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Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (Exclusive)

30 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscilloscope has reached its first agreement with Amazon to stream 20 titles through the Prime Instant Video service.

The pact also makes Amazon the exclusive streaming subscription home for four of the indie distributor’s titles: “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” “The Human Scale” and dirt-bike documentary “12 O’Clock Boys.”

Other Oscilloscope titles that will become available through Amazon include the documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” the comedy “It’s a Disaster,” the documentary “After Tiller,” the Spike Jonze-Lance Bangs documentary “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” and Michel Gondry’s “The Thorn in the Heart.”

Oscilloscope said, “Amazon is a major force within the digital video space and is a big supporter of independent cinema and we greatly value the association with them and see this as the start to our exciting work together. »

- Dave McNary

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what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Jul 08)

8 July 2014 1:44 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

Beyond the Edge: through gorgeous archival footage and new re-creations, thrillingly places us amidst the first successful summit of Everest in 1953 [my review] [iTunes Us] Life Itself: a touching biography of film critic Roger Ebert, and an accidental look at the tremendous upheaval that journalism has weathered in the past half century [my review] [iTunes Us] The Lunchbox: a charming, bittersweet, utterly chaste love affair forged over food and cemented by kindred spirits [my review] [iTunes Us] Particle Fever: funny, exhilarating, suspenseful documentary about the Large Hadron Collider, and how physics is more akin to philosophy and art than you may have imagined [my review] [iTunes Us] We Are the Best!: an exuberant rock ’n’ roll comedy in which three of the most memorable movie teens ever embrace their adolescent angst and give it screaming voice [my review] [iTunes Us]

streaming now, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The World Got A Lot Scarier "After Tiller"

10 June 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

If there is a single issue in America more divisive than abortion, it's late-term abortion, or abortion in the third trimester. The most public face of this practice was George Tiller, a Wichita-area provider who was gunned down while in church in May of 2009. Following his death, there remained only four doctors in the United States willing and able to perform the operation: Leroy Carhart, Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson. The day-to-day lives of their clinics (and their more personal struggles with the nature of their work) are detailed in After Tiller, and as a human essay, the documentary is nearly impeccable. Though few people's opinions on the subject are likely to be changed by a single documentary, Tiller suffuses the debate with much needed humanism to supplant the abstract rhetoric that has come to define it. What is somewhat lacking, however, is perspective; much in the debate has changed after Tiller, »

- Anders Nelson

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Director of Abortion Doc 'After Tiller' to Tackle Film About Suicide Epidemic (Exclusive)

9 June 2014 11:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lana Wilson, who co-directed the Sundance abortion documentary After Tiller, is turning her attention to the subject of suicide. She will direct the documentary Last Call, which chronicles the story of a few Japanese Buddhist priests combating the suicide epidemic that hit Japan after the economic downfall in 1997 and how that can serve as a model amid for dealing with the rising global suicide rate today. Story: 'Obvious Child' Star Jenny Slate, Director Talk Committing to Abortion Comedy “When I learned that there was a new wave of Buddhist priests combating the suicide problem in Japan, I immediately

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Interview with Emily Matthews, Cinetopia International Film Festival Marketing Director

4 June 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Watching how Ann Arbor’s (and now also Detroit’s) Cinetopia Film Festival has grown each year has been exciting for a movie buff like me. Realistically, I’ll probably never make it to Cannes or Sundance, so to me, this is The film festival – and it’s a festival that I’ll never get sick of talking about. When the lights go out and the first week of June rolls by, the public sees the byproduct of the hard work the Cinetopia staff puts in planning a great festival. One of the people on the front lines of that hard work is Cinetopia and Michigan Theater Marketing Director Emily Matthews. She recently took time to breathe before the festival’s opening night to answer a few of our questions.

 

CinemaNerdz: For the uninitiated, what is Cinetopia?

Emily Matthews: It’s 50 buzz worthy new independent films that you can binge-watch in your own backyard. »

- Dane Jackson

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Trailer Watch: Pov’s 2014 Season Preview

4 June 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Pov, the PBS series for “documentaries with a point of view,” kicks off its 2014 season on Monday, June 23 with Jason Silva’s powerful and inspiring When I Walk. The following weeks feature many other Filmmaker favorites, including American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Big Men (pictured), After Tiller and the broadcast premiere of the boundary-breaking The Act of Killing. Check out the complete schedule here and the trailer above. »

- Scott Macaulay

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Illmatic inaugural Candescent winner

2 April 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lilly Hartley’s Candescent Films has announced a multi-year initiative with Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent Award.

