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Chicago – A new and exciting voice in the cinematic universe is cause for celebration, and the 2015 Midwest Independent Film Festival will showcase that voice this Tuesday, August 4th, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Director Christopher Kelley will present the World Premiere of his indie noir thriller “Full Frame.”
“Full Frame” has a Hitchcockian feel, all shot and produced in small town Quincy, Illinois, on a micro budget. A nebbish photographer stumbles upon the desperate circumstances of a local big shot, and gets involved in a game of life and death. Filled with modern takes on the dark places of the soul, “Full Frame” is both a fresh perspective on a familiar genre, and a throwback to the best that noir has to offer.
Scene from ‘Full Frame’
Photo credit: Table Sixteen Productions
Christopher Kelley took an unconventional route to his advocation as a director. When he was in college, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sometimes I imagine that it is 1983 and Terrence Malick is somewhere in Paris, living a quiet, normal life. As he walks to one of his favorite cafes, he catches a glimpse of Gilles Deleuzes’ Cinéma 1: L’image-mouvemont in a bookstore window. Naturally, he’s curious. In an intellectual era dominated by Theory, the only other book of philosophy that had taken up cinema as a way to do philosophy was The World Viewed, written by his friend and one time academic advisor Stanley Cavell. I imagine that Malick seeks out Deleuze, who is lecturing at the University of Paris VIII. Two years later, he buys a copy of Deleuze’s Cinéma 2: L’image-temps. Deleuze confirmed what Malick has long suspected, but either forgotten or was distracted from in the hedonistic atmosphere of 1970s L. A. chronicled by Peter Biskind in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls—cinema “thinks” philosophically. Other »
- Reno Lauro
There's a companion site for the new edition of Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener's Film Theory: an Introduction Through the Senses that's chock full of some of the best recent audiovisual essays on cinema. Also in today's roundup: Jean-Luc Godard's illustrated scenario for Film Socialisme; Martin Scorsese on three of his favorite actresses, Gene Tierney, Olivia de Havilland and Teresa Wright; Kenneth Turan on Dorothy Arzner; J. Hoberman on Nadav Lapid; David Fear's interview with Julien Temple and Neil Fox's with Alex Ross Perry; Joe Swanberg and Kris Swanberg in conversation; and Adam Schartoff's interviews with James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour), Patrick Wang (The Grief of Othersv) and Alex R. Johnson (Two Step). » - David Hudson »
Movies set in casinos conjure up evocative mental images of bright lights or dark rooms filled with blackjack tables, roulette wheels and rolls of the dice. Just think of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, the Edward Norton and Matt Damon-starring Rounders or (of course) Martin Scorsese's Casino. Gambling movies can be like sports movies in the sense that it can be hard to convey on screen the sheer thrill of the game or give a sense of the rules in most cases - but they're not all like that. Here are a few that stand out for unique reasons of their own. While there's a strong possibility that you may have heard of at least some of these films, it's likely you haven't seen all of them. So, here's an introduction for the uninitiated - or a reminder to rewatch for casino movie aficionados.
- CineVue UK
The full lineup for the Venice Film Festival has been revealed, and includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Jerzy Skolimowsky, Frederick Wiseman, Marco Bellocchio, Tsai Ming-liang, Aleksandro Sokurov and more.CompetitionFrenzy (Emin Alper, Turkey/France/Qatar)Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, Us)Blood of My Blood (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Looking for Grace (Sue Brooks, Australia)Equals (Drake Doremus, Us)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada/Germany)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, Us)Per amor vostro (Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Italy/France)Marguerite (Xavier Giannoli, France/Czech Republic/Belgium)Rabin, the Last Day (Amos Gitai, Israel/France)A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France)The Endless River (Oliver Hermanus, South Africa/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, UK/Us)Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson, Us)L'attesa (Piero Mesina, Italy)11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov, France/Germany/Netherlands)The Clan (Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain)Desde alla (Lorenza Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico)L'hermine (Christian Vincent, »
She then appeared as 'Donna Freedman' in the TV series "Neighbours" as a guest then as a regular cast member, followed by the ABC drama series "Pan Am" as flight attendant 'Laura Cameron'. Robbie was then cast in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" as the character 'Naomi Lapaglia'. Robbie recently joined the cast of director Matthew Michael Carnahan's "Violent Talent".
