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Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Molly’s Game

STX Entertainment, Huayi Brothers Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Pascal Pictures and Entertainment One present an R Rated, 140 minute, Biography, Drama, directed and screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, book by Moly Bloom with a theatre release date of January 5, 2018.


Animal Defenders International (ADI) President Jan Creameristo be honored at TheWIFTS International Visionary Awards 2017 in recognition of ADI’s life-saving work for animals under her leadership. At an exclusive event in Los Angeles on December 10th, Jan will be presented withTheOtiliaAnimal Advocacy award inaugurated by TippiHedren in 2014.

Jan Creamer, ADI President said “It is an honor to be chosen for this special award. As a species, we are having a devastating effect on the lives of animals and our shared environment, they need our help. Humanity can be a force for good, protecting our planet and the other species who call it home.”

Celebrating its 10th year, The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase and TheWIFTS Foundation is dedicated to increasing awareness of ‘singular women as individuals’.TheWIFTS Foundation selected Angela Merkel as TheWIFTS Woman of The Decade (Society) & Gal GadotWoman of The Decade (Film). Often unrecognized for their passion and integrity in their chosen field,fellow honorees include actressElaine Partnow; Cassini Project Lead Scientist LindaJ Spilker;documentary filmmakers Gina Abatemarco and Taira Akbar; Mayes C. RubeoCostume Designer for Thor: Ragnarok, currently in cinemas worldwide.

A short film showcasing ADI’s work for animals led by Janwill be screened at the awards ceremony,and feature the organization’s latest rescue mission, the epic Operation Spirit of Freedom inwhich more than 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade were saved.AsADI assisted the government of Peru with enforcement of a ban on wild animal acts, over 30 lions were flown home to Africa and more than 50 indigenous wild animals, including six different species of monkey and bears, homed in ADI sanctuary facilities in the Amazon. 

Jan co-founded ADI in 1990 with her husband and Vice President Tim Philips, and leadsfrom the front, going toe to toe with circus owners refusing to hand over animals; writing reports;filming in animal laboratories, factory farms, animal dealers, slaughterhouses and circuses; spearheading prosecutions, or addressing national legislators and governments. 

ADI’s highly committed team gathers evidence on industries such as circuses, performing animal trainers, animal laboratories and fur farms. Sustained awareness campaigns have been the catalyst for legislation protecting animals, including ending circus acts in over 40 countries, animal cruelty convictions, the EU ban on use of wild caught primates or their offspring in experiments,bans on cosmetics tests on animals in the UK and Europe and restrictions in over 180 countries on cross-border movements of endangered species in traveling exhibitions.

A major element of this work is the production of short and feature documentaries, television work and online productions. Film and television has a major impact on public understanding of animal and environmental issues and ADI has ensured that the animals are represented in film, television and online productions. The ADI’s large-scale rescue work is showcased in the multi award-winning feature documentary, Lion Ark, produced by Jan Creamer, directed by Tim Phillips. The film tells the story of the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses, in a joint ADI-Bolivian Government law enforcement operation.

Jan is one of 100 visionaries nominated by the Albert Einstein Foundation to mark 100 years of Einstein’s theory of relativity. The “world’s greatest minds” are presenting their visions of the future in the world’s first 3D-printed bookGenius.  The Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, include director Sir Ridley Scott, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Barbara Streisand, former commander of the international space station Colonel Chris Hadfield, author Salman Rushdie, Nobel laureates, billionaire entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders. The global project honors the life and legacy of Albert Einstein, recognizes living visionaries, and seeks to “inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet.”

Jan and Tim are also recipients of The Drury University Forum on Animal Rights Bob Barker Award for Extraordinary Achievement for Animal Rights, Legendary TV presenter and philanthropist, Bob Barker, a funder of ADI’s work, said,"I am proud to be on ADI's list of donors! In my opinion Animal Defenders International is one of the world's most productive animal protection organizations."

To support Animal Defenders International’s life-saving workwww.ad-international.org/donate

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Animal Defenders International (ADI):Los Angeles – London – Bogota

Ending the suffering of animals in captivity and protecting wild animals and their environments

Active worldwide to end the suffering of animals: animals in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure; animals used for food or fur; protection of wildlife and the environment; trade in animals zoos, pets, entertainment and laboratories. Funding and promotion of advanced scientific methods to replace the use of animals in research. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Education and awareness to public, media and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large-scale seizures of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible.

ADI government-backed rescues:

Operation Spirit of FreedomOver 100 wild animals, seized from illegal circuses andwildlife trade, rehomed to natural habitats.

