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Margin Call Review

31 December 2011 3:27 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: J.C. Chandor

Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Simon Baker, Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Mary McDonnell

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 107 Minutes

Synopsis: A thriller that revolves around the key people at a investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.

To say the current economic climate is having a serious effect on all our lives would be an understatement. Most people are cutting back on every aspect of spending, whether it be luxuries or significant everyday necessities. And that’s only those that are able to do so; what about those that are unable to, having lost everything? And why? Well, we all know the answer to that: greedy bankers and businesses, governments unwilling to learn from history, and the boom generation the eventually went… erm, bust. So to give you an idea of how the world of investment »

- Craig Hunter

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Episode Recap: The Closer - 6.14: "Living Proof: Part Two"

28 December 2011 7:44 PM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

The coroner, Kendall (Ransford Doherty) examines Sara's Db at the scene, stating she hasn't been dead all that long. Buzz (Phillip P Keene) uses his video camera to film as usual and Sara's computer is missing. Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) asks Provenza (Gw Bailey) to speak with Skander (Aaron Refvem) as he's kind of close to him. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco) was meant to be with his boyfriend's family. He finds Sara has the same torture marks on her body as her sister, Anila. Brenda invites Morales to Christmas dinner with everyone else at work. Flynn (Tony Denison) crosses off everyone's names on the board, as each one of their plans is put paid to. Tao (Michael Paul Chan) has an Albanian translation book and tells them of an Albanian rule of the 'blood feud' called 'Kanun' which doesn't allow for anyone to be killed in their home, or for women to be killed either. »

- mhasan@corp.popstar.com (Mila Hasan)

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Episode Recap: The Closer - 6.13: "Living Proof: Part One"

28 December 2011 7:11 PM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

A man spots another on an escalator and follows him. They argue in Albanian, then physically fight and the elder man pulls out a knife and is then pushed in front of an approaching police car. No one at Major Crimes wants the case as they all have plans for Christmas. Captain Raydor (Mary McDonnell) has a family event planned since her father is unwell and this may be his last Christmas. Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) believes it's not a murder since the murderer is dead and the Vic was only slightly injured. The Vic, Armand Marku (Michael Aronou) is interviewed and states the Vic was his father, Shariq (Patrick Faucette) . Armand married a Christian woman and his father disowned him. He believes his father got angry when he saw him with Christmas presents. They are Muslims. He also has two sisters, but hasn't been in contact with them. Brenda tells »

- mhasan@corp.popstar.com (Mila Hasan)

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Blu-ray Review: Underappreciated ‘Margin Call’ Deserves Larger Audience

20 December 2011 3:31 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – J.C. Chandor’s Cfca-nominated “Margin Call” is the kind of film that makes me concerned about the lack of mainstream audience for adult drama. There’s no reason at all that this excellent drama with several major actors shouldn’t have found a much-larger audience. Lionsgate needs to go back to the drawing board and figure out what’s going on with their marketing and promotions since it’s total nonsense that a critically-acclaimed work like this and their even-better “Warrior” both flopped at the box office. “Warrior” was at least given a chance. “Margin Call” never went beyond 199 screens. So you probably haven’t seen it. You should.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’ve always been a sucker for dramas that attempt to take large issues and break them down on a smaller level. Such is the attempt of “Margin Call,” a film that dares to turn the financial bubble »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive: Margin Call Blu-ray Deleted Scene

16 December 2011 1:08 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an exclusive deleted scene from Margin Call, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Decemeber 20. Click on the video player below to watch a scene where Kevin Spacey listens to a motivational speech by Jeremy Irons.

Click to watch Deleted Scene: Strike Quick!

When Eric Dale (Stanley Tucci) is laid off from his investment firm, he sneaks a flash drive to his young colleague Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) before being escorted from the building. Sullivan soon discovers that the information on the flash drive could change the fate of the company - and perhaps even the entire country. As more executives learn of this sensitive news, they are thrust into a high-stakes moral debate: do what's best for the company (and themselves)? Or what's best for millions of investors worldwide? Set in the 12 hours that launched the 2008 financial crisis, Margin Call is a Wall Street thriller for our time. »

- MovieWeb

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The Help, The Artist, The Descendants: SAG Awards 2012 Top Contenders/Best Cast

14 December 2011 1:07 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, The Help

The Screen Actors Guild will announce its nominees in a few hours. Here are a few last-minute predictions in the following motion picture categories: Best Cast, Best Actor, Best Actress (or Best Female Actor), Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

For Best Cast — which isn't really an equivalent to Best Picture regardless of what some people say — the most likely contenders in our view are the following:

Alexander Payne's The Descendants (George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Robert Forster, Judy Greer) Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist (Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, James Cromwell) Tate Taylor's The Help (Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson, Mary Steenburgen) Martin Scorsese's Hugo (Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law) J. C. Chandor's Margin Call (Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, »

