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Remakes of beloved films and the outrage that always accompanies them are so common that they barely warrant attention anymore. But there was one so bafflingly wrong-headed that it will live forever in the cinematic annals of infamy: Gus Van Sant's Psycho, an almost shot-for-shot facsimile of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic. People rent their clothes and gnashed their teeth at the mere suggestion of it, and got even angrier once they actually saw it. Perhaps most alarming in hindsight: it happened 15 years ago. Why do the wounds still feel so fresh? If you remember the release of Van Sant's Psycho on December 4, 1998, and how civilization collapsed and the Earth was plunged into a thousand years of darkness, I have even worse news: You're Old®. I kid the...
- Eric D. Snider
Fifteen years ago today (December 4, 1998) an unusual movie was released, and roundly rejected: director Gus Van Sant's off-puttingly faithful remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Fresh off the critical and commercial success of Good Will Hunting, Van Sant could've tried for another feel-good hit or a high-profile for-hire gig. Instead, he cashed in all his mainstream chips to not only put his hands all over an untouchable classic, but to do it in the strangest way: He used the original script with only minor modifications, he re-recorded the same score, and, in many scenes, he even mimicked Hitchcock's compositions and camera moves, causing his Psycho to be labeled a "shot-for-shot remake," though that's an exaggeration. Psycho '98 opened to p »
The 34-year-old renaissance man has an undergraduate degree from UCLA, among other diplomas. He's been nominated for an Academy Award, and even (sort of) hosted the awards in 2011. Professionally, Franco has acted in a long list of movies, directed several others, and even written roughly a dozen plus screenplays.
Starting today, November 27, multi-hyphenate Franco can be seen facing off against Jason Statham in the Sylvester Stallone-penned action flick "Homefront." Franco plays Gator, a small-town meth kingpin who butts heads with Statham, a former DEA agent who shows up in Franco's town to finally settle down with his family.
Do you already know more about Franco than you'd care to? Maybe. Do you know everything there is to know about the man? Unlikely. From his middle-school shoplifting days to that time he shadowed a male prostitute, »
- Jonny Black
The team behind “Milk” — director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen — will be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, for a closing night screening Nov. 30 of the 2008 film at the Lgbt-themed festival Bok o Bok (Side by Side), according to a report in U.K. newspaper the Guardian.
Van Sant will lead a discussion about the film at the festival.
Earlier this year, the festival was targeted by Russia’s fierce anti-gay campaigners, and was fined 400,000 rubles ($12,000) and named a “foreign agent” by authorities, citing suspicions that the festival received money from overseas sources. The Kremlin ruled this year that all non-government organizations must register if they receive funding from overseas. Festival organizers denied the allegations. The festival has also been under scrutiny because of the Russian law that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”
But in a victory for the fest and gay-rights advocates, »
- Carole Horst
San Francisco board supervisor, fearless gay rights activist, and all-around inspiration Harvey Milk is still a heroic figure 35 years after his murder at the age of 48. When he and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were murdered by Dan White, who was only convicted of manslaughter, outrage and grief rippled through the city. In 1984, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk effectively chronicled Milk’s life and death, and because of that film we have indispensable insight into the mind of one of our pioneering gay rights leaders.
And yet, there are still facts about Milk that we either forget or overlook. Here are 10 facts about the man you might not know — some are funny, some are pop cultural, and some, particularly the one about Dan White, are unsettling. But 35 years on, it’s a joy to think about Harvey Milk, whose life was a terrific source of hope, »
- Louis Virtel
Lesbian drama release a bold move given anti-gay legislation in Russia.
Stacie Passon’s lesbian drama Concussion is among four titles acquired by Russian distributor Cinema Without Borders (Kino bez Granits) at this year’s Afm for theatrical release in Russian cinemas in 2014.
The other titles acquired were:
According to Cinema Without Borders, the latter two titles are expected to be given a wide release.
The acquisition of the 2013 Teddy Award winner Concussion would seem particularly brave given the current anti-gay mood in Russia since the introduction of legislation earlier this year banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”
Despite anonymous “telephone terrorism,” bomb threats and harassment by the police, the sixth edition of St Petersburg’s Bok o Bok (Side by Side) Lgbt film festival »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Moscow – Milk director Gus Van Sant, producer Bruce Cohen and writer Dustin Lance Black say they are determined to attend Russia's St. Petersburg’s Lgbt festival Bok o Bok (Side by Side) for the screening of the film and a Q&A session despite incidents and false bomb alarms that have marred the event since its start last week. Among them was what organizers called a "provocation aimed at disrupting the festival" during a screening of Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Color. “Our hope in screening the 2009 Academy Award winning film Milk -- about the late civil rights leader Harvey
- Vladimir Kozlov
Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant and Bruce Cohen will attend the St. Petersburg Side By Side Lgbt Film Festival for the screening of Milk, despite bomb threats and the country’s abysmal record on gay rights. Cohen says “Our hope in screening the 2009 Academy Award winning film Milk — about the late civil rights leader, Harvey Milk — is to encourage respectful conversations that might create deeper understanding. Cinema has that power. For this reason, we would like to bring our film to your country and participate in the meaningful dialogue we feel certain this screening will create between the people of our great nations.”
