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18 items from 2014


Peter McAlevey, Former Executive with Disney, Michael Douglas, Dies at 58

17 August 2014 2:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Claver McAlevey, a former Hollywood film executive, producer, and marketer, died August 15, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, following a short battle with liver cancer. He was 58.

McAlevey began his career as a staff writer for Newsweek magazine’s Inside Sports. He contributed to entertainment news, and was soon recruited by chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg to join the then-new regime at Disney. While at Disney, Michael Douglas asked Peter to help start Stonebridge, Douglas’ production company at Columbia Pictures.

There McAlevey produced multimillion-dollar hits such as “Flatliners,” “Double Impact,” and “Radio Flyer.” He later produced the Toronto Film Festival-winning and semi-autobiographical “Hard Promises.” McAlevey produced his latest film, horror/thriller “Kill Her, Not Me,” with his best friend, director George Francisco.

In 2008, McAlevey took a small, BBC co-production documentary, “Screamers,” and made it into an American Film Festival-award winner, a U.S. theatrical hit (No. 1 per-screen average its first weekend) and Cannes Film Festival debut. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Greenaway plans second Eisenstein film

12 August 2014 4:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Peter Greenaway is to return to the legendary Russian film director Sergey Eisenstein for a second feature, The Eisenstein Handshakes, this time to be located in Switzerland, after the Mexican-set Eisenstein in Guanajato.

Greenaway was in Locarno’s neighbouring town of Ascona on Monday to make an appearance at a showcase of Soviet and Russian films presented by the state film archive Gosfilmofond.

¨During our investigations on Eisenstein [for Eisenstein In Guanajato], we discovered two extraordnary things which make it very relevant to Switzerland,¨ Greenaway explained.

¨The very first film festival in world was created in 1929 in La Sarraz, close to the French border, and it was attended by many important experimental film-makers of the time. And the most important guest was Eisenstein who came to Switzerland with his assistant Alexandrov and his wonderful cameraman Tissé.

¨But what is also extraordinary is that the very first film ever made in Switzerland was directed by Eisenstein, so we have »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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NBC's "Peter Pan Live!' hooks Christopher Walken, but not Kristen Bell

13 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oscar winner Christopher Walken is ready to terrify small children and to share a live "Tarantella" with America. NBC announced on Sunday (July 13) morning that although the network has yet to secure a Peter Pan or Wendy for its "Peter Pan Live!," the network has cast the "Deer Hunter" star as Captain Hook. "We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event ‘Peter Pan Live!,’" blurbs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He’s not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way." Add "Peter Pan Live!" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "We’re so happy to reunite with Chris, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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15 Harsh Realities You Must Overcome When Writing Your First Novel

4 July 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Even the greatest novelists of all time and the big names we all know and laud had to go through the process of being a first-timer in the publishing world. It is an incredibly tough market to break into, even if you have the best idea in the world. There are so many factors working against your potential best seller that the process can seem daunting and not worth it.

That being said, the best thing you can do is keep writing and keep submitting the work until eventually something will catch on. The problems that all authors face and the rejection letters that everyone (even James Joyce, Stephanie Meyer, George Orwell, J. K. Rowling) receives are just a part of the process. Be patient and work through the process no matter how disheartening it may be.

This list is a collection of 15 harsh realities and problems that all first »

- Thomas Andrews

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An ordinary day in an extraordinary city: the filming of 24 Hours Jerusalem

11 April 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

24 Hours Berlin director Volker Heise explains why he chose to shoot his latest documentary in Jerusalem, and explains why the city is like a puzzle with pieces that don't fit.

Follow the 24 Hours Jerusalem project at the dedicated website 24hjerusalem.tv and submit your own Vine videos via #24hjerusalem on Twitter

In the era of the modern documentary, rare is the film-maker who prays that nothing out of the ordinary happens on the day of shooting. Yet that was exactly the concern on Volker Heise's mind a year ago today, when he began filming his real-time study of Jerusalem, an ambitious multi-camera, multiple-perspective study that aims to look beyond the city's headlines and present the everyday stories of the people that live there.

The project began eight years ago, with a trial run in Berlin. Says Heise, an avuncular, self-deprecating 52-year-old north German who apologises for his English not »

- Damon Wise

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An ordinary day in an extraordinary city: the filming of 24 Hours Jerusalem

11 April 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

24 Hours Berlin director Volker Heise explains why he chose to shoot his latest documentary in Jerusalem, and explains why the city is like a puzzle with pieces that don't fit.

The Guardian has exclusive access to the stream of 24 Hours Jerusalem, which will launch at 05:00 tomorrow UK time

In the era of the modern documentary, rare is the film-maker who prays that nothing out of the ordinary happens on the day of shooting. Yet that was exactly the concern on Volker Heise's mind a year ago today, when he began filming his real-time study of Jerusalem, an ambitious multi-camera, multiple-perspective study that aims to look beyond the city's headlines and present the everyday stories of the people that live there.

