Movie City News Archive for January, 2015

Sundance Grand-Juries The Wolfpack, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker, Slow West

Sundance Grand-Juries The Wolfpack, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker, Slow West

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2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Grand Jury Prizes go to The Wolfpack, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker and Slow West Audience Awards go to Meru, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dark Horse, Umrika and James White Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the feature film Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The awards, celebrating artistry,…

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Friday Box Office Estimates

American Sniper showed traditional fatigue yesterday, dropping a more normal 45% from the previous Friday. Still, as the film’s weekends have gone so well so far, it will pass $250 million domestic Sunday. Three wide release newcomers (Project Almanac, Black or White, and The Loft) will fail to reach as much as $10 million. In limited release, the “Game of Thrones “special IMAX release drew about $3300 per screen and showings of Oscar-nominated shorts will extend to almost $200k this weekend.

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The 2014 ACE Eddie Editing Awards

“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, ACE) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The black-tie ceremony was held in the…

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ACE Eddie Awards Go Boyhood, Grand Budapest, LEGO, CITIZENFOUR

ACE Eddie Editing Awards Go Boyhood, Grand Budapest, LEGO, CITIZENFOUR

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Paul Thomas Anderson Again Demurs On The Topic Of Old Tom

“I don’t know Thomas Pynchon; I don’t know who he is, I don’t know what he looks like. I didn’t consult with him on the script. That’s all I’ve got to say.” Paul Thomas Anderson Again Demurs On The Topic Of Old Tom

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Nathan Rabin On “The Epic Uncool Of Philip Seymour Hoffman”

Nathan Rabin Goes About 7,500 Words On “The Epic Uncool Of Philip Seymour Hoffman”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Calls On Royals For Pardon For 49,000 Other Gay Men In Addition To Alan Turing

Benedict Cumberbatch Calls On Royals For Pardon For 49,000 Other Gay Men In Addition To Alan Turing

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Mekado Murphy And The Wachowskis Decipher A Single Image From Jupiter Ascending

Mekado Murphy And The Wachowskis Decipher A Single Image From Jupiter Ascending

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SPC’s Barker And Bernard On Female Films From Sundance And A Disdain For VOD

“VOD day and date, you basically are signalling that this movie is not as good as the other movies. It’s a valid way to go if you don’t think you can sustain a theatrical run.” Sony Pictures Classics’ Barker And Bernard On Female Films From Sundance And A Disdain For Foreshortened Windows

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J. Hoberman On The Family Drama Of Boyhood And My Winnipeg

“Watching Boyhood incrementally on Blu-ray inspired a desire to cast off the story and experience the movie shot by shot, perhaps even in a random sequence, in the manner of Chris Ware’s graphic-novel-in-a-box, ‘Building Stories.’ Were it possible to so program Boyhood on disc, narrative would melt away to leave a succession of exalted present…

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Michael Medved Steps Back From Radio Show

Michael Medved Steps Back From Radio Show

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David Duchovny Likes Playing With Words

David Duchovny Likes Playing With Words

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“As I was walking down the street from the final Awards luncheon, a big car stopped next to me and who else but Udo Kier (a local resident) should offer me a ride to my hotel?”

“As I was walking down the street from the final Awards luncheon, a big car stopped next to me and who else but Udo Kier (a local resident) should offer me a ride to my hotel?”

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Anthony Kaufman Has Some Problems With Sundance’s Documentary Programming

Anthony Kaufman Has Some Problems With Sundance’s Documentary Programming

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Slamdance Jury And Audience Awards Announced

he 21st Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Categories. The award winners were announced at the festival’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT. As in previous years, juries of leading industry experts and esteemed…

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Megan Ellison Saves Santa Monica’s Vidiots

“Annapurna is helping out to keep the doors open.” Megan Ellison Saves Santa Monica’s Vidiots

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On The Rise Of Genre Stories In India’s Publishing Boom

On The Rise Of Genre Stories In India’s Publishing Boom

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Richard Brody On “How Critics Have Failed Female Filmmakers”

“The biggest problem isn’t genuinely independent cinema, where lower budgets mean more opportunities for women in front of and behind the camera. The problem is the six major studios that dominate the box office, the entertainment chatter and the popular imagination.” Richard Brody On “How Critics Have Failed Female Filmmakers”

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“After Sundance, there will be normalcy in Park City”

“After Sundance, There Will Be Normalcy In Park City”

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier