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Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80

Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80
Mary Tyler Moore, the Emmy-winning sitcom star and Oscar-nominated actress best known for her role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the 1980 movie Ordinary People, died on Wednesday in Connecticut. Moore's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, confirmed the star's death to the Associated Press. "Today, beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine," Buxbaum said in a statement. The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia, according to The New York Times.
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Against The Current And Yellowcard Cover “Love Story”

Sometimes, covers are done best when they stay true to the original as much as possible. When it comes to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,’” replicating its light tone and soft nature is clearly the best option to take. Case in point: Against the Current recorded a number of live cover sessions over the summer on tour, and just revealed their take on “Love Story” featuring Yellowcard.

Yellowcard automatically makes the cover immensely better, because even though Against the Current is already supported by their acoustic guitar and fantastic voice from vocalist Chrissy Costanza, you’re also treated to the addition of Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key and violinist Sean Mackin.

Mackin has been rocking the strings for Yellowcard since the group’s inception, and it’s made Yellowcard one of the most unique rock bands in the mainstream in recent memory. Mackin’s violin parts complement the Key and Costanza duo beautifully,
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Festival radar: Off Plus Camera, Krakow, Poland

Our irregular series on smaller film festivals looks at a Polish celebration of independent cinema kicking off this Friday

Festival name: Off Plus Camera – International Festival of Independent Cinema

Location: Krakow, Poland

Website: www.offpluscamera.com

Dates: annually,12-21 April 2013

About: This increasingly dynamic festival of independent cinema is geared towards young and debut directors. Taking place in the picturesque southern Polish city of Krakow, the festival is staged in former palaces – such as the Pod Baranami cinema and Kino Ars just off the main square – and, to a lesser extent, at all seven of the city's other art-house cinemas. This year's festival will also offer rooftop screenings, "for those who like extreme sports", according to the artistic director. By attracting more sponsors and by vastly improving organisation and publicity, Off Plus Camera has developed rapidly under the auspices of festival director, Szymon Miszczak; artistic director, Ania Trzebiatowska (who formerly
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DVD Review: 'Against the Current'

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★☆☆☆☆ In Peter Callahan's 2009 film Against the Current, Joseph Fiennes plays Paul Thompson, a depressed New Yorker with a tragedy in his recent past, who decides to swim down the Hudson from upstate to the sea. He enlists two friends Liz (Elizabeth Reaser) and Jeff (Justin Kirk), to accompany and support him on his Quixotic endeavour. Paul is not an athlete or a champion swimmer; he isn't doing it for charity or to raise awareness for some noble cause. In fact, as the film goes on, it becomes evident that his motivation is linked to the darkness from his past.

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Elizabeth Reaser Photo: Governors Awards 2011

Elizabeth Reaser Actress Elizabeth Reaser of Twilight fame — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 opens Friday in North America — arrives at 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, on Saturday, November 12. [Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.] Actor James Earl Jones was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage; veteran makeup artist Dick Smith (House on Haunted Hill, The Exorcist), however, was present at the ceremony to receive his Honorary Oscar. Television talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey, a 1985 Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple and Beloved star, was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In recent years, Elizabeth Reaser has supported Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight, Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Bill Condon's
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Mary Tyler Moore Biography Pt.2: First You Cry, Ordinary People, The Gin Game

Mary Tyler Moore: 2012 SAG Award Life Achievement Award Moore showcased her dramatic talent in her Emmy-nominated depiction of TV correspondent Betty Rollins' battle with breast cancer in the 1978 CBS telefilm First You Cry. [Photo: Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke in the television movie The Gin Game.] In 1980 Moore was nominated for an Oscar® for her riveting portrayal of Beth Jarrett, a bitter mother coping with the death of one son and the attempted suicide of another in the Robert Redford-directed drama Ordinary People. The same year she continued to explore painful subject matter onstage in the hit Broadway play Whose Life Is It, Anyway? which earned her a Tony for playing a quadriplegic sculptor fighting to determine her own destiny, a role originated by Tom Conti and rewritten for its female star in her Broadway debut. Other feature films include: Six Weeks, opposite Dudley Moore; David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster; and Peter Calahan's dark comedy Against the Current, opposite Joseph Fiennes and Justin Kirk,
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Mary Tyler Moore Honored With 2011 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Art Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur

48th Annual Accolade to be Presented

During the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29, 2012

Los Angeles (September 8, 2011) – Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade - the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.

