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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 52 – Nikkatsu Noir [Part 1]

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this first episode of a two-part series, David and Trevor are joined by Pablo Knote to discuss three films (I am Waiting, Rusty Knife and Take Aim at the Police Van) from Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir.

About the films:

From the late 1950s through the sixties, wild, idiosyncratic crime movies were the brutal and boisterous business of Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan. In an effort to attract youthful audiences growing increasingly accustomed to American and French big-screen imports, Nikkatsu began producing action potboilers (mukokuseki akushun, or “borderless action”) that incorporated elements of the western, comedy, gangster, and teen-rebel genres. This bruised and bloody collection represents a standout cross section of what Nikkatsu had to offer,
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85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars

Yesterday afternoon, the long list of countries submitting films for contention in Best Foreign Language Feature at the Oscars was revealed. With 85 movies in play, this is a record breaking group. Honestly, from what I could see, only three snubs seemed to be here, which was Belgium not choosing The Unknown Girl, Korea not choosing The Handmaiden, and Romania not choosing Graduation. Aside from those, all of the expected suspects are here for consideration. That gives us the first bit of information in trying to narrow down what will be nominated. My predictions will have to be updated (look for that either at the end of this week or next week), but that will be taken care of. For now, we just know the players. What you’ll see below are more contenders than ever before. Among the higher profile titles are Canada’s It’s Only the End of the World from Xavier Dolan,
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Desierto, The Salesman, Under the Shadow Among The 85 Films Vying For The Foreign Language Oscar

Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. Yemen is a first-time entrant.

The 2016 submissions are:

Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi, director;

Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors;

Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;

Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader, director;

Bangladesh, “link=tt5510934 auto]The Unnamed[/link],” Tauquir Ahmed, director;

Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront, director;

Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic, director;

Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director;

Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director;

Cambodia, “Before the Fall,” Ian White, director;

Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, director;

Chile, “Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, director;

China, “Xuan Zang,” Huo Jianqi, director;

Colombia, “Alias Maria,” José Luis Rugeles, director;

Costa Rica, “About Us,” Hernán Jiménez, director;

Croatia, “On the Other Side,
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film
The official submissions for the foreign language Oscar are in from around the world, and the Academy has deemed a record 85 eligible to compete. Last year, 81 submissions were released theatrically in their home countries between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. (This year’s deadline for submissions was October 3, 2016.)

Several Academy foreign committees comprised of members from all the branches will whittle down the films to a shortlist of nine and finally, five Oscar nominees. (Last year’s winner was Cannes prize-winner “Son of Saul,” directed by Hungarian Lazlo Nemes.) Many countries pick films that do well on the festival circuit as their strongest Oscar contender; others do not.

Politics often intervene: Brazil’s submission was expected to be Cannes competition film “Aquarius,” starring Sonia Braga, but it was embroiled in controversy over filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s support of outgoing impeached president Dilma Rousseff. Bruno Barreto’s Brazil selection committee went
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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film
The official submissions for the foreign language Oscar are in from around the world, and the Academy has deemed a record 85 eligible to compete. Last year, 81 submissions were released theatrically in their home countries between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. (This year’s deadline for submissions was October 3, 2016.)

Several Academy foreign committees comprised of members from all the branches will whittle down the films to a shortlist of nine and finally, five Oscar nominees. (Last year’s winner was Cannes prize-winner “Son of Saul,” directed by Hungarian Lazlo Nemes.) Many countries pick films that do well on the festival circuit as their strongest Oscar contender; others do not.

Politics often intervene: Brazil’s submission was expected to be Cannes competition film “Aquarius,” starring Sonia Braga, but it was embroiled in controversy over filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s support of outgoing impeached president Dilma Rousseff. Bruno Barreto’s Brazil selection committee went
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85 in foreign language Oscar race

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Eighty-five countries have submitted a film for consideration in the 60th anniversary year of the foreign language film category.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science said on Tuesday that this season also marks the first time Yemen has submitted a film, Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced.

The 89th Oscars will take place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. László Nemes’ Hungarian entry Son Of Saul won the award last February.

Foreign-language Academy Award Submissions

(Country, Title, director)

Albania, Chromium, dir Bujar Alimani;

Algeria, The Well, Lotfi Bouchouchi;

Argentina, The Distinguished Citizen, Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat;

Australia, Tanna, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler;

Austria, Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe, Maria Schrader;

Bangladesh, The Unnamed, Tauquir Ahmed;

Belgium, The Ardennes, Robin Pront;

Bolivia, Sealed Cargo, Julia Vargas Weise;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Death In Sarajevo, Danis Tanovic;

Brazil, Little Secret, David Schurmann.

Bulgaria, Losers, [link
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Academy Unveils Record-Breaking 85 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

Academy Unveils Record-Breaking 85 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled the official submissions of 85 countries for foreign-language Oscar consideration. That’s a record number for submissions. The previous record was 83 in 2014.

After screenings for voters, the Academy will announce a short list of nine foreign-language films in late December. The five nominees will be named Jan. 24, along with all the other Oscar nominations.

