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'Attraction': Film Review

'Attraction': Film Review
Contemporary Moscow becomes a battleground for the survival of the human race in Attraction, a bombastic alien-invasion thriller whose familiar plot is elevated by world-class visual effects. Director Fyodor Bondarchuk is the son of the late Soviet-era Oscar-winning filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk and a public supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is arguably reflected in this film’s patriotic political subtext, although Bondarchuk insists the message is more universal than local. Prior to this, his most recent project was the 2013 epic Stalingrad, which Russia pitched unsuccessfully to the Academy Awards.

Attraction is already a box-office hit domestically, where it played...
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MipTV: ‘Public Enemy’ Tops First MipDrama Screenings

MipTV: ‘Public Enemy’ Tops First MipDrama Screenings
Cannes – Belgian serial killer suspenser “Public Enemy,” one of a clutch of thrillers at the inaugural MipDrama Screenings, won its first Cri de Coeur Award, awarded Sunday on the eve of MipTV in Cannes.

Sold by Zodiak Rights, airing May on Belgian pubcaster Rtbf, and the first TV production of Entre Chien et Loup and Playtime Films, the 10 one-hour-seg “Public Enemy” charts the impact on a community of an ex-child killer’s release from prison. He is given shelter at the local monastery – just as a new wave of child murders breaks out. Some community members want to take justice into their own hands. The female cop on the case is equally conflicted, having had her own younger sister disappear when she was a small girl.

“The series asks: ‘What do you do with monsters like child killers? After a serial killer is released from prison, can we forgive him?
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Complete lineup of Mumbai Film Festival 2014

Complete lineup of Mumbai Film Festival 2014
The 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival announced its line-up in a press conference today.

Here is the complete list of films which will be screened at the festival:-

International Competition

Difret

Dir.: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia / 2014 / Col / 99)

History of Fear (Historia del miedo)

Dir.: Benjamin Naishtat (Argentina-France-Germany-Qatar-Uruguay / 2014 / Col / 79)

With Others (Ba Digaran)

Dir.: Nasser Zamiri (Iran / 2014 / Col / 85)

The Tree (Drevo)

Dir.: Sonja Prosenc (Slovenia / 2014 / Col / 90)

Next to Her (At li layla)

Dir.: Asaf Korman (Israel / 2014 / Col / 90)

Schimbare

Dir.: Alex Sampayo (Spain / 2014 / Col / 87)

Fever

Dir.: Raphaël Neal (France / 2014 / Col / 81)

Court

Dir.: Chaitanya Tamhane (India (Marathi-Gujarati-English-Hindi) / 2014 / Col / 116)

Macondo

Dir.: Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria / 2014 / Col / 98)

India Gold Competition 2014

The Fort (Killa)

Dir.: Avinash Arun (India (Marathi) / 2014 / Col / 107)

Unto the Dusk

Dir.: Sajin Baabu (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 118)

Names Unknown (Perariyathavar)

Dir.: Dr. Biju (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 110)

Buddha In a Traffic Jam

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Win The Spectacular Russian Epic ‘Stalingrad’ On Blu-ray!

Acclaimed Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk’s action epic Stalingrad explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD this June 23rd and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray to giveaway!

Starring Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron) “Stalingrad” is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. The film is directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk (9th Company), who was introduced to the world of cinema at an early age as the son of actress Irina Skobtseva and internationally acclaimed film actor and an Academy Award®-winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. The film stars an ensemble cast including Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk,
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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Napoleon’ – What Might Have Been

“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.” – Stanley Kubrick, Oct. 20, 1971.

There are few unrealized projects in the history of cinema more tantalizingly fascinating than Stanley Kubrick’s planned feature about Napoleon. Even in 1967, at the time of its initial pre-production (the first time around), it seemed like a potentially great idea. But now, looking back with Kubrick’s entire body of work as a reference point, it truly does stand as a project this legendary filmmaker should have been destined to make. Thanks to a mammoth and comprehensive collection of materials fashioned into Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen, we can for the first time see how Kubrick prepared for the film and what he had in mind for its ultimate big-screen presentation.
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Stalingrad to get IMAX release

Stalingrad to get IMAX release
Colombia Pictures is bringing Fedor Bondarchuk’s Russian smash to the Us and has struck a deal with IMAX for a one-week nationwide engagement starting on February 28.

The 3D WWII drama is Russia’s foreign-language Oscar submission and became the highest grossing Russian film ever on $66.1m in six weeks.

The producers also claim it is the first Russian film made completely in 3D and the first Russian film to be released in the IMAX format.

Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin wrote the screenplay from the novel Life And Fate by Vasiliy Grossman. Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina star.

Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Dmitriy Rudovskiy and Anton Zlatopolskiy produced. The executive producer is Nataliya Gorina.
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Russian Box Office Smash ‘Stalingrad’ Gets U.S. Release in Imax

Turning its tracks Stateside, Columbia Pictures announced it will release Fedor Bondarchuk’s Russian WWII drama “Stalingrad” for a one-week engagement in domestic Imax theaters starting Feb. 28.

