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Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Special Presentations, AFI Fest Dates 2017 Festival and More

Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Special Presentations, AFI Fest Dates 2017 Festival and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Hot Docs has announced the ten documentary features that will screen in this year’s Special Presentations program. Special Presentations features a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award winners from the recent international festival circuit and works by master filmmakers or featuring some star subjects.

Special Presentations will screen as part of the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 27 – May 7. The complete Special Presentations program and the full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2017 will be announced on March 21, including the 2017 opening night film.

The new titles include: “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” “Chasing Coral,” “Dolores,” “Elian,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower,” “In Loco Parentis,” “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press,” “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” “Strong Island” and “The Workers Cup.
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Goodbye to Garry Shandling, who gave us the greatest TV show about a TV show

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Goodbye to Garry Shandling, who gave us the greatest TV show about a TV show
Of the many many TV shows over the years that were about TV shows, Garry Shandling didn't just co-create and star in the very best, he starred in two of the very best. Shandling, who died suddenly today at 66 (as first reported by TMZ), was not only co-creator (with Dennis Klein) and star of the trailblazing HBO comedy The Larry Sanders Show, about the narcissistic, self-loathing host of a late night network talk show, but earlier co-created (with Alan Zweibel) and starred in It's Garry Shandling's Show, an incredibly self-aware sitcom (originally airing on Showtime, and later rerun on Fox) where Sanders broke the fourth wall, went into the studio audience, and had a theme song so meta, it puts Abed on Community to shame: You can trace an entire generation of TV comedy to Larry Sanders. Not only did powerhouse writer/producers like Judd Apatow and Steve Levitan take early jobs there,
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Telefilm Canada pledges C$8.1m for 14 films

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Telefilm Canada pledges C$8.1m for 14 films
The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.

The projects selected for funding are:

Away From Everywhere (Justin S Simms);

Chokeslam (Robert Cuffley);

Coconut Hero (Florian Cossen);

Destroyer (Kevan Funk);

The Education Of William Bowman (Ken Finkleman);

Grand Unified Theory (David Ray);

The Sabbatical (Brian Stockton);

The Saver (Wiebke von Carolsfeld);

The Second Time Around (Leon Marr);

Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End (Craig David Wallace);

Two Lovers And A Bear (Kim Nguyen);

Unless (Alan Gilsenan);

The Unseen (Geoff Redknap); and

Your Money Or Your Wife (Iain Macleod).

“I’m delighted to see the variety of genres and stories represented by these new productions, which truly reflect the diversity, scope and originality of Canadian filmmaking,” said Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant.

“This selection includes dramas, comedies and thrillers
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The Newsroom Season 3 Premiere Recap: Let’s Be Careful Out There

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The Newsroom Season 3 Premiere Recap: Let’s Be Careful Out There
Aaron Sorkin has always had an obsession with showing the obstacles he must face while trying to make good TV — by creating shows centered on people and the obstacles they must face while trying to make good TV. His three TV-centric shows — Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom (not to be confused with Ken Finkleman’s cult, single-camera comedy The Newsroom, which us TV nerds should talk about more often, by the way) — primarily featured characters striving to make not just the best television broadcast they possibly can, but the best television they possibly can. Unfortunately, a lot of things — ratings-obsessed network suits, corporate overlords, war in the Middle East — get in the way of these noble souls and their mission to entertain/enlighten/change people’s lives.But really, these shows were/are mostly opportunities for Sorkin to vent his own frustrations with making
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Films that'd get a fairer hearing if they weren't sequels

Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...

Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.

This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain,
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Nominees at the 26th Gemini Awards

Yesterday, the Canadian Academy released its list of nominees for the 26th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards.

Best Animated Program or Series

* Glenn Martin Dds

* Hot Wheels - Battle Force Five

* Jimmy Two Shoes

* Kids vs. Kat

* March of the Dinosaurs

Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series

* Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* How to be Indie

* That's So Weird

* Vacation with Derek

Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program Series

* Artzooka!

* In Real Life

* Spelling Night in Canada: Canspell 2011

* Survive This

* TVOKids - Mark's Moments

Best Comedy Program or Series

* This Hour Has 22 Minutes

* Call Me Fitz

* Good Dog

* Halifax Comedy Fest 2010

* Living in Your Car

* Rick Mercer Report

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

* Fakers

* The Kennedys

* My Babysitter's a Vampire.

