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Slideshow: Exclusive Red-Carpet Portraits at 2013 Chicago International Film Festival

30 October 2013 9:56 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 17 | NextBruce Dern, lead actor in ‘Nebraska,’ directed by Alexander Payne.

Chicago – On the most exciting moments of any major film premiere is the red carpet, on which the film stars, directors and producers appear for photos and interviews. At the 2013 49th Chicago International Film Festival, there were several major red carpet events, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to cover them.

Featured performers Bruce Dern, Oscar Isaac, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Shannon and Harry Lennix were among the celebrities walking the carpet at the Festival, along with their production teams and co-stars. Premieres included “Nebraska,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Book Thief,” “The Harvest,” “The Motel Life” and “H4,” all having screenings at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival.

HollywoodChicago.com was at those premieres, and photographer Joe Arce took these Exclusive Portraits during the red carpet events. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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John Wayne Emerges From the Inside Out

6 June 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Goldman’s book John Wayne: The Genuine Article opens with two prologues. The first is from Ethan Wayne, the Duke’s youngest son. The other is from President Carter, who’s long been one of the most hated political figures among the right-wing circles of which Wayne was a proud member.

If the latter author seems surprising to Wayne fans, it’s the first of many unexpected shadings that the book provides to the seemingly straightforward cowboy icon. (Upon Carter’s election, Wayne sent the new president a congratulatory telegram from the “loyal opposition” — he had sent similar missives to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson as well — and he later also supported him on the Panama Canal Treaty, breaking with his friend and fellow California Republican Ronald Reagan.)

The genesis of the book came during a charity auction of some of Wayne’s personal items. Assembling the lots, »

- Andrew Barker

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Massive, 50% Off Criterion Collection Blu-ray Sale at Amazon

6 June 2013 8:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon is having a massive sale on Criterion Collection titles, virtually all of them listed at 50% off and I have included more than 115 of the available titles directly below along with a selection of ten I consider must owns. Titles beyond my top ten include Amarcord, Christopher Nolan's Following, David Fincher's The Game, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory and The Killing, Roman Polansk's Rosemary's Baby, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited and plenty of Terrence Malick. All the links lead directly to the Amazon website, so click on through with confidence. Small Note: By buying through the links below you help support RopeofSilicon.com as I get a small commission for the sales made through using these links. Thanks for reading and I appreciate your support. Top Ten Must Owns 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini) 12 Angry Men (dir. Sidney Lumet) The 400 Blows (dir. »

- Brad Brevet

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Massive, 50% Off Criterion Collection Blu-ray Sale at Amazon

6 June 2013 8:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon is having a massive sale on Criterion Collection titles, virtually all of them listed at 50% off and I have included more than 115 of the available titles directly below along with a selection of ten I consider must owns. Titles beyond my top ten include Amarcord, Christopher Nolan's Following, David Fincher's The Game, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory and The Killing, Roman Polansk's Rosemary's Baby, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited and plenty of Terrence Malick. All the links lead directly to the Amazon website, so click on through with confidence. Small Note: By buying through the links below you help support RopeofSilicon.com as I get a small commission for the sales made through using these links. Thanks for reading and I appreciate your support. Top Ten Must Owns 8 1/2 (dir. Federico Fellini) 12 Angry Men (dir. Sidney Lumet) The 400 Blows (dir. »

- Brad Brevet

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James Bond, ‘Before’ Trilogy and the Anti-’Twilight’ Star in the 10 Best Movie Stories of the Week

1 June 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This past week was a bit slow in terms of movie news thanks to the holiday, but there’s always plenty to talk about. Over the past seven days we found reasons to discuss the performances of Peter Cushing, the significance of Medium Cool (one of my faves) and of course the entirety (so far) of the Before (Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight) and Fast and Furious franchises. Meanwhile we wrapped up our 2013 Cannes coverage, consumed all of the long-awaited new episodes of Arrested Development and found new reasons to look forward to the future work of Sam Mendes, Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Doctor Who beauty Karen Gillan, who has just been announced as being cast as a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve highlighted a bunch of Fsr’s content from the past seven days along with two outside links to notable pieces from our friends. As usual, if you have or know of a movie-related (or »

- Christopher Campbell

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The Spirit of ’68 in the Criterion Collection: ‘Medium Cool’ and 11 Other Films About Revolution

30 May 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool is a film whose immediacy and docu-realism was all too fitting for an America that could, for the first time, see its wars on television. Shot during the protests and riots that accompanied the Democratic National Convention in August 1968, Wexler’s film seamlessly mixed narrative storytelling and documentary – Medium Cool is a Hollywood-made document of America in ’68 if there ever was one, a stunning portrait of the chaotic state of politics and its relationship to media in one of the most tumultuous years in American (or, perhaps, world) history. But Criterion’s long-anticipated release of Medium Cool isn’t the only A/V flashback to ’68 occurring this summer. Olivier Assays’s Something in the Air reflects on the student protests surrounding the similarly turbulent demonstrations in France in May of that year, while Season 6 of Mad Men has just entered the sweltering summer that will climax in the events in Chicago that »

- Landon Palmer

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New to Blu-ray: Side Effects, Beautiful Creatures, Vacation, and More

22 May 2013 7:35 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases: Side Effects (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Beautiful Creatures (2013) [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (36% off) The ABC's of Death [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (43% off) The Last Stand [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) National Lampoon's Vacation: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray] - $14.86 (25% off) Medium Cool (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $27.86 (30% off) Parker [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Stand Up Guys [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) Struck By Lightning [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) - $34.99 (56% off) »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Side Effects', 'True Blood', 'Beautiful Creatures' and 'Cleopatra' on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

21 May 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Side Effects Thanks to my visit to Cannes I no longer have to cite Side Effects as the only good movie of 2013 so far. In fact, once Friday rolls around another one of my favorite films of 2013 hits theaters in the form of Before Midnight. However, back to Side Effects, a truly fantastic, smart and intriguing film from Steven Soderbergh. The disc arrived shortly before I had to leave for Cannes so I haven't had a chance to watch it again, but I did see it twice in theaters and will welcome another visit once I get back home.

