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Top Chef Texas Recap: Moneybowl

1 December 2011 11:49 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

It’s Top Chef Texas Episode 5, entitled Don’t Be Tardy for the Dinner Party, and after last week’s sleep-deprivation Chili Cookoff that caused seven chefs to confess cumin-related war crimes under duress, we are heading to Dallas! Dallas, eh? Looks like it’s time to give Patrick Duffy a call so he can cue up this classic TV theme song! First things first – Chris C, the season’s “pretty boy” (though with this group, it’s not unlike being the “pretty boy” on a senate subcommittee) says he used to be fat, and shows this picture to prove it: Also, Chris used to be a nerd, a tomboy, and got bullied all the time in school but now he’s nominated for an Oscar! (Is what Chris would say if he were a super-attractive actress on The Tonight Show). What are we talking about? Oh yeah, the crazy »

- Dan Hopper

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Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Richard Linklater Planning Another ‘Before’ Film

21 November 2011 10:06 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Well, this is the best news I’ve read all month. All year? Maybe all year. In a recent interview with Allocine (via The Playlist), writer/director/actor Ethan Hawke revealed that he, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater have been talking and are hoping to start writing a third film in the Before Sunrise/Before Sunset saga that has a poignant, much-loved following in the indie film community. Sunset earned the trio (along with Kim Krizan) an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay back in 2005.

“Well, I don’t know what we’re going to do but I know the three of us have been talking a lot in the last six months,” Hawke said, in regards to the third film.

“All three of us have been having similar feelings that we’re ready to revisit those characters. There’s nine years between the first two movies and, if we made the film next summer, »

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Ethan Hawke Planning To Reunite With Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy To Write Third 'Before Sunrise' Film

21 November 2011 6:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Despite a brief flirtation with major stardom, Ethan Hawke has stayed relatively true to the independent scene with his relationship with fellow Texan Richard Linklater seemingly personifying this notion. The two have teamed up for no less than six films including "Waking Life," "Tape," "The Newton Boys," "Fast Food Nation" and, of course, "Before Sunrise" and its sequel "Before Sunset." While Hawke and Linklater also have their long-term project "Boyhood" in the works as well (more on that later), it looks like the two are at it again plotting a reunion with Julie Delpy for a third installement of the uber-popular 'Before...' series. »

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2011 Cinema Arts Festival Houston, Highlights Films and Live Performances Including The World Premiere Of ‘Art Car: The Movie’

31 October 2011 2:16 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Texas is known for some great film festivals. apart from SXSW and Fantastic Fest, both held in Austin – Houston also hosts some wonderful events. Among them is the Cinema Arts Festival. This year’s line-up is extremely strong, with titles that include Pina, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, The Artist and the World Premiere of Art Car: The Movie. Sadly we do not have any contributors over in Houston, but I did feel the need to quickly promote the festival. Here is the press release.


Houston  – Now in its third year, Cinema Arts Festival Houston, which runs from November 9 to 13, 2011 will bring an ambitious program of films by and about artists to the vibrant Texas city known internationally for its dynamic art scene. From painting and dance to classical music and multimedia work, this edition will also include appearances by directors, actors, musicians, and special tributes to Ethan Hawke and documentary master Patricio Guzman. »

- Ricky

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Cheap shots: Microbudget film-makers

23 September 2011 1:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In 1991 two films changed the landscape of indie cinema by making the frugality of the budget a selling point. Where are the microbudget film directors now?

Hollywood has always operated on the principle that more is more: each time the most expensive film ever made arrives in cinemas, budgetary extravagance becomes a major selling point. But 20 years ago, the Us independent sector stumbled upon its own marketing equivalent: the microbudget. Suddenly it became apparent that a film's financial shortcomings could be exploited to its advantage.

In 1991, two films changed the landscape of indie cinema and the way in which it was sold. Richard Linklater's Slacker, which drops in on around 100 misfits and eccentrics during 24 hours in Austin, Texas, and Matty Rich's Straight Out of Brooklyn, a tale of young no-hopers in New York's housing projects, marked the start of a phenomenon – frugality as a marketing hook

Neither were the »

- Ryan Gilbey

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"Hop" Makers Turn To Gospel Choir

17 August 2011 2:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Despicable Me" and "Hop" creators Illumination Entertainment are set to make their first full live-action feature reports Deadline.

