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Review: "Hornet's Nest" (1970) Starring Rock Hudson And Sylva Koscina; Blu-ray Release From Kino Lorber

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By Doug Oswald

Rock Hudson is an American commando sent to blow up a dam in “Hornets’ Nest,” a 1970 WWII action adventure set in 1944 Italy as the Allies advance on the German occupation force. Directed by Phil Karlson (“Hell to Eternity,” “Kid Galahad,” “The Silencers,” “The Wrecking Crew” and “Walking Tall”), the movie was an American-Italian co-production filmed in Italy with a mostly all Italian cast and crew.

The movie opens as the residents of Reanoto are massacred by German soldiers after they refuse to give up the location of Italian resistance fighters. Meanwhile, American commandos parachute in on a mission to blow up a nearby dam, but all are killed except for Capt. Turner (Hudson). A group of boys hiding in the hills when the German’s murdered their families rescue Turner and hide him from the Germans. Turner is running a fever from his wounds and the boys convince a local doctor,
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SXSW 2016 Review: Bang! The Bert Berns Story Remembers A Forgotten Legend

In recent years, several documentaries have explored the mythical world of popular music in the 1960s, including Morgan Neville's Twenty Feet From Stardom (about backup singers) and Denny Tedesco's The Wrecking Crew (about session musicians). Now comes Bang: The Bert Berns Story, which is a bio-doc about Bert Berns, a composer and producer. All three films share a common desire to shine a celebratory spotlight on extremely talented people who have never fully received their due. Bang shares another thing in common with The Wrecking Crew: both were made by the offspring of the people who are profiled. Brett Berns, son of Bert Berns, codirected Bang with Bob Sarles, and that's reflected in the amazing array of interview subjects. Bang, narrated by musician and actor...

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"Mad Max," "The Big Short" Win Big at Ace Eddie Awards for Editing!

George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" and Adam McKay's "The Big Short" were the big winners at the recently concluded Ace Eddie Awards. "Mad Max" took home Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) while "The Big Short" won Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy). What? Not "The Martian?" Ha!

.Inside Out. (edited by Kevin Nolting, Ace) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and .Amy. (edited by Chris King) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Here's the complete list winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 66th Ace Eddie Awards:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

Mad Max: Fury Road -- Margaret Sixel -- Winner

The Martian -- Pietro Scalia (Ace)

The Revenant -- Stephen Mirrione (Ace)

Sicario -- Joe Walker (Ace)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Maryann Brandon (Ace) and Mary Jo Markey (Ace)

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy):

Ant-Man -- Dan Lebental (Ace) and Colby Parker, Jr. (Ace)

The Big Short
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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows,
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"Star Wars," "Ant-Man" Among Ace Eddie Awards Nominees! See Full List!

The American Cinema Editors has announced the nominees of their 66th Annual Ace Eddie Awards and J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is one of the contenders in the Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) category while Peyton Reed's "Ant-Man" is a nominee in the Comedy category.

Writer/director Nancy Meyers ("The Intern," "It's Complicated," "Something's Gotta Give") will receive the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmakers of the Year Award. Winners will be announced during a January 29 gala at the Beverly Hilton.

Here's the complete list of the nominees of the 66th Ace Eddie Awards:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

Mad Max: Fury Road -- Margaret Sixel

The Martian -- Pietro Scalia (Ace)

The Revenant -- Stephen Mirrione (Ace)

Sicario -- Joe Walker (Ace)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Maryann Brandon (Ace) and Mary Jo Markey (Ace)

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy):

Ant-Man -- Dan Lebental (Ace) and Colby Parker,
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The Martian, Mad Max And Star Wars Among Nominees For 66th Ace Eddie Awards

American Cinema Editors (Ace) today announced nominations for the 66th Annual Ace Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. Winners will be revealed during Ace’s annual black-tie awards ceremony on Friday, January 29, 2016 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be presided over by Ace President, Alan Heim.

As previously announced, writer/director Nancy Meyers will receive the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award. Two Career Achievement honorees will be announced later this week.

