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14 items from 2017


Review: "Cheech And Chong's Next Movie" (1980); Shout! Factory Blu-ray Special Edition

28 June 2017 6:13 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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“Ip Man: Final Fight” provides the perfect conclusion to a great story

6 June 2017 1:33 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Starting in 2008, Ip Man, the master of Wing Chun, has featured as the main character in a number of movies and a TV series. “Final Fight” presents the story of his last period, when he moved to Hong Kong from Foshan, following the victory of the Chinese Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War, since he was a police officer of the previous regime, the Kuomintang.

“Ip Man: Final Fight” is released by Cine Asia

The film begins in 1949, upon his arrival in Hong Kong, where a sick and alone, 56 -year-old Ip Man (his wife and son had stayed in Foshan) starts teaching Wing Chun on the rooftop of a building that houses the hotel staff’s general association. He meets and accepts new students from every part of society, and his class consists of laborers, a lot of which are members of the labor movement, correctional officers, even policemen. »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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Film Festival Roundup: Provincetown Announces New Programming, Stony Brook Reveals Lineup and More

1 June 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Provincetown International Film Festival (Piff) has announced the latest slate of programming for its 19th edition, running June 14 – 18. The added programming includes an awards presentation for actress Aubrey Plaza, who will receive the festival’s inaugural Next Wave Award, which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Plaza, who stars in and produced the festival’s Closing Night Film, “Ingrid Goes West,” will receive the honor at a ceremony on Sunday, June 18 at Fishermen Hall in Provincetown.

Additionally, the festival announced a special presentation with Julie Klausner and Scott King, the creators of Hulu’s hit original series “Difficult People“ and a special screening of a new documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Sebastian Junger »

- Kate Erbland

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Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake

16 May 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sofia Coppola met her muse Kirsten Dunst in 1998. The actress was just 16 at the time, and the 27-year-old daughter of Francis Ford Coppola was about to make her directorial debut with “The Virgin Suicides,” based on a novel that she loved. Dunst was so innocent, she brought her mom along to chaperone their initial conversation. “I was a little nervous,” she says. “It was my first adult role!”

So much of Hollywood is filtered through the male gaze. But Coppola, who tells stories from the perspectives of her heroines, immediately put Dunst at ease. “She was always a good influence on me as a young woman,” Dunst says, recalling a compliment that Coppola once paid her that she never forgot. “She said to me, ‘I love your teeth; don’t ever fix your teeth.’ I remember doing a ‘Spider-Man’ movie later, and one of the producers was like, ‘I need »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Film Festival Roundup: BAMcinemaFest Unveils Full Slate, Siff Picks Lineup, Laff Announces Opener and More

4 May 2017 3:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– BAMcinématek has announced the full lineup for the ninth annual BAMcinemaFest (Jun 14 – 25, 2017), which features 24 New York premieres, one North American premiere, and two world premieres. Opening the festival on Wednesday, June 14 is the New York premiere of Aaron Katz’s “Gemini.” This year’s Closing Night selection is the New York premiere of Brooklyn filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s fifth feature, “Golden Exits.”

Other highlights include “En el Séptimo Día,” “A Ghost Story,” “Landline,” and “Whose Streets.” Check out the full lineup here.

– The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 3rd annual festival running June 1 – 4, 2017 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“Bending the Arc,” a documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists whose work thirty years »

- Kate Erbland

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Newswire: Cheech & De Niro, together at last

28 April 2017 9:19 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

After the dissolution of Cheech & Chong in the 1980s, both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong pursued solo careers—to disparate levels of success—but always carried on with the other as a sort of phantom limb, never quite feeling whole in their absence. Cheech & Chong finally reunited in 2008, an implicit acknowledgment that there was no one else who could complement each other so completely, no other partner with whom they could create that ineffable chemistry. But then, that’s only because Robert De Niro wasn’t available. Until now.

The long-awaited team-up of Cheech & De Niro has finally aligned, The Wrap reports, with the comedy supergroup set to convene on the upcoming War With Grandpa, a film in which Robert De Niro continues his late-career renaissance of playing grandpas who definitely aren’t your grandpa’s grandpa. This grandpa, recently widowed, will move into his grandson ...

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- Sean O'Neal

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Netflix's Best Stoner Movies to Watch on April 20

20 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

April 20, commonly known as 4/20, an "International cannabis culture holiday," is here. In case you don't have to go to work or school, might we suggest some movies to watch? We've gathered some of the best stoner movies on Netflix, in addition to this month's latest releases. There are classics like Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke, documentaries such as Super High Me, and even Wayne's World! Before you decide on what to do on this special holiday, check out the movies you may want to stream. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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"Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback."

