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Fathom Events, in partnership with Broadway Near You, presents “Driving Miss Daisy” in select U.S. cinemas on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Shot during the play’s Australian tour, after sold out seasons on Broadway and London’s West End, the “Driving Miss Daisy” event offers fans the chance to see one of the most enduring and popular stage productions of our time in advance of this year’s Tony Award season. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry stars two iconic Broadway and Hollywood veterans, five-time Tony Award and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones and four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines.
Tickets for “Driving Miss Daisy” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 300 movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Of this stagecast, playwright Alfred Uhry said, “Every playwright dreams of having a perfect rendition of his play last forever. I am blessed to have it happen for me with this production of Driving Miss Daisy.”
“Driving Miss Daisy” tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan (played in the film by Jessica Tandy), and her compassionate African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (played in the film by Morgan Freeman). Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide.
“’Driving Miss Daisy’ is one of those classics you love seeing over and over. Not only is the cast phenomenal, but the story always leaves a lasting impression,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens.
“We are thrilled to work with Fathom Events to bring Broadway Near You’s first production to life on the big screen,” said CEO of Broadway Near You, LLC Lee deBoer. “The Driving Miss Daisy stagecast features two endearing and seasoned professionals in an emotionally charged rendition that not only captures the essence of live theatre, but also allows the viewer to see the up close and personal emotions that are usually missed in live performances.”
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Marvel Universe LIVE! features the greatest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains ever to assemble in one place! The cast will include Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Storm, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Falcon, Black Cat, Maria Hill, Captain Marvel, Cyclops, Loki, Green Goblin, Rhino, Doc Ock, Lizard, Electro, Red Skull, Chitauri Warriors, Aldrich Killian and Madame Hydra.
The show will center on the Cosmic Cube, an all-powerful item that’s split into pieces by Thor to keep it out of the hands of evildoers. However, that doesn’t stop his trickster brother Loki from devising a plan to clone the Cube’s powers and threaten the universe.
Alan and the Kid review Marvel Universe Live’s performance at the Honda Center.
The final piece to the Human Centipede trilogy (sure…there will only be three) is getting its theatrically release on May 22 through IFC Midnight.
The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
100% politically incorrect
Bully prison warden Bill Boss (The Human Centipede Part I’s Dieter Laser) has a lot of problems; prison riots, medical costs, staff turnover, but foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him completely insane. Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (The Human Centipede Part II’s Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime.
DISTRIBUTOR: IFC Midnight
DIRECTED BY: Tom Six
WRITTEN BY: Tom Six
PRODUCER BY: Ilona Six and Tom Six
CAST: Dieter Laser, Laurence R. Harvey, Eric Roberts and Bree Olson.
TRT: An hour and 42 minutes
Internet pioneers, Wong Fu Productions, took a giant step forward with their first feature film, “Everything Before Us.” The Geek Lab spoke with filmmakers Wesley Chan and Philip Wang, writer Chris Dinh and producer Christine Chen. We spoke about the transition from web video to the big screen and their unique brand of storytelling.
#1 – Disney Infinity 3.0 is joining forces with Star Wars™!
There will be three Star Wars™ Play Sets:
Twilight of the Republic is an all-new, original chapter of the Star Wars™ Saga, set in the Episodes I-III timeline. Get ready to use the Force™ and Lightsabers™ in epic battles as Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Darth Maul.
Rise Against the Empire features galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader. This Play Set is set in the timeline of the original trilogy and will send you piloting X-Wing Fighters and the Millennium Falcon to planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor.
The third Star Wars™ Play Set – coming later this winter – will be based on Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™.
Additionally, you will have the unique opportunity to play with all of the Star Wars™ characters in all of the Star Wars™ Play Sets.
#2 – You asked for it, and the TRON characters Sam Flynn and Quorra will be available as physical figures at the release of 3.0!
#3 – You also asked for more Disney and MARVEL, and Disney Infinity 3.0 will include both!
