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First Black-Owned Wine Bar in AZ Launches by Private Chef to Suns

You don't need to be a chic wine snob to step into Chic Chef 77 Bistro & Wine Bar, but you'll certainly consider yourself one by the time you walk out. Featuring a menu complete with wine pairings to enhance dining experiences by heightening flavors and texture, the first black-owned bistro and wine bar in the state (Tempe) hosts special events highlighting black-owned wine markers and paint and sip parties, presented in an upscale environment.  Founded by Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur & Restaurateur Nik Fields, Chef Nik aims to promote education and discovery among wine-lovers old and new. She helps sippers pair wine and foods based on chemical compounds and overall impact on the five senses. Chef Fields curates a Taste Makers series, where spirit makers discuss their flavor profiles, educating wine lovers and celebrating wine, while introducing interactive and luxurious dining experiences. The journey includes table side pouring instead of the bar, a sommelier on-site

Following Films Podcast: Moby on his Documentary Film PUNK ROCK VEGAN MOVIE

  Today I'm joined by Moby to discuss his film ‘Punk Rock Vegan Movie! The new documentary will have its world premiere and be the Opening Night film for the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival on January 20 in Park City, Utah. The film, which is Moby’s directorial debut, is a passionate and stylistically idiosyncratic look at the ongoing relationship between the worlds of punk rock and animal rights. It includes interviews with some of the biggest names in punk and rock history, like Ian Mackaye, HR, Dave Navarro, Ray Cappo, Andrew Hurley, Tony Kanal, Tim McIlrath, Water Schreifels, Dave Dictor, Derrick Green, Steve Ignorant, Theo Kogan, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Amy Lee, and Captain Sensible. Moby tells the story of how punk rock became such a fertile and surprising breeding ground for vegan activism. It’s also a call to action, unapologetically reminding people that in a deeply broken world it’s incumbent upon each of us to stand up and fight intelligently, passionately, and lou

Prey for the Devil on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD Today

  Directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism), and Screenplay by Robert Zappia and Story by Robert Zappia & Earl Richey Jones & Todd R. Jones, this film that launches horror into the 21st century stars Jacqueline Byers (“Salvation,” “Roadies,” Bad Samaritan), Colin Salmon (Mortal Engines, Alien vs. Predator, Resident Evil), Christian Navarro (“13 Reasons Why,” Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Bushwick), Lisa Palfrey (“Cobra,” “Sex Education,” “Chloe”), Nicholas Ralph (“All Creatures Great and Small,” The Most Reluctant Convert), with Ben Cross (Star Trek, First Knight, Chariots of Fire), and Academy Award® nominee Virginia Madsen (Best Supporting Actress, Sideways, 2004; Candyman, “Designated Survivor”). Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist…but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until now these schools ha

Following Films Podcast: CLEANING LADY Creator/Executive Producer Miranda Kwok

  Today I'm joined by Miranda Kwok, best known as the Creator and Executive Producer of the U.S. television series adaptation "The Cleaning Lady," based on the Argentine series "La Chica Que Limpia." Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Fox Entertainment, Miranda wrote the pilot script and developed "The Cleaning Lady" for the Fox Network.   Her first screenplay about the so-called military ‘comfort women,’ Miranda won the Grand Prize in the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. With her first spec script, Miranda landed a Staff Writer position on "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" on the Starz Network.  She has worked as a writer and story consultant on several theme park attractions and immersive experiences, including Wanda Movie Park's 4D Film "Streets of Fury" and 5D Film "Ultimate Energy" which was produced by Industrial Light and Magic. More recently, Miranda served as a writer and Supervising Producer for "The 1

LANDLOCKED, A Highly Anticipated Release Uniquely Combining Home Movies With a Horrifying Fictitious Storyline Releases 1/6

  Summoned to his soon-to-be demolished childhood home, Mason discovers an old VHS camera that can see into the past, driving him to record as many memories as possible before the doomed house is destroyed. Utilizing the director's own home movies, filming in the actual locations where he spent his youth and casting real-life family members to play fictionalized versions of themselves,  LandLocked  combines narrative and documentary with horror and sci-fi to create a movie unlike any other... Taking ten years to complete,  LANDLOCKED  is the feature directorial debut of Paul Owens. Owens creatively incorporates actual footage in the form of childhood home movies and delivered a unique film that has been adored adored by critics on the festival circuit. Hailed as,  “ of the most intriguing films to come out of Nightstream 2021” by the  Daily Dead  and a  " remarkable lo-fi creeper… ”  by  Fangoria,  LANDLOCKED is among the many highly anticipated genre releases of 2023.


On the heels of becoming the highest-grossing domestic and global film of 2022, the studio’s #1 film of all time, as well as the #1 best-selling Digital release ever, Paramount today announced that TOP GUN: MAVERICK is the most watched movie globally in its premiere weekend streaming on Paramount +.  “The runaway success of this film across theatrical, digital and now in streaming is an undeniable proof point demonstrating the power of Paramount’s multi-platform release strategy,” Brian Robbins, President and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+. “Across all our 2022 titles, and now with TOP GUN: MAVERICK, our studio has unlocked the value of variable windowing that streaming provides to augment a film’s overall success.”  From Thursday, Dec. 22 through Sunday, Dec. 25, the movie broke records domestically as the most watched movie premiere ever for the service, surpassing the previous record, held by SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2, by 60%

Following Films Podcast: EMANCIPATION Craft Team Press Conference

Today I'm doing something a bit different. This is a press conference I took part in last weekend with the craft team behind the new Apple+ film EMANCIPATION. The team includes  Ed Novick (Production Sound Mixer) Mandell Winter (Supervising Sound Editor) Naomi Shohan (Production Designer) Conrad Buff, ACE (Picture Editor) Robert Richardson, ASC (Cinematographer) Steve Pederson (Re-Recording Mixer) Marcelo Zarvos (Composer) Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (Costume Designer) David Esparza (Supervising Sound Editor & Re-Recording Mixer) Robert Legato, ASC (VFX Supervisor EMANCIPATION is currently available on APPLE TV+