Sunday, March 29, 2015

HBO Documentary "GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF" Debuts Sunday March 29, 2015 8PM

HBO For Immediate Press Release

GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF,

HIGHLIGHTING STORIES OF FORMER CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY MEMBERS, WHO DETAIL THEIR LIVES AS FOLLOWERS, DEBUTS MARCH 29 ON HBO

An Official Selection At The 2015 Sundance Film Festival; Oscar® Winner Alex Gibney Directs Film, Based on Lawrence Wright’s Bestselling Non-Fiction Book.

Following the HBO documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” his investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Academy Award®-winning director Alex Gibney (HBO’s “Taxi to the Dark Side”) turns his gaze to Scientology in GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright. The documentary debuts SUNDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: March 30 (9:00 p.m.) and April 1 (11:45 a.m., 3:05 a.m.), 5 (9:15 a.m.), 9 (3:30 p.m.), 11 (1:45 p.m.) and 17 (4:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 2 (8:00 p.m.), 4 (9:15 a.m.), 8 (6:00 p.m.) and 16 (11:00 p.m.)

Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.

This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash”), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.

A provocative tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF will open in theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on Friday, March 13, prior to its HBO debut.

GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF is written and directed by Alex Gibney; based on the book by Lawrence Wright; producers, Alex Gibney, Kristen Vaurio and Lawrence Wright; editor, Andy Grieve; director of photography, Samuel Painter. For HBO: supervising producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.




Friday, March 20, 2015

Mad Men: Events & Final EPs AMC's Mad Men Returns for the series' final episodes Sunday April 5th 2015 at 10PM

Press Release AMC February 2015

AMC CELEBRATES THE END OF AN ERA OF MAD MEN

Cultural Institutions From Coast to Coast, Including Museum of the Moving Image, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The New York Public Library, BAMcinématek, The 92nd Street Y, Museum of Jewish Heritage and More Honor Mad Men Leading Up to the Series’ Finale

New York, NY – February 17, 2015 – In celebration and anticipation of the final seven episodes of one of the most celebrated series in television history, AMC, in conjunction with Lionsgate and cultural institutions from coast to coast, will honor Mad Men through exhibitions, screenings, events and discussions. A complete list of Mad Men activities, which will be updated regularly with additional details, is available on amctv.com/madmenevents.

The Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama Mad Men, produced by Lionsgate, kicks off its final seven episodes on AMC Sunday, April 5 at 10:00PM ET/PT.

“A television series unlike any other deserves a send-off unlike any other,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Mad Men and its incomparable influence across art, design, literature and popular culture in general, calls for a broad and unprecedented salute. We’re thrilled to partner with some of the world’s most renowned and revered institutions to help us bid a fond farewell to this iconic series.”

“We are proud and a little overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm from these prestigious cultural organizations, and grateful for the opportunity it’s created for us to give back to our amazing fans who have been there from the beginning.” adds Matthew Weiner.

“This series of events is an extraordinary tribute to Matthew Weiner’s vision and the work of all those involved with Mad Men,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “From the very beginning, our partners at AMC have supported the series with tremendous creativity, innovation and passion, and we’re deeply gratified to be part of this grand celebration.”

NEW YORK CITY (events are listed in chronological order)

New York City, home to Don Draper and his colleagues and family, will unite in a series of special events. The following New York City-specific events are listed on nycgoMadMenNYC.


Museum of the Moving Image

Central to New York’s Mad Men celebration will be a major exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) from March 14 to June 14. Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men, featuring more than 25 iconic costumes, large-scale sets and hundreds of props, video clips, and personal notes and research material from series creator, writer, director and executive producer, Matthew Weiner, will offer unique insight into Mad Men’s origins, and how its exceptional storytelling and remarkable attention to period detail resulted in a vivid portrait of an era and the characters who lived through it. Among the featured behind-the-scenes material will be the writers’ room where Weiner and his team crafted stories and scripts, and original interviews with Weiner about his creative process. The Museum’s exhibition marks the first time objects relating to the production of Mad Men will be shown in public on this scale. The Museum will also present An Evening with Matthew Weiner, a conversation about the creation and production of the series, with a guest moderator (TBA), on Friday, March 20, and Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences a ten-film series featuring movies selected by Weiner—such as The Apartment, Les Bonnes Femmes and The Americanization of Emily — that inspired the Mad Men, from March 14 to April 19. Additional details and tickets available at MuseumOfTheMovingImage

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) will host Mad Men: The End of An Era, a celebration that looks back with the cast at their favorite scenes throughout the last 7 seasons. The evening will include a conversation with creator Matthew Weiner, and stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser, at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale in March. Aspiring fans can also prep for the final season with “The Essential Mad Men” – a FREE marathon of must-see episodes curated by Matthew Weiner from Friday, March 20 through Saturday, March 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. For more information visit FilmSocietyOfLincolnCenter

The New York Public Library

Also in March, The New York Public Library (NYPL) will bring to life its Mad Men Reading List, a collection of 25 titles read by main characters during the course of the series. Three of the largest branches will have displays of the books, select branches will offer copies of the books to borrow, and all NYPL patrons can access ebook versions.