Nominees For 66th Annual Ace Eddie Awards Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic): Mad Max: Fury Road

Margaret SixelThe Martian

Pietro Scalia, ACEThe Revenant

Stephen Mirrione, Ace

Sicario

Joe Walker, Ace

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Maryann Brandon, Ace & Mary Jo Markey, Ace

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy):

Ant-Man

Dan Lebental, Ace & Colby Parker, Jr., ACEThe Big Short

Hank Corwin, ACEJoy

Jay Cassidy,
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How They Created Those 'Good Vibrations' for 'Love & Mercy'

How They Created Those 'Good Vibrations' for 'Love & Mercy'
The making of The Beach Boys' ground-breaking "Pet Sounds" album in Bill Pohlad's "Love & Mercy" necessitated a soul-searching exploration of Brian Wilson's musical genius. It began with Atticus Ross' use of score, which aesthetically crossed over into sound design. "Conceptually what was interesting was what goes on inside Brian's head and integrating his music with the score so that the lines are always blurred. And I wanted Brian always present—there's no piece where he's not somewhere in it," explained Ross. But to achieve that, Ross needed all of the music to do the story justice. Fortunately, Wilson handed over his master tapes, a treasure trove consisting not only of the music but also hours of outtakes and Wilson talking to "The Wrecking Crew" studio musicians. Watch: "Elizabeth Banks Saves Brian Wilson as 'Love & Mercy' Hero Melinda Ledbetter (Exclusive Video)" "When you hear him on the.
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The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time

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The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time
The past few years have been something of a golden age for music documentaries, with the Oscar-winning success of Searching for Sugar Man and 20 Feet From Stardom opening up the field for films about less obvious stars. Lately there have been a flood of movies about cult bands, forgotten local acts, and background players — and even a few docs, like Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, that have found new ways to approach some of the most popular musicians of the past half-century. Netflix has done so well with music-themed films that it commissioned its own, What Happened, Miss Simone?; and thanks in part to art-house patrons, Blu-ray buyers, and premium-cable subscribers, the market for movies about musicians has become lucrative enough that even long-shelved projects like The Wrecking Crew and the arty Leon Russell sketch A Poem Is a Naked Person have seen the light of
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Is 2015 a Pivotal Year for Music Films?

Matthew Lee on whether 2015 is a pivotal year for music films…

Confession time: I have not seen Love & Mercy. However, from the critics here at Flickering Myth, it would appear that music fans will definitely appreciate this biopic of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson. I shall instead focus on the other music films that I’ve seen, and to see if 2015 is indeed an interesting year for music films. As I’m writing this, I’ve just recently came from seeing Straight Outta Compton. Short response, flawed but noteworthy; long response, please read on.

Straight Outta Compton retells the story of N.W.A.’s origin in the late 80s through to their eventual break-up. It recounts pivotal moments in the group’s history, notable Ice Cube’s feud with his former members, Dr. Dre’s record deal at Death Row Records under Suge Knight, and Eazy-e’s death due to an AIDS infection.
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Exclusive: Glen Campbell Gets Ready To Return To The Stage In Clip From Oscar Nominated Documentary 'I'll Be Me'

A legendary musician, songwriter and performer, Glen Campbell cut his teeth as part of the iconic studio session players The Wrecking Crew, laying down the backing tracks for artists like Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and Phil Spector. When it came time to record his own music in the mid '60s, he cut songs like Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston" and later "Rhinestone Cowboy." However, in 2011 it was revealed that Campbell was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He went on out on tour one more time to say goodbye to his fans. Read More: Review: Music Documentary 'The Wrecking Crew' Has A Nice Melody But Misses The High Notes  James Keach's documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" documents his "Goodbye Tour," a five week, 151 show journey that would mark Campbell's last time performing on stage.
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Love & Mercy – The Review

There’s a moment toward the middle of director Bill Pohlad’s concise and intriguing look into the mind of Brian Wilson where one of the other members of the Beach Boys describes his feelings about the new songs Brian had been working on without the assistance of the rest of the band: “Even the happy songs sound sad.” This simple line doesn’t just embody the type of music that Brian Wilson was composing at this time that would ultimately lead to the critically lauded but commercially unsuccessful album Pet Sounds, but it also perfectly captures the tone of Love & Mercy – a name that stems from a song Brian Wilson wrote. At its heart, the film stands as a love letter to the creative mind that would write some of the most beautiful songs of all time, and yet there’s a deep sadness that makes the film much
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Bill Pohlad wants 'Love & Mercy' to take you inside the genius of Beach Boy Brian Wilson

