15 items from 2016
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Sunday July 31st
The Best Supporting Actresses of 1977
The Oscar went to the legendary but controversial Vanessa Redgrave for Julia and while she might be impossible to beat, the movies are all juicy in this category. Tuesday Weld co-stars in the provocative Looking for Mr Goodbar, Melinda Dillon was part of the fine cast of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Quinn Cumming charmed voters in The Goodbye Girl, and Leslie Browne, a dancer, debuted in Oscar's all time biggest loser The Turning Point (nominated for 11 Oscars but it lost every category! »
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With just under two weeks to go before its UK release, a new trailer has arrived online for writer-director Tony Aloupis’ upcoming drama Safelight, which stars Evan Peters and Juno Temple. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
The paths of two desperate individuals cross in a dusty desert town in the late 1970s. Charles (Evan Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges and Vickie (Juno Temple) is a troubled runaway. After Charles steps in to help Vickie during a fight with the dangerous Skid (Kevin Alejandro – True Blood, Red State), the pair form an unlikely relationship. But will the pair’s difficult lives allow them to find happiness? One thing is for certain – their lives will be changed forever.
- Amie Cranswick
The Miami International Film Festival announced the winners of its 33rd edition on Saturday, with Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” winning the Knight Competition grand jury prize and Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina” winning the Lexus Ibero-American feature film prize.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater, which followed the festival’s closing night U.S. premiere of “The Steps,” directed by Andrew Currie and starring James Brolin and Christine Lahti.
The Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival to be produced by a college or university. This year’s edition featured 129 films from 40 countries.
“Every year we see the Festival grow and look forward to sharing the powerful and stimulating works from around the world with the community,” said Miami Dade College president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón in a statement. “Congratulations to all of the winners and to the entire Festival team for such an inspiring cultural event. »
- Variety Staff
Monterey Media has acquired U.S. rights to Andrew Currie's The Steps, a comedy starring Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin and Christine Lahti. The pic, which premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, is scheduled for a release in June. The deal was inked with Entertainment One's Seville International. In the pic, uptight New Yorker and his party-girl sister visit their dad’s lake house to meet his new wife and her rough-around-the-edges kids… »
Plus: Second Wachowski comes out as transgender; Sloan Foundation, Coolidge Corner Theatre unveil Science On Screen event; and more…monterey media has acquired all Us rights from Seville International to Andrew Currie’s off-beat comedy The Steps starring Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, and Christine Lahti. The Steps premiered in Toronto and will open in June.Lily Wachowski (formerly Andy Wachowski) has come out as transgender, following a similar revelation by her sibling Lana in 2012. The film-maker declared her status in an interview with Chicago Lgbt weekly Windy City Times on Tuesday and intimated she had been under pressure to come out by a reporter from the Daily Mail.The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre have announced the third annual National Evening Of Science On Screen will take place on March 22 in 19 independent theatres across the Us. Each session will feature a film and speaker presentation and selections include The Martian and Psycho »
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In a world where having a mental disorder is treated as a hugely negative and stigmatized scenario, actor, writer, and director Paul Dalio hopes that his film, Touched With Fire, might help change people’s minds about people who are bipolar, and who have mental illnesses in general.
Starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as title characters Carla and Marco, the film features two poets who are bipolar and fall in love in a hospital after getting into some trouble when trying to live on their own. Soon enough, they go through various stages of emotions and relationship statuses until they have to bring their relationship to light with their parents, played by Christine Lahti, Griffan Dunne, and Bruce Altman.
The remarkable aspect »
- Catherina Gioino
Chicago – How do you explain air? That is what our thoughts are, after all – carbon-based cells interacting with circumstantial environment, sending the “message.” What if those cells send the thought receiver something outside “normal”? This is the exploration in the new film ‘Touched With Fire.’
This is narrative fiction, but it brings out another side of the debate regarding the mental condition, and the judgement associated with it. The main characters in the film have Bipolar Disorder. Now, notice the word “disorder” – out of order, not orderly. The medical profession has defined the Bipolar condition is an anomaly. “Touched With Fire” seeks to take back the disorderly part of that definition, and doe it through the story of two people who take it to another place. There are clichés in the film, and scenes that were a bit too cute, but the writer/director Paul Dalio actually has Bipolar condition, »
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Chicago – The status of individual mental acuity and control is like the fingerprint of the brain. There are disorders that have been diagnosed, which alters that fingerprint into different types of behavior. A new film, “Touched with Fire” – directed by Paul Dalio and featuring lead actor Luke Kirby – seeks to bridge an understanding of Bipolar Condition, the particular mental journey of highest (and ultra-creative) highs and mind numbing lows.
