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Jay Duplass: My Onscreen Transgender Romance Changed My Life (Guest Column)

Transparent table read, Jill Soloway stood up and declared that her purpose for creating the show was to make the world a safer place for her own transgender parent. The mission was imminent and quickly expanded to safeguarding and empowering all transgender people (and eventually all marginalized/underrepresented voices).

This revolution in artmaking and culture changes everyone who comes in contact with the show. Even my character, Josh Pfefferman, whom Jill refers to as "the roving male id" of the show, opens to the idea of gender fluidity in season three. In the fallout from losing his...
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Oscars 2016: nominees' reactions

Oscars 2016: nominees' reactions
A call from the president of Colombia; not waking the kids; and sharing the news with a shop assistant - how Thursday morning’s good news played out.Oscars 2016‘The Revenant’ leads Oscar race with 12 nomsFull list of nominations

The Revenant’ leads Oscar race with 12 nominationsScott, Spielberg, Sorkin shut out

Best Picture nominees at a glance

Comment: Oscar nominations reward ambition

Galleries: Best Picture; Actors

Titles listed in alphabetical order

45 Years

Charlotte Rampling (Lead actress): “I am deeply moved and thrilled by this nomination. Thank you to the Academy for recognizing 45 Years. Having the wonderful experience of working with the great Tom Courtenay and Andrew Haigh was a truly rewarding experience and I am simply delighted to have everyone’s hard work and true collaboration honoured by our friends and peers in the Academy.”

Amy

Asif Kapadia (Documentary): “The Academy Award nomination for best documentary is an incredible honour, thank you to
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Busan: Indian Producer Vivek Kajaria Brings ‘Durga’ to Festival

Busan: Indian Producer Vivek Kajaria Brings ‘Durga’ to Festival
Producer Vivek Kajaria rose to prominence with Marathi-language film “Fandry” (2013), a searing indictment of India’s caste system directed by Nagraj Manjule that won best film at the Mumbai Intl. Film Festival, and directing and acting awards at India’s national film awards. Since then, his company Holy Basil Prods., in association with Navalakha Arts, has been blazing a trail in the Indian independent film space. “This revolution of Indian independent cinema has happened recently. There are a bunch of upcoming producers who are ready to back good content not thinking about the big, star-driven films,” Kajaria tells Variety.

What made you produce Marathi-language films, when Hindi-language films have a wider reach?

A lot of factors play a major role here. First, this new young bunch of talented filmmakers wanting to create something which makes sense, something which has a lot to convey to people. Then the producers, who are wholeheartedly,
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Project of the Day: An Airstream is a Caravan of Change

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Project of the Day: An Airstream is a Caravan of Change
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Caravan of Change" Tweetable Logline: This is what happens when you transform a classic Airstream into a traveling Caravan of Change and document the journey! Elevator Pitch: The Caravan of change is a group of artists and advocates who will be taking a classic Airstream around the Us playing documentaries films, doing inspirational talks and skill shops, and turning our road trip into a documentary. Our docuseries will take place over 30 days, in 20 cities, and focus on helping 10 people radically change their lives. Our mission is to give people the tools to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life by simple changes in diet, lifestyle, and coaching
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Where are all the good guys? TV needs an antidote for anti-heroes

As a straight white male, I have to say that I'm increasingly disinterested in the problems of straight white males as the driving force of my televised entertainment.

A lot of this has crystalized for me over the past few weeks, but it's been a long time coming. Copious words have been written in recent months about how the golden age of television was forged in the fires of "The Sopranos," with the protagonist of that show, Tony, creating space for complex, multifaceted antiheroes to suddenly populate the small screen. And populate the small screen they did, darkening the landscape with multifaceted psychologies that nevertheless stemmed from a central source. To be certain, Tony Soprano wasn't the source itself, but rather the figure that created the creative, critical, and economic conditions for such sagas to proliferate.

But as "Ray Donovan," Showtime's latest hourlong drama, approaches, I find myself longing to
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Film Pop: Heavy Metal Picnic

Heavy Metal Picnic

Directed by Jeff Krulik

USA, 2010

Heavy Metal Picnic is a follow-up to the short cult film, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which depicted the Maryland Heavy Metal scene during the mid-1980s. Heavy Metal Picnic mixes the home video footage from a 34 hour concert called the “Full Moon Jamboree”, as well as contemporary footage of the people and musicians who made it possible.

