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Sneak Peek actress Cate Blanchett covering Us and international issues of "Harper's Bazaar" magazine, supporting an Oscar bid for her performance in writer/director Woody Allen's comedy-drama "Blue Jasmine", co-starring Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg:
"...'Jasmine' (Blanchett) disembarks in San Francisco from a flight that took her away from her old life in New York and arrives at her adopted sister's cluttered apartment in a poor part of the city, reflecting on the life that she has lost and makes a vague attempt to rebuild her life..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Blue Jasmine"...
- Michael Stevens
Feature James Clayton 6 Dec 2013 - 06:12
This week, James considers the impact of film sequels, and comes up with a few he'd like to see himself. Robot & Frank Rises, anyone?
"So, when do we start shooting the next one?" - Every major movie studio executive on the Monday following a bumper opening weekend at the box office.
Did you enjoy that? Good, because they're going to make a sequel. This is standard operating procedure and the modus operandi in Hollywood film production. If something is successful you do it again. And then you do it again. And then you do it again and again until it's not successful or until a »
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Film Avail 12/5 Lovelace (2013) Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Juno Temple, James Franco Amanda Seyfried stars as adult film icon Linda Lovelace, a woman coerced into and abused by the porn industry before taking charge of her life. The supporting cast includes all manner of Hollywood A-listers stepping into meaty roles. Avail 12/9 C.O.G. (2013) Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario, Dale Dickey Based on a short story by David Sedaris...
Female villains in the movies can usually be placed into two categories; the mentally deranged psychopath and the provocative seductress. This isn’t always the case of course, but it’s a fairly accurate basis to draw on. In honour of the nasty and glamorous sorceress Mizuki in 47 Ronin – the samurai epic out this December starring Keanu Reeves – we’ve reminisced on our favourite on-screen feminine scoundrels in cinema history. Mizuki has a tendency to turn into a dragon and go on rants about corpses and rivers of blood. In this list she joins the conniving, the insane, the alluring and the devilishly sexy. They’re all here, and we just love to hate them.
Mizuki – 47 Ronin (2013 Dir. Carl Rinsch)
Best Line: “Mountains of corpses will not stand in our way”
Morally dubious on the largest possible scale, this shape-shifting witch in upcoming action-fantasy epic 47 Ronin has the ability to »
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Writer/director Woody Allen’s (Hannah and Her Sisters) 2013 film is the drama-comedy Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett (Hanna) and featuring the ensemble cast of Alec Baldwin (Rock of Ages), Sally Hawkins (Never Let Me Go), Louis C.K. (TV’s Louie), Bobby Cannavale (Roadie), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Andrew Dice Clay
The film centers around Jasmine (Blanchett), a former New York socialite teetering on an emotional tightrope, balancing between her troubled east coast past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Having moved into her sister’s (Hawkins) humble apartment, Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations, and the dreams of reclaiming her past life’s glamor.
Well-received by the critics—it garnered a rating of 91% at Rotten Tomatoes based on 153 published reviews—the »
And for the final Sundance Film Festival prediction on the 80-list, I’m selecting a film that might have premiered at both Venice and Toronto, but from my notes, has yet to make an appearance on U.S. soil. Apart from 2008′s Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt debuted River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006) and grabbed a Spotlight showing for Meek’s Cutoff in 2011. The Cinedigm folks grabbed Night Moves and planned a Spring ’14 release – perhaps they’ll want to roll it out at Sundance beforehand.
Gist: Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, this tells the story of three radical environmentalists plotting the explosion of a hydroelectric dam—the symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise.
Prediction: Spotlight section
U.S. Distributor: Cinedigm
More 2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions 2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Robinson Devor »
- Eric Lavallee
Deep Throat was the first scripted pornographic theatrical film and is one of the highest grossing “blue” films of all time. It could have turned lead actress Linda Lovelace (played by Amanda Seyfried) into a star. In Lovelace we see her rise into the porn industry and her quick escape from it. But, what’s more, the film delves into her troubled relationship with husband Chuck (Peter Sarsgaard).
