Harry Potter and the Cursed Child To Be Featured At This Year’s SDCC

The award-winning international hit stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be featured at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego from July 18 to 21, 2019 with a booth and panel.

On Thursday, July 18 at 6pm, panel audiences will get an exclusive, never before seen insight into the world of the mind-blowing stage effects of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child when the show’s Magic and Illusions Designer Jamie Harrison and his associate Chris Fisher lead “Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – An Interactive Masterclass.” With magical demonstrations, video footage and never-before told stories from the making of the show, audiences will learn how the magicians and actors use clever techniques and cunning psychology to make the impossible seem real – they’ll even learn to perform magic themselves.

The production’s booth, on display all four days at #3629 in the Exhibit Hall, will feature Tony Award winner Christine Jones’ set model for the Broadway production, along with an actual costume worn by Jamie Parker who created the role of Harry Potter in the original West End and Broadway productions.

The walls of the booth will be lined with exclusive content featured in the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey which will be released by Scholastic in the US on November 5, 2019. There will also be a photo booth where fans can show their Hogwarts House pride by posing with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin banners.
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The Saturn Awards To Be Reinvigorated With 45th Annual Event On Friday The 13th Of September

The 45th annual Saturn Awards will take place on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California. For the first time in its history, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, the organization that founded and owns the Saturn Awards, has made a multi-year partnership deal with veteran television producer Justin W. Hochberg.

This new highly sought-after collaboration has immediately resulted in the upcoming, newly produced and reinvigorated Saturn Awards show. The traditionally non-televised Saturn Awards has always been a favorite event among the most groundbreaking creators. This new production will be an exciting evolution of the beloved award show and, for the first time since the one-time TV airing in 1978, it will be available to global fans via a streaming partner to be announced shortly.

Hochberg’s additional plans to expand the brand creating a home for fandom year round will include a slate of co-marketing deals and brand partnerships all for the first time in the show’s 45 year history. With new content in development and decades of never before seen exclusive archival awards show footage with fandom’s legendary icons the Saturn brand will provide fans with unprecedented innovative experiences impossible to duplicate.
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Taylor Swift Fights Scooter Braun and Former Record Label Over Music Ownership

By Eric Gasa

Taylor Swift

It’s a familiar story; the young artist entangled in a battle for their work against the record label executives. But even for a veteran pop star like Swift, the news is no less difficult and complicated.

It takes a bit of work to get to the center of Taylor Swift’s debacle with former record label Big Machine, but at its heart is a poignant conversation about the record industry, executives, and the artists; and everyone is listening.

As the story goes, famed mega star agent, Scooter Braun, and his company Ithaca Recordings bought Swift’s old label, Big Machine, along with all six of the master recordings of her previous albums, for the hefty price tag of $300 million. On Sunday June 30, the day of the deal, Swift took things into her own hands via an open letter she posted to Tumblr.

“I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world,” she writes, “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years. This is my worst scenario.

”Braun, who has previously worked with Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Arianna Grande, is a huge name in the industry and not a stranger to drama either.

But what exactly are master recordings and why are they so important? In short, master recordings refer to the original recording and master rights of an artist’s music. The owner of these rights owns the copyright, controls where the music is licensed, and can collect royalties. Whoever owns the label, legally owns the music.

Knowing how Swift removed her own music from Spotify in 2014, she certainly likes to keep control of her releases.

Swift’s criticisms did not end with Braun either. Swift later called out Big Machine founder, Scott Borchetta for signing the rights to her art away when she first joined the label when she was only 15, according to a source from Pitchfork.

Apparently, Swift’s only offer from Borchetta was to earn back recording rights for older records with each new one she put out. A bit of a sore deal honestly, six albums in the making.

Borchetta has since denied allegations and claiming that Swift “had every chance” to own her master recordings. Justin Bieber also responded to Swift, coming to Braun’s defense in a lengthy post on Instagram and called Swift a bully.

