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NYC Weekend Watch: Cassavetes/Rowlands, Leo McCarey, Voyeurism & More

14 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


“Cassavetes/Rowlands” is precisely what it seems, with Gena Rowlands Q & As held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Hawks‘ Scarface screens with De Palma on Friday and Saturday; Psycho has the same treatment this Sunday.

Museum of Modern Art

An extensive Leo McCarey retrospective brings you one of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers.

Anthology Film Archives »

- Nick Newman

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Watch David Letterman's Rejected Airplane! Audition

19 May 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before launching his late-night legacy in the 1980s, David Letterman had a few forays into the acting world, appearing in an episode of Mork & Mindy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and a few other programs in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. As it turns out, though, the actor/comedian actually auditioned for a role that may have changed his career. The iconic 1980 comedy Airplane!. Through the magic of the internet, the video of his screen test for the Ted Striker role has surfaced, which is well worth watching.

The video surfaced on YouTube last week, and is actually taken from a 1982 episode of Late Night with David Letterman, the first year of this landmark NBC program, where the host welcomed Airplane! writer-directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker as guests. During the episode, the filmmakers showed the audience David Letterman's 1979 screen test for Ted Striker, a »

- MovieWeb

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Courtney Love, Joey King Starring in ‘Possibility of Fireflies’

12 May 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Courtney Love and Joey King will star as mother and daughter in the coming-of-age movie drama “The Possibility of Fireflies.”

Deborah Chow (“The High Cost of Living”) is directing from a screenplay written by Dominique Paul, the author of the original novel. Filming is set to begin this summer in Canada.

Producers are Amy Green, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida of ARC49 Entertainment. Epic Pictures is launching international sales at the Cannes Film Festival and UTA Independent Film Group will be representing the film domestically.

The story takes place during the summer of 1989 in suburban Maryland and follows a precocious teenager with dreams of becoming a writer who must cope with her chaotic, self destructive mother and a volatile metal-head sister. When she falls in love with her older neighbor, she finds herself caught in the alluring undertow of reckless rock n’ roll freedom.

“We’re so thrilled to secure »

- Dave McNary

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This week’s new films

8 April 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Midnight Special | The Huntsman: Winer’s War | Dheepan | Couple In A Hole | The Man Who Knew Infinity | Hardcore Henry | Boulevard | Nasty Baby | The Last Man On The Moon | I Am Belfast | The Passing

Already one of the most interesting film-makers around (Mud, Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories), Nichols adds a Close Encounters-like sci-fi element to his trademarked slow-burn intensity here. It’s best not to know too much, but the focus is a boy with special powers who is abducted by his father. Spielberg without the cheese.

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- Steve Rose

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The People v. O.J. Simpson Creators on Their Relationship With Veracity and Why All Film Is Manipulation

4 February 2016 11:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story may have been Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski’s first TV project, but it’s right in their wheelhouse. You may know the creators of the FX show as the writers behind biopics like The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood, and Man on the Moon. The writing duo joined The Vulture TV Podcast this week to discuss their relationship with veracity, what they left out of the show, and why all film is manipulation. What follows is an edited transcript of their conversation, which you can listen to in full here.You two have been working as a team in film for a long time. What made you decide to move to TV for the first time for this project? Scott Alexander: For this project, we kind of only saw it as a television show. We've only written features before, »

- Gazelle Emami,E. Alex Jung,Margaret Lyons

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Talking to the Creators of The People v. O.J. Simpson

2 February 2016 8:54 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On this week’s episode of The Vulture TV Podcast we’re joined by the creators of the biggest show of the year (so far), FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the writers behind The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood, and Man on the Moon, talk the challenges of adapting real life into drama, how they arrived on the right tone with producer Ryan Murphy, and balancing tragedy with comedy. Plus, Margaret, Alex, and Gazelle examine how well the show handles veracity, its real-life figures, and why its themes are inherently political.Further reading: Matt's review of The People v. O.J. Simpson; how the series came to FX; your guide to the key figures on the show; how popular culture responded to the O.J. trial. Tune in to The Vulture TV Podcast, produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Tuesday, »

- Gazelle Emami,E. Alex Jung,Margaret Lyons

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Us Briefs: Gravitas Ventures acquires Tiffany & Co doc

14 January 2016 9:08 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor said on Thursday it had picked up the only authorised independent documentary on Tiffany & Co, Crazy About Tiffany’s.

Matthew Miele wrote and directed the film produced by Quixotic Endeavors. Jessica Biel, Katie Couric, Baz Luhrmann and celebrity stylists Kate Young and Rachel Zoe are among the talking heads.

Gravitas Ventures will release the film in the Us and Canada in select theatres and on demand on February 19, one day after special presentations via Tugg.

Crazy About Tiffany’s is part of a North American home entertainment package that Gravitas Ventures has licensed to FilmRise. The other titles are: Peace Officer, Requiem For The American Dream, The Kids Menu, Raven’s Touch, Last Man On The Moon, Why I’m Not On Facebook and Band Of Robbers. »

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FilmRise Acquires Home Media Rights to Eight Features, Including Award-Winning Doc 'Peace Officer'

14 January 2016 12:21 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More:  Watch: Exclusive 'Peace Officer' Clip Details the Brutal Consequences of Swat Teams FilmRise announced today that it has acquired from Gravitas Ventures exclusive North American home media rights to eight films, including "Crazy About Tiffany’s," "Peace Officer" and "Requiem for the American Dream." The five additional titles in the deal are "The Kids Menu," "Raven’s Touch," "Last Man on the Moon," "Why I’m Not on Facebook" and "Band of Robbers." "Peace Officer," a chilling documentary on the militarization of American police, won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Documentary Feature at SXSW in 2015.  "We are delighted to be widening the audience of this exceptional group of films, by releasing them on DVD and Blu-ray," said FilmRise CEO, Danny Fisher regarding the deal. "We look forward to our continued partnership with Gravitas »

- Bryn Gelbart

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