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Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
Adi Shankar -- who produced Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly, the incredibly underrated Dredd and Thomas Jane's kick-ass The Punisher: Dirty Laundry short film among many others -- has hooked ETonline up with the exclusive first look at his latest project: The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver!
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The genre-bending film focuses on Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds), a disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pets and becomes implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.
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Promising the visuals will be just as dynamic as the storytelling is director Marjane Satrapi, whose animated masterpiece, Persepolis, was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and dozens of other awards in 2007.
The Voices will open in 2014. You can follow Adi on Twitter here! »
Catherine Deneuve: 2013 European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Catherine Deneuve has been named the recipient of the the European Film Academy’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her "outstanding body of work." And outstanding it is. Yesterday, I posted an article about Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in Venice, Despair), one of the rare performers anywhere on the planet to have consistently worked with world-class international filmmakers. The Paris-born Catherine Deneuve, who turns 70 next October 22, is another one of those lucky actors. (Photo: Catherine Deneuve at the Potiche premiere at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.) Deneuve’s directors have included an eclectic and prestigious list of filmmakers from various countries. Those include Belle de Jour and Tristana‘s Luis Buñuel; Le Sauvage and La Vie de Château‘s Jean-Paul Rappenau; The Hunger‘s Tony Scott; Un Flic‘s Jean-Pierre Melville; The Mississippi Mermaid and The Last Metro‘s François Truffaut »
- Andre Soares
Sketchy reviews “Persepolis” this week, a 2007 film by Iranian writer/illustrator Marjane Satrapi. Join Ryan, Matt and Richard as they discuss this highly personal and highly political cartoon, which is a change of pace from the usual Sketchy fare. Later there is a game, a round of Rumble In The Jumble to be exact. Enjoy!
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- Ryan Clagg
The creator of the Blue Is the Warmest Colour graphic novel has commented on the Cannes honour for the film adaptation.
The movie based on Julie Maroh's Le Bleu est Une Couleur Chaude received the 2013 Palme d'Or award at the film festival this week.
Maroh thanked her fans for their support in a post on her website.
"Make comic books. It's cool," she wrote.
Blue Is the Warmest Colour tells the tale of a 15-year-old girl who falls for a blue-haired art student.
An English translation of the book will be published as Blue Angel in October.
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Blue Is the Warmest Color director Abdellatif Kechiche congratulated by Tunisia’s Ministry of Culture (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color) Yesterday, Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d’Adèle received the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival‘s closing ceremony. Official Competition jury president Steven Spielberg specifically stated that the top Cannes prize was to go to director Abdellatif Kechiche and to the film’s two leading ladies, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Today, the Parisian daily Libération / Agence France Presse reported that Tunisia’s Ministry of Culture has reached out to the Tunisian-born French director. Posted on Facebook, a note from the Ministry declared that "The minister of Culture (Mehdi Mabrouk) has congratulated director Abdellatif Kechiche for this international recognition, wishing him much success in the film world." The Ministry made no mention of the subject matter of Kechiche »
- Andre Soares
Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color) The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the streets to protest the legalization of gay marriage a few days ago in France. Somewhat ironically, in the evening in Cannes, to lengthy and enthusiastic applause, the Palme d’Or went to writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche’s three-hour-long lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color / La Vie d’Adèle. Kechiche’s film offers a portrayal of the relationship between a 15-year-old high-school student Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and an Older Woman, Emma (twenty-something Léa Seydoux). Prior to the closing ceremony, it had already taken home the International Film Critics’ Fipresci Prize for a film in the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Competition. »
- Andre Soares
The English actress on going clubbing with her mum, her new role in a 'neo-feminist vampire movie' and why she has no regrets about playing Bond girl Strawberry Fields
The first time we see Gemma Arterton in her new film, Byzantium, she is biting off the nose of a lecherous punter in a lap-dancing club. Soon after, dressed in a stripper's outfit and running shoes, she shows a good turn of speed for a 200-year-old soucouyant and then garottes another man with cheese wire. Byzantium is a vampire film, but we already know it's altogether darker, sexier and more gleeful than some recent incarnations of the genre. At the heart of the action are Clara (Arterton) and her daughter, Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), and their battle against an all-male cabal that wants to hunt them down.
The 27-year-old Arterton has always been drawn to the weird and eclectic – the film that »
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Reynolds stars as a bathtub factory worker whose relationship with a colleague takes a deadly turn.
He is spurred on to a quest for salvation by his good dog and evil cat.
The film has just begun shooting at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin.
Satrapi is best known as the cartoonist who created the biographical Persepolis, which depicted her experiences of the Iranian Revolution.
Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices just got a bit more interesting. Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton have been added to the cast. They’ll star alongside Ryan Reynolds, who was cast to play the lead role in the film last fall.
Voices, which is being described as a psychological thriller with some elements of comedy involved, tells the story of a bathtub factory worker named Jerry Hickfang, who accidentally kills the woman he’s dating and works with. Shortly after the murder, he begins to take advice from his evil, vulgar cat and kindhearted dog, who tell him how to cover his tracks and avoid trouble with the law. This eventually becomes some kind of salvation for him.
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Reynolds plays a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil “talking” cat and benevolent “talking” dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation.