- John Keith
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
VOD is all the rage right now, and for good reason (check out our November list). But while it's gratifying to know that you can watch pretty much anything with the simple click of a button, there's something comforting about tearing into a DVD/Blu-ray case and popping the disc into your player. That, and not even a VOD film in HD, can rival the clarity a Blu-ray disc offers. To keep you up to date with the current goings-on in the home video marketplace, here are the new releases worth your time and money. "Lovelace" "Lovelace," starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone and Adam Brody, tells the story of porn star-turned feminist activist Linda Boreman (Seyfried). Longing to escape her conservative Catholic upbringing, Linda falls into the arms of her hustler husband Chuck Traynor who exploits and abuses her as she transitions from porn star sensation Linda Lovelace to an anti-pornography feminist activist. »
The life of Linda Lovelace, one of the most controversial figures of early ’70s pop culture received a dramatization earlier this year in the period biopic Lovelace. Ms Lovelace was of course the star of Deep Throat in 1972, the most popular and influential porn film not only of that decade, but of all time. Deep Throat remains the tawdry film which — by introducing hardcore sex into the mainstream — ushered in the infinitely more explicit internet porn that is now only a keyboard click away. Completed in less than a week, with all interior shots filmed in the same cheap Florida hotel room, the 61-minute Deep Throat cost just $30,000 to make but earned an estimated $600 million — making it the most lucrative film ever made. Was Lovelace a victim of drug abuse and prostitution, a slave to Chuck Traynor, her controlling, mean-tempered husband, or was she a willing participant in the adult film industry? »
- Tom Stockman
Robin Weigert has signed on to the Bobby Fischer chess drama Pawn Sacrifice. Directed by Edward Zwick, the film stars Tobey Maguire as the American chess phenom. Weigert will play his eccentric mother, Regina. Lily Rabe and Liev Schreiber will also star in the film. Gail Katz Productions and Maguire's Material Pictures are producing Pawn Sacrifice, which is currently filming. Filming will take place in Montreal, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Los Angeles. Earlier: Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber Join Bobby Fischer Pic 'Pawn Sacrifice' The film follows Fischer and his chess nemesis Boris Spassky (Schreiber) as they enter the "Match of the
- Rebecca Ford
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Anchor Bay
In 1972—before the internet, before the adult film explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted adult theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace (Seyfried). Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor (Sarsgaard). As Linda Lovelace, she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. After struggling to break free from Traynor whose endless abuse nearly killed her, Linda made it her life’s mission to fight violence against women. »
Boardwalk Empire star Michael Stuhlbarg has joined the Bobby Fischer chess drama Pawn Sacrifice. Directed by Edward Zwick, the film stars Tobey Maguire as the American chess phenom and Liev Schreiber as his Soviet archrival Boris Spassky. Gail Katz Productions and Maguire's Material Pictures are producing Pawn Sacrifice, which began filming this week in Montreal. Production started in early October in Reykjavik, Iceland. The 41-day shoot is scheduled to wrap in Los Angeles on Dec. 11. Earlier: Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber Join Bobby Fischer Pic 'Pawn Sacrifice' Set at the height of the Cold War, the film chronicles Fischer and Spassky's so-
- Tatiana Siegel
Michael Stuhlbarg has joined the cast of Gail Katz Productions and Material Pictures’ drama directed by Ed Zwick. Production on the scheduled 41-day shoot has begun in Montreal and will wrap in Los Angeles.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Daniel Radcliffe’s romantic comedy “The F Word,” Idris Elba’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and Cory Monteith’s “McCanick,” have landed showings at the American Film Market during its Nov. 6-13 run.
Afm annnounced Thursday it will screen 402 films, including 321 market premieres and 75 world premieres, with more than 8,000 buyers and industry professionals expected.
Last year’s Afm saw 420 films screen with total buyers rising 6% to 1,616 and 35 more buying companies for a total of 753 and overall attendance of more than 7,750.
The Weinstein Co. is releasing “Long Walk to Freedom” in the U.S. on Nov. 29, while Pathe is selling international markets.
“McCanick,” the last film to star Monteith, is for sale in international markets though Bleiberg Entertainment. »
- Dave McNary
★★★★☆ Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard star in Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves (2013), an eco-terrorism thriller that, whilst more accessible than her past works, loses none of that distinctive minimalist flare and vigilant style. Josh (Eisenberg) and Dena (Fanning) are a pair of protesters intent of making a difference. Dena works in a spiritual commune whilst Josh lives on a self-sufficient farm, working the land and living on the edges of society. They eventually team up with the volatile Harmon (Sarsgaard), an ex-marine who shares their environmentalist ideology but is much more of a politicised hardliner.
The trio hatch a plan to blow up a local dam in order to make a statement against the Us government, whom they believe are ruining the land. However, things don't go as planned and when the inevitable repercussions of their actions comes around, the group find themselves in a taut triangle of »
- CineVue UK
Woody Allen has titled his new film “Magic in the Moonlight.”
The movie takes place in southern France and stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone and Jacki Weaver. Co-stars include Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter and Jeremy Shamos.
The story line has been kept under wraps but official set photos of Firth, Stone and Gay Harden show the actors in 1930s garb at a mansion.
“Magic in the Moonlight” is the 47th film directed by Allen. He’s been nominated for 23 Oscars and won for directing and writing “Annie Hall” and for writing “Midnight in Paris” and “Hannah and Her sisters.”
- Dave McNary
Blue Jasmine (12A)
In the downward trajectory of late-era Allen comes a startling spike to remind us how great he still can be, especially when it comes to women's roles. This show belongs to Blanchett, playing a Manhattan one-percenter brought down to earth. Propped up by alcohol, drugs and her sister, she's an accident that's already happening, and a magnificent, tragicomic creation.
A kidnapping case refuses to crack in this weighty, slippery whodunit.
Greedy Lying Bastards (12A)
(Craig Scott Rosebraugh, 2012, Us) 90 mins
Climate-change deniers get a dose of their own medicine, as this impassioned doc lays out a history of hypocrisy.
Mister John (15)
(Christine Molloy, »
- Steve Rose
Woody Allen is back with a shock masterpiece that brings Greek tragedy to the story of a self-destructive socialite played by Cate Blanchett. He talks about rage, tolerance and some men's misgivings about feminism
Woody Allen does not look like a samurai. He looks, at 77, like a Woody Allen action doll, so tiny and iconic you have to sit on your hands so as not to pick him up and put him on the mantelpiece. His green shirt balloons round his body, baggy slacks winched up high. I'm lucky I have a morning slot, he says, extending dinky fingers – these days, he's snoring by four. He smiles mildly, left eye creased, hearing aid in one ear. The world knows Woody as a lover not a fighter. As he approaches 80, that hasn't changed.
And yet it is to a Japanese assassin, a stone-cold swordsman, that his two most recent collaborators compare him. »
- Catherine Shoard
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