* The Pillars of the Earth

* Sleepyhead

Best Dramatic Series

* The Borgias

* Endgame

* Flashpoint

* Skins

* The Tudors
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You look a bit familiar… Five Most Effective Actor Allusions

There are many reasons why some characters in the movies seem a bit familiar. Sometimes, the actor has become so badly typecast that they only seem to play one character, as Matthew Perry and Hugh Grant seemed doomed to do in the 1990s (before Perry was cast in short-lived TV series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Grant in the Weitz brothers’ About a Boy, 2002). Sometimes a character is transferred completely from television to film, as Leslie Nielson’s Frank Drebin was from Police Squad to The Naked Gun series. But sometimes the reference, while deliberate, is more subtle.

An ‘Actor Allusion’, as defined on TV Tropes, is a casting in-joke or reference which refers to a previous role the actor has played. In most cases, the reference is a throwaway line or two and proceeds from the happy coincidence of that actor having been cast in that role (for example,
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TV Review: Good Dog, 1.1 – “Pilot”

In its opening scene, Canadian dramedy Good Dog directly references Curb Your Enthusiasm. Its lead character, neurotic TV producer George (Ken Finkleman), is planning an unnecessary trip to Los Angeles to get Larry David’s blessing to use the title “Embrace Your Enthusiasm” for a planned fly-on-the-wall series about his life. It feels like a move intended to undercut criticism that Good Dog‘s a “Canadian Curb“, but one that doesn’t work. If anything, it just draws additionally attention to the fact this is a poor man’s version of the Emmy-winning Curb, and possible the worst comedy pilot I’ve seen in years.

It doesn’t help that I had no idea who Ken Finkleman was, and therefore no opinion of him to subvert. He’s an award-winning writer-producer-actor, who created and starred in a hit Canadian TV series called The Newsroom in the ’90s, amongst other things,
See full article at Obsessed with Film »

'Good Dog' Premieres March 6 on HBO Canada

The Canadian half-hour comedy Good Dog - which was written, showrunned and directed by Ken Finkleman (The Newsroom) - premieres Sunday, March 6 at 8 Pm with the first two episodes back-to-back on HBO Canada, a premium cable network.

The TV series follows a self-absorbed, neurotic TV producer played by Ken Finkleman himself. His character named George is involved with a gorgeous model, Claire (Lauren Lee Smith), who is half his age. George also pitch a reality show centred on him and his life.

However, the network executives want Claire to move in George's house, George is forced to escalate the relationship and, consequently, his fears of commitment. When the pitch and his life go sideways, he frets, vents and re-evaluates by soliciting questionable advice from his best friend, Doug (Jason Weinberg).
See full article at The Cultural Post »

Comedy Series 'Good Dog' Will Be Presented in Cannes

While it had already been picked up by a network at its home, the comedy series Good Dog will be presented abroad to international buyers.

This Canadian TV series created, written and produced by Ken Finkleman will premiere on HBO Canada, a Canadian premium cable network, in 2011 and is being presented to international buyers in Cannes at the 2010 Mipcom, an event where buyers reunite to see upcoming things in TV land.

Earlier today, potential international buyers saw an exclusive preview of Good Dog at Cannes's Palais des festivals.

The TV series follows a self-absorbed, neurotic TV producer played by Ken Finkleman himself. His character named George who's involved with a gorgeous model, Claire (Lauren Lee Smith), who is half his age. George also pitch a reality show centred on him and his life.

However, the network executives want Claire to move in George's house, George is forced to escalate the relationship and,
See full article at The Cultural Post »

Leading Cast Confirmed for 'Good Dog'

At last, the identity of the leading actors of the upcoming Canadian half-hour comedy series Good Dog has been announced. The show is currently in production in Toronto until August and will premiere on The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, in 2011.

Obviously, those who keep an eye on what's going on in the Canadian showbiz industry have known for quite a while that writer/actor Ken Finkleman will be the lead. He'll play a character named George, a rich and old man who's got his own TV show about him that he wants to call Embrace your Enthusiasm. Besides, he's dating Claire (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's Lauren Lee Smith), a gorgeous former model who is half George's age. It’s a hot May-December relationship in which George discovers he must be a “Good Dog” if he wants it to work out. Did we mention Claire has two young children and a nanny,
See full article at The Cultural Post »

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