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By no means intended as an exhaustive list, Clothes on Film ponder an overview of 2011 in costume. Concentrating on mainstream fare that those outside of big cities are likely to have seen, we consider which costumes delighted, surprised and best of all, enlightened us. Expect to spot Drive, Melancholia and Hugo on this list somewhere.
Costume encompasses every item of clothing worn on film. By strict definition costume is not ‘wardrobe’; wardrobe is what Oprah Winfrey wore on her talk show. While at Clothes on Film we embrace all forms of costume, we do have a slight bias for contemporary, although only because it is often underrepresented in the face of (admittedly dazzling) period or fantasy wear. This roundup will comprise both period and contemporary, but »
- Chris Laverty
Just yesterday, Empire posted a photo of Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski surrounded by novelist David Mitchell and producers Uwe Schott, Philip Lee, Stefan Arndt and Grant Hill. The occasion? They'd just wrapped shooting at Studio Babelsberg on the most expensive German film since the days of Ufa, Cloud Atlas. Babelsberg, practically on life support after the fall of the Berlin wall, is thriving once again. And in February, the legendary studio celebrates its 100th anniversary.
To celebrate, the Berlin International Film Festival, running February 9 through 19, will be awarding the studio a Berlinale Camera and presenting a special series, "Happy Birthday, Studio Babelsberg." The lineup:
Fw Murnau's The Last Laugh (1924) Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (1929/30) Josef von Báky's The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen (1943) Wolfgang Staudte's The Murderers Are Among Us (1946) Kurt Maetzig's The Rabbit Is Me (1965) Konrad Wolf's Goya (1971) Roland Gräf's »
With a career marked by controversy and tragedy, triumphs and disasters, that Roman Polanski has shaken off personal obstacles and professional setbacks is a feat in itself. But that he has become a legendary and influential filmmaker in the process, speaks to his remarkable strength and skill behind the camera no matter how you feel about the man personally. Polanski is well known as a craftsman of stylish thrillers, most notably the informal "Apartment Trilogy" of "Repulsion," "Rosemary's Baby," and "The Tenant," films that trade on nightmarish images, claustrophobic spaces, and creeping paranoia. But looking back over his filmography one is immediately struck by the breadth of genres he has tackled, from the psychological potboilers above, to literary adaptations (“Oliver Twist”), swashbuckling adventure (“Pirates”), World War II drama (“The Pianist”) and sizzling noir (“Chinatown”). »
Ranked: Roman Polanski Films from Worst to Best In tribute to Carnage, we reassess the director of Chinatown and The Pianist. by Austin Duerst Roman Polanski made a name for himself at a young age with his keen and original insight into the dark recesses of the human psyche. His films, with their grim, unflinching depictions of injustice, helped open the doors for future filmmakers to pursue dark subject matter without fear of censorship. With the release of his nineteenth feature film, Carnage, we take a look back at the films of one of cinema's greatest directors. 19. Pirates (1986) Long before pirate fever swept the world with Disney's Caribbean series, a lot of other pirate movies earned their place shipwrecked along the shores of cinematic history. Roman Polanski's Pirates is one of them. The idea must've seemed promising in its initial stages (after all, someone coughed [...] »
- Austin Duerst
Warsaw, Poland — She was a coloratura soprano who spurned opera for popular music, a Polish singer who became a cabaret star in Las Vegas, an artist trapped for years behind the Iron Curtain when she flew home to tend to her dying mother.
Singer Violetta Villas, 73, died late Monday at her home in Lewin Klodzki, a village in southern Poland, local police spokesman Pawel Petrykowski told The Associated Press. Prosecutors have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death, he said Tuesday.
Villas was born Czeslawa Cieslak in 1938 to a Polish coal miner's family in Belgium.
A unique talent with a trademark cascade of curly blond hair, Villas had a voice that spanned four octaves. Rather then pursue an operatic career, she preferred popular music, a genre that brought her wide popularity in Poland – where the family returned in 1948 after World War II – and abroad.
She once said her »
The actors have been longtime supporters of Unicef (United Nations Children's Fund), but neither Thurman nor Brody have had the opportunity to take part in one of the organisation's humanitarian trips to highlight the plight of kids in poverty-stricken countries.
However, the pair is serious about volunteering for charity - and the stars have called on officials to get in touch.
The Pianist star Brody tells WENN, "We haven't had any specific projects but that's something I'd consider for sure. There's so many places that need help. I've done some work on my own in India because I've spent a great deal of time there, but I don't know (where I'd travel to); I'd be open to hearing a proposal."
Thurman insists she would be "honoured" to work with Unicef - because she has been helping to raise funds for the cause for years.
She says, "Unicef means a very, big lot to me (sic). It's historically an incredibly important organisation, crossing borders, refusing to allow politics to stop them from protecting all children as their own, as our own. I've been trick or treating for Unicef since I was a little girl...
