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12 Must-See Films About Environmental Disasters

7 hours ago | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With Earth Day coming up next week, it’s the time of year to highlight documentaries dealing with our planet and its well-being. In other words, we’ve got environmentalism films to recommend. For our first list devoted to this theme, I’m interested specifically in the low points, the damage that’s been done to the earth, some of it ongoing and some of it remedied. These docs look at disasters like pollution, oil spills, changes to eco-systems and more. And they aren’t all necessarily issue films devoted to making a difference. Most are simply a look at what’s been done. All are necessary works to remind us, maybe affect us, but also to stimulate us in other ways, too. Below are 12 nonfiction features — a few of them Oscar nominees and a couple of them outright masterpieces — from Werner Herzog, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Noriaka Tsuchimoto, Joe Berlinger »

- Nonfics.com

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

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Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Werner Herzog's 5th Rogue Film School to Land This Summer in La

11 April 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

If there is list of filmmakers out there with plenty to teach about the art of cinema, Werner Herzog would have to be towards the top. Lucky for aspiring directors, he is doing just that. Werner Herzog has announced he'll be hosting his fifth weekend-long "Rogue Film School" this August 22-25 in Los Angeles. Past seminars have taken place in La, London, and New Jersey. If you think this is a standard Robert McKee-style seminar, you are dead wrong. Just take a look at this description from the release: Some of the topics covered will be the art of lock picking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The...

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Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking

11 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Of the many (we're talking many) wildly entertaining stories about Werner Herzog's penchant for inspired eccentricity and fascination, perhaps the earliest is the story of Herzog stealing a 35mm camera from Munich Film School in order to become a filmmaker, something he considered "a necessity" rather than theft. Now, Herzog is going to teach more filmmakers how to take what is necessary rather than wait for permission at Rogue Film School. The fifth in a series of seminars and the third in Los Angeles (with others in New Jersey and London), Rogue Film School is a seminar taking place over the course of five days in a hotel conference room from Friday to Monday evening, August 22-25, in what will be an intimate classroom setting. What exactly will be covered? Herzog's lessons include the art of lock-picking, traveling on foot, the exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully (as demonstrated »

- Max O'Connell

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Watch: 2-Hour Evening With Werner Herzog; Shout Factory Releasing Limited 16-Film 'Herzog: The Collection' Box Set

11 April 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are filmmakers and then there's Werner Herzog, with his distinctive, unique form of features and documentaries carving out a special place in cinematic history. His oeuvre is large and you might not know where to begin or how to start. But don't worry, Shout Factory has you covered. The home video company is issuing a limited edition (only 5,000 copies!) box set, "Herzog: The Collection," featuring 16 of his acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Damn. The movies included are: "Even Dwarfs Started Small," "Land of Silence and Darkness," "Fata Morgana," "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser," "Heart of Glass," "Stroszek," "Woyzeck," "Nosferatu the Vampyre," "Fitzcarraldo," "Ballad of the Little Soldier," "Where the Green Ants Dream," "Cobra Verde," "Lessons of Darkness," "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" and "My Best Fiend." To hold you over until you can devour those films, here's an extensive, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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With 'Joe,' Nic Cage Gives His Best Performance Since 'Bad Lieutenant,' Insists He's Always Indie (Videos)

9 April 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Back in 2010, in a Career Watch column on Nic Cage, I wrote: "A solid marquee draw in the right project, cash-strapped Nic Cage, 46, is taking on too many roles, increasing the odds that he'll pick weak vehicles and make audiences forget what a daring and gifted actor he is. After 60 movies, he's starting to repeat himself." Four years later, Cage seems to have figured this out. He pulled back from taking on so many roles, moved to Las Vegas with his family, and focused on finding just the right part. Thankfully, he found a way to return to naturalism with David Gordon Green's hardscrabble drama "Joe" (Roadside Attractions, April 11), in which Cage gives his most contained and best performance since his drug-addicted out-of-control police lieutenant in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." "I realize people have to make a story about my comeback or return to form, »

- Anne Thompson

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Nicole Kidman says she hasn't seen the final 'Grace of Monaco' cut yet

