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Fantastic Fest Review: Paul Verhoeven's Surprising and Masterful 'Elle'

6 hours ago | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The question we should be asking isn't where has director Paul Verhoeven been for the past decade. The question is where has this Verhoeven been all our lives? The director whose career skyrocketed with Total Recall and Basic Instinct hasn't released a film since 2006's Black Book, the Dutch filmmaker's return to his homeland. We hoped whatever Verhoeven had in store for us next would be a return to the trashy good form with which the filmmaker had become known, and Elle, his latest, doesn't disappoint. It isn't what was expected, either, instead he gives us an eye-opening and wholly unique look at one woman's attempt to connect with any man in her life: her son, her ex-husband, her mass-murderer father, or even her rapist. Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert stars as that woman, Michelle Leblanc, who we see being assaulted in the film's surprising, opening moments. What's more surprising »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Lil Wayne's Upcoming Memoir Describes Prison Life and Alleged Betrayal By Drake

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lil Wayne's upcoming memoir Gone 'Til November paints a vivid portrait of what daily life was like in New York City's notorious Rikers Island prison system. The 33-year-old rapper, born Dwayne Carter Jr., served an eight-month sentence in 2010 for charges stemming from weapons possession. The book is taken from his personal prison diary, which chronicles everything from daily meals and preferred television viewing to relationships with fellow inmates. At one point he even officiated an impromptu wedding. "Imagine seeing grown-ass men in jail hanging tissue for wedding decorations," he writes. "And one of them is Lil Wayne. Crazy." Wayne »

- Jordan Runtagh, @jordanruntagh

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Lil Wayne's Upcoming Memoir Describes Prison Life and Alleged Betrayal By Drake

13 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lil Wayne's upcoming memoir Gone 'Til November paints a vivid portrait of what daily life was like in New York City's notorious Rikers Island prison system. The 33-year-old rapper, born Dwayne Carter Jr., served an eight-month sentence in 2010 for charges stemming from weapons possession. The book is taken from his personal prison diary, which chronicles everything from daily meals and preferred television viewing to relationships with fellow inmates. At one point he even officiated an impromptu wedding. "Imagine seeing grown-ass men in jail hanging tissue for wedding decorations," he writes. "And one of them is Lil Wayne. Crazy." Wayne »

- Jordan Runtagh, @jordanruntagh

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France Picks Paul Verhoeven’s Sexy Thriller ‘Elle’ For 2017 Best Foreign Language Oscar Submission

19 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Classics, Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven are very happy.

Bravo to France for taking a risk by picking their official foreign language Oscar submission, “Elle,” over shortlist contenders “The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine, “Frantz” by François Ozon and “Cézanne and I” by Danièle Thompson. Spc took a chance that the Cannes competition entry would make the cut when they acquired “Elle” out of Cannes.

Why the risk? Well, it’s one thing for the movie to play well with sophisticated audiences and critics in Europe, and another in North America, where the psychosexual thriller may run into a different set of reactions, especially from politically correct sensibilities such as Women in Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein. (Post Cannes and Toronto, “Elle” sits at a very high 87% on Metacritic.)

Read More: ‘Elle’ Exclusive Clip: Isabelle Huppert Takes Revenge On An Attacker In Paul Verhoeven’s Latest Thriller

Always enjoying stirring »

- Anne Thompson

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France Picks Paul Verhoeven’s Sexy Thriller ‘Elle’ For 2017 Best Foreign Language Oscar Submission

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Classics, Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven are very happy.

Bravo to France for taking a risk by picking their official foreign language Oscar submission, “Elle,” over shortlist contenders “The Innocents” by Anne Fontaine, “Frantz” by François Ozon and “Cézanne and I” by Danièle Thompson. Spc took a chance that the Cannes competition entry would make the cut when they acquired “Elle” out of Cannes.

Why the risk? Well, it’s one thing for the movie to play well with sophisticated audiences and critics in Europe, and another in North America, where the dark psychosexual thriller may run into a different set of reactions, especially from politically correct sensibilities such as Women in Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein. (Post Cannes and Toronto, “Elle” sits at a very high 87% on Metacritic.)