This year, Yemen is a first-time entrant.

The 2016 submissions are:

Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar Alimani, director

Algeria, “The Well,” Lotfi Bouchouchi, director

Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen,” Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, directors

Australia, “Tanna,” Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors

Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe,” Maria Schrader, director

Bangladesh, “The Unnamed,” Tauquir Ahmed, director

Belgium, “The Ardennes,” Robin Pront, director

Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo,” Julia Vargas Weise, director

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo,” Danis Tanovic, director

Brazil, “Little Secret,” David Schurmann, director

Bulgaria, “Losers,” Ivaylo Hristov, director

Cambodia, “Before the Fall,
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Foreign Oscar Watch: Does "Xuan Zang" Complete the Submission List?

As we've noted many times the Official Foreign Film Submission List generally contains at least one surprise when Oscar announces it -either a switcheroo from a country who had second thoughts about their submitted film or a disqualification or a film we hadn't yet heard of.  We don't know the date but it's any time in the next week or so. At the moment the list is 86 wide (a record if it holds!) thanks to the last few films we know of to announce including Costa Rica's romantic dramedy About Us, Malaysia's autism drama Redha, and the biopic Xuan Zang from China which is about a famous monk during the Tang Dynasty. That one sure looks pretty.

If you haven't looked at the Oscar charts in a while take a gander. We'll obviously break it down in several fun ways when the official list is announced.

What You Can Watch
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Rhoc's Vicki Gunvalson Starts Cancer Charity Following Brooks Ayers' Fabrication Controversy

Rhoc's Vicki Gunvalson Starts Cancer Charity Following Brooks Ayers' Fabrication Controversy
Vicki Gunvalson spent the entire last season on The Real Housewives of Orange County defending her now ex-boyfriend Brooks Ayers from her castmates' allegations that he was faking cancer. And while Ayers eventually admitted that he had fabricated cancer documents in an attempt to prove his diagnosis, Gunvalson maintains that she had no knowledge of the lie.

But that doesn't mean she running away from "the big C."

The 54-year-old "O.G. of the O.C." announced on Monday's all-new episode that she was joining forces with a longtime friend to start a cancer charity called Kill All Cancer.

"Cancer
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Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words

Hollywood's most elegantly natural, defiantly independent actress comes alive in a film biography about her personal life, using inside family testimony, rare film and her diaries. Sweden's Ingrid seems more radiant than ever. Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 82228 2015 / B&W-Color / 1:78 widescreen / 114 min. / Jag är Ingrid / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini, Fiorella Mariani, Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger. Ingrid Bergman's voice Alicia Vikander Film Editor Dominika Daubenbüchel Original Music Michael Nyman Written by Stig Björkman, Stina Gardell and Dominika Daubenbüchel Produced by Stina Gardell Directed by Stig Björkman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Ingrid Bergman had one of the most fascinating lives of any woman of the 20th century. An ambitious actress, she let herself be guided by her desires and her heart. Although banished by Hollywood and vilified by the press,
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Few Top Oscar Contenders on Academy's 2016 Best Song Longlist

Best Song Oscar 2016 contender 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. 74 entries in contention for 2016 Best Song Academy Award 'Tis the season for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce the semi-finalists – in some instances, the semi-semi-finalists – for the Academy Awards. Today, the Academy released the list of songs eligible for the 2016 Best Song – or rather, Best Original Song – Oscar. There are 74 contenders, with titles ranging from “Happy” and “I'll See You in My Dreams” to “Hypnosis” and “Bhoomiyilenghanumundo.” Curiously, apart from the inevitable animated and/or kiddie flicks (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Anomalisa, Pan, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Home, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water, etc.) most of this year's contenders are songs from smaller movies and Bollywood/South Asian releases. Exceptions include Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey, Ryan Coogler's Creed, Kenneth Branagh's
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Shaun The Sheep Movie “Feels Like Summer,” Youth’s “Simple Song #3,” Spectre’s “Writing’s On The Wall” Among 74 Songs Eligible For 88th Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 74 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 88th Academy Awards.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds

“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”

“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof

“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”

“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”

“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”

“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”

“Strong” from “Cinderella

“So Long” from “Concussion”

“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed”

“Grip” from “Creed”

“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed”

“Don’t Look Down” from “Danny Collins

“Hey Baby Doll” from “Danny Collins

“Dreamsong” from “The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song

Oscars: 74 Tunes Eligible for Best Original Song
The Academy has revealed the list of 74 tunes eligible for the best original song Oscar this year.

Films with multiple contenders include “Chi-Raq,” “Creed,” “Danny Collins,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Home,” “Jalam,” “Jenny’s Wedding,” “Miss You Already,” “Pan,” “Salt Bridge” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.”

The surprise exclusion from the list was Brian Wilson’s Golden Globe-nominated “One Kind of Love” from “Love & Mercy,” which I’m told simply did not qualify.

