Thursday, 1 December 2016

Trailer - Rogue One

Not sure what I make of this, will probably be entertaining though (which is my verdict of The Force Awakens despite its flaws):

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Trailer - Passengers

I really like the look of this one.  Hoping it's not simply a disaster movie with a sci-fi setting though, that would be disappointing... anyway it has the awesome Michael Sheen in is so that's a big plus! :-D

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

2017 Tribeca Film Festival announces Tribeca Talks conversations with Barbra Streisand, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and the world premiere of Kathryn Bigelow’s VR debut, THE PROTECTORS

2017 Tribeca Film Festival® announces Tribeca Talks® conversations with Barbra Streisand, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and the world premiere of Kathryn Bigelow’s VR debut, THE PROTECTORS
Early Bird All Access Passes go on sale November 25, 2016
New York, NY – November 17 - The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced multi-hyphenates Barbra Streisand and Alejandro González Iñárritu as two of the Tribeca Talks conversations for the 16th annual Festival. Streisand will take part in the Storytellers series that features pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories, and Iñárritu will be one of the headline conversations in the Directors Series.
Also announced is the world premiere of Kathryn Bigelow and Imraan Ismail’s virtual reality documentary short The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoeswhich transport users to a day in the life of African rangers protecting elephants from ivory poachers. Tribeca takes place April 19 – 30, 2017.
“At Tribeca we celebrate the power that film and art has to transport and unite communities. As the first woman to win the Oscar® for directing, Kathryn Bigelow continues to break boundaries in storytelling by using VR to take us to the frontline battle with Ivory poachers in the Congo in the stunning new documentary which she co-directed with Imraan Ismail. We are thrilled to be able to debut this work as part of Tribeca’s renowned VR program,” said Jane Rosenthal, Executive Chair of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder. 
“These three creative forces – Alejandro, Barbra, Kathryn –are true auteurs. They push themselves and their audiences by constantly entertaining and challenging us through their work,” said Tribeca’s Paula Weinstein. “I am ecstatic that Alejandro and Barbra are joining us for Tribeca Talks. Alejandro’s vision inspires me; moments from each of his films are seared in my mind – there is so much inventiveness - you are on his trip. Everyone has recognized Barbra as a singer and songwriter but her voice as a filmmaker, her tenacity as a director and fearlessness as an activist is what I admire most about her.”
“It’s all about the story. It has to be a story I want to tell, a story I have to share, otherwise there’s no reason to make the film. A good story goes straight to the heart. It allows us to identify with the characters and broaden our own experience… and perhaps even change the way we view the world,” said Barbra Streisand.
The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes is created by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Last DaysThe Hurt Locker) and VR creator Imraan Ismail (“The Displaced,” “Valen’s Reef”) in partnership with African Parks, National Geographic, Patrick Milling-Smith and Chris Milk’s Here Be Dragons (fka, one of the leading innovators in VR spherical filmmaking, and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. 
"We must stop the senseless slaughter of these magnificent and sentient creatures, if not us then who?  Eliminating the market side of the ivory trade may take generations to be fully effective and extinction will not wait.  This film shows the park rangers of Garamba National Park, in the DRC, they are the last line of defense in a desperate war with poachers to stop the ivory trade at its source,” said Kathryn Bigelow. 
The Festival Hudson Pass goes on sale at special early discount pricing of $999.00 (regular price: $1250.00) beginning November 25 through December 31 and will be available at The Hudson pass offers ticketless access to all Evening, Weekend and Matinee Festival screenings, and Tribeca Talks events including Director Series, Storytellers and Tribeca TV.  Also included is access to the Festival Hub, where you can experience the latest and most innovative VR storytelling, attend special events, and enjoy one of the Hub’s many lounges.
Tribeca submissions close on November 23 for feature films, TV/episodic storytelling, and new online work, with a December 14 late deadline for world premiere feature film and TV/episodic work.  Short films and VR/Experiential projects close on December 2. Submissions are open for Tribeca X entries for branded storytelling, with an early deadline of January 13 and a late deadline of February 15.
The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes - Bigelow and Ismail’s VR documentary chronicles a day in the life of a ranger in Garamba National Park, managed by African Parks, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These rangers are often the last line of defense in a race against extinction at the hands of poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory tusks. The rangers face constant danger and even death, at the service of these sentient, noble creatures. Rangers are truly the unsung heroes in this race against time. The Protectors is 8 minutes long and will be released in 2017 by National Geographic, Here Be Dragons and Annapurna Pictures.
Tribeca Talks: Storytellers - Barbra Streisand
Widely recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Barbra Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, concert performer, author and songwriter. Streisand has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970, and two CableACE Awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Streisand received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama this past year. Her many other honors include the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, three Peabody Awards and the French Légion d'Honneur. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.  Streisand is a devoted philanthropist who works tirelessly to fight for what she believes in. A woman of action, Streisand founded The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai and co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance, helping to raise awareness and push for more research into women’s heart disease, the leading cause of death among women.
Tribeca Talks: Director Series - Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City, the youngest of five to Luz María Iñárritu and Héctor González Gama. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship at the ages of 16 and 18, Iñárritu worked his way across Europe and Africa. He has noted that these early travels as a young man have had a great influence on him as a filmmaker. The settings of his films have often been in the places he visited during this period.
Iñárritu, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, recently won his second consecutive Academy Award for best director for The Revenant, a sprawling tale of revenge and survival, making him one of only three directors to ever win consecutive Oscars and the first to do so in 65 years. Last year, Iñárritu won three Academy Awards for directing, co-writing and co-producing the dark comedy Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), about an aging cinema superhero launching a Broadway show. Iñárritu also is known for the films Amores Perros21 Grams, Biutiful, and Babel, which earned seven Academy Award nominations and the best director award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to have been nominated for best director and best producer in the history of the Academy Awards.
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Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Tribeca has evolved from an annual event to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan to a gathering place for filmmakers, artists, innovators, and the global creative community. Through programs that embrace storytelling in all of its expansive forms—film, TV, online work, VR/AR, and music—TFF reimagines the cinematic experience and explores how art can unite communities.

