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Screen Awards 2015 shortlist revealed

28 August 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox/Fox Searchlight, Universal and Metrodome lead the nominations; Amy Winehouse documentary is the most nominated film.Scroll down for full shortlist

The Screen Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 18 nominations. Universal and Metrodome were both shortlisted in nine categories.

Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy was shortlisted in six categories; Twentieth Century Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service secured four nominations; and The Babadook, Still Alice and Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth each got three nods.

Picturehouse Entertainment has seven nominations, with an additional two for Picturehouse Cinemas, while Curzon Artificial Eye secured eight nods, with a further nomination for Curzon Cinemas.

The BFI (British Film Institute) has been shortlisted in four categories

The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Edith Bowman on October 22 at The »

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Meet Andra Day: 6 Fun Facts

27 August 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Andra Day’s name may not be familiar to you yet, but once you hear her distinctive sound, you’ll never forget her voice.

With the debut of her album “Cheers to the Fall” out on August 28, Andra will introduce the world to her retro, yet funky sound that has been compared to the likes of Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and Adele. Her smoky voice with jazzy hip-hop beats transports listeners to the past, with lyrics that strike chords of today.

The 30-year-old San Diego native was discovered and signed to Warner Music Group thanks to her popular YouTube ...

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Stream the Black Keys Front Man’s New Album

27 August 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach has a new band, the Arcs, and their debut album is streaming now via NPR. The Arcs' debut album is called Yours, Dreamily, and it has a more loosey-goosey psychedelic feel to it than the Keys' blues-rock. Auerbach has said of the album, “I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead — my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record — that’s all!” The Arcs also consist of Truth and Soul Records founder Leon Michels, Black Keys touring bassist Richard Swift, Menahan Street Band member Homer Steinweiss, Amy Winehouse collaborator Nick Movshon, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and an all-female mariachi band called Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Yours, Dreamily comes out »

- Greg Cwik

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Film Review: ‘The Squad’

21 August 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The police outnumber the bad guys seven-to-three in “The Squad,” a suspense-challenged genre programmer whose original French title (“Antigang,” derived from the division tasked with combatting organized crime) suggests a much more exciting dynamic, had the odds been stacked in the villains’ favor. Instead, this old-school American-style cop movie — a loose remake of “The Sweeney” featuring Gallic action-movie icon Jean Reno as the unit’s all-but-bulletproof leader — demonstrates how the aggressors might be steamrolled if, say, Luxembourg suddenly declared war on the United States. Though nothing special, there’s enough police brutality here to drive audience interest in French-speaking markets.

Considering that “The Sweeney” earned a modest $7 million in 2012 — and less than $27,000 in the U.S. — it’s not quite clear why anyone would want a French remake that adds little, unless you count all the cigarettes (even the pregnant lady smokes). Director Benjamin Rocher clearly saw the project as »

- Peter Debruge

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The 10 Best Music Documentaries, Ranked

20 August 2015 2:27 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This year saw the release of two powerful documentaries exposing the lives of two of the most recognized artists of the past couple decades. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck took a look into '90s rock icon Kurt Cobain, his powerful influence on music to come, and intimate never-before-seen footage of a man who would become a legend. On the other side we saw the documentary Amy, taking us into the life Amy Winehouse, another star lost too young with a sad yet honest portrayal about her passionate relationship with her music. Both special documentations in their own right, and necessary for fans and viewers to get deeper looks into the faces behind the music. And that.s what makes music documentaries so special. We may recognize a song, or a verse, but diving deeper into what went on behind the music -- who these voices are as people »

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‘Amy’ Now No. 2 Docu Ever In UK; 9 Story Media Group Acquires Kids Toon Producer Brown Bag Films – Global Briefs

18 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Amy Winehouse story Amy has become the second-highest-grossing documentary of all time in the UK. Released by Altitude Film Distribution, it recently was crowned the top-grossing British documentary ever. The UK box office is now £3.44M ($5.39M). Asif Kapadia's look at the late Grammy winner previously had the biggest opening weekend for a British documentary and has continued to perform strongly. Its seventh weekend of release added more than £70K ($110K). With the… »

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‘Amy’ Now No. 2 Docu Ever In UK; 9 Story Media Group Acquires Kids Toon Producer Brown Bag Films – Global Briefs

18 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Amy Winehouse story Amy has become the second-highest-grossing documentary of all time in the UK. Released by Altitude Film Distribution, it recently was crowned the top-grossing British documentary ever. The UK box office is now £3.44M ($5.39M). Asif Kapadia's look at the late Grammy winner previously had the biggest opening weekend for a British documentary and has continued to perform strongly. Its seventh weekend of release added more than £70K ($110K). With the… »

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Music docs take centre stage at Way Out West

18 August 2015 1:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sold-out screenings for Amy Winehouse documentary and Cobain: Montage of Heck.

