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11 items from 2009


Barry Levinson to Direct Al Pacino in 'The Humbling'

15 December 2009 4:18 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Oh, goodie, it's another Philip Roth adaptation about an aging man awakened in life through an affair with a much younger woman! This one is based on Roth's latest, The Humbling, and while I'm sure the writing in the novel is great as usual, I can't help but think the movie version will be more of the same old man with hot actress erotic fantasy stuff of The Human Stain and Elegy.

According to the New York Times, Al Pacino, who bought the rights to the book, will star as the suicidal, past-his-prime stage actor who winds up on a farm in upstate New York making it with his friends' daughter, a 40-year-old (unless Hollywood expectantly lowers here age) with lesbian tendencies and an interest in kinky stuff like strap-ons.

Directing the picture is Barry Levinson, who has collaborated with Pacino before in different capacity. He co-wrote the 1979 legal drama »

- Christopher Campbell

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Come Back to Me...Or Not.

11 December 2009 4:12 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here with a look at one of the most misunderstood performances of the decade.

Nicole Kidman is arguably the actress of the decade. The woman did everything in the past ten years: thrillers, Ingmar Bergman redux, classy biopics, astonishing musicals, big special effects epics and even Lars von Trier. The last few years however have been full of incomprehensible Kidman hate (if this were the 1930's she'd be deemed box office poison and sent to oblivion).

The backlash began with the release of Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella's Civil War epic which some had decided would be the new Gone With the Wind the minute it started shooting. When it was released and Nicole's Ada Monroe just wasn't Scarlett O'Hara, it was as if people decided Nicole had cheated them from what they all thought would be a third consecutive Best Actress Oscar nomination (it says a lot that »

- Jose

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The Naughts: The Actress of the '00s

4 December 2009 10:17 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

If time is an avenger, then the Naughts have had it both ways with Nicole Kidman. In the span of a decade, Kidman was transformed from arm candy into an artist -- the rare movie star who made genuinely interesting choices -- eclipsing her ex-husband, Tom Cruise, who filed for divorce in 2000, with an Oscar win and the embrace, finally, of her peers on her own terms.

However, as the '00s limp to a close, Kidman seems to be succumbing to a personal vendetta against time: by manipulating her face into a mask -- a waxworks ideal of "Nicole Kidman" -- rather than continuing to deploy it as a functional instrument, an artist's tool, Kidman is taking perhaps the most surprising risk of her career: she has chosen to age into glacial iconicity. In this, she exemplifies a decade that treated actresses with ambivalence, waving all the flags of »

- Michelle Orange

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Film review: Disgrace

3 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Almost transcendental levels of humiliation await John Malkovich in a faithful adaptation of Jm Coetzee's award-winning novel

Jm Coetzee's 1999 Booker prizewinner, set in post-apartheid South Africa, has been respectfully transformed into a heartfelt, intelligent film with two very good performances at its centre. John Malkovich is the white Cape Town academic David Lurie, whose seduction of a mixed-race student initiates the first phase of a catastrophic personal downfall. Jessica Haines plays his grownup daughter Lucy, the intimate witness-participant in his ruin.

In its opening act, Professor Lurie's story runs along lines familiar from Philip Roth novels such as The Human Stain and A Dying Animal – both translated into movies of varying quality. Liberal academic males of a certain age defy the approaching chill of death and professional obsolescence, clinging fiercely to their passionate rapture for women's bodies and a refusal to concede culpability in the face of political correctness. Added to all this, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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6 Actors That Should Probably Not Watch Their Own Movies

23 November 2009 7:16 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When I interviewed Bill Nighy last year, three things seemed to stand out about the man. One, he shakes hands with only the front part of three fingers like I have to imagine witches do. Two, he had a greater sense of humor about himself than anyone else I've ever met. Three, he was insanely, effortlessly cool. He continues to exude both coolness and the self-effacing grace that makes him such a charismatic personality (aside from the willingness to star in serious work and movies about werewolves fighting vampires) by claiming that he can't stand the experience of watching movies that he's in. He, like most actors who have thrown out that claim in the past, seems completely put off by seeing himself on screen. Hardly an original claim, but one that rings true for anyone who has ever seen a bad photo of themselves (be they regional theater actors or international film stars). So I decided »

- Dr. Cole Abaius

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Show me the Money | Mark Lawson

12 November 2009 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

I'm thrilled that Martin Amis's great novel is to be adapted for screen – but the omens aren't good

Having always been sceptical about television's obsession with costume drama, I've never really understood what it must be like for the admirers of Jane Austen when, every two or three weeks, as it seems, a new production of Pride and Prejudice or Emma is announced.