In 2016, part of this operation included an airlift of 33 ex-circus lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia, home to Africa.

In 2015, ADI relocated over 40 monkeys of six different species and other animals to their natural habitats in Peru as well as spectacled bear, 25-year-old Cholita, driven three days across the Andes, to her new home at the foot of her natural cloud forest range; a specially built oxygen tent was built to help the elderly bear at high altitudes.

Operation Lion Ark in Bolivia in 2011; ADI assisted officials with the seizure of 25 African lions and relocated them to a sanctuary in the US, this story is told in the feature documentary, Lion Ark (www.lionarkthemovie.com)

Festival to benefit L.A. nonprofit, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Bennington, Vermont (TBD, 2017) – Following overwhelming success last year in Los Angeles, and a national tour to 10 cities in 2016, the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will be returning to the City of Angels on August 5th, 2017.

WHAT:Perfect for dog lovers of all ages, the 2nd Annual NY Dog Film Festival™ will feature two programs each with a different medley of documentary, animated and live-action short canine-themed films from around the world. The films illuminate human-canine love and are uplifting, with happy outcomes. Each program runs approximately 75 minutes.

WHEN: Saturday, August 5th

            5 p.m. “Outdoors and Adventures with Dogs”

            7 p.m. “Who Rescued Whom?”

WHERE: Writer’s Guild Theater at 135 So. Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills

WHO: NY Dog Film Festival Founder/ Director Tracie Hotchner, a well-known pet wellness advocate and author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know,willbring local dog aficionados together to share a communal experience of watching short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs.

WHY: The NY Dog Film Festival shares Founder/Director Tracie Hotchner’s appreciation of the love between dogs and their people, while giving a portion of every ticket to local animal welfare group, Michelson Found Animals, to help support their life-saving animal efforts.

COST: Tickets are $15 per program, with a portion of every ticket going to Michelson Found Animals.

“I’m delighted to bring together animal lovers in the community to experience the many ways that people love and need their dogs, while recognizing Michelson Found Animals’ great work in keeping pets and their people together,” said Hotchner, who is also the host/producer of 10 pet talk radio shows on her Radio Pet Lady Network (including her award-winning NPR show DOG TALK).

“We’ve seen firsthand what a passionate community of pet lovers we have here in Los Angeles,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director Michelson Found Animals. “We’re so excited to have the festival return to Los Angeles and thrilled to be a part of this entertaining celebration of the human-animal bond.”

Click here for complete program and film descriptions. For more information including how to buy tickets, visit www.dogfilmfestival.com.

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About the NY Dog Film Festival

In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival premiered in New York City, which grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. Hotchner created the Festival as a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience the remarkable human-canine bond on film. The NY Dog Film Festival shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters wherever it travels.

About Michelson Found Animals

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a nonprofit supporting pet owners and animal welfare organizations with the mission of Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. After celebrating a decade of service to animals, they continue to grow and find innovative ways to help pets and the people who care for them. In addition to creating the first free microchip registry, they now have their own adoption centers, research next generation spay/neuter technology and sell affordable high quality products – all in the service of pets. Their unique perspective into all aspects of animal welfare allows them to better support pet owners and pet professionals alike. All of this possible thanks to the generous funding from Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson.

See how they’re using their brains and expertise to obtain real, sustainable, results at foundanimals.org. To learn more about their free microchip registry, and the many innovative tools that are making it easier to connect lost pets to their people, check out found.org. The spay/neuter technology research is at michelsonprizeandgrants.org. And to find out more about Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop locations, where all profits go back to caring for our adoptable pets, visit adoptandshop.org.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2017 – Mankind’s best friend has been protecting us, comforting us, and giving us unconditional love for thousands of years…but you have only one week left to reward your canine companion by nominating ‘em for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. Sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and broadcast in the fall as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel, the Hero Dog Awards will close its nominations phase on March 8 at 12 pm Pacific Time.

The annual, year-long campaign seeks to identify and honor America’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash. Dog owners across the country are invited to visit www.herodogawards.org and nominate their heroic hound in one of eight categories. The top dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at the September 16th star-studded, red-carpet awards gala hosted by Beth Stern and James Denton at the Beverly Hilton. One of the category winners will be unveiled as the American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.

