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16 items from 2010


Choose The 1998 Academy Award Winners!

23 December 2010 6:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.

As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.

We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »

- Matt Holmes

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Take Three: Season 1 Wrap

19 December 2010 10:26 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Craig here with a quick pre-Xmas wrap-up of season #1 of Take Three. If you have a very short memory, that'd be the Sunday Film Experience series which looked at three notable performances from a supporting or character actor's work. 

The Big Cs: Considine, Cartwright, Cheadle

Last week’s actor Paddy Considine was the last Take Three for a spell (it's seasonal shenanigans, then everything Oscar here at The Film Experience). We began all the way back in May with Veronica Cartwright. All 29 Take Threes have been a pleasure to write. I've often found new admiration for the actors featured. It's fascinating what a spot of research and a few rewatches can do: who knew that I’d come to realise how much of a Peter Lorre fan I was had I not written about a trio of his perfs.

I veered from the strict definition of what constitutes a character »

- Craig Bloomfield

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Afm 2010: Lionsgate International Moving Forward with Sales for Silent Hill 2

1 November 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We have been waiting ever so patiently for news regarding the sequel to Christophe Gans' Silent Hill, which starred Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates and Tanya Allen. Finally, with Afm dawning, there's been some movement.

According to Bloody Disgusting Lionsgate International will begin pre-sales on Silent Hill 2, the sequel to the 2006 video game adaptation, at this week's big film dance.

Though we still don't have any specific details, we do know that Roger Avary and Samuel Hadida (respectively, the screenwriter and producer of the first film) of Davis Films have officially signed on for the sequel.

No word yet on if Radha Mitchell will be returning, but she did express some interest a while back.

- Uncle Creepy

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- Uncle Creepy

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Take Three: Deborah Kara Unger

18 October 2010 5:28 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Craig with this week's Take Three

Today: Deborah Kara Unger

Take One: (Fear) X marks the...Game

‘A lone man searching for answers to a troubling mystery – assisted by a mysterious and wilfully tricksy woman – whilst on the run from a seemingly shadowy organisation’. This could well describe, in loose terms, the basic plot of two higher profile Unger films: The Game (1997) and, to a lesser extent, Fear X (2003). Both feature Unger as everyday femme fatales. She’s mysterious and ordinary at the same time: unheimlich with a handbag. Both characters – waitress Christine in the former, housewife Kate in the latter – are channelled via Unger’s almost otherworldly ability to remain glacially poised on demand.

Two-player game: Unger desperately tries to ignore Douglas in The Game

In The Game – straight after Crash playing another strange woman for another strange David (Fincher) – she accompanied Michael Douglas on his mad dash around »

- Craig Bloomfield

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Killer Talent: A David Fincher Profile (Part 2)

13 October 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With his latest film The Social Network in cinemas this month, Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director David Fincher in the second of a three part feature... read part one here.

After the production turmoil associated with his directorial debut Alien 3 (1992), American moviemaker David Fincher had given up on the idea of a career in Hollywood; his attitude changed when he received a script composed by an employee of Tower Records in Los Angeles. “I didn’t like my time in New York, but it’s true that if I hadn’t lived there I wouldn’t have written Se7en [1995],” revealed Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Hollow) who, despite being told by the assistant to writer-director David Koepp (Ghost Town) that unsolicited screenplays were not accepted, pitched his idea about a serial killer who commits his murders according to the seven deadly sins. Intrigued by the concept, Koepp’s »

- flickeringmyth

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'Picco' wins German Independence Award

19 September 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany – "Picco," a hard-hitting prison drama from debut director Philip Koch, has won the German Independence Award at the 17th Oldenburg Film Festival.

The drama is based on a real-life event in a German youth prison where inmates tortured and killed a cellmate.

"A portrait of a true hell on earth," is how the Oldenburg International Jury, headed by actress Deborah Kara Unger, described "Picco," calling the film "clear and heartbreaking in any language."

Oldenburg's regular film fans preferred the lighter fare of Paul Gordon's "The Happy Poet." The comedy about a man trying to set up an organic heath food stand won Oldenburg's audience award.

Germany's leading indie film fest wrapped Sunday night with the world premiere of "Pound of Flesh," a drama directed by Tamar Simon Hoffs and starring Timothy Bottoms, Whitney Able and Malcolm McDowell. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Q&A: Oldenburg Fest juror Deborah Kara Unger

14 September 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

  After touching down at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of Emilio Estevez' "The Way," indie film darling Deborah Kara Unger jumped on a plane to Northern Germany to head the jury for the 17th Oldenburg Film Festival. THR German Bureau Chief Scott Roxborough caught up with Unger en route to the country's leading independent film festival to talk festival hierarchy, the film business after the financial collapse and what exactly makes a film independent.

