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Icon, Italian Style! AFI's Sophia Loren Tribute

15 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Mark Cerulli

On Wednesday night, Hollywood took a step back in time and it was a beautiful thing. Italy’s most glamorous export, the lovely Sophia Loren, made a rare visit to screen two of her films to an adoring crowd at the Dolby Theater. The movie legend was greeted with a standing ovation when she walked out in a shimmering gown, escorted by director Rob Marshall who was clearly in awe of the star he cast in Nine, her last Hollywood film. Settling into two plush seats separated by a mountain of roses, Marshall introduced her as “A woman with a heart as big as all of Italy.” Loren opened up about her life, career and leading men in a 45 minute Q&A, punctuated by frequent laughter and some poignant moments when she remembered how movies offered an escape from the misery of post-wwii Italy.

Loren came across »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Wes Anderson Might Go In A Completely Different Direction For His Next Movie

10 November 2014 6:27 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Wes Anderson is riding high. His latest, THe Grand Budapest Hotel, not only won massive critical acclaim, but also landed the title of the highest domestic indie film of 2014. So what will the man behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom do next? It's looking like a return to animation, but with an unexpected inspiration. The Playlist reveals that Wes Anderson is in the works at developing a stop-motion animated effort, which would be his second following The Fantastic Mr. Fox. While Anderson isn't yet unveiling a potential title for the picture, he has confessed that its structure will be inspired by Italian neorealist and filmmaker Vittorio De Sica. More specifically, this unnamed animated film will mimic the structure of De Sica's 1954 dramedy The Gold of Naples. For those unfamiliar with The Gold of Naples, it is a film that pays tribute to its titular Italian city by presenting »

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Wes Anderson Plans A Return To Stop-Motion Animation

10 November 2014 1:05 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wes Anderson is one of the more polarizing directors working today. It seems that you either enjoy his quirky, stylized vision of the world and the people in it, or you don’t. The public does seem to be enjoying him right now, though. With the critical success of The Grand Budapest Hotel, many of us (myself included) are waiting to see what Anderson will choose to develop next. Now we might have some answers, and they are not quite what you’d expect.

According to details that Anderson made public at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival (via The Film Stage), the director’s next port of call will be back in the world of stop-motion animation. Now, this might come as no surprise. After Fantastic Mr. Fox, it was only a matter of time before Anderson returned to that world. What is a surprise is Anderson’s inspiration and »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Wes Anderson Says His Next Film Might Be Stop-Motion

10 November 2014 11:07 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Filmmaker Wes Anderson has solidified himself as a director with a very distinct style, which is not something that many directors can say.  He continues to evolve for sure, but as evidenced by Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, he’s essentially perfected his style to a T.  But for his next feature, Anderson might be keen on pushing himself a bit further, as he’s mulling over the possibility of returning to the world of stop-motion animation.  If there was ever a director whose style was perfectly attuned to the stop-motion animation aesthetic, it’s Anderson.  His 2009 stop-motion film Fantastic Mr. Fox is an absolute delight, and doesn’t stand out as an oddity in his filmography; it feels perfectly in step with his oeuvre, and even ranks towards the very top in terms of quality. Hit the jump for more, including the potential vignette nature of Anderson’s next film. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Wes Anderson to Return to Stop Motion Animation

10 November 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Wes Anderson has been making some of his best work over the past several years, and I think a lot of that has to do with his exposure to stop motion animation. Fantastic Mr. Fox was a film that took Anderson's diorama approach to a literal diorama, and it turned into a fantastic film. His next to projects, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, may not have been in stop motion, but he certainly took methods he learned from there and implemented them. Well, c7ema is reporting (via The Playlist) Anderson will return to stop motion with one of his next films, which he revealed at a QandA at the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival. The film, he says, is to be divided into several episodes, inspired by the anthology structure of The Gold of Naples by legendary Italian director Vittorio De Sica. Anderson's last three outings have all been outstanding efforts, »

- Mike Shutt

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Wes Anderson's next film could be stop-motion

10 November 2014 5:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Wes Anderson's next film may be a stop-motion project.

The filmmaker said that he is considering a movie in the style of Vittorio De Sica's The Gold of Naples during an appearance at the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival, reports c7nema.

The Gold of Naples tells six unrelated stories set in the Italian city.

Anderson most recently said that he was writing an undisclosed project with The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom collaborator Roman Coppola.

He previously used stop-motion in his 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox.

