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Madrid – Morena Films (“Comandante,” “Che,” “Cell 211”), one of Spain’s best-financed and most international of producers, and Alexandra Lebret (pictured), managing director of the European Producers Club, have teamed to launch Mare Nostrum Productions, a joint venture film production house based out of Paris.
Lebret will head up Mare Nostrum as its president. For Morena, which opened offices in L.A. in September 2013 under producer Pedro Uriol, the move into France now gives it a production presence in the world’s two most significant movie production/sales hubs, while it will continue to also produce in and out of Spain.
As managing director from 2002 of the European Film Producers Club, a networking assn., as well as think-tank and lobby grouping 50 of Europe’s top producers, Lebret brings to the table an enviable host of producer contacts ranged across all of Europe.
First up, Mare Nostrum is co-producing two high-profile Morena productions. »
- John Hopewell
Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at that point that he expected to raise $1 billion from financiers and a partnership China’s Fosun Group.
Brassel joined Warner Bros. in 1986 and oversaw “The Fugitive,” “Outbreak,” Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” and “Interview With The Vampire.” He became a VP of production at DreamWorks Skg, then returned to Warner Bros. in 2001.
Robinov carries a strong reputation for maintaining strong relationships with filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Ben Affleck. He oversaw “Gravity” and “The Dark Knight” franchise during his tenure at Warner Bros.
Prior to taking the Mythology gig, Silk worked at Warner-based Lin Pictures and co-produced “Gangster Squad. »
- Dave McNary
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End, a Dark teaser trailer, an announcement for The 2014 Shriekfest International Horror/Sci Fi Film Festival lineup, a trailer for Ghost Bride, release details for Zugzwang, and more:
Animated Sequel to Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: “Having created two amazingly fun, critically-acclaimed, award-winning seasons of the television series “Todd & The Book of Pure Evil”, producers Aircraft Pictures, Corvid Pictures and Frantic Films have announced a feature length animated sequel.
“Our fans rallied and we raised partial funding through an insanely successful Indiegogo campaign,” stated director Craig David Wallace “giving our fans the ending they deserve – a full-length animated feature (with all new metal musical numbers) – that answers the age-old question “Gee, »
- Tamika Jones
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
On the tail of their Blu-ray release of Oliver Stone’s Salvador comes a Twilight Time Blu-ray debut of that other photojournalist-in-Latin-America film of the early Eighties, 1983’s Under Fire, starring Nick Nolte (TV’s Rich Man Poor Man), Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner) and Gene Hackman (The Conversation).
Set during the last days of the Nicaraguan revolution that ended the Somoza regime in Nicaragua in 1979, the film revolves around three journalists involved in a romantic triangle as they cover the political intrigue that led up to that year’s revolution.
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to order your Blu-ray »
Over the next weeks, on screens in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, dozens of film will starting the journey that they will hope will end with the top prize: a Best Picture Oscar win. There can only be one, which means the race will be fierce, and few will survive, so before the madness begins (though some would argue it already has), let's take a look back a few decades to see the movies that captured the imagination of awards voters and audiences. Following supercuts for the 1990s and 2000s, Miguel Branco returns with a look at the 1980s. Once again, it's another carefully put together piece, spanning three minutes, which weaves together some very different movies. Ranging from the late Richard Attenborough's epic "Gandhi," to Oliver Stone's grim "Platoon," to Robert Redford's grief drama "Ordinary People," the 80s found the Academy favoring heavier subject matter. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In 2003, Oliver Stone, the provocative director behind Platoon and Natural Born Killers, debuted his documentary on Fidel Castro. The hour-and-a-half feature was an intimate showcase of the communist and revolutionary figure. Exploring the hierarchy of power within communist Cuba through archival footage and the fascinations of its figurehead, Stone’s Comandante marries the director’s political musings with a challenging man. Flash forward to today, Stone […] »
- Zade Constantine
London – A social-media campaign has been launched by stars and film fans in India in an attempt to keep this year Mumbai Film Festival from closing down.
The 16th edition of the festival is scheduled to run Oct. 14-21. But, since the expiry of a five-year sponsorship deal with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment after last year’s event, the festival has struggled to move ahead.
An earlier sponsorship deal with American Express ended the previous year.
The festival needs 50 million rupees ($826,000) to stay afloat. The festival is awaiting answers from some potential sponsors and will make an official announcement about the event’s future on Monday, organizers told Variety.
Meanwhile, supporters of the festl have taken to social media and canvassed the film fraternity to pledge money toward keeping the event alive. Actor Nimrat Kaur (“The Lunchbox”) tweeted: “The only film festival in our city needs support to survive. »
- Naman Ramachandran
By Mark Cerulli
“Ne Oldu, Ne Oldu, Veelyam Hayes…” That line from Midnight Express, delivered with swaggering menace by a depraved prison warden (played by the great Paul L. Smith) burned itself into this scribe’s cortex back in 1978. Alan Parker’s iconic film about the real-life ordeal of American student Billy Hayes caught smuggling drugs in Turkey and sentenced to a hellish prison became a cultural phenomenon – not to mention an international box office success. It earned glowing reviews and Oscars for screenwriter Oliver Stone and composer Gorgio Moroder. Hayes even met his wife Wendy at the splashy Cannes premiere. No joy for Turkey, though - there was an international outcry about their seemingly draconian justice system and the country’s once-booming tourism hit the skids hard. The gritty association »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
From fizzy drink sizes to video nasties to employment law, we look at the films that had an impact on legislation as well as culture...
