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Wes Craven, Creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', Dies at 76

30 August 2015 6:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. »

- MovieWeb

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Alliance for Women Film Composers Head Leads By Example

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

For film and TV composer Laura Karpman, versatility isn’t merely about alternating between comedy and drama.

Her landmark concert work “Ask Your Mama,” based on poetry by Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes, is just out on CD. Her multimedia piece “Siren Songs,” a symphonic tone poem about the relationship between women and the oceans, was unveiled last month by the Pacific Symphony.

She is just starting work on “Underground,” Wgn’s new series about the Underground Railroad starring Christopher Meloni, and on a children’s opera based on Oscar Wilde stories for New York’s prestigious Glimmerglass Festival for next year.

And she’s founder and president of the Alliance of Women Film Composers, which is helping to promote her fellow female composers by calling widespread attention to their work in films, TV and video games.

“I live a beautiful life of daily musicmaking,” she says in her compact, »

- Jon Burlingame

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August 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Walking Dead Season 5, Metamorphosis / Beyond Darkness

24 August 2015 5:36 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The last week of August features an eclectic array of titles that should be of interest to horror and sci-fi fans. In order to give viewers a chance to revisit last season before the next run of the series begins in October, Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing season five of The Walking Dead on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Scream Factory has put together another killer cult classic double feature with their Blu-ray presentation of Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness, and for those of you Clive Barker enthusiasts out there, you’ll finally have a chance to own the Master of Horror’s visionary short films, Salome and The Forbidden, for the first time ever this Tuesday.

Other titles arriving on August 25th include Blu-ray releases for The Sender and Student Bodies from Olive Films, newer indie horror films like Beg, Morbid and Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer, and both Jacob »

- Heather Wixson

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Best Of Enemies – The Review

20 August 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Cate Marquis

Once upon a time, there was a news media covered that politics in a calm, pointedly-neutrally way. Then the televised debate between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal happened. Nielsen numbers went through the roof and TV political coverage was never the same. Television news discovered political coverage as blood sport and traded dispassionate reporting for the entertaining fireworks of shouted confrontation and punditry.

In the highly entertaining, engrossing documentary Best Of Enemies, directors Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon make a credible case for the Buckley-Vidal debates, a political face-off between, intellectual giants with opposing  views, as a turning point in how the American media covers politics. The film takes us back to 1968 and the TV broadcasts of the Republican and Democratic political conventions, when these two prominent cultural and intellectual figures debated the direction of the nation.

In 1968, before cable and the internet, »

- Movie Geeks

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Michael Emerson, Sally Field, Darren Criss to Star in Charity Reading of Oscar Wilde Play

20 August 2015 11:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Emerson will star in a one-night benefit reading of the Moisés Kaufman play “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” A revival of the drama, which chronicles Wilde’s trial for homosexuality, was blocked in Moscow by the Kremlin earlier this year for its Lgbt content. The reading is being staged to raise awareness of the rights being denied Russia’s Lgbtq community. The rest of the cast includes Jonathan Groff, Sally FieldMichael C. HallDavid Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith LightDarren Criss, Tituss Burges, David Burtka, Andy Mientus, Jose Llana, Will Carlyon and Jake Shears. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Michael Emerson & Sally Field Will Lead All-Star Reading Of Oscar Wilde Docu-Drama Banned By Kremlin

20 August 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

What Moscow rejects, Manhattan embraces: Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated 1997 docuplay Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, recently canceled by the Kremlin during pre-production, will be presented in October by a star-driven cast as a fundraiser in New York. Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person Of Interest) and Oscar winner Field (Norma Rae) will be joined by Jonathan Groff (HBO’s Looking and currently on Broadway in Hamilton), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s De… »

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Michael Emerson & Sally Field Will Lead All-Star Reading Of Oscar Wilde Docu-Drama Banned By Kremlin

20 August 2015 10:27 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

What Moscow rejects, Manhattan embraces: Moisés Kaufman’s celebrated 1997 docuplay Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde, recently canceled by the Kremlin during pre-production, will be presented in October by a star-driven cast as a fundraiser in New York. Emmy-winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person Of Interest) and Oscar winner Field (Norma Rae) will be joined by Jonathan Groff (HBO’s Looking and currently on Broadway in Hamilton), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s De… »

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Interview: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke Discover ‘Mistress America’

17 August 2015 6:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Greta Gerwig’s persona as a character actress has blossomed in the last three years, as she has taken on three women in their twenties at the crossroads of life, in that life decade of consequence. In addition to her title roles in “Lola Versus” and “Francis Ha,” her latest is “Mistress America,” which she also co-wrote.

Directed by Noah Baumbach, the film is essentially a buddy comedy, if the buddies are two women – one a Freshman in college and aspiring writer named Tracy (Lola Kirke), and the other (Gerwig) a overwrought urban survivalist named Brooke – living with uncertainty, guile and pomposity in New York City. Like the Greta Gerwig characters of Lola and Francis, Brooke is an achiever in a different way, as they all learn to understand what their purpose is, when challenged with life altering change that is not necessarily what they wanted.

