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For those of you living or heading to the Southern California area this summer, the biggest Movie Geeks in the world (the folks who run the Oscars) have got a treat in store for you under the stars.
Grab the blankets, lawn chairs, your friends and get ready to find a spot on the grass to enjoy The Academy’s 2013 Oscars Outdoors summer movie season. Tickets will be available starting this Wednesday, May 22, at www.oscars.org/outdoors.
The series kicks off with Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” presented by Kcrw’s “Matt’s Movies,” on Wednesday, June 5. The movie stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisoff, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher, all of whom will join Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman.
- Michelle McCue
Joss Whedon Much Ado About Nothing: Oscars Outdoors film series Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing will kick off the 2013 "Oscars Outdoors" summer movie season on Wednesday, June 5 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ open-air theater in Hollywood. Much Ado About Nothing stars Amy Acker (Alias), Alexis Denisoff (How I Met Your Mother), Clark Gregg (Iron Man), Nathan Fillion (Waitress, Castle), Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) and Sean Maher (The Playboy Club), all of whom are expected to join The Avengers director Joss Whedon for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Kcrw’s Matt Holzman. Oscars Outdoors screening films also include two upcoming releases: Morgan Neville’s documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom (June 6), and Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellow Destin Cretton’s relationship drama Short Term 12 (July 20), featuring Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Rami Malek. »
- Andre Soares
The award ceremony will coincide with an out-of-competition screening of Maura’s latest film, Alex de la Iglesia’s witchcraft comedy “Witching & Bitching,” which Universal Pictures Intl. will release in Spain Sept. 27.
Maura broke through in short films made in the last years of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship and, after his death in 1975, was a leading actress in movies that took advantage of newly won freedoms.
A star of Fernando Colomo’s “Paper Tigers,” a portrait of middle-class Spaniards’ muddled adaptation to liberty, »
- John Hopewell
I'm So Excited (Spanish: Los amantes pasajeros), 2013.
Writted and Directed by Pedro Almodovar.
When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
Pedro Almodóvar is a force to be reckoned with. A director who doesn't appear to make any compromises, making a film almost annually in the eighties, and becoming accepted in the mainstream market since 2000. He has a back-catalogue as diverse as Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and a close-knit group of actors to turn to - including Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, »
- Flickering Myth
Review Paul Martinovic 2 May 2013 - 06:47
Pedro Almodovar’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show last week to promote I’m So Excited! caused a number of startled cineastes to spit out their popcorn/dummies in dismay, as if by agreeing to appear on a late-night show with one of our most prominent mainstream presenters were in itself an act tantamount to cultural treason. What’s next, Steve Reich on Steve Wright In The Afternoon? Cormac McCarthy on The One Show?
This kind of cinematic snobbery is to be expected, of course, but those who insist on applying it to Almodovar are missing the point somewhat – sure, he's a gifted, politically conscious film-maker, a keen stylist and absolutely worthy of the auteur label and all that it implies, but he »
Pedro Almodóvar, one of Spain’s most internationally acclaimed directors (he’s won two Academy Awards to date), returns to familiar territory with I’m So Excited, his first out-and-out comedy since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was released some twenty three years ago. Gone are the somewhat sombre explorations of dark, labyrinthine subjects found within his recent crop of dramas (The Skin I Live In, Broken Embraces), only to be replaced by all the necessary ingredients needed to make a frivolous, laugh-inducing and frothy farce.
When a technical failure caused by airport workers, played by Almodóvar regulars Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, forces Peninsula Flight 2549 to circle Toledo until a runway can be sourced and prepped for an emergency landing, the equally outlandish and excessive characters aboard – from the camp and sexually promiscuous flight crew to the novel business class passengers – turn to alcohol, smuggled-on drugs »
- Jamie Neish
He's one of cinema's most visionary directors, and his films have shaped the way we see his country. So how does Pedro Almodóvar choose to portray Spain's catastrophic economic crisis? With an outrageous, sex-sozzled farce
Pedro Almodóvar is hobbling. He is also hopping mad. He has come into his Madrid office – where visitors are greeted by a massive album of Helmut Newton nudes – despite surgery on his knee the day before. Hence the hobble. But what really hurts him is that, forced to rest from his normally hectic routine of scriptwriting, the director has spent his convalescence watching the news. "Some days I try not to see the news at all," he says. "But yesterday I couldn't avoid it. It is all horrific."
Almodóvar's day in front of the television consuming endless stories of the country's economic woes, which have left a quarter of Spaniards out of work, has made him indignant. »
- Giles Tremlett
François Ozon has been knocking out roughly a film a year since the late 1990s: some camp and frivolous (Sitcom, Potiche), others intense (5x2, Time to Leave), each one zesty and provocative. Occasionally he will make something truly exceptional: Under the Sand, starring Charlotte Rampling as a woman falling apart after the disappearance of her husband, was rightly considered a masterpiece by the late Ingmar Bergman.
