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Dustin Hoffman Reflects on the Fall of Cinema in Revealing Interview

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Read More: Watch: Exclusive Acting Tips from Dustin Hoffman's MasterClass In a new interview with The Independent, Dustin Hoffman discusses his involvement in the upcoming film, "Boychoir." The movie stars the 77-year-old Oscar-winner as Master Carvelle, a strict, assertive choir master that aims to push a rebellious and talented boy to reach his full potential. Luckily for cinephiles, the film isn't the only topic the actor gets around to discussing, and the conversation really takes off once he begins reflecting on the film industry at large. Check out the highlights from the revealing interview below: Television has improved but cinema is at its worst. "I think right now television is the best that it's ever been, and I think that it's the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I've been doing it, it's the worst," said Hoffman. While the actor turned to television for HBO's horse racing drama, »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Rachel McAdams Wants Jake Gyllenhaal Out of the Ring in 'Southpaw' Clip

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Read More: Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Steps into the Ring in 'Southpaw' Trailer The hard-hitting trailers for Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" have been teasing the brutal and emotional action to come inside the ring, but a new clip courtesy of The Weinstein Company is bringing the real heart of the drama to the forefront.  "Southpaw" stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When a family tragedy strikes and he loses custody of his daughter, Billy struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves the most. Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Victor Ortiz also star. The clip above showcases a tender moment between Billy and his wife, Maureen (McAdams), as she urges Billy to put his family first and take some time away from the sport he loves. The film's marketing has »


- Zack Sharf

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Review: 'Cartel Land' is the Kathryn Bigelow Movie You Wish She'd Make

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Read More: Why This Filmmaker Risked His Life to Track the War on Drugs In the opening minutes of Matthew Heineman's bracing documentary "Cartel Land," the filmmaker captures a group of masked men cooking meth in the dead of night. The clandestine activity, with dirty barrels and smoke set against a murky backdrop, strengthens the ominous associations of watching the Mexican drug cartel at work. But the confessions of the cook complicate the equation. "We know we do harm with all the drugs that go there," he says, referring to the United States. "But what are we going to do? We come from poverty." "Cartel Land" is filled with similar reality checks. It assails mainstream perceptions of the war on drugs and reevaluates them from ambiguous perspectives. Heineman ultimately settles on a pair of divisive figures from both sides of the border: On the one hand, Dr. José Manuel Mireles, »


- Eric Kohn

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Review: 'Cartel Land' is the Katherine Bigelow Movie You Wish She'd Make

23 hours ago

Read More: Why This Filmmaker Risked His Life to Track the War on Drugs In the opening minutes of Matthew Heineman's bracing documentary "Cartel Land," the filmmaker captures a group of masked men cooking meth in the dead of night. The clandestine activity, with dirty barrels and smoke set against a murky backdrop, strengthens the ominous associations of watching the Mexican drug cartel at work. But the confessions of the cook complicate the equation. "We know we do harm with all the drugs that go there," he says, referring to the United States. "But what are we going to do? We come from poverty." "Cartel Land" is filled with similar reality checks. It assails mainstream perceptions of the war on drugs and reevaluates them from ambiguous perspectives. Heineman ultimately settles on a pair of divisive figures from both sides of the border: On the one hand, Dr. José Manuel Mireles, »


- Eric Kohn

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The Romantic Comedy Is Having a Revolution — And It's Happening on TV

6 July 2015 11:01 AM, PDT

Deciding to stick with a TV series is no small commitment. It demands a certain level of trust, as week after week (or, in the era of binge-watching, hour after hour) we invite characters and their stories back into our living rooms. As a relationship, it's interactive. It's volatile. And most importantly, it's intimate. In that sense, TV would seem an ideal medium for romantic comedy. After all, from "Mad About You" to "How I Met Your Mother," sitcoms have been delivering romantic stories with good humor for decades. But the beats and aesthetic of the rom-com as we know it — think "You've Got Mail" — has long been the domain of studio movie-making. Read More: 11 of the Most Unconventional and Innovative Romantic Comedies Eventually, the "You've Got Mail" formula turned into a trend. The trend turned into a trope. And as for where we stand now, the 90-minute rom-com is »


- David Canfield

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GoPro Introduced Its Tiniest Camera Yet and It's Waterproof

6 July 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

Big news: GoPro has introduced its first all-new camera since 2006. It's called the Hero4 Session and it's lightweight, cube-shaped and, best of all, waterproof. At 1.4 inches cubed and weighing just 2.3 ounces, it's half the size and 40% lighter than the existing Hero4 line of cameras. The Hero4 Session is also much simpler than other GoPros. Its size and weight will, no doubt, make it attractive to professional athletes and extreme action-sports fans, but it should also appeal to guerrilla filmmakers looking to capture action on the go. Read More: 6 Film and Video Cameras That Changed the Face of Indie Film There are some tradeoffs that come with the small size: the Hero4 Session doesn't have an LCD screen and it shoots at 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 100fps, nowhere near the HERO4 Black in terms of resolution and frame rate capabilities. On the upside, it's waterproof up to a depth »

- Paula Bernstein

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A Former Federal Agent Examines Chronic Homelessness in '30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle'

6 July 2015 9:54 AM, PDT

Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle Logline: Go from the streets to the courtrooms, as Harold Sloan and fellow homeless men struggle to survive in Milwaukee, Wi. Elevator Pitch: "30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle" shares the story of chronic homelessness in Milwaukee, showing who homeless men are, how they got there, and how they survive. It examines the unique relationship between homelessness and Milwaukee's justice system, offering perspective through the voices of the courts, police officers and the homeless men themselves. We follow officers from Milwaukee Police Department's Homeless Outreach Team as they take their specialized training to the streets. As the scales tip »

