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The newscaster and actor were meant to talk about Ayoade's new book Ayoade on Ayoade, but the interview quickly descended into random talk of Woody Allen's moose story and Mel Brooks's 2000 Year Old Man.
Guru-Murthy attempts to bring the interview back to serious issues by asking about Ayoade's Nigerian-Norwegian descent, but Ayoade responds: "I think there should be more Norwegians everywhere.
"They have a relatively high birthrate and the population stays the same. They're fleeing, it's like rats leaving a ship and they're everywhere... you can't move for Norwegians in this city and I for one think it must be stopped."
He adds: "I don't dislike interviews, it's like commuting, I accept it as a part of this but no-one loves it."
Ayoade goes on »
Within the first ten minutes of The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom, you realize that you’re going to have to seriously recalibrate your cheese tolerance levels. An adaptation of a Chinese novel, the film quickly introduces an apparently endless parade of bearded, angry men in elaborate armour who smirk at the camera like 1950’s serial villains. The rest of the movie is devoted to a super-saccharine, vaseline-on-the-lens love story that comes with a strong whiff of Twilight.
Before I summarize the plot, I should confess that I didn’t understand most of it. The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom is a pretty well known story in China, being a smash hit novel first and having been adapted to cinema multiple times. So, Jacob Cheung’s film assumes you’re going to know who’s who before it even begins, a tactic that might save on exposition for »
- David James
A 20th anniversary screening of “The Shawshank Redemption”; restorations of Mary Pickford’s “Little Annie Rooney” and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Bank”; a screening series and panel discussion complementing the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition; and six diverse films from director Edgar G. Ulmer are all part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ November programs. Ticket holders for Hollywood Costume will receive free same-day admission to Hollywood Costume-related public programs.
The Academy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Best Picture nominee “The Shawshank Redemption” onNovember 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The evening will feature an onstage discussion with writer-director Frank Darabont, who received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay, Best Actor nominee Morgan Freeman, and star Tim Robbins.
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- Michelle McCue
Susan Wloszczyna cheekily asks which British star is hotter: Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston? She says each of the rising stars has "their own passionate supporters" that stir up deep rivalries among those fans. Maybe it was back in the 1960s for the last such excitement over hunky Brits like Peter O'Toole, Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, and Albert Finney. She offers up dueling video interviews to support her evidence about each man. Cumberbatch recently won an Emmy Award for playing Sherlock Holmes and is a strong Oscar contender for the upcoming "The Imitation Game." Hiddleston is most known as the villain in "Thor," Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," and "The Deep Blue Sea." Thompson on Hollywood -Break- HBO releases a new trailer for the much-anticipated return of "The Comeback." It shows actress Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) as she "claws her way back to the middle" of the entertainment indus. »
"I could talk about this for days," says Mira Sorvino, and I believe her. Unfortunately, we don't have days, and after the 47-year-old actress tells me about her work as a Un Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking – of meeting police and lawyers in Mexico, interviewing trafficked child virgins in Cambodia and lobbying Congress to abolish slavery in Darfur – I'm hoping I don't sound too frivolous when I steer the subject towards Woody Allen. »
Luis Moreno Ocampo was appointed the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague in 2003. During his nine-year term he was responsible for "investigating and prosecuting massive atrocities" and gathering evidence to build a consensus with the member States in order to "enforce the rules".
In New York, a relaxed Luis Moreno Ocampo told me about the day Raphael Lemkin came into his life, the insight Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz gave him, the need for a protocol in the global system, why Star Wars is incredibly smart and how much he enjoys Woody Allen, Visconti and the Coen brothers.
Luis Moreno Ocampo prosecuting at the Argentine 1987 Junta trials: "I had 1600 suspects. I cannot do a case »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Amir here, reporting to box office duty. America finally flocked to the theatres to quench its months-long thirst for knowledge: just what the hell is Brad Pitt’s hair cut about? Most of you have surely found out by now, but I have to wait until Tuesday to see Fury, because my favourite actor present or not, I’m just not willing to spend more than the $7 for ticket plus popcorn deal on a war movie in a tank.
What did you see this weekend? Let us know in the comments how you liked it.
