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Trailer For SXSW Winner ‘Creative Control’ Steps Into the Future

High-budget Hollywood features aren’t the only films predicting what the future might look like. Benjamin Dickinson‘s Creative Control, which picked up a Special Jury Recognition for Visual Excellence prize at SXSW last year, takes place in the realistic near-future and follows an advertising executive (Dickinson, who also co-wrote the script) who gets technologically involved with the life of his best friend. Also starring Reggie Watts, Dan Gill, Alexia Rasmussen and Nora Zehetner, we now have the first trailer for the film arriving next month.

We said in our review, “Much of the humor is dry and it truly does help to be able to laugh at people that live and work in high rises that struggle with the mundanity of life at times. Yet Creative Control plays it cool and never gets caught trying to have unrelatable high-minded ideas. Instead, it likes to let themes linger. There’s
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A Female Hollywood Producer Details How Industry Discriminates Against Women

A Female Hollywood Producer Details How Industry Discriminates Against Women
Read More: 'Shit People Say to Women Directors' Highlights Sexism in the Film and TV Industry Film and television producer Mynette Louie ("California Solo," "Land Ho!") has taken to the web to pen an eye-opening rundown of the various ways in which Hollywood gives women "a raw deal." Over at Vulture, the Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award winner and president of Gamechanger Films provides an alternately enlightening and infuriating insider's look at how female professionals are forced to function inside the industry. Louie's piece includes insights from both her own experiences and those of other female filmmakers, much of it inspired by the recently launched (and almost immediately viral) Tumblr account Shit People Say to Women Directors. Louie's sources were asked to sound off on the kind of sexism and discrimination they have faced in their working world -- as Louie notes, "These minor offenses are often committed by people who.
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Seven Tips for Directors and Producers with Films at Sundance

Over the years, Filmmaker has run several “Sundance Survival Guide” pieces. (One from 2012 we continue to recommend is Alicia Van Couvering’s “Mistakes Were Made.” ) Here, fresh for 2015, is new one from Mynette Louie, President of Gamechanger Films and producer of Land Ho! (Sundance 2014), California Solo (Sundance 2012), and Children of Invention (Sundance 2009). Check back tomorrow for a grab-bag of advice — including several tips we’ve never run before in any form — from several recent Sundance veterans. 1. Empower your crew to promote the film, and show them your thanks. Sundance is not just about […]
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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions List: An Introduction

Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.

Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope
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Blu-ray Release: Ravenous

Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $24.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

It’s a cannabilistic fest in 1999 horror movie Ravenous.

Guy Pearce (Lockout) stars in the independent film as Capt. Boyd, a disgraced war veteran who’s quietly sent to a remote fort inhabited by soldiers half-mad with boredom. Then a frozen stranger (Robert Carlyle, California Solo) arrives and tells them about a group of settlers who are trapped in a cave and forced to eat one another. When Boyd and soldiers go to help, they fall into a deadly ambush.

David Arquette (Black Limousine) and Jeffrey Jones (TV’s Deadwood) also star in the thriller, which was directed by Antonia Bird (Priest) and written by Ted Griffin (Tower Heist).

Critics panned Ravenous, which grossed $2 million when it was in theaters. But moviegoers like it much better. The film scored 40% with critics and 79% with moviegoers, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

This Blu-ray release
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After Watching The Right One Trailer You Won't Be Able To Sleep

The Right One is a love story set in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Even Julia Roberts traveled half of the world to find love there in Eat Pray Love. Yes, I'm talking about Bali. Heck if it works for her it must be work for us here in Indonesia, So here's the new romance from director Stephen Odang, with cast Tara Basro (Killers) & Gandhi Fernando (California Solo) as the love birds. Here's the official synopsis i get from IMDb; Two people cross-path their entire life and only fate decides their future. There you go, I bet fate decides they get together in their future, or maybe not, I don't know until i watch it right? And of course you...

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How I Shot That: Photographing Sundance Entry 'Camp X-Ray' Through a 6-Inch Window

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How I Shot That: Photographing Sundance Entry 'Camp X-Ray' Through a 6-Inch Window
Cinematographer James Laxton told us about filming 2014 Sundance entry "Camp X-Ray." His previous projects include "The Myth of the American Sleepover," "For a Good Time Call," "Medicine for Melancholy," "California Solo," and "Adult World." The first-time feature from director Peter Sattler, "Camp X-Ray" tells the story of a young woman (Kristen Stewart) who works as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she befriends a detainee.  What camera and lens did you use? We shot on the Arri Alexa with Ziess Ultra Primes and Alura Zooms. What was the most difficult shot on your movie, and how did you pull it off? Many scenes in Camp X-Ray take place through a 6-inch wide viewing window of a cell, which was a challenge to photograph in a way that kept the images engaging and pushed the story along. We explored as many different ways to capture each scene as possible and assigned
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Gamechanger Films, Supporting Women Narrative Directors, Launches Today

