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‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards
God’s Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance.

Lady Macbeth” was another multiple prize-winner, taking home the awards for best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie Ackie. Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” picked up four awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at a starry awards ceremony in London.

The British independent movie industry turned out in force, although the snow that had blanketed parts of Britain overnight kept double award-winner Rungano Nyoni from attending and had Lee telling the crowd he needed digging out of his home in Yorkshire, northern England, to make the bash.

Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by announcing “it’s been another dreadful year for planet Earth,” adding that “January
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Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New 'Star Wars' Movie

Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New 'Star Wars' Movie
A long time ago, a grade-schooler got his hands on a spaceship. He followed the assembly instructions as best he could, snapping on the cannons, the landing gear, the tiny interstellar-chess table. Soon enough, Rian Johnson was holding his very own Millennium Falcon. "The first thing I did," he recalls, "was throw it across the room, to see how it would look flying." He grins. "And it broke."

Johnson grew up, went to film school, made some good stuff, including the entertainingly twisted 2012 sci-fi drama Looper. He's nearly 44 now, though
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Backlash After President Trump Uses Boy Scout Jamboree as Political Soapbox – and Encourages Them to Boo Obama

Backlash After President Trump Uses Boy Scout Jamboree as Political Soapbox – and Encourages Them to Boo Obama
President Donald Trump started his speech in front of a huge crowd of Boy Scouts at a national jamboree Monday by asking, “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?”

Turns out, he did.

During his 35-minute speech, Trump attacked former president Barack Obama, mocked his former rival Hillary Clinton and threatened to fire Human Services Secretary Tom Price if he doesn’t deliver votes for the Gop’s health care bill.

“By the way, just a question. Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?” Trump asked the crowd of
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On this day: Annie Hall, Hot Fuzz, Jessica Lange

On this day (April 20th) in history as it relates to showbiz...

1893 Harold Lloyd, silent comedian of excellence, born in Nebraska

1889 Adolf Hitler born. The German Führer has been played in movies by literally hundreds of actors including in recent years Robert Carlyle, Udo Keir, Noah Taylor, and Bruno Ganz. On this awful subject let's consider it a shame that Jodie Foster never made that rumored Leni Reifenstahl (Triumph of the Will) biopic she was interested in doing. That would have made an interesting less covered piece of the ever-harrowing Nazi puzzle.

⇱ 1924 Oscar nominated actress Nina Foch (Executive Suite, An American in Paris, Spartacus) is born in The Netherlands. She was awesome.

1937 Modern gay hero George Takei born in Los Angeles. Becomes famous as Lt. Sulu in the Star Trek TV series in the 60s.
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Film Review: ‘Five Came Back’

Film Review: ‘Five Came Back’
World War II taught the world to be distrustful of propaganda, as the public came to realize just how effectively cinema could be used to spread anti-Semitism and a lock-step, sieg-heil conformity to demagogues. And yet, among the many insights of Mark Harris’ richly researched book “Five Came Back” — which fleshed out an oft-overlooked chapter of Hollywood history while shading a far more over-scrutinized one in the vast military history canon — was director William Wyler’s view that “all film is propaganda.” Like a loaded weapon, the power and world-changing potential of a camera is all in who’s holding it, and where that person chooses to point it.

Now, Harris’ terrific book has inspired a glossy, if somewhat snooze-inducing Netflix miniseries, “Five Came Back,” directed by Laurent Bouzereau. Simultaneously released in New York and Los Angeles theaters for an Oscar-qualifying run (offering fodder for those awards prognosticators looking for
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The use of ads in RoboCop, Total Recall & Starship Troopers

Ryan Lambie Apr 6, 2017

Adverts and TV form an integral part in Paul Verhoeven's classic sci-fi films, RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers...

"I looked at American society in a kind of dazed way when I was doing RoboCop," director Paul Verhoeven told us earlier this year. Back in the mid-80s, when he was better known for his Dutch films like Soldier Of Orange and The Fourth Man, Verhoeven was still getting used to the pace and tone of American culture - and his outsider status arguably fed into the wry, spikily satirical edge in all three sci-fi films he made while in Hollywood.

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"It was all so different from living in Holland," Verhoeven recalled. "A lot of my, let's say, amazement, at American society is in RoboCop; in the commercials, in
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Looking back at Oliver Stone's JFK

Robert Keeling Apr 19, 2017

Kevin Costner headlined an all-star cast in Oliver Stone's JFK. It was a film that led to an act of Congress being passed...

Oliver Stone’s epic conspiracy-thriller JFK, surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the case brought about by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in relation to his murder, was released in 1991 to an astonishing level of critical backlash. Even before JFK arrived in theatres it was being pilloried and attacked by many in the media. The attacks were kick-started by Washington Post correspondent George Lardner, an investigative reporter who wrote a piece called On the Set: Dallas In Wonderland; How Oliver Stone’s Version Of The Kennedy Assassination Exploits The Edge Of Paranoia, which was actually based solely on a leaked copy of Stone’s first draft of the script.

