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One on One: Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Love & Basketball” and “Beyond the Lights”

23 March 2015 5:33 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Beyond the Lights“Cupid draw back your bow…And let your arrow go…Straight to my lover’s heart…for me…nobody but me…”Love is easily definable when refracted through the lens of Hollywood cinema or a great pop song like Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.” A couple meet-cute, their attraction grows, heartache eventually rears its ugly head, then epiphany strikes and one person does everything they can to get the other back. It’s a rigged game of sorts; togetherness is almost always guaranteed once things fades to black. The studios are so good at reducing complex emotional experiences into easily digestible packages that one tends to forget the messiness of romance, the time it takes to develop, and the confusion it brings to a person’s life. “Happily ever after” tends to earn more at the box office than “it’s complicated.”Instead of reinforcing this mainstream narrative, »

- Glenn Heath Jr.

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Community, Scandal and More

21 March 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Don’t think, don’t worry, everything’s just fine… because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

RelatedTVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Grey’s, »

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announce Tribeca Talks Series Line-Up

20 March 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week that audiences will have an opportunity to hear panel and one-on-one conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives during this year’s Tribeca Talks series including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.

Unique programs in the 2015 series include the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation, Tribeca Talks: Master Class conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process, Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen hosted by Barnes & Noble which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Conversations which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film, »

- Sacha Hall

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Eddie Murphy in Talks to Play Richard Pryor's Father in Lee Daniels' Biopic

13 March 2015 5:58 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Eddie Murphy is in talks to join Mike Epps, Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson in the Richard Pryor biopic that Lee Daniels is directing for The Weinstein Co. Murphy will play Richard Pryor's father, LeRoy Pryor, while the previously cast Winfrey will play Marie Carter, Pryor's grandmother, and Hudson as Jennifer Lee Pryor, Richard Pryor’s 4th wife. Entertainment Tonight first reported the news of Murphy's casting. I should note that Mike Epps actually plays Richard Pryor in Cynthia Mort's still-unreleased Nina Simone film that Zoe Saldana stars in. A rather gutsy choice by Daniels and company, this could be the dramatic catalyst that »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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June Will Be a Heavy Binge-Watching Month for Netflix - Release Dates Set for 'Orange Is the New Black,' Nina Simone Doc, More...

2 March 2015 1:52 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has revealed premiere dates for its 2015 slate of original series and movies. Of note, its award-winning series, "Orange Is the New Black," returns for a 3rd season on June 12th (I haven't even watched season 2 yet). Also, the Nina Simone Sundance Film Festival documentary it picked up in January, "What Happened, Miss Simone," will premiere on the streaming platform on June 26. And finally, there's The Wachowskis new Netflix series titled "Sense8," which features an international ensemble cast that includes black British actors Aml Ameen, and Freema Agyeman. They join Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Brian J. SmithTuppence Middleton,  Tena Desae, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann. The project's synopsis reads: "Eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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June Will Be a Heavy Binge-Watching Month for Netflix - Release Dates Set for 'Orange Is the New Black,' Nina Simone Doc, More...

2 March 2015 1:52 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Netflix has revealed premiere dates for its 2015 slate of original series and movies. Of note, its award-winning series, "Orange Is the New Black," returns for a 3rd season on June 12th (I haven't even watched season 2 yet). Also, the Nina Simone Sundance Film Festival documentary it picked up in January, "What Happened, Miss Simone," will premiere on the streaming platform on June 26. And finally, there's The Wachowskis new Netflix series titled "Sense8," which features an international ensemble cast that includes black British actors Aml Ameen, and Freema Agyeman. They join Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Brian J. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Beyond the Lights movie review: blitz the glitz

28 February 2015 1:06 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Smart and passionate, this is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies: an adult romance performed by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is a sign of how broken Hollywood is that the smart, stylish and passionate Beyond the Lights didn’t get the studio support it needed to make the kind of splash it deserved at the U.S. box office last fall. It didn’t open very wide, and it disappeared from screens almost instantly afterward. There is no excuse for this.

This is mainstream filmmaking at its very best. This is a believable romance between adult characters played by gorgeous actors with palpable onscreen chemistry. This is one of the ultimate Hollywood fantasies. This is a movie about the entertainment industry — specifically, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Oscars Capture the Moment in a Fast-Changing World

25 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The biggest surprise of Sunday night’s Oscars was how the ceremony transcended the usual self-congratulatory air of Hollywood awards shows.

