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Robin Williams interview: Happy Feet 2, Call Of Duty, playing bad guys and more

25 November 2011 5:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Robin Williams talks playing bad guys, doing accents, his return to stand-up, voicing animation, and why he no longer plays multiplayer Call Of Duty online…

Reading a Robin Williams interview is like trying to listen to a Hendrix tune by staring at the guitar tab: so much of the good stuff gets lost in translation. He doesn’t so much answer questions as improvise a stand-up set around them, springing into voices and one-liners with the lightest of prompting.

Williams speaks fast, and laughs often. When he’s being himself - though how can you tell? - his vocabulary is full of “like, dude” and “big time” surf-speak. He nimbly evades anything getting serious by driving his answers full steam into entertaining anecdotes or gags.

In a 15-minute round table chat, he did at least 15 different voices (one per minute, though it felt like more) and cracked jokes I’m »

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Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar With Sales Agents

18 October 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The complete list of submissions for the nomination for Best Foreign Language Academy Award, has been announced. 63 countries' selections have been accepted. Last year there were 65 selections. I have added the international sales agents and when there is one, the U.S. distributor. The Female Factor: 8 of 63 films or 13%. Last year, of the 65 films submitted, 9 were directed by women — that’s 14%. The films by women are Leticia Tonos' Love Child ♀ (the Dominican Republic), Valerie Donzelli's Declaration of War ♀ (France), Ann Hui's A Simple Life ♀ (Hong Kong), Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There ♀ (Ireland), Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? ♀ (Lebanon), Maria Peters' Sonny Boy ♀ (the Netherlands), Anne Sewitzky's Happy, Happy (Norway) ♀ and Pernilla August's Beyond ♀ (Sweden). »

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63 Countries Fight for Best Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

17 October 2011 2:36 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From Albania to Vietnam, 63 countries are hoping that their film entry will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Five slots, 63 countries, the competition is fierce! Is your country of choice one of the 63 hopefuls?

I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has an entry, the dramedy "The Woman in the Septic Tank" from director Marlon N. Rivera. Released in the Philippines on August 3rd, the film became the highest grossing independent movie in my country's cinema history. So keeping my fingers crossed for this movie!

The shortlist will be released in January and then it will be whittled down to five contenders when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The winner will be announced on Oscar night on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Take a look at the complete list of Best Foreign Language hopefuls:

Albania, "Amnesty, »

- Manny

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63 Countries Submit Films for Final List of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

14 October 2011 10:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday the Academy finally released the full list of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar contenders adding four films I did not have on my previous list from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, United Kingdom and a mysterious title I can't find anything about from Kazakhstan and now that the short list has been announced and everyone has posted the Academy's press release it's like searching for a needle in a haystack if you go looking for more information on it. That said, if anyone has a link to any information on Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's Returning to the 'A' I would love to share it as I have links and information for all other 62 films submitted for consideration. As I said in my last post addressing the category, I haven't seen any of these films, a rarity for me, but based on buzz the top contenders would seem to include Zhang Yimou's The War of Flowers, »

- Brad Brevet

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Final List for Foreign Films Being Submitted for Oscar Consideration

14 October 2011 7:42 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

63 films have made it onto the list to be considered for the 2012 Academy Awards. There was only one added since we last tracked about three weeks ago. That means a total of 10 films are directed by women out of 63. We shall see how many of the women make it to the next level. Dominican Republic- Leticia Tonos' ”Love Child” The others previously announced are: France -Valérie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War” Norway - Anne Sewitsky’s “Happy Happy” Poland - Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness” The Netherlands - Maria Peters’s “Sonny Boy” Greece - Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Attenberg” Ireland… »

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Oscar 2012: Ten Female Directors on Best Foreign Language Film List

