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Daily | Goings On | Crossroads, Pereira, Stanwyck

9 April 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

MoMA's retrospective Nelson Pereira dos Santos: Politics and Passion opens today and runs through April 17. Aaron Cutler has a quick primer on the Brazilian filmmaker in Artforum. More goings on: Barbara Stanwyck in Nashville, Wojciech Jerzy Has and Ben Rivers at Harvard, Paul Clipson and more experimental film at Crossroads in San Francisco, Paolo Gioli in New York and, in Los Angeles, Sam Fuller's cut of Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street, screening with his daughter's documentary on him, A Fuller Life. » - David Hudson »

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James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

7 April 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.

Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”

The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon »

- Carmel Dagan

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James Best, Sheriff on ‘Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

7 April 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.

The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.

Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”

The actor played the sheriff in the beloved 1972 Martin Ritt film “Sounder,” appeared in 1976 film “Ode to Billy Joe,” had a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich’s “Nickelodeon »

- Carmel Dagan

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White God | Review

27 March 2015 10:40 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

All Dogs Go To: Mundruczo’s Sad Trumpet Ballad an Allegory of Inhumanity

Terminology is key to deciphering the shaggy subtext of Kornel Mundruczo’s allegorical film, White God, a film about the monstrousness that humans create due to a seeming hardwired cruelty that demands the obliteration of difference and diversity. Technically assured and boasting an impressive array of multiple canine performances, Mundruczo’s interspecial balancing act is unfortunately a bit one sided, with his human characters are relayed less effectively and generally as one-note. Though it speeds through its two hour running time, it still manages to feel a bit too long in the tooth, and perhaps less time spent on the overwhelmingly execrable humans tends to lessen the empathetic impact.

Thirteen year old trumpet player Lili (Zsofia Psotta) is forced to live with her surly father Sandor Zsoter) after her mother leaves with her new beau. Lili is accompanied by her dog, »

- Nicholas Bell

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White God Interview: Director Kornél Mundruczó

27 March 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

White God,Kornél Mundruczó’s riveting film about a courageous young girl (Lili/Zsófia Psotta) and her beloved dog, Hagen, is both a cautionary tale about our presumed superiority over lesser beasts and a powerful metaphor for the increasingly acrimonious cultural and political tensions in Europe today over immigration and identity. When Hagen is abandoned on the streets of Budapest because his mixed breed makes him an undesirable pet, his perilous journey incites a revolution. One of contemporary Hungarian cinema’s most original voices, Mundruczó plays with genre and tone in fascinating ways and elicits strong performances from his unique cast of human and canine actors. In an exclusive interview, Mundruczó revealed why the film was very personal, how he wanted Lili’s relationship with Hagen and Hagen’s betrayal to act as a mirror reflecting societal pressure and the inequity between majorities and minorities, the connections between his film »

- Sheila Roberts

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Review: White God, When Dogs Inherit The Earth

26 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Doggedly heavy on allegory, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's White God (originally Fehér Isten) has a relatively simple premise: beware the comeuppance for those that treat badly those they believe to be inferior. At its heart, the film plays as if Samuel Peckinpaw [sic] directed The Incredible Journey, that Disney Animal film referenced in last year's Cannes hit Inside Llewyn Davis. The title was at first a mystery and mere pun, but appears to at least partially be a play on White Dog, Sam Fuller's 1982 canines-and-racism flick. A revenge fantasy from the canine perspective, this is part political polemic, part action thriller, with a climax that is equal parts hyperbolic and effective. The archetypes abound, be they in the notion of the denigration of those...

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The End of Violence | Blu-ray Review

17 March 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films is Wim Wenders’ 1997 existentialist take on the definition of violence and its depictions with The End of Violence. A film that was re-cut after its poor reception after playing at the Cannes Film Festival in competition, its underwhelming limited theatrical release did little to spark much interest in the title, though Wenders would receive an Indie Spirit Award nod as Best Director. Feeling very much like the type of philosophically overbaked yarns that we’ve come to see frequent the later period of Atom Egoyan, Wenders’ Hollywood metaphor exploring voyeuristic societal issues at large is trapped by its fascinations with its own ideas. On paper, it sounds intriguing, as we’re dealing with the provocative hypothesis that, at a base level, asserts the mere act of ‘looking’ or ‘seeing’ something will eventually render the necessity of violence to be obsolete. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Shock Corridor Screening at the Nitehawk

4 March 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Sam Fuller’s cult film, Shock Corridor (1963), will be screened on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema:

A journalist seeking a Pulitzer Prize commits himself into a mental institution in Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor. Presented in 35mm (courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive ) with special guests to be announced!

In Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor, journalist Johnny Barret concocts an elaborate scheme to fake his way inside … Continue reading →

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- Jonathan Stryker

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Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

23 February 2015 10:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.

In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.

The selections for »

- Frank Ochieng

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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No more Marvel for Joss Whedon? Director has bigger plans after ‘Avengers 2′

3 February 2015 1:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Could the man that cemented Marvel as a powerhouse in movies really be leaving? It seems likely after his second feature with the company, Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters this spring.

Joss Whedon spoke with Buzzfeed on Friday to clarify comments he made earlier about the end of his time at Marvel and whether he would consider directing the upcoming Captain Marvel for the comic book juggernaut. While Whedon didn’t want to set his departure in stone, he clearly seems to be leaning towards leaving the company following this year’s Age of Ultron.

