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Nicole Kidman, Oscar winner for Stephen Daldry's The Hours and potential Oscar nominee for John Cameron Mitchell's upcoming Rabbit Hole, will be handed the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 27 -February 6, 2011. The Nicole Kidman tribute will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre. As per the festival's press release, the Cinema Vanguard Award "was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film." That being the case, Nicole Kidman is certainly a deserving recipient. The timing of Kidman's tribute is undoubtedly related to her Oscar-worthiness for Rabbit Hole, though she could have taken home the Cinema Vanguard trophy years ago. Just consider: Margot at the Wedding, Birth, The Human Stain, Dogville, The Hours, The Others, Moulin [...] »
- Anna Robinson
More Toronto coverage
Toronto -- Like debutantes at a cotillion, movies that harbor Oscar hopes are about to be presented to the world at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival.
At first blush, many of them sport the kind of credentials that automatically get the attention of Academy voters: Danny Boyle, whose "Slumdog Millionaire" swept the Oscars in 2009 after winning the People's Choice Award in Toronto, is back with his newest film, "127 Hours"; double Oscar winner Hilary Swank will stake her claim for further consideration with the crusading legal drama "Conviction"; and Colin Firth, who was nominated last year for "A Single Man," is auditioning for back-to-back noms for his latest, "The King's Speech," in which he plays a stammering King George VI.
- By Gregg Kilday
The story follows the hunt for 'The Toyer', a 'serial lunatic' who doesn't rape or kill but rather psychologically tortures his beautiful female victims and then puts them into medically induced comas.
As no capital crime is committed (the strongest charge they can use is 'mayhem') and with hundreds of uncleared murder cases on the books, the case is made low priority. Soon a female neurologist who treats Toyer's victims and a newspaper editor team up in an attempt to draw him out.
Of course the project never happened, but six years on producers Tarak Ben Ammar ("La Traviata") and Scott Steindorff ("The Human Stain") have teamed and resurrected the project which De Palma is onboard once again to direct according to Vulture
McKay's work is set in Los Angeles, »
- Garth Franklin
Brian De Palma, who hasn’t made a movie since “Redacted” in 2007, is once again playing with the idea of adapting Gardner McKay’s novel “Toyer” to the big screen, according to Vulture. De Palma has kicked around this idea for six years, but This time, we’re told, “Toyer” really is happening, but as an indie financed via producers Tarak Ben Ammar, (who most famously produced Franco Zefferilli’s La Traviata) and the L.A.-based Scott Steindorff. Steindorff has brought heavyweight literature like Philip Roth’s The Human Stain and Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera to the screen, and tells Vulture that the film will be shooting in Venice, Italy, late this fall and into the early winter. “Toyer” is the story of a “serial lunatic”. He’s not a serial killer because he doesn’t kill his victims, he tortures them psychologically, »
- Brent McKnight
Craig here with the next Take Three
Today: Kerry Washington
Take One: And the band played on
Jim McKay's Our Song (2000) was one of those New York high school coming-of-age films that often crop up from time to time. There were plenty on the late'80s/early '90s indie scene, but nowadays they're few and far between. The film follows three girl friends experiencing formative tribulations on their paths to adulthood. They navigate themselves through a summer of issues - teen pregnancy and suicide, their school's impending closure, family strife - in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, all whilst practising with The Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band in local parking lots for a Labor Day parade. It's a languorous, amiable film that, despite the surplus of social topics it raises, doesn't hammer any of them home with undue force.
- Craig Bloomfield
Double Indemnity (1944), Billy Wilder’s quintessential film noir starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray (right), and Edward G. Robinson, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” on Monday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Double Indemnity will be introduced by screenwriter Nicholas Meyer (Time after Time, The Human Stain). Wilder and co-screenwriter Raymond Chandler adapted James M. Cain’s novel about a housewife/femme fatale (Stanwyck) who gets her [...] »
- Andre Soares
Nicholas Meyer wrote and/or directed "Star Treks" II, IV and VI. He wrote the best-selling Sherlock Holmes novel "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" and his screenplay for the film was nominated for an Oscar. He directed the most watched made-for-television movie, "The Day After," about nuclear war, and wrote the screenplays for Philip Roth's novels "The Human Stain" and "The Dying Animal" (filmed as "Elegy"). »
- Lisa Horowitz
It’s not often that movie news sites get a chance to actually make a movie and Be the news instead of reporting it. That is exactly what our buddy Robert Sanchez over at IESB has managed to accomplish with the latest announcement regarding his film I, Frankenstein. It’s been an interesting road for Sanchez and his film but with some tenacity and perseverance I, Frankenstein will become a reality.
The official synopsis for I, Frankenstein reads, “a contemporary fantasy thriller in which the original monster of Victor Frankenstein stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures determined to overthrow the world.” Pretty cool, indeed.
To give some clout to this film, Lakeshore Entertainment announced yesterday that they will once again work with writer/actor Kevin Grevioux (Underworld) and director Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) to bring I, Frankenstein to theaters. With production slated to begin this July, »
- Paul Young
Castle Rock has optioned Jeff Miller's Hitchcock-style thriller script "Playing Joe" reports Variety.
The Rio-set romantic thriller is said to be in the vein of "North by Northwest", with memory loss and recovery key to the plot.
- Garth Franklin
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