“The Pod Generation”: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Sundance Institute Award for Science-in-Film Initiative Recipient

The Pod Generation Sundance Institute AwardToday at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute Science-in-Film initiative with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation celebrated this year’s Feature Film Prize winner The Pod Generation directed by Sophie Barthes and the recipients of three artist grants for three projects in development at a reception following the Appetite for Construction panel at Filmmaker Lodge.

The four filmmakers received a total of $70,000 in funding through the Prize and three artist grants for projects: Benjy Steinberg for The Professor and the Spy received the Sloan Episodic Fellowship, Cynthia Lowen for Light Mass Energy received the Sloan Development Fellowship, and John Lopez for Incompleteness received the Sloan Commissioning Grant.

“We are in a global moment where arts institutions must recognize in actionable ways the importance of science in media and entertainment, and Sundance Institute is deeply appreciative that the Sloan Foundation has partnered with us over two decades to nurture that connection,” said Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente.”It’s a pleasure to return to Park City to honor our Feature Film Prize winner and grantees after an engaging chat with our panelists about the bright side of science and the ethical framework scientists and storytellers alike bring to the idea of progress.”
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Decentralized Pictures and Decrypt Studios To Discuss How Web3 Is Opening Doors For Indie Filmmakers

Decentralized Pictures and Decrypt StudiosDecentralized Pictures and Web3 production company Decrypt Studios will present FILM3 On the Mountain in Park City on Saturday January 21. The event will feature a panel discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of blockchain technology for filmmakers, as well as a chance to network with leaders in film and television.

A 501c3 non-profit founded by Roman Coppola, Leo Matchett, Michael Musante, and American Zoetrope, Decentralized Pictures (DCP) is dedicated to elevating the voices of independent filmmakers through a fair blockchain protocol. DCP has launched partnerships with filmmaker/producer Kevin Smith and not-for-profit The Gotham to create financing awards for undiscovered talent.

At the conclusion of FILM3 on the Mountain, Steven Soderbergh will be on hand to announce the winner of the first Andrews/Bernard Award, which his production company Extension 765 launched on the DCP platform in 2022 to discover and support emerging talent in the film industry. The award will support three filmmakers with finishing funds for fiction features or shorts worth $100,000 each.

The winning projects are determined via transparent voting powered by blockchain technology on DCP’s film funding platform. The next two recipients will be voted on and announced later this year. To submit applications to be considered for these awards or to participate as a voter, please visit DCP’s website.

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Lovers & Friends Announces 2023 Lineup Missy Elliott, Usher, Mariah Carey To Headline

Lovers and Friends 2023 Missy Elliott Usher Mariah Carey To HeadlineFollowing enormous success with its inaugural year, Lovers & Friends returns May 6, 2023 to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds with a massive collection of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest artists, highlighting the ongoing evolution of the genres.

Additional performances by Pitbull, 50 Cent, Christina Aguilera, Miguel and many more, at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday May 6, 2023, with presale on Friday, January 20 at 10 AM PST

The incredible lineup will treat fans to over 45 artists with impeccably curated and nostalgia-fueled performances from female powerhouses including Missy Elliott, marking her first billed performance since 2019, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, alongside Usher, 50 Cent, Nelly, Pitbull, with additional performances from contemporary fan-favorites Miguel, Jhene Aiko, Summer Walker, Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR and many more.

GA, GA+, VIP and VIP Cabana presale tickets will go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10 AM PST at www.loversandfriendsfest.com and any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 20 at 2 PM PST.

Layaway payment plans start at $19.99 down. VIP packages include preferred viewing areas, charging stations, a dedicated entry lane at the festival entrance, air-conditioned restrooms and more. VIP Cabanas are available with exclusive viewing areas with VIP service including food vouchers and select complimentary beverages, expedited entry and more.Hotel and ticket packages are available with discounted rates at select Las Vegas hotels, 24/7 hotel concierge, and exclusive add-ons including access to the Lovers & Friends Official Open Bar inside Zouk Nightclub and brunch packages from Resorts World Las Vegas. For tickets and the full list of amenities available in each ticket package, please visit www.loversandfriendsfest.com.

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Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel Crowned Miss Universe 2022

Miss USA RBonney Gabriel Crowned Miss Universe 2022

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Fashion designer and model Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel has been crowned as the new Miss Universe on Saturday night, held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

This makes her the first Miss USA to wear the crown since Olivia Culpo in 2012. According to thee Miss Universe organization, R’Bonney is an eco-friendly fashion designer, model, and sewing instructor with an excitement for life. She attributes her opportunistic outlook to her upbringing immersed in the arts, sports, and travel.

During the Q&A portion of the three finalists, Gabriel was asked how she would represent Miss Universe “an empowering and progressive organization” if she were to win, to which she replied: “I would use it to be a transformational leader,” she responded, citing her background in fashion design as a teacher in the field.

The 28 years old, competed against 83 other participants from around the world. First runner Up went to Miss Venezuela’s Amanda Dudamel, withh Dominican Republic’s Andreina Martinez winning second runner up.

The pageant also included a costume show portion, wherein Gabriel’s outfit paid tribute to NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar landing.

Last year’s winner was Harnaaz Sandhu of India was in attendance to pass her crown and title of Miss Universe to her successor. Former Miss USA and Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and TV host Jeannie Mai Jenkins hosted the event which comprised of swimsuit, evening gown and interview portions.

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BAFTA Film Awards Announce Longlists with “All Quiet on the Western Front”, “Banshees of Inisherin” and “Everything Everywhere” Leading

All Quiet on the Western FrontBAFTA Film Awards has released its first round of voting across all 24 categories, with “All Quiet on the Western Front”, “Banshees of Inisherin” and “Everything Everywhere” emerging as frontrunners.

