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Remembering Héctor Babenco by Anne-Katrin Titze

Reaching for the Moon director Bruno Barreto: "Héctor’s greatest film 'Pixote'. Poetry and violence fill the screen in a ruthless way." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Héctor Babenco died on July 13, 2016. His adaptation of Manuel Puig's Kiss Of The Spider Woman, screenplay Leonard Schrader, starring Raúl Juliá, William Hurt and Sônia Braga, received four Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay with Hurt winning Best Actor.

Tom Waits was in two of Babenco's films, William Kennedy's Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep (both Oscar nominated) and the adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's At Play In The Fields Of The Lord, screenplay by Babenco, Jean-Claude Carrière and Vincent Patrick, starring Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah, Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates.

"One of the greatest scenes in the history of cinema - Fernando Ramos da Silva (Pixote) is nursed by Marília Pêra (the
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Movie Review: Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

At the beginning of Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, Ed Meyers (a lackluster Giovanni Ribisi), a thirty-something journalist with the Miami Globe in 1959, claims that Ernest “Papa” Hemingway (Adrian Sparks), saved his life. He says the author helped him become a writer and provided him with hope during an orphaned childhood. After Ed was fired for misspelling “maybe,” he stayed up nights during his probationary period copying each of Ernest’s short stories. “I learned grammar, dialogue,” essentially everything, he tells him and his wife, Mary (Joely Richardson), on a beach on Havana, Cuba, where the Hemingways live. This is after he makes contact with Ernest which starts a strange kind of friendship between the two – Ed’s thank you letter to Ernest was actually mailed by his girlfriend and colleague, Debbie Hunt (an underused Minka Kelly), because he was too scared to send it.

Ed says, “I needed to tell
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Maria Lynn to depart Wolfe after 22 years

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Maria Lynn will retire as co-president of Wolfe Releasing at the end of March as co-president Jim Stephens assumes the role of sole president.

During her 22-year tenure Lynn helped steer the company as a leading distributor of Lgbt cinema.

“From the beginning, Maria has been a passionate supporter of Lgbt films and filmmakers,” said founder Kathy Wolfe. “She has played an integral role in the growth of our company and we will miss her incredible talent, dedication and passion.”

“Wolfe has been an amazing journey and I will forever be grateful for the experience of working with our partners, filmmakers and the Wolfe Pack,” said Lynn.

Stephens (pictured) was named co-president last year and has sat on the board since July 2013.

His credits include Reaching For The Moon, I Am Divine, Free Fall, Pit Stop, Five Dances and Tru Love.

“I enjoyed working with Maria as Co-President and have deep respect for her and the company
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Cinema Management Group launches European hub

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Cinema Management Group launches European hub
Efm: The Beverly Hills-based sales agency has launched a full-time office in Paris named Cmg Europe Sas.

The new venture will meet with producers at the Efm this week to discuss a number of projects as Cmg chief Edward Noeltner aims to expand his co-production business.

Cmg has been expanding its international portfolio and recently acquired the Argentina-Canada-Italy family film and recent Sundance selection The Games Maker.

The slate includes Venezuelan production Liz In September from Camera d’Or winner Fina Torres, while Bruno Barreto is in pre-production with another Latin American title.

“We were extremely pleased with our collaboration with Bruno on Reaching For The Moon and his new project, written by Bruno and Matthew Chapman has got huge international appeal,” said Noeltner.

Cmg will also present in Berlin The Messenger, its latest UK title after Saving Santa 3D and Plastic.

David Blair directs Robert Sheehan, Lily Cole and Joely Richardson in supernatural tale The Messenger from producer
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Memories of Alice, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Julianne Moore as Alice in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's candid Still Alice: "She welcomed the role without any trepidation."

Alec Baldwin's character, Julianne Moore's connection to Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Lyle Lovett's If I Had A Boat sung by Karen Elson, fame for Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon are remembered. James Keach's Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, The Time of the Harvest, Elizabeth Bishop and Bruno Barreto's Reaching For The Moon, Rita Hayworth, Marcel Proust, and Stacey Battat's costumes come into our conversation about Still Alice. Alice's children are played by Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart.

