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People Magazine Awards: Maroon 5, 5Sos and Gwen Stefani Perform! (Video)

18 December 2014 8:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The stars did not disappoint at Thursday night's People Magazine Awards. With plenty of memorable moments (Chloë Grace Moretz! Jon Hamm! Mindy and Chris!), the night was a resounding success. But it's the performances that everyone's talking about. Maroon 5 took to the stage to perform their hit song "Animals" (minus the buckets of blood and naked Adam Levine, alas), while the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer covered the Romantics' "What I Like About You." Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams closed out the night with "Spark the Fire" - but only after Williams presented the singer with the Style Icon Award. »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Oliver Heldens Closes Off The Year With A BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

10 December 2014 1:31 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As one of the fastest rising stars in Edm at the moment, it was really just a matter of time before we got a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix from Mr. Oliver Heldens. Keeping in suit with his deep house/groovy style, the two hours of music delivers exactly what you’d expect.

From the producer’s own hits like “Gecko” and “Koala,” to some of the biggest songs of 2014 (“Light Years Away,” “A Sky Full Of Stars,” “Blame,” etc.) the mix is a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. In fact, it could very well make a case for Best Essential Mix of 2014, as it definitely rivals some of the more impressive ones that we’ve heard from BBC Radio 1 this year. If nothing else, though, it’s a great way for the young DJ to cap off his truly incredible breakout year.

Check out the Oliver Heldens BBC 1 Radio Essential Mix below, »

- Matt Joseph

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Film News: ‘Animals’ is Top Film at ‘Best of the Midwest’ Awards Night

10 December 2014 11:52 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival gave out their 2014 “Best of the Midwest” awards with a ceremony at The Underground Nightclub in Chicago. Sweeping Best Actor, Director and Feature Film was the Collin Schiffli-directed “Animals,” starring and written by David Dastmalchian.

BMA Host Mike McNamara with Presenter/Screenwriter Irvine Welsh

Photo credit: Jason Brown (jbrownweddingphoto.com) for MidwestFilm.com

The evening was hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and featured appearances by television stars Jon Seda and Laroyce Hawkins of “Chicago Pd”; Christian Stolte and Charlie Barnett of “Chicago Fire”; Kelly O’Sullivan and Maura Kidwell of “Sirens”; Screenwriter Irvine Walsh (“Trainspotting”); and Betsy Steinberg, the Director of the Illinois Film Office.

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been named by »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interviews: On Set for the Chicago Production ‘The View From Tall’

7 December 2014 12:10 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Chicago independent film scene keeps thriving, and a local production that just wrapped up will soon be a part of it. “The View From Tall” is based on a play written by co-director Caitlin Parrish, who along with her directing partner Erica Weiss brought the story to the screen.

One of the key roles in the film is portrayed by Chicago actor Michael Patrick Thornton. Thornton is a veteran performer, who most recently appeared as Dr. Gabriel Fife in the ABC-tv series “Private Practice.” Thornton suffered a spinal stroke in 2003, and is now mobile via a wheelchair, but has still forged a full acting career which also included an appearance in “The Dilemma” – directed by Ron Howard – in 2011.

Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss on the Set of ‘The View From Tall’

Photo credit: Tyler Core for the ‘The View From Tall,’ LLC

The crew of “The View From Tall, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival to Honor 2014 Films on Dec. 2

1 December 2014 7:15 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Midwest Independent Film Festival will award their 2014 “Best of the Midwest” honors with a ceremony at The Underground Nightclub in Chicago. The evening will be hosted by Festival Director Mike McNamara, and nominees include “Animals” – directed by Collin Schiffli, “The Starfish Throwers” – directed by Jesse Roesler and “Happy Christmas” – directed by Joe Swanberg.

Presented by the Midwest Independent Film Festival

Photo credit: MidwestFilm.com

The Midwest Independent Film Festival is a year-round movie event in Chicago that takes place the first Tuesday of every month, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The festival has been named by Chicago Magazine in their “Best of Chicago” issue, and has become one of the top places for local filmmakers, producers and actors to network in the city.

