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Movie Watch: Palo Alto Debuts in Select Theaters on May 9th

Palo Alto

From writer-director Gia Coppola comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, PALO ALTO is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today.

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high-school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred’s escalating recklessness spirals into chaos.

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Directed by: Gia Coppola
Written by: Gia Coppola (screenplay), James Franco (book)
Producers: Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy, Vince Jolivette
Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer
Original Music: Devonté Hynes, Robert Schwartzman
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Runtime: 98 minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Debuting in Select Theaters on May 9th, 2014

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Artist Michael Breach Presents the 2014 Oscar Best Picture Nominees in Coffee

In anticipation for The Oscars, Coffee Artist of the stars Michael Breach (@baristart) has created this year’s Best Picture nominees in coffee.  You can view a few more at the Gia On The Move  Facebook page. 

And the nominees are…

Gravity

Her

Dallas Buyers Club

The Wolf of Wall Street

Third Contact: A British Mind-Bending Thriller Campaign

Third Contact

Gia On The Move has been tweeting back and forth with this team.  They are awesome!  Most of all it’s an informal tradition here to support budding filmmakers get their projects off the ground. So every now and again, we showcase a piece in need of assistance.  The Third Contact Movie is only at 25% of their goal and only have 7 days to complete their funding.  We hope after watching the trailer you will give it your consideration.

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Simon Horrocks shot Third Contact on a household camcorder, funded by his wages from working in a cinema, and found himself rubbing shoulders with some big bucks film makers at a prestigious festival in Germany. Up until 2007, he was a professional composer, earning a modest living writing music for TV and corporate videos. The film was shot over 11 months with an enthusiastic 15 member crew.  There’s quite a back story to this and you’ll want to read it. It’s won plenty of awards already and considered quite a masterpiece. It was also noted as Best Film for 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ocm7Dk-wk#t=88

This unique and haunting film, crafted over three years by London filmmaker Simon Horrocks, will only be available to watch in specially selected cinemas.

Pledging your support for this one-off show will get you on the guest list, should the show go ahead plus a couple of perks. If the target is not reached in time, the show will be cancelled and IndieGoGo will refund your pledge.

There are currently no plans to release the film via online distribution platforms.

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Entertainment News: Cast & Crew Launches Financial Services Division

On a technical note…

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Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, a leading provider of payroll services serving the entertainment industry for nearly four decades, has expanded its services by establishing Cast & Crew Financial Services, LLC, it was announced today by company President and CEO Eric Belcher.  Cast & Crew Financial Services will provide production incentive financing and administration services for film and television productions.

Belcher said, “We are very excited about this opportunity to broaden our product offering, while maintaining the high level of customer service that our clients have come to expect from Cast & Crew.”

Cast & Crew is headquartered in Burbank and has eight offices throughout North America – including New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Detroit, Albuquerque and Wilmington as well as in Toronto and Vancouver.   Cast & Crew recently established its first European office in London.

About Cast & Crew
Founded in 1976, Cast & Crew Entertainment Services is a leading provider of technology-enabled payroll and related business process outsourcing services to the motion picture, television, live entertainment and commercial markets, all supported by 24/7 client services professionals. Production companies use the company’s solutions to manage payroll processing and related regulatory filings, production accounting software, workers’ compensation insurance coverage and claims administration, residuals processing, purchasing and procurement services, and production incentive guidance. Cast & Crew was acquired by ZelnickMedia in December 2012. www.castandcrew.com

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Two Standout Films At The Slamdance Film Fest January 18-22

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World Premiere – 2014 Slamdance
Narrative Feature Competition
The Sublime and Beautiful
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U.S. 93 min, Color, 2014, English
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Written, Directed, and Starring Blake Robbins (actor in NBC’s The Office, HBO’s Oz)
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Produced By Blake Robbins and Warren Ostergard

