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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 00:18
The glorious Jessica Chastain said what we've been (and surely tons of other people) thinking all along: “Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie?"

"I don't understand it," Chastain told The Wrap, "why is it taking so long for this? This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn't it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she's a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson? To me, it's a no-brainer. You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!”

What she said!
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 00:04
It's being reported that Daniel Franzese -- the "Mean Girls" actor who wrote this first person piece about coming out for /bent a few months back -- has joined the cast of HBO's "Looking" as the "new bear in town." 

Franzese will have a "multi-episode arc" as Eddie, a new love interest (for who it doesn't say -- though we have a good guess) who works in the San Francisco non-profit community.

Congrats to Mr. Frenzese!  The 10 episode second season of "Looking" airs early next year.
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 23:42
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will honor Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley, Los Angeles Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain, and The Black List founder Franklin Leonard with its Special Achievement Award for career excellence during its annual awards show on February 4th, 2015 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. The organization has also selected LA Times entertainment reporter Susan King as the 2015 recipient of its Roger Ebert Award, and producer Debra Martin Chase, who will receive the Ashley Boone Award.

“We are more than delighted with our distinguished group of honorees for 2015,” says AAFCA president Gil Robertson. “Each of them have achieved a level of excellence with their body of work in their respective crafts. They are examples who are to be admired and the members of AAFCA look forward to celebrating their achievements.”

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics' organization in the United States, representing television, radio, print and online critics. Annually, the organization presents awards in 12 categories in addition to five Special Achievement Honors. The organization also produces panels and workshops with film festival partners nationwide and an internship program overseas for next generation film journalists at Clark Atlanta University. 
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:58
Cheryl Boone Isaacs - President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences - has been named the Fall 2014 O.L. Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States. The announcement was made today by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett.

Every semester, Dodge College hosts an expert filmmaker to meet with and counsel 10 selected scholars, as part of its Filmmaker-in-Residence program. The popular program includes regular, bi-weekly meetings with the filmmaker in a one-on-one setting where the student and mentor have the opportunity to creatively develop a specific project throughout the semester. In addition, the filmmaker interacts with the larger Dodge College community at weekly dinners open to students and screenings of the filmmaker’s films followed by an in-class Q & A led by professor Jim Frederick, marketing executive/trailer editor (Sony Screen Gems, Warner Bros. Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment)..

“As the industry continues to grapple with changing platforms and new methods of distribution, Cheryl Boone Isaacs is in a unique position to help aspiring young filmmakers understand the world of film marketing,” says Dean Bassett. “It is a privilege and an honor to have her as our Filmmaker-in-Residence.”

Cheryl Boone Isaacs was recently re-elected for a second term as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors.  She is beginning her 22nd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch.  During her tenure as a governor, she served as First Vice President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as President of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy. In 2012, Isaacs produced the Academy’s prestigious Governors Awards.

Isaacs has been a respected motion picture marketing executive for over 30 years.  For the last nine years, her company, CBI Enterprises, Inc., has consulted for companies such as MTV Films, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and Sony Entertainment.  Her clients have included Troika Pictures, Andrew Lauren Productions, Linden Productions, Laika Entertainment, Film Bankers International, KTLA, Success Films, Robson Entertainment, Rangeland Productions, and Cube Vision. She has consulted on marketing efforts for such films as The Call, The Artist, The King’s SpeechPrecious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by SapphireSpider-Man 2 and Tupac: Resurrection.

During her tenure as President of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema (1997 – 1999), she developed and executed the campaigns for such films as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, the company’s highest grossing film at that time, The Wedding Singer and such critically acclaimed motion pictures as Wag the Dog, Boogie Nights and American History X.  Largely through the efforts of Isaacs and her marketing team, New Line was one of only two studios to have four films - Lost in SpaceBlade, Rush Hour, andPleasantville – open No. 1 at the box office in 1998.  Rush Hour’s $33 million opening was, at the time, the largest in the company’s history. 

Prior to joining New Line Cinema in 1997, Isaacs served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Publicity, for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures.  In 1995 and 1996, she orchestrated acclaimed publicity campaigns for Forrest Gump and Braveheart, each of which won multiple Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In addition, the campaigns were recognized by the Publicists Guild of America as the “Best” in 1995 and 1996.

From 1990 to 1994, Isaacs was Senior Vice President, Publicity, and held the title of Vice President, Publicity between 1986 and 1990. During her tenure at Paramount, Isaacs publicized the launch of such blockbusters as First Wives Club, Mission: Impossible, The Firm, Ghost, The Addams Family, Coming to America, Fatal Attraction, and the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy.  Isaacs joined Paramount in 1984 as Director, Publicity and Promotion, West Coast, and was quickly promoted to Executive Director one year later.