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Bill Pohlad wants 'Love & Mercy' to take you inside the genius of Beach Boy Brian Wilson
Biopics are a double-edged sword. On one hand, carving out a larger-than-life persona on the big screen drives iconography and extends a legacy. On the other, the inherent trap of the "greatest hits" approach, a structure often leaned on just because of the sheer amount of information you can carry across, can lead to a lack of dimension, sapping the humanity out of a subject. Bill Pohlad was aware of those pitfalls when he set out to make "Love & Mercy," a cinematic portrait of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson, and he avoided them expertly. The film tells Wilson's story in two eras. Paul Dano plays the younger, his musical brilliance on display as he puts together landmark albums like "Pet Sounds" and feverishly pushes the boundaries of popular music. John Cusack plays the older, trapped in an emotional cage, over-medicated and with seemingly no one truly looking after his best interests.
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Music Masters: The Wrecking Crew

It’s taken Denny Tedesco seven years to get a proper theatrical release for his joyful documentary The Wrecking Crew, after years on the festival circuit, but it’s been worth the wait. This is a loving tribute to the studio session musicians who populated hundreds of hit records, primarily in the 1960s. If you lived through that era and remember the pop music, from Nancy Sinatra to the Beach Boys, from the Mamas and the Papas to Sonny and Cher, I think you’ll react to this film as I did, with a smile of warm nostalgia. The filmmaker is the son of Tommy Tedesco, a ubiquitous guitarist whose “twang” heralded the theme song of Bonanza on television. Fortunately, Denny captured his...

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Weekend Movies: 'Cinderella,' 'Run All Night,' 'It Follows,' & More (Video)

This weekend, a young woman's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in Disney's live-action "Cinderella," Liam Neeson's loyalties are split between his estranged son and his longtime friend and mob boss in "Run All Night," and a girl is followed by an unknown force after a sexual confrontation in the horror flick "It Follows."

Also in theaters this weekend: "The Cobbler" stars Adam Sandler as a shoe repairman who stumbles upon a magical heirloom in his New York shop that allows him to step into the lives of his customers. "The Wrecking Crew" is a documentary celebrating a group of session musicians who provided back-up instrumentals for artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys. The documentary "Seymour: An Introduction" examines the amazing life of beloved pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein. Ethan Hawke directs this poignant guide to life.
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Review: Music Documentary 'The Wrecking Crew' Has A Nice Melody, But Misses The High Notes

You may not know their names, but you know the songs and records they played on. If you ever heard tracks by Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra, The Mamas & the Papas, Herb Alpert, or John Denver, then you've experienced the seamless, note perfect, inventive, and sometimes show-stopping performances of The Wrecking Crew. They were the Los Angeles based backing band that almost everyone of note used in the '60s. They pretty much were The Association on their albums, and the same goes for The Monkees. Brian Wilson and Phil Spector knew the skill level of the players and in their heydey wouldn't use anyone else. Pet Sounds was a hybrid of Wilson's feverish imagination that was able to tap the unlimited potential of The Wrecking Crew, who made his arrangements come to life, while the group also helped Spector achieve his famous Wall Of Sound. There are a thousand stories
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Meet the Greats Behind Sixties Hits in The Wrecking Crew

Here's one consolation for the years it apparently took Denny Tedesco to get his labor-of-love documentary The Wrecking Crew wrapped up and in front of our eyeballs: He's been conducting interviews for so long that we're treated to footage of a hale and hearty Dick Clark and of a Glen Campbell whose memory seems to be clicking along just fine. Clark offers generic happy talk, but Campbell's on hand to marvel at his greatest pre-fame achievement — his work as a guitar-man in the nebulous band of L.A. session musicians who came to be known as the Wrecking Crew. Configurations of the crew played on a spectacular run of Sixties hits for Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and more. Highlights abound, as when bassist Carol Kaye demonstrates how she turne...
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Big names boost 'The Wrecking Crew' documentary poster and promo spot: Exclusive

