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Hong Kong – Asia’s film award shows cannot agree on much. They disagree as to where Asia is and even on what counts as an Asian movie. But, significantly, they all include China in the mix.
That’s smart as that’s where the money is. And how well the China card is played may determine which red carpet shows will sink or swim.
All three of the shows that include ‘Asia’ in their title and claim some kind of pan-regional relevance have been on shaky ground for a few years now.
Seated in Australia, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs) were backed by the government of the state of Queensland for the first six years of their existence and held in the seaside convention and surfing town of Gold Coast.
But as that support became more begrudging, the show came close to curtains. Organizers warned that the show might »
- Patrick Frater
One of the films from Fantastic Fest 2013 selected to be part of Alamo Drafthouse's nationwide tour was Big Bad Wolves, a new genre film from Israeli directing duo Aaron Keshales and Navot Papushado. The film is a dark horror comedy that somehow injects humor into a story about a child's murder. Sounds grim, but the film won five awards from the Ophirs, which are Israel's version of the Oscars. Now a stylish new poster for the film has debuted, complete with a quote from Quentin Tarantino who said, "Not only is this the best film in Busan, this is the best film of the year." It wasn't on his Top 10 from earlier this year though, but maybe he saw the film after that list was put together? Anyway, check out the first poster below! Here's the first poster for Aaron Keshales and Navot Papushado's Big Bad Wolves via The »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the very best films to hit the genre-fest circuit this past year (that’s me saying it, not just Quentin Tarantino) has now been dated for U.S. release, and there’s a new poster to go with the news. Indiewire http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-stylish-poster-for-big-bad-wolves-named-best-film-of-2013-by-quentin-tarantino-20131209 premiered the one-sheet Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing has come up with for Big Bad Wolves, […] »
- Michael Gingold
Director Robert Rodriguez, the one-man film studio, has been talking about his upcoming TV series adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn. The 1996 film, Rodriguez’s second feature directing project after Desperado, was written by his friend Quentin Tarantino. After a few direct-to-video sequels, Rodriguez is now preparing to launch the series on his own digital network.
Ever a rebel, with “do-it-yourself” prowess, Rodriguez likes to write, shoot, direct, and produce his own projects. He’s even built his own film facilities in Texas, called Troublemaker Studios and Troublemaker Sound. While everyone else, when it comes to digital distribution, is rushing to Netflix with offers, the auteur is sticking with his guns to debut the series on the El Rey Network.
For some information on the network, here’s a video of how it came to be.
Also, last week, he revealed a nice little easter egg that’s sure to please Tarantino fans. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After a one week break for American Thanksgiving festivities, The Simpsons returned with a new episode that didn’t necessitate a trip to the store in order to get your favourite food to eat when disappointed. The focus of “Yellow Subterfuge” is Principal Seymour Skinner, and another scheme to bring Springfield Elementary under his fastidious desire for uniformity with the promise of a field trip on board a submarine. Even Bart Simpson summons the restraint to stay away from pranking in order to gain a place on that field trip, but is mere restraint enough, and has Skinner gone a bit around the bend this time?
From the first scene, the answer to that second question is an obvious yes. Tip of the hat to Quentin Tarantino as Skinner dreams of being Django Unchained, shooting school bullies, having a sweeping theme song, and riding into the sunset on the back of Superintendent Chalmers. »
- Adam A. Donaldson
While Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's revenge thriller "Big Bad Wolves" took home awards from Sitges and won five trophies from the Ophirs, Israel's version of the Oscars, those honors likely don't quite beat the feeling one gets when someone like Quentin Tarantino shouts out praise for your film. And that's just what the filmmaker did earlier this year when he hit the Busan International Film Festival said about "Big Bad Wolves": "Not only is this the best film in Busan, this is the best film of the year." Starring Lior Ashkenazi and Rotem Keinan, the film tells the darkly humorous story centered on Miki, a detective who will stop at nothing in chasing down Dror, a suspected child killer. And certainly, the movie resonated with The Playlist, with our man at this year's Tribeca Film Festival calling it "bold, beautifully told, and surprisingly funny." And this exclusive »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
Former Dynasty star Collins is set to play Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.
