17 items from 2013
Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Photo: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi’s The Past) So far, what’s the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi’s Palme d’Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist‘s Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim? Variety‘s Justin Chang called Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A Separation "an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths." (Scroll down to check out The Bling Ring cast Cannes 2013 photos.) Or perhaps Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davies, which impressed The Independent film critic Geoffrey Macnab with "the sure-footed way the Coens combine comedy, music and brooding film noir elements"? Or maybe the fact that Carey Mulligan had »
- Andre Soares
More than $1m worth of Chopard jewellery stolen from Novotel Suites in Cannes ahead of Cannes film festival
It could have been the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: a thief creeps into a Cannes hotel room after dark and effortlessly makes off with over $1m worth of jewels destined to be worn by stars on the red carpet of the film festival.
The massive jewellery theft in the early hours of Friday was quickly likened to a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1950s Riviera robbery thriller, To Catch a Thief, with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, where a mysterious cat burglar snatches the jewels of the rich and famous on the Côté d'Azur. But stranger still was the fact that the robbery took place just as all flashbulbs and press packs were focusing on Thursday night's premiere of Sofia Coppola's new film the Bling Ring, based on the true »
- Angelique Chrisafis
If the ongoing monsoon season were not enough to cast dark clouds over the Riviera, another headline grabbing incident has ousted the star power from the front pages: a real-life jewellery heist.
Chopard, responsible for the Palme d’Or trophy, helps to make such stars as Nicole Kidman glitter in their nightly ascent of the red-carpeted stairs at the front of the Palais des Festival, a Cannes ritual.
The local police believe that entry to the American employee of the company’s hotel bedroom was made via an unoccupied adjacent room. Hotel staff are under close questioning.
The theft on Thursday night (16 May) came in the wake of the screening of Sophia Coppola »
- Richard Mowe
Nicole Kidman is on the Cannes jury this year, which means we won't get to see much of her on the croisette. Still, it feels like she's out and about, which may have something to do with the huge poster slapped across the side of the Hotel Renoir or, perhaps, the arrival of these three photos from THR that show Ms. Kidman as Grace Kelly in Olivier Dahan's biopic Grace Of Monaco.The stills show that La Vie En Rose director hasn't concentrated too much on making the Australian actress look the spitting-image of the late princess, instead working on her "essence".Dahan has previously said that this isn't a straight biopic but more of an "art movie", so don't expect any detailed insight into how To Catch A Thief was put together or whether she showered before or after she ate breakfast. Rounding out the cast are Tim Roth »
Review by Sam Moffitt
After seeing the wonderful new movie Hitchcock in a theater and now seeing it again on Blu-Ray I thought it might be nice to revisit one of the Master of Suspense’s own films, preferably one I had not seen in some time. Family Plot was Sir Alfred’s last film and a pretty good finale to an amazing career that started in the silent era, an apprentice ship at Ufa Studio’s in Germany, watching no less a master film maker than Fritz Lang and ended in the 70’s when all the rules of film making were being broken by a bunch of young mavericks who changed the language of film altogether.
When I was a kid I loved everything about Hitchcock. I read his mystery magazine avidly, often in high school study hall instead of reading from a text book. My Mother would let »
- Movie Geeks
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne
The movies have taught us a great many things. How to “meet cute”. How to sing in the rain. How to squint into the sun. How to keep an eye in the frame when a juicy tear’s on the way. But perhaps most of all, they’ve revealed the tremendous allure (and symbolic expressivity) of smooth criminality. Matthew Pond & Kirk Marcolina’s film creates an unforgettable portrait of a woman whose crimes are her life – not merely in the sense that they constitute her livelihood, but ultimately in the way that her larcenous resume functions as a powerful statement of artistic intent.
The documentary introduces Doris Payne as an 80-something woman awaiting trial for a sleight-of-hand performance at a San Diego jewelry counter. Proud of her ongoing achievements and eager to regale the filmmakers with tales from her globe-trotting, »
- David Fiore
Latest McQueen directorial effort gets a North American release date Twelve Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's drama based on real-life events, will open in North America on December 27, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced. In addition to directing the film, McQueen also co-wrote the screenplay with John Ridley (whose All Is by My Side, about Jimi Hendrix's early years, may also come out this year). (Pictured above: Chiwetel Ejiofor, this year's Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, and Kelsey Scott in TYaS. Please scroll down to check out the film's late-year competition.) Based on the autobiography of a man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years follows the story free man Northup, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, only to be sold as a slave at a Louisiana cotton plantation where he was kept for twelve years. (Hence the film's and autobiography's title.) The film reportedly »
- Anna Robinson
Everyone celebrates President's Day, Valentine's Day, and the sort, but it's the cool kids who know that tomorrow, March 12th, is National Alfred Hitchcock Day!
Need a reminder why Alfred Hitchcock is still the legendary master of suspense? Read on!
Hitchcock, the recent film starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, was based on Stephen Rebello’s bestselling book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. We asked Stephen to write something special for Hitchcock Day, and he came up with “6 Great Reasons Why Hitchcock Is Still the Master of Suspense.”
Psycho. Vertigo. North by Northwest. The Birds. If Alfred Hitchcock had directed nothing more than that astonishing quartet, he’d still be considered the maestro of creating nail-biting suspense, romantic intrigue, and unforgettable thrills. But that incredible run of movies, released in theaters from 1958 to 1963, represents only a drop in the bloody bucket of Hitchcock’s masterworks, »
- Uncle Creepy
Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson star in Hitchcock, the story of how Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho film was made with the help and support of his wife. Hitchcock makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on March 12, and we have copies of the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack available for a pair of lucky readers to take home.
