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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 22 – Bob Roberts

30 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1992 American-British satirical mockumentary film Bob Roberts. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

The cast is seriously insane, with Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Wise, Gore Vidal, John Cusack, Peter Gallagher, Alan Rickman, and Susan Sarandon Oh and also James Spader, Helen Hunt, Jack Black, Jeremy Piven and his sister Shira, and Bob Balaban Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know we have an election happening The film shows some strong parallels to the presidency of George W. Bush Ray Wise, of course, was famously Laura Palmer’s dad on one of my all time favorite shows, Twin Peaks In this film, he and Alan Rickman play Dick Cheney and Karl Rove type figures Folk music is often in the service of liberal causes, »

- Arik Devens

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The 20 Best American Political Films of the Last 20 Years

29 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Upticks in the volume or quality of movies about American politics aren’t particularly good news; historically, it’s a pretty reliable warning sign that things in the real world aren’t going so well. And so, in the 20 years since IndieWire launched, we’ve seen a barrage of great movies about American politics. Yay?

Watch enough of them, and it’s hard to imagine how this country actually functions (or endures). These films can form a grim echo chamber that might seem it leaves us with little to celebrate.

And yet, there’s real joy to be found if you know where to look. Many of these movies are comedies — our increasingly absurd times inspire increasingly absurd movies. “Wag the Dog” seemed like outlandish satire when it premiered in 1997, but 19 years later it feels like a stone’s throw away from the truth. On the other hand, if 1997 audiences »

- David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers, Eric Kohn, Steve Greene, Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf, Kate Halliwell, Sarah Colvin, Russell Goldman and Anne Thompson

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Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2016 SummerDocs Lineup

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs series has set a 2016 lineup that includes “Author: The Jt Leroy Story,” “Betting on Zero” and “A Perfect Candidate.” The series will also feature co-chairman Alec Baldwin and the festival’s artistic director, David Nugent, leading conversations with filmmakers and guests. Screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Amazon Studios picked up A&E IndieFilm’s literary scandal documentary “Author” out of Sundance earlier this year. “Betting on Zero,” about a crusade against alleged pyramid scheme Herbalife, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, while R.J. Cutler and David Van Taylor’s look at Oliver North, “A Perfect Candidate,” was first released in 1996.

In the past, SummerDocs selections “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” “Last Days of Vietnam,” “The Cove,” Searching for Sugar Man” and “How to Survive a Plague” have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.

“The SummerDocs series has become one of the most anticipated and respected film events in the New York and Hamptons summer calendar,” said Baldwin. “We are proud to once again screen some of the best in documentary filmmaking to our audiences and provide an insightful look into the process in conversations with leading filmmakers.”

The festival’s Student Summer Filmmaking workshops are also open for enrollment and will also be held at Guild Hall July 18-22 and July 25-29. The festival is also partnering with Southampton Arts Center and offering free movie screenings through the summer, which include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Surf’s Up,” Rocky,” “The Candidate,” “The Shining,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Tootsie” and “Jaws.”

The Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Oct 6-10.

 

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- Maria Cavassuto

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Nicole Seligman Stepping Down as President of Sony Entertainment

18 February 2016 5:23 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated: Nicole Seligman, president of both Sony Entertainment and Sony Corp. of America, is stepping down from the twin posts to pursue other interests, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The veteran attorney and corporate leader was already serving as president of the Japanese corporation in America two years ago when she agreed to also become president of the entertainment unit, overseeing finance, human resources, legal and corporate communications. In the corporate job, she has reported to Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai, while Michael Lynton has been her boss at the entertainment operation.

A memo to employees, announcing the change, said Seligman would leave at the end of March. In the note, Hirai and Lynton thanked Seligman for her “sterling legal skills and business sense, and her unflagging energy and integrity.”

Seligman said in a statement that she was “excited and eager to explore new opportunities” and thanked »

- James Rainey

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Nicole Seligman Stepping Down as President of Sony Entertainment

18 February 2016 5:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Nicole Seligman, president of both Sony Entertainment and Sony Corp. of America, is stepping down from the twin posts to pursue other interests, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The veteran attorney and corporate leader was already serving as president of the Japanese corporation in America two years ago when she agreed to also become president of the entertainment unit, overseeing finance, human resources, legal and corporate communications. In the corporate job, she has reported to Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai, while Michael Lynton has been her boss at the entertainment operation.

A memo to employees, announcing the change, said Seligman would leave at the end of March. In the note, Hirai and Lynton thanked Seligman for her “sterling legal skills and business sense, and her unflagging energy and integrity.”

Seligman said in a statement that she was “excited and eager to explore new opportunities” and thanked »

- James Rainey

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