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I'm guessing it was a pretty merry Christmas for director Alan Taylor, who Marvel officially named as the new director of Thor 2 just prior to the holidays. We reported last week that he was one of two names they were considering to replace Patty Jenkins, the other being Daniel Minahan. Both have most recently worked on HBO's Game of Thrones, which seems to have been the main draw for Marvel, although Taylor's credits also include the 1995 crime comedy Palookaville starring William Forsythe and Vincent Gallo. So, did they make the right choice? I'm not sure that there is a huge difference between Taylor and Minahan since both of them are mostly known for their television work, but the important thing from Marvel's point of view is that the movie's November 15th, 2013 release date will remain intact. After the recent rumours that Patty Jenkins was actually fired from Thor 2, »
Michel Piccoli, We Have a Pope
Nanni Moretti's Habemus Papam / We Have a Pope was the top movie of 2011 according to the Cahiers du Cinéma editors and film critics. The Cahiers du Cinéma list is available in the December print edition of the French magazine.
A Vatican-set satire about a newly elected, psychologically fragile pope (European Film Award Lifetime Achievement winner Michel Piccoli) and his therapist (Moretti himself), earlier this year We Have a Pope won six awards from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, including Best Director and Best Producer (there's no Best Film category). Margherita Buy co-stars as another psychotherapist.
Tied in second place were Manoel de Oliveira's Portuguese drama O Estranho Caso de Angélica / The Strange Case of Angelica, about a photographer (Ricardo Trêpa) who becomes obsessed with the dead daughter (Pilar López de Ayala) of a wealthy hotel owner, and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, »
- Andre Soares
That didn't take long. Less than a week after Patty Jenkins exited as director of "Thor 2," Marvel Studios is getting the superhero sequel According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is turning to the small screen for a new director. Both Alan Taylor (who's directed key episodes of "Game of Thrones," "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Sopranos") and Daniel Minahan ("True Blood," "Deadwood," "Grey’s Anatomy") are being considered for the gig. Both have limited feature film experience. Taylor directed a handful of features, including the 1995 crime comedy "Palookaville" with William Forsythe, Vincent Gallo and Frances McDormand, while Minahan helmed the »
- HitFix Staff
One director brought the smell of napalm in the morning to our screens. Another took us to a Galaxy far, far away. One brought Dinosaurs back to life and into our cinemas. We all know who they are: Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg. All of them seen above, minus Marty, have cracking beards, but that’s not the point. With the man holding the smaller Golden man, Martin Scorsese, having recently released the critically acclaimed Hugo into the cinematic realm we’re left to wonder; what’s happened to the rest of them? Their once almighty talents now seem to be focused upon diminishing their own legacies, the desire they once had to create and maintain their filmic reputations seem to be diminishing with every new feature they release. With Spielberg about to unleash his disappointing technological imagining of the Euro-centric Tintin on the American market this Christmas.
Let’s start with Coppola, »
- Dan Lewis
Coming off the Twilight series, actor Peter Facinelli is trying his hand in the writing game with Loosies. His screenplay debut is directed Michael Corrente (American Buffalo) and comes out of nowhere, as it is currently on VOD and hitting theaters early next year. Facinelli plays a NYC pickpocket that runs into trouble with some news from a past girlfriend. The low-budget feel is clear, but the plot is somewhat intriguing. With a supporting cast that includes Vincent Gallo, Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, and Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander, it could be worth checking out to see if Facinelli has any talent with the pen. Check out the trailer below via Apple.
A young pickpocket in the New York subways, living a fast, free, lifestyle is confronted by a woman whom he had a one night affair with, she informs him that she is now pregnant with his child, he »
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"My kid's father steals out of old lady's handbags." Today's fun trailer is for an indie drama called Loosies, starring and written by Peter Facinelli, who plays a New York pickpocket (we've had ballerinas, spies, musicians, taxi drivers, now a pickpocket?) that learns he got a girl pregnant, which then flips his world upside, of course. Jaimie Alexander from Thor, who I must admit is absolutely beautiful and talented as all hell, also stars as the girl, Lucy, in this. Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo and Joe Pantoliano are in it, too. This doesn't look half bad coming out of nowhere, I'm intrigued, give it a shot anyway. Watch below! Watch the official trailer for Michael Corrente's Loosies, also in high def via Apple: A young pickpocket (Facinelli) in the New York City subways, living a fast, free, lifestyle is confronted by a woman (Alexander) whom he had a one night affair with, »
- Alex Billington
We have an exclusive clip from the new indie drama Loosies, which is currently available through SundanceNow before its theatrical debut January 4. Click on the video player below to watch Peter Facinelli multi-task by flirting with a woman and stealing a man's cell phone.
Click to watch Exclusive: Pick Pocket!
A young pickpocket in the New York subways, living a fast, free, lifestyle is confronted by a woman whom he had a one night affair with, she informs him that she is now pregnant with his child, he must now choose between continuing the lifestyle he lead or take responsibility for his actions.
