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  • “The New York Times” Calls “Palio” — The Award-Winning Documentary About The World’s Oldest Horse Race — “Rocky On Horseback”

    “The New York Times” Calls “Palio” — The Award-Winning Documentary About The World’s Oldest Horse Race — “Rocky On Horseback”

    May 17, 2016 — The Palio — Siena’s bareback horse race with Medieval origins — is a bewildering combination of tradition, beauty, violence, expertise, corruption, cheating and scandal. It is a true spectacle, filled with vibrant color, medieval costumes, pageantry, gorgeous silk banners displaying the local symbols and, of course, horses.The horses cannot be pure breeds — only mixed breed horses are allowed. And technically it is the horse who wins the race, not the jockey — although it would be […]

  • Content Media To Be Exclusive International Sales Arm For FilmRise

    Content Media To Be Exclusive International Sales Arm For FilmRise

    May 18, 2016 — Film distributor FilmRise has announced that it has signed a deal which names Content Media as its exclusive international sales arm.Content Media is working in this capacity at the Cannes Film Festival for feature films including Sean Brosnan’s feature directorial debut, My Father Die, the heart-warming documentary Harry & Snowman, acclaimed documentary Silicon Cowboys, The Bad Kids, about educators in an impoverished Mojave school district who are trying to save at-risk students and the eagerly anticipated drama 5 Nights in Maine, starring […]

  • You May Never Take An Elevator Again

    You May Never Take An Elevator Again

    May 17, 2016 — It would be bad enough to be trapped in an elevator 49 floors above Manhattan. Add to that scenario, being trapped with a group of people who are strangers, but whose lives intersect — and mostly in unpleasant ways. And then, throw in a ticking time bomb.Elevator is an edge-of-your seat thriller that combines undercurrents of racism, revenge and fear, and stirs them together with a touch of mayhem.A group of nine people travels up to a corporate party in a […]

  • Acclaimed Documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” Explores The Childhood Influences That Helped To Create A Superstar

    Acclaimed Documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” Explores The Childhood Influences That Helped To Create A Superstar

    May 17, 2016 —  Janis Joplin only sang professionally for a handful of years; for several of those she was a journeyman singer, whose name was unknown to the general public. It wasn’t until midway through 1966 that she first sang with Big Brother and the Holding Company.And it wasn’t until June of 1967, after her astonishing performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, that Janis could be considered a headliner.Her career trajectory was remarkable, with her fame and popularity growing so quickly that her own band […]

  • All Families Have Secrets…

    All Families Have Secrets…

    May 16, 2016 —  In Ghosts Never Sleep, long-hidden secrets threaten to tear a family apart.Tony Goldwyn (Divergent, Scandal) plays Jared Dolan, a screenwriter who is having trouble with his latest script. After talking to a therapist, he writes a script that veers perilously close to a family secret — one that his wife, played by Sean Young (Blade Runner), cannot cope with and that his mother, played by legendary actress Faye Dunaway (Network, Bonnie and Clyde) will do anything to hide. A producer responds to […]

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  • Watch The First Trailer For “The Witness,” The Documentary About The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Urban Apathy And “The Slippery Nature Of Truth”

    Watch The First Trailer For “The Witness,” The Documentary About The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Urban Apathy And “The Slippery Nature Of Truth”

    May 13, 2016 — The Gothamist has aired the first trailer for The Witness, the documentary about the aftermath of the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese.The Witness, directed by James Solomon, follows Bill Genovese, the younger brother of Kitty Genovese, as he tries to make sense of the murder that shocked a nation. The details of his sister’s death had become a worldwide story — one that would be studied and discussed for decades. The crime itself was not the story; the murderer was […]

  • Gary Cooper Is Still One Of The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time

    Gary Cooper Is Still One Of The Greatest Movie Stars Of All Time

    May 13, 2016 — It’s hard to believe that Gary Cooper, one of the greatest movie stars of all time, has been dead for 55 years.  His first starring role in a talky was as The Virginian, named after the character in a popular Western novel by Owen Wister. It is considered to be the movie that codified the ideal Western hero — strong, shy, handsome and tall, deeply masculine, courageous and honorable, with a strong desire for freedom and a willingness […]

  • Joe Cross, Author Of “Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead,” Addresses The Issue Of Childhood Obesity In “The Kid’s Menu”

    Joe Cross, Author Of “Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead,” Addresses The Issue Of Childhood Obesity In “The Kid’s Menu”

    May 12, 2016 — Joe Cross weighed 310 pounds when he decided to change his life, get in shape and attend to the health issues that had been plaguing him. He went on a juice fast during which he lost approximately 100 pounds, and became an advocate of healthy eating.During the fast, he drove around with a film crew and spoke to people about the attitudes towards eating in general. That material became his documentary movie  Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.While he […]

  • “Froning: The Fittest Man In History” Is Probably Not An Exaggeration

    “Froning: The Fittest Man In History” Is Probably Not An Exaggeration

    May 12, 2016 — Rich Froning is the face of CrossFit training.For those unfamiliar with the term CrossFit, their website defines it as  a series of regimen that “…reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life.” It is about intensity and power. These are things that Rich Froning has in abundance.Froning: The Fittest Man in History contends “In sports, legends appear once in a generation. They are athletes who not only […]

  • “Fateful Findings” Is A Paranormal Thriller

    “Fateful Findings” Is A Paranormal Thriller

    May 11, 2016 — Fateful Findings is a story of mystical powers, computer hackers, the release of government secrets and love transcending time and space.Dylan is a computer hacker who has mystical powers and the ability to teleport through time and space. At a point when his wife is in a downward drug spiral, he reunites with a past love.He is hit by a car and it seems likely that he will die, but magical forces bring him back to health.Meanwhile, he […]

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  • “There’s A Real Pleasure In Having A New Event Movie For The Truly Weird At Heart” — Indiewire

    “There’s A Real Pleasure In Having A New Event Movie For The Truly Weird At Heart” — Indiewire

    May 11, 2016 —  The Greasy Strangler is still attracting controversy.Russ Fischer of The Playlist wrote for Indiewire  and discussed the talents and tastes of Jim Hosking, the director and writer of The Greasy Strangler: “Cinema history is marked by the efforts of a few genuine provocateurs and many would-be shock purveyors. But based on his latest feature, director Jim Hosking (“The ABCs of Death 2”) may have precisely the knack to create the uncomfortable, even vile visions required to step out into […]

  • “Awaken The Dragon” Is A Life-Affirming Story Of Facing Down Challenges

    “Awaken The Dragon” Is A Life-Affirming Story Of Facing Down Challenges

    May 10, 2016 — A group of breast cancer survivors came up with an unlikely “therapy” to help them through the difficulties of dealing with their disease.  They have come together as a team to race Chinese Dragon boats competitively, as a means of finding the strength to fight the disease that has affected them.The director of Awaken the Dragon, Liz Oakley heard about the group and went to watch them train.  After spending some time with them, she knew she wanted to make a […]

