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The irony of what I was doing only occurred to me as I sat down at the table opposite Janusz Kaminski, the two-time Oscar winning cinematographer behind masterpieces like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Schindler's List and now War Horse. I had asked to record the interview with a Flip cam, as I often do, and when I started setting up the camera I told Kaminski he was nicely lit. to which he responded "Of course." Well, yeah-- of course Janusz Kaminski knows the best place to sit in a room for good light, because Kaminski knows everything about cinematography, including that a Flip cam interview was going to look like complete garbage compared to what he's capable of recording. But he was game anyway, talking to me in the 11-minute interview below about the close relationship he and Steven Spielberg have developed over the years, what a typical »
If you're a film nerd, you immediately recognize the name Janusz Kaminski. That's because as the director of photography on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War of the Worlds, Jerry Maguire, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, Schindler's List, Catch Me If You Can, and so many other great movies, Kaminski has clearly demonstrated that he's one of the best cinematographers in the world. So when I was offered the chance to interview him at the New York City press junket for director Steven Spielberg‘s fantastic new movie, War Horse, I jumped at the chance. During the interview he talked about how he picks his projects, if the location where a movie is being made influences him, his thoughts on film vs. digital, the difficulty of setting up a scene when a horse is a major character, and I tried to get him to talk about Lincoln. However, while he wouldn't say much on Lincoln, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce German writer/director Sandra Nettlebeck's comedic melodrama “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love” reports Reuters.
Based on Françoise Dorner's novel “La Douceur Assassine” and set in Paris, the film follows on a retired and lonely American widower (Michael Caine) whose chance encounter with a free-spirited, beautiful young French woman brightens his life.
- Garth Franklin
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment has been announced as the co-financier and co-producer of the comedic melodrama Mr. Morgan’s Last Love. Written and directed by Sandra Nettlebeck (Helen), the film stars Michael Caine as a retired, lonely American widower who shares a chance encounter with a free-spirited young French woman which brightens his life. The film is based on the novel La Douceur Assassine by Françoise Dorner. The cast also includes Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Anne Alvaro (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files). Hit the jump to read the full press release. Ske is also behind the upcoming Katherine Heigl starrer One for the Money, and Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling. Here’s the full press release: Los Angeles, CA, November 14, 2011 --Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, »
- Adam Chitwood
What if we were to tell you that on the night before Halloween, you will witness an unprecedented act of flatulence from Homer Simpson? What if we also were to point out that this was all part of a send-up of the acclaimed 2007 French film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Would that excite/intrigue/slightly disturb you? We thought so. That is why we have scored a first look at one of the three segments from this Sunday’s “Treehouse of Horror Xxii.” In “The Diving Bell and the Butterball,” Homer becomes paralyzed after being bitten by a spider, »
- Dan Snierson
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: December 25, 2011 (limited)
Trailer Score: 8/10
Thoughts by Tsr: This film was always going to be met with cries of Oscar Bait! It’s true that it’s an awards play if there ever was one, and it may come across as manipulative in spots, but most of it feels genuine. I got goose bumps at a couple points and won’t be surprised if the film leaves a lot of audiences in tears.
We’re all familiar with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, but someone we had no prior performances to go off of is teen “Jeopardy!” champion Thomas Horn. He plays a boy searching post-9/11 New York City for the lockbox that fits a key his father left him. It can be dicey having a child actor leading a film, »
- Shane T. Nier
I was actually in the middle of writing this article yesterday when the trailer for Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close dropped. It was a bit frustrating to be honest. In fact, I wish I had been able to get this up and then have the trailer drop today, that would have been better timing, but what can you do?
Buzz for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had pretty much been non-existent until yesterday and the pot was beginning to boil before that trailer even came online. Yet, before all that it was pretty much a film you looked at solely for the sum of its parts.
