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TRAILER: The Powerful and Tragic Amy Winehouse Doc ‘Amy’

From the creators of the award-winning documentary Senna comes the trailer for the sobering and heartbreaking story of Amy Winehouse, who rose from obscurity to overnight Grammy-winning fame and success only to have it fall apart in a public and harrowing way. Director Asif Kapadia’s Amy played Out of Competition at Cannes last week to universal acclaim and will be …

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Frameline 39: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival Announces Lineup

Frameline, the world’s oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival has announced its ambitious lineup for Frameline 39 and features the world premiere of Justin Kelly’s film I Am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto. The festival will also see the Bay Area premiere of Tab Hunter Confidential from award-winning documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz, who will be receiving the Frameline Award. Established …

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TELEVISION: The 2015 Upfronts

The fall 2015 upfronts have started rolling in and NBC and FOX are first out of the gate. On NBC, every freshman was herded to slaughter save Debra Messing’s Momcop Copmom drama/comedy/action hour The Mysteries of Laura. I guess something had to survive to tell the tale of NBC’s disastrous 2014-2015 slate. It also looks like the network which used …

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TRAILER: Meryl Streep Rocks It Out in ‘Ricki and the Flash’ trailer

From Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) comes the trailer for Sony‘s Ricki and the Flash and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep. Yep, that’s a lot of Oscars in that group. In the film, Streep plays Ricki Randazzo, an old-school rocker who left her family in her order to pursue her …

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58th SF Film Fest Winners: Of Men and War, Sworn Virgin and More

The 58th San Francisco International Film Festival has wrapped and winners were announced last night in Director, Documentary, Narrative, Short and Student film categories. In all, nearly $40,000 was given by the festival to various filmmakers. GOLDEN GATE NEW DIRECTORS PRIZE Winner: “Sworn Virgin,” Laura Bispuri (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo) GOLDEN GATE AWARDS FOR DOCUMENTARY FEATURES  Documentary Feature Winner: “Western,” Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross …

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Critics’ Choice TV Awards: Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, The Americans, Justified Score

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced nominations for the 5th annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards with HBO, FX and Comedy Central coming out as big winners today. Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer nabbed three mentions while Broad City also got three, including one for Best Comedy Series. Also on the Comedy side, Amazon’s Transparent (which won two Golden Globes this …

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TRAILER: Tense First TV Spot for ‘Southpaw,’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal

It doesn’t come out for almost three months but the first TV spot for The Weinstein Company‘s Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is out and it’s a tense 30 seconds. Gyllenhaal stars as Billy “The Great” Hope, an up and coming boxer trying to balance career and family and features Gyllenhaal in the polar opposite of physical shape from his Nightcrawler …

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FIRST LOOK: ‘Carol’ Compilation Footage

Ahead of its Cannes debut we have two minutes of compilation footage from Todd Haynes’s Carol, the highly anticipated 1950s lesbian drama from novelist Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and starring two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, The Aviator) and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The compilation is a bit messy and there is no …

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First Look at Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard In Macbeth

Hot off the presses of Empire come three new pics of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the highly anticipated new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and with costumes by Oscar winner Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina). The film will be debuting at Cannes in just a matter of weeks with Cotillard very much in the running for …

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