14 October 2011 12:38 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Today it was announced that Patty Jenkins, whose Monster earned Charlize Theron a Best Actress Oscar in early 2004, will be directing Thor 2. Officially, Perkins is the first woman director at the helm of a big-budget, Hollywood superhero movie. Below you'll find ten movies directed by female filmmakers that are among the 63 contenders for nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film category. Seven of those hail from Europe; one is from the Americas, one from East Asia, and one from West Asia (or the Middle East). They are: the Dominican Republic's Leticia Tonos for Love Child, France's Valérie Donzelli for the semi-autobiographical Declaration of War, Greece's Athina Rachel Tsangari for Attenberg, Hong Kong's Ann Hui for A Simple Life, and Ireland's Juanita Wilson for As If I Am Not There. Also: Lebanon's Nadine Labaki for Toronto Film Festival Audience Award winner Where Do We Go Now? »

- Andre Soares

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Oscar 2012: 63 Best Foreign Language Film Submissions

13 October 2011 3:29 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Oscar 2012: New Zealand/First Samoan Feature Among Best Foreign Language Film Contenders Albania, Amnesty, Bujar Alimani, director; Argentina, Aballay, Fernando Spiner, director; Austria, Breathing, Karl Markovics, director; Belgium, Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belvedere, Ahmed Imamovic, director; Brazil, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, José Padilha, director; Bulgaria, Tilt, Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director; Canada, Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, director; Chile, Violeta Went to Heaven, Andrés Wood, director; China, The Flowers of War, Zhang Yimou, director; Colombia, The Colors of the Mountain, Carlos César Arbeláez, director; Croatia, 72 Days, Danilo Serbedzija, director; Cuba, Havanastation, Ian Padrón, director; Czech Republic, Alois Nebel, Tomás Lunák, director; Denmark, Superclásico, Ole Christian Madsen, director; Dominican Republic, Love Child, Leticia Tonos, director; Egypt, Lust, Khaled el Hagar, director; Estonia, Letters to Angel, Sulev Keedus, director; Finland, Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, director; France, Declaration of War, »

- Steve Montgomery

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One of These Sixty-Three Films Will Win The Best Foreign Film Oscar

13 October 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We gave you an update a few weeks ago, but The Academy now has its final list of the 63 films competing for Best Foreign Film Oscar. This list will get cut down as films screen and the committee decides on a final five when the nominations get announced late January. The notable films include Iran’s A Separation, which we adored and China’s massive budget The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale (which isn’t even complete to my knowledge).

Mexico’s Miss Bala (read our Cannes and Vancouver reviews) and Finland’s Le Havre (our Cannes and Toronto reviews) are also contenders. Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now? is also in the mix, a drama that won the top prize at Toronto. There are many others we’ve seen at festivals, so follow that coverage here as we head into Oscar season. Check out the press release below. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar(R)

13 October 2011 1:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA - Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The 2011 submissions are:

Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;

Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director;

Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director;

Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha, director;

Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;

Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;

Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;

China, “The Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou, director;

Colombia, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos César Arbeláez, director;

Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija, director;

Cuba, “Havanastation,” Ian Padrón, director;

Czech Republic,”Alois Nebel,” Tomás Lunák, director;

Denmark, “Superclásico,” Ole Christian Madsen, director;

Dominican Republic,”Love Child,” Leticia Tonos, director;

Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled el Hagar, director;

Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus, director;

Finland, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Complete List of All 60 Films Submitted for Foreign Language Consideration at the 2012 Oscars

7 October 2011 2:04 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update: The total is now 60 films as Steve Pond at The Wrap informs us the Domenican Republic's submission La hija natural has been accepted. He also says we should expect four or five more films to be added to the list by the time things are said and done. My original post follows...

