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Hot Docs 2017 Interview: Listen to Music On Screen - Tony Palmer on The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Frank Zappa, Stanley Kubrick and More

Tony Palmer told this story far better than I ever could when he was introducing his TV works, All My Loving and All You Need is Love (Episode 14), at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival, but I’m going to persist in telling it anyway… soon. Palmer was in town to receive Hot Docs’ 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award and present the festival with seven of his films. Considering that some of these films consisted of things like, Bird on a Wire: Leonard Cohen’s 1972 European tour, a vérité style collage-film of 60s pop via culture at large; The Beatles and the history of American music; The Beatles and WWII, and on, I wasn’t planning on missing out, nor did I intend to let the opportunity...

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Snatched review: Dir. Jonathan Levine (2017)

Snatched review: Goldie Hawn returns to the screen after more than a decade with this Amy Schumer-led comedy vehicle from the director of 50/50.

Snatched review by Andrew Gaudion, May 2017.

Snatched review

Summer time brings with it a varied selection of blockbusters for cinemagoers to digest; for every big action spectacle, there’s a studio comedy like Snatched. They can often be a welcome change of pace to the visual effects driven spectacles that do often dominate the season. Snatched, unfortunately doesn’t quite convince when it comes to establishing itself as a comedy to remember, proving to a be a little lazy despite the odd moment of hilarity.

Amy Schumer plays Emily, a directionless 30-something who has just been dumped by her long gone boyfriend. Having booked a non-refundable trip for two to Ecuador, Emily decides to take her Mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) along for the ride. However, once in Ecuador,
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Film Review: ‘Snatched’

Film Review: ‘Snatched’
Amy Schumer is one of those rare comic artists, like Louis C.K. or Chris Rock, who can get you laughing out loud at reality. Two years ago, she carried that scorched-earth impulse right into her first movie, the fearlessly funny and close-to-the-bone “Trainwreck.” Written by Schumer herself, and directed by Judd Apatow, it was the most audacious romantic comedy in years — and the most satisfying, too — because it touched a nerve of almost masochistic sincerity. In “Snatched,” her first movie since “Trainwreck,” Schumer gets cast as a loser who’s even further down on the totem pole of respectability. It’s a sign of Schumer’s rapport with the audience that in the opening scene, where she appears to be playing the most annoying off-the-rack clothing-store customer in history (it turns out she’s actually the sales person), the deeper the hole she digs for herself, the more we like her.
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Win Bird On A Wire on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Bird On A Wire on 10th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Hiding under the FBI Witness Protection Program, Rick Jarmin (Mel Gibson) gets nervous when old flame Marianne Graves (Goldie Hawn) recognises him. But before he can assume a new identity, the man he put in jail is released and comes to pay his respects. Rick and Marianne find themselves thrown together on an exhilarating cross-country scramble, barely evading the gangsters, police and an amorous veterinarian. Their whirlwind travels eventually lead to an unforgettable climax in an elaborate zoo exhibit.

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Leonard Cohen: I’M Your Man – On Blu-ray February 7th

Celebrate the legendary singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, when the fascinating and critically acclaimed documentary, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) onFebruary 7 from Lionsgate. Narrated by Cohen himself, the film features performances of Leonard Cohen songs by such luminary artists as U2, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Antony, Martha Wainwright, and Beth Orton, among others. Bonus features on this Blu-ray™ include exclusive performances not seen in the movie by Martha Wainwright, Perla Batalla, The Handsome Family, and Teddy Thompson, as well as a conversation with Leonard Cohen and audio commentary with the director! Making its debut just before the 2017 Grammy® Awards, the Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man Blu-ray™ will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Sure to please both die-hard Cohen fans and the newly initiated, this film is full of captivating music and offers an
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How Lost Leonard Cohen Doc 'Bird on a Wire' Finally Made It to Theaters

