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Title: Amazon releases ‘The Best Offer’ on Blu Ray and DVD Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland, Sylvia Hoeks. ‘The Best Offer’ nominated for 13 David di Donatello (the film award presented each year for cinematic performances and production by L’Accademia del Cinema Italiano, The Academy of Italian Cinema), is now distributed, through Amazon, on Blu-Ray and DVD. The romantic drama written and directed by the Italian Academy Award-winning Giuseppe Tornatore, boasts a music score composed by Ennio Morricone and a prestigious cast, starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks. Giuseppe Tornatore explained the making of his thriller set in Vienna, in the world [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
Rome -- The latest projects from a trio of former Oscar winners were among the most nominated films vying for the top honors from Italy’s David di Donatello awards, which announced the nominees for its 57th edition Friday. Bernardo Bertolucci’s Io e te (Me and You), La Migliore Offerta (The Best Offer) from Giuseppe Tornatore, and Gabriele Salvatores’ Educazione Siberiana (Siberian Education) -- Bertolucci, Tornatore, and Salvatores have all directed Oscar winners -- were among the films nominated for both Best Film and Best Director. They were joined in both categories by Daniele Vicari, whose drama Diaz, an examination of the bloody end
- Eric J. Lyman
After years of directing better-than-average independent sleeper thrillers . except for 2010.s misstep Vanishing on 7th Street . Brad Anderson had a bit of a hit on his hands with The Call, which has earned $40 million in just over two weeks with just a $13 million budget. Lest one thought he.d be going for something more commercial, Anderson isn.t that kind of a guy. His latest project, the psychological thriller Eliza Graves, just added Jim Sturgess to its cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sturgess has been on a sci-fi run as of late, with Juan Solanas. Upside Down and the Wachowski.s Cloud Atlas as his latest projects to hit theaters, and audiences will next see him in Mat Whitecross. thriller Ashes and Giuseppe Tornatore.s romantic drama The Best Offer, as well as the just-finished crime biopic Electric Slide. In this loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe.s early »
With two epic sci-fi sagas -- "Cloud Atlas" and "Upside Down" -- in recent memory, along with a straight-to-video Brit crime flick ("Ashes"), a movie with Giuseppe Tornatore ("The Best Offer" -- our review) and a Somali pirate movie in the works, Jim Sturgess has been a bit all over the place of late, and that's not about to change. Sturgess has come on board "Eliza Graves" alongside Kate Beckinsale, in the latest effort from Brad Anderson whose fading goodwill from "The Machinist" was pretty much dashed with last month's "The Call." Anyway. Penned by Joe Gangemi (the forgotten 2007 Emily Blunt thriller "Wind Chill"), the plot is loosely based on an 1845 short story by Edgar Allan Poe, following the titular character (Beckinsale) who happens to be a mental patient in a hospital where the residents have overthrown the staff and are posing as doctors. Sturgess will play a Harved med »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just two months ago famed composer Ennio Morricone presented Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino with a lifetime achievement award in Rome. But last week, American outlets picked up on a small story in the Italian press where Morricone had allegedly told a group of students at Rome’s Luiss University that he did not care to work with Tarantino again, and that he was unhappy with how he used his song “Ancora Qui” in Django Unchained.
- Lindsey Bahr
If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's going to happen when you take a cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, that mostly seems as though they don't belong on the same planet, let alone in the same film, stick them in a pointlessly convoluted plot that's ludicrously unbelievable from start to finish, and drench the whole lot in a hysterically screechy score from Ennio Morricone. The resulting film is such a campy mess that for a while it's possible to see it having some sort of life as a kitsch cultish artifact, like an overplotted TV movie from the eighties. But then it goes on for an interminable 124 minutes, »
- Jessica Kiang
A tenuous art-scam/romance/thriller storyline is fatally undermined by rusty dialogue in Giuseppe Tornatore's latest, screened at the Berlin film festival
Bloodied but unbowed by the reception to his last film Baarìa – at least in these quarters – Giuseppe Tornatore is back, once again seeking to trap some ever-more elusive lightning in a bottle, as he did all those years ago with Cinema Paradiso. This time he's come up with a convoluted English-language art-scam/romance/thriller that sad to say, doesn't really work: the whole thing is as stiff and rigid as Geoffrey Rush's marcelled 'do.
Rush plays a lonely high-end auction-house proprietor called Virgil Oldman who leads one of those sinuously classy lifestyles you only see in the movies: fine wines, spotless tablecloths, servile waiters, and where shop assistants say "Excellent choice, sir!" without a trace of sarcasm. While Oldman is an accepted authority as an authenticator of all forms of antiquity, »
- Andrew Pulver
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech) and Emily Watson (War Horse) will star in an adaptation of The Book Thief at Fox 2000. The best-selling novel, written by Markus Zusak, is set in Germany during World War II.
French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lahzar) will make her English-language debut as the central character, Liesel Meminger, who witnesses the horrors of Nazi Germany while living with her foster parents, the Hubermanns (Rush and Watson). She arrives with a stolen book and begins collecting others, learning to read while the Hubermanns harbor a Jewish refugee called Max in their cellar.
