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The very strange title "Purple Noon" might suggest a film much more abstract, perhaps something Godard or Renais would make. Yet René Clément’s 1960 film, now out on a gorgeous Criterion Blu-Ray, is anything but that. Sexy, thrilling, and sensuous, "Purple Noon" is an audaciously smart French film worth any cinephile’s time. It’s the original adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s "The Talented Mr. Ripley," as the titular character, played in a star-making performance by Alain Delon, begins a messy attempt to change his life by investing a little too much in the life of gallivanting playboy Philippe Greenleaf before things turn to deception, sex, and murder. "Purple Noon" is the smarter, exsistential counterpoint to Anthony Minghella’s adaptation with Matt Damon, forgoing the melodramatic angle for something more profound, while combining elements later seen in films by the Coens, Polanski, Scorsese, »
- Peter Labuza
Chicago – When I think of Rene Clement’s “Purple Noon,” an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” which was also made into a hit film a few decades later with Matt Damon & Jude Law, I think of beautiful style. It is a tale of beautiful people in beautiful places doing very non-beautiful things. The movie made Alain Delon an international star and has now been inducted in the Criterion Collection, one of the last entries for 2012.
Watching “Purple Noon” again in perfectly-restored high-definition I’m struck most by the daring approach of the filmmaking given the time in which it was released. Knowing nothing about the movie, I would easily have put it as a ’70s film given its approach to sex, style, and the dangerous things that even the most handsome men can do to each other. The fact that it came out in 1960 is stunning. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Matt Damon recently sat down with Playboy for an interview in which he talked a lot about his life and his career. There's a few cool things that he talks about, like turning down James Cameron's Avatar and a couple of other movie roles. He also talks about his extremely cool looking sci-fi film Elysium, which is being developed by District 9 director Neill Blomkamp.
When asked about if he sweats movie roles that go to other actors, Damon opens up on what it was like to say no to James Cameron,
Having to say no to Avatar was tough because I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do, because he’s fantastic. He knew he was the star of that movie and that everyone was going to go see it anyway. When he said, “Look, I’m offering it to you, but if you say no, »
- Joey Paur
Remade forty years later as The Talented Mr. Ripley, René Clément’s Purple Noon from 1960 was the first attempt to bring amorphic rogue Tom Ripley, the subject of a series of popular crime novels by Patricia Highsmith, to the screen. Ripley was a precursor of today’s identity thieves, but instead of huddled in front of lonely computer, Ripley went to popular jet set locales and hobnobbed with the idle rich, getting to know every detail about the lives of his potential victims. Once Ripley had assumed their identities, no measure was too extreme to protect his secret or prevent his unmasking.
Now available in a spectacular Criterion blu-ray, Purple Noon features the then relatively unknown but equally spectacular Alain Delon as the crafty con artist. The film is set largely on the Italian coast, but frankly, the sensual, deep azure of the Mediterranean Sea has a hard time competing with Delon’s beauty. »
- David Anderson
"Good Will Hunting" is the film that made Matt Damon and Ben Affleck the superstars they are now -- and today, they're doing better than ever!The movie, which came out 15 years ago this week, scored the duo an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Actor nom for Damon.And they've been busy ever since.Affleck overcame Razzie noms with roles in "Pearl Harbor," "Jersey Girl" and "Daredevil" to find critical acclaim with his more recent work in films like "Gone Baby Gone," "The Town" and "Argo -- all of which he also directed.Damon has had a great career as well, going on to score a Golden Globe nom for "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and an Oscar nomination for "Invictus." He's had success in the "Bourne Identity" and "Ocean's 11" films as well as movies like "The Departed" and "True Grit."And next week, he re-teams »
- tooFab Staff
‘Tis the season… for costly 3D animated blockbusters! The newest animated confection to roll out of the major studio pipeline, just a few short weeks after the sweetly charming retro-romp “Wreck-It Ralph,” is “Rise of the Guardians,” the last film from DreamWorks Animation to be distributed by Paramount Pictures (next year, Fox will take over those duties). “Rise of the Guardians” collects various characters from mythology and folklore and puts them together into an “Avengers”-style super-team (Alec Baldwin is Santa Claus, Chris Pine is Jack Frost, Hugh Jackman is the Easter Bunny and Isla Fisher is the Tooth Fairy), to ward off the evil boogeyman Pitch (Jude Law). Is “Rise of the Guardians” the stuff of legend, or merely something that will (ever-so-briefly) get you away from your more annoying family members this holiday season? Let's find out. Pro: The Concept Is Ingenious How no one has previously thought »
- Drew Taylor
Matt Damon is a dependable box-office draw -- especially if he's a film with "Bourne" in the title -- but he wasn't always a hitmaker. Following Damon's breakout success with "Good Will Hunting," he experienced a dip in ticket sales that caused many in Hollywood to slowly back away from the actor.
