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Mak Pictures Ramps Up With Exec Hires, Promotion

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Mak Pictures, whose Car Masters: Rust to Riches was just picked up to series at Netflix, has hired Stephanie Eno as Svp Development and Aliza Rosen as Svp Development, Documentaries and Specials. The unscripted-focused production company also promoted Andy Ruggles to President of Production.

Eno and Rosen will join that team that includes senior directors of development Aaron Burk and Elisabeth Norvik at the company, which also has Season 3 of Discovery’s Treasure Quest set to bow August 24. Car Masters, which features a body shop team using sweat equity and car genius to turn rusty wrecks into six-figure paydays, premieres September 14.

The company’s producing credits include A&E’s Cajun Justice, Discovery’s Eaten Alive, Animal Planet’s Fear Island and Cryptid: The Swamp Beast for History.

Eno most recently was executive in charge of production at syndicated The T.D. Jakes Show, and before that was at TLC. Rosen
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Twitter Testing New 280 Character Limit To Encourage More People To Tweet

Twitter is testing a new feature that would drastically alter one of its founding principles.

The company shared in a blog post yesterday that it is piloting a doubled 280-character limit to select users in every language except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Twitter says that languages like English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are “impacted by cramming” -- meaning that it wants to help users avoid editing out important words from their Tweets that “convey an important meaning or emotion.”

Twitter, which was founded upon a 140-character limit, is rolling out expanded Tweets to a small subset of users, per product manager Aliza Rosen and senior software engineer Ikuhiro Ihara.

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Film Review: Love, Truth & Dignity in Emotional ‘The Farewell Party’

Chicago – As the last cells in our carbon based forms decide to perish, how can our consciousness bear the stigma of that demise? This question is the theme of “The Farewell Party,” a Israeli/German production that combines the mix of feelings that come with old age.

..and the sorrowful truth that there are more goodbyes than anything else, with a burden that is brought to bear when a person is dying around family, friends and spouses.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

This is a classy and important production, and it sneaks in some mordant and sharp humor, enough almost to categorize it as a dark comedy, if it wasn’t for the heavy decisions that the characters had to manage. The performances are superb, you realize that all the older actors are living their parts as they play them. The film makes a case for death with dignity – think of the work of
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The Farewell Party – The Review

Just a couple of weeks ago, the film, I’LL See You In My Dreams, explored and celebrated love and late in life happiness for the Aarp demographic. And now, here’s the flip side. It, like the 2011 Oscar for foreign film winner Armour, proves the saying usually attributed to Bette Davis, “Old age is not for sissies”. For the retirees in this film, there’s no pot parties or lunch time sea cruises with Sam Elliot to eagerly anticipate. Nope, there’s only pain, suffering, and death in their futures, along with some very tough decisions. Even though there’s little cause for the celebration, we’re invited, via your local cinema, to The Farewell Party.

The “party” really centers around one couple. Yehezkel (Ze’ev Revach) and Levana (Levana Finkelstein) are reveling in their golden years together as they share a cozy home in a Jerusalem retirement center.
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The Farewell Party: Fun with Euthanasia

Is the media suddenly realizing that there are people who were born before 1945 who are still very much alive? And that there's a whole bunch of them? According to the 2010 census, if I read Wikipedia correctly, the figure clocks in at 28,282,721.

No wonder Netflix is streaming Grace and Frankie, which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two septuagenarians who discover their spouses are gay and in love. The first episode ends with the discarded gals drinking a peyote mixture and tripping the light fantastic around a campfire.

Vicious, being aired on ITV and PBS, features Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as a pair of elderly, lovingly bickering homosexuals in their seventies whose pet hound is semi-comatose. (Season 2 premieres this summer.)

And this past Sunday morning, Wnyc.FM rebroadcast a 2012 interview with Jane Gross, blogger of "The New Old Age" and author of A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents --and Ourselves.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes All North American Rights To Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit’s Comedy The Farewell Party

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all North American rights to co-writer/directors Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit’s euthanasia comedy The Farewell Party, represented by sales agent Beta Cinema. The film screened to enthusiastic audiences and critics in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival and had its world premiere this past summer at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Venice Days’ People’s Choice award.

