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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Singapore: ‘Pop Aye’

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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Singapore: ‘Pop Aye’
A winner of both the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, ‘Pop Aye’ was a hit with critics and festival audiences alike, and now has been selected by Singapore as the country’s Official Submission to the 90th Academy Awards. Kino Lorber has now released Kirsten Tan’s Award-Winning Pop Aye on DVD with special features including behind-the-scenes footage and trailer.

Pop Aye was released theatrically by Kino Lorber earlier in 2017, with a two-week run at New York’s Film Forum and engagements in key national markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. International sales are by Cercamon, a sales company based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates headed by Sébastien Chesneau who is French.

This first feature of Kirsten Tan comes from Singapore but it takes place in Thailand.
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Southeast Asia's Seafic lab hands out inaugural prizes

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Southeast Asia's Seafic lab hands out inaugural prizes
You Are There, Doi Boy win awards.

The Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (Seafic) has awarded prizes to projects from Singapore’s Nicole Midori Woodford (pictured) and Thailand’s Nontawat Numbenchapol in its first round of awards.

Midori Woodford’s You Are There won both the Seafic-tfl Award and the Open Sea Fund Award, presented by Vs Service and White Light Post, which came with $25,000 of in-kind services. Through the Seafic-tfl Award, the project’s producer Jeremy Chua will attend this year’s TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event (November 24-26).

Nontawat’s Doi Boy won the Purin Award, which came with a cash prize of $15,000. The award was presented by a jury comprising Cannes director of film department Christian Jeune, former Cj Entertainment executive Kini Kim and Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi.

Produced by Steve Chen and Supatcha Thipsena, Doi Boy is a Thai-Cambodian co-production that marks the first narrative feature from Nontawat whose first two documentaries, Boundary and By
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Bindi Irwin Fawns Over Boyfriend Chandler Powell on Instagram: You Are a 'Light in My Life'

Bindi Irwin Fawns Over Boyfriend Chandler Powell on Instagram: You Are a 'Light in My Life'
Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell are the poster couple for young love.

On Tuesday, the Dancing With the Stars alum shared a sweet photo of her boyfriend driving at dusk along with an even sweeter message. "This is one of my favorite photos of you @chandlerpowell. Thank you for being such a light in my life," she captioned the pic of Powell. "You are there for me during the challenging times and the beautiful moments.
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Singapore’s Female Directors Tell Their Unique Stories

Singapore’s Female Directors Tell Their Unique Stories
What do an itinerant elephant in Thailand, a time capsule, a teenage girl on a mystic journey in Japan and a civil servant facing eviction have in common? They are the latest creative products of Singapore’s most promising female directors.

The works of Kirsten Tan (“Pop Aye”), Tan Pin Pin (“In Time to Come”), Nicole Midori Woodford (“You Are There”) and Wong Chen-Hsi (“City of Small Blessings”) reflect a fascination with temporality, loneliness, and quest for national identity and personal roots.

Pop Aye” follows a Bangkok architect taking his elephant back to their native province. The project participated at Atelier Cinefondation and won the script prize at Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition. Dubai-based Cercamon handles world sales and clinched deals in 14 territories including the U.S.

The film was shot all over Thailand using local cast and crew led by veteran producer Soros Sukhum. Before making films, Tan spent
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Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’

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Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’
This first feature of Kirsten Tan premiered in Sundance ‘17 World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Its provenance is Singapore but it takes place in Thailand. It continued onward to the Hivos Tiger Competition at Iffr (R’dam).

The thrill of interviewing here in Sundance is that you see a film; you have an impression and while it is still fresh you meet the filmmakers without having much time for any research or reflection. And then you get to see them again as “old friends” when you meet again in Rotterdam.

