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Game Theory: Paul W.S. Anderson and the Filmic Board Game

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Raúl Ruiz’s 1980 short film, Snakes And Ladders, follows H as he begins playing a board game where the world around him gradually becomes the board. H comes upon two men playing ludo on a table and as he joins in, the field of play continuously grows, moving from the tabletop to Paris, Europe, the world, and finally all of existence. H’s movement in the game becomes the work of chance governed by the roll of the dice and as he progresses he gradually comes to realize that he is the die, and that he is the game piece being moved about on the map. The cosmic forces controlling H ultimately reach into the frame, emphatically presenting an author surrogate in the form of a hand. Director Paul W.S. Anderson creates filmic board games similar to Snake And Ladders without explicitly revealing his authorial hand. He leaves the author’s presence unstated,
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French Producer Plays a Hand in ‘Resident Evil’s’ Giant Success

French Producer Plays a Hand in ‘Resident Evil’s’ Giant Success
Samuel Hadida, the French godfather of the “Resident Evil” film franchise, got on board the project after pulling an all-nighter playing the video game with his son who was a fan of the game. Hadida admits he quickly became addicted. “I’ve never been a gamer but I immediately clicked with this one: I’ve always loved comic books, Marvel’s in particular, and movies from Dario Argento and George A. Romero. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is one of my favorite films and I’ve been obsessed with zombies ever since,” says Hadida, who runs the Paris-based production company Davis Films and distribution outfit Metropolitan Filmexport with his brother Victor.

Hadida initially called Martin Moszkowicz, the producer of the film, after seeing a note on the game that invited people to participate in a lottery to be an extra on the film, which was then at script stage. “My son
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On Mubi Off #3: "Shopping" & "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"

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On Mubi Off is a bi-weekly column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIShopping (Paul W.S. Anderson, 1994) A telling exchange from an early scene in writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's 1994 debut Shopping:"What's prison taught you, Billy?""Don't get caught." Yet the film that follows is, in large part, all about getting caught—about being swept up into the Hollywood big leagues, using this enjoyable, eye-catching display of kinetic prowess as proof of talent. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with such calling card features, though they're often ascribed cynical motivations, and you can't necessarily say you've seen one until the artist behind them has got a few more projects under his-or-her belt. The aesthetic impulses and inclinations mostly become clear in retrospect. And from our current vantage point, you
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Wild at Heart: A Week of Debut Films

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Happy New Year! We're ushering in the first of January with the first films of some of our favorite filmmakers: a week of debut films!In the Us we're showing Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Todd Haynes' Poison, Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire, Alain Robbe-Grillet's L'immortelle, vulgar auteurism mascot Paul W.S. Anderson's Shopping, Wong Kar-wai's As Tears Go By, and Derek Jarman's Sebastiane. In the UK, the lineup features Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, Wong's As Tears Go By, Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies and videotape, Michelangelo Antonioni's Story of a Love Affair, Mike Leigh's Bleak Moments, Maurice Pialat's L'enfance nue, and Pedro Costa's O Sangue.
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14 times similar movies went head to head at the box office

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Deep Impact Vs Armageddon is not the only time similar movies have landed around the same time...

Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.

Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...

But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?

Er, not many as it happens...

The Haunting Vs The House On Haunted Hill

Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont
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Video of the Day: ‘Living Dead Cinema: The Films of Paul W.S. Anderson

While most mainstream cinephiles worship at the altar of that other, similarly-named filmmaker, vulgar auteurists are generally more apt to find meaning and substance in the work of Paul W.S. Anderson. For the uninitiated, Anderson is a mainstream genre filmmaker best known for the Resident Evil series, of which he has directed three entries. He made his debut in 1994 with the controversial Shopping; his last film was 2014’s Pompeii. Occasional Sos contributor and up-and-coming film scholar Molly Faust has put together a 15-minute video essay that examines Anderson’s visual motifs and submerged themes, using clips from across his entire career to piece together a convincing throughline. Check it out below:

The post Video of the Day: ‘Living Dead Cinema: The Films of Paul W.S. Anderson appeared first on Sound On Sight.
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Paul W.S. Anderson: Ready for Critical Resuscitation

Vulgar auteurism enjoyed its moment of notoriety, launched briefly into the critical consciousness, and now it has receded from view as a bit of silly marginalia. But I wanted to bring it up here because I think it offers a useful illustration of the problems we face when talking about a director like Paul W.S. Anderson(Shopping, Mortal Kombat, etc.)—a director who for one reason or another found himself at the very center of the V.A. discussion.
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Paul W.S. Anderson: Ready for Critical Resuscitation

Vulgar auteurism enjoyed its moment of notoriety, launched briefly into the critical consciousness, and now it has receded from view as a bit of silly marginalia. But I wanted to bring it up here because I think it offers a useful illustration of the problems we face when talking about a director like Paul W.S. Anderson(Shopping, Mortal Kombat, etc.)—a director who for one reason or another found himself at the very center of the V.A. discussion.
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Nic Cage Returns to Action as an Outcast

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Nic Cage is back in the theaters this coming week, starring in Outcast. Costarring is the seldom seen Hayden Christensen (although some think that’s a good thing). Here’s the trailer to judge for yourself.

