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George H.W. Bush’s granddaughter, Ashley’s Film Win “People’s Choice” Award at Dallas Film Festival

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The Queen's New ClothesThe granddaughter of the late George H.W. Bush, Ashley Bush, can now add award winning film director to her extensive resume. Bush’s latest film, The Queen’s New Clothes, won the People’s Choice Award at the Dallas Film Festival.

The documentary, starring Winn Morton, will premiere on Monday June 3rd, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Maysles Documentary Center. There will be a reception following the premier. All ticket sales will go to the Maysles Documentary Center, which provides the underserved communities in New York educational tools to learn filmmaking. Run time is 24 minutes.

The film follows the legendary 90 year old costume designer, Winn Morton, as he bring his over the top style and designer skills to a small town debutante pageant in rural Texas. He honed his craft on the Broadway and he designed costumes and sets for the circus, notable Ringling Bros. but he also has designed for ice shows, balls, and festivals. His love for the fantastical and his immense creativity has helped to solidify Morton as a design genius.

Ashley Bush, daughter of Sharon Bush and Neil Bush, is a Los Angeles based filmmaker who is originally from Texas. She graduated from Barnard University with an Arts degree in English and film. She also received her Masters at USC School of Cinematic Arts, specializing in writing and directing. She got her first taste of the filmmaking by helping to assist Cary Fukunaga on the set of his 2015 Netflix feature, Beasts of No Nation. She currently has a much anticipated half-hour mockumentary show, Campaign!, in development with CAA and Rough Cut.

As a child of a philanthropist, Ashley is a humanitarian at heart. She is a founding member of the Athena Film FestivalHer mother Sharon Bush, has started multiple foundations to help the underserved in communities both in the United States and all over the world. The festival is held at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and it focuses on films celebrating women and leadership. The festival also hosts workshops, master classes and panels on a variety of topics that focus on women in the film industry.

 

The Top 4 Famous and Iconic Movie Franchises for this Valentine’s Day

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We love movies over here at Celeb Voice. On Valentine’s Day most people want to watch a rom-com but tonight most of us single people plan on having a movie binge tonight on our favorite movies tonight. In honor of all those who won’t be celebrating Valentine’s Day, we are sharing our top four favorite movie franchises that we plan on binging tonight.

Star Wars

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” … you don’t have to know much to know where this famous phrase is from. Star Warshas embedded its way into our culture like no other franchise has been able to. The movie that almost never made it off the ground, has been one of the most influential cinematic markers of the last fifty years. The movie was created by George Lucasin the late 70’s. With intergalactic war, love, and adventure, the movie captured many audiences. Today, audiences still love the characters, the soundtrack, and the giant yellow letters giving an overview of the storyline before the movie begins. The movie has received many awards to back up the hype surrounding the franchise. It has received ten academy award nominations and won seven. It has also been recorded in the Library of Congress’s’ National Film Registry and the National Recording Registry. We even say phrases like “May the Fourth be with you”, to celebrate the date May 4th. It’s hard to overstate how much this movie has impacted American culture and cinema.

 Star Trek

“Live Long and Prosper.” Star Trek was created in the 1960s and had a rough start, being cancelled after only a couple seasons. The show was created by Gene Roddenberry who was a war veteran himself. While the show did not have the booming beginning run, one of the largest letter campaigns to ever be recorded got the show off the ground and back on the air again. It was clear that the writings and themes struck a chord with viewers in ways that other shows had not been able to. The main chord being the idea of coexisting peacefully with people different than you. The show was made during the Cold War where tensions were especially high in America. The show gave people something to aspire to. Since its original debut, Star Trek has made many different movies and shows, sticking to its original theme of inclusivity and embracing differences. In the Star Trek: Discovery, the show features its first openly gay character. Gretchen Bergand Aaron Harberts were the original showrunners. The team of Berg and Harbertsreally took the television show to the next level. Star Trek continues its trend in being relatable to the masses, relating to current events, and staying relevant to its viewers–these qualities can be tied back the long-run of success the franchise has experienced.

 Jurassic Park

Can humans and dinosaurs exist together? Apparently not. This is what Jurassic Parkhas taught us. While the idea of bringing back some of the most powerful creatures that once walked the earth seems like an exciting idea, it also turns out to be one where people across the world enjoy watching it on screen. While a scientist just wanted the world to peak into the past, it becomes clear that we were meant to exist at separate times for good reason. However, getting a cinematic fictional peak into a world where humans and dinosaurs coexist was an absolute hit. In 1993, the movie took viewers by storm. Since then, the franchise has come out with movies that have been just as popular. In 1993, the worldwide box office number came in at a whopping $1,038,812,584. Jurassic Park 3 is expected in 2021. 

Harry Potter

The boy who lived. The hype and build up to the Harry Pottermovies was born out of the beloved book series by J.K. Rowling. Through friendship, love, and bravery, the books captured the hearts of readers around the world. J.K. Rowling wrote the booksas a single mom who had to file for welfare benefits- -little did she know that her books would become a worldwide sensation. There are eight movies and seven books. Because of the heavy amount of content, it was necessary to split the books into an extra movie. The final book was made into two separate films. To say that the movies did well would be an understatement. The final box office figure for all the film was $7,723,431,572. Harry Potter World, books, trivia, costumes, and a whole fandom was born out of the Harry Potter franchise. While Harry Potter is a newer series in contrast to other franchises that have done comparably well, it doesn’t seem like its popularity will be dying down any time soon. Spin offs of Harry Potter have included The Deathly Hallows, which has gained popularity after the Harry Potter movies finished their final movie. Some might even say that Harry Potter rivals the popularity that Star Wars once held.

 

The Fifty Shades Trilogy is back with the Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

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Well this mess of a movie franchise is back with a  trailer for the upcoming movie “Fifty Shades Darker”  that is set to open on Valentine’s Day 2017. Frankly, after all the bad reviews of the first movie, we are surprised that they are attempting a second movie.

The only memorable thing about the movie trailer is another sexy rendition of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love but this time Miguel takes over the vocals. As much as we want to be able to buy into the fantasy of this movie, the sexual chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is lukewarm at best. It was reported previously that the stars of the movie also did not get along during the first movie shoot and it was very apparent during every promo that was done before the release of the movie. We wonder if they still can’t stand each other?

Well because we love to make fun of a terrible movie over here at CelebVoice, we will definitely being seeing this movie!

 

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