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8 items from 2008


21 Grams on Hulu

18 December 2008 1:06 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Critically acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s second collaboration with Guillermo Arriaga, 21 Grams, is now available for free on Hulu. The film tells three stories starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Huston, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Not nearly as great as his debut feature Amores Perros, 21 Grams is still worth checking out. Leave your comments about the movie in the comments. Related Stories

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Worth Watching - Nov 29: Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth Trailer

29 November 2008 5:00 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

No, this isn't an unofficial remake of 10,000 B.C., it's Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson's latest feature film. Mammoth is an English language drama starring Michelle Williams and Gael García Bernal as a married couple. Similar to Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel, Mammoth explores the connection between three people in three different places. Tom (Bernal) heads on a business trip to Thailand where he tries to radically change his life; Allison (Williams), his wife, lives in New York and struggles to spend time with their daughter and deal with their live-in Filipino maid; and lastly, their maid's family and her two kids struggle with her absence in the Philippines. Our friend Eric at Ioncinema.com predicted that this would premiere at Sundance in January. After this trailer, I hope it does, because I really want to check it out. Watch the trailer for Lukas Moodysson's Mammoth: Mammoth is »

- Alex Billington

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Clockwork Fables of Guillermo Del Toro

18 November 2008 2:42 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Fangoria UK scribe and broadcaster Alan Jones now has a title for his forthcoming Fab Press book on the amazing life and extraordinary films of award-winning writer/producer/director Guillermo del Toro: it’s called Clockwork Fables: The Fantasy Worlds Of Guillermo Del Toro. Due November 2010, Clockwork Fables is the first lavishly produced volume to focus on the Mexican-born, larger-than-life personality, the genius responsible for the Academy Award-winning Pan’S Labyrinth, whose unique perspective on horror, fantasy and visionary creature features has assured him an ever-expanding audience.

“From his feature directing debut Cronos in 1993 to recent hit Hellboy II: The Golden Army, del Toro has grown in artistic stature to become a major industry force to be reckoned with,” Jones says. “His enviable gift of appealing to both adoring fanboys and ardent cineastes alike is a rare entertainment accomplishment. Del Toro is bound to reap even greater dividends come »

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Story Behind Guillermo Arriaga's Fight With Alejandro González Iñárritu

1 September 2008 10:17 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

I typically stay away from Hollywood gossip and fights, but this is an interesting story that leads into Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut at Toronto. Arriaga, the screenwriter behind Babel, was banned from Cannes during Babel's debut due to a "fight" between him and the director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Now he's heading to Toronto with a film he wrote and directed on his own, titled The Burning Plain, starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. The Guardian has an interesting article looking at the past and present - the story behind his tussle with Iñárritu as well as the idea for his film which has been getting great early buzz. I thought this story would be a great Labor Day read to feature today. Arriaga and Iñárritu have worked together on three Mexican films: Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel. Initially friends, the two "began falling out after Iñárritu felt Arriaga »

- Alex Billington

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Venice Film Festival: Aronofsky, Arriaga, Denis, Kiarostami & Bahrani among the 65th edition

29 July 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- This year's Venice Film Festival (Aug. 27-Sept. 6.) looks like what the top tier of the medal standings might be comprised of at the upcoming Olympic games. Dominating the list of Main Competition selections, we have world premieres (with the exception of Mamoru and Miyazaki's latest) that come from markets such as U.S, Italy France and Japan. With a drought of specs to showcase due to the strikes of early 08, and wrestling with Toronto's Film fest and San Sebastien who managed to get their hands attention-getting titles like Winterbottom's Genova, S.Makhmalbaf's hard fought production of Two-Legged Horse, and Hirokazu Kore-eda's and Kim Ki-Duk's latest works, Venice has still managed to get some highly touted pics for its 65th edition. If I'd have my two feet at the festival this year, my top five or six most anticipated films might be: The Burning PlainGuillermo Arriaga's »

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Rumors Confirmed, del Toro to Direct 'Hobbit'

25 April 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Guillermo del Toro may belong to the team of Mexican directors (the 'cha cha cha' trio along with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón who have made quite a name for themselves in the past decade or so, but del Toro didn't opt for the indie route like the rest of them. With his 1993 calling card Cronos bringing him to the forefront, the proclaimed director chose to direct horror/thriller/sci-fi flicks like Blade II and Hellboy that had very little to do with his latin roots. Del Toro is most well-known for the highly acclaimed, 2006 Oscar-winning, fascist Spain fantasy flick, Pan's Labyrinth. The pic made history as the highest grossing Spanish language film in U.S. box office history. Chances are, del Toro could be breaking another box office record with his two most recently signed projects. The director will soon be able to add Part I and »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2008: #20 The Burning Plain

1 February 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- #20. The Burning Plain Director/Writer: Guillermo Arriaga (See on set photo above)Producers: Laurie MacDonald (A Tale of Two Sisters) and Walter F. Parkes (The Trial of the Chicago 7)    Distributor: Magnolia Pictures The Gist: This consists of thematically connected storylines. Kim Basinger will play Gina, the mother of Charlize Theron's character as seen in childhood. Theron will play Sylvia, who tries to find common ground with her parents after a turbulent childhood. The two narratives eventually converge. Fact: Arriaga is one of the writers onboard Dallas Buyers Club. See It: Fans of Alejandro González Iñárritu will be curious to see Arriaga come out from "behind the shadows". Release Date/Status?: Currently filming, this should be Magnolia Pictures healthy attempt at the year-end awards race.    »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2008: #86 Rudo y Cursi

28 January 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- #86.Rudo y Cursi Director/Writer: Carlos Cuarón Producer/Production Company: Cha Cha Cha  (Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Linde,  Guillermo del Toro and Frida Torresblanco)  Distributor: Focus Features The Gist: The on-screen reunion between Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna is a tale of love and hate between professional soccer-playing brothers. Fact: Carlos Cuarón's sophomore project is one of the 5 projects signed under a deal between Cha Cha Cha (Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón,  Iñárritu and del Toro) and Universal pictures. See It: The 'less famous' brother of Alfonso Cuarón was actually the co-screenwriter of Y tu mamá también.Release Date/Status?: Now in post-production, Focus Features will first figure out a festival strategy and then a limited release schedule.   »

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