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Grammys Dips Its Toes Into Oscar’s Waters

9 February 2016 3:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two years ago, the Grammys retooled its music video and film field to include a music film category. And on Feb. 15, that Grammy will go to one of five films — two of which also happen to be Academy Award nominees for documentary.

Oscar contenders “Amy,” the acclaimed doc on Brit chanteuse Amy Winehouse, and “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” about “high priestess of soul” Nina Simone, are up against the HBO doc “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” Dave Grohl’s eight-part Foo Fighters series “Sonic Highways,” also for HBO; and “The Wall,” the film of Roger Waters’ 2010-13 concert tour.

“Not that long ago, something that was eligible for the Oscars was not eligible for a Grammy,” says Naras awards VP Bill Freimuth. “If it had an MPAA rating, or distribution in theaters, that disqualified it. But with the resurgence of the music documentary and the concert film, we »

- Jon Burlingame

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Grammy predictions: Taylor Swift will win Best Pop Album, unless Kelly Clarkson ambushes again

9 February 2016 1:40 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Because the Album of the Year Grammy honors the best achievements across all genres, it stands to reason that a contender in that race would win its respective genre category, so it's no surprise Taylor Swift leads our predictions for Best Pop Album for her Album of the Year frontrunner "1989." But Album of the Year nominees don't always prevail here. Will this year's race end in another surprise? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Usually, if at least one pop album is nominated for Album of the Year, it wins Best Pop Vocal Album. Consider past victors of this category like Justin Timberlake ("Justified," 2003), John Mayer ("Continuum," 2006), Amy Winehouse ("Back to Black," 2007), the Black Eyed Peas ("The E.N.D," 2009), Lady Gaga ("The Fame Monster," 2010) and Sam Smith ("In the Lonely Hour," 2014). All were nominat...' »

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Grammy predictions: Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' will win Record of the Year'

9 February 2016 1:40 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Grammys are next Monday (February 15) and according to our racetrack odds it'll be a good night for Taylor Swift, but it won't be a clean sweep for the bestselling singer-songwriter. Our odds favor a Record of the Year win for the ubiquitous "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions We have nine Expert journalists forecasting the Grammys, and seven of them are betting on "Uptown Funk," giving it 4/11 odds: Phil Gallo, Glenn Gamboa (Newsday), Edna Gundersen, Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Lyndsey Parker (Yahoo Music), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Chris Willman. This would be Mars's first win in this category after three previous nominations. It would be Ronson's first win in this category as an artist, though he won as a producer of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" (2007). But Swift isn't com...' »

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New to Streaming: ‘Steve Jobs,’ ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Arabian Nights,’ and More

5 February 2016 9:13 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Amy (Asif Kapadia)

Amy is genuinely moving because it asks what you would do if you were a loved one witnessing Amy Winehouse’s demise. It’s a question many of us would like to pose an answer to, but the reality is that you were dealing with a woman who was fully independent and had more money at her fingers than many could imagine. This »

- TFS Staff

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Altitude Films Joins 'Amy' Oscar Nominee Asif Kapadia for New Documentary

2 February 2016 6:13 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Cannes: Why Asif Kapadia Wants His Amy Winehouse Documentary to Anger You Altitude Films has bought all UK rights to "Maradona," the feature-length documentary about the legendary football player Diego Maradona, who set the world transfer fee record twice (to Barcelona for £5 million and later to Ssc Napoli for £6.9 million). The Argentinian native then led Napoli to their first-ever title, winning over a nation as an outsider. The filmmakers behind "Maradona" are no strangers to biographic storytelling, as Asif Kapadia, James Gay- Rees and Chris King are the team that brought audiences "Senna," "Ronaldo" and current Oscar frontrunner "Amy." The partnership between the filmmakers and Altitude Films marks their second collaboration. Altitude Films oversaw the distribution of "Amy," which grossed £3.76 million and became the single most profitable British documentary the UK box office »

- Elle Leonsis

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What’s New on Amazon Prime: February 2016

1 February 2016 1:12 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At the beginning of (and during) every month, Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video add new movies and TV shows to their libraries. We figure you might want to know about them. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Amazon and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.Back to black: Amy (2015) Pieced together in a large part from recordings of Amy Winehouse in concert, at work in the studio, and on and off the wagon, Asif Kapadia’s heartwrenching documentary is both tragic and, in some ways, simply gross. As Vulture’s David Edelstein wrote: “Amy raises a question that’s common to downward-spiral docs: Is it a profile or an autopsy?” Available February 1. Bzzz: The Fifth Element (1997) Luc Besson is hard at work on a sci-fi film with Rihanna, which means there’s no better time »

- Jackson McHenry

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Ace Eddie Awards: ‘Mad Max’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Top Prizes; TV Trophies To ‘Mad Men’, ‘Amy Schumer’ – Winners List

