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Daily | Demy, Weis, Linklater

27 July 2014 8:19 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

New issues of two film journals top today's roundup of news and views. Plus: Appreciations of Jacques Demy, Don Weis, Claude Chabrol and Wong Kar-wai and interviews with David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Jonathan Demme, Diane Keaton and Bruce Labruce. There's a John Waters retrospective set for the fall and Edgar Wright's got two projects lined up. Hal Hartley and Joe Swanberg discuss the current state of cinema and other podcasts we direct you to focus on Howard Hughes, Katharine Hepburn and Roberto Rossellini. » - David Hudson »

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A Year with Kate: The Iron Petticoat (1956)

23 July 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 30 of 52:  In which you’d think Katharine Hepburn would have learned to stay away from accents by now.

The 50s were a time of great growth for Kate. The studio system collapsed and stars became more autonomous (Kate had left MGM after Pat & Mike) and Kate used the opportunity to break out of the glamorous-but-dull mold she'd been thrust into. She pursued scripts, directors, and collaborations that electrified her onscreen and off. She toured in Shakespeare, worked with Oscar-nominated directors, and forged a career renaissance even as her contemporaries flailed. Yes, the films she made contained the dreaded "S" word, but if her ladies were single, they were also single-minded and smart. Kate could have been pushed to the side. Instead she found great roles and challenged herself with the opportunities a collapsing system afforded. If her films seem troublesome now, the craftsmanship and artistic growth of this period cannot be denied. »

- Anne Marie

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Best Shot - Final 5 Episodes of 2014

23 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hit Me With Your Best Shot always has to step aside for the utter madness of Fall Festivals and Awards Season. It will return for a sixth season next March. So join in now while we're still rolling and see how much fun it is over the course of the next five movies. It's simple to play:

1) Watch the movie.

2) Choose your "Best Shot" (your definition - beauty in the eye of the beholder)

3) Post it online somewhere with a few words about why you chose it. We link up. 

Tues July 29th Cries & Whispers (1973)

Since we're celebrating 1973 all July to coincide with the Smackdown, here's your Best Cinematography winner. Ingmar Bergman's extraordinary movie about sisters and death. Cheerful! 

Tues August 5th The Saddest Children In The World (2003-2009)

Bite-sized Week. Here's a short film trilogy from the super gifted Canadian filmmaker Jamie Travis (For a Good Time, Call. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Conversation with Naomi Foner and Maggie Gyllenhaal about Very Good Girls

22 July 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Very Good Girls director Naomi Foner with her daughter Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Tribeca Grand Hotel: "My mother has a real passion for the truth." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.

Before the screening, Foner spoke to us about Katharine Hepburn, François Truffaut's Jules Et Jim and the lack of female role models.

Maggie Gyllenhaal on Peter Sarsgaard in Very Good Girls: "You have to use your imagination what it might be like to be directed by your mother-in-law. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Stop Using ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’

16 July 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It isn’t always easy for a film critic to admit he’s wrong or say he’s sorry. Our job is to defend our statements, even if it comes to revising them later.

It’s even harder for a modern film critic, today’s most dwindling yet thriving non-occupation, to leave a lasting influence on popular culture, the web and language itself.

Yet The Dissolve critic Nathan Rabin did manage to make an impact with a coined turn of phrase that has since hit ubiquity, and he’s now taken to the pages of Salon to apologize.

Back when he was an A.V. Club staffer, Rabin used the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in a 2007 essay to slam Kirsten Dunst’s character in the Cameron Crowe movie Elizabethtown. The rest is history, with The A.V. Club themselves doing an Inventory feature looking at Manic Pixie Dream Girls through the ages, »

- Brian Welk

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A Year with Kate: Summertime (1955)

16 July 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 29 of 52: In which David Lean's beautiful romantic classic gives Katharine Hepburn an eye infection and me a headache

I admit it. The spinster movies confuse me. When Nick and Nathaniel invited me on the podcast (Have you listened to the podcast? Go listen to the podcast), I stated outright that I don’t like Summertime. As a fan, I take almost personal offense hearing my idol continuously called “plain” or (at best) “interesting-looking.”

