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Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Adapted from the book "The Ghost" by Robert Harris, this unnerving mystery is a return to form for Roman Polanski, thanks mainly to the cagey cat-and-mouse plot which plays into the director’s strongest suit. Ewan McGregor plays the titular scribe whose creeping paranoia turns out to be completely justified and Pierce Brosnan is the man who inspires much of that anxiety. »
- Trailers From Hell
★★★★★ William Faulkner once made the sage point that "the past is never dead. It's not even past." Louis Malle's Golden Lion winner Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) is a Second World War-set film very much guided in spirit by the Us novelist's musing on the febrile relationship between memory, time and individual and collective histories. For years the director only ever discussed a childhood experience with an older brother, who was also there to bear witness. As with Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002) or even Spielberg's Schindler’s List (1994), filmmakers tackling the Holocaust have acknowledged that these delicate projects needed to be made at what felt like the appropriate moment.
- CineVue UK
The thriller, which stars Keanu Reeves, premiered this weekend at the Sundance Festival.
Knock Knock follows a seemingly happy married man who's left alone while his wife and children go away for the weekend.
Two beautiful girls show up at his house, and turn his life upside down.
Roth recently said: "I had a window before I promote Green Inferno, and I wanted to make a movie like Roman Polanski or Paul Verhoeven made when they were young, a classic psychosexual thriller that's not a horror movie, but would have everyone on the edge of their seats.
"Getting Keanu is amazing, he's a fine actor who is perfect for this."
The film is currently without a distributor. »
In today's roundup of news and views: Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin suggest that we "re-imagine" Roman Polanski's Repulsion "as a Béla Tarr film." Plus Adrian Martin on Walerian Borowczyk, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs, Jason Z. Resnikoff on the contrasting views of the future between Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ridley Scott's Alien, Wayne Koestenbaum and Sérgio Dias Branco on Guy Maddin, Joshua Rothman on Werner Herzog, Grady Hendrix on Tsui Hark, Michael Sicinski on Gabe Klinger's documentary on James Benning and Richard Linklater—and more. » - David Hudson »
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.
100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe
97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin
- Eric Lavallee
British crime can pay handsomely in France, at least when its fiction. Paybox Canal Plus aired pastoral sleuth saga “Inspector Morse” from 1988; “The Little Murders by Agatha Christie” has been a staple on pubcaster channel France 2 since 2009. Produced by Les Films Francais, Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions – the producer of “I’ve Lovec You So Long,” Roman Polanski’s and Brian de Palma’s “ “ and France 2 Cinema, “Valentin, Valentin” enrolls a strong ensemble cast in a Paris suburbs makeover of Ruth Rendall’s slim 2010 novel, “Tigerlily’s Orchids.” At one crux in “Valentin, Valentin,” one character is asked of another, with whom she had a relationship, if they knew him. “Not really,” she replied. While Ruth Rendell’s center on the capacity for crime of the most respectable of people, “Valentin, Valentin” turns on this: Other people are not hell, but a mystery. Director Pascal Thomas talked to Variety »
- John Hopewell
Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »
- Michelle McCue
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Even if you were not around during the 1970s, Inherent Vice comes across as a faded, nostalgic memory. Being a faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the film recounts the dying days of the free love era, laced with the look, feel and paraphernalia of the subculture. Anderson’s comedic thriller peppers itself with restless, almost out of place laughter, while dedicating itself to the themes of the early Seventies. One is reminded of private-eye classics such as Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, with traces of Zucker-Abrahams comedies like Airplane! and The Naked Gun. For many, the homage to 1970s filmmaking will be a very real and thrilling look down memory lane. For others, it’ll be a history lesson like no other found in modern day filmmaking.
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- Christopher Clemente
It was inevitable that Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would take some shots at Bill Cosby and all the rape allegations -- but seems like a bit of hypocrisy was also served up.Yes, we're looking at you, Roman Polanski. Well ... if you'd ever show your face. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
“Inside every narrative film is a non-narrative film struggling to get out.” Here is a wonderfully distinctive video essay from critics Adrian Martin and Christina Álvarez López that reimagines Roman Polanski’s Repulsion as the work of Béla Tarr. Zeroing in on “the dank spaces and the dead moments, the images of food-as-object, the cycle of everyday activities, the endless, implacable passages of walking,” and other Tarr associated imagery, Martin and López explore filmmaking as elementary particles, tonally rearrangeable in line with a director’s vision and story. In a supplementary write-up at Mubi, the two cite Jonathan Rosenbaum’s review of The Tenant, wherein […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
In what is now a new and continuing tradition, the Golden Globe Awards have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be made public this Thursday. Of course, voting for the Oscar nominations was closed before the awards were revealed so don't think last night's wins will have any effect on the nominees. But this isn't an article designed to look at nominations, though we'll certainly get into a little of that. Instead we're looking at what chance last night's Globe winners have at winning the Oscar based on the recent Globe vs. Oscar history. This post serves as my ninth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and we'll take a look at the past 30 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
The fifth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.
