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19 items from 2016


Joan Collins-Pauline Collins comedy underway in France

5 July 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.

Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).

In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.

The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Joan Collins-Pauline Collins comedy gets underway in France

5 July 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.

Shoot is underway in France on road-trip-comedy The Time Of Their Lives, starring Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins (Dynasty) and BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, OBE (Shirley Valentine).

In writer-director Roger Goldby’s (Call The Midwife) feature, a former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins), who is determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral, escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a downtrodden English housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage.

Franco Nero (Django Unchained) will play Alberto, a famous and eccentric Italian painter. Alberto becomes entangled with the two ladies and inspired by their madness, joins their road trip and, in turn, becomes part of an uneasy love triangle between Helen and Priscilla, who both vie for his attentions.

The main cast are joined by Joely Richardson (101 Dalmatians) and Ronald Pickup (Best »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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John Sayles to direct Franco Nero in Django Lives

25 May 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in the summer of 2014 it was reported that Franco Nero would reprise the role of Django from the 1966 spaghetti western for Django Lives, and now the project has found itself a writer and director in Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles (Passion Fish, Lone Star).

Django Lives will mark Nero’s third outing as Django after the original movie and the 1987 sequel Django Strikes Again!, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, it had previously been reported that the film would “be set in 1915, with Nero playing the role of an older Django working as a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns who gets involved with racketeers.” Of course, that could change, given that Sayles will now be rewriting.

Via Showbiz411

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Javier Bardem Circles Asghar Farhadi’s New Film; John Sayles to Helm ‘Django Lives!’; Jan Švankmajer Begins Final Work

25 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Even if our man on the ground didn’t much respond to Asghar Farhadi’s recent Cannes premiere, The Salesman, our anticipation and admiration remain high — but so it is for one of our age’s greatest filmmakers. (Really appreciating The Past makes some lukewarm reactions much easier to take.) Consider us pleased, then, that his Penélope Cruz-led, Almodóvar-produced, Spain-set project is steadily advancing: per Variety, it’s looking to add none other than Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem — fun fact: also an actor — is nearly complete, script-wise, and will roll cameras “next summer or early fall.”

It’s hardly surprising that Farhadi’s written another film marked by moral intrigue and sundry complications, yet there’s already some sense of new territory: it follows “a family of wine growers living in rural Spain,” has been called, by producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, “a psychological thriller with a dash of Agatha Christie in it, »

- Nick Newman

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John Sayles To Direct Franco Nero In Django Lives!

24 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

In possibly the most interesting film news of the day (if not the week), stalwart American indie writer/director John Sayles (Brother From Another Planet, Lone Star, Passion Fish) will be writing and directing Django Lives!, the third installment of the Django series, once again starring Franco Nero. As reported on A.V. Club, the film is set 50 years after the first film, with Django now working as a horse handler and extra on the set of D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. This seems to tie in with the themes of much of Sayles' indie films dealing with race relations in the Us. Sayles is one of my favourite American directors, creating films such as those above and others like Men With Guns and Go...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]

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Holy cow! John Sayles is making a no-joke Django movie with Franco Nero

23 May 2016 5:35 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Oh, I see. Hollywood decided to get me all sorts of presents this month, and they’re just spacing them out so I don’t explode from joy on my actual birthday. Today’s delightful news is that John Sayles is going to direct Django Lives with Franco Nero returning to play the title character. While I love Sayles and the diversity of his output as a writer/director, I admit a certain fondness for his genre work. When he wrote a script like The Howling or Alligator or Battle Beyond The Stars, he didn’t treat those jobs as garbage. Instead, he wrote with the same degree of invention and dedication, and as a result, many of those movies have aged incredibly well, better than a lot of the drive-in fare of the same era. Franco Nero should have been a bigger movie star. The guy is pretty much just raw onscreen charisma, »

- Drew McWeeny

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John Sayles To Direct ‘Django Lives!’ Starring Franco Nero

23 May 2016 2:24 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While John Sayles is best known as one of the pioneering independent filmmakers of American cinema, he’s also a writer and director of varying interests. He’s had no hesitation working within the studio system, directing one of the all time great baseball movies in “Eight Men Out,” and lending his pen to fare as wide […]

The post John Sayles To Direct ‘Django Lives!’ Starring Franco Nero appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lagardere Studios Builds Up International Profile With Boomerang, Atlantique Prods.

14 April 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Lagardere Studios, France’s second biggest independent production company, is aiming to expand its reach across Europe.

Last may, Lagardère Studios bought a 82% share of Grupo Boomerang TV, one of Spain’s leading production companies, and is now about to launch Boomerang in Italy, another key European market for Lagardere where Boomerang is already a well-known brand with such hit daily soaps as “The Secret of Old Bridge” and “Acacias 38,” which air on Mediaset Italia’s Canale 5. Boomerang produced approximately 1,200 hours of programming (scripted and unscripted) last year, notably “The Mysteries of Laura,” which sparked an NBC remake, as well as “The Time in Between,” a period espionage thriller sold worldwide including to Netflix in Latin America.

