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Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese »
- Laura Prudom
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.
In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and »
- The Deadline Team
Actor Cliff Curtis is the latest actor to join AMC's companion series to The Walking Dead, which is known as Cobalt. You might the recognize the New Zealand actor from films such as Live Free or Die Hard, Sunshine, Training Day, Colombiana, Blow, Bringing Out the Dead, Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, and The Piano.
Curtis joins the previously announced Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey in the new series. He will play the lead character in the series, which is a male divorced teacher named Sean Cabrera. He's described as "a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life."
The story "takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location." It revolves Sean and a female guidance counselor.
- Joey Paur
This is an abbreviated version of our Movies This Week roundup because there will be some turnover at area theaters on as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I'll be back with an early post on Wednesday to let you know about what will be changing. In the meantime, here's a quick look at what is on tap for this weekend and early next week.
At Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, they are continuing on with 70mm screenings of Interstellar, but those are currently only confirmed through Tuesday night. It's possible that it will keep playing, but if you've been meaning to catch it there on film, you may want to squeeze it in this weekend. The Ritz has added a Saturday afternoon matinee of Florian Habicht's outstanding documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets. They've also got a Mad Max trilogy marathon on Sunday and Monday »
- Matt Shiverdecker
As Run the Jewels, rappers El-p and Killer Mike can endlessly rock a party and slay the competition with their deft wordplay and infectious tracks. But they don't make very good civil servants, as seen in the new video for "Blockbuster Night Part 1," from their recently-released free album "Run the Jewels 2." Driven by a typically brutal yet still melodic El-p beat, "Blockbuster" finds the duo cruising around the city as the world's worst Emergency Medical Technicians. In a playful and even darker spin on Martin Scorsese's 1999 film "Bringing Out the Dead," they get high on their on supply, abandon a kitten stuck in a tree, forget to pick up an accident victim, and ignore another one dying of a heart attack, while they sip their coffee and smoke cigarettes a few feet away. After 25 years, Flavor Flav is still right: 911 is a joke. Watch the video here: Get More: Run the Jewels, »
- Dave Lewis
Arquette is a respected indie veteran (Tony Scott's "True Romance," David Lynch's "Lost Highway," Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead") who has never been nominated for an Oscar (she won an Emmy for "Medium" in 2005) and is overdue. She has more screen time than anyone besides title star Ellar Coltrane, aging over 12 years and enduring a series of often abusive husbands. At a climactic moment as she faces the empty nest, she sighs, "I thought there would be more." In the Gold Derby's poll of Oscar experts (I'm one), Arquette ranked eighth in the lead actress race, while in supporting, she was the frontrunner. The critics and Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild could go another way, as Oscar voters did with Kate Winslet and "The Reader," promoting her to Best Actress after several wins in the supporting category, but it's unlikely. They usually take their cue from the distributor. »
- Anne Thompson
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
Every few years, Nicolas Cage reminds us what a compelling screen performer he is and can be. While such reminders seem fewer and further between, the utter expendability of much of his recent filmography make strong performances like his brooding lead in David Gordon Green’s Joe all the more powerful – not because we forgot about Cage’s talents, but because we’re afraid that he might have. Joe has been deemed (by this site and others) to be a “return to form” for Cage. It’s easy to declare with a handful of titles what form Cage is returning to. In celebrated roles like Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, and Bringing Out the Dead Cage has displayed an uncanny ability to balance pathological self-destruction with varying undertones of dark comedy. He is the actor of choice for men who struggle outside the norms of society, yet wouldn’t feel comfortable anywhere else. But »
- Landon Palmer
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “In bed with Bollywood: sex and censorship in Indian cinema” — Natalie Barrass at The Guardian looks at the subdued sexuality of Masala and finds out why the biggest star in that world broke a rule he kept for the first twenty years of his career. “Happy 20th birthday, Turner Classic Movies!” — Noel Murray at the Dissolve throws confetti for an amazing purveyor of cultural necessities. Somehow it’s surprising both that it’s only 20 years old and that it’s lasted that long. Here’s to 200 more. “50 Things I Learned on the Set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” — It’s a wealth of knowledge, but it’s not enumerated, so Peter Sciretta at Slashfilm might be lying in that headline. He also might be working for the apes. “For »
- Scott Beggs
On March 31, 1999, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski's "The Matrix" hit theaters. That's 15 years ago today, and it was a pretty significant event. I think anyone who has read me for any period of time knows my affinity for and fascination with 1999 as an overall annus mirabilis at the multiplex. I've gone so far as to start the process of reporting a book because I can never quite shake how that year just seems to mean something. On one hand, it's personal. It was my first year of film school and going to a double feature of "American Beauty" and "Three Kings" with some fellow classmates one night, that kind of power punch will do a lot to galvanize someone in the early stages of embarking on a career in film. But it was an objectively amazing time. First and foremost, let's pause and consider that for a brief period, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Part 2 of this list gets a bit more foreign. In fact, this may be the first full list that has more foreign-language films than English-language ones. Maybe English-speaking audiences aren’t as willing to watch religious films. Maybe films associated with religion come off as preachy or accusatory. Or maybe (most of) the films on this list have done it so well already that it doesn’t need to be done again.
courtesy of criterion.com
40. Marketa Lazarová (1967)
Directed by František Vláčil
The film often credited as being the best to come out of the Czech Republic, Marketa Lazarová was based on the novel by Vladislav Vančura and is an early, biting narrative about the chasm of difference between paganism and its shift into Christianity in the Middle Ages, as the daughter of a lord is kidnapped and becomes the mistress of one of her kidnappers, a robber knight. It »
- Joshua Gaul
Action film executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn.
