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11 items from 2017


Critics Slam ‘The Book of Henry’ as ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ and ‘Paris Can Wait’ Expand Well

18 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At the specialty box office, reviews can have a huge impact. This weekend, “The Book of Henry” (Focus Features), Colin Trevorrow’s return to indie films, was scorched by critics and summoned only a mediocre start in 579 theaters ($1.4 million). On the other hand, the best per-theater-average came from “Hare Krishna” (Abramorama), a documentary the New York Times, normally critical in launching any specialized release, chose not to include among its reviews. It managed over $21,000 in one Manhattan theater.

While IFC’s Northern Ireland political story “The Journey” also delivered a surprisingly strong New York opening, the most encouraging news of the weekend was the impressive expansion for “Beatriz at Dinner” (Roadside Attractions).

Opening

The Book of Henry (Focus) – Metacritic: 28

$1,407,000 in 579 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $2,431

Trevorrow broke out with Sundance indie “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which grossed a healthy $4 million, followed by blockbuster “Jurassic World.” This anemic personal project will »

- Tom Brueggemann

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‘Il Boom’ Trailer: Vittorio De Sica’s Underseen Comedy Bound for Restoration and First-Ever U.S. Release — Watch

1 June 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Italian director and actor (and neorealist luminary) Vittorio De Sica is best known to most stateside audiences for his honorary Oscar winners like “Sciuscià” (the first foreign film to be recognized by the Academy) and his enduring classic “Bicycle Thieves,” but there are still gems from the long-deceased filmmaker for fans to discover.

Like his 1963 comedy “Il Boom,” which has never had a U.S. release…until now! “Il Boom” will finally come to the States — complete with a new restoration — later this month, and we have a fresh trailer to celebrate.

Read More: ‘La Strada’ Restoration First Look: Federico Fellini’s Oscar-Winning Masterpiece Heads Back to Theaters — Watch

The film’s title refers to the Italian economic “miracle” that took place from the late 1950s until the 1970s after World War II. “Il Boom” follows Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a small building contractor who is deeply in debt because »

- Kate Erbland

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The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Bingeing, Part 2

25 May 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix continues to have such a vast array of acquired TV series from around the world that it’s difficult to know what to give a chance. While British shows like “Peaky Blinders” have recognizable faces and don’t require translation, it’s a bit more daunting to commit to a foreign-language series.

Read More: The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Bingeing, Part 1

As part of IndieWire’s ongoing mission to uncover some of the best global series that aren’t getting the attention they deserve, here are some of the best foreign language shows available for streaming on Netflix right now. (For more recommendations, check out Part 1.)

“Atelier”

Premise: Think “Devil Wears Prada” set in the world of Emotion, a boutique lingerie company in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district. Mayuko is an ingenue who rhapsodizes over fabric (Omg, is that jersey with rayon and polyurethane?! I die!), but her boss Ms. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Reading Subtitles For, Part 2

25 May 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix continues to have such a vast array of acquired TV series from around the world that it’s difficult to know what to give a chance. While British shows like “Peaky Blinders” have recognizable faces and don’t require translation, it’s a bit more daunting to commit to a foreign-language series. That requires time and reading before you even know if it’s worth a binge.

Read More: The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Reading Subtitles For, Part 1

As part of IndieWire’s ongoing mission to uncover some of the best global series that aren’t getting the attention they deserve, here are some of the best foreign language shows available for streaming on Netflix right now. (For more recommendations, check out Part 1.)

“Atelier”

Premise: Think “Devil Wears Prada” set in the world of Emotion, a boutique lingerie company in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district. Mayuko is »

- Hanh Nguyen

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A Farewell to Arms (1957)

29 April 2017 10:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This remake of a pre-Code classic adds amazing European locations, glorious Technicolor and entire armies on the move, yet doesn’t improve on the original. Producer David O. Selznick secured Rock Hudson to play opposite Jennifer Jones, but the chemistry is lacking. Why did the man spend twenty years trying to top Gone With the Wind?

A Farewell to Arms

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1957 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 152 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Rock Hudson, Vittorio De Sica, Mercedes McCambridgeElaine Stritch.

Cinematography: Oswald Morris, Piero Portalupi

Production Designer: Alfred Junge

Art Direction: Mario Garbuglia

Film Editors: John M. Foley, Gerard J. Wilson

Original Music: Mario Nascimbene

Written by Ben Hecht from a play by Laurence Stallings from a novel by Ernest Hemingway

Produced by David O. Selznick

Directed by Charles Vidor

 

What happens when a major Hollywood producer thinks he has all the answers? »

- Glenn Erickson

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WWE Superstar Shake Up trades leaked? Major Tna stars return!

7 April 2017 8:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite the returns of Lax and the debut of Alberto El Patron, the top story in Impact Wrestling right now is the feud between announcers Jeremy Borash and Josh Mathews.

The two will captain sides for a match next week to find out “who knows everything” – which I assume means, ‘the loser no longer does commentary’. We’re rooting for ya, Jb! And on last night’s episode, they both picked their teams.

Mathews ended up with Bobby Lashley, Bram, Eli Drake and Tyrus, while Borash got all the pops – announcing top babyface Alberto El Patron along with returning Tna stars Chris Adonis (who wrestled as Chris Masters in WWE), Matt Morgan and…go to Impact’s website to find out the final explosive member.

