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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Director Frank Pavich on JODOROWSKY’S DUNE

On behalf of the Angelika Blog, Bryan Kluger of Boomstick Comics recently interviewed director Frank Pavich to discuss his new film, JODOROWSKY’S DUNE.

This fascinating documentary explores the genesis of one of cinema’s greatest epics that never was: cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci–fi classic Dune, whose cast would have included such icons as Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger. In 1975, following the runaway success of his arthouse freak–outs EL TOPO and HOLY MOUNTAIN, Jodorowsky secured the rights to Dune and began work on what was gearing up to be a cinematic game–changer, a sci–fi epic unlike anything the world had ever seen.

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE is now playing at the Angelikas Dallas and Plano.

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Monday, February 24th, 2014

A Tribute to Harold Ramis

A Tribute to Harold Ramis, from our programmer in Dallas, Adam Conway.

Harold Ramis

Beloved actor, director, writer and producer Harold Ramis died today due to complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis which he’d battled for years.

When the first movie he helped co-write was National Lampoon’s ANIMAL HOUSE, you knew Ramis was destined for greatness, especially in the field of comedy. He went on to find his true partner and collaborator in Bill Murray when he wrote the film MEATBALLS in which Murray starred. Harold Ramis made his directorial debut with CADDYSHACK which starred the likes of Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and of course Bill Murray.

He would go on to write and co-star with Murray in 1982’s STRIPES, then their biggest collaboration and one of the greatest films of the 1980’s, GHOSTBUSTERS. It was a massive success that led to a sequel, several animated TV shows, and ongoing rumblings of a 3rd film. Ramis and Murray’s last collaboration together was GROUNDHOG DAY in 1993. It was another major success for Ramis and Murray and showed that whenever they did work together something magical would happen.

After a falling out their careers diverged, with Ramis directing the comedies MULTIPLICTY and ANAYLZE THAT, among others, and Bill Murray starring in Sophia Coppola’s LOST IN TRANSLATION and going on to become a muse for Wes Anderson.

Harold Ramis will definitely be missed and his legacy will live on in the films he has done especially those that he did with Bill Murray. In March for Angelika After Hours, we are highlighting the work of Bill Murray, now it will also be in remembrance of Harold Ramis.

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Angelika After Hours: March Line-up:

Friday & Saturday nights at Angelika Dallas and Angelika at Mosaic - tickets and more info at www.AngelikaFilmCenter.com

  • 3/7 & 3/8 - STRIPES (1981)
  • 3/14 & 3/15 - GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
  • 3/21 & 3/22 - LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003)
  • 3/28 & 3/29 - CADDYSHACK (1980)

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

John Krokidas’ KILL YOUR DARLINGS

Friend of the Angelika Gwen Reyes (Reel Vixen) recently sat down with director John Krokidas about his film KILL YOUR DARLINGS. They discuss everything about the journey of the film from its inception to completion - from what it was like to work with Daniel Radcliffe and the other amazing actors involved in the project, to the great advice Daniel gave John, to the food they had on set.

A dynamic portrait of the early days of the Beat Generation, KILL YOUR DARLINGS is the riveting true story of a crime that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to a revolution. Daniel Radcliffe fearlessly takes on the role of the young Ginsberg alongside Ben Foster (3:10 TO YUMA), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Michael C. Hall, and Dane DeHaan as Beat muse Lucien Carr, whose notorious 1944 murder provided the nexus that spawned a cultural movement.

KILL YOUR DARLINGS is now playing at the Angelika Dallas and Plano.

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE director Q&A

Texas Frightmare Weekend and the Angelika Dallas hosted a great Q&A with Director Jim Mickle of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. Topics include casting, set locations, Kurt Russell’s son, acting methods and much more.

Proving that richly drawn characters, elegantly composed images and carefully mounted suspense still have their place in contemporary horror, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a slow-burn slice of American Gothic. Set in a rain-drenched corner of the Catskills in upstate New York, the story revolves around Frank Parker, a deeply religious patriarch grieving over the sudden death of his wife during preparations for the sacred family ritual of Lamb’s Day. But Frank’s teenage daughters have begun to question this tradition, and a local medico has uncovered disturbing evidence that points suspicion in the direction of the Parker house.

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE opens 10/11 at the Angelika Dallas.

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost on THE WORLD’S END

Our man in Dallas, Adam Conway, caught up with director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to talk about their new film THE WORLD’S END - the final film in their Cornetto Trilogy (aka the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy). They talk about how the idea for the film came about, some movies that influenced it, as well as their favorite scene to film and some of the best movies they have seen this year.

