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After a decade floating around the Hollywood back lots trading dignity for cash and technical experience on A Little Princess and Great Expectations, Alfonso Cuarón realized he needed to emotionally involve himself in his source material, letting his personal life, his upbringing and his cultural experience bleed into the next project he chose to pursue. Part of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano auteurs who enjoyed considerable international success (Iñárritu’s Amores perros were interchangeably part of the same discourse), the resulting cinematic masterpiece Y tu mamá también was simultaneously a visually stunning portrait of Mexico (the film was shot by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) and the fragility of friendship, and a heartbreaking meditation on the transient nature of youth teeming with life and love and the tragic beauty of naiveté. Unsurprisingly, this Venice Film Festival winning film would become Mexico’s top grossing film of all time in its first weekend. »
- Jordan M. Smith
This week’s new Blu-ray releases are bountiful, as they include a rather disappointing superhero sequel, a Criterion Collection release of one of Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpieces, the latest Toy Story short, a Tom Hiddleston/Tilda Swinton-led vampire movie, and much more. Take a look: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $18.99 (54% off) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3D/Blu-Ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $24.96 (46% off) The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro Collector's Edition (Amazon Exclusive) [Blu-ray]- $74.99 (50% off) Y tu mamá también (Blu-ray + DVD) - $19.99 (50% off) Toy Story of Terror (Blu-ray) - $12.96 (14% off) Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray] - $23.59 (34% off) The Sacrament [Blu-ray] - $17.99 (40% off) The Quiet Ones [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (32% off) Fading Gigolo [Blu-ray] - $15.49 (48% off) Jarhead 2: Field of Fire - Unrated Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $24.99 (29% off) Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - $39.96 (50% off) Revolution: Season 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - $42.78 (39% off) Once Upon A Time: »
- Adam Chitwood
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
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
Why We're In: As Adam and Eve, Hiddles is the mopey yin to Swinton's yang. The costumes and production design are to die (or live forever) for. John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, and Jeffrey Wright shine in smaller roles. In a word, it's gorgeous.
Rt 4 chance 2 win Tom Hiddleston's vampire drama #OnlyLoversLeftAlive -- on DVD this week! http://t.co/PJSHeLWlOu
- moviefone (@moviefone) August 17, 2014
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Y Tu Mama También (Criterion)"
What's It About? Alfonso Cuarón's road trip romance features star-making performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who play two young dudes who both become infatuated with an older woman. Beautiful, sexy, and sad.
Why We're In: Now when »
- Jenni Miller
The first Sarajevo Film Festival was unlike any other festival. Portable generators provided power to the projectors in a city devoid of electricity. Directors Alfonso Cuaron and Leos Carax entered the besieged city by riding in armored cars over the surrounding mountains and then carrying their film canisters through a tunnel dug beneath the airport. With no usable currency, organizers asked moviegoers to donate a cigarette in exchange for a ticket to any of the 37 films. And now, two decades after its beginning in the four-year siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War of Independence, the festival is back »
- Steve Pond
Earlier this summer, Mirsad “Miro” Purivatra, director of the Sarajevo Film Festival, got a phone call from the new head of Ukraine’s Odessa Film Festival, who wanted to know how to stage such an event in the middle of a civil war.
Purivatra is, unfortunately, an expert in such matters. He launched the Sarajevo fest in 1995, toward the end of a four-year siege by troops from Bosnian Serbia, with snipers and artillery positions in the hills overlooking the city.
One of the buildings destroyed was city hall, which housed the national library. Purivatra recalls the ashes of books — including what had been rare manuscripts — drifting through his window.
“It was one of the saddest moments in my life,” he says. “How could someone … destroy such heritage, something of such cultural value, everything that a nation, a civilization has?”