The Film A young pickpocket in the New York subways, living a fast, free, lifestyle is confronted by a woman whom he had a one night affair with, she informs him that she is now pregnant with his child, he must now choose between continuing the lifestyle he lead or take responsibility for his actions. Watch Michael Corrente's new film Loosies, before it hits theaters on SundanceNow.com and cable VOD to find out if Bobby will choose love over living the fast life. Directed by Michael Corrente (Brooklyn Rules) and starring Peter Facinelli (who also wrote the screenplay), Jaimie Alexander, William Forsythe, Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, Christy Carlson Romano and Vincent Gallo, Loosies is now available to see in select theaters. The Prize - One (1) Access Code to watch Loosies for free »
- Pietro Filipponi
Peter Facinelli has left his mark on many movies and TV shows since his debut in "Angela" in 1995, but most moviegoers now know and love the 37-year-old actor as the vampire Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" movies. Carlisle is head of the Cullen clan and Edward's maker, and his compassion and wisdom have helped keep his vampire family together for ages.
Carlisle also hosts the cinematic wedding of the year between Bella and Edward in "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," which opens in theaters on November 18. We caught up with the "father" of the groom as he spoke candidly about the end of "Twilight," playing doctor with chicken breasts, and which item of Carlisle's he once tried to steal.
Forbes magazine calculated that Carlisle Cullen was the wealthiest fictional character because some 350 years of compound interest and investments amassed him a fortune of $34.5 million. How does it feel to be the wealthiest vampire in history? »
- Robert DeSalvo
Today sees the hi-def release of two of the most controversial and sexually explicit films of the 1970s, both of which came courtesy of Japanese New Wave auteur Nagisa Oshima – later the director of the more widely seen David Bowie-starring WWII movie Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (incidentally itself coming to Blu-ray next week… we are giving copies away Here).
In two tastefully presented “double play” Blu-ray/DVD sets from StudioCanal come 1976′s In the Realm of the Senses and 1978′s more restrained thematic follow-up Empire of Passion. Both films share the same leading man, Tatsuya Fuji, but whilst the former was either banned or heavily censored upon released due to its many graphic scenes of “unsimulated sex”, the latter (less explicit) work earned Oshima a well deserved Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Oshima’s most critically significant text, »
- Robert Beames
The 32nd American Film Market (Afm) – taking place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA – will be screening 395 films, including 65 world premieres and 295 market premieres – the works of prominent actors and directors including Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jackie Chan, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Fassbender, William Friedkin, Amy Heckerling, Kiera Knightly, Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Carey Mulligan, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Todd Solondz, Aurdrey Tautou and Michelle Williams. The 2011 Afm will take place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA.
Films making their World Premieres include A Gang Story, starring Gérard Lanvin and Tchéky Karyo; Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra; Columbus Circle, starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak; Nobel’S Last Will, starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée; Snowflake, The White Gorilla, starring Elsa Pataky and Pere Ponce; Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoit Magimel; and The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko. »
Watch this exclusive interview with Essential Killing director Jerzy Skolimowski about Vincent Gallo's award-winning performance. Telling the tale of a Taliban fighter who is captured by the Us military in Afghanistan, director Jersy Skolimowski's Essential Killing is not for the light of heart - or for that matter, for those who can't seem to stay warm. After a turn of events finds Mohammed (played by Vincent Gallo) trudging through sub-zero terrain and doing all that he can to survive, the audience begins to feel the character's (and the actor's) frostbitten pain as snowy landscape after frozen tundra whiz by on the screen. Essential Killing was picked up for distribution by Tribeca Film, and is currently available nationwide on VOD. In this Tribeca Film exclusive interview, Skolimowski remembers his shooting experiences and the pain he and his crew suffered while shooting in the dead of winter. Watch this one with a warm blanket at hand. »
The awesome Peter Facinelli had some very good luck at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff). Peter’s new movie, Loosies, has found a Us home in IFC and should get a release date in December. Read more below:
“Loosies,” shot last summer, centers on a successful pickpocket in New York City who roams the city disguised as a stockbroker — until confronted with a recent one-night stand who tells him she’s pregnant with his child. Facinelli penned the script five years ago as an homage to New York, with the ideas coming to him as he walked the streets.
Project was produced by Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Prods. along with Facinelli, Noah Kraft and Glenn Ciano. Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo and Joe Pantoliano also star with Michael Corrente (“American Buffalo”) directing.
Cmg is selling foreign rights at Toronto and held a screening for buyers Thursday. Facinelli told Variety prior to the screening that he was inspired by several prominent films: “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Sting” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
Read the full story at Variety here. »
Dr. Carlisle Cullen could pick our pocket any day.