Winners talked about racial inequalities, immigration policy, anti-gay prejudice, women’s rights, Als, veterans health and Alzheimer’s. This has to be the first Academy Awards in which suicide prevention was mentioned in two separate acceptance speeches.

“Artists have the honest duty to reflect the times in which we live,” said John Legend, quoting Nina Simone. After he and Common won best song (“Glory” from “Selma”), the two spoke powerfully about topics addressed in the number, including voting equality, and the disproportionate incarceration of black men in the U.S.

In the final minutes of the 3½-hour show, “Birdman” triple winner Alejandro G. Inarritu raised the hot-button topic of Mexicans living in the States: “I just pray they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones that came before, »

- Tim Gray

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Oscars 2015: 10 things we learned

23 February 2015 7:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From a touchy-feely John Travolta to the waning power of the Oscars orchestra, here’s 10 takeaways from last night’s ceremony

Liberal Hollywood is alive and kicking

Show time! #Oscars (dress @Tom_Ford; jewels @TiffanyAndCo; styling @LeslieFremar; hair @hairbyadir; glow @mrsbymrs) pic.twitter.com/qp9At1R0B8

Life goals: Say something that makes Meryl Streep and J.Lo react like this #oscars pic.twitter.com/YnPbSMfI4U

It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we’ve all fought for, to fight for us now.

This. Moment. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/M9hQ7UvqTZ

First I would like to thank God, that lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform Glory on the same bridge that Dr King and the people of »

- Guardian Staff

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John Legend and Common's Oscars Speech: 'The Struggle for Justice Is Right Now'

22 February 2015 8:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Following their Best Original Song win for "Glory" from Selma at the Oscars on Sunday, John Legend and Common shone a spotlight on a continued "struggle for justice and freedom." "Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform 'Glory' on the same bridge Dr. [Martin Luther] King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago," said Common, 42, whose real name is Lonnie Lynn. "This bridge was once the landmark of a divided nation but now is a symbol for change." "Glory," too, seems to be a symbol for change; the song has swept awards season so far, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Oscars 2015: what the winners said

22 February 2015 6:40 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Humility, humour and thanking mothers

Speeches from the winners at the 87th Academy Awards.

Best Film

Sean Penn announced that the top award went to Birdman.

Speaking backstage later in the press room, director Alejandro G Iñárritu said of being Mexican: “Well, look at this room. I don’t know how many nationalities are in this room, but I don’t feel different to anybody of you here. 

“You know, it can be from any continent, from any language. I don’t care. I as an artist, as a human, as a filmmaker, I cannot have these stupid borders, flags, and passports. Those are a concept that were invented by a human society. 

“But, honestly, naked, in tighty whities we will be the same. And I have never felt that different. So for me to make films in the United States, or in Africa, or in Spain, or in Mexico, I’m talking »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Oscars 2015: winners' reactions

22 February 2015 6:40 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Humility, humour and thanking mothers

The latest reactions from the winners as they take to the stage at the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will update throughout the night.

Alejandro G Iñárritu, best film, Birdman (backstage in press room) –

Asked about being Mexican and making films for the world: “Well, look at this room. I don’t know how many nationalities are in this room, but I don’t feel different to anybody of you here. You know, it can be from any continent, from any language. I don’t care. I feel very relate to any of you. So I as an artist, as a human, as a filmmaker, I cannot have these stupid borders, flags, and passports. Those are a concept that were invented by a human society. But, honestly, naked, in tighty‑whities we will be the same. And I have never felt that different. So for me to make films in United States »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Remembering Cat People Star Simon on 10th Anniversary of Her Death (Fully Revised/Updated Part I)

19 February 2015 7:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Simone Simon: Remembering the 'Cat People' and 'La Bête Humaine' star (photo: Simone Simon 'Cat People' publicity) Pert, pretty, pouty, and fiery-tempered Simone Simon – who died at age 94 ten years ago, on Feb. 22, 2005 – is best known for her starring role in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie classic Cat People (1942). Those aware of the existence of film industries outside Hollywood will also remember Simon for her button-nosed femme fatale in Jean Renoir's French film noir La Bête Humaine (1938).[1] In fact, long before Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, Mamie Van Doren, Tuesday Weld, Ann-Margret, and Barbarella's Jane Fonda became known as cinema's Sex Kittens, Simone Simon exuded feline charm – with a tad of puppy dog wistfulness – in a film career that spanned two continents and a quarter of a century. From the early '30s to the mid-'50s, she seduced men young and old on both »

- Andre Soares

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Lupita Nyong'o on Stardom: 'When I Don't Feel Like Being Famous, I Still Am'

