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Women in Film Foundation Awards Narrative, Doc and Experimental Female Filmmakers

14 November 2014 12:44 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Women in Film Foundation has named recipients of the 29th annual Film Finishing Fund grant, chosen from over one hundred feature-length narrative films, docs and shorts from around the world. Co-chairs are "Words and Pictures" producer Nancy Rae Stone and AFI Associate Dean of Production Betsy Pollock. Narrative Feature Film "I am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced" - Khadija Alsalami, Director/Producer Documentary Films "Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood" - Pamela Tom, Director/Writer/Producer "Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home" - Julia Hera DeStefano, Director "The Mask You Live In" - Jessica Anthony, Producer "Hardy" - Natasha Verma, Director "Children of Giant" - Evelyn Galan, Producer "A Classy Broad" - Anne Goursaud, Director/Producer/Editor "Driving with Selvi" - Elisa Paloschi, Director Experimental Short Film "Zoetrope" - »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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1,000 Times Goodnight | Review

24 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Words and Pictures: Binoche Dominates Poppe’s Familial Drama

Norwegian director Erik Poppe makes his English language directorial debut with 1,000 Times Goodnight, featuring an internationally renowned cast that’s headlined by a masterful performance from Juliette Binoche. Basically a family melodrama hedged by topical issues, Poppe’s own experiences as a war photographer serve as the semi-autobiographical impetus for the film, which is perhaps why it’s presented with such nuance. Bolstering the importance of such a hazardous occupation, the film’s tense juxtaposition lies in how one reconciles working in such dangerous conditions while trying to raise a family. Obviously changing his own perspective to that of a mother ups the dramatic potential, and is met with a terrifically inspired performance from Binoche.

A photojournalist that specializes in conflict zones, Rebecca (Binoche) has been following a group of female militants in Kabul. We watch her take photos as »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Captain America: Winter Soldier', 'Brick Mansions' and 'Borgman' On DVD & Blu-ray This Week

9 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Captain hits DVD and Blu-ray today and I wonder, do the Marvel fanatics consider this the best Marvel movie of the year or Guardians of the Galaxyc

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Complete First Season Of course, if you're going to pick up Captain America: The Winter Soldier you have to also pick up the first season of "Shield" rightc I mean, there must be an Easter Egg or two that explains that thing or hints at that other thing in there somewhere rightc

Words and Pictures Didn't hear anything all that great about this one, but I don't think I heard anything all that bad. With Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche I assume it can't be all bad, though I doubt I'll ever give it a shot.

Brick Mansions On DVD and Blu-ray is where this one is probably best left experienced. »

- Brad Brevet

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New on Blu-ray DVD September 9: 'Captain America,' 'Homeland,' 'Supernatural'

9 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

What's It About? Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) is still getting used to life in the 21st century, but before he gets too comfortable he's enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help stop another big bad. Captain American partners with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for a lot of action and awesomeness in their mission to stop the Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie co-stars as Falcon.

Why We're In: The "Avengers" series just keeps getting better and better. Plus, "Winter Soldier" gives us even more of Black Widow's bad-assery, proving once again that it's high time we get a stand-alone for this fantastic character.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"The Great Race"

What's It About? Blake Edwards directs Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood in this slapstick comedy about a globe-trotting car race. »

- Jenni Miller

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Words and Pictures paints story on the creative struggle

12 August 2014 10:47 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Known for works like Roxanne (1987) and Six Degrees of Separation (1997), director Fred Schepisi makes a return to romantic drama / comedy in his latest film, Words and Pictures. Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, it is a story about two people facing different creative crises. Owen.s Jack is a burnt out English teacher and one time literary star with writer.s block and a growing alcohol addiction, while Binoche.s Dina, a celebrated abstract painter, is forced to take a teaching job when her rheumatoid arthritis limits her art. Together they clash over the superiority of words over images, while struggling to reinvent their creativity amidst mental and physical struggle. However, behind the scenes, the lead actors were far from clashing. .When they first met, I got them together in a hotel in New York and they had a rapport on many levels,. Schepisi tells If. .[In their] approach to acting, ideas about the script. »

- Wendy Wong

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital, VOD Release: Words and Pictures

1 August 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014

Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen in Words and Pictures.

