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Oscars: Biopics, Diversity Dearth Shape Midyear Race

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.

Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.

That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Other reality-based pics that are »

- Tim Gray

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Leon Russell Gets Reflective at 'A Poem is a Naked Person' NYC Opening

13 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Bask in the American Glory of the 'A Poem is a Naked Person' Trailer From 1972-1974, documentarian Les Blank spent time with country artist Leon Russell at his studio in Grand Lake, Oklahoma recording hours of video footage for a film project that would later become "A Poem is a Naked Person." However, creative differences and problems with musical copyright stifled the release of the documentary for decades, preventing it from ever receiving theatrical distribution. Following Blank's death in 2013, his son, Harrod, was finally able to complete the film, which debuted earlier this year at South by Southwest. "A Poem is a Naked Person" received its official theatrical opening last night at New York City's Film Forum with Leon Russell in attendance. Afterwards, Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") spoke with Russell, Blank and Maureen Gosling, Les Blank's longtime assistant and editor. »

- Ethan Sapienza

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‘Philadelphia’ Screenwriter on Gay Marriage, Legacy of Tom Hanks AIDS Drama

1 July 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ron Nyswaner was nominated for a screenwriting Oscar for 1993’s “Philadelphia,” the breakthrough drama starring Tom Hanks that portrayed a gay man living with AIDS. He also wrote the upcoming fall release “Freeheld,” starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page as domestic partners.

Did Hollywood pave the way for gay marriage?

It is a little self-aggrandizing to say that, because I’ve contributed to popular images of gay people. But I think it’s absolutely true. For the last 20 years, over and over again, I’ve been told stories. Somebody once said, “My parents stopped talking to me, then they saw ‘Philadelphia.’”

How long did it take to write?

About four years. Jonathan Demme and I were looking for the right story, always with the goal — which annoyed some people at the time — to have mainstream success with a movie about a gay man with AIDS. We worked really hard to »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more

30 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Asif Kapadia's breathtaking documentary Amy is already wowing critics and fans, so its official release this week makes it a good a time to be reminded of some other great music documentaries.

There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.

10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)

Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.

9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)

Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating »

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Daily | Lists, Histories, Interviews

29 June 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Criterion Collection: A Master Builder | Blu-ray Review

23 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The third experimental cinematic endeavor from the writing/acting duo of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, A Master Builder, at last reaches a notable platform of consumption with its inclusion in the Criterion collection. Their previous collaborations, My Dinner with Andre (1981) and Vanya on 42nd Street (1992), both directed by French auteur Louis Malle, have reached a sort of mythical status in the realm of art-house cinema. And so the rather hushed theatrical reception of this latest endeavor, another long-gestating exercise, this time re-working a late period play from Ibsen while Jonathan Demme usurps the directorial seat, perhaps has more to do with the fluctuating cinematic landscape. Existing, tonally, somewhere in-between the previous two ventures, this generally claustrophobic rendering doesn’t contain the same sense of innovative, inspiring energy, oscillating between moments of flaccid, rehearsed dialogue and moments of overwhelming emotional hysteria. As a filmed version of this experimental theater exercise, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Laff: Jonathan Demme Talks Rooting For The Underdog, Rock Star Meryl Streep, Learning From Christopher Walken & More

22 June 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s often only following an IMDb visit that you identify a Jonathan Demme film, so dramatic are his shapeshifting abilities in genre, from documentary to crime comedy to political caper. Unlike Steven Soderbergh’s signature aesthetic touches to his output, Demme fashions a deep dive into characters and their complex dynamics instead. Since his schooling under Roger Corman and his first film “Caged Heat” in 1974, the director has helmed a string of classics --“Something Wild,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “Married To The Mob”–as well as remakes (“The Manchurian Candidate”), documentaries, and concert films (“Stop Making Sense”). Read More: Watch: 27-Minute Talk Between Paul Thomas Anderson And Jonathan Demme Those career peaks kept to the edges of Demme’s talk with fest curator Elvis Mitchell last week at this year’s La Film Festival, though. Rather, the occasion–titled “Jonathan Demme: American Iconoclast”--touched on Demme’s »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Daily | Vigo, Cassavetes, Strickland

