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18 items from 2010


Trailer For “Oka Amerikee” Co-starring Isaach De Bankole

8 December 2010 1:03 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Recently premiering at Telluride Film Festival, Oka Amerikee is a film based on the life of “ethno-musicologist” Louis Sarno who, for 25 years, lived among the Bayakan Pygmies in the African rain forest recording sounds. His book, Last Thoughts Before Vanishing from the Face of the Earth, was the model for the project.

Starring in the film are Kris Marshall, Isaach De Bankole, Peter Riegert and Haviland Morris.

Lavinia Currier wrote and directed the film. She’s best known for the controversial Passion In The Desert, a film released in 1998 based on a short story by Honore De Balzac.

Currently, the film is making rounds on the festival circuit. Below is the trailer for the film.

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- Cynthia

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Screen Media Films Acquires John Gray’s White Irish Drinkers

10 November 2010 12:40 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films, announced today that Screen Media has acquired North American rights for John Gray’s White Irish Drinkers, a gritty coming of age story about working-class Brooklyn brothers, whose involvement in a risky crime may be their only escape from their volatile Irish family.

The film stars newcomers Nick Thurston, Geoff Wigdor and Leslie Murphy, alongside veterans Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, and Peter Riegert. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival, and was just nominated for the Gotham Genius Award. Screen Media will release the film theatrically in Spring 2011.

It’s early autumn of 1975 in Brooklyn and 18 year-old Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) is killing time, pulling off petty crimes with his street tough older brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor), whom he both idolizes and fears. They both live with their parents, Paddy (Stephen Lang), a longshoreman, »

- Allan Ford

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Screen Media Films Acquires Toronto Title 'White Irish Drinkers'

10 November 2010 8:29 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Another worthy independent film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival has found distribution. Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to White Irish Drinkers, a hard-edged coming of age story  set in 1975 Brooklyn. written and directed by John Gray. A spring 2011 theatrical release is planned. Two teenage brothers try to figure out what to do with their lives, each badly bruised from being raised to be terrified by the drunken rages of their father. That role is played by Avatar's Stephen Lang who plays a hard-drinking Irish blue collar worker handing down the lessons of becoming a man that he learned from his father: repress emotion, and rule with an iron fist. One brother is an art prodigy conflicted about showing his talent, and the other is creeping into the fringes of being a criminal. The drama centers around a deal to have the Rolling Stones »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Screen Media Films Acquires 'White Irish Drinkers'

10 November 2010 6:07 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Screen Media has picked up North American rights for John Gray’s “White Irish Drinkers,” so announced Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films today. The gritty coming of age story tells of working-class Brooklyn brothers, whose involvement in a risky crime may be their only escape from their volatile Irish family. Starring are newcomers Nick Thurston, Geoff Wigdor and Leslie Murphy, with veteran actors like "Avatar" star Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, and Peter Riegert. Pic had its premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and took home the Audience Award at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival. Additionally, it was just nominated for the Gotham Genius Award. Screen Media Films has set a release to theaters some time next Spring. »

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Screen Media Films Acquires 'White Irish Drinkers'

10 November 2010 6:07 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Screen Media has picked up North American rights for John Gray’s “White Irish Drinkers,” so announced Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films today. The gritty coming of age story tells of working-class Brooklyn brothers, whose involvement in a risky crime may be their only escape from their volatile Irish family. Starring are newcomers Nick Thurston, Geoff Wigdor and Leslie Murphy, with veteran actors like "Avatar" star Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, and Peter Riegert. Pic had its premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and took home the Audience Award at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival. Additionally, it was just nominated for the Gotham Genius Award. Screen Media Films has set a release to theaters some time next Spring. »

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"Chaos Reigns" in "Antichrist," "Scott Pilgrim" Rules, and More New DVDs

8 November 2010 8:53 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Antichrist" (2009)

Directed by Lars von Trier

Released by Criterion Collection

From its incendiary debut at Cannes to becoming a cult hit defined by the meme "Chaos Reigns," Lars von Trier's psychosexual horror film about a married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) that repairs to a cabin in the woods to grieve over the death of their young son is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. Video interviews with von Trier, Gainsbourg, and Dafoe, making-of vignettes and a documentary about the Cannes premiere accompany the feature. (Aaron Hillis' interview with von Trier is here.)

"The Battle of River Plate" (1956)

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Released by Hen's Tooth Video

Despite being Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's most financially successful film, it has been a rare commodity in America on home video, where people have had to buy the British »

- Stephen Saito

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Karen Allen remembers string of actors before Harrison Ford

29 October 2010 3:43 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Actress Karen Allen says if things had gone differently, one of her "National Lampoon's Animal House" cronies also might have been her Indiana Jones.