Sweden’s Way Out West music festival ran its film programme for the fifth year, and selections included a strong mix of music-related docs  (Amy, Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead), Heaven Adores You and features (Eden, Love & Mercy) as well as indie films (Ex Machina, The Falling, Pervert Park) that might appeal to the trendy crowds attending Way Out West.

Films were screened in two cinemas in Goteborg, as well as in a tent on the larger festival site at Slottsskogen park.

The hundreds of musical acts at the main festival included Florence & The Machine, Fka Twigs, Alt-j, Beck, First Aid Kit, Patti Smith, Lauryn Hill, and the Pet Shop Boys.

The event draws 30,000 visitors per day, mostly for music but increasingly taking a look at the film offerings.

The sold-out screenings for film included Amy, Cobain: »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Five Women Directors Discuss their Art and Craft at the New Horizons Film Festival

12 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

On the fourth anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death, I was watching the opening night screening of Amy at the New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, another documentary about a legendary musician who died at the age of twenty-seven, was also slated in the New Horizons program. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the controversial German filmmaker who made over 40 films before his death at thirty-seven years old, was the subject of Fassbinder, a documentary also screening in Wroclaw. The Actress, a documentary about the Polish movie star Elżbieta Czyżewska, who fled from communist Warsaw to New […] »

- Taylor Hess

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Amy Winehouse Movie Set to Become Top U.K. Documentary Ever

7 August 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Amy Winehouse movie “Amy” is set to become the third-highest grossing documentary of all time in the U.K., and the highest-grossing British documentary of all time at the local box office, apart from concert films.

Asif Kapadia’s film is at £3.16 million ($4.89 million), and is positioned to overtake the director’s 2010 film “Senna,” which grossed $4.9 million, in the next day. “Amy,” which is distributed in the U.K. by Altitude Film Distribution, has been in theaters for five weeks.

Once “Amy” has passed “Senna” it will have second-placed film “March of the Penguins” ($5.12 million) firmly in its sights. Michael Moore’s 2004 film “Fahrenheit 9/11” is the highest-grossing non-concert documentary at the U.K. box office, having grossed $10.1 million.

“‘Amy’ is an extraordinary film that we always felt had the potential to be an unusual success, and so we are delighted to have surpassed the box-office total of ‘Senna’ to »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Amy’ Becomes Highest-Grossing British Documentary Ever

7 August 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Asif Kapadia has broken his record with his ecstatically-reviewed Amy  becoming the biggest grossing British docu of all time. The film, which charts the tragically short life of singer Amy Winehouse, has grossed $4.9 million, surpassing Kapadia’s previous film Senna, about the similarly tragic short life of Formula 1 world champion driver Ayrton Senna. Amy marks a big win for Brit film exec Will Clarke, whose Altitude distributed the film in the UK. "Amy is an… »

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Saving Amy Winehouse: Singer's Best Friend Wants Her to Be Remembered for Extraordinary Talent, Not Her Tragic Demise

5 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 four years since Amy died from alcohol poisoning. Her best friend, Juliette Ashby, rarely speaks to the media and she is only talking to me now because I have known her for over 15 years. But she knew Amy for far »

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I Am Chris Farley Premieres in Hollywood: Friends and Family Recall Late Comic's Tragic Death

31 July 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Debuting a few months after Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Amy,  I Am Chris Farley, which hits theaters today, is our third documentary this summer highlighting the career of a legendary entertainer whose end came too soon. But unlike the first two where we see the downward spiral of Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse and how their addictions ultimately killed them, I Am Chris Farley is lighthearted and focuses more on Chris Farley's upbringing, family life and friendships. The documentary premiered Wednesday in Hollywood and there wasn't a dry eye in the house—mostly tears from laughing so hard—but there were many bittersweet moments, too. "I don't know if you've lost anyone close, »

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Joshua Reviews Stevan Riley’s Listen To Me Marlon [Theatrical Review]

31 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It sure has been a hell of a year for the artist biography in the world of documentary cinema. With films like Montage of Heck, Amy and What Happened, Miss Simone, giving us a view of their central focus in their very own words, 2015 has been the year not only of boundary pushing documentaries like The Look Of Silence, but form challenging and introspective meditations on fame like the three mentioned above. Be it the audio recordings in Montage of Heck or the video founds in the Amy Winehouse picture Amy, we are becoming more and more privy to insights into our artists that one could never have thought of gaining.

And now the greatest film of the bunch is finally seeing a release.

Following very much in the mold of recent from-the-horse’s-mouth style documentaries like the ones above, Listen To Me Marlon is arguably the crowning achievement of this new movement of sorts. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Reality Checks: Can 'Amy' Lead a Documentary Box Office Revival?

