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'James White' Enters the Oscar Race With November Release Date

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Read More: Sundance Review: Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon Triumph in Devastating 'James White' Josh Mond's heartbreaking coming-of-age drama "James White" blew audiences away at the Sundance Film Festival earlier the year, going so far as to win the festival's Best of Next award, and now it's getting a hearty awards push from distributor The Film Arcade. The company has announced the movie will hit select theaters on November 13. Former "Girls" star Christopher Abbott plays the eponymous James White, whose self-destructive lifestyle must be reevaluated after his mother (Cynthia Nixon) gets diagnosed with cancer. Reviews out of Sundance praised the leads' performances, and The Film Arcade will mount their biggest awards push yet for Abbott and Nixon. "What people have really responded to when seeing this film, whether audiences or critics, is that the performances from Christopher and Cynthia are just astonishing," said Andy Bohn from Film. »


- Zack Sharf

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False Alarm: The Creative Apocalypse Never Happened (Or Did It?)

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Read More: Alex Ross Perry: Indie Filmmakers Can Afford to Shoot Film The thesis for Steven Johnson's recent feature story in The New York Times Magazine is straightforward: We thought the digital economy would destroy creativity and the careers that rely on it. But that hasn't happened. According to Johnson, "creative careers are thriving," albeit "in complicated and unexpected ways." Though Johnson concedes that "the record industry's collapse is real and well documented," he is more sanguine about the film business. He acknowledges that "the critics are right that big Hollywood studios have abandoned the production of artistically challenging films, part of a broader trend since the 1990s of producing fewer films over all." But, using his own brand of creative mathematics, Johnson concludes there is no decline in the box office for smart, moderately budgeted films such as "Her," "12 Years a Slave," "American »


- Paula Bernstein

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7 Most Intense Nervous Breakdowns in Movies

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Read More: How the End of 'Mad Men' Liberated Elisabeth Moss Sometimes a breakdown is not just a breakdown. Sometimes, a breakdown is a symptom of something much bigger — and more nefarious — than a psychological collapse. A breakdown is often a breaking point, signaling the deep-rooted problems that underlie a troubled system. In cinema, terrain of metaphors, breakdowns are great vehicles for exposing systematic problems in a multi-faceted, humanistic way. Through the eyes of insanity, movies about breakdowns shed light on our darkest problems. Here are seven films featuring riveting mental breakdowns that caused us to look in the mirror a bit harder.  1. A Woman Under the Influence (1975)Gena Rowlands delivers the paragon of mental breakdown performances in John Cassavetes' masterpiece "A Woman Under the Influence." Rowlands plays Mabel, a tortured housewife whose sanity dissolves into domestic terror that her husband (Peter Falk) is powerless to assuage. »


- Emily Buder

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Camden International Film Festival Announces Program for the Seventh Annual Points North Documentary Forum

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Read More: Camden International Film Festival Announces 2015 Slate The Camden International Film Festival has released the lineup for its seventh Points North Documentary Forum. The three-day program will run concurrently with the festival from September 17 – 20 at the Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine, and the Rockport Opera House in Rockport, Maine. Ciff's official press release reads: "This year's program will feature four masterclasses focused on directing, editing, producing and interactive media, panel discussions, case studies, networking events and the sixth annual Points North Pitch, which is now part of the year-long Points North Fellowship for filmmakers with feature documentaries in development. The lineup marks the continued growth of Ciff’s Points North program as a launching pad for the next generation of documentary artists, as well as a unique space for the international documentary community to reflect on the craft, business and future of »

- Jessica Cariaga

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Watch: Bill Murray Gets Stranded in Kabul in New 'Rock the Kasbah' Trailer

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Read More: Watch: Bill Murray is Ditched By Zooey Deschanel in 'Rock the Kasbah' Trailer Bill Murray's new film, "Rock the Kasbah," has dropped a second trailer, delving a little deeper into the stumbling antics of a down-on-his-luck talent scout and his quest to turn a Pashtun teenager into the next "Afghan Star." Murray plays has-been rock manager Richie Lanz, who travels to Kabul with his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) but finds himself dumped and stranded in a foreign country when she skips out on him. Richie soon discovers an incredibly talented local teenager with the audacious dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of "American Idol." Richie teams with a street smart hooker (Kate Hudson), two raucous war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a trigger-friendly mercenary (Bruce Willis) to face dangerous cultural prejudices in managing his new. »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Watch: #Tbt Why 'Pulp Fiction' Was Tarantino's 'The Avengers'