There will be a Play Set based on Disney•Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out featuring all five Emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust as playable characters. Fan-favorite characters Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, and Olaf will also be joining Toy Box 3.0.
From the Marvel Universe, there will be a MARVEL Play Set (to be announced later!), along with more MARVEL characters including Hulkbuster Iron Man and Ultron.
#4 – All-new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games will allow you to play with all of your Disney, Disney•Pixar, MARVEL, and Star Wars™ characters from Disney Infinity 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 together.
Toy Box Expansion Games Toy Box Takeover (action-adventure) and Toy Box Speedway (kart racing) will bring all-new, structured multiplayer gameplay to Toy Box 3.0.
#5 – We listened to you, and the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will now sell for a lower suggested retail price of $64.99.
In direct response to your feedback, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will now sell for a lower suggested retail price of $64.99. The Starter Pack includes the Twilight of the Republic Play Set, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano Figures, and the new Toy Box 3.0. In addition to that, 3.0 Power Discs will come in labeled packs instead of blind packs.
This Isn’t Funny is the love story of Eliot Anderson (Katie Page) and Jaimie Thompson (Paul Ashton). It is also a testament to the power of the independent film. If you have a good story to tell; a small budget; and backers, who believe in you, the final product is funny, well-thought out story.
Newport Beach Film Festival
Running Time: 86 minutes
Writers: Paul Ashton, Katie Page
Director: Paul Ashton
Eliot is a young adult, who takes a healthy dose of psych medication in order to cope. She is a talented stand-up comedian by night and struggles to remain balanced during the day. Jaime runs a Juice Shop in Los Angeles. Having achieved nothing in life, the perpetual traveler Jaime believes he is a failure in life. Elliot and Jaime meet when Jaime crashes his bike into Eliot’s parked car.
Under hostile circumstances, Eliot and Jaime fall in love and immediately clash. While their love is sweet, it’s clear they press each other’s button. Their problem is Eliot and Jaime are pressing the right buttons, but the expected result is emotionally disastrous.
This Isn’t Funny is a thoughtful story of love in the day of heightened anxiety and first world problems. The story of Eliot and Jaime is elevated even higher by the best supporting cast I’ve seen in a movie. Eliot’s parents, Joseph (David Pasquesi) and Elaine (Mimi Rogers) are sympathetic characters, who have learned to walk on eggshells around Eliot’s “moment.”
Eliot’s best friends are also stand-up comedians. Russ (Ahmed Bharoocha) and Hannah (Beth Sterling) not only serve as comedic foils to Eliot, but also produce the funniest stand-up moments in the movie. Be sure to stay during the credits and catch Ahmed’s stand-up routine. Trust me it’s worth the price of the movie.
Jaime’s employees offer no help to Jamie at all except for their friendship. Ryan (Edi Gathegi) wishes Jaime would stay in one place. Jaime’s other friend, Mike (Anthony LaPaglia) is all over the place. Mike is a semi-effeminate, always-high friend of Jamie, and you won’t recognize that it’s Anthony LaPaglia until late in the movie.
This Isn’t Funny is a movie of hope. By the end, you hope these two kids can get their “stuff” together and be happy together.
The real story of twins separated at birth, finding one another, and their lives changed forever, Twinsters is awarded the Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
ABOUT THE FILM: In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Anaïs reached out to Samantha via Facebook. In Twinsters, we follow Samantha and Anaïs’ journey into sisterhood, witnessing everything from their first meeting, to their first trip back to Korea where their separation took place.Twinsters explores the meaning of family and connection through a story that would have been impossible just 10 years ago without the creation of YouTube and Facebook. TWINSTERS had its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing. On its festival premiere, TWINSTERS screened at the Stateside Theater. The venue was completely full. It was a must-see sold-out screening at the fest.
Josh Trank will no longer direct the “Star Wars” spinoff for Disney and Lucasfilm.
The studio made the announcement with Trank on Friday.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with Josh,” Lucasfilm said in a statement. “We are grateful for the energy and love of ‘Star Wars’ that he brought to the process, and we wish him all the best.”
