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Stars Attend 18th Annual Night Before Party Benefiting Mptf

Stars Attend 18th Annual Night Before Party Benefiting Mptf
A star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on February 8, 2020 for the 18th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit Mptf (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Octavia Spencer, Renee Zellweger, Tom Hanks

Funds raised during the evening will be used to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from Mptf’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike. The annual event raised over $5.4 million last night, totaling just over $90 million in the event’s history.

The 2020 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Antonio Banderas, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cynthia Erivo, Josh Gad,
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Jamie Dornan-Anthony Mackie Sci-Fi ‘Synchronic’ Sells To U.S. & Major International Markets

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Jamie Dornan-Anthony Mackie Sci-Fi ‘Synchronic’ Sells To U.S. & Major International Markets
Exclusive: In a seven figure-deal, Well Go USA has acquired all U.S. rights to Tiff sci-fi-thriller Synchronic, starring Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie.

The deal with Patriot Pictures, Rustic Films & Xyz Films, which includes a theatrical commitment in 2020, was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher and Jason Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go and by Nate Bolotin from Xyz and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

Uphe Content Group (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group) has also acquired multiple territories including all German-speaking markets, France, Latin America, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Indonesia, Hungary and Poland.

Additional territories sold include Vvs for Canada, Vertice for Spain, Notorious for Italy, Weird Wave for Greece, Films4You for Portugal, Cinesky for the Airlines and CD Land Group for Cis. As we revealed last week, Signature has taken UK and Irish rights.

Directed by Justin Benson – who also scripted – and Aaron Moorhead,
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Movie Review – Synchronic (2019)

Synchronic, 2019. Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Starring Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, and Katie Aselton. Synopsis: Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are two of the most distinctive indie genre […]

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Jamie Dornan-Anthony Mackie Sci-Fi ‘Synchronic’ Gets UK Distribution Deal

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Exclusive: Signature Entertainment has struck a deal with Xyz Films for UK and Irish rights to the sci-fi film Synchronic starring Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie.

Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless), the Toronto and London film fests title follows two New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug. Katie Aselton and Ally Ioannides are among supporting cast.

The deal was negotiated by Tatyana Joffe, President, International Sales & Distribution at Xyz, and Signature’s Head of Acquisitions & Development Elizabeth Williams.

Pic was produced by Patriot Pictures, Rustic Films and Xyz, with finance from Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management. UK release, which will include a limited theatrical run, will come in late 2020.

Signature’s CEO Marc Goldberg said, “We were blown away when we screened Synchronic in Toronto, the film hits the mark on every level and we are
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2019 BFI London Film Festival Review – Synchronic

Synchronic, 2019. Directed by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. Starring Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Ally Ioannides, Katie Aselton, Bill Oberst Jr., Sam Malone, Shane Brady and Betsy Holt. Synopsis: Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects. Synchronic is […]

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Iconic L.A. Video Store Vidiots to Reopen in 2020

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Vidiots, the beloved Santa Monica video-store-turned-film-nonprofit, will reopen next fall as a store and movie theater in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood.

The nonprofit announced on Monday that it would restore the 90-year-old, 200-seat Eagle Theatre to its original purpose as an independent theater with state-of-the-art sound and projection, and offer a full program of repertory titles, indies, hard-to-find titles, classics and community-driven programs. An adjacent storefront will house Vidiots’ 50,000-plus DVD, BluRay and VHS collection for rental.

The Santa Monica brick-and-mortar on Pico Boulevard was shuttered in early 2017, and the titles had been in storage since then. The store was well regarded for the expertise of its staff.

“Vidiots relaunching on the cusp of our 35th birthday is a triumph for Los Angeles film history and cements the legacy of Vidiots founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber as innovators in L.A. film culture,” Vidiots executive director Maggie Mackay said.
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Vidiots Sets L.A. Relaunch With Storefront And Independent Theater

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Exclusive: Vidiots is officially coming back! The iconic Los Angeles-based video store-turned-film nonprofit organization is set to relaunch in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood via an entertainment community space with an independent theater and a storefront. The new Vidiots home is set to open its doors in fall 2020

The new Vidiots theater will be housed in a restored 90-year-old, 200-seat Eagle Theatre and will include a state-of-the-art sound and projection. It will offer a full program of repertory titles, new independents, obscure cult favorites, beloved classics and community-driven programs. Adjacent to the theater will be a storefront that will include Vidiots’ 50,000-plus DVD, Blu-ray and rare VHS collection for rental. The location will also have a multi-purpose second screening room for film programs, educational workshops, and special events. In addition, Vidiots will keep it community-focused by partnering with local food and beverage venues to provide an ever-changing menu.

