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So Microsoft debuted the Xbox One this week and the video game fanboys dropped trou and prayed to Lord Gates. With it, the next generation of consoles are all spec’ed out, and being built by poor children of other countries. Err, I mean by robots. Yes. Souless, never-hungry robots. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, or just the fact that I’m getting older and crankier by the day (something I may attribute to being in proximity of several fine folks on this very site), but I’m finding it harder and harder to care.
My generation was gleefully known as the ‘Nintendo Generation. When the original Nes debuted, I was at the perfect age. With careful prodding, pleading, and sad-face-making, my parents dropped the $100 (a veritable fortune at the time for a lowly birthday / Chanukah gift) for the system. Elation, kiddos. Elation. Flash forward sometime later, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Once in a while at Cannes (though definitely not very often), the focus can shift away from the films and the deals and the moguls, and onto a guy who wrote about film. It happened on Thursday afternoon, when the American Pavilion hosted a panel in honor of the late critic Roger Ebert, a fixture on the Croisette before his death in April. Panelists Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and Eric Kohn of Indiewire spoke of their memories of Ebert both at Cannes »
- Steve Pond
Hollywood is still squeamish about homosexuality, money can't buy you happiness, and there is no conceivable situation in which Ryan Gosling doesn't look hot – these are the things you never truly learn until you have spent a week at the world's greatest film festival
Plastic surgeons are the new secular priests
The Cannes programmers give guests a religion they can at least relate to. First came La Grande Bellezza, Paolo Sorrentino's swooning fresco of Italian high society, in which an exacting cosmetic surgeon dispenses Botox injections as though he's offering holy sacrament. Then, not 24 hours later, came the sight of Rob Lowe's smirking little Frankenstein, resplendent in a Farrah Fawcett hairdo, in Behind the Candelabra. Lowe's character is tender, wise and knows what is right. He comes to make Matt Damon's chauffeur into Liberace's own image. It's what the man upstairs demands. Damon's response: "I suppose I should be flattered. »
- Xan Brooks, Elliot Smith, Henry Barnes, Charlotte Higgins
Leonardo DiCaprio seems to have taken the late Roger Ebert's rating system of "Two Thumbs Up" to the next level. While in town for the Cannes Film Festival, the actor, 38, was photographed partying at Gotha Club on Monday with his friend, fellow actor Lukas Haas - and a mystery woman. Keeping a low profile in a newsboy hat, the Great Gatsby star, 38, was spotted giving a thumbs up to a woman in a white top. Later, she mimicked his gesture and returned it with a smile.Photos: The Best Snapshots from Cannes!Though the extent of relationship is unknown, »
- Maggie Coughlan
Warner Home Video topped the national home video sales charts the week ending May 19 with Cloud Atlas, a sci-fi drama with an ensemble cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant. The film was a theatrical underperformer – it earned just over $27 million in U.S. theaters, on a budget estimated at more than $100 million – but was highly praised by critics, with the late Roger Ebert giving it four stars and calling it “one of the most ambitious films ever made.” Cloud Atlas bowed at No. 1 on both the
- Thomas K. Arnold
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95 (56 Up); $79.95 (The Up Series)
Studio: First Run Features
56 Up is the latest installment in Michael Apted’s documentary series chronicling the lives of a group of people every 7 years.
Starting in 1964 with Seven Up, The Up Series, currently highlighted by its latest entry, 2012’s 56 Up, has explored the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”
The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted (Firstborn), a researcher for the original Seven Up (which was directed by Paul Almond) has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.
From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, the group turns 56 and the »
Genre: Animation | Family | Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
MPAA Rating: G
Run Time: 86 minutes
Disney proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of “My Neighbor Totoro,” the acclaimed Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2002, ”Spirited Away”) – with the film’s Blu-ray debut on May 21, 2013.
Arriving for the first time on Disney Blu-ray with a spectacular new HD digital transfer, perfect picture and sound, the highly-anticipated release of “My Neighbor Totoro” features the fantastic voice talents of Timothy Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning.
Lauded as “one of the most beloved of all family films” by critic Roger Ebert, “My Neighbor Totoro” is the heartwarming story of sisters Satsuki (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and Mei (voiced by Elle Fanning). Much to their delight, when Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei move »
- Jess Orso
Chaz Ebert’s first Cannes Film Festival was 23 years ago, in 1990, when she was still a trial attorney and she and Roger Ebert had just started dating. This year’s Cannes marks another, much sadder, beginning: her first festival without Roger, who died in April at age 70 from the cancer that had already claimed part of his lower jaw and his ability to speak, but not the Chicago Sun-Times film critic’s ability to write enthusiastically about his love of movies.When they met, Roger was almost 50 and perpetually single; he’d refused to marry while his mother was alive, fearing her disapproval. But he skilfully wooed Chaz, eleven years his junior, by taking her to see Tosca at the Lyric Opera in Chicago and giving her volumes of Shakespeare, his favorite author. “Roger was always very romantic,” says Chaz, as we sit on the beach near the American Pavilion, »
- Jada Yuan
SCOREcast 37: State of the Industry
SCOREcast theme composed by: Jeroen “Kejero” Rogier
SCOREcast announcer: Jeff Rechner
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In this edition of the SCOREcast Podcast Show, we take a look at the state of the film music industry including a wrap up of the recent developments on bringing recording back to Los Angeles, Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm, and an interesting discussion about the differences between a composer and a film composer. All that plus a tribute to the last great American film critic, Roger Ebert, who played a huge role in advancing not only the art of film but also the appreciation of it. »
- SCO Staff
Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
Washington DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale), writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent (Vera Farmiga). When a special government prosecutor (Matt Dillon) demands she divulge her source, she refuses and finds herself behind bars, struggling to defend the principles she has based her career upon.
