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Filmmaker, Incarcerated

One of the incidental lessons “This Is Not a Film” teaches is that a film is not a film until it is a film. You can talk about it, outline it, enthuse over it, but it is still just hot air until sets are built, actors engage, cameras roll. And that is what’s most touching about this movie.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Chris Pizzello

Where Are the Women Directors?

Here’s a thought exercise: In a nation where 33 percent of the Supreme Court justices are women, 17 percent of the seats in the Senate and House are held by women and 12 percent of the statehouses have female governors, what accounts for the fact that only 5 percent of movie directors in 2011 are female?

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP / /Matt Sayles

Exile in Oscarville: Ratner’s Slur Shakes Up Oscar Lineup

A bad strain of foot-in-mouth syndrome that apparently favors film directors has struck again. In the spring, we watched Lars von Trier’s ill-conceived Hitler joke get him summarily ejected from the Cannes Film Festival, and now ... (more)

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / david_shankbone (CC-BY)

Michael Moore ‘Giddy’ About Occupy Wall Street

Nobody can say he didn’t call it, or at least call for it, as provocateur filmmaker Michael Moore explicitly declared at the end of his last documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” that he would come out from behind the camera and wait for others to join in his cause of opposing Wall Street greed before making another play for the big screen. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Evan Agostini

Not Much ‘Sunshine’ in Kaufman’s Next Act

Screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman made his name in lights with his Academy Award-winning script for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but six more years in showbiz have apparently dimmed his Oscar afterglow, given the details on his latest project that The Wrap served up.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Petraeus Sworn In as Director of CIA

Gen. David Petraeus was sworn in Tuesday as director of the CIA, leaving behind a 37-year military career for the opportunity to lead the covert civilian war against al-Qaida.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



YouTube

‘Restrepo’ Director Killed in Libya

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair reported that one of its contributors, 40-year-old photojournalist and “Restrepo” co-director Tim Hetherington, was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Libya that also left three other journalists wounded.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / 200MoreMontrealStencils (CC-BY)

Not Appearing at the Oscars: Jean-Luc Godard

How do you give out an Oscar to someone who doesn’t want to come and get it? That’s the quandary the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is facing, as Jean-Luc Godard, French New Wave auteur and one of this year’s honorary Academy Award recipients ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


Lee
Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone

Spike Lee on BP: Obama Shouldn’t Have Trusted Execs

It’s hardly a surprise that Spike Lee would have something provocative to say about a newsy controversy, but Lee doesn’t spare President Obama his criticism over Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill catastrophe ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Franka Bruns

Sex, Drugs and Roman Polanski

The 34-year-old lens through which we view Roman Polanski’s crime is clouded because society’s viewpoint about his “sex crime” has swung in the opposite direction from that of a drug crime.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Set Polanski Free

Roman Polanski is a lucky man—and as of Monday, he’s also a free man after a Swiss judge decided that the justification for Polanski’s extradition to the U.S. was flawed. So, the “freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked.” Updated

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE


Cameron
Wikimedia Commons / Natasha Baucas

BP Refused James Cameron’s Cleanup Help

Those Hollywood directors, always thinking they can call all the shots. “Avatar” helmer and self-proclaimed “King of the World” James Cameron tried to do his eco-friendly (and global royalty) duty ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE



Los Angeles Times

Hollywood’s Woman Problem

It’s Oscar night, but that should not cause us to ignore the results of a recently released study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 showing that men filled almost all the directing jobs, with women accounting for only about 3 percent. Writing and producing find similarly problematic, but less pronounced, gender gaps.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


Hurt Locker still
imdb.com

‘Hurt Locker’ Cleans Up at BAFTA Awards

Since 2003, filmmakers have repeatedly come up short in terms of box office sales and critical support for movies that focus on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—until director Kathryn Bigelow came on the scene last year with “The Hurt Locker,” that is.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Court Accepts Polanski’s $4.5M Bail Request

Will Roman Polanski spend the holidays at his mountain chalet in Gstaad? That could well be the case after Polanski’s latest bail offer, this time to the tune of $4.5 million, was accepted by a Swiss court Wednesday, although the 76-year-old director ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Nix Polanski’s Bail Request

After his legal team came up short Tuesday with its request that Swiss officials reconsider his recent arrest and release him on bail, film director Roman Polanski remained behind bars, unable to spend his time awaiting his fate from his resort home in Gstaad.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


book cover

Eric Lax on Elia Kazan

Whatever one thinks of his politics, Elia Kazan was inarguably one of the 20th century’s greatest Broadway and Hollywood directors. A new book reveals the master at work.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE


Waltz with Bashir
iffkv.cz

Tragedy Repeats Itself

With Gaza exploding in violence and the eyes of the world fixed once again on the Middle East, “Waltz With Bashir” may be the most important movie of the season. As an “animated documentary,” it’s also in a genre all its own.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


