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''Save Tamil Cinema, save us, save me'', Karthik Subbaraj

The latest talk of the town is the shutdown of theatres and everyone have been tweeting about saving Tamil cinema from double taxation.

Karthik Subbaraj, took to Twitter to share his opinion on this issue. He tweeted, "#SaveTamilCinema #SaveTNFarmers #SaveNeduvasal #SaveKathiramangalam #SaveTamilNadu #SaveTamils #SaveUs #SaveMe... R u there Savior?? Sad State!!"

*tweet is not spell-checked
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Venice: China Blue Boards ‘Dead & Beautiful’ (Exclusive)

Venice: China Blue Boards ‘Dead & Beautiful’ (Exclusive)
Amsterdam-based lemming Film is teaming with Paris’ Les Petites Lumieres and Shanghai’s China Blue to produce “Dead & Beautiful,” an English-language China-set vampire movie from Dutch helmer-scribe David Verbeek.

A title at the Venice European Gap Financing Co-Production Market, which kicked off Friday, “Dead & Beautiful” centers on a group of rich Shanghai kids who, after a wild night of partying, turn into vampires. They decide to stick together, but as fear of discovery grows, they ask whether they can trust one another or are really immortal. By the time all is revealed, they will have to face the consequences of their actions.

“Dead & Beautiful” will be Verbeek’s next movie after he finishes “Full Contact,” now in post after a May shoot in Croatia.

While “Full Contact” is set outside Las Vegas, “Dead & Beautiful” returns Verbeek to the Asia setting of 2008’s multi-story “Shanghai Trance,” and 2010’s Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “R U There,
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Venice Market to Showcase ‘Bang Gang,’ ‘Dead & Beautiful,’ ‘Sworn Virgin’

Venice Market to Showcase ‘Bang Gang,’ ‘Dead & Beautiful,’ ‘Sworn Virgin’
Madrid – Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang,” David Verbeek’s “Dead & Beautiful” and Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin” (pictured) will be presented at the first Venice European Gap-Financing Co-production Market, which runs August 29-30.

In its first edition, the Market looks set to bring to Venice a brace of Europe’s newest generation of producers, some with already buzzed-up or anticipated projects with sales agents attached.

10 of the 15 production companies behind the Market’s film have been up-and-running for just a decade or less.

The Market also looks set to pinpoint trends in European cinema: A diaspora in shoot locales which range, in a search for originality as much as lower costs, beyond Europe to Beijing and India; the still energetic social-issue focus of much European arthouse production as directors examine youth sexuality in an Internet age, politics as theater, the impact of immigration, social conformity and the abuse of authority.
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StimULAting Texts

Breathtaking and horrifying, Hurricane Sandy's devastating aftermath left many speechless and others still talking. "Go Home Sandy," "Boo! Go Away Sandy We Want Candy," "Better Safe than Sandy," and a slew of other witty taunts graffitied onto boarded windows and doors tried to disguise mass fear. Hundreds of 3x3 white hate-notes with brief messages to Sandy veiled shop windows in New York City. Written in different languages, the sentiment was the same. The superstormdid not discriminate, decimating already poverty-stricken and economically challenged islands including Cuba and Haiti but also sweeping away multi-million dollar homes along the gold coast of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

Restless winds and waves ravaged seashores, uprooted massive trees, embroiled electrical wires, and ripped up rooftops, leaving millions of people in a cold, dark, empty shell, watching, wondering, waiting to breathe again. Alone in her lower Manhattan studio, self-taught artist Ula Einstein kept on working
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2011 Cannes L'Atelier: Daniel and Diego Vega, David Verbeek and Alvaro Brechner Among 15 Selected

Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega who blasted on the international scene with Octubre (they'll be at New Directors/New Films next) will be returning to Cannes for their second trip in a row as part of the 2011's L’Atelier -- the Cannes initiative where the participants complete financing packages for their films. Previous projects (I'll take 2008 as an example) include Oleg Novkovic's White, White World, Benedek Fliegauf's Womb, Braden King's Here which just preemie at Sundance and Berlin and you have Lou Ye's "Bitch" which is now called Love & Bruises (look for a Main Comp entry at Cannes this year). Along with the Vega brothers, notable names include the Un Certain Regard selected R U There (2010) helmer David Verbeek and Alvaro Brechner who directed Bad Day to Go Fishing (2010). We'll have more on some select names below -- here are the fifteen selected projects who'll
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Ciff 2010: Our capsule reviews

• Bill Stamets and Roger Ebert

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival will play this year at one central location, on the many screens of the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois. A festivalgoers and filmmakers' lounge will be open during festival hours at the Lucky Strike on the second level. Tickets can be ordered online at Ciff's website, which also organizes the films by title, director and country. Tickets also at AMC; sold out films have Rush Lines. More capsules will be added here.

