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19 items from 2010

[DVD Review] Strictly Ballroom: Special Edition

18 December 2010 10:00 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Strictly Ballroom is an interesting film. It takes the timeless tale of The Ugly Duckling and sets it in a ballroom dancing atmosphere. Conceived by Australian writer/director, Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom is the first installment in The Red Curtain Trilogy, a trio of films that feature theater-related romance. The other films in the trilogy include Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!.

Originally a stage musical, Strictly Ballroom tells the story of a ballroom dancer named Scott Hastings played with very little affect by Paul Mercurio. He has his own style of dancing which puts him in a little bit of trouble with his family and friends. His dance partner ditches him during tryouts for a ballroom dancing competition and it is then up to Scott to find another partner to practice with. He eventually finds help in Fran (Tara Morice), an “ugly duckling” who frequents the dance studio. Together they »

- Randall Unger

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Tiff names Canada’s top 10 features and shorts

15 December 2010 8:59 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Canada’s Top Ten honors “excellence in Canadian cinema and raises public awareness of Canadian achievements in film.” (via IndieWire) Canada’s Top Ten feature film selections for 2010 (in alphabetical »

- Ryan Adams

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Romeo + Juliet Blu-ray Review

5 November 2010 7:09 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has been told countless times, in pretty much every form possible. Director Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation updated the tragic love story to present day, with one kicker: he retained much of Shakespeare’s original dialogue.  The result is the dizzying, highly ambitious Romeo + Juliet.  This iteration stars a pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio and a fresh-faced Claire Danes as the titular characters.  For my review of the film, as well as the various new bonus features included on the Blu-ray, hit the jump.

Luhrmann’s film is the second in his self-described “Red Curtain Trilogy”.  It follows his feature film debut Strictly Ballroom, and precedes his masterful Moulin Rouge!.  Romeo + Juliet updates the Shakespearean tale to modern day Verona Beach, in Miami.  The Capulets and the Montagues are wealthy, warring families inhabiting a city where seemingly every citizen carries a gun with the brand name »

- Adam Chitwood

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Blu-ray Review: Moulin Rouge!

25 October 2010 2:23 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Moulin Rouge! Quick Thoughts: I watched Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! for the first time back in June 2008 and I fell instantly in love with it. However, I never forked over the money to buy it even though I had it on my Amazon wishlist for the past two years. The reason? I wanted it on Blu-ray. It's a movie made for high-definition and I imagined it was only a matter of time before Fox gave it its due. And they have.

Filled with spectacular colors, music, costumes, performances and set design, Fox Home Entertainment has scored a winner with this latest restored version of Moulin Rouge! supervised by Luhrmann and including a few new bonus features to boot.

I've been asked a few times why I like this film so much and it has to do with the visual elements married with the music and playful performances. It's a »

- Brad Brevet

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Baz Luhrmann Workshops 'The Great Gatsby' In New York

18 October 2010 5:23 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: While Baz Luhrmann hasn't settled on whether he'll make The Great Gatsby his next film, he workshopped the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that he wrote with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce. I'm told that Leonardo DiCaprio read the role of Gatsby, Tobey Maguire read Nick Carraway, and that The Town star Rebecca Hall read the role of Daisy. The picture is set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment and the reading went well, I'm told. Luhrmann workshops every script he's considering and there's no guarantee those actors will wind up starring in the film. Reports have mentioned Amanda Seyfried as a possible Daisy and I've heard Baz is sweet on Natalie Portman. Luhrmann and Catherine Martin are producing with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher. Would Leo DiCaprio Make A Good Gatsby? What's Real And Not About Baz's Next Exclusive: Baz Luhrmann Going 'Gatsby' »


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Contest: Win Moulin Rouge on Blu-ray

17 October 2010 11:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Moulin Rouge will make its Blu-ray debut on October 19 and you just know we have to celebrate this classic musical's Bd release. We have a new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new high-def disc to our readers. You know these titles will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Moulin Rouge Blu-ray disc

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Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Australia) sizzles in her Oscar-nominated role as Satine, the seductive courtesan and star of a popular French nightclub that caters to society's decadent elite. When she unwittingly draws Christian, a struggling writer played by Ewan McGregor (Amelia), into her spell, »

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Contest: Win William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on Blu-ray

17 October 2010 10:48 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will make its debut on the Blu-ray format on October 19 and you know we have to celebrate this classic movie from director Baz Luhrmann. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of these new Bd discs to our readers. You know these discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this new contest today.

Winners Receive:

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Blu-ray

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Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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Inventive, unconventional, controversial, Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-nominated adaption of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet finds the star-crossed lovers in the modern world of Verona Beach where Romeo drives a car and Juliet packs a gun. »

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Romeo+Juliet And Moulin Rouge! Blu-Ray Release Giveaway

16 October 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Win a copy of the Acclaimed Groundbreaking Films that Debut On Blu-ray Disc October 19, Featuring New High-Definition Transfers From The Original Camera Negative Supervised By Director Baz Luhrmann, Brand New Content And Never-Before-Seen Material.

