Fast Five Races To TOP of Box Office with $83.6 Million

Official website: http://www.fastfivemovie.com/

Summary:

Fast Five (2011) More at IMDbPro…

Former cop Brian O’Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey… before someone else runs them down first. Written by Universal Pictures

FOX News Report:
LOS ANGELES — “Fast Five” has left the competition in the dust with an $83.6 million debut to grab the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Universal Pictures’ fifth movie in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise was by far this year’s biggest opening. Its take was more than double the previous best of $39.2 million for “Rio,” the 20th Century Fox animated hit that slipped to No. 2 with $14.4 million.
The No. 1 movie the two previous weekends, “Rio” raised its total to $103.6 million.

“Fast Five” set a record for best April debut ever, speeding past the $71 million haul of its predecessor, “Fast & Furious,” two years ago.
The movie reteams stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker as outlaw driving aces and adds Dwayne Johnson as a federal agent on their tail. The action expands beyond the franchise’s traditional racing scene into a broad crime romp.

“Summer began April 29,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal. “This was all about the right decisions we made, from the concept to the task. How this was made, that it’s not just a car-racing movie, but making it into an action-heist movie. … And the marketing that said, ‘This is not the same. This is new. You’re going to love this, and it’s going to open up a whole new world.”‘
The movie gave Hollywood a huge head-start on the summer season, which begins with next weekend’s debut of the Paramount Pictures superhero saga “Thor.”

Overall revenues totaled $155 million, up a whopping 52 percent from the same weekend last year, when “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was No. 1 with $32.9 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

It was the third-straight weekend that receipts climbed, lifting Hollywood out of a prolonged downturn that began last fall. Revenues for 2011 were running 20.5 percent behind last year’s just three weeks ago, but the rebound since then has left Hollywood’s business down just 14.2 percent compared with 2010.
“What a difference three weeks can make,” said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “We get so gloom-and-doom, and appropriately so, but look how quickly we’re turning this around. And we’re on the cusp of the biggest movie-going season of the year.”
“Fast Five” added $81.4 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to $165 million. “Thor” already has opened in many international markets, pulling in $93 million overseas ahead of its U.S. release.

Domestically, the weekend’s other new wide releases tanked. Disney’s teen romance “Prom” debuted at No. 5 with only $5 million, while the Weinstein Co. animated sequel “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” opened at No. 6 with just $4.1 million.
Freestyle Releasing’s horror comedy “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,” featuring “Superman Returns” star Brandon Routh, debuted far outside the top-10 with a paltry $885,000.

“Dylan Dog” played in narrower release of 875 theaters, averaging $1,011 a cinema, compared with $1,832 in 2,730 theaters for “Prom” and $1,653 in 2,505 cinemas for “Hoodwinked Too.”

“Fast Five” played in 3,644 theaters, averaging a mammoth $22,950 a cinema.
Ten percent, or $8.3 million, of domestic revenues for “Fast Five” came from huge-screen IMAX theaters.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Fast Five,” $83.6 million.
2. “Rio,” $14.4 million.
3. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” $10.1 million.
4. “Water for Elephants,” $9.1 million.
5. “Prom,” $5 million.
6. “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil,” $4.1 million.
7. “Soul Surfer,” $3.3 million.
8. “Insidious,” $2.7 million.
9. “Hop,” $2.6 million.
10. “Source Code,” $2.5 million.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/05/01/fast-races-box-office-836m/#ixzz1LA9YG5sV

Webisoap.com…”The Young & Rebellious”

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Jason Lockhart branches out into writing, directing and now film producing to create the first “Webisoap”…

April 21, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA) Jason Lockhart (Star of Vampire Boys) has created Webisoap.com, a new online channel that will air “soap style” webshows with a flair of spoofing daytime television and storylines of The CW caliber. The first series to launch on Webisoap.com is “The Young & Rebellious” starring Jason Lockhart as a dark, womanizing loner named Logan.

On Sunday May 1, 2011 at 7pm, The Avery Schreiber Theatre in North Hollywood (11050 Magnolia Boulevard) will host The official premiere of “The Young & Rebellious” Season 1. This screening will include the cast, crew, press and media. After the premiere,”The Young & Rebellious” will be available free to the public, with a new episode airing every Monday night at 8:00 PM (PST) on Webisoap.com…

The all star cast of “The Young & Rebellious” also includes: Jacqui Holland (Desperate Housewives, My Best Friend’s Girl, Hollywood Sex Wars), Scott L. Schwartz (Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, The Scorpion King), David “Shark” Fralick (Larry Warton from The Young and the Restless), Vanessa Born (Bring it On: Fight to the Finish), Dana Chapman (The Young and the Restless), etc….

