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Movies out of Hollywood – other American Cities on Film

  • HeyUGuys
There is no doubt that Hollywood is the movie capital of the Western world. The streets and avenues may not be paved with dreams but there are stars, studios and stories essential to our movie history around every corner.

Capturing the American City on camera, even going so far as to include the city as a character in the films however pretentious that may sound, has long been a feature of urban cinema. The diverse nature of the American city has given rise to many different types of stories, set against many different backdrops, but they are all part of the wide expanse of America’s cinematic heritage.

While L. A. movies have been covered often before, we are here to look at other American cities, the films that were based there, and how their character is captured on the screen.

Las Vegas

The glittering diamond in the rough of
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6 Of The Best Music Documentaries

Image provided by Dogwoof – Credit: Andrew De Groot

With Mystify: Michael Hutchence arriving in cinemas this week, a new documentary based on the life and career of one of the greatest ever rock musician, Michael Hutchence of band Inxs, we thought we’d take a look back at six of the very best music documentaries to have ever graced the silver screen.

Amy: Dir. Asif Kapadia (2015)

One of the more recent features on our list is Asif Kapadia’s brilliant 2015 documentary Amy. Kapadia was riding high on the success of his 2011 BAFTA winner Senna and the world waited with huge anticipation to see what subject he tackled next. Amy documents the rise to fame and the remarkable career of one of the greatest young female artists of her generation. Absorbing, impactful and ultimately heart-breaking, Amy is a masterpiece in terms of filmmaking too, and one of the best music documentaries ever seen on the screen.
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Jon Glaser Inks With ICM Partners

  • Deadline
Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed actor and comedian Jon Glaser.

The six-time Emmy nominee created and starred in three TV series: Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, and Delocated.

He played Councilman Jamm on Parks and Recreation and Laird on Girls.

Glaser’s other television and film credits include: Inside Amy Schumer, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mr. Robot, Wonder Showzen, Trainwreck, Be Kind Rewind, and Pootie Tang. His voice can be heard on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Bob’s Burgers, among other series. He appeared as Video Cowboy in the ESPN web series Mayne Street, and he created, directed and starred in a series of web shorts for Comedy Central called Tiny Hands.

Glaser wrote for Inside Amy Schumer, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Dana Carvey Show, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times magazine, ESPN magazine, Bicycling magazine, The Onion A.
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The 18th Transilvania International Film Festival Has Kicked Off In Romania

This weekend, the Transilvania International Film Festival kicked off its 18th edition in Cluj, Romania. This year, it’s another star-studded event with both Nicolas Cage and celebrated French filmmaker Michel Gondry making appearances in the festival’s opening couple of days.

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Cage is here to receive the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema, while Gondry is having all of his feature films showcased, including The Science Of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind, and perhaps his most celebrated film work Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, all playing over the festival’s ten days. Both have also offered masterclasses in their respective arts, talking with members of the public and festival press on both Saturday and Sunday, Cage delivering 90 minutes of absorbing chatter yesterday morning. Cage also introduced his 1990s classic actioner Face/Off to Tiff audiences on a sodden Saturday night in the main square.

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‘Kidding’ Emmy Fyc event: Creator Dave Holstein, director Michel Gondry on their show about ‘a kind man in a cruel world’ [Red Carpet Interview]

‘Kidding’ Emmy Fyc event: Creator Dave Holstein, director Michel Gondry on their show about ‘a kind man in a cruel world’ [Red Carpet Interview]
“I started with the idea of a kind man in a cruel world,” says “Kidding” creator Dave Holstein about his inspiration for the series. We spoke with Holstein and director Michel Gondry on the recent red carpet for an Emmy Fyc event that took place at the historic Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Watch our full interview above.

Jim Carrey stars in the series as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, a children’s show host whose life spirals out of control after the death of his son. The series also features Catherine Keener as his puppeteer sister, Judy Greer as his ex-wife, and Frank Langella as his producer father. Carrey earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor for the first season, and the show was also up for Best Comedy/Musical Series.

