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Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Putting Christopher Nolan on the map after his debut feature Following, his 2000 Oscar-nominated drama Memento was an immediately well-received, inventive feat of nonlinear storytelling with an emotional center to back it up. 15 years later, and still remaining perhaps his most impressive feature, it holds up wonderfully, so, of course, Hollywood is planning to remake it.
Announced today, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi‘s Ambi Pictures — the same group that threatened a remake of the Federico Fellini classic La Dolce Vita — are set to finance and produce the remake, although no talent has yet to be attached, THR reports. The problems began this past September when the company acquired the rights to the film, along with a library of 400 others from Exclusive Media Group, who also own Donnie Darko, End of Watch, Sliding Doors, The Way Back, Rush, The Ides of March, and Cruel Intentions. Memento looks to be one of »
- Leonard Pearce
The Martian, which remained in the top three at the box office over the weekend in its sixth week at theaters, is a bonafide hit for legendary director Ridley Scott and will almost certainly earn multiple nominations from the Academy.
Scott is no stranger to nominations, having earned three best directing nods in his career, but the award itself still eludes the English director. 2000’s Gladiator may have earned a best actor Oscar for Russell Crowe and best picture, but Scott lost best director to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. The very next year saw the same outcome for Scott as his directing nomination for Black Hawk Down lost out to Crowe-starring A Beautiful Mind‘s director, Ron Howard.
This year is shaping up to be different for Scott, however, as The Martian continues to rack up at the box office and resound with critics. A »
- Patrick Shanley
Highlights Of Issue #33 Include:
Steven Jay Rubin presents part 1 of the remarkable story about the making of The Bridge at Remagen and gets insights from stars Robert Vaughn, George Segal & Bradford Dillman . Exclusive interview with Sir Roger Moore, who looks back on his days as James Bond. Brian Hannan celebrates Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Howard Hughes examines Hannie Caulder with Raquel Welch as a kick-ass lady gunslinger and also revisits the underrated gem A Twist of Sand Ray Morton provides the second and final installment about the making of the 1976 version of King Kong. Raymond Benson's Top Ten Films of 1952 Brian Davidson delves into the short, tragic career of actress Carol White. Thomas Hauerslev celebrates the 50th anniversary of Todd-ao. Plus Gareth Owen's Pinewood Past column, the latest soundtrack, film book and DVD reviews and much more!
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
"When the late movie critic Gene Siskel asked Martin Scorsese what he believed to be the most emblematic image from his body of work, Scorsese’s answer was simple: the title sequence of Raging Bull." The Art of the Title talks with designer Dan Perri. Also in today's roundup: Peter Greenaway on Street of Crocodiles by Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, an extract from Akira Kurosawa's autobiography, Film International on Federico Fellini's La dolce vita and Alex Ross Perry's Queen of Earth, Movie Mezzanine on Stanley Kubrick's Killer's Kiss and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom—and more. » - David Hudson »
This is the first letter in the first series of what will be an ongoing installment of correspondences between Scout Tafoya and Veronika Ferdman on the topic of Soviet cinema. Each series will be organized around a theme—director, genre, time period, mood or more whimsical connectors such as color or season. In short, the writers reserve the right to let Soviet cinema be their muse and guide the orientation of the letter writing. For this inaugural dispatch from the celluloid wonders of the Soviet bloc the subject can best be described as love in a time of discontent.Dear Veronika,I’m excited to be writing to you about the many, many undiscovered, unsung gems hiding in the vast canon of Russian cinema. There’s so much to cover that it’s frankly a little overwhelming to me. A whole world of movies I’ve never heard of just waiting to be watched. »
- Scout Tafoya
What if the party never ends? More importantly, what if the guests actually want to drive themselves to the point of no return? This is one of many ideas that takes up occupancy in Ben Wheatley’s masterful new work. High-rise is about excess to a crazy level. The characters, situated in their little microcosms on each floor are practically begging for the apocalypse. They are boozing and pushing themselves past the point of depravity because… well… what else is there.? No one wants to return to reality the next morning. When the drinks run dry and the record plays its last tune, do we really want to go back to a sense of normality?
Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) has just moved into a new building designed by architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) – a wealthy hermit who takes up residence on the top floor of the multi-story building. In fact, »
- Michael Haffner
The Italian film and stage actor Franco Interlenghi, who has died aged 83, will be remembered for two masterpieces of postwar Italian cinema. He was the elder of the two Roman urchins in Vittorio De Sica’s Sciuscià (Shoeshine, 1946) and went on to be the semiautobiographical Moraldo in Federico Fellini’s I Vitelloni – big calves, or loafers (1953). In this he played the youngest of the band of provincial layabouts and the only good-looking one, who at the end of the film decides to quit the Adriatic seaside resort, intended to be Rimini (though it was not actually filmed in that town, Fellini’s birthplace, which he left for Rome in search of a more interesting future). This character would evolve into Marcello in La Dolce Vita, played by Marcello Mastroianni, with whom Interlenghi had acted »
- John Francis Lane
Heading into Toronto the former president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures will serve as a consultant, effective immediately.
The Beverly Hills-based company’s international sales slate includes contemporary fairy tale This Beautiful Fantastic, James Franco’s In Dubious Battle, 3D CGI family animation Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, sci-fi thriller Rupture starring Noomi Rapace.
The roster also comprises psychological thriller Lavender, rom-com All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker, sci-fi action thriller Andron: The Black Labyrinth starring Alec Baldwin and an upcoming homage to Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita.
“This is an exciting time for Ambi Distribution,” said Ambi Group co-head Andrea Iervolino (pictured with co-head Monika Bacardi). “Elisabeth brings a wealth of experience and we are tremendously excited to have her join our superb worldwide sales team »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The timeless fairy tale Cinderella is given a stylish update set against the glamorous backdrop of ‘La Dolce Vita’ in an enchanting mini series, which comes to DVD courtesy of Odyssey and we have 5 copies to give away.
Basking in the glamorous world of Cinecittà, life couldn’t seem more perfect for the beautiful Aurora (Vanessa Hessler – Asterix at the Olympic Games, a gifted young pianist whose life seems full of promise as she grows up in post War Rome and falls madly in love with Sebastian, the handsome, wealthy boy next door (Flavio Parenti – To Rome With Love).
But Aurora’s life changes dramatically when her beloved father dies and her wicked stepmother Irene (Natalia Wörner – The Pillars of the Earth turns the family villa into a hotel and forces Aurora to work as a maid and lose contact with Sebastian, while swindling her out of her inheritance. »
- Laura Holmes
My second day in Locarno I've shamefacedly dedicated to what some of the critics here call "the old movies." To be honest, while I am very much thrilled to be one of the first people to see new films by my favorite filmmakers as well as be surprised ones by those I don't know, almost every one of these films, most shot digitally and certainly projected digitally here in Locarno, I will be able to catch again somehow, whether in the "digital library" at the festival itself, through a link from a filmmaker/producer/publicist/friend, or at the next festival stop they make. The 35mm films in Locarno are obviously therefore a much more rarified commodity and experience, something David Bordwell testified to in his report from the nearly all film (and certainly all "old movies") festival in Bologna in June: namely, the increasing popularity of festivals which cater to these now-unique celluloid experiences, »
- Daniel Kasman
Federico Fellini’s classic piece of cinema, La Dolce Vita won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, as well as an Oscar for Best Costume. It’s a cultural landmark of the big screen, an existential struggle between different lifestyles as journalist Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni) makes his way through a number of encounters in Rome, over seven days, including one with Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). And it’s about to be remade.
The Fellini estate has just closed an option agreement with Ambi Group to do a “homage” to the 1960 original. The project is being spearheaded by Federico Fellini’s niece, Francesca, who’s the last blood descendent.
