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Since the days he used to do advertising movies and music clips for guys like Beck, Björk, Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers and White Stripes, Michel Gondry proves himself as one of the most creative filmmakers of our time. His work got better known in the movie business when he made the wonderful "Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind" (2004), that won the Academy Award of Best Original Screenplay, result of a work done by Pierre Bismuth, Gondry himself and another very creative (and a bit "crazy") dude: Charlie Kaufman. He came to Brazil to promote not only the theatrical release of his "Be Kind Rewind" but also the exhibition (created with NYC's Deitch Gallery) with the same name, that allows visitors to make their own movies in the sets used in the original movie, starred by Mos Deff, Jack Black and Danny Glover. Omelete spoke with him »
Complete Dubai fest coverage
Dubai -- As the Dubai International Film Festival headed to the finish line Wednesday, organizers and participants were exhausted but enthused after a week of screenings, meetings, feasting and, yes, deals.
Begun Dec. 11 at the Madinat Jumeirah resort complex and in cinemas around the city of 4 million on the Arabian Gulf, the fifth edition of the festival carried the motto "Bridging Cultures, Meeting Minds."
Festival director Abdulhamid Juma and Diff artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali, dressed in elegant white robes, oversaw attention to every detail for a diverse global guest list that included everyone from veteran Hollywood stars like Danny Glover and Nicolas Cage to up-and-coming filmmakers from the world over.
The Dubai Film Connection, organized by Jane Williams, honored six of 21 Arab filmmaker finalists, including several Diff returnees. Awards totaling $118,225 were granted to help finish their next works. As the rest of the world struggles to find film financing, »
- By Liza Foreman and Jonathan Landreth
Salma Hayek was glammed up today for an amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event in Dubai. Aside from her many diamonds, her most interesting accessory of the evening was ex-fiancé Francois-Henri Pinault. Ever since their romantic-looking yacht vacation a few months ago, we've suspected they're back together, and a stroll down the red carpet together is another good sign. They were joined by Goldie Hawn, Danny Glover, and Laura Linney in their attempts to raise money for AIDS research, which was a great reason for another star-studded gathering in the bustling city. To see more from the gala in Dubai, just read more. Images include: Salma Hayek, Francois-Henri Pinault, Laura Linney, Danny Glover, Goldie Hawn Source »
Columbia Pictures recently released another brand new movie trailer from the upcoming film “2012″ by director Roland Emmerich (All Quiet on the Western Front, Fantastic Voyage) and starring Thandie Newton (W.), John Cusack (Stopping Power, 1408), Amanda Peet and Danny Glover as President Wilson. Synopsis: Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe, making contact with his double in an effort to prevent the catastrophic prophecies of the ancient Mayan calendar from coming to pass. According to the Mayan calendar, the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012. [...] »
- Brian Corder
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Nicolas Cage, Brendan Fraser and Danny Glover -- back for a second straight year -- will be among those lending star power to the 5th annual Dubai International Film Festival.
Director Oliver Stone also will be in town, accompanying the Middle-East premiere of "W.," while Indian screen stars Abhishek Bachnan and Sonam Kapoor will help turn the eyes of the subcontinent toward Dubai.
Over the weekend, festival organizers took the wraps off this year's Cultural Bridge panel, which will see Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey, Algerian novelist Mohammed Moulessehoul, Jamaican-American singer and social activist Harry Belafonte, Ethiopian-American filmmaker Haile Gerima and Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta discuss issues involving tolerance and world peace.
Organizers also announced the juries for the festival's Muhr Awards. Spread across five categories, including this year's debuting AsiaAfrica section, the Muhr nods will award a total $576,000 to winning filmmakers.
- By Jolanta Chudy
Release Date: July 10th, 2009
Director: Roland Emmerich
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Plot: Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. '2012' is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. »
The W star admits he has always been fascinated with the speeches of great Americans, from presidents to civil rights leaders, like Martin Luther King, Jr. - and now he's hoping to turn the star-studded readings into a motion picture event.
