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With NYC Production Stymied, Upriver Studios Is Poised To Open As Nearby Alternative

With NYC Production Stymied, Upriver Studios Is Poised To Open As Nearby Alternative
Exclusive: As New York City battles through Covid-19, enduring more cases and deaths than anywhere in the world, the film and TV production sector appears to be a long way from resuming its previously brisk pace.

A new option for producers is now poised to open two hours away, however: Upriver Studios in Saugerties, a town along the Hudson River about 10 miles from Woodstock. Upriver will offer about 104,000 square feet of sound stages and other production space in a former manufacturing facility retrofit by a group led by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson.

“As crazy as it seems to be launching a business in a pandemic,” Masterson said, “it turns out Upriver Studios is the right place at the right time for productions who need to find a safe haven.”

Outside of the city and its suburbs, the effects of the coronavirus have not been nearly as severe. Ulster County,
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Domenica Cameron-Scorsese on the Redemptive Power of Love in “Almost Paris”

“Almost Paris”

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is a Tribeca alum whose short films “Spanish Boots” and “Roots in Water” played the festival. Her first short, “A Little God,” won the Torchlight Short Film Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. In addition to film, Cameron-Scorsese directs theater: her production of “A Number” by Carly Churchill is currently playing at Chicago’s The Runcible Theatre Co. She is the daughter of filmmaker Martin Scorsese and author Julia Cameron.

Almost Paris” made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and hits VOD today, January 9.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Dcs: “Almost Paris” is a very personal view of an incredibly complex financial story. As we follow the journey of Max, a former banker who returns to his childhood home to get back on his feet in the wake of the mortgage lending crisis, we discover the impact of
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Kevin Corrigan and Jayce Bartok Skewer New York Gentrification in New Web Series ‘The Holdouts’

Kevin Corrigan and Jayce Bartok Skewer New York Gentrification in New Web Series ‘The Holdouts’
“The Holdouts,” a new web series raising money on Kickstarter, is an ode to what some have called vanishing New York. It’s the story of “a blue collar guy who just wants to get day-wasted for three dollars,” but every gin joint he used to haunt has turned into a Starbucks or a Duane Reade or a Bank of America. Created by Dan Menke and Stephen Girasuolo, Menke wrote the script specifically with stars Kevin Corrigan (“Goodfellas,” “The Departed”) and Jayce Bartok (“The Cake Eaters”) in mind.

“Kevin and I for a while had been sending each other the Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York thing, bitching at four in the morning about something closing,” Menke said, speaking from his rent-controlled Williamsburg studio. “Being a native New Yorker as he is, the underlying theme of people being priced out and the struggle to try to stay here was definitely something Kevin connected with.” For years after meeting Corrigan, Menke wrote possible projects. “I would periodically get up the nerve to send them to him,” the writer said, “and he liked this one.”

Menke met Bartok when the actor appeared on his monthly variety show hosted by New York’s filthiest marionette, The Arty Need Show. Originally, the show was about two down and out actors — with a running gag that Corrigan would always get recognized for his role in “Goodfellas,” while Bartok got mistaken as someone’s cousin’s ex. “With the added backdrop of gentrification, the project has deepened exponentially,” said Bartok. “It gives it that meaning, that edge, that wow, this is relevant.”

Read More: Mary Stuart Masterson Wants to Open a Movie Studio in Upstate NY

Though he may be less recognizable than Corrigan, Bartok cut his teeth with bit parts in classics like “The Fisher King,” and “School Ties.” More recently, he has written and produced two features; “The Cake Eaters,” with Kristin Stewart and Bruce Dern, which won best feature at The Stony Brook Film Festival in 2008, and “Fall to Rise,” starring Daphne Rubin-Vega.

The gentrification subject is particularly relevant to Bartok, whose artist mother moved him to Soho when he was eleven. “We moved to Soho when it was bodegas and art galleries, that kind of ‘After Hours’ Martin Scorsese Soho, and over 20 years I watched it become this kind of Euro mall.” Bartok was a Soho holdout until five years ago, when he moved to the Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn. “You couldn’t leave the house on weekends,” he said. “There was no neighborhood anymore.”

The series has a bit of an “Odd Couple” feel, with Bartok playing the naïve newbie and Corrigan schooling his character on the real New York. The team is hoping the five-minute episodes will gain momentum like the hit web series “High Maintenance,” and get picked up for television.

Why are such accomplished film and television actors turning to web content? According to Bartok, “these days, just business wise, when you have major movie stars doing pilot after pilot, and you’re competing with Tony winners for one episode of ‘Elementary,’ you’re like wow, this is it, it truly is an actor’s life.”

It almost sounds as tough as say, holding out on a New York apartment.

“The Holdouts” is produced by Savin Rock Entertainment. Help get it made by contributing on Kickstarter.

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The Hateful Eight movie review: all hat, no cattle

Inexcusably self-indulgent. Tarantino gratifies his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Tarantino’s last two films…

I’m “biast” (con): …but really hate some of his films, too

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Damn. So after the marvels of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has swung back to the Kill Bill style of filmmaking, which I described in my review of Basterds as a cinematic “circle jerk in which he and his fans get off on one another and how clever they all are to be such rapacious film geeks.” With the inexcusably self-indulgent The Hateful Eight, Tarantino has returned to the gratification of his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else.

There are no characters to like in Eight.
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Project of the Day: 'Fall to Rise'

Project of the Day: 'Fall to Rise'
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Fall to Rise" Tweetable Logline: Fall to Rise is a feature film starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tamara Tunie, Desmond Richardson and Katherine Crockett. Elevator Pitch: Fall to Rise is a feature film starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tamara Tunie, Desmond Richardson and Katherine Crockett. We are raising funds for post production. It's about a famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she is not that great at motherhood... she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled former company dancer. Writer/Director: Jayce Bartok (screenwriting debut "The Cake Eaters" starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern) Production team: Tiffany Bartok,
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AFI Fest 2013 Highlight: Veteran Dern Tribute at Chinese Theatre on Monday

Bruce Dern in ‘Nebraska’: AFI Fest 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI Fest, which kicked off last Thursday, November 7, 2013, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, November 11, the highlight of AFI Fest 2013 is Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at Tcl Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.) Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what’s called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life. Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man,
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4 Reasons You Should Actually Like, Not Hate, Kristen Stewart

Usually when someone is described as “polarizing” it means that sensible people think they’re awful and foolish saps think they’re the greatest. Other times, it can be a matter of acquired taste, someone who seems weird and unlikeable at first and then over time, as you begin to understand what they’re about, becomes more interesting and cool. In other cases, people people’s impressions can be forever tinged by what their first exposure to someone is, and they refuse to change their minds, instead steadfastly clinging to their original conclusion because thinking differently is too much work.

I say all this because I think a sizeable contingent of the public has gotten Kristen Stewart entirely wrong. The first moment she seized most people’s attention was as Bella in Twilight, which developed a specific reputation for her as a person and as an actor, and she has
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Kristen Stewart's 9 most critically acclaimed performances

Kristen Stewart's 9 most critically acclaimed performances
Tomorrow, April 9, is Kristen Stewart's twenty-third birthday! To celebrate, here's a look back at the nine most critically-acclaimed film roles the "Twilight" alum has had to-date and what the movie world had to say about each. Brace for loads of praise. See also: A look back at some celebrity praise Kristen Stewart has gotten over the years It was difficult to narrow the list down to just nine, too, since Stewart's now been in twenty-five (and counting) plus movies in the span of her thir ... Focus, The Big Shoe, Speak, The Runaways, In The Land Of Women, Twilight, On The Road, Panic Room, Into The Wild, Adventureland, The Cake Eaters, Welcome To The Rileys, Fierce People.
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Jules Stewart Reveals Her Favorite Kristen Stewart Movie

In a new interview, K-Stew's mom reveals that her favorite movie starring her daughter is Not 'Twilight'! Click to see her shocking words. Before Kristen Stewart landed the coveted role of Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga, she was an unknown starring in small indie films. In a new interview, Kristen's mother Jules Stewart revealed her favorite of Kristen's films, and it's not what you would expect! Jules' favorite movie starring her 22-year-old daughter is The Cake Eaters! Right before Kristen gained worldwide fame with Twilight, she starred in this 2007 independent film, where she played a small town girl who was suffering from a terminal illness. Jules said, "One of my favorite films for Kristen Stewart is The Cake Eaters. It was Mary Stewart Masterson's directorial debut. Kristen plays a young girl who has Friedreich's Ataxia, which is a horrible disease that attacks the nervous system. I think she was not only beautiful,
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Toronto Film Festival 2012: Walter Salles Working on New On The Road Cut

