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With less than five weeks to go to the end of the year, cinephiles have been furiously working on their ‘Best of 2015′ lists. Prestigious film magazine Sight & Sound has asked 168 critics around the world to submit their favourite picks to compile its own rankings. The result: The Assassin claims the top spot with 38 votes.
The epic adventure (read our review here) made its world debut at the Cannes film festival in May and garnered an award for Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Set in Tang Dynasty China, the titular assassin is a young woman named Nie Yin-niang who is sent to kill corrupt government officials.
Following in second place with 35 votes is Carol, Todd Haynes’s period drama about a blossoming romance between a suburban housewife (played by Cate Blanchett) and a department store clerk (Rooney Mara).
- Sara Hemrajani
Glenn here. As the world of documentary filmmaking grows and grows, biography docs are among the most popular and easiest to sell. This pre-sold name-brand familiarity makes them more desirable to financiers, producers, directors, distributors, exhibitors, festivals, and ultimately audiences. It’s hardly surprising that of the Academy’s 124-strong long-list (to be narrowed to 15 any day now) at least 20 cover the life of a famous person in the public eye. And if you want to stretch the parameters to include institutions such as National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, Tower Records, The Black Panthers, The Bolshoi Theatre etc, the number balloons. They are also among the highest profile submissions, too, with names like Nina Simone, Evel Kenievel and Chris Farley simply standing out more than geo-politics, homophobia in the Middle East, or Cambodian rock and roll.
This sub-category of documentary were once considered more frivolous and less serious, but have »
- Glenn Dunks
The Producers Guild of America has an excellent track record presaging the Best Picture winner at the Oscars. Since it began handiing out prizes in 1989, the guild feted 18 of the 25 Oscar champs, including the last eight in a row. But how does it do when it comes to forecasting which Documentary Feature will win the Academy Award? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions This year's five nominees for the PGA prize are: “Amy” Synopsis: The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Easily one of the biggest documentary hits, both commercially and critically, since 2013’s “Blackfish,” “Amy” enters the race with clout unmatched by any of its competition. While buzz doesn’t always translate into a nomination (“Blackfish” missed out after all), “Amy,&rd...' »
The winner will be named on Jan. 23 at the PGA’s award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The PGA did not announce the nominated producers on Monday.
A24 saw a sold box office performance for the Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy,” which was released in July and has earned $8.3 million — making it one of the top 25 grossing docs of all time in the U.S.
Kirby Dick’s “The Hunting Ground,” focusing on rape on college campuses, was released by Radius-twc and grossed $391,507. Meanwhile, Mountain-climbing doc “Meru” has reeled in $2.3 million since its release in August by Music Box.
- Dave McNary
The Producers Guild of America has issued its list of five feature documentary nominees for the 27th annual PGA Awards. Among them is The Hunting Ground, the controversial film about campus rape that CNN aired Sunday night. Also competing are Amy, which chronicles the late singer Amy Winehouse; The Look Of Silence, about an optician who confronts the men who killed his brother during the 1960s Indonesian genocide; Meru, the Sundance award winner about mountain climbing in… »
Read More: 'Cartel Land' and 'The Look of Silence' Lead 2015 Cinema Eye Nonfiction Film Award Nominees Cinema Eye has announced the five nominees for this years Heterodox Award. The Heterodox Award is an annual award presented to a narrative fiction film for incorporating elements of nonfiction film style and content. Past award recipients include "Beginners," "Post Tenebras Lux" and "Boyhood." This years nominees include: "Arabian Nights: Volume One (The Restless One)," directed by Miguel Gomes "God Bless the Child," directed by Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck "Tangerine," directed by Sean Baker "Taxi," directed by Jafar Panahi "The Tribe," directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy The winner of the 2016 Heterodox Award will be announced on January 12 during Cinema Eye Week. Read More: Cinema Eye Honors Amy Winehouse, Angulo Brothers As 'Unforgettable' Documentary Subjects »
- Ryan Anielski
Cinema Eye has announced the year's most notable nonfiction film subjects they call "The Unforgettables." Thanks to Variety, we have the list. And The Unforgettables are:
Peter Anton/.Almost There.