Apparently the new incarnation is going to be translated into a contemporary setting. So perhaps Marcello will be orchestrating his encounters with women via social media and iPhone?
It’s hard to say how this will pan out. I don’t want »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
“We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should love each other outside of time… detached.”
And yet a new Italian studio has sought to remake Fellini’s classic and update it for the modern age. Deadline reports that Ambi and Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo acquired the rights to the remake via Francesca Fellini, the director’s niece and only remaining bloodline family member.
“We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned, »
- Brian Welk
The Dissolve was one of the best places on the web for writing about film, and Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias, Tasha Robinson, Noel Murray, Genevieve Koski, Nathan Rabin, Matt Singer, Rachel Handler and all the rest who have contributed were among the best writing about the movies today. With the site “dissolving” this week, we mourn the loss of some of our favorite writing anywhere and discuss the future of film criticism as the writers themselves see it. Plus, we talk the big news out of Comic-Con and have quite literally a Wtf of the Week.
Han Solo spinoff movie confirmed; The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Ben Affleck to direct, star, and co-write solo Batman film Ben Affleck to direct adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live by Night Dustin Hoffman says film is worst it has been in 50 years Federico Fellini »
- Brian Welk
Federico Fellini's 1960 classic will get a "reimagining" paying "homage" to the original, but it's enough of a remake to require the filmmaker's family's approval
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- Christopher Campbell
Family of iconic Italian director Federico Fellini license rights for a film which is expected to pay homage to the 1960 classic – and isn’t The Great Beauty
Fellini’s niece, Francesca Fellini, said the family had been approached “countless times” to consider “everything from remakes and reimaginings to prequels and sequels” but had always turned down requests until now. “We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned,” she said.
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- Ben Child
Ambi Group has announced that it has reached a deal with the estate of Federico Fellini to option the rights to a remake of the Italian director’s 1960 classic La Dolce Vita, which is being described as “a modern update.”
“We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels,” said Fellini’s niece Francesca Fellini as part of the official announcement. “We knew it would take very special producers and compelling circumstances to motivate the family to allow rights to be optioned.”
The recipient of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, La Dolce Vita was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director, and won the Oscar for Best Costume Design.
- Gary Collinson
Just two weeks ago, news came down that Das Boot would be getting remade. Now, another film regarded as a classic is getting a second adaptation. This time, however, the film is one of the seminal works of cinema from any country in the world: La Dolce Vita. From renowned filmmaker Federico Fellini, La Dolce Vita told the story of Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Another day, another remake. They're currently remaking Ben-Hur, so why not remake almost everything else? Ambi Group out of Italy has announced plans to remake Federico Fellini's Oscar winning 1960 classic La Dolce Vita. The project will be financed & produced by Ambi with Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo through his production company Ldm Productions. It's already being described as an "homage" remake to the original Fellini film, which starred Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Either this news will cause you to flip over a table in rage, or leave you numb, since remakes are only getting more and more plentiful. Here's a quote from Francesca Fellini, niece of Federico Fellini, in the press release commenting on how this particular remake came about and why she's not worried about it turning out bad or ruining the original. “We’ve been approached countless times and asked to consider everything from remakes and re-imaginings to prequels and sequels. »
- Alex Billington
Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" is a such certified classic already that I don't really need to tell you about its importance in his body of work, or in film history. But if you are looking for more background on the movie, now's a good time to revisit 5 Things You May Not Know About Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' because this sixth thing might make you a little upset. Ambi Group are doing an officially sanctioned "homage" (a remake by any other name...) of "La Dolce Vita," completely approved the director's estate. The idea is for a contemporary-set movie that honors Fellini's work, but I would wager that goal has already failed to some degree. “Our vision is of a contemporary story every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original," said Ambi Group exec Andrea Iervolino. "These are big aspirations of course, but we »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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