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‘Axolotl Overkill’: Film Review | Sundance 2017

20 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Overkill may indeed be the appropriate term to describe German author turned director Helene Hegemann’s feature debut, adapted from a bestselling novel she penned at the age of 16. Chronicling the wild nights and aimless days of a Berliner girl who just wants to have fun, and possibly find some real affection in the process, Axolotl Overkill vaguely follows in the footsteps of films by Larry Clark or Gus Van Sant, though its many scenes of decadence are portrayed with all the polish and deliberateness of an Urban Outfitters ad.

Premiering in Sundance’s World Dramatic competition and slated for summer »

- Jordan Mintzer

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BBC Ranked as the World’s Most Prolific Producer of Content in 2016

18 January 2017 8:21 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – The BBC was the world’s leading producer of content in 2016, with more than 340 new programs produced, including “The Night Manager” and “The Hunt,” according to a survey unveiled by Eurodata TV Worldwide.

The BBC was followed by Endemol Shine, which produced, among other shows, “SuperKids” and the British adaptation of the Israeli series “The A Word,” while Zodiak/Banijay and Warner came third. ITV ranked fifth, according to Eurodata.

While the U.K. remained the second biggest (behind the U.S.) distributor of content worldwide last year, France ranked third thanks to popular shows like “Le bureau des legendes” and “Versailles.” Germany ranked fourth with formats such as “The Brain” or “Nation’s Brightest.” Germany is also producing more and more quality fiction drama such as Zdf’s “Rebel with a cause.”

Looking at trends in format sales, Eurodata identified North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Western Europe as hot spots accounting for 42% to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award

17 January 2017 6:45 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Independent film veteran Ira Deutchman has received the first annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the distribution and exhibition of independent films. The award was created by advertising company Spotlight Cinema Networks in partnership with the Art House Convergence.

Read More: Why Indie Producing Veteran Ira Deutchman Is Moving From Films to Broadway

Deutchman has been distributing, marketing and making independent films for more than 40 years, working on some of the most successful and acclaimed indie titles of our time. He received the award Tuesday night at a dinner following Art House Convergence’s annual conference.

Ira Deutchman is a legendary figure in the world of independent film distribution, marketing and production,” Spotlight Cinema Networks chief executive officer Jerry Rakfeldt said in a statement. “His creativity, passion and business acumen have helped shape, nurture and expand the independent film industry.”

Deutchman has worked on more than 150 films, »

- Graham Winfrey

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An American story by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 January 2017 6:10 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Ma director Celia Rowlson-Hall with Anne-Katrin Titze, editor Iva Radivojevic and Dp Ian Bloom at IFC Center Photo: Ed Bahlman

A quintet comprised of Lena Dunham, Hailey Benton Gates, Durga Chew-Bose, Siobhan Burke, and myself moderated the post-screening discussions for Celia Rowlson-Hall's American fairy tale Ma on its opening weekend in New York.

Ma stars Rowlson-Hall with a terrific speechless supporting cast including Andrew Pastides, Amy Seimetz, Jason Kittelberger, Neal Bledsoe, Matt Lauria, Kentucker Audley, Peter Vack, William Connell, George McArthur, and Bobbi Jene Smith. In the tradition of Claudette Colbert in Frank Capra's It Happened One Night or Uma Thurman thumbing a ride in Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, a modern-day Virgin Mary hitchhikes across the Southwest, ultimately arriving in Las Vegas where she meets Nevada showgirls and a tiny singing Queen Victoria lookalike.

Celia Rowlson-Hall: "I really wanted to tell an American story. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival Honors Isabelle Huppert, ‘Toni Erdmann’ and More

15 January 2017 11:03 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) has announced the winners of its 28th edition, with “Toni Erdmann,” Isabelle Huppert and and “Neruda” among the honorees. Held between January 2 – 16, the fest boasts a lineup of 190 films from 72 countries — including a great many Oscar submissions that aren’t widely screened elsewhere, like Cristi Puiu’s “Sieranevada.”

Read More: Foreign Language Film Directors Discuss Common Ground, Rivalries at Palm Springs Contenders Panel

Best of the Fest screenings will take place today. Full list of winners below:

Read More: Isabelle Huppert Wins the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama

Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

When We Rise” (U.S.), directed by Gus Van Sant

Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Take Me Home Huey” (U.S.), directed by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele

 

Fipresci Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Toni Erdmann” (Germany), directed by »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Toni Erdmann’ Named Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Festival

14 January 2017 1:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” was named the top foreign language film at the 28th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. This year’s winners were announced at a luncheon on Saturday during the fest, which runs through Jan. 16.

The audience awards went to “When We Rise,” the first episode of Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black’s ABC docudama about gay rights in the narrative category and “Take Me Home Huey” in the documentary category, directed by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele.

When We Rise (U.S.), directed by Gus Van Sant.  From Gus van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, the festival screened the first episode of this stirring seven-part docudrama that charts the progress of Gay Liberation from its early days in San Francisco in the 1960s to its 21st-century triumphs.  When We Rise will air on ABC starting February 27. The screening was a North American premiere at the Festival. »

- Seth Kelley

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'Toni Erdmann' wins Fipresci at Palm Springs

14 January 2017 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Maren Ade’s German Oscar submission took one of the top prizes at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Neruda won the festival’s Cine Latino Award for the best Ibero-American film, while Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for Elle and Gael García Bernal took corresponding honours for Neruda.

White Sun earned the New Voices/New Visions Award for the best first or second film and No Dress Code Required won the John Schlesinger Award for best first or second feature documentary.

The Mercedes-Benz Audience Awards on Sunday night went to Gus Van Sant’s When We Rise for best narrative feature and Take Me Home Huey by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele for best documentary.

