Friday, January 17, 2020

Jerry Cantrell Signs To Gibson

Jerry Cantrell Signs To Gibson

Jerry Cantrell.
Photo credit: Scott Dachroeden.

NASHVILLE, TN (January 17, 2020) For the past 126 years, Gibson has been synonymous with creating and shaping sound. The new Gibson era celebrates the iconic models of the Gibson Golden Erawhile leaning into the future with instruments that nurture new players across generationsgenders, and genres of music. Gibson has announced today, January XX, 2020 that Jerry Cantrell--main songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist for the pioneering rock band Alice in Chains--will join as brand ambassador. Jerry Cantrellwill be doing a signing in the Gibson experience space, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A at Winter NAMM on Saturday, January 18at 4:00pm.
Jerry Cantrell remains one of the most iconic rock musicians of our generation.
His career outside of Alice in Chains has consisted of two solo albums and several film soundtracks. Jerry’s first solo album, Boggy Depot, was released in 1998 and contained three singles including the popular "Cut You In" and "My Song." In 2002, Cantrell issued his second album, Degradation Trip, with Ozzy Osbourne'sthen live rhythm section, Mike Bordin(drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass). The album featured two singles, "Anger Rising"and "Angel Eyes," and the track "She Was My Girl" was included on the Spider-Mansoundtrack. Degradation Trip was re-released in November of that year as a double album, featuring eleven additional tracks. In addition to his solo albums, Jerry Cantrell released music on soundtracks for several films including The Cable Guy, John Wick 2 and The Punisher
“I’m very happy to announce that I am officially joining the Gibson family,” says Jerry Cantrell. “I’m hugely looking forward to what we can create together in the future.”
“Bringing Jerry to the Gibson to family is a dream come true. He is one of the riff lord heroes that personally influenced and inspired me to play guitar,” says Cesar GueikianChief Merchant Officer of Gibson. “It’s a privilege to have such an icon become one of our ambassadors. He continues to shape sound in a way that is unique to his artistry. Together we will be a on quest to make music matter more than ever.” 
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Hulu Orders Straight-to-Series Comedy Starring Comedic Icons Steve Martin and Martin Short from 20th Century Fox Television


Company Announces Premiere Dates for Second Season of Golden Globe® Winning Series Ramy and Highly Anticipated New Hulu Originals Solar Opposites and The Great


Hulu Original Series Wu-Tang: An American Saga and DollfaceReceive Second-Season Pickups


PASADENA, CA (January 17, 2020) -- Today, during the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour at The Langham Pasadena, Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals, Craig Erwich, presented the company’s lineup of upcoming original programming including Little Fires Everywhere from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, High Fidelity starring Zoë Kravitz, the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel Normal People and Catherine The Great comedic drama The Great, featuring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult -- all of which will join the company’s growing slate of premium Original content. 


Erwich also announced an upcoming comedy series starring Oscar® and Emmy Award® winning actor Steve Martin and Emmy Award® winning comedian Martin Short.  From This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman and co-created by John Hoffman and Steve Martin, the untitled new series puts a hilarious spin on the ever-popular true crime genre. The comedy will join Hulu’s reputable slate of comedic television including Shrill, Ramy and Pen15. 


“Hulu’s success in Original content is driven by highly curated programming from world class talent, said Craig Erwich, SVP of Originals, Hulu. “From the Steve Martin project, second series orders of Ramy and Dollface, to shows like Little Fires Everywhere, our momentum in original content is stronger than ever.”


As the fastest growing major SVOD service in the U.S., Hulu has gained remarkable momentum over the past year. In 2019, the streaming platform saw a 70% increase in engagement (total hours watched) with its original programming and Hulu Originals continue to drive conversation, more than doubling social media engagement year-over-year. 


Announcements revealed from Hulu today include:


Hulu Orders Straight-to-Series Comedy Starring Steve Martin and Martin Short from 20th Century Fox Television

The untitled comedy about three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one, hails from co-creators and writers, Steve Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie, Looking).  Martin and Hoffman will executive produce along with This is Us creator Dan Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal (This is Us) and Martin Short.