"I'd like to go to lots of places. I mean the Horn of Africa is particularly important right now, but there's many, many locations, sadly too many locations, that I would be just as honoured to visit wherever this essential work is being done."
And they're not alone - actress and former model Angie Harmon is set to kick off the New Year with a trip to India in collaboration with Unicef, while Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker admits she would love to volunteer.
She tells WENN, "I've never been able to travel outside the States so far but one day, I would love to. But with my children it's hard to travel. I would mostly love to go to Yugoslavia, for lots of personal reasons." »
Adrien Brody has certainly had a pretty diverse career in his time, choosing roles in films as varied as Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Wes Anderson’s fantastic The Darjeeling Limited, and of course, most notably, Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, for which he won his Best Actor Academy Award, in a year that saw him up against Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine, Nicolas Cage, and Jack Nicholson.
He’ll next be taking the lead in Detachment, alongside a terrific supporting cast, and KinoGallery (via Imp Awards) have got a lovely new French poster for the film, which has been getting a great reception at the film festivals it’s been screened at so far.
Courtesy of Wikipedia,
“Detachment is a chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Henry’s method »
- Kenji Lloyd
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Organizers of the 19th Plus Camerimage film festival – held each year in Bydgoszcz, Poland – have selected Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” as their opening night film. The adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning stage play, will kick off the fest on Nov. 26.
Polanski’s uncomfortably comedic drama stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as parents trying to smooth things out following a physical altercation between their adolescent sons. The Camerimage fest places its focus on cinematography, so expect Polanski’s cinematographer – the great Pawel Edelman (“The Pianist,” “Ray”) – to be recognized for his accomplishment in containing the “Carnage” action to one cramped, sun-drenched New York apartment.
In addition to “Carnage,” this year’s fest will screen Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” Steve McQueen “Shame,” Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus,” and the period rom-com “Hysteria” … all recognized for their striking visuals. »
- Sean O'Connell
Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen.s critically acclaimed romantic comedy Midnight in Paris on DVD and Blu-ray Decemeber 20th. Paris in the morning is beautiful. In the afternoon it.s charming. And in the evening, enchanting. But after midnight, Paris is magic! Shot against the gorgeous backdrop of the most romantic city in the world, Midnight in Paris features an all-star ensemble cast including Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Best Actress, Misery), Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (Best Actor, The Pianist), Carla Bruni, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (Best Actress, La Vie En Rose), Michael Sheen (Tron: Legacy; Frost/Nixon) and Owen Wilson (Cars 2; Hall Pass). The film, which opened this year.s Cannes »
- Patrick Luce
Spielberg’s been out of the director’s chair for a little while (since Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls) but is making up for lost time by putting out action-adventure spectacle (Tintin) and serious drama (War Horse) in short succession. It’s like 1993 all over again.
In honour of Spielberg returning to action, here are six of his best.
They are in no particular order and other opinions are available (please share yours in the comments section):-
As with each film on this list, there is an insurmountable challenge in trying to find something new to say and so it eventually comes down to simply restating what anyone with half a mind already knows to be true, namely that Jaws is one of the finest films of this or any decade, genre or director.
A masterclass in atmosphere-building, working with limited resources and almost debilitating technical problems, Spielberg »
- Dave Roper
HollywoodNews.com: Roman Polanski, no matter how you feel about him, is one of our great directors. From “Rosemary’s Baby” to “Chinatown” to “Tess” to “The Pianist,” he’s made a significant and lasting contribution to cinema. Now, after his famous home imprisonment, Polanski decided to film the Broadway play “God of Carnage.” He’s turned a two act play into a 79 minute film about claustrophobia. “Carnage” opened the New York Film Festival on Friday night with stars John C. Reilly and Jodie Foster present, and Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet absent. Also absent, of course, was Polanski, who will probably never be allowed to enter the United States again as long as the farce in the Los Angeles court system continues.
I had the good fortune to sit next to Angelica Huston during the screening; she’s an old friend of Polanski although she said she hasn’t seen him in years. »
- Roger Friedman
Cool pics of War of the Dead per Dread. Yunno, I was just saying….when is someone gonna finally come out with another zombie film?? The anticipation is killing me.
Oh ya- missed the “War of The Dead” Trailer? no Sweat!
March 1942. Captain Martin Stone (Andrew Tiernan – 300, The Pianist) leads an American unit on a mission to destroy an enemy bunker, joining forces with an elite platoon of Finnish soldiers that includes Cpt. Niemi (Jouko Ahola – Kingdom of Heaven) and Ltnt. Laasko (Mikko Leppilampi). The troops are torn apart by the same enemy… More »
Roman Polanski's lifetime achievement award reminds us that art should never be judged by the morals of the artist
Remember that bit at the end of The Pianist where Adrien Brody's character plays the piano for his Nazi captor? Didn't that make your skin tingle? Didn't it bruise your soul to think of all the cruelty and destruction of the Holocaust, and didn't the juxtaposition of the music flood you with hope at the way art elevates us all? Or maybe you were too busy thinking about the fact that the person who directed the film was guilty of having sex with an underage girl, and felt unable to enjoy something he had created.
