Harry Potter Films Are Coming to HBO…All 8 of Them!

Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint“Accio Harry Potter!” said HBO.
The cable network has acquired the rights to air all eight movies in the fan-favorite hit film series, six years after the final movie was released…

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Star Wars fans will get new trilogy of films

Three new films are planned to add to the Star Wars universe, it has been confirmed.
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Netflix, Prodigo Films Team for Fourth Brazilian Original Series, ‘Coisa Mais Linda’

Netflix’s push into original localized content in Latin America was bolstered today with the announcement that the streaming giant has secured the services of Brazil’s Prodigo Films to produce “Coisa Mais Linda,”(“So Beautiful”) a period romance set during Rio’s rich Bossa Nova movement of the late ’50s and early ’60s. The series will be the […]

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Mexico’s Machete Films, France’s Cine-Sud to Co-produce Federico Cecchetti’s Second Film (EXCLUSIVE)

MORELIA, Mexico — Mexican producer-distributor Machete Films and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion are co-producing Mexican-Italian helmer Federico Cecchetti’s next feature, “Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara,” which Cecchetti developed at the Cannes Festival’s directors’ residence Cinefondation last year. Cecchetti’s debut feature “Mara’Akame’s Dream” (“El Sueno del Mara’Akame”) won the Best First Mexican Feature Prize at […]

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Hayek: There are ‘way too many action films’

Actress Salma Hayek has told Sky News there are “way too many action films” being made and “it’s hard to find a really good one”.
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TCA Roundup: Elizabeth Smart Talks Autobiographical Films, Starz CEO Promotes Skinny Bundles

The Television Critics Association press tour arrived in Beverly Hills on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 9. Each day, Variety will publish a roundup of the most essential news items to come out of the day’s panels. In today’s roundup, Elizabeth Smart talks about the two movies she is producing on her life, and Lifetime… Read more »

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An Appraisal: In George Romero’s Zombie Films, the Living Were a Horror Show, Too

Our critics discuss the influence of the director’s body of work, including “Night of the Living Dead” and its depiction of white law enforcement.
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People Are Collecting Photos That Look Straight Out Of Wes Anderson Films

Life imitating incredibly symmetrical art.
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Films to watch this summer if you don’t like blockbusters

Not keen on Transformers or Spider-Man? Here’s some of the other films heading into UK cinemas.
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Moretz ‘appalled and angry’ by her film’s poster

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz said she is “appalled and angry” over the poster for her new film Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs.
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Cannes: Noomi Rapace to Headline WestEnd Films’ Action Thriller ‘Close’

Noomi Rapace is set to star in action thriller “Close,” which WestEnd Films will introduce to worldwide buyers at the Cannes Film Market this week. The London-based international sales and feature film financing company has acquired worldwide sales rights to the film, which is written and directed by British filmmaker Vicky Jewson. “Close” sees the… Read more »

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Netflix Considers Limited Theatrical Release in France for Cannes In-Competition Films

After facing pressure from distributors in recent weeks, Netflix is considering a limited theatrical release in France for its movies that are playing at the Cannes Film Festival. This marks the first year that Netflix has opened films at the prestigious film festival in the South of France. Two of its titles will be debuting… Read more »

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Battle Over Two Films Represents Turkey’s Quest to Control a Narrative

Critics of “The Ottoman Lieutenant” say it was aimed at undercutting another film, “The Promise,” by falsely painting the Armenian genocide as two-sided.
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Why are the Fast & Furious films so popular?

It had the strongest worldwide opening weekend in film history, estimates suggest.
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Paulina Garcia’s ‘The Desert Bride’ Tops Toulouse’s Films in Progress

“The Desert Bride,” an Argentine second-chance drama from first-time helmers starring Berlinale Best Actress winner Paulina Garcia (“Gloria”), took both big prizes at the 31st Films in Progress which wrapped at France’s Toulouse Cinelatino Fest on Friday. A gateway to big fest selection, so major arthouse or crossover sales agent pick-ups, Films in Progress also… Read more »

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Octavia Spencer Riffs On American Mixup Over Black Films On ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” guest host Octavia Spencer was less interested in taking swipes at the Trump administration than in grappling with America’s confusion over its black films at the Oscars.

Spencer joked about the frequent confusion over her most recent movie, “Hidden Figures” ― which has been repeatedly conflated with “Fences,” a separate movie starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. “People have been so kind to me about that movie. So many people have been coming up to me, saying, ‘I love Hidden Fences!’” she quipped.

