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Traverse City Film Fest 2016: 5 Can't Miss Picks

25 July 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Northern Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival was founded in 2005 by documentarian Michael Moore with the mission to bring "just great movies" to his hometown. With a board of directors that includes Larry Charles, Jeff Daniels, Tom Morello, and numerous other notable filmmakers and celebs, the festival has become a summer refuge for both veteran and up-and-coming directors alike. This year's 12th annual festival promises another rich program of narrative and documentaries from across the festival circuit. We've chosen just a few to check out if you find yourself in the area over the festival dates Tuesday, July 26 to Sunday, July 31. More on the Tcff Website...

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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2016: Why Every Movie In Competition is Directed by a Woman

20 July 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year, Michael Moore will use his Traverse City Film Festival to throw down the gauntlet for women filmmakers. The official selection — not the sidebar, not a spotlight — is comprised of 32 films, and every one is directed by a woman.

“Every film in our Official Selection (Us), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman,” Moore told IndieWire in an email. “And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.'” There are other movies in the lineup directed by men, of course, whether foreign or classic.

Compiling the list took some digging, as Moore, admits in his Traverse City Film Festival welcome letter. But the results are impressive, ranging from Sundance hits (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady’s documentary  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, »

- Anne Thompson

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Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2016: Why Every Movie In Competition is Directed by a Woman

20 July 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, Michael Moore will use his Traverse City Film Festival to throw down the gauntlet for women filmmakers. The official selection — not the sidebar, not a spotlight — is comprised of 32 films, and every one is directed by a woman.

“Every film in our Official Selection (Us), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman,” Moore told Indiewire in an email. “And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.'” There are other movies in the lineup directed by men, of course, whether foreign or classic.

Compiling the list took some digging, as Moore, admits in his Traverse City Film Festival welcome letter. But the results are impressive, ranging from Sundance hits (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady’s documentary  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, »

- Anne Thompson

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Testing the limits by Anne-Katrin Titze

14 June 2016 9:37 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Ferne Pearlstein: "Renee [Firestone] and Steven Spielberg became very close." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

A highlight of the Tribeca Film Festival, Ferne Pearlstein's stunning The Last Laugh has Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Robert Clary, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey Ross, Alan Zweibel, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Larry Charles, David Steinberg, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli and Hanala Sagal reflect on questions of free speech, taboos and time limits. Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone is the film's responsive centre.

Jerry Lewis's The Day The Clown Cried, James Moll's The Last Days and Paul Provenza's The Aristocrats open up the discussion and Brooks's comment on Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful leads me to Son Of Saul star Géza Röhrig's response to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds in my conversation with Ferne and her co-writer/co-producer Robert Edwards.

Mel Brooks who never included a swastika in his material until The Producers, makes an important distinction between jokes about Nazis and jokes about the Holocaust. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Luke & Owen Wilson to star in prison comedy for Borat director Larry Charles

12 May 2016 8:23 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Luke and Owen Wilson haven't worked together in a movie since 2005's The Wendell Baker Story, but according to THR the brothers will star in a currently untitled prison comedy for director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno). The film, which is being described as a broad comedy and was written by Luke Wilson and Buck Ritchey, will also co-star Martin Lawrence. Luke will star as Howie Summers,... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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Owen and Luke Wilson to re-team for new comedy from Larry Charles

12 May 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that brothers Owen and Luke Wilson are set to re-team on a new comedy project with Borat director Larry Charles.

The untitled comedy is set up at Voltage Pictures, who are in the process of looking for buyers at Cannes, and will see the siblings team with Martin Lawrence.

Luke Wilson will star as “Howie Summers, a man falsely accused of a bank robbery who, thanks to his criminally incompetent lawyer (Owen Wilson), finds himself serving a life sentence in prison. On the advice of his cellmate Slick (Lawrence), he finds a wife on the outside and marries the seemingly sweet, demure woman. When, shortly afterwards, Howie is exonerated, he suddenly finds himself married to a woman he barely knows.”

Director Charles, who worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, was also executive producer and director on hit HBO comedy show Curb Your Enthusiasm. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Borat director locked into Luke and Owen Wilson prison comedy

10 May 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Larry Charles, best known for working with Sacha Baron Cohen, will take on the project set to start shooting this summer

Larry Charles, director of Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat, Brüno and The Dictator, will team up with Owen and Luke Wilson for an untitled prison comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which is set to start shooting this summer, will star Luke Wilson as a lawyer who receives a life sentence after being falsely accused of a bank robbery. A cellmate, played by Martin Lawrence, advises him to wed a seemingly sweet woman on the outside. But when he is released, he struggles with the fact that he is now married to someone he doesn’t know.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Borat director locked into Luke and Owen Wilson prison comedy

10 May 2016 8:17 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Larry Charles, best known for working with Sacha Baron Cohen, will take on the project set to start shooting this summer

Larry Charles, director of Sacha Baron Cohen comedies Borat, Brüno and The Dictator, will team up with Owen and Luke Wilson for an untitled prison comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film, which is set to start shooting this summer, will star Luke Wilson as a lawyer who receives a life sentence after being falsely accused of a bank robbery. A cellmate, played by Martin Lawrence, advises him to wed a seemingly sweet woman on the outside. But when he is released, he struggles with the fact that he is now married to someone he doesn’t know.

