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Above: David Bordwell drops science on that horrific and longstanding practice we know as "Pan & Scan." Joining President Darren Aronofsky on the International Jury at the Berlinale next month are the following: Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou, and Matthew Weiner. For Grantland, Steven Hyden has written a wonderful article on Gene Hackman:
"He couldn’t have planned it this way, but Hackman had aged into a screen persona — he looked like he had spent years driving a truck or working as a doorman before lucking into the movies, because that’s basically what had happened. Hackman might’ve studied the Method under Lee Strasberg (“He played with people’s heads a lot,” he recalled derisively of Strasberg in 2001), but he could just be and be authentic onscreen."
Jafar Panahi's Taxi, the third film of his to premiere since he was banned from directing in Iran, »
Refresh for latest… Ahead of the Efm next week, Paris-based Films Distribution has picks up Italian box-office success An Italian Name (Il Nome Del Figlio) by Francesca Archibugi. The sales company will handle world rights on the film which is based on Pathé’s French hit What’s In A Name?. It tells the story of extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona who are expecting a child. At a dinner with friends, one question will lead to an argument that will shake the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s soon-to-arrive son. In What’s In A Name? the moniker in question was Adolf. Here, it’s Benito. Sales commence in Berlin next week.
Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (ex-South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefulmo which will world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Based on Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, the film transports the story »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Movies by two Berlin Jury members — “You Are Here,” helmed by “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner; Venice standout “The Look of Silence,” from Joshua Oppenheimer – will complete the program of the 2015 Berlinale Special.
Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, and a Special Presentation at Toronto, comedy “You Are Here” has Wilson as a man stuck in a rut of drugs and casual sex, Galifianakis as a bipolar weatherman friend and Poehler as his domineering sister. Produced by Gilbert Films and Weiner Bros, “You Are Here” was sold internationally by Lionsgate.
Drawing rave reviews out of Venice, where it played in competition, Oppenheimer’s docu-feature “The Look of Silence” follows on “The Act of Killing,” centering not on those behind Indonesia’s ’60s communist purge but on their victims. An involved Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finland-u.K. co-production produced by Anonymous, Making Movies Oy, Piraya Film, “The Look of Silence” sparked spirited sales for Cinephil. »
- John Hopewell
Festival boss Dieter Kosslick said Tuesday that Rush actor Daniel Bruhl, The Host director Bong Joon-ho, "Hannibal" producer Martha De Laurentiis and Claudia Llosa, the director of The Milk of Sorrow, will also be among those deciding who gets the Berlinale's Golden Bear and Silver Bears awards.
The jury will be led by director Darren Aronofsky, who was previously announced.
The Berlin event, which runs Feb. 5-15, is the first of the year's major European film festivals.
- Cineplex.com and contributors
As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky will preside over seven-person group
Those six, bookended by the “Rush” star Brühl and the “Mad Men” creator, will join previously announced Darren Aronofsky as the jury at the 65th Annual Berlin International Film Festival. Aronofsky is the group’s president.
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- Tony Maglio
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
The Berlin International Film Festival, which opens Feb 5 with Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night, has announced its international jury line-up, with Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner joining Jury President Darren Aronofsky.
This year’s jury has a typically cosmopolitan composition with leading German actor Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin; Rush) joined by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), producer Martha De Laurentiis (Hannibal), Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow), French actress Tautou (Amelie) and U.S. showrunner Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).
The festival runs through Feb. 15.
- Ali Jaafar
The Berlinale’s greater emphasis on television this year should not be interpreted as the first step towards a German Mip, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.
In an exclusive interview with ScreenDaily, Kosslick said: ¨We don’t want to make a Mip TV or Mipcom, that’s as sure as day follows night and anything more would overstretch us.¨
He pointed out that that the Berlinale had had successful screenings of quality TV in the past with such productions as Dominik Graf’s Im Namen des Verbrechens, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz.
“We have now been working for the past two years on this programme which is composed of two parts: a series of discussions on new trends at the Efm and two days of drama series integrated into the festival programme and shown at Haus der Berliner [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Television is enjoying a muscular moment.
By any measure, there’s consensus that this is a golden age of episodic storytelling. In subjects, formats and delivery systems, TV is unrestrained by past conventions, thanks to the dizzying number of linear and digital outlets looking to serve discreet audiences with distinctive shows.
Intense competition — or what FX Networks’ John Landgraf called “just literally insane” — drives even those at the top to think bigger and bolder. Showtime Networks chief David Nevins wishes he had Amazon’s “Transparent” on his air. That’s good news for the writers who will pitch him projects in the coming months.
In this environment, the twice-yearly Television Critics Assn. press tour hosted by the major broadcast, cable and now digital networks is in some ways an anachronism and in other ways more vital than ever. Viewers need all the help they can get navigating the tidal wave of new series. »
- Cynthia Littleton
AMC has announced that the final seven episodes of Mad Men's seventh and final season will start to air on Sunday, April 5th at 10pm. I’ve been a fan of Mad Men from the beginning, but so far this season hasn’t really grabbed me. Hopefully these final episodes bring it home and give the series a great ending. Creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement,
"What an incredible journey this has been. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us."
Then there’s Bates Motel, which has had two freakin’ fantastic seasons. A&E has announced that the third season will debut on Monday, March 9th at 9pm. The upcoming season will focus on “the evolution of the Bates family and dives head first into Norman’s waning ability to »
- Joey Paur
"Mad Men" has been on hiatus since last April, and now, fans know when the show will return for its final batch of episodes before the series finale.
AMC announced this weekend that the second part of the show's seventh season will premiere on April 5. Seven episodes will air before "Mad Men" signs off for good.
"What an incredible journey this has been," said series creator Matthew Weiner in a statement. "I take great pride in what the entire 'Mad Men' team was able to create episode after episode, season after season. We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us."
- Katie Roberts
“What an incredible journey this has been. I take great pride in what the entire Mad Men team was able to create episode after episode, season after season,” said the show's creator Matthew Weiner. “We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us.”
AMC’s president, Charlie Collier, added that: “Mad Men is the show that put AMC on the map. Period. It is impossible to overstate the impact it has had on AMC, and I would argue, this era of television."
He added that »
AMC has announced that the final episodes of the much loved and critically acclaimed Mad Men will begin airing from April 5th in the Us.
Creator Matt Weiner, who was tight-lipped as ever, appeared at a Television Critics Association panel of cast members over the weekend, said only that “each of the last seven episodes feels like a finale.”
He reiterated that the final episodes will focus on the “core cast members,” and six were on the panel with him: Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Betty Draper Francis (January Jones) and Roger Sterling (John Slattery).
Each of the cast members professed surprise at the ending of the show, which has won more awards than any program in basic cable history.
“But I’ve always been surprised by everything Matt has written,” said Moss. “I was surprised and pleased.”
- Scott J. Davis
First, the joke. In the middle of today at press tour, Adult Swim paneled "The Jack and Triumph Show," an upcoming multi-cam sitcom starring Jack McBrayer and the show's creator Robert Smigel in his guise as Triumph the Insult Dog. Smigel began the panel hiding behind a chair and letting Triumph roast the room, which included this bit: No, you guys are great. Lots of great people here. The great Alan Sepinwall. Yes. Used to be a New Jersey guy. Now he’s got his own column, “What’s Alan Watching?” Not his weight! Oh, snap. It’s okay. Alan’s a friend. Alan’s good. He’s actually taking care of himself. He’s on a strict diet of Matt Weiner’s asshole. Wait. That one needs a rim shot. It’s a joke. You all kiss Matt Weiner’s ass. No, I’m honored to be here at the TCA, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Sharon Tate was a sex symbol and fledgling movie star. The "Fearless Vampire Killers" and "Valley of the Dolls" star was married to Roman Polanski. Tate and four others were killed by The Manson Family in August 1969. Megan from "Mad Men" is not Sharon Tate. D.B. Cooper is the name given to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971, secured $200,000 in ransom and parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again or definitively identified. Don Draper from "Mad Men" is not D.B. Cooper. Probably. For reasons that are vaguely baffling to me, a recent trend in "Mad Men" viewership has been to decide that despite no indications at all in those directions, the Emmy-winning drama had been heading toward one or possible two grand historical revelations in which our fictional characters turned out to be famous or notorious real world figures. "Mad Men" hit the Television Critics Association »
- Daniel Fienberg
AMC has announced the return of Mad Men. The final seven episodes will begin airing Sunday, April 5th, at 10pm.
Here are the details:
The Final Seven Episodes Of AMC’S Award-winning Drama “Mad Men” Begin Sunday, April 5 At 10:00Pm Et/Pt
Created by Acclaimed Executive Producer/Writer/Director Matthew Weiner
Pasadena, CA – January 10, 2015 – AMC’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama “Mad Men” kicks off its final seven episodes on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00Pm Et/Pt. Created by Emmy® Award winner Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, “Mad Men’s” highly anticipated series conclusion will, for the last time, follow the complex lives of Don, Peggy, Roger, Joan, Betty and Pete, and their families, colleagues, rivals and love interests, as their stories come to an end.
Get your whiskey and your rocks glasses ready, ladies and gentlemen. AMC has scheduled the seven-episode last call for “Mad Men” to begin at 10pm Sunday, April 5. “Now that it’s sort of over, it’s such a relief that it’s not over,” series creator Matthew Weiner quipped to to the television reporters covering the show’s …
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- Melanie McFarland
It’s not often that a cast panel can weigh on your emotions, but tears filled some of our eyes at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press tour as AMC and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner shared a “road to the finale” video montage that captured the emotion of the series’ last seven seasons (less the final episodes). The images were played along to Paul Anka’s “Times of Your Life” and served as a timeline to showcase the last 10 years of these characters’ amazing journeys. The final seven episodes of Mad Men begin on Sunday, April 5 at 10pmET/Pt on … Continue reading →
The post TCA: 7 episodes make up “perfect” Mad Men series finale appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Barb Oates
It feels like ages since we've seen Don Draper and the crew, and we can finally circle a date on our calendar for their return. AMC has announced Mad Men will air its remaining seven episodes beginning on April 5. "What an incredible journey this has been," creator Matthew Weiner said in a statement. "We sincerely thank the fans for joining us on this ride and hope it has meant as much to them as it has to us." Stay tuned for more information on the final episodes! »
Mad Men creator Matt Weiner is not one for oversharing when it comes to talking about upcoming seasons of his show. No shocker, then, that — beyond the premiere date — absolutely zero details about the series’ final half-season were revealed Saturday morning during a TV Critics Association press tour panel with Weiner and the original cast. That doesn’t mean we didn’t learn a few things from their session with reporters:—While Weiner didn’t talk about what happens during the homestretch of the show, he did tease their tone. "The last seven episodes, each of them feels like the finale of the show," he said. —In an age where the sign-offs of shows such as The Sopranos and How I Met Your Mother have left some segments of their fandom disappointed and even angry, Weiner made it clear he does care about how Mad Men fans react to the series finale. »
- Josef Adalian
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