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Restoration of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy to Premiere in Us Theaters

9 hours ago | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Janus Films is proud to announce today the release of glorious new 4k restorations of master filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy (with new subtitles). Frequently listed as one of the top accomplishments in the history of cinema, the trilogy helped bring India into the golden age of international art-house cinema – but this restoration was long thought to be impossible, after a fire severely damaged the original negatives in 1993. Whatever was left of the original negatives was salvaged by the Academy Film Archive and it wasn’t until the technology improved that this restoration was possible.

The three films – Pather Panchali (Song Of The Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu) – will begin a national re-release in New York City at Film Forum on Friday, May 8th and in Los Angeles at Landmark’s Nuart Theater on Friday, May 29th. The films will »

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The Simpsons' top 30 movie references

23 April 2015 6:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Simpsons has pastiched hundreds of movies in its time. From Hitchcock to Kubrick to Disney, we select our top 30 favourites...

The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.

Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »

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Wagner Moura joins The Magnificent Seven remake

23 April 2015 5:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Brazilian star Wagner Moura has landed a plum role in The Magnificent Seven, MGM’s remake of the 1960 film.

Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) directs the film, which stars his Equalizer actors Denzel Washington and Haley Bennett, as well as Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Luke Grimes (American Sniper) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).

Moura is set to play Vasquez, one of the titular Seven, and sets MGM up for some decent South American box office, where the actor has a very sizeable fan base. Previously, Moura has featured in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and the award-winning Elite Squad.

Written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective), the story kicks off when a woman (Bennett) hires a disparate group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits. The 1960 film, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese-language film Seven Samurai, »

- Scott J. Davis

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‘Last Knights’ Review

19 April 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ahn Sung-ki, Giorgio Caputo, Daniel Adegboyega, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Babson, Brian Caspe, Cliff Curtis, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ayelet Zurer | Written by Michael Konyves, Dove Sussman | Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya

Set in an age of honour and justice by the sword, Last Knights tells the story of Raiden (Owen) – a fallen warrior who must rise up against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge Bartok (Freeman), his dishonoured master. Think of the film as something akin to Seven Samurai but set in the middle ages and you’ll be somewhere close.

If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest fan of historical epics – give me a down and dirty, straight to DVD schlockfest over one any day. However when said historical epic the English language debut of famed Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon), I can’t help but put my prejudices aside. »

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Den Of Geek Book Club: William Friedkin - Films Of Aberration, Obsession And Reality

14 April 2015 2:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

This month's film Book Club choice is a study of director William Friedkin that spends as much time on the failures as the successes...

Some films catch your attention for reasons other than being good. Cruising (1980) has stuck in my memory for years. It’s very weird. Al Pacino plays a cop who works undercover in New York’s gay club scene, tracking down a serial killer. Or possibly more than one serial killer; it's difficult to tell in the darkness, the double bluffs, and the uncomfortable and unclear nature of the action. Few critics liked it, even less people went to see it, and William Friedkin wrote and directed it. When I think of Friedkin's work I think of Cruising as much as I think of The Exorcist, or The French Connection. How could the same person have made these films?

Clagett's book embraces the failures as much as the successes, »

- louisamellor

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15 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Remakes

10 April 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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One of the most common complaints about Hollywood these days is that nothing’s original anymore: how often does a filmmaker burst onto the scene with an idea as unique as, say, Inception or Looper? It’s all sequels, reboots, remakes, re-imaginings and any other marketable term producers might use to dress their laziness up.

This article is specifically focusing on remakes, and, to their credit, these 15 movies have done a pretty splendid job concealing the fact that they’re remakes at all. This is largely because the source material is so niche and little-known, so enterprising Hollywood execs have taken advantage of this fact by taking decades-old product, giving it a modern sheen with a popular new cast and milking the results all the way to the bank.

These remakes vary wildly in quality: some are terrible, some are mediocre remakes of mediocre movies, and some vastly »

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Principal Photography Begins on Adaptation of Nigerian Author Rasheed Gbadamosi’s 'Shijuwomi'

8 April 2015 10:52 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Principal photography has begun on "Shijuwomi," a film adaptation of author Rasheed Gbadamosi’s book, "Behold My Redeemer," under the direction of award winning theatre/TV/film director and screenwriter, Niji Akanni ("Aramotu," "Heroes and Zeroes"), who has been described as Nigeria’s own Akira Kurosawa. Synopsis: A pampered girl, Shijuwomi, who has traveled to England to study, attempts suicide, prompting the decision to repatriate her home. At home, she is moved to an institution where she meets Dr. Ilori, a lecturer in Anthropology who eventually marries her. The marriage does not however provide the desired harmony and succor, as Shijuwomi »

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'Magnificent Seven' Remake Targets Luke Grimes

2 April 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The cast of MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake continues to grow, with Luke Grimes in talks to sign on. If deal is finalized, he will join Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio. No details were given for his character at this time.

