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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, 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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Jenna Ushkowitz (Executive Prod. of TWINSTERS; Co-Founder of KINDRED FOUNDATION; Actress on GLEE) Ryan Miyamoto (Co-Director/Producer/Cinematographer) Samantha Futerman (Co Director/Prod. and Docu Subject; Co-Founder of KINDRED FOUNDATION) Kanoa Goo (Producer) Jeff Consiglio (Producer/Editor) Photo credit: Steven Lam Photo courtesy of: LAAPFF/

Jenna Ushkowitz (Executive Prod. of TWINSTERS; Co-Founder of KINDRED FOUNDATION; Actress on GLEE)
Ryan Miyamoto (Co-Director/Producer/Cinematographer)
Samantha Futerman (Co Director/Prod. and Docu Subject; Co-Founder of KINDRED FOUNDATION)
Kanoa Goo (Producer)
Jeff Consiglio (Producer/Editor)
Photo credit: Steven Lam
Photo courtesy of: LAAPFF/

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.

Ryan Miyamoto (Co-Director/Producer/Cinematographer) Samantha Futerman (Co Director/Prod. and Docu Subject) Photo credit: Steven Lam Photo courtesy of: LAAPFF/

Ryan Miyamoto & Samantha Futerman. Photo credit: Steven Lam. Photo courtesy of: LAAPFF/

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.

Star Wars: Josh Trank No Longer Directing Spinoff | Variety

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.


Source: Star Wars: Josh Trank No Longer Directing Spinoff | Variety

Writer Julian Camillieri joins Alan Ng on Secret City Geek Lab on

Alan and Julian discuss his movie The Party Is Over starring Kyle Mooney. Available on VOD on May 1, 2015.

In this alternative college comedy, three roommates face the consequences of three bizarre relationships. When Natan meets Sana, a strong-willed Muslim, he must confront his obsession with her dedication to religion in a modern society. Fino is arrested for sexually assaulting Nia, a beautiful classmate who enjoys aggressive role-play sex. Fino must find out whether he misunderstood Nia’s wishes or whether she is deeply manipulative. And Will, happy to learn that his girlfriend shares his appreciation for amateur pornography, is soon overwhelmed by the idea that she has her own puzzling curiosities.

The relationships offer a humorous, twisted, and honest look at the complications of the American collegiate experience – one filled with cultural clashes and sexual misadventures.

Listen to Secret City Geek Lab every Sunday at 3 pm or visit our website for the latest geek news, reviews and features.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2015Tonight marks the opening of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The Geek Lab will be covering many of the screenings and speak to members of the Asian Pacific filmmaking community.

Everything Before Us has been selected as the opening night movie to kick off the gala. The Geek Lab will have an opportunity to speak with the filmmakers and internet personalities – Wong Fu Productions.

These days we exist in a world where organizations provide us with a rating or score for almost every aspect of our lives. Websites rate the restaurants that we eat at. Financial institutions assign us credit scores. Academic institutions assess us using standardized test scores. Whether we realize it or not, these scores have a pivotal impact on us– determining, irreversibly, the trajectory of our entire lives and the lives of those around us. In the best cases, these scores lead us in a fulfilling direction. In the worst cases; things can spiral out of control.

What if we lived in a world where there was an organization that rated our romantic relationships?

Everything Before Us 01EVERYTHING BEFORE US takes a look at what that world would look like. In the near future, all romantic relationships are overseen by the D.E.I.– The Department Of Emotional Integrity. By assigning everyone a Relationship Score, this system is meant to promote responsibility and order within the chaotic process we know as falling in love.

When Ben reconnects with his exgirlfriend, Sara, to fix his damaged score, they’re forced to reconcile the reasons their relationship fell apart. Through the process, they must choose to either comply with the rules of the D.E.I or reject it all for the sake of love. Seth and Haley, recent high school graduates, are in their first registered relationship together. With bright eyes and innocent hearts, they experience the challenge of not only being each other’s first loves, but also each other’s first heartbreaks.

“Everything Before Us” marks Philip Wang and Wesley Chan’s feature directorial debut and Wong Fu Production’s first feature film. Founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang, Wong Fu Productions is primarily known for their YouTube channel where they create short films, sketches, music videos and vlogs for their amazing fanbase of supporters from around the world. Since starting in their dorm rooms 10 years ago, Wong Fu Productions has grown to over 2 million subscribers and over 300 million views.

Their work has been recognized for its high production quality and depth – attracting major corporations like Subaru and AT&T, while also bringing critical honor and praise from organizations such as CNN, NPR, the 2008 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals, and even the White House.

While Wesley, Ted, and Philip initially met as friends who simply enjoyed making videos, they are now recognized as pioneers for a new generation of content creators, as well as a voice for the under represented Asian American community.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2015

Secret City Geek Lab is pleased to cover the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this Thursday for seven days of the best new films and documentaries by Asian filmmakers.

