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Frank’s 10 Favorite Films of 2013


***This week’s guest post is from Frank Cavillo, our go-to guy for all things film appreciation.***

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10. Thanks For Sharing

How this tale of three recovering sex addicts passed by everyone’s radar is beyond me. From the writer of The Kids Are All Right, Thanks For Sharing takes a look at various individuals suffering from sex addiction and the effects theirrecovery has on the people in their lives. Admittedly a less probing look into the subject than 2011’s Shame, Thanks For Sharing’s lighter approach helps lay out the fundamentals of such a disease and the different faces of it. Loaded with both comedy and drama, Thanks For Sharing succeeds in ultimately showing how addiction is truly universal, regardless of whatever type one is saddled with.

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Hot Links: Thursday, September 5th


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It’s the film folks can’t stop talking about. Will you see TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE? [Blackfilm.com]

Tomorrow’s the last day to cast your votes for SXSW 2014’s Panel Picker! [SXSW]

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Hot Links: Wednesday, August 7th


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A huge congrats to Issa Rae (“Awkward Black Girl”) on signing a deal to co-write and star in a comedy series for HBO! [Deadline Hollywood]

Do you have Direct TV? Well then you’re one of the lucky folks who can see Diablo Cody’s PARADISE tomorrow night (Aug. 8). The directorial debut from the writer of JUNO hits theaters on October 18. [Women and Hollywood]
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Hot Links: Wednesday, July 31st


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Steven Soderbergh, Will and Jada Smith and Esperanza Spalding have all backed Spike Lee’s latest joint on Kickstarter. What are you waiting for? [Kickstarter]

Huge congrats to the 163 films selected for IFP’s Film Forum! Ever thought about applying? [Indiewire]
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Hot Links: Friday, July 19th


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My week just isn’t complete without reading Filmmaker Magazine’s weekly newsletter. So exciting to see some familiar names and even discover folks I haven’t heard of on this year’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. [Filmmaker Magazine]

Hip Hop reunions, Seaworld, and Ryan Gosling, oh my! What indies are hitting your city this weekend? [Indiewire]

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Hot Links: Wednesday, July 17th


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Huge congrats to the 11 filmmakers selected for Sundance’s Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship! Ever thought about applying? [Sundance Institute]

“Call managers, not agents” and other tips on casting micro-budget movies. [Indiewire]
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TCM Classic Film Festival 2013


TCM Classic Film Fest

TCM Classic Film Fest

Celebrate your favorite classic films this year in Hollywood at the TCM Classic Film Festival April 25-28

Audiences without a badge can now join in on the fun! Last night’s screening of Funny Girl (for Spotlight & Essential guest only) was a success – Packed house! It was such an exciting event, especially with Cher’s surprise visit!

Tickets are not sold in advance, but you can purchase individual tickets (cash only) in the stand-by line. There are plenty of screenings happening at the same time so it won’t be too hard to get in.

Here’s the schedule for the fest & here’s more information on the screenings.

All screenings except Thursday night & Sunday’s screening of The General

$20 for general audiences

$10 valid student ID

For The General closing night screening

$30 for general audiences

$15 valid student ID

You will probably catch me running around as a festival assistant. Hope to see you there!

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Protagonistas: On the Waterfront (1954)


On the Waterfront (1954)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

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Protagonistas: “Funny Girl” (1968)


Funny Girl (1968)

Funny Girl (1968)

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif

IMDB synopsis:

“The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height Continue reading

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Protagonistas: Wesley Snipes


Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

Stallone claims on Twitter that Wesley Snipes will join the Expendables team. I’m interested. Passenger 57, anyone? I’m not expecting better writing (’cause let’s face it, it’s too late anyway), but I am glad to see him join the team. Now, if only they can come up with the female version to Expendables, with, of course, the better story to accompany the badass-ness of it.

Protagonistas – Protagonist – Person of the day, 5 days a week!

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Protagonistas: Tony Goldwyn


Tony Goldwyn

Tony Goldwyn

Divergent (2013*)

Scandal (2012 – )

The Scandal star (our president Thursday nights) will play the father of Tris in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best selling novel Divergent.

*Tentative release year

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Protagonistas: Aubrey Plaza


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Aubrey Plaza

Parks and Recreation (2009 – )

This past Sunday Aubrey Plaza pulled a Kanye at the MTV Movie Awards as Will Ferrell was accepting his award. Read the full story here.

Let’s hope this doesn’t become a thing for promoting new stuff. We’re pretty much over it.

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera


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NICE

My roomies and I will be shooting a short this summer, a comedy written by our very own co-founder Chris Brittingham.

We’re thinking of shooting with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema camera that is set to come out this July. We’ve read preliminary reviews on it but want to know if there’s anyone out there who knows more about the camera than we’ve been able to find.

Pros we’ve found so far?

*13-stop dynamic range
*Super 16 imaging area
*Records 1080/Apple pro res 422 on SD cards
*Super flexible lens mount
…and more.

Impressive indeed

Impressive indeed

Cons are harder to find since not many people have reviewed it. Anyone know more about this?

Feel free to post any information in the comments below or send us an email at indiesunchained@gmail.com.

Thanks!

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Protagonistas: Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen)


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Hannibal the Cannibal

Hannibal: The crazy psychopath who helps yet hinders investigations

Hannibal will not only kill you, but he’ll eat you too. And enjoy himself doing so. Fun show but the first half reminded me of so many shows already. Once Hannibal came into the picture, though, it picked up. Your thoughts on the show?

Hannibal, Thursdays @ 10 NBC

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The next generation of Instagram is here! Instead of pictures (memes, quotes, etc.) you can upload six seconds worth of videos. You can find the vine app on your app store—it’s free! Once you’ve downloaded the app, simply tap for every new image you want to record for a maximum of Continue reading

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Protagonistas: Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore)


Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore)

Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore)

Norman Bates: the beginning of the end

It’s scary to think of how it all began. We know what’s the end result to Norman Bates, and now we get to experience his life before his mother’s death & his…well, his transformation.

Bates Motel, Mondays @ 10 A&E

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Protagonistas: Joe Carroll (James Purefoy)


Joe Carroll (James Purefoy)

Joe Carroll (James Purefoy)

Joe Carroll: uses his charisma as a weapon.

It’s so scary to think how one person can have such an immense influence on a large number of people–crazy psychopaths who are willing to kill for him.

The Following, Mondays at 9PM (FOX)

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Protagonistas: Louie (Louis C.K.)


Louie (Louis C. K.)

Louie (Louis C. K.)

Louie: There’s no need to “get” him. He is who he is.

The comedian defies the rules of conventional television. He basically says he doesn’t care & doesn’t really know how to run a show. He’s doing it for fun. Example: He has the same actors playing different roles, just for the hell of it.

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