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Our Holiday Favorites 2014: Mixed Nuts

11 December 2014 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.

The sadly forgotten Christmas comedy Mixed Nuts (1994) has been a holiday viewing tradition for me since its release 20 years ago. Co-written and directed by Nora Ephron from the earlier French film Le père Noël est une ordure (1982), Mixed Nuts bears almost no resemblance to the director's more famous romantic comedies. The holiday farce deals with the staff of a Los Angeles suicide hotline (Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson) who must contend with a bickering pair of expectant parents (Anthony Lapaglia, Juliette Lewis), a melancholy cross-dresser (Liev Schrieber), a quirky ukulele player (Adam Sandler) and other assorted characters as they face eviction as well as a serial killer known as The Seaside Strangler on Christmas Eve.

So much of Mixed Nuts is the exact »

- Frank Calvillo

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Pioneer | Review

1 December 2014 1:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Oil!: Skjoldbjaerg’s Latest an Icy Conspiracy Thriller

Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg has remained a hard director to peg ever since his celebrated 1997 debut, Insomnia, which predated the Nordic Noir craze that seems to have dominated the output of cinema from that region of the world for the better half of the last decade. A well intentioned English language debut followed with an adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir, Prozac Nation, which received a maligned theatrical release, while his next two features (including an Ibsen update) never received Us distribution. Luckily his latest endeavor, Pioneer, which revisits real events from the early 80s Norwegian oil boom, will give him a bit more international attention. A mixture of native and American cast members, Skjoldbjaerg throws the events into a tangled web of conspiracy that sometimes seems to get a bit ahead of itself. But without a doubt, it’s an »

- Nicholas Bell

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Paper Planes aids South Sudan screening project

4 November 2014 1:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Robert Connolly.s Arenamedia has donated a Led projector to an innovative charitable project in South Sudan which will be used to screen educational and entertainment content and information to a remote community in the war-torn country.

The writer-director.s 3D children.s film Paper Planes will be among the first titles shown at the mini-cinema.

Documentary filmmaker Samuel Richards aims to raise $12,500 via crowd-funding site Chuffed.org for the Portal Project. This initiative will entail taking the Led projector/media player, fabric video screen, sound system and solar-powered generator to the Turalei children's shelter in South Sudan.

The system will serve as a tool for educational programs, public meetings, ceremonies, broadcasting information, health bulletins and entertainment.

Richards is recording video messages of hope and support from members of the expat Sudanese community in Melbourne, many of whom were refugees from the civil war.

By co-incidence, Connolly had filmed a »

- Don Groves

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Paper Planes aids Sudanese screening project

4 November 2014 1:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Robert Connolly.s Arenamedia has donated a Led projector to an innovative charitable project in South Sudan which will be used to screen educational and entertainment content and information to a remote community in the war-torn country.

The writer-director.s 3D children.s film Paper Planes will be among the first titles shown at the mini-cinema.

Documentary filmmaker Samuel Richards aims to raise $12,500 via crowd-funding site Chuffed.org for the Portal Project. This initiative will entail taking the Led projector/media player, fabric video screen, sound system and solar-powered generator to the Turalei children's shelter in South Sudan.

The system will serve as a tool for educational programs, public meetings, ceremonies, broadcasting information, health bulletins and entertainment.

Richards is recording video messages of hope and support from members of of the expat South Sudanese community in Melbourne, many of whom were refugees from the civil war.

By co-incidence, Connolly had »

- Don Groves

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Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’ In On Specialty Box Office: Preview

30 October 2014 9:18 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe »

- Brian Brooks

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Review: ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running a TV Show’

30 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” should probably be required viewing in film/TV studies classes, but as a mass-consumption documentary, it doesn’t quite pass the test. Much of that has to do with a lack of focus, inasmuch as it offers a snapshot of the exalted status of TV producers at an interesting time, but without a clear point of view or direction. The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.

Irish filmmaker Des Doyle received funding from both the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter to assemble the project, which might explain a certain wide-eyed, rudimentary approach to the topic, from defining the term “showrunner” and the rungs of the writer-producer ladder to »

- Brian Lowry

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Review: ‘Showrunners: The Art Of Running a TV Show’

30 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show” should probably be required viewing in film/TV studies classes, but as a mass-consumption documentary, it doesn’t quite pass the test. Much of that has to do with a lack of focus, inasmuch as it offers a snapshot of the exalted status of TV producers at an interesting time, but without a clear point of view or direction. The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.

