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After Merger, SAG-aftra Constitution Dropped “Sexual Harassment” As Specific Cause For Expelling Members

After Merger, SAG-aftra Constitution Dropped “Sexual Harassment” As Specific Cause For Expelling Members
Exclusive: Many of the victims in Hollywood's ever-widening sexual harassment and assault scandal are members of SAG-aftra, but many of the alleged perpetrators are members of the union as well. Which raises the question: Will the union take action to expel them, as the DGA and the Producers Guild did with Harvey Weinstein? In 2009, before its merger with AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild suspended the membership of actor Seymour Cassel for two years after the board of…
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After Merger, SAG-aftra Constitution Dropped “Sexual Harassment” As Specific Cause For Expelling Members

Exclusive: Many of the victims in Hollywood's ever-widening sexual harassment and assault scandal are members of SAG-aftra, but many of the alleged perpetrators are members of the union as well. Which raises the question: Will the union take action to expel them, as the DGA and the Producers Guild did with Harvey Weinstein? In 2009, before its merger with AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild suspended the membership of actor Seymour Cassel for two years after the board of…
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Oldenburg: Gangster Film 'Familye' Wins German Independence Award

Oldenburg: Gangster Film 'Familye' Wins German Independence Award
Familye, gangster drama set in Berlin's ethnic Turkish community, has won the German Independence Award, the top prize at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany.

A black-and-white feature from first-time director Kubilay Sarikaya and Sedat Kirtan, Familye is a true indie, having been made completely outside Germany's film subsidy system.

Oldenburg's acting honors, the Seymour Cassel Awards, went to Lindsay Burdge for her performance in Nathan Silver's Thirst Street and to Gregory Kasyan for his role in Quest, the debut feature of director Santiago Rizzo.

In Thirst Street, Burdge plays an American flight attendant who gets tangled up in...
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‘In the Soup’: You Can Help Save the Only Existing Archival Print of Sundance Winner Before It’s Lost Forever

‘In the Soup’: You Can Help Save the Only Existing Archival Print of Sundance Winner Before It’s Lost Forever
For its twenty-fifth anniversary, Alexandre Rockwell’s 1992 Sundance winner “In the Soup” is asking for a big gift — but a necessary one. Indie distributor ​Factory 25​ has now launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the repair and preservation of the film, aiming to make it available digitally and on Blu-ray for the first time.

And while the allure of catching the pioneering feature — the one that beat out “Reservoir Dogs” at the lauded festival, no less — is compelling enough on its own, the real reason for the urgency of the campaign is something else entirely: without this restoration, the film will likely no longer exist. The only existing archival print of the feature is badly damaged, and without the addition of crowdfunded financing, Grady will be unable to restore the film.

Read MoreWes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $250k for Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation

“‘In the Soup
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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‘Double Exposure’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Stars: Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, Seymour Cassel, James Stacy, Pamela Hensley, Cleavon Little, Robert Tessier, Sally Kirkland | Written and Directed by William Bryon Hillman

A remake of director William Bryon Hillman’s own 1974 film The Photographer, Double Exposure is the latest slice of cinematic sleaze to be rescued from obscurity by the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome; and unlike the majority of their releases I purchase, this was a blind-buy, Meaning I was going into this movie without any prior knowledge with what to expect, trusting in Vinegar Syndrome to deliver another fantastic flick. And that trust – as usual – was well founded.

Double Exposure stars Michael Callan as Adrian Wilde, a prolific photographer whose specialty is shooting nude models for men’s magazines. His life starts to unravel when he begins to experience strange and almost lifelike dreams in which he murders the very women he’s been photographing. What
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Wes Anderson’s Manly Men

In search of male desire in a twee world.

Here’s a thesis: with the singular exception of his animated adventure story, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the movies of Wes Anderson are fundamentally about nice, fiery desire. But while a number of his movies explore this through the conventional terrain of the heterosexual relationship and its discontents — The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom come to mind — others explore more curious expressions of desire, leaving Anderson’s plain and plaintive ladies behind. Shared aesthetic characteristics, from the constantly reprised Cornell boxes to the carefully referenced dead Eastern European novelists, are subject of much ruthless discussion among Anderson acolytes. And, considering Anderson’s diligent cooperation with turning a collection of essays and interviews into a $35 coffee table book, that seems to be the dissection that Anderson embraces. But what are those other, male-centric movies actually about? Most critics, when forced to give something like a serious and meaningful answer, will
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Pebbles That Clatter and Spark: Four Films by John Cassavetes

