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As dissent continues to flourish in this country, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that discordant responses to films is also on the rise. Divisiveness has always been one thing among film critics, with publications throughout the past decade loving to showcase opposing views of everything from Dancer in the Dark to Tree of Life. But it’s another thing for broader American society to not only disagree with one another but to really go at each other over a certain motion picture or movies overall. This is the year that a right-wing political documentary (2016: Obama’s America) outgrossed all but one of Michael Moore’s films, including the gun violence issue doc Bowling for Columbine. It’s also a year, now, when the notion that violent films may have an impact on gun violence more than guns themselves is being spouted by everyone from NRA leaders to actor Jamie Foxx. Does »
- Christopher Campbell
This year's Christmas in Washington includes a performance by Diana Ross.
With Christmas coming next week, I figure a good number of you will be traveling over the weekend. I hope those of you who are traveling manage to miss all the bad weather and arrive safely.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, The Lying Game producer Chuck Pratt teases the death of a core character. Sadly, there's no mention of a reunion between Alexandra Chando and one of her former As the World Turns co-stars.
The CW is developing a drama based on the legend of Robin Hood, except this one would focus on a noblewoman who ends up joining the Merry Men while trying to rescue her wrongfully-imprisoned serf boyfriend.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance the world didn’t end — so kick back in relief with a night of Friday TV! Fringe turns to a familiar face for help, Doctor Who is in the holiday spirit, ABC’s religious investigation goes Back to the Beginning and Drake & Josh must pull off the best Christmas ever. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
6 pm Bowling for Columbine (Current TV) | A week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the cable net gets into the gun-control debate by airing Michael Moore’s Academy Award-winning documentary about the 1999 Colorado high school killings. »
- Kimberly Roots
Production company behind Quentin Tarantino film will 'forgo' scheduled event at time of national mourning
Hollywood studios have cancelled the premiere for a third major film release, Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent Django Unchained, in the wake of Friday's gun massacre in Connecticut. Meanwhile, footage of a scene in the new Tom Cruise action movie, Jack Reacher, has reportedly been excised from all publicity for the Christopher McQuarrie film.
The premiere of Django Unchained was due to take place in Los Angeles on Tuesday but will be replaced by a screening for cast and crew. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event," said production firm the Weinstein Company. Reports suggest that a scene in which Cruise's character fires a semi-automatic weapon has been removed from promotional spots for »
- Ben Child
Michael Moore, a staunch supporter of stricter gun controls, said Sunday that his 2002 documentary "Bowling for Columbine" will speak for him on Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and 7 adults dead. "I said what I had to say about guns 10 yrs ago," he wrote in one of a series of messages on Twitter. "Nothing's changed." He included a link to his web site and urged readers to watch a pirated version free there. Also read: Newtown School Shootings: Paramount Postpones Premiere of 'Jack Reacher' When one reader »
- Todd Cunningham
Only a few hours after the horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, celebrities and other familiar names have already expressed shock, sorrow and a few calls to action. Here is a roundup of messages left by many on Twitter.
Reports indicate that more than 20 people -- many of them children -- were killed when a young man began shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Although there are many political and news figures publicly declaring that this is not the time for politics, many of the Twitter messages indicate that this is where people's thoughts are going.
"Too soon to speak out about a gun-crazy nation? No, too late. At least Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine."
Mia Farrow (actress)
"Gun control is no longer debatable- it's not a 'conversation'- It's a moral mandate."
