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Review: Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" (1990); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

21 June 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Kudos to the Criterion Collection for releasing Whit Stillman’s charming trio of young adult angst: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). The bookend films have both been previously released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray, but now the company bows Barcelona to complete the trilogy. Available as both a stand-alone disc as well as part of a set of the three films, Barcelona features the luminous Mira Sorvino in an early role.

The trilogy of films that Mr. Stillman made as the beginning of his career and for which he is most well-known are interesting in that they depict groups of people who fall out of the scope of most of the general population and probably appeal to even less. That is actually a welcome relief. Metropolitan was shot in January and February in 1989 and released in August 1990 (a curious choice for a film »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 41 – Barcelona and Whit Stillman

21 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Mark and Aaron take a look at Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (1994), and how it compares with his other work. We focus most on his other two films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and Last Days of Disco (1998), but we also discuss his most recent effort, Love and Friendship.

About the film:

Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino. »

- Aaron West

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‘Quitters’ Exclusive Trailer & Poster: A Smart-Aleck Teen Escapes His Troubled Home For a New Family

16 June 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

 

In “Quitters,” young Clark (Ben Konigsberg) is a smart-aleck San Francisco teen who thinks he can outsmart the entire world, but his home life is a mess. His mother (Mira Sorvino) has a prescription pill addiction that lands her in rehab, and Clark doesn’t have much of a relationship with his impatient father (Gregg Germann).

So what does he do? He decides to find a new family, specifically the family of an attractive classmate Natalia (Morgan Turner) who lets Clark temporarily move in as a houseguest. When conflict inevitably arises, it’s up to Clark to face up to the reality of his situation. The film also stars Kara Hayward (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Kieran Culkin (“Margaret”), Saffron Burrows (“Mozart in the Jungle”), and Scott Lawrence (“Jag”). Watch an exclusive trailer for “Quitters” above.

Read More: Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #12: Noah Pritzker’s ‘Quitters’ Sees a Family Falling Apart

Quitters” is the debut feature from director Noah Pritzker who also co-wrote the script with Ben Tarnoff. Pritzker recently told IndieWire, “‘Quitters’ initially came out of a short I was writing while at film school. The short focused on Clark’s family, and I was eager to keep writing and see where Clark would go and show more of the San Francisco world he would travel through. At the time, Ben Tarnoff – who I wrote the movie with – was writing a book about 19th century San Francisco. We both grew up there, went to the same high school, and were both drawn to the idea of writing about the city.”

“My short film ‘Little Dad’ got into SXSW while we were finishing a draft of ‘Quitters,’ which helped us get the movie made,” he added. “One of the first people to come on board was our casting director Doug Aibel. He and his team looked far and wide for the main character, played by Ben Konigsberg, whose performance as Clark defines the film.”

The film premiered at last year’s South by Southwest Festival. Star Ben Konigsberg is best known for his role as Yusef on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” as well as Hal in Tim Blake Nelson’s latest film “Anesthesia.”

Quitters” opens in select theaters and VOD on July 22. Check out a poster from the film below.

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- Vikram Murthi

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After five nominations for playing Sheila Jackson on “Shameless,” Joan Cusack finally took home the guest actress prize last year. And just in time — she didn’t appear in the show’s most recent season.

That opens the cateogry to a whole new winner, and it might just be someone who will be doubling up on noms this year. Ellen Burstyn [“Mom”] is also a potential nominee for her work on the drama “House of Cards,” as is Carrie Fisher [“Catastrophe”] for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Tovah Feldshuh stole the show with her “Where’s the Bathroom” number in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but could also score a nod on the drama side for her guest work on ‘The Walking Dead.”

