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Jimmy Edwards – Outed 'Conservative' Gay British Comedian Discussed: Q&A with Biographer Anthony Slide

Jimmy Edwards. Best known for his radio and television work – Take It from Here in the former medium; Whack-O! in the latter – British comedian Jimmy Edwards was seen, mostly in small parts, in about a dozen features from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. His most notable film role […]


'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy

The Doll with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig. Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring “the German Mary Pickford” has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi […]


Cannes Winners Diane Kruger & Sofia Coppola Oscar Chances + Bypassed Michael Haneke & Robert Pattinson

In the Fade with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's Avenging Woman drama may give its German-speaking star the chance to become next awards season's Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? (See previous post: “Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations.”) The Cannes Film Festival's 2003 Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, […]


Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations: Rare Swedish Palme d'Or Winner + Joaquin Phoenix & AIDS Drama Chances?

Palme d'Or winner The Square with Claes Bang. “Gobsmackingly weird” Cannes Film Festival favorite may have a tough time landing a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination. As an aside, Ruben Östlund's comedy-drama is totally unrelated to Jehane Noujaim's 2013 Oscar-nominated political documentary of the same title, which refers […]


Danielle Darrieux Movies: Film Icon Turns 100 + Longest 'Star Career' Ever?

Danielle Darrieux in 'La Ronde.' Film icon Danielle Darrieux turns 100: Longest 'star career' in movie history? Screen legend Danielle Darrieux is turning 100 today, May 1. In all likelihood, the Bordeaux-born (1917) Darrieux has enjoyed the longest “movie star” career ever: eight decades, from Wilhelm Thiele's comedy-drama Le Bal […]


Yvonne Monlaur: Cult Horror Film Actress & Bond Girl Contender Dies

Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics Circus of Horrors & The Brides of Dracula. Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known […]


'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]


Michel Galabru Dead: 'La Cage aux Folles' Right-Wing Politician & César Winner

Michel Galabru and Louis de Funès in the comedy 'Le gendarme et les gendarmettes': No 'affection' for his movies. 'La Cage aux Folles' actor Michel Galabru dead at 93: Embodiment of 'traditional family values' in international box office hit Michel Galabru, best known internationally for his role as a rabidly […]


'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier Impressive Sci-Fi, Sex Melodrama & Fernand Léger Combo

'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier directed Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc in great-looking (Fernand Léger sets) mix of science-fiction and sex melodrama. Marcel L'Herbier silent 'L'Inhumaine': 'Intense sensory integration of sight' For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's “A Day of Silents,” held on […]


Danièle Delorme: Rare Woman Director's Muse & Pioneering Producer

Danièle Delorme: Pioneering woman director Jacqueline Audry's muse would eventually become a pioneering female movie producer. Remembering pioneering woman director's muse and pioneering woman producer Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme, who died on Oct. 17, '15, at the age of 89 in Paris, is best remembered as the first actress to […]


The Movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead: Sex, Greed & Supernatural Beings

Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of […]


Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Submissions: 'Multinational' Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016: Irish-Cuban entry 'Viva,' with Héctor Medina. Multicultural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016 submissions Nearly ten years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed a key rule regarding entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar;* since then, things have gotten […]


Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary: Six Must-See Movies Dealing with the A-Bomb Horror

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died […]


Omar Sharif Movies: Stardom Boosted by 'Doctor Zhivago,' Busted by Che Guevara

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian actor Omar Sharif Following the long Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday (July 22, '15), below is a brief career recap of Egyptian film star Omar Sharif, who died on July 10 and whose credits include the David Lean-directed classics Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor […]


Jean-Luc Godard Solution for Greek Debt Crisis: 'Therefore' Copyright Fees

Jean-Luc Godard in his youthful days. Jean-Luc Godard solution for the Greek debt crisis: 'Therefore' copyright payments A few years ago, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, while plugging his Film Socialisme, chipped in with a surefire solution for the seemingly endless – and bottomless – Greek debt crisis. In July […]


Rare African-American Film, Frank Capra 'Accidental Silent': San Francisco Silent Film Festival

