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Lust, power, murder, the quest for eternal youth and a dash of lesbianism – no wonder the story of Erzébet Báthory appeals to film-makers so much
Deep within the preposterous Euro pudding that is Bathory, there lurks a would-be revisionist account of the woman cited in the Guinness World Records as having killed "the most number  of victims attributed to one murderess". In between Anna Friel's mad wigs, a babel of accents and a parade of indistinguishable Magyars, Juraj Jakubisko's film suggests Erzsébet Báthory was a sort of Renaissance Florence Nightingale figure who had an affair with Caravaggio. She didn't mean to stab her hairdresser with a pair of scissors! Those bathtubs of virgins' blood were nothing but water tinted red by herbs! She was framed!
Báthory has been portrayed on film some 30 times since 1970, has lent her name to a Swedish black metal band and, since she could »
- Anne Billson
As already reported back in August, Chris Rock is pairing up with Julie Delpy to star in 2 Days In New York, a sequel to Delpy’s 2007 indie flick, 2 Days In Paris, which she not only directed, but starred in, alongside Adam Goldbergh, as a young couple attempting to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, where her parents live… and, by the way, several of her ex-boyfriends, who they run into frequently. Of course, some hijinx and hilarity ensue… with some drama as well.
In this sequel, currently shooting in NYC, Delpy brings the dramedy to Manhattan, and she will reprise her role as Marion, a French woman, living in the city, with her child (fathered by her now ex-lover, Adam Goldberg), and a new guy in her life, an actor, played by Chris Rock.
Delpy intends to complete the film in time for Cannes 2011.
There’s one photo above-left, »
Conviction is a dead-serious awards-tipped real-life courtroom weepie about a man wrongly convicted of murder, who languishes for 18 years in the clink while his devoted sis juggles bar work and single motherhood with a law degree to try and get him out. There's admirable thematic business about the true worth of DNA, and Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell act their socks off as the siblings. The supporting cast is top drawer, too, including a couple of Oscar nominees – Melissa (Frozen River) Leo and Juliette Lewis. Leo is chilly and exacting in the thankless role of a scantily-motivated bent cop. And Lewis is … well … Lewis is completely bananas.
She may have just two or three scenes, but, golly, does she milk 'em. Playing a white trash nympho alcoholic who's one of the chief witnesses for the prosecution, »
- Catherine Shoard
According to popular lore, the romantic film is based on a simple formula: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again. But that is not true. For the most part, the boys have nothing to do with it. The cliche that actually serves as the infrastructure of the classic romance is that the female lead almost never ends up with the man she was originally supposed to spend the rest of her life with. That has been true ever since Cary Grant starred opposite Rosalind Russell and Katherine Hepburn in The Front Page and The Philadelphia Story, and it runs straight through Notting Hill and The Runaway Bride and Sweet Home Alabama and (500) Days of Summer. Romances are constructed around the idea that love is an obstacle course, but if you keep your nose to the grindstone, the rewards can be immense.
That is actually the theme of every Jane Austen novel, »
- Joe Queenan
Richard Linklater, 1995/2004
An American man and a French woman in their early 20s meet on a train heading through Europe. They alight in Vienna, amble around for 14 hours and shoot the breeze. Yes, the plot of Before Sunrise could be written on the back of a Eurail ticket, but it's what Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) say and don't say during their Austrian walkabout that makes the film what it is: a gentle but canny Gen-x fusion of My Dinner With Andre and the Judy Garland shore-leave romance, The Clock.
As the soon-to-be lovers chat, show off, lark around and kiss, with director Linklater's camera a tender and unobtrusive companion, a sense of yearning bubbles up in the movie: we sense time slipping away, and the dawn approaching. When the morning arrives, and the time comes to part, Celine and Jesse promise to meet again in Vienna in »
- Ryan Gilbey
At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. This October we find the very last batch of titles that could be potentially ready for next May (I see a pair of films mentioned below that are possible Cannes birth qualifiers) and we find our usual mix of items: from mid-range indie budget flicks (4 million to 8 million range) to the pricey popcorn films. In the batch of seven, we have a pair of first time helmer Shawn Lawrence Otto. Otto wrote House of Sand and Fog (liked the themes, not the execution) and gets to work with a solid pairing in Brolin and Swank - what emotional depths will Dreams of a Dying Heart attain in the home from war storyline is my biggest concern. Speaking of home from war, »
Deadline are reporting that Slingshot Productions and our own beloved BBC are looking to co-produce a loose, teen-oriented reworking of Hitchcock’s brilliant “Strangers on a Train”. If you haven’t seen it (do so immediately), Strangers is about two men who meet on a train and in the course of talking discover that each has someone in their life who they would like to see “out of the way”. One of them strikes on the inspired idea of swapping murders, after which (as is par for the course with Hitchcock) it all starts to unravel, before building to a nail-biting climax.
