13 items from 2016
Sadly it’s time to say goodbye to some quality Netflix movies and TV shows as they’ll be leaving the streaming service over the course of the next month. So if you have the time, check out some keepers like Groundhog Day, Private Parts, Wayne’s World or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. If you’re looking for something perhaps you’ve never seen before, try The Station Agent. It was written by Tom McCarthy, who later won an Oscar for Spotlight. It features Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage. Following is the full list. If you want to know what’s coming to Netflix next month, check out the list here. June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones’s Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where’s My Car? »
- David Eckstein
As a special exclusive for Daily Dead readers, we have Carl Kelsch’s new short film, For My Facebook, available to watch now. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Blu-ray / DVD release details, info on Europe’s 4K Uhd Blu-ray release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and a Q&A with Restoration director/co-writer/co-star Zack Ward.
Exclusive: Watch the Short Film For My Facebook: Press Release: “It all started with a funny image that popped in writer/director Carl Kelsch’s head: a play on words that yielded the final shots of ‘For My Facebook’ (To say more would spoil the ending). With only a few directing credits under his belt, he recruited jack-of-all-horror-trades Louie Cortes (Dir. of Attack of the Brain People, writer of Blood Slaughter Massacre) to do Sound. Kelsch, who also operated the camera, got input from Cortes on blocking and framing. »
- Tamika Jones
The tribute, to be presented during the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night on April 25, will acknowledge McCarthy’s “exceptional mastery” of character-driven plots that bring audiences along on the psychological journeys of his heroes and antiheroes.
He will also be honored at “An Evening With Tom McCarthy” on April 26 at Bampfa in Berkeley. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his screenwriting and directing career will be followed by a screening of 2003’s “The Station Agent.”
“‘Spotlight’ won Best Picture at the Academy Awards this past year for many reasons, but its precise script, filled with perfectly conceived characters, inarguably set the tone and provided the heart and soul of the film,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.
- Dave McNary
Ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards, where Spotlight is tipped to win Best Original Screenplay and potentially even upset The Revenant for Best Picture, that film’s Oscar-nominated director has selected his next project. According to Deadline, Tom McCarthy will team with Netflix to direct and produce 13 Reasons Why, a teen-targeted series produced by Selena Gomez.
McCarthy, whose filmography includes bizarre turkeys like The Cobbler and sweet indies like The Station Agent, is no stranger to upending expectations. And though it’s unusual, to say the least, for a director riding one of the year’s most roundly acclaimed movies to go to the small screen for his first post-Oscar gig, Netflix has been drawing increasingly major talent these past few months, as it continues to assert itself as a deafening voice in the field of original programming.
13 Reasons Why will adapt the bestselling Ya novel by Jay Asher. Though »
- Isaac Feldberg
The riveting true story of the dedicated investigative team that blew the lid off a monumental cover up, Spotlight is now available on Digital HD, and comes to Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and On Demand on February 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Academy Award nominee Tom McCarthy (Up, The Station Agent), this taut drama goes behind the scenes of one of the most notorious scandals in recent history as a small group of intrepid journalists take on a seemingly unbeatable opponent — and win. “A tour de force” (Variety), Spotlight on Blu-ray and DVD features an insightful “making-of” documentary and revealing conversations with the filmmakers.
“A masterpiece” according to Brian Truitt, USA Today, Spotlight is one of the most important and critically acclaimed films of the year, nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, the »
- Movie Geeks
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“In the past month, what we’ve seen is how it’s started to cross over and how it’s really started to have a social impact,” Tom McCarthy says of Spotlight — the fifth film he wrote and directed, after 2003’s The Station Agent, 2008’s The Visitor, 2011’s Win Winand 2014’s The Cobbler — as we sit down to record an episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Indeed, the drama about the Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal in Boston has been screened for the Pope’s Vatican commission on church misconduct; it has been screened for and hailed by survivors of abuse by priests; and it has been celebrated for its celebration of the threatened industry of investigation journalism, as well. “It really puts thing into perspective,” McCarthy says.
