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Venice 2016 Classics line-up unveiled

20 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Titles this year range from Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai to John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London.

The selection of restored titles screening at this year’s Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) have been revealed.

Italian director Roberto Andò (The Confessions) will oversee the strand’s jury of cinema history students which will award two prizes: Best Restored Film and Best Documentary On Cinema (the line-up of the latter will be revealed at a later date).

Now in its fifth year, this year’s selection includes Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Woody Allen’s Manhattan, John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and George A Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead amongst a host of other restorations.

The full Venice Film Festival line-up will be revealed on Thursday (July 28).

Venice Classics 2016 line-up:

1848, Dino Risi (Italy, 1948, 11’, B/W)

restored by: Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa-csc-Cineteca Nazionale and Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano »

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Venice Critics’ Week to open with Alice Lowe revenge-comedy

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The strand will be bookended by Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats [pictured].Scroll down for line-up

The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.

The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.

Opening the strand with be UK director Alice Lowe’s Prevenge (out of competition), which stars Lowe as a pregnant woman on a killing spree and will have its world premiere at the festival.

Lowe was co-writer and co-star of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. The film is a Western Edge Pictures/Gennaker production and was shot in Wales last year.

Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival »

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Godzilla: Resurgence Is Coming to U.S. Theaters in Late 2016

22 July 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last night in a surprise announcement to fans at San Diego Comic Con 2016, Funimation Films announced its acquisition of the live action film Godzilla: Resurgence (a.k.a. Shin Godzilla) from Toho Company, Ltd. The agreement includes theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for the upcoming Japanese live-action feature film and covers all of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean). Funimation is currently planning to release Godzilla: Resurgence in theaters in late 2016. Here's what Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation, had to say in his statement.

"Funimation is extremely pleased to be working with Toho to bring Godzilla: Resurgence to audiences across the Americas. Godzilla became a science fiction icon from the moment Toho brought it to the big screen in 1954. We're honored to be a part of its rich history."

Godzilla: Resurgence is a Japanese tokusatsu »

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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »

- Jordan Raup

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Second Trailer for Antoine Fuqua's 'The Magnificent Seven' Remake

18 July 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"What a bunch of misfits we are." Sony Pictures has unveiled the second official, full theatrical trailer for The Magnificent Seven, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the action western of the same name (which was originally a reinvention of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai). The new "seven" who come together to defend a town are: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier. The villain is played by Peter Sarsgaard; also featuring Haley Bennett, Vinnie Jones and Cam Gigandet. The first teaser trailer was actually pretty good, and this new trailer ups the ante with plenty of wild west action and sly glances from nearly the entire cast. I also dig the introductions to each of the new seven. Feels weird to say, but this doesn't look so bad. Fire this up! Here's the new full theatrical trailer for Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, »

- Alex Billington

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The Magnificent Seven Come Knocking In New Trailer For Western Redo

18 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rose Creek beckons, ladies and gentlemen, and in today’s rip-roaring new trailer for Sony’s reboot of The Magnificent SevenAntoine Fuqua’s crew of gunslingers go to work.

Called upon when Rose Creek comes under threat from Peter Sarsgaard’s sadistic maniac and his bunch of thugs, the residents of that dusty old town – Haley Bennett’s grieving widow included – decide to fight fire with fire, recruiting Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and their crew of fellow sharpshooters.

Those familiar with John Sturges’ timeless classic, or indeed Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai, will have a fair understanding of what comes next, The Magnificent Seven stage an old-fashioned standoff with Sarsgaard’s goons, and once the action gets going – played against a cover of “The House Of The Rising Sun” – it’s hard not to become sucked up in the fun.

When the chips come down and the guns are drawn, »

- Michael Briers

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‘The Magnificent Seven’ New Trailer: Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt Take On an Army

18 July 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The new trailer for “The Magnificent Seven” proves it was high time Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt starred in a movie together. Their on-screen chemistry in director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of John Sturges’ 1960 Western is palpable, and the movie looks like one hell of a ride.

