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Digital Vistas, Stone Wardrobes: Alexander Zeldovich’s "Target"

  • MUBI
Mubi is exclusively showing Alexander Zeldovich's Target (2011) from December 16 - January 14, 2017 in the United States.The natural terrain so revered in the past of Russian art is a largely digital entity in the future of Alexander Zeldovich’s Target, overlaid with megacities and serpentine highways and casually picked at by supercilious characters. (One of the protagonists contemplates a rare volcanic nugget and sticks it in his breast pocket, as if filching a novelty pen.) The year is 2020, and Moscow is a sleek network of glass compartments, robotic chimes, and Chinese billboards. Describing himself as “the King of the Mountain,” the Minister of Natural Resources (Maksim Sukhanov) has luxury and power and a gorgeous wife (Justine Waddell) purchased at the “bridal fair,” but that’s not enough—youth is the ultimate grail, finally available in a deserted excavation near the Mongolian border, where celestial radiation has a mysterious anti-aging effect on visitors.
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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 3: ‘We’re in the big leagues now’

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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 3: ‘We’re in the big leagues now’
Halt and Catch Fire, AMC’s smart, slick series about the fledgling computer industry of the 1980s, is California dreamin’. Joe, Cameron, Gordon, and Donna have all left Texas’ Silicon Prairie for Silicon Valley. “It gets out of the garage very quickly and we’re in the big leagues now,” series star Lee Pace tells HitFix of Halt’s new season debuting later this month. Halt and Catch Fire (which takes its name from an early computer command) started off with salesman/visionary Joe MacMillan’s race to compete with Ibm’s personal computer. Season 2 shifted its focus to online gaming. Now Halt and Catch Fire is going into its third season, which is longer than either of Pace’s previous television shows lasted. His team-ups with Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, were canceled before their time, in the former case cutting short Pace’s endearing, Emmy-nominated role as the pie-maker Ned.
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Ten Best: Unforgettable Dracula Performances

Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.

With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!

Christopher LeeDracula (1958)

Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula
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UK Focus at Vologda's Voices

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UK Focus at Vologda's Voices
UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s Voices festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.

British actress Justine Waddell, who learnt Russian for her role in Alexander Zeldovich’s Target (Mishen), will join the competition’s international jury, including Moscow Film Festival programme director Kirill Razlogov, Russian actress Olga Sutulova, and Armenian-French actor-director-producer Serge Avedikian, with writer-director Svetlana Proskurina as jury chairperson.

The competition line-up of 10 first and second features are as follows:

Life Feels Good, dir: Maciej Pieprzyca, PolandStill Life, dir: Uberto Pasolini, UKClass Enemy, dir: Rok Bicek, SloveniaBlind, dir: Eskil Vogt, NorwayStereo, dir: Maximilian Erlenwein, GermanyThe Art Of Happiness, dir: Alessandro Rak, ItalyWolf, dir: Jim Taihuttu, The NetherlandsTo See The Sea, dir: Jirí Mádl, Czech RepublicWhen Animals Dream, dir: Jonas Alexander Arnby, DenmarkSkinless, dir: Vladimir Beck, Russia.

Sidebars include the out-of-competition European section with such films as The Great Beauty
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Thoughts on... The Fall (2006)

The Fall, 2006.

Directed by Tarsem Singh.

Starring Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Daniel Caltagirone, Marcus Weasley and Robin Smith.

Synopsis:

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

I was recommended The Fall by a friend who knew my love of Mr Nobody and Big Fish. I'm happy to say my friend has very good taste in films, and knows me well. The Fall is quietly comedic and very, very loudly poignant, if such a thing is possible. Director Tarsem Singh crafts an almost otherworldly story with characters that although are caricatures, are also a little too close to home to ignore.
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Contest: Win Killing Bono New York Screening Passes!

Contest: Win Killing Bono New York Screening Passes!
Killing Bono is currently playing in limited release, and we have a special opportunity for our New York readers. We have a contest lined up where we're giving away free movie passes to see Killing Bono in New York City. These tickets will surely go fast, so enter this contest today.

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Killing Bono movie passes for New York City readers

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Based on real events, Killing Bono tells the story of young Irish rocker Neil McCormick and his younger brother, Ivan, who attempt to become rock stars but can only look on as their school friends form U2 and become the biggest band in the world.
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Exclusive: Krysten Ritter Talks Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23

Exclusive: Krysten Ritter Talks Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23
I recently had the chance to speak with actress Krysten Ritter about her fantastic new indie Killing Bono, which hits theaters November 4. I also had to ask Krysten Ritter about her upcoming ABC series Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23, which premieres midseason. When it was originally picked up, the title was changed to just Apartment 23. I asked Krysten Ritter about the title change, which she was definitely in favor of, although she isn't sure how they will actually pronounce it.

