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To round off our coverage of the 55th BFI London Film Festival were taking a look back at one of the most prominent strands of the festival – the French Revolutions programme.
One of the festival’s chief pledges is to bring the best of the world’s cinema to London and Jack Jones leads us through the varied line-up and recommends which films we need to look out for when a theatrical release rolls around.
For all our other coverage of the London Film Festival click here, and read on for Jack’s take on the festival,
The Best Yet? French Cinema Just Keeps on Going
For those who are deeply engrained in cinema, it is often hard to admit that sometimes there are years when we have few films which impress us. For film festivals there is much the same sentiment. It seems as though every year critics hail »
Directed by: Chris Miller
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Release Date: October 28, 2011
Plot: Puss in Boots (Banderas) is a sword-fighting cat. He and Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis) are in pursuit of a golden goose, in order to clear their names. This adventure takes place before meeting the ogre Shrek.
Expectations: I pretty much thought this was a take it or leave it kind of situation. I didn’t feel the need for this movie, but the majority of Shrek films have been good.
- Jeff Bayer
I'm happy to say Puss in Boots is hardly a Shrek franchise spin-off. The titular character may have had his debut alongside the big green ogre back in 2004, but here he is more than just a smooth-talking, glassy-eyed sidekick. In his first headlining adventure Puss is a debonair, leche-sipping outlaw and unlike the Shrek franchise, the use of Lady Gaga's "Americano" is about as pop culture as this animated adventure gets, which is to say screenwriter Tom Wheeler recognized the failings of so many recent animated films and their reliance on pop culture in-jokes and decided story comes first.
Serving as an origin story for the swashbuckling feline, Puss in Boots begins by exploring the roots of the cat that would soon wear the boots of legend. Growing up in an orphanage in San Ricardo, Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas) becomes fast friends with Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis »
- Brad Brevet
DreamWorks has released another adorably hilarious trailer for Puss in Boots, this time scored to Lady Gaga’s flamenco-tinged “Americano.” The 90-second spot gives insight to how Puss became entangled with his nemesis/love interest Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek Pinault). More importantly… kitties dancing! Puss and Co. get their groove on to the strumming of guitars and thumping of beats, plus there’s even a little rhythmic cowbell batting for good measure. See the latest teaser after the jump!
‘Puss In Boots’ is the cat you wished you had
‘Puss In Boots’ just got ‘most interesting’
New ‘Puss in Boots »
- Lanford Beard
Written by Mathieu Demy
Directed by Mathieu Demy
As a first-time director, the last thing you want to be is forgettable. One way to avoid that is to emulate Orson Welles by taking on the additional roles of writer and star. A slice of Tarantino-style auricular torture always gets an audience’s attention, too. In his feature debut, the partly autobiographical drama Americano, Mathieu Demy does both. He also throws in Salma Hayek in a fishnet bodystocking for good measure. This isn’t Citizen Kane or Reservoir Dogs – but it does have its moments.
Demy, the son of directors Jacques Demy and Agnès Varda, uses clips here from his appearance in his mother’s 1981 film Documenteur. Fortunately this is less pretentious than it sounds. The 9-year-old boy he played then, is now grown up and living in Paris with girlfriend Claire (Chiara Mastroianni). But Martin and Claire have »
Puss In Boots tells the legendary tale of Puss (Antonio Banderas) before he met Shrek. The adventure of nine lifetimes includes Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), as they team up to try to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.
Starring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Amy Sedaris, and from the director of Shrek The Third, Chris Miller, Puss In Boots will be in theaters October 28, 2011.
Be sure to look out for more videos from The Cat, The Myth, The Legend.The Boots on Puss In Boots YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/pussinboots).
