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Interview: Director Séamus Hanly discusses ‘The Middle Finger’

With the recent release of The Middle Finger on Blu-ray from Troma Entertainment I got a chance to talk to the multi-talented writer, director and actor Séamus Hanly what we can expect from Irelands newest superhero, working with Troma and the growth of independent films in Ireland

How did you first get into filmmaking?

I’ve been making films since I was little. When my parents got a camcorder, me and my brothers would make animated shorts with our toys, and as a teenager I made cartoons and home movies. After school I did a film course and have been working as an editor and making sketches for the past couple of years.

What can we expect from The Middle Finger?

The Middle Finger can be best summed up as a good laugh. It’s a silly film, but it has a nice enough satirical edge. We worked hard on
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The Best Movies About the Afterlife — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Movies About the Afterlife — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” what is the best movie about the afterlife?

Kate Erbland (@katerbland), IndieWire

It will come as no surprise to anyone that, as a child, I watched a lot of television. A lot. I was mostly obsessed with HBO — our single movie channel, number 2 on the dial; yes, my childhood TV had a dial, don’t ask — with intermittent deviations into mostly inappropriate mini-series (thus explaining my rarely disclosed expertise on “The Thornbirds”), and was pretty much given free range to watch whatever the hell I wanted, whenever I wanted. This is why my favorite
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Amber Nash on Archer Season 8, Channeling Russell Crowe and Out of Place in La

When Amber Nash started on Archer, she was practically an unknown in the industry.

Now she's a beloved voice actress who has set her sites on goals to get out from behind the facade of Archer's "Pam" Poovey.

Find out what might be up with Poovey during Archer Season 8, what Amber would do if her voice betrayed her and so much more as you read highlights from our interview below.

When I was at Nycc, everything was top secret, and we were all in the dark. They were even playing as if all the characters were going to be different, new names, etc. You're wearing pants, and nobody is calling you Pam. What's the biggest difference in your character this season?

I think you've got all the information that I think I can give away. She is going by Poovey. I can't even say "she" is going by Poovey
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Martin Scorsese Honored With Sprawling Lumiere Tribute

Martin Scorsese Honored With Sprawling Lumiere Tribute
Lyon, France — An echo of his prolific career, colorful personality and enduring passion for movies, Martin Scorsese was celebrated by an impressive delegation of French and international film figures on Friday night in Lyon, where he received the Lumiere tribute.

The ceremony was emceed by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of both Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals. Fremaux, who created the festival seven years ago with vet French helmer Bertrand Tavernier to showcase heritage films, said the pair had dreamt of honoring Scorsese even since the festival was launched.

“This festival was created to celebrate the history of cinema, as well as passion and knowledge and Martin Scorsese embodies all these things in an absolute way,” Fremaux told Variety before the fest kicked off. Previous Lumiere tributes were awarded to Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Clint Eastwood.

Like a rock star, Scorsese walked into the jam-packed
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List of New Movies Coming to Amazon Prime Instant Video in June 2015

Heeeeere's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is just one title being added to Amazon Prime: Instant Video in June 2015. Classics like "Roman Holiday" and "Apocalypse Now" are also coming, along with more random additions like "Troll" (and "Troll 2"!) and "Leprechaun: Origins." Most of the additions are arriving June 1, which is just a couple of weeks away at this point, but here's the full list:

June 1

"The Shining"

"Roman Holiday"

"Apocalypse Now"

"Apocalypse Now Redux"

"Something Wild" (1986)

"Sid & Nancy"

"Sucker Punch"

"Troll"

"Troll 2"

"Rep: The Genetic Opera"

"The Island of Dr. Moreau"

"Seven Psychopaths"

"The Paper Chase"

"People Will Talk"

"Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog"

"Murder of a Cat"

"Nine Months"

"Word and Pictures"

June 12

"Life of Crime"

June 13

"Transformers: Age of Extinction"

June 15

"Leprechaun: Origins"

June 19

"A Most Wanted Man"

June 22

"Lucky Number Slevin"

