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Of the seven feature films in his just under two decade filmography, Todd Solondz has landed in Park City twice with 1996’s Welcome to the Dollhouse (Grand Jury Prize Dramatic winner) and 2002’s Storytelling. In our books, Wiener-Dog is the most anticipated sequel for 2016 and perhaps the elusive Cannes Main Comp berth (Solondz has only shown in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight sections) will make this a Sundance longshot. Principal photography began in June with a zany cast comprised of Brie Larson, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy, Greta Gerwig (see takes on the updated version of Heather Matarazzo’s Dawn character from Welcome to the Dollhouse), Zosia Mamet, Kieran Culkin, Michael James Shaw, Tracy Letts and Devin Druid (Louder Than Bombs). It’ll be fun to see where the Wiener family tree updates occur and to be expected a generous dose of discomfort and joy marinated in »
- Eric Lavallee
Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on ten films from Krzysztof Kieślowski.
One of Europe’s most prolific and influential directors, whose films wield significant artistic, emotional and political weight.
For those keeping score, Criterion has only officially released five films from Kieślowski so far on home video, but today’s additions to their Fandor picks (which will end up on Hulu soon) shows that we have a lot more to be excited about. Let’s hope the Decalogue is in the works as well!
Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.
- Ryan Gallagher
We all know that Robert Downey Jr. earns an obscene amount of money for his appearances as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but how does Iron Man’s pay cheque stack up next to the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Well, thanks to Celebrity Glory, we know exactly how much the six original Avengers received for this year’s blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron…
Robert Downey Jr. – $40 million
Scarlett Johansson – $20 million
Chris Evans – $6.8 million
Jeremy Renner – $6.1 million
Chris Hemsworth – $5.4 million
Mark Ruffalo – $2.8 million
When you look at those figures, it’s no wonder the two-part Avengers: Infinity War is looking at a $1 billion budget.
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders »
- Gary Collinson
Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)
The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such »
- Lane Scarberry
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Paris– Canal Plus Group’s CEO Maxime Saada, Gaumont Intl. boss Cecile Gaget, “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius and the Cnc’s (National Film Board) Xavier Lardou were among the top film execs at the 25th edition of the Rencontres Cinematographiques confab hosted by the Arp (authors, directors, producers’ guild) in Dijon, France.
The conference marked Saada’s first high-profile debate since being tapped CEO of Canal Plus Group, the Vivendi-owned pay TV giant, in July.
Saada, who attended the first debate of the confab on Oct. 23 along with Gaget, Hazanavicius and French producer Mathieu Tarot, said Canal Plus Group and its film banner Studiocanal were to invest more in development to encourage producers to come up with stronger scripts and venture more often into genre, tackle more ambitious projects.
Although Canal Plus Group signed a five-year agreement last May to invest 12.5% of annual revenues in French or other-European films »
- Elsa Keslassy
CinemaSins tackles one of the year’s biggest films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, in their brand new Everything Wrong With video. Watch the immensely popular YouTube channel tear apart the mega-blockbuster over the course of nearly 18 minutes down below…
Despite Avengers: Age of Ultron receiving mostly positive reviews from both critics and fans, many still couldn’t help but feel let down upon leaving the theater after watching the film. While by no means a bad film, the general consensus said that the second outing in the Avengers series simply couldn’t top the first or quite live up to expectations. However, that didn’t stop Age of Ultron from raking in a whopping $1.4 billion worldwide, which made it the fourth highest-grossing film of all time.
- Justin Cook
Polish provocateur Walerian Borowczyk remains one of the great obscure artists who managed to successfully blur the lines between definitions of high art and pornography. Directing short films as early as 1946, he would begin a career making feature films in 1967 and experienced his most prolific period in the 1970s with a variety of infamous French language projects, the most notorious of those being 1975’s The Beast. Just prior to that film, however, Borowczyk premiered his first venture into erotic exploration with the vignette film, Immoral Tales (a structure the director would return to time and again). Initially a quintet of five separate tales spanning across various periods of time, the film is modeled after several historically based figures who’ve transcended into a realm of mythological urban legend. Playing at the Locarno Film Festival, it would go on to win the Prix de L’age D’or, but Borowczyk would »
- Nicholas Bell
“She’s an auteur,” Eugenie Grandval tells me. “She has a lot to do on set between directing other actors and creating as she goes. I’m just there to be supportive.” Grandval is the co-writer of Lolo, a comedy about a single-mom whose love life is sabotaged by her only child. The auteur whom Grandval is referring to is her co-writer and the film’s director and star, Julie Delpy. Together, the writer duo recently traveled from Lolo’s world premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival to their North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Several decades ago, Delpy […] »
- Taylor Hess
Coinciding with its U.S. home entertainment release, Screen Junkies has given the Honest Trailer treatment to this year’s blockbuster Marvel superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check it out here…
See Also: Marvel releases second Avengers: Age of Ultron gag reel
See Also: Watch more Honest Trailers here
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame »
- Gary Collinson
Only days away from the Us release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray and DVD (October 2nd), Marvel has unveiled a second gag reel for the high-grossing summer film. Following the first gag reel, which hit the web earlier this month, this new one features more hilarious mistakes and behind-the-scenes action. Watch your favorite Avengers goof off down below…
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis »
- Justin Cook
"I'm starting to look like Christopher Walken. I've had people say that to me. It's a little scary," Julie Delpy told me at one point during our interview at the Toronto Film Festival, where she just brought her new film "Lolo" from Venice. It's the sort of flippant non-sequitur you can expect from the French writer, director and actress whose trademark is her manic charm. So, true to the form of her neurotic and often coordination-impaired characters, Delpy was strapped into an ankle brace for an injury that, yes, she assured, she brought with her to the festival, where her new French farce made its North American premiere. Delpy writes, directs and stars in "Lolo" as Violette, a forty-something single mother and fashion director living in Paris who is romantically fretting over Jean-René (Dany Boon), a less-than-hip engineer who is not in her league. Their courtship gets heated with anxiety »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Toronto International Film Festival is flying by, but there are still World Premieres to be seen. On Day 8, the world premiere of The Man Who Knew Infinity took place at Roy Thompson Hall, where stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jeremy Irons walked the red carpet and greeted fans. The film tells the story of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who revolutionized the field.
