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Roman Polanski & Olivier Assayas To Adapt The Novel ‘Based on a True Story’

18 July 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Though director Roman Polanski’s next film was set to tackle the Dreyfus affair, the 1890s French political scandal involving a Captain of the French Army who was convicted of passing secrets to the Germans, it has so far failed to get off the ground. But now The Film Stage reports that Polanski will adapt Delphine de Vigan’s novel “Based on a True Story,” with a script from writer-director Olivier Assayas. The novel tells the story of a writer who goes through a rough time after the release of their latest book, and their relationship with an admirer who tries to impose influence on the writer.

Read More: Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited to U.S.

Polanski is best known for his numerous acclaimed films during his five-decade career. Some of these include “Knife in the Water,” “Repulsion,” “Cul-de-Sac,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Macbeth,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist.” His »

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Read an Excerpt From Robert McKee’s ‘Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen’

12 July 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Robert McKee literally wrote the book on screenwriting — or one of them, at least — and though many scribes find his how-to guide more stifling than inspiring, there’s little denying his influence. (Charlie Kaufman even parodied him in “Adaptation.”) McKee’s new book “Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen” is out today, and Indiewire has been provided with an excerpt from his follow-up to “Story.” Read it below.

Read More: Meet Robert McKee, Film Critic

“We talk.

Talk, more than any other trait, expresses our humanity. We whisper to lovers, curse enemies, argue with plumbers, praise the dog, swear on our mother’s grave. Human relationships are in essence long, long talks into, around, through, and out of the entanglements that stress or bless our days. Face‐to‐face talk between family and friends may go on for decades, while self‐to‐self talk never »

- Michael Nordine

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New on Video: ‘What?’

19 May 2016 3:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What?

Written by Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski

Directed by Roman Polanski

Italy/France/Germany, 1972

You can forgive Roman Polanski if he wanted to take things easy in 1972 and make a light-hearted, frivolous little movie. Less than two years removed from the grisly Manson family murders that took from the acclaimed filmmaker his wife and unborn child, Polanski first confronted his troubled demons with a suitably grim adaptation of Macbeth (1971). After that, apparently ready for solace of a livelier variety, he and a motley crew of friends and associates set sail for Carlo Ponti’s extravagant Italian villa. There they made the peculiarly disappointing What?, a raucous sex comedy without much sex and with very little comedy.

What? begins as globe-trotting Nancy (Sydne Rome) has hitched a ride with some Italian natives. As she speaks of her touristic adventures, the men in the car are more focused on her palpable sexuality. »

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What?

6 May 2016 7:25 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

What is this -- a naughty sex odyssey as absurdist art? Or a non-pc slice of sleazy art film exploitation? Either way it's a (minor) Polanski masterpiece of direction, influenced by the Italian setting. Is what turns Polanski on? The entire excercise is a Kafka comedy of erotic discomfort. What? Blu-ray Severin 1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 110 min. / Che? / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 29.95 Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome, Hugh Griffith, Guido Alberti, Gianfranco Piacentini, Romollo Valli. Cinematography Marcello Gatti, Giuseppe Ruzzolini Production Design Aurelio Crugnola Film Editor Alastair McIntyre Original Music Claudio Gizzi Written by Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski Produced by Carlo Ponti Directed by Roman Polanski

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's a slippery slope, I tell you: art films are the gateway to surrealism, and surrealism connects straight to bondage and kinky costume play, which is a direct conduit either to Comic-Con or being forced to resign from the P.T.A. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Roman Polanski's Macbeth: a clip from the gory 1971 Shakespeare adaptation – video

5 May 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Macbeth, co-scripted by Kenneth Tynan and starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis, is arguably the most bloodsoaked one ever – made in the aftermath of his wife Sharon Tate’s murder by the Manson ‘family’. In this clip, we see Finch’s Macbeth fight Macduff (Terence Bayler) in the celebrated ‘untimely ripp’d’ climactic scene. The Tragedy of Macbeth (Criterion Collection) is available now on Blu-Ray

