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FilmNation to launch Cannes sales on Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain And Glory' (exclusive)

FilmNation to launch Cannes sales on Pedro Almodóvar's 'Pain And Glory' (exclusive)
The partners have collaborated on Julieta, The Skin I Live In, and I’m So Excited!

FilmNation announced on Thursday (April 19) it will launch sales in Cannes on Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain And Glory (Dolor y Gloria) starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.

Production is scheduled to begin in July as FilmNation continues its relationship with Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar’s production company El Deseo.

The partners have collaborated on Julieta, The Skin I Live In, and I’m So Excited!

Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In) and Penelope Cruz, who was part of the ensemble that earned the
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Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz to star in new Pedro Almodóvar film 'Dolor Y Gloria'

Project will start shooting in July, produced by Almodóvar’s company El Deseo.

Pedro Almodóvar is working on his new film, Dolor Y Gloria (which translates as ’Pain And Glory’). Shooting will start in July and two of his favourite actors will be in the cast: Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.

Dolor Y Gloria is about “a film director in the twilight of his career” and his reflections on life and work, said Almodovar via a statement from hs Madrid-based production company El Deseo, which he runs with brother Agustin. “First loves, second loves, his mother, mortality, an actor who
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Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz Team Up on ‘Dolor y Gloria’

Pedro Almodovar, Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz Team Up on ‘Dolor y Gloria’
Pedro Almodovar will team with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz on the veteran Spanish director’s next film, “Dolor y Gloria,” which is set to shoot from the first half of July.

“Dolor y Gloria” is set up at El Deseo, the Madrid-based production house created by Almodovar and his brother Agustín to produce “The Law of Desire” in 1987.

Described by Almodovar as a film with male protagonists – in contrast to his last outing, “Julieta” – “Dolor y Gloria” (literally “Pain and Glory”) stars Banderas and Asier Etxeandía (“Velvet”) in the leading roles. Cruz and Julieta Serrano – “two actresses I adore,” Almodovar said Tuesday in a press statement – will play secondary roles.

“Dolor y Gloria” turns on “creation, both cinematographic and theatrical, and the difficulty of separating creation from one’s own life,” Almodovar said.

The film recounts “a series of meetings, some physical, others remembered decades later, of a film
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First trailer for Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

No, you’re not imagining things, and this isn’t a late April Fool’s Day joke… After years of development hell, production hell, and a myriad of setbacks and delays, the first trailer for Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has arrived online, and check it out below along with an international poster…

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote follows Toby, a jaded commercials director who travels to Spain for a shoot and comes across a gypsy who gives a copy of his student film — a lyrical re-working of the Don Quixote story set in a quaint old Spanish village. Moved by the discovery, Toby sets off on a bizarre road trip to find the little village where the student student film was shot and gets caught up in a series of catastrophies.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote features a cast that
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Darren Aronofsky, Barry Levinson, Alexandre Desplat to Attend r7al, a New Film Festival in Switzerland

Darren Aronofsky, Barry Levinson, Alexandre Desplat to Attend r7al, a New Film Festival in Switzerland
Directors Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “Mother!”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”), Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”), Thomas Vinterberg (“Festen”) and Hugh Hudson (“Chariots of Fire”) will be among those speaking at the first edition of r7al, a film festival to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from March 24 to 28.

Other guests at r7al (it stands for Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne) include Alexandre Desplat, the Oscar-nominated composer of “The Shape of Water,” music-video director Tim Pope, “Live Earth” producer Kevin Wall, author Stephen Apkon (“The Age of the Image”), and actresses Fanny Ardant, Valeria Golino and Lea Seydoux. Actress Rossy de Palma (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”) will be interviewed for an event hosted by Kering’s Women in Motion.

A round-table event held in association with Women’s Business Society will be attended by producers Anne-Dominique Toussaint and Pauline Gigax, actress Aïssa Maïga, virtual-reality entrepreneur Caecilia Charbonnier,
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'The Hours': THR's 2002 Review

'The Hours': THR's 2002 Review
On Dec. 27, 2002, The Hours, starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, opened in limited release. The film went on to be nominated for nine honors at the 75th Academy Awards, winning best actress for Kidman. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

The Hours deserves the title "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" even more than the Almodovar film. This movie meticulously intertwines a single day in the lives of three women in different eras, each of whom is suffocating from an unnamable depression. The movie also is something of an A-list "cook-off" among three...
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Terry Gilliam provides an update on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Having wrapped production this summer, Terry Gilliam has been chatting to The New York Times about his long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with the filmmaker revealing that he’s completed a rough cut which has been garnering a very positive response from those who have seen it.