Read More: ‘Elle’ Exclusive Clip: Isabelle Huppert Takes Revenge On An Attacker In Paul Verhoeven’s Latest Thriller

Always enjoying »

- Anne Thompson

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France Selects Paul Verhoeven’s Isabelle Huppert-Starrer ‘Elle’ As Its Foreign-Language Oscar Entry

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Paul Verhoeven, director of “Total Recall” and “Basic Instinct,” be making a Hollywood comeback? A French selection committee has chosen Isabelle Huppert-starrer “Elle,” directed by Verhoeven, as France’s candidate in the foreign-language category of next year’s Academy Awards.

The French-language debut of Verhoeven, “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video games company who is ruthless in business and in love. Brutally raped, she determines to track down the man who did it, as her life threatens to spiral out of control.

Elle” won out over three other French films on a shortlist comprising Francois Ozon’s black-and-white drama “Frantz,” which won German lead Paula Beer a best young performer award at Venice; Anne Fontaine’s 1945 Poland-set “The Innocents,” which screened at Sundance; and Daniele Thompson’s “Cezanne and I,” the tale of the onetime friendship between painter Paul Cezanne and author Emile Zola. »

- John Hopewell

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‘Elle’ Trailer: Paul Verhoeven Teams With Isabelle Huppert to Push Your Buttons

19 September 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Paul Verhoeven has a unique talent for getting a rise out of audiences. RoboCop is a goofy action movie…that is also about the inner rot eating away at American culture. Starship Troopers is a wild science fiction action movie…that is also a vicious parody of fascism and military propaganda. Basic Instinct is a sexy psychological […]

The post ‘Elle’ Trailer: Paul Verhoeven Teams With Isabelle Huppert to Push Your Buttons appeared first on /Film. »

- Jacob Hall

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‘Elle’ Exclusive Clip: Isabelle Huppert Takes Revenge On An Attacker In Paul Verhoeven’s Latest Thriller

8 September 2016 2:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Verhoeven’s latest film “Elle,” his first in ten years, divided critics after its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival due to its provocative subject matter. The film follows Michèle LeBlanc (Isabelle Huppert), head of a successful video game company, who is raped in her home by an unknown assailant and soon stalks and becomes obsessed with her attacker.

IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn describes it as a “lighthearted comedy about rape” and says that “Verhoeven has crafted a defiant tale about the ultimate antidote for fear lying in the ability to turn it into something else.” The film has been making the festival rounds before its U.S. release date in November. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Elle’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert Prepares For Revenge in Paul Verhoeven’s Psychological Thriller

Based on Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel, “Oh…,” the film also »

- Vikram Murthi

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Fslc Announces Filmmaker Talks Lineup For 54th New York Film Festival

8 September 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces today the list of filmmaker talks at the 54th New York Film Festival, which runs from September 30th through October 16th. These include the annual On Cinema master class, Directors Dialogues, as well as Meet The Makers, a series of talks with creators of projects in the festival’s Convergence session. On Cinema and Directors Dialogues are presented by HBO®.

Read More: Nyff Reveals Main Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Manchester By the Sea,’ ‘Paterson’ and ‘Personal Shopper

This year’s On Cinema will feature a conversation with legendary American independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and Nyff Director Kent Jones. Jarmusch, a Nyff veteran many times over, has two films in the festival this year: “Paterson” in the Main Slate section, and documentary “Gimme Danger,” about iconic punk rock band The Stooges, in the Special Events section. The in-depth discussion will explore Jarmusch’s indelible career, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Basic instincts: how the erotic thriller went black to the future

7 September 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The genre made famous by Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct has been repackaged and resold to a black audience, but as latest entry When the Bough Breaks hits theaters, has the rebrand made it any less misogynistic?

What was once a ubiquitous, highly profitable genre for the movie industry – the tawdry erotic thriller – has faded from the mainstream consciousness in the past 20 years and is almost solely the purview of the so-called “urban” market. Hollywood simply doesn’t make many of these mid-budget potboilers, where an exposed nipple qualifies as a major plot point and women are treated like insatiable nymphomaniacs that gullible men simply can’t resist unless they star black people. The erotic thriller that was once all about white suburban angst now taps into the upper middle class black nightmare of infidelity – side-chick-splotation, thot (that hoe over there) horror or black erotic thriller (Bet), whatever you want to call it. »

- Dave Schilling

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New Trailer For Paul Verhoeven’s Elle Subverts And Terrifies

1 September 2016 2:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Premiering to a divided reception at Cannes, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle has provoked some comment, not least because it’s the first major film Verhoeven has released since the 2007 drama Black Book. We’ve been waiting to get a look at it for a while now and today, the new U.S. trailer for Elle premiered, showcasing the obviously provocative and potentially subversive subject matter.

