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Antonio Banderas: Almodóvar and me

29 July 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pedro Almodóvar made him a star. But then Hollywood beckoned and actor abandoned mentor. Twenty years on, they're back together – and boy does it feel good...

Three decades ago, an impoverished young actor named Antonio Banderas was sitting with friends outside Madrid's National theatre when a curious figure happened by. The new arrival sported a backcombed goth bouffant and brandished a bright red briefcase that could only contain documents of national importance. He ordered a drink, cracked some jokes then turned abruptly towards Banderas. "You have a very romantic face," he said. "You should do movies. Bye-bye!" And with that he was off, swinging his briefcase through the crowds on the Calle del Principe.

Nonplussed, Banderas turned to his friends. "Oh, that's Pedro Almodóvar," they told him. "He made a movie once. But he won't make any more."

Banderas and Almodóvar went on to make five films together. These were wild, »

- Xan Brooks

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Bertrand Tavernier: The Hollywood Interview

14 April 2011 12:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

Bertrand Tavernier: Taking Rabbits Out Of Hats

By Alex Simon

Bertrand Tavernier was bitten by the cinema bug at a tender age, falling in love with a diverse slate of films and filmmakers like Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang and Buster Keaton. Born in Lyon in 1941, Tavernier abandoned his law studies to write for the now-legendary French cinema magazine Cahiers du Cinema, which also launched auteurs like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Making his directing debut with The Clockmaker of Saint-Paul in 1974, Tavernier’s career has been a prolific one, with 35 films to his credit, and dozens of awards, including the Best Director prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for A Sunday in the Country.

Tavernier’s latest film is the sweeping epic The Princess of Montpensier, an adaptation of a 1662 novel which was published anonymously, but later credited to French noblewoman Madame de La Fayette. Set »

- The Hollywood

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Blogging Through The Collection: This Week In Criterion Blogs

16 March 2011 6:54 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Over the past (almost) two years, I feel like we’ve managed to shine some more light on the Criterion Collection, through our podcast and website. Clearly we were not the first people to get the idea to take a trip through the Collection, going movie by movie until we would hypothetically be current with their new releases. Long before we ever had this idea, there have been folks diligently and methodically writing about each and every film that they watch, with whatever audience they draw cheering them on. I’m so fortunate to have befriended several of these folks, and I thought it’d be nice to try and maintain a weekly column, where I highlight, and link to other folks in the Criterion Collection blog-o-sphere. I usually will try to link to most of these sites on my Twitter and Facebook pages, but I thought something more permanent would help everyone out. »

- Ryan Gallagher

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'Supernatural': Man down on the worst Mother's Day ever

4 March 2011 7:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Hey, Winchesters -- the number one rule of scary movie survival is to never be caught alone. So when you're stuck inside the endless scary movie of your life and you're hunting the Mother of All evil and your brother needs to take a time-out outside, maybe you should stick by him?

In Friday's "Supernatural," "...And Then There Were None," we meet a new monster -- one we don't even have a name for yet. "I'm new around here," the creepy worm-thing says, while it's stuck in Bobby's (Jim Beaver) brain. "Eve cooked me up herself."

Eve, by the way, is the name the Mother of All is going by from here on out. Her newest creation is a slug that creeps into peoples' brains and possesses their bodies, turning them into murderous villains.

It was an all-hands on deck hunt. Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles), and Bobby were »


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Grey's Anatomy Review: Still Want That Second Chance?

14 January 2011 3:16 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Last night’s Grey's Anatomy, "Start Me Up," was terrific, creating a bunch of new loose ends and concluding with one of the all-time cliffhangers. Seeing how the different relationships develop the rest of the season should be interesting to say the least.

Callie is still so angry with Arizona, but Kyle’s speech about his undying love for Brady (Callie’s patient) seemed to hit home with her. It was great to see “Ricky” from My-So Called Life playing Kyle in such a poignant, albeit minor, role. 

When Brady forgives Kyle for getting him hurt, Callie grows quiet and seems to wish she could do the same with Arizona, who spends the entire episode trying to make up with both Callie and Sloan - and clearly looking for an ally in Mark. 

Little does she know ...

Arizona might want to look for a new sublet option.

At the end, »

- (Steve Marsi)

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