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Cinematographer Antonio Esposito of Shelton, Ct., and Director Steve Buskey of Hanover, N.H., set up a shot while filming a scene between the main character, Ellis, and his stepfather, Dale, for Ellis the Movie in South Royalton, Vt.,  on August 8, 2014. 
(Valley News - Sarah Priestap)

Quiet on the Set

Friday, August 22, 2014

O nly 11 years old and acting in his second short film, Danny Davis is already a pro. Waiting to go on camera, Davis, wearing an adult black leather jacket that swamps his frame, is having a liberal dose of mayonnaise applied to his hair by Alicia Bozzone, an assistant director on the film Ellis . Directed by Steve Buskey, …

In ‘Sin City,’ Rodriguez, Miller Talk Noir Yarns, Not Social Commentary

Friday, August 22, 2014

When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie Sin City in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel, opening today at the Nugget in Hanover and at other theaters. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the first film at all. A panel-for-panel re-creation of stories from Miller’s popular graphic-novel series, Sin …

Matthew Weiner on Reworking ‘Are You Here,’ Ending ‘Mad Men’

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the key shows people point to when discussing the relatively recent surge in quality on television is Mad Men. Thematically rich, visually stylized and emotionally evocative, the show uses what creator Matthew Weiner describes as “the traditional instruments of cinema” to make the small-screen leap to larger life. So at a …

Shia LaBeouf Arrested

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New York — Shia LaBeouf was released from police custody Friday after he was escorted from a Broadway theater for yelling obscenities and continued to act irrationally while being arrested, authorities said. After his court appearance, the actor, …

Through a Lens Darkly, Indeed

Friday, June 27, 2014

There are eight very good reasons to see “Film Noir: Embrace the Dark,” the summer movie series at the Hopkins Center that continues through Aug. 17, and they are: The Maltese Falcon , Double Indemnity , Detour , …

Studio Scrambles to Settle Dispute Over ‘Transformers’ in China

Friday, June 27, 2014

Beijing — Hollywood studios, salivating over China’s booming movie market, are falling over themselves to sew up deals on the mainland. But just days before its global launch of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount Pictures got a crash course in just how fraught such tie-ups can be. The …

Raspy-Voiced Eli Wallach Dies

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New York — As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled — in acting and in life — by a …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 22-28

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Don’t Miss True Blood — The sexy-scary gorefest this week launches its seventh and final season, and word has it that “nobody’s safe.” Of course, Sookie (Anna Paquin), our beloved leading lady, is accustomed to perilous situations by now, but she has her hands full when a band …

Film Noir Series Starts With a Screening of a Silent ‘Pre-Noir’

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Asphalt , the silent film that opens the Dartmouth Film Society’s tribute to Film Noir at 4 on Sunday afternoon, is really more of a pre-noir. Made in 1929 in Germany, the movie heralds some of the familiar …

‘Jump Street’ Is a Winner if It Can Stop at ‘22’

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Remember that sinking feeling when the realization hit that The Hangover II was just a straight-up shakedown? That it was just a money grab that assaulted and left for dead the audience’s love for the original probably so …

‘22 Jump Street’ Is the Latest Installment in the Cop-Buddy Genre

Friday, June 13, 2014

“There’s only one thing more dangerous than making them mad: Making them partners ...” The situation is as follows: You’re on a quiz show. The category is “Cop-Buddy Movies.” All you have to do to win $350 million …

After Two Decades, Two Emmys

Friday, June 13, 2014

Twenty two years ago, Chris Shepherd graduated on a Saturday from Lyndon State College with a degree in communications and a concentration in video production; on the Monday after graduation he started a job as a videographer at …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 8-14

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don’t Miss The 68th Annual Tony Awards — Hugh Jackman gives his regards to Broadway by returning to host the celebration of stage excellence from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The nomination list is brimming with performers familiar to TV fans, including Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick …