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HBO Documentary Co-Director Commits Suicide Amid Murder Investigation

20 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Omar Broadway, the co-director and subject of the 2008 HBO documentary “An Omar Broadway Film,” killed himself earlier this month as police were attempting to arrest him for the murder of his 18-year-old nephew. The 35-year-old Broadway shot himself in the basement of an Essex County, New Jersey residence as authorities surrounded the house. Police are still looking for Kenneth Durant, 36, another subject in the May 4 murder of Najee Broadway.

Read More: Sundance Institute Announces 8 Projects for Annual Documentary Edit and Story Lab

Omar Broadway made the transition from incarcerated gang member to filmmaker after arranging for a camera to be smuggled into a state prison and surreptitiously shooting footage for roughly six months, capturing everything from the boredom of life behind bars to corruption among the prison guards, some of whom would use excessive force and physically abuse inmates. Broadway had hoped that getting the tapes out of prison and »

- Graham Winfrey

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Wme Signs ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’ Writer-Director Zach Helm

19 June 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed the writer, director and playwright Zach Helm. Helm is perhaps best known for scripting Stranger Than Fiction, writing and directing Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and writing the 2016 West End play Good Canary which John Malkovich directed. More recent scripts include The Mercenary for Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Epic Magazine, and he’s attached to direct his script We Do Not Forget and the Steve Zaillian-produced Culo Quasars Cocaine Chaos… »

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Wme Signs ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’ Writer-Director Zach Helm

19 June 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed the writer, director and playwright Zach Helm. Helm is perhaps best known for scripting Stranger Than Fiction, writing and directing Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and writing the 2016 West End play Good Canary which John Malkovich directed. More recent scripts include The Mercenary for Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Epic Magazine, and he’s attached to direct his script We Do Not Forget and the Steve Zaillian-produced Culo Quasars Cocaine Chaos… »

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Movie Review – Colossal (2016)

16 May 2017 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Colossal, 2016.

Directed by Nacho Vigalondo.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Synopsis:

A young woman discovers that when she walks through a certain park in her hometown a monster appears in downtown Seoul mimicking her every movement.

When a high-concept comedy delivers on its premise, it can be a truly wonderful thing. Successful examples that spring to mind include Groundhog Day, Bruce Almighty, Stranger Than Fiction, and I would even argue Snakes on a Plane! Colossal has an undeniably original premise (it’s essentially Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich), but despite the best efforts of the cast it’s a sadly unfocused and unsatisfying effort.

Having been unemployed for a year, Anne Hathaway’s character Gloria has been getting drunk more and more often as a way of coping. One day her boozy antics and increasing unreliability become too much for her very »

- Amie Cranswick

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Watch David Spade Be Serious in “Warning Shot” Trailer with James Earl Jones

8 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

I’ve always been a huge fan of when actors and comedians known for only playing funny parts take on serious roles.   There’s just something fascinating about these guys trying something that’s completely foreign.  And for the most part, I’ve enjoyed seeing funny guys be serious.  Adam Sandler was great in Punch Drunk Love and Funny People.   Steve Martin was awesome in ShopgirlRobin Williams was amazing in every single serious role he ever played.  Jim Carrey in The Truman Show.   Even Will Ferrell killed it in Stranger Than Fiction.  The list goes on and on.   The latest comedian taking

Watch David Spade Be Serious in “Warning Shot” Trailer with James Earl Jones »

- Nat Berman

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Stranger Than Fiction: The Truthiness of ‘Fargo’

20 April 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“You don’t have to have a true story to make a true story movie.”

Noah Hawley’s acclaimed midwestern crime anthology Fargo returns to FX this week, along with my enthusiasm for saying oh yah and you betcha to anyone with the gall to speak to me when I would rather be watching Fargo. In my defence there are not one, but two, gloriously bad Ewan McGregor wigs. Truly, Hawley is doing the Lord’s work. Season three is set in the not too distant past of 2010, and follows the tried-and-true template of a ridiculously stacked ensemble of endearing (and woefully misguided) ne’er do wells gradually bungling their way into a shit show of their own design. As with each of the previous installments, least of all the Coen Brothers’ original 1996 film, the opening of this week’s episode features the following superimposed text:

This is a true story. The »

- Meg Shields

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Win tickets to Ghost hunt night and an iTunes download with The Axe Murders of Villisca

4 April 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To celebrate the digital release of The Axe Murders of Villisca, available for download from 17th April from iTunes and other platforms, we’ve been given a pair tickets to Haunted Happenings Ghost Hunt Night along with an iTunes download codes for Axe Murders of Villisca. We also have 4 download codes available for runners up.