She will also appear in "Suite française", an adaptation of author Irène Némirovsky's novel. Other productions on the horizon include Robbie playing 'Jane' in Warners upcoming live-action "Tarzan" feature.
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- Michael Stevens
With the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation now upon us, a film that will undoubtedly clean up at the box office and remind us that Tom Cruise’s Peter Pan like action skills still rock, there’s one man in the cast that won’t be relying on bangs or wallops to wow us – just steely-eyed grit and a dry wit.
The man is of course Alec Baldwin, a thesp that, spent most of the eighties starring in yawnsome popcorn pleasers, the nineties churning out more misses than hits, but then found his stride in the nougties to become one of the most intriguing character actors to watch on the big and small screen.
- Shaun Davis
Set in 1970s New York, Vinyl will explore the drug-fuelled music business at the dawn of punk and disco, starring Olivia Wilde and Jagger’s son James
A new TV series about the music industry co-produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger will premiere on HBO in 2016, it has been announced. The “rock’n’roll drama”, Vinyl, will star Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale, House’s Olivia Wilde and Jagger’s son James.
Set in New York in the 1970s, it will tell the story of a fictional record label called American Century records, exploring the drug- and sex-fuelled music business when the punk and disco scenes were emerging.
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- Nadia Khomami
Unfortunately, it won't be called Punk-Rock Mad Men, but it'll probably still be like that. HBO announced Thursday that you can call Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's drama about the '70s rock scene Vinyl, and you can expect it to roll out in 2016. The project currently has Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Jagger's son James, Ray Romano, Andrew "Dice" Clay, and "Connecticut residents" attached to work off a pilot script from Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter. It will reportedly follow "the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound." Deal.Elsewhere in promising HBO updates, the network's president of programming had some good news about David Chase and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Deadline reports that Michael Lombardo has seen pages of Chase's latest series, A Ribbon of Dreams, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo defended the second season of “True Detective” in light of critical second-guessing, and expressed support for the network’s hit “Game of Thrones” regarding scenes of sexual violence that have provoked criticism.
Lombardo, in what he billed Thursday as his first solo outing at the TV Critics Assn. tour without network chief Richard Plepler, seemed well-prepared for both questions, given some of the complaining, most recently, about “Detective’s” current run.
The executive joked that he had returned from vacation to learn that some critics had voiced their displeasure with “True Detective,” but he gave a vote of confidence to writer/showrunner Nic Pizzolatto and said he would be eager to hear his plans for a third season. “I think he takes a big swing,” Lombardo said, adding that he has seen the final episodes and “I’m enormously proud of it. … I think he’s a spectacular writer. »
- Brian Lowry
August means its 24-hour tribute season on TCM. In his monthly column, director and movie doyen (and, it turns out, witty columnist) Martin Scorsese singles out a few actresses whose work has affected him over the years, to complement Turner Classics' programming. On Gene Tierney, whose career is highlighted on August 1: Looking back at the pictures of the '30s and '40s, the period now known as the Golden Age of Hollywood, you can feel, more and more, just how controlled many of the performances were, especially in relation to movies made after the arrival of Brando and James Dean in the '50s. There's a tension between directors and actors that I find extremely interesting now. It's there in Tierney's performances for Preminger, Lubitsch and Mankiewicz, and in John Stahl's "Leave Her to Heaven" (not included in this tribute). In those pictures, her beauty was a kind of mask. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
USA’s Mr. Robot began as creator Sam Esmail’s second feature film, but his desire to flesh out his characters more fully brought it to the small screen. “The Sopranos kicked off this so-called golden age of television,” he says, “Now television is even bigger, and it’s more about being cinematic, which helps our show.” It’s difficult for Esmail to pin down which films and TV shows have influenced the hacker drama, which has been praised in part for its cinematic feel. “It’s tough because there is tons of work, from a filmmaking point of view, that I borrow from,” he says. But when Vulture asked him, he graciously produced nine projects from Taxi Driver to Girls that have influenced Mr. Robot, and highlighted several scenes in which he tipped his hat to his filmmaking compatriots.Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)Influences: Voice-over and cinematography“Looking back at Taxi Driver or, »
- Matthew Giles
With the exception of Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the nineteen other films in Venice Film Festival’s contention for the Golden Lion won’t be mentioned during awards season, but who cares when you have the likes of Aleksander Sokurov, Luca Guadagnino and Marco Bellocchio in the line-up. Not unlike previous years, the 2015 edition has a good numbers of films from Italy and the U.S., with several France co-productions littered throughout and the addition of fresh faces with first time works from composer Piero Messina and artist/musician Laurie Anderson.
