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‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride

‘Loving Vincent’ Review: The World’s First Oil-Painted Feature is a Truly Insane Vincent van Gogh Tribute — Telluride
Vladimir Nakobov’s 1938 novel “Laughter in the Dark” begins with its rich and horny (but happily married) hero arriving at the vision that will ultimately ruin his life. A retired art critic with cinematic aspirations, old Albinus is struck by the idea of taking a famous painter, “preferably of the Dutch School,” and animating one of his signature works into the stuff of motion pictures. Film technology was still in its infancy, and it made anything seem possible. What if someone could use it to breathe new life into a static canvas, adding new dimensions to the artist’s vision and illustrating what might have happened in the moments before and after the one that was immortalized in oil?

Albinus, to his credit, recognized the unique challenges that might be involved in such an endeavor. “It would entail a delicacy of work calling for novel improvements in the method of animation,
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Annecy Film Review: ‘Loving Vincent’

Annecy Film Review: ‘Loving Vincent’
Stand in front of a painting by Vincent van Gogh for more than five minutes, and your brain starts to react in strange ways. Even today, more than a century after the artist’s death, the brushstrokes pack an almost psychedelic energy, vibrating with an intensity that seems to have sprung directly from van Gogh’s tortured personal life. Now imagine staring at one of these paintings for 90 minutes straight — or crazier still, watching a series of them actually start to move.

Such was the vision Polish animator Dorota Kobiela had for “Loving Vincent,” a truly awe-inspiring portrait of the great Dutch artist that boasts the distinction of being “the world’s first fully painted feature film.” That means every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master — which has
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‘Rat Film’ Teaser: Cinema Guild Picks Up Theo Anthony’s Acclaimed and Astounding Documentary — Watch

‘Rat Film’ Teaser: Cinema Guild Picks Up Theo Anthony’s Acclaimed and Astounding Documentary — Watch
If two is a trend, 2016 is the year of fascinating documentaries about some of the planet’s most misunderstood vermin: Rats. Between Morgan Spurlock’s aptly named “Rats” and Theo Anthony’s debut feature “Rat Film,” the world is suddenly privy to some shocking new revelations about the long-tailed beasties. Spurlock’s doc has been available since September, but Anthony’s Locarno-premiering doc has been looking for a home since it bowed earlier this year. It’s got one now — plus an enthralling new teaser trailer to go right alongside it.

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IndieWire can exclusively announced that Cinema Guild has picked up the film, and already has plans in the works to unveil the doc for its U.S. premiere at a major film festival this spring. Cinema Guild will bring the film to theaters across North America in partnership with the filmmakers and
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Review: ‘Microbe and Gasoline’ Is Michel Gondry At His Least Whimsical

In 2008, the satirical website The Onion published a story entitled “Michel Gondry Entertained For Days By New Cardboard Box,” poking a bit of fun at the French filmmaker’s ability to find whimsy and imagination in the most unexpected of places. That Gondry’s movies revel in the fantastic and often eschew anything resembling the cynical is hardly news, but that he’s continued to invest himself in the creation of those kind of films (save for that brief foray into superhero fare with “The Green Hornet”) is certainly worth pointing out on a regular basis.

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His latest, “Microbe and Gasoline,” is another example of exactly that. Finally getting a release in the U.S. nearly a year after it opened in France (and ten months since it first played in the States,
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Gotham, Ep. 2.11, “Worse Than A Crime”

Gotham, Season 2, Episode 11, “Worse Than A Crime”

Written by Bruno Heller

Directed by Jeffrey Hunt

Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on Fox

The midseason finale closes off the Galavan arc with a bang and kicks the doors wide open for a second half of season two that will take the Rise of the Villains to the next level. The season has been building up to Galavan and his family getting their revenge on Gotham City through the ritual killing of Bruce Wayne, bringing us this week to a fatal showdown between Galavan and a motley crew of police detectives, a crime kingpin, a military trained butler, and a street smart cat burglar, all of whom come to Wayne’s rescue. It’s like watching a western, where a group of lawless rogues unite forces against one common enemy, Theo Galavan.

All this season Gordon has been struggling with crossing the
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Teen Wolf Recap: Saving Private Liam

Teen Wolf Recap: Saving Private Liam
Operation: Rescue Liam And Baby Selena Gomez Hayden hit a few nasty bumps on Monday’s Teen Wolf, and by the end of the harrowing, eye-gouging hour, Scott’s pack was officially down a member… at least for now.

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Thanks to a perfect storm of wolf powers and dumb luck — Scott tapped Corey’s memories and Stiles recalled getting in trouble for skateboarding at the water treatment plant — the pack managed to track down the missing babies, but it wasn’t the asthmatic Alpha who ultimately saved them.
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Teen Wolf Recap: Trap Queens

Before I begin this week’s Teen Wolf recap, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the beloved character we lost during Monday’s hectic episode.