"I think they're going to scratch it out. I think Don't Trust the B---- In Apartment 23 is what it going to say. I'm just going to say 'bitch' and let everyone else worry about it (Laughs). Yeah, it's really fun. It's the tightest writing I've ever seen, doing a comedy. The writing is tight, every episode is just jam-packed. Every script I get, my jaw just hits the floor.
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Exclusive: Krysten Ritter Talks Killing Bono

Exclusive: Krysten Ritter Talks Killing Bono
Krysten Ritter discusses her role in Killing Bono, working with director Nick Hamm, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and much more.

If you ask me, it's difficult for anyone to Not be a fan of actress Krysten Ritter. After appearing in What Happens in Vegas, 27 Dresses, Confessions of a Shopaholic, She's Out of My League, and a memorable arc on the AMC series Breaking Bad, Krysten Ritter has established herself as a go-to actress for any sort of unconventional role. Krysten Ritter appears in the fantastic comedy Killing Bono, which is based on music critic Neil McCormick's memoir, and hits theaters on November 4. Krysten Ritter plays Gloria, Neil McCormick's spunky new neighbor who becomes his love interest. I recently had the chance to speak with Krysten Ritter over the phone, and here's what she had to say.

I really enjoyed the movie, but I haven't gotten
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Exclusive: Nick Hamm Talks Killing Bono

Exclusive: Nick Hamm Talks Killing Bono
Director Nick Hamm discusses Killing Bono, crafting this true story adaptation, assembling the cast, future projects, and more.

Director Nick Hamm has had a very diverse career so far, exploring several different genres. He's done comedy (The Very Thought of You), drama (Talk of Angels), and horror (The Hole, Godsend). Now the director is tackling a true story tale which is equal parts comedy and drama with the fantastic Killing Bono, which is currently available through video on demand formats, and hits theaters November 4. Killing Bono shows us both sides of the cutthroat music industry. The story centers on Neil McCormick (Ben Barnes), a childhood friend of the enormously successful band U2, who goes to maniacal lengths to outdo the band, despite lacking the talent to do so. I recently had the chance to speak with Nick Hamm over the phone about Killing Bono, and here's what he had to say below.
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Exclusive: Ben Barnes Talks Killing Bono

Exclusive: Ben Barnes Talks Killing Bono
Actor Ben Barnes discusses the incredible true story of Killing Bono, getting both the Irish accent and the music down, future projects, and much more.

Most movies based on a true story already have a built-in audience, fans of the subject matter. The wonderful new indie release Killing Bono, which is currently available on video on demand formats and will hit theaters November 4, is unique because it will appeal to both fans and haters of the mega-group U2. Killing Bono is based on the memoir of Neil McCormick, a childhood friend of Bono, The Edge, and the rest of U2. For years, Neil McCormick tried to achieve the same success as U2, while constantly living in their shadow, and this hilarious and heartfelt tale brilliantly shows us both the highs and lows of the cutthroat music business. Ben Barnes, best known to fans of The Chronicles of Narnia as Prince Caspian,
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Chantal Akerman, Joseph Cedar, Béla Tarr, Nuri Bilge Ceylan: AFI Fest 2011

Chantal Akerman (center), Almayer's Folly World Cinema Selections Almayer's Folly: Chantal Akerman loosely adapts Joseph Conrad’s novel set in Malaysia, the tragic tale of a failed European trader and his "mixed blood" daughter. Dir Chantal Akerman. Cast Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion, Zac Andrianasolo. Belgium/France. U.S. Premiere. Alps: Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos returns with a tale of a group offering an unusual service for grieving families: They inhabit the role of the recently deceased. Dir Yorgos Lanthimos. Scr Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou. Cast Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Ariane Labed, Johnny Vekris. Greece/France. U.S. Premiere. CARRÉ Blanc: One of the strongest debuts in years, CARRÉ Blanc is a dystopian sci-fi vision of a world with limited resources and limitless cruelty. Dir/Scr Jean-Baptiste Léonetti. Cast Sami Bouajila, Julie Gayet, Jean-Pierre Andreani, Fejria Deliba, Valerie Bodson. France/Luxembourg/Russia/Belgium/Switzerland. The Day He Arrives:
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Win Three Wes Craven Classics – with Dracula 3 Movie Collection on DVD

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Ahead of Halloween, Lions Gate Home Entertainment have given us this lovely boxset from West Craven called Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 3 movie collection to give away to three lucky winners. The movies star Gerard Butler, Jonny Lee Miller, Roy Scheider and Rutger Hauer and are all three killer films together in one boxset for the first time.

