PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 AWARD WINNERS

The Phoenix Film Festival is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Awards. The complete list of winners is below:

 

FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Best Documentary: “Forever B”

 

Audience Award: “Up to Snuff”

 

Best Picture: “The Idea of Manhood”

 

Best Director: Zack Wilcox – “Hunting Lands”

 

Best Ensemble: “Rich Kids”

 

Best Screenplay: Serge Kushnier – “The Idea of Manhood”

 

Sidney K. Shapiro Humanitarian Award: “Becoming Who I Was”

 

WORLD CINEMA AWARDS

World Cinema Best Director: Peter Luisi – “Streaker”

 

World Cinema Best Picture: “Streaker”

 

World Cinema Best Documentary: “Becoming Who I Was”

 

World Cinema Audience Award Winner: “All the Wild Horses”

 

FOUNDATION AWARDS

2018 Phoenix Film Festival Volunteer Of the Year: Leslie Criger

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

Best-Animated Short Film: “The Driver is Red”

 

Best Documentary Short Film: “Mott Haven”

 

Best College Short Film: “Night Call”

 

Best Live Action Short Film: “Control”

 

Best World Cinema Short: “Stealing Silver”

 

Best Latino American Short Film: “Instinct”

 

Best African American Short Film: “Baby Steps”

 

Best Native American Short Film: “Five Dollars”

 

The Phoenix Film Festival continues through Sunday, April 15.  For more information please visit www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.

 

My favorite film at the festival this year…

Time to light it up! Get your FREE tickets to see #BlockersMovie early!

BLOCKERS – In Theaters April 6

It was announced on The Today Show that the Blockers filmmakers and cast are giving away FREE tickets to special Spring Fling screenings for fans this Wednesday, April 4th!

When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.  Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).

The comedy is produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).

Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake (Don’t Breathe, Juno) executive produce with Chris Cowles (Collide) of DMG, as well as Josh Fagen, Dave Stassen and Jonathan McCoy.  The film is written by brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe.

Find participating locations and more information at BlockersSpringFling.com

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Genre: Comedy

Cast: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon

Directed by: Kay Cannon

Written by: Brian Kehoe & Jim Kehoe

Produced by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Chris Fenton

Executive Producers: Nathan Kahane, Joseph Drake, Josh Fagen, Chris Cowles, Dave Stassen, Jonathan McCoy

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Come to the Opening Night Kickoff for the Phoenix Film Festival on April 5th!

PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT

Movie Lovers Come Together For This Not To Be Missed Cinematic Night

WHAT:          The Phoenix Film Festival Opening Night kickoff party is an event you do not want to miss! Food and festivities will be held in the Party Pavilion with tastes from some of the best restaurants in town including: Brat Haus, The Capital Grille, The Dhaba, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Maggiano’s, Mexican Moonshine and more to be announced! Guests can also enjoy live music, in addition to a silent auction where they can bid on exclusive items.

After the cocktail party, guests will be escorted from the Party Pavilion to the Harkins Cine Capri Theatre for the conclusion of the night’s events. Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona, will be celebrated and honored with the festival’s Visionary Award. Local First Arizona is a statewide organization implementing innovative strategies for new models of economic development that create vibrant local economies.

The Visionary Award ceremony will be followed by a screening of A24’s LEAN ON PETE, starring Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, and Charlie Plummer. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh, the film has previously screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at South by Southwest.

WHO:             Valley tastemakers, film fans and filmmakers from across the country come together to celebrate film.

WHERE:        Harkins Scottsdale 101 & Scottsdale 101 Shopping Center  7000 East Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054

WHEN:          Thursday, April 5 6:00pm – 7:30pm (Opening Night Party) 7:30pm – 10:00pm (Visionary Award Ceremony and Opening Night Film)

HOW:             Get your tickets before they’re gone! Opening Night Event tickets are $60 with all proceeds going to the Phoenix Film Foundation’s education programs. Tickets can be purchased at www.phoenixfilmfestival.com

ABOUT THE PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL

The 18th Annual Phoenix Film Festival will take place from Thursday, April 5 to Sunday, April 15. Continually breaking attendance records since its inception, last year’s festival saw over 25,000 attendees and there are hopes to pull in even more film enthusiasts this year. The week-long Festival will once again be held at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre located at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85054. 

