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#10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Without a doubt, Anderson’s darkest film to date, this also has to be the richest and most complex of his films. A starry supporting cast whirls around the delectable Ralph Fiennes, treading throughout the director’s glorious off beat style. By now, many perhaps take Anderson’s visual mastery for granted, or even dismiss him, yet his work has only become more thrillingly accomplished.
A film completely set in a moving car with only the visage of Tom Hardy to interact with disembodied voices (one of which is Olivia Colman)? Abandon all fear of tediousness as you experience one of the most inventive and engaging experiments you’ll see this year. Hardy, if you’ve seen Bronson, obviously has no hard time sharing the screen with himself, and while it’s a more subdued performance here, this one’s not to miss.
#8. Burning Bush »
- Nicholas Bell
Credited as a ‘sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby’ (though, there probably is no other kind of ode to extend to the material), Stewart Thorndike’s directorial debut, Lyle arrives with surprising straight faced self-seriousness (pun intended) as it contends to enlighten us with another dose of the dark one’s endless fascination with collecting human babies. It’s been a grand year for a resurgence in odes and homages to Levin’s horror classic, originally adapted in 1968 and starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. We’ve just experienced an American television miniseries remake directed by Agnieszka Holland, and then there was that found footage garbage, Devil’s Due, a film that only serves to highlight the difference between homage and blatant rip-off. But Thorndike goes for something a little different, removing the terror from the »
- Nicholas Bell
FX's big-budget Middle Eastern drama "Tyrant" premiered to decent numbers last night. 2.1 million viewers tuned in for the premiere which ultimately had a 3.46 million total viewership for the night.
That's 20% less than the "Fargo" pilot had, but the series doesn't have that show's in-built reputation or star power. Most promising, the show retained 99% of its 18-49 viewership from the first half hour to the show’s last 22 minutes - a good sign they liked what they saw. [Source: Deadline]
The CW have announced their Fall premiere dates which are being staggered throughout October. The new season and series premiere dates are:
Thursday October 2nd: "The Vampire Diaries," "Reign"
Monday October 6th: "The Originals"
Tuesday October 7th: "The Flash, "Supernatural"
Wednesday October 8th: "Arrow"
Monday October 13th: "Jane the Virgin"
Friday October 17th: "America's Next Top Model"
Wednesday October 22nd: "The 100"
- Garth Franklin
Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) has signed on to helm two episodes of Netflix political drama House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Holland, whose latest Us television work was the 4-part Rosemary's Baby miniseries for NBC, did not reveal much detail about the episodes she will shoot, except to say they would be mid-season. “Netflix started the shoot in the summer and I didn't want to do that, so the episodes I do will be later,” she said during a Q&A session at television market Natpe Europe in Prague. Photos THR's
- Scott Roxborough
This past May on NBC saw a reimagining of Rosemary’s Baby, the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, with a miniseries adaptation of the same name. Now that the baby has been delivered to the world, it could be dropping by your house for a visit via home media.
Set for an August 19th release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries comes with a couple of bonus features:
Press Release - “Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”). The miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and »
- Derek Anderson
NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" adaptation came and went with little fanfare and extremely weak ratings. Now it's headed to home video, and we have all the details you need to prep this little angel's spot on your shelf.
From the Press Release
Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams ("Suits"). The miniseries event "Rosemary's Baby" premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD August 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, "Rosemary's Baby" features a teleplay by James Wong ("American Horror Story") and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO's "The Wire"). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), the "Rosemary's Baby" Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes and will be available »
- Steve Barton
American audiences know HBO for its premium programming: TV shows like "Game of Thrones," "Girls," "Veep" and films like "The Normal Heart." What they probably don't know is that HBO produces original content abroad--original content, it's worth noting, in languages other than English. Last year, HBO Europe released its first original show, "Horici ker (Burning Bush)," a Czech language miniseries set during the Ussr's 1969 occupation of Czechoslovakia. It had a serious pedigree--the series was helmed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland (an Oscar nominee for "Europa Europa")--and it debuted in January 2013 to critical acclaim and numerous awards. Holland has also directed HBO series such as David Simon's "The Wire" and "Treme." "HBO as an American and as an international brand is associated with original and innovative work," Antony Root, HBO Europe's Executive VP of Original Programming and Production, told The Hollywood Reporter at New Europe Market »
- Jacob Combs
These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings. Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 13th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Burning Bush Director: Agnieszka Holland Cast: Tatiana Pauhofová, Jaroslava Pokorná, Petr Stach, Vojtech Kotek Synopsis: "This epic, long-form docudrama by acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (made for HBO Europe as a three-part miniseries) chronicles the political, legal, and moral fallout that followed after Czech student protestor Jan Palach set himself on fire in protest against government repression in 1969." Criticwire Grade Average: A (8 reviews) Theatrical Release: New York 22 Jump »
- Steve Greene
As a movie, Agnieszka Holland's four-hour Cold War drama Burning Bush makes for first-rate TV. That's no swipe. Rather, it's an acknowledgment that, no matter how sophisticated cable serial storytelling has become, or how episodic the latest superhero flicks, movies remain something different.