5 April 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — With several films set to debut this year, including such disparate turns as a taxidermist villainess, mysterious amnesiac and an actress-turned-princess, Nicole Kidman will again become a familiar face in theaters. While maintaining a steady presence in Hollywood for more than two decades, the 46-year-old Academy Award winner has been focusing more in recent years on raising her two daughters with husband and country star Keith Urban — away from the spotlight in Nashville, Tenn. For her latest role in "The Railway Man," out April 11, the "Moulin Rouge" and "The Hours" star plays a supportive wife to World War II veteran Eric Lomax (Colin Firth). In the autobiographical adaptation, Patti and Eric Lomax confront his past as a prisoner of war in Thailand, where he worked on the "death railway," a 258-mile stretch of treacherous train track running into Burma. Upcoming this year, Kidman will also play a villainess in "Paddington, »

- Derrik J. Lang, AP

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Kino Lorber takes 'Manuscripts'

3 April 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kino Lorber has acquired Us rights to Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian drama about state censorship, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.

Rasoulof’s latest film marks a return to filmmaking after the Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced him in 2010 to six years in jail and a 20-year filmmaking ban.

The prison term was subsequently reduced to one year. After flying to Iran in September 2013 with the intent to return to Hamburg later that month, Rasoulof’s passport was confiscated by Iranian authorities. He remains unable to leave Iran.

Rasoulof filmed Manuscripts Don’t Burn without federal permission and in order to maintain the safety of the film’s crew, their names have been removed from the film’s final credits. The story centres on an Iranian author secretly writing his memoirs that the authorities want to destroy.

The drama screened in Un Certain Regard in Cannes last year where it won the Fipresci Prize. It also screened »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kino Lorber takes Manuscripts Don't Burn

3 April 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kino Lorber has acquired Us rights to Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian drama about state censorship, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.

Rasoulof’s latest film marks a return to filmmaking after the Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced him in 2010 to six years in jail and a 20-year filmmaking ban.

The prison term was subsequently reduced to one year. After flying to Iran in September 2013 with the intent to return to Hamburg later that month, Rasoulof’s passport was confiscated by Iranian authorities. He remains unable to leave Iran.

Rasoulof filmed Manuscripts Don’t Burn without federal permission and in order to maintain the safety of the film’s crew, their names have been removed from the film’s final credits. The story centres on an Iranian author secretly writing his memoirs that the authorities want to destroy.

The drama screened in Un Certain Regard in Cannes last year where it won the Fipresci Prize. It also screened »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Motel Life review 'Heavy going, unformed and self-indulgent'

3 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alan and Gabe Polsky's film about two hobo brothers on the run labours with heroes who are neither sympathetic or interesting

Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky have established themselves in the last five years as indie La producers with a line in literary projects: they reportedly own the rights to biographies of Freud and Einstein, and brought Werner Herzog's remake of Bad Lieutenant to the screen. One of their properties was a 2006 novel by the country singer Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life, about two hobo brothers on the run. James Franco was once said to be attached to direct, but the Polskys evidently decided to get the job done themselves and made their own joint directing debut with this 2012 film. Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch play brothers in Reno, Nevada, who are bonded by a tough childhood and have no one in their lives but each other. They do odd jobs, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Fandor Gets 16 Werner Herzog Films In Exclusive Deal

3 April 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fandor, the streaming subscription site has secured exclusive subscription VOD distribution rights to a collection of 16 of Werner Herzog films from Shout! Factory. Beginning with "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," the films are set to bow on the curated service beginning April 10th with a new film launching each week through July 2014. "Fandor is actively acquiring great filmmakers’ libraries, from shorts to docs to features, providing significant curation and deep context for their audiences while mobilizing all into an active community," said Ted Hope, CEO of Fandor, who recently told Indiewire about his ambitious plans in his new position at Fandor.  "The addition of Werner Herzog's films furthers our mission to preserve and advance film culture by making important and oftentimes rare films accessible to wider audiences." In addition to "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," Fandor will feature "Ballad of the Little Soldier," "Cobra Verde," "Even Dwarfs Started »

- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: Remember Roger Ebert with This Moving Appreciation of His Writings on Werner Herzog

3 April 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert's death and in memory of the late, great film critic who articulately taught us all to love and appreciate film, Fandor's Kevin B. Lee has put together a great video essay on Werner Herzog's classic "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972), with snippets from Ebert's Great Movies review. (Watch below.) "Aguirre," an imaginative retelling of ruthless Basque-Spanish conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre's (played by the untouchable Klaus Kinski) treacherous journey down the Amazon River in search of El Dorado, was Ebert's favorite Herzog film. It placed high on his Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. Ebert and the German auteur were longtime friends, so it's no surprise that in Ebert's memoir "Life Itself," Herzog gets a full chapter. It's a must-read for film fans, rife with moving anecdotes about their relationship and shared love of cinema. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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How Patton Oswalt Learned to Stop Hating and Accept Justin Bieber

