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Dano Wins and Loses: S.F. Film Critics Make Several Surprising Choices

13 December 2015 10:03 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Full list of 2015 San Francisco Film Critics winners and nominations Marlon Riggs Award (“for courage & innovation in the Bay Area film community”). Frank Lee. “For his lifelong dedication to film culture in San Francisco – in particular his twenty-plus-year film stewardship of the 4 Star Theatre in the tradition of the family-run independent art house and his attention to Hong Kong film, both marked by his astute taste and knowledge.” Special Mention (“for underappreciated independent cinema”). The Forbidden Room. “Guy Maddin's haunted scream, full of artfully recreated, vinegar-eaten celluloid, is a rat's nest of affairs too strange to recall and too troubling to forget.” Best Cinematography The Assassin, Ping Bing Lee. Carol, Edward Lachman. * Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale. The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezski. Sicario, Roger Deakins. Best Editing The Big Short, Hank Corwin. Love & Mercy, Dino Jonsater. * Mad Max: Fury Road, Jason Ballantine; Margaret Sixel. The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione. Sicario, »

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Golden Globes: The nominations in full

10 December 2015 6:09 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes have been announced. The 73rd annual Golden Globes nominations will take place in January, but looking at the nominations, Carol leads the way with 5 nominations in all including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett. Todd Haynes also scored a Best Director nod, and Rooney Mara was selected in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston, Will Smith and Eddie Redmayne have been nominated for Best Actor in a drama; the biggest upset being no mention of Johnny Depp for his outstanding performance in Black Mass.

Here are the nominations in full. The awards themselves will be dished out in Beverly Hills on January 10th, 2016.

Best Motion Picture, Drama


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant



Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Big Short


The Martian



Best TV Series, Drama


Game Of Thrones

Narcos »

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Killer Couture: The Supplementary Pleasures Of Criterion’S Dressed To Kill Discs

10 October 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

July 25, 1980. That was the day Dressed to Kill opened in theaters across the country, and it marked the first of countless times I would see the movie projected on a big screen, on a drive-in screen, panned and scanned for home video, even interrupted and cut to ribbons for network TV. But I’ll never forget seeing it that first time, in a cavernous old movie palace in downtown Eugene, Oregon, its lush, complex, violently dynamic and meticulously choreographed images, all set to a Pino Donaggio score which reflected precisely those same qualities, thrilling me to my core. I left that theater buzzing, even if at first I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the movie-- it took me a few days and another screening or two to decide that the outraged cries of Hitchcock plagiarism coming from some circles were unwarranted. For me, Dressed to Kill is »

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Ted Turner Talks Getting ‘Fired,’ PBS, CBS Lead News & Documentary Emmy Awards

28 September 2015 9:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and CBS led the winners at the 36th annual News and Documentary Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. But lifetime achievement honoree Ted Turner stole the show with an emotional acceptance speech that recounted his “firing” in 2001 from the company he founded.

“I got phased out,” the CNN founder told the crowd. The management of Time Warner, which acquired Turner Broadcasting in 1996, came to him as his contract was about to end.

“They said your contract is going to be up but we want to give you another one,” Turner said. “They said ‘We’ll give you a million dollars a year.’ I said ‘What will my duties be?’ They said ‘nothing.’ I said ‘you take the million dollars and shove it you know where,’ ” he said.

Turner told the crowd that he misses being part of CNN; “I really enjoyed every moment of it, »

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‘CSI’ Finale: Creator Anthony Zuiker on Emotional Endings, Origins and Longevity

27 September 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s one of TV’s great rags-to-riches stories: Young guy from Las Vegas delivers a global smash hit with his first-ever TV script.

Anthony Zuiker, 47, was not so far removed from his job driving a tram for a Sin City hotel when he managed to field the pilot for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS in 2000. A well-arranged marriage of Zuiker with veteran showrunners Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue set “CSI” off on a journey that would change the course of TV history and spawn three spinoffs, most recently the Patricia Arquette starrer “CSI: Cyber.”

With the mothership wrapping its 15-year run with a two-hour movie airing Sunday night, creator/exec producer Zuiker spoke with Variety about the emotional experience of writing the finale, reuniting with original “CSI” stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger and his deep appreciation for Mendelsohn, Donahue, CBS’ Nina Tassler, Leslie Moonves »

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The Middle: family comedy at its best (and 5 great episodes)

22 July 2015 9:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A warm but never schmaltzy, perfectly formed family sitcom with no weak links in its cast, here's why you should watch The Middle...

Family sitcoms aren’t exactly thin on the ground, so finding a new spin on the format is always going to take some work. Originally intended as a vehicle for Ricki Lake, The Middle is a case in point. After several years in development, it finally aired in autumn 2009 with a new lead: Patricia Heaton, one of the stars of hugely popular show Everybody Loves Raymond. Writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline had previously been responsible for Roseanne, so the track records of all involved boded well for the series’ prospects. Six seasons later – with a seventh confirmed in May – expectations have well and truly been proved correct.

The Middle is a warm, beautifully performed and acutely observed portrait of a family struggling to cope with the »

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Phil Donahue on ‘Finding Vivian Maier': “A Genius Was Living in Our Spare Bedroom” (Guest Column)

12 February 2015 7:29 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Phil Donahue

The Hollywood Reporter

Phil Donahue hosted the syndicated talk show, Donahue, for 29 years. He now lives in New York with his wife, Marlo Thomas.

Vivian Maier was hiding a secret. I met her in a Chicago diner in the late ’70s and hired her. She was our nanny. Decades later, over 150,000 photographs were discovered in storage lockers, the work of a brilliant but unknown artist. That secret genius was Vivian, our nanny, now considered one of the great photographers of the 20th century. The Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier tells this story and not only is it a great film, it is a film that will be watched for years to come.

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- Anjelica Oswald

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