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David Olney, Poetic Americana Songwriter, Dead at 71

David Olney, Poetic Americana Songwriter, Dead at 71
David Olney, the Americana singer and songwriter whose poetic often intricate writing style made an impact on Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and Emmylou Harris, died Saturday from an apparent heart attack following a performance at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He was 71. Olney’s publicist confirmed his death.

Born in Rhode Island in 1948, Olney did a stint at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill studying English literature before shuffling through Georgia, where he had an epiphany at a Townes Van Zandt concert. He
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Film Review: ‘The Other Side of Heaven II: Fire of Faith’

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Film Review: ‘The Other Side of Heaven II: Fire of Faith’
Despite such melodramatic flourishes as a near-disaster on a storm-tossed sea, a violent attack on an apostate by a group of religious zealots, and a startling (albeit not entirely convincing) death by lightning bolt, Mitch Davis’ “The Other Side of Heaven II: Fire of Faith” is as tedious as rush-hour traffic and as bland as a communion wafer. It’s conceivable that this sincere but overextended tale of a dedicated Mormon missionary on assignment in the South Pacific might appeal to many of the faithful who flocked to its 2001 predecessor, “The Other Side of Heaven,” another adaptation (also written and directed by Davis) of an autobiographical book by John H. Groberg. But even members of that target audience probably will prefer home-screen viewing to a theatrical experience, since frequent usage of the pause and fast-forward controls can work wonders when it comes to making something this sluggishly paced more bearable.
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‘Maiden’ Sets Sail In NYC & La; Daisy Ridley Channels ‘Ophelia’ –  Specialty B.O. Preview

This weekend, Sony Pictures Classics launches Alex Holmes’ Toronto ’18 premiere Maiden. The company was bullish about the doc’s prospects at the title’s New York premiere hosted by awards maven Peggy Siegal.

IFC Films is heading out with a day and date release of Ophelia, a modern-language re-imagining of Hamlet told from Ophelia’s Pov, starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. Greenwich Entertainment is opening Locarno Film Festival prize-winner Three Peaks, looking to take advantage of the dearth of new dramas, while KimStim is bowing the provocative social satire The Plagiarists in New York.

Other limited releases heading to theaters this weekend include Euphoria with Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling via Freestyle Releasing and Lionsgate Home Entertainment as well as Vertical Entertainment’s The Last Whistle. ArtAffects, meanwhile, is opening its faith-centered The Other Side Of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith in over two hundred locations Friday.
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Veteran French producer Francis Boespflug dies aged 70

Boespflug co-founded Pyramide and was managing director of Warner France.

French producer Francis Boespflug, best known as the co-founder of historic Paris-based production and distribution company Pyramide and the former managing director of Warner France, has died aged of 70.

Boespflug first became involved in cinema in his native city of Strasbourg in north-eastern France, working as a student volunteer at a cinema-club aimed at under-privileged, difficult teenagers.

It was through this volunteer work he met his future wife and life-long collaborator, the late producer Fabienne Vonier, who at the time was the manager of Le Club, the arthouse theatre founded
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'The Other Side of Heaven' Gets a Sequel After 17 Years

'The Other Side of Heaven' Gets a Sequel After 17 Years
Seventeen years after The Other Side of Heaven became one of the earliest releases in what's now called the "faith-based" genre, the movie about a Mormon's true-life mission to help the needy in the Tongan islands in the 1950s is getting a sequel.

Like the first film, the sequel, dubbed The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith, tells of Elder John Groberg, though this time he has returned to Tonga in the 1960s as a married man with five daughters.

While much of the conflict in the original stemmed from a hostile relationship between Groberg and a ...
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‘The Other Side Of Heaven’ Sequel, Two Decades In The Making, Gets A Release Date And Trailer

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‘The Other Side Of Heaven’ Sequel, Two Decades In The Making, Gets A Release Date And Trailer
Exclusive: Almost two decades after The Other Side of Heaven became one of the buzz titles that would help propel the faith-based movie market, original director Mitch Davis and star Christopher Gorham are ready to take the wraps off the sequel. The pic, titled The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith, is now set to hit theaters June 7, 2019 via Davis’ Two Roads Productions, the company behind inspirational films including 2016’s The Stray, 2015’s Christmas Eve and 2008’s Language of the Enemy.