Roscoe the Jeep, you will remain forever in the well-ventilated parking garage of our hearts.

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Moving on… I think I’m going to start referring to Scott as “Coach” from now on, because his life is just one difficult call after another. This week, it was: Do I use Hayden as bait to trap a Dread Doctor,
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Teen Wolf Recap: Total Recall

Forget chimeras, Dread Doctors and feather-puking wallflowers. On Monday’s Teen Wolf, Scott and his pack faced their greatest threat thus far: attempting to read an entire book… with no pictures!

It was all in the name of jogging their memories, discovering whatever it was the Dread Doctors wanted them to suppress, but boy did it make them sleepy.

VideosTeen Wolf Interview: Dylan O’Brien Pitches the Series’ First Threesome in Season 5

The award for Most Heartbreaking Memory goes to Stiles, who recalled the night his mother attacked him because she believed he was trying to kill her. (Gee,
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Teen Wolf Recap: Club Dread (Doctors)

Teen Wolf Recap: Club Dread (Doctors)
Teen Wolf is throwing so many new creatures and concepts our way this season, I’m starting to feel like Scott in that hellish science class. So let’s talk about the latest addition to the Beacon Hills encyclopedia: “chimera.”

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That’s apparently the breed of creature — in this case, a mixture of werewolf, eagle and kanima — being cooked up by the Dread Doctors, which Scott and his pals discovered Monday after battling new-chimera Lucas at an underground gay club. (And I stand by my tweet that,
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Mindy Newell: Defining Oneself

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I have been engrossed for the last week in Infidel, an autobiography that chronicles the life and times of political activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and how she became who and what she is. Ms. Ali will be familiar to those readers of this column, who, like me, strive to never miss an episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews. She has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and just about every news organization around the world – though I don’t know if she has ever been invited onto Al-Jazeera, even here on the U.S. version.

But if not, here’s a short version of Ms. Ali’s biography. Born into a traditional Muslim family in Somalia in 1969, her father was Hirsi Magan Isse, a leader of the Somali Salvation Democratic Front and who was actively involved in the Somalian Revolution against the Siad Barre government.
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Paris Massacre: Europe’s Creative Community Remains Defiant

As the world reacted to the killings at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the European media community took to social media to express outrage, sympathy and solidarity with the slogan #jesuischarlie (I Am Charlie). Thousands also took to the streets of Paris and other European capitals, and political cartoonists around the world also published reactions. Artist Banksy’s sketch of what many have tried to put into words drew more than 1 million retweets.

One of Paris’ most prominent Arab filmmakers, Nabil Ayouch, who operates out of Paris and Casablanca, said he certainly wouldn’t back down after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter. “It’s a sad day. I’m still very shocked. This attack will reinforce my determination to move forward by denouncing in my films the craziness of those who believe that they can act and kill in the name of a religion,” Ayouch told Variety.

Ayouch’s last film,
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On The Assassination of Comedians

In response to the vicious murder of 10 artists working for Charlie Hebdo and 2 police officers protecting the satirical magazine’s offices, CEO of the Center for Inquiry Ronald A. Lindsay said, “We are heartbroken by the unthinkable and cowardly attack at the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris today, and outraged that such a barbaric act was a response to journalists and satirists exercising their right to free expression.” Lindsay is no stranger to the fight for free speech. His center’s publication Free Inquiry was the first in the Us (and for a while, the only) to publish the Mohammed cartoons from the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten which prompted global riots — cartoons that Charlie Hebdo also reprinted alongside their own dryly funny drawings of Islam’s prophet lamenting the difficulty of being loved by idiots. The only problem with Lindsay’s statement, and really with the world, is that this morning’s assassination isn’t “unthinkable.” On
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Paul McCartney Responds to Twitter Ridiculousness Over Kanye West Collaboration

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Paul McCartney opened up about his new chart-topping Kanye West collaboration on Friday, but he isn’t the only one tweeting about “Only One.”

“For any of you guys who were wondering what I was doing with @kanyewest,” McCartney wrote in a tweet that linked to the track. “Happy rocking new year!”

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But a smattering of smart-alecs have been giving the McCartney social-media grief over the pairing, with many making jokes about how the rapper’s younger fans may have never even heard of the legendary rocker, nor his former band the Beatles.
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Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the Us hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal

Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. He might be a roadie coming off a world tour. His famously exophthalmic eyes are a washed-out blue and he's tired, back home in Brooklyn after staying at his house in upstate New York. He likes to go there and hang out and do nothing, he says, maybe take a walk or do a bit of yardwork: he spent the weekend raking leaves. Self-effacing, friendly, polite, it's clear he's here under low-grade sufferance; interviews, he says in his quick, metallic, slightly strangulated way, "aren't my favourite thing to do".

