October 2013 - Posts

IFC Midnight Snatches Up U.S. Rights to 'Wolf'

The Dutch crime thriller "Wolf" which recently made its world premiere in the New Directors section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, was acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Midnight. Written and directed by Jim Taihuttu ("Rabat"), "Wolf" tells the story of Majid (Marwan Kenzari), a young man who decides to capitalize on his mixed martial arts skills after being released from prison. The worlds of kickboxing and organized crime come together and pull Majid into a savage and lawless underworld.   The film has already been sold to several international markets.  You can watch the trailer below:
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Watch: Michel Gondry Animates Words of Noam Chomsky in 'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?' Trailer

Ahead of its world premiere as the closing night selection of DOC NYC on November 21st, Sundance Selects has released the trailer for Michel Gondry's largely animated documentary "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" The film brings to life a series of conversations that Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Science of Sleep") had with famed linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky over a period of time. Gondry uses animation to visually convey Chomsky's dense stream of ideas. Watch the trailer below. Sundance Selects opens it in select theaters November 22.
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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Uncovers 'Something Deep and Dark' in a New Trailer for HBO's 'True Detective'

Every glimpse HBO has offered so far of the network's upcoming limited series "True Detective" has looked incredibly promising, and this new trailer is no different, providing some insight into the characters of the central pair of Louisiana cops played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The eight-episode series, which was created and written by Nic Pizzolatto and entirely directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Sin Nombre"), premieres in January, and this new promo gives more of a sense of the quietly nightmarish feel of its depiction of a search for a serial killer that spans 17 years. Take a look:
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Watch: Edward Norton and 'Saturday Night Live' Imagine a Wes Anderson Horror Movie, and The Results Are Pretty Great

With the help of host Edward Norton, "Saturday Night Live" turned out a pitch perfect faux trailer for a Wes Anderson horror movie last night that's one of the best sketches the show's done in recent memory. "The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders" is a mashup of "The Strangers" and various Anderson characters and tics, and it's the attention to detail that makes it work -- that framing, those montages, Alec Baldwin as the narrator! We're particularly fond of the note the invaders waft in via paper airplane: "Dear Homeowner: Can we kill you? --The murderers." 
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Watch All the Gotham Award Nominated Breakthrough Directors' Films on iTunes

When the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Award nominations were announced earlier this week, Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station"), Adam Leon ("Gimme The Loot"), Alexandre Moors ("Blue Caprice"), Stacie Passon ("Concussion") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine") were named in the Bingham Ray Breakthrough DIrector Award category. In case you missed the films in theaters (some are still showing in select theaters), you can still watch (or pre-order) them on iTunes. Click on the links below: Fruitvale Station Gimme The Loot Blue Caprice Concussion Sun Don't Shine
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Que(e)ries: Watch Moviegoers Answer Semi-Inappropriate Questions After Seeing 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'

We've heard quite a bit from the critics about "Blue is the Warmest Color," the endlessly controversial film by French director Abdellatif Kechiche.  But we wanted to hear what the people thought. The film opens tomorrow in New York and Los Angeles (and the rest of the country soon thereafter), but made its US debut at the star-studded New York Film Festival a few weeks back (see if you can spot Paul Dano). So film writer Judith Dry -- aka Rude Jude -- straped on her pink leather tie and asked strangers inappropriate questions about the film (you can read Dry's thoughts on the film and its surrounding hooplah here). (Apologies for the in and out audio).
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First Sneak Peek at Mike Leigh's New Project

The first photo released from Mike Leigh's new project features star Timothy Spall standing determined on a wooden ship as painter J.M.W. Turner. The project, about the British Romantic landscape artist who was known as "the painter of light," has yet to receive a title and is still in post-production. Leigh has returned with many of his previous collaborators including actors Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson and Paul Jesson, producer Georgina Lowe, cinematographer *** Pope, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and make-up and hair designer Christine Blundell. Sony Pictures Classics is handling the release.
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Watch: A Controversial Boxing Champ Tells His Story Under the Direction of Spike Lee in the Trailer for HBO's 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth'

Spike Lee and Mike Tyson come together for the upcoming HBO doc "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," a filmed version of the former heavyweight champ's one-man show about his life, directed by Lee. If you weren't able to catch Tyson's Broadway run, the special, which premieres Saturday, November 16th at 8pm, will offer a document of a performance that seems to be somewhere between a dramatic monologue, a confessional and an occasional dip into stand-up comedy from the controversial figure -- take a look below.
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Exclusive: Inaugural Middleburg Film Festival Announces Full Slate of Films, Including 'Nebraska' and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

The historic wine country of Virginia is set to get a strong taste of cinema as the Middleburg Film Festival begins later this month with a slew of prestigious films. Opening the inaugural edition of the festival is Alexander Payne's midwest family drama "Nebraska." Serving as the centerpiece for the four-day event will be Justin Chadwick's Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The festival will also feature a sidebar program commemorating "The Year of Italian Culture," showcasing contemporary Italian films as well as a restoration of Roberto Rosselini's 1954 masterpiece "Journey to Italy." “We are thrilled to present our line up for the first Middleburg Film Festival,” said Executive Director Susan Koch. “Our goal was to curate an engaging slate of films, drawing from the U.S. and abroad and across all genres, that will satisfy casual movie goers and avid film lovers alike.  We are grateful for the generous support of our distributors and are looking forward to a...
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Madonna Banned From Alamo Drafthouse After Texting During '12 Years A Slave' NYFF Premiere

