thAnniversary of the premier of the original ALIEN film with a special exhibit at the USC School of Cinematic Arts from all six films in the franchise. This includes concept art by Academy Award winner H.R. Giger, plus costumes, props, memorabilia, and fan art.  Fans all around the world celebrated Alien Day on Friday, April 26thwith a 24-hour. Join the conversation and follow @AlienAnthology on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and dive deeper into the terrifying world of ALIEN on AlienUniverse.com.

Fast Color Review | Cherry at the Movies

Ruth is on the run from her past, her powers and to her family to fix what’s broken. It’s a dissolute barren landscape where water is the ultimate commodity and the power that Ruth has puts a target on her back. Fast Color is a quiet film focused on three generations of women (a child on the cusp of girlhood) who have a special ability making them a target of nefarious government operatives.

The film opens with Gugu Mbatha-Raw saying, “The world’s gonna die—I can feel it coming.” It’s a slow methodological  build up of an hour and forty minutes exploring women who are far from perfect trying to survive in a dry wasteland in the near future.

It hasn’t rained in eight years and water is a commodity that is more precious than diamonds. Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is running and decides that it’s time to go home. To try to better harness her abilities and to see the daughter she left behind as an addict trying to still the tremors. Bo (Lorraine Toussaint) is the matriarch who is the keeper of secrets raising Lila (Saniyya Sidney) a child that has inherited the ability from her mother, grandmother, great grandmother and is being kept hidden from the world. It had an eerie feeling of genetic mutations that learned long ago to keep the secret ‘us against’ the world but as the world comes to an end desperate government officials will try to harness them even not really understanding what they can do or how it can help. 

 “A new world is coming,” says Grandma, “this is only the beginning.” 

I’m a geek with a weakness for origin stories. I found Fast Color to be an interesting movie that made you think about freedom vs common good and how ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. Gugu puts in a solid portrayal of a woman who selfishness puts her entire family in danger. Toussaint is able to keep her secrets and as an consummate actress can speak volumes with a look at the rebellious Lila. The final scenes where she peels back the layers of the history of the family makes me want to learn more about Fast Color and if they can save the world. 

I do love a geeky movie and a film that sparks my curiosity and conversation with other people after the movie is over says so much about Julia Hart and the characters I want to see again. It’s a thoughtful film that meanders like a river that ends at an unexpected waterfall bringing us crashing into a pool. 

Dear White People at the Paley Center

Make a date for a night at the Paley Center with

Dear White People on Tuesday, June 5th!

The second season of the Netflix series ‘Dear White People‘ has dug even deeper into race, sexual norms, classism, ‘good negro’ and homosexuality AND detoured into white nationalism with a season finale that had me SHOOK! I’m hoping to have the chance to ask Justing Simien, Creator, Writer, Executive Producer & Showrunner about his surgical casting of new guest stars (Tessa Thompson star of the original film AND Giancarlo Esposito star of School Daze AND Better Call Saul), the inspiration for the new mystery, and the interweaving of history this season that had me laughing and thinking simultaneously!An Evening with "Dear White People"The PaleyLive Spring 2018 Season kicking off spring with a kicked in door and I’m all for it! The event starts at 7PM with a screening, panel conversation and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the cast/creator. Purchase tickets
PaleyLive programs offer television fans the rare opportunity to engage with the cast and creative teams of their favorite programs in intimate settings held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. All PaleyLive programs are selected by the Paley Center to not only expand society’s understanding of the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, but also for their ability to educate and entertain the public. For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org
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Get ready for S5 NASHVILLE CMT/Hulu/Lionsgate

Nashville is giving fans the holiday gift of a sneak preview of the premiere on Thursday, December 15th at 9PM ET/PT before the Season 5 starts January.

Watch “Nashville” live on Thursday, December 15 at 9pm ET/PT. The series is shot on location and is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment that has found a new home on CMT.

 

Like a lot of fans I flipped when ABC announced they would not renew the series that left so many unanswered question but when fans called out the city of Nashville and CMT picked up the show and now we get to find out what is in store for a loving but dysfunctional characters. I mean watching Maddie manipulated by her Svengali adult friend into declaring herself an adult, tossing her to the nefarious producer that was just about to take advantage of the teen before her father Deacon swooped in like an avenging night .. well <zoinks> that was some major nighttime soap drama that will keep me tuning into the new season.