They’re only similar in that they feature African Americans. “Hidden Figures” is about the black female mathematicians and engineers at NASA who helped launch John Glenn into space, while “Fences” is a complex story about the African American experience in Pittsburgh that centers on a black garbage collector who once had dreams of the big leagues. Both films were up for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards (the honor ultimately went to “Moonlight”), and Spencer was nominated for best supporting actress.

Spencer also addressed the crazy Oscars ending when “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as the winner for best picture, when it was supposed be “Moonlight.”

“I get it, I get it,” she said. “There were three black movies at the Oscars this year. And that’s a lot for America.” An easy solution, Spencer said, would be a three-way mashup of the films.

”If you’re gonna get confused anyway, I thought I might as well make some money off it. So, that’s why I produced ‘Hidden Fence Light,’” she joked. “It’s the story of three black women who send an introspective gay boy to build a fence on the moon.”

In any case, she quipped, it’s nice not to have to play nurses any longer.

Spencer got to reprise a situation from yet another one of her movies on “SNL” — 2011’s “The Help” — when she reappeared as her character in that film, Minny Jackson (for which Spencer won an Oscar for best supporting actress). She turned up in the cold open with Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions to offer him a version of her famous excrement pie from the movie that Minny served to her employer.

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Films by Gomis, Tucci delight viewers at Berlin Film Fest

Director Alain Gomis speaks during a press conference for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)BERLIN (AP) — Senegalese director Alain Gomis has delighted viewers at the Berlin Film Festival with "Felicite," a movie about the life and struggles of a singer in the Congo city of Kinshasa.



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Five cult films audiences hate to love

As Sharknado 5 begins production, here are five other critically-panned films audiences have grown to love.
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Films by Malick, Herzog, Verhoeven Headline Glasgow Festival

The latest films from Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, Paul Verhoeven, Ben Wheatley, Francois Ozon and Olivier Assayas headline next month’s Glasgow Film Festival, an event whose profile has grown in recent years. The program boasts 310 events and screenings of more than 180 films from 38 countries, including nine world or international premieres, three European… Read more »

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Debbie Reynolds, Wholesome Ingénue in 1950s Films, Dies at 84

Ms. Reynolds starred in “Singin’ in the Rain,” the classic MGM musical about 1920s moviemaking, in which she held her own with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.
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Top Ten Films of 2016

It’s one critic’s opinion. Let’s save the fighting for the future of our democracy. And let’s hope for streaming video for the titles at the bottom.

1. Newtown
Kim Snyder’s emotionally devastating one year followup on the survivors of the horrific shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut avoids explicit violence and manipulative sequences. Instead, she shows how irreparably damaged parents and siblings of those lost are, and condemns this nation rightfully for its refusal to enact any gun control. A transcendent doc that earns it tears fairly.

2. Miss Sloane
Screenwriter Jonathan Perera was living in Asia, unrepresented, before this literate, constantly surprising project got in the hands of director John Madden and Jessica Chastain, playing a brilliant, ruthless Washington lobbyist who sacrifices her career while trying to enact, yes, once again, gun control legislation. Reminiscent of Michael Clayton with its finely etched characters.

3. Weiner
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg had no idea that Congressman Anthony Weiner was going to witness a major scandal that would melt down his career while on camera. His brilliance, passion and humor are put in sharp relief by his compulsive, self-destructive behavior. A squirm-inducing, miraculous film.

4. Zero Days
Prolific, multi-award winner Alex Gibney has created a documentary about our greatest and most overlooked threat to the planet, the hacking of our critical infrastructure. It plays out like an international thriller, involving the US and Israel secretly cyber-attacking Iranian nuclear power centrifuges, but when Israel launched a second attack, the code was discovered and has now spread worldwide. Chilling and of the utmost importance.

5. Tower
Keith Maitland expands the nature of documentary with a primarily rotoscoped visit back to the sniper who took 16 lives from a clock tower on the University of Texas, Austin campus in 1966. There are fascinating shifts in perspective and storytelling by Maitland, as well as recalling inspiring acts of personal bravery.

6. Remember
Atom Egoyan returns to top directorial form, as the impeccable Christopher Plummer plays a senior citizen with dementia, on a personal mission to murder the Nazi guard who killed his family, recently found in America. Martin Landau supports with excellent work in this taut, finely constructed and moving feature.

