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Havana Film Festival New York 2021

HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK IS BACK! 

SEPTEMBER 17-23, 2021

Celebrating Latin American Cinema since 2000

HFFNY returns to NYC in its 21st edition with Movie Premieres and Masterclasses

Showcasing top Latin talent at Village East Cinema and Instituto Cervantes

September 17-23, 2021 the 21st Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) is back in theaters, with an exceptional program of over 30 films from Cuba, Latin America, and the U.S. Featuring a diverse slate of films, HFFNY 2021 highlights the Cuban cultural legacy through its most inspiring creators in addition to new releases from across Latin America competing to win the Havana Star Prize in fiction and documentary. This year’s program also includes retrospectives, roundtables, and master classes guaranteed to open minds and start conversations.

The 21st HFFNY will showcase films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the United States. The festival offers a cinematic window into the multiple perspectives that make up the Latin American diaspora, and will foster an environment for industry professionals, film lovers, and Latinos to enrich and expand their vision of Latino culture. Filmmakers will join us from around the world to introduce audiences to their stories, interpretations, and approaches to the art of making movies.

Special guests to be announced. A full schedule of films will be announced August 11th. Visit

HFFNY’s website for regular updates.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 

SCREENINGS AND FREE EVENTS

From a nostalgic tale of a childhood in Havana to an absurdist Argentinian drama in which a listless millennial sets out on a series of short encounters as the world flirts with possible apocalypse, HFFNY has a movie for everyone. Films will be screened during the afternoons and evenings with FREE panels at 11AM on Saturday and Sunday. Masterclasses, retrospectives, and other special events will be presented in partnership with local cultural organizations and educational institutions, free of charge and open to the public.

TRIBUTES TO THOSE WE LOST

In recognition of two Cuban filmmakers that we lost this year, Juan Carlos Tabío (1943-2021) and Enrique Pineda Barnet (1933-2021) the Havana Film Festival New York is celebrating their contributions to the field of filmmaking with screenings of the newly restored versions of some of their earlier films.

  • Se Permuta / House for Swap

Juan Carlos Tabío | Cuba | Fiction | 1983 | 103min

A charming farce about Cuba’s housing shortage, and the first sitcom produced by Cuba’s film

institute, it was widely received as a hilarious guide to the heart of Cuban society.

  • Giselle

Enrique Pineda Barnet | Cuba | Docu-Fiction | 1965 | 90min

A thrilling performance film that follows Cuba’s immortal ballerina, Alicia Alonso, in her

acclaimed portrayal of Giselle in the eponymous ballet that made her an international star

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF CLASSIC CINEMA

  • The Newsreels – Santiago Álvarez (ICAIC)

Produced weekly by Cuba’s foremost montage filmmaker from 1960 to 1990, these newsreels

captured Cuban revolutionary history and world events from a distinctly Latin American populist

perspective.

BOX OFFICE AND DISCOUNTS

HFFNY offers ticket discounts to students and senior citizens, and through its selection of Festival passes. It also advertises time-limited reduced price sales for screenings and events on its social media pages. For more information, follow us on social media at @hffny and visit the website.

HFFNY FESTIVAL VENUES

Village East Cinema: 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Instituto Cervantes: 211 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017

HFFNY Virtual Cinema. Follow HFFNY via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Prop Store Auction Brings in Incredible Sales

Prop Store – one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies – has announced the results from the first day of their three-day Los Angeles-based live auction of film and TV memorabilia, with items on offer expected to fetch in excess of $6.1M (£4.4 M).

Prop Store’s unique Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction held its first day of sales yesterday, June 29th, and will continue today, June 30th, and tomorrow on July 1st. The auction is broadcast around the world via a Livestream, and hundreds of bidders from around the world took part in the first day which achieved outstanding results through the intensive bidding.

Highlight pieces from the first day of the auction included the sale of Indiana Jones’ (Harrison Ford) Fedora from Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom (1984) which sold for $375,000 (£270.9k), Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Ressikan Flute from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994) which sold for $237,500 (£171.5k), and a screen-matched Jason Voorhees hockey mask from Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993) which sold for $225,000 (£162.5k). 