  • “4th Man Out” Is A Disarming And Unexpected Comedy About Coming Out To Old Friends

    “4th Man Out” Is A Disarming And Unexpected Comedy About Coming Out To Old Friends

    May 9, 2016 — 4th Man Out is a charming comedy about what happens when one member of a quartet of close, blue-collar friends finally admits to his buddies that he is gay.The other three are stunned, disturbed and incredibly unsure about what happens next. The cast includes Evan Todd (Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever), Parker Young (Suburgatory), Chord Overstreet (Glee) and Jon Gabrus (Flock of Dudes).Reviews for this sleeper comedy are stellar.Variety called it “A sleeper delight about a garage mechanic’s bumpy coming-out to his […]

  • David Oyelowo And Director Maris Curran Talk About “5 Nights In Maine”

    David Oyelowo And Director Maris Curran Talk About “5 Nights In Maine”

    May 9, 2016 — Director Maris Curran and actors Rosie Perez and David Oyelowo gave an interview about the eagerly anticipated film 5 Nights in Maine.Oyelowo described his interest in playing the role of a suddenly widowed man who journey to Maine to spend time with the mother-in-law (played by 2-time Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest) he has never gotten along with.Oyelowo explained, “When Maris presented me with this script, I was blown away by just how prepared she was to go to […]

  • It Is Orson Welles’ Birthday

    It Is Orson Welles’ Birthday

    May 6, 2016 — He is one of the greatest figures from Hollywood’s Golden Age. In fact he is one of the greatest talents in the history of the movies.At the age of 26, Orson Welles co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in Citizen Kane, considered by many to be the greatest film ever made. It was his first feature film. Before that he had directed and narrated a radio program called The War of the Worlds, based on the H.G. Welles […]

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  • LA Times Dissects Star Wars Documentary “Elstree 1976”

    LA Times Dissects Star Wars Documentary “Elstree 1976”

    May 6, 2016 — The LA Times agrees, Elstree 1976 is fun — and not only for avid Star Wars fans.Kenneth Turan writes:“Given what a multibillion-dollar behemoth the “Star Wars” universe has become, it’s fascinating to discover that a long time ago in a studio sound stage far, far away, no one took it very seriously at all.“It didn’t seem anything special to me,” one man says of being in the 1977 film Star Wars,” with another saying, “We thought […]

  • Elstree 1976 Opens Today — Named A “New York Times” Critics’ Pick By Neil Genzlinger

    Elstree 1976 Opens Today — Named A “New York Times” Critics’ Pick By Neil Genzlinger

    May 6, 2016 — Neil Genzlinger, reviewer for The New York Times, has named Elstree 1976 a Critics’ Pick: “’Elstree 1976,’” a documentary both sweet and bittersweet, might sound as if it’s only for “Star Wars” nerds. But in telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.The film checks in on a handful of actors who played small parts in the original ‘Star […]

  • “Chinese Take-Away” Brings Together Two Men Who Form An Unlikely Bond

    “Chinese Take-Away” Brings Together Two Men Who Form An Unlikely Bond

    May 5, 2016 —  Chinese Take-Away is  an award-winning Argentinian comedy/drama that became a major hit in its own country.Roberto (Ricardo Darín) likes things to be in order. He owns a hardware store in which he counts out the numbers of nails and screws. In a world he finds sloppy and careless, he feels he must make an attempt to put things where they belong. He collects and saves newspaper articles that prove the world is falling apart.His sense of order […]

  • “Elstree 1976” Opens Theatrically This Week

    “Elstree 1976” Opens Theatrically This Week

    May 5, 2016 — Very few movies have been as examined, memorized, discussed or adored as the original Star Wars.It’s unlikely that anyone, including George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars universe, had a hint of the worldwide phenomenon it would become. Now, almost 40 years later, anything connected to the franchise seems to bring out obsessed fans, hysterical marketing people and commentators who talk about the details of the film on every possible platform.So how does it feel now, […]

  • FilmRise Acquires Sean Brosnan’s Southern Gothic Horror Film “My Father, Die”

    FilmRise Acquires Sean Brosnan’s Southern Gothic Horror Film “My Father, Die”

    May 5, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the worldwide rights to My Father, Die, Sean Brosnan’s stunning feature directorial debut.Brosnan also wrote the script which has been garnering vast amounts of critical praise. Variety stated ““My Father, Die” offers blood-and-thunder Southern-gothic excess both tempered and heightened by vivid directorial texturing.…this is a bold and talented debut, all the more impressive for transcending (while embracing) some shameless exploitation tropes.”The story concerns a son who has lost his hearing and the power of speech […]

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  • It’s National Bird Day, The Perfect Day To Enjoy “A Birder’s Guide To Everything”

    It’s National Bird Day, The Perfect Day To Enjoy “A Birder’s Guide To Everything”

    May 4, 2016 — Sometimes a quest is about something more than the object being sought.The day before his father (James Le Gros) is about to remarry, just 18 months after his mother’s death, David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) goes off with some members of the Young Birder’s Society in an attempt to photograph a bird that has been presumed extinct for 150 years. Documenting this find would solidify their place in birding history.Along the way […]

  • May the Fourth Be With You

    May the Fourth Be With You

    May 4, 2016 — It is not entirely clear why the 4th of May has been chosen as Star Wars day, other than the fact that it rhymes, sort of, with “may the force be with you.”But there it is.And this week marks the release of Elstree 1976, the eagerly-awaited documentary about the people who were there when the original Star Wars was being made. Not the big stars — or at least the people who would become big stars […]

  • The Powerhouse Documentary, “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Is Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    The Powerhouse Documentary, “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Is Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    May 4, 2016 — Janis: Little Girl Blue, Amy Berg’s acclaimed and powerful documentary about the life of Janis Joplin, is available today on DVD and Blu-Ray.Held over all around the country, this remarkable documentary has been praised by critics and viewers alike. The movie uses Joplin’s own words — in the form of letters  she wrote home to her family as her career was starting — to reveal the mindset of this iconic rock idol as she headed towards superstardom.Joplin’s stage presence […]

  • “Advantageous” Envisions A Disturbing, Not-Too-Distant Future

    “Advantageous” Envisions A Disturbing, Not-Too-Distant Future

    May 3, 2016 — In a time very like our own, and in a world similar to our own, a single mother feels she has to make sacrifices for her beloved daughter.In this dystopian society, there is little breathing room between being comfortably off and living on the street. Gwen Koh (Jacqueline Kim) is all too aware that her existence is precarious. There are not enough jobs to go around, and women are frequently pressured into giving up their positions so that […]

