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Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
Berlin – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the big winner at the European Film Awards on Saturday in a wintry Berlin, where the Italo pic took home prizes for best film, director, actor for Toni Servillo, and editor for Cristiano Travaglioli.
Among the femme luminaries of the Euro film scene on the red carpet were Catherine Deneuve, who was feted with the European Film Academy lifetime achievement award, Noomi Rapace, Kristin Scott Thomas and Diane Kruger. Helmer Wim Wenders, the Efa prexy, gave the award to Deneuve and said that it was difficult to stand before her as she “had made such an impact on the young filmmaker I once was.”
The male leading lights of European moviemaking at the event included Ennio Morricone, »
- Leo Barraclough
These last few years have been a wild ride for Noomi Rapace, but sitting down to talk with her at the Marrakech Film Festival this week, we found her refreshingly down to earth, giving the impression of someone who is fully aware of the lucky hand she’s been dealt and is not afraid to work hard to stay so lucky. Of course it was the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy that originally saw Rapace break out internationally, and since then one of the things that has characterized her career has been her tendency to work again with people she has collaborated with before. So over the brief span of four years she did “Dead Man Down” for ‘Dragon Tattoo’ director Niels Arden Oplev, has two projects with Tom Hardy in the can, two with Mathias Schoenaerts and hopes to reteam with Ridley Scott for the mooted “Prometheus 2. »
- Jessica Kiang
Not much can be said for Brian De Palma’s latest thriller Passion beyond that it has a solid cast in Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace and that it looks quite excellent in HD. The story is rather tiresome even if the premise shows some initial potential and by the time the film gets around to its reveals and twists it’s hard to care. Maybe it’s because neither of our female protagonists are particularly likeable or even endeared to the audience in any meaningful way, but most likely it’s because the story ultimately squanders the concept of two women engaged in a cutthroat battle of career advancement in favor of a bland murder mystery. Passion has all the elements of a great movie at its disposal, but they never come together to be anything more than mediocre.
- Lex Walker
In a nice note of symmetry to our 2013, one of our first interviews of the year at the Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden, was with the Danish director of “A Hijacking,” Tobias Lindholm, and today we found ourselves in December in Marrakech getting to speak with him again. Lindholm is here as part of the Marrakech Film Festival’s tribute to Scandinavian cinema, which also boasts Tomas Alfredson, Noomi Rapace, Alicia Vikander, Nicolas Winding Refn and Mads Mikkelsen in its starry lineup. But it’s not just his nationality that brings him back; last year “A Hijacking” his sophomore directorial feature, was awarded the Jury Prize at this very festival. It’s always a pleasure to talk to anyone as engaging as Lindholm, but the year has proven busier than he had anticipated back at its start, and among other tidbits, he gave us an in depth look at his next directorial project, »
- Jessica Kiang
Nicolas Winding Refn (“Only God Forgives”), Mads Mikkelsen (“The Hunt”), Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”), Lisa Langseth (“Hotell”), Susanne Bier (“In A Better World”), Tobias Lindholm (“A Hijacking”) and Baltasar Kormakur (“The Deep”) were among the star-packed delegation of Scandi helmers, thesps and producers to hit the Marrakech film festival’s center stage for a tribute hosted by jury president Martin Scorsese.
“I’m genuinely honored to be introducing this tribute to Scandinavian film because in essence, when you’re talking about Scandinavian cinema, you’re talking about the richest veins of cinema all the way back to its beginning,” Scorsese said. “Ingmar Bergman for me is one of the pioneers of cinema; he’s one of the filmmakers around of the world who showed us a way to a new kind of cinema, one that explores emotions and ideas and inspired a whole new generation of filmmakers in many ways, »
- Elsa Keslassy
A who's who of European cinema is expected to grace the red carpet for the 26th European Film Awards on Dec. 7 in Berlin. Among the A list names scheduled to attend are Germany's Diane Kruger, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace and British star Kristin Scott Thomas, according to organizers. Other luminaries attending include Oscar-nominated directors Agnieszka Holland and Wim Wenders and Oscar winners Volker Schlondorff and Pedro Almodovar. Almodovar will receive a lifetime achievement honor for his contribution to European cinema. The European Film Academy will also honor legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve. A whole fiesta of Spanish stars
- Scott Roxborough
Marrakech — Traditionally known for its thick French accent, Marrakech’s glamorous opening night, held on Friday at the Congress Palace, had a definite Hollywood flavor with Sharon Stone getting a career tribute, as well as jury president Martin Scorsese and fellow members Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson, among others international guests.
