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Podcast: Fyc Summer & Fruitvale Station

10 August 2013 7:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Season Something. Episode 2

A second consecutive week with Nathaniel, Nick, Joe and Katey ... can you believe it? (But, pssst, we recorded this one at the same time as last week's Blue Jasmine convo. As you listen Nathaniel is heading out of town for his first gay wedding, Bride & Bride division)

This week's headlining film topic is the divisive response to Fruitvale Station (previously reviewed) and whether or not it can bear the burden of its hype on "Oscar"'s march towards Oscar. We also weigh in on whether Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan deserve nominations for their work. But it's not all Fruitvale. We find ways to throw Short Term 12, World War Z, Blancanieves, and The Heat, into the conversation and a few old movies, text messages, and documentaries make cameos too  -- you know we like to keep it loose and rangey.  

P.S. Nick's DVD shelves »

- NATHANIEL R

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Wild Bunch, Memento Lead France’s Locarno Charge

8 August 2013 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — Who said the French took the whole of August off?

Led by sales cos Wild Bunch and Memento Films Intl., broadcast net Arte France and promo org Unifrance, a huge cavalcade of French companies and institutions is beginning to descend on Switzerland’s Locarno Fest, which kicked off Wednesday.

Three Wild Bunch-sold movies play in major slots.

The Swiss lakeside resort confab closes Aug. 17, as already announced, with Wild Bunch-sold “On the Way To School,” from France’s Pascal Plisson, which screens in Locarno’s spectacular open air Piazza Grande.

Wild Bunch has also acquired international sales rights to two titles that world premiere in International Competition: “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism,” from Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (“Police, Adjective”) ; and Guillaume Brac’s relationship dramedy “Tonnerre,” the feature debut of a cineaste who broke out with his theatrically-distributed Cesar-nommed medium-feature “Un Monde sans femmes” which »

- John Hopewell

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Locarno Film Festival’s New Topper Carlo Chatrian Raises the Stakes

6 August 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian hasn’t reinvented the wheel, but it’s clear he’s keen on adding luster to the Swiss event with a promisingly diverse lineup for its 66th edition, which sees a greater number of established auteurs unspooling alongside newcomers and crowdpleasers.

Chatrian, 41, has replaced Olivier Pere, a former chief of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. During his three-year stint, Pere revamped the indie event, making it leaner and positioning it as a solid launchpad for edgy arthouse pics.

Taking his cue from his predecessor, the Locarno topper has recruited more known names for the competition, among them prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, France’s Claire Simon and Brazilian cult veteran Julio Bressane. Concurrently, he’s raising the Piazza Grande profi le, starting with Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg vehicle “2 Guns,” which will open the fest Aug. 7 at the 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande with the pic »

- Nick Vivarelli

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July. It's a Wrap.

31 July 2013 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Despite the absolutely sweltering heat in July this summer in New York City I've survived to see another month. It's a miracle. The blog is Made in Air Conditioning. So let's book back on the monthwith highlights in case you melted through them. 

Personalize Your DVD Collection - Meet Nick's guest room

Women Who Deserve an Honorary Oscar - Team Experience gives AMPAS some suggestions since they invariably choose men for the honor

Shot in Chicago - Tim selects the movies that best represent the Windy City 

Cory Monteith (Rip) - Glee loses one of its originals

Goodbye Bunheads - Andrew eulogizes the unique ballet charmer, gone from the TV landscape too soon 

The Halfway Mark - best of the year January to June

Cinematic Swimwear - Tfe launches its first clothing line. Which swimsuit did you buy?

Posterized: Almodóvar - His 19 films. How many have you seen?