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Casting Director / Producer Marci Liroff (E.T., Blade Runner, Footloose)
Cast: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro, Armin Shimerman
Composer Lily Hadyn
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Slamdance Screenings: 
Saturday 1/18, 10:30am, Main Screening Room, Treasure Mountain Inn
Monday 1/20, 4:45pm, Main Screening Room, Treasure Mountain Inn
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Festival Info: 
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Synopsis:
David Conrad is a college professor raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly.  David and Kelly’s marriage is brought to its breaking point when they lose their children to a drunk driver, and David’s desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: can we forgive?
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Filmmaker Bio:
Veteran film, television, and theatre actor Blake Robbins makes his directorial debut with THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL, which he also wrote, and stars in.  After a successful career as an actor, including his best known role of Tom Halpert on NBC’s The Office, and a critically acclaimed role in the HBO series Oz, Robbins utilized his vast on-set experience to write a drama centered around natural, Cassavetes performances, and his deep love of the acting process. Using a small crew, handheld cameras, and natural light, Robbins drew upon the landscapes of Kansas, local actors as well as his ‘acting family’ to tell a powerful, emotional, and hard hitting family story.
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World Premiere – 2014 Slamdance
Documentary Feature Competition
Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache
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U.S. 90 min, Color, 2014, English
   
Directed By Nailah Jefferson

Produced By Nailah Jefferson and William Keys

Slamdance Screenings: 
Saturday 1/18, 3:20pm, Gallery Theatre, Treasure Mountain Inn
Wednesday 1/22, 5:00pm, Gallery Theatre, Treasure Mountain Inn
Synopsis:

In Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, the residents of a tight knit fishing community come together to confront multinational oil and gas company BP in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history.

VANISHING PEARLS documents an ongoing, environmental David and Goliath struggle between BP (Beyond Petroleum) and a small Louisiana Gulf oyster fishing community. Told from the point of view of the film’s “David”, businessman Byron Encalade, we learn how a once prolific fishing community has nearly vanished. The current story begins with “Goliath”, BP, and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster -  which destroyed the livelihood of many Louisianans. Encalade and a small tribe of diverse Louisianans fight through legal channels and any other way they can to find justice.

VANISHING PEARLS is the feature debut of New Orleans native / political filmmaker Nailah Jefferson.

Filmmaker A.V. Rockwell Premieres New Short Film Open City

BLB_avrockwell_2Often left alone due to his struggling mother’s work schedule, Jahlil, a precocious young boy from the Bronx, spends most of his time roaming New York City’s transit system. Mostly using the perks of life underground to his advantage, he soon discovers that the subway is no place for bad little boys…

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Promising New York filmmaker A.V. Rockwell has released her new short film B.L.B. (Feat. Ludwig Van Beethoven), the next film part of the Open City Mixtapeseries. The seventh film in the series introduces Jahlil, a precocious little boy from the Bronx, who spends most of his recreational time roaming New York City’s transit system due to his struggling mother’s work schedule. The film takes an introspective look at the life of an unsupervised youth in New York City and how easily a child of great potential can fall prey to the harsh cycles of inner city life. Click Here To Watch Now or watch it below.

Birthed the summer of 2012, Open City Mixtape is a collection of gritty, short narratives documenting the joy, pain, and challenges of living within New York’s inner-city neighborhoods. Heavily influenced by music, A.V. derived the concept of creating a visual “mixtape” from the DJ. Traditionally, Mixtapes are used by DJs and primarily hip-hop artists to build a buzz and fan base for their music. Considering the raw nature of Open City, the mixtape format was adapted, relying largely on word of mouth to get the project viewed by the masses. It’s worked.

There are new producers and directors with 5D cameras in the streets shootin’ masterpieces!!! A.V. Rockwell is Revolt! Get familiar!” - Sean “Diddy” Combs

In addition to being handpicked for Sean “Diddy Combs REVOLT TV #IAMRevolt campaign, A.V. Rockwell’s short film OPEN CITY: KIDS was selected to be screened at The 40th Telluride Film Festival held August 29 – September 1, 2013 in Colorado. OPEN CITY: KIDS, also part of Rockwell’s Open City Mixtape, was one of eight short films chosen for Telluride’s Filmmakers of Tomorrow line-up, which celebrated superb new works from promising filmmakers and was presented by Barry Jenkins.