Wes Craven Presents 3 films in one complete horror boxset. Starring Gerard Butler, Jonny Lee Miller, Rutger Hauer and many more.

Dracula 2001: A gang of high-tech thieves, led by Marcus (Omar Epps) and Solina (Jennifer Esposito), break into a vault buried deep in the heart of London hoping to find treasure. Instead, they succeed in reviving an ancient evil–the legendary Count Dracula himself (Gerard Butler), who terrorized England a century earlier until he was stopped by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing. Now, Dracula makes his way to modern New Orleans to track
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Two Clips From Irish Comedy Killing Bono

Nick Hamm’s knockabout comedy, Killing Bono, is released in UK cinemas today. It stars Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Peter Serofinowicz, Martin McCann, Justine Waddell and the late and very great Pete Postlethwaite in his final screen outing.

It’s a funny movie packed with music and has the feel of a caper.where winning a record contract has been replaced with doing a bank job. To celebrate its release today we’ve got two clips to show off. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you love all things U2. You can read our review here and check out our tribute actor Pete Postlethwaite here.

Synopsis:

Killing Bono is a rock n’ roll comedy about two Irish brothers struggling to forge their path through the 1980′s music scene… whilst the meteoric rise to fame of their old school pals U2 only serves to cast them deeper into the shadows.

Neil McCormick
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The Unjust, Elite Squad 2 And The Black Power Mixtape Among First Berlin Titles

Though it slipped past us somehow the 2011 Berlin Film Festival released the first block of titles from their Panorama section yesterday and there are some very familiar names in there, among them Ryoo Seung-Wan's The Unjust, Jorge Padilha's Elite Squad 2, Angelique Bosio's The Advocate For Fagdom and Hugo Olsson's The Black Power Mixtape - all of which have received coverage here in the pages of Twitch. You want the complete list? Here it is:

Panorama Main Programme + Panorama Special Bu-dang-geo-rae (The Unjust) by Seung-wan Ryoo, Republic of Koreawith Jung-min Hwang, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hae-jin Yoo Chang-Pi-Hae (Ashamed) by Soo-hyun Kim, Republic of Koreawith Hyo-jin Kim, Kkobbi Kim Dance Town by Kyu-hwan Jeon, Republic of Koreawith Mir-an Ra, Seong-tae Oh The Devil's Double by Lee Tamahori, Belgiumwith Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier Dirty Girl by Abe Sylvia, USAwith Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Dwight Yoakam, Mary Steenburgen, Jeremy Dozier
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Three

Bigger Picture

NEW YORK -- A psycho-killer movie featuring less gore and more moral and religious philosophizing pretty much sums up "Three", adapted from the best-selling novel by Ted Dekker. This family-friendly thriller -- with a villain bearing somewhat of a resemblance to Jigsaw in the "Saw" series with his penchant for putting his victims through mind games and riddles before committing his mayhem -- is being marketed by Fox Faith, 20th Century Fox's Christian-themed label, but it seems unlikely that it will attract many of the faithful.

The film's hero is Kevin Parson (Marc Blucas), a young seminary student who seems to have an unknown connection to Slater (Bill Moseley), otherwise known as RK, or the "riddle killer." Kevin's first encounter with him is literally explosive, as he answers a cell phone that has been placed in his car only to hear a distorted voice telling him that unless he can solve a riddle in three minutes he will be blown up. Failing to pass the test, he manages to escape just in time.

Thus begins the inevitable cat-and-mouse game, with Kevin forced to undergo a series of such tests and the price for failure being more death and destruction. Helping him wade through the mystery, which apparently involves his upbringing by an abusive aunt (Priscilla Barnes), are a criminal psychologist (Justine Waddell) with a tragic personal connection with the killer, as well as Kevin's former childhood sweetheart (Laura Jordan).

The fairly routine plot is made somewhat more interesting by the infusion of issues regarding morality and faith, but ultimately "Three", for all its philosophizing, is little more than a standard serial-killer movie with pretensions.

The Fall

The Fall
TORONTO -- If any doubt remains about Tarsem Singh's interest in narrative for its own sake, The Fall should put it to rest: The advertising and music video vet wants nothing more from a plot than an excuse to string together luscious images.

