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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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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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Retrospective: Oscars 1998

23 December 2010 8:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that the three things you need to make a good film are a “good script, a good script and a good script.” In February 1998 however the Academy voters decided to ignore these pearls of wisdom, much like they ignored the achievements of Hitchcock himself, when they chose to reward Titanic with a Best Picture win despite the film lacking a screenplay nomination.

This was the first time this had transpired in over thirty years and pretty much confirmed the idea that Titanic was being praised as a spectacle even though it has been proven time and time again that any spectacle without the benefit of good storytelling is only impressive until the next spectacle comes along. L.A. Confidential on the other hand which is as fresh and watachable in 2010 as it was thirteen years ago compliments the quote that “good storytelling never goes out of fashion. »

- Laurent Kelly

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‘Alcatraz’ Fills Out Cast With Sam Neill, Robert Forster & Parminder Nagra

13 December 2010 8:19 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The pilot for J.J. Abrams’ Fox show Alcatraz is coming together quickly. Last week, three new actors and roles were announced, all of whom should at least ring a bell in the ear of TV fans. Sam Neill, recently of Showtime’s The Tudors, has been cast as a government boss. Petrelli family patriarch from Heroes, Robert Forster, will play a retired cop and bartender. And long-running ER star Parminder Nagra has been cast as lab technician – she should feel right at home in the white coat.

The trio join former Lost star Jorge Garcia, along with Sarah Jones, Jonny Coyne and  Jason Butler Harner. Alcatraz follows the story of a group of felons and personnel who disappeared before the prison’s close over 40 years…

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‘The Tourist’ ReviewInception Ending Explained (and Discussion)‘Fast Five’ Trailer Races Onto FacebookTim Burton’s ‘Superman Lives’: »

- Michael Crider

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Parminder Nagra And Robert Forster Join Fox/J.J. Abrams Pilot 'Alcatraz'

10 December 2010 5:47 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: ER alumna Parminder Nagra is set for a lead role on Fox's pilot Alcatraz. Also in negotiations to join in the J.J. Abrams-produced pilot is veteran Robert Forster. The drama project, from Warner Bros. TV, Abrams' Bad Robot and executive producer/showrunner Liz Sarnoff, chronicles the efforts of a cop (Sarah Jones) and team of FBI agents tracking down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day. Sam Neill was just cast as Emerson Hauser, a head of a government agency. Nagra will play his lab technician, Lucy. Forster, who was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Jackie Brown, will play Ray Archer, a retired detective who is now owner/bartender of a cop hangout bar. Following her breakthrough performance in the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, Nagra joined NBC's medical drama ER, on which she co-starred for six seasons, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Just William update

22 November 2010 4:05 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Screening over Christmas this year will be the new feature-length adaptation by Simon Nye of Richmal Crompton's much-loved mischievous hero Just William. Weaving together a selection of Richmal Crompton's timeless short stories and setting them in the Fifties, Simon has written scripts faithful to her precise portrait of British family life.

The adventures follow William's first encounter with the frilly-yet-formidable Violet Elizabeth Bott; a spot of parrot kidnapping for William's animal lecture; an elaborate plan to dispose of a bad school report; a spot of blackmail; and William's attempt to impress tomboy Dorinda (played by Lottie Bell) with a bit of Shakespeare.

Joining freshly-shorn Outnumbered star Daniel Roche in the title role, are Isabella Blake Thomas as Violet and Robert Foster as Henry. Completing the Outlaws gang are:

13 year old Jordan Grehs from Romford plays Ginger. Jordan appeared in Cbbc drama Scoop and feature film »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Win 'The Trial' on DVD

12 November 2010 1:45 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

On November 9th, Fox Home Entertainment released the inspirational film The Trial, starring Matthew Modine and Randy Wayne, about a small-town lawyer who takes on one last case in the defense of an accused murderer and in the process finds his life and the lives of everyone around him changed forever. To celebrate the film's release, JustPressPlay is giving three readers the chance to win a copy on DVD. To find out how to win, just read on.

Distinguished filmmaker and producer Gary Wheeler (The List) creates a gripping interpretation of the best-selling book as The Trial leaps from page to screen.  The result is a legal thriller with a thought-provoking perspective on issues of life, death and the search for meaning in truth. The film also stars Rance Howard (Jonah Hex, Frost/Nixon), Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Bob Gunton (“24”).

To enter to win, you just »

- Lex Walker

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"Vigilante" And "Maniac" Screenings In L.A. This Week

2 November 2010 7:37 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Blue Underground Video:

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If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss special big screen showings of Vigilante and Maniac this week!

