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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Anatomizes Elle Fanning’s Audition Scene for the New York Times

28 June 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you didn’t see “The Neon Demon” in theaters this weekend — and its anemic box-office returns suggest that you almost certainly didn’t — then perhaps the dulcet tones of Nicolas Winding Refn can convince you to spend your hard-earned dollars at the theater on his latest movie. The writer/director narrates a scene from his controversial thriller for the New York Times‘ ongoing “Anatomy of a Scene” series, with insights suggesting there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn Wants to Make a Batgirl Movie and Truly Be ‘Reborn as a 16-Year-Old Girl’

In it, the aspiring model played by Elle Fanning auditions for a catwalk gig alongside several others — all of them in their skivvies. “The idea of shooting the scene all in underwear, which is a true scenario, is that it makes everything just pure meat — and the idea that you »

- Michael Nordine

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Nicolas Winding Refn Wants to Make a Batgirl Movie and Truly Be ‘Reborn as a 16-Year-Old Girl’

27 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The numbers don’t lie, and they spell disaster for “The Neon Demon” at the box office. Nicolas Winding Refn’s fashion-world fantasia made just over $600,000 at 783 theaters in its opening weekend, which comes out to an anemic $775 per-theater average. The Danish auteur has expressed interest in many projects as he moves forward — a French police-procedural miniseries appears to be his next — few of which make as much twisted sense as one he mentioned a Business Insider interview: Batgirl.

Read More: Arthouse Audit: A24’s ‘Swiss Army Man’ Slices ‘The Neon Demon

Speaking about comic-book adaptations in general, the “Drive” and “Only God Forgives” director said he would “would love to make one, it would probably be great fun…I just don’t know when it’s going to happen.” The disappointing numbers on his last two films may not put him at the front of the line for tentpole fare, »

- Michael Nordine

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Nicolas Winding Refn Reveals Seven Surprising Film Inspirations: ‘La Dolce Vita,’ ‘Cloverfield’ & More

27 June 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nicolas Winding Refn has made a provocative career out of blending the avant grade with traditional genre elements (see his latest shocker “The Neon Demon” for proof), and given the following seven films on his list of cinematic inspirations, this speciality of his somehow all makes sense. As part of his current publicity tour for the Elle Fanning-starring horror film, Refn has partnered with online streaming service Mubi to curate a season’s worth of titles based on the movies that have inspired and excited him most.

Read More: Here Are 12 of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Most Provocative Statements

Refn has always been an outspoken fan of Federico Fellini and giallo master Dario Aregnto, so seeing films like “La Dolce Vita” and “Suspiria” on his list shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially since the latter seems to have been a major influence on “The Neon Demon. »

- Zack Sharf

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Le amiche (The Girlfriends)

3 June 2016 8:02 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Michelangelo Antonioni's pre-international breakthrough drama is as good as anything he's done, a flawlessly acted and directed story of complex relationships -- that include his 'career' themes before the existential funk set in. It's one of the best-blocked dramatic films ever... the direction is masterful. Le amiche Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 817 1955 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 106 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 7, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Eleonora Rossi Drago, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Fabrizi, Valentina Cortese, Madeleine Fischer, Yvonne Furneaux, Anna Maria Pancani, Luciano Volpato, Maria Gambarelli, Ettore Manni. Cinematography Gianni De Venanzo Film Editor Eraldo Da Roma Original Music Giovanni Fusco Written by Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Michelangelo Antonioni, Alba de Cespedes from a book by Cesare Pavese Produced by Giovanni Addessi Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's time to stop being so intimidated by Michelangelo Antonioni. His epics of existential alienation La notte, L'eclisse and »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Casablanca’ Actress Madeleine LeBeau Dies at 92

15 May 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madeleine LeBeau, who played Humphrey Bogart’s jilted mistress Yvonne, in “Casablanca,” died May 1 in Spain after breaking her thigh bone. She was 92 and was the last surviving credited cast member of the classic film. Her stepson Carlo Alberto Pinelli confirmed her death to Variety.

In “Casablanca,” LeBeau gets teary-eyed when “La Marseillaise” is played and shouts “Viva la France!” She was among several cast members who were actually refugees from the German occupation.

Her life echoed the film: After she made her screen debut in French film “Girls in Distress” in 1939, LeBeau and her husband, actor Marcel Dalio, fled Paris for Portugal. They were said to have received transit visas that allowed them to enter Spain and then Portugal before continuing on towards Chile. They were stranded in Mexico when their visas turned out to be forgeries and were able to enter the United States with temporary Canadian passports. »

- Pat Saperstein

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The Forgotten: Brunello Rondi's "Il demonio" (1963)

27 April 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Daliah Lavi had an odd career, when you think about it: ballet student, German pop singer, Israeli soldier and international film star, maybe best known for Casino Royale (the silly one). In 1963 she got the living crap beat out of her in two films, Mario Bava's The Whip and the Body, a ripe slice of S&M gothic horror with Christopher Lee as a flagellating phantom (maybe), and Brunello Rondi's Il demonio (The Demon), which is an even weirder piece of work.Rondi also had an odd career: an intellectual who provided regular screenwriting services for Fellini (La dolce vita, 8 1/2, Satyricon), his directing career slid rapidly into exploitation movies, crime to gialli to porno, which he appears to have attempted to imbue with some social commentary, with who knows what success? Il demonio is the first of his directorial efforts I've seen.Rondi plunges us into a strange world, »

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Top Ten Tuesday – The Top Ten Black Dresses In The Movies

26 April 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Little Black Dress—From Mourning to Night is a free exhibit currently at The Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The exhibit runs through September 5th.