An original wand and set of eyeglasses made for Daniel Radcliffe during production on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2 were donated by Warner Bros. and sold for a collective Hammer Price of $97,500 (£70.3k). 100% of the Hammer Price proceeds from these two original props and a limited edition boxed set of the seven Harry Potter books signed by J.K. Rowling, which sold on Tuesday for $8,000 (£5.7k), will benefit the charity Lumos Foundation USA, Inc.

Notable sales included (all figures stated are the total sale prices paid by the buyer, which include the buyer’s premium):

  1. Indiana Jones’ (Harrison Ford) Fedora from INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) sold for $375,000 (£270.7k)
  2. Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Ressikan Flute, Box and Costume Continuity Script from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (T.V. SERIES, 1987 – 1994) sold for $237,500 (£171.4k)
  3. Screen-Matched Kane Hodder-Signed Jason Voorhees Hockey Mask from JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993) sold for $225,000 (£162.4k)                     
  4. Statler and Waldorf Muppet Heads from THE MUPPETS FRANCHISE (1975 – PRESENT) sold for $118,750 (£85.7k)
  5. Vasquez’s (Jeanette Goldstein) Screen-Matched Lightweight M-41A Pulse Rifle from ALIENS (1986) sold for $106,250 (£76.7k)
  6. R2-SHP Light-up Remote-Control Droid from STAR WARS – EP IX – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019) sold for $100,000 (£72.1k)
  7. Jeannie’s (As Played by Barbara Eden) Bottle – I DREAM OF JEANNIE (T.V. SERIES, 1966-1969) sold for $75,000 (£54.1k)
  8. Darth Vader Touring Helmet from STAR WARS – EP V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) sold for $75,000 (£54.1k)
  9. Harry Potter’s Eyeglasses from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PARTS 2 (2011) sold for $68,750 (£49.6k)
  10. Hero Biker Scout Blaster from STAR WARS – EP VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983) sold for $68,750 (£49.6k)
  11. Carrie Fisher’s Heavily Annotated, Leather-Bound Fifth Draft Script from STAR WARS – EP V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) sold for $62,500 (£45.1k)
  12. Christopher Lloyd and Thomas F. Wilson-Signed Grays Sports Almanac from BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989) sold for $56,250 (£40.6k)
  13. Harry Potter’s Wand from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART I (2010) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  14. Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and Sharon Tate’s (Margot Robbie) Green MG from ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD (2019) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  15. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) Bladed Dueling Lightsaber from STAR WARS – EP III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  16. Eddie Valiant’s (Bob Hoskins) Screen-Matched Pistol Case, Toon .38 Pistol, and Dum-Dum Bullets from WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) sold for $53,125 (£38.3k)
  17. Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) Bladed Dueling Lightsaber from STAR WARS – EP III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for $50,000 (£36k)
  18. Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) Bladed Dueling Lightsaber from STAR WARS – EP III – REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) sold for $50,000 (£36k)
  19. RoboCop’s (Robert John Burke) Jetpack with Hand-Drawn Craig Hayes Alternate Concepts from ROBOCOP 3 (1993) sold for $46,875 (£33.8k)
  20. Foam Floating Mask of Loki from THE MASK (1994) sold for $43,750 (£31.5k)

The auction continues today June 30th and tomorrow July 1st, which will see the sale of more memorabilia including Steve McQueen’s “Jake Holman” jeans from THE SAND PEBBLES (1966) and an original SFX Yamaha MT-09 motorcycle from JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM (2019).

Brandon Alinger, Prop Store’s COO commented on the auction: “Prop Store’s three-day Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction out of Los Angeles had an amazing opening day. Bidding was incredibly strong with many pieces outperforming their pre-sale estimates. We were especially thrilled to see our bidders’ love for Indiana Jones remains strong, with Harrison Ford’s Temple of Doom fedora selling for $375,000. We are also very pleased with the sale of the Harry Potter wand, eyeglasses, and set of signed books that were sold to benefit the charity Lumos Foundation USA, Inc.  We thank the many film fans and collectors who have taken part in the auction so far and hope to see everyone for the remaining 800-plus lots in the auction’s final two days, June 30th and July 1st.”

