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Morning the Loss of Dark Shadows Star Chris Pennock, 76, who acted on TV and in movies and on stage for over 40 years, died February 12, 2021.

Remembering Legendary Child Actor Denise Nickerson of both the ABC horror soap opera "Dark Shadows" and the American musical fantasy family film, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Mosky at the Movies Podcast - David "Mosky" Moskowitz reviews the 2nd in a three-film trilogy, aka Episode VIII, and says THIS is the WORST "Star Wars!" NOT the worst film EVER, just the WORST "Star Wars" in the "Star Wars" canon.

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Noah Schnapp, and Caleb McLaughlin, co-recipients of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Stranger Things,' pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.


Film Highlights

  • The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT).TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation.
  • The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Call for Entries. Submission information can be found on the website, and entries posted on AIFF continues to unearth some of the best independent storytellers in all genres and presents a diverse array of local, national, and international narrative and documentary features, shorts, and student films.
  • Cinequest Film and VR Festival (Cinequest 2017) will occur February 28th to March 12th in bastion San Jose, while expanding to Redwood City, California. Heightening its fusion of technological innovation with empowering creativity, Silicon Valley's Cinequest will introduce an unparalleled Virtual Reality element to the 2017 festival.
  • Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Kirsten Tan’s debut feature POP AYE, after the film’s world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic section. (1/23/17)
  • Lionsgate scored 26 Academy Award nominations across four different films, including a record-tying 14 Oscar nods for "La La Land," the most for any film. Lionsgate garnered three of the Academy's nine Best Picture nods with "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Hell or High Water." (1/24/17)
  • First Annual Hawaii Film Challenge, an international screenwriting contest open to a global pool of talent, and awarding three winners airfare and lodging for their creative team, as well as casting, production staff, and equipment support, and a 10-day shoot and production experience in Hawaii, culminating in an exclusive screening. (117/17).
  • Film Movement, the New York-based distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films, is pleased to announce that SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE will be available on VOD and DVD on February 14th through its imprint Omnibus Entertainment. The film, which chronicles the rocky relationship of a couple who each subsequently begin messy affairs with beautiful younger women, was directed by award-winning indie director Lanre Olabisi. Also in February, Maren Ade’s first feature film, THE FOREST FOR THE TREES, will be re-issued on DVD by Film Movement on February 21st. Ade, who is the director of the Oscar-nominated film TONI ERDMANN, made this shot-on-video debut in 2003 and observes, as only she can, a teacher making a new life for herself in a new town.



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Fences"Fences" (December 25, 2016) The movie, Fences, is without doubt a magnificent piece of theater but, when played out ‘intacta’ on the silver screen, it becomes a hybrid that even the most devoted fans of Washington and Davis might find exhausting.

Little Sister"Little Sister" (December 2016) A nun, a pot smoking mom, a recluse and his over-sexed girlfriend are great fodder for a wacky comedy but, unfortunately, the filmmakers opted for a serious drama instead.

The opening sequence of Nocturnal Animals (November 2016) shows a naked woman shaking her morbidly obese body for a lot longer than is comfortable to watch. Obviously, the filmmaker’s not a fan of audience focus groups or he would have discovered, not only that grotesque bodies don’t do it for most people, but also that style can’t hide a lack of depth and convoluted storytelling kills tension stone dead.

Seige"SEIGE AT JADOTVILLE – the Fighting Irish" (October 2016) This David and Goliath story unravels against a backdrop of international intrigue, corrupt politicians, inept military command, and it’s all set on a stage covered in red dust from copper mines buried deep in the heart of the Congo. It’s thrilling, fascinating and peppered with the subverted humor that only the Irish can create. What is shocking about this film is that it is, in fact, a true story.

"Amanda Knox" (October 2016) One of the reasons Netflix financed this documentary could possibly be that Amanda Knox narrates in person.

"Eye in the Sky" is a story of war at its most chilling; its most humane; its most deadly and its most compelling. Every decision that the characters make can be challenged with a “But if you do that…….” Once a decision is made, that too can be challenged with the same warning, and so on, until we realize there is no good answer.

"Dark Shadows Stars" from Original Series Appear in New Dark Shadows Movie. Some old TV shows cannot stay dead and buried and the ABC horror soap opera Dark Shadows (1966-1971) is a key example. It underwent various reincarnations, from movies, House of Dark Shadows (1970), Night of Dark Shadows (1971), to the short-lived NBC revival series (January to March 1991), and to additional productions.

"Superior" is an adventure story about coming of age. It’s set in the late 1960s. The two main characters decide that before going to college or into military service they want one more adventure. They want one more week of joy before they have to grow up.

Interview with filmmakers of the film Homeless, Tif Hassler (producer) and Clay Hassler (director, cinematographer, co-writer).

This is “art house” movie-making but with meaningless dialogue in place of introspection, surreal sequences instead of theme, and pretentious vinaigrettes that replace the ‘slice of life’ synonymous to that genre. So it’s art house, without the art, and not much pleasure to watch. Continue reading about "Youth."

Danish GirlThis true story about a transgender man suffers badly from overkill. At two hours, it’s too long; the music is too dramatic; the actors try too hard and there’s much too much crying. However, it’s a cleverly titled piece and the subject matter is interesting enough to make it just about worth watching. But only just. Read about The Danish Girl.

Heartland Film Festival Unveils Winners Awards More Than $120,000 to Independent Filmmakers. “The Judgment” wins $45,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, “Romeo is Bleeding” wins $45,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, “The Way of Tea” wins $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short and “The 100 Years Show” wins $5,000 Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short. Continue reading about Heartland Film Festival winners.

Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next starts off in Italy and then catapults to Germany, Denmark, France, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Lisbon. Tunisia, Slovenia and Sweden, covering topics from school lunches to capital punishment. Each time Moore leaves a country, he presents his host with an American flag and, by the look on the hosts’ faces, they’re as confused as me about the reason for this gift.

In Stardust & Moonbeams, Will gets more than he bargains for when he asks Beth to pose for him. Beth knows she’s on to something when she asks Will to pose for her. These are the modern times of 1928—and she’s a feminist, after all. Watch video trailers.

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2014 Heartland Film Festival

The Heartland Film Festival—Indiana’s largest and longest-running independent film festival—showcased more than 130 independent films and gives audiences access to more than 100 independent filmmakers from around the world from October 16-25, 2014. With red carpet premieres and events, parties, and hundreds of film screenings, the Heartland Film Festival offers the best of world cinema right in the heart of the Midwest.

Middle Coast Film Festival

A brand, spanking new film festival has hit the Midwest.  The Middle Coast Film Festival was named to play on and dethrone the East Coast—West Coast artistic and cultural dominance in the U.S. Read about the Middle Coast Film Festival. 

The Delights of Chocolates is a short film that screened at the 2014 Middle Coast Film Festival is a quirky little comedy centered on the interactions – and jealous tensions – of two women who have been friends.  The film is titled Chocolates, which plays on both an element in the plot and its visual accompaniment as the women sit in a living room and talk.

Stardust & Moonbeams

Ladies, wouldn’t you love to . . . Grab the Camera. Change the View. Enjoy the View. Finally . . .  a Smart, Fun, Sexy Movie By Women, For Women - and the Men Who Love Them. We’re women, we’re filmmakers, and we love men.  We want to advance women’s sexual empowerment and turn the erotic gaze on men, for our entertainment.  We’re talking heterosexual politics, because if the woman is behind the camera and the man is in front of it, sparks will fly . . . everywhere. In Stardust & Moonbeams . .

New Civil War Film in Production: The Battles That Changed Us

Young filmmaker Luke Broyles is on a mission.  It’s July 2014 and he’s a 15-year-old who’s written a feature length screenplay about the Civil War.  But it’s not just the battles on the field.  It’s the personal battles of four young Union Army soldiers.... personal battles that change them forever. The Battles That Changed Us shoots in July-August 2014.

Indie Film Con 2014

The Indie Film Con 2014 is in its second year, drawing films and filmmakers primarily from around the state of Indiana.  Like its inaugural year in 2013, the weekend program was held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. Part film festival and part filmmaker education, screenings were at the state-of-the-art IU Cinema, and workshops and panels were held in the nearby Fine Arts Building.  Most films were shorts, screened in the afternoons, with two feature-length films shown in the evenings. 

Interview with Filmmaker Trisha Borowicz. Science, Sex, and the Ladies, Oh My!

A new documentary feature will soon hit the film festival circuit – like none you’ve ever seen.  Yet with a message that is SO needed when it comes to women, men, and sexual equality in contemporary culture. Read more about Science, Sex, and the Ladies.

As High as the Sky with Nikki Braendlin

Nikki BraendlinI saw the film and met Nikki Braendlin (photo , left) at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival in October, the film’s last festival, but now it’s time for the film’s release.  Although As High as the Sky has finished its year on the festival circuit, the filmmakers secured distribution with Cinema Libre Studio. The DVD comes out on May 6, 2014, and the film is available through Video On Demand and streaming on June 6, 2014. So let’s hear more about this movie from the filmmaker herself– Nikki Braendlin.

A Batman for all Generations!

Batman comic book coverMany parent’s memories of Batman harkens back to the live-action television series.

Often comic book historians have few good things to say about the series claiming it turned Batman into a joke with its campy portrayal of the Caped Crusader.  Continue reading about A Batman for all Generations!

Mary Badham "To Kill a Mockingbird"

In the minds of many people, the word “scout” conjures up routine images of exploration, observation, and organized youth troops. But to the die-hard movie fan - particularly those can’t-get-enough-of-them film aficionados who grew up in The Sixties - that word “scout” calls to mind primarily one thing: the critically-acclaimed film To Kill a Mockingbird and its then ten-year-old star, Mary Badham, who played the role of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch.

Remembering Popeye’s Bumblebee

On January 17, 2014 Popeye the Sailor turned 85 years old. The sailor man with a passion for spinach and Olive Oyl made his debut in the Thimble Theatre comic strip created by E.C. Segar. For decades Segar’s work, including his successors Bud Sagendorf and Bobby London, have been reprinted for new generations to discover. Although reprinted in comic book format during the 1940’s and 1950’s the work of one Popeye’s greatest cartoonists has been slighted: Bela “Bill” Zaboly.

Steve Albrezzi: On the Road to Commencement

Steve AlbrezziCommencement is one of those films that draws you in to a warm sense of intimacy with a small group of characters.  There is a main character, Christa (Amelia Rose Blaire), with her own crises and decisions to make at this crossroads in her life. 

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More 3-D movies in theaters

Several major 3-D blockbuster films are planned for release almost every month this year.

3-D movies were among the top grossing films in 2013. 3-D movies may be the key to revive the slumping movie industry. See the schedule of new 3D movies in 2010, watch movie trailers and read studio production notes.

The International 3D Society released a 3D revenue study today showing that 3D movie fans are driving opening weekend box office revenues by significant margins. Continue reading about upcoming 3D movies.

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