In addition to her long tenure at Paramount Pictures, Isaacs served as Director of Advertising and Publicity for The Ladd Company where she worked on The Right StuffPolice Academy and Once Upon a Time in America.  Prior to that, she spent five years at Melvin Simon Productions (The Stunt Man, Love at First Bite, Porky’s) where her last position was Vice President, Worldwide Advertising and Publicity.  She began her career in 1977 as a publicist at Columbia Pictures.

In 2014, she was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame, was awarded the Trailblazer Award from Essence Magazine and was recipient of the AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Horizon Award. In 2013, she was honored by BESLA (Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association).

She currently serves as a Trustee for the American Film Institute.

She was a member of the Corporate Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and served as Secretary for three years.

Past notable Filmmakers-in-Residence at Chapman have included Academy Award®-winning producer Cathy Schulman (CrashThe IllusionistSalvation Boulevard), Academy Award®-nominated producer JoAnne Sellar (There Will Be BloodBoogie NightsMagnolia), award-winning director Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Grumpy Old Men, Mystic Pizza), Hollywood producer Cathleen Summers (The Sandlot, Stakeout, Another Stakeout), director and producer Betty Thomas (Dr. Doolittle, Private Parts, Brady Bunch Movie, I Spy), screenwriter and producer Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire, Hairspray, Limitless), director and producer Jonathan Sanger (Vanilla SkyThe Elephant ManThe Producers), director Sheldon Epps (Friends, Frasier), producer Michael Phillips (Taxi DriverClose Encounters of the Third Kind), and director Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, Rambling RoseValley Girl).
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:27
A movie he's been trying to make since before "Rubber," Quentin Dupiex is finally unveiling "Reality" at the Venice Film Festival. And as per usual it's audacious stuff. "It is really hard to talk about because the script is so complicated, but let's say it's a cool and funny 'Inception' because 'Inception' is not cool and boring," the director told us back in 2011.  So what has Dupieux so confident about his movie?

Well for one, the cast is hilariously random featuring French veteran Alain Chabat alongside Eric Wareheim and Jon Heder, and as for the synopsis, well, here you go: Jason, a quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror movie. Bob Marshal, a wealthy producer, accepts to finance his movie one condition: Jason has 48 hours to find the perfect scream in the history of film. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.

And the press notes for the film feature even more gold from Dupieux about working with his cast. For example, about Chabat he says: It has been a while since I wanted to make a movie with Chabat. We missed several times for stupid reasons such as scheduling and alcohol. Chabat is totally part of my culture: “Les Nuls” raised me. It was very exiting for me to drive him and to see him integrate my text. It is like I was fan of kung Fu and I needed to learn new moves to Bruce Lee. A delight! 

About Jon Heder, he gets even more amazing: Heder is mythic. He playing in the two funniest American movies of 2000 (Napolean Dynamite and Blades Of Glory). Nothing incredible happened between us during the shooting but his performance on screen was crazy. His character suffers from imaginary eczema and scratches nervously in each scene.

So yes, this sounds looney and odd which is about right for Dupieux. Check out the first clip below and find out how TVs can kill.

Browse through all our coverage of the 2014 Venice Film Festival to date by clicking here.
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:11
An event New York City-based readers will want to be aware of, and enter into your various calendars - not solely because it'll debut a new work by cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young (who I'm sure you're all familiar with at this point) - but it reads like it should be very worthwhile, given all it has to offer the art lover. 

The 4-weekend (September 20-October 12) Bed-Stuy art exhibition is called "Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn" (quite the title, don't you think?), and it's presented by Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center. In addition to new work by Mr Young, the project will also include works from other artists: Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, and Otabenga Jones & Associates. 

Full, juicy details on the event via press release below. I'll see you there:
Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center have joined forces to pair four artists in collaboration with four community partners for Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, a walkable month-long art exhibition that reveals 150 years of local Black self-determination in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights neighborhoods. Beginning September 20, artists Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young will debut site-specific works that engage hidden Black histories at a school, medical clinic, jazz consortium, and church around the historic Weeksville grounds at 158 Buffalo Avenue and Bergen Street.

Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson says, “Creative Time is proud to be working alongside Weeksville Heritage Center to realize Black Radical Brooklyn, a socially engaged art project that not only talks about race, geography, and history, but also works with organizations who have historically positioned themselves in a conscious relationship to questions of self-determination in this neighborhood."

Black Radical Brooklyn launches from the site of Weeksville, a Brooklyn community established by free and formerly enslaved Black citizens 11 years after abolition. Black investors and abolitionists including founder James Weeks grew this intentional community to more than 500 households that leveraged their property-owning status for the right to vote. Black Radical Brooklyn draws inspiration not only from this story— achieving self-determination through claiming and holding a neighborhood—but also from radical local battles for land and dignity from the 1960s to today.

“Weeksville was a model for empowerment through community building. This progressive neighborhood was built up, fought for, and preserved by people working together,” says Weeksville Heritage Center Public Progams Curator Rylee Eterginoso. "Weeksville Heritage Center plays a critical role as custodian of a crucial, compelling, yet almost forgotten history. In a space recognized for its radical acts of self- determination initiated by James Weeks and echoed by Joan Maynard, the citizens of Weeksville have successfully preserved this history while confronting and resisting a constant threat of erasure through modernization."