Anne-Katrin Titze: You quote Elizabeth Bishop's The Art Of Losing. It's beautifully used by Alice.

Kristen Stewart as Lydia: "Lydia is away on the other coast and becomes very significant in the story.
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Memories of Alice, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Still Alice co-director/writer Wash Westmoreland on Julianne Moore: "She has that way of acting that has a mystery to it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Still Alice, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland stage an entrancing battle around the power of remembrance, a form of detective story on memory loss, starring Julianne Moore, who gives a mesmerizing performance as a linguistics professor diagnosed at age 50 with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. Kate Bosworth, Kristen Stewart and Hunter Parrish play her children, who all weather the storm in their own way. Alec Baldwin, as her husband, wants to flee and stay, he fell in love with her mind and can't bear to see it go.

Julianne Moore as Alice: "Alice is terrified of her deterioration but tries to act as normal as possible. She is spinning a lot of plates."

Rita Hayworth's legacy, Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood,
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Reaching for the Moon review messy but respectful biopic of artists' relationships

Poet Elizabeth Bishop and landscape architect Lota de Macedo Soares's messy lives and loves are paid watchable tribute

The take-home moral of most biopics is that you can be gifted or happy but never both, especially if you're an artist. Reaching for the Moon gets to make this point twice with its account of the tempestuous relationship between American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and Brazilian landscape architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires). Not only do they have to navigate around Lota's first girlfriend (Tracy Middendorf), and battle for success during the homophobic 1950s and 60s, but they also have to deal with Elizabeth's alcoholism and Lota's mental instability. Director Bruno Barreto doesn't always succeed in carving a clear shape out of the messy raw material, but the film is consistently watchable, and pays due tribute to its protagonists' talent, illustrated by frequent recitations of Bishop's poetry and location work showing off Soares' designs,
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Reaching for the Moon Review

Distinguished American wordsmith Elizabeth Bishop is renowned for her non-confessional, somewhat impersonal approach to poetry, as though peering in at the world from the outside and not always commenting from within. While certainly tender, she was sometimes described as being detached – and this Bruno Barreto biopic frustratingly abides by such a principle, almost shadowing that of its protagonist, as a film comes across as being a little disengaged.

Miranda Otto plays Elizabeth, as we look predominantly into her tragic lesbian love affair with the renowned Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires). Though initially flying over to the South American nation for a mere holiday to catch up with an old friend Mary (Tracy Middendorf), the poet finds herself falling hopelessly in love with Mary’s partner, and the pair enter into an illicit affair, causing Elizabeth to move in at the Brazilian property. However as their love grows ever stronger,
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Film Review: 'Reaching for the Moon'

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★★★☆☆Bruno Barreto's handsome, English-language biopic Reaching for the Moon (2013) follows the passionate relationship between Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (The Lord of the Rings star Miranda Otto) and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires). It's 1951 and Elizabeth, suffering from writers' block, is encouraged by fellow poet Robert Lowell (Treat Williams) to try a change of scene. Elizabeth embarks on a journey around South American and stops off to visit Mary (Tracy Middendorf), an old college friend now settled in Brazil. Mary lives with Lota on her beautiful landscaped country estate, where they regularly entertain fellow urbanites with similar pursuits.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns to the top of the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 11th – Sunday 13th April 2014…

After dropping to second place last weekend, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier has reclaimed top spot at the UK box office, with a third-weekend haul of £1.78 million giving the Phase Two sequel £14.6 million to date on these shores.

With second, third and fourth place occupied by last week’s big releases Noah, Rio 2 and Divergent, the highest new entry of this weekend was Hammer’s The Quiet Ones, which pulled in £681,305 to take fifth. The Irish comedy Calvary – which reunites The Guard director John Michael McDonagh and star Brendan Gleeson – earned a solid £571,489 from just 150 screens to take seventh ahead of another new release, martial arts sequel The Raid 2, which pulled in £454,150.

