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Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.
The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.
The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”
Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »
- Dave McNary
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar
No matter if his protagonists are deranged or distraught, happy or sad, or if his stories are light or dark, comedic or tragic, the films of Pedro Almodóvar are usually at the very least enjoyable. Even at their most disturbing, there is something inescapably jubilant about his lavish use of color, his vibrant characters, and his unceasing passion for life and filmmaking. And when he aims to make something purely amusing, the results can be astonishing. It is for all of these reasons that Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, surprisingly the first Almodóvar film released by the Criterion Collection, is such a treat.
In this 1989 feature, made just after Almodóvar’s award-winning breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Victoria Abril stars as junkie porn star turned respectable leading lady Marina Osorio, the object »
- Jeremy Carr
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The company, founded by Eliane DuBois who died last summer, is now jointly controlled by Stephan De Potter in Belgium and Marc Smit in the Netherlands. The two have bought out the shares owned by DuBois’ son, Hichame Alaouie, who will remain as an ‘honorary participant’ on the Cineart board.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of Cineart.
The company is continuing to ramp up its VOD activities. Through Twin Pics, its joint venture with music distributor Pias, Cineart is an iTunes aggregator.
Cineart will also handle the Dardenne brothers’ next project, which is at script stage.
The company is also releasing Benoit Jacquot’s latest feature »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Haim Saban, the unshakably pro-Israel media billionaire, says that Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who have taken stridently anti-Israel positions, probably did so because they lack “facts.” Bardem and Cruz recently signed a widely circulated open letter that condemned Israel for its actions in Gaza. “I think Bardem and Cruz are simply misinformed,” Saban told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “I think that once somebody bothers informing them and educating them on the facts, on what is happening on both sides, I don't they would call [the Israeli campaign in Gaza] 'genocide.' They would better understand that
- Tina Daunt
A new trailer for the futuristic drama Young Ones has been unveiled.
The science fiction movie takes place in a world where a teenager named Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult) tries to protect his family by finding water, the world's most precious commodity.
His latest film Young Ones opens on October 17 in the Us. »
When Penélope Cruz isn’t busy making out with Scientologists, palling around with Pedro Almodóvar, or being addicted to breastfeeding, she’s apparently writing and directing sexy ads for Agent Provocateur. Cruz’s flesh-baring video for the British lingerie brand features a group of models in the desert and one very helpless man. We’ll let you uncover the threadbare narrative for yourself — and we’re taking bets on whether or not the women perform an aerobics routine or actually dance. Don’t blink and miss the Cruz cameo, too. You can catch the Spanish actress in the upcoming Louis Leterrier film Grimsby with Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson — cowritten by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham. [via Design...
- Alison Nastasi
Rihanna thinks a funny man is sexy.
Rihanna knows how to pull off sexy – having made the sexiest and hottest lists for FHM and Maxim and having been named Esquire's 2011 Sexiest Woman Alive. But her idea of a sexy man may surprise you!
Pics: Rihanna’s Most Scandalous Shots
In an interview with Elle, Rihanna takes the attention off herself to praise other celebrities.
She says, "Penelope Cruz is the sh*t. If I could wake up and look like her tomorrow, that would be great. Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman's Pulp Fiction character] is gangsta. She’s epic."
More telling about what she likes, she says that Vince Vaughn is the sexiest man alive, "He's amazing. Fantastic."
In terms of keeping us guessing, she says she’s living by Leonardo DiCaprio's words, "Avoid obviousness. That's what makes you create something, that's the excitement, that's the thrill."
News: Rihanna's Banned 'Sexually Suggestive' Perfume Ad
RiRi is definitely keeping busy. With 13 number-one »
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 For as much as everyone on the Internet claims to hate this movie it will be interesting to see how well it does in DVD and Blu-ray sales. Personally, while I didn't love The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I also didn't hate it with all the fiery passion everyone else seems to have, but hey, what can you doc It clearly has contributed to the sinking of the franchise as Sony attempts to refocus and move their attention from the webslinger for a while and over to films spinning off from this latest attempt at creating a franchise.
Only Lovers Left Alive One of the best films of 2014 and one I was recently asked if it was worth a blind buy. That's a tough one, but I think it's safe to say that if Only Lovers Left Alive, a "laughing quietly to myself" film about modern day »
- Brad Brevet
The 42-year-old actor was spotted wearing an England shirt and a red and white novelty hat while sporting an uneven fringe and long sideburns, as he shot scenes in Cape Town.
The Malay quarter was transformed into a city in Chile during filming of a fictional football match between the South American country and England.
Baron Cohen and Pitch Perfect star Wilson were seen kissing tenderly on the lips, surrounded by fellow football supporters cheering and waving flags while milling around after the match.
The Louis Leterrier-directed spy spoof stars Mark Strong as a black ops agent who goes on the run with his long lost hooligan brother (Baron Cohen). The Borat star co-wrote the screenplay along with Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham.
