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Halfway Pt. 5 Best Performances

10 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.

Herewith...

The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half

Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »

- NATHANIEL R

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Melbourne Festival To Showcase Australian Titles

8 July 2014 9:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Locally-made crime thriller “Felony,” which stars Joel Egerton, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney, has been set as the closing night movie of the Melbourne International Film Festival (July 31-Aug 17, 2014.)

The film (pictured), follows three detectives who are variously involved in committing a crime and covering it up, had its premiere in Toronto last year.

It is directed by Melbourne-based Matthew Saville, and is set for its Australian commercial release on Aug 28.

The festival also sets other Australian films in prominent positions. Tony Ayres’ crime thriller “Cut Snake” will play as the centrepiece gala midway through the festival, while the Spierig brothers “Predestination” has previously been announced as the opening film.

In total the festival will play some 341 films across 17 different sections.

Other highlights include the world premieres of “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films” and the Emmanuelle Beart-starring “Mistress.”

The international panorama section features James Gray’s “The Immigrant, »

- Patrick Frater

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Halfway Pt. 2: Visual Cinematic Achievements of 2014

7 July 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Before the holiday weekend we wondered what AMPAS voters might latch on to had they had to vote right then on the Oscars. It was a hypothetical exercize since we all know the studios backload the year and 85% of the intended contenders for "best" honors are as of yet unavailable. On to something not at all hypothetical.

Consider this my tracking sheet for the film bitch awards at year's end. It also doubles as an Fyc directed at Academy members. Awards are too often regarded as trivial pursuits but they aren't at all. Award winners and nominees go into the history books or web archives as it were and, later, baby cinephiles seek them out for cinematic education. I speak from experience and I've heard so many similar growing up cinephile stories over the years that I know this to be true. So think carefully over even movies you didn't »

- NATHANIEL R

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5 unreleased movies we're dying to see: Enemy, Snowpiercer, Spectacular Now

5 July 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Every now and then, a film falls through the cracks. Independent dramas in particular are susceptible to a weird phenomenon we'll call the Distribution Bermuda Triangle – they're made, they play at a film festival or two, they rack up some early buzz and movie fans get excited.

And then... nothing. A gaping void where the release date ought to be.

The UK has been especially bad for this of late, with a slew of 2013's most buzzed-about dramas still without distribution. Below, Digital Spy rounds up the five we're most desperate to finally see on this side of the pond

The Spectacular Now

In the wake of Shailene Woodley's recent box office double whammy (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, if you've been snoozing), our hopes were high that this sophisticated teen drama would finally see the light of day in the UK. But as yet, there's been no word. »

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 2

1 July 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

15. Stranger by the Lake

Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Written by Alain Guiraudie

France

Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »

- Ricky

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Off the Carpet: It's half-time in the 2014-2015 Oscar race

30 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We've officially reached the half-way mark of 2014. This time a year ago the only Oscar players on the table were Sundance debut "Before Midnight" and Cannes debuts "Nebraska" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," give or take a "Croods," "Great Gatsby," "Lone Ranger" or an "Iron Man 3" that would pick up support outside of the major categories. So what does the year have to show for itself so far this time around? Sundance feels like it might have an off year this season, though screenplay hopes and more abound for films like "Boyhood" and "Dear White People." "Whiplash" could find a stride depending on how Sony Pictures Classics' slate shakes out for them, but as ever, the year's first big splash for new films will make more of an impression in the documentary feature category than anywhere else. Not long after things wrapped up in Park City, Warner Bros. released »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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2014 Oscar Preview: This Year’s Race Off to a ‘Grand’ Start

26 June 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

June 30 marks the year’s midpoint — i.e., the halfway mark of Oscar eligibility. And so far, 2014 is in better shape than last year. The fests have offered some hot contenders that will open later in the year, as usual. But the difference this year is that several commercial releases in the first six months were knockouts. If voting were held next week, they’d be shoo-ins; the big question is whether they can go the distance.

