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Preview: Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Debuts With Stellar Indie Lineup

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There are two things when one considers going to a film festival, or dare to put one on. The first is: location, location, location. The second (or perhaps it's the first): Movies, of course. Plenty of quality, eclectic flicks that will wow the locals and draw in film fans and industry from far and wide, alikeFirst year upstart Mammoth Lakes Film Festival should be in fine shape then in both categories. Located in the picturesque California community of Mammoth Lakes, just south of the iconic Yosemite National Park, the film festival opens tonight with Alex Gibney's doc Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine. Running til May 31st, Mammoth Lakes is chock full of some of the strongest indies of 2015, including Closing Nighter and...

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Wamg Talks To Shira Dubrovner : Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

26 May 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The first annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will make it’s debut this week. Set in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, and will take place May 27-31, and will open with acclaimed Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s new documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine.

The festival will present sixteen films in Narrative and Documentary Competition. I recently spoke with Artistic Director/Director Shira Dubrovner about choosing the films for the festival. She said:

“[The films] have a common thread. The one thing I did with this festival is give the full power to Paul Sbrizzi, who is a veteran at programming. He’s been programming for Slamdance for the past fifteen years, he programs for La film fest and many other film festivals in the country. I knew his artistic taste, and I know that he also has an eye for talent. He »

- Melissa Howland

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

23 May 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second

11.57pm BST

And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.

Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine involves putting my head into a metal bin and shouting ‘Why?’ over and over again until I tumble into the comforting arms of unconsciousness – it’s time for me to thank you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, I appreciate you hanging out with me this evening. If you want to follow me on Twitter, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Top 5: Tomorrowland, First Steve Jobs Trailer, Poltergeist, Cannes 2015

23 May 2015 1:43 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A few weeks back I praised Alex Garland's Ex Machina for being an "anti-blockbuster" of sorts. For having the gall to rely almost solely on story and character rather than huge set pieces and explosions during the summer movie season. Today, I'm going to celebrate George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road for mastering all of the above. For providing me with the most exhilarating, breathless movie theater experience I can remember having and for telling me a great story with interesting characters along the way. By now I'm sure you've heard the near universal acclaim for Fury Road. How it's a modern action masterpiece, a wildly inventive, fiercely inspired, over the top piece of filmmaking that belongs alongside some of the best films that the genre has ever produced. For what it's worth, I believe all of this to be true and I fully expect the film to withstand the test of time. »

- Jason Barr

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Best of the Week: 'Inside Out' Buzz, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Back Stories and More

22 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News   Chris Pratt said he's doing some non-Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel movies.  Reese Witherspoon will star in a live-action Tinker Bell movie. Peter Sarsgaard will play the villain in The Magnificent Seven. Pitch Perfect 2 topped the box office last weekend.  Inside Out is getting great reviews. Jack Black will make another movie with Jared Hess. Ed Zwick will direct Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher 2. Roger Deakins will shoot Blade Runner 2. World War Z is coming in 2017.     The Videos and Geek Stuff Trailers: Steve JobsMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Pixels, We Are Your Friends, Cooties, The Gallows, Batkid Begins, A Very Murray...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Best Stories of the Week: Steve Jobs, Star Trek 3, Simon Pegg, Scorch Trials & More

22 May 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It’s that time of the week again. We’re certainly looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, and if you were too busy to stay on top of all the news this week, we’ve got a round-up of all the stories you need to catch up on. Below you’ll find a round-up of trailers for summer […]

The post Best Stories of the Week: Steve Jobs, Star Trek 3, Simon Pegg, Scorch Trials & More appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Mad Max’, ‘Minions’ Mayhem, ‘The Intern’ Gets a Promotion

21 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – Film Weekly Top 5 Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Tuesday May 19, 2015 Rank Last Week Film Rating(000) 1 – Mad Max: Fury Road 5,403 2 – Minions 4,797 3 3 Pitch Perfect 2 4,258 4 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron 2,684 5 4 Jurassic World 2,327 –

Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank –

Trending Wednesday May 13, 2015 – Tuesday May 19, 2015 Film Rating(000) % Change The Intern 1,291 +27,226% Steve Jobs 1,357 +17,101% 10 Days in a Madhouse 19 +8,578%

 

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While “Pitch Perfect 2″ won the box office battle this weekend, “Mad Max” tracked stronger digitally — claiming the #1 spot on the leaderboard. “Mad Max” fans viewed content millions of times on YouTube, »

- Jason Klein

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AFI Docs To Includes 81 Films, Four World Premieres

20 May 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The AFI Docs Film Festival will include 81 films representing 25 countries, including four world premieres, three U.S. preems and four East Coast bows. The fest runs June 17–21 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Md.

As previously announced, the 13th edition of  American Film Institute’s event opens with Magnolia Pictures’ “Best of Enemies” from directors Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville and concludes with the HBO docu “Mavis” from Jessica Edwards.

Stanley Nelson (“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” in the photo above) will be the Charles Guggenheim honoree at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater on June 19.

Panel discussions or extended Q&As with special guests will follow each of the four Spotlight Screening. There will also be two Special Screenings, including “Salam Neighbor,” which coincides with World Refugee Day with a world premiere screening on June 20.

“Audiences will see the most renowned documentary films of the year, »

- Tim Gray

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AFI Docs 2015 Lineup Features Albert Maysles, Alex Gibney and More

20 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The American Film Institute has released the full slate of screenings for its AFI Docs 2015 Film Festival. Of the 81 films from 25 different countries, four are world premieres: Dawn Porter's "Rise: The Promise of My Brother's Keeper," Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci's "Salam Neighbor," Natalie Avital's "The Three Hikers" and Brad Horn's "First and 17." Other notable filmmakers with projects screening in the festival include the late Albert Maysles ("In Transit"), Alex Gibney ("Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine"), Abigail Disney ("The Armor of Light"), David Holbrooke ("The Diplomat") and Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Look of Silence"). Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville's "Best of Enemies" will open the festival on June 17, while "Mavis!" from Jessica Edwards will screen closing night on June 21.  Read More: AFI Docs Names Ida's Michael Lumpkin as New »

- Ben Travers

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You Can Stop Waiting For That Apple Television Set Now

19 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After the iPod, iPhone, iPad and iWatch, everyone was expecting o see Apple’s iTV. In his biography, Steve Jobs revealed the company was secretly working on a brand new Apple television set that would revolutionize how we watch TV. Tim Cook has since reiterated that idea, so every time the company announced a keynote, the question arose. “Will […]

The post You Can Stop Waiting For That Apple Television Set Now appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Podcast: Talking the Latest 'Game of Thrones' Controversy & Trailer Talk with 'Steve Jobs'

19 May 2015 9:28 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

At the beginning of today's podcast we discuss the fact this will be the last regularly scheduled Tuesday episode as the RopeofSilicon Podcast is moving to a once a week model, that being the Friday, premium episode. We discuss the ins and outs of this decision in the opening minutes of today's episode and welcome all comments, but due to scheduling difficulties that have arisen over the past six months or so and other factors, this is a decision that has been some time in the coming. Otherwise, today's episode is damn near 90 minutes long and for those keeping up with "Game of Thrones" we have a lengthy discussion regarding the controversy surrounding the final minutes of the latest episode. I do give a spoiler warning for anyone not wanting to listen. On top of that we have a new bit of trailer talk listening to the first Steve Jobs trailer, »

- Brad Brevet

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First Trailer for Steve Jobs with Fassy and Kate Winslet

18 May 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The writing is of course fantastic. The directing will be good. All that’s left is Fassbender as Steve Jobs. That should be interesting. Here’s the »

- Sasha Stone

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Jay Z -- Screw Tidal's Critics ... I'm the Steve Jobs of Music Streaming

17 May 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Jay Z ripped into everyone who's bashing his new business ... as only he can -- by uncorking a blistering freestyle in which he compared himself to the founders of Apple and Nike.  The lyrical attack came during Jay's 'B-Sides' concert last night, which aired on Tidal ... his music streaming service. Critics have accused the rap mogul of charging users more for Tidal -- compared to similar services -- simply because his name is attached to it. »

- TMZ Staff

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Oscar Predictions for the month of May, 2015

15 May 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Almost five full months into the 2015 movie season and I’m happy to report that we know zilch about the Oscar race. Why happy? Well, it means there’s plenty of fun guesswork to be done, and I’m all about that. The Cannes Film Festival has gotten underway and that can be used for a hint or two, but right now, it’s only eliminated one film (The Sea of Trees, which seems to be out of it entirely, outside of perhaps Matthew McConaughey) and made another a question mark (Woody Allen’s Irrational Man), with some other contenders like Carol still to screen. As such, your guess is as good as mine, which is part of the early year fun, at least in my book. The one thing of note that I want to make mention of for this latest Oscar prediction update is that I expanded the fields a bit. »

- Joey Magidson

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George Lucas: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Star Wars' Guru

14 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.