He explains, "Anthony and Howard created live performances of some of the speeches that have been taken out of people's history in the United States; some anonymous and some are famous from John Brown, which is the speech I perform, to Martin Luther King.
"We created something at the Majestic Theater in Boston and had Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover, David Strathairn, Marisa Tomei and had 19 cameras film that. We did another one at the Malibu Performing Arts Center. I got Sean (Penn) to do that, Eddie Vedder, Taj Mahal, Pink, Benjamin Bratt, and Don Cheadle.
"I'm very proud of this. We have 96 hours of film that we're cutting together and I met with nine cable networks in New York and everybody is very excited about it." »
"So there are two stories, so basically, I don't know what I'm supposed to give away, but obviously the world is sort of in peril," actress Amanda Peet (Studio 60) told a gaggle of reporters yesterday about 2012. The original science fiction drama from Roland Emmerich's has been in production this fall for Sony.
"Well, we're in peril, obviously!" she said. "And some people know that we're in peril, and some people don't. Like some people in the government. So there are a few different stories. And I'm with a family that doesn't know. So we're in a survival story, basically. ... I'm a civilian."
Given that the Mayan calendar predicted that the world will end on December 21, 2012, Emmerich launched his story, which was first announced in May. Sony anticipates a July 10, 2009 release for the feature which also stars John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Thomas McCarthy.
She addressed the »
- Robert Greenberger
Here's the new teaser trailer for director Roland Emmerich's "2012", hitting theaters on July 10, 2009. The film stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Thomas McCarthy, Woody Harrelson, Chin Han, Morgan Lily and Beatrice Rosen. Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. »
Columbia Pictures recently released this brand new movie trailer from the upcoming film “2012″ by director Roland Emmerich (All Quiet on the Western Front, Fantastic Voyage) and starring Thandie Newton (W.), John Cusack (Stopping Power, 1408), Amanda Peet and Danny Glover as President Wilson. Synopsis: With the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, a large group of people must deal with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock for the latest “2012″ Movie News and Trailers. »
- Brian Corder
I am not much of a fan of Roland "End of Days" Emmerich, but if he makes 2012 without sticking to his typical style of corny characters and even cornier dialogue it really has a shot of being good based on the premise, which mixes in the idea of the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world ending in 2012, with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem. The first trailer has just arrived and you can watch it below or over at Moviefone in high definition, but it creates a very cool premise where the leaders of our world may know a major disaster is coming, but wouldn't tell anyone about it because there is nothing that can be done. Give it a watch below, 2012 hits theaters on July 10 and stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, »
- Brad Brevet
An epic and visually frightening teaser trailer for Roland Emmerich's 2012 has surfaced. The film stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Thomas McCarthy, Woody Harrelson, Chin Han, Morgan Lily and Beatrice Rosen. Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an…
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MovieFone has premiered the trailer for Roland Emmerich’s next big all-style-and-no-substance popcorn movie: 2012. They have high res and HD versions over on their site, but we have a smaller one for you right here.
As usual, Emmerich looks like he’s putting out another movie that has special effects that will be a CGI visual feast, but (and yes, I know it’s to early to tell) I’m betting it’s another “check your brain at the door” movie.
It’s actually pretty funny - if he keeps going down this disaster movie road, maybe he’ll earn the title of “Irwin Allen of our time.” And in keeping with the Irwin Allen theme, 2012 boasts a cast of well known actors including Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Anyway, you can judge for yourself what kind of movie this looks like it’s »
- Vic Holtreman
Los Angeles-based New Films International has completed one of the largest deals to close with the Middle East at the Afm.
Nfi concluded the deal with Lebanon's Falcon Films, which has acquired an eight-title package covering all rights for the Middle East.