While non comp offerings in the shape of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight are sure to receive a fair amount of trade news attention it’s the docus that are especially rich this year: Frederick Wiseman is joined by Sergei Loznitsa makes back to »
- Eric Lavallee
Director/producer Ron Howard, Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell, director Tyler Perry, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and film editor/Scorsese collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker will be honored at the 2015 DGA Honors, to be held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York City on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The red-carpet event fetes individuals and institutions that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through film and television, while recognizing the diversity required to produce entertainment. Past DGA Honors recipients have included Nora Ephron, Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, Milos Forman, Curtis Hanson, Spike Lee, Mike Nichols, Arthur Penn, Sydney Pollack, and Martin Scorsese. Read More: How Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker Restored the Luster of Michael Powell and 'The Tales of Hoffmann' »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Directors Guild of America will honor director-producer Ron Howard, director-producer Tyler Perry, Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-ny) and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker at its 2015 DGA Honors ceremonies on Oct. 15.
The event will be held at the DGA Theater in New York City.
“From an influential DGA and Academy Award-winning master filmmaker like Ron Howard, to a multihyphenate entertainment powerhouse and Atlanta business leader like Tyler Perry, to a renowned legislator and advocate for production incentives and job creation like Senator Chuck Schumer, DGA Honors recognizes both the visionary artists who create media as well as leaders in government and beyond,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.
“Our creative work is enriched by invaluable contributions of such craft masters as Thelma Schoonmaker, a trailblazing light in film editing, and labor leaders like Thomas J. O’Donnell, the president of Teamsters Local 817, who represents »
- Dave McNary
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: the first trailer for controversial Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul, a prizewinner at Cannes.You may have noticed that the first round of the Toronto International Film Festival's program has been revealed. We're particularly excited about news films by Johnnie To and Terence Davies.The 72nd Venice Film Festival lineup has been unveiled, and includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Marco Bellocchio, Jerzy Skolimowski, Aleksandr Sokurov, Frederick Wiseman, and more. The jury has also been announced: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hou Hsaio-hsien, Lynne Ramsay and others, all led by Alfonso Cuarón.Above: A film still from Prelude, a new film by Nathaniel Dorsky that will premiere during the New York Film Festival's retrospective of the director.David Davidson's Toronto Film Review is featuring an epic compendium of "interviews with cinephile directors, »
There are two films involving the Boston Globe this year. Black Mass, about Whitey Bulger and Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight. If you split Martin Scorsese into two films you have would each of these stories. »
- Sasha Stone
On the heels of yesterday's Toronto Film Festival announcement, this morning we get the lineup for the 2015 Venice Film Festival and, as always, there's a little crossover with some films set to premiere on the Lido ahead of their Toronto (and/or Telluride premieres). Some of the titles not screening at Toronto (at least not yet) that will premiere at Venice include Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, which is serving as the opening night film, Drake Doremus' Equals starring Kristen Stewart, A Bigger Splash from Luca Guadagnino, Go With Me directed by Daniel Alfredson, Dito Montiel's Man Down, Amy Berg's Janis as well as a new, 16-minute short film from Martin Scorsese titled The Audition and a Brian De Palma documentary directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. There's also buzz building for The Childhood of a Leader directed by Brady Corbet and starring Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo. »
- Brad Brevet
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »
- Drew McWeeny
Read More: Johnny Depp Heading to Venice Film Festival for 'Black Mass' World Premiere With yesterday's unveiling of the Toronto International Film Festival's first piece of its slate -- including the festival's Galas and Special Presentations, along with its pick for Opening Night -- fall festival season is off with a bang. Not to be outdone, the Venice Film Festival has revealed its full slate for the September festival, and although there are some Tiff repeats here (including Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," Atom Egoyan's "Remember," Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's "Anomalisa"), many of those films will actually world premiere at Vff. The slate also includes some fresh festival faces, including Drake Doremus' sci-fi feature "Equals," Martin Scorsese's new short "The Audition" and Brady Corbet's directorial debut, "The Childhood of a Leader." The documentary. »
- Kate Erbland
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