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Cinema Club this weekend: Bigger Than Life with Marjorie Baumgarten

This week’s Cinema Club is a longtime favorite, and one of those films we almost can’t believe is real. Though set in a picture-perfect Hollywood small-town, Bigger Than Life shows us the irrational, broken, cruel underpinnings of the American Dream. Mad Men has explored a lot of this same darkness, but 50 years prior, Nicholas Ray looked it right in the eye and made this movie.

When we first asked Austin Chronicle Film Critic and Senior Editor Marjorie Baumgarten to participate in Cinema Club, this was one of her top choices, and it should make for a rousing and informative Cinema Club. For those who aren’t familiar with the format, at Cinema Club we invite a guest expert to introduce a classic film. After the film we, the Alamo programmers and our guest engage in an onstage discussion with you the audience, we answer questions, ponder meanings and digest the film together.
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

The Sundance Film Festival Juries have selected the winners of the 2011 awards. Since they give out so many awards, the list is extremely long. We shound be playing catch up on the festival now that it is over and things are a little less chaotic. In the meantime here are the winners.

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival Juries consisted of:

U.S. Documentary Competition: Jeffrey Blitz, Matt Groening, Laura Poitras, Jess Search, Sloane Klevin U.S. Dramatic Competition: America Ferrera, Todd McCarthy, Tim Orr, Kimberly Peirce, Jason Reitman World Cinema Documentary Competition: José Padilha, Mette Hoffmann Meyer, Lucy Walker World Cinema Dramatic Competition: Susanne Bier, Bong Joon-Ho, Rajendra Roy Shorts Competition: Barry Jenkins, Kim Morgan, Sara Bernstein Alfred P. Sloan Award: Jon Amiel, Paula Apsell, Sean Carroll, Clark Gregg -

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners:

The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D.
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

The Sundance Film Festival Juries have selected the winners of the 2011 awards. The big winner is Like Crazy, which won both the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) and a Special Jury Prize for actress Felicity Jones. Naturally, Like Crazy already has a distribution deal in place with Paramount. Circumstance, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Pariah are a few of the other winners in the dramatic competition.Notable documentary winners include How to Die in Oregon, Buck, and Project Nim. Click here for all of our coverage of Sundance, including reviews and distribution reports for these films and more. Hit the jump for the full list of winners and the juries who handed out the awards. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival Juries consisted of: U.S. Documentary Competition: Jeffrey Blitz, Matt Groening, Laura Poitras, Jess Search, Sloane Klevin U.S. Dramatic Competition: America Ferrera, Todd McCarthy, Tim Orr, Kimberly Peirce, Jason Reitman World Cinema Documentary Competition: José Padilha,
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
Tonight the Sundance Institute announced the award winners for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Like Crazy won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and Circumstance won the dramatic audience award. You can find the full list of winners in the press release after the jump. 2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards Happy, Happy, Hell and Back Again, How to Die in Oregon and Like Crazy Earn Grand Jury Prizes Audience Favorites Include Buck, Circumstance, Kinyawaranda and Senna to.get.her Awarded Best of Next! Audience Award Park City, Ut–The Jury, Audience, Next! and other special award-winners of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by Tim Blake Nelson (star of Flypaper which premiered in this year’s Premieres section) in Park City, Utah. Highlights from the Awards Ceremony can be seen on the Festival website, www.sundance.org/festival. Films receiving Jury Awards were selected from four categories: U.
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‘Novax,’ ‘Yesterday’ Long of the Shorts at Sundance

Writer-director Matt Piedmont’s “Brick Novax — Part 1 and 2” won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, while writer-director Ariel Kleiman’s “Deeper Than Yesterday” won for international short filmmaking.

The filmmakers will be honored at Saturday night’s awards ceremony, hosted by Sundance alum Tim Blake Nelson.

Piedmont’s “Novax” is the story about an international super legend who records his amazing tales as an astronaut, movie star, corporate CEO, and famous musician to preserve his legacy as the coolest guy in the history of the world.

In Kleiman’s “Yesterday,” a submarine crew becomes savages after three months submerged underwater in a submarine. One of the men, Oleg, fears that losing perspective may mean losing himself.

In addition, the Shorts Jury awarded Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking to:

Choke” Canada (Drector and screenwriter: Michelle Latimer

“Diarchy” / Italy (Director and Screenwriter: Ferdinando Cito Filmomarino

“The External World” / Germany,
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‘Novax,’ ‘Yesterday’ Long of the Shorts at Sundance

Writer-director Matt Piedmont’s “Brick Novax — Part 1 and 2” won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, while writer-director Ariel Kleiman’s “Deeper Than Yesterday” won for international short filmmaking.

The filmmakers will be honored at Saturday night’s awards ceremony, hosted by Sundance alum Tim Blake Nelson.

Piedmont’s “Novax” is the story about an international super legend who records his amazing tales as an astronaut, movie star, corporate CEO, and famous musician to preserve his legacy as the coolest guy in the history of the world.

In Kleiman’s “Yesterday,” a submarine crew becomes savages after three months submerged underwater in a submarine. One of the men, Oleg, fears that losing perspective may mean losing himself.

