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Interview: Director Jack C. Newell on Digital Release of ‘Open Tables’

30 November 2016 1:08 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Local filmmaking has always gotten a boost through director Jack C. Newell. His 2015 film “Open Tables,” shot in Chicago and Paris, will get it’s digital release on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, on iTunes and Video-On-Demand. This coincides with his art project “The Wabash Lights,” and his continued production work.

Open Tables” features couples and groups meeting in restaurants, talking about their lives and relationships. Although the centerpiece is food, the meal is the conversation, including a story about a sojourn into Paris – shot in black and white. Newell directed the film in the improvisation style rooted in the Chicago comedy scene, much like his first narrative film, “Close Quarters,” which featured many local improvisation artists. He also takes on the lead role as Ryan, who defines himself through the adventure in Paris. The film explores and provides perspective on the elusiveness of relationships.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Asphalt Jungle

29 November 2016 2:06 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

John Huston’s primal heist film is an almost perfect movie, with a score of unforgettable characterizations. A solid crime noir, it concerns itself with the human ironies in the ‘left handed form of human endeavor.’

The Asphalt Jungle

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The Criterion Collection 847

1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 112 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 13, 2016 /

Starring Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore, Jean Hagen, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Dexter.

Cinematography Harold Rosson

Art Direction Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons

Film Editor George Boemler

Original Music Miklos Rosza

Written by Ben Maddow and John Huston from the novel by W.R. Burnett

Produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr.

Directed by John Huston

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Talk about a film that becomes only more enjoyable with each viewing…   John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle is the Singin’ in the Rain of noir masterpieces. »

- Glenn Erickson

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How FilmRise Will Spend $27 Million in 6 Months (And Why The Distributor Has Offers For More)

20 October 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Tough times for indie distributors? Not when it’s FilmRise. Earlier this month, the Brooklyn-based distributor raised an additional $27 million led by Harlan Capital Partners, the investment firm that initially backed FilmRise by leading a $25 million investment a year ago.

What’s more: FilmRise plans to spend the $27 million in the next six months, and co-founder and CEO Danny Fisher says he already has offers for more.

FilmRise is using its latest capital injection to double down on its aggressive acquisition strategy, which will see the company release around 24 movies theatrically during the next year, plus many more digitally. While the majority of FilmRise’s revenue comes from digital releases, the company moved into releasing films theatrically last year with Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue.”

While FilmRise’s expansion into theatrical distribution might sound like a major milestone, a competing distributor said that without the boost of a theatrical release, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Solange Releases Powerful ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes in the Sky’ Videos — Watch

3 October 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

2016 is the year of the Knowles women, thanks to Beyonce’s boundary-busting “Lemonade” and now little sister Solange’s latest burst of her own creative output. Solange’s newest album — and her first since the 2012 Ep offering “True” — has only just arrived, yet the singer-songwriter is already pumping out compelling and unique content to accompany it.

Read More: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ is a Celebration of Black Identity (Analysis)

Like two brand-new music videos! Directed alongside Alan Ferguson (a seasoned music video director with a ton of exciting vids under his belt, including works for Beyonce herself, Jay-z, Fall Out Boy and Janelle Monae, in addition to being Solange’s husband), Solange has now released a pair of videos for her songs “Don’t Touch My Hair” and “Cranes in the Sky.”

Both videos pack major visual punch, stellar choreography and Solange taking center stage. And, as has long been Solange’s bent, »

- Kate Erbland

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The 20 Funniest Movies Ever Made

23 September 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Comedy is very subjective but a great comedy will stand the test of time and continue to make generation after generation laugh. Some people like their humor dry, while some like it shocking and offensive. Whatever your taste, good humor will always be out there. Here are 20 great comedies that will no doubt continue to be appreciated in the future.

