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Spring in New York comes alive with Haute Couture on Film featuring the work of Hubert de Givenchy in Stanley Donen's Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson, presented by Eye For Film's Anne-Katrin Titze on April 7.
See creations by Pierre Cardin in Jacques Demy's Bay Of Angels (La Baie Des Anges) with Jeanne Moreau, Claude Mann, Paul Guers and Henri Nassiet. Emanuel Ungaro made the clothes for Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes' Gloria with Julie Carmen and Buck Henry. Coco Chanel in Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game (La Règle Du Jeu) dressed Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély and Odette Talazac. Be dazzled by Christian Dior in Jean Negulesco's How To Marry A Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall. Yves Saint Laurent's »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
In this exclusive clip from Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno, (Eleven Arts, March 27th) Pepe Serna’s character of Sheriff Paul Del Moral is to say the least, implicated and deeply submerged in a swerving tale of romance and mystery. Nominated for the Indie Spirits’ John Cassavetes Award, Boyle’s fifth feature also stars Ayako Fujitani and Kazuki Kitamura. Here are the screening dates, and clip below.
- Eric Lavallee
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-cable TV and pre-Netflix coupons 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
An especially fraught Thanksgiving holiday brings a woman’s troubled, booze-soaked history into blistering yet compassionate focus in “Krisha,” an intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults. The winner of the grand jury award for narrative features at SXSW (as well as an elaboration of Shults’ prize-winning 2014 short of the same title), this Kickstarter-funded project reveals an elusive, formally sophisticated storytelling approach that neatly sidesteps the usual addiction/dysfunction cliches, its stylistic experimentation anchored by a subtly wounding performance from Krisha Fairchild in the eponymous lead role. More festival berths await, and while commercial prospects look decidedly modest, critical support should spur select arthouse bookings and discerning-viewer interest ahead of VOD play.
- Justin Chang
One of the most anticipated “midnight” movies at this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) festival, is director Mickey Keating’s Pod, the follow-up to Keating’s Very entertaining 2013 low-budget yet high on thrills film Ritual. While Ritual was a scary and tense film about two people being stalked by a cult, Pod deals with very different subjects and shows Keating’s trend of never making the same kind of films twice. A true cinephile, Keating is a director to look out for, and we were lucky enough to have a chat with the talented filmmaker regarding Pod, Ritual and his next two films, Darling and Carnage Park. Read on!
How’s it going, Mickey?
Hey, how’s it going, man?
I am doing fine, just reading about Harrison Ford crashing his plane into a golf course, what’s up with that?
I know dude, how weird is that? He’s still tickin though, »
- Jerry Smith
Abderrahmane Sissako considering historical novel, which captures adventures of a 15th century Arab diplomat, writer and explorer.
Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako is mulling an adaptation of Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf’s Leo the African, a historical novel based on real-life 15th century Muslim diplomat and explorer Hasan al-Wazzan.
It is one of two projects being considered by Sissako, whose most recent film Timbuktu was Oscar-nominated and won prizes at Cannes 2014.
“I was already working on a project before Timbuktu about the relationship between China and Africa and I’ve also had a proposition to adapt Amin Maalouf’s Leo the African (Léon, l’Africain), which I’m very interested in,” the director told Screen on the fringes of the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event this week.
Maalouf’s 1986 novel is inspired by 15th century figure al-Wazzan, a Muslim forced to flee his Spanish birthplace of Granada as a child during the inquisition.
He went on »
I love the movies, really, truly I do, I love the movies. Cinema, motion pictures, movies, film, whatever you want to label this peculiar art form that we all cherish here at We Are Movie Geeks, I have loved it ever since the first time I saw a movie on television, in a theater or at a drive-in. I wish I could recall the first movie I ever saw and what the medium was in which I saw it.
One of my earliest memories was the yearly showing of Wizard of Oz on television and my delight at seeing Judy Garland in a different movie, Pigskin Parade, and realizing that actors made a living by appearing in more than one movie or television series.
- Sam Moffitt
We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.
Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?
In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as mentors to »
- Frank Ochieng
First a quick recap... Just over 3 years ago, Nick Cassavetes (son of indie film trailblazer John Cassavetes) signed on to direct a biopic on the life of notorious 1980's drug dealer Rick Ross (not the rapper). The film was to, reportedly, explore Ross's ingenious and complex scheme of the crack cocaine trade in Los Angeles during the early 80's - the height of his success - moving 100 kilograms of cocaine daily, which was distributed across the country - product that he claims was supplied by Nicaraguan rebels/Contras. "My brother was a mercenary. He worked in Central America training the Contras, so in a way the story is personal to »
- Tambay A. Obenson
First a quick recap... Just over 3 years ago, Nick Cassavetes (son of indie film trailblazer John Cassavetes) signed on to direct a biopic on the life of notorious 1980's drug dealer Rick Ross (not the rapper). The film was to, reportedly, explore Ross's ingenious and complex scheme of the crack cocaine trade in Los Angeles during the early 80's - the height of his success - moving 100 kilograms of cocaine daily, which was distributed across the country - product that he claims was supplied by Nicaraguan rebels/Contras. "My brother was a mercenary. He worked in Central America training the Contras, so in a way the story is personal to me... The fact that our government may have been complicit in destroying an entire community of people makes the story personal for everyone," Cassavetes said at the time, adding, "if I had to compare this movie to another that's been »
- Tambay A. Obenson
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Birdman took home the most awards on Saturday night, winning three accolades including Best Feature. Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash all won two awards each and Julianne Moore was recognized for her leading lady role in Still Alice.