“Vidiots
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Busy Philipps, Curtis Stone And Celebrity Guests Unite To Help End Childhood Hunger In America

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, actor and television personality Busy Philipps teamed up with No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, to host ‘No Kid Hungry Live with Busy Philipps,’ a livestreamed variety show which streamed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

The 90-minute, interactive event kicked off Dine for No Kid Hungry, an annual fundraiser uniting America’s restaurant industry and its guests in raising funds to end childhood hunger.

Co-hosted by Curtis Stone, award-winning chef and No Kid Hungry advocate, and joined via live feed by participating Dine restaurants and partners, the broadcast was jam-packed with hilarious moments and entertaining games, including noodle jewelry-making, pancake art, and a celebrity cookbook challenge. Philipps and Stone also led food-themed contests and funny cooking segments with celebrity guests including former Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson, and actors Ike Barinhotlz, Angela Kinsey, Skai Jackson, Angelique Cabral, and Katie Lowes,
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Tiff Review: Anthony Mackie is the Heart of ‘Synchronic,’ But One is Left Wanting More

When two paramedic best friends in New Orleans discovered the first unexplainable injury on their route, they didn’t really think much about it. The second? Well, it was a body. They shouldn’t have even been called. What about the third, though? A snake bite in a hotel room without a snake alongside a disappeared boyfriend? That’s when you start looking for the connective tissue holding everything together besides Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) having the bad luck to catch them all. That’s when the label of a designer drug comes into focus. The name? Synchronic. Rather than a reference to “meaningful coincidences” (since coincidence was ruled out), directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead lean towards Carl Jung’s “togetherness” definition. They’ve simply defined the cause along with the meaning.

Similar to their other films, this science fiction conceit arrives as an aberration to an otherwise familiar world.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Synchronic’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Synchronic’
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have been making intriguing, resourceful and idea-based (rather than action-driven) genre films together since “Resolution” in 2012. Last year’s enigmatic inner-/outer-space journey “The Endless” seemed to place them on the cusp of mainstream breakthrough, although that promise looks a little less bright for the arrival of “Synchronic,” which rather than being a leap forward offers a bit of a stumble. It may be a tad early for the multihyphenate duo to have their M. Night Shyamalan moment, in which the bag of tricks suddenly looks empty, but they’ll get past it.

Making underwhelming use of its not-bad “time travel pill” conceit, Benson’s sci-fi-tinged script is not at all ingeniously plotted, insists we care about tritely sketched characters, and is never credible enough to transcend an air of escalating silliness. The directors bestow a fair degree of professional polish with their accumulated expertise and improved budget here,
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Synchronic Tiff premiere: Jamie Dornan & Anthony Mackie’s haunting sci-fi film comes to town

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We present our interviews from the Tiff premiere of Synchronic, a haunting sci-fi horror film from writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The film stars Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan, Avengers’ own Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides, Shane Brady and Betsy Holt.

The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, and those attending included Benson and Moorhead, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan and Ally Ioannides.

Synopsis:

Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

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Synchronic Review [Tiff 2019]

If you (somehow) aren’t obsessing over filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Synchronic will change that. Not because it’s their finest achievement to date, but because their ethereal brand of existential questioning has never been so accessible. Resolution, Spring and The Endless exude clever poise under immense ambition, undiluted. Synchronic works as a gateway drug, stepping into grander locational shoots and expansive universes that break away from their otherwise minimalist architectures (in comparison). Thrilling sci-fi exploration that ponders the melancholic state of self-worth, existence, and what it truly means to be alive. Sound like the same recycled introspection that steals indie film festival attention each year? Not with Benson and Moorhead’s dedication to character, detail, and steady craft.

Partners Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan), New Orleans paramedics, encounter death on a daily basis. Their roughened exteriors hide secrets from medical issues to relationship woes, but
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Legion

Network: FX.

Episodes: 27 (hour).

Seasons: Three.

TV show dates: February 8, 2017 -- August 12, 2019.

Series status: Ended.

Performers include: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Jean Smart.

TV show description:

A science-fiction drama, the Legion TV show is based on the Marvel comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. It’s the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human.

As a child, David was diagnosed as schizophrenic and he has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s, he’s institutionalized once again.

David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital and spends the rest
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That '70s Show Reunion! Debra Jo Rupp to Join Kurtwood Smith in ABC Pilot

That '70s Show Reunion! Debra Jo Rupp to Join Kurtwood Smith in ABC Pilot
We’re all alright after hearing this casting news: Debra Jo Rupp is reuniting with her That ’70s Show husband Kurtwood Smith for an ABC comedy pilot, according to our sister site Deadline.

