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The film records Rossellini’s eco-themed stage show, which is based on her popular shorts about animal sexuality. The show is currently on tour in the Us, after making the rounds of France, Italy, the UK and Australia.
The director is Jody Shapiro, who also worked on the Green Porno project, while Wowow La office head Kayo Washio and Sundance Productions president Laura Michalchyshyn are executive producing. Ovation TV has acquired rights for the U.S., Wowow for Japan. Forward Entertainment is selling the docu internationally.
“The success of our endeavor is also a manifestation of a new interest in the environment, especially among the younger generations,” Rossellini said in a statement. “I chose humor as my expression because many taboos or difficult subject matters such as environmental problems or sex »
- Mark Schilling
Prepping for its Feb. 5, 2015 opening night, the Berlin Film Festival has named Darren Aronofsky its jury President. Despite never having a film play the Berlinale, the "Noah" director rides the good graces of Venice, Toronto, and Sundance to the head of the German fest’s table. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema," said Berlin chief Dieter Kosslick in a statement. "In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015." Aronofksy has earned critical praise and box office success for his part work, including "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan," and this year’s "Noah." The jury position adds Aronofsky to the ranks of recent Presidents, including Isabella Rossellini, Mike Leigh, Wong Kar Wei, and James Schamus. "At the Berlinale, »
- Matt Patches
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
10. Deliverance (1972)
Scene: Squeal Like a Piggy
Word to the wise: just because someone plays a mighty fine banjo, it doesn’t mean he or any of his kin should be invited to your family picnic. Based on the James Dickey novel of the same name, Deliverance follows four businessmen as they decide to spend a weekend canoeing down a fictional river before it needs to be flooded. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) leads the crew as the most experienced, followed closely by Ed (Jon Voight). The two novices Bobby and Drew (Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) also join them. So, in remote Georgia, the four men set out to take in the beauty of nature. Before setting off, they come across a group of mountain men, all of which appear to be inbred. Drew engages in a banjo duet with one of the teenagers, but he doesn’t »
- Joshua Gaul
Credited as the first mass audience movie ever made, “Employees,” admitedly, is just some 40-seconds long, the remake a homage to the Festival sited at the birthplace of film as a popular art and industry. Almodóvar’s remake came one day before Lyon’s closing ceremony, marked by a gala screening of “All About My Mother.” The Lumiere Festival is non-competitive. But a group of Lyon high-school students award a best film prize which this year was shared by Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Pedro Almodóvar’s “High Heels.”
“I’ve been in Lyon since Thursday and every hour have had marvellous surprises. But never in my wildest dreams did I imagine sharing »
- John Hopewell
Lyon – Accepting the sixth Lumière Award at Lyon’s Lumiére Festival in France, Pedro Almodóvar spoke with his heart, as Quentin Tarantino had a year before, about what really drives his filmmaking career.
Reading his acceptance speech, translated by Juliette Binoche, he was accompanied on stage brother Agustín, his producer of nearly 30 years standing, and emblematic actresses from his films: Marisa Paredes (“High Heels,” “The Flower of My Secret”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Rossy de Palma (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”).
In the audience were, Keanu Reeves and director John McTiernan, Michael Cimino, Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Paradis, Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent”), Italy’s Valeria Golino, Jaime Rosales, and, among industry figures Pathé’s Jerome Seydoux, Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, Pierre Ange Le Pogam, Samuel Haddida plus Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker.
“I was born in the ’50s, »
- John Hopewell
The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »
- Nancy Tartaglione
We’re still a couple of years away from any new work directed by David Lynch—the new “Twin Peaks” episodes won’t hit Showtime until 2016—but in the meantime, why not take a peak behind the scenes of “Blue Velvet,” a film that in many ways serves as a nice jumping-off point for the cult TV show. The 70-minute-long, 2002 documentary "The Mysteries Of Love" dives deep into the 1986 film, with interviews with key members of the creative team, including Lynch himself, along with Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, and Dennis Hopper. It has some great insight into how the film came to be, both in terms of the financing and in the creative origins, as well as some great Lynch anecdotes from the actors, almost all revolving around Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank. The doc also talks about the use of nudity, the first reaction from producers and test audiences, »
- Cain Rodriguez
He who dares, wins. Now entering its sixth edition, Gran Lyon’s Lumière Festival, launched by Thierry Fremaux and Bertrand Tavernier from the Institut Lumière, is firmly established on the festival calendar as one of the two major meets in Europe for classic film specialists, with the Bologna Cineteca’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, and also, remarkably, a major hit with the people of Gran Lyon who flock to its screenings. There seems nothing like it in the rest of the world. Having added a Classic Films Market (Mfc) in 2013, its rise is now not only a reflection of, but also a driver of the heritage movie business. Variety talked to Fremaux, the Lumière Festival director – as well as head of the Cannes Festival – days before its the 6th edition.
After five editions, to what extent do you think that the Lumière Festival is now a global event?
The Lumière Festival »
- John Hopewell
In recent years, the fall festival season has turned fiercely competitive not just between the films themselves, but also among the fest directors selecting them — as the pressure to get first dibs on the newest, newsiest premieres has necessitated cutthroat programming politics. One way out of that minefield is to look back rather than forward — and it’s a dedicated focus on classic cinema that makes France’s Festival Lumiere-Grand Lyon one of the calmer cinematic congregations on the circuit.