Director: Nicholas Powell (directorial debut. X-Men: The Last Stand, Batman, Cinderella Man)

Writer: James Dormer (The Holding)

Producers: Alan Zhang (Waiting in Beijing), Jeremy Bolt (Shopping, Event Horizon, Resident Evil, The Dark), Christopher Milburn (An American Haunting, Getaway, Transit), Karine Martin (Magic Beyond Words: The Jk Rowling Story), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, The Bank Job, Predestination),Ye Ying (Three Kingdoms, 14 Blades, The Four). George Mizen (The Holding), Léonard Glowinski (The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, Unknown, Alexander), Xun Zhang (CJ7, Forever Enthralled, The Founding of A Republic)

Cast:

Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure, Moonstruck)

Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode IIAttack of the Clones, Jumper)

Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom)

Running Time:
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Colin Farrell Says ‘Well-Hung’ Ewan McGregor 'Should Be Proud'

Colin Farrell Says ‘Well-Hung’ Ewan McGregor 'Should Be Proud'
Colin Farrell isn't ashamed to talk about his co-star Ewan McGregor's private parts.

In a new interview with Nylon Guys, the 38-year-old True Detective star -- who worked with Ewan in 2007's Cassandra's Dream -- is making it clear that the Scottish actor's not lacking down there.

"I don't think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well-hung would -- or should -- or could be," Farrell jokes to the magazine. "I think that's the greatest demonstration of his innate humility, that he doesn't wear it like a badge of honor."

Photos: Stars In Their Underwear

Ewan, 43, is looking as handsome as ever on the cover of Nylon Guys, in which he also opens up about hanging with A-listers Angelina Jolie and Jude Law in the late '90s in London, when the actors were all on the brink of hitting the big time.

Nylon Magazine
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2014, the Original Soundtrack: The Year in Music

For the last few years, I’ve taken it upon myself in my capacity as Sos co-founder and eternal DJ to gather up some of my favorite tracks of the year, along with excerpts of dialogue and scoring from some of my favorite films (and, this year, TV series!) of the year, and cram it into a mix that could fit onto a hypothetical CD-r. But since this has been the year of the mixtape (hello Guardians of the Galaxy, Mommy, and Boyhood), and since there’s been such an overwhelming bounty of great music to choose from, I opted for a “C120″ format – two “sides,” one hour each. Since non-film music is the one area of pop culture Sound on Sight will (hopefully) never devote a subsection to, it’s the one instance I allow myself every year to flex my geekery in this area.

Lots of really great
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The Earth Speaks: A Conversation on Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii"

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Paul W.S. Anderson has continued his explorations in 3D cinema with his latest film, Pompeii. It’s a simplistic love story in the vein of Titanic, two mismatched, class-divided lovers contrasted against one of history’s worst natural disasters. The story concerns a Celtic gladiator named Milo (Kit Harrington), who witnessed the slaughter of his family by the Roman Empire, under the command of Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). Soon, after being spotted as a promising business prospect for Pompeii’s gladiator games, Milo is sent to the titular city. While on the way, he first meets Cassia (Emily Browning), the melancholic (by way of Kate Winslet in Titanic) daughter of the wealthy class. After arriving in Pompeii, Milo meets fellow slave and gladiator Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and they soon become friends, bonded by their captivity. Corvus, now a senator, arrives in Pompeii to broker a land deal, and with all the players now arrived,
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In the Ruins: Paul W.S. Anderson on Pompeii

Pompeii, so-called vulgar auteurist Paul W. S. Anderson’s latest extravaganza, is a love story and a disaster movie, a prison film and a paean to a certain kind of tried-and-true action pic many directors attempt but few make as involving and effortlessly enjoyable as “the other” Paul Anderson. Since his 1994 debut, Shopping, he has, with moxie and aplomb, uncorked one high-concept genre thrill ride after another. In his first film since 2008 without his wife, the actress and model Milla Jovovich, the British veteran deftly takes on the sword-and-sandals adventure epic. After opening with an odd epigraph about the […]
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In the Ruins: Paul W.S. Anderson on Pompeii

Pompeii, so-called vulgar auteurist Paul W. S. Anderson’s latest extravaganza, is a love story and a disaster movie, a prison film and a paean to a certain kind of tried-and-true action pic many directors attempt but few make as involving and effortlessly enjoyable as “the other” Paul Anderson. Since his 1994 debut, Shopping, he has, with moxie and aplomb, uncorked one high-concept genre thrill ride after another. In his first film since 2008 without his wife, the actress and model Milla Jovovich, the British veteran deftly takes on the sword-and-sandals adventure epic. After opening with an odd epigraph about the […]
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OurDeal appoints Shaun Cornelius as CEO

Two year-old group buying site OurDeal has appointed a new chief executive.