Yesterday, though, I experienced the combination of excitement and defensive apprehension which must affect Jane-ites when they learn that yet another young British actress is being measured for a bonnet. Martin Amis's Money, a key book for my generation of English students and fiction readers, is to be dramatised on BBC2, bringing to an end a quarter of a century of aborted attempts since its publication in 1984.

Whereas the followers of Miss Austen sit nervously in front of their sets worrying if Mr Darcy will be dashing enough, »

- Mark Lawson

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The cell door shuts with Prison Break- The Final Break and M&C's giving away three copies

31 July 2009 6:54 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Just when it seemed the cult favorite series was locked up for good, the unstoppable action is back with Prison Break: The Final Break on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away three copies! In the biggest .Prison Break. event ever, the all new, never-before-seen heart- pounding feature-length story picks up some time after the series finale with Michael Scofield (Golden Globe nominee Wentworth Miller: The Human Stain, Underworld) and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies: .Tarzan.) fighting for a normal life together. However, happily ever might not be in the cards for Scofield, as he is once again faced with someone he loves in prison. With the authorities watching him closely, how is »

- Patrick Luce

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The cell door shuts with Prison Break- The Final Break and M&C's giving away three copies

31 July 2009 6:54 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Just when it seemed the cult favorite series was locked up for good, the unstoppable action is back with Prison Break: The Final Break on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away three copies! In the biggest .Prison Break. event ever, the all new, never-before-seen heart- pounding feature-length story picks up some time after the series finale with Michael Scofield (Golden Globe nominee Wentworth Miller: The Human Stain, Underworld) and Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies: .Tarzan.) fighting for a normal life together. However, happily ever might not be in the cards for Scofield, as he is once again faced with someone he loves in prison. With the authorities watching him closely, how is »

- Patrick Luce

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Win Prison Break The Final Break on DVD

20 July 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Time for another contest. This go around its Prison Break The Final Break on DVD. . Just when it seemed the cult favorite series was locked up for good, the unstoppable action is back as Prison Break: The Final Break escapes one last time exclusively on Blu-ray Disc (Bd) and DVD July 21 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In the biggest “Prison Break” event ever, the all new, never-before-seen heart- pounding feature-length story picks up some time after the series finale with Michael Scofield (Golden Globe® nominee* Wentworth Miller: The Human Stain, Underworld) and »

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Witness the final season with Prison Break: Season 4

28 May 2009 4:47 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Experience the compelling, action-packed final chapter of the greatest escape on television as Prison Break: Season Four is on the loose on DVD June 2nd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away four copies. This suspenseful final installment finds brothers Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller; The Human Stain, Underworld) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell; Blade: Trinity, Mission: Impossible 2) freed from the ruthless Panamanian prison and determined to seek justice against The Company- a corrupt organization responsible for destroying their lives. Learning that the only way they will truly be free is to take them down, Scofield and Burrows enlist the help of former fellow inmates .T-Bag. (Robert Knepper; Hostage), Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco; Transformers) »

- Patrick Luce

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The birds of prey are circling

8 January 2009 7:46 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Why do we thirst for movie stars to fail? Why are so many showbiz journalists like hyenas circling a crippled prey? Why do so many gossip columnists behave like jilted lovers or betrayed investors, livid with anger at what they once valued so highly? Why are a few stars singled out like the victims of school bullies? Why do the box office receipts of "Australia" appear in almost every news outlet, but an actual review of it appears in so few?

Here is a recent headline: "Australia" Another Nicole Kidman Letdown. We learn in the attached story from Reuters:

Twentieth Century Fox appears to have given up on director Baz Luhrmann's latest period epic in North America, and is hoping that foreign sales will rescue the costly picture. The movie has sold just $44.3 million worth of tickets at the U.S. and Canadian box office after five weekends, and »

- Roger Ebert

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