Read Judge John Deeds star Martin Shaw’s account of working on the film

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Roman Polanski's Macbeth: a clip from the gory 1971 Shakespeare adaptation – video

5 May 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Macbeth, co-scripted by Kenneth Tynan and starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis, is arguably the most bloodsoaked one ever – made in the aftermath of his wife Sharon Tate’s murder by the Manson ‘family’. In this clip, we see Finch’s Macbeth fight Macduff (Terence Bayler) in the celebrated ‘untimely ripp’d’ climactic scene. The Tragedy of Macbeth (Criterion Collection) is available now on Blu-Ray

Read Judge John Deeds star Martin Shaw’s account of working on the film

Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Criterion Review: The Tragedy of Macbeth

19 April 2016 1:08 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ In one of the special supplements on the Criterion Collection's release of Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth, the director describes the joy of adapting The Bard. "It's a little bit like jazz," he says, "where you have a theme and you can improvise upon this theme." This perfectly encapsulates his exceptional interpretation of The Scottish Play which prunes the poetic dialogue to affect a more naturalistic tone and internalises many soliloquies to convey a surprising degree of psychological realism. In doing so, Polanski makes Macbeth a startling exploration of twisted youthful ambition in a world beset by grim brutality.

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- CineVue UK

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A Prog-Rock Bonanza: Anthony Phillips Reissued

17 April 2016 8:38 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Anthony Phillips The Geese and the Ghost Wise After the Event Sides Private Parts & Pieces I-iv Harvest of the Heart (Esoteric/Cherry Red)   Anthony "Ant" Phillips, an original member of Genesis, left after their second album (Trespass, 1970) because of stage fright -- an especially problematic situation, one supposes, for the lead guitarist. He spent the ensuing years studying music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (which is to say classical music), along with occasionally recording demos of new material at home. It would be seven years before his first solo album would appear, but after that he would be fairly prolific. Though he never achieved mainstream success -- which sadly makes sense given that this progressive rock legend didn't issue anything in 1971-76, the peak prog years -- aficionados of the style have long admired his work. Cherry Red's Esoteric imprint is now in its third year of »

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Jeonju to open with Chet Baker drama 'Born To Be Blue'

30 March 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The independent and alternative cinema showcase (Apr 28 - May 7) will have the world premiere of Choi Seung-ho’s controversial Spy Nation.

The 17th Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) has announced it will open with Robert Burdeau’s Born To Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker.

South Korea’s second largest film festival - focused on independent and alternative cinema - Jiff will close with the remastered version of Ryoo Seung-wan’s feature directorial debut Die Bad.

New Jiff festival director Lee Choong-jik said: “Ryoo Seung-wan’s film was in to the first edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival. It is now in its 17th edition and Ryoo Seung-wan has grown into a director who represents Korean cinema. Director Ryoo still has the independent film spirit, even when he’s making commercial films. That spirit is something we have in common. We’re reviving the 10-day festival’s Closing Film and expanding outdoor screenings, and it »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Criterion Expands to U.K., ‘La La Land’ Delayed, Sony Classics Talk, Spirituality of ‘Knight of Cups,’ and More

7 March 2016 2:43 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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The Criterion Collection will launch in the U.K., Variety reports:

Sphe will bring selected titles from Criterion’s extensive catalog and future new release slate to the U.K. for the first time. The first wave of films, featuring all the supplements from the U.S. editions along with their exclusive artwork and packaging, are “Grey Gardens,” “It Happened One Night,” Roman Polanski’s “Macbeth,” “Only Angels Have Wings,” “Speedy” and “Tootsie.”

Watch Bradford Young discuss shooting Denis Villeneuve‘s Story of Your Life:

David Bordwell looks at Tony Rayns‘ new book on In the Mood For Love:

In fewer than a hundred pages, many of »

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Criterion Collection to Launch in U.K. Following Sony Pact

7 March 2016 4:53 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Classic movie label the Criterion Collection is to launch on Blu-ray in the U.K. on April 18 following a multi-year home entertainment distribution pact with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Until now Criterion has only been available in the U.S. and Canada.

