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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #2

  • MUBI
Dear Danny and Kelley,What a joy this time of the year to reconnect with old cinephile friends, and to meet new ones. The film festival I’ve been to more times than any other, Tiff seems to grow more personally important with each new visit—as a locus of discovery, an escape from the routine, a sanctuary and a labyrinth, exhausting and intoxicating. Could even a vérité master like Frederick Wiseman capture all its contradictions? The cinema and people I encounter during my ten days here comprise a refuge, a reminder of sublime possibilities in the midst of brutish realities. Art keeps the beast at bay, or so they say. Indeed, the very first film I saw, Alain GomisFélicité, opens with just such a clash. In a roisterous Congolese bar, various squabbles hush up as a woman steps up to the microphone for a fierce, gorgeous song. As
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Wanda Joins With Tencent on IP Venture, Unveils Huge Production Slate

Wanda Joins With Tencent on IP Venture, Unveils Huge Production Slate
China’s Dalian Wanda group Monday unveiled a strategic cooperation pact with Internet giant Tencent, an agreement stretching from cooperation in film to Vr and games.

The property and entertainment conglomerate also revealed a massive 27-film production and investment slate and a slew of first-look deals with local producers.

Wanda’s deal with Tencent will emphasize recruitment of key talent and directors to develop intellectual properties, which the two companies are calling an “intelligent people strategy.” It brings together Tencent Pictures, Tencent Games, Wanda Pictures, and Tencent’s online literature platform China Reading.

The announcements were made at a Wanda event on the sidelines of the Shanghai International Film Festival. The glitzy event, which boasted visiting celebrities such as Julie Delpy and various industry partners, was held in the group’s newly opened luxury Wanda Reign hotel in the fashionable Shanghai riverfront district known as The Bund.

The company also
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2017 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Fatih Akin Wants Revenge with In the Fade

  • ioncinema
Perhaps a surprise inclusion after The Cut was unceremoniously not selected for Cannes on his last time out, not including his pair of Special screening docus (Crossing the Bridge in 2005 and Polluting Paradise in 2012), along with the Best Screenplay winning 2007’s The Edge of Heaven (an arguably still his best feature in a filmography that began with the 1998’s Locarno selected Short Sharp Shock) this is technically only his second time in the big ring.

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‘Spotlight’ Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy Honored by San Francisco Film Festival

‘Spotlight’ Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy Honored by San Francisco Film Festival
The San Francisco Film Society has selected “Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy as the recipient of the 2016 Kanbar Award for excellence in storytelling.

The tribute, to be presented during the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night on April 25, will acknowledge McCarthy’s “exceptional mastery” of character-driven plots that bring audiences along on the psychological journeys of his heroes and antiheroes.

He will also be honored at “An Evening With Tom McCarthy” on April 26 at Bampfa in Berkeley. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his screenwriting and directing career will be followed by a screening of 2003’s “The Station Agent.”

“‘Spotlight’ won Best Picture at the Academy Awards this past year for many reasons, but its precise script, filled with perfectly conceived characters, inarguably set the tone and provided the heart and soul of the film,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.

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Interview with Anthony Mackie and Mike Binder, star and director of Black or White

  • CinemaNerdz
Black or White is the story of a grandfather, Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner), who is suddenly left to care for his granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), by himself. But, when her paternal grandmother, Rowena Jeffers (Octavia Spencer), seeks custody with the help of her lawyer brother (Anthony Mackie), poor Eloise is caught between two families. With the best intentions, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding.

The writer/director of Black or White, Mike Binder, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is an award-winning and well-regarded actor, writer, director, and producer. Binder’s directorial debut came in 1992 with Crossing the Bridge and has included such acclaimed films as Reign Over Me (2007) and The Upside of Anger (2005), which also starred Costner. Actor Anthony Mackie, is perhaps best known as Sam Wilson/Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Jason Gedrick Slices Into Season 7 of Dexter

Jason Gedrick has joined the cast of Showtime's "Dexter" for Season 7. Gedrick, who will appear in a multi-episode arc, will play the manager of a Miami-area gentlemen's club that becomes linked to a high-profile murder case. Production on "Dexter" begins in May in Los Angeles and will premiere on Showtime Sunday, September 30th at 9:00 Pm Et/Pt. Jason Gedrick has had leading roles in several films including Iron Eagle , Stacking and Heavenly Kid . He also co-starred with Meg Ryan and Kiefer Sutherland in Promised Land and in Ron Howard's Backdraft , as well as starring in Crossing the Bridge . His stage work includes starring in the Broadway production of "Our Town" with Don Ameche and Helen Hunt, as well as recently appearing in the...
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The Ru? Fan Appreciation Instant DVD Collection Giveaway

First off, I have to tell you that this page may load slow. We're making an awful lot of calls to the Amazon Api here, and that's bound to monkey with things. If you have no idea what that means... it's shiny. Please note also that, for the same reason, you may find, depending on traffic, that not all of the Amazon details will load properly. I apologize for that, it's just the nature of the beast, and the fact that the Api wasn't really meant for such things. If you refresh, it will probably fix.

You may have heard me mention this giveaway quite a while ago, and it's taken me a long time to figure out what sort of format to put things in, and I kept added things. Eventually it became too much to really give any kind of run down on the items, so I decided
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Win: The Bridge On The River Kwai Blu-ray, 3 Copies To Give Away

Father’s day is coming and because of this a whole plethora of classic war movies coming to Blu-ray and is there a filmmaker whose work is more fitting for the format than David Lean? I already own Doctor Zhivago Blu and I am sure to pick up the newly released The Bridge on the River Kwai over the next few days. I’m greedy for more now, I want to own all of his latter day films in glorious 1080p.

Following an extensive 4K restoration from the original negative The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray Disc™ is available on 6th June 2011.

We have three copies to give away. Read on to find out how;

This classic film, among the most prized in the Columbia Pictures catalogue, features William Holden (Oscar® Winner for Best Actor, Stalag 17, 1953) and Alec Guinness (Oscar® Winner for Best Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai,
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Win The Bridge on the River Kwai on Blu-ray

  • HeyUGuys
To celebrate the release of The Bridge on the River Kwai, out Now, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have given us three copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray.

One of the all-time great war films, The Bridge On The River Kwai is yet another classic from the marvelous David Lean (Lawrence Of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago). The film is an outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1952 novel, a classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson (a fabulous Alec Guinness), the commander who supervised the bridge’s construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Although credited to screenwriter Carl Foreman, the script was actually written by blacklisted writer Michael Wilson. The film garnered seven Academy Awards,
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai: Collector’s Edition’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – David Lean’s “The Bridge on the River Kwai” is one of the most beloved epics of all time and not only has the film been restored for a massive Blu-ray Collector’s Edition release but a new print will roll at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago starting Friday, November 12th, 2010. If you’ve never seen the 1957 Best Picture winner, there’s never been a better time.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Bridge on the River Kwai” was a massive hit when it was released in 1957, winning seven Oscars, including Director (David Lean), Actor (Alec Guiness), Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Score, Cinematography, and Picture. It beat “12 Angry Men” and “Witness For the Prosecution” for the big prize and has made multiple lists of the best films of all time. When the American Film Institute did their first list of the best 100 films ever made in 1998, “The Bridge on the River Kwai
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Tiff Interview: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione

Tiff Interview: John Turturro Talks Naples Music Doc Passione
Italian-American actor-director John Turturro is beloved by the Italians—Venice Fest audiences treat him like a huge star. In fact, ill-fated Romance and Cigarettes, which was caught in the backdraft at the end of United Artists, was such a hit in Italy that financeers stepped up to hire Turturro to direct a doc about the music of Naples. Passione is not unlike Fatih Akin’s Crossing the Bridge: it’s a “musical adventure” showcasing the music, old and new, of Naples, via a mix of old footage and new performances by the city’s top artists. The film was exhilarating, and more than one moviegoer walked out of the theater humming. I also admired Turturro's Mac and Illuminata, even though American moviegoers have yet to click with his movies. I ...
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The Bridge on the River Kwai: Collector's Edition Blu-ray Release Date and Details

  • TheHDRoom
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has verified retailer listings dating back more than a month by formally announcing The Bridge on the River Kwai is coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 2 in a collector's edition package that includes a DVD version of the film.