But as a cinephile, David Lean’s 1955 love letter to Venice engages me. I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for a scopophilic travelogue cinematography. And trains. And Technicolor films that overuse the color red. And judging from last year's Hit Me With Your Best Shot submissions for Summertime, many of you share my inner conflict.

Summertime is more a mood piece than a plot-driven story. David Lean exorcised most of the »

- Anne Marie

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Podcast: Katharine with a side of Bette!

14 July 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In this special edition of the podcast, Nathaniel welcomes two Katharine Hepburn buffs Nick Davis and Anne Marie Kelly to talk about their (shared) first Actress Obsession. Naturally Kate the Great isn't the only diva that finds her way into the conversation. Expect supporting roles or cameos: Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Tennessee Williams, Deborah Kerr, Spencer Tracy, Audrey Hepburn, George Cukor and more...

You can listen at the bottom of the post or download the conversation on iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments.

00:00 Intro. Plus Middle School drama: Hilariously "intense" early obsessions

13:00 Types, Genres, and Suddenly Last Summer

17:00 Her autobiography and films she loathed like Dragon Seed

22:00 Chemistry and co-stars

33:00 Revisiting unsatisfying movies -- raise a cocktail to this peculiar cinephile habit

40:00 The Spinster & The Magic Penis

47:00 Bette Davis and why we compare them. Silliness before the sign off.

Further »

- NATHANIEL R

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A Year With Kate: Pat and Mike (1952)

9 July 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 28 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn proves hitting like a girl is a good thing.

Guess what! My dad met Katharine Hepburn. Decades before I was born, unfortunately, which seems like poor parenting on his part. Anyway, my dad was a professional tennis player in the early 1970s. Since he looked cute in shorts and was charming company (two traits I inherited from him along with his humility), he’d get invited to parties before tournaments in La and Las Vegas. At one such party, he met Kate the Great. Dad’s words:

“I recall her as being very petite, wonderful husky voice, would look at you directly when speaking… Like so many actors, actresses etc., incredible charisma… Incredible spunk but not an outstanding athlete... By the then Hollywood standards, she may well have been great.”

Please keep in mind that this meeting was twenty years after Pat and Mike, »

- Anne Marie

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I Need a Heroine: Adèle Blanc-Sec and the Dearth of Action Women in Film

3 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Royal Observatory Greenwich kicked off a trio of summer steampunk screenings with a treat last week – Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. The more-than-slightly bonkers tale of the brusque authoress and adventurer is a HeyUGuys favourite. But when diva, dinosaur and mummies danced across the dome of the Peter Harrison Planetarium this time they provoked a sudden melancholy. And a question: Where have all the action women gone?

When little boys begin to look for heroes on the silver screen a deluge of options sweeps them away. Cowboys, astronauts, superheroes and gods. Leading men with sufficient derring-do to power a thousand dreams and aspirations. Of course little girls are equally able to dream of Superman but they wake up and grow up in a reality that undermines those nighttime fantasies. Disempowerment is an insidious and deadly foe, folks! Adèle Blanc-Sec is a singular character. But she ought not to be. »

- Emily Breen

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Best Shot Schedule - Final Episodes

2 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The first half of the 5th season of "Best Shot" began with the most robust participation ever. I hope we can kick it back up to that notch for these final 5-7 episodes. Here's what's on tap so adjust your queues and join the fun... 

Tues July 15th Batman 75th Anniversary Special (1989-2012)

WB/DC have been celebrating the 75th birthday of the winged nut (not to be confused with wingnut) all year with various events. For this special event, choose any one (or more) of the 9 theatrically released Batman features and select your "Best Shot". I'll link up to your selections. It'll be interesting to see which of the features and which characters are best represented, don't you think? I'm guessing everyone chooses Batman and Robin as their favorite. 