See Jim Carrey red carpet interview: ‘Kidding’

Holstein wrote the part specifically for Carrey after
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Excited For the Charmed Reboot? You Probably Already Know 1 of the New Sisters

  • Popsugar
When The CW's reboot of the cult favorite TV series Charmed was announced, the first question on everyone's minds was who would be playing the "Charmed Ones," the trio of supernaturally chosen sister witches. Instead of casting big-name actresses, the network chose instead to select three actresses who have worked steadily but haven't had breakout roles just yet. The middle sister, Mel Vera, is played by Melonie Diaz, a longtime staple of the indie film world.

Diaz began her career in the New York theater scene, appearing in off-Broadway plays and fringe festivals. This work led to her entry into the film world, with supporting roles in small and independent films. Her early-career credits include the direct-to-video dramedy Double Whammy and 2002's Raising Victor Vargas, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.

Although she briefly appeared on TV (in an episode of Law & Order and in a
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Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)

Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)
This year, a record 928 people were invited to join the motion picture academy and will be eligible to vote for the 2019 Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous four years: 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.

The executive committee of the branch must endorse the application before forwarding it to the Board of Governors for final approval.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Movie Academy Invites Record 928 For Membership; Focus On Diversity

  • Deadline
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is out with its 2018 list of invitations for membership. Here is the list of the record 928 folks from 59 countries. Note that 10 individuals (noted by an asterisk) have been invited to join the Academy by multiple branches; they must select one branch upon accepting membership.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at invitation-only receptions in the fall.

Actors

Hiam Abbass – “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Visitor

Damián Alcázar – “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “El Crimen del Padre Amaro”

Naveen Andrews – “Mighty Joe Young,” “The English Patient

Gemma Arterton – “Their Finest,” “Quantum of Solace

Zawe Ashton – “Nocturnal Animals,” “Blitz

Eileen Atkins – “Gosford Park,” “Cold Mountain

Hank Azaria – “Anastasia,” “The Birdcage

Doona Bae – “Cloud Atlas,” “The Host

Christine Baranski – “Miss Sloane,” “Mamma Mia!”

Carlos Bardem – “Assassin’s Creed,” “Che”

Irene Bedard – “Smoke Signals,” “Pocahontas

Bill Bellamy – “Any Given Sunday,” “love jones”

Haley Bennett – “Thank You for Your Service,
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‘Brigsby Bear’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary

Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with Brigsby Bear, an engaging and smartly judged indie comedy-drama that mixes elements from several different movies but still manages to feel entirely original.

SNL’s Kyle Mooney (who co-wrote the script with Kevin Costello) plays twenty-five year-old James, who grows up in an underground desert bunker with his “parents” Ted (Mark Hamil) and April (Jane Adams). Kyle’s only entertainment is Brigsby Bear, a children’s fantasy TV show about a talking bear who protects the universe and dispenses weekly life lessons like “curiosity is an unnatural emotion” and “trust only the family unit”.

When the FBI raid the bunker, James
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“Are People Eating Popcorn or Using Their Mind?”: Editor Alex Kopit on Dead Pigs

Alex Kopit served as an assistant editor on past Sundance premieres Be Kind Rewind (2008) and The Messenger (2009). He returns to the festival in 2018 as the editor of Dead Pigs, the debut feature from writer/director Cathy Yan. The film is a mosaic of stories in modern-day Shanghai connected by a mysterious occurrence: a stream of floating pig carcasses. Below, Kopit discusses editing the film so that “the various stories could interweave and support each other.” Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your […]
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Brigsby Bear review – a picture of ursine isolation

This story of an oddball being let out into the world succeeds in its character portrayal even as it stumbles over reality

If you can get past the fact that the film was precision-tooled for the quirky feelgood slot of the Sundance film festival; if you can forgive the glaring product placement and the nerd-gasm casting of Mark Hamill in a key role of a film about fan geekery, then there is a fair amount to recommend this solid feature debut.

A narrative that combines the domestic dysfunction of Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth with the unabashed movie-buff joy of Garth Jennings’s Son of Rambow or Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind, this is a study of a very singular character, shaped – or scarred – by a unique upbringing.

Continue reading...
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Film Critics Pick the Most Underrated Movies of 2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey

  • Indiewire
Film Critics Pick the Most Underrated Movies of 2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the most overlooked and/or underrated movie of 2017?

