Cannes: Sales Launch on Space Thriller ‘Somnus’

Epic Pictures Group has acquired worldwide sales and distribution rights to the sci-fi thriller “Somnus.” It will launch international sales at the Cannes Film Festival next week, Variety has learned exclusively. The film is directed by Chris Reading from his own script, co-written with Russell Owen. The film, Reading’s directorial debut, was completed in 2015… Read more »

Alfie Allen Joins Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘The Spoils’ In West End Transfer; Slow TV Takes Bus To BBC4 – Global Briefs

Game Of Thrones Alfie Allen; Oliver Award-winning Katie Brayben; and Billions‘ Annapurna Sriram have joined the cast of London transfer The Spoils. The comedy, written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, originally debuted last year in The New Group’s off-Broadway production. Kunal Nayyar also starred in the original and is making the move for the limited season at London’s Trafalgar Studios from May 27 to August 13. Eisenberg’s third play is a satirical glimpse of a lost…

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Sam Fischer – “Lean” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sam FischerSydney-raised, LA-based pop singer-songwriter Sam Fischer is ready to make some noise all his own after graduating from the Berklee College of Music, singing background for HOLYCHILD, and writing for Rihanna. While he readies new material for his debut EP this summer, he’s found time to drop off the introductory one-off, “Lean.” … More »

FAWNN – “Galaxies” (Stereogum Premiere)

FAWNN - Ultimate OceansMichigan dream rock quartet FAWNN are somewhat of a Great Lake State supergroup, comprising members from Kiddo, Child Bite, the Nice Device, the Von Bondies, Javelins, Thunderbirds Are Now!, and Those Transatlantics. FAWNN meld catchy boy/girl harmonies, shimmering melodic guitar interchanges, infectious grooves, and bright synths for what I like to call REM listening. They … More »

McDonald’s Turns Placemats Into Little Music Production Stations Connected to Your Phone

Wasn’t it fun when we were kids to doodle on restaurants’ paper placements with crayons? Well, McDonald’s has introduced a high-tech, musical version of that sort of play with McTrax—a snazzy placemat that acts like a little music production station.

TBWANeboko in the Netherlands created McTrax. The placemat, developed with This Page Amsterdam, uses conductive ink, a small battery and a thin circuit board with 26 digital touchpoints. You put you phone on it, download an app and make music with in-house produced audio loops, synths and musical effects. You can also record your own voice.

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There Will Be ‘Serious’ Risks for Hollywood if Trans Pacific Partnership Doesn’t Pass, U.S. Trade Rep Says

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said that Hollywood will see big benefits from the Trans Pacific Partnership in the form of common standards for protection of content and enforcement of copyright across 12 Pacific Rim countries. Froman, who visited Capital Records and the Independent Film and Television Alliance on Monday, noted that the agreement will… Read more »

Watch Last Night’s My Morning Jacket Concert For Austin City Limits

My Morning Jacket on ACLMy Morning Jacket are one of those rare sure-bet live bands, the type of band to catch every time you’ve got a chance. Last night, they played at Austin’s Moody Theater, taping their third episode of the long-running PBS live-music show Austin City Limits. And ACL livestreamed the entire two-hour show on YouTube, then archived … More »

Cannes: ARP Acquires Un Certain Regard Title ‘The Transfiguration’ from Protagonist

LONDON — French distributor ARP has acquired Michael O’Shea’s debut feature “The Transfiguration” from Protagonist Pictures, a week before its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. The film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin alongside Chloe Levine, and is produced by Susan Leber, whose credits include Sundance winner “Down to the Bone,” directed… Read more »

Method Leaf-Blows a Birthday Cake and Makes Other Unholy Messes in These Fun Ads

Hand, dish and laundry liquids get surprisingly sexy in a new campaign from green cleaning brand Method. Call it haute soap. 

The brand’s new “Fear No Mess” campaign, which might be less pithily articulated as “Make as Big a Mess as You Possibly Can,” features immaculately dressed heroes finding inventive ways to trash beautifully designed rooms in a series of TV ads. 

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