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What do we know about the new Miramax, which has finally closed its $660 million deal to separate from previous owner Disney? What's left of the company the Weinsteins left behind when they left Disney five years ago? The old offices and staff are gone. It's basically a library (My Left Foot, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Chicago, The Crying Game, The Piano, sex, lies and videotape, Clerks among the 700 titles--check out this montage), with several outstanding movies, such as Guillermo del Toro's production Don't be Afraid of the Dark and John Madden's The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, still to be sold to distributors (I hear Focus will release it). The new CEO of the company owned by »
Movie lovers still rave about "Pulp Fiction" and "My Left Foot" -- but after a year on the auction block, does anybody still care about the studio that produced them? One group that hopes the answer is a rounding yes is the Ron Tutor-led consortium that snapped up Miramax, the indie label behind those classic films, from Disney this month. No one is more familiar with the challenges facing Miramax than its new CEO Michael Lang. His mission -- make Tutor’s $660 million bauble pay. Lang is a digital veteran and a former News »
- Brent Lang
'Albert Nobbs' will see Glenn Close and Janet McTeer (Into the Storm) joined by a host of Irish and International talent in the form of Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (The Tudors). The feature has already sold to 13 territories around the world. »
Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives) and written by Glenn Close (who also produces and stars in) and John Banville (The Sea), the film will centre around Glenn Close’s title character – a woman in 19th century Ireland who disguises herself as a man in order to survive and work but whose deception leads her to an unusual love triangle.
19th century Ireland: a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years - 'he' is a woman who »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
See Photos - Top Irish hunks over 50 photo gallery See Liam Neeson's profile See Bill Maher's profile See Bono's Profile People Magazine just released their top hunks over 50 so Irish Central decided to follow suit with our own list of Hibernian Hotties just in time for Thanksgiving. Here they are: Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Day-Lewis, 53, became an Irish citizen in 1993 and is best known for his Oscar winning roles are “My Left Foot” and “There Will Be Blood”. In 2009 he demonstrated that even in his fifties he was still hot stuff, while starring opposite a string of beautiful women, including Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson and Penelope Cruz in “Nine”. Years after his breakthrough role as Christy Brown he continues to impress Hollywood with his good looks, talent and Irish charm. It has just been announced that he is set to star as Abraham Lincoln in a new movie by Steven Spielberg. »
Daniel Day-Lewis, who won Best Actor Oscars for his roles in “My Left Foot” and “There Will Be Blood”, will star as Abraham Lincoln in DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln”. Oh, and “Lincoln” will be directed by a guy named Steven Spielberg, you may have heard of him, he’s kind of a big deal. “Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film, or even some time in cinema’s distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with ‘Lincoln,’” said Steven Spielberg. “Throughout his career, he has been exceptionally selective in his choice of material,” added Stacey Snider, “which makes us feel even more fortunate that he has chosen to join with us for ‘Lincoln.’” For years Spielberg’s choice to play Lincoln was Liam Neeson. Neeson is a nice actor, »
- Brent McKnight
On Friday, DreamWorks announced that two-time Oscar champ Daniel Day-Lewis ("My Left Foot," "There Will Be Blood") will play the 16th American president in Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic "Lincoln." The film is slated to start shooting in the fall of 2011 and be released through Disney’s Touchstone in the fall of 2012. At one point, it had been rumored that Liam Neeson -- Spielberg's leading man from the 1993 Best Picture winner "Schindler's List" -- would play the fallen leader. Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner ("Angels in America") has adapted Doris Kearn Goodwin's 2005 bestseller "Team of Rivals." The talented scribe was a 2005 adapted screenplay Oscar nominee along with Eric Roth for their work on Spielberg's Best Picture nominee "Munich." As per the press release, "the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his »
In these troubled times, our nation cries out for a legendary leader to return America to greatness.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that leader has finally been found — and it’s Daniel Day-Lewis.
