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Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

20 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, accompanied by his wife and actress Emmanuelle Seigner, is to be a guest of honour at the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16), where he will give a public talk about film.

As well as the masterclass with young filmmakers of the Locarno Summer Academy and public on Aug 15, Polanski will receive a special award from the festival.

He will also introduce a screening of Venus in Fur alongside actress Seigner on Aug 14 on the Piazza Grande.

The director, actor, producer and screenwriter is best known for features includes Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974) and The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Oscar for best director.

Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Roman Polanski’s films have been a regular feature of my trajectory as a filmgoer - making me laugh, shiver, think, and be emotionally moved.

“It has been »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Roman Polanski To Be Among Locarno Film Festival’s Guests of Honor

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Roman Polanski will be among guests of honor at the upcoming Locarno Film Festival where he will hold a master class and introduce a screening of his “Venus in Fur,” with star Emmanuelle Seigner, who is his wife, also on hand.

Polanski’s playful adaptation of the erotic classic will screen on the Swiss fest’s outdoor Piazza Grande venue on August 14. The next day Polanski will receive a prize and hold a class for  students of the Locarno Summer Academy also open to regular festgoers.

“Venus,” which bowed in 2013 at Cannes, is the latest film by the helmer known for “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown,” and “The Pianist,” among other classics.

“I am sure that the chance to meet a filmmaker so averse to any form of dogmatism will mark one the most powerful events of our recent editions,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Competition: Win 'Venus in Fur' on DVD

25 July 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Based on the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives, Venus in Fur (2013) is a witty, highly intelligent and multi-layered examination of passion, perversion and the battle of the sexes from acclaimed French director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist). To celebrate the home entertainment release of Polanski's latest offering this coming Monday (28 July), we have Three DVD copies of the challenging and playful Venus in Fur to give away to our cultured returning readers, courtesy of the team at independent and world cinema distributors Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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- CineVue UK

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Here are 5 films to watch on Netflix before they expire tonight

30 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

According to The Nerdiot, these 80 films will be removed from Netflix at 11:59 tonight. If you’re suddenly having a panic attack about all the great cinema you’re missing, don’t worry. Just take a deep breath, make an excuse to leave work, and embark on a summer Netflix marathon.

1. Rocky 

Come for the pump-up music and montages, stay for the pre-u.S.A.-Belgium infusion of patriotism, as Sylvester Stallone trains to face off against a heavyweight champ in John G. Avildsen’s 1976 boxing film. We won’t judge if you slip off into the sequels. …Actually, that depends on the sequel. »

- Jackson McHenry

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Watch the 3 Best Roman Polanski Short Films From the 1950s

20 June 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. Today marks both the U.S. theatrical release of Venus and Fur and the 40th anniversary of the U.S. theatrical release of Chinatown. So, let’s just consider it Roman Polanski day. In honor of the occasion, we should just skip his latest (see our review for why) and hold off on watching his 1974 classic for the billionth time. How many of you have seen his early short films? They’re available in proper form on Criterion’s two-disc DVD set for Polanski’s first feature, Knife in the Water, and they can also be found on YouTube. For the latter, there are no English subtitles, but that only matters for one or two that have very minimal dialogue. For the most part, they’re all really “silent” films. Nine »

- Christopher Campbell

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Top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

19 June 2014 1:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tomorrow, more than a year after its Cannes Competition premiere, Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur" finally opens in Us theaters. It's the 20th narrative feature of a career that now spans six decades, so a list themed around the Oscar-winning director's work seemed in order. Given that "Venus in Fur" -- Polanski's third film, after "Death and the Maiden" and "Carnage," to replicate the scale and pace of an intimate stage production -- is based so explicitly around notions of performance, and the push-pull relationship between actor and director, a selection of his most successful actorly collaborations seemed the obvious way to go. Like so many auteurs celebrated for their own idiosyncratic style, Polanski's facility with actors isn't discussed as frequently as his formal abilities and preoccupations, yet he's always had the knack for drawing surprising work out of established stars and newcomers alike -- often casting actors intriguingly out of their element, »

- Guy Lodge

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The Devil In The Detail: Thoughts On 'Chinatown' On Its 40th Anniversary

