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Larry Clark's 'Marfa Girl' Leads Rome Film Festival Winners

18 November 2012 9:46 AM, PST

Larry Clark's "Marfa Girl" won the top prize at the Rome Film Festival, which came to an end this weekend. Read Indiewire's review of the film here. Full press release below. The Prizes Awarded To The Films In Competition The International Jury, chaired by Jeff Nichols and composed of Timur Bekmambetov, Valentina CerviEdgardo Cozarinsky, Chris FujiwaraLeila Hatami and P.J.Hogan, has conferred the following awards: - Golden Marc’Aurelio for Best Film: Marfa Girl by Larry Clark - Best Director Award: Paolo Franchi for E la chiamano estate - Special Jury Prize: Alì ha gli occhi azzurri by Claudio Giovannesi - Best Actor Award: Jérémie Elkaïm by Main dans la main - Best Actress Award: Isabella Ferrarifor E la chiamano estate - Best Emerging Actor or Actress Award: Marilyne Fontaine for Un enfant de toi - Best Technical Contribution: Arnau Valls Colomer, for the cinematography of Mai. »


- Indiewire

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Specialty Box Office: 'Silver Linings' and 'Anna Karenina' Debut To Strong But Unspectacular Numbers

18 November 2012 9:44 AM, PST

The potential downside to having an extraordinary amount of buzz surrounding a film is the mammoth expectations that come with it. They are definitely imposed upon "Silver Linings Playbook," which opened this weekend -- after a last minute move by The Weinstein Company to push it up a week earlier -- in 16 theaters. Weekend estimates gave the David O. Russell-directed film a strong $458,430 gross from its first weekend averaging $28,652.  Not bad numbers, and the film is clearly the type that could benefit and grow from word of mouth as it expands. But it's nowhere near the numbers of some its Oscar hopeful predecessors. Read More: Critical Consensus: Eric Kohn and Peter Knegt On the Oscar Prospects of 'Anna Karenina,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' and More The Weinstein Company have released two major Oscar hopefuls (and eventual best picture winners) in November the past two years, "The King's Speech" and "The. »


- Peter Knegt

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Friday Box Office: 'Silver Linings' Strong But Unspectacular First Night Out

17 November 2012 7:48 AM, PST

The potential downside to having an extraordinary amount of buzz surrounding a film is the mammoth expectations that come with it. They are definitely imposed upon "Silver Linings Playbook," which opened this weekend -- after a last minute move by The Weinstein Company to push it up a week earlier -- in 16 theaters. Friday estimates gave the David O. Russell-directed film a strong $120,416 gross from its first day out, averaging $7,526. That should give it a weekend gross in the $350,000-$450,000 range, and an average in somewhere between $21,000 and $28,000. Not bad numbers, and the film is clearly the type that could benefit and grow from word of mouth as it expands. But it's nowhere near the numbers of some its Oscar hopeful predecessors. Read More: Critical Consensus: Eric Kohn and Peter Knegt On the Oscar Prospects of 'Anna Karenina,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' and More The Weinstein »


- Peter Knegt

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Surveying the Gotham Nominees For 'Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You,' Screening at MoMA Through Monday

16 November 2012 3:01 PM, PST

While the Gothams are the first major film awards ceremony in the Oscar season, there are a lot more movies that qualify for consideration at the Ifp-hosted ceremony. This is particularly clear with "Best Film Not Playing a Theater Near You," a category selected by the editors of Filmmaker magazine. This year's nominees are an especially diverse bunch. While none have landed distribution, the winner will receive a one-week theatrical run next year, and all are screening at New York's Museum of Modern Art in a series that starts today and runs through Monday. Given the Gothams category singling them out, it's no surprise that these aren't films made for commercial reasons. Visions of sad, lonely people trapped by conundrums only they can fully understand, they maintain an unflattering intimacy with their subjects -- which, in two cases, are blatant autobiographical creations. The films either twist genre conventions to reach more audacious thematic. »

- Eric Kohn

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Jennifer Lawrence: 5 Killer Roles of a Rare A-List Indie Queen

16 November 2012 2:53 PM, PST

With this weekend's release of director David O. Russell's awards hopeful "Silver Linings Playbook," Jennifer Lawrence is receiving arguably the best reviews of her short career -- impressive considering the 22-year-old actress already has one Oscar nomination under her belt. Lawrence had appeared in a modest number of independent films (and one notable TV series) when critics and audiences began to pay attention following her remarkable turn in Debra Granik's grim 2010 drama "Winter's Bone." Shortly after, Lawrence catapulted herself to major stardom with back-to-back roles in "X-Men: First Class" and "The Hunger Games," two franchises sure to keep her busy (and well paid) for years. Yet instead of using this success solely to rack up A-list blockbusters, Lawrence, like her peer Kristen Stewart, has balanced her Hollywood momentum with low-budget independent work -- including a starring role in Susanne Bier's »


