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Continuing on with the Hollywood Film Awards Series, we have a ton of new honorees to take a look at. Yesterday’s press release cited films like Amy, Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Suffragette at the Hollywood Film Awards, making for a wide variety of titles with upcoming honors on their plates. It’s still just a small sample of what the awards ceremony will have to offer, but it does give us a look at what the precursors could potentially turn into down the line. That alone makes this a compelling list to look at today. In case you missed it, these are the honors that were announced yesterday: Hollywood Blockbuster Award Furious 7 Hollywood Documentary Award Amy Hollywood Cinematography Award Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies Hollywood Film Composer Award Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl, Suffragette Hollywood Editing Award David Rosenbloom, »
- Joey Magidson
Before his "Uptown Funk" gave it to us for 14 weeks straight, and before he helped Amy Winehouse go "Back to Black," Mark Ronson worked as a humble club DJ in downtown Manhattan. In conversation with John Seabrook at the New Yorker Festival on Saturday at the Gramercy Theater — where Ronson performed six songs from his latest LP Uptown Special, with fellow producer Jeff Bhasker — the music producer described how Diddy, or Puffy, as he was called back then, helped bring him into the mainstream rap scene with encouragement in the form of a $100 tip.Ronson explained that he cut his teeth spinning at underground venues for such groups as Gang Starr and Brand Nubian; however, the range of celebrity surprisingly changed one night at a club formerly known as El Flamingo, on 21st Street: Then, all the sudden, people like Puffy and Biggie and Jay Z would be coming »
- Marcus Jones
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The ITV drama was seen by an average overnight audience of 6.12 million (28.7%) at 9pm (268,000/1.9% on +1), rising by around 300,000 from last week. Earlier, Britain As Seen On ITV brought in 2.49m (31.2%) at 8pm.
BBC Two's University Challenge puzzled 2.67m (12.2%) at 8pm, while Only Connect quizzed 2.05m (9.2%) at 8.30pm. Countdown to Life educated 1.14m (5.3%) at 9pm.
On Channel 4, Jamie's Super Food appealed to 1.24m (5.7%) at 8pm (174k/0.8%), followed by Food Unwrapped with 1.66m (7.4%) at 8.30pm (120k/0.6%). The Catch caught 878k (4.1%) at 9pm (142k/1.0%), and Sex Diaries: Webcam Couples titillated 840k (6.0%) at 10pm.
Channel 5's Police Interceptors thrilled 864k (3.9%) at 8pm, followed by the »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about what an incredibly lucrative year Universal Studios is having despite no existing superhero property in its lineup. This week, we’ll be looking at a similar type of success on the independent film market scale. Indie film distributors A24 have had an all-time, champagne-popping great year. A24 has had a total domestic return of $50 million this year, which is almost four times more than their 2014 total of $13 million. $50 million may be chump change to some studios, but for a small market contender like A24, that’s a huge improvement. $50 million is a lot more than $13 million. They jumped from the 20th highest grossing studio in 2014 to currently the 13th highest this year, a significant leap.
To win in the independent film market, »
- Dylan Griffin
Honeytraps for crooks and heartwarming tales of stolen goods reunited with their owners, a look at a baby’s final few months in the womb, and a chronicle of the marriage of Syrian dissidents. Plus: Danger Mouse makes a comeback, Autopsy: The Last Hours of Amy Winehouse and Sex Diaries: Webcam Couples
This new daily daytime series is a strange mix of heartwarming stories about stolen goods being reunited with their owners and blatant honeytraps designed to shame opportunistic crooks. In this opener, a concealed camera outside a London charity shop captures footage of passersby nosing through donations left after hours, including one particularly tempting bag with a Gps tracker planted inside. Even if such stunts are in the public interest, the mocking You’ve Been Framed-style voiceover is a real turnoff. Graeme Virtue
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- Graeme Virtue, Jonathan Wright, Jack Seale, Hannah J Davies, Ali Catterall, Andrew Mueller, Paul Howlett
English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse lived a short, troubled life that ended due to alcohol poisoning at the young age of 27. This year she was the subject of the award-winning documentary Amy, and some think the cautionary nature of her story may serve as a deterrent to young people in similar situations. According to an AP report, social workers in Thailand plan to stage a screening of Amy for approximately 100 at-risk and incarcerated youths in an attempt to show them the probably outcome that will result if they continue down the path they.re on. Think of it as a kind of modern Scared Straight, or one of those horrific movies about car accidents they used to show in driver.s ed., only with a better soundtrack. Winehouse battled all kinds of demons, but chief among them were the drug and alcohol abuse that ultimately claimed her life. Two »
Officials from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Stop Drink Network gathered 100 young male offenders, university students and youth groups together on Wednesday (September 22) in Bangkok to screen Amy.