Shaun Cornelius, the former boss of Shopping.com, Infochoice.com.au and Choosi, joins the site part owned by News Limited and Ten, replacing CEO and founder Julian Holman.

He will report to Paul Anderson, OurDeal’s chairman.

Anderson said: “We are delighted to have Shaun join the OurDeal team. His experience in growing online companies in the Australian market is second-to-none, and we are looking forward to working with Shaun to take the company to the next level.”
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Exclusive: Producer Jeremy Bolt on The Three Musketeers

Creative partners for roughly two decades, Jeremy Bolt's connection to Paul W.S. Anderson goes back as far as 1994's Shopping , which Anderson wrote and directed and Bolt produced. Since then, they've teamed on quite a number of projects, ranging from Event Horizon to every film in the "Resident Evil" franchise. October 21st sees the release of their The Three Musketeers , which offers an action-packed 3D take on Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure tale. Bolt and Anderson re-team with Milla Jovovich (Anderson's wife) and showcase a cast that includes Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelsen, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom and Christoph Waltz. ComingSoon.net spoke with Bolt about the film, the challenges of adapting...
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Jessops Launch New Short Movie Competition with The Mob Film Company & Paul W.S. Anderson

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Jessops is a name that you’ll know well from the high-street but are branching out into different areas. They have recently launched a brand new short film competition which was so good that we had to tell you about it!

They’ve joined forces with The Mob Film Company director and prolific Director, Paul W.S. Anderson (my interview with him for The Three Musketeers will be up on the site tomorrow) to launch a new short film competition where you could win £5000 of Nikon prizes and the chance to visit Anderson on the set of his next movie (which isn’t stated by we think is going to be Resident Evil 5).

I’ll let Paul do the talking and scroll down for more information and the press release but in a nutshell, the movie can be made on any Dslr or camera with a video function, can be no
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Paul W. S. Anderson Talks 'Resident Evil,' Video Games, 3D and 'The Three Musketeers'

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"Jean-Luc Godard once said, 'All you need to make a great movie is a girl and a gun.' And that's definitely my approach to filmmaking."

-- Paul W.S. Anderson

Welcome to part two of Cinematical's interview with Paul W. S. Anderson (here's part one)! After 'Shopping' got the attention of Hollywood industry types, Anderson kicked off his mainstream career with 'Mortal Kombat.' From there, his path led him towards bigger and even more sci-fi/action-infused flicks like 'Event Horizon' and, of course, the 'Resident Evil' movies based on the Capcom video games. Here he discusses the evolution of the franchise, 3D versus 2D and his upcoming 3D action period piece, 'The Three Musketeers.'

The 'Resident Evil' movies are interesting because the first one started out as a more straight horror movie like the video games,
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Paul W. S. Anderson Talks 'Resident Evil,' Video Games, 3D and 'The Three Musketeers'

Paul W. S. Anderson Talks 'Resident Evil,' Video Games, 3D and 'The Three Musketeers'
Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, Horror, Sci-Fi, Cinematical

"Jean-Luc Godard once said, 'All you need to make a great movie is a girl and a gun.' And that's definitely my approach to filmmaking."

-- Paul W.S. Anderson

Welcome to part two of Cinematical's interview with Paul W. S. Anderson (here's part one)! After 'Shopping' got the attention of Hollywood industry types, Anderson kicked off his mainstream career with 'Mortal Kombat.' From there, his path led him towards bigger and even more sci-fi/action-infused flicks like 'Event Horizon' and, of course, the 'Resident Evil' movies based on the Capcom video games. Here he discusses the evolution of the franchise, 3D versus 2D and his upcoming 3D action period piece, 'The Three Musketeers.'

The 'Resident Evil' movies are interesting because the first one started out as a more straight horror movie like the video games,
See full article at Cinematical »

Paul W.S. Anderson on 'Shopping,' Car Crashes and How He Ended Up in Hollywood

Filed under: Celebrity Interviews, DVDs, Cinematical

Before Paul W.S. Anderson made his name in Hollywood with action-packed flicks like 'Resident Evil,' 'Avp: Alien vs. Predator' and 'Death Race,' he wrote and directed a slick crime flick about disaffected British youth called 'Shopping.' Starring an impossibly baby-faced Jude Law and spiky-haired Sadie Frost, this edgy independent about stealing and crashing cars got a licking from the British Board of Film Classification, the critics and even its own distributor, Rank. Now it's found its way onto DVD and Blu-ray thanks to Severin Films, who made it possible for Cinematical to chat with the busy director about his first movie and more in this two-part interview.

Cinematical: 'Shopping' has a very different feel than your other movies, from its sort of dystopian aesthetic to its storyline. What were your primary sources of inspiration for
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