The Hollywood Reporter: How does it feel to be flying from Toronto, one of the biggest most glamorous film festivals in the world, to little Oldenburg?

Deborah Kara Unger: It's like pointillism – every color is important to me. I don't have a hierarchical view of the festivals. I was out to support (environmentalist) David Suzuki in Toronto and he said 'we share the air." All the festivals share the air.

THR: What »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Twilight and True Blood stars among cast of The City of Gardens

12 June 2010 5:33 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The true story of a young American surfer, wrongfully accused of cocaine trafficking and sent to prison in the 1980s, is the inspiration for new action drama movie The City of Gardens.

Produced by Four Fish Films/DragonTree Media, the project has now wrapped filming in Lima, Peru and is moving to Los Angeles to continue production.

The intense action drama and coming-of-age story stars John Robinson (Lords of Dogtown, Transformers, Elephant), Alex Meraz (who plays one of the native American werewolves in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and New Moon), Johnny Lewis (Sons of Anarchy, The Runaways, Avpr: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem), Michael DeLorenzo (A Few Good Men, Not Forgotten, Resurrection Blvd), Deborah Unger (White Noise, The Hurricane, Angel and the Bad Man, The Game), James Remar (Red, Gun, Pineapple Express, 2 Fast 2 Furious) and Grant Bowler (Killer Elite, True Blood, Ugly Betty). 

The City of Gardens is directed by Camilo Vila (18 Wheels of Justice, »

- David Bentley

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Camilo Vila's The City of Gardens to Shoot in Los Angeles

9 June 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Alicia Frankl, Dragon Tree Media, and Monty Fisher Four Fish Films are the production companies and personnel behind The City of Gardens a prison drama that puts "a young American surfer" in a Peruvian jail on bogus drug charges (Studio Matrix). Primary production for this feature has wrapped in Peru with further filming to take place in Los Angeles. Starring are John Robinson (Transformers), Alex Meraz (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Johnny Lewis (The Runaways), and Michael DeLorenzo (Nice Guys). An official website has launched for the film recently and those with an interest in a true story involving '80s intrigue and prison corruption can become a fan at the link below.

A partial synopsis for The City of Gardens here:

"The action drama, The City of Gardens, follows a blond Californian surfer, Wayne Montgomery (John Robinson), who is a fun loving beach bum escaping the influence of his wealthy »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Ross Allen)

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Vilmos Zsignmond lenses feature dance drama

27 May 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond is lensing the Canadian-Hungarian-Slovenian musical drama "The Maiden Danced" from Los Angeles-based actor/director Endre Hules ("Apollo 13") in Ottawa.

Hungary-born Zsigmond is shooting the English and Hungarian language picture about two brothers meeting up after 20 years apart in post-Communist Hungary.

Talk about soft money. Besides Canadian tax credits and subsidies, the picture from Hungary's CinemaFilm, Canada's Quiet Revolution Pictures and Slovenia's Casablanca Productions has tapped MediaPlus, the Motion Picture Foundation of Hungary, Hungarian tax allowances, the Slovenian Film Fund as well as Eurimages.

The film stars Stephen McHattie, Deborah Unger and Gil Bellows, Zsolt Laszlo and Beata Melkvi, and just completed shooting legs in Hungary and Slovenia, including Budapest exteriors and dance scenes. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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Grant Bowler Enters "Killer," "Gardens"

25 May 2010 5:34 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Australian actor Grant Bowler ("Lost," "Ugly Betty") has scored roles in the action feature "The Killer Elite" and indie drama "The City of Gardens" says The Hollywood Reporter.

Currently filming in Melbourne under the direction of Gary McKendry, 'Elite' follows a private British vigilante group setting out to eliminate a band of contract killers. Bowler will play Capt. James Cregg, an Sas officer and war hero who is one of the targets. Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro also star.

'Gardens' follows a young California surfer in 1980 who is framed and thrown in a Peruvian jail for political prisoners before escaping. Bowler will play a schizophrenic named Jesus Christ who is stuck in solitary confinement.

John Robinson, James Remar and Deborah Unger also star. Camilo Vila directs and shooting kicks off this month in Peru.

