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The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

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Criterion

1937 / 1:33 / 91 Min. / Street Date April 17, 2018

Starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy

Cinematography by Joseph Walker

Written by Viña Delmar

Edited by Al Clark

Produced and directed by Leo McCarey

Thanks to Louis Armstrong and his fellow geniuses, the Jazz Age transformed a generation and dominated pop culture for close to two decades; Vanity Fair and Life recorded the nightlife of hot-to-trot sophisticates while early risers followed the seesaw romance of a willowy flapper named Blondie Boopadoop and her paramour Dagwood Bumstead, a lovesick Dick Powell wannabe.

It was Powell who helped popularize the uptempo rhythms pervading the fast and loose musicals of the era, in particular Paramount’s raucous output which flaunted hot jazz on the soundtrack whether it starred Crosby as a college crooner or W.C. Fields as a double-dealing misanthrope. Even Norman McLeod’s Alice In Wonderland began with a bouncy
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Hollywood’s Pay Gap Shame: Why Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg Are Just the Beginning

Hollywood’s Pay Gap Shame: Why Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg Are Just the Beginning
The story is shocking. Michelle Williams — front and center at the Golden Globes for her nominated performance anchoring “All The Money In the World” — made $80 a day in per diem for the film’s reshoots, while co-star Mark Wahlberg squeezed $1.5 million out of Sony as it endeavored to replace accused child rapist Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. The attention-grabbing headline is likely the first of many that will shine a light on Hollywood’s gender and racial pay inequality.

On the surface, the circumstances surrounding Wahlberg and Williams’ additional photography fees are unique. Sony and Ridley Scott needed to quickly remove Spacey from its major holiday release, and Wahlberg held Sony over a barrel. Williams, like so many involved with the movie, was motivated to salvage the project and take positive action in the wake of the avalanche of ugliness dominating the film industry following the Harvey Weinstein revelations. “I
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Tiffany Haddish’s 18-Minute Nyfcc Acceptance Speech Steals Show at Forward-Looking Awards Event

Tiffany Haddish’s 18-Minute Nyfcc Acceptance Speech Steals Show at Forward-Looking Awards Event
It was the name on everyone’s lips at last night’s annual New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner: Tiffany Haddish. The breakout “Girls Trip” star was on hand to accept her award for Best Supporting Actress — a turn good enough to earn her the same win from other critics groups, including the African-American Film Critics Association, plus two nods from the Critics Choice Awards — and the comedian seemed destined to shake up the show from the outset. Nyfcc chair (and IndieWire’s own) Eric Kohn immediately deemed Haddish’s table his favorite, and the bar was busy slinging a signature cocktail name in her honor (the Tiffany Toast, made of Finlandia grapefruit vodka, yuzu citrus, and a hint of pomegranate).

Even people who weren’t in attendance were talking Tiffany, and when “Phantom Thread” actress Lesley Manville took the stage to accept the best screenplay award on behalf
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Feminist Film Critic Molly Haskell is ‘Exhilarated’ By the #MeToo Movement

Feminist Film Critic Molly Haskell is ‘Exhilarated’ By the #MeToo Movement
Over the course of half a century, Molly Haskell has stayed the course. “I always call myself a film critic first and a feminist second, because my first allegiance is to movies,” the long-time critic and author recently told IndieWire, a status she’s happily asserted during her enviable run as a critic for publications like The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and Vogue. As Haskell gears up to accept a Special Award for Career Achievement from the New York Film Critics Circle, she’s more secure in her beliefs than ever. It’s about time everyone else joined in, too.

While Haskell doesn’t currently have a “regular berth,” as she terms it, her writings regularly appear in a variety of publications, and she mixes those pieces up with interesting one-offs. Recently, she finished penning an essay for an upcoming release of Leo McCarey’s “The Awful Truth” for Criterion,
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Surprise Golden Globes Nominations and Wins Rooted in Awards Race Reality

Surprise Golden Globes Nominations and Wins Rooted in Awards Race Reality
When we consider the Golden Globes, we often focus on the surprises: That time in 2011 when not only did the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominate “The Tourist” for best picture — musical or comedy, but also its star, Johnny Depp, for lead actor.

