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In a new interview promoting the Blu-Ray release of the film, Favreau mentioned he's toying with the idea of opening up a restaurant inspired by the film. “I love sharing the food with people, so that they could see that food really is as good as it looks,” Favreau told Yahoo movies about the restaurant. “It’s not the wisest business venture, but for me it’s a way to let the movie live on and connect with the fans.” Not since Ratatouille has a foodie movie made me so crave the various dishes in front of me. Favreau's idea of letting the film live on and connect with the fans sounds like the type of menu and drink options that movie theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse (where you can get »
- Manuel Betancourt
What a busy busy month that was. We were overachievers here, really. I'm so exhausted I'm hoping to prick my finger on a cursed spindle for a little R&R. Traffic always picks up in the fall when the adult movies arrive so if you're just rejoining us we welcome you back with slighly chilled affection (this place is hopping all year round!) by pointing out what you may have missed.
Neo, Cheryl and Rocky hike the Pct
Index of Goodies
Toronto was a blast! - a handydandy guide (and prizes) for everything I saw there
- NATHANIEL R
*Editor’s note- Noam Little was nice enough to write this very thought provoking article regarding the state of horror and how a combination of marketing, dumping films to VOD and horror fandom might be incredibly detrimental to the genre. Give it a read, it’s a good one!-Jerry
The year is 1931. Although the American Public at large is greatly affected by The Great Depression, a line of people stand outside New York’s Roxy Theatre with cash in hand. None of these people knew they were contributing to American Cinematic History, but by the end of the decade, an entire film studio would become a box office tyrannosaur thanks to several refined, masterful depictions of the horror genre. And yet staring at that line of people is a man of supposed high social standing, uninterested by the fascinating in immoral and undignified cinema as he makes his way to his local library. »
- Jerry Smith
Beverly Hills — I absolutely love talking to Sir Ben Kingsley. He has a cadence, a swagger, a rhythm of speech that I find easy to tap into, understand, and bounce off of, like a surfer off waves. His passion for his craft is always on the surface. He delights in its specificity. And with "The Boxtrolls," he has carved out another memorable piece of work in one of cinema's most laureled filmographies. Nominated for four Oscars, having won the first time out for his iconic "Gandhi" performance, Kingsley continues to impress with his versatility. When Laika came calling, he discovered an opportunity to dive headlong into an extreme, manic, villainous character, Archibald Snatcher, and come away with the most memorable beats of the film. It's enough to make you wonder what other characters he might be able to manifest from those vocal chords, because he's certainly not lazily going through the celebrity voice motions here. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The incoming British comedy drama, What We Did On Our Holiday, boasts a terrific ensemble cast. But perhaps the standout is Billy Connolly. He takes on the role of Gordy in the film, primarily working with the film's young cast. And on a British Monday morning, we found ourselves opposite an apparently jetlagged Billy Connolly, sipping away at his tea, and in fine form. Here's how our chat went...
Nice to meet you.
Consider yourself met!
I've been told that to knock you off kilter for the rest of the interview that I should ask you something random right at the start. So: have microwave ovens been a good thing for modern cooking?
Nooooo! No! It's been crap! They can't handle pastry. It's its great failing!
It's true. Plus »
Filmmaker editor Scott Macaulay interviews kogonada, "the somewhat mysterious, Nashville-based film essayist whose works have scored hundreds of thousands of views on Vimeo and other platforms." Among his subjects: Robert Bresson and Stanley Kubrick. Tonight, he'll be presenting work on Steven Soderbergh and Yasujiro Ozu. Also in today's news roundup: James Lattimer on Eric Rohmer's Love in the Afternoon and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Jeff Reichert on Martin Scorsese's Italianamerican, Ron Rosenbaum on Al Pacino and more. Plus remembering George Sluizer (The Vanishing) and German screenwriter Wolfgang Held. » - David Hudson »
This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:
Directed By: Milko Lazarov
Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova
Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner
Directed By: Jaime Rosales
Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »
- Eric Lavallee
Sometimes you just gotta pay the bills. While we'd rather see these three filmmakers working on feature films, if the advertising world gives them money to play, we're all for it. And big brands know if you want your product to shine, sometimes you need to put it into the right hands. So let's see what Jonathan Glazer ("Under The Skin," "Birth"), Mark Romanek ("Never Let Me Go," "One Hour Video") and Floria Sigismondi (countless music videos, the underrated "Runaways") have been up to. First up, Glazer goes to Florence for Canon where he documents the vicious, annual game of Calcico Storico, a crude historic version of football played with no protective equipment, and seemingly little regard for any kind of rules. So yes, there is a ball and scoring, but there is also barefist punching body slams. But it's not the violence that concerns Glazer — though it's there — so »
- Kevin Jagernauth
More than 30 European countries represented in the line-up.Scroll down for list in full
The 50 films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards (EFAs) have been unveiled.
