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20 items from 2011


Gael Garcia Bernal & Marina Fois To Star In Cyril Cohen's Tel Aviv-Set Dramedy 'Weeping Susannah'

12 December 2011 8:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is one actor whose career we always like to keep a track of considering his keen eye for directorial talent. He grew to prominence with roles in the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Amores Perros," "Babel"); has since worked with names like Michel Gondry ("The Science Of Sleep"), Pedro Almodóvar ("Bad Education"), Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control"); and has also been loosely attached to star in Martin Scorsese's next film, "Silence." The actor is now set to team with first time director Cyril Cohen as well as French thespian Marina Fois (most recently seen in the Cannes award winning "Polisse") for a Tel Aviv-set dramedy based on Alona Kimhi's novel "Weeping Susannah." Film takes place in the aftermath of the murder of Israeli prime »

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First Look at Mel Gibson's How I Spent My Summer Vacation

8 December 2011 10:21 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Back in 2009 Mel Gibson starred in a action movie called How I Spent My Summer Vacation, but due to all of the controversy surrounding the actor in his personal life the movie was placed on the shelf. The movie is now awaiting a release date of summer 2012, but who knows if that will actually happen. As of right now it has no U.S. distributer.

According to The Playlist the movie was shot in Mexico, and was directed by longtime second unit and assistant director Adrian Grunberg who worked on films such as ApocalyptoThe Limits Of ControlTraffic, and Jarhead. In the film Gibson plays a career criminal who finds himself locked up a Mexican prison, and learns to survive thanks to the help of a 9 year-old boy.

I'd love to see a trailer for the film because if could actually be a freakin' awesome movie! I know a »

- Venkman

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New Poster For Mel Gibson's 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation'

8 December 2011 7:45 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It seems that America and/or Hollywood isn't quite ready to forgive Mel Gibson just yet. His attempted comeback films -- the dreadful "Edge Of Darkness" and the middling "The Beaver" -- weren't the vehicles they were supposed to be, and his offscreen behaviour has continued to dog the actor. And while he was rumored for a couple of new projects this year -- the international heist thriller "Sleight" as well as a Jewish historical epic -- they both seem to be stalled and/or have courted controversy. So given the uneasy relationship the industry continues to have with the actor/writer/director it's no suprise he still has one movie sitting on the shelf, waiting to be released. "How I Spent My Summer" is a project Gibson shot in Mexico in late 2009. Helmed by longtime second unit and assistant director Adrian Grunberg ("Apocalypto," "The Limits Of Control," "Traffic," "Jarhead") and. »

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Oka! New La Release Date – Oct. 28th

29 September 2011 6:27 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Directed by Lavinia Currier Starring

Kris Marshall, Isaach de Bankolé, Will Yun Lee & the Bayaka of Yandombe

Based on the memoir by Louis Sarno

(.Last Thoughts Before Vanishing from the Face of the Earth.)

New Release Date! October 28, 2011

Presented by Dada Films and required viewing, Lavinia Currier.s (The Passion in the Desert) breathtaking new film, Oka! is a fish-out-of-water tale of an ethnomusicologist from New Jersey who finds himself immersed in the colorful lives ofthe Bayake pygmies. Based on the memoir by ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno, who has lived with the pygmies for over 20 years, Oka! transports audiences to the vast forest of the Central African Republic into the magical world of the Bayaka and lyrically captures their music, dance, humor and exuberance, as well as the harsh realities they endure.

