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6 Filmmaking Tips from Shirley Clarke

30 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Shirley Clarke grew up wealthy, the daughter of a manufacturing magnate and a family fortune. She had an extensive education between four universities, and married to escape her father’s tyrannical control of her adult life. At first Clarke pursued modern dance in New York City but, failing to secure a future for herself in one art form, she began making experimental, avant-garde and documentary films in her mid-thirties. Over the next several decades, Clarke produced fiction films that looked like documentaries, documentaries that flirted with the boundaries of fiction, some of the first video art projects, and movies that possess an incredible energy to them that few filmmakers have mastered, then or now. She studied under Hans Richter, inspired other New York filmmakers like John Cassavetes, helped co-found the Filmmakers’ Co-Op with Jonas Mekas, yet the important role that she played in the New American Cinema scene has risked becoming stuck between the pages of cinema »

- Landon Palmer

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The Noteworthy: Nyff Premieres, Dennis Hopper & The Russian Dynamite Trick, Radiohead's Motion Picture Soundtracks

23 July 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

The 52nd New York Film Festival is shaping up to be an especially high profile event this Fall. Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is set to premiere there, along with David Fincher's Gone Girl, and Alejandro Iñárritu's bizarre looking Birdman. On David Bordwell's blog, he writes on Wes Anderson, and the current state of authorship in cinema:

"Wes Anderson has found a way to make films that project a unique sensibility while also fitting fairly smoothly into the modern American industry. He has his detractors (“I detest these films,” a friend tells me), but there’s no arguing with his distinctiveness.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is perhaps the most vivid example of Andersonian whimsy as signature style....I want to look at the auteurish aspects of another Anderson film. Whether you admire him, abominate him, or have mixed feelings, I think that studying »

- Notebook

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John Fasano Dead: Writer, Director, Producer Dies at 52

21 July 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Writer, producer and director John Fasano died in his sleep Saturday night. He was 52.

In a career that career spanned more than 25 years, Fasano had more than 40 credits on feature films and primetime television as a writer, director or producer.

His feature credits include “Another 48 Hrs.,” “Tombstone,” “Universal Soldier: The Return” and “Alien 3,” as well as developing the stories for “Alien vs. Predator,” “Flushed Away,” “Ex-1,” Marvel Comics’ “Werewolf by Night” and, most recently, writing “Sniper 5,” “Sniper Reloaded” and “Hostel: Part III.”

In television, Fasano wrote more than 17 movies, including TNT’s “The Hunchback,” for which he received a Writers Guild Award nomination in 1996; the Tom Selleck hit “Stone Cold”; the Iraq war docudrama “Saving Jessica Lynch”; and Westerns such as “The Legend of Butch and Sundance” and “Hannah’s Law.”

In the digital space, John created and wrote “Woke Up Dead,” a series for Sony’s Crackle »

- Carmel Dagan

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John Fasano Dead: Writer, Director, Producer Dies at 52

21 July 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Writer, producer and director John Fasano died in his sleep Saturday night. He was 52.

In a career that career spanned more than 25 years, Fasano had more than 40 credits on feature films and primetime television as a writer, director or producer.

His feature credits include “Another 48 Hrs.,” “Tombstone,” “Universal Soldier: The Return” and “Alien 3,” as well as developing the stories for “Alien vs. Predator,” “Flushed Away,” “Ex-1,” Marvel Comics’ “Werewolf by Night” and, most recently, writing “Sniper 5,” “Sniper Reloaded” and “Hostel: Part III.”

In television, Fasano wrote more than 17 movies, including TNT’s “The Hunchback,” for which he received a Writers Guild Award nomination in 1996; the Tom Selleck hit “Stone Cold”; the Iraq war docudrama “Saving Jessica Lynch”; and Westerns such as “The Legend of Butch and Sundance” and “Hannah’s Law.”