Visit the films official website: http://www.pussinbootsthemovie.com/
.Like. it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Pussinboots and join the #NoPantsPants »
- Michelle McCue
North American rights to director Mathieu Demy's "Americano" have been picked up by Mpi Media Group. Demy, son of directing parents Anges Varda and Jacques Demy, wrote the film, which stars Salma Hayek, Chiara Mastroianni, Marcello Mastroianni and Geraldine Chaplin. Mpi picked up the film following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Full acquisition release follows: Mpi Media Group today announced it has acquired all North American rights »
Oliver Stone took his Savages to the beach yesterday along with the movie's stars Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Benicio Del Toro, and Aaron Johnson. Salma Hayek is back on the West Coast after premiering her latest film, Americano, in Toronto over the weekend, but she skipped out on the day of shooting. Blake was back in her bikini top and bohemian skirt for her scenes, while her good-looking costars Taylor and Aaron rocked board shorts. The story revolves around a love triangle between Blake, Taylor, and Aaron's characters, but in real life she's still going strong with Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo's well aware that his girlfriend is a fashion lover, and her sartorial expertise recently earned her a special honor - Blake made People's Best Dressed list along with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Alba. View Slideshow › »
- Katie Henry
It was a jam-packed weekend for Salma Hayek and her tiny travel companion, daughter Valentina Pinault. The duo began their fun in NYC Friday afternoon with a stroll through Central Park then moved onto Toronto on Saturday, where Salma joined costar Mathieu Demy at the Tiff premiere of their feature film Americano. It's her second film festival in just two weeks, having traveled with François-Henri Pinault and Valentina to Venice for the Italian film competition. Yesterday morning the girls were once again on the go, as Salma and Valentina caught a flight out of Canada and landed a few hours later at Lax. Meanwhile, Salma's husband, François-Henri, is finally speaking out about the child support allegations made by his former girlfriend Linda Evangelista. François-Henri denies claims he's been delinquent in paying child support and in a recent interview tells French Elle "at every possible opportunity he has participated in my »
- Katie Henry
The programme for the 55th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, celebrates the imagination and excellence of international filmmaking from both established and emerging talent. Over 16 days the Festival will screen a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres . There will also be screenings of 110 live action and animated shorts. Many of the films will be presented by their directors, cast members and crew, some of whom will also take part in career interviews, masterclasses, and other special events. The 55th BFI London Film Festival will run from 12-27 October.
Opening the festival is Fernando Meirelles’ 360, written by Peter Morgan, and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz. Weisz is also the star of Terence Davies’ closing night film, The Deep Blue Sea, alongside a cast which includes Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston. »
From the 12th to the 27th of October the 55th BFI London Film Festival brings its annual box of delights to the capital. Earlier today the full programme was announced, and it look like being another fine year.
We already know that Fernando Meirelles’ latest 360 will open proceedings on the 12th and fifteen days later Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea will bring the festival to a close but there are many more great films to come and see in London this October.
There was a familiar feeling creeping across the audience this morning that a lot of the films had, like last year, already played elsewhere but this is only a small consideration when you consider the scope of the festival’s remit. To bring a vital, fresh and horizon-expanding series of features, shorts and documentaries is no easy task, and while the more well known films have played »
- Jon Lyus
I have just literally walked out of a special launch event for the 55th BFI London Film Festival, held this morning at the massive Odeon cinemas in London’s Leicester Square. This year’s festival runs from 12th October until the 27th October and we’re especially excited because this is the very first year that The Hollywood News will have properly covered the whole event, despite the many years that we have been online.
This morning’s launch event was introduced by BFI Chief Executve Amanda Nevill and Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, who actually bows out of the role after this year. Following the introductions the capacity auditorium, made up of fellow journalists, actors, actresses, filmmakers and other industry folk, we were treated to a 30 minute reel showcasing 36 of the 300 films and short films playing at the festival, which is once again sponsored primarily by American Express. We already »
- Paul Heath
Artistic director Sandra Hebron has announced the line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival this morning where they will screen “a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres” plus “110 live action and animated shorts”.
We are already knew Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s erotic drama play 360 written by Peter Morgan and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz would open the festival and that The Deep Blue Sea, which incidentally is another adaptation of a play (Terence Rattigan’s) and also stars Rachel Weisz, will close it. Of Time and City’s Terrence Davies directed that movie which also stars Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale.