Stalingrad,” which is Russia’s official selection for best foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards, became the highest-grossing film in its local country, with $66.1 million during its six-week theatrical run. Pic also marks the first Russian film to be released in Imax.

“We are delighted with the film and the partnership, and congratulate our friends Fedor Bondarchuk and Alexander Rodnyansky (producer) on the record-breaking success of this movie in Russia, followed by a phenomenal performance in China,” said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment and senior exec VP of Imax Corp.

Rory Bruer, head of Sony worldwide distribution, credited the film’s 3D as a major draw for auds, as well as an ideal fit for Imax.

Stalingrad” centers on
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Highest Grossing Russian Movie of All-Time, Stalingrad, to Get Exclusive IMAX 3D Release in the U.S. February 28th

  • Collider.com
Columbia Pictures will be bringing the highest grossing Russian film of all time to U.S. audiences next month. The studio announced today that it will be releasing the World War II drama Stalingrad exclusively in IMAX 3D theaters nationwide in the U.S. starting February 28th. Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the film takes place during the titular WWII battle and revolves around a determined band of Russian soldiers who fight to hold a strategic building in the devastated city against a ruthless German army, all the while becoming deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. The pic is Russia’s first completely shot in 3D, as well as its first IMAX release, and earned $66.1 million during its six-week theatrical run. The film stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, The Pianist), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina. Watch the Russian trailer after the jump.
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Director Fyodor Bondarchuk and Producer Alexander Rodnyansky Talk Stalingrad, Inspiration behind the World War II Story, and Unique Production Challenges

  • Collider.com
Opening in the U.S. in February, Stalingrad is Russia’s official entry for the 86th Academy Awards and the first Russian motion picture to be presented in IMAX 3D. The film tells the epic story of the 1942 battle on the bank of the Volga River that changed the course of World War II and the people who managed to preserve their humanity under inhuman conditions. Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk, the drama stars Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina, Philippe Reinhardt, Heiner Lauterbach, Pyotr Fyodorov, Mariya Smolnikova, Aleksey Barabash, Andrey Smolyakov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Dmitriy Lysenkov, Oleg Volku, and Yuriy Vladimirovich Nazarov. In an exclusive interview, Bondarchuk and producer Alexander Rodnyansky talked about what inspired them to tell a traditional World War II story in a new and visually powerful way with IMAX 3D, how they worked with a talented ensemble of actors to bring the story to life, the unique production challenges they encountered,
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Christopher Plummer receiving Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Beginners” – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Plummer, an Academy Award nominee for his recent performance in “The Last Station,” has been enjoying even more awards chatter as of late for his turn as Hal, a closeted gay man who didn’t choose to come out until his wife passed away … much to the surprise of his son (Ewan McGregor).

Plummer, who can be seen in “Barrymore” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” later this year, will be on hand to accept the award.

His bio is below:

Christopher Plummer
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Dino De Laurentiis obituary

Italian movie tycoon whose list of credits featured as many disasters as hits

The Italian-born film producer Dino De Laurentiis, who has died aged 91, will perhaps go down in movie history as the last "transatlantic" tycoon. Over a career spanning more than 60 years, producing films on both sides of the ocean, he had as many flops as hits. But De Laurentiis almost always succeeded in staying afloat.

In Rome, he produced Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning La Strada (1954) and the grandiose spectacular War and Peace (1956), but also made The Bible: In the Beginning (1966) and Waterloo (1970), which never recovered their costs. Relocating to the Us, he enjoyed success with Serpico (1973), Death Wish (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Conan the Barbarian (1982), but had financial disasters including Year of the Dragon (1985) and a failed food emporium, which he opened in New York. De Laurentiis was also a starmaker, both in Italy, where
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The most expensive film ever?

Not quite but it’s up there. Finally after years of development and labor problems and losing a director, the two part film version of the The Hobbit will soon begin production directed by Peter Jackson and sources are saying that it will be one of the most expensive films ever made with a total production cost approaching $500 million.

Thought that’s a staggering sum it, doesn’t make make it the most expensive film ever made. Both the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, which were shot back-to- back, cost an estimated $450 million combined for both films and Spider Man 3 cost Sony Pictures a reported $500 million to make.

But the still the king of all expensive films still is the 8 hour long Russian film version of Tolstoy’s War and Peace directed by Sergei Bondarchuk (and which by the way is a really good film) which took 5 years to shoot released in the U.
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Donal Donnelly obituary

A talented Irish actor on stage and in films for Ford and Huston

For an actor who worked with two of the greatest movie directors of the last century and appeared in the world premieres of plays by Brian Friel, Ireland's leading contemporary dramatist, Donal Donnelly, who has died after a long illness, aged 78, was curiously unrecognised. Like so many prominent Irish actors in the diasporas of Hollywood, British television, the West End and Broadway – all areas he conquered – Donnelly was a great talent and a private citizen, happily married for many years, and always seemed youthful.