In the digital space, John created and wrote “Woke Up Dead,” a series for Sony’s Crackle »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Too Late Blues’ Blu-ray Review (Masters of Cinema)

17 July 2014 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Bobby DarinStella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis, Vince Edwards, Val Avery, Marilyn Clark, James Joyce, Rupert Crosse | Written by John Cassavetes, Richard Carr | Directed by John Cassavetes

Ghost (Darin), is an idealistic musician who would rather play in the park to the birds and at other small time gigs than compromise himself by going big time. For his band mates however, a little bit of fame wouldn’t go a miss. But when Ghost falls for a girl called Jess who he meets at a party (Stevens), she comes between him and his band members. Splitting off from the group and abandoning the life he once knew, he sets off on a search for fame and leaves his dreams behind.

Too Late Blues is another entry in the Masters of Cinema Series, a film made in 1961, filmed in black and white and directed by John Cassavetes. From the title, »

- Richard Axtell

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Lyle | 2014 Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival Review

14 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Devil’s Due: Satan is an Equal Opportunity Baby Snatcher in Thorndike’s Debut

Credited as a ‘sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby’ (though, there probably is no other kind of ode to extend to the material), Stewart Thorndike’s directorial debut, Lyle arrives with surprising straight faced self-seriousness (pun intended) as it contends to enlighten us with another dose of the dark one’s endless fascination with collecting human babies. It’s been a grand year for a resurgence in odes and homages to Levin’s horror classic, originally adapted in 1968 and starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. We’ve just experienced an American television miniseries remake directed by Agnieszka Holland, and then there was that found footage garbage, Devil’s Due, a film that only serves to highlight the difference between homage and blatant rip-off. But Thorndike goes for something a little different, removing the terror from the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Chad Hartigan Puffing Away on Third Feature; “Morris From America” Set for Fall Start

8 July 2014 8:10 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Much like his past collaborator in Land Ho! (starring Paul Eenhoorn) filmmaker Aaron Katz, Chad Hartigan is not restricting his films to Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land topography. Reported by Variety’s Guy Lodge, the Luke and Brie Are on a First Date and This is Martin Bonner helmer is moving eastward into Berlin, Germany for a third feature film that he described as, a “part coming-of-age tale, part fish-out-of-water” type of narrative. Shooting is set for a September start with some German backing involved.

Gist: This centres around an overweight African-American child living in small-town Germany who falls for a local girl.

Worth Noting: The Next section-Sundance selected This is Martin Bonner was the winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards. It travelled the fest circuit including my coverage of last year’s 48th Karlovy Vary film fest.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Conversation with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden and John Carney on Begin Again

7 July 2014 6:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

James Corden, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley with Begin Again director John Carney on Times Square: "That was the one true moment of maverick, crazy John Cassavetes" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo with Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden and Ceelo Green, Irish director John Carney returns twice to the world of street musicians after his Oscar winning Once. At the Crosby Street Hotel, I followed up on my Anna Karenina conversation with Keira Knightley on costumes to find out how little A Dangerous Method goes with Annie Hall.

Keira Knightley on her costumes: "I wanted her [Gretta] to dress for women and not for men." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

And the boys - Ruffalo, Levine, Corden and Carney - talked about music, acting, filming John Cassavetes style and not selling out.

This time the streets of New York »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Chad Hartigan Talks Next Feature ‘Morris From America’ In Karlovy Vary

6 July 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This time last year, Chad Hartigan hit Karlovy Vary midway through an extensive festival tour for his soph feature “This is Martin Bonner.” Beginning at Sundance 2013 and only wrapping up at Poland’s Off Plus Camera last May, the warm, intimate character drama covered a lot of turf, but it was Karlovy Vary that made a particularly strong impression on the Los Angeles-based writer-director – so much so that he’s back this year as a juror, one of three in the fest’s Forum of Independents competish.

“Lot of international festivals have enthusiastic audiences, but this one in particular: Every screening is packed to the gills with such a young crowd, which was so rewarding for us,” says Hartigan. “I emailed Karel [Och, the fest director], and told him if he needed a juror or just someone to drive the cars around, I was happy to do it.”