Through Boomerang, Lagardere is also establishing a presence in Latin America. Boomerang is indeed developing two scripted series through its Chilean subsidiary, Bcl Producciones, and is looking to expand in Colombia and Mexico next, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Hitch Hike | Blu-ray Review

15 March 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Raro Video resurrects an exploitation goodie masquerading as another bit of cheap Eurosleaze, Hitch Hike (aka Autostop Rosso Sangue) a 1977 thriller from Italian director Pasquale Festa Campanile. Like a tawdry version of an early Polanski effort, it’s a significant anomaly of its ilk for several reasons, the most notable being its director, usually known as a fixture of 1970’s Italian-style comedy (aka commedia all’italiana). Adapted from the novel The Violence and the Fury by Peter Kern, it’s headlined by Franco Nero, French actress Corinne Clery (the title character from infamous The Story of O, 1975) and grindhouse staple David Hess (The Last House on the Left, 1972), while predictable story elements spiked with moments of brutal violence should be enough to rejuvenate interest in a title not often screened in the Us (despite its initial box office success in Europe).

Walter Mancini (Franco Nero), a bitter, alcoholic journalist, is »

- Nicholas Bell

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I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene)

15 March 2016 12:09 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

She's beautiful, desired and enjoys a social mobility in the improving Italian economy... but she's also a pawn of cruel materialist values. Stefania Sandrelli personifies a liberated spirit who lives for the moment, but who can't form the relationships we call 'living.' Antonio Pietrangeli and Ettore Scola slip an insightful drama into the young Sandrelli's lineup of comedy roles. I Knew Her Well Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 801 1965 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Io la conoscevo bene / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy, Joachim Fuchsberger, Nino Manfredi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Ugo Tognazzi, Karin Dor, Franco Nero. Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi Production design Maurizio Chiari Film Editor Franco Fraticelli Original Music Piero Picconi Written by Antonio Pietrangeli, Ruggero Maccari, Etore Scola Produced by Turi Vasile Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Did a new kind of woman emerge in the 1960s? »

- Glenn Erickson

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Harvey Weinstein Jokes About Academy’s Diversity Problem

26 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harvey Weinstein made a questionable joke about the Academy’s diversity crisis, comparing it to the trouble he will cause if Ennio Morricone does not win an Oscar for best original score on Sunday.

Weinstein made the comment at Morricone’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Friday afternoon, speaking warmly of Morricone’s work in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” which he exec produced.

“[Morricone] has been nominated seven times for the Oscar and has never won. Let me tell you something. On Sunday, Quentin and I are going back to Italy with him, because he’s going to win.”

Weinstein added, “And if he doesn’t, the diversity issue has nothing on what Quentin and I are going to do to the Academy. And we have Franco Nero, the original Django, to help us.”

See Weinstein make the remarks around the 49-minute mark below:

In 2007, Morricone received an »

- Variety Staff

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Criterion Collection: I Knew Her Well | Blu-ray Review

23 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Love is most definitely not a many splendored thing in the bedazzled artifice of Rome’s swinging 60s, at least as far as the good time gal depicted in Antonio Pietrangeli’s obscure 1965 title I Knew Her Well is concerned. A director lost in the shadows of other 60s Italian auteurs, where names like Antonioni, Fellini, Petri, Pasolini, Risi, or Visconti dominate contemporary conversations of the cinematic period, Criterion enables the resuscitation of Pietrangeli, a director whose filmography, notable for his complex portraits of women (sort of like the Italian version of later period Mizoguchi), is deserving of wider renown.

Adriana (Stefania Sandrelli) is a young, beautiful woman who thrusts herself into the burgeoning social scene of Rome after fleeing her rural roots. A series of random lovers finds her elevating her occupational merits through a variety of professions before she begins to land opportunities as a model and budding actress, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cannon Films Is Back Making Movies

16 February 2016 11:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Cannon Films was a giant in the 1970s and 80s. Anyone who grew up in that era has Cannon Films running through their DNA with such cult classics as Masters of the Universe, Cyborg, Revenge of the Ninja, American Ninja, Death Wish II, Bloodsport and so much more.

In 2012, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documented the rise and fall of Cannon Films (which you can see on Netflix right now). Towards the end of the documentary, the filmmakers alluded to the fact that the studio was working on a comeback, and we're as happy as anyone to report that today, Cannon Films is back, and a new slate of movies is on the horizon including America Ninja Apprentice, Return of The Delta Force, U.S. Sniper and more.

