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  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

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  • 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, […]

  • 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, […]

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  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • Children Have Loved “The Secret World Of Og” For More Than 50 Years

    Children Have Loved “The Secret World Of Og” For More Than 50 Years

    March 18, 2016 — The Secret World of Og, written by Canadian author Pierre Berton, has remained a children’s favorite since 1961.In the story, a family of children, Penny, Pamela, Patsy, Peter and Paul (aka Pollywog), discover that there is a cavern underneath the trapdoor in the floor of their clubhouse. And, when the baby Paul disappears, the others enter the cavern in search of him. They discover a secret world — Og, of course, a land of impressive villages (partly made up […]

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    March 17, 2016 —  We celebrate the patron St. of Ireland today with many thoroughly inappropriate customs — it really is hard to figure out what St. Patrick would have made of green beer and drum majorettes — so perhaps it would be appropriate to mark the day that is used to celebrate Ireland by learning about a part of Irish heritage that pre-dates even that of the country’s best-known Saint.The Celts inhabited Ireland almost 1,000 years before St. Patrick drove […]

  • He Was The Last Man On The Moon, But He Hopes There Will Be More

    He Was The Last Man On The Moon, But He Hopes There Will Be More

    March 17, 2016 — On December 13, 1972, Eugene Cernan, the Commander of Apollo 17, left the surface of the Moon and climbed back into the lunar space module after more than 7 hours on the Moon’s surface. He was the last member of the Apollo 17 crew to step off the moon. No one has set foot on the moon in the 43 years that have passed. Cernan is, to this point, the last man on the Moon.As he got ready to […]

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  • “The FBI Files” Shows How Crimes Are Really Solved

    “The FBI Files” Shows How Crimes Are Really Solved

    March 16, 2016 — Watching criminal investigations and police procedurals on television could lead anyone to believe that criminals are caught in neat little 1 hour time slots. In fact, many crimes require weeks and months — and sometimes years — of evidence-collection, detail work, research and inspiration.The F.B.I, which serves as  the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, is at the forefront of criminal investigations for crimes committed on American soil. They have instituted techniques and methodologies that have changed the […]

  • The Family In “The Dream Children” Is Loving, Stable And Illegal

    The Family In “The Dream Children” Is Loving, Stable And Illegal

    March 16, 2016 — Steven Evans is a celebrity and he leads the life of a celebrity. His beautiful world — in 2000-era Australia —  is filled with public recognition and adoration.His personal life is settled; Steven has been living with his significant other, Alex Thompson, for years. But, despite their long-term relationship, Alex wants something more than the somewhat shallow life they have built together. Alex wants fatherhood.Steven’s fears about fatherhood include the reality — if he comes out […]

  • A Horror Movie Cautionary Tale — Do Not Ask Creepy Strangers Into Your Home

    A Horror Movie Cautionary Tale — Do Not Ask Creepy Strangers Into Your Home

    March 15, 2016 — In The Sect (also known as The Devil’s Daughter), lovely young Miriam (Kelly Curtis, sister of Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh) makes a rookie mistake.After just failing to run over Moebius Kelly (Herbert Lom, The Pink Panther, And Now the Screaming Starts), an apparently confused older man, she offers to let him rest at her home. Their meeting is no accident and the old man is not what he appears to be. […]

  • Order “Band Of Robbers” On DOD Or Blu-Ray And Spend Some Time With Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer

    Order “Band Of Robbers” On DOD Or Blu-Ray And Spend Some Time With Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer

    March 15, 2016 — Band of Robbers is now available on D)D and Blu-ray.Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, now grown up, cause more trouble in this modern-day sequel to Mark Twain’s two most famous books — The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).In this comic adventure, Finn has become a two-bit criminal and Sawyer is a less-than-honest cop. They collect their own “band of robbers” (something Tom Sawyer did in the original Huck Finn novel) […]

  • Dallas Seavey Wins The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race In Record Time — March 15

    Dallas Seavey Wins The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race In Record Time — March 15

    March 14, 2016 —After the ninth full day of competition at the 2016 Iditarod, the standings of the top ten mushers are as follows:1.   Dallas Seavey reached Nome Tuesday morning in record time, for his fourth win in five years. His sled raced with only 6 dogs. At the finish line his two lead dogs, Reef and Tide, were crowned with garlands of yellow roses. As is traditional with the iditarod, it is the dogs who are named winners of the race, […]

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  • It’s National Save A Spider Day, In Case You Need A Reason To Throw A Party

    It’s National Save A Spider Day, In Case You Need A Reason To Throw A Party

    March 14, 2016 — Scientists estimate that somewhere between 26 million and 45 million people may suffer from arachnophobia — an irrational fear of spiders. It is estimated that there may be 75,000 to 100,000 species of spiders (although on 34,000 have been recorded); of those, approximately 12 species are harmful to humans. So Arachnophobia does not really stem from an evolutionary need for safety. Animal phobias exist in virtually every culture. In The Complete First Season of Animal Phobias, Stephen Peters examines […]

