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10 items from 2017


John Savage Comes Full Circle: Joins Vietnam-Themed Film ‘The Last Full Measure’

4 May 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: John Savage, whose career was launched nearly four decades ago with the Best Picture Oscar-winning Vietnam picture The Deer Hunter, has joined the cast of Todd Robinson’s Vietnam-themed The Last Full Measure for Foresight Unlimited. It seems that Hollywood has really turned its attention to projects about Vietnam lately … Steven Spielberg and Marc Platt are huddling on a Walter Cronkite Vietnam project and Lionsgate is doing a scripted series heading to the… »

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Entertainment Education: 20 Schools Offering Competitive Film Instruction

26 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers:

American Film Institute

Los Angeles

With several of its alumni receiving awards and nominations during the 2016-17 awards season, AFI’s newly implemented programs aim to further increase the progression of students from education to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to take screenwriting courses that employ the collaborative format of a TV writers’ room for creating pilots, and participate in the AFI Writers’ Room Ready, pairing graduating screenwriters and their pilot scripts with accomplished AFI mentors. This year, AFI alumnus and cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, an honor that recognizes the exceptional creative talents of an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of cinematographer Schaffner.

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Calif.

The private Pasadena college boasts a wide range of educational partnerships, allowing students to collaborate with industry partners and gain real-world experience. »

- Variety Staff

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Film Review: ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’

11 April 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scheduled to blast off April 14 into theatrical and digital orbits, “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” likely will be referred to by some wags as “Not-So-Hidden Figures,” given its focus on the mostly white and entirely male teams of mission controllers and support crews that were frequently visible (on TV and in newsreels) yet largely anonymous during the early days of the U.S. manned-spaceflight program. But the recent box office success of director Theodore Melfi’s compelling drama about contributions by African-American women to the space program may boost mainstream interest in this celebratory documentary, which enthralls with a more traditional but equally absorbing stories-behind-the-story narrative.

The film is a worthy follow-up by producers Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds to “The Last Man on the Moon,” their exceptional 2014 biographical portrait of Gene Cernan, who flew three times in space and twice to the moon during his »

- Joe Leydon

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6 Canine Lives You Can Change for the Better Right Now

24 March 2017 11:53 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Everyone needs a hand from time to time, or, in this case, a paw.

Among the countless moving crowdfunding campaigns on GoFundMe, are many projects looking to help animals who are in a situation where they can’t help themselves. These are kind and innocent creatures that were born with medical problems or were suddenly bowled over with illness or injury, each of them having a dedicated owner/rescuer who is working to change the animal’s life for good.

You can be part of this positive change by providing a small donation that will go a long way to transforming a pet’s world. »

- Kelli Bender

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Tower

21 March 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A fateful day is re-examined by its survivors, whose stories are told via a brilliant narrative arrangement, and the use of animated recreations is only one aspect of it. The Texas tower shootings put our present, everyday reign of violent terror in a humanist context. It’s not exploitative — the killer’s name is barely mentioned. It works, it’s riveting, and its positive message is one of calm sanity. Highly recommended.

Tower

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

2016 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 82 96 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 34.95

Starring: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir, Chris Doubek, Reece Everett Ryan, Josephine McAdam, Aldo Ordoñez, Vicky Illk, John Fitch, Karen Davidson, Jeremy Brown.

Cinematography: Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson

Film Editor: Austin Reedy

Original Music: Osei Essed

Produced by Megan Gilbride, Keith Maitland

Directed by Keith Maitland

Advance publicity on Keith Maitland’s Tower set me against it from the start. »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Best Murder Mystery Series Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

22 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is your favorite murder mystery show?

Erik Adams (@ErikMAdams), A.V. Club

It has to be “Twin Peaks,” right? I’m one of those annoying people who insists the show is so much more than “Who killed Laura Palmer?”, but that is our entry point to David Lynch and Mark Frost’s weird little world, and the question that briefly made “Twin Peaks” a pop-culture phenomenon. And the chapters of the series that deal with finding Laura’s murderer are some of the most compelling, from the dream-sequence enhanced “Zen, Or The Skill To Catch A Killer” or the eventual solution to the mystery, a »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best Murder Mystery Series Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

22 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is your favorite murder mystery show?

Erik Adams (@ErikMAdams), A.V. Club

It has to be “Twin Peaks,” right? I’m one of those annoying people who insists the show is so much more than “Who killed Laura Palmer?”, but that is our entry point to David Lynch and Mark Frost’s weird little world, and the question that briefly made “Twin Peaks” a pop-culture phenomenon. And the chapters of the series that deal with finding Laura’s murderer are some of the most compelling, from the dream-sequence enhanced “Zen, Or The Skill To Catch A Killer” or the eventual solution to the mystery, a »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Scott Pelley, Lester Holt, David Muir: The Unprecedented Joint Interview

14 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For this week’s cover story, David Muir, Scott Pelley, and Lester Holt sat down last week in New York with Variety senior TV editor Brian Steinberg for a candid conversation about the news business. See the interview below in its entirety.

Brian Steinberg: Welcome. Thanks for coming along. We appreciate you taking some time to talk to Variety about the news business and the news cycle. More importantly: How rare is it for you guys to be in the same room, let alone the same area?

David Muir: It’s making us a little nervous … It’s a very slow news cycle, with nothing going on in the world.

Scott Pelley: We don’t actually see each other very much.

Lester Holt: No, we generally see each other at the scenes of big stories. I think in Orlando we were almost in a row together and we were on a hurricane in »

- Brian Steinberg

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Tower review – powerful reconstruction of Us gun crime history

2 February 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mixing animation, film and verbatim accounts, this bold memorial of the first school massacre in Texas in 1966 is compelling and terribly sad

Keith Maitland’s Tower is a bold dive into the past. It’s a collage mixing rotoscope animation, in the style of Bob Sabiston and Richard Linklater, with dramatic reconstruction and verbatim testimony. It immerses you in the bad dream that was Us history’s first “school massacre”: the University of Texas (Ut) Tower shooting. In the summer of 1966, former marine Charles Whitman went up to the observation deck on the 28th floor of the Ut Tower and opened fire, killing 14 people and injuring 31, before being shot dead by two officers and one deputised civilian. Maitland has interviewed dozens of witnesses, and got actors to speak their words to camera as these eyewitnesses’ younger selves and enact key dramatic moments in digitally captured rotoscope, mixing in genuine »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Tower – Review

18 January 2017 9:41 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

One of 2016’s best documentaries is another look at a seminal moment in America’s struggle with crime and violence. Like many previous docs, it’s an examination of a mass murder. Now basic cable TV channels (and network “newsmagazines”) are filled with such, now almost commonplace, events. What makes this film unique is the subject, namely the very first mass shooting just over fifty years ago. The other aspect that makes this work is special is its approach and use of a high-tech upgrade of a movie device that dates back over 90 years. This enables the film makers to expertly transport us to that hot summer day in 1966, as a madman spewed death from the top of a college Tower.

Director Keith Maitland, like many documentarians, makes use of archival news footage and radio recordings to convey the horror of Charles Whitman’s rampage at the University of Texas. »

- Jim Batts

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