Gamechanger Films, a new for-profit film fund exclusively targeting narrative feature-length films directed by women, was announced today. The New York-based company was founded by Julie Parker Benello (Afternoon Delight, Pariah, Brooklyn Castle), Dan Cogan (Hell and Back Again, How to Survive a Plague, The Queen of Versailles), Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War, The Square) and Wendy Ettinger (Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The War Room, Eye of God), and will be led by producer Mynette Louie (Cold Comes the Night, California Solo, Children of Invention). Producer Mary Jane Skalski (Very Good Girls, Win Win, The Visitor) is […]
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'At Any Price' Review: Light on Corn But Still Heavy on Fertilizer

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'At Any Price' Review: Light on Corn But Still Heavy on Fertilizer
While the 1980s farm movies ("Places in the Heart," "Country," "The River") tended to be about single-family agrarians fighting the banks to keep their patches of land, "At Any Price" delves into the survivors who have managed to hang on to their farms into the 21st century, now being urged to "expand or die" by grabbing up neighboring parcels. For writer-director Ramin Bahrani, "At Any Price" represents a different kind of expansion -- after winning awards and critical raves for acclaimed micro-budget films like "Chop Shop" and "California Solo," with nary
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Discworld: Rock-n-Roll Flameouts, Hostage Meta-Dramas, Killer Theme Parks and Buster Keaton

Discworld: Rock-n-Roll Flameouts, Hostage Meta-Dramas, Killer Theme Parks and Buster Keaton
Up on the DVD and Blu-ray shelves this week, unplug the "Wreck-It Ralph" arcade noise (and, for the love of all that is holy, put down your guns and step away from that insipid "Red Dawn" remake) as there are some better choices to be made for cineastes of all tastes. Read More: Discworld: Naked Spaniards, Early Cinema Verite and the Cheerier 'Amour"   "California Solo" (Strand Releasing)   On this side of the pond, many of us weren't aware of Robert Carlyle until 1996's international breakout "Trainspotting," in which the chameleonic Scottish actor portrayed an alcoholic sociopath who hung out with heroin junkies. Here, in writer-director Marshall Lewy's somber, sun-baked, underseen character study, Carlyle again likes his drink a bit too much as long-haired Lachlan MacAldonich, a relatively high-functioning addict living a modest existence as an organic farm manager just outside of Los Angeles. In a former life, Lachlan played
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Which Categories Were Cut From the Spirit Awards' Broadcast?

Which Categories Were Cut From the Spirit Awards' Broadcast?
The Spirit Awards haven't been broadcast live for several years now. This past weekend's ceremony was, like the last two, taped and aired in a more viewer-friendly evening slot rather than in the afternoon, when it takes place. Wrangling over when best to have and when best to air the Spirit Awards led the network and Film Independent to move the awards show to Downtown Los Angeles to a Friday evening slot in 2010; the experiment wasn't repeated. But with the broadcast delay comes the fact that the show gets condensed into a preassigned amount of time -- and that meant that certain categories didn't make it to air on Saturday. What got cut from this year's Spirit Award broadcast? Best Documentary (winner: "The Invisible War"), Best Cinematography (Ben Richardson for "Beasts of the Southern Wild") and the ensemble-celebrating Robert Altman Award ("Starlet"). The Piaget Producers Award, which was presented live
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Which Categories Were Cut From the Spirit Awards' Broadcast?

Which Categories Were Cut From the Spirit Awards' Broadcast?
The Spirit Awards haven't been broadcast live for several years now. This past weekend's ceremony was, like the last two, taped and aired in a more viewer-friendly evening slot rather than in the afternoon, when it takes place. Wrangling over when best to have and when best to air the Spirit Awards led the network and Film Independent to move the awards show to Downtown Los Angeles to a Friday evening slot in 2010; the experiment wasn't repeated. But with the broadcast delay comes the fact that the show gets condensed into a preassigned amount of time -- and that meant that certain categories didn't make it to air on Saturday. What got cut from this year's Spirit Award broadcast? Best Documentary (winner: "The Invisible War"), Best Cinematography (Ben Richardson for "Beasts of the Southern Wild") and the ensemble-celebrating Robert Altman Award ("Starlet"). The Piaget Producers Award, which was presented live
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DVD Release: Men at Work Season 1

DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013

Price: DVD $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

TBS sitcom Men at Work follows four friends who work together at a magazine.

Milo (Danny Masterson, California Solo) was recently dumped. Gibbs (James Lesure, TV’s Mr. Sunshine) is a photographer and successful ladies man. Tyler (Michael Cassidy, Argo) is a features writer who brings style and sophistication to the group. And Neal (Adam Busch, All American Orgy) is a nebbish reporter and the only one in the group with a steady girlfriend. They serve as each other’s wingman and help each other navigate work, friendship and women.

In the 10 episodes of the Men at Work season one, Milo winds up in jail after trying drug trafficking for an article, Milo and Gibbs feel awkward after doing a “devil’s threesome” with a woman they met in a bar, Gibbs and Tyler edure truths being devulged after they test a lie detector,
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DVD Release: California Solo

DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013

Price: DVD $27.99

Studio: Strand Releasing

Robert Carlyle gets organic in California Solo.