In the end, Taylor may have lost a chunk of her past with her departure from Big Machine, but she is hopeful for her new start with Universal Music Group and Republic Records which she signed with last year.

“Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create,” Swift writes.Swift’s next record Lover is due out on August 23 via Republic Records.

Film Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96

By Creative Media Times

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who famously directed the film version of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as some of world’s greatest opera singers, has died. He was 96.

Zeffirelli directed more than two dozen films, including “The Taming of the Shrew” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the religious miniseries with an all-star ensemble “Jesus of Nazareth.”

His work on “Romeo and Juliet” remains one of the most successful big screen adaptations of Shakespeare. The film’s popularity has been credited for helped bring Shakespeare to young film goers around the world. It also earned Zeffirelli an Oscar nomination for best director.

In 1990, Zeffirelli once again revisited Shakespeare by casting Mel Gibson in the lead role for “Hamlet”, with Glenn Close as Queen Gertrude.

His lavish work on theater and opera is equally esteemed, having directed La bohème (1982), Tosca (1985), Turandot and Don Giovanni at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and Don Carlo with Luciano Pavarotti and Daniela Dessi at Italy’s famed La Scala.

Born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy in 1923, Zeffirelli was the son of a wool and silk dealer and a fashion designer.

Shia LaBeouf And Mel Gibson To Star In “Rothchild”

By Creative Media Times

American Honey (A24 / Focus Features)

Mel Gibson is about to join Shia LaBeouf in the upcoming satire “Rothchild”, a black comedy set to be directed by Jon S. Baird, according to Variety.

LaBeouf set to play Becket Rothchild, a family outcast who plots to get back into the family and its fortune.

As a charismatic and intelligent adult, Becket penetrates his way into the family, which sets him up into a clash with sinister family patriarch Whitelaw (Gibson) and Rothchild family members.

“Rothchild” was originally a 2014 Blacklist script written by John Patton Ford and being produced by Los Angeles-based production company Unified Pictures.

Scottish film director Jon S. Baird recently directed the biographical comedy-drama film “Stan & Ollie” which received positive reviews from critics during its release last October.

“Rothchild is a satirical and thrilling ride, and I am elated to be working with a filmmaker like Jon Baird, who not only has an incredible track record of guiding award-winning performances, but is crafting this film to be an action packed cautionary tale on wealth and power,” said producer Keith Kjarval.

“Hadestown” And “Ain’t Too Proud” Top Tony Award 2019 Noms

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This year’s nominations for the 73rd annual Tony Awards has been announced, which honors the best plays, musicals, and performances of Broadway season 2018-2019.

Gayle King, together with Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon revealed this year’s nominees on Tuesday morning.

“The Ferryman” the leader in the main categories, scoring nominations for best play, best actor in a play and best actress in a play for Paddy Considine and Laura Donnelly.

Written by Jez Butterworth, the critically acclaimed play tells the story of the family of a former IRA activist, living in their farmhouse in rural Northern Ireland in 1981.

“Hadestown” is also well-represented in the nominations list. The stage musical adaptation, which tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice, led all nominations with 14 in total, with noms in major acting categories with the exception of Best Actor.

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards is set to air on June 9, 2019, Sunday from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. James Corden is set to return to host the ceremonies.

Check out the nominations list below.

Best Play
Choir Boy
The Ferryman
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ink
What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Musical
Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations
Beetlejuice
Hadestown
The Prom
Tootsie

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
The Boys in the Band
Burn This
Torch Song
The Waverly Gallery

Best Revival of a Musical
Kiss Me, Kate
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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Cannes Festival 2019 Lineup

By Creative Media Times

“The Dead Don’t Die”
Focus Features

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its official selection in Paris on Thursday, featuring films from auteurs and talented newcomers. The list was unveiled by Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux.

As previously announced, Focus Features’ zombie horror all-star ensemble comedy film “The Dead Don’t Die” will be kicking off the festival. Meanwhile, the Dexter Fletcher-directed Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is set to make its global debut in the festival.

