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The Wiz Character Card #1 Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow

Kelley first exploded on the big screen in the musical 'Hairspray' in 2007, earning a Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture, as well as a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He starred in the George Lucas-produced film 'Red Tails' about the famed Tuskegee Airmen, opposite an all-star cast, including Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., and was also in 'The Boys of Abu Ghraib,' a highly acclaimed independent film starring Sean Astin.
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The Conversation: Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action

No film buff wants to see a promising, or prominent filmmaker pull a disappearing act a la Terrence Malick, (though it seems he isn’t keen to repeat another lapse like the one between Days of Heaven to The Thin Red Line), but whether they’re dealing with unforeseeable professional (endless pre-production woes, writer’s block) or personal issues, sometimes there is a considerable time between projects.

With John Cameron Mitchell, Charlie Kaufman, Rebecca Miller, Patty Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and more recently, Barry Jenkins recently moving out of the so called “inactive” period, we decided to compile a list of the top ten American filmmakers who, for the most part, we’ve lost sight of and would like to see get back in the director’s chair again. Most of the filmmakers listed below have gone well over half a decade without a substantial movement in this category. Here is
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Kristen Stewart In ‘Camp X-Ray’ Poster

Kristen Stewart takes the lead in Camp X-ray, a film in which she plays a soldier who has joined the army to escape her small town roots. In doing so, she becomes a guard at Guantanamo Bay and strikes up a friendship with a detainee. The film sounds very familiar to Prisoner Of War or Boys Of Abu Ghraib (as it was known in the Us), although the plot device of having a captor befriend a captive isn’t exactly something new. What may add an extra layer to the conflict is Stewart attempting to make it in a man’s world.

The poster plays on Stewart’s star power, while doing the obvious Photoshop tactic of blending her body into another image. Not trying to draw any conclusions from the poster, but is it suggesting Stewart’s character is bigger than all this or that it is a part of her?
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Prisoner Of War DVD Review

Director: Luke Moran.

Starring: Luke Moran, Sean Astin, Sara Paxton, Omid Abtahi, John Heard, Michael Welch, John Robinson.

Running Time: 102 minutes

Certificate: 15

The title itself, Prisoner Of War, already has us asking deep and meaningful questions. Who are the prisoners of war? Is it the literal prisoners we see in the film or the young men going out to war for the first time? Are we in fact all prisoners of war? Prisoner Of War, or Boys Of Abu Ghraib as it’s known in the Us, may not have any solid concrete answers, but it does give a genuine and good hearted look at a serious issue.

Sent out on his first tour Jack Farmer, played by writer and director Luke Moran, ends up volunteering as an MP to preside over the POWs. He starts off as the innocent with burning questions about the ways the prisoners are treated,
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‘Prisoner of War’ DVD Review

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Stars: Luke Moran, Sean Astin, Sara Paxton, Omid Abtahi, John Heard, Michael Welch, John Robinson, Elijah Kelley, Scott Patterson, Jermaine Williams, Cru Ennis, Bernhard Forcher, Luis Bordonada, Jerry Hernandez | Written and Directed by Luke Moran

This dramatic war thriller follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq’s most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he’s tasked with guarding the Army’s highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him.

War. What is it good for? Well seemingly it’s good for churning out war film after war film. Some bad. Some good. Thankfully Prisoner of War falls into the latter camp. Produced by the same people behind Traffic and Blood Diamond, the films is loosely based
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Giveaway – Win Prisoner of War on DVD

From the producers of Traffic and Blood Diamond, Prisoner of War is a shocking and compelling war film based on true events at Abu Ghraib that shocked the world in 2004.

To support the release of Prisoner of War out on DVD and for download this week, we have a DVD copy to give away! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

This dramatic war thriller follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq’s most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he’s tasked with guarding the Army’s highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi, Argo), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him. Also stars Sarah Paxton (Aquamarine), Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga) and John Heard (Home Alone).

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Electric sells Boys to UK

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Exclusive: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has closed multiple territories including a UK deal for the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib.

Head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska has licensed rights to 4 Digital Media for the UK, Anchor Bay for Australia/New Zealand and Daro for South Africa.

Mehandjiyska will continue sales in Cannes next month.

Vertical Entertainment handles the current Us release of Boys Of Abu Ghraib, Luke Moran’s feature directorial debut about a friendship between a Us solider and an Iraqi detainee at the notorious prison.

Moran stars with Sean Astin, Sara Paxton and John Heard. Edward Zwick presents the film with Marshall Herskovitz, who served as executive producer alongside Rogan Donelly.

Electric Entertainment’s international sales and distribution division launched last year at the Afm and the slate include Aj Edwards’ The Better Angels, John Slattery’s Sundance entry God’s Pocket, Hannah Espia’s Transit and The Wannabe, on which Devlin
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'Boys of Abu Ghraib' Clip | Exclusive

'Boys of Abu Ghraib' Clip | Exclusive
From the Producers of Blood Diamond and The Last Samurai, the dramatic war thriller Boys of Abu Ghraib follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq's most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he's tasked with guarding the Army's highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him. Based on the true events that shocked the world in 2004. Check out our exclusive clip as it welcomes newcomers to the wondrous world of Iraq.

Boys of Abu Ghraib comes to theaters March 28th, 2014 and stars Sara Paxton, Sean Astin, John Heard, Michael Welch, Scott Patterson, Omid Abtahi, John Robinson, Elijah Kelley. The film is directed by Luke Moran.
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Hoffman's final film sold to UK

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Hoffman's final film sold to UK
Electric Entertainment marks first major territorial sale of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film as a leading man to Arrow Films in the UK.

Arrow Films has secured all UK rights to to John Slattery’s feature directorial debut God’s Pocket from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.

The film, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, will be released in the UK later in 2014.

Review: God’s Pocket

It was reported last week that the movie will be released on May 9 in Us theatres, distributed by IFC Films, and it will be available on video demand from May 14.

The film, which drew heated bidding for the foreign rights when it debuted at Sundance in January, was acquired by Electric and became part of their slate at last month’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska negotiated the deal with Tom Stewart, acquisitions director for Arrow Films.

“Upon seeing
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Exclusive Boys Of Abu Ghraib Clip: Soldiers At The Campfire

The dramatic war thriller Boys of Abu Ghraib will arrive in U.S. cinemas on March 28th. We have an exclusive clip to share with you and have included the domestic trailer as well for your perusal. From the Producers of "Blood Diamond" and "The Last Samurai," this dramatic war thriller follows soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) from small town America to Iraq's most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he's tasked with guarding the Army's highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him. Based on the true events that shocked the world in 2004....

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