Today Roman Polanski, director of award-winning films such as The Pianist and Chinatown, goes to Zurich to finally collect his lifetime achievement award, two years after it was given to him. His late acceptance »
- Hannah Slapper
Two years after police in Zurich led Roman Polanski away to prison, the Oscar-winning director returned to a very different reception in the city, where he wrapped himself in applause and recognition Tuesday night by picking up a cinematic award and releasing a “memoir” of his life that had been treated like a state secret.
The Polish-French director of Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist took the stage of the Zurich Film Festival to finally accept the lifetime achievement award that he was unable to pick up in 2009, after being arrested for the decades-old sex-crime case.
He had been »
- Associated Press
Director was arrested on way to collect prize in 2009 when Us attempted extradition on 1977 child sex charges
The film director Roman Polanski collected his lifetime achievement award from the Zurich film festival on Tuesday night, two years after he was arrested over child sex charges on his way to accept the prize.
"What can I say? Better late than never," he said, laughing as he took to the stage after sustained applause and a standing ovation from the film festival audience. "It's a very moving moment for me."
Polanski was unexpectedly detained on an American warrant when he landed at Zurich airport on his way to the film festival in September 2009.
He was jailed and then placed under house arrest at his luxury chalet for more than six months while Swiss authorities considered whether to extradite him to the Us, where he is wanted over a conviction for unlawful sex »
- Angelique Chrisafis
The Polish-French director of Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist and the upcoming Carnage was detained on arrival at Zurich airport in 2009 and subsequently spent months in prison and later house arrest before avoiding extradition to the United States on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Now able to travel unhindered to Switzerland, Polanski, 78, will be presented with the award at a September 27 ceremony that will also feature the world premier of an unnamed documentary, the festival's artistic director said Wednesday.
"It's a very nice conclusion to this difficult time," Karl Spoerri told The Associated Press ahead of Thursday's opening night. "For us it's a sign that he doesn't feel any grudge against the festival. On the contrary, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Tribeca Film has recently announced their Us acquisition of Tony Kaye’s Detachment. Detachment tells the story of Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody), a gifted yet distant teacher who avoids emotional connections with students by never staying anywhere for too long. Once placed on a new assignment helping a school of apathetic youths, Henry finds himself attached to a student body he never thought he would fall for. Read below for the official press release.
Provocative Drama Features A Stellar Lead Performance From Adrien Brody, Anchoring An Ensemble Cast That Includes James Caan, Bryan Cranston, Blythe Danner, Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, William Peterson, Betty Kaye and Sami Gayle
“Brody delivers his finest performance since ‘The Pianist’… an award-caliber turn.” -The Hollywood Reporter
“A wrenching and powerful achievement… tremendous cast … I was swept along by the spectacular visual journey.” -Salon.com
New York, NY – Tribeca Film announced that it »
- Christopher Clemente
Zurich (Reuters) - Director Roman Polanski is to collect an award from the Zurich Film Festival intended for him in 2009, when he was arrested en route to the ceremony on charges related to a sex crime more than 30 years ago, organizers said on Thursday.
The Oscar-winning director, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested at the request of the United States when he flew into Switzerland on September 26, 2009, when he was due to pick up a lifetime achievement award.
The tribute ceremony will be followed by the world premiere of a non-fiction film, but no further details will be released before the official screening on September 27, organizers said in a statement.
"We have always been tremendous admirers of his work and we are delighted »
 Whitney Houston is set to return to the big screen for the first time in 15 years for Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 drama based on the real-life tale of Diana Ross and The Supremes (yes, kind of like Dreamgirls, only Sparkle came first). The story follows the rise and fall of fictional girl group Sister & the Sisters, the members of which find their personal lives falling apart even as their act reaches ever higher levels of fame and success. Houston, who's also set to executive produce, will play the "not-so-encouraging" mother of the girls in the band. Houston has actually been attached to the project since back when it was supposed to star Aaliyah, who passed away in 2001. Also in the cast are Jordin Sparks making her cinematic debut in the title role, and Mike Epps in the part of destructive comedian Satin. Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom) is set »
- Angie Han
According to The Collider, shooting has just begun in and around Buckinghamshire on what may end up being Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, Quartet, a film about four celebrated but retired opera singers. To bring the story to life, Hoffman has assembled a cast of British veteran acting talent that includes Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith, and Michael Gambon. The screenplay is by celebrated writer Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, The Diving Bell & The Butterfly, Australia), based on his own play. Connolly and Courtenay play lifelong buds, who together with their former colleague played by Collins, reside at Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. »
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