The nominees for the “Best of the Midwest” Awards are as follows….

Best Music Video

“Shadow” directed by Ryan O »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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David Dastmalchian Praises Marvel And His 'Incredible' Experience Filming Ant-man

30 November 2014 2:25 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

He's best known in the comic book movie community for The Dark Knight, but David Dastmalchian will be playing a bigger supporting role in Ant-Man next year. And while promoting his independent film Animals at the 2014 Virginia Film Festival, the actor was asked about his mystery character in the "Phase Two" Marvel movie and whether he will appear in "Phase Three" of the shared cinematic universe. "Well, your guess is as mine unfortunately," Dastmalchian told ReelFilmNews before gushing about his Ant-Man experience. "I wish that I knew, but I will say that...[Ant-Man] is obviously not an independent film, it's a huge studio film. But I've had an incredible experience working on that movie. I will [also] say that - I've been doing this for a little while, so I still feel like I'm new at being in films and working in film - but there is something about being around a »

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Oscilloscope Nabs Addiction Drama ‘Animals’ – Afm

12 November 2014 11:53 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Animals, the SXSW 2014 title starring PrisonersDavid Dastmalchian and Kim Shaw as young Chicagoan lovers and addicts whose relationship is tested by a sudden, life-altering setback. Collin Schiffli makes his directorial debut with the film, which Dastmalchian wrote. Oscilloscope is planning a 2015 release.

“We are so thrilled to be releasing Animals, a film we haven’t been able to shake since first seeing it at South by Southwest,” Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said in a statement. “The movie is at once a bold and honest look at one of the tougher parts of our world, while simultaneously a poetic and lyrical reflection on how love and human connection can get anyone through the most difficult of circumstances. Collin is a major new filmmaker, and we are excited to welcome him, David and the rest of the Animals team to the O-Scope family. »

- Jen Yamato

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MTV Vmas 2014 Complete Winners List

24 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

ETonline has the complete 2014 MTV VMAs winner list.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are in full swing at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith are among the nominees who could walk home with a shiny new Moonman on Sunday. ETonline has the full list of winners as they are announced and will be updating them live! Stay with us to find out who wins.

Best Lyric Video

*5 Seconds of Summer, "Don't Stop"

Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea),"Problem"

Demi Lovato (featuring Cher Lloyd), "Really Don't Care"

Austin Mahone (featuring Pitbull), "Mmm Yeah"

Katy Perry, "Birthday"

Best Female Video

*Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J), "Dark Horse"

Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli Xcx),"Fancy"

Beyonce, "Partition"

Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea), "Problem"

Lorde, "Royals"

Best Male Video

*Ed Sheeran (featuring Pharrell Williams), "Sing"

John Legend, "All of Me"

Eminem (Featuring Rihanna), "The Monster"

Sam Smith, "Stay with Me »

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards nominees and winners - complete list

24 August 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were handed out Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Los Angeles Forum.  The show was host-less, but there were many big stars on hand to take home their moon men.  A complete list of all the nominees and winners from this year's show. Video Of The Year: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx – "Fancy" Beyonce ft. Jay Z - "Drunk in Love" Pharrell Williams - "Happy" Sia - "Chandelier" Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball" - Winner Best Hip Hop: Eminem - "Bezerk" Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)" - Winner Childish Gambino - "3005" Kanye West - "Black Skinhead" Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz” Best Male: Pharrell Williams - "Happy" John Legend - "All of Me" Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams - "Sing" - Winner Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" Eminem ft. Rihanna - "The Monster" Best Female: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx »

- Gregory Ellwood

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MTV Vma Winners 2014: The Full List

24 August 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 2014 MTV VMAs are finally upon us. Based on previous years' many Wtf moments and killer performances, we have plenty to look forward to, including a night full of big winners. And what are the VMAs without show-stopping performances? This year's ceremony features sets from Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, and tonight's Video Vanguard Award recipient, Beyoncé.

All night long, we'll be updating this list with MTV Vma winners, so if you're not in front of a TV, don't have cable, or are simply looking for a full list, we've got you covered.

Related: Watch of the 2014 MTV Vma Performances

Full List of 2014 MTV Vma Winners

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Beyoncé

Video of the Year

Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli Xcx, "Fancy"

Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" - Winner

Pharrell Williams, »

- Moviefone Staff

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This & That: Ant Man, Early Emmys, List Mania

18 August 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Elisabeth Bergner, who started in German silents went on to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Escape Me Never (1935)Schweigen a fine collection of 1920s and 1930s postcards of film actors. I loved looking at it despite my Richard Dix aversion. And this postcard left makes me desperate to see Escape Me Never, one of the 30s Best Actress nominations I still haven't seen

Cinema Blend profiles the 5 pilots from Amazon Studios including Hand of God with Dana Delany and Ron Perlman

E! Online Neil Patrick Harris responds to rumors that he and David Burtka are breaking up. It ain't so.

Pret-a-Reporter Inside Madonna's 56th birthday bash

THR Cinematography Gordon Willis who died earlier this summer, was memorialized in Hollywood this weekend

List Mania

Rope of Silicon every death in a Quentin Tarantino movie thus far

Cinema Enthusiast has been investigating 1992 cinema. Loves Howards End, The Player, Batman Returns »

- NATHANIEL R

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Beyonce leads all MTV Vma nominees with eight

17 July 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beyonce is Queen Bey when it comes to Vma voters. She leads all artists for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations, including the coveted  video of the year for “Drunk In Love,” featuring Jay Z. Hot on her heels are Eminem and Iggy Azalea with seven nominations each. The nominations were announced with MTV’s Shapchat account. The VMAs will be held Aug. 24 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Among the artists who were ignored include Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and Justin Timberlake (although his duet with Michael Jackson, “Love Never Felt So Good,” was nominated for best choreography.) Joining Beyonce as contenders for video of the year are Azalea’s “Fancy,”  Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” Sia’s “Chandelier, and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”  As you’ll recall, Cyrus’ twerk heard around the world occurred at last year’s VMAs. Ariana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds Of Summer are among the »

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Exclusive Portraits: Stars of the 2014 Chicago Critics Film Festival

12 July 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 9 | NextDirector David Wain of ‘They Came Together,’ the Opening Night Film.

Chicago – The second-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which took place from May 9 to May 15, 2014 at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association, has been one of the best film events of 2014 in Chicago. Over seven days, films from such diverse representatives as David Wain, Martin Starr, Dick Miller and Bobcat Goldthwait were unreeled for Chicago film aficionados.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was there and captured these exclusive portraits of the stars, directors and documentary subjects that defined the Chicago Critics Film Festival programming. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

CCFF1: Director David Wain of ‘They Came Together,’ the Opening Night Film. CCFF2: Martin Starr of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

10 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

 

 

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »

- Brian Welk

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The Dark Knight's David Dastmalchian joins Ant-Man

2 July 2014 3:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Dastmalchian has been cast in Ant-Man.

The Dark Knight actor will take on an unspecified role in Peyton Reed's Marvel Studios project, reports Deadline.

He will appear in the Paul Rudd-starring superhero film alongside Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson.

Dastmalchian was most recently seen in Prisoners. He won the Courage in Filmmaking Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival for Animals, which he wrote and starred in.

Reed signed on as director of the film after the surprise exit of Edgar Wright in May.

Wright had been attached to the project since 2006.

Details of the plot, which centres around the shrinking superhero, remain under wraps.

