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Producer Prashita Chaudhary is making her presence felt in world cinema even as 100 years of Indian cinema gets celebrated at Cannes this year. She is one of the producers on Ari Folman’s film Congress which opened the Directors’ Fortnight section at the premier film festival on 16.05.2013. The film stars Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Robin Wright (Moneyball) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) among others. “It is my first working relationship with India in a manner. It is rare to find people who share the same passion on the film as the director” said Folman about his Indian producer.
Prashita’s production house Cinemorphic has been doing groundbreaking work, picking projects that celebrate cinema at its purest. Besides Congress, Prashita is behind films like Oscar winning director, Danis Tanovic’s next with Emraan Hashmi. “The selection of Congress in Cannes this year is a terrific and timely validation that Cinemorphic is on the right track, »
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Twenty years ago, when I first started reading credits of movies I loved to see who'd written the screenplay, one name leapt out at me: Eric Red. In the space of three years in the late 1980s he wrote the terrifying Rutger Hauer road movie The Hitcher and two brilliant genre movies for a young director called Kathryn Bigelow: the trailer-trash vampire movie Near Dark, and Blue Steel, a feminist cop movie with Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie up against an amorous serial killer. The first two of those have gone on to become bona fide cult classics. But Red remains little known – as does the film of his I really loved, one he wrote and directed in 1988, Cohen and Tate. »
To celebrate the release of Metrodome’s The Liability, we’ve got 3 DVDs to giveaway! The film focuses on a veteran assassin who is dreaming of retirement (Tim Roth), he’s then paired with an eager young driver on a mission to carry out a long-distance ‘hit’ job.
After crashing his gangster stepfather’s prize car, Adam (Jack O’Connell) is forced to repay the debt by teaming up with professional hit man, Roy, to act as driver on what should be a swift and easy mission. Whilst Roy desperately wants to leave the killing game, Adam develops into an enthusiastic and aspirational hit-man.
The pair take a road trip ending deep in a forest, far away from home. Roy executes the target with ruthless efficiency only for the duo to then realize they’ve been caught in the act. A beautiful, mysterious young woman (Talulah Riley – St Trinians) has »
- Dan Bullock
El Mariachi has a lot to answer for. As does Clerks. Both were made in the early ‘90s on incredibly low budgets ($9,000 and $30,000 respectively; Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith famously maxed out all of his credit cards to finance the film) and achieved previously unheard-of success from new directors, as supposedly ‘independent’ film budgets of that era – like those of Reservoir Dogs and Sex, Lies and Videotape – came in at around the $1million mark. This helped to kick-start guerrilla movements and independent movies proper, and surely had some impact on bringing us to our crowdfunded present, where dead TV shows can be resurrected by the cash of fans and a boatload of promises. It also sent an unfortunate if optimistic message to the general populace of the world:
We made a feature film without any money. Why don’t you? »
- Mark Allen
CineFix's Homemade Movies has unveiled its latest budget shot-for-shot remake.
Digital Spy recently spoke to Homemade Movies filmmaker Dustin McLean about the ongoing series.
McLean revealed that using sock puppets for their project was "especially fun".
On TV this Tuesday: Hart of Dixie‘s airborne finale, Grimm goes gaga for a muse, NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Kensi looks a bit green and Mindy‘s latest project just may involve keg stands. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Hart of Dixie (The CW) | Season 2 finale: Zoe decides some time in New York will help clear her head, but a medical emergency on the plane forces her to complete the trip with an unexpected companion. The country band Gloriana performs at the Rammer Jammer (see a preview photo). (Already renewed. »
- Kimberly Roots
The Liability is the tale of a seasoned assassin hoping to retire named Roy (Tim Roth), who gets teamed with a young, enthusiastic driver, Adam (Jack O’Connell) for his next job (as a result of Adam owing a ruthless local crime boss, played by Peter Mullan).
It should be a quick and easy hit, but the two find themselves at a cross-roads as Roy becomes increasingly desperate to escape this life, while Adam is drawn ever more into it, gaining a taste for killing. However, things get even dicier when a beautiful, enigmatic young woman (Talulah Riley) witnesses one of their murders, which by the professional hitman code, suggests that she must also be taken care of. Soon, it becomes clear that her coming into the fold is no accident, complicating their situation considerably.
