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Idaho's Glorious Sun Valley Film Festival Unveils 2014 Prize Winners

Idaho's Glorious Sun Valley Film Festival Unveils 2014 Prize Winners
Give it a few years, and the Sun Valley Film Festival, nestled in the Gem State's titular resort town, a haven for Hollywood types throughout the years, could be a spring Telluride -- an "it"-event that cinephiles and industry bigwigs won't want to miss.  Below is the full list of 2014 Sun Valley awards winners. The jury: producer Caspar von Winterfeldt, director Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman"), actor Peter Cambor ("NCIS Los Angeles"), actor Michael Weaver, actress Pell James Burns ("Lincoln Lawyer," "Zodiac") and director William Olsson ("An American Affair"). Vision Award:  "Little Accidents" (dir. Sara Colangelo, producers Jason Berman, Anne Carey, Tom Fore and Summer Shelton) "One-In-a-Million Awards," honoring feature length films made for under $1 million: Narrative -- "Blue Ruin" (dir. Jeremy Saulnier) Documentary -- "Antarctica: A Year on Ice" (dir. Anthony Powell) Audience Award: "Supermensch" (dir. Mike Myers) Gem State Award, honoring an Idaho...
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John Slattery Is Directing Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a Movie

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John Slattery Is Directing Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a Movie
John Slattery, who has helmed a few great Mad Men episodes (including last Sunday's terrific, eminently GIFable installment), will make his feature debut directing Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and his AMC co-star Christina Hendricks. Once you've stopped reeling at the idea of that cast, you may want to consider the film itself: It's an adaptation of God's Pocket, a Pete Dexter novel Slattery tackled for the screen alongside Alex Metcalf (An American Affair). The story takes place in the "blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket, where the lead character tries to cover up his stepson’s death in a construction accident. When a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse." In a GQ interview in early 2012, Slattery offhandedly mentioned adapting the book — it's been in this correspondent's Amazon wishlist ever since. Time to press Buy.
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The Ingredients: ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ is Like a McDlt Without the Novelty Fun

The Ingredients is a column devoted to breaking down the components of a new film release with some focus on influential movies that came before. As always, these posts look at the entire plots of films and so include Spoilers. There are two films in particular that I thought about while watching Hyde Park on Hudson, the new historical film about an alleged love affair between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (Laura Linney). Three films if you count Rushmore, due to the reunion of Murray and Olivia Williams, who plays First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the much-talked-about scene depicting a handjob in a car (not a bloody Jaguar, unfortunately), but I don’t consider this one to be an ingredient in the same way. The two that I do think of as more content-based precursors are Dave and The King’s Speech. Regarding the former, I
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Dustin O'Halloran Reunites With 'Like Crazy' Director Drake Doremus To Score His Latest Film

Musician and composer Dustin O'Halloran has been moving slowly into film scoring in the past few years after popping up on the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" in 2006. Since then, O'Halloran has scored films like 2009's "An American Affair" and last year's "Like Crazy," which became one of our favorite scores of the year. Therefore, it is our great delight to discover that O'Halloran will score the next film for "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus as well.

Presently lacking a title, Doremus' next project will again tackle affairs of the heart, in a familiar story about a high school teacher (Guy Pearce), who falls for one of his students and is tempted to cheat on his wife. Not exactly untrafficked territory, but Doremus' "Like Crazy" was also based on a familiar theme (long-distance relationships) and still managed to resonate, with no small thanks due to O'Halloran's music. In fact,
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Gretchen Mol to join Boardwalk Empire

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Gretchen Mol to join Boardwalk Empire
Gretchen Mol, who was last seen in last season's short-lived American television version of Life on Mars and in the feature An American Affair, will be going to HBO for the series Boardwalk Empire. She's scheduled to have a recurring role as a showgirl. The series is being produced by Martin Scorsese.

Gretchen Mol was on Life on Mars with Michael Imperioli, who was also on The Sopranos on HBO and was in Scorsese's Goodfellas. Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi also appeared on The Sopranos. In short, all these people know each other and it's definitely a case of cast inbreeding. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Seriously, Gretchen Mol is a terrific actress and was fantastic in The Notorious Bettie Page. Given the talent already behind Boardwalk Empire, it was likely to be a fantastic series. Now its volume just went up to 11.


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Gretchen Mol to star in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Sarah Burns cast in "Enlightened" comedy.

Gretchen Mol is now part of HBO's upcoming drama series "Boardwalk Empire" as a recurring character. Also in casting news, Sarah Burns will star with Laura Dern in Mike White's comedy pilot "Enlightened." Mol will play a showgirl in the Terence Winter-written "Empire" which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who directed the pilot. Set in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition and follows the life and times of Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi). Thompson was the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City - man who was both a gangster as well a politician. Mol, who recently starred in "An American Affair," is repped by Icm and John Carrabino Management. "Enlightened," stars Dern as Amy, a self-destructive woman, after a spiritual awakening, is determined to live an enlightened life which winds up creating havoc both at work and at home.
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Gretchen Mol in HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'

Gretchen Mol in HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'
Gretchen Mol has joined HBO's upcoming drama series "Boardwalk Empire" as a recurring.