Peter Facinelli, everyone's favorite vampire dad, plays a New York City thief and con artist who's forced to rethink his carefree lifestyle when he's suddenly confronted with impending fatherhood in the new crime comedy, "Loosies."
Facinelli also makes his feature screenwriting debut with the film, which sports a pretty amazing cast. We were already impressed with seeing the likes of Michael Madsen, William Forsythe and even Vincent Gallo in the trailer, but the late appearance of Joe Pantoliano tops them all (of course).
The plot starts off a little like "Miami Blues" (remember that one?), with Facinelli stealing Madsen's badge and going on a cop-impersonation spree (however, as far as we can tell, Madsen doesn't have his fake teeth stolen as well, unlike poor Fred Ward in "Blues"). And then one of Facinelli's one-night stands (Jaimie Alexander) shows up and things get a bit more complicated. »
- Bryan Enk
Peter Facinelli, the elder Twilight statesman at age 37, wrote, produced, and stars in the new movie Loosies, the story of a tricky pickpocket who discovers that his ex-girlfriend (Jaimie Alexander) is pregnant just as he finds himself on the lam. It costars Michael Madsen and Vincent Gallo, which should make you jolt an eyebrow. Let's see if Facinelli can make thievery look cool in the movie's new trailer. »
Every other Sunday in Austin, TX from May 29th - Sept 4th, Cinema East is hosting outdoor film screenings at the French Legation Museum. On August 7th we had the pleasure of speaking with Alison Bagnall about her film The Dish & the Spoon. "Bagnall (who co-wrote Buffalo ‘66 with Vincent Gallo) takes a fairly extreme risk allowing Gerwig to portray Rose’s turmoil and anguish with intense sincerity during some scenes while playing the same emotions for comedic affect in other scenes. Bagnall also reveals a real (or reel) knack for never allowing The Dish & the Spoon to veer too far into the realm of overly precious tweeness. Recalling Blue Valentine, an all-so-cute song and dance scene is one of the lighthearted highlights of an otherwise emotionally emancipating film. The Dish & the Spoon is incredibly sincere and brutally honest in its portrayal of the highs and lows of relationships -- especially »
- Dave Campbell
One would think that directors would respect the work of other filmmakers, or at least keep their negative opinions to themselves. But that's not the case, and today we have some of the most famous director-on-director insults, with Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and Kevin Smith getting lots of hate. * Ingmar Berman on Orson Welles: "For me he's just a hoax. It's empty. It's not interesting. It's dead. 'Citizen Kane,' which I have a copy of - is all the critics' darling, always at the top of every poll taken, but I think it's a total bore. Above all, the performances are worthless. The amount of respect that movie's got is absolutely unbelievable." * Harmony Korine on Quentin Tarantino: "Quentin Tarantino seems to be too concerned with other films. I mean, about appropriating other movies, like in a blender. I think it's, like, really funny at the time I'm seeing it, »
Vincent Gallo is making waves again, but this time it's not about real blowjobs on film circa 2003's The Brown Bunny. The eccentric artist (though he'd scoff at that word) is refusing to distribute or screen his latest movie, Promises in the Water, which did previously make the rounds at Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In fact, Gallo recently told the Danish Film Institute that he would not be showing his future films ever again. The Playlist reported that Gallo told interviewers, "I do not want my new works to be generated in a market or audience of any kind." The Buffalo '66 director-actor claims the only reason he went to Venice or Tiff is because of an agreement he made with Promise in the Water...
Promises Written in Water – and all future Gallo films – will never be shown again. What's this narcissistic, fantastic director playing at?
A while ago, I wrote here about the sad fate of the movies that graced the world's leading film festivals but never made it into British cinemas. But although it fit the criteria, one movie that went unmentioned was Promises Written in Water, a tale of tortured love from gobby polymath Vincent Gallo which premiered last year in Venice. I simply thought, given the relative fame of its director (and star/writer/producer/editor/composer), it would eventually find some fearless outfit eager to release it.
Well, it turns out it won't, here or anywhere else. And that appears to be the choice of its own prodigiously touchy creator. Specifically, a recent report at The Playlist found Gallo announcing that after a grand total of two festival outings, Promises »
- Danny Leigh
Danish director plans two edits of his new film, which will deal with 'the erotic life of a woman from infancy to middle age'
The big story (softcore edit)
One day, "Naughty Lars von Trier being naughty again" won't be enough of a headline to grab our attention. But for now, the Danish enfant terrible is back among our pages, cackling away about his plan to make two edits of his next film, Nymphomaniac - a softcore cut for the sensitive, and a hardcore version for those who thought The Idiots a touch conservative.
Previously, Von Trier has handled such fluff as genital mutilation and the end of the world. Nymphomaniac will deal with child sexuality, following "the erotic life of a woman from infancy to middle age," according to Von Trier's producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen. "Lars wants to see the sexual arousement of a girl [on screen]," Jensen added. "If Lars »
- Henry Barnes
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