“All Quiet on the Western Front” got the most showing, including Film Not In The English Language, Best Film, and Adapted Screenplay. Meanwhile, Martin McDonagh’s “Banshees of Inisherin” was on Best Film, Best Director, and Screenplay, and Colin Farrell for Leading Actor, and Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, and Kerry Condon for Best Supporting Actor and Actress longlists.

BAFTA Film Committee Chair, Anna Higgs, said: “The publication of the EE BAFTA Film Awards Longlist is a very special moment to recognise the wide range of exceptional crafts, performances and productions that make the magic of films a reality. To be Longlisted is a fantastic achievement amidst the phenomenal films released in the last year. Sharing the list ahead of the Nominations will hopefully inspire the public to watch as many films as possible and join in the conversation as excitement builds for the Awards.”

The nominations for the EE BAFTA Film Awards will be announced on Thursday 19 January at 12 midday (GMT). 

BEST FILM
10 films will advance in the Best Film category. 214 eligible films were submitted for consideration. All film voting members of BAFTA vote to determine the longlist, nominations and overall winner.

Aftersun
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans
Living
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
15 films will advance in the Outstanding British Film category.

Aftersun
The Banshees of Inisherin
Blue Jean
Brian And Charles
Emily
Empire of Light
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Living
The Lost King
Mrs Harris Goes To Paris
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
See How They Run
The Swimmers
The Wonder

You can see the full list HERE:

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New “Willow” Character Posters Released

With a new episode hitting this week, a new set of character posters from the new Lucasfilm Disney+ Original series, “Willow” has been released by Disney, and they feature the heroes and villains from the series.

An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers.

Here’s the synopsis for “Willow”:
The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.

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“Heartstopper” Leads Winners at 1st Annual Children’s & Family Emmys

Heartstopper Renewed For Season 2 and 3 On NetflixThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the winners today of the first Annual Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy® Awards.

Heartstopper took the most awards of the night, with four, including best guest performance in a preschool, children’s or young teen program (Heartstopper) for Olivia Colman, and outstanding lead performance in a preschool, children’s or young teen program for Kit Connor.

Netflix’s superhero series Kid Cosmic also took multiple awards, winning two for achievement in animation.

NATAS had created the Children’s and Family Emmy Awards to recognize the best in children’s and family television.

The event was hosted by JoJo Siwa (Dec. 10) and Jack McBrayer (Dec. 11) and took place this evening at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

See full list of winners:

Outstanding Preschool Series
Helpsters (Apple TV+)
The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo: Game Edition (HBO Max)
WINNER: Sesame Street (HBO Max)
Tab Time (YouTube Originals)
Waffles + Mochi (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series
The Astronauts (Nickelodeon)
WINNER: The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+)
Raising Dion (Netflix)
Secrets of Sulphur Springs (Disney Channel)

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Bigfoot Chapter Gets Extra-Length Encore Reprint In The Department Of Truth: Wild Functions Special This December

Bigfoot Chapter Gets Extra-Length Encore Reprint In The Department Of TruthJames Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds’ popular Bigfoot two-issue The Department of Truth story will return in an extra-length encore reprint titled, The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions Special. On sale in December from Image Comics, the issue will include both The Department of Truth #10 and The Department of Truth #11 which, together, tells the standalone cryptid story fans love.

The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions Special provides the perfect jumping on point for readers new to the series as well. “It’s impossible to pick a favorite story from the first few years of The Department of Truth, but the one that has brought the most people to my table at convention after convention is ‘A Hunter’s Story’, which ran over two issues in our second arc,” said Tynion IV.

“We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what might be the perfect bite-sized morsel of DOT to help comic shops introduce new readers to our series, and we can think of no better option as we start the drumbeat to The Department of Truth #25.”
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Image! Anthology To Feature New Ed Brubaker And Sean Phillips Criminal Story

Image! Anthology To Feature New Ed Brubaker And Sean Phillips Criminal StoryImage! Anthology To Feature New Ed Brubaker And Sean Phillips Criminal StoryImage Comics’s 12-issue, show-stopping 30th anniversary anthology will drop another highly collectible installment this December in the upcoming Image! #9.

Just in time to curl up and read by light of yule log, Image! #9 will feature a brand new Criminal story from crime noir masterminds Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips titled “Teeg’s Christmas Carol,” the highly anticipated return of Gerry Duggan and John McCrea’s beloved Dead Eyes, as well as many more exciting tales.

Cover art for this issue is by Phillips and will display a cigarette puffing, Santa-hat wearing Teeg.

“I’ve been wanting to do a Christmas-themed Criminal story since we first started the book,” said Brubaker. “So, Sean and I had a blast returning to that world for ‘Teeg’s Christmas Carol.’ Twelve pages of bad dad Christmases and history lessons.”
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MTV Documentary Films Sets Release Of “Art & Krimes By Krimes”

MTV Documentary Films Art and Krimes By KrimesMTV Documentary Films has set the release of “Art & Krimes By Krimes”, a documentary featuring visual artists Jesse Krimes, Russell Craig, Jared Owens, Gilberto Rivera.

The film is set for release on theaters starting Friday, September 30 in New York at Quad Cinema, and Los Angeles at Laemmle Monica Film Center.

While locked up for six years in federal prison, artist Jesse Krimes secretly creates monumental works of art—including an astonishing 30-foot mural made with prison bed sheets, hair gel, and newspaper. He smuggles out each panel piece-by-piece with the help of fellow artists, only seeing the mural in totality upon coming home.

As Jesse’s work captures the art world’s attention, he struggles to adjust to life outside, living with the threat that any misstep will trigger a life sentence.

The film is directed by Alysa Nahmias and produced by Alysa Nahmias, Amanda Spain, Benjamin Murray and executive produced by Sheila Nevins.

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