While the nominations can seem mercurial, the long view shows that the HFPA generally reflects more middle-brow Hollywood tastes without too much foreign flavor. And, peering over our shoulders to last year, they ushered “Moonlight” and “La La Land” — best picture drama and best picture — musical or comedy, respectively — off to the Oscars for the biggest finish line fumble in Academy history. One can say that the swamis at the HFPA virtually anticipated the climactic Academy Awards snafu.

The biggest shocker this year on the film side is that the HFPA didn’t catch the industry’s wave of female empowerment and nominate a single woman for director honors, which remained
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Jessica Chastain Takes Aim at the Patriarchy in ‘Molly’s Game’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Jessica Chastain Takes Aim at the Patriarchy in ‘Molly’s Game’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
An enormous talent onscreen, Jessica Chastain has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights offscreen as well. Whether on her personal Twitter account or as a jury member for the Cannes Film Festival, the actress is steadfast in her commitment to calling out misogyny, sexual misconduct, and the patriarchy. In her latest role, as the titular character in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” Chastain proves she chooses her projects as carefully as she chooses her words. “Things aren’t working with the status quo, and I think they all need to be challenged and stretched a bit,” Chastain recently told IndieWire in an interview for our Spotlight Awards series. “This game that women have been forced to play just doesn’t work anymore.”

Read More:‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees on Mud as an Allegory for Race: Awards Season Spotlight Profile Based on an unbelievable true story, “Molly’s
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Letter from an Unknown Woman

This devastating romantic melodrama is Max Ophüls’ best American picture — perhaps because it seems so European? It’s probably Joan Fontaine’s finest hour as well, and Louis Jourdan comes across as a great actor in a part perfect for his screen personality. The theme could be called, ‘No regrets,’ but also, ‘Everything is to be regretted.’

Letter from an Unknown Woman

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Olive Signature

1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 87 min. / Street Date December 5, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith, Carol Yorke, Howard Freeman, John Good, Leo B. Pessin, Erskine Sanford, Otto Waldis, Sonja Bryden.

Cinematography: Franz Planer

Film Editor: Ted J. Kent

Original Music: Daniele Amfitheatrof

Written by Howard Koch from a story by Stefan Zweig

Produced by John Houseman

Directed by Max Ophüls

A young woman’s romantic nature goes beyond all limits, probing the nature of True Love.
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Lady Bird lands top prize at New York Film Critics Circle awards

Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut Lady Bird continued its awards season hot streak by picking up the top prize at the New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc) awards ceremony, with star Saoirse Ronan netting the Best Actress award.

Ronan can add the Nyfcc gong to the Gotham Award she won last week for her role as a headstrong youth embroiled in a turbulent relationship with her mother. She’s already emerging as a frontrunner for the Oscar and almost a dead cert to at least secure her third nomination, following nods for Atonement and Brooklyn.

See Also: First trailer and poster for Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird

Elsewhere at the ceremony – the first of the major critics’ bodies to show its hand – Timothée Chalamet won Best Actor for his work in Lgbt romance Call Me By Your Name and Willem Dafoe continued his momentum in the Best Supporting Actor category for The Florida Project.
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“Lady Bird” Named Best Film By New York Film Critics Circle

Lady Bird

The (New York) critics have spoken. “Lady Bird” is 2017’s Best Film. Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut took top honors from The New York Film Critics Circle (Nyfcc), a press release has announced.

The acclaimed coming-of-age dramedy follows ChristineLady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a Sacramento-based teen who’s desperate to attend college in New York City. Ronan was named Best Actress by the Nyfcc. She just won a Gotham Award for the role.

Lady Bird” recently made history as the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes, and The National Board of Review (Nbr) named Gerwig as Best Director in their annual honors. The universally adored pic’s Oscar odds are looking better by the day.

Rachel Morrison made herstory as the first woman to win Nyfcc’s cinematography award. She served as Dp on Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” an epic about two men returning home to Mississippi after fighting in WWII.
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‘Lady Bird’ Takes Top Honours At 2017 Nyfcc Awards

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird has taken the top prize at this week’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards. The festival favourite, which is now playing Stateside and has a UK release date set for the new year, was awarded Best Film at the event on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Sean Baker won the Best Director award for the superb The Florida Project, while top acting awards went to Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird and Timothée Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name. Supporting honours went to Tiffany Haddish for Girls Trip and Willem Dafoe for his work on The Florida Project.