African-American film 'Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Club Field Day' with Williams (in blackface) and Odessa Warren Grey: Early 20th century rarity.* Rare, early 20th-century African-American film among San Francisco Silent Film Festival highlights Directed by Edwin Middleton and T. Hayes Hunter, the Biograph Company's Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) […]


'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand

Yesterday movie: South African AIDS drama with Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 16 percent of the world's population and 70 percent […]


'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, […]


Luis Buñuel Movies: Subversive, Challenging 'Viridiana,' 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie'

Luis Buñuel movies: Challenging, subversive filmmaker. Luis Buñuel movies on TCM: 'Blasphemous' 'Viridiana'; subversive, Oscar-winning 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' The city of Paris and iconoclastic writer-director Luis Buñuel are Turner Classic Movies' themes today and later this evening, Jan. 26, '15. TCM's focus on Luis Buñuel is particularly […]


Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time: From 'Psycho' to Edith Scob

Scariest Horror Movies: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature demonstrate that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges. Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made.) Below is the list of […]


Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'

Ivor Novello: 'Autumn Crocus' movie adaptation with Fay Compton. Ivor Novello last movie: 'Autumn Crocus' Can a naive, plain-looking, spinster school teacher ever find real love in faraway places? This was a question asked by Shirley Booth in Arthur Laurents' 1952 stage play The Time of the Cuckoo; Katharine Hepburn […]


Marie Dubois: New Wave Actress Featured in Record-Breaking French Blockbuster Has Died

Marie Dubois in the mammoth blockbuster 'La Grande Vadrouille.' Marie Dubois, actress in French New Wave films, dead at 77 Actress Marie Dubois, a popular French New Wave personality of the '60s and the leading lady in one of France's biggest box office hits in history, died on Oct. 15 […]


'Emmanuelle' Movies Producer Dies: Sex and Technology 'Visionary'

'Emmanuelle' 1974, with Sylvia Kristel: French blockbuster distributed domestically by Alain Siritzky's Parafrance Films. 'Emmanuelle' movies producer Alain Siritzky dead at 72 Emmanuelle franchise producer Alain Siritzky died after what has been described as “a short illness” on Saturday, Oct. 11, '14, at a Paris hospital. The (reportedly) New York […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Record Submissions and Highly Political Movies

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar contender 'Three Windows and a Hanging': First Kosovo entry. Record 83 movies submitted for 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made public the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According […]


'The Way He Looks' Movie: Gay Teen Love Story Submitted for Oscars

The Way He Looks movie: Ghilherme Lobo and Fábio Audi. 'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission In mid-September 2014, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign […]


'Doctor Who' Actor Bill Kerr Dead at 92

Bill Kerr and Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who. 'Doctor Who' actor Bill Kerr, also featured in Peter Weir's 'Gallipoli' and 'The Year of Living Dangerously,' dead at 92 Australian actor Bill Kerr, best known internationally for a guest spot in the 1960s TV series Doctor Who, and for his supporting […]


Gender Roles and Social Hypocrisy: THE GIRL IN TAILS

Gender roles and social hypocrisy in 'The Girl in Tail's (image: Einar Axelsson and Magda Holm in 'The Girl in Tails') Poor Katja Kock (Magda Holm)! She spends most of her time serving others: sewing and mending for her brother (Erik Zetterström), humoring her grouchy father (Nils Aréhn), and tutoring […]


'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese Movie to Win International Award

'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese movie to win international award depicts social inequalities in China during the Great Depression The story of Cai Chusheng's 1934 drama Song of the Fishermen / Yu Guang Qu, screened at the 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, begins in a small coastal village […]


Russian Movie Star Tatyana Samoylova Dies: 'The Russian Audrey Hepburn'

Tatyana Samoylova in The Cranes Are Flying. Russian movie star Tatyana Samoylova dead at 80: 'The Russian Audrey Hepburn' was best remembered for Cannes winner 'The Cranes Are Flying' Russian film star Tatyana Samoylova, best remembered for playing the female lead in Mikhail Kalatozov's 1957 romantic drama The Cranes Are Flying, […]


