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1,000 Times Goodnight | DVD Review

23 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Released for a two week autumn window stateside via the Film Movement folks, winner of three awards, including Best Film at the Amanda Awards (Norwegian Oscars), Erik Poppe’s English language directorial debut 1,000 Times Goodnight, was a noticeable item due the internationally renowned cast that’s headlined by a masterful performance from Juliette Binoche.

Basically a family melodrama hedged by topical issues, Poppe’s own experiences as a war photographer serve as the semi-autobiographical impetus for the film, which is perhaps why it’s presented with such nuance. Bolstering the importance of such a hazardous occupation, the film’s tense juxtaposition lies in how one reconciles working in such dangerous conditions while trying to raise a family. Obviously changing his own perspective to that of a mother ups the dramatic potential, and is met with a terrifically inspired performance from Binoche. A photojournalist that specializes in conflict zones, Rebecca (Binoche »

- Nicholas Bell

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31 Great Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

12 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the world of birds, bees, baseball or backup singers, Netflix has a documentary for you. Missed "Man on Wire"? It's on there.

Here are films that changed the world, righted wrongs, pinpointed a moment in history, or simply shone a light on a previously unknown subset of society. (Availability subject to change. Films are unrated, except as noted.)

1. "20 Feet from Stardom" (2013) PG-13

This Oscar-winning doc shines a spotlight on the relatively unknown backup singers behind such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder.

2. "The Act of Killing" (2012)

The director invited killers -- men who took part in the horrific purge that left more than 500,000 dead in Indonesia in the 1960s -- to reenact their crimes on film, resulting in a bizarre look inside the mind of men capable of mass murder.

3. "The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)

Two filmmakers pay homage to their grandfather, »

- Sharon Knolle

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Red Carpet Lineup: Gotham's Revenge of the Nineties

3 December 2014 7:42 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel: Hello dear readers. I'm pleased to announce the return of the Red Carpet Lineup series for awards season kicking off with The Gotham Awards. It's the fashion series for people who don't care who people are wearing so much as who be doing the wearing. This season I'm happy to say that two ladies who could walk the red carpet themselves are joining me: Tfe's Los Angeles Branch divas Anne Marie & Margaret.

I'm calling this post "Revenge of the Nineties" because look at all these Nineties A-Listers? or at least B+ Listers (hi Heather Graham!) lighting up the room again.

Uma, Rollergirl, Rene, Famke, and Keener

Margaret: I love the variety. Whatever else you can say about these outfits, they all should have felt pretty confident they weren't going to see anyone else showing up in the same thing.

Nathaniel: I have a 100% certainty about which of these outfits »

- NATHANIEL R

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From the Gotham Awards floor: Overheard and witnessed at the Oscar season kickoff

2 December 2014 6:26 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Aimlessly wandering around Cipriani Wall Street, the lavish home of New York City’s Gotham Awards, I wondered if anyone knew the awards season was in full swing. That morning, a critics group handed out the first batch of accolades. Present company would soon receive statues swaying the race towards buzzed about thespian thoroughbreds. It was "on."  Yet, this crowd didn’t have that awareness. This was way too chill. I was the only one wondering if "Under the Skin" could upset "Birdman," weighing options in anticipation of the question mark-filled Breakthrough Actor category. Somehow, a run-in with "Boyhood" star Ellar Coltrane ended with us wondering out loud, "What does it all mean?" in the existential sense.  So this is why everyone was downing bellinis. The Gotham Awards owns its quiet-before-the-storm identity. The show isn’t the Golden Globes drunken circus, nor is it top tier enough to warrant an intense competitive edge. »

- Matt Patches

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Gotham Awards: ‘Birdman’ Named Best Feature; Julianne Moore & Michael Keaton Score Acting Wins (Complete Winners List)

1 December 2014 4:54 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Birdman topped nominees leader Boyhood for Best Feature at the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which were handed out tonight at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu accepted the award from presenter Jon Hamm, who cracked self-deprecatingly wise before announcing the nominees. Birdman’s Michael Keaton took home Best Actor, and Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice. The Edward Snowden pic Citizenfour was named Best Documentary.