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- Patrick Shanley
"In the past month, what we've seen is how it's started to cross over and how it's really started to have a social impact," Tom McCarthy says of Spotlight — the fifth film he wrote and directed, after 2003's The Station Agent, 2008's The Visitor, 2011's Win Win and 2014's The Cobbler — as we sit down to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast. Indeed, the drama about the Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal in Boston has been screened for the Pope's Vatican commission on church misconduct; it has been screened
- Scott Feinberg
CinemaNerdz is proud to offer our readers a chance to win a copy of the Spotlight Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo disc, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Live Shreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci.
For your chance to win one of our discs, just look for the “giveaway” box further down on this page. There you’ll be directed to a variety of methods by which you can enter the contest. You’ll be asked to provide a valid email address, visit (don’t forget to like us) on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, and Tweet the contest. That’s it! That’s all you have to do to enter. We’ll contact you to let you know if you’ve won one of the Spotlight Blu-rays. But hurry, because the contest ends at 12:00Am on Thursday, February 25th! »
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.
Previously Best Known For:
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting
Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus
Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Tom McCarthy’s solid newsroom drama gets behind the headlines of the child abuse scandal that rocked Boston’s Catholic community in 2002
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy has always been a low-key champion of the outsider. His first film as writer/director, 2003’s The Station Agent, starred Peter Dinklage as a Hoboken exile who moves into an abandoned train depot seeking solitude and becomes an unexpected catalyst for change. In 2007’s The Visitor, Richard Jenkins’s widowed college professor strikes up a life-changing bond with the family of a Syrian immigrant who has unexpectedly moved into his Manhattan apartment. Now, in the Oscar-nominated Spotlight, McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer give us the true story of how the Boston Globe, under its first Jewish editor, out-of-towner Marty Baron, took on the entrenched abusive institutions of the church in a city where Catholicism is a way of life and police and priests are thick as thieves. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Superb performances are at the heart of one of the Oscar frontrunners, Spotlight. Here's our review...
Films sometimes have odd ways of depicting how journalism works, either overestimating the glamour or underestimating the actual effort, depending on whether the representation is positive or negative. In real life, good journalists don't make themselves the story, and so it goes in Spotlight.
You might not expect a more full and frank procedural approach from a film that's been garlanded with awards nominations for the last few months, but you might expect it of director Tom McCarthy, who previously gave us Win Win and The Station Agent. For better or worse, his latest truly has no frills, instead zeroing in on the nitty-gritty of how a major true story was reported.
The Boston Globe is a local paper through and through - most of the newsroom staff, including editors Walter »
Continuing their support for women directors, Horizon Award co-founding producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon, announced the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny will bestow up-and-coming filmmakers Macarena Gaona, Juliette Gosselin, Shanice Malakai Johnson, and Florence Pelletier with the Horizon Award at a reception in Park City, Utah, with creative talent, producers, entertainment executives and media in attendance to celebrate these rising women directors and their achievements in independent filmmaking.
The Horizon Award ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the WireImage Portrait Studio at Village at the Lift (825 Main Street, Park City), co-hosted by Jeff Vespa.
The Horizon Award is an annual award that seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors – the primary goal being to support women directors early enough in their development to help them overcome the hurdles in advancing their learning curve and careers.
In addition to the Horizon Award, the four winners will receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through a series of grants that reflect Adrienne Shelly’s dedication to the art of filmmaking and her own successful transition from actress to filmmaker.
