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I started using the phrase “a complete systems reboot” to describe what was needed for the film industry. Unless this happened, we were fated to stay mired in an outdated and unsustainable model. In the 1990s, two key tactics of independent producers were to make movies for underserved audiences and to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. Independent film used to be a business of singles, not home runs — where a producer aimed for a million-dollar box office gross on a $200,000 spend. This approach allowed directors to experiment and take real risks in both form and content. And it worked because there were more newspaper film critics, arthouse theaters and foreign sales. But then “Pulp Fiction” exploded on the scene, and independent filmmaking became the business of profit margins rather than the underserved audience. You now had to make movies for everyone (be it “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno” or “Crouching Tiger, »
- Ted Hope
We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast and yet it still fell just short of the two hour mark and we really tried. That said, today we hold the Fall Box Office Draft, we review Frank and Starred Up and revisit The Trip to Italy as Laremy caught it this week and had a few things to say. We also play our regular assortment of games including the longest "Buy or Sell" edition ever, plus clear out a backlog of "Watch This or Watch That". Also included is a conversation as to whether you can be too apologetic in reviews, a listen to the trailer for Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and even a voicemail sneaks in. We hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that »
- Brad Brevet
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Are Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino still dating? Maybe. Uma recently said her relationship with Quentin is ''pretty much what it's always been''. The 44-year-old actress has been romantically linked to the 51-year-old director since May this year when they were reported to have taken their relationship to the next level after traveling to the Cannes International Film Festival together to attend the closing ceremony. Uma has been quizzed about whether or not she is dating Quentin - who has directed her in three movies including 'Pulp Fiction' - in the new issue of Vs. magazine but is remaining tight-lipped on the true nature of their relationship. Speaking in the publication, she said: ''I was discussing [the rumours] with Mr. Tarantino last night. He was angry at me for not calling him back because, as he said, 'According to the papers we are practically married!' And he laughed hysterically. »
Dark Horse Comics
This past week saw the release of A Dame To Kill For, the second Sin City film, and by all accounts it was…weird. Which is befitting of its source material, a series of comic books that saw veteran writer and artist Frank Miller throw hardboiled detective stories, noir films and pulp fiction (not Pulp Fiction, crucially) in a blender along with his bombastic superhero work. At the other end spat out a highly stylised, ultra violent and sexually explicit throwback to “the good old days” of genre stories; Sin City was a playground for Miller to indulge in his love of gritty crime mysteries, with crooked cops, femme fatales and all. Also there are dinosaurs sometimes, because of course there is.
Over the years Miller has weaved together a whole weird world of his own, the fictional Basin City having its own distinct geography, demographics and »
- Tom Baker
We are three weeks away until Fantastic Fest. Kind of amazing to think about. This year, I am blessed to bring Mike Hassler with me. We will be seeing as many films as our eyeballs will see and writing as many reviews as our fingers will allow us. Take a look at the second wave announcement below and don’t forget to look at the first wave and my predictions of what might play at the fest (I didn’t fare well with the Second Wave). As before, I have included the trailers for all the films, if available, announced in this wave.
From the Press Release
Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball. »
- Andy Triefenbach
In May, The Academy began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind the scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen.
Since the launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in coffee shops.
The videos below highlight women filmmakers and how their considerable contributions inspire young girls to become filmmakers.
The independent artist finds that making a low-budget movie like Middle Of Nowhere comes from “being out in the world. It comes from observing people, asking questions – people want to talk.”
- Michelle McCue
Fantastic Fest 2014 kicks off September 18, and the second wave of films has been announced. Purgatory, Redeemer, Whispers Behind the Wall, Necrophobia 3D, Over Your Dead Body, and more are on the menu!
From the Press Release:
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of events, special guests, and film programming. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25th in Austin, Texas, at the newly reopened Alamo South Lamar and Highball.
Get ready to be blown away by Lionsgate's latest action-packed thriller, John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, with a red carpet gala screening with Reeves and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in attendance. John Wick is the story of a former ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre. »
- Steve Barton
The lineup for the second wave of films at 2014′s 10th Annual Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas has arrived, and with it a potential Oscar contender, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. The film, a pulpy crime film about an embedded journalist (Jake Gyllenhaal), will make its U.S. premiere at the festival with Director and Writer Gilroy in attendance.
Fantastic Fest has also released a lineup that includes John Wick, an action/thriller starring Keanu Reeves (Reeves will be in attendance), Takashi Miike’s latest Over Your Dead Body and the Studio Ghibli film The Tale of Princess Kaguya. This announcement comes on the heels of the first wave of films, including Sundance horror film The Babadook.
Fantastic Fest takes place September 18-25 in Austin. View the first lineup of films here. And view the full lineup of films and descriptions from this second wave below via a press release.
