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When a Film Star Dies

JD Gershbein | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
JD Gershbein

Robin Williams infused genuine pathos into complex characters. He could split your gut with laughter in one movie, then cross the comic chasm and mercilessly tug on your heartstrings in the next. Williams was both a worthy hero and a convincing villain.

Bring a friend to a Cineforum

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
Gaia Paradiso

Today I discovered a summer cinema lab (free and open to 25 participants, between 18 to 35, Italians) where all potential talents of moviemaking and short movies could plunge into the European movie scene to learn about the techniques of making movies.

And Now for a Bit of Good News: La Guarimba International Film Fest

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

The 2014 program seems to run through a very specific leitmotif, a theme that asks the audience, but also the human race in general to respect the environment around us -- before it overtakes us.

Chicago's Top Chefs at the Screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.29.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The success of the movie, produced by Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake and Oprah Winfrey, is that it serves to remind us of the joy of eating together and the connection that food can bring to families, communities and love affairs.

Turning 55, Kevin Spacey's on Fire

John Farr | Posted 07.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

When Kevin Spacey made a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host came up with the perfect skit to highlight the actor's many talents: Spacey headed up a barbershop quartet that put a doo-wop twist on the Jason Derulo hit, Talk Dirty.

Interview on the Red Carpet With Woody Allen

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I was honored to speak with him about his mélange of beauty and sorrow, hope and despair, joy and cruelty, and found him to be incredibly unassuming and vulnerable, answering honestly and candidly about his strengths as an artist.

Six Films That Could Save The World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I still hope for a day when Israeli filmmakers will be allowed to show their films in festivals throughout the Arab world and Palestinian filmmakers will once again show their oeuvres in Jerusalem, Haifa and other festivals around the country.

Classics in HD -- Film School 101 at Symphony Space

Christopher Atamian | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Under the expert curatorial guidance of Ed Budz, the Thalia theater at Symphony Space is offering a remarkable cinematic series this summer. Appropriately if prosaically titled Classics in HD, it includes some of the most memorable films in 20th century film history.

Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline on the Chicago International Film Festival Summer Gala Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was a star-studded evening last Saturday night in Chicago as Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival - celebrating its 50th anni...

Here's a Media Insight: the Experts Are Clueless

Robert Marich | Posted 08.26.2014 | Media
Robert Marich

In 1977, a reputable media researcher speaking to a convention of theater owners predicted that competition from the then-embryonic cable TV business would wipe out U.S. cinema by the mid-1980s. What happened?

4 Gay-Themed Movies You May Not Know, But Should

John Farr | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Gay-themed movies have been gaining traction for years, though some of the finest still don't get the recognition they deserve. Here are several titles new to my list that merit a wider audience.

Can Better, Smarter Movies Make Better, Smarter Children?

John Farr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Here's a bold statement: Giving your children the chance to watch classic films can be just as vital as anything they learn in school.

NO SECURITY: Gif Horse

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.18.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

Outlaw hacker John Threat (aka John Lee, who operated under the handle Corrupt in another lifetime) recently unveiled a program called Music Pack.

For Father's Day - The 10 Best Movie Dads

John Farr | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just once, for your father, take his advice, thank your mother, chew with your mouth closed, stop making that face, finish your chores without any sass-back, and stick to one of these father-friendly films.

Actor Morgan Freeman and Director Jon Turteltaub on the Gene Siskel Film Center Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Jon Turteltaub, who directed Freeman in Last Vegas, lead the post dinner conversation with Morgan Freeman who not only received the award; but, he received another milestone as well: June 7 was declared Morgan Freeman Day in Illinois by Governor Quinn.

NO SECURITY: Action/ Time/ Vision

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

Artists are using code to consider the nature of reality, which of course has been a philosophical quest since the beginning of time. Coding not only influences content, but also form.

Here Are Some Very, Very, Very Minimalist Movie Posters

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts

Don't get us wrong, we've seen many a minimalist movie poster. There's something undeniably alluring about seeing your favorite, action-packed, romanc...

Back from the Valley: Sebastian Junger on Korengal

Dan Lybarger | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

Sebastian Junger has managed to find intriguing angles on the deployment and on the longest military commitment in U.S. history in Korengal, which opened on Friday. The new film offers some sober reflection to the visceral jolt that came with Restrepo.

The 10 Most Memorable Movie Songs

Robert Price | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Price

These 10 songs will be forever connected to the joyous, frightening and heart-tugging images of the films they appeared in.

When Fanaticism Makes Sense: Nabil Ayouch on Horses of God

Dan Lybarger | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

It's easy to condemn the actions of suicide bombers, but it's much harder to understand why people embrace such toxic philosophies in the first place. What's most alarming about the situation depicted in Horses of God is that it could happen anywhere.

Acclaimed Pakistani Film Josh Now on DVD

Ethan Casey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Ethan Casey

If making Josh was a journey for Iram as a first-time filmmaker, all the grassroots promotion she's done has been another adventure in itself. Her enthusiasm and work ethic are impressive and make clear how strongly Iram believes -- as well she should -- in the value of her art.

My Reel Dad

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Until cancer got the better of him five years ago, my dad's evening ritual was a good meal with my mom, a glass of wine and a movie, the two of them cuddled together on the couch like a couple of dreamy teenagers.

Errol Morris: 'People Expect Me to Throttle Donald Rumsfeld'

The European Magazine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
The European Magazine

In his new movie The Unknown Known, American film director Errol Morris investigates the causes of the Iraq War and puts Donald Rumsfeld under interrogation. Here's why he chooses understanding over judging and why his movies are political rather than politically motivated.

The von Sydow Dynasty: From Kickstarter to Star Wars

Filippo Brunamonti | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Filippo Brunamonti

Father and son. Legend and artist on the go. Two different generations of Von Sydow face to face for the first time.

Margery Walshaw: A Literary Manager Talks About Publishing and the Road Ahead

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Initially, I wanted to help first time screenwriters get a foothold in Hollywood. I came to also represent novelists as many of my screenwriting clients dabbled in both genres. My earliest success stories came with setting up the film and television adaptation rights of my clients' novels.