In addition, the Shorts Jury awarded Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking to:

Choke” Canada (Drector and screenwriter: Michelle Latimer

“Diarchy” / Italy (Director and Screenwriter: Ferdinando Cito Filmomarino

“The External World” / Germany,
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2011 Sundance Film Festival Announces Jury Prizes In Short Filmmaking

Filmmakers from Australia, Poland, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada and the United States Celebrated for their Documentary and Narrative Work

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival this evening (January 25) announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by Sundance Alum Tim Blake Nelson on Saturday, January 29.

The 2011 Short Film jurors are Barry Jenkins (director, writer, Medicine for Melancholy); Kim Morgan (Film and Culture writer, Sunset Gun, The Hitlist) and Sara Bernstein (Vice president, HBO Documentary films; supervising producer, Baghdad ER, White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to Brick Novax pt 1 and 2 (Director and Screenwriter: Matt Piedmont). Penniless and now living in a seedy motel with only weeks to live,
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Sundance Selects Short Film Winners

Sundance Selects Short Film Winners
Park City, Ut –The 2011 Sundance Film Festival this evening announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by Sundance Alum Tim Blake Nelson on Saturday, January 29. The 2011 Short Film jurors are Barry Jenkins (director, writer, Medicine for Melancholy); Kim Morgan (Film and Culture writer, Sunset Gun, The Hitlist) and Sara Bernstein (Vice president, HBO Documentary films; supervising producer, Baghdad ER, White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to Brick Novax pt 1 and 2 (Director and Screenwriter: Matt Piedmont)— Penniless and now living in a seedy motel with only weeks to live, international super legend Brick Novax records his amazing tales as an astronaut, movie star,
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Nelson to Host Sundance Awards; Festival Juries Announced

Actor Tim Blake Nelson will host the awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival, which also announced Tuesday the members of the five juries that will determine the winners. The festival runs from Jan. 20-30; the awards will be handed out the evening of Jan. 29. (The Short Film Awards will be named earlier at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl.)

The complete list of jurors follows, with bios provided by the festival.

U.S. Documentary Jury

Jeffrey Blitz

Jeffrey’s film career started in 2002 with the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary “Spellbound.” His fiction feature debut, “Rocket Science,” became his first to play the festival (Sundance, 2007; Dramatic Directing Award). He has also directed the documentary “Lucky,” (Sundance, 2010) and multiple episodes of NBC’s “The Office.” In 2009, he won the Emmy for comedy directing.

Matt Groening

Matt Groening created the longest-running comedy in television history, “The Simpsons.” As a cartoonist,
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Page 2: Harry Potter, Sundance, 47 Ronin, Banksy, Kung-Fu Panda 2, Natalie Portman, The Hobbit, Clint Mansell, The Wolverine and More

Page 2: Harry Potter, Sundance, 47 Ronin, Banksy, Kung-Fu Panda 2, Natalie Portman, The Hobbit, Clint Mansell, The Wolverine and More
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 (!?!) different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us [1]! [2] The concept art for the "Tale of the Three Brothers" scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has been released by designer Alexis Liddell on his blog [3]. [hpana [4]] Carl Erik Rinch's sword/samurai thriller 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves is prepping for a two-month shoot in Hungary. [screendaily [5]] Mini-lol: Jonathan Post [6] has developed a new technology that allows him to watch 3D television without the use of glasses. [engadget [7]] The 2011 Sundance Film Festival have announced the
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Thumbs Up! Roger Ebert Returns with New 'At the Movies'

Roger Ebert's long-running film review show is making a comeback with a return to its birthplace, Wttw Chicago public television. "This is the rebirth of a dream," says Ebert, who will appear on every episode using his computer voice. His ability to speak was lost after a battle with cancer. Co-produced by Ebert and his wife Chaz, "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies" will air weekly beginning in January 2011 on PBS. The half-hour show will be co-hosted by Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire and Elvis Mitchell of National Public Radio, and include the copyrighted "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" format made famous by Ebert with the late Gene Siskel. Ebert will not debate with the two co-hosts, as, "They'll be awarding the Thumbs, and you can't have three Thumbs." In addition to reviewing new movies, "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies" will expand into coverage of New Media and
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Famed Chicago Film Critic Roger Ebert Announces New Weekly Movie Review Show on Public TV

Chicago – “Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies,” which is a weekly, 30-minute film review program, was announced on Friday by producers Chaz Ebert and Roger Ebert. The program continues its 35-year run of a show first co-hosted by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and later by Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper and others at Buena Vista Television/Disney.

Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel at the movies.

Image credit: Chicago Sun Times

The show will return to its birthplace of Wttw Chicago. It will serve as the station for its launch nationally on public TV. The show began as “Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You” and later became “SneakPreviews” where it became the highest-rated entertainment show in PBS history.

The Eberts said the show will air weekly beginning in Jan. 2011. In addition to reviewing new movies, the show will expand into coverage of new media, special segments and an extended Web site.
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Lohan Talks 'Inferno' and Porno

Lohan Talks 'Inferno' and Porno
Actress Lindsay Lohan plays infamous porn star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming biopic, "Inferno."

