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Nomination: Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program
Can It Win? Yes!
Why? A perennial nominee in the category, “Adventure Time” finally broke through and won just last year. As the defending champ, it’s definitely got a shot.
Nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Maura Tierney
Can It Win? Not likely.
Why? Tierney was a surprise inclusion, even with a sterling season under her belt. Her best bet relies on the three nominated “Game of Thrones” actors knocking each other out, and we’re guessing HBO won’t let that happen.
Read More: Maura Tierney is a Thoughtful Mess »
- Ben Travers
Karlovy Vary — A number of major international productions have begun shooting in the Czech Republic this year as the local industry reports continued growth in the sector for six years in a row.
Among the TV productions shooting in the Czech Republic are A+E Studio’s Templar Knight series “Knightfall” for History and Sky’s Roman Empire skein “Britannia” from Rick McCallum’s Czech shingle Film United. Both productions will spend a total of Czk 2 billion ($82 million) in the Czech Republic.
“Numerous international productions are choosing the »
- Ed Meza
The latest Chinese film to sneak into North American theatres with little fanfare, targeting immigrant communities with single multiplex screens in a handful of major metropolitan markets, is the new film from prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To. His first crime film since 2013’s Blind Detective (yet to see a Us release) and his first film set in a hospital since his 2000 farce Help!!!, To’s latest is a bottle episode, a side-swipe at a psychological thriller about a cop, a crook and a doctor battling to see who can best exemplify humanity’s hubris in the face of chance and fate. This conflict between free will and universal randomness lies at the heart of most of the films To has made in the twenty years since he established the Milkyway Image studio, uniting both his crime thrillers and his romances, though rarely has it been stated so explicitly.Taking »
The new 2K digitization and restoration of Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin Féminin (1966) that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival is exclusively playing on Mubi in most countries around the world May 22 - June 21, 2016.Over opening credit titles that proclaim the film to be a French production, the “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, is heard being whistled off-screen. Then, spelt out with grating gunshots, the film’s title: Ma – Scu – Lin FÉMININ: 15 Faits PRÉCIS.It’s Paris. 1965. Sex, violence, revolution—change is in the air. Two youths, one male and one female, meet in a small cafe and begin a love affair. Paul (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a passionate idealist who is driven by poetry and literature and is becoming increasingly indignant with the commercialization (read: Americanization) of the world around him. Madeline (Chantal Goya) is a hard worker who has a stable job at a magazine and is pursuing her »
The fabled Oscar-winning documentary “From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China” (1980), which followed Stern as he taught the children of Communist China to play — and love — Western classical music, captured a new kind of synergy between the West and the East. In “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” a documentary directed by Morgan Neville (who made the Oscar-winning “20 Feet from Stardom”), musicians from all over the world join the legendary cellist to form a virtuoso ragtag band, and they create a joyful noise — a percolating life force that’s equal parts klezmer and Bollywood, with maybe a hint of disco. The instrumentalists, who hail from Spain, Syria, Japan, Iran, and other nations, are so at home with global musical fusion that they might almost have been among the Chinese teenagers taught by Isaac Stern — and, in fact, one of them was (we see »
- Owen Gleiberman
Hop in the Wayback Machine and travel to a time not that long ago — circa 1998 — and most of the comedies on TV were tried and true multicam series shot in front of a studio audience. Three of the five Emmy nominees for best TV comedy were multicam [NBC’s “Frasier,” “Seinfeld” and “3rd Rock From the Sun”], only one was a single-camera half-hour [HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show”] and one was an hourlong program [Fox’s “Ally McBeal”].
Since then the accepted definition of TV comedy has only broadened further.
At one end of the spectrum there are still multicam shows [like the still-mighty “The Big Bang Theory”], mostly on CBS, while at the other there are such experimental comedies as IFC’s first-it-was-a-sketch-show-now-it’s-a-character-comedy “Portlandia.” In between there are single-camera series ranging from ABC’s “Modern Family” to HBO’s “Veep” as well as hourlong comedies, including the CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and the musical “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” And then there are the half-hour streaming shows that are often as dramatic as they are comedic, »
- Rob Owen
Although the playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, who has died aged 90, wrote one of the best farces of postwar British theatre in Black Comedy (1965), he was best known for his hugely popular philosophical dramas The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964), Equus (1973) and, in particular, Amadeus (1979). The last of these, which charted the destructive jealousy of the 18th-century court composer Salieri for his rival Mozart was a highly sought after ticket at the National Theatre and on Broadway, and was turned into one of the most successful films of the 1980s, which won eight Academy Awards including best picture.