Number one this time last year: Oblivion

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, £1,782,201 weekend; £14,618,819 total (3 weeks)

2. Noah, £1,591,916 weekend; £5,868,788 total (2 weeks)

3. Rio 2,
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If You Keep "Reaching For The Moon", You'll End Up In A Lesbian Love Triangle In Rio. Probably.

Reaching for the Moon is based on the real-life romance between poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pires) in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s. At the start of the film, Elizabeth travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit her best friend from college Mary (Tracy Middendorf) who lives in Brazil's lush paradise with her lover Lota. She only plans on staying for a few days, but circumstances change when Lota and Elizabeth unexpectedly fall for each other.

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GLAAD Media Awards Celebrate Blue Is The Warmest Color And Dallas Buyers Club

While the Academy Awards is the ceremony sure to earn the most ink over the coming weeks, the GLAAD Media Awards are an honor held more closely to the hearts of some. Seeking to celebrate films, TV shows, mini-series and websites that represent the Lgbt community, GLAAD's ceremony shines a spotlight on a part of the artistic community that has been forced into the shadows for too long. You can see the full list of nominations at THR, but we're sharing the film nominations below: Outstanding Film - Wide Release Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance Selects) Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Sony Pictures Releasing) Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Outstanding Film - Limited Release Concussion (RADiUS-The Weinstein Company) Geography Club (Breaking Glass Pictures) Out in the Dark (Breaking Glass Pictures) Reaching for the Moon (Wolfe Releasing) Yossi (Strand
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'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' earn GLAAD Media Awards nominations

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The 2014 GLAAD Media Awards nominations have been announced, celebrating TV shows, movies, music artists and journalism that puts forth fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

The awards are given our in two ceremonies, April 12 in Los Angeles and May 3 in New York. The nominees are as follows:

Outstanding Drama Series

"The Fosters"

"Grey's Anatomy"

"Orphan Black"

"Pretty Little Liars"

"Shameless"

Outstanding Comedy Series

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

"Glee"

"Modern Family"

"Orange is the New Black"

"Please Like Me"

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular Lgbt character)

"Bride and Prejudice," "The Soul Man"

"Larp and the Real Girl," "Supernatural"

"Secret Lives," "Drop Dead Diva"

"Snow Angels," "Elementary"

"There's the Door," "Necessary Roughness"

Outstanding TV Movie or Miniseries

"Behind the Candelabra"

"In the Flesh"

Outstanding Documentary

"Bridegroom"

"Call Me Kuchu"

"God Loves Uganda"

"The New Black"

"Valentine Road
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GLAAD Media Awards Announces 2014 Nominees

With two big ceremonies coming up (April 12th in Los Angeles and May 3rd in New York City), the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards has a ton of great nominees all vying for a trophy.

On the film end of things, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Blue is the Warmest Color” both received nods, and “Orange is the New Black” and “Pretty Little Liars” lead the way for television.

The GLAAD Media Awards honors the biggest and brightest stars in entertainment, journalism and real-life Lgbt movements.

The nominees for the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards are:

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance Selects)

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Philomena (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

Concussion (RADiUS-The Weinstein Company)

Geography Club (Breaking Glass Pictures)

Out in the Dark (Breaking Glass Pictures)

Reaching for the Moon
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GLAAD Media Award Nominees Announced

This morning the national Lgbt media advocacy organization GLAAD announced nominees for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. According to GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, the year “has brought momentous progress for Lgbt people and families – and our nominees have created images and stories that continue to challenge misconceptions, shatter stereotypes, and change hearts and minds of millions all across the globe.”

There are 130 nominees in 29 categories but a few notable honorees include wide release films Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena and Kill Your Darlings, all of which were previously reviewed here on TheBacklot.

In the limited release category, Geography Club scored a nod. (The film is based on the classic Ya novel by AfterElton alum Brent Hartinger.)

In the outstanding TV drama category, ABC Family scored 2 nominees: The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars.

