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Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ Set for Release in Germany

Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ Set for Release in Germany
Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” has secured another European distribution deal, with Filmwelt/Nfp picking up the film for theatrical release in Germany. Filmwelt/Nfp is set to release the film this fall.

News of the acquisition comes a few days after Variety reported that Lucky Red would be releasing the film in Italy on Oct. 3, leading to speculation that the pic could bow at the Venice Film Festival.

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment is said to be selling “A Rainy Day in New York” after Amazon stepped away from its distribution deal amid the ongoing controversy surrounding Allen and allegations that he molested his daughter Dylan Farrow. The romantic drama stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Selena Gomez.

Filmwelt/Nfp confirmed to Variety that it would release the film in Germany, which was first reported by local news outlets.

“Filmwelt/Nfp is very
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2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Directing: What pilots will be nominated?

2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Directing: What pilots will be nominated?
The Emmy Awards ballot for Best Comedy Directing lists 195 episodes from 105 series, up from 174 episodes from 82 series last year, when the nominees were:

Atlanta” season 1

Winner — “B.A.N.” (Donald Glover)

Silicon Valley” season 4

“Intellectual Property” (Jamie Babbit)

“Server Error” (Mike Judge)

“Veep” season 6

“Blurb” (Morgan Sackett)

Justice” (Dale Stern)

“Groundbreaking” (David Mandel)

SEEanalysis of the Best Comedy Writing contenders.

“Veep” did not air this season. Lead “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai was snubbed last year; he has a stronger episode this time and more name recognition from directing the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”

Having been nominated two years ago for “Silicon Valley” when he last directed it, Alec Berg has submitted his work on the first season finale of “Barry.” He also directed this season’s “Silicon Valley” finale, but Best Comedy Directing is one of only six categories that precludes multiple ballot submissions. Having
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2018 Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Series: Could revivals like ‘Will & Grace’ and ‘Roseanne’ dominate?

This year at the Emmys, everything old may be new again in Best Comedy Series. Several TV revivals from yesteryear are back in contention, including NBC’s “Will & Grace,” ABC’s “Roseanne,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and, pending a release date, Netflix’s “Arrested Developement.” The good news for these shows is that three-time champ “Veep” won’t be eligible at the 2018 Emmys. Neither will “Master of None,” back-to-back winner for Best Comedy Writing. The bad news? The other five nominees are all looking strong to return: “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

See Could Laurie Metcalf could parlay her Oscar loss into an Emmy win for the ‘Roseanne’ revival?

Will & Grace” is a six-time nominee for Best Comedy Series (2000-05), taking home the top prize for its second season in 2000. The sitcom is one of the few shows in TV history to
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Lost in America – The Criterion Collection

Lost In America

Blu-ray

Criterion

1985 / 1:85 / Street Date July 25, 2017

Starring: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty

Cinematography: Eric Saarinen

Film Editor: David Finfer

Written by Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson

Produced by Marty Katz and Herb Nanas

Music: Arthur B. Rubinstein

Directed by Albert Brooks

According to a Newsweek cover story published that same year, 1984 was “The Year of the Yuppie”, referring to those ferociously materialistic young professionals whose numbers blossomed during the Reagan administration. The following year director Albert Brooks and his co-writer Monica Johnson delivered Lost In America, an acerbic road movie detailing what happens when one of those upwardly mobile hot-shots decides to get back to nature and “touch Indians”.

The result is one of the great American comedies, a mile-a-minute talk fest worthy of writer-directors like Billy Wilder, Woody Allen and in particular Preston Sturges, whose The Palm Beach Story told a similar tale about two young-marrieds who find
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Woody Allen Discusses His Filmography, Working With Amazon & More In 70-Minute Facebook Live Talk

Fresh off finishing production of his new film “Wonder Wheel,” legendary filmmaker Woody Allen sat down to do his first-ever Facebook Live interview. Moderating the talk was Robert Weide, the director behind “Woody Allen: A Documentary,” so you know its going to get right down to the nitty-gritty.

Over the course of the hour-plus interview, Woody goes over everything from “Wonder Wheel,” which stars Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet, to how distributors have interfered with his films throughout the decades.