Pixar’s Coco won Best Animated Film while Robin Campillo’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute) took Best Foreign Language Film.

Here are the rest of the winners from the big night.

Best Film: Greta GerwigLady Bird

Best Director: Sean BakerThe Florida Project

Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet
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Ronan, Chalamet, Haddish, Dafoe Win 2017 Nyfcc Awards

New York Film Critics Circle, another early harbinger of film awards race results, weighed in with their picks for 2017’s best films Nov. 30. Fresh off her Gotham Awards victory, Saoirse Ronan of A24’s “Lady Bird” triumphed in the Best Actress category (making this her second Nyfcc win in only three years; the star earned the same title in 2015 for “Brooklyn”). Greta Gerwig’s film also earned Nyfcc’s top prize for best picture. Timothée Chalamet, another recent Gotham Award winner for Sony Pictures Classics’ gay romance “Call Me By Your Name,” became the Nyfcc’s youngest-ever winner in the Best Actor category. Read: Greta Gerwig Talks Directing ‘Lady Bird’ + Her Fear of Failure Tiffany Haddish picked up her first awards recognition of the season for her riotous performance in Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip.” Winning in the supporting male category was Willem Dafoe for A24’s “The Florida Project,” which
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New York Film Critics Circle Leans Into A24’s ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘The Florida Project’

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New York Film Critics Circle Leans Into A24’s ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘The Florida Project’
The prestigious New York Film Critics Circle, founded in 1935, is always a force in the early awards conversation. While Thursday’s vote was too early to catch late entries “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “All the Money in the World,” the critics like to set the tone for the awards season (while protesting that it has no bearing on how they vote). These critics picks do wield considerable influence in steering awards voters to see their winners. Since their founding, the Nyfcc’s Best Film has also been awarded the Best Picture Oscar 43 percent of the time.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions

This year, the Nyfcc pushed forward in the awards race writer-director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24), which won Best Film and Actress Saoirse Ronan — her second win after the Gothams for her winsome performance as a yearning Catholic schoolgirl, and the 23-year-old “Brooklyn” star’s second win
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Winners from the New York Film Critics Circle and Satellite Award nominations

Another day, another report from the precursor scene. Yes, today marks another notable point in Phase One of the season, as the New York Film Critics Circle is chiming in with their winners for 2017. Not only that, yesterday has the nominees announced for the 22nd annual Satellite Awards. We’re still early on in this point, but some contenders for Oscar attention are starting to get wins under their belts. Over the next few weeks, a glut of critics awards will start to give some films and performances a leg up in the race. Of course, until the Guilds chime in, no movie, no actor, no actress, and no filmmaker is truly out of it. As you’ll see, Nyfcc had their victors, which is always a prestigious bunch, while the Satellite nominations more or less included all the big contenders. For the latter, Dunkirk led with a strong 11 nods,
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‘Lady Bird’ Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle

‘Lady Bird’ Named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle
With its annual cinema superlatives vote Thursday morning, the New York Film Critics Circle made a handful of historical choices. “Call Me by Your Name” star Timothée Chalamet became the youngest winner of the group’s best actor prize, while “Mudbound” Dp Rachel Morrison became the first woman to win the cinematography award (perhaps on her way to making further history as the first-ever female Oscar nominee in the category).

But with bold selections like Tiffany Haddish, who was named best supporting actress for her uproarious performance in “Girls Trip,” the Nyfcc could make an overall impact on the Oscar race as well: Any campaign Universal Pictures may have been idly planning for the actress just picked up considerable ammunition.

Only two films landed multiple honors, and both ought to make distributor A24 happy: “The Florida Project” claimed best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe and best director for Sean Baker, while “[link
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My Fair Lady is back in Cineplex theatres as part of our Classic Film Series

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My Fair Lady is back in Cineplex theatres as part of our Classic Film SeriesMy Fair Lady is back in Cineplex theatres as part of our Classic Film SeriesIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine10/11/2017 1:20:00 Pm

By 1964, Hollywood’s Golden Age was coming to an end. The studio system was collapsing and counterculture pics such as Dr. Strangelove and The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night were attracting younger audiences. However, Hollywood could still count on musicals to draw crowds, especially those based on Broadway hits.