As an act of defiance, and an affirmation of the redemptive power of culture, »
- Leo Barraclough
I had a much busier week than last with movies, beginning with Into the Storm, Calvary and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters, and I've already reviewed all three of those. I also watched the first couple episodes of "The Knick", which I reviewed and commented on here. Then last night I watched, for the first time, Alfonso Cuaron's Great Expectations, which I did not think was any good, followed by Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, which was nice little film. The one thing I noticed, however, watching Reality Bites is how much Keira Knightley's acting style was pretty much taken directly from Winona Ryder. I wonder if that was a conscious thing or if it's just coincidence, because try watching that movie and not seeing Knightley in pretty much every single thing Ryder does. Other than that, not much to share. I'm about half-way through "Ready Player »
- Brad Brevet
I’m possibly going to be trying out a new series here. Essentially, today I’ll be going back and looking at the most recent Oscars and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories. Potentially, I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, so there’s a chance that this could turn into a long running thing. There are 86 of these to sift through after all…and counting. If nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of he year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Her The nominees here were 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street. »
- Joey Magidson
Robert W Monk previews the Greenland Eyes Film Festival…
If your knowledge of Greenland only extends as far as the northern lights, the sight of highly energetic dogs pulling sleds and a distinct lack of trees and forests, you probably know about as much of the place as I once did. However, following my work on the editorial team of the Greenland Eyes Film Festival I am glad to say my understanding of the land has improved somewhat.
Sume, the Sound of a Revolution (above) explores how an underground rock band influenced political change in the Greenland of the 1970s. One of the highlights of the festival, it will receive an international premiere in Denmark.
The largest and most comprehensive film fest exploring the traditions, sociology and future of Greenland is about to get underway. »
- Gary Collinson
She headed to the stars in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity last year, and now Sandra Bullock has rocketed to the top of Forbes’ list of highest earning actresses. Bullock dominates the chart with $51 million in earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. She has Cuarón’s space thriller to thank. The film became one of the highest grossing movies of 2013, raking in $716 million at the global box office. Of course, Bullock does have Oscar-winning appeal on her side, with one golden statue for The Blind Side. Coming in at the number two earning spot is the ever popular Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $34 million. Forbes points out that her debut in The Hunger Games franchise brought her less than a million in take-home pay. Jennifer Aniston is hanging on at...
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She headed to the stars in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity last year, and now Sandra Bullock has gravitated to the top of Forbes’ list of highest earning actresses. Bullock dominates the chart with $51 million in earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. She has Cuarón’s space thriller to thank. The film became one of the highest grossing movies of 2013, raking in $716 million at the global box office. Of course, Bullock does have Oscar-winning appeal on her side, with one golden statue for The Blind Side. Coming in at the number two earning spot is the ever popular Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $34 million. Forbes points out that her debut in The Hunger Games franchise brought her less than a million in take-home pay. Jennifer Aniston is hanging on...
- Alison Nastasi
There was a time when Sandra Bullock has been a part of a lot of really crappy movies over the years and some pretty big box office under-performers, but in 2009 everything completely changed for her. While All About Steve was another one of the aforementioned duds, she also found huge success in both the romantic comedy The Proposal and the sports drama The Blind Side - her performance in the latter earning her an Academy Award. Since then, both Paul Feig's The Heat and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity made huge money in theaters. Sandra Bullock is now a proven bankable star - and she has the cash to prove it. Forbes has released their annual list of the highest earning actresses, and this year's calculations revealed Sandra Bullock as number one, "with an estimated $51 million in earnings between June 2013 and June 2014." Gravity obviously had a lot to do with that success, »
Gravity cannot hold Sandra Bullock's earnings down as the star topped Forbes' list of highest paid actresses in 2014 with a whopping $51 million earned over the past 12 months, from June 2013 through June 2014. Not too shabby for a 50-year old actress who generally likes to stay out of the limelight and let her work speak for itself.
Most of Bullock's massive earnings can be contributed to the stellar success of Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity co-starring George Clooney. The 2013 hit has amassed $716 million at the worldwide box office and also has been a hit on Blu-ray and DVD. Bullock did not win a Best Actress Academy Award for her work in the film, but Gravity did go on to win seven Oscars.