As Kirsten, her producer Weijie Lai and I sat down at the Sundance Co-op on Main Street here in Park City, I really had little idea of where the interview would take us, somewhat analogously to her film in which an architect, disenchanted with life in general, being put aside as “old” in his own highly successful architectural firm and in a stale relationship with his wife,
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Tower – Review

One of 2016’s best documentaries is another look at a seminal moment in America’s struggle with crime and violence. Like many previous docs, it’s an examination of a mass murder. Now basic cable TV channels (and network “newsmagazines”) are filled with such, now almost commonplace, events. What makes this film unique is the subject, namely the very first mass shooting just over fifty years ago. The other aspect that makes this work is special is its approach and use of a high-tech upgrade of a movie device that dates back over 90 years. This enables the film makers to expertly transport us to that hot summer day in 1966, as a madman spewed death from the top of a college Tower.

Director Keith Maitland, like many documentarians, makes use of archival news footage and radio recordings to convey the horror of Charles Whitman’s rampage at the University of Texas.
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Uncharted Shoots Summer 2017, Director Shuts Down Fan Casting

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Last month, Sony's long-awaited video game adaptation Uncharted finally started moving in the right direction when Shawn Levy came aboard to direct from Joe Carnahan's script. The studio still hasn't set a new release date, but Shawn Levy revealed during a recent interview that shooting will start this coming summer. Here's what he had to say, revealing how he's been interested in this project for several years, while reiterating Joe Carnahan's earlier statements that Nathan Drake is most certainly not Indiana Jones.

"I've been interested in this project for years. I've played and loved every iteration of the game. I think it's largely a popularly accepted notion that it's as cinematic a game as we've had, maybe ever, certainly of late. And it's cinematic in that it's not only wildly visual, but it's really rooted in character and a very specific tone and a sense of fun, right?
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Trump TV: How Election 2016 Officially Turned Politics Into Reality Television

Trump TV: How Election 2016 Officially Turned Politics Into Reality Television
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the dogfight.

Soon we will slouch towards the voting polls, most of us with the shellshocked semi-catalepsy of lost souls who've been to Hell, seen the screaming rectum of Lucifer yodel "Fat-Bottomed Girls" into the abyss, and returned from the cancerous intestinal soup of what's left of the cadaverous American political process. All the same, it's a mistake to think that we have merely been traumatized by a system gone feral. Strictly speaking, we are not weary, we are not affronted. We are not confronted
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Busan: Seafic script lab unveils first five projects

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Line-up for first Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab includes debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #Bkky is premiering at Busan.

The Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (Seafic) has unveiled the five projects selected for its first edition, including the debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #Bkky is currently premiering at Busan.

Nontawat’s first two documentaries, Boundary and By The River, premiered at the Berlinale Forum and Locarno Film Festival in 2013, respectively.

Seafic invites first second and third-time filmmakers to work with a script consultant and international experts for nine months to develop their projects. In total, Seafic received 57 applications from nearly every Southeast Asian country.

The inaugural line-up also includes the debut feature from Pham Ngoc Lan, to be produced by Vietnamese filmmaker Phan Dang Di (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid), and the second film from Sivaroj Kongsakul, to be produced by Thai director-producer Pimpaka Towira (The Island Funeral). See full project
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Busan: Seafic Picks Projects For First Production Lab

Five projects from Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore have been selected to take part in the initial Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab.

Each of the five will see both the director and producer invited to Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 23-30, 2016 to participate in the Seafic script lab program as well as the Festival des 3 Continents’ Produire au Sud initiative that takes place alongside it. The filmmakers will also attend a second Seafic session in late February 2017, and a final 3rd session in late June 2017.

With genres including crime thriller, arthouse drama, Lgbt, and supernatural mystery, the five are:

“Cu Li Never Cries” (Vietnam, 1st film,) to be directed by Pham Ngoc Lan and produced by Phan Dang Di; “Doi Boy” ((Thailand, 1st fiction film,) directed by Nontawat Numbenchapol (whose documentary “Bkky” screens this week in the Busan Film Festival) with Supatcha Thipsena, Steve Chen as producers; “In the Eyes of a Stranger” (Singapore,
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Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success

Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success
What does it take to succeed in a man’s world? A Los Angeles Film Festival panel of women cinematographers ivealed what it took to make it to the top of a competitive industry.

