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‘Dave’ at 25: Why Kevin Kline Initially Turned Down the Role and Ivan Reitman Walked Away From the Political Comedy

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‘Dave’ at 25: Why Kevin Kline Initially Turned Down the Role and Ivan Reitman Walked Away From the Political Comedy
During the production of the romantic comedy “Dave,” which celebrates its 25th anniversary on Monday, director Ivan Reitman would frequently drop by the editing room to see what editor Sheldon Kahn had assembled.

Reitman had watched about two-thirds of the movie when he realized one scene didn’t work — when Dave (Kevin Kline), a good-natured employment agency owner hired to impersonate the officious President Bill Mitchell after the Potus suffered a stroke, and the no-nonsense First Lady (Sigourney Weaver) return to the White House after sneaking out.

“I didn’t buy that Sigourney and Dave bonded when they went back into the White House,” Reitman said. “It was just that they snuck out and they talked a bit and then they snuck back. It didn’t feel that they had earned each other’s trust. It was just a movie movement instead of an earned movie moment.”

So they turned
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Movie Review: Aquarius gives Sonia Braga the great starring role she’s always deserved

For a very brief period in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga looked poised to become a major Hollywood star. Her significant supporting role in Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), a Brazilian-American co-production that won William Hurt the Oscar for Best Actor and was nominated for Best Picture, got studio suits’ attention; a few years later, she appeared in Robert Redford’s The Milagro Beanfield War and Paul Mazursky’s Moon Over Parador (both of which, oddly, are set in fictional locations, with Milagro somewhere in New Mexico and Parador an entirely invented South American country). Neither film was a hit, and the same tepid box-office fate met her last big Hollywood showcase, The Rookie (1990), in which she played one of the criminals (alongside Raul Juliá again) being pursued by cops Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen. While she would later be nominated for an ...
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2013 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

The mighty Boston Underground Film Festival celebrates their impressive 15th edition this year on March 27-31 at the Brattle Theatre. Here’s some highlights to be on the lookout for:

Opening night film: I Declare War, a childhood parable about war and brutality, directed by Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson.

Closing night film: Big Ass Spider!, a raucous giant arachnid vs. the military flick, directed by Mike Mendez.

Other Feature Films: Both Drew Tobia’s first feature, See You Next Tuesday; and the punk documentary A Band Called Death by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett recently won awards at the 20th Chicago Underground Film Festival and will now kill it at Buff. Sion Sono, a Buff regular, will be screening the last of his “Trilogy of Hate,” Guilty of Romance; while Calvin Lee Reeder has the gross-out feature-length version of his gross-out short The Rambler. And Zach Clark, a Bad Lit favorite,
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New 'Dictator' Trailer Reveals Plot Twist, Republic of Wadiyan R.E.M. Cover & New Portrait Photos With Beloved World Leaders

A lot of the complaints surrounding Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming comedy, "The Dictator," or at least those gripes that exist so far, center around the fact that the film looks somewhat like a "Borat" rehash, in just a similar, but sorta different milieu. While to this writer it feels like a cute spin on the ideas presented in the Richard Dreyfuss comedy "Moon Over Parador" (1988, Paul Mazursky directing) only in reverse, I'll admit, the trailers had me at Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen (aka Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen) character shooting his opponents in the 60 meter dash.

We digress. A new French trailer has arrived and while it shows off a lot of footage we've seen before, it also reveals an important plot twist in the film, so watch it at your own risk (consider that your spoiler alert). The best part of it though? A brilliantly hilarious cover of R.
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‘The Devil’s Double’ is anchored by a fantastic performance by Dominic Cooper (Review #2)

The Devil’s Double

Directed by Lee Tamahori

Written by Michael Thomas and Latif Yahia, Based on the novel by Latif Yahia

Belgium, 2011

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The idea that there could be someone in the world who resembles us so much that they could pass as our double is a popular meme in literary imaginations, frequently expressed as the confusion between a peasant and a noble who appear physically identical, but whose life experiences are radically different. The only question is how far back do we go to find the original idea first expressed: Moon Over Parador? The Great Dictator? The Prisoner of Zenda? The Prince and the Pauper? A Tale of Two Cities? The Man in the Iron Mask? Twelfth Night?

