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The 20 Best American Political Films of the Last 20 Years

29 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Upticks in the volume or quality of movies about American politics aren’t particularly good news; historically, it’s a pretty reliable warning sign that things in the real world aren’t going so well. And so, in the 20 years since IndieWire launched, we’ve seen a barrage of great movies about American politics. Yay?

Watch enough of them, and it’s hard to imagine how this country actually functions (or endures). These films can form a grim echo chamber that might seem it leaves us with little to celebrate.

And yet, there’s real joy to be found if you know where to look. Many of these movies are comedies — our increasingly absurd times inspire increasingly absurd movies. “Wag the Dog” seemed like outlandish satire when it premiered in 1997, but 19 years later it feels like a stone’s throw away from the truth. On the other hand, if 1997 audiences »

- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Eric Kohn, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Kate Halliwell, Sarah Colvin, Russell Goldman and Anne Thompson

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Jennifer Lopez and Felicity Huffman Open Up About ‘Mommy Guilt’

2 June 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two working mothers bonded about how they balance career and family, dealing with “mommy guilt” and the rules they set for themselves. There are no easy answers to any of those questions, even if you’re named Jennifer Lopez and Felicity Huffman. During their revealing conversation at Variety’s “Actors on Actors” studio, the stars of NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and ABC’s “American Crime” also talked about the challenges of playing complex characters who may not always do what’s right — and why they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jennifer Lopez: I think that as an actor the thing you want most is to work with talented writers, directors and get great material. We’re nothing without that.

Felicity Huffman: It’s all on the page and the stage.

Lopez: It’s so challenging to do hour-long dramas. It’s probably the hardest job in our field. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Cause of desire by Anne-Katrin Titze

20 May 2016 3:26 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Alessandro Nivola plays a fashion designer in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

From Sally Potter's Ginger And Rosa with Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks, cinematography by Anders Refn, to Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon with Fanning and Hendricks, Alessandro Nivola's thread continues with costume designer Erin Benach and a wedding suit. Refn's Drive, Ryan Gosling's Lost River, Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine and upcoming film The Light Between Oceans, Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special and Loving, all have Benach habiliments.

Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling teamed up for Only God Forgives and Drive Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Barry Levinson's The Wizard Of Lies, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer is up next for Alessandro and he has a future project involving Géza Röhrig, star of László Nemes' Oscar-winner Son Of Saul. Before »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Cannes 2016: Full jury announced

25 April 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Today, the full jury for the 69th Cannes Film Festival was announced. The announcement comes after George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) was confirmed to head up the jury for this year’s festival, which kicks off in the south of France in just a couple of weeks.

Joining Miller are:

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France), Kirsten Dunst (Actress – United States), Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia), Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark), László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria), Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer- France) ,Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran), and Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada).

Keep it Thn over the newxt few weeks for extensive Cannes coverage, which kicks off from May 11th, 2016.

Here’s the full press release.

Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, George Miller will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italia, France, »

- Paul Heath

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Cannes reveals Competition jury

25 April 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Donald Sutherland, Arnaud Desplechin, Vanessa Paradis among those to join president George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival jury, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, will be made up of eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italy, France, Canada and Hungary.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, will comprise a collection of directors, actors and writers. They will decide on the prizes for the 21 films in Competition.

The jury:

George Miller – President

(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France)

Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States)

Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)

Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark)

László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria)

Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France)

Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran)

Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life… or How I Got »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cannes reveals 2016 jury

25 April 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Donald Sutherland, Arnaud Desplechin, Vanessa Paradis among those to join president George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, will comprise eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italy, France, Canada and Hungary.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, comprises directors, actors and writers.

The jury:

George Miller – President

(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France)

Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States)

Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)

Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark)

László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria)

Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France)

Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran)

Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument, which introduced a new generation of actors. The artists in his films have regularly been awarded the most »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cannes 2016 Reveals Competition Jury With George Miller, Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen & More

25 April 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We have what should now be the full line-up for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, featuring many of our most-anticipated films of the year. Coming next in line is the announcement of the competition jury, which director George Miller will be presiding over, returning to Cannes after delivering one of the best films of the festival last year, Mad Max: Fury Road.

Made up of four women and five men, they include Arnaud Desplechin (returning after last year’s My Golden Days), Kristen Dunst, Italian actress Valeria Golino, Mad Mikkelsen (Cannes Best Actor winner for The Hunt), Grand Prix-winning Son of Saul director László Nemes, actress/singer Vanessa Paradis, Iranian producer Katayoon Shahabi, as well as actor Donald Sutherland. Check out their biographies below as we look forward to seeing what they award the Palme d’Or, and beyond.