Piers Morgan (CNN host)
"This is now President Obama's »
As we enter the final days of the 2012 race for the White House, what better time to expose curious kids to some political films? No, we're not talking about highly polarizing documentaries like "'Bowling for Columbine" or "2016: Obama's America," we're advocating for more bipartisan-friendly offerings that all families -- no matter how they vote -- can rally for this election season. In honor of the third and final Presidential debate, here are seven movies worth watching and discussing with your aspiring voters. Photos: »
- Sandie Chen
2016 movie box office: No. 1 ‘worldwide’ 2012 documentary by Sunday evening? 2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary that has been embraced by the American Right, lambasted by the White House, and criticized for its factual inaccuracies and flights of fancy, is 2012′s top non-fiction film at the North American box office. (Photo: U.S. president Barack Obama, 2016 movie.) With a domestic cume of $30.6m as of Tuesday, Sept. 18 (source: Box Office Mojo), D’Souza and Sullivan’s 2016 movie has also surpassed the inflation-adjusted take of recent documentaries directed by liberals: Michael Moore’s Sicko (inflation-adjusted $28.6m) and Bowling for Columbine [...] »
- Zac Gille
I first saw Bowling For Columbine (a documentary by Michael Moore about gun violence in America and the 1999 Columbine High School Massacre) in a Film Studies lesson when I was a naive fourteen year old. At the time, it seemed like the answer to my prayers. I was in favour of gun control in a big way back then and still am to an extent, and here was an intelligent and entertaining film about gun violence that made a lot of good points. Then just a few months ago, during one of my usual 1Am trawls of the internet, I discovered that it’s about as truthful as Bill Clinton’s claim that he “did not have sexual relations with that woman”.
Unlike a credible documentary maker like Louis Theroux’s approach which is to observe and ask neutral questions, thus letting the audience make up their own mind about the issue, »
- James T. Cornish
2016 Obama’s America movie box office: Anti-Obama movie is 2012′s highest-grossing documentary, surpasses Michael Moore, Al Gore docs 2016 Obama’s America, Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s anti-Obama documentary that has been embraced by the American Right, has now truly surpassed Michael Moore’s Sicko (inflation-adjusted $28.6m) and Bowling for Columbine ($29.44m), and Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning, Al Gore-inspired An Inconvenient Truth ($29.56m) at the North American box office. Earlier claims that the 2016 movie was ahead of its "left-wing" counterparts were based on inflated 2012 movie-ticket prices. (Photo: U.S. president Barack Obama 2016 Obama’s America.) Also, with a cume of $30.08m 2016 Obama’s America is now [...] »
- Zac Gille
2016 movie still trailing Michael Moore, Al Gore 2016 Obama's America, Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan's anti-Obama documentary, has surpassed the concert movie Katy Perry: Part of Me to become the second highest-grossing non-fiction film released in North America in 2012. By Sunday evening, D'Souza and Sullivan's right-wing doc -- current cume according to the web site Box Office Mojo stands at an estimated $27.66 million (as of Wed., September 13) -- should have also surpassed the nature doc Chimpanzee ($28.97 million) to become the year's top documentary in the United States and Canada. Worldwide, 2016 -- a 100% domestic sleeper hit like, say, the Tyler Perry movies (which have no audience overseas) -- remains behind both Chimpanzee (another domestic-only release) and Katy Perry: Part of Me. (Please scroll down for more details about the box-office performances of non-fiction films worldwide both in 2012 and "all-time.") As per numerous box-office reports, as the sixth biggest non-fiction film ever (or rather, »
- Zac Gille
"2016: Obama's America" became the second highest-grossing political documentary ever this weekend, but it has a ways to go to catch "Farenheit 9/11" -- and Justin Bieber-- on the all-time list. Produced for roughly $2.1 million, the film -- with its catchphrase, "Love Him. Hate Him. You Don't Know Him" -- has taken in $26 million in nine weeks of release. That puts it ahead of political documentaries "Bowling for Columbine" ($21.5 million), "An Inconvenient Truth" ($24.1 million) and "Sicko" ($24.5 million). Moore's 2004 film "Farenheit 9/11," which took in $119 million »
- Todd Cunningham