“It’s good to be home again here in Marrakech. I’ve made two features here. It’s also a precious moment for cinema, as you can tell from the roster of guests – there are so many talents in attendance this year,” said Scorsese, after being welcomed on stage with a long standing ovation.
Marrakech’s opening night gathered the jury members: directors Paolo Sorrentino, Amat Escalante (“Heli”), Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”), Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”), Fatih Akin (“New York, I Love You”) and Narjiss Nejjar (“Les yeux secs”), thesps Golshifteh Farahani, Elsa Zylberstein, Tahar Rahim and Francois Cluzet, Cesar Academy »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – A little northern light will shine on Marrakech as Mads Mikkelsen will join the delegation accepting a tribute to Scandinavian cinema at the 13th annual international film festival that kicks off in the Moroccan city Friday night. The Scandinavian delegation that will be soaking up some sun also includes directors Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives), Billie August (Smilla’s Sense of Snow), Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking) and Erik Poppe (A Thousand Times Goodnight). Noomi Rapace will be joined by The Master actress Lena Endre and Anna Karenina’s Alicia Vikander, and actor Soren Malling, who took home last year’s
- Rhonda Richford
Fox Searchlight have used the annual Utah set fest as both an acquisitions point and launching pad. Just last year they had the pair of The East and Stoker make their world preem debuts. I’m thinking that trend might continue, with programmers having a case of “puppy love” for Bullhead helmer Michael R. Roskam’s English language debut. It’s budgeted north of 10 million, which would make it the priciest pic of my predictions patch and it includes heavy star wattage from abroad in the shape of Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Frecheville, but the kicker is that: this happens to also be James Gandolfini’s very last performance. Despite the passports of verifying nations mentioned above, Animal Rescue is an is an all American crime film affair when you consider the weight/presence of novelist Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island).
- Eric Lavallee
Australian cinemagoers have really sparked to an exuberantly crude comedy starring Johnny Knoxville as a crotchety 86-year-old man who reluctantly embarks on a road trip with his eight-year-old grandson.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa grabbed $3.4 million last weekend, including Wednesday night previews. That.s a bit below Jackass 3D, which opened with $3.58 million in 2010 when the 3D boom was at its height and well before the format started to lose its lustre.
Thor: The Dark World kept drawing fans, pulling in $2.74 million in its third frame (down 38%), bringing its earnings to a lucrative $18.1 million.
- Don Groves
As Alfonso Cuaron’s mega-hit Gravity continues to rack up praise and big box office dollars, it’s a good time to take a critical look at the weakest aspect of the film, which is the lead acting performance of Sandra Bullock.
It’s widely known that Cuaron’s first choice, Angelina Jolie, fell through and there were reported meetings with Marion Cotillard, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, and Natalie Portman among other candidates, before Bullock was ultimately chosen.
These other contenders are clearly talented but they are still part of a group that could easily be called Hollywood Casting 101.
While the film’s financiers would disagree, Gravity is not a film that needed big stars, as the presence of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock is far less a contributor to its enormous success than the film’s suspense thriller concept and visually striking execution.