Greta Gerwig and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Importance Of Doubting Tom Filming in St. Louis – Wamg Coverage

12 August 2015 8:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s always exciting when there’s a new feature film being shot in St. Louis! We Are Movie Geeks was recently on the set of The Importance Of Doubting Tom, a romantic comedy set in the world of dart throwing where the “competitions play out echoing and mirroring the games that lovers play”. It’s loosely based on the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance Of Doubting Tom is written and directed by Vanessa Roman, who has been actively working in the local theater and film industry for 15 years. Her first film, Play Dead, won Best Horror Short and Best Juvenile Actress at The St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and her second, The Inheritance won Best Experimental film at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival.

Vanessa has assembled a first-rate cast and crew for The Importance Of Doubting Tom.

Director of Photography Chris Benson has shot many commercials, »

- Tom Stockman

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Film Review: ‘Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F’

12 August 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F,” the latest feature in the long-running anime franchise, the runty sycophant Sorbet revives the shredded super-villain Frieza, with a little help from the magical dragon Shenlong, thereby enabling Frieza to seek revenge on the Saiyan warriors Goku and Vegeta, who must heed the wise words of Beerus, the feline god of destruction, and Whis, martial artist extraordinaire, to save Earth from destruction. If any of that makes any sense to you, consider yourself among the many “Dragon Ball Z” aficionados likely to be amused and excited by this fantastical feature, which should have a long life in various platforms after its fleeting (yet profitable) run in North American theaters. But if you’re thoroughly befuddled by that plot precis — well, the movie itself won’t provide much enlightenment.

A strictly members-only entertainment for a dedicated target audience, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F »

- Joe Leydon

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Who Killed Captain Alex? or Where's John Wayne When You Need Him?

10 August 2015 10:41 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

"You think I'll sit back and do nothing as you try to eat me like a juicy grasshopper?" shouts Richard, the thuggish head of the Ugandan crime syndicate, the Tiger Mafia.

This unraveling gent has been raving ever since his brother was captured that afternoon by Captain Alex and his commandos. That Richard discovers his wife was spared provides no solace to him. In fact, just the opposite. Richard yells at her, "I don't need you. I have dozens of wives. I only have one brother." Then he bellows to his second-in-command, "Instead of my brother, you saved this bitch." He then shoots his spouse. (This isn't as sexist as it sounds since Richard tends to shoot everyone whether friend or foe.)

Sadly, this drug-dealing villain is not the only one on the set who's psychotically unsettled. There's the hired gun who notes, "I'm a mercenary from Russia. I came here to kill. »

- Brandon Judell

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Seven shorts honoured by Miff

9 August 2015 10:29 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Seven films have been recognised for their strength, technicality and ingenuity in the 64th Melbourne International Film Festival (Miff) best shorts awards.

The jury consisting of producer Anna McLeish, author and writer Christos Tsiolkas and Rialto Distribution.s Hayley Weston. awarded the following films: The Rmit University Award for Best Experimental Short Film went to French film Tehran-geles by director Arash Nassiri and producer Eric Prigent, in which a futuristic vision of Tehran is constructed using aerial shots of Los Angeles at night. The jury said, .Nassiri.s astonishing and mesmerising film, that blurs the lines between animation and the real, between science fiction and documentary, is a visually inventive exploration of what the future of the moving image might look like.. Pond5 Award for Best Documentary Short Film was given to Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island by director/producer Lukas Schrank, in which animation is used to depict »

- Staff writer

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Fascinating Life: The English Lord Who Went from Victim of Anti-Gay Persecution to Successful Entrepreneur

4 August 2015 4:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Lord Montagu' documentary. 'Lord Montagu' documentary: Anti-gay persecution victim became successful entrepreneur and National Motor Museum founder On first blush, the life of a Lord of the Realm, a Peer to the English monarchy, a child born with an actual silver spoon in his mouth and an ancient estate to inherit, would seem wholly irrelevant to a commoner such as myself – and an American, no less. Yet the life of the man once known as Little Lord Montagu, as captured in director Luke Korem's titular documentary, Lord Montagu, is one that fascinates both for its storied historical context and for the way the Little Lord lived it. Which required a good deal of bravery, ingenuity, and affection for the “common people” and the things we love. At this writing, Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, is 88 years old. The film about his Lordship begins when he is only two years old, »

- Tim Cogshell

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'For Some Inexplicable Reason' wins Grand Prix at Voices

6 July 2015 3:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Germany’s Burhan Qurbani wins best director prize for We Are Strong. We Are Young.

Gábor Reisz’s slacker comedy For Some Inexplicable Reason won the Grand Prix winner at the 6th edition of the Voices festival for young European cinema in the Russian provincial town of Vologda on Sunday evening (July 5).

Reisz’s debut had its world premiere in the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival last year and is handled internationally by Alpha Violet.

The award was the film’s ninth trophy after prizes at festivals in Turin and Sofia, among others.

