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Benicio del Toro Named President Of Un Certain Regard Jury At Cannes 2018

Benicio del Toro has been named as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The festival made the news public this morning via an officia release.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Pennsylvania, he is an artist who knows no boundaries. He is a great admirer of Jean Vigo and Charlie Chaplin and would have loved to have met Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Toshiro Mifune or Humphrey Bogart. When he was 20 years old, he discovered The 400 Blows and the infinite universe of Fellini, Eisenstein, Bergman, Eustache, Kurosawa… The Naked Island of Kaneto Shindô became his go-to film.

At 6 feet 2, Benicio Del Toro always dreamt of becoming a basketball player but became an actor instead. His intense and magnetic presence on the screen makes him sleek and attractive. A chameleon with a thousand faces: a mild-mannered gangster (The Usual Suspects, 1995), an eccentric moustachioed lawyer (Las Vegas Parano,
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Christopher Walken, Hugh Hudson, Barry Levinson Look Back at Careers at R7al

Christopher Walken, Hugh Hudson, Barry Levinson Look Back at Careers at R7al
R7al, a new film event in Lausanne, Switzerland, dedicated to classic films, wrapped Wednesday, with Christopher Walken receiving an honory award onstage, and one of his films, Abel Ferrara’s “The Funeral,” playing as the closing night movie.

Among the other guests were directors Darren Aronofsky, Barry Levinson, Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Michel Hazanavicius, Hugh Hudson and Tim Pope, composer Alexandre Desplat, Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux, author Stephen Apkon, and actresses Lea Seydoux, Rossy De Palma and Fanny Ardant. The event was founded by actor Vincent Perez.

R7al screened 40 films as well as staging a multitude of discussions during which filmmakers could talk about their work.

At a screening of “The Deer Hunter,” Walken explained that two weeks before filming started director Michael Cimino brought together the principal actors at the film’s first location, Cleveland, Ohio, to get to know each other. “We spent at least 10 days together.
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Listen, Share, and Cry to That Song From the Life Itself Trailer

This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is trying to make your heart explode with Life Itself, another multigenerational tale of love and family, and he probably had you at the first few bars of that song in the trailer. In case you haven't hugged a body pillow and ugly-cried to it in the dark before (Lol, I haven't either . . . ) you do need to put it on your rotation. The track, by Band of Horses, is titled "The Funeral." It's off their 2006 album Everything All the Time and was forever immortalized in an episode of the MTV series My Life as Liz. Here's the full video - watch at your own emotional risk.
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Listen, Share, and Cry to That Song From the Life Itself Trailer

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Listen, Share, and Cry to That Song From the Life Itself Trailer
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is trying to make your heart explode with Life Itself, another multigenerational tale of love and family, and he probably had you at the first few bars of that song in the trailer. In case you haven't hugged a body pillow and ugly-cried to it in the dark before (Lol, I haven't either . . . ) you do need to put it on your rotation. The track, by Band of Horses, is titled "The Funeral." It's off their 2006 album Everything All the Time and was forever immortalized in an episode of the MTV series My Life as Liz. Here's the full video - watch at your own emotional risk.
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Moving Trailer For Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde's Life Itself From the Creator of This Is Us

Life Itself is a new film that comes from the creator of NBC's hit series This is UsDan Fogelman. he wrote and directed the film which comes along with a fantastic cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, with Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas.

The first trailer has been released online and it was really quite moving. It didn't hurt that the trailer includes the song "The Funeral" by Band of Horses. I love that song and it fits perfectly with this trailer. 

Sometimes I like sentimental films about life because sometimes I'm just a sentimental guy. 

Life Itself centers on a couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) that lead a multi generational love story spanning both decades and continents, from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside, and are all connected by a single event.

The movie will be released sometime this fall.
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My 5: ‘West Wing Weekly’ Host Hrishikesh Hirway’s Top ‘West Wing’ Scenes

There is perhaps no bigger West Wing fan than Hrishikesh Hirway, who has turned his longtime love of Aaron Sorkin’s beloved political drama into the popular recap podcast, The West Wing Weekly, co-hosted by none other than Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the show.

Week to week, Hirway and Malina tap into the pop culture fandom (and nostalgia) surrounding the NBC series as they rewatch and discuss episodes of the show. The pair is currently up to season four, episode nine (“Swiss Diplomacy”) of the show’s seven-season run, meaning they’ve recently passed the halfway mark of their ongoing experiment, which has proved to be wildly successful.