7. Hell or High Water
Scotsman David Mackenzie and his screenwriter, David Sheridan, nail the quirks and mannerisms of West Texas, as two bank-robbing brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) try to save their ranch. They’re up against Jeff Bridges, as a charmingly laid back but brilliant lawman unwilling to give up on apprehending them. Foster is yet again a revelation as actor.

8. Neruda
Director Pablo Larrain has a beautifully shot and poetic tale in this, the persecution of Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, hunted down by an inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) who admires his work. A luxurious, metaphysical chase thriller, nominated for the Golden Globe for Foreign Film.

9. The Infiltrator
By now, we all know Bryan Cranston can do anything and here he rejuvenates the undercover thriller. Director Brad Furman has plenty of nail-biting tension and respect for his Columbian cartel characters as well, especially with Benjamin Bratt as an associate of kingpin Pablo Escobar. Based on the nonfiction book by US Customs agent Robert Mazur.

10. The Girl on the Train
It’s a delight to see how far Emily Blunt has come, from comedic second banana to this wrenching portrayal of an alcoholic who might be a murderer. Tate Taylor’s adaptation of the best seller by Paula Hawkins not only keeps you guessing but is lensed with great precision and color.

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15 Fantasy Projects That Owe Their Existence to LotR Films

It’s been 15 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring first hit theaters and changed how audiences — and Hollywood — perceived fantasy on the big screen.

In the decade and a half since, The Lord of the Rings movies’ influence has continued to be felt in both TV and film. Peter Jackson’s trilogy set a new high bar for high fantasy, and has paved the way for some huge hits (and some disappointing misses) over the years.

Coming off its success bringing The Lord of the Rings to life, New Line turned to another hugely popular fantasy series as its next big adaptation. The Golden Compass adaptation was announced almost three months after Fellowship’s debut, and it too brought to life a fantastical (though CG-heavy) world. It didn’t connect with audiences as well as the Lord of the Rings films and no sequels were made, but with Game of Thrones (yes, another franchise later down this list) proving that epic fantasy can translate to the small screen, BBC One is adaptating His Dark Materials into a TV show.

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Feasting Our Eyes through Food Films

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Food is not only good to eat; it is also increasingly enjoyed through media that range from one’s smartphone to cinema. In today’s popular culture, food’s visual representations play a role as relevant as its actual consumption, allowing for new forms of sharing and circulation. A specific contemporary way of looking at food is easily identified in communication forms as diverse as cookbooks, advertisement posters, reality TV, and commercials. Both critics and scholars have used the expression “food porn” to refer to this visual language in which food is always glistening and luscious, with lights playing on it to heighten its sensuality.
This style employs recognizable shots, from the ingredient detail to highlight its material qualities to the hand shots that glorify a cook’s dexterity and skills, moving to larger shots that include table, tools, and dishes, as well as the face of the cooking protagonists, all the way to wide shots that reveal the environment and the interaction with other characters. When food porn is applied to film, editing can vary from meditative, slow takes to frantic rhythm, depending on the filmography. Amplified sounds of simmering water or sizzling meat, much louder than ever experienced in reality, contribute to draw viewers into what they see and cannot, obviously, taste or smell.
These elements are constitutive in what is often called the “food film” genre, the main topic of the new book I wrote with Laura Lindenfeld called Feasting Our Eyes: Food Film and Cultural Identity in the United States. Both avid consumers of the genre, Lindenfeld and I question it to uncover how it participates in the formation and the diffusion of ideas and values about important aspects of our identity such as gender and sexuality, class, age, as well as race and ethnicity. We discovered that as fun as they can be and as apparently progressive they may seem in their celebration of difference, originality, and creativity, food films tend to reveal a quite traditional – at times conservative – outlook on society.
Of course, that is not always the case. Recently, two great works that propose an alternative approach to food in film, albeit in different ways, have been re-released: Tampopo and Daugthers of the Dust, which had a huge impact on how I look not only at the genre, but also at movies in general. For different reasons, both refuse the voyeuristic attitude that allows spectators to revel in the more sensual, aesthetics aspects of culinary cultures that are not their own, without actually engaging with them neither symbolically nor materially. Films like Woman on Top or the Mistress of Spices are two clear examples of this approach, which excludes whole groups from full cultural citizenship and does not contribute to establish real dialogue and intercultural communication.
Tampopo, Juzo Itami’s 1985 wild romp through the Japanese gastronomic landscape, has been restored and presented in 4K, giving new brilliance and depths to the images. Tampopo is often hailed as the first true food film, due to the central role cuisine and eating play in the plot and in the characters’ development. The story of the motley crew that follows a ramen shop owner in her quest to discover the best recipe for her specialty allows the filmmaker to uncover many quirks and downfalls of Japanese society in the 1980s, torn between unbridled consumerism, pretention, and conformism. As an insider, Itami is not at all attracted to the aspects that most Western viewers would find intriguing and exotic. His tone is ironic, at times surreal; as frequently as it appears on the screen, food never presents the “porn” undertones that would become a mainstay of the genre in the years to come.
Also Julie Nash’s 1991 Daughters of the Dust has been restored to mark its 25th anniversary. Set in the early 1900s in a Gullah village on one of the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, the film places food front and center in the lives of the community it represents. Although Nash’s work cannot be considered a food film, food production and preparation, a daily occupation for the female protagonists, are featured frequently but discretely, central to their lives as its consumption. Daughters of the Dusk is not so much interested in allowing strangers to peep in the Gullah culture as to understand the profound changes that were assailing it at the time. Needless to say, no food porn is to be enjoyed.
The two films indicate that representing cooking and eating on the silver screen outside of the “food porn” canon is possible, effectively disrupting the limitations of the genre. If you are interested in these topics, join us for a public conversation on food and film at The New School on November 28.