The critical response to Amadeus, which ran the gamut from the rapturous to the dismissive, was typical of wider attitudes to Shaffer, who some saw as a writer of extravagant theatricality and others as one whose showmanship disguised an intellectual »
- Lyn Gardner
“Me Before You” arrived in theaters on Friday with a dash of pedigree – it’s based on a novel by Jojo Moyes, whose romantic fiction for adults has been garlanded with praise — but let’s be clear: The film’s central characters may be 26 and 31 years old, but at heart this is another Ya tearjerker, a squeaky-clean love story submerged in youthful doom. In “Me About You,” two impossibly good-looking people drift into a slow-burn romance, but the love is haunted by tragedy, the kind that only love can conquer. You light up my life! The movie seems, on the surface, to be scrubbed of sex, but it delivers — and inspires — one bodily fluid with bountiful abandon, and that is tears. It’s a formula that goes back to “Love Story” (or maybe “Anna Karenina,” though Tolstoy wasn’t quite so intent on leaving you with that feel-good feeling). “Me Before You »
- Owen Gleiberman
Bomer (White Collar) headlines The Last Tycoon, a Great Depression-era drama adapted from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel about a Hollywood golden boy battling his father figure and boss (played by four-time Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer) for the soul of their studio; Lily Collins (The Blind Side) co-stars.
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Ambrose (Six Feet Under) meanwhile plays an aspiring actress who lacks glamour, »
Our Road to E3 2016 continues this week as the Cinelinx crew gather to discuss the video games they Hope to see at this year's big event. Come inside to see what's on their gaming wishlist and tell us your own!
Last week, we kicked off our Road to E3 journey with a video breaking down the top five games we expect to make an appearance at the show this year. This week, we're tackling the games we Hope to see. Although the chances of seeing some of these games might be slim, we're crossing our fingers. Let's get to it:
Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster
To be entirely honest, I was willing to bet good money last year's E3 would have given us a Mass Effect trilogy remaster announcement. With Mass Effect: Andromeda set to release early next year (though it was originally slated for This year), it seems like »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Terence Davies’ films deal with repressed desire, longing, and emotional pain that springs from the depths of his characters’ souls, and yet, in person, the great British auteur is undoubtedly the funniest person in the room. He is all smiles and jokes as we sit down to discuss his glorious Sunset Song, entering a limited release this week, and a retrospective of his work at the Museum of the Moving Image. It makes sense that he is joyful rather than somber, because it makes one feel a sort of relief knowing that levity was welcomed between takes on haunting dramas such as Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Deep Blue Sea. In Sunset Song, Davies takes on the first part of a trilogy written by Lewis Grassic Gibbons, in which we meet farm girl Chris Guthrie (a luminous Agyness Deyn) as she is forced to take on the reins of her life in pre-wwi Scotland. »
- Jose Solís
Plus: Ce+S wins first contract to instal Dolby Atmos in Colombia
The National Association Of Theatre Owners on Wednesday revealed that the average cost of going to the cinema in the first quarter of the year in the Us climbed 5.4%.
Q1 2016 tickets prices increased to $8.58 from $8.12 for the same period a year ago.
Meanwhile the average price over 2015 amounted to $8.43 and the cost in Q4 2015 reached $8.70.
Cinema Equipment and Supplies (Ce+S) has been selection by Cinemas Procinal to become the first company to design and implement Dolby Atmos in a Colombian theatre.Malibu-based Fortune Features plans to adapt classic plays for the virtual reality market. The company is securing funding to produce Mozart & Salieri in Virtual Reality into 180-degree Vr. The film is based on a play by Alexander Pushkin about the poisoning of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by his old friend Antonio Salieri. Fortune Features hopes to adapt Shakespeare and Chekhov in the future and, separately »
London — Variety has been given exclusive access to the first-look images for “Interlude in Prague,” which is shooting in the Czech capital. The film, which portrays a few turbulent months in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stars Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy and Samantha Barks.
Barnard, whose credits include “The White Queen” and “War & Peace,” plays the composer at a time when has been brought to Prague by the vain and self-obsessed Baron Saloka. The evil aristocrat is played by Purefoy, who was serial killer Joe Carroll in Fox’s “The Following,” and is a slave owner in the “Roots” reboot.