I do my best to know virtually know nothing about a movie before seeing it. There are always exceptions to this rule and sometimes I can't help but learn a little more, but when it came to my current #1 Best Picture »
- Brad Brevet
 Whitney Houston is set to return to the big screen for the first time in 15 years for Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 drama based on the real-life tale of Diana Ross and The Supremes (yes, kind of like Dreamgirls, only Sparkle came first). The story follows the rise and fall of fictional girl group Sister & the Sisters, the members of which find their personal lives falling apart even as their act reaches ever higher levels of fame and success. Houston, who's also set to executive produce, will play the "not-so-encouraging" mother of the girls in the band. Houston has actually been attached to the project since back when it was supposed to star Aaliyah, who passed away in 2001. Also in the cast are Jordin Sparks making her cinematic debut in the title role, and Mike Epps in the part of destructive comedian Satin. Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom) is set »
- Angie Han
While most feature animations deal with talking animals and anthropomorphized toys, it was joy when we received Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud‘s deeply personal, auto-biographical Persepolis. Brimming with inventiveness, the 2007 black-and-white animation not only provided comedy the medium is accustomed to, but added a layer of social awareness and history I never expected. The grueling process didn’t sway the filmmakers from tackling something in an even larger scope, as they step into live-action with the delightful and emotionally effective Chicken with Plums.
Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is the artist Nasser Ali (a fact he makes particularly clear), whose cherished violin has been broken into pieces by his wife Faranguisse (Maria de Medeiros), a woman he never truly loved. Destroyed, he decides to kill himself but doesn’t follow through with his many ideas on how to do the act (told in a montage played for laughs). Instead, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Actor eyes up directing and starring role in proposed action flick modelled on 'shoot-em-up' video game, reports say
Ben Affleck is in talks to direct and star in action flick Line of Sight, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The project is intriguing because it is reportedly set to be filmed from a point of view similar to a first-person "shoot-em-up" video game.
With a screenplay by Peter O'Brien, who worked on the game Halo: Reach, Line of Sight centres on an elite commando squad which must transport a precious cargo while dealing with a global threat.
While sections of the film adaptation of the game Doom were shot from the first-person perspective, Line of Sight's borrowing from that ouvre would be unusual, particularly if the perspective is maintained throughout the film. The 1947 film noir Lady in the Lake, an adaptation of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe detective novel, attempted to »
- Ben Child
The Smithsonian reports the clip to the right from Franco Zeffirelli's remake of the 1931 movie The Champ, starring Jon Voight as a boxer and Ricky Schroder as his son "has become a must-see in psychology laboratories around the world when scientists want to make people sad." The Champ has been used in experiments to see if depressed people are more likely to cry than non-depressed people (they aren't). It has helped determine whether people are more likely to spend money when they are sad (they are) and whether older people are more sensitive to grief than younger people (older people did report more sadness when they watched the scene). Dutch scientists used the scene when they studied the effect of sadness on people with binge eating disorders (sadness didn't increase eating). The project to find scenes that could reliably elicit a strong emotional response in laboratory settings began all »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – I wanted to like Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” for so many reasons. I think Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Before Night Falls”) is not only one of our most interesting filmmakers but he’s redefining what one should expect from a biopic. I love the supporting cast — Hiam Abbass, Alexander Siddig, Willem Dafoe, more. I want Freida Pinto to be more than that pretty girl from “Slumdog Millionaire.” Despite my high hopes, this is Schnabel’s least effective film, a startling misstep that both bites off more than it can chew and still finds a way to be his least passionate work.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
The biggest problem with “Miral” comes down to scope. Trying to tell the story of multiple generations of women caught up in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a daring task for a book writer and a nearly impossible one for a filmmaker. The blend of history, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Julian Schnabel's Miral, a touching film about a girl growing up in East Jersualem amidst the war and occupation that affects every aspect of her life on a daily basis, had a limited release here in the United States, and so there's a chance you missed it in theaters. The film features a noteworthy cast with Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Willem Dafoe (Spider-man, Platoon), and Hiam Abbass (Amreeka), and comes from Schnabel who's delivered solid films like the excellent The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Basquiat. Today, Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company released Miral on DVD and Blu-ray, and to celebrate, we're giving away two copies. To find out how you can win, just keep reading.