Meanwhile, Sarah Burns is set to co-star opposite Laura Dern in Mike White's comedy pilot for the premium cable network.

"Empire," written by Terence Winter and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who directed the pilot, is set in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition and chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City who was equal parts politician and gangster.

Mol will play Gillian, a showgirl.

Mol has been hotly pursued for series roles since her starring turn last season on ABC's "Life on Mars." The actress, who recently toplined the feature "An American Affair," is repped by Icm and John Carrabino Management.

White's single-camera comedy, tentatively titled "Enlightened," stars Dern as Amy, a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and becomes determined to live an enlightened life,
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An American Affair Review- Written By Kelsey Zukowski

Starring: Cameron Bright, Gretchen Mol, Noah Wyle, Perrey ReevesDirected By: William OlssonWritten By: Alex MetcalfGrade: B-An American Affair shows a few different lives in 1963 and how they were affected by the John F. Kennedy’s administration and what led to his assassination. These people being the young and curious Adam, the socialite and blackmailed, Catherine, and Adam’s journalist
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This Week on DVD: Fast & Furious, Battlestar Galactica 4.5, Dollhouse

If you live life a quarter mile at a time you might want to pick up Fast & Furious on DVD or Blu-ray today, but if you don't, well there isn't much else to choose from. Dragonball: Evolution and Miss March are in stores this week along with the animated Green Lantern: First Flight movie and a couple of Magnet imports, Big Man Japan and Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America. Meanwhile, sci-fi junkies are probably eager to revisit the final season of Battlestar Galactica and possibly give Joss Whedon's Dollhouse another chance on DVD, but if you ask me the week's only essential release is This is Spinal Tap on Blu-ray. Fast & Furious [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Dragonball: Evolution [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) Miss March [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) Big Man Japan [7] Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America [8] Green Lantern: First Flight [9] (DVD, Blu-ray [10]) Bart Got a Room [11] The Green Hornet [12] The Green Hornet
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Nothing But the Truth (review)

And here we come to the tricksy middle ground of my green light/yellow light/red light ratings scale: When I saw Nothing But the Truth last year, it was slated for theatrical release, and would have garnered a yellow-light/wait-for-dvd rating. Then the film became a casualty of distributor Yari Film Group’s financial woes and subsequent bankruptcy, never got its theatrical release, and went straight to DVD last week. Can I recommend you check it out on DVD? Yes... but the green-on-dvd rating still comes with caveats. It’s hard to put a finger on anything actually wrong with this earnest drama of politics, conscience, and democratic ideals -- and I must emphasize that I like film critic-turned-filmmaker Rod Lurie (Resurrecting the Champ) not just because he’s one of my own but for his storytelling sincerity and dedication -- but it’s equally difficult to embrace it enthusiastically,
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An American Affair (review)

It was originally titled Boy of Pigs, and while that makes me cringe, it’s at least less mundane than An American Affair... and it also captures the near-risibility of a movie that attempts -- with a gravity so solemn and so self-important that you want to smack it -- to conflate the sexual awakening of one lonely adolescent with so traumatic an event as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I know men are so enamored of tits that they can lose their heads over them, but equating a 13-year-old’s first glimpse of an actual, in-the-flesh pair of women’s breasts with something so earthshattering and historic as JFK in Dallas? Pul-leeze. It’s a boy, of course, whose sexually awakening is happening in the fall of 1963 -- it’s almost always a boy having a cinematic sexual awakening. The Marilyn type who just moved in across his
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Gretchen Mol Indulges in "An American Affair"

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When model-turned-actress Gretchen Mol first arrived on the scene in noteworthy '90s films like "The Funeral" and "Rounders," lazy journalists started whistling "It girl," that hyperbolic phrase given to all ingénues who fulfill three criteria: (1) they're pretty, (2) they're charming and (3) they have multiple projects being released around the same time. Some actresses don't survive the overhype machine and burn out as the next hot thing comes along, but Mol persevered, worked with directors like Woody Allen, Neil Labute and James Mangold, and found further success with starring roles in "The Notorious Bettie Page" and TV's new hit "Life on Mars." Her latest film is director William Sten Olsson's 1963-set "An American Affair," an unusual hybridization of the sexual coming-of-age tale (enter "Birth" star Cameron Bright) and the JFK conspiracy thriller, in which Mol stars as a Washington D.C. bombshell, abstract painter and Kennedy paramour who gets in
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An American Affair Review

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February has been a good month for American movies in which vulnerable males stare out their bedroom windows at willowy, troubled blondes and grow obsessed. No, Rear Window has not been re-released; in James Gray’s melodrama Two Lovers a Brooklyn Heeb falls for the Shiksa next door, and in William Olsson’s stylistically assured, super-cynical without even realizing it directorial debut An American Affair, a slick, low-budget period movie with the cozy art direction of a Danish furniture commercial without even blinking an eye suggests that Jack Kennedy was a man of many mistresses and woefully foreseeable enemies. Such is our post-Watergate American existence that we no longer see politicians as enlightened, civic minded individuals in an ennobling vocation. Such is our post-Lewinsky American existence that we are no longer shocked or even especially aroused by our political leaders' sexual misdeeds. S ...
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A Hit And A Mistress

Now it can be told: John F. Kennedy would have sur vived Dallas if only his mistress had been able to reach him on the phone.

