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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
Cat People in Spotlight
In Moscow, the world’s only cat theater has reopened following a year-long closure for renovation. Founded by clown Yuri Kuklachev and run with his son Dmitry, the troupe has a cast of 120 cats and four dogs. Among the cats’ specialties are shimmying along poles, leaping from clown to clown and spinning balls. Performances include “The Ice Fantasy,” “Boris the Cat’s” Olympic Games and “Cats of the Universe.” Some animal-rights activists have protested.
Pinewood in Song Link
Pinewood Shepperton has entered into a 50-50 agreement with Seven Stars Media for a new entity, Song Lin. Bruno Wu, chairman-ceo of Seven Stars, said the goal is to create co-production opportunities for Chinese producers, export Chinese film and TV overseas, and improve production standards. Pinewood will provide expertise and limited capital .
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Beijing Fest Expands
- Variety Staff
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
So. Not only were there two Bored to Death alumni in Parks’ triumphant return to our screens (alright, Jenny Slate was only in a few episodes, whatever), but Leslie Knope referenced Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Guiseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso, and Kurosawa’s Rashomon, as well as a Michael Bay burn – how I haven’t given this episode five stars based on that alone is madness. And the swagger-rific whipped cream on this already classic Leslie Knope sundae? A double dose of Jean-Ralphio and his twin sister, Mona Lisa Sapperstein. The siblings singing and swinging stylings were enough to make my night, but on top of that there were truly great lines from just about every character, even Jerry. There was Ann’s awkward phone message and Jerry impersonation, April’s comment that Anne’s nursing career is equivalent to that of a janitor, Chris »
- Joseph Kratzer
Keeping track of Kevin Smith’s career trajectory has proven difficult in the last couple of years. Since 2011, he’s gone from naming his hockey film, Hit Somebody, as his final cinematic effort, to splitting that picture into two parts, to remolding it as a TV mini-series and identifying Clerks 3 as his retirement project instead.
Despite his bouts of indecision, he appears to be following through on his word this time and starting work on a script treatment for the latter production.
The news comes courtesy of a post on Smith’s own Facebook Timeline, which features an image of the screenplay’s title page as well as an enthusiastic message from the comic book man declaring Clerks 3 as, “the best movie I’ll ever make.” Little else is known about the details of the film, though ...
- Andrew Crump
Fresh from the announcement that Clerks 3 would no longer be a Broadway play, but instead would become his final film as a director — followed thereupon by a counter-announcement that Clerks 3 would be a book first, then a movie — geek overlord Kevin Smith has once again made a mockery of the whole notion of Announcing Things by posting an image of what appears to the title page of the Clerks 3 screenplay.
The image was posted to Smith’s Facebook page, with an accompanying note:
The Beginning Of The End
20 years ago today, we started shooting Clerks.
20 years later, with no plan or provocation, »
- Darren Franich
Review by Sam Moffitt
I love silent films! I have to say that from the beginning I have been fascinated with the silent years of film making. When I was growing up in the St. Louis area in the sixties there was a syndicated show called Who’s The Funnyman? Hosted by Cliff Norton this was a kid’s show which presented silent slapstick comedies, Hal Roach, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Harold Lloyd, The Keystone Cops. These were short versions, cut to fit a Saturday morning time slot and with voice over by Mr. Norton. He would always introduce the films as a record of his family members, cousins, uncles, brothers, sisters, and describe the predicaments we could see being acted out on camera.
How I loved that show! It made me want to see the complete films, I could tell they had been edited just as Channel »
- Tom Stockman
If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's going to happen when you take a cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, that mostly seems as though they don't belong on the same planet, let alone in the same film, stick them in a pointlessly convoluted plot that's ludicrously unbelievable from start to finish, and drench the whole lot in a hysterically screechy score from Ennio Morricone. The resulting film is such a campy mess that for a while it's possible to see it having some sort of life as a kitsch cultish artifact, like an overplotted TV movie from the eighties. But then it goes on for an interminable 124 minutes, »
- Jessica Kiang
A tenuous art-scam/romance/thriller storyline is fatally undermined by rusty dialogue in Giuseppe Tornatore's latest, screened at the Berlin film festival
Bloodied but unbowed by the reception to his last film Baarìa – at least in these quarters – Giuseppe Tornatore is back, once again seeking to trap some ever-more elusive lightning in a bottle, as he did all those years ago with Cinema Paradiso. This time he's come up with a convoluted English-language art-scam/romance/thriller that sad to say, doesn't really work: the whole thing is as stiff and rigid as Geoffrey Rush's marcelled 'do.
