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"Male Stars Are Too Buff Now," a great funny true read from E Alex Jung about Zac Efron in Baywatch and other visually alarming superhuman specimens. 


Daily Actor Corey Hawkins on the Juilliard audition he almost failed

Charlene's (Mostly) Classic Movies a "Medicine in the Movies" Blogathon - articles on Contagion, Night Nurse, Reversal of Fortune, The Fountain, and many more

Cartoon Brew Nigeria hopes to train 'an army of animation professionals' with the market for thoe films exploding

The Guardian Guy Lodge's latest DVD column on Toni Erdmann, The Salesman and more

Variety more 'sequels we don't need!' news. Boss Baby is getting one for 2021. Sigh. I actually thought that movie was unexpectedly good but most movies don't actually need sequels. Stop trying to make movies into big TV shows with multiple episodes! TV is great but Movies are not TV!

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Weekly Rushes. Raoul Coutard, Tsui Hark's "Journey to the West," French Noir Tour, Lynch Soundtrack

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NEWSRaoul Coutard shooting BreathlessThe great cinematographer Raoul Coutard, legendary for his work shooting Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, and also a collaborator of Philippe Garrel, Nagisa Oshima, Costa-Gavras and François Truffaut, has died at the age of 92.Keep film alive! The New York non-profit film organization Mono No Aware has launched a Kickstarter to fund "the nation's first ever non-profit motion picture lab." An ambitious and worthy goal!Two film projects in the works we're very excited about: Claire Denis' High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Patricia Arquette and co-written by Zadie Smith, and Leos Carax's Annette, a musical to star Adam Driver (everywhere these days!) and Rooney Mara.The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the first part of its retrospective devoted to exiled Chilean fabulist Raúl Ruiz, which will include new digital restorations of Bérénice (1983) and The Golden Boat (1990), as well as 35mm prints of such
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Denmark enters Sorrow and Joy to Oscar race

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Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy has been submitted by Denmark for the Academy Awards.

Sorrow and Joy, known in Denmark as Sorg og glæde, has been submitted for the Best Foreign-Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.

Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

The Danish Oscar Committee chose the film directed by Nils Malmros from a shortlist that also included Niels Arden Oplev’s Speed Walking (Kapgang) and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Someone You Love (En du elsker).

“It was a difficult decision, with three very personal films from well-known directors were are proud of, but it was an unanimous choice” said committee chairman Henrik Bo Nielsen, MD of the Danish Film Institute.

“After a long career, Malmros is still a strong narrator, who dares stand out – he is not afraid of approaching taboos, he deals with universal themes and gently touches us all.”

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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple, Harold Ramis and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in February

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Gabriel Axel (1918-2014) - Danish director whose Babette's Feast won the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Film (see the win below). His other work includes Royal Deceit and a part of Lumiere and Company. He died on February 9. (THR) Sid Caesar (1922-2014) - Comic actor and writer and legendary TV host who appears in the movies GreaseGrease 2Cannonball Run IISilent Movie, History of the World, Part 1 and It's a Mad, Mad...

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Gabriel Axel

Oscar-winning Danish director of Babette's Feast

In April 1988, a week before his 70th birthday, the film director Gabriel Axel, who has died aged 95, walked up on stage at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to receive the best foreign language film Oscar for Babette's Feast (1987), the first Danish movie to achieve that honour. In a mixture of Danish and French, the slim, grey-bearded, bespectacled Axel quoted a line from the character of the General in the film: "Because of this evening, I have learned, my dear, that in this beautiful world of ours, all things are possible."

It was the pinnacle of Axel's long career and marked the beginning of a resurgence of Danish cinema. (Another Danish film, Bille August's Pelle the Conqueror, won the foreign language Oscar the following year.) Despite several fine films, there was previously little in Axel's oeuvre to predict the perfection of Babette's Feast.
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Danish film director Gabriel Axel dies at 95

Danish film director Gabriel Axel dies at 95
Gabriel Axel, director of the film Babette’s Feast which made him the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film, has died. He was 95.

His daughter, Karin Moerch, said in a statement that he died on Sunday. She did not say where he died or the cause of death.

Axel divided his time between France and Denmark, where he directed television series and movies. He also acted in several films.

Axel had his big international breakthrough in 1987 with Babette's Feast, based on the novel of the same name by Danish author Karen Blixen. It starred French actress Stephane Audran.
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The Family That Eats Together… Seven Great Movies About Food and Families

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Despite the obvious mafia connections, The Capones is at its heart a show about a family restaurant. Of course, food and family have always gone together, so in honor of its premiere we decided to count down the seven best movies about family and food ever made.

