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La Management Firm Grandview Promotes Priya Satiani To Partner

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Exclusive: La management firm Grandview has promoted manager Priya Satiani to partner.

Satiani’s actor and writer-director client list includes Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz (Joker), Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency), Cleopatra Coleman (In The Shadow Of The Moon), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), David Rysdahl (Nine Days), Taylour Paige (White Boy Rick), Wade Allain Marcus (Grown-ish), Sarah Yarkin (Single Parents), Sam Jaeger (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Ravi Patel (Meet The Patels).

The appointment marks the first internal partner promotion for the ascending Grandview, which was founded in 2014 and at the time mostly represented writers.

Satiani joined three years ago, before that running her own company, Genesis Entertainment. She started out at ICM.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the leadership team here at Gva and to be the first female partner with a group of people I truly admire,” she told us.
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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Ravi Patel-Gabourey Sidibe Road Trip Comedy ‘Come As You Are’

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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Ravi Patel-Gabourey Sidibe Road Trip Comedy ‘Come As You Are’
Exclusive: We hear that Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Richard Wong’s road trip comedy Come As You Are which made its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival.

Pic centers around three young men with disabilities who flee their overbearing parents on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs. Sam (Precious lead actress Oscar nominee and Empire‘s Gabourey Sidibe), a traveling nurse, drives the three guys across the border as they go on this trip to lose their virginity and embrace their independence. Janeane Garofalo and C.S. Lee also star. Pic will be released early next year.

“Richard Wong perfectly balances the sweet, funny, and dramatic moments anchored by the outstanding performances from Grant, Hayden, Ravi, and Gabourey. We’re thrilled to bring such a hilarious movie
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Wonder Woman 1984 Adds Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde

Wonder Woman 1984 Adds Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde
The cast of Wonder Woman 1984 just got bigger with the addition of Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde. It isn't clear which roles that the they will be taking on, but that news could be coming down the line soon. DC fans who were lucky enough to be in attendance at last week's San Diego Comic-Con were treated to some very early footage from the highly anticipated sequel by Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and director Patty Jenkins. But now, it's back to filming with the new cast members after the Comic-Con festivities.

Ravi Patel has been featured in Masters of None, Grandfathered, Superstore, and Wrecked. Patel also made a comedy documentary about his family pressuring him to settle down and start a family titled Meet the Patels that has received high praise. As previously noted, it's not clear which role he will be taking on in Wonder Woman 1984. The
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Wonder Woman 1984 Adds Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde

Wonder Woman 1984 Adds Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde
The cast of Wonder Woman 1984 just got bigger with the addition of Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde. It isn't clear which roles that the they will be taking on, but that news could be coming down the line soon. DC fans who were lucky enough to be in attendance at last week's San Diego Comic-Con were treated to some very early footage from the highly anticipated sequel by Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and director Patty Jenkins. But now, it's back to filming with the new cast members after the Comic-Con festivities.

Ravi Patel has been featured in Masters of None, Grandfathered, Superstore, and Wrecked. Patel also made a comedy documentary about his family pressuring him to settle down and start a family titled Meet the Patels that has received high praise. As previously noted, it's not clear which role he will be taking on in Wonder Woman 1984. The

Ravi Patel & Gabriella Wilde Boarding ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

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Ravi Patel & Gabriella Wilde Boarding ‘Wonder Woman 1984’
Exclusive: We are hearing that both Ravi Patel and Gabriella Wilde are joining Warner Bros.Wonder Woman 1984. Their roles are being kept under wraps.

The film which is already in production stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal. Earlier this week Insecure star and co-producer Natasha Rothwell boarded the DC sequel. Last weekend, Gadot, Pine and director Patty Jenkins showed off footage from the Nov. 1, 2019 release at San Diego Comic-Con.