The actress who played Marion Ravenwood tested with several well-known talents before the makers of the 1981 adventure-movie classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark" decided on Harrison Ford. Among them: Tim Matheson, legendary to "Animal House" fans as charmingly snarky pledge master Eric "Otter" Stratton.

"Tim and I had maybe two lines between us in one scene in 'Animal House,'" Allen tells Zap2it, "so even though we were part of the same film, we had really never worked together. All those guys were so much fun to be around, though, we had developed a friendship."

In fact, Allen reports many friendships made on "Animal House" have endured well beyond its 1978 release. "I did another film with Peter Riegert, called 'White Irish Drinkers,' »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Stephen Lang confirmed to star in 'Terra Nova'

16 September 2010 11:53 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Stephen Lang will star in Fox's upcoming TV series "Terra Nova," reports Deadline Hollywood. He'll star opposite Jason O'Mara on Terra Nova, in the story tells of a colony of humans from the year 2149 who travel back 85 million years for a second chance at building a new civilization. Lang will play the ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement. Alex Graves ("Fringe," "Journeyman," "The Nine") is set to helm the pilot which is being produced by Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks TV, 20th Century Fox TV and Kapital Entertainment. Of course, Lang is known for his part as Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron's highest grossing movie of all time "Avatar." Lang has completed work for 2011's "Conan" as well as John Gray's drama "White Irish Drinkers" with Karen Allen and Peter Riegert. »

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Lost & Found: 10 Movies Proud to Be American

6 September 2010 3:23 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – With the release of “The American,” it’s time to rally ‘round the flagpole and see if it waves. And that mix of metaphors conjures the great American film, the movies with American or America in their titles that have flown like an eagle soaring through red, white and blue skies on a starry night, punctuated by fireworks on the 4th of July.

American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty

Photo credit: Dreamworks

As unblinking and truthful story about the American Dream as any pre-9/11 film, Ab rides on the performance of Kevin Spacey as a burnt-out corporate nebbish named Lester who is unloved by his ambitious real estate agent wife (Annette Bening) and is quietly desperate about the life that has passed him by.

When Lester is unexpectedly freed from his 9 to 5 hell, he embarks on a journey which includes workouts, weed and lust  – for an unattainable teenage friend of his daughter. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Damages Moves to DirecTV for Two New Seasons

20 July 2010 9:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Glenn Close's Damages to air on DirecTV for two new seasons DirecTV and Sony Pictures Television will team up to bring the award-winning Damages, starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, back with brand new episodes to be produced early next year and debuting exclusively on Directv. Emmy winner Glenn Close, Emmy nominee Rose Byrne and other principal cast members will return for the new episodes.

"FX was very proud to have developed one of the best scripted series on television, but, in order to have a future, the show needed DirecTV and we are thrilled they stepped in"

Unlike DirecTV's current deal for Friday Night Lights, whereby the show airs first on DirecTV and then on NBC, the new episodes of Damages will air only on DirecTV. Additionally, DirecTV will have the rights to air previously produced seasons 1 through 3.

"We're excited to partner with Sony Pictures Television as we »

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Watch: Pink flung off stage after botched aerial stunt

16 July 2010 8:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Berlin (AP) — A spokesman for Pink's concerts in Germany says the singer fell off the stage after a stunt went wrong and she underwent a checkup at a hospital. Peter Riegert Concerts' Stefan Guentner said Friday the singer wasn't seriously injured in the incident on Thursday evening in Nuremberg. While singing "So What," Pink fell out of a harness which was supposed to carry her toward the crowd. A YouTube video shows the 30-year-old climbing back onto the stage after the incident, but the concert was halted and she was taken to a hospital. Another agency, Allgaeu Concerts, said on »

- AP Staff

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Academy Invites 135 New Members in 2010

29 June 2010 1:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christoph Waltz, Mo’Nique, Carey Mulligan: Academy 2010 Invitations The 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invitees are: Actors Tobin BellSaw, The Firm Vera FarmigaUp in the Air, The Departed Miguel FerrerTraffic, RoboCop James GandolfiniIn the Loop, Get Shorty Anna KendrickUp in the Air, Twilight Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Phat Girlz Carey Mulligan (right) – An Education, Public Enemies Jeremy RennerThe Hurt Locker, 28 Weeks Later Ryan ReynoldsThe Proposal, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Latanya Richardson Jackson – Mother and Child, Losing Isaiah Peter RiegertTraffic, Crossing Delancey Sam RobardsA.I. Artificial Intelligence, American Beauty Saoirse RonanThe Lovely Bones, Atonement Zoe SaldanaAvatar, Star Trek Adam SandlerFunny People, Punch-Drunk Love Peter SarsgaardAn Education, Boys Don’t Cry Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Who's Been Invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

27 June 2010 4:49 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

135 filmmakers and executives have been invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to join its ranks. Recent Oscar nominees and winners such as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz have been invited to join; but even "Saw's" Tobin Bell and "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana received invites.

