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Paul Thomas Anderson Shares 5 Reasons Why Jonathan Demme Was His Favorite Filmmaker

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Paul Thomas Anderson Shares 5 Reasons Why Jonathan Demme Was His Favorite Filmmaker
Programmers at Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek had already been planning Jonathan Demme month when news of his death broke, the comprehensive retrospective of one of American cinema’s most influential voices took on new meaning in the wake of his passing — and brought some of his disciples out of the woodwork. These included Paul Thomas Anderson, who moderated a series of conversations throughout the program’s opening weekend.

The series kicked off with the 1986 slapdash comedy and road movie “Something Wild,” and Anderson was on hand to interview the film’s producer Ed Saxon and SXSW founder Louis Black, a longtime friend of the late director. But it was Anderson, who’s currently in post-production on his December release “Phantom Thread,” who naturally consumed the spotlight. “This is so thrilling for me, and nerve-wracking to be here,” he said by way of introduction, calling himself the “master of ceremony for the weekend.
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Robyn Hitchcock Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was the Anti-Video-Generation Director’

Robyn Hitchcock Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was the Anti-Video-Generation Director’
Director Jonathan Demme, who died on Wednesday at age 73, may go down as the most rock-friendly major director of all time. His most famous association was with Talking Heads, thanks to the boon to both their careers that was “Stop Making Sense.” But he also enjoyed long friendships and/or working relationships with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to cult bands like The Feelies. And arguably the most peculiar documentary in a filmography full of peculiar documentaries is “Storefront Hitchcock,” a concert film that had the amiably surreal British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock playing an acoustic gig with his back to a shop window, competing for the viewer’s attention with mostly unaware passersby.

Demme never stopped dragging his favorite people into his movies, so Hitchcock subsequently showed up in “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Rachel Getting Married,” on top of being asked to contribute songs for other films.
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'Silence of the Lambs' at 25: 'It Broke All the Rules'

'Silence of the Lambs' at 25: 'It Broke All the Rules'
I was terrified at the Academy Awards," screenwriter Ted Tally says. "I can't describe how nerve-racking it is. You go in the bathrooms, and people are boozing it up, smoking, doing lines of coke. You never saw so many famous people so nervous."

Twenty-five years ago on this coming Valentine's Day, The Silence of the Lambs opened in movie theaters. An intense, gritty crime odyssey, in which an FBI cadet (Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) hunts down a serial killer (Ted Levine as Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb) with the help of another,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Stone (Thrillingly) Assassinates Truth While Investigating Kennedy Assassination

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing
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Millennium pics up Elsa & Fred

  • ScreenDaily
Millennium Entertainment has taken Us rights to Michael Radford’s romantic Elsa & Fred starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.

Radford and Anna Pavigano wrote the remake of the 2005 Spain-Argentina hit about two senior citizens who find love.

Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula will also star.

Producing Elsa & Fred are Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy and Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon.

Millennium Entertainment’s Tristen Tuckfield negotiated the deal with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Cannes: Millennium Entertainment Lands Michael Radford’s ‘Elsa & Fred’ With Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer

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Cannes: Millennium Entertainment Lands Michael Radford’s ‘Elsa & Fred’ With Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer
Millennium Entertainment closed a U.S. rights deal on the Michael Radford-directed Elsa & Fred, starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Radford wrote it with Anna Pavigano, and Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula also star. Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy, Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon produce. Pic is a remake of the 2005 Spanish/Argentinian film the story of two people in the twilight of their lives who discover that it’s never too late to find love and make their dreams come true. After losing his wife, straight-laced Fred (Plummer) is forced by his daughter (Harden) to move into a small apartment where he meets Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes.
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Cannes: Shirley MacLaine-Christopher Plummer’s ‘Elsa and Fred’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Millennium Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Michael Radford’s romance “Elsa and Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.

Lotus Entertainment is handling international sales at Cannes.

The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman and Scott Bakula. Producers are Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg, Jose Levy and Ricardo Kleinbaum from Cuatro Plus Films and Edward Saxon.

“Elsa and Fred” is an English language remake of Marcos Carnevale’s 2005 Spanish-Argentine film also titled “Elsa and Fred.” Radford directed from his adaptation, written with Anna Pavignano.

In the 2005 film, Fred was a recently widowed Spaniard in his 70s who has led a quiet life and retires to an apartment in Madrid with Elsa — an Argentinian and a chronic liar — as his neighbor.

