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Venice Film Review: ‘Endangered Species’

Venice Film Review: ‘Endangered Species’
The short-story composite is among the most athletic feats of literary adaptation. In the best of them, like Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” a sense of temporal and cosmic connection is forged between scattered narratives bound only by an authorial voice; once viewed, it should be hard to imagine the strands unbraided. Drawn from an entire collection by American author Richard Bausch, relocated to the coastal city of Nice, Gilles Bourdos’s wriggly, mutable “Endangered Species” doesn’t quite pull off the trick, but it’s charged and vibrant all the same. Variously reflecting on the turbulent power dynamics between parents and adult children, its unequally weighted story threads range from gut-wrenching to glib, never fully woven into the same world. Making up for the film’s structural wobbles, however, is its gorgeous, agile visual language: Thanks to cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing’s indelible image-making, the material gains a tactility distinct from what the written word can
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New Hobbit 3,The Battle Of The Five Armies Movie Delivered Great Action,Drama & More

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New Line Cinema (Warner Bros. Pictures) released their new action/fantasy flick, "The Hobbit 3: The Battle Of The Five Armies," into theaters this weekend. I just watched it, and thought it was very entertaining, especially the back half of it when the huge war took place as it really offered some major action fight scenes. The movie stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt and Aidan Turner. In the new flick, the wicked Smaug dragon showed up to obliterate Laketown with lots of fire breathing action. Everyone was scrambling for their lives until
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The 'Godzilla' Footage Shown at SXSW Blows the Roof Off of Our Expectations

The other night at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, a special evening was planned around the King of the Monsters. That's right, in the middle of a flurry of premieres, panels, and keynote addresses, the festival took the time out to give it up to Godzilla.

The night began with a restored 35 mm print of the original 1954 "Godzilla" (it was the only movie screened at the festival from actual film), which was sort of fun but just reminded everyone in attendance how boring (relatively speaking) the original "Godzilla" really is (political subtext aside). Afterwards, we got a special treat in the form of new "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards, who, after a screening of the most recent trailer, showed off some brand new footage from the hotly anticipated summer blockbuster. The short version: this movie is going to be awesome.

Edwards began by saying that he wanted
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #101. Michel Spinosa’s His Wife

His Wife

Director: Michel Spinosa

Writers: Agnes de Sacy, Michel Spinosa

Producer: Patrick Sobelman

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg

English speaking audiences perhaps know French director Michel Spinosa better for his screenwriting credits, which include two films directed by Gilles Bourdos, the rather awkward Afterwards (2008), and the celebrated Renoir (2012). However, Spinosa has a trio of his own directorial efforts under his belt, including the excellent 2007 psychological thriller/character study, Anna M., which features a stupendous performance from Isabelle Carre. We’re thrilled to see him back with his return to the director’s seat and starring real life couple Attal and Gainsbourg.

Gist: Gracie, a young Tamil woman living near Madras, has been having behavioural disorders since the day she was married. The memory of her French friend Catherine, who died in unresolved circumstances, seems to be haunting her. Catherine’s grieving ex-husband, Joseph, decides
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Interns: all work, no pay

Humiliated, harassed, expected to do 12-hour days, often for nothing – an intern's lot is seldom a happy one. We find out what it's like to have no status at work and reveal why companies may soon have to stop exploiting interns

Too many young people are still doing real jobs for no money, as unpaid interns. But not for much longer. Around the world, young workers expected to toil for months at a time for little or no pay are battling to be rewarded fairly.

For those of us who have been campaigning on this issue for years, it's an exciting time. Former interns who are brave – and angry – enough to challenge their employers are "lawyering up" (often finding a kindly donor to cover the fees). This is a big deal. In many cases, lone twentysomethings are squaring up to huge international firms or high-profile people with deep pockets and legal teams.
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TV Recap: 'The Originals' Episode 106 - 'Fruit of the Poisoned Tree'

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TV Recap: 'The Originals' Episode 106 - 'Fruit of the Poisoned Tree'
The Originals Episode 106

“Fruit of the Poisoned Tree”

Written By: Charlie Charbonneau and Diane Ademu-John

Directed By: Michael Allowitz

Original Airdate: 5 November 2013

In This Episode...

