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Pussy Riot documentary heading to 2013 Sundance Film Festival

28 November 2012 1:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has nabbed the world premiere of "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer," which is to chronicle the arrest and trial of the all-women punk band from Russia. The documentary film is co-directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin. The former has who's produced titles like "Hell and Back Again" and "The Afghans" and the latter produced and directed "Capital," a doc on the 10th anniversary of the Kazakhstan city of Astana.  Three members of Pussy Riot were arrested back in March this year for performed a guerrilla concert in Moscow's main cathedral, dancing and singing to »

- Katie Hasty

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Channel 4's Gypsy Blood wins Grierson award

7 November 2012 4:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Controversial show picks up prize in 40th anniversary of the 'documentary world's equivalent to the Oscars'

Channel 4's controversial documentary Gypsy Blood was among the winners at the 40th anniversary of the Grierson awards.

The documentary about the Irish Traveller and Romany Gypsy communities prompted more than 500 complaints to media regulator Ofcom over scenes featuring children fighting and a deer being killed by a dog. Gypsy Blood was later cleared by Ofcom which said the documentary did not breach its broadcasting code.

Awarded the best newcomer prize at the awards at the Empire Leicester Square in central London on Tuesday night, jury chairman Sarah Waldron said Gypsy Blood was a "film that would have distinguished itself in any category".

The awards, hosted by Grayson Perry, also recognised author Sir Terry Pratchett for another controversial documentary, Choosing to Die.

Pratchett's BBC2 documentary was controversial because it showed the moment of »

- John Plunkett

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Mission Accomplished: Lorrel Manning And Michael Cuomo On “Happy New Year”

11 June 2012 9:03 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

I first met writer/director K. Lorrel Manning and actor/producer Michael Cuomo at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, where we found ourselves the fish-out-of-water New Yorkers in a sea full of Southwest cinephiles. Their SXSW 2011 (sold out) hit Happy New Year is grounded in star Cuomo’s nuanced portrayal of a fictional outsider named Cole Lewis, a sergeant who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and now finds himself battling demons both mental and physical in the psych ward of a veterans hospital. I spoke with the two about their veterans outreach effort, Indiegogo versus Kickstarter, and the best places to start a revolution over breakfast.

Filmmaker: Over the past couple years, there’ve been a slew of nonfiction flicks – such as Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again and Heather Courtney’s Where Soldiers Come From – that address the difficulties encountered by Iraq and Afghanistan war vets returning home. »

- Lauren Wissot

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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Monday

28 May 2012 4:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Monday: It’s time to play the family feud, with Hatfields & McCoys! Also: There’s a lot more than one Tree Hill, Cartoon Network goes Mad, Hart of Dixie goes back to the beginning and more. In addition to the specials and marathons listed in our Memorial Day Weekend guide, here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

10 am Nathan & Haley, Always & Forever: One Tree Hill Marathon (SOAPnet) | This nine-hour run of early “Naley”-themed episodes will make you nostalgic, cheery and very probably teary.

Related | Hot for Summer: Our Calendar of More Than 100 Premiere and Finale Dates! »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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What to Watch: Memorial Day Weekend Marathons, Specials and More!

25 May 2012 2:26 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If the weather doesn’t hold up for you, Memorial Day weekend won’t be spent grilling on the beach. But here’s the good news: There are plenty of TV marathons and specials to be found — plus, you’re being patriotic, in a way, by being an all-American couch potato. In addition to our What to Watch column (posting Sunday, and going weekly for the summer), here are some programs to keep on your radar.

