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Movies This Week: August 8-14, 2014

8 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Austin Film Society kicks off a brand new series featuring classic films from Roger Corman (Jette's preview) with a related documentary called That Guy Dick Miller, about the famed character actor. Tonight's screening will feature a post-film Q&A with Mr. Miller via Skype. It will be followed by a 35mm screening of Corman's 1959 feature A Bucket Of Blood, which features a great lead performance by Dick Miller. The film will also play again on Sunday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Whitey: The United States Of America V. James J. Bulger (from Joe Berlinger, the director of Paradise Lost) will be featured for Doc Nights (Elizabeth's preview), and this month's Essential Cinema series with the incredible Barbara Stanwyck (Elizabeth's preview) finds her on Thursday night starring in a 1937 drama called Internes Can't Take Money, screening in a rare 35mm print. 

At the Paramount's Summer Classic Film Series, you can catch a »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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The Official Lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival

25 July 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money

The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...

"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director

 Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France

Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)

A Blast (Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands)

Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)

Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »

- Notebook

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Movie Review – Some Like It Hot (1959)

24 July 2014 1:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some Like It Hot, 1959.

Directed by Billy Wilder.

Starring Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and George Raft.

Synopsis:

After witnessing a murder, two musicians flee Chicago to join an all-female band on their way to Florida…

Some Like It Hot is not known for its mob ties. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, carrying their awkwardly-shaped bass-case and sax-box, dressed in drag, is the memorable image. It would be easy to watch the opening first ten minutes and not even realise what the film is as we see gangsters with tommy-guns, shoot through a hearse revealing the liquor inside. Remember the funeral parlour that doubles as a speakeasy with the appropriate knock? Or the dancing girls and jazz music that echoes out onto the street while drinkers order their “coffee”? Oh, and then the camera subtly moves to introduce Gerald (Lemmon) and Joe (Curtis). They look bored playing their up-beat music. »

- Simon Columb

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Chaplin or The Weight of Myth

22 July 2014 5:42 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

By Mireille Latil-Le-Dantec. Originally published in Cinématographe, no. 35, February 1978 in an issue with a Chaplin dossier.

Translation by Ted Fendt. Thanks to Marie-Pierre Duhamel.

The Chaplinesque Quest

The overbearing weight of interpretative studies devoted to Chaplin makes any pretension to some "fresh look" at a universe already studied from every angle seem absurd from the outset. At least, on the occasion of the homages currently being made in theaters to the little man who would become so big, a few fragmentary re-viewings more modestly allow for the rediscovery of the thematic unity of this body of work and the inanity of any artificial divide between the "excellent" Charlie films and the "mediocre" Chaplin films – a divide corresponding, of course, to the event which his art was not supposed to have survived: the appearance of those talkies that – in the excellent company of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, René Clair and many others – he »

- Ted Fendt

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Best Criterion Titles to Buy During Barnes & Noble's 50% Off Sale

30 June 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »

- Brad Brevet

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Linking Time

26 June 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Coming Soon Denzel Washington does the mandatory back to camera pose required of all teaser posters now for The Equalizer

Dazed Michel Gondry shares films he can't forget: Modern Times, Groundhog Day, The Phantom of Liberty and more

The Matinee's 'Blind-Spot' series visits the inspirational teacher movie Goodbye Mr Chips (1939)

Empire Tate Taylor will follow Get On Up with In the Event of a Moon Disaster, another period piece. The premise sounds cool but I don't understand how he'll find roles for Viola & Octavia and he's not allowed to work without them. Tis Tfe's decree

Pajiba Pajiba turns 10. Happy birthday Pajiba!

Non-Fics on the 10 best documentaries about gay history ever made. Some surprises here. I haven't even heard of a couple of these

Daily Mail good news about Michigan only ever seems to come from Ann Arbor these days: Madonna's daughter Lourdes (aka "Lola") will attend U of M as an Mdt major. »

- NATHANIEL R

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BBC Two announces new documentaries on highs and lows of British life

10 June 2014 2:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two has announced three new documentaries exploring different aspects of British life, including domestic violence, high society and poverty.

Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Engle will direct Till Death Do Us Part, which explores the shocking extent of domestic violence in the UK today, chronicling all the women killed by their partners over the course of a year.

Elsewhere, Tatler takes its cues from the titular high society magazine to examine the lives of Britain's most privileged and powerful, promising to explore everything from West London parties and Paris Fashion Week to so-called 'toff-hunting' in Scotland.

Finally, Family Saga is a look at poverty, drugs and violence from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Bullman, comparing modern-day crime and illegality to that of previous generations.