The studio has secured the rights to the true story of gospel singer Vy Higginsen and her Harlem-based choir program 'Gospel for Teens'. Stephen Belber ("Tape," "Management:) will pen the screenplay

Jason Blumenthal, Michael Radutzky and Steve Tisch are all attached as executive producers. »

- Garth Franklin

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Illumination Plans True Harlem Teen Gospel Choir Tale

16 August 2011 | | See recent news »

Illumination Entertainment is planning its first fully live-action feature, says Deadline . The production company, housed at Universal, has secured the rights to the true story of gospel singer Vy Higginsen and her Harlem-based choir program "Gospel for Teens". Stephen Belber ( Tape , Management ) will provide the screenplay, based on a recent "60 Minutes" segment. Illumination Entertainment was founded in 2007 and, until now, is best known for its animated fare with Despicable Me and, earlier this year, Hop . Illumination founder Chris Meledandri will produce the as-of-yet-untitled choir film alongside Todd Black of Escape Artists and Higginsen herself. Jason Blumenthal, Michael Radutzky and Steve Tisch are all attached as executive producers. »

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Gary Winick obituary

2 March 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Visionary film-maker at the forefront of American cinema's digital revolution

The director and producer Gary Winick, who has died of brain cancer aged 49, was at the forefront of American cinema's adoption of digital video (Dv), along with more high-profile names such as Steven Soderbergh and David Fincher. Winick believed that the discreet, lightweight equipment involved, and the flexibility it afforded film-makers, could lead to more direct and emotionally authentic movies, citing "the intimacy that occurs with the actors because of the small cameras". His own work, notably the 2002 coming-of-age story Tadpole, provided some persuasive evidence. His Dv-oriented production company, InDigEnt (Indpendent Digital Entertainment), gave others the funds and encouragement to experiment for themselves. While he insisted on preparation and professionalism ("Don't think that going digital means you can just 'wing it'," he advised newcomers), spontaneity lay at the heart of his approach: "One of the things I always say is: »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Gary Winick, 1961 – 2011

2 March 2011 9:15 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Director and producer Gary Winick, a friend and mentor to many in the independent film community, died Sunday afternoon in New York at the age of 49. The cause was brain cancer, a friend told Indiewire.

As the comments in that Indiewire piece — “an amazing mentor,” “a generous visionary,” “one of the finest human beings in our industry”— attest, Winick was a rare soul in the world of independent film. He was a smart, compassionate and truly giving person, and, even as his Hollywood career took off, he never forgot his roots. While he was crafting smart and heartfelt mainstream movies, he continued to advise, nurture and be a resource to a younger community of filmmakers who were still awaiting their own breaks.

Winick’s films include the tough and nuanced addiction drama Sweet Nothing, with Michael Imperioli and Mira Sorvino; the witty and improbably charming Tadpole, with Aaron Stanford, Sigourney Weaver »

- Scott Macaulay

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Pioneering digital film-maker Gary Winick dies aged 49

1 March 2011 8:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director who blazed a digital trail but had mainstream hits with Letters to Juliet and Charlotte's Web has died of a brain tumour

The Us director Gary Winick, a pioneer in the field of digital film-making who found commercial success with movies such as 13 Going on 30, Charlotte's Web and last year's Letters to Juliet, has died of a brain tumour. He was 49.

Winick's Hollywood calling card was the 2002 Sundance film festival hit Tadpole, a $150,000 film shot entirely using digital video cameras that won him the event's directing award. A subsequent career directing more mainstream movies left him with less time to pursue his work with InDigEnt – or Independent Digital Entertainment – a company he founded in 1999 to help independent film-makers use the new technology.

Winick always insisted that digital cameras helped bring the best out of actors. "You really don't feel the presence of that big mechanism of film," he told the Washington Post in 2002. "Instead, »

- Ben Child

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Gary Winick Rip

28 February 2011 4:01 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following a long, tough battle with brain cancer, director/producer Gary Winick has died at the age of 49.His name might not have the instant recognition factor of, say, a Tarantino or a Scorsese, but Winick skipped easily between more mainstream films such as 13 Going on 30 and, more recently Letters to Juliet, and indie pics, most successfully with Tadpole.But it’s his contribution to other filmmakers’ work that might have even more resonance, since he co-created digital video collective IndigEnt with John Sloss and IFC Films, which helped get the likes of Rebecca Miller’s Personal Velocity, Steve Buscemi’s Lonesome Jim and Richard Linklater’s Tape made on thrifty budgets.Winick got his start in horror, directing the 1989 film Curfew. His varied career saw him acting as an editor, producer or director on a raft of movies, including Sam the Man, Chelsea Walls, Charlotte’s Web, and, as mentioned above, »

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Gary Winick, Director of Letters To Juliet & Bride Wars Dies, Aged 49

28 February 2011 10:18 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The day of the Oscar ceremony is supposed to be the most celebrated night on the film calendar but Matt Dentler tweeted last night the tragic news that director Gary Winick had passed away, just weeks short of his 50th birthday.

Gary Winick died today. Too late to make the Oscars tribute, but way too early. He leaves behind a legacy of supporting indie film and NYC.”

