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Austrian director Michael Glawogger has tragically died at the age of 54 while shooting in Africa. For more on this brilliant director and his working method read Daniel Kasman's interview from Venice about Glawogger's last film, Whores' Glory (2011). Mubi Us is in the middle of a 30-day run of the director's Workingman's Death (2005).
"Offering streaming links to almost their entire programme, the festival can be consumed from a couch, in sporadic order and with no regard for curatorial intent, which beggars the question: Is a collection of Vimeo links really a film festival? Should this sound like an ontological foray into digital existence, apologies, but the issue is not going away; Hot Docs likewise offers a multitude of link-based screeners to accredited journalists. It is a less than »
- Adam Cook
★★☆☆☆Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh's comic caper of the same name starring a moustachioed Matt Damon, Julien Leclercq's The Informant (2013) is a thriller based on an autobiographical novel by Marc Fievet. In this instance, it's a title that seems a little less unique than the French original - Gibraltar - but arguably one more fitting. The prospect was of a smuggling yarn made ever more enticing by a handful of engaging leads including Gilles Lellouche and Tahar Rahim. Regrettably, however, hough Leclercq's customs thriller begins well, it never manages to get its engine going, its solid performances unable to inject some much-needed dynamism into the bland proceedings.
- CineVue UK
There are few auteurs as instantly recognizable and divisive as Stanley Kubrick, few filmmakers as idiosyncratic or groundbreaking. His work spans the entirety of life itself–sometimes in the same film–and has inspired almost as much derision as hosannas. There is no easy consensus on Kubrick’s films–though you may not be terribly surprised by our writers’ choice for his best, it’s hard to imagine that your ranking of his work will line up wholly with ours–nor on the messages imparted within. Is The Shining secretly about the moon landing? Is 2001? What is he really saying about violence in society in A Clockwork Orange? And so on. Closing out (some weeks late, granted) our monthly theme on his works, here is Sound on Sight’s ranking of the films of Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy. Share. Debate. We know you’ll want to debate.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey »
- Josh Spiegel
Cavill has been spending a lot of time in Chicago, where Batman vs. Superman will be filming later this year. Carano has reportedly been joining the 30-year-old actor in the Windy City, reported Page Six. The pair has apparently been spotted having drinks at the Vertigo Sky Lounge and dining at SushiSamba.
Carano’s charisma in the Mma ring helped her launch a career in the movies, starting with Haywire, which Steven Soderbergh created specifically for her. She also scored a role in Fast & Furious 6. Though she’s also landed a part in an announced Adi Shankar project, Carano might be turning her sights on the Ufc Octagon.
"I'm confident that we will (sign her) but we'll see what happens," Ufc »
For his latest feature, indie filmmaker Eric England takes a look at the horrific consequences of unprotected sex, how society values women and the demise of humanity’s concern for the well-being of others. A thoughtful and wonderfully cringe-inducing body horror story, Contracted is an often frightening and nasty exploration of isolation and desperation that grabs hold from the start and doesn’t let up until the film’s bitter conclusion.
Contracted follows a young waitress named Samantha (Najarra Townsend), who hits up a friend’s party only to be drugged and raped, awakening the next morning with little memory of the man who assaulted her. At first she believes she’s suffering from a really bad hangover, but soon enough Sam’s body begins to undergo some rather grotesque transformations unlike any sort of Std you were ever taught about in health class. As Samantha attempts to hide her ailments from everyone around her, »
- Heather Wixson
Hong Kong – HBO Asia is to further cut the time delay between the North American screening of its original content and its subsequent screening on its regional Asian feed.
In October last year the company announced that the gap would be cut to a week.
“Whilst this move is no silver bullet to combat piracy, it’s an on-going effort on our part to protect intellectual property, industry, jobs and revenue,” said Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia. “By offering viewers legitimate content in a timely and more convenient manner, we hope to be able to continue to encourage viewers to support the fight against online piracy.”
