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NYC Weekend Watch: John Woo, ‘Lifeboat,’ Pauline Kael & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

A particularly outstanding weekend for “See It Big! Action” offers Big Trouble in Little China on Friday, a John Woo double-bill of Hard Boiled and Face/Off on Saturday, and Die Hard this Sunday.

A Carlos Reygadas series is underway, with all of his pre-Our Time features screening through Sunday.
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Read David Byrne’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tribute to Radiohead

Read David Byrne’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tribute to Radiohead
David Byrne fittingly paid tribute to Radiohead, the band that got its name from one of his songs, at the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

When Radiohead first formed, they were known as On a Friday because they practiced Fridays. When it came time to change their name, the band found inspiration from the Talking Heads’ 1986 album, True Stories, which featured the cut “Radio Head”. (The song itself was reportedly inspired by actor Stephen Tobolowky, so there’s also him to thank). The Talking Heads have been
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GoFundMe Doubles Down On Original Content With ‘True Stories’ Podcast Renewal

With podcasts being top of mind following Spotify’s acquisition of two of the biggest properties in the space, charitable crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is ramping up its original content push.

The company is bringing back its True Stories Of Good People audio series -- which chronicles users who are making an impact on or being impacted by the platform -- for a second season. At the same time, GoFundMe will introduce a recurring series within True Stories in conjunction with its ongoing GoFundMe Heroes initiative, which highlights everyday people who are harnessing the platform to do extraordinary things. GoFundMe Heroes episodes, rolling out monthly, will also featuring tips and tricks for successful fundraisers.

New episodes of True Stories will arrive weekly all year on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.

“At our core, we are a storytelling platform. We are constantly evolving and building our content strategy to best honor the
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‘True Stories’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

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Stars: John Goodman, David Byrne, Anne McEnroe, Spalding Gray, Jo Harvey Allen | Written by David Byrne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley | Directed by David Byrne

I have a soft spot for weird movies made by music artists who’ve been thrown a bunch of money. I guess this is why I’m the one person who enjoys Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon. In 1986, following the success of Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, Warner Bros wanted another hit, so they gave virtually complete creative freedom to lead vocalist David Byrne.

The result is True Stories. It flunked at the box office, but that’s only because it’s unsellable: a truly unusual and infectiously joyous celebration of Americana and the power of the creative individual. Apparently inspired by the tall tales told in tabloid newspaper cuttings, the setting is the small town of Virgil, Texas, and the cast are the oddball citizens,
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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Venom’, ‘2001’, ‘The Predator’, ‘Starman’, ‘True Stories’

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Venom’, ‘2001’, ‘The Predator’, ‘Starman’, ‘True Stories’
(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.) Welcome to the last Blu-ray review round-up of 2018. We did it, everyone! Congratulations! As we close out this hell-year, some […]

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True Stories

True Stories

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1986 / 1.85:1 / 89 Min. / Street Date – November 27, 2018

Starring David Byrne, John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Pops Staples

Cinematography by Ed Lachman

Directed by David Byrne

A concert film filmed over four nights at the Pantages Theater in 1983, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense has the redemptive quality of a classic noir – as Talking Heads’ music churns from slow simmer to barn-burning tent-show revival, band leader David Byrne contends with his own Hollywood style character arc – at movie’s end the “tense and nervous” loner has reclaimed his soul in more ways than one.

The success of Demme’s film lead to Byrne’s next incarnation, as a movie director and oddball tour guide investigating a small southwestern town in 1986’s True Stories. Animated by unpredictable mood swings, quirky tempos and cosmopolitan naiveté, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a Talking Heads song.

After an introductory film within a
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David Byrne on ‘True Stories,’ His Tabloid-Inspired Vision of Eighties America

David Byrne on ‘True Stories,’ His Tabloid-Inspired Vision of Eighties America
“Have you been here before?” David Byrne asks, his eyes widening as he sits in a conference room inside the Criterion Collection’s New York office. It’s like Willy Wonka’s factory for film buffs. Behind him are posters for classic films like Milos Forman’s Black Peter and Federico Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits, printed in their original languages. To his right, there’s a bookshelf filled with multiple volumes of defunct cinephile magazines from England. “I love the film library and all the stuff they do,
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New on Blu-ray and DVD for November 20, 2018!

Music icon David Byrne was inspired by tabloid headlines to make his sole foray into feature-film directing with True Stories, an ode to the extraordinariness of ordinary American life and a distillation of what was in his own idiosyncratic mind.

