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The New Yorker Anthony Lane on Mike Nichols
Playbill congratulations to Chicago which became the 2nd longest running Broadway show of all time tonight surpassing Cats
Screen Crush bitches about the long uneventful Part 1s of modern franchise culture as I've been bitching about forever. But as long as audiences keep buying tickets, why should Hollywood stop? They make double the money this way.
Critic Wire the terrifying children's book in The Babadook (opening Friday!) is now a real book you can buy
Vanity Fair since I officially stopped watching How To Get Away With Murder I said goodbye by reading / enjoying / giggling through this post on the "who killed Sam" episode
Empire more new projects for Channing Tatum and »
- NATHANIEL R
Life Itself, 2014
Directed by Steve James
Documentary about the life of master Film Critic, Roger Ebert.
Writing for the first time in 2008, I remember the initial advice I was given: read Roger Ebert. Of course, I knew of Roger Ebert. Unlike our friends across the Atlantic, watching Siskel and Ebert wasn’t easy and my knowledge of him was primarily through special features on DVD’s I’d seen. Nevertheless, the more I read, the more I realised how important his voice was. His writing was personal, yet profound. He managed to weave into his work talk of literature and drama seamlessly into film discourse. That’s not to say that his writing required an informed audience – film was accessible and fun, and so was his words. Cinema didn’t have to be high-brow or elitist, »
- Simon Columb
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new animated comedy “Penguins of Madagascar” starring John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch!
“Penguins of Madagascar,” which opens on Nov. 26, 2014 and is rated “PG,” also stars Werner Herzog, Ken Jeong, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and Conrad Vernon from directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith and writers John Aboud and Michael Colton.
To win your free “Penguins of Madagascar” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
Preferably, use your »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In today's roundup of news and views: Adrian Martin on Robert Bresson, Sarinah Masukor on Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Luscri on Jacques Rivette, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Bertrand Tavernier, Erich von Stroheim and Emile de Antonio, J. Hoberman on Chris Marker and Léon Poirier, Jesse Barron and John Semley on Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, Michael Wood on Jacques Tati, Michael Atkinson on Monte Hellman, Agata Pyzik on Walerian Borowczyk, Sean Axmaker on Orson Welles, Erich Kuersten on Werner Herzog, Robert Moeller on Harun Farocki and much, much more. » - David Hudson »
Elegy To Connie screens Saturday, Nov 15 at 6:30pm at St. Louis University as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. It is a Free event.
Elegy To Connie is a touching and unique documentary by local artist and filmmaker Sarah Paulsen that employs stop-motion animation to address the events leading up to and following the 2008 Kirkwood City Council shooting. The troubling incident is retold in interviews with a group of unintentional women activists who are bound together by their friendship with slain Councilwoman Connie Karr, and the animation amplifies their voices through striking visuals that sometimes illustrate their comments directly but frequently offer metaphoric counterpoint. Made in collaboration with these women, the film addresses the complicated issues surrounding the shooting – citizen representation, disenfranchisement, white privilege and black alienation, post-tragedy healing – and celebrates Connie’s legacy as a leader.
Sarah Paulsen took the time to talk to We Are Movie Geeks about her film. »
- Tom Stockman
Legendary American film critic Roger Ebert gets a loving tribute in the form of documentary Life Itself. It's a fitting match between filmmaker and subject - director Steve James is the man behind Hoop Dreams, a film Ebert championed and named his best of the year in 1994.
Using Ebert's 2011 memoir as a jumping off point, Life Itself follows the writer from his formative years at the University of Illinois, to his hard-drinking newspaper days at the Chicago Sun-Times and on to TV fame with Gene Siskel on syndicated show At the Movies.
James's film picks up with Ebert in the final months of his life - he's wheelchair-bound having undergone a succession of surgeries and treatments for papillary thyroid cancer. As a result, large sections »
The Friends of Cinefamily Weekend
presents Truth And Soul Inc.,
a celebration of the films of Robert Downey Sr.
For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, November 12, 2014 - The Friends Of Cinefamily announced today that it will present a weekend celebration of the films of legendary filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. on December 5th - 8th. This inaugural fundraiser event for The Cinefamily, presented by the newly formed Friends Of Cinefamily, will include never before seen rarities, new prints, special appearances, and newly restored versions of his most acclaimed films.
Events include a career spanning conversation between father and son, Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Downey Jr. with a 35mm restoration screening of his breakthrough underground hit, Chafed Elbows; an intimate Q&A with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson and screening of a new 35mm print of Greaser's Palace that will include a cast & crew reunion and tribute to the music of Robert Downey Sr., »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Director: Steve James
Running Time: 118 Minutes
Synopsis: The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
Life Itself reveals and unravels the life of legendary Chicago film critic Roger Ebert and in a sense, or possibly as a precise emphatic fact, he’s the reason many of us have the opportunity to watch and critique films in the way we do today. From starting out on the smaller side of town with the Chicago Sun Times, his endeavour, knowledge and belief in talking about the movies in an open and accessible way would eventually become an influential part of our modern media.
