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Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Director, Dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Director, Dead at 73
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs and the filmmaker who revolutionized concert movies with his 1984 Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense, died Wednesday morning from esophegal cancer. He was 73.

"Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children," Demme's rep said in a statement.

"I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him,
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'The Young Pope' Recap: Out of Africa

'The Young Pope' Recap: Out of Africa
It was the best of Popes, it was the worst of Popes. Tonight's episode contained both individual shots and lengthy segments that are as successful as anything the HBO show has put on screen so far – but it's also the first installment of the series that feels like a substantial failure. It's oddly appropriate: The storyline, in which Pope Pius Xiii exits his comfort zone by leaves the cozy confines of his papal palaces and travels abroad to meet his public, is the one in which co-writer/director Paolo Sorrentino wanders off course himself.
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Disc Deals For The Week: Black Friday 2015

The Barnes & Noble sale is in full effect until December 1st, the Black Friday deals have already begun, and we still haven’t seen the lowest of the low prices yet.

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A note on Amazon deals, for those curious: sometimes third party sellers will suddenly appear as the main purchasing option on a product page, even though Amazon will sell it directly from themselves for the sale price that we have listed. If the sale price doesn’t show up, click on the “new” options, and look for Amazon’s listing.

I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week, as new deals are found, and others expire. If you find something that’s wrong, a broken link or price difference, feel free to tweet at me.

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Youth Movie Review

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Youth Movie Review
Youth Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Paolo Sorrentino Written by: Paolo Sorrentino Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 11/10/15 Opens: December 4, 2015 What provides the glue that enables two people of diverse personalities to maintain a long-term friendship? Think, for example, of André Gregory and Wallace Shawn in Louis Malle’s movie “My Dinner with André, in which Gregory plays a man with rich, spiritual experiences to Wallace Shawn’s down-home humanism. And now comes another great friendship. Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino, whose 2013 film “The Great Beauty” introduced his audience [ Read More ]

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5 Intimate Character Dramas to See Before ‘The End of the Tour’

The End of the Tour is just the latest in a series of movies that feel tight, contained, and downright theatrical. Much of this has to do with the film’s incredibly basic premise, one where two characters simply sit and talk. These films don’t feel cinematic. They feel inherently small, and lack any obvious sense of grandeur or ambition. So why make a movie like this? These are films that lack any obvious cinematic qualities, especially in terms of scale, stakes, and grandeur. In spite of this, though, these small cast films are often excellent. They prove to be compelling throughout, even if the characters in question are the only things that drive the action forward at all. To understand what makes The End of the Tour a success, it becomes necessary to look back at other films that are similar in scale and ambition. These are just five of those films,
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Daily | Lists, Histories, Interviews

In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Lists, Histories, Interviews

In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson
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Criterion Collection: A Master Builder | Blu-ray Review

The third experimental cinematic endeavor from the writing/acting duo of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, A Master Builder, at last reaches a notable platform of consumption with its inclusion in the Criterion collection. Their previous collaborations, My Dinner with Andre (1981) and Vanya on 42nd Street (1992), both directed by French auteur Louis Malle, have reached a sort of mythical status in the realm of art-house cinema. And so the rather hushed theatrical reception of this latest endeavor, another long-gestating exercise, this time re-working a late period play from Ibsen while Jonathan Demme usurps the directorial seat, perhaps has more to do with the fluctuating cinematic landscape. Existing, tonally, somewhere in-between the previous two ventures, this generally claustrophobic rendering doesn’t contain the same sense of innovative, inspiring energy, oscillating between moments of flaccid, rehearsed dialogue and moments of overwhelming emotional hysteria. As a filmed version of this experimental theater exercise,
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Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn on the Legacy of My Dinner With Andre

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Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn on the Legacy of My Dinner With Andre
When My Dinner With Andre hit cinemas in 1981, Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn were already established figures of the New York theater scene. But the hit film, directed by Louis Malle and consisting almost entirely of a scripted dinner conversation between the two men, turned them into something closer to celebrities: "Few people knew who they were when they entered the theater," wrote Roger Ebert about the film’s premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. "Now they would never be forgotten where films were taken seriously." Over the next several decades, the two men built on that collaboration with more films. Next came 1994’s Vanya on 42nd Street, also directed for the screen by Malle, though the theatrical production itself — essentially a years-long workshopping and exploration of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with little thought given to a traditional audience — was directed by Gregory himself. Then, in 2014, the
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Off The Shelf – Episode 54 – New Releases For The Week Of Tuesday, June 16th 2015

This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of June 16th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.