Friday, May 25

3 pm – 11 pm Law & Order: Svu (USA Network) | If there’s one thing you can always count on, it’s for Svu to be marathoning somewhere. »

- Alyse Whitney

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'Hell And Back Again' premieres on PBS Memorial Day

30 April 2012 7:48 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Oscar nominated documentary Hell and Back Again on Independent Lens airs on PBS this Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 At 10 Pm. From PBS What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home -- injured physically and psychologically -- and build a life anew? As more and more veterans return from deployment these questions will have to be answered not only by those who fought, but by their families, friends and fellow citizens. Filmed and directed by Danfung Dennis, Hell and Back Again seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man's personal struggle back home. There Sergeant Nathan Harris confronts the physical and »

- April MacIntyre

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Why the Nea's New Media Emphasis Spells Trouble for Traditional Docs

26 April 2012 7:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With less money, more platforms and more projects, PBS is in trouble -- again. Slammed by National Endowment for the Arts funding cuts, no longer shielded from campaign ads, and threatened by the arrival of new media platforms (not to mention a Republican presidential candidate who shuns it), PBS -- and the producers of its content -- are experiencing particularly tough times. On Wednesday, the Nea released its most recent round of funded projects. It also confirmed major cuts to such established PBS programs as Independent Lens and P.O.V. -- home to some of the best lauded American nonfiction, from Oscar nominees "Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room," "The Weather Underground" and "Waste Land" to this year's "Hell and Back Again" -- as well as shows like "American Masters" and "Art 21." Much to the chagrin of the independent documentary community, Independent Lens will see its funds slashed »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Why the Nea's New Media Emphasis Spells Trouble for Traditional Docs

26 April 2012 7:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With less money, more platforms and more projects, PBS is in trouble -- again. Slammed by National Endowment for the Arts funding cuts, no longer shielded from campaign ads, and threatened by the arrival of new media platforms (not to mention a Republican presidential candidate who shuns it), PBS -- and the producers of its content -- are experiencing particularly tough times. On Wednesday, the Nea released its most recent round of funded projects. It also confirmed major cuts to such established PBS programs as Independent Lens and P.O.V. -- home to some of the best lauded American nonfiction, from Oscar nominees "Enron: The Smartest Guy in the Room," "The Weather Underground" and "Waste Land" to this year's "Hell and Back Again" -- as well as shows like "American Masters" and "Art 21." Much to the chagrin of the independent documentary community, Independent Lens will see its funds slashed »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Film Review: Oscar-Winning ‘Undefeated’ Stands Among Best Sports Docs

2 March 2012 11:07 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Undefeated” takes some time to connect. It’s like a football team that starts slow and can’t quite find the right play calls for the first quarter. I’ll admit to being nonplussed at the start of the film as it seemed unfocused and a bit disconnected. Then something amazing happens. These guys start to connect. They start to become real. You start to root for them. Feel for them. Even care about them. This is one of the best sports documentaries of the last few years and while I don’t think it should have won in a Very good year for non-fiction film, I’m really not upset at all that it did.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Damn, 2011 was amazing for documentaries. Werner Herzog made two (“Into the Abyss,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”). Steve James made one nearly as good as his “Hoop Dreams” (“The Interrupters”). Cameron Crowe (“Pearl Jam Twenty »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Royal Television Society awards: the nominations

28 February 2012 7:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Rts has announced its nominees for its 2011 awards. Which actors and programmes deserve to win their categories – and which have been overlooked?

The Royal Television Society has today published the nominations for the 2011 Programme Awards, which will be announced at a ceremony on 20 March. The shortlists are indeed just that – with only three nominees per category, which range from children's drama to history programmes; best actor to comedy writer.

You'll find all the shortlists below. Viewed as a whole, they make 2011 look like a pretty decent year for British television. But who would you have marked down as your winners in each category? And which programmes or people are surprisingly absent from the list? (Nb: It is worth bearing in mind when programmes were broadcast: Sherlock, for instance, didn't actually air in 2011.) Let us know in the comments.