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During a winter flyfishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex “Xenie” Hall, learn they’ve have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful even-keeled son of a songwriting legend believes there’s more to fishing than catching fish. Short-tempered Xenie, a “firewood salesman,” sees it differently and fishes like it’s a race against the clock. Their different approaches to fishing and life emerge and clash on the snowy river banks and damp hotel rooms of British Columbia in this true story of a friendship stretched to the breaking point. An exploration of life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, Low & Clear unfolds with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure, as J.T. and Xenie find themselves on a fishing trip that could be their last …
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During a winter fly fishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex “Xenie” Hall, learn they have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful, even-keeled son of a songwriting legend, believes there’s more to fishing than catching fish. Short-tempered Xenie, a “firewood salesman,” sees it differently and fishes like it’s a race against the clock. Their different approaches to fishing and life emerge and clash on the snowy river banks and damp hotel rooms of British Columbia in this true story of a friendship stretched to the breaking point. An exploration of life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, Low & Clear unfolds with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure, as J.T. and Xenie find themselves on a fishing trip that could be their last..
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During a winter fly fishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex “Xenie” Hall, learn they have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful, even-keeled son of a songwriting legend, believes there’s more to fishing than catching fish. Short-tempered Xenie, a “firewood salesman,” sees it differently and fishes like it’s a race against the clock. Their different approaches to fishing and life emerge and clash on the snowy river banks and damp hotel rooms of British Columbia in this true story of a friendship stretched to the breaking point. An exploration of life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, Low & Clear unfolds with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure, as J.T. and Xenie find themselves on a fishing trip that could be their last..
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Following in the footsteps of Confluence’s earlier releases DRIFT, RISE and CONNECT, WAYPOINTS is the most exotic, ambitious and in-depth feature-length project that Confluence has ever created. Shot around the world in both fresh and saltwater, locations include flats fishing St. BrandonA*s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, trout fishing the wilds of Patagonian Chile, coastal Southeast Alaska for Steelhead, the Himalayan rivers of India for Golden Mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for saber-toothed payara. Confluence has become known for great stories, interesting character profiles, soulful interviews, an amazing diversity of species, and the finest cinematography in the world of fly fishing. WAYPOINTS delivers on all of these things and more. An incredible travel-logue-style fishing film that truly showcases not only the fly fishing lifestyle, but the journey itself as seen through the eyes of anglers Oliver White, Jeff Currier, Greg Bricker, Gerhard Laubscher, Rooster Leavens, and several other interesting and unique characters. …
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Following in the footsteps of Confluence’s earlier releases Drift, Rise, and Connect, Waypoints is the most exotic, ambitious, and in-depth feature-length project that Confluence has ever created. Shot around the world in both fresh- and saltwater environments, locations include flats fishing St. Brandon’s Atoll in the Indian Ocean, trout fishing the wilds of Patagonian Chile, coastal Southeast Alaska for steelhead, the Himalayan rivers of India for golden mahseer, and the jungles of Venezuela for saber-toothed payara. Confluence has become known for great stories, interesting character profiles, soulful interviews, an amazing diversity of species, and the finest cinematography in the world of fly fishing. Waypoints delivers on all of these things and more. It’s an incredible travelogue-style fishing film that truly showcases not only the fly fishing lifestyle but the journey itself as seen through the eyes of anglers Oliver White, Jeff Currier, Greg Bricker, Gerhard Laubscher, Rooster Leavens, and several other interesting and unique characters. Released December 2013 Run time 86 minutes .
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X-Treme Girl Games Bikini is a lively and fun TV special that measures both the girls nerves and curves as red hot and well endowed ladies compete to be the ultimate X-Treme Girl Games champion by winning a series of physical challenges such as military style training boxing skydiving hand to hand mudwrestling and numerous other extreme fitness challenges. This special measures both the girls nerves and curves as 4 girls compete to be selected Ms. Maximum Wobble.

