MONDAY ROUND-UP: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS, DAY OF ROMERO, BITCH, GUILTY PARTY, WB STAGE 13 & ALL I SEE IS YOU

MONDAY ROUND-UP: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS, DAY OF ROMERO, BITCH, GUILTY PARTY, WB STAGE 13 & ALL I SEE IS YOU 1

The DAY OF ROMERO arrives in Los Angeles on October 25th!

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that filmmaker George A. Romero will be honored posthumously with the 2,621st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6604 Hollywood Boulevard in front the Hollywood Toy & Costume Store.“The fact that fans nominated Mr. Romero for the Walk of Fame star speaks volumes of how loved he was for his work in the horror film genre and for being the person he was. Fortunately, prior to his passing he learned that he was selected for a star, and we are saddened that he won’t be here with us for his special day,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be guest speakers: Filmmaker Edgar Wright and special effects make-up artist Greg Nicotero.  Accepting the star will be Romero’s wife Suzanne Desrocher-Romero.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Born on Feb. 4, 1940 in New York City, Romero became interested in filmmaking at a young age when he borrowed an 8mm camera from a wealthy uncle. Inspired by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s musical opera, “Tales of Hoffmann” (1951), Romero began making his own short films and was arrested at 14 years old after he threw a flaming dummy off the roof of a building while making “Man from the Meteor” (1954). While attending Suffield Academy in Connecticut, Romero made two 8mm shorts, “Gorilla” (1956) and “Earth Bottom” (1956); the latter being a geology documentary that won him a Future Scientists of America award. After graduating high school, he attended Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA where he earned his Bachelor’s in Art, Theater and Design in 1960. Romero continued making shorts such as “Curly” (1958) and graduated to 16mm films with “Slant” (1958), both of which he made with sometime collaborator Rudolph Ricci. Following work as a grip on Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” (1958), Romero shot the feature-length “Expostulations” (1962), a satirical anthology of loosely-connected shorts that showed hints of his later social consciousness.

After forming the commercial and industrial production company, Latent Image, in 1963, Romero cobbled together $114,000 in order to direct his first feature film, “Night of the Flesh Eaters.” Renamed “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) after landing a distributor, the unrelenting film – which was criticized at the time for its onscreen excesses – became a landmark cult film and significant social barometer that forever changed the horror genre. With no heroes or redemptive meaning – only unstoppable nihilistic evil rampaging through small town America – the movie popularized the zombie apocalypse subgenre of horror, spawning numerous imitators throughout the ensuing decades. Though decidedly cheap in production values, “Night of the Living Dead” nonetheless stood the test of time as an innovative cult film that attracted new fans every generation and became Romero’s signature work.

Romero’s other films include: “Season of the Witch,” “The Crazies, “Knight Riders,” “Creep Show,” “Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear,” “Two Evil Eyes.”

Romero secured his cult status with two remarkable films: “Martin” and “Dawn of the Dead”.   He later went on to write “Day of the Dead, the ostensible conclusion to the “Living Dead” trilogy which emerged as one Romero’s strongest horror films to date.

Romero also worked in television as the creator, co-executive producer and occasional writer of “Tales from the Dark Side.”  Romero teamed up with Stephen King again for his adaptation of King’s novel, “The Dark Half.”

In 2004, Romero returned to familiar territory with “Land of the Dead,” a continuation of his zombie franchise long thought to be finished with “Day of the Dead.” This time, however, Romero increased the energy with a fast-paced actioner that was not shy on the gore and violence, pleasing both fans and the uninitiated. “Land of the Dead” ended up being one of the best reviewed films of the 2005 summer! He continued his zombie revitalization with “Diary of the Dead,” which was more of a reboot than a sequel to the other four movies in the “Dead” series. He then made the sixth in the series, “Survival of the Dead” (2010), which saw the inhabitants of an isolated island off the coast of North America conflicted whether to kill their own relatives rising from the grave, or try to find a cure. Romero’s “Dead” films continue to inspire such hits as “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and “Zombieland” (2009).

In 2013, Romero’s “Empire of the Dead” was announced by Marvel Comics. It was a 15-issue limited comic book series which began publication in 2014, and ended in late 2015. “Empire” features zombies similar to those in his “Living Dead” film series, but differs slightly because vampires are also part of the story.

Dubbed the “Godfather of Zombie Films,” George A. Romero was a pivotal figure in the development of the contemporary horror film and the progenitor of the zombie apocalypse subgenre.  