The documentary is based on Roger’s memoirs and I originally feel it was intended to join him as he recovered from throat cancer and started to talk again but, »
- Dan Bullock
Das Gespenst (1982)
“I always have a simple story, but I tell it so fanatically and wildly and tenderly and cursingly and on fire and in need of being loved that you’ll find a slice of life in front of you.”
The first time I saw Herbert Achternbusch he was hypnotizing a chicken in Werner Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. Anybody who has seen the film might recall the chicken, but who is Herbert Achternbusch? It is a question that cannot be simply answered. Achternbusch captions his entire artistic output with a paradox: ‘You don't have a chance, but use it’. Trying to make sense of his work, this epigram sounds appropriate.
Matters are not helped by the unavailability of most of his films on DVD. In Germany, a boxset devoted to Achternbusch is now out of print, although two key works—Heilt Hitler (1986) and Das Gespenst (1982)—remain in circulation. »
- Yusef Sayed
Christian Bale has always been equally at home in blockbuster fare like Christopher Nolan's billions-grossing Batman trilogy and in barely-seen yet noble indie efforts such as Werner Herzog’s “Rescue Dawn.” Along the way, he has become one of the most admired actors of his generation. But this holiday season, the 40-year-old Englishman will fulfill his destiny as the chosen one to play Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Of Gods and Kings,” which opens Dec. 12. Watch the new trailer below. Why is Bale the perfect pick for the Old Testament prophet who led the Israelites to the Promised Land? Here are 10 Commandants that prepared him to take on this challenge. 1.Thou shalt be the standout at an early age in a Steven Spielberg movie. Spielberg's then-wife Amy Irving suggested Bale, her co-star in a 1986 TV movie “The Mystery of Anna," for the lead role in his 1987 “Empire of the Sun. »
- Susan Wloszczyna
After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature films and documentaries exploring all manner of different topics, characters and themes. Team Twitch looks back over one of cinema's most varied and stimulating filmographies, seeking out some of Herzog's numerous gifts to cinema, and considering them for the very first time. Enjoy!...
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You’ve probably already seen at least one trailer for DreamWorks’ new ‘toon Penguins Of Madagascar, and a clip from the film’s opening sequence arrived last month. Now imagine what would happen if you mashed them both up? That’s right, utter anarchy the new promo from the film.Get ready to experience both the first meeting of all four Penguins – Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John Dimaggio) and Private (Christopher Knights) – back in their younger days, and learn a little more about the animal espionage experts they’re currently assisting/annoying, the North Wind.Together, these mismatched squads will have to tackle a mad octopus villain named Dave (John Malkovich), who appears to have something of a past with our flightless friends. The North Wind gang, meanwhile, are led by a wolf (Benedict Cumberbatch) whose name is classified. So everyone calls him “Classified." And yes, it »
Billy Ray is directing the film, which centres around a retired attorney who sets out to write a book about an unsolved case and the unrequited love for his former superior.
The process unlocks secrets buried for decades.
Juan Jose Campanella directed the original Secret in Their Eyes, which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2010.
There are few things that can get us film fans more pumped up than particular actor-director pairings. A few recent ones that got tongues wagging were Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Daniel Day-Lewis and Pt Anderson for There Will Be Blood. When stuff like that happens the universe is in alignment. It just makes damn good sense. While neither Jamie Foxx of Harmony Korine's powers pulse as strongly as such grand kings and tiptop heirs as the above lot, their teaming up on Korine's upcoming crime drama The Trap, has me giggling at the manic possibilities.Throw in Benicio del Toro and we may just have gone overboard on the wacko-meter, but after the thumping gonzo glitz apocalypse...
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"Tiny and helpless, the baby penguins are frozen with fear." Who would have ever thought that Werner Herzog would lend his voice to DreamWorks Animation film? It sounds like an impossible task, and yet here we are with the filmmaker seemingly parodying himself as a documentary director shooting footage of the Penguins of Madagascar as young ones. But then we're brought up to speed with the Arctic birds as top notch spies, and that's when a new adventure begins. There's some childish silliness, but there's also some clever writing here, and that's from someone who has never really enjoyed these characters. Watch! Here's the new trailer for Penguins of Madagascar from DreamWorks Animation: Don't forget about the teaser trailer and previous theatrical trailer for Penguins of Madagascar too. The Penguins of Madagascar is directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar franchise) and Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) and written by John Aboud »
- Ethan Anderton
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
In a pre-American Film Market move, Millennium Entertainment is expanding its acquisitions team by hiring veteran exec Jeff Deutchman as VP of acquisitions.
In August, the management team of Millennium Entertainment led by CEO Bill Lee and Virgo Investment Group partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment catalog assets and film distribution platform from a consortium of investors. Millennium Entertainment will undergo a name change in the coming months.
- Dave McNary
Benaroya Pictures has shut down the Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson, and Rachel Weisz heist thriller Idol’s Eye, just as filming was set to commence in Toronto. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol’s Eye,” the production company said in a statement today.
Idol’s Eye was to be director Olivier Assayas’s next film following Cannes entry Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and another Twilight star, Kristen Stewart. Benaroya came aboard as producer and financer in May, when De Niro also signed on to star. The film was originally developed by Charles Gillibert who was producing with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya.
- Jen Yamato
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
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