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Review: Les Misérables

19 December 2012 5:07 PM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

Directed By: Tom Hooper

Lingering death scenes, honourable gentlemen with puffed out chests, a little girl in rags sweeping the floor; to say Les Misérables takes itself very, very seriously is an understatement. Victor Hugo’s original novel is not known for its slapstick either (the clue is in the title), yet director Tom Hooper’s adaptation is so earnest as to verge on parody. This is Carol Reed’s Oliver! only with a good deal more rain and tears, and a lot less Oom-Pah-Pah.

To Hooper’s credit, Les Misérables never strives to be something it is not. Dramatic musical theatre on a grand scale should be expected by anyone with knowledge of the source material. Pleasingly for those not entranced at the exquisite agony of Anne Hathaway’s Fantine grizzling through ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, there are far more interesting sights on display, »

- Chris Laverty

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Ed Burns, Tom Rothman headline Sundance Film Festival juries

19 December 2012 12:35 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Ed Burns, whose debut film The Brothers McMullen premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, was announced today as a jury member for next month’s Sundance in Park City, Utah. Burns joins documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, executive Tom Rothman and 16 others named to five juries that will award prizes at independent film’s most high-profile showcase.

Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 22, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on Jan. 26. The festival runs this year from Jan. 17-27.

Click below for the entire Sundance jury list:

U.S. Documentary Jury

Liz Garbus is a prolific documentary filmmaker. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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So You Want to Win an Oscar? Part IV: Soundtrack

14 December 2012 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Weinsteins are your new BFFs. After hearing your marvellous pitch for an American period drama based on a true story starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amy Adams, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Frances McDormand, and Chris O’Dowd and directed by Michel Gondry (though let’s be honest, that baby sells itself), they immediately threw their Oscar for The Artist into the cupboard, preparing space for the imminent new arrival.

But this is no silent movie, so if you want to win that Oscar you need a composer, and a ruddy good one.

 

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Part IV: Soundtrack

 

Your first reaction may be John Williams. You probably think if he composes your film you are guaranteed an Oscar, but this is not the case. He may have won five Oscars over his career, but in the last twenty years he has won only one Oscar for sixteen nominations and that was Schindler’s List in 1994. On the other hand, »

- Liam Heffernan

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Critics' Choice Awards snub 'Django' cast, 'Amour,' 'Anna Karenina'

10 December 2012 7:13 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. has a solid track record at forecasting the eventual Oscar nominees with its Critics' Choice Awards contenders. That makes a snub here even more noteworthy.  Last year, the Bfca foresaw all of the nine eventual Oscar Best Picture nominees (its 10th nominee was "Drive") and it predicted 13 of the 20 acting nominees. In 2010, it went nine for 10 with the Best Picture contenders by going for "The Town" over "The Kids Are All Right") and 18 of the 20 acting contenders; they overlooked Javier Bardem ("Biutiful") and John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone").  -Insertgroups:8- The most notable omission in the top race this year is "Amour," which just won Best Picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Also Mia are three blockbusters with critical cred -- "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "Skyfall." ( »

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Will There Be A “Pan’s Labyrinth” Musical?

10 December 2012 6:27 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Here’s the wacky and awesome news of the day: Paul Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Guillermo Del Toro are partnering to bring Del Toro’s brilliant film Pan’S Labyrinth to the stage!

Apparently Del Toro has beeen working on this in secret for awhile now, and came up with the book for the musical with Jeremy Ungar.

Paul Williams will write the lyrics, and he’s a longtime veteran of the industry with a great many credits for composing and work in the music department (The Muppet Movie and Phantom Of The Paradise are a couple notches in his belt). Gustavo Santaolalla would write the tune-age. He has composed and worked on the soundtracks for Biutiful, Babel, Brokeback Mountain, The Motorcycle Diaries, 21 Grams, and so many more.

It all sounds like a good match for a movie that had such lush visuals, costumes, and sets that a musical just might work. »

- Andy Greene

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu To Helm Comedy Birdman

8 December 2012 9:31 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful are film titles linked in Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s vision of the interrelatedness of human suffering.

Now Inarritu’s spreading his wings to take a different approach at something new: he’s set to direct a comedy called Birdman.

Therefore, the director has written the project with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo.

The indie flick follows a former thesp, ‘who once played an iconic superhero, as mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. The movie will take place in one location over the course of three days as the actor juggles family, career and his sanity.’

