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Why 'Monsieur Lazhar' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks This Week

28 August 2012 6:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Canada's moving Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film; a horror flick from the guy that brought you "The Blair Witch Project"; The Who's classic rock opera; a cool and brutal Scandinavian thriller; and the latest comedy from the director of "The Big Chill." #1. "Monsieur Lazhar" For better or worse, the teacher/classroom genre is a Hollywood staple. From "Dangerous Minds" and "Freedom Writers" to "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Dead Poets Society," these films tend to follow a standard plot formula (and often reap considerable box office and Oscar nominations anyway). Quebecois import "Monsieur Lazhar" -- fresh off an Academy Award nomination for foreign language film -- manages to transcend the genre with a moving, realistic take on student-teacher relations. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the film follows Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), an Algerian »

- Nigel M Smith

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Detachment Review: Rewarding, Hard-Hitting School Drama

10 July 2012 5:32 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s a story we’ve seen dozens of times before in the likes of Dangerous Minds, Coach Carter and The Class – of a teacher arriving at a downtrodden inner-city school with the hope of turning the kids’ lives around – but prickly director Tony Kaye (American History X) manages to breathe new life into it with his refreshingly hard-edged, unsentimental approach.

An opening montage, mixing apparent verite footage with the musings of protagonist Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody), asks a simple question – why do people teach? Through a school-based drama that doubles as an urban nightmare, Kaye considers this question, and also musters up plenty of his own to boot.

Brody is the film’s Michelle Pfeiffer, the respected substitute teacher looking to save an ailing school at the behest of Principal Carol Dearden (Marcia Gay Harden), whose head rests on the chopping block. From the outset, »

- Shaun Munro

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Watch: David Lynch Directed Alternate Video For Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Game"

3 July 2012 11:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“I haven’t gotten the big idea,” David Lynch recently told 24 Frames about the prospect of future movies from the helmer. “I’ve got some fragments that are coming, but not the big idea...If I got an idea that I fell in love with, I’d go to work tomorrow. I just haven’t.” And while that's a bummer, it seems there are still bits of pieces of the director's work that are worth revisiting.

Dangerous Minds (via Flavorwire) has dug up an alternate video to Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" directed by Lynch himself. You remember the original right? It was the Herbs Ritts directed black-and-white spot that featured Isaak and supermodel Helena Christensen sexily frolicking around a beach, while Isaak's falsetto shattered your glassware. Well, in Lynch's version -- made as an extra for the VHS release of "Wild At Heart" -- he keeps the black-and-white motif for Isaak and his band, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Cool Stop-Motion Trailer for 'The Raid' with Claymation Cats

11 May 2012 11:57 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If by chance you happened to miss The Raid: Redemption, be on the lookout for it playing at any theater near you as it likely won't last longer than one week in theaters that aren't in major cities. Hopefully it will hit the shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD sooner than later so everyone can witness what a real action movie with very little digital effects and some amazing choreography can be like (apparently many big blockbusters have forgotten how to do that). But until then, you might want to have a little fun with this stop-motion animated re-creation of the trailer for the film with claymation cats, because why not? It's pretty cool. The stop-motion animated trailer for The Raid: Redemption from Dangerous Minds (via SlashFilm): Here's the original trailer that inspired the claymation version to compare and contrast via Yahoo: In the heart of Jakarta lies a rundown »

- Ethan Anderton

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Cougar Town Review: Where Laurie Solves Racism

2 May 2012 2:33 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

As Cougar Town begins winding down towards its season (hopefully not series, I’m staying positive) finale, "Southern Accents" begins moving the final pieces in place for the characters.

The three main stories keep pushing the characters along, as this season has done so well already. Andy thinks about running for Mayor, Bobby and Laurie try to get to the root of his racism problems and Grayson and Jules try to work on a way to fold Holly into their lives.

I fully support Andy as Mayor if only because he can supply a “come on!” in some kind of campaign speech. Plus, giving Ellie some semblance of power is the best thing that could ever happen. If her list of demands is any indication, the entire town is in for a world of Ellie, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Not only that, Ellie would need to interact with people, »

- snickrz@gmail.com (Nick McHatton)

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2012: The Best Movies of April

1 May 2012 10:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2012 promises to be a fantastic year in cinema. Not too long ago, we posted a list of thirty of our most anticipated films of 2012, and so I decided I would keep track of my favourite films released each month. Here are my three favorite films released in April.

1- Cabin In The Woods

Directed by Drew Goddard

Screenplay by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard

The clever high-concept Cabin In The Woods is without a doubt the best and most inventive cabin-in-the-woods picture since Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2. It is also the most clever genre deconstruction since Wes Craven’s Scream. Screenwriters Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon tease us with a simple set-up, only to turn the joke upside down and on its head. Crammed with small unanticipated and unexpected incidents and comical twists, director Drew Goddard defies conventions while demonstrating a strong understanding of modern horror. This over the »

- Ricky

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Michelle Pfeiffer's Five Best Roles

27 April 2012 11:05 AM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Michelle Pfeiffer was honored with the Cinema Icon Award at the CinemaCon awards ceremony in Las Vegas last night in celebration of her big screen career, which has spanned more than 30 years.

