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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma, and Whiplash.
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Press release: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash. "As we celebrate 30 years of great independent film," said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, "this year’s nominees are an astonishingly

Drunk History: Seasons 1 & 2 Are the Picks of the Week

I'm taking a chance that an odd comedy will actually tickle my funny bone.
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I have an unusual sense of humor. I generally don’t find the things that the apparent majority of people find hilarious to be in the least bit amusing. I’ve never enjoyed a Farrelly Brothers' film or any movie associated with Judd Apatow. I’ve got no use for Hangovers or elderly Virgins. I stare at the Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men dumbfoundedly wondering how anybody could find any ounce of humor in any of it. Broad comedy almost always falls flat to my ears and even more esoteric and odd comic film like Borat or Archer barely

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Debuts on Friday, November 28

Has your interest in this film awakened?
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To ensure the Internet chatter and specualtion doesn't die down, an 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown in 30 theaters across North America, beginning Friday morning, November 28. The teaser will then be shown in theaters around the world this December. For those Star Wars fanatics who can't wait for the official trailer and think they can be satsifed by 88 seconds (insert your own joke here), the complete list of participating theaters playing the tease is listed below: AZ PHOENIX HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE CA LOS ANGELES AMC CENTURY CITY CA LOS ANGELES Indep

ABC Family's Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Starts This Sunday, November 23

What films will you be watching as ABC Family closes out the month?
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Press Release: ABC Family offers viewers the best way to gear up their holiday festivities with the network’s annual programming bonanza “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” beginning on Sunday, November 23rd . The movies featured in this year’s “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” demand to be watched with a bowl of popcorn and possibly some loved ones. There is no better way to unwind from a day of holiday activities - preparing the turkey, eating leftovers, spending all your money during Black Friday - than with a favorite movie and your social-media platform of choice. Let’s face it:

TCM to Remember Award-Winning Filmmaker Mike Nichols on Dec. 6

The director will be honored with triple feature.
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of award-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols with a three-film tribute on Saturday, Dec. 6. Nichols, who passed away Nov. 19 at the age of 83, is one of the few artists who has earned Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy accolades. TCM's tribute will showcase his Oscar-nominated work on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) and his Oscar-winning work on The Graduate (1967). The night will also include Nichols' acclaimed 1971 film Carnal Knowledge. The following is the complete schedule for TCM's tribute to Mike Nichols. (All times Eastern) TCM Remembers Mike

It Happened One Night is the Pick of the Week

The Christmas season keeps bringing all sorts of great stuff.
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When I bought my first DVD player back in 1999 I vowed that I would only buy really great movies - the classics, interesting indies, fantastic foreign flicks, etc. I wanted to develop a collection of the world’s best movies with no fluff. That died out with in a few months. At the time DVDs were still really rather expensive, running about $20 or more per film. Every now and again, I’d find a used sale at Blockbuster or some such place and you could grab something for ten or sometimes even five dollars. Such a bargain price often made

Criterion Announces February 2015 Releases

Here are some options for your film-loving valentine.
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In February, Criterion offers six new releases. Four are by directors who see an increase of their work added to the Collection. Those titles are Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself, Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, and Federico Fellini’s Fellini Satyricon. Criterion also adds an animated film to their roster with Martin Rosen's Watership Down. Also scheduled is the high-definition digital restoration of Yasujiro Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon. Every Man for Himself (#744) out Feb 3 in Blu-ray & DVD Editions After a decade in the wilds of avant-garde and early video experimentation,

Lots of TV Series Sets are the Pick of the Week

Halloween is over so its time for the Christmas season and with it lots of big TV collections.
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You’ve got to love the (extended) Christmas season. It seems like every year it gets pushed farther and farther up the calendar. I’ve barely taken down my Halloween stuff and already the stores are flooded with Christmas decorations and the radio is playing non-stop carols. There’s plenty of reasons to get annoyed with that - the crass commercialism, the lack of decent music, the spoiling of any specialness the season actually has, etc., but as a collector I gotta say I love it. From now until the end of the year there are going to be sales and deals on

Batman: The Complete Television Series Offers Options for Every Bat-fan!