In fact, the idea of the doppelgänger is such a primal one that it is expressed in the very first piece of recorded literature: The Epic of Gilgamesh. The
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La Film Critics Award-Winner Mazursky Talks Career, Kubrick, Tempest, Hollywood

La Film Critics Award-Winner Mazursky Talks Career, Kubrick, Tempest, Hollywood
Paul Mazursky, 80, has always been a one-of-a-kind Hollywood filmmaker. He started out as an actor, wrote (often with a partner), directed and produced his films, and he hasn't stopped. He directed a 2006 documentary about a meeting of Hassidic Jews in the Ukraine (Yippee), directs theater and is prepping a Broadway musical version of Moon Over Parador. The director flourished inside the studio system during the 70s and 80s, a time when execs allowed all sorts of things to happen that they wouldn't today. Movies didn't cost as much. A single exec actually in charge of production could greenlight a movie. We talk about this in the flip cam interview below, as well as starting off his film acting career in 1953 on Stanley ...
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La Film Critics Award-Winner Mazursky Talks Career, Kubrick, Tempest, Hollywood

La Film Critics Award-Winner Mazursky Talks Career, Kubrick, Tempest, Hollywood
Paul Mazursky, 80, has always been a one-of-a-kind Hollywood filmmaker. He started out as an actor, wrote (often with a partner), directed and produced his films, and he hasn't stopped. He directed a 2006 documentary about a meeting of Hassidic Jews in the Ukraine (Yippee), directs theater and is prepping a Broadway musical version of Moon Over Parador. The director flourished inside the studio system during the 70s and 80s, a time when execs allowed all sorts of things to happen that they wouldn't today. Movies didn't cost as much. A single exec actually in charge of production could greenlight a movie. We talk about this in the flip cam interview below, as well as starting off his film acting career in 1953 on Stanley ...
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Sacha Baron Cohen: Highest paid British thespian in the U.S.

By Staff

Soon after it was declared that Carey Mulligan is U.K.’s highest paid actress in Hollywood for her turn in the U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Sacha Baron Cohen is the country’s best paid export.

For his next film, Paramount Pictures’ “The Goat Herder,” Baron Cohen could potentially get paid upward of $45.8 million, that is if it banks “Borat” domestic money — $128.5 million.

Apparently, Paramount believes Baron Cohen has a second life after “Bruno” which deep-sixed at the U.S. with $60.1 million.

Here’s how it breaks down: Baron Cohen will receive a base pay of $20 million, plus 20% of the first box office gross according to The Daily Mail.

“Goat Herder” follows a deposed tyrant and a goat herder in a case of mistaken identities.

The film is budgeted at close to $70 million.

(Already the film smells like the 1988 $11 million box office
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Hawke finally gets a break

[/link]’s first novel(-la? Takes like one trip to the bathroom to read that thing) was in talks to become a silver screen adaptation since late 2003. Late last year we finally heard that shooting for the IFC-distributed film was scheduled to start early this year, with Mark Webber (Chelsea Walls) and Catalina Sandino Moreno Conchita Alonso (Maria Full of Grace… those two last names are obviously not hers, they just seemed to fit so perfectly…) who have recently signed on to star. The indie production will co-star Michelle Williams (Brockeback Mountain), Josh Zuckerman (latest Project Greenlight film Feast), Laura Linney (Kinsey), Sonia Braga (Moon Over Parador) and Hawke himself, which he will also direct. The story recounts your typical “divorced-parents-boy-uses-good-looks-for-sex-meets-girl-who’s-in-a-band-who-dumps-him-after-returning-from-Paris”. Story of my life. Only replace ‘girl who’s in band’ by ‘homeless man on the street’ and ‘return
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