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In the 1980s, what the average North American knew of Somalia he learned from Sally Struthers-hosted feed-the-children commercials. Then came Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down,” which portrayed white actors beset by ululating black guerrillas, and a series of news reports in which Western ships were hijacked by small bands of Somali “pirates.” Each and every one of these depictions simplifies a civilization that, according to writer-director Bryan Buckley’s “Dabka,” needs to be recognized “as the incredibly complex people that they are” — a budding democracy struggling to assert itself among rivals with the power to steal their resources right out from under them.
So, that’s what’s progressive and good about “Dabka.” Unfortunately, best intentions aside, the film itself is a rowdy, often abrasive account of how a lone Canadian journalist had the chutzpah to actually travel to Somalia and investigate a situation that others were to skittish to cover. »
- Peter Debruge
Dabka opens with a voiceover from its protagonist, Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters), explaining that he hates voiceover in films because it’s lazy filmmaking. This self-aware smugness unfortunately sets the tone for the entire movie, which wavers between comedy and serious drama without much clear direction or purpose. And it’s a shame, because the true story of Dabka, about an aspiring journalist who embedded himself with Somali pirates for six months, is about as exciting as you can get.
When we first meet Jay, he’s an obnoxious and entitled man-child, living in his parents’ basement in Toronto (not his fault), working marketing for a napkin manufacturer (also not his fault), and waxing eloquent about what a brilliant and misunderstood writer he is (very much his fault). He is, in other words, the worst that has ever been said about the Millennial generation, a fact which renders him unsympathetic to most viewers and, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The great filmmakers who came to prominence in the 1970s — and Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday, was one of them — had stylistic traits that made them iconically identifiable. Robert Altman had his multi-character hubbub, Martin Scorsese had his volcanic rock ‘n’ roll virtuosity, and Francis Ford Coppola had his lavishly scaled operatic grandeur. But Demme, vivid and stirring as his filmmaking voice was, had no such obvious signature. You could almost say that he was defined by his lack of signature.
What defined a Demme film was the open-eyed flow of its humanity, the way his camera drank in everyone on screen — it didn’t matter whether the character was a goofy truck driver, a derelict billionaire, the troubled wife of a mobster, a new wave rock ‘n’ roller, or a serial killer — and took the full measure of their life and spirit. For Demme, the magic of movies resided »
- Owen Gleiberman
Jonathan Demme, dead of cancer at 73. It's hard to take in those words.
Or to stop feeling the gut punch of his loss. High praise will flow, deservedly, about Demme's virtuosity as a filmmaker; about the Oscars he won for The Silence of the Lambs; about his concert films, from Stop Making Sense to Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, that brought audiences closer than ever before to the sweaty intimacy and creative pulse of music. His influence is everywhere. Paul Thomas Anderson was once asked for a list of the »
Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing the 1991 Best Picture winner The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away earlier this morning at the age of 74. According to a source close to the family, the filmmaker passed from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. The filmmaker had been treated for esophageal cancer in 2010, and while he did recover, the cancer came back in 2015, and sources said his condition had deteriorated in recent weeks. We have assembled a number of tweets below from filmmakers and actors paying their respects to this iconic director.
IndieWire first broke the news this morning, as tributes have started to flood in from filmmakers such as Edgar Wright, James Wan and actors such as Denis Leary, Michael Chiklis and many more. Jonathan Demme was born February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York to Dorothy Louise (Rogers) and Robert Eugene Demme, a public relations executive. »
The film community is mourning the loss of Jonathan Demme. Over the last four decades, he turned in one of the most varied filmographies of any director in Hollywood, constantly reinventing himself behind each comedy, documentary, drama, and TV show. Demme never made the same movie twice, and cinema was all the better for it.
As tributes continue to come in from collaborators and fans, here’s IndieWire’s own appreciation of Demme and why we’ll remember him as one of the truly great filmmakers of our time.
