14 items from 2013
The 2003 Supporting Actress Smackdown is just 15 days away! If you're like "um... it's 2013" you should know that each month we look back at a particular Oscar race and debate it.
This month we're having a tenth anniversary party. For context before we get to the main event we're revisiting films. So far we've hit Finding Nemo, The Triplets of Belleville, The Fog of War, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Much Ado About Nothing, and Love Actually.
Let's meet our panelists for the main Supporting Actress event. They'll be sounding off soon enough on Renée, Holly, Marcia, Shohreh and Patty. For now we're asking them "What does 2003 mean to you?" »
- NATHANIEL R
Gkids, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for Ernest & Celestine, the charming and beautifully hand-drawn new feature from the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Triplets Of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. Ernest & Celestine premiered at Cannes, has played Toronto, London, Los Angeles and other prestigious film festivals, is the winner of France's Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes, and currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.
Gkids is qualifying the film for the Academy Awards in the Best Animated Feature category, where the company has had past success with The Secret of Kells, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita.
The just-completed English language voice cast includes Academy Award, Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' the Butler), Mackenzie Foy (Mackenzie Foy), Academy Award and Emmy »
What is it about “Angry Birds” that could sustain a feature-length film? Film adaptations get handed out like party favors to endless video game franchises, but most of those franchises have stories and characters and conflicts and all sorts of other goodies. There may be a conflict inherent in “Angry Birds,” but oddly spherical fowl launching themselves via slingshot at their mortal enemies isn’t really enough to build an entire screenplay around. Sure, there’s an endless stream of Angry Birds cartoons being pumped out, but A: those cartoons are only about three minutes a pop, and B: they have no dialogue. So unless Angry Birds is going the silent film route a la The Triplets of Belleville or The Illusionist (and who’s to say it won’t), it may be a case of butter scraped over too much bread. At least now we know (thanks to Deadline) the two men tasked with bringing the »
- Adam Bellotto
Frederick Wiseman’s Film Festival—now that would be something perfect for capturing the Tiff experience, with its swarms of filmmakers and volunteers and reviewers, its exhilaration and exhaustion. Then again, that festival might also be the granola screening room seen early on in Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, where perfunctory applause for a cinematic eco-pamphlet is followed by an awkward Q&A session straight out of Wiseman’s High School.
The scene smartly situates its protagonists, young activists played by Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning, as alienated not just from mainstream society but also from potential alternatives—on the fringe of the fringes, a familiar position for Reichardt’s characters. Their more radical form of protest (the bombing of a Portland dam) is revealed languidly, shard by shard, in a series of concise interactions stressing process (how to buy 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer without the proper documentation? »
- Fernando F. Croce
Keaton-esque Amelie (or Whimsical Pianist)
French director Sylvain Chomet has delighted audiences with his droll animated films The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, earning repeated comparisons to the distinctive masterful works of Jacques Tati. His first foray in directing a live action feature, Attila Marcel, will undoubtedly divide filmgoers with its hallucinogenic induced musical numbers and blankly mute lead character Paul (Guillaume Gouix, who in both looks and demeanor apes Buster Keaton expertly), but will certainly leave them rapturously yearning for more from Chomet.
The film jars its audience and prepares them for its whimsical absurdities by opening with a melodious romp by the titular Attila Marcel (also played by Guillaume Gouix) whose bell bottomed loose attire recalls the costumes of Saturday Night Fever and who passes characters blatantly mimicking those from musicals Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar. The sequence, as it turns out, is a nightmare of silent pianist Paul, »
- Leora Heilbronn
Easily the most innocent, family-friendly ode to hallucinogenic drug use since “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Attila Marcel” marks writer-director Sylvain Chomet’s charming first foray into live action feature filmmaking. Though slighter and more crowd-pleasingly sentimental than “The Triplets of Belleville,” the film is very much of a piece with Chomet’s 2003 animated breakout, full of wry humanism, plentiful musical interludes, and production design that’s just this side of phantasmagoric. The whimsical-averse are advised to steer far clear, yet “Attila” ought to connect with French auds (where it opens Nov. 6), and smart distribs could spread its appeal even wider.
Centering on 33-year old Paul (Guillaume Gouix), a lifelong mute and piano prodigy, “Attila Marcel” continues to display Chomet’s career-long fascination with the Two Jacques — Tati and Demy — striking a delicate balance between off-kilter bildungsroman, postmodern musical and outright farce. Impressively played by Gouix, Paul appears to be equal »
- Andrew Barker
From Jesus Quintana to Apollo Creed, via a Sheffield United hero and a chubby wide-eyed tricycle-loving kid called Champion
Football has never really lent itself to the silver screen. Somehow things just don't work – the movement is too forced, the celebrations too cartoonish, the plots too hackneyed, the acting too stilted, the need to get a few real-life players in there (for some reason) too hard to resist. When Saturday Comes is no different. The football scenes don't work, the plot would've been turned down by Boy's Own for being too far-fetched, and Mel Sterland and Tony Currie pop up and make Ally McCoist look like Robert De Niro. The climax should be pretty clear before the opening titles have ended.
