17 items from 2014
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
Looks like Chris Martin has consciously uncoupled from being a vegetarian.
During a recent interview with BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright in the Afternoon, Martin, 37, admitted that he's no longer a vegetarian post-Paltrow split.
Watch: Chris Martin's Post-Split Music Video
"I am not really vegetarian. I eat meat. I was vegetarian for a long time but, for various reasons, I changed," he surprisingly shared. "My daughter's vegetarian since she was born, so I keep getting tempted to go back. I don't eat very much meat."
"The honest answer why I changed is because I thought you can only eat something that you should be able to kill," he further explained. "I mean, could you kill a fish? I wouldn't like it, but I probably could eat the fish. But a giraffe »
Less animation, plenty of reality, and another two-hour comedy block reduced — those are some of the quick take-aways from Fox’s 2014 fall schedule announcement.
First up: On Mondays, the network will launch perhaps fall’s most-anticipated new drama, the Batman prequel series Gotham at 8 p.m. followed by the sophomore return of Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. Fox has ordered 16 episodes of Gotham and 18 episodes of Sleepy Hollow. On Tuesdays, ambitious new reality show Utopia, in which contestants try to build a perfect society over the course of a year, will open for New Girl and The Mindy Project (which »
- James Hibberd
Last night.s MTV Movie Awards were flooded with the stars of today, the movies of tomorrow, and the decisions of yesterday.s Nickelodeon Kids. Choice Awards voters. (Spoiler alert: Leo got snubbed Again and apparently it was the Academy.s loss that Catching Fire wasn.t nominated for anything.) But to kick off the entire night.s festivities was none other than host Conan O.Brien in a madcap dash to capture 50 celebrity cameos. THR has the video you see above, and according to their write-up, it was all done in three weeks. Directed by Troy Miller (Arrested Development, Deadbeat), the opening was filmed with a lot of efficiency, and equal parts luck. Luck that included dealing with factors like Adam Sandler being in Dallas, Martin Scorsese being in New York, and their last cameo (Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong.o) signed the dotted line on Saturday. As in »
Just about a year ago we heard James Roday from "Psych" was directing a horror comedy called Gravy, and that was it... until now. The Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival is opening with the world premiere of the film on April 1st. And no, it's not an April Fool's joke.
There are a few other horror projects like Borgman and Witching and Bitching scattered among the films screening during the Fccff's April 1-5 run, as well as a new one from renowned animator Bill Plympton, so if you're in or near NYC, check out the lineup below.
After all, who couldn't use a few laughs these days?
From the Press Release:
The Friars Club has announced that the Sixth Annual Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (Fccff), to be held the week of April 1‐5, 2014, will open with the World Premiere of Gravy. The festival is a star‐studded celebration »
- Debi Moore
NBC has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to EuropaCorp Television‘s Taxi Brooklyn for a summer debut. The 12-episode action/comedy series is produced by showrunner Gary Scott Thompson (Las Vegas, The Fast And The Furious) and based on Luc Besson‘s Taxi feature franchise. It stars Grey’s Anatomy alumna Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido (Inglourious Basterds). Former Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, Ally Walker (Profiler), James Colby (Person Of Interest), Bill Heck (Pan Am), Jose Zuniga (Body Of Proof) and Raul Casso (Blue Bloods) round out the cast. Formerly known as Taxi: Brooklyn South, Taxi Brooklyn was shot in English in the titular borough along with Manhattan and Queens. Leigh plays Detective Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan, who is determined to find the truth about the death of her father, an NYPD detective who was killed in the line of duty. When her stubborn character and recklessness behind »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
The English-language show – which comprises 12 episodes — is based on Besson’s hit movie franchise “Taxi,” which grossed $126 million worldwide. It stars Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Jacky Ido (“Inglourious Basterds”), James Colby (“Person of Interest”), Jose Zuniga (“Body of Proof”), Jennifer Esposito (“Spin City”), Bill Heck (“Pan Am”), Ally Walker (“Profiler”), and Raul Casso (“Blue Bloods”).
“We felt NBC was the perfect home for our show,” says Edouard De Vesinne, producer and co-topper of EuropaCorp Television. “I hope the American »
- Elsa Keslassy
“One night in Harlem, sour, aging Mat reunites with his younger brother Alan, just before Alan heads out for a long-planned vacation with his live-in girlfriend Farrah. Only days later, much sooner than expected, Alan returns home from his vacation to find his apartment commandeered by Mat, Mat’s girlfriend and Mat’s girlfriend’s son. As doors slam and the power gives out and the threads of family fray, a mystery lingers: why has Alan returned home without Farrah,” reads the official description.
The 13th Tribeca Film Festival has announced its complete lineup for next month’s New York celebration, which runs April 16-27. Culled from more than 6,000 submissions, Tribeca 2014 includes 55 world premieres, 37 first-time filmmakers, and 22 female directors. Half the slate had been announced on Tuesday, with Spotlight, Midnight, and Storyscapes films unveiled today, as well as special screenings. “Spotlight and special screenings are an especially dynamic aspect of this year’s program, both in range of styles and stories,” said Genna Terranova, Tribeca’s director of programming. “Many films feature real-life personalities who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats, while in other films we »
- Jeff Labrecque
The 16th annual Boston Underground Film Festival just announced the first wave of films to screen at the historic Brattle Theatre March 26th-30th, and they are stellar! Most notably, the long-awaited “re-collaboration,” between college friends Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, All Cheerleaders Die. The pair first made the film just out of college at USC in 2001, but after a decade plus of working on their own projects decided to remake their own film. Lucky McKee is best known for his debut film May and his most recent success The Woman, while Sivertson has made The Lost and I Know Who Killed Me. Buff has only announced their first handful of films and promise more surprises!
