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Winner of the Palme D’or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, the second for auteur Michael Haneke, much mention has been made about this being Haneke’s warmest, most human film. I agree that the film is quite moving, giving us two cinematic legends at their late career best, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant (who came out of retirement to do the film), and a moving supporting performance from Haneke favorite, Isabelle Huppert. However, I don’t really agree with classifying this as a warm or even human picture. Haneke’s glacially cold gaze doesn’t warm up at all here, simply showing us a final act of kindness born just as much out of pragmatic selfishness as it could be out of love. This is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life and nature, and those desperately looking for evidence of Haneke losing »
- Nicholas Bell
Notable figures both in and out of Hollywood continue to weigh in on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” taking sides on the film’s treatment of slavery, adherence to the racist lingo of the era and ethics of placing it all in a spaghetti Western context. The latest is “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, who voiced some criticism of Spike Lee’s recent swipes at Tarantino while visiting the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival in Italy Sunday, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Eric J. Lyman. Read More: Bigger Than 'Pulp Fiction'? Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Earns $34 Million in its First 3 Days Fuqua took issue with both the content of Lee’s criticism and the way he delivered it. "If you disagree with the way a colleague did something, call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publicly,” said Fuqua, »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Big-time *sshole Spike Lee recently called Quentin Tarantino a racist for his portrayal of slavery and the use of the N-word in "Django Unchained," a film that he admitted he has not seen. Then comedian Katt Williams said that he would punch Tarantino in the face if he ever meets him. He went on to say that Tarantino thinks he's black, but was never given permission to use the N-word. He too has yet to see the movie. Now, director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has come to the defense of Tarantino, stating "I don't think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body. Besides, I'm good friends with Jamie Foxx and he wouldn't have anything to do with a film that had anything racist to it." He continued: "If you set a film in the 1850s, you're going to hear the word 'n*gger,' because that's the way they spoke then, »
Paul Risker on America's 'rape' of the Scandinavian crime drama...
The American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), adapted from Steig Larsson’s first novel of his Millennium Trilogy, follows on the heels of Sweden’s 2009 adaptation and forms part of a trend that has seen a number of Scandinavian crime dramas adapted into the English language.
This year saw the release of Contraband, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, the star of the original Icelandic Reykjavík-Rotterdam, and rumors circulate of a remake of Headhunters (2012), adapted from Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø’s book of the same name. Meanwhile, the acclaimed Danish television phenomenon The Killing, remade for American television, is preparing for its third season, whilst the second two installments of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, have been announced.
Prior to the international interest in »
Comedian Katt Williams criticized and threatened Quentin Tarantino for repeatedly using the N-word in his new western, ‘Django Unchained,’ TMZ is reporting. In between being released from jail for gun-related child endangerment charges and watching his friend Suge Knight get into a fight in a Hollywood club parking lot, Williams said he would physically beat the director if he got the chance. While Spike Lee voiced his objection over Tarantino’s language in the film, Williams said he would punch the filmmaker in the face. The ‘Scary Movie 5′ actor said “Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. But I checked with all of Ni**adom and nobody knows where he [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Django Unchained may be one of Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing openers ever, but it's certainly not without its critics. Last week, Spike Lee suggested that the gory revenge fantasy was insulting to black Americans by tweeting, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them." Now, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua has come to Tarantino's defense by calling out Lee for taking his objections public. "If you disagree with the way a colleague did something," he said at the Capri Film Festival today. "Call him up, invite him out for a coffee, talk about it. But don’t do it publicly." As for whether he found Django Unchained's take on sensitive racial issues offense, Fuqua said, "I don’t think Quentin Tarantino has a racist bone in his body. Besides, I'm good friends with »
