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If there were a Palme d’Or for posters (and there used to be) then this widely seen neon devil teaser for Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives would seem to have it in the bag right now. The rest of the posters for the films in the main Competition at Cannes this year are a somewhat lackluster bunch. Truth be told, some may be nothing more than press kit covers (the Jarmusch and the Kore-eda), and some are only promos rushed out in the short window of opportunity before the festival. This time last year, one of the films that ended up having the most interesting posters of all, Holy Motors, had nothing to show for itself come festival time. Among this year’s crop I’m quite fond of two of the most finished looking of the posters: Grigris and Heli, »
- Adrian Curry
Robin Wright plays “herself” in “The Congress,” a trippy cautionary tale about where society is headed, assuming movie stars license their essence to studios and audiences abandon cinema in favor of chemical cocktails that allow them to experience life as their celebrity of choice. Conceptually speaking, such a satire could only work as animation, but even then, it doesn’t quite come together — though fans of last year’s “Holy Motors” may appreciate a surreal double bill with this live-toon hybrid, ideal for midnight crowds and psychedelic enthusiasts. Meanwhile, admirers of director Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” should seriously adjust their expectations.
Ironically, Folman limits his audience by abandoning the Israeli-specific context of his earlier work in favor of a more universal cultural critique, returning (somewhat) to the world of live-action here by opening with what could be an hourlong episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The remainder of the »
- Peter Debruge
A few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly: Chris Pine will be reuniting with his Smokin Aces director Joe Carnahan on the low-budget comedic thriller Stretch opposite Patrick Wilson. Homeland star and Broadway veteran Mandy Patinkin has been set in the role of Zach Braff’s father in Braff’s partially Kickstarter-funded directorial effort Wish I Was Here. Lust, Caution stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have boarded Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. Though Star Trek Into Darkness opens domestically this weekend, star Chris Pine certainly isn’t above taking on a smaller role in another film. The Wrap reports that Pine will appear in a cameo capacity in The Grey director Joe Carnahan’s next film, the low-budget actioner Stretch. In keeping with the limousine trend as of late (Holy Motors, Cosmopolis), Patrick Wilson stars »
- Adam Chitwood
No, it’s not a film about the Us House Of Representatives / Senate (they already made that, it’s called Idiocracy – heyooo!). It’s actually the new movie from Waltz With Bashir’s Ari Folman, starring Robin Wright, Danny Huston and more. Take a look… Given the director, you might not be surprised by the amount of animation. Yet the tale, which follows an actress named Robin Wright agreeing to get her image scanned by a massive, powerful computer, is about more than just aping the Heavy Metal style of anime.No, from the looks of this, it uses Stanislaw Lem's short story The Futurological Congress as a jumping-off point for a meditation on body image, how we see ourselves, what makes someone unique and the changing face of women in film. It brings to mind one part of Holy Motors and also the sort of territory that S »
In competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, French director Arnaud des Pallières' Michael Kohlhaas is a 16th century revenge drama featuring a strong European cast including the likes of Bruno Ganz (Downfall) and Denis Lavant - star of Leos Carax's refreshingly bonkers 2012 Palme d'Or contender Holy Motors. However, it's Danish man of the moment Mads Mikkelsen who will no doubt be the main attraction here. Last seen at Cannes with Thomas Vintenberg's Jagten (The Hunt, 2012) and currently starring in the NBC TV drama Hannibal as everyone's favourite cannibal, Doctor Lecter, Mikkelsen has repeatedly proved himself both a versatile actor and a powerful screen presence.
The aforementioned Mikkelsen plays the title role of horse-dealer Kohlhaas who, when wronged by a local lord, raises an army and seeks his revenge, spreading violence and fire across the land. The film is part-scripted and directed by Frenchman des Pallières, »
- CineVue UK
Obviously, we won’t know till we see the films. But last year I predicted Amour‘s victory based on the likely preferences of the jury, so that makes me some kind of prophet in my opinion, therefore allow me to deem James Gray’s The Immigrant to be this year’s odds-on favorite, a film he believes to be his best, which could end his losing streak in Cannes in a big way. It has star power, a talented auteur, and appears to deal with a touchy subject – if the title is anything to go on.