Natalie on »

- NATHANIEL R

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Destin Cretton Short Term 12 adds movie poster 3 with Brie Larson John Gallagher Jr. and Kaitlyn Dever

23 July 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out the latest poster for the Destin Cretton-written-and-directed Short Term 12, starring Brie Larson, John Gallagher and Jr. Kaitlyn Dever. The film is a tour de force when it comes to its’ acting and stars Brie Larson (Spectacular Now) and John Gallagher Jr (Newsroom) in a story about a young foster-care supervisor who looks after troubled teens while struggling with demons from her past. Short Term 12 opens in theaters from August 23rd and informed by Cretton's own experience working with foster kids. Also in the cast of the film are Stepanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez, Lydia De Veaux, Keith Stanfield and Frantz Turner. »

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We've got a new poster for the remarkable 'Short Term 12'

22 July 2013 12:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We've got plenty more Comic-Con coverage today coming your way, as well as a review of one of this summer's biggest geek events, but before we get into any of that, I want to direct your attention to one of the best movies of 2013 for a few minutes. "Short Term 12" was a film I almost skipped at this year's SXSW festival because when I glanced at the title on the schedule, I assumed it was a shorts program. No offense to anyone who makes short films, because I certainly think it's a valid form and an important training ground »

- Drew McWeeny

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San Francisco Film Society Announces Eight Finalists for Hearst Screenwriting Grant

19 July 2013 9:39 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the eight finalists for its fifth annual Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The $15,000 grant will be awarded to a screenwriter who has been practicing for five years, and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The 2013 finalists include Destin Cretton ("Short Term 12"); and Eliza Hittman and Jeremy Teicher, both of whom were recently named as Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces of Independent Cinema." The winner will be announced in mid-September.2013 Sffs / Hearst Screenwriting Grant Finalists:Eliza Hittman — ASkye, a teenage girl living in rural Pennsylvania, catches a Greyhound bus on a secret journey to New York City to do something for which she might never be forgiven. Hittman’s previous work includes It Felt Like Love (2013). For more information visit elizahittman.com. Tariq Tapa — The Best That Tomorrow Will BringA recently homeless widow drives cross-country on a parade float, hoping to meet the grandson she. »

- Beth Hanna

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Candelabra to open Deauville

19 July 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Steven Soderbergh to give cinema lesson. Producer Gale Anne Hurd to be feted by festival.

The Deauville American Festival has announced the line-up of its 39th edition running August 30 to September 8.

Jim Mickle’s cannibal picture We Are What We Are, Matt Creed’s debut feature Lily,about a young woman re-evaluating her life following cancer, and Destin Cretton’s children’s home drama Short Term 12 are among the 12 titles screening in competition.

Roughly half the competing pictures are looking for French distribution including Drake Doremus’ family drama Breath In, represented by Qed Film Sales, and Lily, which is handled by producers Up the River Films and Verisimiltude.

As in previous years, the festival hosted on the northern coast of France is laying on a dedicated screening space – the Deauville American Film Corner – for film professionals.

Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed Liberace bio-pic Behind The Candelabra, which yesterday picked up 15 Emmy nominations, will open the »

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Candelabra to open Deauville 2013

19 July 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Steven Soderbergh to give cinema lesson. Producer Gale Anne Hurd to be feted by festival.

The Deauville American Festival has announced the line-up of its 39th edition running August 30 to September 8.

Jim Mickle’s cannibal picture We Are What We Are, Matt Creed’s debut feature Lily,about a young woman re-evaluating her life following cancer, and Destin Cretton’s children’s home drama Short Term 12 are among the 12 titles screening in competition.

Roughly half the competing pictures are looking for French distribution including Drake Doremus’ family drama Breath In, represented by Qed Film Sales, and Lily, which is handled by producers Up the River Films and Verisimiltude.

As in previous years, the festival hosted on the northern coast of France is laying on a dedicated screening space – the Deauville American Film Corner – for film professionals.

Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed Liberace bio-pic Behind The Candelabra, which yesterday picked up 15 Emmy nominations, will open the »

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Opens Deauville Fest

19 July 2013 3:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra” is set to kick off the Deauville American Film Festival on Aug. 30.

Deauville’s special screenings include Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls” and David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Mark Steven Johnson’s “Killing Season” and Quentin Dupieux’s “Wrong Cops.”

A trio of Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), John Travolta (“Killing Season”) and Nicolas Cage (“Joe”)  will be celebrated at the fest, along with American vet producer Gale Anne Hurd, whose career spans over 30 years and include such cult pics as “Terminator,” “Aliens” and “The Incredible Hulk,” as well as acclaimed AMC drama skein “The Walking Dead.”