But though Ozon has had commercial success in France, he is still chasing the sort of career-changing international breakthrough on a par with, say, Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown or Michael Haneke's Hidden. If there is any justice, his new film In the House will change that. It's a witty, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Almodóvar comedy boasts the director's best opening ever in his native country (in euros) I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros , the Pedro Almodóvar airplane-set comedy, had the biggest Spanish debut weekend ever for an Almodóvar film -- in terms of box-office receipts (in euros), though apparently not in actual number of movie tickets sold. Distributed by Spanish branch of Warner Bros., the comedy raked in $2.5 million at 298 venues this past weekend (March 8 - 10), thus trailing only -- and by a very small margin -- the Disney-distributed, Sam Raimi-directed Oz the Great and Powerful, which earned $2.61 million at 649 sites, as per box-office numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above: I'm So Excited cast members.) Needless to say, the per-theater average for Almodovar's latest -- despite a number of negative reviews in the Spanish media -- was much higher than the one for the $200 million-budgeted Hollywood flick starring James Franco: $8,415 vs. »
- Zac Gille
for discussion fun
Tootsie, one of the inarguably great American comedies
"The Tuesday Top Ten will get more article-like soon," he said (again). "It really will." But it was so much fun to discuss the 1930s and the 1970s, which are arguably the two most respected decades (critically speaking) of American cinema. So how about a decade that gets no respect? The 1980s. The '80s are tough for me to feel discerning about because I lived through them and was a) young and b) just falling in love with the movies and c) just falling hard for the movies so how could the cinema possibly have been hitting its nadir? I still have inordinate fondness for movies that might more safely be called guilty pleasures like Yentl, Superman II, Splash, Return of the Jedi, Clue, and about half of the filmography of John Hughes... and so on. I even »
- NATHANIEL R
Total Film has the debut trailer for "I'm So Excited," which takes its American title from the Pointer Sisters track even though the original name "Los amantes pasajeros" is a clever wordplay on "The fleeting lovers" and "The passenger lovers". Imagine if the Spanish changed the title "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" into "Love The One You're With," right?
Anyway, this latest campfest from the director of "Bad Education" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" finds Almodóvar in French farce territory as he sets his story almost entirely aboard an airplane doomed to certain calamity. Those on board, including various heartsick passengers and an array of outrageous gay flight attendants should make for plenty of hilarious turbulence.
Be sure your seat »
- Max Evry
There are some directors whom I’m always willing to give the benefit of the doubt: Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Guillermo del Toro, Werner Herzog … and Pedro Almodovar. The Spanish filmmaker tends to vary the tone of his films, from the darker than dark films like Matador and The Skin I Live In, to the color-saturated comedies like Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown or Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down. Based on the new trailer, Almodovar’s latest film I’m So Excited looks like it’s one of the latter.
I’m So Excited is an ensemble piece set against a plane accident as various characters – stewards, stewardesses, passengers, and pilots – begin to confess their innermost secrets. But the new Spanish-language trailer makes it look much lighter than it sounds, with characters joining the Mile-High Club, stewards dancing to the titular song, and even cameos from »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After exploring significantly darker work with 2009's noir "Broken Embraces," and 2011's psychological horror film "The Skin I Live In," Pedro Almodovar appears to be pursuing a much more lighthearted tone for his next film, "I'm So Excited," as the just-released trailer shows. While the Spanish-only clip offers only a small glimpse of the film, the trailer's vibrant colors, sexual absurdity and loose, fast paced tone makes it clear that the film is more in line with Almodovar's early career melodramatic comedies, particularly "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!" The film follows the passengers and crew of an imminently doomed plane, as hysteria begins to take over the plane's interior. The trailer also gives brief glimpses of cameos from Almodovar regulars Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas against a significantly less star-studded cast than those found in his »
- Cameron Sinz
Pedro Almodóvar I’m So Excited trailer, with Miguel Ángel Silvestre Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming movie, I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, "passing lovers" and/or "passenger lovers") has a new and full trailer. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it’s in Spanish, without subtitles. (Please scroll down to check out the I’m So Excited trailer.) [Photo: Miguel Ángel Silvestre in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.] But don’t feel bad if you don’t speak Spanish. After all, even Spanish speakers will likely have to pay close attention to the one-gazillion-words-a-minute dialogue — which would put James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Una Merkel, et al. to shame. I’m So Excited plot I’m So Excited is set on an airplane flying from Spain to Mexico City. If the trailer is any indication, the plane in question has many more staff members than passengers. Perhaps not such a bad thing, considering »
- Andre Soares
If Pedro Almodovar needed to do something lighter after "The Skin I Live In," and perhaps a movie not as layered as "Broken Embraces," we understand. And indeed, he's gone and knocked out a movie closer in spirit to his more anarchic early work ("Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown" is said to be a comparison point), than his later projects. "I'm So Excited" is all big colors and bold music and a new trailer has arrived to serve up another little teaser. Featuring a huge ensemble cast, the comedy is set against a plane accident with various characters fearing for their lives and confessing their inner secrets. But obviously it's much more lighthearted than that, in a movie that looks like it won't be pausing for a moment to take a breath. This latest Spanish language spot offers a compelling tease and very, very quick looks at Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fernando Guillén dies: Pedro Almodóvar Collaborator, Goya Award winner for Don Juan in Hell Fernando Guillén, a Spanish acting legend whose film, stage, and television career spanned close to six decades, died of cancer earlier today at a Madrid hospital. The Barcelona-born Guillén was 81 according to the daily El Mundo. (As per the IMDb, he was 80; born on Nov. 22, 1932.) Curiously, Fernando Guillén became more active in Spanish cinema in the last three decades. Among his movies are three directed by Pedro Almodóvar: Law of the Desire (1987), in which Guillén plays the police investigator; the Academy Award-nominated Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), as Carmen Maura’s jerk ex-boyfriend; and the Oscar-winning All About My Mother (1999), as the Doctor featured in the play A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marisa Paredes as Blanche DuBois. (Correction: Penélope Cruz’s father is played by Fernando Fernán Gómez.) [Photo: Fernando Guillén.] Other Guillén movies include »
- Andre Soares
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