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Variety Expands Franchise With 10 Europeans to Watch

26 January 2015 6:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety has expanded its internationally respected “10 to Watch” franchise with our new “10 Europeans to Watch” list. The group, which consists of exciting new talents across various disciplines, will be honored Feb. 7 at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg during the Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

The 10 Europeans to Watch:

Yann Demange, director

The Londoner’s film “’71,” above, stars Jack O’Connell and was a prize-winner at the 2014 Berlinale and is rolling out in the U.S. this month via Roadside Attractions.

Cara Delevingne, actress

The British supermodel and Vogue staple is making a successful transition to acting; she landed the lead in the next John Green adaptation, “Paper Towns,” among other plum roles.

Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt, director-writer

With “Spiderwebhouse,” the German filmmaker makes her debut; pic plays in Berlin’s German Film Perspective.

Ginevra Elkann, producer

The Italian producer has landed two films in Berlin’s Generation section: Duccio Chiarini’s “Short Skin »

- Variety Staff

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Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess These Johnny Depp Movies?

23 January 2015 5:45 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Ahoy there! Put on your funniest thinking cap, because it's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz. This week, to coincide with the release of Mortdecai, we're celebrating our favorite films starring Mr. Johnny Depp. We've collected posters from 10 of these movies and then foolishly left them in the razor-sharp hands of some guy named Edward. See if you can identify the posters from their sliced remnants below, leaving your guesses in the comment section below. The first person to correctly name all the posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. A shout-out? That's harder to come by than a five-picture deal with Tim Burton. To get things started, take a gander at the poster for the criminally underseen Dead Man. Jim Jarmusch directs this bleak...

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- Brian Salisbury

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Why Sam Goldwyn Jr Was Important

10 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

His dad was one of Hollywood’s founding fathers. If there is something that Samuel Goldwyn Jr should be remembered for following his death on Friday night, it’s this, according to Tom Rothman: “For the 20 or so years before Disney put money in Miramax or we started Fox Searchlight with NewsCorp money and other studios got in the game, the independent film business really began with Sam in the late 70s.” Rothman, a lawyer in New York who repped Jim Jarmusch when he made the deal with Goldwyn Jr for Stranger Than Paradise, was hired by Goldwyn Jr to become president of The Goldwyn Company before moving on to Fox where he became the first president of Fox Searchlight.

“People forget what a seminal figure Sam was, and how many filmmakers broke through because of him,” Rothman said. “There was Kenneth Branagh, Anthony Minghella, Ang Lee, David Lynch and John Sayles. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Dies at 88

9 January 2015 10:42 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., son of Hollywood founding father Samuel Goldwyn Sr., passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday, according a report published by Variety. Goldwyn Jr. was 88 years-old. Born in 1926, Goldwyn Jr. was born out of Goldwyn Sr.'s second marriage, which was to the actress Frances Howard. Similar to his father, Goldwyn Jr. spent his entire career producing and distributing films independent of the major studios; first through The Samuel Goldwyn Company, an entity that was founded during the '70s and lasted well into the '90s, bringing films such as David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise" and the beloved "Mystic Pizza" to audiences around the country that were specifically hungry for indie film fare. Following a failed merger, Goldwyn Jr. relaunched The Samuel Goldwyn Company during the early 2000s as Samuel Goldwyn Films. Although the current Goldwyn distribution entity does not release groundbreaking. »

- Shipra Gupta

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Dies at 88

9 January 2015 8:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., the son of a fiercely independent-minded Hollywood mogul and the producer of many independent films in his own right including “Mystic Pizza” and studio hits including “Master and Commander,” died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 88. His son John Goldwyn told the New York Times he died of congestive heart failure.

Goldwyn Jr. received his final credit as a producer, together with son John and others, on Fox’s long-gestating remake of the Goldwyn Sr.-produced classic “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller and released in December 2013.

The courtly and soft-spoken scion was known for shepherding independent and foreign films and got his start in documentary filmmaking, in contrast to his brash father, who made his way from a youth of poverty in Poland to a partner in MGM.