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Mubi in the United Kingdom will be showing four films by John Cassavetes beginning with Too Late Blues (March 9 - April 8), followed by Husbands (March 16 - April 15), Gloria (March 23 - April 22), and Love Streams (March 29 - April 28). “Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.” — Robert, Love Streams“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.” — Sarah, Love Streams I love a good punch. Not the kind Robert Mitchum could land, or the kind Errol Flynn once received, though the mythmaking breeziness of another era’s gossip columns ensures even these retain an ageless charm. I mean the verbal kind, the hit-you-in-the-belly kind. A gut punch. Putdowns are an art: cadence is a weapon, pithiness a bullet. Brevity bruises: it’s not so much what is said as everything that isn’t. The best knocks hurt precisely because, no matter how brutal they get,
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Great Double Features I’Ve Seen #1: Smokey And The Bandit (1977) And Convoy (1978)

(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)

The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of
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The Forgotten Hit: Beatty’s Dazzling ‘Dick Tracy’

In the summer of 1990, Warren Beatty’s labor-of-love, Dick Tracy, became a surprise commercial hit, earned acclaim for its visuals and technical artistry, and went on to win a number of high-profile awards. Its cast was bursting with stars and beloved character actors. So why, 25 years on, does it feel so forgotten?

Certainly, director-producer-star Beatty created a visual masterpiece and proved that “style over substance” isn’t always a bad thing. The design team was limited to the seven colors available to comic strip creator Chester Gould, and the movie reproduces that vivid look as faithfully as any live-action film could. From the spectacular flight across the twilit city that appears under the opening credits, it’s clear that Dick Tracy is something different.

Moments later, Gould’s trademark Rogues’ Gallery villains make their first appearance, brought to life by the makeup of John Caglione, Jr. and Doug Drexler, who
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The Forgotten Hit: Beatty’s Dazzling Dick Tracy

In the summer of 1990, Warren Beatty’s labor-of-love, Dick Tracy, became a surprise commercial hit, earned acclaim for its visuals and technical artistry, and went on to win a number of high-profile awards. Its cast was bursting with stars and beloved character actors. So why, 25 years on, does it feel so forgotten?

Certainly, director-producer-star Beatty created a visual masterpiece and proved that “style over substance” isn’t always a bad thing. The design team was limited to the seven colors available to comic strip creator Chester Gould, and the movie reproduces that vivid look as faithfully as any live-action film could. From the spectacular flight across the twilit city that appears under the opening credits, it’s clear that Dick Tracy is something different.

Moments later, Gould’s trademark Rogues’ Gallery villains make their first appearance, brought to life by the makeup of John Caglione, Jr. and Doug Drexler, who
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series is Now Available

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Warner Archive Collection continues its commitment to fulfilling the wishes of animation fans everywhere with the first-ever Blu-ray™ release of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series. The enthralling anthology will be distributed in full 16×9 widescreen presentation starting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-2006 and featured a huge canon of characters from the DC Comics library. After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited selection of allies including Green Arrow,
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Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series hits Blu-ray

We heard back in September that Justice League Unlimited was coming to Blu-ray, and now the Warner Archive Collection has announced that Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series will hit shelves tomorrow, November 10th, bringing all 39 episodes of the show to HD. The full press release follows…

As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-2006 and featured a huge canon of characters from the DC Comics library. After fighting off an alien invasion in the previous two-season Justice League series, our heroes find their ranks diminished and – with new dangers arising at an ever-increasing pace – the remaining crime fighters realize that protecting the entire world is going to take more technology and more manpower. A lot more. The original seven Justice Leaguers – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, J’onn J’onzz, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl – are now joined by an unlimited
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Surprise! Justice League Unlimited Complete Series Hits Blu-Ray Tomorrow

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The popular animated series, Justice League Unlimited, is finally coming to blu-ray in a new complete series set and if you can't wait for it, you're in luck. It's releasing Tomorrow!

Well this is kinda neat. If you really enjoyed the Justice League Unlimited animated series, which has a pretty dedicated fan following (with good reason), then you should be pretty happy to hear that the entire season is coming to blu-ray for the first time in one collection. Better yet, it's landing tomorrow, November 10th.

Warner Archive Collection continues its commitment to fulfilling the wishes of animation fans everywhere with the first-ever Blu-ray™ release of Justice League Unlimited: The Complete Series. The enthralling anthology will be distributed in full 16x9 widescreen presentation starting Tuesday, November 10, 2015 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

As the follow-up to the popular Justice League animated series, Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004-
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James Franco, Seth Rogen And Danny McBride Reteam In The Sound And The Fury Trailer

This year, the regular and often reliable comedy team of James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride will reunite for The Sound and the Fury – but not as you know them.

For those hoping for the spontaneous energy a la Pineapple Express or This is the End, you may exit the trailer with a profound feeling of disappointment – or you may feel that regardless of your expectations. You see, this adaptation of William Faulkner’s seminal novel of the same name isn’t nearly as impressionable as it needs to be, and even from our review it’s clear that the Franco-directed adaptation is one you could easily pass up.