The Bridge on the River Kwai stars Sir Alec Guinness and is the story of British POWs being held deep within the Burmese jungle during World War II. It won 7 Academy Awards in 1957 including Best Picture, Best Actor (Alec Guinness), and Best Director (David Lean).

The Blu-ray presentation of The Bridge on the River Kwai will be in 2.55:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features include the following:

An Appreciation by John Milius Rise and Fall of a Jungle Giant Exclusive Documentary - Adaptation of Boulle's novel, casting, history of production, score, release, restoration and more. USC Short film Introduced by William Holden Photo Gallery
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The Bridge on the River Kwai Blu-ray Debuts November 2nd

  • MovieWeb
The 1957 Best Picture winner The Bridge on the River Kwai will finally be released on Blu-ray on November 2. This film received a 4K restoration with the original negatives and newly-restored 5.1 audio and this new set will also include a new 32-page book with photos and information and a set of replica lobby cards. You can take a look at the packaging below. The film stars William Holden and Alec Guinness.

When British P.O.W.s build a vital railway bridge in enemy-occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to destroy it in David Lean's epic World War II adventure The Bridge on the River Kwai.

A group of British POWs is forced to build a bridge in Burma for the Japanese. Led by Colonel Nicholson, they not only build the bridge but organize the whole building program and are proud of the final result. However, unbeknownst to the POWs,
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Fatih Akin Finds His Comic Timing With Soul Kitchen

Turko-German director Fatih Akin must surely be one of the most diverse talents currently working in Germany.  He blew our minds with the hard edged, cathartic drama of Head On before moving on to the fabulous music doc Crossing the Bridge and now returns to the kind of light comedy where he began his career with Soul Kitchen.  Find me another director with three more different films packed so tightly into their resume and I'll eat my shirt.  Here's how the Toronto International Film Festival described Akin's latest when it screened there:

Zinos Kazantzakis (Adam Bousdoukos) runs Soul Kitchen, a vast warehouse diner where the food might be spectacularly bad, but it's edible. Regulars show up every day to chow down on bland lumps of carbs washed down by cheap beer. Beats sitting at home.

Zinos seems to have a knack for bad luck, but he's used to it. His
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The Edge Of Heaven

  • The AV Club
Fatih Akin's 2003 feature Head-On was about a marriage of convenience, and his 2005 documentary Crossing The Bridge covered Istanbul's diverse music scene, but both were really about how the increasingly intermingled Turkish and German cultures try to heal their schisms through contrivance—whether by blending musical genres, finding loopholes in the law, or submitting to the will of the European Union. Now in The Edge Of Heaven, the writer-director returns to the idea of people trying to will their way to happiness. As the movie opens, elderly gambler Tuncel Kurtiz meets middle-aged prostitute and fellow Turk Nursel Köse in Bremen's red-light district, and offers to pay her to be his, exclusively. Köse agrees, then dies suddenly, leaving Kurtiz's son Baki Davrak to locate Köse's grown daughter Nurgül Yesilçay back in Istanbul. Davrak quits his job as a German professor and buys a German bookstore in Turkey, unaware that Yesilçay is.
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Allen, Costner dealing with MDP's 'Anger'

Allen, Costner dealing with MDP's 'Anger'
Joan Allen and Kevin Costner are in discussions to star in MDP Worldwide's feature The Upside of Anger for filmmaker Mike Binder. Production is set to begin in late summer. Binder wrote and will direct the project, which is a family drama about a mother (Allen) and her four strong-willed daughters who must suddenly deal with life without a husband/father. Costner would play a former baseball player and friend of the family. Producing the project are Binder, his brother Jack Binder and former MGM executive Alex Gartner. Mike Binder will take on a small role in the film. Costner, repped by CAA, next directs, produces and stars in the Walt Disney Co. feature Open Range. Allen, repped by ICM, next stars in New Line Cinema's The Notebook. Binder, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, wrote, directed, starred in and executive produced HBO's series The Mind of the Married Man. The multihyphenate also wrote, directed and starred in the features Sex Monster, The Search for John Gissing and Londinium. He wrote and directed the features Crossing the Bridge and Indian Summer. Other credits include directing Blankman, writing Coupe de Ville and acting in Minority Report and The Contender. MDP Worldwide, the producers and CAA declined comment on the project.

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