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13 items from 2016


A Dog's Purpose Trailer Celebrates National Dog Day

26 August 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

'Every Dog Happens For A Reason'. That's the tagline on the new poster for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's upcoming drama A Dog's Purpose. On behalf of the studios, and to celebrate #NationalDogDay, we are pleased to announce that the trailer for A Dog's Purpose has just debuted online. So, gather your favorite four-legged friends around the screen, and watch it with the ones you love the most!

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose arrives from acclaimed director Lasse Hallstr&#246m (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey). This stirring journey shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.&#160The family film told from the dog's perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, »

- MovieWeb

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Michael Moore’s 12-Year Project: How His Film Festival Changed a City

4 August 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival is a welcome reminder of the power of film. Since 2005, he has slowly turned a conservative small town in Northwest Michigan — a four-hour drive away from any major city — into a community of ardent film enthusiasts. Not only that, but they are no longer quite as narrow-minded. Now there are decent restaurants on the main drag. Tourists flock in for the five-day summer festival (which this year ran July 26-31), which sells 130,000 tickets and generates more than $5 million dollars in commerce every year.

Over time, Moore has won over the residents of Traverse City, building their involvement in running his year-round arthouse The State, plus mainstream The Bijou (built in an old Wpa building) and the annual festival, all of which are staffed by volunteers led by resident Deb Lake. They feed Traverse City audiences a steady diet of films foreign and domestic, »

- Anne Thompson

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Michael Moore’s 12-Year Project: How His Film Festival Saved a City

4 August 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival is a welcome reminder of the power of film. Since 2005, he has slowly turned a conservative small town in Northwest Michigan — a four-hour drive away from any major city — into a community of ardent film enthusiasts. Not only that, but they are no longer quite as narrow-minded. Now there are decent restaurants on the main drag. Tourists flock in for the five-day summer festival (which this year ran July 26-31), which sells 130,000 tickets and generates more than $5 million dollars in commerce every year.

Over time, Moore has won over the residents of Traverse City, building their involvement in running his year-round arthouse The State, plus mainstream The Bijou (built in an old Wpa building) and the annual festival, all of which are staffed by volunteers led by resident Deb Lake. They feed Traverse City audiences a steady diet of films foreign and domestic, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jenny Slate to Co-Star With Jack Black in ‘Polka King’ (Exclusive)

19 July 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jenny Slate is set to co-star with Jack Black in the indie comedy “The Polka King.”

Jason Schwartzman and Jacki Weaver are also on board. “Infinitely Polar Bear” writer and director duo Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky are writing and directing.

The pic is based on the Joshua Brown and John Mikulak documentary, “The Man Who Would be Polka King,” following the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who shocked the polka world when it was revealed he seduced his fans into investing in a Ponzi scheme.

Black, David Permut, Stuart Cornfeld, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson and Priyanka Mattoo are producing. Rawat’s ShivHans Pictures is also financing “The Polka King.”

Slate has several films set to debut in the next year. She will star opposite Chris Evans in Marc Webb’s “Gifted,” which opens next April; “My Blind Brother,” which also stars Adam Scott; and “Brain on Fire, »

- Justin Kroll

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Vanessa Bayer, J.B. Smoove & Willie Garson Join Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’

18 July 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: The dance card for the Jack Black comedy The Polka King just got longer with Saturday Night Live‘s Vanessa BayerCurb Your Enthusiasm‘s J.B. Smoove and Hawaii Five-o‘s Willie Garson boarding the project. The news follows after Deadline broke exclusively last week that Jason Schwartzman and Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver are also set to star alongside Black who is not only headlining, but producing too under his Electric Dynamite label. Maya Forbes and Wally… »

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Jacki Weaver & Jason Schwartzman Join Jack Black In ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

14 July 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jacki Weaver and Jason Schwartzman are set to join Jack Black in The Man Who Would Be Polka King. The feature project is based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak's 2009 documentary, which follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme. Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky (Infinitely Polar Bear) write and direct the amazing true story. Permut Presentations, Red Hour Films and… »

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Sony Conjures Up Early Plans For Goosebumps Sequel

25 April 2016 12:41 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Readers beware, you’re in for a slice of unsurprising sequel news: Sony is reportedly moving forward with Goosebumps 2.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that both Rob Letterman and Darren Lemke – director and writer on last year’s spooky sleeper hit, respectively – are on the verge of returning for the follow-up. No word yet on whether Jack Black will reprise his role as eccentric author R.L. Stine, though the outlet notes Sony is eager to secure Black for the confirmed sequel, given how his charisma helped fire Letterman’s original to international success.