Prop Store’s annual UK Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction is back later this year, with an exciting two-day event, giving collectors another opportunity to get their hands on incredible pieces of movie history. Register for the auction now on Prop Store’s website.

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Savantis Supports Cinema Week to Promote Return of Theaters

Savantis Supports Inaugural Cinema Week to Promote the Return to Live Entertainment for Moviegoers

Savantis supports Cinema Week’s mission to enhance the moviegoing experience with its cloud-based, omnichannel Intelligent Entertainment Suite built on SAP.

Savantis, a leading provider of end-to-end solutions and support for the digital transformation of cinemas and entertainment venues, announced that they are pleased to support the inaugural Cinema Week campaign, a six-day nationwide event designed to energize moviegoers and encourage audiences to support local movie theaters. With a mission to celebrate the culture of going to the movies, the campaign showcases exclusive in-theater content, activations, giveaways, special offers for loyalty members, and celebrity guests with activities varying depending on the location. Cinema Week takes place June 22 to 27 across the US.

Savantis is proud to sponsor the first-ever Cinema Week, an exciting nationwide initiative to re-engage audiences and revive the cinema industry following a difficult and challenging year, during most of which theaters remained closed due to Covid-19, said Keith Hontz, CEO and President of Savantis. Both Cinema Week and Savantis are aligned in their mission to enhance the customer experience for moviegoers, so we felt very strongly that we must get involved and help preserve the culture, and the magic, of going to the movies, continued Hontz.

In November last year, Savantis announced the launch of its Intelligent Entertainment Suite (IES) omnichannel solution specifically developed for the entertainment industry as a flexible and scalable alternative to Vista and other legacy cinema management software. The application is fully integrated with SAP Commerce and SAP Cloud Platform, which delivers an unparalleled digital experience for end consumers of B2C enterprises.

IES offers a broad range of benefits, modern features, and functions for streamlined cinema management including rapid implementation with little to no downtime, seasonal scalability, and real-time business intelligence metrics, such as sales, cash office, venue occupancy, operations, and more. Hontz further explained that innovations such as: End-to-end contactless interactions, self-service kiosk ordering, personalized loyalty offers, and seamless, omnichannel engagement all work to enhance the moviegoer experience, attract new customers, and keep loyal guests coming back.

With its more than 25 consumer-facing and back-office accelerators, IES allows B2C businesses to build their brand and create lasting relationships with patrons while operations run more efficiently. IES by Savantis is available on the SAP Store, the digital marketplace for SAP partner offerings.

About Savantis

Since 1999, Savantis has been helping companies drive strategic initiatives for sustainable growth by delivering end-to-end solutions that integrate with world-leading business software from SAP. A leading strategic implementation partner within the SAP ecosystem, specialising in expert consulting, outsourcing, and IT staffing, Savantis has earned a reputation for delivering successful and cost-effective IT projects for its clients. Savantis enables organizations to operate more efficiently by solving challenges through digital innovation with the expertise of its people and the quality of its products and services. Through co-innovation, and by using the most advanced technologies to support organization’s digital transformation, Savantis offers solutions for businesses in all SAP-defined core industry segments. Savantis supports the complete enterprise SAP application portfolio – CRM and Customer Experience, ERP and Finance, and Business Technology Platform – and has industry-leading expertise in SAP S/4HANA, SAP CX, and other innovative technologies for retail, alcohol beverage, cinema, entertainment, high-tech, manufacturing, and more.

Savantis has two distinct business units, SAP GLOBAL SOLUTIONS and SAP STAFFING. Intelligent Industry Solutions and Intelligent Industry Portfolios of industry-specific solutions and services provide targeted Customer Experience and Enterprise Consulting, Cloud and Support Outsourcing, and Staffing Solutions, which are exclusively focused on engaging with clients to ensure their success. Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, US, Savantis has a global team of over 750 employees servicing 280 customers worldwide. Visit Savantis’ website to learn more.

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About Cinema Week

The Cinema Week campaign was launched to celebrate and preserve the culture of going to the movies by giving both a collective point in time to rally around. Cinema Week is a five-day nationwide event designed to energize moviegoers and is inclusive of exhibitors of all sizes. It showcases exclusive in-theater content curated and shared with the in-theater movie-going audience first, pop-up red carpets, and early access screenings.

