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(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, presents the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 from January 25 through February 28. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries, the festival includes over 35 screenings and more than 40 films will have their New Jersey or Area Premiere (Middlesex County) screenings as part of the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 and the United States Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival.... READ ON

The elevator (or in this case, dumb waiter) pitch for In Fabric, writer/director Peter Strickland's fourth feature, ostensibly concerns a cursed dress, which may remind horror buffs of Robert Bloch's short story 'The Weird Tailor', adapted for the screen as an episode of the '60s Boris Karloff hosted show Thriller and an installment of the 1972 Amicus anthology Asylum. Splitting the film into two distinct though interconnected stories, Strickland's movie recalls the output of Amicus, and while he continues to channel the exotic spirit of '70s Euro horror, In Fabric is distinctly British in its self-deprecating humor. A succinct elevator pitch might read 'Dario Argento's Are You Being Served?'... READ ON

Hopewell Theater will screen four holiday favorites while holding a fundraising drive for HomeFront NJ - an organization whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community.  Hopewell Theater patrons can add a donation for HomeFront to their ticket purchase online or in person at the box office  now through Monday, January 6, 2020. ... READ ON

Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon reteam once again for this adaptation of Nicholas Searle... READ ON

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Montclair Film is accepting submissions for the annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), a film competition open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Comedy, Documentary, and Experimental film categories. EFC also offers special Social Impact Awards for young filmmakers who engage with social issues in their work. The Emerging Filmmaker Competition is made possible with support from Gelati by Mike. Submissions will be accepted until March 8, 2020.... READ ON

She put a spell on the Mayo Performing Arts Center and they were hers…Kathy Najimy held the audience entranced with her personal take on the “Hocus Pocus” experience Oct. 26. For about an hour, the almost full house listened to Najimy recount tales of her co-stars – in particular Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker - on the set of the 1993 movie. The witty Najimy also delved into her days as a child “creating her own fun” making up skits and shows in her San Diego backyard, often singing her idol and future co-star Bette Midler’s songs. Then she chatted about being an up and coming actress and self-confessed “crazy, sycophant rabid fan” and “Bette Midler stalker” before she got her break with “Soapdish” in 1991. The next year, Najimy hit it big with “Sister Act” in 1992 - which she auditioned for five times.  ... READ ON

More than 20 years ago, Rutgers graduate Sharon Karmazin approached the leadership of the university’s Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life with an idea: Could they help give people in central New Jersey access to Jewish-oriented films they might not otherwise see?... READ ON

At some point in the late 20th century society decided that clowns were no longer funny, that rather they were the stuff of nightmares. At some point in the early 21st century Hollywood decided that simple entertainment was no longer enough, that movies in which heroes prance around in spandex should be competing for Oscars, and so the Hollywood blockbuster became as dull and soulless as the sort of worthy social dramas we previously associated with Awards season. When Heath Ledger won a posthumous statuette for his performance as Batman’s arch-nemesis The Joker in Christoper Nolan’s gritty, Michael Mann/William Friedkin influenced The Dark Knight, the comic book movie had well and truly grown up.... READ ON

Unlike the redundant ‘live-action’ updates of Cinderella and The Lion King, 2014’s Maleficent saw Disney take one of their existing properties, Sleeping Beauty, and deliver a fresh take that cleverly played with the themes bubbling under the surface of that classic fairy tale. Maleficent, formerly a one-dimensional villain, was put front and center in a movie that explored such ideas as nature vs nurture, the futility of revenge, and whether or not true love really exists. Most surprisingly of all, it served as a potent allegory for how victims of sexual abuse are often shunned by society. But importantly, it never took its eye off the fact that it was primarily a fantasy romp aimed at children.... READ ON

“Crimson City: The Series,” otherwise known simply as “Crimson City,” written and directed by Jennifer Quaglio, aims to change both the course of vampire history in New York City and women in the film industry. Currently in pre-production and slated to begin principal photography in the coming months in New York and the Tri-State area, with Gail Bennett (Anastasia, Broadway) and Kisha Barr (You, Netflix) leading the cast. The show is currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign, which ends on November 15th.... READ ON

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