LA Film Fest
filmindependent.org

L.A. Film Fest Director Resigns Amid Prop. 8 Flap

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Film Festival Director Richard Raddon officially resigned after being embroiled in a controversy over his support for the “Yes on 8” campaign to ban gay marriage in California.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


Eastwood
AP Photo / Lionel Cironneau

Eastwood Confused, Dismayed by Today’s ‘Perverted Politics’

Seasoned film star and “Changeling” director Clint Eastwood says American politics aren’t what they used to be; in fact, the grizzled sort-of-libertarian thinks they’re even a little “perverted”—but not like that.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Spike Lee
manolomen.com

Spielberg Negotiates Rare Peace Agreement Between Feuding Directors

It’s good to know that there are still people, in this time of great strife, who believe in the power of diplomatic negotiation over brute force ... even if the people in this particular case happen to be two Hollywood directors apparently possessed of egos the size of Sarah Palin’s home state.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


W

‘W’ Teaser: Dubya Went A-Courtin’

Maybe this isn’t precisely how George W. Bush played his cards the first time he met his wife, Laura, or maybe it is, but it’s how director Oliver Stone has recreated the mating dance of the would-be president and his future bride in this scene from Stone’s upcoming film, “W.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


Eastwood
johnseilerblogs.com

Clint Eastwood to Spike Lee: Shut Your Face

Clint Eastwood doesn’t mince words about his opinion concerning Spike Lee’s criticisms of Eastwood films like “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Bird.” Lee has repeatedly called Eastwood on the carpet for his racial politics in those movies. Well, Eastwood has offered Lee quite the definitive comeback: “A guy like him should shut his face.” Updated

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


W
ew.com

Stone Gears Up for ‘W’

Entertainment Weekly has released first-look photos of actor Josh Brolin in character for his lead role in Oliver Stone’s new movie, “W.” Portraying the current president is no small challenge, but director Stone, who has been accused of courting controversy in his previous big-screen presidential portrayals, has promised to treat his subject fairly.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clooney
time.com

Rome’s New Mayor Strikes American Celebs From VIP List

Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Nicole Kidman are now personae non gratae in Rome, according to the Italian capital’s new mayor, Gianni Alemanno, a former fascist who thinks American stars shouldn’t be hyped at Rome’s annual film festival at the expense of Italian actors and directors.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Stone’s Next Subject: G.W. Bush

Director Oliver Stone has already demonstrated his penchant for making movies about controversial figures and critical moments in world history, so it should come as no surprise that Stone is turning his lens on George W. Bush for his next film, simply and succinctly called “Bush.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


bergman
thevillager.com

Legendary Director Ingmar Bergman Dies

Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, who burst upon the ‘50s cinema scene with films like “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal” and went on to become one of the world’s most highly acclaimed auteurs, died Monday on the Baltic island of Faro at age 89.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


Rep. Emanuel Makes Satirical Mincemeat of White House Salaries

Responding to a recently published list of White House salaries—including $100,000 a year for the “director for lessons learned,” Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) ran through a few “lessons” the White House apparently missed.

  • Money quote: “When you’ve ‘turned the corner’ in Iraq more times than Danica Patrick at the Indy 500, it means you are going in circles.”

  • Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Hayden Confirmed as CIA Director

    History will surely boggle at this one: The architect of the NSA’s domestic spying program has been made the head of the CIA. And the vote was 78-15.

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Hayden
    From nsa.gov

    Likely New CIA Director Misled Congress on Wiretapping

    Michael Hayden, who will probably replace outgoing CIA chief Porter Goss, told Congress in 2002 that all domestic surveillance was consistent with the FISA law—knowing full well of Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

  • The Fraud and False Statements statute (18 U.S.C. 1001) makes Hayden?s misleading statements to Congress illegal, according to a Clinton-era national security official.
  • See a Time article on Hayden’s impending appointment.
  • Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Porter Goss and Bush
    AP

    CIA Director Resigns

    Resigning unexpectedly 19 months after taking the job, Porter Goss leaves the spy agency in a “free fall,” according to earlier comments by one congresswoman. The CIA has been plagued with personnel losses and criticism by former officers.

    Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Matthews and Bartlett
    From crooksandliars.com

    Bartlett Busted on Gas Prices

    Chris Matthews nails the White House communications director on his claim that no one in the administration promised that gas prices would go down after the invasion of Iraq.
    Meanwhile, crude prices are holding above $72—a record high.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Nicole Holofcener
    Sony Pictures Classics

    Nicole Holofcener: The Truthdig Interview

    The director who has been called the “Woody Allen of the West Coast” talks about her new ensemble film, Friends With Money,Ӕ starring Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack, which opened last week.

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


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