Family, Food, and Lots of Fighting

Returning with new episodes in March

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The Capones | Eat Drink Man Woman | Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory | Waitress | GoodFellas | Babette's Feast | Big Night | Still Walking
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Cinema Paradiso and the rise of the postcard-arthouse movie

The release of Cinema Paradiso was the point at which foreign-language film developed a new sheen for global audiences – complete with heartwarming stories and a hint of the exotic

Salvatore Cascio: 'Cinema Paradiso is about the power of dreams'

Cinema Paradiso: watch the trailer for the 25th anniversary edition

From the start, Cinema Paradiso carries itself like one of the classics its adorable scamp gazes at, open-mouthed, from the projection room. It has an adorable scamp, for starters – and plenty besides: the timeless Sicilian locations, the Felliniesque social carnival, the thunderbolt love affair, humanism lashed about as freely as olive oil. Giuseppe Tornatore's film is a cosy passeggiata down a celluloid Möbius strip looping art into life. When it arrived in the Us in February 1990 – all gilded sequences and grand themes – it seemed like the distillation of the idea of classic foreign cinema.

The two-hour cut – simplifying the characterisation,
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Foreign Oscar Buzz: Denmark & Argentina

Which films will Denmark and Argentina submit for Oscar consideration this year? Both countries have won the Best Foreign Film prize in the recent past and could compete again this year.


They've announced their three finalists for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission. I think the likeliest of their three finalists is The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg (A Celebration) which won Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor at Cannes a year plus ago as a teacher under attack due to false allegations from a child. It's currently in release in the States which means it's eligible for the Oscars in general if not for this specific category (which requires official submission... and each country may only choose one film). The major obstacle to its submission might be its lack of newness. It played in Cannes during last year's eligibility period (Oct 11- Sept 12) but not in its home country (making
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Blu-ray Review: Babette's Feast (Criterion Collection)

The title Babette's Feast doesn't immediately jump out at me as a film I need to see immediately, but to know this Danish film bested Au Revoir Les Enfants (read my Blu-ray review here) at the 1988 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film certainly causes me to change my mind. While I wouldn't say director Gabriel Axel's film is better than Malle's Enfants, which is a personal all-timer of mine, but it is a multi-layered story with drama in corners you can't expect heading in. Adapted from the 1950 short story of the same name (read it here) by Karen Blixen (writing as Isak Denisen who also wrote the story that inspired Out of Africa), the film takes place in a small village in 19th century Denmark, a town Denisen described as a "child's toy-town of little wooden pieces". The story centers on two sisters who grew up here under the watchful eye of their father,
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What I Watched, What You Watched #205

I mentioned this briefly in Thursday's "What are You Watchingc" column, but I'll mention it again here since this your comments on this column actually encouraged me to add this new feature to the site. I am working with the folks at to bring a new feature to the site and, should things go according to plan, it will be live by the time I review The Butler and Kick-Ass 2 this coming week. I'm also hoping to start to use Letterboxd a little more myself, such as this list I just made ranking all the films I saw at this year's Cannes Film Festival. I'll do the same thing for my upcoming trip to Toronto and I'm planning on creating the same thing for all of my top tens as I am putting together a brand new feature surrounding the films I believe to be "great". Oh,
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What are You Watching This Weekendc

This weekend I have a lot of work on my "to do" list and among that work is the goal to review three Criterion titles -- Lord of the Flies, Seconds and Babette's Feast -- the last of that bunch I still have to watch and am actually planning on watching it tonight. Here's the description from At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette's Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette's Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of
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'Trance' 'Welcome to the Punch' and 'Babette's Feast' on DVD and Blu-ray This Week

Trance Eh, Trance was a film that felt like it thought it was more clever than it actually is and I really have no desire or need to see it again. I had little to say when I wrote my review back in April and I have even less to say about it now. You can read my theatrical review right here.


Welcome to the Punch Hey, it's a double dose of James McAvoy, though unlike Trance, I haven't seen Welcome to the Punch but I'd be up for giving it a spin as it seems like a perfect at-home kind of film. Here's the plot: Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Ginger & Rosa,' 'Trance,' 'Pieta'

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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Ginger & Rosa"

What's It About? Sally Potter's ("Orlando") film follows two inseparable teenage girls, Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) during the onset of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1960s London. While Ginger's interests lie in protests and poetry, Rosa's are different, including Ginger's father (Alessandro Nivola).