Always the one to court controversy and attention wherever she goes, Madonna could not help but express herself during the New York Film Festival premiere of "12 Years A Slave" earlier this week. Fresh off releasing her short film "secretprojectrevolution" and spearheading a global initiative to protect freedom of expression, she was spotted at the screening of Steve McQueen's slavery drama exhibiting less-than-stellar moviegoing etiquette.  The news originated from this Facebook post by film critic Charles Taylor, who passed along the following anecdote from a former student: Tonight at the New York Film Festival premiere of '12 Years A Slave' (a masterpiece, by the way), Stephanie Adams and I sat behind the unholy trifecta of Jason Ritter, J. Alexander from 'America's Next Top Model,' and Michael K. Williams from 'The Wire.' Plus, a mysterious blonde in black lace gloves who wouldn't stop texting on her Blackberry throughout the first half of the movie. Eventually, a...
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Can ABC's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Save Itself From Being the Blandest Part of the Marvel Universe?

With the launch of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," what had previously been a semi-linear blockbuster film franchise/giant money-making engine has turned, in essence, into mainstream media's most large-scale transmedia project. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was no longer just a cinematic entity, it had expanded beyond features and short films (the Marvel One-Shots) to a whole new platform and storytelling model -- television. And while movie spin-offs, remakes, sequels and prequels making their way to the small screen is nothing new, the show, which yesterday was given a full-season pick-up by ABC, hasn't just had the highly lucrative Marvel brand slapped on it for marketing purposes. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has actually been integrated into the screen universe Marvel established with "Iron Man" in 2008, co-created by "Avengers" director Joss Whedon, who helmed the pilot, and led by Clark Gregg, whose Agent Phil Coulson appeared in four of the MCU films, dying...
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GLAAD Presents Its Yearly Report on Portrayals of LGBT Characters in the 2013-2014 TV Season

GLAAD (formerly the Gay & *** Alliance Against Defamation) has taken to the airwaves, observing the amount of LGBT characters being or set to be portrayed on television in the upcoming season and compiling all the statistics into their annual Where We Are on TV Report. Since 2005 the report has overseen the small screen medium's depiction of characters in regards to sexual orientation, as well as encompassing gender identity and race/ethnicity. On the broadcast front, an estimated 3.3% of series regulars on the scripted primetime broadcast television schedule will be ***, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters. This is down from last year's season which saw 4.4%, but still up from 2011's 2.9% estimation. Among the 796 series regulars counted across the 109 primetime programs on the five broadcast networks, a total of 26 are LGBT characters. Of the networks, ABC and FOX were the only networks to demonstrate improvement over last year, with each having LGBT characters...
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute Debuts Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest

Bryn Mawr Film Institute is debuting the Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest, an international competition designed to support rising artists while celebrating cinema's history. Four original short films will win cash prizes of up to $2500, with the winners announced and prizes awarded at BMFI's gala on April 23, 2014. The event is designed to celebrate the non-profit art house theater's renovation and expansion.  Participants of the competition will choose one film from BMFI's list of 25 cinematic epics- ranging from "All About Eve" to "Spirited Away" -- then create an original short inspired by said film. The short films must not exceed 15 minutes in length and cohere to the judges guidelines. All four finalist filmmakers will win cash prizes of up to $2,500 and have their work shown on the big screen, followed by the original films by which they were inspired. All submissions are due by December 31, 2013 -- find out more here.“We are thrilled to debut this...
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Camerimage Film Festival Reveals 2013 Competition Lineup

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, otherwise known as Camerimage, today revealed the films screening in six of the festival's competition sections, including "Polish Films," "Cinematographer's Debut," "Director's Debut," "Student Etudes," "Feature Documentary Films," and "Short Documentary Films." Sebastian Junger and Andrea Nix Fine are among the acclaimed filmmakers with works screening at the festival's 21st edition, which will showcase some 300 films, grouped into 24 sections, including 10 competitions. There are films from 50 countries around the world. Some 30 films will have their European premieres in Bydgoszcz, and more than 50 will have their Polish premieres.  Camerimage's prestigious awards -- the Golden Frog, Silver Frog, and Bronze Frog -- will be presented to the greatest achievements in cinematography. Likewise, the Golden Tadpole, Silver Tadpole, and Bronze Tadpole awards will be presented to the best cinematographers in the...
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Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt Join Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Others in FX's 'Fargo' Limited Series

"Fargo," the 10-episode FX limited series based on the 1996 Coen brothers' movies, has assembled a nifty cast, with Bob Odenkirk, Oliver Platt, Kate Walsh and Glenn Howerton joining the already announced Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks. Production's slated to start in Calgary in November, with the series airing on FX next spring. Odenkirk's a particularly busy guy these days -- "Breaking Bad" just ended, but his character is set to be spun-off into a new series entitled "Better Call Saul" that's practically been greenlit by AMC, and he's producing and appearing in IFC's upcoming sketch comedy series "The Birthday Boys." The "Fargo" series will follow new characters in a new case, taking from the film only its sense of humor, its procedural aspects and its Minnesota culture. Written by Noah Hawley ("The Unusuals"), the series is being executive produced by the Coens. Thornton will play the manipulative Lorne Malvo, who forever changes the life of small...
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