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9 Lessons Studio Films Should Take From The Indie World This Summer

25 August 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Much has been written about just how dismal this year’s summer movies have been, but one of the silver linings in such a poor season has remarkably been indies. Where blockbusters like “The Legend Of Tarzan,” “Warcraft” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” failed, indies such as “The Lobster,” “Cafe Society” and “Love and Friendship” succeeded. And while studios were certainly rolling in cash when it came to “Suicide Squad” and “The Secret Life Of Pets,” critics weren’t exactly impressed. It was a rough season for studio films, but it won’t be a total waste if executives can learn from their mistakes and start course correcting. Below, we look towards the indie world in order to offer up the biggest lessons for studio films.

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1)  World-Building Needs To Be Organic To The Story (“The Lobster »

- Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Kate Erbland, Graham Winfrey, Steve Greene, William Earl and David Ehrlich

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The 20 Best Black-and-White Movies of the Last 20 Years

21 July 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Once the default mode, black and white has now become a bold statement of artistic intention. What that intention is, however, seems to be a little bit different for all of the recent films that have made the most of it. Often, monochrome is used as a pipeline to the past — in “Good Night, and Good Luck,” a lack of color not only speaks to how history remembers Edward R. Murrow, it also conjures the imagery of his television news broadcasts. Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” similarly uses the technique to take us back in time, but is less about recreating an era than it is about establishing a chokehold of fatalistic austerity.

“The Man Who Wasn’t There” is another period piece, but the lack of color in the Coen brothers’ film — which was shot in color and then bled dry — assumes a moral quality, making Billy Bob Thornton »

- Anne Thompson, David Ehrlich, Liz Shannon Miller, Steve Greene, Sarah Colvin, Chris O'Falt, Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Zack Sharf

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The 2016 New York Film Festival will open with Ava Duvernay’s documentary “The 13th”

20 July 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Go figure. I was recently wondering when we would start hearing about which big titles were playing in the main slots at the New York Film Festival. Then, yesterday morning we get word that the Opening Night spot at Nyff has been filled. That coveted position was announced to have been taken by Ava DuVernay and a surprise documentary of hers called The 13th. This will be the first documentary to play in this position, in the 54th incarnation of the fest. As the first Nyff opener to be a non fiction title, history has been made. Consider me very intrigued by this one. This has definitely shaken up how I expected Nyff to go, but that’s never a bad thing. DuVernay obviously broke through in a big way a few years back with Selma, and this seems like one that could only make her a higher profile and more diversely talented filmmaker. »

- Joey Magidson

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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »

- Jordan Raup

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The Academy’s 2016 Summer Screening Series Includes West Side Story And My Own Private Idaho

6 July 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Academy Film Archive with the screening series “Archival Revival – 25 years of the Academy Film Archive,” curated from the extensive, diverse collection of motion pictures that the archive has restored and preserved. The series, which runs fromJuly 18 through September 12, will showcase a broad range of titles – musicals, documentaries, silent films, Pre-Code comedies, experimental films and horror classics.

In 1991 the Academy’s Board of Governors made a commitment to create a world-class archive for the preservation, restoration, documentation and study of motion pictures. The Academy Film Archive currently holds more than 190,000 elements, including trailers, feature films, and the film collections of such artists as Alfred Hitchcock, Penelope Spheeris, James Wong Howe, Albert Maysles and Su Friedrich. It also holds the collections of such institutions and programs as the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Student Academy Awards.

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- Michelle McCue

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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

5 July 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016

From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

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American Pastoral Trailer Marks Ewan McGregor's Directing Debut

27 June 2016 7:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Ewan McGregor has certainly been keeping busy lately, filming his long-awaited sequel Trainspotting 2 and also signing on for his first major American TV role, starring in Season 3 of FX's Fargo. The actor is also getting ready to debut his directorial debut American Pastoral, with the first trailer arriving over the weekend. The first-time filmmaker also stars in this drama set during the Vietnam War.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede's life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, »

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American Pastoral Teaser Trailer Hopes Imagery Sells Story

26 June 2016 10:11 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Ewan McGregor chose to tackle a fantastically difficult story for his first foray into directing, and that’s only partially because American Pastoral is so highly regarded.

