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Interview: Producer Natalie Metzger – Greener Grass

The old adage “behind every great man there’s a great woman” feels outdated in 2019. Nowadays, men are lucky to stand side-by-side with a great woman. Award-winning producer Natalie Metzger is one such example: a repeat-collaborator with indie darling Jim Cummings, she’s the ninja who makes all of his long-take, sobbing monologues possible. After completing a string of successful shorts together, Metzger produced Cummings’ SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winner (and Independent Spirit Award nominee) Thunder Road (check out our Cannes interview). Now they’re hard at work on their second narrative feature, this time set in Utah. Never one to rest on her laurels, Metzger produced this project from Park City while she had another film in the Sundance festival!…
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Vanishing Angle Boards Sundance Picture ‘Mope’ (Exclusive)

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Vanishing Angle has boarded Sundance selection “Mope” by Lucas Heyne, which had its European premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain this week. L.A.-based producer, distributor, and sales outfit Vanishing Angle will sell “Mope” internationally. Xyz is handling North America.

The movie played in the Midnight section at Sundance. Set in the porn industry, it is based on real life events. It follows a pair of mopes – slang for low-ranking male actors in the adult film business – played by Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (“Misfits”) and Kelly Sry (“Awkward”). The duo are best friends, but when one of them is fired, he goes on a deadly rampage.

The film covers the true-crime angle but also deals with the emotional toll the porn business takes on its workers. David Arquette stars as Rocket, a leading porn director whom the two aspiring actors idolize.

The pic was made with the support of
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‘Generation’: Justice Smith, Chloe East and 8 More Join Lena Dunham-Produced HBO Max Dramedy

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‘Generation’: Justice Smith, Chloe East and 8 More Join Lena Dunham-Produced HBO Max Dramedy
Exclusive: The Lena Dunham-produced HBO Max teen dramedy Generation has rounded out its robust cast with series regulars Justice Smith, Chloe East, Michael Johnston, Uly Schlesinger, Haley Sanchez, Nava Mau, Nathanya Alexander, Lukita Maxwell and Chase Sui Wonders. Sam Trammell joins the cast as a recurring character.

Created by Daniel Barnz, Generation also stars Martha Plimpton and is a dark yet playful half-hour dramedy that follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. Barnz wrote the series with Zelda Barnz who also serves as co-executive producer.

Dunham executive produces for Good Thing Going Productions, with Daniel and Ben Barnz for We’re Not Brothers Productions. Zelda Barnz is co-executive producer. Marissa Diaz produces for Good Thing Going Productions.

Read the character descriptions below.

Justice Smith as “Chester”

Hs Senior.
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Suburban Soccer Moms Feud in First Trailer for 'Greener Grass' Satire

"Julian, are you a dog now?" IFC Midnight has debuted the first official trailer for Greener Grass, a very bizarre, dark comedy / satire made by comedians / actors / directors Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and we've been hearing very strange things about it ever since. It's hard to even explain what this film is about. Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field. This stars Dot-Marie Jones, D'Arcy Carden, Jim Cummings, Beck Bennett, Mary Holland, Jocelyn DeBoer, & Dawn Luebbe. Described as a "gloriously weird" film that's a "hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic." Weird, but possibly brilliant? Maybe... Here's the first trailer for Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe's Greener Grass, direct from IFC's YouTube: In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of
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HanWay hires Marta Ravani to head documentary and library label

Ravani has previously worked at TF1 and Protagonist.

UK sales outfit HanWay Films has appointed Marta Ravani as director of its documentary and library label HanWay Select.

The newly-created role will see Ravani oversee HanWay Films’ library selection and as-yet-unannounced upcoming slate of documentaries.

The hire is part of an overall expansion of the team. Mark Lane has been overseeing HanWay Select but will now focus more on the HanWay Films sales slate.

