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Why 'Jenny's Wedding' Went Indiegogo

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In February 2014, writer-director Mary Agnes Donoghue ("Beaches") and producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin launched a  campaign on Indiegogo to raise post-production finishing funds for indie romantic comedy "Jenny's Wedding," starring Katherine Heigl, Grace Gummer and Alexis Bledel. The movie will debut at Outfest on July 10 and will open via IFC Films On Demand and in theaters on July 31. "Jennifer's Wedding," which wrapped production in Cleveland, Ohio in November 2013, is about what happens when Jenny (Heigl), the daughter of a close-knit family, finally decides to marry. Her old-fashioned parents (Tom Wilkinson and Linda Emond) want her to settle down, but react badly when she announces that she is going to marry a woman.  While the producers successfully financed the film via Merced Media Partners and PalmStar Media Capital (executive producers are PalmStar’s »


- Anne Thompson

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Ned Kelly Heads Back to Big Screen for Director Justin Kurzel's 'True History Of The Kelly Gang'

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Fresh off a strong showing at Cannes in May for Weinstein Co's "Macbeth," writer-director Justin Kurzel shows no signs of slowing down. Kurzel and "Snowtown Murders" collaborator Shaun Grant are retracing their Australian crime roots with an upcoming adaptation of Peter Carey's novel, "True History of the Kelly Gang." The story chronicles the life and death of one of the most wanted bushrangers in Australian history, told in autobiographical splendor by Kelly himself. Read More: Murderous 'Macbeth' is Perfect Fit for Justin Kurzel Backed by Australia's Porchlight and the UK's Daybreak Pictures, likeminded duo Kurzel and Grant will return to their native Australia to bring Kelly's fourth cinematic incarnation back to life. Aussie Heath Ledger made the role famous back in 2003 when he played the beloved titular outlaw. Presumably Kurzel should have no trouble luring another star to play one of history's »


- Ruben Guevara

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Rip Producer Jerry Weintraub: He Navigated Hollywood 'His Way'

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"Oceans Eleven" producer and one-time United Artists chairman Jerry Weintraub died on Monday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 77. His film credits include “The Karate Kid,” “Nashville” and “National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation.” He won Emmys for 2014 climate change documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” and Steven Soderbergh's HBO Liberace biopic, “Behind The Candelabra.” Weintraub was one of those larger-than-life Hollywood figures who helped to define the image of what a movie producer is. Well into his 70s he was enjoying a resurgence that began with Steven Soderbergh's "Oceans Eleven" series and continued with his bestselling autobiography "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead" and the entertaining 2011 Doug McGrath HBO doc "His Way." "I'm an event guy,"  Weintraub told me on the phone from his desert hideaway. "Billy Friedkin used to call me 'Presents.' I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and »


- Anne Thompson

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Holiday Box Office Totals Are In: Here's What Actually Ruled the Weekend

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Studios have reported weekend actuals, and as seemed possible yesterday, "Inside Out" ended up edging out "Jurassic World" for top spot, reaching number one in its third week. This ends the dinos' three-week run at the top. Why? "Inside Out" had a smaller shortfall than the other two tightly bunched of the three. Disney's guess actually was close — "Inside Out," at just under $29.8 million, was about 1% below the initial $30.1 million estimate. But "Jurassic" was more than 5% lower: $29.2 million compared to the original $30.9 million. "Terminator: Genisys" dropped 6%, coming in at $27 million rather than the earlier estimated $28.7 million, thus remaining in third place. Reversing the trend, "Magic Mike Xxl" came in an almost unprecedented — and ever more remarkable considering the overall trend — 10% higher than the earlier estimate, grossing $12.9 million rather than $11.6 million. This suggests a »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Tab Hunter, Out of the Hollywood Closet and in His Own Words

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Why did Tab Hunter, 1950s all-American adonis and Hollywood star, want to make a movie about his life? "I figured, 'Get it from the horse's mouth, not from some other horse's ass after I'm dead and gone." You might not know this blond-headed hunk (now 83) from the days of Tinseltown's yesteryear because he wasn't exactly a marquee idol. He enjoyed a mid-sized movie career, starring in war pictures in the 1950s before landing a plum contract at Warner Bros. — all the while keeping his private life off the record, on the Q.T. and very hush-hush. Well, almost. Director Jeffrey Schwarz un-closets this Fifties Golden Boy in "Tab Hunter Confidential," the documentary film version of Hunter's memoir, co-penned by noir czar Eddie Muller nearly a decade ago. Schwarz discovered Hunter's story while interviewing him and his longtime partner (and former Fox executive) Allan Glaser for Schwarz's "I Am Divine," a documentary portrait of none-other-than Divine, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Sci-fi 'Z for Zachariah,' Starring Robbie, Ejiofor and Pine, Heads for Late August Release