Sunday Am, 5th Update: This is traditionally such a terrible box office Friday through Sunday that Hollywood skeds only low-profile movies. It’s official: the fall film season started with a whimper. It’s the worst grossing weekend of the year and this is also the worst grossing weekend in years. It looks like the entire North American box office might barely add up to $70 million, which is down 13% from last year. The weekend of September 5, 2008 was the last time no films grossed over $10 million. Ouch! 2016 Obama’s America grossed $26.1M by end of today (give or take some bucks) and passed 4 of Michael Moore’s five political documentaries to become the #2 all-time biggest. Only Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, his highly critical examination of the first term of President George W Bush, retains the #1 position with $119.1M. It’s extremely unlikely that 2016 Obama’s America will make even half that. But »
- NIKKI FINKE
It’s a heated contest between conservatives vs liberals in the political documentary genre, too. 2016 Obama’s America grossed $26.2M by end of today (give or take some bucks) and passed 4 of Michael Moore’s five political documentaries to become the #2 all-time biggest. Only Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, his highly critical examination of the first term of President George W Bush, retains the #1 position with $119.1M. It’s extremely unlikely that 2016 Obama’s America will make even half that. But it now has made more money (not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices) than Moore’s Sicko (2007 – $24.5M), Oscar-winner Bowling For Columbine (2002 – $21.5M), and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 – $14.3M). The right-wing doc 2016 Obama’s America is produced by Gerald R. Molen who in fact credits “learning some lessons” from Moore. “When he released Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004 ahead of the election, it sparked intense debate.” 2016 Obama’s America also has passed the »
- NIKKI FINKE
What a difference a year makes. Last year at Tiff I attended the reception for the launch of the Hollywood Suite Broadcasting by Catherine Tait, Jeff Sackman, Jay Switzer, Michael McLaughlin and David Kines. Hollywood Suite is four Canadian wide new HD channels featuring commercial free HD movies 24/7, uncut and unedited. Both Warner Bros. and MGM launched last year. One year later they are announcing that Sony Movie Channel and Axn Movies are also moving into residence on the channels (replacing Hollywood Storm and Hollywood Festival.) 450 different movies are available every month on TV on demand, online and on mobile for one low monthly fee. The cost of $4.99 per month stands in stark contrast to HBO and Showtime costs of $18 per month.
Catherine is widely known on the international circuit. She was responsible for getting the New York Independent Feature Project up to the level that it has maintained throughout the tenure of Michelle Byrd and currently by Joane Vicente, who is taking it upwards once again to new heights.
Catherine's career in the film and television business spans two decades and includes leadership in the American independent film industry as well as in film and television financing and public company management. She is President of Duopoly, an independent production company that also provides business strategy services to the film and television industry. At Duopoly, she has executive produced a number of television programs including Pure Pwnage (a comedy based on Internet phenomenon www.purepwnage.com for Showcase), Chilly Beach (65 episodes of comedy animation for CBC), Yam Roll (39 episodes for CBC and Cartoon Network), as well as Lucky, a Sundance documentary which sold to HBO. Prior to founding Duopoly, Catherine was President and Chief Operating Officer of Salter Street Films, a publicly-traded television production & distribution company which produced hit programming such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine. Catherine serves on the Boards of March Entertainment and Paperny Films; she is a past Director of eOne Entertainment's Canadian Board, of Aliant, of Chum Ltd, and was Chair of the Independent Feature Project in New York.
Catherine is also the founder of iThenic, an online and mobile video destination site, launched in 2006, that aggregates, produces and distributes web series and short-form video content. The company is headquartered in Toronto with offices in New York City and backed by three engaged and prominent shareholders: eOne Entertainment, Canada's largest entertainment company, the founders of iThentic LLC (led by Catherine Tait), and Smiley Guy Studios, an award winning animation and new media studio. Smiley Guy Studios is the operating partner with Jonas Diamond as CEO and Catherine Tait as Chair of the company.
iThentic strives to unite communities that include the creators, curators and viewers. The management team has a depth of experience in global production, distribution and marketing and is connected to a powerful international network of writers, directors, producers, animators and artists. This ensures that iThentic showcases the very best new work. iThentic's creative network is rooted in the independent film and television industry and has generated some of the most groundbreaking entertainment of the last two decades.