Ravani worked in production in Paris before moving into international sales and acquisitions for Funny Balloons. In 2014, Ravani joined TF1 Studio as international sales manager and the
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HanWay Appoints Marta Ravani As Director Of Docs & Library Label HanWay Select

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Exclusive: HanWay Films has grown its sales team with the hire of former Protagonist and TF1 exec Marta Ravani who joins as director, HanWay Select.

Ravani will oversee HanWay’s extensive library and upcoming slate of documentaries. The UK firm’s catalog includes classics from the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, David Cronenberg, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Bob Rafelson and John Dower.

Long-time HanWay Select director of sales Mark Lane continues at the company as director of sales to focus on the company’s expanding slate.

Ravani worked in production in Paris before moving into international sales and acquisitions for Funny Balloons where she was responsible for the acquisition of Tony Manero by Pablo Larrain.

In 2014, she joined TF1 Studio as international sales manager and the following year she moved to London to join Protagonist Pictures as director of digital, video and TV sales. Recently she has spearheaded the international sales
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The Lion King: Exploring the Expanded Universe

Mark Harrison Jul 18, 2019

Sequels and spin-offs and remakes, oh my! We examine the many extensions of Disney's classic, from direct-to-video movies to TV spin-offs

This Lion King article comes from Den of Geek UK.

The Lion King was an enormous hit for Disney back in 1994, and 25 years later, it seems likely it will imminently be an enormous hit again. But between Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff’s animated favorite and Jon Favreau’s “live-action” remake, the House of Mouse has not shied away from turning it into a franchise with various sequels and TV shows.

At the time the animated version was originally released, the studio was riding high on the critical and financial success of its 1990s renaissance, which started with The Little Mermaid and arguably peaked here. Having only created one sequel up to this point (1990’s The Rescuers Down Under), the studio’s feature division didn
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Short Film Winners Can Qualify For Oscars in Palm Springs, But That’s Not the Biggest Prize

If you’re one of the filmmakers who supplied some 5,600 submissions to the 2019 Palm Springs International Shortfest, the stakes were high. Not only because Shortfest offers the only short-film market in North America; or, because 369 of those films were selected for juried screenings to an audience of more than 700 over June 18-23.

Those functions matter, but as the world’s biggest short-film festival, Shortfest also draws talent agents, production executives, and producers who are keenly aware that, beyond identifying early talent, short-form content holds tremendous value in the current market. Yes, the Sundance Film Festival is still the best way to get films seen by Hollywood — but in a world that’s (re)discovering the virtues of short-form content, there’s something sexy about an event entirely devoted to its celebration.

While short films have always provided fodder for features, today they’re more likely to fuel web or TV series.
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Short Film Winners Can Qualify For Oscars in Palm Springs, But That’s Not the Biggest Prize

If you’re one of the filmmakers who supplied some 5,600 submissions to the 2019 Palm Springs International Shortfest, the stakes were high. Not only because Shortfest offers the only short-film market in North America; or, because 369 of those films were selected for juried screenings to an audience of more than 700 over June 18-23.

Those functions matter, but as the world’s biggest short-film festival, Shortfest also draws talent agents, production executives, and producers who are keenly aware that, beyond identifying early talent, short-form content holds tremendous value in the current market. Yes, the Sundance Film Festival is still the best way to get films seen by Hollywood — but in a world that’s (re)discovering the virtues of short-form content, there’s something sexy about an event entirely devoted to its celebration.

While short films have always provided fodder for features, today they’re more likely to fuel web or TV series.
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Vanishing Angle Ups Three Execs; Umc Picks Up ‘His, Hers and the Truth’ – Film Briefs