Top Ten Wide
01 Fury $23.5 New
02 Gone Girl $17.8 (cum. $107) Jason's Review
03 The Book Of Life $17 New Interview
04 Alexander And The... $12 (cum. $36.8)
05 The Best Of Me $10.2 New
06 Dracula Untold $9.8 (cum. $40.7)
07 The Judge $7.9 (cum. $26.8)
08 Annabelle $7.9 (cum. $74.1)
09 The Equalizer $5.4 (cum. $89.1)
10 The Maze Runner $4.5 (cum. $90.8) Nathaniel's Review
Top Ten Limited
Excluding Wide Releases Losing Theaters
01 St. Vincent $.6 68 theaters (cum. $.8) Michael's »
- Amir S.
Australian film has seen as resurgence in the 21st century. Not since the heyday of the 1970s has the antipodean cinema scene enjoyed such a swell in international popularity. For a very long time, the only films to come out of Australia were comedies. These films were representative of Australian cinema to the world at large and determined what kind of movie was considered commercially viable in its home country. This resulted in a rush of Australian comedy films that stuck fast to the rule of diminishing returns. Thank God then that we have had such a great run of Australian films lately and more particularly, the absolutely terrific sex comedy, The Little Death.
A portmanteau film that’s a little reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and the work of Woody Allen, The Little Death is absolutely concerned with sex. Each story encapsulates the delicate realm of sexual honesty. »
- Liam Dunn
We have three pieces on Martin Scorsese in today's roundup of news and views. Tom Shone has a new book on him, Eric Hynes revisits Gangs of New York, and Mark Singer's profile is one of six the New Yorker's revived from its archive. The other five are on Mira Nair, Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter and Woody Allen. Meantime, Arnaud Desplechin remembers Misty Upham, who appeared in his 2013 film, Jimmy P. Katie Bradshaw interviews Laida Lertxundi. Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted his 1976 review of four books on Jean Renoir. And more. » - David Hudson »
For any actor, the chance to star in that of a Quentin Tarantino movie is the cinematic equivalent of striking gold. The writer/director, who shot to fame as the genius behind crime flick Reservoir Dogs in the early ’90s, is renowed for his ability to conjure up incredibly meaty and memorable characters, gifting actors with the opportunity to get their teeth into some of the best dialogue cues this side of a David Mamet play. As a result, competition for said roles is always fierce, with everybody in Hollywood attempting to get involved.
After all, Tarantino has created some of the best cinematic characters of all-time – characters that have worked their way into the public consciousness for being undeniably badass, evil, hilarious or just plain weird. Even the tiniest Tarantino character can create a huge, lasting impression, thanks to his ability to inject a movie’s supporting »
- Sam Hill
Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands will receive the La Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement kudos this winter, the org announced today. In an acclaimed career that’s spanned six decades, Rowlands nabbed Academy Award nominations for her iconic roles in two of her ten films for filmmaker/husband John Cassavetes, Gloria and A Woman Under the Influence. She won the Golden Globe for the latter and snagged three Emmy wins on the small screen.
Rowlands’ films include Faces and Minnie and Moskowitz for Cassavetes, Another Woman for Woody Allen, Lonely Are The Brave with Kirk Douglas, Night On Earth for Jim Jarmusch, Unhook the Stars, The Notebook, and Yellow for son Nick Cassavetes, and Broken English for daughter Zoe Cassavetes. Career Achievement honorees who were voted on by members of Lafca in recent years include Richard Lester, Frederick Wiseman, and Doris Day.
- The Deadline Team
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
After making a name for himself in comedy clubs with his wham-bam stand-up schtick, Chris Rock’s move into movies was a natural progression for the gifted funnyman. His fast-paced frenetic style has made his work on projects such as the Grown Ups franchise, zap and crackle despite their less than inspired subject matter. While he’s definitely scored some high points during his time on the big screen (2 Days In Paris), he’s in need of a boost; and his next effort, Top Five is the perfect vehicle to reignite his career.
Written, produced and directed by Rock, Top Five earned rave reviews earlier this year when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Needless to say, as a hot property it was snatched up by Paramount who have now begun their marketing campaign for the offbeat comedy. In the pic, Rock stars as a has-been comic, who »
- Gem Seddon
Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for Chris Rock’s film Top Five. Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s Top Five takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance.
Top Five digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today – holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, Top Five is an original and radically new kind of American movie.
