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Jennifer Lawrence Defends Critically Maligned ‘Passengers’: ‘It Definitely Wasn’t a Failure’

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Jennifer Lawrence Defends Critically Maligned ‘Passengers’: ‘It Definitely Wasn’t a Failure’
Critics weren’t too kind to last year’s long-gestasting, space-set love story “Passengers,” even though it finally combined the talents of beloved stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. The film has just a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (decidedly un-fresh), where pull-quotes lambast the Morten Tyldum feature for a litany of sins, from being “disappointing” to “problematic” and having an “icky stalker scenario” that was “built upon the most disturbing premise” one critic had witnessed in years.

Yet the film prevailed at the box office, where it pulled in over $300 million in worldwide returns (and got nominated for two Oscars to boot). Audiences seemed to like it, and you know who else did, too? Lawrence herself.

Read More:‘mother!’: Jennifer Lawrence Dislocated a Rib Because She Was Hyperventilating Too Much On Set

In her revealing new Vogue cover story, the Oscar winner defended the film, though she did admit
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Fantasia 2017 Review: King Cohen and the Art of the Steal

"Anybody will put up with anything if they think a movie is being shot." These are words of wisdom, but also kind of a guerrilla filmmaking mission statement, from filmmaker Larry Cohen. Steve Mitchell's King Cohen offers a breathless sprint through the writer-director-producer's prolific 'lets just shoot the damn movie!' ethos, from writing for NBC's Kraft Theatre in the era of live television in the late 1950s through episodic shows like The Fugitive and Branded -- "The bulk of the series, Dude" -- in the 1960s to directing racy social commentary (Bone, Black Caesar, God Told Me To, The Private Lives of J. Edgar Hoover) in the 1970s and gonzo genre-mashing creature features in the 1980s (Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff), before finally settling with writing mid-tier Hollywood...

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Denis Cote: How to Get Ahead in the Independent Film World (Exclusive)

Denis Cote: How to Get Ahead in the Independent Film World (Exclusive)
Canadian filmmaker Denis Cote has won multiple awards at top festivals, including Berlin with “Vic + Flo Saw a Bear” and Locarno for “Curling.” This week he has been mentoring a group of student filmmakers at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where he advised them on how to get ahead in the independent film world. Variety was given exclusive access to the discussion.

Although he is genial, Cote doesn’t seem like a man to take hostages. He told the 10 students – gathered together by European Film Promotion as part of its Future Frames program — that they were “shy,” and given the context of the discussion – how to get your films selected by film festivals — it wasn’t a compliment.

“You need to be social. If you are this kind of weird poet director who has no friends and is always alone you might be a genius but… you need to talk to people,” he said.
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Money Is the Devil: Church Satirized in Enjoyable Early Lubitsch Comedy with Premise Similar to Keaton Classic

Money Is the Devil: Church Satirized in Enjoyable Early Lubitsch Comedy with Premise Similar to Keaton Classic
'The Doll' with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig: Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring 'the German Mary Pickford' has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy 'Seven Chances.' 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary PickfordOssi Oswalda Directed by Ernst Lubitsch (So This Is Paris, The Wedding March), the 2017 San Francisco Silent Film Festival presentation The Doll / Die Puppe (1919) has one of the most amusing mise-en-scènes ever recorded. The set is created by cut-out figures that gradually come to life; then even more cleverly, they commence the fast-paced action. It all begins when a shy, confirmed bachelor, Lancelot (Hermann Thimig), is ordered by his rich uncle (Max Kronert), the Baron von Chanterelle, to marry for a large sum of money. As to be expected, mayhem ensues. Lancelot is forced to flee from the hordes of eligible maidens, eventually
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Why Canada’s Most Singular Filmmaker Will Never Go to Hollywood — AFI Fest

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Why Canada’s Most Singular Filmmaker Will Never Go to Hollywood — AFI Fest
The current crop of acclaimed Quebec filmmakers shooting feature films south of the border speaks to an unprecedented infatuation on Hollywood’s part with French-Canadian directors.

Among the heavy hitters: Jean-Marc Vallée (“Wild,” “The Dallas Buyers Club,” HBO’s upcoming “Big Little Lies”), Philippe Falardeau (“The Bleeder,” “The Good Lie”), Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Sicario,” the forthcoming “Blade Runner” sequel), not to mention Xavier Dolan, who’s currently shooting his star-studded English-language debut, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.”

