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Interview: Producer Natalie Metzger – Greener Grass

The old adage “behind every great man there’s a great woman” feels outdated in 2019. Nowadays, men are lucky to stand side-by-side with a great woman. Award-winning producer Natalie Metzger is one such example: a repeat-collaborator with indie darling Jim Cummings, she’s the ninja who makes all of his long-take, sobbing monologues possible. After completing a string of successful shorts together, Metzger produced Cummings’ SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winner (and Independent Spirit Award nominee) Thunder Road (check out our Cannes interview). Now they’re hard at work on their second narrative feature, this time set in Utah. Never one to rest on her laurels, Metzger produced this project from Park City while she had another film in the Sundance festival!…
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ABC Developing Navy Flight School Drama Produced By Freddie Highmore

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Exclusive: ABC has put in development Adversaries, a drama that centers on the female leader of the Navy’s Top Gun fighter pilot school in Key West. The series comes from the network’s The Good Doctor star/co-exec producer Freddie Highmore via his Alfresco Pictures and Sony Pictures TV where the company is based.

Written by Sean Finegan and Katie J. Stone & David Daitch (Shooter), Adversaries centers on Lara Bryer, a trailblazing fighter pilot who takes charge of the Navy’s most elite flight school in Key West. But training Top Gun pilots in supersonic aerial combat is nothing compared to the challenges she’ll face on the ground, from navigating life as a newly single working mom to breaking through the glass ceiling in a field so male-dominated that as of 2019, just 10% of all Naval pilots are women.

Highmore executive produces with Finegan, Stone and Daitch who is
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Vanishing Angle Boards Sundance Picture ‘Mope’ (Exclusive)

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Vanishing Angle has boarded Sundance selection “Mope” by Lucas Heyne, which had its European premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain this week. L.A.-based producer, distributor, and sales outfit Vanishing Angle will sell “Mope” internationally. Xyz is handling North America.

The movie played in the Midnight section at Sundance. Set in the porn industry, it is based on real life events. It follows a pair of mopes – slang for low-ranking male actors in the adult film business – played by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (“Misfits”) and Kelly Sry (“Awkward”). The duo are best friends, but when one of them is fired, he goes on a deadly rampage.

The film covers the true-crime angle but also deals with the emotional toll the porn business takes on its workers. David Arquette stars as Rocket, a leading porn director whom the two aspiring actors idolize.

The pic was made with the support of
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Is This Bruce Springsteen’s Single Greatest Live Moment?

Is This Bruce Springsteen’s Single Greatest Live Moment?
Bruce Springsteen has played somewhere in the ballpark of 2,600 concerts since signing to Columbia Records in 1972. Many of the ones before Born to Run came out in 1975 have been lost to history, but the vast majority since have been bootlegged and traded within fan circles. Five years ago, Springsteen’s team made the wise decision to eliminate the need for bootlegs of his current shows by offering fans the chance to download every one them in pristine sound quality.

With all of this in mind, naming his single greatest concert is a very difficult task.
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Bruce Springsteen Releases Legendary 1978 Passaic, New Jersey Concert

Bruce Springsteen Releases Legendary 1978 Passaic, New Jersey Concert
There’s no shortage of beloved Bruce Springsteen bootlegs out there in the fan community, but one of the most cherished ones was taped at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on September 19th, 1978. It was a smoking hot night midway through the Darkness on the Edge of Town tour when the E Street Band was in absolute prime form, and a broadcast on Wnew-fm New York and nine other Northeast stations meant that it was pressed onto vinyl with weeks and sold nationwide at hole-in-the-wall record stores that
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Forget Guitars. Buy a Rocker’s Childhood Home

Bill Pagel knows what you’re thinking, so he’ll say it for you. Last month, the Hibbing, Minnesota resident bought the two-story house where Bob Dylan lived between 1948 and 1959. It follows his 2001 purchase of a dwelling in Duluth where the singer and his family lived before Hibbing. “When you start collecting homes – and I’ve got two – I think that’s when you should probably get some professional help,” Pagel says with a self-deprecating laugh. “That’s end-stage collecting.”

Rock memorabilia has been a thriving market for many years,
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Watch Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’ll Stand By You’ Lyric Video

Watch Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’ll Stand By You’ Lyric Video
Bruce Springsteen has released a lyric video for “I’ll Stand By You,” a previously unreleased song that appears in the new movie Blinded By The Light. The visual features the lyrics from the song along with scenes from the movie, which is about a Pakistani teenager growing up in 1987 Britain who falls under the spell of Springsteen’s music.

Springsteen wrote “I’ll Stand By You” at some point in the late 1990s or early 2000s, inspired by the Harry Potter books he was reading to his young children.
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Movie Review: Blinded by the Light

During a summer dominated by Marvel characters and Disney films, two British imports managed to sneak in under the radar, both bringing the music of two of the best-loved artists of all time to the big screen – The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen. Despite the success of the Beatles-inspired Yesterday at the box office, only one of these movies will be remembered for being worth the price of admission a year from now and that film will be Blinded by the Light.