On the Road movie reedited for Toronto screening Based on Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, Walter Salles' Otr adaptation starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart (above photo) will be screened at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. We all knew that. What we didn't know is that Tiff 2012 will unveil a new cut of the film (via indieWIRE), which premiered last spring at the Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews. The 2hr20m drama has been downsized to approximately 125 minutes. That's an interesting development, as Otr has already been screened in several countries, with varying degrees of box-office success. [Check out the On the Road trailer. Check out Kristen Stewart On the Road poster; Garrett Hedlund On the Road poster.] Otr movie reedit hardly unique On the other hand, different cuts shown in different countries is hardly something new. Whether as a result of poor critical/box-office reception, (perceived) local sensibilities, and/or censorship, the movie you watch in, say, Canada isn't necessarily the exact same movie watched by someone in Singapore,
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Could this be Kristen Stewart's year for Oscar contention?

Could this be Kristen Stewart's year for Oscar contention?
It's all but certain that 2012 is the year Kristen Stewart finally silences those who doubt her. Not only is she headlining Universal Pictures' summer release Snow White And The Huntsman, but she's also continuing her well-established career in meaningful indie pictures with On The Road, the long-awaited book-to-film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's infamous novel. Could this year bring more for Stewart, though? Could On The Road bring her into awards season contention? View slideshow: Kristen Stewart promotes 'On the Road' at Cannes Film Festival Her name's been thrown around in Oscar talk before, due to films like Welcome To The Rileys and The Cake Eaters, but On The Road's got a distinct advantage over those pictures, as it was selected for competition at this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival. ...
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Kristen Stewart: 'Twilight was so intense. I'm still a very intense person'

The woman who made her name as Bella Swan reckons her new role in Snow White and the Huntsman has a lot in common with a certain vampire-loving teenager. She talks here about her 'bad-ass girl power movie'

After a year of unsuccessful auditions, the nine-year-old Kristen Stewart told her mother she wanted to pack it all in. It hadn't been her ambition to act; she had wanted to be an archaeologist. But she lived in Los Angeles, where an agent saw her sing in a school play aged eight, and so inevitably the notion was put to her. She was interested initially. Her parents were crew members, and she had spent time on film sets where there was a feeling that: "we were all in this together, and we were making something worthwhile". She takes one of many deep, meaningful breaths. "And then I would see a kid walk
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Taylor Lautner signs up for Gus Van Sant flick: Could indie be the way to go for him?

Taylor Lautner signs up for Gus Van Sant flick: Could indie be the way to go for him?
Taylor Lautner was cemented — quite literally — as a bona fide Hollywood star today. But when people look down at his hand print at Grauman’s, will it say “Taylor Lautner,” but forever read “Jacob From Twilight. You Know, The Kid With The Crazy Abs”?

While his turn in the recent double identity action caper — and box office flop — Abduction might suggest just that, it’s unfair to count Lautner out as a one-trick werewolf pony yet. While Lautner will be heading into familiar territory with the big screen adaptation of the Ya novel Incarceron, as we EW reported last night,
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“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart turns 21

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Today, actress Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame finally turns 21. The child star turned serious actress has played in twenty-two released films spanning the past eleven years, and is confirmed for another six projects set to release between now and 2014.

Her first credited role came in 2001 when she played Sam Jennings in “The Safety of Objects”. In 2002, she co-starred with Jodie Foster as Sarah Altman in “Panic Room”, a role which won her status as a more serious child actor.

Though the next several years saw her mostly in minor roles, she often chose young characters dealing with mature issues. Films that saw her in more prominent roles, such as “Speak”, “The Cake Eaters”, and “Welcome to the Rileys” dealt more directly with loss of innocence themes.

Despite her current star power, which gives her access to big-budget mainstream roles, Stewart has shown a preference for complex characters in smaller films.
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25 Films In 21 Years: A Look Back – And Forward – At Kristen Stewart’s Career

Maybe the entire world has already seen a young Kristen Stewart in this Porsche commercial from 1999, but it is new to us. Watch and “Awwww” with us, please:

The woman (let’s stop calling her a girl, shall we) has an enviable resume that blossomed shortly after this commercial was shot. You know, when she worked with A-Listers David Fincher and Jodi Foster on her first movie, Panic Room. We first caught wind of Kristen in Into the Wild. She was completely captivating onscreen, and when we weren’t marveling over her acting skills we were enviously drooling over her legs. As Em in Adventureland she encapsulated everything it means to be a teenage girl in coming of age over the summer: insecure, awkward, flirtatious, unsure of herself and yet wildly confident.The break up scene in New Moon crushes us every time (specifically the seasonal change sequence) and we
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Review: Yogi Bear

