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Sundance Film Review: ‘Beirut’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Beirut’
A quarter-century-old script dusted off after the success of “Argo” brightened the box-office outlook for negotiation-based espionage tales, “Beirut” emerges a cracking intrigue closer in spirit to something like “The Year of Living Dangerously” than to that 2012 Oscar winner — or to scenarist Tony Gilroy’s more action-focused “Bourne” movies. Expertly directed by Brad Anderson, and starring Jon Hamm in top form, this complex but cogent tale of an anxious fictional hostage situation in 1982 Lebanon is a satisfying suspenser that easily rates as one of Sundance 2018’s most purely entertaining titles. Also one of its most promising in commercial terms, with Bleecker Street already on board for a spring U.S. theatrical release.

In 1972, Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) is a U.S. diplomat living the good life in Beirut with his wife Nadia (Leila Bekhti). They have no children of their own, as yet, but treat 13-year-old orphan refugee Karim (Yoav Sadian Rosenberg) as “part of the family
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In
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Russell Boyd on 'Hacksaw' meeting and Peter Weir's next feature 'The Keep'

Russell Boyd (r) with Peter Weir (l) shooting Master and Commander.

On May 6, the Acs National Awards for Cinematography will be held at Nsw Parliament House, the 46th edition of the annual awards..

This year, the work of the nominees was judged by a panel of five Acs members — president Ron Johanson plus Russell Boyd, Anna Howard, Ernie Clark and Andrew Taylor — over a three-day period..

Feature nominees this year include Denson Baker (The Dark Horse), Andrew Commis (The Daughter), Katie Milwright (Looking for Grace) and Bonnie Elliott (Spear).

Judging feature work can be a tricky proposition, says Boyd. .We.re there to judge the cinematography, not the story or the direction, although that can influence your decisions..

Boyd may be a veteran, with credits ranging from The Last Wave to Liar Liar, but he has well and truly embraced the digital revolution. .I really only shoot commercials these days and they.re all digital,
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Match the sweltering summer scene to the Australian film – quiz

Red deserts, sweaty brows, scalding sand and swimsuits. Nowhere does summer quite like Australia – and nowhere is it captured better than on film. But how well do you know your classics?

They’re A Weird Mob

Puberty Blues

Age of Consent

The Daughter

These Final Hours

On the Beach

Blackrock

All Men Are Liars

The Overlanders

The Sundowners

The Back of Beyond

Mutiny on the Bounty

Welcome to Woop Woop

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Muriel’s Wedding

Red Dog

Road Games

Fair Game

Long Weekend

Dead Calm

The Killing of Angel Street

Newsfront

Heatwave

The Year of Living Dangerously

Wake in Fright

Sunday Too Far Away

The Water Diviner

The Man From Snowy River

The Man From Snowy River

The Water Diviner

Australia

The Silver Brumby

Goldstone

Dead Heart

Babe: Pig in the City

Mystery Road

Bungala Boys

Bra Boys

The Coolangatta Gold

The Four Minute Mile

Crocodile Dundee
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Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History

Gender-Fluid Actor Kelly Mantle Makes Oscar History
Opening Friday in limited release for an Oscar-qualifying run is “Confessions of a Womanizer,” directed by Miguel Ali. The small indie film is the longest of shots for Academy consideration, but that’s not stopping it from making history.

In submitting eligibility materials to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the film’s producers sought both supporting actor and supporting actress consideration for gender-fluid actor Kelly Mantle. The Academy granted the request, setting a historic precedent.

Gender-fluid and trans characters have been represented by Oscar-nominated actors such as John Lithgow (“The World According to Garp”), Hillary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”). There is one instance, meanwhile, of an Oscar nomination for a gender-swapping role: Linda Hunt in fact won the supporting actress prize for playing a male dwarf in 1982’s “The Year of Living Dangerously.”