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Simon Callow webchat – your questions answered on chugging pints, Wagner and 44 years of acting

The actor and writer talked about Orson Welles, lost TV sitcom Chance in a Million, German nationalism, Jacqui Dankworth, Shakespeare and cellos

2.11pm GMT

It's been delightful if sometimes gruelling, webchatting to you all. Let's do it again sometime!

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Mike Thorne says:

I think it's quite important with Wagner to distinguish between German nationalism as espoused by the new German Reich, from Wagner's conception of a cultural phenomenon, which is a fundamental kind of Teutonic conception of life. Which is semi-mystical, and almost anthropological, with its roots as Wagner conceived of it, in pre-history. Whether this is an attractive or real thing or not is obviously a matter for discussion, but it's a different thing from a specific nationalism of a kind that Wagner was increasingly prevalent in the 19th century across Europe and beyond. Wagner was intellectually an extraordinary mix of influences, he was never as
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Paul Verhoeven Receives Career Tribute, Gives Masterclass at Marrakech

Paul Verhoeven Receives Career Tribute, Gives Masterclass at Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco — Dutch helmer Paul Verhoeven, whose most recent pic, “Elle”, is France’s entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, received a career tribute at the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival, which he said was the first time he has accepted such a homage.

The ceremony was preceded by a screening of “Robocop” in Marrakech’s Place Jemaa el-Fna.

The career tribute included a screening of “Elle,” presented by lead actress Isabelle Huppert, who was Marrakech jury president in 2014 and in recent weeks has received three major best actress awards – at the Gotham Awards, and from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and New York Film Critics Circle.

Greeting the audience in Arabic, to large applause, Huppert said that, “since his first film, ‘Turkish Delight’ we have been captivated by his obsessions, provocative spirit and his taste for representing the shock of raw violence.”

“Soldiers of
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Sci-Fi Juggernaut 'Starship Troopers' Tapped for Reboot

Sci-Fi Juggernaut 'Starship Troopers' Tapped for Reboot
The beloved sci-fi saga Starship Troopers is in line for a reboot from Columbia Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The studio tapped screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon to write the film with the hopes that it could become a new franchise. The pair previously wrote the 2003 horror mash-up Freddy vs. Jason, as well as the 2009 Friday the 13th remake. They're currently at work on a Baywatch movie and were reportedly tapped to write Disney's live-action Aladdin prequel, Genie.

Starship Troopers first arrived in 1997 and starred Casper Van Dien,
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Controversial Vaccine Documentary Debuts in NYC, Plots Theatrical Expansion

Controversial Vaccine Documentary Debuts in NYC, Plots Theatrical Expansion
A week after it was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” debuted at New York City’s Angelika Film Center to an estimated $22,000 in receipts.

In two weeks, the controversial documentary will open at the Laemmle in Santa Monica, and possibly one or two other Los Angeles locations. Distributor Cinema Libre Studio hopes to expand the film’s national footprint in the coming months, eventually screening “Vaxxed” in between 250 and 300 theaters before it debuts on home entertainment platforms in July.

The film raises questions about the link between vaccinations and autism — a potential connection that has been widely discredited in the scientific and medical communities. It was originally intended to debut in June, but Cinema Libre rushed the film into theaters in order to hit back at what it argues is misrepresentation in the media.

In an interview with Variety, Philippe Diaz, chairman of Cinema Libre,
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Review: 'The Birth Of A Nation' is a furious act of subversive historical drama

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Recently, I've found myself having to discuss some very difficult moments from history with my oldest son because I am deeply frustrated by the history he's being taught in school. It's the same history I was taught, whitewashed and sanitized and, unfortunately, not true. It's hard to explain to him that he has to regurgitate the bullshit version of things in order to pass his tests, and he's getting angry about the vast differences between what he's taught and what actually happened. When I emerged from today's screening of Nate Parker's exceptional The Birth Of A Nation today at Sundance, I overheard an exasperated "How many movies do they have to make about slavery?", and it almost stopped me in my tracks. It's not my job to get into an angry argument with anyone about a movie, but that sentiment almost did it. The correct answer to that question
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Off The Shelf – Episode 73 – New DVD & Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday, January 5th 2016

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the month of December 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Follow-Up Black Friday / Holiday Disc Purchases Mystery Science Theater Kickstarter Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD Beaver Blu-ray and DVD of the Year: 2015 News CES: Ultra HD Blu-ray News Disney: Snow White Signature Collection Warner Archive Blu-ray releases January 2016: The Ice Pirates, The Wrong Man, A Mighty Wind, Flicker Alley: L’inhumaine Thunderbean: Yuletide Flickers Arrow Video: Waking Life, Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Twilight Time: March/April titles. January pre-orders Olive Films: March Titles Disney Movie Club: Blackbeard’s Ghost Milestone: Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, Volume 1 Episode Links & Notes

