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The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, the leading sprocket opera in Central and Eastern Europe, will fete John Travolta with its Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema. The fest will world preem Travolta’s latest pic, “Killing Season,” at a Gala Screening.
Travolta stars alongside Robert De Niro as two Bosnian War veterans in “Killing Season,” which is a tense action drama directed by Mark Steven Johnson (“Ghost Rider”). It is produced by Millennium Films and Nu Image is handling worldwide.
Travolta will attend the fest to accept the award.
Jiri Bartoska, fest prexy, said: “John Travolta is an artist of incredible versatile talent. Aside from extraordinary popularity, he has gained particular recognition within the industry’s professional circles. His contribution to world cinema is unquestionable.”
- Leo Barraclough
While the wild bunch of Madagascar roll up for their third adventure, the main attractions keep coming on Sky Movies. Next week sees Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton sinking their teeth into the fiendish funny Dark Shadows, and Sean Penn is also at his freakiest in the offbeat comedy drama This Must Be The Place. You are also cordially invited to laugh your socks off at The Wedding Video. »
"Hollywood Unplugged," a new series on HuffPost Entertainment, shows our culture's most influential figures in a new light. Instead of focusing on their accomplishments, it examines how they continue to thrive despite the inevitable stress.
Ali Fedotowsky is no stranger to the small screen. America fell in love with her as a contestant on ABC's "The Bachelor," and as she embarked on her own quest for love on "The Bachelorette." Though her reality dating days are over -- for now, at least -- she's not done with TV just yet. The 28-year-old former Facebook employee is often on the road filming her NBC travel show, "1st Look," and knows a thing or two about managing her stress level while on the road. Fedotowsky let The Huffington Post in on a few of her secrets to remaining calm and stress-free -- her secret weapon: red wine -- for "Hollywood Unplugged."
- Kelly Fisher
Paulo Sorrentino's magnificent return to form sees him reteam with Toni Servillo for a lush, classical tale of middle-age hedonism and lost love
Paolo Sorrentino has returned to Cannes with a gorgeous movie, the film equivalent of a magnificent banquet composed of 78 sweet courses. It is in the classic high Italian style of Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Antonioni's La Notte: an aria of romantic ennui among those classes with the sophistication and leisure to appreciate it. The grande bellezza, like the grande tristezza, can mean love, or sex, or art, or death, but most of all it here means Rome, and the movie wants to drown itself in Rome's fathomless depths of history and worldliness.
La Grande Bellezza is a return to Sorrentino's natural form and cinematic language, after his uneasy English-language picture This Must Be The Place, which starred Sean Penn as a swirly-haired rock star. The »
- Peter Bradshaw
Opening with a literal bang from a cannon and proceeding into an over-the-top party sequence, Paolo Sorrentino lets you know from the start that nothing will be held back in his latest, "La Grande Bellezza." After breaking out on the international scene with "The Consequences of Love" and "Il Divo," and then taking a jaunt into English language filmmaking with 2011's "This Must Be The Place," Sorrentino returns to his native country, for a Fellini-esque tale that isn't so much a story as a set of impressions. Life, love, philosophy, religion are just some of his subjects in an indulgent but heady piece of cinema, from a singularly distinctive voice. Toni Servillo reteams with Sorrentino to take the lead role of Jep Gambardella, a one time author turned journalist and socialite who, following his recent 65th birthday, reflects on the life he's lived...and the one he could have lived. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
★★★☆☆ Il Divo and This Must Be the Place director Paolo Sorrentino returns to Italian cinema (with a capital 'I' and a capital 'C') courtesy of The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza, 2013), a visual tour-de-force that strives to fulfil its own title. Long-time Sorrentino collaborator Tony Servillo stars as the film's protagonist Jep Gambardella: an ageing 'King of La Dolce Vita', a man who has written a novel in his youth but has spent the rest of his life in dissipation and distraction. Jep's opening birthday party is an exuberant, invigorating sequence, as Sorrentino weaves music and sweeping saturnalian images together with glee.
It's a virtuoso piece of filmmaking which will have Baz Luhrmann hanging up his glad rags in despair. However, birthdays are as much a moment for reflection as they are for celebration, and the elegant partygoer soon finds himself increasingly gripped by ennui and melancholy. Despite his »
- CineVue UK
Rome in all its splendor and superficiality, artifice and significance, becomes an enormous banquet too rich to digest in one sitting in Paolo Sorrentino’s densely packed, often astonishing “The Great Beauty.” A tribute to, and castigation of, the city whose magnificence has famously entrapped its residents in existential crises, the pic follows a stalled author gradually awakening from the slumber of intellectual paralysis. Very much Sorrentino’s modern take on the themes of Fellini’s “La dolce vita,” emphasizing the emptiness of society amusements, “Great Beauty” will surprise, perplex and bewitch highbrow audiences yearning for big cinematic feasts.
With a narrative that feels more like a line of dashes than a continuous stroke, the film is certain to give indigestion to some, who may dismiss it as a work of cinephile posing rather than genuine depth; never mind that the same censure was leveled at “La dolce vita” 53 years ago. »
- Jay Weissberg
Before I even begin considering the offerings in the field of eighteen Main Competition items, it’s the composition of the jury members (team of nine lead by Steven Spielberg) where my dissection begins. While I’d be tempted to brand/make the bogus remark that cine-folk Spielberg, Daniel Auteuil and Ang Lee votes would go towards the formulaic and/or conventional, I’m more inclined to say that it’s slightly more obvious to gauge how provocateurs such as Lynne Ramsay, Cristian Mungiu and Naomi Kawase might direct their vote intentions: towards the aesthetically daring, narratively challenging material. I’m including bold actress Nicole Kidman in this group – as her best perfs are found in the audacious, darker micro films that garner little coin, but plenty of critical praise. Last year we had what was probably a unanimous consensus choice with Amour winning the Palme, though I would bet »
- Eric Lavallee
Hollywood and the world's most prestigious film festival, Cannes, have conducted an on-off romance down the years – and now they're closer than ever. But have they got too cosy? As the Croisette opens for business, Xan Brooks investigates
In among the ligging and rigging of last year's Cannes film festival, visitors may have spotted James Toback and Alec Baldwin trudging wearily back and forth along the Croisette. The director and star, it now transpires, were in town to shoot a very meta documentary – a film about their efforts to actually make a film. For a 10-day spell they interviewed everyone from Ryan Gosling to Martin Scorsese, Nicole Kidman to Roman Polanski. Along the way they took the temperature of a festival perched at the intersection between art and commerce. The documentary's title, Seduced and Abandoned, alludes to Baldwin's description of the film industry as "the world's worst girlfriend". But it »
- Xan Brooks
The Cannes Film Festival is only two weeks away, and with the sheer amount of films coming to the south of France growing larger by the day, the trailers advertising them have ramped into high gear. Earlier in the month a teaser trailer was released for director Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza," and now the official trailer has just gone live, and while it’s in Italian, it definitely shows Sorrentino returning to the roots he laid down with his earlier film, "Il Divo." The trailer’s closest point of comparison is Federico Fellini's "8 ½," only here it follows a journalist hoping to cling to the last vestiges of his youth. The trailer is sweeping and comprises all the best of Italia, including beautiful women, partying, and gorgeous scenery. Fans of the country, art house films, and Sorrentino’s past work ("The Consequences Of Love," "The Family Friend," the »
- Kristen Lopez
More than the first cuckoo, the announcement of the Cannes competition list is the first sign of spring; always an exciting moment and even more so as in recent years Cannes has consolidated its primacy among the film festivals of the world. There look to be no major or startling omissions: Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac is reportedly not ready, although I was disappointed not to see Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave. There are, in fact, no British entries in competition, but Stephen Frears's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight – an HBO project about Ali's opposition to Vietnam – has a Special Screening slot. (A small footnote here: young British film-maker Ana Caro, from the National Film and Television School, has »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Cannes Film Festival has announced their Short Film Competition lineup as well as the 2013 Cinéfondation Selection. Jane Campion will preside over the jury that will award the Short Film Palme d'Or. A.A. Dowd has been hired as the new Film Editor for The Av Club merely a week after leaving Time Out Chicago.
Above: one of Martín Sichetti's many incredible film still drawings (I'm sure you can guess where this image is from).
"The camera darts under water, resurfaces. Harsh wind sounds and loud distortion assault the digital camera’s in-built microphone. Drops on »
- Adam Cook
Gist: The story of an aging journalist, Jap Gambardella (Toni Servillo, the man behind the Andreotti mask in Il Divo), who bitterly recollects his passionate, long-lost youth. A portrait of today’s Rome.
Prediction: Without question, this will be in the Main Competition. Thierry has been a major supporter of Sorrentino’s uniquely slick brand of stylized politickin’, showcasing his work (2008′s Grand Jury Prize winning Il Divo) even when he bring forth such oddball efforts as This Must Be the Place. And without any other major Italian candidates this year, you can pretty much just go ahead and take this one to Vegas.