Dust off your top hats and start splitting some rails, because the Oscar-winning actor behind such films as “There Will Be Blood” and “My Left Foot” has inked a deal with DreamWorks to play none other than President Abraham Lincoln in the long-awaited biopic of the Great Emancipator from equally legendary director Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg, of course, has been working on this thing for seemingly four score and seven years; when we last checked in, Liam Neeson was the rumored star. But it seems as though things are finally moving forward for the often stalled production, because while Day-Lewis may not quite have Honest Abe’s stature (he clocks in at a shade over »
- Scott Harris
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John Curran's Stone (113 screens) opened early in October in limited release, undoubtedly with a plan to roll it out to more theaters as Oscar buzz built. Unfortunately, critics did not nibble -- it has a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes -- and it looks as if no such buzz will be coming. I found the film rich and fascinating with many layers of ideas worth unpacking. But looking at some of the negative comments, it appears that most critics got stuck during the film's first ten minutes and never recovered.
That ten minutes can be crucial to a film. The director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America, etc.) once told me something fascinating that I try to remember each time I sit down to a film. He said that audiences (critics included) tend to judge an entire film based on things they hear during the first reel. »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Instead of February 18, 2011 the film will be released later in 2011.
The producers require additional footage to complete the movie, but that lead actor Daniel Craig isn’t available for filming until December.
Check out Dream House synopsis: “The film tells the story of a successful publisher (Daniel Craig) who quits a job in New York City to relocate his wife (Rachel Weisz) and two daughters to a quaint New England town. »
Jim Sheridan’s (My Left Foot, Brothers) thriller Dream House (which stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts) was scheduled to open on February 18, 2011. However, due to Universal and Sheridan wanting to do some reshoots, the film has been delayed until later in 2011. While everyone would love to film the reshoots immediately and make their release date, Craig is busy shooting David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and won’t have a break in filming until the first two weeks of December. With such a short time between the reshoots and the release date, the studio has decided to postpone the film until later in the year. According to Variety, “Sheridan will lens the additional footage with the entire cast in Toronto, where Dream House was shot earlier this year.”
The one thing the studio and the filmmakers have going for them is they have yet »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
One of these things is not like the others...
Ifta (Independent Film and Television Alliance) has placidly posted their top 30 independent films of the last thirty years, and their rankings have the blogosphere riled.
The films (which will be screened in the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood) are listed as they appear on Ifta’s site below.
” The Most Significant Independent Films from each of the past three decades follows:
1981-1990: Amadeus, Blue Velvet, Dances With Wolves, Das Boot (The Boat), Gandhi, My Left Foot, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Sex, Lies and Videotape, The Terminator (Honorary mentions: The Killing Fields, The Last Emperor, The Toxic Avenger)
1991-2000: Braveheart, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Fargo, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Life is Beautiful, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, The Silence of the Lambs, The Usual Suspects, Where the Day Takes You (Honorary mentions: Basic Instinct, Good Will Hunting, Trainspotting)
20001-2010: Brokeback Mountain, »
- Kristy Puchko
The Independent Film & Television Alliance marks its 30th anniversary by selecting what it considers the "30 Most Significant Independent Films" of the past three decades. The choices were made by Ifta's 27-member board of directors. But they take on a toxic sheen in my opinion with the inclusion of an honorable mention for The Toxic Avenger, which was directed by Ifta head Lloyd Kaufman (and Troma Films impresario) under the pseudonym Samuel Weill. American Cinematheque and Ifta are scheduling screenings of the top indie films, beginning September 29th with My Left Foot, followed with a Q&A featuring the film's director, Jim Sheridan. Now, My Left Foot was certainly a milestone game-changing indie and a tour de force by Daniel Day-Lewis. And I was liking some of the choices on the Ifta list, even though films like Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, and Inglourious Basterds strain the definition of independent. »
- MIKE FLEMING
To mark its 30th anniversary, the Independent Film & Television Alliance has selected the 30 "most significant independent films" of the past three decades.
"From Oscar winners to controversial and visionary game changers, independent films have shaped and defined the film industry and popular culture over the last 30 years," Ifta chairman Lloyd Kaufman said.
