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Jim Jarmusch at Tiff: A Retrospective Showcases Acclaimed Indie Filmmaker's Offbeat Career

23 July 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For Toronto moviegoers currently suffering from summer blockbuster fatigue, the Tiff Bell Lightbox is offering just the solution with "Strange Paradise: The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch," the first comprehensive retrospective of the cult director's films in Canada.

Presented by Tiff Cinematheque and programmed by Brad Deane, the series runs from July 24 to August 16, covering the indie icon's entire career. All 12 of Jarmusch's films are being brought back to the big screen, from his Nyu film studies Master's thesis "Permanent Vacation" and breakout Cannes Film Festival darling "Stranger Than Paradise" to his most recent offering "Only Lovers Left Alive," for anyone who missed the quirky vampire love story during last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

An acclaimed art house auteur minus any of the off-putting pretension -- case in point: just watch the near-prison riot started by Roberto Benigni chanting "We all scream for ice cream" in "Down By Law" -- »

- Rick Mele

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To Rome With Love

18 July 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Woody Allen steps in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to join a typically starry cast in this quattro formaggi platter of love and laughs, made in the Eternal City. Allen is the opera director who is crazily inspired after meeting the gifted father of his daughter's Italian fiance, while visiting architect Alec Baldwin guides student Jesse Eisenberg through a tricky romantic situation. Elsewhere, Penelope Cruz's call girl puts a newlywed in a compromising position and local nobody Roberto Benigni suddenly finds himself a national media star. »

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Film Review: ‘Walking on Sunshine’

19 June 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two sisters — one newly smitten with a handsome Italian, the other quietly hung up on a past holiday fling — realize they have their hearts set on the same guy in “Walking on Sunshine,” a high-energy jukebox musical from “StreetDance” directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini that’s as shamelessly unoriginal as it is guiltlessly entertaining. But why shouldn’t a pic whose soundtrack consists entirely of ’80s pop hits be allowed to recycle tricks that have worked for everyone from Jane Austen to Abba? Featuring British chantoosie Leona Lewis’ bubble-gum acting debut, “Sunshine” (which opens Friday in the U.K.) should brighten up the Euro box office this summer.

How many times have you heard such catchy ’80s chart-toppers as Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” and the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame,” but have you ever really listened to the lyrics? As vapid and overproduced as much of the decade’s music undoubtedly was, »

- Peter Debruge

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Jersey Boys Review

18 June 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In one brief second, at the very end of Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, the reason for this film’s misgivings becomes brutally apparent, as Frankie Valli, the subject of this musical biopic, pops up in the credits as executive producer. This is exactly where this film suffers, as rather than be a candid exploration of this man’s life, instead comes his own version of events, which, predictably, seems somewhat emotionally detached, deviating away from, and glossing over the more honest, intimate moments of this quite incredible tale.

Frankie is played by John Lloyd Young, an ambitious singer, who dreams of success with his bandmates Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda). Despite the abundance of talent – most notably in the frontman’s distinctive voice – they are lacking hit singles, but that all changes when Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) joins the group. As the boys rise to instant success, »

- Stefan Pape

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Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever

22 April 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.

On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »

- Scott Foundas

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Jim Jarmusch: Behind the Shades

11 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Loners and outcasts have no greater cinematic patron saint than Jim Jarmusch, the fiercely independent writer-director who's spent over three decades chronicling urban fringe-dwellers, road trippers, rockabilly tourists, Zen hitmen and, now, vampires. The 60-year-old filmmaker's latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, centers on a centuries-old couple (played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) who like their Type O served neat, though its a far cry from the recent wave of vampire chic; it's really a languorous romance in which two lovers struggle with immortality-engendered ennui. It may be Jarmusch's first foray into horror films, »

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News Bites: 'Fast & Furious 7' Resumes Production (Photo); New 'Spider-Man' Clips, Ben Stiller... Male Stripper?

1 April 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Fast & Furious 7: Production on Fast & Furious 7, which was put on hold after Paul Walker died in an auto accident in November, has resumed. Director James Wan shared a photo to mark the occasion, captioned: "First day back filming. Better and stronger." The movie is scheduled for release on April 10, 2015. [EW.com]   The Pink Panther: The year 1963's The Pink Panther introduced two memorable characters: the titular animated big cat and the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers. The movie spawned multiple sequels, TV shows and reboots with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Now a live-action/animated hybrid version is under development, with animation veteran David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct an...

