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  • Jon Bowermaster on his film "SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories"

    In his film, "SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories" - available in its entirety at the bottom of this page courtesy of SnagFilms - filmmaker Jon Bowermaster takes a look at Louisiana's complicated relationship between man and water. SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories Writer/Director: Jon Bowermaster 60 mins. The full film is available free on SnagFilms (and at the end of this article). This interview with Jon Bowermaster is part of a series of SnagFilm filmmaker profiles that will be featured weekly on indieWIRE. [Editor's Note: SnagFilms is the parent company of Indiewire.] Your movie: In 140 characters or less, what's it about? Everywhere you look in Louisiana there's water; rivers, creeks, bayous, the Mississippi, the Gulf. We found pollution, and life, everywhere. OK: Now tell us what it's really about. When we first went to Louisiana, in July 2008, to make a film about the complicated...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • "Melancholia" Firth and Swinton Lauded at European Film Awards

    Cold and rainy weather, rogue planets and the European monetary crisis managed not to cast too dark a pall over the 24th European Film Awards which took place December 3 in Berlin. European Film Academy president (and an eventual winner this year for his documentary “Pina”) Wim Wenders welcomed the evening’s distinguished guests – including the ministers of cultures from Germany, Austria, Kosovo, Georgia and Estonia (last year’s host nation) – by reminding all why they were in attendance. “Many European summits are being held at this time – this one is different,” he said referring to the recent marathon of Euro crisis meetings. “This represents a more utopian Europe, the Europe of cinema, which is not one of bankers and politicians, but of filmmakers who love movies.” Bernd Neumann, the German Commissioner for Culture and Media, reiterated similar thoughts before happily noting that his government had...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • Box Office: On slow weekend, 'Breaking Dawn' is No. 1 again

    "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was the No. 1 film for the third consecutive weekend, pulling in an additional $16.9 million this weekend.
    Posted to Company Town by Company Town on Sun, Dec 4 2011
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  • 1000 No. 1s: Watch Jimmy Jam Talk Janet's 'When I Think of You'

    Day three of our 1000 Hot 100 No. 1s video series finds Jimmy Jam talking about reaching the top in with Janet Jackson's "When I Think of You."
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • Honor Roll 2011 | An Eternal Memory: Patricio Guzmán Talks "Nostalgia for the Light"

    Patricio Guzmán came into prominence in the 1970s with "The Battle of Chile," his epic documentary trilogy recounting Pinochet’s coup to power. The film established the director as one of the leading voices in a new boom of Latin American Cinema, an independent movement of politically active and socially conscious filmmakers who challenged, questioned and defined the historical moment through the possibilities of cinema. Honor Roll is a daily series for December that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's most notable cinematic voices. Today we're revisiting an interview we did with "Nostalgia For The Light" director Patricio Guzman, who recently won big at the IDA Awards. “Nostalgia for the Light” is perhaps Guzmán's strongest film yet. Introspective as it is universal, Guzmán's lens explores the intersection between memory, history,...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • "The Artist" Leads Washington Critics' Award Nominations

    thr Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards. The film was nominated for eight awards, including best picture, director, actor (Jean Dujardin) and supporting actress (Bérénice Bejo). In the top category, it will compete against "The Descendants," "Drive," "Hugo" and "Win Win" for the top prize. Full list of nominations below. The winners will be announced Monday, December 5th. Best Picture "The Artist" "The Descendants" "Drive" "Hugo" "Win Win" Best Director Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris" Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" Alexander Payne, The Descendants" Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive" Martin Scorsese, "Hugo" Best Actor George Clooney, "The Descendants" Jean Dujardin,...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • Trey Songz Cuts an EP, Films 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' & Preps For Tour

    Currently between albums, Trey Songz drops two mixtapes, cuts an EP, films part in 'Texas Chainsaw' movie and gears up for a tour.
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • Ask Billboard: Oh, Canada! ... On the Billboard 200

    Four Canadian acts are in the chart's (great white) north: Michael Buble at No. 1, plus Nickelback (2), Drake (4) and Justin Bieber (6).
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • TNT's blue streak

    TV News: 'The Closer' 100th Episode -- Cop drama 'The Closer' upends the usual procedural premise
    Posted to The Business of Television by Variety - TV News on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • Sedgwick confides on 'Closer' ramifications

    TV News: 'The Closer' 100th Episode -- Long before of "The Closer," Kyra Sedgwick carved out a successful career spanning film, theater and television. She had turned down offers of other series, including series shot in New York where...
    Posted to The Business of Television by Variety - TV News on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • 'Crime' a sign of new times

    TV News: 'The Closer' 100th Episode -- When Mary McDonnell took on a guest-starring role as Capt. Sharon Raydor on the fifth season of "The Closer," no one could have anticipated that the "Battlestar Galactica" actress would...
    Posted to The Business of Television by Variety - TV News on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • Bailey, Reynolds recollect favorite moments

    TV News: 'The Closer' 100th Episode -- G.W. Bailey and Corey Richards recall their favorite moments.
    Posted to The Business of Television by Variety - TV News on Sun, Dec 4 2011
  • 'Melancholia,' Firth and Swinton Top European Film Awards

    Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" led the winners of the 2011 European Film Awards, which took place tonight in Berlin, Germany. The film took honors for best film, best cinematography and best production design. Von Trier himself, however, lost the best director trophy to his fellow Dane Susanne Bier (who he infamously dissed at Cannes earlier this year). Other major winners include Tilda Swinton and Colin Firth, who won best actress and actor for "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and "The King's Speech," respectively. "Speech" also took prizes for editing and the people's choice award. Despite being a frontrunner at the Oscars, "The Artist" only went home with a trophy for best score. Full list of European Film Award winners: EUROPEAN FILM 2011 Melancholia Dir. Lars von Trier EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2011 Susanne Bier for In a Better World EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2011 Tilda Swinton in We Need...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Sat, Dec 3 2011
  • Friday Box Office: "Shame" On Track For Strong First Weekend

    Steve McQueen's "Shame" debuted on 10 screens last night for Fox Searchlight and the results were far from shameful. The NC-17 rated film - which stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan - grossed $110,476 on its first night out, averaging $11,048. That suggests the film is headng for a $350-400,000 weekend, averaging close to $40,000. That would make it one of the 10 best limited debuts of the year, and suggest its NC-17 rating is not the box office poison some fear it is. Also of note last night was a pair of second weekend holdovers from The Weinstein Company. "The Artist" and "My Week With Marilyn" - two of the Weinsteins' biggest Oscar hopes - both had strong second weekend showings so far. The former expanded from 4 to 6 screens and grossed $55,600, averaging $9,267. That should give "The Artist" a $200,000 or so gross for the weekend and a new total of $500,000 by weekend's end. Impressive for a silent...
    Posted to Indieville by Indiewire on Sat, Dec 3 2011
  • Yelawolf Defines Himself in Debut Album 'Radioactive'

    Already in business with the Agency Group adn Lipton Brisk, Shady Records' Yelawolf looks to define himself with debut album, "Radioactive."
    Posted to The Business of Music by Billboard.com The Feed on Sat, Dec 3 2011
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