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‘Blue Book’: Michael Harney & Ksenia Solo Join Robert Zemeckis-Produced UFO Series At History

Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black) and Ksenia Solo (Turn: Washington’s Spies, In Search of Fellini) have joined the series regular cast of History's scripted drama series Blue Book, executive produced by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis. Created and written on spec by David O'Leary, the 10-episode Blue Book chronicles the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and '60s, known as "Project Blue Book." The series…
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Film Review: ‘Tulipani: Love, Honor and a Bicycle’

Film Review: ‘Tulipani: Love, Honor and a Bicycle’
The generous take on the broad whimsy of Mike van Diem’s “Tulipani: Love, Honor and a Bicycle” is that the director is playing with national iconography, bringing the floral majesty of the Netherlands into a storybook Italian village where only fedora-donning gangsters stand in the way of communal bliss. Yet Van Diem, who collected a foreign language film Oscar for “Character” in 1998, has constructed this movie as a Matryoshka doll of sickly sweet clichés, with nested stories that burst forth with familiar tropes about romance, revenge and family entanglements, and feature a touristy feel for the Apulian locale. The primary color palette and a light, crowd-pleasing tone wins “Tulipani” some initial good will, but as the story lurches from random wackiness to dark melodrama, Van Diem quickly loses his grip. It seems unlikely tulip fever will spread far beyond the festival circuit.

As a divertissement, “Tulipani” does have its appeals, especially in the early going,
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'In Search of Fellini': Film Review

'In Search of Fellini': Film Review
An idealized coming-of-age memoir in which a young woman's disability-grade innocence doesn't keep her from making the most of a solo sojourn across Italy, Taron Lexton's In Search of Fellini speaks to and for women raised on cinematic fairy tales. Inspired by the experiences of The Simpsons star Nancy Cartwright, who before creating the voice of Bart went off hunting the auteur of La Dolce Vita, it marks the thesp's first screenplay (co-written by another newbie, Peter Kjenaas). But however much its sentimentalized innocence stretches credulity, the overall production remains polished, and young dreamers who come across it in limited...
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"In Search of Fellini"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the new adventure drama "In Search Of Fellini", directed by Taron Lexton, starring Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, opening September 15, 2017:

"...a shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of 'Federico Fellini' and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him..."

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director, screenwriter noted for his distinct style "...that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness..."

In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the 'Palme d'Or' for the feature "La Dolce Vita", was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of 'Best Foreign Language Film'. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Besides "La Dolce Vita" and "8½", his other well-known films include "La Strada", "Nights of Cabiria
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‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker

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‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker
It’s been a big year for “The Simpsons,” but an even bigger one for the voice of Bart Simpson.

Bart, Homer and the rest of the family first appeared on “The Tracey Ullman Show” 30 years ago, and the series is about to break another record with the most episodes of any scripted series in history (surpassing “Gunsmoke”).

Nancy Cartwright has also hit personal milestones, including her second Emmy nomination for voicing Bart Simpson. But over the course of the past year, she also became a grandmother – and a first-time filmmaker.

The Simpsons” has already been picked up for Seasons 29 and 30, guaranteeing Cartwright’s role as Bart until at least 2019 – and likely beyond. “Look what we’ve done. It’s unbelievable. It’s unfathomable,” she recently told IndieWire. “At 10 years they were saying, ‘Did you have any idea?’ and then 20 years, ‘Did you know?’ And now, another decade has gone
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Trailer for In Search of Fellini starring Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub

Ahead of its release next month, a poster and trailer have arrived online for director Taron Lexton’s coming-of-age adventure drama In Search of Fellini which stars Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, and Mary Lynn Rajskub; take a look below…

In this coming-of-age adventure, Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a small-town girl from Ohio, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of the legendary Italian filmmaker, Federico Fellini and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Also starring Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

In Search of Fellini is set for release on September 15th.
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On a Road of Personal Discovery in First Trailer for 'In Search of Fellini'

"This is your life - what do you want to do?" Ambi Media Group and Spotted Cow Entertainment debuted an official trailer for an indie coming-of-age film called In Search of Fellini, which is indeed about a young woman's search for Fellini. Ksenia Solo stars as a shy small-town Ohio girl who discovers Federico Fellini's "delightfully bizarre films" (see IMDb) and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Along the way, she discovers herself and romance and tasty Italian candy and much more. The cast includes Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Beth Riesgraf, Andrea Osvárt, and David O'Donnell. This looks quite adorable, and cute, very much a film-lovers adventure, though it does seem a bit cliche with its story. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Taron Lexton's In Search of Fellini, direct from YouTube: In this coming-of-age adventure, Lucy (Ksenia Solo), a shy
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Nancy Cartwright’s ‘In Search of Fellini’ Set for September Release (Exclusive)

Nancy Cartwright’s ‘In Search of Fellini’ Set for September Release (Exclusive)
Ambi Media Group has acquired North American rights to coming-of-age drama “In Search of Fellini” from Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment. Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello, and Mary Lynn Rajskub star in the film.

Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, launched Spotted Cow last year.

The film will be released Sept. 15. It’s screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival and USA Film Festival and will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday.

In Search of Fellini,” was directed by Taron Lexton and written by Nancy Cartwright and Spotted Cow President Peter Kjenaas. The movie was inspired by Cartwright’s early years in the entertainment industry, when she set off to “find herself” in Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.

