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7 items from 2012

Our Kind of Voting. Pt 1

6 November 2012 10:01 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I did my civic duty -- I amend, my civic pleasure at 7:40 Am this morning after about an hour of queueing. If you're from the Us, get to it. Vote. If you're not, well, this is a film site and film has no borders and no president... but it does have elections that everyone obsesses over.

So let's have fun with our other favorite kind of voting: Oscar voting.

Tell me who wins your vote in some of the most famously divisive, contentious, or just plain fabulous categories ever! Explain your choices in the comments.

1998 Best Actress

Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) vs. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) vs. Fernanda Montenegro (Central Station) vs. Meryl Streep (One True Thing) vs. Emily Watson (Hilary & Jackie)

Sunset Blvd is just out on Blu-Ray Today in a remastered edition with a ton of extras 1950 Best Actress

Bette Davis vs. Anne Baxter (literally… in All About Eve) vs. »


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"Fill The Void", "The Clown" and "After Lucia" Join the Very Crowded Foreign Race

21 September 2012 9:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Brazil, Israel, and Mexico -- three countries that have yet to produce an Oscar Foreign Film champ despite a small handful or two of previous nominees -- have now joined the fast-growing list of Oscar's subtitled contenders.

The tally now stands at 35...42 films 44 films and 4 finalist lists!

 Which means we've only got about 20 films left to hear about officially before the list is complete. October 1st is the deadline for submissions and in mid October Oscar will provide us with the official list which will usually contain a few surprises -- either a last minute film switcheroo, a disqualification, or a country that hadn't publicly announced suddenly surfacing on the list. Let's look at our new contenders and their countries nominee history after the jump.

Israel's New Contender: Fill The Void by Rama Burshtein which gives us an intimate look at the Hasidic community in Tel Aviv.

Israel's Nominee History »


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Walter Salles Working On Two New Screenplays, 'Terra' With Gael García Bernal & One With His 'Central Station' Star

26 May 2012 10:31 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Brazilian director Walter Salles' path to adapting Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" has been a long and winding one that's taken about seven years to come to fruition. And while reviews out of Cannes about his new picture starring Garett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart and more have been decidely mixed (read our review here), the film will finally arrive on U.S. shores in the late fall.

But while "On the Road" was a prolonged pregnancy, the filmmaker, perhaps best known for "The Motorcycle Diaries," has kept fairly busy with other plans. After 2005's "Dark Water" came the little-seen Brazilian favela-slums-set "Linha de Passe" that never found U.S. distribution and all the while, Salles had been slowly chipping away on a documentary about "On the Road," which he has described as his own personal research towards making the film.

And there's more on the horizon. Playlist »

- The Playlist

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On The Road: Another The Motorcycle Diaries, Central Station?

9 May 2012 11:31 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Viggo Mortensen: fictionalized William S. Burroughs, On the Road On The Road: Box-Office/Oscar Chances Pt.1 Could Walter SallesOn the Road buck the IFC Films box-office and awards-season trend? Theoretically, it could. When it comes to North American audiences, Kristen Stewart (who has Snow White and the Huntsman and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 coming out) and Tron: Legacy‘s Garrett Hedlund (to be seen in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis) have larger followings than IFC Films stars like, say, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Patricia Clarkson, Catherine Deneuve, Anamaria Marinca, Stockard Channing, Benicio Del Toro, or Diego Luna. As a plus, the Jack Kerouac / Walter Salles / Kristen Stewart / Garrett Hedlund combo will likely prove irresistible to more than a few moviegoers. (Not to mention supporting performances by Spider-Man‘s Kirsten Dunst, The Lord of the Rings movies’ Viggo Mortensen, and the upcoming »

- Andre Soares

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Carlos Diegues Caméra dOr Jury President: Cannes 2012

27 April 2012 1:34 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Carlos Diegues, best known internationally for his 1980 hit Bye Bye Brasil, will head the Caméra d’Or jury at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Previous jury presidents include Bong Joon-Ho, Gael García Bernal, Roschdy Zem, and Abbas Kiarostami. Diegues’ fellow jury members are Gloria Satta, journalist with Italy’s Il Messaggero; Rémy Chevrin, representing the French Association of Film Cinematographers; Hervé Icovic, on behalf of the Federation of of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries; Michel Andrieu, representing the Society of Film Directors; and Francis Gavelle, for the French Union of Film Critics. Launched in 1978, the Caméra d’Or is given to the best first film presented in the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard), La Semaine de la Critique or Directors’ Fortnight. This year, 22 are eligible. The information below is from the Cannes Film Festival website. The "Northeast" referred to in the text is the Brazilian Northeast (more specifically, »

- Andre Soares

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Daily Briefing. Most Anticipated Films of 2012

12 January 2012 12:27 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Zhang Ziyi in Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters

For about a week now, Ioncinema has been counting down its "Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012" — and they're almost there. As of this writing, after 99 individual entries filling us in on all that Eric Lavallee knows about the films he's looking forward to, the title that'll land in the #1 spot remains a mystery. I'll update when it appears, but for now, click the titles to see the files on the top 20 so far:

Update, 1/12: And we have a #1:

Carlos Reygadas's Post Tenebras Lux. Michael Haneke's Love. Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. Terrence Malick's The Burial (that title's likely to change). Olivier Assayas's Something in the Air. Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters. Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love. Antonio Campos's Simon Killer. Derek Cianfrance's Place Beyond the Plains. Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone. »

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Walter Salles/Garrett Hedlund/Kristen Stewart/On The Road: Cannes 2012 Entry?

4 January 2012 3:16 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart as Mary Lou, On the Road Producer Charle Gillibert has announced the following, via Twitter: "Am happy to share with you : Otr french release the 23rd of may, more to come." Otr? That's On the Road, directed by Walter Salles, and starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, and Garrett Hedlund. As for the May 23 released date in France, does that mean n the Road will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival? Possibly. Cannes 2012 runs from May 16-27. Based on Jack Kerouac's classic novel, On the Road follows New York-based writer Sal Paradise (Riley); rebel Dean Moriarty (Hedlund); and Dean's girl, Mary Lou (Stewart), as they go on a road trip following the death of Sal's father. Sal is based on Kerouac himself; Dean, on Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady; and Mary Lou on Cassady's first wife, LuAnne Henderson. Walter Salles directed the Brazilian drama Central Station (1998), which »

- Andre Soares

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