Inarritu, who is also producing with Robert Graf and John Lesher, is eyeing a start in March for a likely 2014 release.

The filmmaker is still moving forward with the gritty revenge wilderness project The Revanant, a screen screen adaptation of the Michael Punke novel, »

- Nick Martin

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu plans to direct comedy 'Birdman'

7 December 2012 5:31 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Just a day after the news that Guillermo del Toro is taking his 2006 dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth to the stage, another accomplished Mexican director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has news of his own: he’s set to direct a comedy called Birdman.

Inarritu has melted down thick emotions in Spanish-language dramas such as 2000′s beautiful Amores Perros (with a breakout performance by Gael Garcia Bernal) and 2010′s Biutiful, and Hollywood dramas such as 2006′s Babel and 2003′s 21 Grams.

“Birdman will be Inarritu’s first comedic endeavor,” about an actor in crisis who once played a superhero and struggles in the »

- Solvej Schou

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Alejandro Gonazalez Inarritu Takes on the Comedy Project Birdman

7 December 2012 4:20 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Famed dramatic director Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu (Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams) is lining up his first comedy project Birdman.

The story follows a once-famous actor, who portrayed an iconic superhero, as he tries to make a comeback with a Broadway play. The plot will take place entirely at one location over the span of three days, as he tries to juggle his comeback attempt with his family life, which takes a toll on his sanity.

Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Biutiful writers Nicol&#225s Giacobone, Armando Bo, and Alexander Dinelaris.

The filmmaker is also producing with Robert Graf and John Lesher, with production scheduled to begin in March. The director is still developing The Revenant for New Regency, which will likely be next on his slate after Birdman. »

- MovieWeb

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Biutiful Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu To Make Comedy Birdman His Next Project

7 December 2012 3:28 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Nobody in their right mind would ever use the adjective "fun" to describe a film by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Best known for movies like Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful, the filmmaker doesn't so much use his movies to show hope and brightness in life, but instead usually uses them to crush happiness and give audiences mild cases of depression. So of course Inarritu's next film is going to be a comedy. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the Mexican filmmaker's next project will be Birdman, a laugher that he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo. An original premise, the movie is about an actor way past his prime. Earlier in his career he had made it big by playing an iconic superhero (presumably Birdman), but he has since lost all of his fame and fortune. In an attempt to see his name in lights once again, »

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Alejandro González Iñárritu To Direct Awesome-Sounding Comedy 'Birdman'

7 December 2012 2:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful” are each of them meditations on the human condition, the interconnectedness of human suffering, and the threads that bond us through tragedy. Each one of these four films by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu are generally some form of bruising emotional journey, the latter, "Biutiful" being so bleak it bombed at Cannes in 2010. But some critics, including yours truly, loved it for its punishing but beautiful look at love and anguish (I named it my #1 movie of the year). Does Iñárritu sound like a happy man to you? If not, well, he's finally changing gears in a big, big way. THR reports that Iñárritu, obviously known for his heavier than heavy dramas, is set to direct “Birdman,” a comedy project he co-wrote with his "Biutiful" co-writers Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo and »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Alejandro González Iñárritu to Try His Hand at Comedy with Birdman

7 December 2012 12:46 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Beloved director Alejandro González Iñárritu has settled on his next film, but it’s not exactly what you’d expect from the man behind such heady dramas as Amores Perros, Babel, and Biutiful.  Per THR, Iñárritu will next direct the comedy Birdman, based on a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone.  The story centers on an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play “in a bid to reclaim past glory.” It’s decidedly lighter material for the filmmaker, but it’s nonetheless exciting news.  The film reportedly takes place in one location over the course of three days (ah, there’s that Iñárritu ambition), so it should provide an exciting challenge for the lead actor. The filmmaker is still moving forward with the survival thriller The Revanant, which has caught the eye of Leonardo DiCaprio, »

- Adam Chitwood

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A Departure For Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: He’ll Next Direct A Comedy

7 December 2012 12:30 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican director whose films are about as serious and sad as anything I’ve seen from a world-class filmmaker, is about to lighten the tone and make us laugh with his next feature. Gonzalez Inarritu will next direct Birdman,  a comedy he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo. Gonzalez Inarritu followed the tragedy-filled Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel by making possibly the most heartbreaking film I’ve ever seen in Biutiful, his last film. Here, he’ll tell the story of an actor in crisis, who once played an iconic superhero, as he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play. Birdman will be captured in a single location over the span of three days. Production is currently slated to begin in March 2013. Iñárritu will »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu to Direct 'Birdman'