29 January 2016 9:01 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mad Max: Fury Road and The Big Short were the big winners on the film side at tonight's 66th annual Ace Eddie Awards. Inside Out took the animated feature prize and Amy Winehouse pic Amy won the docu award during the American Cinema Editors’ trophy show at the Beverly Hilton. Nine of the past 12 Eddie winners for best edited dramatic film have gone on to score the Oscar, which sets Mad Max up as the front-runner on February 28. Then again, The Big Short also is up for the… »

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Ace Eddie Awards: ‘Mad Max’ & ‘The Big Short’ Take Top Prizes; TV Trophies To ‘Mad Men’, ‘Amy Schumer’ – Winners List

29 January 2016 9:01 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Mad Max: Fury Road and The Big Short were the big winners on the film side at tonight's 66th annual Ace Eddie Awards. Inside Out took the animated feature prize and Amy Winehouse pic Amy won the docu award during the American Cinema Editors’ trophy show at the Beverly Hilton. Nine of the past 12 Eddie winners for best edited dramatic film have gone on to score the Oscar, which sets Mad Max up as the front-runner on February 28. Then again, The Big Short also is up for the… »

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"Amy," "Senna" Helmer Plans "Maradona" Doco

29 January 2016 6:57 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona is set to be the subject of British filmmaker Asif Kapadia's next documentary "Maradona" for Lorton Entertainment.

Following in the wake of Kapadia's acclaimed docos about Aryten Senna and Amy Winehouse, the latter the favorite to take the documentary Oscar next month, Kapadia will helm the project along with his "Amy" collaborators James Gay-Rees producing and Chris King editing.

Maradona was a member of the Italian club Napoli and has often been considered the greatest soccer player of all time, one who even has a religion – Church of Maradona – created in his name. Yet he was also a controversial figure with scandals involving an illegitimate son, mafia ties and a cocaine habit - ultimately leading him to retire in disgrace in 1992.

Like Kapadia's previous films, this will utilise hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage taken from his personal archive.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Will Clarke’s Altitude Films Re-Teaming With ‘Amy’ Director Asif Kapadia For Diego Maradona Doc

29 January 2016 2:26 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Will Clarke’s Altitude Films is hoping lightning strikes twice by re-uniting with director Asif Kapadia on Maradona, a feature length doc about the brilliant and controversial Argentinian footballer Diega Maradona. Working with Kapadia will be his Amy collaborators James Gay-Reese and Chris King. Altitude released Amy, about the tragic singer Amy Winehouse, in the UK and helped turned it into the highest grossing Brit documentary of all time with grosses of £3.76 million… »

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'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia Lines Up 'Maradona' Doc

28 January 2016 5:02 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Having already chronicled the lives and untimely deaths of both Aryten Senna and Amy Winehouse to international acclaim (Amy is currently frontrunner to win this year's documentary feature awards at both the Oscars and BAFTAs), British filmmaker Asif Kapadia has set his sights on another cultural icon for his next doc. This time, however, he’s very much alive (also he’s sadly come close to death on a couple of occasions). Maradona, as the titles suggests, will focus on Diego Maradona, the legendary Argentinean soccer player often considered the greatest the sport has ever produced and a man whose prowess on

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- Alex Ritman

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Rolls Royce Drama Silver Ghost Revs Engines With Martin Scorsese And Amy Director Asif Kapadia

28 January 2016 10:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From the pulse-pounding Senna to his intimate (and button-pushing) Amy Winehouse documentary, filmmaker Asif Kapadia has developed a knack for transitioning real-life events on the silver screen with aplomb. It’s a talent that hasn’t gone unnoticed, either, and the director’s next project will pave the way for an exciting collaboration with Martin Scorsese.

Getting behind the wheel of Rolls Royce origins drama Silver Ghost, Kapadia’s next foray behind the lens will be brought to life in partnership via Sikelia Productions and Zuma Productions, with Scorsese on board to produce. First hatched back in 2012 by the late, great Richard Attenborough, Scorsese has been attached to the feature film for years, and now that Silver Ghost has landed a director, the wheels will surely creak into motion.

Held up as two mavericks that dared to be different in the hyper-competitive world of car manufacturing, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, »

- Michael Briers

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'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia To Helm Martin Scorsese Produced Rolls-Royce Drama 'Silver Ghost'

28 January 2016 8:47 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though perhaps not on the scale of Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese also tends to put his name to projects that sometimes disappear down the rabbit hole of development never to be seen again. And so it's not quite surprising that four years after "Silver Ghost" was first announced, not much was heard about it. But the project is now back on track, with a director going behind the camera for the Scorsese produced joint. Read More: Review: Asif Kapadia's Powerful Amy Winehouse Documentary 'Amy' "Amy" and "Senna" director Asif Kapadia will helm the project that will detail the origins of the Rolls-Royce, and likely also detail Rolls-Royce collaborator Lord Montagu of Beaulieu's affair with his secretary, Eleanor Thornton, who was the model for the signature Rolls-Royce hood ornament, “The Spirit of Ecstasy.” Fun fact: many years ago, this movie almost happened with Christian Bale starring, and Lord Richard Attenborough directing. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Martin Scorsese Teams With ‘Amy’ Director Asif Kapadia for Rolls Royce Movie ‘Silver Ghost’

28 January 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy” director Asif Kapadia will helm the Rolls Royce origins drama “Silver Ghost” from producers Martin Scorsese and Anthony Haas.

