Warner Bros Takes Global On SXSW Multi-Award Winner ‘The Fallout’ For HBO Max
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Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up global rights to Megan Park’s SXSW multi-award-winning feature The Fallout.
The pic will be released exclusively on HBO Max where the service is available globally, and be distributed by Warner Bros in the balance of international markets.
The Fallout follows high schooler Vada (Jenna Ortega) as she navigates the emotional fallout she experiences in the wake of a school tragedy. Relationships with her family and friends, as well as her view of the world, are forever altered.
The cast also includes Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen and Shailene Woodley.
To learn more about this SXSW film follow the link here.
GLAAD Report: 2020 Films Had Zero Trans Characters
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Movies in 2020 had more queer women and more characters of color but not one disabled LGBTQ character, no one living with HIV or even a single transgender or nonbinary character in them. That’s according to GLAAD’s latest Studio Responsibility Index, released Thursday.
The report is GLAAD’s ninth annual look at how major Hollywood studios represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in their films. Characters depicted by race, disability and gender identity were also examined. The head of the LGBTQ media advocacy organization cited the significant impact of Covid-19 on the industry in its report while calling on filmmakers to find ways to be more inclusive.
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PGA Awards Announce Show Date, Nomination Timeline and Return to In-Person Ceremony in 2022
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The Producers Guild of America has announced the key dates and timeline for the org’s 2022 Producers Guild of America Awards. Celebrating its 33rd awards ceremony, the PGA Awards will return to an in-person event at the Century Plaza Hotel — newly renovated and reopened as the Fairmont Century Plaza — on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
That places this year’s PGA Awards a day before the 28th annual SAG Awards (Sunday, February 27, 2022) and a month before the 94th Oscars (Sunday, March 27, 2022).
Returning to the PGA Awards in 2022 will be signature honors including the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Visionary Award and Milestone Award. Those honors were put on hold this past year due to the virtual nature of the event, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on the event follow the link here.
GLAAD and The Black List Enlist Netflix, Ryan Murphy, and More to Support LGBTQ Writers
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Submissions are now open for the 2021 GLAAD list, which highlights the best unmade LGBTQ-inclusive screenplays. The 2021 honorees will benefit from the official support of six top Hollywood studios that have signed on to support the initiative’s mission of discovering underrepresented talent and LGBTQ-inclusive content. The inaugural “Founder’s Circle” includes Berlanti Productions, Hello Sunshine, MGM/Orion Pictures, Netflix, Ryan Murphy Productions, and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.
Now in its third year, the GLAAD list is a collaboration between GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and The Black List, the screenwriter-focused entity named for its annual list of the best unmade screenplays.
“We’re thrilled to be joined in this important work by so many of the production companies whose work I’ve admired for as long as they’ve been doing it,” said Black List founder Franklin Leonard. “It’s been an honor and a joy to work with GLAAD on an initiative that in two short years already has films in post and pre production despite the pandemic. They’re the first of many, many more.”
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Sundance Institute Announces 2021 Ignite x Adobe Fellows
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The Sundance Institute on Friday announced this year’s Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows, a group of 10 emerging artists chosen from a global pool of over 1,600 applicants. The fellows, who range in age from 18-25, will receive a year of mentorship and support from Sundance and Adobe.
Their year kicks off next week with the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Filmmakers Lab, which runs July 26-30 on the online Sundance Collab platform. There, they’ll focus on advancing their projects and deepening their character development skills.
“These artists are at the forefront of a rising generation of independent creatives, at a time when the world is reimagining ways to tell stories and reach audiences,” said Toby Brooks, senior manager of the program. “Such bold work is the foundation of very promising filmmakers, and I’m so excited to lift them up — and to see what comes next.”
Learn more about this program here.
Outfest Los Angeles: Dates, Venues & Lineup Set For 39th Festival Returning To In-Person Screenings
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Outfest has unveiled the dates, venues, and lineup for its 39th film festival, which is returning to in-person screenings more than a year and a half after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will be held this year between August 13-22.
The 2021 edition of the nation’s leading LGBTQ festival kicks off with an opening night screening of Jonathan Butterell’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The screening, which is being put on in concert with Cinespia, will mark the fest’s first-ever outdoor gala, taking place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Screening at the Orpheum Theatre on August 22, the closing night film is Fanny: The Right to Rock, a documentary about the female rock band of the same name, which was the first to release an album with a major label.
Learn more about this event here.
Morelia Films at Cannes Critics’ Week Highlight Violence Against Women in Mexico
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Mexican cinema has found an adopted home at the Cannes Film Festival. Since 2005, Critics’ Week at Cannes has organized a strand dedicated to Mexican short films by curating and screening in Cannes some of the top shorts from Mexico’s Morelia Intl. Film Festival (FICM), one of the most important film festivals in Latin America.
As it returned to Cannes in 2021 after the 2020 edition was cancelled, Cannes Critics’ Week selected four films from the 18th Morelia Film Festival to showcase the new generation of Mexican film talent. Cannes Critics’ Week is, after all, the event where Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu were first discovered on the international stage through their award-winning first films (“Cronos” in 1993 and “Amores Perros” in 2000, respectively).
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AMC signs deal to lease The Grove and Americana, two of Los Angeles’ top-grossing cinemas
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AMC Entertainment, the worlds largest cinema chain, is adding two more Los Angeles locations to its roster.
On Monday, the company said it was taking over the leases of the 14-screen cinema at The Grove shopping complex in the Fairfax neighborhood and the 18-screen location at Americana at Brand in Glendale. Both locations were formerly operated by Pacific Theatres and are owned by real estate company Caruso.
In April, Decurion, which owned the Pacific Theatre and ArcLight Cinema chains, said it would not be reopening its 17 locations. AMC, which has collected more than $1.6 billion in cash from stock sales, had previously disclosed that it was looking at several of Decurion’s old leases, looking for locations that had strong ticket sales before the coronavirus pandemic.
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