Juliette Binoche (Summer Hours) and Clive Owen (Trust) star in the 2013 romantic comedy Words and Pictures, directed by Australia’s great Fred Schepisi (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Roxanne, A Cry in the Dark).

In the film, prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche) — an abstract painter, and new teacher on campus — and challenges her to a war between words and pictures…and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.

Uninspired plot synopsis that we gleaned from the equally uninspired press release aside, Words and Pictures received some solid press upon its limited theatrical release in May, 2014, with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming that the two stars had “a great Hepburn/Tracy rapport.”

The Blu-ray and DVD contain the following special features:

·      Audio commentary with director »

- Laurence

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12 Actors Who Basically Guarantee You Make A Flop

30 July 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Disney

The term “box office poison” is one synonymous with actors who, for a multitude of reasons, just can’t seem to catch a break. Despite each of these performers having a significant enough profile with audiences, there’s something about them that just doesn’t entice people to go catch their latest movies, and as a result, they’ve endured a string of financially unsuccessful efforts, regardless of the critical acclaim they may have acquired (in some cases, at least).

Hiring these actors will, for the most part, result in a movie failing to gather any financial traction whatsoever, and while we can’t discount the fact that some of these actors willfully picked art over commerce, there’s no denying the fact that a string of monetary flops will do little to help any actor’s career.

Some of these performers are at least lucky enough to do well from animated fare, »

- Jack Pooley

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Subdued start for Charlie’s Country

20 July 2014 9:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country got glowing reviews from most Australian film critics, not least for David Gulpilil.s performance for which he was named best actor at the Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes.

Given those plaudits plus eOne.s extensive publicity campaign built around de Heer and the enthusiastic support of exhibitors, the opening weekend of $129,000 at 29 screens, for a per-screen average of less than $4,500, plus $22,300 from previews, isn't great.

However the film may well build on word-of-mouth as audiences respond to the tale of blackfella Charlie, who finds life increasingly tough in his remote community due to the government.s intervention, and resolves to live the old way.

Also, the B.O. figures should be seen in the context of how the director.s films have fared historically in Australia. Tracker, his first collaboration with Gulpilil, grossed $818,000 in 2002. Ten Canoes, the second of the .trilogy,. is »

- Don Groves

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Words And Pictures Review

18 June 2014 8:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the more cutting sequences of satire from 2013 was a fake movie trailer from Don Jon, which featured a pair of notable Hollywood beautiful people mocking the kind of romantic comedies both had their share of experience in. Filled with the sort of exaggerated gestures and overwrought drama one expects from the genre, the parody was filleting an easy target. We all acknowledge the vapidity and shallowness inherent to what usually passes for a romcom these days, because we’ve accepted that as par for the course. At least they can’t get any worse, right? Not quite, as Words and Pictures proves that the only thing worse than an empty romantic comedy is a self-important one.

Clive Owen stars as Jack Marcus, an author, poet, and endlessly verbose honors literature teacher at a Pennsylvania prep school. Once a shining star of the town’s small, but incredibly well organized artistic community, »

- Sam Woolf

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'Grand Budapest Hotel', 'Lego Movie', 'Joe', 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

17 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Grand Budapest Hotel I just received my copy of The Grand Budapest Hotel yesterday so I haven't had a chance just yet to explore it, though it does look a little light on features. I wonder, will Criterion get their hands on this one too in a couple yearsc Nevertheless, it's still one of the best movies of the year so far.