Gurinder Chadha – the writer, director, and producer of Bend it Like Beckham (2002) – has another independent hit on her hands with, Blinded by the Light, a story adapted from Sarfraz Manzoor’s book Greetings from Bury Park – a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and how The Boss shaped Manzoor’s own teenage years growing up outside of London. A heartwarming story and fantasy-like scenes featuring the songs “Thunder Road” and
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‘Always in Season’ to Be Distributed This Fall, With Some Key Assistance From Sundance

Director Jacqueline Olive’s film, “Always in Season,” about the history of lynching, told through the lens of a contemporary incident, will open in New York City on Friday, September 20 at The Metrograph, followed by runs in Los Angeles and select AMC theaters across the country. It will then receive its broadcast premiere during the winter 2020 season of PBS’ Independent Lens.

The announcement today comes with the news the film was this year’s sole recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Creative Distribution Fellowship, which supports filmmakers choosing to self-distribute their films through a $33,333 grant and industry resources, in exchange for transparency in the form of data-driven case studies. Previous fellowship films include “Columbus,” “Unrest,” and “Thunder Road.”

“Always in Season” premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it received mostly positive reviews and won a Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency. The film centers around a mother’s search
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Podtalk: Viveik Kaira Channels Bruce Springsteen in ‘Blinded by the Light’

Chicago – Finding joy for many people is rooted in music, and nothing expresses that joy like the love of a particular artist. Bruce Springsteen is the rocker that helps a British immigrant through some hard times in the new film “Blinded by the Light,” and the beneficiary of that joy is portrayed by Viveik Kaira.

Based on a true story by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, the story concerns Javid (Kaira) and his immigrant Pakistani family living in the town of Luton, in 1980s England. Javid is frustrated by his life there – which includes racism and harassment – and the clashes with his traditional father (Kulvinder Ghir) over his western ways and desire to be a writer. Things change when his friend Roops (Aaron Phagura) introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, and the New Jersey rocker’s freedom-inspiring lyrics motivates Javid to break out of every stereotype that has chained him.
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‘Blinded by the Light’: Bruce’s Music Is a Gift for a British-Pakistani Teen

‘Blinded by the Light’: Bruce’s Music Is a Gift for a British-Pakistani Teen
For some people, Bruce Springsteen doesn’t just write lyrics — he sings words to live by. That’s the case for Javed (dynamite newcomer Viveik Kalra), a no-hope British-Pakistani teen feeling the financial squeeze of Thatcherism in 1987 Luton. Then he hears Springsteen for the first time, and the words of “Dancing in the Dark” jump out of his headphones and into his life. He’s exhilarated. Look for this exuberant gift of a movie to hit you the same way.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) from a
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Movie Review – Blinded by the Light (2019)

Blinded by the Light, 2019.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Starring Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Meera Ganatra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Dean-Charles Chapman, Frankie Fox, and Sally Phillips.

Synopsis:

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Confession time. I had never listened to a Bruce Springsteen song until I saw Blinded by the Light at the Sundance Film Festival. Sure, I knew about him and knew the titles to some of his most famous songs – but I hadn’t listened to a song in full and had therefore absolutely no emotional connection to his music. This is to say, I was converted into a full-on fan of “The Boss” after I had the time of my life watching Gurinder Chadha’s (Bend it Like Beckham) newest film,
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Hear Bruce Springsteen’s Previously Unreleased Track ‘I’ll Stand By You’

Hear Bruce Springsteen’s Previously Unreleased Track ‘I’ll Stand By You’
Bruce Springsteen’s previously unreleased song “I’ll Stand by You” is one of several Springsteen tracks to be included on the soundtrack to Blinded by the Light, a new film inspired by his music. The musician originally penned the song for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but it never made the final cut. It’s only loosely inspired by J.K. Rowling’s story, with lines like “Together we’ll chase those thieves that won’t leave you alone/ Out from the under the bed, out from over our home.
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Blinded by the Light Review: Bruce Springsteen Movie is Joyous

Simon Reynolds Aug 7, 2019

The songs of Bruce Springsteen transform the life of a British-Pakistani boy in Gurinder Chadha's Blinded by the Light.

Sometimes you find salvation in the unlikeliest of places. For Blinded by the Light’s Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British-Pakistani boy growing up in ‘80s Luton, it comes in the form of denim-clad all-American rocker Bruce Springsteen. A first generation immigrant, Javed is caught between the desire of his strict father Malik (Kulvinder Ghir) to become a doctor or lawyer, and his own yearning dream to express himself through words and lyrics. All of this plays out against the backdrop of rising unemployment, the encroaching National Front, and Thatcherism.

