‘House of Cards’ Set to End With Season 6; Netflix Silent on Kevin Spacey Assault Claim – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned. Production has begun on what will be the final season of the drama series, which is set to premiere in 2018.

Word of the series’ end comes in the wake of sexual-assault allegations against its star, Kevin Spacey. On Sunday in an interview with Buzzfeed, “Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had sexually assaulted him at a party in 1986 when he was 14. Spacey later apologized to Rapp in a statement released hours after the interview was published in which he said he was “beyond horrified” by Rapp’s story, saying he did not recall the incident. Spacey was criticized Monday by GLAAD and gay activists for including in his apology a statement saying that he was choosing “to live as a gay man” from now on — a move critics said appeared intended to deflect attention from Rapp’s accusation.

Spacey is the star and executive producer of “House of Cards,” the drama series that put Netflix on the map as a destination for original programming. Since 2013, the series has been nominated for 53 Primetime Emmy Awards — including five nominations for outstanding drama series.

Starring alongside Robin Wright, Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a devious congressman who ascends to the role of President of the United States through a series of complex machinations.

Filming for season six began in Maryland this month. No premiere date has yet been set by Netflix. Season five premiered May 30 on the streaming service.

Unlike leaders at most media and entertainment companies, Netflix executives have been largely silent about the issue of sexual harassment since a wave of allegations engulfed frequent Netflix collaborator Harvey Weinstein earlier this month. Netflix spokespersons have declined repeated requests to comment on the Weinstein situation. During an interview pegged to the company’s quarterly earnings report this month, chief content officer Ted Sarandos dismissed the idea that Netflix might by the Weinstein Company, the embattled production company that Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein founded.

“Our business with the Weinstein Company is pretty arm’s distance,” Sarandos said. but in reality the relationship between Netflix and Weinstein has been much closer, with multiple creative partnerships and joint appearances. Netflix and the Weinstein Company also hosted a Golden Globes party together for the last three years.



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‘Lion Heads Australia’s AACTA Awards Nominations – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” topped the nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, which were announced on Monday.

Earning 12 nominations, including best feature film, best director for Garth Davis, and best supporting actor for Dev Patel, “Lion” was closely followed by television productions “Blue Murder: Killer Cop,” and “Top of the Lake: China Girl” with 11 nominations each.

In the film category, “Hounds of Love” collected nine nominations. “ALli’s Wedding” and “Berlin Syndrome” collected eight each.

Hugo Weaving earned his third consecutive best supporting actor nomination for “Jasper Jones,” a film which collected six nominations.

“Blue Murder,” in the running for telefeature or miniseries, saw acting nominations for Richard Roxburgh and Toni Colette. “Top of the Lake,” nominated in the TV drama series category, included nominations for Elizabeth Moss as actress and Nicole Kidman as supporting actress.

“This year’s nominees showcase the Australian screen industry’s ability to create quality productions that tell universal stories with an Australian voice,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.

The awards will be announced in Sydney, at an industry lunch on December 4; and the main AACTA awards ceremony on December 6.



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The Awakening’ Grosses Minuscule $742 – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


The Weinstein Company’s “Amityville: The Awakening” grossed a minuscule $742 total at 10 locations on Saturday, two weeks after the haunted house sequel began streaming for free on Google Play.

Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Morrison, and Cameron Monaghan star in “Amityville: The Awakening,” which was directed by Franck Khalfoun from his own script. It’s produced by TWC’s Dimension and Blumhouse.

The original 1979 movie “The Amityville Horror” is based on the 1974 events at a rural house in Amityville, N.Y., which became the site of one of the deadliest hauntings and grisliest murders in American history when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family. Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” detailed a family moving into the house in 1975 and leaving a week later due to paranormal activity.

The book was adapted in 1979 by American Independent Pictures and became a hit, grossing $86 million. MGM’s 2005 version earned $108 million worldwide. In “Amityville: The Awakening,” Thorne’s teenage character’s family moves into the house without knowing of its notoriety, and subsequently find themselves haunted by a demonic entity.