Museum of Jewish Heritage- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will celebrate Mad Men with a public program featuring Matthew Weiner. On Sunday, March 29 at 4pm Mr. Weiner will speak at the museum about the evolution of Jewish identity on Mad Men, in support of their new exhibition, Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, which opens March 31.

BAM

BAMcinématek, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s repertory film program, presents Mad Men at the Movies, a two-day film festival on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23. On each night, the series will include a discussion with a cast member or Matthew Weiner about the films and their significance to Mad Men. For more information and tickets, please visit www.BAM.org/BAMcinematek.

The 92nd Street Y

The celebration of Mad Men in New York will continue through April. Matthew Weiner will be part of a public program at 92Y on April 28. Details forthcoming.

Live from the NYPL

The culmination of Mad Men’s New York celebrations will take place several days after the series finale, on Wednesday May 20, 2015 7-9PM with a special installment of LIVE from the NYPL, The New York Public Library’s flagship ticketed event series.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Smithsonian Museum of American History

The Smithsonian Museum of American History will welcome iconic props, costumes, set décor, scripts and research material from Mad Men to their permanent collection in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 27. In addition to memorable items, such as Don Draper’s grey suit and fedora, as well as his office bar cart, the museum will receive Matthew Weiner’s original script for the seminal episode “The Wheel” (Episode 113) with an alternate ending that was never filmed.

["An elephant is a mouse built to government specifications"...In A Lather editor's note: Unfortunately all searches at SMAH site for links to the Mad Men permanent collection yielded zero and/or non-relevant results. Here's hoping by the projected date of 3~27~2015 of the collection's installment, that information will be made available.]

LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

At the Film Independent LACMA screening series, Matthew Weiner and key cast members will participate in discussions with Elvis Mitchell, Film Independent Curator, following screenings of favorite episodes on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27.


About Mad Men:

AMC’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama Mad Men kicks off its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00PM ET/PT. Created by Emmy® Award winner Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, Mad Men’s highly anticipated series conclusion will, for the last time, follow the complex lives of Don, Peggy, Roger, Joan, Betty and Pete, and their families, colleagues, rivals and love interests, as their stories come to an end.

About AMC:

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and the forthcoming “Humans,” “The Making of The Mob: New York,” “Into the Badlands” and “The Night Manager.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About Lionsgate:

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

AMC's The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere Sunday Oct 12 2014 9PM ET & Staying Alive For A Sixth Season

DAYS BEFORE THE SEASON FIVE PREMIERE, AMC RENEWS “THE WALKING DEAD” FOR A SIXTH SEASON

#1 Show on Television Among Adults 18-49, and Highest-Rated Show in Cable History, Returns for Its Fifth Season at 9 PM ET/PT on October 12, 2014. Followed by Live “Talking Dead” Aftershow

[AMCNetworks Press Release]

New York – October 7, 2014 – Days away from its season five premiere, AMC announced today that it has renewed "The Walking Dead", the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The season five premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the live season premiere of Talking Dead at 10 p.m. ET/PT with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

Social media activity and interest around The Walking Dead is up significantly from the same period a year ago. For several weeks leading up to the season five premiere, the show has been #1 in digital engagement of all returning fall cable series, as measured by the ListenFirst Digital Audience Rating. The show’s social media following and fan engagement are at an all-time high with more than 30 million Facebook fans and 2.7 million Twitter followers, while video views of scenes and trailers for the upcoming season are well outpacing last year’s results.



For season six, Scott M. Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner and executive producer along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also recently announced that it has ordered a pilot for a potential companion series to “The Walking Dead,” based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.

Around the world, “The Walking Dead” will again be “First on FOX,” with FOX International Channels (FIC) bringing the show to audiences globally within 24 hours after the U.S. launch. Season 5 premieres on October 13 in all of its 125+ markets as part of FIC’s continued commitment to broadcast the series day-and-date internationally. Following the U.S. trend, “The Walking Dead” continues to break records overseas and has more than tripled its numbers on FOX since its launch.

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and the forthcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul.” AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Talking Dead,” “Comic Book Men,” “Game of Arms” and “4th and Loud.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS

FOX International Channels (FIC) is 21st Century FOX’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. FIC’s core channel brands include FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Life, FOX+ and National Geographic Channel. FIC’s movie channels include FOX Movies, FOX Movies Premium and Star Chinese Movies. Our non-linear brands include FOX Play, FOX Play+ and Nat Geo Play. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.725 billion cumulative households worldwide. In addition, FIC owns and operates two production studios and produces thousands of local programming hours for its wholly owned channels and third parties. In operation since: August 14, 1993.