The project, first unveiled in 2012, will be a co-production between Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Zuma Productions. “Silver Ghost” is set at the turn of the 20th Century, and traces the story of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce founding the iconic British motor company.

Zuma Prods. was established by Haas and the late Richard Attenborough to produce “Silver Ghost.” Atteborough died in 2014.

Kapadia is nominated with James Gay-Rees for an Academy Award for best documentary for the Amy Winehouse biopic “Amy.” His 2010 doc “Senna,” on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, won the BAFTA award for top documentary.

“What struck me when I read ‘Silver Ghost’ was how this true story weaves together the lives of five remarkable people that changed the destiny of the Western world and I »

- Dave McNary

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Oscars: Documentary Field Is Strong With No Sure Bets

27 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While it’s been a strong and crowded year for documentaries, the nonfiction Oscar race is just as unpredictable as this year’s narrative awards race.

The consistently unpredictable Academy docu branch narrowed down 124 eligible features to a remarkably strong shortlist of 15 back in December. That batch was whittled down to five nominees — “Amy,” “Cartel Land,” “The Look of Silence,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.”

Even though high-profile, high-pedigree fare including Alex Gibney’s Emmy-winning “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” and Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon” were left out, there remains five powerful, beautifully crafted movies from five formidable helmers.

And unlike previous years, each director has a real shot of winning. While “Amy” is the highest-grossing film of the quintet, it isn’t necessarily a shoo-in like last year’s Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour, »

- Addie Morfoot

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A big win for The Big Short by Jennie Kermode - 2016-01-25 13:08:22

25 January 2016 5:08 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Producers' pick The Big Short

The Big Short was named Best Film at the Producers Guild of America Awards at the weekend, a important victory for a film that initially gathered big critical attention but had so far failed to claim any awards season victories. A significant overlap between PGA voters and members of the Academy mean its Oscar hopes have now been boosted. Receiving the award, Dede Gardner acknowledged that it's a film entirely about rich white men, and addressed concerns about diversity, saying "We need to tell stories that reflect our world and our country and all streets and roads and corners."

Britain had a winner in Asif Kapadia's documentary Amy, a portrait of Amy Winehouse which has gone from humble beginnings to become a festival hit and a worldwide critical success. Meanwhile, Inside Out won in the animation category. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Frank Zappa Documentary (Exclusive)

23 January 2016 9:29 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics is close to a deal for the worldwide rights to “Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words,” Variety has learned.

The film about the musical iconoclast is scheduled to premiere next week at this year Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Thorsten Schütte (“World Jazz”), the film uses television interviews and performance footage to make a case for Zappa’s influence both as a self-taught composer and performer, and as a thinker, whose opposition to censorship made him an inspiration for artists.

It marks the first major deal of the festival for Sony Pictures Classics. The indie label is usually an active buyer at the Park City, Utah gathering, having acquired “Grandma” with Lily Tomlin and the Oscar-winning “Whiplash” in past editions. It also comes as documentaries, particularly those about musicians, are gaining critical and popular attention. Last summer, “Amy,” a portrait of troubled star Amy Winehouse, »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Amy’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Join Long List of Music-Related Docs Nominated for Oscars

22 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.

Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.

Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ Attracts A24

19 January 2016 2:45 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A24, the upstart indie distributor that’s in the Oscar conversation this year with Room and the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, has acquired U.S. rights to Andrea Arnold's American Honey. The coming-of-age teen tale, now in postproduction, stars Sasha Lane, Shia Labeouf and Riley Keough. Parts & Labor, Pulse Films, and ManDown Pictures are producers. A24 plans a second-half 2016 release. The pic revolves around law-breaking teenagers who are chasing the American Dream… »

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A 2015 Slifr Movie Treehouse Digest

19 January 2016 10:49 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Slifr Movie Treehouse (the acronym stands in for the title of my blog, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule) is a place where I like to gather a few of my movie-writing pals and exchange long e-mails on the way the movies shaped up for us in the year just left behind. It’s been a few years since I’ve undertaken this project, but the time felt right again, so I invited the very talented critical voices of Brian Doan, Odie Henderson, Marya Murphy and Phil Dyess-Nugent to take part, and to my great happiness they all agreed. (Bios for each writer can be found at the conclusion of each of their individual posts, which can be accessed by clicking below on the title of each post.)

What follows here are samples from the 16 posts we submitted over the week of January 11-17, and we’ll start »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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