For more information please visit: www.Webisoap.com.

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Meagan Good’s new band HELLO GIRLS will host The Booster Club Pilot Screening in Los Angeles at My Studio…

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January 15, 2011

Meagan Good’s new band HELLO GIRLS will host The Booster Club Pilot Screening in Los Angeles at My Studio…

(Los Angeles, CA) The Booster Club Pilot Screening will take place at My Studio (6623 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA) from 6:30-9:30pm on January 23, 2011. This red carpet, star studded pilot screening will be hosted by HELLO GIRLS (Meagan Good, Lamyia Good, Amy Bell, and Sterling Victorian). Guests will be greeted with gift bags and entertained with a special performance by HELLO GIRLS.

Some of the cast members expected to attend include: Traci Lords, Rashad McCants, Lamyia Good, Virginia Watson, Amy Bell, Nathaniel Lamar, Chris Snyder, Cru Ennis, LaTonya Holmes, Michael Klinger, Robert Tena, Cottrell Guidry, etc…Hit-Boy and Stacey Barthe will also be in attendance.

SYNOPSIS:
Created, produced and directed by Rich King Entertainment’s Dwayne Barnes and Malaku McCray, “The Booster Club” is An Addictive Comedy Series that will take viewers into the lives of a ring of professional booster “thieves” dedicated to the advancement of those addicted to the high of stealing. “The Wire” meets “Weeds” is the best way to describe it.

“Booster Club” is executive produced by NBA player, Rashad McCants along with Dwayne Barnes and Malaku Quisada-McCray.

Music composed by Hit-Boy of Surf Club (Eminem, Keri Hilson, Brandy, Diddy, Lil Wayne). Featured songs by Stacey Barthe (Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Rhianna).

The Booster Club:
www.theboosterclub.wordpress.com

Movie Trailer:
http://theboosterclub.wordpress.com/trailer/

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The Sicilian Girl Los Angeles premiere opens at Nuart Theatre…

Italian Drama Based on True Events – Teenage Girl Breaks Mafia’s Code of Silence.

Music Box Films presents THE SICILIAN GIRL opening Sept 10, 2010 at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles for a one-week engagement.

THE SICILIAN GIRL is a fictionalized account based on the life and journals of Rita Atria, the determined 17-year-old daughter of a slain mob boss. Too young and powerless to take immediate revenge, she began keeping detailed notes of the crimes she saw. In 1991, during a period when the Mafia was under increasing pressure from the Italian judicial system, Rita gives evidence to famed anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino against the “family business.” Sicilian native Veronica D’Agostino (Respiro) gives a compelling performance as the impetuous heroine, consumed by rage and grief. Gérard Jugnot (The Chorus) plays the thoughtful, hard-nosed chief prosecutor of Palermo, who has his hands full with the mercurial Rita. Both of them are constantly at deadly risk from the seemingly all-powerful mob. Like the recent hit Gomorrah, this film shows organized crime’s pervasive grip on the country, but is told from a more personal perspective. A native of Sicily, writer/director Marco Amenta has directed several documentaries about the Sicilian Mafia.

“**** (Four Stars)! An enlightening factual and atmospheric account of large-scale corruption and individual courage – Sunday Times (Australia)

“**** (Four Stars)! Highly recommended. Engrossing. As entertaining as any Hollywood Thriller.” – The Dominion Post (New Zealand)

Read the story on director Marco Amenta on indieWIRE:
http://www.indiewire.com/article/futures_the_sicilian_girl_director_marco_amenta/pem

The film’s running time is 110 minutes; it is not rated.

In Italian; fully subtitled in English. Digital images are available at:

http://www.musicboxfilms.com/the-sicilian-girl

Showtimes:
9/11/10: 9:30-10pm Q&A – Marco Amenta (writer/director)

This kicks off an exclusive one-week showing from Friday September 10 through Thursday September 16, 2010. Show times: Fri- Sun at 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 & 10:00; Mon- Thu at 5:00, 7:30 & 10:00

Location: Landmark’s Nuart Theatre is at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, just west of the 405 Freeway, in West Los Angeles. Program information: 310-281-8223; www.landmarktheatres.com

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THE SICILIAN GIRL is an Italian drama based on true events – Teenage Girl Breaks Mafia’s Code of Silence…