The Absent One
- Brian Welk
Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino would make quite the power couple. After the 44-year-old Kill Bill actress reportedly split from her fiancé Arpad Busson, she was spotted with 51-year-old Tarantino on more than one occasion, where the longtime pals appeared to be getting quite cozy. This only served to fuel rumors that the Oscar-nominated actress and Pulp Fiction directior were dating, and until recently, both stayed mum on the romance reports Finally, though, Thurman is breaking her silence! In an interview with with Vs. Magazine, excerpted by the Daily Mail, the actress says, "I was discussing [the rumors] with Mr Tarantino last night. He was angry at me for not calling him back because as he said, »
Open Road’s Jake Gyllenhaal starrer Nightcrawler will close the 10th annual Fantastic Fest in its U.S. premiere and Keanu Reeves will drop by for a gala screening of Lionsgate’s John Wick, organizers announced today. The rising genre film fest held September 18-25 in Austin, TX will open with the previously announced Tusk from Kevin Smith.
Also unveiled today along with a second wave of programming is a centerpiece bout in the Fantastic Debates, in which filmmakers, critics, and celebs engage in discourse at a podium before taking it to the boxing ring to determine the ultimate winner. This year, BitTorrent’s Chief Content Officer Matt Mason will take on a challenger to duke it out over whether the file sharing platform is a valuable tool or an enabler of piracy.
This year’s festival marks the grand »
- Jen Yamato
Michael Shamberg (“Erin Brockovich,” “Pulp Fiction”) will be the recipient of the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye award for lifetime achievement in cinema at this year’s fest, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in September.
The tribute to the two-time Oscar nominee will take place on Friday, September 26. The Shamberg and Stacey Sher-produced dramedy “Wish I Was Here,” starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson, will also screen in the Gala Premieres section of the Festival, along with “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” another Shamberg and Sher pic.
“We are honored to welcome Michael Shamberg, one of the most innovative producers in contemporary Hollywood, to Zurich and are delighted that he will share two of his latest films with our audience,” said Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht, Zurich Film Festival co-directors.
- Shelli Weinstein
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Two-time Oscar nominated producer Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Zurich International Film Festival. Shamberg will receive the Golden Eye honor for career achievement in Zurich on Friday, Sept. 26. Shamberg's other credits include Erin Brockovich, The Big Chill, Gattaca and Reality Bites. Shamberg and production partner Stacey Sher just wrapped John Wells' untitled chef comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman and Jamie Dornan, and the upcoming Freehold starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and Michael Shannon. Two of Shamberg and Sher's recent collaborations: the dramedy Wish I Was Here, directed by
- Scott Roxborough
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race
Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »
- Peter Debruge
Bart: Have you noticed, Mike, that the gamesmanship of pre-festival season is often more entertaining than the fest movies themselves? Toronto has slammed the door on distributors who were sneaking their films into Telluride, then billing Toronto screenings as World Premieres.
Fleming: Labor Day Weekend for me is about getting kids back to school and squeezing the last moments of a summer that has flown by. I have never been to Telluride because the last thing I want to do is spend that holiday weekend in a succession of dark rooms in Colorado. Toronto is my favorite festival. It’s a wonderful platform for distributors to acquire films after seeing how they play to an audience, and to launch »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 4 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top. How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'" How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns. And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Show Pieces, 2014
Written and directed by Mitch Jenkins
Comic book legend and famed adaptation hater Alan Moore teams with renowned photographer Mitch Jenkins to produce the surreal and darkly comedic “trilogy of terror”, Show Pieces. It’s a movie with such a morbid sense of humour and surreality that even The League of Gentleman might think it’s ‘a bit much’.
The three stories are all connected in some fashion, although the third part is a direct sequel to the second leaving the first part to be your “breadcrumbs of clues” as it cameos in the second story. It’s not exactly Pulp Fiction in its intricacies, but it is very subtle. »
- Luke Owen
Before the Fest Starts — Academy Award-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat (pictured) has the enviable or un-enviable task of heading the In Competition jury for Venice. He will either butt heads or lock arms with various members of his eclectic jury including highly-skilled filmmaking artisans such as:
Israeli director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention) Actress Joan Chen (Lust, Caution) Actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction) Costume Designer Sandy Powell (Shakespeare In Love) Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) Writer/director Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) Writer/director Carlo Verdone (Me, Them, And Lara) Writer/director Philip Groning (Into Great Silence) »
Quentin Tarantino’s new gunslinging saga just keeps getting mugged.
First, the script for The Hateful Eight leaked online, prompting the Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained Oscar-winner to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and threaten never to make the movie. He eventually changed his mind, and although not a frame of film has been shot, there’s now a teaser tagged to the front of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Of course, that has also been bootlegged online …
- Anthony Breznican
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