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The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

Pingvellir (trans: "Thing Fields") in southwestern Iceland is where American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, forming a gorgeous rift valley that grows larger by the day. It is an apt metaphor for not only neutral Iceland -- a psychological...Show More Summary

Interview: Theodore Melfi and the coming of St. Vincent

Having plumbed his own life for material for his new film, St. Vincent, writer-director Theodore Melfi could probably do the same thing with the story of how the film got made. Specifically, his pursuit of the elusive, peripatetic Bill...Show More Summary

Movie review: St. Vincent - The Passion of St. Bill

Bill Murray has had the most piquant of film careers, launching himself from Saturday Night Live into goofy comedies that eventually gave way to something deeper and more satisfying, appearing in everything from Zombieland (as a version...Show More Summary

Livestream: All 3 Channels of New York Comic Con + The NYC Premieres of Lars Von Trier's Most Important Film & Sonwden Doc Citizen Four

Today the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic-Book, Pop-Cult explosion-slash-promotional orgy that is Comic Con begins its annual four-day Operation: Occupy Javits, and this weekend NYCC screens the best film of the year, while the NYFF screens one...Show More Summary

8 Terrifying Ghost Stories

The terror generated by a ghost story can be more lasting than the shocks delivered in a horror story... indeed, this different quality of scariness may be what distinguishes one form from the other, not the simpler question of whether or not a ghost features. Show More Summary

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Mystery

I never planned to write legal mystery. I'd had in mind something stodgier -- solid stories that could stand on a shelf with all the great works that I'd encountered over the years. One end of that shelf is occupied by the writings of nineteenth century naturalists. Show More Summary

Record World Early '70s: Moving Up by Showing Up

(This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.) On my first day as a 21-year-old assistant editor at the music industry weekly Record World, co-owner Sid Parnes, the man who hired me, was unavailable for orientation. Sid retained the editor-in-chief title, but I never saw him edit anything. Show More Summary

The Book of Life Director Made Me Laugh -- and Cry

The first time I met animator Jorge Gutierrez, director of the dazzling new animated musical film The Book of Life, he made me laugh. I interviewed him at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009 about his new animated series on Nickelodeon, El Tigre. Show More Summary

5 Things You Didn't Know about Anthony Bourdain's Roots

Like grandfather, like son, like grandson? Pierre M. Bourdain, Pierre Bourdain and Anthony Bourdain He doesn't know it, but Anthony Bourdain and I have ever-so-lightly crossed paths before. Several years ago, he wrote about a roots-centered...Show More Summary

6 Techniques to Research and Locate Film Investors

I was in Manhattan's Four Seasons Hotel, sitting across from a Wall Street guy who had already rejected me twice about investing in my latest independent film, "Em." I wondered how I would afford yet another round of $20 drinks when he stared at me, smiled, then raised his glass and said, "I'm in." I couldn't believe it. Show More Summary

I Am Ali

"I am the greatest!" Who can forget the cocky trademark phrase that was delivered by the most endearing boxer of all time? Retracing Muhammad Ali's vibrant life is an opportunity for audiences to reexamine American history, race relations, the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement and the sports world through the eyes of a perceptive black man. Show More Summary

The Judge -- Movie Review

The American Drama has become something of an anomaly, less and less a fixture of modern movie house entertainment, and more often lost within the great unwashed independent film market. The movie houses have no time for the simple 'theater...Show More Summary

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger ... a Great Film

Jeremy Renner is perfect to portray Gary Webb. Kill the Messenger is about integrity. It is a true story about the investigative journalist, Gary Webb, who exposed the corruption that nailed the CIA for being aware of the funding of the Contra war in Nicaragua with drug money. Show More Summary

There Truly Is No Place Like Homeland

Ever since Homeland premiered, fans of Showtime's extraordinary gem have been dying to say it "Jumped The Shark." This isn't really surprising -- since thanks to the internet everyone thinks their opinion matters. Unfortunately the world...Show More Summary

James Franco & Seth Rogan Talk Holiday Film "The Interview"

The upcoming movie, The Interview, centers around Dave Skylark (an on air talent) and Aaron Rapoport (his producer) who run the highly popular television show known as "Skylark Tonight." The two discover the global reach of their show after North Korea's Kim Jong-un turns out to be a huge fan. Show More Summary

All About That Bass -- Or Is It?

From the time I was eight, all I wanted to do was write songs. I wrote and wrote and wrote. I wrote for years, dreaming of the day I would hear one of my songs being sung on the radio by a famous singer. As I got older I found out many...Show More Summary

Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

Many of us grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on its annual television outing. We were mesmerized by the terrible tornado and were awed along with Dorothy when she opened the door to her farmhouse to realize she had been transported to a Technicolor place somewhere over the rainbow. Show More Summary

My Conversation With Jose Antonio Vargas

Tonight on PBS I'm joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas. His documentary, Documented: A Film By An Undocumented American, about his life in this country without papers -- somethingShow More Summary

Is Hollywood Ruining Our Relationships?

It was about eight years ago on a quiet fall evening. I had been married for a few years and my two young children had uncharacteristically gone to bed at the same time and without drama. If you're a woman with a child, a job or anyShow More Summary

Flipping Out's Jenni Pulos: A Creative Mom Balancing Career and Family

Photo Courtesy of Lori Dorman When someone as creative as Flipping Out's Jenni Pulos takes on the role of mom, you want to know how it's going to manifest itself in the way she parents. Pulos, a Greek American, is in the midst of balancing both a rich family life and career. Show More Summary

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