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Read More: Watch: Quentin Tarantino's Best Visual Film References... in Three Minutes! There’s no one quite like Quentin Tarantino and there’s nothing quite like a Tarantino film. Our own Eric Kohn’s recent article detailing the auteur's unique position in the film industry is a must-read for all fans, but if you’re feeling lazy, here’s the gist: Tarantino's films are so good, he’s essentially created a genre which will hold up against any blockbuster tentpole a studio chooses to spurt out, no matter how many superheroes they scramble to squeeze on the screen. Tarantino's films feature a different kind of superhero. These characters are what Tarantino would refer to as badass motherf--ckers. Tarantino’s Avengers? Vincent Vega, Jules Winnfield, Butch Coolidge and Mia Wallace. "Pulp Fiction" is the film that most accurately sums up the Tarantino genre as a whole. Let’s point out »


- Jon Fusco

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How the Public Obsession with Political Sex Scandals Led to Sundance Thriller 'Zipper'

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I admit, I am fascinated by political sex scandals. "Zipper' began with my curiosity and empathy for the political leader whose career has just been destroyed in an instant because of seeing escorts, or a mistress, or a young page-- each time one of these scandals breaks it seems to shock the public. There is a public obsession with "zipper problems" (a slang term coined under President Clinton) – with new scandals surfacing practically every month -- and the question at the center of it is one of character: What was he thinking? How could he have taken the risk? But what if, before people could judge, they could see inside the man, see the humanity, see what it feels like to be him? Why do we put our political leaders on a pedestal only to tear them down? It is one political issue that everyone seems to have an opinion about, »


- Mora Stephens

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Doc NYC Announces Lifetime Achievement Recipients and Opening Night 'Miss Sharon Jones!'

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Read More: Doc NYC and Ida to Launch Documentary Film Preservation Summit Doc NYC, America's largest documentary film festival, has announced its second annual Visionaries Tribute, which will take place during a luncheon and present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Jon Albert, Barbara Kopple and Frederick Wiseman. Alpert is the co-founder of New York's Downtown Community Television (Dctv), the country's oldest nonprofit community media center, and has received 15 Emmy Awards. His documentaries include "One Year in the Life of Crime," "Baghdad ER" and the Oscar-nominated shorts "Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" and "Redemption." Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winner, having won for acclaimed films "Harlan County USA" and "American Dream." Her latest documentary, "Miss Sharon Jones!," will be screening at Tiff and having its official U.S. premiere as the opening night film »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: 'Homeland' Season 5 Trailer Shows There's No Way Out for Carrie

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[Spoilers for Season 4] After spending most of Season 4 repeatedly pushing past her moral limits, Carrie finally snapped. No, she didn't go off her meds and sleep with a suspected terrorist. She dropped out of the CIA to take care of her baby (the product of sleeping with a suspected terrorist).  Read More: 'Homeland' Season 5 Lands Premiere Date with 'The Affair' Season 2, Plus Poster Two years later, and Carrie still can't escape the aftershocks of her old job. In the new trailer above, the bipolar ex-agent is shown trying to escort a billionaire through a dangerous Middle Eastern country, being kidnapped by God-knows-who and stopping short of pulling the trigger on her own bad luck. Oh, and Quinn is on a killing spree. If a bit messy in appearance, the upcoming season of Showtime's Emmy-winning drama series looks likely to at least hold our attention. Season 4 was an impressive return to form after a slight drop-off the year before, »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: 'Mythbusters' Tackles the 'Breaking Bad' Trunk-Mounted Machine Gun

