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News Shorts: April 4th 2010

New photos from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Resident Evil Afterlife, Tomorrow When the War Began, Peacock, Solitary Man.

Posters for The A-Team, MacGruber, Beastly, The Losers, My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Animal Kingdom, Step Up 3D, True Blood: Season Three, Lottery Ticket, Marmaduke, Life During Wartime.

At last, a clear shot of the new Freddy Krueger's face from the upcoming "A Nightmare on Elm Street" can be found at Horror Bid.

A very thorough script review of Steven Soderbergh's viral outbreak thriller "Contagion" is up at The Playlist.

"Emily Blunt was courted by Marvel Studios to play Peggy Carter, the girlfriend of Chris Evans' Steve Rogers in the upcoming "Captain America" movie. However Blunt is close to signing on to other projects and has officially turned down Marvel's offer..." (full details)

"A representative for Will Smith's has denied that the star has signed for two "Independence Day" sequels,
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

  • Dark Horizons
Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

  • Dark Horizons
Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

  • Dark Horizons
After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

  • Dark Horizons
After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Blu-Ray Review: Jonathan Demme’s ‘Stop Making Sense’ With The Talking Heads

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – The Talking Heads hold such an important place in the development of my musical taste (and director Jonathan Demme in my film taste), that I find it more difficult than usual to critically appraise the 25th Anniversary release of “Stop Making Sense” on Blu-Ray. Even with my personal love for everything related to the film aside, “Stop Making Sense” has held up remarkably well, still standing as one of the best concert films ever made.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

Designed by Demme and David Byrne, “Stop Making Sense” is more than an average concert film. Not only is it directed by a man who would later win an Oscar for his craft (for “Silence of the Lambs”), making it a more visually accomplished piece than say the latest Nickelback concert video, but it is conceptually brilliant and features some of the best music of its day.

Stop Making Sense was released on Blu-Ray on October 13th,
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2009 Gotham Awards Announce Career Tributes

  • MovieWeb
The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, announced today that director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, will each be presented with a career Tribute at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday November 30th in New York. Ifp also announced it has moved the gala awards ceremony to Monday, November 30 at Cipriani Wall Street, from the previously announced date of Tuesday, December 1st.

Signaling the official kick-off to the film awards season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film. Anchoring the evening's six competitive awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, are four Tributes to film community icons.

This year's Tribute selection represents a range of individuals -
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Film Junk Podcast Episode #236: Tiff Report, Part 2

  • FilmJunk
0:00 - Intro 1:15 - R.I.P. Patrick Swayze 5:30 - Tiff Review: The Road 17:55 - Tiff Review: Jennifer's Body 23:35 - Tiff Review: Survival of the Dead 33:20 - Tiff Review: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 52:50 - Tiff Review: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 1:06:10 - Tiff Review: Up in the Air 1:13:50 - Tiff Review: [Rec] 2 1:19:25 - Tiff Review: Life During Wartime 1:33:00 - Other Stuff We Watched: Bitch Slap, Whip It, Vengeance, Defendor, Solomon Kane, Solitary Man, Daybreakers, Monterey Pop, The Colossus of Rhodes, Grace, Fanboys, Community, Glee, Archer, Survivor 2:03:05 - Junk Mail: The Het Voice Mail 2:06:40 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:08:30 - Outro » Download the MP3 (60 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] Subscribe to the podcast feed: [4] [5] [6] [7] Donate via Paypal: Recurring Donation $2/Month: [1] http://www.
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Tiff: The Finale

Lev Lewis signing off from the Toronto International Film Festival

For ten days a year my little big city is overtaken by the masses of the film industry. Celebrities of all kinds are spotted walking casually through Yonge St.; semi-recognizable journalists with their green laniards hurry from screening to screening. A little piece of Hollywood just one streetcar ride away from me. So, it's odd to see how a city can overnight seem the centre of the world and then, just like that, retreat back to its former, seemingly dull self.

Not that I'm complaining. As exciting as the last ten days have been, a respite from line-ups and writing and, yes, even films, will be most welcome. 18 films in ten days isn't an exorbitant amount but it's more than enough for me. I'll leave you with a write-up on the best films I saw at the festival.

Now for the movies!
See full article at FilmExperience »

Toronto Rights Roundup and Other Fall Festivals

  • Sydney's Buzz
The Toronto and Other Fall Festivals Rights Round Up for acquisitions executives, distributors, international sales agents, investors and producers is different from my previous Rr Reports. It is no longer a report based on data and FilmFinders is out of the equation. This listing of rights acquired preliminary to the actual festival, during the festival and for a couple of months afterward can also be found on MDbPro who acquired FilmFinders in 2008 and where SydneysBuzz resides on the landing page and on IMDbPro's News Desk. Whenever possible, the list is alphabetical by international sales agent (linked to IMDbPro), and the Isa's titles are also linked to IMDbPro.

