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Ever since Ridley Scott announced his upcoming sci-fi epic "Prometheus," fans have been scrambling for scraps of information, trying to learn all they can about the movie that may or may not be a prequel to Scott's 1979 classic "Alien."
You can finally relax, because thanks to our brand-new guide, the whole world is about to be clued in on Everything We Know About "Prometheus" So Far. It may not quite be the gift of fire, but trust us: When it comes to movies, this is the next best thing.
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Star Power: One thing "Prometheus" is definitely not lacking is star power, as arguably the hottest actor on the planet -- Michael Fassbender -- anchors an all-star lineup that includes international sensation Noomi Rapace as well as Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. Everybody in Hollywood would jump at the chance to work with Scott »
- Scott Harris
Momentum Pictures recently released five critically acclaimed and unforgettable Contemporary Classics on Blu-ray for the first time ever that you can finally add to your collection this Christmas.
The Blu-ray debut of the mesmerising Amelie, director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar® and BAFTA® winning memory-erasing romance Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet, plus Control, the BAFTA® winning directorial debut from world-renowned photographer Anton Corbijn about the influential band Joy Division and troubled lead singer Ian Curtis. Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky’s tale of addiction and desperation starring Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar® nominated performance by Ellen Burstyn completes the offering alongside Lost In Translation, writer/director Sofia Coppola’s Oscar® winning film charting the unlikely friendship between Scarlett Johansson’s bored newly-wed and Bill Murray’s jaded ageing actor as they discover Japan.
Whether you’re already a fan, »
- Matt Holmes
Day 4: La Cité des Enfants Perdus (1995)
What’s it about?
A little girl, Miette, and a carnival strong man, One, team up to look for One’s brother, Denree, who’s been kidnapped by a mad scientist attempting to steal children’s dreams.
This strange, surreal film is unlike anything many will have seen. Certain comparisons to Jeunet’s Amelie are apt, but for the most part, La Cité des Enfants Perdus is a film all its own. It opens disconcertingly, with a young child visited by Santa. Then another comes down the chimney, followed by another and another. The room begins to spin, the numerous Santas grow increasingly distorted and threatening, and the music becomes increasingly ominous before cutting out to the boy and a strange man strapped in to a machine, large helmets attached to their heads. »
- Kate Kulzick
The period fable Hugo marks a number of firsts in the career of Martin Scorsese. It is his first big-budget, family entertainment. It is his first venture into the brave newish world of 3D cinema. And, more arguably, it is the first time he has made a film – even Scorsese, with his magpie borrowings – that feels utterly in thrall to someone else's vision of a city. That city is Paris, or rather, a glowing fantasia of Paris in the 1930s as seen through the busy internal life of a large railway station. The camera swoops, cranes and dashes among the crowded platforms, in and out of the station café, then up, up and away into the vaulted heights. It is a self-conscious story-book portrait that reminds you, time and again, of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 romance Amelie. »
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, best known for directing the critically-acclaimed hit Amelie, has found his latest project in an adaptation of Reif Larsen's 2009 novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. With a working title of T.S. Spivet, the story concerns a 12-year-old cartographer who is informed that he's received a prize from The Smithsonian. He then hitch-hikes on board a train to Washington D.C. to give his acceptance speech. Following in the footsteps of many visionary directors as of late, he will try his hand at 3D technology with the new family film. The movie will also mark the director's return to working in the English language; the last time being 1997's Alien Resurrection. Jeunet will reteam with his long-time screenwriter Guillaume Laurant to adapt the book. Shooting for T.S. Spivet will take place early next year in Canada for a release in the second half of »
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a very specific, immediately recognizable visual style as seen in films like Delicatessen, Amelie and his most recent feature, Micmacs. He takes quite a bit of time between features, and since his 1991 feature debut with Delicatessen he has made only six films, and one English-language film: the not terribly good Alien Resurrection. (I think "not terribly good" is being pretty charitable to that movie, actually.) Now Jeunet is set to make another English-language film, and it will also be his first in 3D. Given that Jeunet is all about visuals, the prospect of seeing his first foray into 3D is more tempting than would be the case from may other directors. The film in question is a story about a twelve-year old amateur cartographer who goes on a cross-country journey from his home in Montana to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It is based »
- Russ Fischer
Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has got a new project in the works, with the French auteur set to bring an adaptation of Reif Larsen novel The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet to the big screen. The novel follows the exploits of the flamboyantly named Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, a twelve-year-old cartographer struggling to cope with the failure of his parent’s marriage and the death of his brother. Seeking solace in intellectual pursuits, the story follows the events that ensue when he receives a call from the Smithsonian Institute...