Director Edgar Wright reunites with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the final installment in the uproarious Cornetto Trilogy (also known as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy), which began with Shaun of the Dead, an instant cult classic send up of zombie movie gore fests, and Hot Fuzz, a blood spattered spoof of American actions movies. Their latest is THE WORLD’S END, an apocalyptic comedy in which Gary (Pegg) reunites his buddies for a marathon pub crawl, until an alien invasion suddenly leaves the entire fate of mankind hanging in the balance.

THE WORLD’S END opens 8/23 at the Angelika Dallas.

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

AUSTENLAND - interview with director Jerusha Hess and actor J.J. Feild

Friends of Angelika Mosaic Molly Dedham and Travis Hopson sat down with Austenland director Jerusha Hess and actor J.J. Feild to talk about the filmmaking process, suffocation by doilies, and how freaking wonderful Keri Russell is. (SPOILER WARNING at the 5-minute mark.)

A wickedly funny, irreverent comedy featuring an impeccable cast of archetypal characters, AUSTENLAND is a romantic comedy about a young woman (played by Keri Russell) obsessed with all things Jane Austen. When she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. One of the most highly anticipated films out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, AUSTENLAND is the feature directorial debut from screenwriter Jerusha Hess (NAPOLEAN DYNAMITE).

AUSTENLAND opens this month at the Angelika Film Center:

8/16 - New York, NY

8/23 - Mosaic/Fairfax, VA

8/30 - Plano, TX

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Friday, July 5th, 2013

THE WAY WAY BACK - Interview with Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

We recently sat down with multi-hyphenate filmmakers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to discuss their new film, THE WAY WAY BACK. The Oscar winning writing duo behind THE DESCENDANTS spills about their writing process, what it was like to direct for the first time, how the film came about, and the long road to get the film made.

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14 year old Duncan’s summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in the gregarious manager of the Water Wizz water park &mdash and this funny, clandestine friendship helps Duncan open up to and find his place in the world. This Sundance Film Festival favorite features a stellar cast including Steve Carrel, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney.

THE WAY WAY BACK opens Friday 7/5 at the Angelikas in Plano, TX and Fairfax, VA

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

THE EAST - Interview with Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

Adam with the Angelika Blog sits down with Zal Batmanglij(Director, Co-Writer, Producer) and Brit Marling(Actress, Co-Writer & Producer) to discuss their new collaboration, THE EAST. Marling and Batmanglij discuss their writing process, working on set together, and of the experiences that shaped the idea for a film about Eco-terrorism. The filmmaking duo, who previously worked together on indie favorite SOUND OF MY VOICE, also reveal who they would most want to work with in Hollywood.

THE EAST opens Friday 6/7 at the Angelika Dallas.

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Monday, February 25th, 2013

2013 Academy Award Winners

BEST PICTURE
Argo

Now Playing: Dallas | Plano | Fairfax | NYC

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, Life of Pi

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Now Playing: Dallas | Fairfax

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Now Playing: Dallas |
Fairfax | NYC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Now Playing: NYC

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour

Now Playing: Plano | Fairfax

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching for Sugar Man

Now Playing: NYC

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Ben Affleck, Argo

Now Playing: Dallas | Plano | Fairfax | NYC

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Brave

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Life of Pi

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Skyfall” by Adele (Skyfall)

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Life of Pi

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Ben Affleck, Argo

Now Playing: Dallas | Plano | Fairfax | NYC

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Les Miserables

Now Playing: NYC

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Lincoln

Now Playing: Dallas

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Inocente

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Paperman

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Curfew

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
TIE: Skyfall & Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty Now Playing: Dallas | Plano

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Les Miserables

Now Playing: NYC

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Life of Pi

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

WEST OF MEMPHIS subject/producers discuss their story

A poweful documentary that’s been receiving critical attention since its premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, WEST OF MEMPHIS tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.

Adam Conway recently sat down Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, subjects and producers of the film, to talk about their journey — from Echols’ wrongful incarceration for a crime he didn’t commit, to his 18 year struggle with the justice system to prove his innocence and gain his freedom, to working with filmmakers Amy Berg, Fran Walsh, and Peter Jackson to distill the documentary footage into an emotional and resonant film.

Check out the interview below for an inside look at this eye-opening documentary, now playing at the Angelika Dallas:

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