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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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Sundance 2010: First teaser for Aussie crime drama Animal Kingdom

14 December 2009 9:19 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Ahh, a great little teaser set to Air Supply's "I'm all out of love". We've been watching the Australian scene closely for a while now which is why we're very excited about this film (among many others), so if you're looking for more details here's the first news and the first stills.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the jungle known as the Melbourne underworld. Animal Kingdom uses this edgy locale to unspool a gripping tale of survival and revenge.

Pope Cody, an armed robber on the run from a gang of renegade detectives, is in hiding, surrounded by his roughneck friends and family. Soon, Pope’s nephew, Joshua "J" Cody, arrives and moves in with his hitherto estranged relatives. When tensions between the family and the police reach a bloody peak, "J" finds himself at the center of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns the family upside down.

Animal Kingdom is »

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Sundance 2010: First Teaser Arrives For David Michôd's Animal Kingdom

13 December 2009 5:50 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Welcome to the jungle known as the Melbourne underworld. Animal Kingdom uses this edgy locale to unspool a gripping tale of survival and revenge.

Pope Cody, an armed robber on the run from a gang of renegade detectives, is in hiding, surrounded by his roughneck friends and family. Soon, Pope's nephew, Joshua "J" Cody, arrives and moves in with his hitherto estranged relatives. When tensions between the family and the police reach a bloody peak, "J" finds himself at the center of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns the family upside down.

To those who have been tracking the current wave of Australian genre film David Michôd needs no introduction.  The prolific writer has screenwriting credits on most of the major titles to come out of the Blue Tongue group, including one on Hesher - the debut feature from Spencer Susser - which give Michôd credit on two films playing »

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Sundance 2010: World Cinema Dramatic Comp: Taika Waititi and David Michod Among Global Invites

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With filmmakers from Iraq, Bolivia, India and out of all places, Greenland, it's no wonder that many of the filmmaker names selected in Sundance's 2010 edition World Cinema Dramatic Competition are drawing a blank stare. Among those that we do know we find Taika Waititi returning to the festival (after the little seen charmer Eagle vs. Shark) with a set in the 80's pic called Boy, and David Michod will be coming to the festival as the scribe for Hesher, and as the the writer-director of Animal Kingdom starring Guy Pearce. - With filmmakers from Iraq, Bolivia, India and out of all places, Greenland, it's no wonder that many of the filmmaker names selected in Sundance's 2010 edition World Cinema Dramatic Competition are drawing a blank stare. Among those that we do know we find Taika Waititi returning to the festival (after the little seen charmer Eagle vs. Shark) with a set »

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David Michôd talks Sundance success

8 December 2009 2:49 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The man with the most famous circumflex in Australian filmmaking - and the bane of sub-editors everywhere - David Michôd, bounced back into headlines again last week with the news that not one - but two - of his feature films have been accepted into Official Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 

Yes, that's right - both Michôd's feature directorial debut Animal Kingdom, a gangland movie set in the Melbourne criminal underworld, and Hesher, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring independent Us feature he co-wrote with director Spencer Susser, will screen at the Park City alpine festival in January.

Michôd first sprang to international attention after practically taking over the short film circuit in 2008 when Crossbow (which he wrote and directed) premiered at Sundance along with two other shorts he co-wrote, Nash Edgerton's Spider, and Spencer Susser's zombie film I Love Sarah Jane.

In 2009, the festival also screened another of his short films, »

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

3 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. »

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New York theatre review: Cate Blanchett dazzles in A Streetcar Named Desire

3 December 2009 7:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Despite a flat-batteried opposite number in Joel Edgerton, Blanchett's Blanche pours life into a new production of Tennessee Williams's classic

Towards the end of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, the tragically self-deluded Blanche Dubois stares out of the window and with a flick of the wrist exclaims: "I don't want realism, I want magic!" Cate Blanchett, in a new production that opened in New York on Monday night, uttered the words with such wistful longing that she caught perfectly Blanche's burden and self-denial. A performance that began strongly and ended triumphantly earned Blanchett a standing ovation at the Bam Harvey theatre.

