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Bill Maher brought up the gun issue again tonight to slam liberals for not being tough enough, but the segment quickly turned into a heated argument between Michael Moore and S.E. Cupp. Cupp defended gun rights to assorted boos from Maher's audience, while Moore repeatedly dismissed her arguments on a gun registry, publishing the personal information of gun owners, and even statistics on school shootings. »
- Josh Feldman
Bill Maher and Michael Moore both tore into Republicans over the Gop-led House voting for the 37th time to repeal Obamacare. Maher rolled his eyes and argued that "at some point, obstruction becomes... treason." Moore agreed, going so far as to say that Republicans "hate America." Maher pointed to Republicans blocking major Obama appointments, saying that now the opposition is "more about hating [Obama] than loving your country." »
- Josh Feldman
On TV this final Friday of May Sweeps: Nikita can’t catch a break – even in her final Season 3 mission, Maron‘s pop is a piece of work, Jessie bears a huge responsibility and an evil scientist braves the Shark Tank. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | Back-to-back episodes: In the first hour (postponed from an earlier date), a New York man peddles his door-to-door, luggage-pick-up service. Then, in the season finale, two Wharton grads gauge interest in their translation app for international travelers, and Phineas and Ferb‘s Dr. Doofenshmirtz pitches his latest »
- Kimberly Roots
Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, who's worked on iconic films like "Rain Main," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park," is demanding that the outspoken Michael Moore be removed from the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors due to his perceived liberal bias.
Molen produced the 2012 documentary "2016: Obama's America," a movie that was largely eviscerated by critics. He blames Moore and two other documentary-branch members of the Board of Governors, Rob Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk," "The Celluloid Closet") and Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter," "The World Is Not Enough"), for prompting what Molen sees as the film's Oscar snub due to their political partisanship.
"Obama's America" raked in more than $33 million at the box office, a lofty sum for a nonfiction film that isn't about penguins or Justin Bieber. ("2016" is the fourth highest-grossing doc of all time after Moore's "Fahrenheit »
- Matthew Jacobs
Documentary filmmakers are supposed to be devoted to the truth, but Gerald Molen appears to have entered a realm of pure fantasy. Molen, the producer of the documentary "2016: Obama's America" (and before that, an Oscar winner for producing "Schindler's List") sent a letter to AMPAS president Hawk Koch last month, blaming the presence of noted liberal Michael Moore on the Academy's Board of Governors for his film's failure to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary earlier this year. Making Moore and his fellow doc-branch governors Michael Apted and Rob »
- Steve Pond
An Oscar-winning producer wants the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to consider removing Michael Moore from the documentary branch of its board of governors because he says the Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker is overly partisan. Gerald Molen, who co-produced Schindler’s List with Steven Spielberg in 1993, also co-produced 2016: Obama’s America last year, a documentary starring Dinesh D’Souza that he says the Academy ignored because of the film's politically conservative bent. In a letter he wrote to Academy president Hawk Koch, Molen blames Moore for the alleged snub, along with the other two governors on the
- Paul Bond
Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment have formed a joint venture to launch sales company International Film Trust at Cannes.
The new banner — headed by Ariel Veneziano as president — has an initial fund of $15 million to acquire and provide minimum guarantees on third party productions for international sales.
The first two titles on the slate are comedy “King of the Castle,” starring Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver from Benaroya Pictures and Eduardo Sanchez’ horror thriller “Exists” from Miscellaneous Entertainment.
International Film Trust will represent feature film productions from their own banners on a non-exclusive basis along with titles from other producers and third party productions.
Veneziano will oversee the sales, acquisitions, distribution and marketing for the company. He’s served at Alliance Atlantis Communications as an acquisitions exec and served as president at GreeneStreet Films International and Icon Entertainment International, working on distribution of Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” and »
- Dave McNary
Acclaimed documentary filmmakers Michael Moore, Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock joined together on Tuesday morning with top New York City officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Downtown Community Television Center's brand new documentary-only theater. The 73 seat, digital cinema will be the first of its kind in the U.S. and will provide theatrical runs for non-fiction filmmakers for Academy Award qualification. Read More: 10 Things Michael Moore Wants You To Know About the Academy's New Doc Rules Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Commissioner Kate Levin, Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Gal Brewer were also in attendance. The state of the art venue is an important addition to a city known for its documentary filmmaking. The theater will be constructed on the ground floor of Dctv's current firehouse space and is expected to open in early 2015. Dctv co-founder Jon Alpert stated, "For people who love docs, »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Directors Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock dug in at the breaking ground ceremony for the new Downtown Community Television Center (Dctv) state-of-the-art cinema for documentaries in New York earlier this week.
