Here’s some great news about two films centering on repertory theaters. Last year, we highlighted Morgan White‘s documentary called The Rep which uses the story of three friends who started a theater in Toronto to contextualize the state of the rep theaters today. Well that movie is now done, has a new trailer, poster and is being submitted to festivals. You can see it all after the jump.
Then last week, you might remember, one of the theaters featured in The Rep, the New Beverly in Los Angeles, had another movie possibly being made about it. It’s called Out of Print and the director, Julia Marchese, only had a few more days to reach her Kickstarter goal making the project a reality. That has now happened. Two documentaries about cinemas coming soon to a cinema near you. How meta and cool. Read more below. Read More »
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No matter where you live, you’ve likely heard of The New Beverly Cinema. It’s a repertory house in Los Angeles, CA, partially owned by Quentin Tarantino, that has some of the best programming in the world: $8 double features, frequent Q&A, films programmed by famous filmmakers, Mondo events, you name it and the New Beverly has done it.
For example, tonight they’re playing Dog Day Afternoon and Network. Over the next week they’ll play Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni paired with films it influenced like Mean Streets, American Graffiti and Diner. Next week, a David Lynch retrospective begins. Come on now.
One of the theater’s employees is raising money to make a documentary about the historic theater that’ll hopefully ensure the theater stays around for years to come. But they need the help of film fans everywhere. The film is tentavely called Out of Print and you can read more about it, and donate to its KickStarter campaign, by clicking that link.
After the jump, check out the list of interviews lined up and more. Read More »
When most people think of the drive-in movie theater, they romance the endangered communal movie experience with thoughts of young love, starry skies, cool breeze and fresh popcorn. As someone who grew up in southern New York and had not one, but several, drive-in theaters to choose from in my formative years, I can safely say all that’s great, but the best thing about drive-ins is the double feature.
At the drive-in, studios regularly pair their latest and greatest offering with something that’s just a little bit older, giving an added incentive for families to come out to the movies. That’s exactly what Disney did the past two weeks with their mega-hit, The Avengers. They paired it with their last film, the disappointing John Carter, and even with the small number of drive-ins remaining in America, the success of the former has led to a minor resurgence for the latter. After the jump, read how teaming up with The Avengers has been great news for John Carter. Read More »
Kevin Smith has one more movie in him and then he’s done with filmmaking. But that doesn’t mean his stories are going to end. At a recent Q&A in Los Angeles, Smith revealed there is one way he’d make a third Clerks: if he could do it on Broadway. Watch the video of Smith’s reveal and more after the break. Read More »
There’s been a strange turn of events in the tale of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming documentary Bully. The latest info was the film, which was in danger of being saddled with an R-rating the studio deemed unfair, would be released unrated and uncut. Normally, that would mean the film could not play in most major movie chains as they don’t play unrated or NC-17 rated movies. However, in the case of Bully, AMC Theaters will allow minors in to see the film as long as they have written or verbal permission from a parent. Cinemark, on the other hand, will not show the film. [Update: And Regal, will treat it as an R-rated film.] There’s more after the jump. Read More »
A recent study by The Hollywood Reporter uncovered a bunch of interesting facts about the modern moviegoer. For example, did you know that 88% of people think Twitter and Facebook now count as a form of entertainment? Or how about the fact that 80% of Facebook users check the site while watching television? Also, they found that over half of people ages 18-34 think using social media in a movie theater enhances the experience and would patronize a theater that allowed them to do that.
Yup, it’s true. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Going to the movies can be extremely expensive and one Detroit resident is doing something about it. Twenty-something Joshua Thompson was so upset over paying $8 for a soda and candy at his local AMC that he filed a class action lawsuit against the theater in hopes that prices would be dropped.
Does this man think he’s being forced to buy food at the theater? Does he not realize a theater makes the majority of money from concessions? Before anyone rallies behind Thompson, consider these questions and more after the jump. Read More »
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Do you ever get frustrated that certain movies don’t make it to your local theater or that you can’t see old favorites on the big screen? There is a new service that might let you change that. It’s called Tugg and it’s a social network that allows users to request, promote and eventually screen a film they want (current, classic, mainstream or independent movies) shown in a local theater.
The site is currently in beta but they already have deals in place with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, AMC Theatres, Bow Tie Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, Goodrich Quality Cinemas, Rave Cinemas and Regal Cinemas to make sure the screenings actually happen in quality venues. Read much more after the jump. Read More »