The festival runs from January 2-16.

Fipresci Prize

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Fipresci Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film:

Isabelle Huppert, Elle (France)

Fipresci Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film

Gael García Bernal, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Toni Erdmann' wins Fipresci prize at Palm Springs

14 January 2017 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Maren Ade’s German Oscar submission took one of the top prizes at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Neruda won the festival’s Cine Latino Award for the best Ibero-American film, while Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for Elle and Gael García Bernal took corresponding honours for Neruda.

White Sun earned the New Voices/New Visions Award for the best first or second film and No Dress Code Required won the John Schlesinger Award for best first or second feature documentary.

The Mercedes-Benz Audience Awards on Sunday night went to Gus Van Sant’s When We Rise for best narrative feature and Take Me Home Huey by Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele for best documentary.

The festival runs from January 2-16.

Fipresci Prize

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Fipresci Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film:

Isabelle Huppert, Elle (France)

Fipresci Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film

Gael García Bernal, [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'When We Rise': TV Review | Palm Springs 2017

12 January 2017 9:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

The 84-minute first chapter of When We Rise premiered on Thursday (January 12) night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, a likely place to witness the unveiling of a new piece of activist storytelling from Milk collaborators Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant.

That premiere is the only part of When We Rise that I can review here, but the entire eight-hour miniseries will actually air on ABC starting on February 27, and network TV is a much less likely place to encounter an epic history of the gay rights movement.

Where one does or does not expect »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘Dark Night’ Trailer and Poster: Tim Sutton’s Dreamlike Film About Gun Violence Arrives in Theaters Next Month

10 January 2017 1:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A year after premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Tim Sutton’s “Dark Night” is set to arrive in theaters courtesy of Cinelicious Pics. An elliptical quasi-documentary, the film brings to mind Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant” (and, for that matter, Alan Clarke’s “Elephant”) as it explores the day leading up to a tragedy that’s modeled in part after the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado of 2012. Find the film’s trailer and poster below.

Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Dark Night’ is a Gorgeous Look at an American Tragedy

The trailer offers glimpses of the nonprofessional actors who make up Sutton’s cast and keeps viewers guessing as to who among them might be plotting violence as day slowly turns into night. Hélène Louvart (“Pina,” “The Beaches of Agnes”) shot “Dark Night,” and her cinematography is its most distinctive, arresting element — all mood and atmosphere, the film relies on »

- Michael Nordine

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Industry vet Bobbi Thompson Opens Joy Factory for Art and Films

5 January 2017 3:39 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Joy Factory Gallery/Cinema, is a nonprofit Visual Arts Center that pairs art and movies, seeks to support and advance the careers of exceptional artists with cognitive and developmental disabilities and to provide employment in its studio/gallery/cinema for emerging adults. Founded in 2015 by industry veteran and former agent Bobbi Thompson, its third Pop Up Art & Movie Show is showcasing Stay Peculiar,The Tim Burton Fan Art & Tribute exhibition and a pre-release screening of the outrageous fest fave, “The Lure” a crazy Polish musical with gays, lesbians and flesh eating mermaids which premiered last year at Sundance it where won an award for “Unique Vision” and has just been acquired by Janus Films.The Lure by Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Read Sundance Interview with director Agnieszka Smoczyńska here.

Bobbi Thompson is known for nurturing the careers of James Cameron, Tim Burton, Ang Lee, Gus van Sant and Trey Parker and for »

- Sydney Levine

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Former Weinstein Exec Dan Guando Joins Bloom as Head of Production

4 January 2017 1:48 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dan Guando, former head of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company, has joined Bloom as president of production.

Read More: Harvey Weinstein Isn’t Alone: Why Independent Film Distributors Are Taking a Beating

A 12-year veteran of TWC who began his career as Harvey Weinstein’s assistant at Miramax, Guando will relocate from New York to Los Angeles for the job. He will report to Bloom president Alex Walton, and will be tasked with growing and overseeing Bloom’s film slate. Guando left TWC last August.

The hire signals an expansion into content creation and ownership for Bloom, which has operated as an international sales agent since its founding in 2014. Walton co-founded the company with producer-financier Ken Kao.

“We are delighted that Dan is joining Bloom at this important next phase for our business,” Walton said in a statement. “I am very confident that Dan can help Bloom »

- Graham Winfrey

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Withdrawn: Watch The First Trailer For The Slamdance Selected Indie

3 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Canada's Adrian Murray makes his feature directing debut with Withdrawn, a Slamdance-selected indie that seems to draw its influences from the mid-late eighties wave of American indies that first introduced us to Richard Linklater, Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch and others. Aaron Keough stars as a young man who finds a lost credit card which seems the solution to his financial difficulties. Almost entirely improvised from just a fifteen page outline it's a pretty remarkable bit of work [Yes, I've had the chance to see it and should point out in the interest of full disclosure that Xyz Films, where I spend the rest of my working hours, now represents the film for North American sales as a result.] from a compelling new talent. IndieWire...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’

2 January 2017 7:35 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The half-decade long McConaissance has generally endured because Matthew McConaughey has chosen interesting directors to work with (Richard Linklater, William Friedkin, Lee Daniels, Jeff Nichols, Christopher Nolan, Jean-Marc Vallée, Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, Stephan Gaghan) over blockbuster gigs. Granted, sometimes those non-tentpoles don’t work out, but I’d wager for an actor like McConaughey who has experienced the pain of at least one mega-flop in his career (“Sahara“), it’s easier to move on from something like “The Paperboy” or “The Sea of Trees,” where there isn’t so much money on the line.

Continue reading Matthew McConaughey Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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