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We open in the distant past, a time when children could still freely eat toxic, non-organic sugar cereal, and listened to music on enormous plastic bricks with smaller spinning-wheel rectangle devices inside. We’re seeing 12-year-old Liv, eating breakfast and happily highlighting her dog-eared copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People: Teen Edition!
Then in comes … Mama Pope! And sadly she is not Diahann Carroll (h/t snicks), but she is Khandi Alexander, which is pretty great. She kisses Liv good-bye, all, “I’m about to get on a plane to London, and nothing can possibly go wrong. But just in case, I made casseroles for the next 10 years.” Then she leaves.
Buh-bye Kandi Alexander! See you next in that episode where it turns out you’re still alive.
Back in the present, adult Liv (Kerry Washington) has just heard the news about Fitz’s role in the »
- Steven Frank
IFC Films has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian,” from Worldview Entertainment and is planning an early 2014 release for the drama. A spokeswoman for IFC said it has yet to be determined if the movie will be released theatrically or will debut on home entertainment platforms. The film boasts some high-wattage talent in the form of Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”s’ Mathieu Amalric. It made its world premiere in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it received mixed notices, and made its North American debut at. »
- Brent Lang
Neither tearfully sentimental nor coldly scientific, “Life Feels Good,” Maciej Pieprzyca’s film about a man with cerebral palsy struggling to communicate to those around him that he is an intelligent, sentient human being, instead proves oddly entertaining. The protagonist, diagnosed as mentally retarded since childhood, delivers interior monologues that supply ironically normal counterpoint to the contorted sounds and spastic movements he makes. Brilliantly thesped by non-disabled actors playing the character as both child and grown-up, the film captures as much wonderment as frustration, and is filled with fully fleshed-out characters that defy simple categorization. Having swept the jury, audience and ecumenical prizes at the Montreal fest, this Polish feature could generate genuine arthouse interest.
Helmer-scripter Pieprzyca places the character of Mateusz squarely at his story’s center. As a boy (Kamil Tkacz), Mateusz devises a unique method of moving around the apartment, lying on his back and flailing his arms to propel himself backward, »
- Ronnie Scheib
Visionary director Luc Besson (Leon, The Fifth Element) brings his unique style to the big-screen adaptation of Jacques Tardi's acclaimed comic book, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. Louise Bourgoin plays the title character, and in a recent Q&A, the director and actress discussed the film.
Luc Besson Q&A
Q: Tell us about how you met Jacques Tardi.
Besson: It's a long story. I first fell in love with his heroine, Adèle, about ten years ago. I tried to contact Tardi, but unfortunately he had agreed to do Adèle with another director. At the time, I was a bit saddened, but pleased that he had chosen a "great" director and wished him the best of luck. I waited impatiently to see the movie, which never came out. After three or four years, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Update: Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of Wim Wenders' "Every Thing Will Be Fine," the German director's new 3-D drama also starring James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg. McAdams will take the role of Franco's writer character's girlfriend, a role which once had director-actress Sarah Polley attached. Earlier: Principal photography has begun in Montreal on Wim Wenders' latest, "Every Thing Will Be Fine," starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marie-Josee Croze ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"). Like Wenders' sublime Oscar-nominated documentary "Pina," the film will be in 3-D. It centers on a writer whose emotional life collapses following a traumatic car accident. Gian-Piero Ringel, who produced "Pina," will again produce. Cinematographer Benoit Debie, known for his collaborations with director Gaspar Noe ("Irreversible," "Enter the Void"), is the director of photography. Here's the official synopsis:Every Thing Will Be Fine, based on an original script by the »
- Beth Hanna
• Kirsten Dunst has been acting for most of her life, and recently it seems she’s turning to more director-driven projects. These have seen varying degrees of critical and box office success, including Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Walter Salles’ On The Road, as well as the occasional raunchy comedy (Bachelorette) and cameo role (Anchorman: The Legend Continues). Now, Dunst is set to join director Jeff Nichols (Mud), as he re-teams with his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon in Midnight Special, about a father and son on the run. Details are scarce, but the report says that along the way, »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Duchess of Cambridge is a headwear fashion inspiration to so many, including Adèle Blanc-Sec, the stylish French heroine of Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec. Adèle and her gorgeous hats, travel from Paris to Peru and Egypt at the turn of the 20th century to unlock an ancient secret in the hopes of curing her near catatonic sister.