  • The Parents In “All Stars” Are Just Like People You Know — Unfortunately

    The Parents In “All Stars” Are Just Like People You Know — Unfortunately

    May 2, 2016 — All Stars is a hilarious mockumentary, in the tradition of Christopher Guest’s Best in Show or A Mighty Wind, in which the behavior of even its zaniest characters is absolutely recognizable.Horribly recognizable.When Lance Grayden, a veteran softball coach, returns to the league he used to work for, he expects to be reinstated as a coach for the older, accomplished teams and players. Instead, he winds up with the 10-and-under girl’s team, and finds himself working with a group of children with little […]

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  • Find Out What It Was Like At The Birth Of The “Star Wars” Franchise — “Elstree 1976” Opens Today

    Find Out What It Was Like At The Birth Of The “Star Wars” Franchise — “Elstree 1976” Opens Today

    May 6, 2016 — Elstree 1976 opens today. This acclaimed documentary interviews people who were there — at the beginning of one of film’s most popular franchises. They were the extras and the walk-ons, the costumed, masked and helmeted actors who never got personal recognition. And they weren’t terribly concerned about recognition when they showed up at Elstree Studios in 1976 for a few days of work on what many of them thought would be straight to video production. Little did they know that they […]

  • “Anarchy Parlor” Is A Horror Film That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

    “Anarchy Parlor” Is A Horror Film That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

    April 29, 2016 — Anarchy Parlor is horror turned up a notch.A group of 6 young American tourists traveling in Vilnius, Lithuania meets Uta, an apprentice to a master tattoo artist. She cannot praise his work too highly. Two of the friends, Amy and Brock, decide to check out his work.They will discover that the artist has his own agenda — one that is much darker and more sinister than they could have imagined. He practices a dark art — a […]

  • “Harry & Snowman” Is A True Story That Will Melt Your Heart

    “Harry & Snowman” Is A True Story That Will Melt Your Heart

    April 29, 2016 — This is a movie with a true Hollywood ending, a Cinderella story in which the Cinderella character was actually a horse, a heart-warming, disarming and tear-jerking tale that feels too good to be true.But it is.Harry & Snowman details Harry deLeyer, a Dutch immigrant who came to this country after World War II. His family had worked in the Dutch underground, hiding Jews in their farm and helping them escape the Nazis. A family whose son was shot down in Holland (the son was […]

  • “Another Harvest Moon” Boasts A Stellar Cast

    “Another Harvest Moon” Boasts A Stellar Cast

    April 28, 2016 — Some days Frank feels fine. But there are the bad days, too.Another Harvest Moon details Frank (Academy Award®-winner Ernest Borgnine), an elderly man living in a nursing home, has friends and a concerned family. He also has people in the home who look out for him and care for him. He just isn’t sure he wants to continue living.He spends time with June (Piper Laurie, Twin Peaks, The Hustler, Love, Lies and Lullabies) who is losing her ability to remember or concentrate; Ella (Anne […]

  • An Educator Teaches At-Risk Students Respect And Trust In “The Bad Kids”

    An Educator Teaches At-Risk Students Respect And Trust In “The Bad Kids”

    April 28, 2016 — For its students, Black Rock Continuation High School is a last chance.Coming from an indigent area in the Mojave Desert, the kids who find themselves at Black Rock are at serious risk of dropping out. Many are from troubled families and have had to cope with poverty, parental drug abuse, homelessness — significant issues that can sidetrack anyone. The young people at this school have been labeled “Bad Kids,” unable to graduate from traditional public schools. Alternative schools […]

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  • “Going Clear: Scientology And the Prison Of Belief” Wins Prestigious Peabody Award

    “Going Clear: Scientology And the Prison Of Belief” Wins Prestigious Peabody Award

    April 27, 2016 —  The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 26 that the acclaimed documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief  had won a Peabody Award.The Peabody Awards are highly coveted and prestigious; they recognize distinguished and meritorious service by American radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals. The Awards reflect “Excellence On Its Own Terms.” Approximately 30 awards are given out each year, chosen from thousands of submissions.The award was created in recognition of the fact that […]

  • In “Fall To Rise,” An Injured Ballet Dancer Feels Unable To Cope With A Life That Does Not Include Dancing

    In “Fall To Rise,” An Injured Ballet Dancer Feels Unable To Cope With A Life That Does Not Include Dancing

    April 27, 2016 — Perhaps no other art form is as immersive and potentially destructive for its practitioners as ballet.Ballet’s requirements: physical perfection according to ballet’s standards, strength (and, therefore, youth) and a dancer’s willingness to devote him or herself absolutely to their art. These demands render it unforgiving and totally immersive.Opera singers who take care of their voices can sing into their 60’s and occasionally beyond. Ballet dancers rarely perform after 40.Fall to Rise is the story of a […]

  • Elizabeth Wood, Director Of The Controversial Film “White Girl,” Sits Down With Cast Members To Discuss The Film

    Elizabeth Wood, Director Of The Controversial Film “White Girl,” Sits Down With Cast Members To Discuss The Film

    April 27, 2016 — Writer/director Elizabeth Wood sat down for an interview with some of the  cast members of White Girl, the controversial drama  which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Festival.She, Morgan Saylor, Justin Bartha and Brian “Sene” Marc discussed the move which has generated so much discussion.Wood, who had previously mentioned that parts of the script are autobiographical, stated: “It is inspired by real life, but any time you tell a story you decide when it begins and when it […]

  • For The Armchair Traveler Who Delights In The Beauties Of Nature

    For The Armchair Traveler Who Delights In The Beauties Of Nature

    April 26, 2016 — There is so little of the natural world left that has not been remade, altered or damaged by human contact. Sometimes it feels as if the only way to experience nature in its truly natural state requires more travel and trekking than many of us can manage. The Untouched Planet (season 1) takes you to many of the most unspoiled places left on earth. Watch scenic wonders, untouched plant life, fabulous creatures and staggering formations as Mother […]

  • “The Last Man On The Moon” Is Available Today On Blu-Ray And DVD

    “The Last Man On The Moon” Is Available Today On Blu-Ray And DVD

    April 26, 2016 —  “…this is Gene, and I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I’d like to just (say) what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall […]

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  • The “Star Wars” Documentary “Elstree 1976” Hits Theaters On May 6

    The “Star Wars” Documentary “Elstree 1976” Hits Theaters On May 6

    April 25, 2016 — It is doubtful that anyone connected to the original Star Wars movie back in 1976 imagined that every memory, every story, every piece of memorabilia from those days would become so important.Certainly not the extras who found themselves in Elstree Studio, taking direction from the then-unknown George Lucas. Nor were they likely to think that appearing in the film — particularly underneath extravagant costumes and masks that made them unrecognizable — would be a game changer […]