Hartigan is a film believer in »

- Guy Lodge

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Olivia Munn Facts: 29 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Actress

4 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Olivia Munn is the full package: she's funny, beautiful, talented, and down-to-earth.

Since getting her break on G4 TV in 2006, Munn has continually showcased her versatility and scored big roles on TV and the big screen. Recently, the actress proved she could hold her own against heavy-hitters like Jeff Daniels in Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" and Channing Tatum in the surprise hit "Magic Mike". This summer, Munn stars opposite Eric Bana and Edgar Ramirez in the supernatural thriller "Deliver Us From Evil".

From a list of her favorite things to her international upbringing, here are 29 things you probably don't know about Olivia Munn.

1. Olivia Munn was born Lisa Olivia Munn on July 3, 1980 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Kim Schmid and Winston Munn.

2. Although her mother is of Chinese descent, she was born and raised in Vietnam. Schmid fled to Oklahoma after the Vietnam War came to a close in »

- Jonny Black

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Critical Mass: How far are we willing to ride with Melissa McCarthy in 'Tammy'?

3 July 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

After years of playing the best friend or the quirky neighbor, Melissa McCarthy has emerged as a bankable leading lady. Since playing the puppy-loving, Fight Club-inspired sister of the groom in Bridemaids, McCarthy has delivered the goods in two box-office hits, Identity Thief and The Heat, that each grossed over $130 million. She’s not playing The Girlfriend in these movies; she’s the main attraction—a rare achievement for a comic actress.

“McCarthy is such a force of nature—she barrels onscreen in a human hurricane of dimples and Crocs and pure, unchecked id—that she feels more genuine »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Olga Kurylenko Boards Benoit Philippon’s ‘Lota’

2 July 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Olga Kurylenko (“To The Wonder”), Gregory Fitoussi (“World War Z”) and Emir Kusturica (“7 Days in Havana”) are set to topline “Lota,” a French Guiana-set dramedy directed by Benoit Philippon (“Lullaby”).

Described by Philippon as a variation on the themes of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” pic will star Kurylenko as a young woman who was abused during her childhood and struggles to build healthy relationships with men.

“As in ‘Magnolia,’ ‘Lota’ follows various characters whose lives intersect,” said Philippon, who also cited “Mud” as a source of inspiration for “Lota”‘s dream-like atmosphere, visual style and the main character’s soul searching.

“Kurylenko’s character is both a princess and a warrior and it’s that ambivalence that makes her so fascinating,” explained Philippon, adding that he’s interested in strong female characters such as the ones portrayed in movies by Quentin Tarantino, John Cassavetes and Tennessee Williams.

Cast is completed by Jean-Pierre Martins, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Variety’s Scott Foundas Remembers Paul Mazursky: A Poetic Farceur of American Lives

1 July 2014 10:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Are you happy?” the woman asks her husband midway through Paul Mazursky’s “Blume in Love” (1973), to which he replies, “I’m just not miserable.” It is a flashback to earlier, relatively happier times in the busted-up marriage of the divorce lawyer Blume (George Segal) and his wife, Nina (Susan Anspach). But one can find the same scene or its close equivalent in most of Mazursky’s 15 feature films, which time and again centered on small-time American dreamers striving to feel a little less miserable in their lives.

The time was the early 1970s — that much-mythologized moment in Hollywood cinema — and Mazursky was among the directors whose work most embraced the new personal and sexual freedoms then taking hold in American culture and American movies. Divorce and adultery were laissez-faire subjects in his films when they were still taboo around the water cooler. Four years before “Blume,” his debut feature, »

- Scott Foundas

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Best Criterion Titles to Buy During Barnes & Noble's 50% Off Sale

30 June 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »

- Brad Brevet

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NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby Mini-series Coming to Blu-ray in August

23 June 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

NBC's early summer horror mini-series Rosemary's Baby is getting the Blu-ray and DVD treatment with an August 19 release date assigned by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Rosemary's Baby stars Zoe Saldana, Jason Isaacs and Patrick J. Adams in a modern retelling of the famous story by author Ira Levin. It was written by James Wong (FX's American Horror Story) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned), and aired over the course of two episodes in mid-May.