Uma Thurman hosted the event, which featured presenters including Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Hamm, Will Arnett, Amy Schumer, Ethan Hawke and many others. The Independent Filmmaker Project, which hands out the Gothams to “worthy independent films,” calls this the “kickoff to the film awards season” — take that, Hollywood Film Awards. Trophies were handed out in six categories, plus the Audience Award, culled from the 15 nominees for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Breakthrough Director. Streep presented the previously »

- The Deadline Team

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Uma Thurman to Host a Star-Studded Gotham Awards

25 November 2014 9:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Gotham Independent Film Awards will benefit from an unprecendented dosage of star power during its annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday.

The celebration of arthouse films has tapped Uma Thurman as its host, according to the show’s backer the Independent Film Project.

The Gothams also unveiled an A-list roster of presenters, including Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Amy Schumer and Catherine Keener.

As awards season continues to get more cutthroat, it’s a sign that the studios now view the Gothams, which started 24 years ago as a low-key (and celebrity-less) affair, as one of the first stops on the campaign trail.

The show added a best actor and actress category last year, which upped the ante and allowed for it to better compete with the more star-studded Independent Spirit Awards, held the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Gotham Awards: Uma Thurman to Host, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep Among Presenters

25 November 2014 9:01 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Uma Thurman will emcee the 2014 Gotham Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress is just one of several stars set to appear at the independent film awards in New York on Dec. 1, traditionally seen as the start of Oscar season. Other stars set to take the stage next Monday, as presenters, include Patricia Arquette, Will Arnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Graham, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei and Miles Teller. Read more 2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed Arquette, Johansson and Mbatha-Raw are all nominated in

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- Hilary Lewis

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‘Begin Again’ DVD Review

13 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, Mary Catherine Garrison, Marco Assante | Written and Directed by John Carney

When I started to watch Begin Again my initial thoughts were of déjà vu. Seemingly following the same style of plot similar to Not Another Happy Ending, I expected Mark Ruffalo’s music producer to fall in love with Keira Knightley’s aspiring musician.  Happily though I found that assumptions can often be wrong.

When Dan (Mark Ruffalo) loses his position at the record label he helped form it looks like he’s finally lost everything.  Spending the day getting drunk, he ends up at a small bar where he discovers Gretta (Keira Knighley) performing one of her songs at an open-mic night.  Captivated by her talent he offers to help her become a star, triggering a change not only in her life but his too. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Begin Again’ DVD Review

13 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, Mary Catherine Garrison, Marco Assante | Written and Directed by John Carney

When I started to watch Begin Again my initial thoughts were of déjà vu.  Seemingly following the same style of plot similar to Not Another Happy Ending I expected Mark Ruffalo’s music producer to fall in love with Keira Knightley’s aspiring musician.  Happily though I found that assumptions can often be wrong.

When Dan (Mark Ruffalo) loses his position at the record label he helped form it looks like he’s finally lost everything.  Spending the day getting drunk, he ends up at a small bar where he discovers Gretta (Keira Knighley) performing one of her songs at an open-mic night.  Captivated by her talent he offers to help her become a star, triggering a change not only in her life but his too. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Bennett Miller on Why ‘Foxcatcher’ Feels So Authentic

12 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like his first two narrative features, “Capote” and “Moneyball,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is based on real events, but that doesn’t mean everything you see onscreen happened in that particular order, or even happened at all. “It’s a representation,” says the 47-year-old filmmaker, heading off at the pass the kind of intricate media scrutiny that can attend fact-based films, especially during Oscar season. As he speaks, his soft voice (which Miller claims he is congenitally unable to raise) barely rises above the din emanating from the kitchen of Emilio’s Ballato, the charmingly untrendy Soho Italian joint Miller has chosen for our interview.

“These are actors wearing costumes, captured through lenses that have been chosen and placed in environments that have been created and lit,” he continues. “You’re not actually living the event. There are decisions made in every molecule of what you’re experiencing. I think »

- Scott Foundas

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DVD Review – Begin Again (2013)

10 November 2014 1:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Begin Again, 2013.

Written and Directed by John Carney.