But there’s another remarkably prolific, genre-bending Montreal filmmaker – an award-winning festival regular who has clocked in nine features, one medium-length production and shorts to spare over the last decade – who’s never shown much enthusiasm about dipping his toes in the American studio system. No matter how many prizes or festival selections his films rack up (Berlin, Cannes, Locarno and Sundance among them) or how many retrospectives film societies program about his work,
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A Pirate Meets His End in New Black Sails: Season Three Clip?

Season three of Starz’ excellent pirate series Black Sails is heading to DVD/Bluray/Digital HD on November 8th and we’ve got a clip from the release. In this clip, we see stars Tom Hopper and Zach McGowan talk about a scene in which one of their character could potentially meet their end, via a noose and an angry crowd. See the clip after the jump!

Black Sails” stars Toby Stephens as the brilliant and unstoppable ‘Captain Flint.’ Stephens is an accomplished film, television and stage actor, who appeared in the feature film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi directed by Michael Bay and released in January 2016, and is well-known for his role in Die Another Day. He starred in BBC’s “Vexed” and on stage in “Noel Coward’s Private Lives,” and his many film credits include Believe and Twelfth Night. London-born Hannah New, who portrays ‘Eleanor Guthrie,
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San Sebastian to honour Gael García Bernal by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-08-03 11:54:39

Gael García Bernal to received inaugural Latin American Cinema Award at San Sebastian Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival The San Sebastian Film Festival has announced that it is inaugurating a Latin Cinema Award this year. The first recipient will be given to Gael García Bernal.

The Mexican actor - who also has a number of directing and producing credits - will receive his award at the Gala screening of Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, in which he co-stars.

Festival director José Luis Rebordinos said: “The creation of this award represents a new landmark in the Festival’s relationship with the Latin world, making for even stronger ties with its film industry while expressing appreciation for our filmmakers’ work”.

This will be Bernal’s third visit to the Festival since he came with his debut film Amores Perros, selected in 2000. He returned in 2001 in support of Y Tu Mamá También
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The Furniture: Merrily We Dance in Hail Caesar!

"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber...

Hobie Doyle is out of his element. Tossed from the great outdoors into the drawing room by the head of the studio, Alden Ehrenreich’s cowboy careens into words with hilarious indelicacy. It might be the single funniest scene in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!, now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, or at least a close second place to the hysterical clerical debate. It also has one of the most interesting sets, if not the flashiest.

The production in question is "Merrily We Dance," a genteel comedy by the director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes). A hodge-podge of George Cukor and Noel Coward, he stands in for the not-quite-closeted geniuses of the era. The film, which seems to fall somewhere between Private Lives and Dinner at Eight, sends a jilted lover to an upscale party from which the hostess has absconded to Lake Onondaga...
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 43 – Alexander Korda’s Private Lives

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor discuss Eclipse Series 16: Alexander Korda’s Private Lives.

About the films:

Though born to modest means in Hungary, Alexander Korda would go on to become one of the most important filmmakers in the history of British cinema. A producer, writer, and director who navigated toward subjects of major historical significance and mythical distinction, Korda made a name for his production company, London Films, with the Oscar-winning The Private Life of Henry VIII. He then continued his populist investigation behind the scenes and in the bedrooms of such figures as Catherine the Great, Don Juan, and Rembrandt. Mixing stately period drama with surprising satire, these films are exemplars of grand 1930s moviemaking.
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 42 – Chantal Akerman in the Seventies

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor are joined by Lady P from the FlixWise podcast to discuss Eclipse Series 19: Chantal Akerman in the Seventies.

About the films:

Over the past four decades, Belgian director Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles) has created one of cinema’s most distinctive bodies of work—formally daring, often autobiographical films about people and places, time and space. In this collection, we present the early films that put her on the map: intensely personal, modernist investigations of cities, history, family, and sexuality, made in the 1970s in the United States and Europe and strongly influenced by the New York experimental film scene. Bold and iconoclastic, these five films pushed
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Actor Alan Rickman Dies At Age 69

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The world has lost British great, Alan Rickman. The actor sadly died at the age of 69.

From the AP:

Rickman’s family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.

Born to a working-class London family in 1946 and trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish.

