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Blu-ray Review: ‘Velvet Goldmine’ Sparkles Brighter Than Ever on Blu-ray

28 December 2011 6:20 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Similar in style, structure and ambition to his 2007 kaleidoscopic portrait of Bob Dylan, “I’m Not There,” Todd Haynes’s 1998 effort “Velvet Goldmine,” takes a hallucinogenic trip through the ’70s glam rock period reigned over by David Bowie. Yet instead of centering his tale on Bowie, Haynes explores the era’s impact through the eyes of a haunted observer.

The film is less dramatically satisfying but far more interesting than a straightforward biopic. Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s striking features fit perfectly into the role of Bowie clone Brian Slade, but he remains an enigmatic object of interest and desire throughout the picture. That’s because his life is viewed solely through the perspective of others, as investigative reporter Arthur (Christian Bale) attempts to piece together the mystery of Slade’s whereabouts ten years after the singer faked his own death onstage.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

On a superficial level, “Goldmine” borrows the formula of “Citizen Kane, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Velvet Goldmine Blu-ray Review

17 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the great things about film fandom is that it leads to earlier or more obscure films that may not have found their audience at the time. For one generation Christian Bale is Batman and Ewan McGregor is Obi-Wan Kenobi. Fans of their work that go exploring will eventually see them in Velvet Goldmine. Having sex with each other. Todd Haynes’s film Velvet Goldmine is a faux-David Bowie biopic that tracks the glam rock phenomenon from birth to end and its exploration of pan-sexuality and how that generation transition into the Reagan and Thatcher 80’s by using the structure of Citizen Kane. It’s also a rock and roll movie par excellence. Toni Collette, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Eddie Izzard co-star in this trip down glam-rock lane. Our review of Velvet Goldmine on Blu-ray follows after the jump. The film begins with Oscar Wilde, who is coded »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Todd Haynes Thanks The Fans For Helping Him Remember The Details & Backstories Of 'Velvet Goldmine'

16 December 2011 12:21 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Almost 25 years after he made his first film, Todd Haynes remains as provocative and singular a filmmaker as ever. From the incendiary “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” to Oscar-nominated projects like “Far From Heaven” and most-recently, his HBO-backed adaptation with “Mildred Pierce,” Haynes repeatedly, and directly engages controversial subject matter, examining it in oddly universal ways without sacrificing an honest or incisive eye. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been until recently that the home video market has really given many of his works the attention they deserve. On the eve of Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release of his 1998 glam rock chronicle, “Velvet Goldmine,” Haynes told The Playlist he’s happy to have a chance to add some supplemental materials for the first time which give its fans additional insights into his creative process. “In the original release of ‘Velvet Goldmine,’ the Miramax »

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Christine Vachon Reflects on 'Velvet Goldmine,' Our Blu-ray Pick of the Week

13 December 2011 7:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Todd Haynes is nothing if not versatile. He made his name in 1991 with his Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Poison," a highly stylized queer activist hybrid told in three unconnected strands. He's directed only five more projects, but each has been more ambitious and unexpected than the last. Before exploring the mythology of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" and paying tribute to Douglas Sirk with "Far From Heaven," Haynes made "Velvet Goldmine," a passionate and messy love letter to the 1970s glam rock era. The 1998 film, starring Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Toni Collette, world premiered to rave notices in Cannes where it netted a Special Jury Award. However, it failed to translate that early hype into critical praise and box office success stateside where it opened to lukewarm reviews and tepid grosses. Nevertheless, "Velvet Goldmine" has gone on to garner its own fanbase over the »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 13, 2011

12 December 2011 10:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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It's the holidays so I'm going to continue featuring some deals you can get at Amazon right now as there are some really good ones either for yourself or as gifts for movie lovers among your family and friends. Deal Of The Week Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] only $39.99 Planet of the Apes Beneath the Planet of the Apes Escape From the Planet of the Apes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Battle for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Deals The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) The Social Network ($11.99) Sherlock Holmes ($8.49) 300 ($10.49) Seven [Blu-ray Book] ($10.99) The Departed ($7.99) The Town (Two-Disc Extended Cut) ($9.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.49) The Wizard of Oz »