Here’s all of the pertinent info taken straight from their press release:
Spring must be near because the crescendo of chaos is getting louder as the 16th annual Boston Underground Film Festival returns »
- Kristy Jett
Leonardo DiCaprio apologizes as he reaches for an e-cigarette; he’s spent a long day taking photos and doing interviews, and has been longing for a break. As he relaxes in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel, he stops to admire the setting Los Angeles sun and offers a simple tribute: “Wow, that’s gorgeous.”
There is something cinematic about the handsome actor against the backdrop of the sunset, and something egalitarian about one of the biggest stars in the world being moved by a simple act of nature. Though he has specialized in larger-than-life characters in recent films like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Great Gatsby,” DiCaprio comes off as remarkably down to earth.
“When I started acting, I didn’t think of it as a career,” DiCaprio, 39, says of his early start as a pre-teen appearing in commercials. “I always thought Hollywood was this magical »
- Jenelle Riley
Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) and Bruho (Leo Fitzpatrick) live a fairly comfortable lifestyle thanks to the sheer quantity of affluent homes in the Catskills that are left abandoned during the off-season. They function as amoral parasites living off of the unsuspecting upper crust of Upstate New York via an endless lifecycle of finding an unoccupied vacation home, breaking inside, consuming any worthwhile alcohol and food stashed away by the owners, trashing the house, and leaving before getting caught. Dirty Fred (Justin Rice) is a self-proclamed "solipsistic fuckwad" with a penchant for hobo-chic hipster attire. An unflinchingly horny asshole fueled by a perpetual intake of booze, Dirty Fred is relentlessly sardonic and condescending; but like a Wes Anderson or Hal Ashby character turned unapologetically demented, just enough quirk appeal squeaks through to make Dirty Fred just a wee bit endearing. As we observe Dirty Fred over time, the more confused and misguided he seems. »
- Don Simpson
Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.
Winners in each category are bolded.
Record of the Year
"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons
"Royals" -- Lorde
"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell
Album of the year
"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles
"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar
"Red" -- Taylor Swift
Song of the year
Last year I started anointing a Jazz Artist of the Year after a spurt of six Ivo Perelman albums that would have dominated my best-of list if not set apart. I've done it again because once again there was an artist so prolific And so good that he was again worth noting separately. Though pianist Matthew Shipp only released one album as a leader in 2013, he was a prolific collaborator, especially with Perelman. And it has been many years since Shipp was a 'sideman'; he is an equal on these projects.
Taking well-deserved primacy here, of course, is his one new 2013 album under his own name (there was also Greatest Hits, reviewed by Dusty Wright here), though several of those listed below it are of equal quality.
Matthew Shipp: Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear)
After my review of this great, great solo piano album was published, I worried that people might »
The crime thriller Cold Comes the Night will show in theatres January 10th, 2014. This title will release through video-on-demand formats this same day. Cold Comes the Night was developed by writer and director Tze Chun. And, the film stars Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), and Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"). Theatrical times for the launch are below. Cold Comes the Night involves a mom caught in desperate scenario. Chloe (Eve) finds an anonymous bag of money, which she needs for her child. But, a near-blind killer is on her trail. The trailer for Cold Comes the Night is below. The clip shows more of the film's story and characters. This title will play in at least ten states, in just a few days. Release Date: January 10th, 2014 (VOD, Theatres). Director: Tze Chun. Writers: Tze Chun, Oz Perkins and Nick Simon. Cast: Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, Logan Marshall-Green, »
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The National Board of Review announced its 2013 honorees on Dec. 4, with Her, Nebraska, and Fruitvale Station claiming some of the top prizes. That meant the only real suspense last night at the organization’s New York City gala was who would win the crowd and earn the best howls. Rob Reiner nearly stole the show, but it was Meryl Streep who brought down the house at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. Streep, presenting the Best Actress award to Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks, left her friend “nauseous with gratitude” with a heart-felt introduction that also took swipes at Walt Disney and the Disney brand. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Film and television producer and distributor Laurence “Larry” Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.
Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television “plug business,” a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on gameshows.
In 1974 and 1976 Joachim produced and distributed for and with 20th Century Fox and his companies Trans National Film and Jmj Productions two movie versions of the TV series “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato.
As an independent distributor he founded and ran Trans National Film Corp., Televentures Corp. and Trans Continental Film Corp. He released Chuck Norris action pic “Breaker Breaker,” produced and distributed Jim Kelly starrer “Black Samurai” and distributed Sonny Chiba’s “The Executioner” and “The Assassin.” He also produced and distributed “The Wild West,” a compilation documentary featuring the Republic Pictures Westerns starring John Wayne and others, and he introduced Jackie Chan to a U. »
- Variety Staff
17 items from 2014
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