Filmmakers who consider Romero as one of their influences include Frank Darabont, Guillermo Del Toro, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino to name just few!

Sadly, Romero passed away on July 16, 2017 from a brief, but aggressive battle with lung cancer. He slipped away listening to the score of “The Quite Man,” one of his all-time favorite films, with his family by his side. He leaves behind a filmmaking legacy that has endured, and will continue to endure, the test of time!

Chris Roe’s Statement:

 

“It has been a very long journey to make this day happen and so many have given their support.  With George’s star ceremony on Hollywood Blvd., the reception that follows and the well-deserved tribute that evening at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, there is no doubt that October 25, 2017 WILL be the DAY OF ROMERO in Los Angeles,” commented Chris Roe, Manager of George A. Romero & Director of the Romero Star Campaign.

 

Information regarding The George A. Romero Official Memorial and Tribute:

 

Below is the artwork for The George A. Romero Official Memorial and Tribute.

 

Additionally, below is a link to the Alex Theatre website to purchase tickets for this event.

 

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TUNE IN: ‘Guilty Party’ Finale this Tuesday, October 24

What:

Who did it? Emma is taking revenge on the clique that casted her out, but the culprit behind it all is still a secret. The finale of AT&T Hello Lab’s Guilty Party is on Tuesday, October 24 with an answer to the question everyone is asking: Who’s spilling everyone’s secrets?

The mystery series follows a group of teens suspected of stealing a friend’s diary and posting it for the whole school to see. While viewers share their theories, the characters have offered their own ideas adding fuel to the conspiracy fire. It’s a race to find the guilty party before the sins of their past tear them apart. You can catch-up on all the drama now on YouTube.

Guilty Party is part of AT&T Hello Lab, a collection of original entertainment created by, for and with Millennial and Gen Z audiences on social media.

The full series will air on DIRECTV NOW soon.

 

When:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Where:

Who (did it?):

  • Diary Meme Girl: Emma (Tiffany Alvord) – A golden girl whose life is upended when she becomes a viral meme after she is filmed freaking out when her diary is stolen and published. She is determined to find out who did it and why.
  • The Ex-BFF: Tatiana (Teala Dunn) – A type-A overachiever who loves being part of the school’s “power couple,” she has always been a little angry at Emma for whom everything seemed so effortless.
  • The Ex: Jake (Kian Lawley) – A ladies man who was dating Emma when the diary was revealed, he never quite understood their relationship and now that she’s disappeared, he may never.  He’s moving on but the new relationship isn’t smooth sailing either.
  • The Artist: Alex (Miles McKenna) – Alex was never the center of the group but always the glue and keeper of secrets.
  • The Outsider: Charlie (Jessie Paege) – A rebel from the wrong side of the tracks who grew up with Tatiana and Emma and their group, Charlie does not define herself as part of it.  Although she shuns the hypocrisy of high school antics, she sometimes yearns to be part of it.
  • The Class President: Preston (Manolo Vergara) – The King to Tatiana’s Queen, with a future writ large, Preston has something to hide that could shatter his dreams.
  • The Nosey Vlogger: Tess (Alexis G. Zall) – Providing a narrative voice to keep the story moving, her video blog is seen by the student body as an all-knowing guide to the lives of the in-crowd.

Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres Offer U.S. Veterans and Active-Duty Servicemembers up to 10,000 Free Tickets to Dreamworks Pictures’ Thank You For Your Service

Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres today announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service — at more than 400 AMC locations nationwide.  Each of the first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.
From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.  Thank You for Your Service arrives in theatres nationwide on October 27.
The promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing Thank You for Your Service.  Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26.  Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last.  This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only.
“Once we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of Thank You for Your Service, they stepped up to the plate in a major way,” said Jim Orr, Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Universal Pictures.  “We are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.”
Thank You for Your Service reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice made by America’s servicemembers and their families,” said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres.  “AMC is pleased to partner with Universal Pictures to offer veterans and active servicemembers the opportunity to attend this preview screening at no charge.”
For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating, please visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com.  Broadcast-quality clips from Thank You for Your Service are available at www.epk.tv, and stills are available at www.image.net.
About Thank You for Your Service
DreamWorks Pictures’ Thank You for Your Service follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
Starring an ensemble cast led by Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.
Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter.  Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film.  www.ThankYouForYourService.com

Michael K. Williams to be honored at Bahamas Int’l Film Festival with Special Tribute Award

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that multiple Emmy® Award nominee Michael K Williams (12 Years a Slave, The Wire, Gone Baby Gone, Robocop) will be honored with the prestigious Shining Star Tribute at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 10-17. Williams will be on hand for the special tribute and presentation at the Baha Mar Resort in Nassau on the evening of Sunday, December 17, The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.