The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz who were hired to protect a small Mexican village from a ruthless villain named Calvera (Eli Wallach). The movie, which was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, spawned a number of sequels and a TV series. No plot details were given for this new version.

Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) is directing from a script originally written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and revised by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks). Production is expected to start within the next month, »

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Luke Grimes set to join The Magnificent Seven remake

1 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety has revealed that American Sniper and Fifty Shades of Grey actor Luke Grimes is in talks to join the ever-expanding cast of The Magnificent Seven.

The remake, co-produced by Sony and MGM, is to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Training Day) and will see Grimes join the impressive cast which already includes Fuqua’s Equalizer stars Denzel Washington and Haley Bennett, as well as Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).

The “original” Magnificent Seven starred Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samuarai) which told the story of seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed village from a group of outlaws.

John Lee Hancock (Snow White & The Huntsman) has worked on the newest version of the script, which was initially written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto.

Production begins next month, with the »

- Scott J. Davis

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Vincent D'Onofrio Joins 'Magnificent Seven,' Arriving January of 2017

30 March 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this year a viral video introduced us to Vincent D'Onofrio's character in Jurassic World, and we definitely got the vibe that he could be some sort of villainous character in the summer blockbuster. Plus, let's not forget that he's playing Kingpin in Netflix's series adaptation of "Daredevil" from Marvel Studios. Now the actor has lined up another key bad guy role as Variety reports D'Onofrio will be giving Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke some trouble in MGM and Sony's remake of The Magnificent Seven, which in itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. So who will he play? Specifics on D'Onofrio's character aren't available, but since the story follows seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws, we're betting he's the leader of this band of criminals. D'Onofrio has a very haunting, unpredictable presence on the big screen, »

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Vincent D’Onofrio eyed for The Magnificent Seven villain

28 March 2015 12:59 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Vincent D’Onofrio is reportedly in talks for the villain role in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, according to Variety.

D’Onofrio will join Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington in the film, which is being directed by Antoine Fuqua.

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 original starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, which was also a remake of the Japanese movie Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa.

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'Magnificent Seven' Wants Vincent D'Onofrio as the Villain

27 March 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

MGM is in talks with Vincent D'Onofrio to play the main villain in The Magnificent Seven remake. If his deal is finalized, he will join a cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett and Ethan Hawke. No details were given about Vincent D'Onofrio's villainous character.

The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven followed seven gunmen who are hired by a Mexican village to protect them from a villainous warlord. Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz starred as the seven, with Eli Wallach playing the villainous Calvera. The original movie was actually a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 Seven Samurai.

Antoine Fuqua is directing from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto and John Lee Hancock. MGM will oversee production while Sony Pictures will distribute the remake. Both MGM and Sony will split the production costs. Shooting is expected to begin »

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Vincent D’Onofrio Eyed to Play Villain in ‘Magnificent Seven’ Remake (Exclusive)

27 March 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent D'Onofrio is in talks to play the villain in MGM and Sony’s “Magnificent Seven” remake starring Denzel Washington.

Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke are also on board to star with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly with Sony distributing the pic. MGM will oversee production.

The 1960 film, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

The script was most recently reworked by John Lee Hancock after “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the previous draft.

Production is expected to start within the next month as Fuqua assembles the remaining cast.

No stranger to playing the villain, D’Onofrio can next be seen as the antagonist in Universal’s “Jurassic World” and as Marvel Comics bad guy Kingpin in Netflix’s “Daredevil” series. »

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Janus Films to release restored 'Apu Trilogy'

25 March 2015 2:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.

The company will re-release the trilogy in New York City at Film Forum on May 8 and in Los Angeles at Landmark’s Nuart Theater on May 29 prior to a summer-long rollout in the nation’s art-house theatres.

The Apu Trilogy is based on books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee and follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. 

The films helped bring India into the golden age of international art-house cinema and prompted Akira Kurosawa to say, “Never having seen a Satyajit Ray film is like never having seen the sun or moon.”

Restoration work was deemed impossible after a fire damaged the original negatives in 1993.