The eight categories for 2017 are: Law Enforcement Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program™ from Zoetis; Military Dogs, sponsored by the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation; Therapy Dogs; Service Dogs Emerging Hero Dogs, a category that pays tribute to ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things,  Arson Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Guide/Hearing Dogs. Following the nominations period, two dozen semifinalists (the top three in each category) will be chosen in a first round of voting by celebrity judges and the public. The second round, featuring a combination of public and celebrity voting, will narrow the field to eight category finalists who will then vie for the title of 2017 American Hero Dog.

Over the past six years, Americans have cast millions of votes for more than a thousand dogs, all seeking the coveted title of American Hero Dog. The program reaches more than 1 billion people each year and draws the support and participation of top celebrity dog lovers from all over the world. Hosts, judges, award presenters, and entertainment acts have included Katharine McPhee, Alison Sweeney, Victoria Stilwell, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Lisa Vanderpump, Mickey Rooney, Burt Reynolds, Chelsea Handler, Martin Short, Jewel, Wilson Phillips, John Ondrasik, Carson Kressley, Miranda Lambert, Pauley Perrette, Kristen Chenoweth, Naomi Judd, Lori Loughlin, Lea Thompson, Eric Stonestreet, Fred Willard, Danica McKellar, Bailee Madison, and many, many more.

Winners in each category will earn $2,500 for a designated charity partner and the overall winner’s charity partner will win an additional $5,000. Each charity partner is dedicated to celebrating the role of working dogs in our lives, and like American Humane, celebrates the importance of the human-animal bond.

“Every year, hundreds of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘American Hero Dog’ at the American Humane Hero Dog Awards,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane’s president and CEO. “Dogs do so many extraordinary things to improve and even save our lives, and this contest is our way of saluting our best friends.”

“For thousands of years, dogs have protected us, comforted us in times of need, and selflessly saved the lives of those around them,” said Mrs. Pope. “We need to recognize their extraordinary achievements and heroism, and I am pleased to serve once again for the sixth year as the platinum presenting sponsor for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. I wish all our remarkable nominees luck and look forward to reading their stories of valor and courage.”

“Hallmark Channel is proud to have the American Humane Hero Dog Awards serve as the focal point of our Pet Project,” said Bill Abbott, the President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. “The Pet Project is our on- and off-air advocacy and awareness initiative designed to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives, shine a spotlight on the wonderful animals in shelters across the country, and promote adoption.”

Key dates for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards contest include:

  • Nominations: January 25 – March 8
  • 1st Round Voting: March 29 – May 3
  • 2nd Round Voting: May 17 – June 28
  • 3rd Round Voting: July 12 – August 30
  • American Humane Hero Dog Awards event in Los Angeles – September 16

 

Nominations for 2017 Hero Vet and Hero Vet Tech Awards Also Open Now

And because behind every hero pet there is a hero veterinarian or veterinary technician, the Hero Dog Awards once again will feature a second campaign – the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis. Until noon Pacific Time on April 6, pet owners and animal lovers across America will be invited to nominate their favorite animal caretakers in these two fields, with each to be honored at the Hero Dog Awards event on September 16.  

More information about the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org. For more information about the 2017 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, please visit www.herovetawards.org. More information on sponsorship opportunities can be had by emailing Mari Harner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling 1-800-227-4645.

Review written by Jon Patch with 1 out of 4 paws

The Neon Demon

Amazon Studios, Bold Films, Broad Green Pictures, Wild Bunch, Gaumont, Space Rocket Nation and Vendian Entertainment present an R rated, 117 minute, Drama, Horror, Thriller, directed, story and screenplay by Nicolas Winding Refn with a theater release date of June 24, 2016.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2 paws out of 4

Keanu

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Principato-Young Entertainment present an R rated, 98 minute, Comedy, directed by Peter Atencio, written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens with a theater release date of April 29, 2016.

TriStar Pictures, Clinica Estetico and LStar Capital present a PG-13, 102 minute, Music, Comedy, Drama, directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody with a theater release date of August 7, 2015.

Universal Pictures, Dentsu, Fast 7 Productions, Original Film, MKC and China Film Company present a 137 minute, PG-13, Action, Crime, Thriller, directed by James Wan, written by Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson with a release date of April 3, 2015.

Warner Bros. Pictures, Ghoulardi Film Company and IAC Films present a 148 minute, R rated, Drama, Crime, Comedy, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, screenplay by Anderson, novel by Thomas Pynchon with a theater release date of January 9, 2015.

Summit Entertainment, EFF and Emmett/Furla Films present a 116 minute, R rated, action, mystery, thriller directed by Mikael Hafstrom, written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller with a theater release date of October 18, 2013.

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