'Nymphomaniac Vol. II' Review: More Provocative and Philosophical Than Vol. I

'Nymphomaniac: Vol. II': More interesting, more provocative, and more philosophical than its predecessor (image: Papou, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kookie Ryan in 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. II') (See 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I' Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius.) Previously on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I… Adult Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), beaten and unconscious, is found in […]


'Rome Open City' Movie Restored: BFI Presents One of Most Influential Films

'Rome, Open City' movie returns: 4K digital restoration of Roberto Rossellini masterpiece at London's BFI Southbank (image: Anna Magnani in 'Rome, Open City') A restored digital print of Roberto Rossellini's best-known film, Rome, Open City / Roma, città aperta is currently enjoying an extended run – until April 5, 2014 […]


Wendy Hughes Dead at 61: AFI Award Winner

Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (image: Wendy Hughes in 'Newsfront') Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July […]


'The Lunchbox' Movie Review: 'Exceptional Film'

'The Lunchbox' movie review: 'Exceptional film' that would have deserved an Oscar nomination (image: Nimrat Kaur in 'The Lunchbox') The Lunchbox / Dabba was not the Film Federation of India's submission to the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. This was reported as controversial at the time, particularly in […]


Marta Eggerth Dead at 101: The Jeanette MacDonald of German Operettas

Marta Eggerth. Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth dead at 101: The Jeanette MacDonald of Central European cinema Marta Eggerth, an international star in film and stage operettas who frequently performed opposite husband Jan Kiepura, died on December 26, 2013, at her home in Rye, New York. The Budapest-born Eggerth […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Semi-Finalists: Liv Ullmann First Major Movie Role in Years & Surprising Snubs

'Two Lives,' with Liv Ullmann and Julia Bache-Wiig. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2014 semi-finalists Out of 76 submissions, nine movies have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Listed in alphabetical order by country, the films are: Belgium, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix […]


Rossana Podestà: 'Helen of Troy' & Sex Comedy Actress Dies

Rossana Podestà dead at 79: 'Helen of Troy' actress later featured in sword-and-sandal spectacles, risqué sex comedies (image: Jacques Sernas and Rossana Podestà in 'Helen of Troy') Rossana Podestà, the sensual star of the 1955 epic Helen of Troy and other sword-and-sandal European productions of the '50s and '60s – […]


Los Angeles vs. New York Film Critics: Which Group Makes More Daring Choices?

The Emigrants with Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the New York Film Critics Circle handed out top awards to a couple of dozen non-mainstream releases. Jan Troell's 1971 Swedish drama The Emigrants / Utvandrarna, starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow as […]


'La Cage aux Folles' Director Édouard Molinaro Dies: Gay Comedy Became International Hit

Édouard Molinaro 'La Cage aux Folle's director Édouard Molinaro, who collaborated with Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau & Orson Welles, dead at 85 Édouard Molinaro, best known internationally for the late '70s box office comedy hit La Cage aux Folles, which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination, died of […]


Ziyi Zhang: Golden Horse Awards' Best Actress +Singapore Oscar Entry Is Surprising Best Picture

Golden Horse Awards: Singapore's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission wins Best Picture Surprisingly, the 2013 Golden Horse Award for Best Picture was given to 29-year-old Singaporean director Anthony Chen's feature film debut Ilo Ilo at a ceremony held Saturday night, Nov. 23, in Taipei. Four rounds of voting were […]


'Finding Hillywood': Rwanda Film Industry Documentary Screening

'Finding Hillywood': Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present documentary about Rwanda's budding film industry The 2013 documentary Finding Hillywood, which offers a glimpse into the budding film industry in Rwanda, will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Bpeace, the Business Council […]


Clint Eastwood Western Persona Co-Creator Dead at 87

Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (image: 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 […]


Catherine Deneuve: Only the Third Woman to Receive EFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Catharine Deneuve Catherine Deneuve: 2013 European Film Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Catherine Deneuve has been named the recipient of the the European Film Academy's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her “outstanding body of work.” And outstanding it is. Yesterday, I posted an article about Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in […]