Overseen by veteran auteur Bertrand Tavernier — president of film preservation body the Lumiere Institute — and curated by Cannes artistic chief Thierry Fremaux, the Lyon-based fest runs Oct. 13-19 and boasts a plethora of restorations, reissues and homages. Kicking off with a screening of Arthur Penn’s 47-year-old landmark “Bonnie and Clyde” (part of a three-film tribute to Faye Dunaway), this year’s decidedly catholic program runs the gamut from Frank Capra »
- Guy Lodge
FX’s The Strain winds up it’s first season this weekend and we sat down with Guillermo del Toro and his cast to talk about where the show ended, where it goes next and how their vampires stack up against those who “glitter”. Plus famed actress, Isabella Rossellini takes her Green Porno from TV to the stage and tells us how it all got started.
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- Mike Raub
"Are you kidding me, man?!" composer Angelo Badalamenti howls jokingly when Rolling Stone asks him what he thought of Twin Peaks, the TV series he scored in the early Nineties. "It was really off the wall. I thought it was either going to sink violently down the drain or, hopefully, capture the intrigue of enthusiastic people conversing by the office water cooler on a Monday morning."
12 Things We Learned from David Lynch's Talk at Bam
As it turned out, Twin Peaks was an instant hit when it premiered on April 8th, »
Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.
Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.
1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »
- Jonny Black
Sitting on my couch watching the credits roll on Denis Villeneuve’s mind-bending Enemy, I found myself in a state of mild catatonia, internally racing to piece it all together but externally still transfixed, eyes glued to the screen and ears keenly listening for any clues as to the film’s greater meaning within the cheery strains of The Walker Brothers’ “After the Lights Go Out.” Now, hours later, I’m still not completely out of Enemy – there’s a part of me still absorbed in its narrative, still puzzling over that bizarre ending and all the almost-as-strange stuff that came before. And what’s more, I have a feeling that’s exactly what Villeneuve and writer Javier Gullón (providing his own spin on the late, great José Saramago’s novel The Double) intended.
There aren’t many recent films that have challenged me as boldly and as ruthlessly as Enemy. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Every now and then, a film falls through the cracks. Independent dramas in particular are susceptible to a weird phenomenon we'll call the Distribution Bermuda Triangle – they're made, they play at a film festival or two, they rack up some early buzz and movie fans get excited.
And then... nothing. A gaping void where the release date ought to be.
The UK has been especially bad for this of late, with a slew of 2013's most buzzed-about dramas still without distribution. Below, Digital Spy rounds up the five we're most desperate to finally see on this side of the pond
In the wake of Shailene Woodley's recent box office double whammy (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, if you've been snoozing), our hopes were high that this sophisticated teen drama would finally see the light of day in the UK. But as yet, there's been no word. »
One of the highlights of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, it's already apparent, is a retrospective of the work of Dominik Graf, a genre specialist mostly unknown outside his natve Germany, who has worked in both film and TV, specialising mainly in crime dramas. The program also includes other German crime TV shows selected by Graf to contextualise his work (including Sam Fuller's Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street and uber-rare work by Czech emigre Zbynek Brynych, best known otherwise for The Fifth Horseman is Fear).
Graf's work includes pieces from the seventies to the present day. By working in TV he has been able to work regularly, something denied most feature directors, and seems to thrive on the tight schedules and budgets. Nightwatch, a 1993 episode of the long-running series "Der Fahnder", comes on like Fleischer's The Narrow Margin, with a cop guarding a gangster's moll who doesn't »
- David Cairns
Ricky Gervais celebrates his 53rd birthday today (June 25), and to mark the occasion Digital Spy has trawled through the comedy star's film and TV archive to pick out some of his greatest ever guest roles.
1. Spaced (2001)
Mere months before the first episode of The Office aired and Ricky hit the big time, he had a blink and you'll miss it cameo as a slippery estate agent in Spaced. His character 'Dave' incorrectly placed a property ad asking for a couple, which set off a string of events that led Tim (Simon Pegg) and Daisy (Jessica Hynes) to move in to Marsha's flat. The rest is sitcom history.
Ricky is great in this little cameo, managing to make the click of a mouse funny, and the butterfly »
Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a double role in Lionsgate's new thriller Enemy, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD June 24. The actor stars as downtrodden professor Adam Bell, whose ordinary life is turned upside down when he discovers a man who is his exact physical double in a movie. After they meet, Adam realizes their lives are connected in ways they never expect. We have a contest lined up where fans can win an Enemy poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal and the Blu-ray. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win.
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Madrid — Following in the illustrious footsteps of Clint Eastwood (2009), Milos Forman (2010). Gerard Depardieu (2011), Ken Loach (2012) and Quentin Tarantino (2013), Pedro Almodovar will receive the 6th Lumiere Award at France’s 2014 Lumiere-Grand Lyon Festival.
A unique film event, organized by the Lumiere Institute’s Bertrand Tavernier, the celebrated French cineaste, and Cannes Festival topper Thierry Fremaux, the Lumiere Festival is held in France’s city of Lyon. Its program is made up almost entirely of theatrical screenings of movie re-runs, restorations and re-issues.
As Tarantino before him, Almodovar will program a selection of films at the festival, under the section title, Almodovar: Mi Historia del Cine.
Almodovar’s Lumiere Prize ceremony will take place Friday Oct. 17.
2014’s 6th Lumiere Fest will also host its second Classic Film Market after a debut 2013 edition that saw deals – Twilight Time’s pacting with London-based Protagonist Pictures on U.S rights to a package of Film »
- John Hopewell
Jake Gyllenhaal plays dual roles in Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve's thriller Enemy (review), and he's also signed a one-sheet for You. Yes, You! Read on for how you can get your hands on all the freebies!
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Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Supporting Actor, Brokeback Mountain, 2005) re-teams with his Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve, in Enemy, a sexy and mind-bending thriller that breathes new life into the doppelganger tradition, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) June 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Released theatrically by A24, the film is based on Nobel Prize in Literature »
- Steve Barton
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