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Wim Wenders reveals his new project by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-05-28 10:25:37

28 May 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Wim Wenders' new film to star Sophie Semin and Reda Kateb Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Salt Of The Earth and Pina director, Wim Wenders, has begun filming his first French-language film an hour northwest of Paris in the Vexin area. It is based on a Peter Handke text he calls "a summer dialogue" and the title of the film will be Les Beaux Jours d’Aranjuez (The Beautiful Days Of Aranjuez), which is the first line of Friedrich Schiller's play Don Carlos. Wim's description follows: "It’s a woman and a man talking to each other, for an indefinite amount of time (the whole summer?) about love, sex, time, nature, memory…"

The man is portrayed by Reda Kateb, who starred opposite Viggo Mortensen in David Oelhoffen's elegiac Loin Des Hommes (Far From Men) based on the Albert Camus short story L'Hôte, and the woman is Sophie Semin. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Swordfights

27 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.    

Sword fights, like one-on-one fights, target the emotion and power of each individual fighter, but are amplified by the extension of their weapon. Whereas one-on-one fights test the might and bronze of our competitors, sword fights add an extra element of intelligence and skill. A fighter can scrape by through luck in a brawl of fists, but a sword (and knife) fight exposes the true strengths and weaknesses of its opponents.

 

10. Rob Roy (1995) – No quarter asked, no quarter given

Roger Ebert called the final duel between Rob Roy (Liam Neeson, in a »

- Shane Ramirez

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Lord of the Rings: Where are the Fellowship of the Ring now?

18 May 2015 5:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last week, Dominic Monaghan sent our nostalgic little hearts all aflutter when he tweeted a picture of his mini-reunion with Lord of the Rings co-stars Billy Boyd, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

With The Hobbit trilogy now concluded and Peter Jackson having theoretically said goodbye to Middle-earth forever, Monaghan's post got us thinking about the rest of the Fellowship. Below, we take a look at all nine members of the Fellowship and what they're up to today.

Elijah Wood (Frodo)

After Frodo said his goodbyes and departed for the Undying Lands (don't pretend you're not tearing up at the mere memory), Elijah Wood veered away from blockbuster lead roles in favour of an eclectic mix of indie movies comprising the great (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the good (Everything Is Illuminated) and the ugly (Green Street).

His most memorable post-Frodo role has to be mute, cannibalistic serial killer Kevin in Frank Miller's Sin City, »

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Time Machine: Remember K Stewart's 'Dirty Dancing'? Fabricated Lois Lane Rumors?

9 May 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' dancing, with Garrett Hedlund on the right Down memory lane: Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' images At the time best known as The Twilight Saga's conflicted human Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart was cast as the exuberant Marylou in Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's iconic 1950s novel On the Road. Salles had been impressed with Stewart's pre-Twilight work in Sean Penn's Into the Wild. Based on LuAnne Henderson, Kerouac's close buddy Neal Cassady's first wife, Marylou is described as a "beautiful little sharp chick." Apparently, one who also likes to move seductively to the sound of music – as can be attested by the Kristen Stewart picture above, which first came out online in early 2011. Besides Stewart, On the Road also features Garrett Hedlund – at the time best known for Tron: Legacy – as Dean Moriarty, »

- Zac Gille

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Kathryn Hahn Talks The D Train, The Visit and Parks & Rec

7 May 2015 12:20 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

  One of my favorite films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was first time directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul’s dramedy The D Train. The movie stars Jack Black as a desperate man trying to organize a high school reunion who courts a former classmate (James Marsden) in the hopes that his celebrity (he starred in a national commercial) may be enough to draw in other alums. While I could go into the specifics of why you should seek out this movie, I’d be giving away some of the film’s secrets. Just trust me when I say The D Train is a great twist on the typical high school reunion movie and it’s worth your time and money. It also stars Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey TamborMike WhiteKyle BornheimerHenry Zebrowski, and Russell Posner. The film opens in limited release this weekend. At the Los »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Texas Chainsaw prequel adds Lili Taylor and Vanessa Grasse

6 May 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The casting continues for the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface, with one familiar and one not-so-familiar face now added to the roster. Lili Taylor, with her newfound horror mojo following The Conjuring, will be young Leatherface's mom Vera Sawyer. And newcomer Vanessa Grasse has nabbed the female lead as Lizzy, a nurse at a mental institution who's kidnapped and taken on a road trip by inmates, one of whom is our boy before the mask.The new Chainsaw film follows 2013's hapless Texas Chainsaw 3D as the eighth film in the scrappy franchise. It's the second to be called Leatherface, following Jeff Burr's third instalment in 1990 starring a young Viggo Mortensen. It's also the second attempt at a prequel, after Jonathan Liebesman's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006.Like Liebesman's film, the new Leatherface is following the hulking killer's early years in the 1970s, although in »

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The Many Faces Of Viggo Mortensen

2 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

This week, David Oelhoffen's African western Far From Men has been released West of the Atlantic. In my review, I called it a great film, and this has in no small measure to do with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen. Therefore, this week's quiz will be about him. Actors don't often come as multifunctional as Viggo Mortensen. Having grown up in in the United States, Denmark, Venezuela and Argentina, he is fluent in English, Spanish and Danish, proficient in French and Italian, and somewhat knowledgeable in several others. Apart from that, he is a musician, a writer, a poet, and a photographer. In on-set stories by cast and crew, they often describe him as a renaissance man, borderline superhuman, and a kind colleague too. In...