Holy Multiple Formats!
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Press Release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) sets a new standard for accommodating Bat-fans from the uber-avid to caped-casual with the upcoming release of Batman: The Complete Television Series on November 11, 2014. The most anticipated home entertainment release of all time will be available in several distinct packaging choices with varying content and bonus materials. These offerings include multiple national physical options - most notably, the Limited Edition Blu-ray™ box set - as well as varying digital selections, and a few specialty alternatives. As the ultimate collector’s pièce de résistance, the Limited Edition box set (SRP $269.97) is a

2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Lands Four World Premiere Restorations

Festival to Feature Newly Restored Editions of Apollo 13 (1995), Spartacus (1960), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928).
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Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has landed four film restorations set to make their world premieres during the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, taking place March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood. The movies, each from a different era in cinema history, including Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995), Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960), William Dieterle's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928). The Keaton comedy will be accompanied by legendary silent film composer Carl Davis conducting the world premiere performance of his new score for the film. Passes for the 2015 TCM Classic

Stanley Kubrick: Masterpiece Collection is the Pick of the Week

Christmas is coming and with it comes big boxed sets and lots of TV collections.
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For nearly as long as I can remember and certainly for as long as I’ve taken cinema seriously ,I’ve been a follower of the auteur theory. Even at a young age, I realized how influential a director was to the overall development and final artistic vision of a film. To this day, I tend to refer to films by their director rather than their stars or plot lines. The best directors leave their stamp on a movie no matter the genre. Stanley Kubrick was truly an auteur in every meaning of the word. You can tell its one of his

Cinema Eye Announces the 2015 Unforgettables

"The Unforgettables celebrates the fearlessness of this unique collaboration between filmmakers and subjects."
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As announced on their website, "Cinema Eye, the organization that celebrates artistry and craft in nonfiction filmmaking, have announced their annual list of “The Unforgettables” - this year’s most notable and significant nonfiction film subjects. “Filmmakers know that their relationships with their subjects are often the most important element of in the success of their films,” Cinema Eye Founding Director AJ Schnack said. “Many of the greatest documentaries ever made - from Grey Gardens to Crumb to American Movie - were built on compelling individuals who allowed a filmmaker to capture and observe their lives. With the Unforgettables we celebrate

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three Titles Revealed

I don't know about you, but Make Mine Marvel.
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This morning at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President/producer Kevin Feige announced the slate of films planned for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which sent shockwaves of joy through the Internet. Over the next five years, movie-goers will be able to see: Captain America: Civil War | May 6, 2016 The team behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, return as Captain America and Iron Man face off. Doctor Strange | November 4, 2016 The Sorceror Supreme enters the MCU under the direction of

Deliver Us from Evil (2014) is the Pick of the Week

Surprisingly its a weak week for scary movies, but a good one for everything else.
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In case you’ve been stuck inside without any form of media (or a calendar) over the last month, Halloween is this Friday. I love this holiday more than just about any other day. I love the weather, the candy, the scary movies and dressing my kid up in some ridiculous costume. I just love every little bit of it. For years now, my wife and I have hosted a pumpkin-carving party. We invite all of our friends over, decorate the house, dress up the kids, fill every bowl with candy, put Thriller on the stereo, and carve little orange vegetables

George Lucas Talks Fantasy Cinema in TCM's Latest A Night at the Movies Documentary

TCM will also be airing a 24-hour salute to films that transport viewers into a world of dreams.
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Press Release: As excitement continues to build over the new trilogy in the Star Wars franchise, the man who created it - George Lucas - is going to take Turner Classic Movies (TCM) viewers on a ride through some of the movies that have sparked his imagination and inspired his career. This November, Lucas will talk extensively about his fantasy favorites in the one-hour special TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema, the latest in the network's ongoing series of genre documentaries. Produced by Amblin Television and award-winning filmmaker and author Laurent