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Amazon × MGM Studios Merger

Amazon announced that it will be acquiring MGM Studios for $8.45 billion, in an effort to bolster the already growing Amazon studios and making it the second largest acquisition on Amazon’s part, following its $13.7 purchase of Whole Foods in 2017.

According to cybersecurity expert Mark Stamford, CEO of OccamSec, a deal of this scale will require a complete review of its cybersecurity infrastructure, as the process of fully merging these entities are rarely completed in the expected timescale.

Mark continues:

  • The standard “merger” due-diligence template goes into great detail looking at financial & legal status issues, but rarely seems to consider the potential liability associated with linking into an organization with a seriously compromised infrastructure. 
  • Trying to coherently map risks or produce an enterprise security plan for this type of environment is incredibly challenging, when multiple systems are coming together
  • With such notable deals, most attackers reside within the organization’s network for over 100 days before discovery, so there is a very real risk of starting work on merging infrastructure, whilst being observed by an interested resident attacker, who will be keenly looking out for an opportunity to vector into the core organization’s networks

Mark says, “Exercising strategic due-diligence during a merger or acquisition, is the most effective what for any organization, like Amazon, to protect itself from cyber threats.”

We had the opportunity to ask Mark Stamford some questions as far as the merger and his expert opinion(s):

Q: What changes can be expected with a merger like the Amazon/MGM Studio merger?

MS: The merging of two different cultures always prompts a lot of changes. In this case, MGM is going to become more like Amazon than the other way round.

Q: Do the benefits outweigh the risks with this type of merger?

MS: Yes, I assume so, from a cyber perspective, the main risk is joining two networks together that have different structures, and probably issues. So, for example I was called in to help with some M&A work once, the new network was plugged in…and brought a heap of malware with it which quickly spread into the acquirers’ network.  It later transpired that some of the IP, which was the very reason for the merger, had been stolen.

Q: What challenges is Amazon, an online retailer, facing when merging with MGM Studio?

MS: Both operate in different ways. The majority of movie making companies seem to follow the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mantra. So, technology tends to be a hodge podge, along with processes etc.… Amazon meanwhile is a tech company, and while primarily known as a retailer, has considerable presence in the cloud (with AWS) so has a lot of cutting-edge technology at its disposal.

Q: What are some ways to help the process move along with ease?

MS: Again, in a cyber perspective there needs to be due diligence done on the MGM environment. At the same time, since both organizations probably have a range of security tools, seeing who has the best tool for the job can save money in the long term.

Also, not to be discounted is the human element in cyber security – any merger results in layoffs. So, the potential for a “disgruntled insider” increases. The way to help with that is communication – not more monitoring.

Q: How can Amazon prevent cyber-attacks during the process of the merger?

MS: MGM makes a nice target right now, since at some point their technology will be integrated into Amazon, and if I was a bad guy, I would assume they are the softer target of the two. Amazon should work with MGM to ensure their security is at a “good” level, and work on the integration aspects – two distinct cyber security teams need to become one, quickly.

Q: In your opinion, does Amazon face cyber risks from vendors or third parties with the onset of the merger?

MS: I think amazon always faces this risk, as does everyone. Since the organization is increasing in size, the “attack surface increases” so yes, they do face risks.

Q: What are the biggest cybersecurity threats at the moment?

MS: Motivated attackers, be that nation states, criminal groups, hacktavists, or others. Ransomware is getting a lot of press right now. However, I think the biggest threat is the endless cost spiral companies are trapped in trying to deal with this.

Q: What are some ways to ensure that the infrastructure is not compromised?

MS: Defense in depth continues to be the key. Layers of security, which work together, and consider the context of the organization (how it makes money or delivers its service) in order to support that mission.  I assume Amazon will expand their cyber security program across MGM fairly quickly, which checks a number of boxes and provides a good starting point.

One issue may be that a movie studio faces different kinds of attackers than Amazon. Movie studios are primarily about their IP, everything else always seemed to be secondary to that. Stealing a movie is a different attack then ransomware, which we have seen borne out in practice (various insider attacks to steal content for example).

Q: What are your certifications in the cybersecurity field?

