Poland Enters Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Afterimage’ into Oscar Contention

Poland has chosen “Afterimage,” from veteran director Andrzej Wajda, as its entry for this year’s foreign-language Oscar. The film, written by Andrzej Mularczyk, is a biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance progressive ideas about art. It saw its world premiere at the Toronto Intl…. Read more »

Amazon Signs Licensing Deal With India’s T-Series  

Amazon India has announced a long-term content licensing partnership with T-Series for upcoming film releases. The exclusive deal follows a spree of licensing agreements with Indian studios ahead of the imminent launch of its Prime Video streaming service in the country. Others include pacts with Vishesh Films and Dharma Production. T-Series is one of India’s largest… Read more »

New York City FC’s First Brand Spot Is a Gritty Paean to the City It Calls Home

When Major League Soccer began play in 1996, those of us who lived in New York City had only one team to root for—the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. But despite their odd hybrid name, they were pretty solidly a New Jersey team. They played out at Giants Stadium, and those of us coming from Manhattan would often arrive late to games, as they never scheduled enough buses from Port Authority. Intentional or not, the indifference to fans east of the Hudson was palpable. 

That franchise has since cleaned up its act, and become the formidable New York Red Bulls. They still play in Jersey, though, at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison (which is, admittedly, a lovely stadium). But luckily for New York City fans, there’s been another option over the past two seasons—New York City Football Club, a new MLS franchise that plays its home games at Yankee Stadium. 

NYCFC clinched its first-ever MLS Cup playoff berth this past weekend, and is celebrating with a gritty new spot from Johannes Leonardo, its first-ever brand commercial.

The poetic spot, called “Along These Lines,” is as much a tribute to the city as the team—rallying New Yorkers to get behind their soccer team, using a theme of connection that’s both literal (the subway system connects everyone, and of course stops at Yankee Stadium) and figurative.

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Step Right Up and Watch This Air Acrobat Attempt the Most Irresponsible Circus Act Ever

One December day at the International Scene of Contemporary Dance in Stockholm, Sweden, a man named Olle, one of the best air acrobats in the world, did a triple-somersault jump. It was a jump like hundreds of others he’d done before, but this time was different. 

He fell on his head. 

“Within that second I heard my neck break. A moment devoid of time,” Olle writes. “The sound of the neck break echoed in my head, itself an endless, dark, spherical space in which I was hovering weightlessly.” 

Olle crushed several cervical vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord. He was paralyzed from the neck down. The doctors couldn’t say how much brain functioning he’d regain, or even whether he would walk again. One thing was sure: He’d never jump again.

It’s been 10 years since then. Olle has miraculously recovered. Many people like him would count their blessings, move to a quiet town and take up gardening. But in what’s being dubbed “the most irresponsible circus performance ever,” Olle is gearing up to repeat the same jump, with just one difference. This time, he’ll do it from up to 12,000 feet in the sky.

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Outerwall Boots CEO, Names New Redbox Chief In Closing Deal to Go Private

DVD rental kiosk operator Redbox has a new CEO — Galen Smith, previously CFO of parent company Outerwall — and Outerwall chief executive officer Erik Prusch is out with the completion of the company’s $1.6 billion deal to go private. Outerwall on Tuesday announced the closing of its deal to be acquired by Apollo Global… Read more »



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India’s Balaji Confirms Film Production Exit  

India’s Balaji Telefilms has confirmed that its subsidiaries Balaji Motion Pictures and Bolt Media are to be absorbed into the parent company. The motion picture division will now concentrate on film distribution rather than production. The company said that the merger would create economies of scale as Bolt’s activities are largely similar to Balaji Telefilms’… Read more »