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People in Russia Are Making Leo Their Own Oscar, Which Is Like When Your Dad Builds the Soccer Trophy Himself

7 February 2016 8:48 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sometimes American artists get their due in foreign countries before they find it in our own. France, for instance, recently gave Kristen Stewart a César, its Oscar equivalent. Not to be outdone, Russia — or at least a few people in a small part of Russia — is giving Leonardo DiCaprio something like an Oscar. According to a state news agency, translated by the Washington Post, a group of filmmakers from Yakutia (in eastern Russia) are collecting donations to build a trophy for the star of The Revenant. More than 100 people have contributed to the project. Women who donate their jewelry, which will be melted down for gold and silver, are told that they should only donate half, so that "one half will be with Leonardo DiCaprio and one half with them," as they would be "somehow connected with the actor." The "Yakut Oscar," which will be awarded regardless of whether Leo »

- Jackson McHenry

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Adam McKay (‘The Big Short’)

3 February 2016 9:10 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s funny,” says Adam McKay — the Oscar-nominated co-writer and director of The Big Short who heretofore was known for the raunchy comedies he made with Will Ferrell, such as Anchorman and Talladega Nights — as we sit down in his guest house to record an episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “The whole time we were making the movie I never thought of it as, ‘I’m doing something different.’ You just chase the movie, is kind of all you do. But there’s no question we’re thrilled with the reaction it’s getting.”

(You can click above to listen to this episode or click here to access all of our episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Amy Schumer, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristen Stewart, J.J. Abrams, Brie Larson, Ridley Scott, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, Sarah Silverman, Michael Moore, Olivia Wilde, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Paris Images Trade Show Analyzes France’s New Tax Rebate Schemes

3 February 2016 6:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — In a joint session organized by Paris Images Pro and Paris Images Location Expo, leading French industry professionals discussed the new terms for France’s tax rebate schemes, which include 30% rates for domestic and international productions and a new 25% rate for TV fiction, effective as of Jan. 1, 2016.

The round table was moderated by Michel Gomez of the Paris Film Office, and included an opening speech by Frederique Bredin, president of the Cnc.

The round table speakers were Patrick Bloche, MP for Paris, president of the Commission of Cultural Affairs and Education, Catherine Bozorgan, producer at Manchester Films, Charles Gilbert, producer at CG Cinema (“Personal Shopper,” by Olivier Assayas), Guillhaume Thouret, CEO  at Capa (“Versailles”) and Jean Mizrahi, CEO, of technical services company Ymagis.

Michel Gomez began the seminar emphasizing the importance of the new terms for the tax rebate schemes, that will create the conditions that are highly favorable for development of the industry, »

- Martin Dale

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Behind the Scenes at the Variety Shutterstock Portrait Studio in Sundance (Video)

2 February 2016 6:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham, Kate Beckinsale, Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Spike Lee were among the actors and actresses that paid a visit to the Variety Shutterstock portrait studio over the course of 2016’s Sundance Film Festival.

Variety‘s chief photographer Michael Buckner strayed from a generic backdrop for this year’s studio, instead fashioning a rustic, industrial set that featured a stained pallet floor.

“Every event has its own pressures, even though it seems like it’s the same kind of product,” said Buckner of his inaugural experience shooting the Variety Studio.

“Actors and actresses know what they’re doing and that’s a big help, so they kind of do 20-30% of your job for you,” he admitted. “When an actor wants to do something, you don’t stop them because that one thing that they want to give you will always lead into something else. Once people start having fun with it, »

- Alyssa Sage

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Jack Definitely Could Have Fit on that Door and 6 Other Obvious Cinematic Solutions

2 February 2016 3:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

We've all been that person watching a movie and torturing our friends with a bunch of "why don't they just to this" and "they should have just done that" comments. (No? Just us?) In any case, there are certain movies that just about everyone agrees played fast and loose with logic for the sake of drama. (For example, a certain film about a giant, ill-fated cruise ship - see below.) Here, we examine Titanic and six more movies that totally would have gone down differently had we been the characters. And before we get a million "Because there wouldn't be »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Jack Definitely Could Have Fit on that Door and 6 Other Obvious Cinematic Solutions

2 February 2016 3:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

We've all been that person watching a movie and torturing our friends with a bunch of "why don't they just to this" and "they should have just done that" comments. (No? Just us?) In any case, there are certain movies that just about everyone agrees played fast and loose with logic for the sake of drama. (For example, a certain film about a giant, ill-fated cruise ship - see below.) Here, we examine Titanic and six more movies that totally would have gone down differently had we been the characters. And before we get a million "Because there wouldn't be »

- Lydia Price, @lydsprice

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Kristen Stewart Has Naked Eyes! See the New Chanel Fashion Campaign