- George Wales
The last news on Jean-Pierre Jeunet came in late June, when we learned that the Amelie director would be returning to English for the first time since Alien Resurrection, either with an adaptation of Thomas H. Cook‘s Red Leaves or a film version of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larson. Both sounded as if they would accommodate to the director’s whimsical styles pretty nicely, so it wasn’t a question of “should he,” but “when will he.”
The latter hasn’t exactly been answered, but Allocine (via HeyUGuys) reports that he’ll next helm T.S. Spivet, which will kick off filming next summer in three dimensions — and in Canada! The novel — being adapted by the director and his Amelie co-scribe, Guillaume Laurant — follows a twelve-year-old girl who fancies herself a cartographer in her travels from Montana to Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
It has been a couple of years now since "Micmacs," the last film from "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and as he generally takes a few years between pictures, now is about the time for the helmer to start gearing up make another. Over the summer it was revealed that the helmer had acquired the rights to two books for possible future projects: Reif Larsen's 2009 novel "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet" and Thomas H. Cook's crime tome "Red Leaves." It was assumed the former would go in front of cameras first, and indeed that is the case and few more details have arrived today about the project. »
There aren’t many better ways to start your week than the news that Jean-Pierre Jeunet is making another film, and this report from Allocine has a few choice details about his new project.
It’s been a long time since we walked in the dark fairytale worlds of The City of Lost Children or Delicatessen and the twenty-first century Jeunet has seen only three films thus far with Amelie the most popular, giving its star, Audrey Tatou, a global stage to play on as well as reminding us that Jeunet’s charm and wit more than matches his visual invention. The new film will be in English, will be in 3D and, according to the report, will be based on the debut novel by Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet.
The 2009 book contains many maps and illustrations, as the T. S. Spivet of the title is »
- Jon Lyus
We first meet Simon curled up inside a garbage can… pardon me, a “space ship.” Simon, played by Bill Skarsgard, has Asperger’s. This means he thinks differently from those around him. Simon has an affection for circles, a fascination with space, and a terrible time dealing with change in his life. Simon lives with his brother Sam, played by Martin Wollstrom, the only person who knows how to talk with Simon so he understand. Unfortunately, when Sam’s girlfriend can no longer take the eccentricities of living with Simon, she leaves, causing Sam to slip into a depression. This is when the fun starts.
Written by Jonathan Sjoberg and directed by Andreas Ohman, Simple Simon is not a traditional romantic comedy. The film has a similar cute absurdity as Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie. The story takes us into the mind of Simon as he struggles to find a solution to his brother’s depression, »
- Travis Keune
Chicago – There’s a beautiful irony in the clever comedy/fantasy/thriller “Rare Exports” in that the majority of the action of the piece is begun by kids acting naughty. Remember who knows when you’re naughty? Why, Santa knows, of course. This wonderfully unique Christmas tale reimagines the legend of Santa Claus as a decrepit, immortal killing machine, one that has been buried for years and only recently unearthed and happened upon by some unlucky hunters.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
“Rare Exports” began life from a pair of short films (both of which are included on yet-another stellar Oscilloscope Blu-ray release…this company is second only to Criterion in terms of worthwhile bonus material and memorable packaging) and, while I admire the final product enough to recommend a viewing, the film’s origins are clear. Even at 82 minutes, it feels a bit long as there’s not quite enough material here to support a feature-length film. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There's something incredibly exciting about the phrase "anything is possible." Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo's Mystery Movies. Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won't be announced until they're in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations? »
- Germain Lussier
Bad things happen to damaged people (and dogs) in this sparse kitchen-sink drama – almost too many bad things for one film to take, between Mullan's volatile drinker, Colman's abused wife and their vicious social circles. There's a redeeming spiritual dimension to the misery, thank God, and as you'd expect of an actor-turned-director, Considine gets incredible performances from his leads.