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  • Black Films Are Buzzing At This Year’s Sundance Festival

    Every year the Sundance Film Festival premieres some of the best independent black films around, and it looks as if 2015 will be no different. Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rick Famuyiwa, Zoë Kravitz and Stanley Nelson are just a few of the black actors and filmmakers attending the festival in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1. Sundance was where films like Fruitvale Station and directors like Ava DuVernay won big before going on to garner even more acclaim. This year, early buzz for many of the films is extremely positive.
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    Black Films Are Buzzing At This Year’s Sundance Festival

    Every year the Sundance Film Festival premieres some of the best independent black films around, and it looks as if 2015 will be no different. Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rick Famuyiwa, Zoë Kravitz and Stanley Nelson are just a few of the black actors and filmmakers attending the festival in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1. Sundance was where films like Fruitvale Station and directors like Ava DuVernay won big before going on to garner even more acclaim. This year, early buzz for many of the films is extremely positive.
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    The 10 Must-See Sundance Films For Art Lovers

    Beginning January 22, Park City, Utah will play home to a cinephile’s favorite time of year, the Sundance Film Festival. While the whole shebang makes us drool with envy over those who’ve snagged tickets, we’ve got our eyes firmly fastened on the New Frontier portion of the festivities.

    Focusing on the intersection of film, technology and — of course — art, the New Frontier champions experimental forms of storytelling that aren’t your average indie film fare. From a series of 61 one-minute mini-films to a virtual reality experience meant to simulate that of a bird, the New Frontier films are changing the future language of cinema.

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    “The primary thing I look for when considering works, both for the New Frontier films section, and the [coinciding] exhibition, is how an artistic or scientific practice innovates or expands the art and craft of cinematic storytelling. Innovation often happens when intelligence, passion, and drive meet limited resources. It also happens when diverse forms of creative expression entangle and hybridize,” Shari Frilot, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer and curator of the New Frontier exhibition, wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “New Frontier is filled with filmmakers and content creators who were unsatisfied with conventional modes of expression, and consequently pushed beyond traditional paths of practice to reach for something new and undiscovered.”

    “I’m interested in films, art works, media experiments that speak powerfully to the art and craft of storytelling,” she added, and “to imagining the future of what telling cinematic stories can be.”

    This year’s pickings with gather together everyone from music video director Chris Milk to fine artist Doug Aitken to virtual reality visionaries Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël. “The film lineup completely eschews any notion of theme, style or category, unless the category is incredible diversity,” said Frilot. “The sheer geographic diversity, and the diversity of the filmmakers themselves, is matched only by the diverse and eclectic visions of their films in the line up.”

    “A theme that might unify the work in this year’s edition of the New Frontier exhibition is that they bring the viewer to occupy full immersion inside the storyworld. The works by this year’s New Frontier creators allow the viewer to inhabit a consciousness inside the moving image itself, and enter a state of becoming. They compel a penetration of our own bodily presence into the digital tableau. As we make choices in the heat of the moment and wander through virtual storyworlds, our state of being evolves and we become something both additional, and parallel, to ourselves.”

    Behold, the 10 must-see films at Sundance’s New Frontier. If you’re lucky enough to attend this year’s fair, don’t let these go unseen.

    1. The Forbidden Room Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk

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    “A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wind their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.”

    2. Station to Station Director: Doug Aitken

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    “‘Station to Station’ is composed of 61 individual one-minute films featuring different artists, musicians, places, and perspectives. This revolutionary feature-length film reveals a larger narrative about modern creativity.”

