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Wim Wenders Foundation Will Make Director's Entire Oeuvre Available to Dusseldorf Public

18 December 2012 10:27 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Wim Wenders and wife Donata have established the Wim Wenders Foundation in Dusseldorf, Germany. By the end of 2012, the foundation will have acquired the rights to all Wenders films held by third parties, with the help of state funding and private donors. Throughout 2013, all films already belonging to Wenders, including his photographic, artistic and written works, will also be transferred to the foundation. The complete oeuvre, once assembled, will be made accessible to the general public in Dusseldorf, and available for study purposes and academic research. Wenders, a landmark director of the New German Cinema, most recently wowed audiences with his 3-D visual feast "Pina," an experimental documentary on choreographer Pina Bausch, which recreated some of her most evocative choreography in public spaces around Wuppertal, Germany, home to Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal dance troupe. Wenders' best-known works include 1984's "Paris, Texas" »

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Dubai Festival Day Two: Disappointing 3-D 'Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,' Must-Sees 'Me and You' and 'Here and There'

13 December 2012 10:08 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After an unsuitably lavish breakfast, I catch a Mall of the Emirates-bound shuttle by the skin of my teeth and scuttle through the Mall  --which looks just like a mall, only bigger, to paraphrase the well-known joke of what the unimpressed woman said to the flasher – arriving at the theater screening “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” in 3-D, just before it starts. I’m underwhelmed.  After Werner Herzog’s amazing 3-D “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” exploring the 20,000-year-old paintings in the Chauvet caves of southern France, and Wim Wenders’ glorious 3-D “Pina,” featuring the dances of Pina Bausch, it seemed that 3-D had claimed its place as a valid art form.  The presence of James Cameron as an executive producer of “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” also seemed to indicate seriousness.   The film consists of acts from various Cirque productions, some of which I’ve seen in the »

- Meredith Brody

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Peter Travers Lists 10 Best 3-D Films; 'Avatar,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Dial M for Murder,' Leaves Out Key Titles

23 November 2012 11:51 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With Ang Lee's 3-D achievement "The Life of Pi" earning strong reviews, Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers has compiled a list of the 10 best (and three worst) 3-D movies. Lee's adaptation of the Yann Martel novel ranks as the third best 3-D film, with -- you guessed it! -- James Cameron's "Avatar" as the reigning champ. But a duo of 1954 titles also receive deserved recognition: "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and Hitchcock classic "Dial M for Murder." Meanwhile, Travers describes "Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie" as "hell on 3-D earth," and cites "Thor" as the most salient example of poor 3-D retrofitting. Travers overlooks, however, two sublimely transformative 3-D contributions from German filmmakers Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog: "Pina" and "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."  And what about Michael Bay's totally competitive 3-D in "Transformers: Dark Side of Moon"? »

- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna

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Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pina

18 October 2012 2:52 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo $49.95

Studio: Criterion

The imagination and physical marvels of the work of the late German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch are celebrated in the 2011 performance documentary movie Pina, directed by Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire).

A long-planned film collaboration between the director and the choreographer was in pre-production when Bausch died in 2009. Two years later, Wenders decided to go ahead with the project, re-conceiving it as an homage to his late friend. The result, shot in stunning 3D, is a remarkable visual experience and a vivid representation of Bausch’s art, enacted by a group of talented dancers from her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal. The adventurous film highlights the bold legacy of one of the world’s most renowned and visionary choreographers.

As discussed in Dancing Dreams, a 2010 documentary on the choreographer, Bausch’s work has inspired a generation of artists, »

- Laurence

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1st Dharamshala International Film Festival from 1st November

21 September 2012 10:35 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The maiden edition of the Dharamshala International Film Festival will be held from 1st – 4th November.The film festival is an initiative of the Dharanshala based filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam run an independent film company and produce films mainly focusing on the subject of Tibet. Some of their films include, The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom, The Thread of Karma, Dreaming Lhasa and Big Treasure Chest for Future Kids.

12 films to be screened at the festival are announced so far, more will be coming soon. Those lined-up are:

Miss Lovely

India. Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. Two brothers, Vicky and Sonu Duggal, produce forbidden sex-horror films for India’s small-town picture houses in mid-1980s Bombay. Vicky is struggling to run the tabooed operation, while Sonu desires to produce a romantic film which he would call ‘Miss Lovely’.

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Tiff 2012 Review: Storm Surfers 3D Hangs A Perfect 10

9 September 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

There have been plenty of arguments made about the merits of our current 3D cinematic boom. While much of the talk focuses on ticket prices and the gimmick factor, one common discourse is that the experience of watching a film in 3D actually distracts the viewer from the story being told. The argument goes that if the viewer is busy saying, "cool!" then the story's curtain of escapism will be torn away. It's in a new wave of documentaries that we have seen the most successful implementation of 3D thus far. Wim Wenders's modern dance doc Pina led the way with a remarkable cinematic experience that was enhanced by its 3D cool factor without the trapping as a narrative distraction. Yet to truly take off, »

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Tiff 2012 Review: Storm Surfers 3D Hangs A Perfect 10

9 September 2012 5:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

There have been plenty of arguments made about the merits of our current 3D cinematic boom. While much of the talk focuses on ticket prices and the gimmick factor, one common discourse is that the experience of watching a film in 3D actually distracts the viewer from the story being told. The argument goes that if the viewer is busy saying, "cool!" then the story's curtain of escapism will be torn away. It's in a new wave of documentaries that we have seen the most successful implementation of 3D thus far. Wim Wenders's modern dance doc Pina led the way with a remarkable cinematic experience that was enhanced by its 3D cool factor without the trapping as a narrative distraction. Yet to truly take »

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[Review] Step Up Revolution

28 July 2012 5:22 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dance movies, not unlike pornography, deliver exactly what they promise, sometimes dressed up with a “plot.” Step Up Revolution delivers both a plot (a lame love story) along with the promise of some social commentary. The social commentary is what interests me the most: street dance, since the first Step Up, is largely seen as an outside form, relegated to the streets (remember Step Up 2: The Streets, anybody?). Following the example of another Miami-based sequel (although it was a bit more of a spin off), 2 Fast, 2 Furious – this also heads south for Latin flavor.

When the film works, it works, often creating an atomsphere that another 3D dance movie should be jealous of: Wim Wenders’ underwhelming Pina. In fact, it should have followed Pina’s example, versus cramming in a plot as old as Romeo & Juliet, this time with gentrification as a running theme. John Sayles’ Sunshine State this is not. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Step Up Revolution Review. Eye-popping moves and attractive leads boost the franchise

27 July 2012 2:15 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Great 3D dance moves, an attractive cast and the South Beach backdrop make Step Up Revolution a fun addition to the franchise Of all the movie genres embracing 3D technology, action, animation, horror, it’s dance that truly captures its razzle-dazzle potential. The veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders transforms 3D dance into film art via his recent documentary Pina. First-time feature director Scott Speer mixes a familiar, teen-friendly story of unexpected romance, a disapproving father, and friendship rivalry with a surprising shot of political activism and the sexy backdrop of Miami for the entertaining Step Up Revolution, the fourth film in the satisfying and steady Step Up franchise. Dance competition series like So You Think You Can Dance are as popular as ever but none of the TV dance shows compares to the super sized pop and 3D excitement of Step Up Revolution. Speer and co-writers Duane Adler and Jenny Mayer »

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Step Up Revolution Review. Eye-popping moves and attractive leads boost the franchise

27 July 2012 2:15 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Great 3D dance moves, an attractive cast and the South Beach backdrop make Step Up Revolution a fun addition to the franchise Of all the movie genres embracing 3D technology, action, animation, horror, it’s dance that truly captures its razzle-dazzle potential. The veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders transforms 3D dance into film art via his recent documentary Pina. First-time feature director Scott Speer mixes a familiar, teen-friendly story of unexpected romance, a disapproving father, and friendship rivalry with a surprising shot of political activism and the sexy backdrop of Miami for the entertaining Step Up Revolution, the fourth film in the satisfying and steady Step Up franchise. Dance competition series like So You Think You Can Dance are as popular as ever but none of the TV dance shows compares to the super sized pop and 3D excitement of Step Up Revolution. Speer and co-writers Duane Adler and Jenny Mayer »

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The Three Best Announcements from the Fantasia Press Conference

12 July 2012 4:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Fantasia Film Festival held their press conference today to unveil their 2012 line-up and honestly we are still processing the information dump. Mitch Davis said during the press conference that the only way to properly describe the festival would be “to tie you to chairs, force feed you caffeine and sugar and talk to you for 17 days.” As usual, Mitch is simultaneously completely insane and completely accurate.