Nero, whose prolific career includes the starring role in 1966 Western Django, will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.
Sarah Sulick produces for Bright Pictures, the company she set up with Roger Goldby to make his debut feature The Waiting Room, which premiered at Edinburgh and sold to Lionsgate in the UK, IFC Films in the »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes multiple teaser trailers, a call of submissions for the Hollywood Horrorfest, a Fear Clinic casting update, a Q&A with Hannah Cowley from Haunting of the Innocent, and much more:
Hollywood Horrorfest Details: “From the man who brought you both The Los Angeles Animation Festival and the Boobs & Blood Film Festival, comes the first annual Hollywood Horrorfest (March 28-29, 2014).
Hhf not only showcases new films in competition, but also helps guide filmmakers through the new digital age of filmmaking – from new approaches to financing and production to how to get sales and distribution.
Screenings, awards, red carpet photo opps, industry panels and networking – Hhf has it all, and under one roof, the legendary and now Quentin Tarantino owned, New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
“Our focus is on the filmmaker. »
- Tamika Jones
12 Years a Slave tops Boston Film Critics Society 2013 Awards (photo: Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in ’12 Years a Slave’) The Boston Society of Film Critics announced its 2013 winners earlier today. They were much quicker at it than their fellow critics on the West Coast; the Los Angeles Film Critics Association members have been debating their favorites for the past two hours and a half hours. In Boston, the film critics selected 12 Years a Slave as the top film of 2013. Steve McQueen’s slavery drama won awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a free black man kidnapped and forced into slavery in a Southern plantation. 12 Years a Slave is the second movie in a row to be a major awards-season contender, following Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which ultimately won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). Boston »
- Anna Robinson
Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have also asked us to pay more for the same amount of story
"This is one for the fans!" screamed Quentin Tarantino in self-congratulatory mode, during a 2001 interview on the subject of his forthcoming samurai epic Kill Bill. The film was set to compensate loyal followers for years of creative inertia, so it seemed more than a little odd when he later split the movie in two at the behest of its producers. His beloved fans would now be expected to pay for two separate tickets and wait an extra six months to see Bill meet his maker, and all to ensure a larger box office take for backers Miramax Films. The reaction was far from appreciative.
Fast-forward a decade and last year's announcement that The Hobbit – just 310 pages long in book form – would be stretched across three lengthy epics (1) was met with »
- Charlie Lyne
We all have favourite directors, producers or writers of film. We’re all familiar with the works of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick or Alfred Hitchcock. We’re fans of Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, and can name the works of Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. We know of Jerry Bruckheimer or Peter Jackson, M Night Shyamalan and Guillermo del Toro. In short, we all recognise the big names who give us films. But one name which may not sound so familiar, is that of Luc Besson.
Luc Besson is a director, producer and writer of film. He was born in 1959, in the French city of Paris to scuba-diving parents, and grew up in the Mediterranean, travelling off the coasts of Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia . He did not initially want to become involved with cinema, intending instead to become a marine biologist. But at the age of 17, he »
- Jon Lovatt
Marrakech, Morocco – Harvey Weinstein made a surprise appearance at the Marrakech film festival, walking the red carpet with One Chance stars Alexandra Roach and Valeria Bilello. The title will screen out of competition following the Cinecoles student film award ceremony Friday night. It was the uber-producer's first time in the Moroccan city. "I'm here to support Alex and Valeria on this movie that we also produced," he told reporters assembled on the red carpet. "And it's great to be here. I've never been to Marrakech so it's super exciting." Marrakech: James Gray on Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood's
- Rhonda Richford
Everybody is kung-fu fighting for sure, but it takes more than that to make a great martial arts movie. The Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 finest ever made
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• Top 10 silent movies
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• Top 10 film noir
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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
Decadence, violence, love and space – Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his fantasy award nomination list for 2013
• The 2012 Braddies
Awards season is now upon us and here, as every year, is my personal fantasy award nomination list for 2013, whimsically called the Braddies, which covers the period running from the beginning of the calendar year to the present. There are 10 nominations in eight categories: film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and documentary.
