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"Esquire" - Enter Monica Bellucci

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Take a look at new images of actress Monica Bellucci ("Spectre") in the August 2018 issue of "Esquire" (Spain), wearing Emporio Armani, Stella McCartney and a whole lot more, photographed by Ricardo Abrahao:

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990's, playing roles in "La Riffa" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992).

In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".

This was followed by roles in "Malèna" (2000), "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Irréversible" (2002).

She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of the
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Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to the Italian love of movies was a major hit here in 1990, despite being severely cut by Miramax. In 2002 the director reworked his long version into an almost three-hour sentimental epic that enlarges the film’s scope and deepens its sentiments.

Cinema Paradiso

Region B Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / Special Edition / 174, 155, 124 min. /

Nuovo cinema Paradiso / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano, Brigitte Fossey, Pupella Maggio, Leopoldo Trieste

Cinematography: Blasco Giurato

Production Designer: Andrea Crisanti

Film Editor: Mario Morra

Original Music: Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Produced by Mino Barbera, Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli

Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Your average foreign import movie, it seems, makes a brief splash around Oscar time and then disappears as if down a rabbit hole. A few years back I saw a fantastic Argentine movie called The Secret in Their Eyes.
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Exclusive: Why Casting Monica Bellucci on ‘Mozart’ Is a Full Circle Moment for Roman Coppola

Exclusive: Why Casting Monica Bellucci on ‘Mozart’ Is a Full Circle Moment for Roman Coppola
A major addition to the Golden Globe-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle, is Monica Bellucci, who plays Italian diva Alessandra in season three.

With the New York orchestra still in a labor dispute, Maestro Rodrigo De Souza (Gael Garcia Bernal) accepts an offer in Venice to conduct a comeback performance for the aging diva, also known as “La Fiamma.” At an age where she has to make a decision about her voice and repertory, Alessandra is caged by her own limitations, setting off an emotional roller coaster ride for both the conductor and opera singer.

“We’re not trying to be so realistic, but we like to be authentic,” says Roman Coppola, who serves as executive producer, writer and director of the Amazon series. While the show considered the age at which an opera singer’s voice might change, they thought that Bellucci, 52, was a perfect fit regardless. “She felt authentic.”

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Will "Loving" Help June 12th Become a Holiday?

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1916 Disaster epic super producer Irwin Allen is born. (More on him this afternoon)

1919 Stage legend Uta Hagen is born. Though she only ever makes three movies, she originates Tony winning roles on stage that later win Oscars for movie stars (The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Also the co-author of "Respect for Acting" and a reknowned acting teacher with 70s legends Pacino & De Niro as students

1928 Oscar winning composer Richard M Sherman (of Sherman Brothers fame) is born. Jason Schwartzman plays him in Saving Mr Banks (2013) about the making of Mary Poppins (1964)

1942 Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. She does not live much longer during the horrific events of The Holocaust but The Diary of Anne Frank becomes a key text of the 20th century. The George Stevens film adaptation (of the Pulitzer winning play of the same name by the screenwriters) released in 1959 receives 8 nominations including Best Picture and takes home three Oscars

1946 Oscar-nominated costume designer Maurizio Millenotti is born in Italy. Credits include: Otello, Hamlet (1990 version), Malèna, The Passion of the Christ and Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On.

1962 Three bank robbers escape from Alcatraz. The story becomes the Clint Eastwood picture Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

← 1967 The Supreme Court strikes down anti-miscenegation laws banning interracial marriage in the Loving v Virginia case. This year's Oscar hopeful Loving (2016), starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton tells the Loving story. There's also a movement to make June 12th, "Loving Day," an official Us holiday for celebrating multiracial families. Sadly the movie isn't opening today for this anniversary so we'll have to wait months to see it. Perhaps the 50th anniversary next year, after the story is more widely known with the movie, will help add momentum.

1985 Dave Franco is born

1992 Housesitter with Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany hits theaters

2010 Slow burning hit "Bulletproof" peaks on the Us charts nearly a year after its release. Two years later Beca deploys it to fuck up Aubrey's stale act in Pitch Perfect (2012)
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Watch: New International Trailer For Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Correspondence' Starring Jeremy Irons & Olga Kurylenko

While one might think a new movie from the director behind "Cinema Paradiso" and "Malèna" might garner more attention, or at least some kind of film-festival appearance, "The Correspondence," the latest from Giuseppe Tornatore, has already quietly been released in a handful of overseas territories. It's continuing to roll out, and a new international trailer for it has landed. Read More: Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko star in the movie, which boasts a pretty high-wire premise. The story follows a university student/stuntwoman who is reeling from the death of her stunt double, and finds solace in the arms of her astrophysics lecturer. Well, it's definitely original, and not only that, the movie has a score from Ennio Morricone. There's no U.S. distributor yet for "The Correspondence," so no word on when it will land.
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Monica Bellucci Gets "Bazaar"

Take another look @ Italian actress Monica Bellucci  ("Brotherhood of the Wolf") in a recent issue of "Harper's Bazaar" magazine (Ukraine).