“We’ve almost finished the cut,” said Gilliam. “We’re just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it’s pretty much what it is. We’ve got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it’s pretty tight now and it’s surprisingly wonderful. I always hesitate to get too optimistic or too excited about the work I’m doing. I’d rather try to stay cynical and slightly distant from it. When you fall in love with something, it’s painful when it
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Original Broadway Cast Member Nikka Graff Lanzarone to Lead Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown at Mtg

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will continue their 22nd Anniversary season with the West Coast professional premiere of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, the stage musical version of the Academy Award nominated film of the same name. Musical Theatre Guild's production will feature Los Angeles native and original Broadway cast member Nikka Graff Lanzarone in the role of Candela.
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Tiff Audience Award goes to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Yesterday afternoon, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their award winners. Notably, the Audience Award, which is the top prize at Tiff, went to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The runner ups were, perhaps surprisingly, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, as well as Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was slightly surprising, though the word out of Toronto has been incredibly positive. After taking a prize recently at the Venice Film Festival for Screenplay, it’s currently the most awarded contender of the year so far. If nothing else, that’s a nice head start for a movie such as this one. Looking specifically at the Audience Award and thinking in terms of its history, this is a somewhat reliable indicator of prestige. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri now joins a group that has five prior Best Picture winners,
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival

Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival
Rome – Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, known for his vivid color palette and his work with Pedro Almodovar and other influential directors, will be recognized by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award honoring technical achievements and advancements in film.

Besides working on five Almodovar films, including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (1988), “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” (1989), and, more recently, “Volver” (2006) (pictured), Alcaine has been instrumental in defining the original look of Spanish cinema starting in the early 1980s alongside such directors as Victor Erice, Fernando Trueba, and Vicente Aranda. He made a dozen films with Aranda, including steamy Franco-era-set noir “Lovers” (1991).

Outside Spain, Alacaine has also collaborated with Italian directors Alberto Lattuada, Fabio Carpi, and Giovanni Veronesi, among others. He is currently shooting Brian De Palma’s new thriller, “Domino,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Carice van Houten, and will soon be working on the next project by two-time Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi, a
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Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Get Locarno Festival Honor

The Locarno Festival will pay tribute to Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine on Aug. 10.

Organizers said Tuesday that he will get the Vision Award, a prize honoring technical achievements and advancements in film.

Alcaine is best known for his work with Pedro Almodovar, defining the strong colors and high-contrast landscapes in films including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006) and The Skin I Live In (2011).

He is credited with helping to define the look of Spanish cinema in the 1980s, also working with directors from...
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Rossy de Palma Joins Oscar Martinez on Rodrigo Bellott’s ‘I Miss You’ (Exclusive)

Rossy de Palma Joins Oscar Martinez on Rodrigo Bellott’s ‘I Miss You’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — Spanish star and Almodovar icon Rossy de Palma is making her U.S. film debut in “Tu Me Manques” (I Miss You), directed by Rodrigo Bellott (“Perfidy”), which shoots this summer in New York and Bolivia.

Breaking out with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” in an association with Almodovar which runs through multiple movies and Goya nominations for “Kika” (1993) and “The Flower of My Secret” (1995) to her role as a straight-talking maid in last year’s “Julieta,” De Palma’s asymmetric features has won her fame and elevation to fashion muse for designers Jean-Paul Gautier and Thierry Mugler, a status part secured by her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 “Pret-a-Porter.” De Palma served on the main competition jury of the 2015 Cannes Festival. In France, De Palma will be seen later this year in Amanda Sthers’ “Madame.”

In her first U.S.-shot movie, “I Miss You,” De
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From Almodóvar’s parade to the Security of Hollywood: Antonio Banderas’ cinematic journey

Author: Jon Lyus

Antonio Banderas is one of the more recognisable faces (and certainly one of the most recognisable voices) in Hollywood. His presence in front of the camera is tangible, and the variety of roles he enjoys now is testament to a versatility few could have expected of the man who came to Tinsel Town barely speaking a word of English.

He has been a masked legend (twice, one furry – the other not so), played with another kind of mask (horrifcally so – see the final note), appeared opposite the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Spongebob Squarepants. He’s done it all, and now a new film of his arrives on DVD this week.

Security sees the actor as an ex-Special Forces vet taking a job as a security guard. On his first night he rescues a young girl fleeing from a hijacked convey,
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Terry Gilliam wraps production on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Well, here’s some news you probably never thought you’d read: Terry Gilliam has taken to Facebook to announce that he’s wrapped production on his long-gestating passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote!

