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Claim To Fame
The former Miss Bogota catapulted to pan-regional renown as an MTV Latin America presenter at age 17. She also hosted one of Colombia’s highest rated shows this year, “Colombia’s Next Top Model,” which aired on broadcast network Caracol TV.
She’s already popular among U.S. Hispanic TV viewers for her roles in hit telenovelas and for co-hosting Univision’s 2009 music talent show “Viva el sueno!” (Long Live the Dream!). Guerra, 24, stars with Peter Facinelli and Sophia Myles in “Gallows Hill,” her first English-language pic, which Im Global is selling at Cannes.
She began modeling at the age of 15, thanks to her fashion designer mother. At 17, she was pulled in to audition for an MTV hosting job while accompanying her friend. She got the job; her friend didn’t. She starred in her first TV series “El ventilador” at 18.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
“Django” Eventually Unchained
Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” returned to Chinese multiplexes May 12 after being suddenly removed, in some cases midscreening, a month ago. The pic has been stripped of three minutes of nude scenes, but the movie’s China B.O. will suffer less from the cuts than it will from competition from actioners “Iron Man 3″ and “Oblivion,” which are both still playing in the territory.
The nation’s distribs and exhibs have taken a page out of China’s protectionist playbook, aiming to shield the struggling local industry from foreign pics by blocking wildly popular Bollywood films during the Aug. 8 Eid holiday frame. Four Pakistani films are due for release in the period, including Bilal Lashari’s action pic “Waar,” with a budget of 170 million Pakistan rupees ($1.7 million) the most expensive local film ever made. The decision is unlikely to please Pakistani auds. »
- Variety Staff
People are so often happy to just cruise these days as the amount of goodwill the cinema going public has towards a director is often relative to past successes. The better the previous work the more good will that you’ll have in the bank.
Every time that I go and see a new Quentin Tarantino film, I always have the thought in my mind that this is the director that gave us the double whammy of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, not the director who gave us the bloated mess that was Grindhouse or the Kill Bill double-bill. And as he continues to disappoint, I’m left thinking, “Oh well. Maybe next time.”
Looking at the directors working in Hollywood today, there are so many that constantly using the, “A film from the director that brought you…” format to promote their newest film and the problem is the mentioned »
- James Thomson
Tarantino is out, Refn is in. At the start of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, it opens with the Klingon Proverb, "Revenge is a dish best served cold." Back in the 90s, Tarantino was leading the genre game in Cannes, winning the Palme d'Or for Pulp Fiction. While he's still making great films today, the next generation has tagged in. In 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn rocked the Croisette with the film Drive and he has returned this year to premiere Only God Forgives. Starring Ryan Gosling again this artsy, slow burn, extremely violent Bangkok-set revenge drama is a dish definitely served cold, with a slice of style and minor substance. Only God Forgives isn't that comparable to much of Nicolas Winding Refn's past work, even Drive, aside from maybe the structure and themes in Valhalla Rising or Fear X. That said, I believe Refn is one of the craziest, most creative, »
- Alex Billington
The wallpaper emotes more than Ryan Gosling does in “Only God Forgives,” an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance from “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn. In retrospect, the controlled catatonia of Gosling’s previous perfs is nothing compared to the balled fist he plays here, a cipher easily upstaged by Kristin Scott Thomas’ lip-smacking turn as a vindictive she-wolf who travels to Bangkok seeking atonement for the death of her favorite son. As hyper-aggressive revenge fantasies go, it’s curious to see one so devoid of feeling, a veniality even “Drive” fans likely won’t be inclined to forgive.
In the Cannes press notes, Refn reveals, “The original concept for the film was to make a movie about a man who wants to fight God,” which could explain the hellish red glow of the neon underworld that Julian (Gosling) inhabits. Together with older brother Billy (Tom Burke), he runs »
- Peter Debruge
A startling return to form for cult director Quentin Tarantino, action-packed spaghetti western Django Unchained (2012) was nominated for five Academy Awards earlier this year, taking home the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino) and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz). To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Tarantino's blood-soaked revenge story, we're delighted to be able to offer Three Blu-ray copies of Django out to our devoted readers, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
Jamie Foxx stars as the titular Django, a freed slave who, under the tutelage of German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Waltz), becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself. After taking down some villainous sorts for a tidy profit, the gun-slinging due eventually track down Django »
- CineVue UK
Two more bits of news are coming out of the exhaustive Cannes Film Market. Read on for the first details regarding the giallo The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears and the upcoming thriller The Last Showing.
According to Screen Daily, UK outfit Metrodome has pre-bought giallo-style thriller The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, pictured below, from Bac Films. Writer-directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s follow-up to cult genre hit Amer, which Quentin Tarantino listed as among his favorite films of 2010, stars Klaus Tange, Jean-Michel Vovk, Sylvia Camarda, and Sam Louwyck. “The surreal drama follows a husband who plunges into a world of nightmare and violence while searching for his missing wife.”