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Oscarr Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema's most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a »
Kidman as Kelly: A sure thing for the 86th Academy Awards Best Actress roster? Could Nicole Kidman earn a Best Actress Academy Award nomination early next year for playing 1954 Oscar winner Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco? Is it to soon to start with Oscar 2014 predictions? Hardly. After all, bear in mind that The Weinstein Company has already bought the North American rights to the Olivier Dahan-directed Grace of Monaco, which, according to reports, will possibly be released some time around Christmas 2013. Also, let's not forget that Kidman has already received no less than three Academy Award nods in the last decade, winning the golden statuette a decade ago for Stephen Daldry's three-part drama The Hours. (Pictured above: Grace of Monaco's star Nicole Kidman as Hollywood star turned princess Grace Kelly. Please scroll down to check out another cool Kidman as Kelly photo below.) Oh, but wait a »
- Andre Soares
The story of Ahsoka Tano takes an unexpected, shocking turn in the epic four-part conclusion to Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five. In the first of this four-part episode arc, Anakin and Ahsoka are called back from the frontlines to investigate a deadly explosion at the Jedi Temple. Clues surface that a Jedi might have been responsible for the blast in “Sabotage,” Saturday, February 9th at 9:30am Et/Pt on Cartoon Network.
· “I’m afraid one can become the other,” says Anakin, referring to past political idealists who have betrayed the Jedi, including Count Dooku and General Krell from Season Four. It’s ironic, given his future.
· Russo-isc’s speech pattern, name, and habit of flipping his visor to »
- Erin Willard
.Sometimes even the smallest doubt can shake the greatest belief.. In the first of this four-part episode arc, Anakin and Ahsoka are called back from the frontlines to investigate a deadly explosion at the Jedi Temple. Clues surface that a Jedi might have been responsible for the blast in .Sabotage,. Saturday, February 9th at 9:30am Et/Pt on Cartoon Network. From Cn: Trivia: · The four episodes of this arc are all named after Alfred Hitchcock films: Sabotage (1936), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), To Catch a Thief (1955) and The Wrong Man (1955). · .I.m afraid one can become the other,. says Anakin, referring to past political idealists who have betrayed the Jedi, including Count »
- April MacIntyre
After two years of terrible waiting, Americans can rest easy: There is finally a new Fast & Furious movie. It’s called Fast & Furious 6, but we’re all just going to call it Fast Six, although a more accurate title based on the Super Bowl trailer would be Tank Fast Plane Furious: Resurrection. (Update: Check out our deep dive into the Fast & Furious 6 trailer here.) In a clear homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, Vin Diesel and his glistening biceps are brought out of retirement by The Rock and his glistening biceps, because The Rock needs to track »
- Darren Franich
“Movie Houses of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, reader Patrick Costello highlights one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. The Colonial Theatre Location: 227 Bridge St. Phoenixville, Pa Opened: 1903, as “The Colonial Opera House” — the first stage show was held September 5th and the first film program shown December 19th. After changing ownership through the decades and then a few years out of commission in the 1990s, it was restored and re-opened on October 1, 1999. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: None, although they are currently showing the Oscar-nominated shorts (including the documentaries, which screen tomorrow night) and screen second-run films like This is Not a Film, which »
- Christopher Campbell
I had a ball with a 10 Greatest Best Actress Victories list, and now it's time to reveal my dark side: Here are my five least favorite wins for Best Actress, and you'll notice they're all pretty fabulous actresses doing subpar work in subpar fare. Maybe I'm just mad at them for getting rewarded for the wrong work. Maybe I'm contrarian. T'any rate, here are the five offenders:
This is not my way of damning Jodie for that cryptic, near-Dada speech she gave at the Golden Globes. This is my way of acknowledging that The Accused is unimportant Oscar bait full of teary monologues that just don't work. Jodie Foster is a commanding actress, and I consider her work in The Silence of the Lambs one of the most justified wins of the '90s. (Love the '91 Oscars so, so much. Thelma, Louise, Rambling Rose, Mercedes Ruehl, »
While Fox already leaked the news to the press to get early buzz, today's batch of MPAA ratings officially brings us the R-rating for A Good Day To Die Hard. 2007's Live Free or Die Hard was the first in the franchise to get a PG-13 rating, which means 2013's return of John McClane will most likely feature his signature catchphrase unedited. Additional ratings this week include Love Actually helmer Richard Curtis' About Time starring Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner's Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, Kristen Wiig's Girl Most Likely and a rating for the re-issue of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief. Here are the latest MPAA ratings from Bulletin #2255. About Time Rated R For language and some sexual content. Release Date: May 10, 2013 American Mary Rated R For strong aberrant violent content including disturbing images, torture, a rape, sexual content, »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier, we posted the results of our official reader poll asking which films Fandango fans most wanted to see in 2013. And all of you selected movies that were actually opening in 2013, films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Great Gatsby. But what if you could have selected movies that opened in 1976, 1965 or 1955? Your answers probably would have changed. Cinemark is changing the game. The theater chain today announced six films that will screen as part of its "Classics Series." They include 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Sound of Music, To Catch a Thief and the original Rocky. The movies will screen in more than 150 Cinemark theaters across the country. All of these digitally restored movies will be scheduled to play during the...
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17 items from 2013
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