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“Most of Kenya’s 40 million people don’t have access to conventional electricity.” It’s an attention-getting quote from a new documentary on climate change that screens tonight at the Telluride Film Festival. Oscar-winning Inside Job filmmaker Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose outlines the broad range of global climate challenges and focuses on the race against time to implement existing solutions. Spanning five continents, it focuses on the innovators, leaders and… »
Review: Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse Documentary 'Amy' is Heartbreaking and Extraordinary There may be more documentary films and more documentary outlets than ever before, but there are fewer documentaries breaking out in movie theaters. Gone are the days when a single year would bring forth several nonfiction films with multi-million-dollars in ticket sales (see five years ago, for example, when such record-setters as "Babies," "Waiting For Superman," "Exit Through The Gift Shop," "Catfish," and "Inside Job" all grossed over $4 million.) But this year, Asif Kapadia's "Amy," a portrait of late singer Amy Winehouse, is performing at the box office like it's 2009. After four weeks in release, the movie has earned over $5.5 million and is still going strong in hundreds of theaters. Buoyed by excellent reviews (an 85 score on Metacritic and A- on Criticwire) along with a pop culture icon as its central subject, distributor »
- Anthony Kaufman
There have already been a handful of great movies about the recent economic turmoil caused in America (and around the world) by the collapse of the real estate market, however movies like Margin Call and Inside Job focus on the institutionalized side of things. The new drama 99 Homes heads away from Wall Street and right into middle America and judging by the first trailer, it's going to be a must-see when it hits theaters on September 25, 2015. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), 99 Homes stars Andrew Garfield as a father whose family is evicted from their home by a greedy real estate broker played by Michael Shannon. Things are looking grim for them until one day Garfield gets a job offer from Shannon. But is working for the man worth the emotional cost? That...
- Peter Hall
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
Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the Oscars, with a purple-garbed Scarlett Johansson in the background Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams at the 83rd Academy Awards A bit of newfangled Old Hollywood glamour as five-time Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett, who presented the 2011 Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Make-Up, and two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams are seen chatting backstage during the live broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Cate Blanchett Oscar nominations Cate Blanchett took home the 2004 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her work in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, in which she plays Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes. Blanchett's other Oscar nominations were the following: Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth (1998). Best Supporting Actress for Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal (2006). Best Actress for Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Best »
- D. Zhea
After announcing 43 films selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier today, festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux sat down with Variety to parse some of the artistic and personal decisions his team faces, explaining how the committee justifies the 2015 lineup’s seemingly uneven distribution of nationalities (with France and Italy faring best) and a mostly male-dominated pool of directors: Just six of today’s new titles were directed by women, only two of them in official competition.
Praising the previously announced opening-night selection “Standing Tall” as “magnifique” in its own right, Fremaux insisted that audiences not fixate on the gender of its director, Emmanuelle Bercot, stressing how the film responds to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and touches on issues important to this year’s program. Here, Fremaux opens up about the inclusions, omissions and other surprises still in store with Cannes’ 2015 lineup.
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- Peter Debruge and Elsa Keslassy
These days, attempting any kind of cinematic narrative about Bill or Hillary Clinton is proving to be tricky. In 2013 alone, CNN and NBC both scrapped potential projects. The former would've been a documentary about Mrs. Cilnton directed by Charles H. Ferguson ("Inside Job," "No End Of Sight"), but the filmmaker claimed he couldn't find anybody willing to go in front of a camera. "When I approached people for interviews, I discovered that nobody, and I mean nobody, was interested in helping me make this film. Not Democrats, not Republicans —and certainly nobody who works with the Clintons, wants access to the Clintons or dreams of a position in a Hillary Clinton administration. Not even journalists who want access, which can easily be taken away," Ferguson wrote in piece for Huffington Post. "I even sensed potential difficulty in licensing archival footage from [Pat Robertson's] Cbn and from Fox. After approaching well over a hundred people, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Companies from Panama, Us, Middle East to debut at Berlin’s Efm; Matthijs Wouter Knol discusses his first six months as market director.
Companies from the Us, Canada, the Middle East, Turkey and Spain are among first-time exhibitors at this year’s European Film Market (Efm, Feb 5-13), which will be the first under new director Matthijs Wouter Knol.
The Panama Film Commission’s Stephan Proano and international project manager Gabriel Padilla will attend Berlin to man their stand in the Marriott Hotel.
The Arab Cinema Center umbrella at the same venue will host participants including the first pan-Arab independent studio and consultancy Mad Solutions; Egyptian production company Film Clinic; production outfit The Producers, founded by director Hadi El Bagoury and executive producer Hani Osama; Screen Institute Beirut; the Malmö Arab Film Festival; and Cairo-based production and post-production house X Rated Studio.
Other market debutants with their own stands/offices will include Us firms Applied Art Productions »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Sony Pictures tech experts will begin rolling out a newly cleaned computer system with heightened security safeguards as early as Friday, six weeks after a hack attack crippled operations and led to a data dump of the studio’s strategic business plans, employees’ personal information and emails.
The upgrade will bring to an end six weeks of scrambling for many Sony workers, who had to create work-arounds when the hackers sent ominous threats and shut down their computers, emails and phones as the busy holiday season began in the worst cyberattack ever suffered by a U.S. company.
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- Todd Cunningham
Sony Corporation is attempting to make amends for service disruptions due to a Christmastime network hack. In a Thursday blog post by Sony Network Entertainment Vice President Eric Lempel, the company offered a free five-day membership extension to all PlayStation Plus members who were active or on a free trial on Dec. 25.
Additionally, the company will be granting a one-time 10 percent total cart purchase discount for the PlayStation Store for all PlayStation Network members.
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On Christmas Day, a group named Lizard Squad took credit for »
- Tony Maglio
10 items from 2015
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