Film News Roundup: Burt Reynolds Starring in Romantic Comedy ‘Miami Love Affair’

In today’s news roundup, Burt Reynolds signs on to a new role, Abramorama buys rights to “Above & Beyond Acoustic,” and the Genesis Prize Foundation selects Natalie Portman for a special honor.


Sales have launched at the American Film Market on Burt Reynolds romantic comedy “Miami Love Affair” at Lance Paul’s Ginger Knight Entertainment.

Reynolds portrays a wealthy businessman and art dealer who acts as the narrator and guide through the romantic escapades of those in his orbit. The story follows three relationships during the Art Basel art fair in Miami.

The film also stars Monica Pasqualotto, Ralph Kinnard, Anisbel Lopez, Rusbeh Bani, Alan Klinger, and Ana Lucia Chaverria. Kinnard directed “Miami Love Affair” from his own script. Producer is Julian Fernau of CoCo Productions.

“The movie is an homage to Miami, a romantic comedy that makes viewers experience a struggle for greatness in the exciting world of art while following the never-ending quest for true love,” said Kinnard.


Abramorama has bought the rights to concert documentary “Above & Beyond Acoustic – Giving Up the Day Job” and plans a theatrical release early next year.

The film is directed by award-winning directors Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg. Dugdale directed the live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and Desenberg directed the behind-the-scenes documentary of the act on tour.

Abramorama released the Ron Howard documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” in addition to documentaries about Green Day, Neil Young, and Pearl Jam. “Above & Beyond Acoustic – Giving Up the Day Job” will be released in conjunction with Above & Beyond’s U.S. tour and continue to roll out the film around the world in the months to follow. Above & Beyond’s latest electronic album “Common Ground” is due in the first quarter.

The band is composed of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki.


The Genesis Prize Foundation has selected Natalie Portman as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate.

The annual award is designed to honor individuals for inspiring the next generation of Jews through their professional achievement and commitment to Jewish values and to the Jewish people.

“I am deeply touched and humbled by this honor,” Portman said. “I am proud of my Israeli roots and Jewish heritage; they are crucial parts of who I am. It is such a privilege to be counted among the outstanding Laureates whom I admire so much. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Genesis Prize Foundation, and look forward to using the global platform it provides to make a difference in the lives of women in Israel and beyond.”

Portman was born in Israel and, after moving to the U.S. as a child, retained a close connection to her Jewish and Israeli roots. In 2015, she directed the Hebrew-language film “Tale of Love and Darkness,” made in Israel and based on the novel by Israeli writer Amos Oz. Portman also played a leading role in the picture.

In keeping with the tradition established by the previous Genesis Prize Laureates, $1 million in award money will be granted to philanthropic programs in honor of Portman. The programs will focus on advancing women’s equality in all aspects of human endeavor and used for grants to organizations involved in promoting women’s educational opportunities, economic advancement, health and safety, and full participation in policy formulation and political activity.

Portman is the fifth winner of the award following Michael Bloomberg, Michael Douglas, Itzhak Perlman and Anish Kapoor.

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