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“Southside with You” is a lovely date movie with just a bit more to offer

9 hours ago | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

I love a good walk and talk movie. When you can just watch a pair of characters interact, usually while falling in love, it can sometimes lead to a special bit of cinema. This week, we have the added bonus of that sort of mellow film also being a kind of backdoor biopic of President Barack Obama. It doesn’t really reference his future at all, but this is about a specific moment in his life, as well as that of the woman he would marry. It’s a nice film, one that also has the distinction of being both mature and family friendly. There’s a real chance that it could turn out to be a breakout hit, as the fascination factor will draw in audiences, as well as just the overt quality of the story being told. Keep an eye out for it! The flick is described as »

- Joey Magidson

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'Southside With You' Review: Romantic Indie Recreates When Barack Met Michelle

11 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Here's the date movie of the year. Southside With You is also about a date, a first date in the Chicago summer of 1989 between the then-unknown Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter). Both Sawyers and Sumpter are terrific, world-class charmers who suggest the powerhouses they're playing without undue mimickry.

First-time writer-director Richard Tanne wisely avoids any political agenda to focus on two young lawyers starting out in life. The guarded, whip-smart Michelle is adamant about telling the flirtatious Barack, "This is not a date." The man she »

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'Southside With You': How a Rom-Com Recreates the Obamas' First Date

16 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Even Michelle Obama has to use deodorant.

That's how the indie romantic comedy-drama Southside With You introduces its not-yet-famous female heroine: She's applying perspiration protection to her underarms. The year is 1989, and the future First Lady is gearing up for what she will repeatedly insist is not a date. She's simply going to meet up with the newest addition to the Chicago law firm she works at, a Dumbo-eared charmer named Barack Obama. We know what happens after that. But as the tranquil opening moments suggest, this movie takes far »

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Mulholland Drive Tops BBC's 100 Best Movies of the 21st Century List

23 August 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.

BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »

- MovieWeb

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The 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century: BBC Polls Critics From Around The Globe

23 August 2016 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.

Read More: The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics

Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Mullholland Drive tops critics' list of best 21st century films

23 August 2016 2:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016

A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?

Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.

BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily. 

What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »

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The 21st Century’s 100 Greatest Films, According to Critics

22 August 2016 6:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.

The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).

In terms of the years with the most selections, 2012 and 2013 each had 9, while Wes Anderson, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Christopher Nolan, the Coens, Michael Haneke, and »

- Jordan Raup

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Solving “The Negro Problem” Using Satire – ‘Destination Planet Negro’ Now Out on iTunes

22 August 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

  Kevin Willmott, co-writer of Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” (2015) and director of the award-winning mockumentary “Csa: The Confederate States of America” (2004) releases “Destination: Planet Negro!” in June from Candy Factory Films. Willmott wrote, directed and stars in this combination… Continue Reading → »

- Terri Francis

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Stephen Frears Hits All the Right Notes with Florence Foster Jenkins

19 August 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Totally relaxed in his Ritz-Carleton suite on Central Park South, his arms spread wide on a rather tasteful couch, Stephen Frears held court not at all like the monarch in his biggest success, The Queen, (2006). His press conference for his latest effort, Florence Foster Jenkins, will take place one hour later with about 40 journalists in attendance. His stars -- Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg -- would then be asked 95% of the questions. Not surprising. Directors, for the most, part do not drive traffic to web sites, sadly, even ones as near legendary as Frears.

Besides helming six of his past female leads to Academy-Award-nominated performances (Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening in The Grifters, plus Judi Dench in both Philomena and Mrs. Henderson Presents) and one Oscar win (Helen Mirren as the aforementioned queen), Frears has »

- Brandon Judell

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Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

18 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nate Parker became an overnight sensation in Hollywood after his film The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, starred in, directed and produced, earned universal praise, scoring an unprecedented $17 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival and earning him glowing comparisons to Orson Welles. But the acclaim has been overshadowed by his involvement in a 1999 rape case after recent reports surfaced that the woman had committed suicide in 2012, shining a harsh spotlight on a man who endured a troubled childhood before charting his path to stardom. Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that tells the story of Nat Turner's famous 1831 slave revolt, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Inside Nate Parker's Troubled Childhood and Rise to Hollywood After College Rape Case