Now we know the in-between stuff from the Gala & Special Screenings and there’s a wide selection of extremely interesting films;
- Matt Holmes
We’ve got a few new posters to share with you today. The teaser poster for James McTeigue’s The Raven has been unveiled. The film revolves around a serial killer plotting his murders after the stories of Edgar Allen Poe. John Cusack stars as Poe himself alongside Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson, and the film hits theaters March 9, 2012. Additionally, the first poster for the Cannes favorite The Artist has been released. The black and white silent film tells the story of a silent film star coming to terms with the advent of Talkies. The early Oscar favorite flick stars Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and John Goodman and opens November 23. Finally, we’ve got the French poster for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. That film stars Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley and centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortenson »
- Adam Chitwood
News is rolling out of Toronto for this year's festival, with the Galas and the Special Presentations sections announced. As always with Tiff, the sheer number of films can seem overwhelming, but with new films by David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method, pictured above), Terence Davies (!), Francis Ford Coppola, Wang Xiaoshuai, Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, and William Friedkin added to big names that premiered already this year (including Almodóvar, Von Trier, Nanni Moretti, and Nicolas Winding Refn) it looks like the 2011 iteration will be as packed with must-see cinema as ever before. We'll be updating this listing as new lineups are announced. See Tiff's official website for details.
Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo Garcia, Ireland) Butter (Jim Field Smith, USA) A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, France/Ireland/UK/Germany/Canada) From the Sky Down (Davis Guggenheim, USA) A Happy Event (Rémi Bezançon, France) The Ides of March (George Clooney, USA) The Lady (Luc Besson, »
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's ("Intacto","28 Weeks Later") second English language film will receive some home turf love as Intruders was selected as the opening gala film for the 59th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. The psychological thriller tells the parallel tale of two families whose lives are thrown off track by menacing apparitions: in Spain, a mother protects her son from a faceless stranger; meanwhile, in the UK, a young girl has terrifying dreams of Hollowface, a demon who becomes a real danger to the girl and her family. According to Fresnadillo, the film “reflects my love of the darkest visual universe, of the demons buried in our unconscious”. The Apaches Entertainment, Antena 3 Films and Universal Pictures co-production stars Clive Owen, Carice Van Houten, Pilar López De Ayala, Daniel Brühl and Kerry Fox from “Shallow Grave” fame. Also on tap for the festival are a handful of titles »
If you're more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer's glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually Tiff features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries. Below you'll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. This is quite the list -- there are easily thirty films here that could be potential top ten for 2011 candidates, »
- Russ Fischer
The Toronto International Film Festival is once again proving to be a major stop on the festival circuit. The announcement was released yesterday of 53 titles, including 31 world premieres, and some of the biggest names of the year are among them. Most, if not all, of the films I am most looking forward to will be in attendance, and with the festival just around the corner, the time to get excited for these offerings is now.
Check out the full release below.
Now in its 36th year, the Toronto International Film Festival® today unveiled a selection of films in the 2011 Galas and Special Presentations programmes. The selection comprises 10 Galas and 43 Special Presentations, including 31 World Premieres. Running from September 8 to 18, this year’s Festival presents the world premieres of films from directors Bruce Beresford, Luc Besson, Rémi Bezancon, Cameron Crowe, Terence Davies, Mathieu Demy, Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Roland Emmerich, Julian Farino, »
- Marc Eastman
The films screened at this year's Toronto film festival – as the programme release is staggered, this will be updated as more information comes in
The 36th Toronto Film Festival runs September 8 - 18 2011. This article will be updated as official announcements detailing the full line-up are released this week.
11 Flowers, Dir: Wang Xiaoshuai
50/50, Dir: Jonathan Levine
360, Dir: Fernando Mier
A Better Life, Dir: Cédric Khan
Countdown, Dir: Huh Jong-ho
From the Sky Down, Dir: Davis Guggenheim
A Happy Event, Dir: Remi Bezancon
The Lady, »
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