That list includes “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Fox Searchlight) and “The Fault in Our Stars” (Fox/Fox 2000), both possible in multiple categories. Also contenders are “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (DreamWorks Animation, distribbed by Fox) and “The Lego Movie” (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow). Animated features have received Oscar best picture nominations (“Up,” “Toy Story 3”) but there have never been two in the same year, so it would be nice if 2014 broke some traditions. »

- Tim Gray

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Lisandro Alonso Named Lincoln Center Filmmaker in Residence

24 June 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Argentine director Lisandro Alonso will be the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre’s 2014 Filmmaker in Residence.

A minimalist filmmaker whose narrative work has a documentary-like aesthetic, Alonso’s most recent film was “Jauja” with Viggo Mortensen, which was nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“Many times I think less is more,” Alonso told Variety. “It makes for a nice contrast to many big U.S. films.”

His other films include “La Libertad,” “Los Muertos,” “Fantasma,” and “Liverpool” — all of which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Alonso told Variety that he plans to use his residency to develop his next project, an exploration of people who live (and search for gold) in the Amazon jungle environment.

“I’m thinking about what kind of film can I make [in Brazil] about people who live outside of civilization and society and all these kinds of structures that we have, »

- Brent Lang

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Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

23 June 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To say that our top three critics don’t always see eye-to-eye would be an understatement, but they can all agree on at least one thing: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is one of Wes Anderson’s best movies, and one of the strongest entries in a year that has so far offered no shortage of cinematic excellence. Also mentioned by at least one critic: a steamy gay-cruising thriller, a hotly debated biblical epic, and two staggeringly ambitious magnum opuses that clocked in at more than four hours apiece. There will be many more hours (and weeks, and months) of moviegoing to come before they have their final say on the year in movies, but at the moment, 2014 is off to an excellent start.

Here, listed in alphabetical order, are our critics’ picks for the best films released theatrically from January to June 2014:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Re-reading my Variety review of “Moonrise Kingdom,” I found the line, “While (Wes) Anderson is essentially a miniaturist, making dollhouse movies about meticulously appareled characters in perfectly appointed environments, each successive film finds him working on a more ambitious scale.” His latest is the apotheosis of that aesthetic — a nested series of stories as complex and intricately detailed as fine Swiss clockwork, given soul by the great Ralph Fiennes.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Between this and “The Lego Movie,” we’ve been spoiled by great animation this year. My expectations were sky-high for the follow-up to DreamWorks cartoon coming-of-ager, and writer-director Dean DeBlois exceeded them, delivering a sequel with integrity, one that respects and expands upon the original while aging the characters five years — a rarity in a medium where Bart Simpson has spent the last 25 years repeating Mrs. Krabappel’s fourth-grade class.

Locke

What an exhilarating experiment: Using just one actor (Tom Hardy), one location (a moving BMW) and a series of phone calls as his script, writer-director Steven Knight has crafted a gripping character-driven drama. It’s the polar opposite of all the comicbook movies hogging screens these days, not simply for its lack of visual effects and spandex suits, but because “Locke” recognizes that a flawed human being is infinitely more interesting than a superhero.

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- Variety Staff

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‘The Expendables 3′ Trailer: “Courageous, But Insane”

17 June 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

From James Gray’s The Immigrant to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, there’s no shortage of thoughtful, nuanced pictures out this summer. But sometimes, you don’t want thoughtful and nuanced. Sometimes, you just want to turn your brain off for a couple hours and watch famous people blow stuff up real good. That’s where The Expendables 3 comes […]

The post ‘The Expendables 3′ Trailer: “Courageous, But Insane” appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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‘The Immigrant’ is a polished period piece with the vintage knack for the melodramatic

12 June 2014 11:06 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Immigrant

Written by Richard Menello and James Gray

Directed by James Gray

USA, 2014

Coming to America in the early 1920′s was supposed to signify a new start and generate fresh cultural experiences for Polish sisters Ewa Cybulski (Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”) and Magda (Angela Sarafyan) in co-writer/director James Gray’s elegant, sweeping and moody melodrama The Immigrant. Gray’s (“The Yard”, “We Own the Night”, “Little Odessa”, “Two Lovers”) character-driven expose of the American dream turned nightmarish hard knocks has some guaranteed richness in its vintage soap opera-esque sophistication.

