First Trailer for Matt Heineman’s Syria Documentary ‘City of Ghosts’

City of Ghosts Trailer

«Our words are stronger than their weapons.» Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for the documentary City of Ghosts, the follow-up to Cartel Land made by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This doc takes a closer look at the Syrian war as told from the inside, following a group of anonymous journalists working to report on what’s really happening. Heineman is known for getting incredible footage and diving deep into the subject of his docs, and that’s definitely the case here. It’s describe as a «powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core.» This premiered at Sundance this year, where I saw it, and it’s good but nowhere near as good as Cartel Land. This would also make a good double feature with the doc Last Men in Aleppo, as both films are important looks at the war in Syria. Watch the footage below. ›››

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‘La La Land’-themed pop-up jazz clubs are headed to a city near you

La La Land fans, get ready to immerse yourself into the world of jazz, drinks and all things Ryan Gosling. In honor of the movie’s Digital HD and Blu-ray release on April 25, jazz bars around the country will morph into Seb’s, the club that Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) dreams about throughout the film and is finally able to make a reality, for one night only. The club will feature a full-size neon Seb’s sign, live music, and themed drinks. Here’s a list of participating cities and clubs: Chicago, Andy’s Jazz Club New Orleans, d.b.a. Washington D.C., Mr. Henry’s San Francisco, Le Colonial Long Beach, CA, The Blind Donkey (which plays Seb’s in the movie) The Seb’s pop-ups are part of a growing marketing trend which brings to life restaurants, bars and coffee shops from popular TV shows and movies. For instance, last year, there were Luke’s Diner pop-ups in honor of Gilmore Girls, and just a couple of weeks ago Los Pollos Hermanos began popping up to promote the latest season of Better Call Saul. April 25 has also been declared “La La Land Day” by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The celebration will feature dancers performing routines inspired the..

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Friday, April 21 Filming Locations for Inner City, Shooter, Chicago Med, Mr. Robot & more!

Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Friday, April 21, 2017: Filming in California Movie: Inner City Stars: Denzel Washington Location: 356 S Olive St, Los Angeles (10:00 AM – 3:00 AM) TV Series: Shooter Stars: Ryan Phillippe Location: 1380 E 6th St, Los Angeles (10:00 AM – 5:00 AM) TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot in L.A.  Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Med Stars: Torrey DeVitto Location: Rush Hospital, Chicago TV Series: The Chi Stars: Jason Mitchell Location: 1900 S Sawyer, Chicago TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Sophia Bush Location: 1800 S Canal, Chicago Movie: Captive State Stars: John Goodman Location: 1910 S Laflin St, Chicago Captive State around 19th and Blue Island Ave Filming in New York‏ TV Series: Mr. Robot  Stars: Rami Malek Location: Lehman College in Bronx Project: Stella’s Last Weekend Location: Beverley Rd between Argyle and Westminster in Brooklyn TV Series: Elementary Stars: Jonny Lee Miller Location: Driggs Ave and N 10th St, Brooklyn TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: Chelsea Piers, NYC TV Series: The..

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Thursday, April 20 Filming Locations for Inner City, Scandal, The Blacklist, Younger, & more!

Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Thursday, April 20, 2017: Filming in California Movie: Inner City Stars: Denzel Washington Location: 730 S Hill St, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 3:00 PM) and 888 S Olive St, Los Angeles (12:00 PM – 11:59 PM) TV Series: Property Brothers at Home: Honeymoon House Location: 266 S Irving Blvd, Los Angeles (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) filming through May 5 TV Series: Scandal Stars: Kerry Washington Location: 202 W 1st St, Los Angeles (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Ray Donovan Stars: Liev Schreiber Location: 1335 Willow St, Los Angeles (6:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: NCIS: Los Angeles Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Last Tycoon Stars: Matt Bomer Location: The Lot in L.A.  Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Med Stars: Torrey DeVitto Location: Rush Hospital, Chicago TV Series: The Chi Location: 3526 W Ogden Ave, Chicago Movie: Captive State Stars: John Goodman Location: 1910 S Laflin St, Chicago Filming in New York‏ TV Series: Mr. Robot  Stars: Rami Malek Location: 19th Ave between 84th and 82nd streets and down 83rd in Bensonhurst, and Bay 8th St..

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Activism Fights Back in Trailer for ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’ Doc

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Doc Trailer

«She believed the city is not about buildings, the city is about people.» Need a good doc to rile you up and inspire you to get out there and fight back? Try this one. Sundance Selects has debuted a trailer for a documentary titled Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, profiling the activism work of Jane Jacobs. Jacobs fought to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s. The doc focuses on construction kingpin Robert Moses’ plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway. This seems like the perfect doc for the times, showing how passionate activism can actually make a difference. This also reminds me of another great battle of wits doc — Best of Enemies, which I also highly recommend seeing. Citizen Jane opens in NYC later this week, then LA next week. Take a look. ›››

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Watch: Vimeo’s Wacky Doc About Sundance ‘Escape From Park City’

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«The cheapest way to survive is to subsist entirely on appetizers. If you’re luck enough to get access to free parties throughout the day…» We’ve been covering the Sundance Film Festival for 11 years, and I adore the festival, but it’s not always the most inviting place especially if you don’t have proper access. This year, Vimeo hired «self-described ‘struggling’ Staff Picked documentarian» John Wilson to make a video about his experience at the festival — without any access. Suffice it to say, he makes an amusing doc that mocks the festival and the absurdity of everything, yet also finds the good in it. «Wandering up and down Main Street, remarking on the blend of commercialism and exclusivity, he paints a pretty pallid picture of festival life and the forces that dominate it.» It’s worth watching for a good life and a totally different look at Sundance. ›››

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CS Video: James Gray and His Lost City of Z Cast

CS sits down with the Lost City of Z cast. Check out our Lost City of Z interviews!

CS sits down with writer and director James Gray and his Lost City of Z cast

If you’re in New York or Los Angeles, you’ll have the chance to catch James Gray’s The Lost City of Z starting this Friday. The film, which then opens nationwide next week, hails from Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street and adapts author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller of the same name. CS recently had the chance to sit down with Gray and his Lost City of Z cast, including stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland and Sienna Miller.

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The Lost City of Z cast also includes Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen, Edward Ashley, Clive Francis, Ian McDiarmid, and Franco Nero.

The incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), Z follows his journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century as he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Miller), son (Holland) and aide de camp (Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Using the player below, you can watch as Gray and his cast discuss the intense challenges of shooting in the Amazonian jungle while Hunnam reveals the extraordinary lengths he went to to get into Fawcett’s mindset, including spending four months not interacting with any other people!

The Lost City of Z opens in a limited release Friday, April 14 and nationwide Friday, April 21.

Does The Lost City of Z look like a film you’ll want to check out on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Fate of the Furious Featurette Takes to the Streets of New York City

Fate of the Furious Featurette Takes to the Streets of New York City

Fate of the Furious Featurette takes to the streets of New York City

Universal Pictures has released a new The Fate of the Furious featurette, showing off the production’s brief time on the streets of New York City. Check it out in the player below and tune in here tomorrow for the live stream from the Red Carpet Premiere of the film!

On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $ 1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) the film reunites Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.

The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14, 2017.

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New York City just took a major step toward equal pay

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The day after Equal Pay Day, New York City took a major step toward salary equity. 

The New York City Council passed a bill on Wednesday that makes it illegal for employers to ask for potential employees’ salary histories — a milestone in the fight for equal pay. 

The legislation, proposed to the city council by the New York City public advocate’s office in August, prevents employers from asking candidates about their past salaries during job interviews. That’s important, because revealing past salaries can perpetuate the cycle of lower pay for women and underrepresented minorities as they move from job to job.  Read more…

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