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From director Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D film making to the silent film wonder known as The Artist, here are the top ten films our staff of writers best represent 2011. We've also included special sections which highlight the best films from each genre and individual performances of the year. Top 10 Films of the Year 10. Beginners "At first glance, you might be temped to write Beginners off as an obnoxiously quirky, Little Miss Sunshine-esque family dramedy. But Mike Mills' debut feature is an incredibly moving film that banishes others like Sunshine Cleaning to the kid’s table. This heartfelt story of a young man (Ewan McGregor) coming to terms with his elderly father’s (Christopher Plummer) sudden announcements of both terminal cancer and homosexuality is rich with »
- Pietro Filipponi
#25. Gods Behaving Badly - Marc Turtletaub A major supplier of Sundance films (Little Miss Sunshine, SherryBaby, Sunshine Cleaning and Our Idiot Brother) over the years as a producer at Big Beach, if there is a venue where Marc Turtletaub should show off his filmmaker it would be in the condo hills of Park City. Problem isn't the heavy star-studded cast or the comedy's logline but the actual timing -- they'd have to work overtime to have Gods Behaving Badly ready for the fest as shooting appears to have just wrapped. Gist: The story follows Greek gods living in a brownstone in New York City, where their paths cross with a young couple (Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Christopher Walken plays Zeus, Sharon Stone plays Aphrodite (see street pic above), Edie Falco is Artemis, Oliver Platt is Apollo, John Turturro is Hades and Rosie Perez plays Persephone. Producers: Turtletaub and Saraf(Ioncinema. »
With news hitting two weeks ago that French film producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is developing a biopic of the beautiful and tragic icon Grace Kelly for the big screen titled Grace of Monaco, a fierce battle between Hollywood actresses’ is likely to already be underway for the widely coveted role.
Film biopics are big business with audiences and during awards seasons and they are truly never big when a biopic is dealing with a Hollywood legend or a member of Royalty. With Grace of Monaco delving into the life of both, this is one hot Oscar-baiting ticket for somebody out there.
Based on Arash Amel’s script, Grace of Monaco focuses on six months of Kelly’s life in 1962 when the then Princess of Monaco was instrumental in resolving a heated dispute between France and it’s small principality which it was believed had become a tax haven for the rich. »
- Lorna Berridge
 After the critical and commercial successes of Puss in Boots and Kung Fu Panda 2, producer Guillermo del Toro is preparing to team up with DreamWorks Animation once more. Del Toro is slated to exec produce a new animated feature titled Alma, about a little girl drawn into creepy toy store. Though the imagery is plenty sweet -- as you can see in the header image, the titular character is just plain adorable -- there's also an underlying spookiness to the premise that could be a great fit for del Toro's sensibility. Former Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas is set to helm the movie, which is based on his own short film of the same title, while Sunshine Cleaning writer Megan Holley has been tapped to pen the script. More details after the jump. Blaas' film was well-received when it premiered in late 2009, garnering over 1 million plays on Vimeo by March »
- Angie Han
DreamWorks Animation is moving forward with a feature-length version of the doll-themed animated short film "Alma" reports The Los Angeles Times.
Former Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas, who created the short, will direct the feature. The original short followed a child who wanders into a creepy doll store and ends up in a compromised situation. You can watch the full short below.
Megan Holley ("Sunshine Cleaning") has been hired to pen the script while Guillermo del Toro is set to produce. del Toro will offer guidance on the project much like he did for Dwa's just released "Puss in Boots".
- Garth Franklin
Guillermo del Toro, who executive produced Puss in Boots, will work again with DreamWorks Animation on Alma, another animated film based on a the popular short film (below) by Rodrigo Blaas. The former Pixar animator will also helm the feature, which is being written by Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning). Alma is adorable, but the vibe is wonderfully creepy--we hope (perhaps futilely) that DreamWorks keeps it that way--not to mention the gap in her teeth. A potential animated franchise with a female lead who isn't a princess? Yes, please, we need more of those! »
This weekend Dreamworks’ Puss In Boots came in #1 at the box office and has seemingly cemented Guillermo del Toro’s future with the company. Del Toro collaborated with Puss in Boots’ filmmakers to a degree that he earned an executive producer credit on the picture. And now 24 Frames has revealed del Toro will be helping to develop another Dreamworks project Alma, based on the quirky little short you can view in full below:
With its plucky girl protagonist and creepy climactic twist, it’s little wonder del Toro has shown an interest in Alma. And it’s exciting to hear that Dreamworks is willing to take on something with a darker edge. Already Sunshine Cleaning scribe Megan Holley has been hired to flesh out the doll-centered short into a full-length feature, and the short’s creator Rodrigo Blaas, who has worked on a number of Pixar features including Up and Wall-e, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
HollywoodNews.com: The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have joined forces with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey and Bob Weinstein to create a new TWC label to bring new films and other specialty entertainment to audiences simultaneously across multiple digital and traditional platforms. Quinn and Janego will serve as Co-Presidents of the yet-to-be named label, which will be based in New York. The announcement was made by TWC COO David Glasser.