 20. Fargo: The Cohen Brothers funniest black comedy may not be for everyone's taste, because it is quite violent. However, underneath all that is a droll observation on the human condition, highlighted by a winning performance from Frances McDormand as a very likeable and very pregnant police chief. Her character police chief Marge Gunderson is kind, clever and compassionate. She’s a much more admirable role model than all the recent ‘badass female’ clichés we’ve been inundated with lately. Another standout here is William H. Macy as a two-bit schemer who's plan utterly backfires. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Michel Gondry Directs ‘We Are the Night’ Bacardi Commercial — Watch

22 September 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Next time you’re partying late at night and trying to decide on what to imbibe, allow Michel Gondry to help make up your mind. The “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless” mind director has directed a new ad for Bacardi.

Read More: Michel Gondry Directs White Stripes Video for ‘City Lights’ — Watch

“After dark we come,” begins the cool-sounding narrator. “The night shepherds leading their flock. The grey shirts and the still-in-work-shirts united against all dress codes. The glow gals illuminated by a thousand likes.” Other hip groups singled out for praise: the lords of the playlist, careless dancers, the fashionably late who will forever be just five minutes away, ice maidens braving the cold, midnight feasters and last-train sprinters. All of them, we’re assured, are the night.

Read More: Michel Gondry’s Mysterious Career: How He Keeps Making Movies Even When Nobody’s Watching

Gondry’s most recent »

- Michael Nordine

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Newswire: Michel Gondry surprises his pals The White Stripes with a new music video

12 September 2016 12:23 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Getting a surprise from a friend is always nice, but it’s probably especially delightful when your friend is famously quirky French film director Michel Gondry. Gondry—whose most recent film, Microbe & Gasoline, debuted back in July—apparently was feeling especially whimsical in the shower the other day, and so he set up his camera and decided to make a music video for the recently unearthed White Stripes song “City Lights”:

According to a press release from White Stripes frontman Jack White, the video was made completely independently by Gondry without asking permission from the band first. They clearly weren’t mad about it, though—who would be?—and they’re now sharing this cute gesture of friendship and fandom with the public. Gondry, of course, has worked with The White Stripes before, most notably directing their famous Lego-based video for “Fell In Love With A Girl.”

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- Katie Rife

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Watch Michel Gondry’s Steamy Music Video For The White Stripes’ “City Lights”

12 September 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Aside from creating one of the best sci-fi films of the 21st century so far, Michel Gondry is perhaps best known for his wildly inventive music videos, and one band that seems to bring the best out of him is The White Stripes. While they don’t technically have a new album on the way, Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 was recently released, and one of the songs was the newly unearthed “City Lights,” written back during the Get Behind Me Satan Days.

As any great director friend should do, Gondry went ahead on his own and shot a music video for it, which features some playful, steamy action in the shower (although, perhaps not the kind you are thinking). Check out the video and album below, along with a message from Third Man Records and Gondry’s other White Stripes videos.

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- Jordan Raup

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Michel Gondry Directs White Stripes Video for ‘City Lights’ — Watch

12 September 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Michel Gondry’s latest film “Microbe and Gasoline,” about two friends who embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves, premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival before being released in limited release this past July. It received mostly positive reviews from critics who praised Gondry’s restraint in contrast to his usual fantastical whimsy. Now, Gondry has returned with another directorial effort, only this time it’s a music video for the now-defunct modern blues group The White Stripes.

Read More: Michel Gondry’s Mysterious Career: How He Keeps Making Movies Even When Nobody’s Watching

Jack White, one half of the White Stripes, recently shared a previously unreleased White Stripes track entitled “City Lights,” which will appear on his career-spanning new compilation album “Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.” Gondry apparently whipped up a music video for the song “as a gift,” according to a press release, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Mel Brooks: Why 'Blazing Saddles' Is the 'Funniest Movie Ever Made'

31 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"It's a good thing you're in New York and I'm in Los Angeles then," Mel Brooks says, before howling with laughter. He's just been informed that, as preparation for getting the 90-year-old filmmaker on the phone, the interviewer he's speaking to has consumed a large amount of black coffee and baked beans — the same combination that fuels the notorious, and extremely noisy campfire sequence in Blazing Saddles. "Actually, three thousand miles between us might not be enough — it depends on the coffee. There are easier ways to get in the mood to talk to me, »

