9 items from 2017
Predictably, most of the memorials for the late great horror director George A. Romero focused on his influence on the zombie and wider horror genre. Yes, he was important and influential in that area. But his legacy is much wider. More than any other filmmaker, Romero changed the course of independent film making in America.
Independent films have been around as long as movies existed. Indeed, in their infancy all early features from around 1912 were basically independent, before the Hollywood studio system rapidly evolved in the late teens.
Though the majors dominated moviemaking and distribution from their hub in Southern California, many independent filmmakers such as Edgar G. Ulmer, the idiosyncratic Edward Wood, African-American pioneer Oscar Micheaux and various ethnic cinemas flourished on the side. In 1955 Robert Altman was making industrial films in Kansas City when he was hired by a local businessman to make his first feature, the low-budget »
- Tom Brueggemann
White people trust Jordan Klepper, the lanky, blonde and affably midwestern Daily Show correspondent best known for going into the field to ostensibly prove that police don't have racial biases or to quiz supporters at Trump rallies about the relative feminism of "Trump That Bitch." Klepper worked just one year under Jon Stewart, but when Trevor Noah arrived in 2015, Klepper understood his voice in the show. Like many correspondents before him, including Steves Carell and Colbert, Klepper excels at playing a self-assured blowhard, cluelessly flaunting his white privilege, or cleverly, »
A father and his two teen two daughters were killed early Friday morning outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to police.
Wade Gordon McIntosh, 47, Olivia Felis McIntosh, 17, and Maria Alana McIntosh, 19, were fatally shot, according to the St. Paul police. Another person who was shot remains in critical condition at Regions Hospital, according to the police statement.
According to police, when officers arrived at the scene and searched for suspects, they found another deceased male — Jeffrey Jemaile Taylor, 20 — in a wooded area near the apartment building were the incident occurred.
According to investigators, Taylor shared an 18-month-old child with Maria. The »
- Caitlin Keating
While Burgess and Bolton's amazing chemistry was stronger than ever on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, the pair's performance was far more emotional than their sexy cha cha from last week.
Speaking with Erin Andrews after their dance, Bolton dedicated the dance to his uncle, who is confined to a wheelchair after suffering an injury in a horse accident last year.
"I know if he could, he'd be slow dancing with his wife, Vicki, right now," an emotional Bolton said, as his grandma and other family members cheered for him from the audience.
Speaking with Et's Cameron Mathison after the show, Bolton and Burgess opened up about the emotional dedication.
"My uncle suffered from a bad horse wreck last year »
“We have taken the decision not to broadcast ‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,’ a half hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family,” Sky’s statement read. “We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”
Fiennes was previously cast to play the late iconic singer, which sparked much backlash online. The first footage from the episode was released this week, which prompted Michael’s daughter, Paris Jackson, to speak out against the series’ portrayal of her late father.
"I'm so incredibly offended by it, as I'm sure »
The backlash against Joseph Fiennes' portrayal of Michael Jackson -- in the upcoming TV movie, Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon -- continues to grow as several of Michael's family members are speaking out about the casting decision.
A day after the King of Pop's daughter, Paris Jackson, took to Twitter to slam the recently released trailer showing the actor in full prosthetic makeup, T.J. Jackson shared his disdain for the "insulting" portrayal.
"My uncle was incredibly proud of his heritage and of who he was," said T.J., son of Michael's brother, Tito Jackson, in a statement released to The Insider on Thursday. "He was proud to be a black man who suffered from the skin disease vitiligo."
"He loved all people as my entire family does. But for a white actor to play my uncle, a black man »
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
and Cinema Tropical announce
Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American CinemaJanuary 26–31: The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the second annual Neighboring Scenes, a showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema, co-presented with Cinema Tropical
Exhibiting the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today, the festival highlights impressive recent productions from across the region. Featuring titles from Paraguay, Peru, and the Dominican Republic for the first time, as well as films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes celebrates the expanding range of contemporary Latin American filmmaking in its second edition.
“This year, we are pleased to highlight several emerging filmmakers, with many fantastic debut and second films in a range of styles — from political thriller and bleak comedy to observational documentary,” said Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes. “Furthermore, half of the works »
- Sydney Levine
Amy (Duggar) King will be starring in a new reality show, but will her famous family be tuning in for it? Not likely.
“My Uncle was like, ‘Ohhh… that,’ ” she recalled of telling the father of 19 to People Now. “I mean, he wasn’t negative about it, but I don’t think he understands the whole show.”
Amy and her husband Dillon King will be starring in the new season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, which airs Jan. 6, on We tv, and there’s some heated drama that the Duggar family wants to steer clear of.
“There’s definitely »
‘Toni Erdmann’ (Courtesy: Tiff)
By: Carson Blackwelder
It’s not too often that foreign-language films get recognized for anything at the Oscars beyond the best foreign-language film category — but it does happen. And, believe it or not, it happens more for best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay than many other categories. A prime example of that is Toni Erdmann, Germany’s submission this year that is proving to be a cross-category threat, which could score a nomination — or a win — for its writing.
The story of Toni Erdmann — which has a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% — follows a father who is trying to reconnect with his adult daughter after the death of his dog. It sounds simple enough but, of course, the two couldn’t be more unalike. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and where it won the Fipresci Prize. Since then, it »
- Carson Blackwelder
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