That was a one sentence attempt at trying to explain a complex state of being – an affected individual’s behavior is like a snowflake, different in all. In his new film “Touched With Fire,” writer/director Paul Dalio seeks to provide normalization to the Bipolar nature, in a fictional narrative. Actor Luke Kirby, a TV and film journeyman, has a career defining performance as Marco, a writer who goes from independence to institutions to his parent’s home, never seemingly under control. »
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Depicting mental illness in film is hard for two reasons. One is the fact that actors are playacting. This may not be the case across the board—performances could be inferred from personal experience—but I’d say a majority comes from a place of research and mimicry. The second reason deals with audiences having preconceived notions about mental illness that are generally misguided. It’s difficult to show someone an honest portrayal when they don’t believe it’s honest. Perhaps filmmakers shouldn’t care about this subsection of viewers because they’re walking that line for the afflicted so they can see they aren’t alone. Expand that circle to include individuals willing to learn and replace false truths and you find those who Paul Dalio hopes appreciate Touched With Fire.
Many would rather go to the movies for an escapist adventure than experience a slice of harsh, »
- Jared Mobarak
The New York premiere of Roadside Attractions’ “Touched With Fire” was held at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night, with an after-party across the street at the Lincoln Ristorante. The film is a drama about two poets, Carla (Katie Holmes) and Marco (Luke Kirby), struggling with bipolar disorder and the painful truth that their romantic relationship fuels their mania. The director, first-time filmmaker Paul Dalio, told Variety that the subject was important to him because it was based on his own experience dealing with mental illness.
“Touched With Fire” is based on the filmmaker’s “feeling of being misunderstood for a long time, and the rebirth of fully showing the world what this thing really is. It was cathartic,” Dalio said, adding that before he got healthy, he had been through a period of hospitalization and suicidal depression and “the shame of being a freak and »
- Michael Tedder
'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »
- Andre Soares
Katie Holmes is on fire. The actress stars as a woman with bipolarism who falls in love with a fellow patient at a psychiatric hospital in the new indie Touched With Fire and only E! News has an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming drama. In the film, Holmes' character is asking her mother (Christine Lahti) what specific incident triggered her mental disorder. "The doctor says something has to trigger it, so what was I doing?" she says. When Lahti insists there "was nothing we could have done. It was going to happen no matter what," Holmes storms off to the other side of the room. "Please just stop lying to me," she says, explaining, "I'm just trying to figure »
Recently, CBS released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 12 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Tracks," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and high drama stuff go down as a huge multi-million dollar music rights case becomes the main focus for Alicia and Cary. Also, Alicia really ticks off her neighbors by doing business out of her apartment, and more! In the new, 12th episode press release: Alicia And Cary Join Forces To Defend A Former Client Facing A Multi-million Dollar Lawsuit Over Ownership Rights To His New Music, On "The Good Wife," Sunday, Jan. 17. Press release number 2: Alicia and Cary will end up joining forces to defend a former client facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over ownership rights to his new music. Also, Alicia's neighbors are going to be very unhappy that her law firm is »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, CBS delivered these new, official spoiler photos for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 12 of season 7, and they feature new look snapshots of main characters David and Diane in a scene along with Alicia and Cary looking overly happy, and more. The episode is labeled, "Tracks." The official plot summary for episode 12, reads like this: Alicia and Cary will end up joining forces to defend a former client facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over ownership rights to his new music. Also, Alicia's neighbors are going to be unhappy that her law firm is operating out of her apartment and will threaten to get her kicked out. Matthew Lillard Guest Stars as Musician Rowby Canton and Christine Lahti Returns as Attorney Andrea Stevens. »
For a night known as Hollywood's most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains shrouded in mystery.
Most viewers probably don't even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television. Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. With Ricky Gervais set to reprise his hosting duties this weekend, here are 25 things you need to know about the Globes.
1. Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign-market journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (then called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association) held its first awards ceremony the following spring, as a luncheon at 20th Century Fox. Instead of trophies, the winners took home scrolls.
2. The next year, the »
- Moviefone Staff
15 items from 2016
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