My Fair Lady was a smashing success on stage, which is why Warner Bros. paid an unheard of $5-million for the film rights. The story, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play "Pygmalion", finds arrogant professor of phonetics Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) wagering that he can train cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) to speak and act like a lady. Under his sometime cruel tutelage,
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September 5th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Raw, The Spell (1977)

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Happy September, guys! This month’s home entertainment releases are wasting no time, as Tuesday looks to be another stellar day of horror and sci-fi titles coming our way. For those of you excited for Blade Runner 2049, Warner Bros. is putting out The Final Cut version of Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece in 4K Ultra HD, and Criterion is giving Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca their trademarked HD treatment with a stunning new release.

As far as new indie horror movies go, both A Dark Song and Raw come home this Tuesday and are well worth your time, and for those of you Winchester brothers fans out there, the 12th season of Supernatural is being released this week, too.

Other notable titles for September 5th include The Spell, The Atoning, The Basement, I Saw What You Did, and a 4K Ultra HD release of The Cabin in the Woods.

Blade Runner
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NYFF55 Revivals Includes Restored Films By Godard, Hou, Costa, Tarkovsky & More

It’s a given that their Main Slate — the fresh, the recently buzzed-about, the mysterious, the anticipated — will be the New York Film Festival’s primary point of attraction for both media coverage and ticket sales. But while a rather fine lineup is, to these eyes, deserving of such treatment, the festival’s latest Revivals section — i.e. “important works from renowned filmmakers that have been digitally remastered, restored, and preserved with the assistance of generous partners,” per their press release — is in a whole other class, one titanic name after another granted a representation that these particular works have so long lacked.

The list speaks for itself, even (or especially) if you’re more likely to recognize a director than title. Included therein are films by Andrei Tarkovsky (The Sacrifice), Hou Hsiao-hsien (Daughter of the Nile, a personal favorite), Pedro Costa (Casa de Lava; trailer here), Jean-Luc Godard (the rarely seen,
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They Live by Night

Don’t look to this noir for hardboiled cynicism – for his first feature Nicholas Ray instead gives us a dose of fatalist romance. Transposed from the previous decade, a pair of fugitives takes what happiness they can find, always aware that a grim fate waits ahead. The show is a career-making triumph and a real classic from Rko — which shelved it for more than a year.

They Live by Night

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The Criterion Collection 880

1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 95 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 13, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Cathy O’Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, William Phipps, Ian Wolfe, Harry Harvey, Marie Bryant, Byron Foulger, Erskine Sanford .

Cinematography: George E. Diskant

Film Editor: Sherman Todd

Original Music: Leigh Harline

Written by Charles Schnee, Nicholas Ray from the novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson

Produced by John Houseman

Directed by Nicholas Ray
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‘Certain Women,’ ‘The Piano Teacher,’ and More Join The Criterion Collection in September

While the vast majority of our favorite films of last year have been treated with Blu-ray releases, one title near the top of the list we’ve been waiting the longest for is Kelly Reichardt‘s Certain Women. It looks like it’s been worth the wait as The Criterion Collection have unveiled their September releases and it’s leading the pack (with special features also an interview with the director and Todd Haynes!).

Also getting a release in September, is Michael Haneke‘s Isabelle Huppert-led The Piano Teacher and the recent documentary David Lynch: The Art Life (arriving perfectly-timed to the end of the new Twin Peaks). There’s also Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic psychodrama Rebecca and the concert film Festival, featuring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, and many more.

Check out the high-resolution cover art and full details on the releases below, with more on Criterion’s site.
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June 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Madhouse (1981), Inquisition, Alienator

We have another busy week of home entertainment releases on the horizon, as there are over two dozen titles making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. For those of you cult film enthusiasts, you have a lot of options when it comes to adding items to your collections, as Alienator is being resurrected by Scream Factory, Arrow Video is unleashing a special edition set for Madhouse, and Mondo Macabre has given Paul Naschy’s Inquisition an HD overhaul as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also have new releases for The Hound of Baskervilles, Medusa, and Nicholas Ray’s classic noir They Live By Night to look forward to as well. For you TV lovers out there, the box sets for the final season of both The Vampire Diaries and Grimm are being released Tuesday, and for those who are on the hunt for some new action cinema,
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