Streetcar is a high-risk undertaking for anyone, inviting as it does comparison with the black-and-white splendour of the 1951 film version. Blanchett plays the role with much less coquettishness than did Vivien Leigh, holding the audience's attention by revealing, gradually, the extent of her deceptions. Her subtle »

- Ed Pilkington

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Sundance Film Festival Details Released

3 December 2009 5:47 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

I feel a special bond with the Sundance Film Festival. Not because I’ve been there, but because the guy in charge of it this year, John Cooper, shares my name. Because we share this bond, I feel that I’m able to take license in referring to the man as Coop for the rest of this article.

For the annual event held in Park City, Utah from January 21-31, thousands of films are submitted and screened — this year, 3,724 films were viewed by the festival’s ten programmers. I wonder when they slept.

Coop has high hopes for the festival as a whole:

“We may even be going into a golden age for independent films, in that the technology will make it possible for the films to be made and for audiences to see them. The industry is going through a major evolutionary stage right now, there’s no doubt about that, »

- John Cooper

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup

2 December 2009 11:41 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: U.S. Documentary Competition This year’s 16 films were selected from 862 submissions. Each film is a world premiere. Bhutto(Directors: Jessica Hernandez and Johnny O'Hara; Screenwriter: Johnny O'Hara)—A riveting journey through the life and work of  recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, »

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Sundance Unveils 2010 Competition Lineup

2 December 2009 8:36 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of films playing in competition from January 21 through January 31, 2010.  The early fest typically debuts some of the best films the year has to offer, like 2009’s Precious, (500) Days of Summer, and Moon.

I’m bummed I won’t be in Park City, Utah next month because the lineup looks great, and these are just the films playing in competition.  Here’s a few that stood out to me:

The Allen Ginsberg trial film Howl starring James Franco, a documentary by Alex Gibney (a truly great filmmaker) on Jack Abramoff, Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious, a doc about Joan Rivers, the directorial debut of “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor titled Happythankyoumoreplease (I wrote a glowing script review of it here), Hesher with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, and Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

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- Jeff Leins

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Sundance Film Festival 2010 films announced

2 December 2009 6:02 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sundance Film Festival 2010 is a little over a month away and that means we can now bring you a list of the competition films that will be playing. Here you go boys and girls… enjoy!

Documentary Competition

Blue Valentine” – Directed by Derek Cianfrance, written by Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis, a portrait of an American marriage that charts the evolution of a relationship over time. With Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, John Doman. “Douchebag” – Directed by Drake Doremus, written by Lindsay Stidham, Doremus, Jonathan Schwartz and Andrew Dickler, in which a man about to be married takes his younger brother on a wild goose chase to find the latter’s fifth-grade girlfriend. Features Dickler, Ben York Jones, Marguerite Moreau, Nicole Vicius, Amy Ferguson, Wendi McClendon-Covey. “The Dry Land” – Directed and written by Ryan Piers Williams, in which a returning U.S. soldier tries to reconcile his experiences overseas with his life in Texas. »

- Scott

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Line-up Unveiled

2 December 2009 3:19 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Sundance Today the Sundance Institute announced the films that will be in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in both the U.S. and International dramatic and documentary categories. The festival will run from January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. There are a few changes this year as there will be no opening-night picture and the festival will take select festival films to eight cities during as the fest plays out.

Last year notable films such as this year's major Oscar contenders Precious and An Education debuted at Sundance 2009 as did audience and critical favorite (500) Days of Summer.

As for this year's crop I have highlighted a few titles among the list below in red, but I have primarily done so considering the names attached to the pictures not necessarily based on any advanced buzz I've heard around any of the films. Names to look out for include Ryan Gosling, »

- Brad Brevet

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Competition Line-up Announced for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival

2 December 2009 2:15 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Sundance Film Festival is where some of the great films of the year will get their first viewings, and if you don’t believe me, here’s just some of the great films this year that made their debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival: Precious, World’s Greatest Dad, Big Fan, Bronson, Moon and even (500) Days of Summer, which I didn’t care for but made a big splash.

The festival is where buzz starts happening and now Sundance has released the list of which films will be in competition for 2010.  Keep in mind that there are plenty of other films which play out of competition and can be just as great.  But some of the big names fighting for the crown are the Allen Ginsberg obscenity trial film Howl starring General Hospital’s James Franco, Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo’s directing debut Sympathy for Delicious, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Sundance 2010 competition lineup includes Temptation Of St Tony!

