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Academy's Foreign Language Committees Make Some Unusual Choices - As Usual: The Semi-Finalists for the 2014 Oscars

24 December 2013 3:06 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014 semi-finalists (photo: ‘Two Lives,’ with Liv Ullmann and Julia Bache-Wiig) Out of 76 submissions, nine movies have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen, director. Best Actress European Film Award winner Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh star as a couple whose love is put to the test after their daughter falls seriously ill. Bosnia and Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker / Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza, Danis Tanovic, director. Set in Bosnia’s Roma (gypsy) community and based on real-life events, this 2013 Berlin Film Festival Grand Prix winner stars Berlin’s Best Actor Nazif Mujic as a scrap-metal collector and salesman desperately trying to save the life of his wife, who has been denied medical assistance because she lacks health insurance. »

- Andre Soares

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Romance At the End of the World in Parts Per Billion [Trailer]

11 December 2013 8:52 AM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Prior to the Sundance announcements, there was a bit of buzz around Brian Horiuchi's Parts Per Billion's as a favourite for selection but when the titles were announced last week, Horiuchi's directorial debut wasn't listed, despite the interesting premise and the great cast.

Frank Langella, Gena Rowlands, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Penn Badgley, Teresa Palmer and Alexis Bledel all star in what appears to be a trio of intersecting stories that unfold against the backdrop of a biological war which is killing millions.

The interwoven stories of three couples which are forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len, Mia, Andy, Esther, Anna and Erik are as flawed and beautiful as any of the billio [Continued ...] »

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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Brian Horiuchi’s Parts Per Billion

20 November 2013 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Best known for kick-starting careers of up-and-coming filmmakers, Park City still makes room for first time directors pushing north of a ripe old age north of 50. Writer of unknown entities America So Beautiful (2001) and Circle of Eight (2009), Brian Horiuchi’s (shot in Detroit of 2012) Parts Per Billion has got a Sundance parka friendly cast (comprised of Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Josh Hartnett, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson with legends Frank Langella and Gena Rowlands). This is surely in completion stages.

Gist: The story of three couples dealing with a reality-shaking event that threatens to tear them apart. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len (Josh Hartnett), Mia (Rosario Dawson), Andy (Frank Langella), Esther (Gena Rowlands), Anna (Teresa Palmer) and Erik (Penn Badgley) are as flawed and beautiful as any of the billions who are facing this human-made biological disaster.

Production Co./Producers: Benaroya PicturesMichael Benaroya (Kill Your Darlings), Bow Street Films »

- Eric Lavallee

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Angelina Jolie: 'My Family Makes Everything Possible'

17 November 2013 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

In an emotional night, Angelina Jolie became the youngest ever winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Saturday. Also taking home honorary Oscars at the fifth annual Governors Awards were Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin (who choked up during his acceptance speech), and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, who was unable to attend. "My family, my love, your love and support make everything possible," said a clearly emotional Jolie, 38, who attended the event with fiancé Brad Pitt and eldest son Maddox. "Mad, and your brothers and sisters, there is no greater honor than being your mom." Marcheline Bertrand, who died »

- Oliver Jones

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Governor Awards Honor Emotional Angelina Jolie

17 November 2013 12:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy’s fifth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 16 were two events in one: A schmooze-fest with a guest list representing decades of film history (Roger Corman and Warren Beatty through Lupita Nyong’o) as well as an emotional tribute to four eminently deserving people. The evening succeeded on both fronts.

The event, held at Hollywood & Highland, had many touching moments but the emotional highlight came with the first presentation. After showing a reel of Angelina Jolie’s global philanthropy, the actress took to the stage to thank her presenters (Bosnian and Serbian actors from her “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Gena Rowlands and George Lucas), and her family. And she paid special tribute to her mother, who told her she must live “a life of use to others.” Jolie reminded the audience that she is lucky to have basics such as food, shelter and love, as well »

- Tim Gray

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Angelina Jolie honored at 2013 Governors Awards

16 November 2013 5:47 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

An A-plus list of talent turned out Saturday to watch Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, and Angela Lansbury receive Honorary Oscars from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Celebrities like Tom HanksJake Gyllenhaal, Diane Keaton, Judd Apatow, Harrison Ford, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, and George Lucas attended the ceremony in Hollywood that also paid tribute to Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, who was not in attendance.

Jolie was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work with the United Nations Refugee Agency — a passion project that began in Cambodia while »

- Nicole Sperling

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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Remasters Five of Cassavetes’ Best

1 November 2013 2:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s rare that I feel comfortable using this kind of hyperbole in a Blu-ray review but here it goes — having watched it again on Criterion Blu-ray, after not seeing it in years, I’m more convinced than ever that John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence” is one of the best films ever made. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and have a family of my own, but my most recent viewing of this masterpiece was heartwrenching in a totally different way. It’s stunning.

