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Q: “What are the grounds for divorce in this state? “
No – it’s not the Richard Gere/ Susan Sarandon film from 2004. That was a remake of the same-named 1996 Japanese film. Both of those films had grammatically correct titles ending in question marks but this is The Hi-Pointe’s Classic Film Series so of course it’s the 1937 Shall We Dance starring the great team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
In Shall We Dance Fred Astaire played Peter Peters, an American ballet dancer who’s known as Petrov. He wants to blend classical ballet with modern jazz, and when he sees the picture of tap dancer Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers of course), he immediately falls in love with her. Before they know it, they’re married. Or at least the press thinks so. Shall We Dance was the seventh of the ten Astaire-Rogers movie. This confection has the »
- Tom Stockman
“How long will it take?” asks the protagonist of Naomi Kawase’s “Still the Water” as he watches a goat being slaughtered. Many viewers will find themselves asking the same question as they sit through the Japanese helmer’s latest, a soporific drama devoted to thrashing out the meaning of love, life and death. Moving from her native Nara to the semi-tropical island of Amami-Oshima whence her ancestors hail, Kawase embraces nature worship and pompous philosophizing in her indulgently mannerist style, which, over the course of two hours, overwhelms a small yet potentially moving story of two teenagers dealing with separation within their families. The French-Japanese-Spanish co-production is assured a release in Gaul and Nippon, but chances for theatrical play elsewhere look iffy.
Following a typhoon that swept Amami-Oshima, an island between Okinawa and Kyushu, 16-year-old Kaito (Nijiro Murakami) spots a dead man with a tattooed back bobbing on the waves. »
- Maggie Lee
Cannes - If "masterpiece" is a word that critics should use with extreme caution -- never more so than at film festivals, where snap judgments are unavoidable but inflexible -- the same should probably go for the filmmakers under scrutiny. Naomi Kawase, the Japanese auteur arguably revered more by Cannes programmers than by anyone else, became a target of derision last week when she announced in an interview that her new film "Still the Water" is her "masterpiece," and that her eyes are firmly fixed on the Palme d'Or. Defenders pointed out the possessive qualifier she attached to the word: declaring a film one's own best work is different from branding it one for the ages. Either way, however, it was something probably best left unsaid -- and with the turgidly precious "Still the Water" now out in the open, it's harder still to believe. Perhaps enough of Kawase's pet »
- Guy Lodge
The executive arrives at Roadside Attractions as svp of acquisitions, co-productions and development and will work on
Berman will spearhead the acquisition, development and production of feature projects, both as finished films and at script stage. She will work alongside Roadside’s partners and producers seeking distribution.
“Jennifer has outstanding credits as both an executive and producer and will be a valuable asset to Roadside as well as to our partners at Lionsgate and the many producers who entrust us with their films,” said co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.
“With Roadside’s successful track record over the past decade in finished-film acquisitions, together we can provide a valuable perspective on the U.S. market on films at an earlier stage.”
Berman began her career in 1994 at Miramax Films in New York and worked »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Roadside Attractions has tapped former Miramax exec Jennifer Berman as senior VP of acquisitions, co-productions and development in charge of finding and developing feature films as finished projects, as well as at script stage.
“Jennifer has outstanding credits as both an executive and producer and will be a valuable asset to Roadside, as well as to our partners at Lionsgate and the many producers who entrust us with their films,” Roadside co-prexies Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said in a joint statement.
“With Roadside’s successful track record over the past decade in finished-film acquisitions, together we can provide a valuable perspective on the U.S. market on films at an earlier stage,” the pair added.
Berman started at Miramax in 1994. During her 11-year tenure there, she worked on such films as “Shall We Dance,” “Proof” and the Oscar picture winning “Chicago.” Berman moved to L.A. in 2004, at »
- Andrew Stewart
First announced way back in 2012, we sort of forgot about this movie and to be honest weren't even sure if it got made. But alas, "Hector And The Search For Happiness" did go in front of cameras. The first look at it is here and... well, it'll give you a sense of déjà vu. Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno, and directed by Peter Chesholm ("Serendipity," "Shall We Dance") the story follows a London psychiatrist with a problem: none of his patients are getting any happier. So he does the logical thing and goes on a worldwide quest to find out if happiness exists and finds himself along the way or something. There's a manufactured air of yay-for-humanity this trailer projects that's not unlike "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," complete with helpful monks. It's harmless we suppose, but we reckon there's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nick Frost is a funny man, but he’s a bit of a bridesmaid when it comes to his film roles. Sidekicks and supporting roles have been the entirety of his career, but no more. Step aside Simon Pegg, the dance floor belongs to Frost now! Cuban Fury stars Frost as Bruce Garrett, a chubby chump who falls for the new girl (Rashida Jones) at work but finds himself in competition with the office Lothario (Chris O’Dowd). Bruce discovers that no woman can resist a dancing man so he sets out to learn and master the art of the salsa dance. Check out the first trailer for Cuban Fury below. The film doesn’t appear to shy away from humor derived from Frost’s weight, but thankfully it doesn’t look to be a simple “funny fat man” kind of movie either. The recent (and criminally underseen) The World’s End highlighted both Frost’s acting »
- Rob Hunter
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