Klaus and Elijah are having a very “dignified” afternoon, reading and listening to classical music. Of course there is a dead body between them, a peace offering from Klaus, which Elijah refuses. And of course, Rebekah is the one who must clean it up. Elijah, who had been reading his mother’s spellbook, found what he needed and decides it is time to unbind Sophie and Hayley. He takes a page from the spellbook to Davina, who is pleased to see him. Elijah wants Davina to practice this spell, with a huge monkey’s fist knot (the one that Sophie used in her binding spell - unbeknownst to Davina). He promises that if she can learn this advanced spell, he will bring her another of her choice.
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Film Review: Red 2

It seems like Bruce Willis is the undeniable king of appearing in unnecessary sequels. His conscience as of late has to have gone something like this: “Parts in The Expendables 2 and GI Joe: Retaliation, yeah sure why not?” Or how about, “Another Die Hard movie that’s basically an insult to the fundamental ideas of the original? Well if there’s a lucrative paycheck involved, then okay.” And I know it came out nearly ten years ago, but don’t even get me started on The Whole Ten Yards. Now we’ve got Red 2, one of those head-scratching sequels that make you wonder how it was even an option until you check the box office returns on the original. The first Red movie was made for a modest $58 million and made upwards of $199 million in domestic and foreign ticket sales.

Maybe it was all those Red comic book
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'Hobbit' fan reaction video watched by Orlando Bloom - video

'Hobbit' fan reaction video watched by Orlando Bloom - video
Two sisters' reaction to the latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has caught the attention of Peter Jackson and Orlando Bloom.

The original video saw the two fans record themselves as they saw the new promo for the first time, shrieking and overwhelmed with excitement.

Watch Kellie and Alex view the trailer below:

Afterwards, director Peter Jackson showed the clip to stars Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Lee Pace.

The trio can be seen enjoying and laughing along to the video, praising them for being passionate about the Hobbit franchise.

Watch Bloom, Lilly and Pace watching the fan reaction below:

Lastly, the two sisters recorded a reaction response to the Hobbit stars' video, struggling to contain their hysteria.

Watch the 'Hobbit-ception' below:
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Andrew Wakefield: autism inc

Andrew Wakefield's 'dishonest and irresponsible' research into the causes of autism led to his being struck off by the General Medical Council. That would have ended most doctors' careers. Instead, the Mmr 'martyr' moved to the Us – and into reality TV

For three days at the end of January, the Renaissance hotel in Washington DC fills up with television executives from around the world. The Realscreen Summit is where the makers of reality TV gather to discuss ideas, negotiate deals and discover the next Apprentice or I'm A Celebrity. Among the estimated 2,200 people who had paid up to $1,600 (£1,050) this year to try to snag face time with an exec from Freemantle, TLC, Discovery or National Geographic was an Englishman in his mid-50s wearing jeans, a crisp, white shirt and loafers, and carrying a MacBook. On his badge were the words "Autism Team".

This man's pitch was a reality TV series about autism,
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Rendez-Vous In April With French Cinema At Curzon Soho & Ciné Lumière

Bonjour, ou Bonsoir, j’espère que cela vous trouvera en bonne santé! I must start with an apology for any rusty translation, and hope it still has the right intentions. Thn are pleased to inform you of this year’s edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the UniFrance films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film that is set to hit screens at Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière in London, this April 4th-7th.