    3. Birdly Artist: Max Rheiner

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    “Flying is one of the oldest dreams of humankind. ‘Birdly’ is an experiment to capture this dream, to simulate the experience of being a bird from a first-person perspective. This embodiment is conducted through a full-body virtual reality setup.”

    4. Dérive Artist: François Quévillon

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    “This interactive installation uses the audience’s body motions and positions to explore 3D reconstructions of urban and natural spaces that are transformed according to live environmental data, including meteorological and astronomical phenomena.”

    5. Evolution of Verse Artist: Chris Milk

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    “Chris Milk, working with visual effects powerhouse Digital Domain and virtual reality production company VRSE.works, has created this photo-realistic CGI-rendered 3D virtual reality film that takes the viewer on a journey from beginning to new beginning.”

    6. Paradise Artist: Pleix

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    “Paradise is certainly not paradisiacal if you look at it through our eyes. But neither is it totally devoid of humor, melancholy and absurdity. Perhaps it is first and foremost life as it is, and then a touch exaggerated in the digital overdrive.”

    7. Way to Go Artist: Vincent Morisset

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    “It is a walk in the woods. It is an astonishing interactive experience, a restless panorama, a mixture of hand-made animation, 360-degree video capture, music, dreaming, and code; but mostly it is a walk in the woods.”

    8. WILD –- The Experience Artists: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

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    “Fox Searchlight and the Fox Innovation Lab present this virtual reality experience drawing from the film ‘Wild.’ Viewers enter a fully immersive media environment to join an intimate moment on the Pacific Crest Trail between a woman, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), and her mother, Bobbi (Laura Dern), a vision from the afterlife.”

    9. Herders Artists: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

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    “Mongolian pastoral herders are one of the world’s last remaining nomadic cultures. For millennia they have lived on the steppes, grazing their livestock on the grasslands. Through a series of virtual reality experiences, the viewer is invited into the reality of a nomadic family of yak herders.”

    10. Strangers with Patrick Watson Artists: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël, Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

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    “‘Strangers with Patrick Watson’ invites the viewer to spend an intimate moment with celebrated Montreal musician Patrick Watson at work in his studio loft on a winter’s day.”
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    “Persecuted” Gives Faith Based Films a Bad Name

    Movie Review Jackie K Cooper
    “Persecuted” (One Media)

    This year there have been quite a number of faith based movies released. Some have been high profile like “Heaven Is For Real” and others have been low on the radar like “Alone Yet Not Alone.” Still most of them have shared a quality of talent that makes them acceptable to the movie going community. That is as it should be. Just because a movie is “faith based” does not mean it is automatically worth seeing. A “faith based” film should have to earn its audience just like every other kind of movie.

    Take a movie like “Persecuted.” This just released movie has been hyped as a “faith based” film. Boasting a cast that includes Fred Dalton Thompson and Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson, this is a movie that should play successfully with those on the right of the political spectrum and with Christians in particular. Let’s hope not, since “Persecuted” is a perfectly awful movie.

    The story concerns a charismatic minister named John Luther (James Remar). At the height of his success he is framed for a murder he did not commit. This is done because he did not support a one size fits all freedom of religion bill that is being sponsored by Senator Donald Harrison (Bruce Davison).

    Luther goes on the run and tries to find someone to help him disprove this accusation. One of the first people he turns to is his father Charles (Thompson), who is also a pastor (or priest?). Together they make plans to cleanse John’s reputation. But while they are doing this, Harrison and his minions are searching high and low for John.

    Flaw number one: While John is driving around the Washington, DC area no one can seemingly locate him. This is happening even though his picture is all over television and the newspapers. There is such a thing as hiding in plain sight but the freedom he has to travel around without being spotted is ridiculous.

    Flaw number two: John Luther is supposed to be a man of enormous charisma and personality. He has created and run a huge worldwide ministry. As played by Remar he is a sulking, low key individual who couldn’t influence his dog. Remar has had roles where he had some spunk and spirit but none of that is on display in this movie.

    Flaw number three: Nothing in the movie makes any sense. As the story enters its final phase it gets even more bizarre. You walk out wondering if half of the plot was just tossed during the filming.

    All of those flaws are fatal and all of them destroy any entertainment value the movie might have had. The acting is atrocious. Remar is not the only one sleepwalking his way through his/her part. Thompson is wooden and Carlson is all glowing Barbie doll. So much for her big screen movie debut. And out of nowhere comes Dean Stockwell, a talented and well thought of actor who has not been on screen lately. Why did he want to return in a lame vehicle like this one!

