New films from Spike Lee, Nick Cassavetes, and Brian De Palma are among the 29 titles joining the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival slate, the festival announced today. Lee’s documentary Bad 25 commemorates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Bad, including footage shot by the pop superstar. Cassavetes’ Yellow focuses on a woman whose Vicodin habit plunges her into a high style fantasy world; it stars Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands (i.e. Cassavetes mother), Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith. And De Palma’s Passion pits Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace (pictured) against each other as a high-powered business woman and her protégé. READ FULL STORY
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British production firm Mentorn Media has been commissioned to produce a one-hour documentary on the Aurora, Colorado shooting for BBC Three, the network announced today.
The Batman Shootings will be the first documentary to air about the events from July 20. It will air on the youth-oriented channel on August 23.
Presenter Amal Fashanu traveled to Aurora, Colorado and spoke with survivors, as well as other young Americans, about hot-button issues such as the right to own a gun and the death penalty.
“Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora – and even this weekend the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee in which seven people were killed – the list of gun massacres in the USA grows ever longer. America is mainly split on the issue of gun controls – this film concentrates on what young people there think should happen now,” said Executive Producer Steve Anderson in a release on the BBC website.
It’s not clear if or when the documentary will air in the United States. EW reached out to the BBC for comment, but they did not immediately respond.
In 2005, Donald Trump announced plans to build two golf courses and a 450 bedroom hotel at the Menie Estate on Scotland’s east coast. The bad news for local residents? Trump’s golf complex was to be situated on the Menie Estate’s dunes, a beautiful wilderness area and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The bad news for Trump? British journalist Anthony Baxter decided to make a documentary about what he regarded as a David-and-Goliath struggle between the local population and the Apprentice star.
Baxter’s film, You’ve Been Trumped, debuts today at New York’s Angelika cinema and opens in Los Angeles on August 17.
Below, the director talks about why he decided to take on The Donald, getting arrested for his efforts, and why even he can’t help explain what’s going on with Trump’s hair.
The organizers of Fantastic Fest have announced the first wave of film programming for this year’s event, which includes Dredd 3D, the Shining documentary Room 237, and the U.S. premiere of British horror-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies. The Karl Urban-starring Dredd 3D will screen on Sept. 20, the opening night of the genre festival which is hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location in Austin, Tx. The festival runs until September 27.
You know her for singing about human fireworks and teenage dreams, but there was a time in Katy Perry’s music career where she sang about a single sacred subject: Jesus Christ. “When I was five [years old], the guy that was preachin’ at the revivals — he came up to me,” an 18-year-old Perry says in this exclusive clip from her upcoming 3-D documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me. “Out of a few thousand people, he said to me, ‘You’re gonna sing.'”
Check out the clip below, and marvel at how, even at the beginning of her career, Perry never kept her hair a single color for very long: READ FULL STORY
When you think about the summer movie season, you think of sequels, prequels, and bloated budgets. Granted, some of this season’s blockbusters — like Prometheus and The Avengers — were pretty good. But if you’re sick of superheroes and don’t want to check your brain at the multiplex door, here are five summer films to look out for.
In theaters now is Your Sister’s Sister, an insightful and often adorable indie comedy about three thirtysomethings (Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt) who become personally entangled during a short stay at a Pacific Northwest cottage. See it before your friends tell you all the surprising plot twists. READ FULL STORY
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Toy versions of Joss Whedon will be packaged along with collector’s DVDs of Morgan Spurlock’s geek-culture documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, and Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look.
It is unsurprising that on the day we lost Adam Yauch to cancer, the Beastie Boy is being remembered mainly for his musical achievements. But over the last decade, Yauch also made a significant contribution to the film world both as a director — overseeing the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I F—in’ Shot That and the 2008 basketball documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot – and as the co-founder of the film company Oscilloscope Pictures.
Yauch set up Oscilloscope in 2008 with ThinkFilm Vice President David Fenkel and, over the past four years, the company has released an impressively eclectic array of movies, including The Messenger, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Bellflower, Howl, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and the Michelle Williams-starring Wendy and Lucy. Upcoming Oscilloscope releases include the LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits and 28 Hotel Rooms, the first feature from director Matt Ross.
The documentary Searching for Sugar Man – a fascinating unraveling of a three decade plus mystery about a musician — was a sensation at Sundance, winning not just the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize but also a distributor. (Sony Pictures Classic will release the film in select theaters on July 27).
Now Searching for Sugar Man is enjoying a successful Tribeca Film Festival run than will undoubtedly win more fans over to the music of the almost-forgotten Rodriguez. A little history: in the late ’60s, Rodriguez was discovered by Motown producers who predicted he’d be one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. READ FULL STORY
Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey arrived to Saturday’s Knuckleball! premiere event at downtown Manhattan’s World Financial Center Plaza straight from Citi Field and a win over the San Francisco Giants. Gazing at the photographers and film reporters encroaching on his personal space, he didn’t hesitate in answering EW’s first question: What’s harder — beating the Giants or doing all this Tribeca Film Festival press? “This,” he said with a laugh. “Well, maybe it’s not harder, but it’s certainly overwhelming.” He smiled. “But it’s exciting! The film is beautiful and I think it captures what the pitch is and also the lives of the men that throw it.”
Knuckleball!, directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work), is indeed about this enigmatic, erratic, and rarely thrown pitch that, when thrown correctly, looks deceptively easy. But in fact, it’s a pitch that — thrown with the fingernails to eliminate spin — makes it impossible for anyone (including the pitcher) to predict where it will go. Few have mastered it, and since Boston’s Tim Wakefield retired earlier this year, Dickey is the only current player in the league still using it. READ FULL STORY
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