Rush plays a lonely high-end auction-house proprietor called Virgil Oldman who leads one of those sinuously classy lifestyles you only see in the movies: fine wines, spotless tablecloths, servile waiters, and where shop assistants say "Excellent choice, sir!" without a trace of sarcasm. While Oldman is an accepted authority as an authenticator of all forms of antiquity, »
- Andrew Pulver
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech) and Emily Watson (War Horse) will star in an adaptation of The Book Thief at Fox 2000. The best-selling novel, written by Markus Zusak, is set in Germany during World War II.
French-Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lahzar) will make her English-language debut as the central character, Liesel Meminger, who witnesses the horrors of Nazi Germany while living with her foster parents, the Hubermanns (Rush and Watson). She arrives with a stolen book and begins collecting others, learning to read while the Hubermanns harbor a Jewish refugee called Max in their cellar.
The drama, which is being directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey), also stars Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town) and Nico Liersch. Karen Rosenfelt and Ken Blancato are producing, and the film is set to begin shooting later this month in Berlin.
Rush recently starred in the European drama The Best Offer, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore »
Holy Motors, 2012.
Written and Directed by Leos Carax.
A day in the life of Monsieur Oscar (Lavant), a man travelling in his limousine to a string of 'appointments' where, in each, he takes on a new identity and agenda.
One of the leading film critics, André Bazin, titled a series of essays “What is cinema?” (“Qu’est-ce que le cinema?); it was, and still is, a question of great debate and discussion. Often, when looking at the meaning of film the subject itself becomes introspective. From the glitzy, comic reflections of Singin’ in the Rain, to the topic of the viewer in Cinema Paradiso, or the surreal machinations of narrative and characterisation in Holy Motors – cinema continually draws attention to its own workings and effects.
Today we have the trailer for "The Best Offer," starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks. Check it out below. Plot: A simple story of a solitary, cultured man, no longer young, whose reluctance to engage with others is equal only to the obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of art expert and auctioneer. Requested to handle the discharge of the artistic wealth of an old building, the antiques dealer finds himself in the middle of a passion that will change his existence forever. The new movie is directed by Italian helmer Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) and was already released in Italy earlier this month. Sony Classics has now acquired it for Us distribution and will appear at the Berlin Film Festival next month. Trailer: »
Thanks to Rome-based production company Paco Cinematografica it’s now foreign films’ turn: we have our first look at The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta) trailer in English.
Brought to the screen by the acclaimed Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), an English-language affair stars Geoffrey Rush, with Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks as the supporting cast.
Shot all over northern Italy, Vienna and Prague this dead-serious fairy tale is worth watching for Rush’s ‘sensitive, never pandering performance as an effete master auctioneer who gradually discovers he has a heart’ and becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art (Hoeks).
The film was released in theaters on January 1st in Italy and talks for U.S. distribution with Sony Classics are in the advanced stages. The Best Offer will have a special gala screening at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival next month.
For now, »
- Nick Martin
Our daily countdown continues, with part nine out of 30 in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 220-211.
216) The 10 Commandments (1956) Cecil B. DeMille USA
214) The Miracle Of Morgan Creek (1944) Preston Sturges USA
212) Ran (1985) Akira Kurasawa Japan
Numbers 210-200 coming next.
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- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The very promising first international trailer surfaced late last year, and Warner Bros. have recently released a new clip – in the dubbed Italian language – for us to enjoy. And even though I can’t understand what’s being said, I still really want to see this film.
“Virgil Oldman (Geoffrey Rush) is an eccentric genius, art expert, known and appreciated all over the world. His life runs away from feelings, until a mysterious woman (Sylvia Hoeks) invites him to his villa to make an assessment. It will be the beginning of a relationship that will change for his life forever.”
- Kenji Lloyd
15 items from 2013
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