Movie City News Archive for August, 2012

A colonial dandy gets more than he bargained for in ‘Ambassador’

At first glance, you’d think that making a film documenting crime and corruption in central Africa, and exposing the underground trade in passports and other official documents, would be as difficult as fishing with hand grenades. It pretty much is, but no one told Mads Brügger that the hard part would be staying alive long enough to see it finished.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pre-Toronto International Film Festival 2012

The Gurus are back for the new season. A few Gurus have gone back to the modern world, but when we’re back in November, we should have a few new recruits.

In the meanwhile, this pre-fest (Venice/Telluride/Toronto) chart is a basic guide to the titles that The Gurus see as being in the race for Best Picture. We each selected 20 films without ranking them. Seven films lead, with votes from all the participating Gurus.

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Wilmington on Movies: Lawless

Directed and written by the team of John Hillcoat and rocker-scenarist Nick Cave (who also joined forces on the nerve-jangling 2006 Aussie western The Proposition), Lawless is also a very arty film about a rustic underworld — and it’s arty in both good and grating ways.

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Whipp On Teaming Rian Johnson And Gordon Joseph-Levitt

Whipp On Teaming Rian Johnson And Gordon Joseph-Levitt

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Lim Interviews Cimino After Venice Preem Of Heaven’s Gate Re-Edit

“He was subdued at first, reluctant to reopen old wounds and wary of speaking on the record to a newspaper he regards as an old adversary.” Lim Interviews Cimino After Venice Preem Of Heaven’s Gate Re-Edit

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Romney Aides Defer Credit For Booking Mr. Eastwood’s “Strange,” “Weird,” “Absurd” Chatauqua

“Mr. Eastwood was scheduled to speak for about five minutes but stayed onstage much longer, throwing off the schedule for Mr. Romney, a stickler against tardiness.” Romney Aides Defer Credit For Booking Mr. Eastwood’s “Strange,” “Weird,” “Absurd” Chatauqua And – “At the age of 82, Eastwood is fighting a battle for relevance. The smug little…

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A Look Into A Glimpse Inside Coppola’s The Mind Of Charles Swan III

A Look Into A Glimpse Inside Coppola’s The Mind Of Charles Swan III

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Remembering Documentary Producer Brian Gerber, Who Was 41

Remembering Documentary Producer Brian Gerber, Who Was 41

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The Tenuous Glamour Of Still-Standing Old Beirut Cinemas

The Tenuous Glamour Of Still-Standing Old Beirut Cinemas

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Oogieloves Destined To Remain Unknown, Posting Nonattendance Records

Oogieloves Destined To Remain Unknown, Posting Nonattendance Records

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Nordic Region First To Get HBO Without Pay-TV Subscription

Nordic Region First To Get HBO Without Pay-TV Subscription

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Missing: Syrian Filmmaker And Festival Head Orwa Nyrabia

Missing: Syrian Filmmaker And Festival Head Orwa Nyrabia And – Lawrence Wright On A Syrian Filmmaker, Disappeared

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Academy Approves New Music Rules For Oscar, Including 5 Original Songs

Academy Approves New Music Rules For Oscar, Including 5 Original Songs

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Telluride Sets The Show

Telluride Sets The Show

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Canadian-Jewish Feminist Shulamith Firestone, Subject Of 1997’s Award-Winning Shulie, Was 67

Canadian-Jewish Feminist Shulamith Firestone, Subject Of 1997’s Award-Winning Shulie, Was 67

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39th TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 LINE-UP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 25 Narrative and Documentary Films Chosen for Main Program Marion Cotillard, Roger Corman and Mads Mikkelsen Honored Special Programming from Guest Director Geoff Dyer Telluride, CO (August 30, 2012) – Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program selections for the 39th Telluride Film Festival. TFF will…

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Wilmington on DVDs: A Separation

  DVD PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW A SEPARATION (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) (Four Stars) Iran: Asghar Farhadi, 2011 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) Movies can open up a whole world for audiences, revealing even the most remote people and places. That’s especially true of movues like A Separation, last year’s much-praised, much-awarded foreign language Oscar-winner…

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Monica Bellucci Likes To Explore The Dark Side

Monica Bellucci Likes To Explore The Dark Side

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CHARLIE SHEEN RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN IN ROMAN COPPOLA’S A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III

Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and Patricia Arquette co-star A24 TO RELEASE THE COMEDY NATIONWIDE IN FEBRUARY 2013 NEW YORK, NY (August 30, 2012) — A24, a film company focused on distribution, financing and production with headquarters in New York City, announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. rights to Roman Coppola’s A GLIMPSE…

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SCOTT PICTURES LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL SALES ARM; FORMS SALES JOINT VENTURE WITH EXCLUSIVE MEDIA: “JANE GOT A GUN” STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN FIRST TITLE ANNOUNCED

Los Angeles, August 28, 2012 — Scott Steindorff’s Scott Pictures, an affiliate of Stone Village Productions, has launched a new international sales company, Scott Pictures International (SPI) under a unique and exclusive three year partnership with leading sales agent Exclusive Media, it was announced today by Steindorff, Chairman of SPI and Alex Walton, President of International…

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould