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"A genius designer on an acid trip" is the way one character describes the futuristic animated universe of Ari Folman's "The Congress," which contains one of the most startling uses of the medium to come along in years. Words can hardly do justice to the plethora of outlandish visuals populating this ambitious sophomore feature from the Israeli director of "Waltz With Bashir," but they're merely one piece of a larger puzzle. Folman's beguiling project amounts to a stinging indictment of mainstream culture's unending commodification. The director spent half a decade assembling his loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's science-fiction novel, "The Futurological Congress," and the work shows in both its stunning appearance and the extraordinary depth of insight paired with it. Folman uses beauty and wonder as vessels for rage. Echoing the meta device of "Being John Malkovich," Folman's movie revolves around an actor playing a fictionalized version of »
- Eric Kohn
Note: Film critic Tim Grierson is attending the Cannes Film Festival for the first time. For Backstage, he’ll be filing occasional diary entries about his thoughts and impressions of the granddaddy of all film festivals. Friday, May 17, 1:14 a.m. Cannes, like most film festivals, drives on star power. A terrific movie such as “Amour” can premiere here and win the Palme d’Or, paving the way for a Best Foreign Language Oscar, but for a certain (larger) part of the population, the festival’s bigger films will always be the ones that topline Brad Pitt. A film that debuted Thursday in the Director’s Fortnight section tackles these topics—art and celebrity—head on. Actors will no doubt be intrigued by the movie’s concept, but what it has to say about their profession might make them a little queasy. The sci-fi, partly animated drama “The Congress” imagines »
Updated: Per usual, Laff has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc." Other new programs include "A Brand of His Own: Being Spike Jonze," a conversation with the "Being John Malkovich" director and frequent Charlie Kaufman collaborator, as well as a special presentation of Hitchcock's Sight & Sound critics poll winner "Vertigo" and a panel discussion with Hollywood's top women editors. Earlier: The Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled its official lineup Wednesday morning. Though it was previously announced that Pedro Almodovar's new film "I'm So Excited" is the opening night selection, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Entertainment One Films ("eOne") will handle worldwide sales and distribution in all media and co-finance with Martin Katz's Prospero Pictures the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg. Production on the film will begin this July in Toronto and Los Angeles.
The film's all-star cast includes Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, Game Change, Children of Men), John Cusack (2012, Identity, Being John Malkovich), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga series, Water for Elephants) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Antiviral).
"We're thrilled to secure worldwide sales rights for Maps to the Stars and add it to the lineup in four of our core territories. David is a visionary who continues to attract top talent with his unique style and the masterful quality of his filmmaking. With this all-star cast Maps to the Stars »
Movie critics often use “unique” or “original” to describe a film that doesn’t subscribe to common film making patterns or techniques. Being John Malkovich is such a film, but it takes those descriptors one step farther by also being “entertaining” and “exciting” in ways that few other films are.
A common theme in movies is the protagonist wanting to be famous or popular. Being John Malkovich is no major deviation from this major theme except that the protagonist actually gets to be famous without changing himself. As you can most likely infer from the title, this occurs due to someone actually becoming someone else. Yeah, it’s a weird idea, but thankfully this film doesn’t dive off into the deep end with it. This is a film that you can enjoy if you are looking for something a little bit off the beaten path, but still want something »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame) is returning to the television medium, which is where he began his professional career by writing for series like Get a Life, The Edge and The Dana Carvey Show back in the 1990s. This decision was, at least partly, motivated by his planned sophomore directorial effort Frank or Francis hitting a $nag during pre-production.
Kaufman was developing a comedy series for Catherine Keener to headline last year, but that HBO project is either dead or stuck in development at this point. Fortunately, the eccentric storyteller is now working on another TV venture, in the shape of a half-hour FX comedy series titled How and Why.
Vulture is reporting that Kaufman will executive produce, write and direct the How ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
The big news is that FX announced that the Fox Soccer channel will be turned into a sister channel of FX. Fxx will focus on younger viewers than FX. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Legit and The League (which were all renewed for additional seasons) will move to the network along with Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which will become a daily late night talk show. Combined, the two networks (along with the movie-focused Fxm channel) hopes to create 25 hours of original programming.