Starring Keira Knightley, James Corden, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Mos Def and Ceelo Green.

Synopsis:

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

After the huge success of his debut effort, Once, which has not only sold countless soundtracks over the years but is now taking the global theatre world by storm, director John Carney continues the musical theme across the pond in America for his latest smash, Begin Again, which was arguably the most talked about film this summer that didn’t include explosions, mutants, superheroes or Galaxy guardians.

This a film all about new beginnings, whether in life, love or indeed music: business executive Dan (Ruffalo) hasn’t been bringing in the big bucks lately, and is fired from his »

- Scott J. Davis

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How Being John Malkovich Was Changed From The Original Script

9 November 2014 8:10 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As incredibly bizarre and unique as Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich is, the reality is that it was almost much, much weirder. Details about the conclusion of an earlier script have come to light online, and to call it fascinating is an extreme understatement. This new Being John Malkovich early script info has surfaced thanks to Badass Digest, which has a fully detailed breakdown of the movie's original ending in all its weirdo glory. Beginning at about the start of the third act - which has Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) lock his wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), in a chimpanzee cage and leave with Maxine (Catherine Keener) to permanently take over John Malkovich's body. The big change, however, is that Craig doesn't turn Malkovich into a great puppeteer, but instead publicizes that Malkovich is a puppet and becomes famous as his controller. He gets his own show in Las Vegas, »

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News Shorts: November 6th 2014

6 November 2014 9:20 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Solution Entertainment Group has released the first image from the Shia Labeouf-led psychological thriller "Man Down" which also Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. Set in a savage post-apocalyptic America, Labeouf and Courtney play a pair who are in search of the former's family.

"Zhang Yimou's first English-language film, 'The Great Wall' at Legendary East, has seen a budget increase to $135 million with filming to begin in February. The period action spectacular with sci-fi elements is currently casting..." (full details)

"Ivanhoe Pictures has picked up the film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult action-adventure novel 'The Walled City'. The story follows three teenagers who are fighting to survive and escape a lawless, walled city..." (full details)

"On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe are teaming for an $80 million animated feature based on the iconic Playmobil toys brand. Much of the team behind 'The Little Prince' will be »

- Garth Franklin

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Séville trio sparks strong buyer response

6 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the Afm on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.

Rights on The Dark Horse have gone in Benelux (Imagine Film), France (Zed), Germany (Koch Media), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Switzerland (Praesens), Turkey (Fabula), UK (Koch Media), Israel (Shoval Film), Middle East (Shooting Stars), Colombia (Babilla Cine) and airlines (Jaguar).

eOne will directly distribute in Canada writer-director James Napier Robertson’s story of a man who struggles to overcome challenges and pass on his gift to children in his community. Cliff Curtis stars.

Séville’s vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier (pictured) and her team have closed deals on Elephant Song, the psychological thriller starring Xavier Dolan that premiered in Toronto.

Deals closed in Japan (UpLink), South Korea (At Nine Film), Turkey (Bir Film), Israel (Shoval Film) and China (Blue Media Times). Séville is in negotiations for Benelux and confirmed it will handle Charles Binamé’s film »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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AFM: Chloe Grace Moretz’s Thriller ‘November Criminals’ Scores Lotus Funds

5 November 2014 4:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Chloe Grace Moretz’s coming-of-age thriller “November Criminals.”

Sacha Gervasi is directing from Steven Knight’s script, based on Sam Munson’s novel. Beth O’Neil will produce alongside Lotus, which is  handling international sales starting at the Afm.

CAA and Wme are co-repping the domestic sale.

November Criminals” follows two teenagers into the underbelly of Washington, D.C., as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars.

Knight and Gervasi are both represented by CAA. Moretz is repped by Wme and Catherine Keener by The Gersh Agency.

