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Skating on Thin Ice: Bing Liu’s Powerful, Autobiographical Domestic Abuse Doc

Bing Liu’s documentary Minding The Gap contains more entertainment—and more authenticity—than most narrative features achieve in their very best moments. First-time director, Dp, co-star and co-editor Liu explores the down-and-out world he shares with his two best friends in Rockford, Illinois: all three have tumultuous family lives; all three survive by skateboarding. “This device cures heartache,” reads the back of one skateboard.

Heartache is abundant in Liu’s world, and his spectacular skating montages are a euphoric release. What at first seems akin to Lords of Dogtown evolves into a…
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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Hannah Marks — “Shotgun”

“Shotgun”

Hannah Marks is an actress, writer, and director known for her roles in the BBC America/ Netflix series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and films such as “Anesthesia,” “Southbound,” and “Hard Sell.” She was recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 25 under 25 for her work as co-writer/director of “Shotgun,” her feature directorial debut.

Shotgun” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 9. The film is co-directed by Joey Power.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Hm: “Shotgun” is not a cancer love story, though it may seem like it at first. It’s really an exploration of a young marriage and how Ptsd from an illness affects the relationship later. The main characters are 23-year-olds Elliot and Mia, who fall for each other under the cloud of life or death stakes.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Hm: Joey
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Sundance 2018 Wrap Up: Nathan and Ty’s Hot Takes of the Films to Watch

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Author: Nathan McVay

Sundance can be the greatest experience for film lovers. It also can be an internal struggle and mind draining ten days. What will be the next big hit? What is the can’t miss revolutionary film? What is the worst film here? Between our Sundance contributors Ty Cooper and Nathan McVay, the two saw nearly 30 films. While we have published some of their full length reviews the two wanted to let everyone know their brief takes on all the films they caught. Below is their very brief one sentence reviews and star ratings of all the films of Sundance. Hearts Beat Loud Ty- The annual obligatory Sundance musical that features songs that were obviously not written for their leading lady. 2/5 Stars Nathan- Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons are fantastic but this film is too heavy and pretentious for its own good. 3/5 Stars Blindspotting Ty- A jarring and
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Sundance 2018: Skate Kitchen Review

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Author: Ty Cooper

Over the course of time, skateboarding has provided the world with a boundless amount of entertainment. As the sport has ebbed and flowed its way through culture, it has dug an irreplaceable place in the hearts of skaters and non-skaters alike.

Most films about skating tend to not be very good, and it’s almost impossible to see an accurate portrayal of skate life up on the silver screen. Lords of Dogtown and Kids are the few rare exceptions, but their release dates are almost a decade apart. As we barrel our way through the 2000s, it’s time for another movie to take up the mantel for this new generation of cinema; and that film may be Skate Kitchen.

Skateboarding is all about progression; finding new and innovative ways to push the sport. However the skate scene is still plagued by a boys-club mentality and films
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I Am Heath Ledger Is Here to Remind You What a Fantasticly Dedicated Actor Its Subject Truly Was

I Am Heath Ledger Is Here to Remind You What a Fantasticly Dedicated Actor Its Subject Truly Was
Get ready to gain a better understanding of Heath Ledger's devotion to his craft. When the Spike documentary I Am Heath Ledger premieres on Wednesday, May 17, fans of the late actor will not only gain access into his personal life thanks to their access to a wealth of home video footage filmed by Ledger himself, but they'll get the opportunity to hear about the way the Oscar-winning actor thoroughly threw himself into each and every character he inhabited on the screen. In this sneak peek of the film, exclusive to E! News, Lords of Dogtown director Catherine Hardwicke recounts the slavish attention to detail that Ledger brought to the role of real-life Z-Boys sponsor Skip Engblom. "Heath, he...
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why,
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From the People Archive: A Life Cut Short — Inside Heath Ledger’s Life and Tragic Death

From the People Archive: A Life Cut Short — Inside Heath Ledger’s Life and Tragic Death
Nine years after Heath Ledger‘s 2008 death at age 28 from an accidental overdose, those closest to him open up to People in this week’s cover story about the late star’s private side — and discuss the evocative new footage in the upcoming Spike TV documentary I Am Heath Ledger that sheds light on his soulful inner life. Take a look back at People’s 2008 cover story following his tragic death, and subscribe now for the emotional new details and never-before-seen photos — only in People.