What can a pic-a-nic basket hold? A whole lot of fun for the entire family! The latest installment of the beloved brown bear that talks is coming to theaters in 3-D. This rendition has another twist though.it is live action with animation. There have been a couple animated movies/specials over the years since the animated series rolled out of the Hanna-Barbera production company back in 1961. Only running for 2 seasons, Yogi the Bear and his sidekick Boo Boo have remained iconic animated characters for almost 50 years. .

Yogi Bear. has the characters everyone has loved over the years and a couple new ones too. Yogi, voiced by Dan Akroyd (Ghostbusters, Antz) is no stranger to comedy. The majority of his career has been in and around comedy, if not live action then animation. His voice is unimpeachable as Yogi, which was originally uttered by Daws Butler Aka Voice Magician. Justin Timberlake (Yu-Gi-Oh!
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Runaway Talent

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To some, Kristen Stewart is simply "the 'Twilight' girl." Her arresting turn as love-struck teen Bella Swan in the swoony series of vampire romance blockbusters put her on the map and earned her the mantle of "movie star." And for many young actors, this would have represented the chance to cash in, to do a whole bunch of well-paying wannabe hits with various supernatural love interests. Stewart, on the other hand, prefers the more challenging route: offbeat indies, parts that speak to her in a genuine way, and the occasional portrayal of an icon (like, say, Joan Jett). She only hopes that those who want to see her as nothing more than Bella will give her a chance."There's a road I'm going down now, and I'm aware that there's not as much of an audience for strange movies—for different, eclectic movies—and I totally accept that," she says.

Crowd-Sourcing a Film's Budget Takes a Charitable Spin

Crowd-Sourcing a Film's Budget Takes a Charitable Spin
Independent filmmakers have done everything from maxing out their credit cards to forming limited partnerships, creating hedge-fund tax shelters, squeezing relatives and friends and crowd-sourcing through websites like Kickstarter.com. But it gets increasingly challenging and they have to be ever more innovative about finding the money to make their movies. So now, a new approach: the tax-deductible donation. That's the idea that writer-actor Jayce Bartok has hit upon for his new film, Tiny Dancer, a drama about a former ballerina contending with her post-career life. Bartok, who wrote and acted in The Cake Eaters, the 2007 directorial debut for Mary Stuart Masterson that starred Kristen Stewart, has come up with a plan through which benefactors can contribute to the film's budget - and receive a tax deduction as a charitable donation. It's being done through The Independent Collective, which Bartok and his wife...
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Kristen Stewart: Producer?

VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip Kristen Stewart (photos) is just 20 years old, but she clearly has a knack for picking varied, interesting and challenging projects to work on. Let’s review, shall we? High school rape survivor (Speak), terminally ill teenager trying to lose her virginity and experience love (The Cake Eaters), iconic rocker Joan Jett (The Runaways), an angst-filled teen prostitute (Welcome to the Rileys) and a clumsy vamp-lover (Twilight)… to name a few. Her obvious interest in exploring unique, character-based stories has left us wondering for a while: when is this woman gonna produce her first movie? When, god damn it!? Co-star (and, er, brother?) Robert Pattinson (photos) has been quietly producing some of his films recently, and we wanted to find out if and when Kristen was gonna do the same thing. Here’s what she told us Monday night at the Welcome to the Riley’s screening.
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Kristen Stewart: Producer?

VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip

Kristen Stewart (photos) is just 20 years old, but she clearly has a knack for picking varied, interesting and challenging projects to work on. Let’s review, shall we? High school rape survivor (Speak), terminally ill teenager trying to lose her virginity and experience love (The Cake Eaters), iconic rocker Joan Jett (The Runaways), an angst-filled teen prostitute (Welcome to the Rileys) and a clumsy vamp-lover (Twilight)… to name a few. Her obvious interest in exploring unique, character-based stories has left us wondering for a while: when is this woman gonna produce her first movie? When, god damn it!?

Co-star (and, er, brother?) Robert Pattinson (photos) has been quietly producing some of his films recently, and we wanted to find out if and when Kristen was gonna do the same thing. Here’s what she told us Monday night at the Welcome to the Riley’s screening.
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