The North American premiere of Alice Winocour’s Disorder also took place at Roy Thompson Hall, where star Diane Kruger (who also stars in the Platform selection, Sky), graced the red carpet. Disorder stars Kruger alongside Matthias Schoenaerts as a woman who is protected by the ex-soldier suffering from Ptsd, during a home invasion.
- Adriana Floridia
Did The Flash pilot originally include an Aquaman reference? Does Batman: Arkham Knight have a secret room? What does Tom Hiddleston know about Loki‘s future? Will Batman co-creator Bill Finger finally get official credit from DC? Would Julie Delpy want to direct a Marvel movie? How did Sebastian Stan respond to Zack Snyder‘s Marvel diss? […]
- Angie Han
Julie Delpy is a wonderful contradiction. Never fitting easily into the "pretty blonde European starlet" mold, though she has all those qualities in spades, almost from the first she revelled in more thoughtful, spikier roles. From Dominique in "Three Colors: White" to her most famous international role as Celine in Richard Linklater's 'Before' trilogy, she has often played the beautiful object of a man's desire, or even obsession, yet she's rarely passive. Delpy's characters tend to have actual personality, they have kinks, they have wit, they have a command of language (French and/or English). They have interior life, something that characters with her external attributes are often denied. Perhaps it was only natural that she would move behind the camera at some point, but now, as female director with six features under her belt, she is in another way, statistically speaking, close to a contradiction in terms. Read »
- Jessica Kiang
UniFrance Films and Telefilm Canada have pacted on a new distribution and promotion partnership targeting the U.S. market, the two government film agencies jointly announced at a Toronto Film Festival event Tuesday evening.
The first venture will involve Telefilm’s Canada Cool (a U.S. art house-cinema tour of 12 fresh pics, launching this fall) and Young French Cinema (a program of films by emerging filmmakers offered to art houses, film societies, the Alliance Francaise network and universities). One French movie will be included in Canada Cool and a Canadian French-language pic will join the UniFrance program. The two selected films do not yet have U.S. distribution, nor have they screened in the U.S.
“We want to enhance the visibility of our respective film industries by seeking out new, non-traditional distribution venues, including repertory and art house cinemas, in order to attract audiences interested in discovering new films and artists, »
- Jennie Punter and Elsa Keslassy
You remember “Pulp Fiction,” Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed second feature? Starring Denzel Washington as Vincent Vega, Eddie Murphy as his Bible-quoting partner Jules, Johnny Depp as boxer Jules, Julie Delpy as his lover Fabian, Marisa Tomei as gangster’s moll Mia, Samuel L. Jackson as her fearsome beau Marsellus, Nic Cage and Phoebe Cates as small-time thieves Pumpkin and Honey Bunny, Sean Penn as the man who put a watch up his ass, John Cusack as dealer Lance and Danny De Vito as clean-up expert The Wolf? You don't, not in that form. But in a parallel world, that’s the cast list that we could have ended up with, according to a fascinating leak that’s emerged on Reddit in the last couple of days that reveals Tarantino’s original casting shortlist for his ultimately Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning film which cemented her reputation. The documents (see below »
- Oliver Lyttelton
If not quite a hate-letter to the idea of motherhood, then certainly a strongly-worded memo of complaint, Julie Delpy's sixth directorial feature "Lolo" features long stretches of perhaps her most accomplished and enjoyable character-comedy yet. But as often with filmmakers for whom a certain register comes almost too easily, Delpy seems impatient with herself and her facility for spiky, verbal sparring and pithy self-deprecating put-downs. As though anxious to push beyond that, "Lolo," (co-written with Eugenie Grandval) which starts off bright, breezy, and deceptively progressive––especially in its portrayal of a fabulously foulmouthed and dirty-minded central female friendship––moves into more densely plotted and dark-hearted territory in its latter stages. The ambition is admirable, but in execution it means the witty, sophisticate comedy gives way to farce and contrivance, and an unwelcome sourness creeps into the fizz that the winning performances cannot quite »
- Jessica Kiang
Venice Days, the independently run strand of Venice Film Festival, has revealed its winners for 2015, with Michael Rowe’s Early Winter taking the top prize, the Venice Days Award, which comes with a $22,500 (€20,000) prize.
Others winners announced in Venice today include Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes (A Peine J’Ouvre Les Yeux), which won the Best European Film award, selected by a jury of European exhibitors, and will now go on to receive promotional support from Europa Cinemas and an EU financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in programming. The film also won the Bnl people’s choice award.
The Fedora prizes, selected by a jury of European film critics headed by Dubravka Lakic, was awarded »
Ahead of its home-entertainment release next week, the deleted scenes from the DVD and Blu-ray of Avengers: Age of Ultron have arrived online, and we have them for you right here…
See Also: Watch the gag reel from Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees Joss Whedon directing a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Paul Bettany (Jarvis / The Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), James Spader (Ultron), Stellen Skarsgard (Erik Selvig), Thomas Kretschmann (Baron Strucker), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Claudia Kim (Dr. Cho), Andy Serkis (Uylsses Klaw), Henry Goodman (Dr. List), Julie Delpy (Madame B) and Linda Cardellini (Laura Barton).
- Gary Collinson
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