Though one film that is noticeably missing in the announcement was Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” though Frémaux has mentioned that more films will be announced in the coming weeks. Given that “Hollywood” is still being edited, it could still make it to the festival.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is set to take place from May 14 to May 25. Here is the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2019:

Competition

Atlantique
Bacarau
Frankie
A Hidden Life
It Must Be Heaven
Les Misérables
Little Joe
Matthias and Maxime
Oh Mercy
Parasite
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Sibyl
Sorry We Missed You
Pain and Glory
The Traitor
La Gomera
The Wild Goose Lake
The Young Ahmed (dir:
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“If The Dancer Dances” Trailer

By Creative Media Times

Directed by Maia Wechsler, “If The Dancer Dances” opens theatrically in New York (The Quad) on Friday, April 26th and in Los Angeles on Friday, May 3rd (Laemmle Music Hall) with a national release to follow.

The film is the first documentary on the subject of Merce Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009. The dancer and choreographer had a profound influence on modern dance for more than 60 years, and has had numerous collaborations with musicians John Cage and David Tudor, and renowned artists Robert Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman among others.

Here is part of the documentary’s synopsis:

IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, IF THE DANCER DANCES is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

Merce Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who stood at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 60 years. As a choreographer, teacher, and leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cunningham had a profound influence on modern dance and earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts, including the National Medal of Arts and the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship. Cunningham is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including the musicians Radiohead and John Cage (also his life partner), as well as visual artists Andy Warhol, who did the décor for RainForest , the dance featured in If the Dancer Dances, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

IF THE DANCER DANCES – Official Trailer (2019) from Monument Releasing on Vimeo.

Marvel Comics Announces Historic X-Men Milestone With House Of X And Powers Of X

Revealing the newest series to be helmed by legendary creators Jonathan Hickman, R.B. Silva, and Marvel Young Gun Pepe Larraz.

After weeks of speculation from comic book fans around the world, Marvel revealed the next monumental chapter for the X-Men during this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. During Marvel’s Next Big Thing Panel, critically-acclaimed creator Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Infinity, Secret Wars) announced two new series: HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, beginning this July.

Ever since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the X-Men, fans everywhere have followed the extraordinary stories of the X-Men through seminal moments like Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men. Each of these moments introduced a new era for mutantkind – and starting this summer, the world will experience the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men with HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X.

“We are excited to have Jon back with the Marvel family, and we could not have asked for a better creative team to help usher the X-Men into a whole new era,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “While we can’t reveal too much about the story just yet, these new stories will redefine the X-Men and their place in the Marvel Universe. This is a historic moment both new and passionate fans won’t want to miss.”

These two new series – written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Young Gun Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Garcia – will build from every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines fans know and love, including some of Marvel’s most iconic characters from over the decades. Each series will be released on an alternate weekly schedule, starting with HOUSE OF X, followed by POWERS OF X. Fans will be able to follow along each week this summer and witness history unfold. HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X will go on sale this July.

Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Set For July 2020 Release

By Creative Media Times

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Nolan fans now have a new film to look forward to. The Oscar nominated filmmaker is set for release on IMAX on July 17, 2020, per Hollywood Reporter published today.

It is no surprise that the studio has taken July as a perfect time to release the English auteur’s epic blockbusters. During the past few years, his name has been synonymous to hugely ambitious narrative scope and visual spectacle.

In fact, most of his most recent movies such as The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and were all July releases and received both critical and commercial successes.

His last film, the World War II epic blockbuster “Dunkirk”, was also released in July of 2017. That film grossed $520 million at the boxoffice and received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and his first Best Director nomination.

In total, Nolan’s movies grossed nearly US $5 billion worldwide and received 34 Oscar nominations, ten of which received the winning trophies.

Not much has been revealed about the upcoming Warner Bros. “event film,” but given his industry stature it is sure to attract plenty of major talents. We are sure to follow the development of this film and will publish more information when they are released.

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