1. A shot of LSD. Cinema verite shooter Joan Churchill (“Last Days in Vietnam”) started out by recovering from an eight-hour acid trip, she admitted, to shoot some of the most iconic images from the Rolling Stones Altamont doc, “Gimme Shelter.” That led to the assignment of shooting the Louds in PBS’s “An American Family.” A documentary cameraperson, often working with a hand-held camera and natural light, has to have “people skills,” she said. “You have to be interested in your subjects.” When she moved to London, she couldn’t get work until she joined the Asc—and became its first woman member. Her membership card read: “Lady Cameraman.”

2. Read and reread the script. French-born Maryse Alberti
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Eve: Valkyrie Launch Trailer Says Welcome To The Next Life

Ready to dive into the next life? Developer Ccp Games has rolled out the launch trailer for hotly-anticipated dogfighting simulator Eve: Valkyrie, which can now be picked up on Oculus Rift.

Held up as an early poster child to this new generation of virtual reality, Valkyrie takes place in the sprawling universe of genre-defining Mmo Eve Online – but Dust 514 this is not. In a post outlining the game’s launch plans, Ccp touched base on creating the “best competitive multiplayer game on the Vr platform.”

It’s not just that you can see the world through someone else’s eyes – it’s that you can see other worlds through your own eyes. You are there. In an age where we are always doing multiple things at once this is pure and total immersion. There is nothing else. You are the Valkyrie pilot. All that matters is the guy in front
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxv Review

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxv…

Shout! Factory’s track record with MST3K sets has been pretty solid ever since they took over the license from Rhino. They’ve done a great job of including bonus features in every four-disc volume, along with four mini-posters based on the disc case covers. Some sets are more memorable than others, of course, such as the one where they included all the Gamera movies they skewered, or the volume that celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary, with an excellent retrospective documentary (both came in nice tin cases too).

Volume Xxxv is a set that falls in the “good” category. If you’re a completist, there’s nothing stopping you from snapping it up. If not, you’ll want to read this review and decide for yourself. As always, of course, the episodes live up to the series’ typical standard of excellence.
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Round-Up: The Lost Boys Leather Jacket Auction, Exclusive Refuge Q&A, MST3K, Venom Blu-ray / DVD, The Hours Till Daylight

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Great news for fans of Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys—an auction of Dwayne's leather jacket and costume is going on right now and will continue until February 26th. Also: a Q&A with Refuge director Andrew Robertson and release details for MST3K: Vol. Xxxv, Venom, and The Hours Till Daylight.

The Lost Boys & Other Entertainment Memorabilia Auction: Press Release: "Prop Store is pleased to bring vampire Dwayne’s (Billy Wirth) Death Scene Leather Jacket and Costume from the 80’s classic The Lost Boys to their online auction site. Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire classic pitted a deadly group of vampires against a pair of brothers in a battle to save their family. The Dwayne vampire jacket on offer comes from the character’s death scene in which Sam (Corey Haim) shoots the vampire with an arrow, sending him back into a stereo which electrocutes him. Resembling a heavily worn biker outfit,
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Everest 3-D

At last, an adventure movie that does without action-epic superhero Bs. It's simply You Are There with a dozen likeable, determined climbers coping with calamity in a place that, for all the help that can be sent, 'might as well be on the moon.' The excellent depth effects all but nail us to the screen. Everest Blu-ray + DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 49.98 Starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Martin Henderson, John Hawkes, Naoko Mori, Michael Kelly, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington. Cinematography Salvatore Totino Film Editor Mick Audsley Original Music Dario Marianelli Written by William Nicholson, Simon Beaufroy Produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've heard no Oscar buzz surrounding Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, which makes sense. It isn't the kind of movie that courts awards,
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review: J.J. Abrams Did It

