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Showtime Revs Up Nonfiction With Docs on Bob Dylan, Kobe Bryant, Marlon Brando

23 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Inquisitive. Intelligent. Supportive. Enthusiastic. Talk to the creators of some of Showtime’s original documentaries, and it sounds like they’re describing a dream spouse. But that’s how they feel about the perfect partner — the perfect producing partner, that is.

With David Nevins at the helm, Showtime has made a greater push to fund original documentaries, offering in-depth looks at challenging subjects.

“Documentaries have a lot of currency in our culture right now,” Nevins says. “People want to watch them, they’re very well-consumed (and) highly rated. And they felt like an area where there was opportunity to do the kind of things that other people aren’t doing, the kind of things that would make news, and that people would want to write about.”

Last year’s environmental docuseries “Years of Living Dangerously” proved him right. Executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the project featured Harrison Ford, »

- Carita Rizzo

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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

18 October 2014 2:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Departure Day: When it comes to TV, is closure important?

If you happen to follow a decent number of TV critics on Twitter, you may have noticed a minor eruption of late. A schism has emerged, prompted by accounts like The Cancellation Bear, which concerns itself solely with the topic of whether or not series are likely to survive based on current ratings patterns. That may sound perfectly innocent on its own, but quite a few admirers have expressed the notion that they refuse to dive into a series if they get the sense that it will come to a premature end, thereby robbing them of closure. This idea has, naturally, left many critics incensed: isn’t TV a medium founded on chaos, on the thrill of working within limitations and at the whims of fickle audiences? Moreover, isn’t it silly to always want tidy resolution in the context »

- Ricky

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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part Two

17 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sidney And The Sixties: Real-time 1957-1966

Throughout the 1950s, Hollywood’s relationship with television was fraught: TV was a hated rival but also a source of cheap talent and material, as in the case of the small-scale Marty (1955), which won the Best Picture Oscar. These contradictions were well represented by the apparently “televisual” 12 Angry Men (1957), which began life as a teleplay concerning a jury with a lone holdout who must, and eventually does, convince his fellow jurors of the defendant’s innocence. Its writer, Reginald Rose, persuaded one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Henry Fonda, to become a first-time producer of the film version. Fonda and Rose took basement-low salaries in favor of future points, and hired a TV director, Sidney Lumet, for next to nothing because Lumet wanted a first feature credit. Technically, there’s an opening bit on the courtroom steps that keeps this from being a true real-time film, »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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Ron Perlman talks Connery, Brando, and whether he's watching 'Sons'

17 October 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

As the title of Ron Perlman's memoir Easy Street (the Hard Way) implies, the actor—whose Amazon pilot, Hand of God, recently got a season order and who voices a character in the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated feature The Book of Life now in theaters—has a life story full of ups and downs. "The book is very much about how every time something really, really bad happens, there's a resolve that takes place as you heal your way out of it," he says. "One of my favorite quotes, which is really representative of the book, is that »

- Mandi Bierly

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Fnc 2014: ‘Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau’ + Interview with director David Gregory

17 October 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

Directed by David Gregory

USA, 2014

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014) is a documentary that tells the secret story behind Richard Stanley’s involvement, as the uncredited director and extra, in the cult movie The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). After his cult successes Hardware (1990) and Dust Devil (1992), director Richard Stanley was given an $8 million dollar budget along with the stars Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer to make his dream project based on the H. G. Wells science fiction novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896). Stanley pre-produced and developed the script for 4 years only to end up getting fired 4 days into the shoot. It’s a “what might have been movie” in the vein of films like Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) or Lost in La Mancha (2002).

The film includes a variety of testimonials from Richard Stanley, »

- Francisco Peres

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Is This the Greatest Photo Ever Taken of Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor?

16 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

When you think of Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, you think Hollywood royalty. You think cool heartthrob and glamorous seductress. You think, oh yeah, that's the Godfather, baby! Or, man, it's been a while since I watched her sizzle in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Many of the images we see of the iconic duo show off their most famous roles or looks or controversial romances, but rarely do we see one like the image below--a photo that reveals the dressed-down duo caught in a real relatable moment, as if someone snapped a shot of them during Thanksgiving dinner at someone's parents house.  She looks very much like the girl next door, and he... well, it's written all over his face, really. The kind of face your crazy uncle would make in almost every family...

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- Erik Davis

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Film Review: ‘Blue Blood’

15 October 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ace lenser Mauro Pinheiro Jr. is the real star of “Blue Blood,” Lirio Ferreira’s gorgeous-looking yet narratively weak drama about a circus performer returned to his island home. Auds endlessly drawn to big-tent stories perhaps won’t mind, but the themes here, including the leitmotif of an isolated populace and the enfeebling hothouse atmosphere of an island locale, needed more incisive scripting to overcome a strong sense of deja vu. Geographical and corporeal eye candy, along with a landslide win at Rio with awards for best film, director, and supporting actor (Romulo Braga), will certainly boost local play and sales.