During 4 days, this Rendez-Vous is the opportunity for the English general public, the journalists and the French expatriated in London to discover some of the best 2012’ French productions and to meet talents. This year is no exception with the immense talent attending which includes:

Audrey Tautou, actress

2012 Chinese Puzzle (Casse-TÊTE Chinois) by Cédric Klapisch

2012 Mood Indigo (L’Ecume Des Jours) by Michel Gondry

2011 Delicacy (La Delicatesse) by David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos

2009 Coco Before Chanel
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Renoir | Review

The Talent Family: Bourdos Abandons Genre for Elegant Biographical Period Piece

A summer signifying the encroaching end of one artist and the birth of another within one of France’s most famous families is the subject of Gilles Bourdos’ latest film, Renoir, based on the biographical novel penned by the great grandson of Auguste Renoir, Jacques (himself a notable cinematographer and photographer). A pastoral portrait that often reaches a resplendence with its moving images that evokes the works of its famed subject, this marks an aggressive change of pace for Bourdos, who has thus far seemed most interested in adapting mystery thrillers for the screen (and to middling effect, at least judging from his 2008 English language debut, Afterwards). Managing to avoid the clichés associated with lofty biopics, this straightforward rendering smartly focuses on a slight passage of time and isn’t driven by any overtly dramatic scenarios.

Set on the
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Alexandre Desplat’s Psychological Landscapes

A soundtrack that has Chinese overtones, interspersed with Satie, and A La Claire Fontaine. Is it a Chinese composer familiar with French culture? Turns out to be a French composer, capable of adapting his music to almost any setting in the world. Whether it be ethereal tunes for golden compasses, mysterious ones for wizards, or spectral ones for writers on the verge of giving up the ghost.

In a TV reality show about composers, Alexandre le Grand would be the winner of his era. Even if composers tend to be discreet, their work lives in a fish bowl. And M. Desplat’s bowl is filling up with scores of many scents and colours very rapidly.

Not just that, he does it consistently well, under lots of pressure, running against the clock on at least two continents, having composed the music for 115 feature films at the age of 51. Not counting the work done for TV,
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20 films you must watch at Mumbai Film Festival 2012

20 films you must watch at Mumbai Film Festival 2012
From Palme d’Or winner “Amour” to the latest offerings from some of the biggest names of world cinema such as Alain Resnais, Abbas Kiarostami, Bernando Bertoluci, Manoel de Oliveira , Brillante Mendoza, Ken Loach, Jacques Audiard, 14th Mumbai Film Festival has a lot to offer to the filmbuffs.

The festival offers an exciting lineup of more than two hundred films, spread over about a dozen screen and seven days! To help our readers decide we’ve picked up the most talked about films from festival circuit.

14th Mff runs from October 18th-25th, 2012 at the National Centre for Performing Arts (Ncpa), and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues.

To get delegate pass for the festival, you can register here:

1) Beast of the Southern Wild

Dir.: Benh Zeitlin (USA/ 2012 /Col./ 92’)

Section: International Competition for
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‘Mad Men,’ A Conversation (Season 5, Episode 8)

‘Mad Men,’ A Conversation (Season 5, Episode 8)
AMC Scene from “Mad Men.”

Editor’s note: Every Sunday after the newest episode of “Mad Men,” lawyer and Supreme Court advocate Walter Dellinger will host an online dialogue about the show. The participants include Columbia University history professor Alan Brinkley, Stanford Law Professor Pam Karlan, and Columbia theater and television professor Evangeline Morphos. Dellinger will post his thoughts shortly after each episode ends at 11 p.m., and the others will add their commentary in the hours and days that follow.
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Hugh Jackman Attends Real Steel Paris Premiere, New TV Spot & Paper Model International Video

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Check out the new photos of Hugh Jackman at last night’s Paris premiere of Real Steel. Afterwards, watch the new TV spot and a video on how to make your own paper model robot from DreamWorks Pictures’ action drama.

© DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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© DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Hugh Jackman and Boris Ehrgott at the Paris premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ action drama “Real Steel”. © DreamWorks II Distribution Co. LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Watch this fascinating feature on how to make your own Real Steel robot.

