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Geena Davis: ‘Films With More Diversity Make More Money’

5 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy Award-winner Geena Davis, recently cast in the pilot of Fox’s “The Exorcist” reboot, is one of Hollywood’s fiercest activists for women and minorities, pushing the biz to recognize that mainstream media need not be male-dominated to be commercially successful. In addition to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Davis founded the Bentonville (Ark.) Film Festival to increase diversity in cinema. The second edition of the festival will be held May 3-8.

In addition to being a platform for diverse voices and stories, what sets Bff apart from other film festivals? 

We’re the only film festival in the world that awards guaranteed distribution to our winners. This includes theatrical release in AMC theaters, on television with Lifetime and on DVD in Walmart stores, all of whom are partners. Basically, we want to help showcase what research has shown to be true, that films with more »

- Malina Saval

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Geena Davis: ‘Films With More Diversity Make More Money’

5 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Academy Award-winner Geena Davis, recently cast in the pilot of Fox’s “The Exorcist” reboot, is one of Hollywood’s fiercest activists for women and minorities, pushing the biz to recognize that mainstream media need not be male-dominated to be commercially successful. In addition to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Davis founded the Bentonville (Ark.) Film Festival to increase diversity in cinema. The second edition of the festival will be held May 3-8.

In addition to being a platform for diverse voices and stories, what sets Bff apart from other film festivals? 

We’re the only film festival in the world that awards guaranteed distribution to our winners. This includes theatrical release in AMC theaters, on television with Lifetime and on DVD in Walmart stores, all of whom are partners. Basically, we want to help showcase what research has shown to be true, that films with more »

- Malina Saval

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DGA’s List of 80 Best-Directed Films Includes One Female Filmmaker

3 May 2016 7:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Directors Guild of America has unveiled its list of the 80 best-directed feature films since the guild’s founding in 1936 and only one female director made the list — Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker.” Nearly 2,200 members (13.7 percent of all DGA members) participated in the poll in honor of the guild’s 80th anniversary, though films directed by non-members were also eligible. Francis Ford Coppola scored three of the top seven spots thanks to the first two “Godfather” movies and “Apocalypse Now.” Also Read: Lgbt Characters in 2015 Movies: The Good, Bad and Very Ugly Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick »

- Jeff Sneider

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The 80 Best-Directed Films, According to the Directors Guild of America

3 May 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.

Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »

- Jordan Raup

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Tracy Scott, Megan Ellison Films Script Supervisor, Dies at 46

2 May 2016 7:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tracy Scott, a script supervisor for Megan Ellison Films, has died. She was 46. Producer Megan Ellison confirmed her death in a tweet Monday evening that read: “Rest in peace Tracy Scott. A stunning soul and talent, my prayers are with her family & loved ones. You are missed.” Scott worked for Ellison on hit films such as “Joy” “American Hustle,” “Her” and “Foxcatcher.” Also Read: Kathryn Bigelow to Direct True Crime Drama About Detroit Riots for Annapurna She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015, and was told by doctors in April that it had spread to her liver. Scott also worked on “Whiplash, »

- Debbie Emery

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AFI to Honor Quentin Tarantino, Rita Moreno With Honorary Degrees

2 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will give Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino on June 15 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Both will be recognized for their contributions to the art of the moving image during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony.

The degrees are an annual tradition; last year’s honorees were Angela Lansbury and Lawrence Kasdan. Past recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.

Moreno won an Oscar for 1961’s “West Side Story” and is one of the few performers with an Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). She was recently saluted at the Newport Beach Film Festival and her upcoming projects include a “One Day at a Time” reboot for Netflix. »

- Tim Gray

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Quentin Tarantino, Rita Moreno to Receive Honorary AFI Degrees

2 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The American Film Institute will award honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to Quentin Tarantino and Rita Moreno as part of its Class of 2016, the organization announced on Monday. Both Moreno and Tarantino will be recognized for their contributions to the art of the moving image during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 15, 2016 at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre. Also Read: Quentin Tarantino Plans to Make 'Hateful Eight' Into a Play Past honorary degrees have been given to filmmakers including Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl. »

- Linda Ge

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6 Divisive Directors Whose Work Is Always Interesting To Watch

24 April 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Some film directors, it seems, can do no wrong. Their resumes contain both hits and misses – just like everyone else – but they repel criticism like Teflon repels stains. Kathryn Bigelow, the Coen Brothers, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams – whether they deliver a career best, or a bit of a stinker, they are revered and beloved, regardless. Not everyone has that privilege, though. Some directors are divisive in a way that is seismic and astonishing – and the reasons for the difference are varied and multitudinous.