Boasting strong visuals and a pulsing soundtrack, The Liability promises to be another potent demonstration »
Edward Woodward's former black ops agent Robert McCall is heading to DVD here in the UK on Monday May 13th with the release of The Equalizer: The Complete Collection, which includes all 88 episodes of the classic 80s series, along with a Season 1 re-release designed to match the recent releases of Seasons 2,3 and 4.
To celebrate, the lovely people at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises have supplied us with a copy of The Complete Collection to give away to one lucky reader, while three runners up will get their hands Season 1; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
The Equalizer stars Golden Globe winner Edward Woodward O.B.E. as Robert McCall - a retired covert intelligence officer trying to atone for past sins by offering his services, free of charge, as a troubleshooter, protector and investigator. Aided by a group of mysterious »
- Flickering Myth
Film director Quentin Tarantino is hailed as the master of the badass soundtrack. Fans claim even controversial scenes of graphic violence in films such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are made even more chilling by striking, unusual choices of background music. So, to what does the Us director owe this uncanny knack of wedding sound to vision? He says his original inspiration was the Disney children's classic The Jungle Book. »
Tweet Of The Day | The Gatsby Factor | NPR's American Icons | Counterpoint | The First Time
All 256 two-minute episodes of new birdsong programme Tweet Of The Day (weekdays, 5.58am, Radio 4) will be kept online forever. This is the way all broadcasting is going, whether the programme-makers like it or not. You wonder how the above title will play 10 years from now, when the word tweet will be approximately as resonant as the word Betamax.
All access forever means you can compare The Gatsby Factor (Thursday, 11.30am, Radio 4), Sarah Churchwell's exploration of the enduring allure of Fitzgerald's novel, which appears in anticipation of Baz Luhrmann's hip-hop-inflamed movie version, with the programme Kurt Anderson made for NPR's American Icons series in 2010 and lives online (studio360.org). Neither has seen the new film. Consequently, Churchwell leads you to believe that The Great Gatsby is essentially unfilmable, because the elements of the story that »
- David Hepworth
If you’re even remotely interested in the movie business, you’ve probably noticed that something rather big has happened in the whole comic book adaptation department. And by “something rather big,” I really mean “it’s now a well-established fact that comics make the best movies and if you don’t agree with that then you’re wrong and and oh my God there’s no way I can skip watching this movie if I want to keep talking to my friends is there?”
Uh-huh: comic book movies are huge. Like, massive. Hulk-sized. And though Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man set the template for a new wave of superhero flicks over a decade ago, the last few years have really proven to be the best to this new sub-genre of blockbusters. I mean, the third highest-grossing movie ever is about a group of costumed heroes teaming up to fight aliens »
- T.J. Barnard
So, ComicMix readers, as per my previous column, Awesome Con DC happened April 20 and 21…and, I say this unironically, it was awesome. I had a blast. I spent time with good friends; I met new friends; I walked the con floor and met comics legends (great chat, Larry Hama!) and witty and charming award-winning artists (hello, Ben Templesmith!); and was delighted with the strong turnout of talented local comics folks. I went to a couple of panels (amazing, for me, since I usually plan to go to tons and then don’t go to…any); and wore my Girl Jayne Firefly costume. And yes, naturally, I bought some stuff (surprise!). I also pretended to be Nick Galifianakis for awhile (don’t tell!) and did three fantaaaastic interviews: with Nick, and with the amazingly talented Phil Lamarr and Billy West. (More convention pictures here, and oh by the way, next year »
- Emily S. Whitten
Tomorrow evening, the folks at the Mondo Gallery will be kicking off their latest one-man showcase, this one a highly-anticipated collection of portraits (the print-count is hovering around thirty, in case you were wondering) created by Poster World superstar Mike Mitchell. This past week, preview images from that showcase started popping up around the net, and--because Limited Paper loves you very much—we’ve decided to make things convenient for you and present all of these images on one easy-to-gaze-at preview page. Wanna see Mitchell’s take on Reservoir Dogs, The Thing, Fargo, and more ? Meet me after the jump, folks. Ok, so, this Mike Mitchell solo show at the Mondo Gallery is finally upon us, and—from the looks of things—it’s going to be a big hit. While Mitchell’s most commonly associated with his long-running (and increasingly brilliant) Just Like Us series, his Mondo Gallery show »
- Scott Wampler
As part of AFI's Night at the Movies, Samuel L. Jackson was on hand to introduce and present a screening of writer/director Quentin Tarantino's 1994 cult classic, Pulp Fiction. Since I was only about 10 when the movie originally came out, I had never seen it on the big screen before; hard to believe it's been almost 20 years. While I cut my teeth into Tarantino's world with a viewing of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction is easily my most-watched of his movies. Being able to see it in a real theater with an audience full of fans who appreciate and anticipate every scene was just a pure joy. Not to mention hearing some behind-the-scenes details about the movie's production from Jackson himself! Hit the jump to see what he had to say. Fun Pulp Fiction facts courtesy of Samuel L. Jackson: Jackson originally tried out for Mr. Orange in Tarantino's »
- Dave Trumbore
Quentin Tarantino is one of today’s most intriguing filmmakers. His films contain some of the most disturbing and most hilarious things moviegoers will see. This has been the case since his first film Reservoir Dogs twenty years ago. Violence, mayhem, sexy women and a quirky sense of humor are what usually comprise a Tarantino film. His latest feature Django Unchained features more of the same but this time, presented in a crazy western package. The film is an insane mix of wild western action and dark, tongue-in-cheek humor.