If you're expecting an "And yet …" at this point, think again. You can't dress this up as a moment of cinematic brilliance any more »
- Barry Glendenning, John Ashdown
International sales: Pathe
With his live-action debut, French animation auteur Sylvain Chomet has transposed the offbeat charm, singular characters and richly layered visual style of his Oscar-nommed hand-drawn toons, “The Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist,” to “Attila Marcel.” A passion project for Chomet — who also penned the screenplay — the musical comedy stars French up-and-comer Guillaume Gouix as a traumatized orphan who gets help from a mysterious woman using herbal medicine and music. Anne Le Ny (“The Intouchables”) and Bernadette Lafont (“Paulette”) play eccentric twin sisters who raise him.
Budgeted at €8 million ($10.7 million), the film is repped by French mini-major Pathe and produced by Claudie Ossard (“Amelie”) at Paris-based Eurowide Film Prod. Pic’s crew includes art director Stephane Cressend (“Now You See Me”) and production designer Carlos Conti (“On the Road”).
It has pre-sold to Australia, Benelux, Brazil, France, Greece, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea and Switzerland. »
- Variety Staff
While the North American animation stage is largely dominated by Disney, the international stage remains a wide open field, with many filmmakers creating well-regarded animated works. One such filmmaker is Sylvain Chomet, whose 2003 feature film debut The Triplets of Belleville catapulted his critical profile, which was aided by his second feature The Illusionist. With both his prior films being animated, Chomet thus raised some eyebrows when he announced that his next film would be a live-action feature. Titled Attila Marcel, Chomet takes on writing and directing duties, working with a cast that includes Guillaume Gouix and Anne Le Ny. The first trailer for the film, which shall be screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Director Sylvain Chomet holds the distinction of helming two of the most visually and narratively wondrous animated films in recent decades; 2003's Oscar-nominated “The Triplets of Belleville” and 2010's “The Illusionist,” both of which pay tribute to silent cinema in their own unique ways — the latter even took up an unproduced script by the legendary Jacques Tati. Now Chomet is looking to replicate that success in a live-action setting with “Atilla Marcel,” for which we've just got the first trailer, before the film begins its festival run this week. Set to have its world premiere at Tiff, “Atilla Marcel” follows a mute man-child, Paul (played by the distinctly Keaton-esque Guillaume Gouix), who resents the smothering aunts that want nothing more than for him to win piano competitions. This all changes when an upstairs neighbor Madame Proust offers Paul a potion that releases repressed childhood memories — sending him off a journey that looks to. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Spoilers ahead. Two more dancers have left the competition after tonight’s performance show, which was guest-judged by renowned dance expert Carly Rae Jepsen. She specializes in the esteemed genre “Pop Carwash.”
I’ll post my full recap of tonight’s performances later on; in the meantime, discuss!
Mariah Spears and Dorian “BluPrint” Hector have been eliminated.
Mackenzie, Jenna, Alan, and Curtis also landed in the bottom six.
The judges asked all but Jenna to dance for their lives.
‘Sytycd’ Set List For July 23, 2013 — Full Recap Here
Music: “New World” by »
- Annie Barrett
Annecy — Paul Leluc, director of toon TV series “Le Monde de Pahe” and “Graboullin,” is directing “The Long Long Holidays,” a flagship Gallic TV toon serial, produced by Didier Brunner’s Paris-based Les Armateurs, the company behind “The Triplets of Belleville,” Michel Ocelot’s “Kirikou” franchise, and now the latest project from Sylvain Chomet, “Swing Popa Swing.”
Comprised of 10 half-hour episodes, “Holidays” will go into production in October. It will be broadcast over 10 days in 2015.
From an original idea by Delphine Maury and Olivier Vinuesa, “Holidays” turns on a brother and sister — Ernest, who’s 11, the 6-year-old Colette — who are left by their parents at their grandparents’ house near the Normandy coast for a few weeks at the beginning of World War II.
The father goes off to fight, the mother to a sanatorium to recover from illness. As World War II rumbles on, those weeks become five years.
Graphic work, »
- John Hopewell
Gist: Chomet leaves behind animation for his first live action film, a musical comedy. A young boy sees his parents dies at two years of age and the trauma causes amnesia and renders him unable to speak. Raised by two aunts who wish to turn him into a pianist, he suddenly finds himself in his mid 30’s, still with a life unrealized. Until he meets a mysterious woman who has an herbal medicine that, with the aid of music, can help him explore those old forgotten memories.
Prediction: While Chomet’s much revered first film, 2003’s The Triplets of Belleville, played out of competition, we’re thinking his live action film will follow a similar course, or perhaps nab a special screening. It does feature up and coming actor Guillaume Goix, who received attention for Beyond the Walls and a Cesar nod for Jimmy Riviere, »
- Nicholas Bell
Canadian Screen Awards 2013 nominations: War Witch rules The Genie Awards are dead, long live the Canadian Screen Awards! Well, in truth, the Genie Awards aren’t exactly dead; they’ve just been transmogrified, along with Canadian television’s Gemini Awards, into the aforementioned Canadian Screen Awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. But Genie or Canadian Screen, once again a Québécois production dominates the nominations roster. (Photo: Rachel Mwanza in Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.) Kim Nguyen’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee Rebelle / War Witch, the story of a (very) young African rebel fighter, received a total of 12 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Berlin Film Festival’s Best Actress Rachel Mwanza), Best Supporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), and Best Original Screenplay (Nguyen). War Witch follows in the heels of recent Quebec-made Genie Award powerhouses and eventual Best Picture winners such »
- Andre Soares
14 items from 2013
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