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Torso Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah – ‘Late Night Grindhouse’

“Enter… if you dare – the bizarre world of the psychosexual mind.”

In April of 1975, the Italian horror film Torso opened at the Four Seasons Cinema at Olive and Woods Mill road where it was double feature with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! I had tried to talk my dad into taking me to see Chainsaw when it had opened about 6 months earlier, but he refused (he was usually pretty cool about that kind of thing – but I was just 13). Finally, dad must have got sick of my begging because he drove me and a couple of buddies to the Four Seasons and dropped us off. Chainsaw ran first and it’s still the most terrifying moviegoing experience of my life. Torso wasn’t nearly a scary but it was loaded with gore and nudity (which Chainsaw was not), something I wasn’t used to, so it was kind of the perfect double feature.
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The 100 Best Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

The 100 Best Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable
Looking to make a reservation somewhere new this weekend? You’re in luck.

OpenTable—the app that allows you to make online reservations, read and write reviews—has revealed their Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017, and the list is making our mouths water. The winning restaurants span across 25 states with Florida, California, New York and Ohio claiming the most top-rated spots.

The winners, which were determined by more than 10 million OpenTable reviews submitted by the site’s users, offer a variety of environments—including those with live entertainment, low-key ambiance and interactive dining experiences. The menus also vary among American,
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Noomi Rapace to play opera singer Maria Callas in new biopic

Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus) has signed on to play the influential opera singer Maria Callas in a new romantic biopic entitled Callas, which is set to be directed by Niko Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) and will revolve around the passionate relationship she had with Aristotle Onassis over almost two decades.

“This movie is about an extraordinary woman whose deepest desire is to lead an ordinary life with the man of her choice,” said producer Guido De Angelis. “Callas was la Divina, a goddess, who just wanted to be a normal woman; she found out she couldn’t. It sounds like an ancient myth. Niki Caro immediately identified and superbly built into the script this epic, deeply emotional and dramatic quality of the story. And we are absolutely thrilled that Noomi has come unboard, as she is dream casting for Callas. We are convinced she
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Content to sell world on ‘Callas’

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Content to sell world on ‘Callas’
Noomi Rapace will play the most influential female opera singer of the 20th century in what is set to be one of the most glamorous projects on the market as Content commences talks with buyers this week.

Niki Caro is attached to direct the Maria Callas biopic from a screenplay she adapted from Alfonso Signorini’s biography Too Proud, Too Fragile.

Callas centres on the American-born Greek soprano’s relationship in her final years with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, whom she met while married to Giovanni Battista Meneghini.

Guido, Nicola and Marco De Angelis of Italy’s De Angelis Group are producing alongside René Bastian, Linda Moran and Victoria Bousis of New York-based Belladonna Productions and Ben Latham-Jones of the UK’s Ealing Studios and Londinium Films.

James Spring of Ealing Studios, Brett Thornquest of Eclectic Vision in Australia, Jason Van Eman of Weathervane and Content film president Jamie Carmichael serve as executive producers.

“This movie is
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Cannes: Noomi Rapace Starring in Maria Callas Biopic

Cannes: Noomi Rapace Starring in Maria Callas Biopic
Noomi Rapace will portray opera singer Maria Callas in the feature biopic “Callas” with Niki Caro directing.

The biopic is centered on the passionate relationship the singer had with Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis lasting almost two decades. Caro will direct “Callas” from a screenplay she adapted from Alfonso Signorini’s biography “Too Proud, Too Fragile.”

Content Media will handle world sales for “Callas” and introduce the project to distributors for the first time in Cannes.

Callas was a profoundly influential American opera singer of Greek heritage. She died in 1977 at the age of 53.

Producers on the fully financed production are Guido, Nicola and Marco De Angelis of Italy’s De Angelis Group and René Bastian, Linda Moran and Victoria Bousis of New York-based Belladonna Productions, and Ben Latham-Jones of the UK’s Ealing Studios and Londinium Films. Executive producers are James Spring of Ealing Studios, Brett Thornquest of Eclectic Vision in Australia,
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Noomi Rapace To Star As Maria Callas

Noomi Rapace To Star As Maria Callas
Just announced at the Cannes Film Festival, Noomi Rapace is currently training her vocal cords in preparation for a starring role as Maria Callas. The biopic, titled simply Callas, has Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) attached to direct.Callas was one of the most iconic and influential female opera singers of the last century, described by Leonard Bernstein as "the Bible of opera". But her talent as a singer was often overshadowed by a dramatic personal life, and the film centres on her passionate relationship with the fantasically wealthy Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.“This movie", says producer Guido De Angelis, "is about an extraordinary woman whose deepest desire is to lead an ordinary life with the man of her choice. Callas was la Divina, a goddess, who just wanted to be a normal woman; she found out she couldn't. It sounds like an ancient myth. Niki Caro immediately
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Ciaran Donnelly's 'Titanic: Blood and Steel' Picks Up Golden Nymph In Monte Carlo

Irish-shot mini-series 'Titanic: Blood and Steel' was among the big winners at last week's prestigious Monte Carlo TV Festival. The Irish/Italian co-production picked up the award for Outstanding European Producer in the drama category with the prize going to Italian production company De Angelis Productions (Dap) and the show's executive producers Guido De Angelis, Nicola De Angelis and Ciaran Donnelly. Irishman Donnelly (The Tudors) also directed the 12-part series.
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‘Hereafter’, ‘Skyline’ and Other Blu-ray Releases of the Week: 03/22/11

‘Hereafter’, ‘Skyline’ and Other Blu-ray Releases of the Week: 03/22/11
Last Tuesday, the South By Southwest Film Festival was in full swing and demanded our attention, which is why we were unable to provide you some picks of the week (although we assume you survived). But this week’s offerings feel a little bit like a festival of sorts, thanks to the remarkable variety of titles being offered by studios and distributors, including new releases like Clint Eastwood’s latest, “Hereafter,” low-budget fare like “Jackson County Jail,” animated programming like “The Venture Bros.,
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DAP, Future to helm Maria Callas biopic

DAP, Future to helm Maria Callas biopic
Toronto -- French actress Eva Green ("Casino Royale") is in negotiations to star as Maria Callas in the upcoming English-language biopic about the operatic star from Italy's DeAngelis Group (DAP) and British producer partner Future Films.

DAP president Guido DeAngelis said the Callas project, to be shot next year, will also be co-produced by crystal producer Swarovski, whose bling was often worn by the iconic opera star on stage and off.

DeAngelis and Canadian co-producer the Fremantle Corp. are also prepping the $28 million, 12-hour mini-series "Titanic: The Untold Story of How it All Began," for a May 2011 shoot in Ireland.

Also on board the "Titanic" TV series as co-producers are Future Films, Play Productions France, the Irish Film Authority and Wilshire Films USA.

DeAngelis said the sinking of the Titanic has already been told widely, not least by James Cameron. The Fremantle/Dap dramatization, originally created in Italy for
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