18 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nate Parker became an overnight sensation in Hollywood after his film The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, starred in, directed and produced, earned universal praise, scoring an unprecedented $17 million deal at the Sundance Film Festival and earning him glowing comparisons to Orson Welles. But the acclaim has been overshadowed by his involvement in a 1999 rape case after recent reports surfaced that the woman had committed suicide in 2012, shining a harsh spotlight on a man who endured a troubled childhood before charting his path to stardom. Birth of a Nation, a historical drama that tells the story of Nat Turner's famous 1831 slave revolt, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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‘The Birth of A Nation’: What Fox Searchlight Faces As It Plows Forward With A Tainted Oscar Frontrunner

18 August 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Sundance moments go, the reception for “The Birth of a Nation” was unheard of. The audience gave writer-director-actor Nate Parker a standing ovation before the film began. Now his movie is facing another kind of reception, also unheard of: He must promote the movie while being shadowed by his 1999 rape trial, and news that the accuser committed suicide in 2012.

There are no real precedents for Parker’s situation.

Read More: Nate Parker Writes ‘Devastated’ Facebook Response to College Rape Trial and Accuser’s Suicide

Fox Searchlight executives are presenting a united front. Here’s their official statement: “Searchlight is aware of the incident that occurred while Nate Parker was at Penn State. We also know that he was found innocent and cleared of all charges. We stand behind Nate and are proud to help bring this important and powerful story to the screen.”

Inside the company, they’re not abandoning hope of an Oscar. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘The Birth of A Nation’: What Fox Searchlight Faces As It Plows Forward With A Tainted Oscar Frontrunner

18 August 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Sundance moments go, the reception for “The Birth of a Nation” was unheard of. The audience gave writer-director-actor Nate Parker a standing ovation before the film began. Now his movie is facing another kind of reception, also unheard of: He must promote the movie while being shadowed by his 1999 rape trial, and news that the accuser committed suicide in 2012.

There are no real precedents for Parker’s situation.

Read More: Nate Parker Writes ‘Devastated’ Facebook Response to College Rape Trial and Accuser’s Suicide

Fox Searchlight executives are presenting a united front. Here’s their official statement: “Searchlight is aware of the incident that occurred while Nate Parker was at Penn State. We also know that he was found innocent and cleared of all charges. We stand behind Nate and are proud to help bring this important and powerful story to the screen.”

Inside the company, they’re not abandoning hope of an Oscar. »

- Anne Thompson

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Fox Searchlight Moving Forward With Nate Parker’s Publicity Tour, Toronto Film Festival Appearance

17 August 2016 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nate Parker is plunging ahead with plans to be the public face of “The Birth of a Nation” despite the furor surrounding rape accusations that were made against the actor, writer, and director when he was a student at Penn State University.

He will be on hand at the film’s Toronto Film Festival premiere next month, where he will participate in a scheduled media junket.

Parker and Fox Searchlight, the boutique label behind the film, have no plans to hide the filmmaker from the press. He will still go ahead with a scheduled promotional roadshow, a source close to the studio said — one that will take him to major cities such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston and San Francisco.

Although there has been speculation that the controversy surrounding news of the 2001 rape trial would imperil “The Birth of a Nation’s” Oscar chances, Fox Searchlight management considers that a secondary concern, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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‘Money Monster’ Exclusive Featurette: George Clooney, Jack O’Connell Praise Director Jodie Foster

17 August 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The thriller “Money Monster” follows financial TV personality Lee Gates (George Clooney) who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street with the help of longtime director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts). One day on air, laborer Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) takes him hostage and straps explosives to his chest demanding answers about an investment gone wrong. Soon, the entire team scrambles to discover what happened with the company in question and they find a pattern of corruption that goes all the way to the top. In honor of its digital release, watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the film below, with George Clooney, Jack O’Connell, and screenwriter Jamie Linden praising the work of director Jodie Foster.

