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Arthouse Audit: ‘Little Men’ Leads Openers, ‘Indignation’ and ‘Café Society’ Stay Strong

7 August 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Summer is chugging along at the specialty box office.

Another acclaimed Sundance 2016 entry, Ira Sachs’ “Little Men” (Magnolia), showed a credible opening in New York and Los Angeles, as two of last week’s Park City 2016 premieres, “Indignation” (Roadside Attractions) and “Gleason” (Open Road), expanded this weekend to varying results.

The biggest recent success, Woody Allen’s “Café Society” continued to do well, but it’s still below three of his recent hits. Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” continues to impress. Comedy is the common denominator in their broader appeal.

As usual, Netflix reported no grosses for its token theatrical dates for Mark Osborne’s animated feature “The Little Prince,” the children’s classic adaptation that was initially scheduled to be a Paramount release last March.

Opening

Little Men” (Magnolia) – Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Sundance 2016

$32,250 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $16,125

Ira Sachs’ most recent film joins the »

- Tom Brueggemann

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John Waters’ Amazing, And Newly Restored, ‘Multiple Maniacs’ Marked the Birth of Hater Nation

6 August 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In his long and storied career, writer-director John Waters, the Baltimore bard of trash and sleaze and twisted kicks, has staged all kinds of scenes, from delinquent comedy to hardcore gross-outs to grungy fairy-tale burlesque to rock & roll homicide. Yet he has almost never staged a classic movie love scene, full of kissing and panting and writhing, the way he does in “Multiple Maniacs.”

Okay, it is a John Waters love scene. His heroine, who for most of the movie goes by the rather decorous name of Lady Divine (by the end, the “Lady” has been dropped in every way), is inside a church when she succumbs to the advances of Mink Stole, playing a dainty middle-class frump with secret desires. The two make out near the confessional, and then clothes come off, and then Mink indulges Lady Divine in a “rosary job” — which should more or less hit the top of the outrage meter. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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John Waters on Restored 'Multiple Maniacs': A 'Movie to Scare Hippies'

5 August 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"It's even weirder now than it ever was," John Waters says, reflecting on his newly restored, resplendently profane Multiple Maniacs. "When I was watching it again recently, I was thinking, 'No wonder my parents were uptight.' But I'm proud of it."

The Pope of Trash's 1970 feature stars his greatest muse, the raunchy drag queen Divine, as the ringleader of a homicidal sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion that sets up camp in — of course — Baltimore. Vulgarity ensues. The poster for the theatrical re-release, restored from film the director had kept in his closet, »

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Joshua Reviews John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs [Theatrical Review]

5 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Photo by Lawrence Irvine

The name John Waters can conjure up many an image. Be it of the director himself (that mustache is as much a calling card as any of his feature films) or of his controversial films, few directors have built a cult around themselves like Waters. Best friend to the rejects, scumbags, losers and perverts, Waters and his films have become not only points of discussion for government officials lamenting about the nation’s dissolving morals but rallying points for those who live on the outside of popular culture.

And yet even he has one of those pesky “rarely seen” films that has seemingly become a forgotten curio for only the biggest of fans. That is, until Janus Films got hold of it. Entitled Multiple Maniacs, Waters marked his second feature by making a film that even had judicial figures like Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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John Waters on ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ His Favorite Filmmakers & Why He Hasn’t Directed in More Than a Decade

1 August 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Waters has made 16 films over the course of his nearly 50-year career, one of which has remained elusive for years: 1970’s “Multiple Maniacs.” Janus Films recently restored the cult icon’s second feature, and Waters spoke to us about the film’s re-release, the filmmakers of today he most admires and why he hasn’t directed in more than 10 years.

There’s a funny coincidence because our TV team is at the TCAs. NBC is promoting “Hairspray Live” as part of their upfronts. It’s like Must See TV for the Whole Family. Meanwhile, your “Multiple Maniacs” restoration is going to promote rosary jobs for a whole new generation. Is this your idea of a balanced life?

It is, because I felt the same thing. I did in June a thing with the Baltimore Symphony, where they do “Hairspray,” and I’m sort of like Victor Borge and I »

- Dana Harris

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Trailer For John Waters’ Newly Restored Trash Cinema Masterpiece ‘Multiple Maniacs’

12 July 2016 10:26 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In the rungs of the cinematic ladder, there’s a special place for absolute trashcore madness. A previously hard-to-find, iconic piece of the genre from cult icon John Waters has now been restored and given a new trailer. Called, “Horrendous. Sickening. Revolting. Most distasteful.” by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan, the film is Multiple Maniacs.

Filmed in Baltimore, it follows “real” people — including Waters’ go-to collaborator Divine — as they seem to putz about and commit crimes, including imagery of a man billed by the trailer as “Jesus Christ” walking through the woods on a cross. In other words, you’ll know right off the bat if this is the type of film for you.

Ahead of a theatrical run in early August and likely Criterion release, see the trailer below.