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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Unopened movies Christopher Lee News Thunderbean: Willie Whopper Blu-ray Pre-order Criterion September Line-up Scream Factory to release Army Of Darkness, Demon Knight and Bordello of Blood Arrow Video: Zardoz, The Mutilator, Requiescant, The Firemen’s Ball, Closely Watched Trains, Hard To Be A God, Society Masters Of Cinema / Eureka: The Skull Warner Bros. Hammer Horror Blu-ray Box Set Warner Bros Special Effects Boxset (Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young) Sony to release The Last Dragon on Blu-ray Scorpion: Burn Witch Burn Kino Cartoon Classics Announced Kl Studio Classics F/X 2 and The Challenge Universal to put out
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Weekly Rushes. 17 June 2015

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Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Bound to get taken offline by the time you read this, hurry up and watch Star War Wars: All 6 Films At Once (Full Length)Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory visit the famed closet of the Criterion Collection and recount their experiences encountering Godard's Weekend and films by Antonioni.At the invaluable chrismarker.org, Chris Marker's short film 2084 (1984) has been remixed.At its premiere at the Berlinale, Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog's long-awaited return to epic filmmaking, garnered an unfortunate, uneven response. Now the full trailer for the film is out, and we hope it grows in our estimation upon re-viewing. As a recap, read impressions from Daniel Kasman and Adam Cook, as well as our interview with long-time Herzog cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger about working on the film.
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Daily | Interviews | Porumboiu, Dante, Silva

"I like the work of Cristi Puiu, I like the work of Cristian Mungiu, but, at the same time, I also love Eric Rohmer and Jean-Luc Godard," Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure) tells Tara Karajica. More interviews in today's roundup: Tsai Ming-liang, Joe Dante (Burying the Ex), Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden), Sebastián Silva (Nasty Baby), Mia Wasikowska, Brigitta Wagner (Rosehill), Pieter Van Hees, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, John Berger, Crystal Moselle, Michael Winterbottom, Jim Broadbent, Frederick Wiseman and Chloë Sevigny. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Interviews | Porumboiu, Dante, Silva

"I like the work of Cristi Puiu, I like the work of Cristian Mungiu, but, at the same time, I also love Eric Rohmer and Jean-Luc Godard," Corneliu Porumboiu (The Treasure) tells Tara Karajica. More interviews in today's roundup: Tsai Ming-liang, Joe Dante (Burying the Ex), Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden), Sebastián Silva (Nasty Baby), Mia Wasikowska, Brigitta Wagner (Rosehill), Pieter Van Hees, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn, John Berger, Crystal Moselle, Michael Winterbottom, Jim Broadbent, Frederick Wiseman and Chloë Sevigny. » - David Hudson
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'Chappie', 'Run All Night', 'Wild Tales', 'Newsroom' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

Wild Tales Because it's in a foreign language Wild Tales was never going to be a massive hit stateside, but trust me, this is a movie you're going to want to give a shot as six short stories come together for a wildly hysterical anthology of revenge gone wrong. You can read my theatrical review right here.

Run All Night Sean's review of this one was just posted this morning (read it here) and he seems to have had mostly the same impression I had when seeing it in theaters (read my review here), which is to say it's something of a ho hum actioner, but does sport some solid performances.