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Woody Allen Trashes Hollywood Studios as ‘Bankers, If Not Criminals’

Woody Allen Trashes Hollywood Studios as ‘Bankers, If Not Criminals’
Woody Allen has little love for Hollywood, it seems, as the “Annie Hall” director trashed the Big Six studios during an interview on Facebook Live for his latest film, “Wonder Wheel,” which stars Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet in a Coney Island drama. During his interview with Robert Weide, who directed “Woody Allen: A Documentary” in 2012, Allen said he has no patience with Hollywood execs who demand creative input in exchange for financing his films. “When I make a film, I like the people backing the film, sometimes the studios, to put the money in a brown paper bag and then.
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Woody Allen Rips His Distributors That ‘Failed Miserably’ (But He Loves Amazon)

Woody Allen Rips His Distributors That ‘Failed Miserably’ (But He Loves Amazon)
Woody Allen finished his period drama for Amazon Studios, “Wonder Wheel,” on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, he decided to sit for his first-ever Facebook Live video interview, conducted by filmmaker Robert Weide, director of 2012’s “Woody Allen: A Documentary.” Allen discussed his latest movie, which stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake, and also shared his thoughts on many of his previous films, most of which he believes were mishandled by distributors.

‘Manhattan’ Exclusive Trailer: Woody Allen’s Classic Rom-Com Gets a 4K Digital Facelift — Watch

“It’s always, ‘We’ll put this out in the summer because it will be counter-programming to all the big movies’ or ‘We’ll put this out in Easter,’” Allen said, adding that when his movies underperform, distributors always have an excuse at the ready. “There is always a story as to why their plan to really squeeze the last dollar out of the box
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Films from Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson & More Coming to The Criterion Collection This July

The Criterion Collection will venture to the Zone this July, and much more, as they’ve announced their new titles for the month. Andrei Tarkovsky‘s long-rumored sci-fi masterpiece Stalker will arrive with a new 2K restoration. The release will also include a new interview with author Geoff Dyer and newly translated English subtitles. Also arriving in July is Albert Brooks‘ satirical comedy Lost in America, featuring a new conversation with the director and Robert Weide, as well as interviews with the cast and crew.

One of the most notable releases of the month is Robert Bresson‘s masterful final film L’argent, which tracks a counterfeit bill through Paris, and the people it touches. Lastly, Roberto Rossellini‘s powerful War Trilogy is getting a much-deserved Blu-ray upgrade with new versions of Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero. Check out the high-resolution cover art below and full release details.
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What’s Up Doc?: Pennebaker/Hegedus & Malick Voyage to the Top in November

It’s been a couple months since the last edition of What’s Up Doc? placed Michael Moore’s surprise world premiere of Where To Invade Next at the top of this list and in the meantime much shuffling has taken place and much time has been spent on various new endeavors (namely my Buffalo-based film series, Cultivate Cinema Circle). Finally taking its rightful place at the top, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hagedus’ Unlocking the Cage is in the midst of being scored by composer James Lavino, according to Lavino’s own personal site. Though the project has been taking shape at its own leisurely pace, I’d expect to see the film making its festival debut in early 2016.

Right behind, the American direct cinema masters is a Texan soon to make his non-fiction debut with Voyage of Time. Just two weeks ago indieWIRE reported that Ennio Morricone, who scored
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About: Hollywood Film Awards billed as the launch of awards season

The Hollywood Film Awards® was founded in 1997 and honors excellence in filmmaking and traditionally signals the Official Launch of the Award Season®. The HFAs showcase to the public at large previews of quality films released during the calendar year. The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® gala took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.” The Hollywood Film Awards launch the awards season. Over the past 18 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.” 2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley,
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Hollywood Film Awards – Criteria and Selection – Launching the Awards Season

The Hollywood Film Awards honor established Hollywood artists. The criteria for these awards is based on the recipient’s body of work and/or a film that they have coming out this year. These awards are bestowed in all disciplines of filmmaking*: Career, Leadership, Producer, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Editor, Film Composer, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Animation, and Visual Effects. Our award/tribute recipients are selected by our Advisory Team which is comprised of a cross section of Hollywood professionals. To read more about the Hollywood Film Awards The selection process for our honorees takes multiple elements into consideration and involves attending pre-press private industry screenings, press screenings, festival screenings, and research. It also includes the support and participation of established entertainment industry executives, from agents, critics, directors, managers, producers, publicists, screenwriters and studio execs to members of the craft guilds. With participating Hollywood insiders,
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What’s Up Doc?: Moore Docu Surprises, Locarno Begins, Telluride, Venice & Tiff Loom