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Read More: 5 Key Facts About the Sound of 'Better Call Saul': It's Not 'Breaking Bad' and How the Humor is Huge Last year's "Breaking Bad" finale may have wrapped up five seasons of raising hell in Albuquerque, but what Discovery's "Mythbusters" found most interesting was Walter White's machine gun booby trap from the series finale. "Felina" saw Walt utilizing an M60 machine gun hooked into the trunk of his car to take out a slew of his enemies at once, and "Mythbusters" Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman took on the hefty task of deciding on whether or not the feat was possible. Discovery aired this episode earlier this summer, but the video above was released just recently, allowing viewers to replay the test and judge the plausibility of slaughtering a room full of white supremacists with a remote-controlled machine gun. Savage and Hyneman had the added bonus of testing their »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Angelina Jolie's 'By the Sea' Becomes Full-Blown Oscar Contender as AFI Fest Opening Night Selection

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Read More: Angelina Jolie's 'By the Sea' to be Released During Awards Season 2015 One of the more glaring absences in the recent onslaught of festival lineups from Tiff, Nyff and Venice has been the omission of Angelina Jolie's "By the Sea." The actress' third directorial effort finds the megastar acting opposite real-life husband Brad Pitt in an art film about a husband and wife working out their marriage while on vacation at a seaside resort in 1970s France. While the gorgeous debut trailer suggested an assured adult drama, many were left wondering exactly what state the film was in, as it failed to find a place at any of the major fall festivals.  Fortunately, that has all changed now thanks to the AFI Fest, which has announced that "By the Sea" will have its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of the 29th edition of the event. »


- Zack Sharf

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Watch: Malala Yousafzai Leads an Impassioned Campaign For Girls' Education in 'He Named Me Malala' Trailer

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Read More: Watch: Malala Yousafzai Triggers Change in Trailer for Davis Guggenheim Doc 'He Named Me Malala' Fox Searchlight has released a second trailer for "He Named Me Malala," the inspiring documentary about Malala Yousafzai that takes a closer look into the everyday activities of the extraordinary young woman.  The official synopsis reads: "'He Named Me Malala' is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turned 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls'  education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls' education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund." Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker David. »


- Jessica Cariaga

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2015 Fall TV Preview: 21 New Shows You Need to Know

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"Hand of God" (Amazon) - Friday, September 4 What is it? Ron Perlman plays a corrupt judge who believes he can hear the voice of God after his son's suicide attempt. He starts a crusade to find the man who raped his son's wife, employing methods both lawful and otherwise, all in God's name. I'll like it if I like... dark TV shows with morally questionable leads; think "A Gifted Man" crossed with "The Leftovers." Why should I care? The latest Amazon series got off to a strong start in its premiere episode. We ranked it as the best of their third pilot season, ahead of "The Cosmopolitans" and "Red Oaks" (the later of which is also on this list), in part because of its phenomenal cast. Perlman is perfect in the lead role, and his supporting players — from Garrett Dillahunt to Dana Delany — add relevance to the show in a big way. »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers

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Rialto Pictures Acquires Ingrid Bergman Cannes Documentary 'In Her Own Words'

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Read More: BAMcinématek Presents 'Ingrid Bergman Tribute' to Commemorate 'Casablanca' Star's Centennial Birthday Rialto Pictures has acquired U.S. and Canadian theatrical rights to "Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words," a feature-length documentary tribute to the international movie icon. Rialto has licensed the title from Paris-based Pretty Pictures. The film had its world premiere in the Cannes Classics section earlier this year and will hit the New York Film Festival in October. "In Her Own Words" features never-before-seen home movies alongside Bergman's personal notes, letters and diaries to create an intimate portrait of one of the most acclaimed film actresses of all time. Interviewees include Bergman's four children -- Isabella RosselliniIngrid Rossellini, Roberto Rossellini and Pia Lindström) -- Fiorella Mariani, Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver and Jeanine Basinger, with narration provided by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander »


- Zack Sharf

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Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are Shakespearean Stunners in 'Macbeth' Character Portraits

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Read More: Cannes Review: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Salvage Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Although cinephiles are patiently awaiting the news of an official theatrical U.S. release date, the gorgeous marketing for Justin Kurzel's "Macbeth" continues with a pair of character portraits highlighting stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.  "The Snowtown Murders" director premiered his dramatic reimagining of the Shakespeare story at Cannes to critical acclaim, and the visually striking debut trailer that dropped at the beginning of the summer brought anticipation for the movie to a fever pitch.  The Weinstein Company plans to release the adaptation sometime before the end of the year, though here's hoping it is sooner rather than later. Check out the portraits below, courtesy of Empire.  Read More: Watch: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard Redefine 'Macbeth' in Stunning Trailer »


