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Diego Luna And Gael Garcia Bernal Like Kissing Each Other, And Me

21 December 2009 12:02 PM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

I've had a great 2009. Why? Well, I got to chill with everyone from the cast of "New Moon" to the Jonas Brothers to Taylor Swift. I got to meet Jordan Knight and David Boreanaz (who wanted to sing karaoke with me, by the way). Plus, I got to meet a few other really cute guys, and I even made a couple of them — namely Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal — fall in love with me.

Yes, you heard me. Fall in love with me. Let's travel back to April when Diego and Gael (we're on a first name basis!) were busy promoting their flick, "Rudo y Cursi." I, of course, wanted to know all about their now infamous make out session in "Y Tu Mama Tambien." They had a lot of fun stuff to say about it and each other. They were delightful and charming and dreamy. We chatted about »

- Jocelyn Vena

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Sundance 2010 Premieres: Diego Luna, John Wells, Winterbottom, Holofcener

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tons of Park City alumni are bringing their latest films, but I'm a bit surprised that March-pegged releases of The Weinstein's All Good Things and Focus Features' Greenberg aren't getting a Park City push. Instead, as expected, Sony Pictures Classics will show up and they get to showcase Get Low and A Prophet (Spotlight section) once again, and they'll preem Holofcener's Please Give. Overture will introduce Philip Seymour Hoffman's directing debut (Jack Goes Boating) and Fox Searchlight will preem Duplass Bros.' untitled comedy, which I'm calling Center of Attention - because its a great title considering the subject matter. - With the biggie announcements in the Premieres sections, I think I'm officially batting .300 with my predictions. Tons of Park City alumni are bringing their latest films, but I'm a bit surprised that March-pegged releases of The Weinstein's All Good Things and Focus Features' Greenberg aren't getting a Park City push. »

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'El premio' First Thing on Paula Markovitch's List

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Paula Markovitch, Fernando Eimbcke's right arm and co-writer on Duck Season and Lake Tahoe is looking to make her feature film directorial debut with a narrative that takes place during a volatile period in Argentina's history. - Paula Markovitch, Fernando Eimbcke's right arm and co-writer on Duck Season and Lake Tahoe is looking to make her feature film directorial debut with a narrative that takes place during a volatile period in Argentina's history. In the tradition of Eimbcke's films, this will be a low-budget production with backing from Mexico's Cacao Films, Argentina's Magma Cine and France's Mille et Une Productions. El premio is a semi-autobiographical tale set in the 1970s under Argentina's military Junta. It turns on a young girl, the daughter of political dissidents, who grows up in a seaside village. Film's climax turns on her primary school competition for the best essay on the army. »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Sundance 2010: First Images from 3 Backyards, Diego Luna’s Abel, Blue Valentine Starring Ryan Gosling, Douchebag, Happythankyoumoreplease, and Night Catches Us

6 December 2009 8:34 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As we move closer to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the first glimpses of movies playing at the festival are arriving online.  Since there are so many, we’ve decided to group them into a single article for your viewing pleasure.  The films we’ve included in this group are 3 Backyards starring Edie Falco and Elias Koteas; Abel directed by Diego Luna; Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; Douchebag, which just has a catchy title; HappyThankYouMorePlease starring Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Richard Jenkins, Tony Hale, and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) who also wrote and directed the film; and Night Catches Us starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie.  Hit the jump for the first images as well as brief synopses for all of these movies.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21-31st.

All synopses are via the Sundance Film Festival.

3 Backyards, directed by Eric Mendelsohn »

- Matt Goldberg

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Sundance 2010: Premieres

4 December 2009 12:40 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sundance 2010: Premieres Bill Murray, Robert Duvall in Get Low Film info from the Sundance press release. Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza) — A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere Cane Toads: The Conquest / USA (Director and screenwriter: Mark Lewis) — In 3D, Mark Lewis explores one of Australia’s greatest environmental catastrophes as he follows the unstoppable march of the cane toad across the Australian continent. World Premiere The Company Men / USA (Director and screenwriter: John Wells) — Three company [...] »

- Michele Colbert

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Sundance 2010 Announced Out-of-Competition Lineup

3 December 2009 9:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are 49 days out and counting down to Sundance 2010.  Yesterday, we unveiled the list of competition films for the upcoming festival.  Today, we have your list of out-of-competition films which include Premieres, Spotlight, New Frontier, and, my personal favorite, Park City at Midnight, which has featured past entries like Black Dynamite, The Descent, and Saw.

