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From a distance Ewan McGregor has always seemed like a pretty smart guy with genuinely good taste. As an actor he’s worked with some of the most creative filmmakers working today including Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”), Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”), Mike Mills (“Beginners”), Todd Haynes (“Velvet Goldmine”) and Ridley Scott (“Black Hawk Down”).
- Gregory Ellwood
As the frontman for the influential punk group The Clash, Joe Strummer’s rebellious attitude and political lyrics inspired and influenced an entire generation. Such is the premise of the new film “London Town,” a coming-of-age story about a kid who’s whole world is turned upside down by punk rock. One day, 14-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) receives a tape of The Clash from his estranged mother leading him on a path of self-discovery. He juggles familial responsibilities after his father (Dougray Scott) suffers an injury with a romance involving a young scenester Vivian (Nell Williams) and his burgeoning relationship with Strummer, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch a trailer for the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
The film-makers will each receive an expert mentor to help develop their feature projects.
Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) is partnering with the Pjlf Three Rivers Residency, designed to support Indian film-makers in developing their scripts. The residency provides six writer-directors a year with a distraction-free space to write their scripts, the help of an expert mentor and the opportunity to present their projects at Diff.
The six filmmakers selected this year include Kanu Behl [pictured], whose debut Titli screened at Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2014, Arun Karthick, who debuted with Rotterdam title The Strange Case Of Shiva, Raj Rishi More, who served as assistant director on The Lunchbox, Miransha Naik, Sonal Jain and Pushan Kripalani. Naik recently completed post-production on Juze, which has been picked up by Films Boutique and secured a French release through Sophie Dulac Distribution.
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Toronto – From a distance Ewan McGregor has always seemed like a pretty smart guy with genuinely good taste. As an actor he’s worked with some of the most creative filmmakers working today including Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”), Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”), Mike Mills (“Beginners”), Todd Haynes (“Velvet Goldmine”) and Ridley Scott (“Black Hawk Down”). That’s […]
- Gregory Ellwood
As the saying goes, don’t fix what isn’t broke. Having collaborated on Todd Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine,” “Carol” and HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” Carter Burwell is set to reunite with the director on the upcoming drama “Wonderstruck.” Starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Oakes Fegley, Cory Michael Smith and Tom Noonan, and based on Brian Selznick’s children’s […]
- Elizabeth MacLeod
Looking for a crash course on some of the film world’s most impressive cinematographers? Look no further than a brand new video essay from Fandor’s Keyframe site, which features some of the most stunning shots from the starry careers of 12 essential cinematographers. Oh, yeah, and they just so happen to all be women.
The new video essay explores notable cinematographers, from Maryse Alberti to Maya Bankovic, Reed Morano to Mandy Walker, showing off some of their impressive bodies of work along the way. With titles like “Velvet Goldmine,” “Hustle & Flow” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” popping up in this visual feast (and so, so many more), the video provides a solid look at some stunning work by a variety of talented lensers.
Check out the (just wonderful) Fandor video below. »
- Kate Erbland
The celebrated director’s retelling of Carpenter’s affliction by anorexia enraged her family, but compassionately reveals the objectification of female celebrity
Made in 1987, while the future director of Carol and Velvet Goldmine was completing his Mfa at Bard College, the 43-minute curio – you can call it a short, but it has the narrative shape and scale of a feature-length biopic – was trickled through the film festival circuit the following year. Landing a lofty berth at the Toronto film festival, it fostered a select but vocal audience for its strange, beguilingly ragged form: charting the rise and fall of the anorexia-riven princess of oatmeal pop with a blend of archive miscellanea, artificial talking heads and, most crucially, a host of Barbie doll-enacted dramatisations. An exercise in patchwork postmodernism, »
- Guy Lodge
New York City’s brand-new Metrograph theater will present the world premiere of “Gems Unseen: Early Apparatus Films from Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes & Barry Ellsworth,” a two-part retrospective consisting of ten films assembled and digitally restored by IndieCollect. Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth will attend the premiere in early December.
Some of the films shown in the series include “Tommy’s” by Barry Ellsworth and “Days Are Numbered” by Christine Vachon, both featuring a young Steve Buscemi; “He Was Once,” which features a special cameo performance by Todd Haynes; and “Anemone Me” by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.