A posthumous homage will be given in the memory of multi-hyphenate entertainer Danny Kaye.

Other high-profile guests include Soderbergh, who will be in Deauville to present  ”Candelabra” and will also give a masterclass, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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2013 Locarno Film Festival Lineup Includes Kurosawa, Hong, Herzog and More

17 July 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The lineup for the 66th Locarno Film Festival has been announced, and once again, the program highlights a diverse slate of world cinema from both known directors and new independent talent. The international competition includes 18 world premieres, including Our Sunhi, the latest from Hong Sangsoo, who I could have sworn already made two other movie this year. It also includes the international premieres of SXSW Awards darling Short Term 12 and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Real. In the out of competition spotlight, the festival will host an outdoor screening of the Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington shoot-em-up 2 Guns, and will also screen the Berlin Festival hit Gloria and Jeremy Saulnier's genre knock-out Blue Ruin. As a bonus, there are tribute screenings to George Cukor and Werner Herzog. Check out the...

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Locarno International Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Kicks Off August 7

17 July 2013 9:23 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival, kicking off August 7, has unveiled its lineup. Included in the fest's selections are Richard Curtis' time-travel romantic comedy "About Time," starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's ("The Deep") "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo's "Our Sunhi." The competition lineup has a strong Asian presence, with Kiyoshi Kurosawa's ('Tokyo Sonata") sci-fi entry "Real," and former Hou Hsaio-hsien assistant Chang Tso-chi's coming-of-age tale "A Time in Quchi." Us entries include SXSW hit "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larsen as a foster care worker battling her own demons, also in competition; and Matt Johnson's excellent "The Dirties," which played Slamdance earlier this year, and looks at the violent ramifications of school bullying, will be repping in the Cineastes of the Present section. The festival's full lineup is here. »

- Beth Hanna

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Sarajevo names doc, Kinoscope titles

17 July 2013 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include seven world premieres. Non-competitive sidebar Kinoscope will feature 17 films.Scroll down for full lists

The documentary competition at the the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival is to include 20 shorts and features, with seven world premieres and four international debuts.

World premieres include Escape by Serbian director Srdjan Keča, whose previous film Mirage won the Best Central and East European Documentary Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and Best Short Documentary award at London Short Film Festival; and A Slave by Bosnia’s Pjer Žalica, best known for fiction films Fuse and Days And Hours.

International premieres include Marta Popivoda’s Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, which screened in Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section; and Here… I Mean There by Laura Capatana-Juller, winner of the Romanian Days Award For Feature Film at the Transylvania International Film Festival.

Among regional premieres, there are three »

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Locarno unveils ‘diverse’ line-up

17 July 2013 5:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total of 18 world premieres feature in the main Competition line-up of this year’s Locarno Film Festival.Scroll down for full lists

The programme for the 66th Locarno Film Festival has been unveiled and was compiled with “diversity” in mind, according to new artistic director Carlo Chatrian.

“The only categorical imperative was to work with diversity, take it to extremes,” said Chatrian.

“For years, the festival’s policy has been to position its mission of discovery within a programme that includes mainstream cinema, but only of the kind that, despite its high production values, is not just pure spectacle, the kind that doesn’t see entertainment and intelligence as incompatible.”

As previously announced, the Swiss festival will open at the open-air Piazza Grande on August 7 with the international premiere of 2 Guns, the action film starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as cops, directed by Baltasar Kormakur (The Deep).

Other films to screen at the 8,000 seater venue include »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Locarno Unveils High-Profile Lineup

17 July 2013 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The 66th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promisingly diverse lineup, comprising a greater number of established international auteurs, along with newcomers, and also crowdpleasers such as Richard Curtis-helmed time-travel romcom “About Time,” from Universal, for its first edition under new artistic topper Carlo Chatrian.

As previously announced, the Swiss shindig will kick off August 7 with the international launch of Baltasar Kormakur’s buddy cop actioner “2 Guns,” unspooling August 7 on the fest’s 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande venue with the Icelandic helmer in tow. Sony is handling most international territories.

