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Indie Movie Roundup: Liam Neeson's 'Speed'-like Remake and More

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As we embark on the trek through hot summer blockbusters, let's take a breather and see what cool indies are in the works:   Errol Flynn Gets Another Early-Years Biopic Four years ago, we saw Kevin Kline play Hollywood icon Errol Flynn in his later years in The Last of Robin Hood, and we've seen him portrayed by Jude Law in The Aviator and by Guy Pearce in Flynn. Like the latter, a new biopic titled In Like Flynn will focus on his early...

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Indie Movie Roundup: Liam Neeson in a Spanish Action Movie Remake, a New Errol Flynn Biopic and More

As we embark on the trek through hot summer blockbusters, let's take a breather and see what cool indies are in the works:   Errol Flynn Gets Another Early Years Biopic Four years ago, we saw Kevin Kline play Hollywood icon Errol Flynn in his later years in The Last of Robin Hood, and we've seen him portrayed by Jude Law in The Aviator and by Guy Pearce in Flynn. Like the latter, a new biopic titled In Like Flynn will focus on his early years as a gold-seeking adventurer prior to becoming the star of such classic films as Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Russell Mulcahy, who directed the original Highlander and its sequel, will be at the...

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A&E IndieFilms Thrives After Decade of Backing Steady Stream of Quality Docs

A&E IndieFilms Thrives After Decade of Backing Steady Stream of Quality Docs
Tucked into the Manhattan skyscraper that serves as the home base of A+E Networks is a small division that looks like nothing you’d expect to find in a broad corporate portfolio of television holdings: a feature film production company with an emphasis on premium content and robust theatrical releases.

But for 10 years now, A&E IndieFilms, with a dedicated staff of two led by senior VP Molly Thompson, has parlayed an unorthodox business model and a keen eye for story into a low-volume but enduring generator of noteworthy independent features, especially documentaries such as “Cartel Land,” “The Imposter” and “The September Issue.”

“Molly and A&E have an established position in the space, and they have impeccable taste and amazing instincts in terms of finding stories,” says Paul Davidson, senior VP of film and TV at distributor The Orchard. “If we see they’ve got something at a festival,
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On the Learning To Drive red carpet by Anne-Katrin Titze

Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson on the Learning to Drive red carpet Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Patricia Clarkson returning from England last week after starring with Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola in The Elephant Man walked The Paris Theatre red carpet with her Learning To Drive co-star Ben Kingsley. Director Isabel Coixet, Sarita Choudhury, Jake Weber, Avi Nash, Harpreet Singh Toor, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, author Katha Pollitt, screenwriter Sarah Kernochan, producers Daniel Hammond and Dana Friedman and executive producer Gabriel Hammond joined them.

Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson at the Southgate after party Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bryan Batt, who played Judge Turner in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave and Orry-Kelly in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's The Last Of Robin Hood, William Ivey Long, Lena Hall, Matthew Morrison, Renee Puente, Laura Michelle Kelly, Cornelia Guest, Sydney Van Til, Montego Glover, Sakina Jaffrey, Nanette Lepore and Peter Cincotti were among
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Effie Gray – The Review

In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.

At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning
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Farewell Richard Glatzer by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-03-13 16:41:18

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland in New York last summer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Director Richard Glatzer, partner of Wash Westmoreland, died at age 63 on Tuesday, March 10 at their home in Los Angeles, California. Richard was afflicted by A.L.S. (motor neurone disease) when we spoke in New York last summer at the Trump Soho Hotel on Kevin Kline's portrayal of Errol Flynn in their film The Last Of Robin Hood. He communicated with me by tapping out his voiced response on an iPad. His wit came through in every answer he gave. He called Susan Sarandon "a young soul" and Dakota Fanning an "old" soul in their roles as Florence and Beverly Aadland.

Richard Glatzer with Susan Sarandon as Florence Aadland on the set of The Last Of Robin Hood

Richard and Wash also directed and wrote together Quinceañera and the multiple award-winning Still Alice, in which Julianne Moore
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Week in Review: Christopher Nolan leads charge to save celluloid

Film and celluloid is going the way of vinyl. The shift from tactile mediums to ones and zeroes has happened so quickly that for a while it had looked like these records and film strips that we had used to record our artistic history for the entire 20th century would suddenly become obsolete and erased forever. While vinyl has experienced a resurgence among those who truly love music, the already struggling movie theaters and multiplexes have all but done away with film in place of digital projection. Kodak’s film sales have dropped 96 percent in the last decade.

In fact, you can almost count on two hands the number of major filmmakers still actively using film when making studio pictures today: Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams (who is making Star Wars: Episode VII on film), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Christopher Nolan.

