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Why I'd like to be Jeff Anderson from Clerks

7 July 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Continuing our series in which writers reveal the movie characters they want to emulate, Lanre Bakare explains why Randal, in Kevin Smith's offbeat tale of convenience-store drones, chimes perfectly with his own experiences of working in shops

Why I'd like to be Tim Curry in Legend

Why I'd like to be Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

Why I'd like to be ... Goldie Hawn as Private Benjamin Continue reading »

- Lanre Bakare

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Why I'd like to be  Christian Slater in True Romance

1 July 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our series in which writers reveal the movie characters they emulate, Ben Child admires Christian Slater's genius for creating mesmerisingly cool oddballs especially ones who get the girl (with a Tarantino twist)

Michael Hann: why I'd like to be Steve Carell

Peter Walker: why I'd like to be Toni Servillo

Celine Bijleveld: why I'd like to be Goldie Hawn Continue reading »

- Ben Child

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 1

1 July 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.

A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »

- Ricky

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Oscar winner 'The Great Beauty' loses out at Italy's Academy Awards

11 June 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's splashy valentine to Roman high society, was the most lauded foreign-language film of the last awards season -- it ruled the European Film Awards, and scooped Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. (At all but the last of these, it beat out its Cannes conqueror, "Blue is the Warmest Color.") So you'd think it'd be a shoo-in at Italy's own Academy Awards, right? Wrong. At yesterday's David di Donatello Awards, handed out annually by the Academy of Italian Cinema, Sorrentino's film was the night's biggest winner in terms of numbers -- taking nine awards, including Best Director and Best Actor for Toni Servillo. But its other wins were limited to below-the-line categories -- trust the Italians to have separate awards for Best Makeup and Best Hairstyling -- as Paolo Virzi's "Human Capital" took Best Picture. Virzi's film, a blend »

- Guy Lodge

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Italy’s David Awards Are Split by Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ and Virzi’s ‘Human Capital’

10 June 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (pictured) and Paolo Virzì’s “Human Capital” split top honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, where Sorrentino’s foreign-Oscar winner took nine statuettes, including best director, producer and actor.

Virzi’s stylish economic crisis drama, which has been a hit at the local box office, instead scooped seven Davids, including key categories such as best picture, screenplay, male and female supporting actors, editing and an actress nod for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

“Beauty’s” Toni Servillo took the best actor nod, perhaps the most predictable of the evening’s prizes.

“Beauty” producers Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, of Rome’s Indigo Film, thanked the pic’s co-financer and distributor Medusa, and Gallic co-producer Babe Films.

The David for best first-time Italo helmer went to Sicilian TV satirist-turned-helmer Piefrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, for his heartwarming Mafia-themed comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Interview with Roberto Andò about Long Live Freedom

7 June 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Toni Servillo as Senator Enrico Oliveri in Long Live Freedom

The morning before Roberto Andò's Long Live Freedom (Viva La Libertà), starring Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Valerio Mastandrea, screened at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema in New York, I spoke with the director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. We discussed Federico Fellini mixing religion with cinema, the genius of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, Wong Kar-wai's style, what moves Marco Bellocchio and the masquerade of politics.

Long Live Freedom, where leaving a message is "perfectly useless" and new lives begin in the middle of old ones, unfolds smartly as part farce, part political commentary, part soul-searching device. Cinema and politics happen to be twin worlds here. The film is based on Andò's novel Il Trono Vuoto.

Giovanni as Senator Enrico Oliveri in the map room: "The prototype I'm thinking of is also from »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Dormant Beauty | Review

6 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sleepytime Drama: Bellocchio Messy Message Movie

After yet another career peak with his 2009 film Vincere, Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio continues his examination of Italian society with Dormant Beauty, a treatise on Italy’s hot button issue of euthanasia. Bellocchio managed to score one of the cinema’s most talented actresses ever to appear on screen when he signed French actress Isabelle Huppert (no stranger to Italian cinema (see a 1996 Goethe adaptation, Elective Affinities from Vittorio and Paolo Taviani), so it’s so unfortunate that this latest endeavor is so unconvincing in all regards.

At the core, based on a true story, the film revolves around three separate storylines, all going on in the last 8 days of Eluana Englaro’s life in February, 2009. Her father, Beppe Englaro, had decided to take his daughter off of life support after she’d been in a coma for 17 years, which divided the country concerning »

- Nicholas Bell

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Rai Trade sells Darker Than Midnight

27 May 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.

Darker Than Midnight (Piu Buio Di Mezzanotte), the debut of Sicilian director Sebastiano Riso, has been sold by Rai Trade to Germany (Salzgeber), Australia (Palace) and Poland.

The rights for France, the UK, Us and Latin America will be finalized shortly, according to Rai Trade.

The film, which received its world premiere in Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is inspired by the real-life tale of one of Italy’s best-known drag queens, Fuxia (aka Davide Capone).

