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Directed by: Abe Sylvia
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Release Date: October 7, 2011
Plot: In 1987 Danielle (Temple) is labelled the school’s “dirty girl.” She runs away to find her daddy and takes closeted gay Clarke and a bag of flour with her on her journey.
Who’S It For? Maybe, just maybe this movie will have some sort of effect on a troubled teen and wake them up, but then again they really shouldn’t be watching this R-rated flick.
Expectations: I had none. No one in the cast makes me truly excited, although I used to look forward to anything Macy was in.
- Jeff Bayer
Kate Winslet will be releasing a special book to benefit her autism charity, the Golden Hat Foundation, in April 2012, and has called on some of her famous friends to help.
The book features a collection of stunning self-portraits from celebrities and cultural luminaries, all wearing a “magical” hat to support autism awareness and outreach.
Winslet has amassed a collection of photos from an amazing array of her friends and renowned personalities who have donned this special hat, taken a self portrait, and passed the hat along from one person to another. Among the participants whose photos are featured in the book are George Clooney, Anna Wintour, Ben Stiller, Brigitte Lacombe, Christina Aguilera, David Souffan, Demi Moore, Don Cheadle, Elijah Wood, Ellen Page, Javier Bardem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jude Law, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Sharapova, Marion Cottillard, Meryl Streep, Michael Kors, Naomi Watts, Pedro Almodovar, »
Chicago – At times, Woody Allen’s new film releases stink like an old glove, and thankfully there are times when they fit like an old glove. His latest is “Midnight in Paris,” just released on Blu-ray and DVD. This is classic romantic Woody, set in the City of Lights, and featuring Owen Wilson taking on the Allen persona. It’s also featured in my Top 10 Films of 2011.
Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
It is the idea that is sound in this film, and Allen follows through beautifully, allowing the humor to flow from the absurd situation, which is turn leads to a life lesson that is warm and deep. The ensemble cast is perfectly formed, and Owen Wilson leads them through some interesting comic and introspective circumstances. It has both the funny and familiar rhythms for veteran Woody Allen admirers, and surprising fun for newcomers.
Paris When it Sizzled: Alison Pill (Zelda Fitzgerald »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – Some films never get a fair shot with audiences. They open in a handful of art house theaters scattered throughout the country before inconspicuously landing on DVD. Passionate movie lovers are left with the task of championing these unjustly obscure titles and helping them to acquire the audience they deserve.
Before I reveal my picks for the top ten Best Overlooked Films of 2011, here are the ten runners-up:
While Steve McQueen’s magnificent art film, “Shame,” plunges into the dark depths of sexual addiction, Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard’s “Autoerotic” takes a decidedly more playful approach to similar material. Though Swanberg has made a series of uncommonly intimate films about the sex lives of twentysomething Chicagoans, he’s never attempted a film as overtly comic as this one, and Wingard proves to be an ideal collaborator. “Autoerotic” is easily Swanberg’s most accessible film to date, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
One of my favorite entertainment pastimes is imagining what could have been when it came to casting some of Hollywood’s biggest films. Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Julia Roberts as Viola in Shakespeare in Love. Jennifer Hudson as the title character in Precious. So it’s a fun laugh to see ButYoureLikeReallyPretty mock up a series of photos imagining other actresses playing Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Superimposing some famous faces whose names were tossed around for the role of Lisbeth during Dragon Tattoo’s casting process, »
- Kate Ward
Chicago – As the days count down to the end of the year, it’s a perfect time for a countdown of the top ten films of 2011. Last week, Brian Tallerico of HollywoodChicago.com posted his 10 Best of 2011, and this week I pick my Top Ten Films of 2011, by Patrick McDonald.
If there was a single overriding theme to films in 2011, it was the end of the world. There were symbolic, financial, moral, anarchistic and literal end of the worlds, which comes on the heels of the meltdown of the end of last decade. It wasn’t a science fiction style end, but a commentary on a pervasive mood in general society, and the reflection of that mood in so many films throughout 2011 is quite remarkable, and unmistakable.