“I would never rule anything out, because I like working here. By the same token, the biggest thing for me is that I need to do something that I create myself. It’s been way too long since I created a universe,” Whedon said. “The last thing I did before The Avengers was [directing an episode of] Glee, »

- Zach Dennis

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Joss Whedon On Life After Avengers: Age Of Ultron: “I Need To Do Something That I Create Myself”

3 February 2015 9:34 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For legions of TV and film fans, Joss Whedon is in a class of his own. Not only is he responsible for the legendary series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse, he also wrote Toy Story, The Cabin In The Woods and delivered one of the best screen versions of Much Ado About Nothing ever made, during his 2012 summer vacation. But, it was his work for Marvel that cemented his status as creative icon, with writing and directing Marvel’s The Avengers – a box office blockbusting juggernaut that brought together the studio’s greatest heroes in live action for the first time – closely followed by the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now that the second Avengers instalment – Avengers: Age Of Ultron – is almost upon us, the world awaits the news of where Whedon will now wander.

It is not just Whedon’s body of work that has gained him a devoted fan following, »

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Whedon On Captain Marvel, Female Hero Films

2 February 2015 4:35 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With set visit reports and old interviews regarding "Avengers: Age of Ultron" emerging in the past week or two, Joss Whedon has had to comment and even correct himself recently on various topics relating to the Marvel franchise.

One topic has been his lack of desire to be involved in the "Avengers: Infinity War" two-film saga, but another has been about sexism in this genre and the lack of female superheroes in leading roles. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon revealed that he was considering the idea of a solo, period, female superhero film:

"I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn't' going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? Of course the first thing I thought of was 'turn-of-the-century female Batman.' Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can't stress that enough. Movie about one person - not a team, not 10, just one. »

- Garth Franklin

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Joss Whedon would like to direct a “female Batman” movie after Avengers: Age of Ultron

1 February 2015 3:54 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Joss Whedon said in an interview last week that he would be keen to move out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Age of Ultron as he hasn’t created his own universe for some time.

In another interview with Buzzfeed, Whedon expanded on his ideas for projects outside of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

“I will say that when I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn’t’t going to do [Avengers: Age of Ultron], what would I want to do?,” the director said. ‘Of course the first thing I thought of was ‘turn-of-the-century female Batman.’ Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can’t stress that enough. Movie about one person — not a team, not 10, just one. But [I would] do a nice sort of hard action movie that combined all my favorite things. Something that would be the love child of Sam Fuller and Edward Gorey. You know, I »

- Luke Owen

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Joss Whedon Wanted to Make a Female 'Batman' Movie

31 January 2015 3:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Joss Whedon has been in the news a lot lately. One, for talking about how much he does not want to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, and two, for rallying against a lack of female superhero movies. As it turns out, before he agreed to make Avengers: Age of Ultron, he had his sights set on directing a vigilante-type superhero movie with a woman it it's core.

The movie, which he likens to The Dark Knight, would have been made with Warner Bros. and DC. Before he came aboard the first Avengers, he was actually supposed to direct Wonder Woman for the studio. About the movie that could have been, had Age of Ultron not gotten in the way, he says:

"I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn't' going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? Of course the first thing I thought of was 'turn-of-the-century female Batman. »

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Joss Whedon Thought About Directing A Female Batman Movie Post-avengers

31 January 2015 8:28 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Before Joss Whedon agreed to helm Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon thought about trying to get a DC superhero film off the ground again with Warner Bros. (see Joss Whedon's failed Wonder Woman film).  Said Whedon, "I will say that when I was thinking about, Well, if I wasn't’t going to do Avengers 2, what would I want to do? — of course the first thing I thought of was ‘turn-of-the-century female Batman.’ Not Batman actually. But, you know, something cool. One person. Can’t stress that enough. Movie about one person — not a team, not 10, just one. But [I would] do a nice sort of hard action movie that combined all my favorite things.  Something that would be the love child of Sam Fuller and Edward Gorey. You know, I’ve had many thoughts since then. Oh, I could do this! Oh, I could do that! But it is my »

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The Best Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Releases Of 2014

11 January 2015 6:37 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

We are huge fans of the Masters of Cinema series here at TwitchFilm, and their commitment to bringing masterpieces of world cinema to modern audiences in sparkling new editions. At one time viewed as simply "Criterion for the UK", MoC really came into its own in 2014, championing some fantastic examples of silent cinema, both from Germany and the Us, continuing their dedication to European masters like Federico Fellini, while also bringing us cult gems from the likes of Sam Fuller, John Cassavetes and Hal Ashby. The label secured first-run rights to Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess and wherever possible continues to release titles in dual-format Blu-ray/DVD packages, of which I'm a huge fan.What follows is my personal selection of the 10 best releases from Masters of...

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Daily | Fuller, Schamus, Curtis

5 January 2015 11:19 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Peter Cowie recalls that time in 1992 when Samuel Fuller was introduced to Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Giancarlo T. Roma talks money with James Schamus, an assessment of Errol Morris's work, a profile of Adam Curtis, Matías Piñeiro on a scene from The Princess of France—and it's Steve Buscemi Day at DC's. Plus a David Lynch exhibition, a Frank Capra retrospective and notes on forthcoming work from Kenneth Lonergan, Pedro Almodóvar and Scarlett Johansson. And remembering René Vautier. » - David Hudson »

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