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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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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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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And the winners are….AWFJ EDA Awards 2015

And the winners are….AWFJ EDA Awards 2015

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announces the 2014 AWFJ EDA Awards, with BOYHOOD named Best Film and BIRDMAN getting six awards. Ava DuVernay and Laura Poitras also get top honors for SELMA and CITIZENFOUR, respectively, and both are named Female Icons of the Year. Congrats to all the EDA Award winners. To see the complete list, and find out which film had the best depiction of nudity and who is this year’s Actress Most in Need of a New Agent, see the full list…

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Interview: Jennifer M. Kroots’ Take On TO BE TAKEI

Interview: Jennifer M. Kroots’ Take On TO BE TAKEI

TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. He’s an A-Lister, if ever there was one. Filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroots gives us the scoop on working with Takei and bringing his world of accomplishments to the big screen. Read on…

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“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

In May, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind-the-scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen. Since the series launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in their local coffee shops. Here’s the scoop…

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