Burning Bush trembles with hushed urgency, with officials and apparatchiks desperate to re-sublimate the conflicts that student revolutionaries have laid bare. It's tense, pained, unfailingly intelligent, and distinguished by the occasional visual flourish: young people rioting in the streets of Prague; a cleaning woman at a government ministry mopping blood off a grand staircase. Yet in surveying its far-flung cast, advancing its layered intrigues, and soaking vie »
Time to Burn: Holland’s Magnificent Mini-Series Event Well Worthy of Big Screen Treatment
Realized as a three part mini-series for television, Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s latest enterprise, Burning Bush, revisits a late 60’s historical moment in Czech history, when the country was occupied by Soviet forces. Holland has a broad wealth of war time period pieces under her belt, and her most championed titles generally deal specifically with the Holocaust, such as the brilliant Angry Harvest (1985), Europa Europa (1990), and even most recently, In Darkness (2011). While this latest endeavor has premiered at film festivals and will receive a limited run in New York on the big screen, Holland specifically formatted this richly observed narrative for television. Obviously, it’s an extensive format that inspired Holland, for she directed an American mini-series revamp of Rosemary’s Baby not long afterwards (and not to mention several episode credits of popular Western »
- Nicholas Bell
Before HBO Europe came along and turned "Burning Bush" into its highest profile production, the idea for the miniseries was turned down by Czech television. Written by neophyte screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and directed by the Czech-educated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland ("Europa, Europa"), "Burning Bush" re-stages a landmark event in modern Czech history. On January 16th, 1969, 21-year-old student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square. Part of a suicidal pact that a group of young students had made in opposition to the Soviet invasion, Palach’s extreme gesture became a monument of resistance. Given the opportunistically abused nature of the subject and its potential for melodrama, the risk of inflicting audiences with a gold brick of mellifluous proportions was high. But "Burning Bush" instead veers away from the pseudo-historical fairy tales Hollywood specializes in to deliver a master class in modern historical drama. Holland’s miniseries contravenes »
- Celluloid Liberation Front
London — Some of Europe’s top filmmakers — Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Aki Kaurismaki and Mike Leigh, among them — have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to clarify the status of detained Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.
In a letter sent Tuesday to Putin, other leading Russian politicians, including Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, and the head of Russia’s security service Fsb, Alexander Bortnikov, a group of 19 leading European directors and producers asked the Russian government to ensure the safety of Sentsov, and to make known his exact whereabouts.
They also asked that Sentsov be charged with a “recognizable offence or released,” and that the government “instigate a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the apparently arbitrary detention by the Fsb in order to bring all those responsible to justice.”
The letter, which was the idea of the board of the European Film Academy, was also signed by helmers Stephen Daldry, »
- Leo Barraclough
In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov
The Board of the European Film Academy has initiated a letter to Russian authorities about Oleg Sentsov.
Sentsov was arrested last month [see separate story here] and European film-makers have signed the letter to express their worry about the fate of the Ukrainian film-maker.
The letter states that “we are deeply worried and cannot stop wondering how he is and what his future will be,” and goes on to call upon the Russian authorities to ensure the safety of Sentsov and to make public his whereabouts.
The letter in full
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin - President of Russia
Sergey Evgenyevich Naryshkin – Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
Alexander Wassiljewitsch Bortnikow - Director of the Fsb
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kolokoltsev - Russian »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
1. "Burning Bush" Streams on Fandor: "Burning Bush," Agnieszka Holland's acclaimed feature film, will have a day-and-date release on June 11th, playing theatrically at Film Forum in New York City and streaming on Fandor throughout the U.S. (except for the New York metropolitan area). "Connecting the world's greatest filmmakers and their art with the audiences that crave to see them is Fandor's mission," said Fandor CEO, Ted Hope. "We are thrilled to bring this film to a wide, national audience." 2. Tfi and Tugg: Tribeca Film Institute (Tfi) will give community screening venues across the country access to an exclusive collection of its grant-supported films through a collaboration with Tugg Inc., the theatrical-on-demand web platform. Films available through the collaboration will include "This Time Next Year," a documentary supported by Tfi and The Rockefeller Foundation, which chronicles the resiliency of a Long Beach Island, New Jersey community and »
- Paula Bernstein
“Burning Bush,” a drama set against the backdrop of the Prague Spring and subsequent Soviet crackdown, will debut on streaming platforms on the same day it opens theatrically.