Irish filmmaker Des Doyle received funding from both the Irish Film Board and Kickstarter to assemble the project, which might explain a certain wide-eyed, rudimentary approach to the topic, from defining the term “showrunner” and the rungs of the writer-producer ladder to »

- Brian Lowry

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Oscar producers: Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy's only formal offer to host

23 October 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar producers: Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy's only formal offer to host Responding to a Hollywood Reporter report that Harris was the 4th choice to host the Oscars, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron released a statement saying: “After every Oscar show there is always a discussion as to who will host the next one. Many names are discussed and sometimes even floated without there being any formal offers. At times, these casual discussions take on a life of their own, and some are eager to break a story without knowing the facts. Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy’s formal offer. He is the perfect choice for the Oscars and will be the consummate host.” Anderson Cooper ticks off a reporter by refusing to take a selfie with him at the Canadian shooting site “No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed! »

- Norman Weiss

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First look at Martin Freeman in BBC Two's The Eichmann Show

23 October 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The first picture of Martin Freeman's BBC Two film The Eichmann Show has been released.

The actor has been cast as groundbreaking producer Milton Fruchtman, who fought to televise the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961.

In the first picture from the 90-minute film, Freeman is seen with co-star Anthony Lapaglia, who stars as director Leo Hurwitz.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that Rebecca Front (The Thick of It), Andy Nyman (Peaky Blinders) and Nicholas Woodeson (The Honourable Woman) will also star in the drama.

Front will play Mrs Landau, the owner of a hotel Hurwitz stayed at while in Israel, while Nyman will play David Landor, the Head of the Israeli Government Press Office.

Woodeson will play Yaakov, who was one of the cameramen who worked on the trial. Yaakov was also a survivor of the concentration camps.

The Adolf Eichmann trial, described as the 'trial of the century', »

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Content takes rights to Eichmann Show

23 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

First look at Martin Freeman and Anthony Lapaglia in 1960s drama.

Content Media has picked up international sales rights to The Eichmann Show starring Martin Freeman and Anthony Lapaglia and will introduce at Afm (Nov 5-12).

The story tells the behind-the-scenes story of how a blacklisted TV director and an innovative producer teamed up to capture the courtroom testimony of the Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi labelled the architect of the Final Solution.

The production of The Eichmann Show will recreate the 1961 trial and use original footage.

Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman and Nicholas Woodeson round out the main cast.

Paul Andrew Williams directs from a screenplay by Simon Block. Producers are Laurence Bowen and Ken Marshall for Feelgood Fiction and the BBC.

“We have a duty to never forget and Paul, Laurence, Ken and Simon have created an astonishingly powerful and unique way to tell this extraordinary story incorporating real footage from the trial,” said Content »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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IFC Midnight Acquires Dark Summer

17 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

IFC Midnight has announced the acquisition of Dark Summer, with plans to release the movie in North America early next year:

“IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to Content Media’s supernatural horror film Dark Summer.

IFC Midnight plans to release the film on all platforms January 9th, 2015.

A highly stylized modern ghost story, Dark Summer follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.

Paul Solet (Grace) directed Dark Summer for Preferred Film & TV (Pft), based off a screenplay by Mike Le (creator of the popular web series, K-town and writer of Screen Gem’s Patient Zero). The film was produced by Pft‘s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael.

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- Jonathan James

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Female lead for Matt Saville dramedy

12 October 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Justine Clarke will play the female lead in A Month of Sundays, director Matt Saville.s follow-up to Felony.

Anthony Lapaglia will star as Frank Mollard, a real estate agent whose life takes an unexpected turn when he receives a call from his dead mother, sending him on a journey of redemption.

Clarke, whose film credits include Healing and the upcoming Maya the Bee Movie, will play Frank.s estranged wife. Saville wrote the screenplay, inspired by his family.s experiences. Screen Australia is co-funding the project, the first narrative feature from Madman Productions.

The producers are Nick Batzias and Kirsty Stark. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales. Stark and Batzias collaborated on the webseries Wastelander Panda commissioned by ABC iview.

Kenny.s Clayton Jacobson is attached to direct Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, a film adapted from the popular novels and diaries of former oil rigger »

- Don Groves

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Christopher Eccleston To Guard ITV’s ‘Safe House'; Martin Freeman In ‘The Eichmann Show'; More

7 October 2014 12:20 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Christopher Eccleston has been cast with Marsha Thomason (White Collar) and Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers) in ITV’s new four-part drama series Safe House. Produced by Eleventh Hour Films, Safe House is a thriller set in the wilderness of England’s Lake District. Eccleston plays Robert, a former detective who is asked by a close friend and police officer to turn his family’s remote guest house into a safe house. Their first ‘guests’ are a family in fear of their lives after they are violently attacked. For Robert, protecting them resurrects fears and anxieties bound up in a terrifying night gone wrong with a star witness. As a consequence of running the safe house, Robert begins to questions the incident and uncovers a web of lies. Inspired by a real couple, Safe House is written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom, Carrie’s War), and directed by Marc Evans (Hinterland, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Martin Freeman Set For The Eichmann Show