E. Oliver Whitney, Screencrush.com, @cinemabite

Despite the critical praise, “A Fantastic Woman” only a one-week qualifying run last month, and I worry is it’ll easily be forgotten this awards season. Daniela Vega gives one of the most astounding performances I’ve seen this year, one that comes from somewhere fierce and internal, portraying the life and struggle of a trans woman that cinema has rarely shown an interest in exploring. But since you can’t see it until it has a proper release in Febraury, do check one of the year’s other
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Watch a Magically Charming Christmas Ad About a Boy and His Monster Directed by Michel Gondry

Director Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind) helmed this absolutely charming Christmas commercial called Moz The Monster for the U.K.-based department store John Lewis. The ad certainly captures the magic of the holiday season.

The story follows a young boy named Joe who ends up befriending a monster who lives under his bed. Here's the description that was released for it:

Joe befriends a noisy Monster under his bed but the two have so much fun together that he can't get to sleep, leaving him tired by day. For Christmas Joe receives a gift to help him finally get a good night’s sleep.

The ad has a little mix of Monster's Inc., Little Monsters, and Where the Wild Things Are in it. It may tell a sweet story, but I won't lie... it's kinda sad as well. You'll see why when you watch the video.
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Lff 2017: ‘Brigsby Bear’ Review

  • Nerdly
Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Claire Danes, Chance Crimin, Beck Bennett, Andy Samberg | Written by Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney | Directed by Dave McCary

Saturday Night Live alumnus Dave McCary makes his directorial debut with Brigsby Bear, an engaging and smartly judged indie comedy-drama that mixes elements from several different movies but still manages to feel entirely original.

SNL’s Kyle Mooney (who co-wrote the script with Kevin Costello) plays twenty-five year-old James, who grows up in an underground desert bunker with his “parents” Ted (Mark Hamil) and April (Jane Adams). Kyle’s only entertainment is Brigsby Bear, a children’s fantasy TV show about a talking bear who protects the universe and dispenses weekly life lessons like “curiosity is an unnatural emotion” and “trust only the family unit”.

When the FBI raid the bunker,
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Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

  • Indiewire
Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey is reuniting with his “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry to star in a new half-hour comedy for Showtime. “Kidding,” which has been given a 10-episode order, will represent Carrey’s first series regular role in more than two decades.

“Kidding” stars Carrey as Jeff, also known as beloved children’s TV personality Mr. Pickles. Here’s the logline: “A beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – [Jeff] also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
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Taika Waititi shares sweded version of Thor: Ragnarok trailer

  • JoBlo
Inspired by Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, sweded versions of movies or trailers are amateur recreations which require little or no budget to produce. The internet is rife with sweded trailers, but it's not everyday that the director of the very film you've sweded comes across your work and shares it with the world. Created by Ákos Varga, a sweded version of the... Read More...
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The beginner's guide to Bollywood

Dave Lawrie Aug 16, 2017

Fancy a film that mashes up Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects, with a few song and dance numbers? Step this way...

Film is such a diverse medium that it is possible to call yourself a fan without ever venturing out of your favourite genre. Hell, it is perfectly acceptable nowadays to add 'films' to your list of hobbies by watching nothing more than the output of the McU. Getting some people to venture into the wonderful world of foreign cinema can admittedly be a tall order. We’ve all met one, right? The 'I go to the cinema to watch, not to read!' crowd. That’s fine. There is nothing wrong with having your entertainment packaged as you like it.

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MST3K: The Landmark Episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Gavin Jasper Nov 24, 2019

Despite having over 200 episodes, MST3K has rarely been very story-driven. Then again, there are some that feel extra important...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an amazing show. There’s a reason the Kickstarter to bring it back from the abyss was such a success. Lasting for ten seasons, there are countless killer jokes, memorable movies, and harebrained characters. As wonderful as it all is, it’s also not the easiest show to really binge-watch.

Recently, Jim Vorel at Paste did a massive article where he rewatched every episode and ranked them from worst to best. It took well over a year to complete. I have a knack for latching onto massive projects like that (ie. ranking every single King of Fighters character because why not), but even I wouldn’t mess with something this crazy. Without commercials, each episode is ninety minutes long and magically marathoning
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