Speaking to ScreenDaily in Vologda, Reisz said that his film’s lead actor - fellow directing student Áron Ferenczik - had been overhelmed by the attention given to him for his acting turn as the slacker Áron, but is now preparing to direct a TV movie.

Reisz, meanwhile, is participating in the Cinéfondation residency in Paris and will »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Rupert Everett Receives CineMerit Award at Munich Film Festival

2 July 2015 12:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich — Rupert Everett was lauded at the Munich Film Festival on Wednesday, when he received the CineMerit Award for outstanding contribution to cinema.

Glenn O’Brien, a former member of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the first editor-in-chief of Interview magazine, which featured Everett on its cover when he was a teenager, acted as laudator. O’Brien said: “(Everett) redefined what it is to be a leading man. Part of that is he proved that you don’t need to be straight to be emotionally unavailable, and that it is important to do the roles that formulate your idea of yourself and do them in your own way.”

After he received his award, Everett said: “I feel terribly proud to be here tonight, but also I feel very unworthy, because even though in some ways one deserves an award just for surviving 35 years in show business, I really don’t »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Importance Of Doubting Tom – St. Louis Filmmakers Start Fundraising Campaign for Upcoming Feature

25 June 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Support Indie filmmakers! Support Local Filmmakers!

Some talented, St. Louis-based filmmakers are starting a new project soon and they need your help. The Importance Of Doubting Tom is a fun screwball comedy romp inspired by the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Award winning local filmmaker Vanessa Roman is giving this story a modern twist, setting it in the world of darts where the competitions play out echoing and mirroring the games that lovers play.

The makers of The Importance Of Doubting Tom have started a fundraising campaign at the Indiegogo funding site to help raise money for necessities such as cameras, props, wardrobe, actors…ya know – stuff needed to make a movie!

Vanessa Roman and her crew want to film The Importance Of Doubting Tom in St. Louis to highlight what a great city this is and to keep our local filmmakers employed.  This is a »

- Tom Stockman

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'Downton Abbey' Meets the Kardashians: Inside 'Another Period'

23 June 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Oh, he knows what a snood is!" Natasha Leggero releases what can only be described as a squeal of delight, and then she and Riki Lindhome start laughing in tandem. "The fact that at least one viewer can actually say, 'Snoods, right'. . .we're halfway there already," Lindhome jokes. The item in question, an old-fashioned scarf-like piece of clothing, serves as the punchline for a gag roughly 30 seconds into the first episode of Leggero and Lindhome's new TV series Another Period; as this parody of Masterpiece Theatre-style aristocratic dramas takes »

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Reese Witherspoon Unleashes Her Inner Jordan Belfort in 'Opening Belle'

16 June 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Oscar Wilde once said, "When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is." And while, ironically, The Wolf of Wall Street didn't make a ton of money (it still did pretty good all things considered), it got other people interested in pursuing the tales of the money train, or at least one: Reese Witherspoon. The Wild star and producer is now set to star and produce the Wall Street comedy Opening Belle. Based on Maureen Sherry Klinsky's upcoming book of the same name -- which is also loosely inspired from the author's experiences as a managing director at Bear Stearns -- the movie is a comedy where a mother must juggle her family responses with a career on Wall Street in 2007. Alright, so maybe it won't be the hard-r rated film Martin Scorsese made, »

- Will Ashton

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AFI Honoree Steve Martin Is More Than Just a Comedian

4 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steve Martin isn’t someone who’s expecting to live on in posterity.

“I think it’s misguided if you actually believe you’re going be remembered,” he says. “There’s so many great artists, so many great writers filling up the shelves consuming essentially airtime and people fall by the wayside as time goes on. I don’t have any pretensions to any of that.”

The comedian, actor, writer, producer and banjo player was speaking by phone the morning after his final visit to “Late Show With Letterman” and before he began filming Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” — and about a month before he receives the 2015 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Given the list of film luminaries who have accepted AFI’s highest kudo before him — including Spielberg, Scorsese, Welles, Streep, Streisand, Hoffman, et al — he said he was “surprised” when learning he was following in their footsteps. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Comic Book Review: Headspace

30 April 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Release Date: April 29, 2015 (available now)

Writer: Ryan K. Lindsay

Artists: Eric Zawadzki, Sebastian Piriz

Colorists: Eric Zawadzki, Marissa Louise, Dee Cunniffe

Publisher: Idw/MonkeyBrain

There are many glorious comics out this week, both in trade and single issue (not the least of which is Batman #40, which I’m sure you’ve already bought and consumed with gusto, because it’s fabulous). But I’m going to talk to you about one you probably haven’t even heard of. Idw, in partnership with the digital publisher MonkeyBrain Comics, has released a print collection of a story called Headspace. And appropriately enough, it blew my mind.

It’s pitched as a story about a town that discovers it only exists inside the head of a madman, which is the basic premise, but hardly the endgame. Along the way we’re introduced to a slew of characters, concepts, and yes, monsters that waylay our protagonist, »

- Holly Interlandi

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