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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,’ and More

21 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi)

After a festival tour back in 2006, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday was theatrically re-released by the newly established Grasshopper Films, and now it’s arriving on DVD. The drama is another precisely calibrated, culturally specific demonstration of Farhadi’s skills in constructing empathy machines. Further in line with the director’s filmography, this story has a nesting-doll structure that combines ingrained social hierarchies, domestic drama, and a tragic intersection of misunderstandings. And while it »

- The Film Stage

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor Race

17 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceAdriana Floridia2/17/2017 10:44:00 Am

The Best Actor race just got exciting.

For most of the season, it looked like the winner in this category was set. Casey Affleck had been winning nearly every accolade imaginable for his masterful performance in Manchester by the Sea. However, this changed when Denzel Washington won the Screen Actors Guild award for his turn in Fences. Suddenly, we aren't so sure about Affleck winning the Oscar, as the winner of the SAG usually goes on to win the top prize.

While it's unlikely, the other three contenders could pull an upset, and if anyone were going to it may be Ryan Gosling. His co-star in La La Land, Emma Stone, is just about set to win the Oscar for Best Actress, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Casey Affleck, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Unbreakable Bond: From Their First Oscars to Life as Hollywood Royalty

14 February 2017 10:39 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

From students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts, to Hollywood stars with nine Oscar nominations among them, Casey Affleck, his brother Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have come far. And stayed close through it all.

In 1997, Damon and the elder Affleck’s film Good Will Hunting — which also starred Casey — propelled them to fame and their first walk on the Academy Awards stage. Now, 20 years later, Oscar continues to smile on them: Damon is a nominated producer on Best Picture contender Manchester By the Sea, which features an Oscar-nominated performance from Best Actor hopeful Casey Affleck. In 2013, Ben »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Arrival,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘The Tree of Wooden Clogs’ & More

14 February 2017 6:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)

Within the alien subgenre, there lies another. Therein, knowledge is treasure and the fifth dimension is love. The major rule: once the mystery and the chills have subsided, the revelations are enlightening and the welcomes warm. Thankfully, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival is more worthwhile than that. The film juggles a bit of world-building with meaty, compelling characters while trying to make linguistics look cool. No easy task, but the film does so in a breeze »

- The Film Stage

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Manchester by the Sea

11 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Manchester by the Sea

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Lionsgate

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 137 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.99

Starring – Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Liam McNeill, C.J. Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Michelle Williams, Matthew Broderick.

Cinematography – Jody Lee Lipes

Film Editor – Jennifer Lame

Original Music – Lesley Barber

Produced by Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward

Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan

 

A major Oscar contender, Kenneth Longergan’s Manchester by the Sea is certainly sobering, yet is nowhere near as depressing as the initial word on the street would have had us believe. We all know of tragedies that happen all the time, things that we go to sleep at night praying won’t happen to us. Bad things happen to people and not all of it is their own fault — accidents, weather-related calamities, sudden catastrophic health issues. The rule of positive thinking tells us to continue onward like herd animals, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Cameraperson,’ ‘Loving,’ ‘The Lobster,’ and More

7 February 2017 1:06 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)

A travelogue through one artist’s subconscious, Cameraperson is perhaps the most plural film of 2016 – a formal, tonal, situational, and pacing exercise that lulls viewers into thinking it’s set on one thing before turning towards seemingly new territory. And it never feels out-of-balance because director Kirsten Johnson has, by building this film around moments that “marked” her, granted such an intimate experience that it almost feels wrong to intellectualize much of anything that’s going on here, »

- The Film Stage

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‘Art Has No Borders’ at Academy’s Annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon

6 February 2017 4:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon Monday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs couldn’t help but take note of the “empty chairs” in the room. Absentees like “The Salesman” director Asghar Farhadi, as well as the subjects of short documentary nominee “The White Helmets,” have been in limbo and expected to miss this year’s ceremony due to Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry from residents of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

“There is a struggle globally today over artistic freedom that feels more urgent than at any time since the 1950s,” Isaacs said. “Art has no borders. Art has no language and doesn’t belong to a single faith … Just as our work does not stop at borders, borders cannot be allowed to stop any of us.”

