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Gucci and Frieze Commission Films on Eighties Youth Culture

MILAN — Gucci and Frieze have commissioned Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller and filmmaker and visual artist Josh Blaaberg to create films to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Second Summer of Love, the explosion of electronic music and youth culture that took place in 1988 in the U.K. and across Europe.
In particular, the Second Summer of Love series will explore Acid House’s impact on international contemporary culture, retracing its origins from the Italian disco scene of the mid-Eighties to rave’s role in rebuilding British identity, passing through the adoption of European synth sounds in the house and techno cultures of Chicago, Detroit and New York.
Deller will present “Everybody in The Place: An incomplete history of Britain 1984-1992,” which investigates the social changes that reshaped 1980s Britain through rare and unseen archive materials, mapping the journey from protest movements to abandoned warehouse raves. The footage will include images of an A-level politics class discovering these stories for the first time, showing the perspective of a generation which considers the facts already an ancient history.

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How Long Will TV and Film’s Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

NANTUCKET, Mass. — The #MeToo moment and the push for gender parity in Hollywood has opened doors for women artists in the film and TV business in the past year, but there are concerns that the appetite for female-led stories could be a “worryingly trendy conversation.” That’s how showrunner Sera Gamble put during a panel […]

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MoviePass Stops Repeat Viewings as New Customers Are Limited to Four Films Per Month

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Lewis Gilbert: Director of Alfie and three Bond films dies

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Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which screened in the main competition at Camerimage, tells the complicated story of two children, both deaf, growing up in New York during different historical periods, whose paths strangely and magically converge. To tell this multi-layered story, DP Edward Lachman, a Camerimage regular and frequent Haynes collaborator (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not […]

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Star Wars fans will get new trilogy of films

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

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TAKE ONE: Fendi is staging yet another exhibition at its Rome headquarters, this time to celebrate its longstanding relationship with the world of movies. Running Oct. 27 to March 25, the exhibit, called “Fendi Studios,” will be inaugurated during the Rome Film Fest. The Palazzo della Civiltà, which houses the luxury group’s headquarters, will be turned into a series of cinema studios comprising a series of interactive movie stages including also a real cinema. The idea is for visitors to be able to enjoy a digital experience that allows to “reinvent” the movies and enter “into the scenes,” discovering Fendi’s storied pieces.
Fendi has created several outfits for international movies, ranging from costumes and furs working with Silvana Mangano for Luchino Visconti’s 1974 film, “Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno [in English called “Conversation Piece”], to “Evita,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Age of Innocence.” In another tribute to the house’s history with the cinema, in 2013 Fendi held an exhibition called “Making Dreams” in Milan, curated by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda.
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Can books by Nobel winners become good films?

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The Awkwardness of Films About Family

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Blade Runner: Timeline Between Films Chronicled

Warner Bros. kicked off their Blade Runner: 2049 presentation today at San Diego Comic-Con with a multi-screen timeline charting the major historical events in the thirty years between when the original 1982 film (which was set in 2019) is set and the forthcoming sequel.

The video timeline was narrated by Edward James Olmos, who co-starred as “Gaff” in the original film. The timeline begins with what happened to Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard at the end of the original movie:

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The DC Movie Marvel Watches Before Making Their Films

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and DC Films’ Geoff Johns are supposed to be rivals, but the respective comic book movie producers each started their careers as interns at the production company of filmmaker Richard Donner. Feige and Johns appeared together Wednesday night to salute Donner at an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ tribute to the Lethal Weapon and Goonies director.

Feige and Johns united onstage to share their memories of Donner, with Feige singling out Donner’s 1978 film Superman: The Movie for its excellence and significance to not only his career, but to Marvel Studios as well.

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‘Juice’ Director Says We Can’t Let Future Generations Sleep On Classic Black Films

Twenty-five years since the release of “Juice,” Ernest R. Dickerson is proud that his directorial debut has stood as a cultural staple in America.

This month, Paramount Home Media Distribution will commemorate the film’s anniversary with a special release of a Blu-ray disc. Starring Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins ― with cameos by Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah ― the powerful drama follows the lives of four teenage friends in pursuit of power and respect in their Harlem neighborhood as they grapple with the trials of inner-city life.

Inspired by his adolescent years growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson ― who broke into the industry as Spike Lee’s cinematographer ― tells HuffPost that he wanted the drama to accurately portray the obstacles young black men and boys face living in America.