In "An American Affair" - "JFK" meets "The Reader" - Gretchen Mol plays the girlfriend, an artist in 1963 Georgetown who strikes up a flirtatious friendship with a 13-year-old schoolboy (Cameron Bright) across the street. Meanwhile, she is being stalked by two CIA men, one of them her ex,
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Indie Spotlight: New Releases for Feb. 27

It's a terrible weekend for movie fans, as the only two new wide releases are a Jonas Brothers concert movie and a film based on the Street Fighter video games. So basically, if you're not a 13-year-old girl or an 18-year-old guy (or whoever the target audience is for a Street Fighter movie), you're hosed -- unless you venture to the art houses and independent theaters, where you'll find some diversity. The Indie Spotlight has the lowdown on what's opening in limited release today. Let us begin!

Crossing Over (pictured), a multi-story drama about immigration from The Cooler writer/director Wayne Kramer, stars Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd, among many others. The critics are comparing it to Crash and Babel, and not in a good way. It's opening on about a dozen screens in New York and L.A., and will expand in the coming weeks. An American Affair
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Critics Consensus: Jonas Brothers Fizzles

This week at the movies, we've got teenybop pop (Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience, starring Jonas Brothers) and a video game adaptation (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (starring Kristin Kreuk and Michael Clarke Duncan). Plus, we've got an offbeat take on the tale of the Three Wise Men (Birdsong), a death penalty doc (Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead), some philosophical discussions (Examined Life, featuring Cornel West and Slavoj Zizek), and indie relationship comedy (The Trouble with Romance) a coming-of-age conspiracy flick (An American Affair, starring Gretchen Mol), and an immigration drama (Crossing Over, starring Harrison Ford and Ashley...
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An 'Affair' to Remember

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Cameron Bright has shared scenes with Robert De Niro in Godsend and romanced Nicole Kidman in Birth -- all before his 10th birthday. In the coming weeks, the actor, who turned 16 in January, can be seen in two divergent roles. First is An American Affair, a drama set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the film, opening this week, he plays a young boy who becomes involved with a mysterious neighbor (Gretchen Mol) who might just be having a romance with JFK. Bright follows that with a role in the horror film Walled In, premiering on DVD March 17. The busy actor spoke to Back Stage from his home on Vancouver Island, Canada. Getting an early start:Bright began acting professionally at the age of 6. "Wow, that's three-quarters of my life," he muses. "Kind of weird." His elder brother and his mother were spending time at a golf club
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Philosophers, Street Fighters and the Jonas Brothers

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This week's offerings include an art film about the biblical, a documentary exploring the philosophical, a thriller espousing the dangers of the technological and a film about a badass dude with claws that kills people. We know which one we're going to see.

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"An American Affair"

We're a country enamored with the marvels of our great democracy while also continuing a nasty habit of cultivating political dynasties, the thrall of which we continue to find irresistible, and there is no finer example of that than the Kennedy family. Put out by tiny indie distributor Screen Media Films, this feature from director William Olsson charts the coming of age of a young boy named Adam (Cameron Bright) who watches and wonders about John F. Kennedy's affair with a woman (Gretchen Mol) living across the street in 1963.

Opens in limited release.
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my week at the movies: ‘Fired Up,’ ‘Must Read After My Death,’ ‘An American Affair’

Two high school football players skip football camp for cheerleading camp. “2 girls. 300 guys. You do the math.” Okay, I’m doing the math on Fired Up! (opens in the U.S. on February 20 and in the U.K. on May 22). Clearly we are meant to infer -- infer’s not too hard a word for people who can do math, right? -- that means 150 girls for each guy. Are guys really that delusiuonal? Are these two guys really that stupid, and if they are, why should we like them? I’m trying to do the math on that breathlessly witty “Fu,” too. Are the guys saying “Fuck you” to the girls, for having tricked them into believing they are serious about cheer and not just seriously (if delusionally) horny? Are the guys saying “Fuck you” to society, with its rigid definitions of what is acceptable for a horny teenage boy
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Screen Media Films sets JFK 'Affair' for February

  • A little less than three years as U.S. president and JFK left a mark that the many who followed looked up to, but it his extra martial exploits that are very much a part of that legacy. Screen Media Films has acquired director William OlssonWilliam Sten Olsson
[/link]’s An American Affair, which peaks through the windows (Hallam Foe-style) to describe how one person’s understanding of the president might be skewed. Screen picked up the worldwide rights to the picture and will release the pic on February 27th in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Formerly known as the oddly titled “Boy of Pigs” (a play on words that references the Bay of Pigs invasion and a coined term referring to men as pigs) this is set in 1963, the film draws on America’s enduring fascination with the Camelot years and the Kennedy dynasty. In the swirl of
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