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Most moviegoers can agree on one thing: there were way too many movies this year. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to live in New York, you had the opportunity to see around 600 new features come and go; the rest of us didn’t get that many fewer. That means that anyone who’s been put in a position to make a top 10 (or top 15, or top 20…) had to make some sad cuts. So we thought it appropriate to highlight some of the year’s most memorable individual moments, scenes, and sequences, from movies that may or may not have made our individual year-end lists. Some were from movies we didn’t love; some are from movies we didn’t even like, but all stood out. Which is no small feat considering just how insane the release calendar has become.
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Brad Pitt, who received a SAG Award nomination for Best Actor today, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. This is for his performance in "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life."
Here's the complete press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, CA (December 14, 2011) . The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present two-time Academy Award® nominee Brad Pitt with the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in Moneyball and his supporting role in The Tree of Life. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams.
.Brad Pitt consistently mesmerizes audiences with the depth and versatility of his performances. He has »
 Last year saw the debut of The Viewfinder List , which aims to do for aspiring filmmakers what The Black List does for screenwriters. Compiled from a poll of "studio executives, producers, and creatives," The Viewfinder List reflects the most-liked shorts, commercials, and/or music videos of the year. The inaugural list in 2010 included such up-and-comers as Patrick Jean, whose Pixels is due out in 2013, 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, and, um, Alejandro González Iñárritu. This year's list has Dan Trachtenberg's Portal: No Escape on top, along with a few other videos you may recognize if you've been paying attention to /Film for the past year. Or even if you haven't -- that adorable Super Bowl Volkswagen ad with the little Darth Vader kid also made the cut, as did Chris Marrs Piliero's video for The Black Keys. Check out the full 2011 Viewfinder List -- with video! -- after the jump. »
- Angie Han
Good news coming in for fans who are excited for Marcus Dunstan's sequel to The Collector known as The Collection. The flick has scored distribution through Liddell Entertainment and is now well on its way!
From the Press Release
Liddell Entertainment, the innovative production and distribution financier, is launching a new theatrical distribution entity, Ld Distribution, and named indie veteran David Dinerstein as head of the new company. The company’s initial slate includes: William Friedkin’s critically acclaimed Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey; the recently wrapped production Disconnect, starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard, from the Oscar nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin; and horror film The Collection from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writers of Saw lV, V and Vl, which is currently in post-production. The company plans to release four to six films in its initial year.
Ld Distribution will actively acquire films and provide distribution »
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HollywoodNews.com: Liddell Entertainment, the innovative production and distribution financier is launching a new theatrical distribution entity, Ld Distribution, and named indie veteran David Dinerstein as head of the new company. The company’s initial slate includes: William Friedkin’s critically acclaimed Killer Joe starring Matthew McConaughey; the recently wrapped production, Disconnect, starring Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard from the Oscar nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin; and the horror film, The Collection, from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writers of Saw lV, V and Vl which is currently in post-production. The company plans to release 4 to 6 films in its initial year.
Ld Distribution will actively acquire films and provide distribution for Liddell Entertainment’s expanding production slate. Liddell Entertainment is aiming to produce four to six movies a year with budgets of up to $25 million.
“We are thrilled to bring David Dinerstein on board to run our new distribution operation. »
- Josh Abraham
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is one actor whose career we always like to keep a track of considering his keen eye for directorial talent. He grew to prominence with roles in the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Amores Perros," "Babel"); has since worked with names like Michel Gondry ("The Science Of Sleep"), Pedro Almodóvar ("Bad Education"), Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control"); and has also been loosely attached to star in Martin Scorsese's next film, "Silence." The actor is now set to team with first time director Cyril Cohen as well as French thespian Marina Fois (most recently seen in the Cannes award winning "Polisse") for a Tel Aviv-set dramedy based on Alona Kimhi's novel "Weeping Susannah." Film takes place in the aftermath of the murder of Israeli prime »
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Happy Feet Two, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & The Descendants.
This weekend there’s something for everyone in theaters. For the kids, a fleet of toe-tapping, tune-trouncing penguins will go on a wild adventure, while a vampire will marry his teen bride to the delight of Twihards and teen girls everywhere. Finally, a ruggedly handsome but lonely father will face a cruel twist of fate with a grim sense of humor that’s sure to amuse adults. But if all this animated fun, lusty romance and pensive drama isn’t enough to satisfying your cinema cravings, we’ve got you covered with a new list of tantalizing titles now available online.