MS: I have been involved in cybersecurity since I was 11. Was senior penetration tester for a global consulting company, ran a security program at a global investment bank, and have been running a security company for 10 years.

Q: What does effective cybersecurity look like to you?

MS: Cost effective, business aware, and layered.

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Regal Cinemas’ Reopen with New Locations in L.A.

As Covid regulations are decreasing and more and more people are getting vaccinated, regulations are starting to decrease and people are starting to go outside again, including to the local movie theatres.  Regal Cinemas is reopening, and is also proud to announce 3 additional locations will open in the Los Angeles area, with one in Camarillo, one in Irvine, and one in Hemet. These theatres will open Friday, May 21. 

Lionsgate’s Spiral, a horror movie and Saw spinoff,  will headline the new movies including Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult’s new thriller: Those Who Wish Me Dead and Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man along with a full slate of additional titles. Future releases opening in the coming weeks include A Quiet Place Part II, Cruella and F9.

Reopening plans include a wide range of health and safety measures that adhere to the CinemaSafe protocol and guidelines, which have been created by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in order to help prevent Covid outbreaks in theatres.

About Regal

Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 6,979 screens in 526 theatres in 42 states along with the District of Columbia and Guam as of February 28, 2021. The size, reach and quality of the company’s theatre circuit provides its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable moviegoing experience. They are committed to being “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” Additional information is available on Regal’s website, which can be found HERE.

GRAND OPENING DELAYED at REGAL NORTH HOLLYWOOD & 4DX

WHAT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that the official opening scheduled for today, Friday, May 21, of the Regal North Hollywood has been postponed. We look forward to officially opening the doors in the coming days and will follow up accordingly when we have the official date.

WHERE: Regal North Hollywood & 4DX                                                        (3251 20th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132)

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ELLE Canada’s Exciting June Issue

KO Média is excited to unveil the June issue of ELLE Canada, featuring the stories of three inspiring women’s hockey players who believe equal sweat deserves equal opportunity. “A common misconception about women’s hockey is that we’re not skilled enough, but the game has changed drastically in the past 10 years and there are so many more opportunities allowing girls to work on their skills from a younger age and develop faster,” says Olympic silver medalist Brigette Lacquette, the first First Nations woman to play for Canada’s Olympic hockey team.

No stranger to discrimination, Kirby Howell-Baptiste of The Good Place and the upcoming live-action film Cruella opens up about her rise to fame and why it’s harder for Black actors to make it in London than in Hollywood–as well as what it says about a film set’s inclusivity when there’s no hair stylist who can do her hair.

In fashion, this month is all about how psychedelics are inspiring kaleidoscopic colors and botanical motifs on the runway. Meanwhile, Toronto-based designer Kathryn Bowen talks about her latest collection influenced by old competitive figure skating outfits she rediscovered while home during the pandemic (think youthful sentimentality, elevated sophistication and non-binary tailoring). And we peek behind the scenes at a Chanel runway show where Kristen Stewart was the only guest.

In accessories, we’re looking back on the history of the clog, from Holland to Hermès, and we’re featuring summer sunglasses that prove that la vie is truly en rose (or blue or purple). Plus, the new eyebrow trend everyone’s talking about (and how to do it at home); nautical-inspired styles; and a guide to the summer’s best swoon-worthy romance novels – including recommendations for what to read if you loved Bridgerton or Love Actually.

The June issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on May 17, 2021. 

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The Most Iconic Casino Scenes in Hollywood Movies

Gambling has always been popular. The demand for casino games and cinema grew simultaneously in the 1960s. That being said, there are countless examples of directors and writers using a casino as a high-intensity backdrop to their action or drama flick. Here’s a list of some of the best films and most iconic casino scenes in Hollywood, courtesy of Dominic Andreasson. At casinospel, you can also find a list of the best online casinos; Hollywood hasn’t caught up with that trend yet!

Casino Royale (2006)

Casino Royale (2006) might be the most famous casino movie in the history of cinema. It’s also part of the prestigious and adored James Bond lineage of films. The movie follows special agent 007, played by Daniel Craig, and Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelson, as they duke it out in a high-stakes poker game.