"127 Hours" (USA)A tour de force by James Franco and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Many are familiar with the true story, and just as many probably thought it could never be filmed. Boyle succeeds. A climber named Aron Ralston went climbing by himself in remote canyons, and was trapped deep in a crevice when a falling rock pinned his arm. He had limited food and water, no
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R U There

Quickcard Review – 46th Chicago International Film Festival

Click Here for complete coverage of the Chicago International Film Festival (Ciff 2010)

R U There

Directed by: David Verbeek

Cast: Stijn Koomen, Huan-Ru Ke

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: Nr

Release Date: Tbd

Plot: A professional competitor at computer games (Koomen) discovers the realities of love and violence when he goes to Taipei for a tournament. There, he befriends a masseuse (Ke). Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2010.

Who’S It For? This movie is about video gamers who might be obsessed with their non-realities, but it is not for them. However modern this movie may be, with its “Second Life”-like sequences and subject focus, it is not made at the attention level that video games program its players into. R U There is made for those who only think they actually understand modern interactive entertainment.

Overall

R U There loses
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Sitges Announces Noves Visions Program

The 2010 edition of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival has just announced their complete Noves Visions program. The program where the festival places the young, edgy material, this is the big discovery program of the festival. Here's the announcement!

Noves Visions, The Most Indie

And Daring Section At Sitges 2010

The 43rd Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, that will take place 7 to 17 October, presents its lineup for the Noves Visions section:

Noves Visions - FICCIÓ Section

Exploration of new territories in narration, placing emphasis on both thematic and formal aspects of films that are a vision of the present as well as a disturbing premonition of times to come.

A Horrible Way To Die (Adam Wingard, USA)

Chatroom (Hideo Nakata, UK)

Dispongo De Barcos (Juan Cavestany, Spain)

Earthling (Clay Liford, USA)

Everything Will Be Fine (Christoffer Boe, Denmark)

Finisterrae (Out of competition. Sergio Caballero, Spain)

Isolation (Stephen T. Kay,
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Viff has movies. Lots of movies. We've got the line-up (so far)

The Vancouver International Film Festival is my baby. In its 29th year, this is the event I look forward to every year. The lists I've kept through the year come out and I eagerly look through the list of titles in search of those little gems and every year Viff responds with a huge assortment of titles. This year's festival is no different.

Some of the titles we're most eagerly anticipating include Tsumetai Nettaigyo’s Cold Fish (trailer), Gareth EdwardsMonsters (trailer, review), Jo Sung-Hee’s apocalyptic road movie End of Animal, Carl Bessai’s Repeaters (trailer) and Xavier Dolan's Heartbeats (trailer, review).

There's loads more so be sure to check the titles (so far) after the break. Many more to be announced in the coming days.

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Altitude (Kaare Andrews), B.C.

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A weekend getaway aboard a small plane turns deadly for a rookie pilot and four teenage friends.
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HeyUGuys at Cannes 2010: R U There Review

  • HeyUGuys
I’ll keep it brief, because there is only so much bashing one film can take from one man, and I dont usually believe in exorcising critical demons in public unless a film really Really deserves it. But trust me, R U There did deserves it with a vengeance. I am enormously astounded that the film got more applause than Robin Hood, and that it’s current Jury rating (according to Variety) is around the 3/4 mark- I only assume I was watching the wrong film.

The film is ostensibly the tale of a professional video gamer who, during a tournament in China, falls in love with a local, and basically buys her attention for the time he remains in China. It falls somewhere in the uber-modern romance story bracket, but it clearly has aspirations above its station. The first (long) half an hour or so is spent establishing that the
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Cannes Film Festival Opening Night Premiere

Hollywoodnews.com: On May 12, the Cannes Film Festival will start its 63rd edition. The president of the jury is Tim Burton and the jury consists of Kate Beckinsale – Actress / United Kingdom, Giovanna Mezzogiorno – Actress / Italy, Alberto Barbera – Director of the National Museum of Cinema / Italy, Emmanuel Carrere – Author – Screenwriter – Director / France, Benicio Del Toro – Actor / Porto Rico,Victor Erice – Director/ Spain, Shekhar Kapur – Director – Actor – Producer / India and Alexandre Desplat – Composer / France.

