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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, »
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
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
“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
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.
Other titles include:
B-Movie: Lust & Sound In West-Berlin 1979-1989 (Germany)
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 »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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 »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
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
- Pamela McClintock
Gone but not forgotten. Thursday, July 23 marks four years since Amy Winehouse's sudden death, and the British music phenom's close pal Kelly Osbourne is making sure her memory lives on. To commemorate the sad anniversary, Osbourne, 30, took to Instagram to remember her friend. "I can't believe it's been four years since I lost my #Lul. The world is a boring place without Amy," Osbourne wrote, captioning an undated, black and white photo of her with a smiling Winehouse. “Not a day goes by where I [...] »
Read More: Review: Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse Documentary is Heartbreaking and Extraordinary There's a moment in Asif Kapadia's extraordinary Amy Winehouse documentary, "Amy," where the eponymous musician reflects on her struggle with depression. "I don't think I knew what depression was. That's why I write music," she says with an assured clarity. "I'm not some messed up person. There's a lot of people who suffer from depression that don't have an outlet -- they can't pick up a guitar for an hour and feel better." Any talking head could have informed the viewer how music helped Winehouse cope with depression, but hearing the words from the singer's own mouth generates a far more startling and powerful reaction. Through the genuine relief that informs Winehouse's vocal tone, the voiceover simultaneously tells and shows the audience the gratification for which she viewed music. You can hear in her self-consolation, and in the sorrow she expresses. »
- Zack Sharf
Asif Kapadia’s documentary, which chronicled Winehouse’s turbulent and brief life, walks a thin line between insight and exploitation
In our image-saturated culture, where we sit drooling at our computer screens hungry for the latest bit of celebrity gossip, it’s no wonder that we are all fascinated by the Amy Winehouse story. Graphic and upsetting in equal measure, the narrative of the talented yet troubled artist who struggles to reconcile her artistic ambitions with society’s demand for celebrity satisfies our hunger on all counts. Just like a car crash, we want to look away but we simply can’t.
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- Ruby Lott-Lavigna
Forget Yellowjacket, Ant-Man has triumphed in his biggest battle against a whole other yellow army at the UK box office.
Marvel's latest superhero film snatched the top spot from Minions, taking £4,011,345 to end the latter's three-week reign.
Why Marvel shouldn't consider Ant-Man a box office failure
Paul Rudd's debut in the comic franchise opened with $114.4m worldwide, with its $58m in the Us making it Marvel's lowest opening weekend takings since 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Minions added another £2.7m, taking it's current UK total to £32.29m.
Other new entries in the Top 10 include Bajrangi Bhaijaan at number seven, and horror flick The Gallows squeezing in at number nine.
Amy Winehouse documentary Amy secures a third week in the chart, with a »
This must be the year of music documentaries.
Following Montage of Heck on Kurt Cobain and Amy on Amy Winehouse comes Thor, the story of Jon Mikl Thor, who became a rock icon. The film, I Am Thor, follows him as he decides to come back to rock after years away.
According to the synopsis, “Jon Mikl Thor was a young man from Vancouver who did not let anyone get in the way of his dreams. He wanted to become a bodybuilder, and in the early ’70s he won both Mr. Canada and Mr. USA titles, along with 40 titles around the world. He followed his dream of rock stardom and formed his own band, Thor, which would go on to record over a dozen albums.”
“Thor has starred in movies, toured all over the world and has never given up on his dreams or stopped believing in himself. The world »
- Zach Dennis
Now we've passed the halfway point of the year and summer blockbuster season is beginning to wind down, what better time to deliver our half-term report on 2015 so far?
From Oscar contenders like Selma and Foxcatcher to blockbusters Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World, it's been a strong year for cinema. Read on to find out our rankings then comment below with your favourites...
15. Fast & Furious 7
The Fast & Furious saga's latest instalment carried with it all the insane action sequences and stunts we've come to expect, but few could have predicted just how emotionally affecting the film turned out to be.
