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We’re “Idyllwild” About The CineStory Feature Retreat


Now in its 22nd year, Los Angeles-based CineStory Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing new screenwriting talent. CineStory holds two annual writers’ retreats in Idyllwild, CA.  One focuses on features, the other on television and digital platforms. The retreats provide undiscovered writers with mentorship by pairing them with …

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Director Brett Ratner Whines about “Destructive” Rotten Tomatoes


Leave it to a mediocre director (who somehow keeps getting work) with poor “Tomatometer” scores to declare that Rotten Tomatoes will “destroy” the movie business. Brett Ratner, best known for the “Rush Hour” film series, ranted at last weekend’s Sun Valley Film Festival about the “problems” with the public movie-grading …

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Director James Gunn Reveals Character Details

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is scheduled to release May 5, 2017 (including 3D and IMAX 3D).  The recently released trailer is amazing but revealed little to fans about story progression for the franchise’s main characters.  Cinemablend sat down with James Gunn (writer/director) during the Los Angeles press day …

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2017 Film Slate


Tribeca organizers have opted to cut down the total number of feature titles by 20% this year.  Cara Cusumano, Tribeca’s Director of Programming, remarked “Over the past few years, the festival has grown in a lot of ways and a lot of different directions, and there was an opportunity to …

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Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Casts Olivia Holt & Aubrey Joseph

Cloak & Dagger

Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” has landed its leads. Former Disney star Olivia Holt will play Dagger, a.k.a. Tandy Bowen, and Aubrey Joseph (“The Night Of”) has been cast as Cloak, a.k.a. Tyrone Johnson, revealed Monday. “The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I …

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