What makes this event such a compelling film subject, is that it takes place right at the tail end of an era. Even in that 1985 footage people seemed well aware that this might be the very last concert of it’s kind. The “Psychotic Revolution” (phrased coined by concert promoter/organizer Billy Gordon), was upon them. This revolution defined by growing technology came perhaps a little later than expected, but it nonetheless suggests both the foresight of Billy Gordon as well as the underlying paranoia of this moment in time.
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The Face of Libya's Revolution

It's not a freedom fighter atop a tank but a young bohemian woman in Benghazi reviving a carnival banned by Gaddafi and singing songs of protest. Ann Marlowe reports on an extraordinary utopian moment in the free city.

The most interesting news here in Free Libya isn't war but peace-and cultural vitality. Signs everywhere say, "We began it peacefully and we will end it peacefully," and the utopian social transformation is much more interesting than the stalemated war.

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The front line was here on March 19, when Gaddafi's troops and lijan thureah, or local revolutionary committees, killed fighters defending the city. And on the 20th, they deliberately struck civilians, sometimes aiming RPGs at family cars. Dr. Hajer al Jahmi, 27, a third-year emergency medicine resident at Benghazi Medical Center, saw a huge sack of human body parts brought into the ER.
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Watch Out Bar Refaeli! Danny DeVito’s Daughter Lucy Is Coming For Your Man, Leo!

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Lucy DeVito wants to get up close and personal with Leonardo DiCaprio… on stage that is!

Supermodel Bar Refaeli, 24, better be prepared to step up her game soon. Danny DeVito’s daughter Lucy, 27, has a major thing for Bar’s man, Leonardo DiCaprio, 35 — and wants to get on stage with him sometime in the very near future!

“I have always had a crush on Leo,” Lucy admitted to HollywoodLife.com exclusively March 25 at the New York premiere of her new movie Leaves of Grass. “He’s a bit older than me, but [to work with him] would be awesome,” she said.

Lucy, who began her acting career in 2005 with an appearance in This Revolution, has some pretty big things in the works! She told us that the coaching from her famous parents, actor/producer Danny DeVito and actress Rhea Perlman, has helped her make it in the industry.

“They’re always very supportive,
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Founding Fathers Film Drove Giamatti Back To Cigarettes

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Paul Giamatti became so stressed on the set of new TV movie John Adams, he took up smoking again - eight years after he quit.

The actor, who plays United States founding father Adams in the two part historical epic, blames co-star Tom Wilkinson for tempting him to pick up cigarettes again in between takes.

He says, "I'd had enough. It was a tough job. John Hancock was on the phone to his agent... and Ben Franklin (Wilkinson) was having a Marlboro Light.

"So I said, `Give a founding father a cigarette. This revolution is killing me.' It was a very tough time."

Giamatti is planning to take up yoga to help him quit: "It helped me quit smoking before. So it may help me again."

Dawson Charges Dismissed

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Dawson Charges Dismissed
Sexy actress Rosario Dawson is celebrating today after disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration charges against her were dismissed in New York. The Alexander star, 25, was arrested last year for breaking a little-known New York state rule, which forbids protestors from covering their faces, while filming a scene for a new film in the midst of a real-life rally at the Republican National Convention. But this morning, a Manhattan judge dismissed charges against Dawson and two others, who were arrested while filming movie scenes for new film This Revolution. The actress says, "I'm happy how this all went down."

Dawson Plans To Fight Charges Against Her

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Men In Black II star Rosario Dawson is planning to fight disorderly conduct and obstruction charges against her. The actress was arrested last year for breaking a little-known New York state rule, which forbids protestors from covering their faces, while filming a scene for a new film in the midst of a real-life rally at the Republican National Convention. The 25-year-old star was wearing two handkerchiefs on her face with only her eyes showing and reportedly refused when ordered by police to move on. When This Revolution director Stephen Marshall attempted to show cops he had a city film permit, he and Dawson were arrested. Dawson, who denies police claims that she refused to move on, has moved to dismiss the charges against her. This request was denied in a Manhattan court Wednesday. The actress and director Marshall will stand trial next week.

This Revolution

This Revolution
PARK CITY -- In 1968, amidst riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, cinematographer Haskel Wexler wrapped a fictional story around the footage he was shooting in the streets and created a new genre, blurring the line between fiction and real life, feature and documentary. His film, Medium Cool, is the model for Stephen Marshall's This Revolution, shot at the Republican National Convention in New York and completed in an amazing 100 days. It's the kind of engaged, political filmmaking that is rarely seen today, and it's a welcome and powerful addition to the canon.