Back in the 1980's, The Cannon Group Inc., was one of the World's biggest independent motion picture studios, »

- MovieWeb

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Chris Carter has ideas for a Millennium revival

1 February 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having successfully relaunched The X-Files, creator Chris Carter has revealed that he would like to return to another of his former shows in the supernatural drama Millennium, although he’s yet to officially approach Fox about the idea.

“I have ideas how Millennium might come back but, it’s really, once again, it’s a Fox show,” said Carter during a press interview for The X-Files (via AICN). “They own it. It’s really up to them whether or not they would ever want to go down that road.”

Millennium starred Lance Henriksen as former FBI agent Frank Black, who has the ability to see inside the minds of criminals. The series premiered in 1996 but was cancelled after three seasons due to dwindling ratings. Henriksen would then reprise the role of a crossover with The X-Files in 1999. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Ninja Trilogy’ Blu-ray Review

31 January 2016 10:52 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Enter the Ninja

The film that heralded the start of the ninja craze in the West, Enter the Ninja was one of many martial arts action films made by the uber-prolific producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus after they purchased Cannon Films in the late 70s.

Directed by Golan, Enter the Ninja tells the story of Cole (Franco Nero), a Westerner who is trained in the art of ninjitsu in Japan. Finishing his training he heads the Philippines to visit his war buddy Frank Landers (Alex Courtney) and his newlywed wife Mary Ann (Susan George), who are the owners of farm which is under attack from unscrupulous businessman Charles Venarius (Christopher George) because – unbeknownst to the Landers – there’s a huge oil deposit under their land! Of course having Franco Nero’s ninja on their side means that the Landers can easily see off Venarius’ henchmen. That is until he »

- Phil Wheat

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Hitch Hike to Blu-ray with Kino Lorber and Raro!

22 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

David Hess, Franco Nero, and a naked chick with a high-powered weapon in her hand all in the same movie? It just seems so right, and that’s exactly what we’re gonna get when Hitch Hike makes its way to Blu-ray… Continue Reading →

The post Hitch Hike to Blu-ray with Kino Lorber and Raro! appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Steve Barton

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Blu-ray Review – The Ninja Trilogy (Enter The Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination)

18 January 2016 8:50 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Enter The Ninja / Revenge of the Ninja / Ninja III: The Domination, 1981/1983/1985.

Directed by Menahem Golan and Sam Firstenberg.

Starring Sho Kosugi, Franco Nero, Lucinda Dickey, Susan George, Christopher George, Arthur Roberts, Jordan Bennett and James Hong.

Synopsis:

The three Ninja films produced by 1980’s low-budget kings Cannon Films that like many of the studio’s films have become cult hits since their initial release.

“Before Menahem, I didn’t and I bet that millions of people didn’t know the word ‘Ninja'” said Boaz Davidson in Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2015’s superb documentary on the crazy life and times of The Cannon Group, led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus. The duo has bought Cannon Films in 1979 and went on to make their mark on American cinema and pop – culture through the 1980’s before going bust in 1994. They introduced us to any wild films, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Is There Life on Mars?

11 January 2016 8:29 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

I was gutted by the news shared by playwright/producer Jeff Cohen as he and I walked our dogs in Riverside Park early this morning. The Thin White Duke was no more. I struggled to understand the implications of losing a music hero. Rushing home, resigned to reality, I watched his two new videos, the one above and the ablum's title track which I featured on this website last week, both from his 28th studio album, ★(Blackstar), released this past week on January 8th, 2016, the date of Bowie's 69th birthday. As I watched "Lazarus" again, it all made sense.

"Lazarus" is clearly Bowie's epitaph, his final prophetic performance on this mortal coil...

Look up here / I'm in heaven I've got scars that can't be seen I've got drama that can't be stolen Everybody knows me now...

The coins on his eyes, the pallor of his skin, his frail body wrapped in a fashionalbe shroud. »

- Dusty Wright

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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Wins Best Movie at Capri Hollywood Film Fest

3 January 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” won best movie honors at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival.

The Weinstein Co. release also won best actor for Samuel L. Jackson, best supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh and best musical score for Ennio Morricone.

The awards were announced by Lina Wertmuller, honorary president of the festival, and Pascal Vicedomini, secretary general of the Institute Capri in the World.

The festival’s board includes Bille August; Bobby Moresco; Gianni Quaranta; Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur; film producers Aurelio De Laurentiis, Fulvio Lucisano and Marina Cicogna; Franco Nero; Andrea Purgatori; Mimmo Calopresti; Tony Renis; and Israeli singer Noa.

TWC’s “Carol” won best adapted screenplay for writer Phyllis Nagy and best production design for Judy Becker.  Costume designer Sandy Powell, who worked on “Carol,” received the Legend Award. Powell also won the best costumes award for “Cinderella.”

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement: »

- Dave McNary

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