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, »

- Jordan Raup

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The Second Civil War

23 April 2016 6:35 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Is satire obsolete? Our appalling present political reality has surpassed some of the wildest jokes in director Joe Dante's 'exaggerated, outrageous' 1997 cable movie. An immigration squabble snowballs until a renegade state governor closes his border and threatens to secede from the Union. It's a 'political idiocy' version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ... and nineteen years later, we're stuck living it. The Second Civil War DVD (2005) HBO Video 1997 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date August 30, 2005 / 14.98 Starring Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones, James Coburn, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Peña, Denis Leary, Ron Perlman, Kevin Dunn, Brian Keith, Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller, William Schallert, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Jerry Hardin, Roger Corman, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Alexandra Wilson, Belinda Belaski, Jennifer Carlson, Sean Lawlor. Cinematography Mac Ahlberg Film Editor Marshall Harvey Original Music Hummie Mann Written by Martyn Burke Produced by Guy Riedel Directed by Joe Dante »

- Glenn Erickson

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Q&A: It's a zoo in here.

16 April 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hello! It's your host Nathaniel checking in from a screening frenzy. I'm at the Nashville International Film Festival briefly to serve on their New Directors jury but coming back to you, dear readers, on Monday night. Meanwhile here in New York, Jason and Manuel have already lept into Tribeca Film Festival reporting.

For this week's Q&A column I asked readers for a few animal questions since Monty, my baby boy and the world's first Oscar predicting cat (unfortunately he was never a very committed pundit), has been ill. While he's on the mend (hopefully) it's hard to pull my thoughts away from our four legged friends. Herewith 9 reader questions, some animal themed some not...

James: Ever named a pet after an on-screen animal (or human)? 

My cat is named after Montgomery Clift and unfortunately the name suited him because he has been quite a moody thing from his teensiest days until now. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Barbra Streisand to Bring Back ‘Gypsy’ With Barry Levinson for Stx Entertainment

11 April 2016 4:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Barbra Streisand and Barry Levinson are in advanced negotiations to revive Stx Entertainment’s “Gypsy,” TheWrap has learned. Levinson will direct, while Streisand is set to produce with Joel Silver. Streisand will also be involved in the script, which Richard Lagravenese is writing. Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim‘s musical “Gypsy” tells the true story of Momma Rose and her two daughters, whom she is pushing to become stars of the vaudeville stage — one as the burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee. Also Read: Stx Entertainment's 'Bye Bye Man' Moved Up to June It is considered one of the best musicals ever made. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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Barbra Streisand, Barry Levinson to Make 'Gypsy' for Stx Entertainment

11 April 2016 4:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Barbara Streisand has found a new home for her long-planned screen version of the musical Gypsy at Stx Entertainment as well as a director for the project in Barry Levinson. Streisand would play the classic stage mother Mama Rose in a new screen adaptation of the classic 1959 musical by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents that contains such signature anthems as “Some People,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and the show-stopping “Rose’s Turn.” Streisand, who will produce with Joel Silver, through his Silver Pictures, had been developing the project at Universal, but that studio put

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- Gregg Kilday

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Barbra Streisand’s ‘Gypsy’ Back On At Stx

11 April 2016 3:51 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Stx Entertainment is taking on the task of reviving Gypsy for the big screen, with Barbra Streisand still attached to star as Momma Rose and Barry Levinson aboard to direct Richard Lagravenese’s script, which Streisand also is involved in. Studio sources confirmed that a deal is being finalized now after Deadline broke the story last fall that Universal had put the musical project into turnaround after a long development period. Uni had rights to the project as far back… »

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Barbra Streisand, Barry Levinson Reviving ‘Gypsy’ for STX Entertainment (Exclusive)

11 April 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barbra Streisand may realize her dreams of bringing Mama Rose to the big screen.

STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make Gypsy with the Grammy and Oscar winner taking the lead role, and Oscar-winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) directing. Production on the film hit a snag last fall after Universal Pictures put the project into turnaround. It had been developing “Gypsy” for several years, stretching back to STX Chairman Adam Fogelson’s days as the movie studio’s head.

Streisand will produce the film with Joel Silver (“Lethal Weapon”), with Richard Lagravenese (“The Fisher King”) writing the script. The actress is involved in developing the script.