It was a somber if needed note in an otherwise upbeat affair as the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom slowly filled with attendees grinning ear-to-ear, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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From ‘Manchester By the Sea’ to the Super Bowl: How a Rising Cinematographer Landed a Major Budweiser Ad

6 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the Budweiser Super Bowl ad “Born The Hard Way” reminded you of the work of Paul Thomas Anderson, that’s not a coincidence. The 60-second commercial that tells the story of Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch’s emigration from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri was inspired by Anderson’s “The Master” and “There Will Be Blood,” according to director of photography Jody Lee Lipes.

Read More: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Super Bowl Trailer: Chris Pratt and the Alien Misfits Face Their Biggest Battle Yet

The cinematographer of “Manchester by the Sea” and “Trainwreck,” Lipes and the commercial’s director, Chris Sargent, also drew inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Sargent hired Lipes for the Budweiser ad after the pair worked together on commercials for Asics and Acura.

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- Graham Winfrey

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17 of Hollywood’s Top Cinematographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

4 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

(Courtesy: Kimberley French/20th Century Fox)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.

Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Oscars 2017: Best Actor is Now Denzel Washington vs. Casey Affleck

1 February 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

By now, the Best Actor Oscar race usually has settled on an anointed frontrunner. And that was the case — until Sunday’s SAG Awards. Not anymore. It’s a two-way race.

Here are my Best Actor picks in order of likelihood to win:

Casey Affleck: Throughout the awards season, the “Manchester By the Sea” star has been steady as he goes. He won awards at the Gothams, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice, and Golden Globes for carrying Amazon Studios’ $10-million Sundance pickup “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions) as Lee, a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger, and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie reveals.

While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017: Best Actor is Now Denzel Washington vs. Casey Affleck

1 February 2017 10:02 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

By now, the Best Actor Oscar race usually has settled on an anointed frontrunner. And that was the case — until Sunday’s SAG Awards. Not anymore. It’s a two-way race.

Here are my Best Actor picks in order of likelihood to win:

Casey Affleck: Throughout the awards season, the “Manchester By the Sea” star has been steady as he goes. He won awards at the Gothams, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Critics Choice, and Golden Globes for carrying Amazon Studios’ $10-million Sundance pickup “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside Attractions) as Lee, a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger, and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie reveals.

While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, »

- Anne Thompson

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Santa Barbara Fest Honors Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Raft of Artisans

1 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams

Cinema Vanguard Award

The “Manchester by the Sea” co-stars, both Oscar- nominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations — for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” and “My Week With Marilyn.”

Jeff Bridges

American Riviera Award

The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood — his father, Lloyd, »

- Diane Garrett

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘The Watermelon Woman,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘The Reflektor Tapes,’ and More

31 January 2017 9:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes (Kahlil Joseph)

A list of things The Reflektor Tapes comes close to being but doesn’t quite end up as: a concert film stitching together Arcade Fire‘s work on a worldwide tour supporting their most recent album, Reflektor; a travelogue of said tour; a sense-memory visual essay tracing the years-long life of songs, tracing from hashing-out and recording to a presentation for thousands of screaming, jumping fans; a channel-futzing sonic exploration »

- The Film Stage

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Going back to The Apartment by Anne-Katrin Titze

27 January 2017 11:37 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Paul Schneider on Trainspotting to Bright Star: "There was that monologue that Kelly Macdonald spoke to Ewan McGregor." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In our conversation, Paul Schneider tells of the importance Jan Chapman and Jane Campion's The Piano had, working with Christophe Honoré and Andrew Dominik, and meeting Nick Cave during The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. We started out with Métamorphoses and Les Bien-aimés, La La Land and Jacques Demy, onto the influence of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Billy Wilder's The Apartment.

