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Interview: ‘Big Stone Gap’ Writer/Director Adriana Trigiani to Appear at Chicago Screening

7 February 2016 10:32 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the truest aphorisms ever uttered is that “you can take a person out of a small town, but you can’t take the small town out of them.” Veteran novelist, TV/film writer and now director Adriana Trigiani took that eternal truth and created a film tribute to her heritage in “Big Stone Gap” (2015). Loyola University in Chicago will have a special screening of the film, with an appearance by Ms. Trigiani afterward (via Skype), on Monday, February 8th, 2016 (details below).

Adriana Trigiani celebrated her Italian roots and Appalachian background first in the “Big Stone Gap” series of novels, which began in 2000, and currently is on its fourth book. This was after she had a successful career in television writing, working on “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” and “City Kids” (for ABC/Jim Henson productions). Besides the Big Stone Gap book series, she has also authored »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

6 February 2016 6:49 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks or Phyllis Brooks or Louise Brooks, »

- Andre Soares

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TCM's Oscar Series: Phony Oscar-Winning Biopic, Minor Hawn Classic

6 February 2016 3:07 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'A Beautiful Mind' with Russell Crowe. '31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Man Who Would Be King' Turner Classic Movies' “31 Days of Oscar” continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, '16, with more recent fare – as in, several films released in the last four decades. Among these are The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Swing Shift, and Broadcast News. John Milius' The Wind and the Lion and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King are both 1975 releases featuring “Westerners” (i.e., white people) stranded in “exotic” and potentially dangerous locales (i.e., places inhabited by dark-skinned non-Christians) in the distant past: the former in early 20th century Morocco; the latter in a remote region in colonial India in the late 19th century. (That particular area, Kafiristan, is located in today's Afghanistan.) The thematic similarities between the two films end there, »

- Andre Soares

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Wiener-Dog | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

4 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Every Dachshund Has His Day: Solondz Provides Droll Despair

It’s been five years since we were last graced with Todd Solondz’s particular brand of muted anguish and he returns rejuvenated with Wiener-Dog, a quartet of sequences fixated on its titular canine. A kinda-sorta follow-up to the director’s 1995 breakout Welcome to the Dollhouse since it refurbishes one of his most famous characters for a segment, we find the auteur simultaneously at his most pleasant and melancholy. The titular pooch ties together these loosely related moments meditating on life’s predilection for cruelty and utter disappointment, some more exacting (and memorable) than others. Fans of his previous titles will most assuredly appreciate the infectious sense of misanthropy occluding tiny tendrils of hope, the potent stain of regret marking all the human characters observed through the eyes of an affable Dachshund.

As with many films formed by intersecting narratives, it »

- Nicholas Bell

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iTunes Hidden Gems #1

29 January 2016 5:50 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Like a lot of folks, my movie watching is heading more towards a digital future rather than a physical one – and that’s despite my love of Blu-ray and all the cult movies the format has brought us thanks to the likes of Olive Films, Kino Lorber/Scorpion Releasing, Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome et al.

Whilst many will decry abandoning discs for digital files there are some bonuses, especially for genre fans here in the UK. The advent of iTunes has brought with it, in a lot of cases, a dropping of the borders. Movies are hitting Apple’s stores that haven’t seen the light of day since the VHS era – there’s even some films available digitally that have never previously been made available to rent or buy on these shores. Ever.

With that in mind, I’ve been trawling iTunes to find some hidden gems, the real »

- Phil Wheat

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'Agent Carter' season 2 kicks off with suspense, wastes no time connecting to Doctor Strange

21 January 2016 3:26 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If I could describe “Marvel’s Agent Carter” to someone who has never seen the show, this is what I would say: If you’re a fan of intrigue, mystery, murder, mayhem, secret societies, and fast talking foreign agents, then “Agent Carter” is for you. While it is directly connected to the comic book world of Marvel and a slew of Marvel films like “Captain America” and “The Avengers”, it’s also a fantastic serial mystery show that will satisfy the tastes of any armchair detective looking to test their powers of deduction. Season two begins with a robbery and a double cross -- Russian assassin Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan, “White Collar”) is holding up a bank to steal a silver lapel pin from the safety deposit box of a secret society. Her heist is interrupted when our heroine, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, “Captain America: The First Avenger”) busts »

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Video: Beyond That Revenant Bear Rumor - 10 Urban Legends About Movies

5 January 2016 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An awkward thing happened to the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant as it trekked into theaters last last year in hopes of picking up award show nominations: A rumor put the film in headlines but for reasons that none of its publicists were happy about. In early December, 20th Century Fox spokespeople were forced to clarify that no, the film does not feature a scene in which its star is raped by a bear. DiCaprio himself later weighed in on the rumor, calling it "absurd," and when the film finally hit theaters on Christmas Day, audiences saw that the rumor »

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Golden Globes Honor Denzel Washington With Cecil B. DeMille Award

5 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s one thing to achieve success; it’s more difficult to sustain it. But the trickiest feat is to use it smartly. On any of those standards, Denzel Washington is off-the-charts successful.

The winner of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award has been a star for more than 30 years. He could have played it safe, picking roles that tap into his likability and charisma, and he still would have had a good career. But he has continued to surprise his fans by taking on more complex characters. He has also stretched himself by returning to the stage, and adding on the jobs of producer and director.

But the most impressive thing is that he’s used his clout to help others, both by giving major breaks to some talented (but struggling) artists and by quietly giving time, money and attention to philanthropies.

When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. »

- Tim Gray

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years

3 January 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Downton Abbey,” which begins its final season Sunday, is a PBS series that inspires the kind of fan loyalty usually reserved for “Star Wars” or “Walking Dead.” To some viewers, Maggie Smith was a big discovery as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, though they might have known her as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” films. Others may think of Smith as the mother of hunk Toby Stephens of the TV series “Black Sails.”

But true Smith fans know that the actress has been shining for nearly 60 years. Smith, who has won two Oscars and is a current Golden Globe contender for the film “The Lady in the Van,” has worked with names ranging from Paul Lynde to Laurence Olivier, also including such talents as Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Bette Davis, Michael CaineAlan Bennett, Merchant-Ivory, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz.

According to the Variety Archives, Smith made her American »

- Tim Gray

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Maggie Smith: ‘Maggie-nificent’ For 60 Years

3 January 2016 12:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downton Abbey,” which begins its final season Sunday, is a PBS series that inspires the kind of fan loyalty usually reserved for “Star Wars” or “Walking Dead.” To some viewers, Maggie Smith was a big discovery as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, though they might have known her as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the “Harry Potter” films. Others may think of Smith as the mother of hunk Toby Stephens of the TV series “Black Sails.”

But true Smith fans know that the actress has been shining for nearly 60 years. Smith, who has won two Oscars and is a current Golden Globe contender for the film “The Lady in the Van,” has worked with names ranging from Paul Lynde to Laurence Olivier, also including such talents as Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, Bette Davis, Michael CaineAlan Bennett, Merchant-Ivory, George Cukor and Joseph Mankiewicz.

According to the Variety Archives, Smith made her American »

- Tim Gray

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