 For movie lovers, this is an event not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.PhoenixFilmFestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre. Tickets range in price from $13 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass. For more information call 602-955-6444.

A WRINKLE IN TIME ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK TO FEATURE RARE NEW RECORDINGS

A WRINKLE IN TIME ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK TO FEATURE RARE NEW RECORDING FROM SADE AND

END CREDIT TRACK BY DJ KHALED FEATURING DEMI LOVATO,

PLUS NEW SONGS BY SIA, KEHLANI AND CHLOE X HALLE

 

SOUNDTRACK PRODUCED BY AVA DuVERNAY

SCORE BY COMPOSER RAMIN DJAWADI

Burbank, Calif. — Feb. 20, 2018 – Walt Disney Records is set to release the digital version of the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from visionary director Ava DuVernay on March 9th as the film opens in theaters nationwide.

The soundtrack was produced by DuVernay and features the end-credit song “I Believe” performed by Grammy® nominated and multi-platinum selling artists DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato.   The song was written by Khaled, Lovato, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney and was produced by Khaled.  Both artists are embarking on a 20-date North American tour beginning February 26 in San Diego, CA.

The soundtrack also includes two versions of “Flower of the Universe” performed by Sade, one of which is a remix by No I.D.  The multi-Grammy winning and multi-platinum selling artist also co-wrote and co-produced the track with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. This is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s “Absolute Beginners.”

Five-time Grammy nominee singer-songwriter Sia performs “Magic,” a song she also co-wrote with Grammy-nominated producer-songwriter Jesse Shatkin.  Shatkin also produced the track.

Grammy-nominated artist Kehlani performs “Let Me Live.”  Kehlani released her debut chart-topping album, SweetSexySavage last year and will also be touring North America with Lovato and Khaled.

Also included is “Warrior,” written and performed by sisters Chloe x Halle.  The duo made a cameo in Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album and were subsequently invited to join as the opening act on The Formation World Tour.  The sisters released their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, in 2016 and are currently series regulars on Freeform’s “Grown-ish.”

The “A Wrinkle in Time” score is composed, conducted and produced by Ramin Djawadi.  The German-born composer has scored over 100 projects including blockbuster films such as “Pacific Rim,” “Iron Man” and “Clash of the Titans” and celebrated television scores including “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” “Prison Break” and “The Strain.”

The Grammy and Emmy®-nominated composer recorded the score in Los Angeles with a 71-piece orchestra and a 29-person choir, as well as a 24-member children’s choir.

Speaking of the artists and composer, DuVernay said: “Each song on the ‘Wrinkle in Time’ soundtrack was crafted with great care in close collaboration with the artists. My creative partnership with Sade on ‘Flower of the Universe’ was so connected that I reverse engineered the usual process and used her lyrics as actual dialogue within the film. I truly loved working with DJ Khaled who jumped into this project with open arms and an open heart, along with the great Demi Lovato. Sia, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle beautifully embraced the visuals of the film to create distinct songs that expand and elevate Meg’s heroic journey. And working with Ramin Djawadi was a dream come true as I have been a long-time admirer of his stellar work. His musical compositions for the film are perfectly otherworldly.”