Intrigued by the real life mystery that surrounds a ‘Murder House’ in the town of Villisca, a group of friends set out to find the truth themselves. After travelling to the scene of the crime, Caleb (Robert Adamson, Princess Protection Program, Hollywood Heights) Denny (Jarrett Sleeper, Stranger Than Fiction, The Fourth Door) and Jess (Alex Frnka, The Inbetweeners, Unanswered Prayers) take a guided tour that follows the final steps of the parents and four children that were brutally murdered over a hundred years prior. Dissatisfied with their findings, the group decide to return, »

- Competitions

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Exclusive: Marc Webb and Working Title Developing Three Bags Full Movie?

3 April 2017 12:39 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Director Marc Webb has been especially busy since making two Amazing Spider-Man movies for Sony, released in 2012 and 2014. He has a new movie called Gifted, starring Chris Evans, opening in select cities this Friday, and another one called The Only Living Boy in New York coming out this August.

On top of that, he's also been developing a lot of television shows as executive producer on the Emmy-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the TV version of Limitless

When speaking with Webb about Gifted recently, Lrm asked him about other projects he's working on.

Besides finishing up Only Living Boy and doing a television pilot with Alan Cumming called Instinct, Webb told us that he's in the early stages of developing a movie with Working Title Films called Three Bags Full. 

That would be Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story,  Leonie Swann's 2006 novel about a flock of Irish sheep who set »

- Edward Douglas

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Was Chuck Barris a CIA Assassin? "There's a Possibility," 'Dangerous Mind' Producer Says

24 March 2017 7:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Two decades ago, producer Andrew Lazar acquired the rights to Chuck Barris' memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Biography. Stranger than fiction, the 1984 book detailed The Gong Show host's hidden life as a CIA assassin in the 1960s and '70s. Lazar enlisted Charlie Kaufman to adapt the wild story, which would mark George Clooney's directing debut. The resulting 2002 movie, which depicts star Sam Rockwell killing 33 people, has been largely viewed as fantastical fiction.

But Lazar, who remained a close friend of Barris' and visited him just six weeks before his death on March 21, says »

- Tatiana Siegel

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The Arrangement: The Truth (About TomKat) Is Stranger Than Fiction

17 March 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Stardom is a palimpsest, and every celebrity a history. Each time we think about an A-lister, we recall all their roles, rumors, scandals, interviews, and magazine shoots — and how those made us feel. That ocean of subtext is what made TomKat — the now-five-years-defunct marriage between Tom Cruise and Katie “Kate” Holmes — such... The Arrangement: The Truth (About TomKat) Is Stranger Than Fiction">Read more » »

- Inkoo Kang

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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

9 March 2017 11:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »

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Aidc 2017: It’s time to think big, and think business, says Graeme Mason

7 March 2017 4:23 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Graeme Mason..

The message of Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason.s keynote address to the Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) was simple: adapt or die..

Despite significant budget cuts, Mason said Screen Australia had tried its best so far to insulate on-screen funding by trimming costs and staff..

However this financial year will see the agency.s direct on-screen funding drop around 6 per cent across the board. Mason said Screen Australia will, as a result, have to start saying no to projects it perhaps would have backed in the past. In response, filmmakers need to consider what that means for their businesses..

.If your funding model for your project, or worse, your entire business, relies majorly on federal and state funding, then you are not coming from a position of strength, or in most cases, logic,. he said..