His breakout role was as scheming French aristocrat the Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”

Film roles included the psychopathic villain Hans Gruber who tormented Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” in 1988; a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in 1990’s “Truly Madly Deeply”; the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” in 1991; and a wayward husband in 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually.
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Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard Actor, Dead at 69

Veteran stage and screen actor Alan Rickman, best known to American audience for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, has died of cancer. He was 69 years old. Rickman arrived in New York with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1987. He was nominated for a Tony for his role as Vicomte de Valmont in the production, and the actor would receive another Tony nomination in 2002 for his work in Private Lives. Rickman was also presented with countless awards and honors for his work on the screen during the past five

Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard Actor, Dead at 69
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Oscar Winner and Queen of MGM on TCM: Still Relevant Adult Themes

Norma Shearer: The Boss' wife was cast in 'The Divorcee.' Norma Shearer movies on TCM: Early talkies and Best Actress Oscar Note: This Norma Shearer article is currently being revised and expanded. Please Check back later. Norma Shearer, one of the top stars in Hollywood history and known as the Queen of MGM back in the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of Nov. 2015. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that even though its parent company, Time Warner, owns most of Shearer's movies, TCM isn't airing any premieres. So, if you were expecting to check out a very young Norma Shearer in The Devil's Circus, Upstage, or After Midnight, you're out of luck. (I've seen all three; they're all worth a look.) It's a crime that, music score or no, restored print or no, TCM/Time Warner don't make available for viewing the
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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Noël Coward’s hilarious masterpiece, Private Lives to tour the UK

A major revival of Noël Coward’s hilarious masterpiece, Private Lives will embark on a prior to the West End UK tour starring stage and screen stars Tom Chambers (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing) as the loveable and charming Elyot and Laura Rogers (Tipping The Velvet, An Ideal Husband) as the unconventional and vivacious Amanda, alongside Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, One Night in November) as Sybil and Richard Teverson (Downton Abbey) as Victor.

This glittering production of one of the greatest plays of all time, with the opening weekend at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, on Fri 15 – 16 January 2016, directed by Tom Attenborough, with designs by Lucy Osborne, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Gregory Clarke.

Other confirmed venues for this major new production of Private Lives include the Churchill Theatre, Bromley (18-23 January), Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (25-30 January), Theatre Royal, Brighton (1-6 February), New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (8-
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9 Destination Theater Festivals Across the U.S.

Are you looking for your next weekend getaway? We love summer theater festivals for their rotating rep of high-level productions—think classics, family musicals, and hot new works—and for their scenic small-town surroundings. Whether you’ve flocked to a fest every summer since childhood or are looking for a new experience, here are nine amazing destination theater festivals across the country. American Players (Spring Green, Wis.)“Come play in the woods” with this Spring Green, Wis., theater company, which produces eight plays in rotating rep from June through October each year. The company is situated on over 100 acres of beautiful Wisconsin land, and audiences enjoy world-class works from the 1148-seat outdoor amphitheater or Apt’s intimate indoor space. This year, make the trip for plays including “The Island,” written by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, and the beloved Noël Coward comedy “Private Lives.” Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield,
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Minuscule: Valley Of The Lost Ants DVD Review

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants, based on/built from the TV show – Minuscule – The Private Lives of Insects, is not just an animated adventure, but a kind of artistic experiment.

It’s a story told visually, with no dialog beyond the hoots and squeaks of ladybugs and ants, which makes it a challenging experiment already, but it is also an experiment of form, structure, and thematic content. It’s an effort that ultimately betrays the European sensibilities responsible for it.

A ladybug gets separated from her family, and finds herself in a lunchbox that a group of black ants are very interested in. She (just based on the “ladybug” standard) is dragged away by the ants, who are after the sugar cubes, and when some nasty red ants get involved, the adventure begins. Our ladybug has to figure out, not just the situation she’s in at the moment,
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Oscar Winner Went All the Way from Wyler to Coppola in Film Career Spanning Half a Century

Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper.[1] Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year.
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2014: A Year Looking For Representation in Cinema

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It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.

Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race
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The Crucible to get UK cinema screenings

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The Crucible to get UK cinema screenings
The Old Vic’s production, starring Richard Armitage, to be screened in more than 350 cinemas.

The Old Vic’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Yaël Farber and starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), is to be screened in more than 350 cinemas across the UK on Dec 4 and Dec 7.

The screenings will be handled by DigitalTheatre.com and CinemaLive. Further worldwide territories are set to be announced in the interim.

It marks the first time DigitalTheatre.com has worked with the Old Vic and was filmed live in HD using multiple cameras.

CinemaLive, which hold the record for the highest grossing recorded theatre production in UK box office history for DigitalTheatre.com’s Private Lives, will distribute The Crucible across the UK.

More info can be found at www.thecrucibleonscreen.com
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