The Weinstein Company had planned to release “Amityville: The Awakening” several times since last year before scrubbing the release date. It announced on Sept. 21 — two weeks before the massive Harvey Weinstein scandal broke — that “Amityville: The Awakening” would be available for free exclusively on Google Play from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8 and have a limited one-day theatrical release on Oct. 28.

TWC had no comment about the theatrical release. Here’s a clip from the film that was released on Sept 20:

 



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‘Manic,’ ‘New York is Dead’ Among Top Winners at New York Television Festival – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


“Manic” and “New York is Dead” were among the winners of the independent pilot competition held as part of the 13th annual New York Television Festival, which wrapped Saturday night.

“Manic” took the honors for drama or dramedy. The pilot from Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks and Kimberley Browning of Los Angeles revolves around a teenager who is derailed by a manic episode.

The comedy nod went to “New York is Dead,” from Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas and Randy Harrison of New York. The pilot centers on two broke artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.

A duo from London, Lucy Smith and Jamie Minty, took the prize for unscripted pilot for “Against All Odds,” an obstacle course game show involving five contestants carrying locked bags, one of which contains a stash of cash.

This year’s competition drew more than 3,750 submissions. From those, 52 pilots were selected for competition.

Here is a complete list of this year’s NYTVF winners:

Best Animated Project: 

Tiffany is your average teenage girl who happens to be a Grim Reaper. 

Best Comedy Project: 

New York is Dead” created by Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas and Randy Harrison (New York, NY)

A darkly hilarious series about two broke NYC artists who become hitmen to make ends meet.

Best Drama/Dramedy Project: 

Manic” created by Yolanda Carney, Kate Marks and Kimberley Browning (Los Angeles, CA)

An Ivy-league bound, overachieving teen is derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for children with mental illnesses. 

Best Short-Form Digital Project: 

Starving Artists” created by Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock (Chicago, IL)

Comedy duo Aasia and Dewayne go to extravagant lengths to reach their goals of international stardom and complete world domination. Starving Artists is a show about being young, gifted, and black in a world that praises straight, white, and wack. 

Best Unscripted/Alternative Project: 

In this game show competition format, five contestants carry five locked bags, but only one contains £100,000. Together, the group must complete an obstacle course across treacherous natural landscapes and make it to the finish line.

Best Actress in a Comedy: 

Rachel B. Joyce for “Royally” (New York, NY)

Best Actor in a Drama: 

Best Actress in a Drama:

Shanice Williams for “Manic” (Los Angeles, CA)

 

Best Direction: 

Dinh Thai for “Monday” (Los Angeles, CA)

Best Editing: 

Best Writing: 

Kris Lefcoe for “Giving Up” (New York, NY)

 

NYTVF Critics Award: 

NYTVF Critics Award

Royally” Created by Rachel B. Joyce (New York, NY)

A millennial burnout runs a private princess party company as a front for small-time cons, petty theft, and drug peddling.

Overall Best of the Fest Award: 

Giving Up” created by Kris Lefcoe (New York, NY)

A New York couple faces their own deadline to either “make it” or give up their dreams.

Best Comedy Script (tie): 

“Blurs” written by Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)

A women’s studies professor and her free-spirited, dysfunctional black family face the challenges of living in the type of town where all 80s/90s films with no black people could take place.

“Maternal Instinct” written by Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)

A serial killer turned suburban stay-at-home mom balances “family first” and “murder in the first” in this dark comedy.

Best Drama Script (new award): 

“Fragile State” written by Andrea “AJ” Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)

When a border patrol agent is recruited to work as a spy to help overthrow a country, he doesn’t realize that the country he enters is a parallel America on the verge of collapse.

2017 NYTVF DEVELOPMENT DEALS AND NETWORK AWARD WINNERS  

Audible Pitch Deals:

Three winners will each receive a development grant to further develop their concepts with Audible.