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Downhill Racer Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 Fort Massacre
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New on Video: ‘Triumph of the Will’

Triumph of the Will

Written by Leni Riefenstahl, Walter Ruttmann, Eberhard Taubert

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl

Germany, 1935

It is never easy to look at Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will as anything other than what Dr. Anthony Santoro quite rightly calls a “supreme propaganda film.” As that, it is nearly unparalleled in the dubious annals of film history. Contributing to its difficulty in terms of analysis, however, is the fact that it is, at the same time, more than simply a notorious document of evil in bloom. For all the troublesome features that recurrently arise through the course of this film—the domineering presence of Adolf Hitler being just one obvious example—this is one remarkably well-crafted motion picture. Its status as the ultimate work of cinematic propaganda is, indeed, a direct result of just how superbly powerful, sadly persuasive, and expertly realized the documentary is, for better or worse.
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Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
(Editor’S Note: While every effort has been made to avoid spoilers, those seeking an untainted viewing experience are advised to avoid reviews, this one included, until after they’ve seen the movie.)

If the first “Star Wars” (1977) hadn’t already been rebranded “A New Hope,” that optimistic title might have applied just as well to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” by any measure a rousing, even restorative seventh chapter in the immortal space-opera saga established and now relinquished by George Lucas. Reinvigorating the franchise with a welcome surge of energy, warmth and excitement after the misbegotten cycle of prequels released between 1999 and 2005, incoming writer-director J.J. Abrams seems to have had the original three films firmly in mind when he embarked on this monumental new undertaking, structured as a series of clever if sometimes wobbly callbacks to a trilogy that captivated a global audience and helped cement Hollywood’s blockbuster paradigm.
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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Rogue Nation,’ ‘Time Out of Mind,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie)

Nineteen years in and the Mission: Impossible franchise shows no signs of slowing down. Much of the credit goes to the unbreakable Tom Cruise, a movie star who continues to succeed and persevere where fellow movie star contemporaries (Will Smith, Tom Hanks) have begun to falter. As written and directed by frequent Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation works simultaneously as a direct sequel to Brad Bird’s fourth Mission installment Ghost Protocol,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Lynch/Rivette, Guy Maddin, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ & More

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.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Perhaps the year’s most intriguing retrospective is “Lynch/Rivette,” and it begins this weekend. Pairing seven films from David Lynch with eight from Jacques Rivette, it seeks to find commonalities between two thoroughly unique film artists. Things begin with Friday’s double-billing of The Duchess of Langeais and Blue Velvet
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Round-Up: Evil Dead Marathon, Exclusive Murder In The Dark Clip, Morgan Mini Bust, A Nightmare On Elm Street Screening, Synapse Films Online

Attention Deadites, a marathon hosted by Bruce Campbell featuring the first three installments in The Evil Dead franchise will air on October 30th on Starz. Also: a Murder in the Dark clip, Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Morgan Jones mini bust details, A Nightmare on Elm Street screening, and Synapse Films on Vhx.TV.

Evil Dead Marathon: Press Release: "Beverly Hills, Calif., October 20, 2015 – Setting the stage for the premiere of the highly anticipated Starz Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” Starz presents a marathon of the cult classic Evil Dead horror franchise on Friday, October 30 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Et/Pt hosted by Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell (Ash). The marathon will conclude with a sneak peek of the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” at 12:15 a.m. Et/Pt.

The Evil Dead marathon kicks off with the original 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead at 8:00 pm Et/Pt on Starz.
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Off The Shelf – Episode 67 – New Home Video Releases For Tuesday, October 20th 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of October 29th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Iron Giant on iTunes Apple TV Wireless Headphones (recommended by Rebecca Wright at Movie Gazette Online) link John Carpenter’s Vampires low-quantity Army Of Darkness correction News Scream Factory October Sale Twilight Time January / February 2016 titles Ralph Bakshi’s Last Days Of Coney Island on Vimeo on October 29th Aladdin II & III 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray Synapse: Triumph Of The Will New Releases

October 13th

Aladdin: Diamond Edition Bates Motel: Season 3 The Brood Call Me Lucky Company Business Cry of the Hunted Dope Edward Scissorhands Escape from Alcatraz Flaxy Martin The Land Before Time Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 2 Malone (1987) Manos: The Hands of Fate
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Jesse Owens zooms into the history books in the trailer for biopic Race

Jesse Owens zooms into the history books in the trailer for biopic Race
Runner Jesse Owens takes his place in history in the trailer for upcoming biopic Race.

Director Stephen Hopkins's film dramatises Owens's Olympic triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, in the face of Nazi Germany's might.

Owens is portrayed by Stephan James, who most recently played civil rights activist John Lewis in the acclaimed drama Selma.

Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten portrays Nazi-backed filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, creator of the controversial Olympics documentary Triumph of the Will.

The cast also includes Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and William Hurt.

Race opens on February 19, 2016 in the Us.
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