.We do know that times are tricky elsewhere here in Australia. The »

- Jackie Keast

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‘Tickled’ Revisited: Filmmaker David Farrier Says ‘I Don’t Know How Long This Crazy Sh*t Is Going to Keep Happening’

24 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The strange saga of David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s fascinating and controversial documentary “Tickled” didn’t end once the filmmakers stopped filming in 2015. When Farrier, a well-known New Zealand entertainment journalist, first started researching the world of “competitive endurance tickling” for a piece, he soon discovered a bizarre entertainment underworld populated by both true tickling enthusiasts and shady dealers who weren’t eager to have their activities at the center of a buzzy documentary.

Tickled,” which premiered at Sundance in 2016, is as much about Farrier and Reeve attempting to understand the “sport” of tickling as it is about the filmmakers being threatened, harassed and bullied by various representatives of Jane O’Brien Media, who host competitive tickling events and then record them for internet dispersal. Even when production ended, the Jane O’Brien reps persisted, popping at “Tickled” screenings at Sundance, True/False and other public venues.

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- Kate Erbland

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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

31 January 2017 3:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress  Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a »

- Paul Heath

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Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’ Bought by Amazon

18 January 2017 7:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios has acquired Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and plans to debut the film on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K.

Amazon made the announcement Wednesday ahead of the world premiere of “Long Strange Trip” at the Sundance Film Festival. Band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir will be in attendance, as well as Trixie Garcia, daughter of the band’s founder and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.

Weir said, “Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here’s the movie…”

Hart added, “Stranger than fiction — a user’s guide for an impossible journey.”

The documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, has been in the works since 2003 when Bar-Lev first reached out to band members. Bar-Lev’s credits »

- Dave McNary

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David Stratton on his "very personal" 'Stories of Australian Cinema'

17 January 2017 4:00 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema is set to premiere on the ABC this year over three episodes. Before that broadcast (the date of which is still under wraps) a theatrical cut will be distributed by Transmission.

Produced for the ABC by Stranger than Fiction's Jo-Anne McGowan (Art+Soul) with support from Screen Australia, Screen Nsw, Adelaide Film Festival and Transmission, Stratton describes the project as "very personal".

"It.s not a history of Australian film at all. It.s called David Stratton.s Stories of Australian Cinema, and it's really just that. Without wanting to sound too pretentious about it, it.s sort of my journey coming to Australia from England, running the Sydney Film Festival for eighteen years, fighting censorship, [and] being at the Sydney Film Festival just as the Australian New Wave was happening with the Peter Weirs and the Gillian Armstrongs and the Fred Schepisis. »

- Harry Windsor

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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet

8 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lying Detective.”]

After last week’s damp squib, “Sherlock” is back on form in a genuinely terrifying episode with a shocking conclusion.

The villain of the week is Toby Jones as Culverton Smith, a wealthy and influential public figure beloved by the nation who may or may not have a secret life as a serial killer. While John is back in therapy, Sherlock is back on drugs and publicly accusing Smith of crimes he can’t prove, on account of being…well…off his tits for nearly the entire episode. It’s not until the very end that we know for sure that the great detective is right– Oh, and did we mention that Sherlock has a sister?

Last Week’S Review: ‘The Six Thatchers’ Launches Season 4 With Some Big Changes

“I am a bit creepy, but that’s just my Usp.”

If at times this episode veered dangerously close to horror movie territory, »

- Kaite Welsh

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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Lying Detective’ Gives Us Sherlock’s Most Terrifying Villain Yet

8 January 2017 7:30 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Spoilers follow for Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lying Detective.”]

After last week’s damp squib, “Sherlock” is back on form in a genuinely terrifying episode with a shocking conclusion.

The villain of the week is Toby Jones as Culverton Smith, a wealthy and influential public figure beloved by the nation who may or may not have a secret life as a serial killer. While John is back in therapy, Sherlock is back on drugs and publicly accusing Smith of crimes he can’t prove, on account of being…well…off his tits for nearly the entire episode. It’s not until the very end that we know for sure that the great detective is right– Oh, and did we mention that Sherlock has a sister?

Last Week’S Review: ‘The Six Thatchers’ Launches Season 4 With Some Big Changes

“I am a bit creepy, but that’s just my Usp.”

If at times this episode veered dangerously close to horror movie territory, »

- Kaite Welsh

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