Mumbles (Elijah Wood) has taught the whole of penguin society to dance, »
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Writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s Oscar-nominated Biutiful, which won Javier Bardem the Best Actor award at Cannes, is starting to take shape very nicely, with Deadline reporting that having finalised a deal with New Regency to fully fund The Revenant, the director has now set his eyes on Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn for the two leads.
The director has worked with Penn before already on the critically-acclaimed 21 Grams, which earned Penn a BAFTA nomination, and the prospect of these three men working together on this sounds pretty damn amazing.
“DiCaprio is being courted to play 1820s frontiersman Hugh Glass, who hires on to a fur trapping expedition and is so badly mauled by a bear that he’s unable to be transported back from the wilderness. He hires two men to stay behind. Expecting him to die, they rob and abandon him instead, leaving him helpless. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn are in talks to star in Alejandro González Iñárritu's new film. The Revenant will be based on Michael Punke's revenge novel of the same name. The Babel director has already met with the actors, according to Deadline. Set in the 1920s, the movie will feature DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass. Penn is wanted for the role of one of the men hired to help Glass on a bear trapping expedition, but who instead rob and leave him for (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
After stalking through the desolate wastes of development hell for ages, dark revenge drama The Revenant got its claws into another director in August, with Alejandro González Iñárritu attached to make the film. Now he has funding in place from New Regency and is on the hunt for a cast. And the first names on his wish list? Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn.According to Deadline, both actors have met with Iñárritu about the film, but no deals are in place just yet.The Revenant, which Mark L Smith adapted from Michael Punke’s novel, follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio, if he signs on) is mauled by a bear, and his companions leave him for dead.To add insult to injury, two men are assigned to bury what everyone assumes is his dead body. But the greedy pair (Penn would »
I sort of figured that, at some point in their careers, Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio must have crossed paths. They’re two of the most prestigious actors working today, they only pick high-profile material, and they both almost exclusively work with auteurs. So, maybe I’m alone on this, but it really feels like they should have made a film together by now. (They do share one credit on IMDb: The Assassination of Richard Nixon, which Penn starred in and DiCaprio executive produced. No, that doesn’t count.)
If Deadline is correct, Alejandro González Iñárritu will be the man to bring them together. They report that both actors have met with the Babel and Amores Perros director about The Revenant, his adaptation of Michael Punke‘s western novel for New Regency and Fox. Both the source material and the inevitable adaptation center on “an injured fur trapper who’s »
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Mark L. Smith wrote the screenplay, adapted from Michael Punke's novel. The story centers on Hugh Glass, a frontiersman in the 1820s who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition. Two men stay behind to look after him, but, thinking Hugh won't survive, they rob him and leave him for dead. When the man recovers, he goes out to seek revenge on the two men who abandoned him. Leonardo DiCaprio is being considered for Hugh Glass, and Sean Penn may play one of the men who robs him.
If the cast falls into place, The Revenant could start shooting as early as next fall.
It looks like the wheels are turning on the next film by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Late this summer it was announced the helmer behind “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and "Biutiful" was setting up his next picture, "The Revenant." Well, it now has backing and two major Hollywood stars are now looking to star. Deadline reports that New Regency--who also have Mark Wahlberg's "Broken City" and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" as part of their upcoming slate--have come aboard to finance the film, and more, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn have met with the director about taking roles. An adaptation of Michael… »
 Game of Thrones helmer Brian Kirk has worked mostly in television, but he's been making moves toward the big screen in recent months. He was up for the job  of directing Thor 2 before Patty Jenkins won the job, and over the summer he signed on  for Paper Wings with Tom Cruise. Now he's landed another intriguing feature -- the Guillermo del Toro-produced thriller Midnight Delivery. More details after the jump. We first heard about the picture way back last fall , when del Toro joined up with Universal Pictures to develop the project. Neil Cross is writing the script from an idea by del Toro, about a man who becomes a drug mule in order to save his son's life. The premise of the movie suggests it'll be short on the supernatural horror del Toro's usually known for, but del Toro's worked in more mundane settings before -- he »
- Angie Han
Directed by Gerardo Naranjo
You may not know it, but Mexican cinema is alive and has something to tell us. Overshadowed by the big wigs of the American studio system, foreign markets are endlessly trying to compete with the big budgeted, CGI saturated, sequel profiteering that has blindsided artistic talents to go forth and pursue the American cinematic dream: think board and spend big for the sake of mass hysteria. Swedish cinema has become a frontrunner in recent years with commercial and critical success with such examples as Let the Right One In and The Millennium Trilogy, now garnering American attention and adaptations. Although these films like many other foreign favorites are masterful and grand within their own respects, the fact is there’s simply no stopping the Hollywood studios from looking elsewhere to bank on ideas that aren’t their own. As Hollywood rummages outside its »
- Christopher Clemente
Chicago – While Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” meticulously chronicles the troubled upbringing that leads a kid to shoot up his school, Shawn Ku’s “Beautiful Boy” centers on the days following the senseless slaughter, as the shooter’s devastated parents are left to pick up the pieces. Though both pictures share similar themes, the latter takes a more familiar and less unsettling approach to the material.