And the Criterion remaster of it, accompanied by four other of the most important films in the history of the independent film movement in “Cassavetes: Five Films” is a beauty. Oh, yeah, “Shadows,” “Faces,” “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,” and “Opening Night” are damn good too. This is one of the best possible gifts you could pick up for the »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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'Applause' Comes to DVD, Knockout Star Paprika Steen Talks Backstage Alcoholism Drama, Denmark vs. America (Exclusive Video)

28 October 2013 12:44 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family.  Toh sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below, with trailer. Reminiscent of Gena Rowlands' actress Myrtle Gordon in John Cassavettes' 1977 "Opening Night," Steen flawlessly creates an intricate and palpable web of raw nerves while inhabiting the lonely burning house that is Thea. Steen is well-known to Danish audiences. While she appeared in three Dogme films in the 90s (Lars von Trier's "The Idiots," Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's "Mifune's Last Song"), North American audiences may recognize her from »

- Sophia Savage

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Interview: A conversation with filmmaker Shane Ryan

24 October 2013 11:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe chats with independent filmmaker Shane Ryan....

California born indie filmmaker Shane Ryan has been directing films for 10 years now. Raised on a steady diet of Jean-Claude Van Damme films and an innate love of all types of cinema, Ryan has gained some success and no small amount of notoriety in his career as a film maker. His first major breakthrough was the exploitation flick, Amateur Pornstar Killer. This would spawn two sequels. He’s courted controversy from films like this, but also dealing with issues like child murder as well as pedophilia in some films. His recent film, My Name Is ‘A’ by Anonymous is based on the real life murder of Elizabeth Olten (a famous case in America in 2009) focusing on the convicted killer, 15 year old Alyssa Bustamente. The film, finished in 2011, still awaits distribution. Shane took the time to answer a few questions about his career thus far. »

- Gary Collinson

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5 Things to Know About Merritt Wever

23 September 2013 1:22 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Her awkward 11-word acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her role in Showtime's quirky comedy Nurse Jackie was the most buzzed about moment at last night's Emmy Awards. Here are five things to know about Merritt Wever.

1. Born Siobhán Merritt Wever on January 7, 1980 -- her mother conceived her via a sperm donor.

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2. Although best known for her recent roles on Nurse Jackie and New Girl, she has numerous acting credits that began at age 15 with the TV movie Blue River in 1995.

3. While growing up her mother sent her to a liberal Jewish summer camp where she sang pro-union, pro-labor songs in Yiddish.

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4. At one time was once a member of the Metropolitan Opera's children's choir.

5. Among her favorite actors are Meryl Streep, Gena Rowlands and Michael J. Pollard

Related: Emmy Recap: Modern, Breaking & Candelabra On Top »

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5 Things You Don't Know About Joseph Gordon-Levitt

13 September 2013 8:13 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

This TV and film actor -- who is gearing up for the release his sexually-charged dramedy Don Jon later this month -- is currently in the news for saying he should not be pressed to publicly clarify his sexual orientation. Here are five things you probably don't know about Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

1. Began his acting career at the tender age of six -- appearing in commercials for Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes -- before landing his breakout role in the TV comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun in 1996.

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2.  Decided to take a break from acting after making the 2001 movie Manic to attend New York's Columbia University, where he studied history, literature, and French poetry. Although he dropped out in 2004 to return full-time to acting, he called the university experience "one of the smartest things I've ever done."

3. Got the part of Arthur in Inception after James Franco turned down the role.

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Blu-ray Release: John Cassavetes: Five Films

6 September 2013 3:07 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $124.95

Studio: Criterion

John Cassavetes—genius, visionary, and the progenitor of American independent film—receives some high-definition respect from Criterion in the John Cassavetes: Five Films collection.

A former theater actor fascinated by the power of improvisation, Cassavetes brought his search for truth in performance to the screen. The five films in this anthology of dramas—all of which the director maintained total control over by financing them himself and making them outside the studio system—are electrifying and compassionate creations, populated by all manner of humanity: beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, children.

Cassavetes has often been called an actor’s director, but this body of work—even greater than the sum of its extraordinary parts—shows him to be an audience’s director.

Here’s a breakdown of the movies:

Lelia Goldoni and Anthony Ray star in John Cassavetes' 1959 directorial debut Shadows. »

- Laurence

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Hannah Fidell’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

1 September 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this months’ pick), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten (eleven in this case) favorite films of all time. Hannah Fidell (who saw her first feature film A Teacher hit Sundance and SXSW, concludes a busy year with a VOD and theatrical release (September 6th) via Oscilloscope Laboratories.  Here are her “favorite films right now (at this very moment)”. Enjoy!

A Face In The CrowdElia Kazan (1957)

“In my opinion, this is the greatest film of all time. Everything about this film is spot on: acting, story, camerawork… it is a masterpiece.”

Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson (1997)

“I will never forget where I was when I first saw this film. It was like a light bulb turned on after the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Trailer Trash

24 August 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench are the early Oscar frontrunners, while the London film festival makes journalists pay

A Cate with destiny

Oscar races are hard to read, especially in August when nobody's yet had a good look at the runners. However, I can't imagine a hotter favourite than Cate Blanchett, who is magnificent as the lead character in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Hers is one of the finest performances in Allen's entire oeuvre, certainly the most powerful female one since Gena Rowlands in the rather forgotten Another Woman.

Blanchett's Jasmine is a bundle of desperation, denial and drugs, a wealthy woman sheltering at her sister's flat in San Francisco, brought low by her husband's financial misdemeanours. It must be said that our own Sally Hawkins gives a lovely, intelligent supporting performance as Jasmine's sister, but it's Blanchett who mesmerises in every scene. You'll recall that she won her »

- Jason Solomons

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Article about Cate Blanchett

22 August 2013 3:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Cate Blanchett: consistently mesmerising audiences.

Honours seem to beget honours. Cate Blanchett, who has delivered in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine what may be one of the crown jewels in a career overflowing with mesmerising performances, is being feted at film festivals both in France and New York.

In Allen’s film she plays a woman who flirts with losing her mind after losing her place in moneyed society following a financial scandal. And she will next be seen in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men later this year, a Second World War thriller that chronicles the U.S. Government’s efforts to recapture precious artwork stolen by the Nazis.

She will bask first in the glory of adulation at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, which starts next Friday and where Blue Jasmine receives its French premiere (UK release 27 September).

Bruno Barde, director of the Festival said: “Not »

- Richard Mowe

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Exclusive Interview With Brie Larson On Short Term 12

21 August 2013 1:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Since Short Term 12 began making the festival circuit rounds, the film has generated some much-deserved buzz. The poignant drama centers on Grace (Brie Larson), a supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers who has managed to burry her horrific past. When a talented but emotionally broken teenage girl arrives, Grace recognizes that the two have endured similar struggles. With the unwavering support of her boyfriend and co-worker (John Gallagher Jr.), she goes to great lengths to help her, and in the process confronts her own harrowing secrets.

Written and directed by Destin Cretton, the film is not only one of the best to hit theaters this year, it also has one of the most well-developed female leads in some time. It doesn’t hurt that Larson, who’s had memorable turns in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street, gives a riveting and heartbreaking performance.

Last week I »

- Justine Ashley

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Director and Actress Duos: The Best, Overlooked, and Underrated

23 July 2013 6:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.

The criteria for this article is as follows:  The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.

One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the »

- John Oursler

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Rita! Rita! Rita!

22 July 2013 4:26 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Rita made the cover of "Life" in 1954 Congratulations to "Anita" herself, Rita Moreno. The Egot winner, West Side Story Mvp, and showbiz legend will be honored with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award this coming January at the SAG Awards Ceremony live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Unlike the Academy Awards (for shame) the Screen Actors Guild still understands the importance of honoring the giants of showbiz history each year on their broadcast, bless them.

Rita was the third actor to win the coveted "Triple Crown" (Tony, Emmy, Oscar) and coincidentally also the third performer to manage an "Egot" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). What's most impressive about both achievements is that the awards were spread out over two decades and came for entirely different things (it's possible, after all, to win Grammys and Oscars for the same film and theoretically possible to win Emmys for performing on a »


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How female actors are rewriting Hollywood's script

11 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More and more women in Hollywood are fed up being typecast as ditzy girlfriends or chainsaw fodder and instead are becoming screenwriters as well, writing their own films

A couple of years ago, I interviewed Kristen Wiig, who is something of a heroine of mine, and spent much of the time circling around a question that begged to be asked: how come an actor as brilliant as her is consigned to bit parts and lame roles? I didn't quite put it like that, but it's a question that regularly comes up with women actors and the answer is invariably the same. "It's not that there aren't good roles for women, there just aren't enough," Wiig replied, trying not to sound too whingey. She was, after all, promoting Paul, the blokey alien comedy in which she gamely played Simon Pegg's underwritten "love interest". But Wiig revealed she was taking matters »

- Steve Rose

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Tait Brady's Label snags two titles

8 July 2013 3:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Irish filmmaker Sophie Fiennes. The Perverts Guide To Ideology and Australian writer-director Michael Bond.s debut film Passengers have been acquired by Tait Brady.s boutique distribution company Label.

Fiennes. documentary follows Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek on a tour through the labyrinths of popular culture including the films The Sound of Music, Taxi Driver, Titanic and The Dark Knight, plus TV ad campaigns and music.

The follow-up to Fiennes. The Perverts Guide To Cinema, the film premiered at the Sydney Festival, is screening at this week.s Revelation Film Festival in Perth and is booked into the Melbourne International Film Festival.

The Hollywood Reporter hailed the doc as a .riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher.s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head..

Brady is showing the film to exhibitors with a view to launching the film in a limited number »

- Don Groves

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