I love it. If you don’t love this business, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Birdman leads Women Film Journalists nominees

9 January 2015 2:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for its eighth-annual Eda Awards.

Birdman leads the pack with 10 nominations. Boyhood and Gone Girl got five each and The Grand Budapest Hotel four.

In the best film category, the nominees are Boyhood, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive and Selma.

The nominees for the Female Icon of the Year, to honour a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference, are Selma director Ava DuVernay, Unbroken director Angelina Jolie and Citizenfour director Laura Poitras.

The full list of nominees is below, in categories for both men and women, and some women-only awards as well.

Awfj Best Of Awards (presented to men and women)

Best Film

Boyhood

Birdman

Grand Budapest Hotel

Only Lovers Left Alive

Selma

Best Director

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay for Selma

Alejandro G Inarritu for Birdman

Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive

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- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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'Birdman,' 'Only Lovers Left Alive' popular with Alliance of Women Film Journalists

8 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With 10 mentions, "Birdman" was far and away the top nominations hog with the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, but there were some twists along the way, too. "Only Lovers Left Alive" was popular with the group, while the female focus and special categories serve as a nice opportunity to shake things up. Check out the full list of nominees below and the rest of the fun at The Circuit. Best Film "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Only Lovers Left Alive" "Selma" Best Director Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Ava DuVernay, "Selma" Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" Jim Jarmusch, "Only Lovers Left Alive" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Best Actress Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton, "Birdman" Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher" J. K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Film Review: ‘Mirage’

8 January 2015 9:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Mirage” extends the surreal fillips of Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu’s prior features via an intriguingly offbeat premise, based on a short story by the nation’s late literary great Sandor Tar. But the balance between the straightforward and the cryptically strange proves somewhat disappointing in this stylistically assured effort, because the fairly conventional thriller windup makes a red herring of the parabolic-puzzle notes sounded earlier. This Hungarian-Slovakian co-production is certainly festival bait, but commercial placements are likely to sputter the farther it gets from home turfs.

Globe-trotting thesp Isaach De Bankole, also an exec producer here, plays the mysterious African stranger with cool threads and an unflappable demeanor who incongruously turns up in a podunk hamlet in the Hungarian region of Puszta. As locals gawk, he asks to be taken to “the tavern,” which involves a long single-car train ride even farther afield, during which the elderly conductor simply expires. »

- Dennis Harvey

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The top 14 movie soundtracks and scores of 2014

7 January 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Guardians Of The Galaxy to Godzilla, and Noah to Paddington, our pick of 2014's finest film soundtracks and scores.

After Gravity blew your eardrums out of the airlock in 2013 with its seamless mix of sound effects and music, it was hard to imagine a film wowing just as much the year after, but 2014 was a year in which movie soundtracks became, if anything, even more intricate, from films about the nature of being a musician to those that replicated the noise of human existence for alien senses.

Before 2014 becomes a distant ringing in the ears, here are the top 14 movie soundtracks of the year.

1. Under the Skin (Mica Levi)

Once you've heard Mica Levi's soundtrack to Under the Skin, everything else sounds both disappointing and even more exciting. I say 'soundtrack' because, like the best movies, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi understands that sound and music are two halves of the same hastily-conceived metaphor. »

- simonbrew

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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

5 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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Monte’s Favorites of 2014

3 January 2015 10:20 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (Scream Factory)

This limited special edition of Clive Barker’s heavily discussed alternate cut has finally arrived. For fans of the film, this version is everything you wanted. More monsters and more narrative allow the film to progress more fitting to Barker’s intention and style.

Godzilla by Akira Ifukube (Death Waltz Records)

Beautiful. The guys from Death Waltz have again given genre fans something to be excited about. The 1954 soundtrack of Toho’s “Godzilla” is stunning, a true pleasure to hear on vinyl.

Phantom of the Opera by Rupert Julian (One Way Static Records)

The septet UK group The Laze released their accompaniment for 1925’s “Phantom of the Opera” off One Way Static Records. Styled with a range of musical influences the group makes a worthy companion score to the classic film.