Without the star power and genre appeal of his previous film, The Cell, The Fall will be handicapped at the box office. What it does have going for it in commercial terms -- whimsy and an adorable little girl playing the lead -- are offset by Singh's occasional use of unsettlingly graphic gore.

Using sickbed storytelling as a frame for fantasy a la The Princess Bride, The Fall begins in a 1920s Los Angeles hospital, where young Alexandria, daughter of immigrant orange pickers, is recovering from a broken arm. She befriends Roy, a movie stuntman who has been maimed on set and lost his gal to boot. Roy begins spinning a long yarn for Alexandria, hoping to gain her trust so that she'll fetch him enough morphine to kill himself.

The story, as it unfolds in the girl's mind's eye, stars a quartet of heroes out to kill an evil emperor. Clothed by designer Eiko Ishioka (how is it that she has not made more movies?), each member of the team is a bit wilder than Roy's description. Charles Darwin, for instance, wears an enormous coat of red, black, and white fur.

For a few scenes, considerable charm comes from the way Alexandria misunderstands what she hears, colors it with her own experience, and updates it as she gets new information. While Roy is imagining a Native American when he describes one member of the group as an Indian, she envisions a mysterious warrior from India; a vast desert has lush gardens just over the hill when Roy makes a reference to grass.

This is charming, brain teasing, and even holds some promise as a catalyst for examining how we ourselves fill in the gaps of stories we hear. But Tarsem and his screenwriting collaborators aren't able to come up with enough interesting justifications for their sudden shifts, and soon the shape-shifting yarn just feels like lazy storytelling.

Whatever its narrative merits, the mutating tale is a magic tool for Tarsem, letting him hop around the world to use desert dunes, forgotten temples, and vast ruins as settings for his action. If he wants to see what a flaming carriage looks like in an ocean of sand, or to watch an elephant swim, he just writes a couple of lines of dialogue. Visually, the result is enthralling; technically, it must have been hell to make; critically, there's no way to discredit it.

But having a story whose characters and motivations shift so arbitrarily means that viewers have no stake in it emotionally. Those who are so inclined will let their minds wander, asking, "Haven't I seen that image somewhere?" and "Are the Quay Brothers going to sue over the way that hallucination sequence apes their work?"

Others will walk out mildly dissatisfied, but happy that someone was able to bring such astounding images to the big screen. Until Tarsem's advertising clients start to commission full-blown, huge-budget ads for the cinema, a half-baked fairy tale will have to do.

THE FALL

No U.S. Distributor

Absolute Entertainment, Treetop Films

Credits:

Director: Tarsem

Writer: Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis, Tarsem, based on the film Yo Ho Ho by Zaco Heskija

Producer: Tarsem

Executive producers: Ajit Singh, Tommy Turtle

Director of photography: Colin Watkinson

Production designer: Ged Clarke

Costumes: Eiko Ishioka

Music: Krishna Levy

Editor: Robert Duffy.

Cast: Alexandria: Catinca Untaru

Roy Walker: Lee Pace

Evelyn: Justine Waddell

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 118 minutes

Giglio filling 'Chaos' with action quartet

Wesley Snipes, Ryan Phillippe, Jason Statham and Justine Waddell are teaming to star in the action thriller Chaos for filmmaker Tony Giglio, sources confirmed. Shooting is scheduled to start March 17 in Vancouver. Giglio will direct from his own script, which is described as a bank heist tale of a rookie and veteran cop, played by Phillippe and Statham, respectively, in pursuit of bank robber (Snipes) who knows too much about the inner workings of the police department. Waddell plays a female officer who has a personal connection to one of the cops.

ABC sets Natalie Wood biopic

ABC sets Natalie Wood biopic
ABC has greenlighted a three-hour biopic about Natalie Wood with Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich on board to direct and British actress Justine Waddell set to portray the late Hollywood star. The yet-untitled film, which will air during the 2003-04 season, is based on Suzanne Finstads' book Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood. Elizabeth Egloff wrote the small-screen adaptation, which is set to start production in the winter in Australia. Gerald W. Abrams (TNT's Nuremberg), Bob Sertner, Frank von Zerneck (We Were the Mulvaneys) and Finstad are executive producing, with Richard Fischoff and Randy Sutter producing. Wood's sister, Lana Wood, will co-produce. The movie will focus on Wood's deep inner conflict between her real self -- Natasha Zakharenko, born to Russian immigrants in San Francisco -- and the glamorous Natalie Wood persona created by her ambitious mother and shaped by the powerful studio system.

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