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Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards

21 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Al Gore and Jason Blum will be honored at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards, with Gore set to receive the humanitarian tribute and Blum tapped to get the industry tribute.

The Gothams, the Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual round of awards honoring indie film, typically dole out a handful of pre-announced tributes to notable figures, in addition to awards in ten competitive categories. This year’s crop will also include tributes to an actor and an actress, among others.

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‘Moonlight’ Sweeps the 2016 Gotham Awards, Winning Best Film

Former Vice President Gore, now the chairman of the Climate Reality Project, gets the Gotham honor for his decades of work calling attention to climate change, especially in films “An Inconvenient Truth” and this year’s sequel, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Blum, meanwhile, receives the industry award for helping to spur the resurgence of low-budget genre films, starting with “Paranormal Activity” in 2000. More recently, his »

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Oliver Stone to head Busan Film Festival New Currents jury

21 August 2017 2:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jury also includes Bahman Ghobadi, Agnès Godard, Lav Diaz and Jang Sun-woo.

Award-winning Us filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to head the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (Biff)’s jury for New Currents, the competition section for up-and-coming Asian directors.

The winner of Oscars, Golden Globes and a Berlinale Silver Bear for directing films such as Platoon and Born On The Fourth of July, Stone was recently at the Sarajevo film festival to receive an honorary award and screen a showcase including his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews

Speaking with Screen there, he expressed concerns about the Us stance on North Korea and the possibility of doing a project focused on the hermetic country.

Stone will be joined on the Biff jury by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose films include Cannes Camera d’or winner A Time For Drunken Horses and No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize »

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Oliver Stone to Head Jury of Troubled Busan Film Festival

20 August 2017 9:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Director Oliver Stone will lead the jury of the upcoming Busan International Film Festival's main competition, New Currents, organizers of the South Korean event announced Monday. The 22nd edition of the festival is set to run Oct. 12-21 in the port city of Busan.

New Currents is a competition that is designed to introduce up-and-coming Asian directors. Other members of this year's jury include Bahman Ghobadi, the Iranian filmmaker known for Cannes-winning No One Knows About Persian Cats, among others; Agnes Godard, the French cinematographer who has long collaborated with filmmakers such as Claire Denis and Wim Wenders; Lav Diaz, »

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Oliver Stone to Head Jury at Busan International Film Festival

20 August 2017 8:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Stone, the ever-controversial American-French director, has been named president of the competition jury for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival, itself no stranger to controversy.

Stone heads an impressive panel including Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines director Lav Diaz (“From What Is Before,” “The Woman Who Left”), and South Korean director Jang Sun-woo (“Lies”). They will judge a selection of Asian films in the New Currents section that represents the festival’s cornerstone.

Stone, who has credits including “Wall Street,” “JFK” and “Snowden,” has often criticized governments, greed, collusion and corruption. That matches the Busan festival’s stance.

The festival is still in turmoil nearly three years after it stood up to political interference from city authorities who acted as proxies for a nationalist and now disgraced right-wing South Korean government. The aftermath of the festival’s decision to screen a controversial documentary »

- Patrick Frater

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Film News Roundup: Music Biopics ‘Dalida,’ ‘Django’ Land U.S. Releases

18 August 2017 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, two music biopics get domestic distribution and Harvey Weinstein launches an animated films label.

Acquisitions

Under the Milky Way has acquired U.S. domestic theatrical rights to the music biopics “Dalida” and “Django,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dalida,” directed by Lisa Azuelos, will open in the fall. The film stars Sveva Alviti as the Egyptian-born Italian singer who became one of France’s biggest pop stars from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recording in more than five languages, Dalida sold a record-breaking 170 million albums during her lifetime. Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve, and Nicolas Duvauchelle also star.

Django,” meanwhile, launches early next year. Directed by Etienne Comar, the film stars Reda Kateb as gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, with Cecile de France playing his muse. The movie, which opened this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is set in 1943 Paris amid the occupation by Nazis, who oppose his “hot jazz” as being degenerate »

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‘Scary Mother’ Wins at Sarajevo Film Festival; Bosnia-Herzegovina Selects Oscar Entry

18 August 2017 4:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival has wrapped with the announcement of Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother” as winner of the fest’s top prize, while host country Bosnia-Herzegovina has picked its entry in the race for the foreign-language Academy Award.

Scary Mother” won the Heart of Sarajevo on Wednesday night, the festival’s prize for best feature film which includes a €16,000 ($18,800) award. The Georgian-language movie, which is a co-production between Georgia and Estonia, was written and directed by Urushadze (pictured center).

The drama stars Nata Murvanidze (pictured, far right) as a 50-year-old housewife struggling to choose between her family life and a passion for writing which she has suppressed for years. Deciding to following her passion, she plunges into writing, sacrificing herself mentally and physically. The film, produced by Lasha Khalvashi (holding the Heart of Sarajevo) and Tinatin Kajrislvili (far left), also won the Cineuropa Nagrada partner’s award from the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and »

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'Scary Mother' triumphs at Sarajevo Film Festival

18 August 2017 1:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things takes best director and best actor.Scroll down to see the full list of winners.