Company Renews Hulu OriginalsWu-Tang: An American Saga andDollface For Sophomore Seasons 

Following a successful first season, Hulu announced today the renewal ofWu-Tang: An American Saga. Based on one of the most influential music groups in hip-hop history, the Wu-Tang Clan, the series chronicles the history and formation behind the music group as they deal with the daily struggle of balancing their music career amidst the drug induced early 90’s. 


Wu-Tang: An American Saga stars Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Dave East, Siddiq Saunderson, Marcus Callender, Julian Elijah Martinez, Zolee Griggs, Erika Alexander, TJ Atoms and Johnell Young. 


The series is created and written by Alex Tse and The RZA and executive produced by Brian Grazer, Tse, The RZA, Method Man, Francie Calfo and Samie Kim Falvey. Wu-Tang: An American Saga is produced by Imagine Television Studios. 


New episodes of Dollface come to Hulu after a stellar first season, serving as the best performing new binge series for subscriber engagement amongst Hulu Originals in 2019.  The original comedy series follows Jules (Kat Dennings), a young vibrant woman who is dealing with the aftermath of being dumped by her boyfriend. With a broken heart, Jules battles her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, with friendships she left behind and the new battle of dating post breakup. 


Dollface stars Kat Dennings, Brenda Song, Shay Mitchell and Esther Povitsky. The series was created by Jordan Weiss, who served as an executive producer alongside showrunner Ira Ungerleider; Margot Robbie, Brett Hedblom and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment; Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan for Screen Arcade; Kat Dennings; Nicole King and Stephanie Laing. Dollface is produced by ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios.


Company Strengthens Kids Programming Slate with DreamWorks Animation Originals Part of New Multi-Year Streaming Deal

As a new streaming home to future slates of DreamWorks Animation feature and library films, as well as brand-new original series, Hulu announced the first three premieres to be Hulu Originals in 2020: Madagascar: A Little Wild, TrollsTopia and The Mighty Ones


Loveable foursome Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo steal the show in Madagascar: A Little Wild, executive produced by Johanna Stein (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)Capturing the iconic personalities of each of the four dynamos, Madagascar: A Little Wildshowcases the team as kids residing in their rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo. They might be small, but like everybody who lands in New York City, these little guys have big dreams and Madagascar: A Little Wild will follow all of their adventures. 


TrollsTopia will be a new original based off the famous Trolls franchise following Poppy and other enchanting characters from the upcoming feature film Trolls World Tour. 


In every backyard, a secret world exists filled with tiny creatures. The Mighty Ones, follows the hilarious adventures of a group of creatures: a twig, a pebble, a leaf and a strawberry.  These best friends, self-named The Mighty Ones, live in an unkempt backyard belonging to a trio of equally unkempt humans whom they mistake for gods.  Despite their diminutive stature, The Mighty Ones are determined to live life large and always have fun in their wild world. The series is executive produced by Sunil Hall (Pickle and Peanut) and Lynne Naylor-Reccardi (Samurai Jack). 


Hulu Reveals Premiere Dates for Upcoming 2020 Hulu Originals The Great, Ramy and Solar Opposites

The much-anticipated series from Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara (THE FAVOURITE), The Great debuts on Hulu on Friday, May 15. The comedy series chronicles the genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th Century Russia and follows the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great.  The series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge and Sacha Shawan. 


The Great is created, written and executive produced by Tony McNamara and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Elle Fanning, Mark Winemaker and Matt Shakman. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.


The Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Ramy Youssef returns to Hulu for his critically acclaimed performance in the Hulu Original comedy series Ramy. All 10 episodes of the new season will debut on Friday, May 29. The series follows first-generation, Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan (Ramy Youssef) who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood.Ramy brings a new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it’s like to be caught between a religious community who believes life is a moral test, and a millennial generation that doubts an afterlife even exists. In the second season, Ramy delves further into his spiritual journey, finding a new Muslim community and embracing a deeper commitment to his faith.


Alongside Youssef, the new season will also have a special guest star, two-time Academy Award ® and Golden Globe ® Award-winner Mahershala Ali.  The series also features Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, Dave Merheje, Laith Nakli and Steve Way. Ramy is written, executive produced, created by and starring Ramy Youssef, executive produced by A24’s Ravi Nandan, co-creators Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch, Jerrod Carmichael, and produced by A24.


Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan (Rick & Morty, Star Trek: Lower Decks), Solar Opposites centers around a family of aliens from a better world who must take refuge in middle America. They disagree on whether Earth is awful or awesome. All eight episodes of the series will debut on Hulu on Friday, May 8. 


Solar Opposites stars voice actors Justin Roiland, Thomas Middleditch, Sean Giambrone and Mary Mack.  The series is executive produced by Roiland and McMahan alongside Josh Bycel and is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. 

Hillary – Trailer


The Great – Date Announcement Trailer


High Fidelity – Trailer


Normal People – Teaser


Little Fires Everywhere – Teaser

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Feast your eyes on the NEW CHARACTER POSTERS for GRETEL & HANSEL

Feast your eyes on the NEW CHARACTER POSTERS for GRETEL & HANSEL starring Sophia Lillis (IT Chapter 2) and introducing Sammy Leakey alongside Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) with Charles Babalola (The Legend of Tarzan). Follow the crumbs when the reimagined tale of a beloved story hits theaters everywhere on January 31st

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has signed a 3-year deal to develop content for both HBO Max and HBO, which shall be exclusive in all forms of television and a first-look for features.


Deal Builds Upon Previously Announced HBO Max
Original Soderbergh Film Let Them All Talk (WT)
PASADENA – January 15, 2020  Announced today from the stage at the WarnerMedia Television Critics Association (TCA) Day,legendary filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has signed a 3-year deal to develop content for both HBO Max and HBO, which shall be exclusive in all forms of television and a first-look for features.

Soderbergh’s first project with HBO Max is the previously announced feature Let Them All Talk starring Oscar®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® award winner Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies, The Iron LadyThe Devil Wears Prada),Emmy® award winner and Oscar® nomineeCandice Bergen (Murphy Brown), Oscar®, Emmy®, and Golden Globe® award winner Dianne Wiest (Hannah and Her SistersBullets Over Broadway), Oscar® and Golden Globe®award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea, Boy Erased) and SAG Award® nominee Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Captain Marvel, Mary Queen of Scots), which tells the story of a celebrated author (Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends to have some fun and heal old wounds. The film will launch on HBO Max in 2020. Soderbergh has been making films with Warner Bros. Pictures since 2001 and remains a long-time collaborator with HBO.

“This arrangement grew out of talks Michael Sugar and I were having with Sarah Aubrey during the negotiations for Let Them All Talk, and there were four things tractor-beaming me toward this deal: One, I have a history with both HBO and Warner Bros.; two, my definition of a good product, a good process, and a good working culture is shared by the WarnerMedia family; three, the wide range of potential outlets aligns with my range of interests, and four: I get to witness and participate in the building of something new at a very large scale. Oh, and there is a financial aspect, so that’s probably five,” said Steven Soderbergh.

“Steven is a groundbreaking filmmaker who not only tells unique, irresistible stories, but is also a master of so many genres,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “In many ways, he is the anti-algorithm constantly surprising, never predictable and his career is living proof that one gifted filmmaker can impact our culture again and again. I can’t wait for the projects that we’re working on together to premiere on HBO Max.”

“From Behind the Candelabra, to The Knick and Mosaic, we know first-hand that Steven Soderbergh’s creative genius knows no bounds,” said Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming.  “An indefatigable innovator, we couldn’t be more excited to continue our relationship with Steven and provide a home for his future projects.”

The deal was brokered by Michael Sugar of Sugar 23 and Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC (Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler, Feldman & Clark).



Anthology Series Inspired by David Wallace-Wells’ Global Best-Selling Book and New York Magazine Article About the Impending Perils of Climate Change

McKay’s Hyperobject Industries, wiip and Animal Kingdom to Executive Produce
PASADENA – January 15, 2020  HBO Maxannounced from the stage at the WarnerMedia Television Critics Association (TCA) Day, a greenlight for Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning writer Adam McKay’s (Succession, The Big Short) The Uninhabitable Earth. This anthology series from wiip is inspired by David Wallace-Wells’ global best-selling book and New York Magazine article of the same name and will be comprised of stand-alone fictional stories covering a wide range of genres and possible futures that could result from the rapid warming of our planet. McKay, who recently closed a five-year, overall television deal with HBO and HBO Max, is attached to write and direct the first episode. The plan is for the first season to enlist top directors and writers to join in creating a provocative and entertaining series that taps into our unease with just how delicately our planet is teetering on the precipice.

