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Off the Carpet: Enter Nolan - 'Interstellar' has arrived

27 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Observing Christopher Nolan move further and further into macro territory with larger and larger canvases that couldn't be more removed from the imposed modesty of his debut, "Following," one thing has become increasingly clear: he's a master of the big picture (as in the greater takeaway from a project, not scale and scope — though that's obviously applicable, too). This has never been more the case than with "Interstellar." It's a shame, though, that he is a filmmaker who holds things so close to the chest (i.e. screenings) that a number of critics who came away negative on the picture — and there are quite a few — won't have an opportunity to catch it again before needing to file their reviews. Because I imagine some of them would find a number of loose ends either tied up or, at the very least, singed into reconciliation. At least, I did. First and foremost, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Politically Active Actress Bergen Made into Nixon's 'Enemies List'

22 September 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon's 'enemies list' (image: Polly Bergen publicity shot ca. late 1950s) (See previous article: "Polly Bergen Movies: First U.S. Woman President.") As discussed in the previous post, despite its deceptively progressive premise — the first United States woman president as a palpable reality — Kisses for My President, written by veteran Paramount screenwriter Claude Binyon (Search for Beauty, The Gilded Lily) and newcomer Robert G. Kane (whose sole other movie credit was the poorly received Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Western Villain), was an unabashedly reactionary, "traditional family values" effort. Ironically, Polly Bergen, for her part, was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat. At around the time Kisses for My President was released, Bergen, along with Gregory Peck, James Garner, and other Hollywood personalities, publicly came out against California's Proposition 14, a 1964 ballot initiative that would have nullified the Rumford Fair Housing Act, thus paving the way for »

- Andre Soares

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‘Las Elegidas,’ ‘Domestic Animals,’ ‘Franco’s Night’ Selected for San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Pro Forum

6 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexican David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas,” “Domestic Animals,” from Colombia’s Andres Baiz, and “Franco’s Night,” by Bernardo Arellano, also from Mexico, will feature at the San Sebastian Fest’s 3rd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.

Event will be energized by a Focus on Canada, organized with Telefilm Canada, which will see 12 Canadian producers attending the Forum.

Rapidly positioning as San Sebastian’s centerpiece industry event – 365 meeting were held in 2012 at the co-pro mart, 461 in 2013 – the Forum runs Sept. 22-24, parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post strand, fest’s other big industry lure..

Select projects will be invited by Cannes Marche du Film and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute to attend Ventana Sur, which these two entities co-organize, and then Cannes’ Market next May. Projects will compete this year as last for an Egeda Award, granted by the Madrid-based Audiovisual Producers Rights Management Assn., which comes with a $10,000 cash prize. »

- John Hopewell

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Strategic Partners unveils LatAm scheme

1 August 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.

As part of a two-year spotlight on Latin America, one Mexican producer with a feature in development and one Brazilian producer with a television project in development have been invited to participate at Strategic Partners 2014, set to run in Nova Scotia from September 11-14.

A Canadian feature in development will then be selected from this year’s Strategic Partners to participate at Los Cabos International Film Festival, which runs in Mexico from November 11-14.

Similarly, a Canadian television project in development looking for Brazilian co-production partners will be chosen to attend RioContentMarket in February 2015.

The programme is sponsored by the Canadian Media Production Association.

April Shannon, a producer and co-founder of the Mexican production company Agrupación Caramelo Cinematografica, has been selected »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hump Day With Adam Lambert: Black And White Cookie

9 April 2014 9:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

On this week’s Hump Day with Adam Lambert, Adam returns from abroad and takes a breather.

Here are a few tweets and pics from Adam’s Twitter Account and Instagram

Adam released a couple of stunning Black & White pics on his Instagram this week. Take a bite of these.

Night and Day

Here’s one of my favorite B&W pics of Adam, from last year. B&W brings something special out of him.

Lipton released this commercial this morning, with a very familiar song!

He says goodbye to Sweden

I love Stockholm!

Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) April 6, 2014

And hello to home.

Home sweet home

Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) April 7, 2014

And another Queen date!

Japan! So excited to be coming back to #SummerSonic in August with @QueenWillRock! #WeWillRockYou

Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) April 2, 2014

Adam Performance Of The Week

Each week we post a performance clip from the past or present that showcases the passion, »

- snicks

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Shirley Temple: Hollywood's little miracle who grew up a real person

11 February 2014 4:49 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Her films enchanted strife-hit Us audiences, and unlike so many child stars to come, she made a diplomatic transition to adulthood

Shirley Temple obituary

Shirley Temple: a career in clips

In the grim years of the Depression and the poverty-stricken 1930s, America took to its heart a lovable, curly-haired little girl who looked every bit as vulnerable as they felt, but who with the help of her pals and tender good-hearted grownups would put her best foot forward and surely win through in the end. This was Shirley Temple, who in that decade became one of the biggest stars in the world — her career and attractions shrewdly nurtured by the formidable 20th Century Fox studio chief Darryl F Zanuck, for whom Temple became a singing-and-dancing, ringleted cash calf.

She also achieved fame as a striking, almost unique example of how a child star graduates gracefully from the juvenile-lead status »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Shirley Temple Black obituary

11 February 2014 8:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cherubic child star of the 1930s who returned to public life as a Us diplomat

From 1934 to 1938, when she was at the height of her fame, Shirley Temple (later known as Shirley Temple Black), who has died aged 85, appeared in films as a bright-eyed, curly-topped, dimpled cherub, whose chirpy singing and toddler's tap dancing were perfect antidotes to the depression. "During this depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that, for just 15 cents, an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles," Franklin D Roosevelt stated in 1935, referring to the world's biggest and littlest star.

Temple's message was "be optimistic", the title of the song she sang in Little Miss Broadway (1938). Her biggest hit songs were On the Good Ship Lollipop, from Bright Eyes (1934), which describes a »

- Ronald Bergan

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The People’s Choice Awards: Efron Emerges, Colfer Wins, We All Win

9 January 2014 5:19 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller at last night’s People’s Choice Awards

(all photos: Getty)

The People’s Choice Awards is probably my favorite ceremony where the winners are all in the front row and the losers enigmatically don’t show up. I think this is how the Saturn Awards, Gotham Awards, and Nobel Prizes work too.

For a telecast devoted mostly to pimping CBS programming (including Best Comedic TV Actress Kaley Cuoco![?]), it was harmless enough. The hosting duo of Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs from 2 Broke Girls was un-infuriating, and they didn’t get in the way of the show’s surprising amount of gayness. Here are the gay highlights.

Sean Hayes claimed Sandra Bullock as his wife.

While teasing open the envelope and presenting the “Best Movie Actress” award to that deadpan charmer Sandra Bullock, Sean Hayes charmingly deadpanned, “Oh, thank God, this »

- Louis Virtel

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