Also look out for M. Desplechin, who’s also never won the big prize, and appears to be taking on projects that get more and more ambitious until there will just be no choice left. The big-name jury may want to send Soderbergh off into semi-retirement with a bang, and the film seems »
- Blake Williams
What to say about "Taboor," a film that feels as if it was beamed down from a backwards Earth? This maddening low-fi fantasy seems to share its DNA with "Holy Motors" in a story that revolves around the unpredictable actions of a man who keeps escaping definition. At first, he's just a frail, elderly gentleman waking in the late evening and applying his uniform, headed to work. Until you realize his clothes might as well be a costume of sorts, a puffy silver body suit folded upon itself with massive, slick collar. Is this man a superhero? He might as well be. The night seems to cough him up as he speeds into the darkness on his motorcycle, wearing the same sternly-serious expression. With dead silence (the lines he speaks could be counted on two hands), the knee-jerk reaction is to suggest, this guy's got swagger. His "missions" as they »
- Gabe Toro
The two-year-old sales-financing-production banner is partnered with producer Sean Finegan on “Americatown”, which examines an ex-cop’s journey from poverty to power in the third-world American slums of world-leader China after the U.S. economy collapses. Aldamisa and Finegan are out to directors.
Aldamisa allied with producer Brooklyn Weaver on “Murder City,” a crime thriller following an ex-con who uses his former law enforcement connections to protect his wife and daughter when he becomes the hunter and target of a ruthless Detroit gangster.
Chairs Sergei and Marina Bespalov said the company aims to get involved earlier in projects as well as considering alternatives to its financing model. »
- Dave McNary
As we've been tracking Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming thriller starring Ryan Gosling, we've noted an excess of brutality, blood, and Bangkok, where the film is set. A new poster, however, shifts things in another direction, reminding me of the poster for Holy Motors. Quality-wise, that pleases me, since the Leos Carax picture is one of my favorites of recent times, but I have no idea how the neon mask is meant to sell anyone on the idea of going to see Only God Forgives, especially those whose interest has not yet been aroused. Point in its favor: I like the weathered effect of the full-size poster. Does the new poster intrigue or mystify? Only God Forgives is due in U.S. theaters on...
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The NewNowNext Awards blazed Logo last night, and I have to say: It was a downright entertaining, slick operation. Aisha Tyler was a perfect host, the performances were eye-popping, candy-colored spectacles (Tegan and Sara were faaaab), and justice prevailed when Kylie Minogue won the Dance Floor Hero Award.
On the red carpet before the event, Willam and I quizzed the "Can't Get You Out of My Head" diva about her friendship with Jake Shears (who presented her with her award), her recent album The Abbey Road Sessions, and the weird, weird stuff in her recent film Holy Motors.
You may notice that I know everything about her.
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Mma 2013 winners The MTV Movie Awards 2013 came to an end earlier this evening at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, after relatively speaking veteran Brad Pitt announced last year's Best Film. Which one was it? Michael Haneke's old-age drama Amour? David Cronenberg's white-limo drama Cosmopolis? Steven Spielberg's historical piece Lincoln? Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo? Kathryn Bigelow's other political thriller, Zero Dark Thirty? Nope. None of the above. Was it Leos Carax's other limo movie, Holy Motors? Are you insane? Why don't you try The Avengers, Joss Whedon's special-effects-laden flick starring grown men and women dressed in Halloween costumes. Admittedly, if only most Halloween parties were that successful: The Avengers collected a mind-numbing $1.51 billion worldwide. Take that, The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and This Is Not a Film! Pictured above: Best Shirtless Performance winner Taylor Lautner, with his shirt on for a change. »
- Andre Soares
Jesús "Jess" Franco has passed away at the age of 82. Cléo, "a journal of film and feminism" founded by Kiva Reardon, has just unveiled its debut issue online. For your reading pleasure: pieces on Holy Motors, Haywire, Harmony Korine and more. A new issue from desistfilm is now online, including a Q&A with David Gatten conducted by Notebook regular David Phelps.
Above: an interview with Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) from the newly released 12th issue of The Seventh Art. As part of the Bard SummerScape Festival held at Bard College, a Russian emigré cinema series will be running this July and August, featuring films by Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Epstein and others.