The remake would be very loose and in fact the Hitchcock film (and the Patricia Highsmith novel on which it was based) are being treated as merely a jumping off point for a thriller about two teenagers who meet on a train, one of whom turns out to be a psychopath. »
- Dave Roper
No one likes getting dumped – but if you happen to be the main character in a motion picture, it could be the making of you. Stuart Heritage on cinema's greatest dumpees
Where would we all be if Mark Zuckerberg was not such a hideous git? It simply doesn't bear thinking about. If The Social Network is to be believed, then Facebook only exists because Zuckerberg was such a monumental turd to his then-girlfriend that she upped and left him in some bar. Driven to thoughts of vengeance, he immediately created a Hot Or Not-style website for Harvard students, one that then blossomed into the online behemoth that we know now.
So thank heavens for Zuckerberg's startling lack of basic social niceties. If he had even a sliver of self-awareness, then Facebook would have never even existed. If Zuckerberg hadn't been dumped, none of us would be able to keep in »
- Stuart Heritage
Now that the 2010 line-up for the Criterion Collection has finally been announced with last week’s December titles, we can begin speculating on what we’ll get in 2011. With over 50 spine numbers in 2010, will we see # 600 in 2011? At the rate that Criterion is churning out these discs, we have to assume so. Where will they get all of these upcoming titles from?
Well, over the past few months we’ve seen several titles from MGM’s catalog announced, and hinted at in their monthly newsletter. Most likely due to MGM’s current financial problems, it’s nice to see Criterion stepping up to rescue these films from the abyss of “out of print”. If you head over to the various forums (CriterionForum.org, Mubi, etc.) you’ll find many people speculating on the MGM titles that Criterion has acquired the rights to. While some are mostly speculation, I have had »
- Ryan Gallagher
Ethan Hawke was already on board as star and producer, and now “Watchmen’s” finest crimefighter of them all Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre herself) has signed on to co-star alongside him in the CIA action thriller “The Numbers Station”. “Station” would star Hawke as a disgraced black ops agent who is tasked with the dead-end job of protecting a young woman (Akerman) in the middle of the Nevada desert. Sounds like a pretty thankless task to me. Plus, it’s really, really hot over there. But since this isn’t some indie drama co-starring Julie Delpy, where snappy banter is the order of the day, bad guys eventually show up and try to off our main characters, forcing them to fight back and, presumably, go on the run. Conspiracies, one would imagine, is eventually uncovered. I’m just guessing, of course, but that’s usually how these type of movies work. »
If you've perused the Before Sunset tag here on Cinematical, you've noticed that I write a lot of posts on the sequel to Before Sunrise. Yes, it's partially fan fervor, but it's also something more. How can I not write about the film when discussing my favorite romantic scene, or the best sequels of the last decade? The Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke collaboration is one of the best examples of so many aspects of cinema. It reveals how a film series and characters should grow and mature for a sequel. It exemplifies the possibilities and reach when romance is done well. It shows the potential of real-time features.
But what it does better than anything else -- It lasts. There are many films out there that seem truly stunning at first glance, but after a second, third, or fourth visit, they lose that charm -- if they even »
- Monika Bartyzel
Cele|Bitchy shared cel phone bikini pics of Demi Moore. Gawker, where I first saw these photos in a clueless* article on John Travolta, suggests that Demi is starring in her own real life adaptation of Benjamin Button.
But I think what we're looking at is a Countess Elizabeth Bálthory situation.This 47 year old superlebrity is obviously bathing in the blood of virgins.
I still haven't had an opportunity to see Julie Delpy's horror/bio/period film version of this tale, The Countess. None of the confusing and rare reports of the other film version (the one supposedly featuring Tilda Swinton) seem to give me much hope that it's actually not an elaborate internet delusion. But obviously this story should be able to resonate in our youth obsessed age where 50 is the new 40 and 40 is the new 30 and every single pitch meeting on the West Coat involves vampires.
- NATHANIEL R
Chris Rock has joined the cast of "2 Days in New York," the sequel to 2007 romantic dramedy "2 Days in Paris" reports Production Weekly.
Julie Delpy will reprise her role as Marion and return as director on the project described as dealing with the difficulty of relationships and the complexities of being a woman without being completely consumed by a relationship.
The character will have a child and a new lover in the film. The child's father, Adam Goldberg's character in the first film, will not appear but Delpy's father Albert will reprise his role as Marion's father.
Rock's role is unspecified. Shooting kicks off in October with a Cannes 2011 debut planned. »
- Garth Franklin
Photo: ComingSoon.net Just above is your first look at Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort on the Bamberg, Germany set of director Paul W.S. Anderons's The Three Musketeers courtesy of ComingSoon.net. The site also has a look at Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) as D'Artagnan. Anderson most recently directed the upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife, which was shot in 3D just as will be The Three Musketeers. The film is set to hit theaters on April 15, 2011 and co-stars Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Matthew MacFadyen, Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Juno Temple.
