The Journey of a Bombshell: The Ina Ray Hutton Story will premiere at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) October 4th, 9th and 23rd at 9:00pm. Written and performed by Melissa Ritz, the one-woman play with music and tap dancing explores the incredible life of one of entertainment history's most dynamic women. Julie Kline directs. (more...)
Star Trek fans worldwide made their voices heard by donating over $650,000 on Kickstarter and through PayPal to finance the independent film Star Trek: Axanar (follow-up to the highly-successful - and Kickstarter-funded - short, Prelude to Axanar). The viral marketing campaign stands as a prime example of the power of grassroots social media efforts, and was capped by actor George Takei, Star Trek's original Sulu, taking to Facebook and Twitter to promote the project, boosting its final tally by 50-percent on its last day.
Spearheaded by producer/writer Alec Peters and writer/director Christian Gossett, creator of the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Red Star, Star Trek: Axanar is the story of Captain Kirk's hero, Garth of Izar, a character only seen in one episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar focuses on Garth and his crew during the Four Years War with the Klingon Empire, twenty-one years before the original Star Trek - a war that almost tore apart the Federation and set the stage for Star Trek mythology as we know it. Peters, who wrote the original fan fiction twenty years ago, partnered with Gossett to turn the story into a screenplay worthy of inclusion in the Trek universe.
The duo worked hard to show that Axanar would distinguish itself from other fan-based Star Trek productions by bringing in acting (and science fiction) legends Tony Todd, Kate Vernon, Richard Hatch, Gary Graham, and J.G. Hertzler to play the key roles, and an award-winning crew including Oscar-winning sound designer Frank Serafine (The Hunt for Red October), and makeup artist Kevin Haney (Driving Miss Daisy). They are complemented by visual-effects magician Tobias Richter, whose work has been used in the remastered Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays. 'There is no difference between this and any other terrifically managed and organized independent production I've ever been a part of - this is much better than almost all of them,' says actor J.G. Hertzler, who portrays Starfleet Admiral Samuel Travis.
An initial successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2014 raised over $100,000 to produce Prelude to Axanar; a 20-minute short film modeled after the PBS documentaries of Ken Burns and the Sir Laurence Olivier-narrated The World at War. The short gives the viewer a look at the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar and presents both a historical and personal account of the war. In addition, it allowed the cast and crew to prove their ability to deliver a professional-quality Star Trek production. 'In twenty minutes, Prelude gave us new Star Trek characters and situations and proved that it was worthy of the name Star Trek,' said Robert Meyer-Burnett, award-winning writer and director of the film Free Enterprise and many other Star Trek productions.
So what made this crowdfunding campaign so successful? 'The most important part was Prelude itself,' said Peters, 'because it gave us enormous credibility. Combine that with an amazingly-loyal and passionate group of donors from our first Kickstarter, who tirelessly evangelized for us, and the aid of the geek media, which got behind the project after seeing our first trailer, and there was no stopping the momentum we'd built up.'
About Star Trek: Axanar
Star Trek: Axanar is a not-for-profit film project produced by Axanar Productions, Inc. Axanar uses the intellectual property of CBS, Star Trek rights holder, under the provision that Axanar is completely non-commercial. Axanar is being funded entirely through donations from fans. In March 2014, the short film Prelude to Axanar executed a successful fundraiser that totaled over $100,000. Prelude was filmed in May and premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on July 26, 2014, launching the feature-length film's Kickstarter campaign that raised over $650,000 on Kickstarter and PayPal. Axanar begins pre-production in September with production scheduled to begin early 2015. Additional information can be found at www.startrekaxanar.com.
Please note: STAR TREK and all related marks, logos and characters are owned by CBS Studios, Inc. This film, the promotion thereof and/or any exhibition of? material created by the filmmakers are not endorsed or sponsored by or affiliated with CBS/Paramount Pictures or the STAR TREK franchise. (more...)
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President and respected veteran motion picture marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the Fall 2014 O.L. Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States. The announcement was made today by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett. (more...)
Presto, Australia's premier entertainment streaming service, today announced that Google Chromecast has taken the lead as Australia's favourite way to enjoy their blockbuster movies library. More than 20% of Presto views have been via Chromecast, since Presto's arrival on the device in July this year. (more...)
From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures' $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. The film will be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014. (more...)
Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign has announced plans for a major North American headline tour. The 'In Too Deep Tour' will get underway October 1st at San Antonio's White Rabbit and then travel through late November (see itinerary below). For complete details, please log onto www.dollasignworld.com/tour. Recently named as one of XXL Magazine's 'XXL Freshmen 2014,' Ty is also busy completing work on his hugely anticipated debut album, titled 'FREE TC,' due out later this year. (more...)
The event will bring together content professionals and executives
tasked with managing the next generation of content technologies
emerging in the marketplace in 2015. The seminar is open to
entertainment industry professionals and will be held at the Paramount
Pictures Studio Theater in Hollywood. (more...)
Crimson Hexagon's ForSight social media analysis technology will assist
Somera in meeting the strategic needs of its client roster, which
includes companies in the banking, media and broadcast TV industries.
Using Crimson Hexagon's ForSight, Somera will incorporate in-depth
conversation analysis and consumer research into their reports and
advisory services to their clients. (more...)
Just prior to their fall 2014 broadcast premieres, the latest seasons of TV's most popular series will arrive on DVD from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution packed with exclusive bonus features. A collection of longstanding fan-favorite crime hits, such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Criminal Minds, join critically acclaimed dramas, The Good Wife, Elementary, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-O (2010), along with the hilarious new series The Millers, for release on DVD including newly produced material only accessible through these special collections. (more...)
Screen and stage star Elizabeth Reaser, best known for her performances in the blockbuster Twilight film franchise and her season-long arc on 'Grey's Anatomy,' will step into its upcoming production of The Money Shot for the departing Heather Graham, who exits the production due to a late-breaking opportunity to begin production on a passion project. (more...)
Today, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts announced four new shows to be presented at the Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA): Grammy and Blues Award-winning ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Irish music sensation Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas-The Symphony Tour on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM, the critically acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus: Home for the Holidays! on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM and the hit 1940's Big Band tribute show In the Mood on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM. Tickets for all four performances go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 29, 2014 at noon and may be purchased online at wellsfargocenterarts.org, by calling 707.546.3600 or in person at the box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa. (more...)
Comedy Central knows that it takes way more than just hilarious programming to stay on top — it's also about getting to know your audience on a deep, meaningful level. That's why the #1 brand in comedy sent comedian Nikki Glaser to move in with a bunch of social media savvy millennials and report back on her experience for the new multiplatform reality series “Comedians Crashing Couches.” The eight-episode series is produced by Comedy Central's CC:Studios and debuts on Thursday, August 14 across multiple platforms including CC.com and the Comedy Central YouTube Channel. (more...)
Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced today that they have promoted Joe Earley to Chief Operating Officer for Fox Television Group (FTG) and appointed David Madden President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). (more...)
The #1 brand in comedy sent comedian Nikki Glaser to move in with a bunch of social-media savvy millennials and report back on her experience for the new multiplatform reality series “Comedians Crashing Couches.” (more...)
NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ YOU On Demand Holdings, Inc. (YOD) ('YOU On Demand'), a leading Video On Demand ('VOD') service provider in China delivering Hollywood movies to mobile and TV screens, announced today that it has signed a distribution and service agreement with Beijing Hiveview Technology Co,Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Peng Telecom and Media Group, Ltd. (600804.SS on the Shanghai Stock Exchange) ('Dr. Peng Group'). Dr. Peng Group is the largest independent broadband service provider in China with 8 million broadband homes across the country. (more...)
The Hollywood Arts Council (HAC) presented their 29th Annual FREE Children's Festival of the Arts at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Shauna McClure, Executive Director of the Hollywood Arts Council said, 'This year's Children's Festival of the Arts was attended by a record high of around 5,000 people. The event was a total success! People whose parents attended the festival in the past are now bringing their own kids. The diversity of the crowd in attendance was truly amazing.' (more...)
“High value video content is increasingly consumed across a broad range
of devices, including tablets, notebooks and smartphones,” said Graham
Loveridge, Pixelworks' SVP Strategic Marketing and Business Development.
“Yet reproducing the content creator's intent requires the sophisticated
display processing and picture quality tuning that is only found in
televisions and projectors today. The ETC provides a great collaborative
forum that will help us to ensure that our display processors provide
the best video experience on all screens, including mobile devices.” (more...)
FLASHDANCE - THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at the Morrison Center on October 21-23, 2014. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices range from $37.50 to $57.50 and will be available at the Morrison Center Box Office, by visiting MorrisonCenter.com, or by calling 208-426-1110. (more...)