- Steve Montgomery

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DVD Playhouse December 2011

11 December 2011 5:07 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—December 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Rules Of The Game (Criterion) Jean Renoir’s classic from 1939 was met with a riot at its premiere and was severely cut by its distributor, available only in truncated form for two decades until it was restored to the grandeur for which it is celebrated today. A biting comedy of manners set in the upstairs and downstairs of a French country estate, the film bitterly vivisects the bourgeoisie with a gentle ferocity that will tickle the laughter in your throat. Renoir co-stars as Octave. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Introduction to the film by Renoir; Commentary written by scholar Alexander Sesonske and read by Peter Bogdanovich; Comparison of the film’s two endings; Selected scene analysis by Renoir scholar Chris Faulkner; Featurettes and vintage film clips; Part one of David Thomson’s “Jean Renoir” BBC documentary; Video essay; Interviews with Renoir, crew members, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Margin Call U.K. Poster

8 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Stealth Media have released the official U.K. poster for Margin Call.

Written and directed by J.C. Chandor, Margin Call stars Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell and Aasif Mandvi.

When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan (Quinto) unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

Margin Call, which scored positive reviews following screenings at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, will be released in the U.K. on January 13, 2012.

Check out the U.K. poster embedded below:

 

Source: Facebook »

- Jamie Neish

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Episode Recap: The Closer - 6.11: "Old Money"

5 December 2011 7:55 PM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

Flynn (Tony Dension) has just attended his AA meeting, when a man approaches him to speak about the meeting and how he stays sober. As Flynn leaves and heads towards his car, he is attacked by a man with a knife. Flynn manages to shoot him and calls Captain Raydor (Mary McDonnell) for help. He gives her his gun and tells her what happened before passing out. At the hospital, he wakes to find Provenza (Gw Bailey) at his bedside with a balloon, stating "It's a girl." That's all they had, how did I know that's what he'd say? Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) is also there. Raydor tells Flynn if he can describe his attacker and ID him, then she'll take on the case, but if he can't then Major Crimes can investigate. He says he can't and when she leaves he says he knows what his attacker looked like. He »

- mhasan@corp.popstar.com (Mila Hasan)

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Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series Only $95 in Amazon Cyber Monday Week Deal

2 December 2011 8:11 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Yesterday Amazon.com offered the Alien Anthology for a mere $41 in a single day Cyber Monday Week deal. Today, they're keeping the big sci-fi box set theme alive by tapping into Ron Moore's outstanding Battlestar Galactica reboot.

For today only, Amazon is selling Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $94.99. That's 68 percent off the $299.98 list price, and like the Alien Anthology deal yesterday, the cheapest I've seen this set up for sale.

Additionally, Amazon is offering the DVD version of Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series for $79.99. I'd recommend shelling out the extra $15 and going for the superior Blu-ray set.

Click here to buy Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series on Blu-ray for $94.99 at Amazon.com.

The new Battlestar Galactica was launched in 2004 and ran four seasons on the then Sci-Fi Channel (Now SyFy). It starred Edward James Olmos (Dexter), Jamie Bamber, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Grace Park, »

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Beginners and The Tree of Life tie for Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards 2011

29 November 2011 2:29 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Awards season got underway on Monday night as the stars gathered in New York City for the 21st Annual Gotham Awards, with Mike Mills' comedy drama Beginners sharing the top honour - Best Feature - with Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, after fending off competition from The Descendants, Meek's Cutoff and Take Shelter. The award for Best Breakthrough Actor / Actress went to rising English actress Felicity Jones for Like Crazy, while Dee Rees was named Best Breakthrough Director for her debut feature Pariah.

Along with Best Feature, Beginners took home a second award as the likes of Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent were honoured with Best Ensemble Performance, while special tribute awards were also given to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman, CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Take a look at the full list of winners (and nominees) right here. »

- flickeringmyth

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2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

29 November 2011 1:10 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Artist and The Descendants.

Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking.from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”

2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, »

- Michelle McCue

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2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

29 November 2011 12:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the The Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter and The Artist.

Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast.

"The Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking-from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs," said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. "The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work."

"Sean Mc Manus focuses primarily on American independents, so it was »

- MovieWeb

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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012: Nominations: The Artist, Take Shelter

29 November 2011 12:08 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Artist, Take Shelter, and the other nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. The 27th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards “are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films…The Independent Spirit Awards are presented by Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers…The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from 277 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost & individual compensation), and percentage of financing from independent sources.”

This year’s award ceremony will be held on February 25, 2012 “at the beach in Santa Monica and broadcast by IFC.”

The full listing of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations is below.