Majoring in Film & Television, A.V. hails from Queens, New York and is an alumni of the NYU Tisch School of The Arts. While continuing to pursue greater heights in the realm of cinema, A.V. has shot documentary and videography work for clients such as Complex Media, Island/Def Jam Music Group , Roc Nation, Pusha T, Rita Ora, Redman and The Dream.

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Filmmaker A.V. Rockwell

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What Smaug and Bill Gates Have in Common

The second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug is filled with compelling facts and  introduces us to the most impressive depiction by far of Smaug since J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was first published in the late thirties. One of our favorite content contributors, Alex Hillsberg, of FinancesOnline.com sent us this fun infographic which depicts why Smaug is the biggest, most malevolent, and… the richest creature in Tolkien’s universe.  You can get more details on Alex’s website: http://bit.ly/1aRdEHF
 

'The Hobbit' & Secrets of Smaug the Dragon: Is Benedict Cumberbatch the Most Wicked Character in the Upcoming Film?
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Style Alerts: Scarlett Johansson in Level 99 Again!

LOS ANGELES – September 5, 2013 - Scarlett Johansson was photographed in Level 99 leaving the Venice Film Festival yesterday.  The newly engaged actress wore the Tanya High Rise Skinnies for the second timeWhile she rocked the style in Watson wash yesterday, she wore the Adams wash back in late July ($120).

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You Make Me Wanna Holla!

Photo Credit: Natalie Brasington

Photo Credit: Natalie Brasington

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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I have to admit, it’s been a while since I actually checked out the slightly old guards of comedy. But with SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla,” turning movie theaters into comedy clubs across the U.S. this summer, there will be no excuse.

A one night event, it is the first in a series of comedy specials with an exclusive cinema presentation in select theaters on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8:00 p.m. local time featuring Sinbad in his stand-up routine that covers the life advice his parents gave him, to why he is tired of people with no talent having clothing lines, as well as explaining who he “really” is.

Pre-recorded live at The Fillmore Detroit on August 2 in the comic’s home state of Michigan, “SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla” will feature some exclusive footage – never to be shown again after the Aug. 22 event.

Presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, tickets for “SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.

“I’m excited to be doing my first stand-up special for movie theaters,” said Sinbad. “This will be my funkiest stand-up ever. It’s time to know the dark side – the Memphis red side of Sinbad.”

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Sinbad, one of the world’s most beloved comedians, originally shot to fame in the ‘80s with club shows and a star-making turn on the hit sitcom “A Different World.” In addition to creating his successful series of stand-up specials for HBO and Comedy Central, the veteran funnyman has starred in “The Sinbad Show,” which earned him a 1995 Kids’ Choice Awards nomination for “Favorite Television Actor,” as well as family comedies like “First Kid,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Houseguest” and “Jingle All the Way.”  Sinbad was also included on “Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”

 

Nice Guy James Gandolfini

What a shock to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini. Although I cannot claim to be a close friend or real acquaintance of any sort, I did have the opportunity to work side by side with him on a rare occasion or two.  On set, he was known for his generosity and just being a lot of fun.  He was a really nice guy.

One of Gandolfini’s last public appearances was on June 10 when he attended the Stella by Starlight Gala in New York City to benefit the programs of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  James was there to celebrate the career of his close friend and honoree Elaine Stritch who is retiring from Broadway this year.

He will be missed.

James GandolfiniPhotos by Patrick McMullan

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You’re A FAKE! And I know it…

SharpieVsShoupieThis story came in the Gia On The Move email box recently.  Although we inquired, we couldn’t verify  or rather were told by the founder, that the law prevented the parent company from disclosing…blah, blah, blah…the corporations backing the website.  But in the world of 2013 “Counterfeit” is it’s own culture.  So we’re running it.

GOTMLA cannot confirm whatsoever the validity to the website called The Counterfeit Report or its claims.  But we did check it out and it’s definitely interesting.  We’re leaving it up to you to decide.

Being able to buy cheap designer products might sound like a good idea. But here are some statistics on why it may not be the best way to spend your money.