20 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For better or worse, the date April 20th infamously sparks an eternal flame in the hearts of potheads across the world in celebration over their vice of choice – and the canon of cinematic stoners is certainly no exception. Hash-loving hippies have long cropped up in motion pictures as anti-establishment icons, quasi-kings of interminable philosophy, and occasionally as crutches for comic relief or character development. While the presence of marijuana in the movies holds a certain time capsule cache in relation to broader anxieties over cultural identity within era-defining films such as Easy Rider or American Beauty or even Children of Men – not to mention its propagandist roots in cautionary tales such as Reefer Madness – it has chiefly acted as a dispensary for daffy, dippy diversions in cannabis-centric comedies like Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Half Baked, or Cheech and Chong

Occasionally, a film strikes Humboldt gold and elevates the »

- Daniel Crooke

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

26 February 2017 10:43 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscars: A Tale of Two Oscar Stories and One Very Big Gaffe

26 February 2017 10:43 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Going into the Oscars, the question was which of two competing narratives would dominate the night.

The end result: a balance between the two, amid a disturbing gaffe as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a “La La Land” card out of a red envelope. There was a mistake.

Read More: 2017 Oscars: Full Winners List

With eight nominations, “Moonlight” looked to be the likeliest film to unseat rival juggernaut “La La Land” for Best Picture and so it did, among three total Oscars.

“There were two cards. I wanted to see the card,” said “Moonlight” writer-director Jenkins backstage in explaining the bizarre mixup which initially saw “La La Land” announced as Best Picture before a correction was issued that it was “Moonlight.” Beatty showed to him. (It said “Moonlight.”) “The folks from ‘La La Land’ were so gracious,” he added.

“There was a time when I thought this movie was impossible, »

- Anne Thompson

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IndieWire’s Final Oscar 2017 Predictions: ‘La La Land’ Will Win Nine of Its 14 Nominations

24 February 2017 7:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sunday’s Oscars 2017 are driven by two competing narratives. The question is which one will dominate the night.

We know Damien Chazelle’s retro musical “La La Land” (Lionsgate) will take home a slew of Oscars. But out of its record-tying 14 nominations, will it win five, like the BAFTAs? Seven, like its Golden Globes sweep? Or can it break the record of 11? (Three epic spectacles hold the record for most Oscar wins: “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur,” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”) “West Side Story” holds the record for a musical, with 10 wins.

Check my predictions below: By my “La La Land” tally, it’s nine.

The second story of the night: a dramatic course correction a year after #Oscarsowhite. The Academy actors’ branch nominated a record seven actors of color: familiar faces Octavia Spencer (Fox’s “Hidden Figures”) and Paramount’s “Fences” stars Denzel Washington (his eighth nomination »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Zootopia’ Helmers Byron Howard, Rich Moore on Their Timely, Subversive Toon

15 February 2017 3:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the smartest and most subversive movies in the Oscar race this year comes in an unexpected package — that of a Disney animated film featuring adorable animals who tackle such weighty issues as racism, sexism, and governing through fear. “Zootopia” was helmed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore (with co-director Jared Bush), who also developed the story, with a screenplay by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston.

In the film, Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) sets out to be the first rabbit police officer, only to team up with a con artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) to solve the mystery of why some animals are turning feral. The serious subject matter is cleverly buoyed by humor, such as when Hopps explains to a cheetah, “You probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny cute, but when other animals do it, it’s a little…”

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- Jenelle Riley

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Run The Series: Hey, man, you wanna watch the Cheech & Chong movies, man?

8 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

“You wanna get high, man?”

“Does Howdy Doody got wooden balls, man?”

With marijuana currently nearing legalization on a federal level, it’s been a while since the drug was scandalous enough to make the comedic stylings of Tommy Chong and Richard “Cheech” Marin seem subversive. But back when their stand-up tours were the scourge of moral watchdog groups and local police departments, the common knock against the pair was that they were only funny if you were stoned too. The squares that the duo goofed on across their eight films—institution figures ranging from cops to narcos to nuns to bosses—looked down on Cheech and Chong as hippie jesters for idiots, palatable solely to those wastrels who had sufficiently lowered their consciousness enough to chuckle at the »

- Charles Bramesco

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'Hollyweed' Sign Culprit In Hiding, Fears Arrest (Photo)

6 January 2017 12:40 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The guy who transformed the Hollywood sign into a beacon for stoners has gone underground ... and he's brought enough weed to stay in hiding for a while. Zach Fernandez -- aka "Jesushands" -- is lying low in an undisclosed location on the heels of his "Hollyweed" stunt. Sources close to Zach tell us he's afraid he'll be charged with a crime. We're told he's left L.A. and doesn't plan to return anytime soon ... especially »

- TMZ Staff

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