Sources close to the situation tell Variety that Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg weren’t thrilled with the idea of working together again. The duo apparently clashed while filming 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, which opens later this summer, and Kinberg wanted another director.
Also a writer of Fox’s “X-Men” films, Kinberg is a major force in Disney’s “Star Wars” universe. He recently served as a creative consultant on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bows in December, and continues to help shape the cherished fantasy series.
Trank’s exit on Friday wasn’t a total shock. Less than two weeks ago, the “Chronicle” director was a no-show to Disney’s Star Wars Celebration at the last minute, prompting internet speculation that something was afoot. The 30 year-old quickly apologized on Twitter, telling fans that he was sick with the flu.
“Hey all. So, so, so sad to have missed today. Worst flu of my life,” he wrote.
Disney later backed his claim, saying Trank notified the studio the morning-of the event about his illness. They also insisted he was still attached to the movie. Other rumors suggested that Disney told him to skip the event.
The untitled “Star Wars” movie won’t be released until 2019, according to sources. It’s one of two standalone pics Disney and Lucasfilm are developing. Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One,” starring Felicity Jones, opens next year.
Another oddity from the Star Wars Celebration on April 19 event came when 20th Century Fox released the “Fantastic Four” trailer during the Trank and Gareth Edwards’ scheduled panel, leaving industry observers scratching their heads: Why would a major studio film drop a high-profile trailer on Sunday morning? Were they trying to send a message?
Fox, of course, used to distribute the “Star Wars” films before Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012.
News of Trank’s exit was announced the same day that Disney released its biggest film of the year, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
In a statement posted on the “Star Wars” official site, Trank said: “After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the ‘Star Wars’ universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow ‘Star Wars’ fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”
As for Trank’s next move, a rep for 20th Century Fox told Variety that no director or writer has been set for the “Fantastic Four” sequel. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, the new “Fantastic Four” will be released Aug. 7.
A spokesman for Trank could not be reached for comment.
Rarely do amazing opportunities just show up out of nowhere. Even so, to have access to a film crew when it happens is even more amazing. For Samantha Futerman, one day would change her life forever and in true guerilla-style filming, it needed to be captured.
Festival: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Directors: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto
Subjects: Anaïs Bordier, Samantha Futerman
In 2013, Samantha received a friend request from a French girl in London. Strangely though, this girl looked exactly like her. With some quick research, Samantha soon discovered that her doppelganger, Anaïs was born on the same day and in the same city in Korea. It appears that this possible twin was split up at birth and given to separate birth parents by separate adoption agencies.
Twinsters has everything you want from a documentary: a compelling story, interesting subjects and something to learn.
Compelling story. Immediately Samantha pulled her friends together to document the events that were about to unfold, and indeed they captured real moments throughout Samantha and Anaïs’ adventure. This adventure includes: the investigation to find out what happened, meeting for the first time in London for Anaïs’ fashion show, and the reaction of close friends and family when the twins first appear together. These reactions are classic.
Interesting subjects. Both Samantha and Anaïs are irresistible people. Their similarities in personalities are fascinating, and their different upbringings are intriguing. The movie is pure joy to watch. As the fly-on-the-wall, you will have a smile on your face from start to end from this feel good story.
Something to learn. Now that you’ve captured an audience, why not teach them something. The subject of Twinsters is adoptions…more specifically international adoption. When it came to growing up in a family that is not your ethnicity, Samantha and Anaïs both had different experiences coping with looking different but feeling like family. Samantha had brothers who had her back, and Anaïs was the only child of a French couple. It was this experience that lead Samantha and her best friend, Jenna Ushkowitz, to start Kindred Adoption. Kindred Adoption is an organization for adopted children to find resources the need to make the most of the situation life has given to them.
Twinsters is a fantastic story as well as a fantastic documentary. To learn more about the film, check out my interview with Samantha and Jenna. To see Twinsters, go to facebook.com/TwinstersMovie