6 October 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As part of a set of programmes to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the BBC is working on a centrepiece drama about the televised 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann. The Beeb has Martin Freeman and Anthony Lapaglia aboard to star.The 90-minute TV movie, titled The Eichmann Show, follows events surrounding what was described as the “trial of the century”, broadcast in 37 countries over four months as one of the most notorious Nazis – the man who had overseen the death camps – was brought to justice. He was eventually sentenced to death and hanged in 1962.80% of the German population watched the trial, which became the first ever global TV event. Freeman is set to play producer Milton Fruchtman and Lapaglia will be director Leo Hurwitz, two of the men responsible for capturing the trial for the world to see. To see the full list of programmes and events in the anniversary series, »

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Martin Freeman to star in BBC movie about Adolf Eichmann trial

6 October 2014 6:52 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Martin Freeman will play the British TV producer who turned the 1961 trial of fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann into a worldwide television event. The Eichmann Show will be a BBC2 drama that tells the story of how producer Milton Fruchtman and director Leo Hurwitz (Anthony Lapaglia) televised the trial of the century, which exposed the horrors of the Holocaust to a global audience over four months in 1961. Eichmann had been one of the architects of the Final Solution, the genocide of the European Jewish population during World War II. He had fled to South America after the war but was captured »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Martin Freeman, Anthony Lapaglia to Star in BBC Drama About Trial of Holocaust Architect Adolf Eichmann

6 October 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Martin Freeman (“Sherlock”) and Anthony Lapaglia (“Without a Trace”) will star in a new BBC film about the televised 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, TheWrap has confirmed. Eichmann was one of the key architects of the Holocaust. The drama, entitled “The Eichmann Show,” is the centerpiece of BBC's dedication marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Also read: ‘Sherlock’ Returning to BBC For Three New Episodes and a Special “The liberation of the camps is a very significant anniversary which the BBC will mark with a range of thought-provoking programs,” Danny Cohen, BBC director of television, said. According to the BBC, »

- Jason Hughes

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Martin Freeman Joins "Eichmann Show"

6 October 2014 1:59 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Sherlock" and "The Hobbit" star Martin Freeman will team with "Without a Trace" lead Anthony Lapaglia in the upcoming 90-minute BBC telemovie "The Eichmann Show".

The pair will play TV producer Milton Fruchtman and director Leo Hurwitz respectively. The pair were responsible for putting together one of the first global television events, televising a trial to thirty-seven countries over four months in 1961. 

That trial? Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief Nazi architects of the Holocaust. The project is one of several events the network has planned for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Source: Radio Times »

- Garth Franklin

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Martin Freeman to Star in BBC Drama About Trial of Adolf Eichmann

5 October 2014 11:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the BBC has commissioned a 90-minute dramatization of the global broadcast of the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief Nazi architects of the Holocaust, according to an article on the Radio Times website published Sunday. The Eichmann Show will feature Martin Freeman (Fargo, Sherlock, The Hobbit trilogy) playing TV producer Milton Fruchtman, with Anthony Lapaglia (Without a Trace) starring as TV director Leo Hurwitz. Fruchtman and Hurwitz were responsible for putting together one of the first global television events when Eichmann's trial was televised to 37 countries over four months

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- Abid Rahman

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Martin Freeman Eichmann drama to lead BBC's Holocaust memorial season

5 October 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Martin Freeman and Anthony Lapaglia will star in a BBC Two drama about the televising of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the main architects of the Holocaust.

The Eichmann Show will be the centrepiece of the BBC's season to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp during the Second World War.

The 90-minute film will star Freeman as producer Milton Fruchtman and Lapaglia as director Leo Hurwitz.

The Adolf Eichmann trial, described as the 'trial of the century', was televised in 37 countries. It was the first time that most people had heard about the full horror of the death camps.

The BBC will also air a string of documentaries about remembrance. A Story of Remembrance will see three women tell their stories to reinforce why the memory of the Holocaust should never be forgotten.

Touched by Auschwitz will explore the lives »

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Stephen King’s A Good Marriage | Review

3 October 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Golden Years: Askin Adapts Stephen King’s Domestic Dilemma

For those hoping for resurgence in the quality of Stephen King stock, the unique promise of A Good Marriage is not the ticket. Sporting King’s first adapted screenplay of his own work since 1989’s Pet Sematary, his customary flourishes are stamped all over it, including the predilection for the perspective of the underdog and plenty of trawling around in the private headspace of the favored character, which inevitably leads to moments of exaggerated artificiality. True, King has (or had) a unique flair for creating intriguing and sometimes empowered female protagonists, but the suburban housewife anchoring the lukewarm scenario here isn’t nearly as well-honed as the film necessitates.

Married for twenty five years, Darcy (Joan Allen) and Bob (Anthony Lapaglia) seem to have found the secret to success. Celebrating with friends and associates, including their daughter, Petra (Kristen Connolly »

- Nicholas Bell

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