Beyond that, there’s no mention of Dylan Minnette and/or Odeya Rush returning for Goosebumps 2, though it’s still early days. On the other end of the lens, Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are on board to produce once again.

Rather than focusing on a select novel in R.L. Stine’s long-running novel series, »

- Michael Briers

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Casting: Dayal, Black, Thorne, Garber

11 March 2016 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Halt and Catch Fire

Manish Dayal ("The Hundred-Foot Journey," "Rubicon") will recur as a brilliant yet awkward young coder on the third season of AMC's period computer drama "Halt and Catch Fire". The third season shifts the action of the 1980s-set series to Silicon Valley. The third season is expected to premiere this summer. [Source: THR]

The Man Who Would Be Polka King

Jack Black is set to produce and star in "The Man Who Would Be Polka King" for Permut Presenations, Red Hour Films and Shivhans Pictures. The story follows Jan Lewan, a Polish-born Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme.

Based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak's documentary, "Infinitely Polar Bear" duo Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky will pen and direct the true story tale which aims to begin production in July. [Source: Deadline]

You Get Me

Bella Thorne and Halston Sage are »

- Garth Franklin

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Jack Black To Star In And Produce Jan Lewan Biopic ‘The Man Who Would Be Polka King’

10 March 2016 10:07 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive– Jack Black is set to produce and star in The Man Who Would Be Polka King. It is based on Joshua Brown and John Mikulak’s documentary of the same name, which follows the rise and fall of Jan Lewan, a Pennsylvania polka sensation who unwittingly brought a town to its knees in a Ponzi scheme. Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky (Infinitely Polar Bear) write and direct the amazing true life story. Permut Presenations, Red Hour Films and Shivhans Pictures are beginning… »

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Infinitely Polar Bear DVD Review

24 January 2016 11:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Maya Forbes

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide

Running time: 90 minutes

Certificate: 15

Otherwise known as Daddy Cool in France, Mark Ruffalo certainly knows how to play it cool in Infinitely Polar Bear, a touching story pouring light on bipolar disorder.

Cam (Ruffalo) and Maggie (Saldana), along with their two children Amelia (Wolodarsky) and Faith (Aufderheide), appear to be the typical, happy, nuclear American family…if you ignore Cam’s bipolar/manic depressive episodes. After Cam is fired from his job, Maggie decides she’s had enough and moves herself and the children into a tiny apartment in the city, so she can search for work.

When Cam is released from his rehabilitation centre, Maggie decides it’s time she did something for herself and applies to college to gain a business degree. After being accepted to Columbia University, she leaves Amelia and Faith in Cam’s hands, »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Awfj 2015 Eda Awards winners announced

12 January 2016 12:24 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Update 01.12.16:

And the winners are…

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Spotlight

Best Director: Tom McCarthySpotlight

Best Screenplay, Original: SpotlightJosh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted: CarolPhyllis Nagy

Best Documentary: Amy

Best Animated Film: Inside Out

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria

Best Actor: Leonardo Di CaprioThe Revenant

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Paul DanoLove & Mercy

Best Ensemble Cast: Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton (Tie)

Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury RoadMargaret Sixel

Best Cinematography: CarolEdward Lachman

Best Film Music or Score: The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

Best Non-English-Language Film: Son of Saul

Eda Female Focus Awards

These awards honor women only.

Best Woman Director: Marielle HellerThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best Woman Screenwriter: Emma Donoghue »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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"Carol" Leads Eda Awards Nominations by Alliance of Women Film Journalists!

5 January 2016 7:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for their 2015 Eda Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera. According to their site, "the EDAs are named in honor of Awfj founder Jennifer Merin.s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS."

Todd Haynes' "Carol" led the pack with nine nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with six, "Room" and "Spotlight" with five each, and "The Martian" with four.

I wish I can vote for the Eda Awards because their Special Mention Awards are just too darn fun with categories like "Best Nudity," and "Actress Most In Need of a New Agent!"

Winners of the 2015 Eda »

- Manny

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: January 4-10

4 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Sicario"

Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, and Victor Garber star in this sharp, critically acclaimed (93 percent certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!) drug war thriller, which is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on January 5. Blu-ray bonus featurettes include "Stepping into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario," "Blunt, Brolin & Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario," "Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario," and "A Pulse from the Desert: The Score of Sicario."

"The Walk"

Watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Philippe Petit take a wild walk on a wire between the Twin Towers. The bio-drama from director Robert Zemeckis co-stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, and Ben Schwartz. The Blu-ray and DVD both include the "Pillars of Support" featurette, »

- Gina Carbone

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