Here’s the official synopsis: With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Washington), Josh Farraday (Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

While rap music and Westerns can make an odd pairing, the sexy, action-packed new trailer for “The Magnificent Seven »

- Graham Winfrey

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New Trailer for ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Ramps Up the Body Count

18 July 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gunning for a whole new generation of Western fans, Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” has released a new trailer. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke star in the MGM-Columbia Pictures movie, which opens Sept. 23. “True Detective” writer-creator  Nic Pizzolatto wrote the screenplay with Richard Wenk, so expect plenty of darker-than-dark brooding action and perhaps a fair number of corpses. Peter Sarsgaard stars as the evil industrialist who controls the town, while Haley Bennett leads the townspeople to fight back. The 1960 film was of course based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” while both Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” were recent homage/parodies of the fertile material.





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Watch Denzel, Chris Pratt Sharpshoot Through 'Magnificent Seven' Trailer

18 July 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Trouble's brewing around the frontier in the new trailer for Antoine Fuqua's upcoming remake of classic Western The Magnificent Seven, and it'll take an accordingly heroic team to stop it. 

Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead the ragtag band of outlaws and gunslingers that band together to keep the Old West town of Rose Krick safe from the likes of no-good varmint Peter Sarsgaard in the film, due September 23rd. John Sturges' 1960 original was a who's who of macho movie stars, collecting the likes of Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen »

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Justice Has a Number in New Action-Packed Trailer + Poster for ‘The Magnificent Seven’

18 July 2016 6:21 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington team up again for MGM’s long-in-development remake of “The Magnificent Seven” (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”). As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star… Continue Reading → »

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Criterion Reflections – Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968) – #679

17 July 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

Zatoichi and the Fugitives, the 18th installment in the series, is pretty solid overall, a well-made and swiftly paced action-adventure that adheres pretty closely to the standard Zatoichi formula. Once again, the ever-wandering blind swordsman gets drawn into a cruelly unbalanced conflict between merciless criminals and honest village folk who are just trying to trudge a path through life that keeps their suffering to a minimum. If allowed to pursue their brutal agenda without interference, the bosses will grind their subordinates into the dust and inflict a lot of personal anguish upon them through various acts of robbery and exploitation. Zatoichi recognizes the bestial nature of the men in charge and reluctantly takes it upon himself to defend the weak and vulnerable. I like these stories because of their relatively pure and straightforward approach to the heroic formula. That’s »

- David Blakeslee

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‘Jesse James’ Appreciation, Editing Like ‘Requiem For a Dream,’ Hou Hsiao-Hsien Restored & More

13 July 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Francis Ford Coppola has relaunched as a virtual studio for the writing community and a showcase for short films.

Cinephilia and Beyond have posted an appreciation of The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, including the full script and more:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a contemplative, slow-paced, superbly acted piece of contemporary filmmaking which has to be considered an important player in the 21st century revival of the Western genre, an artistically accomplished, technically brilliant exploration of one of the founding myths of American identity, and a movie whose stature is bound to rise in the decades to come. »

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Weekly Rushes. Locarno Lineup, "Loving" Trailer, Gena Rowlands, Kiarostami Tributes

13 July 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSThe lineup for the 69th Locarno Film Festival has been announced, with new movies by Yousry Nasrallah, Matías Piñeiro, João Pedro Rodrigues (O Ornitólogo, above) and Axelle Ropert in the International Competition, short films by Thom Andersen and Jia Zhangke, and more.Recommended VIEWINGThe trailer for Jeff Nichols' new film Loving, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, "It's All True," is devoted to American avant-garde director Bruce Conner. The Museum has generously put online the 1996 version of Conner's film Looking for Mushrooms.Recommended Reading"American Horror Story": Ezekiel Kweku's brief, moving and must-read analysis of trying to analyze the proliferating videos of deaths at the hands of the American police:The postmortem, the part we’re going through now, is also tiring. The videos of the death go viral, everyone talks about how shocking it is, which »

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Best Jump Scares, Alan Arkin’s Top 10 Criterions, Remembering Cimino & Kiarostami, and More

11 July 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

See the 40 greatest movie jump scares:‘s Matt Zoller Seitz talks to Gena Rowlands about her career:

I get a lot of questions about John and how he started doing films. Independent films. A lot of the people asking these questions are young people who are interested in doing their own films. I like knowing that there are people out there who admire the work we did together, and still consider John an example of how this can be done. And he still is. He still is an example.