Quinn and Janego were among the first in the film industry to explore the potential of emerging digital platforms and were in the vanguard of developing new strategies for alternative distribution during their tenures at Magnolia Pictures, where they were Senior Vice President and Head of Legal & Business Affairs, respectively. In 2005, Magnolia became one of the first distributors to implement the day/date releasing, premiering Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble and Alex Gibney’s Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room »
- Anastasia Alvarado
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Tom Quinn and Jason Janego have joined forces with TWC Co-Chairmen Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein to create a new TWC label to bring new films and other specialty entertainment to audiences simultaneously across multiple digital and traditional platforms. Quinn and Janego will serve as Co-Presidents of the yet-to-be named label, which will be based in New York. The announcement was made by TWC COO David Glasser.
Quinn and Janego were among the first in the film industry to explore the potential of emerging digital platforms and were in the vanguard of developing new strategies for alternative distribution during their tenures at Magnolia Pictures, where they were Senior Vice President and Head of Legal & Business Affairs, respectively. In 2005, Magnolia became one of the first distributors to implement the day/date releasing, premiering Steven Soderbergh's Bubble and Alex Gibney's Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room »
Exclusive: As John Lyons prepares to leave his production president post to focus on philanthropy, Focus Features top executives James Schamus and Andrew Karpen are in talks with Jeb Brody to replace him. Brody, who is currently president of production for producer/financer Vendome Pictures, is well regarded in the indie sphere. He was a producer of Sunshine Cleaning and was the executive producer of Little Miss Sunshine while he worked at Big Beach. Brody exec produced Vencome's first two film productions, Source Code and Larry Crowne. Lyons made public his plan right after the Cannes Film Festival. Lyons is leaving to devote more time to his pet project, the Edible Schoolyard/NYC. He is the founder and board chairman of the charity, which mixes his passion for the environment and growing food at the schools. He will oversee an expansion of the program to schools in the five New York boroughs, »
- MIKE FLEMING
With his feature directorial effort A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas slated to hit theaters later this year on November 4th, Todd Strauss-Schulson is already ironing out the details to once again work with New Line Cinema. Heat Vision reports that Strauss-Schulson is currently attached to helm a Brazillian-set untitled action/adventure/comedy pitch for the studio. Per the report, Strauss-Schulson will produce and co-develop the project alongside former Late Show with David Letterman scribe Chris Galletta who will pen the eventual script. Further details regarding the film are currently underwraps. Prior to landing A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, Strauss-Schulson had worked extensively in the world of comedy shorts. As for Galletta, the writer's 2009 Blacklist script Toy's House is currently casting over Big Beach Films which previously produced titles such as Away We Go, Sunshine Cleaning, and most recently Lucky starring Colin Hanks and Paul Rudd's Our Idiot Brother on August 26th. »
- Jason Barr
Director Joe Lynch's sophomore effort is about to drop and it looks like a good one! The Knights Of Badassdom is a tale of some over enthusiastic LARPer's (that's Live Action Role Players to those unfamiliar) who accidentally raise an all-too-real demon with their goofy make-believe shenanigans.Starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Red Hill), Steve Zahn (Sunshine Cleaning, Strange Wilderness), Summer Glau (Serenity, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the always amazing Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Game Of Thrones), very few details have emerged from the Lynch camp as to what we can expect from KoBA, but the man himself told yours truly there will be "lots of demonic goofy fun and heavy metal", so that's a solid "Sold!" as far as I am »
Christopher Walken may have earned status as a screen legend with his combination of unique looks, voice, and dance moves; and now it seems that he has yet another accomplishment to add to his resume: God.
The book details what happens when gods are forced to live together in a New York City brownstone and work among the city's mere mortals; like "The Real World," but with less puking.
The cast for the project, which starts filming later this month, already reads like a who's who in Hollywood: Sharon Stone has signed on to play Aprhodite, Edie Falco is Artemis, Rose Perez is Persephone, Phylicia Rashad is Demeter, Oliver Platt is Apollo, John Turturro is Hades, Gideon Glick is Eros, Nelson Ellis is Dionysis, Henry Zebrowski is Hermes, »
- Sarah Crow
To celebrate the May 30 DVD and Blu-ray release of HBO’s Treme, we have two copies of the complete first season on Blu-ray to give away.
Double Emmy® and Grammy® award nominee Treme uncovers the stories behind the aftermath of the greatest man-made disaster in American history – Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failure that caused the near death of a city.