“It took about nine years to get the film made. But it grew from out of several places,” he said. “I wanted to talk about how kids were growing up in society and we were horrified by that. And so, in wanting to craft a thriller and a film noir around 16-, 17-year-old antagonists, it just felt like that was the way to go and the best story to tell. Peer pressure was always gonna be a part of it.”

The commemorative release will feature new and vintage interviews with members of the cast and crew, never-before-released footage and the original film’s alternate ending.

“Juice” marked Shakur’s first major starring film role. He beat out the likes of actor Donald Faison and fellow rapper Treach for the role of the troubled, gun-toting teen Bishop. Shakur’s seminal performance was applauded by fans and film critics.

“He understood the pain inside Bishop and could express that in his acting,” Dickerson recalled. “He made Bishop a more four-dimensional character in that he knew that this anger came from someplace. The anger came from a deep hurt.”

“Part of it was the experience of having to see [Bishop’s] father brutalized and traumatized in prison; that’s one of the things that we end at in the film. That’s the thing that Pac brought, too. When he came to the audition, people believed he was Bishop. And he believed he was Bishop, too,” he said.

The filmmaker added that prior to Shakur’s untimely death in 1996, he was “hoping to find another project” to work on with the rapper-actor.

With its January 1992 opening, the film debuted at No. 2 at the box office. It earned over $ 8 million in its opening weekend and has grossed $ 20.1 million domestically to date, according to Box Office Mojo.

Despite its relatively low earnings, Dickerson says it’s imperative to reintroduce black cult classic films ― such as “Juice,” “Boyz n the Hood” and “Menace II Society” ― to enlighten a new generation of viewers. 

“These films are a part of our cultural heritage,” the filmmaker said. “And we have to make sure that they’re there for future generations to experience, and to enjoy and learn from. These are not throwaway films, this is the cultural heritage of America, and we need to make sure that we preserve that.”

“Not just these films, but all films. Films are important,” he continued. “It’s one of the greatest art forms of the 20th and 21st century. People need to take film much more seriously and the preservation of film much more serious.”

The special 25th anniversary edition of “Juice” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. It will also be released on Digital HD on June 13.

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BBC Films is set to produce a biopic of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta from “I, Daniel Blake” writer Paul Laverty. Germany’s The Match Factory will handle worldwide sales on the project, titled “Yuli,” and introduce it to buyers in Cannes. Currently in pre-production, “Yuli” will see the world-renowned dancer star as himself, with two… Read more »

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Could We Have Already Seen Queer Characters In Marvel Films And Not Even Know It?

Listen up, Marvel fans: a LGBTQ character could be joining the smash cinematic superhero universe soon ― and we might have already seen them. 

In a video interview with The Guardian, director James Gunn hinted at the possibility of existing Marvel characters identifying as queer. Still, he stopped short of mentioning names or any specifics of those characters.  

“There’s a lot of characters in the [Marcel Comics Universe] and very few of them that we’ve delved into what their sexuality is,” Gunn, who helmed both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” said in the interview, which can be viewed above. “Whether it’s gay or straight or bisexual, we don’t really know.”

He continued, “So I imagine that there are probably, you know, gay characters in the Marvel universe. We just don’t know who they are yet.” 

It isn’t the first time that Gunn has hinted at a possible LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel Universe and specifically in the “Guardians” series. He told the Press Association April 20 that he “would love to be able to” feature a queer protagonist in the Marvel franchise, and quickly clarified, “We might have already done that. I say watch the movie.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, opens Friday. 

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PARIS — There were two versions of Paris on display this week at Series Mania. The first was the city itself, a multi-cultural melting pot and mecca of high art,  with world famous museums, history and restaurants, and the other an identical copy… until one logs out of the game. Headed by distinguished French director… Read more »

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Samuel L Jackson has criticised Hollywood directors for casting British actors in films about US race relations.
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Can You Guess The Oscar-Nominated Films Just From These Emojis?

Even if you’re not actively aware of it, you use emojis to tell stories every day. But can you identify stories using those same emojis? On Sunday, Hollywood honors 2016’s best on-screen stories. Can you guess the Oscar-nominated films from the past year using only the given emojis as plot clues?  