  • April 23 was the 400th Anniversary Of The Death Of William Shakespeare

    April 23 was the 400th Anniversary Of The Death Of William Shakespeare

    April 25, 2016 — William Shakespeare was born and died on April 23.Or so legend has it. For one of the most famous men in history, remarkably little is known about Shakespeare’s life. There are questions about the actual dates of his life, his religion, his private life, the women he loved (or were they men?) and whether he is even responsible for the output of plays and verses that have made him the most famous writer who ever lived.There […]

  • FilmRise Acquires U.S Rights To “Reset,” Which Documents The Artistic Process Of Benjamin Millepied At The Paris Ballet Opera

    FilmRise Acquires U.S Rights To “Reset,” Which Documents The Artistic Process Of Benjamin Millepied At The Paris Ballet Opera

    April 22, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Reset, the documentary that shows the creative process behind dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied‘s ballet Clear Loud Bright Forward.It was his first production as artistic director of the Paris Ballet Opera dance company, the oldest ballet company in the world. He had announced his intention to infuse the repertory of the company with a modernist sensibility and to shake up an institution noted more for its traditions than its adventurous spirit.The film documents the artistic process of […]

  • April 23rd Is The Birthday Of Shirley Temple

    April 23rd Is The Birthday Of Shirley Temple

    April 22, 2016 — Tomorrow, April 23, is the birthday of Shirley Temple, the greatest child star ever to grace the movies.As a child actor Shirley Temple, the adorable toddler, charmed an audience tired from the Depression and in need of a lift. She was born in 1928 and starred in a string of non-stop successes. Her movies kept 20th Century Fox solvent during the thirties and in 2002 a life-sized statue of the child star was erected on the Fox […]

  • “The New Yorker” Describes “The Witness” As “…A Magnificent Object Lesson In Cinema As An Art Of Ideas”

    “The New Yorker” Describes “The Witness” As “…A Magnificent Object Lesson In Cinema As An Art Of Ideas”

    April 20, 2016 —  The New Yorker Magazine agrees that The Witness is a remarkable movie.Kitty Genovese was raped and murdered in Kew Gardens, New York in 1964. The New York Times reported that 38 people heard or witnessed at least part of the crime and did nothing, allowing the murderer, Winston Moseley, to kill the young woman within feet of her apartment. According to The Times, despite her cries for help, no one even called the police. The story traveled all […]

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  • Music Super Star Prince Has Died

    Music Super Star Prince Has Died

    April 21, 2016 — Prince has died at age 57.One of the most important influences in music for more than three decades, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) died at his estate in  Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota. No cause of death was given; the performer was known to have been battling the flu over the past weeks.Prince excelled as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. A musical prodigy, he was extremely influential in multiple music fields: funk, rock, R&B and pop.He had numerous […]

  • It Is The 200th Birthday Of Charlotte Brontë

    It Is The 200th Birthday Of Charlotte Brontë

    April 21, 2016 —  If anyone had told Charlotte Brontë that she would be remembered 200 years after her birth, she would undoubtedly have been both shocked and skeptical.She is best known, of course, for her book, Jane Eyre, one of the most famous books in the English language. Although the Brontë family considered Branwell, the only son to reach adulthood, to be the talent of the family, all three of the surviving sisters — Charlotte, the eldest, Emily and Anne — produced works […]

  • “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Amy Berg’s Remarkable Documentary About Janis Joplin Is Available For Pre-Order On Blu-Ray Or DVD

    “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Amy Berg’s Remarkable Documentary About Janis Joplin Is Available For Pre-Order On Blu-Ray Or DVD

    April 21, 2016 — Amy Berg’s acclaimed and powerful documentary about the life of Janis Joplin is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray.Held over all around the country, the remarkable Janis: Little Girl Blue has been praised by critics and viewers alike. Propelled by the intense and powerful stage presence of the one and only Joplin, the movie also uses Joplin’s own words — in the form of her letters home to her family — to reveal the mindset of […]

  • Today Is National Canadian Film Day

    Today Is National Canadian Film Day

    April 20, 2016 — Today is the day that Canada has chosen to celebrate its film industry.  Their website describes the day as “REEL CANADA’s annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations (both on and offline) across the country. It’s a day to throw off the shackles of fear and insecurity, stand together with Canadians from coast to coast and pat ourselves on the back for something other than various ice-related sports and sports-related doughnut shops. […]

  • “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    “Crazy About Tiffany’s” Available Today On DVD And Blu-Ray

    April 19, 2016 — Tiffany’s little blue box. Who wouldn’t be excited to get one?Weddings, anniversaries, occasions of all sorts — they wouldn’t be the same without Tiffany’s.Crazy About Tiffany’s is a loving look at the world-famous brand and how the company fascinated the world. Tiffany’s is easily one of the most recognizable names and trademarks of all time, symbolizing luxury, quality and glamor.In 1812, Charles Tiffany took a $1,000 loan from his father to start a small store with a friend. By […]

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  • Four New Titles — “Perfect Obedience,” “The Wicked Woods,” “German Angst” And “3 Beauties” — Are Available Today On Blu-Ray and DVD

    Four New Titles — “Perfect Obedience,” “The Wicked Woods,” “German Angst” And “3 Beauties” — Are Available Today On Blu-Ray and DVD

    April 19, 2016 — These four great new titles are available today on DVD and Blu-Ray.3 Beauties (3 Bellezas) is a combination of black comedy, thriller and horror which centers around the Venezuelan obsession with beauty pageants and female beauty. It concerns a mother who will do absolutely anything to ensure that one of her daughters becomes a beauty queen. Seriously, anything. The film won Best Feature award at the Venezuelan Film Festival  in New York City. In Spanish with English subtitles.Perfect Obedience is […]

  • “National Bird” Exposes The Truth About America’s Drone Warfare Program

    “National Bird” Exposes The Truth About America’s Drone Warfare Program

    April 19, 2016 — Audiences gave a standing ovation to the documentary National Bird, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend.The film, the first feature documentary written and directed by Sonia Kennebeck, uses the testimony of three whistle-blowers who have some penetrating, angry and disturbing words about the U.S. militarized drone program that is being used overseas.Far from being left-wing anti-war zealots, the three people interviewed were all former members of the military, who found themselves assigned to the drone […]

  • “City Slacker” Is A Rom-Com With More Than Its Share Of Charm

    “City Slacker” Is A Rom-Com With More Than Its Share Of Charm

    April 18, 2016 — She’s successful, ambitious and she definitely wants to have it all. She just doesn’t want it all right now.City Slacker is a warm and engaging British rom-com (it was nominated for Best UK Feature at this year’s Raindance Film Festival) that has charm to spare.Career woman Amanda plans to have a significant career. She has every intention of having children — just not until she has established herself and made it up the corporate ladder. To that end, […]

