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Who Should Receive Honorary Oscars Next?

19 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're about one month away from the announcement of this year's Honorary Oscar recipients. They're usuallly announced at the end of August for a November Governor's Awards ceremony. This year's ceremony will be on November 12th. Last year rumors circled that it was Doris Day's turn but that didn't turn out to be accurate. For the past two years, The Film Experience has tried to make up for the dearth of movie site reporting about the Oscar Honorary careers (beyond the sharing of press releases / YouTube videos of their speeches) with mini-retrospectives so we're always hoping they'll choose well to give us wonderful careers to discuss right here. 

Let's reprint a list of worthies we shared a year or so ago, with a few adjustments, in case any of the elites in the Academy are undecided about who to put forth or get behind for these coveted honors.

 

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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »

- Jordan Raup

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Charlie Kaufman Reflects On His Career: ‘I Feel Like I F*cking Blew It’

12 July 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“I feel like I fucking blew it.”

Charlie Kaufman was talking about his career. More specifically, he was addressing his supposed failure to capitalize on the momentum generated by his scripts for “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Once upon a time, Kaufman’s name was spoken at Hollywood lunches with the same breathless excitement and opportunistic fervor that studio executives tend to reserve for young starlets  — back then, he commanded more attention (if not more money) than any other screenwriter since “Lethal Weapon” scribe Shane Black. His potential in the industry seemed positively zoo-sized.

These days, so far as Kaufman is concerned, that’s no longer the case.

“I don’t feel like I’ve got that cachet that I had at a certain point,” he said, looking hard at the table between us. “I see people seizing the moment when they have the »

- David Ehrlich

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Karlovy Vary 2016: Waves review

7 July 2016 6:23 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ There's a distinct whiff of Mike Leigh running through Waves, the fiction feature debut of Polish director Grzegorz Zariczny. A social realist drama about the difficulties facing working families, it is constructed with autobiographical details proffered by its non-professional lead actresses who also work-shopped improvisation within the narrative structure. That its focus is on the generation of forgotten youth, currently disenfranchised and vulnerable across Europe - the same remit that stoked many of the fires of the legendary Czech New Wave - perhaps gives a clue as to how its made its way into competition at Karlovy Vary.

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25 interesting upcoming crowdfunded British films

7 July 2016 4:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Jul 15, 2016

British crowdfunded films that sound brilliant, including a Ghostbusters documentary and loads of horror...

It's not easy to get an indie film made these days. Especially not through studios and traditional financial methods. That's why, all around the globe, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter are becoming more and more popular among first-time/early career filmmakers.

We perused crowdfunding websites, and found loads of in-development British films that sound really interesting. Aiming to shed some light on these films that don't have the might of a major studio's marketing team behind them, here's our list of 25 upcoming British movies that have been crowdfunded, and could turn out to be brilliant...

Black Wolf

Harvey Eaton has been working in the advertising sector of filmmaking for years, and even directed legendary Spanish footballer Andrés Iniesta for a Powerade commercial once. 

Black Wolf - a "short film about a woman terrorised by »

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The 20 Best Biopics of the Last 20 Years

23 June 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Picture the ending of the standard-issue based-on-a-true-story film. Once the picture fades on a family’s final teary goodbye or the camera pans up from our hero(ine) in a moment of triumph, there’s a postscript. And then, the inevitable grainy home video or candid photo of the “real” main character, proof that someone in the casting office (or the hair/make-up department) did their job and brought you the closest facsimile of the real thing.

This may be the most common approach, but it doesn’t produce the best biopics. Good biographies recreate a moment; great ones evoke a sprit that reverberates through the current time.

Read More: Director Debuts: The 20 Best First Films of the Last 20 Years

The standout biographical films from the past two decades reflect the different ways that we commemorate figures of fame or infamy. Sometimes we devote three hours of our lives to »

- Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene, Zack Sharf, David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Russell Goldman, Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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EU Referendum: Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote

22 June 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.

Heavyweight figures in the film and TV business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

Full letter below

Some 23 major producers have co-signed a letter to industry, arguing that remaining in the EU was the “right thing to do for our industry”.

The King’s Speech and Top Of The Lake producer Iain Canning, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Big Talk’s Nira Park, Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson and Monumnetal duo Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, have all signed the letter.

They highlighted that the EU’s Media and Creative Europe Programme had delivered £100m to UK producers in the past 10 years, which has helped support thousands of creative and technical jobs nationwide.

