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Kathryn Bigelow Is Responsible for the Two Best Movies Directed by Women, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

Kathryn Bigelow Is Responsible for the Two Best Movies Directed by Women, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25
After naming Alfonso Cuarón the best-reviewed filmmaker of the 21st century and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer the worst, Metacritic’s next list explores the 25 best movies directed by women. Unsurprisingly, Kathryn Bigelow takes both the #1 and #2 spots with “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” respectively.

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Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director with the latter, a painfully tense drama about the Iraq War. (Her latest, “Detroit,” just misses the list by a few points.) Ava DuVernay also shows up twice (with “Selma” and “13th”), as does Sarah Polley (“Away from Her” and “Stories We Tell”), while the likes of Sofia Coppola, Mia Hansen-Løve, and Maren Ade are represented as well. Here’s the data-driven review aggregator’s full list:

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Women to Watch: Wendy Lidell, Kino Lorber's New Senior VP, Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions

Congratulations to Wendy Lidell, whom we have known during her outstanding career spanning over 25 years, for being appointed as the Kino Lorber'snew Senior Vice President, Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions.

As the head of Kino Lorber’s theatrical division, Ms. Lidell will oversee and manage all aspects of the company’s theatrical and non-theatrical slate, over 25 films per year, reporting directly to CEO Richard Lorber. Reporting to her are the company’s current team: Jonathan Hertzberg, Director of Theatrical Sales (who will continue to handle film bookings nationwide), Sylvia Savadjian, Director of Marketing, and Rodrigo Brandão, VP of Marketing and Publicity.

In addition to her new duties, Lidell will work directly with Richard Lorber to drive new business opportunities for the company, including identifying new content acquisitions and strategic growth areas.

She previously worked with Richard Lorber when he acquired International Film Circuit in 1998, to become the theatrical division of his company Fox Lorber. While at Fox Lorber, which later became Wellspring Media, Lidell released six to eight titles per year, including Alexander Sokurov’s "Russian Ark", François Ozon’s "Under the Sand", starring Charlotte Rampling, "Yi Yi“ by Edward Yang (named Best Film of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics), and "On the Ropes" (nominated for a documentary Academy Award).

After returning to International Film Circuit in 2004, Lidell released dozens of films, including "Don't Move," starring Penelope Cruz, "Darwin's Nightmare," which earned her a second documentary Academy Award nomination, and "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, "which joined the elite group of documentaries that have grossed over $1 million theatrically. Other notable successes included "My Perestroika," "The Waiting Room," Nancy Spielberg’s "Above and Beyond" and "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness."

“It’s a very happy opportunity for Kino Lorber and me, personally, to work with Wendy again,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “She has distinguished herself as a brilliant forward thinking film executive and passionate entrepreneur in our challenging environment, regularly acquiring and bringing to screen films of exceptional quality and commercial promise. In all my earlier years working with her, she never disappointed me – while her eye for quality and intelligence of execution never failed her. We couldn’t be more pleased to have her lead our theatrical team into the future. “

“It will be an enormous pleasure to join the Kino Lorber team,” wrote Wendy Lidell. “There are few film companies that combine a passion for great cinema with the business acumen required to navigate the challenges of a rapidly changing distribution landscape. Together, I hope we can continue for many years to bring more great films to bigger and more diverse audiences.”

Current and upcoming released from Kino Lorber include Amos Gitai’s "Rabin, the Last Day, Jia Zhangke’s "Mountains May Depart," Jayro Bustamante's "Ixcanul," and "Sons My Brother Taught Me. "
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Opening This Weekend: 'Sweet Dreams' (Doc On All-Female Rwandan Drumming Troupe)

From International Film Circuit, the distributor of the The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin's Nightmare, comes a new documentary release titled Sweet Dreams, a film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman. Sweet Dreams follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women, post the 1994 genocide, who collect to form the country’s first all-female drumming troupe and open the country's first ice cream parlor. Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan...
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Trailer & Release Dates For 'Sweet Dreams' (Doc On All-Female Rwandan Drumming Troupe)

From International Film Circuit, the distributor of the The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin's Nightmare, comes a new documentary release titled Sweet Dreams, a film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman. Sweet Dreams follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women, post the 1994 genocide, who collect to form the country’s first all-female drumming troupe and open the country's first ice cream parlor. Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan...
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New In Theaters Today: 'Fire In The Blood' (On Blocking Aids Drugs From Reaching Africa)

It made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, competing in the World Cinema Documentary category, and it now has an official USA theatrical release date, courtesy of International Film Circuit (the distributor of other topical, socially-relevant docs like The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin's Nightmare).  The feature documentary is titled Fire In The Blood, from director Dylan Mohan Gray, and is described as an intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," which follows an improbable...
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In Theaters This Friday: 'Fire In The Blood' (On Blocking Aids Drugs From Reaching Africa)

It made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, competing in the World Cinema Documentary category, and it now has an official USA theatrical release date, courtesy of International Film Circuit (the distributor of other topical, socially-relevant docs like The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin's Nightmare).  The feature documentary is titled Fire In The Blood, from director Dylan Mohan Gray, and is described as an intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," which follows an improbable...
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Us Release Trailer + Dates For 'Fire In The Blood' (On Blocking Aids Drugs From Reaching Africa)

