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Happy birthday to Pat Metheny (born August 12, 1954), one of the few jazz superstars of the past four decades to combine commercial success and critical plaudits. After paying his dues in Gary Burton's band (which he joined at age 19), Metheny put out his first album in 1976 and by the time of his third release two years later was gaining crossover radio play. Though the style of his eponymous band was smooth and tuneful, Metheny had a firm basis in jazz and straight-ahead guitarist gods such as Jim Hall (with whom he eventually recorded a fine duo album).
With success came the challenge of avoiding complacency, which Metheny has met masterfully with a wide-ranging series of albums in a variety of stylistic bags, from atonal skronk to mellow Brazilian, from thorny Ornette Coleman covers to mercurial bebop. Along the way he has lent his prestige to both respected elders (Hall, Burton, Coleman, »
Writer-director Shaun Monsoon.s Unity explores the themes of love, tragedy and hope as it examines humanity.s impact on the world.
The cast of 100 narrators includes Ellen DeGeneres, Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Aniston, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Spacey, Helen Mirren, Amanda Seyfried, Rose Byrne, Minnie Driver, Missy Higgins, Moby, Olivia Wilde, Phil Donahue, Portia de Rossi and Susan Sarandon.
Mushroom Distribution has booked 21 cinemas and the limited season begins on August 12 in a simultaneous worldwide release.
The venues include the Jam Factory, Cinema Nova and Rivoli in Melbourne; Event Cinemas George Street, Palace Cinemas Leichardt and the Chauvel in Sydney; Palace Centro in Brisbane; Palace East End in Adelaide; and Cinema Paradiso in Perth. A New Zealand season will follow.
Mushroom.s Kate Gudinski decided to buy the rights for »
- Don Groves
To mark the release of La Grande Bouffe on 17th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Cinema Paradiso) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves
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Tootsie, The Godfather, A Woman Under the Influence, Cinema Paradiso, To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie Hall and Boogie Nights make the top ten in a new poll of actors asked to name the best movies of all time. Writing for the Daily Beast, Nick Schager argues that "there may be no greater pairing" of director and actor right now than that of Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss. Also in today's roundup: Tom Cruise Week at Grantland, Christopher Nolan new short on Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay, a Vittorio De Sica season, the latest on what Richard Linklater's up to—and more. » - David Hudson »
Legendary composer Ennio Morricone is set to do the score for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," marking his return to the genre after four decades away from a sound he made iconic in Sergio Leone's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "A Fistful of Dollars"
Morricone has worked on such famous films as "The Untouchables," "The Thing," "The Mission," "In the Line of Fire," "Cinema Paradiso," "Days of Heaven," "Bugsy" "Disclosure" and "Casualties of War". He previously worked with Tarantino on "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained".
The revelation was just one of a number of reveals during the Hall H panel at Comic Con for the new Tarantino film. Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all on hand to show off seven minutes of footage from the film and talk about the new film's presentation. »
- Garth Franklin
Stars: Franco Nero, Kristina Klebe, Natalie Burn, Dragan Micanovic, Miodrag Krstovic, Slobodan Stefanovic, Sofija Rajovic, Zorana Kostic Obradovic, Jelena Rakocevic, Janko Cekic | Written by Marko Backovic, Barry Keating, Milan Konjevic | Directed by Milan Todorovic
Serbian director Milan Todorovic, who helmed the direct-to-dvd Ken Foree starrer Apocalyse of the Dead (aka Zone of the Dead), returns to the horror genre with Killer Mermaids, which follows two friends Kelly (Klebe) and Lucy (Burn) who travel into the depths of Montenegro to visit an old friend.
While there, they decide to explore an abandoned military fortress located on a remote island. As the summer sun quickly sets, the dark mystery of the night envelopes the girls as they realise they are not alone. There are secrets which must be protected and an evil darkness hidden beneath the island. Awaking the mythical terror, dawn may never come for the two girls who realise they »
- Phil Wheat
"Cinema Paradiso" and "Malena" director Giuseppe Tornatore is turning the camera toward one of the greatest cinematic composers of all time. He'll be helming a documentary about the legendary Ennio Morricone. But this won't just be a straight talking-head affair, as the movie will also feature a narrative piece as well that "will reconstruct key moments, anecdotes, and situations which have been essential steps of the artistic and personal path that Morricone’s life has taken." Filming will begin in August. [Deadline] Read More: Trailer For Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer'. The brewing project "A United Kingdom" with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike now has a director. "Belle" helmer Amma Asante will film this tale that "tells the true story of Seretse Khama, a member of the royal family in the country of Bechuanaland, a former English colony and south African nation that would one day become Botswana, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Mandragora Group (Beyond The Hills) and Piano B Produzioni are teaming with helmer Giuseppe Tornatore for a documentary feature based on the life and work of legendary composer Ennio Morricone. Bobby Păunescu, Dragoṣ Săvulescu, George Shu and Serena Menarini are producing. Principal photography starts in August. Tornatore first collaborated with Morricone on Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso. He is shooting interviews for the doc in several locales and filming a… »
MK2, the Paris-based arthouse exhibition and sales company, is ramping up its alternative moviegoing projects with the second edition of Cinema Paradiso.