Bellucci wears dresses from a past spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990's, playing roles in "La Riffa" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992).

In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".

This was followed by roles in "Malèna" (2000), "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Irréversible" (2002).

She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of
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Salvatore Cascio: 'Cinema Paradiso is about the power of dreams'

Kicking off our coverage of the 25th anniversary of the perennially popular Italian classic, we catch up with Salvatore Cascio, who played the saucer-eyed Totò as a child

Cinema Paradiso: watch the trailer for the 25th anniversary edition

• Hats off! The Observer's 2000 interview with Philippe Noiret

In 1988, during the first round of auditions to cast the lead boy in his next film, the director Giuseppe Tornatore asked eight-year-old Salvatore Cascio what cinema meant to him. The young Cascio thought for a moment. "For me," he said, "cinema is like an enormous television."

"He looked a bit taken aback, and then he laughed," says Cascio, now 34, and speaking from his home near the Sicilian town of Palazzo Adriano, where Tornatore shot much of Cinema Paradiso. "I'd never even been to the cinema before – I didn't really know what it was. So I think my answer amused him. Perhaps it's what got me the part.
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Spaghetti Western Screenwriter Who Helped to Launch Eastwood's Movie Career Has Died

Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi,
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Monica Bellucci Gets "Bazaar"

Sneak Peek Italian actress Monica Bellucci in the March 2013 issue of fashion magazine, "Harper's Bazaar Ukraine".

Bellucci wears dresses from the 2013 spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990's, playing roles in "La Riffa" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992).

In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".

This was followed by roles in "Malèna" (2000), "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Irréversible" (2002).

She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of the 2005 animated feature "Robots".

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Casting Net: Taylor Lautner to get his funny on in 'Grown Ups 2.' Plus: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Alexander Skarsgard

Casting Net: Taylor Lautner to get his funny on in 'Grown Ups 2.' Plus: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Alexander Skarsgard
Taylor Lautner is aiming to sign onto Grown Ups 2, in which he will reportedly go “toe-to-toe” with Adam Sandler. Probably better than going ab-to-ab. Kevin James, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Salma Hayek, David Spade, and director Dennis Dugan are all returning. [THR]

Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde are set for Third Person, an ensemble drama spanning New York, Paris, and Rome, from Crash writer-director Paul Haggis — who certainly knows from sprawling, intersecting storylines. [Vulture]

• Looks like Alexander Skarsgard won’t have much time to work on his tan during his True Blood hiatus. The actor is in talks to headline the horror flick Hidden,
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BFI London Film Festival 2011: 'We Have a Pope'

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★★★★★ Italian director Nanni Moretti has been making films since 1973 and is often labelled as the 'Italian Woody Allen' by lazy critics with a passion for tenuous comparisons. Yet Allen, even on his best day, couldn't match the skill, humour and ambition Moretti displays in his latest effort We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam, 2011). It's almost a masterpiece, and arguably the best film to come out of Italy since Giuseppe Tornatore's Malèna (2000).

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Monica Bellucci as Malèna: Beauty, Black and Heels

In Malèna (2000, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore), set during WW2 in a rural Italian town, Monica Bellucci plays an impossible vision of beauty; a woman so striking she is immediately sexualised by all who lay eyes on her. Malèna’s reaction to the leering male gaze and subsequent scorn of jealous women is expressed through her hair, make-up and clothing.

Our introduction to the character occurs with Malèna wearing a just-below-the-knee white dress, lightly padded shoulders, deep neckline incorporating dotted bow detail (this fabric is later reused for another outfit – she is a seamstress) to match black and white edging on the revers. Its tubular fit is reminiscent of the form-fitting 1930s; Bellucci’s figure is emphasised within the story world, aligning our viewpoint with young protagonist Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) and not his leering friends. Renato sees Malèna as the perfect – the only – embodiment of woman. To cope with his infatuation,
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Scream 4's greatest success? A short haircut without baggage | Anne Billson

Short hair on female characters is usually a humiliating punishment – and a small step to alien, monster or homicidal maniac

All the way through Scream 4, I was itching for a freeze-frame of Hayden Panettiere's hairdo, so that I could give it an in-depth examination. What the hell was it? Some kind of demi-pompadour with the curlicues glued flat? I suspect that if you were to poke at it, it would be rock-solid, like a Ken doll coiffure. I think it's great they gave her short hair. But did it have to be so weird?