The forest dwelling tribe of Bayaka pygmies is famed for its acute hearing (.Oka!. means .listen!. in their Akka »

- Melissa Howland

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Farber vs. Olsen: Middlebrow vs. Highbrow

29 August 2011 8:53 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I sometimes find myself defending accessible mainstream movies vs. more inaccessible, arcane fare. I often get mad at pretentious or indulgent airborne movies that never touch the ground, that don't make sense. (I embraced Miranda July's The Future but rejected The Limits of Control, from a filmmaker I usually admire, Jim Jarmusch. I couldn't believe that anyone took Southland Tales seriously.) I believe in communication between moviemaker and audience. But you will never find me arguing in defense of the middlebrow vs. the highbrow. I seek smart, sharp, innovative, authentic movies, not ones that pander to some perceived middle ground. With many studio movies, I often wish I was watching the leaner art-film version that didn't try to appeal to everyone. But I dove headlong »

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Paz De La Huerta: Yes, I Harassed A 'Fake Actress'

28 July 2011 11:32 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York — Actress Paz de la Huerta admitted Thursday that she harassed a reality TV figure in a confrontation that authorities said was laced with ill will about their respective claims to fame.

"I'm extremely glad this is over," the "Boardwalk Empire" actress said after acknowledging in court that she threatened to hit Samantha Swetra in March at a bar at a chic Manhattan hotel.

De la Huerta pleaded guilty to harassment, a violation that is akin to a traffic ticket. Her plea deal calls for a day of community service and 12 weeks of alcohol counseling.

While the criminal case is ending, de la Huerta still faces a lawsuit from Swetra, a fashion buyer who appeared on the MTV reality series "The City." Swetra's lawyer, Stephanie Ovadia, said she would continue "to pursue the case vigorously."

De la Huerta, who on Thursday declined to discuss the encounter, was accused of punching Swetra in the face, »

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Cell 211 Review

6 July 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Cell 211, Spanish director Daniel Monzon’s contribution to the prison sub-genre, roars out of the blocks like a lean action film, but ultimately bogs down under the weight of its ambitions and numerous plot twists. A multiple award-winner in its homeland, the film features a strong ensemble cast who breathe life into stock characters, and it’s their performances which are the main reason to keep watching.

Within minutes of beginning his tour of the prison where he is to begin working as a guard the following day, Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) is struck on the head by falling debris: it’s not an accident. The experienced guards who are escorting him place him in an empty cell rather than carrying him to the infirmary, a decision which is to have fateful consequences when an inmate riot immediately erupts and they are forced to flee for their safety, leaving Juan to fend for himself. »

- Ian Gilchrist

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Cannes 2011: Third Window Films Acquires Underwater Love And Sabi Otoko Sabi Onna For UK

21 May 2011 12:53 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The lovely folks over at Third Window Films, one of the UK's finest purveyors of Asian entertainment, have grabbed a couple of cool little titles from the Cannes film market.  The first of which is Twitch favorite, Shinji Imaoka's (Bottled Vulva: Bank Teller Noriko) Underwater Love, and the second is comedy omnibus film Sabi Otoko Sabi Onna from directors Gen Sekiguchi (Survive Style 5+), Masaya Kakehi, Mipo Oh, Tomoko Matsunashi, and Yosuke Fujita (Fine, Totally Fine).Underwater Love has gotten a lot of love here.  The film is probably best known for having been shot by legendary cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Chungking Express, Last Life in the Universe, The Limits of Control, etc), it seems to have a lot more going for it than that.  The script, »

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New Release: Cell 211 DVD

20 May 2011 12:40 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Zeitgeist will release the taut prison thriller Cell 211, the most acclaimed film to come out of the Spain over the past year, on DVD on Aug. 30 for a list price of $29.99.

Prison life takes an even tougher turn in Cell 211.

The 2009 movie weaves the wild tale of prison officer Juan Olivier (lberto Ammann), who is knocked unconscious in a freak accident on his first day on the job. Juan’s co-workers carry him to an empty cell, but when he awakes, Juan discovers that he has been abandoned in the middle of a riot in a high security cellblock, home to the prison’s most dangerous criminals. If they discover Juan’s a guard, he’s finished, so in order to survive, he poses as a prisoner and conspires with the riot’s vicious leader (Luis TosarThe Limits of Control) to stay alive.