“Adam is one of the rare artists who can deliver a pointed, impactful message in a piece of great entertainment,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president TBS, TNT, and truTV. “I can’t wait to see what he does with this material, as there is no timelier and more relevant message than a wake-up call on climate change and the growing impact on our lives.”

“I’ve been chomping at the bit to get this show going. I’m very happy that HBO Max stepped up and made the commitment. There’s obviously no subject as vast and daunting,” said Adam McKay.



Innovative Kid’s Animated Special Featuring Iconic Characters 
from the Blockbuster DC Film and Comic Books
PASADENA – January 15, 2020 – HBO Max announced today at the WarnerMedia Television Critics Association (TCA) daya greenlight for a three-part animated mini-series Aquaman: King of Atlantis that will be executive produced by James Wan(Aquaman and the upcoming Malignant) through his Atomic Monster production company. Based on the classic DC character created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris, each of the standalone episodes will have a unique storyline following the adventures of Aquaman as protector of the deep. Aquaman: King of Atlantis joins HBO Max’s powerhouse animation line-up that includes Looney Tunes CartoonsJellystoneAdventure Time: Distant LandsLittle EllenGremlins: Secrets of the MogwaiRick and Morty, The Boondocks and more.

“This DC property is a fan-favorite rich with well-known characters and dynamic storylines,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “On the heels of Warner Bros. Pictures’ box office smash hit, we are certain AquamanKing of Atlantis will be an exciting addition to our already robust slate of kids and family programming.”

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the series begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident!

The series is executive produced by James Wan, Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear (Annabelle Comes Home), Rob Hackett (Swamp Thing) and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!)Victor Courtright (ThunderCats Roar!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will serve as showrunners and co-executive producers.

Snowpiercer Premieres On Sunday, May 31, 2020 On TNT

TNT's post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Snowpiercer will premiere Sunday, May 31, at 9:00pm ET/PTBased on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Golden Globe® Award winner Bong Joon Ho(Parasite), the new series stars Oscar®
winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs.

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer
centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.

In addition to Connelly and Diggs, season one of this gripping, futuristic thriller stars Emmy® nominee Alison WrightMickey SumnerSusan ParkIddo GoldbergKatie McGuinness, Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena HallAnnalise Basso,
Sam Otto, Roberto UrbinaSheila Vand and Jaylin Fletcher.

Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes;
Matthew O’ConnorScott Derrickson, and the original film's producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

Watch the latest promo here:

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New Season Will Include Milestone 300th Episode
Seth MacFarlane’s Award-Winning Series From 20th Century Fox Television 
 Will Return in 2020
PASADENA – January 15, 2020 – TBS has ordered two more seasons of the top-rated animated comedy American Dad! part of the network’s escapist, lean-back line-up of smart, imaginative programming that tells stories with heart and a comedic edge. Currently ranked as a top 5 cable comedy – with the current season reaching an audience of nearly 18 million viewers across all TBS platforms – American Dad! has been a significant performer ever since joining the network. The series from 20th Century Fox Television will celebrate its momentous 300th episode this year, joining the ranks of only a few adult animated comedies to reach this landmark.

American Dad! has achieved an incredible milestone,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, & truTV. “Matt and Brian are brilliant writers who consistently overdeliver on big comedy and even bigger absurdity. We look forward to continuing the momentum by giving devoted fans two more seasons of the Smith family.”

“TBS has been a spectacular partner to us on this hilarious series, and we’re thrilled the partnership will continue,” said Marci Proietto, Executive Vice President 20th Century Fox Television Animation. “It’s a win for the show and most of all a win for the millions of fans who love it as much as we do.”

Remarked co-creator and co-showrunner Matt Weitzman, “After these next two seasons, we will have over 300 episodes. Thus proving that whatever American Dad! lacks in quality, we make up for in quantity.”

Added co-showrunner Brian Boyle, “So turnt up to be picked up for two years! Making the show for TBS has been a dream because they are easily satisfied with the best!"

