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Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Riga, Latvia — Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” which centers on a young Catholic nun in Poland who discovers her parents were Jewish and were murdered during the Nazi occupation, took the best film award at the 27th European Film Awards in Riga, Latvia.
Eric Abraham, one of the producers of the film, dedicated the award to the people whose relatives were victims of the Holocaust, which included members of his own family. He remarked on the fact that anti-semitism was again on the rise.
Pawlikowski won best director, and he and Rebecca Lenkiewicz took the screenplay prize for the black-and-white Polish-language film, which also won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the public. The pic also took the award for its cinematographers, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Pawlikowski thanked Abraham for taking on a “difficult” director.
- Leo Barraclough
Adorable. So witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky that you will cry tears of joy from the perfection of it. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): was worried about CGI creepiness
I have read the source material (and I am indifferent about it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So, a small brown illegal immigrant — he doesn’t even have a passport — sneaks over the border into the United Kingdom… and is instantly welcomed into the home of a quintessentially English family in London, complete with a kooky elderly kinswoman of unspecified relation and a house that is the epitome of storybook chic.
And it is adorable.
Paddington is, in fact, so cute and witty and compassionate and bittersweet and just the right little bit of snarky and positively downright altruistic that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"Birdman" star Michael Keaton has sat atop our Best Actor chart all awards season long. Rounding out the top five are three British thespians -- Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") David Oyelowo ("Selma) -- and another American, Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"). There are three more Brits -- Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner"), Bill Nighy ("Pride") and Jim Broadbent ("Le Week-End") -- jockeying for that fifth slot currently occupied by Carell. And Keaton should be hoping that one of them makes it in as the lone American has always won an Oscar when facing four foreign rivals. -Break- Michael Keaton and Edward Norton: What we think of acting, 'Birdman' and verbs (video) In 1971, Jane Fonda ("Klute") won her first Best Actress award over Julie Christie ("McCabe and Mrs. Miller"), Glenda..." »
When it comes to winning Oscars, it helps to be good, but it's notoriously difficult for any film or actor to make headway without an advantageous release date – usually in the fall – A-list stars, and/or a high-profile awards campaign, which in itself costs big bucks. So I asked our forum posters what off-the-radar candidates they feel deserve more recognition than they're likely to get. -Break- Oscars news: 'Interstellar' reax, sneak peeks of 'The Hobbit,' 'Into the Woods' I personally made the case for "Le Week-End," a comedy-drama about the strained relationship between a longtime married couple featuring award-worthy lead performances by Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent, which earned strong reviews back in the spring, as well as "Venus in Fur," Roman Polanski's French-language adaptation of the play, with Emmanuelle Seigner impressively tackling the role that won Nina Arianda a Tony. Who do...' »
The European Film Academy and Efa Productions have announced the nominations for the 27th European Film Awards. The more than 3,000 Efa Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on December 13, in the Latvian capital Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014.
Writer/Director: Ruben Östlund
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Nymphomaniac Director's Cut Volume I and II
Writer/Director: Lars von Trier
Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu)
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Carmina and Amen (Carmina y Amen)
Writer/Director: Paco León
Director: Roger Michel
Writer: Hanif Kureishi
The Mafia Only Kills In Summer (La Mafia Uccide Solo d'Estate)
- Amber Wilkinson
Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.
The nominations for the 27th European Film Awards have been announced at the Seville European Film Festival.
More than 3,000 European Film Academy members will now vote for the winners, who will be presented during the awards ceremony on Dec 13 in Riga.
Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut - Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep will compete for European Film, with every director - apart from von Trier - up for European Director alongside Steven Knight for Locke and Paolo Virzi for Human Capital.
The full list of nominations is as follows:
European Film 2014
Force Majeure (Sweden/Denmark/France/Norway)
Written & Directed By: [link »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
True to their big fest form, Turkey’s “Winter Sleep” and Russia’s “Leviathan,” both of which won at Cannes and are their countries’ foriegn-language Oscar entries, will face off for best picture at the 27th European Film Awards.
But they look to have stiff competition in Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” a Toronto prize winner, which scored the most major category nominations — five — including for best picture and two nods for its actresses: Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza who play, respectively, a novitiate Catholic nun and her hard-drinking, worldly relative.
“Leviathan,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pickup, nabbed four nominations. Also in the best picture five-pic cut are Swedish Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” and Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume 1 & 2,” with Charlotte Gainsbourg in the running for lead actress.
Nominations were announced Saturday at Spain’s Seville European Film Festival.
The previous two winners of »
- John Hopewell
The nominations for the 2014 European Film Awards—and six winners—have been announced. Nominated for European Film 2014 are Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure (Turist), Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan (Levifan), Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Director's Cut: Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu). Nominated for European Comedy 2014 are Paco León's Carmina & Amen (Carmina y Amén), Roger Michell's Le Week-End and Pierfrancesco Diliberto's The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate). We've got the full list. » - David Hudson »
The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.
The film tells the true story of the relationship between Bennett and Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
Sony Pictures has also announced that the film will release in cinemas across the UK on Nov 13, 2015.
The movie is being filmed on the very street, and in the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Glenn Whipp says to "think again" if you believe the Oscar race for Best Actress is "thin" this year. He partially blames "the allure of the new, with some pundits flailing their arms each time an unseen movie debuts." A few days ago, Julianne Moore ("Stil Alice") jumped to the tops of prediction lists strictly because she came out of nowhere and was the most recent person to be screened. Along with Moore, Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") and Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") are strong possible choices. He also adds in the lesser-viewed Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle"), Marion Cotillard ("The Immigrant"), Lindsay Duncan ("Le Week-End"), and Jenny Slate ("Obvious Child") to consider. L.A. Times -Break- Join the lively film and TV discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Gregory Ellwood provides eight important revelations after Venice, Telluride, and »
Australian producers increasingly are looking to international co-productions as one solution to the difficulty of raising finance at home.