Gilliam has spent the best part of two decades trying to get his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel off the ground. He came close in 2000 with a cast that included Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote and Johnny Depp as his lead character Toby, only for the production to encounter numerous difficulties before it was eventually abandoned (and documented in the 2002 film Lost in La Mancha).

This take on the project stars Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Quixote and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Toby, while the rest of the cast includes Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Joana Ribeiro (A Uma Hora Incerta
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Pedro Party: Losing Our Minds Over "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"

We're celebrating Pedro Almodóvar all week. Here's Spencer Coile on his first Oscar nominee... 

Almodóvar is always at his best when also at his zaniest. Through a healthy mix of wacky characters and a unique color palette, he manages to imbue his stories with enough humor, drama, and wit to make any skeptic reconsider his artistry. Such is the case with his 1988 film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Telling the story of TV actress Pepa (Carmen Maura, Almodóvar most-enduring muse), we are plunged into a world of absurdity, loss, and the cocktails we make to cure us of our loneliness. After serving as his international breakthrough, receiving a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination and inspiring a Broadway musical of the same name, it is no surprise that Women on the Verge has secured its place in the top tier of Almodóvar's filmography... 
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Julieta

Pedro Almodóvar bounces back with an absorbing saga of a mother and daughter told in an interesting style. A woman feels isolated, powerless, alone and anguished about what has happened in her life. Is any of it her fault? Or is all of it her fault? How do we hold relationships together, or do they fall apart no matter what we do? Highly rewarding dramas still exist; they don’t all go begging for Oscar nominations… just learn to read subtitles and you too can find out how the rest of the world lives.

Julieta

Blu-ray

Sony Pictures Classics

2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 99 min. / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 30.99

Starring: Adriana Ugarte, Emma Suárez, Michelle Jenner, Darío Grandinetti, Rossy de Palma,Susi Sá Sánchez, Joaquín Notario, Pilar Castro, Tómas del Estal.

Cinematography: Jean-Claude Larrieu

Film Editor: José Salcedo

Original Music: Alberto Iglesias

Written by Pedro Almodóvar based on three short stories by Alice Munro

Produced by Augustín Almodóvar,
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Exclusive: Behind-The-Scenes Clip Into Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta

Academy Award winner Pedro Almodovar returns to the helm with Julieta.

This female centered film looks at Julieta, in her older and younger days, as she navigates through her story as a brokenhearted woman who faces the painful mystery of her long alienation from her daughter.

The film stars Emma Suarez (Vacas) and Adriana Ugarte (Palmeras En La Nieve) in the title role.

It also stars Daniel Grao (Julia’S Eyes), Inma Cuesta (The Bride), Dario Grandinetti (Talk To Her), Michelle Jenner (Our Lovers) and Rossy de Palma (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown).

The bonus materials on the Blu-ray and DVD will include two featurettes featuring commentaries from Pedro Almodovar, Rossy de Palma and Adriana Ugarte. It also has a red carpet presentation and look into the opening night at the Museum of Modern Art’s Almodover Retrospective in “Celebrating Director Pedro Almodovar.”

Here’s the official synopsis:

In Julieta,
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Antoni Llorens, Spain's Leading Distributor in the '90s, Dies at 76

Antoni Llorens, producer of Pedro Almodovar’s landmark 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and a longtime independent distributor in Spain, died over the weekend in Barcelona. He was 76. The cause of death was not revealed.

The charismatic founder and CEO of Lauren Films, Llorens, with a knack for anticipating trends, was arguably the Spanish film industry’s most international player in the 1980s and '90s. Llorens produced 15 films, including the Oscar-nominated Women, which put Almodovar on the international radar, and distributed up to 104 titles a year, including Pulp Fiction, Cinema Paradiso, Terminator and all...
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Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote begins production (yes, really)

17 years after the plug was pulled on his first attempt, Terry Gilliam has now commenced production on his passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, IndieWire is reporting.

As announced last year (when the project was delayed once again), Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver is set to take on the lead role originally portrayed by Johnny Depp in the abandoned 2000 version. However, it seems that Gilliam regular Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen) will now take on the role of Quixote, replacing Michael Palin (who himself replaced John Hurt, Robert Duvall and Jean Rochefort).

Joining Driver and Pryce in the cast are Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Joana Ribeiro (A Uma Hora Incerta), Eva Basteiro-Bertoli (Black Bread) and Rossy de Palma (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).

Here’s the official synopsis for the project,
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