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Former Disney CEO Thinks Beautiful, Funny Actresses Are 'Impossible To Find'

6 July 2015 8:35 AM, PDT

Read More: How Can We Still be Talking About Whether Women Are Funny? The Aspen Ideas Festival is touted as the "premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times," but former Disney CEO Michael Eisner's own ideas about the place of women in Hollywood — specifically the place of funny and "really beautiful" women — took center stage at this year's event. During an on-stage chat with Goldie Hawn — somewhat amusingly titled "Mindfulness: Goldie Hawn in Conversation with Michael Eisner" — last week, Eisner shared his ideas (via The Hollywood Reporter) as to why Hawn had been so successful during her career. From Eisner's perch, it's because she's unique in her skill set and her looks, telling both Hawn and the audience: "From my position, the »


- Kate Erbland

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Watch: Lemony Snicket's Dark World is Brought to Life in Fake Viral Teaser for Netflix's 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

6 July 2015 8:04 AM, PDT

Read More: How to Sell a TV Show to Netflix [Editor's note: Shortly after running the below story, Netflix representatives confirmed the above trailer is fan-made and thus not officially connected to the upcoming series.]  Netflix is bringing the beloved dark children's book series, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," to life in an upcoming series. The story of orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire and their misadventures was first seen in the 2004 film adaptation, which combined the first three books and starred Jim Carrey. In the new teaser, brilliantly titled "An Unfortunate Teaser," creepy Victorian music and shadows show a room filled with the Baudelaire's signatures: a hair ribbon for inventor Violet, a book and glasses for researcher Klaus, and leftover food for chef Sunny. Other books and creepy bugs lying around the room allude to different points in the series. Most importantly, the infamous eye and shadow of diabolical Count Olaf tie the whole »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Watch: Cannes-Winning Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' Slays with First Teaser

6 July 2015 8:02 AM, PDT

Read More: Cannes: 'The Assassin' and 'Mountains May Depart' Present Exciting New Visions of the Far East The first teaser trailer for  "The Assassin" has arrived in all its epic martial arts glory. The drama earned director Hou Hsiao-Hsien the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.  Set in 9th century China, "The Assassin" tells the story of an exiled woman who trains to kill a man whom she was supposed to marry more than a decade earlier. Not only is the story filled with suspense and action, but it also grapples with the emotional turmoil of being torn between an old romance and the order to assassinate him. The beautiful trailer hints at the intensity of the story and previews the dazzling choreography of its action sequences. The film will be released in China on August 27. No U.S. release date has been set. »


- Meredith Mattlin

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Watch: Nicolas Cage Tests 'Superman Lives' Costume in Abandoned Footage

6 July 2015 7:49 AM, PDT

Read More: Watch: Nicolas Cage Fights Big Oil in Star-Studded 'The Runner' Trailer In the late 1990s, Tim Burton started developing an ambitious blockbuster that would have been a futuristic look at Superman, starring Nicolas Cage as a unique iteration of the Man of Steel. The film, entitled "Superman Lives," was never completed and hasn't been revisited since. In the upcoming documentary "The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?" from director John Schnepp, the question as to why exactly the film never made it past pre-production is thoroughly explored. The journey into the film that never was includes behind-the-scenes videos of the film's creation and interviews with many of the talent involved with the project, including costume designer Colleen Atwood and directorial assistant Derek Fey.  In a new clip from the documentary, Atwood and Fey discuss the unique design of Superman's costume in Burton's film and how it caused. »


- Kaeli Van Cott

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Alex Gibney Faces Challenges as Controversial 'Going Clear' Opens Internationally

6 July 2015 7:44 AM, PDT

Read More: Sundance Review: Alex Gibney's 'Going Clear' is a Shocking Overview of Scientology's Demented Leadership Alex Gibney's acclaimed documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" may have premiered domestically back in March on HBO, but the filmmaker continues to face numerous obstacles as the Church of Scientology attempts to block the film's international release schedule.  As Gibney told The Hollywood Reporter last week, "Every step of the way, every distributor, every festival has received multiple threatening letters from the Church of Scientology. Some have come very close to buckling." The biggest challenge yet has been in the U.K., where broadcaster Sky delayed the film's April release due to concerns about Northern Ireland's libel law. "Ireland has pretty bad laws if you're thinking about a free press," Gibney told THR. Since Sky is not allowed to show different signals in various regions for »


- Zack Sharf

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Review: 'True Detective' Season 2 Episode 3 'Maybe Tomorrow' Delivers Today

5 July 2015 6:59 PM, PDT

Immediate Reaction: While the final scene felt more like a whimper, "Maybe Tomorrow" delivered the bang we've been waiting for through three episodes of Season 2. Why? Nic Pizzolatto finally made choices. From the bold, blue-lit rendition of "Rose" by a spot-on Conway Twitty impersonator to kick things off, "Maybe Tomorrow" featured more memorable moments than the last two episodes combined. Whether or not Ray (Colin Farrell) actually dies at the end of this story — like his father predicted in his "dream" — isn't as important as the stylistic choice of the setting and the heavy but effective foreshadowing given in their dialogue, Both served as eery mood enhancers for a season in desperate need of some flair. The same goes for Ray's actual visit to his father, played by Fred Ward (who, it must be pointed out, is simply the perfect choice for Ray's dad in looks, tone and attitude). Expanding »


- Ben Travers

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