The 74 contenders are:

“Happy” from “Altered Minds

“Home” from “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

“None Of Them Are You” from “Anomalisa”

“Stem To The Rose” from “Becoming Bulletproof

“The Mystery Of Your Gift” from “Boychoir”

“I Run” from “Chi-Raq”

“Pray 4 My City” from “Chi-Raq”

“Sit Down For This” from “Chi-Raq”

“Strong” from “Cinderella

“So Long” from “Concussion”

“Fighting Stronger” from “Creed

“Grip” from “Creed

“Waiting For My Moment” from “Creed

“Don’t
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Mariah Carey Hits the High Notes at Opening Night of Las Vegas Residency Show: Video

Mariah Carey Hits the High Notes at Opening Night of Las Vegas Residency Show: Video
Get it, Mimi! Mariah Carey showcased her undoubtable vocal prowess at the opening night of her Las Vegas residency, Mariah #1 to Infinity, on Wednesday, May 6, when she hit all of the high notes during her performance. The Elusive Chanteuse belted out the lyrics from her 2005 hit, "Don't Forget About Us," when she suddenly transitioned up several octaves and hit her famous high notes. The crowd packed inside Caesars Palace in Sin City responded with cheers. Us Weekly was on the scene when the entire show [...]
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Round-Up: Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake, Excerpt from Zombie Novel ‘Outbreak: The Hunger’, Watch First Episode of Wayward Pines

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.

Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with
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Horror Round-Up: Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake, Horror Icon: Inside Michael’s Mask with Tony Moran, Fox Casts Lead Role for Frankenstein Pilot

Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have details on how you can support Tom Savini's Nightmare City remake that's presented by Umberto Lenzi, the director of the 1980 original, a look at a new poster and information for the Halloween-related documentary, Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran, and the reveal of who will play the lead role in Fox's Frankenstein pilot.

Tom Savini's Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with Judith O'Dea (Barbra from Night
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Alex & Sierra Hint That Harry Styles Wrote ‘I Love You’ About Taylor Swift

Alex & Sierra Hint That Harry Styles Wrote ‘I Love You’ About Taylor Swift
Alex & Sierra shot to superstardom when they were crowned the season 3 winners of The X-Factor USA. The twosome proved they had staying-power when they released their debut album, It’s About Us, last fall.

The singing-songwriting real-life couple is gearing up to hit the road with Andy Grammer on the “Good Guys and a Girl Tour,” kicking off on Feb. 24th in Seattle.

The pop duo's current single, "Little Do You Know," is a heartbreaking tune penned by 24-year-old Sierra and her girlfriends – and only the second song she ever wrote. The inspiration? Her relationship with 23-year-old Alex.

Video: The Girls of Fifth Harmony Gush Over Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato!

“That one was kind of a magical song… I think we wrote it in less than an hour,” she shared. “It was personal, I think that made it easier to write…. Not all of our songs are exactly stuff that’s happened with us, but that one
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Mariah Carey Announces Las Vegas Residency on ‘Ellen’ (Video)

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Mariah Carey Announces Las Vegas Residency on ‘Ellen’ (Video)
Mariah Carey dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday to make a big announcement. She’s just finalized a deal for a residency at The Colosseum at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas. It will be the first ever residency show for the best-selling female artist in history.

“This is a special event for me,” Carey told DeGeneres. “I have to hope that the fans will enjoy this ’cause I’m gonna be performing, which was kind of inspired by my album ‘#1’s,’ and this is now the updated version with 18 of them.”

See video: Mariah Carey’s Vocal
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No Accidents in R: Struggle of the Homegrown Cinema, part II

Staying relevant. It is a fear actors, directors, content creators, and to be honest, most human beings grapple with constantly. The more than half-century year-old Sunset Boulevard exemplified this fear in the delusional Gloria Swanson. And while I’m sure this obsession is a random extraneous facet of the greatly evolved human consciousness, it may be spin-off on our desire to survive.

This wasn’t part of Birdman. This was Emma Stone actually telling Mk the truth.

If you build it they will come.” While that may have been true at one time, many have since ‘built’ and the audience has been spread thinly. We see the loss of audience at the Elks Theatre weekly. And while the theater hasn’t changed, I understand audiences’ needs have. It’s clear there are more and more forms of entertainment available instantly, and cost and convenience is absolutely the apogee of necessity in the realm of entertainment.
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Toronto After Dark 2014 – Full List Of Films

For at least the past few years, we have covered the Toronto After Dark Film Festival annually. Jeff Konopka attends the festival every year, and he usually brings some really good coverage back with him. I am always jealous when he’s there, because I’m listening to the footage that he has recorded, hanging out in a crowded bar talking with filmmakers, as well as other journalists attending the event. It sounds like a lot of fund, and I’d love to make the trip one year. Some of my favorite recent films were shown at Toronto After Dark. Cheap Thrills, Motivational Growth, The Machine, We Are What We Are, Resolution, The Battery, one of my all-time favorite films, Some Guy Who Kills People, and much, much more. Recently, the first 10 films for the 2014 festival were announced, and among them were some highly anticipated films. I will list them all below,
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