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The English title of the film that launches Marine Vacth as a screen star is Young & Beautiful, which is undeniably an accurate description of the Paris-born model turned actor. But the original French Jeune & jolie, a knowing nod to a now-defunct young women's magazine, simply means "young and pretty". So writer-director François Ozon could have chosen someone merely good looking to play Isabelle, a teenager who baffles her parents by turning to upmarket prostitution; that would have given the character a naturalistic, everyday familiarity.
But there's nothing girl-next-door about Vacth. She's beautiful in a way that is almost hyper-real in its delicate perfection – smoothly symmetrical features, deep grey eyes, bee-stung lips. Together with long blonde tresses, these looks have »
- Jonathan Romney
Best known for kick-starting careers of up-and-coming filmmakers, Park City still makes room for first time directors pushing north of a ripe old age north of 50. Writer of unknown entities America So Beautiful (2001) and Circle of Eight (2009), Brian Horiuchi’s (shot in Detroit of 2012) Parts Per Billion has got a Sundance parka friendly cast (comprised of Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Josh Hartnett, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson with legends Frank Langella and Gena Rowlands). This is surely in completion stages.
Gist: The story of three couples dealing with a reality-shaking event that threatens to tear them apart. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len (Josh Hartnett), Mia (Rosario Dawson), Andy (Frank Langella), Esther (Gena Rowlands), Anna (Teresa Palmer) and Erik (Penn Badgley) are as flawed and beautiful as any of the billions who are facing this human-made biological disaster.
- Eric Lavallee
In an emotional night, Angelina Jolie became the youngest ever winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Saturday. Also taking home honorary Oscars at the fifth annual Governors Awards were Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin (who choked up during his acceptance speech), and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, who was unable to attend. "My family, my love, your love and support make everything possible," said a clearly emotional Jolie, 38, who attended the event with fiancé Brad Pitt and eldest son Maddox. "Mad, and your brothers and sisters, there is no greater honor than being your mom." Marcheline Bertrand, who died »
- Oliver Jones
The Academy’s fifth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 16 were two events in one: A schmooze-fest with a guest list representing decades of film history (Roger Corman and Warren Beatty through Lupita Nyong’o) as well as an emotional tribute to four eminently deserving people. The evening succeeded on both fronts.
The event, held at Hollywood & Highland, had many touching moments but the emotional highlight came with the first presentation. After showing a reel of Angelina Jolie’s global philanthropy, the actress took to the stage to thank her presenters (Bosnian and Serbian actors from her “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Gena Rowlands and George Lucas), and her family. And she paid special tribute to her mother, who told her she must live “a life of use to others.” Jolie reminded the audience that she is lucky to have basics such as food, shelter and love, as well »
- Tim Gray
An A-plus list of talent turned out Saturday to watch Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, and Angela Lansbury receive Honorary Oscars from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Celebrities like Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Keaton, Judd Apatow, Harrison Ford, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey, and George Lucas attended the ceremony in Hollywood that also paid tribute to Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, who was not in attendance.
Jolie was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work with the United Nations Refugee Agency — a passion project that began in Cambodia while »
- Nicole Sperling
Chicago – It’s rare that I feel comfortable using this kind of hyperbole in a Blu-ray review but here it goes — having watched it again on Criterion Blu-ray, after not seeing it in years, I’m more convinced than ever that John Cassavetes’ “A Woman Under the Influence” is one of the best films ever made. Maybe it’s because I’m older now and have a family of my own, but my most recent viewing of this masterpiece was heartwrenching in a totally different way. It’s stunning.