The 53 year old is my all-time favorite actress, so I was lightly horrified to hear one of my interns ask "the lady from New Years Eve?" as I gushed over how amazing she looked in photos from the ceremony. I mean, check her out and just try to tell me she's not as flawless now as she was in 1993.

Related - Michelle Pfeiffer Stuns Zac Efron

But the fact that she's been reduced to being known for a supporting role in a pithy rom-com with younger generations breaks my Grease 2, LadyHawke, Dangerous Minds-loving heart.

Related - Who is Cinema's Best Catwoman?

That's why I decided to prescribe some mandatory movies to my blissfully ignorant intern -- and now you as well! Without pfurther »

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Here's 8 Great Teacher/Student Films, In Honor of 'Monsieur Lazhar'

12 April 2012 8:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For better or worse, the teacher/classroom genre is a Hollywood staple. From "Dangerous Minds" and "Freedom Writers" to "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Dead Poets Society," these films follow a pretty standard plot formula time and time again (and often reap considerable box office and Oscar nominations anyway). But this weekend, Quebecois import "Monsieur Lazhar" -- fresh off an Oscar nomination -- transcends the genre with a moving, realistic take on student-teacher relations. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, the film follows Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), an Algerian immigrant who is hired to replace a teacher at a Montreal elementary school who kills herself. Honest and sincere in a manner rare to its Hollywood counterparts, "Lazhar" is a powerful little film that effectively takes on a multitude of issues permeating today's society.  In honor of "Lazhar," Indiewire thought we'd offer 8 »

- Austin Dale, Steve Greene, Peter Knegt, Eric Kohn and Nigel M. Smith

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Daily Viewing. Trailer for the Restored "Yellow Submarine"

31 March 2012 9:22 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The Beatles' 1968 animated cult classic Yellow Submarine will be emerging from a sea of holes into the sea of green this May, when a remastered version of the film hits shelves," reports Matthew Wright at the National Post. "The original film took almost two years to make, as the production cycled through 40 animators, 140 technical artists and 14 different versions of the script. Accompanying its re-release will be a remastered soundtrack, and on April 24, a re-published version of the film's screenplay. The DVD and Blu-ray of Yellow Submarine, to include a behind-the-scenes documentary and audio commentary, will be released on May 28. The Blu-ray version will also have interviews, stickers, sketches and a 16-page essay on the film by Pixar founder John Lasseter."

In the Los Angeles Times, Randy Lewis reports that "the restoration for the 4K digital resolution was done completely by hand, frame by frame, without the use of any automated »

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Daily Briefing. Losses and Revivals

30 March 2012 7:10 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"When I wrote 120 Malay Movies I tried to watch all of the 34 movies that P Ramlee directed. I almost succeeded." Amir Muhammad (The Last Communist, Malaysian Gods) would eventually see 33; Sitora Harimau Jadian (1964) seems to have been lost. He tells us the story of how he came upon what amounts to P Ramlee's own novelization of Sitora Harimau Jadian, "describing what happens in his movie, scene by scene. The book is slim, only 124 pages, and I'm glad it was also fleshed out with pictures from the movie (which might be the only chance we will ever get to 'see' it)." He gives us a sample and then announces that he's republishing the book, which will be out next month and already has a fan page.

Another book. Today's review of Geoff Dyer's Zona comes from Nathan Rogers-Hancock at Cinespect.

Reading. Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel) once managed a »

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Adrien Brody, 'Detachment' Star, On The Education System, 'The Pianist' & Being Banned From 'SNL'

16 March 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Since winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003, Adrien Brody has bounced between big blockbusters ("King Kong," "Predators") and quirky comedies ("Brothers Bloom," "The Darjeeling Limited"), never letting himself get type-cast. But his newest project "Detachment" is earning him rave reviews and comparisons to his star-making turn in "The Pianist." The film, opening this weekend in New York City before rolling out across the country (it's also available on VOD), teams Brody up with Tony Kaye, the controversial director of "American History X." As a substitute teacher that inadvertently connects with troubled students at a tough public school, Brody's character struggles to deal with his own emotional trauma. If you're expecting a "Dangerous Minds"-like inspirational movie, you won't find it. As director Tony Kaye explained to Moviefone: "I saw it as a war film, so I chose to use a very aggressive multi-media style." The faculty of the »

- Eric Larnick

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Review: Tony Kaye's 'Detachment' Is A Fascinating Mess You Can't Look Away From

14 March 2012 12:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The following is a reprint of our review from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2011.