Created and spearheaded by MK2 Agency’s boss Elisha Karmitz, Cinema Paradiso is an 11-day festival dedicated to movies, food and clubbing housed at the Grande Palais, one of Paris’ most prestigious venues. For the occasion, the Grand Palais will be transformed with two 2,000-seat theaters featuring front-row beds, France’s biggest nightclub, a bowling alley and a restaurant. Karmitz, who started his career in the music industry, has secured a strong lineup of DJs and musicians such as Breakbot.
Cinema Paradiso has also attracted Chanel as a sponsor. The fashion house will customize the bowling alley inside »
- Elsa Keslassy
Here's a nifty way to get audiences back in movie theaters that actually works: build one underground. The Underground Film Club will host a series of screenings at Charing Cross, the abandoned tube station where big action set pieces for Bond films including "Skyfall" and "Die Another Day" unfolded. Moviegoing Londoners will be treated to subterranean viewings of "Blade Runner," "Some Like It Hot," "Strangers on a Train," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Casablanca," "Cinema Paradiso" and "Paddington," which also shot in the station, closed since 1999. Supported by the British Film Institute and organized by Rooftop Film Club, the pop-up cinema heralds London's upcoming all-night tube service expected to begin on September 12. Other events include behind-the-scenes tours and a photography exhibit at Westminster station. Check out a gallery of photos inside the theater here, and more from Mashable »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been striding the streets of Edinburgh this week for a new film shooting on location from Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, who made the classic Cinema Paradiso, for which he won an Academy Award.
Irons plays an astrophysics professor in The Correspondence, which is being filmed in Edinburgh as well as on San Giulio Island in the Piemont region of Italy, and Trentino Alto Adige and parts of England.
The film centres on Irons’ relationship with his student, Amy (Olga Kurylenko) . Her character is also a stuntwoman for television and cinema whose action scenes always end with the death of her fictional character, a choice imposed by her attempt to sublimate strong guilt-feelings. The relationship with her professor will "help her to find her lost existential balance,” according to the production notes.
When the film »
- Richard Mowe
In Italy, where local movies are increasingly sagging at the box office, Arturo Paglia and Isabella Cocuzza represent something new -— young producers scoring solid returns with movies that can travel. But even more impressive: They’re willing to risk their own money on the projects.
It’s a novel vision for Italy, where producers typically mount movies by assembling outside financing, and then pocket only peanuts beyond a producer’s fee.
Latest in the pipeline of Paglia and Cocuzza’s Rome-based Paco Cinematografica single is Giuseppe Tornatore’s English-language cross-generational romancer “The Correspondence,” toplining Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko, which started shooting March 30 in Northern Italy.
“Correspondence” marks the producers’ second English-lingo Tornatore pic, following “The Best Offer,” the 2013 thriller starring Geoffrey Rush, which grossed $13 million in Italy via Warner Bros. and was sold globally by uMedia. “Offer” repped a major comeback for the “Cinema Paradiso” helmer, whose misguided »
- Nick Vivarelli
Don't be alarmed if you feel a little lost during the early scenes of the somber new gangster film Black Souls. Director Francesco Munzi lets his tragic narrative unfold gradually and subtly, like a neo-neorealist take on The Godfather. There's a good reason for this: He wants to show us his individual characters — all members of the Carbone family – in their different environments. And at first, this isn't quite the Mafia we recognize from movies. There's a mundane quality to this business: We see Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta), the boss, getting cash from his bankers so he can pay his men (many of whom, we may notice, have Middle Eastern names); we see his loose-cannon brother Luigi (strong-jawed Marco Leonardi — who was once the fresh-faced teenage Toto in Cinema Paradiso) negotiating some kind of deal with a group of Spaniards; we see Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane), the oldest, who wants »
- Bilge Ebiri
Now I Lay Me Down to Kill: Munzi’s Enjoyably Reserved Mafia Film
Premiering last fall at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, where it picked up a handful of prizes, Francesco Munzi’s third film, Black Souls, is a deliberately paced examination of familiar mafia standards. Based on a novel by Giacchino Criaco, it’s bound to be compared (and perhaps exist within the shadow of) Matteo Garrone’s highly celebrated 2008 feature, Gomorrah. But Munzi’s film is equally convincing, lending an austere sense of realism to what otherwise plays like a classic theatrical tragedy of three brothers at odds, locked in opposition and contention with the heavy baggage of their lineage. Light on dialogue and heavy on brooding characters marinating in their own mistrust or disdain of one another, it’s a successfully engaging film, but despite an enjoyably dire finale, isn’t as memorable as some modern comparative material. »
- Nicholas Bell
Rome — Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s 1971 foreign-language film Oscar winner “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” will be reissued in a digitally restored print funded by Italian fashion label Antony Morato in collaboration with Italo state film entity Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and Vogue magazine, which are world-preeming the fresh version in Rome with an international launch to follow.
