5 items from 2009
Indie Roundup gathers a selection of indie film news from the past seven days and offers a peek ahead to what's coming.
Deal. Do not despair that the first month of the new year will be filled solely with the expansion of award contenders. Distribution rights in the Us for Sweetgrass have been acquired by The Cinema Guild, according to indieWIRE, and the documentary will open at Film Forum in Manhattan on January 6, followed by a rollout across the country.
Directed by Ilisa Barbasch and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sweetgrass "follows the last sheepherders to trail their flocks up into Montana's Beartooth mountains for summer pasture," per its official synopsis. After debuting at the Berlin Film Festival last year, the doc played the festival circuit quite successfully, picking up positive critical notices. Check out the splendid trailer in all its quiet, chud-chewing glory after the jump.
Online / On-Demand Viewing. Debuting on demand next Sunday, »
- Peter Martin
One of the real joys of Back Catalogue is getting to sift through movies I actually want to watch instead of whatever happens across my desk. This look at the older titles available through Vci Entertainment offered a little bit of everything. Mario Bava, made for TV fare, cult classics, exploitation and even documentary. Needless to say this was quite a viewing party.
Kiss Of The Tarantula was a definite first into the DVD player for me as I loves me some campy spider action. The film follows the mold of other movies like Willard, and Stanley, leaving out the supernatural element. Poor misunderstood, constantly picked on Susan isn't able to control spiders, she just raises them in the family mortuary. And when the locals (and her lecherous uncle) get a little too aggressive poor Susan pops a few of her eight legged friends in for visit.
Death by spider »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (David Canfield)
Reclusive director of 'Breakfast Club,' 'Sixteen Candles' gave rare interview.
By Gil Kaufman
Photo: MTV (File)
When I read that director/screen writer John Hughes died on Thursday, I thought of a lot of things: his seminal 1980s movies "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"; how those movies taught me about love and not worrying about fitting in; and how he didn't worry about fitting in on the Hollywood scene and basically retreated from the public eye and the persona he never wanted to live up to.
But mostly I thought about the time in 1997 when I somehow managed to get the rarely interviewed, publicity-shy director on the phone to talk about a little-known indie movie he wrote called "Reach the Rock."
The ostensible reason I finagled the talk was because I was a fan of a label run by his son, »
The star has struggled to land another role in a film equally as successful as his 1980s flicks and recently began serving up drinks at Chinese restaurant Philippe East Hampton.
Restaurant owners were stunned when patrons began to recognise the star, and decided to promote him to a position at their Los Angeles branch, where he'll mingle with more A-listers.
Owner Stratis Morfogen tells the New York Post, "The story I heard was, he was a struggling musician trying to make it. But then every A-list patron who walked in the door knew him... we spoke in detail about his past - amazing guy and amazing story. Now I've decided to bump Roger up to manager in our new Philippe location in Los Angeles opening this September. He is so happy to go back to Hollywood... I knew none of this." »
Roger Wilson, who disappeared after starring in the first two "Porky's" movies and dating Christy Turlington for six years, has reappeared in a surprising new role -- as the bartender at Chinese restaurant Philippe East Hampton. Wilson, who once lived in a duplex in the Hotel des Artistes on West 67th Street, "has apparently gone through his trust fund and now has to work for a living," said one source.
5 items from 2009
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