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On a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Soho House in New York, Hungry Hearts director Saverio Costanzo spoke with me about casting Adam Driver to star opposite Alba Rohrwacher in between Driver's work with Noah Baumbach on While We're Young and as a villain in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. David Lynch, Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Coney Island, the C.G. Jung deer, and the lure of an Indigo Child enter into our consciousness.
The small apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where Mina (Rohrwacher), Jude (Driver) and their newborn child live is a stone's throw from the Dakota building, home to another special baby. There is emotional intelligence, depth of perception, and a profound terror of being alive that connects both of these films. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Film director Martin Scorsese has long been a champion of classic European cinema, and has recently overseen a project restoring some of Poland's greatest films to their former glory. Here we see the work done on three of the country's finest: Knife in the Water, directed by Roman Polanski; A Short Film About Killing, directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski; and Man of Iron, directed by Andrzej Wajda. All three are screened as part of the Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema section of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the BFI Southbank in London. For full details and screenings, click here.
• Read Scorsese's appreciation of Polish cinema Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
As for many other people, my introduction to Polish cinema came with Andrzej Wajda’s trilogy: Ashes and Diamonds, Kanal and A Generation – actually, they were released out of order here in the Us, and we saw Kanal first, followed quickly by Ashes, both in 1961, and then we got to see A Generation later. Among the three, it was Ashes and Diamonds that had the greatest impact on me. It announced the arrival of a master film-maker. It was one of the last pictures that gave us a real testament of the impact of the war, on Wajda and on his nation. It introduced us to a whole school of film-making, related to what was coming out of the Soviet Union but quite distinct. »
- Martin Scorsese
We’re going back to the Overlook Hotel! Okay fine, it’s technically one of the three “Overlook Hotels” related to Stephen King’s classic novel, The Shining, but for our money it’s the coolest due largely to the Stanley Film Fest. This year’s fest will be its third incarnation after debuting in 2013. We attended and loved that inaugural weekend, and while we missed last year’s festivities their latest announcement has us excited to return to Estes, Co later this month. The lineup includes twenty feature films consisting of festival favorites (The Final Girls, The Treatment, The Invitation, Deathgasm and We Are Still Here to name a few) and three world premieres (Sun Choke, Some Kind of Hate and the highly intriguing-sounding Director’s Commentary: The Terror of Frankenstein). They’re also screening five older films including the likes of David Cronenberg’s Shivers, Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and the eternally awesome Re-Animator which »
- Rob Hunter
Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.
We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.
"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, »
- Jonathan James
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
Starry Eyes, 2015.
An aspiring young actress sells her soul to a satanic cult in exchange for fame and fortune. Never a good idea…
Starry Eyes is a good example of the old phrase ‘It’s not the material but what you do with it’ because on the surface there isn’t really an original thought or idea in it. If you pick apart the film into its individual strands there isn’t anything you haven’t seen or read before in the works of Roman Polanski, Clive Barker or any number of occult B-movies from the 1970s, but when it’s all put together to form a narrative most (not all) of the different things going make Starry Eyes one of the »
- Gary Collinson
The most acclaimed film of this weekend's theatrical release crop? Not "Cinderella," as it turns out. No, the critical winner is actually writer/director David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows," a low-budget horror film about a group of teens being stalked by an evil sex-monster. Not even kidding! From own Drew McWeeny's review out of Cannes: "At its best, the film has moments that are creepy and that work on some strange primal level. Many of the manifestations of the angry force in this film are played by people who are oddly visually striking, like an enormously tall and oddly-shaped man or a guy with a weird pinched rodent face and jug ears." Can't help it, I want to see this. Where better to learn about the perils of intercourse than from a horror movie? Not that it would be the first time -- from Roman Polanski's 1965 Catherine Deneuve »
- Chris Eggertsen
Jake Gittes: How much are you worth?
Noah Cross: I have no idea. How much do you want?
Jake Gittes: I just wanna know what you’re worth. More than 10 million?
Noah Cross: Oh my, yes!
Jake Gittes: Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can’t already afford?
Noah Cross: The future, Mr. Gittes! The future. Now, where’s the girl? I want the only daughter I’ve got left. As you found out, Evelyn was lost to me a long time ago.
Jake Gittes: Who do you blame for that? Her?
Noah Cross: I don’t blame myself. You see, Mr. Gittes, most people never have to face the fact that at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of anything.
Chinatown is a masterpiece, »
- John Ostrander
Whether you love it, hate it, or (let’s be honest) completely ignorant to it even existing, product placement isn’t going anywhere. As costs of major motion picture production show no signs of decreasing and the general economic climate continues to worsen, studios have had to find new revenues to keep themselves a float, to keep the lights on, and to keep Roman Polanski’s legal bills paid.
