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The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.
All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: How the End of 'Mad Men' Liberated Elisabeth Moss Sometimes a breakdown is not just a breakdown. Sometimes, a breakdown is a symptom of something much bigger — and more nefarious — than a psychological collapse. A breakdown is often a breaking point, signaling the deep-rooted problems that underlie a troubled system. In cinema, terrain of metaphors, breakdowns are great vehicles for exposing systematic problems in a multi-faceted, humanistic way. Through the eyes of insanity, movies about breakdowns shed light on our darkest problems. Here are seven films featuring riveting mental breakdowns that caused us to look in the mirror a bit harder. 1. A Woman Under the Influence (1975)Gena Rowlands delivers the paragon of mental breakdown performances in John Cassavetes' masterpiece "A Woman Under the Influence." Rowlands plays Mabel, a tortured housewife whose sanity dissolves into domestic terror that her husband (Peter Falk) is powerless to assuage. »
- Emily Buder
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to these three influential cinema icons by giving them Academy Honorary Awards later this year.
A ceremony will be held in their honour at Hollywood's Grand Ballroom as part of the seventh annual Governors Awards on November 14.
Filmmaker Lee has received two Oscar nominations in the past, for Best Original Screenplay in 1990 for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary in 1998 for 4 Little Girls.
Reynolds became one of the enduring stars of »
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.” Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »
The success we’ve had in preserving and distributing art of the past has had a somewhat calcifying effect on the present. This is not to say good work is not being done now; in the province with which we are primary concerned, dozens of very good (and a few truly great) films are made every year. How many of them truly belong to us? So many of our great modern films are meditations on the past – chiefly the 20th century – contextualizing or embalming an experience that is becoming, in more ways that strictly chronological, more and more removed from the present every day. How many more films, no matter how great, do we need about World War II or the late 1960s? How often do we need to be reminded of the giants of cinema courtesy of new filmmakers eager to revere them through imitation?
These thoughts occurred to »
- Scott Nye
Film Independent has announced the official deadlines for submissions to its Film Independent Spirit Awards. Now accepting submissions for original content with a strong vision, the regular deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a late deadline extending to Tuesday, Oct. 13. “There are so many strong films this year, coming out theatrically as well as at the major festivals,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, in a statement. “We’re so excited to begin the process of considering all the great work that we’ll be recognizing at next year’s Spirit Awards.” Categories set to receive awards include best male and female leads, best female and lead supporting, best feature, best director, best cinematography, and others. The John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made under $500,000, will also be presented to a filmmaker. Nominees will be announced Nov. 24. Filmmakers and artists who got their start at Film Independent include Ava DuVernay, »
Read More: 'Birdman' Wins Best Feature at 2015 Spirit Awards It's that time of the year for aspiring filmmakers, as the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards is opening its call for entries. The renowned independent film awards has celebrated and bolstered filmmakers including the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, Christopher Nolan and many more big industry names. The Film Independent Spirit Awards include the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Screenplay, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film, and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants, for emerging filmmakers, include the Producers Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award and the Someone to Watch Award. Filmmakers can check out the rules and regulations on the official »
- Sarah Choi
The awards will take place on February 27 2016.
Call for entries has opened and the regular deadline is September 22 and the final deadline October 13.
“There are so many strong films this year, coming out theatrically as well as at the major festivals,” said Welsh.
“We’re so excited to begin the process of considering all the great work that we’ll be recognising at next year’s Spirit Awards.”
The Film Independent Spirit Awards categories are: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Screenplay, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film and Best Documentary.
The filmmaker grants for emerging filmmakers include the Producers Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award and the Someone To Watch »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
opinion from the man who, after all, made the picture." That's Orson Welles in an excerpt from a 58-page memo he wrote in 1957 to Edward Muhl, head of Universal Pictures. Jonathan Rosenbaum introduces an excerpt. Also in today's roundup: Reno Lauro on Terrence Malick, James Longley (Iraq in Fragments) on Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, Fernando F. Croce on John Cassavetes's Shadows, John Marks on Ava DuVernay's Selma and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Daft Punk in the movies—and the day we might see Jerry Lewis's The Day the Clown Cried. » - David Hudson »
Mad Sin Cinema and LostWitch Releasing are now accepting submissions for Snuff: The Anthology. From Shane Ryan, creator of the Amateur Porn Star Killer Trilogy, Snuff will bring to you the finest faux rape and murder scenes from around the globe. "The best part for the filmmakers," says Ryan, "is that we've worked out a deal so that even films not accepted into the anthology will get released on VHS and/or DVD through LostWitch Releasing (in talks with more VHS/DVD companies as well). It's win-win for everybody."
I sat down and asked Shane Ryan a few brief questions about the project.
Jw: Hey Shane, I thought up a few questions that I would want answered if I were submitting to Snuff: The Anthology. Are you ready?
Jw: To be honest, I'm a little confused by what you are looking for. What »
“It takes me back to a time I enjoyed for obvious reasons – the ’80s were very good to me,” Red Oaks cast member Jennifer Grey said this morning of Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy for Amazon. “I felt like it was a movie, as if Caddy Shack and Dirty Dancing had a baby raised by John Cassavetes.” But exec producer Gregory Jacobs insisted the series was more The Graduate meets Caddyshack, talking to reporters this morning at TCA. “One of the things we wanted to… »
Ross Lipman is a filmmaker and restorationist who, working for the UCLA Film & Television Archive, has made astounding contributions to film culture, restoring films by John Cassavetes and Shirley Clarke, Bruce Conner and Kenneth Anger, Charles Burnett and Kent Mackenzie. The list goes on. His latest completed restoration is Film (1965), the legendary 24-minute work written by Samuel Beckett (his only screenplay), directed by Alan Schneider (though Beckett was a constant presence on the set), and starring Buster Keaton. Now he's working on Notfilm, a "kino-essay" about Film's making—and we need to help him complete it. » - David Hudson »
Jason Banker’s Felt is now in theaters and is a film that screams to be watched. Revolving around a victim of rape and the psychological damage she goes through and the various ways she copes with it, the film is quite easily one of the best of the year. Banker, along with the film’s star (and co-writer) Amy Everson were nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about the film and what led them to make it. Read on!
I found Felt to be incredibly interesting. I was wondering how it all came to be?
Jason – For me I’m kind of always looking for people that inspire me, in general. The way that I make films I never really start with a script I kind of start with a person or group of people. So, when I met Amy, randomly, at a club in San Francisco »
- Jerry Smith
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
Exclusive: Chad Hartigan has set his follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner, which won the writer-director the John Cassavetes Award at the 2013 Indie Spirit Awards. Production is now underway in Germany on Morris From America, which stars Craig Robinson and Carla Juri in a coming-of-age tale about a 13-year-old hip-hop-loving American boy Morris (newcomer Markees Christmas) who moves to Heidelberg with his father (Robinson) and is forced to navigate the trials and… »
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
Read More: Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham Talk Feminism and Give Advice To Aspiring Writers A week ago, "Trainwreck" director Judd Apatow took the stage of the prestigious Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and rattled off first draft versions of some new stand-up material. But while the jokes received roars of laughter from the audience, at the end he trailed off, claiming that he didn't have a good closer. Last night on "The Tonight Show," the comedy director delivered a polished version of that set, but also found his closer -- some much expected (if you follow him on Twitter) but still surprising Bill Cosby jokes. Watch above as Apatow eviscerates Cosby, after expressing his sympathy for the nerdy kids his daughter refuses to date. Read More: Judd Apatow and John Cassavetes: Two Sides of the Same Crisis »
- Sarah Choi
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