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Theater Chains Are Accelerating The Death Of Movie Industry -- The Lrm Weekend

18 August 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

  By David Kozlowski   |   18 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #9 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, this week we're featuring some of the most intriguing, powerful, and successful women in Hollywood. Its easy to become fixated on our male action stars, since that's how Hollywood tends to market their films, so we sometimes fail to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our female action stars! But first, we want to discuss the elephant in the room: the dwindling audiences at movie theaters -- we'll explore some problems, one potential solution, and hopefully provide some insight into an issue that's only going to get worse if everything remains status quo. »

- David Kozlowski

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4 Key Things to Know About Sigourney Weaver's Character on The Defenders

18 August 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Netflix Sure, we're all tuning in to The Defenders to watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist join together to fight the forces of evil in New York City, but there's also a new baddie in town going by the name of Alexandra Reid. Alexandra, played by fierce actress Sigourney Weaver, is complex, so here's what you need to know about both the actress and her latest character. Warning: Light spoilers for The Defenders ahead! Weaver Has a Stellar Résumé In the '70s and '80s, Weaver starred in a handful of tiny movie franchises called Alien and Ghostbusters (ever heard of them?), so yeah, she's a total badass. She's also starred in a few other well-known '80s movies, like Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist, both of which earned her an Oscar nomination (in the same year, no less). Image Source: Sony In the ensuing years, »

- Andrea Reiher

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Cannes at 70: The Five Key Years That Changed the Festival Forever

16 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every Cannes Film Festival is important, but only a handful of the editions have been game-changers. As the festival celebrates its 70th birthday, here are five events that altered the DNA of Cannes, shaping the fest into the global powerhouse that it is today.

The First Festival, 1946

French minister for education and fine arts Jean Zay wanted an international event for France to rival the Venice Film Festival, which had begun in 1932. Several French cities wanted to host; Cannes was selected over Biarritz because it had better hotels. Variety reported in June 1939 that a Cannes festival was planned for September, under the presidency of Louis Lumiere; however, WWII put a freeze on any European festivities.

Cannes finally debuted in September 1946. Variety arranged for coverage, including a special report from Margaret Herrick, the executive secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Herrick marveled at the speed of travel: It »

- Tim Gray

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AFI to honour cinematographer Frederick Elmes

25 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

1972 alumnus has worked with David Lynch, John Cassavetes, Ang Lee, Jim Jarmusch.

Cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the AFI’s 2017 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. 

The honour recognises the “extraordinary creative talents of an AFI alumnus or alumna who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.” 

Elmes’s credits include Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, The Ice Storm, Broken Flowers, and River’s Edge, among others.

The presentation will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton in Hollywood on June 8.

Elmes collaborated with Keaton on her 1987 directorial debut Heaven and has earned a Primetime Emmy nomination, two Film Independent Spirit Awards and a New York Film Critics Circle Award, among other accolades.

Prior recipients of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal include Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Homeland director Lesli Link Glatter, Wonder Woman director »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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AFI to Honor ‘Blue Velvet’ Cinematographer Frederick Elmes

25 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has selected “Blue Velvet” cinematographer Frederick Elmes as this year’s recipient of its Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni medal.

The award is presented to an AFI alumnus who embodies the qualities of Schaffner — “talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.” Schaffner earned 28 Academy Award nominations during his 40-year career.

Elmes graduated from AFI in 1972 and received his first credit on David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” in 1977. He went on to work on Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” in 1986 and “Wild at Heart” in 1990. He won Independent Spirit Awards back to back years for “Wild at Heart” and Jim Jarmush’s “Night on Earth.”

Elmes won the National Society of Film Critics award for “Blue Velvet” and was nominated for a primetime Emmy for “In the Gloaming.”

Other credits include Tim Hunter’s “River’s Edge” (1986), Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm (1997) and “Ride with the Devil »

- Dave McNary

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Casting JonBenet Trailer Brings the Notorious Murder Case to Netflix

24 March 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix has shared the full-length trailer for filmmaker Kitty Green's Casting JonBenet, a sly and stylized exploration of the world's most sensational child-murder case. The still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has inspired years of media speculation and public fascination, and in Green's film, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.

Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys' Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.

Produced by Green (Ukraine is Not a Brothel; and The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, which premiered at Sundance in 2015 where it was awarded the short film non-fiction jury prize), Scott Macaulay (Raising Victor Vargas; Gummo) and James Schamus »

- MovieWeb

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‘Casting JonBenet’ Trailer: Inventive Netflix Doc Explores Case That Captivated Nation — Watch

24 March 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix has released the full-length trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Casting JonBenet.” The film, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, hails from Australian director Kitty Green (“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul”).

