The timeless legend Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess,” is the protagonist of Exsanguinata, a new short horror film which just made its world premiere at the New Jerse Horror Con and Film Festival. Directed by Gretchen Heinel and produced by Sabbath Assembly and Saltpeter Filmworks, Exsanguinata stars Jamie Myers and David Christian from Sabbath Assembly, with an exclusive soundtrack by the band, as well.
The film reveals a noblewoman and her devotees perpetuating their power by preying upon her subjects. For each young victim, the rite of adolescence becomes a rite of death. And for the noblewoman—the Countess Bathory—the rite of death becomes a rite of adolescence. Roles reversed, through blood sacrifice.
The film is available on Vimeo On Demand for $1.11 to rent or $4.44 to download. Watch the trailer HERE (warning: NSFW) and find out more about Exsanguinata at its official website HERE.
Villa 40/RCA Records announces the pre-order for Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available at all digital retailers now. Those that pre-order a copy of the soundtrack will receive an instant grat of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s special performance of “True Colors.” The soundtrack, which was executive produced by Timberlake, will be available on September 23rd and features new music from Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick & Gwen Stefani.
The first single, “Can't Stop The Feeling!,” which was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, has dominated all over the world. In the U.S. the track debuted #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, is certified double Platinum and is the best-selling single for 2016 of tracks released this year. Overseas, the single is currently 5x Platinum in Sweden, 4X platinum in Canada, 3x platinum in Australia, 2x PLATINUM in Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, and Norway and platinum in New Zealand, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. The official music video, directed by groundbreaking and multiple award winning director Mark Romanek has over 220 million views.
DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls is set to hit theatres on October 21st.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that Barbara Broccoli OBE has been appointed Vice President for Film.
Following the recent appointment of Greg Dyke as BAFTA’s Vice President for Television, Barbara Broccoli will join Dyke in co-chairing BAFTA’s Council, supporting the Academy’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and assuming an ambassadorial role for the charity. Previous Vice Presidents for Film have been Duncan Kenworthy OBE (2009-2015) and Lord Puttnam (1995-2004). BAFTA can appoint up to three Vice Presidents, one in each of the three sectors of film, television and games, who can serve a term of up to six years.
Barbara Broccoli OBE admitted that she personally is:-
“passionate about BAFTA’s role in educating, inspiring and celebrating generations of British film-makers. I am therefore honoured to accept the role of BAFTA’s Vice President for Film”.
Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA, expressed her delight at the announcement, adding that:-
“one of the most illustrious and respected people in the contemporary film industry, will be joining BAFTA as our Vice President for Film. With her connections on both sides of the Atlantic, Barbara is well placed to be a brilliant ambassador for BAFTA and I know we'll benefit hugely from her experience and wisdom over the next few years. With Greg Dyke announced recently as our Television Vice President, we are in good hands for the future."
Barbara Broccoli with her brother Michael G Wilson own EON Productions and have produced the last eight Bond films together including Skyfall and Spectre. They have executive produced several independent film projects including A Silent Storm starring Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough directed by Corinna Villari-McFarlane and Radiator starring Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones and Daniel Cerqueira directed by Tom Browne. EON Productions recently announced a creative alliance with Cove Pictures, a joint venture with Smuggler Inc and Red Arrow Entertainment, to develop a number of television shows for the international market.
Broccoli has co-produced a number of stage productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002 West End, 2005 Broadway), A Steady Rain (2005 Broadway), Chariots Of Fire (2012 West End), Once (2012 Broadway, 2013 West End) and Strangers On A Train (2013 West End), and in December 2016, Othello at the New York Theatre Workshop starring David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig to be directed by Sam Gold.
Among her many philanthropic interests, Broccoli is a Trustee of Into Film, a film education charity working with young people aged 5-19. She is also Patron of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, an Honorary Fellow of the National Film and Television School and an Honorary Member of Women in Film and Television UK. She is Patron of Spinal Research and supports many of Oxfam’s fundraising efforts.
Broccoli sits on the Board of Governors for BAFTA Los Angeles. The Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment is named after her father.
Broccoli was awarded the OBE in her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2008. In 2014, she was honoured by the Producers Guild of America with the David O Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
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