The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile in Paris, a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on display in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the creature subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy star in this lovely trailer for director Sandra Nettelbeck’s charming film Mr. Morgan’S Last Love – the bittersweet tale of a lonely American widower in Paris who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful and vibrant young woman. They both spend a short but precious time together – a time that touches their hearts and changes their lives.
The film had it’s world premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June and showed at the Munich International Film Festival in July where Caine received the lifetime achievement CineMerit Award.
The romantic drama has been picked up by Image Entertainment in the U.S.
From the day Pauline lends him a helping hand on the bus, the stubborn, weary Matthew Morgan stumbles back to happiness. Swept off his old feet by the young woman’s disarming vitality and unwavering optimism, »
- Michelle McCue
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
According to Deadline, the film will focus "on the relationship between Hawking and his wife." The film is set up at Working Title, and it's being directed by James Marsh, who worked on the Oscar winning documentary Man of Wire.
Redmayne is also up for a lead role in a film called Far From the Madding Crowd, in which he would star alongside Carey Mulligan. It sounds like he can only choose one or the other, but according to the report, the actor is more interested in playing Hawking. Why wouldn't he be? This would be a great role for any actor, and Redmayne is a talented one. I think this kind of role will take his career to a whole new level.
The report suggests that this »
- Joey Paur
James Marsh, the British Oscar-winning director of documentary Man on Wire who made waves in the dramatic arena with last year's taut Troubles thriller Shadow Dancer, looks set to take charge. Redmayne is being courted by production company Working Title after his standout turn in Les Misérables, which followed impressive outings in My Week with Marilyn in 2011 and the TV war drama Birdsong last year.
The best-known biopic of the scientist to date is the BBC's 2004 TV film Hawking, which centred on his time at Cambridge in the early 60s and starred a Bafta-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch. Deadline compares Theory of Everything to films such as »
- Ben Child
Exclusive: After crushing it on Les Miserables, Eddie Redmayne is being fought over for his next lead role. I heard that he’s going to land on Theory Of Everything, and that he’ll play physicist Stephen Hawking in the film that Working Title is fast assembling with director James Marsh, who shared the Best Documentary Oscar for Man On Wire. The film focus is on the relationship between Hawking and his wife and it marks a re-team of the actor and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Les Miserables. They are actively discussing the female lead, with an early fall start being eyed. Redmayne has also been courted to star with Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts in the Thomas Vinterberg-directed Far From The Madding Crowd, but I believe that his priority is the Hawking project written by Anthony McCarten. It is a potential tour de force role as Hawking, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“Venus,” adapted by Polanski and David Ives from Ives’ play, stars Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric and was produced by Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. The film follows a writer-director and a pushy, foul-mouthed actress.
Scott Foundas gave the film an upbeat review for Variety: “As with his earlier “Carnage” and “Death and the Maiden,” “Venus in Fur” finds Roman Polanski transferring a New York stage hit to the screen with maximum fidelity and facility, and a minimum of fuss. Primarily a vehicle for Mrs. Polanski, Emmanuelle Seigner, who engulfs the screen with a juicy comic performance that does full justice to a demanding role, this playful and literate rumination on the »
- Dave McNary
Sundance Selects has nabbed U.S. rights to Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur," the indie label said Wednesday. The adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name stars the "Chinatown" director's wife Emmanuelle Seigner as an actress auditioning for a demanding and kinky playwright played by "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"s' Mathieu Amalric. It premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival to mixed reviews with some critics faulting the picture for being overly stagey. In a measured appraisal, the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw complained the film was hammy, but lauded Polanski's skill behind »
- Brent Lang
Julien K. here, your special correspondent in Paris, reporting on the recent controversy surrounding the latest Palme d’or winner, Blue is the Warmest Color.