Why We're In: While Fanning steals the film with a strong and powerful performance, "Ginger & Rosa" also has a largely talented cast including Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Christina Hendricks, and Timothy Spall. Potter's film is both a moving, coming-of-age story as well as a detailed look at the politics and tension of the era.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week


What's It About? From South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring"), "Pieta" is both a brutal and heartfelt story of an isolated, merciless loan shark who violently threatens his borrowers for payback money.
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Trance' and More

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This week: Director Danny Boyle crafts a stylish modern-day film noir with a bizarre love triangle in "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel.

Also new this week is the British crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," which also stars McAvoy as well as Mark Strong, and the Blu-ray debuts of "The 300 Spartans" (1962) and Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997).


Box Office: $2.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Storyline: Director Danny Boyle's British psychological thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon Newton, a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) When a heist goes wrong and a revered painting goes missing, hypnotist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) is hired to help Simon remember where the painting is. The stakes get higher when the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur.

Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes,
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What are You Watching This Weekendc

I forgot to do this last Friday and for that I apologize. However, I have now added a reminder and I will never forget again so hopefully this Friday piece heading into the weekend will continue to gain traction. This weekend actually offers a slew of new movies for you to seek out. In theaters you have new releases such as Turbo, Red 2, R.I.P.D., Only God Forgives (which I think is also On Demand) and The Conjuring, the latter of which would be my first recommendation or Turbo if you have a family and have already seen Despicable Me 2. However, even better films currently in theaters include The Way, Way Back (now in 310 theaters), Fruitvale Station (now in 34 theaters) and The Hunt (find where it's playing right here). As for me, I'm going to try and finish Criterion's Blu-ray for Lord of the Flies as
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News Shorts: April 16th 2013

A couple of key new photos starting with the first photo of Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. There's also a shot of "Castle" star Nathan Fillion in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and some more photos from Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.

Posters for R.I.P.D., Aftershock, The Wolverine, The Heat, Filth, Tarzan 3D, Much Ado About Nothing, The Way Way Back, The Bling Ring, Hummingbird, The Hangover Part III, and The Lone Ranger.

"William Friedkin, the director behind the original 'The Exorcist', says that 'there isn't one sequel to 'The Exorcist' that's worth a bucket of warm spit… I had nothing to do with them. If I had, I would be ashamed'…" (full details)

"Anthony Mackie says his character of Sam 'The Falcon' Wilson will be more than a cameo in the upcoming sequel 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.
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Criterion Collection Reveals Their New Year's 2013 Teaser Art

Criterion has revealed the following piece of art revealing clues as to what they will be offering in 2013. Commenters have already clued in to a few of the more obvious titles such as Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, David Lynch's Eraserhead and Delmer Daves's 3:10 to Yuma as well as speculation on titles such as Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai, Federico Fellini's La Strada, Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, David Cronenberg's Scanners, Peter Brook's Lord of the Flies and Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast. What titles do you see and what clues match your guesses?
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The Hobbit journeys to top of UK box office

Festive battle for No 1 heats up as first instalment of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth epic precipitates a fall of the Guardians

The winner

Peter Jackson and Jrr Tolkien have consistently proved a potent combination at the box office, so it's no surprise to see audiences turning up in droves for the first of three films based on The Hobbit. However a haul of £11.60m in four days is far from record-breaking, and isn't even the biggest opening of 2012. Skyfall debuted in late October with £20.18m, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 followed a month later with £15.85m. Both titles achieved these sums in three days with no previews, as did The Dark Knight Rises when it opened in July with £14.36m. Marvel Avengers Assemble kicked off with £15.78m over its initial four days. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has thus only achieved the fifth-best opening of the year.

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This week's new films

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey | Smashed | Neil Young Journeys | Chasing Ice | Love Crime | Dead Europe | UFO | False Trail | Code Name: Geronimo | Tinkerbell And The Secret Of The Wings | Babette's Feast | Baraka | What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12A)

(Peter Jackson, 2012, Us) Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis. 169 mins

So the three-movie idea is more likely down to financial demands than creative ones, and the now-notorious higher frame rate reduces cinematic spectacle to pin-sharp TV movie, but this is terrifically wrought escapism. Freeman is the perfect lead, too. But what could have, should have been a masterpiece ends up a fantasy epic with too much epic and not enough fantasy.

Smashed (15)

(James Ponsoldt, 2012, Us) Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul. 81 mins

Winstead shows impressive range as a young alcoholic teacher trying to get back on track. The familiar subject feels fresh applied to a new demographic.
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