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Fifty shades of disappointed

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP film writer
Sunday, 15 February 2015 08:28

Curious? The posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly ask.

New documentary a powerful portrait of Nina Simone

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 26 January 2015 09:43

Through archival footage and interviews with her family, closest confidants and collaborators, Nina Simone comes to life again — still enigmatic but more easily understood — in the new documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" which premiered Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

A classically trained pianist, accidental singer, passionate activist and often-lost soul, Nina Simone's many facets are illuminated in the film by director Liz Garbus, whose first film played at Sundance 16 years ago.

'Selma' is a historic film that throbs with today

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP film writer
Thursday, 25 December 2014 11:19

To say Ava DuVernay’s Selma feels relevant is a mammoth understatement. It’s altogether animated, propelled and enlivened by its contemporary urgency. Selma is a history lesson that throbs with today.

Review: Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' catchy but uneven

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National write
Sunday, 22 June 2014 07:21

You don’t have to be middle-aged, or even an adult, to know songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Sure, they’re ’60s-era hits by The Four Seasons, but they’ve become such pop culture fixtures that even youngsters who’ve never heard the name Frankie Valli could surely croon a few bars in his signature falsetto.

Dunham, Kohan, Wiig, Kaling talk 'women in Hollywood'

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:22

Lena Dunham dreams of the day when a man might say, "It's impossible to get into Hollywood. It's an old women's network."

The creative force behind HBO's "Girls" shared the stage with "The Mindy Project" creator Mindy Kaling, "Bridesmaids" star and co-writer Kristen Wiig and "Orange Is the New Black" show-runner Jenji Kohan for a discussion on women in Hollywood this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

Welles centennial celebrated in Madison, Kenosha

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 16 January 2015 04:17

Orson Welles. — Photo: UW-Madison Cinematheque

A century ago, on May 6, 1915, Kenosha found itself the birthplace of one of the greatest film directors of all time: Orson Welles.

Ruffalo, Tatum and Carell shine in 'Foxcatcher'

Written by Jocelyn Noveck,
AP National writer
Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:30

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell

Let’s start with a plea.

Now on video
Film explores Joni Mitchell’s heart and music

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:46

Joni Mitchell

Girls Like Us, the biopic about Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King is in development, with Taylor Swift cast as Joni (could you die?). At the same time  Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  is currently running on Broadway. So what could be a better time for the SD Blu-ray release of Joni Mitchell’s Woman of Heart and Mind + Painting With Words and Music. Combining the 2003 PBS American Masters doc  Woman of Heart and Mind  with the 1998 CBC-produced concert film Painting With Words and Music on one Blu-ray would be inspired any time.

UWM French film festival prompts cultural dialogue

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:50

Director Jean-Pierre Thorn. — Photo: Courtesy Fabienne Bullot

Fabienne Bullot knew she had found a city of kindred spirits when she left the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival screening of Earth. The visiting assistant professor of French at UWM had been pleased, shortly after her arrival in Milwaukee, to learn Milwaukee Film would be screening Ukrainian film director Alexander Dovzhenko’s silent Soviet-era film about the process of collectivism, with live musical accompaniment by postrock band Group of the Altos. But she was more pleased when the film received a thunderous standing ovation.

Review: Anchored by strong performances, 'The Interview' earns three stars out of four

Written by Jake Coyle,
AP Film writer
Sunday, 28 December 2014 09:18

James Franco and Seth Rogen in 'The Interview'

The Interview is already assured of cinematic infamy. It will go down in history as the satire that provoked an authoritarian dictatorship, roiled Sony Pictures in a massive hacking attack and prompted new questions of cyber warfare, corporate risk-tasking and comedic audacity.

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Written by WiG Saturday, 18 October 2014 07:15

Neil Patrick Harris, left, with husband David Burtka and their twins

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscar show live on ABC TV on Feb. 22, 2015.

‘G.B.F.’ director Darren Stein says gay best friends are a must-have for today’s woman

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 09 February 2014 15:53

Gay filmmaker Darren Stein takes us back to school with his campy and colorful new comedy G.B.F. This is familiar territory for Stein, who also directed Jawbreaker, the classic 1990s Mean Girls precursor.

G.B.F. (“gay best friend, for the uninitiated) cranks up the homo high school hi-jinx with a story about an unintentional outing and the resulting chaos that ensues. Narrator Tanner (Michael J. Willett) transforms from invisible man on campus to the dude in demand as he navigates the choppy waters of the high school shark tank.