 

True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season I started watching this right before I left for Cannes as well and actually took the DVD discs with me to Cannes, hoping I'd have some opportunity to watch at least a couple more episodes. No dice. I really enjoy the "True Blood" series »

- Brad Brevet

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Director’s Notebook: Oscar Winner Haskell Wexler on Filming the Controversial, X-Rated 'Medium Cool'

20 May 2013 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month we talk to legendary Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Bound for Glory) about his landmark 1969 directorial debut, Medium Cool (out on Blu-ray and DVD May 21, 2013). Starring Robert Forster as a Chicago TV cameraman, Wexler mixes a scripted story of the media’s perspective of a city on the verge of revolt with the actual anti-Vietnam War-fueled confrontation with police that ensues during the city’s hosting of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Opening in very limited release in ’69 due to its X rating, the film became a cult hit through...

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- Jason Guerrasio

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In May, Criterion has Men in Hats, Snacks, and Protests

2 May 2013 1:36 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If you're a cinephile then you don't mark the coming and going of months by birthdays, holidays, or any of that nonsense, you go by the monthly slate of new releases from the Criterion Collection as they push on in their mission to preserve classic and modern films deemed artistically and culturally deserving of preservation for future generations. For May 2013, Criterion unleashes upon Blu-ray two westerns by Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma, Jubal), Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool, Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, and Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders. For the full details on each of these Blu-ray releases, just keep reading.

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- Lex Walker

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Vulture Asks: What Documentaries Have Changed Your Life?

15 April 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

David EdelsteinIn writing about the explosion in documentary creativity in the last decade, we had to leave out a lot of worthy — even transformative — films that came in the previous 75 years, not to mention many of our favorite films from this century. So we’d like to know: What documentaries changed your life — or at least your perceptions of the world in which you live (which is actually pretty life-changing)?I’ll start: I didn’t see many documentaries growing up in the sixties and seventies in a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut. Our town was relatively insulated from the decades’ tumult, schools showed only instructional films, and few docs had theatrical distribution. (You’d have to go to Trinity College or Wesleyan to see anything by Frederick Wiseman on the big screen, and PBS wasn’t on my radar back then.) I did in high school see Medium Cool, which »

- David Edelstein,Bilge Ebiri

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Affleck's Political Thriller Wins More Top Awards: Oscars Next?

18 February 2013 4:19 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Affleck's political thriller wins awards from the American Cinema Editors, Writers Guild of America Ben Affleck's Argo, a the story of the rescue of a handful of American hostages held in Iran in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, continues to win awards this season. After victories at the PGA Awards, the DGA Awards, and the SAG Awards (Best Ensemble), this past weekend the thriller won the Ace Award for Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic (William Goldenberg) and the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio). [Pictured above: Director and co-producer Ben Affleck also stars in Argo.] The film has now come out victorious in the five most important guilds (for a Best Picture Academy Award win): actors, producers, directors, screenwriters, and editors. Needless to say, it is the odds-on favorite to nab the Best Picture Oscar, despite the fact that it doesn't have a Best Director Oscar nomination as well. If Argo does take home the Best Picture Oscar, »

- Anna Robinson

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Medium Cool

15 February 2013 2:44 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Verna Bloom and Robert Forster tries to figure things out in Medium Cool.

The 1969 film drama Medium Cool is the first narrative film directed by the famed documentarian/cinematographer Haskell Wexler, who shot One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Days of Heaven, among other greats.

In, with the U.S. in social upheaval, Wexler decided to make a film about what the hell was going on and plunge audiences straight into the moment. With its mix of scripted fiction and seat-of-the-pants documentary technique, the film’s story looks at the working world and romantic life of television cameraman John Cassellis (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown). Set in Chicago, Cassellis finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention, just as he’s forced to deal with a whole lot of romantic and lifestyle issues. »

- Laurence

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Criterion's May Slate Includes '3:10 To Yuma,' Haskell Wexler's 'Medium Cool,' Mike Leigh's 'Life Is Sweet' & More

15 February 2013 12:12 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Saddle up, because Criterion has dropped the veil on the May releases and they've got a couple of gunslinging classics to share, along with some works from a couple auteurs and much more. So let's dive in. First off, Delmar Davies gets a nice hat tip as both "3:10 To Yuma" and "Jubal" are getting stamped with the C. The former is probably the best known of the pair (partially due to remake by James Mangold in 2007 starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale) about a mild mannered rancher who brings a wanted outlaw to the train station. This disc will carry a high-def transfer, but not much else in the way of extras. Same goes for "Jubal," about a cattleman who becomes the centerpiece in a roiling drama on a ranch. But hell, two movies with Glenn Ford shoud be enough to please anyway. Meanwhile, cinematographer Haskell Wexler's directorial »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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