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November 26, 2017

‘Justice League’ Originally Began on a More Comedic Note, but Warner Bros. Made Joss Whedon Change It

As is tradition in the DC Universe, “Justice League” has opened to mixed reviews and disappointing box-office numbers. The superhero team-up movie, which was finished by Joss Whedon after Zack Snyder had to step down to deal with a family tragedy, begins with Batman defeating an evildoer in a scene that few have singled out as being especially memorable.

According to the actor who played said ruffian, the scene was envisioned as being much funnier by Whedon — but Warner Bros. made him change it.

“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it,” Holt McCallany tells Men’s Fitness in a new interview. “I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite champagne and a note from Joss that said ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.’ I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.”

Whedon is known for injecting genre fare with wit and levity, but it would appear that WB wasn’t laughing in this case.

Source: IndieWire film

November 25, 2017

Jay-Z Releases Three New ‘4:44’ Music Videos With Help From Susan Sarandon, Ron Perlman, and His Own Mother — Watch

Jay-Z has released three new videos from “4:44,” which we can officially confirm bears no relation to Abel Ferrara’s underrated “4:44 Last Day on Earth.” Susan Sarandon, Ron Perlman, Emile Hirsch, and Jay-Z’s mother Gloria Carter make appearances in the new videos for “Legacy,” “Smile,” and “Marcy Me.” Watch them on Tidal.

“Legacy. That’s why I called y’all here, not ‘cause of skin color or some wistful dream of freedom. The story you leave for people who come behind you,” Perlman says in the video for “Legacy”; Jay-Z’s thoughts on criminal justice can also be read in a New York Times op-ed he recently penned about the rapper Meek Mill being sent to prison for two years for violating the terms of his probation.

Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o, and Donald Glover have all appeared in previous videos for “4:44,” which was released the highly positive reviews earlier this year.

Source: IndieWire film

November 25, 2017

Here's the Difference Between F-stop and T-stop

Do you know what is the difference between f/stops and t/stops is? And do you know what both of them mean for photographers and cinematographers? …
Source: CW’s Flipboard Feed

November 22, 2017

The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Recipes for Success

From ironing out travel plans to deciding what side dish to bring, Thanksgiving can be stressful. However, your interview for The Great Thanksgiving Listen doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for the big day so that you can have a relaxing, enjoyable, and fulfilling experience with your interview partner.

•   Participants will need access to a smartphone or Kindle tablet with the most recent version (3.1) of the StoryCorps App. Download the app for free through the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
•   Make sure that your interview space has a strong wifi signal, or that you have a data plan that is adequate for uploading your interview.
•   Take some time to think about who you choose to interview. While we all have a favorite aunt or uncle, The Great Listen can be an opportunity to get to know a relative or friend with whom you might not be as close. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a family member with a different worldview. Avoid trying to change their beliefs, and instead learn more about other aspects of their life — their loves, their hopes and dreams for the future, and stories from their past.
•   Take time to plan some questions ahead of the interview. For inspiration, check out our list of Great Questions. Make sure that most of your questions are open-ended. For example, ask, “What was it like to grow up in a house with so many siblings?” instead of, “Was the house hectic growing up?”
•   If you’re familiar with the space in which you are going to be recording your interview, plan ahead to make sure that you will be able to find a quiet nook for you and your partner. Not only does this ensure that your interview will be free of distracting background noise, but it also allows for an intimate setting that will help you both to feel comfortable.

•   Make sure that you and your partner are settled into a quiet place. If they’re shy, start with some simple questions. For example, ask your grandfather about his daily afternoon walk, or the book he is reading, to get warmed up.
•   Think of the interview as a conversation. Your prepared questions are a guide, not a script. If your partner goes off topic, follow their lead. Don’t hesitate to share a memory about your interview partner, especially if it highlights how much they mean to you and could potentially lead to a story. For example, “Grandma, you know we always look forward to your famous stuffing. When did you learn to make it?”
•   Be aware of your body language. A warm smile, eye contact, and nodding of the head let your partner know that you’re interested in the story they’re telling.

•   And that’s a wrap! Once your interview is complete, you can share and archive it for future generations. Create a title and summary and use keywords to highlight who, what, when, and where questions along with this year’s keyword TheGreatListen2017.
•   Share a selfie from your interview, and tag us with @StoryCorps #TheGreatListen!

Source: SNPR Story Corps

November 21, 2017

SXSW Wellness Expo: Final Call for Speakers and Instructors

Fitness discussion at SXSW 2017

For the first time, SXSW is hosting an exhibition focused on fueling your mind, body, and soul. The SXSW Wellness Expo will complement the Health & Wellness track at the SXSW Conference while offering SXSW attendees and local Austinites the opportunity to check out the latest innovative products and services in this expanding industry.

Beyond featuring forward-thinking and innovative companies within the wellness industry, the expo will also include programming stages for discussions and fitness activities as well as a space for demos and workshops to provide a unique experience to attendees.

We’re currently looking for speakers and fitness instructors to participate in the SXSW Wellness Expo. We still have a few underwritten and sponsored timeslots available. If you have a passion for wellness and want to share it with others interested in healthier living, apply today.

