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Cannes Film Festival 2013: Harvey Weinstein’s Academy Awards Preview Show (Photo: Fruitvale Station, with Michael B. Jordan) Harvey Weinstein’s Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions Special, a showcase of upcoming The Weinstein Company releases, is now regarded as one of the Croisette’s key film events. Because it provides a hint at who or what will win the Palme d’Or? Get real. Even at Cannes, it’s all about the Academy Awards. This year, Cannes Official Competition Jury Member Nicole Kidman was Weinstein’s co-presenter. And no, there wasn’t any influence peddling involved. Kidman was there because she is the star of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming Grace of Monaco, in which she plays another K-named movie star, Grace Kelly. And let’s not forget that 11 years ago Kidman won a Best Actress Oscar for The Hours, distributed by — at the time — the Weinstein-ruled Miramax. Two movies »
- Andre Soares
How soon into a movie or book or anything do you know you'll love it? When I first read The Hours, Michael Cunningham's transcendent riff on Virginia Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway" I knew as soon as Clarissa had entered the flower shop. With the film version I knew even sooner, perhaps having been prepped for the movie by the book but also because of the unfussy simplicity of the kick-off to this glorious triptych. (The Hours isn't always unfussy, of course, but note how the music drops out completely in this absolutely key moment when Virginia finds her first sentence.)
All we're left with is three women, three eras, three great actresses, and three separate temperaments.
Virginia: Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Laura: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Clarissa: Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself.
How utterly perfect and succinct - Art, »
- NATHANIEL R
Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer among movie stars of the 1930s still alive With the passing of Deanna Durbin this past April, only a handful of movie stars of the 1930s remain on Planet Earth. Below is a (I believe) full list of surviving Hollywood "movie stars of the 1930s," in addition to a handful of secondary players, chiefly those who achieved stardom in the ensuing decade. Note: There’s only one male performer on the list — and curiously, four of the five child actresses listed below were born in April. (Please scroll down to check out the list of Oscar winners at the 75th Academy Awards, held on March 23, 2003, as seen in the picture above. Click on the photo to enlarge it. © A.M.P.A.S.) Two-time Oscar winner and London resident Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, The Great Waltz), 103 last January »
- Andre Soares
In Reaching For The Moon, Bruno Barreto navigates handsomely the love story between the Pulitzer prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares, who designed Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro, making a Central Park out of a landfill with street lamps that recreate the moonlight.
In my conversation with Barreto on his poetic film, we discussed how Deborah Kerr, co-starring with Cary Grant in Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember, is channeled by Miranda Otto and how Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa made for the perfect pitch, even without Meryl Streep or Robert Redford. Barreto explained that Jane Campion's Bright Star on Keats and Christine Jeffs's Sylvia on Plath were not the way to go in the portrayal of Elizabeth Bishop and why Stephen Daldry's The Hours has the right intricacy.
Anne-Katrin Titze: You had your premiere of Reaching for the. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It was an early morning at Webster Hall, and Julianne Moore was ready to rock. Two summers ago, the Oscar-nominated actress shot the indie What Maisie Knew (opening tomorrow in New York), a modern-day version of the 1897 Henry James novel where Moore plays Susanna, a famous rocker chick whose young daughter becomes collateral damage during her divorce. And on this day, at an ungodly hour better suited to crickets than concerts, a leather-clad Moore strutted across the stage of Webster Hall, planted a foot on the monitor, and belted "Hook and Line" by the Kills with woozy rock-goddess panache. "It was like a friggin' rock concert, I swear to God," remembers Elaine Caswell, who served as Moore's vocal coach for the movie. "I had just watched The Hours the week before, and I was like, Wait, this is the same person I just saw in The Hours, and now »
- Kyle Buchanan