  • “Keeping Rosy” Boasts A Stellar Performance By One Of Britain’s Top Actresses

    “Keeping Rosy” Boasts A Stellar Performance By One Of Britain’s Top Actresses

    March 14, 2016 — What do you do when life swirls out of control?That is the question facing Charlotte, a young businesswoman who thought she had everything worked out. In the course of one day, her plans for her future, her self-image and her life all go haywire.What starts out as a bad day  — she loses her job — deteriorates into a grim nightmare that alters everything.Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice) plays Charlotte, who is so sure of where she is […]

  • The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 14

    The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 14

    March 14, 2016 —After the eighth full day of competition at the 2016 Iditarod, the standings of the top ten mushers are as follows:1.   Dallas Seavey2.   Brent Sass3.   Mitch Seavey4.  Aliy Zirkle5.   Wade Marrs6.   Peter Kaiser7.   Joar Leifseth Ulsom8.   Noah Burmeister9.   Nicholas Petit10. Ralph JohannessenLance Mackey, 4 time Iditarod champion and subject of the film The Great Alone, is currently in 68th place. His brother, Jason Mackey, is in 32nd place. 76 teams are still in contention.Rent or buy The Great Alone today.

  • Richard Attenborough Talks About His Love For His Adopted Kindertransport Sisters In “The Children Who Cheated The Nazis”

    Richard Attenborough Talks About His Love For His Adopted Kindertransport Sisters In “The Children Who Cheated The Nazis”

    March 11, 2016 — The scene is painful to imagine: small children being put alone onto trains heading to unfamiliar countries by desperate parents with no other options. For many of these families, it would be the last time they were ever together.The Kindertransport (Children’s Transport) helped 10,000 children, mostly Jewish, escape Nazi-occupied territories (Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia) in the years before World War II. The children were often starving, frightened and confused. They had no real idea what they were heading towards. But […]

  • “Delpy Is Luminous And Effervescent As Always…” – Latest Lolo Review

    “Delpy Is Luminous And Effervescent As Always…” – Latest Lolo Review

    March 11, 2016 —  More love letters to Lolo.Katie Walsh of  ArcaMax and Tribune News Service writes:“If you were worried about the fate of the smart romantic dramedy, which seems to have been banished from American movie studios — don’t worry. The genre is enjoying expat life, alive and well in France. A few of these have reached American shores in recent years, and Julie Delpy’s “Lolo,” is the most recent addition. This lighthearted but soulful look into the complications […]

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  • The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 11

    The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 11

    March 11, 2016 —After the fifth full day of competition at the 2016 Iditarod, the standings of the top ten mushers are as follows:1.   Brent Sass2.   Aliy Zirkle3.   Jeff King4.   Dallas Seavey5.   Nicholas Petit 6.   Wade Marrs7.   Mitch Seavey8.   Ken Anderson9.   Jessie Royer10. Hugh NeffLance Mackey, 4 time Iditarod champion and subject of the film The Great Alone, is currently in 65th place. His brother, Jason Mackey, is in 21st place. 81 teams are still in contention.Rent or buy The Great Alone today.

  • FilmRise Acquires Eight More Gravitas Titles

    FilmRise Acquires Eight More Gravitas Titles

    March 11, 2016 — The partnership between Gravitas Ventures and FilmRise continues with a slate of eight more films.FilmRise is announcing the acquisition of all home media rights to eight Gravitas titles: Jim: The James Foley Story, Addicted to Fresno, 4th Man Out, Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, Advantageous, Anarchy Parlor, All Stars and Froning: The Fittest Man in History.These titles will be released on DVD and Blu-ray throughout the coming months.Danny Fisher, the CEO of FilmRise commented on the acquisitions: “We are pleased to […]

  • Sundance Favorite “The Greasy Strangler” Acquired By FilmRise

    Sundance Favorite “The Greasy Strangler” Acquired By FilmRise

    March 10, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights to the hotly-anticipated comedy/thriller The Greasy Strangler.A father, Big Ronnie, and his no-account son, Brayden, operate a disco walking tour — taking the unsuspecting tourists who happen into their orbit on a walk to see sites that former rockers supposedly once visited.Unexpectedly, Brayden meets an attractive young woman during one of the tours; his hot-headed father becomes jealous, mean and competitive.All the while, people are being strangled by some […]

  • “Lolo Is A Delectably Monstrous Creation”  The Village Voice

    “Lolo Is A Delectably Monstrous Creation” The Village Voice

    March 10, 2016 — Glowing reviews continue to pour in for Lolo.Bilge Ebiri of The Village Voice wrote:“That Little Monster: Julie Delpy’s comic study Lolo pits a teen against his mother’s bliss”“Julie Delpy’s Lolo is a maternal horror film in the guise of a light romantic comedy, and therein lies much of its charm. Delpy plays Violette, a fortysomething single mother who has long soured on dating when, during a getaway in Biarritz, she meets Jean-René (Dany Boon), a loyal, bumbling […]

  • The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 10

    The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 10

    March 10, 2016 —After the fourth full day of competition at the 2016 Iditarod, the standings of the top ten mushers are as follows:1.   Jeff King2.   Dallas Seavey3.   Noah Burmeister4.   Robert Sorlie5.   John Baker6.   Kelly Maxiner7.   Ralph Johannssen8.   Lance Mackey9.   Wade Marrs10. Mitch SeaveyLance Mackey, 4 time Iditarod champion and subject of the film The Great Alone, is currently in eighth place. His brother, Jason Mackey, is in 22nd place. 81 teams are still in contention.Rent or buy The Great Alone […]

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  • What Will The Next New York Accent Sound Like?