Ant-Man will be released on July 17, 2015. »

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David Dastmalchian Joins ‘Ant-Man’, David Harbour Adds To ‘Black Mass’; ‘Ride Along 2′ Taps Olivia Munn

1 July 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

David Dastmalchian has signed on to play an unspecified role in Ant-man that Marvel is keeping under wraps. The actor’s character will join an ensemble headed by Paul Rudd. Dastmalchian most recently was seen in Prisoners and won the Courage in Filmmaking Award at this year’s 2014 SXSW Film Festival for writing and starring in Animals.  He is repped by Cesd, Principato Young Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Tony-nominated actor David Harbour will play corrupt FBI agent John Morris in Warner Bros’ Whitey Bulger feature Black Mass starring Johnny Depp and directed by Scott Cooper. Morris, along with fellow FBI agent John Connolly, allowed […] »

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Film News: Midwest Independent Film Festival to Present ‘Animals’ on June 3, 2014

2 June 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the best local independent films recently shot in Chicago is the story of two lost souls entitled “Animals.” The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the film on their usual “first Tuesday” program on June 3rd, 2014, at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Chicago.

Animals” is directed by Collin Schiffili, and was written by David Dastmalchian – who also portrays lead character Jude – based on his own experiences. The film co-stars Kim Shaw as Bobbie, Jude’s lover and co-dependent drug addict. The achingly raw journey of the couple is a stark and harrowing look at addiction. Director Schiffli also uses the City of Chicago as a character in the film, going to the back alleys and seamier underside of the urban landscape.

Collin Schiffli (left) and David Dastmalchian on the set of ‘Animals

Photo credit: Schiffli Films

Collin Schiffli and David Dastmalchian were at the Chicago Critics Film Festival last month, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Film News: Chicago Critics Film Festival Opens May 9, 2014, With Full Lineup of Appearances

9 May 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Now in its second year, the Chicago Film Critics Festival opens tonight, May 9th, 2014, with the Chicago Premiere of “They Came Together,” starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poelher, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader and Ed Helms, and directed by David Wain. Wain makes an appearance after the 7pm screening at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Click here for details and the complete schedule for the week long festival.

The Chicago Critics Film Festival is the first of its kind, with members of the Chicago Film Critics Association coordinating the events and selecting the films. The schedule features mainstream and independent film premieres – weeks before their general release – plus two short film programs, late night horror films, revivals and one-of-a-kind live appearances. The festival runs through May 15th.

Included in the week-long presentations are after-film Q&As by filmmakers, actors and even the subjects of the movies on tap. Here is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of 6-Packs to Chicago Critics Film Festival at Music Box Theatre

5 May 2014 6:51 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Exclusive! Free festival 6-packs! In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 pairs of festival 6-packs up for grabs to the second-annual Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) at the Music Box Theatre from the Chicago Film Critics Association!

The festival runs from Friday, May 9 to Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the historic Music Box Theatre. More than 30 feature films and shorts will make their Chicago premieres including favorites from Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Slamdance, Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes.

The festival lineup includes the latest films starring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Brit Marling, Hugo Weaving, Rupert Friend, Brendan Gleeson, Robin Wright, Jenny Slate and many more. In this exclusive Hookup, each HollywoodChicago.com winner will win a festival 6-pack of Guaranteed tickets to experience these Chicago premieres at these times and dates:

 ”Calvary” (Saturday, May 10, 7:45 p.m.)  ”The Overnighters” (Sunday, May 11, 5 p.m.)  Shorts Program #2 (Monday, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Animals’

18 March 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although it inevitably invites comparisons, not all of them flattering, to earlier dramas about desperately resourceful drug addicts, “Animals” nonetheless manages to command attention, generate tension and elicit empathy as it focuses on the day-to-day scams and struggles of its characters. Lead player David Dastmalchian reportedly drew on his personal experiences in the lower depths while writing the screenplay, which may explain the uncommonly compelling persuasiveness of his bleak story’s quotidian details. But impressive verisimilitude may not be enough to expand this indie’s appeal beyond the most venturesome arthouse habitues and home-screen viewers.

Early scenes indicate that Jude (Dastmalchian) and Bobbie (Kim Shaw) are well on their way down the path toward heroin-fueled self-destruction, but not yet so far gone as to be unattractive or off-putting. Indeed, Bobbie remains sufficiently appealing to play the central part in one of their routine hustles: She makes home visits to male customers expecting a call girl, »

- Joe Leydon

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