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The documentary focuses on the challenges faced by the actors as well as Davis's family, as his wife Sam goes through a serious operation.
The show is part of BBC Two's Modern Times documentary strand, with other programmes due to come early next year including a show about naturalists across Britain who have started filming the wildlife in their gardens and a programme about the 24 Hour Parcel People who deliver packages across the country.
Meanwhile, The Vikings Are Coming will examine why Denmark has become the centre of sperm donations, following four women who have chosen to use deposits from the country. »
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-la. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also served to be a nice stop early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for potential contenders like honorees Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner). If you’re in the race, it never hurts to turn up at these things already looking like a winner and getting to make an acceptance speech. And though they didn’t sport any winners of this »
- Pete Hammond
Beautifully restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber’s distribution deal with Carlotta Us, the Cannes premiered 1989 directorial debut of American director Charles Lane, Sidewalk Stories, arrives for recapitulation into the cinematic zeitgeist. A black and white silent film that’s an homage, and somewhat mutated modernization of Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid (though it’s sound design would be more akin to Chaplin’s Modern Times), Lane’s heartfelt and endearing film plays like a time capsule love letter to the eternal city. At the same time, it represents a chapter in the enduring evolution of the representation of the homeless, a changing landscape often unnoticed, a detail written off as an unavoidable constant.
A homeless street artist (Charles Lane) lives off the meager sum he receives while drawing portraits, though he faces stiff competition from neighboring peers. One evening, he witness »
- Nicholas Bell
The $5m feature is a collaboration between Swedish producer Helena Danielsson, Chris Coen from Unanimous Entertainment (UK) and Antoine de Clermont Tonnerre from Mact Productions (France). Co-producer is Ildiko Kemeny of Pioneer Pictures Hungary.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Russia’s Ctc Media, the largest independent player in the country, marks its 25th year with an expansive mind-set, focusing on new platforms, original programming and digital market gains.
No longer satisfied with the broadcaster label despite its strong position in the market, Ctc now bills itself as an integrated content company. Though its execs are quick to play up growing biz on four youth-oriented Russian channels, another in Kazakhstan and a sixth in Moldova, plus two international pay channels and three transmedia divisions, the buzz more recently has been the launch of its inhouse “creative production center” in December, aimed at both traditional and new media outlets. Ctc Media execs will be attending Mipcom.
Ctc’s Domashny channel, for example, is aimed at the active women with kids market and is a free-to-air venture that is “closing in on Russia’s Big 6,” says CEO Yuliana Slashcheva. Programs about cooking, »
- Will Tizard
Yep, you read that headline right: There was a lot going on in Svu last night. Just how much? About as much as was stuffed into 2013's biggest kitchen-sink episode, "American Tragedy"—a smorgasbord that included takes on Paula Deen, Trayvon Martin, stop-and-frisk, and even "Blurred Lines." The latest entry in the Svu canon—which aired almost exactly one year after "American Tragedy"—was a similarly chock-full affair, complete with an analogous title ("American Disgrace"), another big-name guest star (Stacy Keach as a Donald Sterling-esque billionaire), and the same disingenuous opening title card: "The following story is fictional and does »
- Hillary Busis
A long-ago controller of BBC2 once expressed the desire for programmes that reflected the smell of Britain. This scent has historically best been captured by the channel in portmanteau documentary series such as 40 Minutes (BBC2, 1981-1994) and Modern Times (BBC2, 1995-2001), in which filmmakers were given space for a one-off documentary on a subject of their choice. Perhaps missing the whiff, Janice Hadlow, before handing over the network to successor Kim Shillinglaw, decided to revive Modern Times.
The format operates like the features pages of a newspaper, flexibly accommodating reports, profiles, investigations and analysis, although, in line with its title, the series was perhaps best at sharp but enjoyable observation of social trends: two well-remembered films from the late 90s were a portrayal of obsessive fathers »
- Mark Lawson
A law limiting foreign ownership of Russian media companies to 20 percent stakes on Friday passed its second and third readings in the lower chamber of Russian parliament and is expected to be passed shortly. Swedish TV networks company Modern Times Group, which owns a 38 percent stake in Russian broadcaster Ctc Media, said Friday that it was "carefully following" the progress of the planned legislation. The company is likely to be the only major foreign media and entertainment company to be affected by the new law based on current holdings in Russia. "Mtg is carefully following the progress of
- Vladimir Kozlov
Warning: This article is best read after having seen all the films in the title. Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is widely considered both an extension and revisitation of the dystopian themes the director so spectacularly explored in Brazil. Gilliam’s newest has even been categorized as a third part of a trilogy of dystopian science fiction satires – or, in Gilliam’s words, “Orwellian triptych” – following Brazil and 12 Monkeys. While Gilliam in interviews resists notions of a planned trilogy portraying future systems of control over almost thirty years, the Orwellian triptych carries remarkable similarities beyond these films’ driving conceits and Gilliam’s signature wide angles. The films of this trilogy portray individuals attempting to find truth and meaning beyond the dehumanizing systems in which they live, yet each protagonist is overcome by a sort-of predetermined fate and ultimately victimized by the alienating forces of technology. But the films of this trilogy are as notable for their »
- Landon Palmer
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Among the twenty-five films I’ve chosen to honor Labor Day you won’t find Man With a Movie Camera, or Modern Times, or even anything by that fly-on-the-wall of the working world, Fred Wiseman. Not because they don’t belong, but because this isn’t a top twenty-five list. It’s a blend of the canonical, the catholic and the idiosyncratic—a personal best culled from movies that speak to the pressing concerns of our age. Some chart the great changes that have rolled over our working world—global corporatism, marvelous innovation, alienation, unemployment, class inequality and conflict, environmental ruin. Others parse their meanings of these shifts, or draw beauty from ugliness or rage against the machine. Still others dwell on work undertaken for love of labor or fellow human beings. »
Hopefully you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for, by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall classical music and dance performances: September (Classical): 9/4Maya Beiser(Le) Poisson RougeThe fierce cellist plays “uncovers”—total reimaginings of classic-rock songs by the likes of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and more—arranged by Bang on a Can’s Evan Ziporyn. 9/16New York PhilharmonicSee nyphil.org for details, Avery Fisher HallThe season kicks off with a concert tribute to Italian cinema featuring Renée Fleming and Josh Groban. Also up this fall: The “Art of the Score” series continues with an exploration of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts The Firebird; enthralling violinists Lisa Batiashvili and Hilary Hahn play Brahms and Korngold, respectively; and a series »
- Vulture Editors
Before Billy Crystal stepped on stage at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday to pay tribute to his friend Robin Williams, singer Sara Bareilles performed the song “Smile” as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences remembered the stars who died this year. The In Memoriam segment (above) featured “Brady Bunch” star Ann B. Davis, Eli Wallach, Peter O'Toole, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis and Paul Walker. Also read: Emmys 2014: The Complete Winners List “Smile” was originally an instrumental Charlie Chaplin composed for the 1936 film “Modern Times,” until lyricists John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the words and title in 1954. See »
- Greg Gilman
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
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)
Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »
Some Like It Hot, 1959.
Directed by Billy Wilder.
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
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
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
Coming Soon Denzel Washington does the mandatory back to camera pose required of all teaser posters now for The Equalizer
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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