- Brad Brevet

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 13, 2011

12 December 2011 10:33 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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It's the holidays so I'm going to continue featuring some deals you can get at Amazon right now as there are some really good ones either for yourself or as gifts for movie lovers among your family and friends. Deal Of The Week Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Collection [Blu-ray] only $39.99 Planet of the Apes Beneath the Planet of the Apes Escape From the Planet of the Apes Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Battle for the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Deals The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Editions) ($49.99) Inception ($7.99) The Ultimate Matrix Collection ($32.99) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 ($9.99) The Dark Knight ($7.99) Batman Begins ($7.99) The Social Network ($11.99) Sherlock Holmes ($8.49) 300 ($10.49) Seven [Blu-ray Book] ($10.99) The Departed ($7.99) The Town (Two-Disc Extended Cut) ($9.99) DVD Deals It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) ($10.49) The Wizard of Oz »

- Brad Brevet

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Privates on Parade: Actors Who Let It All Hang Out on Film

5 December 2011 8:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

When AfterElton asked me if I'd be interested in doing a story on full-frontal male nudity in the movies, I said, “Interested? I've been researching it since I was 12!” What prompted the idea is of course the film Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender as a man addicted to sex. When the film debuted at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year it set off a shockwave because of its sexual explicitness, including a much-discussed full-frontal reveal by Fassbender. Add to that the recent flurry of attention that stills of Jonathan Groff's nude scene in Twelve Thirty hitting the Internet generated, and it seems like these days cinema penises are a trending topic.

Everyone from film critics to Freudian analysts to gender theorists has written about male nudity in film. And sorting through the pronouncements on the male gaze and Lacanian mirrors and power inequities between the sexes in Hollywood »

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The 9 Greatest Penis Moments in Movies

2 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Let's all be adults; this is not a puerile discussion of the male member. We're merely noting that throughout history, while paintings and sculptures have depicted the nude male body with regularity, film has a limited number of offerings (not counting the XXX variety, of course), whereas leading ladies (even Oscar-winning ones) drop cover again and again.

Michael Fassbender, however, has no qualms about showing what God gave him. In Steve McQueen's new drama "Shame," Fassbender plays a sex addict who's in the buff so often his body is naked nearly as often as its clothed. In honor of Fassbender's courage to reveal everything, we're celebrating the movies -- and actors -- who've dared to go full frontal.

9. 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' (2011)

In the stoner duo's take on holiday flicks, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) pay tribute to the infamous tongue-on-the-flagpole scene in "A Christmas Story, »

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Velvet Goldmine comes to Blu-ray

30 November 2011 9:36 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Oscar-nominated film Velvet Goldmine is set to make its Blu-ray debut December 13th from Lionsgate. Hailed as "a ravishing rock dream" (Entertainment Weekly), the Oscar-nominated film (Best Costume Design, 1998) delves into the glam-rock world of the 1970s with an all-star cast including Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Showtime's "The Tudors"), Toni Collette (Showtime's "United States of Tara"), Eddie Izzard (Valkyrie) and Oscar®-winner Christian Bale (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Fighter, 2010). Velvet Goldmine is written and directed by Academy Award writer-director Todd Haynes (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Far from Heaven, 2002). The Blu-ray debut features an all-new audio commentary with Haynes and producer Christine Vachon. It's been ten years »

- Patrick Luce

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Blu-ray Release: Velvet Goldmine

23 November 2011 11:06 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 13, 2011

Price: Blu-ray $19.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Jonathan Rhys Meyers goes glam in Velvet Goldmine.

Inspired by the story of rocker David Bowie during his “Ziggy Stardust” phase, Todd Haynes’ 1998 music-filled movie drama Velvet Goldmine is the finest narrative film ever made about the glam-rock scene of the early 1970s.

The film follows British journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale, The Fighter) who finds himself examining his own past while he researches an article about the mysterious disappearance of former glam-rock star, Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, From Paris With Love). Learning that Slade may have faked his own death to escape the spotlight, Stuart encounters many colorful people from Slade’s storied past, along with a few others who played a major role in his own coming of age.