- Kenji Lloyd
Cologne, Germany – Silver Linings Playbook actress Jacki Weaver has joined the cast of The Voices, a psychological thriller from Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi, which has just begun shooting at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin. The Oscar-nominated Weaver, who recently joined the cast of CBS's comedy The McCarthy's and has a supporting role in Peter Landesman's upcoming JFK drama Parkland starring Zac Efron and Paul Giamatti, joins a high-caliber cast on The Voices, including Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick. Photos: Behind the Scenes of 'Silver Linings Playbook' With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence In the feature, from a
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• James Franco, Omar Sy (the breakout star of The Intouchables), and Kate Hudson are set to star in the thriller Good People. Franco has been circling the project since late November 2012. Based on Marcus Sakey’s 2009 novel, the story is about a young couple burdened with crippling debt. They think they’ve found an out when their downstairs neighbor dies and leaves $370,000 in cash just sitting around. Suddenly they begin to encounter all sorts of unsavory characters. Danish director Henrik Genz will be making his English-language debut with the film. The Millennium Films project is expected to begin production in »
- Lindsey Bahr
After lending his voice to The Croods (which is now getting a sequel) and this summer's Turbo (watch the trailer), it sounds like actor Ryan Reynolds is getting ready to hear voices this time. Just last fall, we learned the actor who dabbles in both action and comedy was taking the lead role in The Voices, a dark but somewhat comedic psychological thriller from Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi. The story involving murder and a talking dog and cat has just gained two female co-stars as Deadline reports Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) have joined the strange project. Originally Ben Stiller was slated to star in the film (the script appeared on the Black List back in 2009) for director Mark Romanek, but now it sounds like this iteration will be the one that gets off the ground. The story follows Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds) as he »
- Ethan Anderton
Given that one coached an elderly choir in Song For Marion and the other showed aca-capable skills in Pitch Perfect, you might think that Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick signing on to The Voices means more feel-good tunes. You would be wrong. They’ll actually be part of the cast for a psychological thriller. Ryan Reynolds is starring as Jerry Hickfang, a bathtub factory worker whose personality errs towards the weird. He’s secretly in love with a woman from accounting, but things go badly wrong when their relationship takes a murderous turn.He’ll need help, and Jerry will get it from his evil chatty cat and benevolent talking dog, who try to guide him down a path to salvation.Paranormal Activity franchise veteran Michael R. Perry wrote the script and Persepolis' Marjane Satrapi will start calling the shots shortly in Berlin.Arterton was last seen battling evil in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. »
Here are a few casting announcements: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the psychological thriller Voices, with a script from Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) on board to direct. Kate Hudson and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) have joined James Franco in the Henrik Genz (Terribly Happy) helmed film Good People, which will see Genz making his English-language debut. Hit the jump for more on each of the projects. While the plot of Voices does sound a bit odd, the cast that’s assembling for it may give the weird premise some hope. Deadline reports that Voices will see Reynolds playing a bathtub factory worker who’s relationship with a woman in accounting takes a turn for the murderous, that is until his “talking” cat and dog lead him on an adventurous journey. While it does seem interesting, »
- Bryce Fallon
Change is good and Marjane Satrapi seems to thrive on it. She broke out in 2007 with the beloved, critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated "Persepolis," but has hardly made a predictable step since. Her followup was the fantastical live action tale "Chicken With Plums" and not long after came the comic mini-feature (it ran about 75 minutes long), "The Gang Of The Jotas." Now, she's shifting gears again with "The Voices," and after nabbing Ryan Reynolds to star last fall, she's picked up two more names in what may be her most mainstream effort yet. Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick have both boarded the intriguing thriller. The Black List script was penned by Michael R. Perry ("Paranormal Activity") and it tells the decidedly wacky story of Jerry Hickfang, a bathtub factory worker who kills the woman in accounting with whom he's been having a relationship. He then starts taking advice from his cat »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Writing/directing team Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud followed up their highly successful animated feature Persepolis with the fantastical dark comedy Chicken with Plums. In Chicken with Plums, musician Nasser Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is inconsolable after his prized violin is destroyed. He tries to replace it, but when the greatest and most expensive violins prove inadequate, he decides that he has nothing left in life and wants to die. He doesn't want a messy, undignified death, so he puts on a robe, crawls into bed, and waits for death to find him. In the days before his death, he tries to impart wisdom to his two young children, and his wife goes from mildly irritated to taking a last desperate attempt to earn his love.
- Rachel Kolb
Welcome to Eisner Week. Every year during the week of March 6th, the birthday of Will Eisner, comic book and graphic novel fans around the world celebrate the achievements of one of the comic industries most pioneering legends. All this week at Sound On Sight, the Comics section will devote the bulk of our coverage to honoring the work of Will Eisner and the impact his work and tireless championing of new artists has had on today’s comics culture.
Will Eisner paved the way for both avenues associated with comics today. Whether you call comics “visual narrative,” “graphic storytelling” or “sequential art,” it is important to know from where this idea of comics as art evolved. As a comic strip creator in the 1930’s, Eisner moved from Wow Magazine to the creation of his own imprint with partner Jerry Iger. Eisner & Iger Studios assembled what could be best described »
- Tony Nunes
Chicken With Plums, the latest film from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers of Persepolis (2008, Best Animated Feature Film), will be released on DVD by Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 26th. Written and directed by Satrapi and Paronnaud, the film features a prestigious multicultural cast including Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Chiara Mastroianni (Persepolis), Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet), and Jamel Debbouze (Amelie).
Satrapi and Paronnaud received international acclaim for their innovative collaboration on the animated Persepolis. In addition to the Oscar® nomination, Persepolis was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, and it won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, along with two César Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best First Film. Chicken With Plums, like Persepolis, is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Satrapi that pushes the boundaries of filmmaking by combining live-action »
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