22 June 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Sabzian has posted "Toward a Social Cinema," a lecture Jean Vigo delivered in Paris almost exactly 85 years ago on the occasion of the second screening of his first film, À propos de Nice. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Ilpo Hirvonen on John Cassavetes's Love Streams, Phelim O'Neill's interview with Peter Strickland, new writing in the Los Angeles Review of Books on True Detective and on Star Trek and Mad Max, Trey Edward Shults (Krisha) on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, David Thomson on Elizabeth Banks in Bill Pohlad's Love & Mercy, a discussion about Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Emmys: Mary Steenburgen Reveals Which Role Made Husband Ted Danson Jealous

13 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. From her Academy Award-winning role in Jonathan Demme's quirky 1980 drama Melvin and Howard to playing Will Ferrell's mom in 2008's Step Brothers, Mary Steenburgen has never been pigeonholed as an actor. The Arkansas native, 62, added three acclaimed TV gigs to her roster this season, all of which have placed her squarely in the primetime Emmy race for supporting actress (FX's Justified) and guest actress in a comedy (Fox's The Last Man on Earth and HBO's Togetherness). How were you cast as the scheming

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- Stacey Wilson Hunt

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Watch: Supercut Highlights 'True Detective' Movie References Including Andrei Tarkovsky, David Fincher & More

10 June 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s 11 days until the much anticipated second season premiere of “True Detective” and there’s still much unknown about what awaits us on the other side of that hour so instead of idly speculating, let’s turn out attention back to the stellar first season with Tea and a Movie’s new video breaking down the visual references in the Cary Fukunaga-directed season. Read More: Watch: Change Is Coming In First Teaser Trailer For 'True Detective' Season 2 Subtitled “The Long Bright Dark" (borrowed from the title of the first episode) season one is filled with evocative and arresting imagery that came from the collaboration of Fukunaga and his cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, built on Nic Pizzolatto’s scripts. According to Tea and a Movie’s video, there are many shots that references films that deal with serial killers like David Fincher’s “Seven,” Jonathan Demme’s “Silence of the Lambs, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Supercut Highlights 'True Detective' Movie References Including Andrei Tarkovsky, David Fincher & More

10 June 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s 11 days until the much anticipated second season premiere of “True Detective” and there’s still much unknown about what awaits us on the other side of that hour so instead of idly speculating, let’s turn out attention back to the stellar first season with Tea and a Movie’s new video breaking down the visual references in the Cary Fukunaga-directed season. Read More: Watch: Change Is Coming In First Teaser Trailer For 'True Detective' Season 2 Subtitled “The Long Bright Dark" (borrowed from the title of the first episode) season one is filled with evocative and arresting imagery that came from the collaboration of Fukunaga and his cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, built on Nic Pizzolatto’s scripts. According to Tea and a Movie’s video, there are many shots that references films that deal with serial killers like David Fincher’s “Seven,” Jonathan Demme’s “Silence of the Lambs, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: The Movie References in 'True Detective' (Including Some Shockers)

9 June 2015 7:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

One of the reasons the first season of HBO's 'True Detective' was so fascinating for so many viewers was that its ambition--shown by the development of the tormented relationship between detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson), the spiraling exploration of a murder investigation, the multi-layered nature of the narrative--was of a type that, though we wouldn't necessarily say it out loud, we would typically expect from a film rather than a television show, even in the Golden Age of Television. Decades of historic restraint of narratives on the small screen to fit into a one-hour format can still make television shows like 'True Detective' or its "prestige" brethren stand out. So it's no surprise that the influences collected in this short piece by "Tea and a Movie" range from David Fincher to Jonathan Demme to (oddly enough) Andrei Tarkovsky. The piece highlights »

- Max Winter

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Watch The New Trailer For Meryl Streep’s Ricki And The Flash

8 June 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

With director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), screen writer Diablo Cody (Juno), and Meryl Streep all Oscar winners, there is no denying the pedigree of Ricki and the Flash. The latest trailer doesn’t tell us anything new, but Streep is again on top form, and there’s something about Cody’s script that seems to shake up the very familiar story. Check it out for yourself below. Released: August 7th Synopsis: In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Ricki And The Flash Trailer: Meryl Streep Tries to Balance Stardom and Family