Though it had flown mostly under the radar, cinephiles were pretty thrilled a few weeks ago when the Tribeca Film Festival announced the addition of “Detachment” to its lineup. Not only was the cast top notch but behind the director's chair was British provocateur Tony Kaye, the filmmaker behind the controversial “American History X,” a picture made over 12 years ago. In the interim, things have been tough for the notoriously difficult director and "Detachment" is only his third feature and first narrative film since 1998. "American History X" had its own infamously troubled history when star Edward Norton essentially took over the film, edited it on his own without the director, and Kaye subsequently made a gigantic stink in Hollywood, putting ridiculous ads in Variety and eventually tried to take his name off the film and replace »

- Cory Everett

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Disney’s The Lone Ranger Finally Begins Principal Photography

29 February 2012 8:59 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After false starts, constant delays, and even having the plug pulled completely at one point, we finally have confirmation from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer that The Lone Ranger has begun principal photography. Here is the lengthy press release giving details of all cast and crew that will be involved in bringing the fictional western icon and his trusted sidekick Tonto, to the big-screen.

Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network, »

- Craig Hunter

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Production Finally Begins on Disney’s The Lone Ranger

28 February 2012 4:35 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, Calif. (February 28, 2012) — Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Johnny Depp Begins Filming The Lone Ranger

28 February 2012 12:08 PM, PST | Fox All Access | See recent Fox All Access news »

Burbank, Calif. (February 28, 2012) — Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys, »

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The Lone Ranger Begins Production in New Mexico

28 February 2012 11:32 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic adventure The Lone Ranger. The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean blockbusters - producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski - with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski's Academy Award-winning Rango.

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in The Lone Ranger, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (Michael Clayton, In the Bedroom) and Golden Globe and Emmy winner (John Adams); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer's productions of Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV's The Kennedys, True Grit, »

- MovieWeb

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The Lone Ranger Finally Heads into Production

28 February 2012 10:26 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After a rather bumpy road to get there, we’ve just been informed by Disney that their new joint venture with Jerry BruckheimerThe Lone Ranger’ has gone into production today. The movie is set to be directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale and Helena Bonham Carter.

The script is penned by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe.

More as we get it but the full info is below for your viewing pleasure. Excited to see this one but that’s probably just because it’s a ‘Jerry’ movie. Please let it be better than Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice!

Official press release below.

Disney And Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Epic Adventure “The Lone Ranger” Begins Production

Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and International Cast Star in Thrilling »

- David Sztypuljak

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Jiří Trnka @ 100

24 February 2012 6:19 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"It would be hard to meet a Czech whose childhood was not touched (perhaps unconsciously) by the art of Jiří Trnka, a painter, puppeteer, illustrator and above all, the founding father of Czech animated film." So begins Ruth Fraňková's 2007 profile for Radio Praha, for which she spoke with several of the innovator's admirers and colleagues. "His poetic drawings brought immortality to books that would otherwise be long forgotten. And his animated films bestowed dozens of puppets and drawings with life."

Trnka was born in Pilsen 100 years ago today and died in 1969 at the age of only 57; to here Fraňková tell it, he more or less worked himself to death. In 2010, Paul Gallagher posted a few clips at Dangerous Minds, adding that, having drawn since he was a child, Trnka "wanted to bring his pictures to life. So, he started making puppets and opened a wooden puppet theatre on Prague's Wenceslas Square. »

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Watch an Exclusive Clip from Detachment, then Vote for Your Top 10 Movies Set in Schools

21 February 2012 10:21 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Adrien Brody stars as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher and lost soul grappling with a troubled past, in Detachment. Barthes finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Barthes inadvertently becomes a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is.

Called a "harrowing depiction of the American educational system" by The Hollywood Reporter, Detachment is the long-awaited movie from director Tony Kaye (Amercian History X). Its stellar ensemble cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and newcomers Sami Gayle and Betty Kaye.

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Link | Posted 2/21/2012 by reelz

Adrien Brody | Lucy Liu | Marcia Gay Harden | Christina Hendricks | Lean on Me | Music of the Heart | October Sky | Freedom Writers | The Class | Detachment | Half Nelson | Stand and Deliver »

- reelz gustafson

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Walt Disney Pictures Sued By Fired Bigwig

27 January 2012 3:57 PM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Exclusive: Former Evp Music/Creative Marketing Glen Lajeski filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court today alleging breach of contract. It claims that he was terminated without warning or explanation by Walt Disney Pictures 2 years before his employment pact was due to expire and without providing him any opportunity to cure. Lajeski began working for Disney in 1996 as VP of Music Marketing. Among his credits, he spearheaded the unexpected success of the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack which won Grammy and Country Music awards. He also had success with soundtracks for films like Coyote Ugly, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Dangerous Minds, and Armageddon. Lajeski’s lawsuit says that early success prompted top execs to request his services on music marketing for the animation and direct-to-video film divisions. That’s when his work on the Cars soundtrack went platinum. Soon Lajeski was responsible for “initiating a new »

- NIKKI FINKE

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