- Zack Sharf

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'The Friendless Five' Features a Quintet of Modern-Day History Sleuths

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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. The Friendless Five Logline: Two polar-opposite sisters must come together to track down an historic treasure before it falls into the wrong hands. Elevator Pitch:  "The Friendless Five" is a love letter to movies like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "National Treasure," only with female protagonists and an Instagram-infused visual style. It all begins when excitable history teacher, Quincy Woodward, and her skeptical "math-whiz" sister, Addie, inherit a mysterious cipher from their late grandmother. After reluctantly joining forces to solve it, the two sisters soon find themselves on a perilous mission to track down a treasure of epic proportions. But can »


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Love Blossoms For Oscar Contenders Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Exclusive 'Freeheld' Posters

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Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 28 Films We're Most Excited to See (That We Haven't Seen Yet) After landing her first Oscar win for Best Actress last year, Julianne Moore looks to have another powerhouse performance in store for audiences in the upcoming drama "Freeheld." The Peter Sollett-directed awards hopeful is based on the true story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester and also stars Oscar nominees Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell. The movie examines what happens to a loving partnership when it isn't viewed as equal in the eyes of the law. Hester (Moore) falls in love with car mechanic Stacie Andree (Page) before being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and fearing for her partner's future, she appeals the county's board of chosen freeholders with the hopes of ensuring her pension benefits will be passed on to Stacie. The emotional storyline could not be more relevant, »


- Zack Sharf

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Jason Reitman Staging 'The Princess Bride' Tiff Live Read

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Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open The 40th Toronto International Film Festival has revealed that "The Princess Bride" script will be the subject of this year's Jason Reitman Live Read, the annual event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. The script of Rob Reiner's beloved classic will be presented to audiences in a one-take read-through, with Reitman narrating stage direction on Saturday, September 12 at 6pm. "'The Princess Bride' premiered at the Festival in 1987 and has captured audiences' imaginations ever since," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "To have this title return on the occasion of our 40th Festival, and be re-explored by a contemporary cast, is pure magic." The festival previously welcomed Reitman and all-star casts for live table reads. »


- Zack Sharf

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The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 27 Festival Films We're Most Excited to See

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Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 15 Films We've Already Seen (And You Won't Want to Miss) "Chevalier" (Tiff, Nyff)An early poster for Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari's "Chevalier" features the cryptic tagline "a buddy movie without buddies," which no doubt foreshadows all of the macho rivalries at its center. Tsangari's story follows six apparently wealthy men on a ship in the Aegean Sea playing a vaguely-defined game to determine which of them holds the greatest traits. It's never entirely clear whether they're all just messing around or feel a deeper urge to triumph in their eccentric contest. The only certainty is that Tsangari — whose "Attenberg" was a lovely and unconventional coming-of-age story — should deliver another intriguing and thoroughly original character study, which this time serves as an apt metaphor for Greece's larger problems. "Rams" (Tiff)You can expect nothing less from Iceland than an »


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Watch: Exclusive 'Poached' Trailer Reveals A Deadly, Illegal and Downright Bizarre Obsession

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Read More: Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #8: Timothy Wheeler Exposes the Strange, Serious Problem of Egg Theft in 'Poached' The world of illegal egg collecting may not be one you're instantly familiar with, but Timothy Wheeler's new documentary, "Poached," shines a light on this controversial and unusual obsession that poses a deadly threat to bird species all over the world.  The official synopsis reads: "'Poached' exposes an obsession that can wipe out a species of birds: illegal egg collecting. Egg thieves rob the nests of rare birds while a United Kingdom national police initiative named 'Operation Easter' tries to stop them. The thieves are motivated not by money but by desire for the beauty of the egg and the thrill of the chase. Thousands of eggs confiscated in police raids have been found strapped under beds, beneath floorboards and in secret rooms. With unprecedented access »


- Zack Sharf

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