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AES Presents Outdoor Community Nights in Redondo Beach with Green Cinema - AES Seaside Cinema
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Tuesday, 20 July 2010 22:10
REDONDO BEACH, Ca. (PRBuzz) July 20, 2010 -- AES Redondo Beach is hosting a series of four Seaside Cinema Community Nights at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach beginning each Friday night from July 23, 2010, to August 13, 2010.  The free community event will have family friendly movies playing at the Seaside Lagoon as well as free giveaways, special guests and tons of fun.  "AES Redondo Beach is excited to offer the community an opportunity to spend a wonderful evening enjoying the beautiful downtown Redondo Beach area" said Tony Chavez AES Redondo Beach plant manager.  "This is a community partnership with local businesses and provides an opportunity for the local high school Key Club to earn money through their concession stand."

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BLUEWATER'S ROBERT PATTINSON COMIC BOOK SELLS OUT, 2ND PRINTING ON ITS WAY
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Wednesday, 30 June 2010 22:10
(PRBuzz) June 30, 2010 -- With the latest edition of the Twilight saga movie opening this week, the clamor surrounding Robert Pattinson has reached a fevered pitch. As so much, Bluewater Productions' biography comic book featuring the popular actor has sold out. A second printing of "FAME: Robert Pattinson", with a new cover is already in production.

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Cadillac's Scentsational leading man- Introducing Kenneth Monroe
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Friday, 18 June 2010 22:10
Los Angeles, CA (MMD Newswire) June 18, 2010 -- Kenneth Monroe is a presence to be known.  The actor, filmmaker, innovator completed 3 feature films in 1 year and is preparing for the debut of his films with a social message and multiple theatrical distribution deals on the table.  Believing in the bright future of Monroe, luxury brand Cadillac Fragrance will be sponsoring his movie campaign and signed him on as the spokesperson for their new men's fragrance Cadillac Black. The official launch is Tuesday June 29, 2010 at an exclusive Cadillac Celebrity White Party in Studio City, CA.

The buzz surrounding Monroe caught the attention of Cadillac, but his talent and charisma closed the deal.  "Kenneth entertains his audience and captures their hearts..." - Alwyn Stephen, President and CEO of Beauty Contact Inc. [Cadillac Fragrance Company] "Kenneth's positive energy, perseverance, and determination to go that extra mile to "reach for the stars" is what inspired us to come on board this movie campaign."

Monroe's films SANTANA BISHOP, EAST CHICAGO, and STAND ALONE provided three diverse roles for the actor, and enabled him to show his acting range and ability.  When asked about his official launch, a confident Monroe answered, "We all must find what to do with our lives and this is my life.  My presence is a leading man.  This is a new era of entertainment."

Stand Alone: "He'll risk his life for you." London Jackson (Kenneth Monroe) is on the run from the government carrying deadly chemicals intended for use by the government in a pandemic for profit. This political suspense thriller explores courage and corruption asking the question, who can we trust?

East Chicago: "Inspire my city protect my family" A heartfelt drama following the city's youngest Mayor (Kenneth Monroe) facing the challenge of uplifting his poverty-stricken community.  The man who has all the answers suddenly has none as his marriage crumbles and daughter disappears.  We learn success on top comes at a price.

Santana Bishop: "Robotic Ability"  A sexy sci-fi thriller detailing California's drug trafficking world of hot women and fast money.  Kenneth Monroe stars as the Secret Service's most powerful weapon, a robot with an intriguing power assigned to track down and destroy one of the world's top drug dealers.

Cadillac Black Men's Fragrance Cadillac Black, the newest Men's fragrance by Cadillac spells class, luxury, refinement, and excellence.  With tantalizing notes of bergamot zest, wild mint, luxurious chamomile, and sparkling aromas of orange blossom, the cologne dries down to long lasting masculine notes of fresh cedar and smoldering incense. Cadillac Black fragrance was created for the man who has the desire to lead, differ, and be found irresistible.

Watch Kenneth Monroe promo video: vimeo.com/kennethmonroe

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Saudi Arabia: "Destroy all copies of the film"
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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 22:10

June 15, 2010 (MMD Newswire) -- Saudi government officials demanded that all copies of the film "A Gift From the Desert" now released on dvd be destroyed. The one hour film shot on location in Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the US has received wide praise from journalists, historians, universities, and a broad array of experts.

