Adrien Brody Gets Detached

Adrien Brody Gets Detached

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Adrien Brody is currently shooting Detachment in New York (Queens and Long Island), a film that chronicles the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students as told through the eye of a substitute teacher. Brody stars opposite Marcia Gay Harden, red hot Christina Hendricks, William Peterson, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner and James Caan. I feel an ensemble nod coming on. The director is…


Eat, Pray, Love and a Few Conditions of My Own

Eat, Pray, Love and a Few Conditions of My Own

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Thanks to chongweikk.com for forwarding the link to this Eat, Pray, Love video to an Eddie Vedder song. And Jennybee forwarded me this interesting (bitchmagazine.org, best URL ever) but, I think, off base article on the film (or perhaps, the book). The author makes many very good points about “priv-lit,” this idea that Oprah and her ilk are poisoning all of womenkind with this false idea that buying things, and…


Fever Pitch: Reese and Nora take on Peggy Lee

Fever Pitch: Reese and Nora take on Peggy Lee

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The Hollywood Reporter, via Craig Kennedy, has announced that Nora Ephron will write and direct a Peggy Lee biopic. ¬†Reese Witherspoon already secured the rights and may star in the production, but is definitely producing, along with Marc Platt (Legally Blonde). ¬†Wouldn’t that be Oscartastic? This appears to be a Reese Witherspoon-driven project, meaning she sought Ephron and Platt, secured the rights, all to hopefully become Peggy Lee. ¬†No one…


Enter the Void, trailer & poster

Enter the Void, trailer & poster

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Premiering at Cannes over a year ago, Gaspar No√©’s Enter the Void has passed its window of opportunity for further awards consideration — as if any movie this avant-garde could ever come close or deign to care about the Oscars. As much as his Irreversible angered and troubled me, it left a raft of unresolved impressions that I’ve returned to examine with increasing appreciation over the years. No√© is a…


Patricia Neal: 1926 – 2010

Patricia Neal: 1926 – 2010

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Patricia Neal’s Oscar-winning performance in Hud.


Beautiful Boy Heads to Toronto

Beautiful Boy Heads to Toronto

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Beautiful Boy, the film about a teen who kills himself after going on a shooting rampage at his college will be among those competing at the TIFF September 9 through 19. ¬†The film stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen, and is directed by Shawn Ku. A Movieline interview with Kyle Gallner about the film: You‚Äôre also in a movie coming up called Beautiful Boy, where you‚Äôre the catalyst for a…


First Look: Marion Cotillard in Little White Lies

First Look: Marion Cotillard in Little White Lies

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View the poster and trailer (in French) here.


Cinema Paranoia: Roman Polanski and Ghosts

Cinema Paranoia: Roman Polanski and Ghosts

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How do we start talking about Roman Polanski? His most recent film, The Ghost Writer, was upstaged and rendered obsolete the moment he was captured and held under house arrest in Switzerland. The debate here in America reached a kind of hysteria. Thus, there was no room, nor any invitation, to look at The Ghost Writer. The film is one that, like many of Polanski’s films, is destined to dwell…


Cameron expands Avatar 1, expounds on Avatar 2 & 3

Cameron expands Avatar 1, expounds on Avatar 2 & 3

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Avatar gets a theatrical re-release on August 27. Lots of people are excited about the 8 minutes of new footage, so I’ll gamely feign enough interest to post the same details. It‚Äôs actually nine! [Extra minutes.] I added some since that press release. It‚Äôs all CG. None of it is kinda boring shots of people sitting around in offices at the base, drinking coffee. It‚Äôs all out in the rainforest,…


Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

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Tsui Hark, who produced John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and directed Once Upon a Time in China is back in audacious epic form with Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, premiering at the Venice Film Festival next month. In Tsui Hark’s latest lavish epic wuxia/mystery choreographed by Sammo Hung, starring Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Kar Fai, Li Bing Bing, etc, Di Renjie, who is in…

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...