Along with films by Apparatus Productions founders Vachon, Haynes, and Ellsworth, the series will also include a selection of films by directors they mentored, like Mary Bradford, Larry Carty, Brooke Dammkoehler, Susan Delson, Evan Dunsky, Mary Hestand, and Bruce Hainley. All the »
- Vikram Murthi
Subverting the Unexpected
At the end of the 20th century, Bobcat Goldthwait’s legacy read like a cheap joke: He was a screaming comedian from the eighties best known as Zed in the “Police Academy” franchise who once tried at his hand at directing a movie (“Shakes the Clown”). Those achievements barely skimmed the surface of Goldthwait’s ability, as the ensuing years made clear, when Goldthwait completely transformed his career into one of the most provocative American filmmakers working today. With the microbudget “Sleeping Dogs Lie” (aka “Stay”), Goldthwait showed his potential to funnel taboo subject matters into oddly touching, relatable human dramas, a proclivity he kicked up to a whole new level with the subversive black comedy “World’s Greatest Dad,” which features Robin Williams in one of his all-time great roles.
Goldthwait has kept innovating, with each new movie offering a fresh perspective on the naive assumptions »
- Indiewire Staff
What does it take to succeed in a man’s world? A Los Angeles Film Festival panel of women cinematographers ivealed what it took to make it to the top of a competitive industry.
1. A shot of LSD. Cinema verite shooter Joan Churchill (“Last Days in Vietnam”) started out by recovering from an eight-hour acid trip, she admitted, to shoot some of the most iconic images from the Rolling Stones Altamont doc, “Gimme Shelter.” That led to the assignment of shooting the Louds in PBS’s “An American Family.” A documentary cameraperson, often working with a hand-held camera and natural light, has to have “people skills,” she said. “You have to be interested in your subjects.” When she moved to London, she couldn’t get work until she joined the Asc—and became its first woman member. Her membership card read: “Lady Cameraman.”
2. Read and reread the script. French-born Maryse Alberti »
- Anne Thompson
If hindsight is 20/20, than in the movie business it doesn't exist. What does that mean? Well, when you have a business that is predicated on the simple capitalistic principal of making money, yet, that very principal hinges on Art... Things start to make more sense.
We all have favorite movies. No matter how our tastes might grow or change over the years, we all love certain films more than others. It might be the story, it might be the feelings that a particular film evokes as it relates to our lives, it might be a score that we just can't get out of our heads. Whatever the reason may be, we love things because we love them and that is just the way it is.
Usually, the reason we fall in love with a particular film is the performance by an actor. We bring our own thoughts, values and ideas »
No big plans for Memorial Day? Then get busy watching these Netflix titles before they vanish in June. Among the great films leaving Netflix streaming are Disney '90s classics "Mulan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules" (don't worry, you'll see more from Disney on Netflix Very Soon).
Here's the complete list of titles leaving Netflix in June 2016. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change.
Leaving June 1
"A Wrinkle in Time" (2003)
"About a Boy" (2002)
"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)
"Clear and Present Danger" (1994)
"Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
- Sharon Knolle
Hopefully you got a chance to watch the movies that left Netflix in May, because now there's a whole new crop leaving the streaming service. Great movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Bridget Jones's Diary are disappearing, along with several TV seasons. Don't be the one who logs onto your account next month all ready to finally watch Wayne's World and find that it's gone! Take a look, and make sure you catch all the new movies hitting Netflix in June, as well. Expiring June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones's Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where's My Car? Duplex Elias: Rescue Team Adventures, season one The Faculty Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Ghost Groundhog Day Hamlet Hercules In the Bedroom Jersey »
- Maggie Pehanick
Kieran, here. Today, we celebrate the birthday of one of the screen’s most magnetic (and gallingly non-Oscar nominated) stars, Ewan McGregor.
Looking at McGregor’s filmography, there are definite peaks and valleys though that's to be expected with any performer who has been active for over two decades. For McGregor, a lot of the valleys occurred in recent years, but man…those peaks are impressive, aren’t they? The best of Ewan McGregor makes us hopeful for what the future holds for the talented Scotsman. He makes his feature-film directorial debut this year with American Pastoral, which he also stars in alongside Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning and “Orange is the New Black” breakout star (and awards magnet) Uzo Aduba. He also has a sequel to Trainspotting, the role that put him on the map, in the works. Rather than speculating about who he should work with, what projects he »
- Kieran Scarlett
While today is just another Thursday for some people, many others are celebrating the heralded Irish holiday St. Patrick's Day. On this holiday, everyone is Irish for a night on the town. But if you prefer celebrating with a night in, we have an incredible contest opportunity you won't want to miss. We're teaming up with Lionsgate Digital and Vudu to give away digital codes for 17 movies that capture the Irish spirit.
