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Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize

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Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize
Georgia was the big winner at the 18th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (Siff) which closed at the weekend with the Grand Prix for Best Film and Best Director award going to Levan Koguashvili’s second feature Blind Dates.

The melancholic comedy, which premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum last month, also received the Fipresci International Film Critics’ Prize. Handled internationally by Films Boutique, it is already booked to screen at the April festivals in Wiesbaden (goEast) and Lecce and in Odessa in July.

Presenting the Grand Prix to Koguashvili, the International Jury’s president producer Alexander Rodnyansky said that the jury’s discussion on the top prize had ¨lasted only about 10 minutes and was unanimous. This film has become the absolute winner of this festival!¨

In addition, Vladimer Katcharava of Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Production received the Sofia Meetings’ €10,000 Digimage - Lvt Postproduction Award for Miriam Khachvani’s Dede which he pitched in the Plus Minus
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Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Star Trek Into Darkness Among Scores In Contention For Oscar

One hundred fourteen scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2013 will be vying for nominations in the Original Score category for the 86th Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

A Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Score category will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the Music Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

Nomination voting in all Oscar categories begins Friday, December 27 and ends Wednesday, January 8.

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,
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Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize

Oscars: 114 Original Scores to Compete for Top Prize
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of 114 feature film scores that will be competing for the five nominations.

The roster includes films that are considered front-runners as well as documentaries, foreign-language films and animated features, and range from mega-hits like “Iron Man 3″ to mini-budgeted pics like “Escape From Tomorrow.”

The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in alphabetical order by film title:

Admission,” Stephen Trask, composer

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” Daniel Hart, composer

All Is Lost,” Alex Ebert, composer

Alone Yet Not Alone,” William Ross, composer

The Armstrong Lie,” David Kahne, composer

Arthur Newman,” Nick Urata, composer

At Any Price,” Dickon Hinchliffe, composer

Austenland,” Ilan Eshkeri, composer

Before Midnight,” Graham Reynolds, composer

The Best Man Holiday,” Stanley Clarke, composer

The Book Thief,” John Williams, composer

“The Butterfly’s Dream,” Rahman Altin, composer

The Call,” John Debney, composer

Captain Phillips,” Henry Jackman,
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Academy names 114 scores for Oscars

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Academy names 114 scores for Oscars
Senior executives at the Academy announced on Dec 12 that 114 scores have been submitted for the original score Oscar category.Scroll down for full list

A reminder list of works submitted will be made available with a nominations ballot to all members of the music branch, who will vote in the order of their preference for up to five scores.

Those five that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as nominees on January 16 2014.

According to the rules, to be eligible the original score must be a “substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.

Scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.”

Admission, Stephen Trask

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Daniel Hart

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Film Review: ‘Copperhead’

Film Review: ‘Copperhead’
Unshakable moral convictions are shown to go tragically awry in “Copperhead,” a stodgy, drearily long-winded attempt to shed light on a little-known chapter of Civil War history. Focusing on an internecine Union conflict between the staunch abolitionists and the equally vehement antiwar Democrats, director Ron Maxwell’s adaptation of Harold Frederic’s 1893 novel elicits a certain amount of admiration for its old-fashioned carpentry and earnest, worthy approach, but its stilted dramaturgy and endless speechifying defeat the committed efforts of a sprawling ensemble. In limited release since June, the film seems likely to generate VOD interest primarily among history buffs who have exhausted superior options (like the recent “Lincoln”) elsewhere.

With stultifying thoroughness, Bill Kaufman’s script lays out the various tensions plaguing a small farming community in upstate New York circa 1862, one year into the Civil War. Occupying the moral center of this gathering storm is Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), a farmer who opposes slavery,
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Copperhead Movie Review

Copperhead Movie Review
Title: Copperhead Director: Ron Maxwell Starring: Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Augustus Prew, Lucy Boynton, Peter Fonda, Casey Thomas Brown Its title a slur for Northerners who opposed the American Civil War, “Copperhead” marks the third film from director Ron Maxwell (“Gettysburg,” “Gods and Generals”) about the United States’ bloodiest armed conflict. In theory, movies like this produced outside of the Hollywood system have the potential of some measure of additional freedom, being unburdened by casting dictates and endless studio notes that often polish down history’s rough edges. Unfortunately, in reality, Maxwell’s film is a drawn-out, schematic melodrama rife with somnambulistic speechifying, and a work every bit as turgid and baldly [ Read More ]

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Review: 'Copperhead' Is A Slow-Moving, Predictable, But Worthy Civil War Drama

A Civil War movie without a battle scene is like…wait, what? A Civil War movie without a battle scene?! That is “Copperhead,” a sincere, slow-moving, occasionally successful film devoted to one specific homefront story. That, in itself, is noteworthy. After all, as many of the characters in Ron Maxwell’s film point out, in addition to the costs on the battlefield, there were many, many costs at home. Life carried on, uneasily, and as the war raged the number of fathers and sons who would return home upon its conclusion grew smaller and smaller. With such a stunning body count, it is not surprising to hear that there was a vocal minority against the conflict — including some Northerners. “Copperhead,” based on a novella by Harold Frederic—whose “Damnation of Theron Ware” F. Scott Fitzgerald called “the best American novel” written before 1920—is the third straight Civil War film for Maxwell,
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The Gorgeous Landscapes and Drab Narrative of Copperhead

