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Rome – Italian screenwriter, author, and playwright Vincenzo Cerami, who was Oscar-nommed for penning Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” and worked with top Italo helmers, including Marco Bellocchio and Gianni Amelio, died on Wednesday in Rome.
He was 72. The exact cause was not disclosed, but Cerami had been sick for some time.
Born in Rome to Sicilian parents, Cerami had the good fortune of having Pier Paolo Pasolini, not yet a film director at the time, as high-school teacher in Ciampino, just outside the Italian capital.
In 1976 Cerami published his first novel “Un borghese piccolo piccolo,” the tale of a lower-middle-class Joe who joins a masonic lodge to ensure his son will get his ministry desk job. The book was adapted in »
- Nick Vivarelli
There were several “big” projects previewed at the 2013 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, but the one that (surprisingly) generated the most enthusiastic buzz was the 15-20 minute presentation for director/actor Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which opens in theaters this year on Christmas Day.
Furthermore, the positive reception for the Walter Mitty footage coincides with the reports about Robert Downey Jr. indicating he wants Ben Stiller to direct the new live-action cinematic take on Pinocchio that Rdj has pitched and intends to co-headline – by playing the puppet-maker Geppetto, rather than the titular wooden boy (lest you think the actor is pulling a Roberto Benigni).
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for those not familiar, is a remake of the 1947 movie, which ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Sky Movies Disney, the home of new and classic Disney movies, has now launched in the UK and Ireland on Sky channel 305, On Demand and on the move via Sky Go. Available exclusively to Sky Movies customers, the magical new channel offers viewers a fantastic range of Disney titles – including animated classics, live action adventures, Disney-Pixar favourites and the latest blockbusters – with flexibility over where, when and how they choose to enjoy them.
Arriving just in time for the Easter holidays, Sky Movies Disney launches with the UK TV premiere of Academy® Award winning Disney/Pixar adventure Brave alongside a selection of timeless favourites including Bambi, Pinocchio and Cinderella and modern classics A Bug’S Life, Cars and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
To mark the launch of this magical new channel, Sky Movies put on a screening of Disney movies for a group of Dalmatian puppies and their parents, recreating »
- Dan Bullock
Jj Abrams is lined up to make a biopic of the cyclist. Send us your front covers, titles, soundtrack and casting suggestions
Lance Armstrong's life is to be dramatised on the big screen. Jj Abrams is set to direct a movie that will take its lead from the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur.
Abrams did a decent job with Star Trek and Super 8, but we're here to help him out with some suggestions. We want to know your ideas for the film title, tagline, soundtrack and cast members. If you're feeling very creative, email us a mocked-up front cover to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll publish the best responses.
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- Paul Campbell
Chicago – It ain’t over until the fat mammoth sings, and that’s precisely what happens—more or less—in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the fourth installment of Blue Sky Studios’ increasingly tedious, decade-old franchise. Why can’t any of Pixar’s rival animation studios come up with a marketable formula better than Celebrities Voicing Animals Delivering Tired Sitcom Dialogue?
Whereas “Madagascar 3” represented this formula operating at its finest, “Ice Age 4” represents its nadir. With 3D visuals on the level of a pop-up book and bored actors mugging their way toward their next easy paycheck, this picture is dead on arrival, yet its particularly brand of badness is more peculiar than one might expect. Just how many kiddie movies have attempted to merge DeMille-level spectacle with booger jokes? Thankfully, not that many.
Blu-ray Rating: 1.5/5.0
In this cheery “Ice Age” entry, our heroes are running for their lives as they find »
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