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Podcast: Over/Under Movies Test The Gag Reflex With Grossout Double Feature ‘Pink Flamingos’ & ‘Taxidermia’

15 August 2016 10:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over/Under Movies is back with sickening vengeance on this latest episode, featuring a truly disgusting double feature of sleaze, vomit, shit and other bodily fluids. I got to choose for this one, and couldn’t resist pitting two films together to examine how each falls on a very different end of the grossout movie paradigm. Though they […]

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- Erik McClanahan

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Weekly Rushes. Nyff, Woody's 1960s, Massive Attack + Cate Blanchett, Tati on Chaplin, John Waters' Mustache

10 August 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSBarry Jenkins' MoonlightThe New York Film Festival has announced its main slate, which among many of the year's better known titles includes new films by Barry Jenkins, Hong Sang-soo and Alison Maclean. The closing night film will be James Gray's The Lost City of Z.Recommended VIEWINGThe teaser for Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. We are notable fans of this too often derided filmmaker.Another future-set teaser: Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi flick Arrival, which is to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.A third teaser, this one for Woody Allen's series for Amazon, Crisis in Six Scenes.Aussie director John Hillcoat made one of the more under-appreciated big budget films this year, Triple 9, and now he returns to the director's seat for a video for Massive Attack, featuring Hope Sandoval and Cate Blanchett.Recommended READINGThe ShallowsIn a moment when any »

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John Waters’ Amazing, And Newly Restored, ‘Multiple Maniacs’ Marked the Birth of Hater Nation

6 August 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In his long and storied career, writer-director John Waters, the Baltimore bard of trash and sleaze and twisted kicks, has staged all kinds of scenes, from delinquent comedy to hardcore gross-outs to grungy fairy-tale burlesque to rock & roll homicide. Yet he has almost never staged a classic movie love scene, full of kissing and panting and writhing, the way he does in “Multiple Maniacs.”

Okay, it is a John Waters love scene. His heroine, who for most of the movie goes by the rather decorous name of Lady Divine (by the end, the “Lady” has been dropped in every way), is inside a church when she succumbs to the advances of Mink Stole, playing a dainty middle-class frump with secret desires. The two make out near the confessional, and then clothes come off, and then Mink indulges Lady Divine in a “rosary job” — which should more or less hit the top of the outrage meter. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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John Waters on Restored 'Multiple Maniacs': A 'Movie to Scare Hippies'

5 August 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"It's even weirder now than it ever was," John Waters says, reflecting on his newly restored, resplendently profane Multiple Maniacs. "When I was watching it again recently, I was thinking, 'No wonder my parents were uptight.' But I'm proud of it."

The Pope of Trash's 1970 feature stars his greatest muse, the raunchy drag queen Divine, as the ringleader of a homicidal sideshow called the Cavalcade of Perversion that sets up camp in — of course — Baltimore. Vulgarity ensues. The poster for the theatrical re-release, restored from film the director had kept in his closet, »

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Daily | John Waters and Multiple Maniacs

5 August 2016 5:13 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have restored John Waters's "gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature," Multiple Maniacs (1970), and they're rolling it out to theaters starting today. "But is it some kind of lost masterpiece?" asks Neil Genzlinger in the New York Times. "No. It’s merely an interesting milestone on the path to Mr. Waters’s better-known works, like Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and the original Hairspray (1988)." But at Slant, Clayton Dillard notes that the "politics of personal sexual preference underscore nearly every scene." The Voice's Bilge Ebiri: "Waters knows it's bad and revels in it." We've got more reviews, interviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »

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John Waters on ‘Multiple Maniacs,’ His Favorite Filmmakers & Why He Hasn’t Directed in More Than a Decade

1 August 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Waters has made 16 films over the course of his nearly 50-year career, one of which has remained elusive for years: 1970’s “Multiple Maniacs.” Janus Films recently restored the cult icon’s second feature, and Waters spoke to us about the film’s re-release, the filmmakers of today he most admires and why he hasn’t directed in more than 10 years.

There’s a funny coincidence because our TV team is at the TCAs. NBC is promoting “Hairspray Live” as part of their upfronts. It’s like Must See TV for the Whole Family. Meanwhile, your “Multiple Maniacs” restoration is going to promote rosary jobs for a whole new generation. Is this your idea of a balanced life?

It is, because I felt the same thing. I did in June a thing with the Baltimore Symphony, where they do “Hairspray,” and I’m sort of like Victor Borge and I »

- Dana Harris

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Provincetown Fest Holds Fast to Indie Spirit

16 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like the Massachusetts seaside town that serves as its host, the Provincetown Intl. Film Festival has been a beacon for independent-minded artists who seek to showcase and discuss their work with a diverse and appreciative audience. The 18th iteration of the festival, which takes place June 15-19, is no exception, as evidenced by its lineup of feature films and special programs.