Kristen Stewart 'Sils Maria' Set Photos

Kristen Stewart: 'Sils Maria' set photos Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted […]


'Closely Watched Trains': Jirí Menzel Oscar Winner Gets Special Academy Screening

'Closely Watched Trains': Oscar-winning movie classic gets special Academy screening (image: Václav Neckár in 'Closely Watched Trains') Jirí Menzel's first solo feature film, the World War II-set drama Closely Watched Trains / Ostre sledované vlaky (1966) was the 1967 Oscar winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Those living […]


'Una Noche' Movie: Lucy Mulloy Is 'Director to Watch'

Una Noche movie with Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, Javier Núñez Florián, and Dariel Arrechaga. 'Una Noche': Lucy Mulloy debut feature presented with 'urgent, rough-hewn simplicity' The story of three Havana teenagers attempting to escape Cuba for a better life in America is conveyed with urgent, rough-hewn simplicity […]


Catherine Deneuve Style & Talent: Living Film Legend

Catharine Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve: Style & talent on TCM tonight A day to rejoice on Turner Classic Movies: Catherine Deneuve, one of the few true Living Film Legends, is TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” star today, August 12, 2013. Catherine Deneuve is not only one of the most beautiful film […]


Alec Guinness Before Obi-Wan Kenobi: The Doomed D'Ascoynes

Alec Guinness: Before Obi-Wan Kenobi, there were the eight D'Ascoyne family members (image: Alec Guiness, Dennis Price in 'Kind Hearts and Coronets') (See previous post: “Alec Guinness Movies: Pre-Star Wars Career.”) TCM won't be showing The Bridge on the River Kwai on Alec Guinness day, though obviously not because the […]


Kristen Stewart Guantanamo Movie Gets Handsome Muslim Inmate

Peyman Moaadi Kristen Stewart movie Camp X-Ray reportedly gets leading man: Peyman Moaadi June 24, '13, update: Two Kristen Stewart movie projects were announced a couple of weeks ago: Olivier Assayas' psychological drama Sils Maria, to co-star Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz, and writer-director Peter Sattler's political drama Camp […]


Lesbian Sex Scenes Turned into Porn? 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Author Julie Maroh vs. Abdellatif Kechiche

Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color. 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' graphic novel writer Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche's film adaptation + lesbian sex scenes Julie Maroh, the author of the graphic novel on which Abdellatif Kechiche's 2013 Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is based, […]


'Pussy Riot' & Uri Geller Documentaries + Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco Tour & Oscar Rule Changes

Pussy Riot A Punk Prayer Pussy Riot & Uri Geller: Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up The United Kingdom's Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 kicks off on June 12, featuring 27 World Premieres. Topics range from “psychic spy” Uri Geller (Uri Geller and Vikram Jayanti's The Secret Life of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy) to […]


Eddie Romero Dead at 88: Legendary Filipino Director, 'Apocalypse Now' Associate Producer

Eddie Romero dies: Filipino filmmaker best known for his exploitation horror and action movies Eddie Romero, one of most best-known Filipino filmmakers, died of prostate cancer on Tuesday, May 28. Romero was 88. Named a National Artist of the Philippines in 2003, Romero (born on July 7, 1924, in Dumaguete […]


Lesbian Love Story Wins Palme d'Or

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color.' Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the […]


Cannes Winner Alfredo Landa, Darth Vader Voice Actor Constantino Romero Die

Alfredo Landa, Cannes Best Actor winner dead at 80 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor winner Alfredo Landa, who was featured in more than 100 Spanish movies, died May 9 in his birthplace of Pamplona, in the Spanish province of Navarra. Landa, who underwent colon cancer treatment in 2004 and suffered […]


Robert Pattinson Three 'Summer Movies'?

