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10 Ecstatic Truths from Werner Herzog’s ‘Wtf with Marc Maron’ Interview

15 August 2016 3:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Occasioned by the release of his internet documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” this week, Werner Herzog made an appearance on Marc Maron’s “Wtf” podcast. The interview was typically insightful, strange and humorous in the way that only Herzog can be, with 10 ecstatic truths emerging as especially noteworthy:

The last thing he read was an obscure historian from Greek antiquity, because of course it was.

Herzog calls the saga he read as a “soap-opera story” about Alexander the Great’s father, though the historian in question is “a fairly unintelligent writer.”

Surprisingly, he rarely dreams.

The filmmaker says he dreams “maybe once in a year.” In the last dream he remembers, Herzog was being pursued in Mexico “by God knows what” and gets knocked down. A priest then came to pick him up, shook him and asked him, “Do you believe in the forces of evil? »

- Michael Nordine

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Time Commanders gameshow returning to the BBC

26 July 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 26, 2016

A third series of the BBC historical military strategy game Time Commanders appears to be on the way...

Is it your dream to replicate the military achievements of Alexander the Great via the medium of modern games engines, live on TV? Then you, my friend, are in luck.

BBC Four has put out a call for teams of three people to take part in the return  of Time Commanders, a "popular historical military strategy series, where teams go head-to-head with some of the greatest generals from history".

During its brief 2003-2005 tenure, Time Commanders saw teams reenact historical battles using a games engine more or less imported wholesale from real-time strategy game Rome: Total War. It was hosted by Scottish broadcaster Eddie Mair before Top Gear's Richard Hammond took over. 

The call for participants appears to have preceded an official announcement in this case. The revived »

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Outfest’s 2016 Screenwriting Lab Fellows Share Their Transformative and Affirmative Experience

13 July 2016 3:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Screenwriting Lab at Outfest, Los Angeles’ Lgbt Film Festival, offers a platform to tell important stories. In the program’s 19th year, writers Michael Colucci, Kellee Terrell, Chanelle Tyson, Jen Richards and Michael Walek not only got to work with professionals to hone their skills and develop their stories in a three-day, mentor led workshop, but also got to see their visions come to life during the Screenwriting Lab’s Live Stage Reading at Outfest on Tuesday night.

Read More: Outfest 2016 Opens With A Heavy Heart And A Message of Hope

With actors including Elaine Hendrix, Zackary Drucker, Mather Zickel, Jason Stuart, Kym Whitley and Alexandra Grey, the reading presented select segments from each writer’s scripts. From gay ancient Greeks to a young girl exploring her sexuality to transgender women navigating Chicago, it was a powerful and emotional journey through the important and varied stories of the lab’s fellows. »

- Kyle Kizu

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NYC Weekend Watch: Alain Resnais, Theo Angelopoulos, ‘Last Tango In Paris’ & More

7 July 2016 7:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

Metrograph

“Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z” has a packed weekend with a slate that includes Alain Resnais‘ Je t’aime, je t’aime, Nicholas Ray‘s The Lusty Men, Jackie Brown, and, yes, Jackass 3D.

Baumbach & Paltrow‘s De Palma plays with a Jim McBride feature on Saturday and two De Palma shorts on Sunday. »

- Nick Newman

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Persistence of Vision: The Cinema of Theodoros Angelopoulos

7 July 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Theodoros AngelopoulosSo consistent was the vision of Theodoros Angelopoulos that nearly any of his films could stand as a leading representative work. When viewing all 13 of his features within a condensed period of time—an extraordinary opportunity to be offered by New York's Museum of the Moving Image July 8 - 24—one sees just how exceptional Angelopoulos’ filmography is, and how each title is an emblematic entry in the late Greek director’s catalog of persistent themes, tonal frequencies, plot points, and, perhaps most indelibly, sheer visual boldness.Landscape in the Mist (1988)IMAGESIt is in this last regard that Angelopoulos instantly and emphatically impresses. His cinema is punctuated by a remarkable succession of single images that linger long after the film has concluded, often retaining in the viewer’s consciousness more than an overall story or specific characters. Silhouetted bodies on a fog-shrouded border fence in Eternity and a Day (1998); a »