Anderson's most recent release was this year's The Grand Budapest Hotel. »

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Wes Anderson Says Next Film May Be A Stop-Motion Movie Influenced By Vittorio De Sica

9 November 2014 8:57 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Wes Anderson's hopes of a theme park were a bit of a surprise, don't worry too much that he's left the realm of cinema. The director is coming off the most successful film of his career with "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and now may be using that cachet to try something ambitious for his next movie. Speaking this weekend at the Lisbon And Estoril Film Festival (via c7nema), Anderson revealed during a Q&A that he may return to the world of stop-motion for his next picture. Even more, he said that the story would be divided into episodes, not unlike Vittorio De Sica's "The Gold Of Naples." That film presents six vignettes, with the only connecting thread that they're all tales set in Naples (you can see two un-embeddable excerpts here). The prospect of Anderson borrowing that structure, but applying stop-motion animation to it, is certainly interesting. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sophia Loren on Refusing to Get a Nose Job Early in Her Career: “When I Believe in Something, It’s Like War”

6 November 2014 8:12 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Sophia Loren is the face of this year’s AFI Fest: A dazzling photo of the actress, taken in 1965, beckons from this year’s event poster. And on Nov. 12, the festival will hold a special tribute to Loren, 80, that will include a screening of one of her most memorable movies, 1964’s Marriage Italian Style, in which she played opposite her frequent co-star Marcello Mastroianni under the direction of Vittorio De Sica; a presentation of the short film The Human Voice, directed by Edoardo Ponti, one of her two sons by her late husband, producer Carlo Ponti; and a conversation with the actress, who, says festival director Jacqueline Lyanga, is still “so beautiful, radiant and glamorous.” Speaking by phone from her home in Geneva, Loren says of her latest honor: “It gives me a kind of security and the sense that maybe what I’ve »

- Anjelica Oswald

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AFI Fest Honoree Sophia Loren Talks Life and Loves

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Sophia Loren is thrown a tribute like Nov. 12’s scheduled gala at AFI Fest, attendees can get an intoxicating glimpse of classic-era Euro cinema glamour, of which Loren remains one of the last living representatives. (At this year’s Cannes fest, the octogenarian knocked ’em dead in timeless style.)

Film fans recall a half-century’s worth of skillful performances in every genre. Looking both forward and back, AFI will screen a restored print of Oscar-nominated “Marriage Italian Style,” as well as a new version of Jean Cocteau’s “Human Voice,” helmed by son Edoardo Ponti.

As for the lady herself, after competitive and honorary Oscars, a record 10 David Di Donatello awards, five Golden Globes and threescore trophies and tributes, you’d think it would all be old hat by now. “Never enough. Never enough,” she burbles. “I feel very important when they give me an award. I like it, »

- Bob Verini

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Sophia Loren on Refusing to Get a Nose Job Early in Her Career: "When I Believe in Something, It's Like War"

6 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Sophia Loren is the face of this year's AFI Fest: A dazzling photo of the actress, taken in 1965, beckons from this year's event poster. And on Nov. 12, the festival will hold a special tribute to Loren, 80, that will include a screening of one of her most memorable movies, 1964's Marriage Italian Style, in which she played opposite her frequent co-star Marcello Mastroianni under the direction of Vittorio De Sica; a presentation of the short film The Human Voice, directed by Edoardo Ponti,

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- Scott Feinberg

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AFI Fest completes 2014 line-up

22 October 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

AFI Fest top brass have announced the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Cinema’s Legacy sections.

Among the 29 World Cinema selections are Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (Russia), Yann Demange’s Belfast-set Troubles thriller ‘71 (UK), Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden (France); and Diao Yinan’s Berlin grand jury prize-winner Black Coal, Thin Ice (China-Hong Kong).

The four Midnight entries are: Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia (France-Belgium), David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (Us); Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s What We Do In The Shadows (New Zealand); and A Hard Day (South Korea) by Kim Soeng-hun.

The four Breakthrough films are: Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan’s The Blue Wave (Turkey-Germany-Netherlands-Greece); Fish & Cat (Iran) by Shahram Mokri; Abd Al Malik’s May Allah Bless France! (France): and The Midnight Swim (Us) by Sarah Adina Smith.

The quartet of Cinema’s Legacy selections are: Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (Italy); John Cassavetes’ [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Noteworthy: Bill Morrison at MoMA, Cinema Technique, Viff by Bordwell & Thompson

15 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

Above: if you are fortunate enough to be in the vicinity of MoMA between now and November 21st, you may want to consider visiting their Bill Morrison exhibition. David Ehrlich of The Playlist interviews Mia Hansen-Løve about her new film Eden, as well as her next project.  In a web exclusive piece for Sight & Sound, Michael Pattison writes on experimental films from the London Film Festival and 25Fps in Zagreb:

"All art is by its very nature experimental. In the face of an increasingly standardised narrative cinema, one defining feature of the experimental mode might be miscellany. Festival programmes celebrating ‘experimental cinema’ subsequently accommodate everything from the impenetrably personal to the familiarly abstract.