They noted that one benefit of being a member of the EU was that »

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Heavyweight film and TV figures back Remain vote

22 June 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.

Heavyweight figures in the film and TV business, including Lord Puttnam and Working Title boss Tim Bevan, have come together to support Britain remaining in the European Union.

Full letter below

Some 23 major producers have co-signed a letter to industry, arguing that remaining in the EU was the “right thing to do for our industry”.

The King’s Speech and Top Of The Lake producer Iain Canning, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Big Talk’s Nira Park, Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson and Monumnetal duo Debra Hayward and Alison Owen, have all signed the letter.

They highlighted that the EU’s Media and Creative Europe Programme had delivered £100m to UK producers in the past 10 years, which has helped support thousands of creative and technical jobs nationwide.

They noted that one benefit of being a member of the EU was that »

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Andrea Riseborough Compares ‘Bloodline’ Character to ‘Star Wars’ Death Star

1 June 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

British actress Andrea Riseborough is such a chameleon, it’s not a surprise to hear her say she’s never used her own accent in any of her roles. “I have a strong northern accent, I’m from a country where we make a lot of films about posh British people,” she notes. “I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be respected or everything would go away if people knew who I truly was, someone from a working class place in Britain.”

Those who see Riseborough in Season 2 of “Bloodline,” now streaming on Netflix, might not even recognize the actress who has donned various accents and hair colors in such films as “Birdman,” “Oblivion” and “Made in Dagenham.” She plays Evangeline, the mother of Nolan (Owen Teague), the son sired by the now-deceased Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn). Created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (referred »

- Jenelle Riley

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Cannes Deals Wrap: The Fest "Was Odd" Says One Exec as Few Gems Emerge

25 May 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Even in a lukewarm Cannes year, new and old players managed to reel in a few splashy projects. Amazon, which entered the festival with five official selections, paid eight figures for North American rights to Mike Leigh's upcoming period drama Peterloo and beat out A24 for Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, to star Joaquin Phoenix. The streaming giant also upped the price of foreign-language films when it bought Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, which screened in competition (Amazon will partner with Cohen Media Group on the release). Also brandishing a big (if less active) wallet was Netflix,

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Cannes: Market wrap

24 May 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stx’s $50m play, Amazon Studios’ charm offensive and other takeaways from this year’s market.

The sunlight at the recent Cannes Film Festival may have confounded early forecasts of interminable rain but the outlook for the film business remains stormy.

While several Us companies with points to prove strutted their stuff and international buyers circled must-have titles, the struggle to survive in a dynamic post-2008 landscape remains the most urgent narrative.

That was reflected in a Croisette that seemed quieter than usual, although attendees responded to opportunities when they arose. Market attendance was up year-on-year by several points according to Jerome Paillard, executive director of the Marche du Film, although there was anecdotal evidence of several companies sending leaner teams.

The paucity of foot traffic seemed to indicate that the threat of terror attacks had weighed heavily on the mind of tourists, who by and large stayed away - although to what extent it was not »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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From ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to ‘American Honey’ to ‘Tony Erdmann,’ the best films at Cannes this year were bulletins from a new world

22 May 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Movies channel the world, even when they’re not trying to. At a festival like Cannes, the films that win awards — and the ones that are most celebrated, which aren’t always the award winners — have usually had a heartbeat of relevance. They’re movies that speak to us because they matter, and they matter because they express what’s going on around them.

Yet at Cannes this year, that reality was only heightened by a gathering awareness — of a theme that cuts across movies, directors, cultures, nations. Accepting the Palme d’Or for “I, Daniel Blake,” director Ken Loach observed, “We must say that another world is possible, and necessary.” He was speaking of the issue that runs like a current through “I, Daniel Blake,” and that makes it such a trenchant and moving film: not just the bureaucratic perils of the British welfare system, but the fraying social »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Amazon Buys ‘The Dressmaker’ With Kate Winslet (Exclusive)

18 May 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has bought domestic rights to “The Dressmaker” with Kate Winslet, Variety has learned.

The adaptation of the Rosalie Ham novel screened at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and was a box office smash in Australia. The streaming service will release the film theatrically in the U.S. this fall.

The Dressmaker” centers on a woman who returns to her hometown in rural Australia to care for her ailing mother and to exact her revenge on the community that exiled her at a young age. In addition to Winslet, the film stars Liam Hemsworth and Judy Davis. Jocelyn Moorhouse (“Proof”) directs.

Universal had certain foreign rights. The film debuted last year in Australia where it was the second-highest grossing Australian film after “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It also scored 13 Aacta Awards nominations, the equivalent of Australia’s Academy Awards, and won several, including a best actress statue for Winslet. »

- Brent Lang

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Cannes: Amazon, Cohen Media Group Nab Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

18 May 2016 3:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group have landed domestic rights to Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” Variety has learned.

