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Former TIME Movie Reviewer Richard Schickel Was 84

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

“I just like to be there in the dark watching something — almost anything, if truth be known. In this habit — I don’t know if it is amiable or a mild, chronic illness — I have been indulged by wives, girlfriends, just plain friends and children. Of course, a lot of the time I’m alone, unashamedly killing an evening, no questions asked.”
Longtime TIME Movie Reviewer Richard Schickel Was 84

“PewDiePie” Decries “Attack By The Media” After Posting Anti-Semitic Content

Friday, February 17th, 2017

“If there’s anything I learned about the media from being a public figure is how they blatantly misrepresent people for their own personal gain, and even viciously attack people just to further themselves.”
“PewDiePie” Decries “Attack By The Media” After Posting Anti-Semitic Content

Mike Fleming Dishes Ashgar Farhadi As “Political” In Foreign Language Film Oscar Gonging; Quotes Tirade From Competitor

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

“Every one of these films is being held hostage by a political situation that has nothing to do with any of us. It is all the media is writing about, not only the trades, but all over the world. We are all concerned that the impression left on voters will be that a vote for The Salesman will be a vote against Trump and that a message will be sent about his ridiculous immigration policies. And none of us can say anything about it.”
Mike Fleming Dishes Ashgar Farhadi; Quotes Tirade From Competitor

John Wick Needs Talking Women, Or At Least A Female Dog, Argues Buzzfeed’s Nichole Perkins

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

John Wick Needs Talking Women, Or At Least A Female Dog, Argues Buzzfeed’s Nichole Perkins

Weekly Standard Embraces Customary Ways To Diminish Art And Arts, Largely Through Liberal Use Of Unnamed Straw Men

Monday, February 13th, 2017

“Beauty and truth are not merely subservient to the ‘identitarian’ agenda, they are excised from the conversation altogether. It’s not just that the New Philistines have weaponized art in the service of an aggressive social-engineering campaign; they’ve pulverized it.”
Weekly Standard Embraces Customary Ways To Diminish Art And And ArtistsLargely Through Liberal Use Of Unnamed Straw Men

Penske’s Deadline, Gold Derby, Variety And Indiewire Blend Prognosticators For Oscar vid

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Penske’s Deadline, Gold Derby, Variety And Indiewire Blend Prognosticators For Oscar vid

A Populist Critique From Brooklyn Magazine

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Space Between Us director Peter Chelsom and co-screenwriter Allan Loeb are the kind of filmmakers whose faces should be attached to any number of grievances from nonwhite, nonmale directors having a rough go of it. These guys get to make movies all the time, even if they seemingly have little more than a vague idea and a wishlist of shitty MOR folk-pop-lite acts.”
A Populist Critique From Brooklyn Magazine

Stephen Galloway Argues For More Award Nominations For Women In Film

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

“If the dearth of actors of color in Oscar contention was striking last year, the absence of women behind the camera was just as bad this year.”
Stephen Galloway Argues For More Award Nominations For Women In Film

Stephen Galloway Deifies Irving Thalberg, Craving A Latter-Day Successor

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“Like Thalberg, they knew there was a bottom line; but like him, they were sometimes willing to defy it for the love of the movies.”
Stephen Galloway Deifies Irving Thalberg, Craving A Latter-Day Successor

Slate Tells Oscar Winners What To Do Instead: Have An Ex-Refugee Tucked Under Your Arm, Despite Academy Rules

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“The model here is Senator Martin in The Silence of the Lambs, pleading for the life of her kidnapped child.”
Slate Tells Oscar Winners What To Do: Have An Ex-Refugee Tucked Under Your Arm, Despite Academy Rules

From Sundance, Kyle Buchanan Handicaps Oscar 2018 Birth Of A Nation Candidates

Friday, January 27th, 2017

From Sundance, Kyle Buchanan Handicaps Oscar 2018 Birth Of A Nation Flameout Candidates 

2017 Oscar Nominations

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Best Picture
Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
La La Land – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
Manchester by the Sea – Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Actress in a Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Actress in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Moana – John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
My Life as a Zucchini – Claude Barras and Max Karli
The Red Turtle – Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Cinematography
Arrival – Bradford Young
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Lion – Greig Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

Costume Design
Allied – Joanna Johnston
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
La La Land – Mary Zophres

Directing
Arrival – Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Documentary (Feature)
Fire at Sea – Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
Life, Animated – Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
O.J.: Made in America – Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
13th – Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

Documentary (Short Subject)
Extremis – Dan Krauss
4.1 Miles – Daphne Matziaraki
Joe’s Violin – Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
Watani: My Homeland – Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Film Editing
Arrival – Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
La La Land – Tom Cross
Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Foreign Language Film
Land of Mine – Denmark
A Man Called Ove – Sweden
The Salesman – Iran
Tanna – Australia
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Makeup and Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Music (Original Score)
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Passengers – Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Can’t Stop The Feeling – from Trolls; Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
City of Stars – from La La Land; Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
The Empty Chair – from Jim: The James Foley Story; Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
How Far I’ll Go – from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Production Design
Arrival – Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Paul Hotte
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Hail, Caesar! – Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
La La Land – Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
Passengers – Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

Short Film (Animated)
Blind Vaysha – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Patrick Osborne
Piper – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Short Film (Live Action)
Ennemis Intérieurs – Sélim Azzazi
La Femme et le TGV – Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
Silent Nights – Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
Sing – Kristof Deák and Anna Udvardy
Timecode – Juanjo Giménez

Sound Editing
Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare
Deepwater Horizon – Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
La La Land – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Sully – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound Mixing
Arrival – Bernard Gariépy Strobl and Claude La Haye
Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
La La Land – Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Arrival – Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
Fences – Screenplay by August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Lion – Screenplay by Luke Davies
Moonlight – Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Hell or High Water – Written by Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Written by Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Written by Kenneth Lonergan
20th Century Women – Written by Mike Mills