Independent curator Rashida Bumbray adds, “By engaging the issue of Brooklyn as a contested landscape through the lens of these three critical historical moments—the 1840s abolition and emancipation era, the 1960s civil rights and Black Power movements, and our contemporary moment— these amazing artists in collaboration with their community partners help us all to imagine the future with a historical context in place. I am very pleased to be working with Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center on this important initiative, one that is bound to change the conversation about self- determination in the future of Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant as well as their national and global parallels."


Black Radical Brooklyn is to be experienced on foot. A curated walk over an eight-block radius in Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) will reveal artworks that echo stories and sites of Black self- determination. A guide map with information about these sites, the art projects, artists, partner organizations, wheelchair access, and more will be available at the site of each artwork and on the Creative Time website, at www.creativetime.org/blackradicalbrooklyn. The commissioned art projects are as follows:

FUNK: Xenobia Bailey in collaboration with Boys & Girls High School Project Title: Century 21: Bed-Stuy Rhapsody in Design: A Reconstruction Urban Remix in the Aesthetic of Funk For three months, Xenobia Bailey collaborated with Boys & Girls High School students to design and produce “up-cycled” furniture created in the African-American aesthetic of Funk. These pieces will outfit one of Weeksville Heritage Center’s historic Hunterfly Road homes. By designing home artifacts for an imaginary young artist couple living in today’s Bed-Stuy, students engage with recycled materials while exploring how Brooklyn artisans can leverage industrial design to support their creative dreams and self-determined financial goals.


Affectionately known as “The Pride and Joy of Bed-Stuy,” Boys and Girls High School (BGHS) traces its roots back to Brooklyn’s first public high school: the Central Grammar School founded in 1878. The current building at 1700 Fulton Street boasts an outstanding collection of artwork by African-American artists commissioned for the school, including Ernest Crichlow and Ed Wilson. BGHS’s significance as a site of self-determination was famously acknowledged in 1990 when Nelson Mandela visited the school just months after his release from prison. Prominent alumni include Shirley Chisholm, Lena Horne, and jazz pianist Randy Weston.

GOD: Bradford Young in collaboration with Bethel Tabernacle AME Church

Project Title: Bynum Cutler

Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 2013; Mother of George, 2013; Pariah, 2011) will create a three channel video installation titled Bynum Cutler. Inspired by late playwright August Wilson, the film will feature velvet monuments set against the backdrop of Weeksville’s historic Bethel Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in a tribute to the pioneering Black women, men, and children who embarked on countless journeys in search of refuge.


Bethel Tabernacle AME Church was founded in Weeksville in 1847 and was the third African- American church to be established in Brooklyn. Prominent members of the church included Junius C. Morel, who wrote for the AME national newspaper The Christian Recorder, and T. McCants Stewart. As a member of the Brooklyn School Board from 1891-94, Stewart played a pivotal role in the establishment of Brooklyn’s first racially integrated school, PS 83, which is currently owned by the church and located across the street at the intersection of Schenectady Avenue and Dean Street.

JAZZ: Otabenga Jones & Associates in collaboration with Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium

Project Title: OJ Radio

Houston-based artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates (OJA) preserve and promote the core principles of the Black radical tradition, and—in the words of the late O’Shea Jackson— work to “OPEN THE EYES OF EACH!!!” The collective is collaborating with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium to produce a temporary outdoor radio station that will broadcast live from the back of a pink 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Broadcasts will pay tribute to former Bed-Stuy cultural center “the East,” founded in 1969 a hub for creating cultural awareness around the Black Nationalism and pan-Africanist movements.


Founded in 1999, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) is an amalgam of patrons, entertainment venues, faith-based institutions, community organizations and musicians committed to the development of audiences and the nurturing of institutions and individuals throughout Brooklyn that specifically deal with jazz as well as other African American cultural expressions. Over the past fifteen years CBJC has presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame & MuseumTM and produced yearly programs that feature local jazz talent. CBJC is a nonprofit corporation committed to preserving, promoting and supporting live music within the underserved communities of Brooklyn.

MEDICINE: Simone Leigh in collaboration with Stuyvesant Mansion

Project Title: Free People’s Medical Clinic

Simone Leigh is known for an object-based, sculptural exploration of female African-American identity, with a practice informed by African and African-American object-making. Leigh will convert the ground floor of 375 Stuyvesant Avenue—home of Dr. Josephine English, the first African-American woman to have an OB/GYN practice in the state of New York and midwife to all six daughters of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz—into a temporary space for dignified health care that asks visitors to consider the often-overlooked women nurses, osteopaths, gynecologists, and midwives in the history of Black Brooklyn from the 19th century to the 1980s. Recalling the Black Panther Party’s network of People’s Free Medical Clinics, Leigh’s clinic will contain mixed-medium installations celebrating the achievements of Black women in healthcare, as well as limited homeopathic and allopathic services ranging from yoga instruction to private medical consultations, all offered by local practitioners.