2 February 2016 2:31 PM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Kristen Stewart is Karl Lagerfeld’s muse again in a new Chanel campaign that will feature her–actually her eyes–in advertisements promoting a line of cosmetics. She’ll represent “various facets of the contemporary Chanel woman.” Lagerfeld, literally plucked her from the ashes of her cheating scandal with “Snow White and the Huntsman” Director Rupert Sanders and made her a fashion icon. ...Read More »

- Keith Girard

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What’s New on Showtime: February 2016

2 February 2016 12:15 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At the beginning of (and during) every month, Showtime adds new movies and TV shows to its streaming library, available through Showtime Anytime and in partnerships with other streaming services. Here is a quick list of several that you might be interested in. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Showtime and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month. Peak K.Stew: Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) Kristen Stewart won a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar) for her performance as Juliette Binoche’s assistant in Olivier Assayas’s story of seduction, jealousy, and betrayal: Think an alpine All About Eve. Stewart and Binoche shine together, especially in scenes where the pair rehearse scenes for a play about a tortured relationship between an actress and her assistant that Binoche’s character is set to star in, as the »

- Jackson McHenry

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Beauty vs Beast: Crazy Comes Classified

1 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" for your consideration -- Jennifer Jason Leigh will be celebrating her 54th birthday this upcoming Friday February 5th, after finally earning a long overdue Oscar nomination this year with her joyously profane work as "Daisy Dahmer-goo" (sorry I can only type it like Kurt Russell says it) in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

But Daisy's hardly my favorite villainous turn from the actress - she's always been willing to tap into the crazy, and that was a willingness that reaped righteously trashy rewards with 1992's psycho-roomate-thriller Single White Female, one of my favorites from the "psycho [fill in the blank] genre" that dominated in the early 90s. And meeting her all the way was a terrifically sweet and dazed Bridget Fonda (good god I miss Bridget Fonda), slinking around foolishly in that silver coat that haunts my dreams.

Previously Last week's actressy showdown »

- JA

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Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women Leads Nicholas Bell’s 2016 Sundance Film Fest Top Ten

1 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sundance 2016 has come to a close, once more showcasing a lack of differentiation based on what constitutes the Audience and the Grand Jury. All in all, it was a favorable line-up of films, with some significant offerings in the Us Dramatic line-up, many of which were overshadowed by Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. Likewise, a bevy of wonderful films in the Premieres and Next sections added to this festival’s enjoyable experience.

10. Kiki – Dir. Sara Jordeno

9. Goat – Dir. Andrew Neel

8. Wiener Dog – Dir. Todd Solondz

7. Mammal – Dir. Rebecca Daly

6. Manchester by the Sea – Dir. Kenneth Lonergan

5. Love and Friendship – Dir. Whit Stillman

4. The Eyes of My Mother – Dir. Nicolas Pesce

3. The Birth of a Nation – Dir. Nate Parker

At number three Parker’s directorial debut (review) represents the ultimate success story, a seven year labor of love which seems to have pushed all the right buttons. With superb performances and troubling material, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The 21 Best Films of Sundance 2016

1 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety film critics Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Geoff Berkshire and Dennis Harvey weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films that world-premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The full list follows (in alphabetical order):

1. “Agnus Dei.” Set in a Polish convent ravaged by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII, Anne Fontaine’s finest film in years explores every aspect of an unthinkable situation with tact, intelligence and fine-grained character detail. Beautifully acted by a strong female ensemble, especially the great Agata Kulesza (“Ida”), the film achieves a grace that transcends even its cloistered surroundings. (Justin Chang)

2. “Audrie & Daisy.” Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s documentary was among the festival’s most potent social-issue indictments, delving into two recent high-profile cases underline the high risk of sexual assault among American teens, as well as the “slut-shaming” culture that often exacerbates the trauma such crimes create. (Dennis »

- Variety Staff

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Certain Women | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

30 January 2016 1:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

All I Desire: Reichardt’s Exceptional Triptych of Tenacious Women

Though she’s already touted as one of the most talented American contemporary directors, Kelly Reichardt accomplishes an unassuming masterpiece with her latest feature, Certain Women. Based on short stories by Maile Meloy, Reichardt adopts a conversational tone in this trio of narratives focused on three women living within the same vicinity in Montana. Commanding an impressive cast, Reichardt’s lost none of her touch for skillful portrayals of subtle emotion, painting complex characters with rich, visual detail. Reuniting with Dp Christopher Blauvelt (Night Moves), Reichardt constructs an elliptical narrative concerned with three distinct women attempting to pursue desired objectives. Observant, heartfelt, and incredibly eloquent, Reichardt’s latest unfolds with poetic finesse, building to a powerful crescendo of sublimated emotion.