More than most, when housed together, such works demand an omnivorously receptive sensibility: preferences are fine, but one’s sustained appreciation of this genre seemingly depends upon how long one is able to keep an open mind. »

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Celebrate Sophia Loren's 80th Birthday with Her Greatest Quotes

20 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sophia Loren's beauty and talent is exceeded only by her wit and wisdom - and after an 80-year journey from rags to riches, the Italian screen legend has seen it all. Born on Sept. 20, 1934, to an unwed mother from a poor family in pre-war Italy, her early life was a far cry from the movie diva she was destined to become. After barely surviving the devastation that befell her town during WWII (she still bares a scar on her chin from the bombings), Sophia tapped her real-life experiences to play a young widow struggling to save her child in »

- Michael Miller

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Celebrate Sophia Loren's 80th Birthday with Her Greatest Quotes

20 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sophia Loren's beauty and talent is exceeded only by her wit and wisdom - and after an 80-year journey from rags to riches, the Italian screen legend has seen it all. Born on Sept. 20, 1934, to an unwed mother from a poor family in pre-war Italy, her early life was a far cry from the movie diva she was destined to become. After barely surviving the devastation that befell her town during WWII (she still bares a scar on her chin from the bombings), Sophia tapped her real-life experiences to play a young widow struggling to save her child in »

- Michael Miller

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Daily | Sophia Loren @ 80

20 September 2014 2:36 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

A very happy 80th birthday to Sophia Loren, who's already had quite a year—and it's only September. She was all over Cannes in May, giving a master class and making the rounds for the premieres of her son Edoardo Ponti's La voce umana, in which she plays the lead, and the new restoration of Vittorio De Sica's Marriage Italian Style (1964), in which she stars alongside Cannes 2014 poster boy Marcello Mastroianni. Her memoir will be out in December and two exhibitions are currently celebrating her illustrious career. » - David Hudson »

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Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

15 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Chang

Birdman

Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)

“From What Is Before”

The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »

- Variety Staff

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Toronto: Belgium’s Oscar Hopes May Rest on Film Starring France’s Marion Cotillard

11 September 2014 10:19 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgian brothers who have been making films together since the 1970s, are, to me, the successors of Vittorio de Sica, the father of neorealist cinema, whose films were, as theirs always are, low-budget, minimalist dramas about the struggles of working-class people just to get by.

Over the past 15 years, three of the Dardennes’ films — Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002) andThe Child (2005) — have been submitted by Belgium as the nation’s official entry for consideration in the best foreign language film Oscar category. However, despite the fact that each was widely acclaimed and the first and third won Cannes’ Palme d’Or (they remain the only Belgian films ever accorded that honor), none were even nominated by the Academy.

On Sept. 19, Belgium can do its part to correct this injustice by submitting as their 2014 entry the Dardennes’ latest film, Two Days, One Night, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Toronto: Belgium's Oscar Hopes May Rest on Film Starring France's Marion Cotillard

10 September 2014 10:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Belgian brothers who have been making films together since the 1970s, are, to me, the successors of Vittorio de Sica, the father of neorealist cinema, whose films were, as theirs always are, low-budget, minimalist dramas about the struggles of working-class people just to get by. Over the past 15 years, three of the Dardennes' films — Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002) and The Child (2005) — have been submitted by Belgium as the nation's official entry for consideration in the best foreign language film Oscar category. However, despite the fact that each

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- Scott Feinberg

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Golden Lion: ‘Pigeon’ Airs It Out in Venice, ‘Birdman’ Left Standing On a Branch Reflecting

7 September 2014 3:38 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Throughout the 71st Venice Film Festival, which wrapped on Friday, the expectation was that the Golden Lion for best film would go to Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” starring Michael Keaton. But the jury headed by Alexandre Desplat did the unexpected and gave the Lion to another bird with a lofty title, Swedish director Roy Andersson’s wildly funny “Pigeon On a Branch Reflecting On Experience.” “Birdman” received no awards. A series of painterly, often inter-connected tableaux showing “what it’s like to be a human,” “Pigeon” is both philosophical and absurd, suggesting comedic influences ranging from Monty Python to Jacques Tati to Larry David, though in accepting the award, a reportedly emotional Andersson named the Italian neo-realist Vittorio De Sica as his primary influence.  Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky was awarded the Silver Lion for best director for his “The Postman’s White Nights, »

- Tom Christie

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Pigeon takes lion in Venice by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-09-06 19:16:18

6 September 2014 11:16 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence won the Golden Lion Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting On Existence has won the Golden Lion Award at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

The Swedish absurdist film is the third in the trilogy featuring Songs From The Second Floor and You, The Living, described as “the final part of a trilogy about what it means to be a human being”.

Andersson said he had been inspired by the famous Italian director Vittorio De Sica, and particularly Bicycle Thieves.

He said: "It's so full of empathy and it's so humanistic and I think that's what movies should be, in the service of humanism. "So I will go further and try to work and make as good movies as Vittorio De Sica."

Russia's Andrei Konchalovsky took home the Silver Lion for The Postman’s White Nights - about »

- Amber Wilkinson

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