Robert Pattinson Mission: Blacklist movie: Filming in August? Mission: Blacklist is not the upcoming fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise. For the time being, that's concisely called Mission: Impossible 5. So, what's Mission: Blacklist? Well, as every ardent Robert Pattinson fan will tell you, that's a […]


Sara Montiel Dies: Legendary Spanish Movie & Recording Star + Pedro Almodóvar Icon

Sara Montiel Sara Montiel: Legendary Spanish movie and recording superstar dead at 85 Sara Montiel, a.k.a. Sarita Montiel a.k.a. Saritisima, one of the Spanish-speaking world's biggest film and recording stars, died yesterday, April 8, '13. Montiel, who was found dead by paramedics called to her house in Madrid's district of […]


Jesús Franco aka Jess Franco: Cult Sex and Horror Spanish Filmmaker Dead at 82

Jesús Franco a.k.a. Jess Franco: Cult sex & horror Spanish filmmaker dead at 82 “I think I was born because my father and my mother had sex, so why should I be shocked by this thing that was the origin of my life? I think it's beautiful.” No, that's not […]


Oscar-Nominated Actress 'Gay Kiss': Fernanda Montenegro Stages Political Protest

Academy Award nominee Fernanda Montenegro gay kiss protest in Brazil (image: 1998 Best Actress Oscar nominee Fernanda Montenegro kissing fellow actress Camila Amado) Forget Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson, Madonna and Britney Spears, and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Fernanda Montenegro, best known internationally for […]


'Dead Man Down' Is Major Colin Farrell Bomb & Pedro Almodóvar Biggest Hits

'Dead Man Down' with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. 'Dead Man Down': Colin Farrell latest box office bomb Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, whose Swedish-made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo became an international blockbuster, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box office standing has suffered a series of major setbacks […]


'Like Someone in Love': Abbas Kiarostami 'Stylish' Drama

Like Someone in Love: Abbas Kiarostami film is 'lovely, intriguing, and stylish' At age 73, Iranian-born director Abbas Kiarostami is among the freshest and most energetic filmmakers working today. A forerunner of the Iranian New Wave, his ideas always intrigue without wandering aimlessly; his screenwriting is sparse, yet no matter […]


Pedro Almodóvar 'I'm So Excited' Trailer (Full Version)

Miguel Ángel Silvestre in I'm So Excited. Pedro Almodóvar I'm So Excited trailer Pedro Almodóvar's upcoming movie, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, “passing lovers” and/or “passenger lovers”) has a new and full trailer. That's the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it's in Spanish, without […]


Fernando Guillén Dies: Pedro Almodóvar Collaborator, Goya Award Winner

Fernando Guillén dies: Pedro Almodóvar Collaborator, Goya Award winner for Don Juan in Hell Fernando Guillén, a Spanish acting legend whose film, stage, and television career spanned close to six decades, died of cancer earlier today at a Madrid hospital. The Barcelona-born Guillén was 81 according to the daily El […]


Nagisa Oshima 'In the Realm of the Senses' Director Dies: 'Obscene Is What Is Hidden'

Nagisa Oshima: In the Realm of the Senses (Truly) Iconoclastic Filmmaker dead at 80 Nagisa Oshima, best known as the director of the sexually charged 1976 psychological drama Ai No Corrida / In the Realm of the Senses, died of pneumonia on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at a Fujisawa hospital, near […]


'On the Road': Kristen Stewart Movie Flops + Fans Outraged Re: Robert Pattinson Indie Comparison

On the Road with Kristen Stewart. Shot in late 2010, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in spring 2012, and re-edited for the American market a few months later, Walter Salles' film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal 1957 novel On the Road landed with a thud at the U.S. box […]


'Argo' & 'Amour' + 'Zero Dark Thirty' & Anne Hathaway + Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top Awards Season Choices

Argo with Ben Affleck. Actor-director-co-producer Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo chronicles – by way of Hollywood-style flights of fancy – the real-life rescue of six U.S. embassy employees hiding in the Tehran house of Canada's ambassador as most of their colleagues are taken hostage following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. […]


Best Documentary Oscar: Michael Moore Changes 'Miserable Failure'? + 'Subversive' Iranian Filmmaker In