- Andre Tartar
30 December 2012 7:43 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Spike Lee should have called Quentin Tarantino personally rather than criticize him in public with charges of racism, the director of 2001 Oscar winner Training Day said Sunday. Lee, the director behind Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992) and the thriller Inside Man (2006), made headlines before Christmas when he said he would boycott Tarantino’s Django Unchained because it was "disrespectful" to black people. "American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western," Lee wrote on Twitter. "It was a holocaust." Later, in an interview, Lee declined to elaborate much, saying he had no intention of
- Eric J. Lyman
In between getting out of jail and getting in the middle of a parking lot brawl, Katt Williams took the time to talk to TMZ about "Django Unchained" ... and threatened to beat the crap out of Quentin Tarantino if he gets the chance.Williams didn't voice his opinion in a polite way like Spike Lee did. First he threatened to punch Qt in the face, then told us, "Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. »
- TMZ Staff
About a week ago, big-time *sshole Spike Lee said that he will not go see "Django Unchained," because he doesn't like Quentin Tarantino's version of slavery and the constant use of the N-word. Now, Katt Williams (Scary Movie 5, Norbit) says that he will punch Tarantino in the face if he ever gets the chance. "Quentin Tarantino thinks he can say the N-word. But I checked with all of [black people] and nobody knows where he got his pass from," Williams told TMZ. "I hope he didn't get it from Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx cause, they aren't going to help you when I see you." When TMZ said that other filmmakers like Steven Spielberg (Amistad) also used the N-word in their movies, Williams replied: "Quentin Tarantino is no Steven Spielberg. Steven Spielberg doesn't wanna be black, Quentin Tarantino thinks he is. So when he meets a real n*gga, »
‘Chaeppelle’s Show’ star Donnell Rawlings is telling Spike Lee that he needs to relax over Quentin Tarantino’s use of the n-word in his new movie, ‘Django Unchained,’ TMZ is reporting. The comedian was in Los Angeles on Thursday night, coming to the western film director’s defense, and criticizing Lee for blasting the use of the word in the film. Lee called the word, which is featured 110 times throughout the film, disrespectful to his ancestors. Rawlings said to Lee, “I know you been talking a lot of sh*t. You don’t like nobody’s movies. You don’t like Tyler Perry movies. You don’t like Quentin movies. I don’t even think you like [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past twelve months.
We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2012" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2013's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (roughly sorted in order of arrival)...
Movie 43 (dir. Virtually Everyone in Hollywood) - trailer here
Bullet the the Head (dir. »
Nicole's Magic Scans from Paris Match -- Nicole Kidman looks great as Grace of Monaco
E! Anjelica Huston is PETA's person of the year
i09 Futuristic predictions that came true this year
The Lost Boys farewell to Peter Knegt's long running blog.
Slate I've been talking a lot recently about people being hideous jerks when it comes to the topic of Les Misérables so here is a negative review from Dana Stevens which I think is completely fairly written and actually pretty clever in some of its digs. I've only ever asked that people be fair about it and state their biases if they have them (Stevens doesn't like the source material).
Unreality looks for gender flipping of Star Wars in the cosplay community. Sadly the gallery has no Prince Leia Lee. »
- NATHANIEL R
People are so divided over Django Unchained. Once and for all: Is this an offensive film or not? —Angela, Denver, via Twitter So far the score stands at about even, with Spike Lee clutching pearls on one end and star Jamie Foxx staunchly defending the film on the other. Who's right? Well, allow this fine entertainment blog to tell you what to think. Lee has said that the slavesploitation film is "disrespectful to my ancestors," adding that "American slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti Western." But at least some academics beg to differ, at least with some of Lee's views. "His point does have merit," says Dr. Brenda Juarez of the Social »
The best stories of the week from Toh! Interviews: "Not Fade Away" Creator David Chase Wants to Stick with Film, But Return to Genre Hackford Grills Tarantino on "Django Unchained": Style, Score, Script Adds, Kkk Scene; "it was my 'fuck you' to D.W. Griffith" Reviews: "Django Unchained": Why Spike Lee Refuses to See It, More Reviews Updated "Les Miserables" Review Roundup; Detractors Could Hurt Musical's Oscar Bid DVD Review: "The Words" Has a Serious Case of Writer's Block Features: Films that Should Never Be Remade -- From "The Goonies" and "Die Hard" to "Deer Hunter" and "Shawshank" The Best in Digital Entertainment Content: What We Would Buy with $100 Immersed in Movies: Sound Designer Paul Ottoson Talks "Zero Dark Thirty" Best Performances of 2012: A Good Year for the Broken, Disturbing and Driven »
