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‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Trine Dyrholm Brings the Chelsea Girl Back to Life in a Singular Biopic — Tribeca

‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Trine Dyrholm Brings the Chelsea Girl Back to Life in a Singular Biopic — Tribeca
A little girl stands on the outskirts of Berlin and watches from a distance as orange fire melts the city into a shapeless candied glow. Twenty years later, she reappears as a blonde chanteuse in Andy Warhol’s New York City, her stage name attached to one of the most influential records in the history of popular music. Twenty years after that, she sits in a Manchester radio station, patchy and strung out and shutting down any questions about her stint with The Velvet Underground — she’ll be dead in two years, but it looks as if she’s already decomposing.

The first 90 seconds of Susanna Nicchiarelli’s gloomy and grounded biopic visit all three of these periods (though the rest of it is almost exclusively set in the last one), “Nico, 1988” introducing its subject as someone who can’t extricate her present from her past. Several decades into a tortured and compelling solo career,
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Trust Season 1 Episode 4 Review: That's All Folks!

This show just keeps getting better and better.

While there was nothing particularly bad about the first two installments of the series, Trust Season 1 Episode 4 (like the one immediately before) has been far more exciting and intriguing.

Again, I know that the real Getty family has issues with the show's representation of events. And, of course, it's totally within their right to protest.

However, as a viewer, the creative liberties Danny Boyle & Co. have taken with Paul's story have made the show all the more entertaining.

With the recent influx of crime dramas – the two seasons of American Crime Story, in particular – I've always been able to appreciate and enjoy them as well-made pieces of TV. But the stories have never propelled me forward.

After all, given that it's based in actual history, you go in already knowing exactly how it ends.

The twists and turns throughout the past few
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Trust Season 1 Episode 3 Review: La Dolce Vita

Things are starting to get interesting.

Trust Season 1 Episode 3 was, hands down, the best and most interesting of the three episodes that have aired thus far.

The chaotic, jumbled, non-linear manner in which the story unfolded was a great artistic choice.

Thematically, it also matched the frantic and chaotic inner thoughts of Paul himself, as he dealt with his faux-kidnapping-turned-real-kidnapping ordeal. The flashbacks and jumping around in time corresponded to the moments he spent in the trunks of various cars.

The opening sequence perfectly set the scene for the rest of the hour, which would largely focus on Paul's "sweet life" in Rome with his friends, Jutta, Martine (his sort-of girlfriend), and Marcello.

Visually, the introduction was filmed perfectly – and again, it was very cinematic and very Danny Boyle, specifically. The quick-change between the good (art, drugs, and sex) and the bad (the violent protest) was great. It quickly established
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Fellini's "8 1/2" 55Th Anniversary Screenings

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Fellini’s 8½ Screenings In Los Angeles with Barbara Steele In Person at Royal Screening

By Todd Garbarini

Federico Fellini’s 1963 film 8½ (Otto e Mezzo) will be shown in special 55th anniversary screenings at three of Laemmle's theatres in Los Angeles. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, and Barbara Steele, the film, lauded by Roger Ebert as the greatest film ever made about filmmaking and the winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar for that year, runs 138 minutes and is being showcased on the big screen in a rare opportunity.

The film will be shown at the following locations:

Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: (310) 478-0401

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Please Note: Actor and film historian Douglas Dunning, longtime friend of actress Barbara Steele, announces that Barbara Steele is scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A prior to the screening at the Royal theatre.
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Breaking news: why does Hollywood gloss over the world of magazine journalism?

While The Post is the latest film to venerate the men who report the news, cinema still portrays magazine offices as the realm of shallow, shameful women

As a magazine journalist, it’s hard to escape the feeling that people consider feature-writing a lesser art than hard news. You only need to look at the comments section below any lifestyle article (be it on travel, fashion, beauty or family) for confirmation (“How is this news?”) And it seems that film-makers tend to feel the same. Steven Spielberg’s The Post is the latest in a long line of heavyweight films that pay homage to the noble art of news reporting.