“Josh and I were both really surprised by the reaction the podcast got at first. We were really overwhelmed by how many other West Wing fans there are out there and how passionate they are,” Hirway tells Et, adding they dread the end of the series
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Hollywood Film Awards: Benicio Del Toro to receive the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Sicario”

Benicio Del Toro is a pretty singular talent in the industry, so it’s never a surprise when he does worth worthy of being honored. This year, the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to bestow upon him the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his performance in Sicario. Of course, Del Toro more or less stole that film, so it’s a totally viable honor. He’s going to be in play for an Oscar nod in Best Supporting Actor, but regardless of if that nom happens or not, this shows how he’s still crafting memorable supporting characters. That’s always been Del Toro’s bread and butter, so this is just a perfect citation for him… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced that Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for Sicario.
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Abel Ferrara’s ‘Body Snatchers’: The horror of being alone

There are perhaps few filmmakers more contradictory and ultimately more fascinating than Abel Ferrara. The American director, most famous for crime dramas like Bad Lieutenant and King of New York, could be compared to an older auteur like Nicholas Ray who blurred lines not just between genres, but between art and industry. While Ferrara has often been forced to work outside both Hollywood and the United States in the past decade of his career, with many of his most recent films never receiving proper American releases, he’s often down to tackle studio assignments. Despite his acceptance of studio productions and interest in genre fiction, Ferrara is also fascinated by morality and corruption in a way that links him to European filmmakers like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pier Paolo Pasolini. In this sense, despite his films’ visceral and stark depictions of violence, sexuality, and substance use, he’s heavily informed by Catholicism,
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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans

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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans
Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late Us actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has unveiled plans for its 50th ‘annivarysary’ edition, set to run July 3-11.

The jubilee edition will include a look at recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to Us actors John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.

Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has collaborated with Ivan Zachariáš since the beginning of the
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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president

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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president
Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.

Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Italian-American actress and director will head a jury that will judge 20 films, set to be announced when the full line-up is unveiled on April 16.

At this year’s Cannes, Rossellini will take part in a tribute to her actress mother by attending the screening of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏, a documentary by Stig Björkman being shown as part of the Cannes Classics. (This year’s Cannes poster features Bergman)

She will also launch her own ‘Ingrid Bergman Tribute’ to celebrate the centenary of her mother’s birth. The show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, will be based on both her autobiography and her correspondence with Roberto Rossellini.

With the help of a soon-to-be-announced jury made up of artists, journalists and festival
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Isabella Rossellini To Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard

Isabella Rossellini To Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard
Paris — Isabella Rossellini is set to preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard during the 68th edition of Cannes Film Festival.

The lineup of Un Certain Regard, which comprises 20 films, will be unveiled at a presser on April 16, along with the rest of the official selection.

It will be stellar festival for Rossellini, as her mother, Ingrid Bergman, will be celebrated with a tribute. Rossellini, whose father is the Italian helmer Roberto Rossellini, will also launch her own “Ingrid Bergman Tribute,” a show directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damianito and based on the iconic thesp’s autobiography and correspondence with Roberto Rossellini. The “Ingrid Bergman Tribute” will go on to play at some at the world’s major theaters.

Lastly, Rossellini will attend the screening of Stig Björkman’s documentary “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏,” which will be shown as part of Cannes Classics.

Rossellini has
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Abel Ferrara Battles for Director's Cut of 'Welcome to New York,' But Here's the Real Story

Abel Ferrara Battles for Director's Cut of 'Welcome to New York,' But Here's the Real Story
Abel Ferrara, the rascally perennial New York filmmaker behind seminal tales of urban grime like "Bad Lieutenant" and "The Funeral," has never taken kindly to the idea of compromise. At the same time, the unruly, anarchic sensibility visible in his movies also colors his business dealings, to the point where the legitimacy of his routine complaints with collaborators are difficult to discern. Read More: Sex, Soul Searching & a Naked Gerard Depardieu: Abel Ferrara's Dsk Drama 'Welcome to New York' is Bonkers Such is the case with "Welcome to New York," Ferrara's gleefully vulgar portrait of disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which IFC Films releases in the U.S. on March 27. The movie, which stars Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, premiered at an unofficial screening in Cannes last May at the same time that it became available on VOD platforms in France. But it wasn't until the fall,
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Watch: Willem Dafoe in First Trailer for Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini'

Set to have its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, starring Willem Dafoe as the Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini, has premiered ahead of its upcoming Venice Film Festival premiere. The film takes a look at the final days of Pasolini's life and the confusion surrounding his death in 1975 as he struggles with the censors as he is about to finish Sal?, or the 120 Days of Sodom, pausing for an interview with a journalist that allows him to reflect on ideas of sex and politics, having lunch with his beloved mother with whom he shared a house, welcoming friends and former lovers and his obsessive predilection for cruising the nocturnal streets of Rome in search of furtive sex via. Depending on how things shape out when it comes to my Tiff schedule, I might be seeing this one on Sunday,
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Christopher Walken Dancing Video Supercut

Art by JasonCasteel

I know what will cheer you up today! A little video supercut that has nothing except Christopher Walken dancing. I didn't realize just how much he's danced over the course of his career. The guy has sure got some crazy moves! Below the video you'll find the full list of movies that are featured in the video which comes to us from The Huffington Post.

