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Last year Graham Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars for turning the biography "Alan Turing: The Enigma" into "The Imitation Game." That marked the third year running that a non-fiction book had been the source material for the winning screenplay following victories by "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). This marks a new trend in the history of this award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, as only 11 such books have been the basis for the winning scripts. -Break- Rather, it is novels that have dominated as source material. Works of fiction have been the basis of 46 of the winners of this race over the years. The most recent of these was in 2011 when Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won for their adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemming's novel "The Descendants." While adaptations of stage works have won 14...' »
This Labor Day weekend the 42nd Telluride Film Festival will host a crop of films and filmmakers that hope to be in the hunt for Oscar gold later this season. The most coveted slot in is the “Patron Preview”, a special screening open only to the festival’s biggest spenders who generally do not know which film will be shown until they have already taken their seats. Past success of films that have premiered to the patron crowd has made the slot a hot commodity and rumors and speculation as to what film will play this year are swirling about.
Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, the studio’s first foray into feature films, stars Idris Elba, is directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the critically acclaimed series’ first season, and is a possible strong contender for the patron slot. Another possibility is Steve Jobs, »
- Patrick Shanley
Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." It's never a good day when some of our favorite titles on Netflix say goodbye, but September will be a bit more painful than usual, as Epix has closed a multi-year deal with Hulu and will be pulling some of their biggest blockbusters from Netflix starting September 30. That means if you haven't yet watched some great works by Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska") and Richard Linklater ("School of Rock"), now is the time to start streaming! Check out all of the titles leaving Netflix next month below. Synopses provided by Netflix. Leaving 9/1 "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" (2014) "Better Than Chocolate" (1999) "Bratz: Rock Angelz" (2005) "Care Bears: Big Wish Movie" (2005) "Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot" »
- Zack Sharf
By Todd Garbarini
Elia Kazan’s 1960 film Wild River, which stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Joan Van Fleet, and is Bruce Dern’s debut film, celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 110-minute film on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Actor Bruce Dern is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.
From the press release:
Wild River (1960), set in Depression-era America, tells a provocative story of the conflict between an agent from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a proud, defiant older woman who refuses to sell her land in order to make way for a much needed dam. Oscar-nominated actors Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick star, and Oscar-winning actress Jo Van Fleet (only 40 at the time she made the film) plays the stubborn, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.
Aug. 27-Sept. 7
World Film Festival
Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.
The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »
- Iain Blair
Jim Strouse's sleeper summer hit features an agile, very funny Jemaine Clement sparring with Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Michael Chernus (of Noah Baumbach's Mistress America), Regina Hall, Gia Gadsby and Aundrea Gadsby.
Virginia and Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man, playwrights Will Eno and Alan Ayckbourn with a touch of Alain Resnais and a John Singer Sargent portrait, form a frame to our conversation. I connect Jim's composer Mark Orton (out of Alexander Payne's Nebraska) to Walter Slezak in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence De La Mer, Marlene Dietrich in Stanley Kramer's Judgement at Nuremberg and Madeline Kahn in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles, and he connects Chernus and Clement to Men In Black 3.
People Places Things, a sly comedy of parental manners, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Nearly four decades after winning his first Cesar, French star Jean Rochefort (whom Americans may recognize as the man Terry Gilliam intended to play Don Quixote) is still working steadily, though hardly ever in films of note. Simply put, projects like “Floride” — based on Florian Zeller’s prize-winning play “The Father” — rarely come his way anymore. Boasting a lead role as juicy as a sun-ripened orange, this late-career blessing may as well be Rochefort’s “Nebraska,” allowing the beloved character actor to adapt his persona — in which venerability leaves room for an almost childish streak of mischief — to that of a once-proud patriarch suffering from dementia. Sensitive without lapsing into sentimentality, “Floride” marks the sort of gently irreverent French film that elderly arthouse auds seem to love best, blending humor and pathos to crowd-pleasing effect.
- Peter Debruge
The title would work better if the two hot women were the ones doing the pursuing, as opposed to being pursued – and indeed, if the film were funny in the first place. Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara have a terrible, sub-Thelma-&-Louise act as an uptight cop and the Colombian drug-baron trophy wife she is escorting to witness protection, forced to go on the run together and surrounded on all sides by gun-toting criminals and corrupt law officers. (Brit actor Robert Kazinsky gets the young Brad Pitt role as a sexy young guy they pick up on the road.) It’s not that Witherspoon can’t do comedy exactly: she was famously great in Alexander Payne’s classic Election – but there she was playing it dead straight, »
- Peter Bradshaw
As the second largest film festival in Germany, Filmfest München programs a large German slate and a range of international titles. In addition to the Alexander Payne retrospective and homage to Andy Warhol’s cinematic experiments, this year’s festival highlighted an assortment of U.S. films. Picked up by Open Road Films and Sony Pictures at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope had its German premiere in Munich. Below is my conversation with cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Filmmaker: How did you decide to become a cinematographer? Morrison: I grew up with a still camera in my hand, determined I could freeze […] »
- Taylor Hess
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
This refreshingly angular approach to class, racism and the interracial sex taboo addresses the elephants in cinema’s crowded room
Here’s a film that refreshingly acknowledges various elephants in cinema’s crowded living room: racism, the interracial sex taboo and class war. It’s an elegant, angular campus satire with a little of Alexander Payne’s dyspeptic Election – though the edge is slightly dulled by the final credits, particularly the final romantic pairing.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Read More: Alexander Payne Explains Why He Shot 'Nebraska' in Black and White and Cast Will Forte as His Dramatic LeadDespite the dominance of color, black-and-white films are not dead. When directors choose to film in black and white these days, they have an objective in mind. Black and white goes hand in hand with the story being told, as the stylistic choice often reflects the film's narrative and underlying themes. In a time where we have the option, taking the path less traveled opens up windows of opportunities in regards to how a director can visually tell his or her story. If you’re looking for great films to watch this summer, stream these modern black-and-white masterpieces on Netflix. "Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach, 2012) In anticipation of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's newest film, "Mistress America," which hits theaters on August 14, check out the dynamic duo's debut collaboration, »
- Conor Soules
Craig Johnson’s adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Wilson is well underway. With production having recently begun in Minnesota, Deadline has reported that Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have now joined the cast.