The films included in the agreement cover titles in production and completed films, including the relationship drama "Multiple Sarcasms," starring Timothy Hutton; "Serbian Scars," with Michael Madsen; "Frame of Mind," with Chris Noth; and "The Making of Plus One," with Jennifer Tilly and Amanda Plummer.
New Films International president Nesim Hason said this year alone Nfi has closed more than $1 million worth of deals with Falcon.
New Films International was formed in 1996 by Hason to bridge the gap between the U.S. and international. »
- By Liza Foreman
This is pure speculation, folks, but how else to explain this story from Extra TV, where Joaquin Phoenix announces to an Extra reporter that he's "not doing films anymore" and "working on his music," while being filmed by his own camera crew? It all went down at a star-studded benefit in San Francisco for Paul Newman's favorite summer camps for kids, with Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Warren Beatty, Danny Glover, Annette Bening, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Bonnie Raitt and Sean Penn showing up in addition to Phoenix. No word on whether or not any of them brought film crews too, or what their future career plans are.
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After posing for photos on the red carpet, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Bruce Willis, and Tom Hanks were just a handful of the A-listers who performed last night in honor of Paul Newman. Joined on stage by the children from the Painted Turtle Camp, the actors got into costume and character as Jack Nicholson narrated The World of Nick Adams. While remembering Paul was a key element of the night, there were also plenty of jokes. Julia Roberts even touched on her role in Pretty Woman and when asked about a sequel, she said, "No one wants to see an old hooker! Do they?" While Julia was busy rejecting sequel ideas, Joaquin Phoenix declared that he's quitting acting entirely to focus on his music career. Both Julia and Joaquin are celebrating birthdays today, but it seems as if helping others is top of mind these days. To see an awkward »
Last night some of the biggest names in Hollywood got together in San Francisco for a reading of The World of Nick Adams at Davies Symphony Hall. The event was to benefit Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camp the Painted Turtle, which made it an especially touching and memorable evening. The legendary actor was honored by friends including Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix and more. Bruce Willis didn't have any of his ladies, but smiled and showed off his salt and pepper beard. The celebrities all participated in reading the Ernest Hemingway stories on stage to the audience and among their peers — it was a very special evening indeed. To see lots more from the event including Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Danny DeVito and others just read more. Images include: Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Julia Roberts, Alison Pill, Nancy O'Dell, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, »
Newman died after a battle with cancer on 26 September, at the age of 83.
The gala was held on Monday night in San Francisco to benefit The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses, which was started by Newman in 1999.
And celebrities attending the event used the opportunity to pay their respects to the acting legend.
Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover told the crowd, "We expected Paul to be with us and so this kind of turned into kind of a tribute. This is the first time we are doing this without Paul - there is a void there, without a doubt."
He adds, "Paul was a member of the ensemble more than anything else. He didn't care about the hierarchy, but he was a guy, quite frankly, who should have won the Nobel Peace Prize."
Newman and his charitable organisations donated more than $250 million (GBP162 million) to good causes over the years. »
Sean Penn is back in Venezuela visiting his favorite American-hating Marxist, Hugo Chavez. The actor, who plays gay martyr Harvey Milk in his next movie, first hit it off with Chavez when he visited Caracas in August 2007 as a "freelance journalist." Chavez - who has replaced his ailing idol, Fidel Castro, as the Us's most vitriolic critic - praised Penn at the time for his criticism of the war in Iraq. The state-run news agency reported Penn accompanied Chavez on an inspection of a natural gas pipeline on Sunday. But »
American actor Sean Penn has rejoined the political dialogue in Venezuela after meeting the country's president for a second time since 2007.
Venezuela's state-run news agency reports Penn accompanied Hugo Chavez during the inspection of a natural gas pipeline on Sunday.
State media did not broadcast images of Penn at the event.
Chavez has praised the actor for his criticism of the U.S. war in Iraq since he first visited the leader last year as a freelance journalist.
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