Upstream Flix Gets Into Game, Acquires Hockey Enforcer Docu ‘Ice Guardians’

EXCLUSIVE: Ice Guardians, director Brett Harvey’s documentary about hockey’s violent enforcers, has been acquired by Upstream Flix and is set to hit theaters October 27. Written by Harvey and Scott Dodds, the film includes interviews with such NHL greats as Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, Clark Gillies and Dave Semenko.
It’s one of the first theatrical distribution plays for Upstream Flix, a new hybrid distributor/sales out that is partnering with the likes of AMC, Netflix…


AT&T-Time Warner Questions: What’s the Price Tag and Why Now?

As AT&T and Time Warner executives hunker down in merger talks, the most significant questions swirling around the deal revolve around the price tag and the timing of the courtship for AT&T. Speculation is growing that the talks are focused on setting a cash and stock transaction. The floor price was set two years ago… Read more »

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Zelda Fitzgerald in Biopic From Ron Howard

Jennifer Lawrence will star in a biopic about famous Jazz Age socialite and novelist Zelda Fitzgerald. Ron Howard is developing “Zelda” as a possible directing vehicle. Lawrence will be re-teaming with “Hunger Games” exec Allison Shearmur, who’s on board to produce the film. The pic follows Fitzgerald, who after marrying famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald, tries… Read more »

Randi Zuckerberg Hopes to Battle Inequality in Silicon Valley With Her New Kids Show

“I’ve spent a decade in Silicon Valley,” said Randi Zuckerberg. “Innovation is everywhere. It’s supposed to be the center of forward thinking. [So] why can I count the number of women executives on one hand? Or people of color?”

At Thursday’s premiere event for Zuckerberg’s new television show Dot, based on her children’s book of the same name, she discussed everything from inequality in the industry to the right way for kids to use new technology.

Press were invited to bring their children to the event. As a result, there were milkshakes dripping and mini burgers in hand as Zuckerberg streamed an episode of the show. Attendees could also don wigs for a GIF photobooth, or pose for a snap on the pink carpet. Coloring books, and tablets loaded with coloring book technology, were also provided for the kids to play with.

Dot, in the book and now as a TV character, is a tech-savvy young girl. She taps and types, shares and swipes, and carries her tablet everywhere. She’s the perfect way to help parents teach their kids about the technology surrounding them today.

“Dot and her group of friends don’t look like your typical cast of characters,” Zuckerberg said. “I wanted them to reflect all levels of diversity.” 

“I loved working in Silicon Valley, but at the same time I hated the fact that there were no women in the room,” she said. “We need to start challenging people on the notion of what an entrepreneur in America looks like, and it needs to happen early on.”

Kids today are starting to use technology earlier and earlier in life. And that, Zuckerberg thinks, can create some fear or anxiety for parents.

“No matter what their level of expertise in their job, every parent is an amateur at parenting when they first start,” said Zuckerberg. “Especially with this very digital group.”

Dot will air at 11 a.m. ET Saturdays on Sprout, a network just for children which launched in 2005 and is now owned by NBCUniversal. Zuckerberg considers it another type of startup.

“It felt like we came together at a really critical moment for both of us,” she said. “I needed Sprout as much as they needed me. I knew they’d give this program the love it deserved.”

Zuckerberg wants her sons, Asher and Simi, who are both under six years old, to grow up in a “different world” than what she experienced in Silicon Valley.

“Dot is about finding a balance in a high-tech world through the waters of modern childhood,” said Zuckerberg.

“Dot is inquisitive,” said Amy Friedman, Sprout’s head of development. “We want to give kids the tools and role models that will help them show up in the world.”

Sprout’s motto, after all, is ‘Free to grow.’

“When parents see the Dot logo or book or show, I want them to know that it’s safe and appropriate,” said Zuckerberg. “I’d love to see a Dot iPad, designed specifically for kids, one day. I want parents to know how technology can add to your household. It doesn’t have to detract.”

Gaumont’s Dystopian Thriller ‘Ares’ Bows at Paris Comic Con, Pre-Sells Globally (EXCLUSIVE)

“Ares,” the post-apocalyptic thriller directed by Jean Patrick Benes and exec produced by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) bowed with a bang today (Oct. 21) at Paris Comic Con, ahead of its premiere market screening at the AFM next month. Produced by Matthieu Tarot via his Paris outfit Albertine Productions, the stylized dystopian film… Read more »

Not Being in the Room Where It Happens: Loving ‘Hamilton’ in the Digital Age (Column)

“Hamilton’s America” is a product of one of those weird cultural moments where multiple different mediums attempt to be the same thing — a documentary film about a work of musical theater, premiering and broadcast on television. The PBS film tracks the production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton: An American Musical,” the Tony-award winning production and cultural… Read more »

‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ Review: Cast Is Game, But Comedy Is Tame

Light on big laughs, entirely predictable and almost completely forgotten five minutes after you leave the theater, Keeping Up With The Joneses can’t really keep up with much of anything that matters. Of course, a rather dumb comedy like this will inevitably hit its marks every now and then, and most of that is thanks to a game cast who do their best with slight material written by Michael LeSieur and directed by Greg Mottola, who in the past has done much better movies…


Amy Schumer And Goldie Hawn Made A Beyoncé “Formation” Parody

Amy SchumerAmy Schumer and Goldie Hawn shared a parody of Beyoncé’s epic “Formation” video today. The clip features Schumer and Hawn sweatily dancing to the song in a variety of environments including a street corner and a forest. It appears that the two made the video on set for an as-yet-untitled action/comedy they’re shooting in … More »

Daydream Available for Pre-Order: What We Know About Google’s Virtual Reality Headset

Google has opened up pre-orders for its Daydream View virtual reality headset on its web store this week. This comes as the company has started to sell its Pixel phone, which is the first phone to support Daydream. Google officially unveiled Daydream View at a press event earlier this month, but the company has been slow to… Read more »