Bollywood Big Names Bolster Mumbai Festival Opening

MUMBAI – The cream of Bollywood was out in force at the opening of the 18th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday. Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated proceedings and called for a permanent hub for the festival that is currently spread out at venues across the city. The opening was at the newly restored 104-year-old Royal Opera… Read more »

SAG-AFTRA Goes on Strike Against Videogame Companies

SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against video game companies after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract for work by voice actors. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. PDT. Negotiators for the performers union held three days of talks this week, bringing in a federal mediator, but could not reach a deal. No… Read more »

SAG-AFTRA Strikes the Video Game Industry

SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against the video game industry. Just after midnight, the union ordered its members to stop working on games until the strike is over. Shortly before the clock struck midnight, a spokesman for the companies said that no date has been set for the resumption of talks.
It’s the first-ever strike against the gaming industry; the first actors’ strike since 2000, when SAG and AFTRA struck the commercials industry for six months; and the first-ever…


Annette Kellerman Talks with the Director and Cast of BRAVE NEW JERSEY

Annette Kellerman Talks Period Ensemble Pieces, Small Town Buffets, and Martian A Cappella Groups with the Director and Cast of BRAVE NEW JERSEY

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Though I haven’t been attending this year’s Austin Film Festival, I was very fortunate to see the adorable indie ensemble film BRAVE NEW JERSEY when it had its debut at the event. The film is about the aftermath of Orson Welle’s 1938 radio broadcast of War Of The Worlds that had some communities across the country convinced that martians were invading Earth. In addition to seeing the film, I also got the opportunity to interview the director Jody Lambert as well as some of the cast members. First up is my sit down with Lambert where we discuss the inspiration for the film, the challenges in shooting in rural Tennessee, and his plans when the martians invade.
Rebecca Elliott: Congratulations on a terrific little film!

Jody Lambert: Thanks, I appreciate it.

RE: When were you inspired to write this story in the context of the Orson Welles’ infamous War Of The Worlds broadcast?


JL: A few years ago, the guy I wrote the movie with, Mike Dowling, came to me one day. I had a few other projects going, and he asked if I’d like to collaborate on a movie about the War Of The Worlds broadcast. Not the Orson Welles side, but the town that hears it. And I was like, that is such a good idea for a movie. I couldn’t believe that someone hadn’t made it before. So we just kind of jumped in. I had known about the broadcast the way that other people did which was like-

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Alibaba Pictures Takes Film Rights to Warring Cats Book Series ‘Warriors’

Alibaba Pictures Group has acquired film rights to “Warriors,” a series of books about four clans of warring feral cats. The deal was sealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair with U.K.-based fiction packager Working Partners and its parent company Coolabi. More to follow

Stream The Before The Flood Soundtrack Featuring New Songs By Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Mogwai, & Gustavo Santaolalla

Stream The Before The Flood Soundtrack Featuring New Songs By Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Mogwai, & Gustavo SantaolallaThe crack team of Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mogwai, and Gustavo Santolalla assembled to score the new Leonardo DiCaprio climate change documentary Before The Flood. As you might expect from that group, their soundtrack is full of very pretty ambient music with just a hint of darkness, and you can now stream it in full … More »