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Berlin: IFC Films Buys Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ (EXCLUSIVE)

IFC Films has bought North American rights to “The Death of Stalin” out of the Berlin Film Festival, Variety has learned. The sale was in the seven figure range. The film is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the USSR into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his… Read more »

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British-made films dominated the UK box office in 2016, taking the three top spots for highest-grossing movies.
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The Orchard and CNN Films have partnered to acquire North American rights to “Trophy,” a documentary about the evolving relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation. The sale comes on the eve of the doc’s world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film was made by Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, and produced by Lauren… 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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Kirk Douglas Is About To Turn 100. Here Are 9 Of His Best Films

Screen icon Kirk Douglas will turn 100 on Dec. 9. 

In his century on this earth, Douglas has appeared in dozens of films, including “Spartacus” and “Out of the Past,” and earned plenty of accolades, including three Oscar nominations for Best Actor and an honorary Academy Award. The actor also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2004, he had an avenue in Palm Springs, California, named after him. 

To celebrate Douglas’ major milestone, we’re looking back at some his best films. Here are our top 9 picks, in no particular order:

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At the recent world premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” there were no sightings of Harry Potter. But Eddie Redmayne, the star of the new Warner Bros. movie, was wearing a plastic newt on his tuxedoed shoulder. “It was given to me by a fan on the red carpet,” Redmayne later recalls,… Read more »

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In Praise of Dark: In Superhero Films

Every superhero film doesn’t have to be dark. Imagine that in the Ant-Man film. In any case as long as it may enhance the story and gives credence to the hero, then by all means pull the pin and blow the lid off!

Every so often someone carps and asks, why can’t superhero films be fun? The answer, some weren’t meant to be fun. And that’s a good thing. Yet when those lament about certain superhero films being dark, it helps to honestly stop and ask, define dark?

In other words, doses of realism is often mistaken for dark in some superhero films, as dark is welcomed in other films. For example, the Scorsese-DiCaprio film, Shutter Island, is definitely a dark film. For dark is often creepy, ghastly, unsettling, all that is Shutter Island. While Leonardo DiCaprio’s newest film, The Revenant, was all realism. And man did he deserve that Oscar.

The DC films, the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have all been said by most to be dark films. As if dark as in a dose of realism, is a bad thing. Whereas most Marvel films are deemed fun. Not a bad thing either, for there was also some “dark” in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and is indeed a top notch Marvel film. For in that Cap film, which I wrote about in my April 9, 2014 Huffpost article, in the opening I stated, “This second Captain America film centers on one basic premise as a question actually. As important as freedom is, should freedom be sacrificed for security? By showing this in a thought provoking and entertaining way, this film succeeds in both script and action brilliantly.” It was about government overreach, a theme that will carry into Captain America: Civil War.

Now lets’ go over those so called dark DC films. What’s great about the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy is the social themes throughout. There’s a scene in Batman Begins when Bruce Wayne meets crime lord Carmine Falcone in a swanky restaurant. It’s now fourteen years after Wayne’s parent’s death by Joe Chill, whom Falcone had killed, preventing Chill from testifying. There’s a face off. Wayne tells Falcone he’s not scared of him, while Falcone reminds Wayne about his childhood friend Rachel Dawes, now an assistant D.A., and Alfred his butler. And then Falcone explains, “People from your world, have so much to lose. Now you think, because your mommy and your daddy got shot… you know about the ugly side of life, but you don’t. You’ve never tasted desperate. You’re Bruce Wayne the prince of Gotham.”

Falcone hammers upon Wayne, before the crime lord concludes, “So don’t come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you’ll never understand. And you’ll always fear, what you don’t understand.” For as corrupt as he is, Falcone was right.

Bruce Wayne, heir to Wayne Enterprises, afterwards gets a tad roughed up by Falcone’s men and thrown out of the restaurant. And who does he meet next? He sees a homeless man warming his hands over a fire in an oil drum. Wayne then meets the man and does a few things. He takes off his scarf and throws it into the fire. He then takes all the money out of his wallet to give to the man for his shabby jacket, before also throwing his wallet into the fire. And just as Wayne was about to also throw his nice coat into the fire, he’s stopped by the man.

“Let me have it. It’s a nice coat,” says the man. “Be careful who sees you with that. They’re gonna come looking for me,” says Wayne. “Who?” the man asks. “Everyone,” Wayne replies, before he stows away on a cargo ship leaving Gotham. That night Bruce Wayne became Batman, a period to taste desperate as Falcone had said, before becoming a trained weapon to fight crime.