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- Laurence

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Jarmusch To Make Stylish Vampire Movie With Swinton & Fassbender

17 May 2011 1:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker Jim Jarmusch is set to reteam Jane Eyre stars Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska in a new vampire movie.

His unnamed horror film will also feature Brits John Hurt and Tilda Swinton, who worked with the filmmaker on The Limits of Control and Broken Flowers.

Jarmusch tells Screen Daily, "I’ve been imagining this film for years. I can’t wait to now realise it with these remarkable collaborators."

Swinton, Wasikowska and Fassbender will play vampires in the movie, which will shoot on location in Germany and Morocco in early 2012.

Jarmusch isn't the only cult filmmaker with vampires on his mind - director Neil Jordan has signed on to direct Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton in Byzantium. »

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Tilda Swinton & More Join Jim Jarmusch’s Next Film

16 May 2011 3:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Tilda Swinton (I Am Love), Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank), Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right) and John Hurt (V for Vendetta) have signed on to star in director Jim Jarmusch’s next film.

The as-yet-untitled project is a “crypto-vampire love story” and has been in development for a number of years.

It will be Jarmusch’s follow-up to the crime-drama The Limits of Control, and is set to shoot at the beginning of 2012.

Source: The Playlist »

- Jamie Neish

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Jim Jarmusch Making Vampire Film with Michael Fassbender & More

16 May 2011 9:12 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After directing a unique assortment of films including The Limits of Control, Broken Flowers and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, it looks like director Jim Jarmusch will venture into vampire territory. Screen Daily reports the filmmaker is set to helm a vampire centric feature with Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska as bloodsuckers. Jarmusch describes the film himself as a “crypto-vampire love story,” so it's your average genre film, and is exactly the kind of peculiar film we've come to expect from Jarmusch. The film doesn't yet have a title, but is slated to shoot sometime early next year. The director says, "I’ve been imagining this film for years.  I can’t wait to now realise it with these remarkable collaborators.” In addition to the aforementioned cast, it's also said that John Hurt will have some sort of "feature role." I have to say, even though »

- Ethan Anderton

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Cannes 2011: Michael Fassbender is a vampire

16 May 2011 2:17 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska have joined Jim Jarmusch's latest - a 'crypto-vampire love story'. The as-yet-untitled film will take pace against the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, and is set to film in Germany, Morocco and Detroit in early 2012. No plot details as yet, but Jarmusch told press "I've been imagining this film for years, I can't wait to realise it." John Hurt is also set to turn up in a featured role. Jarmusch's last film, 2009's The Limits Of Control, also starred Swinton...

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- Dan Goodswen

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Blu-Ray Review: Claire Denis’ ‘White Material’ Creates Nightmarish Imagery

26 April 2011 12:39 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Africa has routinely played a major role in the work of Claire Denis, a French writer/director deservedly hailed as one of the greatest living filmmakers. Her upbringing in colonial Africa certainly proved to be an influence on her 1988 directorial debut, “Chocolat,” as well as 1999’s equally evocative “Beau travail.” Both films centered on protagonists re-connecting with their deep-seated memories of life on the continent.

White Material” could easily be seen as the completion of a thematic trilogy, though it also stands on its own as a singularly haunting and disturbing work of art. The death of European colonialism is reluctantly witnessed through the eyes of Maria (Isabelle Huppert), a white plantation owner in Africa whose love of the land and devotion to her coffee crop causes her to deny the civil war gradually consuming her country. Even with a gun pointed at her head, Maria’s determination remains unflinching. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Paz De La Huerta In Court Over Assault Charges

19 April 2011 3:11 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York — Television actress Paz de la Huerta derided a former reality TV figure as a "fake actress" after attacking her in a trendy hotel bar, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The "Boardwalk Empire" actress was arraigned on assault and other charges in her encounter last month with Samantha Swetra, who appeared on the MTV reality series "The City."