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Far From Men Proves Yet Again That Viggo Mortensen Is an International Treasure

1 May 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Viggo Mortensen has become the unlikeliest of movie stars. Ever since hitting the jackpot with the Lord of the Rings movies (after what seemed like half a lifetime of supporting roles in mainstream fare), he’s carved out the career other stars merely boast about wanting to have – avoiding big studio gigs and taking on small, arty fare, often using his own leverage and bankability to get these little passion projects made. Half the time, the multilingual actor doesn’t even perform in English; earlier this year, Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja had him speaking Spanish and Danish.Now, in Far From Men, Mortensen plays a French schoolteacher in the Algerian countryside in 1954. Daru is the kind of unassuming, quiet character immediately made interesting by the fact that Mortensen is portraying him: There’s a haunted quality to the actor’s presence — to the way he moves, to the way he »

- Bilge Ebiri

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8 Westerns Not Set In The Old West

30 April 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This week, it might feel a lot like Marvel-brand Avenging is the only game in town, but for anyone who wants a quieter, more nourishing time at the movies than the smash-quip-fight-quip-boom rhythm of Joss Whedon's inescapable blockbuster, David Oelhoffen's great Algeria-set western, "Far From Men" also opens. Our review from Venice is here, but to summarize, the film is a lovely, elegiac portrait of a hesitant friendship between opposites (played brilliantly by Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb), and draws strength from its stunning cinematography, its setting in the mountains and desert plains of civil war-torn Algeria, and its evocative score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It's a film both new and familiar, as despite the language the characters speak, the cultural specificity of their problems, and the fact that it is based on an Albert Camus short story, it is unmistakably a western in the truest »

- Jessica Kiang

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Kirsten Dunst's 13 Best Performances, From Child Vampire to Manic Pixie Dream Girl

30 April 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kirsten Dunst, 33-years-old today, is a blonde and dimpled starlet who can seamlessly shift between coquettish and somber. With her petite face and womanly figure, Dunst has often played the innocent, sexy girl-next-door with an edge. Her screen presence implies a carefree spirit, but the actress has spoken openly about the hard times she's faced, struggling with depression and drugs. You can see both an incandescence and a darkness in her work. We've taken a look at some of Dunst's most iconic roles, ranking them from worst to best.   Read More: Kirsten Dunst On the Time She Got Burned By Viggo Mortensen 13) "Elizabethtown" (2005) Dunst's role in "Elizabethtown" (as the cute and quirky Claire) inspired critic Nathan Rabin to coin the culturally iconic phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl." The expression refers to certain female character types (Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel are repeat offenders) whose sole purpose is in »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Review: Far From Men, A Western In Algeria

30 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) An Algeria-based western might seem like an odd idea on paper, but David Oelhoffen's Far From Men (Loin des Hommes), starring Viggo Mortensen, turns out to be a pretty great film. It's even fair to call it a crowd-pleaser. Far From Men takes place in Algeria during the late 1950s, when the North-African country was still ruled by France, but already knee-deep in a grim civil war for independence. Viggo Mortensen plays Daru, a teacher who lives high in the Atlas mountains, running a small French school for the local children. One day, a policeman delivers an unwanted guest: an arrested murderer who needs to be brought to a nearby city, for trial. The...

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New Movies: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Far From the Madding Crowd,' & More

30 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, things go awry after Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, and the Avengers have to take down the villainous Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Plus, Carey Mulligan is overwhelmed with suitors in Victorian England in "Far From the Madding Crowd."

Also in theaters this weekend: "Welcome to Me" stars Kristen Wiig as a lottery winner who immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. "Tangerines" follows an Estonian man who takes in a wounded man after war shows up at his front door. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars. "Iris" is a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel, from late legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen as a French teacher in a small Algerian village who forms an unexpected bond with a dissident during the Algerian War, and is then ordered to »

- Jonny Black

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New Movies: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Far From the Madding Crowd,' & More

30 April 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend, things go awry after Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, and the Avengers have to take down the villainous Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Plus, Carey Mulligan is overwhelmed with suitors in Victorian England in "Far From the Madding Crowd."

