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Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar

Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards. That’s 25 more than 2016. Assuming they all book their qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, the members of the documentary branch have just a few more weeks to see as many films as possible and file their votes for the shortlist of 15 to be announced in December. They’re each supposed to watch an assigned list of about 20 films, plus as many more as they can.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

It’s possible for documentaries to also vie for Best Picture, although it is rare. Among this year’s most lauded features are “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “Jane,” “Kedi” and “One of Us.”

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s Secrets

“Al Di Qua”

All the Rage
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Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar

Record 170 Documentary Features Will Vie for 2018 Oscar
One hundred seventy features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 90th Academy Awards. That’s 25 more than 2016. Assuming they all book their qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles, the members of the documentary branch have just a few more weeks to see as many films as possible and file their votes for the shortlist of 15 to be announced in December. They’re each supposed to watch an assigned list of about 20 films, plus as many more as they can.

Read More:2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

It’s possible for documentaries to also vie for Best Picture, although it is rare. Among this year’s most lauded features are “City of Ghosts,” “Faces Places,” “Jane,” “Kedi” and “One of Us.”

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

“Aida’s Secrets

“Al Di Qua”

All the Rage
See full article at Indiewire »

Alfred Hitchcock: The Six Decades and 54 Movie Posters That Define His Career

Alfred Hitchcock: The Six Decades and 54 Movie Posters That Define His Career
With a career spanning six decades, Alfred Hitchcock remains the most influential filmmaker of all time. And while many of his later films are well known, there are also numerous titles to explore during the earliest part of his career in the 1920s.

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While Hitchcock started making a name for himself in the 1930s with films like “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and “The 39 Steps,” he really hit his stride during the 1940s with “Rebecca, “Foreign Correspondent” and “Suspicion.” By the next decade, Hitchcock was creating some of the most iconic films of all time with “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.”

In the 1960s, Hitchcock showed no signs of slowing down, transforming the horror genre with “Psycho” and “The Birds.” Even in one of his final films, “Frenzy,” Hitchcock still showcased his ability to shock audiences.
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Arthouse Box Office: Niche Ethnic Releases Overpower Specialty Openers

Specialty films these days range across more than core upscale urban and critically acclaimed quality fare. This weekend’s surprise: two foreign-language films placed second and third in the box office Top Ten.

The U.S./Mexican coproduction “How to Be a Latin Lover” (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ranked second with over $12 million from 1,118 theaters. Even more impressive, the Indian epic sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” (Great Indian) placed third with $10,138,000 in only 425 theaters. Both movies beat James Ponsoldt’s Dave Eggers novel adaption “The Circle” (Stx), starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, which opened to only $9.2 million in more than twice as many theaters.

(Read more in our Top Ten report.)

Among the specialty audience usual suspects, nothing managed to open with as much as a $10,000 per theater average. “Obit” (Kino Lorber) ranked highest, while Rami Malek-starrer “Buster’s Mal Heart” (Well Go USA) and “Natasha” (Menemsha) led the other New York openers.
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Behind The Graduate‘s “Leg Shot”: Daniel Raim on Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

Two unsung heroes of the American film industry get their due in Daniel Raim’s extraordinary documentary Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story. Most filmgoers – even the most informed ones – have probably never heard of Harold and Lillian Michelson, but the history of movies was forever changed by their contributions to classics like The Ten Commandments, The Graduate, The Apartment, West Side Story, and DePalma’s Scarface. Harold was a storyboard artist and Lillian ran a massive Hollywood research library; separately or together, they were essential resources for directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Coppola, Danny DeVito, and Stanley Kubrick. They […]
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Emma Watson’s The Circle Ends The Lame Spring Movie Season -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Even Emma Watson and Tom Hanks May Not Be Enough to Make a Mark As April Ends

The last weekend of April, and the “slower” spring movie season is ending this weekend, leading directly into the start of the lucrative summer box office next week. As has been the case in past years, the last couple weekends in April see a couple movies hoping to bring in any amount of money before the first big summer blockbuster, and other movies that will steal away their theaters. Last weekend was pretty sad, but hopefully a few of this weekend’s movies will fare better.

The movie that stands the best chance at finding an audience this weekend is the tech industry thriller The Circle
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Quad Cinema Reborn: How Charles Cohen Gave an Old New York Theater a Second Chance

New York is undergoing a renaissance for independent movie theaters, with newcomers like Metrograph and the Alamo Drafthouse joining stalwarts like Film Forum, Bam and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in making New York one of the preeminent American cities for cinephiles. Now the scene is about to accommodate one more newcomer — although in some ways, this one’s been around for a while.

Strictly speaking, the Quad Cinema won’t be the newest multi-screen theater on the block when it opens its doors April 14. In fact, it’ll be the oldest. The first multiplex in the city when it opened in 1972, the Quad catered to passionate audiences for decades before slowly declining in recent years due to disrepair and a decline in programming quality linked to an increased number of four-walled screenings.

So Charles S. Cohen, the real-estate mogul and owner and founder of Cohen Media Group who
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‘The Dunning Man’ Exclusive Clip: Crime Does Not Pay In Big Screen Adaptation of Kevin Fortuna’s Short Story Collection

‘The Dunning Man’ Exclusive Clip: Crime Does Not Pay In Big Screen Adaptation of Kevin Fortuna’s Short Story Collection
Think your last apartment hunt was hard? Check out Michael Clayton’s new film “The Dunning Man,” featuring a protagonist who faces the kind of real estate troubles that will make your home-hunting problems seem like a walk in the park.

