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DEEPWATER HORIZON, w/Q&A, Extra Screening Opportunity, New York
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DEEPWATER HORIZON, w/Q&A, Extra Screening Opportunity, New York Saturday, September 24th, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
Followed by a Q & A with:
Director Peter Berg &
Special Effects Supervisors
Matt Kutcher & Burt Dalton


Moderated by Dan Schrecker

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. This film follows a vital story that many have not seen: the story of the 126 crew members working aboard the Deepwater Horizon that day, caught in the most harrowing circumstances imaginable. They were skilled working men and women putting in a grueling shift in the hopes of getting back soon to families and lives ashore. In an instant, they were faced with their darkest hour, pushed to summon the courage to battle an unstoppable inferno blaze in the middle of the ocean, and when all seemed lost, to save one another. 

The ultra deep-water drilling rig off the Louisiana coast -- the Deepwater Horizon – riveted the world as it experienced a devastating blowout, fire and nearly unstoppable ocean floor oil leak. For 87 days millions watched, hearts in mouths, as more than 50,000 barrels of oil a day gushed from the sea floor into the Gulf of Mexico. It would become the largest accidental ocean oil spill in human history. A fragile marine system hung in the balance, livelihoods were left in limbo, and red flags were raised about the true costs and dangers of drilling for oil in deep water conditions. 

DEEPWATER HORIZON brings that story to the screen with a gripping glimpse into the unseen world behind the global disaster that took the lives of 11 workers. Filmmaker Peter Berg once again collaborates with Oscar® nominated actor Mark Wahlberg sharing an untold story of men & women, real life heroes, who faced extraordinary consequences with extreme bravery. The pair previously explored a Navy SEAL team mission gone wrong in the Oscar® nominated LONE SURVIVOR, and the duo is set to release PATRIOT’S DAY, the story inside the dramatic events leading up to and after the Boston Marathon bombing later this year. In DEEPWATER HORIZON, Mark Wahlberg is joined by an incredible cast including Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson to bring audiences directly into, not only the events, but the charged human drama and acts of valor beneath them.

Release date: September 30, 2016
Running Time: 107 minutes
Rating: PG


NYIT 1871 Broadway New York, NY 10023 (between W. 61st and 62nd Sts.)
QUEEN OF KATWE w/ Q&A, Extra Screening Opportunity, Los Angeles Sunday, September 18th, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Followed by a Q&A with:

producers John B. Carls and Lydia Dean Pilcher 


 "Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, "Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a., and John Carls, p.g.a., with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony®nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
 
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s "Queen of Katwe” opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016.

Release date: September 30, 2016
Running time: 124 mins.
Rating: PG



The Walt Disney Studios 500 South Buena Vista Street Burbank, CA 91521 enter at ALAMEDA GATE
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS w/ Q&A, New York Extra Screening Opportunity Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with:
Travis Knight, Director


From animation studio LAIKA comes an action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen samurai warrior father. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfill his heroic destiny. The film, produced by Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner, also features the voices of George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Brenda Vaccaro.

MPAA Rating: (Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril)

Running Time: 101 min




AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 1998 Broadway New York, NY 10023
A BAFTA Event, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH HARRY SHEARER, Extra Event Opportunity, Los Angeles Monday, July 25th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is pleased to invite you to join us for a very special discussion and screening event.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH HARRY SHEARER

Actor, author, director, comedian, musician, and one of the best “voices” in the business, Harry Shearer is a comic personality and modern day renaissance man.

For the past 29 years he has enjoyed worldwide success thanks to his voice work for THE SIMPSONS, where he plays 23 different characters, while Movie audiences will know Shearer best for his collaborations with Christopher Guest including THIS IS SPINAL TAP, A MIGHTY WIND and FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. Shearer’s other film credits include REAL LIFE, THE RIGHT STUFF, PORTRAIT OF A WHITE MARRIAGE, THE FISHER KING, GODZILLA, DICK, THE TRUMAN SHOW, SMALL SOLDIERS, and next year's BASTARDS.

Shearer’s most recent project is TV comedy-drama NIXON’S THE ONE, a six part series based on the tape recordings from President Nixon’s Oval Office, co-written with Stanley Kutler and starring Shearer as Richard Nixon.

The evening will include a discussion and screening of one episode of Nixon’s The One (Episode Running time 22mins).

No recording equipment, photography or note-taking.  Thank you!

 The evening should be about 90 minutes



Raleigh Studios Chaplin Theater 5300 Melrose Ave. (at Van Ness) Hollywood, CA 90038 Parking in the structure on Van Ness across from studio lot entrance--there will be a parking fee, there is also street parking.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON w/ Q&A, Los Angeles, Extra Screening opportunity Thursday, February 18th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Followed by a Q & A with:
Screenwriters
Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today. 


Running Time: 150 Minutes

MPAA Rating: R



Directors Guild of America Theater #2 7920 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (Parking below the building)
SPOTLIGHT w/ Q&A, TONIGHT, Extra Screening Opportunity, Los Angeles Thursday, February 18th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Followed by a Q&A with: 
Director/Co-Writer Tom McCarthy
Co-Writer Josh Singer
Editor Tom McArdle
Cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi

SPOTLIGHT tells the true story of the Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. 

When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.  

The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James. Liev Schreiber and John Slattery as the team of reporters and Stanley Tucci as the lawyer looking to help the survivors.  Director Tom McCathy co-wrote the script with Josh Singer.

Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

Rating: R

Directed by Tom McCarthy
Screenplay by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams,
Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup
Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust
Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi
Edited by Tom McArdle
Composer Howard Shore
Production Design by Stephen H. Carter
Costume Design by Wendy Chuck​​



The London Hotel 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (Complimentary valet parking)
WINTER ON FIRE, w/ Q&A, Extra Screening Opportunity,Los Angeles (Limited seating) Thursday, February 18th, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with:

Director Evgeny Afineevsky


Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM from director Evgeny Afineevsky witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent revolution calling for the resignation of the nation’s president. The film captures the remarkable mobilization of nearly a million citizens from across the country protesting the corrupt political regime that utilized extreme force against its own people to suppress their demands and freedom of expression.

Running time: 104 Minutes

This film is not yet rated

 



Soho House 9200 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (complimentary valet parking provided)
Carol w/ Q&A, Extra Screening Opportunity, Los Angeles Thursday, February 11th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Followed by a Q&A with:
Rooney Mara
screenwriter Phyllis Nagy
Cinematographer Ed Lachman

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy with moving performances from Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 118 Minutes



Landmark Theater 10850 W Pico Blvd Suite 520 Los Angeles, CA 90064-2131 (Free validated parking for first 3 hours, $3 for over 3 hours with validation)
THE DANISH GIRL W/ Q&A, LOS ANGELES Monday, February 8th, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with:
Costume Designer Paco Delgado
Set Decorator Michael Standish

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of  Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s journey as a transgender woman.

 Director: Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”)

Writer: Lucinda Coxon, based on the book The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts

 MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 120 Minutes



Landmark Theater 10850 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064-2131 (Validated parking is free for first 3 hours and $3 over 3 hourr)
SICARIO w/ Roger Deakins Q&A, Extra Screening Opportunity, Los Angeles Thursday, February 4th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Followed by a Q&A with:
Cinematographer Roger Deakins

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.
In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily 
Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

Lionsgate and Black Label Media present a Thunder Road production, Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Taylor Sheridan. Produced by Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Executive Producers are John H. Starke, Erica Lee, and Ellen H. Schwartz. The behind-the-scenes team, who bring to life the unseen no-man’s-land that lies on, and below, the U.S.- Mexico border, includes Director of Photography Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, Production Designer Patrice Vermette, Editor Joe Walker, ACE, Visual Effects Supervisor Louis Morin, Costume Designer Renée April, Casting by Francine Maisler, and Music by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The film stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Jeffrey Donovan, Raoul Trujillo, and Julio Cesar Cedillo.


Running Time: 121 Minutes

MPAA Rating: R


The London Hotel 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 (Complimentary valet parking)
SPOTLIGHT W/ Q & A , Tomorrow -- Los Angeles, Extra Screening Opportunity, Limited Seating Sunday, January 31st, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Followed by a Q&A with:
Mark Ruffalo
Rachel McAdams
Brian d'Arcy James
Billy Crudup
Tom McCarthy
Josh Singer

Q&A will be moderated by Boston Globe journalist Sacha Pfeiffer

SPOTLIGHT tells the true story of the Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. 

When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.  

The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James. Liev Schreiber and John Slattery as the team of reporters and Stanley Tucci as the lawyer looking to help the survivors.  Director Tom McCathy co-wrote the script with Josh Singer.

Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

Rating: R

Directed by Tom McCarthy
Screenplay by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams,
Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup
Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust
Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi
Edited by Tom McArdle
Composer Howard Shore
Production Design by Stephen H. Carter
Costume Design by Wendy Chuck​​



The Screening Room at The London 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069 Complimentary valet parking
SPOTLIGHT W/ Q&A & RECEPTION, TONIGHT!! Extra Screening Opportunity Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Followed by a Conversation with:
Producers Steve Golin and Michael Sugar
Casting Director Kerry Barden
Boston Globe Journalist Sacha Pfeiffer

Conversation will be followed by a light reception

SPOTLIGHT tells the true story of the Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. 

When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.  

The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Brian d'Arcy James. Liev Schreiber and John Slattery as the team of reporters and Stanley Tucci as the lawyer looking to help the survivors.  Director Tom McCathy co-wrote the script with Josh Singer.

Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

Rating: R

Directed by Tom McCarthy
Screenplay by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams,
Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup
Produced by Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Pagon Faust
Cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi
Edited by Tom McArdle
Composer Howard Shore
Production Design by Stephen H. Carter
Costume Design by Wendy Chuck​​



Harmony Gold Theater 7655 Sunset Blvd. (between Stanley and Courtney) Los Angeles, CA 90046 (free parking underneath & in lot behind theater - some street parking is permit restricted so be sure to read the signs)
BROOKLYN w/ Q & A, Los Angeles, Extra Screening Opportunity Thursday, January 7th, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with:
Director, JOHN CROWLEY
Writer, NICK HORNBY
Production Designer, FRANÇOIS SÈGUIN
Cinematographer,  YVES BÉLANGER 
Composer, MICHAEL BROOKS

Directed by: John Crowley
Screenplay by: Nick Hornby
Produced by: Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Running Time: 113 Minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13




Zanuck Theater Twentieth Century Fox 10201 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles (please allow time to park in the GALAXY parking structure--enter off Ave. of the Stars)