The Gorgeous Landscapes and Drab Narrative of Copperhead
Once again revisiting the Civil War with Copperhead, director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) shows a flair for mythologizing via beautiful panoramas of upstate New York landscapes but less so, unfortunately, through his film's inert story and flat performances. Based on Harold Frederic's novel, Maxwell's tale concerns farmer Abner Beech (Billy Campbell), whose opposition to Lincoln's "unconstitutional war" inspires rebellion from son Jeff (Casey Thomas Brown) and local abolitionist Jee Hagadorn (Angus Macfadyen)—whose daughter, Esther (Lucy Boynton), is fancied by Jeff. The result is an unsuccessful balancing act: presenting man of principle Abner (nether pro-South nor pro-slavery) as a virtuous victim of discrimination despite resisting a war vi...
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Exclusive: Clip From Civil War Drama 'Copperhead'

There are few moments in American history that so unforgettably changed the course of the nation, and the Civil War, over a hundred years on, continues to fascinate filmmakers, authors, scholars, historians and more. For director Ron Maxwell, he's dedicated a good part of his career to the subject, with two films -- "Gettysburg" and "Gods & Generals" -- already under his belt. And now, he's delivering his third film in his American Civil War anthology with "Copperhead," and we've got a new look at the movie. Based on the novel by Harold Frederic, the film stars Billy CampbellAngus Macfadyen, Augustus Prew, and Peter Fonda and tells the story of Abner Beech, a dairy farmer and anti-Abolitionist in Upstate New York, who earns the titular sobriquet for his views on the war, which finds him divided from his neighbors. In this exclusive clip, we see Abner ponder the cost of
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Exclusive Interview with Augustus Prew for ‘Copperhead’

The Civil War stories head north.

In Ronald F. Maxwell’s “Copperhead,” the indie Civil War drama looks into the conflicts between warmongers and pacifists in the North. Even in the upstate New York, families are not quite immune from the horrors of war as they fight amongst themselves.

Latino-Review conducted a phone interview with actor Augustus Prew last month for “Copperhead.” He discussed with us about the themes of the film, his role and the production with Maxwell in Canada. He also talked about his role in the upcoming movie “Kick-Ass 2.”

Copperhead” is in theaters this weekend.

Read the full transcript below:

Latino-Review: What attracted you to “Copperhead” in the first place?

Augustus Prew: I thought the script is just fantastic. It’s very rare to read the script that doesn’t pander to the audience. It doesn’t dictate on who’s the goodie or the baddie.
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Copperhead

Civil War period pieces are always a bit tricky, with filmmakers usually feeling the need to find a balance between education and entertainment. On one side of this scaled spectrum sits Glory, Cold Mountain, and more recently, Lincoln. On the other end, there’s the History Channel, with programmatic tendencies that are informational, but usually less entertaining. (Last year’s Hatfields & McCoys mini-series was the exception to the rule.) The new film Copperhead, adapted from Harold Frederic’s 1893 novel, The Copperhead, focuses on a largely untold story from the Civil War, but leans more toward TV docudrama than full-blown feature....
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Now and Then: Hollywood's Civil War Obsession

Now and Then: Hollywood's Civil War Obsession
Director Ron Maxwell's "Copperhead," on VOD Friday, is the sixth Civil War-era film to debut in the past 12 months, the most earnest and straightforward in a burgeoning subgenre. Nearly 150 years after the Battle of Gettysburg, The War Between the States remains Hollywood's favorite war. Well, not exactly. Compared with the storms of steel that rage over huge chunks of modern World War II dramas (see the opening sequence of "Saving Private Ryan"), recent Civil War films tend to shy away from direct depictions of the fierce, internecine violence that characterized the conflict. Hollywood prefers the Civil War omnipresent but almost invisible, as though it took place on the dark side of the moon. It is much easier, I suppose, for American audiences to stomach their boys killing Nazis than killing each other. "Copperhead," a slight, talky picture, as chaste as a schoolhouse kiss, is emblematic of this absence. As
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Exclusive: ‘Gettysburg’ Director Ronald Maxwell Updates on ‘The Last Full Measure’ and ‘Belle Starr’

It’s been a decade since Civil War drama “Gods and Generals” was in the theaters. And that sequel followed the 1993 Civil War epic “Gettysburg.”

Will “The Last Full Measure” finally make it to the big screen after a long wait?

According to “Gettysburg” and “Gods & Generals” director Ronald F. Maxwell, Civil War fans may have to wait a little longer.

In an exclusive phone interview with Latino-Review, Maxwell carefully updated the status of adapting Jeffrey Shaara’s book about the Civil War after Gettysburg. He was promoting an indie Civil War film “Copperhead,” which is in select theaters later this week.

