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Cinema embraces psychosexually tortured doppelgangers. If Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" were remade and recast with Jake Gyllenhaal as a gloomy professor in place of Natalie Portman's psycho ballerina, it might look something like Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy," a nifty bit of murky fun rife with unsettling imagery and a sense of taut dread even Alfred Hitchcock would have admired. In "Enemy," a faithful adaptation of brilliant Portuguese writer Jose Saramago's 2002 novel "The Double," Gyllenhaal plays two versions of himself: Adam Bell, a university lecturer stagnating in a cycle of detached sex with girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent), and Anthony Clair, a middling bit part actor living a posh life alongside his pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). Adam first spots his doppelganger in a rented film his coworker casually recommends -- immediately throwing him into a spiral of paranoia and obsession. "Enemy," which debuted at Tiff alongside "Prisoners," marks Villeneuve's most personal film to. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, Grace of Monaco is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of Grace Kelly.
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, Grace of Monaco is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of the twentieth century’s most iconic Princess – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.
While contemplating overtures from Alfred Hitchcock to return to her career in Hollywood, Grace found herself plunged into a personal crisis when Rainier’s modernisation of an ailing Monaco was halted by Charles de Gaulle – the French President – and his attempts to not only impose French taxation on Monaco, but »
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, Grace Of Monaco is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of the twentieth century’s most iconic Princess – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Rainier III.
Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III. The cast also includes Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Lindsay, Parker Posey, Derek Jacobi, Frank Langella, with Paz Vega as Maria Callas and Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Alfred Hitchcock.
The film will open in the UK on June 6th. »
- Michelle McCue
Nicole Kidman is pure royalty in the upcoming film Grace of Monaco. The 46-year-old effortlessly portrays Grace Kelly in the drama biopic, which also stars Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III and Frank Langella. This U.K. trailer features an emotional Kidman, who looks just like the iconic Alfred Hitchcock muse in her beautiful fashions, expressing her sadness for abandoning her booming Hollywood career to become a princess. "Some of you ask why did I leave Hollywood," Kidman declares with sadness in her voice. "Well, I left because, because I fell in love with a charming prince." The Olivier Dahan-directed film is set against the picturesque backdrop of 1962 and depicts Kelly's »
Feeling very much like a long lost episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Eugenio Mira’s Grand Piano is a stylish and taut thriller that wastes no time on spectacle, instead choosing to meticulously focus on story, characters, atmosphere and building tension throughout.
In Grand Piano, Elijah Wood portrays piano virtuoso Tom Selznick, who has fallen from the limelight after his last performance was a total disaster, leaving him as the laughing stock of the pianist world. Primed to make his comeback while playing his mentor’s piano at a special concert put together by his loving wife Emma (Kerry Bishe), Tom does his best to feign confidence as he first sits down to perform for an eager audience.
That façade of confidence is quickly shaken when he realizes there’s a maniacal sniper in the building (John Cusack) who has a gun aimed at his head. If Tom plays even »
- Heather Wixson
Nicole Kidman embodies silver screen icon Grace Kelly as she leaves her life as an actress behind in the new international trailer for Grace of Monaco. The Weinstein Company still hasn't set a domestic release date yet, after pushing the film from its November 2013 release date last year. Director Olivier Dahan's drama explores Grace Kelly's marriage to Monaco's Prince Ranier III, and how she helped solve a dispute over French tax laws in the 1960s, but as we can see in this trailer, the actress still pines for her former profession, with a reference to Alfred Hitchcock offering her the lead role in Marnie in 1962. In addition, we have the new poster for this drama, co-starring Milo Ventimiglia, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Paz Vega and Frank Langella.
We got a quick taste of Olivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco back in September last year. Now, despite missing its original November release date thanks to some behind-the-scenes back-and-forth between Dahan and producer Harvey Weinstein, it has a June date in its sights and a brand new full trailer.Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, the film is a snapshot of a year in the life of the 20th century's most iconic princess, Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman), as she struggled to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III (Tim Roth). While contemplating overtures from Alfred Hitchcock to return to her career in Hollywood, Grace found herself plunged into a personal crisis when Rainier's modernization of an »
Warner Bros. have sent over the UK poster and trailer for Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella and Paz Vega. It’s duirected by Olivier Dahan, Grace of Monaco and will be with us June 6th after it opens the Cannes Film Festival.
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, Grace Of Monaco is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of the twentieth century’s most iconic Princess – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.
While contemplating overtures from Alfred Hitchcock to return to her career in Hollywood, Grace found herself plunged into a personal crisis when Rainier’s modernization of an ailing Monaco was »
- David Sztypuljak
Feature James Clayton 7 Mar 2014 - 06:08
The Grand Budapest Hotel is directed by Nadia Cavalcanti. Actually it's not. That was a lie and Nadia Cavalcanti is a made-up person. Still, I'll say it again because if you say things enough times they eventually become tangibly real in your own physical world (it's a bit like Beetlejuice). The Grand Budapest Hotel is directed by Nadia Cavalcanti. How does that make you feel?