Michael Bay ‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Bay’s first non-Transformers movie to fail to crack $20m domestic this weekend? This Pain & Gain box-office post is a fully updated version of my previous Pain & Gain box-office article. According to Deadline.com, Pain & Gain grossed a disappointing $7m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday late-night showings. That’s down from an expected $9m early in the day and $8m early in the evening. Barring a major Saturday surge — which is highly unlikely at this stage — Pain & Gain will end up with about $18-19.5m at 3,277 North American venues by Sunday evening. Afternoon estimates had the Michael Bay-directed movie grossing as much as $26m, later downsized to a more modest $21m — and now, quite likely, less than $20m. (Photo: Michael Bay on the Pain & Gain set.) Now, Paramount was purportedly expecting Michael Bay’s first non-Transformers, non-Shia Labeouf movie in »
- Zac Gille
‘Pain & Gain’ box office: Michael Bay’s less-than-atrocious effort to open either modestly or strongly, depending on your context of choice (photo: Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in ‘Pain & Gain’) Starring Ted and The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg and G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast Five‘s Dwayne Johnson, and directed by Michael Bay — he of the big, loud, dumb, and immensely successful Transformers movies — Pain & Gain is expected to open with less than $25m at 3,277 North American locations. In fact, Bay’s mix of crime thriller and "offbeat" humor, which had some critics groaning (47% approval rating and 5.7/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics), should not end the weekend much above the $20m mark if early, rough Friday estimates are accurate. According to Deadline.com, barring a major evening surge Pain & Gain likely collected $8m on Friday, including $750,000 from Thursday night screenings. Barring a major Saturday surge — not all that likely »
- Zac Gille
We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. This is going to take us forever! (That's a good thing. Thank you so much for being part of such a big vibrant fanbase.) Today we're talking to Patrick who lives in Germany and writes for DieAcademy.de, a German site devoted to our favorite awards show.
Hi, Patrick. How long have you been reading The Film Experience?
Maybe 6 years? I like this site so much since it's always interesting topics and wonderful to read.
I know you're really into the Oscars but how about the Lolas, Germany's own movie awards. Which German stars do you recommend our international readers get to know?
The Lolas are not as big of a deal as they should be, but I love some German actors who are still too unknown abroad but doing great work all the time, like: Sibel Kikelli (two time Lola »
- NATHANIEL R
Cannes 2013 jury Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg’s fellow jury members. It’s a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest), Academy Award winner and three-time nominee Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, Rabbit Hole), and BAFTA winner Lynne Ramsay (Swimmer, We Need to Talk About Kevin). Also: Cannes Film Festival and two-time César winner Daniel Auteuil (The Eighth Day, Girl on the Bridge, Jean de Florette), two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), Cannes’ 2007 Palme d’Or and 2012 Best Screenplay winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Beyond the Hills), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained). Those listed above will select the winners »
- Anna Robinson
"I've been acting for 36 years just so I could do that speech," reveals Jeff Daniels in a video chat with Gold Derby. "As they say, 'Didn't leave anything in the locker room with it'." Referring to the opening five minutes of the pilot episode of "The Newsroom," which debuted last June on HBO, he called it "not the greatest country in the world speech," which introduced his character of news anchorman Will McAvoy to the viewers. After a long and varied film career in such movies as "Terms of Endearment," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Something Wild," "Dumb and Dumber," "The Hours," and "The Squid and the Whale," Daniels now has his first regular series role. The reason? Creator and head writer Aaron Sorkin. "A friend of mine said, "With Aaron, wait 'til you see what you get to say. And that speech along with a lo »
We're getting to know The Film Experience community. Today we're talking to Lucio in Argentina.
When did you start reading Tfe?
Lucio: I started reading in early 2004 after I began to get crazy about the Academy Awards, so I looked up for some sites in order to help me to predict them. I remember reading about the Shohreh vs. Renée battle here. I was glad when Renée finally won the Oscar but my relationship with the website became closer over the years.
Your three favorite actresses
Lucio: Meryl Streep: She can do anything, no matter what. Kate Winslet: she is a great dramatic actress. Made me cry in The Reader, smile in Eternal Sunshine and think in Revolutionary Road; Nicole Kidman: The Hours… probably the Best Performance by an Actress in History. “Always the years between us, always the love…always the hours”. Brilliant!