The track list for A Wrinkle in Time follows:

1    Flower of the Universe (No I.D. Remix) Performed by Sade

2    I Believe Performed by DJ Khaled Featuring Demi Lovato

3    Magic Performed by Sia

4    Let Me Live Performed by Kehlani

5    Warrior Performed by Chloe x Halle

6    Park Bench People Performed by Freestyle Fellowship

7    Flower of the Universe Performed by Sade

Score by Ramin Djawadi

  1. A Wrinkle in Time
  2. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which
  3. Darkness Across the Universe
  4. Touch the Stars
  5. Happy Medium
  6. Camazotz
  7. Home
  8. Uriel
  9. Is This a Dream?
  10. Forgive Me
  11. Be a Warrior
  12. Tap Into Your Mind
  13. Tesseract
  14. Sorry I’m Late
  15. The Universe Is Within All of Us

The A Wrinkle in Time original motion picture soundtrack will be available at digital retail HERE 

and streaming services HERE on March 9th.

The physical version will be available following the film’s release on March 30 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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Finally, the release of ‘Coco’ for home viewing is almost here!

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” —the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27.

Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in “Coco;” and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more.

“Coco” is packaged several ways to ensure viewers get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multi-Screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for Digital 4K Ultra HD or the 4K UHD Combo Pack, which includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD, bringing the rich color, textures and sounds to life and immersing viewers in two fantastically animated worlds. Dolby Atmos audio heightens the memorable score created by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino and his 83-piece orchestra, as well as original songs like “Remember Me” by the Oscar®-winning team behind “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.BONUS FEATURES*

 

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions – Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played in the development of “Coco.”

o          Día de los Muertos – In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.

o          The Way of the Riveras – A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.

o          Celebrity Tour – Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.

o          The Bus Escape – The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.

o          Alebrije Attack – Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.

o          The Family Fix – After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.

o          To the Bridge – As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.

  • Filmmaker Commentary – Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
  • The Music of “Coco” – Collaborating with musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of “Coco.”
  • Paths to Pixar: “Coco” – Explore how the film crew’s personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.
  • Welcome to the Fiesta – A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in “Coco” so wondrous and intriguing.
  • How to Draw a Skeleton – Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
  • A Thousand Pictures a Day – Join the “Coco” crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday.
  • Mi Familia – Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.
  • Land of Our Ancestors – Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.
  • Fashion Through the Ages – The cast of characters in “Coco” are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.
  • The Real Guitar – The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.
  • Dante – How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante.
  • How to Make Papel Picado – Join Pixar artist Ana Ramírez González as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.
  • Un Poco “Coco” – A montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco.”
  • “Coco Trailers” – Trailers include “Feeling,” “Dante’s Lunch,” “Destiny,” “Journey” and “Belong.”

*Here is the link to our interview with the star of the film, Anthony Gonzalaz! 

SINGLE FROM BLACK PANTHER THE ALBUM-THE WEEKND AND KENDRICK LAMAR RELEASE “PRAY FOR ME”

THE WEEKND AND KENDRICK LAMAR RELEASE “PRAY FOR ME”

NEW SINGLE FROM BLACK PANTHER THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE FILM

ALBUM AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 9, 2018

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2018) – Academy® Award-nominated, GRAMMY®Award-winning multiplatinum maverick The Weeknd and international GRAMMY®Award-winning superstar Kendrick Lamar have released “Pray For Me” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope/The Weeknd XO/ Republic Records) as the latest single from Black Panther The Album—the official album for Marvel Studios’ heavily anticipated film Black Panther. The song comes fresh on the heels of Lamar’s five wins at the 2018 Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance and The Weeknd’s win for Best Urban Contemporary album, the only artist to win the award twice.

GET IT HERE: http://smarturl.it/PrayForMeSingle/applemusic

The album arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on February 9, while Black Panther opens in theaters everywhere February 16. The album pre-order unlocks instant downloads of The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for “Pray For Me,” Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake for “King’s Dead” ], and Kendrick Lamar and SZA for “All The Stars.” Platinum-selling, twelve-time Grammy-award winning Lamar is regarded as one of the most important, critically acclaimed and creatively inventive artists globally, and this album further proves these accolades.