The strikingly beautiful black-and-white prologue (the rest is in color), accompanied by Dvorak, sees a ship sailing to a headland and a group of men erecting a tent for the Netuno Circus. The location is Brazil’s stunning Isla Fernando de Noronha, off the coast of Pernambuco State — the »

- Jay Weissberg

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Producer of Four-Decade-Long Emmanuelle Franchise Dead at 72

14 October 2014 7:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 (photo: Sylvia Kristel in 'Emmanuelle' 1974) Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as "a short illness" on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at a Paris hospital. Siritzky, whose credits include dozens of Emmanuelle movies and direct-to-video efforts, several of which starring Sylvia Kristel in the title role, was 72. Ironically, Alain Siritzky didn't produce the original, epoch-making 1974 Emmanuelle. He became involved in that Yves Rousset-Rouard production via his Parafrance Films, which distributed Emmanuelle in France. 'Emmanuelle': 1974 movie sensation A couple of years after the release of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones (not to mention Boys in the Sand and Eyes of a Stranger), and the year after Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider sparked a furor by having simulated sex in Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, the 1974 French release Emmanuelle still managed to become a worldwide cause célèbre. »

- Andre Soares

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Storytelling techniques we rarely see in the movies anymore

13 October 2014 6:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...

Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.

Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »

- ryanlambie

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20 Terrible Film Lines That Had No Right Being Memorable

13 October 2014 4:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

There have been some unforgettable movie lines throughout cinematic history. There are delicious selections to choose from, some of the most famous including Clark Gable’s blunt remark in Gone with the Wind, Marlon Brando’s nasally offer that the bandleader couldn’t refuse in The Godfather, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship in Casablanca. Nothing beats a great movie line. When you look back over your list of favourite films of all time, there’ll often be one trait they all have in common – and that will be a slick and unique script, packed with fresh and exciting dialogue. Many moments from the best movie scripts have been incorporated into common culture; being used for advice, support, and comic effect. Everyone has their own personal favorite movie line, along with many others that they consider to be truly memorable.

But just because something is memorable doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. »

- Gaz Lloyd

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Reeve Receives Standing Ovation at Oscar Ceremony (Video)

10 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »

- Andre Soares

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Ten Films That Landed Best Editing Noms for Portraying the Passage of Time

10 October 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Films have captured the passage of time in a variety of unique ways throughout the years. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which premiered at Sundance this year, presents the movement of time in an unprecedented manner. By filming the same cast three to four days per year for 12 years, Linklater was able to capture the real changes the cast went through instead of relying on CGI, makeup or different actors to show the aging process. The seamless way in which the passage of time is presented could garner a best editing nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are 10 other films portraying the passage of time that have been nominated for best editing (in chronological order):

Gone With the Wind (1939)

The film follows the O’Hara family and how they are affected before, during and after the Civil War, particularly through the eyes of Scarlett O »

- Anjelica Oswald

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American Horror Story, Ep. 4.01: “Monsters Among Us” fascinating, repulsive, and oddly touching

9 October 2014 5:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 1: “Monsters Among Us”

Directed by Ryan Murphy

Written by Ryan Murphy

Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 Pm on FX

The fourth season of American Horror Story starts off with a stunning cold open amidst a quaint farmhouse. After stumbling upon a gruesome crime scene, a milkman makes an even more shocking discovery in a rural home. It’s difficult to remember an episode of Ahs in which the camera work is so effective as it is here. “Monsters Among Us,” directed by show creator Ryan Murphy, prefers to keep things hidden off-screen. Rather than show the audience what it is, we instead get a series of gasps, some startling sound effects and a series of shots that are framed to enhance the suspense. “Monsters Among Us” keeps viewers guessing until after the spectacular opening credits (complete with the stop-motion animation and altered music), before it »

- Ricky

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Chinn Cousins Launch Shingle for Fact-Based Projects

9 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Few producers have a better record producing feature documentaries than Simon Chinn, who won Oscars, Baftas and just about every other award going for “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”

But theatrical docs are a niche market, as Chinn admits. That’s why he joined forces last December with his cousin, Jonathan Chinn, a Los Angeles-based, Emmy-winning reality showrunner, to launch Lightbox. The new company is dedicated to a broader range of factual programming across a wider variety of platforms.

“Jonathan has a reputation for being at the more thoughtful end of reality programming in the U.S., while I’m seen as being at the more commercial end of feature documentaries. So we thought, what’s the sweet spot between the two?” Chinn says.