You can now stream Britney Spears’ full Britney Jean album.
Mark Duffy, best known as copyranter, who we have featured here many, many times, »
- Ed Kennedy
Director Paul Schrader and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis take fans behind-the-scenes of their indie film The Canyons in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on November 26. The filmmakers describe why they cast a former child star (Lindsay Lohan) with the biggest adult film star (James Deen) in this Hollywood drama. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes footage you can't see anywhere else, before picking up the Blu-ray and DVD, in stores today.
Arrogant young trust-fund baby Christian (adult-film star James Deen) is working on financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back. His girlfriend Tara (Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls, Liz & Dick, Machete, Georgia Rule) is helping him with casting, and his producer, Gina (Amanda Brooks, Happy Hour) is trying to get her struggling actor boyfriend Ryan (Nolan Gerard Funk, Awkward) the lead role. Christian is also fond of inviting strangers into his home »
Following this summer’s excellent This Is the End, Seth Rogen is currently busy making his second directorial feature with co-director Evan Goldberg on the comedy The Interview. Rogen stars opposite James Franco in the film about a TV personality and his producer who are enlisted to help assassinate the prime minister of North Korea, but it appears that the Pineapple Express actors had a bit of downtime on set that they decided to put to good use. Rogen and Goldberg have given Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2” the Gus Van Sant’s Psycho treatment by creating a shot-for-shot remake that puts Franco in the West role and Rogen in the place of Kim Kardashian. The result is pure comedy gold. Hit the jump to watch the video for “Bound 3.” Video courtesy of Rogen and Franco’s Twitter accounts. And here’s West’s equally hilarious video for comparison. »
- Adam Chitwood
Milk director in show of support for Bok o Bok festival in St Petersburg which has been targeted in Russia's anti-gay crackdown
• Russian Lgbt festival wins appeal against 'foreign agent' ruling
• Ukraine film festival targeted by anti-lgbt protesters
Milk director Gus van Sant is to travel to St Petersburg to attend the Lgbt-themed Bok o Bok (Side by Side) film festival which only recently escaped shutdown after being targeted by Russia's anti-gay campaigners.
The veteran director is due to attend a screening on 30 November of Milk, the biopic of the gay San Francisco political official who was murdered in 1978. The film's producer Bruce Cohen and Oscar winning scriptwriter Dustin Lance Black will also be present and take part in a discussion after the film.
Who cares what picture you see? We do. Here's what to watch this Saturday night, plus the rest of today's film news
What should you watch over the weekend?
In the UK? Get a face-full of Blue is the Warmest Colour, load your bow with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, or check if your mates with the guys of Computer Chess. Conspiracy theorists should head to JFK film Parkland, but run, run fast as you can away from duff Robert De Niro gangster comedy The Family. Or you could say dammit all and go to the re-released Gone with the Wind instead.
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Moscow – Director Gus Van Sant will appear at the sixth edition of the Lgbt film festival Bok o Bok (Side by Side), which kicks off in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The director is coming to the city to meet with his local fans and to express support for the local Lgbt community, the festival's organizers said. The festival is to feature a special screening of Van Sant's 2008 movie Milk, after which the director, producer Bruce Cohen and writer Dustin Lance Black, are to take part in a Q&A session. Photos: Gay Marriage, or Not, in Global Cinema The
- Vladimir Kozlov
Writer Dustin Lance Black, director Gus Van Sant and producer Bruce Cohen will present their Lgbt rights biopic "Milk" at the Side by Side Lgbt Film Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This news comes after a very challenging year for both Lgbt people in Russia and Side by Side itself. Since 2007, Side By Side (or Bok o Bok in Russian) has been working against all odds to bring Lgbt cinema, education and community to Russians. Back in June, the festival was faced with new challenges, including the law concerning NGOs and their status of being a ‘foreign agent.' In relation to this piece of legislation, Side by Side has been prosecuted under a law concerning NGOs and their status of being a ‘foreign agent' and was found guilty -- both as an organization and de Guerre, its director. Read More: Que(e)ries: The Plight of a Brave Lgbt Film Festival In Russia, »
- Peter Knegt
Written and Directed by Jacek Borcuch.
Polish students Michal and Karina are falling in love and enjoying a carefree summer in idyllic rural Spain until an unexpected nightmare throws their lives into chaos.