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Vanishing Angle Ups Three Execs; Umc Picks Up ‘His, Hers and the Truth’ – Film Briefs
Vanishing Angle, the production studio behind the Sundance film Greener Grass, has upped three of its own to executive positions: Natalie Metzger as VP of Development & Production, Benjamin Wiessner as VP of Sales & Acquisitions, and Jim Cummings as VP of Creative Initiatives. Metzger, who boarded the company as a producer in 2015, is a writer and director whose films have premiered at AFI Docs, Frameline, and Outfest. She also holds the Gold Prize at the Page International Screenwriting Awards. Wiessner, a producer and creative distributor, has worked on seven films with Vanishing Angle. He’s also produced and self-distributed shorts and features with broadcast partners like Canal+ and PBS. Cummings is an independent filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy-drama, Thunder Road, which is being released by Vanishing Angle. The company is also in development on Cummings’ erotic thriller Beta, as well as mystery thriller Buffalo from Keith Powell,
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‘Duncanville’: Riki Lindhome Joins Amy Poehler In Fox Animated Comedy Series

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‘Duncanville’: Riki Lindhome Joins Amy Poehler In Fox Animated Comedy Series
Riki Lindhome (Another Period) is set as a series regular opposite Amy Poehler in Fox’s animated family comedy Duncanville, from Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully, 20th Century Fox TV and Universal TV. It’s slated to premiere during the 2019-20 season.

Written by Mike and Julie Scully, Duncanville centers on Duncan (voiced by Poehler), a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy with a rich fantasy life and the people in his world.

Lindhome will play Kimberly, Duncan’s ]awkward, emotional, 12-year-old sister. She can hold grudges forever while waiting patiently for revenge. She sometimes says hurtful things but doesn’t get why people are upset because, “What? I’m just being honest.” All emotions all the time, nobody’s problems are bigger than hers. Kimberly fears that she is the forgotten middle child, and she’s not wrong.
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'Aladdin' fends off 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters', 'Secret Life Of Pets 2' at UK box office

Aladdin only drops 15%, while Godzilla sequel posts underwhelming £2.3m opening weekend.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.26

Full screen RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (May 31-June 2)Total gross to date Week 1 Aladdin (Disney) £4.9m £19.8m 2 2 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (Universal) £2.9m £11.9m 2 3 Rocketman (Paramount) £2.5m £12m 2 4 Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (Warner Bros) £2.3m £3.5m 1 5 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Warner Bros) £660,000 £12.5m 4 Disney

Following its £5.7m opening weekend, Aladdin impressed again this time out, dropping a slender 15% with £4.9m, a result that belied the good weather in the UK. That figure was enough to see it hold onto the
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Thunder Road review – bittersweet portrayal of law and disorder

A rising star in indie film, director Jim Cummings plays a grieving cop whose home life is falling apart in this flawed but evocative debut feature

At the Sundance film festival in January 2016, multitasking force-of-nature Jim Cummings unveiled a brilliantly excruciating short about a bereaved cop struggling to say goodbye to his mother at her funeral. Inspired by his mum’s love of dance and Bruce Springsteen, Cummings’s hapless Officer Jim Arnaud expresses his grief through the medium of movement and song. It’s a jaw-dropping slice of tragicomic despair, a spectacle made all the more toe-curling by being captured in a single unforgiving 12-minute shot. “We have no idea who you are,” said Sundance judge Keegan-Michael Key presenting the grand jury prize for short film to “real discovery” Cummings, “but this film is like a Gesamtkunstwerk, a mini-masterpiece of writing, directing and acting.”

Consolidating his Sundance success, New
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UK box office preview: 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' set to battle with 'Booksmart', 'Ma'

UK box office preview: 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' set to battle with 'Booksmart', 'Ma'
Trio of new openers take on Aladdin, Rocketman and The Secret Life Of Pets 2.

There are three high-profile new openers at the UK box office this weekend, all of which will battle with strong holdovers to land in the top five on the chart.

Last week saw Disney’s Aladdin, Paramount’s Rocketman and Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets 2 all post impressive debuts, and midweek takings will have likely been boosted by the schools holiday in the UK this week.

Warner Bros will be hoping its big-budget monster movie Godzilla: King Of The Monsters will smash through the competition.
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Movie Review – Thunder Road (2018)

Thunder Road, 2018.

Directed by Jim Cummings.

