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10 items from 2012

Chico & Rita | Blu-ray Review

2 October 2012 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

There always seems to be a shortage of animated features created with an adult audience in mind. Only once or twice a year there seems to be one worth watching, and though it’s been a couple years since its initial theatrical release, Chico & Rita is now getting its day in the sun with a beautiful Blu-ray combo pack release. Under the direction of Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba and a duo of newcomers in Tono Errando and the visual designer Javier Mariscal, the film surveys the explosion of Cuban music on the world stage during the late 40s and early 50s through a rather slight story of disenfranchised love. Where the tiresome relationship plot falters, the film’s immense respect for the Latin influenced jazz that the story is entrenched in and the impeccable recreation of the time period through gorgeous animation give more than enough reason to forgive its oversights. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Tonight: Free Screening Of Ed Bland’s Avant-Garde 'The Cry Of Jazz' At MoCADA, Brooklyn

20 September 2012 10:54 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

One of the 25 films to be inducted for preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry of the Library of Congress (Spike Lee's Malcolm X was on the short list that year), the experimental film titled The Cry Of Jazz - a fascinating 34-minute critical analysis of Jazz music, directed by Ed Bland (an African American) - his only film. He went on to a career as a composer, arranger, and producer for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, and on films like A Raisin In The Sun, Ganja And Hess, and The Cool World. Shot on 16mm black-and-white, on really no budget, with a volunteer cast and crew, the film is essentially a thesis on the structural correlation between black life in America and »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Exclusive: Chico and Rita 'Chano' Blu-ray Clip

24 August 2012 7:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an exclusive Blu-ray clip from Cinedigm's Chico & Rita, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 18. The Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film is currently available on digital and VOD formats. Take a look at this scene, which offers a taste of how beautiful and unique this Cuban flavored drama can be.

Chico & Rita Exclusive: Chano Gets Shot

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle epoque, Calle 54) and Spain's renowned artist and designer Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak. Fresh off its worldwide theatrical release, Chico & Rita earned more than $2.2 million at the box office, was Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature, took home Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards, and was an audience favorite at the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals. Featuring a red-hot soundtrack by five-time Grammy-winning Cuban musician and composer Bebo Vald&#233s, with »

- MovieWeb

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Chico & Rita Blu-ray and DVD Debut September 18th

10 August 2012 6:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their ambitions and each other from Havana to New York and Hollywood to Paris, in an epic story of love and heartbreak spanning six decades.

Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., will release Chico & Rita, Gkids' 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, day-and-date on September 18th on cable VOD, DVD, and on DVD/Blu-ray in a Limited Edition Collector's Set, preceded by an early digital release on August 21.

Oscar&#174-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle epoque, Calle 54) and Spain's renowned artist and designer Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak. Fresh off its worldwide theatrical release, Chico & Rita earned more than $2.2 million at the box office, was »

- MovieWeb

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Kristen Stewart Did 'On The Road' For The Price Of A Beatles Song On 'Mad Men' & More About The Walter Salles Adaptation

10 May 2012 6:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The long, difficult journey from page to screen for Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" has been well-documented over the years, and one thing that has been consistent throughout is the passion and love evinced for the novel by all involved --particularly the godfather of it all, Francis Ford Coppola, who acquired the novel's rights back in 1978 at the height of his success.

Now, fifty-one years after the novel was first published, we're on the eve of the film adaptation's unveiling at the Cannes Film Festival. Little word has spilled about the final product, however, the cast and crew's experience is seemingly personified (for better or worse) by an email sent by Walters Salles when things had wrapped, which explained that "being in a movie is like being in a war: when you come back home, it is difficult to tell that story to others."

Perhaps most indicative of just »

- Simon Dang

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This Weekend: 10th Annual Austin Jewish Film Festival

21 March 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The 10th annual Austin Jewish Film Festival starts this Saturday, March 24, and runs through March 30. In addition, the fest is hosting a special festival kickoff celebration: David Amram in concert on Thursday, March 22.

The fest includes 25 international feature films and shorts from Denmark, France, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, UK, and the U.S., which will be shown at Regal Arbor.

The Ajff Kickoff Celebration is a David Amram concert on March 22, presented at Congregation Agudas Achim on the Dell Jewish Community Campus (7300 Hart Lane) at 7:30 pm. Thanks to underwriting by the Austin Jewish Film Festival, concert tickets are only $10. This is a rare opportunity to see/hear this amazing musician.

Amram is also the subject of a documentary that will screen on opening night: David Amram, The First 80 Years. Amram and the documentary director will be present for a Q&A after the film.

The 81-year-old composer, musician, »

- Chale Nafus

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Paramount Wins Rights to Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart Buddy-Cop Action-Comedy

19 March 2012 8:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The untitled Rodney Rothman pitch has Rogen and Hart attached to play "the first (fictional) interracial police partners, who infiltrate the post-World War II jazz scene to investigate a drug ring," reports Variety. Obviously the first real interracial police partners were Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Rothman, who has produced several pictures for Judd Apatow's Apatow Productions, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has been cooking up this idea for years. The concept will make for one heck of a soundtrack — one part hard rock, two parts Dizzy Gillespie. »

- Brett Smiley

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‘Chico & Rita’: Jazzy, Romantic, Masterful

10 February 2012 7:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Chico & Rita

Directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Written by Ignacio Martinez de Pison and Fernando Trueba

2011, Spain / UK

The great films throw the existing state of cinema into sharp relief, filling a gap in the movie-going experience that was not only empty, but previously invisible to even the most passionate audience members. Today there are Disney princesses, Pixar whimsies, and Miyazaki dreams, but the superior Chico & Rita provides animation with something that it had never known it was missing: seduction. This is simply the most romantic animated film ever made.

The titular couple meet in a smoky Havana club in 1948. Rita has the voice that can draw every eye in the room, and Chico is a promising pianist with the chops for everything from Stravinsky to bebop.  They go to bed that first night, and the following morning the complications begin. Both have the talent and the passion »

- Mark Young

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Trailer trash

28 January 2012 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Latino animation Chico & Rita is set to become a stage musical, and the stars were out for the Chemical Brothers' new film

Cuban heels

Hot on the heels of its Oscar nomination last week, animated feature Chico & Rita is set to become a stage musical. The film, telling the romantic story of a Havana piano player and a beautiful singer separated by time and circumstance, has all the ingredients for a stage show, including a successful soundtrack by the late-flowering Cuban musician Bebo Valdés. The film also features music from Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Tito Puente and Thelonious Monk, and is set in the late-1940s period when the New York jazz scene began to absorb immigrant percussionists from Havana's nightclub scene such as Chano Pozo. The film, produced on the Isle of Man by CinemaNX and directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, has already won a European »

- Jason Solomons

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‘A Cat in Paris’ and ‘Chico & Rita’ Trailers: Get a Taste of Two Lesser-Known Oscar Nominees

24 January 2012 6:47 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We'll likely spend some of today reacting to the Oscar nominations, which were announced this morning. But before we get to complaining and picking apart the Academy choices that snubbed certain films, let's celebrate a couple of movies that just got a big bump from the Oscar nods. In the Best Animated Film category two of the nominated films are ones that are probably unfamiliar to a lot of people. A Cat in Paris, by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and Chico & Rita, by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando were both nominated. But before you get too up in arms that these movies helped snub Pixar and/or Tintin, take a look at the trailers for the two films below. Chico & Rita, for example, is simply gorgeous. Chico & Rita premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. The following synopsis is from Tiff: Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba »

- Russ Fischer

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