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Morgan Freeman To Be Honored With 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Oregon Doc Camp Now Accepting Applications

Now in its fourth year, Oregon Doc Camp invites experienced documentary filmmakers to a four-day documentary retreat May 18-21, 2017 at Silver Falls State Park in central Oregon. Developed by Women in Film Portland, Oregon Doc Camp gives working documentary filmmakers an opportunity to gather in an informal setting, learn from each other and build community in an ever-changing industry. This year, Kate Amend, editor of the Academy Award-winning documentaries Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport and The Long Way Home, as well as The Case Against 8, and many other films, will present the keynote speech. Currently on the faculty […]
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Whistler Film Festival: 36% Films Directed by Women

On the heels of Telefilm Canada’s pledge on November 11 that half of its projects will be directed or written by women in a move to close the industry gender gap by 2020, the Whistler Film Festival (Nov 30 — Dec 4) was proud to present an unprecedented number of female focused films, talent, events and awards throughout its 2016 programs.

The festival featured a record 31 (36%) films all directed by women (including 15 feature films out of 50 and 16 short films out of 36). Wff also has 38 (58%) female filmmakers out of the 66 Canadian artists confirmed to date participating in 11 talent programs — including 22 directors, 6 producers, 3 screenwriters, 2 actors, and 5 musicians/bands in the Music Showcase. Add this to the talent confirmed to attend the festival in support of their films and projects, including award winning director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta (An Anatomy Of Violence), director Ingrid Veninger (Hockey Night), director Kirsten Carthew (The Sun At Midnight) and director Martine Blue
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Why Movies Keep Going Back to the Holocaust

Why Movies Keep Going Back to the Holocaust
When making Oscar predictions, I’ve learned to never underestimate the Holocaust movie. When in doubt with those pesky documentary short subjects, pick the one about the Holocaust. It sounds crass, and it’s an eye-rolling industry truism, but if you chose “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” in 2014, you were right. Out of seven nominated Holocaust feature documentaries, six won the Oscar.

The Holocaust is a heart-rending and complicated subject. There have been many other genocides in history, of course; Oscar-winner “The Killing Fields” addressed Cambodia, and other films have examined Armenia, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Bosnia. Still, that’s nothing compared to the hundreds of movies that have addressed how Adolf Hitler and his Nazis exterminated 6 million Jews during World War II.

This year is no exception. Well-intentioned court procedural “Denial” (Bleecker Street), starring Rachel Weisz as an American academic on trial in Britain for defaming
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Why Movies Keep Going Back to the Holocaust

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Why Movies Keep Going Back to the Holocaust
When making Oscar predictions, I’ve learned to never underestimate the Holocaust movie. When in doubt with those pesky documentary short subjects, pick the one about the Holocaust. It sounds crass, and it’s an eye-rolling industry truism, but if you chose “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” in 2014, you were right. Out of seven nominated Holocaust feature documentaries, six won the Oscar.

The Holocaust is a heart-rending and complicated subject. There have been many other genocides in history, of course; Oscar-winner “The Killing Fields” addressed Cambodia, and other films have examined Armenia, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Bosnia. Still, that’s nothing compared to the hundreds of movies that have addressed how Adolf Hitler and his Nazis exterminated 6 million Jews during World War II.

This year is no exception. Well-intentioned court procedural “Denial” (Bleecker Street), starring Rachel Weisz as an American academic on trial in Britain for defaming
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The Martian - Extended Edition Brings New Footage and Special Features to Blu-Ray in June

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Easily one of the best films from last year, The Martian, is getting an extended version for fans to enjoy, that not only adds new footage, but brings some new special features to watch as well. Come inside to check out all the information!

When I reviewed The Martian last year when it hit theaters, I gave it a perfect score. My opinion on it didn't change with the blu-ray release and still remains one of my favorites. As such, I'm incredibly excited to report on the Extended Edition! Sure, it's only bringing in an extra 10 minutes to the film, but I bet they're gonna be awesome. Not to mention some new bonus features that actually take you behind the scenes and making of the film (which the initial blu-ray was lacking). The Martian Extended Edition will hit on June 7th:

The film that blew audiences away is back and
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News Bits: Sausage, Founder, Hidden, Wake

Sausage Party

Sony Pictures is set to show a work-in-progress cut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's adult animated feature "Sausage Party" at this month's South by Southwest Film Festival - several months in advance of the film's August 12th release.

Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd and Nick Kroll lead the voice cast for the film about talking supermarket foods in a film that is said to look like a Pixar film, but be Nc-17 in terms of raunchy content. [Source: Deadline]

The Founder

The Weinstein Company has moved up "The Founder," the Michael Keaton-led biopic about McDonalds franchise creator Ray Kroc. Originally slated for a limited release on November 25th, it will now open wide on August 5th. "Lion," Garth Davis' film adaptation of Saroo Brierley's novel "The Long Way Home", will take over the November 25th slot. [Source: Variety

Hidden Figures

Kevin Costner will join Taraji P. Henson
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The Documentaries Are Celebrated At The Academy During Oscar Week

“From documentaries, we learn about our world and humanity,” was the greeting by Documentary Branch governor Kate Amend to the audience in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wednesday evening at the opening of Documentary program. Amend said while this year’s nominated shorts were tragic, they were also about “courage and compassion.”

Referring to the Documentary Shorts as “The Big Shorts,” Amend (editor of The Long Way Home, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport and The Case against 8) mentioned that 124 films qualified in both the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories.

The evening included a screening of clips from the nominated films. Nominees from all 10 films also took part in panel discussions talked about their own films and shared insights on the craft of documentary filmmaking. All the directors gratefully acknowledged the collaboration of the cinematographers and editors in the success of their movies.

Best
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The Academy Announces Oscar Week Events Leading Up To 88th Oscars

If you’re in the Southern California area during the days leading up the 88th Oscars on February 28th, there are great events at the Academy that no movie fan will wants to miss.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

Oscar Week: Shorts

Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Hosted by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and is the director of the sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3,” currently in theaters. The program will delve into the
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Industry report on Korean Cinema (September 2015)

We present the monthly industry report on South Korean Cinema.

Overview

During September more than 18 million went to the cinemas in South Korea, sales reach $127 million dollars. Korean Films were able to get 60% of the market (11 million spectators) and sales over pass $76 million dollars. As far as Foreign Films they were seen by 7.2 million persons and sales reach $50 million.

Compared to last year there was an increase (8.8%) of the total admissions. Korean Films show an increase of almost 42% as they reach 11 million admissions. Foreign Films shown a decrease of 20%. Sales were almost the same as September 2014 with only an increase of $3 million dollars.

Movie Release

The Throne – The Accidental Detective – The Long Way Home

This month the most watched Korean Films were: “The Throne” (Showbox) directed by Lee Joon-ik with 4.9 million spectators, “The Accidental Detective” (Cj) by Kim Joung-hoon with 1.4 million, and “The Long Way Home” (Lotte) by Cheon Sung-il with 522.993 viewers.
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Afghanistan Documentary 'Frame by Frame' Is Catching Attention

Afghanistan Documentary 'Frame by Frame' Is Catching Attention
Like politicians who carp about “tax-and-spend” liberals (never mind that Obama has reduced the deficit, and taxes) commentators on the Oscar doc race seem to think it’s still 1997— when Spike Lee was complaining, with some justification, that the odds of beating a Holocaust film for Best Doc were worse than being the Knicks, down 10 points in the fourth quarter. Lee’s “Four Little Girls” lost to “The Long Way Home” (arguably, an act of larceny). But a Holocaust-related movie hasn’t won since 2000 (“Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport”) and in more recent years, the doc branch—and those who ultimately vote in the finals— have generally been making selections off Doc Lite menu. Over the last 10 years, the winners have included two music docs, one about penguins, one about dolphins, one about football and one about a man on a wire. It’s hard to
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Nzfc gives boost to five producers

The New Zealand Film Commission has named the recipients of its one-off business development scheme Boost, with total funding of more than $NZ450,000.

The scheme is designed to accelerate the slates of active producers and to enable screen businesses to move films more quickly into production.

Applicants were invited to apply for $NZ50,000 - $NZ130,000 per business. At least 50 per cent of the money must be allocated to third party development costs and the commission expects the entire amount to be spent within 12-18 months.