Some films appear in the cinema, entertain their audience, make their money, and then dutifully shuffle off into the mists of history, only to be wheeled out now and again on TV. But occasionally, one comes along that has a lasting impact, and every so often, a movie has at least some influence on an eventual change in the law.
Here, we're going to look at a few examples of that, as we examine a selection of films that have had an impact more lasting than how much they made at the box office...
Each week HeyUGuys will take a primary focus on the site. This could be a genre of movie, an aspect of the industry, a specific person or part of the movie making process we want to explore further. This week our focus is the divisive issue of film censorship. We began yesterday with a debate of the necessity of the BBFC, and today Beth Webb explains the censorial milestones we have passed. Tomorrow Cai Ross lists the scenes which caused the censors a headache and on Friday we’ll be looking forward to the future of film censorship.
Since 1912 the British Board of Film Censors has been standardising films for its audiences, sifting through the obscene, the violent and the suggestive to ensure that movies receive the classification seen fit. Today, as part of our Film Censorship week, take a look at some of the landmarks in both the British »
- Beth Webb
Though he was ostensibly promoting his role in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Josh Brolin's Reddit Ama on Thursday was delightfully all over the map, with topics ranging from "The Goonies" ("I've never had more fun on a movie") to his disastrous "Thrashin'" audition ("an 18 wheeler ran over it") to the insanity of working with Paul Thomas Anderson ("It felt like swimming in a Ralph Steadman drawing") to that horrible moment on the set of "American Gangster" with Russell Crowe ("I went back to my trailer waiting to be fired"). But mostly he talked about "The Goonies," and god love him for it. Check out the 21 best moments from the spirited, candid and wildly entertaining Q&A below. 1. His favorite superheroes are the Hulk, Thor and...Richie Rich? @Judomonkeykyle asks: Hi Josh, are you a comic book fan? Who is your favorite superhero/supervillan? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Another print icon bites the dust.
Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers’ guide, which started in 1969 under the title TV Movies. But in recent years, the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out Sept. 2, is the last, bad news for many industry-ites and film lovers who used it religiously.
“An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers,” Maltin told me this morning. “These are not the likely customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have sharply declined in recent years.”
The virtual death of bookstores likely didn’t help the cause either. “We still have a loyal readership,” Maltin said. “It »
- Pete Hammond
20th Century Fox
Outside of the independent circuit, it would be safe to say that cinema is no longer a director’s medium. The studio executives that bankroll these projects now have the power to overrule the director at almost every turn, which frequently leads to the filmmakers being forced to compromise their artistic and creative vision. In recent years, that problem has been somewhat remedied by the home video market and the advent of the Director’s Cut.
These versions, along with extended and/or unrated editions, are often a chance to see a markedly different version of the movie than the one that hit theaters, or in some cases just an opportunity to rake in a few extra bucks. While The Lord of the Rings extended editions expand upon already-great movies, three different cuts of Oliver Stone’s Alexander still failed to cover the movie’s basic shortcomings. »
- Scott Campbell
When Oscar-winning writer/director Oliver Stone first unleashed his epic Alexander the Great biopic back in 2004, critics launched a war of words and audiences retreated from the box office battle lines. In the aftermath of its disastrous theatrical release, Alexander was re-tooled for its 2005 home entertainment debut by Stone, who trimmed 8 minutes for a special “Director’s Cut” DVD, whose packaging promised a “faster-paced, more action packed” film. Although the “Director’s Cut” sold moderately well, certain critics pummeled Stone once again, this time for further de-gaying an already largely de-gayed narrative about history’s most famous bisexual conqueror. Determined to placate critics once and for all, Stone re-edited the film a third time in 2007 and, rather than subtracting footage, added in a total of 40 extra minutes, which included more literal sword fighting and implied naked sword fighting. The resulting release, Alexander Revisited, was supposed to be the final word on the film. »
- Harrison Pierce
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Oliver Stone’s Salvador! The Story: A journalist, down on his luck in the Us, drives to El Salvador to chronicle the events of the 1980 military »
- Paul Shirey
With Beyond Fright, we like to focus on things somewhat on the fringe of horror. Whether it be great music or just films that might be on the tip of something based in genres that might not be considered “horror” by most standards, but still have that great genre vibe. While brainstorming ideas for articles, it occurred to me that I write with rituals in the back of my mind. Now before you jump to conclusions and picture me with a black and red robe on while sacrificing a virgin, let me clarify: I don’t mean rituals in that sense, but in the terms of specific things that i find myself doing before and during the actual writing of an article, review or various other forms of doing what I enjoy: creating. Music has always played a huge part in my life, and when sitting down to write something for Icons, »
- Jerry Smith
Oliver Stone's American football saga stars Al Pacino as a veteran coach who is forced to play a flashy rookie (Jamie Foxx) over the team's legendary quarterback (Dennis Quaid) by the club's ruthless young owner (Cameron Diaz). If the season becomes a roller coaster for the fans, it's nothing compared to the drama off the field as money, sleaze and back-stabbing threaten to tear the Miami Sharks apart. Stone brings his customary visual razzmatazz to the soapy operatics of the plot to score an eye-popping touchdown. »
Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson Welles’ Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »
- Andre Soares
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