Spike Lee needs to relax ... so says "Chappelle's Show" star Donnell Rawlings, who tells TMZ, the n-word-filled "Django Unchained" is a fun movie with a happy ending ... and That's It.Rawlings was out in L.A. last night when he came to Quentin Tarantino's defense -- blasting Spike Lee for his criticism of Quentin's usage of the n-word in the film (110 times to be exact) ... which Spike called disrespectful to his ancestors.Donnell said, »
- TMZ Staff
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Chasing Ice is the story of James Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
In a year where the Short Listed Academy documentary features deal with issues ranging from sexual harassment in the military to the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexually molesting children, Chasing Ice deals with arguably the most important issue proving that the ice caps are melting and that the warming of the planet will have a catastrophic effect. But this is a year where the MPAA rating of a film about bullying school students has seemed to get the most press. That’s a shame. Chasing Ice needs to be seen. It is the most important short listed documentary film of the year. Like Davis Guggenheim’s Al Gore PowerPoint presentation, this film is scary. With never-before-seen time lapse photography we can dramatically see the ice caps and giant glaciers shrinking. A chunk of ice the size of lower Manhattan crashes into the sea. The ice flows like a river into the sea. We all know that when the ice melts, it releases its fresh water into the sea and that the water will rise. In time a few feet. Say good bye to land that several hundred million people live on.
So what’s the problem? They don’t have the press machine of Bob and Harvey Weinstein that makes a mountain out of an MPAA rating. Can the Oscar nomination go to the most important film? (could this paragraph go after next paragraph?)
But wait, there is more. This is a strikingly well made film. It has a compelling character, James Balog, who is giving his body to science and this cause. The cracks we hear are not chunks of ice but his knees disintegrating as he scales cliffs of rock and ice. The filmmakers really are risking their lives making the film, the ice takes no prisoners, the small planes and helicopters regularly crash. The film unfolds with precision; we are moved and awed by the characters and the stunning photography. The score is first rate as is the editing. This is a work that should be short listed but might be overlooked because it lacks the political coolness of some of the other films. This would be a shame.
Chasing Ice is directed by Jeff Orlowski, cinematographer for the Extreme Ice Survey, and an award-winning filmmaker. A Stanford University graduate, he has been working with Balog since 2007 and has shot over 300 hours of footage of Eis in the field. His work for Eis has screened on NBC, CNN, PBS, National Geographic, and hundreds of other venues around the world.
The film is produced by Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, the winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary and 2010 Producers Guild of America ‘Producer of the Year’ for her role on The Cove. She has also served as producer on three Harry Potter films, Rent, and Mrs. Doubtfire. The film is also produced by Jerry Aronson, nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary The Divided Trail, and the director of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg.
Director/Producer: Jeff Orlowski
Producers: Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, Jerry Aronson
Executive Producers: David and Linda Cornfield
Writer: Mark Monroe
Cinematography: Jeff Orlowski
Music Composer: J. Ralph
Editor, Mark Monroe
Production: Diamond Docs (in association with)
Exposure Production, Exposure
Distributors (Us): Submarine Deluxe and National Geographic Channel
Maggie Simpson a short animated film by David Silverman
The Longest Daycare is a four-and-a-half-minute-long animated 3D short animated film based on the animated television series The Simpsons.
Directed by David Silverman The Longest Daycare is one of my favorite short animated films short listed for the Oscar this year. Silverman, credited with creating the look of the Simpsons, has directed numerous episodes of this hit series. Daycare has no dialogue. It is hilarious in part because of its silent film style. It is smart and fun. Maggie is a delight. This short film is really special. Between the 3D, the super clever writing and the stunning animation style, it is one of the very rare animations that can be enjoyed by any audience. Silverman’s work deserves an Oscar.
Scored by Hans Zimmer, best known for his work on Hollywood blockbusters, the score references numerous films scores and adds another layer of meaning to this magnificent (really?) work. Silverman attended the University of Maryland College Park and studied animation at UCLA.
