Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

All Articles

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    2 comments
    tweet
    0

    Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips UPDATED

    We raised a toast to Sidney Lumet at dinner Saturday night at the Ashland Independent Film Festival--filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Ashland Independent Film Festival director Joanne Feinberg, film critic Shawn Levy and fellow Oregonian Terri Mintz, and DC Shorts Festival director Jon Gann. We talked abo...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    4 comments
    tweet
    20

    Box Office: "Meek's Cutoff," "Blank City" Top Limited Debuts; "Hanna" Goes Wide and Scores

    Coming off a disappointing frame last weekend , the specialty box office also didn't have any significant breakouts debut this weekend. A slew of limited openings included Kelly Reichardt epic indie Western "Meek's Cutoff," Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas' doc "American:...

    Read More »
    MORE: Hanna
  • Indiewire
    0 comments
    tweet
    15

    The Cash-Rich Awards of the Dallas International Film Festival

    Everything's bigger in Texas -- and for filmmakers, that includes cash prizes. At the Dallas International Film Festival's awards ceremony April 8, more than $100,000 in sponsors' cash, goods and services (but mostly cash, and largely unrestricted) went to festival award winners.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    3 comments
    tweet
    0

    Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place

    It was Russell Brand weekend at the box office, as the Brit comic starred in top-ranked holdover Hop as well as remake Arthur, which went toe-to-toe with smart-house actioner Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan. Ensemble period spoof Your Highness trailed in sixth place, despite a cast led by James Franco...

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    12 comments
    tweet
    0

    Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

    Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garb...

    Read More »
  • Caryn James
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Video: SNL Lets Helen Mirren Down, But Nails the Kennedys Miniseries

    Helen Mirren,like any great actor, has suffered through some bad scripts, and you have to add last night's Saturday Night Live to that list. From the opening monologue, with the actors dressed as sailors from South Pacific singing "There is Nothing Like a Dame" (as SNL itself would say, Really?) wit...

    Read More »
    MORE: SNL Clips
  • Spout
    3 comments
    tweet
    0

    New Yorkers Ought to Appreciate Sidney Lumet's "The Wiz"

    Three years ago I was very upset with NYC's Film Forum for excluding "The Wiz" from an otherwise decent Sidney Lumet retrospective. I mean, they didn't include much more than the hits and classics. It too lacked his sole, Oscar-nominated, under-seen documentary "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis" (which I spotlighted over at Nothing But the Doc yesterday as something I need to see) as well as most of his lesser works. But while "The Wiz" is not one of the favored classics, having been a box office failure and still critically disregarded, it is both historically and fantastically important to the Big Apple. If anyone, New Yorkers ...

    Read More »
    MORE: Obituary
  • Indiewire
    1 comment
    tweet
    19

    Critic's Notebook: Despite His Best Efforts, Sidney Lumet Was a Brilliant Stylist

    On the surface, Sidney Lumet was not a personal filmmaker, but he made intensely personal movies. Everyone has their favorite moments: The remarkably contained drama of "12 Angry Men," the fury of facing a corrupt justice system in "Serpico" and the uncertain nature of a hostage scenario in "Dog Day...

    Read More »
  • Eric Kohn
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    In Praise of "Superjail!"

    "Late one night a few years back, I was flipping through channels and happened upon a cartoon experience that blew my mind several times over. It was beyond inane and irreverent, reaching a point of heightened nonesense. A smarmy milkshake pitted his ego against housemates made of fries and uncooked...

    Read More »
  • Indiewire
    3 comments
    tweet
    35

    Sidney Lumet Was An Indie Filmmaker: Discuss.

    Sidney Lumet was my favorite indie-film director before I knew there was such a thing. I was in the seventh grade when I saw "12 Angry Men" from a metal folding chair inside Wesley Hall, as a special feature for my Sunday evening youth group. (The leader was a lawyer who liked to teach justice and m...

    Read More »