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Daily | Listening | Crawford, Herzog, Chaplin

15 August 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Karina Longworth's marvelous podcast, You Must Remember This, returns from a summer break with a new series on Joan Crawford. The first episode (44'18") focuses on the young Lucille LeSueur and swerves off on an entertaining detour for background on Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. More listening: Werner Herzog is impressed by Kanye West's Famous; Joseph McBride discusses Charles Chaplin's City Lights; Sam Fragoso talks with Ira Sachs about Little Men and more; White Reindeer director Zach Clark talks with John Waters about Multiple Maniacs, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Justin Bieber and Terrence Malick; and the latest edition of Illusion Travels By Streetcar is about "The Madness of Busby Berkeley." » - David Hudson »

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Forbidden Hollywood Volume 10

25 June 2016 7:43 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Woo hoo! The pre-Code marvels return for one last go-round -- tales of sin and moral turpitude but also serious pictures about social issues that the Production Code effectively swept from Hollywood screens -- financial crimes and ethnic bigotry. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 10 Guilty Hands, The Mouthpiece, Secrets of the French Police, The Match King, Ever in My Heart DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1932-1934 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 63, 62, 78, 85, 70 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / available through the WBshop / 40.99 Starring Lionel Barrymore, Kay Francis, Madge Evans; Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline McMahon; Frank Morgan, Gwili Andre, Gregory Ratoff Rochelle Hudson; Warren William, Lili Damita, Glenda Farrell, Claire Dodd; Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Kruger, Ralph Bellamy, Ruth Donnelly. Cinematography Merritt B. Gerstad, Barney McGill; Alfred Gilks; Robert Kurrie; Written by Bayard Veiller; Joseph Jackson, Earl Baldwin, Frank J. Collins; Samuel Ornitz, Robert Tasker; Houston Branch, Sidney Sutherland, Einar Thorvaldson; Bertram Millhauser, Beulah Marie Dix. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Review: The New York Philharmonic's Tribute To Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" (1931)

21 May 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

One of the great joys any retro movie lover can experience is to view a screening of a classic film with a world-class orchestra playing the musical score as live accompaniment. Many acclaimed orchestras are now doing just that and delighting movie lovers across the globe. Among the most impressive performances, not surprisingly,  are those presented by the New York Philharmonic, which has a very popular film-related series that is as diversified as it is irresistible. On May 19, the the Nyp presented a superb tribute to Charlie Chaplin with a screening of his 1931 masterpiece, "City Lights". Conductor Timothy Brock informed that audience that by 1931 silent film was already dead. The new era of sound was all the rage but Chaplin's clout and popularity were such that he could still find financing for his films despite his insistence that they would be shot and presented as silent movies. »

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Book Review: “TCM Presents The Essentials—52 Must-see Movies And Why They Matter” (2016; by Jeremy Arnold; Foreword by Robert Osborne) (Running Press)

16 May 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The Essentials”—A Good Starting Point

By Raymond Benson

Any book that claims to be a collection of the “best” of something—whether it is a listing of movies, music, art, and so forth—has to be taken with a grain of salt. These kinds of things are entirely subjective; although in this case, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) does have a kind of clout and expertise in the matter.

That said, we have this beautifully-designed and illustrated coffee-table trade paperback that contains not 1000, not 100, not 50... but 52 “essential must-see movies.” TCM’s spokesperson, Robert Osborne, explains the criteria in his Foreword—“The Essentials” is a weekly Saturday night event on the television network in which a guest host (the likes of Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Peter Bogdanovich, Drew Barrymore, and more) introduce a picture he or she believes is an Essential. The book is a collection of some of these Essentials, »

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New York Philharmonic Upcoming Film-related Concerts

7 May 2016 3:17 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

The New York Philharmonic has an exciting schedule of events relating to classic film.