New seasons of “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom” (pictured) and new mini-series “Olive Kitteridge” – will be available either on HBO Asia »
- Patrick Frater
Steven Soderbergh posted, under the pseudonym Mary Ann Bernard (his mother's name), an edited version of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate on his official website, Extension 765 admitting an obsession for the film with the following reasoning for what he's done: As a dedicated cinema fan, I was obsessed with Heaven's Gate from the moment it was announced in early 1979, and unfortunately history has shown that on occasion a fan can become so obsessed they turn violent toward the object of their obsession, which is what happened to me during the holiday break of 2006. This is the result. The reason it's called the "butcher's cut" is because it runs only 108 minutes, exactly 108 minutes shorter than the recently released Criterion version. Included at the opening is a note saying, "I acknowledge that what I have done with this film is both immoral and illegal." And there is no embed so you'll have »
- Brad Brevet
As we noted in our feature, Critical Reassessment: 11 Films That Have Been Reconsidered Over Time, Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate" has gone from cautionary tale of budgetary excess and directorial hubris to something closing in on masterpiece status in the eyes of some critics. Indeed, a restoration, festival screenings and a Criterion Collection edition have restored the status of Cimino's film, but before all of that happened, Steven Soderbergh put his own imprint on the infamous film. Over at this Extension 365 site, the director has posted what he calls the "Butcher's Cut" of the movie that runs less than 2 hours, severely shearing away the 216 minute runtime of the movie. But we'll let the filmmaker explain his approach: As a dedicated cinema fan, I was obsessed with Heaven's Gate from the moment it was announced in early 1979, and unfortunately history has shown that on occasion a fan can become so obsessed »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York. As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism. While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, actor Joel McHale spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this project, why he wanted to pursue this role, and what it was like to work with and learn from a movie star like Eric Bana. He also talked about why he originally turned to comedy, his desire to be an actor, that he definitely wants a sixth season (and beyond) and a movie Community, that he hopes he can return to Sons of Anarchy, »
- Christina Radish
Former Mma star Gina Carano, who rose to fame following her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action-thriller film Haywire – although she had previously appeared in low-budget actioner Blood and Bone alongside Michael Jai White – returns to the action genre, and a leading role, with In the Blood, the latest film from actor/director John Stockwell (Cheaters, Crazy/Beautiful).
In the Blood sees Ava (Carano) and Derek (Gigandet), a newly married couple, honeymooning in the Caribbean who are befriended by a local hustler, Manny (Cordova), who talks them into going to a night club where they get into a fight with the locals. The next day, whilst out zip-lining with Manny, Derek gets into an accident and is taken to hospital. However when Ava shows up looking for her husband, »
- Phil Wheat
Lesson learned this week on Broadway: if he does not like what you wrote about him, James Franco will call you “a little bitch”. Franco, who made his Broadway debut this week in Of Mice and Men opposite Bridesmaids charmer Chris O’Dowd, took on the New York Times’ Ben Brantley on Instagram, making it the 453rd silly thing he’s done this year. (Or is it incredibly shrewd and constant self-promotion? One cannot be sure.) In more benevolent news, a bevy of much-loved stage, film, and TV triple threats returned to their roots, including Audra McDonald (channeling the haunted spirit of Billie Holiday, »
- Jason Clark
The Magic Mike sequel is oiling up and ready to get busy: Warner Bros. confirms to People that the flick is due July 3. 2015, with with, of course, star Channing Tatum returning. But as for that rumored title - Magic Mike: Xxl- it's not certain and might change, insiders say. Here's five more things to know about the sexy sequel: 1. Some of the Original Cast Might Be Returning"I think everybody's gonna be back, I think, and obviously nobody's deals are done," Magic Mike writer and star Channing Tatum told MTV at the Movie Awards Sunday. Insiders say some of »
- Jeff Nelson
Claim To Fame
Thirty-nine-year-old Josie Ho has been featured in more than 30 films since 1994, but Teddy Chen’s 1999 actioner “Purple Storm,” in which she plays a ruthless female terrorist, earned her supporting actress noms at the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film festivals. Variety’s Derek Elley called her presence in the pic “electric.”
To Heir Is Divine
The daughter of Macau gambling magnate Stanley Ho, one of the world’s richest men, she knew early on that she aspired to a life in showbiz, especially after hanging around family friends — like Jackie Chan. “I trained to be a singer, but after I met those guys, I decided I wanted their lives,” she says. “It looked fun!”