Fans will win digital Vudu codes for Ethan Frome, Gangs of New York, The Next Three Days, Played, From Paris with Love, Peacock, Haywire, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Velvet Goldmine, Albert Nobbs, Harrison's Flowers, About Adam, Unhitched, Love's Labour's Lost, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Ghost Writer, Grey Owl, Noble House, Remember Me and Shattered. You'll be able to watch these movies right away through your Vudu account, which you can access through your smart TV, Blu-ray player, »
Carter Burwell has waded into unfamiliar waters, having earned his first Oscar nomination for scoring the drama “Carol,” and doing the requisite rounds on the awards season circuit. The film represents his third collaboration with director Todd Haynes, after the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” which resulted in an Emmy for Burwell, and the glam rock fantasia, “Velvet Goldmine.” When told of his first appearance in Variety on Sept. 27, 1977, related to short he directed called “Help, I’m Being Crushed to Death by a Black Rectangle,” Burwell appeared flabbergasted.
At that time in your life what were you working on?
I was an animator. I was doing hand-drawn animation and that’s what that was, it was a piece of hand-drawn animation. It played at a bunch of animation festivals.
You also performed in bands in the ’80s, with music that was kind of art pop. It’s very different from »
- Steve Chagollan
Didn’t get enough “Heroes” in Moulin Rouge!? Ewan McGregor only sang a few bars of the David Bowie song for a medley in the Baz Luhrmann’s sparkling, stylish musical. But he belted out the whole song in a for-charity tribute to the late singer at Los Angeles venue the Roxy on Monday night. A video of his performance has hit the web, and it’s clear he’s got just as glorious a set of pipes as he did when Moulin Rouge! was made 15 years ago (and when he sang for the Bowie- and Iggy Pop-inspired Velvet Goldmine). Watch McGregor’s performance of “Heroes” below. If this results in you in a puddle on the floor, though, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Also at the tribute: Gary Oldman singing “The Man Who Sold the World” and Seal, who performed “Bring Me the Disco King »
- Emily Rome
While Todd Haynes himself isn't up for any Oscars for "Carol," the film's two stars, Cate Blachett and Rooney Mara, lead the six total nominations the picture received, and the director is out continuing to push his romantic drama and hopefully shine a few more lights on his film before the ceremony later this month. He recently sat down with Vice, and while some folks would be weary of the press circuit by this point, Haynes is as engaging as ever. Read More: 'Carol' Conversations: 31-Minute Talk With Todd Haynes And Kelly Reichardt, Plus 24-Minute Talk With Rooney Mara The conversation, of course, touches upon the making of "Carol," but also interestingly dives into the influence of David Bowie on Haynes' life. The director has no shortage of praise for the late artist, but also says that not using Bowie's music in "Velvet Goldmine" actually opened up the creative possibilities of the film. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For the longest time, it seemed like the last thing you should expect from Todd Haynes was a simple story. Coming out of the fertile 1990s Sundance scene, he was a provocateur and a delirious mash-up artist: his films were fractured narratives, or anti-narratives, or meta-narratives. His best work either smashed together wildly different styles and stories (as in his debut Poison ), or presented unsettling, contradictory ideas but refused climax or closure (as in his masterpiece Safe ). Even in a zeitgeist defined by Quentin Tarantino, the jukebox musicals Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I'm Not There (2007) looked like pastiche and homage taken to the farthest limit. But far more than Tarantino, Haynes, the former Ivy League semiotics student, insists on not simply getting swept away in the styles, but maintaining a critical viewpoint of how and why the styles function. In retrospect, everything about his method was already in place in his »
- Duncan Gray
Pt 1 Bowie & Velvet Goldmine
Pt 2 Curio Finale
Pt 3 Beauty Break
A picture released by the family last week to accompany their announcement that they will be having a private ceremony. They are overwhelmed by the public outpouring of love but wanted to remind everyone that they welcome all the tributes and celebrations (as people see fit) but they are not officially endorsed or organized by the family.
Have you been listening to David Bowie for a week solid now? If you haven't we forgive you. Where even to start with that discography? Bowie loomed so large in music and cultural history that we needed more time to process, so a week later here's the final piece of our goodbye - a beauty break to think of him more visually instead... or at least to give you visual accompaniment to go along with your playlists elsewhere.
Musicians have been catching the »
- NATHANIEL R
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