– Elizabeth Stamp (Brooklyn, NY)

– Julia Mattison and Noel Carey (New York, NY)

– Jordan Mendoza, Shannon Odell and Joanna Rothkopf (New York, NU)

Comedy Central Development Award: 

Mike Cabellon, Adrien Pellerin, and Katie Sicking for their project “Night Crew

(New York, NY)

OneX Pitch Deal: 

Zandile Tisani (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Red Arrow Entertainment Development Award: 

Dewayne Perkins and Aasia Bullock for their project “Starving Artists” (Chicago, IL)

Shudder Pitch Deal:

Andrea Janakas (Los Angeles, CA)

TOPIC Pitch Deal:

TOPIC selected two creators and creative teams from their pitch meetings to enter into further development with the digital studio from First Look Media.

Jonterri Gadson (Bloomfield, NJ)

Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini (Los Angeles, CA)

truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative: 

Nick Armstrong for his project “Series Finale: The Series” (Los Angeles, CA)

(Previously-announced)

WEtv Pitch Deal: 

Jillian Armenante (Los Angeles, CA)

(Pictured: “Manic”)



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Trump, Michael Moore Start Twitter War Over Broadway Show – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Donald Trump and Michael Moore dueled on Twitter over Moore’s recent Broadway show, with Trump taking a potshot at Moore’s “The Terms of My Surrender” in the midst of a series of tweets about First Responders Day and the JFK files.

Trump had not attended the production, at which Moore made a point of reserving a box seat at every performance for the president. But early Saturday evening, Trump tweeted, “While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!”

“Terms of My Surrender” closed Oct. 22, and while it’s true the show was a middling performer at the box office, it wasn’t poor sales that forced it to close. The production, announced as a limited, 12-week run, had always been scheduled to wrap up last weekend.

Moore responded to Trump with a string of tweets, starting with “1) You must have my smash hit of a Broadway show confused with your presidency– which IS a total bomb and WILL indeed close early. NOT SAD.” He proceeded to call attention to casualties in Afghanistan, the lack of response to Hurricane Maria and the news that Robert Mueller will soon serve the first indictment in his investigation of the Russian interference in the presidential election.

He finished with a last jab about the impeachment that he hopes will cut Trump’s presidency short: “10) On Broadway, Donald, they call it a ‘LIMITED ENGAGEMENT’ — just like we’re planning on making your presidency.”

 



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Double Win for Gabriel Mariño’s ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was’ at the 15th Morelia Int’l Film Fest – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


MORELIA, Mexico – Gabriel Mariño’s “Yesterday Wonder I Was” (“Ayer Maravilla Fui”) scooped up two awards Saturday night at Mexico’s premiere competitive showcase for local cinema, the 15th Morelia International Film Festival. Marino’s black and white existential follow-up to his 2012 debut “A Secret World” won best first or second Mexican feature, which comes with a cash prize of some $16,000 (300,000 pesos) from main fest sponsor Cinepolis and post production services valued at $39,000 (750,000 pesos) from the storied Churubusco Studio.

Thesp Sonia Franco snagged a best actress prize for her moving performance in “Yesterday…” The best actor award went to Pedro Hernandez for his role in “Sinvivir,” Barcelona-born Anais Pareto’s tale of friends forced to live together, discovering what life is in the process.

Marcelo Tobar’s “Polar Bear” (“Oso Polar”), first presented at last year’s pix-in-post program Impulso Morelia and also Mexico’s first iPhone-shot film, won the best Mexican feature award. “Oso Polar” tracks a trio of old school friends on a raucous trip to an elementary school reunion. Tobar wins post production services from the Churubusco Studio worth $39,000 (750,000 pesos) and a cash prize of $26,000 (500,000 pesos) from the festival.

“The fact that I shot this on an iPhone and won proves that there are no excuses not to film, even if you don’t secure funding from the government or other sources,” said Tobar. “Just get out and film.”

Natalia Beristain’s ode to pioneering Mexican feminist Rosario Castellanos, “The Eternal Feminine” (“Los Adioses”) took home the audience prize. Among the documentaries, the audience award went to Maria Jose Glender’s portrait of a recluse in the mountains, “Back to the Origin” (“Regreso al Origen”).

Luciana Kaplan’s “Rush Hour” which shows the impact of traffic on the lives of three disparate individuals in Mexico, Los Angeles and Istanbul, won the highest honor: the Ojo Mexican documentary award. Doc was co-produced by Martha Sosa, Jose Cohen and Carlos Hagerman. An emotional Kaplan took to the stage to accept her reward and said, “This documentary took me three years to make. Thanks to traffic, thanks to all of you, I’m here.”