The Little Black Dress – a simple, short cocktail dress—is a sartorial staple for most contemporary women. Prior to the early 20th century, simple, unadorned black garments were limited to mourning, and strict social rules regarding mourning dress were rigidly observed.Featuring over 60 dresses from the Missouri History Museum’s world-renowned textile collection, this fun yet thought-provoking exhibit explores the subject of mourning, as well as the transition of black from a symbol of grief to a symbol of high fashion. You’ll also see fascinating artifacts—from hair jewelry to tear catchers—that were once a regular part of the mourning process. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share your own memories of your favorite »

- Tom Stockman

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Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star in ‘Black Butterfly’

14 April 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will co-star in the psychological thriller “Black Butterfly,” directed by Brian Goodman (“What Doesn’t Kill You”).

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group and Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios are financing and producing “Black Butterfly.” Marc Frydman is also producing while Mikael Wiren and Alexandra Klim are executive producing.

The movie is based on the French film “Papillon Noir,” written by Hervé Korian. Justin Stanley (“Stigmata”) and Steve Hilts are adapting a new screenplay.

Banderas will play a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who picks up a drifter (Meyers) and offers him a place to stay. However, when the deranged stranger takes the screenwriter hostage and forces him to write, their unhinged relationship brings buried secrets to light.

Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the Ambi Group, is handling global sales and will be introducing the project to buyers in Cannes. Principal photography is »

- Dave McNary

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Alamo Coming to Brooklyn, Sounds of ‘Fury Road,’ Coppola and De Palma Interview, and More

5 April 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Cinephilia & Beyond have published a conversation between Brian De Palma and Francis Ford Coppola from a 1974 issue of Filmmmakers Newsletter.

Watch a video on the sounds of Mad Max: Fury Road:

Alamo Drafthouse’s seven-screen Brooklyn location will open this summer:

Currently in its final phase of construction, the flagship theater, located at 445 Gold Street – at the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush Avenues – will be a movie-lover’s paradise featuring seven screens celebrating all forms of cinema. True to the brand’s roots, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn will feature a diverse programming slate blending the best arthouse and independent releases with Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. With the »

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DVD Review: Rocco and His Brothers

15 March 2016 2:24 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ 1960 was a memorable year for Italian cinema. It saw the releases of several major films: Federico Fellini's legendary La Dolce Vita; the first instalment of Michelangelo Antonioni's trilogy of decadence, L'Avventura; Vittorio de Sica's Two Women, for which Sophia Loren won her Best Actress Oscar. Another of the major success stories of the year was a film by Luchino Visconti, a director spoken of far less often than his illustrious contemporaries. Rocco and His Brothers is a novelistic tragedy on an epic melodramatic scale. A social drama about mass internal migration during the economic boom, it serves as a crushing indictment of traditional forms of masculinity. Alain Delon stars as the charismatic and dutiful Rocco, though it would be difficult to tell from the opening third.

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I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene)

15 March 2016 12:09 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

She's beautiful, desired and enjoys a social mobility in the improving Italian economy... but she's also a pawn of cruel materialist values. Stefania Sandrelli personifies a liberated spirit who lives for the moment, but who can't form the relationships we call 'living.' Antonio Pietrangeli and Ettore Scola slip an insightful drama into the young Sandrelli's lineup of comedy roles. I Knew Her Well Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 801 1965 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 115 min. / Io la conoscevo bene / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy, Joachim Fuchsberger, Nino Manfredi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Ugo Tognazzi, Karin Dor, Franco Nero. Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi Production design Maurizio Chiari Film Editor Franco Fraticelli Original Music Piero Picconi Written by Antonio Pietrangeli, Ruggero Maccari, Etore Scola Produced by Turi Vasile Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Did a new kind of woman emerge in the 1960s? »

- Glenn Erickson

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New to Streaming: ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘The Big Short, ‘Becoming Mike Nichols,’ ‘Tricked,’ and More

26 February 2016 8:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Becoming Mike Nichols (Douglas McGrath)

Tracing the early career of the prolific filmmaker, from his early collaborations with Elaine May to his first few adventures in Hollywood, Becoming Mike Nichols may very well become a required text in an introduction to narrative filmmaking course. Generous with his knowledge of the craft, text, performers, and the mistakes he made along the way, he opens up to fellow »

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Dustin Hoffman Reflects on ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Amy’ Director Visits Criterion, James Gray’s New Ad, and More

25 February 2016 1:46 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Jessica Chastain, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto, Catherine Hardwicke, Amma Asante, Marielle Heller, Ziyi Zhang, Haifaa Al Mansour, and more women have launched the company We Do It Together to produce films and TV that boost the empowerment of women, Variety reports.