After losing his job and being dumped by his girlfriend, Connor Ryan (James Carpinello) returns to Atlantic City to try to rebuild his life by becoming a landlord for a few apartments in a low-rise condo complex that sits in the shadows of an exorbitantly expensive casino. The problem is, Connor’s tenants don’t want to pay him.

Willing to get his money by any means necessary, Connor is forced to take on a pair of Chechen animal trainers with underworld ties, a hard-partying rapper who keeps the neighbors up all night, and a charming single mother.

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‘Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story’ Clip: How One of Hollywood’s Unsung Heroes Made ‘The Birds’ Come Alive

‘Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story’ Clip: How One of Hollywood’s Unsung Heroes Made ‘The Birds’ Come Alive
Today is the fifty-forth anniversary of the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film “The Birds,” and what better way to celebrate than watching one of the major contributors talk about his role on the film?

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Harold Michelson was not only the storyboard artist on “The Birds,” but also one of the Hollywood Golden Age’s major unsung heroes, which makes him such a fitting and fascinating subject for Daniel Raim and Danny DeVito’s documentary “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story.”

Michelson and his wife Lillian, a revered film researcher, quietly became the film industry’s secret weapons, though their contributions were largely uncredited, meaning that their story has never been told until now. The two were partially responsible for films like “The Graduate,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “Scarface.
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‘A Ghost Story’ Trailer: David Lowery Reunites Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck For An Indie Powerhouse

‘A Ghost Story’ Trailer: David Lowery Reunites Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck For An Indie Powerhouse
Anyone paying attention to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year knows David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” is one indie to keep a big eye on. Marking the reunion between the filmmaker and his “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” co-stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, the drama premiered in the festival’s Next section to near universal acclaim. IndieWire even named it the best film of Sundance 2017.

Read More: ‘A Ghost Story’ Review: Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara Star in David Lowery’s Best Movie

A24 has released the film’s first trailer, which can be seen below. Rooney Mara plays a grieving widow who is followed around by the ghost of her husband (Affleck, donning a white bed sheet with two cut out black holes for eyes). Eventually the ghost realizes that time is infinite for him, and he’s forced to watch passively as the world changes
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Quad Cinema Will Relaunch with Films from Yang, Rivette, Kubrick, Fassbinder, Wertmüller, Coppola & More

Next month will mark the return of New York City’s Quad Cinema, a theater reshaped and rebranded as a proper theater via the resources of Charles S. Cohen, head of the distribution outfit Cohen Media Group. While we got a few hints of the line-up during the initial announcement, they’ve now unveiled their first full repertory calendar, running from April 14th through May 4th, and it’s an embarassment of cinematic riches.

Including the previously revealed Lina Wertmüller retrospective, one inventive series that catches our eye is First Encounters, in which an artist will get to experience a film they’ve always wanted to see, but never have, and in which you’re invited to take part. The first match-ups in the series include Kenneth Lonergan‘s first viewing Edward Yang‘s Yi Yi, Noah Baumbach‘s first viewing of Withnail and I, John Turturro‘s first viewing of Pather Panchali,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Open Road Films Picks Up ‘Home Again,’ Zeitgeist Film Grabs ‘Harold and Lillian’ And More

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Open Road Films Picks Up ‘Home Again,’ Zeitgeist Film Grabs ‘Harold and Lillian’ And More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Exclusive: Zeitgeist Films has announced that it has acquired “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story,” a documentary about two fascinating (and unsung) heroes of 60+ years of Hollywood history. Directed by Daniel Raim and executive produced by Danny DeVito, the film had its premiere in the Cannes Classics section of the Festival.

The film will open in the first quarter of 2017 with a national rollout to follow.

– Open Road Films has acquired all North American rights to the romantic comedy “Home Again,” which will star Reese Witherspoon. The film was written by Hallie Meyers-Shyer and will be directed by Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. Nancy Meyers is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who also financed the film.
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Arms trade doc 'Shadow World' acquired for North America

Exclusive: Paris-based documentary specialist kicking off European sales on arms trade exposé at Cannes.

Paris-based documentary specialist Wide House has closed North American rights on Johan Grimonprez’s arms trade exposé Shadow World following its premiere at Tribeca in April.

TriCoast has taken Us rights while Kinosmith will release the documentary in Canada.

I Wonder Pictures has acquired the film for Italy and other European territories are expected to follow suit in Cannes.

Wide House chief Anais Clanet is also reporting strong interest on Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story about the romantic and creative partnership between storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife Lillian.

Japan’s Digital Works Entertainment Inc. acquired it in Cannes and Canal+ has also taken rights for Spain.

Other titles on Wide House’s slate include Claire Simon’s The Graduation and The Last Resort which premieres in a Special Screening at Cannes.
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Doc NYC 2015: Five Films You Need To Keep An Eye On From This Year’s Incredible Doc NYC Lineup

Doc NYC is running from Nov. 12-19

With 2015 nearly complete, and awards season in full swing, one would have to imagine that festival season has all but ended, with just a handful of Christmas Day releases waiting in the proverbial wings, fans champing at the bit to lay their eyes upon films from names like Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell. However, if you’re a fan of documentary cinema, the year’s biggest festival is about to get underway.

In its sixth year, Doc NYC has become one of the biggest and arguably the most important non-fiction film festival, with its selections more often than not finding their fair share of awards season gold. Getting selected as part of their “short list” of 15 gives one great odds of finding a similar spot in the Oscar race, with each of the last two years giving us nine overlapping titles among
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This Week In Trailers: Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, Sergio Herman, Fu%ing Perfect, A War, Prescription Thugs, Rams

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This Week In Trailers: Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, Sergio Herman, Fu%ing Perfect, A War, Prescription Thugs, Rams
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

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