As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »

- Gary Susman

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Play Blackpool Review: ‘World 1-1 – The Pioneers’

14 May 2015 2:34 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Play “Expo” events in Blackpool and Manchester are, in some ways, an attempt to recapture and relive the community spirit of video gaming in an age where keyboard warriors and faceless online gaming rule the roost. It’s also a celebration of the history of gaming, from the early years of arcade games like Space Invaders and Pac Man, through the early gaming years of the Zx Spectrum and Commodore 64, all the way to the last-gen of consoles…

And Play are not the only ones interested in the history of video gaming. There have been a number of film makers have eleased documentaries  in recent years that look at gaming in a nostalgic light, many from a Us perspective, including World 1-1: The Pioneers – which had its European debut at this years Play Blackpool; and From Bedrooms to Billions, (a big seller for Play sponsors Funstock.co.uk »

- Phil Wheat

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Everything we know so far about Batman v Superman: Spoilers, trailer and latest rumours

13 May 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back next year with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel.

Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...

Batman will be older and more grizzled...

Hollywood has traditionally cast a thirtysomething as the Caped Crusader, but Ben Affleck is a little more experienced than those who've come before. The idea of bringing in an older Bruce Wayne should create an interesting dynamic between Batman and the younger Superman (a returning Henry Cavill), which is something Snyder has discussed when addressing Affleck's casting.

"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," he commented. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the »

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Cannes’ Money Problems: Plunging Euro Leaves a Cloud Over Market

11 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While there are sure to be some sales of buzzy film titles lighting up Cannes, there’s an ominous cloud hanging over this year’s market: the currency crisis in Europe and Russia. As a result, the financial underpinnings of several key film territories are at risk.

“The market in general is not healthy,” says Avi Lerner, chairman of Millennium Films and producer of “The Expendables” franchise. “We’re losing money territory by territory. Japan is not good. Russia is at zero because of the ruble. Europe is bad. Spain and Italy, over the last few years, have gone down. The only major territory we’ve seen growing stronger and stronger is China.”

But the Asian nation has its drawbacks, too — namely, a rigidly enforced quota system that makes it difficult for foreign films to get released, and a vast amount of piracy. But the Continent remains at the heart »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Review: Biopic 'Saint Laurent' Is A Failed Attempt At Visualizing Artistic Soul

6 May 2015 3:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Biopics are still the trickiest genre to pin down. Try to tell it straight up, and you’re in danger of boring your audience with too much of a formal approach, like the existing Steve Jobs movie. Try to pick a certain aspect of a famous person’s life, glamorize it for entertainment value, and you turn out a mess like the Cannes opener “Grace Of Monaco” (read our scathing review here), or disappear into obscurity like the “Diana” movie you probably never saw. So when someone with the kind of stylistic flair and peculiar approach to filmmaking, like Bertrand Bonello, comes along to tackle the biopic, the only certainties are that he’s not telling it conventionally and it’s bound to get a little messy. His exploration of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, competing for the Palme D’Or this year, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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National Geographic Channel’s American Genius 8-Part Event Series Hits June 1st

6 May 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

National Geographic Channel has another great event series for you in American Genius, a show dedicated to the rivalries that pushed progress forward throughout significant eras in American history, including our own.

The show focuses on specific developments, in varying eras, and details the genius, and geniuses, that were responsible for some of the most important and life-changing advancements in history.

Take a look below at the full list of episodes and dates.

 

 

Behind Great Geniuses Lie Even Greater Rivalries.

National Geographic Channel Reveals The Competitive Forces Behind History’S Most Remarkable Races For Innovation In New Miniseries Event American Genius

Eight-Part Event American Genius Premieres Monday, June 1, 2015, at 9 Pm Et/Pt on National Geographic Channel

(Washington, D.C. – May 6, 2015) For many of America’s boldest, most daring and most creative inventors, the greatest challenge wasn’t beating the odds — it was beating the competition. Behind these iconic innovators are rivals with vision, »

- Marc Eastman

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