- Randall Unger
Another still is here from Brian A. Metcalf’s new horror/drama The Lost Tree, and it features Michael Madsen looking visibly disturbed. Or it could just be Michael Madsen looking like Michael Madsen. You decide!
Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, “Party of Five”), Scott Grimes (Robin Hood, “American Dad”), and Clare Kramer (Bring It On, The Rules of Attraction) all star alongside Thomas Ian Nicholas in Brian A. Metcalf’s The Lost Tree.
Written, directed, and produced by Metcalf, The Lost Tree is centered around a man, Noah (Nicholas), who is guilt-ridden for the death of his wife, Emma (Kramer). He travels to an isolated cabin in search of peace and isolation. But he soon learns of the dangerous surroundings of the area.
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- Uncle Creepy
We’ve got a new pic from Brian A. Metcalf’s new horror/drama, The Lost Tree, which stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2), Lacey Chabert (Black Christmas, Mean Girls, “Part of Five”), Scott Grimes (Robin Hood, “American Dad”), and Clare Kramer (Bring It On, The Rules of Attraction), and Thomas... Read More »
I’ve been waiting for Monaco for seemingly forever. The game wow’d everyone in attendance of the 2010 Igf awards, and it really wasn’t surprising it came away with the grand prize. But then, it seemed to have all but vanished, and had I not known better, I would have thought it was another hallucination brought upon through years of me making poor life decisions. It wasn’t until a few months ago that it seemed to pop back up on the radar with the promise of a Spring release. Well, as of today, Monaco is available on both Xbla and Steam. Was it worth the three year wait?
Monaco is a top down stealth game with a focus on thievery. You’ll take on the role of one of eight characters as you break into high security areas in your own personal version of Ocean’s 11. Each of »
- Chaz Neeler
The Sopranos will forever be instilled in the fabric of culture. Its success and game-changing format was intrinsic to the success of HBO and revitalised televisual drama forever. Without The Sopranos HBO would not have experienced the success it enjoys today and we would not have shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. This successful model was adopted by other networks like AMC, FX and Showtime who have given us Dexter, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. The Sopranos was the game changer and revolutionalised television forever. Televisual drama is now considered a valued art form akin to film thanks to the success of The Sopranos.
The series’ rich and compelling storylines captivated audiences for 8 years and won a host of Emmys over its six seasons. Tony Soprano is still one of the most fascinating characters in television history but he was helped by a phenomenal supporting cast »
- Gearoid Gillett
Quentin Tarantino’s latest highly-discussed ultra-violet look at slavery and redemption, Django Unchained, has finally made it to Blu-Ray. Django is easily Tarantino’s best work since the Jackie Brown/Pulp Fiction days, effortlessly blending his unique abilities both as a writer and director. It’s funny, violent, scary and epic all wrapped into one, thanks to Tarantino’s clever script and astoundingly bloody shootouts. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio all deliver Oscar-worthy performances that’ll have you grasping onto each and every line spoken. Simply put, Django Unchained is the best film of 2012.
Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave. In between transportation he runs into Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a bounty hunter that’s looking for men that Django just so happens to know. He offers Django his freedom in exchange for his help and together the two become a deadly team of bounty hunters. »
- Jeremy Lebens
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