"I had a couple movies that didn't work, and some of them had big enough budgets that people care, and so basically my phone just stopped ringing," Damon said during a roundtable of great actors (Denzel Washington, John Hawkes, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere and Alan Arkin also participated) set up by THR. Damon said he went to London to act in a Kenneth Lonergan play before he was let out of Hollywood jail. "'The Bourne Identity' opened and everybody was my friend again."
As Damon noted, however, his dry spell wasn't all that dry. In the »
- The Huffington Post
Academy Award nominee Jude Law has joined Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in Queen of the Desert, a period drama written and directed by Academy Award nominee Werner Herzog. Nick N. Raslan will produce via his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya's Benaroya Pictures banner will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales and will make it available to buyers during this year's American Film Market.
The film stars Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th Century.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Morocco in March 2013. Here's what producer Nick N. Raslan had to say about the project.
"It is great to be working with Herzog again on this epic story as Ms. »
To mark the release of Smash Season 1 on DVD 29th October, we’ve been given three copies of the hit TV series to give away.
Developed from the mind of Executive Producer and multiple Emmy® and Oscar® winner Steven Spielberg (E.T, Schindler’s List) and created by a production team including Neil Meron (Footloose, Chicago) and Theresa Rebeck (Law and Order, N.Y.P.D Blue), Smash – The Complete First Season hits all the right notes. The ingenious Tony and Grammy award-winning writing duo Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and Scott Wittman (Glee) have put together a phenomenal musical score including covers of popular hits and breath-taking original songs. Art Director Doug Huszti (Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire), set decorator »
Reach for the stars as the Us hit musical sensation set to strike a chord with critics and viewers worldwide; Smash – Season One comes to DVD on 29 October 2012 courtesy of Universal Playback. We have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers.
Developed from the mind of Executive Producer and multiple Emmy® and Oscar® winner Steven Spielberg (E.T, Schindler’s List) and created by a production team including Neil Meron (Footloose, Chicago) and Theresa Rebeck (Law and Order, N.Y.P.D Blue), Smash – The Complete First Season hits all the right notes. The ingenious Tony and Grammy award-winning writing duo Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and Scott Wittman (Glee) have put together a phenomenal musical score including covers of popular hits and breath-taking original songs. Art Director Doug Huszti (Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire), set decorator Rich Devine (Ugly Betty), and production designer Cabot McMullen (Scrubs, Cougar Town »
- Matt Holmes
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Hollywood.com goes for broke and pronounces the comic team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to be the best thing to come out of "Saturday Night Live," ever. Watch the history of the future Golden Globes co-hosts in motion.
We definitely need us a new "Fletch" movie, pronto. Upon the release of "Alex Cross" (based on the book series by James Patterson), Moviefone lists some book-to-screen adaptations that are in dire need of resurrection, from "The Talented Mr. Ripley" to "V.I. Warshawski."
No matter how you slice it, movie theaters haven’t been the same since Melissa McCarthy pooped in a sink. The Frisky celebrates the game-changing "Bridesmaids" with an intro to the next crop of female screenwriters who are likely to leave you in stitches and (possibly) tears.
What does Bill Murray »
- Bryan Enk
After the enormous commercial success of his summer indie flick, Moonrise Kingdom, one might assume Wes Anderson would take a little time off – but the critically-acclaimed filmmaker is already hard at work on his next feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Anderson has been assembling another excellent ensemble for months now. Besides securing his regular players, including Bill Murray and most recently, Jason Schwartzman, he has also acquired the talents of Academy Award nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and two-time nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient).
Anderson hasn’t revealed much about the story or the characters, but according to Variety, Fiennes will play M. Gustave, a “perfectly composed” hotel concierge who also happens to be a psychic. Johnny Depp was originally reported to have signed on to play ...
- Daniel Johnson
Washington, Oct 12: Matt Damon has revealed that he blames his three daughters for his changing appearance and graying hair.
During a dinner for 'Argo' hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company at Porter House steakhouse in New York, 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' star jokingly asserted - by literally pointing out his gray hair - that he blames his daughters.
"I point out all of the gray and I say to my daughters, 'You did this and you did this and you did this'. They really think it's funny," People magazine quoted him as saying.