The original live-action treatment of Rosemary's Baby was released in 1968 and directed by Roman Polanski. It starred Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, and won an Oscar in 1969 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruth Gordon).

The Rosemary's Baby Blu-ray willl come with a Digital HD version of the film as well as a pair of bonus featurettes: Fear is Born: The Making of Rosemary's Baby and Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design.

The Srp for Rosemary's Baby »

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The Definitive War Movies: 30-21

18 June 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.

courtesy of toutlecine.com

30.  Black Book (2006)

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Conflict: World War II

In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »

- Joshua Gaul

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films’

31 May 2014 12:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Both an affectionate tribute and a cautionary tale, “The Go-Go Boys” is a solid documentary that offers, as its subtitle promises, one version of the “inside story of Cannon Films.” Israeli helmer Hilla Medalia (“Dancing in Jaffa”) charts the careers of producers — and cousins — Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus, and the rise and fall of the empire they jointly built. Combining well-chosen archival material with articulate talking heads waxing nostalgic and entertainingly dishing dirt, this celebration of the two legendary showmen also encapsulates the Cannes Film Festival’s divergent impulses: selling schlock and adulating auteurs. Further fest play should segue into global broadcast.

Another version of the Cannon story, “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films,” from cult documentarian Mark Hartley (“Not Quite Hollywood,” “Machete Maidens Unleashed”), has been in the works for several years but not yet surfaced. But while Medalia’s pic might be the cinematic version of an authorized biography, »

- Alissa Simon

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Love Streams

27 May 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95

Studio: Criterion

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands star in Cassavetes's Love Streams.

The electric filmmaker John Cassavetes (Shadows, Faces) and his brilliant wife and collaborator Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence) give luminous, fragile performances as two closely bound, emotionally wounded characters who reunite after years apart in the 1984 drama Love Streams.

Exhilarating and risky, mixing sober realism with surreal flourishes, Love Streams is one of Cassavetes’s most truly personal works. It’s a remarkable film that comes at the viewer in a torrent of beautiful, erratic feeling as it examines the nature of love in all its forms.

Criterion’s new DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo editions of Love Streams contain the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

• New audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura

New video essay on actor »

- Laurence

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Trailers from Hell Investigates 'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

21 May 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Today on Trailers from Hell, Larry Karaszewski talks John Cassavetes' 1976 crime masterpiece "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," starring Ben Gazzara as Cosmo Vittelli. Hitchcock had Jimmy Stewart, Kurosawa had Toshiro Mifune and John Cassavetes had Ben Gazarra. 1976's "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie," the second of three tempestuous collaborations between the determined director and his equally strong-willed star, is a fatalistic gangster movie with Gazzara's beleaguered strip club entrepreneur run through an obstacle course of existential conflicts worthy of a Norman Mailer novel. The 135 minute film bombed in its initial release and in 1978 Cassavetes performed some elective surgery bringing the star-crossed movie down to 108 minutes (Criterion released both versions in their Cassavetes box set, "Five Films"). »

- Trailers From Hell

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

20 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hitchcock had Jimmy Stewart, Kurosawa had Toshiro Mifune and John Cassavetes had Ben Gazarra. 1976's The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the second of three tempestuous collaborations between the determined director and his equally strong-willed star, is a fatalistic gangster movie with Gazzara's beleaguered strip club entrepreneur run through an obstacle course of existential conflicts worthy of a Norman Mailer novel. The 135 minute film bombed in its initial release and in 1978 Cassavetes performed some elective surgery bringing the star-crossed movie down to 108 minutes (Criterion released both versions in their Cassavetes box set, "Five Films").

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