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Transilvania Pitch Stop Showcases ‘Fresh, Unknown’ Screen Talents

  • Variety
Cluj, Romania–New projects from around the Black Sea and beyond will take part this week in the Transilvania Pitch Stop, a workshop and co-production forum that’s one of the industry highlights of the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival.

Launched in 2014 as a five-day workshop for first- and second-time directors from Romania and Moldova, the Pitch Stop expanded in 2017 to include a co-production platform with projects from countries across the region.

The pitching forum has quickly become one of the leading confabs for producers and directors in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, who have traditionally looked to Western Europe for co-production and distribution opportunities. International players are also zeroing in on the Tps to identify upcoming projects and emerging talents. “For them, it’s a good place to come and discover [the region],” said Tiff industry manager Dorina Oarga.

In selecting 10 projects for the Transilvania Pitch Stop, organizers are keen to identify “fresh,
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Did Akash Vukoti’s speech on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Juniors Choice save him after Adam Rippon’s stingy score? [Watch]

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Did Akash Vukoti’s speech on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Juniors Choice save him after Adam Rippon’s stingy score? [Watch]
Akash Vukoti has charmed the judges on “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” and he has charmed the studio audience too, as evidenced by his advancement through the competition despite lower scores. But as the competition has heated up he has needed more and more help from the studio audience votes because his judges’ scores haven’t been improving. On Juniors Choice Night he finished way down at the bottom of the leaderboard after his Charleston, but he survived again. Was he helped by the inspiring speech he gave after the judges’ comments? Watch his dance above.

Vukoti, who at age nine is the youngest contestant in the competition, doesn’t have the technique of some of his older rivals like Miles Brown or Mackenzie Ziegler, but he makes up for that with pluck, enthusiasm and charm. He’s just so gosh-darned likable. So the judges praised him for his sense of “fun,
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 7 rankings from worst to best: Who wowed us on Country Night? Let’s get ready to rumba!

‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 7 rankings from worst to best: Who wowed us on Country Night? Let’s get ready to rumba!
With one week until the “Dancing with the Stars” semifinals, the remaining eight couples performed one unlearned dance style and one team routine for Country Night before facing the first double elimination of the season. With the competition so tight, this season has proved that the judges’ scores can only take you so far.

Evanna Lynch was the belle of the ballroom, earning a combined 59 out of 60 points for her two dances, making her the top scorer of the night. Alexis Ren, Juan Pablo Di Pace, and Milo Manheim also performed perfect or near-perfect routines, cementing themselves as the best dancers left in the competition along with Evanna.

Meanwhile, the bottom scores of the season, Bobby Bones and Joe Amabile, continued to prove the naysayers wrong as they once again escaped elimination. Instead, it was lights out for John Schneider and DeMarcus Ware as they became the first male celebs to get the boot.
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Miles Brown’s ‘Aladdin’ Charleston on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’ would have wiped the floor with most adults [Watch]

Miles Brown’s ‘Aladdin’ Charleston on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’ would have wiped the floor with most adults [Watch]
It’s lucky for the adult celebs this season on “Dancing with the Stars” that the kids got their own show because “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” front-runner Miles Brown gave a performance on Disney Night that probably would have wiped the floor with most contestants double, triple or quadruple his age. Watch his “Aladdin”-inspired Charleston above.

Brown and his pro partner Rylee Arnold performed to the song “One Jump Ahead” from the 1992 musical classic, and their routine had the complexity of a full-blown production number. It had props, background dancers, and even some fight choreography mixed in with the Charleston moves. It was one of the fastest paced dance styles performed on Disney Night and featured some of the most intricate choreography.