“I would love to do the third part of the trilogy. It’s a big movie like the other two, which is an epic genre,” he told Latino-Review. “The epic part is the time to tell the story. And it’s because it has to cover the [battles of] the
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On Demand DVD New Releases June 24-30

On Demand DVD New Releases June 24-30 Heading into the holiday weekend, there’s a range of titles to consider, including what sadly may be James Gandolfini’s last movie role, in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. With Gandolfini’s untimely death on June 19, the status of his unreleased/incomplete projects is uncertain at this time. Other choices include, the Oscar-nominated No, Halle Berry’s latest, The Call and Phantom, which features Ed Harris and David Duchovny. Some less familiar titles with more familiar faces include Upside Down (with Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst), Copperhead (with Billy Campbell and Peter Fonda) and Redemption (with Jason Statham). [...]

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Civil War Drama Copperhead Trailer and Poster

Today we have the trailer and poster for the upcoming Ron Maxwell‘s (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) Civil War-era movie Copperhead. Inspired by true events, it’s the story of Abner Beech, a dairy farmer in the North who opposes the war and is alienated because of his beliefs. Copperhead is unlike any Civil War movie to date. It is a film of the war at home – of a family ripped apart by war, of fathers set against sons and daughters, of a community driven to an appalling act of vengeance against a man who insists on exercising his right to free speech during wartime. A story...
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News Shorts: April 21st 2013

Photos of Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness, Brit Marling in The East, Benicio del Toro in Jimmy P., Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., and blurry shots of Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson shooting Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Posters for Only God Forgives, White House Down, No One Lives, The Lone Ranger, Turbo, Black Rock, Augustine and five comic art posters for Iron Man 3.

The official site for Noam Murro's upcoming "300: Rise of an Empire" has been updated.

"The Will Smith-led 'After Earth' has been moved up a week to May 31st, getting out of the way to some extent of Warners' 'Man of Steel'…" (full details)

"'Fruitvale' will be changing its title to 'Fruitvale Station' and remains on track for a July 26th release.
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‘Copperhead’ Set For June 28 Release (Exclusive)

‘Copperhead’ Set For June 28 Release (Exclusive)
Ron Maxwell’s Civil War drama “Copperhead” has been set for a June 28 release simultaneously in theaters and on VOD through The Film Collective and Brainstorm Media.

Copperhead,” starring Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen and Peter Fonda, is produced and directed by Ron Maxwell, written by Bill Kauffman and exec produced by Bob and Susan Bishop of Swordspoint Prods.

The film is Maxwell’s third Civil War drama following 1993′s “Gettysburg” and 2003′s “Gods and Generals.”

Copperheads were Northerners who, believing that the Northern states could not win the Civil War, advocated a negotiated peace with the South. The story is based on Harold Frederic’s novel “The Copperhead,” in which a righteous farmer in upstate New York defies his neighbors and government in the autumn of 1862.

“There have been many stories of the American Civil War committed to film, but ‘Copperhead’ is unique,” said Ruth Vitale of The Collective. “I
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Peter Fonda to Star in Film Adaptation of 'Milton's Secret' (Exclusive)

Peter Fonda to Star in Film Adaptation of 'Milton's Secret' (Exclusive)
Peter Fonda will star in the upcoming film adaptation of Milton's Secret, based on the children's book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman. The two-time Oscar nominee, who became famous for co-writing and starring in 1969's Easy Rider, will play the grandfather of the story's central character, Milton, a young boy who is dealing with being bullied in school. Story: Peter Fonda Joins 'Copperhead' Movie Shoot in New Brunswick Barnet Bain, a producer on What Dreams May Come and Homeless to Harvard, will direct the family drama, and he wrote the script with Donald Martin. Bain is also

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Civil War Comes To "Copperhead"

Sneak Peek director Ronald F. Maxwell's upcoming Us Civil War drama "Copperhead", opening June 28, 2013, starring Billy Campbell, Peter Fonda, Augustus Prew and Angus Mcfadyen :

"...'Abner Beech', a stubborn and righteous farmer in Upstate New York, defies his neighbors and exercises his right to freedom of speech. But in a time when families are divided by the war, the far away battles fields can be felt much closer to home than once believed..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Copperhead"...
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First Trailer and Poster from Copperhead, a Civil War Drama from the Director of Gettysburg and Gods And Generals

This year marks not only the 20th anniversary of Ronald F. Maxwell's Civil War drama Gettsyburg, but also the 150th anniversary of the bloody event itself.  However, Maxwell's new Civil War-era film Copperhead will head north away from the battlefront to upstate New York where a family soon discovers that, even as far removed as they are, they're not safe from the horrors of war. Starring Billy Campbell, Peter Fonda, Augustus Prew and Angus McfadyenCopperhead debuts on June 28th.  Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, synopsis and poster. Check out the new trailer for Copperhead below (via Yahoo!): Here's the synopsis for Copperhead, followed by the new poster: Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, defies his neighbors and exercises his right to freedom of speech. But in a time when families are divided by the war, the far away
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