The picture bows on June 11, 2014 and will play at New York City’s Film Forum, while also being made available on subscription site Fandor. It will be available for streaming nationwide on the film service, except in the New York metropolitan area while it completes its engagement at the Film Forum.
Kino Lorber nabbed rights to the film after it screened last year at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Directed by Oscar-nominee Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”), the sprawling, 234-minute film was praised by Variety reviewer Alissa Simon as “a taut, nuanced work.”
It was the Czech Republic’s official Academy Awards entry for the Best Foreign Film before being disqualified after it was broadcast as a three-part mini-series on HBO’s European channels. »
- Brent Lang
NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" adaptation came and went with little fanfare and extremely weak ratings. We've yet to hear a single comment about it from any of our readers or amongst the DC staff. Having finally watched it myself, I was shocked to find that I kind of loved it...
And I wholeheartedly recommend you seek it out for several reasons, five of which are below. First, however, right off the bat I have to say I'm a big fan of Roman Polanski's 1968 film version of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby novel, but then again, who isn't? I think we can all agree it's iconic.
So one strike against the miniseries just by virtue of the fact that it has the balls to exist in the same universe as the movie.
Second, I despise - and I do mean despise - the 2002 film Queen of the Damned, which was loosely »
- Debi Moore
Cannes — The board of the European Film Academy has called for the immediate release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.
Sentsov, who has been involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested at his home in Simferopol, Crimea, and accused of organizing a terrorist attack. It is believed that the director has been flown to Moscow where he is facing trial.
From Kiev, where Efa chairwoman Agnieszka Holland is attending the Ukraine “Thinking Together” conference, she stated: “We know that every time when artists start to be suppressed by a political regime, this regime becomes a dictatorship.”
The Efa board said: “In support of its friends and colleagues in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere in the world in their struggle for free artistic expression, the Efa board cannot tolerate it when people are persecuted for political reasons, and wishes to »
- Leo Barraclough
Ukrainian director was arrested over the weekend at his home in Crimea.
The Board of the European Film Academy (Efa) has called for the immediate release of Oleg Sentsov.
Over the weekend, the Ukrainian director was arrested at his home in Crimea and accused of organising a terrorist attack [see separate story here].
It is believed that Sentsov has been flown to Moscow where he is facing trial.
Efa chairwoman Agnieszka Holland commented: “We know that every time when artists start to be suppressed by a political regime, this regime becomes a dictatorship.”
In a statement, the Efa board added: “In support of its friends and colleagues in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere in the world in their struggle for free artistic expression, the Efa Board cannot tolerate it when people are persecuted for political reasons and wishes to underline its firm belief in the free expression of opinion as an essential and basic value of any democratic society.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Was NBC's updated Rosemary's Baby a failed experiment? Holly reviews the 2-part horror miniseries...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 Night 1 & 1.2 Night 2
“The devil has many faces,” a frantic priest warns Rosemary Woodhouse shortly before meeting his end at the hands of a horned stranger with CGI blue eyes and a goat-headed cane. It’s a sequence that encapsulates the ham-fisted horror of director Agnieszka Holland’s two-part miniseries Rosemary’s Baby.
Though debatably unfair, comparisons to Roman Polanski’s classic 1969 film of the same name plague this gratuitous adaptation. Technically, this incarnation is based upon the book by Ira Levin rather than a remake of the original film, but with such a formidable precedent, it’s inevitable that Holland’s version is under the microscope.
Zoe Saldana’s take on Rosemary is not without merit, initially bringing a sharp independence to the lead role. Up until now, in fact, Rosemary has been supporting her husband, »
Did you tune in last night for Part 1 of NBC's "Rosemary's Baby"? Looking forward to Part 2, which airs on Thursday, May 15th? If so, here's a preview of what's coming up!
Related Story: Visit our "Rosemary's Baby" Archive
"Rosemary's Baby - Night Two" (5/15/14, 9-11Pm)
In this two-hour conclusion, Rosemary’s (Zoe Saldana) health rapidly declines with her pregnancy while Guy’s (Patrick J. Adams) career takes off with the successful completion of his book. At the same time Roman (Jason Isaacs) and Margaux (Carole Bouquet) each take a peculiar and very intimate interest in the young couple. Untimely and gruesome deaths seem prevalent, and we soon learn why. As Rosemary’s due date approaches, the truth about her baby becomes clear, and »
- Debi Moore
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