It isn’t just that the book has received so much critical and popular acclaim, but the fact that an adaptation could so easily go wrong with a story that attempts to tackle the human condition in precisely this way.

Philip Roth’s novel is an almost bizarrely pointed look at how people “work,” and what it means to try to know and understand other people. While the plot, more or less, focuses on a specific incident, it is as much about what happens to anyone if you start really examining the facade everyone puts forward as being “them.”

That’s a tricky movie no matter what the “plot” involves, and it’s the sort of thing that requires a director that really »

- Marc Eastman

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It's Brexit! J.K. Rowling Mourns and Sarah Palin Celebrates After Britons Vote to Leave the EU

23 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The referendum results are in: Britain has voted to leave the European Union. With a majority of the votes counted, multiple U.K. media outlets report a 52 to 48 percent decision to exit. Over 33 million eligible voters turned out for the history-making vote that the British had nicknamed "Brexit." During the voting hours, the pound hit its lowest level since 1985 as traders reacted to the "leave" victory. The exit process could take a minimum of two years, according to BBC News. And following the release of early poll numbers several celebrities, both U.S. and Britons, reacted to the news on social media. »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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J.K. Rowling, Sarah Palin and More Celebrities React to Brexit Victory as U.K. Votes to Leave European Union

23 June 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The referendum results are in: Britain has voted to leave the European Union. With a majority of the votes counted, multiple U.K. media outlets report a 52 to 48 percent decision to exit. Over 33 million eligible voters turned out for the history-making vote that the British had nicknamed "Brexit." During the voting hours, the pound hit its lowest level since 1985 as traders reacted to the "leave" victory. The exit process could take a minimum of two years, according to BBC News. And following the release of early poll numbers several celebrities, both U.S. and Britons, reacted to the news on social media. »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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First trailer and poster for Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral

23 June 2016 3:41 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer and poster have arrived online for Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral, which is based upon Philip Roth‘s Pulitzer Prize winning novel and sees McGregor starring alongside Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, David Strathain and Uzo Aduba; check them out below…

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Ewan McGregor Makes Directorial Debut In Trailer for Philip Roth Adaptation ‘American Pastoral’

23 June 2016 12:46 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It seems impossible, or maybe just stupid: adapt what is perhaps the most acclaimed novel by perhaps our greatest living novelist as your directorial debut, which you’ll also star in as a character with whom, based on the many and very critical descriptions from said most-acclaimed-novel-by-greatest-living-novelist, you don’t even have the greatest resemblance. Here we are, then, with Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth‘s Pulitzer-winning, meta-fictional masterpiece of grieving, complex generational rifts, and glove-making — not exactly a Sundance-premiering dramedy.

I very much hope not to look like a fool in four months’ time when I say, now, that the first preview points towards something with character — perhaps rather good, even. Early days, yes (hence the disclaimer), yet this is a fine sampling of period-evoking design, shots and palette that evoke some sense of visual purpose — hello, The American and Control Dp Martin Ruhe — and, »

- Nick Newman

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‘Silicon Valley’ Actor Matt Ross Hopes to Make a Directorial Splash With ‘Captain Fantastic’

22 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Viggo Mortensen stepped into a Los Angeles coffee shop in 2013 to meet Matt Ross, the writer and director of “Captain  Fantastic,” he didn’t realize he would be seeing someone he recognized. “I think I was told he was an actor as well,” Mortensen recalls. “But I didn’t put two and two together until I saw him and said, ‘Oh, I know you!’ ”

It’s a response to which Ross is accustomed. He’s a character actor who people recognize from countless movies and TV shows, often playing what Mortensen politely refers to as “somewhat nasty kinds of characters.” Ross had small parts in films like “Face/Off,” “American Psycho,” “The Aviator,” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” before breaking through as the closeted Mormon leader Alby Grant in HBO’s “Big Love.” And he’s enjoying the highest-profile role of his career on HBO’s “Silicon Valley, »

- Jenelle Riley

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‘Making A Murderer' Creators Detail Next Show

16 June 2016 3:49 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will follow their popular Netflix series Making A Murderer with an adaptation of the Huffington Post story "America's Most Admired Lawbreaker," according to Paste.