Spirited Away (Blu-ray) This is probably my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film and it might have actually been the first of his I saw, I can't quite remember. However, if you're looking to get into the master animated filmmaker's work
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Daily | Interviews | Jodorowsky, Carrière, Breillat

We've gathered in one entry links to interviews with Alejandro Jodorowsky, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean-Claude Carrière, Claire Denis, Gaspar Noé, Roy Andersson, Catherine Breillat, Isaach de Bankolé, Hu Jie, Jason Segel, Samantha Fuller, Joshua Safdie and Ben Safdie and their Heaven Knows What star, Arielle Holmes, Bill Plympton, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Caveh Zahedi, Desiree Akhavan, Judd Apatow, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Bob Byington, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn and the team behind Results, Andrew Bujalski, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Interviews | Jodorowsky, Carrière, Breillat

We've gathered in one entry links to interviews with Alejandro Jodorowsky, Peter Bogdanovich, Jean-Claude Carrière, Claire Denis, Gaspar Noé, Roy Andersson, Catherine Breillat, Isaach de Bankolé, Hu Jie, Jason Segel, Samantha Fuller, Joshua Safdie and Ben Safdie and their Heaven Knows What star, Arielle Holmes, Bill Plympton, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Caveh Zahedi, Desiree Akhavan, Judd Apatow, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Bob Byington, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn and the team behind Results, Andrew Bujalski, Guy Pearce and Kevin Corrigan. » - David Hudson
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Criterion releases details of June titles

The Criterion Collection has this week announced (via BluRay.com) their line-up of titles for June 2015, which will see some big releases, including Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre, Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder, Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King starring late Robin Williams, and Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces for the very first time.

All the details and special features, including artwork, are below.

My Dinner with Andre – released June 16th

In Louis Malle’s captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also wrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective, intellectual gusto,
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Career-Best Performances from Julianne Moore, Jack Nicholson and Robin Williams Highlight Criterion Collection for June

Career-Best Performances from Julianne Moore, Jack Nicholson and Robin Williams Highlight Criterion Collection for June
Read More: Abramorama Picks Up Jonathan Demme's 'A Master Builder' From one of Julianne Moore's most underrated performances to the form-bending collaborations between Wallace Shawn and André Gregory, the June 2015 Criterion Collection slate promises a little something for everyone. Featuring the release of six classic films, along with a special trilogy package that includes the exemplary cinema of Shawn and Gregory, this upcoming month's Criterion Collection should easily whet the appetite of any cinephile. Check out synopses of the films set to be released below, courtesy of Criterion.  "A Master Builder" (2014) Twenty years after their brilliant cinema-theater experiment "Vanya on 42nd Street," Wallace Shawn and André Gregory reunited to produce another idiosyncratic big-screen version of a classic play, this time Henrik Ibsen's "Bygmester Solness" ("Master Builder Solness"). Brought pristinely to the screen...
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Interview: 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' star Wallace Shawn on the series' anti-decadence message

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Interview: 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' star Wallace Shawn on the series' anti-decadence message
You'd have to go a long way to find a career that touches as many far-flung bases as that of write-director-actor Wallace Shawn. One can know Shawn's voice from the "Toy Story" movies, but not recognize him from "The Princess Bride." You could, I suppose, know him as Blair's eventual stepfather on "Gossip Girl" and not know him as Rex or Vizzini. You could think yourself an intellectual and know "My Dinner with Andre" or "Vanya on 42nd Street," without knowing any of Shawn's acclaimed, often outspokenly political plays or his myriad essays. Shawn is so multi-faceted an artist that it's entirely unsurprising that a very brief conversation tied to ABC's very enjoyable "Toy Story That Time Forgot," airing on Tuesday, December 2, begins with simple questions about Rex's endearing short-armed innocence and progresses to the lure of acting to help him maintain a bourgeois lifestyle, delves into the anti-decadence message
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Sliff 2014 Review – A Master Builder

A Master Builder screens as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Saturday, November 22 at 2:30 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. Get ticket information here.

It’s the reunion over thirty years in the making. Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, the stars of Louis Malle’s 1981 cult hit My Dinner With Andre, are together again (briefly) in Jonathan Demme’s version of Henrik’s Ibsen stage classic, that’s been adapted for the screen by Shawn. Oh, and he’s the title character, celebrated architect Havald Solness, who, as the film begins, appears to be on his deathbed. He’s hooked up to machines as sister/nurses scurry about in his opulent estate. As he drifts in and out of sleep, his aging mentor Knut (Gregory) pleads with him to give his work requests to Havald’s eager young intern Ragnar (Jeff Biehl), in
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