The 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presented April 23 through 30, 2015 at the Aratani Theatre, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM, Downtown Independent, CGV Cinemas, and the Directors Guild of America. A key highlight leading up to annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Film Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and enjoys broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike.

Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented nearly 4,000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema.

Tickets are available now at the festival website. Admission to films: $14 general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Check back regularly for panel reports and movie reviews.

Los Angeles Film Festive 2015The Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced last week the launch of the second annual Funny Or Die Make ’em LAFF contest, an internet talent search to discover content creators of color and underrepresented voices who specialize in comedy. Last year’s winner Suzi Yoonessi’s Olive and Mocha: Fast Times at Sugar High was selected from over 300 submissions.

“We are so thrilled to work with Funny Or Die again,” said Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.  “Our mission of discovering diverse talent gets amplified through their reach.”

Submissions are now open until May 8, 2015. This year’s jury will be comprised of Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell and comedians Jason Mantzoukas (Kroll Show, Parks and Recreation), Beth Stelling (@midnight, Jimmy Kimmel Live!) and Ron Funches (Kroll Show, Undateable)

The Los Angeles Film Festival and Funny Or Die invite content creators and comedians from underrepresented communities (i.e. artists of color, women and/or LGBT) to submit videos of under five minutes in length showcasing their diverse, unique and authentic comedic voices. Short films, webisodes, animation and music videos are welcome. Visit the Make ’em LAFF page on the Funny Or Die website for full competition details. The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2015.

10 short-listed videos will be announced and streamed on the Funny Or Die website on May 15, 2015. From those 10 short-listed films, Funny Or Die and Los Angeles Film Festival Curator Elvis Mitchell will select three finalists to screen their films in conjunction with a live comedy show during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 10-18 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Downtown Los Angeles. The winner will be announced live at the Make ’em LAFF showcase at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The winner will also meet with a Funny Or Die producer where they’ll pitch ideas for their next comedy video and once Funny Or Die approves a concept, we will co-produce the video and have it distributed on Funny Or Die.

Passes to the Los Angeles Film Festival go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 21. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 5. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 19.


The Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international cinema.  The Festival provides the movie-loving public with one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. The Festival’s signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film Nights at The GRAMMY Museum ®, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, Coffee Talks, LA Muse and more. The Festival also screens short films created by high school students and a special section devoted to music videos. The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times. The Official Host Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Platinum Sponsors include Jaeger Le-Coultre, American Airlines, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and EFILM. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Sauza 901 Tequila is the official spirit sponsor. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency. More information can be found at

In full swing, the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) Film Festival is bringing History in Hollywood to one of the largest gatherings of film fans. The TCM Film Festival runs this weekend from March 26 to 29 in Hollywood.

The theme of the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival is History According to Hollywood. The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world.

Ben Mankiewicz and Genevieve McGillicuddy

Ben Mankiewicz and Genevieve McGillicuddy

On Wednesday at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz, TCM General Manager Jennifer Dorian, Senior Vice President of Programming Charles Tabesh, and Managing Director Genevieve McGillicuddy talked about the success of the film festival. They discussed, talked about how the film festival has become a gathering of film fans from across the nation. While TCM, the channel, presents the classics of Hollywood in subscriber homes, the Film Festival brings the classic to the big screen where they were meant to be seen.

One special event to look forward to includes the 50th anniversary, restored screening of The Sound of Music, including an appearance by leads Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Spike Lee will introduce a screening of his movie, Malcolm X. Ann Margaret will be on hand for a one-on-one discussion about her career.

In case you want to see where the magic happened, Starline Tours has put together a 3-hour tour of Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, and the Los Feliz/Silverlake area for the TCM Movie Locations Tour. The Geek Lab will cover this tour in the near future.

Don’t miss out this unique opportunity to travel to Hollywood’s past.

Secret City Geek Lab is pleased to feature the movie Walter in a recent episode of the Geek Lab. Alan Ng interviewed star Andrew J. West and director Anna Mastros. They spoke about the unique character of Walter, the script and the challenges indie films face with small budgets and amazing casts.

Walter, a mild mannered movie ticket-taker believes himself to be the son of God with the responsibility to judge the eternal fate of everyone. When a ghost stuck in purgatory interrupts Walter’s daily routine his world is turned upside down forcing him to reassess the meaning of his life.

WALTER stars Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk, Neve Campbell, Leven Rambin, Milo Ventimiglia, Brian White, Peter Facinelli, Virginia Madsen, Jim Gaffigan, and William H. Macy.

Walter is in theaters now at the Quad in New York, the Arena Cinema in Los Angeles, the Bianchi in Paramount, CA, and the IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum. It will also be available on March 13 on all major VOD providers including iTunes, Microsoft Xbox, Google, Sony, M-GO, Blockbuster, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.