Starring Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ammie Leonards, Chelsea Edmundson, Macon Blair and Bill Wise.

Synopsis:

After a very public and embarrassing breakdown at his mother’s funeral, a policeman’s entire life begins to unravel.

It’s not uncommon for a filmmaker to extend their own shorts to feature length. Recent examples include the low-budget horror Lights Out and Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning breakout Whiplash, which both began life as shorts. The latest director to make this jump is Jim Cummings, who has turned his prize-winning short Thunder Road into the opening scene of a powerful and affecting feature of the same name.

That opening scene features police officer Jim Arnaud (Cummings) delivering a horrifically bloated and awkward eulogy at his mother’s funeral, culminating in a rendition of the Bruce Springsteen song that gives the film its title. Cummings
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Win ‘Thunder Road’ T-Shirts To Cerebrate The Film’s Release?

Arriving in cinemas from today (31st May) is the brilliant Thunder Road, Jim Cummings’ film based on his amazing short from a couple of years back. We’ve already run an interview with the man himself earlier in the week, and posted an exclusive clip from the movie, but now we offer you a competition to win one of three Thunder Road t-shirts!

Festival favourite Thunder Road is a darkly funny tale that follows the story of Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings), a police officer who faces a personal breakdown following the death of his mother, a recent divorce and the struggles of trying to connect with his young daughter.

The film announces Jim Cummings as a bright new comedic talent whose powerhouse performance takes audiences on a journey paved with outrageous comedy as well as truly heart-breaking moments. Also written, directed and produced by Cummings, the film is derived from
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Exclusive Clip From Jim Cummings’ Brilliant ‘Thunder Road’

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We’ve been posting about Jim Cummings’ brilliant Thunder Road for months now, and now we’re finally into release week masters the ‘clap game’ in a bid to impress his young daughter.

The film is a darkly funny tale that follows the story of Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings), a police officer who faces a personal breakdown following the death of his mother, a recent divorce and the struggles of trying to connect with his young daughter.

Related: Jim Cummings Interview For Thunder Road

Thunder Road announces Jim Cummings as a bright new comedic talent whose powerhouse performance takes audiences on a journey paved with outrageous comedy as well as truly heart-breaking moments. Also written, directed and produced by Cummings, the film is derived from his short film of the same name, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Cummings was then inspired to
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The Filmmakers Podcast #110: Interview with Thunder Road’s Jim Cummings

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Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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Exclusive: Jim Cummings on debut feature, the hilarious Thunder Road

It’s rare to see a film that will make you laugh and cry within moments of each other. But Jim Cummings’s Thunder Road is one such movie, as the Sundance hit finally makes its way to UK cinemas.

It’s a masterclass of balancing themes, as a tragic, shocking, hilarious, moving comedy that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. To celebrate the film’s release we sat down with Cummings to discuss his influences – which come from Britain, citing the likes of Armando Iannucci and Rik Mayall, while he also talks about risk-taking, which we see a fair bit of in this picture. This naturally leads into a quick chat about the scene where his character slaps a corpse (naturally), and he also speaks about his future and what he has in the pipeline…

Watch the full interview below:

Synopsis

Jim Cummings stars as a police
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Interview: Director, Writer & Star Jim Cummings On ‘Thunder Road’

It started as a 13 minute, one-man film that came out of nowhere and won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2016. This week it arrives in UK cinemas as a fully-fledged feature film, with an SXSW win and a Spirit Award nomination under its belt.

The brainchild of writer/director/actor Jim Cummings, Thunder Road in its first incarnation concentrated on a police officer’s agonisingly comic eulogy at his mother’s funeral. Those painful moments are just the springboard for the full length version, which follows the same man in the midst of a perfect storm – the death of his mother, the collapse of his marriage, separation from his beloved daughter and the loss of his job.

The film’s title comes from the Springsteen song although, as Cummings explains to Thn’s Freda Cooper, it didn’t make it to the final cut of the feature,
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