Wrestling with his cultural identity, Javed finds clarity after his schoolmate Roops (Aaron Phagura) lends him a pair of Springsteen cassettes--the Boss, Roops says, is “a direct line to all that’s true in this shitty world.” Late one night,
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Players’ Tribune Co-Founder Jaymee Messler, ‘John Wick’ Producer Basil Iwanyk Launch (Co)Laboratory, Venture Connecting Athletes & Teams With Hollywood

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Players’ Tribune co-founder Jaymee Messler, John Wick and Sicario producer Basil Iwanyk and longtime sports and entertainment executive Greg Economou are launching (Co)Laboratory, a Santa Monica-based venture designed to give athletes and sports teams and leagues an infrastructure to create scripted and reality unscripted content in films, TV, streaming, podcast and other platforms, at a time when appetite for sports content is ravenous.

It is also a time when the major Hollywood agencies are leaning heavily into sports dealmaking, with UTA just making a substantial investment in the powerhouse sports agency Klutch Sports Group, led by its founder and CEO Rich Paul, a move that among other things will create UTA Sports and bring Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis into the agency fold.

Called (Co)Lab Studios, the venture is actively signing up athletes and teams, and will provide development funding and connect athletes to content creating actors,
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HanWay Appoints Marta Ravani As Director Of Docs & Library Label HanWay Select

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Exclusive: HanWay Films has grown its sales team with the hire of former Protagonist and TF1 exec Marta Ravani who joins as director, HanWay Select.

Ravani will oversee HanWay’s extensive library and upcoming slate of documentaries. The UK firm’s catalog includes classics from the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Bob Rafelson and John Dower.

Long-time HanWay Select director of sales Mark Lane continues at the company as director of sales to focus on the company’s expanding slate.

Ravani worked in production in Paris before moving into international sales and acquisitions for Funny Balloons where she was responsible for the acquisition of Tony Manero by Pablo Larrain.

In 2014, she joined TF1 Studio as international sales manager and the following year she moved to London to join Protagonist Pictures as director of digital, video and TV sales. Recently she has spearheaded the international sales
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Bruce Springsteen Rarities Highlight ‘Blinded By the Light’ Soundtrack

Bruce Springsteen Rarities Highlight ‘Blinded By the Light’ Soundtrack
A handful of Bruce Springsteen rarities, including the unreleased studio rendition of “I’ll Stand By You,” highlight the soundtrack for the upcoming film Blinded By the Light.

Springsteen initially penned “I’ll Stand By You” – previously known as “I’ll Stand By You Always” – for inclusion in the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but producers opted not to include the contemporary ballad and the song remained unreleased.

“It was something that I thought would have fit lovely [in the movies],” Springsteen said of the track, which leaked in 2017. “At
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Flashback: Bruce Springsteen Plays a Stripped-Back ‘Thunder Road’ in 2012

The E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan turns 70 years old today. He joined up with Springsteen right before Born to Run was recorded in 1974 and has played a pivotal role in his career ever since, even staying with him on the Human Touch tour in 1992 when the rest of the group was fired. “It was a harsh situation at that particular moment,” Bittan told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I kind of always described it to myself like there was a plane crash and I was the only survivor.”

Springsteen’s loyalty
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Lionsgate acquires Neil Burger sci-fi ‘Voyagers’

Lionsgate acquires Neil Burger sci-fi ‘Voyagers’
Viveik Kalra, Quintessa Swindell, Archie Madekwe, Archie Renaux join cast.

Lionsgate has acquired Us rights to Agc Studios and Thunder Road’s sci-fi Voyagers starring Tye Sheridan as Neil Burger commences production this week in Romania.

Described as being in the vein of The Lord Of The Flies, Voyagers takes place in the near future, as an odyssey of 30 young men and women on a multi-generational deep space mission in search of a new home descends into madness.

Starring alongside Sherdian are Lily-Rose Depp, Fionn Whitehead, Chanté Adams, and Colin Farrell, alongside new cast additions Viveik Kalra, Quintessa Swindell, Archie Madekwe,
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‘Voyagers’: Lionsgate Snaps Up U.S. Rights To Neil Burger Sci-Fi-Thriller With Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan & Lily-Rose Depp

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Exclusive: Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Agc Studios and Thunder Road’s sci-fi thriller Voyagers, reuniting the studio with The Upside writer-director Neil Burger.

Set in the near future, the Lord of the Flies-style story chronicles the odyssey of 30 young men and women who are sent deep into space on a multi-generational mission in search of a new home. The mission descends into madness, as the crew reverts to its most primal state, not knowing if the real threat they face is what’s outside the ship or who they’re becoming inside it.

Shoot is underway in Romania on the feature whose ensemble cast we previously revealed to include Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Lily-Rose Depp (The Dancer), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones) and Chanté Adams (Roxanne Roxanne).

Joining are Viveik Kalra (Blinded By the Light
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