    The movie is rated PG-13 for violence.

    Movies like “Persecuted” give faith based films a bad name. They mention God and Jesus in the dialogue and think that will be enough to draw a crowd. Here’s hoping it isn’t.

    I scored “Persecuted” a sinful 2 out of 10.

    Jackie K Cooper
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    Hollywood North Still Draws Films From Down South

    In the old days, filmmakers flocked to Hollywood for its abundant sunshine, beautiful people and sandy beaches. But today a new filmmaking diaspora is spreading across the globe to places like Vancouver, London and Wellington, New Zealand.

    Fueled by politicians doling out generous tax breaks, filmmaking talent is migrating to where the money is. The result is an incentives arms race that pits California against governments around the world and allows powerful studios — with hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal — to cherry-pick the best deals.

    The most recent iteration of the phenomenon came earlier this month when James Cameron announced plans to shoot and produce the next three “Avatar” sequels largely in New Zealand. What Cameron gets out of the deal is a 25 per cent rebate on production costs, as long as his company spends at least $ 413 million on the three films.

    “There’s no place in the world that we could make these sequels more cost effectively,'” says producer Jon Landau. It is neither the archipelago’s volcanoes nor its glaciers that are attractive, because the “Avatar” movies will be shot indoors. Sure, Peter Jackson’s award-winning special effects infrastructure is there, but the deciding factor was the money. “We looked at other places,” says Landau. But in the end, “it was this rebate.”

    In exchange, the local economy will benefit hugely, Landau says, comparing the ripple effect to the boost that comes from new home construction. “We’re doing lumber, we’re catering for hundreds of people a day. We’re housing people in hotels. We’re going to a stationery store and tripling their business in a year.”

    The deal was “the best Christmas present we could have possibly hoped for,” says Alex Lee, an Auckland, New Zealand-based entertainment lawyer. The news is especially welcome because the local screen industry is facing a potential drought: The Starz pay TV series “Spartacus” finished this year and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy is set to wrap next year. Thanks to the “Avatar” sequels, the 1,100 workers at Weta Digital Ltd., the ground-breaking digital effects house Jackson co-founded in 1993, can keep plugging away through 2018.

    “It would have been a real shame if we had lost any of that talent and they had to move to follow the films,” says Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

    Driving the trend are powerful global forces squeezing the entertainment industry. Falling DVD sales are putting pressure on movie-making budgets, while the demand for ever-more-amazing special effects grows. The spread of technology and skills around the world is creating a huge number of special effects suppliers some using cheaper labour than can be found in Hollywood.

    Government largesse has helped create mini-moguldoms in Vancouver, Montreal, London, New York and Wellington, all of which are aggressively one-upping each other to become the next new hotbed of activity. As the work spreads, branch offices of visual effects companies have opened up in new locations. Even though digital work is borderless, workers must live and be paid locally to generate the income taxes and spending that governments seek.

    The tax incentives race is destined to accelerate next year. State incentives in California — home to “Star Wars” pioneer Industrial Light & Magic — are too small to accommodate big-budget movies. Democratic Assembly member Raul Bocanegra is preparing a bill to expand their scope, but it could take months to get through committees, says his chief of staff, Ben Golombek.

    And the U.S. federal incentive, an arguably difficult-to-use tax deduction of up to $ 20 million per film or TV episode, is set to expire at the end of 2013.

    “Once our federal incentive ends in two weeks, you’re going to have a lot of people who are going to go elsewhere,” says Hal “Corky” Kessler, a tax incentives lawyer with Chicago-based Deutsch, Levy & Engel.

    Industry business leaders say they’re simply following the money.

    “This is no different than any other multinational business,” says Sir William Sargent, co-founder and CEO of Framestore, a London-based special effects business that worked on likely Oscar-contender, “Gravity,” and has offices in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles. “We’re just going to where our customers are.”

    Even if the U.S. moves to counteract growing incentives overseas, the efforts won’t prevent another jurisdiction from offering a bigger break.

    Joseph Chianese, executive vice-president at consulting company EP Financial Solutions, says the competition to offer attractive incentives is intense. More than 30 countries and 44 U.S. states now offer tax breaks to filmmakers.

    The mix “changes daily, but it’s not going away,” Chianese says. :We have now trained a generation of filmmakers and TV makers that production doesn’t have to happen here anymore.”

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