Restoration of the “Finzi-Continis” film, which is based on Giorgio Bassani’s largely autobiographical novel about an aristocratic Jewish family in the beautiful Italian town of Ferrara prior to their deportation to Nazi death camps, marks the latest instance of the film and fashion worlds intersecting. A glitzy March 25 gala at Rome’s Casa del Cinema will be attended among others by De Sica family members, by actor Lino Capolicchio — who starred in the film, which also featured Dominique Sanda — and by Vogue Italy editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani.
Screenings of the Italo »
- Nick Vivarelli
Johanna Bennett’s and Mandy Ward’s third annual celebration of first time filmmakers concluded on March 9 with a tribute to no one other than Harvey Weinstein. The festival, one that puts forth newly formed filmmakers with the audience they deserve, makes sure that all aspects of filmmaking are met and that the aspiring filmmakers know what to do with their next film. Weinstein, of the famed The Weinstein Company, along with his brother Bob, has shown himself over the years to have supported first time filmmakers when no one else would. And his trust in these filmmakers have only proven themselves to be some of today’s best directors, writers, actors, and more.
In many ways, Weinstein’s support of such filmmakers has created them. Quentin Tarantino would not be a household name had Weinstein not decided to produce Reservoir Dogs, the same goes for Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, »
- Catherina Gioino
At the closing night awards ceremony, First Time Fest co-founders Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward honoured Harvey Weinstein for his distinguished career and support of first-time filmmakers. The 400 Blows by François Truffaut and Kurt Vonnegut's book Cat's Cradle influenced him when he went on to distribute Cinema Paradiso. Federico Fellini and Philippe de Broca's Jean-Paul Belmondo movies That Man From Rio and Cartouche were a part of his cinema education growing up in Queens, New York, which may have equipped him for his relationship with Quentin Tarantino.
Previously fêted for their commitment to cinema were Darren Aronofsky, by Martin Scorsese, and Julie Taymor. While waiting for Harvey's arrival, I joined Gay Talese and Tony Bennett for a lively conversation on movies, the demise of burlesque and tennis »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
A director and a producer in Iraqi Kurdistan battle the odds to make a feature about Saddam Hussein’s Al Anfal massacre in “Memories on Stone,” a dark tale of an inescapable past told with expected dollops of absurdist humor. Presumably full of semi-autobiographical touches, the film fits snugly into director Shawkat Amin Korki’s body of work (“Kick Off,” “Crossing the Dust”) and the long line of pics dealing with the social and personal pressures of making a relevant movie. “Memories” has been picking up awards (Abu Dhabi, Unesco), and while weak on character development, it will continue to find hospitable fest berths.
A “Cinema Paradiso”-style prologue shows young Hussein (Birhat Hussein) visiting his projectionist father (Kamiran Betasl) during a screening of “Yol” (the art department adds a nice cinephile flourish with a “Mogambo” poster in the booth). Soldiers storm the theater saying the film is forbidden, beating »
- Jay Weissberg
Exclusive- Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) has joined the previously announced Jeremy Irons in Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore’s romantic drama The Correspondence. The film, set to shoot this spring in the UK and Italy, follows the love affair between a professor and a younger woman working in the same field. The project re-teams the Academy Award-winning Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) with production company Paco Cinematografica, distributor-producer Warner Bros'… »
Valentine.s Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate this most sacred of romantic holidays we have a supercut that has been created to feature an array of kisses from over 100 movies. You can watch the clip to get in the mood for Valentines below. Can you feel the love? Movieclips. montage is a rather delightful homage to some of the most romantic moments in cinematic history. My personal favorites include little tip of the hats to Gone With The Wind, American Beauty and Arsenic And Old Lace. I mean, who doesn.t love seeing Cary Grant having a kiss? However, they all actually pale in comparison to Cinema Paradiso.s mesmeric kissing montage - which is poignant enough to make even the most heart-broken soul believe in love again. Check it out here. Warning, you.ll almost certainly start to weep while watching it though. Movieclips didn »
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