Charting the trials and tribulations faced by the Compsons, a once tight-knit Southern family, The Sound and the Fury is, on paper, an understudy on familial drama and the universal challenges that each of us can relate to in our own unique way.
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First Trailer For James Franco’s ‘The Sound and the Fury’ With Seth Rogen, Danny McBride & More

Yes, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride are in a new movie together. However, for those expecting another Pineapple Express or This is the End, you may leave disappointed. The Franco-directed adaptation of William Faulkner‘s The Sound and the Fury premiered at Venice Film Festival last year and now it’s finally getting a theatrical release.

Also starring Jacob Loeb, Ahna O’Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King and Loretta Devine, the film follows the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. While it’s already been in limited release for a little bit, the first trailer has now dropped, which gives us a glimpse at Franco’s passion project and his second Faulkner adaptation following As I Lay Dying, as well as a heavy dose of the Beasts of the Southern Wild score.

Check it out below,
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Knock Knock | Review

While We’re Young: Roth’s Revisits Grindhouse Home Invasion

Genre director Eli Roth presents his first remake, Knock Knock, a rehash of a 1977 grindhouse thriller, Death Game (which starred Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke, both returning as producers), utilizing modern technology for this revamped mixture of home invasion nightmare and portrait of masculine anxiety. Entertaining as a bit of unintentional camp, Roth’s inability to reign in over-the-top antics from his wildly uneven cast members doffs its queasy sexual overtones nearly as soon as they begin to develop. Headliner Keanu Reeves, along with Roth’s own wife Lorenza Izzo, tend to run amok in a screenplay co-written by the director’s clutch of Chilean acolytes Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amodeo. Salty, overly exuberant bits of dialogue only solidify the film’s aptitude for off-putting ludicrousness, but for those inclined towards grungy, misanthropic portraits of cruel psychological games, it’s not a complete loss.
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'Summers Downstairs' wins at Oldenburg

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'Summers Downstairs' wins at Oldenburg
Tom Sommerlatte’s debut Summers Downstairs (Im Sommer wohnt er unten) was picked by the audience at this year’s Oldenburg International Film Festival (Sep 16-20) for the German Independence Award.

The French-German co-production, handled internationally by Arri Worldsales, premiered in the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar in February, won Best Feature Film at the Achtung Berlin! festival in April, and was the opening film of Filmfest Schwerin in May.

There were double honours for Sommerlatte at the closing night gala on Sunday (Sep 20) when the nomination jury for the European Film Awards’ European Discovery - Prix Fipresci announced that Summers Downstairs had been chosen as one of five finalists.

The Seymour Cassel Award - in honour of one of Oldenburg’s aficianados - was shared this year for the first time between two actors: actress Sarah Silverman for her performance in I Smile Back and former European Shooting Star Nikola Rakočević for his role in
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50 Best Comic Book Movie Adaptations

20. Story of Ricky (Lik wong) – Starring Siu-Wong Fan as the titular character, Riki Oh, based on a manga series which eventually became an anime, marks the end of an era of Japanese exploitation flicks, before the new generation of filmmakers such as Takashi Miike took over. Unlike Miike’s movies, or other recent entries such as Tokyo Gore Police, Riki Oh’s tone borders on comedy, played up by bad voice dubbing, foolish plot lines, cartoonish gore and eccentric characters (including a one-eyed assistant warden with a hook for a hand). For a prison film, the movie never seems mean-spirited, and if anything it masquerades as a bizarre superhero flick. The effects are the main draw – Riki Oh exists simply to showcase several outlandish set pieces, ramping up the level of violence, gore and action with each new scene. Made before the days of CGI, director Lam relies simply on practical effects,
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How Much Do You Know About Wes Anderson?

How Much Do You Know About Wes Anderson?
Read More: Watch: Here's What 'The Shining' Would Look Like If It Were Directed By Wes Anderson Of all the hardcore film fans out there, the Wes Anderson brigade is a particular kind of beast. Unlike Tarantino fans, who skew male, or Fellini fans, who tend to belong to the older age bracket, Anderson's fans can't easily be classified. They're men and women; they're old and young; they're American, European, and Brazilian. What demarcates an Anderson fan is not identity, but whimsical dedication.  Yesterday, at cinephile haunt Videology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, dedicated Wes Anderson fans were put to the ultimate test. But how would you stack up? Take a look at the trivia questions deployed at the event, and see what you can answer. (Answers at the bottom of the page.) 1. Who has Anderson written the most screenplays with?2. Name the 3 Anderson films that feature Seymour Cassel.3. Anderson includes a
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