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:55
Martin Scorsese's rock 'n roll bonafides have never been in doubt. From his longtime association with The Rolling Stones (he's used their music in countless films and also directed the concert doc "Shine A Light") to helming the legendary "The Last Waltz," as well as the Bob Dylan pic "No Direction Home," the filmmaker is an ardent music lover. Even the energy of his films seems electric; "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is a fast moving opus of excess that's almost like one long, blistering guitar solo. And now, Scorsese may channel the punk spirit of that movie into a music biopic.

According to Billboard, Scorsese is attached to direct a feature film about New York City's punk rock icons, The Ramones. This is all part of a brewing revival of the band, which will includes a book, a theatrical play, fashion tie-ins and much more, because merchandising and branding is hella punk. (It's also worth mentioning that all the original members are now dead.) There's little else known about the movie, and we suspect that's because it's still in the very early days. And not only that, Scorsese is quite busy at the moment.

The filmmaker is currently occupied with his '70s set HBO rock 'n roll drama, has his "Shutter Island"-inspired series "Ashecliffe" also brewing at the network, along with "Silence" next in his movie pipeline. This isn't the first music biopic Scorsese has flirted with either, for years he's been planning "Sinatra," with very little in the way of movement. So don't get too excited just yet.

That said, it's easy to see why Scorsese would be attracted to the project — The Ramones came of age in an era in New York City that the director is obviously familiar with, so this would be an interesting chance to explore that milieu from a new perspective. But will he have already scratched that itch with his aforementioned HBO series? Guess we'll find out. 
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:32
Well, here's a name we didn't expect to see in the "Vacation" reboot: Chris Hemsworth. Yep, Thor is throwing down the hammer, joining the comedy that stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, along with Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins, who were also recently added. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo will make cameos, too, and the movie follows "the grown-up son of Clark Griswold who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he and his parents and sister took when he was young." John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein ("The Incredible Burt Wonderstone") wrote the script and will direct. [THR/Variety]

Steve Carell is keeping busy as an Oscar campaign surely builds for his turn in "Foxcatcher." Firstly, he'll be in the brewing Looney Tunes movie being penned by "X-Men: First Class" writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz , with "Crazy Stupid Love" directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in early talks to get behind the camera. No plot details yet, but the movie will likely be a live action/CG hybrid. Meanwhile, the actor has replaced Zach Galifianakis in the drama "Freeheld." He joins Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in the Peter Sollet-directed true story about the battle "to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees." No word on why Galifanakis bailed, but we presume it's because his FX series "Baskets" — "about a man with aspirations of becoming a professional clown" — just got a series order. [THR/Deadline/TV Line]

Jean Reno will star in "The Squad," a Paris-set remake of "The Sweeney." Benjamin Rocher will direct the film that centers on the a cop named Buren who "is on the trail of a tough underworld crime gang, masquerading a larger crime operation behind a bank robbery and jewellery heist, while contending with a new boss who does not like his unorthodox methods." The film aims to be finished by the end of 2015. [Screen Daily]

Jack Kilmer has joined Ezra Miller, Billy Crudup and Michael Angarano in "The Stanford Experiment." Kyle Patrick Alvarez directs the movie about "the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, in which students played prisoner and guard in a psychological simulation with all too real results." [Deadline]
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 20:04
As Ridley Scott puts the finishing touches on "Exodus: Gods And Kings" before it opens this Christmas (and remember, he's starting production on "The Martian" with Matt Damon this fall, which likely means it'll be in the can sooner rather than later), there is already controversy brewing around the Biblical epic. With Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses II, Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua, there has been criticism about casting white Hollywood actors in non-white roles. But Scott explains why he chose to go down that road.

"Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture," the director told Yahoo.

It's an interesting answer, but in a separate interview with The Guardian, Edgerton offered a bit more sympathy to those who have taken offense at the Hollywood approach to this ancient tale. “I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job," he said about the concerns voiced online. He added, “I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathize with that position.”

It's likely an issue around the movie that won't go away any time soon, so let us know your thoughts below. But first, some new pics from the film, which opens on December 12th.
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 19:36
Yes, there are three major film festivals in September — Venice, Toronto and Telluride — but there’s also a pretty cool one out of Austin that’s a bit more off the beaten path, focused on horror and genre fare, and a little less heavy on Oscar-centric titles. Fantastic Fest 2014 takes place September 18-25, and the organizers have announced their second wave of programming. Thus far, the festival’s big highlight is Kevin Smith’s horror-comedy “Tusk,” but Fantastic Fest has also just added Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” the Sundance hit “Blind” directed by Eskil Vogt and the Keanu Reeves’ revenge thriller “John Wick.”