    What Will The Next New York Accent Sound Like?

    March 9, 2016 — Not that long ago, the New York accent was thriving. Of course, there really isn’t just one New York accent. It depended on which neighborhood you were in. Someone growing up in the Bronx did not sound just like someone growing up in Staten Island. But to outsiders, it was all the same. Now, some people are concerned that the accent is losing its grip on the city. Globalization, the influx of people from all over the country and the […]

  • Karin Viard, Co-Star Of “Lolo,” Describes Working With Julie Delpy: “We Say What’s On Our Mind”

    Karin Viard, Co-Star Of “Lolo,” Describes Working With Julie Delpy: “We Say What’s On Our Mind”

    March 9, 2016 — Karin Viard, who plays Ariane, the best friend to Julie Delpy’s Violette in Delpy’s eagerly anticipated rom-com Lolo, has won multitudes of acting awards since her first screen appearance in the French comedy Tatie Danielle in 1990.Her second film, Delicatessen, further established her career.In addition to her two César Awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars) and 7 nominations, she has a host of international acting awards and nominations. She invariably makes any list of the […]

  • The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 9

    The Morning Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race — March 9

    March 9, 2016 —After the third full day of competition at the 2016 Iditarod, the standings of the top ten mushers are as follows:1.   Dallas Seavey2.   Noah Burmeister3.   John Baker4.   Brent Sass5.   Nicholas Petit6.   Ken Anderson7.   Lance Mackey8.   Robert Sorlie9.   Joar Leifseth Ulsom10. Ketil ReitanLance Mackey, 4 time Iditarod champion and subject of the film The Great Alone, is currently in seventh place. His brother, Jason Mackey, is in 39th place. Dallas Seavey, the winner of the 2015 Iditarod, is currently […]

  • For More Than 30 Years, Aiden Quinn Has Been One Of Our Favorite Movie Stars

    For More Than 30 Years, Aiden Quinn Has Been One Of Our Favorite Movie Stars

    March 8, 2016 — Happy birthday, Aiden Quinn.Quinn has been starring in movies and on television since 1984 when he first broke through in Reckless, as Daryl Hannah’s love interest.Since then he has starred in more than 50 films, including The Mission (with Robert De Niro — The Godfather 2), Legends of the Fall (with Brad Pitt — Ocean’s Eleven, and Anthony Hopkins — The Bounty, Silence of the Lambs), Practical Magic (with Sandra Bullock — Gravity, and Nicole Kidman — Windrider, The Hours), Desperately Seeking Susan […]

  • “Lolo” Is “Julie Delpy’s Most Winningly Mainstream Concoction Yet,” With “…A Solid Laughs-Per-Minute Rate” — Art Meets World

    “Lolo” Is “Julie Delpy’s Most Winningly Mainstream Concoction Yet,” With “…A Solid Laughs-Per-Minute Rate” — Art Meets World

    March 8, 2016 — The reviews for Lolo, Julie Delpy’s latest rom-com, are deeply appreciative:“Julie Delpy‘s sixth directorial feature “Lolo” features long stretches of perhaps her most accomplished and enjoyable character-comedy yet..  [It’s] …deceptively progressive––especially in its portrayal of a fabulously foulmouthed and dirty-minded central female friendship.”  Indiewire Playlist  continued, “Delpy’s facility for creating chatty, funny, memorable characters––especially women––is rare, precious, and fully on view here.”“The acclaimed actress writes and directs yet another touching tale of love, yearning and familial turbulence.” Indiewire“The movie’s […]

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  • There Was A Time When No One Had Heard Of “Star Wars”

    There Was A Time When No One Had Heard Of “Star Wars”

    March 7, 2016 — What if the highlight of your acting career was playing a monster who got blown up by Han Solo?In Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, Paul Blake was cast as Greedo, the green monster who worked for Jabba the Hutt. On Hutt’s orders, Greedo  tracked down Han Solo at the Mos Eisley Cantina and threatened to kill him. But Greedo wasn’t fast enough; Solo blew him away with a blaster before Greedo was able to fire.Greedo is a […]

  • The Television Series “In The Heat Of The Night” Assembled An Extraordinary Roster Of Talent

    The Television Series “In The Heat Of The Night” Assembled An Extraordinary Roster Of Talent