Films chosen in each decade include:
1991-2000: "Braveheart," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Fargo," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Life Is Beautiful," "Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Usual Suspects" and "Where the Day Takes You."
- By Carl DiOrio
There are Oscar bait roles that work and lord, there are Oscar bait roles that are embarrassingly bad. Playing someone with a handicap has always moved the Academy and usually audiences, but for an actor looking for a challenging part, even the greatest thespians can fall flat on their face. For every Daniel Day-Lewis in "My Left Foot" there are a number of unfortunate turns that will easily come to the top of your head (Ben Stiller did a wonderful job mocking them in "Tropic Thunder"). What's so impressive about Colin Firth's turn in the new Tom Hooper drama "The King's »
Filmbase Training is planning its busiest autumn ever: launching several brand new courses and hosting talks and seminars with industry experts from home and abroad. After building on six years of success as an Apple Training Centre, Filmbase has also recently added several Adobe Certified Courses to their range of professional industry training. The upcoming speakers and tutors include make up artist Terri Pinnell (Portrait of a Zombie), actor Hugh O'Conor (My Left Foot), casting director Thyrza Ging (Savage) and directors Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul) and Sonya Gildea (Bua). Filmbase can now deliver Adobe courses taught by certified trainers in all the applications of the Adobe Creative Suite. Similar to the Apple courses, students will have the opportunity to sit exams and upgrade their credentials by becoming Adobe Certified Experts. »
Miramax is to be sold to a group of private investors in a move that ends a 17-year association with Walt Disney and completes a lengthy bidding process.
Disney is offloading the studio to focus on its more family-oriented brands including Pixar and Marvel.
Robert Iger, Disney's president and chief executive, said: "Although we are very proud of Miramax's many accomplishments, our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands.
"We are delighted that we have found a home »
- David Bentley
Indie Movies Online is a brand new UK based movie-on-demand website that offers hundreds of great films to watch at high quality online, legally and for free. There is literally something for everyone, and many gems to be found.
All types of movie are represented including thrillers, sci-fi, comedies and slick Us horrors and more. New and classic films are added all the time. Expect to find titles like: Allegro, Baise Moi, The Boss of it All, Brothers, Chopper, Choking Man, Dark Star, Evil Aliens, Funny Ha Ha, George Washington, HurlyBurly, King of New York, Kontakt, Love is the Devil, Millennium, Mirror Maze, Mutual Appreciation, My Left Foot, Old Joy, The Pleasure of Being Robbed and Reprise.
There are also stacks of quality documentaries including: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese, Crass: there’s no Authority but Yourself, Sympathy for the Devil, Word Wars, The Cutting Edge, Room 2017 and many more. »
"Our challenge is that most people don't think of Arabs as funny or warm or capable of laughing at themselves," said standup comic Dean Obeidallah, who is a co-producer and co-founder of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, whose seventh annual installment runs through May 9 at 3Ld Art & Technology Center in New York. Arab comics are not a new phenomenon—the late Danny Thomas was born Muzyad Yakhoob to Lebanese immigrants in Michigan—though their presence is not widely known of in the culture at large, said Obeidallah. Indeed, Obeidallah was a standup comic for close to seven years prior to the festival's inception. But in the wake of Sept. 11, he felt a sense of urgency, not simply on his own behalf but "to show Arabs to Americans in a different light." The festival has been a way to combat stereotypes and humanize the image of Arabs, as well »
Five For Fighting once said in their song “Superman” that “even heroes have a right to bleed.” Kick-Ass, the latest blockbuster to be adapted from a comic book, takes the essence of this incredibly powerful ballad and runs with it. The main title character (played by Aaron Johnson) is a homemade costumed vigilante inspired by the characters of his comic books (“even heroes have the right to dream.”) But unlike the Spider-Mans and Batmans of his imagination, Kick-Ass experiences a whole world of pain while fighting for justice.
Yesterday, I sat down with Aaron Johnson at Chicago’s wonderful Four Seasons hotel to discuss the kind of violence portrayed in the film, what it »
- Nick Allen
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