Sphe will bring selected titles from Criterion’s extensive catalog and future new release slate to the U.K. for the first time. The first wave of films, featuring all the supplements from the U.S. editions along with their exclusive artwork and packaging, are “Grey Gardens,” “It Happened One Night,” Roman Polanski’s “Macbeth,” “Only Angels Have Wings,” “Speedy” and “Tootsie.”

Criterion Collection chief executive officer Jonathan Turell said: “We are excited to launch the Criterion Collection in the U.K. Starting with these six great titles, we are happy to be able to bring selections from Criterion to our very devoted audience in the U. »

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The Criterion Collection is Expanding to the UK on April 18th

4 March 2016 11:54 PM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Last month, various home media forums began passing around rumors that the Criterion Collection would expand to the United Kingdom in 2016. Several films which are part of the Criterion Collection were being submitted to the British Board of Film Classification.

Back in September, Jonathan Turell guested on the CrowdSource Studios podcast “The Gloves are Off”, in which he mentioned that the Criterion Collection was interested in expanding to new regions.

We discussed this idea back in The Newsstand episode 53 last month. You can find the Criterion UK thread on the Criterion Forum here.

Earlier today, Sight & Sound magazine released the digital version of their latest issue for April 2016, and in it they confirm the news that the Criterion Collection will begin releasing discs in the UK on April 18th:

The Us home cinema label that set the bar for high-quality, extras-laden DVD and Blu-ray packages is launching in the UK on 18 April, »

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The Vincent Price Collection III

27 February 2016 12:16 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Shout Factory opens the crypt once more, for the last remaining UA and Aip fright movies starring our favorite gentleman of horror. The label lays on the extras, with Steve Haberman commentaries and episodes of Science Fiction Theater. Now where are the Vincent Price cooking shows? The Vincent Price Collection III Master of the World, The Tower of London, Diary of a Madman, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Cry of the Banshee Blu-ray Scream (Shout!) Factory 1961-72 / B&W + Color / 1:85 & 1:66 widescreen / 420 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / 69.97 Starring Vincent Price Directed by William Witney, Roger Corman, Reginald Le Borg, Kenneth Johnson, Gordon Hessler.

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream Factory now brings us Part Three of its Vincent Price collection, pretty much emptying the closet over at MGM. Not counting his twilight feature The Whales of August every Vincent Price film under the MGM banner will soon be out on Blu-ray. »

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Hkiff to host Bruce Lee, Shakespeare screenings

7 February 2016 6:29 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) will screen the digitally remastered films of Bruce Lee, as well as a special programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Shakespeare Live In Film will showcase three very different interpretations of Macbeth with Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957), starring Mifune Toshiro; Roman Polanski’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth (1971), which proved controversial for its violence and nudity; and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

Hkiff will also present other films based on Shakespeare’s plays in its CineFan April and May programme.

The festival’s Bruce Lee focus will present four of the films he made before his untimely death – The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way Of The Dragon (1972) and The Game Of Death (1978) – in a new 4K digital format.

This year’s Hkiff, which marks its 40th edition, will run from March 21 to April 4. The opening night takes »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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William Shakespeare, Bruce Lee to Be Honored at Hong Kong Festival

5 February 2016 4:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

William Shakespeare and Bruce Lee are both to be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 21-April 4, 2016).

Marking the festival’s 40th edition and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Hkiff will program three vastly different film interpretations of Shakespeare’s stage play “Macbeth.” The trio are Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood,” Roman Polanski’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and last year’s “Macbeth” by star Australian director Justin Kurzel.

“’Macbeth’ has challenged filmmakers around the world as they have reimagined the interplay of fate and magic, human motivations and soul-wrenching questions of loyalty and destiny.  Yet, the violence at the heart of the play, with battles, beheadings and assassinations, also imposes demands on actors and audiences as powerful as the poetry of the Bard’s composition,” the festival said in a note.

The festival will also present additional films based on Shakespeare’s »

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