IMAX and Bad Robot Announce ‘The Blue Angels’ Documentary

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Bad Robot made its first feature-length documentary, “The Blue Angels,” about the legendary Navy and Marine Corps flight squadron.

The company has teamed up with IMAX, as well as Glen Powell, Zipper Bros Films and Dolphin Entertainment, to collaborate on the project. Filming has begun for the documentary, which will chronicle a year in the cockpit of one of the world’s most exclusive aircrew teams.

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“Bad Robot has been fortunate to collaborate with IMAX for years, and there’s no project we’ve been more excited to do together than our very first feature-length documentary, ‘The Blue Angels’. “, said JJ Abrams, co-CEO of Bad Robot. “The creative team is incredible, the subject matter exciting, and it seems so fitting that a film about the best of the best be shot in the most exceptional cinematic format available.”

Currently slated for release in late 2023, the film will follow the latest recruiting class ‘Blues’ as they undergo intense training to perform jaw-dropping aerial tricks, as well as veterans of the squad who will go on their final adventures. in the air. The film will mark the first time the famous blue and yellow F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft will be captured in IMAX.

“The Blue Angels” is directed and edited by Paul Crowder (“UFO”) and produced by Academy Award winners Glen Zipper (“Undefeated”), Mark Monroe (“Icarus”), Sean Stuart (“Challenger: The Final Flight” ), Rob Stone and Greg Wooldridge. JJ Abrams, Hannah Minghella and Bad Robot Productions will also produce, with Powell, who stars in the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick” and produces and stars in “Devotion” for Sony Pictures.

“I have made two consecutive naval aviation films, lived on bases among our men and women in uniform and learned first hand what it takes to be the best of the best “Powell said. “After flying with the Blue Angels in an air show, I saw an incredible opportunity to make a world-class documentary.”

Dolphin Entertainment will co-finance “The Blue Angels” with IMAX.

“The Blue Angels exemplify unity, trust and teamwork, and I can’t think of a better creative team to bring this inspiring story to the world through the expansive lens of IMAX,” John added. Turner, head of documentaries for IMAX. “This film marks a new beginning for pioneering IMAX cinema, as the first of a new generation of IMAX documentaries combining the best of image capture technology and contemporary narrative storytelling.”

CAA Media Finance brokered the deal.

Michael Quigley will be president of the jury of the American black film festival

The American Black Film Festival has announced that Michael Quigley, Executive Vice President of Content Acquisitions for TNT, TBS, truTV, HBO and HBO Max at Warner Media, will serve as Jury President for the 2022 edition of the festival.

As Jury President, Quigley will be responsible for curating a diverse selection of film and television for the festival. He will also be responsible for selecting members to complete the jury.

“I am honored to serve as Jury President of this year’s ABFF, the premier film festival for discovering and championing black and brown filmmakers,” Quigley said. “Some of the most talented directors of our time, as well as some of the most impactful stories, have come through the ABFF and gone on to create groundbreaking series and films that spark dialogue about important social issues and celebrate our rich diversity and our history.”

The 2021 The president of the ABFF jury was Will Packer (producer of “Girls Trip” and “Ride Along,” as well as the 2022 Academy Awards), with basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson and filmmaker Lee Daniels among those who have previously led the panel.

ABFF returns to Miami Beach for its in-person program, June 15-19, followed by virtual programming June 20-30 on its ABFF Play platform. In addition to Black independent film screenings, the festival will host studio and network premieres, as well as panels featuring Black entertainment leaders and creators, and networking events.

LuckyChap Entertainment and Indian Paintbrush to Produce Megan Park’s Upcoming Feature ‘My Old Ass’

Megan Park has directed her highly anticipated second feature film with LuckyChap Entertainment and Indian Paintbrush.

Following his SXSW-winning feature debut “The Fallout,” Park has written and will direct a coming-of-age comedy titled “My Old Ass.” The film will begin casting soon and is expected to begin filming this summer.

Park was appointed to Variety List of “10 directors to watch” for 2022 with “The Fallout”, which stars Jenna Ortega, Maddie Ziegler and Julie Bowen and follows teenagers as they try to rebuild their lives after a school tragedy. The film debuted at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, where Park received the Grand Jury Prize and People’s Choice Award for Narrative Feature, as well as the festival’s Brightcove Illumination Award for Screenplay. “The Fallout” was released in January on HBOMax.

Park is represented by ICM Partners, Burstein Co., Cohen Gardner LLP and ID. LuckyChap Entertainment is represented by CAA, Management 360, attorney Jeff Bernstein and Narrative.