Natasha Lyonne [“Portlandia”] did standout work on “Orange Is the New Black,” where her character is sorely missed. Cynthia Nixon [“Broad City”] and Judy Greer [“Mom”] are other actresses pulling double duty on the comedy and drama sides. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Review: Maria Bamford gets weird, self-aware, and very funny in 'Lady Dynamite'

19 May 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's a running gag in the first episode of alt-comedian Maria Bamford's new Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite where guest star Patton Oswalt, ostensibly playing a cop in Bamford's La neighborhood, keeps breaking character to warn her against doing stand-up on her show, listing all the famous comics who have already done it: "You've got Louie, Seinfeld, Chappelle, Amy Schumer, my two pilots..." Eventually, other comedians — some of whom also did failed shows that featured them performing material from their stage act — turn up to express their own dismay. But even though Bamford is playing herself and drawing on both her past work and private life, no one who watched Lady Dynamite (executive produced by Bamford, Pam Brady, and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, it debuts tomorrow) for even a minute would think to mistake it for another Seinfeld knock-off — or even an imitation of Louie, where Bamford has appeared a few times. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Review: ‘Lady Dynamite’

17 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lady Dynamite” is the kind of show that could only exist during this boom time in television. It’s a finely crafted niche comedy with a very specific outlook and tone — thus it bears similarities to any number of streaming half-hours, as well as those on adventurous cable networks. And yet this excellent Netflix series has a subversive and ultimately sweet flavor all its own.

The show spends a fair amount of time offering a deceptively serious examination of how the entertainment-industry machine, without even trying that hard, tends to crush anyone in its path, especially those with a distinctive vision or sincere beliefs. Maria Bamford, who stars as a character with the same name, and co-creators Mitchell Hurwitz and Pam Brady have quite a bit to say about mental illness, friendship, and the difficulty of forging real connections in a confusing world, and in the first four episodes, Bamford »

- Maureen Ryan

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'Twister': 10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Summer Blockbuster

10 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Released 20 years ago this week (on May 10, 1996), "Twister" wasn't just a blockbuster special-effects spectacle that made viable movie stars out of Helen Hunt an Bill Paxton.

It was also the "Apocalypse Now" of weather-themed disaster movies. The film's production was marked by severe injuries to the stars and crew, a runaway budget, and the cinematographers openly rebelling against the director. Here are the real-life twists you didn't hear about from the tornado drama's tempestuous shoot.

1. The "Twister" screenplay is credited to "Jurassic Park" novelist Michael Crichton and his wife, Anne-Marie Martin, but it was revised by such celebrated script doctors as Joss Whedon (who dropped out of the project because he contracted bronchitis), Steven Zaillian (who dropped out because he was leaving for his honeymoon), and Jeff Nathanson, who was on the set and kept rewriting the script until the end of the shoot.

2. Helen Hunt was director Jan de Bont »

- Gary Susman

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Mothers And Daughters – Review

6 May 2016 6:40 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you are looking for a movie to celebrate with Mom this Mother’s Day, the warm-hearted Mothers And Daughters offers a better option that the Garry Marshall comedy named for the holiday. Both films feature a star-studded ensemble cast but Mothers And Daughters features stories that actually deal with motherhood, unlike Marshall’s unfunny comedy.

While it is the better movie, Mothers And Daughters is not without flaws. It has so many characters that is hard to keep them all straight, much less get to know them, and the dramatic, heart-tugging stories also could have benefited from a little sprinkling of humor.

The film stars Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Christina Ricci, Courteney Cox, Selma Blair and Mira Sorvino, among others, in a series of stories that overlap or connect in various ways. The interlocking stories are generally built around a photographer named Rigby Gray (Selma Blair).

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- Cate Marquis

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Watch Courtney Cox Show Off Her Drama Chops in New Movie

3 May 2016 4:15 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Courteney Cox may have made us laugh a lot in Friends and Cougar Town, but the actress takes a more serious turn in the new indie drama Mothers And Daughters. And only E! News has this exclusive sneak peek at a scene that shows Cox having an emotional exchange with Christina Ricci, a young lawyer who has just found out who her real mother is. Hit play in the video above to see Cox's teary-eyed performance. Mothers And Daughters is an ensemble piece about a photographer (Selma Blair) who encounters a series of intertwining stories about motherhood. Directed by Paul Duddridge, the film co-stars Sharon Stone, Mira Sorvino, Paul Wesley, Ashanti, Quinton Aaron and Gilles Marini as well as Susan »

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Lady Dynamite Trailer: Maria Bamford Loses Her $#*!, Finds Superman(s)

21 April 2016 5:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maria Bamford (Arrested Development, the gone-too-soon Benched) has a love-hate relationship with Superman in the first trailer for her Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite (premiering Friday, May 20).