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NextUp: Online Comedy Platform Launch

A New Online Platform for Watching Great Stand Up

London – 15/11/16: NextUp, a brand new stand up comedy focussed online video on demand platform is delighted to announce its officially launch on15th November 2016.  Hosting a wealth of recorded live stand-up content for those who love comedy and want more to see than a trip to their local comedy club can offer

Many comedy lovers have found that with fewer acts generating DVDs, unless a tour comes directly to their hometown, they miss out on seeing shows they would love to see.

NextUp aims to change that by hosting an online mix of new and established comedy names with stand up performances past and present giving audiences access to recorded shows that are no longer on tour as well as new shows recorded by the NextUp team, caught before they vanish into the ether. The UK’s live comedy circuit comprises a far broader spectrum of comedy than is regularly seen on broadcast TV, and NextUp is designed to complement and encourage rather than replace the live comedy world, it aims to bring this wealth of comedy to a broader viewership.

"Selfies in the Grand Canyon" is my favourite special to date. I was involved in every aspect of production on this one, from how it looked right down to the final edit, and I loved every second of it.  So I'm properly thrilled that Next Up comedy have selected this, my first real foray into production and direction, as one of the frontrunners on their new streaming service.” Brendon Burns

With plans to operate as a membership service that goes beyond a simple subscription, NextUp will offer members access not only to all the performances on the platform for a monthly subscription, but also curated playlists with categories including Rising Stars, Most Watched, Household Heroes and Contemporary Greats to help members navigate to new acts they may not have discovered before. All the videos on NextUp will also be available to download and view offline.

Alongside the online content, members will be able to link though to ticketing info for acts’ current live performances, thereby helping to drive audiences not only to discover acts they may not have come across before, but also out into the live shows too. Members will also receive other membership benefits and offers that extend beyond the online platform itself, including voting options on future site content, competitions, access to live shoots for the channel, exclusive editorial by Ben Williams (former Time Out comedy Editor and Edinburgh Comedy Award Judge) and much more – ultimately NextUp aims to create a comedy community connected via the internet but existing out in the real world too.

 “This means my Mum can see it and yours too. Also great for agoraphobics.” Lou Sanders

For comedians, the site offers a chance to reach a new audience, build a new fan base and encourage those fans to see new live work. They’ll also open up a new revenue stream, receiving a percentage of the platform’s income for each view their content generates. With content and curated playlists updated regularly, the platform will be ever growing, allowing members to reach further afield and not only find more of what they love, but also expand their comedy horizons.  Content will be updated all the time and From launch NextUp will be populated with a wealth of comedy contact including…

Tony Law // Lou Sanders // Richard Herring // Alfie Brown // Luisa Omielan // Simon Munnery // Fern Brady // Lloyd Langford // Brendon Burns // Tim Renkow // Pat Cahill // Ben Target // John Hastings // Miles Jupp // Ian D Montfort // Sean Hughes // Marcel Lucont

NextUp has been founded by the stand-up loving team behind the YouTube Channel and live comedy night, ComComedy, working with Stuart Snaith of BBC Worldwide and 2Entertain.

NextUp co-founder, Sarah Henley says “The idea for NextUp arose because we as a team found it exceptionally sad that we would come to the Edinburgh Fringe every year and see incredible, lovingly crafted shows, which would maybe tour, but then disappear completely, with only a small handful of comics getting DVD deals. We personally know hundreds of people who would have loved to have seen those shows but couldn't make it up to the fringe or don’t live in the towns the tours visit, - and our research tells us there are many thousands more who feel the same. NextUp will support comic talent and share comedians’ extraordinary work with a worldwide audience of stand-up comedy fans.  With our production arm they'll be able to resurrect their favourite retired shows, or record their new ones as well as gain new fans from existing recordings. Audiences may be brought in by their favourite one or two big names but we hope they will quickly be encouraged to discover the breadth of great comedy the industry has to offer”

NextUp have also partnered with independent comedy producers Turtle Canyon Comedy who have curated and filmed a special ‘Best of the Fringe’ playlist on the NextUp platform.

 NextUp’s monthly subscription costs £3.50 and comes with a 30 day free trial.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Boss Baby - Trailer

Well now.. this one looks rather interesting! :-D

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