One of those innovative new cash flows is product placement. Before you were most likely to come across it in the Bond films, with the producers looking to get some kickback from the various tailors, car manufacturers and booze merchants that 007 indulges in in Ian Fleming’s books.
Bond is still the biggest proponent of the practice – often taking it to ludicrous extremes – but the rest of the industry has woken up to his valuable little scam, too. In fact, »
- Tom Baker
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Very clearly of the independent American cinema of the moment, and the New York scene in particular, Alex Ross Perry has nevertheless distinguished himself from his contemporaries with three singularly biting comedies—and now has set himself further apart with his latest: Queen of Earth, an intense dramatic departure. Viewers of Impolex, The Color Wheel, and most recently Listen Up Philip will recognize certain trademarks, among them a cast of entitled characters who treat each other horribly, as well as Sean Price Williams's stunning Super 16 cinematography, which here captures the damaged mental state of the film's protagonist with a blend of grainy pastel blues and greys contrasted with the earthly colors that make up the terrain surrounding its lake house setting. Taking cues from Polanski, Bergman, Fassbinder, and Kubrick, Perry imbues the film with an unsettlingly violent tone, made all the more discomforting in its restraint (this bubbling violence never manifests physically, »
- Adam Cook
(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 video releases).
By Adrian Smith
Michael Armstrong, the writer and star of Eskimo Nell,once said, "It's hard to wank and laugh at the same time". In the 1970s filmmakers gave it a very good try however, and the British sex comedy was virtually the only kind of film being funded. The problem is that the majority of them were neither funny or sexy. They were generally grubby and embarrassing for the actors and the audience. One of the pioneers of the British sex film was director and producer Stanley Long, responsible for The Wife Swappers (1969) and Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1975) and many others. An occasional cinematographer on prestigious films like Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), Long often recognised and nurtured new talent, particularly if he could see a financial reward.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
New York - Sigourney Weaver's long and illustrious career has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the greatest directors of all-time. Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Mike Nichols and Peter Weir, just to name a few. A number of those filmmakers have excelled in breaking down the conventions of science fiction in a number of modern day classics she's been lucky to be a part of (or, perhaps they were lucky to have her?) As Weaver notes, "it's a pretty short list" and therefore surprise then that she chose to appear in Neill Blomkamp's latest endeavor, "Chappie." "I must say, once I saw 'District 9' I thought, 'God, I'd love to work with this guy.' To see a science fiction film that was set in the future, an amazing future, but also dealt with so many immediate »
- Gregory Ellwood
Roman Polanski attended a court hearing in Poland on Wednesday, where a Us request for extradition regarding the decades-long charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl was weighed by Krakow judge Dariusz Mazur. The hearing, though closed to the public due to the case's sensitive nature, lasted nine hours and according to Nyt, Polanski left court "exhausted." "It was quite painful. I had to talk about things I'd rather forget," said Polanski of the proceedings. This is Polanski's latest bid to toss out the sexual abuse conviction that has haunted him since 1977, a year before he fled to exile in Europe. The judge said the court would not make a ruling Wednesday. Another hearing is scheduled for April. If the judge rules in favor of the Us' extradition request, the verdict could be overruled by the justice minister. But if the request is denied, the ruling is final. The »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Roman Polanski has appeared in a court in Poland to fight a U.S. attempt to extradite him on child sex crime charges.
The hearing at the court in Krakow took place behind closed doors. A ruling is unlikely to be made until April, according to a BBC report. A further hearing has been set for April. If the court approves the request, the matter will be referred to Poland’s justice minister for a final decision.
The director, who holds dual French-Polish citizenship, is planning to shoot a film in Poland this summer based on the Dreyfus Affair.
Polanski admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, while he was in the U.S. He served 42 days in prison while undergoing psychiatric tests, but fled the U.S. before the judge ruled on sentencing.
- Leo Barraclough
Roman Polanski appeared at a hearing in a Polish court today to be deposed following a formal extradition request filed by the U.S. in January. Media was not allowed inside the Krakow tribunal, but Afp reports the judge, Dariusz Mazur, said a decision on the extradition was “unlikely” to come today. Another hearing has been scheduled for April. Convicted on five charges stemming from having sex with a minor in 1977, the then-43-year-old Polanski cut a plea deal and served… »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski testified in Poland on Wednesday during a hearing to explore a United States extradition request stemming from his 1977 conviction for having unlawful sex with a minor. NBC News reports that the court could not come to a decision on the matter, however, because additional documents submitted by lawyers for the “Rosemary’s Baby” director still needed to be considered. Also Read: Roman Polanski Makes Rare Public Appearance at Harvey Weinstein’s Screening of ‘Big Eyes’ in Gstaad (Exclusive) “The proceeding will not be finished today,” judge Dariusz Mazur said. If the court rules in favor of the U. »
- Greg Gilman
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