The European Film Academy and Efa Productions revealed the titles at a press conference in Riga, Latvia where this year’s 27th EFAs will take place on Dec 13.
A total of 31 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most Efa members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.
To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa Board Members and invited experts have included further films. Those experts include Screen International chief film critic and reviews editor Mark Adams (UK), Marit Kapla (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Paz Lázaro (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Elma Tataragic (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
In the coming weeks, more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Roadside/Lionsgate opened its Sundance prize-winner The Skeleton Twins to robust numbers in a five-city platform debut across 15 theaters, taking one of the highest theater averages of the year among limited releases. In a much broader release, Fox Searchlight edged The Drop to a near-wide release over the weekend, landing sixth in overall box office. American Experience/PBS Films‘ doc Last Days In Vietnam, meanwhile held over solidly, adding one theater in its second week, while China Lion maintained some momentum with the Stateside release of Chinese-language entry But Always, also adding a single location. Sony Pictures Classics expanded Love Is Strange with momentum. Comedy-drama Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig grossed nearly $411K in 15 theaters in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C., for a very solid $27,383 PTA. The film, directed by Craig Johnson about long-estranged and troubled twins reuniting was No. 1 in a dozen locations, »
- Brian Brooks
Much like I took a look yesterday at veterans in contention for Oscar love the year, today I’m going to be turning my attention to the newbies who hope to receive some awards love. As I mentioned in the last piece, this is leading up to me doing a re-ranking of the contenders in all of the major categories beginning next week, but right now it’s just going to be a preview of which rookies to the Oscar season are gearing up to hopefully make their big debuts on the awards circuit. Some are even in a position to win Academy Awards. First up is Best Actor. In this race, the highest profile would be first time nominee would be either Steve Carell for Foxcatcher or Michael Keaton for Birdman. They’ve been frontrunners to many for basically this entire season. A tiny level down are more recent »
- Joey Magidson
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Venice Film Festival. In a festival that's seen a number of endurance tests —Philip Groning's three-hour, 59-chapter "The Police Officer's Wife," the abstracted imagery of "Under The Skin," the brief but unrelentingly terrible duration of "Parkland," no film seemed to inspire more walk outs than "Stray Dogs." The return of acclaimed Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang after a 4-year absence (and longer since he made a film at home: 2009's "Play" mostly featured French actors) is not marked by its length, nor is it particularly provocative in its content. But anyone familiar with Tsai's earlier work —"Goodbye Dragon Inn" is perhaps the best known— will be aware that he marches very much to his own beat, and almost as much as anything he's ever made, "Stray Dogs" frustrates those looking for answers or traditional narrative, and moves at an especially sleepy pace, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres. If you judge parody by its commitment to the bit, then The Duke of Burgundy is the Andy Kaufman of euro-lesbian erotic experimental films. Characters stroll through the woods at night carrying candelabras and wearing nightgowns, while teasing harpsichord plays in the background; a love affair between two women becomes an opulent pas de deux of lust and power; insect and nature motifs are persistent to the point of confrontational, as dream and reality seem to intersect at random.