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Given all the busy production elements in the routine, judges Mandy Moore and Val Chmerkovskiy were
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With ‘What Haunts Us’, Paige Tolmach Confronts Devastating Legacy Of Porter-Gaud Sexual Abuse Scandal

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With ‘What Haunts Us’, Paige Tolmach Confronts Devastating Legacy Of Porter-Gaud Sexual Abuse Scandal
Charleston, South Carolina native Paige Goldberg Tolmach is a local girl made good. She co-founded a successful eco products business in La and recently earned an Emmy nomination for her directorial debut, the documentary What Haunts Us.

Those accomplishments might seem enough for Charleston to take pride in Paige, but to hear Tolmach tell it, the city has decidedly mixed feelings about her.

“Still, in my hometown, right now, they’re really angry at me,” Tolmach tells Deadline. That anger stems from the very film she made, the one that earned recognition in the prestigious Emmy category of Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

Tolmach’s film probes a serial molestation scandal that took place at Charleston’s distinguished Porter-Gaud prep school, a subject she says some would prefer go unmentioned.

“People told me, ‘How dare you talk about this?’” she recounts. “‘We worked so hard to sweep it under the rug.
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Locarno 2018 Review: Alice T., Romanian Cinema in Reinvention

Contemporary Romanian cinema has established its steady presence in world cinema after the new wave boom. New talent emerged this year at Berlinale, where Ioana Uricaru introduced Lemonade, while experienced filmmaker Radu Jude netted the top honor at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians. Locarno is no stranger to Romanian cinema; the Swiss gathering presented testosterone dramedy Charleston last year and brought the much expected, most recent effort by Radu Muntean, Alice T.. Following Tuesday, After Christmas and One Floor Below, the Romanian filmmaker returns on the festival circuit with a story co-penned by Razvan Ratulescu, the co-writer of the iconic The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Child's Pose, and Alexander Baciu...

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Justin and Kelsey from Southern Charm New Orleans: Everything you need to know

Justin Reese is one of the cast members from Southern Charm: New Orleans, Bravo’s latest installment in the Southern Charm franchise. With Charleston being such a hit and Savannah doing alright after its first season, the network decided to explore New Orleans. And it sounds like the show has been doing doing great in its first season, as the drama is high and the relationships are complex. Justin isn’t a married man, but has been featuring on the series with girlfriend Kelsey. While filming Southern Charm: New Orleans, Justin Reese got pressured by his co-stars to propose to Kelsey even though the […]

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Romanian Days Unspools Best of ‘New New Wave’

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Romanian Days Unspools Best of ‘New New Wave’
For a movement that announced itself with a proverbial flatline, with Cristi Puiu’s dry, sardonic, darkly comic “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” (2005), the Romanian New Wave seems poised for a dramatic rebirth.

More than a decade after Puiu took home the Un Certain Regard Award, and Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for his harrowing abortion drama, “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days,” Romanian cinema is on the brink of a “new New Wave,” says Transilvania Intl. Film Festival artistic director Mihai Chirilov.

As the fest unspools its essential Romanian Days program, beginning on May 30, audiences are witnessing “first-time filmmakers that… are completely different than the aesthetic of the New Wave,” says Chirilov. Breaking from the muted palettes, flat compositions, and slow-burn realism of their predecessors, they’re bringing “a more than welcome freshness to what Romanian cinema is, and the idea of how Romanian cinema is perceived abroad.
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Andrei Cretulescu Finds New Romanian Rhythm in ‘Charleston’

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Like the old-fashioned dance from which it takes its name – in which “one of the rules,” as director Andrei Cretulescu slyly notes, “is that you have to switch partners” – “Charleston” pulls off its own brisk two-step as it dances between genres.

“Some people called it a road movie. Some people called it a black comedy,” says Cretulescu. “But it is a film about love. That’s what I wanted to make from the very beginning, and hopefully, that’s what I made.”

It would be misleading, however, to call “Charleston” a love story; though it pays tribute to some of the genre’s conventions, the object of desire in this off-beat love triangle is killed off just minutes into the film—a swift narrative feint that allows Cretulescu to explore love through its absence. In “Charleston,” two men aren’t competing for the same woman so much as fighting over her memory,
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