Surprisingly, “John Wick” isn’t labeled as a world premiere despite the fact that it isn’t screening at the three aforementioned festivals (at least not to our knowledge, unless it’s going to be a surprise add somewhere, which feels strange and out of place). Other highlights include the doc “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films,” “Force Majeure” which played at Cannes to strong reviews (here’s ours) and new films by Takashi Miike and Sion Sono among lots of other choices. New additions below.

Denmark, 2014
World Premiere, 119 min
Director - Mikkel Nørgaard
Police investigators dig into the facts of a twenty year old double homicide in a desperate race to find a likely witness before the killers have the chance to silence her forever.

India, 2014
North American Premiere
Director - Rakshit Shetty
Mystery abounds in this fractured gangster story from Karnataka, India. Shades of SCARFACE, PULP FICTION and RASHOMON color Rakshit Shetty's entrancing story of good, evil and something else...

Norway, 2014
Texas Premiere, 96 min
Director - Eskil Vogt
This debut gem from Eskil Vogt follows Ingrid who, having recently lost her sight, exists only in her apartment with her thoughts as a means of escape...

United Kingdom, 2014
US Premiere, 81 min
Directors - Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
The slime mould: a form of microbial life with behavior somewhere between plant and animal and capable of primitive intelligence. Unusual? Yes, and just wait until you meet the people who study them ...

Norway-Icelans, 2014
Texas Premiere, 100 min
Director - Tommy Wirkola
Lone survivor Martin must enlist help from America to battle Colonel Herzog and his horde in this wild sequel to the original Norwegian Nazi zombie film.

United States, 2014
World Premiere, 80 min
Director - Matthew Salton
Some have called The Kingdom of Little People the most offensive theme park in the world. DWARVES KINGDOM takes us inside to meet its performer residents.
Canada, 2014
US Premiere, 102 min
Director - Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy
A one-handed film editor finds himself the prime suspect after a series of violent murders start happening around him in this knowing tribute to giallo from the crazy minds at Astron-6!

Australia, 2014
US Premiere, 107 min
Director - Mark Hartley
Mark Hartley brings his singular documentary style to the story of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the trailblazers behind exploitation powerhouse studio Cannon Films.

United States, 2014
World Premiere, 79 min
Director - Jason Banker
A young artist loses herself in an unpredictable alter ego while attempting to cope with past trauma in this gripping sophomore effort from the creator of TOAD ROAD.

Sweden, 2014
US Premiere, 118 min
Director - Ruben Östlund
An upper middle-class family's fragile existence is torn apart when a near tragedy occurs during a ski vacation and the two parents are forced confront the reality of each other's reactions.

Hungary, 2014
North American Premiere, 89 min
The director of TAXIDERMIA returns with seven stories of the mundanely bizarre.

Denmark, 2014
World Premiere, 97 min
Director - Anders Morgenthaler
A powerful business executive wanders down a dark path in order to have the child she desperately needs in this shocking piece from the director of 2007's unusual animation PRINCESS.

South Korea, 2014
World Premiere, 97 min
Director - Lee SANG-WOO
Three emotionally damaged brothers must deal with the aftermath of their father

Norway, 2014
Texas Premiere, 115 min
Director - Hans Petter Moland
The director and star of A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN team up once again and the result is a brutal and darkly funny tale of snow, giant machinery and revenge.

United States, 2014
Gala Screening, 96 min
Directors - David Leitch and Chad Stahelski
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre". JOHN WICK opens nationwide on October 24, 2014.

Japan-United States, 2014
Austin Premiere, 111 min
Director - Dave Boyle
A Japanese crime novelist in San Francisco tries to unravel a real life murder mystery in this acclaimed neo-noir featuring Takashi Miike regular Kazuki Kitamura.

Argentina, 2014
North American Premiere, 75 min
Director - Daniel De la Vega
A mentally fragile man must conquer his fear of death in order to stave off a killer's advances.

United States, 2014
US Premiere, 117 min
Director - Dan Gilroy
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.Nightcrawler opens nationwide on October 31st.

Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 90 min
Director - Takashi Miike
This adaptation of a classic ghost story is a powerful return to horror for Takashi Miike.

Spain, 2014
World Premiere, 83 min
Director - Pau Teixidor
A woman must survive the night after she welcomes a neighbor's child into her home.

New Zealand, 2014
North American Premiere, 95 min
Director - Jonathon King
A time-warping drug leaves a young media exec caught up in a criminal case while questioning the very nature of existence and reality.

Chile, 2014
World Premiere, 88 min
Director - Ernesto Díaz Espinosa
In order to atone for his past sins, he'll not only kick your ass, he'll impale your face and shred you to bits. Marko Zaror is the Redeemer!

US, 2014
US Premiere, 105 min
Directors - Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
After the death of his mother and a bar altercation that could mean jail time, Evan leaves California for Italy, where he falls for a mysterious young woman.

Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 137 min
Director - Isao Takahata
A breathtakingly animated tale of a woman, the men who want to control her, and the moon. The latest from Studio Ghibli.

