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With Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) provoking strong reactions, both positive and negative, across the globe, Neal Dhand spoke to the man about his motivations behind making the film.
La dolce vita is a masterpiece, and like all masterpieces, in some way, it alters our way of feeling, our perception of things. It is a movie that has burrowed away inside me for a long time. But La dolce vita is a masterpiece. La grande bellezza is only a movie.
- Neal Dhand
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, "The Great Beauty." 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
Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Consequences of Love, Il Divo) has secured British thesp Michael Caine to star in his next feature film, a mysterious project tentatively titled In the Future. The film will be Sorrentino’s second English-language effort; his first, This Must Be the Place, premiered to mostly positive reviews when it screened in competition at Cannes back in 2011.
In the Future‘s plot is being kept entirely under wraps for now, but we do know that Sorrentino is planning to roll cameras on the film at some point next year, with the goal of unveiling the finished product at film festivals in 2015. Medusa Film will distribute the project, while Indigo Film will produce.
Though This Must Be the Place was not greeted with overenthusiastic praise, Sorrentino’s last project, The Great Beauty, is currently in the mix for a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination – Italy officially submitted »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sorrentino announced Tuesday that he will be working with Caine, confirming news revealed recently by the thesp himself in a Los Angeles Times profile.
But Sorrentino is keeping all other details of “Future” under wraps. Shooting on the film is expected to start next year with prominent Italo distributor Medusa planning a 2015 release in Italy. Pic is being shepherded by Sorrentino’s regular producers, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima via their Indigo Films shingle.
Sorrentino said he will be travelling to Los Angeles soon to promote the U.S. release of “The Great Beauty,” which was well-received in Cannes and is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar.
“The Great Beauty” will bow Stateside Nov. 15 via Janus Films, starting in New York, and then segueing to Los Angeles, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paris – Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson will join president Martin Scorsese on this year’s jury for the 13th annual Marrakech Film Festival. Oscars aside, the jury is stacked with Cannes winners and regulars as well. This year’s best director winner, Amat Escalante (Heli), and Cannes regular Paolo Sorrentino, who has shown five films in the main competition since 2004 including 2008 jury prize winner Il Divo and 2011 ecumenical jury prize winner This Must Be the Place, will join Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani, who starred in this year’s Un Certain Regard entry My Sweet
- Rhonda Richford
I fell unabashedly in love with director Paolo Sorrentino's style after seeing his take on Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Il Divo was stylish, occasionally dark with a streak of comedy that came as a complete surprise (seriously, the cat scene is brilliant). I skipped over This Must Be the Place (the idea of spending any extended period of time with Sean Penn holds zero interest for me) so I was thrilled to finally see another Sorrentino offering, one that includes Toni Servillo (even though he turns up in nearly every Italian movie).
The Great Beauty stars Servillo as Jep Gambardella, an aging magazine writer, one time novelist and eternal party guy. He came to Rome in his youth in hopes of being pop [Continued ...] »
Way back in 2009, somehow we missed that Emmanuel Benbihy was producing another anthology film in the same vein as Paris, je t'aime and New York, I Love You. This time, the project is Rio, I Love You (or Rio, eu te amo), and the title clearly indicates where we are headed this time. At the time, a roster of directors wasn't revealed, but in the THR report about Jason Isaacs joining Fury, it also states that he will star in one of the segments in Rio, I Love You. Specifically, he will star in the segment from Guillermo Arriaga, writer and producer of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's films Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros. In addition, the report also lists Fernando Meirelles (City of God, Blindness), South Korean filmmaker Im Sangsoo, Stephan Elliot (Easy Virtue), Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place), and José Padilha (the remake of RoboCop). Meanwhile, IMDb lists Andrucha Waddington, »
- Ethan Anderton
British actress-model Hannah Ware is known to viewers of the former Starz series "Boss" as the troubled daughter of Chicago Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), but her new showcase as a wayward wife and mother in the ABC drama "Betrayal" -- which premieres Sunday (Sept. 29) -- makes her one of Zap2it's Ones to Watch for the 2013-14 TV season.
As busy as she may be with her own work -- which also includes Spike Lee's upcoming movie remake of the South Korean melodrama "Oldboy" -- Ware tells us she's a big fan of certain other shows and performers.
What's the current home-screen picture on your phone?A gun shot from my show, "Betrayal." What are your can't-miss TV shows?"Homeland," "Breaking Bad" and "Girls." What's a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?"This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by Talking Heads. Do you have any current pop-culture obsessions? »
After losing the plot somewhat with his American road movie This Must Be the Place, Paolo Sorrentino returns to the more familiar territory of Felliniesque Roma, a city in which glamour and grotesquerie dance cheek-to-cheek, caught eternally between heaven and hell, between the convent and the Coliseum.
Reuniting with long-term muse Toni Servillo, Sorrentino presents a writer's-blocked roué in his mid-60s (the film opens with a carnivalesque birthday party, and continues thusly) facing the hollowness of life and the imminence of death amid a maelstrom of socialite dinners at which cardinals talk only of food and the keys to the city come in a box. "I'm not a misogynist, I'm a misanthropist," declares Servillo's Jep, although it's hard to tell the difference; an imposingly diminutive female editor notwithstanding, there's a superfluity of nuns and strippers, with »
- Mark Kermode
Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino recently tried his hand in English language cinema, and although offering a more than worthy attempt with his black comedy This Must Be the Place, he has since fallen back to his native tongue with The Great Beauty – and if there is one thing to be said for certain, is that it’s all the better for it. His latest picture manages to feel incredibly intimate and emotional, despite being dressed up in such grandiose surroundings, in what is arguably the well renowned filmmakers’ tour de force.