It made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, competing in the World Cinema Documentary category, and it now has an official USA theatrical release date, courtesy of International Film Circuit (the distributor of other topical, socially-relevant docs like The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin's Nightmare).  The feature documentary is titled Fire In The Blood, from director Dylan Mohan Gray, and is described as an intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," which follows an improbable...
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'Fire In The Blood' (Exposé On Blocking Of Aids Drugs From Reaching Africa) Gets Us Theatrical

It made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, competing in the World Cinema Documentary category, and it now has an official USA theatrical release date, courtesy of International Film Circuit (the distributor of other topical, socially-relevant docs like The Waiting Room, Emmy-winner Where Soldiers Come From, Peabody-winner My Perestroika, The Devil Came on Horseback and the Academy Award-nominated film Darwin's Nightmare).  The feature documentary is titled Fire In The Blood, from director Dylan Mohan Gray, and is described as an intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice," which follows an improbable...
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'Game of Thrones,' 'Homeland,' 'Colbert Report' snag Peabody Awards

On Wednesday (April 4), the winners of the 71st annual Peabody Awards were announced by the University of Georgia. The awards honor excellence in electronic media. While the honorees usually skew to the newsy end of the spectrum, a handful of TV shows were also cited this year.

"Homeland," "The Colbert Report," "Portlandia," "Game of Thrones," "Parks and Recreation" and "Jeopardy!" were all included for their contributions to pop culture.

The full winners' list:

CNN's Reporting of the Arab Springike wildfire across the region.

Ted.com

"American Experience" (PBS)

"Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families" (NPR member stations)

"Pov: My Perestroika" (PBS)

"The Colbert Report" - Super Pac Segments (Comedy Central)

"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" (CNN, CNN International, CNN Espanol)

"StoryCorps 9/11" (NPR Morning Edition)

BBC.com

"Who Killed Chea Vichea?" (Kbdi Denver and other Neta stations)

"News Magazine: People's Republic of Cheating and Misjudged Cases" (Tvb Jade Channel)

"Homeland
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Peabody Awards for 'Game of Thrones,' 'Homeland,' Colbert And More

Peabody Awards for 'Game of Thrones,' 'Homeland,' Colbert And More
The winners of the George Foster Peabody Awards were announced this morning, and among the entertainment winners are "Game of Thrones," "Parks and Recreation," "Portlandia," "The Colbert Report" and "Treme."

In the television news and documentary categories, Al Jazeera English, NPR and CNN all won Peabodys for their coverage of the Arab Spring, and two Japanese networks won for their coverage of the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.

The Peabody Awards honor excellence in all electronic media, and in the program's 71st year, 38 awards were handed out. Those winners range from Web sites such as Ted.com and Human Rights Watch to ongoing programs like American Masters to the radio series StoryCorps to long-running shows like "Austin City Limits" and "Jeopardy!" A full list of winners is below.

I am fortunate enough to be one of the 16 Peabody board members, and it's been an honor and a great pleasure
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‘Homeland’, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Treme’, ‘Parks And Recreation’, ‘Portlandia’ & ‘Colbert Report’ Among Peabody Winners

Athens, Georgia, April 4, 2012 – Thirty-eight recipients of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2011, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus. Complete List Of Recipients Of The 71st Annual Peabody Awards CNN’s Reporting of the Arab Spring including Worldwide Coverage: Egypt –Wave of Discontent and Uprising in Libya (CNN) (CNN) With seasoned correspondents already stationed throughout the Middle East, CNN was prepared when revolution began to leap like wildfire across the region. Ted.com Ted An outgrowth of a 1984 conference that brought together leaders in technology, entertainment and design (Ted), the site makes creative thinkers and their ideas available everywhere, anytime. American Experience (PBS) American Experience in association with Apograph Productions, Firelight
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The Descendants, Ryan Gosling, Viola Davis, Mysteries Of Lisbon: Satellite Award Winners

Beau Bridges, George Clooney in Alexander Payne's The Descendants

Water For Elephants, Soul Surfer, The Guard Among Satellite Awards Winners

Best Film

The Artist

* The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Best Actor

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

* Ryan Gosling, Drive

Tom Hardy, Warrior

Woody Harrelson, Rampart

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress

Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

* Viola Davis, The Help

Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground

Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Michelle Yeoh, The Lady

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

* Albert Brooks, Drive

Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Nick Nolte,
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"Drive," "The Descendants" Lead Satellite Awards Winners

The International Press Academy has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Satellite Awards and Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" triumphed!

"Drive" took home the most wins, four total, including Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor, Nicholas Winding Refn for Best Director, and the film also won Best Editing.

But "The Descendants" received the big honor of the night, the Best Picture award, and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.

It's interesting that the Ipa honored Gosling for Best Actor and Viola Davis for Best Actress -- both are not considered Oscar frontrunners, but gave the performances of their lives nonetheless.