Listen to Michael Cimino and Kris Kristofferson discuss Heaven’s Gate and its revival at Nyff in »

- The Film Stage

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Discover The Versatility Of Monica Vitti In Michelangelo Antonioni’s Films In This Video Essay

9 July 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Michelangelo Antonioni’s reputation precedes him; he was a favorite of Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, and Andrei Tarkovsky — and panned by Ingmar Bergman and Orson Welles who couldn’t comprehend his long shots and “humorless” content. All opinions aside, Antonioni was a masterful, artistic genius, and with his “trilogy” (three films that were not intentionally connected, were […]

The post Discover The Versatility Of Monica Vitti In Michelangelo Antonioni’s Films In This Video Essay appeared first on The Playlist. »

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Watch Abbas Kiarostami’s Recent Two-Hour Tiff Masterclass

5 July 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It would really be very nice if the timing on this were appropriate for almost any other reason, and yet this two-hour, Tiff-hosted talk with Abbas Kiarostami that’s just been posted matters more than ever because… well, you’ve probably heard by now. But just as most of us never knew the man, most of us can appreciate the insight and presence he brought when the Tiff Bell Lightbox hosted a career retrospective this past winter.

This is nothing new if you’ve ever watched any event of the sort (how easily it could’ve been given a “masterclass” label without anyone batting an eye), which is fine; rarely does a non-Western filmmaker receive this sort of treatment, and rare enough are some of these films that some further information is always welcome. (Take as an example the inclusion of not-horrible-quality footage from the Koker Trilogy, which this writer »

- Nick Newman

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How Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Became a Kung-Fu Fanatic

5 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Filmmaker and hip-hop legend RZA made dreams come true for kung-fu fans on a recent Saturday night by programming a double feature of classic martial arts films “Five Element Ninjas” and “House of Traps” at New York’s Metrograph theater.

The original member of the Wu-Tang Clan made three appearances at the event and introduced the 1982 kung-fu titles, both of which were directed by prolific martial arts film director Cheh Chang and produced by Hong Kong’s legendary production company Shaw Brothers. “Five Element Ninjas” follows a young martial artist seeking revenge against the ninja who killed his teacher and brethren, while “House of Traps” centers on a team of skilled fighters making their way through a house rigged with deadly traps.

Both sold out screenings were packed with kung-fu cinema devotees, many of whom felt compelled to express their love for the genre during a Q&A with RZA, »

- Graham Winfrey

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July 2016 VOD Releases Include Carnage Park, Viral, Satanic

1 July 2016 11:42 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hard to believe that July is already upon us, but before we all take off for some summer shenanigans over this long holiday weekend, here’s a look at all the great VOD titles coming our way this month, including one of my favorite films I’ve seen in 2016, Mickey Keating’s brilliant Carnage Park, which is being released by IFC Midnight.

Marauders, the latest from Steven C. Miller (The Aggression Scale, Silent Night) is also making its VOD premiere on July 1st, along with Magnet Releasing's Satanic, and Gravitas Ventures wants us to indulge in some Bachelor Games on July 8th. The haunting and beautiful Japanese animated film, Belladonna of Sadness—something all genre fans should experience at least once in their lifetimes (it’s amazing)—arrives on VOD on July 12th, and the revenge thriller Angels and Outlaws will be released on July 15th.

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- Heather Wixson

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When the samurai met the cowboy: why Japan welcomes Hollywood remakes

1 July 2016 1:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With Scarlett Johansson’s live-action Ghost in the Shell and a new version of The Magnificent Seven, Hollywood hasn’t stopped looking east for inspiration. But it’s not the Japanese who are getting uptight about cultural plundering

The story goes that Akira Kurosawa was none too impressed by The Magnificent Seven, John Sturges’ rip-roaring 1960 reworking of the Japanese director’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai, labelling efforts to relocate the epic to old west-era Mexico, a “disappointment”, albeit an “entertaining” one.

Critics of the time were unable to see past Sturges’ failure to match the original’s obsession with rigid Japanese social forms: Howard Thompson of the New York Times called the remake a “pallid, pretentious and overlong reflection of the original” that lacked the “ice-cold suspense” and “superb juxtaposition of revealing human vignettes” of Kurosawa’s film.

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