Kim Shillinglaw, BBC Two's controller, said: "In a year when Modern Times returns to BBC Two, I'm delighted to announce an ambitious line-up of new films from some »

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Morten Aass Takes Over as President and CEO of Nice Entertainment Group

28 May 2014 12:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Morten Aass has taken over as President and CEO of Nice Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of European TV giant Modern Times Group (Mtg): The Norwegian-born Aass was CEO of Finnish format group Nice Entertainment before Mtg acquired it last year. Patrick Svensk, former executive vice president of content at Mtg, and interim CEO at Nice following the Mtg acquisition, is leaving the company. Svensk headed up Mtg's recent expansion, which has seen the group go on an European buying spree, snatching up Helsinki-based Nice Entertainment, Brit TV distribution company Drg, Norwegian producer Novemberfilm and Paris-based pay-tv

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- Scott Roxborough

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Channel 5 Sale Falters as Discovery Withdraws From Bidding: Report

17 April 2014 12:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — An attempt by the owner of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, Northern & Shell, to sell the network appears to have faltered as reports circulated Thursday that one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV group, Discovery Communications, had withdrawn from the bidding process.

Discovery was reported to have tabled a joint bid with Rupert Murdoch-controlled satcaster BSkyB worth £350 million ($587 million). Under the deal, Discovery would have taken a 70% stake and BSkyB would have nabbed the remaining 30%. BSkyB would have added Channel 5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

According to the Financial Times on Thursday, Northern & Shell had held out for a higher price, but Discovery and BSkyB refused to up their offer. It now looks like Northern & Shell’s stance has prompted Discovery to walk away from the table.

A spokesperson at Northern & Shell declined to comment on the latest reports, but referred to a statement earlier this week, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Film London backs screenings

16 April 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Seven awards granted to film venues in London.

Seven traditional and non-traditional film venues are to receive £3,000 ($5,000) each in order for them to broaden their programming as part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

Allocated by Film London, the Film Hub London’s Boost Awards will bring film-makers from countries including Canada, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands and France to speak about their work at screening events in London.

Funding includes an expansion of A Nos Amours’ Chantal Akerman season, re-scoring of silent films in South London, Cutting East presenting Egyptian music documentary and a director Q&A, Open City Docs Fest’s retrospective of Israeli documentarian Avi Mograbi, the screening of a Canadian sci-fi film in a World War II bunker in Dalston and the screening of Dutch comedy Matterhorn with director Q&As around London, presented by Loco.

Boost Award 2014 Awardees

A Nos Amours – Chantal Akerman: Expanded

Partnering with the Ica and JW3

Screening »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Discovery, BSkyB Set to Acquire U.K.’s Channel 5: Report

16 April 2014 4:41 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Speculation is mounting in the U.K. that a £350 million ($587 million) joint bid by cabler Discovery Communications and Rupert Murdoch’s satcaster BSkyB for British free-tv broadcaster Channel 5 is likely to be successful.

A deal was agreed in principle last week, and was formalized on Monday, according to a report published by U.K. trade magazine Broadcast. Under the deal, Discovery would take a 70% stake and BSkyB would nab the remaining 30%. BSkyB would add Channel 5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

Channel 5′s owner Northern & Shell denied a deal had been inked. “We have a number of bids as expected, which we will evaluate with our advisers over the next few days. Certainly no deal has been done,” a spokesperson said.

Other bidders are thought to include Viacom and Nordic TV group Modern Times Group. Northern & Shell had initially sought more than £700 million ($1.18 billion) for Channel 5.

Northern & Shell, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Discovery on brink of Channel 5 deal

15 April 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Full details are not known, but Discovery is thought to have a 70% share of the deal with BSkyB taking the remaining 30% share, allowing it to add C5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

The deal will mark a significant step for Us media giant Discovery, which has been keen to ramp up both its international portfolio and its exposure to free-to-air broadcasting in key markets.

“We have a number of bids as expected, which we will evaluate with our advisors over the next few days,” said a C5 spokesperson. “Certainly no deal has been done.”

The joint Discovery and BSkyB bid has been the favourite since Broadcast revealed that around 20 parties were interested in submitting bids in March.

MTV-owner Viacom and Scandinavian media firm Modern Times Group »

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Discovery seals Channel 5 deal

15 April 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

Full details are not known, but Discovery is thought to have a 70% share of the deal with BSkyB taking the remaining 30% share, allowing it to add C5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

The deal will mark a significant step for Us media giant Discovery, which has been keen to ramp up both its international portfolio and its exposure to free-to-air broadcasting in key markets.

The joint Discovery and BSkyB bid has been the favourite since Broadcast revealed that around 20 parties were interested in submitting bids in March.

MTV-owner Viacom and Scandinavian media firm Modern Times Group were the dark horses, and there was also talk that Desmond could pull the sale process or look to float C5 if a deal was not agreed.

Desmond bought »

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UK firms may gain from quiet MipTV

10 April 2014 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A relatively quiet MipTV was good news for British producers and distributors, who took advantage of a noticeable lack of Americans to strike deals.

MipTV is traditionally quieter than October’s Mipcom, but this week’s event was particularly subdued, with seemingly fewer traders than for many years.

But that was a boon for the Brits who were there, allowing them to take advantage of the lack of Hollywood studios and major Us firms by attracting interest from international broadcasters.

The Honourable Woman, the Drama Republic-produced BBC2 series starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, was a hot title for BBC Worldwide, with networks including French pay broadcaster Canal+ acquiring the series.