An official from the Stop Drink Network expressed hope to The AP that Winehouse's harrowing story will convince teenage drug and violence offenders to turn their lives around.
"I think Amy's story is a real story that reflects real problems in the society, especially among teenagers," organisation spokeperson Kamron Chudecha said.
"When Amy felt too much pressured, she acted out and started drinking, but she was gifted and she found that gift. It's not too late for the students to find their gifts and learn from her mistakes."
Chudecha went on to say: "When one hits rock bottom, »
The acclaimed film is being shown to troubled teens in Thailand as it is ‘a real story that reflects real problems in society’
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- Benjamin Lee
After a critically acclaimed theatrical run, the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1st containing unreleased bonus footage and other special features not included in the film. The home release will be accompanied by 17 "previously unseen scenes," as director Asif Kapadia calls them, from Winehouse's personal archives, including this two-minute-long clip showing snippets of the singer's pre-Back to Black visit to New York City.
In the clip, a carefree Winehouse and her friend and former manager Nick Shymansky are seen having fun in New York. »
An hour into “Black” co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s powerhouse street romance, 15-year-old Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio) learns the consequences of stepping out with a member of a rival gang. It’s a brutal wake-up call, followed by a montage set to a sultry (white) hip-hop version of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” Missing from this cover of the troubled siren’s melancholy ballad are these words — “You went back to what you knew / So far removed from all that we went through / And I tread a troubled track / My odds are stacked” — which best capture Mavela’s newly brainwashed state of mind. The first of its kind in Belgian cinema, this easily exportable, minority-driven drama has the potential to launch the careers of its young directors and cast, driving its star-crossed “West Side Story” formula into the 21st century.
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- Peter Debruge
The X Factor hopeful Lucy Duffield has admitted that for a long time singing felt like "torture" to her.
Duffield - who previously competed in the BBC show I'd Do Anything and was in girl duo War of Words - was seen performing two songs for the judges on Saturday's show before getting through the first Boot Camp stage on Sunday (September 20).
But speaking to Digital Spy today, she admitted that her former knockbacks took a toll on her, saying: "I got to the stage where it was like, 'I don't want to do it – it's making me unhappy, it's making me negative, it's making me look at singing in a different way'. Singing is my therapy, singing is what I love to do and it wasn't being that thing any more – it was like torture.
"Every time I give my all to something or a project, it was just not getting out there. »
Following its successful theatrical run, the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is heading to DVD and Blu-ray this November, and to coincide with the home-entertainment announcement a brand new unseen clip has arrived online featuring Winehouse and her manager Nick Shymansky on an early trip to New York in 2004. Check it out below…
Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.
A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most original »
- Gary Collinson
A total of 15 European documentaries selected for European Film Awards 2015.
The European Film Academy and Efa Productions have announced the first ever Efa Documentary Selection, a list of 15 European documentaries recommended for a nomination for this year’s European Film Awards.
The change follows a decision by the Efa Board to “acknowledge the growing importance of European documentary cinema”.
The titles include Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, which has broken box office records in the UK and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, a follow-up to award-winning The Act Of Killing.
A further development is the involvement of 10 documentary festivals that recommended to the committee up to three films each which have had their world premiere at the respective festival’s latest edition. Chosen in co-operation with the European Documentary Network Edn, these festivals are:
Idfa (the Netherlands)Cph:dox (Denmark)Visions du Réel (Switzerland)DokLeipzig (Germany)Docslisboa (Portugal)Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)Jihlava »
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This year’s festival season has seen a major influx of documentaries focused on musical artists. This is hardly a surprise to those that have followed the Oscar winners for best doc in recent years as 20 Feet from Stardom, which followed the lives of background singers to famous acts, took home the award in 2013 and Searching for Sugar Man, chronicling the investigation into the death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez by two Cape Town fans, won the prize in 2012.