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Movie News: 'Fast & Furious 7' Resumes Production (Photo); 'Pink Panther' Returning; Red-Band 'Sex Tape' Trailer

1 April 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Fast & Furious 7: Production on Fast & Furious 7, which was put on hold after Paul Walker died in an auto accident in November, has resumed. Director James Wan shared a photo to mark the occasion, captioned: "First day back filming. Better and stronger." The movie is scheduled for release on April 10, 2015. [EW.com] The Pink Panther: The year 1963's The Pink Panther introduced two memorable characters: the titular animated big cat and the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers. The movie spawned multiple sequels, TV shows and reboots with Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin. Now a live-action/animated hybrid version is under development, with animation veteran David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie) attached to direct an "international...

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- Peter Martin

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New Pink Panther movie coming

31 March 2014 10:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 1 Apr 2014 - 06:31

The adventures of The Pink Panther are returning to the big screen - albeit in part-animated form...

When it comes to the big screen, think The Pink Panther, and you're either left with the wonderful collection of Peter Sellers-headlined originals, or the not-so-wonderful pair of Steve Martin movies that eventually followed. Sandwiched in-between is Son Of The Pink Panther, which starred Roberto Benigni, who would go on to win a Best Actor Oscar for Life Is Beautiful. The signs were not clear that he would when watching the aforementioned movie.

Now, plans are afoot for a new Pink Panther film, but this time, the emphasis will be on the cartoon character, rather than trying to resurrect Inspector Clouseau again. It'll be a mix of live action and animation, with MGM hiring David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie, Monsters Inc) to direct.

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- simonbrew

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MGM plans 'Pink Panther' reboot with 'Simpsons' director

31 March 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Pink Panther is coming (back) to the big screen.

MGM announced Monday it planned to reboot the franchise in a live-action/animation hybrid, focusing on the rosy-colored cat who soft-shoed his way through the intros to most of the films, rather than on the aloof Inspector Clouseau. They’ve tapped The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman to helm the project.

Based on Friz Freleng and David De Patie’s cartoons, the Pink Panther’s 11-feature film cinematic history has spanned five decades — made iconic by the collaboration between director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers, who portrayed Clouseau. MGM »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Animated/Live Action ‘Pink Panther’ Film In The Works, Will Focus On Cartoon Character, Not Inspector Clouseau

31 March 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

MGM got a lot of mileage out of Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” series. Five films with Peter Sellers (including a 6th after his death with unused footage and stand-ins to help complete it), one with Alan Arkin, two one-offs with Roger Moore and Roberto Benigni and a rebooted series in the aughts with Steve Martin. Adjusted for inflation, the movies made a collected $875 million worldwide. But what about the signature cartoon Pink Panther himself? It was a cartoon in the ‘70s, but not fully exploited on the big screen. Hmmm… we smell a new franchise. Hybrid animation, live-action is all the rage these days (though “The Smurfs 3” is apparently just going back to straight animation) and MGM announced today that a hybrid animation/live-action version of “The Pink Panther” is in the works and this new caper film will focus on the Pink Panther character, rather than Inspector Clouseau. The »

- Edward Davis

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MGM Taps ‘Simpsons’ Director to Helm Rebooted ‘Pink Panther’ Movie

31 March 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MGM’s is looking to reboot “The Pink Panther,” tapping David Silverman to helm the live-action/animated hybrid pic.

This pic will not focus the famous Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by Peter Sellers and later by Roberto Benigni and Steve Martin, but rather on the animated panther that appeared in the opening credits and eventually had its own animated show.

Next to James Bond, “The Pink Panther” movie franchise is one of the longest-running series, with 11 films spanning five decades. The films have won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy for the Henry Mancini theme.

The story will harken back to the tone of the original Friz Freleng and David De Patie cartoons as well the Blake Edwards films that Sellers appeared in.

Walter Mirisch will produce along with Julie Andrews, widow of Edwards, who directed seven of the films.

Longtime “Simpsons” director-producer Silverman is repped »

- Justin Kroll

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The Great Beauty film director honoured for 'making Rome proud'

14 March 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Neapolitan native Paolo Sorrentino given honorary citizenship of capital city after La Grande Bellezza's triumph at the Oscars

The Italian capital has bestowed honorary citizenship on film director Paolo Sorrentino after The Great Beauty – in which Rome is used as a huge, mesmerising film set – triumphed at the Oscars.

Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino said Sorrentino – originally from Naples – deserved the honour for "making Rome and the whole country proud".

He said: "Sorrentino was not born in Rome but he has spoken of it with the love of one who was born and brought up in this city and for this we are grateful."

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) this month became the first Italian film to win in the foreign language category since Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful in 1999.