Ana Urushadze’s Gerogia-Estonia drama Scary Mother has won the top prize at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, which concludes today (Aug 18).

The film took the Heart of Sarajevo for best feature film, which comes with a financial award of €16,000. It stars Nata Murvanidze as a 50-year-old housewife who experiences family struggles as she tries to complete her first novel.

The main competition saw Romanian director Emanuel Pârvu take the Heart of Sarajevo for best director for his film Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things, which comes with €10,000.

Best actress went to Ornela Kapetani for Daybreak and best actor went to Şerban Pavlu for Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things.

The jury, led by Michel Franco and featuring Mark Adams, Gordan Bogdan »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Producer vs. Director: The Case of Zack Snyder

17 August 2017 9:14 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Pim Razenberg on the debate on creative differences between producers and directors…

Creative differences. The clichéd answer to most break-ups between a studio and its directors. Recent examples of cases where “creative differences” were the cause of conflict are the departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the as-of-yet untitled Han Solo anthology film and the much discussed departure of Edgar Wright from Ant-Man. For a director to step up to direct a blockbuster movie means to take on the responsibility of turning a ton of money into tons of money. When such a blockbuster is meant to help shape a financially successful, Marvel-esque cinematic universe, the stakes are even higher. The look and feel of these movies have to fit within certain expectations and must not break the overlapping narrative of the cinematic universe. The level of financial risk involved to create a product audiences feel is worth paying for, »

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Review: "8 Million Ways To Die" (1986) Starring Jeff Bridges And Rosanna Arquette; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

17 August 2017 7:10 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

Stories about troubled cops or ex-cops still have a foothold in movies and TV shows -- almost to the point where you wonder why so these emotionally vulnerable men and women chose a stressful career in law enforcement in the first place.  Private eyes, on the other hand, are almost an extinct species on the screen, after great media popularity in the 1950s and intermittent periods of audience demand since then. Maybe, as fantasy figures who embody power, personal integrity, and social conscience, trenchcoated PIs have been displaced and replaced by superheroes. The hero of Hal Ashby’s “8 Million Ways to Die” (1986), Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges), begins as a policeman but becomes an unlicensed, free-lance gumshoe in the course of the story. A detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Scudder serves a warrant on a suspected drug trafficker in the opening scenes of the film. »

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The unmade Planet Of The Apes movies of the 1990s

15 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Aug 17, 2017

Anyone for monkey baseball? We examine the weird and wonderful unmade scripts of the Planet Of The Apes series

In 2006, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were inspired by footage of domesticated chimpanzees who were unable to adjust to our lifestyles to write a sci-fi horror spec script that they called Genesis. Apparently, it was a while before the two of them realised that they were writing a Planet Of The Apes movie.

Their resultant pitch to 20th Century Fox led to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the excellent, emotional prequel/reboot of the franchise that led to 2014's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and recent trilogy topper, War For The Planet Of The Apes. Together, the three films take Caesar from domestication to domination and have been huge critical and financial hits for the studio.

The development hell that plagued Fox's »

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Oliver Stone on Charlottesville: "Deep State" Is "Bigger Problem" Than Trump

15 August 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Oliver Stone has said in response to the Charlottesville riots that the problem is not President Donald Trump, but "the system" in America.

The director, whose latest work is a four-hour series of televised interviews with Russian President Vladimir Putin that aired on Showtime in June, did not specifically criticize Trump when asked for his reaction to the weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va., during which one woman died and several people were injured after a car plowed into non-violent demonstrators.

Speaking Tuesday during a master class at the Sarajevo Film Festival following a screening of his movie Snowden, »

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31 underrated movies well worth a look

15 August 2017 8:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no »

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Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey: The Variety Interview

15 August 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinematographer John Bailey has been a member of the Motion Picture Academy since 1981. He has served off and on as representative on the Board of Governors since 1996. Now, he is the 36th president of the 90-year-old institution.

A passionate supporter of film preservation and history, Bailey didn’t expect to become a cinematographer after leaving film school at the University of Southern California in the late 1960s. He fancied himself a “film theoretician,” dreaming of bearing witness to an imminent American new wave of cinema innovation. A Westwood viewing of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 film “The Conformist” drove him to pursue a career behind the camera. Some 50 years later, he takes the reins of an embattled organization that finds itself quickly moving forward on diversity initiatives while struggling to bring a long-planned museum to the heart of Tinseltown.

Three days after his election, Bailey spoke to Variety about stepping into the new post.

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Oliver Stone Slams Media’s ‘Extremist,’ ‘Anti-Russian Fervor’

14 August 2017 5:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Presenting his latest work, “The Putin Interviews,” at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Monday, Oliver Stone took aim at the U.S. mainstream media for its inability or refusal to look beyond the established image of Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

The festival honored Stone on Sunday with its Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his “exceptional contribution to film art.” As part of the tribute, the fest is screening four of Stone’s films, including “Snowden,” “Natural Born Killers,” and “Platoon.”