The inaugural recipient will be Tribeca Film Festival opener Time Is Illmatic about the circumstances surrounding the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic.

Candescent Films was founded in 2010 by creative producer Hartley and upcoming releases of supported films include Who Is Dayani Cristal? starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Fed Up and 1971 and Art And Craft, both of which will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Earlier supported titles include The Queen Of Versailles, Sons Of The Clouds, Gideon’s Army and After Tiller.

Sundance Institute has renewed agreements with six non-profit bodies as collaborators on the Institute’s Artist Services promgramme. The Austin Film Society has been added as a new collaborator and joins Britdoc, The Bertha Foundation, San Francisco Film Society, Ifp, Film Independent and Cinereach. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand (from Mar 31)

31 March 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

An Inconvenient Truth: eight years on, Al Gore’s impassioned plea that we do something about global warming is even more necessary (because we’ve wasted nearly a decade doing nothing) [my review] [at Netflix] The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at Netflix] After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Nebraska: Alexander Payne’s latest is a tale of small-town dissolution masquerading as family dramedy; Bruce Dern is hilarious and poignant [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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And the winners of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards are...

2 March 2014 7:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....

Best Feature

'12 Years a Slave'

'All Is Lost'

'Frances Ha'

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

'Nebraska'

Best Director

Shane Carruth - 'Upstream Color'

J.C. Chandor - 'All Is Lost'

Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »

- Gary Collinson

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"12 Years a Slave" Dominates Independent Spirit Awards! See Full Winners List!

2 March 2014 12:55 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards taking home 5 trophies including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Female for Lupita N'Yongo, Screenplay for John Ridley, and Cinematography for Sean Bobbitt.

The pair of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club" continued to top their respective categories of Best Actor and Supporting Actor.

Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress trophy for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature:

Winner: "12 Years A Slave"

"All Is Lost"

"Frances Ha"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Nebraska"

Best Lead Female:

Winner: Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine"

Julie Delpy - "Before Midnight"

Gaby Hoffman - "Crystal Fairy"

Brie Larson - "Short Term 12"

Shailene Woodley - "The Spectacular Now"

Best Lead Male:

Bruce Dern - "Nebraska"

Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"

Oscar Isaac - "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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- Manny

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2014 Independent Spirit Award Winners: '12 Years a Slave' Takes Best Picture

1 March 2014 8:31 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »

- Brad Brevet

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Forget the Soap…12 Years A Slave Pulls Five Finger Discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards

1 March 2014 4:20 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »

- Eric Lavallee

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12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club win at Independent Spirit Awards

1 March 2014 4:19 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club were among the major winners at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Steve McQueen took the Best Director Award for his slavery-themed movie, and also earned the coveted Best Feature prize.

The night also saw 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o collect Best Supporting Female, as well as John Ridley winning for his screenplay.

Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey received the Best Male Lead prize, while his co-star Jared Leto was named Best Supporting Male.

Cate Blanchett was honoured as Best Female Lead for her performance as a manic housewife in director Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

Other major developments included director Ryan Coogler winning Best First Feature for Fruitvale Station, and the music-themed film 20 Feet from Stardom taking Best Documentary.

The 29th Independent Spirit Awards were hosted by comic Patton Oswalt on the Santa Monica beach in California.

Digital Spy presents a full list »

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Independent Spirit Awards 2014: The winners list

1 March 2014 3:34 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on the beach in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, and 12 Years a Slave emerged the big winner, taking home five awards, including the top prize of Best Feature.

Dallas Buyers Club dominated the acting categories, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both winning, while Cate Blanchett continued her apparent path to the Best Actress Oscar, collecting yet another prize for Blue Jasmine.