- Uncle Creepy
I love any movie that opens with its own personalized rap song. This was commonplace during the 1980s and early 90s as soundtrack sales proved to be just as lucrative as the movies themselves. Many films were made greater by their cunning use of personalized rapster tunes - for example Ghostbusters 2, Police Academy 4: Citizens of Patrol, The Addams Family, and Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet (I think, but I may be confusing it with Wild, Wild West). And 1985’s Tenement (also known as Game of Survival) is no exception, opening and closing with the not-so renowned hit “Tenement” featuring some wicked beats with a rapper occasionally saying the word “tenement.” The song is surprisingly upbeat and rather perky for the disturbing carnage that is about to unfold. Yet, somehow is it is the perfect opening to this flick.
I’ll also begin by professing my love for Roberta Findlay. »
- Rebekah McKendry
Brogan Morris on his favourite movie soundtrack....
Picking a best of anything always causes me more anxiety than it should – it’s my personal favourite of something, and so what? Every film fan’s got one. But it feels like ‘favourite movie soundtrack’ is one I have to get absolutely right.
There are so, so many; Almost Famous appeals to the long-hair within me, nostalgic for the 70s (a decade I never actually saw) and its rock decadence; Marie Antoinette speaks to the sulky little indie kid side of me, complete as Sofia Coppola’s picture is with juicy new wave and post-punk tunes; and there’s always O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the country ‘n’ bluegrass on that being damn near perfect. Then I remember Quentin Tarantino, and I go tumbling down a rabbit hole after seven films (not Death Proof) with wonderfully eclectic soundtracks.
Goodfellas tops all of them, »
- Flickering Myth
Feature Glen Chapman 22 May 2013 - 06:41
With Django Unchained out now on DVD, Glen looks at the Tarantino projects that have yet to be made, and what he might direct next...
Quentin Tarantino's impact on cinema over the past two decades is undeniable, but still, he's something of a divisive filmmaker. There are many who love his character, enthusiasm and output, but there are those who dismiss his work as little more than pastiche.
The enthusiasm he exudes often results in him announcing dream projects that at the time seem unlikely to be made, and for a number of these, this has turned out to be the case. His last two films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, were both teased by the director many years before they went into production, and eventually made it to the big screen. Other Tarantino projects, meanwhile, have been less fortunate.
Here are a »
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County: Duel of the Oscar winners [See previous post: "Oscar 2014 Watch: Harvey Weinstein Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions."] More Oscar 2014 bait: August: Osage County, directed by John Wells, and starring three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady) and Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich). Is it mere coincidence that Streep’s seventeenth Oscar nomination and third win was for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady — distributed by The Weinstein Company two years ago? Either way, Streep’s Oscar 2014 competition should be fierce, as Julia Roberts doesn’t seem to be wearing any makeup in the family drama. (Photo: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County.) Adapted by Tracy Letts from his own play, besides Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, August: Osage County also features Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Dermot Mulroney, Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Andre Soares
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Running Time: 165 minutes
Starring Jamie Foxx as the titular Django and Christoph Waltz as his saviour and friend Dr. King Schultz, Django Unchained is undoubtedly a fantastically brutal take on Tarantino’s misanthropic stance towards the slavery that stains American history however, the directors exaggerated use of the horrifically mainstream N-word ensures Django’s look at drudgery is aimed to entertain rather than cast aspersions on America’s past.
All the Tarantino tropes are present and correct: over-stylisation, tremendous soundtrack, dialogue that explodes out the actors mouths and, of course, poor editing. Fortunately three positives trump the one negative ensuring Django is a feast for the eyes and ears. Central to »
- Sam Carey
The films of Quentin Tarantino offer many potential choices when you’re compiling a collection with the title you see above.
The obvious choices spring gleefully to mind: the countless bodies falling at the sword of The Bride in the slaughter of The Crazy 88, the final stand off between Mr White, Nice Guy Eddie and Joe Cabot, dance time at Jack Rabbit Slims, the final curtain call at Le Gramaar and so on.
Each new film brings a number of show stopping scenes to Tarantino’s stockpile and with Django Unchained out on DVD and Blu-ray today there are many great moments to be enjoyed as Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx seek revenge in Tarantino’s self-dubbed ‘Southern’, one of which we have included below.
Without further ado here are the six scenes from Mr. Tarantino which we enjoyed the most.
The making of Mr. Orange.