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The comedienne cozies up to Brandon Routh and punches Dean Cain in the star-studded preview, which also features Lennon Parham (Playing House), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Andy Daly (Review), Fred Melamed (Casual), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Ed Begley, Jr. (Better Call Saul), Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) and — whew! — Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Per Netflix’s official logline, Lady Dynamite “tells »

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Watch the trailer for Mothers and Daughters

10 April 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its Us release next month, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming drama Mothers and Daughters which stars Selma Blair, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courteney Cox, Christina Riccin and Mira Sorvino. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

Mothers And Daughters features interwoven stories about what it means to be a mom, which are tied together via single gal Rigby Gray, a rock photographer who’s riding a career high when an unlikely and unexpected pregnancy forces her to turn her lens inward. As Rigby slowly comes to terms with what it might mean to change her life forever, she discovers with fresh eyes her own relationship with her estranged mother. Through a series of photographs documenting motherhood in all its varieties, she considers what it means to be maternal at all. Director Paul Duddridge’s film is a celebration of the unparalleled love between mothers »

- Amie Cranswick

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Mothers And Daughters' With Susan Sarandon, Selma Blair, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci, More

8 April 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

How many movies based around Mother's Day do you need this year? Wait, actually, how many emotionally phony and cloying movies based around Mother's Day do you need this year? The correct answer is: two. If Garry Marshall's starry dramedy "Mother's Day" wasn't enough, here comes "Mothers And Daughters." Read More: Watch: New Trailer For 'Mother's Day' Celebrates The Most Important Job In The World Starring Susan Sarandon, Selma Blair, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox, Christina Ricci, and Mira Sorvino, and directed by Paul Duddridge and Nigel Levy, the story centers on photographer Rigby Gray who captures uplifting stories of motherhood, inspiring a decision even she wouldn't expect. I bet I can guess what it is. "Mothers And Daughters" opens on May 6th. Watch below.   »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Stuff

5 April 2016 12:20 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Forget Caltiki and forget The Blob: 'The Stuff' doesn't eat you, you eat it! Larry Cohen takes a page from Professor Quatermass for this satirical slap at blind consumerism and unregulated commerce, in a thriller packed with ooky glob-monsters and people hollowed out like Halloween pumpkins. It's the smart side of '80s sci-fi: Cohen knows how to make the genre sustain his anti-establishment themes. The Stuff Blu-ray Arrow Video (Us) 1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / Available from Amazon / 39.95 Starring Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom, Danny Aiello, Patrick O'Neal, Alexander Scourby, Harry Bellaver, Rutanya Alda, Brooke Adams, Laurene Landon, Tammy Grimes, Abe Vigoda, Clara Peller, Patrick Dempsey, Mira Sorvino, Eric Bogosian. Cinematography Paul Glickman Makeup Effects Ed French, Michael Maddi, Steve Neill, Kim Robinson, Rick Stratton, Craig Lyman Editor Armond Lebowitz Original Music Anthony Guefen Produced by Paul Kurta Written and »

- Glenn Erickson

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Reel Stories, Real Lives Mptf Benefit to Include Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Cuba Gooding Jr.

1 April 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matt Bomer, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and Bryce Dallas Howard will all be part of the fifth annual Motion Picture & Television Fund’s “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event on April 7. Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation” is set to host.

“I know that over the first four years, anyone who was in the room was moved to become engaged with the mission, which is a testament to the legacy of Mptf,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the Mptf Foundation.

For almost 100 years, the Mptf has been providing programs and services essential to the well-being of individuals, their families and the industry community at large. The actors will take the stage to tell stories written by industry members who have benefited from the services from the Mtpf in the past years.

Last year’s event included Lizzy Caplan, Tony Goldwyn, Tobey Maguire, Alessandro Nivola, »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Reel Stories, Real Lives Mptf Benefit to Include Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Cuba Gooding Jr.