The cinema on Lafayette Street, in Lower Manhattan, which is scheduled to open in 2015, will be the first documentary cinema in the city. The 73-seat, fully-interactive, digital theatre will provide theatrical runs to non-fiction filmmakers for Academy Award qualification.
Some of those shovelling the ceremonial dust from the super-sized kitty litter box for the groundbreaking included New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin and co-founders Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno as well as a dynamic crowd of politicians, documentarians, and media.
Moore compared this new stepping stone to the beginning of cinema when Thomas Alva Edison, on April 23, 1896, held his »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Deanna Durbin: Ephemeral fame (photo: Deanna Durbin in 1981) [See previous post: "Deanna Durbin: 'Sweet Monster.'"] Unlike Greta Garbo, whose mystique remained basically intact following her retirement in 1941, Deanna Durbin’s popularity faded away much like that of the vast majority of celebrities who were removed — or who chose to remove themselves — from public view. Despite the advent of home video and classic-movie cable channels, Durbin remains virtually unknown to the vast majority of those who weren’t around in her heyday in the ’30s and ’40s. Yet, although relatively few in number, she continues to have her ardent fans. There are a handful of websites devoted to Deanna Durbin and her film and recording careers, chiefly among them the appropriately titled "Deanna Durbin Devotees." Fade Out Charles David, Deanna Durbin’s husband of 48 years, died in March 1999, at the age of 92; Institut Pasteur medical researcher Peter H. David is their only son. Durbin also had a daughter, »
- Andre Soares
Title: At Any Price Sony Pictures Classics Director: Ramin Bahrani Screenwriter: Ramin Bahrani Cast: Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham, Clancy Brown, Ben Marten, Kim Dickens, Chelcie Ross, Red West, Maika Monroe, Sophie Curtis Screened at: Sony, NYC, 4/4/13 Opens: April 24, 2013 Movies have glorified capitalism (“Wall Street”) and trashed the system (anything by Michael Moore), but “At Any Price” represents one of the few times that capitalism has been regarded as literally seedy. The story takes place on an Iowa farm, and aside from being an entertaining yarn anchored by an exceptional performance from Dennis Quaid, it provides us city slicking Yankees with quite a bit of knowledge [ Read More ]
The post At Any Price Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
David Zieff has over three decade of experience under his belt. He worked on the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" and been the supervising editor for "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster." He was also senior editor of Michael Moore’s Emmy-winning series "The Awful Truth" and TV Nation as well as numerous Comedy Central shows. In his latest work, "McConkey," he's worked with a group of co-directors who each chronologically entered the project at varying times which he credits as enhancing the layers of the story. What it's about: McConkey is about a free-skiing, base-jumping genius named Shane McConkey-- a guy who mainstream audiences likely never heard of but who is legendary to those who have, and who is completely worth getting to know. What you might think the film is about turns out to be a much deeper reflection on how you choose to live your life. What else should audiences know? »
The following documentaries from the 21st century were chosen for their abiding influence and/or “Wow!” factor. Most of them—not all—we also happen to love. But we did leave out some more obscure personal favorites to make room for the penguins, etc.1. Spellbound (2002)Jeffrey Blitz’s portrait of eight National Spelling Bee contestants and their families has a deep resonance: Among other things, mastery of the English language becomes a means of affirming one’s Americanness. The second half—in which the characters are knocked off one by one, as in an Agatha Christie thriller—has the audience hanging on every letter. The downside: Its massive success ushered in an age of similarly structured competition docs. (D.E.) 2. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)After Roger & Me, the Michael Moore doc with the most impact: part prosecutorial brief, part rabid editorial cartoon—a blend of insight, outrage, and innuendo. It’s not a documentary for the ages, »
- David Edelstein,Bilge Ebiri,Miranda Siegel
Creative husband and wife team, Alex Meillier & Tanya Ager Meillier, first became involved with the East Timor region in 2005 when they were stationed there as part of a documentary unit for the United Nations Mission of Support to East Timor. They came across the autobiography of the former First Lady, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, and found the point of view for the story that was right for them. In the meantime the pair honed their filmmaking techniques working in features producing, photographing and editing the film "Obscene" which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and then working as editors for Michael Moore on "Capitalism: A Love Story." In 2009 they began planning to shoot their latest work, "Alias Ruby Blade." What it's about: "Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, aspired to be a documentary filmmaker in East Timor, but instead became an underground operative for the Timorese resistance against Indonesia in Jakarta. »
Nobody does the everyman better than Matt Damon. His common touch has made him one of the world's most bankable stars. He tells Tim Lewis about offending Barack Obama, his love for Ben Affleck and marrying outside the Hollywood elite
'I got the fortunes of heaven
in diamonds and gold
I got all the bonds baby
that the bank could hold'
'Ain't Got You' – Bruce Springsteen
In 1987, when Bruce Springsteen wrote the song "Ain't Got You", he was the biggest rock star in the world. He had vast estates in New Jersey and Beverly Hills, and he had not long returned from a honeymoon at Gianni Versace's villa in Lake Como. "Ain't Got You" was Springsteen's attempt to make a self-aware nod to his outrageous fortune, the Rembrandts on his walls, and how he had come a long way from his working-class upbringing.