Meanwhile, the mothership FX has renewed Justified for a fifth season and ordered its first mini-series, a 10-episode adaptation of Fargo, which will follow the same basic characters dealing with a new crime. The channel is also developing a handful of potential series including a portrait of »
With FX’s growing library of original series and movie catalog, the cable network is getting a new sibling, Fxx. The new network and the third in the FX stable along with Fxm (FX Movies), will launch on Monday, September 2, 2013 to 74 million homes. Focusing on their comedy brand and the adult viewers 18-54, the network will launch with four original series including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legit, with new seasons and late night show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, which expands to five nights a week. Sunny and The League were announced with two-season pickups each.
“This is a landmark day in the almost 20-year history of FX Networks,” John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks said. “As we add Fxx to become a suite of three channels, FX will remain the foundation of the brand, which is why we chose to include it »
- Ernie Estrella
Us cable network FX, which produces such shows as Sons Of Anarchy, Justified and Wilfred, has announced a slew of new projects featuring some big names from the big screen and some hefty talent usually found working in telly too. Among the biggest is Sam Mendes, who is behind a new miniseries called Grand Hotel.Mendes is of course, fresh not only from Skyfall’s huge success but a recent Empire awards haul. He’s clearly got a yen for TV at the moment, as he’s also working on a horror series called Penny Dreadful alongside Skyfall scribe John Logan. As for Grand Hotel, there are few details about the project, though it’s being described as a terrorism thriller set in Paris.Charlie Kaufman is also listed among the filmmakers developing projects for the channel – according to Vulture, the Being John Malkovich writer (who got his start working »
Oscar nominee John Malkovich is jumping to the small screen to star in NBC's pirate series "Crossbones." The "Being John Malkovich" star will play Blackbeard in the 10-episode drama based on Colin Woodard's "The Republic of Pirates," focusing on piracy in the 1700s. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the series is set in New Providence in the Bahamas in 1715, focusing on the pirate nation ruled by Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, as well as the the undercover assassin who is sent to infiltrate this world and breaking Blackbeard down. "Luther" creator Neil Cross is writing and executive producing. Malkovich »
- HitFix Staff
Call it “Being Blackbeard.”
The 10-episode action-adventure series, greenlit by NBC last May and written and co-executive produced by Luther‘s Neil Cross, takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver “the true legend” of “the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.”
Malkovich will play Edward Teach, Aka the pirate Blackbeard, who rules over the various thieves and ne’er-do-wells that populate the Bahamian island of New Providence — part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise and a mounting threat to international commerce. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
There are a few tired old flicks that could use a good dose of youthful vigor. Very youthful.
Look, movies like "Die Hard," "Being John Malkovich," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "12 Angry Men" are great and all, but they're not getting any younger. In fact, a lot of classic movies are really starting to show their age. So how can a film of yesteryear stay relevant in today's youth-obsessed, ever-reinventing entertainment industry?
Well, the answer's pretty obvious, don't you think?
Ultimately, just think about how much money these productions would save on catering. Baby food's a lot less expensive than a three-course spread (with an alternate option for the vegetarians), after all.
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- NextMovie Staff
Chicago – John Cusack is in a very bad mood. Not even a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner can melt his icily grim disposition, as he speeds through traffic, shouts expletives at random extras and takes part in several terse phone conversations (hopefully with his agent). Of course, if I was an A-grade actor trapped in Z-grade dreck, I’d be peeved too.
Morgan O’Neill’s bargain basement thriller, “The Factory,” continues Cusack’s curious descent into grisly schlock destined for a direct-to-video release. As grossly miscast as the actor may have been in James McTeigue’s dreadful “The Raven,” the role at least allowed Cusack to exude some semblance of dry, deadpan wit. “The Factory” merely requires him to appear miserable, and suffice it to say that the actor’s misery is wholly convincing.