At a Q&A session during and after an entire four-hour screening of “The Putin Interviews,” Stone also touched on the powerlessness of Donald Trump in setting U.S policy, claiming the unwavering course of the country was set by the deep state, regardless of the White House occupant, but nevertheless warned of the U.S. president’s recent threats of military action in Asia and South America.

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Oliver Stone Slams Media’s ‘Extremist,’ ‘Anti-Russian Fervor’

14 August 2017 5:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Presenting his latest work, “The Putin Interviews,” at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Monday, Oliver Stone took aim at the U.S. mainstream media for its inability or refusal to look beyond the established image of Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

The festival honored Stone on Sunday with its Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his “exceptional contribution to film art.” As part of the tribute, the fest is screening four of Stone’s films, including “Snowden,” “Natural Born Killers,” and “Platoon.”

At a Q&A session during and after an entire four-hour screening of “The Putin Interviews,” Stone also touched on the powerlessness of Donald Trump in setting U.S policy, claiming the unwavering course of the country was set by the deep state, regardless of the White House occupant, but nevertheless warned of the U.S. president’s recent threats of military action in Asia and South America.

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‘Bonnie and Clyde’ at 50: A Revolutionary Film That Now Looks Like the Last Work of Hollywood Classicism

13 August 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the lethally disruptive and exciting gangster saga that brought on the implosion of Hollywood — and the reinvention of Hollywood — was released in theaters. The gun-on-the-run magnetism of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway; the ’30s desolation set to a jaunty bluegrass vibe; the bursts of violence and quick stinging death; the burnished colors; the screwball neurotic players (Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons, Gene Wilder); the fantastic doomed recklessness of it all.

It took a while for “Bonnie and Clyde” to catch on. The picture stumbled out of the gate, and its studio, Warner Bros., had to reboot its opening. But once that happened, “Bonnie and Clyde” dunked the cinema in a baptism of style and blood and glamour and adulthood. It was a revolution both holy and unholy. From that moment on, American films would reach higher than they ever »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Amazon’s ‘Comrade Detective’ Doesn’t Belong to the Right, or the Left — Exclusive

11 August 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After a number of articles called into question the new Amazon comedy’s intentions, co-star and voice dubber Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote the following op-ed on the various interpretations of “Comrade Detective’s” politics.

Read More:Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tell the Weird, Wild Story Behind ‘Comrade Detective’ “Comrade Detective,” Left, Right, and Center

by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I got a text from my mom today. “The rightwing media love ‘Comrade Detective’ for making fun of communism & the left…” She linked to an article on a site called Newsbusters whose motto is Exposing & Combating Liberal Media Bias. The headline is “What? Amazon’s New Anti-Communist Satire Mocks Lefties.”

Comrade Detective” (Streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime! Step right up and get your membership today!) is a new comedy series posing as a Cold War era cop show from behind the Iron Curtain. The production really went to Romania and shot six great »

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Amazon’s ‘Comrade Detective’ Doesn’t Belong to the Right, or the Left — Exclusive

11 August 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After a number of articles called into question the new Amazon comedy’s intentions, co-star and voice dubber Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote the following op-ed on the various interpretations of “Comrade Detective’s” politics.

Read More:Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tell the Weird, Wild Story Behind ‘Comrade Detective’ “Comrade Detective,” Left, Right, and Center

by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I got a text from my mom today. “The rightwing media love ‘Comrade Detective’ for making fun of communism & the left…” She linked to an article on a site called Newsbusters whose motto is Exposing & Combating Liberal Media Bias. The headline is “What? Amazon’s New Anti-Communist Satire Mocks Lefties.”

Comrade Detective” (Streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime! Step right up and get your membership today!) is a new comedy series posing as a Cold War era cop show from behind the Iron Curtain. The production really went to Romania and shot six great »

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Let’s Cast Oliver Stone’s Inevitable Donald Trump Biopic

9 August 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If Oliver Stone was making a Trump biopic, who would he cast? »

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Founder and CEO Stuart Ford forced out at Im Global

7 August 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive And Updated: Shock departure due to shareholder dispute.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford has been forced out of the company he founded 10 years ago, Screen has learned.

It is understood the departure happened over the weekend following ongoing disagreement with the shareholders over the direction of the company and matters had escalated in recent weeks to the point of rancour.

Tang Media Partners (Tmp), which acquired a 60% stake in Im Global last year, notified Im Global staff on Monday morning at the company’s West Hollywood offices. Im Global employs around 60 people and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.  

Im Global was riding high in its tenth anniversary year. Among the company’s typically robust volume of films was recent Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge. Besides a busy sales business, the company’s growing roster of self-produced and financed features includes three that had been put »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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