Photos: 2015 Oscars Star Shots!
Check out the full list of Spirit Award winners, below:
Best Feature: Birdman
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Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best International Film: Ida (Poland)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Best First Feature:
Better late than never on filing a report from yesterday's Spirit Awards and pre-Oscar festivities, I guess. It was a late night, Harvey Weinstein and his peeps rounding things out with a big soiree/dinner that drew to a close around midnight, so my bed was far more enticing than my keyboard when I got back to the homestead. The Spirit Awards are generally my favorite event of the season, largely because the imbibing starts early and the attitude is super lax. But it's also my own personal bow on things (as I always happily steer clear of the Oscars), saying final goodbyes to colleagues and talent I've interacted with consistently over the season. And given that Film Independent was apparently looking to break the record for most commercial breaks in a single awards show, I was able to bounce around and catch up with just about everyone I was hoping to. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Richard Linklater won for Best Director and Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting actress for team Boyhood, while Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton) and Cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki) at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards last night. The split might foreshadow how the Oscars play out tonite, as the Middleweight Saturday ceremony and Heavyweight Sunday gig are more or less interchangeable. The two films that might gain a little further traction from the tent spotlight include Nightcrawler (which picked up Best First Feature and Best Screenplay) and Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s deservedly won for Best Supporting Actor and Editing categories. Also worth pointing out is a Land Ho! win in the category we love the most: the John Cassavetes Award. Here are the winners and noms.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” *Winner
- Eric Lavallee
Also faring well was "Boyhood" which scored Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), "Nightcrawler" which nabbed Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, and "Whiplash" which took Best Supporting Male (J.K. Simmons) and Best Editing.
Other awards include "Citizenfour" for Best Documentary, "Ida" nabbing Best International Film, Julianne Moore in "Still Alice" scoring Best Female Lead, and "Dear White People" nabbing Best First Screenplay.
- Garth Franklin
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.
Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dan Gilroy, »
- Gary Collinson
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Whiplash and Nightcrawler at Saturday’s 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Still Alice, Dear White People, Ida, Land Ho! and Citizenfour also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
This year’s major category winners were Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography, Boyhood; which won Best Director and Best Supporting Female, Nightcrawler; which won Best First Feature and Best Screenplay and Whiplash; which won Best Supporting Male and Best Editing; Still Alice, which won Best Female Lead; Dear White People, which won Best First Screenplay; Land Ho!, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Ida, which won Best International Film and Citizenfour, »
- Michelle McCue
As usual, the 2015 Spirit Award winners for Best Feature (Birdman), Best Director (Richard Linklater, Boyhood), Best Documentary (Citizenfour), Best International Film (Ida), Best Female Lead (Julianne Moore, Still Alice), and Best Male Lead (Michael Keaton, Birdman) all seem like highly probable precursors for the Oscars. So, if they are just going to predict the Oscars, what is the point of the Spirit Awards? Where the Spirit Awards have historically garnered attention and respect is in categories such as Best First Feature (Nightcrawler), Best First Screenplay (Dear White People), John Cassavetes Award (Land Ho!), Robert Altman Award (Inherent Vice), Piaget Producer's Award (Chad Burris, Elisabeth Holm, Chris Ohlson), Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award (H.), and Lenscrafters' Truer Than Fiction Award (The Kill Team). For the last two years I have all but dismissed the Spirit Awards in fear that they sold out and essentially became an "Oscar Jr."; but after »
- Don Simpson
Michael Keaton earned best actor for Fox Searchlight’s Birdman and Julianne Moore corresponding actress honours for Still Life, which contributed to Sony Pictures Classics’ unbeaten five awards on the night.
Patricia Arquette collected the award for best supporting actress for IFC Films’ Boyhood at the traditional beachside ceremony beneath a cavernous tent in Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon (February 21).
Jk Simmons earned best supporting actor for Whiplash, which also saw editor Tom Cross prevail. Spc released the film. It was a good night for Bold Films, earning two for Whiplash as well as best screenplay and best first feature for Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler, distributed via Open Road.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman Birdman flew away with the top prize for best feature at the Independent Spirit Awards tonight in La. The film, above, directed by Alejandro Iñárritu, also saw Michael Keaton named best actor for his role as a washed-up actor who tries to recapture his former glory in a play on Broadway.
Richard Linklater was named best director for his 11-year exertions on Boyhood, which also saw Patricia Arquette named best supporting actress. Julianne Moore was named best female lead for her role as an Alzheimer's sufferer in Still Alice, while Jk Simmons picked up the best supporting male award for his role as a draconian conductor in Whiplash.
Full list of nominees and winners below:
Best Feature (Award given »
- Amber Wilkinson
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