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BlockFilm Gets Greenlight to Finance Films Via TokenFinder

BlockFilm, a Canada-based financing platform, is bringing private investors and content creators together via a safe financing online platform using digital security tokens, the company announced today. Digital security tokens using blockchains to connect private investors with content creators are something fairly new that has been used in real estate,...
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Nikos Ziogas on Death, Memory and Cinema as ‘Communal Rite’ in Thessaloniki Doc Fest Player ‘Memento’

In the remote hamlet of Giromeri, a small village in the mountainous Epirus region of northern Greece close to the Albanian border, the declining population numbers close to 50 permanent residents. But every year the villagers gather during the Easter holidays to preserve their time-honored customs, celebrate life, and commemorate the dead, rituals that play out to an indelible soundtrack of wailing clarinets.
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Simon Cowell Returns With New Musical Game Show Format ‘Walk The Line’

Veteran producer and reality TV judge Simon Cowell will return to U.K. broadcaster ITV with musical game show format “Walk The Line.”. The format sees musical acts take to the stage to perform, as well as a panel of judges headed up by Simon Cowell. The top two performers of the evening then face a decision in their bid to be crowned champion — to either go home with a cash prize, or walk the line and play on. Should they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers.
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‘Cannes Uncut’ Documentary to Film During Upcoming Festival

A team of veteran British media types will use this year’s Cannes Film Festival to shoot interviews and footage for feature-length documentary film “Cannes Uncut.”. The picture is intended to be completed by next year and will mark the iconic festival’s 75th anniversary. The finished film will mix interviews and current footage with archive material.
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Mandolin, a Livestream Success Story, Wants to Be a Mandatory App for In-Person Fans Now, Too

At last week’s Pollstar Live conference in Beverly Hills, one sentiment was very clear, whenever the subject arose of livestreaming as a new medium: No one expects that revolution to end just because quarantine finally has. And so you would have expected Mandolin to be doing a victory lap, after the company was named best streaming platform at last Wednesday’s Pollstar Awards. Mandolin didn’t even launch until June 1, 2020, months into the pandemic, yet made enough strides to be named best-in-class among a list of nominees that also included such well-regarded platforms as Veeps, LiveXLive and Nugs.net.
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How ‘The Good Lord Bird’ Tackles the Tale of an American Abolitionist: ‘It’s Not John Brown’s Story, It’s Onion’s Story’

“The Good Lord Bird” is a winner. The critically-acclaimed series has been heralded for its exploration into the legacy of the American abolitionist leader John Brown (Ethan Hawke), told from the point of view of a fictional enslaved boy, named Henry “Onion” Shackleford (Joshua Caleb Johnson). The seven-episode series, based...
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Finecut Adds 8K ‘Guimoon’ for Cannes Pre-Market Launch

Leading Korean film sales company Finecut has added mystery-horror movie “Guimoon” to its pre-Cannes and Cannes Market slates. The film was specially shot in order to be released in ScreenX and 4DX special versions, as well as conventional 2D presentations. Now in post-production, after lensing in 8K, the film is...
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Finecut Adds 8K ‘Guimoon’ for Cannes Pre-Market Launch

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‘Wolfgang’ Review: A Savory Documentary Portrait of Wolfgang Puck, the Defining Celebrity Chef

There’s a good story in “Wolfgang” that captures how a chef goes with the flow. It was a bustling night at Spago (the only kind of night Spago had in the ’80s), and in walked Joan Collins, at the apex of her “Dynasty” fame. She always ordered one of Wolfgang Puck’s most popular dishes: smoked salmon on a brioche. But all the brioche was gone, and Puck didn’t want to face the wrath of Alexis. So he improvised. He cooked a pizza without tomato sauce and spread dill cream on it, covering it with smoked salmon and topping it with dollops of caviar. Voilà! A Spago classic was born.
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Swizz Beatz and D-Nice to Be Honored at Culture Creators Awards Brunch

Culture Creators will honor Swizz Beatz and Derrick “D-Nice” Jones at the fifth annual “Innovators & Leaders” Awards Brunch in partnership with YouTube. The ceremony will take place on June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be livestreamed on the YouTube channel for Culture Creators, an organization that puts a spotlight on the key creative forces shaping Black culture.
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Ranking the ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Hosts, From Dr. Oz to Mayim Bialik

In the months since Alex Trebek’s death, “Jeopardy” has been publicly trying out multiple new angles, looking for someone who might credibly take over for the legendary host. In the main, these fill-ins have been quite successful, providing both some continuity with what Trebek did well while also lending their own personalities to the proceedings. While a few have lent not much of an impression — and at least one left a markedly bad taste in viewers’ mouths — it’s overall been a successful way to keep eyes on the show and to figure out what lies ahead for it.
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New Recording Academy Co-Presidents Talk Future Plans and Reaching Young People

Literally minutes after the announcement that the Recording Academy has named Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay to the new roles of co-presidents hit the wires, the pair and CEO Harvey Mason, jr. were on a zoom call with Variety to talk about the organization’s new structure and what it means. (The three are pictured above, L-R: Panay, Mason, Butterfield Jones.)
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‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Costume Designer Explains Why Green Is Beth’s ‘Home Color’

After reading the scripts for the first two episodes of “The Queen’s Gambit,” costume designer Gabriele Binder dove into literature about chess to properly develop the wardrobe of protagonist Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy). Based on her research, she decided Beth’s outfits would steer clear of loud patterns, instead opting for simple checks or stripes.
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