    March 7, 2016 — In the Heat of the Night, one of the top-rated and best-received television shows of the 1980s and 1990s, premiered on NBC 28 years ago (March 6). Starring Carroll O’Connor (All in the Family) and Harold Rollins (Ragtime), the immensely successful series was based on the eponymous 1965 novel (by John Ball) and 1967 film (starring Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier).The premise: Virgil Tibbs (Harold Rollins), an African-American detective educated in Philadelphia, returns to his hometown […]

  • The Current Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race

    The Current Standings For The 2016 Iditarod Sled Dog Race

    March 7, 2016 — After the first full day of competition at the 2016 Iditarod, the standings of the top ten mushers are as follows:1. Nicolas Petit2.   Hugh Neff3.   Cim Smyth4.   Peter Kaiser5.   Allen Moore6.   Lance Mackey7.   Ray Redington Jr.8.   Jodi Bailey9.   Rick Casillo10.  Jesse RoyerLance Mackey, 4 time Iditarod champion and subject of the film The Great Alone, is currently in 6th place. His brother, Jason Mackey, is in eleventh place. […]

  • Alaska Has To Ship In Snow For Tomorrow’s Iditarod Start

    Alaska Has To Ship In Snow For Tomorrow’s Iditarod Start

    March 4, 2016 — Tomorrow is the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, the iconic Alaskan sled dog race, and for the third year in a row Alaska Railway freight trains are shipping in huge containers of snow from other parts of the state so that the start in Anchorage will have snow and ice.The world-famous race is an homage to the 1925 Great Race of Mercy, when sled teams were needed to get diphtheria antitoxin through to a snow-bound Nome, where an […]

  • “Minnie The Moocher” Has Been A “Red Hot Hoochie-Coocher” For 85 years

    “Minnie The Moocher” Has Been A “Red Hot Hoochie-Coocher” For 85 years

    March 3, 2016 — 85 years ago today, Cab Calloway, the great African American singer and bandleader, recorded his signature song, Minnie the Moocher. The jazz song was a combination of jive lyrics and scat singing. While performing Minnie the Moocher, Calloway used to engage the audience, singing ever-lengthening scat phrases that they were supposed to repeat back to him. The session would end when the phrase got much too long for the audience to retain.The song sold over 1 million copies […]

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  • The Critics Agree — “Lolo” Is A “Must See”

    The Critics Agree — “Lolo” Is A “Must See”

    March 3, 2016 — The Rendez-Vous with French Cinema starts today!   Each year Lincoln Center showcases the best in contemporary French cinema. This year they are featuring Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert (who will be there in person) in Valley of Love.Also being screened is Julie Delpy’s Lolo, which has been picking up  rave reviews from critics everywhere. Scott Meslow of The Week calls it one of the movies you should see in March; Indiewire calls it one of the “13 Indies You Must […]

  • Antonio Barrera, The Most-Gored Matador In Modern History, Faces The Bulls One Last Time in “Gored”

    Antonio Barrera, The Most-Gored Matador In Modern History, Faces The Bulls One Last Time in “Gored”

    March 2, 2016 — The reviews are in. Critics agree — Gored will leave you breathless.“Gored” plays out like a half documentary/ half thriller. Matador Antonio Barrera is a maniac and director Ido Mizrahy pulls you right into his bloody world of bullfighting. … Director Ido Mizrahy brings this beautifully grizzly film about how Barrera’s life has led up to this, his final bullfight; because he is now in his thirties with diminished skills – time to retire. Or get retired. …This […]

  • What Scares You? “Monsters, Madness and Mayhem” Knows

    What Scares You? “Monsters, Madness and Mayhem” Knows

    March 2, 2016 — The things that scare people have not changed that significantly throughout the ages.There is no forensic proof that some of the things that have scared people for centuries have ever actually existed. We continue to fear zombies, vampires, demons, many varieties of superstition and creatures — even is we have never seen these entities ourselves.Though unsupported by tangible evidence, the fear of certain phenomena does not go away.Through 5 episodes, the mini-series Monsters, Madness and Mayhem examines these […]

  • The Wait Is Over — Four Great Films Are Available Today

    The Wait Is Over — Four Great Films Are Available Today

    March 1, 2016 — These great movies are now available:Gored — Antonio Barrera, the most-gored matador in modern history, faces retirement. His age, family and broken body require it. But first he must confront his last bull, and his last chance at bullfighting immortality — something he has sought throughout his life. This award-winning film is available on Blu-ray, DVD or for unlimited streaming with Amazon Prime.The Great Alone — Lance Mackey is one of just a handful of racers to win […]

  • In These Two Documentaries, Wild Horses Are The Stars

    In These Two Documentaries, Wild Horses Are The Stars

    March 1, 2016 — Today is National Horse Protection Day.The idea of protecting horses is more than theory for some people. Every year people take part in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. 100 people take 100 days to try to tame 100 wild Mustang horses who previously had been living at Bureau of Land Management facilities. If the horses are not tamed, they end up in U.S. government corrals forever. If they are tamed, they end up adopted and living […]