Directed by: David Silverman
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Running time: 4:30
Academy announces 15 feature documentary films shortlisted for the Documentary Film Nomination
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the short listed documentary features on December 3, 2012. Under the new documentary branch rules all of the branch members as well as documentary nominees and award winners from other Academy branches could vote for the short listed films. About 180 Academy members participated. Dropping the committee process where four committees would screen one quarter of the submitted films, Documentary Branch Governor Michael Moore pushed the branch to use a preferential voting system with all branch members and other qualified Academy members participating. As this writer expected, works with a lot of hype, such as Bully, were short listed. One can wonder how many members who voted for this film actually saw it. In addition to changing the short listing process, the branch demanded that films had to have been reviewed in either the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times. Voters received 126 DVDs in the mail.
A number of worthy films were omitted, as is always the case, including: The Central Park Five (directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon), West of Memphis (directed by Amy Berg), The Queen of Versailles, directed by Lauren Greenfield. I also really liked Bad 25 (directed by Spike Lee) and Love Marilyn (directed by Liz Garbus). Samsara (directed by Ron Fricke) is the year’s best documentary for its sheer poetry
The Academy can choose to nominate up to three people. However, only the director has a lock on the nomination. Individuals credited as “Producer” are vetted by the Producer’s Guild. Each must prove that they did a majority of the producer roles. This is the third year that this rule has been in force. Many of the films have multiple “producers” so it remains to be seen who will receive nominations. The decision of the Academy will be announced once the films are nominated. This has been somewhat contentious in the past.
AMPAS rules follow:
The nominee(s) should be the individual(s) most involved in the key creative aspects of the filmmaking process. A maximum of two persons may be designated as nominees, one of whom must be the credited director who exercised directorial control, and the other of whom must have a producer or director credit. If a producer is named, that individual must have performed a major portion of the producing functions, in accordance with Academy producer criteria. No more than two statuettes will normally be given in the Documentary Feature category. All individuals with a “Producer” or “Produced by” credit on films that reach the semifinal round will automatically be vetted. The Documentary Branch Executive Committee will determine which producers, if any, are eligible to receive an Oscar. In the unlikely event of a dispute, filmmakers may appeal the committee’s decision. In extremely rare circumstances, a third statuette may be awarded. Production companies or persons with the screen credit of executive producer, co-producer or any credit other than director or producer shall not be eligible as nominees for the motion picture.
The Short List:
The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced at 5:30 am (Pst) on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
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Matt Lauer's miserable on the job because 'Today' fans are so pissed about Ann Curry's demise ... they're screaming at him on the streets of NYC! Is Matt just the fall guy for NBC's bad planning ... or does he deserve the blame?Plus, "Django Unchained" has some people -- like Spike Lee -- pissed off because the n-word is spewed 110 times during the movie. Is it offensive, overkill ... or historically accurate? We uncovered some »
- TMZ Staff
Though Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated Western set in the times of slavery raked in an impressive $14 million on its opening day, one notable moviegoer did not contribute to that total. Iconic filmmaker Spike Lee took to several outlets to make known his displeasure with Tarantino’s treatment of slavery and that he would certainly not be viewing the film. »
E! It's a third marriage for Kate Winslet who could now legally change her name legally to "Kate Rocknroll" should she want to.
Coming Soon the cast of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom follow up The Grand Budapest Hotel is revealed. I'm sad that there's no Anjelica Huston (I need her in my Wes movies) but it's fun to know that some regulars will return and the newbies Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law and Saoirse Ronan, who has, according to the man himself "quite a big part" are exciting gets. »
- NATHANIEL R
26 December 2012 6:53 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio head to the pre-Civil War South in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The film from the Weinstein Company bowed Christmas Day to $15 million, the top opening for an R-rated film on the holiday. Although its depiction of slavery has been criticized by Spike Lee and its use of the n-word has been rebuked by others, Django received strong reviews from critics and currently holds an 89 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an 80 percent on Metacritic. Photos: 2012's Biggest Rule Breakers: 'Walking Dead,' Psy, Quentin
- THR Staff
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