Batman (1966) | Batman (1989) | Batman Returns (1992) | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | Batman Forever (1995) | Batman & Robin (1997) | Batman Begins (2005) | The Dark Knight (2008) | The Dark Knight Rises »

- NATHANIEL R

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A Year with Kate: The African Queen (1951)

2 July 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 27 of 52: In which Kate goes to Africa with Bogart, Bacall, and Huston, and almost loses her mind. 

When Katharine Hepburn decides to make a change in her career, she does not screw around. Kate’s first film of the 1950s (after a year off doing Shakespeare) was directed by John Huston, was shot in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff on location in Africa, and costarred Humphrey Bogart. When it opened in 1951, The African Queen was a hit, and eventually scored four Academy Award nominations (only Bogie won).

The story of making The African Queen is as incredible as the film itself. Everyone involved almost died at least once. Kate wrote a book on it (add author to her list of accomplishments), and it’s a fantastic read. Relevant to our interests is the fact that Kate got dysentery and dropped 20 pounds, making her already willowy frame even skinnier, a »

- Anne Marie

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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Jul 01)

1 July 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

The Internet’s Own Boy: essential documentary about the life, work, and death of Internet prodigy and activist Aaron Swartz [at Amazon Instant Video] They Came Together: not as raunchy as the title suggests, but Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler pull off a hilarious sendup of every rom-com cliché [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Jackpot (Arme Riddere): momentarily amusing but quickly forgettable Norwegian black comedy about dimbulb criminals [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Le Week-end: a marvelous little unpacking of the meaning of happiness, precisely what constitutes it, and how to know whether you’ve found it [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Dom Hemingway: Jude Law is wonderfully deranged and utterly plausible as a rage-filled moron, but the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance

1 July 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sure, it would be easy to rattle off all sorts of movie titles that feature the name of colors. Go ahead and knock yourself out: The Pink Panther, Red Dawn, Yellow Submarine, Purple Rain, Blue Velvet, Goldfinger, etc. The listing seems rather endless. However, can one come up with color-contained movie titles that also carry some messaging of substance and contemplation?  Maybe films such as Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias are color-coated entries that carries some relevance in its messaging about feminine empowerment for instance. In Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color and Substance let us look are the leading selections that have both color (in title) and substance (in thematic forethought) attached to its skin. Hey, maybe one can make a case for Pink Flamingos but The Blue Lagoon might be stretching things a bit…don’t you think? The Rainbow Coalition: Top 10 Movie Titles with Color »

- Frank Ochieng

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Watch: Katherine Hepburn in 'The African Queen' is the Ideal Action Film Heroine

25 June 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although for most "The African Queen" is not the go-to action movie, screenwriting instructor and story consultant Jennine Lanouette has created a comprehensive video showing why Katherine Hepburn's character exemplifies what every female action star should be like today.  Titled "The Mother of All Action Heroines: Rose Sayer," the video is a glimpse at an ebook Lanouette is working on that dissects female action stars, using Hepburn's Rose Sayer as a model. The clip provides a voiceover narration over some of Hepburn's key lines from the 1951 film to show some of the characteristics that make a good action heroine. Some of these include initiative, intelligence, tenacity resourcefulness, courage and higher purpose.  Watch and listen to Lanouette dissect the film in the video below and check out the Kickstarter here. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Watch: Katherine Hepburn in 'The African Queen' is the Ideal Action Film Heroine

25 June 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Although for most "The African Queen" is not the go-to action movie, screenwriting instructor and story consultant Jennine Lanouette has created a comprehensive video showing why Katherine Hepburn's character exemplifies what every female action star should be like today.  Titled "The Mother of All Action Heroines: Rose Sayer," the video is a glimpse at an ebook Lanouette is working on that dissects female action stars, using Hepburn's Rose Sayer as a model. The clip provides a voiceover narration over some of Hepburn's key lines from the 1951 film to show some of the characteristics that make a good action heroine. Some of these include initiative, intelligence, tenacity resourcefulness, courage and higher purpose.  Watch and listen to Lanouette dissect the film in the video below and check out the Kickstarter here. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Icymi & The Giver

23 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For those of you who experienced massive internet failures and couldn't be here every day as per best practice, make sure not to miss these six highlights from the past week or so...