Bowler will next be seen as a biker-turned-werewolf on the upcoming third season »

- Garth Franklin

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Grant Bowler Lands The Killer Elite and The City of Gardens

24 May 2010 11:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Grant Bowler joins The Killer Elite and The City of GardensTrue Blood's Grant Bowler has been cast in the action feature The Killer Elite and indie drama The City of Gardens.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Killer Elite centers on the real-life efforts of a private British vigilante group to eliminate a band of contract killers. Bowler will play Capt. James Cregg, an Sas officer and war hero who is one of the targets.

The Killer Elite begins shooting this month in Australia.

Filming this month in Peru, the Camilo Vila-directed The City of Gardens centers on a young California surfer in 1980 who is framed and thrown in a Peruvian jail for political prisoners before escaping.

Bowler will play a schizophrenic named Jesus Christ who is stuck in solitary confinement. John Robinson, James Remar and Deborah Kara Unger also star.

The Killer Elite comes to theaters in 2011 and stars Jason Statham, »

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'True Blood' actor lands two film roles

24 May 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Grant Bowler needs to dig out his passport.

The "True Blood" actor has picked up roles in action feature "The Killer Elite" and indie drama "The City of Gardens," both shooting abroad this month.

Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro topline "Elite," about the real-life efforts of a private British vigilante group to eliminate a band of contract killers. Bowler will play Capt. James Cregg, an Sas officer and war hero who is one of the targets.

Gary McKendry is directing "Elite," which begins shooting this month in Australia.

Also shooting this month in Peru is the Camilo Vila-directed "Gardens," which centers on a young California surfer in 1980 who is framed and thrown in a Peruvian jail for political prisoners before escaping.

Bowler will play a schizophrenic named Jesus Christ who is stuck in solitary confinement. John Robinson, James Remar and Deborah Unger also star.

Bowler, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Samuel Bleak Goes Cajun for a 2010 Shoot

18 May 2010 9:33 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The drama thriller Samuel Bleak is moving in to production with shooting taking place in Thobodaux, Louisiana. The cast line-up has been announced and stars that will appear in Bleak include David Zayas (13, Dexter), Keith David (Crash, Gamer), Deborah Kara Unger (Silent Hill), and James Russo (Public Enemies). Split Vision Entertainment and Dark Horse Pictures will be producing Bleak and story involves a young man recovering from abuse who remembers his mother's death by fire through a series of flashbacks. More about the plot is below.

A partial synopsis for Samuel Bleak:

"On a foggy morning in the small town of Whiterain, Louisiana, a mysterious young man is found rummaging through building scraps in Dr. Roselyn Ramirez's (Deborah Kara Unger) back yard. After her husband and town Sheriff, Ruben (David Zayas), investigates, he finds the terrified mute in a dilapidated shack in the woods. Ruben takes him to the »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Ross Allen)

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Pull Up to Dave's Bumper, Baby!

20 April 2010 7:53 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Craig here, with a look back at David Cronenberg's Crash (1996).

That's not the car horn Mr Spader!

When was the last time you got all hot under the collar as you passed a road traffic accident? When you get into a car do you rub your thighs with glee at the thought of not getting out again without a cranial fracture followed by a good seeing to? Do you expect to see a naked Holly Hunter writhing in ecstasy in the back seat on the way to collect groceries? Anyone? No? Didn’t think so. Me neither.

On the drive home from watching Crash, David Cronenberg’s 1996 “sick car smash flick” I checked that my seatbelt was securely fastened. I wanted to get home safely – if only to see what folks were saying about it. I felt as though I’d watched the artiest road safety video ever – albeit »

- Craig Bloomfield

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Strangely Sweet: Ten Unusual Romance in Film

14 February 2010 3:13 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Happy Valentine's Day, kids. Hope you've all got loved ones to squeeze today, and have better things planned than to see schmaltzy, unchallenging romance flicks like, er, Valentine's Day. Submitted for your approval is a list of movies in the spirit of love that aren't your typical rom-coms or melodramas—the unusual suspects with something a little strange accompanying the couplings.

Rather than just list movies with romance between quirky characters, though, since many people would be quick to name unconventional couples like Harold and Maude or Bonnie and Clyde, how about we seek the more trying scenarios? Here are some movies that attain sweet, robust romance even in situations that are normally hard to swallow. But you don't need to make sense of love to get it.

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Oasis (2002)

Why it's weird? It begins with rape.

In most relationships, when the man rapes the woman, what follows is usually the end. »

- Arya Ponto

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