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Alexander the Great and Judy the Greatest

10 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

323 BC Alexander the Great dies of an unknown illness. Colin Farrell plays him in a movie centuries and centuries later and it's suggested that it's a combo of Typhus, Bad Wigs, and Loving Jared Leto that does him in. Who could survive that combo? (Remember when Baz Luhrmann was going to make an Alexander movie, too, but Oliver Stone beat him to it? We wish it had been the other way around.)

38 Ad Julia Drusilla dies in Rome. In the infamous Bob Guccione movie Caligula (1979) her brother Caligula (Malcom McDowell) is shown licking her corpse. Somehow that's not remotely the most perverted thing in the movie!

1692 Bridget Bishop is executed for "Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." She's the first victim of the notorious Salem Witch Trials that will claim many lives and inspire many works of art including The »

- NATHANIEL R

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And So We Say Goodbye to American Idol: The People Review

6 April 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In spring 2007, American Idol had what could be called its Donald Trump moment. The sixth season of Fox's make-me-a-pop-superstar/talent-show juggernaut had acquainted millions of Americans with a contestant named Sanjaya Malakar. He was a sweet, mildly talented and - at some fundamental level - rather silly 17-year-old. Judge Simon Cowell regarded him as a waste of time and undeserving of a continued spot on the Idol stage. And yet he stayed. Viewers kept voting to keep him in the competition. Why? It would have been one thing if gangly, smiling Sanjaya were merely an underdog. Except that he was, »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattot

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And So We Say Goodbye to American Idol: The People Review

6 April 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In spring 2007, American Idol had what could be called its Donald Trump moment. The sixth season of Fox's make-me-a-pop-superstar/talent-show juggernaut had acquainted millions of Americans with a contestant named Sanjaya Malakar. He was a sweet, mildly talented and - at some fundamental level - rather silly 17-year-old. Judge Simon Cowell regarded him as a waste of time and undeserving of a continued spot on the Idol stage. And yet he stayed. Viewers kept voting to keep him in the competition. Why? It would have been one thing if gangly, smiling Sanjaya were merely an underdog. Except that he was, »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattot

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Alexander the Great

2 April 2016 9:52 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Tired of stupid sword 'n' sandal costume pictures? Robert Rossen's all-star bio-epic of the charter founder of the Masons is a superior analysis of political ambition and the ruthless application of power. Yeah, he's wearing a blond wig, but Richard Burton captures the force of Alexander without camping up Asia Minor. Alexander the Great Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 136 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Danielle Darrieux, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Cushing. Cinematography Robert Krasker Art Direction Andrej Andrejew Film Editor Ralph Kemplen Original Music Mario Nascimbene Produced by Gordon Griffith, Robert Rossen Written and Directed by Robert Rossen

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Critical opinions aren't supposed to flip-flop with every screening of a film, but I have to admit that my appreciation of Robert Rossen's 1956 epic Alexander the Great »

- Glenn Erickson

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Review

24 March 2016 10:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Okay film fans, are you all set for the big sequel storming the multiplex this weekend. No, not that one, the one with the caped combatants. Instead of spandex think….Windex. This is the follow-up that most movie-goers of a…ahem…certain age have been clamoring for since the original shocked and stunned Hollywood fourteen (gasp!) years ago. That’s because this lil’ flick with no big marquee stars, which cost a paltry five million, went on to gross just under a quarter of a billion bucks. So what took em’ so long, you may ask. Well, there was a TV show in 2003 that CBS canned after just seven episodes. Tis’ a distant memory, one that will be erased when the whole gang is back for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. So pass the ouzo! Opa!

Once again, good ole’ Gus Portokalos (Michael Constantine) is driving off to open »

- Jim Batts

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 review – more stereotypes and baklava, anyone?

