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Crowdfund This: Indiegogo Campaign for Romantic Comedy That Aims to be Different ‘Confused…By Love’

15 hours ago | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

At first the description for Boston based filmmaker Crosby Tatum's feature film in the works Confused…by Love” may not sound all that special from other similar urban rom-coms.  When asked what is film is about Tatum says is “struck in a Woody Allen/Kevin Smith vein that deals with matters of infidelity, financial responsibility in a post-recession world, and marital woes among a tight-budgeted couple”. However what makes it more unique than other films is that this film also deals with the subject of homelessness and actually inspired by a real event in the filmmaker’s life when he and his mother were “both homeless and living from house to house, after forfeiting their »

- Sergio

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Year in advance Oscar Predictions

27 February 2015 1:27 PM, PST | | See recent news »

I know this seems nuts, but here I am with some Academy Award predictions for next season. We’re a long way out, yes…but for me, this is the absolute most fun time of the year, in terms of forming predictions. Why? Simply put, it’s because anything is possible. If you want to see how an odd nominee would look, you need only predict it. Right now, we’re just as likely to see Steven Spielberg’s latest St. James Place take Best Picture as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s kind of a brilliant thing, really. Even so, I’ve tried to be as logical as possible here, foregoing a number of quirkier picks in favor of the contenders I really feel good about, even if it really is only February still. Which films are in contention? You’ll be able to see below, but »

- Joey Magidson

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Barbara Kopple on 'Hot Type' and Why Being a Documentary Filmmaker is Easier Than Ever

27 February 2015 7:16 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation," the latest film from two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, will have its world premiere as the closing night film of the Documentary Fortnight 2015: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media on Friday, February 27. Kopple, who won Academy Awards for "Harlan County U.S.A." and "American Dream," has also directed "Shut Up and Sing" about the Dixie Chicks, "Wildman Blues" about Woody Allen's New Orleans-style jazz band, "Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson," "Running from Crazy" and many other acclaimed documentaries. Kopple recently spoke to Indiewire about her latest project, which tells the story of The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, now in its 150th year. The film captures the daily life of staff writers and editors as well as reporters covering stories in the field, from Haiti to »

- Paula Bernstein

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Film Review: ‘The Search for Weng Weng’

25 February 2015 4:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A 2’9” footnote in cinematic history is investigated to surprisingly rewarding ends in “The Search for Weng Weng.” Andrew Leavold’s documentary pokes at the puzzle of a long-neglected novelty Filipino movie star, gaining insights into not just his forgotten subject’s ill-chronicled life, but also the nation’s “Second Golden Age” of cinema in general. It’s a winding, digressive road that eventually leads to the door of Imelda Marcos herself. This entertaining, good-humored yet respectful homage to a unique exploitation-film figure has been picking up fans on the festival circuit for some time (beginning in 2007 as a work-in-progress), and could parlay that attention into some limited theatrical exposure. Wider but still niche home-format sales are assured.

Australian helmer Leavold first became a Weng Weng enthusiast as owner of his country’s cult video store, Trash Video, whose stock included what appeared to be the star’s only vehicles: the »

- Dennis Harvey

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New poster for Chris Rock’s Top Five; will now be released on May 8th in the UK

24 February 2015 7:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve got a new poster for Chris Rock’s new movie Top Five, which also has a new release date in the UK of May 8th.

Read our review here and check out the poster below:

Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s Top Five takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. Top Five digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, Top Five is an original and radically new kind of American movie.

Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, »

- Luke Owen

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Examining the Christopher Nolan backlash

23 February 2015 10:33 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Another Oscars season, and Christopher Nolan is overlooked again. With Interstellar getting a mixed reaction, we look at the Nolan backlash.

This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.

In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?

This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »

- simonbrew

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Mistress America | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

23 February 2015 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sister, My Sister: Baumbach’s Energetic Return to Facades of NYC

The latest in Noah Baumbach’s prolific slew of projects, Mistress America is the follow-up collaboration between the director and actress/muse Greta Gerwig. Though it isn’t as fine-tuned and charmingly buoyant as their 2012 feature Frances Ha, it’s an intelligently droll counterpart to the pleasant yet painstakingly glossy While We’re Young (which reaches theatrical release this coming spring). Witty and well-written, Baumbach’s tone is influenced by a slew of transmogrifying 1980s American films, though the dialogue heavy banter recalls everyone from Howard Hawks to Woody Allen sidestepping on slapstick. Though Baumbach isn’t covering new ground, his post-collegiate privileged characters still inveigled with the paralyzing ennui of adult prospects that graced his lovely 1995 debut, Kicking & Screaming, he hasn’t lost his knack for portraying disillusioned lives lost hopelessly in their own sea of problems.

