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Culled from over 2800 entries, the 60 films that will play in New York will compete for Oscar contention.

WHERE THEY GO: Elijah Wood
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The Tribeca Film Festival‘s 2013 lineup has added 60 short films that run the gamut from documentary to narrative and experimental and include stars such as Elijah WoodElle Fanning and Lauren Ambrose.

The program is broken down into eight categories, with themes that include first person narrative, late night genre (think: vampires and werewolves), New York City and apocalyptic disasters.

Beyond festival recognition, the winners of Tribeca’s Best Narrative Short award and Best Documentary Short awards will be automatically qualified for next year’s Academy Awards, circumventing other required points of entry.

The festival, in its 12th year, received over 2800 entries, and the final selection of 60 films represent 19 different nations. Read more here: http://bit.ly/WFmFDj

The Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 17-28, kicked off by an opening night documentary about and concert starring indie rock band The National. The roster of full length features that will play at the festival include projects from Paul RuddJulianne MooreRussell CroweJohn Slattery and Naomi Watts.

 

SXSW Danny Boyle

So far one of the highlights of SXSW was the panel featuring director Danny Boyle. The enthusiasm he shared with Jack Giroux from filmschoolrejects.com about the event was evident during his Q&A. Even when the nifty “Danny Boyle’s Filmography” montage Fox Searchlight cut together was playing we saw Boyle dancing to it. He was happy to be there, and so were we.

While the Slumdog Millionaire director was there to promote Trance, Boyle discussed many of his films, and the lessons he learned from them. Unfortunately he didn’t have time to reminisce about all his movies, but what the director of Trance did talk about was noteworthy. Read more here:  http://bit.ly/Y7DUbk

That’s why we took notes:

Become a Great Filmmaker By Showing Interest in Priesthood 

“There are similarities [between a director and a priest]. There’s directing in priesthood and pouncing around. There are a number of directors who were going to be priests, like, Martin Scorsese and John Woo. Confessing your sins with movies is nice. You go to these dark places and access your darker side.”

Study Actors

“Theater is a much easier place to access, and you learn skills there. I learned how to deal with actors and the secrets. In the new film, TranceRosario Dawson says, ’5% of the population is extremely suggestible.’ They use techniques to find the 5%, and they’re often actors who want to change and do things that change them. I think you get that with an actor: wanting to experience something as an actor and as a storyteller. You have to trust your actor be a storyteller. Most people go to the cinema to see the actors.”

Your First Movie Has a Magic You Might Not Get Back

“Yeah, I think there’s something wonderful about your first time. Film is so technical. There’s so many elements that are manipulative, which you construct specifically to produce an effect. There’s a worry you’ll lose the innocence of your first try.

Lie to Financiers and Win an Oscar 

“There’s a perversity in there that’s delicious. We used Slumdog‘s impact to make a film we wanted to make. Nobody was going to make [127 Hours] because it’s a guy alone for six days and cuts his arm off. You lie to them, ‘Yeah, it’s an action movie with one guy!’. [For Slumdog] We didn’t tell them a third of it was going to be in Hindi. Sure, some kids get their eyes taken out, but it’s like Amelie crossed with Trainspotting! You’ll say anything to get your film made.

“Too MTV” Isn’t a Bad Thing 

“I was watching The Big Chill on the way over here, and those were bold choices. The Doors and Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now…I mean this whole realistic world is now being shown through this prism. When we started with Shallow Grave and Trainspotting we did that, but we were attacked as being ‘too MTV.’ They said they were like music videos. I thought it was a compliment at the time. People are living their life like that. I see my life like pop music, singing to myself and seeing it here and there.”

The Power of Music

“My coming of age was puck. In 1978 I was 20, and that was an amazing time for me. 15 years later there was rave culture in Britian, and I was just about old enough to go enjoy that. I was 35, around when I started making films. Although the book [“Trainspotting”] is about drugs, the film is about dance culture. We did that unapolgetically. We wanted to make a drug movie you could watch, since most are so depressing. Maybe someone does heroin, throws up, and sits in a corner for 10 hours, but that’s not cinematic. The drug does destroy people in the film, but the rhythm of the film can be expressed with a different tempo. That’s why the music in Trainspotting…there’s a hidden path from pop to electronic down music and then to Brit pop.”

Movies Should Assault

“I love energy in movies. I want my films to mesmerize people. I used to get that with Nic Roeg films, where I’m pinned by the characters and there’s no oxygen…I want the rabbit in the headlights. We don’t go to a dark room to discuss a film, but feel it and experience it. If it’s a dumb action movie, you may not want to. Depends on the context. When you’ve paid 12 dollars, I want you to be assaulted by the film. I want the film to assault you.”