In a roundabout sense, Jacek Borcuch’s Polish romance Lasting does what Gus van Sant’s Paranoid Park did back in 2007: take an adolescent lead wracked with guilt over his involvement in a tragic incident and interwine the character’s story with a look at – nay, an immersion in – the young adult experience. That’s ‘young adult’, not ‘Young Adult’, the movie phenomenon currently presenting a corporate dream of youth to audiences, a fantasy safe in the glow of lowbrow escapism. Lasting, despite its lead’s unusual dilemma, is the reality.
Beginning in rural Spain, the romance between students »
- Gary Collinson
Ron Judkins is an Oscar-winning sound engineer. He has worked on over 50 films since 1976 including blockbusters for directors such as Steven Spielberg, Gus Van Sant, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Donner, and Barry Levinson. He won two Academy Awards for Best Sound for Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with the film The Hi Line, which he also wrote. Now Ron Judkins is back in the director/writer chair for the new film Finding Neighbors, a comedic drama about three sets of Los Angeles neighbors who are searching for true connections.
Finding Neighbors is the story of a formerly acclaimed graphic novelist who goes looking for a true connection outside of his marriage – and just over his fence. Six months late on a book delivery, Sam (Michael O’Keefe) has succumbed to a full-on midlife and creative crisis. Sherrie (Julie Mond), the provocative girl-next-door, offers »
- Tom Stockman
This is my first foray into this concept, putting the spotlight on an indie director or filmmaker as a way to bring more attention to said individual as well as inform those reading this of the work that the person in question has been involved with.
Chad Ritchie is the inspiration for this concept, an independent filmmaker from New York with a pure passion for cinema. I met Chad a couple of years ago, a true movie fan and lover of the golden age of cinema, it became apparent quickly that Ritchie wasn’t your average movie lover, but also a student of the art of film. It wasn’t until I caught a glimpse of a trailer for a film named “Fields of November” that I realised just how adept he was in the creation of motion pictures.
Fields of November was released in 2010 and was the debut feature from Ritchie, »
- Chris Cummings
Written by Paul Attanasio
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
During the mid-2000s, between his exercise in low-budget filmmaking and new modes of exhibition with Bubble, and his big-budget ensemble Ocean’s Thirteen, Steven Soderbergh made a mid-budget return to 1940s style with The Good German.
Announcing the unambiguous Casablanca reference with a mimicking poster, Soderbergh’s black-and-white film is full of classic Hollywood soft-lighting and sinister wartime figures.
The Good German fits squarely alongside two previous Soderbergh efforts in its near-revisionist status: Underneath and Solaris, which are both bold takes on classic source material. Underneath reworks Robert Siodmak’s Criss Cross into a color-gelled suburban world. Solaris is a re-adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 novel, moving the film closer to a relationship drama than Andrei Tarkovsky’s famous 1972 adaptation was.
These two films point toward Soderbergh’s willingness to take on and reimagine classic tropes. Though »
- Neal Dhand
The Rome film Festival (November 8-17) is once again offering on-stage conversations ("Movie Talks") with an impressive list of actors and directors. This year Jonathan Demme, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Spike Jonze, John Hurt, Álex de la Iglesia and Italian comedian Checco Zalone will meet the audience, and get the chance to talk about their relationships with cinema, commenting on their most significant film scenes and answering questions from the audience.Full schedule below.Saturday, November 9 - 4pm Sala PetrassiJohn Hurtmoderated by Sandra Hebron and Mario SestiJohn Hurt, amazing protagonist of four decades of cinema, has been directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, 1977), Ridley Scott (Alien, 1979), David Lynch (The Elephant Man, 1980), Michael Cimino (Heaven's Gate, 1980), Sam Peckinpah (Osterman Weekend, 1983), Gus Van Sant (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, 1993), Robert Zemeckis (Contact, 1997). He also starred in big budget productions such as, Harry »
- Beth Hanna
Keanu Reeves Calls the Shots
Keanu Reeves first caught the eye of audiences and critics in Tim Hunter’s incendiary 1986 film River’s Edge, playing a suburban high school burn-out struggling to find his moral center after his best friend murders a classmate. Reeves went on to carve a unique and prolific filmography over the next 27 years, in such diverse hits as Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons, My Own Private Idaho, Little Buddha, Point Break, Speed, and the Matrix Trilogy.
2013 finds Keanu Reeves bowing with his directorial debut, Man of Tai-Chi, a muscular martial arts adventure set and filmed in contemporary China. Starring legendary Hong Kong actor/stuntman Tiger Hu Chen as an impoverished young man who uses his deadly martial arts skills in lucrative underground fights, Reeves co-stars in one of his few villainous turns as the corporate kingpin behind the pay-per-view death matches. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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