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New York Film Critics Circle apologizes for Armond White’s ‘crass bit of heckling’ as contrarian critic denies calling Steve McQueen a ‘garbage man’
The New York Film Critics Circle has issued an apology to Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen after NYFCC member Armond White reportedly heckled the 12 Years A Slave director as he took the stage at an awards ceremony Monday night.
In an email to Fox Searchlight, NYFCC chairman Joshua Rothkopf apologized for the incident, indicating that the group would be taking “disciplinary action,” according to Deadline.
“On behalf of the New York Film Critics Circle, I apologize sincerely for the crass bit of heckling Mr. McQueen encountered,” Rothkopf wrote. “I’m mortified to learn that this was from one of our own members.”
White has denied Tuesday’s allegations that he heckled director Steve McQueen at Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony in a statement in which he labels himself “the strongest voice that exists in contemporary criticism:” natpo.st/1bRgA7O

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New York Film Critics Circle apologizes for Armond White’s ‘crass bit of heckling’ as contrarian critic denies calling Steve McQueen a ‘garbage man’

The New York Film Critics Circle has issued an apology to Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen after NYFCC member Armond White reportedly heckled the 12 Years A Slave director as he took the stage at an awards ceremony Monday night.

In an email to Fox Searchlight, NYFCC chairman Joshua Rothkopf apologized for the incident, indicating that the group would be taking “disciplinary action,” according to Deadline.

“On behalf of the New York Film Critics Circle, I apologize sincerely for the crass bit of heckling Mr. McQueen encountered,” Rothkopf wrote. “I’m mortified to learn that this was from one of our own members.”

White has denied Tuesday’s allegations that he heckled director Steve McQueen at Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony in a statement in which he labels himself “the strongest voice that exists in contemporary criticism:” natpo.st/1bRgA7O

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From Russia, with liver disease: Real-life James Bond would be an impotent drunk, U.K. doctors say
He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?
British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday: natpo.st/JfxJ4j

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From Russia, with liver disease: Real-life James Bond would be an impotent drunk, U.K. doctors say

He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?

British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday: natpo.st/JfxJ4j

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is no laughing matter – which should please Tolkien fans, she-elf and all

Review: There is so much going on in the middle chapter of Peter Jackson’s three-volume Hobbit tale, you’ll have time to enjoy its excesses, weary of them, and finally return to a kind of grudging admiration of the film’s prodigal nature. 

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Evan Rachel Wood accuses MPAA of ‘shaming women for enjoying sex’ as censors cut steamy scene from film

Actress Evan Rachel Wood has come out swinging against the Motion Picture Association of America, after the organization censored a scene from her upcoming film Charlie Countryman that apparently depicted a woman receiving oral sex.

“I would like to share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a woman’s sexuality once again,” the actress began. “The scene where the two main characters make ‘love’ was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people ‘uncomfortable’ but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered:” natpo.st/ItG5Fz

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, reviewed: Jennifer Lawrence struts her stuff in unfaltering sequel that sets the stage for a fantastic finale

REVIEW: Lawrence, who was such a revelation in the first Hunger Games, continues to strut her stuff in this one. It takes a superior actor to play a character who is herself putting on an act for much of the picture, and to separate those strata of performance cleanly – in a neoprene suit, no less. Hutcherson is often in her shadow, but since that’s also true of Peeta it works well.

The film – again, like the book – ends on a cliffhanging note, which will annoy viewers who don’t want to wait a full two years for resolution. (The final installment, Mockingjay, has been split into two parts, opening in Novembers of 2014 and 2015.) But such is the curse of the middle chapter. Hunger Games got off to a smashing start and hasn’t faltered yet. If it keeps up the pace, the finale will be worth the wait: natpo.st/17N3MDM

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Having drinks with the Mugwump — Canadian Directing legend David Cronenberg was on hand for the opening of the TIFF Lightbox exhibit, Evolution, in Toronto, Tuesday October 29, 2013.  [Peter J. Thompson/National Post]

Netflix wants you to be able to watch movies at home the day they hit theatres
Netflix has found a lot of success creating its own TV shows like “Orange is the New Black.” It’d like to be able to disrupt blockbuster movies as well.
But Netflix doesn’t want to just create movies. It wants to convenience people and help them watch hit films from anywhere, immediately. At least, that’s what its Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos communicated over the weekend.
It’s a lofty goal that movie theatres would hate but consumers would love.
Sarandos unleashed his ambitious plan at a Film Independent event. The relevant quote was unearthed by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka.
“Why not premiere movies on Netflix, the same day they’re opening in theatres?” Sarandos asked the crowd. “And not little movies — there’s a lot of ways, and lot of people to do that [already]. Why not big movies? Why not follow the consumers’ desire to watch things when they want?”

Netflix wants you to be able to watch movies at home the day they hit theatres

Netflix has found a lot of success creating its own TV shows like “Orange is the New Black.” It’d like to be able to disrupt blockbuster movies as well.

But Netflix doesn’t want to just create movies. It wants to convenience people and help them watch hit films from anywhere, immediately. At least, that’s what its Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos communicated over the weekend.

It’s a lofty goal that movie theatres would hate but consumers would love.