In the remake, Plummer’s straight-laced Fred is forced by his daughter (Harden) to move into a small apartment where he meets MacLaine’s Elsa.
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Oscar Parties 2014: The Ultimate Guide

Oscar Parties 2014: The Ultimate Guide
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.

(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party

Where: Soho House

Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends

Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.

Oscar Celebrates:
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Amazon Studios Writer Q&A: Sci-Fi Movies, and the Intersection of Smart and Popcorn

Writer/director Omar Naim embraces the notion that science fiction allows us to observe present-day issues and human quandaries from an outsider perspective.

His award-winning 2004 film The Final Cut explored questions of memory and reality in a near-future world where people can have their babies implanted with chips that record every moment of their life. Now he’s exploring the science fiction-thriller genre further, by rewriting the Amazon Studios Development Slate project Children of Others.

Children of Others is about a barren woman who miraculously conceives with the help of a mysterious fertility clinic, only to discover that she’s bearing an alien baby who may be the precursor to invasion – or the only hope for mankind. Veteran producer Edward Saxon (Silence of the Lambs, Adaptation) is attached to the project.

We spoke to Omar about his inspirations, his own film, and the challenges and opportunities that come from working
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Screen Aus grants development funding to 10 feature films

  • IF.com.au
Screen Australia has granted more than $276,000 in funding to support the development of 10 feature films, including projects by the co-writer of local smash The Sapphires and the team behind Wish You Were Here.

It is a small financial lifeline for the industry which is no longer receiving drama production investment from the national government agency after it spent its entire annual $42 million budget in just six months.

Among the new feature film projects to receive funding is comedy-drama The Grip, written by Tony Briggs (The Sapphires). It follows five young Australian businessmen who discover the secret to winning the pokies and develop Robin Hood-like reputations. David Field (The Combination) will direct.

Writer Felicity Price and director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) have also received funding to develop a new (as yet) untitled thriller. It follows social misfit Vincent, who holds a flame for 17-year-old Amber, but when his hopes are crushed he acts impulsively,
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Filming Begins for MacLaine and Plummer's 'Elsa & Fred' Remake: Cast Includes Brolin, Harden, Noth & Gilman

Filming Begins for MacLaine and Plummer's 'Elsa & Fred' Remake: Cast Includes Brolin, Harden, Noth & Gilman
Joining the cast of Michael Radford's remake of "Elsa & Fred," starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, are Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman, James Brolin, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, Reg Rogers, and Erika Alexander. The film just kicked off production in New Orleans. The film is a remake of the 2005 Spanish-Argentine romantic comedy from director Marcos Carnevale, which was also adapted into a stage play. MacLaine plays a gregarious and lively New Orleans retiree, and Plummer will be the straight-laced widower that moves into her apartment, causing conflict as she won't leave him alone. The film, which raised funds at the Afm, will also shoot in Rome. During Afm, producer Ed Saxon said: "I'm pinching myself; as getting the chance to work with Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, and Michael Radford is a producer's dream come true." He is producing alongside Nicolas Veinberg, Matthias Ehrenberg, Ricardo...
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Elsa And Fred casts Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred, starring with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, reports Variety. Filming started in New Orleans on Monday on the projected which also includes Chris Noth, Jared Gilman, James Brolin, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, Reg Rogers and Erika Alexander. The English remake of Marcos Carnevale's Spanish language Elsa & Fred tells of two older people who fall in love late in life. Nicolas Veinberg, Matthias Ehrenberg, Ricardo Kleinbaum, Jose Levy and Edward Saxon produce while Angel Losada Moreno, Carsten Lorenz. Aaron Gilbert, Osvaldo Rios and Rob Weston serve as exec producers.
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Elsa And Fred casts Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden has joined the cast of Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred, starring with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, reports Variety. Filming started in New Orleans on Monday on the projected which also includes Chris Noth, Jared Gilman, James Brolin, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, Reg Rogers and Erika Alexander. The English remake of Marcos Carnevale's Spanish language Elsa & Fred tells of two older people who fall in love late in life. Nicolas Veinberg, Matthias Ehrenberg, Ricardo Kleinbaum, Jose Levy and Edward Saxon produce while Angel Losada Moreno, Carsten Lorenz. Aaron Gilbert, Osvaldo Rios and Rob Weston serve as exec producers.
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MacLaine, Plummer Are "Elsa & Fred"

  • Dark Horizons
Michael Radford ("Il Postino") is set to direct the English-language remake of Spanish-Argentine rom-com "Elsa & Fred."

