The American Film Market (AFM) announces its premieres line-up for the upcoming October 31st - November 7th event in Santa Monica, California. 2012 will see more than 420 motion pictures screened, including 77 world premieres and 306 market premieres for the 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries and over 700 screenings. AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, distributors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the worldwide motion picture industry.
World Premieres include: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, from writer/director Roman Coppola and starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Charlie Sheen (Independent); The Colony, starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton (Sierra/Affinity); Cottage Country, starring Malin Akerman and Lucy Punch (VMI Worldwide); The Frozen Ground, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens (Voltage Pictures); Nous York, starring Leila Bekhti and Géraldine Nakache (Pathé International); The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman (Content); and Summer In February, starring Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning (Speranza13 Media).
The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide. Visit www.AmericanFilmMarket.com.
The Summer 2012 opens this weekend without much of a bang as the Will Smith starrer Men In Black III returns to the international cinemaplex. Smith, who has not been in theaters since 2008's Seven Pounds, has received good notices for the third installation of MiB3 but at the end of the unspooling his latest flick, it is all about the box office receipts.
Smith one of the top international stars, now faces a slew of teenage and aging teen leading men (Josh Hutcherson, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, Jaden Smith) has lined up a trio of sequels (Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3, I Robot 2) to affirm his status and box office clout.
Only time will tell.
Smoking has long been a great source of cinematic stylistic magic. During the Golden Age of Hollywood and cinema one would be hard pressed to find a movie or movie star that did not light up. This afternoon during my midday reading session, I read a wonderful little featurette in my brother Vincent's favorite magazine Robb Report. The Robb Report is luxury from a man's man's point of view and this article on "Hot Spots" has nothing to do with technology, shopping nor the female anatomy. A Robb guy is beyond such pedestrian activities.
Hot Spots are the new evolved cigar lounge trend. The first cigar lounges appeared in the 19th century. And in spite of Queen Victoria’s disapproval of tobacco, it became a cherished bonding ritual for like-minded gentlemen to puff and unwind over cigars in a well appointed space. The tradition soared to new levels during Wall Street and technology boom in the late 1980s and 1990s. However by 2008 cigar clubs and bars were largely snuffed out due to escalating cigar prices, tobacco shortages, and the economic downturn.
Over the past two years, there has been a new take on the cigar lounge around the country. Partly, it is a development related to the cocktail trend coupled with reaction to modern-day Queen Victorias: 27 states and countless municipalities enforcing antismoking laws, thus a growing need for puff havens.
Today the cigar lounge is being rekindled by a combination of classic clubs and creative new sparks. Robb Report puffed through them, eliminating the ordinary, the smoking rooms attached to cigar shops, the lone bench in a hotel garden, to find the best spots around the country for a smoke. Each of these places offers something exceptional: exceedingly rare cigars or spirits, or the chance to have a smoke on a bluff above the Pacific, in an under-the-radar airport lounge, after a relaxing spa treatment or with a finely prepared meal. Check it out: Robb Report.
Flickeria presents the first page of our new movie script The Colony from screenplay writer Kirk Shannon-Butts. The Colony is about a young new media millionaire, Dashen, in search of the life his millions of dollars could never buy and his quest for happiness.