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Look: It's international pop star and onetime Aussie soap goddess Kylie Minogue's 47th birthday. She is a flawless thing who wears catsuits and couture better than anyone else in our hemisphere. Do you understand that? Do you appreciate that? Please start. Let's celebrate her birthday with a collection of her seven most flawless moments. Put on your favorite "Locomotion" remix and get into these videos. 1. Her superspy intrigue in the "Timebomb" video 2. Her gold shorts in the "Spinning Around" video 3. She toasted Madonna with her take on the "Vogue" rap 4. That time she took a bizarre role in the bizarre movie "Holy Motors" 5. That time she tolerated Jean Claude Van Damme's weird speech in "Street Fighter." Go Cammy! 6. She literally stopped traffic in "Red-Blooded Woman" 7. How she strutted through Michel Gondry's perfect "Come Into My World" video Happy birthday to the saucy Aussie herself. Here's to another 47+ years of flirty poppy glamor. »
- Louis Virtel
Underscoring market appetite for high-profile arthouse movies, Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has sold most all of the world – save for the U.S. and Japan – on “Mon Roi,” with Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot.
They come as Studiocanal’s intl. sales head Anna Marsh confirmed momentum off Cannes on a U.S. sale for Stephen Frears’ “The Program,” starring Ben Foster, who, from the evidence of a promo, bears an uncanny resemblance to Lance Armstrong.
Variety reported last week that several distributors expressed interest in the project. A U.S. deal should go down in the next two weeks, Marsh said.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
This sounds like it's going to be so much fun. The first photo from the new Michel Gondry film has hit the web. Gondry moves quickly and quietly when working in France, we didn't even know this was shot yet. Microbe et Gasoil, as it's titled (or Microbe and Gasoil), is already filmed and stars Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet as the two boys, along with Audrey Tautou. This first photo won't make sense until you hear the plot, then you'll have a big smile on your face when you realize. "As the summer holidays approach, the two friends don't want to spend two months in the company of their families, so they build their own 'car' out of a motor mower and some planks of wood, and set off on an adventure on the roads of France." Here's the first photo for Microbe et Gasoil, posted by Film Divider »
- Alex Billington
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
After working with Quentin Tarantino, Michel Gondry, Roman Polanski, Terry Gilliam, and more, Christoph Waltz is taking his skills to the director’s chair. THR reports he’s set to make his directorial debut with The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, a crime drama he’ll also star in. Based on Franklin Foer‘s NY Times article, it’ll follow Waltz as […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Oh hey, Chemical Brothers, remember them? The beatmaking duo have been releasing albums for two decades since their '90s-era peak, and after a five-year break from their last full length effort Further (not including their 2011 soundtrack work on "Hanna"), the electronic act is back with Born In The Echoes. And they've teamed with a longtime collaborator to get their first single some juice. Michel Gondry has directed "Go," and while it doesn't quite hit the peaks of the excellent spot for "Let Forever Be," it still shows off his preference for synchronized movements. The jam, featuring Q-Tip, is pretty simple: a group of six dancers who look like they time-traveled from the set of "Metropolis" walk around with a couple of large poles and dance with frozen expressions on their faces. Though, it feels like a song with this kind of energy could've used a little more razzle dazzle. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Evan falls hard for Louise after arriving in Italy. He doesn't know that much about her, but he's in love with her just the same. The more he discovers about her, though, the more he realizes just how different Louise is from anyone he's known before. Lovecraftian love abounds in Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's Spring, coming out on Blu-ray and DVD as a Best Buy exclusive on June 2nd before hitting other stores on August 11th, and we have the film's home media release details and cover art:
Press Release -- "A young American in a personal tailspin heads to Europe to escape his past and falls for a beautiful woman with a dark and deadly secret in the unique and unforgettable Spring. From Drafthouse Films, FilmBuff and Anchor Bay, the genre-bending horror romance that's been described as a brilliant cross between Before Sunrise and An American Werewolf in London »
- Derek Anderson
Of all the left-field composers out there — typically musicians who don’t follow the traditional rules of film composing — if Jon Brion isn’t at the very top, he’s very damn close. The musician, composer, producer (who has worked with folks like Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Of Montreal, Elliott Smith and more) has been tapped by filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia,” “Punch Drunk Love”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind”), David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”), Charlie Kaufman (“Synechdoche, New York”), Miranda July (“The Future”) and more. In recent years he’s been moving towards comedies, especially for the films of Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”), Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up,” “Delivery Man”) and Judd Apatow. Brion scored “Funny People,” “This Is 40,” and has also written the music for the upcoming “Trainwreck” film starring Amy Schumer. The bête noir of all film composers is temp music — the music a. »
- Edward Davis
Noam Chomsky is one of America's most important thinkers, critical minds, and voices of dissent, and thus it's hardly a surprise that his gripping ideas have been the subject of more than one documentary. 1992's "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" might be the most well known, and Michel Gondry's "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?" the quirkiest, but the upcoming "Requiem For The American Dream" — slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival — might be the most relevant given social and economic landscape of the moment. Directed by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott, the film is constructed from four years worth of interviews with Chomsky, and explores the growing inequality in the country and what that means for stability, democracy, and more. Here's the official synopsis: In his final long-form documentary interview - filmed over four years - Chomsky unpacks the principles that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dave Boyle's fifth feature, Man From Reno, is in many ways both refreshing and frustrating in its pulp leanings. It is far less a typical pulse-pounding thriller, and more a good ol' fashioned mystery with its roots firmly planted in a real world-esque procedural.Fujitani Ayako (perhaps best known to TwitchFilm readers as the star of Michel Gondry's segment in the triptych-spun Tokyo, as well as the Heisei Gamera series from the 1990s) stars as Aki, a famous Japanese crime novelist, who escapes to San Francisco in the middle of her latest book tour. There, she meets a handsome and charming stranger played by Kitamura Kazuki. After one night together he disappears from her bed, but not without leaving behind a suitcase and some intriguing clues....