Also in theaters this weekend: "Welcome to Me" stars Kristen Wiig as a lottery winner who immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. "Tangerines" follows an Estonian man who takes in a wounded man after war shows up at his front door. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars. "Iris" is a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel, from late legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles. "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen as a French teacher in a small Algerian village who forms an unexpected bond with a dissident during the Algerian War, and is then ordered to »

- Jonny Black

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Far From Men Boasts Viggo Mortensen and Grand Mountain Photography

28 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Viggo Mortensen finds himself caught between his two heritages in Far From Men, David Oelhoffen's beautiful, melancholy drama about a French teacher named Daru (Mortensen) who runs a remote school amid the desolate mountains of his native Algeria circa 1954. Daru's tranquil existence is upended when he's tasked by his former military brethren — now engaged in war with Algerian rebels seeking independence — with transporting an Arab man named Mohamed (Reda Kateb) to a far-off police station. Mohamed's crime is murdering his cousin, though that soon becomes a secondary concern to Daru, who reluctantly takes up this mission and is promptly accosted by angry French farmers looking to use Mohamed as a scapegoat for their own grievances, and then is captured »

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Watch: 'Far From Men' Director David Oelhoffen Explains the Importance of Brotherhood

28 April 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Viggo Mortensen Fights to Survive in Exclusive 'Far From Men' Trailer and Clip David Oelhoffen, the director of "Far From Men," got candid about the themes of his film during Indiewire's Tribeca Apple Talks at the Apple Store in SoHo, Manhattan. At the forefront of his mind was the brothers-in-arms-type union between the two main characters in the film. "It's not a 'Walt Disney' brotherhood," explained Oelhoffen to Indiewire's Casey Cipriani. "For me, brotherhood is not a magic word." "Far From Men" stars Viggo Mortensen ("A History of Violence," "The Lord of the Rings") as an ex-soldier who is forced out of his reclusive lifestyle during the Algerian War in order to bring a man accused of murder to prison. The two men attempt to find common ground as they make their way across the war-torn countryside.  The film will open for a limited release in theaters »

- Becca Nadler

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Jessica Madsen Braves Leatherface

27 April 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Once again, rather strangely, heading to British TV for its young cast, Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface has just gained Jessica Madsen. The Mr. Selfridge actress joins Sam Strike (Eastenders) and James Bloor (Dci Banks).The new Chainsaw film follows 2013's hapless Texas Chainsaw 3D as the eighth film in the scrappy franchise. It's the second to be called Leatherface, following Jeff Burr's third instalment in 1990 starring a young Viggo Mortensen. It's also the second attempt at a prequel, after Jonathan Liebesman's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning in 2006.Like Liebesman's film, the new Leatherface is following the hulking killer's early years in the 1970s, although in this case we'll find him in his teens before he dons the mask and picks up the saw. It seems to be a mystery revolving around three teenage psychopaths, one of whom will grow up brain William Vail with a hammer and endlessly chase Marilyn Burns. »

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TriBeCa Diary, The Home Stretch: Sad Arnold

25 April 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Although your humble correspondent missed three days of TriBeCa films in a row due to a back injury, there was no way he could miss Maggie. Director Henry Hobson was able to attract Arnold Schwarzenegger to his low-key zombie project, despite the fact that Hobson was making his feature debut with a budget so small that you could make Maggie two or three times over for the amount that Arnold was paid to appear in Terminator: Genisys. The uniqueness of Hobson’s vision is evident from the first scene, where he is able to establish clearly the particulars of his zombie semi-apocalypse with only the barest minimum of exposition. As society teeters on the edge, both law and medicine struggling to handle the “Necroambulist” virus, Abigail Breslin plays the infected Maggie and Schwarzenegger plays her father, agonizing over the decision of what to do when she turns.

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- Mark Young

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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Watch The Hateful Eight teaser: Quentin Tarantino previews Western

16 April 2015 4:41 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A teaser for Quentin Tarantino's highly-anticipated Western The Hateful Eight has been unveiled.

The 97-second clip includes no actual footage from the film, but does outline the basic storyline of eight strangers coming together in a blizzard.

Tarantino's dangerous group is comprised of Tarantino's The Bounty Hunter (Samuel L Jackson), The Hangman (Kurt Russell), The Prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh), The Sheriff (Walton Goggins), The Mexican (Demián Bichir), The Little Man (Tim Roth), The Cow Puncher (Michael Madsen) and The Confederate (Bruce Dern).

The film will also include Zoë Bell, Channing Tatum and James Parks.

Viggo Mortensen was originally linked to The Hateful Eight as well, but scheduling conflicts made his involvement impossible.

Tarantino revived and re-worked The Hateful Eight last year even after a draft of the screenplay was leaked online.

The Hateful Eight is expected to be released in the Us on November 13 this year. A UK release is yet to be set. »

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Roll the Dice with Mark Wahlberg in 'The Gambler' at Home Now

14 April 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Big Eyes (Tim Burton-directed drama about artist Margaret Keane; Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston; rated PG-13) The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (WWII-set horror sequel; Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine; rated PG-13) Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Unedited) (comedy; Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott; unrated) Far from Men (drama; Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb; premieres 4/14 on Mod to coincide with the Tribeca Film...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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