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  • And The Winners Are…

    And The Winners Are…

    February 29, 2016 — By the numbers, Mad Max: Fury Road was certainly the big winner at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony. The well-received Australian action movie took home 6 Oscars, far more than any other film. However, the big prizes — Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and the Acting categories — all went elsewhere.To no one’s surprise, Leonardo DiCaprio won the Best Actor Award for The Revenant and Alejandro G. Iñárritu won Best Director for the same film. But the Best Picture Award […]

  • Spend Some Time With Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer in “Band Of Robbers”

    Spend Some Time With Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer in “Band Of Robbers”

    February 29, 2016 — Some books leave you wanting more. When the last page is finished, the reader is left wishing that the story could continue and that there was more to know about the characters’ lives.Band of Robbers takes two of the most iconic characters in American literature and continues their stories. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, now grown up, are the leads in this modern-day sequel to Mark Twain’s two most famous books — The Adventures of Tom […]

  • Watch “America’s Dumbest Criminals” On National “No-Brainer Day”

    Watch “America’s Dumbest Criminals” On National “No-Brainer Day”

    February 27 — In honor of National No-Brainer Day, we are taking a look at some of America’s Dumbest Criminals.The idea behind this holiday is that it is a day for putting your brain on auto-pilot.In the television series America’s Dumbest Criminals we get to appreciate the funny, ridiculous and preposterous actions of criminally-inclined people who seem to have put their brains on auto-pilot, not for a single day but as a way of life. In films and on television, we […]

  • Kids Know That Every Day Should Be National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    Kids Know That Every Day Should Be National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    February 26, 2016 — For many people, the fairy tales they heard and saw when they were very young are among the best memories of childhood.Fairy tales spark a child’s imagination. They are among the first stories most children ever hear or see, and they allow parents to interact and connect on a personal level — after all, the fairy tales most parents read to their children are the stories they heard during their own childhoods. Here is a selection of beloved […]

  • Watch Burt Reynolds In “Hollow Creek,” Available March 1

    Watch Burt Reynolds In “Hollow Creek,” Available March 1

    February 26, 2016 — He was one of the screen’s biggest stars during the 1970s – 1980s.Burt Reynolds, who turned 80 last week, had been a leading man on television since the early 60s, but it was with the movie Deliverance (1972) that he became one of the most bankable stars in film. He went on to star in numerous big screen successes, including The Longest Yard, Cannonball Run and the Smokey and the Bandit franchise; he was frequently voted Favorite Male […]

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  • “Why I’m Not On Facebook” Examines The Social Media Phenomenon From A Parent’s Point Of View

    “Why I’m Not On Facebook” Examines The Social Media Phenomenon From A Parent’s Point Of View

    February 25, 2016 — A child’s question was the impetus for this movie.Brant Pindivic’s 13-year old son asked Brant why he wasn’t on Facebook — and why he was preventing his son from joining. This set off Pindivic’s journey, originally an attempt to justify his refusal to allow his son to join the largest social media site in the world.It did not entirely work out that way. Pindivic found much that he disliked, and much that wanted to keep away […]

  • “Amnesia” Is A British Mystery You Won’t Forget

    “Amnesia” Is A British Mystery You Won’t Forget

    February 25, 2016 — The twist in this gripping, gritty mystery, is that the hero does not know whether or not he is guilty of the crime he is so diligently investigating.Mack Stone is a police investigator who doesn’t even know what happened to his first wife who disappeared 5 years ago. She may simply have walked out, or something more sinister could have happened to her. Stone was drunk to the point of blackout on the night she disappeared […]

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    Travel Through Historic Britain In Search Of Paranormal Activity With “Great British Ghosts”

    February 24, 2016 —  “From ghoulies and ghosties  … And long-leggedy beasties  … And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” is a traditional Scottish prayer.But some people seek out ghosts and ghouls and enjoy the “…things that go bump…”For them, the series Great British Ghosts is just their cup of tea. For two seasons (20 episodes plus a Hallowe’en special), British television personality Michaela Strachan travelled around Britain, visiting the places with a reputation for being the “most […]

  • In “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Newest Film, Vincent Lacoste Plays A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

    In “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Newest Film, Vincent Lacoste Plays A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

    February 24, 2016 — The way Vincent Lacoste plays Lolo, the spoiled son in Julie Delpy’s new film, could put anyone off having children.In Lolo, Julie Delpy’s eagerly-awaited new rom-com, the unfortunate relationship of Violette, the doting mother (played by Delpy) and Lolo, her manipulative son (played by Lacoste), is one of the central conflicts of the movie. Some actors would have worried about making their character so unlikeable. Lacoste felt exactly the opposite. He explained: “I found it funny to make Lolo not […]

  • “The Champions,” About The Dogs Rescued From Michael Vick’s Dog-Fighting Ring, Is A Story Of Redemption

    “The Champions,” About The Dogs Rescued From Michael Vick’s Dog-Fighting Ring, Is A Story Of Redemption