He is a patient
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Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the Us hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal

Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train. He might be a roadie coming off a world tour. His famously exophthalmic eyes are a washed-out blue and he's tired, back home in Brooklyn after staying at his house in upstate New York. He likes to go there and hang out and do nothing, he says, maybe take a walk or do a bit of yardwork: he spent the weekend raking leaves. Self-effacing, friendly, polite, it's clear he's here under low-grade sufferance; interviews, he says in his quick, metallic, slightly strangulated way, "aren't my favourite thing to do".

He is a patient
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Miley Cyrus Moving On From Liam Hemsworth With Theo Wenner

Miley reportedly left her ‘SNL’ after party on Oct. 5, to meet up with her reported new boyfriend, a photographer for ‘Rolling Stone’ and the ex-boyfriend of actress Liv Tyler! Read on for the details of this blossoming new romance.

Has Miley Cyrus already moved on from Liam Hemsworth? The singer is reportedly spending all of her time with Theo Wenner, the son of Jann Wenner, the owner and chief editor of Rolling Stone. Miley, 20, is said to have left the SNL after-party to go meet up with Theo at 3am!

Miley Cyrus Dating Theo Wenner?

It doesn’t sound like Miley is crying over Liam anymore. After hosting SNL, Miley went to celebrate her big night at Stk Midtown on Oct. 5, and RadarOnline.com is reporting that she was texting Theo all night long.

She then got up from the table and hopped into her black SUV and reportedly headed to Theo’s.
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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2013: Alex Van Warmerdan’s Borgman

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Buzz: Alex Van Warmerdan’s latest film is immediately of note because it’s the first Dutch film to play the Main Comp in thirty eight years. But more excitingly, its inclusion here should bring a wider audience to the offbeat Dutch filmmaker who has been consistently making wonderously weird films since his 1986 debut, Voyeur (aka Abel). Enthusiasts may be familiar with some of his well known titles, such as The Northerners (1992), which features Theo Van Gogh in an acting role, or Grimm (2003), but the preview of his latest feature promises that Borgman may be one of the highlights of Cannes 2013.

The Gist: Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia.
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The HeyUGuys Interview: Theo Stevenson and Akai talk All Stars

Sometimes when you walk into a room to interview the talent from a movie, you feel underdressed somewhat, or at times, even rather uncool. Well, never has that feeling felt so prominent, upon walking in to interview the lead roles of Ben Gregor’s All Stars Theo Stevenson and Akai Osei-Mansfield, who with their suave hair do’s and trendy outfits, made me feel, well, a little bit old.

The pair – who play Ethan and Jade, respectively, were in fine spirits as their chemistry from within the film was as evident in real life, and the two teenagers discussed their close friendship. They also talk about balancing their acting careers with their schoolwork, and Akai – famed for his dancing ability – talks about his role in the film, while Theo also delves into his own dancing talents.

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Justified Exclusive: Joelle Carter on Ava’s ‘Peace of Mind’, Romance & Season 4

Spoiler alert! Before you read our exclusive interview with Joelle Carter, Justified’s Ava Crowder, make sure you’ve watched this week’s episode, “Peace of Mind,” written by Taylor Elmore and Leonard Chang and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton. With Drew Thompson now in custody, the mad scramble continues as Ellen May (Abby Miller) is on the run with Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) Nicky Augustine (Mike O’Malley) and Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) giving chase. Carter spoke with us about “Peace of Mind” as well as many memorable scenes throughout the season.

BuzzFocus: Let’s jump right in and talk about last night’s episode, “Peace of Mind,” an outstanding episode for Ava Crowder, who returned to the Noble’s Holler with $500,000 of Theo Tonin’s money to get Ellen May and it ends up in another friendship destruction for Ava.

Joelle Carter: What’s so beautiful about Boyd and
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The Innocence Of Morons – Sam Bacile & Cranked-Out Propaganda

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If you find yourself with fifteen minutes to kill this evening, you can go to YouTube and pull up the video that is currently causing murder and mayhem and destruction in the Middle East this evening. No, it isn’t Gangnam Style. It’s that strange new cinematic sensation, Innocence of Muslims.

I’m not going to put up the link, for a number of reasons that are obvious at least to me. I’m also going to steer clear of any type of free speech arguments, and the ethics of propaganda filmmaking in the 21st century made for the sole purpose of getting under the skin of already touchy Muslims. In terms of quality, The Innocence of Muslims falls far below the mark set by Theo van Gogh with Submission, the intentionally provacative short film which ultimately led to Van Gogh’s decapitation.

In terms of sheer quality, the
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