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46 years ago today: A wedding made ‘Tonight Show’ ratings history

17 December 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

46 years ago today, history was made on an episode of “The Tonight Show.” Novelty singer Tiny Tim — known for his ukulele playing and falsetto voice — married Miss Vicki on Johnny Carson’s talk show. It was the most-watched episode of Carson’s “Tonight Show” until his finale. Before televised celebrity weddings became a common occurrence, this was a wholly new spectacle. 45 million viewers tuned in for the event. (Compare that to a meager 4 million viewers watching Kim Kardashian’s much-publicized 2011 wedding to Kris Humphries.) Other notable December 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1965: Judy Garland and The Supremes became first artists to perform at the Astrodome in Houston, Tex. • 1971: “Diamonds Are Forever,” the seventh Eon Productions James Bond film, opened in U.S. theaters. • 1976: “Freaky Friday,” starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris, had its theatrical release. The remake of “King Kong,” starring Jessica Lange in her first film role, »

- Emily Rome

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Moet British Independent Film Awards Winners

6 December 2015 11:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Last night the Moet British Independent Film Awards were dished out at a red carpet ceremony in London. The big winner on the night was the superb Ex Machina, which picked up most of the main awards, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects, by Andrew Whitehurst.

Elsewhere, Saoirse Ronan picked up Best Actress for Brooklyn and Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his dual role as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend.

Olivia Colman won her third Bifa for her Best Supporting Actress performance in The Lobster. Brendan Gleeson made it two years in a row, winning Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette this year after taking away Best Actor for Calvary last year.

Colin Farrell presented the Most Promising Newcomer award to Abigail Hardingham for her breakthrough performance in Nina Forever.

Here are the nominees, »

- Paul Heath

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Ex Machina the big winner at 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards

6 December 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards took place in London tonight, with Alex Garland’s Ex Machina taking home four awards in Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Garland), and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst).

In the acting categories, Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Tom Hardy (Legend) won Best Actress and Best Actor, while the supporting awards went to Olivia Colman (The Lobster) and Brendan Gleeson (Suffragette).

Here’s a full list of the winners, and you can watch a stream of the ceremony here…

Best British Independent Film sponsored by Moët & Chandon

45 Years Tristan Goligher, Andrew Haigh

Amy James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia

Ex MacHina Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

The Lobster Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

MacBeth Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Justin Kurzel

Best Director

45 Years Andrew Haigh

Amy Asif Kapadia »

- Gary Collinson

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What’s Up Doc?: Pennebaker/Hegedus & Malick Voyage to the Top in November

5 November 2015 10:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a couple months since the last edition of What’s Up Doc? placed Michael Moore’s surprise world premiere of Where To Invade Next at the top of this list and in the meantime much shuffling has taken place and much time has been spent on various new endeavors (namely my Buffalo-based film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle). Finally taking its rightful place at the top, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hagedus’ Unlocking the Cage is in the midst of being scored by composer James Lavino, according to Lavino’s own personal site. Though the project has been taking shape at its own leisurely pace, I’d expect to see the film making its festival debut in early 2016.

Right behind, the American direct cinema masters is a Texan soon to make his non-fiction debut with Voyage of Time. Just two weeks ago indieWIRE reported that Ennio Morricone, who scored »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Six nominations for Macbeth in British indie awards

3 November 2015 1:42 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Film4 has received a total of 41 nominations for the films it has backed at this year.s British Independent Film Awards, including six for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth.

Macbeth is in contention for best British independent film, best director, lead actor Michael Fassbender, lead actress Marion Cotillard, support actor Sean Harris and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw.

The film will soon be available on Amazon Prime Video in an exclusive streaming deal negotiated by the Us distributor, the Weinstein Co. According to one report that deal is worth $US4 million.. Macbeth opens in limited theatrical release in the Us on December 4.

Another film co-produced by See-Saw Films, Slow West, scored a nomination for John Maclean as best debut director.

Yorgos Lanthimos.s The Lobster tops the list with seven nominations. Andrew Haigh.s 45 Years and Macbeth each received six while. Alex Garland.s Ex Machina and Asif Kapadia.s Amy garnered five each. »

- Don Groves

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2015 British Independent Film Awards: The Lobster, 45 Years & Macbeth Lead Noms

3 November 2015 11:35 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Greek helmer Yorgos Lanthimos’ purest and painful reminder that love reigns is measuring off against Justin Kurzel’s paranoia bliss and Andrew Haigh’s in it for the long term portrait received the most nominations for the upcoming 2015 British Independent Film Awards. Mysteriously, Rachel Weisz failed to nab a nom in the Best Actress category, but The Lobster has a wide-spread reach in all major categories with seven nominations. 45 Years, the favorite in both acting categories and Macbeth are one shy with six noms apiece. Apart from the Best Picture category, we’re keeping tabs for a surprise win in the Best Screenplay and the Best Supporting Actor race should be a hoot as both Gleesons in Brendan and Domhnall will be competing against each other. The award show technically kicks off award season on December 6th.