There was also evidence of international media firms keen to strike production, acquisition and financing deals with UK indies. Companies including Keshet, the Israeli media group behind Rising Star and Prisoners Of War, the inspiration for Homeland, Germany’s Red Arrow Entertainment, Drg owner Modern Times »

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Miptv: Mtg, Sony Pictures Television In Content Deal For Scandinavia That Addresses Region’s Scheduling Issues

6 April 2014 11:59 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With the proliferation of content coming from Hollywood, Scandinavia has been facing a linear scheduling issue, exacerbated over the past couple of years under volume deals with the studios. In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Modern Times Group and Sony Pictures Television are looking to address the situation with an exclusive multi-year content cooperation deal. The agreement will give Mtg’s 10 Nordic free-tv channels, Viasat movie channels and Viaplay online platform the ability to offer Sony movies and TV series across the region. Jakob Mejlhede, Mtg Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Programming and Chief Content Officer of MTGx, recently told me, “It’s very clear that the online audience is there and ready, and consumes a lot of content. But it’s a challenge to schedule some of our shows.” In Scandinavia, Mejlhede says, “online is a kind of cable for us” and with Hollywood providing more and more content, “when you »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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Their type? The writers who fell for film stars

14 March 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Siegfried Sassoon and Ivor Novello to Gore Vidal and Fred Astaire, a surprisingly large number of writers have paired off with film stars

On Monday, a raunchy letter from Ernest Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich – a surreal fantasy about her, reflecting what he called an "unsynchronised passion" that endured for more than 25 years – is part of an online auction of Dietrich's possessions. Although their relationship remained platonic, many other authors did have movie-star lovers …

F Scott FitzgeraldLois Moran

Fitzgerald's affair in the 1920s with this Zelda lookalike, a silent screen actor who was 17 when he first met her, infuriated his wife – she once threw a jewellery gift from him out of a train window while raging about Moran – but inspired Dick Diver's romance with the actor Rosemary Hoyt in Tender Is the Night.

Siegfried SassoonIvor Novello

The war poet's relationship with Novello – now remembered mostly as a songwriter, »

- John Dugdale

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Green Goblin revealed in new 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' photo

20 February 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Since Sony seems determined to give away just about every twist and turn in the upcoming reboot sequel "Amazing Spider-Man 2," a spoiler warning probably isn't necessary for the the latest photo released from the film. However, if you've somehow been able to avoid spoilers thus far, click away.  It's been common knowledge for some time that Dane DeHaan ("Place Beyond the Pines") is playing Harry Osborn, son of OsCorp founder Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper).  A onetime pal of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), Harry eventually turns into the Green Goblin and fights Spidey in the gears of a giant clock, "Modern Times"-style. »

- Dave Lewis

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Jamaican Bobsled Team Leaves Sochi Empty Handed, But Wins Over Olympians And Fans With Theme Song

16 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The Jamaican bobsled team has come back to the Winter Olympics after a 12-year absence, and they made sure their return made a splash with their very own theme song, “The Bobsled Song.”

The song is set to be timed perfectly to the Sochi bobsled course.

Jamaican Bobsled Team Qualifies For First Time Since 2002

This is the first time the Jamaican bobsled team has qualified for the Olympics since 2002, though their first appearance at the Calgary Games in 1988 inspired so much fanfare, Disney made a film about it. While the Jamaican bobsled team has collected a huge fanbase, in no small part due to the Disney classic Cool Runnings (1993), their chances at gold seem awfully slim. After the first two heats, the two-man bobsled team was at the bottom of the pack, ranking number 30 out of 30. With half the competition over, they were 4.41 seconds behind first place, Russia, who went »

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Julia Mancuso Secures Place In Olympic History After Winning Bronze In Women's Super-Combined

10 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Julia Mancuso became the first American woman to win four Olympic medals in Alpine skiing on Monday after she secured a bronze medal in super-combined.

Julia Mancuso: Most Decorated U.S. Woman In Alpine Skiing

Mancuso, 29, pulled ahead with a spectacular downhill run and managed to do overcome her weaknesses in slalom and come in third, earning the U.S it’s first Sochi Olympic medal in Alpine.

“I really thought I was blowing it… but I knew I just fight to the finnish… Crossing the finish line, just seeing my name in the top three, it didn’t even matter if I could have been better. All that mattered to me was crossing that finish line with a solid run,” Mancuso stated after her win.

Post by Julia Mancuso.

Mancuso joins a small club of Winter Olympians who have won medals in three consecutive Olympic games, which previously »

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A century of tramping

6 February 2014 7:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hi all, it’s Tim, here to celebrate a milestone of particular significance in the history not just of movies, but of pop culture generally. This weekend marks a centennial of one of the most iconic figures of the modern world: silent comedian Charles Chaplin’s legendary Little Tramp, who premiered in a pair of short comedies that released 100 years ago by Keystone Studios. The second to be shot, but the first to be released, was the half-reel comic short Kid Auto Races at Venice, Cal. on February 7, 1914; two days later, it was followed by the single-reel Mabel’s Strange Predicament, during the production of which Chaplin threw together a costume on the fly made of too-large shoes, baggy pants, a tight jacket, and a bowler hat. Within months – if not, indeed, within weeks – the character thus assembled through a quick burst of inspiration had become a sensation with audiences, »

- Tim Brayton

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