  • “The Greasy Strangler” Continues To Invite Controversy

    “The Greasy Strangler” Continues To Invite Controversy

    April 18, 2016 — Twitchfilm.com caught up with the production team of The Greasy Strangler, and interviewed them about the film which is causing so much controversy.During the interview, they speak with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah, both of whom acted as Producers, and Tim League, one of the Executive Producers.“Good God! Where to start in discussing Jim Hosking’s feature debut, The Greasy Strangler? Let’s try the plot. Um… Okay, The Greasy Strangler is about a father-son relationship: Big Ronnie and his […]

  • Watch An Early Version Of “The Jungle Book”

    Watch An Early Version Of “The Jungle Book”

    April 15, 2016 — In 1942, before there were dancing bears and singing panthers, the live-action movie of The Jungle Book was a major box office hit.Starring Sabu Dastagir (The Thief of Bagdad, Black Narcissus) as Mowgli, the child orphaned by a tiger attack and raised by wolves in the jungle, this live-action version of the classic Kipling stories was nominated for 4 Academy Awards®. It was produced and directed by the Korda brothers (Zoltan and Alexander), who were responsible for some of the greatest […]

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  • A Kew Gardens Resident Describes The Infamous Story Of Kitty Genovese’s Death: “It’s Still Relevant Today. …It’s Not Just A Local Story, It’s A Global Story”

    A Kew Gardens Resident Describes The Infamous Story Of Kitty Genovese’s Death: “It’s Still Relevant Today. …It’s Not Just A Local Story, It’s A Global Story”

    April 15, 2016 — The neighborhood where Kitty Genovese was raped and stabbed to death in 1964 still feels the repercussions of that crime and The New York Times news article which made the crime so infamous.After the Times printed its follow-up story claiming that 37 of Kitty Genovese’s neighbors looked on and did nothing while she cried for help during a brutal attack, her murder became a symbol of all that was wrong with urban areas where no one […]

  • Watch A Trio Of Great British Ghost Stories

    Watch A Trio Of Great British Ghost Stories

    April 14, 2016 — Ever since Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, ghosts and Christmas have been connected. Dickens would write 5 Christmas stories in all, and four of them were ghost stories.It’s a bit counterintuitive, this intermingling of Christmas cheer and scariness. But it is, by this time, also quite traditional.Between 1968 and 1978, BBC4 produced 9 ghost stories for the holiday season. Although they were very popular, the series, called Ghost Stories for Christmas, ended. It wasn’t until 2005 that they […]

  • These People Helped Make The Original “Star Wars” A Worldwide Phenomenon — And You’ve Never Heard Of Most Of Them

    These People Helped Make The Original “Star Wars” A Worldwide Phenomenon — And You’ve Never Heard Of Most Of Them

    April 14, 2016 — Great reviews are pouring in for Elstree 1976.“Who wouldn’t be curious to meet the people behind Star Wars’ many masked characters and find out what it was like to work with legendary creator George Lucas on the iconic film? Elstree 1976 features interviews with David Prowse, the man in the Darth Vader suit for the first three Star Wars films (though James Earl Jones did the character’s voice), as well as John Chapman, who had a […]

  • FilmRise Announces The Acquisiton of Acclaimed Documentary, “National Bird”

    FilmRise Announces The Acquisiton of Acclaimed Documentary, “National Bird”

    April 13, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the rights to the acclaimed and controversial documentary, National Bird.Three veterans who were part of the war effort that used drones to wage war thousands of miles away have turned whistleblowers, insisting that the U.S. drone program is actually dangerous — to U.S. citizens.Their claim, and the claim of others interviewed for the film, is that these un-manned “Birds” could attack human beings on U.S. soil — and there is likely to be […]

  • When The Nice Guy Next Door Turns Out To Be A Madman…

    When The Nice Guy Next Door Turns Out To Be A Madman…

    April 13, 2016 — Sometimes the unspeakable has an ordinary appearance.Blue Family, based on a true story, concerns a man doing horrible things for years in his unremarkable home in the suburbs — and neither his neighbors nor his associates had a clue that anything awful was going on.Over time Armando has kidnapped three women whom he keeps chained up in his home. The women, Erin, Julia and Jessica, endure sexual abuse, torture and daily fear; they bond together to keep their […]

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  • For Eugene Cernan, “The Last Man On The Moon,” Every Day Should Be The International Day Of Human Space Flight

    For Eugene Cernan, “The Last Man On The Moon,” Every Day Should Be The International Day Of Human Space Flight

    April 12, 2016 — April 12 has been declared the International Day of Human Space Flight by the United Nations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, “I am confident that the International Day of Human Space Flight will remind us of our common humanity and our need to work together to conquer shared challenges. I hope it will also inspire young people in particular to pursue their dreams and move the world towards new frontiers of knowledge and understanding.”As the last man to reenter […]

  • “Toro Loco (Bloodthirsty)” Is Available Today

    “Toro Loco (Bloodthirsty)” Is Available Today

    April 12, 2016 — Toro Loco is becoming one of Chile’s more popular franchises.Patricio Valladares. one of Chile’s most notable genre directors, created Toro Loco, the violent vigilante, in his first Toro Loco film (2011); the premise was popular so he continued the series with Toro Loco Sangriento (Bloodthirsty), this time starring the Chilean model/film star Francisco Melo as the vigilante. As Toro Loco searches for the killers of his child, he wanders into a distressed town that is under the thumb of […]

  • “White Girl,” One Of The Most Controversial Films To Come Out Of The Sundance Festival, Acquired By FilmRise

    “White Girl,” One Of The Most Controversial Films To Come Out Of The Sundance Festival, Acquired By FilmRise

    April 12, 2016 — FilmRise is pleased to announce the acquisition of White Girl, Elizabeth Wood’s semi-autobiographical story that touches on racism, sexism, white privilege, drugs and sex within New York City’s youth culture.White Girl is one of the most controversial films to come out of this year’s Sundance Festival. It has already drawn comparisons to Larry Clark’s Kids in its sensational depiction of drug use and sex.FilmRise has acquired U.S distribution rights and will release the film in  theaters in late summer/early fall.White […]

  • “‘The Greasy Strangler'” Is Also One Of The Funniest Films Of 2016. Enter At Your Own Risk” – Twitchfilm.com

    “‘The Greasy Strangler'” Is Also One Of The Funniest Films Of 2016. Enter At Your Own Risk” – Twitchfilm.com

    April 11, 2016 — People are going to love or hate The Greasy Strangler.It’s just one of those films.Zach Gayne of Twitchfilm.com described the effect the film had on him:“Good God! Where to start in discussing Jim Hosking’s feature debut, The Greasy Strangler? Let’s try the plot. Um… Okay, The Greasy Strangler is about a father-son relationship: Big Ronnie and his chip off the old block, Big Brayden, roommates who mostly spend their days leading a walking disco tour through the […]

