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Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More

Harvey Weinstein: Examining 6 Upcoming Projects Inspired by His Downfall, From De Palma, Mamet, and More
As Harvey Weinstein faces accusations from more than 100 women and a rape trial that could send him to prison for 25 years, directors, writers, and producers jockey for position: Who will be the first to prepare adaptations of his demise? He sparked an episode of “Law & Order: Svu” that aired earlier this year, but that only scratches the surface.

Of course, news headlines spur plenty of quickly announced films that never get made. Revolution Studios touted “Fan Interference” the week Steve Bartman’s foul ball catch kept the Cubs from the 2003 World Series, while Spike Lee pledged to direct a James Brown biopic for Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment just one day after the soul legend’s death in 2006. However, a couple of these Weinstein undertakings are very much in the works, with one only months away.

Here, we assess the prospective Weinstein-inspired projects to date, from most to least likely.
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Watch: Sienna Miller Nails Her ‘Factory Girl’ Audition

Mid-aught “it” girl Sienna Miller was dynamite in her 2006 audition for ’60s socialite Edie Sedgwick. Director George Hickenlooper’s “Factory Girl” follows Sedgwick’s rise and fall, and it’s clear that Miller was up for the role’s emotional demands from day one. Smoking a faux cigarette and effectively masking her British accent, the model-turned-actor goes from flamboyant and confident to guarded and vulnerable with ease. Check it out below. Catch Miller next in this week’s Bradley Cooper-in-the-kitchen vehicle, “Burnt.” Want to see more? Check out “9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes!”
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Billy Bob Thornton: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

I sat down with Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and musician Billy Bob Thornton for Venice Magazine in October of 2001. He had a slate of very diverse projects he was promoting: his first solo music album, "Private Radio," as well as the films "Monster's Ball," "Bandits," and "The Man Who Wasn't There." My strongest memory is of Thornton's quiet intensity and an undercurrent of Southern affability, which came out once he decided you were okay. He seemed to feel that way about me after I shared with him my idolatry of legendary filmmaker Fred Zinnemann, something we shared. I also remember his unusual diet, when our lunch was served. Thornton got the biggest plate of sliced papaya I've seen to date, artfully presented. I got a seafood salad. He looked at my plate, smiled, and told me about the horrible shellfish allergy he'd been saddled with all his life, and how
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Creative Coalition Adds More Names for Spotlight: Kravitz, Tambor, Lutz and Ejiofor ­

The Creative Coalition has announced the 2015 Spotlight Initiative Awards will be bestowed on Zoë Kravitz, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kellan Lutz and recent Golden Globe Winner Jeffrey Tambor at The Creative Coalition Awards Gala Dinner in Park City, Utah on January 24th. The annual gala evening is a marquee event with creative talent and executives from the arenas of entertainment and media gathering to celebrate these luminaries and the art and craft of independent film.

Details are as follows:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

8:00 pm

Nikki Beach at Riverhorse on Main

540 Main Street

Park City, Utah

“This year’s class of honorees represents a journey of triumph for independent film. The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Award was created to support the artistry of independent film and those who create it,” said CEO of The Creative Coalition Robin Bronk.

For ticket information visit Here

About The Creative Coalition and the Spotlight Initiative:

The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Spotlight Initiative Awards are a prestigious honor in the independent film arena.

Previous recipients include Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, and Josh Lucas for Boychoir; William H. Macy and John Hawkes for The Sessions; Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, and Stanley Tucci for Margin Call; Vera Farmiga for Goats; Maggie Gyllenhaal for Hysteria; and directors Quentin Tarantino, Taylor Hackford, George Hickenlooper, Lee Daniels, Roland Emmerich, and Barry Levinson. Other Spotlight Initiative Award winners include Cicely Tyson, Marcia Gay Harden, Melissa Leo, Elijah Wood, Anna Kendrick, Ellen Barkin, Alan Arkin, Tracy Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Jane Lynch, Shailene Woodley, Alfred Molina, Cheryl Hines, Josh Gad, Jonathan Pryce, Rose McGowan, and Emile Hirsch, among others.