Last year, we published over 100 reviews/articles about/from Fantasia and recorded six podcasts. We intend to at least equal those numbers this year. Expect articles about our most anticipated films from several of us in the next few days, once we have time to study the 2012 Fantasia program book. (At 396 pages, you could use the damn thing to do wrist curls and I think that it has already been declared a Weapon of Mass Destruction by bugs everywhere.)

While you are waiting, »

- Michael Ryan

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Susanne Muller to Head Up Feature Films at Germany’s Zdf

5 July 2012 4:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin, Germany– Suasanne Muller has been named the new head of the feature films department at German public broadcaster Zdf. She joins the broadcaster from sister company Zdf Enterprises, Zdf’s commercial arm, where she had been head of coproduction and program development as well as running Zdf Enterprises’ New York office. As Germany’s number two public channel, Zdf is a key player in the local film industry, both as a producer and co-financier of local-language features. Some of Zdf’s more recent productions include Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary Pina and Barbara, directed by Christian Petzold, which won the

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Marc Webb: the latest director caught in Spider-Man's web

21 June 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Marc Webb had only one film to his name – an angst-ridden indie romcom. So how on earth did he land the job of directing The Amazing Spider-Man?

The numbers, on their own, are terrifying. The three Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies grossed $2.4bn (£1.5bn) worldwide. The six most recent Avengers films have taken $3.7bn (£2.4bn). Since 1989, the Batman films have made $2.6bn (£1.7bn). This is the world of high finance, translated into film-making. The newest of these corporate-funded entities, The Amazing Spider-Man, is shortly to be unleashed on the marketplace. And the responsibility for ensuring it keeps its end up, creatively speaking, is the unassuming – and, it has to be said, slightly bemused-looking – figure of Marc Webb. If he is weighed down by the responsibility, he doesn't show it.

In truth, Webb must be one of the most extraordinary directorial hires in recent memory: chosen to preside over a $200m budget superhero film, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Cutting Edge: A conversation with film editor Richard Chew

20 June 2012 4:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award-winner Richard Chew about his career and the craft of film editing...

“I went to law school like many students lost after college,” recalls American film editor Richard Chew who attended Harvard Law School. “It didn’t ignite me intellectually.” Inspiration was found elsewhere. “I saw this film that made a monumental impact on me called Nothing But a Man [1964], an independent film made by a couple of young mavericks. It’s a love story about a young African American couple in the South set in the social context of the time. When I saw it I realized film could be a social document, like a novel; it could tell you something about the society you live in and that’s what appealed to me.” Chew wanted to learn more about the artistic process so he became a documentary cameraman. “You would film everything that »

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Fan Video Sunday: Come Back to Me Please Baby

17 June 2012 1:58 AM, PDT | twilightersanonymous.com | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

A very Happy Sunday to everyone! This week we bring you an Edward & Bella themed video from XAXAwitch1′s channel and is titled Come Back to Me Please Baby || Breaking Dawn and features Pina by Thom Hanreich.

This video is short but has a punch! It starts with reminding us of how Bella and Edward fell for each other in Twilight, before jumping to their wedding in Breaking Dawn, skipping all the drama and angst of their relationship in New Moon and Eclipse. It then focuses briefly on the friendship between Jacob and Bella that really blossomed in New Moon and Eclipse, just enough to show that there is a tie between Jacob and Bella that can’t be broken before panning back to the story again, that of Bella and Edward’s undeniable love. I love the little glimpse of the grown up Renesmee, who is carefree and happy. It just reiterates why Bella went through with the pregnancy, despite the danger to her own very mortal life. She did it for love but also unknowingly, she did it for the benefit of those around her, even Edward and Jacob since Renesmee is that light and happiness, a sense of normalcy in a world of predators and myths.