The Immigrant echoes the  lost ambitions, evasive opportunities and seedy-minded expectations of people roaming around but not quite reaching their intended destinations. Gray and his screenwriter collaborator Richard Menello create a tawdry, sullen and cluttered universe in an early turn of the century New York City where foreign visitors gravitate to Ellis Island looking to share »

- Frank Ochieng

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Is Hollywood’s insistence on “known brands” thwarting originality in film?

11 June 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Davis comments on how even “original” blockbusters like Edge of Tomorrow could soon be a thing of the past.…

Over the last few weeks, I have had many discussions with friends and fellow Flickering Myth writers across podcasts and Twitter about the state of Hollywood as it is right now. Case in point, last weekend’s box office results that have caused many a stir across the pond.

According to the estimates, The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and based on a best-selling book by John Green, took a “whopping” $48million ($26million on which came in its first day of release with it’s early Thursday night previews). A small chunk of change for sure, and kudos to 20th Century Fox for not only having faith in the film, but to also release it mid-summer blockbuster season amongst the heavyweights.

In second place, with a “meagre” $28million »

- Scott Davis

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Marion Cotillard In For Mal De Pierres

11 June 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hot off her acclaimed turn as a Polish woman struggling to survive in America in James Gray’s period drama The Immigrant, French actress Marion Cotillard is set delve right back into another period romance, this time with auteur Nicole Garcia. The film, titled Mal De Pierres, sounds like another potential awards contender for Cotillard.

Set after the close of WWII, Mal De Pierres spans twenty years and focuses on the life of a passionate, free-spirited young woman (Cotillard) who seeks refuge from a loveless marriage in the arms of another man. It’s based on the best-selling novel by Milena Agus, which has been translated into more than 15 languages since its publication in 2007.

Alian Attal will produce the film, which Garcia co-wrote with her usual partner Jacques Fieschi, for independent film company Les Productions du Tresor. In a statement, Attal said:

“It’s a passion project for both Nicole and us. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Noteworthy: "Gradiva", Dior Addict Fragrance, Ozu's Cinephilia

11 June 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Leos Carax has a new short film, Gradiva, made in conjunction with the opening of Galerie Gradiva. Watch it here! Only a few hours remain to help fund Fireflies, a new film zine, on Indiegogo. They've put up a preview of their interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul:

"Gmc: You also revisit certain techniques, for example the Pov shots from inside moving cars. One of our contributors [Vadim Rizov] wrote a lovely text about those shots, actually. What is it you so like about them?

Aw: It’s just that I really like straight angles. I don’t like angles from the diagonal, so I mostly shoot from the side or the front. And for me, the driving of the car, this direct perspective, really accentuates the frame itself. It creates a journey where you almost feel hypnotised. That’s the basic purpose of cinema, to hypnotise, and I think this direction works best. »

- Adam Cook

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Marion Cotillard cast in post-war romantic drama Mal De Pierres

11 June 2014 2:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Marion Cotillard has been cast in Mal De Pierres.

The actress will star in writer-director Nicole Garcia's drama, reports Variety.

Mal De Pierres will adapt Milena Agus's bestselling book of the same name.

Set in the post-wwii years and spanning two decades, it centres around a passionate woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage and falls in love with another man.

Cotillard scored rave reviews at Cannes for her starring role in Two Days, One Night. She also stars in The Immigrant and will appear opposite Michael Fassbender in Macbeth.

Mal De Pierres will be produced by Alain Attal's Les Productions du Tresor, one of France's top independent film companies. »

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