American Dad! centers on super-patriotic CIA agent Stan Smith (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his unconventional family in Langley Falls, VA. Stan applies the same drastic measures used in his job at the CIA to his home life, where Stan's blissfully unaware wife, Francine (Wendy Schaal), has an unfaltering loyalty that makes her blind to his unabashed arrogance. His left-wing activist daughter Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane), however, doesn’t let him off so easily – and knows just how to push her father's buttons. Hayley's brother is the geeky-yet-confident Steve (Scott Grimes), a kid who spends his time playing video games and obsessing about the opposite sex.

The Smith family is rounded out by two rather unconventional members: Roger
(MacFarlane), a sassy, sarcastic and routinely inappropriate space alien, and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), an attention-starved goldfish with the brain of a German Olympic skier.

The award-winning animated comedy was created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, and is run by co-showrunners Weitzman and Brian Boyle.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A QUIET PLACE- Mondo X Steelbook 4K Ultra HD Combo arrives on March 10th

Get Ready for the Highly Anticipated Sequel to John Krasinski’s Worldwide Smash Hit with a New Mondo X SteelBook of the Original Film



4K Ultra HD Combo Featuring Exclusive Mondo Art Arrives March 10, 2020



Director John Krasinski’s sensationally gripping smash hit A QUIET PLACE arrives in a brand new, collectible Mondo X Steelbook 4K Ultra HD Combo on March 10, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Relive the incredible tension and suspense of the original thriller before its highly anticipated sequel debuts in theaters on March 20th.  


This Mondo X SteelBook collaboration #038 features exclusive artwork inspired by Matt Ryan Tobin’s atmospheric poster highlighting the film’s iconic red string lights.  The 4K Ultra HD Combo includes behind-the-scenes footage exploring the exceptionally unique sound design, the riveting visual effects, and how the cast and crew created the movie’s distinctive atmosphere both on set and on film.  The 4K Ultra HD Disc also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack and Dolby Vision™*.


The Blu-ray in the 4K Ultra HD Combo includes over 30 minutes of bonus content:

o   Creating the Quiet – Behind the Scenes of A QUIET PLACE

o   The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A QUIET PLACE

o   A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A QUIET PLACE



If they hear you, they hunt you. In this terrifying suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) Abbott are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.


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Thursday, January 9, 2020







Grammy Award Winning, Multi-platinum Music Producer Boi-1da  (DRAKE, NICKI MINAJ, RIHANNA) Oversees Music, World-Renowned Choreographer Tanisha Scott (CARDI B, RIHANNA) Leads Performance Direction, Acclaimed Sci-Fi Writer Joseph Mallozzi Serves as Showrunner and Show Creator R.T. Thorne Directs


SANTA MONICA – January 9, 2020— Imagine a world with no past – only a future. Without a history, we are all equal… or are we? Hulu, in partnership with Sonar Entertainment, announced today the premiere of original teen sci-fi drama Utopia Falls. Infused with music and dance, all 10 one-hour episodes of the Hulu Original series hit the streaming service on February 14.


Set in the not-too-distant future, amidst the charred ruins of Earth, Utopia Fallsfollows a group of teens chosen to compete in the prestigious Exemplar performing arts competition in the seemingly idyllic colony of New Babyl. When they stumble upon a hidden archive of cultural relics, they are forced to question everything they have been taught, ultimately using the power of music to ignite change and expose the truth. Showcasing a variety of musical genres and dance styles (Hip Hop, Pop, Latin, House, Classical, Indigenous, among others), and featuring themes of afrofuturism, youth activism, and eco-awareness, Utopia Falls is the first ever performance based sci-fi series for culturally diverse and socially and politically minded young audiences.


The series stars emerging young actors Robyn Alomar (Riot Girls), Akiel Julien (American Gods), Robbie Graham-Kuntz (Full Out), Phillip Lewitski (Supernatural), Humberly Gonzalez (Orphan Black), Devyn Nekoda (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Mickeey Nguyen (Make It Pop). Also joining the cast are Kate Drummond (Wynonna Earp), Jeff Teravainen (Dark Matter), Huse Madhavji (Saving Hope) and Dwain Murphy (The Strain), and hip hop icon Snoop Dogg as the voice of the Archive.


The acclaimed team of creatives behind the scenes include Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi (Syfy’s Dark Matter, Stargate franchise) and Creator/Director R.T. Thorne (NBC’s Blindspot, Hulu’s Find Me in Paris) who serve as Executive Producers; Boi-1da, renowned music producer (Drake, Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar), has been tapped as the show’s Executive Music Producer; and choreographer Tanisha Scott, three-time MTV VMA-nominated choreographer (Cardi B, Rihanna, Sean Paul), rounds out the team.