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CinéSalon's Benoît Jacquot: Leading Ladies (March 3 - 24), curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez at the French Institute Alliance Française in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York included screenings of The Disenchanted (La Désenchantée) starring Judith Godrèche, Marcel Bozonnet and Ivan Desny, introduced by Jacquot; A Single Girl (La Fille Seule) - Virginie Ledoyen, Benoît Magimel, Dominique Valadié introduced by choreographer Blanca Li, who has worked with Pedro Almodovar and Michel Gondry; Villa Amalia - Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Xavier Beauvois and À Tout De Suite - Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurence Cordier.
Léa Seydoux is lovely and tough as the reader and our heroine in Farewell, My Queen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
On Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm, Eye For »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Written and directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun
Thermonuclear warfare, famine via overpopulation, zombie apocalypse. Doomsday scenarios exist dearly in human consciousness as evidenced by the plethora of films, television seriesand literature that chronicle it. While it prevails in art, few go about their lives thinking about the realities of a world ending calamity such as a mile wide asteroid.
How does the world react? What is the chain of command? Who will really save mankind? As the creators behind Disaster Playground prefer to put it, the heroes of armageddon aren’t found in Bruce Willis or Jeff Goldblum, but rather Dr. David Morrison and other scientists of his ilk.
Disaster Playground is succinct, bombastic, and a great, fun look at a grave, literally larger-than-life matter. As director Nelly Ben Hayoun takes the audience from Seti offices to disaster training facilities, the world of studying real-life armageddon is »
- David Tran
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
You probably »
- Jeff Bayer
With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).
Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
“She creates a circle around her which is her universe, and before each circle closes itself she jumps outside to create a new circle,” Michel Gondry said of the perennially changing musician and visual artist Björk this weekend in the New York Times magazine. “So each album goes into a new direction regardless of the success of the previous one.” Or as she puts it herself, “When people expect something of me it’s the only thing I can’t do.” So yes, Björk has moved beyond the album format and taken her art to another level. For her latest trick, the visually daring, musically idiosyncratic artist has created "Black Lake," a new sound and video installation commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition Björk, which runs March 8–June 7, 2015. The song "Black Lake" appears on Björk’s new album, Vulnicura, so it only »
- Edward Davis
Paris– Thomas Litli’s “Hippocrate” won the Chopard Prize of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online festival put together by Paris-based promo org UniFrance.
A critically-aclaimed dramedy set in the medical world, “Hippocrate” was chosen by a filmmakers’ jury presided by French helmer Michel Gondry (“Be Kind Rewinds”) with Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Israeli helmer Nadav Lapid (“Policeman”).
“Hippocrate,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, turns on the unlikely friendship between Vincent Lacoste (“The French Kissers”) and Reda Kateb (“Zero Dark Thirty”), two hospital interns who come from opposite worlds.
The festival was created five years ago by UniFrance to test the VOD market and expand the worldwide auds for French movies beyond arthouse circuits.
Melanie Laurent’s sophomore outing “Breathe,” another Directors’ Fortnight alumni, nabbed the international press award; while Fabienne Godet’s drama “A Place on Earth” with Benoit Poelvoorde snatched up the Lacoste audience kudo.
“A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Abderrahmane Sissako The director of one of the most acclaimed films in last year’s Cannes Film Festival Competition Abderrahmane Sissako who made Oscar-nominated Timbuktu, returns to the Croisette this May (13 to 24) for the 68th edition as president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
The Mauritanian director follows in the wake of illustrious predecessors in the role among them Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese. The juries judge students films and shorts.
Born in Mauritania but brought up in Mali he trained in filmmaking in the Soviet Union. His films cross cultures and continents. Timbuktu represented a cry from the heart for the country of his childhood in West Africa and was perfectly balanced between hope and despair. His work has been acclaimed for its humanism and social consciousness, exploring the complex relations between North and South as well as the fate of his. »
- Richard Mowe
Abderrahmane Sissako's pastoral political drama "Timbuktu" is among the five films vying for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this weekend. In May, the director will head up the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24). The Mauritania-born Sissako follows in the footsteps of inimitable directors Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese, and more, who've held this post. Raised in Mali and trained in filmmaking in the Soviet Union, Abderrahmane Sissako's films explore the complex relations between North and South as well as the fate of a much-beleaguered Africa. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
After decades of award-winning musical and film performances, legendary musician-actress Björk is set to receive a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The career of Björk, a Grammy- and Oscar-nominee who was named among the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone, will be examined through a chronological demonstration of her innovative musical compositions and groundbreaking music videos. Together with frequent collaborator Michel Gondry (director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), her work has blurred the line between music and film. Her 1999 single "All Is Full of Love" was the first ever to be released on DVD. Below is a trailer for her upcoming single "Black Lake," which will appear in Björk's upcoming album and has also been commissioned by MoMA as a new multimedia installation for the exhibition. It perfectly represents the profound influence and creative idiosyncrasy of her »
- David Canfield
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