Venice Critics’ Week: New Film from Iranian Director Who Was Sentenced to Jail and 223 Lashes

ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on Monday unveiled its lineup comprising nine international first works, eight of which will have their world premieres. Among these is “Drum,” the feature-film debut of Iranian director Keywan Karimi, whose sentence to jail and 223 lashes for his documentary “Writing on the City,” about political graffiti… Read more »

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Lineup Includes ‘Pitch,’ Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Designated Survivor’

The Paley Center for Media’s 10th PaleyFest Fall TV Previews lineup has been announced. The weeklong event will take place Sept. 8 to 13 in Los Angeles, and offer screenings and panels for the major new fall series, including ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland drama “Designated Survivor,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” CBS’ “Pure Genius,” and Fox’s baseball series “Pitch.” This year… Read more »

‘47 Meters Down’: Freestyle Snaps Up Pic From Dimension Films

Byron Allen’s new Freestyle Media has picked up its second title, acquiring the shark attack thriller 47 Meters Down from Dimension Films, which acquired the pic in 2014. The deal for North American distribution rights includes a 2500-plus screen theatrical release set for 2017.
Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star as a pair of cage-diving sisters whose boat breaks away from them, leaving them in an observation cage trapped at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by hungry…


Gloria Allred, Who Battled Donald Trump and Won, Comes to Philadelphia for Democratic Convention

Among the thousands of delegates at the Democratic National Convention, one from California recalls when women were not only ineligible for the ultimate prize –- the presidential nomination –- but struggled to get an equal number of seats on the convention floor. Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred was an alternate delegate in 1976 when she… Read more »

John Oliver Roasts Donald Trump’s RNC As Controversy Roils DNC Opening

As the Dem National Convention got underway in Philly with Bernie Sanders supporters in an uproar over leaked DNC emails, John Oliver’s HBO show looked at “What the f**k just happened” at the RNC in Cleveland.
The “mismanaged shit show” included would-be First Lady Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech, Ted Cruz getting booed off stage when he declined to endorse the party’s nominee, and a speech by one of Trump’s birther-movement followers Antonio Satabo Jr., who explained…