In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video from People.com, Lohan talks about the "dark" nature of playing Lovelace, who was forced into prostitution by her husband, Chuck Traynor.

The actress, who was interviewed in the video by MSN's Kim Morgan, describes Lovelace as "an innocent girl who got trafficked into a situation."

Lohan is currently serving the remainder of her jail sentence
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Video: Lindsay Lohan on Playing a Porn Star

var brightcovevideoid = '490847352001'; Before she spent 13 full days behind bars, Lindsay Lohan shot an inside look at her upcoming film, Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, in which she plays the late porn star. In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes video, shot in a Burbank hotel in May, Lohan's character is forced into prostitution by her husband, Chuck Traynor. Photographer Tyler Shields captured the scene, and those images became the movie's poster. Of her character's intial reaction to Traynor, Lohan says he was "dark and mysterious and rough, and different from anything she had experienced in life. Girls like that kind of stuff.
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You asked for it, we got it: Film Noir spectacular with Eddie Muller

Cinema Club Presents: Two nights of film noir with film writer/noir expert Eddie Muller

Sunday July 11: The Prowler

Monday July 12: Cry Danger

The Cinema Club, Alamo’s premier venue for film discussion and appreciation, has brought some great films and greater guests to the theatre in the past few months: Ninotchka with host Charles Ramirez Berg; Bride Of Frankenstein with Thomas Schatz; and Night Nurse with Kim Morgan. In July, the Cinema Club continues its project of bringing nearly-forgotten classics to the big screen for past-due celebrations with a two day festival of film noir.

Eddie Muller, who is known in certain circles as the “Czar of Noir,” stands alone as the foremost expert on the genre. For those unfamiliar with the charismatic and erudite writer, Muller is the author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir, Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir,
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Night Nurse: Modernity Ward

Yes, it’s going to be that kind of party.

Night Nurse, with special guest, film writer Kim Morgan (Sunset Gun) will play as the next Cinema Club screening at Ritz this Sunday. Cinema Club shows incorporate an audience discussion with the programmers and guest expert. Expect it to be provocative, entertaining and a lot of fun. Go ahead and get those tickets here.

You know that sensation you get from old movies sometimes, that they’re winking at you across an expanse of years, sneaking in a private dirty joke here and there? Well, Night Nurse isn’t just winking, it’s not sneaking; it’s kicking down the door and getting wild. It’s one of the glories of pre-code cinema. The only real analogue we can think of is the ‘nurseploitation’ films of the ’70s. Those movies were bold for their time, Night Nurse, made 40 years earlier,
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The Alamo Guide for April 29th!

The Alamo Guide

for April 29th, 2010

Surely you’ve heard the hubbub. Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau graced us with their presence at a sneak screening of Iron Man 2 on Tuesday (aka, raddest Tuesday ever!). You can read all about that Here, but fair warning, you might get a little jealous. Be comforted by the fact that I didn’t see Rdj either. What a handsome fellow…

No Time For Moping! We’ve got too much fun stuff to do. First of all, tickets for the Second Screening Of Weird Al Live In Person go on sale in less than 24 hours! Fact. Don’t miss the sale or there will be no Wheel of Fish for you! Also, Fantastic Fest 2008 favorite The Good, The Bad, And The Weird opens Friday at S. Lamar. This movie is pure fun, not to mention its gorgeous visuals (and a couple of the actors.
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Up in the Link

T Magazine Bryce Dallas Howards' new roles. Hasn't Hollywood realized she's a bad luck charm by now?

Pajiba Would you watch James McAvoy create "James Bond" in a Fleming biopic?

Back Stage Blog Stage Wicked is still breaking Broadway records. Can they get the movie version made already? Strike while the iron is warm. And cast people who can sing please!

Sunset Gun Kim Morgan's top ten for 2009

Observations on Film Art the ten best pictures of 2009 1919

...by Ken Levine loves Up in the Air. This quote should probably be used on Vera Farmiga's Fyc ads. Talk about flattering the real revelation is Vera Farmiga. Picture a taller, sexier, younger, straighter Ann Heche with the smarts and sassiness of Bogey’s Bacall. I love this woman! I want to write a movie just so she can be in it.

Movies Kick Ass completes the series '10 Movies That Defined My Decade'.
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Beauty Break: Montgomery Clift

My favorite actor ever (yes, the tippity top) would have been turned 89 this past Saturday had he lived. Not that he would have lived to be 89 but still... I'm sad that I forgot. I always feel I should write about him more often. I did try to spur on the communal writing with that blog-a-thon a couple years back. At least there was that.

Thankfully Kim Morgan did not forget and wrote up a beautiful piece on the man, his work in A Place in the Sun and the ineffable sadness in his eyes. And that dance scene -- Stevens’ close-ups. They obviously reveal the actors' beauty, but also how much they, and particularly Monty, could say with their faces. Clift may be blurting out that he loves Taylor, but his beseeching, poignant eyes reveal so many layers of desire, you know something is haunting him even if you don't fully understand the circumstances.
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