The Iranian director is best known for “A Separation,” which earned critical raves when it debuted in 2011, as well as an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and a best screenplay nomination.

“The Salesman” follows a young couple who are forced out of their apartment building in Tehran and who find themselves inextricably linked to the previous tenant of their new home. It will debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Farhadi’s most recent film, 2013’s “The Past” competed for the Palme d’Or and earned Berenice Bejo the best actress prize. His other credits include “About Elly” and “The Beautiful City.”

Amazon has been a major presence at this year’s Cannes, screening five films in competition, including Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon, »

- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang

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Cannes panel: Theatrical experience key to Amazon strategy

17 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon executives discussed sales companies, emerging filmmakers, women directors and disruption.

With five films in Official Selection and multiple splashy pre-buys Amazon has been the talk of the festival and market in Cannes this year.

In a wide ranging session yesterday key executives from the company outlined strategy and vision for the retail giant’s rapidly expanding film business.

Jason Ropell, Amazon’s head of worldwide film, told a packed industry session at the UK pavilion that Amazon sees the theatrical experience as vital to its strategy:

“Dispruption can be overplayed,” said Ropell. “We’re not particularly disruptive to the theatrical eco-system. We really believe in the theatrical experience and the romance of the experience. It is an essential component of film. Our customers believe that too. Romance and commercial viability don’t need to be mutually exclusive.”

Speaking about evolving distribution models, Ted HopeAmazon Original Movies’ head of production, described sales companies »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Critics in Cannes Recommend ‘Daniel,’ ‘Honey’ Thus Far

15 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chief film critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge share their thoughts on the 69th Cannes Film Festival thus far.

Gleiberman: Well, Peter, we’re six days into the festival, and as always the holy grail I’m searching for is a movie that wows me as a work of art, but that also looks like it can wield a significant impact in the world beyond Cannes. Last year, two such movies played early on in the festival: Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and “Mad Mad: Fury Road.” This year, I don’t think there’s been anything comparable — Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” for instance, which was the opening-night film, is one of his suavely crafted but minor ersatz-romantic baubles. For me, though, the closest thing to the ideal I’m talking about has probably been Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake.” It’s the story of a Newcastle carpenter who’s »

- Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge

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Cannes: 'Toni Erdmann' sets Screen Jury Grid record

14 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The film clocked the highest score ever of 3.8 out of a possible 4, topping Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner.

On day three of Screen’s Jury Grid at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann scored the highest ever rating in the Grid’s history.

Clocking an remarkable 3.8 score out of 4, aggregated from ratings submitted by Screen’s 12-strong jury of critics, the film tops previous record holder Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner.

That film scored 3.6 at Cannes 2014, but was overlooked for the Palme d’Or, which went to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s tragicomedy Winter Sleep.

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The second new score on the Grid was Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden, which averaged 2.2.

Cristi Piui’s Sieranevada remainds second, while tomorrow will see the scores roll in for Andrea Arnold’s American Honey »

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Cannes: Download THR's Day 4 Daily

13 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Hollywood Reporter's third Cannes Film Festival daily issue includes a look at producers' direct negotiations to sell films, a chat with Huayi Brothers Pictures CEO Jerry Ye and exclusive news that Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky has sold to China. Who Needs a Sales Agent? At least three major domestic rights deals have closed on the ground in Cannes, none of which were negotiated by domestic sales agents: Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer to A24, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle to Sony Pictures Classics and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo to Amazon Studios. In each case, the films’ producers negotiated directly with the

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- Ashley Lee

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Cannes: Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins, Simon Callow Join ‘Hampstead’

13 May 2016 12:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Lesley Manville, who was BAFTA nominated for Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” James Norton, who was BAFTA nominated for “Happy Valley,” Jason Watkins, who won a BAFTA for “The Lost Honor of Christopher Jefferies,” and Simon Callow, who picked up BAFTA nominations for “A Room with a View” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” have joined Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson in the cast of “Hampstead.”

Principal photography starts on May 22 in Hampstead, North London, and Central London. Inspired by true-life events the film will be directed by Joel Hopkins and produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae from Ecosse Films, with a screenplay by writer Robert Festinger. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales including North America. Motion Picture Capital will fully finance the production.

The story takes place in Hampstead Village, London, which is well-known for its beautiful and the Heath, a piece of quiet countryside in the middle of the metropolis. »

- Leo Barraclough

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