Check out next year’s lineup for the out-of-competition films:

Premieres

To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)–A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere

Cane Toads: »

- Kirk

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Sundance 2010 Non-Competition Line-Up Looks Strong

3 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday we got the list for the films playing in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and today we get the rest of the films that will be featured and there are quite a few that make 2010 look much stronger based on pedigree alone than I have seen in quite some time. Variety has a big write-up detailing the categories and more on the festival right here, but I am just going to offer up the titles and let you sort it all out.

The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.

Premieres

All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, »

- Brad Brevet

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Out-of-Competition Films: Premieres

3 December 2009 2:34 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday we gave you a list of all the films playing in-competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  We now have the list of the films playing out-of-competition and they’re divided up into four categories: Premieres, Next, Spotlight, and Park City at Midnight. Since combining these lists would be a lot to read for just one article, we’ve broken it up to give each category its own article.

Know that while there are a lot of films playing in-competition, most of the films to get buzz will be coming from the out-of-competition categories.  First up are the premiers which include John WellsThe Company Men starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner; Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s The Extra Man starring Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly, and Paul Dano; Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray; Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me starring Casey Affleck, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Full Sundance line-up announced...and it's a doozy!

3 December 2009 2:08 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

In addition to the competition titles which were announced yesterday, Sundance has announced the remainder of their line-up and it includes some titles we’re already familiar with along with a huge number of premieres.

Also on the docket are two new series: Next which showcases low/no budget films and Spotlight which highlights films which festival programmers deem worthy of extra love including Enter the Void (review) and Lourdes (the trailer for which I really liked).

I’m particularly excited to see some of the titles in the New Frontier program but overall, the line-up is an impressive one but the Kristen Stewart fan in me is excited to see her turn as Joan Jett in The Runaways and I think it’s fair to say we’re all dying to see Vincenzo Natali’s hotly anticipated Splice (trailer).

In the Midnight section, Adam Green's Frozen is sounding mighty find, »

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Sundance Film Festival 2010: The Rest of the Line-Up

3 December 2009 1:46 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Yesterday we were happy to bring you the Competition Line-Up for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, which we'll be covering in January live from Park City, Utah. And today we've got the rest of the films, including the Premieres, Spotlight, Next, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier selections. Among the premieres are several major titles, including John Wells' The Company Men, starring Casey Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello and Tommy Lee Jones. Also, another Casey Affleck led cast in Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me. Philip Seymour Hoffman will make his directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, and the John Lennon teen years feature Nowhere Boy, starring Aaron Johnson, will also make its premiere. The big premieres are one thing, but where Sundance has really been great the past few years is in the discovered films of the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight categories. Last year, Park City at Midnight delivered films such as »

- Neil Miller

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Sundance Film Festival 2010 Out-Of-Competition Films Unveiled

3 December 2009 1:21 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 49 more days left until Sundance 2010 kicks off, Sundance has officially announced the first half of this year's complete line-up. Yesterday they announced all of the films playing in their four competition categories, today they've announced the remaining 46 films that make up their out-of-competition categories. This is the list we've been waiting to see, as there are some fantastic films that will be premiering at Sundance that I've been waiting to see, like The Killer Inside Me and The Company Men and Buried. So what are you waiting for, read on for the list! Premieres: To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance 2010: Premieres

3 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the Sundance Institute: “To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.” Abel/Mexico (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)—A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: José María … »

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

3 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. »

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Sundance reveals noncompetition lineup

3 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Sundance Film Festival's competition lineup for 2010, announced Wednesday, might demand that audiences wear their serious caps. But the out-of-competition selections allow programmers and viewers to cut loose a little.

The 53 films that populate this year's Premieres, Next, Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections run the gamut from the cosmically experimental to the star-studded and silly. There is indeed something for everyone at this year's event, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

As usual, Premieres collects work involving the industry's higher-profile talent, none more so than John Wells' feature directorial debut, "The Company Men," which stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper. Mexican actor Diego Luna's directorial debut, "Abel," will screen, as will Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Jack Goes Boating."

Michael Winterbottom has the rare distinction of having two films in »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Mexican actor cast in indie roles

2 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jose Maria Yazpik has been cast in a pair of indie roles.

The Mexican actor, who recently appeared in Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain," will star in Jorge Fons' "El Atentado" and Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Based on the historical novel "El Expediente del Atentado," "Atentado" tells the true story of Arnulfo Arroyo (Yazpik), a young terrorist who in 1897 attempts to assassinate Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz. The film also stars Daniel Jimenez-Cacho and Irene Azuela and is being produced by Diego Lopez.

