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Peter Greenaway to Direct Romantic Comedy

14 February 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

That headline is not a typo. Peter Greenaway, who is among the most art-oriented directors alive (Prospero's Books, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) is set to write and direct his first romantic comedy. The film is called 4 Storms and 2 Babies, and is scheduled to shoot in Amsterdam later this year. Has the whole world gone crazy? Variety [1] says the film is "an unconventional love story about two men and a woman who becomes pregnant after a night of three-way sex with them." Whew! So 4 Storms and 2 Babies won't quite be The Proposal. In fact, this sounds very much like something Peter Greenaway might do. It actually sounds like something the Peter Greenaway of 1988 might do. That's kind of striking, since the director has of late been more interested in films that are either more conceptual art than narrative (The Tulse Luper Suitcases) or rooted in centuries-old art more than anything else. »

- Russ Fischer

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Biggest Oscar Snubs #10b: The Piano's Michael Nyman, Inception's Lee Smith

28 January 2011 3:08 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy on the set of Inception Michael Nyman for The Piano (1993), The End of the Affair (1999) Lee Smith for Inception (2010) Biggest Oscar Snubs #10a: Gordon Willis, Caleb Deschanel "The much admired, awarded and internationally popular new Jane Campion film, The Piano," wrote Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times in November 1993, "is regularly mentioned as prime Oscar material. So, since it is a film about music and since the soundtrack album has attracted considerable interest from Warsaw to Sidney [sic], isn't it just possible that the composer, Michael Nyman, could also be nominated for an Academy Award?" Huh, No. Nyman, best known for his collaborations with Peter Greenaway (Drowning by Numbers, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover) was bypassed by the Academy's Music Branch. To date, Michael Nyman has yet to receive an Academy Award nomination. As for the failure [...] »

- Andre Soares

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How I Met Your Mother Creator Discusses Shocking Twist, the Countdown and Meeting the Mom

5 January 2011 4:33 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

As we discussed in our How I Met Your Mother review yesterday, this week's episode will likely go down as one of the show's best, if not the best, in five-plus seasons.

The final scene, which no one saw coming, is one that fans won't forget anytime soon, and according to Carter Bays, one that "we built the whole season around."

In an interview with E!, the executive producer and co-creator explains the countdown clock, where Marshall goes from here, future "mother" clues and more ...

The countdown begins ...

On the demise of Marshall's dad: "One important ingredient in early seasons was that there was some angst and there was some sadness. It was a way for us to really mine our own lives and to really fully explore emotions about situations we've been in."

"There are a few touchstones in life that are really sad, and this is one of them. »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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