Activities can include demos, panel discussions, solo and dual speakers, workshops, and fitness classes and have a wide range of topics within the health and wellness landscape including but not limited to yoga, specialty diets, energy healing, physical and mental exercise, natural products, and much more.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017.

Apply Now

Photo by Tyler Draker

The post SXSW Wellness Expo: Final Call for Speakers and Instructors appeared first on SXSW.

Source: SxSW Film

November 21, 2017

25 Years of SXSW Film Festival – Ti West

To commemorate the 25th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, we continue our weekly alumni spotlight on careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more with filmmaker Ti West.

West’s feature directorial debut The Roost, premiered at SXSW in 2005. He returned to SXSW with Trigger Man, The Innkeepers, and V/H/S, all features in the horror-genre. West has also acted in SXSW alumni films like Silver Bullets, Drinking Buddies, and You’re Next. He was most recently at SXSW in 2016 with the world premiere of In a Valley of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke. In addition to his feature film work, West has directed several episodes of television shows like Wayward Pines and Outcast.

We are pleased to share his #SXSWFilm25 story with you.

“SXSW changed my life by giving some kid who worked in a shopping mall a prestigious public platform to show his low budget horror movie. I am so grateful for the experience and to all the people I’ve met through the festival over the years. The world premiere of The Roost in 2005 at the the original Alamo Drafthouse will forever remain one of the greatest nights of my life.”

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates. Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SXSW News for the latest SXSW coverage, announcements, and updates.

See you in March!

In the Valley of Violence Photo by Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW

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Source: SxSW Film

November 20, 2017

Announcing First Wave of 2018 SXSW Film Mentors and Round Tables

The SXSW Conference is happy to announce our first wave of Film Mentors and Round Table participants for the 2018 event. Mentors and Round Tables are an excellent way to get industry advice with a personal touch.

Mentor sessions center around one-on-one meetings with film and entertainment professionals, which range from experts in distribution and filmmaking to marketing and promotion, and more. The Round Table program allows for seven attendees to sit at a table and converse with a rotating group of industry insiders. Not only do attendees get the opportunity to learn from industry experts, but also from the questions and experiences of their peers. Like the Mentor sessions, Round Tables are broken up into different sections such as Sales and Acquisitions, Publicity, and more.

Stay tuned for Mentors and Round Tables sign-up coming later this season. Advanced sign-up is required and access is limited to badge type.

Check out the initial list of participants below.

2018 Mentors and Round Tables

Angel An (Roadside Attractions)
Diego Avaria (Argentine Film Institute & Film Commission)
Brian Behm (Rooster Teeth)
Peter Belsito
Matthew Bolish (New York Film Festival/Film Society of Lincoln Center
Sharon Brenner (Surowitz Immigration PC)
Daniel Cantagallo (Cargo Film and Releasing)
Leona Chaliha (Open City Documentary Festival)
Jim Cummings
Sylvia Desrochers (Big Time PR)
Jim Dobson (Indie PR)
Amy Elliot (Filmmaker)
Matt Grady (Factory 25)
Hayden Goldbatt (Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz)
Zach Hamby (Gravitas Ventures)
Jasper Hokken (IDFA)
Gill Holland

Lisa Holmes (Music Box Films)
Doug Jones (Images Cinema)
Ryan Kampe (Visit Films)

Alia Quart Khan (Film Independent)

Andy Kleinman (Wonder)
Mike B. Lawson (Sawyer Studios)
Keith Leopard (Uncork’d Entertainment)
Mat Levy (Passion River)
Andrew Logan
David Magdael (David Magdael & Associates, Inc.)

Dan Magnante (Feig Co)
Lee Meltzer (PMKBNC)
Jordana Mollick (Haven)
Sara Murphy (Pastel)
David Nugent (Hamptons International Film Festival)
Kati Nuora (The Finnish Film Foundation)
Chris Ohlson (Revelator)
Charlie Olsky (Cinetic Media)
Linda Olszewski (Oscar Shorts/AMPAS)
Michael Paszt (Raven Banner Ent)
Ray Pena (Moontower VFX)
Mark Peranson (Festival del film Locarno)
Andrew Peterson (Provincetown Film Festival)
Simon N. Pulman (Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP)
Fernando Ramirez (Law Office of Fernando Ramirez)
Orly Ravid (Film Collaborative)
Michael Repsch (Dark Star Pictures)
Greg Rhem (HBO)
Jen Roskind
Jewerl Keats Ross (Silent R Management)
Robert Rock (Lightning Entertainment Group)
Kevin Rowe (Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment)
George Rush (Law Offices of George M Rush)
Dan Satorius (Satorius Law Firm PC)
Amy Shatsky (ITVS/Independent Lens)
Weiman Seid (Fat Dot)
Eric Sloss (Cinetic Media)
Melissa Solomon (Verve)
Josh Spector (Gravitas Ventures)
Svante Tidholm (Way Out West)
An Tran (Arri)
Basil Tsiokos (Nantucket Film Festival/Sundance Film Festival)
John Von Thaden (Magnolia Pictures)
Leslie Vuchot (The Festival Agency)
Ryan Watt (Indie Memphis)
Rich Wolff (Breaking Glass Pictures)

View All Mentor Sessions

View All Round Tables

Join Us For SXSW 2018

Grab your Film Badge today for primary access to all SXSW Film events including world premieres, roundtables, workshops, and parties. Register to attend by Friday, January 12 and save. Book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates. Stay tuned for the 2018 SXSW Film Festival lineup which will be announced in January.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SXSW News for the latest SXSW coverage, announcements, and updates.