About Nikki Beach Worldwide:

In 1998, entrepreneur Jack Penrod introduced the world to Nikki Beach; the ultimate beach club concept that combines the elements of entertainment, dining, music, fashion, film and art into one. Today, the Nikki Beach concept has transcended its international venues and grown into a global, multifaceted luxury lifestyle & hospitality brand comprising of a Beach Club Division; a Lifestyle Division (including an exclusive branding & clothing line found at the Boutiques located at all Nikki Beach locations, a music label and Nikki Style Magazine, a luxury travel, fashion & lifestyle publication produced two times a year); a Special Events Division; a Hotels & Resorts Division; and Nikki Cares, a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity Division

Nikki Beach can now be experienced in: Miami Beach, Florida, USA; St. Tropez, France; St. Barth, French West Indies; Marbella, Spain; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Marrakech, Morocco; Koh Samui, Thailand; Mallorca, Spain; Ibiza, Spain; Phuket, Thailand; Porto Heli, Greece; Bali, Indonesia; and pop-up locations in Cannes, France during the Cannes International Film Festival, Canada during the Toronto International Film Festival and in Park City, Utah, USA during the Sundance Film Festival. The Hotels & Resorts division has a current location in Koh Samui, Thailand & Porto Heli, Greece and in 2015 will be opening a hotel property in Dubai, UAE; For more information about Nikki Beach Worldwide, please visit:Here
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Essential Docs: ‘Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse’

When John Milius first put pen to paper on a screenplay that set Joseph Conrad’s seminal novel Heart of Darkness in the jungles of Vietnam, he had no idea he’d be embarking on a decade-long trip through creative hell. When George Lucas dropped out of directing Apocalpyse Now in favor of making Star Wars, he had no idea he’d be subjecting his friend and fellow director, Francis Ford Coppola, to the wrath of the filmmaking gods. And when Coppola—with dreams in his eyes of his own company that would make ambitious films with directors like himself—packed up his family and left for the Philippines, he had no idea he was in for years of creative frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, and near-financial ruin.

Perhaps Eleanor knew something. Francis’s wife had the foresight to chronicle her family’s odyssey on videotape. This footage—along with
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Top 10 war movies

War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best

• Top 10 action movies

• Top 10 comedy movies

• Top 10 horror movies

• Top 10 sci-fi movies

• Top 10 crime movies

• Top 10 arthouse movies

• Top 10 family movies

10. Where Eagles Dare

As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills into the genre. Alistair Maclean stepped up, writing the screenplay and the novel of Where Eagles Dare simultaneously, and Brian G Hutton summoned up a better than usual cast headed by Richard Burton (Major Jonathan Smith), a still fresh-faced Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Morris Schaffer), and the late Mary Ure (Mary Elison).

Parachuted into the German Alps, they have one
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Hannah Fidell’s Top Ten Films of All Time List

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this months’ pick), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten (eleven in this case) favorite films of all time. Hannah Fidell (who saw her first feature film A Teacher hit Sundance and SXSW, concludes a busy year with a VOD and theatrical release (September 6th) via Oscilloscope Laboratories. Here are her “favorite films right now (at this very moment)”. Enjoy!

A Face In The CrowdElia Kazan (1957)

“In my opinion, this is the greatest film of all time. Everything about this film is spot on: acting, story, camerawork… it is a masterpiece.”

Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson (1997)

“I will never forget where I was when I first saw this film. It was like a light bulb turned on after the
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Great Films Directed by Women Pt. 1

Not too long ago I asked the Sound On Sight staff to choose their ten favourite films of all time. The result led to mixed reactions (both by staff and readers), and some angry feedback. But how could any of us select only ten films from the thousands we’ve seen and walk away happy with the results. The fact is, of all the films which received a vote, it was those more widely available who made the cut. In other words, films such as The Godfather and Pulp Fiction stood a greater chance of receiving more ballots than say, obscure foreign gems.

My biggest disappointment with the picks, although only ten films were spotlighted, was the lack of votes for films directed by women. Could it be that none of us here at Sound On Sight valued great directors such as Claire Denis, Agnès Varda, Chantal Akerman or Lina Wertmüller?
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Casino Jack DVD Review

In the early nineties Kevin Spacey rose to prominence in Hollywood. He did so by playing some notable villains, and did a nice line in slimy businessmen. Once he became popular, of course, they made him into a good guy, and he was never quite the same again. Now, however, he has returned to his forte, this time as a slimy lobbyist in George Hickenlooper’s political satire, Casino Jack.

Spacey plays real life political lobbyist Jack Abramoff. With ambitions of being a successful businessman, Abramoff finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money when an opportunity comes his way. He facilitates a new casino built on a Native American reserve, clearing a path through red tape and competition in return for huge commissions. Thanks to Abramoff’s increasing greed and dishonesty, however, his simple plan inevitably starts to crumble as his dodgy dealings begin to catch up with him.
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The HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release Round-Up – 16th July

Last week brought Woody Harrelson’s career-best performance in Rampart to the shelves, Oren Moverman’s brilliant follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Messenger, and this week sees another great new selection of films getting their DVD/Blu-ray debut, as well as a host of classics getting the Blu-ray treatment.

