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14 items from 2011


Liev Schreiber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime

5 December 2011 8:10 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Multitalented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the Showtime pilot Ray Donovan, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. Ray Donovan is a Showtime production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood's best professional "fixer." He's the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He can make anyone's problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and »

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Liev Schrieber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime

5 December 2011 8:10 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Multitalented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the Showtime pilot Ray Donovan, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. Ray Donovan is a Showtime production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood's best professional "fixer." He's the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He can make anyone's problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and »

- MovieWeb

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Review: Ralph Fiennes Takes a Dud of a Play and Turns It into a Not-Bad Coriolanus

1 December 2011 8:20 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

It's dangerous to underestimate modern-day reinterpretations of Shakespeare, a la Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, not because Shakespeare necessarily needs to be modernized, but because it's astonishing how much retooling, rejiggering and restuffing he can withstand: His work is like a magic carpet bag that never gets filled up or worn out. »

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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 2

11 October 2011 4:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Ricky D (15 Viewings) Total of 29 Viewings

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Thirst (1979)

Directed by Rod Hardy

The film is best described as one long dream sequence with nods to David Cronenberg, Rosemary’s Baby and perhaps even Solyent Green. Thirst features some superb in-camera visual effects, »

- Ricky

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The 2011 New York Film Festival Announces 13 Shorts, Including Cannes Winner "Blue"

15 September 2011 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2011 New York Film Festival has announced its two shorts programs, totaling 13 films. They include Stephen Kang's "Blue," which won the Grand Prix from Cannes Critics Week and "The Great Gatsby in Five Minutes," Michael Almereyda's adaptation of the novel, set in contemporary Los Angeles. Also of note is "Traitors," the half-hour directing debut of actor Sean Gullette, who may be best known as the lead in Darren »

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DVDs. Jean Vigo, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Lee Chang-dong, More

31 August 2011 2:09 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

When, in 1934, Jean Vigo died of tuberculosis, he was only 29, "a neglected figure at the margins of the industry who had seen one of his films (Zéro de Conduite) banned by the French authorities and another (L'Atalante) recut and retitled by its producer." Dennis Lim in the Los Angeles Times: "Vigo lends himself to romanticization, and not just because of his tragic early death and the aura of unfulfilled promise. He led a brief but colorful life as a fellow traveler of the French surrealists and the son of a well-known anarchist who was apparently murdered in prison. Vigo's first film, the silent, 23-minute À Propos de Nice (On the Subject of Nice), part of the 'city symphony' genre that flourished in the 1920s, confirmed that the young Jean was very much his father's son…. All of Vigo's films were shot by Boris Kaufman, brother of the Soviet film pioneer »

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Blu Monday: Criterion and The Coen Brothers

28 August 2011 9:10 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The 5th Quarter: Special Edition (2010)

Synopsis: In February, 2006, young Luke Abbate accepted a ride home from a fellow student following his high-school team practice. In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below. Luke suffered irreparable brain damage, and died in the hospital two days later – just four days before his sixteenth birthday. (highdefdigest.com)

Special Features: Making-of Featurette.

Bereavement (2010)

Synopsis: The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman. (highdefdigest.com)

Special Features:

Commentary track with director/writer Stevan Mena Behind the scenes featurette Deleted »

- Travis Keune

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‘Coriolanus’ Trailer Combines Gritty Warfare & Shakespeare

10 August 2011 9:54 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Shakespearean adaptations that set the Bard’s plays in a contemporary setting with the classical dialogue, tend to divide moviegoers with respect to how well the approach works (see: reactions to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet or Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet).

First-time director Ralph Fiennes is bringing one of the famous playwright’s more controversial works, Coriolanus, to life in a similar fashion. Judging by the UK trailer for the film, does the Oscar-nominee look to have done justice to the original stage drama?

