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May
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Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon at the Tribeca Film Festival

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon at the Tribeca Film Festival

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon is the story of its namesake, an entertainment power player whom most people outside the biz have never heard of. Comedian and actor Mike Myers first made his acquaintance, as the press release describes it, “over a barrel a few weeks before shooting Wayne’s World regarding an Alice Cooper song. They’ve been best friends ever since.” That’s the most exciting tagline we’ve seen in ages!

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03
May
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Paul Haggis at the Tribeca Film Festival

Our host, John Wildman, was at the red carpet for the Tribeca premiere of Third Person, Paul Haggis’s newest film. Haggis, of course, won back-to-back Best Picture Academy Awards for Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2005). Third Person returns to Crash’s winning formula of multiple, seemingly unrelated storylines and locations that this time focus on love and relationships. As the film’s synopsis describes, it “is much more than a collection of love stories—it is a mystery, a puzzle in which truth is revealed in glimpses, and clues are caught by the corner of the eye—and nothing is truly what it seems.”

Paul Haggis doesn’t want universal praise for Third Person--he wants friends fighting each other over it!

Fri
14
Feb
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Beyond Words WGA Academy Awards Panel

An FBI agent, a Texan AIDS activist, and a hijacked ship captain walk into a room…or at least the people who made them into movie characters did on January 28, 2014, when the annual Beyond Words panel of the Writers’ Guild of America West (WGA) was held a few days before the annual award ceremony. That awards ceremony is the biggest chance for writers in the film and television industries to honor each other’s work from the preceding year. The Beyond Words panel has become a tradition in its own right among the festivities leading up to the awards show. Nominees for both Adapted and Original Screenplay convene to discuss their writing processes, inspirations for the scripts, and anything else that would benefit the screenwriting community to learn about their work.

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14
Feb
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WGA Award Nominees and Winners for the Screen

WGA Award Nominees and Winners for the Screen

A self-aware operating system shared top honors with a lifeboat when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) awards for Original and Adapted Screenplay were declared at the WGA’s annual ceremonies on February 1, 2014. Wait…we suddenly have a new movie idea to pitch for you! Imagine a lifeboat equipped with an intelligent operating system…

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Nov
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Legendary Studio Executive David Picker speaks at the 51st New York Film Festival

For four decades, David Picker was a film executive at many of the greatest studios including Paramount, Columbia, and most notably, United Artists during the height of its New Hollywood dominance. A third-generation cinephile, Picker garnered multiple producer nominations and wins from the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes.  In Must, Maybes, and Nevers: A Book About the Movies, he writes about his fascinating career, telling real stories about the decisions he made and the notorious cinema greats with whom he worked. Those stories are full of humor but don't shy away from portraying his colleagues'' less honorable traits.

Fri
25
Oct
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Nebraska at the New York Film Festival with Alexander Payne and Bruce Dern

The newest movie by celebrated filmmaker Alexander Payne, Nebraska, is an arresting film about a man developing dementia who journeys with his son to claim a lottery win hundreds of miles away. Set in the state of its namesake, Nebraska displays the grit, humor, and taciturn spirit of the people of that state through powerful black-and-white imagery and the father–son relationship that develops throughout the film. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Nebraska is a favorite for the 2014 Academy Awards, especially in the Best Actor category.

In this panel held at the 2013 New York Film Festival, Alexander Payne, the filmmaker, and three of the film's primary actors—Bruce Dern, Will Foote, and June Squibb—talk about the experience of shooting the film. The creative, nourishing atmosphere that Payne created on set receives high praise from the actors, and Payne discusses several of the stylistic choices he made for the film.

Fri
25
Oct
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The 51st New York Film Festival: "12 Years a Slave" Director Steve McQueen

British filmmaker Steve McQueen has secured his place in American cinema with his third feature film, 12 Years A Slave. The film is an odds-on favorite for multiple Academy Award nominations. It is based on the autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was sold into slavery in Louisiana for twelve years before his true legal status was discovered in the mid-19th century.

Fri
25
Oct
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The 51st New York Film Festival: All is Lost

The 2013 film All is Lost is one sailor's amazing story of survival in the Indian Ocean after his boat is struck by a cargo container. Potentially more amazing is that the film was made at all with a $9 million budget, a thin script, and almost no dialogue. It is gripping, sparse, and haunting in production, relying minimally on music and almost entirely on a close watch of every move the unnamed main character makes. When J. C. Chandor envisioned the film, he had only one actor in mind: Robert Redford.

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28
Mar
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re:3D's GIGABOT Delivers Cutting Edge Technology at SXSW 2013

Bringing power back to the people is Austin start-up company re:3D and their newest product Gigabot: one of the first low-cost, industrial strength, large format 3D printers, making it available to both small businesses and emerging worldwide markets. What can you make with a 3D printer, you ask? Well, pretty much anything. From jewelry to footwear, prototypes for the medical industries and  education and everything inbetween, a 3D printer can do it all (almost). And with the new lower cost Gigabot, we're betting we're about to see a whole lot more. Already being referred to as 'a manufacturer's worst nightmare', the Gigabot is the beginning of a new world of possibilities for the entrepreneurial inclined. It only makes sense, then, that they are paired with Start-Up Chile, a program of the Chilean Government that attracts world-class early stage entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Chile.

Mon
25
Mar
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Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid at SXSW 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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Indiezone.tv's Turiya Dawn talks to Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid about their off-camera relationship, SXSW, and the upcoming film, At Any Price.

 

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