- Eric Mattina

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Showtime Renews Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' for a Third Season

16 November 2012 2:30 PM, PST

Lisa Kudrow's "Web Therapy" began life as a web series before it was picked up by Showtime and fleshed out into a half-hour show. Now Showtime's ordering another round of the comedy, which was created by and stars Kudrow, who writes the series with director Don Roos ("Happy Endings") and Dan Bucatinsky. Season three of the show will air in 2013 and will consist of ten episodes following the adventures of Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), a transparently self-interested therapist pushing a new form of treatment done in short bursts over Skype. "We're shooting webisodes right now, and it's just so much fun to do," says Kudrow. "These actors we get to play with are so inventive and nimble and Funny. We're beyond thrilled to get a third season on Showtime because it's such a good fit." Read More: The Search for Indie TV at SXSW The show features Bucatinsky, Victor Garber, »


- Alison Willmore

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Dailymotion's 'MotionMaker Fund' Wants to Make Your Film

16 November 2012 1:24 PM, PST

Popular video sharing website Dailymotion has launched a new initiative for filmmakers in need of financial assistance. Dubbed "The MotionMaker Fund," the site has allocated $50,000 to be distributed between five and ten projects, hand-selected by a team of professional filmmakers and members of the Dailymotion staff. The Fund is asking for applicants to submit ideas for a variety of film related projects, including short films, web series, music videos, documentaries, mashups, and experiment works. The contest is officially open for submissions until January 31, 2013, with winners set to be announced February 15th. More information can be found on the MotionMaker Fund's official website. »

- Eric Mattina

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Watch: Tina Fey Shows Off Dramatic Chops in Trailer for 'Admission,' Co-Starring Paul Rudd (Video)

16 November 2012 12:01 PM, PST

Tina Fey is saying goodbye to Liz Lemon this year as "30 Rock" comes to a close after six seasons, but that doesn't mean you'll be seeing any less of the Emmy-winning jack (or jill) of all trades. After hosting the upcoming Golden Globes alongside her "Saturday Night Live" alum Amy Poehler, fans can catch her next Spring on the big screen in the romantic comedy "Admission," co-starring Paul Rudd and directed by "About a Boy" helmer Paul Weitz. The trailer for the Focus Features release went live today and promises a Fey we're not quite used to seeing (i.e. she's a tad dramatic). In "Admission," Fey stars as an amibitious Princeton admissions officer who, while out on a recruiting trip, falls for a charming single dad (Rudd) and come across a teenager who may or may not be her estranged son. Read More: Liz Lemon Is Getting Married: ' »


- Nigel M Smith

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Watch: James Franco-Directed R.E.M. Video Filled with Images of Terry Richardson Shooting Lindsay Lohan and Aerial Shots of Los Angeles

16 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

Last year, when R.E.M. released their final album, they announced that James Franco would be making two videos for songs off of the "Collapse Into Now" album. Some time later, Franco's video for "Blue," which features Patti Smith on vocals, has just been released.  The video is a kaleidoscope of aerial and street-level videos of the City of Angels.  It also features footage of a Terry Richardson photo shoot with Lindsay Lohan, which Pitchfork reminds us could be evidence that Franco is, indeed, making a film about Lohan and that Richardson, Lohan and Franco are making a sex book together.  Pitchfork, it seems, hangs around different rumor mills and water coolers than we do...but sure, those sound like great additions to Franco's rapidly accumulating oeuvre of bizarre art projects. For now, a hazy view of Los Angeles under the direction of Mr. Franco with vocal accompaniment by Michael Stipe and Patti Smith, »


- Bryce J. Renninger

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Watch: John Waters Endorses the Roxie Theater as a Place for Cinema Lovers and For Hook-Ups

16 November 2012 11:18 AM, PST

When it was announced earlier this month that San Francisco's famed Roxie Theater would be launching a Kickstarter campaign with endorsements from such film luminaries as John Waters, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Michael Tully and more, we were promised a video endorsement from the king of trash cinema. In his video endorsement of the Roxie Theater, which is seeking funds to convert into a sustainable non-profit organization, Waters says that anyone that doesn't support the Roxie is "an asshole" and notes some of the extracurricular activities in which Roxie patrons could engage themselves -- namely, self-pleasure and cruising. Check the video out below and visit the Roxie Theater Kickstarter campaign here.  »