18 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

I still remember the first time I ever saw a two-dollar bill. It was in a wallet, on a TV screen in the living room of my childhood home. The wallet belonged to a dead woman called Ida Sessions, and it was Jack Nicholson who was riffling through it: Social Security Card; Screen Actors Guild Membership; two-dollar bill. I was maybe 12 or 13 and had never even set foot in America, but like anyone in the English-speaking world who watched way too many movies, I felt I knew the country like the back of my hand. Certainly its currency, which seemed more like real money than the colorful, monopoly notes we used, so often had I seen it brimming out of briefcases, left contemptuously on nightstands or fluttering down like green confetti after an explosion. But I had never seen a two-dollar bill, so that, of all things, was the detail »

- Jessica Kiang

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The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best

18 June 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few directors have had a greater impact on modern horror or arthouse thrillers than Roman Polanski. His films range from the sprawl of "Chinatown" to the deep claustrophobia of "Repulsion," but almost all of them retain the same fractured worldview, the same darkly absurdist sense of humor, and the same focus on power plays. The controversy about Polanski's real-life crimes sometimes overshadow his films, but he remains a vital and important director in his sixth decade as a filmmaker. In anticipation of his latest, "Venus in Fur," which opens this Friday, here's a ranking of his films, from worst to best. Read More: 'Venus in Fur' Director Roman Polanski at Cannes: 'I've lived long enough to know I can direct.' 20. "What?" (1972) Indiewire's own Eric Kohn made a pretty good case for "What?" as something other than a sickening id upchuck. I wish I could do the same. Filmed in »

- Max O'Connell

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Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson Receiving AFI Degrees

19 May 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson.

The honors, which recognize their “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image,” will be presented during AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremonies June 11 at theTCL Chinese Theatre.

Others previously awarded an AFI Honorary Degree include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Thelma Schoonmaker and Haskell Wexler.

Towne won an Oscar for “Chinatown” and was nominated for “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo” and “Greystoke.” He also directed four of his own scripts – “Personal Best,” “Tequila Sunrise” “Without Limits” and “Ask the Dust” — and is currently working as a consulting producer on the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men.”

Tyson received an Oscar nomination for “Sounder” and »

- Dave McNary

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Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Horror Scores: Sequels!

17 May 2014 5:44 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Last month, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of our friends in the genre, in order to bring you readers an article all about our favorite horror scores. The reception and the contributions exceeded our expectations, so when it was mentioned that “you should do a sequel to that article”, naturally, the next step would be just that: Sequels. So, we asked a few more friends, as well as some of the Icons gang, to give you a few words about our favorite scores to horror sequels. Enjoy! -Jerry

Rob G. (Co-Creator, Icons Of Fright; Host, Killer Pov): Psycho III

For me, Carter Burwell’s original score for Psycho III is one of the best film soundtracks to a sequel ever. Bold words, I know! After all, considering the history of composers behind the Psycho franchise. You can’t think of Psycho without »

- Jerry Smith

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 30-21

11 May 2014 9:33 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.

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30. Annie (1982)

Directed by John Huston

Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)

Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »

- Joshua Gaul

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Roman Polanski Talks His Life and Career, ‘Venus in Fur’ and Retirement

9 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roman Polanski revels in recounting the story of how he met his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and who is the mother of his two children. The year was 1985, and Polanski was in pre-production on “Pirates,” the problem-plagued, big-budget adventure comedy that remains the greatest critical and commercial failure of his career. With his casting director, Dominique Besnehard, he planned to attend a Paris drag cabaret in search of a female impersonator to play a role in the film. Besnehard asked if he could bring along a young French model who had recently filmed a small part in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Detective” but claimed to have no interest in an acting career. Polanski instantly replied, “Bring her.” The model turned out to be Seigner.

“That was the best casting of his entire career,” Polanski says with a laugh. “It’s funny that I »

- Scott Foundas

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Matthew Weiner and the End of 'Mad Men'

8 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

By the time Mad Men ends next year – the final season, which debuts on Sunday April 13th on AMC, will be split into two Breaking Bad-style runs – there will have been 92 episodes of unmatched TV, covering the entirety of the 1960s. Though the series has focused on an advertising agency and the people who work there, according to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, the show has always been more about the lessons of that era, from the British Invasion through the crashing of the counterculture wave with the election of Richard Nixon. »

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Trailer for Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur is brimming with sexual tension

4 April 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Roman Polanski is a director I cannot quite figure out. I mean, the guy has directed everything from noir like Chinatown to horror like Rosemary's Baby with all sorts of distinct projects in between. His most recent film, Venus In Fur, adapts an award-winning play, much like his previous film, the excellent Carnage. Unlike Carnage, Venus In Fur is subtitled as the film was produced and performed in French. Starring Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Quantum Of Solace's Mathieu »

- Alex Maidy

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Matthew Weiner Opens Doors for New Talent on ‘Mad Men’ Production Team

1 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s no secret that “Mad Men” launched the careers of most of its stars — Jon Hamm was best known for a recurring role on “Providence” before he slipped into Don Draper’s suits. Whether casting virtual unknowns like Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss or giving vets like Harry Hamlin and Julia Ormond a chance to shine (and land Emmy noms), creator Matt Weiner clearly has an eye for talent.