Pre-order HERE: “Black Panther: The Album” eAlbum + “Pray For Me” eSingle

Retail: http://smarturl.it/BlackPantherAlbum

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/BlackPantherAlbum/amazonmusicbuy

Apple Music (IG track): http://smarturl.it/PrayForMeSingle/applemusic

Google: http://smarturl.it/BlackPantherAlbum/googleplay

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BlackPantherAlbum/itunes

Spotify (IG Track): http://smarturl.it/PrayForMeSingle/spotify

Tidal(IG Track): http://smarturl.it/PrayForMeSingle/tidal

“Pray For Me” notably marks the second collaboration between The Weeknd and Lamar, following “Sidewalks” from the former’s multiplatinum, chart-dominating 2016 opus, Starboy [XO/Republic Records]. Curated and produced by Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Black Panther The Album features music from and inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

GUY FIERI IS ON MISSION TO FIND FOOD NETWORK’S NEXT BIG FOOD-ROAD SHOW ON ALL-NEW “GUY’S BIG PROJECT”

GUY’S BIG PROJECT

NEW Series Premieres Sunday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT 

New York – September 29, 2017 – Guy Fieri has visited thousands of restaurants on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, literally putting food-road shows on the map. Now, Guy is searching for Food Network’s next big culinary-travel series. After receiving and sorting through thousands of submissions from hopeful hosts with promising concepts, Guy and his team of food and television experts narrowed it down to a final group of prospects that will vie to have their idea developed into a show on Guy’s Big Project. The six-episode journey begins on Sunday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT and documents every twist and turn as the prospects move from initial pitch through development to network review, to the ultimate end goal – the premiere of a new show on Food Network.

“Over a decade ago I was given a chance that I could never have dreamed of on Food Network Star, and now I’m honored to have the opportunity to help make someone else’s dream a reality,” said Fieri. “As a producer, I know what it takes to get a show off the ground, and we will see if these prospects have the passion and skills needed because a great idea is just the first step.”

Guy’s Big Project invites viewers behind-the-scenes to see how a series goes from a passionate idea to a reality on-air,” said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. “Guy’s betting on not only identifying the next big idea for the network, but he’s also committed to doing everything needed to help the prospects succeed.”

Guy and his team of experts including Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli and veteran television producer Mark Dissin, are taking the most promising prospects out on the road to see who has what it takes to be a success. The journey begins with the finalists picking a restaurant that best represents them and their show idea, where they film a pitch video to convey what their show would be about. Then, the pressure heats up as they whip up a meal in Guy’s personal kitchen that embodies their idea. One prospect will find the feedback hard to chew and will be sent home.

As the season progresses, the prospects are put through the paces by Guy and his team, learning that there is a lot more to hosting a food-television show than a passion for food and cooking skills.  From describing each bite of food in order to convey the flavors, aromas and textures, to engaging the audience while eating and interviewing a wide variety of chefs, there is a lot to digest especially when your hopes and dreams are on the line.

On the finale on Sunday, December 10th at 9pm ET/PT, the remaining prospects each shoot a pilot employing all the skills they learned from the previous weeks. After submitting their tapes to the network, they must wait to hear the decision. Immediately following the finale, at 10pm ET/PT, viewers will find out who made the cut as they get a sneak peek of the winner’s series!

The prospects include: Mark Anderson (Boise, Idaho) together with Ryan Fey (Los Angeles, California), Zane Caplansky (Toronto, Canada), Sharon Damante (Napa, California) together with Sherri Williams (Crestview, Florida), Christian Gill (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lindsay Greene (Atlanta, Georgia), Rashad Jones (Ocala, Florida), Dariany Santana(Kenilworth, New Jersey), and Vincenzo Vaccaro (Astoria, New York).

Fans can get an insider’s look at the making of Guy’s Big Project with behind-the-scenes photos of Guy and the prospects, as well as bonus videos and recipes inspired by the show at FoodNetwork.com/GuysBigProject. To join the conversation on social media use #GuysBigProject.