The Talking Heads front man plays a visitor to Virgil, Texas, who introduces us to the citizens of the town during preparations for its Celebration of Specialness.

As shot by cinematographer Ed Lachman, Texas becomes a hyperrealistic late-capitalist landscape of endless vistas, shopping malls, and prefab metal buildings. In True S
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John Goodman to Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award at This Year’s St. Louis International Film Festival

The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) — held Nov. 1-11 — will honor native St. Louisan John Goodman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program that will include a clip reel of the actor’s career highlights, a conversation betwen Goodman and John Carney of Ktrs (550 Am), and a screening of “The Big Lebowski” on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The program will take place at 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 2, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Tickets for the event are $25 and go on sale through the Tivoli website on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Goodman grew up in Affton and graduated in 1975 from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, Mo. He soon moved to New York City to begin his acting career. On Broadway, from 1985-87, Goodman starred as Pap Finn in Roger Miller’s musical take on Mark Twain, winning a Drama Desk nomination.
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It Pays to Be a Conner! See How Much Money the 'Roseanne' Cast Members Have in the Bank

Love them or hate them, The Conners (and company) are worth some serious cash. Question is, just how impressive are the Roseanne cast members' net worths? From Johnny Galecki and Sara Gilbert to Roseanne Barr herself, these actors have been making audiences laugh for years — and they've been laughing all the way to the bank! Scroll down to see how much your favorite Roseanne cast members are worth! What is Roseanne Barr's net worth? (Photo Credit: Getty Images) As the matriarch of the Conner family, Roseanne has to be bringing in the big bucks, right? You bet. At 65 years old, Roseanne Barr's estimated net worth is a whopping $80 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Outside of the original and rebooted television series named after her, Roseanne has been working as an actor, comedian, author, television producer, and screenwriter, among many other roles, since the mid-80s. What is John Goodman's net worth?
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Avicii Dies at 28

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Avicii Dies at 28
Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
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The Top 20 Movies Based on True Stories

Movies, like art and music, are a matter of personal taste and choice. So no list will include everyone’s personal choices. For this list, you will find a combination of great stories and great actors, leaving you wonder whether it was the story that made the actor, or the actor that made the story. None of the movies chosen for the list precede the 1970’s because many, like The Titanic, have been remade and use modern technology and special effects to enhance the quality of the movie. Among these movies you will find some that actually stay true to the

The Top 20 Movies Based on True Stories
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You Won't Sleep After Reading the Grisly Facts of the Menendez Brothers' Murder Case

This year marks 28 years since Erik and Lyle Menendez brutally murdered their mother and father in the family's Southern California home, putting the wheels in motion for one of the most infamous trials of the 20th century. ABC drudged up the disturbing case for a primetime special, Truth and Lies: The Menéndez Brothers - American Sons, American Murderers, back in January; Lifetime revived the story in June with the movie Menendez: Blood Brothers; and this month came Law & Order True Crime - The Menendez Murders. On the off chance that you're not familiar with the case, here's a brief overview of the very complicated crime. Who Are the Menendez Brothers? Joseph Lyle and Erik Galen, born in 1968 and 1970, respectively, were children of privilege. Their father, José, worked his way up the corporate ladder to become the CEO of the (now defunct) film studio Live Entertainment. Their mother, Mary Louise "Kitty" Andersen,
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It, mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and more movies to see this September

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It, mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and more movies to see this SeptemberIt, mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and more movies to see this SeptemberAdriana Floridia8/30/2017 11:01:00 Am

September is a month of new beginnings.

Summer fades into fall, school begins again, and the movie world is buzzing with the Toronto International Film Festival, which we're lucky to host here in Canada. However, even if you can't make it to Tiff, quite a few titles from the festival open in theatres across the country in September, so you can still be a part of the conversation.

Not only that, but there's plenty of highly-anticipated blockbusters opening this month, including the re-make of Stephen King's It, the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, and another Lego inspired animated adventure.

Check out our list of the movies you need to see this September!


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7 Things You Need to Know About Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron's Circus Musical

Are you obsessed with musicals? Did you love the circus as a kid? Do you secretly still watch footage of Zac Efron singing and dancing in High School Musical? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we have a real treat for you. Twentieth Century Fox has a brand-new musical biopic called The Greatest Showman in store, and it's sure to get your heart racing. The release date may be a few months away, but we still have a handful of exciting tidbits - including the first trailer and a gorgeous look at all of the circus performers! Get the details ahead. Related7 True Stories Coming to the Big Screen in 2017 1. Who's Starring Hugh Jackman stars alongside Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, and Zendaya. 2. What It's About The story focuses on American showman P. T. Barnum (Jackman), the founder of the Ringling Bros.
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Sarajevo CineLink: TV drama in the spotlight

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Panels highlighted opportunities for filmmakers from the region to make TV content.