 

Said Vanderpool, “Michael is true ‘actor’s actor’ who possesses an uncanny screen presence and charisma that have fueled so many memorable performances. In watching his amazing body of work, the depth of his acting is unmistakable and equally as memorable. Having him in The Bahamas to receive the Shining Star Tribute is a huge treat for the festival and the audiences who will share in the experience. We’re honored to recognize his amazing career at the Bahamas International Film Festival.”

 

Michael Kenneth Williams is one of this generation’s most respected and acclaimed actors. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life—often with surprising tenderness—Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a unique ability to mesmerize audiences with his stunning character portrayals.

 

Williams is best known for his remarkable work on The Wire, which ran for five seasons on HBO. The wit and humor that Williams brought to Omar, the whistle-happy, profanity-averse, drug dealer-robbing stickup man, earned him high praise and made Omar one of television’s most memorable characters.

 

Williams co-starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire, which premiered in 2010. In the Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter produced show, Williams played Chalky White, a 1920’s bootlegger; and the impeccably suited, veritable mayor of Atlantic City’s African-American community. In 2012, Boardwalk Empire won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

 

He was recently seen in HBO’s The Night Of in the role of Freddy Knight, for which he received his second Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

Williams previously received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie for his role as Jack Gee in HBO’s Bessie.

 

In 2018, William will return as ‘Leonard’ for a third season in the Sundance Channel series Hap & Leonard opposite James Purefoy and Christina Hendricks.  The six part returning series premiered to record breaking ratings for the network and rave reviews from critics and viewers.

 

Previous TV credits include the ABC limited series When We Rise from Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant. He also starred in the IFC comedy mini-series The Spoils Before Dying alongside Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.

 

Williams most recently starred in Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot and New Regency’s Assassin’s Creed.

Williams made his feature film debut in the urban drama Bullet, after being discovered by the late Tupac Shakur. Previous feature film credits include Ghostbusters, Assassin’s Creed, Bringing Out the Dead, 12 Years A Slave, The Road, Gone Baby Gone, Life During Wartime, Brooklyn’s Finest, Wonderful World, Snitch, Robocop, The Purge: Anarchy, Captive, Kill The Messenger, Inherent Vice, Triple 9, The Gambler and The Land. 

 

His upcoming projects include Gideon Raff’s Red Sea Diving Resort, which chronicles the evacuation of Jewish Ethiopian Civil War refugees from Sudan to Israel in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

 

Giving back to the community plays an important role in Williams’ off-camera life. He is working to launch Making Kids Win, a charitable organization whose primary objective is to build community centers in urban neighborhoods that are in need of safe spaces for children to learn and play. BIFF is looking forward to establish the Making Kids Win at BIFF 2018 and beyond Williams currently serves as the ACLUs ambassador of Smart Justice.

 

Williams also served as the investigative journalist and Executive Producer for Black Market, a documentary program that exposes and comments on illegal markets throughout the world with a focus on the people involved and connecting with them on a human level. Black Market is a flagship show for the newly launched network from Vice, VICELAND.

 

Born to African American father and Bahamian mother, Williams was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his career as a performer by dancing professionally at age 22. After numerous appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on concert tours for Madonna and George Michael, Williams decided to seriously pursue acting. He participated in several productions of the La MaMA Experimental Theatre, the prestigious National Black Theatre Company and the Theater for a New Generation directed by Mel Williams.

Michael Kenneth Williams resides in Brooklyn, New York.

BITCH gets a new trailer!

BITCH tells the powerful and darkly humorous story of a housewife who, after her philandering husband and unruly kids break her psyche, upends the family dynamic by assuming the persona of a vicious dog.
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In Theaters & On VOD November 10
Cast: Jason Ritter, Marianna Palka, Jaime King, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster, and Jason Maybaum
Written and Directed By: Marianna Palka
Genre: Dark Comedy
Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Warner Bros. Stage 13 Announces Fall Series Slate

Stage 13, the fearless digital content brand that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, today announced launch dates for its highly anticipated fall series “Independent,” “Lipstick Empire” and “I Love Bekka & Lucy.”

Stage 13 begins streaming for free on Thursday, October 19 through its YouTube, Facebook and Stage13.com channels.