The man who inked the name “Matilda” on Heath Ledger‘s stomach couldn’t wait to see his friend again.
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‘Miss Bala’ Remake Coming From ‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke

‘Miss Bala’ Remake Coming From ‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke
The director behind Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, and Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke, is currently circling two projects. One of the projects being a remake of Miss Bala, the acclaimed 2011 Mexican film that was nominated for Best Foreign Picture. The current frontrunner to play the lead is Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriguez. Below, learn more about the Miss Bala remake. According to Deadline, Hardwicke is […]

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Emile Hirsch Opens Up: How the ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Star Survived His Darkest Moment

Emile Hirsch Opens Up: How the ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’ Star Survived His Darkest Moment
Emile Hirsch keeps himself busy these days, but he’s not always making movies. The 31-year-old actor recently finished the first draft of a novel, completed a screenplay, and spends a lot of time painting still lifes in his backyard.

Meanwhile, he’s acting in a wider range of projects than ever before. A versatile performer known for immersing himself in his roles, he currently stars opposite Brian Cox in the minimalist horror-drama “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” opening December 21, and has a range of projects — from a buddy comedy with Jk Simmons to a sweeping China-set period drama with an otherwise Asian cast—scheduled for 2017.

“The work itself is the goal,” he said, settling into Brooklyn eatery Sisters after a long day promoting “Jane Doe” in Manhattan. He was in the midst of a monthlong break from the novel, following the advice of Stephen King’s “On Writing,” his favorite guidebook.
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Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Director Sean Durkin’s Janis Joplin Biopic

Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Director Sean Durkin’s Janis Joplin Biopic
A Janis Joplin biopic has drawn interest from plenty of talent over the years, including actresses Amy Adams, Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, the late Brittany Murphy, and filmmakers Lee Daniels (The Butler), Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild), and Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown). Another name to go on that list is Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), who’s currently in talks to […]

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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Autopsy Of Jane Doe is a Riveting, Horror-Fueled Mystery

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In his English-language debut, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Norwegian director André Øvredal takes a more conventional, straightforward approach to storytelling than he did with his 2010 breakthrough horror comedy, Trollhunter, and the results are downright riveting. Anchored by two strong performances from Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe moves with a laser-focused sense of precision, with the mystery surrounding the titular corpse growing more intriguing the more that’s revealed about her state. With his latest directorial effort, Øvredal has proven himself to be an accomplished storyteller in two languages.

After a blood-soaked murder shocks a sleepy small town in Virginia, local police are baffled to find the corpse of an unknown woman buried inside the basement of the crime scene. With the police seeking answers for who this woman is and what happened to her, the corpse is dropped off at the local mortuary run
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Interview: Director André Øvredal on The Autopsy Of Jane Doe & If We’ll Ever See More From the World of Trollhunter

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Director André Øvredal’s latest film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, recently enjoyed its debut here in Austin for the 2016 Fantastic Fest. The story follows a father and son (Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch) who work as coroners in their family mortuary business. One night, the sheriff drops off the corpse of a young woman found at a crime scene, and the duo have only a short amount of time to try and piece together what happened to the mysterious woman. But as their examination progresses, the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death become more and more unusual, revealing terrifying secrets the further they get in their work.

While in Austin, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Øvredal, who discussed why he felt The Autopsy of Jane Doe was a great sophomore effort, working with his insanely talented cast, and whether or not we’ll ever see more from
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Alexis Arquette: 1969-2016

Den Of Geek Sep 12, 2016

Alexis Arquette has died, it's been announced. She was just 47.

Some very sad news. It’s been announced that actor Alexis Arquette has died. She was just 47 years old, and was surrounded by her family as she passed away.

Arquette featured in films as diverse as Pulp Fiction, Lords Of Dogtown, Bride Of Chucky and Last Exit To Brooklyn. Perhaps her highest profile role was her scene-stealing turn as George in The Wedding Singer.

Arquette also won wide praise for the documentary Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother, in which she documented her reassignment surgery. Her work was credited with bringing greater awareness to and of the transgender community.

Rest in peace, Alexis Arquette. Our thoughts are very much with her family and friends.
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Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress, Dead at 47

Alexis Arquette, Transgender Actress, Dead at 47
Alexis Arquette, transgender actress and member of the Arquette acting family, died Sunday morning following a lengthy illness, her brother Richmond Arquette posted on Facebook, Us Weekly reports. She was 47.

"Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis, passed this morning September 11, at 12:32 am," Richmond wrote. "He was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters, one of his nieces and several other loved ones. We were playing music for him and he passed during David Bowie's Starman.
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Cool Stuff: Mitch Hedberg’s Complete Vinyl Collection Coming in November

Cool Stuff: Mitch Hedberg’s Complete Vinyl Collection Coming in November
You might be asking yourself what we’re doing writing about a forthcoming vinyl collection of performances from a stand-up comedian. Well, it just so happens that Mitch Hedberg had a small role as The Eagles road manager in Almost Famous (not to mention playing Frank Nasworthy in Lords of Dogtown), and he’s also one of the […]

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Thor: Ragnarok — Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Will Reportedly Compose The Score

I've always wished the Marvel Studios movies could have established instantly iconic musical themes for their characters. There was such a huge opportunity there to create cues for these larger than life heroes that are just as recognizable as John Williams' best tunes, but I think the studio really dropped the ball in this department. Thankfully, they hired Michael Giacchino to compose the score for Doctor Strange, and their latest hire also has the potential to give us something memorable: The Wrap reports that Kevin Feige and company have hired Mark Mothersbaugh to compose the score for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok.

Mothersbaugh is well known as the frontman for the band Devo, but he's also been composing music for movies since 1987's Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. Some of his notable credits include Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Lords of Dogtown, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,
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Catherine Hardwicke, Jennifer Levine, Mark Gill, Kevin Iwashina, Bec Smith Are ShortList 2016 Jurors

Catherine Hardwicke, Jennifer Levine, Mark Gill, Kevin Iwashina, Bec Smith Are ShortList 2016 Jurors
We are pleased to announce the Industry Jury for the ShortList Film Festival, which kicks off August 9 – 23 and streams on TheWrap for two weeks. The 2016 jury includes: Director Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Thirteen”) Jennifer Levine, President of Production and Literary Management, Untitled Entertainment Bec Smith, agent, United Talent Agency Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content Mark Gill, President, Millenium Films Also Read: TheWrap's ShortList Winner 'Bear Story' Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short Jurors will deliberate and select a top short film from the festival to receive the $5,000 Jury Prize. Presented by PepsiCo’s Creators League Studio and Imax,
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28 years ago today: Tom Hanks’ ‘Big’ opened in theaters

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28 years ago today: Tom Hanks’ ‘Big’ opened in theaters
28 years ago today, Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall delivered us the sweet and charming story of a 12-year-old who wished to be big. It was on June 3, 1988 that Big opened in theaters. It was the film that solidified Hanks as a major Hollywood talent and earned him his first Oscar nomination. Big is also significant for being one of the earlier success stories for a female director. It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million at the box office. Other notable June 3 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Marilyn Monroe film The Seven Year Itch opened in theaters. • 1969: Star Trek, the original series, concluded on NBC. • 1983: WarGames opened in U.S. theaters, after premiering out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. • 1987: The Untouchables opened in theaters. • 1992: During his presidential campaign, Bill Clinton played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show.
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi movie review: American mercenary

Michael Bay propagandizes for a right-wing idea of “true America,” seething with disdain for anyone who isn’t a former elite soldier turned mercenary. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a Michael Bay fan

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This purportedly true account of the 2012 “Battle of Benghazi” opens with American military contractors Jack Silva (John Krasinski: The Wind Rises, Monsters University), who has just arrived in town, and his old buddy Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James Badge Dale: The Walk, Parkland) bluffing their way past a roadblock by armed Libyans. It doesn’t matter what side the Libyans are on; in the chaos that erupted after Gaddafi’s death: the point is that they are Libyans — suspiciously lawless violent folk, that is, who cannot even get their own nation under control — and not Americans.
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How Catherine Hardwicke Shot 'Miss You Already' with Her iPhone 5 and Why She Might Say 'No' to Good Projects

How Catherine Hardwicke Shot 'Miss You Already' with Her iPhone 5 and Why She Might Say 'No' to Good Projects
Oscillating between big budget thrillers and down and dirty indies, Catherine Hardwicke's oeuvre is surprisingly diverse. On top of her directorial credits for films like "Lords of Dogtown," "Twilight" and "Thirteen," Hardwicke has also worked as a production designer on nearly 20 films, including "Vanilla Sky." Historically vocal about the gender biases in Hollywood, Hardwicke has built a reputation as a tough but big-hearted director who refuses to be defined or constrained by her gender. The filmmaker's newest is the part-buddy comedy, part-sentimental dramedy "Miss You Already," starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore as two best friends whose lives are thrown into a tailspin when their long-parallel paths are disrupted by a surprise pregnancy and a cancer diagnosis. Written by Morwenna Banks and also starring Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine, the film is a surprisingly uncynical rumination on friendship and...
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