Isabelle Huppert is Michèle, the ruthless head of a video game company facing some competition in the workplace. After a shocking assault by a masked man in her own home, Michèle sets out to track the man down, setting into motion a series of life-altering events – at least one of which involves a hatchet.

The trailer for Elle certainly makes the case for the film, quickly intercutting images of the assault and the potential culprits with Michèle at home and at work. Beginning on a »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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‘Elle’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert Prepares For Revenge in Paul Verhoeven’s Psychological Thriller

1 September 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Paul Verhoeven’s controversial and provocative thriller, “Elle,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May to universal acclaim for its leading actress, Isabelle Huppert. Based on Philippe Djian’s novel “Oh…” and adapted by David Birke, the film generated buzz for its gripping and twisted tale about Michèle (Huppert), a high-powered videogame company CEO who suffers a vicious sexual assault.

Arriving in theaters next month, Sony Pictures Classics released a new trailer that takes another look at the leading lady’s life post-rape and how she goes in search of the man who committed the crime, developing an unexpected relationship with her abuser

Read More: ‘Elle’ Director Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert Defend Controversial Rape Thriller

Called Verhoeven’s best film in years, “Elle” could be a potential contender for Best Foreign-Language film. The “Basic Instinct” helmer’s thriller is thought-provoking and will likely ignite heated debates between viewers »

- Liz Calvario

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"A Commercial Piece of Shit": Madonna on Film

25 August 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In his elephantine sixth edition of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2014), critic David Thomson reserves his most scathing, uncharitable critique for Madonna. To him, her mere existence on film is an affront to the medium itself. He finds that she is incapable of understanding the art of acting, and spends the space of nine paragraphs belaboring the point. “There is nothing in Madonna to be advertised,”he writes, “except for her ironic, deflecting contempt. She is an ad for advertising.”It is a curiously mean-spirited entry in a book filled with thoughtful, sympathetic reconsiderations of women whom critics wrote off in their time. Thomson’s entries on Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak are among his most articulate and impassioned. Yet Thomson is utterly heartless when it comes to Madonna, suspecting that “[s]he is disappointed about something, and hugely driven by resentment.” Thomson wasn’t exactly staking out a contrarian position. »

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Why Liking Bad Films Means You’re Smarter Than Average

21 August 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you’re constantly getting abuse from your friends about your taste in films, Neil Calloway says help may be at hand from a recent study…

In what appears to be the cinematic equivalent of those studies that receive an inordinate amount of publicity when they trumpet the fact that gorging yourself on chocolate and red wine makes your healthier,“Enjoying trash films: Underlying features, viewing stances, and experiential response dimensions” from the Max Planck Society argues that more intelligent people enjoy bad films. Now you have an excuse for your collection of Uwe Boll and WWE movies; you watch them because you’re intelligent.

Of course, correlation does not mean causation (the more films Nicolas Cage appears in in a given year, the more people drown in swimming pools); watching Roger Corman and Troma Movies doesn’t make you smarter, it’s just more intelligent people are more like to enjoy trashier films. »

- Neil Calloway

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Fit at 58! Sharon Stone Shows Off Fab Figure in Sexy Animal-Print Bikini in Venice Beach

15 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sharon Stone beat the California heat last week at Venice Beach, enjoying the sand and waves in a sexy, string bikini. Stone, 58, showed off her trim figure in an animal-print two-piece, which she paired with a Calvin Klein Jeans baseball cap and pendant necklace. The actress was all smiles as she chatted with a friend while walking through the surf. The mom of three stunned in a bikini earlier this summer, posting a photo in a black-and-white patterned suit as she stepped out of the pool. It's so hot today! #summer16 #LosAngeles #staycool pic.twitter.com/B54Ed9TKQ2— Sharon Stone »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Fit at 58! Sharon Stone Shows Off Fab Figure in Sexy Animal-Print Bikini in Venice Beach

