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Before you know it

Directed by P.J. Raval
Currently available on VOD

When you get old you become invisible, apparently. That’s what our parents and grand-parents tell us. We probably are aware that we don’t notice old people as much. What about if you’re gay and old? Gay activists are thought of as being youthful rabble-rousers filled to the brim with energetic conviction, ready to turn the establishment on its head. Does that mean that the older generation of gay ... more >

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QUOTE: NEW CANNES president Pierre Lescure on the Coen Bros heading jury

This year marks Lescure's first year as fest president

Pierre Lescure, the new president of this upcoming 68th edition of the Cannes Festival, took to the media this week after it was announced by fest that this year’s jury would be presided over by the Coen Brothers. "These geniuses of dark humor, these portrait artists we love so, cutting and tender all at once, a balance between popular and independent,” is the savvy and warm-hearted way Lescure ... more >

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SUNDAY OPINION: POLITICIANS don’t make good movie critics (and probably never will)

A small-town mayor does small-time things sometimes
Alternate reality ahead: keep your eyes peeled

FRANCE - This week, the right wing-leaning mayor of a small Parisian suburban town ordered local theaters to take the film “Timbuktu” (directed by Abderrahmane Sissako) off its program slate “in the name of the fight against glorifying terrorism.” The terrorist attacks that occurred in France last week have had many consequences, this incomprehensible cancelation of “Timbuktu” by Monsieur le ... more >

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Leah Meyerhoff’s I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS & others selected as part of IFP’s screening slate

This year's slate includes mostly women filmmakers
Meyerhoff's film premiered at SXSW 2014

The New York-based INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT, an incubator for indie-minded filmmakers in want of funding and TLC announced its upcoming slate of feature films for Q1, focusing on female filmmakers. The films selected for February through May 2015 are: "Approaching the elephant," directed by Amanda Rose Wilder (February 20), "She's lost control," directed by Anja Marquardt (March 20), "I believe in ... more >

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ANITA EKBERG passes away at 83

Her scene in "La Dolce Vita" is a classic of cinema
She was born a Swede but died an Italian

Even though she was born in Malmö, Sweden on September 29, 1931, Anita Ekberg was an Italian actress. She had become a star elsewhere first but it was in Rome that her marquee lights flared. She was a living, breathing representation of cinema that drove both men and women, avowed cinephiles as well as Sunday movie-goers, crazy. And it is Rome, too, that Ekberg would call home ever since the ... more >

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PHOTOBOOK: Sean Penn in THE GUNMAN

Coming in March
[Thriller]

Sean Penn, there's an actor with range. This time around, Penn will morph into an action hero for the upcoming film "The Gunman," directed by French filmmaker Pierre Morel ("Taken"). The Oscar-winning actor ("Mystic River" and "Milk") plays a former gun-for-hire who used to be on the government's payroll and who now wants to out the truth about his employers' business practices. His decision will ... more >

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SCREENPLAYS DECONSTRUCTED: Snyder’s Beat Sheet Applied to “Birdman”

Iñárritu co-wrote screenplay with three other writers
[New Regency Pictures / Worldview Entertainment]
Film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

To all screenwriters out there who’ve studied screenwriters handbooks, manuals and guidebooks I don't think I am alone in thinking that Blake Snyder's “Save the Cat” is a personal favorite, despite the fact that it pretty much ignores the stuff that makes auteur cinema possible. I’ve been wanting to apply the Snyder Beat Sheet to a movie for some time. Alejandro Inarritu's ‘Birdman’ is a great ... more >