As those of you who are familiar with the French film industry may know, director Abdellatif Kechiche’s work has been consistently lavished with praise for the last decade. In 2005, his sophomore effort L’esquive –a raw, direct exploration of teenage sexual politics in the banlieues (the French suburban hoods) by way of eighteenth century playwright Marivaux- unexpectedly trumped critical favorite Kings and Queen and populist heavyweights A Very Long Engagement and Oscar nominee The Chorus at the César Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The same thing happened in 2008, when his powerful immigrant family drama The Secret of the Grain defeated a pack of prestige Oscar contenders (La Vie en Rose, Persepolis, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) in the same top categories. »
Maniac, a remake of the eighties cult horror classic, has finally unveiled its Us poster and red band trailer. The film has been out for months in Europe, so much so that we’ve already reviewed it on this site. In the Us, however, everybody has been officially restricted to trailers and the first six minutes of the film. In a few short weeks though, North America will finally be getting a piece of that tasty yet grisly action.
A 21st century Jack the Ripper set in the present day, Maniac is a reboot of the cult film considered by many to be the most suspenseful slasher movie ever made. Frank (Elijah Wood, in a tour de force performance) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist »
- Rob Batchelor
This summer, let your imagination run free. Journey into an awe-inspiring world of action fantasy and visual wonder with popular French comics heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec as she leaps from the pages to the screen! On August 13, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, invite families and the young-at-heart across America to be captivated by one of the most highly anticipated international motion pictures of all time when Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec unleashes on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. The Blu-ray combo pack allows viewers to enjoy The Extraordinary Adventures Of ADÈLE Blanc-sec on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of the movie compatible with PC, Mac, iTunes, iPhone and AppleTV.
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Brimming with heart-pounding action, breathtaking cinematography and visceral special effects, this acclaimed feature illustrates the magical power of moviemaking, »
- ComicMix Staff
There’s a real winner on the horizon. Unfortunately, it’s a ways off. Still, we’ve got the news about The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec coming to Blu-Ray and DVD, and it’s worth taking a look. Based on a wildly popular French comic, the story gives us something akin to the young, female Indiana Jones, and just off the trailer (nevermind the critical acclaim the film has already received), it looks like a fantastic family film.
Take a look a the trailer, and get all the details below.
The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. »
- Marc Eastman
The teacher is a veteran of the French school system, not burnt out but resigned to the mediocrity of each new crop of high school sophomores. That first assignment -- "Write about what you did last weekend" -- confirms what he tells his gallery manager wife: "This is the worst class I've had in my life."
But one 16-year-old boy, Claude, takes it seriously. He describes a classmate he selected, a somewhat dim kid whose life he'd love to have, whose house he longed to gain entry to. And he did, taking in details -- the sports-crazed dad beaten down by a job that includes petty humiliations from his boss and Chinese clients, and "the singular scent of a middle-class woman," his classmate's fetching blond mother.
He's ingratiating himself into their lives. He's observing, passing judgment, telling their secrets. And he knows how to make the essay a cliffhanger.
"To be continued. »
We have recently received details for the heartwarming Belgium comedy, Come As You Are (aka Hasta La Vista). The film is directed by Geoffrey Enthoven and follows three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them. Not even their handicaps: one is blind, one is confined to a wheelchair and one is completely paralysed.
The press release below gives film fans all the release info, as well as the charity red carpet event.
Eureka Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the rights to Come As You Are (Hasta La Vista), Geoffrey Enthoven’s film about love, unconditional friendship and lust, based on the experiences of Asta Philpot, an ardent campaigner for disabled people. Come As You Are is a charming, »
- Craig Hunter
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