Synopsis:

Set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who
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Tiff 2011 Canadian Selections Boasts An Incredible Line-Up With Works From Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald And Vincenzo Natali

There are a lot of Canadian films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival to be excited about, including works from our favourite filmmakers Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald,Vincenzo Natali and Jean Marc Vallee. Below is the list of films in the Canada First selections as well as other CanCon movies scattered through the main programs.

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® boasts a strong lineup of Canadian features including new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Carl Bessai, Mike Clattenburg, Michael Dowse, Philippe Falardeau, Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald, Léa Pool, Jean-Marc Vallée and Ingrid Veninger, and onscreen appearances by Jay Baruchel, Camilla Belle, Anupam Kher, Akshay Kumar, Mia Kirshner, Rob Lowe, Vanessa Paradis, Jason Patric, Alison Pill, Russell Peters, Isabella Rossellini, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Scott Speedman and Nick Stahl.

“This year saw many Canadian filmmakers address a wide range of pressing social issues including the dangers of progress
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The weirdest vintage commercials on YouTube

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I call YouTube "the black hole of the Internet," because you go there looking to do research on old movie advertising and two hours later you've gotten nothing done but you've found the "Ghostbusters" logo drinking a Diet Coke. These are the results of one of my recent excursions into the black hole: seven of the weirdest vintage commercials in the history of television (American television, that is; weird commercials from around the world deserve a list all their own). Here, presented in no particular order, are my favorites:

Radioactive Makeup Tests

Dorothy Gray Cosmetics

"A clean skin is a healthy skin," boasts this ad for Dorothy Gray Cosmetics. And really, what gets skin cleaner than a big old blast of radioactivity? This absurd makeup advertisement proves the effectiveness of cold cream by using it to remove dirt that's been rendered "just radioactive enough" to register on a Geiger counter.
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London Red Carpet Premiere Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 & 70 New Images

It All Ends 7.15. Watch the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 live on July 7 from 8am Pt/ 11am Et/ 4pm BST.

Afterwards, check out the plethora of stills from the film.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Jaap Buitendijk.

(L-r) Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

(L-r) CIARÁN Hinds as Aberforth Dumbledore, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

(L-r) Warwick Davis as Griphook, Jon Key as Bogrod and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in
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'Lost' Actress Is Woodland Elf in 'The Hobbit'

Director Peter Jackson has added new actors to "The Hobbit" line-up. Taking to his Facebook page, the director made it official that Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries will join Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis and other cast members of the adventure fantasy movie.

Lily will take the role of a new character, a Woodland Elf named Tauriel, which means "daughter of Mirkwood". Meanwhile, Humphries will star as the Goblin King. Aside from the names of the characters, Jackson keeps the details under wrap.

Previously, Jackson announced that Luke Evans and Benedict Cumberbatch were tapped to play in the two-part movie. Welsh actor Evans will portray Bard the Bowman, while Cumberbatch provides voice for Smaug the dragon.

A Canadian actress, Lily is well-known for her role as Kate Austen on the ABC drama series "Lost". She also made big screen performances through the likes of "Afterwards" and "The Hurt Locker". The 31-year-old
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The Libertine loses by a nose

This nasally-obsessed account of the 17th-century's rudest royal poet is lacking in humour as well as historical accuracy

Director: Laurence Dunmore

Entertainment grade: D

History grade: D

John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester, was a libertine at the court of Charles II. He is remembered as the author of some of the rudest poetry on English literature reading lists.

Politics

It's 1675, and Rochester (Johnny Depp) has been banished from court for writing a rude poem about the king. This is true, though it actually happened a year or two earlier. But the reign is in crisis. Charles II (John Malkovich, with amusing fake nose) calls Rochester back. "I want you to take on a new role," he tells him. "People listen to you, Johnny. If you take your seat in the Lords, you could make great speeches which would influence events." The king commissions a play. Rochester produces the obscene Signior Dildo,
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