The Director of the film, award winning filmmaker Jo Franklin, known for her Emmy Nominated series on the Mid East and the Franklin Film Archive of the MidEast deemed by UCLA and experts worldwide as the World's Preeminent Film Archive of the Mid East, issued the following response.

Filming Horses in Saudi Arabia | Digital Cinema Report - News. Perspective. Analysis.

By Jo Franklin
President
SeaCastle Films

Thundering hoofbeats echo, then some of the most beautiful horses on earth emerge from the haze in the deserts of Arabia. Beduoin horsemen charge across the landscape, jockeys today break from the racing gate, cowboys gallop roping cattle, show jumpers leap six-foot hurdles. That is what you will see in the film A Gift From the Desert: The Arabian Horse. If you ever get to see it. The government of Saudi Arabia is trying to block the film's release. The obvious question is "Why in the world would they want to do that?" It is not a simple answer.

Arabian HorsesPerhaps the film is historically flawed? "Brilliant, a wondrous film! For joy as well as wisdom view this beautiful film," writes noted Middle East historian Dr. Carney Gavin.

Journalistically flawed or simply boring? "A wonderful film! A fascinating and entertaining story," writes Pulitzer Prize winner and former publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Karen House.

Somehow offends Islamic sensibilities? "The film is good. It will win awards," writes Amb. Turki Al Faisal, director of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

So what is the problem? Certainly it is not the Arabian horse. They are one of the oldest and most beautiful breeds. Immortalized in portraits with Napoleon, the prize of bedu and cowboys alike, the founding sire of today's racing Thoroughbreds.

The mystery seems to deepen with every answer, unless you are familiar with Saudi Arabia. And therein lies the otherwise unfathomable answer.

It is a part of the world I am indeed familiar with. I filmed my three hour series for PBS there in 1980 Saudi Arabia, which had one of the largest audiences ever recorded for a PBS public affairs series. This was followed by the Emmy Nominated series The Oil Kingdoms next the controversial Days of Rage then the art history film Islam: A Civilization and Its Art. I calculated once that I had spent as much time filming the region as I had at the university here where I graduated and now sit on the board.

Overcoming PrejudiceThe answer, the dilemma lies in Saudi Arabia and the extraordinarily convoluted transition they are enmeshed in. Shooting the horses is fine with them; it is almost everyone they show up with that triggers alarm.

One of the hottest buttons in this transition is women and what they can and cannot do. It may come as a surprise to people here that there are Saudi female endurance racers and show jumpers who are top competitors and you will see them in action in the film. This is at the same time the UN report basically deplores the lack of human rights for women. Which is also at the same time that the King's firebrand daughter Princess Adela campaigns for women's rights. This sounds contradictory and confused. It is. In the same week I was asked to please not film the women riders, I was asked to please include them in the film.

The bottom line is that the women you see in the film are groundbreakers and are being watched by the establishment with much trepidation. Women have come a long way in Saudi Arabia since 1980 when I first filmed there. At that time they were largely confined to home, didn't work or attend college. Now many do within limits. But they've still got a long way to go to freedom and every step out of the box sends tremors through the hierarchy.

Foreign workers are another hot button. I filmed King Abdullah's farm where he has some of the most beautiful Arabian horses in the world. An Irish vet is in charge; the head trainer is a Brit. And the Saudis wish it were not so. We shot the trainer giving an excellent display of the horses. And then were asked to please pitch it out. That foreign workers fill these positions is a fact they prefer to sweep under the carpet. (The vet and the trainer stayed in the film.)

Which brings us to the media. They are aware that the rest of the world is appalled at the idea of government issuing orders about what can be shown or said. But they can't quite get away from it. It is certainly better than it used to be when foreign journalists weren't allowed in and the local ones simply carried out orders. But the concept has a ways to go before we'd call it exactly entrenched in the national psyche.

Hopefully you will get to see the film broadcast, not simply on DVD. You will see some spectacular riders and horses and along with them some people and a society in a very nervous transition that is the reality of Saudi Arabia today.