 Grindhouse Film Festival Presents a Tribute to Robert Forster

Vigilante

(with surprise second film to be announced)

Special Guests: Robert Forster, William Lustig and Frank Pesce

Thursday, November 4th, 7:30pm

New Beverly Cinema

7165 West Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

http://www.newbevcinema.com/calendar.cfm

Grindhouse Releasing Presents in Association with Blue Underground

Maniac

Introduction and Q&A with Director William Lustig

Friday, November 5th, Midnight

Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

http://www.grindhousereleasing.com/theatrical.html

http://www.landmarktheaters.com/Market/LosAngeles/NuartTheatre.htm

 Maniac was just named one of the Best Horror Movies of 2010 by Amazon.com!

#7 on the attached list (and City of the Living Dead is #12)

http://www. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Theaters

21 October 2010 8:51 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Good things come to those who wait and for those who feel as though they've suffered through a year of largely uninspired films up to now will likely breathe a sigh of relief at the sound of names like Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola and Peter Weir. 'Tis the season for Jim Carrey to take a pay cut to star in a gay romance like "I Love You Phillip Morris" or Javier Bardem is whispering sweet nothings to spirits in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Biutiful" rather than Julia Roberts.

There is the naughty -- Kristen Stewart stripping in "Welcome to the Rileys," the would-be terrorists of the Brit comedy "Four Lions," or the evil Santa in "Rare Exports" -- and the nice -- the tap-dancing lovers in "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," the glory of James Franco's daredevil surviving "127 Hours" and Colin Firth's verbally-challenged royal conquering his stutter in "The King's Speech. »

- Stephen Saito

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Nick Stahl Talks About 'Kalamity', Horror and a 'Carnivale' Movie

21 October 2010 1:35 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Cinematical

Billy (Nick Stahl) has a problem. After having recently broken up with his girlfriend (Beau Garrett), he moves back to Northern Virginia to live with his parents in the hopes that a return to familiar family and friends will help him get his life back on track. Trouble is his best friend Stanley (Jonathan Jackson) has changed. Casual investigations into his friend's erratic behavior only make matters worse as they reveal things like blood-stained clothing in Stanley's possession.

Putting it that way, James M. Hausler's 'Kalamity' (opening in New York and L.A. on October 22nd) sounds like it could be strictly a horror movie, but it's not. Yes, it involves murder, but blood shed and intrigue isn't the main motive here. 'Kalamity' is a well written, starkly realistic drama about how people, particularly friends, change over time; about how »

- Peter Hall

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Haskell Wexler: The Hollywood Interview

6 October 2010 4:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Filmmaker and cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

Haskell Wexler Shoots From The Hip

By

Alex Simon

Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976). He also shot much of Days of Heaven (1978), for which credited director of photography Nestor Almendros -- who was losing his eye-sight, won a Best Cinematography Oscar. In 1993, Wexler was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the cinematographer's guild, the American Society of Cinematographers. He has received five Oscar nominations for his cinematography, in total, plus one Emmy Award in a career that has spanned six decades.

Born in Chicago to a wealthy family on February 6, 1922, Wexler cut his teeth shooting industrial films, TV commercials and documentaries. He »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Your Daily Fix Of Oscar: 10/4/10

3 October 2010 10:22 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke reports that “The Social Network” made $23 million over the course of its opening weekend, topping the box-office but failing to meet some insiders’ expectations of a $25 million cume. (“Too bad those Harvard pretenders in the pic didn’t have more sex or dress better,” she writes.) Also opening this weekend was “Let Me In,” which earned a disappointing $5 million.

Los Angeles Times: Ben Fritz notes that “The Town” brought in about the same amount of money as “The Social Network” over its opening weekend and has stayed strong at the box-office over the three weeks since thanks to strong word-of-mouth. If the newer film follows the same trajectory it would easily make back its $40 million budget (plus marketing expenses). The fear, however, is that it could be “a hype-driven, one-weekend phenomenon in large cities that fails to ignite much conversation interest nationwide.”

The Hollywood Reporter: Jay A. »

- Scott Feinberg

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'Social Network' passes first Oscar voters test

3 October 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Columbia's fall hopeful "The Social Network" passed two crucial hurdles during the weekend.

The first was opening No. 1 at the domestic box office. The other was a smaller but no less telling test: pleasing an early audience of Academy voters.

As general audiences sampled David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's take on the origins of Facebook, a large group of Academy voters -- including actors Angie Dickinson and Robert Forster and "Little Miss Sunshine" producer Ron Yerxa -- settled into an 8 p.m. screening Saturday at the lush and voluminous Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters. The 1,012-seat theater was packed with members and their guests, many, but not all, playing on the back nine of life.

Which is what made the screening notable.

Critics' takes on the film, including The Hollywood Reporter's own Kirk Honeycutt's, so far have been almost universally positive (some extremely so), with »

- By Borys Kit and Jay A. Fernandez

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Red Princess Blues and Taming Wolves: A Short Film Review

28 September 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director/writer: Alex Ferrari.

The Red Princess Blues is a short film from The Enigma Factory, which is approximately ten minutes long. The short is meant as a promotional piece for a larger production and starring are Richard Tyson (The Fear Chamber), Tabithat Morella ("Two and a Half Men"), Rachel Grant (The Tournament) and narrator Robert Forster. Visually stunning, mature, and creating excitement through action sequences, the Red Princess Blues is like watching a darkly written fairy tale. To move towards a feature length film soon, this is a film to watch simply for the visual appeal.