Some critics have argued that it has been as successful at summing up the spirit of the era »

- Lizzy Davies

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Italy, but not Vatican, Celebrates Academy Award for 'The Great Beauty'

3 March 2014 9:48 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rome (AP) — Italy celebrated Monday after "The Great Beauty" ended the country's 15-year hiatus and won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. But even the film's muse lamented the fallen Rome it portrays and critics including the Vatican said it was just a cheap Fellini knockoff. Paolo Sorrentino's homage to Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and Rome's seductive decadence has divided Italians, with many critics uncomfortable with its indirect reflection of Italy's political and economic stagnation. But after Sorrentino cemented Italy's place as the country with the most foreign-language Oscars, everyone from the president on down hailed the film as a win for a country struggling through its own existential malaise. "At this time we have to be thinking about other things, and we're doing so," Premier Matteo Renzi tweeted. "But everyone is part of this Italian moment of pride for Sorrentino and 'The Great Beauty.'" The film »

- Nicole Winfield (AP)

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Oscars 2014: Slave wins Best Picture

3 March 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Historical drama wins three including Best Picture; Gravity leads the pack with seven wins.

12 Years a Slave won the coveted Best Picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night and picked up two more prizes to score the hat-trick.

Brad Pitt, one of the film’s producers, took to the stage along with stars of the drama and said it was “an absolute privilege” to work on the true story of Solomon Northup, before introducing “the indomitable Mr Steve McQueen”.

After thanking his backers, including Pitt’s Plan B and Tessa Ross at Film4, the British director said: “Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”

Full list of Oscars 2014 winnersCOMMENT: No surprises, smart choicesAll the winners speeches

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Oscars 2014: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture

3 March 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Historical drama wins three including Best Picture; Gravity leads the pack with seven wins.

12 Years a Slave won the coveted Best Picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night and picked up two more prizes to score the hat-trick.

Brad Pitt, one of the film’s producers, took to the stage along with stars of the drama and said it was “an absolute privilege” to work on the true story of Solomon Northup, before introducing “the indomitable Mr Steve McQueen”.

After thanking his backers, including Pitt’s Plan B and Tessa Ross at Film4, the British director said: “Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery. And the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”

Full list of Oscars 2014 winnersCOMMENT: No surprises, smart choicesAll the winners speeches

In a statement, Ross later »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Matthew McConaughey is 12th actor in 25 years to win Best Actor Oscar on first try

2 March 2014 11:58 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The so-called "McConaissance" is complete now that Matthew McConaughey, shirtless hunk-turned-serious thespian, has won Best Actor for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club." He did it on his first nomination. While that may seem like an impressive feat, he's actually the 12th to do so in the last quarter-century. That means almost half of the last 25 Best Actor winners have taken home gold on their very first try. The last 11 were: 2011: Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") 2006: Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") 2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") 2004: Jamie Foxx ("Ray") 2002: Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") 1998: Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") 1996: Geoffrey Rush ("Shine") 1995: Nicolas Cage ("Leaving Las Vegas") 1991: Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs »

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Italy Cheers Foreign Oscar Victory For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’

2 March 2014 7:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italy is ecstatic about Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” scooping the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which marks its eleventh foreign Oscar and consolidates the country’s status as the world’s winner of the most foreign film statuettes.

       France has won nine Oscars in the foreign language category. Italy and France have both additionally won three special/honorary Oscars.

“It’s ‘Great Beauty’ in Hollywood. Paolo Sorrentino Wins The Oscar,” trumpeted the website for leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera.”

Italy’s Culture Czar Dario Franceschini tweeted his joy calling the Oscar win a “self confidence booster” for the country, while Roberto Cicutto, head of Italy’s film entity and promotional org. Istituto Luce Cinecittà, enthused that “this must be a point of no return,” for the international visibility of Italian movies.

       The foreign Oscar for Sorrentino’s tribute to Rome’s decadence and magnificence »

- Nick Vivarelli

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15 Memorable Moments in Oscar History

28 February 2014 2:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar’s big night is always filled with surprises and great moments — here are our favorites:

Hattie McDaniel, Best Supporting Actress, “Gone With the Wind

Newsreel clips show that she was visibly moved in a historic win.

Charlie Chaplin, Honorary Oscar

After 20 years in Europe, he returned in 1972 to a 12-minute standing ovation. (Unfortunately or fortunately, the video doesn’t show all 12 minutes.)

Louise Fletcher, Best Actress, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

As she spoke, she signed part of her speech for her deaf parents.

Sally Field, Best Actress, “Places in the Heart

The actress summed up the exuberance of the moment as “You like me, right now, you like me!” It’s Oscar’s most misquoted speech.

Roberto Benigni, Best Foreign Language Film, “Life is Beautiful” (Italy)

The Italian filmmaker walked on the backs of the seats.

Miep Gies

Winning for the 1995 docu “Anne Frank Remembered,” Jon Blair »

- Variety Staff

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Oscars 1999 Revisited

27 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’

If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).

In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »

- Cai Ross

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