Winick was an active studio director, having turned in the melodrama Letters to Juliet just last year, and previously for helming Bride Wars, 13 Going On 30 and Charlotte’s Web. Without a doubt he was pivotal in the shaping of Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway and most recently Amanda Seyfried into genuine film stars, giving them a loving direction (his camera was always in love with his beautiful film stars & their locale) and a generous platform to shine – but according to Coming Soon, his biggest »

- Matt Holmes

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R.I.P. Director Gary Winick (1961 – 2011)

28 February 2011 9:01 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Director Gary Winick passed away yesterday at the age of 49.  Winick's debut feature was the 1989 horror film Curfew, but his varied filmography spanned to include acclaimed indie dramas like 2002's Tadpole to lovable crowd-pleasers like 13 Going on 30.  However, as IFC points out in their obituary, Winick's most enduring legacy might be "InDigEnt, the collective he created with Cinetic's John Sloss and IFC Films to make films for under $100,000 on digital video." Through InDigEnt, Winick produced an array of celebrated indie films including Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity, Peter Hedges' Pieces of April, Richard Linklater's Tape, and Steve Buscemi's Lonesome Jim. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Winick's friends and family. »

- Matt Goldberg

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'Letters to Juliet,' '13 Going on 30' Director Gary Winick Dies at 49

28 February 2011 8:50 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Last night's Oscars were a celebratory time for the Hollywood community, but late, unfortunate news came filtering in from the other side of the country, where the film world had lost one of their most important players.

IFC reports (via Cinetic's Matt Dentler) that director Gary Winick, whose filmography includes the recent "Letters to Juliet," "Bride Wars," "Charlotte's Web," "13 Going on 30," and the indie hit "Tadpole," passed away yesterday at the age of 49, just one month shy of his 50th birthday. Information on the cause of Winick's death is unknown at this time.

While Winick's recent successes have been big studio comedies, the director built his career in the independent world, as a founder of the artistic collective InDigEnt. The company, inspired by foreign filmmaking movements, aimed to help produce American films for under $100,000. Winick's work resulted in notable indie flicks like Richard Linklater's "Tape," Peter Hedges' "Pieces of April »

- Matt Patches

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Gary Winick, director and producer, passes away

28 February 2011 8:09 AM, PST | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell Filmmaker Gary Winick passed away Sunday evening. He was 49.

Gary Winick died today,” Matt Dentler Tweeted during the Oscar telecast. “Too late to make the Oscars tribute, but way too early. He leaves behind a legacy of supporting indie film and NYC.”

A producer and director, Winick crossed most people’s radars when he directed the indie hit “Tadpole” in 2002. He quickly moved to mainstream success with Jennifer Garner’s “13 Going on 30” and the live-action updated of “Charlotte’s Web.” His last picture was the romantic drama “Letters to Juliet,” with Amanda Seyfried.

“By luring the likes of Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and then-budding auteurs like Rodrigo Garcia and Rebecca Miller, Winick gave digital filmmaking credibility at a time when it didn’t seem like the inevitability it is today and, better yet, produced 19 films between 2001 to 2007 that included gems such as Linklater’s ‘Tape, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Tadpole Director, Indie-Producing Pioneer Gary Winick Dies at 49

28 February 2011 2:30 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Very Sad News: Director/Producer Gary Winick has died at 49. Winick graduated from directing indie films like Tadpole to studio fare like Charlotte's Web and recently Letters to Juliet, but he kept one foot firmly planted in the indie film world, and helped untold number of filmmakers, with his digital filmmaking collective InDigEnt. Under the initiative, which proposed that filmmakers make digital features for under $100,000, he produced 19 films including Richard Linklater's Tape, Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity and Steve Buscemi's Lonesome Jim. Cause of death is not yet known. [@MattDentler via IFC] »

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Gary Winick, 1961-2011

28 February 2011 1:20 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

As Cinetic's Matt Dentler sadly noted in his tweet announcing the passing of Gary Winick last night, the timing was "too late to make the Oscar [in memorium] tribute, but way too early." In a cruel twist of fate, it wasn't unusual for the writer/director, who was set to turn 50 next month, to be ahead of his time.

Winick was of course a filmmaker first, leaving behind a dozen films that grew from small-scale indie dramas to crowdpleasers such as "Charlotte's Web" and "Letters to Juliet" that charmed audiences by the millions. Yet his most enduring legacy is likely the one he left on a smaller community, the thousands of filmmakers who have and will continue to benefit from his work as a digital pioneer at the turn of the century as the founder of InDigEnt, the collective he created with Cinetic's John Sloss and IFC Films [our corporate sibling] to make films for under $100,000 on digital video. »

- Stephen Saito

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Gary Winick, 'Bride Wars' Director, Dies At 49

27 February 2011 11:46 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Filmmaker, also behind 'Letters to Juliet' and 'Tadpole,' lost his battle with brain cancer.

By Eric Ditzian

Gary Winick

Photo: Getty Images

Gary Winick, the 49-year-old director behind "Bride Wars" and "Letters to Juliet," has died, following a battle with brain cancer, according to multiple reports.

In addition to his mainstream credits, Winick boasted a résumé filled with independent fare as well. He produced and directed 2002's "Tadpole," a breakout coming-of-age hit at Sundance, and produced 2003's "Pieces of April," for which Patricia Clarkson received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Other production credits include Richard Linklater's "Tape" and Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim." Winick also directed "13 Going on 30" in 2004 and a live-action adaptation of "Charlotte's Web," which grossed more than $140 million worldwide in 2006. In total, according to TheWrap, he produced 19 films.

The filmmaker's death was first made public via Twitter, in an update from producer Matt Dentler, »

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