Roseland” (1977)

The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Brainstorm” (1983)

Pennies from Heaven” (1981)

The Dead Zone” (1983)

A View To A Kill” (1985)

At Close Range” (1986)

Puss in Boots” (1988)

Homeboy” (1988)

Communion” (1989)

King of New York” (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)

All-American Murder” (1991)

Batman Returns” (1992)

Skylark” (1993)

True Romance” (1993)

“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)

A Business Affair” (1994)

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The Prophecy” (1995)

Search and Destroy” (1995)

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995)

The Funeral” (1996)

Suicide Kings” (1997)

Mousehunt” (1997)

New Rose Hotel” (1998)

Blast from the Past” (1999)

Sleepy Hollow” (1999)

The Opportunists” (2000)

“Scotland,
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Let’s Watch a Supercut of Every Christopher Walken Dance Scene

I didn’t know Christopher Walken had danced in so many movies but it’s a good thing he has otherwise we wouldn’t have this great supercut to show you. He had the moves in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice video [watch it here] but put them all together with his movies and it’s something special.

Fyi: Walken initially trained as a musical theater dancer at the Washington Dance Studio.

Below is the video and the complete list of the films used:

Here’s a full list of the films featured in the video, via HuffPo:

Roseland” (1977)

The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Brainstorm” (1983)

Pennies from Heaven” (1981)

The Dead Zone” (1983)

A View To A Kill” (1985)

At Close Range” (1986)

Puss in Boots” (1988)

Homeboy” (1988)

Communion” (1989)

King of New York” (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)

All-American Murder” (1991)

Batman Returns” (1992)

Skylark” (1993)

True Romance” (1993)

“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)

A Business Affair” (1994)

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The Prophecy” (1995)

Search and Destroy
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1996

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01

We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...

Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.

Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.

As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...

25. The Cable Guy

We can't sit here and
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...

The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.

As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't.
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'Lawless,' 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Cosmopolis,' 'On The Road' Lead Official Selection For 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Still the biggest and most prestigious film festival in the world, despite fierce competition, Cannes is one of the major dates in the film lover's calendar. And more so than ever this year, there's been a great deal of speculation as to what the films in competition might be. We knew that Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" was opening the festival, and we knew, as of yesterday, that "Therese D," the last film from director Claude Miller, starring Audrey Tautou, would close it.

But beyond that, nothing's been certain, although all kinds of rumors have been circulating. Would we see Terrence Malick debut a new film for the second year in a row? Would Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" bow on the Croisette? Would Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" finally see him gain festival love? (it's possible we made the last one up).

Well, the line-up's finally been unveiled,
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Predicting the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Line-Up 24 Hours Before It's Revealed

Photo: Cannes Film Festival Update: The full line-up is now available right here. We are now less than 24 hours away from the official 2012 Cannes Film Festival line-up announcement and I have to admit, my excitement for what may come is hitting overload. As much as the Toronto Film Festival has come to be the place where several films begin their Oscar run, there simply is nothing better than the international cinematic prestige of attending the Cannes Film Festival each year and this will mark my third year attending. With that in mind, late last night I added an additional nine films to the RopeofSilicon database that have the potential of being named during tomorrow's (April 19) announcement, which should come sometime around 2 or 3 Am Pst. After doing so I felt it wouldn't hurt to take one last look at what films have the strongest chance of showing up at the festival this year.
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4:44 Last Day On Earth Review

By Colleen Wanglund, MoreHorror.com

While not technically a horror movie, 4:44 Last Day On Earth (2012) still manages to pack a terrifying, if quiet, punch. Written and directed by maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Bad Leiutenant {1992}, The Funeral {1996}, Ms. 45 {1981}) 4:44 takes an intimate look at a Bohemian couple living out their final day on Earth.

Cisco (Willem Dafoe) is a successful actor living with his artist girlfriend Skye (Shanyn Leigh) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. As the title suggests, life on Earth will cease to exist on this particular day at 4:44 Am due to humanity’s failure to do anything about climate change. Cisco and Skye say their goodbyes to loved ones via Skype, while in between they meditate, make love, and order Chinese food for dinner. Skye is also furiously trying to finish her painting while Cisco goes to visit friends in just one of a
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