How Lost Leonard Cohen Doc 'Bird on a Wire' Finally Made It to Theaters
Leonard Cohen's career was on the verge of complete disaster in late 1971. Songs of Love and Hate, his most recent record, peaked at #145 on the American charts – this despite containing future classics like "Famous Blue Raincoat" and "Joan of Arc." CBS was ready to cut their losses and drop him from the label. A tour would give him the chance to regain some momentum, though Cohen hated performing live; he only reluctantly agreed to a one-month run in Europe because Songs of Love and Hate found a much bigger
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bette Midler and More Pay Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bette Midler and More Pay Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Famed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died Thursday at the age of 82. The iconic musician was known for hits including the oft-recorded "Hallelujah," "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," which he wrote for Judy Collins. Upon hearing the news, celebrities including Bette Midler, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sean Ono Lennon flocked to Twitter to leave tributes on behalf of the Grammy-winning songwriter. See the tweets below. "Like a bird on the wire Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried, in my way, to be free." -Leonard CohenLin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel)

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Leonard Cohen, Famed Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 82

Leonard Cohen, Famed Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 82
Famed musician Leonard Cohen died Thursday, according to his website. He was 82. "I get tagged as an art-song intellectual," he observed during the early 1980s. "But I've always tried to have hits." Cohen didn't have any of those. But the poet, songwriter and singer wielded enormous influence as a kind of pop music laureate, writing literate, evocative material that was admired and frequently recorded by others. In some cases they even became hits — "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire" for Judy Collins, for instance, or "Hallelujah" for the late Jeff Buckley — and other

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All You Need Is Love review: a glorious reminder of how pop docs used to be

Stuffed with amazing footage, this magisterial history of pop – partly narrated by Liberace, partly written by Stephen Sondheim – got more than a little help from John Lennon’s contacts book

The subheading to this 17-part documentary says it all: The History of Popular Music. It shows what a massive undertaking this was, a seemingly impossible task. The fact that it succeeds so gloriously is, in large part, down to its director, Tony Palmer, who treated something as ephemeral as pop with a seriousness it probably didn’t deserve. That would certainly have been the opinion of most people working in the arts at the time – 1977 – but Palmer had by then already given us such classic documentaries as Bird on a Wire, about Leonard Cohen, and 200 Motels, co-created with Frank Zappa.

The result is quite simply stuffed with amazing footage, touching on everything from gospel, vaudeville, ragtime and musicals to protest songs,
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‘Edward Scissorhands’ at 25: From Box Office Misfire to Cinema Classic

‘Edward Scissorhands’ at 25: From Box Office Misfire to Cinema Classic
Though today it’s considered one of the most beloved movies of the ‘90s, Tim Burton’s gothic fantasy “Edward Scissorhands” struggled to connect with audiences when it premiered 25 years ago on December 7.

The first collaboration between Burton and Johnny Depp “was not a hit when it first came out,” said Caroline Thompson, the film’s screenwriter. “It took a long time to gain traction.”

Following a limited release, the film, which co-starred Winona Ryder, debuted in third place at the box office, behind “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “Home Alone,” already in its fifth week. By year’s end, it had earned far less than movies like “Another 48 Hours” and “Bird on a Wire.”

Yet over time, its endearing characters, fable-like story, and magical imagery worked their way into audiences’ collective imaginations. With help from Stan Winston and Ve Neill’s Oscar nominated makeup, Depp’s sensitive performance
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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Universal Distribution Guru Nikki Rocco Retires: Made Moviegoing A 52-Week Business

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Universal Distribution Guru Nikki Rocco Retires: Made Moviegoing A 52-Week Business
Nikki Rocco, one of the film industry’s game changers and revolutionaries, will retire from Universal Pictures tomorrow as its President of Distribution, a post she held for 19 years as part of her 47-year run with the studio that began at age 17 (Deadline announced the news back in April). Rocco is an anomaly: Not only has she survived countless regime changes in a dog-eat-dog business, but as the first female distribution head she rallied Universal past the $1B mark nine times (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007-08, 2011-14), with last year’s $1.42B haul marking an all-time high for the studio. Such box office feats have been achieved by Rocco not only by meeting moviegoers head-on during prime seasons such as summer and the year-end holidays but in her boldness to successfully launch titles and cater to crowds on weekends that rival distrib chiefs underestimated.