John Waters’s gloriously grotesque and extremely hard to see second feature comes to theaters at long last, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Provincetown Fest Holds Fast to Indie Spirit

16 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like the Massachusetts seaside town that serves as its host, the Provincetown Intl. Film Festival has been a beacon for independent-minded artists who seek to showcase and discuss their work with a diverse and appreciative audience. The 18th iteration of the festival, which takes place June 15-19, is no exception, as evidenced by its lineup of feature films and special programs.

This year’s schedule includes the Viggo Mortensen starrer “Captain Fantastic,” fresh off winning Un Certain Regard’s director prize at Cannes, as its opening night presentation. It closes with the New England premiere of the documentary “Strike a Pose,” about the dancers who backed Madonna on her “Blonde Ambition” tour. The festival will also honor Ang Lee and Cynthia Nixon and offers a restored presentation of long-time festival supporter John Waters’ rarely seen sophomore feature, the 1970 cult film “Multiple Maniacs,” in addition to many other films, panels and presentations.

Cod Community

According to the festival’s organizers, Piff’s popularity is informed by the Cape Cod town itself, which over the course of three centuries has counted a Portuguese-run fishing industry, an array of artists, writers and actors, and a significant Lgbtq community among its residents.

“There’s something very unique about Provincetown,” says filmmaker Christine Walker, who is also the festival’s executive director. “There’s a camaraderie among the filmmakers and the audiences because we all feel like we’re in this inspirational place together. It doesn’t feel like you’re running around trying to secure a deal — it feels like you’re meeting colleagues and people who love film.”

Waters, whom festival artistic director Connie White describes as Piff’s guru, says the town and the festival draw eclectic crowds because “it’s still a beatnik place — a place for Bohemians, a gay fishing village that’s also hetero friendly. [And festival] audiences are passionate and crazy and accepting of almost anything. Who wouldn’t want to go to Provincetown?”

Honorees And Keynotes

In addition to Lee, who will receive this year’s Filmmaker on the Edge award from Waters on June 18, and Nixon, who will be honored with the festival’s Excellence in Acting Award that same day, the lineup will feature a keynote speech by producer Effie Brown [“Dear White People”] at the Evan Lawson Filmmakers Brunch on June 19. Actress-director Illeana Douglas will speak about her memoir “I Blame Dennis Hopper” at a PIFFtalks panel discussion June 16, while authors David Ebershoff and Lisa Genova will speak at a June 18 panel about the transition of their books — “The Danish Girl” and “Still Alice,” respectively — into feature films.

In addition to interviewing Lee as part of the Filmmaker on the Edge Award — a duty he’s handled since the first Piff in 1999 — Waters will also be present to offer up a newly restored print of “Multiple Maniacs,” which he describes as “training wheels for ‘Pink Flamingos.’” Directed in 1970 and featuring the late Divine as the owner of a homicidal carnival act called “The Cavalcade of Perversion,” the film originally played Province-town when Waters summered there, as he has for the last 50 years. “It played there before it had a distributor,” says Waters. “I worked at the [Provincetown] Bookshop, and the owner let me turn the display windows into advertisements for the film.”

Waters decided to revisit the film after appearing with the Baltimore Symphony for a production of “Hairspray,” the family-friendly musical based on his 1988 film.

“I was the onstage narrator, and I thought that the audience loved it for all the right reasons,” he says. “But what if they saw ‘Multiple Maniacs?’ They would be horrified!”

After working out some music rights and sound issues, Waters says that the film will enjoy a brief theatrical run following its debut at Piff on June 17.

Screenings

“We’re always looking for films that are edgy and [of] quality,” says White. “We want something crowd-pleasing to kick off the festival, that will engage the town, and ‘Captain Fantastic’ [June 15 and 19] sets the right tone. Closing night is something that people can build up towards, and ‘Strike a Pose’ [June 16 and 19] had the right flavor to end the festival — it’s touching and very interesting.”

Other films screening include Jonah Markowitz and Tracey Ware’s documentary “Political Animals,” the drama “Indignation,” which director James Schamus adapted from the Philip Roth novel, and Susanna White’s film version of John Le Carre’s “Our Kind of Traitor” with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Harris. Todd Solondz’s new comedy “Wiener-Dog” will also screen.

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- Paul Gaita

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John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs Restored by The Criterion Collection and Janus Films

8 June 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Photo by Lawrence Irvine

The folks at Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have just sent out the announcement that they’ll screen a restored print of John Waters’ 1970 film Multiple Maniacs at the Provincetown Film Festival on June 17th, with a national roll-out this August.

“Restoration is an amazing thing. Finally, Multiple Maniacs looks like a bad John Cassavetes film! I couldn’t be more thrilled!”

John Waters

We saw John Waters stop by the Criterion offices back on November 18th, 2015.

The moment we've all been waiting for.

A photo posted by Criterion Collection (@criterioncollection) on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:16pm Pst

First Preview at the Provincetown Film Festival

Theatrical Premiere in NY August 5 at the IFC Center

National Release To Follow

Provincetown Int’L Ff Screening:

Fri. 6/17 at 10:00pm – Art House 2

214 Commercial Street

John Waters’s gloriously grotesque and extremely hard to see second feature comes to theaters at long last, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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