The original The Other Side of Heaven, which co-starred Anne Hathaway, grossed $4.75 million at the box office via Excel Entertainment and found even more traction on home video via Disney, centered on the true story of Mormon Elder John H. Groberg (Gorham) and his missionary adventures in Tonga in the 1950s as a 19-year-old bachelor. The sequel also based on true events tells of his return to
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Time Machine: Woman in Red Hathaway on Red Carpet - Updated Film List

Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early
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Patrick Stewart Wishes You a Merry Christmas in Christmas Eve Trailer

The first trailer has been released for a new film called Christmas Eve that comes from director Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven) and stars Patrick Stewart (X-Men), Jon Heder (Blades of Glory), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Max Casella (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Gary Cole (Office Space).

I actually really like the concept of this film that centers on six people in New York who end up getting stuck inside elevators on Christmas eve. It looks like a fun holiday feel-good movie. Here’s the synopsis:

When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through – and change their lives in unexpected ways. A heartless real estate tycoon (Patrick Stewart) clings to life in a precarious construction elevator hundreds of feet off the ground. Unexpected relationships bloom for
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Fabienne Vonier dies aged 66

Fabienne Vonier dies aged 66
The Paris-based Pyramide co-founder, producer and distributor worked closely with Aki Kaurismaki, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Catherine Corsini, among others.

Veteran distributor and producer Fabienne Vonier, who co-founded Paris-based distribution and production company Pyramide, has died after a long illness. She was 66.

“Fabienne was passionate about film,” said long-term collaborator Eric Lagesse, who took over Pyramide’s distribution and international sales activities in 2008. “She was someone who was constantly on the look-out for interesting productions, directors.”

Lagesse continued: “She had done it all: exhibition, distribution and lastly production. She did everything to the full and was as demanding of herself as she was of everyone else. She was a true professional, working right up until the end.”

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Vonier supported the work of scores of directors from across the world including Finland’s Aki Kaurismaki, Canadian Denys Arcand, Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Palestinian Elia Suleiman, Egyptian [link=nm
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Obituary: Fabienne Vonier

Obituary: Fabienne Vonier
The Paris-based Pyramide co-founder, producer and distributor worked closely with AKi Kaurismaki, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Catherine Corsini, among others.

Veteran distributor and producer Fabienne Vonier, who co-founded Paris-based distribution and production company Pyramide, has died after a long illness. She was 66.

“Fabienne was passionate about film,” said long-term collaborator Eric Lagesse, who took over Pyramide’s distribution and international sales activities in 2008. “She was someone who was constantly on the look-out for interesting productions, directors.”

Lagesse continued: “She had done it all: exhibition, distribution and lastly production. She did everything to the full and was as demanding of herself as she was of everyone else. She was a true professional, working right up until the end.”

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Vonier supported the work of scores of directors from across the world including Finland’s Aki Kaurismaki, Canadian Denys Arcand, Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Palestinian Elia Suleiman, Egyptian [link=nm
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New Movies Streaming on Netflix Instant Watch: July 25 – 31

New to Netflix Streaming On Wednesday July 27th: Mad Men (seasons 1-4)

If there was a Flickchart for TV, Mad Men would definitely be up in the top 5.

New to Netflix Streaming On Saturday July 30th: Winter’S Bone (R | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #306

Times Ranked: 18200

Win Percentage: 58%

How Many Top-20′s: 40 Users

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Directed By: Debra Granik

Starring: John HawkesJennifer Lawrence

Genres: Detective Film • Drama • Family Drama • Post-Noir

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The Other Side Of Heaven (PG | 2002)

Flickchart Ranking: #8082

Times Ranked: 325

Win Percentage: 31%

How Many Top-20′s: 2 Users

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Directed By: Mitch Davis

Starring: Christopher GorhamAnne Hathaway

Genres: Drama • Adventure • Coming-of-Age • Adventure Drama

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New to Netflix Streaming On Sunday July 31st: Pitch Black (R | 2000)

Flickchart Ranking: #1065

Times Ranked: 98067

Win Percentage: 38%

How Many Top-20′s: 285 Users

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Directed By: David Twohy

Starring: Vin DieselRadha MitchellCole HauserKeith David

Genres: Science Fiction • Horror • Monster Film • Sci-Fi Horror

Studios/Franchises: The Chronicles of Riddick

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Expiring from
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A Legacy of His Own: A Doug Liman Profile (Part 2)

With his latest film Fair Game released later this year, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Doug Liman in the second of a two part feature... read part one.

“I’ve always been a huge action film fan and a couple of friends of mine were in marriage therapy,” explained screenwriter Simon Kingberg as to the origins of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). “The way they were talking about it sounded kind of aggressive and mercenary. I just thought it would make an interesting template for a relationship inside of an action film.” Mayhem and chaos ensues when two married assassins are contracted to kill each other. “One of the ways that you write it is that all of the action sequences in the film have to be, in some form, expressions of where these characters are in their marriage… Instead of two people having a fight at the dinner table about the salt,
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