We become »
- Jon Lyus
★★★★☆ Widely and rather wildly lauded as a dramatic return to form, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012) serves as a brilliantly entertaining, although not altogether unexpected piece of pastiche, caricature cinema. Set to the backdrop of America's pre-Civil War plantations, it is in equal parts a revenge thriller and a buddy movie, led by a stellar cast with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz on sublime form as its leading men. The story begins with Django (Foxx) being transported as a slave through the backwoods of Texas. On the journey, he and his captors happen upon what turns out to be fateful encounter with Waltz's Dr. King Schultz.
Schultz frees Django and subsequently decides to help him reunite with his wife Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington. However, the evil Calvin Candie, played to sadistic perfection by Leonardo DiCaprio, is currently holding her captive on his Candyland plantation. What ensues is the tale of an unlikely friendship, »
- CineVue UK
Getting one phone call from Harvey Weinstein would be enough for many actors to commit to a role. But it took one phone call a week, for several weeks, to get martial arts star Donnie Yen to commit to the Weinstein Co.‘s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel.
“At first I was a little hesitant,” Yen said during a discussion with Weinstein and director Yuen Woo-Ping at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.
The kung-fu expert, who has shown off his skills in pics like Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” and the “Iron Monkey” films, praised the original 2000 “Crouching Tiger,” and said he had concerns about how to improve on it. Eventually, though, Yen said that “as an actor,” he couldn’t pass up the challenge.
Weinstein’s love of Asian cinema and martial arts is well-known, and he talked about being influenced by Akira Kurosawa.
Weinstein said that when »
- Rachel Abrams
Quentin Tarantino is a lot of things, but concise isn't one of them. Buried inside the sprawling 165 minutes of Django Unchained (2012, Sony, 18), there's a very decent two-hour retro-ploitation romp struggling to escape the indulgence of Hollywood's most under-edited auteur. On the plus side, we have knife-sharp central performances from Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as (respectively) the recently freed titular slave and sharpshooting "dentist" Dr King Schultz, on a mission to rescue Django's wife from the slimy clutches of Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie.
The real jaw-dropper, however, is a brilliantly counterintuitive turn from Samuel L Jackson as Candie's insanely loyal house-servant, Stephen, a terrifying portrait of head-turned devotion that offers the film's most potentially radical element. It's here that whatever rude "politics" this possesses (including the usual fetishisation of the "N word") has gnarly bite. Elsewhere, it's more fan-boyish fare, »
- Mark Kermode
In Jérôme Bonnell's engaging Just A Sigh, the lovely Emmanuelle Devos plays actress Alix, who catches the eye of a stranger on a train to Paris, played by Gabriel Byrne (as a combination of the mysterious and the tangible), and decides to follow up on the first alluring glances.
Escape from everyday life becomes a tempting promise, while the characters overcome sheepishness and shame. During the Tribeca Film Festival, I had a conversation with Devos and director Bonnell (who previously collaborated on Waiting for Someone (J'attends quelqu'un) in 2007), about not performing Ibsen, not casting an actor to look like Michael Haneke, the invisible stars of Jean Eustache and Quentin Tarantino, and not being aware that Alice and Snow White can inhabit the same Paris Wonderland.
Anne-Katrin Titze: Theatre is obviously very important. The opening sequence reminded me of The Place Beyond the Pines. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
We have an exclusive interview with actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the surprisingly sadistic servant Stephen to Leonardo DiCaprio’s devilish plantation owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist western, Django Unchained. A few questions were put to actor about his controversial role in what is his fourth time in working with the Oscar-winner director.
Q. Do you think this film could serve as the younger generation’s “Roots” and does it have a social message?
A. I’m sure there is but not in, like, a “Roots” way. It deals with slavery in a way that we haven’t seen slavery dealt with cinematically in a very long time. I guess, at the deep end of it, you understand that slavery wasn’t just this hard time in the lives of black people. They weren’t just out in fields picking cotton and singing songs and trying to make it. »
- David Agnew
Actors ran for cover at the Cannes film festival on Friday after a man fired shots from a starting pistol during a live TV broadcast.
"The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him [the suspect] to the ground. The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand," one eyewitness told Reuters.
French authorities, who arrested the man at the scene, confirmed he was carrying a dummy grenade and a knife. A police source said: "It really appears to be a crazy guy."
Live footage showed actors and film crew scrambling from the seaside stage. The programme was taken off air temporarily, »
- Martin Williams
Chilean director Nicolás López teamed up with American producer/writer/director Eli Roth for Aftershock, a 70s style disaster film shot with practical effects rather than use expensive computer-generated effects. The director reveals his secrets to creating a low budget movie that looks like a $30 million Hollywood film.
Chilean native Nicolás López was a child protegy, having started his career at age 12 as a columnist for Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. At 16, he created a comedy pilot for MTV Latin America, directed music videos and formed his own production company, Sobras International Pictures. His first feature film, Promedio Rojo, a dark teen comedy got the attention of Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino.
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