This year’s winners are:
Horizon Award First Place
Co-directors of "Mes Anges à Tête Noire"
Horizon Award Runners-Up
Macarena (Macqui) Gaona (New York University) Director of "Channel 999 and Channel 1000"
Shanice Malakai Johnson (Scottsdale Community College) Director of "End to the Suffering"
On making the announcement, Cassian Elwes said: “I’m so excited to announce the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. This year’s overwhelming number of submissions and caliber of work made it very hard indeed to pick just one winner – the jury identified one grand prize winner, and two runners-up. Additionally, we have added new partners to our already formidable team – proving that not only is the move towards gender equality in the zeitgeist, but that there are very real advocates amongst our peers. After the recent summit for systemic change (hosted by Sundance and Women in Film), I am more convinced than ever that we can make a difference and that history is on our side. I remain steadfastly committed to the idea that, one day soon, women will have exactly the same opportunities as men to direct movies.”
Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List and one of the award’s original advocates added: “We are passionate supporters of this award that recognizes fresh voices and perspectives in storytelling. This effort mirrors our own effort – the Black List's 500 Feminist Films project, created by our Director of Community, Kate Hagen. We look forward to mentoring the winners in the year to come.”
The jury was comprised of 38 influential directors, producers, and executives from the filmmaking community who viewed 483 short film submissions from over 200 colleges and universities world-wide, including the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Scotland, France, Mexico, Portugal, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, Serbia, the Ukraine, and more. This year, submissions increased by over one hundred from last year, with additional countries and universities participating. Submissions were received from Nyu, USC, UCLA, Chapman, Emerson, Penn State, Loyola Marymount, University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Syracuse, Tcu, Ryerson (Toronto), Oxford, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Delhi, and more.
Now in its second year, the Horizon Award provides an all-expense-paid trip for the winning female college students to the Sundance Film Festival, where they will have the opportunity to present their films to some of the industry’s most influential names. The winners receive mentorship, festival access, and important introductions by Elwes, Howell, and Vachon to agents, producers, executives, festival staff, and other influencers throughout the Sundance Film Festival.
The Horizon Award was founded by producer, Cassian Elwes ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club"), and Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, in response to a Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles study that revealed that only 4.2% of the top 100 films each year from 2002-2013 were directed by women. Elwes partnered with Howell ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes," "The Place Beyond the Pines:), and Vachon ( "Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry," "One Hour Photo," "Far From Heaven"), to create the award as an opportunity for young female directors to have mentorship and networking opportunities in conjunction with Sundance, the home of American Independent film.
You can see links for more info on the study:
Phase I and II
Sponsors and Partners for the 2016 Horizon Award are: The Black List, CreativeFuture, The Creative Mind Group, Done To Your Taste Catering, FilmLA, Indiegogo, Mprm Communications, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Sundance Institute, Twitter, Verge, Vimeo, WireImage, Adina Design, and Women in Film. This impressive group has come together to support an award that they hope will continue to identify, nurture, and launch the careers of future female directors for years to come.
Full List of Jurors:
Robbie Brenner The Firm (Partner, President of Film)
Susan Carter Hall Painter
Amal ElWardi Zeal Media Company (Producer)
Keri Putnam Sundance Institute (Executive Director)
Michelle Satter Sundance Institute (Director, Feature Film Program)
Lauren Selig Shake and Bake Productions (Executive Producer)
Ruth Vitale CreativeFuture (CEO)
Hanna Weg Producer ("Septembers of Shiraz")
Joanne Wiles ICM (Partner/Agent, Motion Picture Talent)
Lisa Wilson The Solution Entertainment (Co-Founder/Partner)
- Sydney Levine
An elegy for old-school reportage and the people who pursue it, and a journalistic procedural with a snappy rush of urgent discovery and consequence. I’m “biast” (pro): partial to stories about journalists, love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
For me, this kind of story is why we do this.” So says Liev Schreiber as Marty Baron, the editor of the Boston Globe newspaper on the eve of the publication, in January 2002, of a story the team of investigative journalists in the paper’s Spotlight department had been working on for months. It would crack open the coverup of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church in Boston, led to the revelations of similar coverups around the U.S. and across the planet, and would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. But “this kind of story »
- MaryAnn Johanson
13 items from 2016
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