Best British Independent Film

Amy

Ex Machina

“45 Years”

The Lobster

Macbeth

Best Director

Asif Kapadia, »

- Eric Lavallee

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‘The Lobster,’ ‘Macbeth,’ and ’45 Years’ Lead the 2015 British Independent Film Award Nominations

3 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While we’ll be hearing about the Oscar race ad nauseam for the next many months, there are a few awards ceremony that actually highlight films that might slip under the radar. Like the recently unveiled Gotham award nominations, the British Independent Film Awards do a splendid job of taking a look at some of the year’s overlooked films, and today brings their nominations.

Topping the list is Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster (which we quite liked at Cannes, and will be released next spring in the U.S.), earning seven nominations, including Best Film and Director. Also in the same major categories, but earning six overall, were 45 Years and Macbeth, which we also praised, and will arrive in the U.S next month. Notably, the documentary Amy snuck into the Best Film category, proving just how much a hit it was in the U.K. as well.

Ahead of the December 6th ceremony, »

- Jordan Raup

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Nominations announced for 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards

3 November 2015 2:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This morning, the nominations for the 2015 Moet British Independent Film Awards have been announced, with The Lobster leading the pack with seven nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Producer of the Year, Best Actor (Colin Farrell), Best Supporting Actor (Ben Whishaw) and Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman).

Following hot on The Lobster’s heels are 45 Years and Macbeth with six nominations apiece, followed by Amy, Brooklyn and Ex Machina with five. In total, 28 different British films have been nominated. Check out a full list of the nominees here…

Best British Independent Film sponsored by Moët & Chandon

45 Years Tristan Goligher, Andrew Haigh

Amy James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia

Ex MacHina Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich, Alex Garland

The Lobster Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

MacBeth Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Laura Hastings-Smith, Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Justin Kurzel

Best Director

45 Years Andrew Haigh »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Lobster,’ ‘Macbeth,’ ‘45 Years’ Top Nominees for British Independent Film Awards

3 November 2015 2:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The British Independent Film Awards — the U.K.’s answer to the Film Independent Spirit Awards — lived up to their outsider roots with this morning’s nominations announcement, as offbeat festival sensations, edgy genre film and a hit documentary trumped Oscar-tipped prestige dramas.

Leading the rebel charge is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly comic romantic fantasy “The Lobster,” which topped the list with seven nominations including Best Film, Best Director and performance mentions for Colin Farrell, Olivia Colman and Ben Whishaw.

Just behind with six nominations each were “45 Years,” Andrew Haigh’s critically adored study of a marriage unraveling in its autumn stages, and “Macbeth,” Australian helmer Justin Kurzel’s brutal, highly stylized interpretation of the Shakespeare standard. Both earned nods in the two top races, as well as for their male and female leads: respectively, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, and Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Rounding out the Best Film category, »

- Guy Lodge

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'The Lobster' leads 2015 Bifa nominations

3 November 2015 2:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Lobster received seven nominations; 45 Years and Macbeth received six each.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster topped this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) nominations, which were presented in London this morning (Nov 3) by Gemma Chan and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

The film garnered seven nods including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Producer of the Year.

Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth both received six nominations each, receiving acting nods for stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay for the former, and Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender for the latter.

Asif Kapadi’s documentary Amy, which told the story of the late singer Amy Winehouse, received five nominations, as did John Crowley’s period drama Brooklyn.

Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette each received four nominations.

Alongside The Lobster, the titles also nominated for Best British Indepedent Film were: 45 Years, Amy, Ex Machina and [link »

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Full AFI Festival Lineup And Schedule Unveiled

21 October 2015 8:17 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The American Film Institute announced today the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programs at AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi.

AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »

- Melissa Thompson

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What’s Up Doc?: Wiseman Rises to New “Heights” & Rivers Shooting “The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” in Morocco

6 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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What’s Up Doc?: Sheffield & AFI Docs Signal the Summer Fest Drought

1 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

1 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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What’s Up Doc?: Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

27 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs »

- Jordan M. Smith

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