There was something mischievous, something larkish, about him, too. He twinkled. And he had a big nose. He had long lived in New York, although he died in Chicago, and had started out in Dublin, although born in England.

In John Huston's swansong movie The Dead (1987), the best screen transcription of a James Joyce fiction,
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Vyacheslav Tikhonov obituary

Russian actor best known for his role as Bolkonsky in the epic War and Peace

The supremely handsome Russian actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov, who has died aged 81, seemed born to play Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in Sergei Bondarchuk's magnificent War and Peace (1967), in which he carried off the difficult task of gaining sympathy for Tolstoy's melancholy, sardonic, aloof aristocrat.

According to the critic Roger Ebert: "All of the actors look a little larger, nobler and more heroic than life … perhaps Tikhonov comes closest with his chiselled face." The four-part, eight-hour, 70mm, $100m epic was deservedly awarded the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1969, and Tikhonov was feted wherever it was shown.

Before War and Peace, Tikhonov had appeared in a dozen films since his debut in Sergei Gerasimov's The Young Guard (1948), which was among the better socialist realist films of the period. He played a passionate youth, one
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Draft excluder: Napoleon - the greatest movie never made?

In the first of a new fortnightly series, Phil Hoad reviews an as-yet-unfilmed movie script. Today: Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon

This is Draft excluder, the Guardian's fortnightly review of unproduced screenplays. Whether it's the latest hot item that's got the development execs thumb-wrestling over it in the parking lot, or the great unfinishable obsession that has defeated many a director, we'll be dicing it, slicing it and making nice (or not) with it.

Remember: the scripts reviewed here are works-in-progress, and will differ from the finished film.

This week: Napoleon by Stanley Kubrick

The pitch

The rise and fall of history's greatest general by history's greatest director (if you subscribe to Empire magazine). Napoleon dynamite, surely?

The pedigree

Doesn't come any higher, really. In a career that saw a fair few get away, Napoleon became Kubrick's cream cetacean. Having tackled the entire history of humanity in 2001: A Space Odyssey,
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On DVD: "Still Life," Roberto Rossellini

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By Michael Atkinson

Every now and then, the natural world and the massive self-satisfying erections of man provide filmmakers with ready-made metaphors of massive torque and resonance. Werner Herzog is an expert at locating these visual/thematic El Dorados; Marker, Kiarostami and Ghobadi are current explorers of the paradigm, which necessitates an embrace of documentary reality. (Slavic artists are just beginning to make use out of the ex-Soviet landscape of unfinished and derelict public projects, from decommissioned nuclear power plants to entire cities left abandoned after infrastructure support dried up.) But Jia Zhang-ke is the filmmaker bringing new life and commitment to the idea of finding universalized meanings in real-life monstrosities. Jia's "Platform" used its traveling theater troupe as a stand-in for the average citizen watching Chinese history pass chaotically before them, but it was with "The World" that Jia discovered the surreal significances that emanated organically from the titular,
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Berlinale to host 70mm film retrospective

Berlinale to host 70mm film retrospective
Cologne, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival is going epic for 2009, with a retrospective devoted to the wide-screen panoramic images of 70mm filmmaking.

The Berlin festival will screen 22 films shot in the format, including "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "Patton" (1970) and Sergei Bondarchuk's "War and Peace" (1967).

The Retrospective program also will include a series of lectures to accompany the films. The 59th Berlinale runs Feb. 5-15.
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Damon wages 'War' miniseries

Damon wages 'War' miniseries
Monster producer Mark Damon is partnering with Russia's Mosfilm Studios and Ramco Films to produce War and Peace, an eight-hour, English-language miniseries based on Leo Tolstoy's classic. The project, budgeted at $60 million-$70 million, is in preproduction and will be the most expensive ever filmed in Russia. Sets are being built at government-owned Mosfilm, the legendary studio founded in 1920 that also produced the 1968 big-screen adaptation of the epic novel by Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk that won a foreign-language Oscar. Well-preserved props, weapons and costumes from the 1968 film will be used in the new mini.

EOS, Lux Vide go to 'War' for big-budget mini

EOS, Lux Vide go to 'War' for big-budget mini
COLOGNE, Germany -- German production and rights group EOS Entertainment has said it is joining forces with Italian production giant Lux Vide for a big-budget miniseries version of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace". EOS head Jan Mojto said Friday that the companies are searching for European broadcast partners to board the multimillion-dollar production. Mojto said shooting would start as early as 2006, with a targeted delivery date of 2007. Cast and crew have yet to be finalized. EOS and Lux Vide are no strangers to big, historic miniseries. The companies teamed on the six-part Roman Empire mini "Imperium" and the two-part papal drama "Pope John XXIII", which starred Ed Asner. Tolstoy's epic, which traces the fate of Russia and its royal elite during the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars, has been adapted several times for the big and small screen. Best known are King Vidor's Oscar-nominated 1956 Hollywood production starring Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn, Russian director Sergei Bondarchuk's 1968 epic that won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and a 1972 U.K. miniseries that featured a BAFTA-Award winning performance by Anthony Hopkins.

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