9 items from 2015
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
Distributors Abramorama and The Orchard have teamed up to release “Lucky Stiff,” a movie musical starring a slew of Broadway talent, this summer.
Broadway regular Christopher Ashley (“Memphis,” “Xanadu”) directs the screen adaptation of the first musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Rocky,” “Once On This Island”). Tony winners Jason Alexander — soon to return to Broadway in “Fish in the Dark” — and Nikki M. James (“The Book of Mormon”) star alongside Cheyenne Jackson, Jayne Houdyshell, Kate Shindle, Dennis Farina, Pamela Shaw and Dominic Marsh.
The musical comedy centers on a young British man (Marsh) who takes his dead uncle to Monte Carlo in a madcap attempt to fulfill the requirements of a will that would bequeath him $6 million. Victor Symris (“Psycho Beach Party”) and J. Todd Harris (“The Kids are All Right,” as well as stage projects “Doctor Zhivago” and “Heathers the Musical”) produce.
“Lucky Stiff” will be »
- Gordon Cox
For me and for fans, friends and, of course, family Amy Winehouse’s life went too soon but she left in her wake a timeless sound, an unerring story of sadness but it was all mixed up with a stunning talent and, of course, all the good times.
Earlier this week, we had the poster and today we’ve got the first trailer for Amy, the documentary of her life that will include Amy herself as the archives have been brought together for this must-see film. From Asif Kapadia, who also gave us the stunning Senna, it’ll feature extensive unseen footage and previously unheard tracks.
The trailer brings shivers, both positive and poignant, and you can watch it now:
- Dan Bullock
A day following A24's pickup of its first-ever documentary "Amy," comes the debut trailer for the anticipated Amy Winehouse exposé, directed by "Senna" award-winner Asif Kapadia. The company plans to release the film sometime this summer. Produced by James Gay-Rees ("Exit Through the Gift Shop"), "Amy" uses archival footage and previously unheard tracks to chronicle the British singer/songwriter's short life and career. Footage from the documentary first screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The film opens in the UK on July 13 to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Winehouse's death. Watch the newly released trailer above. Read More: New Amy Winehouse Doc to Be Introduced at Cannes »
- Nigel M Smith
This July, the life and career of Amy Winehouse will be the focus of a new documentary titled Amy. The film incorporates previously unheard recordings and unseen archival footage, and in the first teaser trailer, we see Winehouse's rise from a young girl to a budding star to a global sensation using footage from the singer's personal home movies.
"Singing has always been important to me, but I never thought I'd end up singing or be a singer. I just thought I'm lucky that it's something I can always do if I want to, »
Way before all the (deserved) hype kicked off after the release of Back to Black, I remember randomly picking up Frank by Amy Winehouse in Woolworths back in 2003…weren’t things a little different? Yes, we had the internet but it was mostly dial-up and AOL ruled the world but in a little corner of the world, I heard that first album and was completely blown away. I didn’t necessarily relate to her lyrics on a one-to-one basis but her voice and style was undeniable.
The beauty of music, like the classic films, is that it never fails to spread the good word in all respects and when there was pure Winehouse, it was all kinds of mighty. When I heard about her death, there was a bizarre mix of sadness and expectancy but there was definitely one defining memory among the fallout, it was of a sad regret, »
- Dan Bullock
A new documentary is being released that chronicles the life of tragic pop star Amy Winehouse, who died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.
Check out the poster and press release below:
Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.
A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most original and adored songs of the modern era.
Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and »
- Luke Owen
In this overview of buyers at this year's festival, you'll find both traditional theatrical distributors as well as companies focused on VOD, streaming, and television rights. Filmmakers and sales agents will want to get familiar with the names listed alphabetically below. A24Location: New York Number of films released a year: 1-10. Open to all. Previous titles acquired at Sundance:"Obvious Child," "Life After Beth," "Laggies," "The Spectacular Now" Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD Contact Info: Nicolette Aizenberg Matt Bires Daniel Katz Noah Sacco Heath Shapiro 601 W. 26th Street, Suite 1740 New York, NY, 10001 AmbramoramaLocation: New York Number of films released a year: 1-10. Mostly documentary features. Previous titles acquired at Sundance: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Senna" Distribution platforms: Theatrical Contact Info: Richard »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
9 items from 2015
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