The Lego Movie Another solid movie, though not one I'm going to add to my collection. Once was enough for The Lego Movie for me, at least right now. I wouldn't be surprised if Warner Bros. does a big awards push at the end of the year for this one, maybe I'll watch it again then.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Collection) Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock was one of the entries in the now defunct Movie Club back in 2012 so if you're looking for »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Words and Pictures’ is not quite academically sound as a mature romancer

12 June 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Words and Pictures                                                                                                                                                                      

Starring Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Amy Brenneman, Bruce Davison, Valerie Tian

Directed by Fred Schepisi

Written by Gerald Di Pego

USA, 2014

It is quite uncommon to come across a literate romance comedy featuring middle-aged academics engaging in conflicting ideologies and clashing personalities that eventually leads to an affair of the heart. Refreshingly, the engaging but uneven Words and Pictures dares to break up the monotony among the larger-than-life comic book superheroes, sci-fi spectacles and raunchy comedies that saturate the big screen in the free-for-all summertime movie season.

Actually, it is also nice to see grown-up love stories that incorporate a sense of intellectualism, artistry and Hepburn/Tracy-inspired sparring. Director Fred Schepisi (“Roxanne”) and screenwriter Gerald Di Pego create an artsy  bubble where two opinionated and flawed educators (Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche) tangle in the arena of words and pictures. Although the material is often smart, insightful »

- Frank Ochieng

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Summer Indies to Catch: June 2014

10 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

By Frank Calvillo

This month, the multiplex looks to deliver audiences Clint Eastwood's take on a hit Broadway musical, yet another Tom Cruise sci-fi/action vehicle and four, count 'em four sequels. Yet for anyone wishing to look a little deeper, beyond the icons and the franchises they'll find a collection of thrills, laughs, drama, conflict and tension from both renowned and up-and-coming filmmakers. 

Words and Pictures (now in Austin theaters)

Australian director Fred Schepisi's filmography is a peculiar one, consisting of a collection of solid films (A Cry in the Dark, Six Degrees of Separation), which seem to resonate with cinephiles, but fail to become classics. His latest offering, the romantic dramedy Words and Pictures, may indeed follow suit, but its definitely one of his warmest and sincerest efforts to date. At a private school, a snarky English teacher (Clive Owen), is taken by a caustic art »

- Contributors

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Film Review: Stellar Actors Put ‘Words and Pictures’ Together

7 June 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Words and Pictures” is a bit twee. In the film’s central debate between which medium has more influence, there was a drunken writer, prep students straight out of “Dead Poet’s Society” and cutesy romance. But there was also Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche at the top of their performance games, and they uplifted all these regular story elements.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Films about redemption are always welcome, and the two instructors at the prep school representing words (English teacher) and pictures (art) get to redeem themselves through the debate. Despite the number of clichés in the script – by Gerald Di Pego – Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche remain sincere and authentic, which overcomes some the groan-inducing prep school moments. And points have to be given for presenting a story about adults maneuvering in the world, right in the middle of summer superhero season. The film may not end the words versus pictures face-off, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Words And Pictures

5 June 2014 9:02 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Wit, charm, and intelligence are not in abundance onscreen, so when a modest romantic comedy (with serious undertones) comes along that boasts all three of those qualities, it’s worth embracing—especially with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in the leading roles. Words and Pictures hasn’t earned stellar reviews in its initial engagements but I found it refreshing and enjoyable. Owen plays a prep school English teacher who’s lost his fire; he still relishes the language but is worn down by the dullards in his class. He seeks refuge in the bottle, which does no one any good. Enter a new art teacher (Binoche), a well-regarded painter who is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. She’s...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Words And Pictures – The Review

5 June 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Those warm wafting breezes tell us that Summer is finally here. What better time to go…back to school? Well, at least via the local cinema. Director Fred Schepisi’s (Roxanne) new film takes us back to the halls of academia, not for a heavy drama like Dead Poets Society or a raucous comedy like School Of Rock. Nope it’s a romantic comedy/drama. Familiar territory, you say? This one doesn’t concern the campus jock falling for the shy bookworm after her big make-over. Nor is it about two social outcasts bucking the status quo. Nope this is a faculty romance, love between the teachers. It isn’t smooth sailing, of course. The guy teaches English while the gal is the new art instructor, so of course they clash over an age-old argument. Which has the greater importance or impact. It’s the battle between Words And Pictures. »