Read below for all the winners, and watch the show at 10 p.m Et on IFC:

Best Feature

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

All Is Lost

Frances Ha

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Best Director

Upstream Color, »

- Katie Atkinson

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'12 Years a Slave' leads 2014 Independent Spirit Awards winners

1 March 2014 1:35 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. are underway with host Patton Oswalt, and we're updating the winners list as the names are announced. Early winners include Jared Leto, for his supporting turn in "Dallas Buyers Club," "Fruitvale Station" for best first feature, and "Nebraska" writer Bob Nelson, who picked up a trophy for best first screenplay. So far, "12 Years a Slave" has picked up four awards, namely supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o, best director, best screenplay and best cinematography.  Here's the list of nominees: Best Feature "All is Lost" "Frances Ha" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director J.C. Chandor, "All is Lost" Jeff Nichols, "Mud" Alexander Payne, "Nebraska" Winner: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Shane Carruth, "Upstream Color" Best First Feature "Blue Caprice" "Concussion" Winner: "Fruitvale Station" "Una Noche" "Wadjda" Best Screenplay "Before Midnight" "Blue Jasmine" "Enough Said" "The Spectacular Now" Winner: »

- Dave Lewis

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2014 Independent Spirit Awards predictions

28 February 2014 11:46 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It may be raining. It may be chilly. One thing is for sure, the drinks will be flowing and the giant tent that is the annual home for the Independent Spirit Awards will be buzzing. This year's show will be hosted by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. The star of "Big Fan" and "Young Adult" is no stranger to entertaining massive and difficult audiences. Oswalt ruled Comic-Con's Hall H a few years ago when he had the tough task of making Disney's slate at the time more exciting than it actually was. He's also following a fantastic hosting performance by Andy Samberg last year. Here's hoping the Spirits can actually deliver two great shows in a row (it tends to lean toward a good show every other year). Like the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards to an extent, the Spirits mostly focus on the awards presentations. Over the past »

- Gregory Ellwood

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'Frozen' at Home Weeks Before Disc

25 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Counselor: Unedited Extended Cut (Ridley Scott-directed thriller; Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz; not rated) Gravity (Oscar-nominated sci-fi drama; Sandra Bullock, George Clooney; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) Nebraska (Alexander Payne's Oscar-nominated comedy; Bruce Dern, Will Forte; rated R) After Tiller (abortion documentary; George Tiller; rated PG-13) Blue Is the Warmest Color (drama; Lea Seydoux, Adele...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Feb 25)

25 February 2014 9:08 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts: my favorite of the five films is the British “The Voorman Problem,” starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander in a hilarious and provocative bit of speculative fantasy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Amazon Instant Video] The Book Thief: the tone is oddly uneven, but this is a mostly charming story about the power of books and an unforgettable young girl who loves to read [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Homefront: Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl… which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Thor: The Dark World: think heavy-metal Lord of the Rings, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Golden Globes 2014: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey's 6 Greatest Moments (Video)

13 January 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There were a lot of big question marks going into this year's Golden Globe Awards -- Who would take home the top prizes? What would people be wearing? Who knew she was pregnant? But one aspect of the awards show that was pretty much a given was that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were going to knock 'em dead in their sophomore outing as the awards show's hosts. The unnecessary cruelty of Ricky Gervais now in the distant past, this is the era of the friendly (but not toothless) female host.

And, for an awards show free of drama or pretty much anything else that could be classified as "interesting," it turns out that their surefire hilarity was the obvious highlight of the night. Almost every joke they delivered was a gut-buster, although it must be said that it would have been nice to see more of them. In the Ricky Gervais era, »

- Drew Taylor

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12 Years A Slave, The Railway Man, The Square: this week's new films

10 January 2014 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

12 Years A Slave | The Railway Man | Delivery Man | After Tiller | 1: Life On The Limit | Exposed: Beyond Burlesque

12 Years A Slave (15)

(Steve McQueen, 2013, Us/UK) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano. 134 mins

What with the acclaim, the awards buzz and the harrowing subject matter, finally seeing McQueen's slavery drama now feels like a duty. But this is an "issue movie" unlike any other, both in its deliberate formalism and its under-represented history. Along with Ejiofor's abductee, we're fully immersed in a slavery system so brutally oppressive even the expression of suffering is forbidden. McQueen gives us a study of institutionalised cruelty, the forces propping it up and its innumerable victims.

The Railway Man (15)

(Jonathan Teplitzky, 2013, Aus/UK) Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman. 116 mins

Middle-aged romance is rapidly derailed by events of the past in this earnest bio-drama, as Kidman spurs Scotsman Firth to revisit his Asian prisoner-of-war days, »

- Steve Rose

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