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Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.
“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.
“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.
Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless »
- Elsa Keslassy
Participant Media has promoted Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann to the newly established roles of presidents, with King overseeing narrative film and television projects, and Weyermann handling documentaries.
The promotions were announced on Sunday by CEO David Linde. Both Weyermann and King report to Linde.
“By shepherding inspiring and highly compelling films over the last decade, Diane and Jonathan have played integral roles in shaping Participant into the dynamic company it is today,” Linde said. “Their promotions are not only well deserved, but also reflect their substantial commitment to our success and Jeff Skoll’s prescient mission of creating socially impactful content that inspires audiences to action.”
Skoll founded Participant in 2004 as a means of inspiring social change. Its most notable titles have included “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Spotlight,” and “Citizenfour.”
King and Weyermann said, “We are grateful to all the talented artists who share our belief that films can be both popular and »
- Dave McNary
Maybe it’s the altitude, but the movies just seem better in Telluride, Colo., where the 44th annual Telluride Film Festival wrapped a lineup Monday that included Greta Gerwig’s splendid, semi-autobiographical “Lady Bird”; the best of the recent Churchill biopics, Gary Oldman starrer “Darkest Hour”; and two very different movies about genocide: Angelina Jolie’s Cambodia-set “First They Killed My Father” and Scott Cooper’s expensive, expansive western “Hostiles.”
Still, elevation doesn’t do much to explain why, of the three festivals that kick off the fall season — Venice, Telluride and Toronto — it’s the one with the best track record. Not only has Telluride either world- or U.S.-premiered eight of the past nine Oscar best picture winners (including both “Moonlight” and “La La Land” last year, though technically, only one of those counts), but the ratio of genuine discoveries to cinematic disappointments is impossibly high — an appropriate enough designation for a mountain town »
- Peter Debruge and Kristopher Tapley
Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” has curiously registered as one of the most divisive films in Telluride this year. Curious because Payne is a recent favored son. He first attended the fest six years ago with “The Descendants” and has come back frequently, going so far as to serve on the Telluride board.
It’s not that favored sons (or daughters) are guaranteed a warm reception every time they return, and Payne himself noted at the film’s North American premiere Friday afternoon that he doesn’t take selection on the program here as a given. Nevertheless, asking around town as various festival goers catch up with his latest, it’s clear it’s not a slam dunk this awards season.
Some love it, finding it to be a complex juggling act as Payne deals in urgent social concepts with his and co-writer Jim Taylor’s trademark biting wit. Others have felt disengaged with the material, calling »
- Kristopher Tapley
Labor Day weekend is the calm before the specialized storm. “Wind River” (Weinstein) went wide quickly, and managed the #3 spot it an weak period for most theaters. The company also released its long-blooming “Tulip Fever,” which flopped as expected with just over $1 million. Meanwhile, Lionsgate/Pantelion’s “Do It Like An Hombre,” a low-budget Mexican comedy, did twice as well in half the theaters.
IFC’s two-city initial release of historical drama “Viceroy’s House” showed some interest, despite pay- per-view access. “Dolores,” an upcoming PBS documentary, had a strong initial New York exclusive gross to stand out in an otherwise slow market.
Tulip Fever (Weinstein) – Metacritic: 38
$1,215,000 in 765 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $1,588
Justin Chadwick’s long-languishing period romantic drama finally hit theaters with a thud. Despite a clear playing field and a lot of (often peculiar) publicity, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Asked for something that sticks out from this year’s Telluride Film Festival lineup, Tff executive director Julie Huntsinger springs not for one of the glossier titles on offer, but rather a “short-ish” documentary.
“One thing that’s a real treat is a Netflix doc called ‘Long Shot,'” she says. “It blew me away. It has Larry David, some stunning twists of fate, and it’s told in the warmest, most humanistic way. That’s a movie that I will probably watch a good couple of times before the end of my life.”
She also lights up when discussing a new director’s cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1984 film “The Cotton Club,” which will finally present the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s intended vision more than 30 years later under the new title “Cotton Club Encore.”
“I don’t know if there was ever more a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” will unspool for audiences at the 44th annual Telluride Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.