The always-engaging Robert Carlyle (TV’s Once Upon A Time, Trainspotting) rocks as a one-time Britpop rocker in the 2012 independent film drama California Solo.

Former rock star Lachlan MacAldonich (Carlyle) has settled into a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm just outside Los Angeles. By day he travels to the city’s farmers’ markets to sell produce to people like Beau (Alexia Rasmussen, Our Idiot Brother), a lovely struggling actress. By night he drinks himself into a stupor until he retires to his shabby apartment where he records a podcast about great musicians. But everything changes after Lachlan pulled over one night for drunk driving and is subsequently threatened with deportation. Disconsolate and fearful, Lachlan is forced to confront his decadent past and the demons that continue to plague him.

Written and directed by Martin Lewy,
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Interview: Marshall Lewy Talks California Solo

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Interview: Marshall Lewy Talks California Solo
After finding professional success and recognition, people often have trouble accepting the fact that their dream wasn’t meant to last forever. They often turn to drugs and alcohol, and/or become reclusive in their pain as they struggle to overcome their pain and loss of achievement. Lead character Lachlan MacAldonich does just that in the new independent drama ‘California Solo,’ which is now playing in select theaters nationwide. The film, which was written and directed by Marshall Lewy, emotionally chronicles Lachlan’s reclusive lifestyle after losing his dream job and family, and must find a way to fix his life before it’s too late. ‘California Solo’ follows Kachlan, (played by Robert Carlyle) [ Read More ]

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Oscars: 75 Songs vie for Best Original Song led by Les Misérables, Ted & Safety Not Guaranteed

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The Oscars are almost upon us, and the past few weeks have treated us to the shortlists competing in a number of categories, including Best Animated Feature, Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Original Score.

With the nominations announcement creeping ever closer at the start of next month, the Academy have now announced a seventy-five-long list of songs that are eligible in the Best Original Song category.

The list features some absolutely stellar songs that have debuted on the big screen this year, including Adele’s impressive Bond theme, Skyfall.

Tom Hooper’s highly anticipated Les Misérables is also in the running with Suddenly, composed specifically for the film, and it should be great to see how it’s received both by audiences and the Academy in the coming weeks.

We’ve got plenty of choices from animated films in the mix – the animated ones are often the strongest
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Script News: Impostor, Empire, Life

The Impostor’s Daughter

Zambry Films has picked up the film rights to the 2010 graphic novel "The Impostor’s Daughter". Marshall Lewy ("California Solo") will pen the script with the intent to direct.

The story tracks journalist Laurie Sandell’s discovery that all the amazing adventures and run-ins with the rich and famous her father told her growing up were lies. [Source: Deadline]

Empire

"Source Code" writer Ben Ripley and producer Mark Gordon are attached to the action project "Empire" which will be produced at The Mark Gordon Company.

The storyline is being kept under wraps, while the tone is akin to "Safe House" and "The Usual Suspects". [Source: THR]

Book of Life

Fox Animation Studios has come onboard the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated adventure "Book of Life" which Jorge R. Gutierrez will pen and direct.

Previously called "Day of the Dead," story details are being kept under wraps. An October 10th 2014 release date is being targeted.
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And The Oscar Considerations For Best Original Song Are…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently released the full list of all 75 songs eligible for a Best Original Song nomination at the 85th Academy Awards.

In order to be considered, a song must contain original lyrics and music that were specifically written for the film. It must be clearly featured in scenes within the film or as the first piece of music in the end credits.

The full list of the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday 10th January 2013 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

The Oscars telecast will air on Sunday 24th February 2013 and will be televised live in more than 225 countries.

Here is the full list of original songs currently under consideration by the Academy.

“For You” from Act Of Valor

“Metaphorical Blanket” from Any Day Now

Let It Rain” from Being Flynn

“Learn Me Right” from Brave

“Touch the
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75 Original Songs Tune Up for 2012 Oscar®

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title: “For You” from “Act of Valor” “Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now” “Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn” “Learn Me Right” from “Brave” “Touch the Sky” from “Brave” “Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” “Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” “Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” “Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle” “California Solo” from “California Solo” “Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre” “Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre” “Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre” “No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever
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Listen Up: Adele, Arcade Fire, Rick Ross Top Massive List of Oscar-Eligible Original Songs

In what might be a bit of an over-correction from last year’s two-song race, The Academy has released the largest list of Oscar-eligible original songs in years, topping out at 75 tunes from the movies of the year. Naturally, the big names are there — Adele with “Skyfall” and Arcade Fire with their work on The Hunger Games — but there are also some far out choices like work featured in Death By China and Saint Dracula. With that many songs in the mix, it was bound to be an eclectic group, but even though it’ll be whittled down for the final nominee list announced January 10th, it’s nice for the time being to see “Ladies of Tampa” from Magic Mike right next to “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from Madagascar 3. Here’s the complete list with a few examples for your listening pleasure: “For You” from Act of Valor “Metaphorical Blanket” from Any Day NowLet It Rain
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