The feature marks Capone’s big screen debut and the ensemble cast includes Boardwalk Empire actor Vincenzo Amato, Lucia Sardo, Pippo Del Bono and Micaela Ramazzotti.

Deals were also closed for a number of Rai Trade’s catalogue titles. Roberto Andò’s political satire Viva la Liberta with Toni Servillo was sold to Japan (Respect) and Latin America ([link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Article about the Marco Bellocchio book launch luncheon and retrospective at MoMA

17 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Marco Bellocchio at the 2013 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema for Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata): "So the issue, the theme of awakening back to life is very present." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Museum of Modern Art and Luce Cinecittà organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator in the Department of Film at MoMA, and Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Luce Cinecittà are presenting Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective running from April 16 - May 7, 2014. This is the third collaboration, following exhibitions for Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Il Gattopardo luncheon for Marco Bellocchio in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The opening night screening of The Wedding Director (Il Regista di matrimoni) starring Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, and Sami Frey was introduced by Marco Bellocchio. Tonight, Bellocchio and Maya Sansa will introduce Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata) which stars Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Sansa at MoMA.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Continues This Weekend With Two Free Films

14 April 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis concludes this weekend with the local premieres of two more Italian films. They are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

http://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/index.html

Admission is Free!

Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis continues this weekend with White As Milk – Red As Blood and The Jewel

White As Milk, Red As Blood screens Saturday, April 19 in the Jerzewiak Family Auditorium in the Lab Sciences Building on the campus of Washington University at 5:30pm

Leo is a typical sixteen-year-old: he likes to chat with friends, play soccer, joyride on his scooter and listen to his iPod. School is agonizing to him. Then, a new and “different” history and philosophy teacher arrives: he encourages the students to live deeply and follow their dreams. »

- Tom Stockman

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Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis Kicks Off This Weekend

2 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Which should be exciting news for those unaware we even had an annual Italian Film Festival here in St. Louis. We do, and it’s been going on for ten years now. It’s not well-promoted in general but it must be in the local Italian community because I’ve attended on the past and they always draw huge crowds (the free admission probably doesn’t hurt).

St. Louisans can enjoy the local premiere of eleven recent Italian films at this year’s Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis. The films are shown in their original language with English subtitles at 3 venues on the campus of Washington University: Lab Sciences 300, Brown Hall and Steinberg Auditorium.

For more details such as directions, times, sponsors, and a complete schedule go to the Italian Film Festival USA site Here

http://www.italianfilmfestivalstlouis.com/index.html

Highlights of this year’s fest include The Best Offer, »

- Tom Stockman

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘The Great Beauty’ and ‘Ms. 45′ Are the Best DVD Releases This Week

25 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Great Beauty (Criterion) Paolo Sorrentino’s almost plotless portrait of the glamorous nightlife of contemporary Rome may seem on the surface to be an obvious choice for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. After all, it quite deliberately follows the footsteps of La Dolce Vita as an ode not only to Rome’s vast history, but its history of cinematic glitz. Yet there’s a great deal going on below The Great Beauty’s exquisitely realized surface. Rather than a simple 21st century upgrade of Fellini’s Rome, The Great Beauty is an existential travelogue, a decadent and detailed portrayal of a place uncertain about how to realize its future as a definitive global city in the culture so content to rest its champagne-soaked laurels on its extensive reputation. We »

- Rob Hunter

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Criterion Collection: The Great Beauty | Blu-ray Review

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In Paolo Sorrentino’s lavishly received Italian crime potboiler Il Divo, the stage is set with a world building montage that places us in a blood-bathed Rome ruled by politically backed hit men, and finally settles in, dollies up, and asks it’s leading man, Toni Servillo giving his best dead-eyed Giulio Andreotti impression, to stare straight into the camera and speak directly on how others seem to perceive him. Bizarrely, The Great Beauty begins almost the exact same way, but this version of Rome is not one of physical violence and political intimidation, but one solely focused on aristocratic appearances and the reciprocation of surface relationships.

Servillo, this time living in the skin of a facetiously jaded, secretly sulking part-time journalist and eternal socialite named Jep Gambardella, is found standing in the midst of his own lavish 65th birthday party, once again staring into the camera, memories of what »

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'The Great Beauty,' 'The King of Comedy'

25 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Great Beauty" (Criterion)

What's It About? A blast from the past sends man-about-town Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) reeling and reminiscing about his life and loves in Rome. The 65-year-old writer (of a sort) has had quite a life so far, but has he grown to take the richness of life and Rome for granted?