June 24

"Covert Affairs" - Season 5

June 26

"Katy Perry: The Prismatic
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Review: ABC's 'Fresh Off The Boat' is fresh off the bat

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Review: ABC's 'Fresh Off The Boat' is fresh off the bat
Based on his memoir, "Fresh Off The Boat" is Eddie Huang's story. It's certainly not my story. I've never been an 11-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrants moving from Chinatown in Washington, DC to the suburbs of Orlando. "Fresh Off The Boat" can't be my story. But I hope Eddie Huang would forgive my feeling that, at least to some degree, "Fresh Off The Boat" is absolutely my story. In the early '90s, I was a 13-year-old son of Canadian immigrants living in Mississippi, going to a middle school in which I was one of a dozen white kids and the only Jewish kid. I didn't have to explain stinky tofu to my colleagues at lunch, but I assure you that my bagels were plenty confusing. I spent a lot of time being called Bud Bundy, because at the time, all of my classmates were watching a lot of Fox
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Tilda Swinton on Why She Doesn’t Consider Herself an Actor

Tilda Swinton on Why She Doesn’t Consider Herself an Actor
Tilda Swinton has always exuded an otherworldly aura. Maybe it’s the pale, almost translucent skin that highlights her steely blue eyes. She speaks with such rabid intelligence that even a casual conversation sounds like it was scripted by Dorothy Parker. She seems impossibly tall, a willowy figure whose striking, androgynous looks have been tilted toward a wide range of menacing characters.

In Wes Anderson’s latest fairy tale, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the 53-year-old Scottish actress is virtually unrecognizable under droopy skin and wrinkles as octogenarian Madame D. In the just-released drama “Only Lovers Left Alive,” directed by Jim Jarmusch, she portrays Eve, a chic-looking (if 3,000-year-old) vampire. And in June, she’ll be seen Stateside in Bong Joon-ho’s futuristic “Snowpiercer” as a terrifying political leader whose inspiration draws from equal parts Kim Jong-un and Marilyn Manson.

Her versatility as an artist makes her impossible to classify.

Along
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‘Homeland’ Season Finale: Very Brave, Very Bizarre (Spoiler Alert)

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‘Homeland’ Season Finale: Very Brave, Very Bizarre (Spoiler Alert)
(Spoiler alert: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the episode, which has only aired on the East Coast as of this writing.) People will talk about this for years. “Homeland” ended its third season with a very brave, very strange hour of television, one that broke almost every rule a TV show can break. First: It killed off one of its two leads. It’s not so rare for shows to kill off a major character, but it’s shocking for a hit series to kill one of two main characters whose relationship has fueled the show for three seasons.
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Cate Blanchett: this much I know

The actor, 44, on climate change, losing her father young, and why she'll never understand Woody Allen

I've always been pale. It's partly to do with being from Australia, where the hole in the ozone layer is at its most intense, and partly to do with my mother, who very quickly put an end to me sunbathing in baby oil as a teenager. I would go red as a lobster. She told me to accept what I had.

I lost my father young. The earliest memory I have is seeing him in bed when I was 18 months old – I later learned he was recuperating from his first heart attack at 32. He died when he was 40 [of a heart attack], but I don't think I really quantified the consequences for me until much later, when my husband reached 40. I was euphoric at his birthday party, like a weight had been lifted. And I thought: "Now there's the detritus.
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Beautiful, Lighthearted Fox Star Suffered Many Real-Life Tragedies

Jeanne Crain: Lighthearted movies vs. real life tragedies (photo: Madeleine Carroll and Jeanne Crain in ‘The Fan’) (See also: "Jeanne Crain: From ‘Pinky’ Inanity to ‘MargieMagic.") Unlike her characters in Margie, Home in Indiana, State Fair, Centennial Summer, The Fan, and Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel, Belles on Their Toes), or even in the more complex A Letter to Three Wives and People Will Talk, Jeanne Crain didn’t find a romantic Happy Ending in real life. In the mid-’50s, Crain accused her husband, former minor actor Paul Brooks aka Paul Brinkman, of infidelity, of living off her earnings, and of brutally beating her. The couple reportedly were never divorced because of their Catholic faith. (And at least in the ’60s, unlike the humanistic, progressive-thinking Margie, Crain was a “conservative” Republican who supported Richard Nixon.) In the early ’90s, she lost two of her
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"Merlin" 5.03 Recap: Daddy Issues