See you in March!

Mentors: Funding/Artist Support Photo by Kit McNeil

The post Announcing First Wave of 2018 SXSW Film Mentors and Round Tables appeared first on SXSW.

Source: SxSW Film

November 19, 2017

Great Conversations Start with Great Questions

After 14 years of listening, we know what makes a great conversation: start by asking great questions. Once you’ve selected your interview partner for The Great Thanksgiving Listen — whether you’re a student interviewing an elder or looking to spark lively conversation around your Friendsgiving table — you can get ready by reviewing our list of Great Questions or using the Great Questions Generator in the StoryCorps App. Here are some of our suggestions for getting a good conversation going:

• How would you like to be remembered?
• What has been the happiest moment of your life so far? The saddest?
• What does your future hold?

• Tell me about some traditions that have been passed down through our family. When and how did they get started?
• Where is your mom’s family from? Where is your dad’s family from? Have you ever been there? What was that experience like?

• Did you have a nickname? What was it and how did you get it? Does anyone still call you by that nickname?
• What did you think your life would be like when you were older?

• Has there ever been a time in your life when you wanted to vote, but were not able to? What was that like?

Consider brainstorming your own questions in your classroom, with your interview partner, or with your family. Compile a list of new questions to use in your interviews specific to your family, school, or town. The more specific, the better! A few prompts to get the conversation going:

• What makes our family or town special?
• What stories have you heard about this place or about us?
• Is there an intriguing, confusing, or funny tradition in our family or town that you want to learn more about?
• Is there a particular food we eat here that makes us unique? How can we learn more about it through an interview?

Afterwards, when you archive your interview, don’t forget to tag it with descriptive keywords that answer the classic who, what, when and where questions as well as this year’s keyword, “TheGreatListen2017”.  Share a selfie from your interview, and make sure to tag us @StoryCorps #TheGreatListen!

Source: SNPR Story Corps

November 19, 2017

‘It’ Director Andrés Muschietti Shares a Spooky Sketch of Pennywise the Clown

Bill Skarsgård’s take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown became a pop-culture phenomenon before this year’s “It” even arrived in theaters. First made famous onscreen by Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s tome, the interdimensional being is many things, but funny isn’t one of them.

Director Andrés Muschietti would appear to disagree, considering the caption to a drawing of Pennywise he’s shared on Instagram: “And here a little sketch i drew for pennywise’s ‘killmouth’ , one of the comedic highlights of the film.”

Muschietti may be laughing, but most who saw “It” weren’t — at least not during the scene itself. (The moment, which comes in the film’s opening minutes, has been parodied in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch featuring Kate McKinnon as a Pennywise-esque Kellyanne Conway, however.)

The actual drawing is composed of two panels, the first of which shows Pennywise sniffing Georgie’s arm moments after the ill-fated boy has stuck it into the storm drain where the evil clown has lured him. Then he opens his mouth, revealing a frightening number of giant teeth, and prepares to seize down on his victim. Avail yourself of the spooky sketch below.

Instagram Photo

Source: IndieWire film

November 19, 2017

‘Parks and Rec’ Producer Mike Schur Says Kevin Spacey Was ‘The Most Open Secret That’s Ever Existed’

After speaking up about his remorse for having Louis C.K. on “Parks and Recreation” despite having heard the now-confirmed rumors about his sexual harassment, Mike Schur has chimed in on Kevin Spacey as well. “If you think everybody knew about Louis, everybody knew about Kevin Spacey,” he said during a panel with Damon Lindelof at Vulture Festival Los Angeles yesterday.

Schur first became aware of his behavior while he was writing for “Saturday Night Live.” “I remember very distinctly being like, he’s hitting on the pages and he’s hitting on the young men in the talent department,” he said. “You talk about open secret, it’s the most open secret that’s ever existed. I didn’t know maybe the extent to which the behavior was predatory.”

Problems stem from the fact that “we just don’t talk about this stuff,” he continued. “Women and men to whom the behavior is being done, who it’s affecting, are scared, they don’t know who to talk to.

“In certain situations, in certain scenarios, there are very few other women who are even around. Even if they wanted to say something they wouldn’t know where to go,” Schur added.

“In many cases, even when they did say something, nothing happened. The conversation just comes to a halt. It either never happens because the person is too afraid to say anything, or it just reaches a terminus point and it stops because everyone’s attitude is, it would be better if we didn’t talk about this, and that, going forward, is obviously something that has to change.”

Source: IndieWire film