- Matt Holmes
Roger Ebert, the only film critic with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, died April 4th after a long battle with cancer. He spent his life in the darkness of a cinema, sweater-vested in a Chicago theater balcony, popcorn in hand, moving images flickering across the lenses of his glasses. And then he wrote about it.
Roger Ebert was America’s film critic. No other critic achieved the level of celebrity that Ebert did, with his regular newspaper column, television shows, talk show appearances, and his trademark “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” shorthand.
As a film critic, he could be tough, biting and caustic. He made no apologies if he disliked a movie. In fact, his most entertaining work is the book I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie. Ebert didn’t hold back or mince words. He spoke his mind.
But Ebert could just as easily be generous in his praise. »
- James Kirk
For its second edition, the Oak Cliff Film Festival in Dallas, Texas (which produced an amazing bumper video), has added some rarely-seen older films to a lineup built around local premieres of Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies and Bobcat Goldthwait's Willow Creek. The repertory screenings, a 35mm specialty of the Texas Theatre, sound fantastic. Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller looks absolutely splendid on 35mm -- I saw it a few years ago in Los Angeles and it was revelatory on the big screen -- and this screening will be hosted by muti-talented filmmaker David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints), with Keith Carradine in attendance. End of the Road (1970), based on a novel by John Barth, stars Stacy Keach and James Earl Jones; Roger Ebert...
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The first image from Knight of Cups has been released.
The film's plot has been kept under wraps, but reportedly centres on the world of celebrity and its excesses.
This is Bale's first collaboration with Malick since 2005's The New World, while Portman is working with the director for the first time.
Knight of Cups is due to be released later this year. »
The American Pavilion has announced the programming for its 25th anniversary at the Cannes Film Festival. Guests will include actor Randy Quaid, screenwriter and filmmaker James Toback, comedic actor and "Nebraska" star Will Forte, director Stephen Frears, composer Cliff Martinez and many more, along with a special panel honoring film critic Roger Ebert. Journalists from The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, Variety, Deadline and the Los Angeles Times will serve as moderators for the series panels. Indiewire's own Dana Harris will moderate a discussion on marketing and distribution on May 18. Below is the full program schedule:Thursday, May 16 at 3pm - Industry In Focus: 3D Content Creation: From Script to Business Friday, May 17 at 3pm – Industry In Focus: Women in Film – moderated by Jacqueline Lyang Saturday, May 18 at 11am – Industry In Focus: Marketing and Distribution – moderated by Dana Harris Saturday, May 18 at 3pm – Industry In Focus: Digital Hollywood – »
- Beth Hanna
Avnet will be recognized for his contributions to AFI while Bigelow and Coates are being heralded for their “contributions of distinction” to the art of the moving image.
The degrees will be presented during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 12 at the El Capitan Theater.
Previous AFI honorary degrees have been given to Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Avnet is an AFI alumnus and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. His credits as a director, writer and producer include “Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business” and “The History Boys.”
- Dave McNary
Shocking news. Following Angelina’s double mastectomy news, Barbara Walters revealed that she too took preventative measures to fight cancer.
Barbara Walters Had Ovaries Removed
Barbara, 83, said that Angelina’s actions hit close to home for her. She said:
“My sister passed away from ovarian cancer and I had my ovaries removed. It’s not like having the breasts because people don’t see it. But it’s a decision you have to make — it’s preventative. What I think with Angelina Jolie — she’s such a sex symbol and we associate sex with breasts. And the fact that she did this and has retained her beauty and her sexuality. I think it was brave of her, she did it for her own health, »
- Hollywood Life Staff
The Sundance Institute will honor the legendary and the up-and-coming June 5 when it pays tribute to late film critic Roger Ebert and director Ryan Coogler at its third-annual Celebrate Sundance Institute benefit at the Lot in West Hollywood.
Sundance president and founder Robert Redford will reciprocate frequent Sundance attendee Ebert’s longtime appreciation of independent films by bestowing his widow, Chaz Ebert, with the Vanguard Leadership Award in memoriam.
During the ceremony, frequent Sundance film actress Kerry Washington will honor writer and director Ryan Coogler with the Vanguard Award, presented by Tiffany & Co. Coogler’s Sundance-lauded film “Fruitvale Station” is based on the story of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old who was killed by a police office on New Year’s Day 2009.
“Ryan Coogler makes an extraordinary directorial debut with ‘Fruitvale Station,’ in which he tells a heartbreaking story with courage and conviction,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Sundance Institute has announced that director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) will be honored with the Vanguard Award, presented by Tiffany & Co. Kerry Washington will present the award to Coogler at the third annual ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute’ benefit on June 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. The benefit will also honor the life and work of cRoger Ebert with the Vanguard Leadership Award in Memoriam, in recognition of his advocacy of independent cinema. That award will be presented by Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford and accepted by Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert. Coogler’s much-lauded first feature »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Kerry Washington will present the second Sundance Institute Vanguard Award to San Francisco filmmaker Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station") at the third annual ‘Celebrate Sundance Institute' Los Angeles Benefit on June 5, 2013 at The Lot in West Hollywood. At the event, Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford will also present the Vanguard Leadership Award in Memoriam to beloved journalist and film critic Roger Ebert, in recognition of his lifetime advocacy of independent cinema. The award will be accepted by Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert. “Roger Ebert was one of the great champions of freedom of artistic expression," said Redford. "When the power of independent film was still unknown and few would support it, Roger was there for our artists. His personal passion for cinema was boundless, and that is sure to be his legacy for generations to come.” Coogler’s first feature film, "Fruitvale Station," starring Michael B. Jordan ("The Wire") and Octavia Spencer ("The. »
- Anne Thompson
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