1 April 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matt Bomer, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Kirsten Dunst, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and Bryce Dallas Howard will all be part of the fifth annual Motion Picture & Television Fund’s “Reel Stories, Real Lives” event on April 7. Adam Scott of “Parks and Recreation” is set to host.

“I know that over the first four years, anyone who was in the room was moved to become engaged with the mission, which is a testament to the legacy of Mptf,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the Mptf Foundation.

For almost 100 years, the Mptf has been providing programs and services essential to the well-being of individuals, their families and the industry community at large. The actors will take the stage to tell stories written by industry members who have benefited from the services from the Mtpf in the past years.

Last year’s event included Lizzy Caplan, Tony Goldwyn, Tobey Maguire, Alessandro Nivola, »

- Maria Cavassuto

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and Other New VOD Movies Available This Week

29 March 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Point Break (action remake; Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer; rated PG-13) The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino-directed action-thriller; Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen; rated R) Concussion (biographical drama; Will Smith, Alec Baldwin; bonus featurette included; rated PG-13) Exposed (drama-thriller; Keanu Reeves, Mira Sorvino, Ana de Armas; rated R) Anomalisa (drama...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Ken Howard, ‘White Shadow’ Star, SAG-aftra President, Dies at 71

23 March 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-aftra, died Wednesday. He was 71.

SAG-aftra announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement. “Ken was an inspirational leader and it is an incredible loss for SAG-aftra, for his family and for everyone who knew him. He was a light that never dimmed and was completely devoted to the membership. He led us through tumultuous times and set our union on a steady course of excellence. We will be forever in his debt. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Ken Howard, ‘White Shadow’ Star, SAG-AFTRA President, Dies at 71

23 March 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emmy and Tony winner Ken Howard, the tall, barrel-chested actor known for starring in CBS’ late ’70s sports drama “The White Shadow,” NBC drama “Crossing Jordan” and, more recently, for his appearances on “30 Rock” as well as for his presidency of SAG-AFTRA, died Wednesday. He was 71.

SAG-AFTRA announced that he died at his home near Los Angeles. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

“Ken was a remarkable leader and his powerful vision for this union was a source of inspiration for all of us,” SAG-aftra acting president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement “He was an exceptional person and we are deeply saddened by his passing. He had a remarkable career and he never forgot what it was like to be a working performer. The merger of SAG and AFTRA was something of a ‘North Star’ for him and, once he fixed upon it, he never wavered from that goal. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Exposed review – cop thriller with Keanu and aliens

27 February 2016 11:59 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Writer-director Gee Malik Linton has disowned this drama about a woman who sees angels, and it’s easy to see why

In the mid-90s, the director Donald Cammell disowned his final film Wild Side after producers at Nu Image recut it as an embarrassingly sleazy lesbian erotic thriller. After the director’s death, the screenwriter China Kong and the editor Frank Mazzola reconstructed Cammell’s original vision and the result was a revelation – a film that bore little or no relation to the producers’ bastardised incarnation. The same may (or may not?) be true of the Jamaican-American writer-director Gee Malik Linton’s debut feature Daughter of God, which surfaces here in a shambolic Lionsgate-approved version under the new title Exposed, with directorial chores now pseudonymously credited to “Declan Dale”.

Originally envisaged as a surreal, bilingual sociopolitical drama centring on a Latina woman (Ana de Armas) who believes that she’s been visited by angels, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Oscar Flashback: See an 'Incredibly Nervous' Kate Winslet Make Her Academy Awards Debut in 1996

25 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Remember when Mel Gibson won an Oscar in 1996 for directing Braveheart? That same year, a virtually unknown actress nabbed her first nomination - for Best Supporting Actress - playing opposite Alan Rickman in Ang Lee's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. It's been two decades since Kate Winslet, 40, attended her first Academy Awards, and this year the awards show veteran is nominated in the very same category for her role in Steve Jobs - although it's safe to say she'll be a bit less overwhelmed on Sunday than she was 20 years ago. "There's no point denying that it's blown me absolutely away. »

- Keisha Hatchett

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