Golden Globes Noms Make You Wake Up At 5:15 AM PST, That’s Show Business

Golden Globes Noms Make You Wake Up At 5:15 AM PST, That’s Show Business

What’s cool about the Golden Globes is you can do things there you wouldn’t dream of at there award shows. Can you imagine Jodie Foster coming out during an Oscar speech? But that’s exactly what she did, years after everyone in Hollywood had long since known and forgotten about it. Foster knew there would be no theme music rushing her off stage, nor any censorship, so in 2013 she accepted herself while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Even the word “Foreign” in their name is slightly strange and outdated, almost anachronistic…

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Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ: The Most Inventive & Poignant Film of The Year

Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ: The Most Inventive & Poignant Film of The Year

“Has the world gone crazy?” This is the refrain coming from the San Bernardino, Calif., and the Paris mass shootings; but it also echoes in filmmaker Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq, which opens tomorrow. While Chi-Raq is ostensibly a high-art adaptation of Aristophanes’ Greek satirical classic “Lysistrata” set in the inner city, it is a call-to-action on the shock topic of gun-related violence worldwide.

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ArcLight Women First-Ever Summit: Gretchen McCourt, Geena Davis, Cathy Schulman & More

ArcLight Women First-Ever Summit: Gretchen McCourt, Geena Davis, Cathy Schulman & More

With the disparity in representation of women in the director’s chair and actor compensation, as Jennifer Lawrence penned in a recent letter, it’s no surprise that ArcLight Cinemas just presented an “Inaugural Women in Entertainment Summit” (WIE). Host Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President of ArcLight, can be said to be a driving force here, complete with a hashtag #arclightwomen.

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How Oscar 2015 Shapes 2016 With Kat Kramer & Thank Meryl via Patricia, Now Lily, Jane Fonda

How Oscar 2015 Shapes 2016 With Kat Kramer & Thank Meryl via Patricia, Now Lily, Jane Fonda

What happened after winner Patricia Arquette’s impassioned Equal Pay Oscar acceptance speech in 2015, remarkably, has had a ripple effect, not just with the projects it inspired for 2016, but also in legislation, and even a federal investigation into equal pay in Hollywood based on salary numbers leaked as part of the Sony Hack. ArquetteASFArquette’s trophy moment for Boyhood, Best Supporting Actress, crescendoed with “To every woman who gave birth, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality…”

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EAST LA INTERCHANGE: “If This Film Could Vote” With Director Betsy Kalin

EAST LA INTERCHANGE: “If This Film Could Vote” With Director Betsy Kalin

No one disputes that there are a lot of LA’s, from the ancient Los Angeles of Pueblo and Missions, to Hollywood and LA Film Noir, to the Watts Towers, to Dog Town Surf Culture, to CGI pioneers and Silicon Beach. But director Betsy Kalin’s new documentary East LA Interchange is likely one of the few to explore the neighborhood known as Boyle Heights.

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Que Horas Ela Volta? Or, Powerhouse Director Anna Muylaert’s Contender from Brazil

Que Horas Ela Volta? Or, Powerhouse Director Anna Muylaert’s Contender from Brazil

Sometimes you see a film and think, ‘is it just me, or is this movie really good?’ And, in the case of Brazilian Director Anna Muylaert’s new film Que Horas Ela Volta?, titled The Second Mother for US audiences which opened this past weekend, it’s clearly a critical hit. Meaning other critics and reviewers have weighed in with surprise and delight. But this politics-of-the-nanny story is made all the more remarkable once you get a chance to talk with the filmmaker.

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“Dinner With Friends” Playwright Donald Margulies On Writing “The End of The Tour”

“Dinner With Friends” Playwright Donald Margulies On Writing “The End of The Tour”

There’s really only one thing you need to know about Donald Margulies, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play “Dinner With Friends” (1998) — he will field any question graciously. This generosity is the defining characteristic of someone at the top of their craft. So when The End of The Tour (starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg) opens in theaters on July 31, Margulies, as the screenwriter who adapted the David Lipsky memoir about David Foster Wallace, will be discovered by a whole new generation of film audiences.

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Top 10 Road Movies: His vs Hers, Why Not?

Top 10 Road Movies: His vs Hers, Why Not?

Summer is when a lot of us hit the highway, so a round-up of Road Movies makes sense. But how do you assess the genre, because the freeway and its parallel story-lines have been the purview of men traditionally? Easy, just compare two Top 10 His & Hers Road Movie Lists.

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A Minute with David Gordon Green & No “Shouty” Al Pacino in Manglehorn

A Minute with David Gordon Green & No “Shouty” Al Pacino in Manglehorn

You could say director David Gordon Green’s late-career Al Pacino-starrer Manglehorn, that opens tonight in Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset Cinema, is about the violence of everyday conversations, the hurt we inflict in the routine course of ordinary discussions, and how these wounds last a lifetime. PacinoGreenBut, just as easily, Manglehorn could be considered a snow globe souvenir of screen legend Al Pacino. Joe (Nicolas Cage), The Sitter (Jonah Hill), and Pineapple Express (Seth Rogen, James Franco) to his credit, cuts to the chase with, “Well it started with a title. As if often does with me in a weird way. I was evacuating from a hurricane.” Someone asked him what street he was on. “I was on Mangle Horne Street.”