2 December 2009 1:12 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

And the first announcement is upon us and includes quite a few movies we've already reported on.. What does that include?

The incredible looking Estonian drama The Temptation of St. Tony for which we got the exclusive trailer on a while ago. It's by Veiko Õunpuu who did the incredible Sügisball and I'm greatly looking forward to seeing this.

From Spencer Susser, the director of the incredible zombie short I love Sarah Jane comes Hesher, his first feature which stars Jgl!

David Michôd's Australian thriller Animal Kingdom which stars Guy Pearce.

From Taiki Waititi, director of Eagle vs Shark comes Boy which we previously reported on, but then it was known as The Volcano.

Full list after the break!

U.S. Documentary Competition

This year’s 16 films were selected from 862 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Bhutto (Directors: Jessica Hernandez and Johnny O'Hara; Screenwriter: Johnny O'Hara)—A riveting »

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The 180 second challenge

19 November 2009 11:03 PM, PST | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

Gearing up for its fourth annual competition is The Optus ONE80PROJECT, an initiative that encourages local, aspiring film and television talent to submit an original 180 second television pilot and accompanying treatment for judging, by a panel of judges as well as Optus mobile phone subscribers.   Previous illustrious judges have included Noah Taylor, Abbie Cornish, Emily Barclay, Neil Armfield, Teresa Palmer, Alex Dimitriades and Nash & Joel Edgerton and this year it is Us based, international heavyweight producer David Gale (Election, The Longest Yard and Napoleon Dynamite) that will hone in on the winning contender.   Currently the Executive Vice President of New Media at MTV, David Gale was previously head of MTV films and oversaw films such as Napoleon Dynamite, Hustle and Flow, Murderball, Beavis and Butthead Do America, Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two. »

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Cate Convalescing

3 September 2009 3:54 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This may surprise those among you who think the worst of me for my occasionally vocalized Blagnostichettism but I spent all day inbetween deadlines worrying about Cate Blanchett and her head injury. In case you missed it, she was struck on the head in Sydney yesterday while performing Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Live theater is dangerous! Seems that Stanley Kowalski -- ever the brute -- threw a radio at her. Maybe Stanley's (Joel Edgerton) aim wasn't true or Cate altered her blocking that night but the prop wasn't supposed to actually hit her.

I'm relieved to read that she's reportedly fine... but I'm still a little nervous. Head injuries are notoriously unpredictable. Gifted actresses are a precious commodity and should never ever ever come to harm. Especially not while they're in the middle of working their magic.

I don't really hear people vocalize this so much but »

- NATHANIEL R

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Cate Blanchett Got Minor Head Injury on Stage

2 September 2009 8:52 PM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett suffered a minor head injury when performing on stage Wednesday, September 2. The Queen Elizabeth I of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" was hit by a property during her "A Streetcar Named Desire" performance at The Sydney Theatre Company (Stc), the Australian Associated Press (Aap) reported.

Blanchett, who takes the role of Blanche DuBois on the show, was performing a scene with Joel Edgerton, who plays Stanley Kowalski, when the incident happened. The theater's spokesman, Tim McKeough said that Blanchett was hit by a radio prop. "There was a minor incident on stage that unfortunately did injure Cate," he said.

A member of the audience, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald, recalled that Edgerton accidentally hit Blanchett with a '60s-style radio, adding that audience could see Blanchett's blood streaming down her head. "He [Edgerton] was supposed to throw it [the radio] out the window, but it sort of slipped and hit her in the head, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Cate Blanchett Suffers Head Injury

2 September 2009 7:00 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Cate Blanchett suffered a head injury Wednesday during a live performance in her native Australia. The actress was performing in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at The Sydney Theatre Company when she was hit by a prop. Some believe that cast member Joel Edgerton threw a radio at her. "There was a minor incident on stage that unfortunately did injure Cate," said theatre spokesman Tim McKeough. "There is no point in the show in which the radio is thrown at her. There was a moment when another actor lifted the prop above his head and she somehow sustained a minor blow to the head." She was not taken to the hospital. An audience member tells the Sydney Morning Herald that "she had blood streaming down the back of her head and blood on the back of her neck. She acted for about another 30 seconds, then ran into what we thought was the next scene, »

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