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

Festivals

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    London Film Fest: Coming Up

    I'm off to the London Film Festival for a few days. It's my first time covering this fest, and I'm going because they're flying me over. Friday night, they're screening Precious. Gabourey Sidibe is the only one going at this point. Lee Daniels, who is profiled in this Sunday's NYT Magazine, is sick,...

    Read More »
    MORE: Festivals
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    7 comments
    tweet
    0

    Industry Gives Hollywood Film Festival Free Pass

    I am surprised by the film industry and the media's continued willingness to give a free pass to entrepreneur Carlos de Abreu's Hollywood Film Festival, a cannily constructed facade which honors stars, filmmakers and craftspeople and lines the pockets of de Abreu.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    AFI Shapes Up: A Single Man Is Fest Closer

    The 23rd AFI Film Festival, which this year takes place from October 30 through November 7--is closing the fest with the Toronto hit A Single Man, starring Colin Firth, who will likely land an Oscar nod for his performance as a grieving man whose lover dies in a car crash. The full AFI story is her...

    Read More »
    MORE: Festivals
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

    Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi Worl...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    9 comments
    tweet
    0

    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires The Last Station

    Sony Pictures Classics has added Telluride Film Festival hit The Last Station to its burgeoning 2009 slate of possible Oscar contenders. (Here's my Telluride feature on the movie.) The studio specialty subsidiary, which acquired North And Latin American rights, will push for Helen Mirren, Christophe...

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Life During Wartime: Werc Werk Works Jumps Into Indie Fray

    As Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime meets a mixed response at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and the NYFF (see IndieWIRE's critics poll), the two women who raised the funding for the $5-million movie are sitting on tenterhooks hoping to score a distribution deal that has not materialized.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    14 comments
    tweet
    0

    Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?

    Ever since the Indie Summit last week, something has been nagging at me.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    5 comments
    tweet
    0

    Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips

    Austin's Fantastic Fest is under way. The movie to fly out of there with the greatest buzz (besides Toy Story 3, which debuted a trailer) is Zombieland. Will this R-rated zombie parody starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson break the horror comedy curse?

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    2 or 3 Things I Learned at NYFF Opening Night

    During my 20s in Manhattan, I looked forward to the New York Film Festival every September, when there was a nip in the air; it brought the start of the fall season. Here's what I learned at the 47th NYFF opening night:

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Fall Fest Update, Clooney, Burton, Von Trier, Weinsteins

    Festival News:The AFI Festival has selected as its opener Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl book. The fest takes place October 30 - November 7, 2009 in Hollywood. The movie is yet another George Clooney vehicle coming out this fall (along with Up in the Air and The Men Who St...

    Read More »

Recent Posts


  • The Heart MachineReview: Absorbing, Thoughtful 'The Heart ...The Playlist
  • Adam McKayComics Roundup: Adam McKay May Direct ...The Playlist
  • Trailer: French Drama 'My Friend Victoria' ...Shadow and Act