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THE OATH: Hollywood Propaganda?

From the producers of

GET OUT & BLACKkKLANSMAN  

 comes a raw and riotous political comedy for divisive times

Starring Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish

 

 

A controversial White House policy turns family member against family member in THE OATH, a savagely funny dark comedy about surviving life and Thanksgiving in the age of political tribalism. When Chris (Ike Barinholtz), a high-strung 24-hour progressive news junkie, and his more levelheaded wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish) learn that citizens are being asked to sign a loyalty oath to the President, their reaction is disbelief, followed by idealistic refusal.  But as the Thanksgiving deadline to sign approaches, the combination of sparring relatives, Chris’s own agitation and the unexpected arrival of two government agents (John Cho and Billy Magnussen) sends an already tense holiday dinner gathering completely off the rails.  As timely as it is outrageous, THE OATH is a gleefully wicked reinvention of the traditional holiday comedy for our divisive political times.

THE OATH in theaters October 12, 2018

Janelle Monae Joins Focus Features’ Harriet

The multi-talented, Grammy Award-nominated artist Janelle Monáe joins the cast of Focus Features’ Harriet, the new feature chronicling the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Monáe joins the previously announced cast including Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, along with Tony and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award®-winner Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, and Vondie Curtis-Hall.  Awarding winning director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) is set to direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember the Titans). Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg (Beasts of No Nation, The Kids are All Right) with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce.  The film is set to begin filming this October in Virginia.

Monáe will soon be seen on screen in Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen co-starring Academy Award-nominee Steve Carrell, Emmy Award-winner Merritt Wever, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Eiza González, and Gwendoline Christie.  Her previous acting credits include the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture Moonlight and Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures.

Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, Harriet follows Tubman on her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

Principal Photography Begins on Corey Finley’s “Bad Education”

Principal photography now underway on Cory Finley’s latest film, Bad Education starring A Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano, Geraldine Viswanathan and Alex Wolff.

Bad Education is produced by Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Loving) of Automatik, and Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev and Oren Moverman (Monsters and Men, Wildlife) of Sight Unseen, and Mike Makowsky (I Think We’re Alone NowTake Me) who penned the script which is based on his high school experience.

Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) also joins the cast, alongside Stephen Spinella (Angels in America), Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex), Hari Dillon (This Is Us), Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal), Jeremy Shamos (This Big Sick), Katherine Narducci (The Sopranos), Welker White (The Irishman), Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Good Wife), Peter Appel, Ray Abruzzo (Transparent) and Catherine Curtin (Insecure).

Casal is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Family Classic “Prehysteria” Comes to Blu-Ray/DVD

Full Moon Features is best known for its catalogue of horror films which include the horror classic, The Puppet Master. Founded by director/producer Charles Band in the late 80s, Full Moon Features has a little known secret – Moonbeam Entertainment. During the 1990s Moonbeam Entertainment was the outlet for Band’s science fiction, family friendly movies. Now Full Moon Features will be releasing several of these films to DVD for the first time. The classic 1993 movie Prehysteria has been remastered from the original 35 mm negative and will soon be available to a whole new generation of dinosaur lovers.

Jerry Taylor (Austin O’Brien) is a 12 year old boy whose dog accidently brings home a cooler filled with rare dinosaur eggs that were recently found in the rain forest by an evil museum curator named Rick Sarno (Stephen Lee).  The eggs hatch and the Taylor family find themselves care takers of a group of prehistoric animals.  The family names the dinosaurs after their favorite rock and pop stars (Elvis, Madonna, Hammer, Jagger and Paula.)  Parenting baby dinosaurs is not easy and all types of mishaps and hilarity ensure.

Every great story (and movie) has an evil villain. Rick Sarno will do anything to get his priceless eggs back. When he discovers they have hatched, he schemes to put the animals on display.  The Taylor’s don’t want their precious pets to be locked up in cages and fight Sarno for the safety and survival of the dinosaurs.

Prehysteria arrives October 9th and can be ordered here.

 

Focus Features to release DOWNTON ABBEY movie on September 20th, 2019

Focus Features will release the DOWNTON ABBEY movie on Friday, September 20, 2019 in North America and Universal Pictures International released it on Friday, September 13, 2019 internationally.