The drama, which is being directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), also stars Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town) and Nico Liersch. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing, and the film is set to begin shooting later this month in Berlin.
Rush recently starred in the European drama The Best Offer, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore »
Today we have the trailer for "The Best Offer," starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks. Check it out below. Plot: A simple story of a solitary, cultured man, no longer young, whose reluctance to engage with others is equal only to the obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of art expert and auctioneer. Requested to handle the discharge of the artistic wealth of an old building, the antiques dealer finds himself in the middle of a passion that will change his existence forever. The new movie is directed by Italian helmer Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) and was already released in Italy earlier this month. Sony Classics has now acquired it for Us distribution and will appear at the Berlin Film Festival next month. Trailer: »
Thanks to Rome-based production company Paco Cinematografica it’s now foreign films’ turn: we have our first look at The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta) trailer in English.
Brought to the screen by the acclaimed Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), an English-language affair stars Geoffrey Rush, with Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks as the supporting cast.
Shot all over northern Italy, Vienna and Prague this dead-serious fairy tale is worth watching for Rush’s ‘sensitive, never pandering performance as an effete master auctioneer who gradually discovers he has a heart’ and becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art (Hoeks).
The film was released in theaters on January 1st in Italy and talks for U.S. distribution with Sony Classics are in the advanced stages. The Best Offer will have a special gala screening at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival next month.
For now, »
- Nick Martin
Berlin Unveils Special Gala Screenings The Berlin Film Festival has lined up its special gala screenings of recently released works followed by discussions with some of the filmmakers. Among the films to be shown are Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit Of ’45, Jane Campion’s TV miniseries Top Of The Lake, Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and Raoul Peck documentary Fatal Assistance. UK University To Offer ‘X Factor’ Course Britain’s Bishop Auckland College has launched an X Factor audition course. The 17-week program has 40 slots for students eager to be trained in singing, performing and projecting confidence. Each of the spaces is partly government-funded, according to Digital Spy, and the course will wrap just in time for the next round of auditions for The X Factor’s UK version. Organizer Mike Jinks said, “Many applicants have »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Berlinale continues to add to the lineup for its February 7-17 fest. Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" will play in the Berlinale Special showcase, as will Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" miniseries, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer," "Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," Yoji Yamada's "Tokyo Family," Ken Loach's doc "The Spirit of '45" and Raoul Peck's "Fatal Assistance," a look at the consequences of charity hype in post-earthquare Haiti. In the Panorama section, two of the 31 films feature James Franco; as a former actor with schizophrenia in Carter's "Maladies" and in "Interior. Leather Bar.", inspired by William Friedkin's 1980 drama "Cruising." Also in the mix are Zaza Rusadze's "A Fold in My Blanket," Nanouk Leopold's "It's All So Quiet," Stacie Passon's "Concussion," Shane »
- Sophia Savage
The Berlin International Film Festival -- which kicks off February 7th -- has added a slew of new titles to its Panorama and Berlinale Special programs, including new work form Ken Loach, James Franco, Michael Winterbottom, Shane Carruth, Giuseppe Tornatore and Jane Campion. Many of them having their international premieres after debuting at Sundance (a notable exception being Ken Loach's doc about post-war Britain and tracks the birth of a new socialism, a world premiere), the newly announced films helped complete the Panorama's narrative film program, which previously was announced to include new work from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Noah Baumbach and Felix van Groeningen. Here is the list of newly announced titles. The Berlinale runs February 7-17, 2012. Panorama fictional films Boven is het stil (It's all so Quiet) - Netherlands/Germany By Nanouk Leopold With Jeroen Willems, Henri Garcin, Wim Opbrouck, Martijn Lakemeier World »
- Peter Knegt
Our daily countdown continues, with part nine out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 220-211.
216) The 10 Commandments (1956) Cecil B. DeMille USA
214) The Miracle Of Morgan Creek (1944) Preston Sturges USA
212) Ran (1985) Akira Kurasawa Japan
Numbers 210-200 coming next.
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- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Before we unleash the beast that is our annual Top 100 Most Anticipated Films List for 2013, we thought we’d give our readers an eyeful on the projects we’re keeping tabs on for… the 2014 campaign. We’re a little nuts with ours lists, but in the upcoming year we’ll be reporting on several of these films as producers find coin, screenplays are finalized, tech crews are hired, cast come abroad and greenlights are announced. Our countdown begins with…:
100. Prodigal Summer – Dir. Nicole Kassell
99. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda
96. In Your Name – Dir. Marco Van Geffen
92. The Man Who Sold the World – Dir. Bill Condon
89. Deux Nuits – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
The very promising first international trailer surfaced late last year, and Warner Bros. have recently released a new clip – in the dubbed Italian language – for us to enjoy. And even though I can’t understand what’s being said, I still really want to see this film.
“Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) is an eccentric genius, art expert, known and appreciated all over the world. His life runs away from feelings, until a mysterious woman (Sylvia Hoeks) invites him to his villa to make an assessment. It will be the beginning of a relationship that will change for his life forever.”
- Kenji Lloyd
17 items from 2013
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