Yes No Maybe So: Birdman that traiser was rather astonishing, don't you think?

Is Studio Animation In Trouble? Tim is worried and with good reason

Top Stuntman Interview Bobby Holland Hanton has been Batman, Bond, Captain America, Thor, and Green Lantern. What have you been up to?

2004 Party The podcast looks back on one of the best cinematic years

Katharine Hepburn vs. the McCarthy Era Anne Marie is almost halfway through her ambitious "A Year With Kate" series!

Big Eyes sneak Test screenings have begun

 

And, finally, La Streep somehow took over the week unexpectedly. There was Into the Woods news, the new HBO Maria Callas project, her Birthday and a supporting role on our latest podcast. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Cinema Centenarians: Among Oldest Film People Still Around Are Best Actress Oscar Winner; Actress with, gasp, Twilight Connection

17 June 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oldest person in movies? (Photo: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn 106 next December 11; he’s surely the oldest person — at least the oldest well-known person — in movies today. De Oliveira’s film credits include the autobiographical docudrama Memories and Confessions / Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (1982), with de Oliveira as himself, and reportedly to be screened publicly only after his death; The Cannibals / Os Canibais (1988); The Convent / O Convento (1995); Porto of My Childhood / Porto da Minha Infância (2001); The Fifth Empire / O Quinto Império - Ontem Como Hoje (2004); and, currently in production, O Velho do Restelo ("The Old Man of Restelo"). Among the international stars who have been directed by de Oliveira are Catherine Deneuve, Pilar López de Ayala, »

- Andre Soares

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A Year with Kate: Song Of Love (1947)

11 June 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Episode 24 of 52: In which Katharine Hepburn shows off her talented fingers.

I have the strangest sense of deja vu.  Kate’s stuck in another melodrama about a young artist in love with a tortured composer. The composer is played by another foreign leading man. And I’ve created another set of box office graphs to answer KHep career questions through science. It’s like we never left Rko! I know you have a lot of questions--one being ”are you really going to start calling her KHep?” (Answer: Yes.) But first, let’s talk about the movie.

Song of Love is the highly inaccurate but very sweet story of Clara Wieck Schumann, a piano prodigy who marries tortured genius Robert Schumann (Paul Heinreid). Clara Wieck Schumann really was a piano prodigy, and she really did marry Robert Schumann and pop out babies like a human Pez dispenser. However, basically everything »

- Anne Marie

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Podcast: A Look Ahead after 'Fault in Our Stars' Crushes 'Edge of Tomorrow' and Brad Saw the 'Once' Musical

10 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We have a pretty great Tuesday episode for you today, kicked off with a couple of stories as well as Brad's comments after seeing the Once musical over the weekend. Then we dive into several of your questions, evaluate the box office results of The Fault in Our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow and the reason for said results and perceived future implications. Then it's all about your questions, games and a quick look at the new DVDs and Blu-rays this week. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, »

- Brad Brevet

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Kate Hudson on Her Exes' Doping Scandals: "I Was as Shocked as Anyone"

9 June 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Kate Hudson is a relatively private person, but she finally opened up about two people who were big parts of her life: exes Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong. In the July issue of InStyle, Kate revealed she was "as shocked as anyone" about their doping scandals, adding that people have a right to feel betrayed by the two athletes. Kate also revealed her true thoughts on plastic surgery and if she'd ever do Broadway. Keep reading for more from the cover story, and pick up her issue of InStyle on newsstands June 13. On former boyfriends Alex Rodriguez and Lance Armstrong doping: "I was as shocked as anyone. But I personally think that you make the choices you make, and you should reap the consequences. People have a right to [feel betrayed]. Lance and Alex are phenomenal athletes who have made some bad choices and let a lot of people down. It's a decision they made for themselves, »

- Alyse Whitney

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