This Is Not a Film with Jafar Panahi and the iguana Igi. Under house arrest[1] following accusations of spreading “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” of Iran, filmmaker Jafar Panahi (Cannes Caméra d'Or winner, The White Balloon; Venice Golden Lion winner, The Circle) got documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Lady of Roses) to record his […]


European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Sets Best Director Record + Annie Awards Bypass Blockbusters

Michael Haneke at the 2012 European Film Awards. The story of an elderly couple facing illness and death, Amour was the top winner at this year's European Film Awards, collecting trophies in the following categories: Best European Film, Best European Director, Best European Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Best European Actress (Emmanuelle […]


Daniel Radcliffe Gay Poet + Doha Tribeca Offers Religion & Politics

'Kill Your Darlings' Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings,' Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and producer Stephenie Meyer: Sundance 2013 movies Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On, Middle of Nowhere, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, The Sessions (then known as “The Surrogate”), How to Survive […]


'It Gets Better': Transgender Movie Tops Madrid Lesbian, Gay and Transsexual Film Festival

Movies about transgender identity top Madrid lesbian, gay, and transsexual film festival Movies about gender – or rather, transgender – identity were the top winners at the 2012 edition of LesGaiCineMad, Madrid's lesbian, gay, and transsexual film festival which ran Nov. 1-11. Xavier Dolan's Canadian drama Laurence Anyways, a portrait […]


Osama bin Laden Movies & Japanese-American Concentration Camp + Catherine Deneuve & Harvey Keitel Pairing

Zero Dark Thirty poster: Kathryn Bigelow's mystery movie about the story everyone (sort of) knows The Zero Dark Thirty poster has just come out. Plot details about the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed feature, however, have been scarce – or downright nonexistent. Zero Dark Thirty: Echoes of The Hurt Locker Zero Dark […]


Sylvia Kristel: 'Emmanuelle' Actress, 'Private Lessons' Sex Tutor Dead at 60

Sylvia Kristel in Emmanuelle. Sylvia Kristel: Emmanuelle actress has died at age 60 Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, best remembered for the epoch-making erotic hit Emmanuelle, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 17, '12, in Amsterdam. Kristel, who had been battling cancer for several years, was 60. Back in 1974, […]


'Bad Education': Pedro Almodóvar Outstanding 'Gay Film Noir'

'Bad Education.' Bad Education: Pedro Almodóvar's complex, disturbing, brilliant gay film noir (in gorgeous color) One of Pedro Almodóvar's most accomplished, most complex, and most daring films, Bad Education / La Mala educación is a disturbing, but also immensely moving effort that cleverly twists all the conventions of the film […]


Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Record Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2013: 71 submissions A record 71 countries, including first-timer Kenya, have submitted movies for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. (See below.) Entries range from France's international blockbuster The Intouchables to Cambodia's first submission in 18 years and the Southeast Asian country's second […]


'The Monkey King 3D': Animated Chinese Classic West Coast Premiere

'The Monkey King 3D.' The Monkey King 3D: Chinese animated classic to have West Coast premiere The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven in 3D will be screened in Los Angeles courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the China Onscreen Biennial, launched by the UCLA Confucius […]


'A Man and a Woman': Anouk Aimée at New York Screening

A Man and a Woman: Anouk Aimée to attend New York City screening of Claude Lelouch classic A Man and a Woman / Un homme et une femme, Claude Lelouch's romantic drama starring Anouk Aimée and Jean-Louis Trintignant, will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences […]


'Innocence of Muslims' vs. the Oscars: Real Reason for Iran Boycott?

Innocence of Muslims vs. Oscar 2013: Iran's official reason for boycotting the Academy Awards Innocence of Muslims, the amateurish but relentlessly vicious anti-Muslim “film” whose Arabic-language version has been used as a pretext for deadly riots in several Muslim countries, is the official reason for the Iranian government's decision to […]


'The Intouchables' Movie: French Blockbuster & Brazilian Clown Among Oscar Submissions

The Intouchables: France's 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entry The Intouchables, France's biggest French-language blockbuster at the international box-office, is that country's official entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Distributed by The Weinstein Company in North America, The Intouchables has to date grossed a not […]


'Cosmopolis' 2012 Bombs: Reporting Facts = Anti-Robert Pattinson Bias?

