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MaryAnn’s quick take… Thank god this insult of a movie doesn’t try to fool us into believing that the controlling Christian Grey is appealing. That would be even more horrific… I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): appalled by the popularity of this series
I have read the source material (and I loathe it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Happy Valentine’s Day! Feels more like Groundhog Day, though, what with demure idiot Ana Steele jumping right back onto the horrific merry-go-round of her “relationship” with Seattle billionaire Christian Grey. It’s more of the same in Fifty Shades Darker that we saw in the first movie, Fifty Shades of Grey: He does something utterly inappropriate to violate her boundaries as a person, she bites her lip and unconvincingly murmurs “Go away,” he gets even more unpleasantly aggressive, and she gives in to him. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
8 February 2017 5:16 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Coppola's movie, the second film version of the story of a Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who charms his way into a Confederate girls boarding school, reunites the filmmaker with stars Kirsten Dunst — who portrayed the eponymous Marie Antoinette in Coppola's 2006 period drama and 1999's The Virgin Suicides — and Elle Fanning, who starred alongside Stephen Dorff in 2010's Somewhere. Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman also stars as the school's headmaster.
An earlier adaptation of the story was made in 1971 and »
- Patrick Shanley
I'd say I'm a fan of Sofia Coppola. While I can't say I've seen all her films, the ones that I have (like Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, and Marie Antoinette) each had singular visions and a unique voice. So I'm always at least curious when her newest films arrive, and her western thriller Beguiled is no exception. Here's the official... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
The first trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, a remake of the 1971 Don Siegel drama starring Clint Eastwood and Coppola’s first feature film since 2013’s The Bling Ring, has arrived. As expected, it’s thick with sensual atmosphere—we’d expect nothing less from Sofia Coppola—as Elle Fanning suggests that she and the rest of the students at a Southern girls’ boarding school during the Civil War show injured Union soldier Colin Farrell “some real Southern hospitality.” (Sex. She’s talking about sex.) The trailer also appears to be more faithful to the 19th-century period setting than Coppola has been in the past (Marie Antoinette, anyone?) lighting dim nighttime scenes with nothing but candlelight a la Barry Lyndon or The Witch.
- Katie Rife
With a June release date, it looks like The Beguiled is probably going to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Coppola is, I believe, one of the most underrated female auteurs currently working. »
- Sasha Stone
31 January 2017 4:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Berlin Film Festival will honor acclaimed Italian costume designer Milena Canonero with its Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.
The 71-year-old Canonero has received nine Oscar nominations and has won the Academy Award four times: for Barry Lyndon in 1976, Chariots of Fire in 1982, Marie Antoinette in 2006 and, most recently, The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015. The Grand Budapest Hotel was the opening-night film of the 2014 Berlin Festival.
Canonero has worked with directing royalty, including Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Louis Malle and Roman Polanski, and her on-screen creations have inspired such fashion icons as Alexander McQueen »
- Scott Roxborough
“La La Land” producer Fred Berger will produce Max Minghella’s directorial debut, “Teen Spirit,” alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) under their Automatik banner. The movie is being unveiled to international buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Market by Mister Smith Entertainment.
Currently in pre-production, “Teen Spirit,” written and directed by Minghella, is “an emotional underdog story set in the world of pop-music, about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your voice,” according to a statement.
Berger brings his musical team from “La La Land” to the project, including music producer Marius DeVries (“Moulin Rouge”) and music supervisor Steven Gizicki, previously of Lucasfilm. Cinematographer Autumn Durald (“Palo Alto”), renowned for »
- Leo Barraclough
Jamie Dornan films: A look back at the Northern Irish actor’s career in the movies and television so far.
Based on an extraordinary true story, Anthropoid follows the daring plot by two Czechoslovakian agents to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and third in command of the Nazi forces behind Hitler and Himmler. One half of the brave duo is portrayed by Jamie Dornan, former male model and international lust object who is somewhat improbably also earning a reputation as one of the most intense leading men around thanks to an acting career rooted in leftfield choices and powerful performances.
With Anthropoid available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD now, what better time to look back at the career of the Belfast-born beauty?
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Until writer »
- The Hollywood News
Based on an extraordinary true story, Anthropoid (read Joshua Gill’s review here) follows the daring plot by two Czechoslovakian agents to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and third in command of the Nazi forces behind Hitler and Himmler. One half of the brave duo is portrayed by Jamie Dornan, former male model and international object of affection for both men and women, who is somewhat improbably also earning a reputation as one of the most intense leading men around thanks to an acting career rooted in leftfield choices and powerful performances.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Until writer/director Sofia Coppola’s pop art look at France’s doomed queen came along, Dornan was best known for a modelling career that took in gigs for Abercrombie & Fitch, »
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries.NEWSWang Bing's Bitter MoneyA touching bit of news from the Canadian independent film scene: When the Toronto Film Critics Association picked Hugh Gibson as the recipient for its $100,000 prize for his terrific documentary The Stairs, Gibson decided to split the award with the other nominees:Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer), and Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche). Solidarity in Canadian filmmaking!Berlin Critics' Week has announced part of its lineup for its festival, which runs concurrently as the Berlin International Film Festival and is intended both as counter-programming and counter-experience. Films so far include I Am Not Madame Bovary, The Human Surge and Bertrand Bonello's Sarah Winchester.Meanwhile, in New York the 17th Film Comment Selects series, which tends to be more unconventional than the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival, will include an "Ultra-widescreen" version of »
“He’s not the sort of bloke I’d get along with,” the 34-year-old actor told GQ Australia of his character. “All my mates are easy going and quick to laugh -- I wouldn’t imagine myself sat in a pub with him. I don’t think he would be my type, when it comes to choosing mates.”
Exclusive: ‘Fifty Shades’ Star Jamie Dornan Doesn’t Want to Be Compared to Anyone Else
The former musician and model went on to add that unlike Christian Grey, he has no interest in S&M.
“It doesn’t float my boat,” the father-of-two told the magazine. “I’ve always been open-minded and liberal -- I’d never judge anyone’s sexual »
11 items from 2017
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