Patel wrote, starred and co-directed the comedy documentary Meet The Patels which is currently being adapted into a feature length film which he will also direct and is currently writing with sister Geeta Patel. He has starred on numerous television series including Master of None, Wrecked, and Grandfathered and starred in such movies as Transformers as well as the upcoming Point Grey-produced Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky due out in February. Patel is currently working on a
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Nora Kirkpatrick (‘Door No. 1’ creator) on making the viewer the lead character in immersive Vr comedy series [Exclusive Video Interview]

Nora Kirkpatrick (‘Door No. 1’ creator) on making the viewer the lead character in immersive Vr comedy series [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We wanted to do something where the viewer is the lead character,” reveals “Door No. 1” creator Nora Kirkpatrick, who wrote and directed the first-ever interactive live-action Vr comedy. “We wanted you to have a sense of responsibility in this story and be a part of the story” so that “the story can’t continue without you.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Kirkpatrick above.

See Emmy spotlight: Hulu showcases virtue of Vr with ‘Door No. 1,’ an interactive comedy series by Nora Kirkpatrick

Viewers walk through the shoes of Alex, who is attending his 10-year high school reunion. Shown in a full 360 degrees, the Hulu original allows audiences to pick and choose what paths to take at key points in the story. You can bust a move on the dance floor, pursue a former flame, confront a bully, or get high with the janitor (Snoop Dogg).

“Every viewer who watches will
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Emmy spotlight: Hulu showcases virtue of Vr with ‘Door No. 1,’ an interactive comedy series by Nora Kirkpatrick

The TV academy is to be applauded for embracing new technology with the introduction of Emmy Awards for the likes of Best Original Interactive Program. One of the most innovative contenders in that category this year is the Hulu live-action Vr comedy series, “Door No. 1.”

Nora Kirkpatrick, who was a standout on season 9 of “The Office” as Dwight’s would-be girlfriend, goes behind the camera as both writer and director of this breakthrough program. The immersive experience is shown in a full 360 degrees and allows the viewer to pick and choose at key points in the story.

See 2018 Emmys calendar: Two-week voting starts June 11, nominations on July 12, ceremony on September 17

You walk in the shoes of Alex, who is attending a 10-year high school reunion. Part of the appeal of “Door No. 1” is that repeated viewings take the audience on different paths, with new decisions to be made at various junctures in the story.
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Bravo Bolsters Development Slate With Eight Reality Projects From Ravi Patel, Jenny Daly, More

Bravo Bolsters Development Slate With Eight Reality Projects From Ravi Patel, Jenny Daly, More
Bravo is expanding its development slate with eight new reality projects. The announcement comes on the heels of the greenlight of 11 new and 20 returning series as the network gears up for seven nights of original programming beginning this fall.

The new projects include Will You Marry Us, from Ravi Patel and Pilgrim media based on Patel’s Emmy-winning documentary Meet the Patels, and Flying High, from Jenny Daly’s T Group Productions. Also on the slate is Raising the Bar: Hong Kong a docuseries that follows American nightlife power players in Asia.
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Bravo Puts Eight New Series Into Development, Including DJ Envy Family Docu-Comedy

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Bravo is beefing up its development slate by adding eight new series, the cable network announced Monday.

The news comes on the heels of Bravo announcing orders for 11 new shows and 20 returning shows as they plan to expand to seven nights a week of original programming beginning in Fall 2018.

“Bravo offers a wide scope of programming that gives viewers many options to escape their normal reality mixing humor and fun with layered storytelling resulting in addictive series that offer unique worlds and characters,” said Rachel Smith, senior vice president of development for Bravo Media. “With this new slate of development, we’re testing unexpected environments and loud formats that aim to attract a wide audience while staying true to what makes Bravo so distinct.”

Read the official descriptions for the eight series now in development below.

“Raising the Bar: Hong Kong”

Produced by Monkey with Will Macdonald and David Granger serving as executive producers.
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Watch the Trailer for Hulu’s Upcoming Vr Comedy ‘Door No. 1’ (Exclusive)

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Hulu publicly unveiled the trailer and a behind-the-scenes video for its new virtual reality (Vr) comedy “Door No. 1” Friday. The comedy, which was written and directed by Nora Kirkpatrick of “The Office” fame and produced by AOL’s Ryot exclusively for Hulu, is set to debut on the service on May 24.