DVD Rating: 0.5/5.0
For the vast majority of its running time, O’Neill’s picture resembles a by-the-numbers »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Kane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five. Check out the top twenty below and the full list here. The youngest scripts on the list are Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) at #24, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman's "Adaptation" (2002) at #77, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's "Sideways" (2004) at #90 and Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (2000) at #100. The '90s also fared well with "Shakespeare in Love," "American Beauty," "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," Being John Malkovich," "Forrest Gump," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "The Usual Suspects," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Jerry »
- Sophia Savage
Chicago – There are still a stunning number of films from the ’90s and ’00s not on Blu-ray but Bvhe recently corrected one of those oversights by releasing the stellar “The Insider,” one of the best films of arguably the best year for cinema in the last two decades — 1999. In a year that included “Magnolia,” “American Beauty,” “The Matrix,” “Three Kings,” “Fight Club,” “Toy Story 2,” “The Iron Giant.” “All About My Mother,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Election,” “Being John Malkovich,” and many more, “The Insider” went overlooked by too many people and certainly by history. With perfect technical elements, stunning performances, and perfect direction by the great Michael Mann, this is a spectacular film.
The film has actually been digitally restored, not just transferred to the HD form, and it looks great. I forgot how detailed Dante Spinotti’s Oscar-nominated work was here or how tight William Goldenberg’s editing (he »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sneak Peek actress Cameron Diaz posing for photographers Daniele & Iango in the March 2013 issue of "Interview" (Russia).
Diaz rose to prominence with roles in the features "The Mask", "My Best Friend's Wedding ", "There's Something About Mary", "Charlie's Angels", the voice of 'Princess Fiona' in the "Shrek' series, "The Holiday", "The Green Hornet' and "Bad Teacher".
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- Michael Stevens
Is James Franco, here playing an ex-tv actor, a help or a hindrance in a film? Either way, the tone and pace are lacking
Are the wheels falling off the James Franco train? He's turned out to be a rotten poet, an iffy director and an academic of questionable distinction. At least he's got the acting to fall back on, you would think.
Well, with Oz the Great and Powerful and lead roles in films from 127 Hours to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Franco's status as a major league box-office draw would appear secure. But that clearly isn't enough; over the years, Franco has distinguished himself by alternating roles in Hollywood biggies with working on small-scale projects that garnish his reputation as a serious multimedia artist. Maladies without question falls into the latter category: it's written and directed by another multimedia artist, Carter, with whom Franco previously collaborated »
- Andrew Pulver
By Joey Magidson
Everyone knows the saying “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” right? Well, that’s certainly the case, but there are always times when it just doesn’t seem right for a film to leave Oscar night empty handed. Tons of worthy films aren’t even nominated each year, but there is also no shortage of flicks that receive a solid amount of nominations and wind up winning nothing.
A lot goes into actually winning an Academy Award. Quality, of course, comes into play, but a little less than I’d prefer. Politics has its place, too, both in terms of capturing the zeitgeist and also in campaigning for the win. Oscar voters love to be wooed. One can occasionally win without campaigning, but by and large the Academy wants you to want it.
While it’s not included below, Up in the Air »
- Joey Magidson
Bill Murray called it 'probably the best work I've done' and, 20 years after its release, Groundhog Day can still take your breath away. Its original screenwriter Danny Rubin and admirers such as director David O Russell explain its lasting appeal
I am holding for David O Russell, the Oscar-nominated director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, who has agreed to talk about one of his all-time favourite films: the comic masterpiece Groundhog Day, released in the Us 20 years ago this month. (It reached the UK in May 1993.) But the person on the other end of the line doesn't sound like Russell: it's more of a shrill whine, the vocal equivalent of nails on a blackboard. Then the penny drops.
"Ryan? It's Ned! Ned Ryerson! Bing!" After a prolonged chuckle, Russell drops his impersonation of Groundhog Day's irksome insurance salesman, a minor but intensely memorable character, and explains excitedly »
- Ryan Gilbey
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