For this year’s line-up Scroll Down.

Below letter from one of the Cannes Film Festival bosses, Thierry Frémaux:

“As happens every year, the Festival´s programme was launched in January with the announcement of who would be the President of the Jury: Tim Burton! The news, which was unanimously greeted with enthusiasm, put the world of film in a good mood. The choice of Tim Burton to head the next edition of the Festival brings with
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Cannes 2010: Pics and Trailers for Several In Competition Titles and Then Some

Over the weekend I was hard at work adding additional titles debuting at this year's 2010 Cannes Film Festival in an effort to make sure once I am in town it is all about seeing the movies and working as little as possible on the asset process. As a result, I now have 17 of the 18 films in competition in the database as information on Sergei Loznitsa's Schastye Moe (My Joy) doesn't seem to be available. However, information on the other 17 is now readily available along with some new pictures and trailers for several of them.

First off, to the right is one of the first three images available for Mathieu Amalric's Tournee, of which I also have the official synopsis for the film from the man most of you know as the villain from Quantum of Solace or Jean-Dominique Bauby from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

In Tournee
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HeyUGuys at Cannes 2010: Final Touches to the Line-Up

  • HeyUGuys
As I suggested in my last update, the Cannes film festival line-up we announced earlier this month has since changed slightly, with new additions coming quickly after the initial announcement, and the hoped for inclusion of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life not making it to the party after all. Below is the new- and with only a week or so left until the Festival opens with Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood- presumably the absolute final line-up for this year’s programmes. All titles have been translated into English for ease where they re not obviously translatable.

Opening Film

Ridley Scott ‘Robin Hood’ [Out of Competition]

The Competition

Mike Leigh ‘Another Year’

Sergei Loznitsa ‘My Joy’

Apichatpong WeerasethakulUncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Doug LimanFair Game

Im Sang-soo ‘The Housemaid’

Takeshi Kitano ‘Outrage’

Danielle Lucheti ‘Our Life’

Nikita Mikhalkov ‘Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus’

Mathieu Amalric ‘On Tour
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Festival de Cannes Closing Night, Lineup and Poster - Final Final Announcement Made

The Festival de Cannes lives up to its name in its selection of its first 16 Competition Films from 13 countries. But an international cry went up when at the first announcement not a single picture was directed by a woman in the Competition area. (Last year there were directors Jane Campion, Isabel Coixet and Andrea Arnold.) However, the Closing Night film was just announced and it is Julie Bertucelli’s The Tree, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas and Aden Young. It will close the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Sunday, May 23rd following the Awards Ceremony. Memento is the international sales agent. Contacts for all films are listed below.

The other women invited can be found in the special screening sidebar where Sophie Fiennes' Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow about the German artist Anselm Kiefer, one of five docs chosen to be in the festival, Sabina Guzzanti's Draquila
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Cannes Line-Up Announced & Last Chance To Win VIP Trip

The complete Cannes line-up has been announced, Movie-Moron.com is going, and this is your last chance to win a VIP trip there yourself.

So the 63rd Festival de Cannes win run from May 12th-23rd with the following films screening in and out of competition:

In Competition

“Another Year,” U.K., Mike Leigh

“Biutiful,” Spain-Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Burnt by the Sun 2,” Germany-France-Russia, Nikita Mikhalkov

Certified Copy,” France-Italy-Iran, Abbas Kiarostami

Fair Game,” U.S., Doug Liman

Hors-la-loi,” France-Belgium-Algeria, Rachid Bouchareb

“The Housemaid,” South Korea, Im Sang-soo

“La nostra vita,” Italy-France, Daniele Luchetti

“La Princesse de Montpensier,” France, Bertrand Tavernier

“Of Gods and Men,” France, Xavier Beauvois

“Outrage,” Japan, Takeshi Kitano

Poetry,” South Korea, Lee Chang-dong

“A Screaming Man,” France-Belgium-Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

“Tournee,” France, Mathieu Amalric

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Spain-Thailand-Germany-u.K.-France, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“You, My Joy,” Ukraine-Germany, Sergey Loznitsa

Un Certain Regard

“Adrienn Pal,
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The Cannes Lineup (Thus Far)

Updated 04/19 They've added two titles but none to the actual competition list just yet. Updates are included below

04/15 Yes, they will add a few titles. Looking round the web people expect something like 4 to 5 more films to show up. Speculation that Malick's Tree of Life or Nolans Inception or Schnabel's Miral probably won't die until after they add said missing titles. But if you're heading over to the South of France next month or merely reading along on various Twitter feeds or film blogs, these are some of the titles you'll be hearing about.