Rising star Morfydd Clark, who appeared recently in Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship,” plays the beautiful soprano Zuzanna Luptak, who is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart. Saloka, a psychopath, sexual predator and serial rapist, develops an overwhelming hatred that results in callous brutality and murder. »
- Leo Barraclough
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSThe great avant-garde filmmaker and musician Tony Conrad has died at the age of 76.If you're sending mail in Austria, now you can creep your family and friends out with an image of austere art-house task-master Michael Haneke on your stamps.A terrific-looking new book "by" Jean-Luc Godard is out via Contra Mundum Press: Phrases features the texts contained within several of Godard's films, including Germany Year 90 Nine Zero, Forever Mozart and In Praise of Love. After his feature documentary Junun and music video for Joanna Newsom, Paul Thomas Anderson is returning to the music world, having reportedly shot a video for Radiohead.Recommended VIEWINGFilmmaker (Traveling Light, Here's to the Future!) and Notebook contributor Gina Telaroli has shared online an exquisite new video work, Starting Sketches: Theresa and Jeanne. »
London — Picturehouse Entertainment is to handle sales, distribution and marketing of London’s Royal Opera House Live Cinema program from the 2016/17 season.
The program brings opera and ballet to movie theaters live and in high-definition direct from the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden to countries around the world, including U.S., France, Spain, Italy, German, Japan and Australia.
The 2016/17 Roh Live Cinema season will feature 12 live broadcasts, six operas and six ballets, including 2016 Olivier Award winner “Woolf Works,” Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. Other productions include Peter Wright’s Royal Ballet classic “The Nutcracker”; the return of “The Sleeping Beauty” (the company’s first production on the Covent Garden stage in 1946); a new production of Bellini’s “Norma,” starring internationally renowned soprano Anna Netrebko in the title role; Jonas Kaufmann’s highly anticipated role debut in Verdi’s “Otello »
- Leo Barraclough
The six-week shoot will take place in several Czech locations, including Libochovice Castle, the Nostitz Theater, Chateau Jemniste and the town of Ploskovice.
The cast also includes rising star Morfydd Clark, who plays Zuzanna Luptac, an 18-year-old soprano who has a passionate affair with Mozart (Barnard), but is forced to marry another man. Clark’s credits include Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship.”
- Leo Barraclough
Joining a cast that already includes James Purefoy (Solomon Kane) and Samantha Banks (Les Miserables) is Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship), Ade Edmundson (War & Peace) and Charlotte Peters (Pound Of Flesh).
London-based Carnaby International are handling worldwide rights and, having introduced the title at Efm, will be commencing sales at Cannes in May. »
Paul Weitz is the executive producer and showrunner of Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” which won Golden Globe awards in January for best comedy or musical series and for star Gael García Bernal as best actor in a comedy or musical series. He also directed the recent feature film “Grandma.”
Chris Weitz is the writer of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” Disney’s first spin-off feature in the science fiction franchise, scheduled to premiere Dec. 14. He also rewrote the Fox 2000 feature “Mountains Between Us” and is set to direct the MGM feature “Eichmann.”
The Amazon deal extends to Depth of Field president Andrew Miano. The company produced director Tom Ford’s film “A Single Man” and is producing Judy Greer’s upcoming directorial debut “A Happening of Monumental Proportions. »
- Daniel Holloway
French actress Catherine Frot gives a touching, masterful performance as the title character in director Xavier Giannoli’s tragicomic Marguerite. The lavish 1920s costume film centers on a wealthy baroness who loves music and fancies herself an opera singer. The problem is that she cannot sing and seems unable to hear her own off-key screeching. With her great wealth, generous support of causes and social position, no one tells her the truth.
Marguerite is a fictional film but the title character was inspired by real person, Florence Foster Jenkins, an American heiress famous for her awful singing and delusional belief in her talents who gave invitation-only concerts in elaborate costumes, which audiences viewed with a “so bad its good” appreciation. A biopic about Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and directed by Stephen Frears, is due out later this year.
Giannoli and co-writer Marcia Romano move their story to 1921 France – the Roaring Twenties. »
- Cate Marquis
Tristan Tzara, Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx, Robert Redford as Denys Finch Hatton in Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen, Salieri and Mozart in Milos Forman's Amadeus, and Caruso the peacock helped to compose Xavier Giannoli's Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot with André Marcon, Aubert Fenoy, Michel Fau, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide and Christa Théret.
Meryl Streep in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, the next Steven Spielberg, Jeff Nichols, Midnight Special in Paris, Broadway Danny Rose, Woody Allen and Danny Kaye in Carnegie Deli and Carnegie Hall in New York excited the director during our conversation.
Anne-Katrin Titze: When did you first hear of Florence Foster Jenkins?
Xavier Giannoli: 15 years ago on the radio. I heard this »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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