That knack for casting extends behind the scenes. Weiner is proud of having given many writers and directors their first big breaks during the seven-season run of the AMC drama. “The final season is being directed almost entirely by people who had their first episode here,” he says while walking the halls at L.A. Center Studios.

Production teams on long-running shows often become like family to one another, given the hours and dedication it takes to produce a drama series. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Azazel Jacobs talks about Doll & Em

24 March 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Doll & Em director Azazel Jacobs: "I'm interested in looking at humans and seeing how people are with each other" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze After the premiere screening at New York's Museum of Modern Art of all six episodes of King Bee Productions and HBO's Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, I met up with director Azazel Jacobs to talk about the spirit of place in Hollywood and how it allows him to communicate with Charlie Chaplin, on site with Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Laurel and Hardy. He told me about the human growing from an idea and why tone triumphs over story.

We see Bradley Cooper stay on the red carpet, Jonathan Cake practice a pick-up line worthy of Hong Sang-soo, while ice cream determines master and servant.

Anne-Katrin Titze: The series producer Alessandro Nivola told me that the idea started with seeing Michael Winterbottom's The Trip. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 10-1

16 March 2014 9:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time and place. Some were ahead of their time. Some defined their generation. And one still rules all, forty years after it was written.

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10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Written by David Newman, Robert Benton, and Robert Towne (uncredited)

You’re just like your brother. Ignorant, uneducated hillbilly, except the only special thing about you is your peculiar ideas about love-making, which is no love-making at all.

Nothing spices up a movie theater better than a little sex and violence; Arthur Penn’s 1967 film broke new ground on that front. Fictionalizing the partnership of famous gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the film starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the title criminals, while »

- Joshua Gaul

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'True Detective' finale review: Truth, justice, and the satisfying surprise of a happy ending

10 March 2014 5:29 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Culminating a remarkable first season in fine, moving form, True Detective’s finale, titled “Form and Void,” took us to the heart of darkness at the vortex center of its weird fiction — as well as  the final stage of its meta-commentary on the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, for better and worse. It was a tale that ripped dark marks on our bellies, then soothed us by “making flowers” on us. So to speak.

We start on the outskirts of the infernal plane. We begin in hell on earth. The ersatz underworld of The Yellow King — a.k.a. »

- Jeff Jensen

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Wild Canaries’

10 March 2014 1:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Classic mystery conventions have provided fertile creative ground for any number of young American filmmakers in recent years, as evidenced by Rian Johnson’s “Brick,” Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather” and now Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Wild Canaries.” Starring Levine and Sophia Takal (his wife and regular collaborator) as a sort of hipster Nick and Nora Charles investigating the shady goings-on around their Brooklyn apartment building, this craftily structured yet playfully loose-limbed detective yarn provides a canny narrative template for another of the writer-director’s low-budget studies of relational turmoil (following 2011′s “Gabi on the Roof in July”), its occasional descent into shrill bickering largely offset by the filmmakers’ palpable delight in their choice of material. Far too eventful, plot-driven and frankly fun to be classified as mumblecore, “Canaries” can only build on Levine’s audience; it could catch on with savvy indie filmgoers, particularly those with an affection for the genre being saluted. »

- Justin Chang

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Score a Copy of The Visitor on Blu-ray

4 March 2014 10:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The strangeness that is The Visitor is now on Blu-ray, and we have your chance to score a copy on us! Believe us - you Need this film in your life. It's that damned wacky! Read on for details.

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 Am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm, is bringing the wildly ambitious and neglected sci-fi/horror epic The Visitor to Blu-ray and DVD Today, March 4 .

Synopsis

Incredibly ambitious but derided and largely neglected upon its initial release in 1979, The Visitor is an unforgettable assault on reality, a phantasmagoric sci-fi/horror/action hybrid. From writer-producer Ovidio G. Assonitis (Tentacles) and director/actor/body builder Michael J. Paradise (aka Giulio Paradisi - Fellini's 8½), the film artfully fuses »

- Uncle Creepy

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