 

We catch up with Rayna and Deacon as Maddie is back home trying to navigate womanhood, ambition and independence while still being a teenager. It looks like Maddie has a new crush with a young black boy or man (he looks like he’s age appropriate) but I hope Rayna and Deacon don’t ignore their youngest daughter as the deal with their wild child! Of course Rayna still has to juggle Highway 65 that isn’t the successful label she had hoped especially when her marque star Juliette has lost some of her luster. Juliette has always been a spitfire dealing with a difficult childhood, bad taste in men and hair trigger temper. But Juliette is still reeling from her post partum depression, messy divorce and if she will survive the plane.

 

Well as a fan I have no idea what drama awaits us but I know we’ll have great music as we enjoy the return of Nashville with tears, screams and choosing sides! I’m Team Juliette all the way!

 

Hulu is excited to announce that Nashville fans will get an early glimpse into the new season just in time for the holidays! The highly-anticipated new season of Nashville may officially launch on Hulu January 6th, but the first hour of the two-hour premiere will now be available to stream early on December 16th.

Need a refresh? Hulu is also the exclusive destination for fans to catch up on all episodes of Nashville and relive their favorite moments of the series anytime, anywhere. Simply head to Hulu to stream seasons 1 – 4 of Nashville now.

 

Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and are doing everything in their power to stay on top.

 

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. In addition, the upcoming season will feature Joseph David-Jones as Clay, Rhiannon Giddens as Hallie Jordan, Jen Richards as Allyson Del Lago, and Cameron Scoggins as Zach Welles in recurring roles.

 

Produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment, production is currently underway in Nashville. The series is executive produced by Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (the creators of “Thirtysomething”), Steve Buchanan and Callie Khouri. Jayson Dinsmore and Morgan Selzer executive produce for CMT.

 

The series airs in 225 territories worldwide. Since its debut, the show has inspired 10 soundtracks, including a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million album units and over 5 million single-track downloads to date. It has also been nominated for multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards.

 

About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

 

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite drama series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama series The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual and the breakout success Greenleaf.

 

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, the critically-acclaimed Hacksaw Ridge, Nerve, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Sicario, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

 

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

 

About ABC Studios

ABC Studios is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and on demand platforms. The studio is the key content provider for the ABC Entertainment Group, having produced multiple seasons of hit series, including current shows “American Crime,” “black-ish,” “Quantico,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Real O’Neals,” “Marvel’s Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Mistresses,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal” and “Secrets and Lies” for ABC; “Criminal Minds,” Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black” for CBS and “Devious Maids” for Lifetime.

 

About Opry Entertainment

Opry Entertainment(r), a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), is a producer of multi-media entertainment experiences with primary interests in location-based entertainment and television and stage production. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, its core business segments include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry(r), the historic Ryman Auditorium(r), and legendary radio station 650 AM-WSM.

Meet me at the Connect LA Conference by BANFF February 17th

If your in Los Angeles and are working or want to work in the digital entertainment field you have to buy a ticket to attend the 2016 Connect LA conference presented by BANFF on February 17th at the London West Hollywood. The annual event for the Content Industry will have premier speakers in the television and digital media space. Attendees will have the opportunity to book face to face meeting with buyers to get deals made. If you’ve ever been curious about attending the Banff World Media Festival this is the opportunity to attend the event with a peek right here on the west coast for a one day conference. You can register online for $199 at http://contentconnectla.com/registration/

Visit http://contentconnectla.com/ for all the latest information regarding Content Industry CONNECT LA 2016 and beyond!