Thanks to “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock was the highest paid actress of the year according to Forbes.com, who released their annual ranking on Monday. Bullock made an estimated $51 million between June 2013 and June 2014. The unexpected box-office surprise of Alfonso Cuaron‘s Oscar-winning space thriller allowed Bullock to jump from #7 on Forbes’ list last year to #1 this year. Also read: Robert Downey Jr. Is Forbes’ Top-Earning Actor With $75 Million Bullock is followed by Jennifer Lawrence, who made approximately $34 million thanks to “The Hunger Games” and her endorsement deal with Dior, while Jennifer Aniston made $31 million with hefty back-end »
- Linda Ge
Bullock raked in $51 million between June 2013 and June 2014, the eligibility period for Forbes's list, thanks mostly to her high-profile role in Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-winning feature. But while that hefty sum is enough to peg the actress as the third-highest-earning Hollywood actor of any gender -- behind only Robert Downey Jr.'s $74 million and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's $52 million -- Forbes notes that women are still earning far less than men, with the top 10 actresses on the magazine's list earning a collective $226 million, versus $419 million for the top 10 highest-earning men.
Still, Forbes writes that females taking action-centric roles have been able to make lucrative earnings in recent years, including number two on their 2013-2014 list, Jennifer Lawrence, who collected $34 million in that time period. Lawrence's »
- Katie Roberts
In this week’s issue of Variety, Daniel Radcliffe talks about distancing himself from the “Harry Potter” franchise by starring on Broadway and in indies like “Kill Your Darlings” and the upcoming romantic comedy “What If.” But the bigger goal, Radcliffe says, is for him to eventually end up in the director’s chair.
“I would love to direct,” Radcliffe says. “I do it in my head when I’m watching other directors direct. ‘No, don’t say that to them!’ I think I’m quite good with people. Part of being a director is knowing how different actors work in different ways. I’d enjoy it.”
Radcliffe, 25, has observed some of the best directors in the industry, since the “Harry Potter” films were helmed by Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, David Yates and Chris Columbus. “The mistake I see even the really good directors make is they assume they are »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Agnes B. and Garcia Bernal will receive their awards at the opening ceremony. Tanovic will receive his award in the National Theater on the last night of the festival.
Agnes B. will present her feature “Je m’appelle hmmm…” on the second day of the festival, which runs Aug. 15-23.
Three films will be screened on the opening night. In the festival’s largest venue, Ht Eronet Open Air Cinema, there’ll be a screening of “Amores Perros,” the debut feature of Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu.
Inarritu’s film plays as part of a tribute to Mexican cinema, and has been selected for two reasons. First, it heralded the emergence of the Mexican new wave cinema, and second, it introduced Garcia Bernal, who was only 20 at the time. »
- Leo Barraclough
After just an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" footage reveal and an "Ant-Man" panel that was caught under the specter of the project recently losing its director (no new movie announcements beyond a "Guardians of the Galaxy" sequel, no exciting casting revelations), it really did seem from afar like the Marvel Comic-Con presentation was a bit of a whiff this year. I'm sure all in attendance enjoyed the early look, but it felt like it may have been pretty weak sauce, particularly if you were trying to decide between that and a unique Chuck Palahniuk/David Fincher/"Fight Club" panel and opted for the superheroes instead. Fincher's 1999 masterwork is celebrating its 15th anniversary this October and this panel was a "from page to screen and beyond" look at the novel's journey from Palahniuk's brain to pop culture phenomenon. A little over a year ago, the author announced plans to write »
- Kristopher Tapley
San Diego — After many rumors and wild media speculation, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November. McConaughey, who had shockingly never made it to Comic-Con before, came out first to a wild standing ovation. He revealed he first met for Nolan for three hours without the movie ever being brought up or discussed. "I remember leaving thinking, what was that about," McConaughey recalled. "He liked meeting me and a week later I got the script. I liked it quite a lot and I was in." His character, Cooper, a pilot, engineer and widowed father of two children. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Anne Marie here, writing from the Big Daddy of all conventions, San Diego Comic Con! For the next four days, over 100,000 geeks and geekettes of all ages will take over downtown San Diego. Haters state that Sdcc "sold out" and stopped being about comics long ago; I say that's a good thing. Studios, TV networks, video game companies, and publishers all vie for a place here. Think of Sdcc like an all-inclusionary media festival, if most of the media was made up of trailers, demos, behind-the-scenes panels, and free tchotchkes in the shape of Simpsons characters.
Sdcc has been playing an increasingly large role in the pop culture landscape. As many as half of 2014's Top 10 Blockbusters had a presence at Comic Con last year. But it's not just about the lowbrow. The Academy Award-winning Gravity premiered its trailer at a panel last year where director Alfonso Cuaron discussed its now-famous technological challenges. »
- Anne Marie
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