Jo Franklin, president of SeaCastle Films, is an award winning filmmaker and frequent university lecturer on the Middle East.

A Gift from the Desert: The Arabian Horse www.arabianhorsedvd.com

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SeaCastle Films Releases Op-Ed Piece on the Film "A Gift From the Desert: The Arabian ...
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Tuesday, 08 June 2010 22:10
June 7, 2010 (MMD Newswire) -- Op-Ed Piece for the Film "A Gift From the Desert: The Arabian Horse":

The Film Saudi Arabia Doesn't Want You To See

Shooting Horses in Saudi Arabia

Thundering hoofbeats echo, then some of the most beautiful horses on earth emerge from the haze in the deserts of Arabia. Beduoin horsemen charge across the landscape, jockeys today break from the racing gate, cowboys gallop roping cattle, show jumpers leap six foot hurdles. That is what you will see in the film "A Gift From the Desert: The Arabian Horse."

If you ever get to see it.

The government of Saudi Arabia is trying to block the film's release.

The obvious question is "Why in the world would they want to do that?" It is not a simple answer.

Perhaps the film is historically flawed? "Brilliant,a wondrous film! For joy as well as wisdom view this beautiful film" writes noted MidEast Historian Dr. Carney Gavin. Journalistically flawed or simply boring?

"A wonderful film! A fascinating and entertaining story" writes Pulitzer Prize Winner and former Publisher of the Wall Street Journal, Karen House. Somehow ofends Islamic sensibilities? "The film is good. It will win awards" writes Amb. Turki Al Faisal, Dir. of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

So what is the problem? Certainly not the Arabian horse, one of the oldest most beautiful breeds. Immortalized in portraits with Napoleon, the prize of bedu and cowboys alike, the founding sire of today's racing Thoroughbreds.

The mystery seems to deepen with every answer--unless you are familiar with Saudi Arabia. And therein lies the otherwise unfathomable answer.

It is a part of the world I am indeed familair with. I filmed my three hour series for PBS there in 1980 "Saudi Arabia" which had one of the largest audiences ever recorded for a PBS public affairs series. This was followed by the Emmy Nominated series "The Oil KIngdoms" next the controvrsial "Days of Rage" then the art history film "Islam:A Civilzation and Its Art." I calculated once that I had spentas much time filming the region as I had at the university here where I graduated and now sit on the Board.

The answer, the dilemma lies in Saudi Arabia and the extraordinarily convoluted transition they are enmeshed in. Shooting the horses is fine with them, it is almost everyone they show up with that triggers alarm.

One of the hottest buttons in this transition is women--what they can and cannot do. It may come as a surprise to people here that there are Saudi female endurance racers and show jumpers who are top competitors and you will see them in action in the film. This is at the same time the UN report basically deplores the lack of human rights for women. Which is also at the same time that the King's firebrand daughter Princess Adela campaigns for women's rights. This sounds contradictory and confused. It is. In the same week I was asked to please not film the women riders, I was asked to please include in the film. The bottom line is that the women you see in the film are groundbreakers and are being watched by the establishment with much trepidation. Women have come a long way in Saudi Arabia since 1980 when I first filmed there. At that time they were largely confined to home, didn't work or attend college. Now many do within limits. But they've still got a long way to go to freedom and every step out of the box sends tremors through the hierarchy.

Foreign workers are another hot button. I filmed King Abdullah's farm where he has some of the most beautiful Arabian horses in the world. An Irish vet is in charge, the head trainer is a Brit. And the Saudis wish it were not so. We shot the trainer giving an excellent display of the horses. And then were asked to please pitch it out. That these positions are filled by foreign workers is a fact they prefer to sweep under the carpet. (The vet and the trainer stayed in the film.)

Which brings us to the media. They are aware that the rest of the world is appalled at the idea of government issuing orders about what can be shown or said. But they can't quite get away from it. It is certainly better than it used to be when foreign journalists weren't allowed in and the local ones simply carried out orders. But the concept has a ways to go before we'd call it exactly entrenched in the national psyche.

