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Angelo Tirotto twists Oz in 'No Place Like Home'

27 November 2011 7:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Angelo Tirotto has revealed some details about No Place Like Home. The Image Comics horror series was inspired by The Wizard of Oz and the setting of L Frank Baum's fantasy world. The series is illustrated by Richard Jordan and focuses on a young woman called Dee who leaves Los Angeles to return to her Kansas childhood home when her parents are killed in what seems to be a freak tornado. "The realisation her life has so suddenly and dramatically changed leaves her emotional and overwhelmed," Tirotto told Comic Book Resources. "She's barely holding it together. Luckily, Dee's Uncle, Aunt and best friend Liz are on hand to help her through these tragic times - even her father's (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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DVD Playhouse--July 2011

6 July 2011 5:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—July 2011

By Allen Gardner

The Music Room (Criterion) Satyajit Ray’s 1958 masterpiece looks at the life of a fallen aristocrat as a metaphor for an India that is not only becoming Westernized, but modernized technologically and culturally beyond recognition. When the beloved music room, where he has hosted lavish concerts in the past, starts falling into disrepair as attendance drops steadily, the man realizes his way of life is vanishing. Stunningly shot in black & white, one of Ray’s finest works. Bonuses: Documentary on Ray from 1984 by Shyam Benegal; Interviews with Ray biographer Andrew Robinson and filmmaker Mira Nair; Excerpt from 1981 roundtable discussion between Ray, critic Michael Ciment, director Claude Sautet. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

Beauty And The Beast (Criterion) Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of the classic fairy tale become a beloved classic upon its 1946 release, and hasn’t faded since. »

- The Hollywood

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Ten African Filmmakers To Pitch Projects In Co-Production Deals w/ Spanish Producers & Al-Jazeera

15 April 2011 10:28 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

News on the march... courtesy of the Black Film Center/Archive… definitely something I’ll be keeping an eye on from here on, and reporting as things develop; coincidentally, at the conference I was a panelist on last weekend, one of my cohorts alerted us to the fact that Al-Jazeera is actively seeking films that highlight under-represented communities all over the world – especially documentaries. So, don’t limit your search for production funds and distribution to conventional models.

Co-productions between African filmmakers and European production houses/financiers certainly aren’t new. A film I’ve talked about a lot on this site, Viva Riva!, was a Congolese, French, Belgian and South African co-production, funded by Canal Plus and Belgium’s film fund.

So, these are all films that we probably will be talking about in coming years.

Tarifa: Ten African film directors will be pitching their new film projects at »

- Tambay

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Will Beall Writing Logan’s Run

3 April 2011 1:04 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

It’s been a while since we heard something about the upcoming Logan’s Run remake.

But, I’m sure you all remember our report from February when we all learned that Ryan Gosling will join Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new version of the 1976 futuristic drama.

Today, we’re here for another update, because, according to the latest reports, Will Beall (Tales From the Gangster Squad) will pen the whole thing.

The story centers on a future society that demands the death of everyone upon reaching a certain age. Anyone who veers from that destiny is dubbed a “runner” and is hunted by operatives known as Sandmen.

Or, as we previously described it:

“Sometime in the 23rd century…the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, »

- Fiona

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Three Peter Yates Films Every Movie Fan Should See

12 January 2011 11:21 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

The Associated Press reported Monday that British director Peter Yates died over the weekend of an illness at the age of 81. As The AP reports, Yates had a unique career path:

"Born in Aldershot, southern England in 1929, Yates trained as an actor, performed in repertory theater and did a stint as a race-car driver before moving into film, first as an editor and then as an assistant director on films including Tony Richardson's 'A Taste of Honey' and J. Lee Thompson's 'The Guns of Navarone.'"

Yates had a long and, at times, not-quite-illustrious career: his filmography includes the fantasy cheesefest "Krull" and the underwater cheesecakefest "The Deep", a "Jaws" knockoff that became a hit mostly because Jacqueline Bisset spent a good portion of the movie in a wet t-shirt. But a couple of duds don't tarnish an impressive legacy, including at least three films that, »

- Matt Singer

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