Read More: Review: Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ Wants to Be ‘Network’ for the Occupy Wall Street Age

Jodie Foster has previously directed three feature films: “Little Man Tate,” about a mother »

- Vikram Murthi

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Rape Charge Haunts 'Birth of a Nation' Star

17 August 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A dark chapter in the past of actor and filmmaker Nate Parker has come back to haunt him ahead of the release of The Birth of a Nation, a movie about a Virginia slave rebellion in 1831 that many heralded as an Oscar frontrunner when it screened at Sundance in January. In recent weeks, details surrounding a rape accusation he faced while in college have come to light and, despite his acquittal of the charges, he has had to confront them in the press and on his social media.

In 1999, an »

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See Obamas Prep for First Date in 'Southside With You' Clip

17 August 2016 8:37 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The charming new clip for Southside With You shows the President and First Lady's profound first date story. "It's not a date," Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) tells her teasing parents, while Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) smoothly informs his mother about the meet-up. "She's tall," he says, urged to break down her looks.

Obama tells his mom that Michelle, his "advisor at the firm," is from Chicago – "the side that's predominantly black" – and confirms, "Yes, her skin is of the darker persuasion." Meanwhile, Michelle downplays the meet-up. "He's the summer associate I told y'all about, »

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Celina Murga, Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Aly Muritiba Set for San Sebastian’s 5th Co-Production Forum

17 August 2016 12:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Celina Murga’s “Irene,” Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’s “Una periodista” and Aly Muritiba’s “Blood-Drenched Beard” are set for San Sebastian Fest’s 5th Europe Latin America Co-Production Forum, now firmly established as one of Europe’s main industry gatherings for high-profile Latin American arthouse talent.

Also in the mix: “Panza de Burro,” a calling card for Peru’s fast organizing film industry; “La Civil,” the fiction feature debut from Teodora Ana Mihai, whose “Waiting For August” won best documentary at HotDocs and Karlovy Vary; and new projects by name directors such as Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, directors of the Venice, Sundance and Berlin-selected “H,” Sandra Gugliotta , with “Suicidios telefonicos,” an expose of big business mobbing; and Jose Luis Torres Leiva’s terminal illness-themed “Vendra la muerte y tendra tus ojos.”

Producers at the Forum will include Andres Longares, whose company credits at Cepa Audiovisual range from “The »

- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

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Anna Paquin Stars In Netflix’s Upcoming Margaret Atwood Miniseries ‘Alias Grace’

16 August 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Margaret Atwood adaptations are coming to streaming services in waves. Hulu previously announced a 10-episode series adaptation of her 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” starring Elisabeth Moss. This past June, Netflix and CBC greenlit a six-hour miniseries adaptation of her novel “Alias Grace,” written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “The Last Waltz”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). Today, Netflix and CBC announce that the miniseries will star Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin.

Read More: ‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

Based on factual events “Alias Grace” follows the 1843 murders of wealthy Thomas Kinnear and his housemaid and lover Nancy Montgomery (played by Paquin). They were supposedly killed by two servants: Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and stable hand James McDermott. McDermott was ultimately hanged and Marks was sentenced to life in prison. There’s much controversy over »

- Vikram Murthi

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Anna Paquin Stars In Netflix’s Upcoming Margaret Atwood Miniseries ‘Alias Grace’

16 August 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Margaret Atwood adaptations are coming to streaming services in waves. Hulu previously announced a 10-episode series adaptation of her 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” starring Elisabeth Moss. This past June, Netflix and CBC greenlit a six-hour miniseries adaptation of her novel “Alias Grace,” written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “The Last Waltz”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). Today, Netflix and CBC announce that the miniseries will star Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin.

Read More: ‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

Based on factual events “Alias Grace” follows the 1843 murders of wealthy Thomas Kinnear and his housemaid and lover Nancy Montgomery (played by Paquin). They were supposedly killed by two servants: Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and stable hand James McDermott. McDermott was ultimately hanged and Marks was sentenced to life in prison. There’s much controversy over »

- Vikram Murthi

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