“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.  “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September.”

About the DOWNTON ABBEY movie

The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house.  Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Special BAFTA award and a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.

The Downton Abbey movie will star the original principal cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, and Academy-Award® winner Maggie Smith, as well as new cast members Academy-Award® nominee Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Academy-Award® winner Julian Fellowes who created Downton Abbey and wrote the film’s screenplay will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Michael Engler returns to direct. Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will executive produce the movie alongside Nigel Marchant.

The Downton Abbey movie is produced by Carnival Films, and will be released by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.

Production On Harriet Feature on the Life of Heroic Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Underway

Focus Features has set production on Harriet, a new feature chronicling the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Tubman will be played by Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (Widows), and the cast includes fellow Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. (HamiltonMurder on the Orient Express), Joe Alwyn (Boy Erased, The Favourite, Mary Queen of Scots), multiple Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).  Awarding winning director Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard (Ali, Remember the Titans). Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg (Beasts of No Nation, The Kids are All Right) with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce.  They’re joined by cinematographer John Toll and costume designer Paul Tazewell.  Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the production. The film is set to begin filming this October in Virginia.

Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, Harriet follows Tubman on her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

“This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones, and in the process became a leader of and inspiration for her people,” said producers Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg. “While Harriet Tubman is a household name, most people don’t know the breadth of her story – not only was she a conductor on the Underground Railroad, but she was a spy for the Union army and remains one of the the few women to have led an armed expedition in US history.”

“Tubman’s courageous life and the scope of her bravery is truly made to be told on the big screen.  The countless lives she saved, during a time of such hatred and danger to herself, can be described only as heroic,” commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.  “We’re thrilled to be working with this incredibly talented group of filmmakers led by Kasi, Debra, Daniela, and Greg and this multi-talented group of actors in bringing Tubman’s life to screen.”

Equalizer 2 – Los Angeles Premiere

The stars came out for the premiere of Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington. See pics below.

 

Actor Billy Dee Williams to Return as Lando Calrissian in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Look for the return of actor Billy Dee Williams to play the Star Wars character Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Episode IX movie. 

Filming for Episode IX is set to begin this month. He had also talked about his new workout routine earlier this year, the same health regimen Carrie Fisher underwent before her return to the franchise. Fans have been questioning the franchise about the lack of Calrissian in this sequel series since the performance of other original characters including, Han, Leia, and Luke.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to open on December 20, 2019.

Disney Nationwide Commercial Casting Call for Families

Casting directors are now casting actors, models, and talent to work on a commercial filming in Orlando, Florida.

To Audition:

Nationwide – DISNEY – REAL FAMILIES PROMO

Male or Female kid, 5 to 6 yrs old or so, open ethnicity.

A young, precocious child aged 5 or 6 who looks younger. Lots of energy, follows direction well, not easily distracted, can perform/ repeat given lines with natural inflection,  casting their immediate family as well – this will include two parents and an older sibling. Only casting real families (not substituting people)

Please write in the NOTES for each submission the ages and gender of siblings, as well as city you live in.

Shoot Aug 15, Rate $700 per person plus travel and lodging provided,

Location: Orlando, FL
SELECT FAMILIES WILL BE INVITED TO SELF-TAPE BASED ON THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE LEAD CHILD.
promo about the Walt Disney World parks that airs on Disney Networks and apps.


Conflicts: Cannot have done work for Disney before submitting asap so please send pictures, names, ages, and a phone to contact you.
miamitalentcasting@gmail.com

Here’s Why the TV Reboot of “Heathers” Failed

The hotly anticipated TV series rework of Daniel Waters’ 1988 classic, “Heathers,” has officially been dropped by Viacom as of June 1. This new revelation comes as no surprise to the general viewing public, as the series faced controversy when it planned to premiere in March but was delayed in the aftermath of the recent school shootings at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, FL and Santa Fe High in Santa Fe, TX.

While Paramount Network, the company underneath Viacom’s watch, initially was set to air on network TV Land on March 7 but delayed the release officially on February 28 in light of the recent school shooting.

“’Heathers’ is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence. While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, […] we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year,” Paramount said in a statement to the press.