New members will be "baptized" in an invitation-only reception in September at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.

Here's a complete list of the 2010 invitees:

Actors

Tobin Bell -- "Saw," "The Firm"

Vera Farmiga -- "Up in the Air," "The Departed"

Miguel Ferrer -- "Traffic," "RoboCop"

James Gandolfini -- "In the Loop," "Get Shorty"

Anna Kendrick -- "Up in the Air," "Twilight"

Mo'Nique -- "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," "Phat Girlz"

Carey Mulligan -- "An Education," "Public Enemies"

Jeremy Renner -- "The Hurt Locker, »

- Manny

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Top Ten: New Academy Members 2010

26 June 2010 12:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

it's not Tuesday but it's time for a Top Ten anyway... as this is yesterday's news already!

AMPAS used to hide their membership roster like the vote tallies but in the information age, they've opened up. Now we get to see the whole list of new invitees each year. I wonder how they keep they're membership around 6,000 given how many people they invite annual. Maybe enough people reject the offer, stop paying their dues, or pass from this mortal coil each year to balance it out?

You can read the full list of recipients at Indiewire, but as is the Film Experience tradition, we like to pinpoint the newest (potential) members whose future ballots we'd most like to see. So let's have at it.

New Academy Member Ballots We Most Want To See

10 Bono & The Edge (music)

They're two separate people but we'd like to imagine them filling out their ballots together inbetween sets. »

- NATHANIEL R

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See Who’s Made The List As AMPAS Offers New Membership To 135

25 June 2010 3:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Friday (June 25, 2010) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy.s roster of voting members.

.The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,. said Academy President Tom Sherak. .The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them..

The 2010 invitees are:

Actors

Tobin Bell . .Saw,. .The Firm. Vera Farmiga . .Up in the Air,. .The Departed. Miguel Ferrer . .Traffic,. .RoboCop. James Gandolfini . .In the Loop,. .Get Shorty. Anna Kendrick . .Up in the Air,. .Twilight. Mo.Nique . .Precious: Based on the Novel .Push. by Sapphire,. .Phat Girlz. Carey Mulligan . .An Education,. .Public Enemies. Jeremy Renner . .The Hurt Locker,. .28 Weeks Later” Ryan Reynolds . .The Proposal,. .X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Latanya Richardson Jackson . .Mother and Child, »

- Michelle McCue

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Adam Sandler invited to join The Academy

25 June 2010 11:44 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Sandler is gearing up for the release of his new film, “Grown Ups,” and has just been announced as one of 135 artists selected to join the Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Resul Pookutty Invited to Join the Academy of Motion Pictures

25 June 2010 10:23 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Oscar winner Indian sound recordist  Resul Pookutty has been invited to join the coveted Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a member. Along with Resul the invitation has been extended to 135 film professionals from around the globe that includes Christopher Walts (Inglorious Basterds) and Jacque Audiard (A Prophet). Resul was awarded an Oscar last year for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.

Members of the academy vote for the annual academy awards.

“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”

The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since »

- NewsDesk

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Mo'Nique, Mulligan among Academy invitees

25 June 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 135 filmmakers and executives -- including such recent Oscar nominees and winners as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz -- to join its ranks.

The Academy issued its annual invitation list Thursday.

The actor's portion of the list ranged from genre favorites like "Saw's" Tobin Bell to "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana, from "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, whose film credits include "In the Loop" and "Get Shorty" to rising leading man Ryan Reynolds, who's appeared in "The Proposal" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

An international sampling of directors made the cut: Among them France's Jacques Audiard, Argentina's Juan Jose Campanella, Denmark's Lone Scherfig and, from the U.S., Lee Daniels and Adam Shankman, the latter of whom co-produced the last Oscar show.

Oscar nominee "District 9" was well represented: Matt Aitken and Dan Kaufman »

- By Gregg Kilday

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