If you do not yet subscribe to IMDbPro, I would advise plunking down $100 for a year's subscription. You'll get more than your money's worth I promise. By going into Pro, you will be able to see all the territorial distributors for a particular title,
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Remains of the Day: Akira Kurosawa in Venice, Akira Kurosawa on Criterion

  • Akira Deluxe. His 100th year anniversary means: tributes and a DVD set that should fill up a shelf. Here is some Kurosawa news and other cinema happenings on Tuesday, August 25th. 1. A Tribute for the Master Panel will discuss Akira KurosawaAkira Kurosawa
[/link]'s work at the upcoming Venice Film Fest. 2. At Hits the Spot Hunger is following Kurosawa by going the Criterion Collection Route. 3. Re-casting Thanks to ThePlaylist for the Life During Wartime groundwork! 4. Keep this one Close to the Chest Image Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to 44 Inch Chest. 5. Indicator Directors Guild of America is set for January 30th. 6. Crickets Chirping Sam Mendes and Christopher Hampton adapting Netherland. 7. Auteur Theory for 2 Years MoMA Launches Two-Year “Auteurist History of Film” Series 8. Decisions, decisions, decisions.Tiff 2009 Schedule is published. 1/2. Class is now in Session Film Criticism: Beginning, Middle and End?...
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Life During Wartime

  • IFC
On stage with the cast of her latest movie at the Toronto Film Festival last September, Kathryn Bigelow leaned in closely to the microphone to dramatically proffer this greeting to the audience right before the lights went down: "Welcome...to 'The Hurt Locker.'"

The invitation suggested that we were about to enter both a specific physical place (Baghdad in summer 2004) and psychic space (traumatized warrior masculinity). Once in, there would be no over-explanation, little backstory, no maudlin psychologizing; Bigelow's film, written by Mark Boal, who spent several weeks embedded with a U.S. Army bomb squad in Iraq, is an assiduous re-creation of rituals, an accrual of tiny details. Calling "The Hurt Locker" the best of the films about the second U.S.-Iraq war -- which it is -- may sound like damning it with faint praise. More laudably, it is an undeniably visceral experience.

"The Hurt Locker
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'Bolt,' 'Marley & Me' among Genesis noms

'Bolt,' 'Marley & Me' among Genesis noms
Three movies about dogs and a documentary about a lost killer whale will compete for best feature film honors at the 23rd Genesis Awards.

Presented by the Humane Society of the United States, the awards honor news and entertainment media showcasing animal issues. Trophies will be handed out March 28 at the Beverly Hilton.

For making news on behalf of animals, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are set to receive the Wyler Award, named after Genesis Awards founder Gretchen Wyler.

This year's event, exec produced by Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hsus Hollywood office, is dedicated to ending the Canadian seal hunt.

The contenders in the best feature film category are the animated film "Bolt," the family movie "Marley & Me," the revenge drama "Red" and "Saving Luna," a documentary about a wayward whale.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

The AfterEllen.com 2008 Visibility Awards

In our annual Visibility Awards, we formally recognize the people who have positively or negatively impacted lesbian and bi visibility in American entertainment during the year. (See previous years here: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004).

From Best Movie to Worst Song to Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year, these awards recognize the television shows, movies, music, books and people who entertained, inspired, or disappointed us in 2008.

In previous years, the winners have been editorially chosen by the AfterEllen.com staff (note: winners do not necessarily represent any individual staff member's preference). This year, we opened up some of the categories for nominations, posted the finalists, and thousands of you voted. We've designated those categories with this symbol:

We've also included more international people, shows and movies this year, a reflection of the increasing awareness of lesbian and bisexual visibility around the world made possible by the internet.

Now on to the best and worst of
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Is Paris Hilton the Answer to Todd Solondz's Cinematic Woes?

  • Cinematical
Bit by tenuous bit, Todd Solondz's next film is coming together. It started brewing in June of 2007, then stalled due to money issues, and then got cooking again in August with the help of Werc Werk Works. But now, oh now, the film has got its superstar.

The Hollywood Reporter posts that Paris Hilton has signed onto the dramatic comedy, along with Allison Janney and Charlotte Rampling. (In addition: "Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Renee Taylor, Michael Lerner, Michael Kenneth Williams, Chane't Johnson, Eric Wareheim, and Chris Marquette are among the other actors that Werc Werk Works announced as joining the project. ")

Once called Life During Wartime (there's no title attached to the current news), the film still stars Paul Reubens and focuses on a family during wartime. If nothing has changed, it brings together characters from Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness with different people playing the roles. I
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