The Innocents (1961) directed by Jack Clayton (Criterion Collection)

One of the greatest classic »

- Monte Yazzie

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Isaac Feldberg’s Top 20 Films Of 2014

3 January 2015 8:26 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s a great twelve-month stretch when my enthusiasm for the best films of the year outweighs my anger at its most awful, and so in recognition of that, I’m about to count down my top 20 best films of 2014, having added a highly deserving extra five titles on top of my previously planned top 15.

2014 was a year in which the movies provided a rare surplus of optimism, standing in much-needed contrast to the grim headlines that demanded our attention. Beheadings and bombings, missing airplanes and Middle Eastern massacres, heightened racial tensions and heated protests – 2014 was in many ways a depressing year for humanity. Even Hollywood was effected, between the unexpected deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers (among others) and shocking moments like the nude photo leaks and the more recent Sony hack. So, it was relieving for many to be able to escape the world »

- Isaac Feldberg

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A Guide to Clint Eastwood Films Streaming on Netflix

2 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Clint Eastwood is behind the lens of another Oscar contender: American Sniper. Led by Bradley Cooper, the film adapts the biography of Chris Kyle, a celebrated Navy Seal Sniper who struggles to reconcile his family life with his four tours in Iraq. Already a critical hit, the film, which is in limited release now and out everywhere Jan. 16, is a shining trophy on Eastwood’s stacked career mantle. Suffice it to say, that mantle is worth perusing.

Not only is the 84-year-old living legend still acting and directing, he also manages to find time to lend a voice to projects by his peers. For a quick refresher on all-things Eastwood, check out his movies streaming on Netflix.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

A classic, and one of the films that cemented Eastwood’s reputation as an American badass. The film follows Frank Morris (Eastwood), a convict transferred to the maximum security prison »

- Tara Aquino

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Best of 2014: Nicholas Bell’s Top 20 (Picks 10-1)

2 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nicholas Bell’s Top 20 films of 2014…

#20. Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins

#19. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash

#18. Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child

#17. Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook

#16. Adam Wingard’s The Guest

#15. Dardenne Bros.’ Two Days, One Night

#14. David Fincher’s Gone Girl

#13. Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer

#12. Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

#11. David Mackenzie’s Starred Up

#10.Tip Top

Serge Bozon’s latest genre mash, Tip Top, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2013, was at last treated to a limited release in New York. A curiously unique and incredibly bizarre adaptation of a British thriller by Bill James, Bozon has created another strange hybrid of form with this blackly comedic, sexually perverse examination of racial inequality and notable political bigotry. For those reveling in the perverse and uniquely offbeat (especially when you throw Huppert and Kiberlain into the mix), Tip Top is not to be missed. »

- Nicholas Bell

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50 Best Films of 2014

1 January 2015 11:29 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

15. The Immigrant  -

If one were to rank the films of 2014 based solely on innovation, The Immigrant would probably end up near the bottom. Writer-director James Gray’s languid melodrama tells the tumultuous story of a resilient Polish woman looking to find a slice of the American Dream, without much in the way of narrative bravado or anything approaching experimentalism. The moralistic script feels like a relic from a bygone studio era.

But to assess the film’s merit based on its stubborn refusal to buck conventions is to deny one’s self the virtues of one of the year’s great films. Marion Cotillard gives an unforgettable performance as Ewa, the titular heroine whose desire to save her sister enables her to overcome the harsh realities of life in New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. Joaquin Phoenix portrays the snarling antagonist who helps her survive, »

- Staff

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Jonathan’s Favorites of 2014

31 December 2014 4:38 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In years past on Daily Dead, I’ve gone back and forth on whether we should run an end of the year list. There are always movies that I recognize are really well made, but I didn’t like and is it even fair to run a “Best” list when there’s the odd movie that I didn’t get a chance to see? It was enough to drive me insane and so I decided to do something a bit different in 2013. This year, we return with our “Favorites of the Year” lists and the difference here is that we’re not just highlighting movies. Instead, we’re sharing our favorite genre experiences of the year with our readers, which could be a favorite movie, collectible, event, or person. Check back every day this week to find out what made the cut for the rest of the Daily Dead team. »

- Jonathan James

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