The most iconic scene in the film comes during an expensive hand. The total reaches over $100 million and pits 007 and Le Chiffre head to head. They stare each other down as Le Chiffre unveils his excellent hand, only to be beaten by Bond’s straight flush.

Casino (1995)

Casino (1995) is a classic gangster flick with a star-studded lineup including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone. Likewise, it’s chock full of iconic scenes. As you may expect, when gangsters run a casino, things aren’t going to run smoothly. 

One great scene details Ace (played by Robert De Niro) catching two players cheating. The voiceover goes through how the two are hustling the dealer and shows how brilliant Ace’s character is. It contains some great blackjack scenes throughout.

Rain Man (1988) & The Hangover (2009)

Rain Man (1988) and The Hangover (2009) are placed together in this list because one is referencing the other. First came Rain Man, the story of two brothers on a cross country road trip. Raymond, Dustin Hoffman’s character, is autistic; one scene in the film finds them at the casino. 

Raymond uses his savant-like math skills to count cards and win big at blackjack. This scene starts with Ray’s younger brother, played by Tom Cruise, saying the iconic line, “Let’s play some cards.” It takes the form of a montage and is some of the best gambling on video.

In The Hangover, the main characters Phil, Alan, and Stu are down on their luck and in the hole when it comes to money. To try and remedy this problem, Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) references Rain Man and reads a blackjack strategies book. They go to the casino in an attempt to count cards. With hilarious editing, the gang manages to win all the money they need before being kicked out in a cheeky homage to the classic 80s film.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

A list of the most iconic casino and gambling films isn’t complete without mentioning Ocean’s Eleven (2001). This movie follows Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney) as he attempts to pull off the most extensive casino heist in history. This star-studded film also stars Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts. It features iconic scenes, including one where Brad Pitt’s character outlines how to call someone’s bluff in poker.

Black Panther (2018)

The most recent addition to this list, Black Panther (2018), gets an honourable mention for one of the most extraordinary casino-based fight scenes in film history. This movie follows T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, as he tries to find himself and unite his people. It’s within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is based on the comic book character Black Panther. Early in the film, T’Challa and his friends head to an underground casino to stake out the sale of stolen goods. This ends in a super fight where quippy one-liners abound. 

Conclusion

As gambling technology and the film industry continue to grow, we expect the relationship between the two to stay as intertwined as ever. Who knows, maybe the next great heist flick will be about online casinos or winning big at live dealer tables. The possibilities are endless.

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Vilnius International Film Festival Winners

Vilnius International Film Festival Announces 2021 Award-Winning Films

Vilnius Film Festival’s 26th edition concluded April 5, 2021 with the announcement of European Debut, Short, and Audience Award competition winners. This year’s innovative, COVID-safe festival format was a collaboration between the film industry and the Lithuanian capital’s six top hotels, creating a vacation-at-home experience, where audience members enjoyed a virtual opening ceremony with a red carpet and collaborations with local talent, and watched a program of the year’s top international titles from the comfort of luxurious local hotels. “The opportunity to book hotel rooms to watch movies came just in time for an audience hungry for travel, new places, and experiences. According to the hotels, their occupancy rates reached pre-pandemic levels over the course of the three-week festival,” says Go Vilnius Director Inga Romanovskiene. Preliminary data also reveals that 100,000 viewers tuned in to this year’s diverse lineup of titles.

In a field rich with exciting new films, several stand-out titles took home competition prizes. The five-star jury line-up for the European Debut Competition included Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Gaia Furrer, filmmaker/producer Denis Côté, MUBI VP of Content Daniel Kasman, M-films production company founder Marija Razgutė, and filmmaker Lili Horvát. Director Itonje Søimer Guttormsen’s feminist, tragi-comic fable Gritt took home two European Debut Competition awards—both Best Film and a Best Actress award for star Birgitte Larsen. Best Actor was awarded to Pierre Deladonchamps for his role as the sinister central drifter in Peter Dourontzis’ Rascal, while Ainhoa Rodríguez was named best Director for Destello bravió, her precise portrait of women in small-town Spain. Special Mention was awarded to Tim Leyendekker’s boundary-pushing reconstruction of a notorious case of deliberate HIV transmission, Feast.