A variety of intersections transpire across a vaguely defined radius in Montana, some with more conflict and consequence than others. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances

30 January 2016 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.

(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »

- Variety Staff

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Video Essay. The Semantics of Adventureland’s Mixtape

30 January 2016 1:25 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The eleventh entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Greg Mottola's Adventureland (2009) is now playing in the United States through February 29.Few subjects divide people more sharply and ferociously than respective tastes in music. We build our identities, our system of values, even our world-views, through the music we choose to love and cultivate, whether as players or listeners—and we project our musical distastes onto a screen (or a variety of screens) constituting those monstrous Others from which we differentiate and dissociate ourselves.Popular movies have a lot to do with propagating this fascinating but treacherous and unstable cultural process. Especially teen movies, which involve themselves with the vagaries of pop, rock, and other musical styles more extensively and intimately than most genres—particularly at the level of ‘sampling,’ of the selection of pre-existing tracks for the film soundtrack (and, »

- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin

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What the Kristen Stewart debacle revealed about clickbait

29 January 2016 2:24 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As you may have heard, an internal miscommunication led to a headline that misrepresented a quote from Kristen Stewart from a Variety interview at Sundance. Here is a portion of Stewart’s quote, which the site originally framed as pertaining to diversity in Hollywood: “If you're bored or if you feel like there's a lack of something in front of you, it's silly for me to say 'Go do something'...instead of sitting around and complaining about that, 'Do something.' Go write something, go do something for yourself.” In reality, the actress has been asked about the role of women in the industry. In the video above, the Girls on Film, Alicia Malone, Roth Cornet, and Miri Jedeikin discuss the headline that raised so many hackles, and look at the delicate balance between staying in business and maintaining your integrity. We also examine the shift response to what Stewart said, »

- Roth Cornet

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Kristen Stewart, Spike Lee, Lena Dunham Weigh In on Diversity at TheWrap’s Sundance Studio (Video)

29 January 2016 1:25 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and calls to boycott this years’ awards, TheWrap had some of Hollywood’s biggest players weigh in on the industry’s diversity crisis. Actors, directors and studio execs all spoke about the issue at TheWrap’s interview studio at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham, and director Spike Lee were just a few of those who called on the industry to take more steps to diversify. “I’m convinced we’re on the right side of history,” said Lee, who is sitting out this year’s Oscars to protest »

- Reid Nakamura

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Girls On Film Podcast No. 14. - What Kristen Stewart Revealed About Flame-Bait Culture

29 January 2016 9:51 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On this week’s episode Alicia, Miri and Roth tackle the Kristen Stewart video Variety posted, online harassment and how to protect yourself and some very quick Sundance reviews! Subscribe to Alicia's channel Here! Subscribe to Miri's channel Here! As always, you can subscribe to the Girls on Film Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. »

- Matt Perez-Mora

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Sundance: A Welcome Rebuke to Hollywood’s Diversity Woes

27 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: At the studio level, American cinema seems to be in the full throes of a diversity crisis, as moviegoers and the media alike are finally taking Hollywood to task for its lopsidedly white-centric worldview. It’s a real problem, and one whose solution I’m happy to see suggested at the Sundance Film Festival, which has long extended a megaphone to so-called “outsider” voices. Judging by the U.S. competition alone, the broad-ranging field of representation includes Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” (which re-creates Nat Turner’s rebellion) and Richard Tanne’s “Southside With You” (which re-creates Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date) alongside Andrew Ahn’s gay-Asian identity exploration “Spa Night” and Elizabeth Wood’s wildly over-the-top “White Girl” (Wood is one of five distaff directors in competition, two of whom aren’t white).

The good news is that these movies somehow managed »

- Justin Chang, Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge

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César Noms: Mustang, Marguerite, Melanie, and More...

27 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kristen Stewart's César win last year for Clouds of Sils Maria was historicThis year's César nominations (i.e. The French Oscars) have been announced. Due to the oddities of release schedules statesides, especially when it comes to subtitled pictures, many of the French films we've been discussing as "best ofs" like Girlhood, Saint Laurent, and Clouds of Sils Maria were 2014 features in France and honored accordingly. The only real crossovers with our current awards season are Denis Gamze Erguven's Oscar nominated Mustang (now playing in very limited release in the States) which is all over their nominations and two of their "Foreign Film Nominees" Hungary's Son of Saul and Italy's Youth which will compete with last year's Us Best Picture winner Birdman.

Their nominations were led by the prestige vehicle Marguerite (which is "loosely based" on the story of Florence Foster Jenkins who is getting her own American biopic »


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César Nominations Sans Surprise: ‘My Golden Days’, ‘Marguerite’, ‘Mustang’ & ‘Dheepan’ Lead

27 January 2016 1:04 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update, Writethru: Nominations for the 41st annual César Awards were unveiled this morning in Paris. Going in, expectations were high for a batch of films that started their careers in Cannes, and members of the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma did not disappoint. There are a large number of that fest’s titles in the mix and a charmer out of Venice. Contrary to last year, when Kristen Stewart made history as the first American ever nominated as Best Supporting… »

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