The project began eight years ago, with a trial run in Berlin. Says Heise, an avuncular, self-deprecating 52-year-old north German who apologises for his English not being "proper »

- Damon Wise

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6 People That Prove Eyepatches Rock (and one we’re not sure about)

4 April 2014 4:56 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees the return of Nick Fury and his glorious eyepatch to our oversized cinema screens, although if you want to watch the film in 3D an eyepatch of your own will cause some problems. To celebrate the release of the movie (and the fact that the eyepatch is no longer the sole reserve of the fancy dress pirate) here are seven examples of people – real or otherwise – that know how to rock the one-eyed look.

1) Nick Fury

Making his first appearance in 1963, Nick Fury is the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. , an espionage and law enforcement agency that makes the Nsa look like your local neighbourhood watch group. These days Nick Fury is synonymous with Samuel L Jackson, who has so far portrayed the character in six films including Iron Man, Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble »

- Guest

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Boy, Bike, Ridley and Tony

2 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday I stumbled on the following short film from Ridley Scott titled "Boy and Bicycle" of which he directed in 1962 while a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Shot over the course of six weeks, for ?65 (approx. $108 today) on 16mm and featuring his brother, the late Tony Scott, in the lead role, the short follows a young teen as he skips school. The film was shot in various locations in Hartlepool, North East England. The short would eventually be finished in 1965 when Scott secured financing from the British Film Institute and would then include theme music by James Bond composer John Barry. The short immediately caught my eye and after searching the Internet for commentary from others, most of which feel they see imagery they will later recognize in Scott's Alien, Blade Runner and Black Rain, I think the more obvious discussion points are visual comparisons to »

- Brad Brevet

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Mindy Newell: How Unforgetable Sentences Can Help You Make Magic

31 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859

The other day two grandmothers, Mindy and Lynette, were visiting their beloved grandchild Meyer Manual.  After playing and cooing and aahing and watching Alixandra attempt to feed him mashed bananas, 99% of which ended up on his bib and his chin and my elbow and just about everywhere but in his mouth, Lynette said she had to split.  As she was leaving, she said to me, “I love your columns.  You’re such a good writer.”  (Be that as it may.)  I said, “I don’t know where it comes from, I never had any formal training.”  Lynette laughed, and said, “Well, I had formal training, and I can’t write like that.”

Well, I don’t know how good a writer I am; I always think I could be a gazillion-million times better. »

- Mindy Newell

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Volume of men's poetry choices is a real tear-jerker

22 March 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A father-and-son editing team has compiled a new anthology in which 100 prominent male figures reveal the lines that make them cry

The cover of a new collection of poetry should probably carry a sticker bearing Shakespeare's warning: "If you have tears, prepare to shed them now."

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry is an anthology of some of the most emotive lines in literature chosen by 100 famous and admired men, ranging from Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave, John le Carré and Jonathan Franzen. Published next month and edited by the journalist and biographer Anthony Holden and his film-producer son, Ben, the book is winning praise for introducing male readers to unfamiliar works – and emotions.

Contributor Simon Schama has tweeted enthusing about his choice, Wh Auden's Lullaby, the poem that opens with the words "Lay your sleeping head, my love, Human on my faithless arm." Auden turns out to be the »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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North Carolina school announces snow day with 'Ice Ice Baby' -- Video

13 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

You may have noticed that snow is falling, like, everywhere. In cities. In the countryside. On cedars. It’s a snow day! Well, not for us grown-ups, who have to go to work and pay the bills and do laundry and wake up every morning barely even recognizing the face we see in the mirror. But for kids, today is one of those magical days when the universe decides that school is canceled. To mark this special occasion, a pair of administrators at Durham Academy in North Carolina created a snow day announcement video. Or rather, “music video,” since they »

- Darren Franich

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On my radar: Max Richter's cultural highlights

25 January 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Composer Max Richter on Zadie Smith, the Edinburgh festival and why he has a soft spot for James Joyce's Ulysses

Composer Max Richter was born in Germany, and moved to the UK as a child. As a founding member of the contemporary classical group Piano Circus, he commissioned and performed music by composers including Brian Eno, Philip Glass and Julia Wolfe. On the solo albums that followed, he collaborated with the likes of actress Tilda Swinton, musician Robert Wyatt and DJ/ producer Roni Size. In 2008, the Royal Ballet commissioned him to compose the music for Infra, choreographed by Wayne McGregor, with whom he later worked on the chamber opera, Sum (2012). Richter's work has featured in films such as Shutter Island (2010), and he penned the original soundtrack to Waltz with Bashir (2008). He has also provided music for several art installations, including rAndom International's Rain Room at the Barbican. In 2012, Richter »

- Leah Harper

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Time to catch up on the worthy Oscars films – but give me Keanu any day

23 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There's just time to see all those weighty Oscar-nominated films you never quite got around to seeing earlier. So how come watching so many of them feels like having to do homework?