15 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sharon Stone beat the California heat last week at Venice Beach, enjoying the sand and waves in a sexy, string bikini. Stone, 58, showed off her trim figure in an animal-print two-piece, which she paired with a Calvin Klein Jeans baseball cap and pendant necklace. The actress was all smiles as she chatted with a friend while walking through the surf. The mom of three stunned in a bikini earlier this summer, posting a photo in a black-and-white patterned suit as she stepped out of the pool. It's so hot today! #summer16 #LosAngeles #staycool pic.twitter.com/B54Ed9TKQ2— Sharon Stone »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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It Came From The Tube: Salem’S Lot (1979)

14 August 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Stephen King adaptations are very hard to pull off successfully. For every Misery, there’s a Graveyard Shift; Carrie soars while Cujo stalls. The small screen has had it just as bad—the elephantine The Stand benefits from its four-night rollout, while no amount of time could save The Tommyknockers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg—at last count, there were 91 King adaptations (I’ll need to double-check those figures) across all media. For this blurry-eyed cathode ray kid, however, nothing has yet to match the two-part graveyard dance known as Salem’s Lot (1979).

Originally airing on CBS on Saturday November 17th and 24th, Salem’s Lot was a huge success for the network; there was even talk of turning it into a weekly series. Alas, that never came to be. However, we were gifted with 183 minutes of measured, chilling suspense and terror helmed by none other »

- Scott Drebit

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Picturehouse acquires Paul Verhoeven’s 'Elle' for UK and Ireland

11 August 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK/Ireland release date set for drama starring Isabelle Huppert.

Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired UK rights to Paul Verhoeven’s psychological noir thriller Elle from Sbs Productions.

In the film, Isabelle Huppert plays a businesswoman who enters a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the man who raped her. The cast also includes Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Judith Magre, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Alice Isaaz and Vimala Pons.

Elle received its world premiere at Cannes in May, where it played in Competition. Dutch filmmaker Verhoeven is best known for Us hits Starship Troopers, Robocop and Basic Instinct but has returned to making films in Europe since Black Book in 2006.

Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisition at Picturehouse, described Verhoeven as “a master filmmaker who has always made provocative and exciting work without compromise - Elle is no exception.”

Binns added: “This gripping, multilayered thriller »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Stream This: The Others, The Piano, Inside Llewyn Davis

7 August 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In the effort to stay au courant we'll alternate between Netflix and Amazon Prime for streaming news each week. And we'll freeze frame select titles at random places just for fun and see what image comes up. You know how we do! 

Last Chance Amazon Prime

Felton: I look... is distinguished a word?

Lange: It's a word.

In Secret (2014, expires August 18th)

What is this? Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange? Big name casts for movies that don't seem to actually exist that you suddenly realize do, in fact, exist, are kind of unnerving. Like how do movies that never really get released find financing to get made in the first place? Apparently Oscar Isaac plays an artist in this one (they're looking at a portrait he painted of Felton) so that's kind of smudgy hot regardless. Isaac with paint stains I mean.

Men weren't up to the task! »

- NATHANIEL R

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Watch: Nsfw New Re-Release Trailer for Paul Verhoeven's 'Showgirls'

1 August 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You're out there on stage, hoping on a spot, someone gets in your way - step on 'em." Pathe is planning a 4K restoration re-release of the cult classic, critically-panned film from Paul Verhoeven that killed his career in Hollywood - Showgirls. To announce the upcoming re-release in theaters as well as on Blu-ray and VOD, they've unveiled a new trailer for the film which starred Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle Maclachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer and Robert Davi. Showgirls actually received the "Nc-17" rating for "nudity and erotic sexuality throughout", perhaps because Verhoeven was given final cut after the success of Basic Instinct and didn't hold back, and it bombed at the box office. This trailer is obviously Nsfw with nudity throughout, but that should be expected. Perhaps there are a few devoted Verhoeven fans out there. Here's the new restored re-release trailer for Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls, direct from Pathe's YouTube: Nomi, »

- Alex Billington

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