Co-starring Ewan McGregor (I Love You Phillip Morris) as an Iggy Pop-like rocker and Toni Collette (TV’s United States of Tara »

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Win a Copy of “Griff the Invisible”

7 November 2011 10:34 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Back in August, I told you about Griff the Invisible, a small indie film about a would-be super-hero feature the terrific Ryan Kwanten. The movie opened and closed in the blink of an eye, probably while you were on line to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and you missed out.

Vivendi Entertainment is releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD on November 15 so you get a second chance at catching this charming film.

Better, we have been given three DVDs to give away. Here’s what you need to do in order to win:

By 11:59 p.m., Saturday November 12, tell us what super-power you most desire and how you would use it to fight for truth and justice. The final decision of the ComicMix judges will be final.

In case you missed it, here’s the trailer.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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- Glenn Hauman

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Killer Films and Before The Door Pictures Team on Imperial Palace

2 November 2011 1:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Los Angeles, CA (November 2, 2011) – Killer Films and Before The Door Pictures are teaming up to produce Imperial Palace, a love-story written and to be directed by Victor Quinaz, as his sophomore effort. Killer Films. Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler are producing with Before The Door.s Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Corey Moosa. The project is currently out to talent and is scheduled to start shooting in spring 2012.

Imperial Palace takes place six hours after Hurricane Katrina hits the gulf, and centers on the jaded manager of a Biloxi casino who must juggle the chaos that arises when Fema sets up headquarters at his establishment bringing with it an old flame and an ensuing love triangle.

Quinto commented, “Christine Vachon is a mentor to us, and we feel very lucky to work with her and Killer on this project. We’re thrilled to take the momentum of Margin Call and »

- Michelle McCue

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Next Factor: 'Killing Bono' Star Robert Sheehan

31 October 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Robert Sheehan is famous in the UK for his role in the sci-fi show "Misfits," but he's quickly sneaking up on U.S. turf with roles in movies like "Season of the Witch" and indie rock 'n' roller "Killing Bono." Get the scoop on this floppy-haired Irish actor who's got folks across the pond swooning.

Age: 23

Hometown: Portlaoise, Ireland

What He's Done: The teens-behaving-badly drama "Cherrybomb," costarring Rupert Grint; "Season of the Witch"; the critically acclaimed "Red Riding" trilogy; and the wildly popular UK television show "Misfits."

What He's Doing Now: Sheehan plays Ivan McCormick, one of two brothers trying to get their rock 'n' roll on in Ireland. Unfortunately, their old friends' band is leaving them in the dust. Oh, and that band is U2. It's a comedy with a little bit of romance, thanks to the adorable Krysten Ritter, and it's got lots of rockin' to boot. It's »

- Jenni Miller

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Ewan McGregor interview: Mr Sunshine vs the apocalypse

3 October 2011 1:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He's turned 40, moved his family to Los Angeles and spends his time tinkering with motorbikes. Midlife crisis? No fear

In the corner of his regular haunt, a bustling restaurant in the posh suburb of Brentwood, Los Angeles, Ewan McGregor takes a break from his shrimp salad to consider the apocalypse.

"I'm not remotely worried," he says. "For all of the hurtling towards climate change, there's also a lot more understanding of it than there was when we were kids. They don't call environmentalists tree huggers any more, so there's hope!"

Doomsday would be an odd fixation for McGregor. After all, life is rather good. He has five movies coming down the pipe, and promising ones, too. There's Bryan Singer's sword-swinging fantasy Jack the Giant Killer and The Impossible, in which he and Naomi Watts face the 2004 tsunami. He also plays a stuffy scientist who falls for Emily Blunt in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, »

- Sanjiv Bhattacharya

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Elton John Biopic: Who Should Play the Rocker?