Filming has begun in Mexico City.

Written by Chris Sparling, "Buried" stars Reynolds as a civilian contractor in Iraq who awakens in a coffin under the desert, armed only with a cell phone, a candle and a knife. Yazpik will record the voice of an Iraqi insurgent who orchestrates the kidnap-for-ransom.

Peter Safran is producing with Adrian Guerra and Alejandro Miranda of Spain's Versus Entertainment. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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DVD Playhouse--September 2009

26 September 2009 1:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—September 2009

By

Allen Gardner

The Human Condition (Criterion) Masaki Kobayashi’s epic (574 minutes) adaptation of Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel was originally made and released as three separate films (1959-61), and is rightfully regarded as a landmark of Japanese cinema. Candide-like story of naïve, good-hearted Kaiji (Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor, to Imperial Army solider, to Soviet Pow, and Kaiji’s struggle to maintain his humanity throughout. Unfolds with the mastery of a great novel, beautifully-shot, and a stunning example of cinematic mastery on the part of its makers. Four-disc set bonuses include: Interview with Kobayashi; Interview with Nakadai; Featurette; Trailer; Essay by critic Philip Kemp. Widescreen. Dolby 3.0 surround.

State Of Play (Universal) Russell Crowe stars as a veteran Washington D.C. political reporter investigating the murder of an aide to a rising congressional star (Ben Affleck), who also happens to be an old friend. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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I Am Afraid Of Harmony Korine

10 September 2009 8:52 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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And that's precisely how he likes it, I assume.

Ja from Mnpp here. If y'all are familiar with my tastes at all at this point - and if you are, my prayers are with you - then you know I don't hesitate at reveling in garbage. Often. Deeply. That vile and base genre that is the horror film is my true love (and the gorier, the bad-tastier they are, there's a pretty decent chance that I will stand loud and proud to champion them), but I roll around like a pig in muck in all manner of cinematic trash whenever I can. It's a living.

And yet... somehow I'd actively avoided all of Korine's films - at least those he'd directed - for a good long while. Something about them creeped me out. Even if it was just the names. Gummo. Julien Donkey-Boy. They promised split lips and acne scars »

- JA

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Luna To Make Directorial Debut

25 August 2009 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mexican star Diego Luna is stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut with a dramatic new movie.

The Y Tu Mama Tambien actor will take charge of Abel, which is being produced by John Malkovich's compay Mr. Mudd.

The film will unravel a family drama from the perspective of a young child, and will star Luna's Just Walking co-star Jose Maria Yazpik.

Malkovich and his partners have lined up almost $3 million (GBP2 million) in funding from private investors and the Mexican state of Aguascalientes, where the movie will be shot. »

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This Week in Blu-ray: A Trip to Adventureland

25 August 2009 7:07 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome to This Week in Blu-ray, the never on-time Fsr column that is, oddly enough, on time this week. Will this be the start of a wonderful new trend? I won't make any promises. What I will do is keep you in the loop on this weeks' Blu-ray releases, including a few quirky indie comedies that are worth a look, a classic horror film that ruined my childhood moviewatching experience and a look deep into the world of Channing Tatum's bicepts. Alright, maybe that last part is a lie -- but I saw you all sit up straight in your chairs. Don't deny your desire to see G.I. Joe's Duke with his shirt off. Fear not, my sheep, for I am here once again to shepherd you to the promise land -- the land of high resolution picture, Dolby 5.1 HD sound and more special features than you can shake your walking cane at. Please »

- Neil Miller

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It's Spy Games And Carnival Rides In This Week's DVD Report For Tuesday, August 25

25 August 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It's the last week of summer, so how is Hollywood celebrating? By releasing a home video slate of some of the most under-appreciated films of the year. From bickering spies to reluctant amusement park workers, August 25th brings together indie darlings and big-budget gems, and we're breaking it all down in today's DVD Report.

Let's kick it off with one of my favorite films of the year, Tony Gilroy's "Duplicity." The director's sophomore follow-up to "Michael Clayton," the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen spy yarn brings together two of the brightest and most expressive voices working today for a crafty globe-trotting adventure. Filled with twists and turns and superb acting, "Duplicity" wasn't exactly a smash hit at the cineplex, but it's more than worth your time. Sadly, if there's one thing worth griping about here, it's the rather lackluster bonus features...or should we say bonus feature. Both the »

- Brian Jacks

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