Hopefully you will get to see the film broadcast, not simply on dvd.You wll see some spectacular riders and horses and along with them some people and a society in a very nervous transition that is the relaity of Saudi Arabia today.
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Jo Franklin, President of SeaCastle Films, is an award winning filmmaker and frequent university lecturer on the MidEast. www.arabianhorsedvd.com

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BIGSTAR.tv Movies Go Live on the TV with Roku Channel Launch
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Tuesday, 08 June 2010 22:10
Miami, FL (MMD Newswire) June 8, 2010 --  Today, BIGSTAR.tv (BIGSTAR), the global headquarters for independent film, announced an official channel launch with Roku, Inc., the market leader in streaming entertainment devices to TV. 

Now live, the BIGSTAR.tv channel provides seamless access instantly to thousands of independent and foreign cinema from the BIGSTAR website directly on any television. BIGSTAR also offers instant access to their film library on PC, MAC, Linux, iPad, iPhone and almost any other Internet-connected device.

"This is truly an exciting venture for BIGSTAR. Our association with Roku is a major accomplishment toward reaching our goal of providing an array of options for internet-saavy audiences to access movies anytime, anywhere," commented Xavi Dalmau, President, CEO and Co-founder of BIGSTAR.  "As a built-in Roku Channel, the opportunity for increased visibility to first-time viewers is immense.  The Roku player is so reasonably priced and effortless to set up, most film buffs already have one or plan to purchase one in the near future,"  Dalmau added.

Audiences can watch a selection of free short films, or log in to their BIGSTAR.tv accounts and access the entire BIGSTAR collection for a monthly membership fee of $4.99.  BIGSTAR offers a variety of genres, with capacity to view films in high definition, delivering a top-notch viewing experience at home.

The Roku Streaming Media Player starts at just $79.99 and comes with Wi-Fi built into the device.  Roku also offers players that present content in High Definition and players with extended wireless range that helps stream entertainment virtually anywhere in your home.

Jim Funk, vice president of business development remarked, "We're enthusiastic about the addition of BIGSTAR's cutting-edge indie and foreign language films to the Roku platform, further establishing us as the leader in delivering premium content to the TV. The Roku player offers a combination of value and ever-expanding entertainment options that can't be beat."

For a limited time, BIGSTAR.tv is presenting a 7 day free trial introductory offer that provides all new users an opportunity to experience the benefits of membership without any risk or commitment.  In addition to accessing unlimited films, members can rate and review movies and network through the BIGSTAR online community.

Film buffs can register for a free account and 7 day free trial at BIGSTAR.tv's website. For more information or to start watching unlimited independent movies instantly, visit www.bigstar.tv.

About BIGSTAR.tv
BIGSTAR, the global headquarters for independent film provides an array of options for audiences to watch movies instantly through a variety of internet connected devices including: PC, MAC, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, Web, iPad, & Roku or by downloading to DVD.  The Miami based digital distribution platform offers an extensive library of independent film and premium content online in high definition.   For more information visit: www.bigstar.tv or call 888-67FILMS (888-673-4567)

About Roku, Inc.
Roku is the market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV, Roku has always believed that anything you want to watch, listen to, and enjoy should simply be there on your TV, whenever you want it. Over half a million happy customers later, Roku streaming players are renowned for their simplicity, variety of entertainment choices, and exceptional value. Roku is privately held and based in Saratoga, Calif. For more information on the company and its products, visit: http://www.roku.com

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Templeheart Signs On With Third Film In "Jack Says" Series
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Thursday, 03 June 2010 22:10
LONDON (MMD Newswire) June 3, 2010 -- Templeheart Films announced recently its involvement with the third and final film in the Jack Says series, Jack Falls, based on the graphic novel of the same name. The film is looking at a release date late this year and is being produced by Press On Features, producers of the first two films in the series, along with co-producers, Hawthorn Productions.


The film will be fronted by Simon Phillips (Jack Says, Jack Said,) and Tamer Hassan (The Business, Dead Man Running, ) and will include a strong supporting roles from Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Dexter Fletcher (Layer Cake, Press Gang) and Adam Deacon (Shank, 4,3,2,1, Bonded by Blood, Adulthood, kidulthood).

This accomplished ensemble have been assembled under director Alexander Williams (CUT, produced by Hawthorn Productions) and the film will build on the familiar and extremely popular backdrop established in the first two films but will add a new twist to the character driven narrative.