Other awards include Short Competition winners, judged by film critic and Cannes Critics’ Week programmer Nanako Tsukidate, director and cinematographer Camille Degeye, and filmmaker Ignas Meilūnas: Best Film winner Places, Vytautas Katkus’ intimate portrait of friendship, and Special Mention awardee Fish Like Us, Raphaela Schmid’s short in which various lives and stories unfold at a Chinese restaurant. Viewers were also able to weigh in on this year’s program, awarding Audience Awards to Best Film Quovadis, Aida?, Jasmila Žbanić’s story of a woman caught in the male game of war; Best Short Film The Little Bird and the Bees, Lena von Döhren’s vibrant animated short; and Best Lithuanian Film Swamp, an intimate character study from director Klementas Davidavičius.

“We’re glad that the language of film transcended our physical separation, providing an unparalleled sense of community and closeness,” said CEO of Vilnius IFF Algirdas Ramaška, thanking fans for their support. “Together with our partners, we were able to provide safe experiences-following quarantine restrictions, such as the private screening rooms in hotels-that surely left indelible memories.”

EUROPEAN DEBUT COMPETITION 
Best Film: Gritt (dir. Itonje Søimer Guttormsen)
Best Actress: Birgitte Larsen (Gritt)
Best Actor: Pierre Deladonchamps (Rascal)
Best Director: Ainhoa Rodríguez (Destello bravió)
Special Mention: Feast (dir. Tim Leyendekker)

SHORT COMPETITION 
Best Film: Places (dir. Vytautas Katkus)
Special Mention: Fish Like Us (dir. Raphaela Schmid)

AUDIENCE AWARDS
BEST FILM: Quo vadis, Aida? (dir. Jasmila Žbanić)
BEST SHORT FILM: The Little Bird and the Bees (dir. Lena von Döhren)
BEST LITHUANIAN FILM: Swamp (dir. Klementas Davidavičius)

The Vilnius Film Festival is supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre, co-funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Vilnius City Municipality and Go Vilnius. Vilnius IFF Kino Pavasaris is an independent private initiative.

To learn more about Vilnius Film Festival, visit this website.

More info on tourism in Vilinius here.

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Horror Poster Auction

INCREDIBLE COLLECTION OF HORROR POSTERS & RARE ARTWORK GOING UNDER THE HAMMER IN UK AUCTION

  • The over 490-lot auction features over 75 posters that have come directly from the collection of well-known US producer and writer Bryan Fuller, best known as the creator of many popular television series including Dead Like MeWonderfallsPushing DaisiesHannibal, American Gods, and co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery
  • The collection features titles from horror classics including Frankenstein (1931), The Wolf Man (1941), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), notably an Australian One-Sheet poster from John Carpenter’s Halloween (1979) which is widely considered the best non-US poster artwork estimated between £800 – £1,200 ($1,101 – 1,652)
  • A collection of over 200 posters from the archive of award-winning creative agency, Feref, including original transparencies, negatives and one-of-a-kind prints from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Halloween II (1981) and many more
  • The auction is taking place on Thursday April 22, 2021 and bids can be placed online and by telephone from anywhere in the world

Mark Hochman, Prop Store’s Poster Consultant, commented on the upcoming auction – “Prop Store’s most extensive and all-encompassing Horror Category to date whether you collect for the original Universal Monsters or the modern horror icons of Freddy, Jason or Michael Myers. Throw in one of the best Dracula posters Hammer ever printed in “Dracula Prince of Darkness” or the hand signed personal Production brochures of Christopher Lee then this Auction really has something for all horror fans and collectors.

Items to be sold at Prop Store’s Cinema Poster Live Auction will include:

