12 items from 2015
It’s a year in December since same-sex marriage legislation was passed in Scotland, so as part of the BFI’s Love initiative, here are two film seasons to mark the occasion. Queer Women In Love includes The Wedding Song, set in Nazi-occupied Tunisia, and up-to-date London stories Stud Life and Break My Fall. The I Do? season, showing in London as well as Scotland, rounds up films directly dealing with gay partnership, such as The Kids Are Alright and Cloudburst, plus older movies that handled queer themes more subtly, such as Hitchcock’s silent classic The Lodger.
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- Steve Rose
Outfest, the La nonprofit devoted to sharing on-screen Lgbt stories, has announced that Christopher Racster has been named executive director. Read More: Outfest Legacy Awards to Honor Tom Hanks and 'The Kids Are Alright' Director Lisa Cholodenko Racster succeeded Kirsten Schaffer as interim executive director after her departure in the spring, and he has now officially been named the best candidate for the job. "After an extensive search that yielded many highly qualified candidates, it became clear that our best prospect had been in front of us all along," said Outfest Board of Directors co-presidents Ari Karpel and Laura Ivey. Though Outfest's Film Festival concluded earlier this year, the organization will honor Tom Hanks and Lisa Cholodenko at the organization's legacy awards on November 5. Read More: Outfest 2015: Surveying 6 of the Festival's Most Anticipated Titles »
- Aubrey Page
Screen International and British Council present Screen’s Stars Of Tomorrow tonight at an intimate industry dinner.
Following Friday night’s unveiling of Screen International’s 2015 Stars of Tomorrow, presented for the first time as part of the BFI London Film Festival’s programme of events, Screen is joining with British Council to present the Stars tonight at an invitation-only international industry dinner at Kettner’s. The event is supported by the British Council and the Casting Society of America (Csa).
Briony Hanson, Director of Film at the British Council, said: “Creating opportunities for film-makers by connecting them with international counterparts is a core part of the British Council’s film programme, so we’re delighted to be partnering with Screen International and the Lff for a second year on an event designed to do just that. We firmly believe that Stars of Tomorrow is a really important initiative and we’re glad to do our bit »
Read More: Outfest Film Festival 2015 Award Winners Though Outfest finished up their film festival in late July, the La-based non-profit devoted to Lgbt support has just announced plans to honor Tom Hanks and writer-director Lisa Cholodenko at the upcoming Legacy Awards on Thursday, November 5. The Legacy Awards serve as the fundraiser for Outfest's UCLA Legacy project, which boasts the largest archive of Lgbt moving images in the world. Since her first film "High Art", which featured a frank account of a blossoming lesbian relationship, Lisa Cholodenko has been a prominent figure in both independent film and the Lgbt community. Her Academy Award nominated follow-up "The Kids are Alright" is credited by the interim Executive Director of Outfest as having "made the biggest impact, showing the the world that Lgbt parenting is just as joyful, complicated and challenging as straight parenting." Cholodenko will be honored with the Visionary Award, »
- Aubrey Page
★★★★☆ In half a century of existence, The Who have had a consistent presence in cinema. Aside from their theatrical projects Tommy (1975) and Quadrophenia (1979), their history has also been chronicled in documentaries such as The Kids Are Alright (1979) and Amazing Journey (2007). This new documentary looks at the men behind the band, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Aspiring filmmakers who initially saw managing a rock band as a back door into the film business, the film follows their and the band's journey to stardom, and the many implosions along the way. The story of two young men who, in some ways inadvertently, built rock history as they went along, is both charming and fascinating.
- CineVue UK
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons will play the lead in Starz’s upcoming drama series “Counterpart,” Variety has confirmed.
The series is described as “an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist.” Simmons plays Howard Silk, a lowly cog in a bureaucratic U.N. agency, turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “Counterpart” on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs and lost love.
The series is created and written by Justin Marks (“The Jungle Book”), with “The Imitation Game” helmer Morten Tyldum attached to direct the first two episodes. The duo will exec produce alongside Anonymous Content’s Bard Dorros and Keith Redmon (“True Detective,” “The Knick”) and Gilbert Films’ Jordan Horowitz and Gary Gilbert (“The Kids Are Alright”).
Mrc is producing with Starz, »
- Laura Prudom
Fresh off his Oscar win for Whiplash, J.K. Simmons is set to headline Starz's new supernatural drama Counterpart. Described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist, the series is created and written by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book). Morten Tyldum, coming off his Academy Award nomination for helming The Imitation Game, is attached to direct the first two episodes. Marks and Tyldum will executive produce with Anonymous Content's Bard Dorros and Keith Redmon (True Detective, The Knick) and Gilbert Films' Jordan Horowitz and Gary Gilbert (The Kids Are Alright). Starz is eyeing a two-season pickup for the
- Kate Stanhope
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
The Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook
Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth
Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful »
- Nicholas Bell
Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!
In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to »
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
12 items from 2015
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