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- Dave McNary

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Sacha Gervasi’s ‘November Criminals’ Pic Nabs Lotus Loot – Afm

5 November 2014 3:53 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Lotus Entertainment has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi’s thriller November Criminals, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener. Beth O’Neil is producing with Lotus, which is also handling international sales at Afm. CAA and Wme are co-repping on the domestic side.

The screenplay from Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) is adapted from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel, a murder mystery about two teenagers thrown into the dangerous underbelly of Washington DC when they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.

Lotus has a full plate at Afm with international sales duties on Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion and Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse as well as Replicas starring Keanu Reeves and Kidnap starring Halle Berry on its slate.

Gervasi and Knight are repped by CAA. Moretz is repped by Wme and Keener by Gersh.

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- Jen Yamato

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UK Distributor Picks Up David O. Russell’s Nailed, Retitled Politics Of Love

5 November 2014 10:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For close to four years now, David O. Russell’s satirical comedy Nailed has simmered in development hell and for the longest time, it seemed as though the project would remain there indefinitely. Financial issues dragged the movie down like a hefty ball and chain — in fact, it’s understood production was shut down no less than 14 times — forcing Russell to walk away just as filming was to be wrapped up.

Now, though, England-based distributor Vantage Pictures has picked up Nailed, rebranded it as Politics of Love, and is committed to releasing it in the UK in the coming months. After all, what is now known as Politics of Love has quite the cast, including Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Marsden, so it would’ve been a shame if the comedy didn’t see the light of day.

In summary, O. Russell’s long-gestating picture follows Biel’s small town waitress, »

- Michael Briers

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Lotus boards November Criminals

5 November 2014 9:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to Afm buyers.

Steven Knight adapted the screenplay from Sam Munson’s novel about a pair of teenagers who fall in love while investigating the murder of a friend in a dangerous part of Washington DC. CAA and Wme jointly represent Us rights.

Beth O’Neil will produce alongside Lotus, whose Afm slate includes Xavier Gens’ The Crucifixion, Replicas starring Keanu Reeves and Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse.

“Lotus is excited to be collaborating with Beth O’Neil and Sacha Gervasi in bringing Sam Munson and Steve Knight’s authentic characters to life,” said Lotus president Ara Keshishian.

“This is a beautiful love story between two teenagers set against the backdrop of a murder mystery and it’s thrilling to have an amazing cast taking shape led by Chloe and Catherine.”   »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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David O. Russell’s lost film 'Nailed' revived as 'Politics in Love,' recut for UK release

5 November 2014 9:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Nailed" haunts writer-director David O. Russell. A health care satire starring Jessica Biel suffering from a near-fatal nail gun shot to the head, the film went into production before "The Fighter" and imploded before making it through post-production. Russell moved on, for the clear better, but onlookers anxious for a taste of the writer’s sardonic humor kept wondering if the film would ever surface. Whether he was talking about "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" or "American Hustle," nearly ever interview steered towards "Nailed" out of due diligence. When our own Drew McWeeny spoke to Russell in 2011, he summed up the experience he was happy to distance himself from: "['Nailed'] was supposed to be a fresh page and comeback and it turned out to be disappointment, another notch on my belt in this business." Fans would never see "Nailed." Or fans were resigned to never seeing "Nailed"… until now.  Screendaily reports »

- Matt Patches

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David O. Russell's Abandoned 'Nailed' Getting UK Release In 2015 Under Title 'Politics Of Love'

5 November 2014 3:51 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We've been covering the tale of David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" for years (most recently in our feature Lost & Abandoned: 10 Movies That Were Shot, But Eventually Scrapped), but the film is one that doesn't seem to know when to say die. To make a long story short, Russell's comedy — starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan and James Marsden — follows an uninsured waitress (Biel) who accidentally gets shot in the head with a nail. She goes to Washington on a crusade to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured, but gets taken advantage of by a slimy congressman (Gyllenhaal). A great premise for sure, however a string of financial bungling plagued the movie throughout production, and filming eventually halted entirely before the crucial injury sequence could be reshot. The movie changed hands, Russell walked away from it, but Voltage Pictures seems to have figured out a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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