30 September 2011 7:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Who can hold a candle to Elton John? The singer's husband David Furnish recently revealed that they've started work on Rocketman, a movie about John's "very extraordinary and unique life," he tells Entertainment Weekly. While Scottish actor James McAvoy is rumored to be the frontrunner to play Sir Elton, we've got some other ideas for the role - especially when it comes to slipping in to John's glamorous (and spangly) '70s wardrobe. On our list: comic actor David Cross (of Arrested Development); The League's Paul Scheer, who more than bares a passing resemblance to the '70s-era star; Mike Myers, »

- Marisa Laudadio

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Venice Film Festival Round-up

23 September 2011 1:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Simone Eder and Carlotta Corvi report from the Venice International Film Festival.

The 68th was certainly a memorable year with the overall quality of the films being very high and the films for the lineup well selected. Some films surprised while some films disappointed, and most of them will be talked about in the coming weeks and months.

Day 1

The longest running Film festival in the World kicked off its 68th Edition Festival at the Lido in Venice with the world premiere of George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling, Clooney himself, Paul Giamatti and Phillip Seymour Hoffman,and was the first film shown in competition for the Golden Lion. Promoted as intense tale of sex, ambition, loyalty, betrayal and revenge the film was however less cynical and shocking than promised and contained a couple of weak plot points. The actors, especially the supporting cast, »

- Guest

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TSRn: Elton John planning ‘non-linear’ ‘hyper-visual’ biopic called ‘Rocketman’

22 September 2011 12:44 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Scorecard Review news

News: Elton John is planning to make a biographical musical called Rocketman. It will be produced by David Furnish, his partner, at Rocket Pictures.

Source: Deadline

Thoughts by Tsr: The team who brought you Gnomeo and Juliet is working to rehash some more old Elton John songs into film by creating Rocketman. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some classic John as much as the next girl, but after the cinematic abortion that was Gaj, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for this. He’s re-teaming with playwright Lee Hall who worked on the Billy Elliot musical with him, so the soundtrack may turn out great. I really think it depends on who they choose to direct. I would take back everything I said and be first in line if they went with Todd Haynes. Velvet Goldmine is probably the best »

- Megan Lehar

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Emmys 101: Get to know 'Downton Abbey' and 'Mildred Pierce'

19 September 2011 9:50 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Last night, when the Emmys were announced for the Miniseries or Made or Television Movie category, two telefilms — Downton Abbey and Mildred Pierce — swept six of the seven categories. If you’re one of the people who hasn’t developed a driving obsession with these two series (especially the smash U.K. hit Downton Abbey, which is still a bit of a cult success Stateside), never fear. We can catch you up after the jump.

Downton Abbey

Last Night’s Haul: Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie; Outstanding Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie (Maggie Smith); Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, »

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Ewan McGregor embarrassed after drunken dance for 'idol' Iggy Pop - Realbollywood.com News

22 August 2011 3:36 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Aug 22: Ewan McGregor has revealed that he made a drunken fool of himself in front of Iggy Pop, when he met his idol after a fashion party gig in the late 1990s.

The actor, who played a rocker based on the singer in 'Velvet Goldmine', was so excited that when he met Iggy Pop backstage he couldn't help but start dancing.

"Then the alcoholic fog sort of cleared and I went, 'What are you doing?'" the Sun quoted him as recalling.

"Iggy Pop was sitting there going, 'Yeah, that's cool, man'. I didn't know what to do. It was so embarrassing," he added. (Ani) »

- Arun Pantit

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Kevin Sampson: How my fictional band the Grams came to play V festival

19 August 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Why is it so hard to capture the energy of rock'n'roll on film? That's what Powder writer Kevin Sampson asked himself as he watched the Grams take to the stage

A crowd of some 50,000 edged forward with mild irritation as the Grams took to the stage. The lad next to me nudged his pal, their faces set in that certain way that has become ritual at music festivals over the years.

"Here come the whipping boys," said those faces. "Get the bottles of wee-wee ready."

It was quite some journey that had taken the Grams to this top-end-of-the-bill slot at the V Festival. Paolo Nutini had just finished, the Enemy were on next, with Oasis due to play what turned out to be their last-ever show later that night. So what were a band that doesn't actually exist doing up there on stage?

The Grams made their debut in my »

- Kevin Sampson

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