7 items from 2012
Director: Claude Chabrol
Running Time: 105 mins
Synopsis: Betty (Huppert) and Victor (Serrault) are professional swindlers. They get by with relative ease, taking advantage of lonely rich men, until Betty reveals their latest potential victim, Maurice (Cluzet). He’s an enigmatic treasurer of a multinational company, and their most difficult target yet, but the five million francs up for grabs prove too tempting. Betty’s allegiances are soon called into question, as it becomes increasingly difficult to see what her true motives are.
Chabrol wrote and directed this crime thriller, which, like a lot of French New Wave cinema (which he was a co-innovator of in the fifties and sixties), adopts a deliberately casual pace. It also focuses primarily on exposition and dialogue rather than all-out action, which is refreshing, particularly coming from a genre that can often excel visually, but rarely backs »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
The lingering memory of my year of blogging for the Sfbc — which ended five years ago, so I really should be over it by this point — still compels me to post SFnal awards, even when I do so far too late to benefit anyone. What can I say? I’m a flawed person.
Anyway, here’s some recent awards that you probably already know about:
2011 Aurealis Awards
The Australian national awards for Sf and other imaginative literature were given out three weeks ago (I know, I know!), and the full list has been available since then.
Here’s the novel-length awards, just because:
Young Adult Novel: Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon Fantasy Novel: Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman Science Fiction Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
(via Sf Signal)
Analog and Asimov’s Reader’s Awards
The same weekend as the Nebulas (suddenly suspicious — did I blog about the Nebulas? »
- Andrew Wheeler
On TV this Sunday: Once Upon a Time closes the storybook on its first season (bibbidi bobbidi boo!), a Sole Survivor is crowned, the Desperate Housewives get us in a lather one final time, Sherlock is “dogged” by a murder and more. We singled out nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Season 1 finale: Emma and Regina work together to save Henry, while Charming struggles to get to Snow White, who, unbeknownst to him, has just bitten into the Evil Queen’s poison apple. Jamie Dornan, Emilie de Ravin, Kristin Bauer and Sebastian Stan »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we’re going to lob at you, from shows including Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, House, Ringer and Community!
1 | How wonderful was it to see Bobby again on Supernatural?
3 | Who allowed a downright sunny daytime scene into The Killing‘s Season 2 premiere? »
- Team TVLine
French film director and close associate of François Truffaut
The film director Claude Miller, who has died aged 70 after a long illness, was continually dogged by comparisons to his friend and mentor François Truffaut. Hardly a review of his films failed to mention Truffaut in some way or another. This came about for various reasons. Miller was Truffaut's production manager on several occasions and made subtle references to the older director's work in many of his own films, almost always mentioning him in interviews. He had a small role in Truffaut's L'Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child, 1970) and adapted La Petite Voleuse (The Little Thief, 1988) from a 30-page screenplay that Truffaut had written a few years before his death.
When Truffaut was once asked whether he had started a school of directors, he denied it. "These people are more influenced by other directors than myself. If Claude Miller has points in common with me, »
- Ronald Bergan
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? Send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: Please give me some scoop on the final run of House episodes. —Matt
Ausiello: They will be Hilson-centric! “There’s going to be a lot of House and Wilson stuff as we get down to the wire,” says series creator David Shore.
Question: Olivia Wilde isn’t the only House alum returning for the series finale, is she? No way she’s the only one.
Ausiello: She’s not the only one. »
- Michael Ausiello
Gerard Butler has completed treatment for substance-abuse issues, his rep has confirmed to People. "Gerard has completed a successful course of treatment and has returned home in good health," says the spokesperson. "We will not be making any further comment at this time." Butler, 42, checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic three weeks ago because he realized he was becoming reliant on prescription drugs after being badly injured in a surfing accident in December, TMZ reports. He allegedly decided to enter rehab before developing a full-blown addiction to the drugs. Butler's issues reportedly date back to 2006, when he began struggling »
- Liz Raftery
7 items from 2012
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