'Cosmopolis' 2012 with Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon. Robert Pattinson 'Cosmopolis' movie: Highly unlikely further expansion Sept. 4, '12, update: Starring Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis had a solid debut at three U.S. theaters two weekends ago. (The film was screened in Canada – and surprisingly flopped badly – last […]


'Cosmopolis' Trailer: Cool Robert Pattinson Showcase

Robert Pattinson naked and dangerous: Cosmopolis movie July 11, '12, update: Robert Pattinson Cosmopolis movie trailer HD. This US Cosmopolis trailer doesn't start with Robert Pattinson saying “I wanna a haircut.” (Please scroll down.) Instead, Pattinson's words are “Show me my car.” Never mind that “Show me my ocean liner” […]


Robert Pattinson News: From 'The Triumph of Mediocrity' to Iraq War & Dystopian Future

Robert Pattinson news: Eclectic film projects June 26, '12, update: In Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, a movie adaptation (written by Rachelle Bennette) of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel, Robert Pattinson (photo) plays Georges Duroy, a former soldier who climbs to the top of Parisian society by having […]


Carlos Reichenbach Dies: Brazilian Cinema Boca do Lixo Pioneer

Carlos Reichenbach's The Forbidden Paradise Carlos Reichenbach, a Brazilian filmmaker and cinematographer perhaps best known for his sex comedies and dramas of the '70s and early '80s, died of heart failure yesterday, June 14, while being rushed to a São Paulo hospital. Yesterday was also the day Reichenbach turned 67. […]


'Cosmopolis' Reviews: Robert Pattinson 'Bravery' & Dead Rats

Limousine rider Juliette Binoche. Cosmopolis reviews Starring Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is missing a scene found in Don DeLillo's 2003 novel: a 300-person orgy at a Manhattan intersection. But don't despair. Cronenberg's movie, which opens tomorrow in Canada and Aug. 17, '12, in the US, apparently has more than […]


Cannes Winners: Old Age Drama & Mob Mentality Indictment

Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur While delivering her intro for the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony, Mistress of Ceremonies Bérénice Bejo waxed poetic: “If festivals are the parentheses, films are the words, the exclamation points…” In fact, there were quite a few exclamation points among the […]


'Maps to the Stars': Robert Pattinson-David Cronenberg Collaboration? + 'Amour' Trailer & Critics Favorite

Maps to the Stars for Robert Pattinson / David Cronenberg? Above, Pattinson in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (Paul Giamatti in background) Robert Pattinson hates Twilight, according to those who have taken seriously his (jokingly) dismissive take on the movie series that has made him world famous. Anyhow, whatever his feelings in regard […]


Oscar-Nominated Actress Joyce Redman Dies

Actress Joyce Redman, Oscar nominated for both Tom Jones and Othello, died in Kent, England, earlier today. The Newcastle-born Redman, who was either 93 or 96, had been suffering from pneumonia. Film lovers will remember her as Tom Jones' Mrs. Waters, stealing the movie while “sexting” – as in, sex […]


Angelina Jolie Leg & United Nations Envoy + Gay John Waters & Jessica Chastain Most Influential Person?

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Leg + Marlene Dietrich Pioneer Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Angelina Jolie's notorious right leg (“Brangeleg” for short?) are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on February […]


Cannes Movies: Alains Resnais, Woody Allen & Abbas Kiarostami + Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart?