It’s clear that Ku is aiming for the sort of raw observation and wrenching drama typified by Todd Field’s 2001 masterpiece, “In the Bedroom,” but it ultimately falls short of its aspirations. There’s an obvious formula to the dramatic arcs of each character that leaves little room for ambiguity. It might’ve been a standard weepie destined for Lifetime if it weren’t for the superb central performances by Maria Bello and Michael Sheen.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
In the film’s solemn opening moments, »
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★★★☆☆ Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa writes and directs well-meaning drama Amador, focusing upon the lives of Bolivian immigrants in Madrid - an under-represented group in cinematic terms - specifically Marcela (Magaly Solier) and her flower-selling partner Nelson (Pietro Sibille).
After discovering that she is pregnant (and in order to make ends meet due to her husband's struggling flower-trading trade), Marcela accepts a job taking care of the elderly, bedridden Amador (Celso Bugallo) while his family are away. Amador is initially cold towards his new carer, sitting aloof as he watches television or works on his jigsaw.
After a period of time, Marcela manages to break through Amador's icy exterior, engaging him on a personal level that his family seemed unable to achieve. However, the old man's sudden death leads Marcela to extreme measures in order to secure her full pay.
The subject matter here is certainly on the dark side, »
- Daniel Green
★★☆☆☆ Messy, disorganised and far from an ideal way to start a film festival - this statement could as easily be applied to the scenes of furious construction currently taking place in London's Leicester square as it can to the 55th BFI London Film Festival's Opening Night Gala film, Fernando Meirelles' 360 (2011), which stars Rachel Weisz, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jude Law.
Meirelles is undoubtedly best known for his superb 2002 Brazilian gangster epic City of God (although his 2005 film The Constant Gardener received favourable reviews on release), which makes it all the more disappointing that he has produced a film of such little artistic integrity with 360. A clear homage (although clone would perhaps be the correct term) to the winding, parallel narrative structures seen in the films of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu - particularly his globe-trotting 2006 effort Babel - 360 is a film that constantly seems to be searching for the profound, »
- Daniel Green
In the wake of the raves that met the premiere of Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala in Cannes, some of the reviews coming out of Toronto and New York may come as a surprise. First, though, Scott Tobias sets it up at the Av Club (grade: A-). "Stephanie Sigman stars as a Tijuana teenager who dreams of becoming the next Miss Baja California. Be careful what you wish for. At the wrong place at the wrong time, she witnesses a nightclub ambush by a drug gang; when she tries to go to the police to inquire about a missing friend, a corrupt cop delivers her right to the gang's vicious leader, played by Noé Hernandez. In a plot rife with dark ironies, Naranjo posits Sigman as the stand-in for ordinary Mexican citizens left powerless by drug cartels on one side and a compromised police force on the other…. Though it »
Company Acquires Jennifer Westfeldt.s Directorial Debut
Out Of The Toronto International Film Festival
Stellar Ensemble Cast Includes
Santa Monica, CA (September 21, 2011) – Lionsgate today announced the acquisition of Red Granite Pictures. Friends With Kids, directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, following its debut screenings at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement was made jointly by Steve Beeks, Lionsgate.s President and co-coo, Joe Drake, co-coo and Motion Picture Group President, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
The release will be handled jointly by Lionsgate and partner company Roadside Attractions, similarly to past collaborations such as Everything Must Go, and the upcoming Margin Call, with Roadside Attractions spearheading domestic theatrical distribution and Lionsgate handling all other U.S. rights including home entertainment and television.
- Michelle McCue
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