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Lisa Allardice continues our writers' favourite films series with the sparkling escapist fantasy that can dispel any hint of the 'mean reds'
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To admit that Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of your favourite films, these days, is to out yourself as the emotional and intellectual equivalent of a cupcake. The iconography of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly has become as neatly packaged and commodified as a duck-egg blue Tiffany's box – a world away from Capote's booze-and-nicotine-fuelled 1958 original. A revisionist feminist take on Breakfast at Tiffany's would be as unconvincing and ill-advised as Mickey Rooney playing the Japanese Mr Yunioshi – there's no getting away from the fact (although Hollywood tried) that Holly takes money "for the powder room", and that she is in many ways the creation of a series of Svengali-like men. »
- Lisa Allardice
Last weekend Young Adult opened on 8 screens with a solid $40k per screen average. Today it expands to theaters nationwide. I recently attended a press junket for the film written by Diablo Cody & directed by Jason Reitman. Below are the highlights from the press conference with Diablo Cody, Charlize Therom & Patton Oswalt. (Check out highlights from the Jason Reitman press conference right Here)
Diablo Cody on Ya novels: Well, I.ve been an avid consumer of young adult literature since I was one. And I think some people leave that stuff behind when they become old adults, but I never did. And I was always interested in the fantasy world created in those novels, and that I think is the kind of thing we see reflected in pop culture more now than ever, with reality shows and these weird, fully made-up people living these fake fairytale lives on camera. And »
- Jerry Cavallaro
Brad Pitt, who received a SAG Award nomination for Best Actor today, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. This is for his performance in "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life."
Here's the complete press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, CA (December 14, 2011) . The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present two-time Academy Award® nominee Brad Pitt with the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in Moneyball and his supporting role in The Tree of Life. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams.
.Brad Pitt consistently mesmerizes audiences with the depth and versatility of his performances. He has »
Ever since Ridley Scott announced his upcoming sci-fi epic "Prometheus," fans have been scrambling for scraps of information, trying to learn all they can about the movie that may or may not be a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic "Alien."
You can finally relax, because thanks to our brand-new guide, the whole world is about to be clued in on Everything We Know About "Prometheus" So Far. It may not quite be the gift of fire, but trust us: When it comes to movies, this is the next best thing.
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Star Power: One thing "Prometheus" is definitely not lacking is star power, as arguably the hottest actor on the planet -- Michael Fassbender -- anchors an all-star lineup that includes international sensation Noomi Rapace as well as Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. Everybody in Hollywood would jump at the chance to work with Scott »
- Scott Harris
Buddy movies and TV shows had always been the preserve of men – until New York cops Cagney and Lacey hit our screens in the 80s. Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, still friends and both starring in the West End, reminisce about changing the face of primetime TV
There was a period in her 20s when Tyne Daly was always cast as a victim. She had grown up in a theatrical family, dreamt of being a classical actor, as well as appearing on the musical stage, but her husband's acting and directing career led the couple to Hollywood with their baby daughter. "My time on television began, and I started playing victims," she says. "I did about 10 or 12 years of them, which gets old, right?" Her laughter echoes around the empty auditorium. A large, studded bird ring glints on her finger, and her eyes widen occasionally like a startled owl. She »
- Kira Cochrane
Sharon Stone was a big deal in the '90s thanks to Basic Instinct in 1992, but she's got a lower profile lately. She's been working very steadily, but it doesn't feel that way. I can't remember the last time I saw a memorable Stone performance. Probably either Broken Flowers ('05) or Alpha Dog ('06). Law & Order: Svu fans would probably point to her recurring role on that show. I don't know if anyone would point to Basic Instinct 2 ('06) even though the image above makes her appearance in that one look like a different version of the X-Men's Emma Frost. She might get more attention playing the mother of a porn star. Stone is now set to play the mother of Linda Lovelace (possibly played by Amanda Seyfried) in Lovelace. That's one of two Linda Lovelace films in development right now, and the one that will be directed by »
- Russ Fischer
Open with a cocky real estate agent is getting ready to sit under one of those bee-hive dryers. Having seen all of the Final Destination movies, I know exactly how this is gonna end. And sure enough…
Still on the run from the Leviathans, Dean wakes from his Castiel – Amy Pond wet dream nightmare in an empty motel room. Don’t you hate it when the person you’re sleeping next to sneaks out? But judging from his obvious reaction, he is used to it. He simply reaches for his coffee whiskey and computer. Welcome to my life, Dean!