    February 23, 2016 — It is National Dog Biscuit Day. It is a good day to hug your own dog and to realize that not all dogs get treated with love and respect. The pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting network were among those who were never treated like loving or cherished creatures. Dogs who lost in the ring were killed by hanging, drowning or electrocution; winning dogs learned that ferocity and viciousness was the only way to stay alive. After […]

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  • Anna Friel Stars In “The War Bride”

    Anna Friel Stars In “The War Bride”

    February 23, 2016 –The pain of those left behind when soldiers go off to war is undeniable.The War Bride is a beautifully acted drama about a young woman who finds herself alone with a newborn child when her husband goes off to fight in World War II. To her relief, her husband’s family invites her and her daughter to come live with them in Canada. But she will soon discover that the lovely home her husband described is not as […]

  • Happy Birthday To America’s First President — Watch The Critically Acclaimed “George Washington: The Mini-Series”

    Happy Birthday To America’s First President — Watch The Critically Acclaimed “George Washington: The Mini-Series”

    February 22, 2016 — It is the perfect time to binge-watch the acclaimed mini-series George Washington.It is an eight hour spectacle. It covers the life of the first American President from age 11 through age 51 when he returned to his home at Mount Vernon, having led his new country through the Revolution, having seen the new nation gain its hard-fought independence from England. Based on Washington: the Indispensable Man (1974) by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James Thomas Flexner, the mini-series, originally shown […]

  • Award-Winning Documentary “Peace Officer” Outlines One Man’s Fight Against The Militarization Of America’s Police Forces

    Award-Winning Documentary “Peace Officer” Outlines One Man’s Fight Against The Militarization Of America’s Police Forces

    February 22, 2016 — William J. “Dub” Lawrence’s background is impressive. He was a Marine and a sheriff in Davis County, Utah (the youngest ever elected).In 1975 he also founded his state’s first SWAT program. 30 years later, that same SWAT team would shoot his son-in-law to death after an 8-hour stand-off. This controversial killing set Lawrence on a new path. He began investigating the incident — and several other SWAT actions as well.Peace Officer, the award-winning documentary, follows Lawrence as he looks into […]

  • “Kurt and Courtney” Is A Highly Unauthorized View Of The Nirvana Frontman’s Death

    “Kurt and Courtney” Is A Highly Unauthorized View Of The Nirvana Frontman’s Death

    February 19, 2016 — Kurt Cobain would have been 49 years old tomorrow.Of course, Cobain is a member of the 27 club — the rock stars who die at the age of 27. There have been a surprisingly large number —  Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse are just a few of the stars who died at the same young age. But of that particular group, only Cobain is believed to have killed himself.But not everyone […]

  • Watch “America’s Legendary Daredevil” In The Johnny Knoxville Documentary, “Being Evel”

    Watch “America’s Legendary Daredevil” In The Johnny Knoxville Documentary, “Being Evel”

    February 19, 2016 — He was the ultimate daredevil, attempting — and sometimes making — motorcycle jumps no one else would think to attempt.Evel Knievel became so famous for risking his life that in 1994, the Smithsonian Institution assembled an exhibition about him called “America’s Legendary Daredevil;” Knievel donated his customized Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycle. The Museum billed it as one of the few motorcycles  that survived his stunts.He may have been more famous for his failures than for his successes. People knew […]

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  • Happy Birthday, John Travolta

    Happy Birthday, John Travolta

    February 18, 2016 — John Travolta turns 62 today.He was one of the most successful actors of the 1970s; two of his movies,  Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978), were blockbusters. The dance John Travolta performed in Saturday Night Fever remains an iconic and frequently imitated musical number to this day. Grease remains the highest grossing American musical of all time, having taken in $394,955,690 worldwide.Before he made either of these films, he starred for four years in the television […]

  • Palio, Siena’s Ancient Horse Race, Is A Breath-Taking Spectacle

    Palio, Siena’s Ancient Horse Race, Is A Breath-Taking Spectacle

    February 18, 2016 — It is one of the most extraordinary 90 seconds in sports.The Palio di Siena, the heart-stopping horse race that runs twice a year, has its origins in medieval times. It has been running in close to its modern-day form since 1656; prior to that, the races took place on the backs of either buffalos or donkeys. The race inspires intense competition, treachery, hero-worship and  greed. The races are run each year on July 2 and August 16. A third […]

  • The Songs “Strawberry Fields Forever” And “Penny Lane” Are 49 Years Old Today

    The Songs “Strawberry Fields Forever” And “Penny Lane” Are 49 Years Old Today

    February 17, 2016 — 49 years ago today The Beatles released double A-side single of two of their most remarkable songs — Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane — in the U.K.The two songs were inspired by childhood memories, looked at from very different perspectives. Penny Lane would go on to reach the #1 spot on the charts in America; Strawberry Fields would peak at #8. Nonetheless, Strawberry Fields has  been acclaimed as one of the most important songs of the Beatle […]

  • Dany Boon Is The Highest Paid Actor In European Film History — See Why In “Lolo,” Opening March 11

    Dany Boon Is The Highest Paid Actor In European Film History — See Why In “Lolo,” Opening March 11