This is the time of year when everyone is frantically trying to catch up with the Oscar nominees they never quite managed to see: Nebraska; Inside Llewyn Davis; 12 Years a Slave; August: Osage County. You know what I'm talking about. Films of import. Films of substance. Films that demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hollywood has a conscience. Films that star Meryl Streep.

This is no fun. This is homework. Take in more than one of these films in a 48-hour period and your nervous system starts to shut down. The same thing happened with last year's crop: Lincoln; The Master; Zero Dark Thirty. These were all films of import. Films of substance. Films that mattered. »

- Joe Queenan

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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #7. Earl Lynn Nelson (Land Ho!)

15 January 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…

Earl Lynn Nelson: Favorite Recording Group – The Eagles; Favorite song by Van Morris – Brown Eyed Girl; Televisions Series – Longmire is a pretty good new one, but still love my Law and Order: Svu; Bones, NCIS, CSI, Big Bang Theory, “who done it to comedy”. City: I am always been fond of New Orleans since I lived there for many years; Country: Iceland was an adventure which I enjoyed; Favorite Author: James Joyce; Favorite Book: Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man; Science – Chinese Soft Landing on the Moon; Technology – Electronic.

Lavallee: You worked with a dragon with two heads this time out. As Martha’s muse, could you discuss her working style and how she has evolved as a filmmaker over three features….and seeing that backdrops are such important elements in her films, are you surprised you ended up in Iceland? »

- Eric Lavallee

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Richard Dreyfuss & Terry Gilliam Confirmed For Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014

14 January 2014 3:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s already a fantastic event but now it’s got even better with the announcement that modern legends of film and film-making Richard Dreyfuss and Terry Gilliam are set to attend the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in February.

Both guests will attend screenings at the festival and will be honoured with a Volta Award, an award created by the festival to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film.  The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce. The announcement of these high-profile guests continues the remarkable legacy of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival of securing the biggest names in international cinema talent to attend the festival each year.

The festival runs at venues throughout Dublin from February 13th – 23rd 2014. The jam-packed lineup for the full festival programme will be announced on January 20th, »

- Dan Bullock

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Richard Dreyfuss and Terry Gilliam Dublin bound

13 January 2014 7:26 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Hollywood legend Richard Dreyfuss and renowned filmmaker Terry Gilliam will attend the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this February. Both guests will attend screenings at the festival and will be honoured with a Volta Award, an award created by the festival to celebrate individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film.  The awards are named after the Volta Picture Theatre, Ireland’s first dedicated cinema, established by James Joyce. Richard Dreyfuss will attend the festival for a screening of his latest film, Cas & Dylan. He will participate in a Q&A session following the massively popular Jameson Cult Film Club screening of one of his most famous films, Jaws, which will be a must-attend event for film lovers. Tickets for the Jameson Cult Film Club are always one of the hottest, most-sought after tickets of the Festival. Cas & Dylan, Dreyfuss’ latest film, is directed by Jason Priestley »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Steve's Favorite New Classical Albums of 2013

5 January 2014 9:11 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

As always, there are biases at play here; my greatest interests are symphonic music, choral music, and piano music, so that's what comes my way most often. There are some paired reviews; the ranking of the second of each pair might not be the true, exact ranking, but it works better from a writing standpoint this way. 

1. Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; 3 Hungarian Dances; 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes; Intermezzi, Op. 116 No. 4 & Op. 117 No. 1 Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

It is not easy, at this point in recording history, to match the giants of the baton in a Brahms cycle, but Chailly has done it (this is my fiftieth Brahms cycle, and I have more than another fifty Brahms Firsts, and upwards of thirty each of the other symphonies outside those cycles, so I've got some basis for comparison »

- SteveHoltje

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Steve's Favorite New Rock, Soul, and Electronica Albums of 2013

1 January 2014 2:15 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

My alienation from current pop is almost complete; the only 2013 Top 40 material I enjoyed enough to play repeatedly was Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, from an album released in 2012. So I am officially a cranky old fart. But there are more and more of us, and maybe fellow COFs will find this list useful. By the way, crossing that border of alienation made me think more than ever that saying my lists are of the "best" albums is nearly absurd, hence the new headline.

1. Wire: Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)

This is my favorite Wire of this century thanks to more emphasis on Colin Newman's brooding. When allied to their chugging motorik beats, it's irresistible to me. There are still some uptempo burners that recall their beginnings in punk, and some more whimsical though still musically solid songs, but it's Newman's dark musings that made me play this repeatedly.

2. Kitchens of »

- SteveHoltje

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