Geraldine Chaplin, Star of Nashville, Remembers Robert Altman

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This weekend at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, there was a double feature of films starring silver screen legend, Geraldine Chaplin. On Saturday, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago screened for its 50th anniversary, and on Sunday, it was Robert Altman's turn. His beloved Nashville played to a nearly-full house, 40 years after its debut.

Of course, the two films weren't shown just to celebrate their anniversaries, but they were presented by Chaplin herself. She joined the audience at the Gables Art Cinema to introduce both films and followed up with a Q&A. This was my first time seeing Nashville and I have to say, there's nothing better than watching a masterful film with someone to tell you about the intimate details of its production.

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The Five Most Dramatic Telenovelas Filmed in Miami

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DueƱos del Paraiso is now airing on Telemundo.
Miami has been the fictional home of some of television's most iconic television shows: The Golden Girls, Crockett and Tubbs, and Dexter all lived in the Magic City. But if those are the only shows you can think of, then you're missing an entire genre of amazing television filmed in Miami: the telenovela.

Romance, action, and -- most importantly -- drama are central to the telenovela. "Over the top" is a good thing when it comes to novelas -- the bigger or the louder, the better. Admit it, the manufactured passion and intrigue are your secret guilty pleasure. You like it when she slaps him across the face! He deserved it! iClaro que si! Even if you don't speak the language, the telenovela's melodrama transcends language.

Aqui en Miami, our Latin flare is put to good use to spice up some drama on the small screen. Therefore, we felt the urge to compile a list of the five most dramatic novelas filmed in Miami (but, c'mon, aren't they all escandaloso?). And really, is there any place better suited to such over-the-top drama than our beautiful city?

See also: The VONA/Voices Workshop, Founded by Junot Diaz, Relocates to Miami

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Miss Universe 2015: Miss Jamaica Got Robbed, and Five Other Takeaways

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via @missuniverse/Instagram
The Miss Universe Pageant returned to Miami last night, and it was everything you expected it to be. Which is to say: leggy women wearing way too much makeup while strutting and smiling and showing off their bikini bodies in the name of national pride.

The pageant may be a relic from the era of The Feminine Mystique, but that hasn't kept it out of hot water this year. Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel caused a scandal when they were photographed together at an event last week. And Florida International University's decision to sink more than a half-million dollars into its arena to lure the pageant to Doral didn't go over so well with the faculty, the alumni, and the Miami community at large.

So was last night's pageant equally scandalous? Nope. But there were still a few memorable (read: awkward, hilarious, and downright infuriating) moments that your officemates will talk about this morning. Here's your guide to keeping up.

See also: Photos from Miss Universe 2015

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Miami Jewish Film Festival Presents Avant-Garde Film by Bill Morrison and Michael Gordon

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This Tuesday, the Miami Jewish Film Festival will feature a series of experimental, avant-garde films by two of contemporary movie-making's greats. Bill Morrison and his regular collaborator composer, Michael Gordon, will appear for an evening of seven short films, conversation, and live music at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Morrision and Gordon will discuss both their old and new works. The two are probably best known for Decasia, a 70-minute film from 2003 made from early silent films in various states of decay. The images on damaged and/or neglected, highly combustible nitrate film were altered only by their natural decay over time. The decay turned human figures ghostly by adding halos or simply rendering them abstract blotches. Morrison didn't manipulate or tamper with the images; he simply recontextualized the old film by editing it to Gordon's brooding, minimalist music. The result is a transcendental if abstract meditation on the ephemeral quality of film and, by extension, life.

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Miami Filmmaker Kenny Riches on His Selection to Sundance

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Meatball in The Strongest Man.
When Miami-based filmmaker Kenny Riches got the call from the Sundance Film Festival, he could barely hide his excitement from close friend Robert "Meatball" Lorie. Riches' film, The Strongest Man, had been accepted and Lorie was the film's lead. They were both working on building the VIP section at Design Miami when Riches' cell phone rang. "It's hard because when you get the call you're really not supposed to tell anyone for a few weeks because they don't announce it publicly for a while," he said.

He had to finish working the rest of the day and kept the news to himself until the festival made it official. "It was crazy," he added.

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Films to Check Out at the Miami Jewish Film Festival 2015

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We've already written about our excitement over the films at the Miami Jewish Film Festival and interviewed festival director Igor Shteyrenberg, but we haven't had a chance to talk about what we're looking forward to, as well as what we've checked out and loved. With MJFF already underway, it's about time we go over the festival highlights and what screenings are left to check out.

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The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions but Doesn't Have Any Answers

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The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore's great misfortune isn't that it replaces The Colbert Report, but that it premieres after Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. The Colbert Report was sui generis, and will likely remain so, because such a series makes leviathan demands on its host: crackerjack comedic skills, superb acting chops, and the massive humility to subsume himself completely into his character. Last Week Tonight, on the other hand, is a gauntlet thrown down before every other late-night comedy show (and news program), defying them to attempt its rare combination of smart, sidesplitting, and viral.

Oliver's HBO series is as good as it is because its writing staff has an entire week to write and rewrite each episode until it's dazzlingly streamlined. Dense with information, tightly choreographed, and then probably edited to shave off any woolly scruff, it boasts clean lines.

Based on its series premiere, The Nightly Show has no intentions to slack off in the Big Issues department. After a recap of the news ("Black people didn't get nominated for an Oscar? Yeaaah, I'm mad, I guess," he wavered in response to the Selma controversy), Wilmore introduced "the state of black protest" as the theme of his inaugural episode: Who are its leaders, what should protesters demand, what's hip-hop's role in political activism, and are any of these demonstrations and "die-ins" accomplishing anything?

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Billy Corben's Dawg Fight Premieres at Miami International Film Festival 2015

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Director Billy Corben and Dada 5000.
"The only way to escape the streets is to fight your way out."

That's the life philosophy that pervades Miami filmmaker Billy Corben's documentary Dawg Fight. The latest film from Corben's studio, Rakontur, chronicles the underground backyard-fighting scene in Perrine, a suburb that's just a few miles south of Miami but worlds away from the glitz and glamor so often associated with the Magic City. This isn't the scenic South Florida that dances across TV screens or graces glossy travel magazines.

Slated to premiere March 12 at the 32nd Miami International Film Festival, Dawg Fight is a raw look at a side of South Florida that's rarely seen. There are no cruise ships in Perrine, no tony art deco architecture, just an impoverished community trying to eke out survival. You can learn a lot about a neighborhood by the businesses that line its streets, and the area is little more than a series of check-cashing stores and rundown auto-body shops. Perrine is the home of the American grind, not the American dream -- but the purpose of the grind is the dream.

See also: Billy Corben, Sandwich Man

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The 20 Best Television Shows Returning in 2015

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Can't keep track of when all your favorite shows return this year? You've come to the right place. Chances are now that the holiday season is over, and every station is done playing Home Alone 2 on a loop, your must watch show is nearing a return. Whether it be the pressing of play on a show that paused mid-season, or a fresh new lineup of episodes you've been anxiously awaiting on for what seems like forever; early 2015 is the time most small screen shows make their comeback.

From House of Cards, to Game of Thrones, the first three-months of this new year are chalk full of new TV. Here is when 20 of the most popular debut.

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Oscars Podcast: Can You Identify the Traits of "Oscar Bait?"

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The bi-coastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, connect via the magic of the Internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at miaminewtimes.com/movies.

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