But Mantle, known for appearing as a
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Gisele Bündchen Shares a Sweet Photo of Her Date Night with Husband Tom Brady

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Gisele Bündchen Shares a Sweet Photo of Her Date Night with Husband Tom Brady
Gisele Bündchen shared another sweet snap of her and her NFL quarterback husband Tom Brady on Wednesday. The supermodel, 36, wrapped her arms around her husband, 39, while he hoisted her leg in a signature dance pose for their date night. The pair were also celebrating the release of the second season of the documentary series The Year of Living Dangerously. The actress appeared excited for her date with Brady and the topic of the night (climate change), writing, "@YearsofLiving premiere here we come!! Mark your calendars! Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously will premiere on @natgeochannel on Sunday Oct 30.#YEARSproject #documentary #climatechange #datenight.
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Gisele Bündchen Shares a Sweet Photo of Her Date Night with Husband Tom Brady

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Gisele Bündchen Shares a Sweet Photo of Her Date Night with Husband Tom Brady
Gisele Bündchen shared another sweet snap of her and her NFL quarterback husband Tom Brady on Wednesday. The supermodel, 36, wrapped her arms around her husband, 39, while he hoisted her leg in a signature dance pose for their date night. The pair were also celebrating the release of the second season of the documentary series The Year of Living Dangerously. The actress appeared excited for her date with Brady and the topic of the night (climate change), writing, "@YearsofLiving premiere here we come!! Mark your calendars! Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously will premiere on @natgeochannel on Sunday Oct 30.#YEARSproject #documentary #climatechange #datenight.
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A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances

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A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances
On Sunday, movie fans will find out if Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor for his performance as trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. Should Redmayne be victorious, he'd not only score back-to-back Oscars but he would also become the latest in a long line of actors who have courted Oscar attention by playing the opposite sex, playing a trans person or in some other way playing a character whose gender differs than the one of which the actors themselves identify. Not that it comes without some criticism, of course. Also up for an Oscar this year is the
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Oscars 2016: Ian McKellen asks why no gay man has ever won Best Actor

The current diversity debate surrounding the 2016 Academy Awards has squarely settled on the issue of race, thanks to conversations sparked by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Yet, Sir Ian McKellen offered a keen reminder that diversity issues within the awards race are widespread. "No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar. I wonder if that is prejudice or chance," he reflected at a recent BFI event (via The Guardian). McKellen, of course, is openly gay himself; as well as being a committed activist and co-founder of Lgbt charity Stonewall. He further mentioned both occasions he'd carried an acceptance speech to the Academy Awards marked with the words, "I'm proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar"; though he's never been given the opportunity to say those words on stage. His Best Actor nomination for Gods and Monsters in 1998 saw him lose to Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful,
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Inside the Oscars' Controversial History of Recognizing (and Overlooking) Minorities & Women

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Inside the Oscars' Controversial History of Recognizing (and Overlooking) Minorities & Women
The Oscars' history of recognizing - and overlooking - minorities and women has led to milestone wins and headline-making controversies. For the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated in the acting categories, spurring a revival of last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media, and prompting stars including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith to vow to skip the show. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences itself acknowledged the problem following last Thursday's nominations announcement. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement Monday saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" about the lack of diversity among
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Inside the Oscars' Controversial History of Recognizing (and Overlooking) Minorities & Women

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Inside the Oscars' Controversial History of Recognizing (and Overlooking) Minorities & Women
The Oscars' history of recognizing - and overlooking - minorities and women has led to milestone wins and headline-making controversies. For the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated in the acting categories, spurring a revival of last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media, and prompting stars including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith to vow to skip the show. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences itself acknowledged the problem following last Thursday's nominations announcement. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement Monday saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" about the lack of diversity among
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The One Role Bill Murray Regrets Not Getting

Bill Murray has had a pretty impressive career. Not only has managed to transfer from comedy to drama with aplomb, but he.s also remained beloved over several decades now. But, since he.s human, he was always going to have regrets. And Bill Murray has now revealed that there is one specific movie role that he regrets missing out on, admitting that he wishes he.d have starred in The Year Of Living DangerouslyBill Murray made this admission during his Reddit Q&A on Wednesday evening, which he partook in to promote his upcoming turn in Rock The Kasbah. After being asked which particular role he missed out that he wished he.d got, Murray opened up his heart to the Reddit masses by explaining: The only role I wanted I didn.t get? The Year Of Living Dangerously by Peter Weir. I wasn.t a big shot.
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Mel Gibson: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart.
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Russell Crowe Looks to Directing, for Himself and for Australia

Russell Crowe Looks to Directing, for Himself and for Australia
Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner” might be seen as just another film struggling to get a look from American audiences during a spring movie season dominated by the latest installments in the “Avengers” and “Furious” franchises.