  • Julie Delpy’s Charming “Lolo” Is Available For Pre-Order

    Julie Delpy’s Charming “Lolo” Is Available For Pre-Order

    April 11, 2016 — Lolo, Julie Delpy’s delicious comedy about the pitfalls of middle-aged dating and parenthood is available for pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray.The New York Post reviewed this delightful rom-com, saying:“The latest from director/writer/actress Julie Delpy is a comic cautionary tale about maternal over attachment in which a woman’s teenage son wages war on her new boyfriend.Delpy’s ace screenwriting shines in the film’s early scenes, as Violette (Delpy) and her best friend Ariane (Karin Viard) swap casually dirty banter […]

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  • Lolo Opens In Atlanta, Georgia And Charlotte, North Carolina

    Lolo Opens In Atlanta, Georgia And Charlotte, North Carolina

    April 8, 2016 — NPR loves Lolo.Ella Taylor reviewed Julie Delpy’s delicious rom-com: “There’s little reason to believe that Julie Delpy saw, let alone lifted the premise of, the Duplass brothers’ 2010 black comedy Cyrus before she made Lolo, a pert little number about a Parisian teenager pulling out the stops to pry his doting single mother loose from a promising new boyfriend who’s ready to move in. For all the similarities of premise and plot, Lolo is as breezily French in execution […]

  • Isn’t Everyone “Crazy About Tiffany’s?”

    Isn’t Everyone “Crazy About Tiffany’s?”

    April 8, 2016 — Tiffanys is one of the greatest brands in merchandising history.The company was started by Charles Tiffany and a family friend in 1812. The two opened a small store on a $1,000 dollar loan from Tiffany’s father; it would not be called Tiffany’s until 1841. By 1850 it had a branch in Paris, and by 1868 it opened a store in London.Today it has 290 stores around the world and employs 12,000 people. In 2015 the company was valued at $11.4 billion.The […]

  • Bill Genovese, Brother Of Kitty Genovese, Reacts To The Death Of Her Killer, Winston Moseley

    Bill Genovese, Brother Of Kitty Genovese, Reacts To The Death Of Her Killer, Winston Moseley

    April 7, 2016 — Kitty Genovese died in 1964, raped and stabbed to death by Winston Moseley. Her death became the symbol of urban apathy –it was written in The New York Times that 37 of her neighbors had heard her cries for help and did nothing.The story was one of the most famous of its time. But more recently The Times has written several stories, stating that the original story was flawed.One thing that was never in real question […]

  • “Voices Of North Carolina” Explores The State’s Great Language Traditions

    “Voices Of North Carolina” Explores The State’s Great Language Traditions

    April 7, 2016 — The dialects of the Tarheel State have influences from around the world.Voices of North Carolina chronicles and records the astonishing number of language traditions that can be found, stretching from the Outer Banks to the Southern Highlands. Showing how language and identity are interwoven, the filmmakers interviewed people whose first language is Spanish; rural and urban African-Americans; Cherokee and Lumbee Native Americans; and who identify simply and “Southern.”North Carolina is a state with a significant diversity […]

  • “Perfect Obedience” Shows The Danger Of Unquestioned Authority

    “Perfect Obedience” Shows The Danger Of Unquestioned Authority

    March 25, 2016 — Perfect Obedience, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Luis Urquiza, managed to shock Mexican audiences even though most of them had undoubtedly heard the story on which it is based — that of priest Marcial Maciel.Maciel was a revered member of the clergy; he had raised huge amounts of money for the Church, started the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi Movements. He would accompany the Pope, John Paul II, whenever the pontiff came to […]

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  • Just Try Not To Sing Along — You Won’t Succeed

    Just Try Not To Sing Along — You Won’t Succeed

    April 6, 2016 — It’s hard to know how many records ABBA has sold. Estimates range from 140 to 500 million records — making them the second best-selling music group of all time, after The Beatles.They were a worldwide sensation, and one of the most commercially successful music acts of all times.Their music, the epitome of pop, is madly infectious. The melodies are unforgettable, the harmonies insistent. This is music that gets stuck in you head first thing in the morning, […]

  • “Toro Loco Sangriento” (Aka “Bloodthirsty”) Lives Up To Its Name

    “Toro Loco Sangriento” (Aka “Bloodthirsty”) Lives Up To Its Name

    April 6, 2016 — Patricio Valladares is one of Chile’s most notable genre directors.His films tend to combine horror, grindhouse and arthouse layers with surrealistic overtones and lashings of black humor. He created Toro Loco, the violent vigilante, in his first Toro Loco film (2011); the premise was popular so he continued the series with Toro Loco Sangriento (Bloodthirsty), this time starring the Chilean model/film star Francisco Melo as the vigilante. As Toro Loco searches for the killers of his child, he wanders […]

  • Three New Movie Titles Are Available In Blu-Ray And DOD

    Three New Movie Titles Are Available In Blu-Ray And DOD

    April 5, 2016 — The Dream Children, Death in Buenos Aires and Keeping Rosy are all available for order today.The Dream Children, directed by Robert Chuter, is a heart-wrenching drama about a loving gay family whose desire for marriage and a child (in 2000-era Australia) puts them at odds with the law, and could wreck the careers and lives that have been carefully cultivated. Death in Buenos Aires, starring Demián Bichir, is police drama with a noir sensibility and plot and character […]

  • Winston Moseley, The Murderer Of Kitty Genovese, Dies In Prison At 81

    Winston Moseley, The Murderer Of Kitty Genovese, Dies In Prison At 81

    April 5, 2016 — It has been announced that Winston Moseley, the man convicted in the murder and rape of Kitty Genovese, has died in prison at the age of 81.He had been in prison at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, since July 7, 1964, almost 52 years. At the time of his death he was one of the state’s longest serving inmates. His guilt was never in any serious doubt. He was captured during a […]

  • “United” Tells The True Story Of Manchester United’s Darkest Day

    “United” Tells The True Story Of Manchester United’s Darkest Day

    April 4, 2016 — The Manchester United Football Club that won the 1957-1958 World Championship was dubbed “The Busby Babes” because, at an average age of 21 and 22, they were the youngest team ever to accomplish this feat. The team should have enjoyed a long and glorious career playing together. Matt Busby, the manager of the team, had trained most of the team members and collected them from the junior leagues, rather than buying them from other teams. Most of the players […]

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  • “Death In Buenos Aires,” A Moody And Evocative Police Drama, Is Available Tomorrow

    “Death In Buenos Aires,” A Moody And Evocative Police Drama, Is Available Tomorrow

    April 4, 2016 — Death in Buenos Aires is the first feature directorial effort of Natalia Meta, who also wrote the screenplay.Set in the 1980s, the award-winning Death in Buenos Aires is a jolting drama with a neo-noir sensibility and a dark sense of humor. The relationships between the characters are intriguing and unexpected; it explores sexual identity issues is a way that is uncommon in a hard-driving police drama.Demián Bichir, (The Hateful Eight, Machete Kills, Weeds, Academy Award nominee for A Better Life) […]

  • “Women Behind Bars” Presents the Unvarnished Reality Of The Lives Of Female Inmates