Yeah. That’s right. They ended the big show with a cliffhanger…to their website.

See Also: Matt & Jeff Hardy Broken gimmick update, WWE releases »

- Oli Davis

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Wrestlemania 33 plans still not finalized, major Tna returns…

17 March 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last night saw the second episode of Tna Impact Wrestling under the new creative direction of Jeff Jarrett. As their YouTube video revealed earlier this week, the show had Alberto El Patron relinquishing his newly won World Heavyweight Championship back to Bobby Lashley. Vacant demands justice!

The show also saw the big return of Lax! The former-tna faction, not the Los Angeles-based airport. Original founders Konnan – who had the brilliant line “we’re serious, like a late period” – and Homicide returned in the episode’s main event segment, bringing with them new members Diamante, Angel Ortiz and Mike Draztik. They took out Decay to position themselves at the top of the Tag Team Championship picture. The titles are currently up for grabs, being taken off of previous champions the Broken Hardys when they failed to resign with the company. Vacant receives justice!

See Also: Hulk Hogan returning to WWE? Why »

- Oli Davis

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Oscars 2017: Why Mahershala Ali Will Beat Jeff Bridges for Supporting Actor

6 February 2017 8:13 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As the Hollywood guilds lay out their winners, a clear frontrunner has emerged in the Supporting Actor category. We dig into the final five contenders, listed in order of likelihood to win the Oscar:

Mahershala Ali popped out at Telluride and Toronto from Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” (A24) ensemble in the beating-heart role of the Cuban-born drug-dealer who nurtures the young boy “Little.” Ali stood out in part because he was better-known than the film’s other actors, enjoying a breakout year as a swath of projects hit screens.

Dauntingly, he shot three of them at the same time. In New York, he was violent New York gangster Cottonmouth on Marvel’s Netflix series “Luke Cage.” In Baltimore, he continued the fourth (and, voluntarily, his last) season of his Emmy-nominated role as Remy Danton, the slick former communications director for Frank Underwood, in “House of Cards.” And in Miami, on three successive weekends, »

- Anne Thompson

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Kickstarter Spotlight - Special Guests Kat Calamia and Omar Morales 9 Panel Grid: Episode 11

31 January 2017 10:12 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

   Since January has given us an extra week, we decided to do a special Kickstarter episode! Sometimes there are amazing comic book creators who’s fantastic ideas could use a bit of help from fans in order to get us a finished book. We are featuring two great writers who are starting Kickstarter campaigns to promote their titles. From the LRMOnline family we have Kat Kalamia and Omar Morales writer for “Cruzader: Agent of the Vatican” and Guinness World Record holder for the largest comic book published.  Kat is promoting her title “Life Father, Like Daughter” and Omar talks about the “Not Forgotten” anthology he is working on. We then venture into our Top 5 independent comics and finish off with the books for the week!

9 Panel Grid

Episode 11

Like Father, Like Daughter & Not Forgotten Kickstarter

Like Father, Like Daughter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shortfusemedia/like-father-like-daughter-1-comic-book

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- Emmanuel Gomez

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Seddok, L’erede di Satana (Atom Age Vampire)

21 January 2017 9:47 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Seddok, l’erede di Satana (Atom Age Vampire)

Region 2 Pal DVD

Terminal Video Italia Srl

1960 / B&W / 1:66 flat letterbox / 103 min. / Street Date June 12, 2011 / available through Amazon.it / Eur 6,64

Starring: Alberto Lupo, Ivo Garrani, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Rina Franchetti, Franca Parisi, Roberto Bertea.

Cinematography: Aldo Giordani

Film Editor: Gabrielle Varriale

Makeup Effects: Euclide Santoli

Original Music: Armando Trovajoli

Written by: Gino De Santis, Alberto Bevilacqua, Anton Giulio Majano; story by Piero Monviso

Produced by: Elio Ippolito Mellino (as Mario Fava)

Directed by Anton Giulio Majano

Let me herewith take a break from new discs to review an Italian release from six years ago, a movie that for years we knew only as Atom Age Vampire. Until sporadic late- night TV showings appeared, it existed for us ’60s kids as one or two interesting photos in Famous Monsters magazine. Forry Ackerman steered away from adult films, with the effect that »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Barefoot Contessa

6 January 2017 1:18 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Barefoot Contessa

Blu-ray

Twilight Time

1954 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date December 13, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Marius Goring, Rossano Brazzi, Valentina Cortese, Elizabeth Sellars, Warren Stevens, Enzo Staiola, Mari Aldon, Bessie Love.

Cinematography: Jack Cardiff

Original Music: Mario Nascimbene

Written, Produced and Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

 

As a teenager, many of my first and strongest movie impressions came not from the movies, but from certain critics. I memorized Robin Wood’s analysis before getting a look at Hitchcock’s Psycho. Raymond Durgnat introduced me to Georges Franju and Luis Buñuel, and I first learned to appreciate a number of great movies including The Barefoot Contessa from Richard Corliss, a terrific critic who championed writers over director-auteurs.

The Barefoot Contessa is a classically structured story, in that it could work as a novel; it’s told from several points of view. »

- Glenn Erickson

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