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People have been trying to escape small towns since the existence of small towns. In fact, you could argue that The Garden of Eden, as perfect as it was, was the first small town, and Adam and Eve subconsciously wanted to get thrown out. Life certainly got a lot more interesting once they did. This urge to explore is ingrained in our DNA, so it only makes sense that it's reflected in our art. Whether it's four guys from Dancer, Texas, or a whiny kid working a moisture farm on The Great Chott Salt Flat, we identify with characters looking to get the hell out of dodge. But a hometown exodus doesn't come cheap, especially if the dust you want people to eat is produced...
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Nudity has long been one of the biggest talking points surrounding HBO's Girls, so it came as no surprise that it took a prominent position in Lena Dunham's debut as host of Saturday Night Live. "There is an old saying: If you're nervous about giving a speech, just imagine the audience naked," the 27-year-old writer/director/actress said during her opening monologue. "Or at least imagine that they haven't seen you naked." The monologue progressed into a series of cringingly intimate sexual disclosures from castmembers and offered Dunham an »
Albany, New York, will host the Capital Cinema Cultural Exchange’s first public forum from March 14-17.
The forum will concentrate on welcoming directors, writers, producers and casting directors who are working on character-driven films and stories of social consequence now in development.
“For every big budget, blockbuster film you see in multiplex theaters, there are perhaps thousands of independent films in various stages of completion searching to one day reach an audience,” says Michael Camoin [pictured], a filmmaker in upstate New York who formed Ccce with other industry professionals and organisations. “Some of these break out into Oscar nominees, but the vast majority fails to ever see the inside of a theater or even online distribution.”
Industry panelists at the event will include Us producer Larry Jackson, Moscow-based executive producer Dmitry Pirkulov, Canadian co-production specialist Sam Coppola, Helen Rousse of Total Casting, line producer Norman Berns and attorney Christopher Schiller.
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We're barely into the new year and one of the top ten films of 2014 has already arrived.
"Isn't it a bit too soon?" you are asking. "Is this pundit just chomping at the bit in an inexcusably neurotic manner just to break away from the 2013 moviola pageantry that won’t end until the last Oscar is handed out by someone encased in a Givenchy gown and a Harry Winston tiara?"
I don’t believe so. Clearly, instantly, and with applaudable panache, Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox splashes across the screen with the same brilliance as Her, The Act of Killing, and The Missing Picture did last year.
Lensed in Mumbai, here is a tale of true yearning between two folks who should never logically have encountered each other.
Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a widowed accountant, is about to retire from a company where he’s just a featureless entity, a dependable »
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4 items from 2014