Japan, 2014
US Premiere, 116 min
Director - Sion Sono
Festival favorite Sion Sono returns with an exercise in brash, colorful chaos pitting street gangs against one another in a bold hip hop musical.

Belgium, 2014
US Premiere, 127 min
Director - Hans Herbots
A police inspector with a dark past leads an increasingly personal manhunt when a nine-year-old child goes missing.

Germany, 2013
North American , 90 min
Director - Grzegorz Muskala
A naive young man falls for his beautiful-and very dangerous-landlord in this depraved voyeuristic thriller.
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Author: "Edward Davis"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 19:00
"Loitering with Intent," which is written by Michael Godere and Ivan Martin (who also star), is a movie, like many this year, that takes a hard look at the film industry. After premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, the film has now been acquired by The Orchard. 

READ MORE: Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #52: Award-Winning Playwright Adam Rapp Returns to the Screen with 'Loitering With Intent'

Directed by Adam Rapp, "Loitering with Intent" follows two actors who travel to the countryside in order to write a screenplay that can help revitalize their careers. The film also stars Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei and Natasha Lyonne.

"The heart of this film is about friendship. Michael and Ivan created great characters and a great atmosphere to work in. We had a ball bringing this world to life," said Marisa Tomei in a statement, who is also a producer of the film.

A release date has yet to be announced, but The Orchard will distribute the film both theatrically and via VOD. 

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Author: "Eric Eidelstein"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 18:03
Here’s three things that you need to know about director Joshua Oppenheimer, an American filmmaker who’s based in Copenhagen, Denmark: 1.) He directed the widely beloved “The Act of Killing,” a documentary routinely found on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. 2.) Documentary luminaries like Werner Herzog and Errol Morris have vigorously endorsed his work, and 3.) Indonesia is his area of expertise. His latest doc “The Look of Silence" —a quasi-sequel to 'Killing'— premieres today at the Venice Film Festival. Executive produced by Herzog and Morris, the movie is a chronicle regarding the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66. The Venice Film Festival has released the first clip. Here’s the official synopsis:

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence and fear under which the survivors live, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother's murder – something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

Here’s Oppenheimer’s director’s statement.

The Act of Killing exposed the consequences for all of us when we build our everyday reality on terror and lies. The Look of Silence explores what it is like to be a survivor in such a reality. Making any film about survivors of genocide is to walk into a minefield of clichés, most of which serve to create a heroic (if not saintly) protagonist with whom we can identify, thereby offering the false reassurance that, in the moral catastrophe of atrocity, we are nothing like perpetrators. But presenting survivors as saintly in order to reassure ourselves that we are good is to use survivors to deceive ourselves. It is an insult to survivors’ experience, and does nothing to help us understand what it means to survive atrocity, what it means to live a life shattered by mass violence, and to be silenced by terror. To navigate this minefield of clichés, we have had to explore silence itself. The result, The Look of Silence, is, I hope, a poem about a silence borne of terror – a poem about the necessity of breaking that silence, but also about the trauma that comes when silence is broken. Maybe the film is a monument to silence – a reminder that although we want to move on, look away and think of other things, nothing will make whole what has been broken. Nothing will wake the dead. We must stop, acknowledge the lives destroyed, strain to listen to the silence that follows.

And here’s some high praise from Herzog and Morris.

“The Look of Silence is profound, visionary, and stunning.” Werner Herzog

"One of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made. A profound comment on the human condition.” Errol Morris

Of course they’re going to laud the film; they’re the executive producers. But stick around, read our review later, and you'll learn that they're not the only ones who hold Oppenheimer's work in high esteem. Watch the film’s first official clip below and check out a new film still from the movie. Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have picked up the U.S. rights to the movie, which will be released next summer.

Browse through all our coverage of the 2014 Venice Film Festival to date by clicking here.
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Author: "Edward Davis"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:59
Writer-actress-helmer Lake Bell is getting back into the director's chair. We need as many talented women directors as possible. So this is welcome news. Her follow-up to her debut "In a World" is "The "Emperor's Children," adapted by Noah Baumbach from Claire Messud's novel set around 9/11 among New York's young Liberal intelligentsia. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing; Baumbach was at one point going to direct.

"In a World" won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Bell also earned a nomination for best first screenplay at the Indie Spirit Awards. 

Next up: Bell stars with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in thriller "The Coup" for Weinstein Co., and co-stars with Simon Pegg in "Man Up."

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Author: "Anne Thompson"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:44
Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Austin-based Drafthouse Films and Participant Media are picking up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," the director's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "The Act of Killing," which Drafthouse also released. "The Look of Silence" continues the story of Indonesian survivors begun by "The Act of Killing." The film explores the Indonesian genocide and legacy from the point-of-view of one male victim as he chases down his brother's killers.
"The Look of Silence" will also play at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals in advance of an eventual stateside release in the summer of 2015.