10 February 2015 11:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lupita Nyong'o likes being famous - that is, until she has to use the bathroom at Starbucks. "The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don't feel like being famous, I still am," Nyong'o tells Lucky for its March cover story. "When you're in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you're waiting in line, it's awkward," she adds. Being a celebrity and feeling the need to constantly get all done up is sometimes difficult for the Oscar-winning actress, who admitted that her mom didn't »

- Alexandra Zaslow, @alexandrazaslow

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Lupita Nyong'o on Stardom: 'When I Don't Feel Like Being Famous, I Still Am'

10 February 2015 11:40 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lupita Nyong'o likes being famous - that is, until she has to use the bathroom at Starbucks. "The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don't feel like being famous, I still am," Nyong'o tells Lucky for its March cover story. "When you're in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you're waiting in line, it's awkward," she adds. Being a celebrity and feeling the need to constantly get all done up is sometimes difficult for the Oscar-winning actress, who admitted that her mom didn't »

- Alexandra Zaslow, @alexandrazaslow

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Bob Dylan Defends His 'Mangling' Of Songs

8 February 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On Friday night, Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, a charity that gives critical aid to musicians in need. Introduced by former president Jimmy Carter, Dylan took the stage and gave a long, 30-minute speech about his storied career. He thanked John Hammond, who signed him to Columbia Records when he was a "nobody," and talked about the influence artists like Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash and others had on him. He also got around to defending his voice, which he said, critics have been giving a hard time about "since Day One."Here's Dylan on his signature "croaking," transcribed by the Los Angeles Times. (Yes, some of the parts were inaudible.) Oh, yeah. Critics have been giving me a hard time since Day One. Critics say I can't sing. I croak. Sound like a frog. Why don't critics say that same thing about Tom Waits? Critics »

- E. Alex Jung

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Sundance 2015: Best of the Festival

6 February 2015 8:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The snowy streets of Park City, Utah have cleared out and another Sundance has come to an end. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl appears to be this year’s breakout independent film but there were several other movies that a made a quieter critical splash that are just waiting to be discovered by a wider audience. They consist of a tightly wound, tension-filled western, a cerebral discussion about America, creativity, and privacy, a musical icon’s emotional bio pic, a powerful coming-of-age tearjerker, and one peculiar romantic comedy. What follows are my highlights of a diversely entertaining Sundance 2015:

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour”

The End of the Tour

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Written by David Lipsky and Donald Marguiles

The End of the Tour is the next offering from director James Ponsoldt, who brought us Smashed and The Spectacular Now. With »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance 2015 Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?

6 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

She approaches the piano with a regality that's startling, her eyes piercing the crowd and her shoulders locked in an almost feline repose. She places a hand on the grand piano sat in front of her and looks out, in a mix of anger and determination, at the cheering crowd. She mumbles an apology about being away for a while, and then sets her hands at the keys of the piano, running along them with astonishing rapidity. Her voice isn't quite as rich and piercing as it once was, but it's a voice that sings with conviction. Its timbre is smokey, its effect intoxicating. And so, almost out of time, Nina Simone once again commands our attention, decades after this show, years after her...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]

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Netflix Acquires Porn Documentary Hot Girls Wanted

2 February 2015 1:16 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix came into Park City this year with all the bearings of a big spender, but the streaming giant never made the massive purchases that many analysts had expected it to. Instead, the company has picked up documentary Hot Girls Wanted as its first Sundance acquisition.

The film, directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus in collaboration with the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, looks at the modern world of pornography and focuses on the young women who make a living in the lucrative industry. It critically examines how amateur performers are routinely exploited by their employers. Netflix will premiere the doc sometime this year.

Rashida Jones (TV’s Parks & Recreation, Celeste and Jesse Forever), who produced the pic, expressed support for the deal in an official statement:

“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Sundance: Netflix Picks Up Porn Documentary ‘Hot Girls Wanted’

1 February 2015 9:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After failing to make much of a splash in Park City, Netflix has picked up its first Sundance Film Festival release, “Hot Girls Wanted.”

The film shines a light on the porn world and the young women who opt to make a career in the industry. It will premiere exclusively in all territories where Netflix is available in 2015.

Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) produced the film, and  Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus directed the picture.

“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach the many people who need to see it,” said Jones in a statement.

Netflix didn’t make the big purchase that many expected the company to at Sundance, but it did premiere the documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about singer Nina Simone to strong reviews at the festival.

The deal for “Hot Girls Wanted »

- Brent Lang

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