August 2011 - Posts

Woodstock Reveals Lineup for 12th Fest with 62 Premieres

The Woodstock Film Festival revealed the full lineup for its 12th edition, with almost 150 exciting films, panels, performances and special events. The 2011 festival includes what it calls "a record 62 premieres," with 19 World, four North American, five U.S., 13 East Coast and 21 New York premieres on tap. As previously announced, the U.S. debut of Bruce Beresford's "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" will open five-day festival, while East ...
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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: What to See This Fall, "The Ides of March" Debuts and More

Today on indieWIRE, we hyped this Fall's most anticipated indie releases, "The Ides of March" got mixed reviews in Venice and much more. Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Must-See Indies Summer is essentially over. Maybe not by the calendar, but certainly when it comes to Hollywood. The “Transformers 3"s and “Pirates of the Caribbean 4"s have come and gone, and for anyone who likes a mediocre $200 million-budgeted film aimed ...
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Lindsay Sloane and Lake Bell Ham It Up for "Orgy"

Actresses Lindsay Sloane and Lake Bell hamming it up at the after party for a screening of "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" on August 25, in Hollywood, California. The film comes out in limited release this Friday, September 2, via Samuel Goldwyn Films. [Photo credit: Todd WIlliamson/AppleRIdgeFilms]
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Upcoming Telluride Festival Gets $50K AMPAS Grant; Lineup Set for Thursday

The Academy of Motion Pictuers Arts and Sciences has given $50,000 to underwrite the 2011 Telluride Film Festival's Guest Director program. This is the fourth year the festival has underwritten the program, which this year features musicial Caetaon Veloso. Veloso has over 100 film and television credits, but is best known for his performance of "Cucurrucucú Paloma" ("Cucurrucucu Dove") in Pedro Almodóvar’s Academy Award-winning film, "Talk to Her." indieWIRE will ...
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Phase 4 and Submarine Go for James Westby's Dark Comedy "Rid of Me"

Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to James Westby's black comedy "Rid of Me." In partnership with Submarine, the company plans to give the film an initial limited theatrical release this fall, followed by a national rollout. "Rid of Me" follows Meris (Katie O'Grady), a newlywed who moves to Portland with her husband. Rejected by his old high school clique, she goes into a radical personal evolution. The ...
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George Clooney's "Ides of March" Debuts In Venice To Mixed Reaction

As the opening night film of the Venice Film Festival, George Clooney's "The Ides of March" made its debut tonight in Italy, kicking off two straight weeks of non-stop high profile premieres at Venice, Telluride and Toronto. A star-studded political thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Clooney himself, the film is an adaptation of the Beau Willimon Broadway play "Farragut North." ...
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Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Must-See Indies

Summer is essentially over. Maybe not by the calendar, but certainly when it comes to Hollywood. The "Transformers 3"s and "Pirates of the Caribbean 4"s have come and gone, and for anyone who likes a mediocre $200 million-budgeted film aimed at teenaged boys, you're out of luck for at least a few months. (Editor's note: Yay.) Not to say this summer didn't give cinema-goers plenty of nice alternatives, from rare ...
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iW's Project of the Day: Mother and Daughter Fight over "My Nose"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Tweetable Logline: Do u have a critical parent? My Nose: The Bigger Version, a personal film follows transformation of a mother/daughter relationship. Elevator Pitch: I made a comedic award ...
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Nicholas Ray Was an Early Adopter: An Interview With Susan Ray on Her Husband's Legacy

Of the big names premiering work at this year's Venice Film Festival, one is particularly both notable and unexpected. More than 30 years after his death, legendary American filmmaker Nicholas Ray appears in the program--and not with a retrospective, but with a "new" work. It's the world premiere of the fully restored version of his elusive last film, “We Can’t Go Home Again,” a collaborative piece devised and executed by the filmmaker ...
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Oscilloscope Buys Nicholas Ray's Last Film, "We Can't Go Home Again"

North American rights to Nicholas Ray's final film, "We Can't Go Home Again" have been picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories ahead of the late director's centenary of his birth. A restored/reconstructed version of the film will debut at the Venice Film Festival followed by the New York Film Festival in October. Along with the film, Oscilloscope will release a new doc titled, "Don't Expect Too Much," which explores in his ...
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Cinemad Will Release "*** Year" Starring Ellen Barkin This Fall

Microdistributor Cinemad Presents will release Cam Archer's "*** Year," starring Ellen Barkin, in the U.S. this fall. In the black-and-white experimental film, Barkin plays a retiring actress slowly losing her grip on reality. It was an entry in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight. "Ellen Barkin puts on a bold, candid performance in Cam Archer’s “*** Year,” but the enigmatic movie is composed of too many fragments to sustain ...
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Fortissimo Acquires Vietnamese Drama "Lost in Paradise" Ahead of TIFF

Ahead of its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, Vietnamese director Vu Ngoc Dang's "Lost in Paradise" has landed international distribution with Fortissimo Films. "Vu Ngoc Dang is one of a new generation of Vietnamese directors that has both commercial sensibilities and a strong artistic vision," said Fortissimo's Chariman Michael J. Werner in a statement. "In 'Lost in Paradise,' thru the use of drama and comedy he ...
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Award-Winning Football Doc "Fordson" Coming to AMC Theaters

The documentary "Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football," a winner at this year's Slamdance and Traverse City Film Festivals, will make its theatrical premiere on September 9 in 11 markets including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles via AMC Theaters. Directed by Rashid Ghazi, the film follows a predominantly Arab-American high school football team from a Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game. It documents not only the ...
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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: Venice 2011 Guide, "Detective Dee" Review, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & More

Today on indieWIRE, we compiled a guide for Venice 2011, outlined the Project of the Day competition, caught the new "Alps" trailer from the director of "Dogtooth" and much more. Venice 2011: A Guide To The Film Festival It’s one of the year’s major international cinematic events and indieWIRE will be offering a variety of coverage over the course of the fest. Project of the Day: This is the One ...
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"Like Crazy," "50/50" and "The Artist" Set to Screen at Aspen Filmfest

The 33rd annual edition of Aspen Filmfest, will open with Drake Doremus' Sundance award-winning "Like Crazy" and close with Jonathan Levine' "50/50" starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The event will also screen some other high profile pictures including Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter," Michel Hazanavicius's acclaimed silent film "The Artist" and Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, "Coriolanus." For the festival's full lineup go here. Aspen Filmfest runs September 21-25 in Aspen, Colorado.
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