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- Benjamin Lee

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Cannes: Larry Charles Teaming With Luke and Owen Wilson on Prison Comedy (Exclusive)

10 May 2016 3:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Borat director Larry Charles and the Wilson brothers are teaming up on a broad comedy that will co-star Martin Lawrence and Olivia Munn. Luke Wilson will star as Howie Summers, a man, falsely accused of a bank robbery, who, thanks to his criminally incompetent lawyer (Owen Wilson) finds himself serving a life sentence in prison. On the advice of his cellmate Slick (Lawrence), he finds a wife on the outside and marries the seemingly sweet, demure woman. When, shortly afterwards, Howie is exonerated, he suddenly finds himself married to a woman he barely knows. Luke Wilson co-wrote the

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- Scott Roxborough

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Tribeca Film Festival encore highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

11 April 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

David Byrne conceives Contemporary Color by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Of Horses And Men director Benedikt Erlingsson's latest The Show Of Shows (Storyville); Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Robert Clary, Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey Ross, Alan Zweibel, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Larry Charles, David Steinberg, Susie Essman, Lisa Lampanelli and Hanala Sagal (co-writer of Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon); Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn and Marin Ireland in Jason Bateman's The Family Fang, screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire; Contemporary Color, with camerawork by Jessica Oreck, Sean Price Williams, Michael Palmieri, Robert Greene, Wyatt Gerfield, Amanda Rose Wilder, under Dp Jarred Alterman and with Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Devonté Hynes, Nelly Furtado, Nico Muhly, Ira Glass, St. Vincent, Money Mark, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, providing some of the music to David Byrne »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Brothers Grimsby | Review

11 March 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This is England: Leterrier Transports Raunchy, Nonsensical Comedy

If Adam Sandler was still interested in generating laughs, he might have eventually turned out something as ridiculous and outré as The Brothers Grimsby, another vehicle designed specifically by and for button pushing star Sacha Baron Cohen, in which he stars as another odd, social misfit bumbling about in his own particularly distressing comedy of errors fashion. Helmed by Louis Leterrier, (now completely divorced from the slickly serious Transporter realm, where he cut his teeth as an acolyte/product of Luc Besson before moving on to Hollywood fare with the 2008 The Incredible Hulk rehash), it’s a completely asinine, adolescently minded bit of perversity. It also happens to have its fair share of shockingly extravagant moments, and these, along with Cohen’s odd penchant for political subtexts and sometimes innocent charm makes his latest offering disarming, and surprisingly funny. Though it’s »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Brothers Grimsby Review

8 March 2016 3:43 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Am I shocked that Sacha Baron Cohen has once again pushed the boundaries of tasteful perversion to new, demonstrably scarring realms? Of course not. But, when you watch a film like Borat or Brüno, offensive content can be assumed. The Brothers Grimsby, on the other hand, is – or was supposed to be – a more narrative espionage thriller laced with Cohen’s innocence-eviscerating sense of humor. And it is, mostly. Cohen’s focus glistens with a 90s buddy-spy vibe, yet as adventure gives way to juvenility, we start to wonder whether dick jokes are merely supplemental, or if these inappropriate gags just needed a home, and Grimsby seemed like a fit enough place.

Cohen stars as Carl “Nobby” Butcher, a drunken soccer hooligan who finally reunites with his brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), after being separated at a Grimsby orphanage. Nobby, the older of the two, stayed behind so Sebastian could be adopted by a loving family. »

- Matt Donato

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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

2 March 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...

I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.

So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »

- simonbrew

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Joseph Kosinski to Direct Ken Nolan’s Firefighter Pic ‘No Exit’ (Exclusive)

28 January 2016 3:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Black Label Media, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Conde Nast Entertainment and producer Mike Menchel have tapped Joseph Kosinski to direct the Ken Nolan-scripted “No Exit.”

The pic tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members.

Nolan developed the story on spec with the producers.

Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Jeremy Steckler, Dawn Ostroff, Mike Menchel, Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing the film. Black Label is financing.

Kosinski broke out with “Tron: Legacy” and followed that up with Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion.”

As for di Bonaventura, the film fits in his wheelhouse of action-packed films following projects like the “Transformers” franchise, “G.I. Joe” and the upcoming “Deepwater Horizon” starring Mark Wahlberg.

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- Justin Kroll

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