The most obvious, recent example is Zack Snyder – director of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Snyder is, perhaps, the new poster-boy for divisive directors, with his latest film having so starkly split opinion, that brand new conspiracy theories were spawned.

Certain corners of the internet claimed that the vitriolic hatred of the superhero smack-down was clear evidence of a concerted effort to deride anything he releases. »

- Sarah Myles

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Does Captain Marvel Have A Star And Director Lined Up?

24 April 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the release of Captain America: Civil War less than two weeks off, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to shift into overdrive. It may be a long time before Captain Marvel sees action in 2019, but is it possible that Marvel’s already got the perfect lead actress and director in mind?

During this week’s episode of Meet The Movie Press, The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider had some interesting insight into the forthcoming Captain Marvel flick. Although cryptic, Sneider did offer up a curious possibility.

“There was a rumour about an actress being up for it; an already existing rumour, that’s not new. I’ve definitely heard there’s some truth to that rumour, and that there’s a director with the same first name who has also been eyed. I don’t think that [an announcement] is too far off. If they can make it to Comic Con, »

- Andy L. Kubai

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'Aliens' star Jenette Goldstein on James Cameron: 'God help you if you're lazy or incompetent'

18 April 2016 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On April 26th, 20th Century Fox and Alamo Drafthouse will screen Alien and Aliens in theaters across the country (buy tickets here), and in advance of that date -- recently dubbed "Alien Day" by the powers-that-be -- I hopped on the phone with Aliens star Jenette Goldstein, who played hardened marine Private Jenette Vasquez in James Cameron's explosive 1986 sequel. Thanks to Cameron's script and direction, the character challenged every long-held notion of what a woman could be in an action film; Vasquez was brawny, deep-voiced and completely unapologetic about her unconventional manner and appearance. In that vein, Goldstein -- who in conversation is distinctly unlike the tough-talking soldier she played -- offered one particularly apropos anecdote from the film's extensive production period.  "I had psoriasis, and I had this big outbreak on my knee that looked like I had fallen off a motorcycle," she told me. "Like, red on my legs. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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New film festival Essential Independents to spotlight American indie cinema

17 April 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Gere in Oren Moverman's.Time Out Of Mind.

Fourteen films will have their Australian premiere as part of the brand new Essential Independents: American Cinema Now festival at Palace Cinemas in May.

The two-week festival will showcase American independent cinema and feature 32 films, including narrative features and documentaries as well as a retrospective of first films from major filmmakers.

They include Kathryn Bigelow, Joel Coen, Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater.

The program is curated by artistic director Richard Sowada, the festival director at Perth's Revelation International Film Festival.

"Each film holds hands with the next and so there.s a real sense of cohesiveness and a feeling of discovery", Sowada said.

"What.s so exciting to watch is the sense of energy, urgency and honesty - even in the older films right back to Shadows from John Cassavetes — there.s no holding back and there.s no compromise, »

- Staff Writer

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Twitter Reacts to James Cameron’s “Four More Avatar Movies” Announcement

16 April 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was the announcement nobody expected and nobody asked for: on Thursday James Cameron turned up in a surprise appearance at CinemaCon during the 20th Century Fox presentation and announced that a whopping four more Avatar movies were in the pipeline, with the first one, or Avatar 2, due out in 2018.

This isn’t the first time Cameron has teased new Avatar movies since the original, which came out in 2009, became and remains to this day the highest grossing movie of all time, despite losing out to Cameron’s ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow’s movie, Hurt Locker, for Best Director at the Oscars in the same year. Originally Cameron had teased two Avatar sequels prior to the release of the first movie, before steadily ramping up the ante through a series of announcements, schedule changes and script tweaking to reach his most recent declaration of four movies by 2023.

Weirdly, despite Avatar »

- Kirsty Capes

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'Hardcore Henry': Inside the Insane First-Person Shooter Movie

8 April 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You're dangling off a van driving at an ungodly speed down a three-lane Moscow highway; suddenly, you hear a raucous, jarring thump. With all the violent jostling, it’s impossible to tell if it was a bump in the road or a tire crushing a stuntman's head. You look everywhere for clues; it's only once the Russian daredevil, previously lying prostrate in the middle of hectic traffic, flashes the thumbs up and yells, "Did you get?! Did you get?!" that you realize no one has died. Not yet, at least. »

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Ang Lee to Receive the Directing Prize at 2016 Britannia Awards

5 April 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ang Lee will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing at this year’s  Britannia Awards, to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 28.