The BFI compiled a list of 10 great films about journalism that encompasses news writers, TV anchors and even a crash-site photographer – but no magazines, unless you count La Dolce Vita’s celebrity gossip. In general, films about magazine journalists tend
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44 days til Oscar nominations. Screenplay stats!

by Nathaniel R

With only 44 days until Oscar nominations and lots of confusion as to what might be nominated for screenplay (there are seemingly 7 locks for Original and only 1 contender for Adapted -- the math doesn't work. Haha!) let's use today's numerical trivia prompt for writing awards. Fact: Oscar's 4 favorite screenwriters have 44 nominations between them for writing. That's a lot of hogging of writing honors. They are...

Oscar's 20 Favorite Screenwriters

(Numbers below are for screenwriting categories only)

01 Woody Allen (16 nominations and 3 wins)

He's also been in the Acting and Directing races. Classics include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan and more...

02 Billy Wilder (12 nominations and 3 wins)

He's also been in the Directing and Producing races. Classics include Sunset Blvd, The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, and more...

03 John Huston (8 nominations and 1 win)

He's also been in the Acting, Directing, and Producing races. Classics include The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle,
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The Furniture: Grotesque Extravagance in Fellini's Casanova

"The Furniture," by Daniel Walber, is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail. Since the Honorary Oscars are handed out next week, here's a Donald Sutherland film for you!

Federico Fellini didn’t much like Giacomo Casanova, the famously amorous subject of his meandering fantasy-biopic. The director may not have liked Donald Sutherland, either. The actor was required to shave his head and sport both a false nose and a false chin to play the long-winded lover. The costumes aren’t especially flattering either. Fellini’s Casanova is an erotic descent into Hell, a grotesque pageant of 18th century moral abandon. It frequently borders on the disgusting.

It was also on the edge of Oscar’s attention, sliding into only two categories. While Fellini’s Casanova did win for its costumes, its production design missed out entirely. Anyone betting
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Blu-ray Review – The Voice of the Moon (1990)

The Voice of the Moon (La Voce Della Luna, 1990)

Directed by Federico Fellini

Starring Roberto Benigni, Paolo Villaggio, Nadia Ottaviani, Marisa Tomasi, Angelo Orlando, Syusy Blady


A recently released patient from a mental hospital has a series of fantastic adventures amidst a surreal landscape while trying to win the affections of his love.

Federico Fellini’s last film is a jaw-dropping experience. Bringing together a surreal template of dream logic with wry humour and sardonic swipes at society, The Voice of the Moon – or in Italian, La Voce Della Luna – provides the magical realism and wonder of life that the Italian filmmaker is best known for.

Adapted from Ermanno Cavazzoni’s poetic novel, the story follows the recently released mental patient Ivo Salvini (Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful) as he navigates his way around a strange and compelling landscape. He encounters the entrancing Aldina (Nadia Ottaviani) by accident and falls in love immediately.
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Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988” Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Nico, 1988”

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s award-winning drama about Christa Päffgen, better known as Nico, has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Magnolia Pictures snagged the U.S. rights to “Nico, 1988” and is planning a theatrical release for sometime in 2018. Trine Dyrholm (“The Commune”) portrays the Danish multi-hyphenate, who is best known for providing vocals on the Velvet Underground’s debut album, being a muse to Andy Warhol, and acting in Warhol’s “Chelsea Girls” and Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” She was also a musician and songwriter.

Nico, 1988” takes an atypical approach to telling Nico’s story. Rather than depict the glamorous height of her fame, the film “centers on the final two years of Nico’s life in 1987 and 1988, approaching 50 and living a solitary life in Manchester,” the source summarizes. “Her manager Richard (John Gordon Sinclair) convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago.”

The biopic won the Horizons competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Nico, 1988” isn’t the first woman-directed film focused on Nico. Susan Ofteringer helmed the 1996 documentary “Nico-Icon.”

Nicchiarelli’s previous credits include “Cosmonaut” and “Esca viva.”