Before any Marvel film broke an opening record during the first weekend of May,
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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Composer Hans Zimmer to Play London Concerts

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Oscar winning Composer Hans Zimmer has been in the film industry for 30 years churning out classic soundtrack after classic soundtrack. He may not be a name you’d recognise but his music most definitely will be having been responsible for movie scores which include Rain Man in the late 80s, Bird on a Wire, Days of Thunder, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Backdraft, Muppet Treasure Island, The Rock (my personal favourite) in the 90s and more recently he’s worked on scores which include Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Inception, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Intersteller. The list is literally endless with classic score after classic score.

Zimmer has never done a concert before in his 30 years of working…. until now. Thanks to our friends at Collider, we
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'Gremlins' Star Zach Galligan on Auditioning for Spielberg, Malfunctioning Mogwais, and 'Gremlins 2' Getting Its Due

The mogwais are nearing middle age.

That's right, Steven Spielberg's magnificent horror comedy "Gremlins," about a bunch of cuddly creatures that turn into scaly monsters and overtake a small, Rockwellian town, is turning 30 this summer. And to celebrate, Warner Bros has a bunch of exciting things planned. The first of which has already happened: you can now own the movie digitally, for the first time ever (please, take the time to luxuriate in a wonderful clip from the movie, located below). Later this year, too, we will be getting a deluxe, 30th anniversary Blu-ray, complete with two brand-new featurettes featuring Steven Spielberg, alongside other creative principles (like director Joe Dante) and many members of the cast and crew.

We were lucky enough to chat with Zach Galligan, who played Billy Peltzer, the initial owner of Gizmo, the mogwai that inadvertently breeds the gremlin menace. Galligan has become something of a cult icon himself,
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James Mullighan's Distribution Platform

Ireland's oldest cinema event, Cork Film Festival will run November 7-16, 2014. Last year James Mullighan was appointed Creative Director of the festival, which is not only one of the most important cultural events in the country but also the highest profile platform for the new talent discovery.

As part their latest efforts to create new distribution platforms to connect audience with content, James Mullighan and Head of Program and Editorial Don O’Mahoney attended this year's Cannes Film Festival, and announced that their Fest is launching its very first video on demand initiative. Their inaugural digital program is conformed of seven shorts and seven features being retailed on a pay what you want basis, alongside bonus content. The films can be digitally purchased viia the innovative platform Vodo, which careful curates themed bundles of content, and it's working with a film Fest for the first time. Vodo.net/cork.

The initiative has three tiers: Pay What you Want (four shorts and one feature, including Made in Cork prize winner Yvonne’ Keane’s Stolen, and Filmbase Ireland’s How to be Happy, starring Brian Gleeson); Beat the Average (three features and three shorts, including biopic of writer / chess master John Healy Barbaric Genius, and Cork Fest 2013 opening night short Mechanic, starring Syl Fox); and Beat the Premium (including Tony Palmer’s recently reissued 1974 Leonard Cohen doc Bird on a Wire, and John Kastner’s prize winner mental health sensational doc Not Criminally Responsible).

“We’ve been working with Jamie King and the team at Vodo since straight after the Fest last year”, said James Mullighan, Creative Director, Cork Film Festival.

“In this day of screeching web noise, I really admire the platform’s loving, carefully curated approach to films and more. They were the ideal choice to launch this experiment in distribution. I am hopeful it will be popular with the thousands and thousands of fans of the Cork Film Festival in Ireland, Europe and amongst the global Irish diaspora, who fondly wish they could attend the Fest, but cannot. I’m grateful to and proud of the independent directors and producers who lit up our Fest in November last year to trust Jamie and I with their babies”.