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review: J.J. Abrams Did It
(Note: This review is 97% Spoiler free!) Star Wars is a lot of things to a lot of people, and to say anything negative about The Force Awakens before it officially opens is sure to rile up a certain faction of fans eagerly awaiting their own chance to watch it on Thursday night. The reason you've seen so little in the trailers is because the whole movie is one giant spoiler. Every moment rocks the Star Wars world with a resonance not felt since Empire Strikes Back. There is one big reveal early on that we won't spoil here, but when we learn the truth about Kylo Ren and his true mission, it works. And it sets up a new trilogy that we can't wait to finish.

Yes, Kylo Ren rules this movie. As does Han Solo. It's really their adventure, split down the middle, as we watch hero and villain
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The Martian movie review: life on Mars

An excellent complement to the novel, simplifying the science without dumbing it down yet retaining the suspense and urgency of its interplanetary stranding. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly really like the cast and the director

I’m “biast” (con): love the book (and we all know the book is always better than the movie)

I have read the source material (and I love love love it)

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Andy Weir’s novel The Martian is one of those very rare books that I almost literally could not put down. I mostly only have time to read during my relatively brief and nondaily commute, and even books I’m enjoying the hell out of will get put aside out of necessity — because I lack the time — for days or even a week if I don’t have the opportunity of otherwise-useless (ie,
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‘Young Dr. Malone’ Actor John P. Connell Dies at 91

‘Young Dr. Malone’ Actor John P. Connell Dies at 91
John P. Connell, best known as the star of the daytime drama “Young Dr. Malone,” died Thursday in Woodland Hills. He was 91.

Born in Philadelphia, Connell received five battle stars and a Purple Heart during World War II. He was a radio operator and waist gunner aboard a B-24 crew which completed 43 bombing missions.

He broke into show business on Broadway in “Time Limit” and “Uncle Willie” and with the national company of “Picnic.” Connell worked on dozens of live TV broadcasts, including “Studio One in Hollywood,” “Kraft Theatre,” “You Are There,” and “Goodyear Playhouse” and starred for five years as Dr. David Malone on “Young Dr. Malone.”

He also collaborated with his wife Mila to write more than 100 “Secret Storm” scripts. Connell’s film work included “Three Days of the Condor,” “Family Business” and “Fail Safe.”

Connell also became a ubiquitous radio and television spokesman for hundreds of sponsors.
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John Frankenheimer: A Remembrance

Director John Frankenheimer.

I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenheimer.

We instantly clicked the day we met at his home in Benedict Canyon, and spent most of the afternoon talking in his den. A friendship of sorts developed over the years, with visits to his office for screenings of the old Kinescopes he directed for shows like "Playhouse 90" during his salad days in live television during the 1950s.

We hadn't spoken for nearly a year in mid-2002 when the phone rang. It was John, who spoke in what can only be described as a "stentorian bark," like a general. "Alex!" he exclaimed. "John Frankenheimer." He could sense something was amiss with me. It was. My screenwriting career had stalled. My marriage was progressing to divorce. I had hit bottom. John knew that
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Remembering Sidney Lumet

April 9th will mark the four year anniversary of director Sidney Lumet's passing, at age 86. Lumet was the first director I interviewed whose one-sheet posters hung on my wall as a kid. He was an idol, an icon, and an inspiration. I wasn't yet 30 in April 1997, when I met him at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for our interview at the press junket for "Night Falls On Manhattan," one of his solid, authentic urban dramas that blended crime, politics and personal revelations that became his signature.

Lumet immediately put any butterflies I had at ease. Diminutive, but with the infectious energy of a teenager, his was a disarming presence. He paid me a compliment on my sportcoat, saying that I looked a bit like the young Mickey Rourke (which I still don't see, but what the hell), then went on to regale me for an hour with
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