Wilson tells the story of a lonely, smug, middle-aged divorced man living in Oakland, California who is obsessed with his past. After his father passes away, he attempts to connect with his drug-abusing ex-wife and the teenage daughter he never knew existed.
Greer can currently be seen in summer blockbuster Jurassic World and will soon be appearing in Marvel’s Ant-Man, hitting theaters next month. Hines last appeared in the romance comedy Think Like a Man Too and is slated to appear in the holiday-themed Christmas Eve being released later this year. Hines and Greer join an already excellent cast with Woody Harrelson filling the shoes of the title character and Laura Dern playing his estranged wife Pippi. »
- William Fanelli
The feature adaptation of Daniel Clowes' (Ghost World, Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful) acclaimed graphic novel, Wilson, has begun shooting in Minnesota under director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins). Joining Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern is Judy Greer (last seen in Jurassic World) and Cheryl Hines (Larry David fans will need no introduction) in undisclosed roles. Harrelson will play the misanthropic outsider of the title, who makes one last-ditch effort to reconnect with his drug-addled ex-wife (Laura Dern) and a teenage daughter (Isabelle Amara) he's never met. Clowes also wrote the script for the film, which will be produced by Alexander Payne, Sam Raimi, and Josh Donen. »
Ok, it’s not an Alexander Payne project as it once was which is slightly less exciting, but we’re still looking forward to Fox Searchlight’s upcoming, “Wilson,” an adaptation of celebrated work by graphic novelist Dan Clowes. His dark, hilarious cynical touch begat many terrific graphic novels and so far, two solid film adaptations: “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential,” both directed by Terry Zwigoff. Payne was supposed to direct the adaptation of Clowes’ “Wilson,” the script of which he wrote himself, but it appears he’s been caught up with other work. But in his stead is Craig Johnson, who won critical plaudits from Sundance 2014 with the indie “The Skeleton Twins.” “Wilson” already features Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern and joining the cast announced today are Judy Greer (“Arrested Development”) and Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his. »
- Edward Davis
Fox Searchlight has begun production in Minnesota on Wilson, an adaptation of the graphic novel by Ghost World‘s Daniel Clowes. The project has changed significantly since Deadline broke news the studio had acquired it in 2010 as a potential directing vehicle for Alexander Payne. The Skeleton Twins‘ helmer Craig Johnson has long since been set to direct Clowes’ script and the new news here is Judy Greer and Cheryl Hines have joined Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, who play… »
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
The Descendants co-writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have signed with CAA. This marks the duo’s return to the agency where they had been represented until moving to Wme exactly a year ago. Rash and Faxon, who met while at The Groundlings, shared with Alexander Payne the 2012 best adapted screenplay Oscar for Payne’s The Descendants. Additionally, Rash and Faxon wrote and directed the Sundance feature The Way Way Back that starred Steve Carell. Their latest film project, The B… »
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival may be long gone, but its fires continue to burn bright as festival sensation "Dope" enters theaters this weekend alongside the award-winning and expanding "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl." We've rounded up 10 more Sundance hits that are now available to stream on Netflix, including prestige documentaries such as "Hoop Dreams" and the Academy Award-winning "Man on Wire." These films are listed below in alphabetical order. Read More: 9 Indie Tearjerkers Now Streaming on Netflix "Citizen Ruth" (Alexander Payne, 1996)The debut feature of Alexander Payne ("Election," "The Descendants"), "Citizen Ruth" stars Laura Dern as an unruly pregnant woman whose actions draw attention from both sides of the abortion debate. With a wicked clever script and a tone that balances the moral shades of each side of the argument, "Ruth" proves just how acerbic and intelligent »
- Zack Sharf
What it also offers is a gigantic back catalogue of films, from obscure works of artistic genius to classics you haven't thought of in decades.
We dug deep into the Sky Store library to bring you a selection of our favourite hidden gems:
A new addition and Digital Spy favourite is Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Another recent Digital Spy favourite is Whiplash, a small-budget drama about the intense relationship between an ambitious jazz student and his fearsome instructor.
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