Sarandos unleashed his ambitious plan at a Film Independent event. The relevant quote was unearthed by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka.

“Why not premiere movies on Netflix, the same day they’re opening in theatres?” Sarandos asked the crowd. “And not little movies — there’s a lot of ways, and lot of people to do that [already]. Why not big movies? Why not follow the consumers’ desire to watch things when they want?”

Tagged with:  #news  #Netflix  #tech  #technology  #movies  #film
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Never-before-seen Star Wars blooper reel features slippery Stormtroopers, flubbed lines The video clip, which also features stars of the original trilogy, was screened at San Francisco Comic Con over the summer, but recently made its way online. Watch it here: natpo.st/1dIduZO

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Never-before-seen Star Wars blooper reel features slippery Stormtroopers, flubbed lines 

The video clip, which also features stars of the original trilogy, was screened at San Francisco Comic Con over the summer, but recently made its way online. Watch it here: natpo.st/1dIduZO

Tagged with:  #Star Wars  #bloopers  #movies  #film
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The Fifth Estate bombs with worst opening weekend of the year as Wikileaks releases its own Julian Assange film – for free
The WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate utterly flopped this weekend — a fate predicted by its subject, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — taking in a paltry $1.7-million for Disney. It’s the worst debut this year for a film in such wide release.
The Fifth Estate, which was made for an estimated $26-million, faced a unique sort of competition: Not only had Assange decried the film, but his WikiLeaks organization released its own biopic of its founder, called Mediastan, for free. (Photo: DreamWorks)

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The Fifth Estate bombs with worst opening weekend of the year as Wikileaks releases its own Julian Assange film – for free

The WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate utterly flopped this weekend — a fate predicted by its subject, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — taking in a paltry $1.7-million for Disney. It’s the worst debut this year for a film in such wide release.

The Fifth Estate, which was made for an estimated $26-million, faced a unique sort of competition: Not only had Assange decried the film, but his WikiLeaks organization released its own biopic of its founder, called Mediastan, for free. (Photo: DreamWorks)

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Julian Assange nearly convinced Benedict Cumberbatch to quit The Fifth Estate.
And all it took was one email. Read it here: natpo.st/19qpNGE

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Julian Assange nearly convinced Benedict Cumberbatch to quit The Fifth Estate.

And all it took was one email. Read it here: natpo.st/19qpNGE

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Gravity: Stunning sci-fi creates the greatest villain of 2013 as Bullock faces off against universal foe
We’ve had some memorable movie villains this year — giant hamburgers, Jodie Foster, the Mandarin, Gargamel, Kaiju, zombies, Khan, Zod and even Kevin Bacon. But none have been so impassive, implacable and dreadful as the force faced by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity.
It is Newton’s third law, and it states that for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Ignore it at your peril, because it sure as heck won’t ignore you, especially on the three-dimensional billiard table of space. Pull on a rope, push on a wall, fire a rocket; it all shoves back.
We meet this universal foe in the opening shot of the film, a 17-minute cinematic virtuoso than rolls by without a single cut — or, in this age of digital trickery, better to say without a single visible cut. Clearly, director Alfonso Cuarón also didn’t travel to low-Earth orbit to film this, but you could be forgiven for thinking he did. Rating: * * * *(Photo: Warner Bros.)

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Gravity: Stunning sci-fi creates the greatest villain of 2013 as Bullock faces off against universal foe

We’ve had some memorable movie villains this year — giant hamburgers, Jodie Foster, the Mandarin, Gargamel, Kaiju, zombies, Khan, Zod and even Kevin Bacon. But none have been so impassive, implacable and dreadful as the force faced by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity.

It is Newton’s third law, and it states that for every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Ignore it at your peril, because it sure as heck won’t ignore you, especially on the three-dimensional billiard table of space. Pull on a rope, push on a wall, fire a rocket; it all shoves back.

We meet this universal foe in the opening shot of the film, a 17-minute cinematic virtuoso than rolls by without a single cut — or, in this age of digital trickery, better to say without a single visible cut. Clearly, director Alfonso Cuarón also didn’t travel to low-Earth orbit to film this, but you could be forgiven for thinking he did. Rating: * * * *
(Photo: Warner Bros.)

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TIFF 2013: Parsing the opening night red carpet with your host, Benedict Cumberbatch

Matthew Crawley’s death on Downtown Abbey has done nothing to dampen Dan Stevens’ spirits and smile — he strode down The Fifth Estate red carpet for crushing fans with an enormous grin (and some scruff on his chin), in midnight blue and a open collared shirt.

But the man of the hour was Stevens’ Fifth Estate co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who delighted ardent fans by taking his time on the red carpet (Daniel Radcliffe could have lapped him, several times over). It takes a certain charisma — and maybe a crisp tuxedo — to induce swooning in both Sherlockians and Trekkies. (Photos: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press; Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, everyone!Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as the leads in an upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. MORE HERE: natpo.st/17JIlCP

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Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, everyone!

Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as the leads in an upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation. MORE HERE: natpo.st/17JIlCP

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How bad is the One Direction movie?

Well, it’s better than the Justin Bieber movie… REVIEW HERE: natpo.st/19Qri01