30 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Review: Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse Documentary 'Amy' is Heartbreaking and Extraordinary There may be more documentary films and more documentary outlets than ever before, but there are fewer documentaries breaking out in movie theaters. Gone are the days when a single year would bring forth several nonfiction films with multi-million-dollars in ticket sales (see five years ago, for example, when such record-setters as "Babies," "Waiting For Superman," "Exit Through The Gift Shop," "Catfish," and "Inside Job" all grossed over $4 million.) But this year, Asif Kapadia's "Amy," a portrait of late singer Amy Winehouse, is performing at the box office like it's 2009. After four weeks in release, the movie has earned over $5.5 million and is still going strong in hundreds of theaters. Buoyed by excellent reviews (an 85 score on Metacritic and A- on Criticwire) along with a pop culture icon as its central subject, distributor »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Brie Larson Drama ‘Room’ Gets Awards Season Launch Via A24

29 July 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Room,” a film drama adapted by Emma Donoghue from her best-selling novel, will get a limited awards season release on Oct. 16 before a nationwide rollout on Nov. 6, distributor A24 said Wednesday. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay star as a mother and son in “Room,” which is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (“Frank”) and has  been chosen for a spot in the official lineup of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. William H. Macy and Joan Allen co-star in the film, produced by Element Films, No Trace Camping and Film4. Also Read: How Amy Winehouse Documentary Filmmakers Offset Bleak, Tragic Reality Tremblay plays. »

- Todd Cunningham

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'Amy' set for Sarajevo Summer Nights

28 July 2015 5:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sarajevo Film Festival’s Laško Sumer Nights line-up revealed.

The 21st Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) has unveiled the titles that will make up its Laško Sumer Nights strand, screened at the Open Air Cinema Vatrogasac.

The selection includes Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia, which debuted at Cannes, and Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour.

Other titles include:

B-Movie: Lust & Sound In West-Berlin 1979-1989 (Germany)

Dirs: Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange

Cobain: Montage Of Heck (Us)

Dir: Brett Morgen

A German Youth (Fra-Swi-Ger)

Dir: Jean-Gabriel Périot

One Day In Sarajevo (B&H, Aus)

Dir: Jasmila Žbanić

Paco De Lucía: A Journey (Spain)

Dir: Curro Sánchez

The Wolfpack (Us)

Dir: Crystal Moselle »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Weekend Report: 'Ant-Man' Burgles 'Pixels'' #1

26 July 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Disney/Marvel is claiming that Ant-Man, with $24.765M, will retain the #1 spot at the box office, narrowly beating out the Sony newcomer Pixels, which even that studio is claiming made only $24M for the weekend. As a group the top 12 films earned an estimated $140.6M. That's 2.4% more than last year's $136.8M, top-heavy, top 12 when Lucy led the competition with $43.9M for the three days. That Luc Besson/Scarlett Johansson film won out over Hercules, the Dwayne Johnson vehicle, which came in second with $29.8M. Ironically, if that $29.8M finish had been this year, Hercules would easily have been #1. It's a testament to how disappointing that Pixels opening is. The Adam Sandler vehicle, on 3,723 screens, should have had cross-generational nostalgic appeal, much like last year's Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, which opened to $65.6M in early August. But Pixels relied heavily, too heavily it turns out, on appealing to a generation that »

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Amy Winehouse Documentary Overperforming At The Box Office

24 July 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The surprising box office success of the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, quickly became apparent upon its debut earlier this month. That momentum incited an expansion of the film's limited theatrical run so that ticket clerks won’t have to tell potential patrons, "no, no, no." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the insightful eulogy of the late singer, Amy Winehouse, has been grossing numbers that could become potentially massive for the typically muted documentary genre. The film is already the top-earning documentary of 2015, having grossed nearly $4.7 million. However, those numbers could simply be the tip of the iceberg, as the film’s national presence continues to widen. Amy premiered over the July 3 weekend, on the back of a paltry six-screen national presence that yielded a $222,500 opening. With reviews and word-of-mouth turning out to be practically unanimous in their praise, distributor A24 saw the writing on »

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Box Office: Amy Winehouse Film Becoming One of the Biggest Docs in Years

23 July 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After just three weekends, Asif Kapadia's Amy is quickly becoming one of the top-grossing documentaries in recent years, excluding Disney nature films and concert docs.  The critically acclaimed film recounts the life and death of British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died four years ago today of alcohol poisoning. She was 27. Amy has become the top-grossing documentary of the year so far with $4.7 million for A24 and is a day or two away from eclipsing the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom, which grossed $4.9 million in 2014. The documentary space is

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- Pamela McClintock

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