Producers say the .soft. money available for co-pros with Canada and Europe will help to compensate for the very low minimum guarantees offered by Australian distributors.
Another advantage, they say, is the improved chances of securing marquee cast for films shot in part or completely in Canada and Europe.
. With the collapse of distribution windows, online communication, and the competitiveness of getting soft money out of Australia, producers are becoming more savvy in financing their films with global partners especially as we are telling more global, universally themed stories,. says producer Raquelle David, who is developing the futuristic thriller Lucid as a co-pro.
- Don Groves
Now that it is likely to be set up as a UK/Australian co-production, prolific UK producer Kevin Loader (In the Loop, Hyde Park on Hudson, Le Week-End) has become part of the team behind the comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.
Australian producer Louise Smith was reluctant to provide details of the project precisely because it is yet to be financed. The current draft of the script is being written by Samantha Stauss, co-creator of the series Dance Academy.
B Model is included in a list of 18 features that Screen Australia has injected a total of Us$500,000 worth of development money into in the last four months.
One of the »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Screen Australia today announced nearly $535,000 in development funding for 18 features including projects set in Canada, inner-city Berlin, Mexico City, Vietnam, the Middle East and medieval England.
The genres range from family and musical to comedy, drama, thriller, sci-fi and action. The funding will support eight new projects as well as further assistance for 10 titles.
Through its Talent Escalator programs, the agency is placing three producers in professional posts to improve their direct industry experience and supporting short film director Nicholas Verso in the next stage of his professional development.
Screen Australia.s Head of Production Sally Caplan said, .In this round it is encouraging to see such a great range of Australian stories receive support from filmmakers at different levels, some with international creative partners and several with international focus.
"We are also pleased to be able to support emerging local talent with international placements that will increase our industry »
- Don Groves
The British film industry is to send its biggest ever delegation to the Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam).
Producers, distributors and festival execs are among a 29-strong British delegation that will arrive in Colombia on Monday for the fifth Bogota Audiovisual Market (Bam) (July 14-18).
The UK is the guest country at this year’s Bam, attended by more than 1,000 delegates including 250 buyers from 20 countries, as Colombia aims to increase collaboration with the British film industry.
The ambition follows rapid growth within the Colombian film sector as a result of increased government support and incentives, with the country positioning itself as a production centre in the region that is keen to attract foreign shoots.
One of the delegation is Isabel Davis, head of international at the BFI, who said: “As Colombia steps up support for its local film industry, I’m looking forward to finding out what makes Colombian filmmakers and audiences tick, and what the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
This is a rare jewel of a movie. Le Week-End follows Nick and Meg, enacted brilliantly by Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, a British couple whose longtime marriage faces a turning point during a weekend in Paris. Directed judiciously by Roger Michell from an exquisite original screenplay by Hanif Kureishi, and photographed beautifully by Nathalie Durand, the film captures the nuances of a long-term relationship, the ups and downs, the easy asides and the sidelong glances, the heat of anger and the warmth of touch, the regrets and the resentments and the recriminations. It begins, comfortably enough, on a train but soon enough becomes awkward when Meg doesn't like the tiny hotel room Nick has secured for them. ("It's beige," she says, petulantly, and storms...
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Bad Words (Jason Bateman-directed scabrous comedy; Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney; rated R) Jodorowsky's Dune (documentary; Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux; rated PG-13) Le Week-End (romance; Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum; rated R) The Raid 2 (highly stylized action sequel; Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle; rated R) Watermark (documentary about how water shapes humanity; rated PG...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Updated 7/11: The giveaway has concluded, and the winner has been notified. Thanks to all who entered. As an antidote to blockbuster season in Hollywood, we have a Blu-ray copy of Le Week-End to give to one reader who is "in the know."The film, which is available today -- Tuesday, July 8 -- on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD from Music Box Films, stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan. Here's the official synopsis: Arriving in Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their 30-year marriage, British college philosophy professor Nick (Jim Broadbent) and schoolteacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) get off to a rocky start in a cheap and depressing lodge. Moving into a swankier hotel with view of the Eiffel Tower sets them off...
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky's vision for a "Dune" movie was beyond remarkable; it was truly epic. Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, and Mick Jagger were just a few of the names attached to the film - until it imploded. This is a documentary about a sci-fi film that was ahead of its time and the visionary behind it.
Why We're In: Tons of interviews, behind-the-scenes details, storyboards, and more make this a must-see for art house, midnight movie, and film history fiends.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson star in this cool crime drama about a thief who's out for revenge on the dude who double-crossed him. Mel Gibson's "Payback" was based on the same novel, "The Hunter" by Donald E. Westlake, but that shouldn't deter you. »
- Jenni Miller
Festival, whose lineup was unveiled Wednesday in Zagreb.
Among competish titles are Jessica Hausner’s “Amour Fou,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s “Japanese Dog,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” and “Bridges of Sarajevo,” which has multiple directors.
The Croatian program includes Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” Branko Istvancic’s “The Bridge at the End of the World,” Darko Suvak’s “Happy Endings,” Filip Peruzovic’s “Walk the Dog,” and Peter Kerekes, »
- Variety Staff
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