Executive producers Errol Morris ("The Fog of War") and Werner Herzog ("Encounters at the End of the World") came onto the film after viewing a rough cut.  The film is "one of the greatest and most powerful documentaries ever made," said Morris. "A profound comment on the human condition." Herzog calls it "profound, visionary, and stunning." The film is also executive produced by  ndré Singer ("Little Dieter Needs to Fly") and produced by Oppenheimer's partner Signe Byrge Sørensen.

"When I watched The Act of Killing, I thought I might not ever see another documentary quite as powerful," said Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. "Joshua Oppenheimer's stunning new film, 'The Look of Silence,' is resounding proof that I was wrong."
"The Look of Silence is a haunting story about a people who were written out of the history books," said Diane Weyermann, EVP, Documentary Films at Participant Media. 


Through Joshua Oppenheimer's work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered - and the identity of the men who killed him. The perpetrators live just down the road, and have been in power ever since the massacres. The family's youngest son, an optometrist, seeks to bring the past into focus, asking how he can raise his children in a society where survivors are terrorized into silence, and everybody is intimidated into celebrating the murderers as heroes. In search of answers, he decides to confront each of his brother's killers. The killers still hold power, so each encounter is dangerous. The former executioners respond with fear, anger, and naked threats but he manages these encounters with dignity; asking unflinching questions about how the killers see what they did, how they live side-by-side with their victims, and how they think their victims see them. Through these confrontations, audiences get a sense of what it is like to live for decades encircled by powerful neighbors who are also murderers of their children. The Look of Silence does something virtually without precedent in cinema or in the aftermath of genocide: it documents survivors confronting their relatives' murderers in the absence of any truth and reconciliation process, while the murderers remain steadfastly in power.
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Author: "Anne Thompson"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:35
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have announced the acquisition of Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary "The Look of Silence."

Oppenheimer's film will make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which began today, and will screen at TIFF and NYFF. 

"The Look of Silence" revisits the environment and themes of Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated film "the Act of Killing,” which focused on the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s. This time, however, the story revolves around the families of the victims rather than the killers.

READ MORE: 'Act of Killing' Director Joshua Oppenheimer on How The Oscars Gave The Film 'A Second Life'

The film's synopsis reads: "A family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered - and the identity of the men who killed him. The perpetrators live just down the road, and have been in power ever since the massacres. The family's youngest son, an optometrist, seeks to bring the past into focus, asking how he can raise his children in a society where survivors are terrorized into silence, and everybody is intimidated into celebrating the murderers as heroes. In search of answers, he decides to confront each of his brother's killers. The killers still hold power, so each encounter is dangerous. The former executioners respond with fear, anger, and naked threats but he manages these encounters with dignity; asking unflinching questions about how the killers see what they did, how they live side-by-side with their victims, and how they think their victims see them. Through these confrontations, audiences get a sense of what it is like to live for decades encircled by powerful neighbors who are also murderers of their children."

"When I watched ‘The Act of Killing,' I thought I might not ever see another documentary quite as powerful," said Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films founder Tim League. "Joshua Oppenheimer's stunning new film, ‘The Look of Silence,' is resounding proof that I was wrong."

"The Look of Silence" will be released theatrically in the U.S. in the summer of 2015. Until then, here's a clip that was released ahead of its Venice premiere tomorrow.

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Author: "Casey Cipriani"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:28
Andrew Garfield has been locked up in “Spider-Man” world for quite some time now, but he’s used his down time judiciously. He acted alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway, something he’ll likely never forget, but since he was cast as the cheeky webslinger, Garfield’s only acted in one film. And he’s chosen well with “99 Homes,” the fifth feature-length effort by indie director Ramin Bahrani.

Cherished by the late Roger Ebert and Werner Herzog (who voiced his 2009 short, “Plastic Bag”) Bahrani went slightly mainstream with 2013's drama "At Any Price," an imperfect but still compelling "Crimes And Misdemeanors"-esque tale set in the heartland of America starring Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham no less. And while it was his first movie with a name cast, the filmmaker’s intentions were still much the same (and it was easily Quaid’s finest performance in awhile).

And so Bahrani is back with “99 Homes,” which will make its worldwide premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week and will make its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September (many are assuming the movie will be at the Telluride Film Festival). Here's the official synopsis: 

Around the world, everyone knows that honest hard work gets you nowhere. In sunny Orlando, Florida, construction worker Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home by a charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker Mike Carver (Michael Shannon), and is forced to move his mom (Laura Dern) and young son into a shabby motel. Then, an unexpected opportunity arises and Nash strikes a deal with the devil - he begins working for Carver in a desperate attempt to get his home back. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of stealing from banks and the government. Nash makes big money; but there's a cost. On Carver's orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes – just as it happened to him. With his conscience tearing him apart and an incredibly lucrative 1,000 home deal on the line, Nash will have to choose between destroying an honest man for the ultimate win or going against Carver and finding redemption

Here's the director's statement:

The 99% is a global phenomenon. The common man around the world can no longer do hard honest work and expect to thrive against systematic greed and corruption. When faced by the firing squad, does a man join hands with his executioner? Is there any choice to make other than a deal with the devil?