Then again, short hair invariably seems weird in a Hollywood where flowing locks are the norm. Even Demi Moore, who rocked the pixie cut in Ghost, now sports a poker-straight curtain. Hilary Swank goes long between androgyny trims for Boys Don't Cry or Amelia. Who is known for their short hair nowadays? Halle Berry?
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Titian Red Looks at 'Reconstruction of Warriors'

'Song for a Raggy Boy' co-writer and co-producer, Kevin Byron Murphy is currently working on two upcoming projects. Through his production company, Titian Red Pictures, the filmmaker is to shoot two films next year, 'Reconstruction of Warriors' with Oscar nominated director, Lajos Koltai (Malèna) and actors Topher Grace and Ashley Judd, and a new Northern Irish drama, 'Paperboy'. Iftn spoke to him about the upcoming films, the use of beer for holistic purposes and giving Northern Irish drama a positive spin... Cameras will roll next April of the set of 'Reconstruction of Warriors', a feature film from Irish screenwriter Kevin Byron Murphy which will look at the work of New Zealand plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe.
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Their Best Role: Monica Bellucci

Their Best Role: Monica Bellucci
In the romantic thriller L'Appartement, Vincent Cassel's character Max describes the girl he has fallen for to a friend. "She's dark, very dark ... something special about her. I don't know, a sort of sadness, a tragic aspect ... " Actress Monica Bellucci plays the object of Cassel's affections and I can't think of a more perfect way to describe her. Her stunning visage is widely admired (she was once exclusively a fashion model), but the Italian actress shouldn't be desired solely for her sex appeal. She's also a talented performer.

Belluci's had a strange career. She's more recognized in Europe, where she's been nominated for awards for her work in films like L'Appartment and the romantic drama Malèna. American audiences mostly know her from her performances in movies like The Matrix Reloaded and Shoot Em Up, primarily because Hollywood seems intent on only allowing her to play the femme fatale or
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New Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria Posters

Two new posters for epic tale Baaria have just released.

Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, Everybody’s Fine, Malèna) directed this grand-scale portrait of life and love over several decades in a small town in Sicily. The Torrenuovas are a family of peasant shepherds who have lived and worked in Bagheria though many generations. In the years before the rise of Mussolini, the family often found themselves working for Don Giacinto (Lollo Franco), a local tycoon who often used his power and position to take advantage of others. Young Peppino Torrenuova senses a profound injustice in the way Don Giacinto treats his elders, and as the years pass the young man becomes a passionate advocate for social change.

Once he grows to be a man, Peppino (Francesco Scianna) falls in love with beautiful Mannina (Margareth Made) and they get married, starting a family of their own over the objections of Mannia’s parents,
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Venice Film Festival 2009: Giuseppe Tornatore’s BAARÌA to open 66th Festival

God know’s how many Twitch writers “work” on the always thoroughly Twitch reported Toronto International Film Festival. Shortly before that party starts though, another one takes place at the other side of the ocean: la Mostra Internationale d’Arte Cinematografica, also known as the Venice International Film Festival. GhibliWorld’s Peter van der Lugt will be present to cover it for Twitch, and this is the first news he provides us with:

This year Venice, already in its the 66th edition and prolonged with yet another festival direction by Marco Müller, will be handing out life time achievement awards to John Lasseter and the other Pixar directors. Furthermore announced are world premiere screenings of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” in 3D, excerpt previews of “The Princess and the Frog” and an extensive Disney • Pixar Animation Master Class. The rest of Venice’s program is yet to be revealed,
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Sicily Visits Venice: Tornatore's Baaria to Open 66th Venice Film Festival

[/link]'s Baaria - La porta del vento receives the opening sweet spot and also gets to compete in the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Tornatore's Malèna lead Monica Bellucci makes a supporting role appearance, but it is a pair of unknowns in relative newcomers Francesco Scianna and Margaret Made who play the leads in a film that spans three generation from the 1930's to the 70's and deals with of intricate life in a Sicilian village revolving around the couple who go onto touch many of the villager's lives. Future audiences will also be pleased that Ennio Morricone has once again paired with Tornatore - Morricone did the score for The Unknown Woman. Summit Entertainment holds the international rights to the comedy. Screen Daily reports that the official Venice line-up is expected to be announced on July 30 in Rome. The Venice Film Festival runs from September 2nd to the 12th.
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Morricone "Disappointed" by Honorary Oscar

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Hollywood composer Ennio Morricone is disappointed he will receive an honorary Academy Award later this month, because it was his lifelong ambition to avoid winning an Oscar. Morricone, who has scored music for over 400 films, has been nominated for Best Original Score Academy Awards for Days Of Heaven, The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy and Malena in the past, but failed to pick up an Oscar for his efforts. The 70-year-old insists he liked the idea of joining iconic director Stanley Kubrick in missing out on a win - but concedes his Oscar may "fill a hole." He says, "After five nominations I expected nothing, in fact I hoped I'd remain without an Oscar. I would have remained in the company of illustrious non-winners. I see the Oscar as a little bit of a fluke - even if those who win deserve it. That doesn't mean that I'm not happy about it. I have received so many beautiful, incredible prizes, but there was a little hole. Maybe the Oscar fills the hole."

Was Willis Behind Bellucci Love Split?

Was Willis Behind Bellucci Love Split?
Bruce Willis could be the reason behind Italian siren Monica Bellucci's recent split from her husband Vincent Cassell. Malena star Bellucci wed the French actor - who she starred with in controversial drama Irreversible - in 1999, but they recently split and the beautiful star has been linked with a number of eligible Hollywood bachelors. Bellucci has been filming Hostile Rescue opposite Willis in Hawaii and accompanied the actor to the premiere of his latest movie Hart's War in February, starting rumors the pair may be more than friends.

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