On May 19 there will be a live orchestra accompaniment to Charlie Chaplin's silent film classic "City Lights". (Click here for details).  On May 20-21, there will be a live orchestra accompaniment to Walt Disney's "Fantasia". (Click here for details). On May 24, there will be a major concert celebrating the film scores of John Williams. (Click here for details). 

 

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NYC Weekend Watch: Polanski, Akerman, Ozu, Prince & More

28 April 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

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“Fassbinder’s Top 10” offers Salò on Friday, Walsh‘s The Naked and the Dead & Visconti‘s The Damned on Saturday, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Sunday. All are on 35mm.

Roman Polanski‘s Frantic shows this Sunday, as does Ashes and Embers.

Spirited Away and The Cat Returns play as part of “Studio Ghibli Weekends. »

- Nick Newman

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The Top 25 Funniest Actors of All Time

16 April 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Who are the funniest, wackiest, cleverest, wittiest comic actors in the history of film and television? Take a look at our list and see who we came up with.

 

The top 25 laugh-getters…

 

 #25…George Carlin: Probably the best stand-up comedian of all-time. He brilliantly satirized American culture, mixing his liberal social commentary with an often unapologetically coarse and dirty style of language. His penchant for obscenities was most evident in his trademark routine “Seven words you can never say on television”. No one was better at mocking the excesses of American culture than Carlin.

 #24…Robin Williams: He had a manic energy and great improvisational skills. His hyper, free-form style inspired many comedians to follow, such as Jim Carrey. He shot to fame in the TV series Mork & Mindy, before breaking away to very successful movie career, appearing in films like Good Morning Vietnam, The World According to Garp, Mrs. Doubtfire and Popeye. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Rita Gam obituary

29 March 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Versatile actor with notable roles in films such as The Thief and Klute

The actor Rita Gam, who has died aged 87, starred in many films from the 1950s onwards, alongside famous names including Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda. When just 24, with modest stage and television experience, she was cast opposite another leading figure, Ray Milland, for her Hollywood debut in what the publicity described as “the only motion picture of its kind”.

This was The Thief (1952), a cold war spy film devised by the writer-director Russell Rouse in the style of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) as a sound film entirely without dialogue. Indeed, Rouse went one better in having no intertitles, the cards using written words to set the scene or supply the dialogue.

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- Brian Baxter

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Rita Gam obituary

29 March 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Versatile actor with notable roles in films such as The Thief and Klute

The actor Rita Gam, who has died aged 87, starred in many films from the 1950s onwards, alongside famous names including Gregory Peck and Jane Fonda. When just 24, with modest stage and television experience, she was cast opposite another leading figure, Ray Milland, for her Hollywood debut in what the publicity described as “the only motion picture of its kind”.

This was The Thief (1952), a cold war spy film devised by the writer-director Russell Rouse in the style of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) as a sound film entirely without dialogue. Indeed, Rouse went one better in having no intertitles, the cards using written words to set the scene or supply the dialogue.

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- Brian Baxter

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Top 10 Oscar Surprises

24 February 2016 11:21 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here are 10 Oscar moments that left us gobsmacked. Which winners, speeches, performances, fashions, and gaffes surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below. 10. Charlie Chaplin Receives 12-Minute Standing Ovation (1972) It may not be surprising, exactly — after all, he earned it with "The Gold Rush," "City Lights," "Modern Times," and "The Great Dictator," among others — but the sheer length of the ovation Chaplin upon receiving an honorary Oscar in 1972 left the filmmaker himself nearly speechless. (Though he'd received a special award for "The Circus" in 1929, his remarkable career had, to that point, netted but three competitive nominations — two for "The Great Dictator" and one for "Monsieur Verdoux" — and no wins.) As perhaps the greatest of the silent cinema's actors and directors understood, there are times when "words seem so futile, so feeble," and this was surely one. 9. Roberto »

- Matt Brennan

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