The Duke of Burgundy is role-playing one kind of film, but it’s something else entirely. That’s the point. It’s mighty convincing as an erotic thriller to start, with the dom-sub relationship between Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) playing out like some gorgeously rendered schoolboy fantasy. »
- Sam Woolf
It’s been 20 years since the shooting of “Braveheart,” when Mel Gibson, playing Scottish warrior William Wallace, cried, “Freedom!,” articulating the desire among many Scots for independence. On Sept. 18, they will get their chance, as they vote on whether to break from the United Kingdom and establish their own country, with polls suggesting it could go either way.
Speaking to Variety in May, Creative Scotland chief Janet Archer — who oversees state support for film — claimed that independence would make little difference to the movie industry as control of culture was handed to the Scottish government several years ago. But most film producers are unhappy with the status quo, and the consensus seems to be that independence would help.
- Leo Barraclough
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
British director Michael Apted will direct from a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
Rapace will play a CIA interrogator who unwittingly provides information to terrorists — triggering a race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. She became attached to the project earlier this year.
Bloom will be seen next in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Douglas was most recently seen in “And So It Goes” and is filming “Ant-Man.” Rapace stars in crime-drama “The Drop,” which screened Saturday at Toronto in the Special Presentations section, »
- Dave McNary
Im Global is boosting its exec ranks as sales action kicks off in Toronto. The film and TV sales, financing, and production company has hired Emil Elmer to serve as Svp, International Sales and Acquisitions out of its London office. Prior to Im Global, the former Focus Features International Svp and Miramax and Pathe alum worked on titles including Blue Jasmine, Turner, Under The Skin, Bullet To The Head, Eastern Promises, Slumdog Millionaire, and Amélie.
Im Global has also boosted London-based exec David Jourdan to Svp, International Business Development and Operations. He’ll be working out of the La headquarters with CEO Stuart Ford and COO Chris Bosco focusing on Asia and Latin America operations and overseeing acquisitions for Im Global’s Apsara label reporting to President Jonathan Deckter. Apsara’s upcoming titles include Selfless, American Ultra, and The Night Comes For Us. The expanding Im Global has outposts in La, »
- Jen Yamato
I wanted to do a little something extra special as wrap party for our very enjoyable and well attended 20 episode fifth season of Hit Me With Your Best Shot. So imma give out awards since awards are what we love best. The episode I liked reading everyone's takes on the most were -- can I say all? -- the Jamie Travis short films since I never get to hear opinions on those (or any short films really) and Under the Skin as it needs to be spoken of and contemplated. And by as many people as possible. Spread the good word.
But really I could just as easily call everything else "tied for third" because I always love to hear so many perspectives. But no season is perfect: Zorba the Greek turned out to be kind of a dud (I had never seen it so I blame the Oscars!). Two »
- NATHANIEL R
Are you a fan of the superbly fun Adventure Time? Though it’s currently airing its sixth season and a seventh in the works, you might be dreading the unfortunate wait in between, that awful hiatus that feels like an eternity. Worry not, because there is simply nothing better to fill the void in your life than this absolutely stunning art-book, consisting of the lavish masterpieces that precede each episode in the first two seasons of the eccentric and quirky show.
The collection features the works of a multitude of artists who worked on the title cards for each episode across 112 pages, whilst also containing detailed commentaries from each of them that reflect upon the inspirations for each design. On the hard copy, it’s important to note how grand the book itself feels with the Adventure Time logo embossed on the front of an already raised piece of parchment. »
- Matthew Ceo
Telluride — The 41st Annual Telluride Film Festival is over, and as noted by HitFix's own Kris Tapley, it has provided an important awards season kickoff for films such as "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "Rosewater" and "Foxcatcher." Even with the recent star power of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Telluride has been able to hang on to its singular charms as a non-red carpet, low-key, cinephile event (even if there were two new Canadian journalists on hand to check everything out and report back to the motherland). (Kidding.) (Maybe.) Yes, much to the chagrin of the Telluride organizers, the Tiff vs. Telluride (vs. Venice) story just won't go away. Even festival regulars who have attended for decades gossiped about how they couldn't believe how much press the story had gotten. Happily, it wasn't the only takeaway from another beautiful festival in the Colorado mountains. 'The Imitation Game' is »
- Gregory Ellwood
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