Templeheart Films is an independent company of executive producers and film financiers with a member community of smaller executive producer individuals who work together to help produce feature films and West End musicals. We source, research and provide information to help match capital to impressive and dynamic film and theatre projects that attract industry renowned artists.

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Gary Busey Kicks Up Some Texas Dirt in his Down and Dirty Appearance in French/American Film ...
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Wednesday, 19 May 2010 22:10
May 19, 2010 (MMD Newswire) -- Chiron Films, Inc. Co-Produces French/American film "Freaky Saturday Night Fever" with a special appearance (not to be missed) by Gary Busey. Gary Busey's portrayal of a down and in the dumps Texas gas station manager is a real hoot in this comical sci-fi 35mm short directed by French Director, Etienne Goldet. The film starts out in Paris and winds up in the middle of nowhere Texas. Grégoire, a 28 year old yuppie from Paris, faces a larger than life twist of fate. All clad and dressed in his 70's suit, Gregoire journeys out to the hottest costume party in Paris and winds up in the biggest dump in Texas instead!

This soon to be released film will be hitting the festival circuits this year, so be sure to catch a screening if there is one in your area. Speaking of screenings, on May 26th, 2010, the film will be screened at NYC's Industry Power Play, a key networking event for filmmakers in the New York area. The screening will be at 7:00 PM at the Alibi Lounge located at 116 Mac Dougal Street NYC. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $7.00 online at www.industrypowerplay.com or $10.00 at the door. Catch an exclusive sneak peek clip on Chiron Films, Inc.'s website http://www.chironfilmsinc.com/FSNF/exclusiveclip.html - Gary Busey's performance is one of a kind!

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Chiron Films, Inc. has yet another hot project stirring up called ..."French Kitchen - Recipes Kids Can Do!" "French Kitchen" is trying to find a home/network for their adventurous and fun cooking show that the whole family can enjoy. Chiron Films, Inc. is currently in talks with some major venues and museums in NYC to house the French Kitchen Little School of Cooking. Kids can learn to become culinary savvy right at their local museums and venues around NYC. The TV Show is a cutting edge live action and animation show with the ever-present Monsieur Baked popping in to oversee the epicurious Hosts Susanne French (grand mother) and Savannah French (grand daughter) in this fresh and creative recipe filled show. Nothing gets by Monsieur Baked, he makes sure that we are following all of the kitchen rules and etiquette and teaches us how to properly put out fires and other fiascos that can pop up. Guest celebrities and guest chefs will appear weekly. A good line up of guests is already set to turn up and get cooking. It has been confirmed that Lil Jordan Eugenio will appear on the first episode of French Kitchen, showing us some of his own culinary talents. Lil Jordan will make a great guest off of the golf course and into the kitchen. Catch him and many other celebrities as they get nestled into the kitchen and under the watchful eye of Monsieur Baked.

Most of you may already know Lil Jordan (www.Liljordan.com) as the junior ambassador of golf and hip hop as well as author for some children's books he wrote on golf titled "Lil' Jordan's 9 Holes of Fear". Jordan will be traveling to Japan later this year for yet some more ventures! He has really stirred up the golf course and TV circuits as he has been seen on the Golf Channel, Nickelodeon, ESPN, CNN, Best Damn Sports Show Period, and Good Morning America just to name a few. Jordan has been named the official ambassador of the USA Track and Field Championships to be held in Sacramento, CA on July 28th. Thousands of Junior Olympians from 7-18 years old will compete in the week-long competition.

Chiron Films, Inc. has been very busy with another new project just out of post and ready to hit the plasma screen televisions with the new highly comedic show titled "The Glam Divas Show" created, written and directed by Robert Monegan. "The Glam Divas Show" is an epic creation where Monegan's comic style artwork morphs into live action, where glamour gals, outrageous attitude, and hot men (with cute butts) rule NYC. This hilarious and wacky show takes you on a wild ride and is sure to be a hit! You can see the trailer for the show and the original artwork at www.glamdivas.net.

You can view clips and find out more about all of these shows, films and more on Chiron Films, Inc's website at www.chironfilmsinc.com


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