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Hollywood Film Awards: Benicio Del Toro to receive the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Sicario”

Benicio Del Toro is a pretty singular talent in the industry, so it’s never a surprise when he does worth worthy of being honored. This year, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to bestow upon him the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Sicario. Of course, Del Toro more or less stole that film, so it’s a totally viable honor. He’s going to be in play for an Oscar nod in Best Supporting Actor, but regardless of if that nom happens or not, this shows how he’s still crafting memorable supporting characters. That’s always been Del Toro’s bread and butter, so this is just a perfect citation for him… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced that Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario.
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Abel Ferrara’s ‘Body Snatchers’: The horror of being alone

  • SoundOnSight
There are perhaps few filmmakers more contradictory and ultimately more fascinating than Abel Ferrara. The American director, most famous for crime dramas like Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, could be compared to an older auteur like Nicholas Ray who blurred lines not just between genres, but between art and industry. While Ferrara has often been forced to work outside both Hollywood and the United States in the past decade of his career, with many of his most recent films never receiving proper American releases, he’s often down to tackle studio assignments. Despite his acceptance of studio productions and interest in genre fiction, Ferrara is also fascinated by morality and corruption in a way that links him to European filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pier Paolo Pasolini. In this sense, despite his films’ visceral and stark depictions of violence, sexuality, and substance use, he’s heavily informed by Catholicism,
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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans

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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans
Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late Us actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has unveiled plans for its 50th ‘annivarysary’ edition, set to run July 3-11.

The jubilee edition will include a look at recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to Us actors John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.

Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has collaborated with Ivan Zachariáš since the beginning of the
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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president

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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president
Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.

Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Italian-American actress and director will head a jury that will judge 20 films, set to be announced when the full line-up is unveiled on April 16.

At this year’s Cannes, Rossellini will take part in a tribute to her actress mother by attending the screening of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏, a documentary by Stig Björkman being shown as part of the Cannes Classics. (This year’s Cannes poster features Bergman)

She will also launch her own ‘Ingrid Bergman Tribute’ to celebrate the centenary of her mother’s birth. The show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, will be based on both her autobiography and her correspondence with Roberto Rossellini.

With the help of a soon-to-be-announced jury made up of artists, journalists and festival
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Isabella Rossellini To Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard

Isabella Rossellini To Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard
Paris — Isabella Rossellini is set to preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard during the 68th edition of Cannes Film Festival.

The lineup of Un Certain Regard, which comprises 20 films, will be unveiled at a presser on April 16, along with the rest of the official selection.

It will be stellar festival for Rossellini, as her mother, Ingrid Bergman, will be celebrated with a tribute. Rossellini, whose father is the Italian helmer Roberto Rossellini, will also launch her own “Ingrid Bergman Tribute,” a show directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damianito and based on the iconic thesp’s autobiography and correspondence with Roberto Rossellini. The “Ingrid Bergman Tribute” will go on to play at some at the world’s major theaters.

Lastly, Rossellini will attend the screening of Stig Björkman’s documentary “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏,” which will be shown as part of Cannes Classics.

Rossellini has
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Abel Ferrara Battles for Director's Cut of 'Welcome to New York,' But Here's the Real Story

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Abel Ferrara Battles for Director's Cut of 'Welcome to New York,' But Here's the Real Story
Abel Ferrara, the rascally perennial New York filmmaker behind seminal tales of urban grime like "Bad Lieutenant" and "The Funeral," has never taken kindly to the idea of compromise. At the same time, the unruly, anarchic sensibility visible in his movies also colors his business dealings, to the point where the legitimacy of his routine complaints with collaborators are difficult to discern. Read More: Sex, Soul Searching & a Naked Gerard Depardieu: Abel Ferrara's Dsk Drama 'Welcome to New York' is Bonkers Such is the case with "Welcome to New York," Ferrara's gleefully vulgar portrait of disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which IFC Films releases in the U.S. on March 27. The movie, which stars Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, premiered at an unofficial screening in Cannes last May at the same time that it became available on VOD platforms in France. But it wasn't until the fall,
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Watch: Willem Dafoe in First Trailer for Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini'

Set to have its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, starring Willem Dafoe as the Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini, has premiered ahead of its upcoming Venice Film Festival premiere. The film takes a look at the final days of Pasolini's life and the confusion surrounding his death in 1975 as he struggles with the censors as he is about to finish Sal?, or the 120 Days of Sodom, pausing for an interview with a journalist that allows him to reflect on ideas of sex and politics, having lunch with his beloved mother with whom he shared a house, welcoming friends and former lovers and his obsessive predilection for cruising the nocturnal streets of Rome in search of furtive sex via. Depending on how things shape out when it comes to my Tiff schedule, I might be seeing this one on Sunday,
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995

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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...