Dustin Hoffman discusses his screen test for The Graduate, plus read Frank Rich‘s Criterion essay:

Though The Graduate upholds some of the classic tropes of Hollywood romantic comedy dating back to the 1930s—especially in its climactic deployment of a runaway bride—Benjamin’s paralyzing emotional disconnect from the world around him is what makes his story both fresh and particular to its own time.

The »

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Criterion Collection: I Knew Her Well | Blu-ray Review

23 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Love is most definitely not a many splendored thing in the bedazzled artifice of Rome’s swinging 60s, at least as far as the good time gal depicted in Antonio Pietrangeli’s obscure 1965 title I Knew Her Well is concerned. A director lost in the shadows of other 60s Italian auteurs, where names like Antonioni, Fellini, Petri, Pasolini, Risi, or Visconti dominate contemporary conversations of the cinematic period, Criterion enables the resuscitation of Pietrangeli, a director whose filmography, notable for his complex portraits of women (sort of like the Italian version of later period Mizoguchi), is deserving of wider renown.

Adriana (Stefania Sandrelli) is a young, beautiful woman who thrusts herself into the burgeoning social scene of Rome after fleeing her rural roots. A series of random lovers finds her elevating her occupational merits through a variety of professions before she begins to land opportunities as a model and budding actress, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ and More

23 February 2016 8:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks)

L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case…and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Raymond Chandler‘s legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style – and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly those of Bogart and Lauren Bacall), brisk pace and atmosphere galore. This Blu-ray doubles your pleasure, »

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Bella Hadid's Grammys Makeup Look Took How Many Products?

16 February 2016 9:59 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

You would never guess (just by looking at it) that Bella Hadid's neutral 2016 Grammys makeup look took 17 products to create. Yes, you heard right: 17. Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo said the "inspiration for Bella's makeup look was a modern, bronzed Italian sexbomb in La Dolce Vita." To that we'd say mission accomplished considering her face was a favorite, but do you really need that many products to achieve the look? The below tutorial says yes, but an easier adaption is certainly possible. Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to achieve this extensive yet subtle look.  Step 1: Vincent prepped her skin with Sephora Collection Honey Face Mask followed by Sephora »

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[Review] I Knew Her Well

5 February 2016 11:49 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For one reason or another, Antonio Pietrangeli never took off internationally like his compatriots Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini. Part of that is certainly due to his premature death in 1968, when he drowned while working on a film. But even before that, I Knew Her Well, now newly restored by Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, was never released in the United States. It stars Stefania Sandrelli, who certainly has the makings of a star — five years later, she would help propel The Conformist to international acclaim — and Pietrangeli’s episodic structure, use of pop music, and jarring editing fits with the work of contemporary French New Wavers, and also bore a resemblance to Fellini, particularly La Dolce Vita; even in context of its time, it hardly seems uncommercial.

Is it perhaps because I Knew Her Well is genuinely and truly about a woman? And not just any woman (Red »

- Forrest Cardamenis

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Ambi goes 'In Search Of Fellini'

5 February 2016 10:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: On the eve of the Efm, Ambi Distribution led by Julie Sultan has secured worldwide rights to the coming-of-age adventure starring Maria Bello.

The film is based on a screenplay by Nancy Cartwright, who famously voices Bart Simpson in The Simpsons, and Peter Kjenaas.

Taron Lexton directs In Search Of Fellini, about a sheltered 20-year-old who becomes obsessed with meeting Federico Fellini after she watches his 1954 classic La Strada at a film festival while on a job interview in Ohio.

Ksenia Solo from Orphan Black plays the lead in the Spotted Cow Studio production. Bello is cast as her mother, who hides a terminal illness, and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24, Julie & Julia) is the no-nonsense neighbour who urges Bello’s character to reveal her condition.

Kjenaas and Lexton produce alongside Nathan Lorch, Milena Ferreira, Monica Padro, and Michael Doven of United Pictures Group.

Executive producers are Cartwright, Kevin Burke, and Ambi Group co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Pope Francis to Make Acting Debut in ‘Beyond the Sun’

1 February 2016 10:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pope Francis will play himself in the new religious movie “Beyond the Sun,” marking his acting debut and the first time that a pope has appeared in a feature film.

“Beyond the Sun” — from Ambi Pictures — is a family adventure based on the Gospels. Pope Francis asked the filmmakers to make a movie that communicated Jesus’ message to children.

Ambi co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi will finance and produce the film. Graciela Rodriguez wrote the screenplay and will co-produce with Gabriel Leybu. Monsignor Eduardo Garcia will be Pope Francis’ advisor.

All profits from the film will be donated to Argentinean charities El Alemendro and Los Hogares de Cristo, which aid at-risk children and young adults.

Iervolino made his first film in his hometown of Cassino, Italy, at age 15.

“Our excitement and gratitude toward His Holiness, Pope Francis participating in this film is beyond words,” he said. “This is »

- Dave McNary

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