The 16th Annual Satellite Awards. were held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in the Rodeo Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here's the complete list of nominees and highlighted winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominations from other award-giving bodies,
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Your Complete Guide to 2011-2012 Awards Season! Winners, Nominees Take the Awards Avenue!

As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards aka the Oscars, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the Oscars.

Come and take the Awards Avenue with me!

And here we go (click on each link):

AFI Awards

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

British Independent Film Awards

Cinema Eye Honors

Critics' Choice (Broadcast Film Critics Association)

Detroit Film Critics

European Film Awards

Gotham Awards

Houston Film Critics Awards

Ida Awards

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Indiana Film Critics

Las Vegas Film Critics

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

National Board of Review

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

New York
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From War Horse to The Mysteries Of Lisbon: Satellite Award Nominations 2011

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball Shame Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy War Horse Best Actor George Clooney, The Descendants Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar Michael Fassbender, Shame Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Ryan Gosling, Drive Tom Hardy, Warrior Woody Harrelson, Rampart Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Best Actress Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Charlize Theron, Young Adult Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn Michelle Yeoh, The Lady Best Supporting Actor Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn Albert Brooks, Drive Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses Jonah Hill, Moneyball Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method Nick Nolte, Warrior Christopher Plummer, Beginners Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes Christoph Waltz,
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"Drive," "War Horse" Lead Satellite Award Nominations

The International Press Academy has announced the nominees of the 16th Annual Satellite Awards. "Drive" by Nicholas Winding Refn and Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" led the pack with eight nominations each including Best Picture.

Winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec, 18th in Beverly Hills, California.

Here's the complete list of nominees of the 16th Annual Satellite Awards:

Best Picture:

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

Shame

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

War Horse

Best Actor:

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Ryan Gosling, Drive

Tom Hardy, Warrior

Woody Harrelson, Rampart

Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress:

Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground

Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Emily Watson,
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Antenna International Film Festival line-up announced

The Antenna International Documentary Film Festival has announced their inaugural line-up for the event which runs 5-9 October.

Boasting 15 Australian premieres and 25 Sydney premieres with films from 18 different countries, there is $10,000 in prizes.

Opening night at the Dendy Opera Quays will screen Robert Nugent’s Memoirs of a Plague that looks at the relationship between humans and the locust.

Closing night will be Philip Cox’s The Bengali Detective followed by an awards presentation to announce the winner of the Sbs Award for International Documentary (worth $5000) and the Best Australian Documentary ($2500). Both films are in competition.

Other films in International Competition: Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity, Robin Hessman’s My Perestroika, Danfun Dennis’ Hell and Back Again and Marcus Linden’s Regretters – winner of the Prix Europa Best Documentary at Berlin 2010 about two transgender people regretting their decisions to undergo surgery.

In the international special screenings, see Alex Gibney’s
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Antenna Documentary Film Festival announces dates

The Antenna International Documentary Film Festival will debut this year at Sydney’ Chauvel Cinema from 5 to 9 October.

The festival, with 28 feature documentaries will also include nearly $10,000 in prize money spread across three categories.

Films will compete for either the Sbs Award for Best International Documentary ($5,000), Award for Best Australian Documentary ($2500), or a student competition in association with Aftrs ($2,000).

In a statement, Antenna Founding Director David Rokach said, “I have seen the impact that documentary film festivals have in other countries, not just in the development of new audiences for documentary but also in the quality of the films being produced. We thought a festival dedicated exclusively to documentary would be a great contribution to Australia and we hope Antenna will become a fruitful platform for presenting the complexities of the world we live in. We look to present films that will challenge audiences, while also being relevant.”

Matchmaking mayors, pool parties,
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Economist Film Project Launches Website

The Economist Film Project, which I wrote about previously in this interview with editorial director Gideon Lichfeld, has just launched its website. At the site, viewers can watch the short documentary excerpts that appear via the project on the PBS News Hour. For example, embedded below is the debut offering, Dawn Sinclair Shapiro’s The Edge of Joy, about maternal healthcare in Nigeria. Also up on the site now are excerpts from Robin Hessman’s My Perestroika, N.C. Heikin’s Kimjongilia, and Adam Wakeling’s Up in Smoke.

The website follows a Variety article on The Economist Film Project, which states that it’s now a prime publicity item for any documentary film. From the piece by Marc Graser:

More than 930 submissions have been received to date, with 1,000 expected by the end of the summer. Without much promotion, the project’s site has attracted 160,000 unique visitors. It’s not surprising why.
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Pajiba After Dark 6/28/11

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There's nothing really good on TV tonight, just the occasional show that's more entertaining than it has a right to be (looking at you, "White Collar" with your dashing suits and your Matt Bomer who seems to have finally gotten a handle on the crazy eyes. Also that girl that looks and soundslike Emma Stone and Emma Pillsbury from "Glee" went into the "If they Mated" machine. If you watch the show you know what I mean.) and a lot of reality stuff involving cupcakes. Ok, maybe not a lot of it involves cupcakes but two different shows on two different networks qualifies as a lot of cupcake shows as far as I'm concerned. Maybe you could just throw a movie on. I'd suggest The Jungle Book because I've been singing "I Wanna Be Like You" to myself All Day and I'm spreading that ear-worm as far as I can
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