John Cusack announced via Twitter update that he would be taking on the role of Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, to be directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta). The original script by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston is a fictionalized account »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Julie Delpy clearly has a thing for small-scale movies about relationships that then get sequels a couple years down the road. She and Ethan Hawke fell in love in Before Sunrise only to get back together 9 years later for Before Sunset and now Delpy is planning a sequel to her 2007 directorial effort 2 Days in Paris. This time the action will be moved to New York, previous co-star Adam Goldberg won't be in the picture. but Chris Rock might take his place? As unlikely as it sounds, that's what The Wrap is reporting today. They're unclear on what Rock's role will be in 2 Days in New York, but Delpy's character will have a child and a new lover, so it's entirely possible-- if not likely-- that that's Rock's role. They're planning to start shooting in October, which is an excellent time to be in New York no matter what you're doing, »
In a bit of casting news that’s surprising (though not entirely out of left field), Chris Rock has joined the cast of Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, the sequel to 2007’s 2 Days in Paris. Delpy wrote, directed, and starred in the first film, which saw her on vacation with her American boyfriend in France. Delpy stated that her follow-up is about “the difficulty of relationships, but also about the main character’s evolution in general.” Details are scarce in the Production Weekly tweet that broke the news, though TheWrap speculates that Rock may play Delpy’s new lover in the sequel. Production is set to begin this October with hopes of landing a spot in Cannes 2011.
- Brendan Bettinger
Take Before Sunrise or Before Sunset, make it a little more raw, a little more dysfunctional, and a lot more bitchy and sarcastic and you've got Julie Delpy's 2007 comedy 2 Days in Paris. The film followed Delpy's Marion and Adam Goldberg's Jack as they visited Paris and fell into romantic turmoil when faced with French customs, Marion's parents, a certain nude snapshot, and most importantly, Marion's many exes.
Earlier this year, Delpy announced a sequel -- 2 Days in New York -- where Jack is out, a baby is in, and Marion has a new lover. Thinking of Jack and Marion's bickering ways, and I mused that maybe Chris Eigeman could take on the gig. Their banter would be brilliant! But when she said "well-known Us actor," it looks like she might have meant it and found a whole other Chris entirely.
Though who he'll play has not been announced, »
- Monika Bartyzel
Julie Delpy is currently in development on 2 Days in New York, a sequel to her acclaimed indie comedy 2 Days in Paris. In the sequel, the romantically-challenged Marion, played by Delpy, will have children and a new lover. Today it’s been announced Chris Rock has signed on to the project, and popular opinion says he’ll take on the role of Marion’s new man.
Like 2 Days in Paris, Delpy says 2 Days in New York will center on “the difficulty of relationships but also about the main character’s evolution in general. It’s a very modern story about the complexities of being a woman and not being completely consumed by your partner.” The film centers on a hectic weekend, where Marion’s family visits from France and clashes with her American boyfriend. So – it’s basically the same plot as 2 Days in Paris in a new locale.
And to be honest, »
- Kristy Puchko
Chris Rock, who already has a penchant for Euro cinema (he adapted the Rohmer film which gave us I Think I Love My Wife) will get to ask his director and co-lead Julie Delpy about working with the likes of Leos Carax, Schlöndorff and Krzysztof Kieslowski. Rock has been cast to play the American boyfriend role in the sequel to Delpy's 2 Days in Paris. Titled 2 Days in New York, (Deply told us in an interview that she loves Woody Allen's Manhattan) the basic premise sees Delpy's character Marion having to juggle career, kids, ex-boyfriends and her current African American squeeze. The ex-boyfriend in this case, is not Adam Goldberg, but a French former flame -- perhaps in the Romain Duris vein. Last we heard, Goldberg was going to be a "no show" for this engagement, but perhaps Delpy revised her draft to include him, perhaps in a throwaway cameo scene »
Chris Rock has joined the cast of Julie Delpy’s 2 Days In New York, which is scheduled to begin production in October. It’s a sequel of sorts to Delpy’s 2007 indie flick, 2 Days In Paris, which she not only directed, but starred in, alongside Adam Goldbergh, as a young couple attempting to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, where her parents live… and, by the way, several of her ex-boyfriends, who they run into frequently. Of course, some hijinx and hilarity ensue… with some drama as well.
Nothing really new there, especially if you’ve watched any of Woody Allen’s talky relationship dramedies, which Delpy’s film resembles. Throw a little Before Sunrise/Sunset in there too But if any of that tickles your fancy, then you might also enjoy 2 Days In Paris, if you haven’t already seen it. I thought it was ok.
In this sequel, »
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