Two of famed director Baz Luhrmann’s unconventional, poetic and mesmerizing films get the star treatment October 19, when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment debuts William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge! on Blu-ray Disc.

Flaunting a new high-definition transfer and spectacular picture-in-picture experience, both Blu-ray discs of the award-winning films boast new uncut footage, Bd-live: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®, as well as a host of other never-before-seen material produced by Luhrmann and his creative team at Bazmark. And for first time ever, Moulin Rouge! includes an alternate opening sequence featuring the Cat Stevens hit “Father & Son”.

Widely credited with reinventing the modern movie musical, Moulin Rouge! exploded onto screens when it debuted in 2001. Celebrating »

- Marc Eastman

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Luhrmann Talks The Great Gatsby

3 October 2010 8:02 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The on-going rumor about another go at F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is alive and well. Too bad Hollywood is attempting to top the original. The Oscar winning 1974 version filled with soft lensed close-ups of Redford and Farrow is still sublime. The Nelson Riddle score forever magical.

I’d say anyone would be hard pressed to try to recapture that kind of lightning in a bottle, unless your Moulin Rouge director, Baz Luhrmann. MTV News pinned down Luhrmann on the status of the film he’s still pursuing as well as casting rumors. Here’s what the director had to say on The Great Gatsby

And on Thursday, Production Weekly tweeted this:

Rumored casting for The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio for Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire for Nick Carraway & Amanda Seyfried for Daisy Buchanan.

To be truthful, I’m kind of torn on this. On the one side, a remake, »

- Michelle McCue

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Baz Bringing 'Strictly Ballroom' To Stage

23 September 2010 4:41 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking News: Baz Luhrmann is refashioning his feature directing debut Strictly Ballroom into a stage musical. The original film was written and directed by Luhrmann based on a stage play he originally conceived and cowrote as a student at Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art. It's getting another go on the stage as Luhrmann will hold a creative workshop in December in Sydney, Australia. Sounds like this one will follow a fast track to the stage. The musical will be produced by Global Creatures and Bazmark, the latter of which Luhrmann runs with Catherine Martin. The original movie won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and launched Luhrmann's directing star. The $5 million film went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. Luhrmann has bee relatively quite since last directing the Hugh Jackman-Nicole Kidman-starrer Australia, and he has been working on a new adaptation »


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Viff has movies. Lots of movies. We've got the line-up (so far)

8 September 2010 4:27 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The Vancouver International Film Festival is my baby. In its 29th year, this is the event I look forward to every year. The lists I've kept through the year come out and I eagerly look through the list of titles in search of those little gems and every year Viff responds with a huge assortment of titles. This year's festival is no different.

Some of the titles we're most eagerly anticipating include Tsumetai Nettaigyo’s Cold Fish (trailer), Gareth EdwardsMonsters (trailer, review), Jo Sung-Hee’s apocalyptic road movie End of Animal, Carl Bessai’s Repeaters (trailer) and Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats (trailer, review).

There's loads more so be sure to check the titles (so far) after the break. Many more to be announced in the coming days.

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Altitude (Kaare Andrews), B.C.

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A weekend getaway aboard a small plane turns deadly for a rookie pilot and four teenage friends. »

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Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juliet Blu-ray Details

28 August 2010 12:36 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, as well as his William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet starring Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, are coming to Blu-ray Disc on October 19 with matching stylish cover art.

Fox Home Entertainment is presenting each film on Blu-ray in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio with a similar package of bonus features as detailed below.

Moulin Rouge

New High Definition Transfer supervised by Director Baz Luhrmann Spectacular, Spectacular Picture-in-Picture Mode with Audio Commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce and featuring Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Stills All-New Featurette A Creative Adventure and Introduction by Baz Luhrmann A Word from Baz Uncut Footage from the Bazmark Vault including: Father & Son . A Look at an Alternate Opening Nicole Kidman's First Vocal Test Production Featurettes and Interviews: The Stars, The Writers, The Design, The Dance, The Music and The »

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The Complete 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-up

24 August 2010 10:16 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower The Toronto International Film Festival has added even more films to their line-up today as the complete line-up was announced, which ended up causing the festival's server to crash, but I was lucky enough to get in and get out before missing out on the information.

First off, the festival's Mavericks line-up is quite interesting, which includes a series of guest presentations and this year will see Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen, NBA All-Star and native Canadian Steve Nash will present his hour-long film Into the Wind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk with the audience as his Cannes Palm d'Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives was just added to the Masters programme, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty will be interviewed by Michael Moore on politics and cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have his own panel. Also on hand will be Bill Gates, »

- Brad Brevet

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Tiff 2010: Visions Aint Bad But With Films From Romain Gavras, Sion Sono, Adam Wingard And More, Vanguard Is The Program To Beat ...