You can check out a trailer for “Nico, 1988” below.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988” Acquired by Magnolia Pictures was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office

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Foreign Film Upheaval: Why Esoteric Cultures Outpace European Mainstays at the Box Office
In 2017, we’ve seen five specialized subtitled films gross over $1 million. But the languages aren’t French, or German, or from anywhere in western Europe: The winners are Turkish, Farsi, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

These films came from Turkey, Iran, Israel, and even the United States, and played at conventional “art house” theaters (as opposed to releases from India, China, Mexico, and elsewhere, which aim at ethnically similar audiences).

Once upon a time, $100 million and more (in adjusted grosses) was possible for films like “La Dolce Vita,” “Life Is Beautiful,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”: more recently, “Amelie,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” easily surpassed $20 million. However, over the last few decades we’ve seen the subtitled market shift from decline to near collapse.

Read More:Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

What happened this year shows some revival in the market, but with some twists.
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'In Search of Fellini': Film Review

'In Search of Fellini': Film Review
An idealized coming-of-age memoir in which a young woman's disability-grade innocence doesn't keep her from making the most of a solo sojourn across Italy, Taron Lexton's In Search of Fellini speaks to and for women raised on cinematic fairy tales. Inspired by the experiences of The Simpsons star Nancy Cartwright, who before creating the voice of Bart went off hunting the auteur of La Dolce Vita, it marks the thesp's first screenplay (co-written by another newbie, Peter Kjenaas). But however much its sentimentalized innocence stretches credulity, the overall production remains polished, and young dreamers who come across it in limited...
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A Look Back at Married at First Sight's Jamie & Doug's Sweet Love Story

A Look Back at Married at First Sight's Jamie & Doug's Sweet Love Story
Truth: Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner’s enduring marriage is proof that getting married within minutes of meeting is a sure-fire way to live happily ever after.

Okay, so that might not work for everyone, but it did do the trick for the expectant pair who wed on Married at First Sight back in 2014.

Since then, the couple has been through blissful times — as noted in their vow renewal ceremony in 2015 — and difficult moments, as evidenced in July 2016, when the pair announced they had experienced a loss after confirming their pregnancy news only a few months earlier.

Now, Jamie and
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"In Search of Fellini"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the new adventure drama "In Search Of Fellini", directed by Taron Lexton, starring Maria Bello, Ksenia Solo, and Mary Lynn Rajskub, opening September 15, 2017:

"...a shy small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of 'Federico Fellini' and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him..."

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director, screenwriter noted for his distinct style "...that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness..."

In a career spanning almost fifty years, Fellini won the 'Palme d'Or' for the feature "La Dolce Vita", was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, and directed four motion pictures that won Oscars in the category of 'Best Foreign Language Film'. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Besides "La Dolce Vita" and "8½", his other well-known films include "La Strada", "Nights of Cabiria
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‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker

‘The Simpsons’ Star Nancy Cartwright: 30 Years Later, Bart Simpson Has Become a Grandma — and a First-Time Filmmaker
It’s been a big year for “The Simpsons,” but an even bigger one for the voice of Bart Simpson.

Bart, Homer and the rest of the family first appeared on “The Tracey Ullman Show” 30 years ago, and the series is about to break another record with the most episodes of any scripted series in history (surpassing “Gunsmoke”).

Nancy Cartwright has also hit personal milestones, including her second Emmy nomination for voicing Bart Simpson. But over the course of the past year, she also became a grandmother – and a first-time filmmaker.

The Simpsons” has already been picked up for Seasons 29 and 30, guaranteeing Cartwright’s role as Bart until at least 2019 – and likely beyond. “Look what we’ve done. It’s unbelievable. It’s unfathomable,” she recently told IndieWire. “At 10 years they were saying, ‘Did you have any idea?’ and then 20 years, ‘Did you know?’ And now, another decade has gone
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Why Jeanne Moreau’s Death Represents the Decline of French Film in America

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Iconic actress Jeanne Moreau’s death this week at 89 received muted American coverage, with remembrances that hardly captured Moreau’s essential presence and influence in world cinema. Overshadowed by the passing of Sam Shepard the day before (more contemporary, American, prominent in multiple fields, and younger), she received back-page obituaries in major papers. Her lack of any Oscar nominations, or a deserved honorary award, didn’t help the cause.