But for the film community Down Under, and especially first-time director Crowe, the war epic amounts to something much larger – another chance for Australia to reassert itself as a maker of mass-appeal films and for the actor to shift from leading man to the man leading production.

Crowe did not try to downplay the stakes — or his ambition, at age 51, to shift at least a portion of his career to behind the camera — in an interview before the film’s American premiere last week.

“That’s the gamble, man. It’s three years of my life. And that’s what’s on the line,” he said outside the Tcl Chinese Theater. “The two
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Australian Actor Kerr Dead at 92: Best Known for Peter Weir Movies, British TV Series Doctor Who

Doctor Who’ actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir’s ‘Gallipoli’ and ‘The Year of Living Dangerously,’ dead at 92 (photo: Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in ‘Doctor Who’) Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting roles in the Peter Weir movies Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, died on August 28 (or 29, according to some sources), 2014, while watching the TV show Seinfeld at his home in Perth, West Australia. Kerr, whose exact cause of death is unclear, was 92. Born William Kerr on June 10, 1922, in Capetown, South Africa, to Australian vaudevillian parents touring the country, Bill Kerr grew up in Australia, where he became a popular television, stage, and film personality. His show business career began at an early age. “My mother took about 10 weeks off to have me, and when she returned to the
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Trailers from Hell Looks at Peter Weir's 'The Year of Living Dangerously'

Trailers from Hell Looks at Peter Weir's 'The Year of Living Dangerously'
Warner Archive Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing "The Year of Living Dangerously."Peter Weir’s superb political thriller set against the upheaval of Sukarno’s Indonesia is suspenseful, smart and beautifully acted with top honors going to Linda Hunt’s gender-bending triumph as photo-journalist Billy Kwan who strikes the romantic sparks between the more conventional duo played by Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. The title was Sukarno’s prophetic phrase for the year 1965. Filming in Manila was disrupted by death threats from Moslem radicals and most of the film was shot in Australia. Composer Maurice Jarre eschewed his typically epic orchestrations for a low key electronic score bolstered by ancient tribal instruments.
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The Year of Living Dangerously

Peter Weir’s superb political thriller set against the upheaval of Sukarno’s Indonesia is suspenseful, smart and beautifully acted with top honors going to Linda Hunt’s gender-bending triumph as photo-journalist Billy Kwan who strikes the romantic sparks between the more conventional duo played by Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. The title was Sukarno’s prophetic phrase for the year 1965. Filming in Manila was disrupted by death threats from Moslem radicals and most of the film was shot in Australia. Composer Maurice Jarre eschewed his typically epic orchestrations for a low key electronic score bolstered by ancient tribal instruments.

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Children of a Linker God

New York Times the miniature model (so edible looking!) of The Grand Budapest Hotel 

Interview talks to Jeff Goldblum - I didn't realize how much I missed him until his scenes in the new Wes Anderson 

/Film Carrie Fisher to be in London for 6 months for the new Star Wars film... Hmmm perhaps more than a cameo, then. But regardless I'm not really looking forward to these after the debacle of the last trilogy

Towleroad on Neil Patrick Harris as a gay icon 

Gawker Rich Juzwiak on the continuation of the gay 300 saga. This line just kills me:

But no one man can satisfy Themistocles. "I have spent my life on my one true love: the Greek fleet," he proclaims. Sounds like an active life!

(I'm never going to see the new 300: Rise of an Empire given the descriptions of how gorey it is -- sounds more vomitous than
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Leto vs. Franco? Eighth Posthumous Nod Ever? Our Predictions for the 86th Academy Awards in the Best Supporting Actor Category

Best Supporting Actor Oscar Predictions 2014 (photo: Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) As explained in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post, this year’s Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories initially looked impossible to predict. For Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto was the front-runner for his performance as a transsexual with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender was another strong possibility for his evil planter in 12 Years a Slave — but who else? (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," "Best Supporting Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to Make Oscar History?" and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") A couple of weeks ago, the SAG Award nominations helped to clarify things some, but, just as in the Best Supporting Actress category, there remains quite
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