This season boasts a slew of new musical documentaries hoping to achieve the same Oscar success of those in previous years.
Here’s a rundown of this year’s sonic documentaries:
Amy: Director Asif Kapadia presents the story of superstar British songbird Amy Winehouse, who passed away at the age of 27 in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, told in the singer’s own words in archival footage and never-before released tracks. »
- Patrick Shanley
Update: Remembering Amy on what would have been her 32nd birthday, we take a look back at our exclusive sit-down with one of the late singer's closest friends: __________________________ There's a misconception about Amy Winehouse—that she was nothing more than a hopeless drug addict who was beyond help, her premature death at 27 somehow inevitable. Her exaggerated beehive and smeared eyeliner always scream destruction rather than innocence. We easily dismiss her as some sort of junkie rather than recognize her as a music icon. It's easy to forget her five Grammy Awards and that she was one of the biggest talents of her—or any, really—generation. It's been »
Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 four years ago, but her spirit lives on in both her incredible singing voice and the recent, gripping documentary Amy. Despite her troubles with drugs and alcohol, Amy was a true talent - her music was raw, powerful, and (like the name of her debut album), frank. Her songs tugged at your heartstrings while also painting the picture of a deeply emotional and vulnerable soul, and since her tragic death, we've learned more and more about the woman behind the throaty vocals. We're looking back at some of Amy's best photos and performances in an effort to shed more light on the better times in her public life - keep reading to see them all now. »
- Brittney Stephens
While two high-profile music films have not, for different reasons, generated much buzz — Aretha Franklin doc “Amazing Grace” was pulled from the lineup (producers screened it privately for buyers), and Hank Williams biopic “I Saw The Light” has seen lukewarm early reviews — the festival has plenty more keeping both music-loving filmgoers and buyers engaged.
“Miss Sharon Jones!,” a new doc following the soul-funk singer’s battle with cancer as an album release and tour with her longtime band the Dap-Kings draws closer, drew cheers and tears at its world premiere Friday night, following a packed industry screening earlier that day.
Jones, the entire band, her manager, doctor, and nutritionist friend joined director Barbara Kopple onstage for the Q&A, with Jones thrilling the house with an a cappella rendition of the gospel number she sings at church in one of the film’s many emotionally charged scenes.
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- Jennie Punter
★★★☆☆ This has been the year of the tragic music star documentary. Brett Morgen's Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) might have underwhelmed but Asif Kapadia's Amy (2015), which premièred at Cannes, was a powerful demonstration of how the form could reveal previously unsuspected depths of emotion behind the tabloid headlines. Tragic chanteuse Janis Joplin has many parallels with Amy Winehouse - they both made their names as white women singing like black women and both died at 27 - but Joplin has had a longer wait to stir Hollywood interest, with various proposed biopics stumbling at the development stage, including the most recent Amy Adams-led Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can.
Into the breach comes Amy Berg's Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015). In contrast to Kapadia's elegantly original technique, Berg tells her story in a largely conventional away through a series of talking head interviews of friends, family and band »
- CineVue UK
The 25-year-old was controversially sent home last year during the Six Chair Challenge by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
However, she gave it another shot, saying that she had "come back stronger".
"The public gave Cheryl a bit of a hard time, so I hope she doesn't hold that against me," she added.
After singing 'Impossible', Fernandez-Versini said: "You're so talented - I think you've got it all. This time you've come back stronger, better.
"I just love you," she added, later admitting that it was her "biggest regret" sending her home last year.
It's Saturday night, which obviously means it's time for The X Factor! We're in for another round of auditions in tonight's show, so will anyone match the highs (or low low lows) we've had so far?
We're about to find out, so join us from 8pm when the show begins as we bring you all the action from the show...
21:13Right, though - that's your lot for tonight's show! Make sure you stay with DS for all the X Factor coverage you need and we'll see you tomorrow for more auditions...
21:12It's four yeses for Monica as Cheryl admits that she is her "biggest regret" from last year. Nice work, Monica!
21:11"I don't know what it is but you do something to me when you perform," Cheryl adds. "You're so talented - I think you've got it all. This time you've come back stronger, better. I just love you. »
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