Issa Rae and Jimmy Kimmel lead the list of presenters for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has announced its roster of presenters for the awards show, hosted by Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer on Sunday, March 13. Issa Rae and Jimmy Kimmel will bestow special honors at the awards ceremony, with Rae presenting the SeeHer award. to Halle Berry and Kimmel honoring Billy Crystal with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other presenters include Ava DuVernay, Carey Mulligan, Jamie Dornan, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kristen Wiig, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Zoey Deutch, Joel McHale, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, JK Simmons, Ray Romano, Ken Jeong, Alan Kim, Angelica Ross, Annie Mumolo, Dominique Jackson, Dylan O’Brien, Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Jacob Bertrand, Jung Ho-yeon, Kaci Walfall, Lee Jung-jae, Maria Bakalova, Mayim Bialik, Nasim Pedrad, Park Hae- soo, Ralph Macchio, Robin Thede, LA Rams coach Sean McVay and Veronika Khomyn, Shawn Hatosy and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Kelsey Grammer’s ‘High Expectations’ Hosts One-Day Theatrical Release Event

An inspiring new film from Emmy-winning Kelsey Grammer and former Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke has set up a one-day event theatrical release via Fathom Events and CDW Films. “High Expectations” hits 850 screens nationwide on April 7, from directors Jonathan Southard and Christopher D. White.

In the lead is Taylor Grey, who finds himself adrift after his father – legendary coach Davis (Grammer) – cuts him from his famous football club. Separated from his father and at odds with his star brother (Adam Aalderks), Jack turns to his ex-girlfriend Sophia (Brooke) for help. He is inspired by his tough love and unwavering quest to become a recording artist. He tackles his depression and tries one last time to fulfill his lifelong dream by trying out for a rival football club. White wrote the screenplay with Kristinn Thordarson, and both served as producers.

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert Rippberger has been cast to direct sci-fi thriller ‘Renner’

Written by Martin Medina and David Largman Murray, with a story by Luke Medina, the screenplay was a finalist in the 2020 Screencraft Horror competition, “Renner” centers on an introverted computer genius with severe compulsive tendencies who completed a revolutionary form of IA, known as ‘Salène’. As the movie’s logline explains, when an attractive neighbor, Jamie, moves in next door and shows interest in Renner, his life begins to turn upside down as she draws him into a dark conspiracy that may lead to his death. destruction.

“Renner” is executive produced by Rippberger, Medina and Jeremy Walton, with casting currently underway and production slated to begin in August. The deal was brokered by executive producers Jay Burnley and Greg Gertmenian of Slated, the film packaging and finance platform.

Rippberger is best known for his documentaries, including “Public Enemy Number One” and “7 Days in Syria.” The filmmaker recently directed the horror thriller “Those Who Go Away”, starring Booboo Stewart. He is currently producing the documentary “How to Build a Truth Engine”, with executive producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, as well as the stop-motion animated film “The Inventor” by “Ratatouille” writer Jim Capobianco, with Daisy Ridley, Stephen Fry, Marion Cotillard and Matt Berry.

Vertical Entertainment acquires “The Walk” starring Justin Chatwin and Terrence Howard

vertical entertainment acquired the North American distribution rights to the film, which tells the story of the court-ordered forced integration of Boston’s school system in the 1970s.

The walkfollows Bill Coughlin (Chatwin, pictured below), an Irish cop from Boston, who must deal with social pressure and bigotry in his neighborhood and within the police force after being assigned to protect transported black students by bus in the all-white South Boston High. The plot chronicles the political and social fallout following the court ruling in 1974, which resulted in brutal violence and citywide protests, as three stories collide on the fateful first day of school. Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Piven, Katie Douglas, Lovie Simone and Anastasiya Mitrunen also star.

Directed by Daniel Adams (“The Lightkeepers”) under his Mooncusser Filmworks banner, who also co-wrote the screenplay alongside prison reform and civil rights activist George Powell, the film will be released theatrically and digitally on June 10.

“Vertical has a long and successful history of bringing films with important social themes to audiences,” Adams said. “That would be reason enough to be excited about this partnership, but add to that the pleasure of working with Peter and Tony and the rest of the Vertical team, and that makes this deal truly wonderful.”

The project is executive produced by Alex Nazarenko and executive produced by Michael Mailer (“Blind,” “The Ledge”), Hank Blumenthal, and Paul W. Hazen. The deal was brokered by Hazen on behalf of the filmmakers and Peter Jarowey and Tony Piantedosi on behalf of Vertical Entertainment.

Jarowey added, “’The Walk’ provides critical insight into an instrumental yet conflicted period in United States history. Efforts to desegregate schools had a profound impact on students who experienced systemic change, and this film shines a light on what it was like to experience such change.

Justin Chatwin as Bill Coughlin in “The Walk.”  - Credit: Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

Justin Chatwin as Bill Coughlin in “The Walk”. – Credit: Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment

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