1. “Miklos Jancso R.I.P.” Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso, winner of the best director award at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, died Friday. He was 92.
“Among his most successful films were ’The Round-up’ (1965), ’The Red and the White’ (1967) and ’Silence and Cry’ (1968). He also directed the French-Israeli coproduction, ’Dawn,’ made in 1986 from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel’s book about Jews seeking their identity in Israel. ’The most noble aesthetic pleasure is the discovery of truth,’ Jancso told Filmvilag magazine. Between 1999 and 2006, he made a series of six films dealing with the often absurd adventures of Kapa and Pepe, two comical anti-heroes played by actors Zoltan Mucsi and Peter Scherer. The use in the films of songs from Hungarian pop band Kispal es a Borz helped the films gain cult status.”
2. “GLAAD Media Award Nominees Announced.” Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Is the Warmest Color and Philomena are among the contenders in the film categories, while Orange is the New Black and Grey’s Anatomy snagged outstanding TV drama noms.
” The nominees for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards have been announced, with ABC leading broadcast networks with three nominations and MSNBC topping cable networks with four nominations. Vying for outstanding film—wide release, are Blue Is the Warmest Color, Dallas Buyers Club, Kill Your Darlings, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Philomena.”
3. “Adele, Guillaume lead César nominees.” Foreign film nominations for Blancanieves, Gravity and Great Beauty.
“The Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning. Actor Gallienne’s debut feature Me, Myself and Mum—a big screen adaptation of his autobiographical, one-man comedy show about his complicated relationship with his mother—secured 10 nominations. They comprised best film, best first film, best director, best actor, best supporting actress, best adaptation, best editing, best sound, best set design and best costumes.”
4. “No Laughing Matter.” With another gay-themed sitcom canceled, we wonder: Are the gays just not funny anymore?
“TV is supposed to be a reflection of our lives and the gays ain’t goin’ nowhere. So it’s up to writers and showrunners to figure out how to portray us as complex characters without treading so softly as to eliminate any traces of humor. After all, being gay is funny. Just like being black is funny. Being Jewish is funny. Being a delusional cater-waiter with an Off-Off-Broadway one-man show is funny. There’s comedy to be found in all of life’s experiences. And it’s what makes life bearable. Now if we can only find something for poor Megan Hilty. After Sean Saves the World and Smash, girl can really use a break.”
5. “Criterion Corner: Discussing Terence Davies with Criterion’s Michael Koresky.” Koresky discusses his unique love for The Long Day Closes with David Ehrlich.
“Davies claims that he sees his own childhood very vividly…that he remembers the color and smell and texture of every item and surface, and the tone and detail of every sound with undimmed precision. Despite this, he doesn’t try to arrange them for the viewer in documentary style; rather he places these memories within the realm of cinema. This allows him also to idealize those memories as much as recreate them. None of his films are strictly autobiographical even though they are based on his life. He always leaves room for dreams and nightmares.”
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