The death of Paul Walker in November 2013 meant that production had to be called off while the filmmakers figured out how to complete the movie without him, and they gave him (and character Brian O'Connor) the perfect send off. Sometimes life presents a fork in the road »
Amy, the heartbreaking documentary about late singer Amy Winehouse, is in theaters now, and a new trailer for the film is aiming to shed light on the highs and lows of her fame. While the movie is hard to watch for many reasons, there's little more haunting than seeing how badly Amy was treated by the press, especially once you realize how much she was struggling in her personal life from substance abuse, a turbulent relationship, and an eating disorder. Her ex-manager and longtime friend Nick Shymansky recalls that, "Suddenly it was cool to crack jokes about a bulimic's appearance, or her drug addictions." The saddest part? Throughout the film, you find out that Amy really didn't care about being a celebrity; she had "such an emotional relationship to music" and would have given the fame, press, and likely the accolades back in a heartbeat just to be able to sing. »
Read More: Review: Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse Documentary is Heartbreaking and Extraordinary Asif Kapadia's heartbreaking documentary "Amy" remembers the life and musical career of Amy Winehouse. As a result of strong audience reception, the limited release film is now expanding to still more theaters this weekend. Since "Amy" premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival, both the format and content have provoked audiences. The film is a composition of anecdotal, performance and paparazzi footage, revealing how Winehouse's celebrity status came to govern her life. The use of paparazzi footage seems hypocritical of the film's message. However, in the film, Kapadia frequently juxtaposes the footage with an audio track, featuring the voices of Amy, her family and her friends. The voiceovers contextualize the images with Winehouse's contempt for the limelight and the subsequent hindsight conveys the destructive power of celebrity status. It is a heartbreaking »
- Conor Soules
ESPYs 2015 - Caitlyn Jenner has reportedly hired Angelina Jolie's stylist for red carpet and the stage for the ESPYs Awards tonight. The former Olympian - who was known as Bruce Jenner before her gender transition - will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at tonight's ceremony and is determined to look her best, so has been working closely with Jen Rade on a ''custom dress''. A source told Us Weekly magazine: ''Not sure if Jen is styling Caitlyn beyond the Espys or not, but they're definitely working together on [this awards show] Pretty sure they're having a custom dress made for the actual ceremony. They're looking for afterparty dresses, too.'' While few details of the gown are yet known, it is believed 65-year-old Caitlyn and Jen - who has also worked with Cher, Marilyn Manson and the late Amy Winehouse - have chosen an off-white colour for the dress. The source »
2nd Forecast Update: Ant-Man pulled in $22.6M on Friday, with its Thursday take of $6.4M representing 28% of its gross. That figure is better than the Friday take of 2008's The Incredible Hulk, which brought in $21.5M. There's an asterix on that number, however, as the big green guy had a per-screen average of $6,125 on 3,505 screens. The latest Marvel entry from director Peyton Reed was on 3,856 screens for $5,872 per screen. Trainwreck is coming into the station faster than expected. Its three-day estimate stands at $28.9M, from a $10.7M Friday start on 3,178 screens and a $3,336 per screen average. This Friday tally too has a qualification. Director Judd Apatow's latest has a Friday total better than his biggest hit, Knocked Up, which made $9.8M, but Knocked was on 307 fewer screens (2,871) and had a better per-screen average of $3,415. Forecast Update: Ant-Man opened to $6.4M from Thursday shows, a respectable start but one that »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Plot: The life of Amy Winehouse, through her career as a Grammy-winning superstar, through her sad decline into drug addiction and death at twenty-seven years old. Review: Asif Kapadia' Amy is one of the year's most surprising films. While I was definitely aware of Amy Winehouse at the peak of her popularity, I'll admit that I didn't have that much respect for her. Harsh? Yes... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
The follow-up to Magic Mike lacks numerous elements that helped make the original a global hit: director Steven Soderbergh, Matthew McConaughey, the semblance of a plot and a modicum of wit and intelligence.
None of that seems to bother the Australian females and some blokes who are flocking to Magic Mike Xxl.
The raunchy comedy directed by Gregory Jacobs whipped up about $1 million from last Monday night.s arena premiere in Sydney and Wednesday.s Chicks at the Flicks screenings at Event Cinemas.
The film starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett Smith raked in $4.1 million from Thursday to Sunday, ranked in third place, so the cume is $5.1 million.
That.s a stronger debut than Magic Mike, which took $3.8 million in its first weekend and finished with $12.5 million in 2012.
The original saga of the Kings of Tampa, also written by Reid Carolin, »
- Don Groves
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