Prepare for Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Cameron Crowe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Devil.

My picks of the week:

Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband & Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo & George Hickenlooper’s Casino Jack.

And the Blu-ray release of Doug Liman and Jon Favreau’s Swingers.

Contraband Iframe Embed for Youtube

DVD and Blu-ray (inc. UltraViolet Digital Copy)

Contraband has all you could ask for from an action/crime film: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, and a bit of Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas.

The film took just shy of $100m. earlier this year, and if you’re a fan
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Movies don't stream themselves

This will be the year that revenue from streaming passes revenue from DVD sales, according to a recent article in the Hollywood Reporter.

How do we feel about this? I ask as a movie-watcher who subscribes to Netflix, Hulu and Fandor, and also rents online from Amazon and Vudu. iTunes gets none of my business because the iTunes Store has been misbehaving on my computer. I average three streaming movies a week and three or four on DVD. I'm not an average consumer, because a lot of my viewing is for work. But often of an evening I'll stream for pleasure. All of my streaming happens through a Roku Player on HDTV.

Does anyone recall the time when HBO was first test-marketing Movies on Demand? There was much hilarity when it was learned that their Florida test market wasn't exactly a model of digital automation. Apparently actual employees were taking
See full article at Roger Ebert's Blog »

Timothy Bottoms: The Hollywood Interview

Timothy Bottoms Gets His Pound Of Flesh

By

Alex Simon

Timothy Bottoms became an overnight sensation at the height of the so-called “Easy Riders and Raging Bulls” era, after landing the leading role in The Last Picture Show (1971), Peter Bogdanovich’s film about the social and sexual rites of small town Texans in the early 1950s. Internationally acclaimed for his portrait of Sonny, a sensitive kid struggling to find his way in the harsh landscape of post-war America, the then-twenty year-old Bottoms suddenly found himself not only in-demand as a rising young star, but a major celebrity, as well, with younger brothers Sam (who co-starred in The Last Picture Show), Joseph and Ben following in their older brother’s footsteps, making names for themselves on stage and screen. Bottoms reprised the role of Sonny for Picture Show's 1990 sequel, Texasville.

After another triumphant turn with the lead in James BridgesThe Paper Chase
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'The Bodyguard,' 'A Dangerous Method' and 'Extremely Loud' Hit DVD and Blu-ray Today

David Lean Directs Noel Coward (Criterion Collection)

In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter In this bunch I have only seen Brief Encounter and I loved it. It's a film I would include in a recommended session alongside Before Sunset although Before Sunset is a superior film in my mind. As for the others, I am looking forward to giving them a watch and will be doing so shortly. I tried to find some time yesterday to begin watching This Happy Breed, but the clock was working against me.

 

Corman's World I wouldn't necessarily say this is a must buy, but it is without a doubt a must rent if only for the Jack Nicholson portion alone. To see cool guy Nicholson break down and start crying while talking about Corman is all I think I really need to say about this film to get you to watch it.
See full article at Rope Of Silicon »

365 Days, 100 Films #98 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, 1991.

Directed by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper.

Starring Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Eleanor Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

Synopsis:

A documentary detailing the difficult production of Apocalypse Now.

“My film is not a movie,” a passionate Francis Ford Coppola tells a press conference at Cannes in 1979, a beard so thick you’d mistake him as half-crazy. “My film is not about Vietnam,” he enlightens further, a translator beside him repeating his words in French. “It is Vietnam. It’s what it was really like. It was crazy.”

Hearts of Darkness is a documentary about the making of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. The documentary lifts its title from the Joseph Conrad book on which that film was based, Heart of Darkness. ‘Heart’ is pluralised, accommodating for all those who have lost parts of
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Trailer Park Boys become “Race Dicks”

HollywoodNews.com: The stars from the legendary, infamous and outrageous underground sensation formerly known as the Trailer Park Boys are reuniting in a feature film called Race Dicks. This movie will follow Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith as they enhance their car racing skills to compete in a world famous car race in Newfoundland. Along the way, they will creatively raise money to fund the television network SwearNet. The racing coach on the project is legendary car racer Rick Bye. Race Dicks is targeting a 2013 release.