Solo, whose credits include “Black Swan,” “Orphan Black,” and “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” portrays a small-town girl from Ohio
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Maria Bello to be Honored at L.A. Italia Fest

Maria Bello to be Honored at L.A. Italia Fest
Actress Maria Bello will be honored at the 12th annual L.A. Italia Film Fest with the fest’s Excellence Award in recognition of her long acting career and work as a human rights activist.

The world premiere of Bello’s new film, Ambi's In Search of Fellini, will close out the festival. The coming-of-age-drama directed by Taron Lexton is about a small-town Ohio girl who after discovering the films of Federico Fellini, sets off on a bizarre journey across Italy to find him. Ksenia Solo and Mary Lynn Rajskub also star.

Nancy Cartwright, most famously the voice of Bart Simpson, penned the script, based...
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Spotted Cow to produce 'Different Folks'

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Spotted Cow to produce 'Different Folks'
Exclusive: Nancy Cartwright’s company has come on to produce and co-finance the comedy, which Myriad Pictures is selling worldwide.

Production is scheduled to kick off this summer in Toronto on the tale of a high school student struggling to take care of her family after her mother’s death.

When a freak occurrence grants her her wish of becoming part of her neighbour’s seemingly ideal family she learns things don’t turn out the way she had hoped they would.

Bailee Madison (pictured) will star and Myriad chief Kirk D’Amico makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Freeform, part of the Disney|ABC Television Group, holds Us television rights and will broadcast Different Folks (working title) in the holiday season later this year.

Spotted Cow Entertainment’s Cartwright will produce with D’Amico and JoBro Productions’ Jonathan Bronfman and Jay Deverett.

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Nancy Cartwright of ‘The Simpsons’ Developing ‘Body of Evidence’ Movie (Exclusive)

Nancy Cartwright of ‘The Simpsons’ Developing ‘Body of Evidence’ Movie (Exclusive)
Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment has acquired worldwide motion picture and television rights to Rachel Grant’s thriller novel “Body of Evidence.”

The film will be produced by Cartwright, alongside fellow Spotted Cow executives Peter Kjenaas and Monica Gil, and is currently out to writers to adapt. It is scheduled for a 2017 production start.

Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons,” launched Spotted Cow as a film/television finance and production company at Berlin.

Body of Evidence” centers on an archaeologist and a U.S. attorney find themselves on a globe-spanning chase full of political intrigue and legal drama.

“We see, in this extraordinary novel, an entertaining, wild ride of passion and courage,” Kjenaas said. “Rachel has elevated the genre by rooting it in her deep knowledge of archaeology and this gives it an authenticity that is unique. Behind the truly threatening action of
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Berlin: Nancy Cartwright of ‘The Simpsons’ Launches Production Company

Berlin: Nancy Cartwright of ‘The Simpsons’ Launches Production Company
Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons,” has launched Spotted Cow as a film/television finance and production company.

Spotted Cow’s first project is “In Search of Fellini,” which recently wrapped production in Italy. The coming-of-age drama stars Ksenia Solo, Maria Bello and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

In Search of Fellini” was directed by Taron Lexton and written by Cartwright and Spotted Cow President Peter Kjenaas. Ambi Distribution represents worldwide rights and is presenting the project to buyers at the the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market.

The movie was inspired by Cartwright’s early years in the entertainment industry, when she set off to “find herself” in Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.

Spotted Cow is also partnered with Parkside Pictures and Dark Rabbit Productions on a film with James Franco entitled “The Institute,” to be released in late 2016. Cartwright is a producer on the project.
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Us Briefs: Magnet acquires world rights to 'The Eyes Of My Mother'

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Us Briefs: Magnet acquires world rights to 'The Eyes Of My Mother'
Plus: FilmBuff take world rights on Thank You For Playing; Arlcight sells Dog Eat Dog; Nancy Cartwright launches Spotted Cow

Magnolia’s genre arm made the The Eyes Of My Mother deal after Nicolas Pesce’s directorial debut premiered in Sundance. The film stars Kika Magalhaes as a sheltered young woman whose dark desires are awakened by a family tragedy. Magnolia International has added the title to its Efm sales slate after Magnolia brokered the deal with UTA Independent Film Group.

FilmBuff has picked up the documentary Thank You For Playing, which follows independent video game developer Ryan Green during the creation of his acclaimed game That Dragon, Cancer based on his youngest son’s battle with terminal cancer.The game was officially released in January. Thank You For Playing will be released in select theatres nationwide on March 18 followed by VOD platforms starting on March 29. The documentary was an official selection of Tribeca, Idfa, and the
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Ambi goes 'In Search Of Fellini'

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Exclusive: On the eve of the Efm, Ambi Distribution led by Julie Sultan has secured worldwide rights to the coming-of-age adventure starring Maria Bello.

The film is based on a screenplay by Nancy Cartwright, who famously voices Bart Simpson in The Simpsons, and Peter Kjenaas.

Taron Lexton directs In Search Of Fellini, about a sheltered 20-year-old who becomes obsessed with meeting Federico Fellini after she watches his 1954 classic La Strada at a film festival while on a job interview in Ohio.

Ksenia Solo from Orphan Black plays the lead in the Spotted Cow Studio production. Bello is cast as her mother, who hides a terminal illness, and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24, Julie & Julia) is the no-nonsense neighbour who urges Bello’s character to reveal her condition.

Kjenaas and Lexton produce alongside Nathan Lorch, Milena Ferreira, Monica Padro, and Michael Doven of United Pictures Group.

Executive producers are Cartwright, Kevin Burke, and Ambi Group co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi
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