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Leonard Cohen Was the Natural Born King of Movie Soundtracks

13 November 2016 8:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leonard Cohen, who died last week at 82, was a poet, a pop star, a womanizer, a monk, a poor man, a rich man, a joker, a sage. But for those of us who are movie fanatics, he also occupied a role as extraordinary as it was utterly accidental: He was one of the most natural-born composers of movie soundtracks who ever lived. I say “accidental” because if you look at the films that made indelible use of Cohen’s music, there isn’t one among them in which the songs in question were written or recorded for the movie. In each case, the songs were composed several years beforehand and appeared on one of Cohen’s 14 studio albums.

The mystique of a great Cohen soundtrack was tied to the fact that he was almost never a Top 40 artist. If, like me, you followed his career from a distance, when you »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Film Review: ‘Milton’s Secret’

1 October 2016 2:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It takes about 13 minutes for Donald Sutherland to first appear in “Milton’s Secret,” and for those 13 minutes (and perhaps a few more), one can still hold out hope that something will rescue this televisual Canadian production from its terminal blandness. Alas, even a prickly pro like Sutherland can’t do anything to elevate a hokey self-help lecture disguised as family entertainment.

Based on a kid-lit novel by bestselling (and Oprah Winfrey approved) “The Power of Now” author Eckhart Tolle, “Secret” centers on 11-year-old Milton (William Ainscough) and the journey he undertakes in learning how to process the stress of dealing with a school bully, a work-obsessed father (David Sutcliffe), and a neurotic mother (Mia Kirshner) who frets about the family’s economic stability.

The solution to Milton’s problem arrives in the form of Hawaiian-shirt sporting grandpa Stewart (Sutherland), who has radically changed from his days as a chilly, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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[Review] Milton’s Secret

28 September 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After finding international success with his spiritual teachings through best-selling books The Power of Now and A New Earth, author and counselor Eckhart Tolle set his sights on children in 2008 with Milton’s Secret and its blatantly synergistic subtitle to those previous works “An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now.” Written in collaboration with Robert S. Friedman and illustrator Frank Riccio, this tale focuses upon the titular eleven-year old (soon-to-be twelve) boy as an example of the internal transformative power we all possess to stop letting the past and future dictate our actions. With help from his grandfather Howard, Milton discovers how to live in the now as the proactive person he wants to be rather than the reactive one he had become.

Adapted by director Barnet Bain and co-writers Sara B. Cooper and Donald Martin, the cinematic version of this children’s book retains »

- Jared Mobarak

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‘The Black Dahlia’: Brian De Palma’s Preposterous, Sordid Noir

24 August 2016 11:26 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I saw The Black Dahlia the day it opened in the fall of 2006. I can safely say it was one of my favorite moviegoing experiences. My husband and I saw it at AMC River East 21, which is one of Chicago’s largest multiplexes. The showing we went to was sold-out. There must have been 400 people there. The movie started, everyone was quiet and seemed excited for the celeb-packed whodunit we were about to see. Slowly, muffled giggles could be heard from different points of the theatre, mostly whenever Aaron Eckhart or Josh Hartnett mumbled “Fire and Ice.” By the middle of the movie, people were openly laughing at Hartnett’s silly, serious narration. Everyone went ballistic when, referring to the resemblance between Hilary Swank and Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short, Scarlett Johansson yells, “She looks like that dead girl!” We went even more ballistic when a woman sitting near me in the audience screamed, »

- The Film Stage

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‘Milton’s Secret’ Exclusive Poster: Eckhart Tolle Adaptation Coming To Theaters This September

8 August 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Adapting the spiritual philosophy of Eckhart Tolle is no easy task, but that’s exactly what writer-director Barnet Bain has done with “Milton’s Secret.” Based on Tolle’s 2008 children’s book, the family drama stars William Ainscough as a 12 year-old boy dealing with workaholic parents at home (Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe) and bullies at school. When his grandfather (Donald Sutherland) visits, Milton learns rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness.

Read More: Momentum Pictures Picks Up Inspiring Underdog Story ‘Milton’s Secret’

The book was written as a way for Tolle to communicate his “power of now” self-help philosophy to children, and it appears the movie will do the same. The author serves as an executive producer on the project, which also costars Michelle Rodriguez. IndieWire is excited to premiere the official poster for the movie below, as well as announce »

- Zack Sharf

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