“Ang Lee is truly one of the great visionary directors of our time, with a remarkable international career that continually demonstrates bold choices and provocative perspectives,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles chairman, who made the announcement Tuesday.

Breen also praised the director, saying, “He has a special place in BAFTA’s heart” and BAFTA/La is “looking forward to honoring his remarkable career.”

Lee has won numerous awards for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” including the directing Oscar.

The  Britannia Awards is BAFTA/La’s cross-cultural celebration of British and international talent who, through their work, have a strong connection with the British film industry. The night also celebrates the collaboration between the American and British film industries.

Past Schlesinger honorees include Sam Mendes, »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Jessica Chastain’s Rise to Oscar Nominee and Blockbuster Star

2 April 2016 6:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on the rise of Jessica Chastain

In the past five years, Jessica Chastain has gone from unknown actress to established talent. The Californian famously embraces all genres, from a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus to spy thriller The Debt to elaborate costume horror Crimson Peak, to name but a few. With the release of Zero Dark Thirty and Mama in early 2013, Chastain also became the first woman in 50 years to have the leading role in the top two films at the North American box office.

The two-time Oscar nominee will next be seen in cinemas in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, one of her most commercial projects so far. She plays a trained warrior alongside Chris Hemsworth and the pair battle against a cruel, loveless existence created by evil sisters Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.

Let’s take a look at the roles and films which put »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis This Weekend– Great Line-Up of Guests!

31 March 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor »

- Tom Stockman

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'American Psycho' at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman's Legacy

31 March 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Before American Psycho came out, 25 years ago this month, it was already the most controversial novel of the Nineties. Its vivid depictions of gruesome murders of women, men, children and animals preceded wherever it went. The original publisher dropped it and told author Bret Easton Ellis to keep the money — but to please go away. The New York Times titled its book review "Snuff This Book!" On the opposite coast, Los Angeles Times begrudgingly wrote that "Free Speech Protects Even an 'American Psycho.'" The National Organization of Women attempted to organize boycotts. »

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Point Break Blu-Ray Review

28 March 2016 5:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Action movies possess their own special kind of artistry. While there are numerous techniques in the action filmmaker’s arsenal – jump cuts, montages, hard-pumping soundtracks, body cams – putting them all together with a certain degree of panache and energy takes a very particular kind of filmmaker. Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, James Wan, Justin Lin, John McTiernan, even the oft-derided Zack Snyder – these are the masters of the kinetic art form.

Director Ericson Core, however, is not one of those people, as he’s put together one of the most boring action films ever made with Point Break, which base-jumps its way onto Blu-ray this month.

Point Break is a remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s cult classic of the same name, and more or less follows the original’s basic plot. Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is a rookie FBI agent sent out after a gang of thieves who keep making off »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Peter Jackson Says Screening Room Grows the Movie Business (Exclusive)

13 March 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Jackson said he is backing Screening Room, the controversial start-up that wants to deliver new releases to homes while they are still in theaters, because it captures an audience that does not go to the cinema.

“Screening Room will expand the audience for a movie — not shift it from cinema to living room,” Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson isn’t the only big name backing the venture. He is joined as a shareholder by Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Martin Scorsese, Taylor Hackford,  Frank Marshall, and J.J. Abrams.

Screening Room, the brainchild of entrepreneurs Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju, offers movies for $50 at the same time as they open in theaters. It plans to charge $150 for access to the anti-piracy equipped set-top box that transmits the films and will give customers 48 hours to watch the movies. The hope is to capture middle-aged audiences whose family responsibilities prevent »

- Brent Lang

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Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, And More Back Sean Parker's Premium VOD Plan

13 March 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

How times change. Back in 2011, 32 filmmakers including Michael Bay, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Michael Mann, Todd Phillips, Antoine Fuqua, Robert Zemeckis, and Guillermo del Toro signed their names to an open letter urging Hollywood to abandon plans for a premium VOD service that, at the time, would see theatrical releases available to be ordered by customers at home after sixty days for $29.95. They argued that the model was not sustainable, nor was it good for the moviegoing experience. The filmmakers believed that "what sells for $30-a-viewing today could be blown out for $9.99 within a few years," hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue would be lost, and theaters would close. Now, just five years later, some of the industry's biggest names are backing a premium VOD plan that's even more ambitious. Last week it was reported that Facebook and MySpace tech titan Sean Parker is part of a startup called »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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