A Few Other Tidbits From Boyle

  • “In the films we make, we try to change genre so you don’t go in, ‘I know how to do this.’ I’ve done that before, and it’s not good for you. You should try to work it out.”
  • “The risk taking you shouldn’t do is what you should do, but you should cover your back. Those risks make your films standout.”
  • “I was never a fan of zombie movies. I never thought we were making one [with 28 Days Later], but that’s what everyone calls it. It’s gone on to kick off a renewal of interest, including a TV show we have no rights for.”
  • “When I go to a movie I’m happy to let myself be changed by the experience.”
  • “I have a terrible temper. There were a few moments on The Olympics where I was vile, which was surprising. In a huge, corporate thing like that, you have to defend your patch.”
  • When it came to turning down knighthood, Boyle said, “Just wasn’t my cup of tea, really. I have no interest in that.”

The Archive: Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa & More

The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic cinema made by TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Or read more here: http://bit.ly/ZrKM5l

Luis Buñuel was born on this day in 1900. See a photo of him with Catherine Deneuve on the set of Belle du Jour and a one-hour documentary on his 21-film stretch of making films in Mexico below. [The Guardian/Cinephilia & Beyond]

Wim Wenders discusses Wings of Desire in 13-minute commentary. [Digifruitella]

Andrei Tarkovsky‘s movies are streaming for free. [Open Culture]

Watch a visual essay on the three different aspect ratios (1.33:1 ; 1.66:1; 1.85:1) for On the Waterfront and watch Martin Scorsese discuss the film.

Michael Haneke‘s take on Mozart‘s Cosi Fan Tutte is debuting in Spain this weekend. [Teatro Real]

Humphrey Bogart‘s make-up test for John Huston‘s The Maltese Falcon (notice the misspelling). [tylerweaver]

Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland at MGM. [emmafgreen]

Watch all of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10-part masterpiece Dekalog. [Xanthinusa4]

Stanley Kubrick on the Spain set of Spartacus in 1959. [FilmmakerIQ]

Watch Alex Cox‘s 50-minute documentary on Akira Kurosawa, featuring the late Donald Richie. [iambags]

Wes Anderson‘s ten favorite New York movies includes The Apartment, The Sweet Smell of Success, Rosemary’s Baby and more.  [NY Daily News]

Marlon Brando prepping on the set of Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now. [Reddit]

The five unusual habits of Orson Welles. [InkTank]

Watch a 45-minute documentary on the making of Stanley Kubrick‘s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. [Filmmaker IQ]

Yasujiro Ozu on the set of Late Spring. [Criterion Corner]

How cinematographer Roger Deakins got ten famous shots. [Vulture]

Michelangelo Antonioni and Jack Nicholson on the set of The Passenger. [FilmmakerIQ]

Watch a video detailing Saul Bass‘ title sequences for Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho.

Satyajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni and Akira Kurosawa at the Taj Mahal. [Kino Images]

See more from The Archive here 

 

Peter Jackson’s film snagged nine noms, while “Life of Pi” and “Skyfall” received eight and seven respectively.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The “Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Warner Bros./New Line’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the Saturn Award nominations, nabbing nine of the precious slots for recognition given out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Fox’s Life of Pi and Sony/MGM’s Skyfall were also leading contenders, with eight and seven respectively.

On the TV side, Fox TV‘s Fringe led the nominations with six, elbowing out Showtime’s Dexter, which nabbed five. Also receiving Saturn love were AMC’s Breaking Bad, TNT’sFalling SkiesLeverage, NBC’s Revolution and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

The Saturns give props to so-called “genre” movies, which encompass sci-fi, fantasy, comic book adaptations and horror films. In the Hollywood of yore, the movies were given second class status, but now the geekified pop culture of the 21st century are the films that often receive the most lavish of attention.

But interestingly, this year saw the Saturns stretch the definition of genre to encompass prestige films of not only just Pi, but also awards season favorites such as Argo and Les Miserables.

“From the grand adventure of Les Miserables to the visionary fantasy of Life of Pi and the magical realism of Beasts of the Southern Wild, this year’s films transcended the notion of genre filmmaking and brought us extraordinary visions of exaggerated or enhanced reality, making this one of the most intriguing list of Saturn Awards nominees in a long time,” said Academy president Robert Holguin.

The nominations for best science fiction films included Marvel’s The Avengers, Fox’s Chronicle, Warners’ Cloud Altas, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Sony’s Looper and Fox’s Prometheus.

The best fantasy category included Sony’s The Amazing Spider-ManThe HobbitPiSnow White and the Huntsman, and category-stretching Ruby Sparks, from Fox Searchlight, and Universal’s Ted.

Read more nominees here: http://bit.ly/VHikiA

The Saturns are awarded in 20 film categories, nine TV categories and four in home entertainment.

 

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Seven days left until the Oscars, and the final precursor awards roll out this weekend. Tonight sees the WGA Awards, and last night was the ACE Eddie Awards, run by the organization for film editors, and rewarding the best editing in cinema in 2012.