Set in New Orleans, Shirley MacLaine plays a gregarious fun-loving retiree, who takes a shine to a stick-in-the-mud widower (Christopher Plummer) who moves into her apartment building, but just wants to be left alone.

Radford and Anna Pavignano co-wrote the script, while Ed Saxon, Ricardo Kleimbaum, Matthias Ehrenberg, Nicolas Veinberg and Jose Levy will produce. Shooting kicks off in December 3rd in New Orleans and Rome.

Source: Variety
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Amazon Studios 1st Film Projects: Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, Children Of Others

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Amazon Studios first film projects Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, and Children of Others are being produced by Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon. Amazon Studios was developed and launched by Amazon.com last year and invited “users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later”.

Information of the development of each film and who is producing it through Amazon Studios:

Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue. Written by Scott Mullen, the script revolves around a woman who has the unusual ability to track people based on the things they’ve touched, but suffers from physical pain whenever she’s touched by another person. The FBI enlists her and her powers to help hunt down a serial killer.
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Amazon Studios Announces First Three Feature Film Projects

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After launching over a year ago, receiving over 6,000 scripts and 600 movies demanding their attention, Amazon Studios have finally filtered through all the mayhem. According to Deadline, they’ve finally announced their first three projects, as well as the producers attached to each film.

Denise Di Novi — of Ed Wood and Crazy, Stupid Love. fame — will head the first project, Touching Blue. Scott Mullen has written the script, which tells the story of a “woman who has the ability to track people based on things that they’ve touched.” However, this special gift causes physical pain to any human she touches. Think Rouge from X-Men but take away Wolverine and add the FBI, who enlist the woman to help hunt a serial killer.

Edward Saxon (Silence of the Lambs) will produce the next science fiction/horror film Children of Others, which is based from the script by Barrington Smith-Seetachit. It
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Amazon Studios Announces First Three Projects

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Amazon Studios Announces First Three Projects
[1] It's been just over a year since Web retail giant Amazon launched [2] Amazon Studios, inviting users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later, the film studio has announced its first three projects, with Hollywood vets Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon signed on to produce. As far as I know, Amazon Studios hasn't expressed a particular interest in sticking to one genre, but it just so happens that all three films center on sci-fi premises. More details after the jump. Deadline [3] broke the story on the upcoming films, all of which are in the early development stages. No directors or actors have been announced at this time. Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue.
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Amazon Studios Hooks Winning Scripts Up With Producers

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Amazon Studios Hooks Winning Scripts Up With Producers
A trio of big name producers Denise Di Novi ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), Bill Gerber ("Gran Torino") and Academy Award winner Edward Saxon ("Silence of the Lambs") have signed on to produce scripts uploaded to Amazon's site, the company announced on Thursday.  Amazon Studios launched in November 2010 as a new media film company that relied heavily on crowd sourcing. Through the web service, filmmakers and screenwriters submit their full-length movies and scripts, which are then voted on by visitors. The company the helps get the movies that receive the most enthusiastic responses made
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Edgar Wright’s ‘The Wright Stuff II’ Wrap-Up

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Edgar Wright’s ‘The Wright Stuff II’ Wrap-Up
It's always been a dream of mine to attend the entire Sundance Film Festival and, last week, I was able to fulfill that dream. Leave it to Edgar Wright to simultaneously program one of the most amazing repertory programs in recent memory and make me reconsider what dreams are made of. The Wright Stuff II ran from January 14-31 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles and featured Wright-selected double features with special guests, Q&A's, fun trailers and more. We did a preview of what was playing at the event [1]and now that it's over, Wright has provided his own look back with some reveals of the many surprises he provided to Los Angeles fans. Check out some highlights after the break. On Wright's blog, Edgar Wright Here [2], he posted a huge list of thank yous and more. Here are some of the highlights of what he posted.
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DVD Reviews: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid,' 'Date Night,' 'Our Family Wedding'

The screeners having been coming so thick and fast here at CinemaSpy that we can't find the time to write them all up and sip margaritas on the beach. Hence, we've cheated and written a bunch in what journalists call a 'short and snappy' form. That way, you get to read our recommendations of what to watch and what to avoid and still have time to read the millions of Twitter messages you've got with a link to that video of the British weather forecaster flicking the bird at a news reader.

Do tell us what you think (of the reviews, not the forecaster). We will continue to bring you long-form reviews of selected releases (the upcoming Alien Anthology, for instance), but expect to see more like these...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Genre: Family Comedy

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn

Director: Thor Freudenthal

Screenwriters: Jackie Filgo,
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