However the actor confessed that he is proud of his gray hair and doesn't mind at all, even if the studios do.
"They dyed the gray out for We Bought a Zoo, but I was like, 'I like my gray. »
- Lohit Reddy
StudioCanal and Working Title Films has debuted the first photo for The Two Faces of January, writer-director Hossein Amini's adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel. Take a look at this shot featuring stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac, then read the official press release announcing the start of principal photography.
StudioCanal and Working Title are delighted to announce the start of principal photography on feature film The Two Faces of January. The picture will shoot on location in Crete, Athens, Istanbul and Ealing Studios London. Working Title will produce and StudioCanal will finance, distributing in the U.K., Germany, France & Australia, selling the rest of the world.
The Two Faces of January is a stylish international thriller starring some of the finest global acting talent working today; Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Road, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence), Golden Globe nominee and Cannes Best Actress prize winner Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, »
Production is underway on the international thriller The Two Faces of January. The film marks the directorial debut of Drive and Snow White and the Huntsman screenwriter Hossein Amini and centers on an American con artist and his wife who strike up a relationship with a stranger in 1960s Athens. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as the couple, while Oscar Isaac is onboard as said stranger. The first image and a full synopsis have been released, detailing a rather intriguing premise that’s a tad reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Hit the jump to check out the image and synopsis. Filming on the StudioCanal production is taking place in Crete, Athens, Istanbul, and London. Here’s the image followed by the full press release, which includes the synopsis in bold. Click to enlarge. London, 2012 – Studiocanal and Working Title are delighted to announce the start of principal photography on »
- Adam Chitwood
StudioCanal and Working Title have announced the start of principal photography on the upcoming feature film The Two Faces of January , starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. They've also released a first still from the project, which you can check out below. The film is said to be a stylish international thriller based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini ( Drive , Snow White and the Huntsman ). It marks the directorial debut for Amini and is produced by Tom Sternberg ( The Talented Mr. Ripley ), Working Title's Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo ( Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ). It is officially described as follows: 1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic »
The work of author Patricia Highsmith has long been looted by filmmakers for inspiration. Her dark, psychological stories of crime and avoiding punishment, including Strangers on a Train and the Ripley series, have been made into movies by directors as revered as Hitchcock and Wim Wenders. Until now, though, her 1964 book The Two Faces of January has received comparatively little attention. That all changes now. With a great cast (Oscar Isaac seems to be one of the new “that guys,” popping up in small and large roles in a great number of recent releases) and an intriguing premise, this film is starting off with a promising pedigree. We’ll see if it comes to something worthwhile, but for now, have a look at the first promotional image released.
The Two Faces of January is a stylish international »
- Dan Schindel
We previously announced that Kirsten Dunst would be starring with the likes of Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaacs but now we have the very first still, just above, for intriguing The Two Faces Of January. The film has been adapted for the big screen by Drive writer Hossein Amini from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, plus we’ve just received news that principal photography has begun! Here’s that official press release:
Studiocanal and Working Title are delighted to announce the start of principal photography on feature film The Two Faces Of January. Picture will shoot on location in Crete, Athens, Istanbul and Ealing Studios London. Working Title will produce and Studiocanal finance, distributing in the U.K., Germany, France & Australia.
- Dan Bullock
Happy birthday Oscar-winning star, Matt Damon! Matt Damon -- You stole our hearts in Good Will Hunting. Now you're making our hearts race in The Bourne series. Have a fabulous birthday, Matt! Happy birthday, Matt Damon! Your Capricorn Moon definitely adds an anchoring sobriety (and sexiness) to your lovely Libran Sun. During the coming year, you may be riding another tall wave of cinematic success in the vein of The Talented Mr. Ripley. After all, we all know your talents shine brightest when you play characters that turn out completely differently from viewers' expectations. Indulge us! Click to read more at astrology.com! »
- HL Intern
Jesus, that was fast. With production beginning today on "The Two Faces Of January," the filmmakers haven't wasted any time in getting the buzz going around the film, with the first pic of the two leads Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen arriving. Marking the directorial debut of "Drive" writer Hossein Amini, the movie is based on the book by famed novelist Patricia Highsmith ("The Talented Mr. Ripley"), and follows a con artist (Mortensen) who is forced to flee Greece with his wife (Dunst) after accidentally (or not) killing a police officer. An American tutor agrees to help him out, and all three hightail it to Istanbul. And oh yeah, playing that tutor? Oscar Isaac. So yes, the movie boasts a pretty great leading trio, some promising source material and a director looking to make his name. Color us very intrigued. "The Two Faces Of January" will have an international release »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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