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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

18 April 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Interview with Paolo Virzì about Human Capital

18 April 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Paolo Virzi on Human Capital: "Money knows no borders."

When I spoke with Paolo Virzì the day before the Tribeca Film Festival Us premiere of his film Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano) we discussed Alexander Payne with a touch of Como, George Clooney's clothes in The Descendants, François Truffaut's La Peau Douce, guilt, his choice of music from Amy Winehouse to Vivaldi and the impact a sweet and sour Frank Sinatra Christmas rendition can have.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Carla and Valeria Golino as Roberta give brilliant performances entangled in the web of what is perhaps the most revolting selection of male characters in a film I have seen at least this year. Fabrizio Gifuni and Fabrizio Bentivoglio play two of the men in their lives.

Human Capital director Paolo Virzì with Anne-Katrin Titze on globalization: "We seem like each other more than before." Photo: Will Carrington

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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10 Great Movies About Old Age

14 April 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

Growing old is as inevitable as the passing of the seasons. Some of us accept it will happen to us and embrace the wisdom of old age; others fear its approach, bringing death ever closer until eventually the final curtain falls and, as Hamlet says, we shuffle off this mortal coil.

Movies about old age needn’t be morbid affairs, as Alexander Payne’s most recent film Nebraska certainly shows. Arguably Payne’s best film to date, Nebraska tells the story of Woody Grant (an excellent Bruce Dern) desperate to get to Lincoln, Nebraska so he can claim the $1 million on a sweepstakes he believes he’s won. His son David (Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte, considerably more nuanced here than in his other works) tries to explain that the sweepstake is really a ploy to gain magazine subscriptions, but his father is implacable, so he »

- Andrew Dilks

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

12 April 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 'stubbornly glum' Nebraska makes its chilly way to DVD. For warmth, look to France and Israel

Spring has finally sprung, though on the DVD front that means reliving the winter to some extent, as prestige releases from the colder months trickle down to the small screen. You certainly couldn't watch anything much less seasonal than Nebraska (Paramount, 15), Alexander Payne's stubbornly glum comedy of dreams, dementia and delusion in the midwest.

Shot in a kind of grey and white that doesn't even give its flat landscapes the distinction of severity, it's Payne's first visit to his home state since 2002's sardonic About Schmidt, and he hasn't got sweeter on it with time. As Bruce Dern's addled pensioner chases down the millions promised to him in a lottery scam, pestered by venal relatives and patronised by his immediate family, the film emerges as the director's bleakest satire yet of corrupted American communities. »

- Guy Lodge

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Bradford International Film Festival 2014 Review – Route of the Moon (2013)

11 April 2014 12:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Route of the Moon (Spain: Ruta de la luna), 2013.

Directed by Juan Sebastian Jacome.

Starring Jimmy David Suarez, Luis Antonio Gotti and Victoria Greco.

Synopsis:

When Tito, an albino loner, decides to travel one thousand kilometers through Central America in order to compete in a bowling tournament; his ill and stubborn father insists in coming along and supporting his son for the first time in decades. The road will remind them the reasons why they have been disconnected from each other for so many years.

Screened in such proximity to the general release of Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Juan Sebastian Jacome’s Route of the Moon will no doubt draw inevitable comparisons with Payne’s 2013 dramedy. Jacome’s film, too, features a road trip for son and ailing father to spend some long overdue time together, through a wacky proposal that forces them out onto the road. Route of the Moon is, »

- Gary Collinson

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Nab: Top Editor Kevin Tent – From Fixing Bad Movies to Oscar Nominations

9 April 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alexander Payne has never made a movie without Kevin Tent, an Oscar-nominated editor who began his career working on Roger Corman films. “I took old Roger movies and incorporated them into these other movies because they were so bad,” Tent joked. “Nebraska,” Payne's most recent movie, was the first time the two worked in black and white. Though a subject of endless questions, it was not Tent's greatest challenge. That would be pacing. “ wants people to feel things, and gives them time to absorb things,” Tent said. “There's always a fine line between it being boring and engaging.” Also read: June Squibb Talks. »

- Lucas Shaw

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Was 1999 the best ever year for movies? The Matrix, Fight Club, more

5 April 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Wachowskis' ground-breaking blockbuster The Matrix celebrated its 15th anniversary recently, and for this landmark we couldn't help but cast our mind back to the year of its release 1999.

Call it pre-Millennium anxiety or the finality of a clock ticking over from 99 to 00, but there was something in Hollywood's creative waters that year. American Beauty took home the Best Picture Academy Award the following year, but beyond that there were a slew of incredible films that hit theatres in 1999.