How often do you go to the movies? »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – It doesn’t sound like a particularly bad idea. In exploring the globe-trotting adventures of author Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, why not use archival footage of the actual sights and sounds that they encountered, while nesting the actors into the frame, a la “Forrest Gump”? I didn’t think it was a bad idea at all until roughly three minutes into the movie.
Suddenly the picture fades into a grainy blue haze as Hemingway (Clive Owen) is witnessed on his fishing boat, pulling in his latest big catch with cavalier bravado. The moment is supposed to function as a stirring introduction to his character, but it’s completely undermined by the jarringly amateurish special effects juxtaposing the actors against a green screen projecting old footage of a jarring sea (even the splashes of water seem superimposed). Considering the often stellar production values of HBO films, it »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Today we have the official theatrical trailer for director Craig Zisk’s comedy The English Teacher. Four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, The Hours) stars as a repressed English teacher whose routine is upended when a former star pupil (Michael Angarano) returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright. Here’s the official synopsis for The English Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she...
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- Allan Ford
At first glance it seems like The English Teacher may be another arthouse effort from Julianne Moore, but upon watching the trailer it's a bit more Bad Teacher than The Hours. Moore plays a nerdy English teacher who is blindsided when she runs into an old student (Michael Angerano) who has written a play that impresses the pants off her character. Literally. Moore is joined by romantic love interest shoe-in Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane, and the lovely Lily Collins, »
- Paul Shirey
The Weinstein Company (TWC) officially announced their acquisition of the U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming Grace of Monaco, produced by Yrf Entertainment’s Uday Chopra. The film is directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose) with a screenplay by Arash Amel. Pierre- Ange le Pogam of Stone Angels and Arash Amel also produced.
Grace of Monaco is set to have a December 27th limited release based on the model the company used for the Academy Award® winning Iron Lady.
Commenting on the deal, Dahan said: “It has been a wonderful experience to be working with Nicole, Tim, Frank, and the whole group. I am very happy now to share the experience with Monsieur Weinstein and the whole team at TWC. This
- Press Releases
At the 1954 Oscars, Grace Kelly pulled off a shocking Best Actress win for “The Country Girl,” besting comeback-kid Judy Garland in the musical remake of “A Star is Born.” -Insertgroups:12- This year, Nicole Kidman could follow in Kelly’s footsteps by portraying the movie star-turned-princess in “Grace of Monaco.” The film, directed by “La Vie en Rose” helmer Olivier Dahan, will be released by The Weinstein Co. on Dec. 27, the very day that Oscar nominations open. Weinstein films have won Best Actress for two years running: Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” (2011) and Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012). Streep, who co-starred with Kidman in "The Hours" which won the latter her only Oscar in 2002, is a strong Best Actress contender this year for "August: Osage County," which Weinstein will unspool in November. Related: Let's pred »
Deadline reports that the company, founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, are thought to be paying a $5m. minimum guarantee for the film, with a P&A commitment of around $10m., with at least an 800-screen run.
The studio of course had big successes last year, »
- Kenji Lloyd
This is Ferdi!
Editors' Note: It's Reader Appreciation Month -- which we'll extend into April since I've been slow to get going. We haven't interviewed readers in two years but here were the previously awesome boys and girls (I shouldn't say "previously"... I'm sure they're all still awesome. Reading Tfe makes you a smarter, funnier, hotter person - Scientific Fact!). New Reader Spotlights coming at you daily for two weeks before the series goes weekly! Hope you enjoy - Nathaniel
Hi, Ferdi! what's your first movie memory?
Ferdi: My first movie memory is in the very early 80's, a re-edition of 101 Dalmatians during the Easter Holidays. I went to the theatre with my parents. I don't think I understood very much of the plot, I was three or four, but I was absolutely thrilled and blown away by Cruella De Vil.
Who chould have known that was the beginning of my fascination with villains, »
- NATHANIEL R
Stoker has been making waves as the first English language psychological thriller by Korean director Park Chan-wook. Recently, Wamg got the chance to speak with director Park Chan-wook, as well as stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode at an La press conference for the film. Director Park Chan-wook had a translator on hand so that he could speak with the press. Check out the press conference audio below.
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Melissa Howland
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Movie Geeks
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