Race Dicks is a Rollercoaster Entertainment and Vortex Words + Pictures production, produced by Gary Howsam and Bill Marks, directed by Bill Marks. Howsam and Marks most recently collaborated together on The Truth, starring Andy Garcia, Kim Coates, Deborah Kara Unger, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker, directed by Damian Lee. Prior to The Truth, they collaborated together on Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey,
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Hit List: December 9-11, 2011

Hit List is a handful of items that we find noteworthy, shared with you daily on our homepage. Enjoy!

Gary Oldman Steps Into A Spymaster’s Shoes from NPR.org

Interview: Steve McQueen And Michael Fassbender from AVClub.com

Remembering George Hickenlooper from LAReviewOfBooks.org

The Hobbits Reunited from EmpireOnline.com

This is the Problem: Writing About Film from MirrorFilm.org (Suggested by ebertchicago)

Have an item you’d like to see featured on Hit List? Submit it here.
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Documentary Catch Up: 'Undefeated,' 'Page One,' 'Buck,' 'Corman's World,' 'If a Tree Falls' and 'We Were Here'

I wrote about Project Nim last time (read that here) and since then I have watched six more documentaries, trying to close the gap on the number of documentaries I missed out on seeing over the course of 2011. As a result, I have now seen five of the 15 documentaries shortlisted by the Academy for Oscar consideration and unfortunately I don't have access to the other ten, though I still have the much talked about Senna and Werner Herzog's Into the Abyss yet to watch. Beyond all that, however, I have six documentaries to briefly discuss today so let's no waste anymore time... Undefeated Undefeated is hands-down, without a doubt fantastic. Yet, at the moment, two things piss me off about it. The Weinstein Co. hasn't done anything to promote it. There isn't a clip; there isn't a trailer; and the poster I used to the left is some rush
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Daily Briefing. Godard, Cavalier and More

  • MUBI
"One of the major works of Jean-Luc Godard, the eight-part essay film Histoire(s) du Cinéma has revealed itself slowly over a period of more than 30 years, as a sort of intellectual striptease." In the New York Times, Dave Kehr traces the histories of the making, reception and distribution of Histoire(s), which sees a release this week on two discs from Olive Films. For Kehr, Histoire(s) "is a sort of associational machine, as dense and obscure as any of the Symbolist poetry that also serves as one of Mr Godard's reference points, but one that also solicits the viewer's participation in connecting the dots and filling in the blanks." The work is also "a tragic account of the 20th century: a century of staggering atrocities, which the aesthetic glories of the motion picture medium (or any other art form) were unable to prevent, and may, in Mr Godard's view,
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Halloween on Turner Classic Movies!

Joe Dante runs down the TCM Halloween rundown!

Of all the available outlets for classic movies, TCM leads the (admittedly small) pack in variety, invention and print quality.

Still not nearly as widely available as it should be (try finding it on hotel televisions), the brand has nevertheless firmly carved an essential niche in the cable/satellite movie landscape, allowing owner Time Warner to maximize its vast library of vintage movies culled from numerous studio sources. In fact, Time Warner owns more titles than any other entity, and lately has been forthcoming with clever marketing ideas like the Warner Archive on-demand dvd service, which has been thankfully adopted by MGM, Sony, Fox and Universal. There are more titles available to the general public than ever before, often in pristine condition.

But to love a film you have to see it, and to see it you have to know it exists.
See full article at Trailers from Hell »

Netflix Instant Watch Weekly Roundup

Netflix is having some issues lately and their Api seems to be suffering, making it difficult to highlight the upcoming week’s releases with any accuracy. So now, we’ll start taking a look back at the previous week, while still letting you know if anything awesome is expiring this week…

Here’s the Top Movies That Became Available to Stream on Netflix Over the Past Week: The Ward (R | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #7711

Times Ranked: 844

Win Percentage: 42%

How Many Top-20′: 3 Users

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Directed By: John Carpenter

Starring: Lyndsy FonsecaAmber HeardDanielle Panabaker

Genres: Horror • Supernatural Horror • Supernatural Thriller • Thriller

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Paranormal Activity 2 (R | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #2330

Times Ranked: 6927

Win Percentage: 14%

How Many Top-20′: 272 Users

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Directed By: Tod Williams

Genres: Found Footage Film • Haunted House Film • Horror • Supernatural Horror • Supernatural Thriller • Thriller

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Casino Jack (R | 2010)

Flickchart Ranking: #7952

Times Ranked: 868

Win Percentage: 40%

How Many Top-20′: 2 Users

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Directed By: George Hickenlooper

Starring:
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