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Ugly and occasionally entertaining, the female-led Antibirth is a punk rock horror thriller set in a decaying suburb somewhere in Michigan. Opening in the middle of a hardcore rager, we’re introduced to pals Lou (Natasha Lyonne) and Sadie (Chloe Sevigny), two aging party girls pushing 40 who are living fast in a landscape that offers little else. The film takes this element seriously, even if its surely an ugly one. Lou, a military vet, lives rent free in her dead father’s trailer. To make ends meet she cleans rooms part time at a local budget motel, snorting a few lines of whatever to make it through the day.
With a background in music videos and shorts, director Danny Perez strings together a few sequences that seem to work. The opening moments are punk rock trashy as is the film’s over-the-top sequences. Style creeps in over substance in the more surreal moments which, »
- John Fink
Even after the recent results at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards have thrown this year's Oscar race into uncertainty, our forum posters are still fuming over snubs past and present. For instance, why was "Carol" left out of the Best Picture lineup this year when "The Kids Are All Right" made the cut in 2010? Was it homophobia or sexism? Both? Neither? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions That's not all. They're also relitigating some of the most controversial results of the past 15 years. Should Ellen Burstyn ("Requiem for a Dream") really have lost Best Actress to Julia Roberts ("Erin Brockovich") in 2000? Should Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") have defeated Sean Penn ("Milk") in 2008? If not those, what are your biggest outrages of the 21st century so far? Read our posters' comments about those topics and m »
Actor and filmmaker Tim Robbins ("Dead Man Walking," "Mystic River"), producer and distributor Ben Barenholtz ("Eraserhead," "Blood Simple," "Requiem for a Dream"), and German exhibitor Marlies Kirchner will each receive the 2016 Berlinale Camera, awarded since 1986 to film personalities or institutions to which the festival feels a particular debt of gratitude. In addition, this year's Berlinale will pay tribute to late film icons David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Italian director Ettore Scola ("A Special Day") with three special screenings: for Bowie, "The Man Who Fell to Earth"; for Rickman, "Sense and Sensibility," which won the Golden Bear in 1996; and for Scola, "Le bal," winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director in 1984. Read More: "David Bowie Rocked the Moves, Too." The festival has also completed this year's jury, to be presided over by Meryl Streep. Joining her are »
- Matt Brennan
Between her formative years spent training as a fine artist and her increasingly ambitious and experimental forays into the world of music, there isn’t much that Illinois-born multihyphenate Laurie Anderson can’t do. Her latest film, “Heart of a Dog,” chronicles the real and imagined life of her beloved (and unfortunately now deceased) dog Lolabelle — the film was warmly received at both Venice and Telluride, and has been lauded as another peculiar and lyrical entry in Anderson’s increasingly unique body of work. Read More: Telluride Review: Laurie Anderson's 'Heart Of A Dog' In addition to her growing list of talents and disciplines, turns out Anderson’s actually a pretty decent conversationalist too, as evidenced by a new talk with “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky recorded after a recent screening of “Heart Of A Dog” for The Talkhouse. Aside from a shared heart-on-the-sleeve emotional style, »
- Nicholas Laskin
It’s always great to hear that supremely talented directors will soon be working with just as skilled actors and actresses. So the news that Darren Aronofsky will directing both Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in an upcoming project should have cinephiles rejoicing in celebration. And it now sounds as though the proposed film has found a home with Paramount Pictures, even though we’re still none the wiser about what it will actually be called. Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky decided to pair together for the film a couple of months back, while Variety’s sources have confirmed that Javier Bardem is now currently in discussions to join the project and co-star alongside Lawrence. Representatives for Paramount, Aronofsky, and Bardem refused to confirm these talks, but the idea of the director of Requiem For A Dream working with the Oscar winning talent of No Country »
Darren Aronofsky‘s next project, one which he’ll write, produce and direct, is beginning to pick up speed after finding a home at Paramount. Not only that, but according to Variety, the untitled 2017 release looks to have cast Javier Bardem opposite Jennifer Lawrence, though representatives for the former declined to confirm the casting coup at this time.
Though it’s still shrouded in mystery, the outlet notes that the director’s latest creative venture will revolve around “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence,” with Lawrence and Bardem presumably in contention to topline the drama as the troubled pairing.
Eyeing a spring start date for the project, Aronofsky will produce the feature in collaboration with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. Indeed, the film set up shop at Paramount after New Regency – where Darren Aronofsky holds a first-look deal – opted »
- Michael Briers
Paramount Pictures announced on Monday that the Golden Globe winner will star in the anticipated 2017 release.
Lawrence won the Golden Globe on Sunday evening for best actress in a musical or comedy for her lead performance in Joy.
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7 items from 2016
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