    “Women Behind Bars” Presents the Unvarnished Reality Of The Lives Of Female Inmates

    April 1, 2016 — Before there was Orange Is the New Black, there was Women Behind Bars.For three years the documentary television show Women Behind Bars brought viewers the real stories of crimes and their perpetrators — and brought them into the world of women confined to prison for serious crimes.Sometimes the women take responsibility for the crimes; sometimes they do not. Some of the sentences imposed on these women seem too heavy, some too light.The backstories vary; the empathy (or […]

  • “Lolo” Opens In North Carolina And Arizona

    “Lolo” Opens In North Carolina And Arizona

    April 1, 2016 — Lolo‘s charm initiative is set to invade North Carolina and Arizona today.The delightful rom-com by the enchanting French filmmaker Julie Delpy is about to open in three more cities today.Lovable hick Jean-René (the hilarious Dany Boon) falls in love with neurotic Parisian sophisticate Violette (Delpy) when they meet on vacation. To her great surprise, the feeling is mutual. But when the relationship gets serious in Paris, Violette’s possessive teenage son Lolo decides to get rid of the man he views as […]

  • FilmRise Proudly Announces The Acquisition of HARRY & SNOWMAN!

    FilmRise Proudly Announces The Acquisition of HARRY & SNOWMAN!

    FilmRise is proud to announce another film in their stable of great documentaries, the heartwarming Harry & Snowman, which will be coming to theaters in September 2016!Variety broke the news about the acquisition.  From the Variety story:“The story centers on Harry de Leyer and a broken-down Amish plow-horse named Snowman winning the triple crown of show jumping in 1958 at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. De Leyer had purchased Snowman just two years earlier for $80 off […]

  • “Fantabulosa!” Is Michael Sheen As You Have Never Seen Him Before

    “Fantabulosa!” Is Michael Sheen As You Have Never Seen Him Before

    March 31, 2016 — For those accustomed to seeing Michael Sheen play either former Prime Minister Tony Blair — a part he has tackled three separate times — or William H. Masters, the less-than-charming researcher of human sexual response, watching Sheen tackle the role of English comic actor and comedian Kenneth Williams may be a bit of an eye-opener.Of course, any examination of Sheen’s career should make one thing plain — there are few parts beyond his capabilities. The Welsh actor trained […]

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  • “German Angst” Is A Horror Triptych You Will Not Forget

    “German Angst” Is A Horror Triptych You Will Not Forget

    March 31, 2016 — These three stories are not for the faint of heart.German Angst is an anthology film of three stories by three separate authors and directors — Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski and Andreas Marschall — each of whom specializes in the macabre, disturbing and controversial. The tag line is “Three German tales of love, sex and death in Berlin.” The look and feel of the three pieces was supposed to emulate the look and feel of German genre films of the […]

  • “See This Movie” Should Be Seen

    “See This Movie” Should Be Seen

    March 30, 2016 — What would happen if two would-be filmmakers conned their way into the Montreal World Film Festival with a film that actually did not exist?That is the premise of See This Film, a wicked and funny “Mockumentary” starring Seth Meyers (SNL) and John Cho (American Pie, and the Harold and Kumar films.)In fact, See This Film was primarily filmed during the Film Festival; organizers of the Festival allowed the pair and their film crew access to all events. In one […]

  • Beware “The Wicked Woods” (Aka “Perfidy”)

    Beware “The Wicked Woods” (Aka “Perfidy”)

    March 30, 2016 —  The woods are filled with noises …An estranged couple reunites after 15 years to see if they would like to rekindle their former relationship. Laura, who is unhappily married, and Ruben choose a secluded cabin in the woods for their meeting place.But what begins to happen outside of their cabin — permeating the cabin itself — takes on a sinister tone and the two are left to grapple with strange, hard to see forces that appear and […]

  • Happy Birthday, Christopher Lambert

    Happy Birthday, Christopher Lambert

    March 29, 2016 — It comes as something of a surprise that today’s birthday boy, Christopher Lambert, was born in Great Neck, Long Island.In fact,  Lambert’s father was a diplomat working at the United Nations at the time of Lambert’s birth. Actually, he grew up in Switzerland, eventually moving to Paris, which is why he does not have a strong Long Island accent.Perhaps best-known for his role as Connor MacLeod in the Highlander movies (and television episodes), Lambert, who had been […]

  • “Death in Buenos Aires” Is A Dark And Moody Police Drama

    “Death in Buenos Aires” Is A Dark And Moody Police Drama

    March 29 2016 — Death in Buenos Aires is an award-winning crime drama that is also the first directorial effort of Natalia Meta, who also wrote the screenplay.Set in the 1980s. Death in Buenos Aires is a dark, powerful drama with a neo-noir sensibility, intriguing, unexpected relationships, sexual identity issues and a dark sense of humor. Demián Bichir, (The Hateful Eight, Machete Kills, Weeds, Academy Award nominee for A Better Life) stars as Inspector Chávez who, with his partner Dolores (Mónica Antonópulos, winner Best New Actress, […]

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  • Watch “Miracles Of Nature” For A True Armchair Vacation

    Watch “Miracles Of Nature” For A True Armchair Vacation

    March 28, 2016 —  In our world of electronic overload it can be hard to remember that there is also a natural world outside of our windows.Miracles of Nature gives us a window into the glories of our planet — a world far too few of us get to see on a regular basis.It also reminds us of the power of Mother Nature — something we forget or take for granted.Through two seasons and 26 episodes we are treated to […]

  • Happy Birthday To Dianne Wiest, One of America’s Great Actresses

    Happy Birthday To Dianne Wiest, One of America’s Great Actresses

    March 28, 2016 — She is one of America’s most honored actresses.Dianne Wiest, the two-time Academy Award-winning actress, turns 68 today. Wiest is probably best-known for her roles in five Woody Allen films (her two Best Supporting Actress Oscars were for Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets over Broadway). But her credits also include Independence Day, The Lost Boys, Bright Lights, Big City, Edward Scissorhands, Practical Magic, The Horse Whisperer and The Birdcage.One of her most recent films is Five Nights in Maine, in […]

  • Happy Birthday, Sir Elton Hercules John

    Happy Birthday, Sir Elton Hercules John

    March 25, 2016 — Elton John turns 68 today. It was the eponymous 1970 Elton John album that made him a household name. It contained his first major hit, Your Song, which reached the top ten charts in both the U.K. and America.And of course, that was just the beginning. In the interim he has sold more than 300 million records.He has won virtually every important music award there is, including six Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, […]

  • “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Delightful Comedy, Opens In California, Washington DC And North Carolina Today

    “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Delightful Comedy, Opens In California, Washington DC And North Carolina Today