Top award in the Michoacán sidebar went to Maria Jose, Jorge Scobell and Noe Martinez’s doc “The Word of the Cave” (“La Palabra de la Cueva”) which delves into the mystery of the two-thousand- year old Cave of Painted Dolls; the link between these cave paintings and the present-day religious rites of the indigenous Raramuri people.

Among the hundreds of shorts in competition, Sumie Garcia’s “Relato Familiar” won best doc short. Sofia Carrillo’s “Cerulia” took home the best animation short and Daniel Najera’s “Vuelve a Mi” won best live action short. Morelia’s 15th edition saw some of Mexico’s greatest Oscar-winning talent on hand, led by Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), Art Director Eugenio Caballero (“Pan’s Labyrinth) and Guillermo del Toro whose “Pan’s Labyrinth” also took home Oscars in make-up and cinematography. Thesps Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal also swept into Morelia for brief visits.

Del Toro, in town to present his Venice Golden Lion Best Film winner, “The Shape of Water,” was mobbed by fans everywhere he turned up. In characteristic generosity, he spent two hours on the red carpet before its premiere, expanded his master class from two to nearly three hours and delayed a benefit screening by an hour as he took selfies and signed autographs for its audience. “Guillermo has been the most extraordinarily generous guest we have ever had,” director Daniela Michel declared to audiences.

In Morelia to support the world premiere of “Coco” where he voiced a pivotal character in the Day of the Dead-themed toon, Bernal dedicated Pixar’s latest animated feature to his father who hails from the state of Michoacán. In a barbed reference to Trump’s border plan, he said: “We [Mexicans] are human beings, which no wall can separate.” Former VP and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore also held court to present his latest docu “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Morelia was marked by a number of benefit screenings to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquakes that hit Mexico a few weeks ago. Cinepolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez announced that the festival saw a record 46,000 admissions this year and said,  “In its 15 years, the festival has remained true to its essence, as a vital platform for Mexican filmmakers.”

WINNERS OF THE 15TH MORELIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (October 20-29, 2017)
FICTION
Best Mexican Film
“Polar Bear,” Marcelo Tobar
Best First or Second Mexican Film
“Yesterday Wonder I Was,” Gabriel Mariño
Best Mexican Actor
Pedro Hernandez, “Sinvivir”
Best Mexican Actress
Sonia Franco, “Yesterday Wonder I Was”
Audience, Best Fiction Feature Award
“The Eternal Feminine,” Natalia Beristáin

DOCUMENTARY
Best Mexican Documentary
“Rush Hour,” Luciana Kaplan
Special Mention, Best Mexican Documentary
“Artemio,” Sandra Luz Lopez Barroso
Best Documentary by a Woman
“No Sucumbio la Eternidad,” Daniela Rea Gomez
Ambulante Documentary Award
“Potentiae,” Javier Toscano
Audience Award, Mexican Documentary
“Regreso al Origen,” Maria Jose Glender

MICHOACAN
Best Feature
“The Word of the Cave,” Maria Sosa, Jorge Scobell, Noe Martinez
Hermanos Alva Award
“The Word of the Cave,” Maria Sosa, Jorge Scobell, Noe Martinez
Special Mention
“Dejalo Ser,” Txema Novelo



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My Debt To You (For My Parents) From “Love For Peace”

Mother’s Day is approaching in less than 2 weeks and Father’s Day in a month and a half.  During the rest of the year I should take more time out to just let my parents know I care and appreciate them. Those of you, like me, may really appreciate this poem as a reminder our parents are one of our many gifts. None of them are perfect but in their own they have endured pain for us and tried to raise us with the abilities they have:

MY DEBT TO YOU ©

What have I done to deserve your devotion?

Although this is said with only some emotion

You’ve brought me up and taught me well

How can I repay you for breaking out of my shell?

To repay my debt to you is to love, honor and give

For without your aid how was I to live? Continue reading

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