The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.

As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't.
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'Lawless,' 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Cosmopolis,' 'On The Road' Lead Official Selection For 2012 Cannes Film Festival

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Still the biggest and most prestigious film festival in the world, despite fierce competition, Cannes is one of the major dates in the film lover's calendar. And more so than ever this year, there's been a great deal of speculation as to what the films in competition might be. We knew that Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" was opening the festival, and we knew, as of yesterday, that "Therese D," the last film from director Claude Miller, starring Audrey Tautou, would close it.

But beyond that, nothing's been certain, although all kinds of rumors have been circulating. Would we see Terrence Malick debut a new film for the second year in a row? Would Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" bow on the Croisette? Would Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" finally see him gain festival love? (it's possible we made the last one up).

Well, the line-up's finally been unveiled,
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Predicting the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Line-Up 24 Hours Before It's Revealed

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Update: The full line-up is now available right here. We are now less than 24 hours away from the official 2012 Cannes Film Festival line-up announcement and I have to admit, my excitement for what may come is hitting overload. As much as the Toronto Film Festival has come to be the place where several films begin their Oscar run, there simply is nothing better than the international cinematic prestige of attending the Cannes Film Festival each year and this will mark my third year attending. With that in mind, late last night I added an additional nine films to the RopeofSilicon database that have the potential of being named during tomorrow's (April 19) announcement, which should come sometime around 2 or 3 Am Pst. After doing so I felt it wouldn't hurt to take one last look at what films have the strongest chance of showing up at the festival this year.
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4:44 Last Day On Earth Review

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By Colleen Wanglund,

While not technically a horror movie, 4:44 Last Day On Earth (2012) still manages to pack a terrifying, if quiet, punch. Written and directed by maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Bad Leiutenant {1992}, The Funeral {1996}, Ms. 45 {1981}) 4:44 takes an intimate look at a Bohemian couple living out their final day on Earth.

Cisco (Willem Dafoe) is a successful actor living with his artist girlfriend Skye (Shanyn Leigh) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. As the title suggests, life on Earth will cease to exist on this particular day at 4:44 Am due to humanity’s failure to do anything about climate change. Cisco and Skye say their goodbyes to loved ones via Skype, while in between they meditate, make love, and order Chinese food for dinner. Skye is also furiously trying to finish her painting while Cisco goes to visit friends in just one of a
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A Personal Reflection on the Work of Abel Ferrara in Light of His New Picture (Written in the Shadow of Serge Daney)

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I used to believe, like Wenders or Godard, in the death of cinema. I accepted it as fact but never believed in it. The movies, that’s what I believed in—a dark room, shadows on a surface, a bunch of lonely people sitting down, looking up.

Like Leos Carax to Serge Daney, Abel Ferrara showed me there’d be cinema ‘til the end of the world.


At first I thought Abel Ferrara’s films were badly acted; I soon realized Ferrara would take bad acting with truth in it over a masterpiece of falsehoods. (Later I found out that Ferrara would, in Dangerous Game and New Rose Hotel, use one to create the other.)

I thought his films were too commercial. “Already captivated by cinema, I didn’t need to be seduced as well,” as Serge Daney put it. Hollywood in the 21st century is a highly sophisticated marketing ploy.
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Abel Ferrara’s ’4:44 Last Day on Earth’ Trailer Featuring Willem Dafoe

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Aside from the original Bad Lieutenant and possibly the Christopher Walken-starring The Funeral, director Abel Ferrara has been able to make his independent dramas despite little recognition from audiences. His latest is another in a wave of films dealing with the end-of-the-world theme (see Melancholia and the upcoming Seeking a Friend, as well doom-filled dramas like Take Shelter).

Titled 4:44 Last Day on Earth, I’ve actually heard nothing but bad things about this one on the festival circuit for the film that stars Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh as a couple in NYC who are preparing for the apocalypse. Dafoe is at least always interesting to watch, but I’ve never liked Ferrara’s style so I’ll likely skip this one. Check out the trailer below via IMDb for the film also starring Paz de la Huerta.