Nolan this week spoke at an
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Wash Westmoreland On Richard Glatzer’s Death: “My Best Friend And My Life”

Wash Westmoreland On Richard Glatzer’s Death: “My Best Friend And My Life”
Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer were life partners for 20 years, and the past four Glatzer was battling Als. The filmmaker, with whom Westmoreland wrote and directed Still Alice, died Tuesday. They also wrote and directed The Last Of Robin Hood (2013) and double Sundance award winner Quinceañera (2006). Here is his tribute to Glatzer: I am devastated. Rich was my soul mate, my collaborator, my best friend and my life. Seeing him battle Als for four years with such…
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'Still Alice' Co-Director Richard Glatzer Dies at 63

'Still Alice' Co-Director Richard Glatzer Dies at 63
Filmmaker Richard Glatzer, best known for co-writing and co-directing Still Alice alongside his husband Wash Westmoreland, died Tuesday from complications due to Als. He was 63.

Glatzer was first diagnosed with Als in 2011 when he began working on adapting Still Alice from a novel by Lisa Genova. As production progressed, his condition deteriorated severely, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her performance in the film, which tells the story of a woman suffering from degenerative Alzheimer’s.

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Two days before the Academy Awards ceremony, Glatzer was rushed to the hospital after suffering from respiratory problems. According to Westmoreland, he and Glatzer watched the gala event from the hospital ward.

Glatzer and Westmoreland met in 1995 and got married in 2013. During their time together, they worked on several other well-received projects including the 2001 drama The Fluffer, the 2006 family drama Quinceanera, and the 2011 Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood.

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'Still Alice' director Richard Glatzer passes away

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'Still Alice' director Richard Glatzer passes away
Today is a sad day in the world of Independent Cinema. Richard Glatzer, the co-director and screenwriter of “Still Alice,” has passed away after a four-year battle with Als. Born on January 28, 1952 in Flushing Queens, Glatzer first came to prominence with his directorial debut “Grief.” The 1993 drama premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was partly inspired by his experience with the loss of his partner, Donald Ray Berry, to AIDS. In 1995, Glatzer met Wash Westmoreland and they became life partners. Their professional collaborations included “The Fluffer” (2001), “Quinceañera” (2006), which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, “The Last of Robin Hood” (2013) and the aforementioned “Still Alice.” The latter became the biggest success of Glatzer’s career and star Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance at the Academy Awards last month. Glatzer was unable to attend the “Alice’s” world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival,
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'Still Alice' co-director Richard Glatzer dies

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'Still Alice' co-director Richard Glatzer dies
Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with Als.

Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer has died, aged 63.

Glatzer passed away on Tuesday [March 10] after a four-year battle with Als, a spokesperson confirmed in a statement released today.

His most recent film, Still Alice co-written and directed with his husband Wash Westmoreland, saw Julianne Moore win the Best Actress Oscar at last month’s ceremony.

Born on Jan 28, 1952, Glatzer grew up in Long Island and New Jersey, going on to earn a PhD in English from the University of Virginia. He met Westmoreland in 1995 and they became life partners, making four film as co-writers and directors: The Fluffer (2001), Sundance winner Quinceañera (2006), The Last of Robin Hood (2013) and Still Alice (2014).

Glatzer also worked on several hit reality TV shows, including The Osbournes and America’s Next Top Model.

He was diagnosed with Als in 2011, but continued to work as a film-maker. On set of Still Alice, he co-directed
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'Still Alice' co-director Richard Glatzer dies aged 63

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'Still Alice' co-director Richard Glatzer dies aged 63
Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with Als.

Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer has died, aged 63.

Glatzer passed away on Tuesday [March 10] after a four-year battle with Als, a spokesperson confirmed in a statement released today.

His most recent film, Still Alice co-written and directed with his husband Wash Westmoreland, saw Julianne Moore win the Best Actress Oscar at last month’s ceremony.

Born on Jan 28, 1952, Glatzer grew up in Long Island and New Jersey, going on to earn a PhD in English from the University of Virginia. He met Westmoreland in 1995 and they became life partners, making four film as co-writers and directors: The Fluffer (2001), Sundance winner Quinceañera (2006), The Last of Robin Hood (2013) and Still Alice (2014).

Glatzer also worked on several hit reality TV shows, including The Osbournes and America’s Next Top Model.

He was diagnosed with Als in 2011, but continued to work as a film-maker. On set of Still Alice, he co-directed
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Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer dies, aged 63

Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer dies, aged 63
Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer has died, aged 63.

The filmmaker passed away following a long battle with neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Glatzer's death came just two weeks after Julianne Moore won a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a professor battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.