The untitled pilot stars stand-up comic Nate Bargatze and follows him and his wife Laura (played by The League‘s Katie Aselton) as they move with their six-year-old daughter from California to Nate’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. “They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined,” according to the official description. Rupp and Smith will play Nate’s parents,
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Debra Jo Rupp To Co-Star In Nate Bargatze ABC Comedy Pilot In ‘That 70’s Show’ Reunion

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Debra Jo Rupp To Co-Star In Nate Bargatze ABC Comedy Pilot In ‘That 70’s Show’ Reunion
There will be a That ’70s Show reunion on Nate Bargatze’s ABC comedy pilot. Debra Jo Rupp will be reteaming with her That ’70s Show cast mate Kurtwood Smith in the pilot from The Carmichael Show creators Jerrod Carmichael and Ari Katcher, showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and 20th Century Fox TV.

Based on the life and comedy of Bargatze, the series follows Nate (Bargatze) and his wife Laura (Katie Aselton) who choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents, played by Rupp and Smith, still live, to raise their 6-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more

complicated than they imagined.

Rupp plays Carol, Nate’s mom and Smith’s character’s wife. Rupp also played Smith’s wife, Kitty, in That ’70s Show.

The project is penned by Bargatze, Carmichael, Katcher and Bargatze’s writing partner Dan Shaki.
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Promo for Legion’s Season 3 Finale – ‘Chapter 27’

FX has released a promo for the season 3 finale – and series finale – of its X-Men series Legion, entitled ‘Chapter 27’; watch it here…

Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which he must
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‘Don’t’: Adam Scott To Host ABC Game Show From Ep Ryan Reynolds

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ABC has one word for Adam Scott: Don’t. The Big Little Lies and Parks and Recreation actor is set to host its upcoming game show that counts Ryan Reynolds among its executive producers.

Here’s how we play our game: Contestants have the opportunity to team with their family and friends for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $100,000 by tackling tasks each with the simple rule of “Don’t.” In each episode of the comedic physical game show, members of the four-person team will strive to accomplish various challenges — such as “Don’t laugh,” “Don’t blink” or “Don’t look back” — as they work together to build their bank.

“I’m very excited to be the host of ABC’s new game show Don’t,” said Ghosted alum Scott, who recurs on NBC’s The Good Place. “As a fan of both ‘games’ and ‘shows,
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Kurtwood Smith To Co-Star In Nate Bargatze ABC Comedy Pilot

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Kurtwood Smith To Co-Star In Nate Bargatze ABC Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: Kurtwood Smith (Patriot) is making a return to multi-cam comedy with a lead role opposite Nate Bargatze in his ABC comedy pilot, from The Carmichael Show creators Jerrod Carmichael and Ari Katcher, showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and 20th Century Fox TV.

Based on the life and comedy of Bargatze, the series follows Nate (Bargatze) and his wife Laura (Katie Aselton) who choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents still live, to raise their 6-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined.

Smith will play Nate’s dad.

The project is penned by Bargatze, Carmichael, Katcher and Bargatze’s writing partner Dan Shaki. Drew Goddard will direct the pilot, produced by 20th Century Fox TV in association with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Executive producing the pilot are Bargatze, Carmichael, showrunner Sanchez-Witzel, Goddard and Brillstein’s Tim Sarkes and Alex Murray.
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Katie Aselton To Star In Nate Bargatze ABC Comedy Pilot

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Katie Aselton To Star In Nate Bargatze ABC Comedy Pilot
Exclusive: The League alumna Katie Aselton is set as the female lead opposite Nate Bargatze in his multi-camera ABC comedy pilot, from The Carmichael Show creators Jerrod Carmichael and Ari Katcher, showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and 20th Century Fox TV.

Based on the life and comedy of Bargatze, the series follows Nate (Bargatze) and his wife Laura (Aselton) who choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents still live, to raise their 6-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined.

The project is penned by Bargatze, Carmichael, Katcher and Bargatze’s writing partner Dan Shaki. Drew Goddard will direct the pilot, produced by 20th Century Fox TV in association with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Executive producing the pilot are Bargatze, Carmichael, Sanchez-Witzel, who will serve as showrunner, Goddard and Brillstein’s Tim Sarkes and Alex Murray.

Aselton,
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Promo for Legion Season 3 Episode 5 – ‘Chapter 24’

FX has released a promo for the fifth episode of the third and final season of the Marvel series Legion which sees David waging war; watch it here…

Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter,
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