This year, iThentic launched its highly successful interactive web-series Guidestones on Hulu. Guidestones won a 2012 Rockie Award for Best Web Fiction Series and is now in production on season two. In addition, Catherine represented the Canadian comedy hit Roller Town (Slamdance 2012) written by and starring Picnicface's Mark Little, Scott Vrooman and Andy Bush and directed by Andy Bush. Roller Town has been sold to VOD leader Gravitas Ventures and is available now.
- Sydney Levine
Another summer at the movies come and gone, folks.
The season, which kicked off with The Avengers’ record-breaking bow in May, officially ended this weekend with a record of a very different sort courtesy of The Oogieloves. Fortunately for Hollywood, not every picture performed that badly — in fact, almost none of them did!
Note: This article covers the four-day Labor Day weekend frame. Three-day box office estimates can be found here.
- Grady Smith
As usual, audiences largely stayed away from movie theaters over Labor Day weekend. Still, supernatural thriller The Possession easily took first place with one of the best debuts ever for the holiday. Lawless was a distant second, while Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure registered one of the worst nationwide openings ever. For the four-day weekend the Top 12 earned $109.5 million, which is roughly on par with last Labor Day weekend. The Possession scared up an estimated $17.7 million from 2,816 locations in its first three days in theaters. That's a bit off from recent Lionsgate supernatural horror movies The Last Exorcism ($23 million) and The Haunting in Connecticut ($23 million). Still, for Labor Day weekend this is a very strong start: in fact, the movie's $21.1 million four-day haul would be good for second place all-time among Labor Day openers behind the 2007 Halloween remake ($30.6 million). This marks the third-straight weekend that Lionsgate has held the number one position, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Michael Moore has criticised gun control laws and appealed to people to "take care of each other" during a talkshow appearance. The Oscar-winning documentary maker was invited to appear on Piers Morgan Tonight to talk about gun control laws in the wake of last Friday's Aurora cinema shootings. Moore said that he thinks society has become selfish, saying: "We have to see that we're a part of each other, and we have to take care of each other. The reason why they have universal health care in Canada and Britain, these other places? Because they believe if one suffers, everybody suffers. "That is not our mentality, our mentality is 'I got mine, you get yours, and the hell with everybody else'." Moore - who rose to international fame with gun culture documentary Bowling for Columbine - made an appeal to Us president (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
When Michael Moore is uncharacteristically quiet--in the face of the Aurora, Colorado atrocity that plays right into his America-is-violent wheelhouse, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning doc "Bowling for Columbine"--you know he's up to something. So it was just a matter of days before he came up with what he was writing. Here it is, timed to help promote his Tuesday night appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight--and "Bowling for Columbine." It's his best movie by far. And worth looking at again. And he makes a damn good argument below. Friends, Since Cain went nuts and whacked Abel, there have always been those humans who, for one reason or another, go temporarily or permanently insane and commit unspeakable acts of violence. There was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who during the first century A.D. enjoyed throwing victims off a cliff on the Mediterranean island of Capri. Gilles de Rais, »
- Anne Thompson
Here's something really exciting. After years of working on a series of awesome and award-winning documentaries, from co-producing and editing Farenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, to co-directing Yes Men Fix the World, and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, filmmaker Kurt Engfehr has chosen a solo directing project, examining what he terms the "empathy deficit" in society today. Apparently Obama coined the term "empathy deficit" in a 2006 speech, and now Engfehr wants to dig deeper into this concept, through his new doc Stand In My Shoes. Alongside filmmakers Anna Reeves, Elizabeth Nakano and Vivienne Somers, he will examine everything from internet trolling to sterile corporate culture to find out exactly what is behind this noted decline in social empathy. Ahmed Salama, who executive produced last year's viral hit The Tunnel, »
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