Penélope Cruz, Alessandro Tiberi, Woody Allen's To Rome with Love Cannes movies at the 2012 festival The 2012 Cannes Film Festival buzz keeps getting stronger for a variety of movies. So far, the only confirmed screening is that of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which will open this year's festival on […]


Oscar Winner Pierre Schoendoerffer Dies

Pierre Schoendoerffer, who won an Oscar for the 1967 Vietnam War documentary The Anderson Platoon, died following an operation at a hospital outside Paris. The exact cause of death remains unclear. He was 83. While still in his 20s, Schoendoerffer served as a cameraman with the French army in the […]


Erland Josephson: Ingmar Bergman Actor Dies

Erland Josephson, The Sacrifice Erland Josephson, who was featured in more than a dozen Ingmar Bergman movies in addition to several plays directed by Bergman, died of complications from Parkinson's Disease on Feb. 25 in Stockholm. Josephson was 88. Even though most of Bergman's best-known players were women – Liv […]


Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn. Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn: Academy Awards' Red Carpet Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich (on Dec. 17, 1975, in Kiev, at the time part of the Soviet Union) is pictured above while interviewed – or about to be interviewed – by TV reality show celebrity Tim […]


Ingmar Bergman vs. The Oscar

Ingmar Bergman Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer, and surely Harvey Weinstein are thrilled they and/or their movies won Academy Awards last night at Hollywood & Highland. Not every Oscar nominee/winner, however, has felt that way. The Criterion Collection has posted (via dizzydentfilms) a May 12, […]


Irish Film Awards: Winners Michael Fassbender & Saoirse Ronan

Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, reportedly the most successful independently made Irish production ever, won four top prizes at the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards, held this evening in Dublin. The story of a tough, cynical, hard-drinking cop who goes after three drug dealers, […]


'Ulysses Gaze' Movie: Harvey Keitel Stars for Theo Angelopoulos

Harvey Keitel, Ulysses' Gaze Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos' 1995 effort To Vlemma tou Odyssea / Ulysses' Gaze is the first of that director's four films that I have seen that is not unequivocally a great work of art. Although there are arguments that can be made in favor of that […]


Robert Pattinson & Michael Fassbender: Berlin Film Festival Movies + Foreign Language Oscar Semifinalists

Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami: Berlin Film Festival. A week or so ago, we wondered if the Robert Pattinson period drama Bel Ami would be screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. If so, would it be listed as a Word Premiere? The issue revolved around the fact that earlier […]


Jeremy Irvine & Donald Sutherland London Film Critics Awards + BAFTA & Prix Lumière Nominations

Jeremy Irvine Jeremy Irvine, the star (along with the titular character) of Steven Spielberg's World War I drama War Horse, arrives at the 2012 London Film Critics Awards. Irvine was a contender for Young British Performer of the Year, along with John Boyega for Attack the Block, Yasmin Paige for […]


Woody Allen & Martin Scorsese DGA Award Nods +Canine Getting BAFTA Nod?

The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius is the only first-timer among the five nominated directors for the 2012 Directors Guild of America Awards. Hazanavicius' competition consists of Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Martin Scorsese for Hugo. […]


Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness

I Saw the Devil with Lee Byung-hun. Released in August 2010 in South Korea, Kim Jee-woon's psychological action thriller I Saw the Devil stars Blue Dragon Award nominee Lee Byung-hun as a National Intelligence Service agent out to avenge the gory death of his fiancée. Written by Kim and Park […]


'Bel Ami' Trailer 2012: Robert Pattinson Realizes Sex Is Most Effective Social-Climbing Gear

Bel Ami 2012 poster with Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Shot in early 2010 but coming out in 2012, the latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's Bel Ami is also the latest attempt of Twilight Saga performer Robert Pattinson to both extend his range […]


Denise Darcel & Cobina Wright Jr. + Two-Time Bond Girl & Several Movie Hunks: More Forgotten Ones

Denise Darcel ca. 1950. Voluptuous, Paris-born Denise Darcel was a local cabaret singer before being “discovered” and sent to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Darcel's film career, however, never quite took off; she was seen, mostly in supporting roles, in only about a dozen features from 1948 to 1961. Robert Aldrich's 1954 Western Vera […]


Betty Garrett & Leslie Brooks + Last Surviving Silent Era Actresses & the Forgotten Ones: 'TCM Remembers'

Betty Garrett in My Sister Eileen with Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon. Her movie career stillborn in the late 1940s, HUAC victim Betty Garrett, whose husband, Larry Parks, was blacklisted, made a brief comeback in 1955, as the star of Richard Quine's musical My Sister Eileen, based on Joseph A. […]