Demme Defied Categorization
Jonathan Demme had such a remarkable range that he defied easy categorization. Even as he made beloved documentaries and Oscar-winning movies, I still get the sense that his career was underappreciated. Everyone knows “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia,” and “Stop Making Sense,” but less »
- Indiewire Staff
The Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died at age 73. “Melvin and Howard” (1980) Demme made his directorial debut on the 1974 Roger Corman flick “Caged Heat” but he really emerged with this road trip drama about a man claiming to be Howard Hughes’ heir. The film won two Oscars, for Bo Goldman’s script and Mary Steenburgen’s supporting performance. “Stop Making Sense” (1984) Demme made some of the finest music concert films in the modern era, including this gem of the ’80s legends the Talking Heads. “Something Wild” (1986) Melanie Griffith charms as a free spirit who “kidnaps” Jeff Daniels’ uptight yuppie. “Swimming to Cambodia” (1987) Demme continued. »
- Thom Geier
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has died aged 73, his publicist has confirmed.
In a statement to Screen International they said:
“I would like to correct and clarify reports on Jonathan Demme’s death.
“Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children. He died from complications from esophageal cancer and is survived by his children Ramona, age 29, and her husband James Molloy, Brooklyn, age 26, and Jos, age 21.
“There will be a private family funeral. Any possible further plans will be announce later. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, Fl. www.aijustice.org”
Demme’s most famous film was Silence Of The Lambs in 1991. It won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Demme.
He also directed »
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday in New York of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. He was 73 years old.
Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash, a critical triumph, and introduced moviegoers to Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter, a charismatic serial with a yen for Chianti, fava beans, and cannibalism. The story of a novice FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) on the trail of a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Though he had his greatest success terrifying audiences, most of Demme’s work was looser and quirkier. In particular, he showed a great humanism and an empathy for outsiders in the likes of “Melvin and Howard, »
- Brent Lang and Carmel Dagan
After Pharrell Williams popped up in Hans Zimmer’s much-applauded Coachella set last weekend, guests at Saturday night’s Humane Society of the United States’ “To the Rescue” Gala on the Paramount lot got the opportunity to join the”Happy” singer as a backup vocalist for his iconic song. Melanie Griffith hits the carpet at the “To the Rescue” gala. (Getty Images) Also Read: Hans Zimmer Opens His Amazing Coachella Set With 'Inception' 'Braaam!' (Video) “I feel like I want to try something,” Williams said. “If I can be so humble… but also have the audacity to »
- Mikey Glazer
New research suggests that celebrity couples are twice as likely to divorce than the rest of us, and this is evident in the number of pairs that called it quits just last year. While some duos like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have proven that a break is necessary before tying the knot, others like Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson have gone as far as to remarry after getting divorced. From Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton to Eminem and Kim Mathers, we're taking a look at all the celebrity couples who've rekindled their love after getting divorced. Related8 Celebrity Couples Who Broke Up Before Getting Married »
- Monica Sisavat
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
– Cardiff Animation Nights will be returning to run a dedicated animation strand at Cardiff Independent Film Festival (C.I.F.F.) for a second year this May. This year’s animation strand at C.I.F.F. will comprise three programs of animated short films in competition for the Best Animation Award, as well as an Animated Family Shorts program curated by renowned Cardiff-based studio Cloth Cat Animation, networking events, and an Animation Quiz run by the team at Skwigly Animation Magazine.
The competition program features animated short films from across Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia, including Mikey Hill’s The Orchestra, Anete Melece’s Analysis Paralysis, Chris Shepherd’s Johnno’s Dead, Ross Hogg’s Life Cycles and Alois Di Leo’s Way of Giants. »
- Kate Erbland
Author: James Kleinmann
The Tribeca Film Festival hits New York next week and runs from April 19 – 30 th. Now in its sixteenth year, the annual event was co-founded by screen legend Robert De Niro in the wake of the September 11th attacks in an effort to revitalise Lower Manhattan. Retaining an element of its original commitment to Us indie cinema, it has evolved to encompass TV, Vr, online work, music and gaming. As ever, the festival will welcome a dizzying array of big name guests including Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Jon Favreau, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Quentin Tarantino, Scarlett Johansson and Ron Howard. Here are just some of the highlights, for the full line up and to buy tickets check out the official festival website here.