This week’s episode of Merlin opens like so many have this season: with Merlin and Arthur alone, squabbling like an old married couple. Okay, now I get it. This is the HoYay, right? This is the “homoeroticism” everyone keeps talking about. No touching, no kissing, no nuzzling, no brief nudity or adult situations, just…bickering. If I wanted to watch a couple spend all its time quarreling, I’d just visit my parents.

Anyway, our intrepid couple is walking through the woods when they hear a scream. They rush to a village where the villagers are having their version of a Fried Green Tomatoes barbecue (“Secret’s in the sauce!”) by tying a very creaky old lady to a wooden stake and planning to set her on fire. Seriously, this lady is so old and so desiccated that she’d probably spontaneously combust if you just rubbed her forearms together.
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Aussie start-up Posse relaunches for second bite at social commerce cherry

Australian start-up Posse has relaunched after a new round of investment.

The start up was formerly a music event ticketing peer-to-peer site, but closed down and relaunched after deciding that the core idea was not scalable in the Australian market.

The company has retained its name and online properties, but has an entirely new strategy and revenue model.

Posse CEO Rebekah Campbell told Mumbrella that although the company had undergone a significant shift in direction from the venture originally granted $758,000 in funding from the ministry of innovation, among other funding sources, “A lot of the value of the company is in the learnings.”

Posse is now a social platform that allows users to share their favourite places from all over the world with friends, and gives retailers the opportunity to recognise or reward their best customers.

The platform uses Facebook to connect users, who display their favourite retailers on a virtual street,
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Fairfax is broke and dying before our eyes – it needs Gina

In this piece originally posted on The Conversation Sinclair Davidson of Rmit University argues that Fairfax Media desperately needs a patron.

Every business needs paying customers. Who those paying customers are varies from business to business. The single largest paying customer for Australian universities, for example, is the federal government. Similarly the ABC’s only paying customer is the federal government. The point being that the single largest customer might also own the organisation.

Fairfax used to have lots of advertisers as paying customers – but no longer. Bottom line is Fairfax is broke and dying before our very eyes. They need a viable business model quickly. The old model of selling eyeballs to advertisers isn’t going to sustain Fairfax much longer.

Fairfax has announced that their metro papers will move from broadsheet format to tabloid size next year. It isn’t clear to me, however, that the size of the paper is the problem.
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘The Raid,’ and ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Hunger Games, The Raid, and The Deep Blue Sea.

This week the hotly anticipated tale of Katniss Everdeen hits screens, and its only competition in theaters is an Indonesian action-extravaganza and a star-studded romance. If you want more action and tales of love and heartbreak, we’ve got you covered with some of the best titles Now Streaming.

Based on Suzanne Collins’s wildly popular Ya novel of a dystopian future, this teen-centered drama stars Jennifer Lawrence as a girl forced into a life or death battle on a nationally televised competition known as The Hunger Games. Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson co-star; Gary Ross directs.

For more tales of fierce heroines:

Winter’s Bone (2010) This gritty indie not only scored Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar nod,
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Friends Remember Whitney Houston

Friends Remember Whitney Houston
Hollywood is still reeling from the news that Whitney Houston has did, this afternoon in Beverly Hills.

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, tells us, "I just can't talk about it now. It's so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby."

Bobby Brown Breaks Down Over Whitney During Concert

Whitney's longtime friend and producer Quincy Jones tells The Insider, "I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. Ashford & Simpson first made me aware of Whitney when she was just sixteen, and I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."