    March 25, 2016 — Lolo opens in select theatres in California, Washington D.C. and Chapel Hill, North Carolina today.Indiewire said of Lolo: “Her [Julie Delpy‘s] latest feature, the sex comedy “Lolo,” has the self-assurance and authority of a seasoned cineaste. Delpy takes on the lead role, a single mother warming up to a simple but sweet bank-tech designer (Dany Boon) much to the chagrin of her extremely possessive twenty-something son Lolo (Vincent Lacoste). The viciously funny comedy then barrels into […]

  • Watch The Trailer For Elstree 1976, The “Star Wars” Documentary  — You’ll Recognize The Masks, But Not The Faces

    Watch The Trailer For Elstree 1976, The “Star Wars” Documentary — You’ll Recognize The Masks, But Not The Faces

    March 24, 2016 — So many of the actors who got screen time in the early Star Wars movies are completely unrecognizable.They were costumed, masked and made up, inhabiting the numerous small roles that the sleeper hit called for. These actors had no idea what they were signing on for when they cast in what is possibly the biggest sleeper hit of all time.  Their cameos and walk-ons added so much to the world George Lucas created, but they mostly remain nameless […]

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  • Classic Horror With A Shocking Twist

    Classic Horror With A Shocking Twist

    March 24, 2016 — 44 years after it was made, Asylum is still ranked as one of the best horror anthology films ever made.Dr. Martin, played by Robert Powell, has an interview for a job at an asylum for the incurably insane. His interviewer is Dr. Rutherford (Patrick Magee), who explains the test Martin must pass — he is to speak with inmates at the asylum and see if he can determine which of them is Dr. B. Starr, the […]

  • Happy Birthday To Steve McQueen, Who Never Gets Old

    Happy Birthday To Steve McQueen, Who Never Gets Old

    March 24, 2016 — Steve McQueen would have been 86 years old today.It sounds ridiculous — Steve McQueen, the “King of Cool” could never have been an old man. He would always remain the hottest guy around, riding around on one of his motorcycles, wearing the perfect leather jacket, sunglasses on, looking tough, free and just a little angry.Of course, McQueen never did get old. He died in Mexico at the age of 50 of malignant mesothelioma, a form of […]

  • “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Latest Tour-De-Force, Opens Friday In California

    “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Latest Tour-De-Force, Opens Friday In California

    March 22, 2016 — Lolo, Julie Delpy’s delicious comedy about the pitfalls of middle-aged dating, opens in California on Friday, March 25.The New York Post reviewed this delightful rom-com, saying:“The latest from director/writer/actress Julie Delpy is a comic cautionary tale about maternal overattachment in which a woman’s teenage son wages war on her new boyfriend.Delpy’s ace screenwriting shines in the film’s early scenes, as Violette (Delpy) and her best friend Ariane (Karin Viard) swap casually dirty banter on the pleasures and […]

  • These Family-Friendly Films Are Perfect For National Puppy Day

    These Family-Friendly Films Are Perfect For National Puppy Day

    March 23, 2016 — It’s National Puppy Day, the perfect day to hunker down with the kids and watch a trio of family-friendly (and pet-friendly) comedies that will delight all dog-lovers — and everyone else.Watch these films now:My Magic Dog (also known as My Ghost Dog). Lucky the Golden Retriever is only visible to his 8-year old owner Toby. But when Toby needs help, Lucky can certainly make his presence felt. When Toby’s nasty Aunt Violet tries to steal all of Toby’s […]

  • “3 Bellezas (3 Beauties)” Is A Darkly Comic Look At Venezuela’s Obsession With Beauty Pageants

    “3 Bellezas (3 Beauties)” Is A Darkly Comic Look At Venezuela’s Obsession With Beauty Pageants

    March 23, 2016  —  Perla never quite achieved her heart’s desire — to win a beauty contest. She was always in the running but never succeeded in taking the big prize. Now, with her pageant days over, she has set her heart again — this time on making one of her children into the winner of a beauty pageant crown. And she will do anything to achieve this end. Anything.This is the premise of Carlos Caridad-Montero’s black comedy 3 Bellezas (3 Beauties), which […]

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  • In “Raven’s Touch” Two Women Find Consolation In The Wilderness And In Each Other

    In “Raven’s Touch” Two Women Find Consolation In The Wilderness And In Each Other

    March 22, 2016 —  One of the women is a mother trying to reunite her family (and escape from an abusive relationship) through the healing powers of nature; the other is a woman dealing with loss and guilt by isolating in seclusion.Each is suffering and in need of comfort which they discover in their setting and in one another.Raven’s Touch tells the story of two women in the process of running away, only to discover something worth running towards. The movie […]

  • FilmRise Acquires The Worldwide Rights To Acclaimed Documentary “The Bad Kids”

    FilmRise Acquires The Worldwide Rights To Acclaimed Documentary “The Bad Kids”

    March 22, 2016 — FilmRise has Acquired the worldwide rights to The Bad Kids, Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe‘s documentary which premiered at Sundance on January 22 of this year.The film tells the story of a progressive high school program serving impoverished neighborhoods in the Mojave Desert area which is trying to support at-risk students.Vonda Viland, the principal of Black Rock High School is featured, and her compassionate and determined efforts to help her students and keep them in school are inspiring.She knows […]

  • Yesterday Was Extraterrestrial Abduction Day — So Why Are We Still Here?

    Yesterday Was Extraterrestrial Abduction Day — So Why Are We Still Here?

    March 21, 2016 — Yesterday was Extraterrestrial Abduction Day. Not necessarily something to celebrate, but there it is.Many people are convinced that aliens exist; however, when asked if they personally have been abducted by aliens, the number drops quite a bit. Studies of the subject get a wide range of answers — for many reasons, including the way questions about abductions are posed. Some studies state that 1,700 people claim to have been abducted; others contend that 5-6% of the overall population […]

  • FilmRise Acquires “Silicon Cowboys” – Variety Calls It “…Amusing And Illuminating”

    FilmRise Acquires “Silicon Cowboys” – Variety Calls It “…Amusing And Illuminating”

    March 21, 2016 — FilmRise announces the acquisition of the worldwide rights to Silicon Cowboys, which had its world premiere at SXSW in the Documentary Spotlight Section.The film tells the story of Compaq, a small upstart computer company that, in 1982,  had the nerve to take on IBM, the largest and most powerful tech company in the world. Unlike other companies that tried to make their way into the portable computer market, Compaq fought and won — and then ultimately […]

  • The Hollywood Reporter: “The Witness” Is “Gut-Wrenching”

    The Hollywood Reporter: “The Witness” Is “Gut-Wrenching”

    March 18, 2016 — In 1964, Kitty Genovese was extremely famous. Not for her life, however; for the way she died.The 28 year-old New York City native was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death outside of her Kew Gardens, Queens apartment building. The New York Times would write up the attack, and noted that 38 people had heard Genovese cry for help but no one did anything — they didn’t even bother to call the police.The story of the young woman’s […]

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