In less than a year, Lightbox has harvested a first crop of commissions from Esquire Network, VH1, Espn and FX. In August, the U. »

- Adam Dawtrey

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Anderson Cooper Talks About Mom Gloria Vanderbilt's Love Life (Video)

9 October 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ever get embarrassed when your mom talks about her old boyfriends? Well, what if one of those old boyfriends were Marlon Brando? That's what we're wondering after Anderson Cooper's appearance on The Late Show Wednesday, when he talked about his mother Gloria Vanderbilt's, ahem, frankness when discussing her love life with Cooper growing up. "My mom has no filter," he said. "I remember watching On the Waterfront with her, and I was like, 'Did you know Marlon Brando?' And she'd be like, 'Oh, yes.' " In her time, Vanderbilt, who turned 90 this year, was also linked to Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra, »

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Anderson Cooper Talks About Mom Gloria Vanderbilt's Love Life (Video)

9 October 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ever get embarrassed when your mom talks about her old boyfriends? Well, what if one of those old boyfriends were Marlon Brando? That's what we're wondering after Anderson Cooper's appearance on The Late Show Wednesday, when he talked about his mother Gloria Vanderbilt's, ahem, frankness when discussing her love life with Cooper growing up. "My mom has no filter," he said. "I remember watching On the Waterfront with her, and I was like, 'Did you know Marlon Brando?' And she'd be like, 'Oh, yes.' " In her time, Vanderbilt, who turned 90 this year, was also linked to Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra, »

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Best of Late Night TV: Robert Downey Jr.'s Intense Stare-Down and Kyra Sedgwick's High (Video)

8 October 2014 11:06 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night. Robert Downey Jr. showed up on "The Tonight Show," and it was basically the best thing that's ever happened to late night television. Behold, an "intense stare-down" between Robert and Jimmy Fallon, in which they both stared into the very core of our being while reciting inner monologue like "earth, air, water fire, Dominos stuffed crust pepperoni pizza. Nom nom nom nom nom nom nom." Yes, please.

Zachary Quinto paid a visit to "Late Night" and chatted about his hometown of Pittsburgh with Seth Meyers. The highlight? When he busted out his hi-larious native accent toward the end of the clip.

Anderson Cooper showed up on "The Late Show »

- Mehera Bonner

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5 must see films in Fnc’s Temps Ø Section

7 October 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Festival du Nouveau Cinema has arrived and because of it’s strong line-up, there is no way it is possible to see everything worth watching. Faced with an impossible task I proposed myself to focus on just one section of this year’s festival, Temps Ø, which is celebrating it’s 10th year in 2014. This section features the more obscure and rebel films of the Fnc, programed for an audience who enjoy witty cinematic experiences. My most anticipated films from the Temps Ø section this year is a mix of genres and styles that explore different themes and influences.

Der Samurai (Last Samurai) 

Directed by Till Kleinert

Der Samurai directed by Till Kleinert, who will be present at the festival, is an under 80 minutes long feature set in a wooded region of the German-Polish border. It is a neo-giallo cat and mouse tale of Samurai (Pit Bukowski), a cross-dressing »

- Francisco Peres

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Fantastic Fest 2014: Ranking All the Movies We Saw at This Year's Festival

2 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Every year in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse holds Fantastic Fest, a celebration of all things wild, weird, and wonderful in worldwide genre cinema. Most of these movies feature one or more of the following: animal cruelty, full-frontal nudity, fountains of blood and some kind of weird Japanese business. (If it's missing one or more of these elements, then it was probably admitted by mistake.)

Most film festivals are divided into the screenings and the parties; what Fantastic Fest does (brilliantly) is combine these two elements into a non-stop, week-long smorgasbord of good times. (This festival also included Mondo Con, a convention dedicated to pop culture artwork.) This was our first year at the festival and as such we tried to drink it all in.

Below are all the movies we saw at the festival -- from best to worst. One of the greatest things about Fantastic Fest is that »

- Drew Taylor

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Daily | La Furia Umana, Sheridan, Expressionism

1 October 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new online issue of the multi-lingual La Furia Umana features dossiers on Yasujiro Ozu, Peter Hutton and Monte Hellman, Bani Khoshnoudi's personal remembrance of Harun Farocki, interviews with Lav Diaz, Anthony Stern, Naeem Mohaiemen and more. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Amelie Hastie in Film Quarterly on Maleficent, interviews with Jem Cohen, Jill Soloway and Michael M. Bilandic, Graham Fuller on Ann Sheridan, Doug Cummings on expressionism and Karina Longworth on Marlon Brando. » - David Hudson »

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