Read More: ‘Casting JonBenet’ Review: When a Murder Fuels a Fascinating Documentary Experiment — Sundance 2017

The documentary revisits the unsolved murder of six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey, who was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado, home on December 26, 1996. The inventive hybrid documentary includes footage of some Boulder local actors (both professionals and non-pro), auditioning to play the roles of JonBenet, her mother Patsy, her father John and her brother Burke, as well as cinematic re-enactments of events that took place before and after the murder.

In their auditions, the Boulder locals are asked to offer their own take on the case, which leads to some canny commentary on how people consume news — especially »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Casting JonBenet’ Trailer: Inventive Netflix Doc Explores Case That Captivated Nation — Watch

24 March 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has released the full length trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Casting JonBenet.” The film, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, hails from Australian director Kitty Green (“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul”).

Read More: ‘Casting JonBenet’ Review: When a Murder Fuels a Fascinating Documentary Experiment — Sundance 2017

The documentary revisits the unsolved murder of six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey, who was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado, home on December 26, 1996. The hybrid documentary includes footage of some Boulder local actors (both professionals and non-pro), auditioning to play the roles of JonBenet, her mother Patsy, her father John and her brother Burke, as well as cinematic re-enactments of events that took place before and after the murder. In their audition, the Boulder locals are asked to offer their take on the case.

Read More: 7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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New trailer for Netflix’s superb, though chilling Casting JonBenet

24 March 2017 7:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Casting JonBenet

One of the only films we gave five-stars to at the Berlin Film Festival back in February was the brilliant Casting JonBenet, the docu-drama that examines the unsolved murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsay. Kitty Green directs this well-crafted feature, which hits the streaming service from April.

The film is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, today.  The still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has inspired years of media speculation and public fascination, and in Green’s film, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.

Over 15 months, the filmmakers travelled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenet examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behaviour of successive generations of parents and children. »

- Paul Heath

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Awards Roundup: Honors for Christina Ricci, Julie Delpy, and Judith Light

22 March 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Christina Ricci in “Z: The Beginning of Everything

Seasoned show business veterans Christina Ricci, Julie Delpy, and Judith Light are all set to be honored this spring. Variety reports that the Vail Film Festival will celebrate women in film during its 14th edition, specifically Ricci and Delpy. And the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will present its Monte Cristo Award to Light for her work in theater, according to Broadway World.

Ricci will accept the 2017 Vail Film Festival Renegade award, Variety writes. Ricci currently stars as Zelda Fitzgerald in the Amazon series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” and also serves as an exec producer. The actress has been working steadily since 1990 in projects like Patty Jenkins’ “Monster,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Addams Family,” “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Ally McBeal.”

Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award for her work (onscreen and off) on over 50 films. Delpy co-wrote and starred in Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight,” and earned Oscar nods for Best Adapted Screenplay for the latter two. Delpy has written and directed “2 Days in Paris,” “2 Days in New York,” “The Countess,” “Skylab,” and “Lolo.” She will next write, direct, and star in “My Zoe.”

“I can’t say I like every film by any male director,” Delpy has said, “which is actually a paradox because no one in Hollywood — no producer in Hollywood — is looking into a woman to be the next [Stanley] Kubrick , because no one believes a woman is a genius. They believe that any young guy that comes up with one Ok film can be the next Kubrick, but not a woman.”

The Vail Film fest — which takes place March 30 to April 2 — is also set to open and close the fest with the female-helmed “Carrie Pilby” and “Sticky Notes,” respectively. Starring Bel Powley as a young woman who can’t adjust to life after college, “Carrie Pilby” is directed by Susan Johnson and written by Kara Holden. “Sticky Notes,” written and directed by Amanda Sharp, centers on a backup dancer (Rose Leslie) who goes home to Florida to care for her father (Ray Liotta).

Elsewhere, director Thomas Kail will present Light with the Monte Cristo Award at a gala dinner May 21, Broadway World writes. The event will be hosted by Preston Whiteway, Executive Director of the O’Neill.

“The O’Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose lifetime work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater, in memory of its namesake,” according to the source. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Zoe Caldwell, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and director Barbara Gelb.

Light first performed at the O’Neill’s 1977 National Playwrights Conference in Wasserstein’s “Uncommon Women and Others.” “Beloved the world over, Judith Light brings artistry of the highest caliber to every role she takes on,” Whiteway emphasized. “We are delighted to recognize her with our 2017 Monte Cristo Award.”

Light, who stars in Jill Soloway’s Amazon series “Transparent,” made her Broadway debut in “A Doll’s House.” She’s also acted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Wit in New York” and “Hedda Gabler.” Light took home Tonys and Drama Desk Awards for her work in “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties.” Known for her work onscreen in “Who’s the Boss?” “Law & Order: Svu,” and “Ugly Betty,” Light is currently acting in the play “God Looked Away” alongside Al Pacino.

Awards Roundup: Honors for Christina Ricci, Julie Delpy, and Judith Light was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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Julie Delpy, Christina Ricci to Be Honored at Vail Film Festival (Exclusive)

17 March 2017 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Vail Film Festival has announced that it will celebrate women filmmakers, honoring Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci and opening with Susan Johnson’s coming-of-age story “Carrie Pilby,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The 14th annual festival will run from March 30 to April 2, closing with Amanda Sharp’s family drama “Sticky Notes,” which stars Rose Leslie as an emotionally detached backup dancer living in Los Angeles who returns to Florida to take care of her estranged father, played by Ray Liotta.

Julie Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award in recognition of  her having directed, written, or acted in more than 50 films. She wrote and starred in the Richard Linklater trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke, and received Oscar nominations for “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Julie Delpy: ‘I Don’t Want to Be in My Films Anymore, »

- Dave McNary

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Black List, James Schamus Announce Winner of Emerging Screenwriter Talent Search (Exclusive)

8 March 2017 7:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Black List and James SchamusSymbolic Exchange have selected Canadian Jason Young as the winner of their partnership to find an emerging screenwriter to write an original thriller.

Schamus and the Black List announced last May that they were teaming up on the initiative for a project that would fall within the Writers Guild of America’s low-budget guidelines. The Black List has similar partnerships with the Picture Company, Studiocanal, Warner Bros., Disney and the National Football League.

Hundreds of writers opted into consideration by hosting their script on the Black List website and indicating their interest in working with Symbolic Exchange. Young opted into the program with his script “Scarletville” and is now working on a new screenplay for Symbolic Exchange. Production head Joe Pirro will oversee development of the screenplay, financed through Symbolic’s first-look and financing deal with Meridian Entertainment.

“This is frankly an embarrassment of riches, »

- Dave McNary

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Tspdt’s 1,000 Greatest Films 2017 Edition Adds ‘The New World,’ ‘Amour,’ ‘Hunger,’ and More

13 February 2017 11:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s just a few weeks until this year’s Oscars, which means the Hollywood machine is running out of steam to provide “new angles” on various awards season campaigns and Oscar bloggers are trying to squeeze traffic out of last-minute prediction shifts. It’s fitting, then, that around this time every year we get a rather substantial update of one of the most comprehensive polls on the greatest films of all-time, not simply the November/December releases with the biggest marketing budget come Academy Awards time.

That’s right, They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? has now published their 2017 edition of 1,000 Greatest Films, culled together from an exhaustive list of major publications and critics. Still topped by Citizen Kane, I often find the most interesting portion to be those films that have most moved around, for better or worse, especially those with newfound critical admiration. This year, Terrence Malick »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: Elijah Wood’s Seriously Cheesy ’90s Commercial

3 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Elijah Wood earned his place in movie history as Frodo Baggins, the reluctant hobbit hero of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. But before he vanquished the dark lord Sauron, Wood was the face of a much simpler, yet no less timeless, battle: that between kids and their veggies. Though the blockbuster trilogy catapulted him to international stardom, Wood had already achieved success as a child star in both family films (like 1996’s “Flipper”) and critically acclaimed dramas (Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm.”) No doubt his star quality was evident from day one, but his frequent presence in commercials also likely helped the young actor catch the industry's eye.  In this 1990 commercial, the fittingly baby-faced Wood's earnest enthusiasm and boyish charm are on full display as he helps America’s Dairy Farmers convince kids that broccoli isn’t so bad: all it needs is a bit of cheese. »

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Exclusive: Christina Ricci Reinvents Herself Again

25 January 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

On January 27, Christina Ricci will make her debut as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald on Amazon's new series Z: The Beginning of Everything, a fictional account of the flamboyant socialite who swept F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the literary geniuses of the 20th century, off his feet.

“I would never be cast in this part,” Ricci says frankly about playing Fitzgerald on the series, which she not only stars on but co-developed and produces. “With this, I created my own opportunity because this is not a part I would’ve been cast in in a million years.”

Although parts may have beckoned toward a more traditional leading-lady rise to stardom early in her career, Ricci, now 36, has come to terms with the fact that she didn’t fit into that role. “I am not considered a romantic lead by traditional standards,” she says. “I've never been cast in a rom-com or a romance or anything like that. I »

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Netflix Buys Sundance Documentary ‘Casting JonBenet’

4 January 2017 1:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Kitty Green’s documentary “Casting JonBenet,” which will have its world premiere later this month in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Netflix noted that the Sundance premiere will be the first time a non-fiction work from the company will compete at the festival. The film will launch on Netflix and in limited theatrical release in the spring of 2017.

Casting JonBenet” is an exploration of the still-unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1996 in Colorado. Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses and reflections from the local community. The film examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.

Producers are Green, Scott Macauley, »

- Dave McNary

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