The movie also co-stars Laura Dern and character actors like J.D. Evermore ("Django Unchained," "12 Years a Slave") and Tim Guinee ("Iron Man," "Homeland"), along with Noah Lomax ("Safe Haven"). And it certainly seems to harken back to the 2008 economic calamity, the bail out and the subprime mortgage crisis that followed.

Scored by Antony Partos ("The Rover"), the drama is 112 minutes long and certainly high on many most anticipated lists. No release date or distributor has been found, but surely it’s going to get snapped up quick (and since Sony Pictures Classics had Bahrani’s last picture, expect them to make a strong bid too). Watch the first look below and let us know what you think.

Browse through all our coverage of the 2014 Venice Film Festival to date by clicking here.
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Author: "Edward Davis"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:05
Eduardo Sánchez made an indelible mark in 1999 with his first film, “The Blair Witch Project.” Since then, his resume’s been spotted with sporadic contributions to the horror genre, none of which have made anything near as strong an impression as his debut work.

This October, Sánchez hopes to rekindle the fear, as well as the box office success, that 'Blair Witch' stirred up with a return to the style he was instrumental in popularizing. “Exists” follows five young people into the woods, where instead of a witch, they encounter Sasquatch. Here’s the official synopsis:

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway —a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

“Exists” has massive shoes to fill. Not only did 'Blair Witch” come out of nowhere on a $60K budget, but the film went on to gross a quarter billion dollars worldwide. And it bear remembering that 1999's cinematic environment did not churn out found footage films every week: 
Sánchez's aesthetic was new, exciting, and immensely successful. Can he recreate the magic? Or has the genre been too oversaturated since 'Blair Witch' launched the craze 15 years ago? Check out below and decide for yourself. "Exists" opens on October 24th.

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Author: "Zach Hollwedel"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 16:48
Well, here's a weird rumor to mull over. As you know, Warner Bros. are going full throttle on their DC Comics movies, plotting out a string of them until 2020, with last year's "Man Of Steel" kicking off this new cinematic universe, with "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" coming next in 2016. The conventional wisdom maintains that, unlike their Marvel counterparts, WB's take on superheroes ever since Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy has been very grounded and very serious. But does that mean the studio is enforcing a random, arbitrary rule about the presence of humor in their films?

According to HitFix, the answer is yes. The site reveals they've heard chatter that there is a "no jokes" policy at WB when it comes to the DC movies, which makes zero sense. Given that they've already established the tone via "Man Of Steel" (which had its share of humor), we can't imagine that screenwriter Chris Terrio is banging out a hilarious "Justice League" script only to be told to excise the knock knock jokes. Coming into the franchise, we'd presume the talent involved already knows that the upcoming DC Comics flicks are operating at a certain dramatic level.

So is WB giving notes to writers working on scripts? Totally, because that's how it works in Hollywood, and one assumes many of those notes aim to ensure that the tone of the movies stay consistent. That said, any good studio should be adaptable, and we can't imagine "Aquaman" or even "The Flash" without more laughs than a gritty, grizzled Ben Affleck-version of Batman is likely to intone. Different character require different approaches, and we're sure WB is well aware of that and will adjust accordingly.

So perhaps WB wants their serious DC Comics movie to stay tonally consistent and more serious than something like "Guardians Of The Galaxy." Shocker?
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Author: "Kevin Jagernauth"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 16:42
Under the guise of supposed outrage at Nikki Finke's mean-spirited treatment of Hollywood players like Oprah Winfrey, NikkiStink.com has posted a paparazzi video and photos taken outside of her Jay Penske-owned West Hollywood condo. It reeks of invasion of privacy. Yes it's Finke, and yes I profoundly disapprove. She brought it on herself on some level, I recognize, by being so private and only releasing that one headshot to circulate for so many years.

I will not post the video. You'll have to find it yourself. Not a big whoop. Soon Finke will be able to retire in peace. 
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Author: "Anne Thompson"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 16:04
This fall, Ben Affleck won't be the only big time actor accused of murder, despised by the public and swarmed by the media. Daniel Radcliffe will also face accusations of a heinous crime in the forthcoming "Horns," but unlike David Fincher's "Gone Girl," this film is coming packaged with a supernatural twist.

Co-starring Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella and James Remar, and directed by Alexandre Aja ("High Tension," "The Hills Have Eyes"), the movie follows Ig Perrish, the prime suspect in the rape and murder of his girlfriend. But if that isn't bad enough, he wakes up one morning to find horns growing out of his head, but soon realizes they will be an asset as he attempts to track down the crime's true perpetrators. And it certainly looks as if "Horns" fully embraces its pretty oddball premise and runs hard with it, and Radcliffe looks to be having a great time playing very much against type.

"Horns" arrives on Halloween. Watch the new trailer below.
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