This year’s schedule includes the Viggo Mortensen starrer “Captain Fantastic,” fresh off winning Un Certain Regard’s director prize at Cannes, as its opening night presentation. It closes with the New England premiere of the documentary “Strike a Pose,” about the dancers who backed Madonna on her “Blonde Ambition” tour. The festival will also honor Ang Lee and Cynthia Nixon and offers a restored presentation of long-time festival supporter John Waters’ rarely seen sophomore feature, the 1970 cult film “Multiple Maniacs,” in addition to many other films, panels and presentations.

Cod Community

According to the festival’s organizers, Piff’s popularity is informed by the Cape Cod town itself, which over the course of three centuries has counted a Portuguese-run fishing industry, an array of artists, writers and actors, and a significant Lgbtq community among its residents.

“There’s something very unique about Provincetown,” says filmmaker Christine Walker, who is also the festival’s executive director. “There’s a camaraderie among the filmmakers and the audiences because we all feel like we’re in this inspirational place together. It doesn’t feel like you’re running around trying to secure a deal — it feels like you’re meeting colleagues and people who love film.”

Waters, whom festival artistic director Connie White describes as Piff’s guru, says the town and the festival draw eclectic crowds because “it’s still a beatnik place — a place for Bohemians, a gay fishing village that’s also hetero friendly. [And festival] audiences are passionate and crazy and accepting of almost anything. Who wouldn’t want to go to Provincetown?”

Honorees And Keynotes

In addition to Lee, who will receive this year’s Filmmaker on the Edge award from Waters on June 18, and Nixon, who will be honored with the festival’s Excellence in Acting Award that same day, the lineup will feature a keynote speech by producer Effie Brown [“Dear White People”] at the Evan Lawson Filmmakers Brunch on June 19. Actress-director Illeana Douglas will speak about her memoir “I Blame Dennis Hopper” at a PIFFtalks panel discussion June 16, while authors David Ebershoff and Lisa Genova will speak at a June 18 panel about the transition of their books — “The Danish Girl” and “Still Alice,” respectively — into feature films.

In addition to interviewing Lee as part of the Filmmaker on the Edge Award — a duty he’s handled since the first Piff in 1999 — Waters will also be present to offer up a newly restored print of “Multiple Maniacs,” which he describes as “training wheels for ‘Pink Flamingos.’” Directed in 1970 and featuring the late Divine as the owner of a homicidal carnival act called “The Cavalcade of Perversion,” the film originally played Province-town when Waters summered there, as he has for the last 50 years. “It played there before it had a distributor,” says Waters. “I worked at the [Provincetown] Bookshop, and the owner let me turn the display windows into advertisements for the film.”

Waters decided to revisit the film after appearing with the Baltimore Symphony for a production of “Hairspray,” the family-friendly musical based on his 1988 film.

“I was the onstage narrator, and I thought that the audience loved it for all the right reasons,” he says. “But what if they saw ‘Multiple Maniacs?’ They would be horrified!”

After working out some music rights and sound issues, Waters says that the film will enjoy a brief theatrical run following its debut at Piff on June 17.


“We’re always looking for films that are edgy and [of] quality,” says White. “We want something crowd-pleasing to kick off the festival, that will engage the town, and ‘Captain Fantastic’ [June 15 and 19] sets the right tone. Closing night is something that people can build up towards, and ‘Strike a Pose’ [June 16 and 19] had the right flavor to end the festival — it’s touching and very interesting.”

Other films screening include Jonah Markowitz and Tracey Ware’s documentary “Political Animals,” the drama “Indignation,” which director James Schamus adapted from the Philip Roth novel, and Susanna White’s film version of John Le Carre’s “Our Kind of Traitor” with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Harris. Todd Solondz’s new comedy “Wiener-Dog” will also screen.


- Paul Gaita

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip review – kids’ franchise loses its way

14 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A reliance on adult themes sees the animated chipmunks forgetting who their core audience is meant to be

“Don’t judge me, I saw Pink Flamingos…” The latest instalment in the singing chipmunks kids’ franchise comes replete with a John Waters cameo and fleeting gags about The Exorcist, The Shining, Taken, and The Terminator. Not so much winking at its childminder audience as waving at them with both hands, this sends the rodents to Miama via New Orleans. En route, an air marshal gets drunk on moonshine, the chips wind up on the anti-terrorist no-fly list, and a carnival band plays Uptown Funk with a sousaphone. The absence of long-standing series stalwart David Cross is a shame (Tony Hale can’t quite fill the gap) but Jason Lee is back, making it business as usual.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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