Once payment handling costs have been deducted, Vodo - who levy no extra charges other than their 25% sales fee - hand all the proceeds to Cork Film Festival. The Festival send 70% of that straight to the filmmakers, ringfencing 5% for its new €1,500 feature film Gradam Spiorad na Féile / Spirit of the Festival Award, which takes a bow during the Fest’s 59th Edition this year.

"Cork's Bundle shows a real engagement with online culture and experimentation in the transmedia sphere", commented Jamie King, CEO and Founder of Vodo, which has recently successfully promoted Not Safe for Work and Big Brother bundles.

“When you let customers set the price for themselves,’ says Vodo’s Jamie King, ‘they can turn out to be surprisingly generous. The average price paid for the Cork Bundle is currently $11.20. That's a win both for audiences and the filmmakers.”

"I had a wonderful time when I was honored to be invited to Cork last November as filmmaker in residence”, remembered Tony Palmer, celebrated British music film biographer and documentarian, whose Leonard Cohen film Bird on a Wire played at the Fest, as well as his new Benjamin Britten feature Nocturne, and his entire 7 hour, 46 minute dramatic reconstruction of the life of composer Richard Wagner, the last film Richard Burton even made.

“The Cork Film Festival is going out on a limb to bring its films to a wider audience. This should be celebrated, and I’m delighted to be involved.

The bundle went live on Wednesday 14 May, the opening day of Cannes International Film Festival, and runs until Tuesday 3 June.
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What Is Something That Always Happens In Movies That Never Does In Real Life?

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Movies aren’t expected to represent life at its most accurate – and nor do they always intend to. But with movies purporting to be set in the “real world,” it helps a lot (for immersion purposes) if the fictional world resembles the actual world we live in as closely as possible. Over the years, we’ve all become accustomed to those little things that occur in “movie world” that never happen in real life – we forgive them because they’re used time and time again, and are usually employed to make a story more efficient. People not saying “goodbye” on the telephone, for example.

There are some things, however, that frequently occur in the realms of movies that we’ve all come to accept as normal, purely because filmmakers have reenforced them to such an extent that they’re generally accepted as being plausible. That includes things like
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John Badham on Yelling "Action!" and Other Tales From the Trenches

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John Badham cut his directorial teeth on ‘70s-era television shows like The Bold Ones, The Streets of San Francisco and Kung-Fu in the early ‘70s, before attaining A-list status with his second feature, Saturday Night Fever, in 1977. Films as diverse as WarGames, Blue Thunder, Nick of Time and Bird on a Wire kept John Badham one of the busiest directors in the biz, having literally not stopped working since 1971. His 2006 book I’ll Be in My Trailer (co-written with Craig Moderno) has become required reading for virtually every neophyte film director in the business.

2013 finds Badham releasing a follow-up volume, John Badham on Directing: Notes From the Set of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More. The book offers an engaging look at the psychological, technical, and managerial elements that go into helming a film or TV show. A veteran of over 30 films and 45 TV episodes, Badham supports
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Adele movie would be fascinating, says director Tony Palmer

Adele movie would be fascinating, says director Tony Palmer
Filmmaker Tony Palmer has said that "the real Adele" would be a fascinating subject for a music documentary.

The Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire and The World of Liberace director also told Digital Spy that he turned down the chance to work with U2 before they made Rattle and Hum.

"I missed my chance with Adele," Palmer said.

"My wife had spotted Adele long before she had become really famous and said, 'You've got to listen to this voice, it's really amazing'.

"I agreed it was amazing, but I said, 'I don't make that kind of film anymore'. Then I saw a brief interview with her and I thought, my god this is a fascinating woman - to hell with the voice, it's a fascinating woman."

He added: "I immediately applied. I wrote to them, saying 'Would you ever consider...' I had a very good response from whoever looked after her then.
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