The movie screened in September 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival. In her review, Justine Smith (Sound on Sight) wrote, “Much of the film’s strength lies in the incredible chemistry that exists between Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson. »
- Michelle McCue
In today's roundup on cinema-related books, we preview Peter Labuza's Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film, Jason Bailey's The Ultimate Woody Allen Companion, Frederic Lombardi’s Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios, The George Kuchar Reader (edited by Andrew Lampert), Be Sand, Not Oil. The Life and Work of Amos Vogel (with a forward by Werner Herzog), David Cronenberg's Consumed, Cary Elwes's As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride and Russell Brand's Revolution. » - David Hudson »
Filled with cynicism, self-deprecation and utterly disenchanted views on society, Summer Of Blood feels like a vampire comedy straight from the mind of Woody Allen. Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s most desolate locations, it’s writer/director/actor Onur Tukel who channels his inner mumblecorian while lambasting the hipster-ish nature of overly gentrified NYC suburbs, turning to Allen’s collection of darkly honest comedies for inspiration. Tukel uses a vampiric eternity to address his own thoughts on finality and superfluous happiness, yet his voice is projected through a character who refuses to keep his mouth shut for more than a millisecond. This rapid-fire barrage of wry humor works in chunks, but after an overbearing assault of dialogue, Tukel’s existential messages become nothing but the egotistical ravings of a selfish man who does not believe that silence is golden. Aren’t vampires supposed to be lazy and low-key? »
- Matt Donato
Pairing his sardonically existential, rambling rapid-fire dialogue with a sloth-like lack of initiative, Eric is like if Issac (from Woody Allen's Manhattan) stumbled into an alternate universe of Richard Linklater's Slacker. Summer of Blood thus allows Tukel to showcase his naturally clumsy comedic vigor that babbles from his lips with the ease of stream of consciousness. The words are almost too effortless for him, as if Tukel is presenting himself, warts and all, to be judged by us all. In that way, Summer of Blood seems to serve as an outlet for Tukel to confront his own uncorrected personality traits ["that seem whimsical in a child, but may prove to be ugly in a fully grown adult"], in an earnest attempt at self-improvement. This could be why, despite all of the vitriolically dickish words that drip from his fangs, Tukel finds some oh-so-subtle ways to present Eric as an innocent and empathetic oaf. We may hate 99% of the shitty things that Eric says, but it »
- Don Simpson
Audience Q&As at a film festival can be a mixed bag. At the World Premiere screening for Tuesday night’s Algren, a man waved at Director Michael Caplan, who recognized the man from a coffee shop earlier in the day. During the Q&A for Red Army, Director Gabe Polsky charmingly asked his grandmother (correction: Babushka), in Russian, what she thought of his movie.
On the other side of the coin, they can result in tedious questions (and even more tedious answers) about getting licensing for archival material or audience members outright interrupting and berating the director, like a man who asked about the “sociology” behind Russian athletics. Sometimes people just like to hear themselves talk.
In fairness, it takes finesse to ask the right questions and tailor the right answers so you can tell a good story. This holds true for the two documentaries I watched Tuesday night at Ciff. »
- Brian Welk
The tasteful white-on-black title text suggests that this motor-mouthed vampire-in-Brooklyn comedy is meant to suggest the best of Woody Allen, and writer/director/star Onur Tukel's unrelenting comic patter confirms it. But Tukel knows something Allen didn't: that the supremely self-involved lover/chatterbox frumping through Allen's films was always a bit of a monster.
So Tukel gives us Eric, a furry schlump in stained business-casual, his cocksure smirk hidden behind a gray tumbleweed of beard. He's a creep who thinks he's Alvy Singer. In the first scene, he rejects a marriage proposal from his gorgeous lawyer girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman), telling her, once the conversation has turned to her mother's wish that the two break up, “I hate your mom anyway »
StreamFix fills you in on the essential viewing options on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle. Here's what the web is serving up for your binge-viewing needs. We begin with a Netflix cornucopia of Woody Allen offerings. Netflix "Interiors" Woody Allen goes dark and deep in this Bergmanesque family drama from '78. Geraldine Page plays an interior designer who is basically the most depressed single figure you will ever see on the silver screen. Think about being an interior designer in '78; you can only choose beige or gray wall coverings. You understand her dourness. Diane Keaton and Mary Beth Hurt play her grim daughters, and Maureen Stapleton rules in a small role. "Manhattan" Never forget that Meryl Streep once seemed destined to play icy roles forever. In "Manhattan" she plays a lesbian who used to be in a relationship with Woody Allen. She is bitter and bad-ass here, so be sure to catch that. »
- Louis VIrtel
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