“I am very happy about the positive response we’ve had from the majors this year,” said Chatrian, whose first move, once installed, was to fly to L.A.

That said, the venerable fest dedicated to quality cinema and discoveries, has not lost its edge, and Chatrian is making “diversity of the mix my mantra.”

Other titles unspooling »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Oscars 2013: Will Reality-Based Films Take Over the Best Picture Race?

10 July 2013 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lot of folks are preparing movies to be launched in the next six months, convinced that their films have strong Oscar potential. In many cases, these dreams are sweet delusions. So the word “reality” doesn’t usually enter the kudos conversation.

But that’s the key word this year: Pics based on real-life events constitute a whopping one-third of Academy Award hopefuls that will open in the second half of the year. Those 17 films are more than double the number of fact-based pics from last year.

The volume may seem surprising, until you realize that such pics have been Oscar fodder since the 1929 “Disraeli” and gained recent momentum thanks to titles like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo.” And with film development increasingly a headache, real events are appealing because they have a built-in story arc.

Photos: Oscars’ 2013 Midseason Contenders

The July-December period offers other intriguing numbers. George Clooney, »

- Timothy M. Gray

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Exclusive: Alternate Poster For Festival Fave 'Short Term 12' Starring Brie Larson

8 July 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Writer/director Destin Cretton's second feature, "Short Term 12," has taken the festival circuit by storm since its debut at South by Southwest this spring, where it scooped up the Grand Jury and Audience Award for Narrative Feature. Since then, it's also won the Audience Award at the 2013 La Film Festival, and recently premiered in New York at the Bam Cinemafest. Cinedigm will be releasing the film in theaters on August 23rd, and today, we have an alternate poster to the one that debuted several weeks ago. This one features a block-cut illustration of Brie Larson's character, Grace, comforting her troubled charge, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), at the short-term foster care facility where she works. And yes, that's both an indieWIRE quote and a Playlist quote on the poster. Our review from SXSW says the film, "expresses its serious subject matter in a fresh and authentic manner, never relying »

- Katie Walsh

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Nantucket Film Festival's Top Honors Go To 'Short Term 12,' 'Life According to Sam' and 'Fruitvale Station'

1 July 2013 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 18th annual Nantucket Film Festival, which focuses on excellence in screenwriting, announced the festival winners today, in addition to the winners of its competitions for best screenplay for film and television. The prestigious Showtime Tony Cox award for best emerging screenwriter went to Destin Daniel Cretton for "Short Term 12." The audience award went to "Life According to Sam," from directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine. The Vimeo award for Best Writer/Director went to Ryan Coogler for "Fruitvale Station." The full winners list follows: Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film -- Destin Daniel Cretton ("Short Term 12") Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenwriting in a Short Film -- Goran Dukic ("What Do We Have in Our Pockets?") Audience Award for Best Feature -- "Life According to Sam" (directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine) Audience Award for Best Short Film -- »

- Madeline Raynor

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Short Term 12 Reveals 2 New Posters With Brie Larson

26 June 2013 12:39 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

We already shared the official theatrical trailer for Destin Cretton‘s indie drama Short Term 12, now it’s time to update our little gallery with two brand new posters for the whole thing. In case you forgot – Brie Larson will lead us through the film about kids and the grown-ups who hit them. Head inside to take a look! As we previously reported, Cretton directed the whole thing from his own script which is set in a foster home where a young foster-care supervisor named Grace looks after troubled teens & reckons with her own past. In other words: Passionate and tough, Grace is a »

- Jeanne Standal

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Two New Posters for ‘Short Term 12′

25 June 2013 5:01 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

There are two new posters for the indie Short Term 12, which you can see below. First is the alt poster courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, then you can check out the official poster below it.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, this unforgettable new film stars Brie Larson (21 Jump Street and Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”) as Grace, a passionate supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers, and John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) as Mason, her long-term boyfriend and co-worker. When a gifted but troubled teenage girl arrives at the facility, Grace is forced to confront her own difficult past – and unexpected future.

Short Term 12 hits select theatres August 23rd.

 

Source: EW

 

Source: Cinedigm »

- Philip Sticco

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