Her Own Woman
Ho is grateful her traditional Chinese family let her work in the real world and didn’t finance her career. She co-founded 852 Films in 2009; the shingle’s latest film, badminton pic “Full Strike, »
- Carole Horst
Ryan Piers Williams currently lives in NYC and started making films when he was 12 years old in El Paso, Texas. Upon graduation he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including "Ocean's 12," "Good Night and Good Luck," "The Good German," and "Ocean's 13." He wrote and directed "The Dry Land" (Sundance 2010), and "Kilimanjaro" (SXSW 2013). "X/Y" is his second feature.Biggest challenge in completing the film? I wrote, directed, produced, and acted in X/Y. The biggest challenge I faced in making the film was to perform all of my duties without sacrificing the integrity of the project. It required me to be extremely prepared and exercise a great deal of discipline - while at the same time being flexible and willing to embrace the imperfections in the process. I was also very fortunate to have a seasoned team of producers, crew, and actors who were very »
According to the Mirror, the couple who spent three months apart to in order to work on their marriage, appeared to be quite at ease in each other's company.
The 44-year-old actress, who looked elegant sporting a blunt fringe hairstyle with long-sleeved black dress with a plunging neck, proudly showed off her wedding ring while they attended the director Steven Soderbergh's event.
Douglas, 69, donned a matching black suit without a tie. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
In keeping with the tradition of celebrating our nation’s birth by grilling up a lot of weiners, Magic Mike Xxl will grind and thrust its way into theaters on July 3, 2015, adding to the insanity of an already crowded summer release schedule. Magic Mike Xxl will be going pec to pec with Terminator: Genesis, set to be released on July 1. I have a feeling they aren’t targeting the same audience, though.
Magic Mike was a surprise hit for Warner Bros., bringing in well over $150 million on a $7 million budget. But it was a pretty self-contained story, and without director Steven Soderbergh behind the camera, I don’t know if they can elevate the cliched and cheesy aspects as well as the first film did. Also, didn’t he quit stripping at the end? Is it going to be Magic Mike Xxl: Return of the Thong? Dear Lord, I hope not. »
- Mily Dunbar
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are together again on the red carpet. The couple, who decided to step back and evaluate their marriage last June, hit a red carpet event together for the first time together since their break on Tuesday for opening night of The Library at The Public Theater in New York City. The off-Broadway play, starring 17-year-old Chloë Moretz, concerns the aftermath of a school shooting and is directed by Steven Soderbergh, who directed both Douglas, 69, and Zeta-Jones, 44, in 2000's Traffic.The couple looked relaxed and happily posed for photos, with Zeta-Jones in a plunging black dress and sporting blunt bangs. »
- Michelle Tauber
Is Megan doomed on Mad Men? Certainly, her marriage to Don seems to be on the rocks, but there are also those persistent rumors that Megan could be murdered, à la Sharon Tate — a theory strengthened by many could-be clues in last Sunday's season premiere. When Vulture caught up with Jon Hamm last night at the Public Theater’s opening night fête for The Library — he was positively beaming when his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, who stars for director Steven Soderbergh in the play, emerged at the after-party — we asked for his take on the Megan-is–Sharon Tate line of thinking. "I don’t give very much credence to it," said Hamm. "Although, certainly it was on people’s minds in the world of the show. It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t know how much validity there is to it. But it’s a great compliment that »
- Jamie Sharpe
Writer-director Brin Hill is bringing his first feature since 2008 to Tribeca this year, after working as a writer on films like "Won't Back Down" and "Battle of the Year." Looking to Steven Soderbergh for inspiration and working with writer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers," "The Cabin in the Woods," and "Toy Story"), Hill is excited for the Tribeca audience reception of "In Your Eyes." Tell us about yourself: I was a kid in Boston and a teenager in Santa Monica, from salty to sunshine, as if were. I’ve always been a filmmaker, but I’m also a recovering B-Boy and record digger, a decent two-guard who played college hoops, a creator of some cool branded entertainment, a teller of humorous stories about my seminal Little League experiences over a couple Jamesons, and a guy who nerds out on pulp and weird fiction. I’m excited for Tribeca audiences to see "In Your Eyes, »
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are making it work. Eight months after the famous couple separated to "evaluate and work on their marriage," the A-list actors reunited on the red carpet Tuesday night. Zeta-Jones—who also debuted new blunt bangs—joined her husband of 13 years for The Library's opening night at The Public Theater in New York City. The actress, 44, and the actor, 69, have been spotted together often in recent months, but this marked the first time they attended an official event since separating. They were supporting director Steven Soderbergh, who created the play. Zeta-Jones worked with the filmmaker on Traffic, Ocean's Twelve and Side Effects, while Douglas worked »
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