Utopia Falls is executive produced by Andrea Gorfolova and Ashley Rite for Sonar Entertainment.


All episodes of Utopia Falls will also be available to stream on the CBC Gem streaming service in Canada beginning February 14.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Winter Programs, Performances, and Exhibitions at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

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Performances, Screenings, and Talks at the 
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) 
This Winter 

Live performances by Patrick Timsit, Olivier Dubois, and Sonia Wieder-Atherton
HD screening of The Paris Opera’s Les Indes galantes
FIAF:Talks features artist Christo; authors Raphaël Liogier, and Rob Reich
Encore screening of My Dog Stupid, with Charlotte Gainsbourg & Yvan Attal
US debut of Micro-Folie brings France’s cultural treasures to FIAF

(New York, NY, January 8, 2020) — Performances by world renowned artists, special screenings, talks by influential figures, and the US premiere of a digital museum highlighting French culture will be presented this winter at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

As New York’s premier French cultural and language center, FIAF is dedicated to presenting innovative and inspiring artists as well as thinkers from the Francophone world. The next several months offer engaging programs in Florence Gould Hall, its first-floor gallery, and the intimate Skyroom.

This season sees performances by actor Patrick Timsit, who follows his sold-out 2017 show at FIAF with Book of My Mother, a stage adaptation of Albert Cohen’s best-selling memoir set during World War II (Jan 29 & 30). Acclaimed dancer Olivier Dubois presents his interactive My Body, which allows the audience to guide the show through pieces by noted choreographers (Feb 18 & 19). A performance by cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton anchors a weekend dedicated to Chantal Akerman that includes screenings of her films alongside panels considering her legacy (Mar 6 & 7).

FIAF’s HD screenings of The Paris Opera and Balletcontinue with a special presentation of 2019’s Les Indes galantes, introduced by director Clément Cogitore (Feb 2). An encore showing of the film Mon Chien Stupide (Jan 13) will be followed by a Q&A with stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal, who also directed the film.

This season of FIAF:Talkspresents cross-cultural conversations with leading figures on pressing subjects: contemporary art with Christo(Mar 2); masculinity after #MeToo with author Raphaël Liogier (Feb 24); and the state of philanthropy with experts Rob Reich of Stanford University, Axelle Davezac of Fondation de France, and Hilary Penningtonof the Ford Foundation (Mar 26).

From January 14 to March, the FIAF Gallery will be the site of the first US presentation of Micro-Folie, a digital platform that transports artworks and performances from France to galleries and classrooms around the world. At FIAF New York audiences will be able to view performances of the Paris Philharmonic, see Monet’s Water Lilies, visit the Palace of Versailles, and learn about many other icons of French culture in the space.

A chronological list of events follows.


Screening: My Dog Stupid(Mon Chien Stupide) 
Post-Screening Q&A with Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsbourg 
Monday, January 13 at 7:30pm 
Florence Gould Hall

Following its sold-out US premiere at Florence Gould Hall last fall, FIAF is pleased to present an encore screening of My Dog Stupid. Based on a novel by the American writer John Fante, it introduces Henri Mohen (Yvan Attal), a bitter has-been novelist who blames all his problems on his wife Cécile (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and their four live-in children. When an enormous dog with a tendency for inappropriate pawing takes up residence in the family home, tensions rise to the surface, and Henri is forced to reckon with his failings. Gainsbourg lets her comedic instincts shine in this riotous comedy of family life, her latest film with her real-life partner, actor-director Attal.


Micro-Folie Opening 
Tuesday, January 14 at 6pm 
FIAF Gallery

Micro-Folie is a digital museum that brings France’s finest artworks, spectacular performances, and dazzling cultural heritage to audiences around the world. FIAF is proud to host the US debut of this interactive technology developed by cultural institution La Villette with the support of the French Ministry of Culture. This presentation will cycle through hundreds of slides depicting art, architecture, and performances from more than a dozen French institutions including Centre Pompidou, Chàteau de Versailles, Philharmonie de Paris, Festival d’Avignon, Institut du Monde Arabe, and The Paris Opera. Visitors will be able to further explore each artwork by using interactive tablets available throughout the gallery. Micro-Folie will be on view to the public through March.