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Whenever a movie lands a late August release date, the warning flags go up in Hollywood. Why? Well, if it's a studio, the movie is going out during what is considered not prime summer playing time. This is when "Exorcist," "Halloween" and "Expendables" movies get to play. That doesn't mean that a word-of-mouth hit can't break out during this usually less-than-competitive period ("Superbad," "Bring It On," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"). And distributors can decide that they need a little extra playing room, because maybe their elements aren't that strong, or they're afraid of going up against the big summer guns. As for the indies, there's more room to play in August. But opening then often signals: "This is not an awards movie." If it were, distributors would wait just a few more weeks for the fall festivals and the adult quality film season. (Historically, the Weinstein brothers have done well in this. »


- Anne Thompson

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Listen to James Gray Talk Fellini, 'The Immigrant' and His Favorite Movies

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James Gray has, since 1994 debut "Little Odessa," enjoyed a fruitful American indie film career despite studio pressures and tussles, including TWC's infamous dumping of "The Immigrant," his 2013 Cannes premiere that became a critics' cause celebre.  Gray, now foraying into television with a hardboiled animated series for adults, joins host Peter Labuza on the latest episode of The Cinephiliacs podcast to unpack his work, thoughts on indie filmmaking and Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria" whose streetwalker with a heart of gold played by Giulietta Masina influenced Marion Cotillard's tragic heroine of "The Immigrant." Listen to the podcast here. Read More: From 'The Immigrant' to 'Two Days, One Night': Oscar Nominee Marion Cotillard's Amazing Year »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams Are Actors with a Capital A in 'Southpaw' Clip

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The Weinstein Company opens the Oscar hopeful on July 24. Back at Cannes, Weinstein promised the Oscar nomination for Gyllenhaal that he didn't get for "Nightcrawler." In "Southpaw," he plays a troubled, muscled-up fighter opposite Rachel McAdams as his wife, and Rita Ora. Read our review roundup here. Read More: Weinstein Says Jake Gyllenhaal Will Land Oscar Nom for 'Southpaw' »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Exclusive 'Paulo Coelho's Best Story' Trailer Is Stranger Than Fiction

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Already released in Brazil, "Paulo Coelho's Best Story" recounts the ups and downs in the life of author most famous for "The Alchemist," the 1988 novel about an Andalusian shepherd boy's journey to Egypt. Starring Julio Andrade and Paz Vega ("Sex and Lucia," "Talk to Her," "Spanglish"), the film features art direction from Pedro Almodovar regular Antxón Gómez and Oscar-winning make-up artists Montse Ribé and David Marti. The film traces the prolific author's journey, which begins humbly in Brazil, to his triumph as an international literary celebrity who endured bouts of mental disorders, drug-taking and success as a rock musician and lyricist. Look for the film on July 31. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Stations of the Cross,' a Christ Story in 14 Tableaux (Review)

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“Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross),” which won the 2014 Best Script Silver Bear at Berlinale, is a well-designed and constructed portrait of a young, devout Catholic girl trying to make her way through a maze of satanically influenced culture (i.e., normality) and sin (e.g., attraction to a boy) while meeting the absurdly high personal standards demanded by her overbearing mother, her priest and her God. Directed by Dietrich Brueggemann, the German-language “Stations” is a sly look at religious conservatism, period – sly because it could just as easily be about Islam but is in many ways more thought provoking as a study of an otherwise typical white German family.  Made up of 14 titled segments, Brueggemann’s reworking of the stations of the cross, the film begins in Maria’s confirmation class, in which her Society of St. Pius Xii priest teaches a traditionalist interpretation of Catholicism, encouraging his young students »

- Tom Christie

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Long-Distance Romance '10,000 Km' Chronicles Love and Sex in the Modern World

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Carlos Marques-Marcet's lovely, lovely debut "10,000 Km" opens with an impressively staged single take that manages to convey the entire universe of a longterm relationship in just 23 minutes. We meet Alex (Natalia Tena) and Sergi (David Verdaguer), two Barcelonans of millennial age, in the middle of sex. It has the hot abandon of a new courtship, except they've been together for seven years. Later in the same take, delicately choreographed by the first-time director and his Dp Dagmar Weaver-Madsen, Alex opens her computer to an unexpected email announcing she has been offered a year-long residency in Los Angeles. She's a struggling photographer who, amid the tough economic realities for creative types in the post-Internet Age, can't afford to say no to the offer, and doesn't. Save that long take and a (devastating) closing scene, the rest of this subtly melancholic, modern romance spans a year of Alex and Sergi nobly »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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