The writer-director was not in attendance because he was hospitalised two days before the Oscars ceremony for respiratory issues.

Glatzer was diagnosed with Als just before he and husband Wash Westmoreland began adapting Lisa Genova's novel Still Alice.

The filmmaking partners also directed the 2006 family drama Quinceañera and the Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood.
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Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer dies

Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer dies
Still Alice co-director Richard Glatzer has died.

The filmmaker passed away following a long battle with neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Glatzer's death came just two weeks after Julianne Moore won a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of a professor battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.

The writer-director was not in attendance because he was hospitalised two days before the Oscars ceremony for respiratory issues.

Glatzer was diagnosed with Als while he and husband Wash Westmoreland were adapting Lisa Genova's novel Still Alice.

The filmmaking partners also directed the 2006 family drama Quinceañera and the Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood.
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Memories of Alice, part 2 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Julianne Moore as Alice in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's candid Still Alice: "She welcomed the role without any trepidation."

Alec Baldwin's character, Julianne Moore's connection to Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Lyle Lovett's If I Had A Boat sung by Karen Elson, fame for Errol Flynn in The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon are remembered. James Keach's Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, The Time of the Harvest, Elizabeth Bishop and Bruno Barreto's Reaching For The Moon, Rita Hayworth, Marcel Proust, and Stacey Battat's costumes come into our conversation about Still Alice. Alice's children are played by Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart.

Anne-Katrin Titze: You quote Elizabeth Bishop's The Art Of Losing. It's beautifully used by Alice.

Kristen Stewart as Lydia: "Lydia is away on the other coast and becomes very significant in the story.
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‘Still Alice’ Review: Julianne Moore At Her Finest In Heartbreaking Film

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‘Still Alice’ Review: Julianne Moore At Her Finest In Heartbreaking Film
Almost immediately after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Still Alice thrust its star Julianne Moore into the frontrunner spot for this year’s Best Actress Oscar race. Sony Pictures Classics immediately made a deal to pick up the film and said it would qualify it for the Academy Awards. That qualifying run begins today, and there’s no question Moore will be among the five nominees when they are named January 15.

As I say in my review above, Moore’s portrayal of Alice Howland, a woman in the prime of life who finds out she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, is easily one of this fine actresses’ finest — and that’s saying a lot as Moore has been nominated four times previously for an Oscar and won the Emmy for playing Sarah Palin in Game Change. For some viewers though Still Alice could be tough
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Julianne Moore Featured In New Poster For Still Alice

Four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore is featured in this first poster for Sony Classics Pictures Still Alice. The film was an Official Selection at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In the film, Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

Still Alice is based on the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

Writers-Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland made Sundance history in 2006 when Quinceañera won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win numerous other prizes, including the Humanitas screenwriting Award, and the John Cassavettes Spirit Award in 2007. Their film The Last of Robin Hood, starring Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning,
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Fall Festival Verdict: Who’s In, Who’s Out As The 2014 Oscar Race Gets Its First Real Shot Of Adrenaline

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With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures ClassicsFoxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?

Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming

But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus FeaturesStephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain
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Toronto Update: Sony Pictures Classics Confirms ‘Still Alice’ Buy For Awards-Season Run

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Update, 11:35 Am: Sony Classics just confirmed the North American rights deal for Still Alice, which officially makes star Julianne Moore an Oscar contender for her performance as a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Check out Spc’s release after my original break.

Previous Exclusive, 6:14 Pm: Capping yet another busy day of Toronto deals, Sony Pictures Classics is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Still Alice, the pic written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The label plans to release the film for Oscar season. It has gotten strong notices for Julianne Moore, who stars with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth. She plays a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s.

This is the first deal that calls for a berth in this year’s Oscar race, though many said that the Michael Shannon-Andrew Garfield pic
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Kevin Kline Talks My Old Lady, Motion Capture 101, The Last Of Robin Hood, Ricki And The Flash and More

Never in my life would I have guessed I’d be able to teach someone as accomplished as Kevin Kline about anything at all, but it turns out, he doesn’t know all that much about motion capture. However, that’s only one thing compared to the wealth of memories, techniques and industry insight he had to share with me during our interview for his upcoming film, My Old Lady. Kline leads the big screen adaptation of Israel Horovitz’s play as Mathias, a man who travels to Paris to cash in his inheritance, a high value apartment. Trouble is, it’s a “viager,” so he won’t actually own the place until the current tenant, Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), passes away. Until then, he actually has to pay her a fee according to the unusual French system. In addition to discussing his experience making My Old Lady and breaking down the motion capture technique,
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