Door No. 1 is a kind of live-action multiple choice comedy adventure about a ten-year high school reunion. The show puts the viewer into the middle of the action by making her or him a protagonist of the show: Alex, one of the former students attending the reunion.

Alex doesn’t talk throughout the show, but can decide to take multiple paths through the story, and make many bad decisions along the way — it’s a high school reunion, after all.

The cast for Door No. 1 included Steve Little (“Eastbound and Down”), Ravi Patel, Kyle Bornheimer (“Casual”), Missi Pyle
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Tiff Review: ‘What Will People Say’ Tells a Harrowing Cautionary Tale

The Toronto International Film Festival synopsis calls Iram Haq’s latest film What Will People Say an “empathetic story of family, community, and culture.” I would call it straight up social horror made scarier when you discover that it was partly inspired by the artist’s own life. That festival description had me anticipating a road to catharsis wherein a culture clash between strictly conservative Pakistani Muslim values and a more liberal European lifestyle would force young Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) and her parents (Adil Hussain’s Mirza and Ekavali Khanna’s Mother) to seek common ground and begin understanding where the other comes from. That is most assuredly not what happens, though. Instead we watch a nightmare unfold that often appears to possess just one logical end: death.

This is a film about oppression wielded behind closed doors. It’s about hypocrisy, mistrust, and the struggle felt by second-generation immigrants everywhere.
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Alchemy files for bankruptcy

The Us theatrical distributor, with creditors in the Us and Europe, will “pursue an orderly liquidation.”

Troubled Us theatrical distributor Alchemy has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with estimated liabilities of between $50m and $100m and creditors in the Us and Europe.

In a statement on its web site Alchemy said it will “pursue an orderly liquidation” and has released its entire staff.

The company’s bankruptcy filing says Alchemy has estimated assets of between $10m and $50m and creditors including Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Wme Entertainment in the Us, Protagonist Pictures and The Works in the UK, Insomnia World Sales and Artedis in France and Adriana Chiesa Enterprises in Italy.

Alchemy has recently handled the Us distribution of films including Meet The Patels (pictured), with $1.7m the company’s highest grossing release, Gaspar Noe’s Love, Sophie BarthesMadame Bovary and Black Souls (Anime Nere).

At the 2015 Cannes festival Alchemy bought Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster (pictured
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15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years

15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years
Subverting the Unexpected

At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.

Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions
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New Documentaries Use Animation to Bring Nonfiction Stories to Life

In recent decades, some of the best documentary films — including Oscar-winners such as Bowling for Columbine and Searching for Sugar Man, and, more recently, festival favorites Point and Shoot and Meet the Patels — have have relied on animation to tell compelling nonfiction stories in nontraditional ways. It’s a technique audiences have grown accustomed to and nonfiction filmmakers have learned to adopt with varying degrees of success. While in the past, documentary purists might have posited that animation had no place in non-fiction storytelling, it’s now largely accepted that even observational documentaries involve some degree of manipulation. If anything, by using animation in a documentary, the manipulation is more […]
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'London Town', 'Play The Devil' to premiere at La Film Festival

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'London Town', 'Play The Devil' to premiere at La Film Festival
Top brass announced on Tuesday the 42 world premieres selected for the Us Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, La Muse, and Nightfall Competitions to screen at the festival, set to run from June 1-9 in Los Angeles.

Derrick Borte’s London Town (UK), Maria Govan’s Play The Devil (pictured, Trinidad-Bahamas-usa) are among the World Fiction Competition entries, while Amber Tamblyn’s Paint It Black (USA) plays in the Us Fiction Competition.

The Documentary Competition includes Out Of Iraq (Canada-Iraq-Lebanon-usa) by Eva Orner and Chris McKim, and Darren Lynn Bousman’s Abattoir (USA) plays in genre section Nightfall, and Actors Of Sound (Argentina-Finland-Germany-India-Ireland-usa) screens in the La Muse programme.

Across the five feature competition categories, 43% of the films are directed by women and 38% by people of colour.

