13 items from 2011
There are 3.7 million Google results for Robert Pattinson looking "yummy." But on Tuesday, that description could be taken quite literally. The Twilight star was photographed in Toronto filming scenes for his upcoming drama Cosmopolis in which he gets ambushed, hit in the face with a pie, and then chases off photographers. Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg [History of Violence, Crash], follows multimillionaire Eric Parker, played by Pattinson, 25, who intially sets out to get a haircut, but ends up on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. The film, due out in 2012, also stars Jay Baruchel and Paul Giamatti. - Caroline Slutsky »
Written and Directed by Evan Glodell
Bellflower is a movie aimed at dudes. Not just any old dudes, but, you know, really cool dudes, who like setting things on fire and fucking unhappy blondes and buying stuff at the hardware store.
And the movie was actually made by really cool dudes who like constructing incendiary devices, casting themselves opposite blonde actresses and negotiating a substantial line of credit at their local Home Depot. Wait… that’s Art imitating Life imitating Art, right? How cool is that?
The narrative revolves around two dudes – let’s refer to them as Main Dude and Other Dude - who think they are actually really cool because they build flamethrowers, prematurely ejaculate and drop litter while riding a tricycle and looking sad. They justify this anti-social behavior by »
David Cronenberg has his cast pretty much set for his adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis. Robert Pattinson plays the lead role, and we've been waiting for the final word on an actress to play his character's estranged wife. Marion Cotillard was originally set to play the part, but dropped out due to her pregnancy. And now David Cronenberg has tapped Sarah Gadon, who had a small part in the director's yet to be released film A Dangerous Method. Entertainment One, the Canadian distributor of Cosmopolis, announced the casting via press release. So Sarah Gadon will play Elise Shifrin, the wife of Robert Pattinson's character Eric Packer, a 28-year old billionaire who spends almost all of the source novel in his limo crossing Manhattan, making deals and bad business decisions, cheating on his wife and dealing with protesters and a couple of guys who might be seeking revenge »
- Russ Fischer
Organisers of the Tribeca Film Festival have announced this year's line-up of 60 short films, 22 of which are world premieres.
The international festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, producer Jane Rosenthal and real-estate investor Craig Hatkoff to help revitalise Manhattan's Tribeca neighbourhood following the 9/11 terrorist attack.
The 2011 event - presented by founding sponsor American Express - will run from April 20 to May 1. The 60 shorts represent 21 countries, including the UK, and feature stars from around the globe.
In a new development this year, the recipient of the Tff Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Oscars without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.
The short film program, drawn from 2,862 submissions, will be presented in eight thematic programs, which are detailed below.
There is a broad spectrum of styles and storytelling, from zombies taking over Manhattan to the humanitarian effort in Haiti. »
- David Bentley
Constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, the varied films of David Cronenberg often benefit from some remarkable performances. Here are 10 of the very best…
David Cronenberg's films are frequently noted for their existentialist themes and startlingly imaginative flashes of violence, but there's one aspect of his movie making that's often overlooked. Almost every film he's made since the late-70s has featured at least one stand-out performance, and I'd even go so far as to say that some actors have never bettered their Cronenberg-driven turns.
With but one exception, most of these performances have been overlooked by major award-giving organisations. To redress the balance a little, here's our list of career-best performances in Cronenberg's films...
Director Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), Hitman) starts off his next film with a bang. The Divide will premiere at SXSW festival this weekend and Twitch has provided us with the opening scene. We already showed you the teaser, and now you can check out the first scene below from the film starring Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gamer, Rocky Balboa), Michael Biehn, and Rosanna Arquette (Crash, Pulp Fiction).
When a cataclysmic explosion devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building, a converted fallout shelter designed by their paranoid superintendent Mickey. With just three connecting rooms it’s barely big enough, but with stockpiles of food and water, the group are at least safe from the horrors outside, and they settle in and attempt to fathom the catastrophe that has ended the lives of so many of their loved ones.With twists and turns throughout, and »
- Jordan Raup
Serious Film's Michael C. here to ask an inconvenient question. As predictions are being finalized around the web it becomes clear that a large bloc, if not a majority, of pundits are predicting a picture/director split with The King’s Speech taking picture but David Fincher claiming the director trophy.
