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Samsara – review

1 September 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Shot in 70mm over a period of five years in 25 countries by Ron Fricke, the man who photographed Koyaanisqatsi and directed Chronos and Baraka, this is a compilation, or collage, of beautiful and striking images put together for suggestive and meditative effect. There is no commentary but there is music, some specially commissioned, and a "concept" devised by Fricke and producer/co-editor/co-writer Mark Magidson, turning on a variety of opposites – growth/decay, wonder/disgust, tradition/rootlessness, purpose/futility, faith/disbelief. Much of the stop-motion or undercranked camerawork is designed to make crowds into seething anthills and to emphasise the absurdity of repetitive work, and it's rather trying. Still, there are so many remarkable images that there is something every few seconds to provoke or please. I was reminded, however, of a line by the New Yorker writer Peter De Vries: "On the surface he may seem deep. But deep down inside, »

- Philip French

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[Rec]³ Génesis – review

1 September 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's [Rec], an intrepid reporter went out on a nocturnal assignment with the local fire brigade and ended up with her cameraman covering her encounter with an apartment occupied by zombies. It came at you with the ferocity of a Spanish inquisitor brandishing a torture instrument. [Rec] 2 took up where the first ended and proved commonplace. This third instalment, a solo effort by Paco Plaza, starts with the world being observed through a wedding photographer's lens, but it eventually gives up the pretence after zombies take over the grand hotel where the event is being held. It's a tiresome gore fest, much of it played for easy laughs. The makers think they're being sophisticatedly ruthless. They're merely childishly heartless.

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- Philip French

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A Few Best Men – review

1 September 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The most dislikable collection of friends in literature are Bassanio and his coarse, sponging chums in The Merchant of Venice. I was reminded of them last week when recalling that the worst of the lot – the witless, anti-semitic Gratiano – was played in the Al Pacino film version by Kris Marshall. A specialist in such roles, Marshall virtually reprises his Gratiano as one of three loathsome Londoners who create havoc when they accompany their best friend to Australia to be best men at his wedding. He's to marry the daughter of a self-made Liberal senator at a grand villa in the Blue Mountains, outside Sydney. The setting is as beautiful as the goings-on are clumsy and grotesque. When embarrassment fails to be funny, it ends up as truly excruciating, and such is the case here. The saddest casualty is Olivia Newton-John as the bride's depressed mother who gets high on coke »

- Philip French

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'Doctor Who' - New images of Jenna-Louise Coleman revealed

1 September 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The BBC has unveiled new images of Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman. The actress made a surprise appearance in last night's episode of the sci-fi drama - the Steven Moffat-penned 'Asylum of the Daleks' - several months ahead of her expected Christmas debut. Moffat tonight praised fans and journalists for keeping Coleman's appearance in 'Asylum' a secret, issuing "a heartfelt thank you for helping us tell our story". Coleman will replace Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams), who will both (more) »


- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Enders ultimatum, Corrie labour, E'dale reveal, 'Oaks sentencing

1 September 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

EastEnders schemer Janine Butcher resorts to desperate measures with new husband Michael Moon later this month as she tries to test his loyalty once and for all. Janine (Charlie Brooks) tries her best to trust Michael (Steve John Shepherd) in the coming days, but this proves impossible when he keeps disappearing from their house in the middle of the night for reasons unknown. Keen to give her marriage a chance despite her suspicions, Janine decides that drastic action is needed to find out whether Michael really loves her, or whether he's only interested in her fortune. When Michael returns home from work one evening, he is surprised to find Janine with a suitcase. She immediately orders him to open it, claiming that it contains everything he's ever desired. As Michael looks inside, he is flabbergasted to find that the suitcase contains hundreds of thousands (more) »


- By Daniel Kilkelly

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Steven Moffat thanks press and fans for saving 'Doctor Who' surprise

1 September 2012 2:57 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steven Moffat and Jenna-Louise Coleman have thanked Doctor Who fans for keeping quiet the twist in tonight's season premiere 'Asylum of the Daleks'. Coleman made an appearance as Oswin Oswald minutes into the episode, surprising fans who had been led to believe that she would not be appearing until the Christmas special. However, Oswald was killed off in the episode's closing moments, leaving Whovians scratching their heads as to how she will be able to make her eventual reappearance as the Doctor's new companion. Speaking on the Doctor Who website, the 26-year-old actress said: "Boo! Hello! Hope we gave you a good surprise! "Thanks to all the fans who (more) »


- By Paul Martinovic

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Hal David, songwriting partner of Burt Bacharach, dies aged 91

1 September 2012 2:49 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hal David, Burt Bacharach's songwriting partner for dozens of Top 40 hits, has died age 91. David died of complications from a stroke this morning (September 1) in Los Angeles. The AP reports that Jim Stenblatt, spokesman for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced his death in a statement. David had been a longtime member and former president of Ascap. Along with Bacharach, David wrote a number of the classic songs of the 1960s and 1970s, including 'Close to You', 'That's What Friends Are For', 'What's New Pussycat?', 'Walk on By', and the (more) »


- By Paul Martinovic

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Notes for Charlize Theron: What are the challenges to making a journalist biopic?