24 August 2010 8:17 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

I'm calling it now. Vanguard is the best program of the Toronto International Film festival 2010. Featuring titles from Romain Gavras, Adam Wingard, Sion Sono, Tatsuya Nakashima and more, this is exactly the sort of programming I was hoping for when the program was first created a few years back. Absolutely fantastic. Here are the announcements for both Visions and Vanguard.

Visions Programme

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu Andrei Ujica, Romania North American Premiere

Culled from one thousand hours of archival footage and four years in the making, this spellbinding epic montage unfolds as if from the memory of former Romanian ruler Nicolae Ceausescu, after his reign was brought to an abrupt and

tumultuous end in December 1989.

Brownian Movement Nanouk Leopold, The Netherlands/Germany/Belgium World Premiere

Acclaimed Dutch filmmaker Nanouk Leopold explores a young mother's desires and needs in this langorous and atmospheric film.

The Ditch Wang Bing, France/Belgium »

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The Updated 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-Up

17 August 2010 10:56 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival have put together one hell of an impressive line-up that has grown significantly since my first list announcing the Galas and Special Presentations, a pair of lists that have also grown since then.

The lists have grown to include Massy Tadjedin's Last Night starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, which will serve as the closing night film.

It's also grown to include Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco. Boyle recently spoke about the film at Movie Con and told the audience there it may be a challenge to watch saying, "It's a lovely way of doing a new kind of filmmaking, really. We want it to be a challenge to you [the audience] to see if you can sit and watch it."

In the film Franco plays real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who ended up trapped under a »

- Brad Brevet

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20th Century Fox at The London Film Museum: Costumes Galore

16 August 2010 4:22 PM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Since 19th July, The London Film Museum has been running an exhibition of props and costumes from 20th Century Fox movies to celebrate the studio’s 75th anniversary. Clothes on Film decided to make a visit, a bit late in the day, but we had a good look round anyway.

There were not that many costumes in the Fox exhibition (certainly considering the history of the studio), but the museum itself has plenty more to see. Just to be in the same room as some of these memorable outfits is a thrill, especially from more recent movies where memories are fresh. With this is mind, here is our pick of Fox’s lot and the best the museum has to offer:

Australia (2008):

One thing about Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, regardless of the quality of the film itself, is that the World War II era costumes are dazzling . This red »

- Chris Laverty

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Karlovy Vary gears up for 45th fest edition

23 June 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cologne, Germany -- The 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival kicks off Friday July 2 with Scott Cooper's double Oscar-winning country music drama "Crazy Heart" and drops the curtain eight days later with French rom-com "Heartbreaker" starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis.

In between, twelve productions will compete for the Crystal Globe, among them the world premieres of Fardin Saheb Zamani's debut "There Are Things You Don't Know," billed as an Iranian answer to "Taxi Driver;" "Diago" from China's Chi Zang and Frederic Sojcher's mockumentary "Hitler in Hollywood" about a Tinseltown conspiracy against European cinema.

Two Czech titles are in the running: Tomas Masin's period piece "3 Seasons in Hell" and "Kooky," an animated puppet tale from Jan Sverak, winner of the 1995 Crystal Globe for "The Ride."

Other Globe competitors include the Spanish family drama "The Mosquito Net" from director Agusti Vila and featuring Geraldine Chaplin; the Polish drama "Mother Teresa »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Baz Luhrmann Deciding Next Project

16 June 2010 10:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While displaying his collaborative art installation with fellow Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo, director Baz Luhrmann made a comment on the status of his next film project.  According to AP, the Moulin Rouge director said he hasn’t decided on his next project and is juggling between three movie projects and two stage productions.

Details about his movie projects were given via his collaboration on a charity auction with partner Catherine Martin where one lucky winner will get the chance to appear as a featured extra in the next motion picture by Luhrmann.  The auction tells us that “Luhrmann intends to shoot a new motion picture no earlier than 2011, and is currently coming to a determination about whether it will be a historical epic, a major musical work, or a literary adaptation. ”

The literary adaptation would most likely be a film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, »

- Joshua Blackburn

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Quebec in Cannes: Villeneuve, Dolan and co. Headed to the Croisette?

22 March 2010 9:53 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Will the Cannes Film Festival continue their love affair with Quebecois filmmakers? Last year was an specially strong year, the Director's Fortnight section loaded up, inviting a trio of titles from auteurs such as Denis Villeneuve, Denis Côté and the discovery of the section, in Xavier Dolan and his debut film I Killed My Mother. - Will the Cannes Film Festival continue their love affair with Quebecois filmmakers? Last year was an specially strong year, the Director's Fortnight section loaded up, inviting a trio of titles from auteurs such as Denis Villeneuve, Denis Côté and the discovery of the section, in Xavier Dolan and his debut film I Killed My Mother. I've mentioned in my Cannes predictions that Villeneuve has a better than average chance in moving up a section with Incendies, and Xavier Dolan is most likely going to show up in the same section with his second film, »

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