Before he released it, Springsteen played »
- Tim Lewis
Matthew Weiner enlists "Argo" campaign consultant Michelle Robertson to get "Mad Men" back on track with the Emmys this year. Hollywood Reporter -Addprediction:98:160:Click to predict Drama Series Emmy:addprediction- Directors Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Michael Moore, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg are among directors paying tribute to the late Roger Ebert. The Wrap Blake Shelton "not opposed" to making out with co-host Luke Bryan at the Acm Awards: "As Blake Shelton's Acm Awards cohost, Bryan has great chemistry with 'The Voice' coach. And as the 'Honey Bee' singer quipped to E! News, he's not afraid of showing off their love at Sunday's awards show in Las Vegas. 'I wouldn't be opposed to making out,' Blake deadpanned. 'Maybe a grab or something.'" E! Online -Addprediction:99:409:Click to predict Acm Awards:addprediction- Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and R »
The reaction to Roger Ebert's death has been overwhelming and gratifying. The major news networks, CNN, Frontline, you name it, they covered it. Every single movie site or reviewer or blogger or anyone who cared about movies weighed in. Here's the deal. Ebert was the most famous movie critic who ever lived. No critic will ever be as famous again, because his need to share his passion for films via television and text was so huge that there was no room for vanity or putting on a fake face. Audiences responded to his honesty--and the fact that he and Gene Siskel were genuine rivals. That was lightning in a bottle. Ebert was the new model film critic who took to the web like a duck to water because he was always about honest, forthright engagement. He wasn't speaking to film fans from on high, lecturing to them about what they should like. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
He sometimes may have roundly criticized them, but actors and filmmakers alike gave high thumbs up to the late Roger Ebert, who died Thursday after a lengthy fight with cancer. Fellow Chicagoan President Barack Obama spoke for many when he said in a statement, "For a generation of Americans - and especially Chicagoans - Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive - capturing the unique power of the movie to take us somewhere magical." Added the Chief Executive: "Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as »
- Andrea Billups
Movie lovers nationwide were saddened Thursday (April 4) when news broke that legendary critic Roger Ebert had passed away at the age of 70 -- just a day after announcing he was scaling back on work because his cancer had returned.
A few highlights for Ebert fans include a round-up of Ebert's best tweets, the movies Ebert most disliked, some outtakes of him and fellow critic Gene Siskel from the 1980s and a first-person account of interacting with Ebert as an aspiring writer.
President Obama released a statement:
Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans - and especially Chicagoans - Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, »
Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday. Actors, directors, and reporters have tweeted their love and admiration for the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer after hearing the news.
Roger, I hope you’re in an infinite movie palace, watching every film the great directors only dreamed of making. Rip, @ebertchicago
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 4, 2013
I started watching/reading @ebertchicago in 1984. He was a good man & a fierce advocate for great film. #RIPEbert
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 4, 2013
Shocked and truly, deeply saddened at the loss of the great Roger Ebert. A legend. His voice will be missed.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) April 4, 2013
Sad to hear about Roger Ebert passing away. »
- Sarah Caldwell
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