In my Top Ten of 2011, several of those end-of-the-world films are there, but also there is hopeful turns with baseball, Woody Allen and brilliant smaller budget filmmaking. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Olivia Thirlby may not be on your radar at this point, but she is starting to get bigger and better roles of late. You might recognize her from Juno, when she played Ellen Page's best friend, who flirted endlessly with over-the-hill teachers. Or, you might recognize her from United 93, which I like to refer to as the movie that had no business being made so soon. Little long, and not so catchy of a title, but much more honest. Anywho, she is starring in The Darkest Hour, which is opening up Christmas Day. Hmmm, let's see stay at home and open presents, get wasted on some sweet eggnog, or go to the movie theaters to see another alien invasion movie? Hmmm that is quite the quandary. Truly a toss-up. I'll have to consult my magic eight ball on that one. So you've got 'The Darkest Hour' and the »
It's been a banner year for Woody Allen as his Midnight in Paris received rave reviews and became his most financially successful film in 25 years. With that in mind, it makes sense that the distributer of that film, Sony Pictures Classics, would be interested in working with Allen again on his next film. And indeed, a deal has just been made for the studio to distribute Allen's 2012 comedy, Nero Fiddled, in North America and the UK. The film features an all-star cast which includes Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Judy Davis, and Allen himself. As usual with the director, details on the plot have been kept to a minimum, although it is known that the film "consists of four separate vignettes — two with American characters, two with Italian characters — but the vignettes never intersect.” This film marks the fifth Woody Allen effort that »
Before director David Fincher could officially cast Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in his version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," he had to put her through three months of auditions and tests to prove to Sony that she could carry a major franchise. But to get to Mara in the first place, Fincher had to go through a laundry list of different Hollywood superstars that just weren't right for the part.
"Look, we saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I'm telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can't wait for her to take her clothes off," he told Vogue back in October. "I keep trying to explain this. Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, 'What is this little squishy thing?' Well, you know what? »
- Jordan Zakarin
Most moviegoers can agree on one thing: there were way too many movies this year. If you’re (un)fortunate enough to live in New York, you had the opportunity to see around 600 new features come and go; the rest of us didn’t get that many fewer. That means that anyone who’s been put in a position to make a top 10 (or top 15, or top 20…) had to make some sad cuts. So we thought it appropriate to highlight some of the year’s most memorable individual moments, scenes, and sequences, from movies that may or may not have made our individual year-end lists. Some were from movies we didn’t love; some are from movies we didn’t even like, but all stood out. Which is no small feat considering just how insane the release calendar has become.
We are keeping out credit sequences since we feel it is an artform in itself, »
Many have said that Woody Allen's recent films just don't pack the same punch as they used to. Maybe that is because viewers are watching Allen's signature neurotic yet lovable protagonist through a veil as other actors portray a part so obviously meant for Allen himself. Well, Allen buffs rejoice, because his upcoming film, a comedy entitled 'Nero Fiddled,' will star Allen himself.
The film will be set in Rome, a first for Allen, who has featured New York, Paris, London and Barcelona with such passion in his past films they become characters instead of settings. 'Nero,' according to Sony Pictures Classic, has "more laughs in this one than you can imagine."
The all-star cast includes Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Greta Gerwig, and of course Woody Allen, in his first on-camera performance since 2006's 'Scoop.' The film »
- Priscilla Frank
Midnight in Paris is still rolling in a few theaters and getting an Oscar campaign off the ground, but with Woody Allen being Woody Allen, news on the distribution of his next film has already come in. So, without further ado, it should be said that Sony Pictures Classics has very proudly announced that they’ll be giving us Nero Fiddled sometime next summer.
They provided the following quote on the film (via CinemaBlend):
“More laughs in this one than you can imagine. We know it’s a bit premature, but thank you Woody and company, for granting us the perfect summer comedy of 2012. Keep ‘em coming.”
The film has a wide, international cast, one led by Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, and Allen himself. The plot is, in typical fashion for the director, a little opaque at the moment, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Briefly: 2011 was a great year for Woody Allen. His playful, entertaining film Midnight in Paris turned into the year's runaway arthouse hit, taking in $60m to become Allen's greatest domestic success. Sony Classics has distributed the director's last few films and after their stellar success with Midnight in Paris, I think it has been pretty much a foregone conclusion that his next movie, Nero Fiddled, would go out via the company as well. Variety  reports that deal has been set, with Sony Classics picking up North American and UK rights to the film, which stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. As is typically the case with a new Allen film we don't know much about the plot -- all we've got is that the Rome-set film "consists of four separate vignettes -- two with American characters, two with Italian characters -- but the vignettes never intersect. »
- Russ Fischer
Welcome to the second part of The Truffles – the HeyUGuys Movie Awards in which our team dole out an alternative set of awards to the great and good of this year’s cascade of movies.
