Luce, the thought-provoking, masterful feature from Julius Onah has made some major advancements. Based on a play by JC Lee and shot on 35mm, Onah has delivered a gripping drama that features standout performances by Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr, and Tim Roth. The film has received rave reviews and kudos for its award-worthy performances and screenplay.
Amy and Peter Edgar (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted their son Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) from war-torn Eritrea ten years ago. Luce is now an all-star student athlete, beloved by everyone. After a series of encounters with his teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), questions about who Luce really is begin to emerge. A thrilling psychological drama, Luce is a complex film that addresses identity, truth, individuality and race.
Filmmaker Julius Onah said, “It’s been a real thrill premiering Luce at Sundance. After hearing NEON’s passion and excitement for the film, I know there is no better partner. Tom Quinn and his entire team have shown a clear vision for Luce with great enthusiasm. I look forward to continuing the journey of this film with NEON and Topic Studios as we share this story and the amazing performances of my cast with the world.”
The 25th Annual SAG Awards, hosted by Megan Mullally. It’s the actors’ party in the actors’ house, when many of film and television’s brightest stars get together to mingle with friends and colleagues while recognizing outstanding achievements by their peers.
Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jason Mewes and Smith are reprising the lead roles, alongside a number of returning players from the star-studded cast of the original movie, as well as a fresh new crop of cameos from the worlds of movies, TV, music and podcasting. Saban Films has committed to a substantial theatrical release. Jordan Monsanto of Smodco is producing alongside Destro Film’s Liz Destro. Production is currently underway.
Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) were first introduced 25 years ago in Smith’s directorial debut, Clerks. The unlikely stoner icons have subsequently appeared in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II, as well as the animated film Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie. The new movie will skewer reboots, remakes, and sequels while simultaneously being all three at the same time.
Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley commented, “Jay and Silent Bob is a global franchise which has a very loyal fan base. Partnering with Kevin at script stage on the next chapter of these iconic characters is a huge milestone. This is the beginning of a new initiative at Saban Films, to partner on IP with seasoned filmmakers and talent early on in the creative process all the way through distribution.”
Telsey and Company are now casting actors for the new Universal Television series DREAM from executive producers Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Lee Eisenberg, Alan Yang, Joshua Bearman, and Joshua Davis. Casting directors are casting the following role:
Knaul Sah – The character is a South Asian boy at various ages in his life between 8 and 20. The character is a charming, resourceful young immigrant from India living in Utah. Speaks English and Hindi. This is for a starring role.
No experience is necessary.
About Apple’s ‘Little America’:
half-hour series is based on true stories from Epic Magazine. “ It will explore the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America. “The Office” alum Lee Eisenberg will write and executive produce along with “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Eisenberg will also serve as showrunner.”
“We are honored by the Academy’s recognition for BlacKkKlansman and the work Spike, Adam Driver, Terence Blanchard, Barry Alexander Brown and our entire cast and crew gave in bringing Ron Stallworth’s life to screen. More than 40 years later, this story of courage in the face of hatred is sadly still relevant today. Because of this, we knew from the very beginning that there was only one person who could helm this film: Spike Lee. It’s hard to believe this is the first time Spike’s brilliant work has been nominated for directing and best picture, but at this moment in our history, it seems fitting the spotlight is on Spike Lee.”
– Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele producers of BlacKkKlansman, nominee for Best Motion Picture of the Year
“Today is a humbling moment in time for me. To be recognized by your peers with an Oscar nomination and to share that blessing with family and friends is moving beyond belief. I’m so grateful to my brother Spike Lee for having faith and giving me the chance to expand and grow as an artist.
BlacKkKlansman has been the result of 30 years of collaboration between Spike, Barry Alexander Brown, and myself and it’s a true honor to share this moment with them. I’m also very thankful for the team of folks who stand behind me, lift me up and have been there through it all – Robin Burgess, Marvin Morris, Howard Drossin Greg Hayes, Brad Ritchie and my band the E Collective -Oscar Seaton, Charles Altura, David Ginyard and Fabian Almazan.
Thanks to the Academy for this honor. Humbled Truly.”
-Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman, nominee in Achievement for Music Written for Motion Picture (Original Score)
Check out the clip from Sacha Polak’s Dirty God starring Vicky Knight, which is making its US Premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition on Saturday, January 26th at the Sundance Film Festival. The film will make its World Premiere tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23rd as the opening night film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Jade is a young mother in the prime of her life when an acid attack leaves her severely burned. While her face has been reconstructed, her beauty is lost beneath the scars. Descending a self-destructive path with relationships crumbling, Jade must take drastic action to reclaim her life.
‘The Last Tree’ready to make its World Premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition Section next Thursday, January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film stars Sam Adewunmi, alongside Gbemisola Ikumelo, Tai Golding, Denise Black, and Nicholas Pinnock.
‘The Last Tree’ follows the story of Femi, a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.
Casting directors are now casting speaking roles for the TNT pilot Beast Mode. Casting directors are seeking 3-year-old Afro-Asian kid actors to play the role of Eve.
About Beast Mode:
Pulling herself and her two daughters up from poverty, abuse, homelessness, and criminality, Marsha Blackstone (Anika Noni Rose) reached the pinnacle of boxing as a fighter and has become equally as successful a trainer known for unconventional methods and a fiercely combative style. Driven by the belief that any step backward is a slippery slope to her former life, when the boxer Marsha trained to a world title fires her, this complex and inspiring woman is determined to find a new fighter to eclipse the one she lost, but her emotional baggage and militant style could be her undoing in her professional and personal life, especially with her two grown daughters, and a new baby on the way.
TNT PILOT – BEAST MODE – Shooting in Atlanta
Seeking 3 YEAR OLD AFRO-ASIAN GIRL to play EVE Tentative Shoot Dates: 1/28-2/14
EVE – FEMALE/AFRO-ASIAN/3 years old, Eve’s mother is African American and her father is Korean. Eve a.k.a. “Tots” is Kerry’s precious daughter – she’s a curious, natural explorer. Taking care of Eve is a team effort and everyone at the gym usually helps out when they can.If you are interested in auditioning your child, please email Rebecca Carfagna at email@example.com with a photo of your child along with your contact information (Name, Email, Phone #). SUBJECT LINE: BEAST MODE – EVE.
This documentary is a thrilling, action adventure journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the billion dollar illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica and France, to California, Stewart’s third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade. SHARKWATER EXTINCTION is a follow up to the critically acclaimed SHARKWATER, Rob Stewart’s first film. Shark finning is still rampant, shark fin soup is still being consumed, and endangered sharks are now also being used to make products for human consumption. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late.