8 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sony Pictures just released a new international trailer for Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash and while it does have a little new footage in it, it still suffers from the same problems the first one had - it's super cheesy and leaves you with the impression that you've just seen the whole movie. This one also doesn't seem to know how to transition from scene to scene without using one fade to black after the next, which is definitely a bit distracting. Meryl Streep leads the film as Ricki, a musician who once chose her career over her family, and now must return home to make things right with them. Catch her in action in the new Ricki and the Flash trailer for yourself below. The film also stars Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Rick SpringfieldSebastian Stan and Audra McDonald, and is due in theaters on August 7th. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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'Ricki and the Flash' Trailer: Meryl Streep Sings with Rick Springfield

8 June 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jonathan Demme directs Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash and Sony has released a new trailer for the upcoming Aug. 7 release. Written by Diablo Cody (Juno), Streep plays the titular Ricki Rendazzo, a hard-rocking singer/guitarist who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki's ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline's new wife. Check out the new trailer below. yt id="IZisJ-PpJ84" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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New trailer for Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep

8 June 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A brand new trailer has arrived online today for Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…

Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki and the Flash. In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.

Ricki and the Flash will open on August 7th. »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: Meryl Streep Hits The Stage In New Trailer For Jonathan Demme’s ‘Ricki And The Flash’

8 June 2015 4:48 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The summer movie season ain't over until Meryl Streep sings. In 2008, she was part of the ensemble that scored a massive $600 million worldwide plus hit with "Mamma Mia," and while "Ricki And The Flash" isn't a musical, Sony is hoping to tap into some of that same audience. Read More: Watch: Carey Mulligan & Meryl Streep Fight For Women's Rights In First Teaser Trailer For 'Suffragette' Co-starring Mamie GummerKevin KlineSebastian Stan, Rick SpringfieldAudra McDonald and Ben Platt, the Diablo Cody penned story follows an aging rocker (Streep, slinging a guitar, and years on the road) who returns home to her estranged family in the wake of a mini-crisis. Will she be forgiven for making them a second priority while she pursued her rock 'n roll dreams? We'll see, but Jonathan Demme ("Rachel Getting Married," "Philadelphia") is certainly the right guy to tap into those comic and dramatic emotions. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Ricki And The Flash Trailer Rocks Up

7 June 2015 7:50 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The first trailer for Meryl Streep’s latest blend of warbling and performing – Ricki And The Flash – appeared just last month. Here comes the new one, which delivers a very similar feel with a few new snippets here and there. Jonathan Demme is behind the camera for this one, directing a Diablo Cody script about a rocker who essentially gave up everything for her chance at musical stardom. She’s used to being on tour, but when her long-suffering ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) calls to say their daughter Julie (Streep’s real-life spawn Mamie Gummer) has been jilted by her husband-to-be, she’s forced to confront the realities of the family she left behind. Naturally, there’s a little rebonding to be done, especially given that Julie isn’t the only one with matrimony on the mind – son Joshua (Sebastian Stan) is ready to elope with his girlfriend to avoid having his absent mother involved. »

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Is TV's 'Hannibal' even better than 'Silence of the Lambs'? (Poll)'

5 June 2015 7:34 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

NBC's "Hannibal" premiered its third season on June 4, and it continues to receive rapturous praise from critics (84 on MetaCritic as of this writing). But as good as it is, could it be – gasp – even better than "The Silence of the Lambs"? -Break- Is Mads Mikkelsen now the greatest Hannibal the Cannibal? (Poll) "Silence," directed by Jonathan Demme in 1991, wasn't the first film to feature the infamous serial killer Hannibal Lecter – that was "Manhunter" in 1986 – but it was certainly the one that made him a star. It was so dazzling that the motion picture academy momentarily forgot their snobbish bias against horror films and awarded it the Oscar for Best Picture and gave Anthony Hopkins the Best Actor prize as Lecter. What's more, it's one of only three films in Oscar history to win the big five awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress for Jodie Foster and Scr »

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Palm Springs ShortFest announces titles

4 June 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.

Jonathan Demme and Matt Groening appear in the documentary I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!, Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Kimmel in the world premiere of Miss Famous, John Cusack in the world premiere of Red Rider and Bryce Dallas Howard directing and starring in solemates.

Richard E Grant narrates Teeth and Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rose McGowan and Marisa Coughlan appear in the world premiere of The Weight Of Blood & Bones and selections include Twin Visions by Louise Salter and Gavin Bowden and H Positive by Glenn Paton.

All in the all the festival will present 330 films including 77 world premieres, 65 North American premieres and 19 Us premieres across 54 programmes. More than $115,000 in prizes are on offer.

More than 3,000 of the festival submissions are available in the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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