In the TV comedy category, perennial nominees Modern Family and Glee were joined by Brooklyn Nine-Nine and
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GLAAD Media Awards Noms Unveiled

The nation’s Lgbt media advocacy group has revealed the nominees for its 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards. In the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category, Sundance Selects’ Blue Is The Warmest Color will go up against Focus FeaturesDallas Buyers Club, Sony Pictures Classics Kill Your Darlings, Sony Pictures’ The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones and The Weinstein Company’s Philomena. On the TV side, nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are The Fosters (ABC Family), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Orphan Black (BBC America), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) and Shameless (Showtime). The Comedy Series hopefuls are Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Glee (Fox), Modern Family (ABC), Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) and Please Like Me (Pivot). The MSNBC leads all networks with four noms, followed by ABC with three. Sony Pictures, The Weinstein Company and Breaking Glass Pictures are the only multiple nominees on the film side. The honors recognize media for their fair,
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‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Nominees
Dallas Buyers Club,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are among the films and TV shows nominated for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, which honors accurate representations of the Lgbtq community.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton on April 12 and New York’s Waldorf Astoria on May 3. Special honorees (yet to be announced) will be recognized in each city.

There are 130 nominees in total: 93 noms in 20 English-language categories and 37 noms in nine Spanish-language categories. English-language cablers received 28 noms, broadcast nets reeled in 11 and Netflix earned its first kudos.

The nominees also include news coverage of Lgbtq issues in print, broadcast and web outlets as well as musicians, comicbook writers and bloggers. Interviews with NBA players Jason Collins and Kenneth Faried on “E:60” and “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” respectively; Ariel Levy’s profile of
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‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Nominees
Dallas Buyers Club,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are among the films and TV shows nominated for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, which honors accurate representations of the Lgbtq community.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton on April 12 and New York’s Waldorf Astoria on May 3. Special honorees (yet to be announced) will be recognized in each city.

There are 130 nominees in total: 93 noms in 20 English-language categories and 37 noms in nine Spanish-language categories. English-language cablers received 28 noms, broadcast nets reeled in 11 and Netflix earned its first kudos.

The nominees also include news coverage of Lgbtq issues in print, broadcast and web outlets as well as musicians, comicbook writers and bloggers. Interviews with NBA players Jason Collins and Kenneth Faried on “E:60” and “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” respectively; Ariel Levy’s profile of
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2014 Athena Film Festival Lineup Includes Belle, Short Term 12, The Book Thief & In A World

Belle

The 2014 Athena Film Festival has unveiled its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films.

The New York Premiere of Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and directed by Amma Asante, is the Athena Film Festival’s Opening Film, screening on Thursday evening. Decoding Annie Parker, starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton and directed by Steven Bernstein, is the festival’s Centerpiece Film, and will be screened on Friday evening. Geraldine Ferraro: Paving The Way, directed by her daughter, Donna Zaccaro, is the festival’s Closing Film, screening on Sunday evening.

The festival honors extraordinary women in the film industry and showcases films that address women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Now in its fourth year, the festival runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights. Artemis Rising Foundation is the Founding Sponsor of the Festival.

The Book Thief

Among
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Psiff unveils Cine Latino contenders

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Organisers at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival have announced the 21 films eligible for the Cine Latino Award. The festival kicks off on January 3.

The $7,000 cash prize is presented to the best Ibero-American film screening at the festival and is sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University Of Guadalajara Foundation/USA.

“2013 has been a stellar year for the Ibero-American films,” said Psiff Ibero-American programmer Hebe Tabachnik.

“The cinema from Latin America, Spain and Portugal has been abundant, diverse and proved again to be in the forefront for its innovative approach to subject matter and visual styles.”

“I thought last year’s official selection of the Cine Latino Award was of the highest level,” said Iván Trujillo Bolio, director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

“This year, the selection proves to be a significant platform to showcase Ibero-American cinema, and I have no doubt that the competition will be fierce.”

“The Cine Latino
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