Before the February delay in release, the pilot episode of the show was posted online to Paramount Network’s website to spark public interest but was pulled within a week. Paramount deleted the web page containing the trailer and the episode is no longer available for streaming anywhere online.

Following the Santa Fe shooting, the series was delayed yet again, and aimed for a July release. But alas, the series was ultimately pulled entirely on Monday, June 4 by Paramount. Production of the first season concluded in fall of 2017 and the second season was already written and waiting for the green light to begin production. Viacom and Paramount found the subject matter depicted in the show to contrast their media messages of anti-gun violence and school safety.

“This is a high school show, we’re blowing up the school, there are guns, it’s a satire. It’s hitting on so many hot topics,” said Paramount president of production Keith Cox.

But.. maybe it’s best that the series will never see the light of day.

The cast of HEATHERS from l to r lead “Heather” Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell) and Heather McNamara (Jasmine Matthews).

It was clear in the now-extinct first episode (which the writer of this article viewed on some pirate site) that the high budget and neon, flashy production value couldn’t save the show. It seems that producers spent too much money on a large quantity of elaborately-designed, chic sets but not enough to hire writers to create a halfway-decent script.

In this new age, “pitch black comedy” “Heathers,” minorities now run the school, starkly contrasting the all-white, all-straight cast of the original film. This time around, a plus sized, body positive Heather Chandler is the most popular kid in school who is looking to be the “new face of suicide,” alongside the other two backup Heathers: one a black lesbian with a bob, and the other genderqueer. Such diversity has no precedent in popular teen film, which is why it comes as a shock that something so right came out so wrong.

The first moments of the first episode of the show witnesses the suicide of JD’s mom, played by Shannen Doherty, who shoots herself in the face after setting her house ablaze. And then it only goes downhill from there.

Unfortunately, despite the diverse casting and promises of a politically correct masterpiece, all attempts at good television fall flat. The characters within this new “Heathers” universe are too unlikable to watch, too vain and self-centered for audiences to empathize with. Instead, these teenage students are flat, tech-obsessed stereotypes having sex in cars and only concerned about how they look in their Instagram selfies. While the sentiment was present, it fails to elicit any genuinely realistic depictions of high school life, lacking substance and any personality behind Emoji-ridden text messages and trendy Forever 21 outfits.

Plot wise, the scenes move overwhelmingly fast and don’t even let the viewers stop to breathe and glance around at the interior design of the set pieces. Its inability to stay grounded and keep the audience invested or focused leads the show to a lack of laughs and abundance of ridiculous references. Like a treadmill moving too fast, it’s hard for the viewer to keep up with the overcooked, try-hard Nazi jokes and wildly wacky wardrobe. Newsflash: it’s 2018 and nobody says “hermaphrodite” or uses a shake weight anymore.

Westerburg High, where viewers initially fell in love with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater’s acting as Veronica and JD, is now diluted with pretension and overdone visual stimuli. The high school we see has metal detectors at its front doors and a Khloe Kardashian quote on the marquee outside.

While some subversion of the original plot is a tad bit entertaining to watch, it entirely misses the point. Rather than dying from sipping on drain cleaner offered to her by Veronica, the new Heather Chandler now chokes to death on a mouthful of suicide pills corn nuts – because of course a plus-sized girl would die that way. But the best part: she doesn’t actually die, and instead comes back to life vomiting out the nuts and pledging vengeance on Veronica.

In another twist, rather than seeing Heather Chandler’s righthand woman Heather Duke rise to power after Chandler’s untimely “suicide,” we instead see Veronica’s former nerdy Asian friend Betty Finn as the new popular girl in Westerburg.

To put it bluntly, it’s a lot to take in. Not only does the 42-minut pilot seem rushed and thrown together, it somehow even drags on in even its quickest scenes. The 42 minutes actually feels like you’re watching an hour-long episode, but that hour long episode is playing at double speed. It’s very easy for a viewer to lose their footing watching this horserace.

The only potential the series had was its nice wardrobe styling and representation of minorities in a positive light, the latter of which was completely absent from the Daniel Waters’ classic.

Maybe it’s best that school was cancelled at Westerburg High when Viacom pulled the plug on “Heathers.” Maybe with our newfound time and break from classes, we can watch some quality television instead.