7 December 2012 12:28 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alejandro González Iñárritu is set to direct "Birdman" from a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, a person familiar with the project told TheWrap. Known for more dramatic pieces like "Amores Perros," "Babel" and "Biutiful," Iñárritu will be tacking a comedic film for the first time. "Birdman" tells the story of an actor who once played an iconic superhero but is now facing a crisis as he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family and career in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play.  Production is »

- Liza Foreman

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Inarritu Flies To Birdman

7 December 2012 9:20 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

When you think of the filmmakers who specialise in cinematic comedy, the first name that naturally comes to mind probably isn’t Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who has brought the world Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Biutiful and Babel. But he’s a great creative talent, so it’s exciting to discover that he’s finding his funny bone for Birdman.The plot will follow an actor whose life and career is in crisis. Gone are his salad days, when he played an iconic superhero, and now he’s looking to the Broadway stage to give him a boost. But he’s got to battle his own ego as he tries to recover his family, his career and himself.Inarritu co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, and while we figure it was always intended as a comedy, we still have a twisted mental picture of his co-writers adding »

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The Birdman lands director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

7 December 2012 7:14 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Biutiful director Alejandro González Iñárritu will helm and co-write The Birdman Variety reports that this marks Inarritu's first comedy. The helmer's worked several heavy dramas prior to this project, including Babel starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and 21 Grams with Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Danny Huston, so this would be a challenge genre-wise. The Birdman follows an actor who is known for playing an iconic superhero. Now, he faces a crisis when trying to recover his family as well as his career in the days leading to the opening of a Broadway play. Inarritu also produces alongside John Lesher and Robert Graf. »

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The Birdman lands director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

7 December 2012 7:14 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Biutiful director Alejandro González Iñárritu will helm and co-write The Birdman Variety reports that this marks Inarritu's first comedy. The helmer's worked several heavy dramas prior to this project, including Babel starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and 21 Grams with Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Danny Huston, so this would be a challenge genre-wise. The Birdman follows an actor who is known for playing an iconic superhero. Now, he faces a crisis when trying to recover his family as well as his career in the days leading to the opening of a Broadway play. Inarritu also produces alongside John Lesher and Robert Graf. »

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Angelina Jolie bigs up Ewan McGregor with a private screening of 'The Impossible'

19 November 2012 11:56 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

London - You may remember that two years ago, Julia Roberts attracted some attention in awards-watching circles when she held a private industry screening of "Biutiful" in aid of Javier Bardem's Best Actor campaign -- not because she was in any way involved or invested, but simply because she believed the performance was worthy of recognition, and wanted more of her colleagues to see it. We'll never know how much of an influence Roberts' efforts had, but together with the attached publicity, they certainly didn't hurt: Bardem came from behind to score a nomination for a challenging, little-seen foreign film, and »

- Guy Lodge

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DVD Playhouse--November 2012

14 November 2012 3:11 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Watch Javier Bardem Talk 'Skyfall,' Guns & Hair with Conan O'Brien

12 November 2012 11:10 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Javier Bardem is one of the greatest contemporary villains, but he's also one of the softest. Despite the extent of his evil in "No Country for Old Men" and "Skyfall," he still comes across as a big softy, whether it's talking to Toh about his role in "Biutiful" or with Conan O'Brien about his discomfort around guns, appreciation for stunt doubles and penchant for hairdos. Check out that interview below: »

- Sophia Savage

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Javier Bardem: is he the best ever Bond baddie?

30 October 2012 3:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While Daniel Craig wins all the attention, the Spanish actor's performance in Skyfall has seen him acclaimed as the best Bond villain yet. But his stunning range makes him as much aesthete as action man

Hoopla is only to be expected when there is a new James Bond movie in the offing and Skyfall has attracted more than its fair share for several reasons. It's the 50th anniversary of Bond on film, as well as make-or-break time for Daniel Craig after the poorly received Quantum of Solace. It has at its helm Sam Mendes, a director as respected in drama as he is untested in the action genre; and it arrives after the greatest promotional coup in British cinema –a prime spot for Bond in the London Olympics opening ceremony.

But the moments that elevate Skyfall from the efficient to the inspired can be attributed to one man: Javier Bardem, »

- Ryan Gilbey

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