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7 items from 2008

Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes Make ‘The Reader’ a Worthwhile Adaptation

25 December 2008 7:56 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Two of the best actors working in film today, Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet, offer enough to make “The Reader” a cinematic book worth reading, even if it’s not the masterpiece it could have been with a few different choices by its director and writer.

Rating: 3.5/5.0 “The Reader” is a surprisingly ineffective film when approached on an emotional level, as if director Stephen Daldry and adapter David Hare are very consciously trying to keep the viewer at arms length, but Fiennes and Winslet are doing such quality work that it merits recommendation just as an acting exercise. Just as the great work by Michael Sheen and Frank Langella elevate “Frost/Nixon” to a recommendation despite the film’s flaws, “The Reader” could have been a better film but its two leads are perfect.

Read Brian Tallerico’s full review of “The Reader” in our reviews section. Part of »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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The Production of 'The Reader' - Just as Interesting as the Film

18 December 2008 12:58 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Kate Winslet and David Kross in The Reader

Photo: The Weinstein Co. The Reader is one of the films this awards season that has really stuck with me. I can't exactly put my finger on the reason why, but I can't seem to get it out of my head and I have a feeling it may ultimately end up on my year-end top ten. The film has undoubtedly the best performance by Kate Winslet this year and while it didn't fair very well with critics I have a feeling it is one of those films that will get better with age. Will people give it a second chance? Considering the movie world we live in nowadays, I don't think so. However, that doesn't make the story of its production any less interesting. I kept a story by Anne Thompson at Variety open in my browser for almost a week now »

- Brad Brevet

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The Reader

11 December 2008 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: Dec. 10 (limited)  

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer: David Hare

Cinematographers: Roger Deakins, Chris Menges

Starring: Kate Winslet, David Kross, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz

Studio/Run Time: 
The Weinstein Company, 123 mins.

Morally complex, devastating drama navigates the effects of one of the world's great tragedies

Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader is a somber, desolate and profound film that does not shy away from the story's thematic complexities. Newcomer David Kross superbly plays Michael Berg, a teenager in post-World War II Germany who embarks on an affair with a stern, serious older woman named Hanna Schmitz (Kate Winslet). A relationship that begins through an act of kindness quickly becomes sexual, tense and volatile. »

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Good Things in Small Packages

10 December 2008 12:37 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Some wonderful things that come in tiny packages:

cupcakes, old fashioned letters, gifts, reese's peanut butter cups, glitter, gift certificates, fortunes, mp3s, rings, cream filling, Kristin Chenowith, eyeshadow, matches, pills, kittens...

And something else, too: performances. There are no small parts. I'm thinking of this today because my friend Tom told me about a spill Lena Olin took at a Variety screening of The Reader recently. She was descending the insanely steep steps of the Sunshine Cinema in huge heels. He describes

As she was about half way down, Lena stumbled... she was only saved from a serious fall by running smack into Ralph Fiennes's back (his strong, silent, brooding back). She was clearly startled and embarrassed...and probably saw her whole life flash before her eyes...plummeting to her death at the Sunshine Cinemas. How pathetic would that have die for a Q&A? And »


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Filmmakers Discuss: The Reader

10 December 2008 3:40 AM, PST | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

The Reader stars Kate Winslet and David Kross (as a young Ralph Fiennes) as March/June lovers in a post-wwii Germany. German lawyer Bernhard Schlink's layered and provocative book was a Oprah's Book Club pick in 1999, which of course propelled it directly to bestseller status. It was only a matter of time before the intricate book was turned into a film, but it wasn't easy. The Reader opens today in New York at the Paris Theatre. On the eve of The Reader's release, the Tribeca Cinema Series hosted a special screening of the film, followed by a discussion between director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) and actress Lena Olin (who has a dual role in the film, as mother and daughter survivors of the Holocaust). Legendary producer Harvey Weinstein introduced the players and the project, and the conversation was moderated by Dade Hayes, New York Bureau Chief at Variety. »

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It Takes No Reading to See Kate's Red Carpet Hotness

4 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Kate Winslet looked smoking hot premiering one of her two Oscar buzz-earning movies, The Reader in NYC last night. While there was a slight delay due to projection issues, the screening went well and there was certainly nothing wrong with the stars' choice of attire. Despite last month's airbrushing controversy, Kate donned a daring Herve Leger dress alongside her costar Ralph Fiennes. While this movie has some Kate acting buzz, it's nothing compared to her reunion with Leo in Revolutionary Road. While she and DiCaprio have aged a bit, fans everywhere are swooning to see them on screen again. Kate has a few more premieres ahead of her, but it will be hard for her to top this hot little number for the rest of her red carpets. To see more from the premiere, just read more. Images include: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Georgina Chapman Source »

- Molly

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Swedish Star Stig Olin Dead

15 July 2008 10:05 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Swedish movie and radio mogul Stig Olin has died in a Stockholm nursing home.

The father of actress Lena Olin, Olin starred in a handful of early Ingmar Bergman films after making his acting debut in the early 1940s.

His first big screen hit came in 1946's Incorrigible, in which Olin portrayed a boarding school thug.

He also played a gigolo in Bergman's directorial debut Crisis.

He became a moviemaker in the early 1950s, but found his true vocation as a radio mogul in the late part of the decade, after signing up to work for Sveriges Radio, becoming the public broadcasting network's head of programming. »

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