    February 17, 2016 — Europeans would find it hard to believe that in America Dany Boon is not a household name. But that’s about to change.In 2008, he was the highest paid actor in European film history, earning nearly $33 million that year (€ 26 million). In that year he co-wrote, directed and starred in Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), which broke every box office record in France. More than five million people had seen the movie in its first […]

  • Fidel Castro Became Prime Minister Of Cuba 57 Years Ago Today

    Fidel Castro Became Prime Minister Of Cuba 57 Years Ago Today

    February 16, 2016 — On this date, in 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba. He would remain in office (under many different titles, including President) until his resignation in 2008.Since 1900, Fidel Castro ruled longer than any other non-royal leader. He gave up power only when his health began to fail (he will turn 90 this year); he then passed the presidency to his brother Raul.He is one of the most divisive figures of his […]

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  • Get Some Cocoa And Watch “The Great Alone,” The Prize-Winning Documentary About Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey

    Get Some Cocoa And Watch “The Great Alone,” The Prize-Winning Documentary About Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey

    February 16, 2016 — For most people the Iditarod, the annual Alaskan sled dog race, seems an impossible challenge.The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race covers approximately 1,000 miles of tundra, spruce forests, rivers and mountainous, inhospitable terrain; the race is usually run through blizzards, whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and against gale-force winds (the windchill can reach -100º Fahrenheit). Some people have claimed that finishing the race is actually more difficult than climbing Mount Everest. The race, which was started in 1973, has become […]

  • Everyone Is “Crazy About Tiffany’s” — Watch The Trailer Here

    Everyone Is “Crazy About Tiffany’s” — Watch The Trailer Here

    February 15, 2016 — His name is synonymous with fine jewelry and other luxury items. Charles Tiffany, who founded the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store, was born on this date in 1812.Tiffany and a friend had a small store opened with a $1,000 dollar loan from Tiffany’s father. The company was renamed Tiffany’s in 1841. By 1850 it had a branch in Paris, and by 1868 it opened its London store. It currently has 290 stores around the world and employs 12,000 […]

  • A Valentine’s Treat — One Of The Greatest Love Stories Ever Written

    A Valentine’s Treat — One Of The Greatest Love Stories Ever Written

    February 12, 2016 — It is one of the world’s greatest love stories.Cyrano de Bergerac has been thrilling audiences since the play was written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. It tells the story of de Bergerac, a soldier, statesman, remarkable duelist, wit, musician and man of letters. He is also ugly, having been born (pre-plastic surgery), with an extremely large nose. His heart belongs to Roxanne, a rich and deeply intellectual heiress, but he assumes that his ugliness would prevent […]

  • “Hank And Asha” Is The Perfect Movie To Share On Valentine’s Day

    “Hank And Asha” Is The Perfect Movie To Share On Valentine’s Day

    February 12, 2016 — As we close in on Valentine’s Day, it is time to watch some really, really romantic movies. One of the best-received independent features of the past few years is the charming love story Hank and Asha.It concerns two young people who develop a relationship through video chatting. Hank is an outgoing, romantic filmmaker who lives in New York; Asha is a lovely young Indian girl studying in Prague. As their “correspondence” lengthens — and deepens — they seriously consider […]

  • For Valentine’s Day Fall In Love With Julie Delpy’s Riveting Performance In “Villa Des Roses”

    For Valentine’s Day Fall In Love With Julie Delpy’s Riveting Performance In “Villa Des Roses”

    February 11, 2016 — Romance was in the air, but so was war.For Valentine’s Day weekend: Villa des Roses tells a story of consuming heartache. Louise Créteur (Julie Delpy, An American Werewolf in Paris), recently widowed, must leave her son behind and move to Paris in order to find work. She ends up as the chambermaid at a run-down hotel called Villa des Roses, just prior to the First World War, where a somewhat derelict group of inhabitants has taken up […]

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  • Reviewers Agree — Film-Goers Should Not Miss “Gored”

    Reviewers Agree — Film-Goers Should Not Miss “Gored”

    February 11, 2016 — Ido Mizrahy‘s Gored is one of the best-received films of the year.The story of Antonio Barrera, the most-gored bullfighter in modern history, preparing for the last bullfight of his life is the subject of one of this year’s must-see documentaries. Despite having been impaled 23 times, suffering numerous broken bones and going through 17 operations, Barrera still has dreams of becoming an honored bullfighter. But now he can no longer place that stress on his family or his […]

  • Julie Delpy Talks About Her Latest Film, “Lolo”

    Julie Delpy Talks About Her Latest Film, “Lolo”

    February 10, 2016 — The idea for Lolo, Julie Delpy‘s latest film, came about after a conversation she had with Eugénie Grandval, her co-writer. The relationship between parents and children is at the heart of film.Her character, Violette, has a 21-year old son whom she is raising by herself.She described the story’s beginnings: “One day we were joking with my co-screenwriter Eugénie Grandval about the relationships that my six year-old son – my ‘little emperor’ – and I would have in […]