  • Bryan Fuller Collection: Australian One-Sheet, 1979 from HALLOWEEN (1978). Estimate £800 – £1,200 ($1,101 – 1,652)
  • Bryan Fuller Collection: US One-Sheet, 1960s from FRANKENSTEIN (1931). Estimate £600 – £800 ($826 – 1,101)
  • UK Quad, 1966 from DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966). Estimate £600 – £800 ($826 – 1,101)
  • Bryan Fuller Collection: French ‘Grande’ Affiche, 1964 from BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935). Estimate £400 – £600 ($550 – 826)
  • US One-Sheet, 1965 from PSYCHO (1960). Estimate £400 – £500 ($550 – 688)
  • Bryan Fuller Collection: French ‘Moyen’ Affiche, 1961 from THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961). Estimate £300 – £500 ($413 – 688)
  • FEREF ARCHIVE: Original Transparencies and Negatives with 1 of 1 Proof Print, 2021 from HALLOWEEN II (1981). Estimate £200 – £300 ($275 – 413)
  • Bryan Fuller Collection: Mondo Poster, 2012 from THE WOLF MAN (1941). Estimate £200 – £300 ($275 – 413)
  • FEREF ARCHIVE: Original Transparency and Negatives with Four 1 of 1 Proof Prints, 2021 from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974). Estimate £200 – £300 ($275 – 413)
  • British Double Crown, 1988 from NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (1988). Estimate £100 – £200 ($137 – 275)
  • Vice Press, Bottleneck Gallery Poster, 2020 from FRANKENSTEIN (1931). Estimate £100 – £200 ($137 – 275)
  • Sir Christopher Lee’s Personal Hammer Publicity Brochure (Autographed), 1964 from THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES (1964). Estimate £100 – £200 ($137 – 275)

The auction is taking place on Thursday April 22, 2021 and will be live streamed online for fans to track the action and participate in bidding themselves. Auction lots can be viewed by appointment only at Prop Store’s office facility in Hertfordshire, UK, please email for more details.

Registration and online proxy bids are now open.

Pokeball illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Pokemon Most Valuable Media Franchise

Pokemon Has Reached 100M in All-Time Sales – Most Valuable Media Franchise Globally

The Pokemon Franchise is celebrating its 25-year anniversary for the entire year of 2021, and what better way to mark the occasion than crossing an important milestone in the franchise’s history. The franchise started as a game but has since expanded into many facets of media and entertainment, making it one of the most recognizable media franchises in the world. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, The Pokemon Franchise’s all-time sales have reached $100B making it the most valuable media franchise of all time as of January 2021.

Pokemon – From Game to Media Franchise with All-Time Sales Of $100B

Pokemon, short for its Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, was first released as a game on Nintendo’s handheld console GameBoy in 1996. Soon after, a Manga and Anime centered around the game was released and soon gained a significant amount of popularity. This is a break from the traditional life cycle of popular media brands commonly found in Japan of Animes being turned into games rather than the other way around.

Since then, the franchise has successfully expanded into many other facets of entertainment such as movies and trading cards, creating an entire Pokemon Universe and generating enormous amounts of sales along the way. Pokemon’s $100B all-time sales make it the most valuable media franchise in the world ahead of other icons such as Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and even the entire Star Wars Franchise.

The franchise’s movie adaptation, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019), earned the second-highest at the box office out of any video game movie as of March 2021 with gross earnings of $432M.

Nintendo’s Pokemon Games Always Popular – Combined Over 350M Copies Sold

Since the original game launched on the GameBoy in 1996, there have been over 70 titles created by Nintendo for the Pokemon Franchise all amounting to over 350M copies sold. The top eight Nintendo Pokemon games alone combine for over 150M copies sold. Even more impressively a total of 14 different Pokemon titles accomplished the feat of selling 10M copies or more.

Pokemon’s original game from 1996, Pokemon Red/Green/Blue, is the best-selling Pokemon game of all time with over 31M copies sold.

Pokemon Go and Pokemon Home – 2 New Adaptations That Are Hugely Popular

Pokemon Go is a mobile augmented reality (AR) game published and developed in 2016 by Niantic in partnership with Nintendo and the Pokemon Company. The game turned mobile users into real-life Pokemon trainers who can catch Pokemon they encounter in the real world, visualized through AR on a mobile device. In its first month after release, the game had a record-setting 500M downloads. Pokemon Go was also the third-highest grossing mobile game worldwide with $1.2B in estimated player spend.

Pokemon Home was launched in February 2020 and allowed cloud-based storage for users and their items from the Pokemon universe. The app was downloaded almost 12.3M times in 2020 making it the most downloaded Pokemon game that was published in 2020. In Q4 of 2020 alone, there were over 6.4M downloads of Pokemon Home.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information on the website.