- Jim Batts

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Interview: Juliette Binoche Paints in Schepisi Romance 'Words and Pictures,' Challenged Assayas to Write Cannes Entry 'Sils Maria' (Exclusive Video, Trailer)

4 June 2014 7:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") is the best reason to see Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures" (new trailer below), a light romantic comedy about two rival high school teachers. Clive Owen's English teacher with a drinking problem falls for Binoche's art teacher trying to paint as she battles rheumatoid arthritis. They engage in a war of words vs. pictures that ignites them as well as their students. Some of the best scenes involve Binoche sprawled belly-down on a swirling chair as she maneuvers a giant paint brush, splashing wide swatches of color on her canvas. It turns out, I learned from our interview in Toronto (below), that she came up with this visual idea, based on her research. She created the paintings in the film herself. Binoche broke out at age 23 in Philip Kaufman's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," opposite Daniel Day Lewis, followed by "The Widow of St. »

- Anne Thompson

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Words and Pictures | Review

4 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Word Play: Schepisi’s Formulaic Romance Elevated by Lead Performances

Australian director Fred Schepisi gets a lot of mileage out of his headlining duo at the center of his latest film, Words and Pictures, which otherwise plays like a formulaic romantic drama that yields little surprise even as it attempts to inspire creative conversation. But, then again, Schepisi’s films often are attributed with inspired casting choices, featuring compelling performances from seasoned thespians. Here, the end result is a sometimes winning endeavor, though ungainly subplots tend to detract from rather than enhance the film’s central relationship. Likewise, Gerald Di Pego’s screenplay, while cutting and witty when contending with its adults, falters miserably in its depiction of student dynamics.

The anonymous quote, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is the catalyst for a debate amongst a group of high school students as goaded by an eccentric, alcoholic English teacher, »

- Nicholas Bell

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 75 Pairs of Passes to ‘Words and Pictures’ With Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche

31 May 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 75 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new romantic comedy “Words and Pictures” starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche!

Words and Pictures,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens in Chicago on June 6, 2014, also stars Valerie Tian, Navid Negahban, Bruce Davison, Amy Brenneman, Adam Dimarco, Josh Ssettuba and Janet Kidder from director Fred Schepisi and writer Gerald Di Pego.

To win your free “Words and Pictures” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Note: You can enter for this “Words and Pictures »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Umbrella takes Fassbender thriller

30 May 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Australian distributor pre-buys Trespass Against Us.

Umbrella Entertainment has pre-bought Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson heist-thriller Trespass Against Us from Protagonist Pictures.

The deal was negotiated by Protagonist’s Dave Bishop, Umbrella consultant and Coffee & Cigarettes director Eduardo Panizzo, and Umbrella’s Jeff Harrison.

Shoot is due to get underway in the UK this summer with additional cast recently joining the film including Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Lyndsey Marshal (The Hours), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Killian Scott (Calvary).

The in-demand thriller, which is set to be 12 Years A Slave star Fassbender’s next film, will mark the feature debut of TV and music videos director Adam Smith (Doctor Who) and is written by Alastair Siddons who produces alongside Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener) and Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland). The film was developed in association with Film4 with funding from The BFI and LipSync.

The Chemical Brothers will write and perform the original score.

The »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Umbrella covers Fassbender thriller

30 May 2014 2:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Australian distributor pre-buys Trespass Against Us.

Umbrella Entertainment has pre-bought Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson heist-thriller Trespass Against Us from Protagonist Pictures.

The deal was negotiated by Protagonist’s Dave Bishop, Umbrella consultant and Coffee & Cigarettes director Eduardo Panizzo, and Umbrella’s Jeff Harrison.

Shoot is due to get underway in the UK this summer with additional cast recently joining the film including Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Lyndsey Marshal (The Hours), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Killian Scott (Calvary).

The in-demand thriller, which is set to be 12 Years A Slave star Fassbender’s next film, will mark the feature debut of TV and music videos director Adam Smith (Doctor Who) and is written by Alastair Siddons who produces alongside Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener) and Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland). The film was developed in association with Film4 with funding from The BFI and LipSync.

The Chemical Brothers will write and perform the original score.

The »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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