No doubt there is some wishful thinking at play by those still stinging from The Social Network’s flame out at the guilds awards. “Okay, maybe those Philistine voters will deny Social Network the big prize but how could they bypass an established master like Fincher in favor of Tom What’s-His-Name?”
The King Speaks. (The king being Fincher. His movies do rule.
I don’t mean to throw cold water on a plausible scenario that I would much prefer to a Speech sweep, but the burning question is this: When has a picture/director split ever been predicted? »
- Michael C.
The movies have some valuable lessons to teach us about bedroom shenanigans. For here are 15 films that might just put you off sex altogether…
It might be the week where romance is supposed to be prevalent, but you’re playing hanky-panky roulette if you’re looking for the movies to get you in the mood.
Because whilst a good romance may lead to you settling down for an evening of memorable, passionate how’s-your-father, if you pop the wrong film in, you’re more likely to be reaching for a cardigan and a good book than a post-coital cigarette and a big grin.
Here, then, are 15 films you might want to avoid popping in your DVD player when it’s a night of nudge-nudge-wink-wink that you’re craving…
Note: We’re leaving the nasty films out of the list. To be included, every scene depicted had to be consensual.
Avatar: Extended Edition
Since filming wrapped on Vanishing On 7th Street in September, Brad Anderson has been trying to decide where to go next. And though the director has several ideas currently in development, one in particular should excite fans of his 2004 work, The Machinist. Anderson plans to film an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s psychological mind-warper, Concrete Island, starring Christian Bale.
Speaking about the project to ShockTillYouDrop, Anderson summarised the project as follows:
The best way to describe it is it’s like an urban Robinson Crusoe story. A guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape. He’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis. It’s sort of a crazy, cool Ballard-esque type story, but Christian’s on board to do that – when we can fit it into his schedule, of course.
Colour us intrigued! »
- Patrick Harley
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#8 – “Secretary” (2002)
Directed by Steven Shainberg
Dispensing with the customary flowers, chocolates and warm sentiments so prevalent in modern romances in favour of earthworms, red marker pens, harnesses and plenty of healthy spankings “Secretary” is certainly not your average romantic comedy. But though the pre-publicity veered towards the more salacious aspects of the narrative (especially with the iconically memorable “teaser” poster) the film ultimately delights with its quirky screenplay, stunning cast and, above all, the warmth and heart that beats beneath its sadomasochistically sexy exterior.
This was the film that not only allowed the divine Maggie Gyllenhaal to step out from the shadow of her younger sibling Jake but, perhaps more importantly, instigated my current love, admiration and part time obsession for her. In the role of Lee Holloway she delivers a truly outstanding performance that is in equal parts brave, »
- Nick Turk
To celebrate the upcoming release of Drive Angry 3D, we look back at cinema’s most dangerous road users, and why you definitely wouldn’t want to get in a car with them…
It's a familiar horror scenario: you're hitching a lift, and against your better judgement, you get in a car with someone you gradually realise isn't entirely stable. Too late, you notice the huge black bin bags on the back seat, and as the driver skitters off down the road as though the forces of hell are at his tyres, you quietly pray that those bin bags aren't full of dismembered body parts.
This actually happened to me about a dozen years ago (I was the hitcher, not the drive), and while I never discovered the contents of those sinister bin bags, I was eventually deposited safely at my destination by the kind, yet terrifying driver.
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Black Swan (2010) is a work of chilling beauty. Its excellent cinematography, dance, and music - all accompanied by the performance of an exciting cast - makes it a delicacy for the eyes and ears. But much like any other Darren Aronofsky film, it requires some unravelling and consideration.
Black Swan has a narrative that works on a number of levels. Firstly it is about Nina (Natalie Portman), an aspiring young ballet dancer and the desire that she has to perform the role of the ‘Swan Queen’ in the Tchaikovsky ballet Swan Lake, but as she fights for the part the narrative becomes more intricate. Her innocent and sweet demeanour give her the qualities required to perform the ‘White Swan’ aspect of the character, but to perform the role of the 'Black Swan' to full affect she must embrace a much darker side of her personality.
Embracing such inner »
- Daniel Green
13 items from 2011
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