"America's Most Admired Lawbreaker," an article written by journalist Steven Brill, traces "the inside story" of Johnson & Johnson, the company that made billions of dollars marketing a harmful drug, Risperdal, to children and the elderly. Legal action against the company resulted in a $2 billion settlement, but Johnson & Johnson brought in $30 billion from sales of the drug. Brill's serialized report is divided into 15 parts. »

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15 Signs You Know You're Best Friends

8 June 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's only one way to celebrate National Best Friends Day, and that's by celebrating your best friend. Not sure if your best friend is your Bff or just someone you've sort of coincidentally spent a lot of time with? Here are 15 signs you two are besties for life. You swap clothes (and hair colors) like it's Nbd. A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:10am Pst You make sure your Bff also looks hot in every picture you post of the two of you together. tonight A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Dec 8, 2015 at »

- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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15 Signs You Know You're Best Friends

8 June 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's only one way to celebrate National Best Friends Day, and that's by celebrating your best friend. Not sure if your best friend is your Bff or just someone you've sort of coincidentally spent a lot of time with? Here are 15 signs you two are besties for life. You swap clothes (and hair colors) like it's Nbd. A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:10am Pst You make sure your Bff also looks hot in every picture you post of the two of you together. tonight A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Dec 8, 2015 at »

- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 20 – The Front

2 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

My guest for this month is West Anthony, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1976 comedy-drama film The Front. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Not sure what happened to the audio in the introduction, apologies! The Hollywood blacklist is a term for the treatment of people in the entertainment industry who refused to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee from 1947 to 1960 For a more in depth take on the blacklist, check out the latest season of the phenomenal You Must Remember This podcast WonderCon is a comic book convention that was held annually in Sf until it was cruelly moved to the La area in 2012. Yes I’m still bitter about it. West also recommends the Gabrielle de Cuir directed Thirty Years of Treason by Eric Bentley Among the people famously blacklisted were Lillian Hellman, Lionel Stander, »

- Arik Devens

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Kerry Washington Heads to Las Vegas With Her Girlfriends to See Jennifer Lopez's Concert

30 May 2016 11:53 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Pregnancy has never looked so glamorous! Kerry Washington, who is pregnant with her second child, headed to Las Vegas with her girlfriends over Memorial Day Weekend to see Jennifer Lopez's concert. The Scandal star put her baby bump on display as she lay across a moon from Lopez's All I Have set. "Tonight I got to go from The Bronx to the moon and then back again," Kerry wrote, referencing Lopez's set which included a New York City 6 train and a replica of the moon. "Thank you @jlo Good night Vegas. #DubsAndDaGirlsDoVegas Photo credit: @darbysofficial." Before hitting up J. Lo's tour, Kerry, Darby Stanchfield (a.k.a. Abby Whelan on Scandal), and the rest of the girls-only group headed »

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Madonna Performs Prince Tribute at Billboard Music Awards: 'Thank You for All You Have Given Us'

22 May 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nothing compares to him. Madonna paid tribute to late legend Prince Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Decked in a sparkly, paisley-print purple suit with a ruffled blouse and cane, Madonna, 57, sat on a purple throne as the monologue of Prince's hit "Let's Go Crazy" played overheard. Then, with a sparse backing band of strings and synths, she started into "Nothing Compares 2 U." The solemn tribute continued after the song ended, when Stevie Wonder joined Madge onstage to close the show with "Purple Rain." As they honored the late legend - who unexpectedly died on April »

- Lindsay Kimble and Jeff Nelson

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