Obviously, a director on a big-budget »
- Terek Puckett
Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin starring for Joe Dante in ‘Burying the Ex’ Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin are slated to star in Burying the Ex, to be directed by veteran Joe Dante (Gremlins). As per various online reports, the indie horror comedy is to start shooting on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ashley Greene) In Burying the Ex, Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene play lovers — he’s really nice; she’s really overbearing — whose relationship go fast downhill once they move in together. How to find a way out? Luckily, the girlfriend suffers a freak accident and dies; unluckily, she rises from the grave. Besides Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin, Burying the Ex also features Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper. Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures is involved in the film’s production. Among Chartier’s other recent producing credits (in various capacities) are Robert Redford’s little-seen The Company You Keep, »
- Anna Robinson
Morocco is set to get an injection of international glamour, as THR just announced that Sharon Stone and Juliette Binoche will be honored at the Marrakech International Film Festival, receiving career tributes when it kicks off at the end of the month. This comes off the heels of a great year on screen for the actresses, with Stone garnering praise for her intense role as porn star Linda Lovelace's mother in "Lovelace" and Binoche as French artist Camille Claudel in "Camille Claudel, 1915." Japanese director Hirokazu Kor-eda and Argentine director Fernando Solanas will also be honored at the festival, which runs from November 29 to December 7. Now in its 13th year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has grown in size and star power, with Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard and Patricia Clarkson having already been announced as jury members of this year's edition. Other attendees set to be at the festival include Noomi Rapace, »
- Clint Holloway
'Prometheus' star Noomi Rapace (below) has signed up to appear in the new indie sci-fi 'What Happened to Monday?' from Vendome and Raffaella Productions. Rapace will play multiple roles in the movie which takes place in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation. Rapace will play septuplet sisters who must overcome their own differences and avoid government execution in order to solve the disappearance of one of their own. The project will be directed by 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' and 'Dead Snow' helmer Tommy Wirkola who will direct from a script written by Max Botkin. Rapace's role was originally written for a male but was rewritten when Rapace met with Wirkola. As for the title...we have to assume it refers to the Monday's Child nursery rhyme and that this is the sibling whom has gone missing. »
Chicago – Another week of a hodge podge of new Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that we call What to Watch. Looking for something new? Something very old? Something rare? Something from TV? There’s a little bit of everything and even a story about porn too. Check it out, ranked in how interesting I find them.
Photo credit: Cohen Media Group
“Intolerance” would be a massive, amazing undertaking in 2013. Can you even put in perspective what it was like 100 years ago? Arguably one of the most important and influential silent films ever made, “Intolerance” runs almost three hours and covers centuries of storytelling. It’s a fascinating film both in the history of cinema and the way it addressed cultural concerns of the time. Cohen Media Group continues to expertly restore and highlight great films. They’re quickly rising the ranks of the most important Blu-ray studios working today. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Moviefone's DVD of the Week:
What's It About? The first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolken novel, "The Hobbit," follows an epic quest to retain a treasure. Martin Freeman stars as the titular Bilbo Baggins hobbit (the younger version of Ian Holm's Bilbo), who travels with a pack of dwarves to reclaim their stolen treasure from the vicious dragon Smaug.
Why We're In: While Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey" is in no way as grand or as incredible as his "Lord of the Rings" films, it is still a fun and worthy visualization of the book.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"James Dean: The Ultimate Collector's Edition"
- Erin Whitney
Two beautiful young corporate executives engage in a dangerous and tantalizing competition that will take a deeply personal and violent turn in Passion, the wildly received new thriller from suspense master Brian De Palma. The film, starring Rachel McAdams (as she's never been seen before) and Noomi Rapace, arrives on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on November 5, 2013, from eOne. The SRPs are, respectively, $29.98 and $24.98.
Forty years after his breakthrough thriller Sisters put him in the suspense/horror pantheon, Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of Dressed to Kill and Body Double with Passion, an erotic thriller fueled by sex, ambition and the murderous side of passion. Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace star as two »
- Uncle Creepy
Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, and Daniel Radcliffe are a handful the latest stars to sign on for surprising new roles. Emile Hirsch has been cast as the late comedian John Belushi, while Sigourney Weaver and Noomi Rapace have scored parts in upcoming sci-fi films. Welcome to another wonderful week full of promising casting news! Click through to see all the latest tidbits from Hollywood. View Slideshow › »
- Maggie Pehanick
Follow-up to much-hyped sci-fi blockbuster now finished, according to director of original film
• Prometheus: ten key questions
Scott, 75, said the script by Jack Paglen was finished and described his return to science fiction on the 2012 film as a "great experience". "Prometheus 2 is written," he said. "I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015."
"I thought I'd left science-fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea."
- Ben Child
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