Also set for debuts at the four-day event, unfolding over the Labor Day weekend, are Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Battle of the Sexes,” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell; and Paul McGuigan’s “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell.
A number of films set for premieres at the Venice Film Festival will also make the journey to the southwest Colorado ski village, including Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”
Telluride Film Festival Director on Hidden Gems and a Banner Year for Women
Titles scheduled to finally surface in the States after previous international »
- Kristopher Tapley
On a disastrous weekend at the overall box office –with the lowest per capita attendance since the Fdr administration — specialty movies did comparatively better. On a smaller scale.
Still, continuing a recent trend, a slew of Sundance premieres expanded to weak results. “Ingrid Goes West” (Neon) and “Good Time” (A24), both with significant support and strong theater placement, are barely treading water in most locations as they broaden.
“Beach Rats” (Neon), another Sundance American indie, leads among new openers with an adequate start in its initial two city dates. But it is below other films that are now struggling to find interest with broader audiences.
Like the mainstream market, the specialized scene has gone from a strong early summer with several notable titles (led by “The Big Sick”) to a wide number of disappointments that have come and gone very quickly. With the fall festival and awards season just around the corner, »
- Tom Brueggemann
“The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and nabbed the Art Cinema Award, centers on a young cowboy who embarks on a road trip across America after suffering a near fatal head injury.
“Mary” stars a Chris Evans as a single man raising his child prodigy niece who is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Several competition films deal with race relations in America. Daryl Wein’s “Blueprint,” for instance, centers around a young Black man in South »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ceremony takes place in New York City on November 27.
The Ifp Gotham Awards ceremony is set for November 27 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of his climate change non-profit The Climate Reality Project. His most recent climate change-focused documentary film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is currently in theatres and has grossed $3.5m worldwide through Paramount.
Blum founded Blumhouse Productions in 2000. Blumhouse has produced The Purge, Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises which together have grossed more than $1.7bn at the global box office.
The 10 competitive Gotham Awards for 2017 include Best Feature, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Audience Award, Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Series – Short Form, and Breakthrough Series – Long Form.
Nominees will be »
Al Gore and Jason Blum will be honored at the 2017 Ifp Gotham Awards, with Gore set to receive the humanitarian tribute and Blum tapped to get the industry tribute.
The Gothams, the Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual round of awards honoring indie film, typically dole out a handful of pre-announced tributes to notable figures, in addition to awards in ten competitive categories. This year’s crop will also include tributes to an actor and an actress, among others.
‘Moonlight’ Sweeps the 2016 Gotham Awards, Winning Best Film
Former Vice President Gore, now the chairman of the Climate Reality Project, gets the Gotham honor for his decades of work calling attention to climate change, especially in films “An Inconvenient Truth” and this year’s sequel, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” Blum, meanwhile, receives the industry award for helping to spur the resurgence of low-budget genre films, starting with “Paranormal Activity” in 2000. More recently, his »
- Gordon Cox
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The humanitarian tribute recognizes an individual who has had a profound, transformative global impact through film. Nobel Prize-winner Gore, who in recent years has focused on finding solutions to climate change, starred in the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth and this year's follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
The industry tribute is given to an individual whose vision, innovation and contributions have had a significant impact on the »
- Hilary Lewis
Jrs/USA is thrilled to announce its 2017 Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees Tour.
The tour will travel from Seattle to Dallas October 3-15 and will feature renowned singer-songwriters Joan Baez, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, The Mastersons, Dave Matthews, Buddy Miller, Alynda Segarra, Lucinda Williams, and special guests.
Produced by Jrs /USA, in partnership with Unhcr, the Un Refugee Agency (as part of #WithRefugees), the concerts are intimate evenings of acoustic performances to raise awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative. Funds raised from the tour help refugees to heal, learn, and thrive.
2017 Concert Tour:
October 8 – San Francisco, CA: Stay tuned for details
October 10 – Los Angeles, »
A slew of hit-and-miss indie films from Sundance and elsewhere continue to roll out at the specialty box office. Fox Searchlight took another blow as high-end Sundance acquisition “Patti Cake$” fell below the expectations set by its expensive $9.5 million price tag.
