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N.Y. Film Critics Circle Stakes Out Early Awards Date

14 October 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The New York Film Critics Circle will again kick off awards announcements by unveiling their choices Dec 1. The org’s awards dinner will be Monday, Jan. 5, at the Tao Downtown.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the org also pointed out the addition of Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas and Wesley Morris of Grantland to the circle.

The National Board of Review, which for years made the first announcement, will unveil its choices Dec. 2. In 2011, Nyfcc moved up its announcement by two weeks, to be first out of the gate. They ended up delaying the vote by one day, to Nov. 29, to accommodate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but voted without seeing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The early announcements are always a factor since some filmmakers have not finished their late-year entries by that point.

The Nyfcc and Nbr announcements will be followed by a flurry of awards, »

- Tim Gray

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Busy Amy Berg's Janis Joplin Doc to Be Shopped at Cannes

1 May 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg has a lot going on these days. Not only did her first narrative feature, "Every Secret Thing" (with a screenplay by Nicole Holofcener), just premiere at Tribeca (where it was, unfortunately, panned by critic John Anderson for Indiewire), she also has a documentary in the works tracking sex abuse within the film industry, notably focusing on the still unraveling Bryan Singer case. And now she has a new doc on Janis Joplin on her slate, being produced by another highly prolific documentarian, Alex Gibney, going to the Cannes market. "Janis: Little Girl Blue" is currently in production, and will reportedly "strip away Joplin's rock n' roll persona," and includes her performances at Monterey Pop in 1967, Woodstock in 1969 and Festival Express in 1970, the same year she died at age 27 of a heroin overdose.  Meanwhile, Lee Daniels has been circling a Janis Joplin feature for a while -- »

- Beth Hanna

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