Strong was »
Johnny Depp stars as real-life drug baron George Jung, the man who cornered the American cocaine market in the 1970s. Forming a lucrative partnership with Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis) and his formidable Medellin cartel, Jung is soon enjoying the celebrity lifestyle. But with a drug habit and a demanding wife (Penelope Cruz) to support, his sordid business inevitably begins to catch up with him. »
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.
Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.
Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.
Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds. Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion. Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It […] »
Like everyone else, I've been watching the media war surrounding the military conflict in Israel and Gaza with equal fascination and horror. Images of bleeding Palestinian children, of tiny corpses, of grief-maddened mothers tell a story. But they tell only part of a story. Now we have images of sophisticated tunnels, complete with electricity and communications systems, burrowed dozens of feet beneath the ground, built to kidnap and terrorize Israelis. They tell a different part of the story. Also read: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar Condemn Israel for Gaza Attacks As outside observers, it is all too difficult for us to know. »
- Sharon Waxman
Following news that the script for James Bond 24 had to be overhauled in order to add some more thrills to the proceedings, a new rumors has popped up concerning a co-star for franchise star Daniel Craig. Previous rumors have pegged Penelope Cruz and Chiwetel Ejiofor as potential new cast members for the next film in the spy franchise, and now Schmoes Knows, who has a decent track record lately, has learned that Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux is currently the studio's top choice for some sort of part in the sequel from Skyfall director Sam Mendes, though no specifics were revealed at this time. Read on! While it would be cool to see an actress of Seydoux's caliber enter the James Bond universe, the actress already played with spies in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, where she was an assassin who faced off with the Impossible »
- Ethan Anderton
Lately, there has been next to no news about Bond 24, which is currently set to arrive next November, but that may be changing in the coming weeks now that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been recruited to punch up writer John Logan‘s script, a reversal of the situation on Skyfall, where Logan was enlisted to tweak a treatment by Purvis and Wade. Despite the massive success of Skyfall, the still untitled Bond 24, which director Sam Mendes calls a continuation of the last film, has been a long time coming. Now, we’re hearing that producers may finally be zeroing in on a new Bond Girl.
According to Schmoes Know, which has broken some big scoops and been right in the past, the producers want Lea Seydoux, who drew raves for her explicit breakout turn in the French lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color, to »
- Isaac Feldberg
When the latest battle in Gaza finally is over, as someday it will be, hard feelings could linger in the corner offices of Hollywood toward the stars who have voiced anti-Israel sentiments. But will the artists who criticize Israel military strikes -- particularly married Spaniards Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who accused the country of "genocide" in a widely circulated July 25 letter -- suffer career backlash in a town whose power brokers tend to be strong supporters of Israel? So far, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is the only studio head willing to go public with his disgust. "As the grandson
- Tina Daunt, Tatiana Siegel
Choosing a favorite feature on Penélope Cruz is one of those shooting fish in a barrel type of activities. Pretty much everything about her is drop dead gorgeous. Sigh. But in her latest Lancôme ads, her eyes are the real draw. We'd recognize those famous peepers from a mile away. And even though the 40-year-old Spanish beauty clearly has excellent genes on her side, she's got some help courtesy Lancôme's newest mascara, Grandiôse. Lancôme's Grandiôse mascara has a 25-degree angle swan neck wand for those full, Penélope-level lashes. And this new formula is the first Lancôme mascara to use Lancôme's Native Rose-Cell »
Considering I have 23 contenders in my 2015 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actress at this moment and the fact I've only seen two of the movies those 23 actresses star in, I think it's safe to say these are rather wild spit-ball predictions at this moment. However, we have to start somewhere and in that sense, it's probably no surprise one of the two performances I've actually seen tops my first look at the category. At #1 I have Patricia Arquette for her performance in Boyhood. It's a pick many will probably consider ridiculous considering IFC hardly has a budget to mount a serious Oscar campaign, but this is a film and a performance we can keep alive as fans of the film. Critics, commenters and film fans alike can help show support for what will undoubtedly be one of the best performances of the year. Will it be the best in the »
- Brad Brevet
Following close on the heels of last week’s open letter penned by Spanish filmmakers including Pedro Almodovar, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, a handful of Korean movie-biz professionals and others have added their voices to the chorus in calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. In a letter titled “Peace in Palestine!” and posted to the website of non-profit peace organization Nanum Munhwa, Korean filmmakers including Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, The Attorney producer Jae-Won Choi and The Berlin File helmer Seung-wan Ryoo want Israel’s “massacre” of civilians to be “stopped immediately.” The petition demands that Israel’s “indiscriminate slaughter […] »
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has become the first major Hollywood executive to weigh in on last week's controversial letter, signed by Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, that denounced what it called Israeli "genocide." "It makes my blood boil," Kavanaugh told The Hollywood Reporter. "As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, anyone calling it Israeli 'genocide' vs. protecting themselves are either the most ignorant people about the situation and shouldn't be commenting, or are truly anti-Semitic." In response to the escalating conflict in Gaza, Cruz and Bardem were among a group of Spanish film luminaries to pen
- Tatiana Siegel, Tina Daunt
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