Actor (Female)

Vicky McClureThis Is England '88 – Warp Films for »

- Vicky Frost

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"The Artist" Wins Big at the Oscars

27 February 2012 12:28 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Artist tops off its triumphant run throughout this awards season with a big night at the Oscars. And the winners are... in bold:

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Directing

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants, Alexander Payne

Hugo, Martin Scorsese

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

Actor In A Leading Role

Demián Bichir in A Better Life

George Clooney in The Descendants

Jean Dujardin in The Artist

Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Actor In A Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill in Moneyball

Nick Nolte in Warrior

Christopher Plummer in Beginners

Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Actress In A Leading Role

Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis in The Help »

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"The Artist" Tops the Independent Spirit Awards

27 February 2012 11:06 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Seth Rogen hosted the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday evening and the winners are:

Best Feature: The Artist. Also nominated: 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter and The Descendants.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). Nominated: Mike Mills (Beginners), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter),  and Alexander Payne (The Descendants).

Best First Feature: Margin Call. Nominated: Another Earth, In The Family, , Martha Marcy May Marlene and Natural Selection.

Best Male Lead Performance: Jean Dujardin (The Artist). Nominated: Demián Bichir (A Better Life), , Ryan Gosling (Drive), Woody Harrelson (Rampart) and Michael Shannon (Take Shelter).

Best Female Lead Performance: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn). Nominated: Lauren Ambrose (Think of Me), Rachel Harris (Natural Selection), Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

Best Supporting Male Performance: Christopher Plummer (Beginners). Nominated: Albert Brooks (Drive), John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene), John C Reilly (Cedar Rapids) and Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris »

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And the winners of the 84th Academy Awards are...

27 February 2012 10:52 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 84th annual Academy Awards took place last night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, with Billy Crystal presiding over a ceremony that saw The Artist and Hugo walk away with five statuettes apiece. However, while Hugo dominated the technical categories - collecting the Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects, the night belonged to Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, which rounded out a fine run of awards success by taking home Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actor (Jean Durjardin), Best Director (Hazanavicius) and the coveted Best Picture - making it only the second silent feature to do so, and the first since Wings received the accolade at the inaugural Academy Awards back in 1929.

Other big winners on the night included Meryl Streep, who added a third Oscar to her collection for her work in The Iron Lady, while Christopher Plummer (Beginners »

- flickeringmyth

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The 84th Annual Academy Award Winners

27 February 2012 8:00 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The 84th Annual Academy Awards ended up being one of the most entertaining Academy Award shows that I've seen in years, even though films I wanted to win didn't. I was rooting for Martin Scorsese and Hugo this year, but I knew that The Artist would end up taking home a majority of the big awards. In the end, each one of these films took home 5 Awards, Hugo took home the more technical ones though. I think it was a pretty easy year to predict the winners.

It was great to see Billy Crystal back up on stage; he really did a great job bringing light, fun entertainment that everyone could enjoy. Crystal was awesome and one of the best parts of the show. The guy is classic comedy. He helped bring back everything that the Oscars should be.

Here's the full list of nominees with the winners in bold. »

- Venkman

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The 84th Annual Academy Awards Winners

27 February 2012 7:49 AM, PST | FlicksNews.net | See recent FlicksNews.net news »

The Artist and Hugo emerged as the big winners at the 84th Annual Academy Awards scoring five a piece with the silent film dominating the major awards including best picture, best director and best actor for Jean Dujardin, while Scorsese's 3D film took home the majority of technical field awards of cinematography, art direction, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

The most important award of the night for Flicks News HQ was that Bret Mackenzie won the Oscar for best original song, which he did for Man or Muppet from the soundtrack to The Muppets. Disappointingly there was no musical performances at this years even so Bret and The Muppets did not get to perform the song.