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

"It's the end. The end of the path I started us on." - Tony Stark
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Thanks to some anonymous jerk who spoiled Marvel's plans (likely some entitled idiot fanboy, but how fun would it be if there was corporate espionage taking place), fans don't have to wait for next week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to see the new trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scheduled for release on May 1, 2015, the heroes reunite to take on the evil robot Ultron (voiced by James Spader), although the great bit of the trailer is Iron Man in a specially designed suit to handle the Hulk. Give it a look and tell is what you think of

getTV Programming Highlights for November 2014

Are you thankful for the choices you have this month?
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getTV pays tribute to Oscar®-winning actress Judy Holliday with a special block, every Thursday in November at 7 p.m. ET. The career-spanning retrospective highlights six of Holliday’s most iconic roles in a lineup featuring BORN YESTERDAY, which earned Holliday her first and only Academy Award®, and FULL OF LIFE (November 6); a night of romantic comedies with THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC and IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU, starring Jack Lemmon (November 13); then, spouses try to get back on track in THE MARRYING KIND, and Holliday and Lemmon reunite in PHFFFT! (November 20). The month comes to a close with

Snowpiercer is the Pick of the Week

This week's releases include a highly acclaimed science fiction movie, several complete television collections, an HBO special, and more.
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My in-laws have been spending the week with us. Mostly this is just swell as they are wonderful people who have been very kind to me in the 14 years that I’ve been involved with their daughter. They make great sitters for my daughter as well. It really is nice to have them around, but it does wreak havoc on parts of my life. This is especially true of my entertainment consumption. There are lots of things I cannot watch when they are around. Part of this is simply that I’m in the middle of a series and they won’t

Criterion Announces January 2015 Releases

Something to pick up with that money you get from returning unwanted Xmas gifts.
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Criterion starts 2015 with four new releases. Three are by directors who see an increase of their work added to the Collection. Those titles are Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, and Preston Sturges' The Palm Beach Story. Expanding the number of female directors, Lucrecia Martel makes her Criterion debut with her feature-film debut, La ciénaga. Also scheduled is the high-definition digital restoration of Kihachi Okamoto's The Sword of Doom. The Sword of Doom (#59) out Jan 6 in Blu-ray Editions Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the Pick of the Week

The film matched all of the promise of the concept.
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I like the idea of X-Men more than I usually like the execution. The mutant concept with all of the different and interesting powers coming from genetics is really neat. I also love that the ideas behind the mutants can be connected philosophically to our fights against racism and homophobia, but can also connect to anyone, individually, who doesn’t fit in. It's comic book heroes with an important message that’s also super cool. Unfortunately, the execution of this concept hasn’t always paid off for me. I’ve seen all the Hollywood movies and while I’ve enjoyed them as big blockbuster summer-type

EPIX Hosts DreadFest Halloween Weekend

What scary movies will you be watching?
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When the sun goes down on Halloween things will get very dark as EPIX’s “DreadFest” Halloween Marathon presents a series of blood-curdling horror films from 8:00 pm ET Friday, October 31st until 8:00 pm ET Sunday, Nov. 2nd. The scares begin with the 1976 classic, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, followed by the World Television Premiere of the newest version of the film, from horrormeisters Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) and Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity). The flicks and treats continue with World War Z, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, I, Frankenstein, Carrie (2013), You’re Next, Texas Chainsaw, The Cabin in

Disney Previews Tomorrowland and Big Hero 6 at New York Comic Con

Check out the trailers for two upcoming Disney releases.
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At the New York Comic Con, attendees of the Disney panel got to see presentations for upcoming releases for Tomorrowland and Big Hero 6, and now they are available for all to see below. Tomorrowland Official Boilerplate: From Disney comes two-time Oscar-winner Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as

Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is the Pick of the Week

I can't wait for my little girl to grow up with me and movies.
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There is a fairly constant discussion in my home over the television. Or rather how much of it my child should be watching. There are lots of studies, blogs, and opinions on the matter with a great many who will tell you that she shouldn’t watch any. TV is the opiate of the masses, the boob-tube, a bad babysitter, etc. It rots the brain. My wife and I sometimes side with those thoughts and try to not let her watch any. Except when we do. Which is often. Sometimes you just have to. Like when you are trying to clean

Two New Clips from Kill The Messenger

The truth? Who can handle the truth?
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Focus Features has just debuted two riveting new clips from their upcoming film, Kill The Messenger. Based on based upon the books Dark Alliance by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, and Kill the Messenger by Nick Schou, the official synopsis of the new dramatic thriller set for release on October 10th, 2014 reads: Two-time Academy Award-nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic

TCM Sets March 26-29 for 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival

The theme this year will explore how cinema has shaped how we view - and remember - history.
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has set March 26-29 for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, the sixth annual gathering of legendary stars, award-winning filmmakers and classic movie fans from around the globe. TCM has also unveiled the theme for the four-day event, which in 2015 will explore History According to Hollywood. Passes for the latest edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale this November. TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will once again serve as official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, with TCM's Ben Mankiewicz introducing various events. Many of the

Alex Trebek Looks at Africa through Hollywood's Eyes As Host of TCM's Friday Night Spotlight in October

What is programming for armchair travelers in October?
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Award-winning television host and passionate world traveller Alex Trebek is going to take classic movie fans on a trip through Africa, as seen through Hollywood's eyes, when he hosts Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) Friday Night Spotlight in October. Four Fridays during the month, the longtime host of Jeopardy! will introduce a collection of films set in the sprawling continent, from beloved classics like The African Queen (1951) and Casablanca (1942) to more contemporary favorites like Out of Africa (1985), The English Patient (1996) and, making its first appearance on TCM, Gorillas in the Mist (1988). Each night of Friday Night

Inherent Vice Trailer

Love usually leads to trouble.
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Adapted from Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's next film finds him reteaming with Joaquin Phoenix in a comedic mystery set in Los Angeles 1970. Private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoneix) gets involved in the disappearance of land developer Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), the married boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston). The film premieres at the New York Film Festival on October 4, is set for an award-qualifying limited release beginning December 12, and then goes wide on January 9, 2015. After watching the star-studded trailer, let us know your reaction

Chef is the Pick of the Week

I'm not at all a foodie, but I'd like to be.
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In college, I had a friend who majored in theater. One day he hit me up to help him out with a project. It was for his directing class and I was to be his actor. It was no big deal, he assured me, as I wasn’t meant to really act. This assignment was all about staging - where to place bodies to create an interesting picture from the audience. I didn’t need to memorize lines or nothing. I agreed and my friend Kellie and I spent a couple of days with Charlie learning where to stand when we said

Animation Abounds at Warner Archive Collection and Warner Archive Instant

Cartoon fans will rejoice at the latest offerings from the Archive.
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Warner Archive Collection (WAC) and Warner Archive Instant (WAI) continue to serve as hosts to some of the most treasured animated productions of the past half-century. The most seasoned animation fan can find plenty of WAC and WAI offerings to their liking, running the gamut from Blu-ray releases of recent super hero favorites like Young Justice, Beware the Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, to classic 1950s and 1960s cartoons like Hanna-Barbera’s Loopy Da Loop and the landmark anime series Marine Boy, to the playful silliness of the 1980s with Shirt Tales and Gilligan’s Planet. All of these

Neil Young Asks "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" in Latest Single

Will you answer the call?
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Rust never sleeps and netiher does Neil Young, who has released a brand new studio recording titled, "Who's Gonna Stand Up?," via NeilYoung.com. It is featured on his upcoming album, STOREYTONE, which will be released this November. The song was originally performed at a Crazy Horse show in the U.K. this summer and more recently was part of Young's solo acoustic set at Farm Aid this past Sept 13th, at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh North Carolina. The audience did indeed stand up and sing along in unison in support of the song's plea to end our dependence of fossil

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