The recipients are Jump Film and Television, Centron Pictures, Pop Film, Four Knights Film and Firefly Films.

Making the announcement at the Big Screen Symposium conference, Nzfc CEO Dave Gibson, said that screen companies in New Zealand are growing in number and scale and he expects the five Boost companies will contribute to this growth.

Founded by Robin Scholes, Jump Pictures is completing Lee Tamahori
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'Umrika' to close Oldenburg fest

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Light-hearted drama won Sundance audience award.

The Oldenburg Film Festival (Sept 16-20) is to close with Umrika, an Indian drama from writer-director Prashant Nair’s that stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

The film, first seen at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the audience award, is set in the mid-1980s and centres on a small village in India that is invigorated when one of their own travels to America and details his adventures through letters home.

But when the letters mysteriously stop, his younger brother Rama ( Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu (Revolori), Rama retraces his brother’s steps and charts a path of his own.

The Hindi-language film will be jointly released in German cinemas on Nov 19 by Ascot Elite and CaminoFilmverleih.

Highlights at this year’s Oldenburg Film Festival include the world
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With Help From Pop Elite, Krept & Konan Are U.K. Hip-Hop’s Best Shot at Taking America

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With Help From Pop Elite, Krept & Konan Are U.K. Hip-Hop’s Best Shot at Taking America
When Kanye West took the Brit Awards stage earlier this year for a fire-breathing performance of "All Day," he reached peak squad goals with some of the biggest names and most interesting up-and-comers in England's urban music scenes. Tucked within that raucous crew were Krept & Konan, the young rap duo whose star-studded first LP, The Long Way Home, debuted at No. 2 on the British charts last month. The high charting is all well and good, but taking their native London is not enough for Krept & Konan. They’re determined to get Americans to listen, and with the pop muscle of Ed Sheeran and One Direction's solo rebel Zayn Malik behind them, they actually stand a shot at doing just that.Their latest single “Freak of the Week" has found a recent home on the U.K. charts, but the dancehall banger featuring Jeremih and DJ Mustard stands to serve
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Korea's Lotte picks up 'Meet The In-laws' sequel

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Exclusive: Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has picked up Meet The In-laws 2 (working title), directed by Kim Jin-young.

Kim directed the first Meet The In-laws, which in 2011 clocked up 2.5 million admissions locally.

In the sequel, Chul-soo, the only son of a notorious crime family, studies for the police force exam in order to marry Young-hee, who is a detective and the daughter of a cop.

His parents, of course, try mightily to sabotage his wedding and his future as a cop. But when Young-hee and her family are ordered to investigate a series of murders, Chul-soo helps out by borrowing from his parents’ expertise in crime.

Jin Se-yeon from TV’s Doctor Stranger and Bridal Mask stars with Hong Jong-hyun from TV’s We Got Married.

The film is set for release April 30.

Lotte’s Filmart slate also includes Min Kyu-dong’s period drama The Treacherous, Lee Hae-young’s mystery thriller The Silenced, Chun Sung-il
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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax,
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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

2014 National Film Registry
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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer:
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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac
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Factory 25 Springs For ‘Hellaware'; DigiNext Takes ‘Pass The Light’ & ‘Construction'; Cinedigm Inks Wiesenthal Docu Deal

Brooklyn-based distributor Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to Hellaware, writer-director Michael M. Bilandic’s indie satire about a wannabe photographer caught in the lowbrow-highbrow collision between the NYC art gallery scene and the grimy rapcore world of Juggalo culture. Keith Poulson stars as Nate, whose coked-up YouTube search leads him to a music video by Insane Clown Posse knockoff the Young Torture Killers. The fictional band drew free publicity for the film when online viewers took a controversial music video from the movie for the real thing. Factory 25 will open the film in NYC on September 26 and digitally on September 23.

DigiNext has pacted directly with indie shingle Vision Vehicle Productions for worldwide rights to two features from the label co-founded by actor Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster, Leatherheads, Breakout Kings, iZombie). Faith-inspired flick Pass The Light stars Cameron Palatas as a 17-year-old high school student who runs for Congress to
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