- Lex Walker
Johnny Depp is coming off of one of his biggest hits ever with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and while we hear tell the actor is in talks for a fifth installment, he’s got plenty of other projects charging ahead. Depp is starring in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, which is currently filming, he’ll be playing Tonto in Gore Verbinski‘s Lone Ranger opposite Armie Hammer (that one releases on December 21st, 2012), he’s supposedly set to remake The Thin Man with his On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall, and now we have reports of a bunch of new projects involving the Depp.
The Playlist reports that artist/director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the recent and controversial Miral) has been approached by Depp to helm an adaptation In The Hand of Dante, a book by Nick Tosches. Depp bought the rights to »
- Anthony Vieira
Julian Schnabel is a director that certainly doesn't rush into his projects. His 15-year career has spawned only four narrative features Basquiat, Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and his latest cinematic venture Miral, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12. Despite the lack of quantity in his work, there is no doubt he makes up for it in quality.
Miral, which is based on the novel by Rula Jebreal, centers on a young Palestinian woman who grows up in the safety of her orphanage, hidden from the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine. When she goes to teach at a refugee camp, she is exposed to the real world of her surroundings, while falling for a political activist.
I had the »
Since his first film in 1996, Julian Schnabel has directed only four movies. That's roughly an average of one movie every four years. His latest film, Miral, was released in 2010 and in an interview with The Playlist, he just said he would eventually make In the Hand Of Dante with Johnny Depp. However, while Depp owns the rights to the book, there's no script yet - plus Depp himself has a film or two lined up - so that four year average seems like it'll time out just right. Read Schnabel's quote and the story behind the book, which sounds like a period blend of Adaptation and The Da Vinci Code, after the jump. Here's what Schnabel -- the director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Before Night Falls and Basquiat -- told The Playlist about this project: There’s a great book called ‘In the Hand of Dante’ by Nick Tosches. »
- Germain Lussier
You know what Johnny Depp needs? More work. The constantly-busy actor, who is currently attached to four upcoming projects is now partnering with director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) to adapt author Nick Tosche’s novel In the Hand of Dante into a film. But in an interview with The Playlist, Schnabel points out that there’s no time table for the project right now. “It belongs to Johnny, but I’m not going to make it for a couple of years. We’re gonna work on writing it, developing it. We didn’t sign anything. It’s just something Johnny asked me to read and I think it’s a great book…” Depp’s interest in adapting the novel is no surprise as his production company Infinitum Nihil, bought the rights to the book in 2008. So what is the book about? Well Schnabel sums the story up thusly, »
- Jackson Cresswell
The name Julian Schnabel may not ring any bells for most of you, but he has created waves the past few years first with his beautiful retelling of the life and times of Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and then with his controversial look into the life of a Palestinian girl living life after the Arab-Israeli war, Miral. No doubt a man with a clear artistic vision, we may get to see him working with the always artistic Johnny Depp in the next few years. Depp acquired rights to the Nick Tosches novel In the Hand of Dante a few years back and, according to The Playlist, has approached Schnabel with the prospect of directing the adaptation which, not surprisingly, Depp will star in. Schnabel told The Playlist: It belongs to Johnny, but I.m not going to make it for a couple of years. We.re »
The story revolves around Dante’s masterwork “The Divine Comedy,” and interweaves two separate stories. The first is set in 14th century Sicily where the legendary poet Dante Alighieri tries to finish writing his magnum opus and goes on a journey for mystical knowledge.
The second is set in New York City in Fall 2001 and features a fictionalized version of Nick Tosches as the lead. Tosches, a Dante expert, is living a quiet life in New York and is swept up into an underworld of danger and mystery when black market traders ask him to authenticate what might be Dante’s original manuscript.
- Garth Franklin
We just got off the phone with director/artist Julian Schnabel ("Basquiat," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), who is currently doing press for the Blu-ray/DVD release of his controversial 2010 release, “Miral,” based on the novel by Rula Jebreal about a Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the Arab-Israeli conflict. During our interview, Schnabel also revealed plans for his next film, “In the Hand of Dante” based on the book by Nick Tosches. Johnny Depp bought the rights to the book a few years back and the actor asked Schnabel to take a look at the book as… »
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