Opening and Closing night Galas at Radio City Music Hall
Kicking off the festival is the world premiere of music doc Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives. »
- James Kleinmann
Working Girl actress Melanie Griffith has admitted that she had bad plastic surgery done over 20 years ago. Melanie Griffith Admits To Bad Plastic Surgery Job The star said she was at the time unaware that the job had been botched. “No, I didn’t [realize] until people stared say, ‘Oh my god, what has she done?!’ […]
The post Melanie Griffith Admits To Getting Bad Plastic Surgery Over 20 Years Ago appeared first on uInterview. »
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Melanie Griffith is getting candid about her past, including her struggles with addiction, cosmetic surgery procedures and the end of her marriage to Antonio Banderas. In a new interview with Porter magazine, the 59-year-old actress admits that her alcohol addiction didn’t interfere with her parenting. “I was a totally functioning mom. I wasn’t like a drunk-on-the-floor, […] »
- Rachel West
Melanie Griffith has lived a lot of lives.
In a candid interview with Porter magazine, hitting newsstands on April 7, the 59-year-old actress opens up about everything from her cosmetic surgery, to her battle with addiction as well as life after her recent divorce from Antonio Banderas.
Griffith admits that she has some regrets when it comes to procedures she's had done to her face. "I didn’t [realize] until people started saying. ‘Oh my god, what has she done?!’ I was so hurt," she says. "I went to a different doctor and he started dissolving all of this sh** that this other woman doctor had put in."
Watch: Melanie Griffith Slams Haters With Unfiltered Instagram Photo -- 'Go Ahead… Say Some Mean Things'
The Working Girl star adds, "Hopefully, I look more normal now.”
Annabel Mehran, courtesy Porter magazine
Griffith also recalls her struggle with addiction and her stint in rehab, but says during »
Melanie Griffith is not too proud to admit she has some regrets in her life...namely, going overboard with plastic surgery. The 59-year-old is featured in the latest issue of Porter magazine where she opens up about those regrets as well as the details inside her divorce from Antonio Banderas and battling addiction. Griffith admits she was unaware of how drastically her cosmetic surgeries "she had over 20 years ago" had changed her face. "No, I didn't [realize] until people started saying, 'Oh my god, what has she done?!' I was so hurt," she recalled. "I went to a different doctor, and he started dissolving all of this s--t that this other woman doctor had put in. »
Melanie Griffith isn’t holding back when it comes to addressing complicated issues from her past.
The actress spoke to Porter magazine for its latest issue, and said she did her best to make sure her addiction struggles and time in rehab didn’t affect her children: Alexander Bauer, 31, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, 27, and Stella Banderas, 20.
“I was a totally functioning mom. I wasn’t like a drunk-on-the-floor, out-of-it person,” Griffith, 59, says in the new issue, out Friday. “I didn’t do some things I probably should have done but, mostly, I was there for my kids. »
- Ale Russian
Antonio Banderas says he suffered a heart attack in January, but that it didn't cause any damage.
The 56-year-old actor told Spanish media at a film festival in Malaga, Spain, on Saturday that he "suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn't serious and hasn't caused any damage," according to the Associated Press. However, Banderas revealed that he did undergo a procedure to place three stents in his arteries.
"It hasn't been as dramatic as some have written," he added.
Watch: Antonio Banderas Speaks Out After Health Scare: 'Enjoying Nature After a Startle'
In late January, the Mask of Zorro star Instagrammed a selfie with his girlfriend, Nicole Kimpel, and said he was "enjoying nature after a startle." Banderas was hospitalized in the U.K. at the time after suffering chest pains while exercising, People reported.
Banderas now appears to be in good health. Last week, he Instagrammed video of himself rock climbing.
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Lots of movies are obviously patterned after fairy tales, everything from Sydney White to The Beautician And The Beast. There are also a multitude of straight-on adaptations, like Disney’s new live-action Beauty And The Beast, which premieres Friday, March 17. But we’ve noticed that there are some films clearly based on fairy tales that never come right out and express that they are: more inspiration than imitation, if you will. So in honor of Beauty And The Beast, here’s our list of subversive fairy-tale movies, where if you dig a little beneath the surface, you’ll find a golden-haired home invader, a pack of dwarves, a wolf-like villain, and even a real, live boy.
1. Cinderella: Working Girl (1988)
- William Hughes, Gwen Ihnat, Clayton Purdom, Katie Rife, Nick Wanserski
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