It’s a meaty role for Streisand, one that will see her playing one of the most infamous stage mothers in history and belting out such signature numbers as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Previous actresses who have put their stamp on Mama Rose include Ethel Merman, »

- Brent Lang

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Sara Bareilles on Breaking Into Broadway and Why She Sang 'The Little Mermaid' at Waitress

11 April 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A veteran singer-songwriter who has been touring the world for more than 10 years, Sara Bareilles has witnessed plenty of onstage mishaps and behind-the-scene emergencies. But with her first musical, Waitress in previews on Broadway, the Grammy nominee has been introduced to an entirely new kind of disaster, and, on March 30 she encountered what she called the "most unexpected thing to happen yet." At a preview performance of the musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name, a series of technical malfunctions took place, one after another, until the show had to be brought to a halt. Bareilles, »

- Carey Purcell, @CareyPurcell

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Sara Bareilles on Breaking Into Broadway and Why She Sang 'The Little Mermaid' at Waitress

11 April 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A veteran singer-songwriter who has been touring the world for more than 10 years, Sara Bareilles has witnessed plenty of onstage mishaps and behind-the-scene emergencies. But with her first musical, Waitress in previews on Broadway, the Grammy nominee has been introduced to an entirely new kind of disaster, and, on March 30 she encountered what she called the "most unexpected thing to happen yet." At a preview performance of the musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film of the same name, a series of technical malfunctions took place, one after another, until the show had to be brought to a halt. Bareilles, »

- Carey Purcell, @CareyPurcell

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Best Baseball Movies

3 April 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.

A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”

To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.

The Bad News Bears

Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”

Who are we to argue with greatness?

After skewering all-American subjects such as politics (The Candidate) and beauty pageants (Smile), director Michael Ritchie naturally set his sights on the »

- Movie Geeks

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Oliver Stone to Receive Nantucket Film Festival Honor

29 March 2016 7:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Oliver Stone will be honored with the Nantucket Film Festival’s 2016 Screenwriters Tribute Award.

Stone’s latest film, 2016’s “Snowden,” profiles former CIA employee Edward Snowden and stars Joseph Gordon-LevittShailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood.

Oliver Stone has brought some of the most thought-provoking, illuminating and iconic cinema to audiences over the years. The vastness of his body of written work can be seen in both breadth and depth,” said the festival’s executive director, Mystelle Brabbée, in a statement. “Very few screenwriters have consistently reached as high or have taken as many chances in screenplay after screenplay.”

With four decades of experience in the industry, Stone has written, directed and produced nearly 30 feature films, accruing a total of three Oscar wins: Best Director for “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), Best Director for “Platoon” (1986) and Best Writing for “Midnight Express” (1979).

Previous recipients of the Screenwriters Tribute Award, »

- Alyssa Sage

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‘Snowden’s Oliver Stone Will Receive Screenwriters Award At 2016 Nantucket Film Festival

29 March 2016 2:56 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Oliver Stone, who co-wrote and directed the upcoming Snowden, will receive the 2016 Screenwriters Tribute Award at the 21st Nantucket Film Festival on June 25. The fest’s top prize, it recognizes outstanding screenwriters in the entertainment industry. Previous winners include Aaron Sorkin, David O. Russell, Judd Apatow, Nancy Meyers and Barry Levinson. Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, will emcee the event. Meyers was head writer for Saturday Night L… »

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Rock the Kasbah review – dog’s dinner of an Afghan music biz comedy

20 March 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Even Bill Murray and Barry Levinson cannot rescue this confused rags to rock riches story, inspired by a real-life talent show contestant

One presumes that veteran director Barry Levinson envisaged this Mitch Glazer-scripted comedy about a has-been rock promoter working his shtick in Kabul as Good Morning Afghanistan, although the phrase “Good Night, Vienna” better describes its reception in America, where it tanked spectacularly last year. No wonder: it’s a dog’s dinner of a movie which not even the usually reliable Bill Murray can raise above the level of confused, cliched claptrap. Murray plays Richie Lanz, who comes to Kabul on the promise of rich pickings, and winds up attempting to help Leem Lubany’s Pashtun prodigy Salima defy death threats by singing on national TV.

Kate Hudson plays a toe-curlingly generic hooker with a heart of gold, Scott Caan and Danny McBride are salesmen for weight-loss firm Herbalife turned wacky gun-runners, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Academy Awards Film Series: Scorsese's Spielbergian Biopic Comes Crashing Down Each Time After Take-Off

19 March 2016 9:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Aviator' movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as bizarre billionaire Howard Hughes: Bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: What's not good for the Spruce Goose… Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would look something like a Barry Levinson film – for instance, the superficial and phony Bugsy. Or, an even more appropriate example, the superficial, phony, and bloated The Aviator. Except, of course, that Levinson is not the man responsible for the 2004 mega-production starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the eccentric, billionaire ladies' man Howard Hughes. Strangely enough, that man is Martin Scorsese, the director of hard-hitting films such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Gangs of New York. Scorsese, a fan of Old Hollywood, apparently wanted to have some fun with the reported $110 million budget (approx. $138 million in 2016) made available to him. The director no doubt had a ball while making The Aviator, »

- Andre Soares

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