Of course, you're probably aware that, in truth, The Grand Budapest Hotel is written, co-produced and directed by Wes Anderson (full name, Wesley Wales Anderson). Now, how does that make you feel? Personally, I'm feeling very happy about this because I'm a Wes Anderson fan and I really like all his movies. In all likelihood The Grand Budapest Hotel is going to »
The surreal mixed-media works of Valerie Hegarty are more than just three-dimensional; they seem to be undergoing a long, agonizing process of decay. Image: Valerie Hegarty In collections like “Alternative Histories,” recently exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the pieces often begin life as classical paintings and historic portraits... but that's where the traditional elements end. Portraits of famous figures like George Washington and Alfred Hitchcock are shown eroding and collapsing; their faces melt, crumble, rot, burn and explode; some are overtaken by weeds, moss, or other plants, and even devoured by crows. Images: Valerie Hegarty Hegarty's work has also been featured online by the art & design magazine Hi-Fructose, and you can see many more examples at her official site. Be sure to check out more of our features on macabre and grotesque art... including these elegant flowers carved from real bones. »
- Gregory Burkart
The names Michael Bay and Alfred Hitchcock should never be uttered in the same breath unless they are the answer to the question "do you know which directors are the polar opposite of one another?", but today we have some news regarding the Bay produced remake of the classic The Birds. Having been in development for quite a while, Bay's Platinum Dunes and Universal have now found a director to helm the update to the avian horror movie. Variety reports that Danish director Diederik »
- Alex Maidy
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
Arie Posin's romantic drama tips its hand when we see that protagonist Nikki (Annette Bening), a widowed interior decorator, has chosen posters for Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo for the house she's currently sprucing up. This is moments before she first sees Tom (Ed Harris), a dead ringer for Nikki's late husband, Garrett (also Harris).
The Face of Love is also a few color gels away from being this decade's remake of Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows, as Nikki embarks on a relationship with Tom that doesn't defy contemporary taboos about age or ethnicity but instead is borderline necrophilic, while she lies to Tom about her past and tries to hide him from her adult daughter, Summer (Jess Weixler), and Nikki's lovesi »
Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company are at it again – prepping to remake another classic film that’s sure to have cinephiles howling in outrage. Bay, who’s earned the Internet’s ire for his company’s reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, apparently really loves remakes and making people dislike him. Platinum Dunes has been a big player in the horror-remake business (where it has tackled Tobe Hooper’s seminal The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th), and its latest stays true to its genre roots. The company is hard at work creating a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, and now it has hired a director. Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Roojien has been...
- Mike Bracken
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
Ellen's epic selfie wasn't the only buzzworthy social media moment of the 2014 Oscars. Screen legend Kim Novak also set Twitter abuzz on Sunday, March 2, when she took the stage to present a trophy with Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey. The 81-year-old star, known for classics including the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, was tasked with announcing the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature alongside McConaughey. Unfortunately for her, the winner was Disney's Frozen -- which provided Twitter users with plenty of ammo for jokes about [...] »
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Novak, best known for her iconic role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), walked onstage and viewers immediately took to Twitter to comment on Novak’s appearance. With bright, tight, round cheeks and a tight jaw, it can be assumed that she has had some plastic surgery as she has gotten older. Her stunned appearance and raspy voice were all a bit confusing. In addition, it didn’t seem like she was reading off the teleprompter – one moment she made a reference to McConaughey’s role in Magic Mike.
Viewers jumped on Novak, commenting on everything from her voice to her supposed plastic surgery. Comedians jumped on the bandwagon as well, though most were slightly less cruel. »
If the season 2 premiere of Bates Motel is any indication of what's to come, the show's focus is going to stretch beyond the dysfunctional bond between mother and and son. True, season 1 introduced a variety of characters and situations to counterbalance the trauma Norman incurred each time he was aroused by seeing his mother in her underwear. But the obstacles they faced still had them working in tandem.
Unlike last season, it looks like there will be a greater emphasis on how Norma and her son function independently of one another. Another possible recurring theme throughout the show's sophomore season could be whether several of the primary characters will prevail in their struggles to let go of the past and embrace the present. In particular, for Norma the opportunities for happiness are there, but it's questionable whether she will be able to get out of her own way. Trying to »
It’s been so long since we’d heard anything concrete about Platinum Dunes' plans to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s classic beaky chiller The Birds that we started to wonder whether it had contracted Avian Flu, kicked the development bucket, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible. But it would appear that re-imagined parrot is alive and squawking, as Variety reports that Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will handle the megaphone.Well, we say, “will”. We’ve been here before on the Birds front, with Martin Campbell previously attached to call the shots and Naomi Watts linked with the lead role in the past. Neither is still involved.Universal and the Platinum Dunes team are, somewhat sensibly, making it clear that this redo will owe more to Daphne du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcock’s film, though the plot is still largely a secret, with Jonathan Herman »
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