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    • Earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 683 industry individuals invited to join the Academy in 2016. In a push to diversify the membership, the Academy increased the ratio of women and people of color invited to join to 46 percent and 41 percent, respectively. This year’s unprecedentedly large class includes: Abbas Kiarostami, Catherine Breillat, Abdellatif Kechiche, Greta Gerwig, Lucrecia Martel, Nicolas Winding Refn, Brie Larson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Silvia Pinal, Lynne Ramsay, and 673 others.
    • For Film Comment’s weekly podcast, critic and historian David Bordwell talks about his book The Rhapsodes with editor Violet Lucca and critic Nick Pinkerton.
    • How do we define noir films?” asks writer Brad Stevens over on the BFI’s site. “John Ford knew he created westerns, just as Vincente Minnelli understood he was directing musicals, melodramas and comedies,” he writes, “but Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, and Edgar G. Ulmer would not have realized they were making noirs until this label was applied to their work long after the fact. Noir has proved peculiarly reluctant to sit down and have its picture taken, its rules being multiple and contradictory—which is surely why it still fascinates us.”
    • Also for the BFI, writer Farran Smith Nehme (who recently wrote our liner essay for Here Comes Mr. Jordan) pens a new feature on the headstrong Hollywood icon Olivia de Havilland for the centennial of her birthday.
    • In a new article for the Village Voice extolling he virtues of Kristen Stewart in her post-Twilight years, Melissa Anderson write that “Stewart's recent roles confirm what’s been evident all along: that she is one of her generation’s most quicksilver performers.” She adds: “Crucially, this electrifying mutability is rooted in her genius at communicating, both onscreen and off-, a sexuality that is itself ever-changing: from extremely heteronormative to explicitly sapphic and all libidinal leanings in between.”
    • For the latest issue of Cinema Scope, director Benny Safdie writes on Nathan Fielder’s Comedy Central series Nathan for You, championing its uncanny sense of realism and comparing its “level of detail and control” to Jacques Tati’s PlayTime.
    • Interview republished its April 1979 cover story, an interview with Jessica Lange by Andy Warhol, Bob Colacello, and Robert Hayes, conducted just days after Lange finished shooting Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, about which Lange says “it seemed like I was working twice as hard” as ever before.
    • “It’s a modern beat movie of lust and friendship and unrequited love among the down-and-outs,” writes Sean Axmaker on Gus Van Sant’s Mala Noche for Fandor. “And it’s also a groundbreaking landmark of queer cinema thanks to its offhanded acceptance of a gay character as a protagonist. Walt’s homosexuality is a given, a simple matter of fact, rather than a statement. Rare enough at the turn of the 21st century, this was unheard of in 1984, when Van Sant shot the film on the streets of his adopted home of Portland, Oregon.”


  • By MelanieDaniels
    July 01, 2016
    11:46 PM

    Happy Birthday to Olivia de Havilland! Celebrating her 100th birthday today! There's a recent interview and photo circulating across the web; and she looks absolutely beautiful.
  • By b_bang
    July 03, 2016
    09:33 AM

    Mala Noche needs it's Blu Ray upgrade. And Drugstore Cowboy needs a Criterion release with Van Sant's Burroughs supplements- The Discipline of D.E. and The Elvis of Letters.