But no film can get by on good intentions alone. This Revolution is big on relevance and a bit thin on execution. Still, despite its shortcomings, it's a story that demands to be told and should be seen by as many people as possible. Politically committed filmgoers will no doubt find it a launching pad for heated debate.

Marshall is a seasoned doc director, most recently of Battleground, a road movie shot in Iraq, and numerous political-minded videos for musicians such as Eminem and 50 cents. So he's got the documentary part of the film covered. Footage leading up to the convention is first-rate and pulses with the energy of the street. It's in the fictional sections that the film gets bogged down and seems least convincing.

To keep things real, Marshall cast Nathan Crooker, a commercial and music video director, as Jake Cassevetes (perhaps the year's most unfortunate name for a character), the wiry, world weary news photographer at the center of This Revolution. Crooker may give the film verisimilitude but his stiff acting leaves something to be desired.

On the other hand, Rosario Dawson as Tina, a disillusioned widow whose husband was killed in Iraq, is a dream. She pulls off the difficult feat of being both gritty and beautiful at the same time. After her husband is killed, leaving her as single mother of an adolescent son (Brett Deluono), she starts wondering what she is going to do about it in political terms. Out of frustration, she joins the masked anarchist group the Black Bloc, where she encounters Jake.

Jake has been dispatched by cable network BCN to go underground and shoot radicals planning for the convention. Unbeknownst to him, his opportunistic producer girlfriend Chloe (Amy Redford) is setting him up for a fall. When he discovers that the network is complicit with the government, he is finally forced to take action.

Circumstances compell the politicization of both Tina and Jake, and therein lies the real value of the film. What the Black Bloc stands for is never coherently explained, and what's on Jake's mind beyond anger at being duped is equally unclear. But even if the film's politics come off as somewhat half-baked, This Revolution makes a persuasive argument for taking some action in the face of the administration's deceit.

Marshall succeeds in capturing the charged, crazy atmosphere where anything can happen. When Jake gets too close with his camera and is beat up by volatile Black Bloc members, the jumpy, hand-hand footage (shot by Brian Jackson) has the feel of a newsreel. The film is at its best when it's impossible to tell the difference between real and staged footage, thanks to smooth editing by Marshall and Crooker. And when Marshall and Dawson are actually arrested while shooting a Black Bloc skirmish, the boundary between life and art totally dissolves.

The play between the real and the make believe gives This Revolution a certain fascination, proving the validity of the form and the potential for political discourse in a feature film. It's a start and hopefully Marshall's next effort will be more polished without losing any of the raw energy he brings to this film.

THIS REVOLUTION

A Co.Op production of a Guerrilla News/Revolution Theory action

Credits: Director: Stephen Marshall

Writer: Marshall

Producer: Lisa Kawamoto Hsu

Executive producers: Bob Jason, Bob Kravitz

Director of photography: Brian Jackson

Editor:Marshall, Nathan Crooker

Cast:

Jake: Nathan Crooker

Tina: Rosario Dawson

Chloe: Amy Redford

Daniel: Brendan Sexton III

BCN News Anchor: Cynthia Garrett

Richie: Brett Delbuono

Immortal Technique: Himself

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 90 minutes

Hybrid films bloom at Sundance

Hybrid films bloom at Sundance
PARK CITY -- As the gap between fact and fiction filmmaking has narrowed during the past few years, more and more films can only be categorized as documentary-feature hybrids. Two examples of what is becoming an evolving genre are on display this year at the Sundance Film Festival: Stephen Marshall's This Revolution and Travis Wilkerson's Who Killed Cock Robin? Both fictional features were written and directed by documentarians using cinema verite techniques. They follow in the wake of two docudrama hits that brought in solid boxoffice returns last year: Touching the Void and the Sundance entry Open Water, films shot by documentarians who were frustrated by the limitations of by-the-book film journalism. In addition, such filmmakers as Michael Apted, Werner Herzog and Jonathan Demme now routinely move back and forth between features and docus.

Rosario Dawson Arrested

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Actress Rosario Dawson was arrested in New York City on Sunday afternoon while filming during a political rally. The Men In Black 2 star was shooting scenes for new film This Revolution during a demonstration against President George W Bush, when she and two filmmakers were arrested. Dawson is now being charged on two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of second degree obstruction of government administration. The actress and her two crew members were released hours later. They have been ordered to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court, New York, on November 9.

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