1 September 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The lives of war correspondents are ripe with both lulls and action, and they’ve been translated, both truthfully and stuffed full of fiction, onto film for decades.

Charlize Theron is in talks to co-produce a biopic of slain war reporter Marie Colvin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story is based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” optioned by producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road’s Peter Lawson. Theron would not only be taking on the challenge of representing a real-life journalist in a believable yet cinematic way, but a female journalist, which brings added complexities. »


- Solvej Schou

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Brave's November Blu-Ray Release Will Feature Pixar's La Luna Short

1 September 2012 2:22 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Pixar.s first foray into storytelling with a female protagonist ended up being funny, enchanting, and wholly satisfying. If you didn.t catch Merida, the fiery redheaded heroine in Brave, when she made her debut in theaters, you won.t have long to wait. Disney.Pixar is bringing Brave to Blu-ray and DVD with plenty of time before the holidays, releasing the title on November 13. While the Scottish tale of a young woman figuring out her destiny and learning about her family along the way is pretty awesome, I.m almost more excited about owning the Pixar short, .La Luna.--which follows the three caretakers of the moon as they go about their business--than I am about owning the film itself. If you are planning on buying a copy, Disney is offering several different sets for fans to choose from that range in price from reasonable to expensive. Disney.s »

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Celebrity pictures: Rachel Weisz, Little Mix, Madonna, more

1 September 2012 2:19 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Today's celebrity pictures see Stacey Solomon attending the premiere of Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Maika Monroe and Zac Efron at the 69th Venice Film Festival, and Rachel Weisz at the photo call of the movie The Bourne Legacy at the 38th American Film Festival in France. At the Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Concert, Paloma Faith and Little Mix were just two of the acts performing. Members of the Gb Olympic team were given the honour of switching on the lights. In the capital, having spent the evening doing rehearsals, Rihanna (more) »


- By Donna Cini

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Friday Report: 'The Possession' Grips Top Spot

1 September 2012 1:56 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As expected, the box office was fairly quiet on Friday. The Possession debuted in first place with a solid $6.05 million at 2,816 locations; that's lower than Lionsgate's other recent supernatural horror movies The Last Exorcism ($9.4 million) and The Haunting in Connecticut ($9.7 million), but it does at least put the movie on pace for a four-day opening around $20 million.In second place, Lawless added $2.75 million from 2,888 locations for a three-day total of $4.9 million. Among recent Labor Day weekend thrillers, it's tracking ahead of The Debt ($4.5 million) but behind The American ($7 million). Based on these comparisons, the movie is poised to get to around $14 million by Monday.The Expendables 2 eased 43 percent to an estimated $2.18 million on Friday, bringing its total to $59.5 million. It currently lags behind the original movie by nearly $16 million through the same point, and has zero chance of getting close to $100 million by the end of its run. The Bourne Legacy »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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CBB: Julie to face Big Brother for discussing nominations?

1 September 2012 1:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julie Goodyear may face the wrath of Big Brother after appearing to break one of the key rules of the house by attempting to discuss nominations with Harvey. After last night's eviction, which saw Danica Thrall and Samantha Brick leave the show, Julie cornered Mc Harvey in the bathroom and asked him: "Who do you nominate?" Harvey replied: "I ain't got a clue!", to which Julie countered: "But it could come up now! Prince?" The former soap star had been rattled after hearing fans chant "Get Julie out" during the live eviction. She told Big Brother: "I could hear them say 'get Julie or Julian (more) »


- By Paul Martinovic

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Telluride Fest Brody Diary One: What to See

1 September 2012 1:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After gawking at the wonders of nature -- the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, the Valley of the Gods, and Monument Valley -- and no moving images, I was more than ready to immerse myself in celluloid once again.  Once I arrived in town, I found myself wishing I’d thrown that Criterion boxed set of Sacha Guitry into my luggage.  I’m not the Telluride regular I wish I was – the person that always seems to be next to me in the line-up that has been to every Show since 1974 – but I seem to remember that, even a few years ago, I never knew a thing until the little catalogues were passed out on Friday morning. This year I get the Press Release at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning in my email inbox, and within seconds, it seems, there are links all over Facebook.  I’m overwhelmed by the riches of the line-up. »


- Meredith Brody

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'X Factor' show three: A return to form? Share your verdict