Lizzie Velásquez/.A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velásquez Story.
Jose Manuel Mireles/.Cartel Land.
Shannon Whisnant/.Finders Keepers.
Adi Rukun/.The Look of Silence.
William .Dub. Lawrence/.Peace Officer.
Fedor Alexandrovich/.The Russian Woodpecker.
Seymour Bernstein/.Seymour: An Introduction.
Yula/.Something Better to Come.
Saeed .Shariff. Torres/.(T)error.
The Angulo Brothers/.The Wolfpack. »
Whether people like it or not, the documentary Amy does tread a very fine line. Arguably one of its key themes focuses on the star's despair at having her privacy and personal life invaded by the press, but nevertheless Amy Winehouse's record company, her estate and Asif Kapadia have decided that some of her most personal details should be shared with the public. Fortunately, reception of the film has been incredibly positive to date, and the execution of Amy as a film made up entirely of archive footage certainly is exceptional.Unsurprisingly, the eponymous protagonist of this biographical film is certainly exceptional too. She exudes her ill-fated brilliance in almost every scene, and no doubt this is also partly thanks to the skills of the filmmakers....
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If the media’s not more considerate of Justin Bieber‘s feelings, the pop star fears he may end up like Amy Winehouse. “I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her,” he told NME on Thursday. “People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down until she had no more of herself. And that’s what they were trying to do to me.” The documentary, “Amy, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Justin Bieber has struggled mightily to rehabilitate his image from that period of time when he was just a little hellion peeing in buckets. "I just want people to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are," he told NME. "You get lonely, you know, when you’re on the road. People see the glam and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side. This life can rip you apart." His recent struggles have given him a particular affinity for the late Amy Winehouse. "I watched the Amy Winehouse documentary [Amy] on the plane and I had tears in my eyes because I could see what the media was doing to her, how they were treating her. People thought it was funny to poke her when she was at rock bottom, to keep pushing her down »
- E. Alex Jung
50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...
Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.
I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.
50. McConkey (2013)
Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full. »
Life stories intrigue all filmmakers. This year, there are a string of outstanding biopics in contention as both documentary and narrative filmmakers tackle larger-than-life, controversial personalities.
Among the docs, Alex Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine,” Davis Guggenheim’s “He Named Me Malala,” Liz Garbus’ “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and Asif Kapadia’s “Amy” enter the fray with an advantage: their subjects come with built-in notoriety, fame and keen interest from audiences.
While fictionalized bios alter timelines and sometimes take extensive dramatic liberties (inventing dialogue and combining characters), “Malala” director Guggenheim says, “Documentaries need to be authentic; they can’t be those things.”
Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald originally bought Malala Yousafzai’s life rights with the intent to fictionalize her courageous story as a champion for girls’ education. However, the real Yousafzai proved to be such a powerful force and compelling subject that, along with Guggenheim, »
- Kathy A. McDonald
Anthony Wonke’s feature length film on the life of one of sport’s most successful and controversial figures is the latest example of the resurgent interest in the documentary form. Asif Kapadia, the man behind the powerful films on the lives of Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse, is executive producer on this film, simply called Ronaldo.
The post Watch the Ronaldo Movie Press Conference appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage in the international trailer, the first images of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and much, much more…
Kylo Ren is massive in Japan. They’re only 5 foot 7.
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Daniel Craig (a month ago): “I’d rather slash my wrists [than do another Bond film].”
—Breaking News: Spectre Blasts Open Box Office Records With $80.4 Million Opening Week—
Daniel Craig (now): “Hey, whoah, guys – come on. When I said ‘slash my wrists’, I meant how much fun it was working on the movie.”