“It’s time for us to pull back the curtains and share these three unique and diverse series with all fans,” said Diana Mogollón, SVP & General Manager of Stage 13.  “We have had tremendous response from our early premieres at festivals like SXSW, UrbanWorld and SeriesFest and know that we have a young, impassioned audience with an insatiable appetite for relevant, multi-dimensional stories and characters. The time is now to super-serve them with our unique premium digital content.”

The first three series scheduled to launch under the Stage 13 banner include: 

  • “Independent” – Premiering on October 19th  – It’s about the hustle, the vision and the American hip hop dream. This unscripted series follows four of hip hop’s most exciting independent artists, Futuristic, Reverie, Sean Brown, and Trinidad James, as they work to take over the music scene without the ties of a major record label. Stage 13 follows these bold artists as they grow their fan base, tour internationally and deal with the harsh realities that come when chasing the dream. The series was in the digital shorts episodic competition at SeriesFest and screened at the UrbanWorld Film Festival on September 23. The series was produced by Adrian Guillemet and Joshua Evan Greenberg for We Are Famous Productions and Stage 13’s VP/Head of Unscripted Content Shari Scorca.

            To view the trailer, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyZ1HkBMX3c

  • “Lipstick Empire”Premiering on October 24th – This female driven, unscripted series follows two of the beauty industry’s biggest brands – Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, co-founders and CEOs of Melt Cosmetics. As the owners and faces of Melt, the two fierce makeup moguls tell their story that began behind a makeup counter and has blossomed to be one of the biggest independent makeup brands, with over 3 million global fans. The fast-paced, fans-first business keeps the co-CEOS’ busy balancing friendship, life and the highly competitive beauty industry. “Lipstick Empire” is Executive Produced by Pam Healey, John Hesling, John Paparazzo, Amanda Scott and Lisa Shannon for Shed Media, and Stage 13’s VP/Head  of Unscripted Content Shari Scorca.

           To view the trailer, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5IKiChknnU

  • I Love Bekka & Lucy”Premiering on November 7th – The first digital series to be showcased in the episodic category at SXSW, takes an honest and comedic look into the friendship of two best friends who face the evolution of their relationship when one of them gets engaged.  Rachael Holder created, wrote and directed the series. It stars Jessica Kennedy (“Black Sails”) as Bekka, Tanisha Long (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) as Lucy, Alexis Denisof (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Glen and Chris Smith (“Paranormal Activity 3”) as Harry. In addition to Holder, “I Love Bekka & Lucy” is produced by Haven Entertainment and Stage 13’s SVP/Head of Scripted Content Christopher Mack.

           To view the trailer, click here:   https://youtu.be/b61RTdjFgQM  

 ABOUT STAGE 13

Stage 13 is a fearless, original digital content brand showcasing a new generation of inspired talent and voices in scripted and unscripted storytelling. The brand’s series will be seen on the Stage 13 distribution platforms including the brand’s Facebook, YouTube and social channels, mobile partners incuding Verizon’s go90, in addition to Stage13.com. Creating dynamic, unapologetic series for a multidimensional audience, Stage 13 is part of the Warner Bros Digital Networks.

All I See Is You | New Poster Featuring Blake Lively

MONDAY ROUND-UP: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS, DAY OF ROMERO, BITCH, GUILTY PARTY, WB STAGE 13 & ALL I SEE IS YOU 3

In Theaters October 27
Directed by Marc Forster, the psychological drama ALL I SEE IS YOU, defies genre to tell this obsessive love story. Gina (Blake Lively) & husband James (Jason Clarke) have an almost perfect marriage. After being blinded as a child in a nearly fatal car crash, Gina exclusively depends on James to feel and “see” the world around her, and it appears only to solidify their extremely passionate relationship. She envisions the world in her own vivid imagination with help from James’ descriptions. While the two enjoy a colorful existence living in Bangkok, their life and relationship are upended after Gina receives a corneal transplant & regains her sight. With her restored vision, Gina experiences the world with a new sense of wonder & independence which James finds threatening. It is only when Gina suddenly begins to lose her sight again that she finally realizes the disturbing reality of their marriage and their lives.
Cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Yvonne Strahovski, Danny Huston, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham
Directed by: Marc Forster
Written by: Sean Conway, Marc Forster
Produced by: Craig Baumgarten, Michael Selby Marc Forster, Jillian Kugler
Distributor: Open Road Films

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