1 September 2012 1:10 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Too much sunshine. A post-Olympics slump. Not enough singing. Louis Walsh's hair. There have been a lot of explanations for the slump in X Factor ratings at series nine, but none of them totally add up yet. The show has pretty much been the same as every other year, and the only real difference appears to be more singers with guitars and a few troubadours flogging their own songs, rather than covering Etta James's 'At Last' for the 456th time. Tonight's show added weight to Gary Barlow's assertion that the Overs category (who haven't won since Steve Brookstein crooned to victory in series one) might be the ones to watch this year. Melanie Masson proved that age shouldn't be a barrier on the TV talent show, as the mum-of-two landed the plum episode finale spot. Elsewhere, Joseph Whelan looks like one to watch (more) »


- By Alex Fletcher

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Joss Whedon: 'The Avengers isn't a perfect movie'

1 September 2012 12:43 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joss Whedon has claimed that The Avengers isn't "a great movie". The film has met with critical acclaim and outstanding commercial success, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time in just a few months, but Whedon, the superhero blockbuster's writer and director, is determined to keep his feet on the ground. In an interview with Vulture, the 48-year-old claimed that the box office numbers became, ultimately, "meaningless". He said: "They're large, and you can't really count that high." Describing what his goals were with The Avengers, he claimed: "I felt like I had a particular mission in making what I felt was a slightly old-fashioned movie, because I grew up wanting to make summer movies and wanting to make superhero movies, and I got to do both at once. "I felt like (more) »


- By Paul Martinovic

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Joss Whedon: 'The Avengers isn't a great movie'

1 September 2012 12:43 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joss Whedon has claimed that The Avengers isn't "a great movie". The film has met with critical acclaim and outstanding commercial success, becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time in just a few months, but Whedon, the superhero blockbuster's writer and director, is determined to keep his feet on the ground. In an interview with Vulture, the 48-year-old claimed that the box office numbers became, ultimately, "meaningless". He said: "They're large, and you can't really count that high." Describing what his goals were with The Avengers, he claimed: "I felt like I had a particular mission in making what I felt was a slightly old-fashioned movie, because I grew up wanting to make summer movies and wanting to make superhero movies, and I got to do both at once. "I felt like (more) »


- By Paul Martinovic

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'Doctor Who': Have your say on 'Asylum of the Daleks'

1 September 2012 12:10 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

So, after an eight-month wait, Doctor Who finally returned to our screens tonight with a brand new episode - the first of the BBC sci-fi drama's seventh series. But what did you make of Steven Moffat's 'Asylum of the Daleks'? There was Amy and Rory's marital troubles, thousands upon thousands of the "insane tanks" from Skaro and - six (more) »


- By Morgan Jeffery

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Production Shut Down on Gerard Butler Revenge Drama Motor City

1 September 2012 12:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Merely a few weeks out from the start of filming, production has been halted on the revenge drama Motor City.  The film, from director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli), has had a rather rocky development, with a number of actors (Dominic Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Renner) flirting with the lead only to subsequently drop out.  Gerard Butler was finally set in the starring role of a felon who, after being released from prison, begins tracking down the men who framed him, with Adrien Brody onboard as the villain and Mickey Rourke in a supporting role.  Filming was set to commence on September 17th, but the crew has now been told to go home due to some complex issues that have arisen behind the scenes.  Hit the jump for more details. Per Deadline, Motor City came to a halt when the film’s backers realized that the firm March 31st »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Collision – Episode 17: Sacred Franchises and Premium Rush

1 September 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This week on The Collision, the recent news of a remake of Videodrome causes us to explore if there are any sacred franchises that couldn't be remade, rebooted, or given a sequel/prequel.  Then, in a completely unrelated discussion, we talk about David Koepp's Premium Rush because we couldn't figure out a way to find a deeper theme regarding movies about bike messengers. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Animation and ParaNorman"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Adam's Recommendation: Brick Matt's Recommendation: Breaking Away »

- Matt Goldberg

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Weekly Wrap: Venice Reviews, Telluride Trailer Watch, and In the Works

1 September 2012 11:58 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Weekend Preview: Weekend Preview: 'Lawless,' 'Chicken with Plums,' 'For a Good Time' & More Reviews: Venice Review: Anderson's 'The Master' Impresses and Befuddles; Phoenix & Hoffman Both Outstanding Telluride Review: Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Is True Tehran Rescue Thriller, Hollywood Parody, and Likely Oscar Contender Venice Review: ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ - Muscularly Charismatic, But Exasperating Box Office: Summer Box Office Lessons: Grosses Dip, Dozen $100 Million Grossers, Wahlberg Rocks Box Office Top Ten: Anti-Obama Polemic Performs on Weak Weekend, 'Premium Rush' Starts Slow Updated Arthouse Audit: 'Sleepwalk With Me' and 'Samsara' Open Huge Festivals: Telluride Fest Skips 'Master' and 'Silver Linings,' Adds Last-Minute 'Argo' and Eclectic Programming Delights Venice Film »


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