And we’re sure it won’t come as a huge surprise to you that “Argo” was the big winner of the night with the film’s cutter, William Goldenberg,  wrote Oliver Lyttelton for blogs.indiewire.com. Read more here: http://bit.ly/XfDzG8

While ‘Silver Linings’ is certainly an Oscar contender in many categories, it seems unlikely to be a real threat in the Editing category, so this seems to clear the way for Goldenberg to pick up the Academy Award (indeed, his closest competition is probably… himself, as co-editor with Dylan Tichenor of “Zero Dark Thirty.”).

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
Argo
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Silver Linings Playbook
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (ANIMATED)
Brave
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
Searching for Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
American Masters – Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Pamela Scott Arnold

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
Nurse Jackie: “Handle Your Scandal”
Gary Levy

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Breaking Bad: “Dead Freight”
Skip MacDonald A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To (Pilot)”
Anne McCabe, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Walter Murch, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Frozen Planet: “Ends of the Earth”
Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly

STUDENT COMPETITION
Michael Smith – AFI

 

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Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK premieres today at the German Berlinale film festival, but you can watch it online — right now — for free. Director Simon Klose has posted his Creative Commons-licensed film in three resolutions on The Pirate Bay, as he announced in late January. TPB AFK follows The Pirate Bay’s founders through long-running battles with the Swedish and US governments, including their arrest and conviction for running the file-sharing site.

In our recent interview, Klose called the film not only a chronicle of The Pirate Bay but a call to reform copyright, saying that “the ability to share with culture is out of sync with the right to share culture.” Creative Commons is in some ways a pragmatic decision given the film’s focus on piracy, but it’s also an expression of his idealism: “I want to prove that it can be a viable business idea to give away a film for free.” TPB AFK can also be purchased as a stream or DVD pre-order on Klose’s site.

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In 2009, Quentin Tarantino did a brief interview with Sky Movies ahead of the release of Inglorious Bastards. Long regarded as a walking movie encyclopedia, Tarantino rattled off a list of his 20 favorite films since 1992 — the year he made his directorial debut with Reservoir Dogs. Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale is the only film the director cited as his runaway pick for number one, but he declined to rank the others, opting instead to name them in alphabetical order (listed below).

1. Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)
2. Anything Else (Woody Allen, 2003)
3. Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999)
4. The Blade (Hark Tsui, 1995)
5. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
6. Dazed & Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
7. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
8. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
9. Friday (F. Gary Gray, 1995)
10. The Host (Joon-ho Bong, 2006)
11. The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999)
12. Joint Security Area (Chan-wook Park, 2000)
13. Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
14. The Matrix (Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, 1999)
15. Memories of Murder (Joon-ho Bong, 2003)
16. Supercop (Stanley Tong, 1992)
17. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
18. Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)
19. Team America (Trey Parker, 2004)
20. Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)

More about Tarantino here: http://bit.ly/Vt86Sz image taken from fansshare.com

Acclaimed Indonesian director Mouly Surya makes an appearance in the Sundance World Competition selection with What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, a romantic drama set in a school for the visually impaired.

Check out the trailer and see new images in the gallery for Mouly Surya‘s What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love which is competing in the World Cinema Dramatic category at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday 19th.

The Indonesian film starring Nicholas Saputra, Ayushita and Karina Salim is already being eyed as Indonesia’s foreign film entry for next year’s Academy Awards.

Read preview about the movie here: http://www.upcoming-movies.com/new/sundance-2013-what-they-don-t-talk-about-when-they-talk-about-love-trailer-and-images/

The film’s produced by Rama Adi, Fauzan Zidni and Tia Hasibuan. Support the movie and check out the Sundance Film Festival’s official page for it.

 

–sources and images from twitchfilm.com and upcoming-movies.com 

 

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Black Metal will be available to screen from today, January 17th, until January 27th at Sundance Music Festival

Read more stories about the movie at http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/watch-the-short-film-black-metal-before-it-premieres-at-sundance

Black Metal is for you, by you, and because of you. We hope you will enjoy it.

 

Just like one of the Brit awards and you know, the election, sometimes you need the people to truly have their say.

So to decide on the very best alternative film poster of the year, we launched a vote, giving you the chance to choose your favourite.

Almost 1,000 of you voted and here are the top 10. Drum roll and that:

You can see the original list of 20 here

10. ON THE ROAD BY MAXIME PECOURT

9. ROOM 237 BY ALED LEWIS

8. PROMETHEUS BY JANEE MEADOWS

7. KILLING THEM SOFTLY BY HARIJS GRUNDMANIS

6. THE HUNGER GAMES BY RISA RODIL

5. SKYFALL BY DANIEL NORRIS

4. THE AVENGERS BY TERRY CLARKE

3. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY DAVID WILLIAMS

2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES BY CHAZ RUSSO

1. THE RAID BY ROCCO MALATESTA

 

— copied from shortlist.com

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