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- LexiconAficionado

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Prometheus Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski talks 3D, 48fps and Referencing Alien

6 June 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is the director’s long-awaited return to the genre he helped to define and it is undoubtedly one of the biggest films of the year.

Despite a cool critical reception the film’s look is one of the highlights and we had the chance to sit down with cinematographer Dariusz Wolski to talk about the journey from concept art and early discussions of the 3D to the finished film.

Our man Ben Mortimer was at the roundtable, here’s the transcript.

It’s a bigger, more open film than Alien with huge landscapes  – was it always the plan to open the film out?

With Alien…it’s a smaller drama. This film is an homage to many films, and it’s a comeback for the sci-fi film, something that Ridley [Scott] was responsible for creating. Alien and Blade Runner set a certain standard, but before that it »

- Jon Lyus

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Jean-Luc Godard 3D Movie: Goodbye To Language

29 May 2012 10:32 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean-Luc Godard at your local multiplex? Well, not exactly. Although the French-born, Swiss-based Godard, 81, is currently working on a 3D movie project, it’s not a Transformers or a Men in Black sequel. Under the aegis of Wild Bunch, Godard’s first 3D foray is called Adieu au langage / Goodbye to Language. According to Screen International, Goodbye to Language "explores cinema’s search to reinvent itself with the language of 3D through a couple’s efforts to communicate to save their relationship." In the cast: Héloïse Godet, Zoé Bruneau, Kamel Abdelli, Richard Chevalier, and Jessica Erickson. Shooting, with Godard’s own cell-phone-based "rudimentary" 3D camera, should begin in the summer. In The New Yorker back in 2010, Godard was quoted as saying that he likes “when new techniques are introduced. Because it doesn’t have any rules yet.” (Really, 3D has been around for decades. Godard has never heard of Bwana Devil or House of Wax? »

- Andre Soares

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Cannes 2012: 3D Comes Into Sharper Focus

15 May 2012 4:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The 3D goldrush is over. The box office tsunami that was James Cameron’s Avatar set producers and sales agents scrambling to stuff their slates with anything 3D, hoping to ride the wave. But while there have been plenty of indie 3D hits — from Relativity Media’s Immortals to the sleeper success of Wim Wenders’ dance documentary Pina — the new format has not proved a guarantee of global sales and box office success. Photos: Cannes Film Festival: Veterans Ready to Return to the Croisette Despite the format’s troubles, 2011 marked another record year for 3D, with total box office revenue

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Sarah Polley Joins Wim Wenders' 3D Drama 'Everything Will Be Fine,' Aiming For Berlin Premiere In 2013

10 May 2012 8:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With her latest, excellent directorial effort "Take This Waltz" headed to theaters this summer, writer/director/actress Sarah Polley is going to step back in front of the camera for Wim Wenders' first narrative feature film since 2008's little seen and not particularly well received "Palermo Shooting."

Titled "Everything Will Be Fine," Wenders is taking his love of 3D, utilized on his celebrated dance doc "Pina" last year, into the drama penned by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen that, according to THR, is about a German magician who disappears in the wilds of Norway. But it seems their intel might be a bit off (either that, or the project has changed dramatically) as according to Wenders' production company Neue Road Movies, it's quite a different story. Here's their synopsis:

One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child. The »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Wim Wenders Next Directing 3D Drama ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ Starring Sarah Polley

10 May 2012 5:40 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Wim Wenders seems to have enjoyed his time experimenting with 3D last year in his dance documentary Pina, as the legendary director has announced his next project, a narrative film also in the format. THR lets us know the first casting for the film titled Everything Will Be Fine, along with a few plot details.

With her next directing effort, Take This Waltz with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, set to hit theaters this summer, Sarah Polley will be stepping back in front of the camera for this film described to be a family drama. Bjørn Olaf Johannessen wrote the screenplay that follows a “German magician who disappears in the wilds of rural Norway.”

Although I love Wenders’ work dearly, I seemed to be the vast minority on Pina, as I didn’t think the director used this new technology in any sort of startling new way, as one expects from such a great filmmaker. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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