Entering Columbia as a college freshman, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Haze Matt Damon, Sean Penn at 'School of Perfect Acting'

23 February 2015 6:35 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s post-Oscar specials usually feature a star-studded fake movie trailer, like Movie: The Movie, but this year, the late-night host switched things up by recruiting A-listers like Jeff Bridges, Lupita Nyong'o and Matt Damon (or Damen, as it's spelled) to enroll in "The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting." For the sketch, the host portrays "Jim Kimmel," a Whiplash-ian teacher of the performing arts with the reputation of being "the greatest, most prolific and revered acting coach who ever lived."

Kimmel's overly method approach to acting includes criticizing »

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Oscar No-Shows: 9 Winners Who Weren't There to Accept the Big Award

23 February 2015 4:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Oscars sum up Hollywood quite tidily: The most popular people get together to find out who has been selected as being especially notable, and then everyone claps. If you're the type who likes attention - and let's face it, most who excel in Hollywood do - getting that moment onstage is a dream come true. Every now and then, however, an Oscar winner isn't present to receive his or her statuette. It's Hollywood heresy - the thought that someone would have somewhere more important to be than onstage, receiving applause. But it happens, and when it does, there's usually a good story behind it. »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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Indie Spotlight: The Burning Dead, Chopping Block, Tall Tales from the Badlands

22 February 2015 2:23 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We're back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes release details for seasons 1 and 2 of Bad Timing, a look at a new poster from Chopping Block, a Hooked Up red band trailer, a Q&A with the director of The Burning Dead, and much more:

New Poster Released for Chopping Block: "Five kidnappers find themselves in a bloody situation in the brand new poster for the upcoming slasher comedy Chopping Block!

Chopping Block follows a group of recently fired corporate workers out of work and out of luck. Desperate times call for desperate measures as they decide to kidnap their ex-boss’s daughter for a much needed ransom. Things take a bloody turn when the boss’s daughter just happens to be the only survivor of the masked psychopath "Sadie Grace". Hilarity and bloodshed ensue when Sadie »

- Tamika Jones

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John Ostrander: Double Your Pleasure

22 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Once upon a time, most movie theaters showed more than a single feature. For the price of your ticket, you’d get two movies, maybe a cartoon, sometimes a featurette. You got good value for your money in those days especially at second or third run theaters or revival houses. This was in the days before DVD, Blu-Ray, or even VHS.

In fact, for a long time, the movie studios only got one bite of the apple. Oh, a few movies might show up again; Disney did a good job of bringing classics out of their vaults. When the movies were sold to show on TV, that would also generate some revenue but nothing like today when a major part of the money made by films comes from Blu-Ray and DVD sales. (Aside: I wonder how true that will remain with Netflix and Hulu, et al.)

The first time I »

- John Ostrander

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Review: Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose Of Cairo" (1985) Starring Mia Farrow And Jeff Daniels, Twilight Time Blu-ray Edition

21 February 2015 3:26 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“A Madcap Manhattan Weekend”

By Raymond Benson

Easily one of Woody Allen’s best films, The Purple Rose of Cairo, released in 1985, is a treat. It’s got laughs and pathos and is an excellent treatise on the conflict between fantasy and reality. Purple Rose represents a period when Allen was at the peak of his powers, when he was considered one of America’s greatest auteurs, and before there was the stigma of scandal hovering over his work. In 1985, Allen could do no wrong, and The Purple Rose of Cairo does everything right.

Allen doesn’t appear in the film. The picture belongs to Mia Farrow, and she delivers one of her best and most poignant performances as Cecilia, a meek and unhappy housewife/waitress in New Jersey during the Depression area. She is married to Monk (Danny Aiello), who is abusive and pays little attention to her needs. »

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Watch: Why Gordon Willis’ Lighting in Interiors is Another Character Element

20 February 2015 2:14 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In conjunction with the Museum of Moving Image’s first ever cinematographer-centric retrospective, Reverse Shot has produced a small tribute to Gordon Willis’ work on Woody Allen’s Interiors. Staging their own recreations of the film’s many portraits, editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert examine how Willis’ lighting contributes to the emotional interiority of Diane Keaton’s character, Renata. By casting her in shadows for the majority of the film, Willis reinforces her isolation. It’s an important consideration of how cinematography can not only set the external tone of a film, but also play a necessary role in the characterization of its inhabitants. »

- Sarah Salovaara

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'Blood Simple' to Albert Brooks: Why Spring of 1985 was something special