Soon, Sam comes back from his run. I am going to start a petition that no Winchester brother should be allowed to work out if he is wearing clothes. 5 episodes into the season, and we haven’t seen even a single ab.
“When you were out playing Lance Armstrong, I was working”
Susan Sarandon's never been one to stay mum about politics—or other hot-button issues. But after referring to the pope as a Nazi, the outspoken actress has found herself in the hot seat. "She's a despicable person to make these kinds of despicable remarks," Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights tells E! News in response to Sarandon's smackdown of Pope Benedict XVI. So what led the Thelma and Louise beauty to diss the pontiff—not once but twice? During an interview with fellow actor and filmmaker Bob Balaban in the Hamptons Saturday, per Newsday, the actress mentioned she had sent the pontiff a copy of Sister Helen Prejean's Dead »
This year’s London Film Festival launched with a damp squib in the form of 360, Fernando Meirelles’ latest feature. How far Merielles seems now from City of God (2002). Set in Rio’s slums which force children to grow up fast, City of God was urgent, both socially and stylistically. Children taken from the street played roles which they knew all too well, and one particular scene of gun violence between children was heartbreaking and unforgettable.
360, by contrast, seems to have been inspired by two banal observations: first, in an age of easy international travel, there are a lot of opportunities for us to cross paths with people—so much so, everyone may be connected to everyone else. Hence the film’s title, though in truth the characters’ relationships do not form a circle: it is more a case of degrees »
- Alison Frank
Seems someone finally took our order for a "Footloose" remake, extra hot, hold the Bacon.
In a modern-day reimagining of the 1984 film, Wormald takes over the Kevin Bacon role of Ren McCormack, a rebellious city boy who moves to a podunk town where dancing and rock music are banned. Dennis Quaid costars as the reverend who doesn't like to cut loose so much, and Hough as the reverend's daughter with the shortest shorts this side of the "30-Second Film Festival."
1. Nice Tie. "It's Ariel, like 'The Little Mermaid' but bitchier."
2. Willard (Miles Teller) explains the town laws against dancing, skipping, whistling, humming quietly and eating corn-on-the-cob without a bib.
3. During this line dance the cast had to be told »
- Max Evry
Just last week, we brought you an interview with Damon Lindelof, writer of director Ridley Scott‘s hotly anticipated sci-fi epic, Prometheus. The film starring Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Patrick Wilson and Kate Dickie.
The film’s leading lady, Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) recently spoke with Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten about her character in Ridley Scott‘s forthcoming sci-fi flick. While she didn’t divulge any big story details, she does reveal the depth to which the characters in the film have been developed.
“I play Elizabeth Shaw, researcher and archaeologist. She’s British but was raised in Africa because her father was a missionary. From him she learned to believe in God, and she has a strong inner self.She is the most complete person I have ever played. She has an inner light. She’s very stubborn and determined. »
- Jason Moore
(All photos by: David Moir/The Weinstein Company)
Before going into the nuts and bolts of Abe Sylvia's gay-meets-skank coming of age road trip story titled Dirty Girl, I would like to call to your attention the wonder of Juno Temple. Some of you may recognize her. Some of you may not. She is one of those actresses who you would probably refer to as "That actress in That movie" -- and by that, I am talking about her role in Atonement. She plays that one girl who gets raped in the woods by that one guy and then ends up marrying him. Remember?