Why We're In: Even if you're not hip to Italian cinema and Sorrentino's influences, you'll still enjoy this Oscar-winning film.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The King of Comedy" (30th Anniversary Edition)

What's It About? Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is desperate to become famous. Once he meets talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he's sure his dreams of fame and fortune are coming true. All he has to do is convince Langford to have him on his show, and then Rupert will be the real king of comedy. »

- Jenni Miller

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Blu-ray Review: Gorgeous Journey of Oscar-Winning ‘The Great Beauty’

25 March 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

We love to go on and on when the Academy gets it wrong, especially in the notoriously flawed Documentary and Foreign Language categories. And so we should give them a pat on the back when they get it right. Yes, “Blue is the Warmest Color” deserved more attention but my vote still would have gone to Paolo Sorrentino’s masterful “The Great Beauty,” released today on Blu-ray and DVD from The Criterion Collection. It’s one of the best films of the last several years; a mesmerizing ode to the diversionary quality of excess. Don’t miss it.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Sorrentino opens his film with three long, complementary sequences: A man drops dead while on a tour group visit through a site of former Roman excess; dozens of beautiful, rich people dance the night away at a rooftop party; the city wakes up as a convent comes to life and locals walk their dogs. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino to pair up with Michael Caine

5 March 2014 3:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Italian director who carried off best foreign film statuette for The Great Beauty lines up veteran British actor for In the Future

• The Great Beauty wins Oscar for best foreign language film

Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino is to start work on his follow-up to The Great Beauty, a film called In the Future which is due to star Michael Caine.

According to Variety, In the Future is a "small, intimate film" about "friendship between two old people", quoting an interview the Italian film-maker gave to La Republica.

Sorrentino, who won the best foreign language film Oscar for The Great Beauty, has worked with English-speaking actors before, having cast Sean Penn in his goth-rocker road movie This Must Be the Place, which was selected for the Cannes film festival.

There is no word yet as to whether In the Future contains a role for Sorrentino's regular collaborator Toni Servillo, who played »

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Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (Trailer)

3 March 2014 10:06 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which stars the incandescent Toni Servillo as former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into decades of arcane Machiavellian politics in Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried you through. My second encounter with Sorrentino was also at Cannes, with his first English-language film "This Must be the Place," which features a riveting performance from Sean Penn as an aging expat rocker who returns to his roots in America after his father dies. But the movie didn't quite come together--Sorrentino's English has definitely improved since then.When I spoke to the filmmaker about his latest triumph, eventual foreign Oscar-winner "The Great Beauty" (Toh! review here), he did have a translator on hand, but he handled some of answers himself. The movie stars Servillo as »

- Anne Thompson

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Exclusive Portrait: Toni Servillo, Italian Star of Oscar Winner ‘The Great Beauty’

3 March 2014 2:14 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – As the envelope was opened at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, announcing the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film – “The Great Beauty” – it was Toni Servillo who was the lead actor in the movie. His long career as a an actor and director has culminated with this honor, to go along being named Best Actor at the 26th European Film Awards for the same film.

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce got this Exclusive Portrait of Toni Servillo in June of 2013, when he visited Chicago to receive the “Golden Hugo” for career excellence as part of the festivities in association with the 49th Chicago International Film Festival.

Toni Servillo – Lead Actor in Oscar Winner ‘The Great Beauty’ – in Chicago, June 23rd. 2013

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

By Patrick McDONALDSenior Staff WriterHollywoodChicago.compat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2014 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Italy, but not Vatican, Celebrates Academy Award for 'The Great Beauty'

3 March 2014 9:48 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Rome (AP) — Italy celebrated Monday after "The Great Beauty" ended the country's 15-year hiatus and won the Oscar for best foreign-language film. But even the film's muse lamented the fallen Rome it portrays and critics including the Vatican said it was just a cheap Fellini knockoff. Paolo Sorrentino's homage to Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and Rome's seductive decadence has divided Italians, with many critics uncomfortable with its indirect reflection of Italy's political and economic stagnation. But after Sorrentino cemented Italy's place as the country with the most foreign-language Oscars, everyone from the president on down hailed the film as a win for a country struggling through its own existential malaise. "At this time we have to be thinking about other things, and we're doing so," Premier Matteo Renzi tweeted. "But everyone is part of this Italian moment of pride for Sorrentino and 'The Great Beauty.'" The film »

- Nicole Winfield (AP)

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Italy Cheers Foreign Oscar Victory For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’

2 March 2014 7:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italy is ecstatic about Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” scooping the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which marks its eleventh foreign Oscar and consolidates the country’s status as the world’s winner of the most foreign film statuettes.

       France has won nine Oscars in the foreign language category. Italy and France have both additionally won three special/honorary Oscars.

“It’s ‘Great Beauty’ in Hollywood. Paolo Sorrentino Wins The Oscar,” trumpeted the website for leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera.”

Italy’s Culture Czar Dario Franceschini tweeted his joy calling the Oscar win a “self confidence booster” for the country, while Roberto Cicutto, head of Italy’s film entity and promotional org. Istituto Luce Cinecittà, enthused that “this must be a point of no return,” for the international visibility of Italian movies.

       The foreign Oscar for Sorrentino’s tribute to Rome’s decadence and magnificence »

- Nick Vivarelli

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