The Academy Film Archive salvaged the remains and waited until technological advances allowed it to restore the films.

The Archive »

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Restored 'Apu Trilogy' Coming to Theaters in May, Criterion Release Likely to Follow

25 March 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One of the most talked about, yet infrequently seen film trilogies of all time has to be Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy -- Pather Panchali (Song Of The Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished) and Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu). You can find poor quality versions on YouTube and purchase shoddy DVD copies on Amazon and eBay, but soon these classics will be available in newly minted restored versions as Janus Film announced today the upcoming $K restoration of all three films will be begin a national re-release in New York City at Film Forum on Friday, May 8 and in Los Angeles at Landmark's Nuart Theater on Friday, May 29, followed by releases in art houses nationwide throughout the summer. Frequently listed as one of the top accomplishments in the history of cinema, the trilogy helped bring India into the golden age of international art-house cinema - but this restoration »

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Watch: Video Essay 'Akira Kurosawa — Composing Movement'

24 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it on screen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.” Lofty words from Tony Zhou at YouTube channel Every Frame a Painting. In this new 8.5 minute analysis of master filmmaker Kurosawa’s work, Zhou breaks down the five primary types of movement Kurosawa employs, and then compares his classics to “flat” modern blockbusters. “A Kurosawa film moves like no one else’s,” the video professes. “Each one is a master class in different types of motion, and also ways to combine them.” So what movements comprise the quintet of motion in a Kurosawa picture Tony discerns? First the study explores the movement of nature. As Tony astutely points out, few Kurosawa »

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Daily | Lola, Kurosawa, Glawogger

23 March 2015 9:31 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

With today's round of essays, the fifth issue of Lola, edited by Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu, is now complete. Among the new additions are pieces on Blade Runner, Claude Lanzmann's The Last of the Unjust and Shane Carruth's Upstream Color. Also in today's roundup: Nadia Awad on Jean-Luc Godard and the evolution of Palestinian filmmaking, Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian on Sam Peckinpah, Italo Calvino's memories of cinema-going, celebrations of Akira Kurosawa's 105th birthday, Chris Randle on Dennis Hopper's Catchfire with Jodie Foster, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Abel Ferrara's war of words with IFC and Wild Bunch, a first viewing of Michael Glawogger's final film—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Lola, Kurosawa, Glawogger

23 March 2015 9:31 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

With today's round of essays, the fifth issue of Lola, edited by Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu, is now complete. Among the new additions are pieces on Blade Runner, Claude Lanzmann's The Last of the Unjust and Shane Carruth's Upstream Color. Also in today's roundup: Nadia Awad on Jean-Luc Godard and the evolution of Palestinian filmmaking, Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian on Sam Peckinpah, Italo Calvino's memories of cinema-going, celebrations of Akira Kurosawa's 105th birthday, Chris Randle on Dennis Hopper's Catchfire with Jodie Foster, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Abel Ferrara's war of words with IFC and Wild Bunch, a first viewing of Michael Glawogger's final film—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Votd: Akira Kurosawa, master of motion in cinema

23 March 2015 7:33 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I’ll likely never watch an Akira Kurosawa movie the same way again. Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting video essay series is one of the best on the web, and his latest tackles a true giant in cinema. Though much has been made of Kurosawa’s spectacle in films like Ran, his incredible kinetic action that would define modern action films in Seven Samurai, his clever narrative construction in Rashomon, his operatic storytelling in the Shakespearean adaptation Throne of Blood, or his undying pathos and emotion in Ikiru, one of the unifying threads throughout all Kurosawa’s masterpieces is the movement within each and every frame.

Zhou breaks down how Kurosawa uses natural elements like rain, snow, or wind to create a more sensual and captivating moment. He talks about the exaggerated motions of actors like Toshiro Mifune help illustrate more easily how the character is feeling. And »

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Why Kurosawa Was a Master of Movement

22 March 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Here’s another masterful film essay by Tony Zhou, this time on Akira Kurosawa’s use of movement in his films. Movement, you ask? Aren’t movies motion pictures and, thus, constructed around movement? Well, as a comparison scene from The Avengers shows, there is movement in the form of listless dolly moves and diffident head tilts, and then there is movement — elegant, multi-point master shots, vibrant background elements like wind and rain, and outsized expressions from actors that can replace pedantic dialogue. I especially like Zhou’s discussion of how Kurosawa cuts from stillness to movement. His appreciation here of Kurosawa has […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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