  • “The Cake Eaters,” A Star-Crossed Love Story, Stars Kristen Stewart Before She Was Famous

    “The Cake Eaters,” A Star-Crossed Love Story, Stars Kristen Stewart Before She Was Famous

    February 10, 2016 — Romance is in the air. That doesn’t mean it’s easy.The Cake Eaters was the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson (Chances Are, Fried Green Tomatoes, Some Kind of Wonderful), who chose the family drama/love story as her first vehicle. Her cast is a director’s dream.The Kimborough family, living  in a small town, is dealing with the recent death of the family’s matriarch (Melissa Leo, The Fighter). Easy, the father (Bruce Dern, Coming Home), is dealing with grief and guilt […]

  • The Trailer For Julie Delpy’s “Lolo” Is Released

    The Trailer For Julie Delpy’s “Lolo” Is Released

    February 9, 2016 — The most recent trailer for Lolo, the latest Julie Delpy film, has been released in America.Delpy, who directed and starred in the film, will release it theatrically through FilmRise on March 11.Delpy is perhaps best known for her starring roles in the trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight (which she also co-wrote with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke).Lolo was an official selection at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals.Watch the trailer for Lolo above.

  • A Dream Cast For A Director’s First Film — FilmRise Acquires “5 Nights In Maine,” Starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Weist, Rosie Perez

    A Dream Cast For A Director’s First Film — FilmRise Acquires “5 Nights In Maine,” Starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Weist, Rosie Perez

    February 9, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the theatrical rights to Maris Curran’s directorial debut, 5 Nights in Maine.The Kickstarter-funded film stars David Oyelowo (Selma) as Sherwin, a grieving widower, reeling from the death of his wife in a car accident. In his shock and disorientation, he accepts an invitation from his mother-in-law Lucinda (2-time Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters) to stay for a short time at her home in Maine. Lucinda, who is suffering from cancer, has […]

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  • It’s Chinese New Year, Spring Festival 4713 — Watch “Empresses In The Palace” For A Breathtaking Saga Of Life During The Last Chinese Dynasty

    It’s Chinese New Year, Spring Festival 4713 — Watch “Empresses In The Palace” For A Breathtaking Saga Of Life During The Last Chinese Dynasty

    February 8, 2016 — According to the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the red monkey. It is the most important event in the Chinese calendar for most people.The celebrations for the New Year last for days. Most Chinese workers will have the entire week (from the evening of the 7th to the 13th) off. The holiday is steeped in tradition, color and noise (to ward off evil spirits).Binge-watching Empresses in the Palace will provide a different taste of Chinese culture. […]

  • Happy Birthday, Jack Lemmon

    Happy Birthday, Jack Lemmon

    February 8, 2016 — Jack Lemmon was one of America’s favorite comic actors.His career lasted more than 5o years and, despite not being leading-man handsome, he was most-often cast in leading man parts. And his every man looks did not stop him from working opposite many of the screen’s loveliest women, including Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood Janet Leigh, Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel), Lee Remick, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Judy Holliday, Rita Hayworth (Dancing Pirate), Jane Fonda, Virna Lisi, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren (Man of […]

  • Happy Birthday, Patrick MacNee

    Happy Birthday, Patrick MacNee

    February 6, 2016 — Last year we lost actorPatrick MacNee, best-known for his performance as John Steed, the unflappable British secret agent of The Avengers, a role he would play from 1961 through 1969, and then again in the television spin-off, The New Avengers in 1977-1978.The character of John Steed was suave, elegant, thoroughly eccentric and always perfectly dressed in neo-Edwardian attire. MacNee was deeply involved in the creation of Steed’s look and clothing  although, oddly for a man so […]

  • It’s John Carradine’s Birthday — Watch “The Boogey Man” And Hear One Of The Most Distinctive Voices In Film History

    It’s John Carradine’s Birthday — Watch “The Boogey Man” And Hear One Of The Most Distinctive Voices In Film History

    February 5, 2016 — John Carradine would work with Henry Fonda and John Ford on Grapes of Wrath; he would appear in Stagecoach, The Ten Commandments, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Drums Along the Mohawk. In fact, he made appearance in at least 225 films (and uncredited ones in many others, plus hundreds of television appearances), worked in numerous Shakespearean productions and fathered an acting dynasty. And yet, most people know him as a star of horror films.Maybe because […]

  • It’s National Homemade Soup Day — Learn To Make Italian Peasant Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup With “Faces Of Italy”

    It’s National Homemade Soup Day — Learn To Make Italian Peasant Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup With “Faces Of Italy”

    February 4, 2016 — Of all of the unconventional national holidays, today’s has to be one of the most comforting. February 4th is Homemade Soup Day.Soup is more than a food. Maurice Sendak, the award-winning children’s book author and illustrator (Where the Wild Things Are) wrote one of his most-beloved poems about soup. Called Chicken Soup with Rice, it describes the pleasures of eating chicken soup throughout all of the months of the year. His description for February: “In February it […]

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