Blanchett. Crowe. Scott

Opening Night Film

Because you have to kick off with a starry entry for that maximum red carpet kick. It gets the international and mainstream press excited and you need their eyeballs... even if your festival is for the global cinephiles.

Robin Hood (Ridley Scott)

I'm amused that the tagline is marketing this as an "untold story". Hee.
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Un Certain Regard: Kerrigan, Muntean and 102 Year-Old Manoel de Oliveira

I'm not sure where I was with my Cannes predictions (50 percent sounds about right), but I'm most glad about the predix that pan out on actual titles that I look forward in seeing - e.g. Lodge Kerrigan's French-produced next feature. I also got my predictions right on Radu Muntean's Tuesday, After Christmas and I had reported on David Verbeek's showing up in Cannes with R U There. - I'm not sure where I was with my Cannes predictions (50 percent sounds about right), but I'm most glad about the predix that pan out on actual titles that I look forward in seeing - e.g. Lodge Kerrigan's French-produced next feature. I also got my predictions right on Radu Muntean's Tuesday, After Christmas and I had reported on David Verbeek's showing up in Cannes with R U There. Here are three items that weren't on
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Un Certain Regard: Kerrigan, Muntean and 102 Year-Old Manoel de Oliveira

I'm not sure where I was with my Cannes predictions (50 percent sounds about right), but I'm most glad about the predix that pan out on actual titles that I look forward in seeing - e.g. Lodge Kerrigan's French-produced next feature. I also got my predictions right on Radu Muntean's Tuesday, After Christmas and I had reported on David Verbeek's showing up in Cannes with R U There. - I'm not sure where I was with my Cannes predictions (50 percent sounds about right), but I'm most glad about the predix that pan out on actual titles that I look forward in seeing - e.g. Lodge Kerrigan's French-produced next feature. I also got my predictions right on Radu Muntean's Tuesday, After Christmas and I had reported on David Verbeek's showing up in Cannes with R U There. Here are three items that weren't on
See full article at IONCINEMA.com »

Full Line-Up For Cannes 2010

There are just 27 days to go now until one of the biggest movie festivals of the year, the Cannes Film Festival 2010, and the official line-up has now been announced! We already know that Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Mark Strong) will be opening the festival, but what’s next? What else will we see?

Well fear not, good movie-goer, because we have the official list Right Here:

In Competition

“Another Year,” U.K., Mike Leigh

“Biutiful,” Spain-Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Burnt by the Sun 2,” Germany-France-Russia, Nikita Mikhalkov

Certified Copy,” France-Italy-Iran, Abbas Kiarostami

Fair Game,” U.S., Doug Liman

Hors-la-loi,” France-Belgium-Algeria, Rachid Bouchareb

“The Housemaid,” South Korea, Im Sang-soo

“La nostra vita,” Italy-France, Daniele Luchetti

“La Princesse de Montpensier,” France, Bertrand Tavernier

“Of Gods and Men,” France, Xavier Beauvois

“Outrage,” Japan, Takeshi Kitano

Poetry,” South Korea, Lee Chang-dong

“A Screaming Man,” France-Belgium-Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

“Tournee,
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Line-Up for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Includes Oliver Stone and Woody Allen, but No Terrence Malick

There are plenty of films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that you’ll curse the heavens you’re not able to go. However, there’s one big glaring omission: Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life. There was heavy speculation that the film would make its long-awaited premiere at the festival, but presumably the ambitious sci-fi film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn wasn’t ready in time.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other noteworthy films. Cannes is a great time to get a heads-up on a films although they may not be the finished product (a longer version of Inglourious Basterds premiered at last year’s festival to mixed reviews). This year’s films to watch are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful, Doug Liman’s Fair Game, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
See full article at Collider.com »
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