Another great scene is in The Dark Knight. The Joker terrorizes Gotham, whose people flee the city on two ferries, the Spirit, filled with inmates from Blackgate Prison, and Liberty, filled with citizens. A half hour before midnight both ferries suddenly stop, then the Joker’s voice is heard on loudspeakers. He tells the ferries about his social experiment, that each have a bomb aboard, each has a detonator to the bomb at the other ferry, and each must decide to blow up the other first before midnight. Or else at midnight if they haven’t done so, he’ll detonate both.

On the Liberty, filled with a broad social class of citizens, they vote. On the Spirit, the warden of Blackgate has the detonator, struggling with the decision. Finally, a mere two minutes before midnight, a tall formidable looking inmate walks up to the warden, and he says, “You don’t want to die, but you don’t know how to take a life. Give it to me. These men would kill you and take it anyway. Give it to me,” he says softly, yet firm, then he adds, “You can tell em I took it by force. Give it to me, and I’ll do what you shoulda did ten minutes ago.” Whereas on the Liberty, a man in a suit, perhaps a white-collar professional, decides to take the detonator, and says, “Fine, I’ll do it. Those men on that boat. They made their choices. They chose to murder and steal.” Yet on the Spirit, the inmate throws the detonator out the ferry window. While on the Liberty, the man in a suit, his hands on the detonator, then withdraws. A very powerfully crafted and acted scene!

Finally, there’s a great scene in The Dark Knight Rises. Bruce Wayne’s back was broken after his first fight with Bane, and sent to a foreign subterranean prison called Hell on Earth. After watching the dead bodies of three police officers hanged at a Gotham bridge by Bane’s men on TV, Wayne is enraged, and gets his back healed by a prisoner. Wayne then makes two attempts to climb up a shaft with a safety rope, and make a daring jump at a ledge to grant escape. Both times he fails to clear the jump, and later becomes dispirited. Then a helpful conversation begins.

“Fear is why you fail,” says the blind prisoner. “No, I’m not afraid. I’m angry,” says Bruce Wayne. “You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak,” says the blind prisoner. “Why?” asks Wayne. “How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible, without the most powerful impulse of the spirit? The fear of death,” replies the blind prisoner. Wayne is getting reached. “I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns… with no one there to save it,” says Wayne. “Then make the climb,” the blind prisoner replies quickly after. “How?” asks Wayne. “As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again,” the blind prisoner concludes. For much later, the child is revealed to have been a girl.

Bruce Wayne’s third attempt is without a rope while only carrying supplies. Loud chanting is heard from a large gathering of men below, shouting, “Deshi-Basara,” Arabic for, “Rise.” Wayne leaps, makes the ledge, and he’s rewarded by a thunderous roar of joyous shouting from below. Reaching the top, he also didn’t neglect the men below, and casts down a rope for their escape.

The message from the blind prisoner was this. So often we’re told to be fearless. While on the other hand, what is that definition of courage that’s been said? To act during fear. Is this not why Medal of Honor, silver-star, bronze-star, and purple-heart award winners are to be revered?

Bruce Wayne/Batman is the epitome of the warrior ethos, captured brilliantly in The Dark Knight trilogy, of which the British actor Christian Bale in the title role was superb. Known for his zeal in diving into roles, he goes skeletal for The Machinist (2004), gets muscular in Batman Begins (2005), goes skeletal again in the Vietnam War true story film Rescue Dawn (2007), gets muscular again for The Dark Knight (2008), and gets skeletal a third time for The Fighter (2010), winning an Oscar in that film. Then he gains muscle again for The Dark Knight Rises (2012). And praise goes also to Christopher Nolan, who elevated the iconic superhero to urban realism.

Message to DC Entertainment and Marvel Studios, again not every superhero film have to be dark (realism). Even so, if you have to use it, pull the pin, blow the lid off and don’t look back.

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Monarch Films 883629472393 X -Treme Girl Games Bikini Special – DVD

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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.

  • Genre: Documentary.
  • Release Date: 31 January 2012.
  • Directed By: Siems Raiko.
  • Studio: Monarch Archive ( MNAV ).
  • Running Time: 22.
  • Region: 0.
  • Audio: English.
  • Discs: 1.
  • Format: NTSC.
  • Extras: Dvd-R Nr X-Treme Girl Games Bikini Special Clr Dvd Mod.
  • Dimensions: 7.5"L x 0.5"H x 5.4"W.
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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.

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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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