You can read Part 1 by clicking here and read on to see which cinematic heroes are hoisted high above the crowd and which are dragged into a nearby corner and pummelled.
Here are more unique awards as we take on the year that was…
A show stopping moment from one of my highlights of the cinematic year. Elizabeth Olsen was rightly lauded for her magnetic central performance in Sean Durkin’s film, but it was Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes who stood out for me. What stuck with me most was the moment when Hawkes’ latent anger is given an outlet »
Midnight in Paris is still out there making money and finding new audiences, so it’s less than surprising that Sony Pictures Classics has already picked up Woody Allen‘s follow-up film, Nero Fiddled, which was produced last year. According to Cinema Blend, the movie is described by Allen as a broad comedy with several overlapping stories. It stars Jesse “Woody Allen” Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni and Judy Davis. Woody Allen is also playing a role, but he lamented earlier in the year about not being able to play the romantic lead anymore. Which is ridiculous. Who wouldn’t want to see a hunky 76-year-old man embroil himself in the heart and loins of a gorgeous counterpart? Exactly. As long as it takes place in Rome, it’ll be romantic. I’m pretty sure that’s even where we get the word. So if you were at all worried that »
- Cole Abaius
After having the title changed from The Bop Decameron to Nero Fiddled back in October, the next project from Woody Allen is now even closer to a reality as Sony Pictures Classics has just announced that it will distribute Allen's film in North America and The United Kingdom. Following the recent success of Midnight in Paris, which just received four Golden Globe nominations, Sony is eager to get back in the saddle with Allen. This will actually mark their fifth collaboration after You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Whatever Works, Sweet and Lowdown and the aforementioned comedy starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Though no plot has yet been revealed, the cast is reason enough to see the flick as it includes Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, and Ellen Page. Sony is excited and is already giving the film praise saying, »
- Ethan Anderton
Coming off the success of "Midnight in Paris," Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and U.K. rights to Woody Allen's next picture, "Nero Fiddled," the company said Wednesday. Sony Classics plans a summer release. "Nero" is Allen's fifth film with Sony Classics and Allen's first movie shot in Rome. The romantic comedy originally was titled "The Bop Decameron." It is told in four vignettes. Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page star. Also read: How 'The Help' or 'Midnight in Paris' Could Win Best Picture Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
After one brief fling in 1999 with Sweet and Lowdown, Sony Pictures Classics got back in the Woody Allen business in 2009 to produce Whatever Works, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and Midnight in Paris. The partnership was especially lucrative this year, since Midnight Paris grossed $144 million worldwide on the way to major Oscar buzz. So it comes as no surprise when Spc announced today their acquisition of Allen's next project, Nero Fiddled. Said Allen: “[Sony Pictures Classics] seems to be very sensitive to the kind of films I make, and I'm looking forward to working with them now again.” Set in Rome, Nero Fiddled is comprised of four vignettes---two center on American characters; the other two center on Italians. Allen will step in front of the camera for the first time since 2006's Scoop to take on a starring role alongside Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and U.K. rights to Woody Allen’s next film, Nero Fiddled. This is the filmmaker's fifth film to be released by Spc, following on Allen's biggest success to date, Midnight in Paris. Photos: Woody Allen Career in Pictures Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page star in the Rome-set story. Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, Giampaulo Letta and Faruk Alatan produced the project, a Medusa film and Gravier production. "More laughs in this one than you can imagine," said Spc co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. "We
- Jay A. Fernandez
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and UK rights to Woody Allen's next film, Nero Fiddled. The film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.
Nero Fiddled marks Allen's fifth film with Sony Pictures Classics. Allen's most recent film with Spc, Midnight in Paris, has made almost $60 million at the box office and is Allen's highest grossing film in North America. The film also recently garnered four Golden Globe nominations. Spc's previous collaborations with Allen include You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger starring Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto; the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival's opening night film Whatever Works starring Larry David, Patricia Clarkson »
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