The reader is invited to nominate the winner in the comments section below, and perhaps to note omissions and evidence that the list betrays suggestions of sociocultural bias.
I like to think that these awards will one day evolve into an actual ceremony with chrome-and-glass statuettes, sponsorship from Sky Atlantic and a televised evening presided over by Dara Ó Briain or Mariella Frostrup. But until then, it exists in a world of fantasy only. And so, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The holiday season is now firmly upon us and it’s time to kick your Christmas shopping into high gear. Chances are, there’s at least one person on your shopping list who happens to be a big movie buff. We admit, we’re not the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck as our talented staff of cinephiles have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie related gifts we’d love to find under our tree. Come inside to check out the hottest items cinema enthusiasts want to help you find the perfect gift for that movie buff in your own life!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The "From Dusk Till Dawn" TV series has a lot of things going for it, whether or not you're a fan of the premise. It's got director Robert Rodruigez very involved, Don Johnson reprising his role as Earl McGraw and a strong cast including DJ Cotrona, Wilder Valderama and Robert Patrick. Now has one more exciting element to sweeten the deal as well.
Texas Monthly (via /Film) first noticed that a structure very familiar to fans of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" had popped up in Austin, Texas: a real-life Big Kahuna Burger. Rodriguez answered the question about the building's presence himself on Twitter.
"'That's one tasty burger.' #FromDuskTillDawn only on the @Elreynetwork," he posts.
So that means there's at least one connection to the world of Tarantino's movies in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" series. That shouldn't come as a surprise to fans, though. The way that Tarantino's »
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez teased another fictional business that will appear in his From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, with a photo of Big Kahuna Burger. The burger joint first appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, as well as the original From Dusk Till Dawn movie. In addition, we have a TV spot for the brand new El Rey Network that Robert Rodriguez created and will launch later this month.
"That's one tasty burger." #FromDuskTillDawn only on the @Elreynetworkpic.twitter.com/aii4vpVlVy
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) December 4, 2013
The 10-episode serialized drama, created, directed and executive produced by Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete, Desperado) and based on the 1996 cult classic he created with Quentin Tarantino, will feature a principal cast including: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, the role that famously launched the film career of George Clooney. Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower »
Over the past 30 years, The Sundance Film Festival has grown into one of the more prominent stops on the film festival circuit. Led by legendary actor Robert Redford, Sundance has become the go-to source for many film fans to get a glimpse of the most promising entries in American independent cinema, with past incarnations giving a spotlight for filmmaker such as Quentin Tarantino, J.C. Chandor, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Cameron Mitchell, and Lisa Cholodenko. With the 2014 Sundance Film Festival set to kick off on January 16, 2014, the first set of films that will be screening over the 10-day event were announced today. They include:
- Deepayan Sengupta
As Quentin Tarantino has proven, exploitation or genre tropes are ripe for reworking into something new, fresh and subversive. And that's just what director Josh C. Waller has aimed to do with "Raze," which takes the women-in-prison backdrop that provided so much material for sleazy '70s flicks and turns it into something very, very bloody. The picture stars stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bell ("Death Proof," "Planet Terror") and Rachel Nichols ("Conan The Barbarian," "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra") and tells the story of Sabrina, who is mysteriously abducted and forced to battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators, with only one allowed to come out on top. The result? Well, as the tagline on this exclusive poster cheekily teases: No Man Could Survive This. It's bruising, harrowing, ass-kicking stuff with a performance from Bell that we said is "emotionally vulnerable but mean as hell." "Raze »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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