Today on indieWIRE three new releases got graded, 'The Human Centipede II' was dealt with a blow in the UK, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Smith square off, and much more.
- In probably the best piece of marketing 'The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)' could receive, Empire revealed that the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) has rejected the sequel to the cult film, effectively barring any screenings or DVD release for the film in the country. Check out The Playlist's report to find out why.
- Eric Kohn offered his thoughts on three releases hitting theaters this week: Michael Winterbottom's buddy-comedy 'The Trip,' the affecting documentary 'One Lucky Elephant' and the monster mock doc 'The Troll Hunter.'
- indieWIRE will celebrate its 15th anniversary throughout the month of July with a series of screenings in New York, including several films that have played a role in the site's coverage over the years. The 92YTribeca will host weekly retrospective screenings each week of the month. Additionally, indieWIRE is once again partner with Rooftop Films for an anniversary celebration, hosting the New York premiere of the Sundance hit 'Bellflower' on July 15. (Oscilloscope will release the film on Aug. 5.) For more information, go here.
- 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John' director Taggart Siegel investigates the decline in the world's bee population in his latest documentary, 'Queen of the Sun.' Click here to find an interview with Siegel in which he discusses what led him to make the film and his passion for anthropology.
- Does the growing popularity of VOD and online film streaming diminish the importance of the theatrical run? At this weekend's Produced By conference in Burbank, it was a matter of perspective. Harvey Weinstein said that for now, theatrical is still vital. Weinstein's longtime acolyte, Kevin Smith, meanwhile sang the praises of VOD at a session devoted to independent film innovations. For more click here.
- The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin kicked out a patron for texting in the theater. And when the livid (former) customer left a voicemail outlining the extent of her dismay, they turned it into the best before-the-movie PSA, ever. Go here to watch the video.
- While documentary filmmakers wait to find out if an Arizona tax court considers their work to be a business or a hobby, the UK's Guardian and The New York Times looked closely at some of the business models underlying nonfiction movies. Or, to put it as plainly as the Guardian's headline: "Can you make a film and a profit?" Go here to view highlights from both pieces.
- Finding the people you want and avoiding those you don't can make film-festival schmoozing seem like an Olympic event. Here's the good and bad news: A new iPhone app promises to level the playing field. It's called (appropriately enough) Sonar. And, using social network data, it shows who's in a room with you. For more about the app, click here.