De la Huerta, who went to court wearing a long black coat and a white pantsuit over a black turtleneck, didn't speak during her brief court appearance. She was released without bail.

"We're asking people not to rush to judgment and to let (de la Huerta) have her day in court," defense lawyer Jamel Oeser-Sweat said.

Swetra's attorney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

De la Huerta punched Swetra in the face, giving her a bloody nose, and hurled a glass that left cuts in Swetra's leg around 4 a.m. on March 20 at the Standard Hotel, »

- AP

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Bill Murray to Play Franklin D. Roosevelt

30 March 2011 4:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

It's been a long while since Bill Murray has taken on a real serious role. Even in his more dramatic recent fare like 'The Limits of Control' or 'Passion Play,' his characters have offered a slice of charismatic levity in an otherwise more serious environment. But now, as 'Ghostbusters' fans eagerly await his thoughts on the planned third installment, Murray is turning his attention to something a lot more meaty: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the upcoming film 'Hyde Park on the Hudson.'

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- Monika Bartyzel

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Bill Murray to Play Franklin D. Roosevelt

30 March 2011 4:10 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

It's been a long while since Bill Murray has taken on a real serious role. Even in his more dramatic recent fare like 'The Limits of Control' or 'Passion Play,' his characters have offered a slice of charismatic levity in an otherwise more serious environment. But now, as 'Ghostbusters' fans eagerly await his thoughts on the planned third installment, Murray is turning his attention to something a lot more meaty: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the upcoming film 'Hyde Park on the Hudson.'

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- Monika Bartyzel

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Bill Murray to Play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in ‘Hyde Park On Hudson’

29 March 2011 6:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

See if you can figure out what to make of this. In July Bill Murray will reportedly play president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film adaptation of radio play Hyde Park on Hudson. Never one to make the obvious choice when selecting new roles, Bill Murray seems to be going a bit further afield than usual with this one. And yet it makes a certain sort of sense. He was scarily convincing as a Dick Cheney sort of character in The Limits of Control, so why not go fully Presidential? You know he'll own the role if he has half a mind to. More details follow. Richard Melson wrote the radio play that aired on the BBC in 2009, and he adapted the script. Directing is Roger Mitchell, who last made Morning Glory and directed Notting Hill and Changing Lanes. Set in 1939, the play features Fdr and his distant cousin Margaret »

- Russ Fischer

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Isaach De Bankole tribute and master class in N.Y.

16 March 2011 8:38 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

How come New York gets all the good stuff? And if you’re in the NY area then you’ll have an opportunity next month to get involved with Issach de Bankole.

I can think of few actors today who are as charismatic and compelling on the screen than him (can you?), and next month, in April, The Museum of Arts and Design in association with French Institute Alliance Francaise will present the month long series: Isaach de Bankole, An Unexpected Gentleman.

The program will consist of a film series including Otomo, Night on Earth and The Limits of Control among other films with De Bankole, and other events will include a one-on-one conversation with his frequent collaborator Jim Jarmusch; and on April 9th De Bankole will give an acting master class as well.

For info info just go right Here.

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- Sergio

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Biutiful | review

29 January 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This tale of a poor man's struggle to do the right thing in the face of his mortality deserves its Oscar nominations

Barcelona is one of the world's most photogenic cities, as demonstrated in more than three decades of movies, from Antonioni's dazzling The Passenger to Woody Allen's touristy Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Jim Jarmusch's elegant The Limits of Control. All three play up the glories of its architectural heritage and the works of Antoni Gaudí. In Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful, which is entirely centred on the turbulent suburbs occupied by desperate immigrants from Africa, Asia and eastern Europe, we're hardly aware of being in that city at all. It is a shock suddenly to see in a distant cityscape the familiar outline of Gaudí's Sagrada Família and later to be faced with an idyllic Mediterranean beach littered with the dead bodies of illegal immigrants.

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- Philip French

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