And not just in one particular genre: we saw great works in the blockbuster arena (the aforementioned Matrix), horror (The Sixth Sense), comedy (American Pie) and animation (Toy Story 2). This was a time when great directors - David Fincher, Alexander Payne, Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, David O Russell - were all hitting their stride and producing incredible work.

Was 1999 the best ever year for movies? Digital Spy takes a »

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Win Nebraska on Blu-ray

4 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Nebraska on 14th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

From Academy Award®-winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the captivating story of a father and his adult son who embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize; what begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption.

Screen legend Bruce Dern gives “a career crowning performance” (Scott Foundas, Variety) that has earned him widespread critical praise, as well as the Best Actor award from the Cannes Film Festival, the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics and Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, Spirit and Satellite award nominations. Nebraska also features an outstanding supporting cast including Stacy Keach, Oscar nominee June Squibb and a “revelatory” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) Will Forte.

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- Competitions

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Divergent review 'Ya with a conformist message'

3 April 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Yet another new Ya bestseller-franchise in the Hogwarts-Hunger-Ender's-Game mould

Another week another new Ya bestseller-franchise in the Hogwarts-Hunger-Ender's-Game mould. Divergent is based on the 2011 novel by Veronica Roth, the first of a trilogy. Shailene Woodley (who was George Clooney's daughter in Alexander Payne's The Descendants)plays Tris, the lonely teen in a scary, ruined futureworld where Chicago is a fortified city-state, surrounded by high walls beyond which is mere anarchy. People in this totalitarian society have to join one of five factions, Abnegation, the pious; Erudite(here apparently pronounced "error yew dite"), the intelligentsia; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest, and Dauntless, the brave. This last group is a bunch of supercool black-clad badasses with no small opinion of themselves; tasked with policing the city, they run around the place like Parkour enthusiasts on Pcp.Tris is expected to join the humble Abnegation group like her mum and »

- Peter Bradshaw

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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 31)

31 March 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

An Inconvenient Truth: eight years on, Al Gore’s impassioned plea that we do something about global warming is even more necessary (because we’ve wasted nearly a decade doing nothing) [my review] [at Netflix] The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at Netflix] After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Sarah Jones Remembered, Safety Concerns Raised At 1st Location Managers Guild of America Awards

29 March 2014 10:36 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“I’m wearing this for Sarah Jones – with honor,” said Criminal Minds co-exec producer Harry Bring, patting the memorial ribbon on his lapel while presenting at the first inaugural Location Managers Guild of America (Lmga) Awards Saturday night. Bring took a moment before handing out the Lmga awards for television work to pay tribute to the camera assistant who was killed by a train Feb. 20 during filming on Midnight Rider. (See winners of the first Lmga Awards here.) “I hired Sarah on her first job when she was an intern, still going to college. The accident is deep in our hearts and will set safety as the most important thing on sets for years to come,” he said to applause from the audience of location professionals inside the Writers Guild Of America theater. Jones started her career interning on Army Wives, which Bring exec produced. Related: Anger, Impassioned Pleas For »

- JEN YAMATO

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‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Finally Gets Love at Location Managers Awards

29 March 2014 9:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Spurned and ignored during the lengthy awards season that ended with the Oscars, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (above) finally scored a big win as outstanding location feature at the first annual Location Managers Guild of America awards on Saturday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” took the prize for outstanding location TV program. In addition, “Thrones” location manager Robbie Boake won the trophy for outstanding achievement by a location pro-tv.

“Mitty” shot in Iceland, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. “Thrones” shoots in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, Malta and other locations.

The prize for achievement by a location pro-film went to location manager Ilt Jones for “Iron Man 3,” which filmed in North Carolina, California and Florida.

Location managers David Doumeng and Charlie Love took home the commercials prize for a Nike spot, and the kudo for »

- Peter Caranicas

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‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Finally Gets Love at Location Managers Awards

29 March 2014 9:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spurned and ignored during the lengthy awards season that ended with the Oscars, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (above) finally scored a big win as outstanding location feature at the first annual Location Managers Guild of America awards on Saturday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” took the prize for outstanding location TV program. In addition, “Thrones” location manager Robbie Boake won the trophy for outstanding achievement by a location pro-tv.

“Mitty” shot in Iceland, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. “Thrones” shoots in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Morocco, Malta and other locations.

The prize for achievement by a location pro-film went to location manager Ilt Jones for “Iron Man 3,” which filmed in North Carolina, California and Florida.

Location managers David Doumeng and Charlie Love took home the commercials prize for a Nike spot, and the kudo for »

- Peter Caranicas

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Alexander Payne among Lmga winners

29 March 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Staff at the Location Managers Guild Of America (Lmga) have announced the winners of its first Annual Location Managers Guild Of America Awards.