And the Criterion remaster of it, accompanied by four other of the most important films in the history of the independent film movement in “Cassavetes: Five Films” is a beauty. Oh, yeah, “Shadows,” “Faces,” “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,” and “Opening Night” are damn good too. This is one of the best possible gifts you could pick up for the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family. Toh sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below, with trailer. Reminiscent of Gena Rowlands' actress Myrtle Gordon in John Cassavettes' 1977 "Opening Night," Steen flawlessly creates an intricate and palpable web of raw nerves while inhabiting the lonely burning house that is Thea. Steen is well-known to Danish audiences. While she appeared in three Dogme films in the 90s (Lars von Trier's "The Idiots," Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" and Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's "Mifune's Last Song"), North American audiences may recognize her from »
- Sophia Savage
California born indie filmmaker Shane Ryan has been directing films for 10 years now. Raised on a steady diet of Jean-Claude Van Damme films and an innate love of all types of cinema, Ryan has gained some success and no small amount of notoriety in his career as a film maker. His first major breakthrough was the exploitation flick, Amateur Pornstar Killer. This would spawn two sequels. He’s courted controversy from films like this, but also dealing with issues like child murder as well as pedophilia in some films. His recent film, My Name Is ‘A’ by Anonymous is based on the real life murder of Elizabeth Olten (a famous case in America in 2009) focusing on the convicted killer, 15 year old Alyssa Bustamente. The film, finished in 2011, still awaits distribution. Shane took the time to answer a few questions about his career thus far. »
- Gary Collinson
Her awkward 11-word acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her role in Showtime's quirky comedy Nurse Jackie was the most buzzed about moment at last night's Emmy Awards. Here are five things to know about Merritt Wever.
1. Born Siobhán Merritt Wever on January 7, 1980 -- her mother conceived her via a sperm donor.
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3. While growing up her mother sent her to a liberal Jewish summer camp where she sang pro-union, pro-labor songs in Yiddish.
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4. At one time was once a member of the Metropolitan Opera's children's choir.
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This TV and film actor -- who is gearing up for the release his sexually-charged dramedy Don Jon later this month -- is currently in the news for saying he should not be pressed to publicly clarify his sexual orientation. Here are five things you probably don't know about Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
1. Began his acting career at the tender age of six -- appearing in commercials for Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes -- before landing his breakout role in the TV comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun in 1996.
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2. Decided to take a break from acting after making the 2001 movie Manic to attend New York's Columbia University, where he studied history, literature, and French poetry. Although he dropped out in 2004 to return full-time to acting, he called the university experience "one of the smartest things I've ever done."
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A former theater actor fascinated by the power of improvisation, Cassavetes brought his search for truth in performance to the screen. The five films in this anthology of dramas—all of which the director maintained total control over by financing them himself and making them outside the studio system—are electrifying and compassionate creations, populated by all manner of humanity: beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, children.
Cassavetes has often been called an actor’s director, but this body of work—even greater than the sum of its extraordinary parts—shows him to be an audience’s director.
Here’s a breakdown of the movies:
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this months’ pick), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten (eleven in this case) favorite films of all time. Hannah Fidell (who saw her first feature film A Teacher hit Sundance and SXSW, concludes a busy year with a VOD and theatrical release (September 6th) via Oscilloscope Laboratories. Here are her “favorite films right now (at this very moment)”. Enjoy!
“In my opinion, this is the greatest film of all time. Everything about this film is spot on: acting, story, camerawork… it is a masterpiece.”
Boogie Nights – Paul Thomas Anderson (1997)
“I will never forget where I was when I first saw this film. It was like a light bulb turned on after the »
- Eric Lavallee
A Cate with destiny
Oscar races are hard to read, especially in August when nobody's yet had a good look at the runners. However, I can't imagine a hotter favourite than Cate Blanchett, who is magnificent as the lead character in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Hers is one of the finest performances in Allen's entire oeuvre, certainly the most powerful female one since Gena Rowlands in the rather forgotten Another Woman.
Blanchett's Jasmine is a bundle of desperation, denial and drugs, a wealthy woman sheltering at her sister's flat in San Francisco, brought low by her husband's financial misdemeanours. It must be said that our own Sally Hawkins gives a lovely, intelligent supporting performance as Jasmine's sister, but it's Blanchett who mesmerises in every scene. You'll recall that she won her »
- Jason Solomons
Cate Blanchett: consistently mesmerising audiences.
Honours seem to beget honours. Cate Blanchett, who has delivered in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine what may be one of the crown jewels in a career overflowing with mesmerising performances, is being feted at film festivals both in France and New York.