The series boasts an outstanding ensemble cast that includes actors who have previously worked with David Simon; Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Life Support), Clarke Peters (The Wire, Damages, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Academy Award® nominee Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Homicide and HBO’s forthcoming Mildred Pierce) and Khandi Alexander (award-winning performances in David Simon’s The Corner and CSI: Miami). Also starring are John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, The West Wing) and Steve Zahn (Sunshine Cleaning, Happy Texas) in his first television series.
The sprawling ten-part series follows musicians, »
- Matt Holmes
Treme Season 1 is released on DVD and Blu-ray next Monday, 30th May (pre-order your copy here) and HBO Home Entertainment have give us this exclusive clip from the TV show. Treme comes from David Simon, the man responsible for shows like The Wire and Generation Kill and stars Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Life Support), Clarke Peters (The Wire, Damages, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Academy Award® nominee Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Homicide and HBO’s forthcoming Mildred Pierce) and Khandi Alexander (award-winning performances in David Simon’s The Corner and CSI: Miami). Also starring are John Goodman (The Big Lebowski, The West Wing) and Steve Zahn (Sunshine Cleaning, Happy Texas) in his first television series.
The sprawling ten-part series follows musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture three months after the greatest calamity to ever befall the Southern States. »
- David Sztypuljak
In case you haven't heard, the Rapture has been moved up. According to a California evangelical, a massive earthquake will shake the world, sending true believers to the heavens, leaving nonbelievers to watch the world destruction.*
That might sound like bad news (Ok, really bad news) but the silver lining in all this is that we get to plan our final hours. So with the pending apocalypse — tonight or on Saturday, as originally scheduled — we ask, What movie would you watch on you last day?
Would it be a lighthearted movie to ease your mind? Or would you pick an apocalyptic movie to prepare you in case you survive Judgment Day?
*Just to put things into context, the same pastor who is predicting the end of the world incorrectly predicted the return of Jesus to Earth in 1994.
Eta: Since The Big Lebowski is currently ranked #1, we wanted to let all »
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First Look Photos At 'Christ' & Michael Sheen/Maria Bello Film 'Beautiful Boy,' Torn Also Scoring 'Everything Must Go' So, what is there about the comedy "Jesus Henry Christ" from director Dennis Lee ("Fireflies in the Garden") to get excited about? Well, for one, it stars Michael Sheen, Toni Collete and Jason Spevack, the young boy best known for roles in "Sunshine Cleaning" and "Ramona and Beezus ." Not a bad cast. And perhaps slightly more interesting to us is the fact that the film is being scored by celebrated composer/guitar-texturalist David Torn (occasionally known as the recording artist Splattercell) and… »
We take a look at the eclectic list of roles the Oscar-nominated actress, and new Superman love interest, has played.
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Getty Images
Henry Cavill might have been getting a little lonely in Metropolis. Two months after landing the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's reboot of the superhero franchise, the 27-year-old actor still hadn't found out who'd become his Lois Lane.
The answer arrived on Sunday: Amy Adams will be play the Daily Planet reporter and Superman love interest. In a statement, Snyder called Adams "one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today." That's hardly an overstatement: The 36-year-old star has performed in indies and blockbusters, musicals and animated fare, solemn dramas and bawdy comedies. Along the way she's managed to earn three Oscar nominations, the latest for her supporting turn last year in "The Fighter."
A former Hooters waitress, »
Sony Pictures-based producer Matt Tolmach has appointed Robert Kessel to be Svp of production. At Matt Tolmach Productions, Kessel will oversee the development and production of the company’s slate of films. Tolmach exited his co-president of production job at Sony to join the producing roster of the Marc Webb-directed Amazing Spider-Man, and he has since made several recent project acquisitions, including Frankenstein, The Slackfi Project and The Kitchen Sink. Said Tolmach: “Though I only met Robert earlier this year, I’d known of him for a long time. He is well respected for his great taste, extensive skills, and relationships with filmmakers. He is going to be a tremendous asset to our company and I’m thrilled to have him on my team.” Kessel most recently served as Evp Production & Acquisitions for Overture Films, overseeing such films as Let Me In and acquiring The Visitor and Sunshine Cleaning. »
- MIKE FLEMING
The concept of fate in cinema is one that.s been around for ages, even longer if you consider it.s prevalence in literature and longer yet when you consider that storytelling itself is nearly as old as the conscious man himself. So, this raises the question of how one makes a film about fate that.s not been done before, or more precisely. how to do it well?
Writer and first-time director George Nolfi had his head in the right place with The Adjustment Bureau, given that it all began with Philip K. Dick. The film is adapted from Dick.s short story called “Adjustment Team” and carries the trademark science-fiction fingerprint of the late, beloved genre author. The film toys playfully with the idea of there being a creator, or more accurately a controller in this case, and a special breed of beings tasked with enforcing that creator.s plans. »
- Travis Keune
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