Friday, February 3, 2017

F3PR: Access Hollywood's Natalie Morales to host CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards

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WASHINGTON D.C. (February 3, 2017) – Access Hollywood’s Natalie Morales will host this years “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards,” it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) will be held March 27- 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” will feature top film industry talent and takes place on the evening of Thursday, March 30, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor or CinemaCon.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the magnificent Natalie Morales on hand to be our host for the evening,” noted Neuhauser. “We are happy to continue our longstanding partnership with Access Hollywood for the Big Screen Achievement Awards and know that Natalie will assist in making this a fantastic evening for all.”

Natalie Morales is the West Coast anchor of NBC News’ TODAY, host of NBCU’s “Access Hollywood” and co-host of “Access Hollywood Live.” She previously served as news anchor and co-host of TODAY’s third-hour. Morales has contributed to several major breaking news stories and has also landed many exclusive celebrity interviews including Angelina Jolie who revealed she was having twins, Caitlyn Jenner on life after her transition and Jennifer Lopez on her career and family. Morales, who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, was born in Taiwan and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

About CinemaCon

CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry -- from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas -- all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at

About NATO

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 57 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

32nd Film Independent Spirit Award nominations

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Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez announced the nominees for Film Independent's 32nd annual Spirit Awards this morning at a press conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood.


Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • American Honey
    Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg
  • Chronic
    Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana
  • Jackie
    Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell
  • Manchester by the Sea
    Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
  • Moonlight
    Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

Award given to the director and producer.

  • The Childhood of a Leader
    Director: Brady Corbet
    Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major
  • The Fits
    Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer
    Producer: Lisa Kjerulff
  • Other People
    Director: Chris Kelly
    Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott
  • Swiss Army Man
    Director: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
    Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang
  • The Witch
    Director: Robert Eggers
    Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Free in Deed
    Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy
    Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel
  • Hunter Gatherer
    Writer/Director: Josh Locy
    Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman
  • Lovesong
    Writer/Director: So Yong Kim
    Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray
    Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac
  • Nakom
    Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman
    Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris
    Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu
    Producer: Giovanni Ximénez
  • Spa Night
    Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn
    Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

  • Andrea Arnold, American Honey
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Pablo Larraín, Jackie
  • Jeff Nichols, Loving
  • Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

  • Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
  • Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Little Men
  • Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

  • Robert Eggers, The Witch
  • Chris Kelly, Other People
  • Adam Mansbach, Barry
  • Stella Meghie, Jean of the Joneses
  • Craig Shilowich, Christine

  • Ava Berkofsky, Free in Deed
  • Lol Crawley, The Childhood of a Leader
  • Zach Kuperstein, The Eyes of My Mother
  • James Laxton, Moonlight
  • Robbie Ryan, American Honey

  • Matthew Hannam, Swiss Army Man
  • Jennifer Lame, Manchester by the Sea
  • Joi McMillion & Nat Sanders, Moonlight
  • Jake Roberts, Hell or Hight Water
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie

  • Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Sasha Lane, American Honey
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • David Harewood, Free in Deed
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Jesse Plemons, Other People
  • Tim Roth, Chronic

  • Edwina Findley, Free in Deed
  • Paulina Garcia, Little Men
  • Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
  • Riley Keough, American Honey
  • Molly Shannon, Other People

  • Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash
  • Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
  • Craig Robinson, Morris from America

Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

  • Moonlight
    Director: Barry Jenkins
    Casting Directors: Yesi Ramirez
    Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

Award given to the director and producer.

  • 13th
    Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay
    Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish
  • Cameraperson
    Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson
    Producer: Marilyn Ness
  • I Am Not Your Negro
    Director/Producer: Raoul Peck
    Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck
  • O.J.: Made in America
    Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman
    Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow
  • Sonita
    Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
    Producer: Gerd Haag
  • Under the Sun
    Director: Vitaly Mansky
    Producer: Natalya Manskaya

Award given to the director.

  • Aquarius (Brazil)
    Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
  • Chevalier (Greece)
    Director: Athina Tsangari
  • My Golden Days (France)
    Director: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany & Romania)
    Director: Maren Ade
  • Under the Shadow (Iran & United Kingdom)
    Director: Babak Anvari

The 20th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

  • Lisa Kjerulff
  • Jordana Mollick
  • Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

The 23rd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

  • Andrew Ahn, director of Spa Night
  • Claire Carré, director of Embers
  • Anna Rose Holmer, director of The Fits
  • Ingrid Jungermann, director of Women Who Kill

The 22nd annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Kristi Jacobson, director of Solitary
  • Sara Jordenö, director of Kiki
  • Nanfu Wang, director of Hooligan Sparrow

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET. (Special thanks to Ginsberg/Libby and Film Independent for their generous help every year)

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Movie Report #896, November 18, 2016

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#896, November 18, 2016

  • Bleed for This **
  • The Edge of Seventeen *** 1/2
  • Elle ***
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ***
  • Manchester by the Sea ***
  • Nocturnal Animals ** 1/2
  • The Take (Bastille Day) ***

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AFI FEST presented by Audi 2016 reviews

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  • The Comedian *** Q&A video with Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Taylor Hackford
  • Elle ***
  • I Am Not Your Negro *** 1/2 Q&A video with Raoul Peck
  • It's Only the End of the World (Juste la Fin du Monde) **
  • Jackie *** 1/2 Q&A video with Natalie Portman, Pablo Larrain, Mickey Liddell
  • Julieta ***
  • La La Land *** 1/2
  • Lion *** Q&A video with Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Bose, Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies, Dustin O'Halloran
  • Moana ***
  • Miss Sloane ***
  • Neruda ** 1/2
  • Paterson ** 1/2
  • The Red Turtle ***
  • Rules Don't Apply * 1/2
  • Toni Erdmann **
  • 20th Century Women ***

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Friday, November 11, 2016

The Movie Report #895, November 11, 2016

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#895, November 11, 2016

  • Almost Christmas ***
  • Arrival ***
  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk **
  • 100 Streets ***
  • Rock On II ** 1/2
  • Shut In **

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