The answer is… yes, actually. Fiennes recruited director of photography Barry Ackroyd and camera operator Oliver Driscoll (The Hurt Locker, Green Zone) in order to visually realize Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as a gritty modern-day tale of war. Going off the early footage shown in the international theatrical preview, that trio looks to have transformed the play into  a viscerally ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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New Release: The Complete Jean Vigo Blu-ray and DVD

26 May 2011 8:00 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

The Criterion Collection will release The Complete Jean Vigo on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 30 for the list prices of $39.95 and $29.95, respectively.

A collection of all four films made by the French cinema legend before he died of tuberculosis in 1934, at the way-too-young age of 29, The Complete Jean Vigo marks the first time the filmmaker’s entire canon has been compiled in one collection.

L'Atalante (1934)

Film scholars will tell you that Vigo helped to establish French cinema’s poetic realism movement of the 1930s and 1940s, a swell that yielded such masterpieces as Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Carne’s Children of Paradise. And later on, Vigo’s work was the spark that ignited the artistic explosion that became known as the French New Wave. What I can tell you is that you don’t need a film class to enjoy Vigo’s final movie, 1934’s L’Atalante, a sensual »

- Laurence

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August 2011 Criterion Collection Titles Announced

18 May 2011 12:38 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s so strange, writing this so long after the announcement yesterday. In today’s internet world of instant information, and twenty four second news cycles, yesterday’s August 2011 Criterion Collection new releases may as well have happened last week, or last month. I’m sure that the page views for this post will be markedly smaller than the usual, as I have tried consistently to have the new release post up within minutes of the pages going live on Criterion’s website. I know this all sounds like inside baseball stuff, but it’s on my mind, and darn it, this is my website.

I had a whole, several paragraph long, write up of the August titles, but since I’m finding myself writing this at 10pm on Tuesday evening, I think it’s better if I just scrap that whole thing and start over. I was going on »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Netflix Nuggets: Who’s Up For a Miramax Marathon?

29 April 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!

B. Monkey (1999)

Streaming Available: 05/01/2011

Director: Michael Radford

Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »

- Travis Keune

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My Sucky Teen Romance | Review - SXSW Film 2011

9 March 2011 9:07 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Emily Hagins Writer: Emily Hagins Starring; Elaine Hurt, Patrick Delgado, Santiago Dietche, Lauren Lee, Lauren Vunderink, Tony Vespe, Devin Bonnee Every decade we have a new cinematic approach to the vampire genre (a majority of which involve some sort of adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula). There are classics (Robert G. Vignola’s The Vampire, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Universal’s and Hammer Films’ Dracula franchises, etc.) as well as the reverential revivals of “serious” vampire films that were released in the 1980s (Tony Scott’s The Hunger, Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, etc.) and 1990s (Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker's Dracula, Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos, Michael Almereyda’s Nadja, Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, etc.). In one way or another, cinema history leads us to the more recent past, with films such as Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In »

- Don Simpson

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The Tempest - the road to a female Prospero

28 February 2011 3:41 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There's certainly no shortage of Shakespeare-based TV movies, but big-screen successes are limited. Since Baz Luhrmann's controversial but critically acclaimed 1996 reinvention of Romeo + Juliet led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, few Shakespeare adaptations have even remotely attracted as much attention.

Old hand Kenneth Branagh has certainly had a fair stab at adapting Shakespeare's plays, with six bard-related movie features under his belt. His two most recent attempts both received mixed reviews (2006's As You Like It starring Kevin Kline and Alfred Molina and 2000's Love's Labours Lost with Timothy Spall), particularly for attempting to modernise the stories by using unusual settings and genres.

In 2000 Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray, Julia Stiles) received a similarly divided response with criticism mainly focusing on casting. However, Michael Radford's 2004 more faithful reworking of The Merchant Of Venice (Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes) received generally positive reviews.

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Berlinale Dispatch: Ralph Fiennes Has a Bard Time With Coriolanus

15 February 2011 6:50 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

I'm a sucker for modern-day reinterpretations of Shakespeare, a la Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, not because Shakespeare necessarily needs to be modernized, but because I'm always amazed at how much retooling, rejiggering and restuffing he can withstand: His work is like a magic carpet bag that never gets filled to capacity or worn out. »

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