20 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are roughly 900,000 tribute pieces online this week about the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club," and I understand the motivation. If you were the right age when the film was released (I was 15 at the time), that movie felt like a lightning bolt right to the face. Hughes treated teenagers like they were actual people with complex emotional lives worthy of respect, and while that would seem to be a logical approach to writing about any character, it certainly didn't feel average when he did it. He wrote about that secret world of teenagers with what felt like laser accuracy, and he basically created an entire industry of movies that tried to tap into that same audience. So certainly, there is much to celebrate when looking back at that particular film, but when I went to look at a list of the films that came out in 1985, a year »

- Drew McWeeny

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Louis Ck Wants To Be Cast, Then Killed Off In The New Aliens Movie

20 February 2015 7:32 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Louis Ck is a big star. Predominantly known as a stand-up comic, Louis runs in the same circles as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. He branched off into serialized television (with his award-winning FX program Louie), and occasionally acts for the likes of Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine) and David O. Russell (American Hustle). If the comic gets his way, he.ll even show up in an anticipated sci-fi blockbuster. but he won.t stay for long. In case you aren.t caught up on the latest, director Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) will be helming a new Alien movie. and might even be bringing Sigourney Weaver back into the fold. The actress was on The Tonight Show talking about the possibilities with Jimmy Fallon, and she dropped this unusual tidbit of information about Louis Ck.s interest in participating: Louis Ck said, .I want to be in [the next Alien movie], and »

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Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond

20 February 2015 2:59 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sure, there have been countless articles detailing the debonair men that portrayed the world’s most famous superspy in Ian Fleming’s creation of Agent 007 (a.k.a James Bond). And of course there have been many debates arguing who is considered the best Bond of them all (yes…I concur with the majority of the Sean Connery census that he is the ideal licensed to kill Lothario of them all). Plus, the listing of who’s the better Bond from top to bottom is always a lively discussion among Agent 007 aficionados.

Well, here is one more list to join the fray in terms of examining the actors that carried the action-packed load in bringing Fleming’s dashing Danger Man into the forefront of adventure, mystery, travel and romance. In Of Human “Bond”-age: Top Ten Actors That Had Played James Bond we will take a look at the actors »

- Frank Ochieng

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Chris Messina Reveals New Film's 'Mindy Project' Connection — Plus, Check Out the 'Alex of Venice' Poster

19 February 2015 11:11 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Chris Messina is no stranger to being in front of the camera -- he plays the curmudgable Danny Castellano on Fox’s The Mindy Project and has starred in The Newsroom, Argo, and Julie & Julia -- but for the first time, he’s stepping behind the camera. And it’s been a long time coming.

“I had wanted to direct for a while,” Messina told ETonline. “And I was kind of talking about it for a while. I was scared to do it, and I couldn’t ever find the right project.” Then came Alex of Venice.

The movie stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed, The Spectacular Now) as the titular Alex, a workaholic environmental attorney who must learn to balance work life and familial duties to her ailing father and introverted son after her husband (played by Messina) unexpectedly leaves.

Here’s the exclusive debut of the movie’s poster:

Electric City Entertainment

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Chris Messina Reveals New Movie's 'Mindy Project' Connection — Plus, Check Out the 'Alex of Venice' Poster

19 February 2015 11:11 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Chris Messina is no stranger to being in front of the camera -- he plays the curmudgable Danny Castellano on Fox’s The Mindy Project and has starred in The Newsroom, Argo, and Julie & Julia -- but for the first time, he’s stepping behind the camera. And it’s been a long time coming.

“I had wanted to direct for a while,” Messina told ETonline. “And I was kind of talking about it for a while. I was scared to do it, and I couldn’t ever find the right project.” Then he found Alex of Venice.

The movie stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the titular Alex, a workaholic environmental attorney who must learn to balance her work life and her familial duties to her ailing father and introverted son after her husband (played by Messina) unexpectedly leaves.

Here’s the exclusive debut of the movie’s poster:

Electric City Entertainment

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Amazon Orders 5 New Series Including 'Man in the High Castle'

18 February 2015 6:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Amazon has greenlighted five new original series, after letting its Prime members view and vote on pilots for those shows, the streaming service announced Wednesday. The pilots that received full-season commitments are Shawn Ryan's Mad Dogs, Ridley Scott's The Man in the High Castle, Alex Gibney's docuseries The New Yorker Presents, and kids' shows Just Add Magic and The Stinky & Dirty Show. Full seasons of those shows will premiere on Amazon's Prime Instant Video later this year and in 2016. Read More Woody Allen to Create First TV Series for Amazon Amazon also announced that it has renewed its

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- Hilary Lewis

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