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Music Box Films presents THE SICILIAN GIRL private screening Sept 7, 2010 at Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles…

THE SICILIAN GIRL is an Italian drama based on true events – Teenage Girl Breaks Mafia’s Code of Silence… THE SICILIAN GIRL is a fictionalized account based on the life and journals of Rita Atria, the determined 17-year-old daughter of a slain mob boss. Too young and powerless to take immediate revenge, she began keeping detailed notes of the crimes she saw. In 1991, during a period when the Mafia was under increasing pressure from the Italian judicial system, Rita gives evidence to famed anti-Mafia judge Paolo Borsellino against the “family business.” Sicilian native Veronica D’Agostino (Respiro) gives a compelling performance as the impetuous heroine, consumed by rage and grief. Gérard Jugnot (The Chorus) plays the thoughtful, hard-nosed chief prosecutor of Palermo, who has his hands full with the mercurial Rita. Both of them are constantly at deadly risk from the seemingly all-powerful mob. Like the recent hit Gomorrah, this film shows organized crime’s pervasive grip on the country, but is told from a more personal perspective. A native of Sicily, writer/director Marco Amenta has directed several documentaries about the Sicilian Mafia.
“**** (Four Stars)! An enlightening factual and atmospheric account of large-scale corruption and individual courage – Sunday Times (Australia)

“**** (Four Stars)! Highly recommended. Engrossing. As entertaining as any Hollywood Thriller.” – The Dominion Post (New Zealand)

Read the story on director Marco Amenta on indieWIRE:
http://www.indiewire.com/article/futures_the_sicilian_girl_director_marco_amenta/pem

The film’s running time is 110 minutes; it is not rated.
In Italian; fully subtitled in English. Digital images are available at:
http://www.musicboxfilms.com/the-sicilian-girl

Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it/IIC_Losangeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Time: Press/Media arrivals begin at 5:45pm
Red carpet arrivals 6:00 – 6:30pm
Pre-screening starts at 7:00pm

Details: Pre-screening
9:00- Q&A
9.30 –11:30 After Party

Event Logistics And Design:
Bella Notte Events
Viviana Salvia
(951) 217-1028
Email: viviana@bellanotteevents.com

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August 13, 2010

Changing Hands Film gets accepted into Southern Appalachian International Film Festival…

SOAPIFF (Southern Appalachian International Film Festival) is the first film festival to accept and showcase independent feature ‘Changing Hands’, starring Kevin Sorbo, Antonio Fargas, Erika Eleniak, Eddie Jemison and Vernon Wells.

Veteran actor Scott L. Schwartz (Oceans 11, 12 &13, Starsky and Hutch, etc…) makes his directorial debut with the independent feature ‘Changing Hands’. An amazing star studded cast that includes: Kevin Sorbo, Antonio Fargas, Erika Eleniak, Eddie Jemison, Vernon Wells, Scott Macdonald, James Martin Kelly, Carman Licciardello, Mars Crain, Tony Longo, Carl Stilliitano, Scott L. Schwartz, Sebastian Valdes, Kaylee Beth Dodson, Holt Boggs, George O’Mara, Daniel Roebuck and Brad Kesten round out this extremely unique and compelling tale of fate.

Synopsis:
Sometimes the origin of a gun is a dubious journey. What goes around, comes around; such a true statement in every effect. ‘Changing Hands’ tells the story of a gun, and the path is takes on its journey through different hands. From stolen roots, to unscrupulous trades, to robberies and assaults, this film follows the twists and turns of the travels of the gun through a thrilling path.

Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, (SOAPIFF) where one can watch world-class films within minutes of glorious hiking trails through the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. The purpose of SOAPIFF is to publicly recognize, promote, and preserve the work of independent filmmakers and encourage film production and film culture in Southern Appalachia. The Filmmaker can film in a kaleidoscope of site locations that provide a unique setting in Southern Appalachia. Films you might know that were shot in Southern Appalachia: “Dirty Dancing,” “Goodbye, Miss 4th of July,” “The River,” “What about Bob” among others. SOAPIFF has revived an annual film festival in greater East Tennessee, the birthplace of the oldest continuous independent film festival in the American South (the Sinking Creek Film Celebration*). Therefore one of their most prestigious awards is dedicated to Sinking Creek founder Mary Jane Coleman. Website: www.soapiff.com

Official Website:
www.changinghandsfilm.com

For more information on interviews, film festival or to receive a copy of the movie for review please contact Misty Griffey at: mistyepr@gmail.com or direct at: (323) 570-1328.