“A poignant, provocative dramedy…boasting a dream cast, a finely honed visual sense and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue…” (Variety)

“Anyone will be moved by this tender, unexpectedly charming tale… an original work of gentle militancy.” (THR)

The Farewell Party also won four Ophir Awards, the Israeli Academy Awards, including in the Best Actor category for acclaimed Israeli actor Ze’ev Revach, and received a total of 14 nominations, including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Will Host 'The Farewell Party'

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all North American rights to co-writer/directors Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit’s euthanasia comedy "The Farewell Party," a Toronto 2014 premiere that went on to win Venice Days' People's Choice award, and four Ophir Awards including Best Actor for acclaimed Israeli comedian Ze’ev Revach. Produced by Pie Films, 2Team production, in co-production with Pallas Film, Twenty Twenty Vision and United King Films, the film, per Goldwyn, tells "a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma." The cast includes Revach, Levana Finkelshtein, Aliza Rozen, Ilan Dar and Rafael Tabor. Dubbed "Mita Tova" in Hebrew, the
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‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup

‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

The festival runs from January 27-February 7.

Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.

World Premieres

A Better You, USA

Directed by Matt Walsh

Cast: Brian Huskey,
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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team,
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Review: Dark Israeli comedy 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in assisted dying

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Review: Dark Israeli comedy 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in assisted dying
Venice - When high schoolers Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) successfully fix up a couple of single teachers in Amy Heckerling's seminal teen hit "Clueless", the pampered girls coo "Old people can be so sweet!" as the targets of their matchmaking begin to enjoy a tentative romance. The joke is on the naive teens; we're laughing at their blithely patronizing attitude towards their elders. Would that all films were as smart as Heckerling's Jane Austen revamp. There are far too many films that play aging for the wrong sort of laughs. They usually fall into two camps. For some, the idea of older people falling in love and having sex is seen is adorable and/or amazing. It's the same attitude that Dr Samuel Johnson brought to the table when discussing female preachers: "A woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is
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Footnote Movie Review 2

Footnote Movie Review 2
Title: Footnote Directed by: Joseph Cedar Cast: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi and Aliza Rosen Lately, I’ve been watching a considerable amount of self- consciously quirky cinema that for the most part has been quite good, such as Submarine and Chicken with Plums. Using unusual music and playful photography, Director Joseph Cedar is attempting to explore important themes such as that of a father- son relationship and the jealousies that often come into play when each figure seeks to carve out his own way in life. Oftentimes, it’s for prestige, or something as simple as a happy family. In Footnote, it’s the latter. Eliezer Shkolnik is the quiet, reserved father who [ Read More ]
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‘Footnote’ a pitch-perfect dual character study

Footnote

Written by Joseph Cedar

Directed by Joseph Cedar

Israel, 2011

A tale of two Shkolniks, Joseph Cedar’s perfectly paced and wryly observed dramatic comedy follows father and son professors locked in a bitter rivalry. Uriel Shkolnik (Lior Ashkenazi), the son, is well on the path to greatness. A newly inducted member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, renowned lecturer, and physically imposing figure, he’s the polar opposite of his father. Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar-Aba) is taciturn, socially awkward, and consistently shunned for public recognition…until he receives word that he’s finally – after 20 years of rejection – been awarded a prestigious Israel Prize. The announcement brings plenty of past resentments to light.

Featuring dazzling montages that make great use of slide projectors, newspaper typography, photographs, and any other type of archival material imaginable, Footnote is very much about cataloging. Where both men have devoted their lives to some sort of historicism,
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Film Review: ‘Footnote’ Deserves Prominence With Great Storytelling

Chicago – Answering the question, “Where are all the great film thrillers about Talumdic Studies?,” the awesome film “Footnote” considers that very subject, pitting the always complicated relationship between a father and son against an treasured academic prize. Even though it sounds starchy, it actually had more verve than most spy movies.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the recent Oscars (losing to “A Separation”), this Israeli work defines the country and its atmospheric landscape through the plot, which is another remarkable achievement. There is more cultural acumen to be gained from viewing this film than a hundred showings of “Fiddler on the Roof” (which also gets a sharp and funny poke in the story). The pacing and the style of director Joseph Cedar uplifts the whole narrative, he touches upon the humanity of the situation in a way that maintains the dignity in all of his marvelous characters.
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Cannes 2011: Footnote by Joseph Cedar

Time for a story of insane competition, the admiration and envy for a role model, bringing father and son to a final, bitter confrontation.

That’s exactly a description of Footnote, Israeli drama directed by Joseph Cedar, that is, as you already know from our previous reports, scheduled to premiere In Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. So check it out.

Footnote is “…the story of a great rivalry between a father and son. Both eccentric professors have dedicated their lives to their work. The father seems a stubborn purist who fears the establishment.

His son, Uriel, appears to strive on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. But one day, the tables turn. The two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy.
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