How would we spend our final hours on Earth?
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Abel Ferrara Working on Dominique Strauss-Kahn-Inspired Project

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Abel Ferrara, best known as an independent filmmaker of such films as Ms. 45 (1981), King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Funeral (1996) is now re-teaming with screenwriter Christ Zois (New Rose Hotel) to work on a feature script partly inspired by this summer’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair. Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle [...]

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Venice Diary: Wild-child Ferrara is in town – but will he be Abel to make his dates?

Abel Ferrara has gone clean. Us indie cinema's bard of drug abuse, sleaze and violence has been known in the past to turn up three hours late for interviews – and then promptly fall asleep. The colourful Bronx-born director of Driller Killer, King of New York and The Funeral, is due in Venice later this week for the premiere of his new film 4:44 Last Day on Earth about a couple confronting the end of the world. The word in advance of his arrival is that his own wild days are now firmly behind him. In the press notes for the new movie, he even quotes the Dalai Lama. The publicists are so confident that he's a reformed character that they are scheduling some of his interviews for early in the morning. Whether he'll turn up or not remains to be seen.
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Walken Wants To Star As Santa Claus

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Walken Wants To Star As Santa Claus
Hollywood veteran Christopher Walken is appealing for movie directors to cast him as Father Christmas, because he's convinced his "nice, loving" persona makes him perfect for the festive role.

The Annie Hall star is famous for portraying tough characters and thugs in films like King of New York, The Funeral, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, and new mob movie Kill The Irishman - and many movie stars have confessed to being terrified of him.

But the 68 year old wants to don Santa's big red suit for an out-of-character festive film.

He tells New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, "I'm always playing some tough character. I don't know why. I'm a really nice, loving guy.

"They should cast me in a sweet part. I think I should be Santa Claus instead of these bad types. I'd love to play Santa Claus, but nobody asks me to do that."

Walken has challenged the stereotype fixed to him on a number of occasions, playing John Travolta's devoted husband in Hairspray and showing off his dancing skills in Fatboy Slim's Weapons of Choice video.

John Cusack up for Dictablanda

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Variety reportedly said John Cusack’s starring in a new feature called Dictablanda (Soft Dictator), a screwball slapstick comedy of manners including an international conspiracy and intrigue.

Cusack co-wrote the script with entertainment attorney Kevin Morris, as well as actor Paul Hipp (”The Funeral,” “Face/Off”), who will also play in the film, and plus Alejandro Agresti. The latter, Agresti, the Argentine director of Valentin and The Lake House, is helming the lens. Production is already ongoing in Argentina, with sponsorship from local Pampa Films, and will continue through April.

The working title of the movie is “People don’t die, they get killed.”

John Cusack has just preoccupied playing Edgar Allan Poe in a period thriller called The Raven, inspired by the life and mysterious death of a magnificent American poet.

Cusack has been blessed enough to enjoy more than one period of career soaring. He had the top
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Nowhere To Hyde For Ferrara

Nowhere To Hyde For Ferrara
It was always an unusually high-profile, mainstream project for its director, and things had gone rather quiet lately, so this comes as no real surprise. But The Guardian has final confirmation, if confirmation were really needed, that Abel Ferrara's version of Jekyll and Hyde is no longer happening.Ferrara directed the original Bad Lieutenant and its brilliant spiritual follow-ups The Funeral and The Addiction, as well as King of New York, with its terrifying central performance by Christopher Walken. Recent years have seen him dip seriously below the radar though, with the documentaries and features he's worked on barely securing releases. There were brief reports of him directing Game of Death for Wesley Snipes (who was also in King of New York), but it went ahead with Giorgio Serafini behind the camera. His modern-day Jekyll and Hyde was set to star Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent. Fiddy "could be an awesome Edward Hyde,
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Abel Ferrara: 'I made Scarface look like Mary Poppins'

With King of New York and Bad Lieutenant, Abel Ferrara was the chronicler of New York at its grittiest. But what happens when that city no longer exists? Compromise is not an option, he tells Andrew Purcell

Of all the great New York movie directors, none has captured the city's nervous energy better than Abel Ferrara. But while Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese have become establishment figures; and Spike Lee and John Cassavetes are celebrated outsiders, Ferrara has largely been ignored. Although he has never stopped making films, it is now more than a decade since his last cinematic release. His best-known movies, Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, are set in the dangerous but fertile period that began in the hip-hop late 70s and ended with the influx of corporate money in the mid-90s. His antiheroes are gangsters, junkies and cops, living on the margins in the heart of Manhattan.
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