This year’s CineLink programme at the Sarajevo Film Festival shone the spotlight on TV drama, highlighting opportunities for filmmakers in the region to make small screen content.

“There’s a move towards TV series and there’s a lot of potential for growth there, in this region and the rest of the continent. Festivals will become important for series, we are witnessing this at Sarajevo now and I can only see it growing,” commented the festival’s industry chief Jovan Marjanović to Screen before the festival.

Sessions included a tutorial on how to pitch TV drama projects and an insider’s look into the concept of a writers’ room, both of which you can read below.


The Midpoint international script and project development program was held at Sarajevo’s CineLink this year, with budding screenwriters given the opportunity to learn from a variety
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Sarajevo's True Stories Market spotlights regional stories

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Sarajevo's True Stories Market spotlights regional stories
Filmmakers and broadcasters were presented with an intriguing selection of topics.

Sarajevo Film Festival’s True Stories Market returned in 2017 to offer filmmakers, producers and broadcasters the opportunity to be introduced to important topics and interesting stories from the region.

At last year’s True Stories Market in Sarajevo, the inaugural edition, Al Jazeera Balkans picked up one of the projects, Restless Dreams, directed by Bosnian filmmaker Muris Beglerović.

The now completed film is screening in Sarajevo this week and will premiere on Al Jazeera English on September 15, followed by a broadcast across all of the network’s channels.

The documentary tells the story of a Bosnian man who spends his days wandering through the woods around Srebrenica in search of human remains. Over the past 22 years, his discoveries have led to the identification of 250 Srebrenica massacre victims.

“We made the film in the way that it can communicate with the whole world,” producer Djani Hasečić
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Joe Corallo: Mine! Mine!

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The past few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about other people’s Kickstarter campaigns. This week, here at ComicMix, I’m here to talk about our Kickstarter campaign that is active right now. That’s right; ComicMix LLC is working on a new project – a major comics collection to benefit Planned Parenthood.

I’m going to get into that in a minute.

This project has been in the works for nearly two years now. It started back in December of 2015. Fellow ComicMix columnist and my co-editor Molly Jackson and I were at Mia Pizza in Astoria NY. I was a mere two months into my tenure as a columnist here and we were discussing something we could do. We immediately thought of doing a comics anthology. We had a lot of ideas we were throwing around, including a throwback Crime Does Not Pay style anthology.

Eventually, Molly and
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The Resemblance Between Tupac Shakur and Demetrius Shipp Jr. Is, Frankly, Insane

Of all the biopics that have come down the pipeline over the years, few have nailed their casting as well as All Eyez on Me. The drama follows the sprawling life and death of hip-hop superstar, actor, poet, and activist Tupac Shakur, with Hollywood newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. stepping into the gone-too-soon icon's shoes. Shipp Jr. embodies Shakur perfectly, a performance which is helped in a large part by the insane physical resemblance between the two (Lifetime, take note). So, who is Demetrius Shipp Jr.? All Eyez On Me is the 28-year-old actor's first role, and he recently revealed to People that he "never aspired to act." Fortunately he feels a strong connection to the message Shakur spread before his untimely death in 1996. "He was real, he had a message, and he spoke for the people - impoverished people of all classes," Shipp Jr. praised Shakur in Entertainment Weekly. "He
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Why Evan Peters Considers This a Turning Point in His Career

Image Source: Everett Collection Evan Peters is well-known for his alluringly creepy characters on American Horror Story, but he recently took on a different genre entirely with his film Dabka. The biographical drama, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, tells the true story of Canadian journalist Jay Bahadur, who gained mass attention for his detailed account of piracy in Somalia. Not only does the film paint the Somali pirates and its people in a new light, but it also inspires its audiences to take a leap of faith and go after their dreams. We had a chance to sit down with Peters and his character's real-life counterpart, and they discussed what it was like working with Al Pacino (who plays Jay's mentor), Bahadur's small cameo, and the biggest turning point in each of their careers. RelatedThe True Stories Behind 21 American Horror Story Characters Popsugar: Jay, what was your first reaction
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