Above: via Indiewire, a gorgeous exclusive new poster for Spring Breakers (featuring an image from what just may be the film's best scene). Chinese cinema expert Shelly Kraicer has a new piece up on Cinema Scope »
- Adam Cook
You may still think of Eva Mendes as the woman from Hitch, or from the shampoo commercials, or from tabloid-ready relationships. But the actress who could easily spend a career coasting on her beauty has taken the last 4 years to make a series of risky and under seen films, from the gonzo Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Werner Herzog to the intimate Last Night with Massy Tadjedin to the surreal French experiment Holy Motors with Leos Carax. Now the latest acclaimed director she can add to her Rolodex is Derek Cianfrance, who broke out with Blue Valentine several years ago and who is back with the sprawling, emotional, and really good The Place Beyond the Pines. Mendes plays Romina, a woman who hooked up with Ryan Gosling's character Luke while he was in town with a traveling carnival. When Luke comes back in town Romina reveals »
This week on The Collision, we examine film criticism: its purpose, relevancy, strengths, weaknesses, and how it benefits our understanding of film, but can also lead us away from movies towards hollow consumer reports. This all ties in with the release of Rodney Ascher's documentary Room 237. As always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("Terrorism, 9/11, and Olympus Has Fallen"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Adam's Recommendation: Holy Motors Matt's Recommendation: Paths of Glory »
- Matt Goldberg
Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Wednesday. Last year Eva Mendes teased us with a small role in Leos Carax' Holy Motors but this weekend she returns to the big screen with a meatier role alongside Bradley Cooper and real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the drama explores the unbreakable bond between a father and a son. In celebration of the film, we compiled a few fun facts on the gorgeous Eva Mendes. 1. Mendes didn’t audition for her role in The Place Beyond the Pines. She showed up to the audition in character: no makeup, big hoop earrings, a big baggy T-shirt and a pair of 1990s high-waisted jeans. Moments before she read her lines director Cianfrance asked...
- Elisa Osegueda
Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Wednesday. Last year Eva Mendes teased us with a small role in Leos Carax's Holy Motors but this weekend she returns to the big screen with a meatier role alongside Bradley Cooper and real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the drama explores the unbreakable bond between a father and a son. In celebration of the film, we compiled a few fun facts on the gorgeous Eva Mendes. 1. Mendes didn’t audition for her role in The Place Beyond the Pines. She showed up to the audition in character: no makeup, big hoop earrings, a big baggy T-shirt and a pair of 1990s high-waisted jeans. Moments before she read her lines director Cianfrance asked...
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Known for sexpot roles in films like 2 Fast 2 Furious and Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Eva Mendes has seemingly entered a new phase in her career. In recent years, she's taken on films like the indie drama Last Night and the Cannes Film Festival darling Holy Motors. The Place Beyond The Pines marks another art film foray for the actress. Mendes stars as Romina, a waitress raising the son she had with Luke, a motorcycle stunt driver (Ryan Gosling). Her performance marks one of the film's most riveting turns. »
- Justine Browning
We saw her bend expectations in Leos Carax‘s mindtrip Holy Motors last year and Eva Mendes set out to do the same when it came to her audition for The Place Beyond the Pines. Having admired her worked in films such as We Own the Night and The Other Guys, director Derek Cianfrance jumped at the opportunity when Ryan Gosling recommended Mendes for the [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Eva Mendes is mostly known for her work in big-budget studio flicks, and she isn't sure why. "I have actually done a lot more independents than big pictures, and nobody ever brings that part up," she tells us while doing press for her upcoming film the (relatively) small-budget, "The Place Beyond the Pines." She has a point. Last year, Mendes starred in the dreamy psychedelic flick "Holy Motors." Prior to that, it was a role in Massy Tajedin's "Last Night." In "Pines," she plays Romina, a woman coming to grips with a child she had with a vigilante / motorcycle stunt driver Luke (played by real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling). Here, Mendes is completely dressed down, playing a character who's both physically and emotionally distraught. Needless to say, it's a far cry from her roles in "Hitch" and "Ghost Rider." Mendes spoke with Moviefone about her new film, the movie she wishes got more attention, »
- Alex Suskind
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