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- Blake Williams
The countdown to Cannes is on, and we'll soon know what films will be making it to the south of France, and which we'll have to keep waiting for, but it looks like Paolo Sorrentino's "La Grande Bellezza" will be one of them. Already a movie we're expecting to see, a brand new teaser trailer has arrived and it looks like something totally fresh from the filmmaker. After breaking out with the political drama "Il Divo," and moving sideways into the Sean-Penn-is-a-goth road movie "This Must Be The Place," the director returns to his native Italy for 'Bellezza' and seems to be channeling Terrence Malick. With soaring opera and a camera practically making love to Rome, the film is led by Toni Servillo and is apparently a Fellini-esque tale of a journalist looking to recapture his youth in the city. It certainly seems as if it's going to be something of a sensual experience, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
#96. Alvaro Brechner’s Mr Kaplan
Gist: What will most definitely be compared to Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place, the Uruguayan-born, Spanish filmmaker latest focuses on a man who lives an ordinary life. Nothing differentiates him from his other Jewish friends who fled Europe to South America because of WWII. Turning 70 has had a strange effect on him: he refuses to accept he is getting old. Grumpy, fed up with the new rabbi, his community and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage, he embarks on an unusual and quixotic project: to capture a restaurant owner, who he is convinced is a runaway Nazi.
Prediction: Un Certain Regard. Brechner’s debut film Bad Day to Go Fishing premiered in the Critics’ Week section back in 2009 and had a healthy film fest showings a little bit everywhere, and Mr Kaplan having started rolling in mid-November (see set »
- Eric Lavallee
In 2010, Gareth Edwards’ film Monsters was released to mostly good reviews. People were excited about this shoestring budget monster movie which made a little over four million overseas against a 500k budget.
A little over two years later, Edwards is now filming Godzilla.
Currently, a sequel to Edwards’ 2010 film entitled Monsters: Dark Continent, has begun principal photography in Jordan, where filming will take place for five weeks, followed by one week of filming in Detroit. Special thanks to Screen Daily for the scoop.
Whereas the first film concerned a journalist leading a tourist across the dangerous path to the Us border, the second film will concern a mass infection of the monsters globally that that the Us military struggles to combat.
The production company behind the original Monsters will produce the sequel, alongside production and management company 42.
Producer James Richardson said:
We are delighted to be working with this »
- Alex Corey
No one could accuse the Italian writer-director Matteo Garrone of ploughing the same furrow. His new film, Reality, a bubblegum fable with an acid aftertaste, could scarcely be more different from his previous one, Gomorrah, which announced his entrance into world cinema. He had already made three features before that (including The Embalmer, a taxidermists' love triangle) but Gomorrah was an art-house crossover phenomenon. This violent exposé-cum-thriller, based on the non-fiction book by Roberto Saviano, showed how slaughter and corruption had been absorbed into everyday life under the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. The film picked apart the infrastructure of crime: we saw how far and deep the Camorra's tentacles reach, and how asphyxiating their grasp can be. Gomorrah scooped the Grand Prix at the Cannes »
- Ryan Gilbey
“Something’s wrong here. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s something.”
You know when a movie ends and you think to yourself, “Wait, what?” That happened to me after I watched This Must Be the Place (2012). I thought I understood basically everything that was going on and then right there, right at the end, I wondered whether I’d missed something. I hadn’t. Instead what happened was a would-be profound ending shoe-horned into a narrative arc that wasn’t really going anywhere. In my mind, a defender of the movie is saying, “But that’s when he realizes [this and that] and the movie’s really about [such and such].” I get it, don’t think I don’t get it. That’s not the problem. Ask yourself this, though. Why does she get it? Right? Right? What’s that? Haven’t got any clue what I’m talking about? »
- Jason Ratigan
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Sure it’s a few days late, but it’s still technically the same week… As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. This Must Be the Place Cheyenne (Sean Penn) was a rock star many years ago, but these days he lives a quiet life in a big house with a wife (Frances McDormand), two dogs and an empty swimming pool. He’s a bit slow in his mobility and speech, and his appearance is still modeled on The Cure’s Robert Smith. When his father falls ill Cheyenne heads to NYC to reconcile with the old man, but instead he finds himself on a quest for revenge against a Nazi. Obviously. Paolo Sorrentino‘s film is more than a little odd. Between Penn’s performance and the script’s insistence on couching a traditional narrative in strange, character-filled »
- Rob Hunter
Ever wonder what a story would be like if a retired rock star went on a crazy journey to fulfill his dying father’s wish to find an ex-Nazi war criminal? Well, you can see what all that might look like with “This Must Be the Place,” a unique film starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand: “When legendary Goth rocker Cheyenne (Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn), long-retired in Dublin with his firefighter wife, Jane (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand), learns his estranged father is dying, the childlike recluse travels to New York to seek reconciliation – only to arrive too late. Upon discovering his father’s unfulfilled quest for revenge against [ Read More ]
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