- Dino-Ray Ramos
Alexa here. I have an abiding love for Susan Sarandon, who turns 65 today. It's great to see her going strong, supporting Wall Street protesters and getting Sister Helen Prejean to preside over her daughter's wedding. While I'm still waiting to find some killer indie poster designs of my favorite Susan films (The Hunger, White Palace), here are some fun curios from around the internet celebrating the beauty with the planet-sized eyes.
Janet and Brad paper dolls, available here.
Rolling Roadshow Thelma and Louise poster by Kelly Thorn.
Hot magazine and cool portrait after the jump »
On the run for 40 years, Wright's tale has what it takes for screen success. But such storytelling needs a conscientious approach
If the story of George Wright, the convicted murderer captured this week in Portugal after 40 years on the run, has not yet been optioned by an enterprising producer, then the film industry has really missed a trick. From a cinematic storytelling perspective, this tale has everything. Wright, who had participated in a spree of armed robberies, was imprisoned for the murder of the service station owner Walter Patterson in 1962, only to escape from the Bayside state prison farm in Leesburg, New Jersey, in 1970. Already you've got the heist movie and the prison break-out movie covered. That's a big market: expressed in mathematical terms the potential audience would be (fans of Bonnie and Clyde) + (fans of The Shawshank Redemption). And only a fool would rule out defenders of Buster.
But there's more. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (Fnc), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.
Opening and closing
The 40th edition of the Fnc kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.
Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Anh Khoi Do)
I will soon post a list of films I have already seen that I highly recommend as well as a list of my most anticipated films screening at this year’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema. For now here is the press release from the festival. Make sure you read carefully because there are a ton of great films to check out.
Montreal, Tuesday September 27, 2011– Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma will be celebrating its 40th edition from October 12 to 23. For the past 40 years, Canada’s oldest film festival has offered film buffs a selection of the year’s most exciting new films — a bold lineup with plenty of whimsical and surprising elements, but one that also turns its lens on social realities and the evolution of film and new technologies. Over the course of this year’s 11-day Festival, audiences of all ages can take in features and shorts, fiction films and documentaries, »
You've seen the ads. It's time to kiss them goodbye. And on Sept. 24, the long farewell begins.
The eighth and final season of "Desperate Housewives" premieres this Sunday, and to celebrate the milestone, the cast gathered on Wisteria Lane (aka Universal Studios' historic Colonial Street) earlier in the week to talk about the upcoming run.
Zap2it was there, and in addition to getting some tidbits on what the ladies would like to see go down in the final season, we got a preview of what to expect during the return, "Secrets That I Never Want to Know."
"Gaby's or Eva's?" Eva Longoria said when we inquired about her mental state going into the final stretch. "Eva's mental state is a little unstable... Gaby is stressed. The women are trying to cover up the murder. It's going to test their friendship but it's also going to test her marriage. »
The women of Wisteria Lane are going to be doing what they do best: covering up a murder. Star Eva Longoria, who plays sultry Gabrielle Solis, explained. "It kind of goes back to one mystery connecting all four of us. And this murder of my stepfather provides for so much drama, but so much comedy »
Thelma and Louise. Seven. Fight Club. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Tree of Life. To say nothing of this week's superb Moneyball. With a few arguable exceptions, these are among the Brad Pitt films you'll find generally accepted as canonical. So which, if he had to choose one, do you think he would hand down as his legacy? Hint: None of them. »
Ninjas vs. Vampires, 2010.
Directed by Justin Timpane.
After Aaron and Alex are attacked by vampires, Aaron is taken in by a group of ninjas who wage a war against the living dead.
What an age we live in where film titles mostly consist of something versus another thing. We’ve had Aliens vs Predator, we’re set to have Cowboys vs Aliens and for some reason we had Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. Is it a torrent of lazy ideas or is it just streamlining every flick into an ultimate battle? Still, if we’re going down that path, could we at least get something completely off the wall like, oh I don’t know, Scarface vs Thelma and Louise? In the meantime, we’ll go for the more predictable mano-a-mano pairings with Ninjas vs Vampires.
I’ll start by »
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