Patrick Timsit: Book of My Mother 
Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30 at 7.30pm
Florence Gould Hall

Following his triumph at FIAF in 2017, acclaimed actor and humorist Patrick Timsit returns with a moving theatrical adaptation of Albert Cohen’s Book of My Mother. Cohen's masterpiece was written following the death of his mother in Nazi-occupied France while he was in exile in England. The powerful tribute to "the mothers of the world" stayed with Timsit for more than 30 years. His resulting solo performance, weaves together an intimate portrait between mother and son; an achingly honest testament to grief and guilt, as well as love and compassion.


The Paris Opera and Ballet HD Screening: Les Indes galantes
Introduced by director Clément Cogitore 
Sunday, February 2 at 1pm 
Florence Gould Hall

Visionary artist and filmmaker Clément Cogitore breathes new life into Jean-Philippe Rameau's first opera-ballet in this audacious reimagining of the Baroque masterpiece. With choreography by French hip-hop trailblazer Bintou Dembélé, this acclaimed production— chosen as one of the 10 best classical music performances of 2019 by The New York Times—resets Rameau's musical delights within an urban and political space that both honors the opera while challenging the Eurocentric views of the "other." Cogitore, who made his Paris Opera debut directing Les Indes galantes, will introduce the screening.


Olivier Dubois: My Body 
Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19 at 7.30pm 
Florence Gould Hall

In a playful participatory celebration of contemporary dance, choreographer Oliver Dubois lets the audience steer this hour-long program of excerpts by renowned dance companies and choreographers, including Sasha Waltz, Angelin Preljocaj, and Jan Fabre. This sampling of the world’s best works performed by Dubois, voted one of the 25 best dancers in the world by Dance Europe magazine, compiles his favorite roles from his illustrious 20-year career. The audience is invited to choose from the works as Dubois reveals the beauty of his unique body through movement on an intimate stage.


FIAF:Talks Heart of Maleness — Masculinity After #MeToo 
Monday, February 24 at 7pm 
Le Skyroom

Raphaël Liogier, sociologist, philosopher, and author of Heart of Maleness: An Explorationexamines the roots of gender inequality and its many manifestations. In his book, Liogier demonstrates with candor and clarity that the archetypal Prince Charming and a monstrous predator such as Harvey Weinstein are two sides of the same coin—products of a worldview that not only places a man's desires above a woman's, but also doubts whether women are fundamentally capable of knowing what they want. Recent years have witnessed significant progress toward gender equality, from the ousting of prominent men accused of sexual misconduct to the unprecedented popularity of the 2019 Women's World Cup. Heart of Maleness maps out the crucial work still to be done. A book signing follows.


FIAF:Talks Visionary Leaders — Conversation with Christo 
Monday, March 2 at 7pm 
Florence Gould Hall

In advance of a major exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Christo, one of the most influential artists of his generation, reflects on his career creating remarkable environmental works of art. At FIAF, he will revisit many of his projects—including 2005’s The Gates in which he installed saffron colored panels in Central Park—and talk about the preparations for his upcoming project, Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, which will be installed at the eponymous monument in September 2020.


Homage to Chantal Akerman 
Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 
Florence Gould Hall and Tinker Auditorium

FIAF devotes a weekend to the rich output of Chantal Akerman, with screenings of the auteur’s films, panel discussions, and a special performance by her former partner, cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton. On Friday, FIAF will present Akerman’s last fiction film Almayer’s Folly (La Folie Almayer) followed by Q&A with Stanislas Merhar, who plays the title character in the 2011 film. Saturday’s program includes two additional screenings, panels co-conceived by French journalist Laure Adler, and Wieder-Atherton’s performance Chantal?, which melds live music with Akerman’s taped words and her short film "Blow Up My City" ("Saute ma ville").


FIAF:Talks Philanthropy Today — Private Wealth, Public Actions 
Thursday, March 26 at 7pm 
Le Skyroom

Rob Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford University and author of Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better, joins Axelle Davezac, CEO of Fondation de France, and Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Program at the Ford Foundation, for a cross-cultural conversation on the relationship of philanthropy to government.


About FIAF 
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.