Banff‘s Content Industry CONNECT LA
Wednesday, February 17
at London West Hollywood

 

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SPEAKERS

Jason Ahmad,Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Epoxy

Sienna Babb, Head of Digital, MarVista Entertainment

Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group

JC Cangilla,SVP Business Development, New Form Digital

Mike Cioffi, Digital Media Director, Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kevin Cooper, Television Agent, CAA

John Fitzpatrick, Producer, Studio71

Erin Flood, Director of Content Strategy & Acquisition, Verizon/go90

Jordan Gilbert, Vice President, Digital Programming, Lionsgate

Michael Goldfine, Producer, Dirty 30

Fred Graver, TV Creative Lead, Twitter

Adi Hasak, Creator/Executive Producer, NBC’s “Shades of Blue”

Scott Hervey, Partner, Weintraub Tobin

Matt Jacobson, Head of Market Development, Facebook

Ivana Kirkbride, VP, Content Acquisitions, Vessel

Jason Kwong, Head of Content Licensing & Acquisitions, Fullscreen

Albert Lai, CTO, Digital Media, Brightcove

Philippe Maigret, President, Scripted Programming, ITV Studios America

Mickey Meyer, Co-Founder at JASH (President & COO)

Ian Moffitt, Head of Original Programming , Yahoo

Nena Rodrigue, Executive Vice President, BBC America

Marc Rosen, Executive Producer, Sense8

Michael Schneider, Chief Content Officer, TV Guide Magazine

Rebecca Segal, SVP, Sky Group

Beatrice Springborn, Head of Originals, Hulu

Carrie Stein, EVP, Global Productions, Entertainment One

Allison Stern, Co-Founder, Tubular Labs

Daniel Tibbets, Chief Content Officer, Machinima

Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety

MEETING EXCHANGE PROGRAM

CIC LA’s renowned Meeting Exchange program provides delegates with the opportunity to meet with prospective partners and peers, including producers, broadcasters, distributors, and executives across the film, television, advertising, and digital media industries. Specifically designed as 10-minute face-to-face meetings, this program has provided countless opportunities and led to some amazing business deals. The Meeting Exchange program is an enormously valuable part of CIC LA, and each year we select an esteemed group of industry leaders to join us. This mix of executives provides delegates with a unique and constructive way to interact around specific projects or similar interests.

David Brownfield, Executive Producer, Eleven Stitches Productions, CBS Television Studios

Lauren Celinski, Director, Programming & Development, E! Entertainment

Kai Chuk, Head of Entertainment, North America, YouTube

Laura Crowson, Director of Development, Discovery Channel

Ashleigh Di Tonto, Director, Non-Scripted Acquisitions and Development, FremantleMedia

Lindsay Donohue, Director, Limited Series, FX Networks

David Eilenberg, SVP Unscripted Development, TNT/TBS

Joe Farrell, Director of Development, Film & Television, Funny Or Die

Laura Fleury, SVP/Head of Programming and Development LMN, A+E Networks

Ian Friedman, VP, Original Programming and Development, Comedy Central

Holly Gabrielson, Director, Unscripted Programming & Specials , TBS/TNT

Eliot Goldberg, SVP of Nonfiction and Alternative Programming, AMC & Sundance TV

Matthew Henick,Development Lead, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures

Kate Lilly, Film/TV Coordinator, Funny Or Die

Tara Long, EVP, U.S. Alternative Programming, Entertainment One Television

Matt Loze,SVP Programming, Fox Television Studios

Beth Le Manach,Vice President, Content, Kin Community

Beth Miyares,SVP, Drama Programming & Development, Fox Broadcasting Company

Francesca Orsi, SVP, Drama Programming, HBO

Kellyn Parker, VP, Partner Content, Funny or Die
Sarah Passe, VP of Business Development, Kin Community

Sharon Rechter, Co Founder, Head of Business Development & Distribution , BabyFirst

John P. Roberts, Chief Digital Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions

Michael Sorensen, VP, Development and Production, Discovery Communications

Lance Sloane, VP, Development & Production, Warner Bros.

Julie St. Aubin, Original Programming 7 Series Development, E! Entertainment Television

Jana Steele, Director, Warner Bros TV

Adam Steinman, Vice President Non Scripted Development and Sales, Warner Bros. International TV Production

Brian Toombs, VP, Partner Content, Funny or Die

Darah Wagner, Director, Global Acquisitions & Management Relations , Electus

Chris M. Williams,Chief Audience Officer, Maker Studios

Brett Weitz,EVP TBS Originals, TBS