Midnight In Paris (12A)
Not finding modern-day Paris to his romantic liking, Allen sends Wilson's tourist back to the fantasy 1920s version, and recruits familiar faces to play familiar cultural legends: (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, etc). It's so unapologetically wistful, he gets away with it. The French will love it.
As formulaic as the »
- Steve Rose
Every so often a film comes along that surpasses all expectations. One that is so different and unique that it stands out in its own genre as something special. Amelie is one of those films.
Amelie is a romance like no other. In fact, as the plot thickens, you begin to forget genre altogether, as you’re swept away into the magical Montmartre sector of Paris. Directed and co-written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amelie’s plot is among the most simple ever devised, but with some of the most original and unusual characters ever created.
A quirky, introverted young woman falls for an equally strange young man and, despite all odds, they live together happily ever after. But as I said before, the plot thickens. »
Well what do we have here? Another new set of first look photos from Tiff for the new "uncompromising dramatic thriller" from City of God and Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles called 360, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde. The film is an ensemble drama that "explores how sexual relationships can transgress social boundaries." The cast includes Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster and even Jamel Debbouze, who you'll recognize from Amelie and Angel-a. While this is a sexual drama, there isn't anything risque about any of these six photos, but check them out anyway. Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's 1900 play La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Hereafter) combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful and deeply »
- Alex Billington
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Running Time: Tba
Synopsis: 30-year-old Emilie runs a hairdressing salon, and provides an endless stream of well-meaning advice to her clients and friends…
Sadly the one person she can’t seem to help is Maddy, her mother, who has given up the will to live since being left by her husband.
Jean, a young man who works for Emilie is secretly in love with her but a pathological shyness prevents him from declaring his feelings. Finally, unable to contain himself, he opens his heart in a passionate anonymous letter.
Entirely untouched by this confession and terrified to see her mother slipping deeper and deeper into despair, Emilie concocts a crazy plan: she’ll change the name at the top of the letter and send it to Maddy.
Deeply touched by this beautiful declaration of love, Maddy »
- Anouska Davies
After the hit 2006 comedy Priceless, writer/director Pierre Salvadori joins forces again with internationally acclaimed actress Audrey Tautou for another situational romantic comedy, Beautiful Lies, looking at how misinterpretation and unfrequented love can bring a bittersweet but charming dose of humour.
Tautou plays 30-year-old Emilie, owner of a hairdressing salon who employs Jean (Sami Bouajila), a handyman who is secretly in love with her. Emilie has problems of her; apart from her own cynical view of love and relationships, she wants to cheer up her mother, Maddy (Nathalie Baye), who still pines for her four-year-absent husband who lives with another younger woman. Emilie receives a passionate love letter one day, signed by an anonymous author (who is actually Jean), and terrified at seeing her mother fall deeper and deeper into despair, decides to concoct a crazy plan: she’ll change the name at the top of the letter and send »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
When Gianni Di Gregorio’s directorial debut ‘Mid-August Lunch’ gained widespread acclaim and a multitude of accolades from international film festivals in 2008 due to its charm and gentle wit, his follow up feature was always going to be highly anticipated. Well, it has arrived in the form of ‘The Salt of Life’, and to mark its 12 August UK release date, we have remembered some of the brightest comedic gems of World Cinema.
Good Bye, Lenin!
Good Bye Lenin!
A self-proclaimed ‘tragicomedy’, this German film takes a quirky approach to the reunion of two very different political ideologies previously separated by the Berlin wall upon its collapse. An elderly woman awakes from a coma to find that the Berlin wall is no more, yet in an attempt to protect her frail mind her son tries to convince her that nothing has changed. Satirical and absurd, the laughs are certainly not lost in translation. »
- Paul Heath
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A guy (Timberlake) and girl (Kunis) try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it’s not long before they learn that they want something more.
The Buzz: Hmm, this premise is strangely familiar, and comes with an even more docile cast than No Strings Attached. I still have some faith in the film itself though, as director Will Gluck’s previous entry was the excellent Easy A. Still, Gluck didn’t write Easy A, and that’s what was great about that film, the writing. Two new relatively untested writers penned Friends with Benefits – yeah, I’m right back to doubting this film. But »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
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