The espionage thriller shot in Bucharest, Romania and Queensland, Australia, while the 2nd filmed in Africa and the Us. It marks the second collaboration between Schrader and Cage after the Martin Scorsese-directed Bringing Out the Dead.
Cage plays Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent facing early retirement due to the onset of dementia. When intelligence surfaces hinting at the whereabouts of Lake’s old nemesis, he goes on a rogue global manhunt while struggling to control his behaviour as the symptoms mount.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: »
The Nicolas Cage-starring “Light” this week wrapped principal photography in Gold Coast, Australia, having previously shot extensively at the Castel Studios in Romania. Second unit work in Kenya and the U.S. remains.
The espionage thriller features Cage as a former CIA-operative embarking on a global manhunt for his long-standing nemesis, while simultaneously battling fronto-temporal dementia, an aggressive form of Alzheimer’s Disease. Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek: Into Darkness”) plays Cage’s protégé, while Swiss actress Irene Jacob (Three Colors: Red) plays his former lover.
“Fighting though unpredictable rain, careening into over time, principal photography is completed in Queensland,” said Schrader (pictured middle, with Yelchin left, and Cage, right) on Facebook.
It is the second time that Schrader and Cage have worked together, »
- Patrick Frater
Cage plays Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent facing early retirement due to the onset of an aggressive Alzheimer.s-related disease. He embarks on a manhunt while struggling to control his behaviour as the symptoms mount.
The principal location was the Royal Pines Resort, which substituted for a resort in Kenya. Earlier the cast and crew spent several weeks filming in Bucharest, Romania.
The producers initially intended to film the resort scenes in Thailand but decided to look for another location »
- Don Groves
For years, the Oscars and Martin Scorsese just didn't seem to jibe. His films didn't resonate with that crowd. Maybe it was because he was an outsider. Maybe it was because he didn't trade in the breed of films that typically found footing with the Academy. Whatever the case, it became, for decades, a consistent note: How does Martin Scorsese not have an Oscar? Things began to change nearly three decades into his career. Until 2002, a Scorsese film registering with the group was not nearly the consistent occurrence it is today. Yet since "Gangs of New York," four of his last five films Have received Best Picture nominations and he finds himself a perennial fixture on the Oscar circuit, a circuit he has seen change drastically over the course of his career. With Oscar voting drawing to a close, I spoke with Scorsese recently about that very phenomenon, how zealous »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nicolas Cage is an acting veteran who has appeared in more than 70 films, winning a Best Actor Academy Award for his searing portrayal of a writer drinking himself to death in Leaving Las Vegas. He’s also famous for turning in wildly over-the-top, hammed to the hilt performances without breaking a sweat. His hardcore fans praise his best films (Adaptation, Red Rock West, Bringing Out The Dead) even as they adore his arguably terrible ones (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Drive Angry, The Wicker Man) just because he’s Nic Cage.
Still, with the exception of 2013′s successful animated feature The Croods – in which he voiced the patriarch of a family of cave-dwellers – his last real hit would be 2010′s Kick-Ass, and his last critically celebrated turn might date back to 2006′s World Trade Center. For the last few years Cage’s output has mainly consisted of a series ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Martin Scorsese fans have a few more reasons to be happy. Nearly a year and a half after producer Cecchi Gori sued Scorsese for not moving forward with "Silence," Scorsese has settled the suit and is now moving forward with the film as his next narrative feature. To back up a bit: Scorsese has had "Silence" on his docket for some time, and reportedly had a written agreement to make the film with Cecci Gori Pictures all the way back in 1990. The film is based on Shusaku Endo's novel about 17th century Portugese Jesuit missionaries investigating claims of torture of Christians by the Emperor of Japan, and keeps in line with the director's recurring interests in faith and spirituality. Scorsese was supposed to shoot the film following "Kundun" in 1997, but opted to make "Bringing Out the Dead" and "Gangs of New York" first. Over the past decade, the film has »
- Max O'Connell
Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The guy has made a ton of incredible films over the course of his career. Here's a great video tribute for the director that was edited together by Jo Causse.
I've included a full list of the films that Scorsese has directed. What are some of your favorites?
2010 Shutter Island
2006 The Departed
2004 The Aviator
2002 Gangs of New York
1993 The Age of Innocence
1991 Cape Fear
1986 The Color of Money
1985 After Hours
1982 The King of Comedy
1980 Raging Bull
1977 New York, New York
1976 Taxi Driver
1973 Mean Streets
1972 Boxcar Bertha
- Joey Paur
The Vampire Diaries’ upcoming 100th episode centers on our favorite evil vixen in what could be her final moments. After Katherine Pierce had a heart attack and fell down the Salvatores’ stairs in the mid-season finale, we’re scared that it might finally be time to say goodbye to the woman who once loved both Salvatore brothers but never loved anyone more than herself. So to honor what could potentially be the most memorable death (or near-death) scene in season 5, we’re reliving similar moments from the past four seasons.
Join me and my fellow Tvd-lover Mandi Bierly as we »
- Samantha Highfill
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