Whitney Houston - A Life in Pictures

The Recording Academy said in a statement, "Six-time GRammy
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Salman didn't recommend me for 'Bigg Boss', says Mahek Chahal

Model-actress Mahek Chahal, who was voted out from .Bigg Boss., says people resent her bonding with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and clarifies that he was not instrumental in getting her into the reality show..It.s very unfair. Please judge me for who I am. If Khan Sahib is a star and he happens to be my friend, then what is wrong in that? Is it my fault if he.s my friend?.There was not a single contestant within .Bigg Boss. who didn.t try to make friends with Khan sahib. Why negate my achievements? Saying that I.m friends with Khan sahib and so I.d win the show is so unfair,. said Mahek who debuted with .Nayee Padosan. and later fearured in Salman Khan starrer .Wanted..She denies the charge that she got into .Bigg Boss. because of her Salman connection..Even if he did recommend me,
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"French Cinema Now"

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"The San Francisco Film Society's annual French cinema roundup stretches its national mandate a bit this year," writes Max Goldberg in the Bay Guardian, noting the inclusion of The Kid with a Bike by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, "one of the best films of the year regardless of country of origin," and Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre. "Also worth checking out is Pierre Schöller's fascinating train wreck of an information age political thriller, The Minister, starring longtime Dardennes player Olivier Gourmet as a compromised bureaucrat. The Long Falling [image above], Martin Provost's second match up with actress Yolanda Moreau after Séraphine (2008), purposefully shuttles from a hardened Belgian village to an unmoored Brussels and features Agnès Godard's characteristically probing camerawork, itself a pride of French cinema."

From the lineup of eleven films, the Chronicle's Mick Lasalle picks out six to highlight, including Katia Lewkowicz's Bachelor Days Are Over,
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Gwyneth Paltrow sings for Prince Philip

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's husband, is 90. So you'll understand why his birthday festivities included performances from Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse's backing band The Knight Before -- fronted on this special occasion by trans-Atlantic transplant, Gwyneth Paltrow.

During her umpteenth on-record rendition of Cee-Lo Green's "F*** You," she actually used the F-bomb, according to E! Online, before quickly adding, "Don't tell the queen!"

Cameron Diaz was also reportedly on hand for the shindig. The Daily Mail reports that the shindig was actually more of a grand re-opening party for the exclusive Arts Club in London's swanky Mayfair district.

Not spotted: The Queen or Paltrow's husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. People will talk.
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Want to know about the Secret World of Hollywood Poker?

I just got finished reading a fantastic article on THR called The Secret World of Hollywood Poker. I enjoy playing the game of poker, I love movies based around the game, but these people are in a completely different league than me, and everyone else for that matter. I can only imagine what it would be like to sit in on one of these games.

You've got big A-list stars and major Hollywood players gathering together at four-star hotels, homes, and casinos and the players include people such as Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Nick Cassavetes, Gabe Kaplan, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, Jon Landau, Jeffrey Katzenberg and several others. "They are among the highest of the high-stakes players in this moneyed town: A-list actors, Hollywood hangers-on and businessmen who can shell out $50,000 just for a seat at the table. With eight or nine gathered, they
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Netflix Nuggets: September 2011

Netflix has revolutionized the home viewing market for movies with their instant streaming service. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about films of all genres worth holding a spot on your instant viewing queue. (Release dates are subject to change.)

007 Heaven…

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Streaming Available: 09/01/2011

Synopsis: When he discovers that his evil nemesis, Blofeld (Charles Gray), is stockpiling the world’s supply of diamonds to use in a deadly laser satellite, secret agent James Bond (Sean Connery) sets out to stop the madman, with the help of beautiful smuggler Tiffany Case (Jill St. John). Connery’s final turn as Bond (until 1983′s unofficial outing, Never Say Never Again) boasts the gadgets, gunplay and girls that symbolize the heyday of the 007 series.

Average Netflix Rating: 3.8

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Streaming Available: 09/01/2011

Synopsis: In the 12th film in the series based on Ian Fleming’s short stories, British
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