- Bryce J. Renninger

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Movie Lovers We Love: Comedy + Dance + Film + VJ = Brooklyn's Moviehouse

16 November 2012 10:14 AM, PST

Though movie culture in Brooklyn has recently grown prominent, the borough's cinematic vitality wasn't always this strong.  In 2007, when the Galapagos Art Space was located in the borough's Williamsburgh neighborhood, a bunch of friends with ties to the now-defunct Reel Life video store -- including the program's current producer Chris Henderson -- got together to host a movie night at Galapagos.  The night, called Moviehouse, would show a cult movie and throw a short film from a local filmmaker in front of it.     When Galapagos moved to Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood that year, Moviehouse moved to the collaboration and education space 3rd Ward, where they dropped the Hollywood cult feature and focused on interesting short film programs, often paired with work in other fields -- specifically comedy and dance -- to create innovative programming that fills a niche.  Now, Moviehouse tries to do as many outdoor or public projections as »


- Bryce J. Renninger

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Critic's Notebook: Why 2012 Is A Banner Year For Found Footage Films

16 November 2012 9:02 AM, PST

When the list of directors for the upcoming sequel to "V/H/S" were announced, one name stuck out: Gareth Evans. A Welsh filmmaker working in Indonesia, Evans is best known as the director of the martial arts films "The Raid: Redemption" and "Merantau," and seems like a strange choice for a horror anthology. Although he will only co-direct a segment in "V/H/S 2" (along with Singaporean director Timo Tjahjanto), the choice reflects the dramatically shifting role of the found footage genre in modern day cinema. In 2012, found footage took a few promising steps out of the horror genre, expanding its reach to both superhero and party films ("Chronicle" and "Project X," respectively). Although "V/H/S" is explicitly a horror film (and the sequel will presumably be as well), Gareth Evans' involvement potentially adds martial arts action to the growing list of genres (which includes Sid Bennett's upcoming. »


- Alec Kubas-Meyer

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Criterion Collection Announces February Lineup; 'On the Waterfront,' Dardennes and More

16 November 2012 9:01 AM, PST

The 15th of the month has become a major marker for cinephiles as it means the next announcement for what The Criterion Collection has up their sleeve, and their February announcement is nowhere near a disappointment. The five titles announced yesturday afternoon provide a varied selection that offers a little bit of something for everyone. Fans of American classics, documentaries, Japanese New Wave, contemporary world cinema, and stellar Blu-Ray upgrades will all be satisfied. Coming February 5th is the second appearance in the collection by Keisuke Kinoshita ("Twenty-Four Eyes"), with a DVD and Blu-Ray release of "The Battle of Narayama." The film revolves around Orin who, in preparation for her villages tradition of being carried to a mountain and left to die at the age of seventy, attempts to secure happiness for her recently widowed son. The disc is barebones in terms of extras-only offering a trailer, teaser and an essay by Phillip Kent, »


- Eric Mattina

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First Person | How Lars Von Trier's User-Generated Experiment 'Gesamt' Inspired an Obstructed Texas Filmmaker (Nsfw Video)

16 November 2012 8:54 AM, PST

Most filmmakers find inspiration in the work of those who came before. But this fall, I was fortunate enough to make one of my biggest artistic breakthroughs with the direct help of a creative idol — and one of cinema’s most notorious enfants terrible — Lars Von Trier. Well, with an assist from Paul Gauguin and August Strindberg. Mid-summer, I was in a pretty dry place creatively as an artist. My last feature, the road movie “The Other Side of Paradise,” played in more than 30 festivals, winning some awards along the way, and culminated in a theatrical release in New York in December 2009 to mostly positive reviews. After that film, however, our producing team started a documentary that drained us all physically and creatively. I didn’t feel free as an artist anymore. Then, in June 2011, my wife gave birth to our son, and while it provided a very different perspective from which to create, »


- Justin D. Hilliard

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Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'Money,' 'Liars,' 'Medal' or 'Dead'?