Moore will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.
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Off Plus Camera International Festival Of Independent Cinema

Ambitious and generally without a dull moment, the fourth Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema unfurled from the 8th through the 17th of this month with little of the inconvenience and national tragedy that marked last year’s affair. Having been interrupted by the volcanic explosion that grounded planes across Europe last April and shortened by the tragic plane crash which killed an entire generation of Polish political and civic leaders, the third edition was a ragtag affair with few guests and an anarchic spirit that few festivals are able to generate. This year the festival was running at full speed, allowing its generally strong programming, immaculate hospitality and eclectic group of attendees to watch and mingle in relative comfort, although the overall vibe was perhaps more pedestrian than the previous event. Still it’s a sprawling event for such a young festival, with two large competitions, programs of Irish,
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American Idol Top 7 Results: Did the Right Contestant Get Sent Home Tonight?

American Idol Top 7 Results: Did the Right Contestant Get Sent Home Tonight?
First, the good news: Tonight’s American Idol Top 7 results-show telecast gave us one of the season’s better sing-out performances from a booted contestant. And, actually, if there was any bad news, you couldn’t read it on the face of Stefano Langone, who smiled and bounced like an enthusiastic boxer sitting on the Silver Stools of Doom, and then simply wanted to grab ahold of the mic and belt one out after Ryan Seacrest told him he was the contestant with the lowest number of viewer votes for “Songs from the 21st Century” week.

Over the course of the one-hour results telecast,
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Tim Roth directing film adaptation of Marc Parent's Turning Stones

Tim Roth announced his next directing project at the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema in Krakow, Poland, where Roth was given the Against the Current achievement award. It will be an adaptation of Marc Parent's 1996 non-fiction book Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk, a collection of accounts of children in various situations of child abuse. The film hit's close to home for Roth, who was abused as a child. He directed The War Zone in 1999, which covered similar material.

According to THR, "Parent was a twentysomething from the Midwest who went to New York city to try to make it as an actor. He was unsuccessful in this endeavor, but joined an experimental social work unit at Emergency Children's Services. What followed was a series of situations in which Parent was called upon to protect children from abusive parents, up to and
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Tim Roth Will Be “Turning Stones” To Direct Again

Tim Roth revealed the details of his next directorial effort at the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema in Krakow, Poland, where Roth was feted with the Against the Current achievement award. The project will be an adaptation of Marc Parent’s 1996 non-fiction book “Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk,” a collection of accounts of children in various situations of child abuse. Roth, who was abused as a child, tackled similar subject matter before in his devastating 1999 directorial debut “The War Zone.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tim-roth-direct-film-adaptation-179461
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November DVD Playhouse

DVD Playhouse—November 2010

By Allen Gardner

Paths Of Glory (Criterion) Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic put him on the map as a major filmmaker. Kirk Douglas stars in a true story about a French officer in Ww I who locks horns with the military’s top brass after his men are court-martialed for failing to carry out an obvious suicide mission. A perfect film, across the board, with fine support from George Macready as one of the most despicable martinet’s ever captured on film, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou, all oily charm as a conniving General. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins; Excerpt from 1966 audio interview with Kubrick; 1979 interview with Douglas; New interviews with Jan Harlan, Christiane Kubrick, and producer James B. Harris; French television documentary on real-life case which inspired the film; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Winter’S Bone (Lionsgate) After her deadbeat father disappears,
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2140

Gere are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2140.

Against The Current Rated R For language and some sexual content. Betrayed By Passion Rated R For sexual content, language and brief violence. Biutiful Rated R For disturbing images, language, some sexual content, nudity and drug use. Release Date: December 2010 Booky's Crush Rated G Damned By Dawn Rated R For bloody horror violence and some language. Death Hunter Rated R For violence and brief nudity. The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation Rated PG For mild rude humor and brief language. Fertile Ground Rated R For language throughout, including some sexual references. Heiran Rated PG For thematic elements, language and smoking. The Human Experience Rated PG-13 For mature thematic material and some disturbing images. Jackass 3D Rated R For male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language. Release Date: October 15, 2010 Life, Above All Rated PG-13 For mature thematic material and some sexual content.
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IFC Picks Up James Gunn’s Super Starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page – Updated with Press Release

Less than 48 hours after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s (Slither) Super has found its distributor. IFC Films has paid seven figures to secure the U.S. rights to Gunn’s everyman take on the superhero archetype. While IFC normally pays less for its deals, they apparently faced some stiff competition for the film from potential buyers such as Magnolia.

Super stars Rainn Wilson as an “average guy” who takes on the persona of “The Crimson Bolt” upon learning that his wife is having an affair. Starring alongside Wilson are Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. To learn more about Super, check out Steve’s video blog/review of the film which he recorded shortly after its Toronto premiere.

[Update: You can now check out the official press release after the jump.]

IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights To James Gunn’S Super First Big Sale During Toronto Film Festival

Star-studded cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page,
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Fortissmo Films

Compared with last year, Fortissmo Films come packing with only a single title, but that doesn't mean their sales agent won't be spending pretty much the entire festival from their rented office balcony. They signed a fairly ambitious deal with Fox - first time I've heard of a major studio outputting their titles to a films sales company of this nature and they've got one receiving a world preem at the festival in Sergei Loznitsa's My Joy. - Compared with last year, Fortissmo Films come packing with only a single title, but that doesn't mean their sales agent won't be spending pretty much the entire festival from their rented office balcony. They signed a fairly ambitious deal with Fox - first time I've heard of a major studio outputting their titles to a films sales company of this nature and they've got one receiving a world preem at the
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Fortissmo Films

Compared with last year, Fortissmo Films come packing with only a single title, but that doesn't mean their sales agent won't be spending pretty much the entire festival from their rented office balcony. They signed a fairly ambitious deal with Fox - first time I've heard of a major studio outputting their titles to a films sales company of this nature and they've got one receiving a world preem at the festival in Sergei Loznitsa's My Joy (see pic) has the unique distinction of being from a first-timer – it's a rare feat to see a first timer in the Main Comp – so, we might be looking at a gem here folks. Among the hot titles on the sales side of things is Anh Hung Tran's Norwegian Wood – a pic that I was sure was going to land a spot in Cannes this year, but appears to still be in post prod.
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Trailer Park: Toy Story 3, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians On Black Comedy, & The Phoenix Film Festival

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By Christopher Stipp

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Check out my new column, This Week In Trailers, at SlashFilm.com and follow me on Twitter under the name: Stipp

Toy Story 3 Footage Preview

So, I was able to see the first 70 minutes of Toy Story 3 this week.

Watching the movie begin, hearing the reactions of the college students who literally grew up with this franchise, I was worried something wasn’t going to be right. That there was going to be something there on the screen I could no longer identify with a decade after Toy Story 2 debuted in the theaters. I was shocked that it’s been fifteen years since the first installment came out, the number 95 pasted on the runaway train in the opening sequence feeling like a tender callback to that time.

I was worried, fraught with nervousness that somehow I made the wrong choice
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Spring Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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More Spring Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]

[Repertory Calendar]

[Jason Reitman's Favorites]

Over 85 films will be filing through arthouses and multiplexes between now and the end of April, but nearly triple that number will be accessible from the comfort of home, whether it's on demand, online or on DVD. Here's what will be hitting televisions, computer screens, Netflix queues and store shelves this spring.

On Demand

Once you get through the masterful six-hour "Red Riding Trilogy" currently available on demand through May, IFC Films and their Sundance Selects label have quite the collection of festival favorites available to beam directly onto your TV in the next few months. It starts on February 17th with the Festival Direct release of the acclaimed John Bryant comedy "The Overbrook Brothers," about two siblings who find out they're adopted, as well as the Sundance Selects release of "Flannel Pajamas" director Jeff Lipsky's multi-generational comedy "Once More With Feeling," starring Chazz Palminteri as
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The Big Apple Film Festival Begins Tonight!

The Big Apple Film Festival Begins Tonight!
Attention New Yorkers (or people who live somewhere near New York and from time to time travel to the city for a taste of some quality entertainment): The Sixth Annual Big Apple Film Festival begins tonight over at Tribeca Cinemas and runs through Saturday, November 7th. Named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" by Moviemaker Magazine (partly because yours truly is heavily involved with all aspects of the festival, natch), this year's slate of over 100 different films looks to be their best yet.

Now this isn't some giant big city festival by any means; it's more of a small, intimate slice-of-ny-life sorta festival that supports and promotes homegrown talent. Tonight they're opening the festival with Against the Current, starring Joseph Fiennes, Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk and Mary Tyler Moore -- and if you're one of the lucky ones in attendance, you'll spot a hottie Cinematical stud named Erik Davis hosting the post-screening Q&A.
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CIFF 2009: The winners! And our reviews

CIFF 2009: The winners! And our reviews
Tina Mabry's "Mississippi Damned," an independent American production, won the Gold Hugo as the best film in the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival, and added Gold Plaques for best supporting actress (Jossie Thacker) and best screenplay (Mabry). It tells the harrowing story of three black children growing up in rural Mississippi in circumstances of violence and addiction. The film's trailer and an interview with Mabry are linked at the bottom.

Kylee Russell in "Mississippi Damned"

The win came over a crowed field of competitors from all over the world, many of them with much larger budgets. The other big winner at the Pump Room of the Ambassador East awards ceremony Saturday evening was by veteran master Marco Bellocchio of Italy, who won the Silver Hugo as best director for "Vincere," the story of Mussolini's younger brother. Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Filippo Timi won Silver Hugos as best actress and actor,
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