The fall festival rush is upon us. Locarno is currently ramping up. Venice has released their line-up and Thom Powers and the Toronto International Film Festival team have dropped a bomb with a previously unannounced new feature from powerhouse docu-provocateur Michael Moore. It is truly a miracle that the production of a film such as Moore’s upcoming Where To Invade Next (see still above) managed to go completely undetected by the filmmaking community until it was literally announced to world premiere at one of the largest film festivals in the world. Programmed as a one of the key films in the Special Presentations section at Tiff, the film sees Moore telling “the Pentagon to ‘stand down’ — he will do the invading for America from now on.” Also announced to premiere at Tiff was Avi LewisThis Changes Everything, which has slowly been rising up this list, as well as
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What’s Up Doc?: Wiseman Rises to New “Heights” & Rivers Shooting “The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” in Morocco

It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal.
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What’s Up Doc?: Sheffield & AFI Docs Signal the Summer Fest Drought

Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition.
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What’s Up Doc?: Kent Jones, Asif Kapadia & Luc Jacquet Head to Cannes

It should come as no surprise that Cannes Film Festival will play host to Kent Jones’s doc on the touchstone of filmmaking interview tomes, Hitchcock/Truffaut (see photo above). The film has been floating near the top of this list since it was announced last year as in development, while Jones himself has a history with the festival, having co-written both Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P. and Martin Scorsese’s My Voyage To Italy, both of which premiered in Cannes. The film is scheduled to screen as part of the Cannes Classics sidebar alongside the likes of Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words, which will play as part of the festival’s tribute to the late starlet, and Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (see trailer below). As someone who grew up watching road races with my dad in Watkins Glen,
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What’s Up Doc?: Les Blank, Alex Gibney & Alex Winter Lead SXSW Charge (February 2015)

Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs
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“It’s Too Important to be Tucked Away for Another 30 Years”: Don Argott on Kickstarting Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

Don Argott’s interests are eclectic, to say the least. Just in the past five years the Philly-based documentarian has followed the downward spiraling of rock stars, explored a nuclear-reactor community and, most recently, launched a Kickstarter campaign for his latest project Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time. The in-production doc is co-directed by Curb Your Enthusiasm co-creator Bob Weide and is about his decades-long attempt to make his own film about the iconic author, who in the process became a close friend. Argott spoke with Filmmaker about meeting Weide at an overseas film festival, going the indie financing route, and how […]
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“It’s Too Important to be Tucked Away for Another 30 Years”: Don Argott on Kickstarting Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

Don Argott’s interests are eclectic, to say the least. Just in the past five years the Philly-based documentarian has followed the downward spiraling of rock stars, explored a nuclear-reactor community and, most recently, launched a Kickstarter campaign for his latest project Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time. The in-production doc is co-directed by Curb Your Enthusiasm co-creator Bob Weide and is about his decades-long attempt to make his own film about the iconic author, who in the process became a close friend. Argott spoke with Filmmaker about meeting Weide at an overseas film festival, going the indie financing route, and how […]
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Fund This Film: Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time Will Be the Definitive Documentary on the Author

Robert Weide and Don Argott's movie will bring a 33-year-old labor of love to conclusion with help from crowdfunded pledges.

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This Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Documentary Has Taken 33 Years...And It's Not Done Yet

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This Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Documentary Has Taken 33 Years...And It's Not Done Yet
Back in 1982, 22-year-old novice documentary filmmaker Robert Weide wrote a fan letter to his idol, novelist Kurt Vonnegut, asking if he'd be interested in a documentary about his work and life. Vonnegut agreed, although he couldn't imagine anyone would be interested in a film about a writer. "He said, 'I don't know how you make a film about me, but you're welcome to try," Weide told Indiewire. Fast forward 33 years. Weide has since directed four acclaimed, award-winning documentaries on comedians, including W.C. Fields, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. He was also the principal director and an executive producer of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" for the show's first five years.  Vonnegut died in 2007 and now Weide and documentary filmmaker Don Argott have turned to Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to bring "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time" to life. "It's always been a question of either not having the money or not having the time -- but.
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