Ilt Jones won Outstanding Achievement By A Location Professional – Feature Film for Iron Man 3, while Robert Boake won corresponding TV honours for Game Of Thrones.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty took the award for Outstanding Location Feature Film and once again Game Of Thrones prevailed in the TV category.

The prize for Outstanding Film Commission went to Albuquerque, which has hosted Breaking Bad and Lone Survivor, among others.

Lmga president Nancy Haecker presided over the ceremony as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs presented Alexander Payne with the Eva Monley Award for his “dedicated understanding of the power of quality locations to enhance a story.”

Payne is currently filming at a quality location and was unable to attend the ceremony.

Cinematogrpher Haskell Wexler received the Humanitarian Award from Billy Crystal, while the Lifetime »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Alexander Payne among Lmga honourees

29 March 2014 7:19 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Staff at the Location Managers Guild Of America (Lmga) have announced the winners of its first Annual Location Managers Guild Of America Awards.

Ilt Jones won Outstanding Achievement By A Location Professional – Feature Film for Iron Man 3, while Robert Boake won corresponding TV honours for Game Of Thrones.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty took the award for Outstanding Location Feature Film and once again Game Of Thrones prevailed in the TV category.

The prize for Outstanding Film Commission went to Albuquerque, which has hosted Breaking Bad and Lone Survivor, among others.

Lmga president Nancy Haecker presided over the ceremony as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs presented Alexander Payne with the Eva Monley Award for his “dedicated understanding of the power of quality locations to enhance a story.”

Payne is currently filming at a quality location and was unable to attend the ceremony.

Cinematogrpher Haskell Wexler received the Humanitarian Award from Billy Crystal, while the Lifetime »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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News Nuggets: Does Shailene Woodley have 'right stuff' to be the next Jennifer Lawrence?

24 March 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Susan Wloszczyna asks if Shailene Woodley has "the right stuff" to be a movie star. As the heroine in the hit film franchise "Divergent," she is being called the "saving grace" of the movie, which has a tepid 41% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Will she be the next Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") or Kristen Stewart ("Twilight")? Director Alexander Payne, who cast her in the Oscar-winning "The Descendants" in 2011, refers to her as a modern day Debra Winger ("An Officer and a Gentleman," "Terms of Endearment") because she is "vulnerable and fiery." Thompson on Hollywood. -Break- Michael Ausiello offers an exclusive interview with Josh Charles ("The Good Wife"). Spoilers Ahead. His final episode of "The Good Wife" aired Sunday night in one of "the most outta-nowhere deaths in TV history."  His character, attorney Wi »

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Shailene Woodley Covers "Marie Claire"

24 March 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new revealing images of "Divergent" star Shailene Woodley in the April 2014 issue of "Marie Claire" (Us) magazine:

The former teenage lead of ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager", was cast in director Alexander Payne's feature "The Descendants" in 2001.

In "Divergent", Woodley plays 'Tris', a girl coming of age in a 'dystopian' regime.

In her next feature "The Fault in Our Stars", Woodley plays 'Hazel', a terminally-ill teenager who falls in love.

"I think there's this big rise right now in giving teenagers the worth that they have," Woodley said.

"For so long they were—and still are—depicted in movies and TV shows as codependent whiners or rich, beautiful, diamond-clad daughters or dumb cheerleader types. But teenagers are so smart. I was probably smarter as a 16-year-old than I am today. There is a zest for life that you have at that age that is so beautiful. »

- Michael Stevens

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Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

24 March 2014 3:06 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Signature quote: “Don't try and define me.”—Tris Prior in "Divergent." Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress is presumed to be in the running as the next Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") or Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga"). However, what she really is -- according to reviewers at least -- is the main saving grace of the first film in a trilogy that carries a tepid 41% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. A typical reaction to her performance from Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times: “Woodley's strong presence allows her to be all that she can be as Tris, dividing her time between scared and self-confident.” Career peaks: »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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‘Divergent’ Interview: Shailene Woodley Talks Tris & ‘Hunger Games’ Comparisons

17 March 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This is going to be quite a year for 22 year-old Shailene Woodley who has made the transition from indies to major motion pictures in the highly anticipated trilogy Divergent - based on the novels by Veronica Roth.

Woodley, whose only major screen credit is playing George Clooney’s difficult daughter in Alexander Payne’s Oscar winning screenplay, The Descendants has appeared in lower budget films: The Spectacular Now, with her Divergent co-star Miles Teller, as well as the recent Gregg Araki film, White Bird in a Blizzard.

Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless), Divergent is set in post-apocalyptic Chicago where society is divided into five factions: Amity (kind), Erudite (intelligent), Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless) and Dauntless (brave). It tells the story of 16-year-old, Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley), who must take an aptitude test that will determine which faction she will join.

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- Tiffany Rose

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 10th 2014

10 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »

- Chris Holt

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