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Over-the-top comedy starring Tracey Ullman as Sylvia Stickles, a wife and mother living in Baltimore who, along with her husband Vaughn (Chris Isaak) and mother Big Ethel (Suzanne Shepherd), operates a local convenience store. One day, Sylvia receives a sharp blow to the head, which leaves her with a concussion. However, the concussion comes with an unexpected side effect - Sylvia has suddenly become a sex addict, and is soon attended to by the perverse and lascivious sexual evangelist Ray-Ray (Johnny Knoxville). When it becomes evident that Vaughn can't keep up with her sensual appetites, Sylvia throws herself into the strange netherworld of Baltimore's community of erotic overachievers, which includes her daughter Caprice (Selma Blair), who is living a double life as uber-buxom exotic entertainer Ursula Udders.
Drama starring Daniel Huttlestone as a teenager discovering London's punk music scene in 1979. 14-year-old Shay (Huttlestone) lives with his struggling father (Dougray Scott) in the suburbs of London and works part-time in his music shop, selling pianos. His life is instantly changed forever when his estranged mother (Natascha McElhone), who lives in the city, sends him a record by The Clash and he's immediately hooked by the power of punk rock. When he meets a young, like-minded individual, listening to the band, on the train, Shay becomes determined to get to London to experience all that the punk scene has to offer. Together, he and his new friend Vivian (Nell Williams) begin a wild adventure through the capital that leads them to a chance meeting with Shay's idol, Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the set of Vachon's best-known fillms, Shooting to Kill offers all the satisfaction of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmakins, from one of its most successful agent provocateurs -- and survivors. Hailed by the New York Times as the "godmother to the politically committed film" and by Interview as a true "auteur producer," Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial, and commercially successful films as "Poison," "Swoon," Kids," "Safe," "I Shot Andy Warhol," and "Velvet Goldmine." Over the last decade, she has become a driving force behind the most daring and strikingly original independent filmmakers-from Todd Haynes to Tom Kalin and Mary Harron-and helped put them on the map.
So what do producers do? "What don't they do?" she responds. In this savagely witty and straight-shooting guide, Vachon reveals trheguts of the filmmaking process--rom developing a script, nurturing a director's vision, getting financed, and drafting talent to holding hands, stoking egos, stretching every resource to the limit and pushing that limit. Along the way, she offers shrewd practical insights and troubleshooting tips on handling everything from hysterical actors and disgruntled teamsters to obtuse marketing executives.
Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the sets of Vachon's best-known films, Shooting To Kill offers all the satisfactions of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmaking, from one of its most successful agent provocateurs-and survivors.
Kate Winslet stars as the title character in this five-part drama mini-series adapted from the 1941 novel by James M. Cain. Living in Glendale, California, during the Great Depression, middle-class housewife Mildred Pierce finds herself a single mother after separating from her cheating husband, Bert (Brian F.O'Byrne).
To keep house and support her daughters she is forced to find work and, despite there being few job opportunities, she manages to get a position as a waitress. Mildred's eldest daughter, Veda (Morgan Turner/Evan Rachel Wood), who is used to her middle-class upbringing, disapproves of her mother's job.
In an effort to make a better life for herself, Mildred opens up her own restaurant, embarks on a new relationship with wealthy playboy Monty (Guy Pearce) and tries to win Veda's affections.
Loosely based on Dostoyevski's book 'Crime and Punishment', Rob Schmidt's film tells the story of Roseanne a young teenager who seems to have everything: a gorgeous boyfriend, lovely home and loving family. But when her mother leaves her step-father for a local barman half her age, Roseanne's life is turned upside down and she is forced to put up with an abusive and alcoholic step-father. Soon rumours start spreading around the school about her and, unable to stand the abuse her step-father has been inflicting any longer, she kills him. However, things are further complicated when her mother is accused of the murder and Roseanne finds support from Vincent, a loner who has always been obsessed with her.
Comedy written and directed by Todd Solondz which follows a loveable Dachshund as it travels around the country, changing the lives of a number of very different owners along the way. After setting off on a road trip with veterinary assistant Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), the dog then encounters young cancer survivor Remi (Keaton Nigel Cooke), failing film professor Dave Schmerz (Danny DeVito) and troubled grandmother Nana (Ellen Burstyn).
The debut feature of Jordan Scott, daughter of Ridley Scott, is a period drama set in an English boarding school for girls in the 1930s. Many of the girls at the school have a crush on their beautiful young swimming instructor, the enigmatic Miss G (Eva Green). Hitherto Miss G has done little to discourage their idolatry, but when exotic Spanish pupil Fiamma (Maria Valverde) starts at the school, Miss G's attention is diverted as she becomes increasingly fascinated by the new arrival - much to the chagrin of her doting devotees.
Writer-director Todd Solondz presents two tales about cruelty, deception, storytelling, and other people's suffering. In the first, entitled 'Fiction', a student on a creative writing course enters an abusive affair with her professor. The second, 'Nonfiction', concerns a filmmaker working on a documentary about a high school student and his family.
Actress Helen Hunt makes her directorial debut with this wry romantic comedy based on the bestselling novel by Elinor Lipman. April Epner (Hunt) is a 39-year-old New York schoolteacher who hits a midlife crisis when, in quick succession, her husband (Matthew Broderick) leaves her, her adoptive mother (Lynn Cohen) dies and her biological mother (Bette Midler), an eccentric talk show host, materialises and proceeds to turn her life upside down. In the midst of all this, April begins a tentative relationship with Frank (Colin Firth), the father of one of her students.
Mock-documentary about the New York clubbing scene in the early 1980s and early 1990s starring Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig, a real-life club promoter notorious for his excessive lifestyle and drug taking. Alig, who moved to New York from Indiana while still in his teens, soon built up a mini-empire in the underground scene including his own record label, magazine and some of New York's biggest club nights, often featuring bizarre themes and venues. But fame, fortune and a cocktail of designer drugs proved to be Alig's downfall when he viciously murdered his drug dealer and former friend Angel Menendez (Wilson Cruz), and then boasted about it on television.
A look at the making of 'Velvet Goldmine' through the eyes of its creator, the independent film-maker Christine Vachon. Starring Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Jonathon Rees Meyers and Toni Collette, the film is a camp, retro-kitsch ride through the origins of glam rock in 1970s London.
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