Meryl Streep won best actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner at 82 by taking the best supporting actor prize. The Help »

- noreply@blogger.com (Flicks News)

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The Artist and Hugo Dominate at the 2012 Academy Awards

27 February 2012 6:51 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

If, for some crazy reason, you weren't glued to your TV last night watching the Oscars, here's a quick rundown of what you missed: not much. As expected, The Artist ended up winning most of the major awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, although Hugo managed to snag a lot of the technical awards. In the end, they finished in a tie with 5 wins a piece. The only real surprise of the night was Meryl Streep's Best Actress win over Viola Davis for her performance in The Iron Lady. Other than that, it was somewhat a yawn-inducing show, with Billy Crystal doing a serviceable but unremarkable job as host. I think the clear highlight of the night came on the red carpet where Sacha Baron Cohen "accidentally" spilled Kim Jong-Il's ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Were you happy with this year's Academy Award winners? What did you think of the show overall? »

- Sean

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Oscars: “The Artist” prevails on an uneven night – Awards Alley

27 February 2012 4:10 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” lost a number of key technical categories to Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” but still prevailed in the top Oscar slot on Sunday night, claiming trophies for Best Picture, Director, and Actor (for Jean Dujardin).

It was a great night for Harvey Weinstein, who helped power Meryl Streep to an unexpected win over perceived frontrunner Viola Davis on the Best Actress race. Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) rounded out last night’s acting categories.

I went 19 out of 24 in my picks, believing the Academy would spread a lot of its technical love around to films not named “Hugo.” All is all, a successful Oscar season. Here are the winners from the 84th Annual Academy Awards (bolded below):

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Hugo

Midnight In Paris

The Help

Moneyball

War Horse »

- Sean O'Connell

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84th Academy Awards Winners – The Artist Takes Best Picture

27 February 2012 1:26 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Crowded House said it best in the lyrics “Hey now, hey now, don’t dream its over.” Yes, the awards season officialy came to an end tonight at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA. Tears, jubilation, substance and style were all memorable moments at the 84th Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal. With Sacha Baron Cohen’s shenanigans earlier on the red carpet and no huge upsets, Cirque du Soleil’s performance was the highlight of the evening.

The Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year went to “The Artist” produced by Thomas Langmann and Michel Hazanavicius won for Achievement in Directing. The movie becomes the first silent film to take the gold since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago when Wings won.

Christopher Plummer was the winner for a Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in “Beginners”; Octavia Spencer, was the »

- Michelle McCue

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As they happened

27 February 2012 12:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Didn't get an invite to this year's Oscars? Neither did Xan Brooks, but he stoically blogged the red carpet and then the ceremony anyway

10.57pm: And so it begins ....

11.25pm: Roll carpet, roll cameras: it's the 84th annual Academy Awards, live and lurid from Hollywood. The Guardian film team will be covering the event throughout the night, weeping with the winners and wailing with the losers as this season's awards circus clatters exhaustedly towards the finish line. This is where it ends, inside the Hollywood and Highland Centre (reputedly the winner of the 2007 "Ugliest Building in La" award). Inside, the victors shall be encased in gold, the vanquished shown the door and all manner of movies laid tenderly to rest.

But wait, kick back, and keep the war horses tethered: the actual ceremony does not officially commence until 5pm (Pacific time). Time enough to cast an eye back over some late-breaking Oscar news. »

- Xan Brooks

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2012 Oscars – The Winners

27 February 2012 12:53 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Well the hoopla is over for another year as Hollywood relishes in its self congratulatory extravagance with a ceremony that celebrates all that is “good” about the industry (and a ceremony that seems to ignore Everything joe public thinks is good). As predicted The Artist walked away with the most awards whilst – thank god – The Muppets picked up the best original song award. It’s also nice to see Christopher Plummer pick up his First Academy Award for his role in Beginners – definitely long-overdue methinks.

Anyway, here are the winners in full:

Best Picture:

The Artist Moneyball The Descendants The Tree of Life Midnight in Paris The Help Hugo Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close War Horse

Actress:

Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady Viola DavisThe Help Michelle WilliamsMy Week With Marilyn Glenn CloseAlbert Nobbs Rooney MaraThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Actor:

Jean DujardinThe Artist Gary Oldman »

- Phil

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