In Allen’s film she plays a woman who flirts with losing her mind after losing her place in moneyed society following a financial scandal. And she will next be seen in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men later this year, a Second World War thriller that chronicles the U.S. Government’s efforts to recapture precious artwork stolen by the Nazis.
She will bask first in the glory of adulation at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, which starts next Friday and where Blue Jasmine receives its French premiere (UK release 27 September).
Bruno Barde, director of the Festival said: “Not »
- Richard Mowe
Since Short Term 12 began making the festival circuit rounds, the film has generated some much-deserved buzz. The poignant drama centers on Grace (Brie Larson), a supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers who has managed to burry her horrific past. When a talented but emotionally broken teenage girl arrives, Grace recognizes that the two have endured similar struggles. With the unwavering support of her boyfriend and co-worker (John Gallagher Jr.), she goes to great lengths to help her, and in the process confronts her own harrowing secrets.
Written and directed by Destin Cretton, the film is not only one of the best to hit theaters this year, it also has one of the most well-developed female leads in some time. It doesn’t hurt that Larson, who’s had memorable turns in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street, gives a riveting and heartbreaking performance.
Last week I »
- Justine Ashley
Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.
The criteria for this article is as follows: The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.
One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the »
- John Oursler
Rita made the cover of "Life" in 1954 Congratulations to "Anita" herself, Rita Moreno. The Egot winner, West Side Story Mvp, and showbiz legend will be honored with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award this coming January at the SAG Awards Ceremony live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Unlike the Academy Awards (for shame) the Screen Actors Guild still understands the importance of honoring the giants of showbiz history each year on their broadcast, bless them.
Rita was the third actor to win the coveted "Triple Crown" (Tony, Emmy, Oscar) and coincidentally also the third performer to manage an "Egot" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). What's most impressive about both achievements is that the awards were spread out over two decades and came for entirely different things (it's possible, after all, to win Grammys and Oscars for the same film and theoretically possible to win Emmys for performing on a »
- NATHANIEL R
More and more women in Hollywood are fed up being typecast as ditzy girlfriends or chainsaw fodder and instead are becoming screenwriters as well, writing their own films
A couple of years ago, I interviewed Kristen Wiig, who is something of a heroine of mine, and spent much of the time circling around a question that begged to be asked: how come an actor as brilliant as her is consigned to bit parts and lame roles? I didn't quite put it like that, but it's a question that regularly comes up with women actors and the answer is invariably the same. "It's not that there aren't good roles for women, there just aren't enough," Wiig replied, trying not to sound too whingey. She was, after all, promoting Paul, the blokey alien comedy in which she gamely played Simon Pegg's underwritten "love interest". But Wiig revealed she was taking matters »
- Steve Rose
Irish filmmaker Sophie Fiennes. The Perverts Guide To Ideology and Australian writer-director Michael Bond.s debut film Passengers have been acquired by Tait Brady.s boutique distribution company Label.
Fiennes. documentary follows Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek on a tour through the labyrinths of popular culture including the films The Sound of Music, Taxi Driver, Titanic and The Dark Knight, plus TV ad campaigns and music.
The follow-up to Fiennes. The Perverts Guide To Cinema, the film premiered at the Sydney Festival, is screening at this week.s Revelation Film Festival in Perth and is booked into the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The Hollywood Reporter hailed the doc as a .riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher.s uncanny ability to turn movies inside out and accepted notions on their head..
Brady is showing the film to exhibitors with a view to launching the film in a limited number »
- Don Groves
"Warning: The twenty music tracks that may be downloaded from this website have never been exposed to the public before. This is film music in the raw, as rough and unpolished as Cassavetes’ movies, with the lyrics pouring straight out of John’s heart, conjuring melodies that flowed through Bo’s fingers onto guitar strings and piano keys." These words spread across the homepage of BoHarwood.com, where the talented composer has released 20 songs, scores and musical improvisations he recorded for and with John Cassavetes. A warning might be necessary for those unfamiliar with Cassavetes’ films, but for those who have come to appreciate the brilliance behind the “rough” and “unpolished” work of this American master it is a glowing invitation.
Above: Bo Harwood and John Cassavettes. Photo by Joan Almond.
- Peter Rinaldi
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