Shangri-La Entertainment announced today that it has completed production on “Girl Walks Into a Bar,” a feature-length film that follows a series of characters in interlocking stories taking place in ten different bars during the course of one evening in Los Angeles. By turns funny and heartbreaking, this sharp-witted comedy is written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez (“Women in Trouble,” “Elektra Luxx”) and is produced by Steve Bing (“The Polar Express,” “Shine A Light”), Richard Rosenblatt and Gutierrez. The film will be the first major motion picture created exclusively for Web distribution.
The film’s cast of characters includes gangsters, exotic dancers and con-artists played by an ensemble, all-star cast including Carla Gugino (“Watchmen”), Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”), Danny DeVito (“Get Shorty”), Josh Hartnett (“30 Days Of Night”), Rosario Dawson (“Grindhouse”), Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”), Aaron Tveit (“Ghost Town”), Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown”), Amber Valletta (“Hitch”), Gil Bellows (“Flash Forward”), Kevin Zegers (“Gossip Girl”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Michelle Ryan (“Bionic Woman”) and Xander Berkeley (“Nikita”).
“We want to prove that Web distribution is a viable medium for theatrical quality movies which rely on story, characters and dialogue as opposed to special effects,” said Sebastian Gutierrez. “For many reasons the theatrical indie landscape has changed drastically in the last few years, leaving many potential breakout hits without an audience. We are excited to break the rules of feature films by letting people watch our movie for free online.”
“Girl Walks Into a Bar” connects a group of apparent strangers over one night across 10 bars throughout Los Angeles. Zachary Quinto stars as a dentist who teams up with a feisty would-be assassin (Carla Gugino) to put the final touches on the plan to kill his wife. Once he makes a play for the assassin’s payment, he unknowingly sets off a chain of events that fuels a cross-town journey through the many lounges, bars, strip clubs and the occasional nudist ping pong club scattered across Los Angeles. Along the way, we are introduced to a series of idiosyncratic characters, from gangsters (Danny DeVito) to exotic dancers (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Alexis Bledel), from ex-cons (Robert Forster) to cops (Josh Hartnett, Gil Bellows), with the odd hatcheck girl (Rosario Dawson) and bartender (Amber Valletta) thrown in for good measure.
“Girl Walks Into a Bar” is co-produced by Shangri-La Entertainment’s Zach Schwartz. The film’s director of photography is Cale Finot and is edited by Lisa Bromwell A.C.E. The film’s music is by Grant Lee Phillips.
Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) will guest star on the new SHOWTIME drama series THE BORGIAS in three episodes as “Sancia,” the beautiful and seductive Neapolitan princess who marries the Pope’s youngest son Joffre (Aidan Alexander), even though she has her eye on another Borgia brother. The series is headlined by Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons and is currently shooting in Budapest for a Spring 2011 premiere.
Emmanuelle Chriqui is best known for her role as the perfect fiancée Sloan on the Emmy®-and Golden Globe®-nominated comedy series Entourage. In addition to television, she also continues to build upon her career in film. In 2008, she starred alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, as well as with Adrien Brody in Cadillac Records. Recently, she completed production on Red August opposite Andy Garcia, and starred in the independent film Saint John of Las Vegas, opposite Steve Buscemi, and Electra Luxx, the comedy follow-up to Women In Trouble in which Chriqui starred opposite Carla Gugino (guest star on CALIFORNICATION).
The Canadian born Chriqui moved to Los Angeles and quickly made a name for herself, landing roles in Detroit Rock City, Snow Day and 100 Girls. However, it was On the Line that marked her first leading role in a studio film. Her other film roles include Wrong Turn, In The Mix, Rick, Waiting, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and Tortured. On the small screen, she had recurring roles on both The O.C. and Unscripted, a series from George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.
THE BORGIAS is a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history’s most intriguing and infamous dynastic families. The series begins as the family’s patriarch Rodrigo (Irons), becomes Pope Alexander, propelling him, his three Machiavellian sons Cesare (Francois Arnaud), Juan (David Oakes), Joffre (Aidan Alexander) and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance. Joanne Whalley also stars as Vanossa, the mother of Rodrigo’s children.
The series is produced as a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production.
A Russian trailer recently appeared online for “13″, but there is now a US version of the trailer – in English. You can see it below!
Earlier today, Emmanuelle Chriqui was photographed at the premiere for “Black Swan” during the Toronto International Film Festival. I have just added 16 photos from the event into our gallery!
Last night, Emmanuelle Chriqui was photographed at the amfAR gala during the Toronto International Film Festival and I have just added 13 photos from the event into our gallery!
I’ve found Emmanuelle’s Brita project video on youtube and you can view it right below.
The first trailer for “13″ has been released, its dubbed and doesn’t feature Emmanuelle though. :blank: The film still has no release date – but at least the trailer is a good sign of it being released at some point!
Gela Babluani’s remake of his French-language film “13 Tzameti.” A naive young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
This year Brita FilterForGood is bringing the Sundance Film Festival to you through the FilterForGood Film Project. Brita has teamed up with The Sundance Institute and the Environmental Media Association (EMA) to give people who are passionate about making the world a better place a chance to win a trip to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of a film inspired by you!
FilterForGood, a partnership between Brita and Nalgene, began as a way to motivate people to make small changes to protect the planet, such as filling a reusable bottle with filtered tap water. Since 2007, more than 200 million disposable bottles have been kept out of landfills thanks to those who have taken the FilterForGood pledge, proving that small changes really can make a big difference. Through the Brita FilterForGood Film Project, Brita and its partners want to empower people to add their voice and vision to the movement.
Now through October 8, visit Brita FilterForGood on Facebook to submit an environmental challenge facing your community. Share how you would like to motivate and educate others to take action to meet the challenge.
Submissions will be voted on by the Facebook community and the top three most compelling stories will become the inspiration for short films directed by Sundance Film Festival filmmakers — Jeremy Konner, Amy Grappell and Destin Daniel Cretton — to be screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and air on the Sundance Channel.
Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, a member of the EMA Young Hollywood Board, is lending her voice to the project by helping to raise awareness of how films can inspire a path to a healthier planet.
“Film is a powerful tool that can be used to educate people about environmental issues and get them to take action,” said Chriqui. “I’m really excited to see what great ideas come from the FilterForGood Film Project.”
Get involved with the FilterForGood Film Project and visit www.facebook.com/BritaFilterForGood to:
1. Voice a challenge
2. Cast a vote
3. Inspire a film
4. See it launch
Attendees at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will take part in the FilterForGood movement firsthand. With Brita and Nalgene’s help, more than 40,000 Festival attendees will have the chance to make an immediate difference by carrying limited-edition FilterForGood Nalgene bottles and refilling at Brita Hydration Hubs located throughout the Festival.
“Since 2009 we’ve worked with Brita and Nalgene to make the Sundance Film Festival more sustainable,” said Sarah Pearce, Director of Operations, Sundance Film Festival. “Through our partnership with FilterForGood and the Film Project, we are committed to finding ways at the Festival and beyond to motivate positive change for the planet.”
For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/BritaFilterForGood
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