Sundance-Slamdance Filmmaker On How His Work Got Caught Up An “Ouroboros Vibe” With The “Pizzagate” Hallucination

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Sundance-Slamdance Filmmaker On How His Work Got Caught Up An “Ouroboros Vibe” With The “Pizzagate” Hallucination

Grauniad Hot Take On Why There Aren’t Studio-Made Activist Movies Begins, Of Course, With The Obligatory Anodyne Quote By Paul Dergarabedian

Friday, January 13th, 2017

“I don’t see any particular agenda besides lots of franchises to bring people into theaters. More Marvel superheroes, more DC superheroes, more sequels.”
Grauniad Hot Take On Why There Aren’t Studio-Made Activist Movies Begins, Of Course, With The Obligatory Anodyne Quote By Paul Dergarabedian

What Happens When China Investment Stops Flowing West?

Friday, January 13th, 2017

“China’s concerns are understood to be twofold: that some companies are disguising capital flight as foreign investment, while others are using high-profile entertainment purchases as a short-term strategy to boost stock prices.”
What Happens When China Investment Stops Flowing West?

China Now Has More Movie Screens Than United States, But Many Are Empty

Friday, January 13th, 2017

“It isn’t that the ticket is too expensive, it is that I am too poor. I always stay at home and watch TV because it is free. I was a movie fan 30 years ago and as far as I can remember I could afford to watch a film almost every week and I loved to watch films featuring the lives of farmers or stories in the countryside.”
China Now Has More Movie Screens Than United States, But Many Are Empty

China Says Bad Reviews Hurting Film Industry, Issues “Seven Conventions” For Reviewers

Friday, January 13th, 2017

China Says Bad Reviews Hurting Film Industry, Issues “Seven Conventions” For Reviewers

“China’s Communist Party has tried to rescue the reputations of its big budget film makers, dismissing critics and in many cases censoring articles that slate Chinese films. On Wednesday the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece, targeted Chinese film review sites like Douban and Yanmao for ‘grossly inaccurate’ reviews.”

Friday, December 30th, 2016

“China’s Communist Party has tried to rescue the reputations of its big budget film makers, dismissing critics and in many cases censoring articles that slate Chinese films. On Wednesday the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece, targeted Chinese film review sites like Douban and Yanmao for ‘grossly inaccurate’ reviews.”

Back, And To The Right, With JFK 25 Years Later

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Back, And To The Right, With JFK 25 Years Later

Alliance Of Women Film Journalists Announce Tenth Annual Awards

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

[PR] The women have voted!

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual AWFJ EDA Awards. This year AWFJ presents EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard ‘Best Of’ section, the Female Focus awards and the irreverent EDA Special Mention awards—including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award.

In the ‘Best Of’ section, this year’s big winner is “Moonlight”, garnering EDA Awards in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, Best Screenplay (Adapted) for Jenkins, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay won three EDAs for Best Documentary for “13th,” Best Female Director for “13th” and Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry for 13th and for raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood

“Manchester By the Sea” won two EDA Awards for Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Screenplay (Original) for Kenneth Longergan.

In the EDA Special Mention Categories, Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert tied for the Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award, while Huppert was honored the Bravest Performance Award for “Elle.” Jennifer Aniston won the Actress Most in Need of a New Agent for “Mother’s Day” and “Office Christmas Party.

This year has brought heightened awareness of the impact movies and cinema culture have on setting our social norms,” states EDA AWARDS and AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin. “The need for gender parity and greater diversity in the movie industry is patently clear. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and core values. I’m thrilled that in our 10th anniversary awards season AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent representing such a broad spectrum of perspectives, making the 2016 EDA Awards particularly relevant at a time when art — and film, in particular — must be the vanguard of social progress.” 

Here’s the entire list of this year’s winners: 

AWFJ  BEST OF AWARDS

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight 

Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Screenplay, Adapted: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins   

Best Documentary: 13th – Ava DuVernay 

Best Animated Film: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Best Actress: Ruth Negga – Loving 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis – Fences 

Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea  

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Moonlight – Yesi Ramirez  

Best Cinematography: Moonlight – James Laxton 

Best Editing: Moonlight – Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders 

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Handmaiden – Park Chan-Wook

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director: Ava DuVernay -13th 

Best Woman Screenwriter: Kelly Reinhardt – Certain Women 

Best Animated Female (tie):

Judy in Zootopia – Ginnifer Goodwin 

Moana in Moana – Auli’i Cravalho 

Best Breakthrough Performance: Ruth Negga – Loving 

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry:

Ava DuVernay – For 13th and raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood

 

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism (tie):

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women 

Isabelle Huppert – Elle and Things to Come 

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award : Rules Don’t Apply – Warren Beatty (b. 1937) and Lily Collins (b. 1989) 

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent: Jennifer Aniston – Mother’s Day and Office Christmas Party  

Bravest Performance: Isabelle Huppert – Elle 

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t have been Made: Ben Hur

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellwegger for Bridget Jones’s Baby  

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS:  AWFJ, a not-for-profit corporation, is an international association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to raising the volume on women’s voices in the film community by broadening opportunities for women who write about film and supporting films by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting EDA awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. 

ABOUT THE EDA AWARDS:  The AWFJ presents EDA Awards to honor women’s achievements in front of and behind the cameras.  In addition to the annual end of the year awards, AWFJ presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Films at select film festivals,including IDFA, Whistler Film Festival, DOXA. Edinburgh Film Festival. St. Louis International Film Festival and others. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and screen actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long standing member of AMPAS.  

 

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