The deadline for countries to submit films for consideration at this year's Oscars was Monday, October 3 and this year's list is a little lighter than last (so far) as 60 countries have offered up submissions compared to 66 last year and 67 the year before that. Looking over the complete list, which I have included directly below and can always be viewed in my "The Contenders" section right here, there are a few that stand out based on what I've heard, but then again, this is the first year I can ever remember where I haven't seen a single one of the entries. »

- Brad Brevet

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Race Begins For Best Foreign-Language Oscar

24 September 2011 8:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier in the month we celebrated with Happy Happy director Anne Sewitsky when her dulcet dogme dramedy was selected as Norway’s submission for the 84th Annual Academy Awards’ foreign-language category. Since then a bevy of other countries have chosen their entries, many of which will be screened at part of the New York Film Festival in a few weeks including: Wim Wenders’s Pina, Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote, Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation and Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala. {Look for reviews in the coming weeks here.}

Among other notable entries is China’s submission The Flowers of War, a historical drama that reveals the invasion of the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 Nanking. The film’s director Zhang Yimou has twice earned Oscar nods in this category (for Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou) and notably directed »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Oscar Update: 18 New Foreign Language Titles Including Zhang Yimou's 'Flowers of War' with Christian Bale

23 September 2011 3:56 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We are looking for upwards of 65 total submissions for Oscar's list of Foreign Language contenders and we are inching closer as I have just added 18 more titles to the list bringing the total up to 40. Today I added submissions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Israel, Peru, Slovakia, South Africa and Vietnam along with China's submission of Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale.

Yimou, as I'm sure most of you know, is best known for helming House of Flying Daggers and Hero and with Flowers of War he's working from an adaptation of Geling Yan's novel "13 Flowers of Nanjing," centering on the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation's capital in 1937. Bale plays John Haufman, an American trapped amidst the chaos of battle and the ensuing occupation takes shelter, »

- Brad Brevet

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24 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Already Lined Up as Festival Standout 'Le Havre' Finds Distribution

19 September 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I haven't talked much if at all about this year's foreign language Oscar race, primarily because I have only seen one of the 24 films submitted so far and that is Russia's entry, Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel, which I saw at Cannes last year and didn't particularly enjoy. There are several I've heard of including Wim Wenders' 3D documentary Pina, Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse, Where Do We Go Now? which just won the Toronto Film Festival Audience Award, Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation which people seem to either love or hate, Agnieszka Holland's Polish-set Ww II feature In Darkness and Aki Kaurismaki's Le Havre, which was just picked up for distribution by Janus Films and will hit Los Angeles theaters on October 21.

Le Havre was a big hit at Cannes earlier this year where I also missed it and had too much »

- Brad Brevet

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Hungary, Norway Join Foreign-Language Oscar Race

2 September 2011 4:51 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway and Serbia have become the latest countries to choose their 2011 submissions for the Academy's Best Foreign-Language Film competition. The four countries announced their choices this week. Hungary chose Bela Tarr's "The Turin Horse," the Netherlands Maria Peters' "Sonny Boy," Norway Anne Sewitsky's "Happy, Happy" and Serbia Dragan Bjelogrlic's "Montevideo, God Bless You!" "Happy, Happy" (left) will be released in New York and Los Angeles by Magnolia Pictures on Sept. 16, while "The Turin Horse" is screening this month at both the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Other recent »

- Steve Pond

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Trailer For “Sonny Boy” (A Dutch Interracial Love Story)

14 February 2011 3:16 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The film is called Sonny Boy – a Dutch film that tells the true story of the “forbidden” relationship between Waldemar Nods, a 19-year-old student from Suriname, and Rika van der Lans, a married Dutch woman in her 40s, and mother of 4 children. The pair meet in the 1920s, fall in love, and Rika becomes pregnant soon thereafter, causing a scandal with far-reaching consequences, leading up to the World War II.

The film, directed by Dutch director Maria Peters, is based on a novel of the same name, written by Annejet van der Zijl.

Released in The Netherlands late last month, Sonny Boy hasn’t played outside that country since its debut. And I have no idea if it will…

It’s worth noting that the name “Sonny Boy” is a nickname the couple gave to their son, who’s till alive today, at 81 years old; they got the name from »

- Tambay

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