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Big names boost 'The Wrecking Crew' documentary poster and promo spot: Exclusive
The Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet From Stardom" put a massive limelight onto the singers who helped to back some of the most beloved tracks in popular music history. Similarly, "The Wrecking Crew" aims to celebrate some of the most vaunted session musicians who amplified an important era in the rock 'n' roll annuls and formed what would be called the West Coast Sound. The Wrecking Crew was the group of musicians that played some of the Beach Boys' best known songs on record, for Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert and the Byrds; for great theme songs and jingles, as part of Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" formula and beloved Motown records... As the exclusive TV spot above says, the Wrecking Crew were star-makers by simply being the behind-the-scenes stars themselves. You just may have never met them properly. So extend your hand: "The Wrecking Crew" heads to
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Magnolia's Eclectic Slate of Films will be Present at Filmart 2015

Magnolia is attending Filmart in Hong Kong March 23 – 26 with an exceptionally strong package of festival films from Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize winner “The Wolfpack” and “Tangerine” by the Duplass brothers, Tiff’s “Best of Enemies”, SXSW’s “The Wrecking Crew” to smart horror films and their own special productions. Just look at their line-up. Don’t you want to see every one of them? Well, you can if you live in U.S. As they have the domestic rights to them all. For available rights, see their page in Cinando

"The Wolfpack"

2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

Directed by Crystal Moselle

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.

"Xx" (In Production)

Directed by Sofia Carrillo, Mary Harron Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Jovanka Vuckovic

Produced by Magnolia Pictures, Xyz Films ("Tusk," "The Raid") and Dwjuan Fox

Xx is a new Horror anthology with a gender twist - all segments will be helmed by female directors and will start female leads. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.

"Results"

Directed by Andrew Bujalski ("Computer Chess")

Cast:: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker

Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) would seem to be the perfect test subject for a definitive look at the relationship between money and happiness. Danny’s well-funded boredom is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and abrasive yet irresistable trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon their three lives become intertwined, both professionally and personally.

"Tangerine"

Directed by Sean Baker ("Starlet")

Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, Alla Tumanian, James Ransone

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

Executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass

"Satanic" (In Production)

Directed by Jeff Hunt ("Fringe," "CSI," "Person of Interest")

Produced by Lawrence Mattis (Circle of Confusion) and Michael Moran (MarVista Entertainment)

"Satanic" follows a group of college students visiting sites from Los Angeles’ “Satanic Panic” era. They follow the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this “victim” turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.

"Best of Enemies"

Directed by Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom") and Robert Gordon

Featuring Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr.

In 1968 ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions - William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—cementing their opposing political positions. Their explosive exchanges devolved into vitriolic name-calling. It was unlike anything TV had ever broadcast, and all the more shocking because it was live and unscripted.

"The Wrecking Crew"

Directed by Denny Tedesco

Featuring Interviews with: Cher, Dick Clark, Brian Wilson, Nancy Sinatra

Six years in a row in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world.

"Iris"

Directed by Albert Maysles ("Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter")

Produced by Laura Coxson, Rebekah Maysles and Jennifer Ash Rudick

Iris pairs legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.
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Still Glen: Alzheimer’s-Stricken Best Song Nominee Provides Oscar’s Most Dramatic And Moving Story

Still Glen: Alzheimer’s-Stricken Best Song Nominee Provides Oscar’s Most Dramatic And Moving Story
Exclusive: Best Actress front-runner Julianne Moore playing a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice has been drawing the lion’s share of attention to that mind-robbing disease this awards season, but it’s a fictional character. There is another Alzheimer’s-related Oscar story that is even more compelling — because it’s real, as one of this year’s most recognizable nominees is deep into his own battle with the horrible disease.

Country superstar Glen Campbell, now living in a facility in Nashville and suffering from an advancing case of Alzheimer’s, received his first Oscar nomination for the remarkable song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, which chronicles his final concert tour as the disease closed in on him. The song, serving as a goodbye to his loved ones, wryly and knowingly gets to the heart of what it
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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but
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