Forget about just purchasing a poor-quality product — that already sounds bad — but the problem is much bigger than that. The counterfeit product industry is an exploding $700 billion global criminal industry with little information or protection available to consumers. Counterfeit goods, mainly from China, have become as profitable for Asia’s criminal gangs as illegal drug trafficking says a United Nations report. And, counterfeiters continue to pump counterfeit auto parts, fashion accessories, heath care items, pet supplies, sporting goods and even more scary — fake medications, a staggering, over 40% online.

tcr_logo_2But there’s a little bit of help…The website; The Counterfeit Report®  provides consumers a free and informative visual guide to avoiding counterfeit products.  It’s a free, product reference library to check and identify counterfeit products and medications.  Consumers can report seeing or purchasing counterfeit products directly to the manufacturer right on the website.  “If it’s manufactured, it’s probably counterfeited” says founder Craig Crosby.

“It’s the consumer who ultimately gets hurt. We’re here simply because counterfeiting is wrong” concluded Crosby.

Amazon Marketplace was recently identified as a leader in the proliferation of counterfeit products, and the US military reports a huge influx of counterfeit parts that are putting our troops at risk.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that over 500,000 counterfeit aircraft parts are installed in aircraft each year, with potentially catastrophic results. 33 million doses of fake Malaria drugs were seized in Angola.

Counterfeiting even extends to wines. Counterfeit wines are so prevalent, that expensive wine bottles are now being smashed to prevent them from being refilled and re-sold to unsuspecting consumers.

The economic impact is also substantial; the purchase of counterfeit products is supporting criminals who avoid paying taxes, cost US businesses over $250 Billion annually and destroy an estimated 750,000 US jobs.

While we all recognize the tough economic times, there is no reason for a consumer to get stung by poor quality, substandard and unsafe counterfeit products and medications.

Sound worth it to you?

DOMA Theatre Company presents the multiple Tony Award-winning musical “NINE”

Nine_art-medGrappling with his mid-life crisis and creative block, all Italian film director Guido Contini, wants to do is make a film. But the women in his life are demanding!  Ah the glamorous world of “Cinema Italiano.”

DOMA Theatre Company presents Nine, the multiple Tony Award-winning musical with book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston that is based on Federico Fellini’s semi-autobiographical film 8 ½.

For NINEDOMA reunites the creative team behind its recent hit production of DreamgirlsMarco Gomez directs, musical direction is by Chris Raymond and choreography is by Rae Toledo. The six-week run opens July 12 at the intimate MET Theatre in Hollywood.

Amid a failing marriage, a distraught mistress and the betrayal of his former muse, Contini ponders his unraveling life and career by revisiting the innocence of his childhood at the age of nine. Through a series of flashbacks and dreams, Contini discovers the solution to his problems by combining art and reality in a spectacular collusion of love, regret and fidelity.

WHEN:
July 12 – Aug. 18:
Fridays 8 pm: July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16
Saturdays @ 8 pm: July 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17
Sundays @ 3 pm: July 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11, 18

WHERE:
DOMA Theatre Co. @ The MET Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90029

TICKETS:
General Admission: $30
VIP: $34.99 (includes preferred seating and a complimentary beverage)
Seniors and students with ID: $20

Ticketshttp://www.domatheatre.com or 323-802-4990

PARKING:
Parking: $5 
(behind Catalina Market in the alley just east of Western and south of Santa Monica Blvd.)

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A joint venture between DOlf Ramos and MArco Gomez, DOMA has carved a name for itself by presenting large-scale, Broadway-style musicals in a small intimate setting at Hollywood’s MET Theatre. DOMA opened the 2013 season with Dreamgirls, garnering rave reviews including Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice” and “Ovation Recommended.” The company’s five-play, all musical 2012 season received critical acclaim for productions of The Who’s Tommy(“Exhilarating!” – Rock Cellar Magazine), Songs for A New World (“Transformational!” – LA Splash), Jekyll & Hyde:The Musical (“Pick of the Week” – LA Weekly), Xanadu (“Another standout production” – Working Author) and Avenue Q (“Critic’s Choice” – Los Angeles Times, “Ovation Recommended”).