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From Paper Moon to Phantom Halo: Another Bogdanovich Ascends

From Paper Moon to Phantom Halo: Another Bogdanovich Ascends

Two-on-one interviews are never easy, especially if you inexplicably fluff a plot-point on a movie. Writer-director Antonia Bogdanovich, on the phone with her father Peter Bogdanovich, who executive produces on her debut feature film Phantom Halo, graciously corrects the error with: “The (other) guy shot the father. Not the son.” And with that Freudian flourish, you solider on somehow, mostly because the Bogdanovich’s are so gracious.

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Top 5 Movies Most Distorting to Female Psyche & The ‘Isotta Fraschini’ Syndrome

Top 5 Movies Most Distorting to Female Psyche & The ‘Isotta Fraschini’ Syndrome

Ever since Maggie Gyllenhaal went public with the fact that she lost a role, at 37, as a love interest for a 55-year-old leading male because she was “too old,” the internet lit up with shock. But why should we be surprised? Disparity in casting leading men and women has been around since the Silent Era. So has a distorted view of the female psyche on film. Not only a distortion as to who and what women represent, but how the props, set dressing, costumes, conspire with the script, even the director, to really hammer the point home.

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Agnès Varda’s Palme d’or, Or The Moving Imagist Redefines Still Life

Agnès Varda’s Palme d’or, Or The Moving Imagist Redefines Still Life

There’s a scene in Mad Max: Fury Road where Charlize Theron meets a displaced tribe of elderly women, one of whom protects a mysterious satchel with “heirloom” seeds from a lost world that also holds the power for a verdant future. The segue here is that French New Wave Director Agnès Varda, who will receive an award from the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Closing Ceremony, is the seed-holder of Cinema Past and Future.AgnesVarda2015
Tonight, May 24, at Cannes 2015’s final gala, it is an extraordinary first for a woman in filmmaking, to be so honored with a coveted Palme d’or.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Drone Strikes or “Good Kill”

What We Talk About When We Talk About Drone Strikes or “Good Kill”

When Voltage’s new war drama Good Kill, starring Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones, and Zoe Kravitz is released on May 15, it will be viewed as thematic, a complex “message” movie riffing on modern warfare, specifically focused on weapons-grade drones. Will it win any awards though?

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Awards Discovery: Newcomer Lindsay MacKay & How Scaling Up Shorts Works

Awards Discovery: Newcomer Lindsay MacKay & How Scaling Up Shorts Works

During Awards Season when most focus on trophy sweeps by the majors, behind the scenes, 1000’s of films go up for some kind of consideration. Consider writer/director Lindsay MacKay, from Canada, who is now scaling up an award-winning short film, Clear Blue (2010), for another long-form film to match her feature-length flawless first effort, Wet Bum (2014).

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Golden Glaze, Or After the Awards Turn Into Ad Campaigns, What Will You See?

Golden Glaze, Or After the Awards Turn Into Ad Campaigns, What Will You See?

If you have noticed the Oscar wins have now turned into ad campaigns, you’re right, but there’s more to the story. Because Boyhood did not sweep the Oscars, IFC Films will underplay Patricia Arquette’s Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress, and sell the movie’s three Golden Globe Awards…

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Why Kristen Stewart’s César Win Reboots Her Career

Why Kristen Stewart’s César Win Reboots Her Career

World headlines have now announced Kristen Stewart as the first American in 30 years to be nominated, let alone score a César, or “French Oscar,” for Clouds of Sils Maria. But this historic first-ever win for an American, technically in a Supporting Role, merely scratches the surface of how this actor went from the Twilight franchise to become beloved of the notoriously insular French Academy.

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How Colliding Shows and Dueling Schedules Imperil the Awards Season

How Colliding Shows and Dueling Schedules Imperil the Awards Season

When award shows collide, everyone feels the impact. An in-depth look at this clutch-time scramble sums up Awards Season 2015, where show dates overlap in a hectic mash-up of guilds, societies, and associations vying for limited calendar dates. So what are the actual stats on galas that make up filmed-entertainment’s biggest moment of the year? Read on…

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OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

An informal red carpet survey may not be the most accurate way to gauge the Best Actor race for 2015, but this year it does confirm prevailing insider Hollywood sentiment that predicts a two-way tug between veteran Michael Keaton and newcomer Eddie Redmayne. leaving Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch on the sidelines. To understand voter calculus, let’s take a measure of the golden profiles of the Best Actor nominees, see what they bring to the gate, and reflect on what voters have said about their chances.

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