24 March 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Big Greek family stalks a browbeaten daughter in this shouty, ramshackle rom-com sequel

Nia Vardalos delves into her seemingly endless supply of big crude Greek stereotypes for a sequel to one of the most cancerously patronising romantic comedies of all time. Vardalos, who wrote and stars in the film, reprises her role as Toula, the browbeaten daughter of the overbearing Portokalos clan. Now, however, she has a 17-year-old daughter who is regularly mortified by the entire family turning up at the various landmark moments of her life. The supporting cast tend to bellow their lines as if they are trying to have a conversation across an eight-lane motorway, but volume of delivery fails to make up for the lack of comic polish. Scenes tend to fizzle out or end with an ancient granny wandering into shot brandishing some baklava. The wedding is a renewal of vows between Toula’s parents; meanwhile, »

- Wendy Ide

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‘House of Cards 4×10 – 4×13: Chapters 49-52′ Review

24 March 2016 5:05 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The end is nigh—or so we think. In the final episodes of House of Cards season four, we come to terms with what’s going on from the start: Claire and Frank never truly loved each other but rather are a political union made for world domination. A modern day Catherine the Great married to Alexander the Great, with the only question of who is more powerful and willing to do what it takes.

And that question keeps on leaning more and more into the grey area. For the first few seasons at least, we always figured that Claire supported Frank in everything he did, always there to provide support and some outside the box thinking. But as we delve further into her character this season, we understand that she may be more of a megalomaniac than we once considered. We knew that they both had it in them, »

- Catherina Gioino

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[Review] My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

23 March 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s one point late in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 that stands out — nay, is almost stunning — for actually being underplayed. Ian (John Corbett), in the middle of a utilitarian exchange of pleasantries with his ultra-reserved Wasp father (Bruce Gray), tentatively reaches for a deeper connection, offering to be available to “just talk or whatever” if he ever wants to. It’s left unsaid but obvious that spending so much time around the extraordinarily close family of his wife, Toula (Nia Vardalos), has made Ian long, at least a little bit, for that kind of casual intimacy with his own relatives. It’s a nice little exchange that speaks better for this film’s affectionate vision of Greek family life than most of its boisterous comedy scenes.

The weird thing is that, though written by the Greek-descended Vardalos, most of the aspects of Greek identity on display in »

- Daniel Schindel

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Film Review: ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’

21 March 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Making a sequel to one of the biggest sleeper hits of all time is a tall order, and scribe-star Nia Vardalos let 14 years pass before revisiting her breakout success with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” Whether or not audiences feel like it was worth the wait will depend heavily on how much they’re up for a family reunion: Literally the entire major cast returns in this simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished follow-up. Every bit as sitcom-ish and saccharine as its predecessor, but considerably less distinctive, “Wedding” redux will unquestionably fall short of the original’s massive $241 million domestic gross. But the curiosity of a presumably still-loyal fan base should at least allow for a respectable honeymoon period opposite “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” before this Universal release settles into its natural habitat as cable-tv filler.

Critics didn’t exactly flip for Vardalos’ feature length ethnic joke-cum-romantic comedy when it first opened, »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Assassin's Creed's Next Game Goes to Egypt in 2017

4 January 2016 1:49 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Ubisoft may be moving on from its annual release of their franchise game, starting with Assassin's Creed Empire.  Come inside for more.

Assassin's Creed has been the premiere video game franchise of Ubisoft for many, many years now. So much so that, the developer has released a new Assassin's Creed game on an annual basis, for better or worse.  However, it seems the worse has caught up with them.  

A report from Kotaku states that, Ubisoft is planning on slowing down their annual video game release of the major Assassin's Creed games.  Instead, they are looking to go with a more "biennial" (every two years) approach.  This new approach stems from the fact that many gamers started getting franchise fatigue after the tragedy that was Unity.  However, that was only part of the problem.

Unity wasn't the first Assassin's Creed game to be buggy, it was just the most noticeable one. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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