Paul Schneider in The Daughter

Paul Schneider, All The Real Girls director David Gordon Green, Loving and Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols, David Lachapelle, and Ma director Celia Rowlson-Hall - all went to the North Carolina School of the Arts. Paul stars with Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, and with Anna Torv and Wilson Moore »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Casey Affleck Says His Second Oscar Nomination Is ‘Deeper and Nicer’

24 January 2017 3:23 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Casey Affleck only got a couple of hours sleep before discovering that he’s been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Manchester by the Sea — which also got nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan, Best Supporting Actor for Lucas Hedges and Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams — but he didn’t mind being a bit tired. “It’s really the best way to wake up,” he says. “I can’t think of a better way.”

The last time Affleck was Oscar nominated it was for »

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A duck to water by Anne-Katrin Titze

23 January 2017 6:27 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Paul Schneider as Christian embarks on a rampage of unexpected destruction.

The Daughter, Simon Stone's adaptation of Ibsen's The Wild Duck set in Australia, stars Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, Odessa Young, Ewen Leslie, and Paul Schneider with Anna Torv and Wilson Moore.

Paul Schneider: "I'm always interested in giving the director flavors within a certain bandwidth." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Over breakfast, I spoke with Paul Schneider on The Daughter and how producer Jan Chapman and Jane Campion's The Piano inspired him to go to film school. We also discussed his work with Christophe Honoré, the influence of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Billy Wilder's The Apartment, Andrew Dominik's The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, meeting Nick Cave, and watching Kelly Macdonald and Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting to develop a Scottish accent for Bright Star.

The Daughter »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Reach for the Sky’ – The 7 Most Badass Movie Cowboys of All Time

23 January 2017 4:31 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Matt Rodgers

As the DVD and Blu-ray release of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven rides into your homes, we take a look at those heroes, anti-heroes, and low down dirty scoundrels that would make up our own cinematic posse. Sadly, none of the movie cowboys come from the Mario Van Peebles, ahead of its time, diversity epic, Posse, despite a cast that includes Stephen Baldwin, Billy Zane, and Big Daddy Kane. Alas.

Imagine if Thandie Netwon’s Westworld progressive, Maeve Millay, were to swipe on her generic tablet to the page marked “Host Influences and Templates”, then we’d like to think that amongst the hundreds of profiles garnered from one of Hollywood’s richest genres, The Western, this mostly magnificent seven would make up the first page.

Number 1 Most Wanted – Jesse James (Brad Pitt) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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- Matt Rodgers

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Playback: Casey Affleck on ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ 10th Anniversary of ‘Jesse James’

12 January 2017 10:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On today’s show, a Golden Globes postmortem as “La La Land” swept its categories Sunday night and surprise wins for Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) were in store. Plus, somehow, some way, Fox’s “Deadpool” isn’t going away this season, having now added a Producers Guild nomination to its unlikely tally.

Later on (20:43), I’m talking to director one of the toasts of the season, Casey Affleck. Beginning with a Sundance bow for “Manchester by the Sea,” picking back up with a tribute at the Telluride Film Festival and now on the cusp of an Oscar nomination for his work on the film (which has brought him over 30 critics awards for best actor), the year has been one Affleck won’t likely soon forget.

For more, listen to the latest episode of “Playback” below. Check back next week for a new episode, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Golden Globes: Casey Affleck Calls Kenneth Lonergan ‘A Treasure’ in Acceptance Speech

8 January 2017 8:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for “Manchester By the Sea” on Sunday night, and heaped praise on those he worked with on the film.

About director Kenneth Lonergan, Affleck said, “I don’t have enough time to say what I want to say about Kenny. So suffice to say, I love you, you’re beautiful, you’re a treasure to all of us, to people who like movies and work in movies and this is all because of you.” He also wished he could be on stage with his co-star Michelle Williams, who he called “perfect.”

He also made a joke about the movie’s producer, Matt Damon, who passed on the starring role. “I suspect you won’t be passing on any more movies in the future when I might be anywhere nearby. I’ll take this one.”

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Casey Affleck Reads His Bad Reviews While Accepting Award For ‘Manchester By The Sea’

4 January 2017 1:17 PM, PST | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Casey Affleck turned the tables on the New York Film Critics Circle while accepting the Best Actor award for his role as a grieving father in “Manchester By The Sea”. Affleck, whose roles in films like “I’m Still Here” and “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” have often divided critics, prefaced […] »

- Rachel West

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