Money talks. And the »
- Oli Davis
Sales activity for the first four days at the 36th American Film Market has matched the moderate weather in Santa Monica.
Business could heat up in coming days, thanks to recent burst of high-profile projects being unveiled: an Amy Winehouse biopic, starring Noomi Rapace; the “Billionaire Boys Club” with Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey and Emma Roberts; shipping drama “The Modern Ocean” with Anne Hathaway and Daniel Radcliffe; and Elizabeth Banks’ World War II drama “Rita Hayworth With a Hand Grenade.”
“We didn’t think we’d have the deals done by Afm,” said Jim Seibel of Lotus Entertainment, which is financing and producing the untitled Winehouse project. “We’ve had massive interest so far from all the distributors who handled the documentary. And everyone knows her music.”
- Dave McNary
It is not news that Scandinavia is a powerful cultural force in the world, as Hollywood chases Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard ("My Struggle"), hit TV series ("The Killing," "The Bridge," "Wallander"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal"), writer-director Tobias Lindholm ("Borgen") and yet another iteration of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," whose original star Noomi Rapace is up for an Amy Winehouse feature, while Alicia Vikander—the starriest Swedish import since Ingrid Bergman— is a likely candidate to replace Rooney Mara in the Millennium series. Vikander has had quite a year, from her moving portrayal of Vera Brittain's World War I heroine in "Testament of Youth" and a steely android in "Ex Machina" to her lauded role as the ambitious artist wife supporting Eddie Redmayne's gender transformation in "The Danish Girl" (Working Title/Focus Features). An Oscar nomination is in »
- Anne Thompson
Henry Selick to team with Key & Peele for new animated stop-motion film
It has been awhile since director Henry Selick made Coraline, one of the better animated films in years, and he has been looking to move on to a new project. While Disney and Laika have both passed on The Shadow King by Selick, it looks like a famous duo will help the director get his next project made.
According to Variety, Key & Peele are set to help create a new animated feature with Selick that will be called Wendell and Wild. The site adds that the project is in the early stages with the duo and Selick ironing out creative details while looking for a distributor at the moment.
Selick spoke about the project, telling Variety that:
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, »
- Zach Dennis
Sam Smith dropped by BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac show to talk about the release of "In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition)," an expanded version of his 2014 debut. One of the "new" songs on the re-release is a cover of Amy Winehouse's "Love is a Losing Game," which Mac played to intro the segment. It's not the first time Smith has covered Winehouse -- he's also done "Tears Dry on Their Own" in concert several times. Depending on whether you're more of a Smith or a Winehouse fan, you'll either cry because Smith's version is so beautiful or cry because Winehouse isn't around to truly do the song justice, and a mere cover of her brilliance is sacrilege. Anyway, here's Smith's version: And here's the original: »
- Sara Morrison
Screen Daily has learned that Noomi Rapace is in talks to star as Amy Winehouse in a movie about the late British soul singer. August Rush director Kirsten Sheridan will helm the biopic (working title Amy Winehouse) and Sheridan also wrote the film's script. According to the site, "Music rights are currently in negotiation on the development project." An Asif Kapadia-directed... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Noomi Rapace, who came to prominence as Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy and starred in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," is in the process of lining up what may be her most challenging, and controversial, role yet: Amy Winehouse. "Watch: 'Amy Director Asif Kapadia on How He Resurrected Winehouse" The late artist, subject of director Asif Kapadia's unsettling "Amy" earlier this year, died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning—her meteoric fame and seemingly endless reserves of musical talent and raw emotion cut short by a long struggles against addiction and substance abuse. (The doc is nonetheless among the frontrunners for Best Documentary Feature, according to our own Anne Thompson's Oscar predictions.) Read More: "How 'Amy' Shows Winehouse as You've Never Seen Before" Kapadia's use of footage captured by the paparazzi hounding Winehouse ruffled more than a few »
- Matt Brennan
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