Best Feature (Award »

- filmbook

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‘Take Shelter’ & ‘The Artist’ Lead 2012 Spirit Award Nominees

29 November 2011 8:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s that time of year when bows of holly are hung, children scribble wish lists for Santa, and films worldwide jockey for notice as award season kicks off! Just a day after the Gotham Awards announced their winners, the 27th Film Independent’s Spirit Awards has announced their nominees.

The Spirit Awards has long aimed to pay tribute to the little films that often unfairly fail to grab Oscar notice. (It’s no coincidence that the Spirit Awards telecast is traditionally held the day before the Oscars ceremony each year.) Of course, with the Academy’s expansion to 10 Best Picture nominees, the past few years have shown an increase in the amount of crossover between the two award shows. Last year both the Academy Awards and the Spirit Awards bestowed nominations (if not awards) to Black Swan, Winter’s Bone, 127 Hours, The King’s Speech, The Kids Are All Right, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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"The Artist," "Take Shelter" Lead Film Independent's Spirit Awards Nominations!

29 November 2011 8:52 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"The Artist" and "Take Shelter" scored the most nominations for the Film Independent's Spirit Awards announced today. Each film received five nods while "Beginners," "Drive," "The Descendants," and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" each received four nominations.

The Spirit Award prides itself in honoring American-made films that are budgeted at under $20 million. Read the nominations below. The winners will be announced at the 27th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 25th. You can see the festivities on IFC.

And here are the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer)

50/50 - Ben Karlin, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Beginners - Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Jan Van Hoy, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech

Drive - Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel

Take Shelter - Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin

The Artist - Thomas Langmann, Emmanuel Montamat

The Descendants - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, »

- Manny

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'The Artist' and 'Take Shelter' Lead the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

29 November 2011 8:27 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's an award-based morning as not only were the Gotham Awards handed out last night, the New York Film Critics are in the middle of handing out their awards right now (that list is coming shortly) and now the nominations for Film Independent's 2012 Independent Spirit Awards were announced as Michael Hazanavicius' The Artist and Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter led the pack with five nominations each. The two leaders, however, were followed closely by Beginners, The Descendants, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Drive with four. Of those six, only Martha Marcy May Marlene wasn't nominated for Best Feature as it was replaced by 50/50, which ended up with three nominations. Of the films nominated for Best Feature, my gut tells me it's a battle between The Artist and The Descendants and this just may end up being the first sign as to which of those two may end up being the Oscar favorite. »

- Brad Brevet

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"Tree of Life," "Beginners" Tie for Gotham Independent Film Awards! See Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

29 November 2011 6:47 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"The Tree of Life" and "Beginners" emerged as the big winners for the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards. "The Descendants" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene" led the pack with three nominations each but in the end, Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and Mike Mills' "Beginners" ruled the night.

Related Posts:

Ewan McGregor interview for "Beginners" right here

Mike Mills interview for "Beginners right here

The Gotham Independent Film Awards officially kicks off the 2011-12 award season which of course, leads to the granddaddy of the awards season, the Academy Awards!

Hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the Gotham Awards also gave career tributes to Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman.

"Beginners" also took home the Best Ensemble Performance Award, "Better This World" won Best Documentary, Dee Rees who gave us the wonderful "Pariah" won Breakthrough Director, Felicity Jones for "Like Crazy" won Breakthrough Actor, »

- Manny

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It's a tie. Gotham Awards 2011

28 November 2011 9:54 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

What an odd way to open this year's awards season: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Mike Mills's Beginners have tied for Best Feature at Monday night's Gotham Independent Film Awards, though I suppose one could say that Beginners came out of the evening with a slight edge in that it's also taken the Best Ensemble prize. The other films nominated for Best Feature were Jeff Nichols's Take Shelter, Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff.

Best Ensemble Performance: Beginners (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos). Also nominated: The Descendants (George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel), Margin Call (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi), Martha Marcy May Marlene (Elizabeth Olsen, »

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Gotham Awards 2011 Winners: Beginners, The Tree Of Life, Felicity Jones

28 November 2011 7:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Alexander Payne, Terrence Malick In; Woody Allen Out: Gotham Awards 2011 Best Feature (tie) * Beginners Mike Mills, director; Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Miranda de Pencier, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, producers (Focus Features) The Descendants Alexander Payne, director; Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Meek’s Cutoff Kelly Reichardt, director; Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Take Shelter Jeff Nichols, director; Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) * The Tree of Life Terrence Malick, director; Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Grant Hill, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)   Best Documentary * Better This World Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, directors; Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Mike Nicholson, producers (Loteria Films, Picturebox, Motto Pictures and Passion Pictures; Itvs in association with American Documentary | Pov) Bill Cunningham New York Richard Press, »

- Steve Montgomery

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