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Chaz Ebert on 20th Anniversary of Ebertfest, Where Roger Was Like Beyonce (Guest Column)

When Roger was asked to start a film festival by Kim Rotzoll, the dean of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, we had no idea it would exist 20 years later. The idea was to do a one-time festival as a follow up to the successful Cyberfest, the birthday party for Hal 9000, the computer in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who says in the movie that he was born in Urbana, Illinois. Roger had something in common with Hal 9000, he too was born in Urbana. And so Roger agreed to undertake the task. Besides, Roger was a proponent of the civilizing effect that watching movies communally could have. He said that movies are a giant machine that generates empathy, letting us know about the different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears of others and helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.
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Nancy Savoca Donates Personal Film Archives to University of Michigan Library

Nancy Savoca Donates Personal Film Archives to University of Michigan Library
Read More: Interview with Nancy Savoca: Co-Writer and Director of 'Union Square' The University of Michigan has announced that filmmaker Nancy Savoca will donate her personal archives to the school's Mavericks and Makes Indie Film Collection. The archives will include a diverse range of her work, including drawings, budgets, research documents, drafts of screenplays, audio and video interviews, press photos, props and even a few notebooks from her high school film class. Savoca will be the first female "Maverick" in the collection, which houses an immense range of material from fellow filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, John Sayles and Ira Deutchman. Savoca has been an independent filmmaker, working with her husband and partner Rich Guay, for more than 25 years. Her works includes "True Love" (which won the Grand Jury Prize at the inaugural 1989 Sundance Film Festival), "Household Saints,"...
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Owning Mahoney – The DVD Review

Review by Sam Moffitt

I was as shocked and saddened as anyone at hearing of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Not that long ago I wrote a review of Jack Goes Boating for We Are Movie Geeks, directed by Hoffman and starring him in an amazing performance. I’m glad I did that as I had no way of knowing Hoffman wouldn’t be with us much longer. I cannot comment on the problems he had with addictions. I had my own substance issues for years. I never lost a job or stole anything to support any habit and I never had to go into rehab, I simply quit using anything. Two cups of coffee is about as wild as I get these days.

Of course the Hollywood haters came out on the internet and in newspaper letter columns slamming Hoffman and the entire Hollywood lifestyle. Again, I can
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Questions and Answers With Lili Taylor

Director James Wan has assembled a fantastic core cast for "The Conjuring," not filled with movie stars but with Class-a character actors like Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as The Warrens. Their counterparts are Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor as the heads of the large Perron family, who move into a farmhouse in Rhode Island that's haunted up the ass.

Of these four leads perhaps the most physically/emotionally challenging role went to Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron, who begins to disintegrate under the stress of ghostly bombardment. Taylor's career spans decades, from early roles in "Say Anything…" and "Mystic Pizza" to ensemble pieces like "Short Cuts" and "Public Enemies." We sat down 1-on-1 with the actress for a lively chat about possessing Republicans, being underrated and throwing 1999's "The Haunting" under the bus.

In this movie you have a lot of kids, like five whole children. You grew up
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Exclusive: Eli Roth Talks Aftershock

Exclusive: Eli Roth Talks Aftershock
Eli Roth Talks earthquakes, Hemlock Grove, and Aftershock, which is in theaters starting today!

Multi-talented director Eli Roth is showing off his acting skills once again in the thriller Aftershock, which is in theaters this Friday. Playing a character lovingly referred to as Gringo, Roth co-wrote and produced this tale of an earthquake that hits Chile while he and his new found friends are partying at a club. They must survive the aftermath in what turns out to be quite a gruesome ride.

We recently caught up with Eli, who was participating in a junket for the film at Los Angeles' exclusive home to magicians ,The Magic Castle. From a room adorned with owls, the director of Hostel and Cabin Fever revealed that Aftershock is based on real events that happened to director Nicol&#225s L&#243pez. He also spoke a tiny bit about his own next directoriual effort The Green Inferno,
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Mira Sorvino To Headline 'Union Square"

Mira Sorvino continued her commitment to the independent world agreeing to headline the drama about estranged sisters, “Union Square,” from veteran director Nancy Savoca. According to “Deadline,” Sorvino signed on to co-star opposite Tammy Blanchard as two estranged sisters who reunite with one about to get married and the other about to experience a nervous breakdown. Bronx native Savoca, who directed landmark indie melodramas like “Dogfight,” “Household Saints” and “The 24 Hour Woman,” co-wrote the script with Mary Tobler.
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Mira Sorvino To Headline 'Union Square"

Mira Sorvino continued her commitment to the independent world agreeing to headline the drama about estranged sisters, “Union Square,” from veteran director Nancy Savoca. According to “Deadline,” Sorvino signed on to co-star opposite Tammy Blanchard as two estranged sisters who reunite with one about to get married and the other about to experience a nervous breakdown. Bronx native Savoca, who directed landmark indie melodramas like “Dogfight,” “Household Saints” and “The 24 Hour Woman,” co-wrote the script with Mary Tobler.
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