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Rome - Rome’s former mayor Walter Veltroni, a reknown film buff who launched the Rome Film Festival, is making his directorial debut with a feature-length docu about late Italo pol Enrico Berlinguer, who headed Western Europe’s largest Communist party, set to screen on Italian movie theatres in March before airing on Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox, which fully financed the high-profile pic.
But in terms of potential local audience it makes sense. Berlinguer, who died in 1984, remains a beloved figure in Italy. Sky Italia will air the docu, titled “Quando c’era Berlinguer” (“When Berlinguer Was With Us”), in June on the 30th anniversary of Berlinguer’s passing.
Berlinguer is known for starting a movement among Western European Communists toward greater independence from Moscow. »
- Nick Vivarelli
As Tina Fey joked in her Golden Globes monologue on Sunday, there are still plenty of roles available in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over the age of 60. The actress received her 18th Academy Award nomination earlier today for her performance in August: Osage County and she is still a formidable box office draw. Naturally, mogul Harvey Weinstein wants to work with Streep again (and nab another chance at Oscar gold) and he plans to do so with The Senator’s Wife, a story that the executive explains will be a fierce indictment of the National Rifle Association gun lobby.
In an announcement on The Howard Stern Show, Weinstein explained that the movie would be like a contemporary version of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, except the subject matter may not be so Capraesque. “We’re going to take this issue head on, and [the NRA is] going to wish they weren’t alive »
- Jordan Adler
The Oscar nominations are in, and if you haven’t glanced at the Best Actress category, you’re in for a star-studded explosion. Collectively, the five chosen actresses have been nominated 38 times for Academy Awards, so any member of this esteemed quintet could run off with the gold.
But every great actor is an entitled to a mediocre performance or two. Here are my least favorite performances by the five nominated actresses of 2014.
Amy Adams: Julie and Julia
I actually appreciate that Julia and Julia was half-about the tribulations of a blogger trying to establish herself. Scaring up pageviews in order to sustain a living is an unusual situation, and I haven’t seen that explored in many movies. But Amy Adams is a pile of quirks and unfunny dialogue in this movie, and I’ve never seen her so flatly perky. You miss Meryl when she’s not »
- Louis Virtel
Thanks to a marketing campaign that played up military heroism while avoiding the moral ambiguities associated with U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan war drama Lone Survivor scored one of the biggest opening weekends ever in January. Meanwhile, The Legend of Hercules bombed and Her and Inside Llewyn Davis underperformed in their nationwide expansions.Lone Survivor opened to $37.8 million this weekend, which ranks second all-time in January behind 2008's Cloverfield ($40.1 million). It also demolished a handful of comparable January releases like Zero Dark Thirty ($24.4 million), Contraband ($24.3 million) and Black Hawk Down ($28.6 million). Ironically, it also opened much higher than director Peter Berg's 2012 movie Battleship ($25.5 million), despite costing only a fraction as much to produce.As evidenced by the performance of movies like Green Zone ($35.1 million), The Hurt Locker ($17 million), Lions for Lambs ($15 million) and Rendition ($9.7 million), conflict in the Middle East hasn't exactly been a recipe for box office success. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
4 items from 2014
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