Inside every narrative film is a non-narrative film struggling to get out. A film of details, of in-betweens, of atmospheres; of nothing-much-happening and everyday banality. A film of redundant repetition and obligatory scene-setting. A film where glances fall into the void rather than guiding a drama; where gestures and actions happen for their own sakes rather than for the symbolic or thematic meaning they project. A film where the background surges forward and becomes the foreground; where rooms and objects for once really do become (as that lousy reviewing cliché loves to say) ‘characters in their own right.’
A film without intrigue. Or, at any rate, only the most minimal filigree of intrigue, perhaps a single turning point or shock. In their great and too-little-known 1998 book To Dress a Nude: Exercises in Imagination, »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
David Fincher's latest dark 'n' twisty drama stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck as a pair of beautiful people who do terrible things to each other. This adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel is worth it just for the scene in which Tyler Perry, as a high-powered lawyer who specializes in cases where men are accused of murdering their wives, throws gummy bears at Affleck's head.
This German film is for those with particularly strong stomachs, but if you're up for it, this is a wild ride. »
- Jenni Miller
Sharon Tate was a sex symbol and fledgling movie star. The "Fearless Vampire Killers" and "Valley of the Dolls" star was married to Roman Polanski. Tate and four others were killed by The Manson Family in August 1969. Megan from "Mad Men" is not Sharon Tate. D.B. Cooper is the name given to a man who hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971, secured $200,000 in ransom and parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again or definitively identified. Don Draper from "Mad Men" is not D.B. Cooper. Probably. For reasons that are vaguely baffling to me, a recent trend in "Mad Men" viewership has been to decide that despite no indications at all in those directions, the Emmy-winning drama had been heading toward one or possible two grand historical revelations in which our fictional characters turned out to be famous or notorious real world figures. "Mad Men" hit the Television Critics Association »
- Daniel Fienberg
Roman Polanski is facing fresh extradition efforts in Poland over his 1977 sex charge.
Warsaw's prosecutor general's office has received an official request from Los Angeles prosecutors to extradite the filmmaker to the Us.
A spokesperson for the prosecutor general's office told Reuters: "Prosecutors will want to summon Polanski for questioning."
Polanski has been working in his native Poland on a new film project in recent weeks.
Polish prosecutors previously spoke to Polanski about the Us charge in October, but chose not to take any action at that time.
The Chinatown filmmaker fled the Us for France in 1978 after reaching a plea agreement that included pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse in relation to an incident involving a 13-year-old girl.
Polanski hired noted attorney Alan M Dershowitz late last year to work on overturning the sex charge in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Los Angeles prosecutors have unsuccessfully sought to extradite »
Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who has eluded United States legal authorities for 35 years after fleeing the country following his guilty plea of having sex with a minor, is facing a renewed extradition effort. The government in Poland, where Polanski was born and is currently working on a film, announced that it had received a request for extradition from the U.S. government. Mateusz Martyniuk, a spokesman for the prosecutor general's office in Warsaw, told Reuters that the extradition request came from prosecutors in Los Angeles, and that "Prosecutors will want to summon Polanski for questioning." »
- Jeff Labrecque
London — The U.S. has renewed its efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles have submitted a request to Poland’s prosecutor general for the director’s extradition. This request has been forwarded to the authorities in Krakow, where Polanski has been living while he prepares to shoot his film “An Officer and a Spy.”
“Prosecutors will want to summon Polanski for questioning,” Mateusz Martyniuk, a spokesman for the prosecutor general’s office in Warsaw, said.
This move follows an attempt by the U.S. authorities to get Polanski sent back to the States in October, when Polish prosecutors rejected a request to arrest Polanski when he attended the opening of a Jewish museum in Warsaw.
One of Polanski’s Polish lawyers, Jerzy Stachowicz, told Reuters on Wednesday: “In our view no new circumstances have arisen which could lead to a change in the decision by »
- Leo Barraclough
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