Toni Servillo plays Jep Gambardella – an ageing and respectable writer of a immensely successfully novel in his youth – a novel has is yet to follow up. While those around him continuously ask why he didn’t ever publish a second book, it provokes the popular and playful writer to bitterly recount a lost youth, as he searches for what »
- Stefan Pape
★★★★★ Pipped to the Palme d'Or post this year by Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza, 2013) is a sparkling return to form for Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, following the disappointment of his bemusing English-language debut This Must Be the Place (2012). Starring regular collaborator Toni Servillo, Sorrentino has crafted a masterful ode to human existence, complete with its dizzying highs and miserable lows. Drunk on the visual majesty of Rome, just as Fellini once was, this is arthouse cinema at its most effortlessly entrancing, with life and art blending into one magnificent whole.
Jep Gambardella (Servillo), a 65-year-old journalist and one-time novelist (whose sole literary endeavour, The Human Apparatus, was published to widespread acclaim during his youthful heyday), is seeing out his days amongst Rome's high society, in what he describes as "the whirl of the high life" - a vortex of rooftop parties and decadent late-night soirées. »
- CineVue UK
The world portrayed in Gareth Edwards's 2010 directorial debut Monsters is expanded in the first trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, a sequel directed by Tom Green and executive produced by Gareth Edwards. Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch), Sam Keeley (This Must Be the Place) and Joseph Dempsie (Game of Thrones) star in this thriller that explores another "Infected Zone" filled with monsters, only this time it's in an area of the Middle East controlled by the U.S. military, set seven years after the first movie. Take a look at the first footage, then read on to see what Tom Green had to say about the follow-up, debuting sometime in 2014.
"As soon as I watched Monsters I completely identified with the »
This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September. Though he’s no doubt still reeling from the critical and financial disappointment that was “After Earth,” M. Night Shyamalan (and Fox) is still pushing ahead with his “Twin Peaks”-influenced event series “Wayward Pines.” According to Deadline, the show—based on the...
- Cain Rodriguez
This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September. Though he’s no doubt still reeling from the critical and financial disappointment that was “After Earth,” M. Night Shyamalan (and Fox) is still pushing ahead with his “Twin Peaks”-influenced event series “Wayward Pines.” According to Deadline, the show—based on the »
- Cain Rodriguez
The following quote comes from Charles Bitsch's interview with director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause, Bigger Than Life) from "Cahiers Du Cinema, the 1950s: Neo-realism, Hollywood, New Wave" and given today's blockbuster cinema I really don't think I need to add any additional context to clue you in to why I wanted to post it after seeing it on This Must be the Place. "I am interested in the story and the characters. The camera is an instrument, it's the microscope which allows you to detect the 'melody of the look'. It's a wonderful instrument because its microscopic power is for me the equivalent of introspection in a writer, and the unrolling of the film in the camera corresponds, in my opinion, to the train of thought of the writer. But if the character on whom I am working has nothing to photograph, then the camera becomes useless »
- Brad Brevet
It’s a Thursday morning, and I type this laying face down on a stretch of open grass, a field somewhere in southern California. I would call it a park, but it doesn’t look like a park. I wouldn’t even call it a field to be honest, as a field to me insinuates that its in the countryside. We aren’t in the countryside. We’re in a funny part of a cosmopolitan city with boats all around us. To get to where I am positioned now, I have passed a Wookie, a bunch of Klingons, a bloke dressed up as Matt Smith Doctor Who, Tom Baker Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, some Sandmen, Katniss from the bloody Hunger Games, Captain Jack Sparrow, Han Solo (he wasn’t with the aforementioned Wookie, but he did seem a bit lost), Thor; sorry three Thors (however one »
- Paul Heath
What the? Who is this? I can't tell if that's Arnold or Sly or Brody or Butler underneath that grime and sweat and those muscles. Nah, I'm kidding, this just doesn't look like the usual Sean Penn we've come to expect. Then again the same could be said about Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place. Anyway, over on USA Today they've debuted the first look at a photo from The Gunman, a new action movie starring Penn. "Here's the funny thing, calling it an 'action film' is kind of like calling Meryl Streep a sexy blonde chick. She is. But that really doesn't tell the story of what she is at all." So it's not really action. But he is carrying a gun. Check it. Here's the first photo of Penn in Pierre Morel's The Gunman, based on Jean-Patrick Manchette's spy novel: "I've been telling Sean »
- Alex Billington
Brendan Gleeson (Safe House, The Guard) has signed on to star in the period action drama In the Heart of the Sea at Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow. Sam Keeley (This Must Be the Place) has also joined Ron Howard's (Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind) film, which is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's book.
The story follows the crew of the Nantucket whaling ship the Essex, which was stalked and destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Stranded thousands of miles from home, the surviving men (including the captain and first officer) were lost at sea for 90 days and at one point resorted to cannibalism.
Gleeson will play an older version of one of the crew members who made it through the tragedy and is interviewed years later by the author Herman Melville for research on his novel 'Moby Dick'. Keeley will play one of those experiencing the incident first-hand, »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The 55th issue of Cinema Scope has arrived and it's a juicy one featuring a spotlight on Cannes as well as feature articles on Jess Franco, Paul Schrader, and Archer, among others. Mark Peranson abandons his usual annual vitriolic festival report in favor of a piece on three films, one he loves, one he gives mild praise, and a certain Palme d'Or winner that isn't so lucky. That piece is available to read online, as are a few others—the rest you'll find (including a piece on James Gray's The Immigrant by yours truly) in the magazine. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has conducted a poll with over fifty film critics to find out what the best film (released in Us cinemas) is at the halfway point of 2013. The results found Richard Linklater's Before Midnight as a landslide favorite. You can browse the complete list of critics and their votes here. »
- Adam Cook
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