“Gook” (Goldwyn) and “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios/IFC) both enjoyed respectable initial limited responses ahead of other openers. A24’s Robert Pattinson actioner “Good Time” also showed some promise in its second weekend.
The most encouraging news comes from the second weekend of Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West” and third for The Weinstein Co. breakout “Wind River.” Both look positioned to dominate the specialized scene over the next few weeks in advance of upcoming fall post-festival releases.
Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Metacritic: 65; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors/New Films 2017
$66,000 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $4,714
Fox Searchlight won an intense Sundance acquisition battle with its reported $9.5 million offer. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Former Vice President Al Gore has a singular piece of advice for President Donald Trump: Resign.
Joining the chorus of politicians who have denounced the president for the myriad political controversies that have transpired since Trump took office in January, Gore looked unflinchingly into the camera and told the president to “resign” in a video interview published Thursday by the British LADbible.
Gore, who went on to talk about the climate change crisis and global warming in the interview, didn’t elaborate on why he thought Trump should step down. His comments came as the president faced widespread backlash »
- Yvonne Juris
Project Angel Food is excited to host the 27th annual Angel Awards Gala at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
This year’s event holds a special significance, as it will posthumously honor the legendary performer George Michael, a dedicated friend, volunteer and supporter of the organization and to date, its largest individual donor. He will receive the Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award, named for the iconic star, who was both a generous and loyal benefactor.
Adam Lambert will perform a special musical tribute, including a selection of George Michael’s most memorable songs. Other confirmed celebrities include: Kenny Goss, Charlie & Max Carver, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sharon Lawrence, Cheryl Tiegs, Mary Wilson, Hal Sparks, Tyler Henry, Carson Kressly, Lawrence Zarian, and Gayle Anderson. Local celebrity chefs Rory Herrmann (Barrel & Ashes), Jason Neroni, (Rose Café), Neal Fraser (Redbird/Vibiana) and Stuart O’Keeffe will also be in attendance. »
After the Us President's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, Gore's new film 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power' feels like a timely reminder of what's at stake »
- James Mottram
In today’s film news roundup, Miranda Bailey’s vaccine documentary “The Pathological Optimist” gets distribution and Lionsgate teams with Roadside Attractions to pick up faith-based drama “I Can Only Imagine.”
The film will be released theatrically by the Film Arcade on Sept. 29 followed by a VOD release via Gravitas later this year.
The film is a character study of Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a 1998 paper in the U.K. medical journal the Lancet. That paper claimed that there was a link between the administration of the measles, mumps, and rubella (Mmr) vaccine, and the appearance of autism and bowel disease. Wakefield was accused of professional misconduct and falsifying information in that study, and the Lancet retracted the piece in 2010 and the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council revoked Wakefield’s »
- Dave McNary
Written by Elizabeth Willoughby
Despite that the current Us president pulled out of the Paris climate accord earlier this year, former vice president and current activist, Al Gore, still says he comes down on the side of hope.
Following his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, about the effects of global warming, Gore released a follow up documentary last month called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which speaks to the human ingenuity that is behind his hope.
In an NPR interview, Gore said that with the fossil fuel industry financing an industry of climate denial through pseudo scientists and pseudoscientific reports, enough doubt was created so that the sense of urgency about solving the crisis was lost. “But because Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us,” he says, “they’re losing this battle. The Paris agreement was truly a historic breakthrough, illustrating that all around the world, »
Author: Stefan Pape
It’s not every day you get to sit down with the former Vice President of the United States – but we had the pleasure of doing just that, speaking to Al Gore to mark the release of climate change documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
The film – which gets its UK release on August 18 – is a follow-up to Gore’s eye-opening film back in 2006, which alerted audience worldwide to the devastating truth of global warming, and the dangers we face ahead. In the time between the two features, Gore’s fervent campaigning has continued, and yet still to this day many deny climate change. One of which is the current Potus, Donald Trump, who recently pulled out of the Paris Agreement.
“I was worried it would be a serious problem when he [Trump] made his speech, I thought other countries may use that as an excuse to pull out themselves, »
- Stefan Pape
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