As previously announced, the opening night film is the world premiere of Ricardo De Montreuil’s Lowriders, while this year’s guest director is Ryan Coogler. Ava DuVernay and Array
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La Film Festival Unveils Fiction, Documentary Competition Titles

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The La Film Festival has unveiled the official U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, Nightfall and La Muse sections. The festival runs June 1-9 at the ArcLight Cinemas. “Our Programming team, led by Roya Rastegar and Jennifer Cochis, killed it,” said festival director Stephanie Allain. “The competition lineup of 42 world premieres echoes Film Independent’s mission to celebrate diversity and showcases a multitude of innovative, fresh voices. We can’t wait to share these films with audiences and industry alike, and, following years which saw films like ‘Meet the Patels,’ ‘Code Black,’ ‘Nightingale,’ ‘The Drew,’ ‘Out of My Hand’ and
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The Tell-tale Heart DVD & VOD Release Date & Cover Art

Cover art and release details have been revealed for John La Tier’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a man haunted by his heinous crime, The Tell-Tale Heart will be released on DVD and VOD on April 5th.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2016) — Alchemy is proud to announce the home entertainment release of the haunting, The Tell-tale Heart, directed by John La Tier. Starring Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream, Grindhouse, Jawbreaker, The Blac), Patrick John Flueger (The 4400, The Princess Diaries, NBC’s Chicago P.D.), Academy Award® nominee Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, HBO’s The Sopranos), Jacob Vargas (Next Friday, Selena, Traffic, Jarhead), and Damon Whitake. The Tell-tale Heart has a running time of 82 minutes and is not rated. The Tell-tale Heart is available on DVD and VOD April 5th, 2016.

A haunting account of a tormented man, haunted by the heart of a man he murdered,
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Ravi Patel Bio: In His Own Words

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Ravi Patel is an American actor of East Indian descent known for his part on Fox’s TV series Past Life as well as his current appearances in Grandfathered and Netflix’s Master of None alongside Aziz Ansari. He also co-directed and starred in the award-winning documentary Meet the Patels. Ravi Patel: Early Life and Switch to Acting Patel was […]

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How the DVD Business Is Destroying Alchemy

Alchemy is in deep trouble. Its most anticipated title, "The Lobster," has been sold to A24; it's facing "financial discrepancies," and major cutbacks. However, while other indie distributors fend off attacks from upstart new-platform competitors like Netflix and Amazon, the undoing of Alchemy may stem from an enemy considered all but toothless: The DVD business.  Sixteen months ago, Virgo Investment Group acquired B-movie producer Avi Lerner's Millennium Entertainment specialty distribution arm and rebranded it as Alchemy. It soon found surprise success with "Meet the Patels," a comedic documentary about actor Ravi Patel that grossed $1.7 million domestically. Alchemy's acquisitions team began to assemble a promising slate for 2016, including the Cannes-acclaimed "The Lobster." But by the end of 2015, that potential would start to crumble as a new merger forced Alchemy into a liquidity crisis that now threatens its...
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15 Oscar Documentary Finalists... A Tight Race

Could Marlon Brando return to the Oscars posthumously? The documentary Listen to Me Marlon made the finals for the Best Documentary Oscar even though documentaries about Hollywood stars and movies aren't typically so favorited. Note that Ingrid Bergman's documentary --also famously "in her own words" -- and the enjoyable Tab Hunter: Confidential and the Sundance sensation The Wolfpack about living through the movies weren't as lucky and did not make the finals.

The 15 Finalists

Amy (PGA nominee, Ida nominee, Nbr winner) Best of Enemies (Nbr top 5, Spirit nominee) Cartel Land (Gotham nominee) Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief He Named Me Malala Heart of a Dog (Gotham nominee, Spirit nominee) The Hunting Ground (PGA nominee) Listen to Me Marlon (Ida nominee, Nbr top 5, Gotham nominee)

The Look of Silence (PGA nominee, Ida nominee, Nbr top 5, Gotham winner, Spirit nominee) Meru (PGA nominee, Spirit nominee) 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten
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