3 April 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This week, alternative comedy's single greatest sentence constructor Patton Oswalt premieres Tragedy + Comedy = Time, his fifth hour-long special for Comedy Central (airing April 6), and his soon-to-be-released fifth stand-up LP. Having built a career on punk-rock touring cycles and venomous rants against fast food chains, Oswalt is now masterfully and hilariously playing the long game, embracing less esoteric references (though Werner Herzog still gets a shout-out) and accepting the things that make him an adult. As the guy who once took down Jackyl on a comedy album lays out: "I don't hate any music any more… »

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The Definitive Kubrickian Films: 10-1

31 March 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.

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10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Directed by Werner Herzog

What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Kindness of 'Strangers': 6 Things We Learned From the National Doc

27 March 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

1. Lead singer Matt Berninger has a brother.

As anyone who's been following the Brooklyn-by-way-of-the Buckeye-State band (or who read their extensive New York Times Magazine profile back in 2010), the National is made up of five members, with two sets of brothers: guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, along with drummer Bryan Devendorf and bassist  Scott Devendorf. Singer, songwriter and resident supermoody dude Matt Berninger is the group's odd man out, musical sibling-wise. But he, too, has a brother: Tom Berninger, a sort of amiable, slightly doughier version of Matt that's nine »

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In Mistaken for Strangers, a Familial Hanger-On Makes a Doc about The National

25 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

In Mistaken for Strangers, filmmaker Tom Berninger uses brother Matt, lead singer of indie rock band The National, to feel better about himself. This is especially frustrating since Tom reunites with Matt while The National perform and promote their chart-topping album High Violet, itself worth a film.

But since Mistaken for Strangers is all about Tom, there's virtually no uninterrupted concert footage. At first, Tom presents himself as a goofy, insensitive kid. He spills milk all over his and Matt's shared hotel room, forgets to tell Matt that Werner Herzog and the cast of Lost are waiting to party with the band, and pouts when he can't join The National when they meet President Obama. That might have been funny if Tom weren't always pouting, like w »

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Director Elliot Goldner on British horror The Borderlands

25 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In anticipation of the latest found footage horror The Borderlands, HeyUGuys caught up with filmmaker Elliot Goldner to discuss investigating paranormal events in a remote church.

Elliot spoke to us about the marketing of a filmmaker’s vision, the inner workings of found footage, and whether it is a genre or a style of filmmaking. During our discussion he also touched upon the influence of the individual filmmaker, horror masterpieces directed by directors outside of the genre, as well as the terrifying presence of Richard Burton and Snow White’s nemesis.

The experience of a film can be radically different to what the poster quotes lead you to expect, as is possibly the case here. But then film like all art forms is dependent on the subjective reaction of a broad audience.

Well it’s interesting to have an idea of a film as you are making it and then »

- Paul Risker

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Pamela Anderson Poses Naked For Purple Magazine, Talks Being “Exhibitionist” (Nsfw Photos)

20 March 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

Pamela Anderson poses naked for the new issue of Purple magazine, and opens up about her pixie cut and love of showing off her body. The blonde bombshell, who's set for a major role in Werner Herzog’s upcoming film Vernon God Little, tells the publication, "I actually really know who I am beyond the hair. It was a relief more than anything to let a little of that go, and with the hair went a lot." See all the Nsfw photos here! »

- Emily James

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The HeyUGuys interview: Errol Morris talks The Unknown Known

20 March 2014 5:37 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

He’s won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. His debut is in Roger Ebert’s 10 Greatest Films of All Time. He was instrumental to solving a murder case. He made Werner Herzog eat his shoe. He needs no real introduction, for Errol Morris is one of the world’s best makers of documentaries, if not the best.

In light of his forthcoming new film, The Unknown Known, which concerns ex-us Secretary of Defense and his interesting use of political language, Errol sat down with HeyUGuys and spoke at length about everything from his own obsessions, the legacy of The Thin Blue Line, the rise of digital technology in cinema, and Rumsfeld’s smile.

I guess I’d like to start by asking a very basic question. How did you manage to get Donald Rumsfeld to sit down and be interviewed?

I asked him. You know, there’s no great »

- Gary Green

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