16 November 2012 8:46 AM, PST

Vote below for this week's Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute! The four projects up for the prize: "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve," "Liars Club," "Medal of Victory" and "Doc of the Dead." Voting will end on Monday November 19, at 11Am Eastern. Which Project Do You Most Want to See? »


- Indiewire

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Puma & Britdoc Name Most Impactful Doc; Give 50,000 Euro Award

16 November 2012 8:23 AM, PST

Earlier this week in a gala event in Berlin, Puma and Britdoc have given the Puma.Creative Impact award for Julia Bacha's "Budrus," recognizing it as the film released in the past two years that has made the most significant positive social or environmental impact.  "Budrus tells the story of the coming together of Palestinian communities and Israelis to stage a peaceful protest against Israel's Separation Banner encroachment of their village.  The Creative Impact award both rewards the filmmaker for their accomplishment and honors the film's social campaign with a 50,000 Euro Award.  Josh Fox's "Gasland," a film about the filmmakers' campaign to show law- and policymakers the effects of using the fracking to extract gas from the ground that screened all over the U.S. and world took a Special Jury Prize. Read More: Is The Issue Doc Dead? How 'Gasland' and 'Hillary' Show Things Aren't Looking »


- Bryce J. Renninger

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Forget 'Lincoln' and the Civil War: The Dominant Conflict In This Fall's Movies Is the Israeli-Palestinian One

16 November 2012 8:12 AM, PST

The appeal of any given war movie tends to involve the historical distance it allows from the subject at hand. With few exceptions, such as the unlikely (and delayed) popularity of "The Hurt Locker," mainstream war movies avoid the ambiguities of present-day conflicts. Set some 150 years ago, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" acknowledges the grave loss of human life that the Civil War created while extolling the titular leader's capacity to end it. While deeply reverential toward the dead, "Lincoln" is defined by the celebration of the capacity for salvation from wartime strife, a key factor driving its stature in the realm of serious popular culture. Meanwhile, movies grappling with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- where Hamas continues to trade deadly rockets with Israeli forces at the cost of many lives -- populate a smaller number of theaters this fall. While none may receive nearly the same exposure as "Lincoln," »


- Eric Kohn

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'Informant' and 'Radioman' Win Top Prizes As 3rd Annual Doc NYC Closes

16 November 2012 7:56 AM, PST

Following a week of over 100 films and events, the third edition of the ever-growing Doc NYC Festival came to a close Thursday night with a Closing Night screening of Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon's "The Central Park Five." But before the screening, Artistic Director Thom Powers led an awards presentation to hand out the prizes in the Festival's three Jury Prizes-the Viewfinder Competition, Metropolis Competition, and the Shorts Competition-as well as the SundanceNOW Audience Award. Of the ten films vying for the Viewfinders Compeition, chosen by the programmers for their "distinct directorial vision," the Grand Jury Prize went to Jamie Meltzer's "Informant," which investigates the radical activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby. The Special Jury Prize went to Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief's "Rafea: Solar Mama," which follows an illiterate woman from Jordon who becomes a solar panel engineer. Among »


- Eric Mattina

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Jack Huston on Playing 'Boardwalk Empire' Masked Fan Favorite Richard Harrow and Making Peace With the Possibility of Getting Killed Off

16 November 2012 7:42 AM, PST

Since his first appearance halfway through season one of "Boardwalk Empire," Jack Huston's disfigured Richard Harrow has been a fan favorite. Whether its the way his loyalty to Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) has led him to take care of the man's son Tommy in the wake of his shocking murder at the end of the last season, or how he's dealt with his own demons, Huston has given the Wwi veteran-turned-hitman/bootlegger an unusual charm that's instantly appealing. Plenty of viewers thought they'd see Harrow on a bloody rampage to avenge Darmody in season three, but showrunner Terence Winter and his writers have instead shown us a more subdued Harrow. Having always longed for a connection with a woman, he begins a tentative romance with Julia Sagorsky (Wrenn Schmidt), daughter of a fellow vet Harrow met at the American Legion. What remains to be seen is how much longer »


- Jason Guerrasio

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Watch: Steve Buscemi Tells You Why You Should Give to Friends of Firefighters (Video)

16 November 2012 7:13 AM, PST

In a clip video uploaded onto YouTube, "Boardwalk Empire" star Steve Buscemi makes a solid case for why you should donate to the organization Friends of Firefighters. The nonprofit, set up by his friend Nancy Carbone during the aftermath of 9/11, aims to "provide long-term support and services through confidential counseling, wellness services, and other assistance required by firefighters and their families," according to their mission statement. Buscemi stresses that they are in need of our support more than ever following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. And as it turns out, the actor has an especially close tie to the cause: he reveals in the video that he worked as a firefighter in the '80s. If you're looking for another way to give back to those affected by Sandy and happen to live in New York, head to the Landmark Sunshine Theater in Lower Manhattan this weekend for their »


- Nigel M Smith

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