Even more unfortunate is the treatment of her death reflects American audiences’ ever-increasing disinterest in French-language film. Jeanne Moreau is significant for her transcendent artistry and the directors with whom she worked, but she also represented the iconic qualities of her country’s cinema.

Though the boom in “art houses” (a term popularized in the late 1940s) came more from Italian films (“Rome, Open City,” “Shoe Shine,” and particularly “Bicycle Thief”), French film became a steady part of the subtitled market by the mid-1950s.
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Sweet Valley High Alum Brittany Daniel Marries Adam Touni in Urban Chic Wedding

Sweet Valley High Alum Brittany Daniel Marries Adam Touni in Urban Chic Wedding
It’s official!

The Sweet Valley High alum Brittany Daniel and her boyfriend Adam Touni have tied the knot, People confirms.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection shared by our friends and family on this special day,” the couple said in a statement to People. “We are so grateful to have this kind of support as we start this journey together.”

The couple said their “I do’s” at The Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in front of 150 of their closest friends and family — including maid of honor and Daniel’s twin sister,
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9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’

9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’
Netflix may have cancelled the Wachowski’s cult hit “Sense 8,” but its adding two of their defining works to its streaming library next month. All three entries in “The Matrix” trilogy are heading to Netflix, as is the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” which means you’ll be able to bring summer to an end by bingeing mind-melting science fiction.

Read More: Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience

Other titles joining the streaming service include underrated gems from Quentin Tarantino and Michael Haneke, plus two of the year’s most exciting documentary films. Check out a complete list of all the new movies joining Netflix in August 2017 below, including our 7 must-binge choices.

The Matrix” Trilogy (August 1)

August kicks off with “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” all becoming available to stream on Netflix. Say what you want about the two sequels, but
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Sweet Valley High Twins Brittany & Cynthia Daniel Launch California-Inspired Lifestyle Blog: 'We're Promoting Beauty Within'

The Sweet Valley High twins are back!

Brittany Daniel and Cynthia Daniel Hauser have stayed quite active since their days on the beloved novel series, but with acting aside, the duo have ventured into something completely different. In June, the twin actresses launched their very own lifestyle blog, The Sweet Life, which they’re billing as an inspired and intelligent lifestyle brand for women that covers everything from fashion and beauty to clean eating, fitness, personal growth and wellness to travel, home décor and parenting.

The California-inspired blog was a long-time coming, according to the 41-year-old sisters.

“I feel like our fans helped create this,
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Rome's Cinecittà Studios set for revamp after return to state ownership

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Rome's Cinecittà Studios set for revamp after return to state ownership
Italian government aims to entice more international productions.

Rome’s legendary Cinecittà Studios, home of Fellini and Ben-Hur, is set for a revamp after returning to state ownership.

Italian government agency the Luce-Cinecittà Institute confirmed in a statement on Monday (3 July) that they had reached an agreement to take over the facility, returning it to public management after nine years of private ownership.

The agreement promises a “massive investment” in the production facilities, with plans to build at least two new 3,000 square metre sound stages.

They are also planning a marketing drive to entice more productions from Italy and overseas. The few Hollywood productions hosted at the studio in recent times include Zoolander 2, Ben-Hur and HBO’s The Young Pope.

The investment has been made possible by Italy’s new Cinema Law, described in the statement as “the most significant legislative and economic measure for decades”, which is expected to inject $454 million into the local industry
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Inside Married at First Sight Star Jamie Otis' Surprise Baby Shower: 'Our Little Girl Is So Loved!'

Inside Married at First Sight Star Jamie Otis' Surprise Baby Shower: 'Our Little Girl Is So Loved!'
Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner‘s baby girl is almost here and already getting a ton of love.

On Saturday, the Married at First Sight alum, 31, was thrown a surprise baby shower by her sister-in-law Kerri-Ann Hehner.

“Our little girl is so loved,” Otis tells People exclusively.

Surrounded by the most important women in her life — including her mother-in-law, sisters and sisters-in-law — the reality star played games with her guests, tucked into cupcakes and opened presents at La Dolce Vita restaurant in New Jersey.

Several of her husband’s childhood friends were in attendance, and Hehner also made a brief
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