The film begins along the lines of a "Little Red Riding Hood" story, where a young girl encounters a much larger and more worldly wolf in the form of a travelling carnie. Corrupted with shots of Bourbon and tales of sexual expectations, Little Red Riding Hood aka Zoe (Morella) gets bitten quickly. However, »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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DVD Playhouse: September 2010

25 September 2010 2:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse September 2010

By

Allen Gardner

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Music Box Films) Follow up to the hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds Lisabeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) and Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) joining forces once again as Blomkvist is about to break a story on Sweden’s sex trade, which leads unexpectedly to a dark secret from Elizabeth’s past. Starts off well, then quickly nose-dives into sensationalism and downright silliness, with a pair of villains who are straight out of a Roger Moore-era James Bond film. A real letdown for those of us who felt Dragon Tattoo had finally breathed life into the cinema’s long-stagnant genre of the thriller. Bonuses: English language track; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Killer Inside Me (IFC Films) Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic, and notorious, novel about the psychotic mind of a small town sheriff (Casey Affleck, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Watch the Trailer Debut for Indie Thriller 'Kalamity'

21 September 2010 12:05 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Cinematical

Do you like independent feature films in which Nick Stahl returns to his hometown in Virginia and discovers that his long-time best friend might be an lunatic who murders people? Then you are in for a treat, as 'Kalamity' -- due in theaters Oct. 22 -- appears to be a movie about exactly that!

The fine people at Original 4 Releasing have been kind enough to give us an exclusive peek at the trailer, and we're being kind enough to share it with you. You can watch it by pointing your Internet clicker at this link right here.

Stahl's friend, the possible killer, is played by Jonathan Jackson (not Joshua Jackson). The cast also includes Robert Forster, Christopher M. Clark, and Beau Garrett. It was written and directed by James Hausler, whose first two movies, 'Trip Out' and 'Wild Seven,' made their way around the fest circuit. »

- Eric D. Snider

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Steve Zahn's "Marshall" Plan, a Double Bill in Chelsea and More New DVDs

21 September 2010 9:40 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Calvin Marshall" (2010)

Directed by Gary Lundgren

Released by Passion River

Steve Zahn exemplifies the adage those who can't do teach as a college baseball coach who never was quite good enough to make the majors who sees something of himself in an enthusiastic but unskilled player (Alex Frost) that he keeps on the team in writer/director Gary Lundgren's feature debut.

"Chelsea on the Rocks" (2009)

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Released by Hannover House

"Bad Lieutenant" director Ferrara compiles a biography of the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York through archival footage, reenactments and interviews with the many artists who have stayed there throughout the years from Milos Forman and R. Crumb to Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.

"Claang the Game" (2009)

Directed by Stefano Milla

Released by Triumphant Entertainment

A game of "Claang," a strategy-heavy match of wits, leads to a discussion »

- Stephen Saito

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Indie Horror Alert: Red Princess Blues Available Now on Your iPhone

18 September 2010 9:22 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Rpb PosterThere is a horror film from director Alex Ferrari coming your way, exclusively through an iPhone application. The name of the film is Red Princess Blues and the film has a well known cast including the eclectic actor Richard Tyson (The Fear Chamber), the versatile Rachel Grant and Academy Award Nominee Robert Forster. Red Princess Bride is a short film and the foundation for a feature film, according to Ferrari. The first clip for this compact horror piece is full of body slams, a coerced teenage girl, and a "rock-n-roll carney" named Rimo. Take advantage of the preview and order the film on your iPhone inside.

The synopsis for Red Princess Bride:

"In this twisted modern day fairy tale, Zoe, a young teenage girl, is lured into an after hours carnival tent by the sleazy rock-n-roll carney Rimo. She then gets more than she bargained for. It is up to the mysterious Princess, »

- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)

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Arthouse Audit: 'Get Low' Slows But Maintains Perch

13 September 2010 4:15 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

For the fifth straight weekend, Get Low maintained the top spot among limited releases. Bollywood action thriller Dabangg placed second in its opening with an impressive per theater average, while Flipped finally expanded and had its highest-grossing weekend yet. New releases Legendary and I'm Still Here failed to make much of an impression, while Heartbreaker and The Romantics saw substantial attendance in just a handful of theaters. Get Low dropped 28 percent to $864,834 at 529 locations. It's per theater average of $1,635 was the lowest yet for the Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy, and it's not likely to sustain its theater count moving forward. Still, Get Low has earned a good $6.9 million through its seventh weekend, and it has a shot at reaching the $10 million mark before the end of its run. Dabangg opened to $628,137 at 62 locations. Its $10,131 per theater average was the highest for a Bollywood movie since My Name is Khan in February. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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